Cornell researchers striving to understand memorable movie quotes

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Why do some movie quotes stand out and stick not just in our minds, but in the minds of many? “I’ll be back,” spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original Terminator movie, for example, or “Make my day,” whispered by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. Such phrases become part of our collective culture, used by many long after the movie itself has become old news. But why, that’s what Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil and colleagues at Cornell want to know, so much so that they’ve undertaken a serious study of the matter, and have, oddly enough, come up with some interesting ideas, as they describe in their paper pre-published on arXiv, to help explain in a general sense, what happens when say, Renée Zellweger offers the line “You had me at hello,” in the otherwise forgettable movie Jerry Maguire. Study of Facebook patterns suggests interests in music, movies unlikely to spread among friends To get to the bottom of this important social phenomenon, the research team looked at a thousand movies and extracted short “memorable” lines from each. They then compared those against other lines in the same movie spoken by the same character to see if they could spot any differences. To help in this endeavor, they asked volunteers who had not seen the movie to choose between two lines to see if they could figure out which was more memorable. They found that people guessed right (as defined by the IMDB online database) about seventy five percent of the time. And just for kicks, they have also posted the test online for anybody else that wishes to give it a try.The team next compared the quotes with a large sample of common quotes from 1967, hoping that the popular phrase would not appear in them to help in analyzing their grammatical structure. As a result, they found that memorable quotes tend to be unique in that they don’t turn up in such texts, but they do generally lean towards pronouns, indefinite articles and verbs used in the past tense. Such constructs, they say, tend to make for generalized statements, which make them easily transferable to varied circumstances. “You had me at hello,” for example, could be used by both men and women in all manner of different social settings to get a point across quickly and easily, making it an ideal quote.Once they had some idea of what they were looking for, the team looked at advertising to see if professional quote makers were using the same techniques. Unsurprisingly, they found that advertising catch phrases held many of the same properties as memorable lines in movies.After all their research, it seems the team might be on to something, though their results are murky at best, which makes sense, because as we all intuitively know, memorable movie lines are thus, because they cut through the blather of general dialogue to make a deeper point. Understanding how it’s done, would require understanding art itself, which thus far, luckily, remains a mystery. 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. Location of memorable quotes in each decile of movie scripts. Image from arXiv:1203.6360v1 © 2012 PhysOrg.com Citation: Cornell researchers striving to understand memorable movie quotes (2012, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-cornell-movie-quotes.html More information: You had me at hello: How phrasing affects memorability, arXiv:1203.6360v1 [cs.CL] arxiv.org/abs/1203.6360AbstractUnderstanding the ways in which information achieves widespread public awareness is a research question of significant interest. We consider whether, and how, the way in which the information is phrased — the choice of words and sentence structure — can affect this process. To this end, we develop an analysis framework and build a corpus of movie quotes, annotated with memorability information, in which we are able to control for both the speaker and the setting of the quotes. We find significant differences between memorable and non-memorable quotes in several key dimensions. One is lexical distinctiveness: in aggregate, memorable quotes use less common word choices, but at the same time are built upon a scaffolding of common syntactic patterns; another is that memorable quotes tend to be more general in ways that make them easy to apply in new contexts. We also show how the concept of “memorable language” can be extended across domains.via Arxiv Bloglast_img read more

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Olympus unwraps MEG40 wearable display

