EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP government tabled its 2018-19 budget Thursday. Here is a look at some of the winner and losers:WINNERS:Parents — Spending on K-12 education to rise to $8.4 billion from $7.8 billion and some of that boost to be used to reduce school fees. The government plans to spend $22 million more on affordable child-care spaces and $6 million more on school lunch programs.Students — Tuition to remain frozen for post-secondary students. Advanced education spending to jump to $6.1 billion from $5.5 billion.The environmentally conscious — The government plans to spend $5.3 billion over the next three years on climate initiatives that include everything from transit projects to home efficiency programs.The disabled — The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program is to get a boost of $62 million to $1.1 billion.LOSERS:Non-unionized civil servants — A salary freeze for all non-unionized government workers is being extended to 2019. Overall compensation for all public-sector workers is budgeted at $26.6 billion, about half of all government spending.Future taxpayers — Debt is pegged $54.2 billion this year. The budget projects an $8.8-billion spending deficit in the year ahead. The budget is not expected to be balanced for another five years.
Marcelo has put an end to the rumours linking him with a Real Madrid exit by insisting it never entered his thoughtsThe Brazilian full-back had been strongly linked with a move to Juventus to join former team-mate and good friend Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.But Marcelo has now announced that leaving Real was something he had never considered.“It’s never entered my mind to leave and look for another option,” Marcelo told Club del Deportista.“I have always done everything possible to stay at Real Madrid and I’ve never thought about playing time.“If I had 15 minutes in every game, I’d give everything in those 15 minutes to play more and win more.”The 30-year-old had a difficult upbringing in his native Brazil and nearly quit playing football at Fluminense before being convinced by his grandfather to continue.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Then in January 2007, Marcelo secured a transfer to Real – something which he admits he found hard to believe at first.“The move all happened very quickly. At first, I thought it was a joke,” Marcelo said.“I always saw Madrid as a huge club. Then all of a sudden I was part of a team with players I had only seen on television or in video games.“It was pretty amazing.”Marcelo has since managed 36 goals and 85 assists in 465 appearances for Real across all competitions.The Brazilian has won four Champions League and La Liga titles along with three Supercopa de España and many other trophies.
Source Interlink Media named Scott Dickey as its new CEO on Tuesday, Feb. 25, replacing Michael L. Sullivan, who will now head Source Distribution as CEO.”The Board of Directors is delighted to have Scott lead the Source Interlink Media business,” chairman Ted Lodge says in a release. “Scott is a seasoned and broad-based executive with significant experience in the traditional and digital media industries, live events, brand licensing and consumer products.”He will be called on to reverse some shaky trends, which became evident in 2009 when SIM filed for bankruptcy and divested several titles. Last year SIM sold nine of its motorcycle brands to Bonnier, and rumors recently surfaced that the company shuttered Modified, and laid off around 100 staffers from multiple titles. Dickey left his post as CEO of Competitor Group Inc. in December, after spearheading the company’s sale to a private-equity group, Calera Capital. He was at CGI since 2008, when he joined as president and COO. His resume also includes a role as president at Transworld Media, which was formally a subsidiary of Time Inc. until Dickey facilitated a 2007 sale to Bonnier. Interestingly, SIM acquired Transworld Media last year, and merged it with its Grind Media division.
Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy $155 at Google Express Share your voice 7 Sprint Internet Services Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $299 at Amazon The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Chris Monroe/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Comcast’s Xfinity internet service is struggling in huge pockets of the US. Down Detector Comcast’s Xfinity is suffering nationwide outages, according to Down Detector and Twitter users, with the internet service down altogether or slowing right now. The problem is hitting areas of California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington state. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comcast,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Angela Lang/CNET Tags See It Sarah Tew/CNET See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) damnit xfinity I was literally 5 minutes from the end of the second to last episode of big little lies and you had to do me like this pic.twitter.com/MKSUi73glg— Sarah Flourance (@BookishFeminist) August 6, 2019 See it 0 Comments $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $210 at Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Boost Mobile See at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo $999 Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $520 at HP CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The first outages were reported around 1:40 a.m. ET, according to Engadget. Some people got text messages about routine system maintenance — these noted that the disruption was expected to end at 6 a.m. ET. However, Down Detector’s chart suggested that the problems continued well into Tuesday morning.The company hasn’t made a general announcement yet, nor has it responded to requests for comment.Xfinity suffered a similar outage last summer, and ultimately linked those problems to fibre cable cuts.First published at 1:48 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:15 a.m. PT: Noted Down Detector’s chart results. Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Turo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple iPhone XS Share your voice $6 at Tidal I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It Amazon
Disha Patani InstagramDisha Patani is one such celeb from the industry who has an equal number of haters for each of her fans. Not only do these haters and trolls keep track of all her pictures, videos, movements and updates but, never refrain from giving their two-cents either.Disha, who regularly endorses a lingerie brand on her Instagram, had recently shared some scintillating pictures of her wearing a red-coloured lingerie. While the picture soon went viral, with many complimenting the actress for such a perfect body, there were many who felt that the picture showed a bit ‘too much’.While a few questioned why Tiger Shroff doesn’t say anything to her on such photos, there were a few comments which said she doesn’t need this kind of publicity. Recently on Karan Johar’s show, Koffee with Karan, KJo had questioned Tiger about why they are always spotted together.”I am great friends with her. I love her company and we are keeping it at that. We both have very similar interests. I don’t have very many friends in the industry and she is one of the few people whom I get along with,” Tiger had said.While Tiger may have chosen his words quite carefully, papa Jackie Shroff has certainly spilled the beans on his relationship while talking to Mumbai Mirror. “Tiger found his first friend, who is a girl, at 25. Till then he never looked around. They share the same passions, dance and work-out together. She comes from a family of army officers, so, she understands the value of discipline. Who knows they may get married in future or remain friends for life. For now, they are just friends.”Well, we certainly don’t see anything wrong in this picture of Disha Patani and really hope the duo soon come out in the open and accept their relationship.
