first_img Citation: Japanese machine turns office paper into toilet paper (w/ Video) (2010, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-japanese-machine-office-paper-toilet.html Energy-Saving Paper Sensor Passes Major Milestone As the company explains, the White Goat uses 40 sheets of standard A4 office paper and some water to make one roll of toilet paper, a process which takes about 30 minutes. First, a built-in shredder cuts the paper into ribbons, which move to a pulper where they are dissolved in water. The resulting pulp is thinned out, dried, and rolled up into ready-to-use toilet paper. Each roll costs about 10 Yen (11 cents) to make, compared to a store-bought roll of about 60 cents. Oriental Co., Ltd., exhibits the White Goat at Eco-Products 2009. The 1.8-meter-tall machine, which weighs 600 kg, is set to go on sale this summer for $100,000. At that price, as some critics have pointed out, the White Goat would have to churn out lots of toilet paper to be economical. It would take 200,000 recycled rolls to break even, not including the costs of running the machine. If the machine were to run 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, it would take a little over 11 years to produce the 200,000 rolls. But then again, maybe it’s not all about money. Saving trees, reducing paper waste, and serving as a constant reminder of human impact on the environment are also byproducts of the machine. © 2010 PhysOrg.com The White Goat uses 40 sheets of standard office paper to make one roll of toilet paper. Image credit: Oriental Co., Ltd.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — As the latest invention in the wave of green technology, a machine called the “White Goat” that turns office paper into rolls of toilet paper sounds like an intriguing idea. Its Japanese developers, Oriental Co., Ltd., claim that the machine can save 60 cedar trees per year while minimizing office paper waste. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Oriental Co. website [Japanese]via: DVICElast_img read more

first_img Journal information: arXiv (Phys.org) —In a recent paper available on arXiv, a team of researchers at New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory has revealed they’ve been running a quantum network for 2 1/2 years. The network is hub-and-spoke based, the team reports, and allows for perfectly secure messaging except at the hub. Quantum communication without entanglement could perform faster than previously thought possible Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Test configuration using the Los Alamos (LANL) QSC system to secure PMU control commands and data. The TCIPG test bed provided a real-time digital (power) simulator, PMU, and PDC software to control and display data from the PMU. Credit: arXiv:1305.0305 [quant-ph]center_img More information: Network-Centric Quantum Communications with Application to Critical Infrastructure Protection, arXiv:1305.0305 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1305.0305AbstractNetwork-centric quantum communications (NQC) – a new, scalable instantiation of quantum cryptography providing key management with forward security for lightweight encryption, authentication and digital signatures in optical networks – is briefly described. Results from a multi-node experimental test-bed utilizing integrated photonics quantum communications components, known as QKarDs, include: quantum identification; verifiable quantum secret sharing; multi-party authenticated key establishment, including group keying; and single-fiber quantum-secured communications that can be applied as a security retrofit/upgrade to existing optical fiber installations. A demonstration that NQC meets the challenging simultaneous latency and security requirements of electric grid control communications, which cannot be met without compromises using conventional cryptography, is described.via ArxivBlog © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Los Alamos reveals it’s been running quantum network for two and a half years (2013, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-los-alamos-reveals-quantum-network.html Quantum networks are the Holy Grail for security experts—because messages cannot be read without changing them, it is impossible for them to be intercepted without being detected. But that same technology that allows for such perfect security also prevents it from being implemented in network systems. In order for messages to be routed, the address must be read, thus altering the message. The researchers at Los Alamos report they’ve worked around this problem by implementing the network as a hub-and-spoke system.In this approach, all nodes on the network are connected directly to the hub. The hub reads the message (causing it to be changed), then repackages it and sends it securely to the node whose address was found in the original message. This makes the network secure at all points except at the hub.Using a hub-and-spoke approach has two deficiencies for general purpose use. The first is the inherent weakness at the hub—if it were to be breached, the whole network would be compromised. The second is scalability—at some point, the number of nodes connected to the central hub becomes unwieldy, making further growth impossible. The researchers at Los Alamos say they’ve reduced the scalability problem by giving each node on the network a quantum transmitter, but not a photon detector. This makes adding nodes a very cheap proposition—those at Los Alamos, the researchers say, aren’t much bigger than a box of matches.Impressive as it is, the network at Los Alamos is more of a work-around than solution to the problem of building quantum networks for general purpose use. A solution requires that someone figures out a way to route quantum messages without destroying their integrity. Until that happens, this new approach appears to be a good stand-in, as it’s clearly far more secure than traditional network systems.last_img read more