first_img Options in battery life include the ability to use the system for eight hours of intermittent use, or two hours of non-stop projection. This “intermittent” display mode means the product will automatically turn on the display for you for every three minutes for 15 seconds. MEG4.0 has a built-direction acceleration sensor. This allows the device to detect the position of the user’s head and react accordingly.Olympus is counting on promoting its prototype as a culmination of longtime research efforts and on the merits of its own “proprietary optical technology” but has offered no information on an estimated release date or pricing. The company says the product is designed for everyday use. Google patent sends ring signals to Project Glass © 2012 Phys.org The announcement will draw interest among those watching new developments in the wearable heads-up display area but the most media attention thus far has been accorded to Google’s step into the future with its Project Glass concept of a wearable device with an integral CPU and memory built into the glasses. In general, say analysts, the strangeness of a wearable device worn on eyeglasses transforming a human into an other-worldly creature is wearing away. In its place is greater acceptance that this is a viable way to enjoy Internet connectivity. Walking around with a small rectangle or any other shape over one lens would be increasingly recognized as a convenient computer monitor superimposed on the real world.Nonetheless, it appears that vendors bringing such products into the marketplace will have to compete as much on looks and design as on technologies that can make the systems work efficiently. Any quick look at reader comments on news reports of new wearable display prototypes reveal that most of the comments, often negative, choose to focus on the products looking too “goofy” or “clumsy.”The Olympus MEG4.0 has not been spared. The Gizmodo report on the announced prototype led off with, If you thought Google Glasses looked bad, Olympus’s augmented reality specs will make you want to drop dead.“ Olympus press release More information:center_img Explore further (Phys.org) — Adding to the onslaught of vendor prototypes of wearable heads-up display models is Japan based Olympus with its Thursday announcement of the Meg4.0, a glasses mounted display—yes, it needs to be fitted on eyeglasses—with technology that Olympus hopes will differentiate it from other vendors’ attempts. MEG4.0, a tiny wearable display weighing in at 30g, can be fitted on most glasses. The wearer connects it to a smartphone with GPS, via Bluetooth 2.1. The MEG4.0 comes with QVGA resolution (320×240) with a 10cd/m2 – 2,000 cd/m2 brightness, and built in accelerometer. Citation: Olympus unwraps MEG4.0 wearable display (2012, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-olympus-unwraps-meg40-wearable.html 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.last_img read more

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Brains Genes and Primates The future of higher research on the planet