Top 6 Data Breaches Of 2018 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/3:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:06?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Uniqlo, a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer, announced that more than 460,000 customers on its online shopping sites were accessed by hackers from April 23 to May 10. Uniqlo is owned by Fast Retailing, which also owns several other retail brands like J Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and GU.On Monday parent company released its statement on the official website, and said, “It was confirmed on May 10 that an unauthorized login by a third party other than the customer occurred on the online store site operated by our company,” as per Google translate.According to an official statement, users’ personal information, purchase history and parts of credit card numbers may have been accessed. The Tokyo-based retailer is still in the investing phase and encouraging its online store customers to set unique passwords that are not easily be hacked. [Representational image]Creative CommonsAs the official statement came, shares of Fast Retailing traded down by about 0.6% during the afternoon trade in Tokyo on Tuesday.Security of customer data has become a major concern for websites, as hackers are continuously breaching website data. Recently, WhatsApp has faced a spyware attack and prior to this, credit ratings giant Equifax and hotel juggernaut Marriott International faced the same issue.Last year in October, Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said that the data of more than 9 million passengers were breached by the hackers, reported by Reuters. Passport numbers, Hong Kong identity card numbers and several other personal information were accessed by unauthorized persons. Uniqclo online accounts hackedReutersFast Retailing has been investing intemperately to build up its e-commerce operation. And such an incident could damage its brand value. As of now, the company is working to even up security flaws.Such access is done when the users use the same login ID and password at many platforms. So, make sure, your password should be strong, which should be a combination of special characters, numbers and has decent length. And also, never use the same password or ID combination at different platforms.
For Black History Month, the AFRO presents a series of articles highlighting important local heroes from the paper’s archives. We start off this week with Lillian Nutter, an expert watch repairer.In 1940, Lillian Nutter was nominated for the AFRO’s Hall of Fame. (AFRO File Photo)Because she is one of the few women in this country who are expert watch-repairers, Mrs. Lillian Nutter of 1719 Harlem Avenue is this week’s nominee for the AFRO’s Hall of Fame.For more than five years, Mrs. Nutter has worked daily alongside of Colvin R. Nutter, her husband, helping to repair watches and clocks, at their store in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.Has Charming MannerMrs. Nutter is not the type of woman you would expect to see sitting at a work bench in a jewelry store – that is, if you would expect to see any woman handling that type of work. Small, pleasant-faced, and the possessor of a charming manner, she has the appearance, instead, of a woman whose interest rarely go beyond her home.Bearing the maiden name of Gray, Mrs. Nutter is a native of Calvert County, Md., and is one of a family of seven children. Before her marriage, she supported herself by her work as a seamstress.‘Twas Love at First SightApproximately seven years ago, she met Mr. Nutter, one Sunday afternoon, when her sister invited him to her house for dinner. It was love at first sight, and, shortly afterwards, they were married.Right away, Mrs. Nutter began to take an active interest in her husband’s jewelry business. Beginning in his store as a clerk and secretary, later she began studying the art of repairing timepieces under his guidance, and, in a year’s time, she was far enough advanced to handle the simple repair work.Now, she is fully capable of handling a watch repairing establishment by herself, and, according to Mr. Nutter, is an expert on both the theory and practice of watch repairing.Aside from all of this, Mr. Nutter declares that Mrs. Nutter is positively the best cook in the city, and is the only person he has ever known who could cook a turkey to suit his taste.Loves to CookMrs. Nutter readily admitted that she loved to cook, and also liked to read and play tennis. Not caring for fiction, her reading is generally confined to biographies, books on metaphysics, and other non-fiction works.Having been coached by her husband, who is himself a player of no mean ability, Mrs. Nutter has made such rapid strides in her tennis that she is now thinking seriously of entering one or two of larger tournaments this year.She’s a Bit ModestAlong with her husband, she has been a member of Metropolitan Methodist Church for a number of years. There are no children.Although she is a rather frank person, Mrs. Nutter is just a little modest when there is any mention of the fact that her advancement in her chosen profession has made her an outstanding character. Yet, her explanation of it all is that she thinks every woman should interest herself in her husband’s business, and help him as much as possible to make is successful.
