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Ceiling, floor on house tax jumps

Friday, January 13, 2017

KMC has decided to put a 20% cap on either a rise or a reduction in house tax once the Unit Area Assessment (UAA) method is introduced. This cap was necessary to safeguard the interest of a section of property owners ...

 
 
E Rly arranges special EMU trains for Ganga Sagar Mela

Kolkata, Friday, January 13, 2017

To cater to the rush of pilgrims for Ganga Sagar Mela, Eastern Railway has arranged 45 services of EMU special trains on Sealdah-Lakshmikantapur-Namkhana section between January 12 ...

 
 
ZSI involving tribals to identify new animal species

Kolkata, Friday, January 13, 2017

The century-old Zoological Survey of India is now relying on the indigenous knowledge of local communities such as deep-sea fishermen and tribals living in remote forests to scour unexplored areas for new animal species ...

 
 
Heart rhythm care facility launched in Howrah

Kolkata, Friday, January 13, 2017

Bengal gets another healthcare facility in the form of a heart rhythm care center. Launched by Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah the center will focus exclusively on the diagnosis and treatment of all types of...

 
 
Kolkata boy gets a perfect score

Kolkata, Friday, January 13, 2017

City boy Ishan Agarwal, currently a student of IISc Bangalore, scored a perfect grade in three out of four examinations organized by the Educational Test Service, which conducts SAT, TOEFL ...

 
 
No decision on Samajwadi Party ‘cycle’ symbol yet

New Delhi, Friday, January 13, 2017

The Election Commission reserved its order on which faction can claim the Samajwadi Party symbol of the cycle, after a hearing that went on for five and a half hours on Friday. The factions led by Uttar Pradesh chief ...

 
 
No ban for women to visit Agasthyakoodam Peak

Thiruvananthapuram , Friday, January 13, 2017

With activists planning widespread protests against the alleged “ban” for women at Agasthyakoodam, one of the tallest peaks in Kerala, Forest Minister K Raju has made it clear there is no such restriction for them to trek ...

 
 
Last 2 years the best in US-India relation: Richard Verma

New Delhi, Friday, January 13, 2017

The last two years have marked the best in the Indo-US relationship when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met nine times and several initiative were undertaken, US Ambassador Richard Verma...

 
 
China, Russia to act against US missiles in S Korea

Beijing, Friday, January 13, 2017

The tense situation in the Korean peninsula could inch towards the edge with China and Russia agreeing on countermeasures in response to the US decision to deploy an advanced anti-ballistic missile system in...

 
 
Vivekananda home may get 'original, heritage look'

Kolkata, Thursday, January 12, 2017

As the day breaks, the followers of Vivekananda will assemble at his ancestral home on Thursday , ushering in his 154th birth anniversary with Vedic mantras and songs.At least 50,000 visitors are expected to be ...

 
 
Govt names a road in Kolkata after Satyajit Ray

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Lee Road in South Kolkata will now be called Satyajit Ray Dharani, in memory of the legendary filmmaker who lived in the vicinity, announced West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on...

 
 
Projects launched for NBDIT

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

State urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim has launched two important projects for the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority that looks after the Sector V area and have laid foundation...

 
 
IAF's exhibition vehicle in Kolkata from Thurs

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Induction Publicity Exhibition Vehicle (IPEV) launched by the Indian Air Force last October to help young aspirants to make an informed choice to join IAF, will visit various colleges in Kolkata and adjoining cities ...

 
 
8 Maoists killed in encounter

Raipur/Hyderabad, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

forest area in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh close to Telangana’s Khammam district early on Tuesday, police said. A prominent Maoist leader from Telangana is believed to be among the eight rebels killed in...

 
 
China makes domestic abuse a crime

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A new law that makes domestic abuse a crime has come into effect in China. It is hoped the legislation will encourage more victims to take their abusers to court in a country where violence at home is ...

 
 
Refugees from Bangladesh handed over flat keys

Kolkata, Monday, February 29, 2016

The Trinamool government on Sunday inaugurated a refugee rehabilitation project, a scheme that it had opposed tooth and nail while in opposition a decade ago. MP Saugata Roy, mayor Sovan Chatterjee, consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pande and relief...

 
 
Grey Dolphin returns to home base a satisfied man

Kolkata, Monday, February 29, 2016

Few have held the baton of the Grey Dolphin in the Navy. This is a baton held by the seniormost submariner. On Monday, when Vice-Admiral P K Chatterjee retires from the coveted post of commander-in-chief ...

 
 
Bengal gets first exclusive liver hospital

Kolkata, Sunday, February 28, 2016

West Bengal finally got its own superspeciality hospital for liver and digestive diseases on Saturday. The Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Diseases (IILDD) at Jagdishpur in Sonarpur, on the outskirts of Kolkata, will begin ...

 
 
Buses, carpools on GPS radar could ease snarls

Kolkata, Sunday, February 28, 2016

If there was the option of a clean airy school bus, or shared car, armed with a GPS system to help track the schoolchild till it reached school and then dropped the student off afterwards, it is unlikely that parents would still drive...

 
 
Capsule-size pacemaker may hit markets by June

Kolkata, Sunday, February 28, 2016

Slightly bigger than a matchstick, lighter than a two-rupee coin and wireless. Patients may get this pacemaker by the middle of this year. It will have the same efficiency as that of a conventional device, but is priced substantially ...

 
 
No religion has taught us to be intolerant: Mamata

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

Terming tolerance as the need of the hour, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that no religion teaches one to be intolerant and that Hinduism with its message to respect all has evolved into a...

 
 
Civic official, students clean Prinsep Memorial

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

In a unique initiative, Debasish Kumar, member mayor-in- council (parks and gardens) joined hands with young crusaders to sweep the grounds of Prinsep Memorial on Friday morning. Indian National Trust for Art and...

 
 
Candidate pics on EVM this election

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

After the introduction of photographs of candidates along with their name in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in Bihar elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to introduce the same in West Bengal...

 
 
State grants Rs 83cr for road repairs

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

The state finance department has approved Rs 82.86 crore from the 14th Finance Commission to the state public works department to improve the condition of 19 roads across the state. The move followed, a state secretariat ...

 
 
Feathered visitors throng Rabindra Sarovar

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

The arrival of a dozen lesser whistling ducks at Padmapukur, the lotus pond in Rabindra Sarobar, on Saturday, has triggered excitement among birders. Though these ducks breed in the subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and are...