first_img 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. (Phys.org)—’Brains, Genes, and Primates’ is the title of a curious perspective article recently published in the journal Neuron. In it, a who’s who of dignitaries and luminaries from the field of neuroscience toss out a life raft to the now ailing vocation that has operated under the umbrella of ‘primate neurophysiology’. Beginning with an eclectic mix of primate-exclusive features and skillsets, the authors make the case for the continued necessity of nonhuman primates as essential models for studying the human brain. That salvation comes via the extension to the primate realm of the ability to manipulate the genome and subsequent evo-development of rodents with godlike prowess. By a somewhat contorted flow, the authors of the perspective introduce primate gene editing techniques. These include things like zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPRs). The authors note that as it exists now, programmable editing of preimplantation embryos suffers from various inefficiencies including off-target and mosaically-patterned gene modifications. Some of these limitations can be met through various related embryonic stem technologies—cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer, or with haploid stem cells, for example. One might also creatively pursue the generation of primate primordial germ cells (precursors of both oocytes and spermatozoa), or directly make primate spermatogonial stem cells. The latter persist as a small population in the testis having the unique ability to self-renew and produce ‘daughter’ spermatids through meiosis throughout adult life.The obvious need for continued primate testing for things like emergency Ebola vaccines aside, it is far from clear that gene editing and stem cell studies can save the now beleaguered primate research barrack. If not, then what might rescue primate research? The answer may be more obvious than we might we might first casually think. What we need is a win-win both for ape and man, something that is humane, yet capable of producing useful results. One thing to realize is that as higher monkeys, and great apes in particular, grow old and infirm, they suffer from many of the same ailments we do.Not least of these concerns might be nervous system degeneration—in short, a general loss of brainpower. If researchers take an animal and deafen it to test hearing devices, or give it a gene for a debilitating demyelinating disease, many folks are going to cry foul. But take an animal that loses their hearing in the ripeness of age and give it a cochlear implant, or one no longer having the will to hunt a deep brain stimulator, and you have flipped the ethics of game back on the aggressor. Yes, it would be prohibitive if those in the animal husbandry business had to wait until their animals died of natural causes before serving them up, but research is more a subtle game.The real insult to animals both on the farm or in the lab is not how humane the final seconds were as it was sacrificed. Rather, it is the conditions under which they lived their entire lives. The real ‘Planet of the Apes’ does in fact exist. It is a tiny island in the middle of the Farmington River in Liberia. The sixty or so chimps that make a living there on ‘Monkey Island’ are survivors of a nearby research facility where they were used in the study of viruses like hepatitis. A local caretaker brings them some fruit each day to help them survive. Although these animals are no longer are used for research, if there was a will and a way, the potential for a win-win collaboration between wild and civil ape clearly exists at places like this.Several of the specious covenants made between researcher and funder for several huge neuroscience projects around the world are now beginning to come due. As these bonds now mature, and the debtors to the fantastic promises of the Human Eurobrain projects or BRAINI initiatives invariably default, a vacuum is left wanting to be filled. Powerful but incompletely imagined tools, like molecular tickertapes and barcodes to read and store neural connections and activity have now largely fallen by the wayside. Simply bringing any one small part of the research efforts would undoubtedly require extensive cooperation from neurally-accessorized primates. In the days of yore when Artificial Intelligence researchers talked as much of AI as they did of IA—Intelligence Amplification—research on the higher primates was a given. Such IA is now the topic of several Darpa initiatives to build so-called RAM implants for augmented memory, ‘cortical modems’, or other devices that interact with the brain at the level of consciousness. However, the NIH-style labs that gave rise in a bygone era to visions of Altered States are no longer viable today. Instead, its more humane successor, a Monkey Island where willing primate participantes play both neurophysiologial and genetic games may be what is needed for progress.But before any of that happens, there will need to be equal cooperation between groups like PETA, and groups representing researchers like the Society for Neuroscience (SNS). While there are now nearly as many outreach programs within the SNS as there are meeting subdivisions, there seems to be none for activists. That’s because like gun rights proponents, all know that any ground given can unleash an avalanche that buries any liberties enjoyed. On the flip side, those arguing for animal rights have demonstrated zero signs of higher primate behavior in their failure to discriminate the finer points of despair between great ape or worm. In other words, they generally reserve the same ire for those who would probe a worm as they reserve for those who would keep primates in barren cages, starve and water deprive during training, and bolt into chairs by their heads where they forced them to perform for juice—all the while being the willing reaper of the benefits gained, in both drug or device, from that research. Explore further What we are referring to here is gene editing. The question is no longer if and when nonhuman primates should serve as platforms to evaluate these new transgenic techniques, but which species to do it in. Unfortunately for this budding new field, the timing couldn’t be worse. Enlightened minds have long demonstrated for more considerate treatment of our monkey brethren, but recent events now suggest that the beginning of the end of that moral battle is already here. Emblematic of the perceived rampant disregard for animal welfare was the dispassionate disaster that ensued in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where many monkeys perished in their first-floor battery cages at medical research facilities in New Orleans.More recently, high-profile places like Harvard have moved to wind down their own operations at primate research centers. The coup de grâce, at least for the most egregious kinds primate experiments, was the recent announcement by the head of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, that all macaque experiments would be shuttered ‘as quickly as possible’ and the lab would switch to rodents. The director, Nikos Logothetis, was and is a neurophysiologist extraordinaire. His work in the mid-nineties included such research classics as ‘What is rivalling during binocular rivalry?’ Although this kind of work really gets at the core of how brains and minds operate in a way few studies ever will, it demands a lot from its animal subjects in terms of their training regimen and what they must endure as room and board. It’s these kinds things that activists like those at PETA employ to great effect when they picket the entrances at sunny neurosciences conferences. Images of exposed or bleeding craniums of animals bolted into restraints is enough to make even career-hardened neuroscientists question which side of good they are really on. For anyone daring to bring a child along to any of these events, there is simply is justifiable accounting for the truths they would witness, and therefore the conclusions they would draw about the chosen livelihood of their own parents. Journal information: Neuron Huntington’s disease monkeys display progressive clinical changes and neurodegenerationcenter_img At the rodent level, there are several obvious shortcomings the authors point to as far as making advances in our understanding of the brain. For example, the rodent eye lacks a fovea, and as such does not have the oculomotor infrastructure for focusing attention on the world in the way primates do. Rodents do make eye movements, but they are generally reflexive kinetic and vestibular adjustments of a more predictable nature. Similarly, rodents lack much of the same finer provisioning for control of fingers and vocal apparatus. These are the fine instruments for which primates evolved the elaborate outer mantle of their brains. © 2015 Phys.org More information: Brains, Genes, and Primates, Neuron, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2015.03.021 Citation: Brains, Genes, and Primates: The future of higher research on the planet of the apes (2015, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-brains-genes-primates-future-higher.html Caeser, from Planet of the Apes. Credit: peta.orglast_img read more