Explore further NIST Demonstrates Better Memory with Quantum Computer Bits 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. “Instead of moving ions around,” Stock continues, “you apply a two-ion operation between all neighboring ions at the same time. The created multipartite ‘entangled’ array of ions is a resource for quantum computing.” Actual computing is then based on measurement of ions in the array in a prescribed order and using a slightly different measurement basis for each ion. “In this scheme, it is the time required to read out information from the ions that critically determines the operational time scale of the quantum computer,” Stock says.Stock describes the measurement component as vital to this model of quantum computing. Instead of exciting the ions and getting them to emit a photon and measuring the photon, Stock and his colleague instead devised a different way in which they were able to measure the quantum bit encoded in a calcium ion. “You can use an ionization process to speed up measurement, since the electron can be extracted faster from the atom than you can get a photon out of an atom. The extracted electron is then guided onto a detector by the ion trap itself.” All of this takes place on a nanosecond time scale. “By speeding up the measurement,” Stock insists, “we can speed up the operation capability of the quantum computer.”Stock points out that this quantum computing scheme would be impractical as far as taking over common use from classical computers. “The lattice would have thousands of ions, which would need to be controlled, and carefully stored and protected. It means that the computer would be relatively large and impractical.”Uses for such a quantum computer are not limited to breaking data encryption. “This process would allow us to take problems of great complexity and still solve them on a humanly possible timescale. This could provide the key to modeling complex systems – especially perhaps in biology – that we can’t solve now. This would be a tremendous advantage over classical computing.”More information: Stock, René and James, Daniel. “Scalable, High-Speed Measurement-Based Quantum Computer Using Trapped Ions.” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.170501 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Ion trap quantum computing (2009, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-ion-quantum.html Stock, a post-doc at the University of Toronto, points out that ion trap quantum computing has made a lot of progress in the last 10 years. “Ions in traps have been one of most successful physical implementation of quantum computing in physical systems.” Stock believes that it is possible to use ion-trap quantum computing to create measurement-based quantum computers that could compete with classical computers for very large and complex problems – and even on smaller scale problems. His work on the subject, done with Daniel James, appears in Physical Review Letters: “Scalable, High-Speed Measurement-Based Quantum Computer Using Trapped Ions.”“One of the most important considerations in quantum computing is the fact that quantum computing scales polynomially, rather than exponentially, as classical computing does.” This polynomial scaling is what makes quantum computing so useful for breaking data encryption. In order to make data encryption more secure, one usually increases the number of bits used. “Because of the exponential scaling, breaking data encryptions quickly becomes impossible using standard classical computers or even networks of computers,” Stock explains. “The improved scaling with quantum computers could be one a biggest threads to data encryption and security.” While this sounds promising, Stock points this out that there are still problems with quantum information processing: “While scaling would be better with quantum computing, current operation of quantum information processing is too slow to even compete with classical computers on large factoring problems that take 5 months to solve.”The way ion-trap quantum computing works now – or at least is envisioned to work – requires that ions be shuttled back and forth around the trap architecture. Stock explains that this takes time. “As the complexity of problems and the size of the quantum computing to be implemented increases, the time issue becomes even more important. We wanted to figure out how we could change the time scale,” Stock explains. “We found that we could speed up the processing by using an array of trapped ions and by parallelizing entangling operations.” (PhysOrg.com) — “Right now, classical computers are faster than quantum computers,” René Stock tells PhysOrg.com. “The goal of quantum computing is to eventually speed up the time scale of solving certain important problems, such as factoring and data search, so that quantum computing can not only compete with, but far outperform, classical computing on large scale problems. One of the most promising ways to possibly do this is with ion traps.”
