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34 Indian Scientists invited for 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

A total of 400 young scientists from 76 countries have been selected to participate in the meeting, where they will meet Nobel laureates at Lake Constance

Nobel Prize (Representational Image). Wikimedia

Kolkata, March 22, 2017: As many as 34 young Indian scientists have been invited for the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany from June 25 to 30, it was announced on Wednesday.

A total of 400 young scientists from 76 countries have been selected to participate in the meeting, where they will meet Nobel laureates at Lake Constance.

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“Of the 34 young Indian scientists, 22 are based at Indian universities or institutes while the other 12 are currently based … abroad (in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the UK, and the US),” said a statement from the communications department of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

“Every year, one-to-two members of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings travel to India to assist with the selection of young scientists. Besides India, the only other country that they travel to in order to assist with the selection process is China,” the communique said.

In South Asia, five young scientists from Pakistan and one young scientist from Bangladesh have been selected to participate.

The meetings have taken place every year since 1951 and are designed as a forum for exchange, networking and inspiration.

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The 2017 meeting is dedicated to Chemistry. So far, 31 Nobel laureates have confirmed their participation.

The young scientists are outstanding undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctorates under the age of 35, conducting research in the field of Chemistry.

They have successfully passed a multi-stage international selection process. 155 scientific institutes, universities, foundations and research-oriented companies contributed to the nominations.

The proportion of women among the selected young scientists is 45 per cent.

Bernard Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, together with Sir Fraser Stoddart, for the design of molecular machines, will also participate in this year’s meeting.

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 Besides molecular machines, the key topics of the this year’s meeting will include big data, climate change and the role of science in a ‘post-truth’ era.

The selected young scientists may expect a six-day programme with numerous lectures and panel discussions. Some of them will also get the opportunity to discuss their own work at one of the master classes or at the poster session. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

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10 Habits of Successful People | Newsgram

Learning and employing these habits can prove to be a worthwhile exercise

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Certain habits can make you achieve success. Pixabay
  • People attain success by incorporating positive habits in their lifestyles
  • Learning about such habits and following them can be a worthwhile exercise
  • Employing positive and good habits needs no more effort than developing negative ones

July 30, 2017: Keeping aside the component of luck, some people attain success in life due to the cultivation of specific habits. Knowing and learning about these habits and ways of incorporating them in one’s life could prove to be a worthwhile exercise. Here are the 10 habits of successful people.

1. Positive attitude:

As per many successful people, positive attitude is one of the root causes of achieving success other than being a result of attaining success. One should prioritize being grateful and positive self-talking in order to achieve success. This is one of the most important habits of successful people.

2. Organization:

Organization includes planning for the future and setting aims and priorities. Every evening, one should design a “To-Do-List” for the coming day before going to bed.


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Organising involves planning as well as setting aims. Pixabay

3. Taking Action:

Without action, planning would be nothing. It is essential to act frequently and quickly. It may sound unreasonable, successful people act before they feel they are ready.

4. Reading:

Most of the reading habit of successful people is a means to gather knowledge and gain insight. Most important & common habits of successful people.

5. Sharing:

Successful people have a tendency of giving and sharing, either through donation or through sharing of ideas.
Lack of wealth should not obstruct one from sharing. One can volunteer at a local school or one’s community as it does cost nothing and can provide help and divert attention to areas where it is needed the most.


6. Rising Early:

Successful people have a custom of rising early. This habit is common among those people who constantly perform well in life.

7. Frugality:

This means being economical when it comes to resources and money. This habit comes from avoiding waste which will, in turn, result in efficiency.

Also Read: World Toilet Day: Easy Ways to Break Bad Toilet Habits and prioritize Sanitation Issues 

8. Networking:

It is essential to know the essence of exchanging ideas with other people through networking. Successful people also know the value of teamwork and collaboration which are likely to occur when you network.

9. Personal Care:

Personal care with regard to exercise, hygiene, and diet is an essential habit on the list of successful people. Personal care involves a highly disciplined lifestyle and a complex regimen for some.