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Walled City delights come to south Delhi

first_imgThis is one event that has become an annual fixture on a lazy Delhi foodie’s calendar. And it is back again. The Dilli 6 food festival is here with more than 100 dishes (as usual) on offer. I like the way they transform the look of Edesia each time Crowne Plaza organises this festival. So there is a Lambretta scooter parked right at the entrance which has a cardboard gate that announces that you are about to enter the Walled City. Kites hang from lamp posts, there are old movie posters, counters have been set up for various lip smackers and there is even the ubiquitous fortune teller with the parrot. A Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’chaiwalla and his thela also mark their presence. Hardcore foodies will of course debate that you cannot match the experience of traversing serpentine lanes that throw up unknown delights at every other corner. Or the joy of getting into age-old eateries that have by and large managed to maintain their standard. Well, of course not! Eating out at the Walled City is as much about the experience as it is about the food. But at the same time, when was it the last time you braved the crowd and the muck to venture to Delhi 6 for a bite of kebabs or some deep-fried parantha? You need to rack your brains right? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTherein lies the usefulness of a festival like this. Whether you want kebabs from Karim’s or Daulat ki chaat from Dariba Kalan — they are all here, to be enjoyed while sipping shikanji in five-star comfort. What I also like about this festival is that you can hog as much as you want (and choices are aplenty) and minimal prices. In three years of my visiting this festival I haven’t managed to cover all dishes and I don’t think it is practically possible even if you want to stuff your face and run the risk of falling sick.   Every Delhiite worth the Red Fort has eaten at these places so it is pointless to try and review the tastes. Though this time the hotel has attempted to recreated the kormas, the magaz and some other dishes but majority of the dishes — including the mithais, the sheermal and the haleem — are being sourced from Old Delhi. The day I visited the restaurant was choc-a-bloc with people digging into the chaat,  the Habshi halwa from Ballimaran, the Prem Matra chhola kulcha, the Laxmi Narayan Kanji wada and more. Head over and find your own tastes.DETAILAt: Edesia, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi, Plot No. 1 Community Centre,Okhla Phase 1 On till: 16 February Timings: 12.30pm to 3pm (lunch) and 7pm to 11pm (dinner) Phone: 46462029 Cost: Rs 1,800 + taxeslast_img read more

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Digambarpur Indias best Gram Panchayat

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has once again topped in the country with Digambarpur Gram Panchayat (GP) bagging the Centre’s award for the best GP in the country.A survey was conducted to find out the best Gram Panchayat in the country and in a letter to the state government the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has stated that Digambarpur GP at Patharpratima block in South 24-Parganas has come up as the best out of 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country. In this connection, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Bengal is first in implementing the scheme of 100 days work in rural employment creation. We have reduced 40 percent unemployment and now the best Panchayat is also in Bengal.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSubrata Mukherjee, minister of the Panchayats and Rural Development minister, said: “It always feels good when the hard work bears its result and it is also an achievement for Bengal. We are happy that Digambarpur has come up as the best Gram Panchayat in the country.” A survey was conducted among all the Gram Panchayats in the country and three were selected. Out of those three, Digambarpur topped the list. The ranking of the Gram Panchayats have been done on the basis of seven factors of work that was looked into during the survey. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe seven factors include the system of planning, quality of planning, different activities and level of coordination, implementation of the plan and its proper monitoring, use of Information Technology and documentation.It is learnt that Bengal has bagged the first prize leaving behind the Gram Panchayats of Karnataka and Sikkim. There is a cash prize for the Gram Panchayat that has bagged the top honour. Besides this, some more Gram Panchayats in districts including Purulia, Birbhum and Burdwan have also been awarded special prizes for certain achievements. It may be mentioned that after the change of guard in the state in 2011, massive development work was carried out in the rural parts of Bengal, ushering in a new change. Starting from construction of roads to helping the populace in improving their standards of living — everything has been ensured by the Mamata Banerjee government in the past few years. Constant efforts of the Panchayats and Rural Development department has also made Bengal first among all states in rural employment generation. Interestingly, there was generation of 30.98 crore person-days till March 31 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).last_img read more