first_img Kiana Hayeri Whatever Happened To … The Afghan Girls Imprisoned For… by NPR News Malaka Gharib 8.27.19 10:44am In October, NPR reported on the efforts of reproductive rights activist Farhad Javid in Afghanistan. He was trying to free girls and women who had been jailed for failing a virginity test, even though such tests are banned by the U.N. Was he successful? The last time we spoke to Javid, he was about to meet with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his wife, first lady Rula Ghani.He had a big request: Would they release some 190 women and girls who were jailed in the country’s Balkh province for failing a virginity test? In Afghanistan, premarital sex is considered a moral crime.Javid is the Islamic policy adviser for Marie Stopes U.S., a global family planning organization. He told the Ghanis that virginity tests are unscientific and medically unnecessary. The U.N. had banned them in 2018. He also told the couple that he had visited the women in jail several times and that they were suffering.Nearly a year later, Javid had some good news to share. The prisoners are now free.That meeting with the Ghanis was supposed to be 30 minutes — but lasted two hours, says Javid, who spoke to NPR from Kabul in August. “She wanted to listen,” he says of the first lady.In January, Rula Ghani and her team traveled to Mazar-i-Sharif, where the prison is located. There, she met with some of the prisoners and with the director of women’s affairs in Balkh province. The first lady made a commitment to find a way to help, Javid says.”Her visit was effective, because the girls were released,” Javid says. Between January and April, the 190 prisoners were freed. But his work is not over. Shortly after the prisoners were released from Mazar-i-Sharif, one girl was jailed. “They’re still bringing girls under the name of this issue into this prison,” he says.Around Afghanistan, families are still bringing in unmarried daughters to clinics and hospitals for virginity tests. The test is administered for a variety of reasons: to determine whether she can go to school, get married, get a job — or whether she is a victim of rape.If the girls fail the test, some families alert the police. And law enforcement still imprisons those girls. We talk to Javid, who has worked for Marie Stopes for nearly two decades, about his next steps — and how he plans to change attitudes about the practice of virginity tests.How are you going to get law enforcement to quit bringing girls in for failing the virginity test? We are going to train police and members of the legal and judiciary system, including members of the attorney general’s office, judges and members of the court, to stop arresting girls. We [began this leg] of training in August.What will you tell them? [Since July 2018] Afghanistan has had a public health policy — which has been developed through Marie Stopes, Afghanistan’s midwifery and gynecological associations and Doctors Without Borders — that discourages police not to bring girls in for failing the virginity test.[Health workers] shouldn’t be conducting [the tests] in the first place. The Ministry of Health in 2018 said that they would not entertain any virginity tests, because it’s not an indication of whether someone is a virgin.We also have a decree signed by the president of Afghanistan that discourages the virginity tests. We are telling this to the police force and members of the judiciary. But the rule of law is very low. Sometimes you don’t know whether [people] are loyal to the president or not. So we try to sell the medical reason more.You’ve told me that since May 2018, Marie Stopes has conducted more than 60 trainings on the topic of virginity tests to more than 600 people. They’ve mostly been to doctors and health care workers to inform them that the practice is unscientific. What has been the reaction so far?You get a mixed feeling, honestly. Out of 10 people in a training, you get about four people resisting. They say it’s against Islam and our culture if we don’t provide virginity tests.Why do people resist? [They think] we’re promoting more girls to have sex outside marriage. That’s a regular reaction we get.If they’re pushy, we have to repeat that orientation and training for the second time.And what happens in that second meeting? We bring out a male or female religious leader who can talk about the issue from the Islamic point of view, that nothing [in the Koran] specifically says anything about virginity tests. And we try to find someone who is mature so the doctors accept their ideas and opinions.Mature? We usually try to get someone