 
 
New Town gets Columbia Asia unit

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

Columbia Asia hospital to set up their a second unit in the city at New Town. The reputed international chain that had set up its first hospital unit of the city in Salt Lake. The group won the e-tender that was floated...

 
 
Science City bids adieu to celluloid projection

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

'Amazing Journeys', which was screened at Science City on Saturday, could be the last large-format film to be screened at the Space Theatre. A new-age digital projection system will replace the 70mm Goto projector, drawing the...

 
 
Child bride fights back to school to finish dream

Kolkata, Sunday, January 31, 2016

An early marriage at a tender age of 14 had forced Santana Murmu out of school when she was in class VIII. A mother of two daughters now, the poor tribal girl from West Bengal has fought back her way...

 
 
City welcomes unusual book launch venues

Kolkata, Saturday, January 30, 2016

When Ben Okri was visiting Kolkata recently, he was curious to know about the venue of his book launch. No, it wasn't a bookstore. The Kolkata launch of his 'Age of Magic' was held at the Victoria Memorial. Actor-turned-politician...

 
 
Book Fair: Vietnamese singers croon Bolly hits

Kolkata, Friday, January 29, 2016

Vietnamese performers stole the show at the 40th Kolkata Book Fair on Friday, marked as Vietnam Day as they sang popular Bollywood songs much to the delight of the audience. Popular Vietnamese singers Thanh Tam...

 
 
Houseboats in Sunderbans

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) is working on plans to launch houseboat services at different places in the Sunderbans and in the creeks from the Hooghly in East Midnapore district to ...

 
 
Hidco to open business club at New Town

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will soon open the New Town Business Club for corporates with indoor facilities under one roof like gym, indoor games, swimming pools, lounge and...

 
 
Hope floats in stories of violence

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Salina Khatoon, 10, has a doll she doesn't want to marry off, because like her mother and the lady living opposite her house, she might get beaten up by her husband. Dolly Mahato loses sleep over the violence against women she witnessed ...

 
 
IIT Kharagpur students win prestigious award

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Team 'Aces' comprising of four 4th year undergraduate students, Anubhav Goyal, Anush Gupta, Lakshya Kalra and Shreshtha Mundra of IIT Kharagpur secured 1st place in the finals of the PAN India HULT Prize competition held at IIM...

 
 
New rakes for Metro railway

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kolkata Metro Rail is soon expected to get new metro rakes. China will supply about 84 modern rakes to the Kolkata Metro Rail. 14 rakes will be air-conditioned, informed A K Kapoor, general manager...

 
 
Briton in Kolkata for non-chemo therapy

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Toxic side-effects of chemotherapy have increasingly been driving patients and doctors towards alternative treatment for cancer. Patients from Europe and the Middle-East are often seeking such therapies in...

 
 
State honour for Siliguri district hospital

Siliguri, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Siliguri district hospital has bagged the third place under the state government's Sushree scheme and has been selected as a contender for the Kayakalp scheme of the Union ministry of health and family...

 
 
Wildlife park for Siliguri

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The North Bengal Wild Animals Park, one of the major projects taken up by the state in the region, will be inaugurated by Mamata Banerjee on January 21, minister Gautam Deb said. "It is a dream project of the state and ...

 
 
Tourist cottages for two places

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Minister Gautam Deb today said the state tourism and north Bengal development departments would jointly build cottages for tourists in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri. The North Bengal development minister, who held a meeting with officials of different...

 
 
Kolkata girl part of international documentary

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The inspiring story of how a Kolkata slum girl suffering from epilepsy fought against all odds to become a karate champion and train other women to fight against violence is now part of an international...

 
 
Tech touch to book fair

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the organizer of the International Kolkata Book Fair, on Monday launched its revamped website and promised a range of apps to make the fair easily accessible...

 
 
App-cabs agree to cameras, 24x7 watch

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

For the first time in the country, app-based transport aggregators operating in Kolkata have agreed to follow a regulatory regime, failing which the state government has threatened to cancel their permits here. In fact, the...

 
 
IIT-Kgp opens research option for greenhorns

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Innovation and research have always been strong points of IIT-Kharagpur but the premier institute isn't resting on its laurels. It has now decided to raise the bar from the next academic session, when first-year students will...

 
 
Ring road to ease Howrah traffic torment

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Commuters in the industrial town will soon get relief from traffic congestion as the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has nearly completed the 12-kms ring road. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate it on...

 
 
1971 was a big mistake, says Pak author

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

After the session titled 'Crossing the Line' with Pakistani author Reema Abbasi and Nepali author Rabi Thapa as part of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Bangladeshi writer Farah Ghuznavi was elated. For Ghuznavi...

 
 
Mamata unveils Deocha-Pachami coal block

Kenduli, WB, Monday, January 18, 2016

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday unveiled Bengal Birbhum Coalfields Ltd (BBCL), a special purpose vehicle created to develop India's largest coal mining project in Deocha-Pachami in...

 
 
Bengal to set up academy for Bauls

Kenduli, WB, Monday, January 18, 2016

The West Bengal government will set up an academy for Bauls -- mystic minstrels from the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday. The academy would come up in Kenduli village in Bolpur sub-division of Birbhum district...

 
 
Kolkata Book Fair to offer discounts to attract readers

Kolkata, Monday, January 18, 2016

To boost the book sales, the organisers of 40th edition of Kolkata Book Fair, scheduled to begin this month, will employ marketing measures, including discounts and lottery. "There has been an effect of the digital ...

 
 
TSEC recognises most promising early-stage social ventures

Kolkata, Monday, January 18, 2016

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2015-16, a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), celebrated India’s most promising early-stage social enterprises, which could bring...

 
 
6th Asian Mining Congress in Kolkata in Feb

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Sixth Asian Mining Congress and Mining Exhibition, a biennial event held since 2006, will be organised in Kolkata from February 23 to 27. The theme for this year's Congress is 'Resurgence of Mineral Industry in Asia', the Mining...

 
 
Over half a million gather for Gangasagar fair

Sagar Island, Thursday, January 14, 2016

On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, more than half a million of pilgrims will be taking a dip in the Ganga where it flows out into the Bay of Bengal. The West Bengal government has made elaborate arrangements for...

