In the memory of India’s greatest devotional poets, the Department of Art, Culture and Languages of Hindi Academy will showcase a four day long musical theatre festival, Sun Bhai Sadho in the capital. Kicking off on 16 July, these musical theatre acts will emphasise upon the works of Surdas, Kabirdas, and Tulsidas.Swaying to the tunes of devotional poetry in the central park arena of Connaught place, the poetry buffs in Delhi will be transported to a state of trance. In this four day long festival, Shekhar Sen will perform the solo theatrical acts. Day one and two are dedicated to the the poetry of Surdas, followed by Kabirdas and Tulsidas on the next two days. Mark the dates in your calendar!
Lyricist-poet Gulzar was in the capital on Friday to launch the DVDs of Godan and Nirmala from his 26-episode 2004 TV serial called Tehreer…Munshi Premchand Ki on Doordarshan. Doordarshan has brought out these iconic novels from the Indian classical literature in a contemporary format. Commenting on Premchand’s works during the launch Gulzar said, ‘I adapted most of Premchand’s books for the screen because the author is utterly close to my heart. I met Premchand during three stages of my life. I met him first in school when I read Hajj-E-Akbar and Idgah. I could very well relate to the story of ‘Idgah’ because I had seen my mother making chapatis in the tandoor and her hands used to get blistered.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The director said that the second time he met Premchand was when he was in college. He said, ‘I started relating with the sociopolitical scenario of society. Last, I met him was when I became a director. I adored the way how beautifully he used to bring out the small nuances of our day-to-day lives.’ The 79-year-old director who started off his film career with director Bimal Roy’s Bandini said that films today should not be blamed for the evils of the society. He also commented on the art of cinema and said that cinema is the mirror of the society. Nothing goes to society from cinema. Cinema, in turn, presents the violence that occurs society in a loud way to provide a message with the help of background music.Gulzar also said that literature cannot be a reformer; it can only remind of or record the past era. read more
Kolkata: The number of female candidates appearing for the Madhyamik Examination 2019 that kicks off from Tuesday has seen a significant rise this year despite a drop in total number of candidates who are appearing for the examination.A total of 60,3311 girls have been enrolled for the examination which is 13.3 percent more than the number of male candidates which stands at 46,1669. “The number of candidates who are slated to appear for the examination this year stands at 10,64,980 which is a little lesser than 10,83,388 candidates who had appeared last year. But the number of girls appearing for the examination is significantly more in comparison to boys,” said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, president of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), at a press conference on Monday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA senior official of the state Education department said the rise in the number of female candidates is the result of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s project Kanyashree that has pushed up the enrollment of girls and at the same time contributed in curbing early marriages. The maximum number of candidates which stands at 98,702 is from North 24 Parganas while the minimum number is from Kalimpong 3619. The examination that begins from Tuesday will continue till February 22. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe number of head-examiners and examiners has also seen a rise in comparison to last year. The WBBSE has taken a series of security measures to check malpractices and cheating in the examination centres. “Teachers, who have been assigned the duty of invigilators, will have to hand over their mobile phone 30 minutes before the start of examination to the venue-in-charge who will be a government official,” Ganguly said reiterating that strong action will be taken against the teachers or the exam centres who fail to comply with the new rule. Students are already barred from carrying cell-phones inside the examination halls. The board president made it clear that only centre officer-in -charge, centre secretary, venue supervisor, venue in-charge and additional venue supervisor would be allowed to use cell phones in the exam centres. The sealed packets of question papers will be opened in the examination centre by the invigilator and distributed immediately among the students. The decision comes in the wake of charges of opening the seal of question papers much before the scheduled time by the headmaster of Maynaguri Subhasnagar High School, Haridayal Roy, during last year’s examination. He had allegedly made question papers of more than one subject available to the topper of the school. Roy has been suspended and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against him. read more
