0 Meet Blake Crouch. Sarah Tew/CNET Blake Crouch likes messing with your mind. Whether in the Wayward Pines trilogy (recently adapted as a TV series), Good Behavior (also a TV series), or the critical gem Dark Matter (in the works as a film), his characters encounter moral dilemmas, often with a sci-fi twist. Recursion, his latest novel, takes things deeper, mixing elements of a police procedural with time travel, alternative universes and just a bit of mad scientist menace. Naturally, it’s already being developed by Shona Rhimes for Netflix.My colleague David Carnoy, author of several mystery novels, joins in for this episode of Book Club, while Scott was out of town. Subscribe: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher See Recursion at Amazon Random House About CNET Book ClubThe Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the nonfiction video game history book The Tetris Effect), and Scott Stein, a playwright and screenwriter. We’ll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott. Previous episodesBorne by Jeff VanderMeerWalkaway by Cory DoctorowArtemis by Andy WeirDown the River Unto the Sea by Walter MosleyTen Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron LanierCNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 gift guide specialTeam Human by Douglas RushkoffJosh Frank on bringing the Marx Brothers and Salvador Dalí togetherTim Maughan asks, what if the internet dies?Subscribe to CNET Book Club: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher Tags Share your voice CNET Book Club Culture Post a comment
HD Kumaraswamy and Yash.PR HandoutThe battle for the Mandya Lok Sabha seat is heating up with Sumalatha’s supporters and the JD(S) leaders engaging in a war-of-words. People from both sides are using every opportunity to score points over each other. After Nikhil Kumaraswamy mocked Yash’s house-rent issue which recently created a controversy, the latter has now apparently taken digs at the Chief Minister’s two marriages.During his campaign at Ambarahalli, Yash told a TV channel that people should not mistake people’s innocence to ignorance. “If we assume that people are fools, they will give a befitting reply,” he said while stating that the people of Mandya know who is the wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh.”Sumalatha is the only wife of Ambareesh and there is no confusion in it,” Yash pointed out, an oblique reference to HD Kumaraswamy’s two marriages.Anitha Kumaraswamy, the MLA from the Ramanagara constituency, is the wife of HD Kumaraswamy. He is allegedly also married to actress Radhika Shetty. There have enough photos of the Karnataka Chief Minister with the actress that indicate their relationship. However, they have never admitted it in open. Kumaraswamy with his wife Radhika.Radhika Kumaraswamy Facebook PageIn 2011, a public interest litigation was filed for his disqualification from the Ramanagara MP seat for violating the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. But the High Court had dismissed the plea for failing to produce necessary documents in support of the allegations.Apart from Sumalatha Ambareesh, there are two others with the name ‘Sumalatha’ who are contesting in the Mandya Lok Sabha election. Sumalatha and BJP have alleged the JD(S) is using such a trick to confuse the people in a bid to ensure Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s victory.
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), which is the largest integrated iron and steel producer in the country, will shell out Rs. 6,000 crore in the current financial year. The amount will be spent on modernisation and expansion plans, as well as towards research and development (R&D).The public sector entity had forked out about Rs. 4,483 crore as capital expenditure last year.The money invested will be utilised towards energy-saving methods, pollution control, development of mines and to enrich product mix, Press Trust of India reports.”SAIL will spend around Rs. 6,000 crore as capex this financial year. This includes the expansion programme as well as R&D,” a source was quoted as saying by the PTI.The New Delhi-based company is currently in the process of improving its hot metal production capacity from to 23.46 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), which was previously 13.82 MTPA. It also made an investment of Rs. 61,870 crore, which will be completed by the end of the present financial year.The steel-maker will also spend Rs. 10,200 crore towards mine development in Odisha and Jharkhand.Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, during a Steel and Mines Ministry meeting, had asked domestic companies to accept the external realities of the steel sector.”In the long term, industry has to accept external realities and learn to compete and emerge stronger in spite of them (challenges). Time is of essence and all plans and actions by the companies must be well-planned and executed,” Tomar was quoted by PTI as telling the companies.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
