New Guiness Record at IISF Chennai 2017 

The largest Biology Lesson in the world, Verified by Guiness World Records at the IISF 2017, Chennai

Day two of the India International Science Festival (IISF) in Anna University campus at Chennai saw the making of a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Biology Lesson. One thousand forty nine (1049) students participated in the record breaking session. While inaugurating the Largest Biology Lesson, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that it is the vision of the Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi, to encourage and promote science and the Govt. of India has launched many Flagship Programmes in this regard. He also invoked C V Raman and how he has won the Nobel Prize, which is first by any Indian to do so.

World Record attempts have been a key part of India International Science Festival since 2015, which leads to encouragement and popularizing of Science through public participation. In IISF 2015, students took a successful shot at the Guinness World record for the world’s largest science Lesson at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. In IISF 2016 at National Physical Laboratory, Pusa, New Delhi, a group of 550 students attempted the world record for largest gathering of people dressed as Noble Prize winning scientist Albert Einstein. Continue reading “New Guiness Record at IISF Chennai 2017 “

Nobel Prize for Physics, 2017 – Indian Connection 

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics has been conferred to three scientists namely Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish & Kip S Thorne under the LIGO Project for their discovery of gravitational waves, 100 years after Einstein’s General Relativity predicted it. The Nobel Prize for Physics 2017 celebrates the direct detection of Gravitational waves arriving from the merger two large Black holes in a distant galaxy a Billion of light years away. Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. This opens a new window to Astronomy since Gravitational Waves are an entirely new way of observing the most violent events in space.

This is a proud moment for India also, since the discovery paper has 39 Indian authors/scientists from nine institutions-, CMI Chennai, ICTS-TIFR Bengaluru, IISER-Kolkata, IISER-Trivandrum, IIT Gandhinagar, IPR Gandhinagar, IUCAA Pune, RRCAT Indore and TIFR Mumbai. primarily funded through individual/ institutional grants by Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Science & Technology and Ministry of Human Resource Development AE, DST and MHRD, who are co-authors of this discovery paper.

The group led by Bala Iyer (currently at ICTS-TIFR) at the Raman Research Institute in collaboration with scientists in France had pioneered the mathematical calculations used to model Gravitational Wave signals from orbiting black holes and neutron stars. Theoretical work that combined black holes and gravitational waves was published by C. V. Vishveshwara in 1970. These contributions are prominently cited in the discovery paper. Continue reading “Nobel Prize for Physics, 2017 – Indian Connection “

Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018

Eros International, Colour Yellow Productions and Drishyam’s latest release Newton featuring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role was named as India’s official pick for Oscars 2018 in the Foreign Language Film category. The film received accolades at various international film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca, among others earlier this year.

The coming-of-age satire directed by Amit Masurkar has impressed several critics and B-town influencers who couldn’t stop raving about the poignant film, brilliant subject and superlative performances by the cast including Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Anjali Patil among others.

Rajkummar took to his social networking site to share the big news and congratulated the entire team of Newton. He wrote, “It’s amazing! Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us. It’s a film which has been made with so much purity and honesty, without keeping any commercial aspects in mind. It’s a simple, honest story and it’s resonating with everyone. The response that we have been getting from the critics also is huge. I really hope this translates on to the box office as well. Now, more number of people would be interested in watching Newton!”

Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd says, “It gives us immense pleasure that Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018. We at Eros are extremely proud as this film is totally deserving of this huge honour and we will continue to back good cinema as always.” Continue reading “Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018”

EXPERIENCE “TRUE JOY” THIS WINTER WITH JETESCAPES’ HOLIDAY OPTIONS FROM JET AIRWAYS

~All-inclusive domestic and international holidaysstarting INR 11,390 and INR 23,470 respectively~

 Jet Airways, India’s full service, premier international airline, has unveiled a host of exciting domestic and international holidays for guests planning their winter getaway.

