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first_imgPahela Baishakh (Bangla New Year-1422) was celebrated in with traditional festivities and gaiety at the Bangladesh High Commission on April  14. Eminent Dhaka-based Lalon exponent Farida Parveen enthralled the audience with her performance. Dignitaries of the Indian government, Ambassadors and Diplomats from various countries, cultural activists, Bangladeshi expatiates and students enjoyed the programmes at the Moitree Hall of the High Commission in the evening. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Magsaysay award winner Farida Parveen rendered her famous traditional bengali religious music, ‘Baul songs’, before the applause of the packed audience. Eai Padma, Eai Meghna, Eai Jumuna; Se Akhon Ghumta Pora Kajol Bodhu, O-He Doyaban, Barir Kache Aarshee Nagar among others were sung by her. Besides, Gazi Abdul Hakim rendered Bangla folks flute music. ASM Reza (dholak), Debendranath Chatterjee (tabla player, music director and rhythm composer) and Delwar Hossain (dotara) accompanied him on the stage. The celebration was rounded-off with a traditional Boisakhi.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state Water Resources Investigation and Development Department (WRIDD) will soon undertake Minor Irrigation Census (MIC) to have a comprehensive figure of the waterbodies in the entire state.The exercise will be conducted by the State Water Investigation Directorate (SWID) that comes under the aegis of the WRIDD and is responsible for carrying out investigation along with a quantitative and qualitative assessment of water resources in the state. This is for the first time when the census will include even the surface waterbodies like very small pools of water. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The aim behind the move is to have a concise data for sensible and logical planning when it comes to using water for irrigation. We cannot deny the fact that groundwater level is depleting and we feel that it is high time to take measures to prevent indiscriminate extraction of groundwater,” a senior official of the WRIDD department said. It may be mentioned that Minor Irrigation covers all waterbodies that include an area less than 2000 hectare. It excludes all the river systems like Teesta, Damodar, Kansabati, Mayurakshi that comes under the category of Major Irrigation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We have already forwarded our budget proposal to the Centre for undertaking the MIC. We are waiting for the approval. The census will begin as soon as we get the nod and our target is to complete the study within a period of one year,” the official added. According to the official, as many as 25 to 30 types of waterbodies including tube wells will be covered under the MIC. SWID is also in the process of preparing a scientific database to curb indiscriminate groundwater extraction. The Directorate will classify all the 341 blocks in the state into three categories — critical, semi-critical and safe and accordingly prepare a roadmap for scientific use of groundwater in the near future. Apart from designating blocks based on the three parameters, the state government will also come out with a direction for the agencies about how much water extraction will be allowed for agriculture or industry purposes.last_img read more

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 28, 2014 By now we’re all used to seeing security cameras perched on rooftops, on street corners, in lobbies and countless other locations in big cities. Even in smaller towns. But what if there are cameras out there, watching you, that you can’t see? Oh, there are. Thanks to a startup called Placemeter, there are cameras all over New York City, staring down at you from people’s apartments. And you’d probably never know it.Related: Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your DreamsPlacemeter’s “Meter” program offers individuals in NYC up to $50 a month to install a camera on a street-facing window in their apartment to record what’s happening outside. It’s looking to get a view of stores, restaurants and bars. And lots of people. On the front end, the system is super low-tech. Placemeter says participants use a suction cup to place an old cell phone to their window. Any old Any Android, iPhone or iPod Touch with a camera will do. Placemeter can provide the cell phone if a person doesn’t have an old one handy, but it will deduct one month’s payment for supplying it.From there, the phones connect to the Placemeter app which feeds the images and data the phone captures back to Placemeter. It is run through the company’s image-recognition algorithms, which can discern between pededstrians and cars and storefronts.Related: This Startup Aims to Warn You About Spying DronesThen, apparently, Placemetter discards the data. “Placemeter’s technology and camera networks are not used to track individuals,” the company says on its website. “We will not use our Meters’ data to identify any pedestrians through our video streaming…ever.”The skeptic in some of us might find that difficult to believe. Placemeter also doesn’t capture information from inside a person’s home — only the goings-on outside the apartment, it says.Placemeter was founded in 2012 by CEO Alex Winter and COO Florent Peyre. They say the idea is to help cities better understand how many people are in a space at any given time. Consumers can use it to know — for instance — how long the line at their favorite hamburger joint is or to record video of people driving too fast down the street.One of Placemeter’s first initiatives was to partner with NYC’s “Business Atlas” program, which uses cameras to record foot traffic in all five boroughs. In addition to foot traffic, the program aims to supply users with information such as neighborhood-level population and income. Related: A Venture Capital Firm Just Named an Algorithm to Its Board of DirectorsFor entrepreneurs, this can be a handy tool for market-research or for making location-specific business decisions.Of course, other companies, like ShopperTrak, have been tracking and analyzing foot traffic in and around businesses for decades.Placemeter wouldn’t say how many people are participating in NYC’s Meter program, but a representative pointed out that the company has more than 700 “viable applications.” Beyond NYC, Placemeter aims to expand to other cities in the U.S. and abroad. The representative did not say which cities the company is targeting first.Either way, Placemeter has its eyes on you.Related: How Google Is Taking Over Our Livescenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min readlast_img read more