Construction Effort Taking Shape on Guam ahead of Marine Corps Realignment

first_imgThere are clear signs that many of the construction projects needed to ready Guam to host more than 4,000 Marines are moving ahead. Work is still in the early stages at the site of the planned Marine Corps Base Guam, but military leaders are pleased the effort appears to be on track, reports Stars and Stripes. “It is clearly moving forward,” said Capt. Daniel Turner, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas. Japan is paying about $3 billion of the $8.7 billion price tag for the undertaking, which does not have a firm deadline for completion. Current plans call for the Marines to relocate from Okinawa between 2022 and 2026. About $500 million worth of projects have been completed on the island, including a new parking apron for Marine aircraft and an aviation maintenance hangar at Andersen AFB. A utility and site improvement project has been completed at Apra Harbor. DOD also is funding off-base projects, including $50 million for the island’s commercial port, $125 million for wastewater treatment upgrades, road projects between Naval Base Guam and the northern part of the island, and $30.6 million for sewer improvements.While the lion’s share of the effort lies ahead, officials say one of the key obstacles has been navigated — satisfactorily addressing residents’ concerns over the pace of construction and its environmental and cultural impacts.Photo courtesy of the Navy Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Samsung said to be working on two more foldable phones

first_img Tags Samsung’s foldable phone line may be expanding soon. CNET Samsung’s family of foldable smartphones may be tripling soon.The South Korean electronics giant is developing a pair of new foldable handsets following its unveiling of its Galaxy Fold, people familiar with the company’s plans told Bloomberg. One of the devices would fold away from the user like the Huawei Mate X instead of inward, as the Galaxy Fold does.A phone that folds vertically is expected to be unveiled later this year or early next year, Bloomberg reported. An in-display fingerprint sensor may also be incorporated into the foldable lineup.When Samsung introduced its Galaxy Fold at Unpacked on February, it stole most of the spotlight from the other four phones the company announced there as well, including a 5G phone. Though many are intrigued by the Galaxy Fold, its consumer appeal may be limited its uncommon design, limited availability and price.At $1,980, the Fold costs twice the starting price of the Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone XS. The Mate X, which was also unveiled last month, tantalized audience members until its $2,600 price tag was announced, and then oohs and ahhs turned to gasps.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 Post a comment Share your voice Foldable Phones Tablets Phones Samsunglast_img read more

Telugu cinema flies high by winning 7 awards in 66th National Awards

first_imgKeerthy Suresh in Sandakozhi 2TwitterThe 66th National Awards were announced on Friday and Telugu cinema and Telugu film fraternity are very much happy. Going into the awards, actress Keerthy Suresh has been awarded the Best Actress award for Mahanati and also, the film won the Best Film at the National Awards. This is the first National award for the actress and all her fans and well-wishers from the industry are very much happy for the actress. Keerthy deserves the award for all the efforts she has put in, to step into the shoes of Savitri and of course the whole team for making the best film.Congrats dear nanba @KeerthyOfficial for #Mahanati best actress National award Proud moment & Hats off to Mahanathi team pic.twitter.com/FTqHLwmQHQ— atlee (@Atlee_dir) August 9, 2019 TwitterActor turned director Rahul Ravindran won the award for Best Original Screenplay for Chi La Sow, his first film as director. Ram Charan Tej and Sukumar’s Rangasthalam has received the Best Audiography award.Awe is definitely one of the best films from the Telugu film industry and even this film has won the honour. This Prashanth Varma directorial venture has won the award in the categories of Best Makeup and Best VFX.Many actors have taken to social media to congratulate the winners and this is definitely a big honour to the industry. These awards increase the responsibility of the filmmakers and actors to make many more amazing films.Rana Daggubati, Mahesh S Koneru, Jr NTR, Ram Charan Tej and many other celebrities from many industries have taken to their social media to share their happiness as their colleagues and friends have won the awards which are really big as an achievement.Telugu cinema is flying high! Congratulations to the teams of #Mahanati, #Rangasthalam, #Awe and #ChiLaSow for winning at the #66thNationalAwards.— Jr NTR (@tarak9999) August 9, 2019 Twitter@KeerthyOfficial congrats my dear, you played my favourite actor with great aplomb and deserve all the accolades. My wishes to the #Mahanati team????— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) August 9, 2019 TwitterCongratulation to all the #nationalawards winners ! Telugu cinema stands in pride!! #Mahanati #Awe #ChiLaSow #Rangasthalam ?— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) August 9, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Tragic death atop a train