 
 
Scottish love for crime fiction

Kolkata, Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dom Hastings, the manager of Bloody Scotland, has landed in the city, all set to unravel the mysteries around 'the Queen of Crime', Agatha Christie, at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, held in association with ...

 
 
Uber to launch carpool service in Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, January 14, 2016

After Bangalore and Delhi, taxi aggregator Uber would launch carpool service here this year, offering at least 30 per cent lower fares to those who share cab rides as part of efforts to check rising...

 
 
Assamese tribal food pop-up comes to Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sticky rice, bamboo shoots and the notoriously hot 'bhut jolokia' chilly pepper: The first Assamese tribal food pop-up in the eastern metropolis promises to be a true gastronomic adventure through the hills...

 
 
Salil Chowdhury archive planned

Kolkata, Thursday, January 14, 2016

A permanent centre to house the complete archive of music legend Salil Chowdhury will come up in his hometown, said the late singer's wife Sabita Chowdhury and daughter Antara...

 
 
Cabbie returns Rs 6 lakh left in taxi

Kolkata, Thursday, January 14, 2016

When taxi driver Bideswar Saw (52) walked into the Kasba police station on Tuesday evening and opened a small worn-out leather bag on the table, the officer on duty could hardly believe his eyes: Six bundles...

 
 
A slice of Lahore in Kolkata on Lohri

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dig into Lahori chapli kebab, polish off subz noorani seekh with keema paratha and wash down everything with a glass of creamy lassi at the Lahori food festival in a south Kolkata food address on the occasion...

 
 
Art contest attempts world record

Siliguri, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

An art contest in West Bengal attempted a world record with over 18, 000 participants competing at one platform. The mega sit and draw competition was organised by the North Bengal Festival Committee at Siliguri...

 
 
WB: 40 startups in the race for govt funds

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Riding the startup bandwagon, 40 innovative ideas are competing for Rs 1 crore West Bengal government's venture capital fund on business reality show Egiye Bangla. Kolkata boy Prantik Sinha's trash boom project just bagged a cheque of Rs 3 lakh as the first...

 
 
Artists look Beyond Frontiers

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Contemporary artists from Bangladesh and West Bengal will present an exposition about borderlands and their untold stories at the Rabindra Sarobar this weekend. Christened 'Beyond Frontiers', the two-day fest...

 
 
It was Mamata Banerjee’s Day: Mahesh Bhatt

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Director Mahesh Bhatt had his own play to present in Kolkata on January 12. Yet, he chose to drop by at the Ghulam Ali concert on the same evening. The reason? "It was that important a show for me. Never have I seen a ghazal singer performing...

 
 
All keyed up at Gangasagar

Gangasagar, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lakhs of pilgrims have started pouring into Gangasagar to take holy dip at the confluence of the Hooghly and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Pilgrims are coming from different states including Bihar...

 
 
Symbiosis wins moot court competition

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Symbiosis Law School in Pune secured the first place in the Justice Dr B P Saraf National Tax Moot Court Competition, held in Kolkata on Sunday . Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in Punjab came second, its...

 
 
In age of selfie, Holly ace gifts every face a frame

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Chris Manley, the Emmy-nominated cinematographer of the international TV hit Mad Men, spent the year-end in Calcutta pursuing with his Bengali wife a pet project to photograph those who do not have a picture...

 
 
Full calendar for St. Xavier's

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New campus and more courses, fundraisers and fun fests - St. Xavier's College is set for an action-packed 2016. "The St. Xavier's University bill will be tabled soon. We have been waiting to submit the...

 
 
It's time for Happy Streets 2.0

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's time for the fun to roll yet again as Kolkata reclaims its streets to play , act, sing, cycle, dance and make merry . For three hours on January 17 and several subsequent Sundays, traffic will make way for fun and...

 
 
Very happy to perform in Kolkata: Ghulam Ali

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, whose concert was cancelled in Mumbai last year following protests, on Tuesday performed in Kolkata at a West Bengal government...

 
 
Ducks add life to Kolkata's lakes

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

And now, Rabindra Sarobar (Lakes, as it is popularly called) has new residents. On Sunday morning, a group of 51 ducks were released at the Rabindra Sarobar lakes by a Kolkatan, with permission from Kolkata...

 
 
Darjeeling Police Marathon

Darjeeling, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The third edition of “Amway Darjeeling Police Marathon” was held in collaboration with GTA, Baghajatin Athletic Club, Siliguri and Bengal Road Race Association to commemorate the 153rd Birth anniversary of Swami...

 
 
Bengal pays tribute to Swami Vivekananda

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ceremonial processions and exhibitions on the life and work of Swami Vivekananda were held across West Bengal to mark the monk's 153rd birth anniversary on Tuesday. Swami Vivekananda, born on January 12, 1863, is considered to be the key figure who introduced...

 
 
Short film festival to mark Vivekananda's birth anniv

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As the nation celebrates the 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on Tuesday, a one-day short film festival is taking place in the city to pay homage to the monk. Six short films, aimed at children and teenagers, were being shown in the film festival 'Applied...

 
 
UK min, KMC launch roadmap to cut carbon emission

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The UK government will help Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) reduce carbon emission in the city and make it climate-resilient. A roadmap to achieve this was launched by UK's Employment Minister Priti Patel and KMC mayor...

 
 
Food subsidy for Gangasagar pilgrims

New Delhi, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The state government has set up several counters for distributing foodgrains among the pilgrims at Gangasagar Mela at concessional rates, Jyotipriya Mallick, state food and supplies department minister, said on Monday at Khadya...

 
 
Celebrating 75 years of Netaji's Great Escape

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Days before Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 119th birth anniversary is celebrated across the city, Netaji Research Bureau is gearing up to host a series of programmes, its primary focus being the platimun jubilee of the freedom fighter's Great...

 
 
Pure classical on AIR channel

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This is perhaps the perfect gift that All India Radio (AIR) could have offered to Indian classical music. On January 26, AIR is launching an Indian classical music niche channel called 'Raagam' that will be a feast for the connoisseurs of...

 
 
Vodafone begins selling 4G-ready SIMs in Kol

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Telecom major Vodafone today announced the availability of 4G SIMs for customers. These 4G-ready SIMs will be made available at multi-brand outlets in a phased manner, the company...

