Kolkata: A committee led by Additional Chief Secretary of the state Transport department, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, has been formed to prepare a report to regulate bus fare according to the price of fuel.This comes at the time when the state government has been forced to give its nod to increase the bus fare by Re 1 for every 4 km, as the diesel price has gone up at an alarming rate.Following a meeting headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, with bus owners and operators associations, the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said: “It has been thought to develop a mechanism, based on which the bus fare will get regulated as per the rate of diesel.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe further said that a team that will be led by Bandyopadhyay, will prepare a report in this connection. The report will be prepared within a month and has to be submitted for the Chief Minister’s approval.Once the mechanism is in place, the bus fare will go down if the diesel price decreases and it will go up if bus operators have to buy the same at a higher price. But the regulatory commission will not be followed.It may be mentioned that this is the first time when such a step has been taken in the state and it would immensely help commuters. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to experts, this is going to be a unique step that the state Transport department would take, thanks to which people would not have to pay more when fuel prices decrease. It may be mentioned that the price of diesel keeps fluctuating. But never has such an initiative been taken, in which people have to pay less if the cost of operating buses goes down.It may be recalled that the state Transport department has taken several steps in the past seven years, for the benefit of commuters. The Pathadisha app was introduced by the state Transport department to help commuters get real time location of buses. Initially, it was only possible to get location of private buses. Later, a large section of private buses was also incorporated into the app.
Young people with good family relationships are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying or other aggressive behaviour at school and to step in if they see victims planning to retaliate, suggests new research. The findings, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, found that kids who were already excluded, or discriminated against by peers or teachers, were less likely to stand up for victims of bullying. “There is a lot of research on bullying, but very little on the extent to which family factors affect whether bystanders will intervene if they see bullying,” said study lead author Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPeer interventions are very effective at stopping bullying and preventing future aggressive behaviours. However, these interventions are fairly rare, according to Mulvey. For the study, the team examined 450 sixth grade students and 446 ninth grade students who completed a survey aimed at collecting data on their relationships with family, peers and teachers. They were also given six scenarios, each of which dealt with a specific aggressive act – physical aggression, cyberbullying, social exclusion, or rejection by a group, intimate partner violence, social aggression, such as teasing or mean-spirited gossip, and exclusion by a former friend. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor each scenario, students were asked to rate the aggressive act on a six-point scale, from “really not OK” (1) to “really OK” (6). Students used the same scale to judge the acceptability of intervening. The results showed that the stronger a student reported ‘good family management,’ or positive family relationships, the more likely a student was to deem aggressive behaviour and retaliation unacceptable, and the more likely they were to intervene in either case. “The study tells us that both home and school factors are important for recognising bullying behaviour as inappropriate and taking steps to intervene. It highlights the value of positive school environments and good teachers, and the importance of family support, when it comes to bullying.”
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a Trinamool Congress activist from Burdwan, whose body was found in Hooghly’s Serampore on Wednesday morning.The victim, identified as Purnendu Chatterjee, had been missing since Tuesday after some local residents stormed into his house and heckled his family members. They had alleged that the victim had misappropriated some government funds. The villagers demanded the money back from his family members on Tuesday morning, when Chatterjee was away from home. The agitators had alleged that the victim had received around Rs 30,000 as cut money from a fund, which was generated for a government scheme. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe victim did not return home on Tuesday night. His body was recovered by the police in Hooghly on Wednesday morning. There were some injury marks on his body, which was later identified by his family members. Police have started a murder case on the basis of the complaint lodged by his family members. The body has been sent for postmortem examination. The family members of the victim alleged that BJP-backed goons might have been behind the incident. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have also put the blame on the saffron party. The district BJP leaders, however, have denied the allegations brought against them by the ruling party. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn the course of investigation, police came to know that the family members couldn’t contact him since Tuesday afternoon. Police are trying to ascertain where the victim had stayed on Tuesday night. The investigating officers are yet to ascertain the exact cause of his death. However, preliminary investigation suggests that he might have been murdered. Police are waiting for the postmortem report which might throw some light on the reason why he was killed. A detailed probe has been initiated in this connection.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 11, 2016 They say you can’t buy love, but every February millions of Americans try. Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and still you have to find just the right present for the Wi-Fi lover in your life. That’s always easier said than done.Gartner estimates that in 2016, 6.5 billion connected things will be in use worldwide and 5.5 million new things will get connected everyday, so it’s no surprise there are gift options available for every hobby. Here is a roundup of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for the tech geek in your life – from a smart suitcase for the jetsetter to a Wi-Fi slow cooker for the chef. With the surge of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), this yes is the time to ditch the roses and chocolate. Check out the wave of innovative Wi-Fi gadgets available online and in stores.For the Wi-Fi lover who travels.The Bluesmart Smart Carry-on Luggage is the ultimate luggage for the tech-savvy traveler. Did an airline accidentally “re-route” your bag? Now you can track it remotely through Bluesmart’s global coverage. Plus, the carry-on’s built-in charger lets you power up your phone at every stop you make, so you no longer have to track down an open outlet while trying to make sure you board the plane in time.Related: Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here’s a Brief Guide.For the Wi-Fi lover who cooks.The Crock-Pot Smart Wi-Fi-Enabled WeMo 6-Quart Slow Cooker has brought the venerable crock-tot into the wireless age, a monumental shift from its infancies as a staple in home kitchens back in the ‘70s. You can mix in your ingredients before work or school, and then adjust cooking time and temperature throughout the day via a Wi-Fi connection. By the time you return home, your meal is ready to eat no matter how hectic your schedule was.For the Wi-Fi lover who jams out.When you need music to get you through your day, you need to find ways to keep the tunes going no matter where you are. Kohler has released the KOHLER K-9245-CP 2.5 GPM Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker, a wireless showerhead speaker that syncs to any smart device. Hop in the shower without feeling a silent void, and keep streaming the perfect soundtrack to your day.Related: How a Ruined Valentine’s Day Dinner Inspired a BusinessFor the Wi-Fi Lover who is dog-friendly.Access your Petcube from anywhere and watch, talk and play with your furry best friends anytime. Your dog will never get lonely, and neither will you. This camera is iOS and Android compatible, connects to home Wi-Fi and weighs only 1.3 pounds.For the romantic Wi-Fi lover.You can use the Philips’ Hue System as “regular” light bulbs, but you’d be missing the point. These customizable, app-controlled LED lights screw in just like normal light bulbs, but plug the included wireless bridge into your router, and you’ll have access to some amazing features. By connecting to the bridge via a mobile app, you can create lighting schedules and select mood-lighting presets to set the mood this Valentine’s Day.As Wi-Fi enabled devices become even more integrated in every part of our lives, future holidays are sure to bring even more handy gadgets that let us live out our passions more easily and intelligently than ever.Related: In the Few Minutes You Weren’t Watching, the Connected Future Arrived Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
TORONTO — Here’s a common scenario: You ask your wedding clients where they would go on their dream honeymoon, and they respond with a bunch of destinations in quick succession. Bali. Italy. Tahiti. The list goes on and on.But there is a fun and easy way to whittle down the options so that your clients are left with a destination that best suits their needs and preferences. Virtual Honeymoon is an interactive destination matching tool used by agents with indecisive clients. Using intuitive software and an algorithm to search for and match destinations, the tool matches couples with their top two destinations, allowing them to ‘test drive’ these locales and help agents close the sale.Robin HawkeyStarted and owned by travel industry veteran Robin Hawkey, Virtual Honeymoon kicked off in January 2015 for year-long testing before launching its affiliate program in March 2016. Hawkey says the idea came to her after “years of frustration of working with couples that were all over the map”, which resulted in wasting weeks of valuable time, sometimes only to lose them to the Internet.“When couples have no idea where to go on their getaway, or say something like ‘We just want to go some place warm and tropical’, that usually leads to seeing every tropical island and comparing them all. We call [these couples] ‘tire-kickers’ or ‘time-wasters’ for using travel agents as a human resource tool,” she tells Travelweek.How it works is simple: Clients answer a series of fun, interactive questions, the tool then matches them to their top two destinations based on their answers. After clients fill out a contact form, all the questions and answers, including their matches, are emailed directly to the travel agent who will then follow up directly.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe tool costs $24.95/month, or $239.52 per year with a savings of 20%. You can access the site at virtualhoneymoon.com.To enhance the experience, Hawkey has added a virtual reality component to the website’s destination pages. She’s teamed up with ExplorVR to allow clients to pre-experience their matched destination. Virtual Honeymoon’s affiliates have already used VR headsets and videos at wedding fairs where clients were able to test-drive their destinations on the spot.“I think [VR] is so beneficial as most millennials want to be involved in the planning process. VR is the next best thing to being there!” said Hawkey. “I also feel that the agents who don’t get on this VR trend will be left behind – literally!”Devin Kinasz, President & CEO of ExplorVR, adds: “Virtual Honeymoon is embracing VR technology and partnering with ExplorVR to give their agents access to exciting destination experiences. We are very excited top partner with Virtual Honeymoon because they align with our values of being a forward-thinking company that embraces technology.”Virtual reality acts as the perfect selling tool in the destination wedding and honeymoon market as it allows clients to “try before they fly”. As Hawkey puts it, all couples want their weddings and honeymoons to go off without a hitch, so the best way to ensure that the destination matches their vision is to virtually travel there ahead of time.“There is on average over two million weddings per year in the U.S. alone, with couples spending over $72 billion on weddings and $8 billion on honeymoons. The romance niche is such a great niche to get into to build your entire travel business,” said Hawkey. “If an agent does a great job on the wedding or honeymoon, and builds a good relationship with their client, they will do all their travel-related activities such as anniversaries, babymoons, graduations, family trips and more, not to mention the referrals to all their friends getting married. This creates a booming business that will continue to grow and prosper.”More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upWith business booming, Virtual Honeymoon launched its sister site – Virtual Destination Wedding – at the Love Mexico event in Cabo last December. Operating much like Virtual Honeymoon, the new site not only matches clients with their top two destinations but also helps plan the wedding. And like its sister site, it costs $24.95, or $239.52 with a 20% discount.Looking ahead, Hawkey is preparing to launch the company’s newest addition – Virtual Vacationing – on April 10 at the Travel Agent Forum in Las Vegas. While its main concept is the same as interactive destination matching, she says the new site does not focus on romance as the other two sites.“We realize that not all getaways are about romance, sometimes it’s about vacation travel with family and friends and they too can be confused about where to go on their getaway,” she adds. “We are so excited to be at the Forum with our VR partner, ExplorVR. They have really helped our vision of bringing virtual travel to life, allowing clients to virtually experience their destination match before booking and, thus, closing sales!”For agents in Las Vegas attending the Travel Agent Forum next month, learn more about Virtual Honeymoon, Virtual Vacationing and ExplorVR at their booth. 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