first_imgTrain accidentZahedul was returning to work in Savar, Dhaka, on the roof of a train Saturday morning. His head hit the foot-overbridge of Raninagar railway station in Naogaon. He managed to travel up to Naogaon district town with his head injury.He was rushed to hospital at Naogaon, but succumbed to his injuries there.Zahedul Islam, 26, was a resident of Douladia Kollapara village of Kurigram district.Confirming the death, Natore railway station master Khan Maniruzzaman said Zahedul was travelling on the roof of Ekota Express from Dinajpur.Santahar railway police sent Zahedul’s body to Natore sadar hospital for autopsy.last_img

Theres a New Place to Buy Latino Literature in Houston

first_img 00:00 /02:27 – / 4The sun is setting outside, but the excitement is just beginning inside the Talento Bilingüe de Houston Community Center just east of downtown.Teenagers are stringing up colorful lights above a small stage.  Music and laughter fill the room to the side, where people are hanging up tote bags bearing pictures of Frida Kahlo. Pink shelves line one of the walls.A new bookstore is coming to Houston’s East End.“We were here over the weekend painting shelves, so it’s unglamorous work right now,” says Tony Diaz, the founder of the literary non-profit, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say. Until now, they’ve never had a physical location to sell books.“People have said that downtown Houston was a book desert,” Diaz says. “We’ve just created an oasis.”They’re calling the place Nuestra Palabra Books and Art. It’ll feature works by and about Latinos, including local authors whose books may be hard to find in the big-name bookstores.“Like Marie Elena Cortes,” Diaz explains. “She has a book called Neglected by Two Countries. It’s about kids who’ve been kind of caught in the immigration system and it’s their personal stories.”The store had its soft opening inside Talento Bilingüe last week. They’re waiting for the green light from the city to knock out part of an inside wall to make room for a counter, then the grand opening will follow. It’s not just a place to pick up a book. They’ll also serve coffee and sell art.“Our community really needs a cool little bookstore to come chill at because these are serious, heavy duty times,” Diaz says. “And I think now, more than ever, we do need a place where we’re not by political party and we’re not going to bully people. We’re going to celebrate people.”Diaz says they plan to host nationally-published authors for readings at least once a month, alongside community writers.“I think this is a great place for everybody to meet on a common, even ground,” he says. “Meet us in person, have a good time or take some books away. A lot of times, folks come up to me and say, ‘Hey, what are some books that can tell me about the Latino experience?’”So far, there are about 500 books in stock, with room to grow to about 2,000. Someday, it may be even more than that.“We would love to have the issue where we have to expand, but we haven’t even officially opened yet,” Diaz says with a laugh. “So, it’s kind of one thing at a time.”The grand opening of Nuestra Palabra Books and Art is set to take place sometime before Christmas. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Summer Arts Program

first_imgSign up today for Muse 360 Arts’ “Dancing Many Drums Journey II” summer classes. The program offers dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts. Register today. The program sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 22-31 at $100 a week. Call 410-235-0654 or visit www.muse360.org for more details. Spaces are almost filled.last_img

