Darjeeling: A portion of an under-construction flyover came crashing down at Phansidewa in Darjeeling district on Saturday without injuring anybody, police said.The incident happened near Kanthibhita in Phansidewa town along the National Highway 31D.Four laning of the highway is presently going on in the stretch which is a part of the East-West corridor envisaged under National Highways Development Project — Phase II, and is a vital link for connectivity to the North-East. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSDO, Siraj Daneswar, BDO and DM Jayashi Dasgupta were present along with the police team at the spot since early morning.”This is an accident caused by some technical fault. The technical staff and the engineers on the project can give a proper explanantion for the same. The investigation has begun and the construction procedure has been stopped unless the matter is investigated by the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI),” said Dasgupta, the District Magistrate.Though 25 meters of the under-constructed flyover has collapsed, there are no reports of any injury. The area had been cordoned off by the police later in the morning.
Kolkata: A wall mural made by the women survivors of sexual violence will be put up in the city on December 14.The women will be assisted by some former students of Government Art College. This is for the first time when the survivors of sexual violence will make murals that will depict their aspirations, dreams and what they can achieve with regard to their work or profession at a personal level. This is a part of a three-week long awareness campaign launched by Swayam, an organisation working for the causes of women. Short films on #Metoo movement were shown at Rotary Sadan on November 30. Besides India, short films from Sri Lanka, Afganisthan, Pakisthan, Nepal Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeand Bangladesh. The awareness drive will be launched in Kolkata and its neighbourhood. Rally against sexual harassment on women and girls will be held from Maheshtala to Metiabruz in South 24-Parganas on December 5. On December 6, there will be a programme on communal harmony. On December 8, theatre and music group personalities will interact with the common people at different places in South Kolkata. On December 10, a human rights fair will be organized at ranu Chaya Mancha. A spokesman for Swayam said the whole idea behind organising the three-long programme is to create awareness among women coming from all walks of life. It is in fact that women are being sexually abused both at home and outside. Through the programmes women will be urged to come out and lodge their protests.
Ever feel that credit card processing fees are taking an exceptionally large bite out of your profits? You may be right, says Bob Carr, CEO of Heartland Payment Systems, a card processing company based in Princeton, New Jersey. “Transaction costs have increased to the point where some merchants are paying as much as 3 percent of the total sale,” says Carr, who recommends five steps to manage processing and reduce the costs of credit card processing.1.Understand your bill. Know what services you are getting and how much you are paying for each one. “Most [business owners] don’t know this is something you can negotiate once you understand the billing,” says Carr.2.Scout out surcharges. At a minimum, processing fees involve the credit card company, the bank that issued the card and the processing company. “There can be up to 10 middlemen between the merchant and their money,” says Carr. “Ask your processing company, ‘Who am I paying, and what are they doing for me?'”3.Know your numbers. Fees differ by card type, so learn which ones your customers use most often, and negotiate processing accordingly. “Merchants [can] get quoted a lowball rate on one category, such as debit cards, and pay a much higher rate on others,” Carr explains.4.Buy, don’t rent. Processing equipment suitable for small businesses can be purchased outright for $300, yet many merchants fall prey to leases priced at $40 to $50 per month or more.5.Shop around. Says Carr, “The best way to buy is the way the big guys buy: talking to multiple companies and negotiating the lowest possible price.”Jennifer Pelletis a freelance writer specializing in business and finance. October 1, 2006 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 19, 2016 5 min read MIT Technology Review has something for every tech lover on your list in its “Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.” The list includes this year’s 13 most covetable gadgets, from a wearable that does it all to a virtual-reality gaming kit.Related: Top Holiday Tech Gifts You Can Get at a DiscountWith Tech Review’s permission, we reproduce the list here:The Ultimate Holiday Wish ListThe Phantom 4 from DJIDodge