 
 
WB announces State Startup Policy

Monday, January 11, 2016

In a bid to boost the startup ecosystem in the state, West Bengal Government has launched the State Startup Policy. It aims to support and nurture startup ecosystem in the state. The policy is in effect from January...

 
 
Office space transactions in Kol register sharp rise

Kolkata, Monday, January 11, 2016

The office space transactions in the city witnessed growth in 2015 as compared to the year before. The total office space transaction in the year stood at 1.3 million sq ft against 0.7 million sq ft in 2014.The rental values across locations in...

 
 
Hospital walks the talk on cancer treatment in Howrah

Kolkata, Monday, January 11, 2016

In an effort to spread awareness about prevention, early detection of cancer and also to raise fund for treatment of poor patients Narayana Super Specialty Hospital in association with Ambica Banerjee Cancer Foundation (ABCF) organized a...

 
 
Biz summit: WB gets Rs 2.5 lakh cr commitments

Kolkata, Sunday, January 10, 2016

West Bengal has secured investment commitments to the tune of at least ₹2,50,104 crore, Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. Speaking at the concluding day of the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit, Banerjee said...

 
 
Presi workshop at biz summit

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Presidency University in an attempt to revive and encourage entrepreneurship in West Bengal will hold a panel discussion at Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 on January 9. "Keeping up with tradition, the university...

 
 
Solar domes to light up urban slums

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The NB Institute for Rural Technology (NBIRT), headed by solar power expert S P Gon Chaudhuri, has been asked by the Centre to set up 500 solar domes for urban slums as well as rural areas in each of of Kolkata, Mumbai...

 
 
Instagram to hold first photo exhibition in Kol

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Instagram will hold its first ever photograph exhibition in India on Wednesday where photos generated from the photo and video sharing app will be displayed. The social media app, owned by Facebook, will put on display community generated...

 
 
For tourists’ sake

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

In a bid to attract domestic and foreign tourist during the lean summer season, a complete map of the Hiamalyan treks will be made available by the union ministry of tourism. Speaking at the Travel India 2016...

 
 
City doc cures IIMC grad of rare neuro disorder

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The IIM-C pass-out had for long been battling a mysterious neurological illness that not even top doctors in the UK, Germany and Japan could detect. After he spent several agonizing years, doctors at the Institute of Psychiatry...

 
 
Green initiative

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Asansol Municipal Corporation on Tuesday distributed 12,000 jute bags and 12,000 paper bags among the school children as part of its yearlong programme titled Clean Asansol, Green Asansol. The programme was flagged...

 
 
Golden Elephant for city boys

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A film by a group of Calcutta boys received a best film award beating 200 entries from eight countries at an international children's film fest recently. Hue Am I? won the Golden Elephant trophy for the best film in the Little Directors category...

 
 
Bhutan PM on 4-day visit to WB to attend BGBS

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will arrive in Kolkata tomorrow for a four-day visit to West Bengal where he will be attending Bengal Global Business Summit, officials said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had visited...

 
 
Ghulam to sing at Park Circus

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali and his son Aamir Ghulam Ali will perform at a government programme at Park Circus Maidan on January 12. A Nabanna official said the confirmation from the singer came in the afternoon. Trinamul...

 
 
Muthoot Exim launches gold recycling centre in Kol

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Muthoot Exim, the precious metals division of the 128-year-old Muthoot Pappachan Group (MPG), which was the first to launch gold recycling in the organised sector, has opened its gold recycling centre in Kolkata...

 
 
'Our heart is in Manipur but show must go on'

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

It was a close shave for all the 21 Manipuri dancers who came down to Kolkata from Imphal on Sunday afternoon. For years, they have been part of Priti Patel's Anjika Society for Manipuri Dance and Movement Therapy...

 
 
International guitar fest in Kol

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In celebration of the guitar, The Times of India will present a five-day 'Vasundhara Mahotsav: India International Guitar Festival' in the city from January 6 to 10. Conceived by Pt Debashish Bhattacharya, this is the...

 
 
New mechanized delivery system launched in Kol

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal Postal Circle Arundhaty Ghosh launched the delivery of business and e-commerce parcels through mechanised delivery system to meet the needs of customers in the growing e-commerce...

 
 
The fun in learning science

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Practical experiments are what make science attractive for students and Science60 has decided to use just that bait for an innovative and interesting way for learning the subject. The institute held a special awareness...

 
 
Howling winds: Sound of fear near epicentre

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

It was a peculiar noise, like the howling of winds in a storm, that woke Gautam Chakraborty. He sat captivated by the strange sound that was unlike anything he had heard before. As the sound gradually ebbed, the room began...

 
 
Disha Eye Hospitals to invest Rs 100 crore in WB

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

Disha Eye Hospitals & Research Care Centre is investing Rs 100 crore in the next 3 years to come up with new facilities across West Bengal. While Siliguri and Burdwan would see Disha coming up in the next couple ...

 
 
Heritage Ganga cruise to set sail from Kol soon

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

A heritage trip down the Ganga, in the lap of luxury, is about to set sail with chief minister Mamata Banerjee flagging off the Ganges Voyager-II cruise at Shalboni on January 6. The cruise, slated to be a highlight at ...

 
 
A drive to boost spoken English skills

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

More often than not, even the most meritorious students get stumped at the interview table due to lack of communication skills, or more importantly, spoken English. Haldia Cultural Forum, that has been actively teaching...

 
 
IIHM, Kol to host 2nd edn of Young Chef Olympiad

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) will host the second edition of Young Chef Olympiad from January 26-February 1, 2016. The event will be spread across six days and four locations. Budding chefs from...

 
 
Braveheart girls who turned the tide honoured

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

Almira Parbia is a feisty youngster who fought against her family's decision to get her married while still a minor. Farzana Khatun's is a similar tale. Guriya Sharma is an expert community mobilizer working on nutrition...

 
 
LIVE: Earthquake measuring 6.7 hits Northeast

New Delhi, Monday, January 4, 2016

At least six people were killed and over 90 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake epicentred in Manipur today hit the northeastern region, causing damage to buildings and triggering...

 
 
FB activates Safety Check for Manipur quake

New Delhi, Monday, January 4, 2016

With a powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale rocking India's northeastern region early Monday, Facebook has activated its safety check tool to help people in the area let friends and family know...