Burns Transitioning to a New Position on Defense

first_imgBrown’s defense is very complicated, which has taken a full spring and summer to learn the new schemes and terminology. However, Burns has put a lot of time in studying the game and is poised to be a starter when the team takes the field on Sept. 2 versus Notre Dame. Story Links The Louisville native has bulked up to nearly 200 pounds and has embraced his new role, according to Brown, who coached a top 10 defense last season at Appalachian State. Forced to set the edge against the running game in Brown’s defense, Burns needed to bulk up to handle more plays near the line of scrimmage and take on pulling offensive linemen. “It was new to him in the spring,” Brown said. “I think with his ability to play defensive back and linebacker, you can do a lot of things with him. With Rodjay being a good tackler, he can make an impact on our defense. That position makes a lot of plays, and I think with Rodjay’s versatility can be an asset to our defense.” “I know the defense,” Burns said. “They are putting new things in every day, but I’ve adjusted to it. I’m looking forward to our scrimmage this weekend to see how far I’ve come since the spring.” The Cardinals finished their third day of fall camp on Tuesday, and Burns likes what he’s seen from the defense in a short period of time. Playing in shorts and shoulder pads for the first time, Burns saw the defense play at a higher level. Burns has transitioned to the play the “Card” position in the spring, which is more of an outside linebacker and nickel back in defensive coordinator’s Brown’s system. Beginning his career at Ohio State, Burns, a native of Louisville, returned home to the Cardinals in 2017 to play at Louisville. The summer strength and conditioning program under Mike Sirignano was critical for Burns to change his body to be to withstand the increased physicality needed to be able to be a forced at the line of scrimmage. Burns embraced the challenge, changed his body, and is now the leader heading into the first week of camp. The Cardinals will return to the practice field on Wednesday at 11 a.m. as the adjustment period continues. Print Friendly Version In his first playing season with the Cardinals in 2018, Burns started nine games at the cornerback position, recording 38 tackles and one interception. He was one of the most explosive punt returners nationally with a 15.2 average, returning a punt 55 yards for his first touchdown. “It was a rough transition for sure,” Burns said. “I’ve adjusted to it and gained the weight I needed to gain. The coaching staff told me that I had the ability to make tackles and be a playmaker, which was a big selling point for me. I just wanted to play and help the team.” “It was very important to change my body,” Burns said. “I had to get stronger to go against the offensive linemen and be physical with them. I had to get stronger to set a good base and be able to stop the run.” Covering wide receivers down the field and not being heavily involved in stopping the run, Burns’ responsibilities will change dramatically this year as he moves closer to the line of scrimmage, which has taken a little time to get adjusted. However, with the change in defensive philosophies under the new coaching staff, Burns’ athletic ability and size fit perfect in Brown’s vision for the former Trinity product. Playing cornerback last season, Burns started the year at 189 pounds, which was perfect for that position. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville outside linebacker Rodjay Burns is in another state of transition heading into his third season with the Cardinals. “We were together for the first time today after splitting practices for the first two days,” Burns said. “We had a lot of guys out there making plays and flying around. It’s been fun with all the guys back together.”last_img read more