Attractively priced, with all-inclusive domestic holidays starting at INR 11,390 onwards, JetEscapes Holidays’ tailor-made itineraries to a multitude of destinations include return economy airfare, airport transfers, three-star hotel accommodation with breakfast and sightseeing. Guests need only select their destination and travel dates and let JetEscapes Holidays take care of the rest.

Winter is the ideal time to travel. The weather is pleasant and temperatures cool enough to explore a whole host of unique destinations. It also coincides with the year-ending festive season when a lot of families choose to plan their travel.

Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said, “Jet Airways’ Winter holidays offer extensive choices to cater to everyone’s needs. Take advantage of our wide domestic and international network to find exciting holidays that promise to leave a memorable and unforgettable experience.”

JetEscapes Holidays promises attractive and extremely convenient holiday choices across select destinations in India and abroad – from weekend getaways to extended trips. Continue reading “EXPERIENCE “TRUE JOY” THIS WINTER WITH JETESCAPES’ HOLIDAY OPTIONS FROM JET AIRWAYS”

HYATT REGENCY LUCKNOW OPENS IN NORTHERN INDIA

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) has announced  the opening of Hyatt Regency Lucknow, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Hyatt Regency Lucknow is the 27th Hyatt-branded hotel in India and further expands the company’s brand presence in South Asia by offering enriching, authentic and diversified brand experiences for guests.

“The opening of Hyatt Regency Lucknow marks a significant milestone for the Hyatt Regency brand as it continues to expand its footprint throughout India,” said Kurt Straub, vice president, operations for India at Hyatt. “Not only is the hotel strategically located for business travelers visiting Lucknow, it is also well positioned for leisure guests who are interested in enjoying a journey through the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc of Lucknow, Agra and Varanasi.”

“We are delighted to announce the opening of Hyatt Regency Lucknow in the dynamic capital of the largest and most populous state of India. Chartered Hotels Private Limited remains focused on developing full service hotels across tier one and tier two cities in India for the ever growing business and leisure traveler,” said Varun Saraf, managing director, Chartered Hotels Private Limited. “The hotel’s strategic location along with the food and beverage offerings and large state-of-the-art meeting and banqueting facilities will provide guests with an unforgettable experience which Lucknow has not yet seen.”

Conveniently located in the corporate hub of Vibhuti Khand, Hyatt Regency Lucknow is designed to connect business and leisure travelers to all Lucknow has to offer. Continue reading “HYATT REGENCY LUCKNOW OPENS IN NORTHERN INDIA”

Women play an important role in development of families, communities and nations

-Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Women play an important role in development of families, communities and nations and quoted Gandhian scholar and educator, Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir quote ‘if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family’. He was addressing the gathering after laying Foundation stone for the Regional Vocational Training Institute under the Government of India’s initiative, Skill India ‘Kaushal Bharat – Kushal Bharat’. The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri Mohammad Mahmood Ali, the Minister of Home, Labour and Employment, Telangana, Shri Naini Narsimha Reddy and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that with women constituting about 50 per cent of the country’s population, every effort has to be made to empower them economically, politically and in every other field. He further said that from Vedic times women were treated with respect and veneration in India referred Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, Durga, the Goddess of power and Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning in Indian Mythology. However, the respect accorded in ancient times to women has been missing in modern times and this contributed to lower literacy rates and lack of empowerment, he added. Continue reading “Women play an important role in development of families, communities and nations”

Legends match sets stage for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

With just one month to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 kicks off, five FIFA Legends – Carlos Valderrama, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Emmanuel Amuneke – took part in a special exhibition game at the Dr. DY Patil Stadium, and unveiled the Winner’s Trophy for the Navi Mumbai leg of the FIFA Trophy Experience.

It was an unforgettable day for Indian football as the FIFA Legends took on a team containing Arjuna Award winner Oinam Bembem Devi, Indian women’s national team captain Ngangom Bala Devi, two kids from Mission XI Million (the legacy programme for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017), Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Babul Supriyo and Bollywood film-maker Shoojit Sircar.

Football fans in Mumbai cheered for both teams at the match, which ended 5-4 in favour of the FIFA Legends. Fernando Morientes scored four goals, while Bala Devi was the standout performer for the Indian icons, scoring two goals and providing an assist.