the possibility of drone crashes with the Phantom 4 from DJI, which includes a collision avoidance system that uses two forward-facing sensors to detect obstacles as far ahead as 49 feet. When the drone detects an object in its path, it will go around it or pause and hover.Illustration by Miguel PorlanGarmin Fenix 3 SapphireThe Fenix 3 Sapphire combines Garmin’s sports-watch know-how with smart-watch-style notifications. Thanks to GPS and satellite navigation, plus tracking features, this gadget is best suited for athletes who venture off the beaten path. But advanced metrics for things like stride length, vertical oscillation and oxygen intake should come in handy for serious runners everywhere.Illustration by Miguel PorlanNintendo NES Classic EditionGive the gift of nostalgia with this modernized mini version of the original cartridge-based Nintendo Entertainment System console. It maintains the original’s retro looks (even for the included controller) and comes with 30 8-bit favorites such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and the Legend of Zelda preinstalled.Illustration by Miguel PorlanHappier Camper HC1This retro-style trailer weighs just 1,100 pounds, so your favorite camper or Airstream aficionado can tow it with most cars for camping trips and cross-country adventures. The HC1 features a modular interior that can be arranged into various modes, from a sleeping space for five to a mobile office to a living space with a kitchenette.Illustration by Miguel PorlanAstell & Kern AK70While most of the world has moved on to streaming services such as Spotify, those who value high-resolution playback still cling to portable music players, and the high-end South Korean brand Astell & Kern is still improving them. The Android-based, wi-fi-compatible AK70 supports hi-res files like AIFF, FLAC and WAV, in a reasonably light (4.7-ounce) package.Illustration by Miguel PorlanRelated: 10 High-Tech Holiday Gifts You Can Buy for Under $100Withings ThermoThis smart thermometer proves that stocking stuffers don’t have to be useless. The compact gadget uses 16 infrared sensors to take heat measurements and find the hottest point when it’s swept across someone’s forehead.Illustration by Miguel PorlanSamsung 4K SUHD TelevisionIf you’re shopping for someone with a serious living-room setup, one of Samsung’s 4K SUHD TVs could prove to be perfect. Thanks to quantum-dot display technology, which uses tiny particles that emit light in various colors, these sets provide punchier, more saturated color than typical LCD TVs, which produce cooler, more bluish hues.Illustration by Miguel PorlanLenovo Phab 2 ProFor someone who wants the absolute cutting edge in mobile tech, Lenovo’s super-sized Android handset is the obvious pick. The Phab 2 Pro is the first smartphone to support Google’s augmented-reality Tango platform, which lets you view 3-D software overlays based on what’s captured by the device’s wide-angle camera and depth sensor — essentially providing a unique way to interact with your environment.Illustration by Miguel PorlanAnki CozmoCozmo is much more than a robotic toy for kids. Thanks to facial-recognition technology, the bot will graduate from shy to friendly with its owners, and it’s programmed to remember specifics like your favorite game.Illustration by Miguel PorlanStromer ST2Reward your favorite eco-conscious commuter with this souped-up, connected ebike. The ST2’S battery lasts for up to 93 miles per charge, and riders can enjoy motor-boosted speeds of up to 27 miles per hour. In addition to toggling settings via buttons on the handlebar, the rider can tweak them in the Stromer smartphone app for Android and iOS (not advised while riding!).Illustration by Miguel PorlanPlayStation VRThis head-mounted display system makes playing games like Batman Arkham VR and Star Wars Battlefront more immersive than ever. It connects to a PlayStation 4 via USB and HDMI cables and lets the wearer explore the game environment with a 100-degree field of view.Illustration by Miguel PorlanAnova Precision CookerBoil-in-a-bag has gone high tech. The Anova Precision Cooker attaches to the side of any old kitchen pot to heat water and circulate it evenly, allowing for perfectly moist, tender meals prepared in the sous vide style (as long as food is sealed in an airtight plastic bag).Illustration by Miguel PorlanRelated: Top 25 Tech Gadgets to Give This Holiday SeasonSamsung Gear 360The Gear 360 merges images taken with two 180-degree wide-angle lenses to create 360-degree shots and videos. Photographers can hit “record” on the orb-shaped Gear 360 itself or use the smartphone app on a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to adjust white balance, exposure and more before they start capturing images.Illustration by Miguel Porlan Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »