In addition to the new Windows phones, Microsoft will also be featuring two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video and contacts to the Web and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Marketplace will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications that can be controlled from both the phone and the Web.Microsoft is currently working with partners across the industry to deliver a new generation of Windows phones that will provide consumers with information, and applications that will provide a greater end-to-end experiences at work or at home.In Windows Mobile 6.5 you will find a new home screen with customizable widgets that displays favorite Web services and lets users access them quickly with a finger tap along with faster and more efficient access to e-mail, phone messages and instant messaging. The improved touch-screen interface makes it easy to open applications and there is also an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser.The free My Phone service enables users to access, manage and back up their personal information on their device to a password-protected Web-based service. This also makes it easier to upgrade your phone without losing important information. Windows Marketplace for Mobile is an integrated marketplace for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications from Windows phones. The new marketplace will be found on Windows phones that incorporate Windows Mobile 6.5. Developers have already built more than 20,000 applications for Windows phones and will offer applications to customers through the marketplace via a simple security and compatibility check from Microsoft.The new Windows phones are expected to be available the second half of 2009. If you would like additional information, you can visit Microsoft Mobile World Congress Web Page.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — At the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona, Microsoft officially revealed the new Windows phones featuring new user-friendly software and services. The next generation of Windows phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer browsing experience.
What’s the most spectacular thing about the popular ongoing Surajkund Mela? It just created history with the highest footfall recorded for a single day with 1,42,000 visitors on a single day on Sunday last week. This new milestone crossed all previous footfall records.The success of Surajkund Crafts Mela is credited to the availability of modern amenities of safe drinking water, clean environment, high maintenance of law and order, clean and hygienic public conveniences and efficient transport facilities with the due efforts of policing and security agencies, district administration and Mela Authority. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The area of the Mela now stands around 40 acres and ensures smooth and soaring movement of visitors. The year 1989 had a footfall of mere 1.75 lakhs while the year 2010 saw a whooping 7.54 lakhs of visitors in the Mela. The year 2011 saw a 20 per cent increase in the number of visitors as compared to 2010 and over the last couple of years, the numbers have been escalating.Surajkund Crafts Mela has gone beyond cultural amalgamation of various countries. The Mela has gone international this year with the participation of 20 countries. The Mela has been enriched by various foreign cultural troupes. It boasts of dedicated fan following who visit every year.
A rare exhibition of ethnic art motifs of tribal communities such as Gonds, Bhils, Rathwas, Sauras and Warlis is being held in the national capital.The nine-day Adi Chitra showcase at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra here features works of 40 artists.The artworks, painted in simplistic style, depict life of the ethnic groups, including their gods and goddesses, love for nature, affinity to colours, festivals and community bonding.Organised by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the show aims to save ethnic paintings from fading into oblivion and bringing them into the mainstream. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The mobile show earlier travelled to Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad attracting tremendous response. Among the well-known artists whose works are on display are Nankushia Shyam and Japani, Paresh Rathwa, Rameshwar Munda and Jivya Soma Mashe.‘They vent their creative expressions by sketching on rocks or smearing patterns with cow dung or rice flour on walls. But many such artists never get attention of the world outside and their art dies with them. Our focus is to bring some of these gifted people into the mainstream,’ managing director Jiji Thomson said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTribal art has changed with times. Rice flour, natural dyes and mud wall surfaces – the traditional drawing tools, have given way to paper, canvas, acrylic and waters colours with artists such as Jangarh Singh Shyam and his students opening up to modernism.In the last decade, ethnic has found space in the mainstream because of increased efforts by tribal welfare and culture ministries.The art is much sought in the western markets. According to rough estimates, these artworks sell for Rs 50,000-Rs 2,00,000 though many artists complain of feeling short-changed because of the sporadic nature of the exhibitions. Companies such as the Kedia group have been bringing tribal art to metropolitan centres and building archives with extensive documentation to preserve the genres under their corporate social responsibility initiatives.The national capital got its first dedicated tribal art gallery, The Must Art Gallery, last year.The gallery, owned by Tulika Kedia, hosts solo and group shows by talented but little-known tribal artists from Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Kedia has a personal collection of nearly 2,000 ethnic works of art.Also, Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, which has a large collection of ethnic art, is building a separate tribal art facility to encourage more artists to come out of their insular aesthetic fold, said an official of the culture ministry, who did not want to be named.