 
 
WB helpline for sick infants soon

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

The Mamata Banerjee government is planning to launch a toll-free helpline -102 -to ferry pregnant women and sick infants to nearby hospitals. The state has already begun the process of tendering for technological...

 
 
15 delegates to attend Bose files declassification

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

A 15-member delegation, comprising members of the Bose family and activists, will attend the declassification of files at the National Archives in New Delhi on January 23. To be led by Chitra Ghosh, Netaji's niece and the...

 
 
Joynagar `moa' just a click away

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

After being accessible only at physical stores, moa manufacturers from Joynagar have now moved to online marketing.The iconic sweet from Bengal is now being shipped to different locations in...

 
 
Humane touch

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

A pariah kite that had been trapped in a 100- year-old mahogany tree in the Bishop’s College for the past five days was finally rescued, thanks to a plucky local boy. The bird had apparently got itself entangled in the strings...

 
 
Lake joggers run to strains of Mozart

Kolkata, Monday, January 4, 2016

The Kolkata Youth Orchestra at Rabindra Sarobar on Sunday Morning-walkers and joggers at Rabindra Sarobar were in for a surprise on Sunday , when they were greeted by compositions by Mozart, Strauss, Tagore...

 
 
Kol wetland patch transformed into bird-watching hub

Kolkata, Sunday, January 3, 2016

Now, you can go bird-watching even in a concrete jungle. A restored patch of wetland termed 'Pakhibitan' (expanse of birds) within the eco-tourism hotspot Eco Park here will help you re-connect with nature and feathered...

 
 
Country's first yacht project at Howrah

Kolkata, Sunday, January 3, 2016

India's first urban yacht marina project, along with a residential area, will come up in Howrah on the banks of the Hooghly river. A marina is a sheltered harbor area where private yachts and boats can be parked on the water...

 
 
Scientists who broke glass ceiling at ZSI

Kolkata, Sunday, January 3, 2016

They were leaders in building the early foundation of the Zoological Survey of In dia (ZSI) and broke the gender barriers. The contribution of women scientists -all 100 of them -in Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)...

 
 
Kolkata ushers in New Year

Kolkata, Friday, January 1, 2016

Piping hot food, warm greetings and a dash of wintry chill constituted the recipe for the New Year celebrations here on Friday. Denizens ushered in 2016 at parties and picnics with pizzazz. Thousands gathered at popular...

 
 
Year-end outing for Malda seniors

Malda, Friday, January 1, 2016

Octogenarian Sushi Banik fought her tears back as she, along with her friend, Nihar Majumder (68), watched 'Belaseshe'. The special screening of the film was part of the year-end bash arranged by Kuttitola Human Welfare...

 
 
Scientists breathe new life into dead Kutch corals

Kolkata, Friday, January 1, 2016

Indian marine scientists have brought back to life a coral reef which has been dead for nearly 10,000 years, using a technique similar to grafting new rose shrubs with twigs taken from a mother...

 
 
Kol-based app connects students, teachers, parents

Friday, January 1, 2016

The way we communicate today has been revolutionised with the advent of various chat applications and social media tools. Everyone from family and friends trying to stay in touch across geographies to e-commerce players...

 
 
Feb date for liver specialty hospital

Kolkata, Friday, January 1, 2016

Come 2016, patients from the state and the eastern region will not need to look beyond Kolkata for treating liver diseases. A superspecialty healthcare facility for liver ailments — the first hospital exclusively for liver and digestive...

 
 
Brand it smart with ‘zero-budget’ tips

Kolkata, Friday, January 1, 2016

City-based Rashi Ray, a graduate from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, and her father, adman Ram Ray, have launched India's first specialist agency to offer zero-budget communication solutions. Aimed ...

 
 
Party pill to fight all ills in hospital ward

Kolkata, Thursday, December 31, 2015

Illness and frail health haven't robbed them of their spirit to celebrate life. Medicines and therapy have taken a toll, but they retain the urge to make merry with the rest of the city. More than 150 patients, including 50 children, will be...

 
 
Bengal gives land for hospital to Centre for free

Kalyani, Thursday, December 31, 2015

The West Bengal government on Wednesday handed over 179.82 acres of land here free of cost to the Central Government for construction of an AIIMS-like super-speciality hospital. “While the government valuation of...

 
 
All to get digitised ration cards by mid-Jan

Kolkata, Thursday, December 31, 2015

The state food minister Jyotipriya Mullick on Wednesday said that the distribution of digital ration cards will be completed in all the 19 districts by the middle of January 2016. The completion of all the digital cards will be...

 
 
Kolkata IT team develops software to plug tax gap

Kolkata, Thursday, December 31, 2015

Economists in India and abroad have lauded the work of city based income tax officials in detecting gaps in tax collection. The software, which already has a pilot run in West Bengal and found gaps in tax collection, is developed...

 
 
West Bengal to showcase high growth story at GBS

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

West Bengal has a lot to be proud of as its growth has overtaken national averages vis-a-vis GVA (Gross Value Added), industry, services, as well as agriculture, forestry and fishery in 2014-15. For example, GVA for West Bengal...

 
 
Will support GST if state interests protected: Mitra

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Trinamool Congress (TMC) will support the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill if the state government's interests are protected, says West Bengal's Finance Minister Amit Mitra. He says TMC's manifesto had proposed a...

 
 
State to introduce organic farming

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The state agriculture department is going to take initiative for integrated organic farming to produce poison free vegetables and fish. The farmers will sell these items in the market and will also create awareness among other...

 
 
Personalised party new flavour of the season

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bring in the New Year in your personal cabana, order your poison from the personalised mini-bar or party with your children, organisers are pulling out all stops to pamper their guests this New Year's...

 
 
Dollops of fun on offer this year-end

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

From sensual swirls of exotic belly dancers to mujra moves of our own Desi dancers, get ready to let your hair down this New Year's Eve.The organisers of year-end bashes have lined up entertainment in heavy doses for city...

 
 
Mizos in Kolkata to ring in 2016 with prayers, dances

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

As the year draws to a close, people from the northeast living in the city, especially Mizos, are ready with their own celebrations to bid farewell to 2015. While the entire city is decked up to ring in the new year, the Mizo community...

 
 
Eminent singer Subir Sen passes away

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Legendary singer Subir Sen known for his renditions in many Hindi and Bengali films breathed his last on Tuesday in a private city hospital. He was 81-years-old and was battling lung cancer. He is survived by his wife and a daughter...