An exhibition of photographs kicked off in the Capital on 1 March which blends art aficionados into the religion, culture and traditions of West Bengal. Bengal has always been known for a land where festivals are more than the seasons. All through the year there is a festive aura, as each season brings surplus of festivals along with Faith as an important aspect in the life of Bengal and its people.This exhibition inaugurated by Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal will clutch the attention of the art lovers till 17 March. Shutterbug Sanjay Das has put up 20 photographs out of his stupendous collection of 2000 photographs in his exhibition with an aim of personifying the charm of different religion, culture and heritage budding all together in the city of joy- Kolkata. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Photographs portraying the riverine, making of gods, Buddhist monastery, Churches in Pandel, Mosques in Murshidabad are also a part of this exhibition.Das said, ‘Faith in Bengal is a mix of religious folk beliefs and practices which are imperishable. It is knitted in the highly spiritual, mystical songs of the Baul singers and Fakirs, the itinerant religious folk musicians.’ He stressed more on the photograph which discloses about the very renowned festival of Tarpan in every house of Bengal which signifies the worship of their ancestors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Faith exists as a way of life Bengal, in its lanes and by-lanes, through its sublime culture, inherently religious people and rituals that are in harmony with nature,’ he added.Adherence and spiritualism revolves around the vibrant traditions of goddess worship in many forms such as Durga and Kali, with bountiful rituals and decorated statues. Behind the faces of goddesses and the spirit of festivals are the hands of numerous idol-makers in different regions of Bengal. Union with God is sometimes sought through Kirtan, a chant inspired singing or Sufi music whose ultimate goal is to discover the divine inner knowledge. The sound of prayer wheels and chanting of monks in the glory of the Buddhist monasteries, take life in Bengal to a realm of tranquility and solace.
Cafe and Art Gallery is presenting a solo painting exhibition, The Buddha by M Lokseswara Rao IFS whose work has been inspired by eight important symbols of Buddhism such as conch, lotus, unending knot, dharma chakra among others. The exhibition will be held at Studio 55, Café and Art Gallery, 55, Sunder Nagar in the Capital on December 27 to January 5.Ever since M Lokeswara Rao was a little child he had this different inclination towards drawing and sketching. He always had a different way to look into things with an altered perspective with a different perceptive ability. Imagination has no barrier. It is stronger than anything known to man, faster than the speed of light, deeper than the ocean of thoughts. It is the seed for the basic intellect of creativity and innovation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rao belongs to 1983 batch of Indian Forest Service(IFS) working as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of the Forest Force, Nagaland. Never before has the need been greater for all of us to remember that the immortal message Lord Buddha, the greatest and noblest of the sons of India gave to us, and to you and to the all the world. He is also practicing this ancient art Tanjore paintings for the past several years and contemporary art and digital paintings.
Kolkata: The Election Commission on Monday ordered immediate transfer of seven police officers in Bengal, a day before the third phase polls in the state.”The officers being transferred are not to be involved by the state government in any election-related duties,” said an EC notification to Ariz Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal. Three police officers in Murshidabad, two police officers in Paschim Burdwan district, a police officer in North 24-Parganas district and Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Bishnupur in Bankura district have been transferred. Inspector in-Charge (IC) Raghunathganj, Saikat Roy, IC Farakka, Uday Shankar Ghosh and ASI Shamsherganj, Bidhan Haldar were transferred from Murshidabad. Two parliamentary constituencies in Murshidabad district — Murshidabad and Jangipur are going to polls on Tuesday along with Balurghat, Malda North and Malda South. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn West Burdwan district, the two officers transferred are Rajshekhar Mukherjee of Andal police station and Ajay Mondal of Baraboni police station. SDPO Sukamal Kanti Das of Bishnupur in Bankura district and IC Bijpur Krishnendu Ghosh of North 24-Parganas district have also been transferred. So far, the Commission has transferred nearly 12 police officers, including Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh and SP Malda Arnab Ghosh. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The Election Commission is acting at the behest of BJP and some Congress leaders in the state when it comes to transfer of police officers. It will have no effect in the elections. They (BJP) are going to polls relying upon paramilitary force but the TMC will contest on the basis of people’s support and strong organisational strenghth,” said state Transport and Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim termed the transfer of officers as ‘showbazi’ on the part of the Commission. “BJP leaders like Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have been flouting the Model Code of Conduct of the EC taking credit in the name of the Indian Army but the Commission with limited powers is doing nothing. In an attempt to cover up for their limitations, they are transferring officers in Bengal.”