According to the party’s Constitution, the National Executive has to be reconstituted every three years. The tenure of the present National Executive ends this month. The AAP came into being on November 26, 2012.The founding members – Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar – who were expelled from the party in April this year are to be replaced by new members.Christina Fami, AAP’s National Executive member from Tamil Nadu; Mayanak Gandhi and Subhash Ware also tendered their resignations from the body. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportThe National Council is the body of founding members of the party. The Council ratifies all decisions taken by the party.Founding member and dissident AAP leader Shanti Bhushan, father of expelled rebel leader Prashant Bhushan, alleged that more than 40 National Council members have been served with show-cause notices and around 90 have not been informed about Monday’s meeting.He added that he would take all resources, political or legal, to stop “disgusting” treatment towards party workers and might also approach the Election Commission in this regard. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJPBhushan criticised Kejriwal for hugging Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad at the sweaing-in ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a few days ago. He also accused Kejriwal of running the party “like a dictator” and turning it into a khap panchayat. Bhushan accused the Delhi Chief Minister of “mala fide intention”. A day before AAP’s National Council (NC) meeting, he said the party had sent him a notice, informing about venue change from Constitution Club to a motel at Karnal Road at the last moment, which indicates mala fide intention. “When I asked for a list of the invitees, they did not respond,” he said.“The meeting being held tomorrow is patently illegal and full of mala fide intentions. We are members of the National Council of AAP and also the founding members of the party. We have been observing a fall in morals and values of the party for a long time and have proofs of the wrong-doing and illegal activities being executed by the party,” the senior Bhushan said.Bhushan also called the party’s 4th National Council meeting in the national Capital as illegal and unconstitutional, alleging that the party had suspended 40 members to curb dissent without a valid reason just before the meeting. Sources said AAP had served suspension emails to its founding members. Bhushan said he would challenge the party’s move before the Election Commission and also in court to declare the NC meet null and void.
Based on the life of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and his extended family and friends, this semi-fictional book tries to capture several vignettes of Bengali society and its culture of that era. By doing so, it also gives us an insight into the larger canvas that was India.Jorasanko, a neighbourhood north of Kolkata, has been linked to Tagore’s name forever. The book tells, with great aplomb, the story of Digambari, Prince Dwarkanath’s wife, who banished her illustrious husband from her household because he went against the dharma of his Vaishnav ancestors by hosting receptions where meat and liquor were served. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis uncompromising act of Rabindranath’s grandmother showed the existence of women of substance in a household that can be termed as Bengal’s first family. One is tempted to raise at least half a toast to this act of early rebellion, even though it was against the freewheeling lifestyle of a man who also hobnobbed extensively with Europeans. As painted by the author Aruna Chakravarti, the novel is largely set between the years 1859 and 1902 when a feudal mindset was slowly, reluctantly giving way to a liberal, westernised one. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the hub of the transition was Jnanadanandini, the dynamo wife of Maharshi Debendranath’s second son Satyendranath Tagore. Jnanadanandini has been dignified with the title of the “first modern woman” of Bengal when modernism was still in its infancy. She was perhaps one of the strongest influences on Rabindranath, who would eventually go on to change the face of Bengali literature forever.Providing a deeper insight into Tagore’s life, the author shows how Rabindranath flourished under the influence of Jnanadanandini, though it was his other sister-in-law, Kadambari, who discovered his potential as a poet and helped him to free the muses trapped within. Chakravarti, an academic, creative writer and translator, took the milieu in which the poet-philosopher lived, anchoring her vivid imagination to what would have been, rather than what really was.The book explores Rabindranath Tagore’s engagement with the freedom movement and his vision for holistic education, bringing alive his latter-day inspirations, Ranu Adhikari and Victoria Ocampo, mapping the histories of Tagore’s women, even as it goes on to describe the twilight years of one of the greatest luminaries of modern times.Rabindranath’s wife Mrinalini was unfortunate in the way she has been viewed by his contemporaries and succeeding generations of his readers as an “unworthy spouse” of one of the greatest men of the land.But in the author’s eyes she was not an unworthy spouse if one takes into consideration the restrictions under which women of the time were placed. Which should mean that the women who rose above their calling in the household did it despite those extreme odds. The book also delves deeply into the disquiet in the poet’s heart, his sadness and melancholy. How unhappy he was when he found that his ailing daughter was not getting adequate care from her in-laws.Amidst the many unhappiness, the bard was also busy building his dream project at Santiniketan – Visva-Bharati – which would become one of the finest universities of the land. The book is a sequel to the author’s ‘Jorasanko’, published in 2013. Both are part-fictional accounts of life and times of Tagore and the many women who influenced him in the ancestral mansion.The background themes of this rich palette include the Bengal Renaissance, the socio-political scene of India, the British colonial rule and the proposal by Lord Curzon to divide the poet’s beloved land into two.The fiction merges so well with the colours of history that you cannot help but let your senses ride along, in a journey which is both rich and satisfying. Read the book in one sitting if you can – the age comes alive and grabs you for a lasting impact.