 
 
'An Indian singer with an international tone'

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

When the news of the demise of singer Subir Sen broke out on Tuesday morning, many echoed that it was the end of an era, an era where an Indian musician mastered an international tonal quality and impressed...

 
 
Sounds that cut across borders

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The lives of border folks, their music and culture; tales of past and present; the politics of the present - all that and more came alive through a couple of audio recordings by an American, a Swiss and an Indian following their...

 
 
Chennai rains: Madras HC issues notice to TN govt

Chennai, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Madras High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the state government on a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to inspect schools and buildings to study their fitness post heavy rains. A division bench comprising justices...

 
 
Siliguri half-marathon on 10 January

Siliguri, Tuesday, December 29, 2015

As part of the forthcoming Uttar Banga Utsav, the North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) and the Agrani Sangha will jointly organise the Siliguri HalfMarathon 2015, an 8-Kmlong mini marathon, and a 5-km-long...

 
 
India keen to participate in Iran's oil, gas sector

New Delhi, Tuesday, December 29, 2015

India has pushed for participation in Iran’s Farzad-B oil and gas field in the Persian Gulf, which has an estimated reserve of 12.8-trillion cubic feet, at the India-Iran joint commission meeting...

 
 
Keeping up the good work

Kolkata, Monday, December 28, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to North Dinajpur district on 29 December is expected to inaugurate the newly constructed Rabindra Bhawan in Raiganj, a bus terminus at Hemtabad and the Sabuj Sathi...

 
 
Training module on disaster management

Kolkata, Monday, December 28, 2015

A block-level training module on disaster management has been released following a three-day programme on disaster management at the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) where representatives of all stakeholders and NGOs...

 
 
Winter beats Pujas to travel trophy

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas has replaced the Pujas as the biggest holiday season of the year, going by the flight bookings in the run-up to New Year. Most international flights out of Calcutta have no seats left till December 30. Even business...

 
 
Sunny Darjeeling hots up for year-end bash

Darjeeling, Monday, December 28, 2015

The sun is shining bright on the magnificent Kanchenjunga, the town is bustling with tourists and last-minute party details are being worked on: Darjeeling is gearing up to usher in the New Year...

 
 
Special care for kids to help parents party hard

Kolkata, Monday, December 28, 2015

Every party season, young parents face the perennial problem -how to manage with the tiny tots in tow.This year, though, there is good news for young moms and dads. Several hotels have planned a variety of attractions...

 
 
Mind over matter at school fair

Monday, December 28, 2015

Can we rely on our memory? Is our personality Type A or B? Are we morning people or do we work better after the sun goes down? Such questions and more about the complexities of the mind were answered with the help of...

 
 
McKinsey & Co gives go ahead to Sagar port

Kolkata, Sunday, December 27, 2015

McKinsey & Co, in its draft feasibility report has given its go-ahead to the deep drafted port facility at Sagar Island. In April, McKinsey and project management firm AECOM were entrusted by the Ministry of Shipping...

 
 
Fish feed tech: Neat plan for New Town

Kolkata, Sunday, December 27, 2015

Taking forward the smart-city initiative, Hidco is blending ecology with technology to convert the satellite townships into a zero-waste zones. The Hidco officials are in talks with various fish feed producers in New Town who would...

 
 
IIT's startup platform for greenhorns

Kolkata, Sunday, December 27, 2015

A startup camp is being organised at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held at IIT-Kharagpur from January 8. This camp will allow students to interact with entrepreneurs. The aim is to allow startups to recruit the...

 
 
Audience embracing content-driven films in Bengal

Kolkata, Sunday, December 27, 2015

Content-driven films of various genre from whodunit thriller, Partition saga to women's fightback tale were wholesomely backed by the audience while formula-masala movies fizzled out after initial release hype in...

 
 
Carols ring in Christmas mood

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It is that time of the year, when the air fills with the tunes of 'Silent night, holy night', 'Deck the halls' and 'We wish you a merry Christmas'. Preparing for Christmas not only involves shopping, baking delicious cakes, decorating...

 
 
NBIRT’s innovative hand-washing device

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

To assist the Centre's Swachh Bharat programme, the NB Institute of Rural Technology headed by solar power expert S.P Gon Chaudhuri has come up with an innovative low cost hand washing device for the...

 
 
Netaji couldn't have lived as hermit

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Seeking to dispel the theory that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose lived as a hermit till 1985, a family member on Monday asserted that the nationalist leader could not have chosen renunciation over his...

 
 
Yummy need not upset your tummy

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

That irresistible puchka you want to gulp down in one go need not give you hygiene anxieties any more if the city civic body has its way with vendors. Kolkata Municipal Corporation is gearing up to take measures to ensure street food vendors...

 
 
Taiwan signs eye-care deal with city group

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Non-profit organization Orbis International, which has been primarily working across the country and abroad to reduce avoidable blindness, especially in children, signed an agreement with the ministry of foreign affairs...

 
 
JU builds math fortress for engineering

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A minimum score of 60 per cent in mathematics has been made mandatory for an engineering seat at Jadavpur University as part of a move to rule out students riding piggyback on physics and chemistry to meet the existing...

 
 
Floating Lal Dighi stage to host fest

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

To promote the central business district as the new venue fo cultural meets, the state government is going to host Lok Sanskriti Utsav on a floating stage at Lal Dighi in front of Writers' Buildings. Chief minister...

 
 
WB mulls eco-tourism, fisheries village at Nayachar

Kolkata, Monday, December 21, 2015

The West Bengal government was considering several projects, including a fisheries village, eco-tourism hub and a solar plant for Nayachar, an island on the Hooghly river in East Midnapore district, Chief Minister Mamata...

 
 
Rare Azad Hind currency to be exhibited in Kol

Kolkata, Monday, December 21, 2015

A rare assortment of postcards and bank notes associated with Azad Hind, the provisional government-in-exile formed by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, and Indian National Army medals will be on display at a three-day...

 
 
1st ‘Multi Culture National Taekwondo Carnival 2015’

Kolkata, Monday, December 21, 2015

The first 'Multi Culture National Taekwondo Carnival 2015' is going to be organized in Kolkata next week. The three day event will take place at Nazrul Tirtha in New Town from December 28 to December 30 in presence...