in their 50s or 60s. Age matters quite a lot. That’s the culture.This is the first time you’ve successfully freed girls who have been imprisoned by this practice in Afghanistan. Are there any more women and girls who are in jail for this reason? Yes, in Herat. That’s our next objective. Wish us all the best to free the girls there as well. What challenges do you anticipate? It’s a totally different ballgame. There are different types of warlords there. We expect pushback. The first thing we need to do is get alliance with Herat’s religious and tribal leaders. Their voice matters if we want to get through to the warlords.Are you usually the one who leads the negotiations? Yes, that’s correct.That’s kind of a scary job. It usually is tough. But I have a good team. I open a big door and the team maintains the relationship and provides the training.What is it that allows you to do this job well? I spoke to your colleague George Hayes from the policy team for Marie Stopes International. He told me you work in “unbelievably difficult contexts” yet achieve so much. In 2017, for example, you helped put emergency contraception on Afghanistan’s list of essential drugs.I have built a network of influential people over the years, and we have a strong acceptance and respect to each other. I don’t try to align myself with one tribal leader over another. I can speak various local languages. And my parents are mixed — that’s another competitive advantage. One is Sunni and the other Shia, so I understand both segments of Islam and can relate [with people I negotiate with].You travel back and forth from Kabul to the D.C. area multiple times a year. Do you have any time for yourself? Not really, no. If you are helping people from your heart, you don’t get much time for yourself. You’re constantly thinking about their issues. And you’d like for every day to make a difference in people’s lives. Every time I see someone who has been released from prison or gets [family planning] help, that is the source of my motivation. That gives me the reward to go one extra mile.Have you heard from any of the women released from prison in Balkh province? I do talk with them from time to time. And they have thanked us.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

first_imgThe two-day long UMAK Festival concluded with the melodious sounds of ghungroos, sitar and tabla on Tuesday. This festival ‘for a cause’ is named after one of the greatest sitar maestros of India, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan who is also known as the ‘musician’s musician’ and was organised to celebrate his 103rd birth anniversary. The UMAK Centre for Culture which organised this event to aid the ailing of cancer patients in India showcased two grand evenings filled with music and dance. The musicians and dancers included many internationally renowned maestros of India like the Padma Bhushan awardee Pandit Debu Chaudhury, Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri,  Ustad Akram Khan and Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The concluding day of the event saw an interesting mix of  an animated audience with youngsters and elders sitting together being mesmerised by the  performance of the famous sitar player Pandit Prateek Chauhuri. The event which happened at the India habitat Centre also showcased a Santoor Jugalbandi Concert by the internationally renowned santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori (Padma Shri Awardee) and his son Abhay Sopori. The event also celebrated the 79th birth anniversary of Pandit Debu Chaudhury who is the winner of the prestigious Padmabhushan award. He has written various books on music and has composed eight new ragas and various musical compositions.  He is also regarded as one of the leading proponents of Senia Style (or Gharana).  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix After being felicitated during the event, Pandit Debu Chaudhuri said, ‘It always feels good to be loved by so many people. Music has always been with me and will always be.’The Centre organises the UMAK festival every year and is recognized by the government of India as one of the leading cultural organizations of the country which has been involved in preserving and promoting the rich national heritage and culture of India.last_img read more

first_imgGallery Art Motif  is presenting a solo show by artist John Tun Sein. An exhibition that portrays his patience in travelling between his creativity and solitude. He places his paintings in such a way that it navigates the viewer on the same journey. The exhibition is being held at the Gallery Art Motif at Safdarjung Enclave in the  Capital from January 17 and will continue till February 28.John Tun Sein is an artist who has never been in a hurry for anything in his life or his profession, patiently traveling to and fro between his creativity and solitude. He places his paintings in a way that would navigate us on the same journey. His works reflect evidence of his meditative accomplishments through painterly solitude. