Sirens to alert people in case of earthquakes in Uttarakhand


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DEHRADUN: IIT-Roorkee has developed a regional early warning system which will alert people in Uttarakhand in the event of an earthquake by sounding a siren.

A siren will scream after getting required signals from sensors to be put up in quake-sensitive areas across the state and alert people in case of earthquakes so they get enough time to reach safety, seismic scientist from IIT-R Ashok Kumar said in a presentation at a meeting of the Advisory Group Committee on disaster management chaired by Chief Secretary S Ramawamy.

84 sensors have already been installed in quake-prone areas of Uttarakhand out of a total of 1,100 sensors to be put up throughout the state, Kumar said at the meeting.

After the installation of sensors is complete, sirens will begin to be installed in sensitive areas, an official release quoting him said.

A mobile app has also been developed which will alert users about a quake by producing a unique beeping sound.

n areas where there is no mobile connectivity, the early warning system will be connected with All India Radio.
An early warning system software has also been prepared, Kumar said.

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— TimesofIndia

 

Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon


Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon Logo On September 28, 2014 Broncos Support Services (BSS) will be hosting the 2nd Gurgaon Half Marathon. The Half marathon will start at Leisure Valley Park, in Sec 29 Gurgaon at 6 am. The 2nd Gurgaon Half Marathon is expected to attract more than 1000 conditioned athletes, runners and walkers as well as 10,000 participants from around the City. Comparable events in neighbouring Airtel Delhi Half Marathon had over 32000 participants. We expect many athletes will participate as this is a unique and appealing annual event. As of last year we had 4500 to 5000 participants. Additional running and walking events are provided for the whole family including a Half Marathon, kid’s incremental marathon 5k race and Fun Run of 7K. Considering the Corporate presence in Gurgaon, this event will encourage better life style and social responsibilities by engaging with different NGO’s associated with Gurgaon Half Marathon 2014. A marathon is a lifetime achievement and we are excited to bring this Half Marathon to Gurgaon and anticipate an increasing number of athletes and participants will look forward to returning annually.

Who we are…!!

BSS (Broncos Support Services) provides services following Domains.

In IT infrastructure Support www.weresolve.us
Medical Tourism www.indiahealthhelp.com
Running Events www.gurgaonmarathon.org

Mission

There Mission is to create a world class Marathon which will bring Identity to Growing City Gurgaon and will also encourage social awareness.

To give a platform to NGO’s working in different domains to raise awareness and funds for charity.

How to register?
Please login to www.gurgaonmarathon.org and select the Category 21KM, 7KM or 5KM and register, once you receive a confirmation email kindly keep it safe as you will need it when you come to pick your Kit.
Minimum and max age
6 years is the minimum age and Maximum age for 5 KM is 14 years. For 7KM and 21KM minimum age is 14 years no maximum age limit.

Race details :-
•    21KM :- 7:00 AM Above 14 years
•    7KM :- 7:30 AM 14 years and above
•    5KM :- 7:45 AM 6 yrs to 14 yrs

Featured services:

Amity University 7 KM Freedom Run

7 KM is a free run which is open run for all those who wish to show their support for the cause. Participants can register for the Run, its open for everyone. The 7 Km run will start at 7:30 AM on 28th Sep 2014.

Amity University 5 KM Children’s

5 KM is a free run for the children’s below 14 years of age on the given date 28th Sep 2014. Children’s do not have to be from any specific school or institution all the children’s are invited. Time for the run is 7:45 AM

Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon 2014

21 KM Amity Half Marathon is the elite run for the passionate Runner who wishes to challenge or follow his passion for running. The Half Marathon will start at 7:00 AM on 28th Sep 2014.

Prize Money :
1. Prizes
21 kms
•    1st – 1 lac
•    2nd – 75k
•    3rd – 50k

Veteran –
•    75k

5kms
•    1st – 25k
•    2nd – 15k
•    3rd – 10k

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This Powerful Apology By A Group Of Men Is What Every Woman In India Needs To Hear


Domestic violence, rape, sex selective abortions, dowry, female infanticide, everyday we hear stories of crime & hate against women. India is the world’s second most unsafe place for women in the world. How did we land up here? We have become a country that worships its goddesses & hurts its women. And it’s just shameful.

Here’s a powerful apology by these men to every woman in India. This might not justify the crime but it sure is an initiation.

10 Reasons That You Should Appreciate India Rather Than Criticizing It All The Time


Utopia, the perfect community for humans to live in, a social construct which is so perfect that it is unable to even envisage, a world without crime, poverty and any thinkable social evil. Sounds too unreal? There is a reason why it is always going to be a hypothesis, because humans aren’t creatures of cosmos but chaos. Coming to India, a country of vast cultural difference and diversity, being a citizen of the country helps presumably gives us the right to defame and criticize it right? Or maybe, we aren’t even ready to consider the fact that we as citizens of the country make it a country and as each of the existing countries in the world we have our problems but that is not because we are Indians but because we are ‘humans’, I personally believe that any vice cannot be fenced to a region, so here are a few points that would actually make you appreciate the country that most of you “fucking hate”.

1. Arms laws here are stringent

Compared to the U.S. of A where any gun-toting child can walk into a school and can execute a massacre.

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2. Internet policies are liberal

Consider yourself lucky if you’re being able to access websites like Google, Facebook, Youtube  and Twitter  here as China has a ban imposed on all of these websites you love so much.

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3. You get a weekend here

Meanwhile in North Korea.

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4. Freedom to practice your religion

Had you been in Saudi Arabia, you would have been penalized heavily for just carrying any religious paraphernalia not sanctioned by the Islamic law.

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5. India has its own currency and it’s going strong

Ever heard about hyperinflation? Between 2003 and 2009 when hyperinflation struck the country of Zimbabwe the country’s currency rates fell so bad that they had to suspend it  resulting in a desperate situation for the country and widespread poverty and an 80% unemployment rate. Still think you’re the scum of the earth?

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6. Our army is effing best in the world

It’s so true that I don’t even need a supporting statement to make it more convincing.

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7. The economy of India is the 3rd largest in the world by PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) and 10th largest by nominal GDP

India has economic curve has grown exponentially since the 1970’s, comparing it to countries who won their independence hundreds of years earlier or are 1/16th the size seems a bit unfair.

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8. We are racist but

Are we the only country in the world where racism is rampant? Not trying to endorse the statement but we are the 7th largest country in the world and doesn’t having a plethora of states, languages, religions and a culture so vast and diverse that it axiomatically makes us vulnerable to such atrocities but unity in diversity remember? We are all just people at the end of the day.

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9. And many such others that would make us count our blessings and thank the almighty that we are Indians

The reason I decided to do this article was because I realized that I’m so caught up in discussing the problems we have that we aren’t doing anything about it, while  social platforms are rife with articles which criticized Indians for watching a certain genre of movies, would that mean that to be a better citizen of my country I need to watch movies and listen to music that is intellectually stimulating. Yes, every country has its own problems and everyone is trying to solve them but is such a pessimistic  and snooty take on our problems going to make things better, we can sit on the internet and argue about the validation and cogent justification of that argument or just do something about it.

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10. Or we could just forget about it and assume that we could live without each of the aforementioned points.

A Boy Was Drawing Something On The Floor. When I Looked At His Art, I Couldn’t believe my eyes.


A Boy Was Drawing Something On The Floor. When I Looked At His Art, I Couldn’t believe my eyes.

We complain about too many things in our daily lives; probably because we’ve been lucky to be born to parents who could shower love upon us, care for us, feed us and take care of our desires and needs. But it never strikes us that there are little kids out there who yearn for that love everyday.

Nothing can portray that better than this short film based on a true incident.

Adopt a child. must watch an amazing video

 

How We Stopped Light


Most of us probably know a few basic facts about light: nothing can travel faster than it, it comes in forms that we can’t see (such as x-ray and infrared), it can give you a nasty sunburn or a super cute tan (which will inevitably make you look like old leather), and it can be slowed down. If you didn’t know the last one, allow me to explain.

The speed of light is a constant. It travels at an amazing 186,282 miles per second (299,791km/sec). However, this speed only applies in a perfect vacuum where light will not encounter any other atoms. In a non-vacuum (which exists pretty much everywhere), bits of light smash into other objects. These objects absorb the photon and then re-emit it. In this respect, the slowing of light is an illusion. The photons still travel from at the same speed, but they make a few stops along the way as they are absorbed and refracted by various atoms. And light is absorbed and emitted more slowly through certain substances. For example, diamond makes light travel from A to B significantly slower.

But we can use these principles to essentially stop light. In all likeliness, many of you have already heard about the scientists in Germany who stopped light for a full minute. I’d like to offer a breakdown of how they accomplished this feat.

(a) APS/H. de Riedmatten; (b) G. Heinze et al. [1] Figure 1: (a) Energy-level scheme for EIT experiments: two ground states (|g〉 and |s〉) are connected to one excited state (|e〉) by an optical transition. To reach the EIT condition, the frequency difference between the input and control beams must be equal to the splitting between |g〉 and |s〉. (c) Output pulse energy and storage efficiency as a function of the storage time, as measured by Heinze et al. [1] for three coherence times (T2) obtained under different sequences of radio frequency pulses. The inset shows a three-stripe image retrieved from the memory after different storage times

(a) APS/H. de Riedmatten; (b) G. Heinze et al. [1]
Figure 1: (a) Energy-level scheme for EIT experiments: two ground states (|g〉 and |s〉) are connected to one excited state (|e〉) by an optical transition. To reach the EIT condition, the frequency difference between the input and control beams must be equal to the splitting between |g〉 and |s〉. (c) Output pulse energy and storage efficiency as a function of the storage time, as measured by Heinze et al. [1] for three coherence times (T2) obtained under different sequences of radio frequency pulses. The inset shows a three-stripe image retrieved from the memory after different storage times

To begin with, the scientists took an opaque crystal (something that light is not able to penetrate) and fired lasers into it. This caused the quantum states of atoms within the crystal to become disturbed. Ultimately, the scientists were able to make it so that a specific frequency of light could pass through this previously opaque object by altering the crystal in such a say so that the atoms within it had two quantum states.

Next, the researchers shot a laser beam (which corresponded to the specific frequency) through the newly transparent region. Then they turned off the laser beam that was altering the quantum states of the atoms within the crystal. This made the material once more opaque. The result of this was that the second laser beam was halted within the material. The beam was held in place for a whole minute. They were also able to store and retrieve an image using the same technique.

Of course, things are not quite this simple. For starters, the crystal that was frozen to less than negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit (-267C). But the aforementioned is a basic breakdown of the technique. For those interested in more technical information, see this source. Here, I will offer a brief passage which conveys the specifics:

“Light can be slowed down to the point that it comes to a halt: by switching off the control beam when the light is within the sample, the photons can be converted into collective atomic spin excitations (so called spin waves). The spin waves can be stored in the atoms for as long as the coherence between the two spin levels survives, before being converted back into light by turning on the control pulse again. The scheme thus allows the coherent storage and retrieval of light. How long can the storage time be? Since the light is stored in atomic coherences, the limit is given by T2, quantifying the lifetime of the coherence between the two relevant atomic spin states (how long the two spin states can remain in a coherent superposition).”