 
 
Jingle bells ring loud on fun street

Kolkata, Monday, December 21, 2015

From prawn on toast and mushy velvet cake to carols and Latin jazz, revellers jumped from one sphere to another at the Christmas festival at Allen Park on Sunday. A bright, cool weather kept the energy level high and the...

 
 
Mother Teresa has been like god for me

Monday, December 21, 2015

As the world celebrates the Vatican approving sainthood for Mother Teresa, a 50-year-old woman, whose "miracle" cure from cancer was instrumental in the 2003 papal recognition that the nun has entered heaven, says...

 
 
City rises to run on Sunday

Monday, December 21, 2015

In the first light of dawn on the chilliest morning of the season, Calcutta gave a glimpse of a competitive streak camouflaged by the label "laidback". More than 8,000-odd enthusiastic faces, most of them from the city or with roots here...

 
 
Smart travel, green city

Kolkata, Monday, December 21, 2015

A study is being conducted to develop an integrated transport app in the city , which promises to cut down commute times and reduce pollution by rationalizing the various modes of transport that one needs to take to reach from...

 
 
Muscle power

Behrampore, Monday, December 21, 2015

Self-defense is the motivation that finds housewives toning up muscles in the karate ring in a district town like Behrampore in Murshidabad. This apparently makes sense, especially in the wake of Nirvaya case in Delhi and similar...

 
 
Unique startup gets `edu-tourism' buzzing

Monday, December 21, 2015

Breaking free of corporate trappings, they have turned their back on a safe, conventional life to take the plunge. An enterprising group comprising geologists, gamers and computer science graduates have walked out of...

 
 
Envoy wife in tune with Tagore

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Sunday evening audience at Live in Lakes had a surprise treat in store — a performance by Meeryung Hall, the wife of US consul-general in Calcutta Craig Hall, who was in the audience as a proud...

 
 
VVIP jets flying without security prerequisites: CAG

New Delhi, Monday, December 21, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may well be the most protected VVIP of the country, but the Air India fleet of three business jets that fly the VVIPs may not be entirely secured. According to a report by the Comptroller...

 
 
China: At least 91 missing after Shenzhen landslide

Beijing, Monday, December 21, 2015

At least 91 people were missing Monday, a day after a massive landslide buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. The official Xinhua news Agency said the...

 
 
Sudha, Elam triumph in Kolkata 25k

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sudha Singh shattered the meet record by more than six seconds to clinch the elite women's title, while Elam Singh won the men's section to make it memorable in front of his local infantry regiment in the 'Tata Steel...

 
 
NTPC buys land directly for Katwa thermal plant

Katwa, Saturday, December 19, 2015

Departing from practice, National Thermal Power Corporation on Friday began purchasing land directly from farmers in Katwa, Burdwan. The super-critical power project that was announced in 2009 failed to take off as the land...

 
 
Solar power is the key

Kolkata, Saturday, December 19, 2015

The state has urged the industry sector to form a core group to carry out project-based research on solar power, waste-to-energy conversion and rainwater harvesting to address environmental concerns. State environment...

 
 
Indians in WWI remembered

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The centenary of World War I has brought in its wake a discourse over acknowledging the contributions of Indian soldiers who had volunteered to fight for the Allied forces as part of the British...

 
 
Sainthood for Mother Teresa

Kolkata, Friday, December 18, 2015

Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the path for the nun to be elevated to sainthood next year, the Vatican said today. "The Holy Father has authorised the Congregation...

 
 
Azad Hind currency, medals to be on display

Kolkata, Friday, December 18, 2015

Ever wondered if Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose did manage to rout the British, what would've today's Indian currency looked like? Or, what would we call the highest military honour had the Azad Hind Fauj won the freedom struggle...

 
 
6th-c Ramayana found in Kol, stuns scholars

Kolkata, Friday, December 18, 2015

A 6th-century manuscript of Ramayana, which focuses on the separation of Rama and Sita and portrays them more as humans, has been found tucked inside a Purana at a Sanskrit library here. It is markedly different from...

 
 
Brain surgery gives man new life, wife

Kolkata, Friday, December 18, 2015

Days before his wedding, 30year-old IT professional Tuhin Bose suddenly collapsed, with bouts of vomiting, excruciating headache and dropping heart rates. But the timely intervention by doctors, who detected...

 
 
Crash-boom-bang at box office

Friday, December 18, 2015

A game of Demolition Derby is being played out at the Bollywood box office this weekend as two of the year's biggest films - Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani - crash into the screens. And as film fans across the country wonder...

 
 
Big names to hit stage at music show

Kolkata, Friday, December 18, 2015

The four-day `Sangit Kala Mandir Annual Utsav' kicked off at the Kala Mandir on Thursday . Sivamani and Sunidhi Chauhan are the star draws of this edition. Sangit Kala Mandir, a non profit cultural institution, was co-founded in 1945 by Basant...

 
 
Light-and-sound show in Gour

Malda, Thursday, December 17, 2015

With an eye to attracting the tourists to the historical spots in the district the state government has installed light and sound system at some of the monuments at Gour and Pandua. After the project was inaugurated by chief...

 
 
WB creates Rs 200 crore VC fund for entrepreneurs

Kolkata, Thursday, December 17, 2015

West Bengal has created a Rs 200 crore venture capital funds to support home grown start-up companies, state Finance cum Industry Minister Amit Mitra said. The state-sponsored fund aims at encouraging youngsters in venturing into new areas of...

 
 
Ethnic Xmas tree showcases Bengal art

Kolkata, Thursday, December 17, 2015

What happens when the Christmas tree doesn't quite look like one, but is fashioned with stuff one has always craved for? You start picking up these exquisite pieces, almost involuntarily. True to the Yuletide spirit, ITC Sonar and...

 
 
Training prog on disaster management in Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, December 17, 2015

Following the visit of the National Disaster Management Authority team in the city last month, a three day case study based training programme has started at the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in Salt Lake involving...

 
 
Darjeeling hopes for white Christmas

Thursday, December 17, 2015

As Kolkatans rejoice at the onset of winter, albeit the delay, Darjeeling is under the grip of severe cold.The temperature in the Hills is plummeting below zero at night and early morning and hovering around 3-4 degrees Celsius...