On Tuesday, Gnome announced that they are planning on retiring the app menus from its next release, which is GNOME 3.32. Application menus or app menus are the menus that you see in the GNOME 3 top bar, with the name and icon for the current app. Why application menus are being removed in GNOME? The following are the reasons GNOME is bidding adieu to the application menus: Poor user engagement: Since their introduction, application menus have been a source of usability issues. The app menus haven’t been performing well over the years, despite efforts to improve them. Users don’t really engage with them. Two different locations for menu items: Another reason for the application menus not doing well could be the split between app menus and the menus in application windows. With two different locations for menu items, it becomes easy to look in the wrong place, particularly when one menu is more frequently visited than the other. Limited adoption by third-party applications: Application menus have seen limited adoption by third-party applications. They are often kept empty, other than the default quit item, and people have learned to ignore them. What guidelines developers must follow? All GNOME applications will have to move the items from its app menu to a menu inside the application window. Here are the guidelines that developers need to follow: Remove the app menu and move its menu items to the primary menu If required, split the primary menus into primary and secondary menus The about menu item should be renamed from “About” to “About application-name” Guidelines for the primary menu Primary menu is the menu you see in the header bar and has the icon with three stacked lines, also referred to as the hamburger menu. In addition to app menu items, primary menus can also contain other menu items. 2. Quit menu item is not required so it is recommended to remove it from all locations. 3. Move other app menu items to the bottom of the primary menu. 4. A typical arrangement of app menu items in a primary menu is a single group of items: Preferences Keyboard Shortcuts Help About application-name 5. Applications that use a menu bar should remove their app menu and move any items to the menu bar menus. If an application fails to remove the application menu by the release of GNOME 3.32, it will be shown in the app’s header bar, using the fallback UI that is already provided by GTK. Read the full announcement on GNOME’s official website. Read Next Fedora 29 beta brings Modularity, GNOME 3.30 support and other changes GNOME 3.30 released with improved Desktop performance, Screen Sharing, and more GIMP gets $100K of the $400K donation made to GNOME read more
Cruising will be faster and easier with Royal Caribbean’s tech advancements Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, November 9, 2017 BROOKLYN — Royal Caribbean is going on a tech binge, rolling out an unprecedented number of digital innovations that touches every aspect of its business.“The pace of change is relentless—and so are we,” said Richard D. Fain, RCL’s chairman and CEO. “We are harnessing a range of technologies to enhance every facet of our business, every minute of our guests’ vacations, and every inch of the ships we build.”A guest-empowering app will blanket the company’s 48-ship fleet over the next two years, making it “simpler than ever to book and plan your cruise vacation from home or with a travel agent,” said Jay Schneider, senior vice president, digital. “Once onboard, you can navigate our ships with interactive maps and guides, explore the ship with cool features like x-ray vision, or order drinks that can be delivered to you wherever you are on the ship.”Through the app, Royal Caribbean promises guests that they can board ships in the time “it takes to order fries from the drive-through,” skipping check-in lines thanks to facial recognition technology. Guests can also sign up for shore excursions, order drinks and make dinner reservations through their smartphones, and indulge in VR and AR experiences that transform ship spaces into virtual environments and interactive games.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerMoreover, the app will unlock guest staterooms and enable guests to control stateroom lighting and temperature.One specific focus is removing time-stealing moments from the cruise experience. “Time spent in line—whether you’re waiting for your food, waiting for your bags to arrive, waiting on a table, or booking an excursion—is time stolen from your time off,” Schneider said. To return that time to guests, the company is combining technologies ranging from facial recognition to RFID tagging to GPS mapping to Bluetooth-enabled beacons to streamline boarding, manage check-ins automatically and improve wayfinding.An initial release of the cruise guest app is already available on selected ships in RCL’s fleet. Schneider said RCL will continue to refine the app, adding new ship-specific features and capabilities, with each subsequent release. “Our aim is to have the app enabled on about 15% of our fleet by the end of this year, and more than double that by the end of 2018,” said Schneider.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe innovations enriching the cruise guest experience will be complemented by a suite of tools for crews, as well. For example, the app-enabled offerings for guests will be mirrored on the crew side by mobile applications that help crew members check-in guests, complete required paperwork, track delivery of guests’ bags to their staterooms, and interact with guests and anticipate their needs throughout their vacations.In addition, crews will have access to easier means to manage their own schedules, stay connected to friends and family while onboard, and stay connected to RCL during their off-contract periods. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> read more