Emmanuel Amuneke, winner of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with Nigeria as coach, said: “I think that when coaching U-17 players, the most important thing is to try to make sure they see you as someone who can add to their game. Try as much as you can to guide them and don’t forget that there are distractions going on in their minds. The most important thing is to bring them to a level where they can compete with teams all over the world.” Continue reading “Legends match sets stage for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017”

Culinary Journey: Joys of Curry

Is all Indian food curried? Yes, No, Maybe so!

Indians today have relocated to every nook and corner of the earth. Restaurateurs’ have followed suit. Aren’t we glad??!! No matter where you travel to, you can find an establishment serving naan and daal, thanks to enterprising Punjabis who have influenced cooking in a major way. Similarly, the caterers of South India have given many parts of the globe a taste of idlis and dosas.

Obviously, cross-fertilization between cuisines takes place and innovative chefs come up with new recipes to the delight of foodies! As with all cuisines, easy availability of local produce forms the base for use of various ingredients in cooking. Similarly, preferences of the palate differ between communities which influence cuisine. But the bottom line is the ‘masala’ or the ‘curry’ is what adds flavors to Indian cuisines. Even in pizzas, pastas and such!

An authentic Indian curry is a combination of onion, garlic, ginger and spices, seasonings. Turmeric, cloves and cardamoms. Coconut in the Southern delicacies.  Not all Indian food is spicy and salty. We’re major on sweets (Bengali ones are extremely popular) and a lot of these are made with jiggery, milk and ghee. Watch your calorie intake as you consume those! Side dishes and condiments like chutneys ad pickles add to the texture of a meal and provide balance. Continue reading “Culinary Journey: Joys of Curry”

Two Great Brands come together for the Grand Closing Show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017

NEXA PRESENTED MANISH MALHOTRA’S PREMIERE BESPOKE MEN’S WEAR AND WOMEN’S SENSATIONAL COLLECTIONS FOR THE FABULOUS CLOSING SHOW OF LAKME FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2017

Two great brands came together for the grand .

NEXA, the premium retail experience outlet of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. collaborated with Bollywood’s ace designer, Manish Malhotra and presented a dazzling fashion happening called ‘Tales of Indulgence’.

Speaking on the occasion,  Manish Malhotra said, “This July, the Manish Malhotra label completed 12 years. As we began a new chapter heralded by expansion and diversity in design, my Closing Show at Lakmé Fashion Week had for the very first-time presented bespoke suits for men. After a successful menswear show at Lakmé Fashion Week a few seasons ago, the new collection was a step forward through a renewed focus on the segment. The suits have been created using varied textiles and textures with a touch of glamour and spans eveningwear, club-wear, festive and occasion-wear. Continue reading “Two Great Brands come together for the Grand Closing Show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017”

Goa: Beautiful Beaches, Lush Landscape

We went. We saw. We marveled.

India’s popular seaside destination Goa left an unforgettable imprint on us. The journey from Bangalore to Goa was a bit hair-raising. Driving in India can be quite challenging at times, but our driver was supremely confident and gave us a non-stop running commentary. The night sky was pitch black and our vehicle barely lit the way with its tiny headlamps – goodness knows how he could see! The driver was so proud at how quickly we had reached our destination!

The splendid scenery (even though it was dark and rainy) with coconut trees and crops of Karnataka along the way was breathtaking. The guesthouse that we stayed in was on the main road, but was quiet at night. It was not a tourist place and yet there were food stands, selling Indian snacks. We quickly settled into a leisurely and inexpensive way of life for the next couple of days.

Upon arrival, our kids couldn’t wait to get to the beach. On our first day we relished in feeling the warm refreshing Arabian Sea lap against our toes. We watched crabs dart across the beach and watched hawkers trying to sell their trinkets.  Early morning is the best time to go for a walk- collecting sea shells! Continue reading “Goa: Beautiful Beaches, Lush Landscape”