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SelfHelp Group opens eatery with minimal rates

first_imgKolkata: One of them worked at a private company in Salt Lake while another was an employee of Life Insurance Corporation of India. However, they wished to do work independently. As they discussed their plan, they found some-like minded people who decided to form a self-help group. This innate desire led to the birth of a budget hotel in the city where vegetable meal comes at Rs 20, egg meal at Rs 28, chicken meal comes at only Rs 35 while fish meal ranges from Rs 25 to Rs 60 depending on the variety of fish. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”This venture is surely the first of its kind in the state where some like minded women in different walks of life have joined hands to form a Self-Help Group and start a hotel. Our aim is to cater to the middle and lower middle class and dish out quality food at a minimum profit,” said a group member.The hotel under the name ‘Chetepute Bangaliana’ with its three branches in Sealdah, Talatala and Subodh Mallick Square Park area in Central Kolkata caters to around 200 people on a daily basis. The journey started just a month back with the Kolkata Muncipal Corporation Borough VI Chairman Sanchita Mondal lending her support for getting a place on the footpath for the hotel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSadhan Pande, state minister for Self-Help Group was thrilled when contacted about the venture. “Our government always supports such Self-Help Groups for starting new ventures. I will do the needful so that they can get a loan at minimum interest. You ask them to contact me immediately,” Pande said.It may be mentioned that the group which presently has 22 members contacted the minister immediately after they were informed of the minister’s interest, who has assured them of all support.Infact, the Self-Help Group department has provided skill development training in a number of trades to 70 lakh women across the state. If women forms a self-help group comprising 10 members, they can avail a bank loan at a nominal interest of only 2 percent as the remaining percentage of the loan is borne by the department.last_img read more

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Meet the effortless multitaskers

first_imgAs professionals, they have honed their skills in the best of medical institutions in the country, but once out of their white aprons, they effortlessly enter into a world of grease and paint to show their theatrical prowess. If they are dexterous with scalpel and stethoscope, they are also firmly grounded in the world of art. Giving wings to their love and passion for theatre is a group, called Saitan, launched last year by two sprightly youths, Namita Verma and Rajneesh Gautam. While Rajneesh, himself a medical student, has done theater with some professional groups like Roobaroo, The Illusionists and Manchayan; Namita, an avid supporter of theatre, comes from a PR background. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We had this idea about creating a platform which would serve as a learning and performing tool for theatre enthusiasts, especially medical students who are deprived of showcasing their talents. That’s how this group came in existence,” explains Rajneesh.“Actually, the word Saitan is a combination of two words — Saint and Satan. It reflects us; we all have our good side and bad; we are our own God and Devil. So this word reflects the human, and all our plays are about people,” he expounds.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe points out that all of the crew, except Namita, have a medical background and they are also writers, actors, directors etc. “This is the only theatre group in Delhi which has its full crew as doctors. There is a notion that medical guys are always sort of nerds and bookworms. But there is a lot of artistic talents and creativity in medical students. We guys have a lot to portray on the canvas of art, including theatre. What we lack is a suitable infrastructure and platform to showcase that.” In July last year, the group got off the block by staging its first play The deadly sins, a thriller based on the biblical Seven Deadly Sins. Rajneesh directed the play, which is based on a fiction that explores different perceptions of the good and the evil.The group is now working on a play Daayan D, which is based on a woman who is accused of killing her husband and of practicing witchcraft. It’s a courtroom drama, with a tinge of suspense in it. “This is our self-scripted play. There is another script on which we are working. It is a Hindi adaptation of Agatha Christie’s celebrated novel, Murder on the Orient Express,” says Namita.  About the play, Murder at the Empress, she says it is a murder mystery based on a script written by Phillip C. Wagner under the same name.“This time, we are associated with the Stage play society of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Entelechy . This play is directed by Bhoomika Meena which will be on May 4 at Akshara Theater, Connaught Place.last_img read more

