Technical training to give a boost to Rajasthan potters

first_img The RuTAG had earlier provided technical assistance for upgradation of kilns in which clay griddles are baked and modified the product’s design and thickness to suit the requirement of gas stoves and heaters in the cities. The earthy scent of the black soil, procured mostly from ponds in Bharatpur district, is maintained in the griddles after they are baked.Clay pottery is both a traditional occupation and the only livelihood option for the Prajapat community, also known as Kumhars, in the region. The demand for earthenware has soared among the health-conscious people residing in cities, who believe that the nutrients of food items are protected when cooked in earthen utensils. The traditional potters belonging to the Prajapat community in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district are being given technical training which is expected to help them hone their skills in their occupation.An ongoing tech-aided camp in Pahari town is training the youths in making earthen pots as well as terracotta decorative items which are in heavy demand in the southern States.The camp, being attended by two dozen Prajapat youths, will enable them make rapid strides in manufacturing cups, cutlery, mugs, pans, clay griddles, dishes, bowls and cookers.Master trainer Moti Lal, who learnt the technical applications at IIT Delhi’s Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), told The Hindu on Tuesday that the use of electric motors for the spinning of the potter’s wheel, innovative design interventions and new baking techniques would facilitate bulk production of earthenware quickly.Bharatpur-based Lupin Foundation has joined hands with RuTAG to provide technical assistance to the potters.Mr. Lal, 52, said the Prajapat community hoped that the government bodies, such as the Khadi & Village Industries Commission, would provide mechanised potter’s wheels in remote villages.Lupin Foundation’s executive director Sita Ram Gupta said that while the training would help promote pottery industry, the earthenware produced in the district would be sent to various fairs and exhibitions across the country and also sold online with the help of web portals operating from Jaipur. “The training will connect traditional artisans with modern technology and help increase their income,” he said.last_img read more

Back from the dead, Aces stay in playoff hunt

first_imgCalvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESAfter Alaska’s 0-6 start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the players know that they have no choice but to play like there’s no tomorrow.Not only are the Aces’ campaign this conference is hanging in the balance, but so are their careers as well.ADVERTISEMENT However, if there’s one positive thing their slump gave the Aces, it’s that they can’t take any team lightly.“Before, we’re a bit overexcited. We felt that we could beat anyone, but we were wrong. We realized that it’s not going to be easy,” said Abueva. “Now, I think we’re being more solid. We’re getting our momentum back and I hope we continue this.”Alaska stakes its three-game winning streak against Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That mentality was in full display in the game against the Picanto as Alaska pulled itself back from 10 points down.Abueva was at is best, doing a little bit of everything including getting into Kia import Geron Johnson’s head.With Johnson losing his focus, Alaska capitalized with its import Buck Henton and starting point guard JVee Casio coming through down the stretch.Abueva admitted that Johnson’s aggressiveness caught the Aces by surprise.“We were rattled,” he said. “We knew we needed a win, but we struggled getting any momentum in the first three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, everything clicked and that was when we were able to show our energy and hustle. All we wanted was to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game runcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Our captain (JVee Casio) said that a lot of us have expiring contracts. So if we want to get extended, get a raise, we have to make it to the playoffs,” said Calvin Abueva in Filipino.That explains the heightened sense of urgency of the Aces for the past three games as they snapped their inglorious 14-game losing skid dating back to last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlaska has now won three straight games with its latest victory at the expense of Kia, 102-94, on Sunday.“We’re willing to die just for us to play well and make it to the playoffs,” the energetic forward said. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Kaveree Bamzai on the police’s sensitivity to crime

first_imgShobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we,Shobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we had a police narrative of his life that went thus: He had more than one girl’s number on his phone. Was he a two-timing Casanova? He occasionally sniffed glue as many boys do in posh schools. Was he part of a drug cartel?Only his family knows the truth, and in this day and age of aggressive individualism, perhaps not even they. But anyone who remembers the initial police narrative on Aarushi Talwar’s murder will hear the echoes. Here was a girl who chatted with her friends, many of them boys, till late in the night. Who was allowed the freedom to go out with her friends unescorted. Who was left unsupervised by a known adult for some part of the day.There is no doubt that there is a clash of civilisations. What one class thinks is indulgent enabling is parental duty for others. What one class believes are luxuries are necessities of metropolitan adolescence. The class that investigates the murder invariably has no comprehension of the lifestyle of the murdered. How can a student with no known source of income afford an expensive phone or daily visits with friends to a mall? Or how can a young girl, barely 14, have so many friends on Facebook who are boys? For that one would have to explain how buying a phone is considered a rite of passage in an affluent adolescent’s life. And how having Facebook friends is a marker of one’s existence. If you don’t have them, you are a non-person.advertisementThese are issues that even the most educated parents are grappling with. And don’t even ask about sexual experimentation and recreational drug abuse. Neither our teachers, who still treat sex education like an embarrassing relative who has to be wheeled out at family functions, nor parents, who cannot even begin to count the ways children find to get high on intoxicants, are prepared for this universe. It’s not surprising. Our police officials see the worst of human behaviour.They see parents who kill their daughters for their izzat, men who set their wives on fire for dowry, and children who are routinely sexually abused. They are also now seeing gigantic financial frauds using the most sophisticated legal advice, murders arising out of cyber bullying, and teenage crime related to drugs and sex. A particularly repulsive movie recently, Luv Ka The End, aimed at the so-called youth demographic, had its hero being part of a Billionaire Boys Club. Their sport? Putting their sexual encounters online and winning points. The highest, 1,000 points, was for bedding a virgin. To use the wonderfully expressive terms of this generation. Eww. Indeed. But don’t be surprised to see it playing at a home near you.last_img read more