Kolkata: The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will be inaugurated on November 10.The announcement came when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was attending a programme at Nabanna in which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the state government and British Council.It may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee has taken the KIFF to a new height by adopting various steps.The 23rd edition of KIFF was inaugurated on November 10 in 2017 with musical magic created by Bikram Ghosh, Tezendra Narayan Roy and Rashid Khan and their troup. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAmitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kamal Hasan, Mahesh Bhatt and Kumar Sanu were present at the inaugural ceremony. Several new components have been introduced in the film festival across the past few years and it includes screening of films on rare Indian languages – Boro, Khashi, Chakma from North East, apart from that, there are Dogri from Himachal Pradesh in North India and one from Goa.It provides them an international platform. As many as 143 films including 93 in foreign category were screened at Nandan I, II and III, Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Nazrul Tirtha, Star Theatre, Mitra Cinema, Navina Cinema, Mani Square, EZCC and Inox City Centre from November 11 onwards in 2017.The best film and the best director in the category of foreign language films are felicitated with award money of Rs 51 lakh and Rs 21 lakh respectively. From 2017, the best film and the best director of the films in Indian language also get award money worth Rs 7 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.
According to researchers, a woman’s choice to fit in with a crowd or stand out may depend on the size of her high heels which explains the deep human urge to gain status in the society.The findings showed that women adopt local trends like changing the size of heels while moving to richer parts of the city but ignore them when they move to socio-economically lower areas.“In other words, most women want to look like rich girls and different from the poor girls,” said Kurt Gray, assistant professor at University of North Carolina in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While moving to posh cities, women tend to closely try and match the size of their heels with the heel size of other women in that city, showing a deep desire for conformity. However, on the contrary, in a bid to keep up with their individuality, they match the size of their heels with the size of their own past purchases, when shifting to poorer localities.The researchers labelled this phenomenon as “trickle down conformity”, because fashion preferences trickle down from the top but seldom up from the bottom. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“From the beginning of time, people have thirsted for respect and social standing, and have aligned themselves with the powerful and distanced themselves from the powerless. So it makes sense that they do the same with heel sizes,” Gray explained in the paper published in the journal PLOS ONE. This “aspirational fashion” of people want to look rich is getting more prevalent, with the increasing inequality in society and widening gap between rich and poor. To examine this trend, the researchers teamed up with a large-online fashion retailer. They examined the size of high heels in five years of shoe purchases —16,236 in total _of 2007 women who moved between one of 180 US cities. Such aspirations also fuel the fortunes of fashion sites that provide high-status goods for low prices, the researchers noted, adding that the phenomenon may also apply to men. “Men do the same thing when they purchase clothes, electronics or cars,” Gray said.
Kolkata: The TMC Thursday charged that BJP’s proposed Rath Yatras in West Bengal were aimed at inciting communal passion in the state and accused the party of trying to divide the people along religious lines ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said his party believes in constructive politics unlike the BJP which “only believes in destruction and dividing people”. He also referred to TMC’s fight to oust the 34-year-old Left regime in the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The kind of statements BJP leaders are making everyday reflects how the BJP is trying to instigate violence in the state. In the name of law violation programme what the BJP and its cadres are doing is just hooliganism,” he told newsmen. His comments come against the backdrop of BJP’s “law violation” programme in various parts of the state against the state government’s decision to deny it permission to hold the Rath Yatra programmes in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “The sole aim of BJP’s Rath Yatras was to incite communal passion in the state,” he said. Several BJP workers and police personnel were injured after a “law violation” programme of the saffron party turned violent in Basirhat town in North 24 Parganas district on Monday. At least 54 people have been arrested or detained in this connection, police said. The Supreme Court had on Monday declined urgent hearing on a BJP plea challenging a Calcutta High Court order disallowing its Rath Yatras in the state. The three-phased Rath yatra, also being called the ‘Save Democracy Rally’, was scheduled to be held this month and cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. The rallies were to be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah.
Redoing your office interiors? Try out some of the must-have elements in office spaces like the right furniture, adding nature to the surroundings and activity-based settings. Below, experts have recommended a few things to keep in mind if you are going for a change:The right furniture: This plays a pivotal role in any kind of workspace setting. Offices need to invest in the right kind of furniture to increase their employees’ efficiency. Opt for something that has high functionality over ordinary designs. Adjustable desks and chairs can be a good choice; multipurpose furniture can also be added to save space. Another new entrant in the space is reconfigurable furniture that can be customized as per need. It provides both the required flexibility as well as privacy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGo back to nature: Add in a little nature to your premises with biophilic designs. The latest trend in the office space, the presence of plants and other natural elements can add positivity to the environment and improve the air quality.Activity-based settings: It is exciting to be at a workplace that engages you with a diverse group of people and gives you the opportunity to network and collaborate. Flexible workstations, new age cabins, activity-based settings including comfortable couches and beanbags, breakout zones, meeting lounges and pods are some of the attractions in an office that provide a natural crossroad for employees to meet and share ideas, thereby enhancing their motivation levels and productivity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveErgonomic lighting: Our cortisol level drops significantly under artificial and poor lighting conditions and dimly lit workplaces strain the eyes, causing headache and drowsiness. This can lead to poor productivity. Natural light is the best. Daylight that filters through space not only affects employee well-being but also boosts the energy and mood level. Consider making the best use of natural light and swap the fluorescent bulbs with personal lamps, string lighting, and soft coloured bulbs to keep your employees alert and attentive. Aesthetic appeal: Everything from layout to furniture and even artwork is subject to appeal in a workplace. The idea is to create a transcendental experience for the user and to design a warm casual space that works as an incubator for ideas. Materials like wood and metal bring warmth and rustic feel to space. Keeping in mind the fact that the office workspaces today are dynamic in nature and are witnessing rapid changes, the workplace style should be bold, industrial and vibrant with new age materials, technology and decluttered design vocabulary.Technology: A modern office space is incomplete without the right technology. Integrated systems, fast-speed internet connections and latest hardware and software are things your office must have to appeal to the incoming tech-savvy generations. Not only that, an office can also invest in mobile devices or rather agile settings to help one switch easily from one place as to another. The new workforce prefers more flexibility which will, in turn, result in enhanced productivity.