Crystals take a chill pill A thermomechanical theory of lowtemperature melting

first_img Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (Phys.org) — Virtual melting is a phase transition phenomenon associated with solid-solid phase transformation and relaxation of nonhydrostatic stresses and other effects in HMX explosives, as well as with crystal-crystal and crystal-amorphous phase transformation under high pressure. Since its initial formulation by Iowa State University Professor Valery I. Levitas and coworkers, virtual melting has been estimated to occur at 100 – 1000 °K below the material’s equilibrium melt temperature. Recently, however, Levitas and University of Texas Associate Professor Ramon Ravelo proposed a new deformation mechanism on which melting can occur at temperatures 4000 °K lower than the equilibrium melt temperature in materials subjected to high deviatoric stresses (where stress components vary by direction, and which control the degree of body distortion) in a shock wave. In addition, they’ve developed a novel thermomechanical theory of melting that predicts extremely large reduction in melting temperature. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Their next step, Levitas explains, was determining material parameters for a developed theory and application it to the specific melting process: While thermodynamic theory is quite universal and is applicable to any material, for some materials and loading conditions reduction in melting temperature can be small and for others very large. “This study was done through our synergistic collaboration: Ramon gave me parameters determined from his atomistic simulations for loading of copper and aluminum in several directions. “I then made thermodynamic predictions of the reduction in melting temperature for these specific materials.”There were also significant challenges in confirming virtual melting by large-scale molecular dynamics simulations. “Thermodynamic theory predicted how much melting temperature can be reduced due to uniaxial versus hydrostatic loading” Levitas explains. “For very high pressure this reduction was drastic: about 10,000 °K. The thermodynamic approach has important advantages in that it’s universal – for example, it’s not limited to specific materials and atomic structure. However, thermodynamics never says that some process will occur, but only that it can occur – that it’s thermodynamically admissible.”In contrast, Levitas notes, molecular dynamics simulations are performed for a specific material and atomic structure and interaction, but they reproduce all actual physical processes. “It may happen that while melting is possible from the thermodynamic point of view, it does not occur due to kinetic reasons or because other processes – such as dislocation plasticity or twinning – more rapidly release elastic stresses. Thus, one of the challenges in molecular dynamics simulations was to conceptually prove the existence of the virtual melting, which was done for the first time. Another challenge was to prove that the observed disordered state is indeed melt rather than an amorphous solid. Next, we had to investigate which parameters promote the melting, how actual melting temperature depends on them, and identify the lowest melting temperature.” Addressing these challenges required a range of insights, innovations and techniques. “I believe that the main insights and innovations were in our development of a combined thermodynamic and molecular dynamics approach, as well as in the proof of virtual melting existing in a shock wave several thousand degrees Kelvin below the melting temperature,” Levitas says. “Also, our results further support the idea that the virtual melting is a general phenomenon with various realizations.” While they previously suggested virtual melting as the mechanism of crystal-crystal phase transformation, amorphization and sublimation, here the scientists found that it also can serve as a mechanism of plastic deformation. “Lastly, since the thermodynamic features of the virtual melting here and in previous papers on phase transformations are quite similar, our first molecular dynamics confirmation of the virtual melting indirectly supports the plausibility of the virtual melting as an intermediate stage for phase transformations.”Levitas outlines how their findings impact nuclear explosions, meteorite impacts, and planned experiments in large laser facilities. “Virtual melting can compete with traditional mechanisms of plastic flow only at very high strain rates. Such conditions can be satisfied during nuclear explosions and meteorite impacts, which is why our results may be utilized for simulation of these phenomena.” Introducing new and completely unexpected deformation mechanisms, he adds, may also lead to essential progress in their understanding and predictive modeling.“The importance of such high strain rate regimes,” Levitas continues, “is supported by the fact that several laboratories around the world are now developing corresponding facilities for their experimental studies – and our results may find experimental confirmation in such studies. Finally,” Levitas notes, “due to the complexity of interpreting experimental results under such extreme conditions, it’s always good to have an idea about which phenomena could be found – and our virtual melting process is one of them.’Levitas also describes other areas of research and technology that might benefit from their findings. “In the current paper, virtual melting was conceptually confirmed by molecular dynamics simulations for the most unexpected case of metals, like copper and aluminum.” In these metals, traditional plasticity is very pronounced, which is why extremely high strain rates are required to activate an alternative mechanism like virtual melting. Since thermodynamic consideration is quite generic, this mechanism is expected in many other materials. “For materials with suppressed plasticity – for example, ceramics, high-strength alloys, or complex organic compounds – much lower strain rates may be required,” Levitas points out. “Then the virtual melting may play part in more traditional high-strain rate fields, like penetration of the projectile in a target in armor ceramic, propagation of shock waves, behavior of explosive materials, and deformation in shear bands.”Regarding next steps in their research, notes Levitas, “We plan to extend our thermodynamic approach for arbitrary 3D loading – in particular for deformation under high pressure and shear strains. It can also be extended for amorphization and sublimation, which can be considered as mechanisms of stress relaxation. Applying a phase field approach to the phenomena discussed is another important task. Finally,” Levitas concludes, “in molecular dynamic simulations we’ll study polycrystalline metals and materials with suppressed plasticity.” Explore further Spatial configuration can spark deja vu, psychology study reveals More information: Virtual melting as a new mechanism of stress relaxation under high strain rate loading, PNAS August 14, 2012 vol. 109 no. 33 13204-13207, doi:10.1073/pnas.1203285109 Levitas and Ravelo began their investigation when Levitas gave a talk on virtual melting in 2005 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and there met Ravelo. “Ramon was very critical and asked a lot of questions,” Levitas recounts to Phys.org. “He noted that in atomistic simulations of shock wave propagation in defect-free crystals, it had been observed that disordering occurred at the shock front at temperatures much below the melt temperature at the corresponding shock pressure along some directions – but along others, melting occurred at or above the melting temperature.” Moreover, Levitas adds, it was common wisdom at the time that amorphization occurs due to the high stresses generated at the shock front. “This led us to ask, is the pre-melting observed in atomistic simulations due to mechanical instabilities, such as strain-induced amorphization, which are not related to melting? Or it is indeed virtual melting? Which loading parameters control the melting? What is the lowest temperature at which melting can occur? These were tough questions,” Levitas acknowledges, “and we then started our collaboration, which after seven years has resulted in the current paper.”Levitas relates the main challenges they faced. “I needed to develop a thermodynamic theory of melting under uniaxial straining typical for shock waves.” At the time, known theories for melting under nonhydrostatic conditions – that is, when loading is different in different directions – considered thermodynamic equilibrium to be between melt and nonhydrostatically stressed solid. Reduction in melting temperature due to nonhydrostatic stresses was estimated to be just 1 °K. “This definitely did not sound promising,” Levitas continues. “In contrast, melting in our case represents a deformation process and thermodynamic theory for processes was not developed. I did my best to develop a general formal theory and apply it to the specific processes, which Ramon observed in molecular dynamics simulations. “Since Ramon and I have different backgrounds and consider phenomena from completely different positions, one of the most challenging problems was to understand each other and to make our concepts consistent. A few times I misunderstood how Ramon verbally describes results of atomistic simulations, and developed a theory for the wrong scenarios. For example,” Levitas illustrates, “one time I used wrong the video player to play his movie with atomistic simulations and mistakenly observed that melting occurs at the surface of the sample only. I found this very exciting and developed a theory for this scenario, since it sounds reasonable that if uniaxially loaded sample melts along all the surfaces, it would become hydrostatically loaded and further melting would be impossible.” (A) Atomic configuration of Cu slab shocked to a pressure of 160 GPa (red atoms are solid, blue are liquid); (B and C) pressure and temperature profiles, respectively, along the shock direction. The temperature is normalized by the equilibrium melt temperature TmðpÞ at the corresponding shock pressure along the profile. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1203285109 Citation: Crystals take a chill pill: A thermomechanical theory of low-temperature melting (2012, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-crystals-chill-pill-thermomechanical-theory.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Scientists work out way to use pulsars to provide self navigation to