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Sobhandebs poetry book to be released today

first_imgKolkata: Poet Joy Goswami and Bratya Basu, state IT minister, will release a poetry book by state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay. The book will be released at a function at Press Club on July 11. ‘Anubhab’ contains 78 poems in Bengali, written by Chattopadhyay over the years.He is known as a poet and a singer among his close friends. He started writing poems from his college and university days in the early 1970s. This will be his first book.It may be mentioned that Chattopadhyay has sung a song and acted in Abar Basanta Bilap, a Bengali movie which will be released soon.”Poetry has been my passion and I have been writing poems from my college days. I am a lover of nature and nature inspires me to write poetry.”last_img read more

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Autorickshaw driver arrested for molesting female passenger

first_imgKolkata: An auto-rickshaw driver of Sonarpur-Garia route was arrested on the charges of molesting a woman inside the running vehicle. The incident occurred near Teghoria More area on Thursday evening.The other auto-rickshaw drivers of Sonarpur-Garia route stopped plying their vehicles on Friday morning to protest against the arrest of the accused driver. The incident caused inconvenience for the daily commuters. Police said that the accused auto-rickshaw driver Tarak Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDas had molested a woman, a government employee, who had boarded the vehicle at Missionpally area on Thursday evening. The victim, who was going to Sonarpur, had sat next to the driver on the front seat. It was alleged that the driver had touched her inappropriately inside the running vehicle. When the woman protested against the incident, the accused had hurled expletives at her. The victim told the police that she had boarded the vehicle at Missionpally area. On her way to Sonarpur, the auto-rickshaw driver picked up another passenger who sat on the front seat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA few minutes later, when the vehicle was crossing Teghoria More area, the accused driver molested her. She asked the driver to stop the vehicle but he did not pay any heed to her plea. She also alleged that she was roughed up by the driver as she protested against her abuse. Later, the woman got down at Sonarpur and went to the local police station to lodge a complaint. On the basis of the complaint, Sonarpur police arrested the driver on Friday morning. As the news of his arrest spread, the other auto-rickshaw drivers of the same route staged a protest at Sonarpur, demanding the release of the accused. The incident triggered tension in the area, which prompted policemen to reach the spot. They tried to pacify the irate mob but they were reluctant to join their duty. As a result of this, the passengers faced difficulties while going to their workplaces. The situation was brought under control later in the day through the intervention of senior police officers, following which the auto-drivers of the route also joined their work.last_img read more

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KMC identifies 5 parks to set up openair gyms in city

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already identified five parks in the city for setting up open-air gyms. The decision on the part of Parks and Gardens department of the civic body resulted after the tremendous response to the open-air gym in Rajnandini Park on Jyotish Roy Road in New Alipore that started functioning from February this year.”We are in the process of floating tenders for the equipment that are required for setting up such open-air gyms,” a senior official of the Parks and Gardens department of the KMC said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe parks that have been selected for putting up the gym infrastructure are Tala Jheel Park at Ward number 5, Deshbandhu Park at Ward number 12, Deshapriya Park at Ward 85, Prafulla Kanan Park at Ward 32 and Birsa Munda Park at Ward 38 of the civic body. “We have plans to set up such gyms in all the parks maintained by us wherever there is the availability of space,” the official added. The KMC maintains around 720 parks in the city spanning across all 144 Wards. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Residents hailing from lower-middle-class background find it difficult to go to private gyms and sweat it out because of financial stringency and lack of time. Morning and evening walkers who visit the parks can work out if we can make arrangements for open-air gyms free of cost. It will also save time,” said Debasish Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (MMiC) (Parks and Gardens). According to sources in the KMC’s Parks and Gardens department, the idea of open-air gyms in parks had cropped up in Kumar’s mind when he had gone to a flower show at Rajnandini Park a few days after the gym became operational there. Kumar was extremely impressed with the facilities and the excitement among the people in the area regarding the gym that was set up with the initiative of his colleague MMiC (Drainage) Tarak Singh, who is also the councillor of the area. Kumar had then directed his officers to explore places in parks where such gyms can come up. “We will not be able to run gym equipment which is driven by electricity. But we can have some of the machines for light workouts like waist twister, multi-twister, chest press, twist stepper, health walker etc, that do not need electricity,” the official said.last_img read more

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