A sweeping look at the audience with a glimmer in her eye marked the end of every set she played. Amidst a dazzling background, piano took the centrestage with her fingers conjuring up magic for the ears. Ankita Kumar, the daughter of Neeraj Kumar, the incumbent Commissioner of Police, enthralled the city at IIT Delhi, with her piano performance HARMONY that celebrated music from across borders on 12 July. Sarod maestro, Amjad Ali Khan, celebrity piano player and Ankita’s teacher Brian Silas, TV anchor and actors-Anurradha Prasad,Shammi Narang were amongst the elite gathering of 400 people comprising politicians, diplomats, artistes and music lovers who witnessed the musical evening. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The one and a half hour instrumental event featured music from across the world on the piano. Accompanied by the rhythms of the tabla and the strings of the guitar, the evening witnessed Hindi film songs from the black and white era, techno rich Bollywood music of today, Boney M songs and timeless English classic tunes on the piano. Blending in music with emotions, she played old melodies from O haseena zulfon waali, Kahin door jab din dhul jaaye, Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixand Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si to the latest songs Itni si khushi itni si hasii (Barfi) and Tum hee ho (Ashiqui 2).’Through Harmony, I paid tribute to my father for a glorious four decade career in uniform and a brand new innings,’ said Ankita Kumar while unleashing the power of music.Her musical journey that began with emulating her teacher Brian Silas at the age of 12 has now culminated into a many musical evenings and a school for music,Colors of Music, in 2012. Hitting the right notes, with this performance she reached a musical crescendo in her career, leaving her audience entranced.
Divine Social Welfare Society, a Non- government organization organised a Sufi Musical evening with Nizami Brothers on December 7 at Sri Satya Sai Auditorium for their Campaign Green Hands: Save Earth- Save Future which is directed towards the environmental issues that are prevalent today and their impact on our upcoming generations.It was a fund raising event whose proceeds will be utilized for bearing the expenses of the campaign. Nizami Brothers commenced the evening with Maula Ke Kaul, which according to Sufiana tradition is important to start with. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These Sufi legends mesmerised all with their powerful voices and magic of qawali. Nizami Brothers presented some soulful poetry and received a huge applause from the audience.The evening saw the soulful performance of Sufi music composed in Urdu, Farsi and Arabi language these included; ‘Saanson Ki Khushboo..’, ‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja..’, ‘Faya Kun..’ amongst few others. They ended the programme with popular song ‘Dama Dam Mast Kalandar..’,During the program B. Kalita (MP and President Assam Pradesh Congress Committee), Mohd. Adeeb (MP), Ashok Tanwar (President Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee were present their to support this campaign. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking about the program General Secretary of Divine NGO Yash Sharma said “In the last 2-3 decades, we have witnessed drastic changes in the environmental scenario which is affecting us in many ways such as Global Warming, Earthquakes, Cyclones, Floods, Landslides, Depletion of Natural Resources etc. “So, we are very much concerned about our next generation with the big question,’ Are we going to leave anything behind for Gen-next?’ To address this question, we have designed a fresh campaign to create as well as enhance awareness amongst the masses and also to find and implement the necessary measures to slow down the degradation of the environment.” This campaign will also move to other parts of India.
In the meeting, which was attended by JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, consensus was reached on the merger of all splinters of Janata Parivar.According to sources, the unification will start after January 15 as the month of kharmas (inauspicious) will come to end on Makar Sankranti, which will be celebrated on January 14. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIWhile talking to reporters, after the meeting, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Saturday said, “The merger of Janata Parivar is on the cards. Today, we all met to discuss issues like flag and symbol of the proposed outfit.”“We had earlier taken a decision about merging our parties and Mulayam Singh was authorised to take the proposal forward. We sat together today in this regard. He will speak to the JD(S) president and INLD leaders and we will have a formal meeting,” Kumar said, describing their meeting as informal. While talking to Millennium Post, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said, “All parties have agreed to the merger and the good news will come soon.”There are suggestions that JD (U) and RJD may merge before the grand merger of five parties as a prolonged delay may be detrimental to their interest in Bihar which is headed for polls later this year and they face a stiff challenge from a rejuvenated BJP.
Indonesian divers have found a body believed to be the French co-pilot who was steering an AirAsia plane when it crashed in December with 162 people onboard, an official said on Saturday.Coordinator of the search and rescue effort S B Supriyadi said the body was retrieved from the front part of the fuselage during a search operation on Friday.“It is likely the body of the French co-pilot, wearing uniform with three stripes on (the) shoulder,” he told AFP, adding that the body is still being held onboard the Pacitan warship before being taken to land. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenA formal confirmation will be given after the Disaster Victims Identification (DVI) team finish identifying the body, which is in poor condition, S B Supriyadisaid.Indonesian investigators last month said French co-pilot Remi Plesel was flying the plane before it crashed, rather than Captain Iriyanto, an experienced former fighter pilot.Flight QZ8501 went down in stormy weather on December 28 in the Java sea during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.Divers also found three bodies inside the main body of the plane yesterday and another three bodies near the fuselage today, bringing a total number of dead retrieved to 101, Supriyadi said.Rescue services are still trying to lift the fuselage from the seabed using giant inflatable bags after earlier attempts failed.