first_img(Phys.org) —A trio of German space scientists has worked out a way to use pulsars as navigation aids for space vehicles traveling in the solar system. As they describe in their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the method relies on reading information from at least three pulsars to triangulate location information. Artist’s impression of Rosetta, if it navigated in deep space using pulsar signals. The characteristic time signatures of pulsars are used as natural navigation beacons to determine the position and velocity of the spacecraft. Credit: arXiv:1305.4842 [astro-ph.HE] More information: Autonomous Spacecraft Navigation With Pulsars, arXiv:1305.4842 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1305.4842AbstractAn external reference system suitable for deep space navigation can be defined by fast spinning and strongly magnetized neutron stars, called pulsars. Their beamed periodic signals have timing stabilities comparable to atomic clocks and provide characteristic temporal signatures that can be used as natural navigation beacons, quite similar to the use of GPS satellites for navigation on Earth. By comparing pulse arrival times measured on-board a spacecraft with predicted pulse arrivals at a reference location, the spacecraft position can be determined autonomously and with high accuracy everywhere in the solar system and beyond. The unique properties of pulsars make clear already today that such a navigation system will have its application in future astronautics. In this paper we describe the basic principle of spacecraft navigation using pulsars and report on the current development status of this novel technology.via ArxivBlog Journal information: arXiv Citation: Scientists work out way to use pulsars to provide self navigation to spacecraft in solar system (2013, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-scientists-pulsars-spacecraft-solar.html The current method of navigation for spacecraft is to send radio waves back to Earth—scientists can calculate its distance by noting how long the radio waves take to reach them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help to figure out its angular position. Generally, that’s not a problem, however, because of the vast distances between objects in the solar system—it’s likely to become more of an issue in the future, though, as space travel becomes more common. What’s needed, scientists say, is a way for spacecraft to keep tabs on their position without assistance from Earth. That’s what the team in Germany has done, using pulsars as guides.Pulsars are strongly magnetized neutron stars that spin very rapidly. Because they spin, they appear to blink or pulse, hence their name. Scientists have suggested over the years that it might be possible to use them as navigational aids, but until recently, the equipment necessary to read and interpret such signals has been far too bulky to put aboard a space craft. Also, limited knowledge about pulsars has constrained their usefulness. The team from Germany says progress in both areas has now been made to such an extent that it should be possible to put such equipment aboard a space probe capable of keeping track of its position to within 5km.Pulsars emit two kinds of signals that can be useful, radiation or x-rays. Both are emitted in cycles so precisely timed that they are comparable to atomic clocks. The researchers estimate a space vehicle reading pulsar radiation signals with 21 cm waves, for example, would require an antenna 150 square meters—that’s still too big for practical purpose. For that reason, the team suggests a better approach would be to listen for x-rays. Optics have progressed to the point, they say, that a mirror on a space vehicle capable of hearing and interpreting them would weigh just 25 kilograms, small enough for actual use. That would be good enough, they claim, to allow a spacecraft to triangulate its position to within 5km.center_img Dead stars could be the future of spacecraft navigation © 2013 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Another bridge collapses in Bengal none injured