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’John Tun Sein is a believer in non-violence, calmness and quietness, sympathy and love that guided him to discover what goes unnoticed in human life. The tranquility is his default and painting an innate desire. His incredible consistency projects a larger symphony interwoven with forms and cordial colours for the eyes to listen. An experimenter by nature, he shows acute concern for the intangible aspects of contemporary sensibilities remolding them into sensory colour fields; thus surfing on a wave and emerging out of several complimentary forces of form and formlessness. For John Tun Sein, the canvas is the gravitational center of his life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBorn in 1957 John Tum Sein studied at the Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. Recipient of a research grant scholarship from the Lalit Kala Akademi. Has held solo exhibitions of his work in India. Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Participated in the National Art Exhibitions in India and in the International Art Exhibition in Freiberg, Germany. Where: Gallery Art Motif, A1/178, Safdarjung Enclave, When:  January 17 to  February 28last_img read more

first_imgThe unmatched entity of a complete woman, of strength, perseverance, fearlessness, determination, and yet vivacious, sensual and compassionate, the destroyer of all evil and the protector of the three worlds, the all forgiving yet inaccessible, someone who can move the sky yet be beautiful like the moon, the ever courageous and valiant, the bestower yet supreme, the passionate lover, the fond mother yet the successful lioness!!It all started years ago when a young girl ,six years old was taught by her grandfather the ‘ashtottor satanam’ or the 108 names of durga .He said this was concentration focus and meditation of the body and mind. Durga Ashtottara Satnam is the auspicious recitation of 108 names of Devi Durga by her devotees. The various names of Devi Durga and the accompanying mantra chants are said to have the power to redeem one from all the difficulties in life. It fills one with strength to combat the vicissitudes in life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, Bipasha Sen Gupta is an avid environmentalist and a self taught artist. She has travelled the length and breadth of the country and lived in the very midst of nature, that she began this artistic journey; it is not surprising, then, that nature continues to be her most important influence. “I have picked my favourite ones in my tea soaked images of the deity” she says. Her exhibition Ameyaa ‘Immeasurable’ a solo art exhibition presenting Bipasha Sen Gupta will be on display from March 19 to 22 at The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the title of the exhibition, she says “The courage to take a call, stand up for truth and to be generous enough to forgive, show empathy yet sternly weave your way. It is not easy to be Durga for she is indeed Ameyaa or The immeasurable”. Bipasha has been paintings since she was eight years old which won her many accolades and as an artist her work has been selected for UNESCO in the children’s category. While in school she started charcoal sketching and water colors. She has since then drawn and donated paintings for great events and to many NGO’s and charitable institutions raising resources for charitable cause, and worked with organizations like AWWA, Tagore Foundation, Government of Maldives, Gujarat Ecological Commission, Gujarat. She paints for a social cause specially environment related issues for she believes in “The more you give the more you receive in return – Love, blessings, joy”.  She wants the world to know through her work that it has become inevitable now that we pull up our socks and make some serious efforts to save this beautiful world we live in. Highly influenced by the effects of Global Warming and the rapid disappearance of the Coral Reefs during her visit to the Maldives and the Andaman Islands, she realized how important it was for humankind to preserve the nature.  Year 2011 she released another series of paintings named How Blue is My Ocean? depicting the serious impact of global warming and the gradual disappearance of coral reefs which was first exhibited at the India International Center, New Delhi. She has been experimenting with various types of medium in her art, namely charcoal, water colors, acrylic and also using different techniques to form textures.  “It is a passionate journey with mixed media thrown on canvas, experimenting with colors shapes and textures.  As my work evolves, I am seeking to deal with strong universal and environmental themes within it and weaving into them the role of imaginations and dreams. It is a constant convergence of colors, fantasies, thoughts and emotions, whereby, the palette creates a story.”When: March 19 to 22Where: The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A sudden spell of afternoon rains brought relief in boiling Kolkata and parts of south Bengal region on Wednesday but the monsoon will only progress in the next two to three days, a Met official said here. “This was a local thunderstorm resulting from the scorching heat and the moisture present, very similar to pre-monsoon rains. This has no relation with monsoon… We feel it is likely that monsoon progress will re-start after Friday,” said A.K. Sen, a scientist of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights He also said Wednesday’s rainfall occurred in isolated places of Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas and also in Midnapore district. “Overall prediction of monsoon looks promising as India will get almost 97 per cent rainfall and the eastern region may get 95 per cent in a four-month period of monsoon,” added Sen. The temperature shot up to 40 degrees Celsius, inconveniencing those on the roads and even those who preferred to remain indoors due to the high humidity over the past few days. The heat wave has claimed at least four lives in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The rain brought temporary relief and would also bring down the temperature gradually. According to the Met department, the maximum recorded temperature has reached around 39.6 degrees Celsius which is almost 7 degrees above normal. The minimum temperature was around 29.6 degrees, 4 degrees above normal. The relative humidity recorded in the last 24 hours was 64 per cent in the morning and 73 per cent on Tuesday evening, causing immense problems. Heavy rains (7-11 cm) with lightning are likely at one or two places over Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Kalimpong, Alipurduar, Malda, North and South Dinajpur districts of Sub Himalayan West Bengal on Friday, the weatherman said.last_img read more

first_imgNearly 20 per cent of people receiving treatment for hypertension may not actually have a problem, according to a new Canadian study which found that people are often misdiagnosed due to use of manual devices to measure blood pressure.Researchers at the University Of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) found that more than half of family doctors in Canada are still using manual devices to measure blood pressure, a dated technology that often leads to misdiagnosis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAutomated measurement has the advantage of eliminating what is known as white-coat syndrome, which refers to artificially high blood pressure resulting from the stress of being in a doctor’s office and human interaction.The researchers believe that clinicians should adopt these devices to detect individuals likely to suffer from high blood pressure.Blood pressure is defined as the pressure that the blood exerts on artery walls. Blood pressure is influenced by cardiac output, total peripheral resistance and arterial stiffness and varies depending on situation, emotional state, activity, and relative health/disease states. High blood pressure may not have any symptoms and so hypertension has been labeled “the silent killer.” If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for including : – Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSevere headacheFatigue or confusionVision problemsChest painDifficulty breathingIrregular heartbeatBlood in the urinePounding in your chest, neck or earsObesityHowever, longstanding high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney (renal) disease, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis), eye damage and stroke (brain damage). When we talk about health, we can’t skip over the subject of high blood pressure. Go for any doctor appointment; be it with a GP or a medical specialist, along with body temperature, respiratory rate and pulse rate, blood pressure is one of the four main vital signs routinely monitored by the healthcare providers. It is not surprising that modern medicine attributes so much importance to healthy blood pressure levels. Measured in the arm artery, it is expressed in two numbers – the value when the heart contracts (systolic blood pressure) and the value when the heart relaxes between two contractions (diastolic blood pressure). Blood pressure is considered normal when systolic pressure is below 140 millimetre of mercury (mmHg) and diastolic pressure is below 90 mmHg. Above these values, a person is said to have high blood pressure (hypertension).The technology behind tensiometers or sphygmomanometers, the devices used to measure blood pressure, has changed a great deal over the last 20 years, researchers said.Today, automatic electronic measuring devices, known as oscillometric devices, are available.In 2016, The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) Guidelines recommended that electronic measurement is preferable to manual measurement.An increasing number of medical clinics are equipped with automatic electronic devices. Janusz Kaczorowski, a medical sociologist from CRCHUM, conducted a survey among Canadian family doctors – 52 per cent of the 769 respondents indicated that they used a manual tensiometer to measure blood pressure. Only 43 per cent used an automatic device.According to Kaczorowski, clinicians should adopt these automatic devices to detect individuals likely to suffer from high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. “They are more expensive but more precise because they take several measurements. Manual measurement is acceptable if it is properly done, but that is often not the case. To take blood pressure the right way, a 12 to 15 minute period is required. We know that the average visit to a family doctor lasts 10 minutes.””We have to rethink how patient visits are organised so that the patient can be left alone in a room while the measurement is taken,” Kaczorowski said. The study was published in the journal Canadian Family