10. Relaxing:

One of the most frequent habits of successful people including relaxing which can be achieved either by meditating or just avoiding distractions. People who are well organized, are able to make it a rather natural byproduct than a conscious decision.

Majority of people have a few habits which can be either positive or negative. For those individuals who want to be successful, the good news is that incorporating positive habits does not need more effort than growing bad ones.

One of the habits of successful people/individuals includes conscious effort of rising early every day. Other habits such as organizing can take a bit more skill but eventually give the result of the most wanted outcome, namely, success.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter Hkaur1025

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How to Score Well in Chemistry With eBooks?

Chemistry is often studied alongside Physics, and it remains equally important for both NEET and board exams. Pixabay

July 3, 2017: Students preparing for NEET often look at Chemistry different than Physics and Biology. Chemistry is one of the highest scoring subjects among PCB, but it also one of the most feared one. Chemistry is often studied alongside Physics, and it remains equally important for both NEET and board exams. Chemistry is rooted in the study of concepts, theories and retaining important formulas and values.

Chemistry is divided into three sub divisions viz. Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. Students can score well in chemistry if they are thorough with the concepts. There are several ways you can improve your preparation, and crack the exam if you follow the right method and use the right tools.

eBooks are a brilliant way of studying chemistry, especially inorganic chemistry which requires a lot of learning and revision. A NEET eBook on Chemistry will set you on the right path, and give you the freedom to learn at your place and your pace.


Here’s how you should study Chemistry with eBooks

Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is all about rules and is a sure shot of scoring well if you know your concepts. It is necessary to remember and practice all rules and exceptions for all reactions.  A NEET eBook comes handy when studying organic chemistry as you can study and practice reactions like Nucleophilic and Electrophilic substitution/addition, Wolff-Kishner, Clemmensen Reduction and more. eBooks also come handy when you want to study and learn about IUPAC naming of the compounds. Certain eBooks from eLearning platforms like Aakash iTutor come with hundreds of practice questions and are designed for competitive exams.

Inorganic Chemistry 

Inorganic chemistry is the most theoretical part of chemistry, and it requires a lot of learning and retention. With eBooks, you can study the entire chapter, take notes and try to retain as much as possible. The benefits of studying from NEET eBook is that you can accommodate more than one learning style. However, the best part is that you can use the search feature in an eBook, and go through various reactions and subtopics with just a click. It can be especially beneficial in an event where you must search for an answer quickly. Topics like p-Block elements will require you to go back and forth to various reactions, and it is where a search function comes handy.

Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry is all about formulas and practicing problems on electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, surface chemistry, and solutions. eBooks have a repository of formulas and important reactions that are used in questions. Every topic under physical chemistry holds equal importance, and one must study it thoroughly. In physical chemistry, it is imperative to solve previous year’s question paper.

There are other benefits of studying from eBooks, and it holds true for all subjects. NEET eBook for every subject can be beneficial for the competitive exam in many ways.

Here are some benefits of eBooks that apply to all subjects when preparing for NEET.

Portability – eBooks are extremely portable and can be accessed from any smart device like laptop, smartphone and more. It is easy to organize your class material digitally, access them whenever you want.

Search – Studying from a NEET eBook will allow you to search for anything in a fraction of seconds. The functionality of an eBook is hard to beat, and they are convenient when it comes to studying, practicing and revising.

More Learning Styles – The study material of a NEET eBook will be presented slightly differently from the regular textbooks. With Aakash iTutor, a digital learning platform, you get more than 200 high-quality eBooks prepared by experts at Aakash Institute.

Buy Chapters as Per the Requirement – If you are preparing for NEET, you might only need to revise certain chapters, or modules. Alternatively, you might just need an eBook for chemistry. With Aakash iTutor, you have the privilege to buy digital study material as you wish.

Online learning is a powerful learning environment for students who want to learn things at their own pace and save time and energy on traveling to a tuition center. eBooks provide a flexible learning environment and are suited students who are preparing for competitive exams like NEET.