first_imgKolkata: Within a month of the Majerhat bridge collapse here in West Bengal, that claimed three lives, an under construction bridge in South 24 Parganas collapsed on Monday, police said. “Part of the under construction bridge over Kalnagini river in Kawkdeep area collapsed at around 10 a.m. No one has been injured in the incident,” a state police officer said. “The reason of the collapse is yet to be ascertained. Senior officials have reached the spot,” he added. A portion of the Majerhat bridge in south Kolkata collapsed on September 4, killing three and injuring at least 19 others. Another canal bridge collapsed in Darjeeling district’s Siliguri on September 7, injuring a truck driver.last_img

High on Creativity

first_imgThe seventh season of Winter/Festive edition of India Runway Week commenced at Thyagraj Stadium last Friday and continued till Sunday. The show opened with the designs of international Designer Bibi Russell under the name of “Rajasthali”. Day one was high on creativity, where experienced designers ruled the ramp.Bollywood Diva Soha Ali Khan walked the ramp for Designer Shweta Sarda who presented the glory of womanhood through her designs while Mugdha Godse and Mandana Karimi also walked the ramp for Designer Satomi by Rakam and Studio AV. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe second day of India Runway week Season 7 in association with Big Boy Toyz started  with college students doing the  ramp walk in  the designs of the students from Appejay Design Institute. Fashion designer Yoshita Yadav launched her bridal collection ‘Oudh’ under the label Yoshita Couture at India Runway Week on September 17. Bollywood actor Esha Gupta walked the ramp as the showstopper dressed in a beautiful Yoshita Yadav creation. The collection ‘Oudh’ was presented for the first time and consisted of pre bridal dresses apt for ceremonies like the sangeet, mehendi, and reception of an Indian wedding.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe bridal collection was inspired by the ethereal style legacy of Lucknow, as the name ‘Oudh’ suggests, the design of the collection took its inspiration from the architecture of the most flourishing and the richest period of the Awadhi history. It aims to revive the continuum of cultural legacy patronized by the Nawabs and the elite of Lucknow.Day 3 started with the show of five designers-  Shilpa Chourasia, Sana Khan, Var-Shi by Varun and Vidushi, Preatz by PreethiFazel, Abitie by Megha Mahendru.  Veteran Actress Sharmila Tagore walked ramp for Rohini Gugnani. She dazzled the show with the grace and dignity showcasing the splendid and grand Avadh era in her designs. Gugnani’s latest collection was an interesting play of concepts derived from the cities of Kanpur, Lucknow, Faizabad which redefined the glory of Avadh period in present time. Ethnicity is kept unscathed, mingling it with contemporary designs to make the collection fit for modern bride and Groom. “I am very humbled that Sharmila Tagore agreed to be the face of the collection as no one could else could have better presented the Nawabi elegance and style” says Rohini.The Grand finale of India Runway Week was by Designers Riddhi and Siddhi with their collection ‘English Country Gardens’.  The collection conjures up contemplative thoughts of romance and lazy summer days. The colour story has a diverse range of hues from onion pinks, peaches,off-whites, pale blue and brown. The silhouettes are long, fluid and layered for women and sharp yet easygoing for men.last_img read more