They say, nobody reads a mystery in search of the middle; they read it to get to the crux – if it’s a downer, quite simply, they won’t buy you anymore. A detective fiction, in itself, must necessarily be a predicament – a seam, screaming to be deboned, the obligation being constant and the powers of supply variable. With time, the reader grows more refined and tricky to gratify and the novelist, more fatigued. And, this is what happens in the case of Barbara Cleverly, a British writer, whose first novel The Last Kashmiri Rose takes place in India, 1922. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Setting a story against an exotic historical milieu is a time-honoured practice. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved to create elaborate backdrops for characters in his Sherlock Holmes tales. Likewise, Agatha Christie liked to position her contemporary novels in far-flung lands. Cleverly tries treading on their footsteps but doesn’t quite match up to the standards. As the star of the series, Cleverly creates Commander Joe Sandilands of London’s Metropolitan Police. He is a World War I veteran, who entered into police work as an expected progression from military intelligence service. Other than being tall and good-looking, except for a battle scar, he is also single, which leaves him at ease to shape sporadic liaisons with fascinating ladies along the journey, as and when required. Unlike many protagonists in this genre, Sandilands doesn’t have any noteworthy vices or idiosyncrasies. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe primary action of The Last Kashmiri Rose takes place at a military and government base in Panikhat, about 50 miles south of Calcutta, where an officer’s wife has just been murdered in a rather horrific way. Joe quickly learns that this murder is only the latest in a series of similar crimes that began in 1910 with the death of another officer’s wife in a terrible house fire. Cleverly begins her narrative with a brief telling of the events surrounding that incident – a tactic that she makes use of in the succeeding novels in the series, as well. For this escapade, Joe has two companions – Nancy Drummond, a sharp, quick-witted and eye-catching young woman, who is married to one of the high-ranking government officials on the base and Naurung Singh – a young Sikh officer, who is assigned to work with Joe on the investigation. Cleverly does a neat job of demarcating the imbalance of British India’s hierarchical society. However, as austerely as it might have begun, the issue of a possible native turbulence once the mystery is solved, dies a hushed death. None of the characters lose sleep over it again; instead, in a perfectly parlour-mystery mode, the murders are solved and society easily slips back normalcy. Equally disquieting is the romance between Sandilands and Nancy Drummond, for it’s hardly plausible that two members of the British upper-middle-class in the early 1920s would foxtrot so gaily into an affair, without so much as fluttering an eyelid over the potential scandal. With just about an ephemeral mention of “looseness of morals” in colonial India, this anachronistically modern couple appear blithely nonchalant about taking a roll or two in the hay in broad daylight!Moving on, Ragtime in Simla picks up from where The Last Kasmiri Rose ends, around March 1922. After the opening episode prepares the leg for the mystery, we find our hero aboard a train to the mountain town of Simla. In this novel, Joe has Simla’s Police Superintendent Charlie Carter as his sidekick, who courteously accepts Joe’s participation in the investigation that is to follow. Alarm rings as Joe’s travelling companion; a Russian opera singer is shot at his side on the road up to Simla and the detective finds himself neck-deep into a murder investigation, which has its roots in the aftermath of the First World War. As the obscurity unfolds, he finds that behind the dazzling facade of the social life in Simla, lies a shadow of murder, vice and blackmail.And as far as The Damascened Blade is concerned, it is once again, like the former, a tale of revenge, tracing the legacy of a bitter grudge, with roots embedded deep in the past. Where Cleverly distinctly falls short, is her characterisation, not to mention her uncanny tendency of revealing more than requisite at inopportune moments. A criminal demands unusual detecting – he is the creative artiste, the detective – merely a critic. Sandilands, who is up on his Freud and Jung is full of elaborate theories – as to how killers are created and sustained; he needs to realise that criminal profiling is hardly news! Noticeably thin on personality, he is easy-going and diplomatic and appears anything but intelligent (despite repeated claims by those around him)! Also, Cleverly lacks precision. The long descriptive passages; dallying with side issues and atmospheric preoccupation hold up the action and introduces issues irrelevant to the chief purpose. Where the crime should disrupt the status quo for readers to take pleasure in the transgressive thrill; to survey approvingly as the detective sets things right, Sandilands becomes monotonously predictable and that’s where Cleverly fails to make the grade!
Kolkata: Kundan Maharaj (24), who was driving his own cab while ferrying some passengers to Burdwan from Howrah, has been murdered when he resisted their attempt to loot the vehicle.He was a resident of Howrah’s Liluah. The accused are believed to be car lifters, who booked the vehicle under the pretext of going to Shaktigarh.According to the investigation, police came to know that four youths boarded the vehicle from Howrah and told the victim, who is also the owner of the car, that they would go to Shaktigarh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe family members of the victim told the police that when he reached Shaktigarh, the youths asked him to drive 10 kms further towards Burdwan side. Maharaj then captured some photographs of the passengers and sent to his father through social a networking app on Saturday night.Police on Saturday night recovered the body of the victim that was lying on National Highway 2. There were several stab marks in his abdomen. The car was found at a distance of around 10 km from the place where the body was spotted. A sharp weapon was also found inside the vehicle which was carrying blood stains. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAccording to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the miscreants stabbed the victim and dumped him on the road side. Then they sped up the vehicle in an attempt to loot it. On their way, they met with an accident as the vehicle was at a top speed. When the car met with an accident, the accused youths fled the spot leaving the vehicle there.Police suspect that the miscreants might be a part of interstate car smuggling racket. Police have seized the car and recovered the mobile phone of the victim. The family members called up the victim several times but the phone remained unanswered until the district police recovered his body. They have started a detailed probe and are conducting raids.