Physician.The researchers also suggested that modifying health-related behaviours is an efficient way of preventing and treating high blood pressure and of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is possible to lower blood pressure through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption, reduced intake of dietary sodium, avoidance of exposure to tobacco products and stress management.last_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: The district administration will make tight security arrangements on the day of election slated on April 23 here. The officials have assured polling personnel to not to worry over security reasons.According to the administrative officials, the safety and security of polling officers on duty is the highest priority of the Election Commission of India. Recently, the polling personnel during the training urged the administrative officials to look into the matter seriously so that the elections are conducted smoothly here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDistrict Information and Cultural Officer and Nodal Officer of district media cell Shantanu Chakraborty told the Millennium Post: “In various parts of Bengal and in South Dinajpur, there have been apprehensions about the security of the polling officials. I assure there shall be adequate security arrangements at the polling stations under the direct control of the Election Commission of India to ensure proper security and safety of the presiding, polling and all other polling personnel associated with the election process and deputed during the elections here.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe election observers have made frequently visits to oversee the election preparedness in seven assembly constituencies, including Balurghat, Tapan (ST), Kumarganj, Kushmandi (SC), Gangarampur (SC), Harirampur and Itahar (North Dinajpur). Chakraborty said the Central observers might seek information on the poll preparedness across the district from the administrative officials. According to the senior officials, concrete steps will be immediately taken following any grievances by any political party while campaigning or during any poll related issues. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P said instructions have been given to the district administrative officials to cooperate with the observers all along to ensure smooth and fair election in the district. A high-level meeting with administrative officials, various political party representatives along with police personnel was convened to work hand-in-hand to ensure free and fair poll in the district. The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations. An alert has been sounded for the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Strict vigilance is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. Passengers travelling in long-distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general, has criticised BJP for using a photograph of President Ramnath Kovind worshipping Ram and Sita in the tableaux of Ram Navami rallies.Chatterjee said using the photograph of the President worshiping Ram and Sita in the tableaux of Ram Navami rallies is uncalled for. He said: “Ram has been worshipped in Bengali homes for generations. But never in the past rallies of Ram Navami with arms have been taken out in Bengal.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee said BJP is trying to incite people belonging to one community against the other in the name of religion. Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Youth Congress president, while addressing a political rally recently alleged: “BJP is using the name of Ram to win elections. It is a shame that the faith of thousands of people has been used for political gains.” Meanwhile, the state government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure peaceful law and order situation in the state on the occasion of Ram Navami on Sunday where a number of rallies will be taken out. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state government has already banned public display of weapons during Ram Navami processions and permission have been given only to traditional rallies. The Election Commission has agreed to the state’s plea for two companies of Central forces — one each for Barrackpore and Asansol for beefing up security during Ram Navami. Special police observer Vivek Dubey held a meeting with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajesh Kumar at the Kolkata Port Trust guest house on Friday where the former had instructed Kumar to have proper security arrangements in place for Ram Navami on Sunday. Dubey, who left the city on Saturday to brief the second phase poll preparedness in Bengal to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, said: “The state administration will make security arrangements for Ram Navami. I am concerned with the second phase of elections and so I am going to Delhi,” Dubey told reporters at the city airport. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh however, conducted a rally with weapons at Kharagpur on Saturday. Trinamool Congress will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission alleging violation of the state government’s ban against the display of weapons.last_img read more