 
 
Women Mukti Joddhas recall guerrilla days

Kolkata, Thursday, December 17, 2015

On Wednesday, when the 30 Mukti Joddhas from Bangladesh lined up for a photograph in Kolkata, the man behind the camera asked the three women in the group to step aside. He mistook them to be their spouses, little...

 
 
Heart attack alarm for men in eastern India

Kolkata, Thursday, December 17, 2015

Men in the eastern region, including Kolkata, are more prone to heart attacks and cerebral strokes than in other parts of the country, a survey revealed. A screening of lipid profiles in men reveals that the eastern zone has the highest percentage...

 
 
Roads ministry identifies 22 deadliest spots on NHs

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Three districts of Tamil Nadu and four dis ricts of Uttar Pradesh have he country’s deadliest stretches on national highways. Among these, Mevalurkuppam Irungattukottai Pennalore Mambakkam stretch on NH-4 in Kancheepuram...

 
 
Migrant crisis dominates at EU summit

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Germany and several other nations are to discuss with Turkey ways of settling thousands of Syrian refugees ahead of the final EU summit of the year. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the driving force behind the plans, faces resistance...

 
 
Spencer's online foray

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Food first hypermarket Spencer's Retail has waded into the e-commerce space by acquiring a Delhi-based start-up with a promise to kick off operations in Calcutta by April. Food and grocery will be the first segment Spencer's is going to offer online, followed by...

 
 
India's first pvt medical coll to celebrate centenary

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

India's first non-governmental medical college, RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, which turns 100 next year, will celebrate its achievements with a formal function on December 19, organisers said...

 
 
'Bengal will supply surplus power to other states'

Sagardighi, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

West Bengal has become self-sufficient in power and it will soon be able to supply surplus power to other states, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said. "We are developing a power bank. With the addition of new power units, total power...

 
 
Rlys upgrade project to benefit Kol-based GPT Infra

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Little known Kolkata-based GPT Infra has benefitted from the government's renewed thrust on improving the functioning of the railways system. The government has placed large orders to implement electronic signals replacing manual...

 
 
IIT-Kgp plans global summit on January 8

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Entrepreneurship cell IIT Kharagpur will hold its Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 from January 8 to 10. It is one of the biggest entrepreneurial platforms for academicians, new-age entrepreneurs, eminent business...

 
 
Kolkata Christmas Festival to start today

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the 5th edition of the much anticipated Kolkata Christmas Festival at Park Street's Allen Park today. State tourism department minister Bratya Basu is also...

 
 
Farm fresh products at your doorstep

Howrah, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Soon, you won't need to head to the bazaar for your daily supplies of vegies, fruits and rice. All you need to do is climb down to the ground floor of your apartment and buy farm fresh products from a permanent stall. The...

 
 
3-day fish festival to begin from Dec 18

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The state fisheries department will organise a three - day fish festival at Nalban Food Park beginning from 18 December to address the issues relating to aquaculture, export in fishery and sea food...

 
 
Carnival time

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF) is slated to be held from 22 December to 29 December, in which 18 countries will participate and around 180 films will be screened. The inaugural ceremony...

 
 
City shows its generous side

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In its second year, the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, partnered by The Telegraph, has raised Rs 45 lakh with corporates and individuals making generous contributions. The organisers believe that the figure will increase "substantially...

 
 
SRFTI tribute to 'Pather Panchali'

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) will celebrate 60 years of the release of 'Pather Panchali' with a two-day-long programme. Apart from masterclasses and panel discussions, the programme will feature...

 
 
Vijay Diwas celebrated in WB

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bangladeshi 'Mukti Jodhas' (freedom fighters), Indian war veterans and serving officers of the Armed Forces on Wednesday commemorated their victory over Pakistani forces during the 1971 Liberation...

 
 
Steel plant plans car-free days

Burnpur, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Even as Burdwan district held its first car-free day on Tuesday, the Iisco steel plant (ISP) authorities have decided not to use private cars or bikes on the first Saturday of every month. Burdwan district magistrate Saumitra...

 
 
Lessons from Japan for city students

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Why must we stay away from contaminated water?What is team work and the human pyramid concept?How important is dignity of labour? Students may soon find the answers to these questions as part of hygiene and ethics training...

 
 
Student date with IITeration

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The IIT-Kharagpur Alumni Association, Calcutta, is back with the second edition of its annual flagship programme, IITeration: Nation Building, powered by The Telegraph - YOU. This year's theme is: India is now a land of infinite...

 
 
Kolkata relives colonial cuisine with Jenny Malin

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Author and former BBC television producer Jenny Malin on Monday had the audience delving into a faded memoir dating back to 1850, evoking a world of memories and tastes with a mix of pucca British cakes and delicacies...

 
 
Rs.1000 monthly stipend to 50,000 folk artists: CM

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that the state government will provide a stipend of Rs.1,000 each every month to 50,000 folk artists identified by the government on account of their poor economic ...

 
 
SSKM to adopt gene sequencing for cancer care

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The city is on the cusp of embracing the cancer treatment of tomorrow: personal and precision therapy. Long defined primarily by where they arose, doctors are now discovering cancers by their unique genetic and molecular...

 
 
Transport integration

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

World Bank has entrusted RITES for route rationalisation in the city and its outskirts to reduce traffic congestion. RITES, a government consultant company, specialising in the field of transport infrastructure will prepare...

 
 
Fans spend big to root for teams

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The average per capita income of a sports fan in Kolkata may be less than that in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. But when it comes to rooting for the team and spending hard cash to purchase sports merchandis...

 
 
Enjoy your food on a cruise at Eco Park lake

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Residents can now watch the sunset as they dig into scrumptious food on a cruise on the lake at Eco Park. The first floating restaurant in the city will be inaugurated in New Town on Tuesday...

 
 
Audio-drama format for Arun Bhaduri's novel soon

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Come January 3, the connoisseurs of Indian classical music will be treated to a surprise. Pandit Arun Bhaduri's novel titled `Ostoragini' will be made into an audio-drama for a classical music conference to be held...

 
 
Morning raga hot spot for New Town

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

New Town has got a new cultural hub. Percussionist Bickram Ghosh has taken the initiative along with New Town School to curate concerts at the school auditorium that will soon be open to public. Apart from live shows...

 
 
State to submit smart city blueprint today

Kolkata, Monday, December 14, 2015

The state urban development department will submit its plan for Smart City Project to the Centre on Monday, seeking to include New Town, Salt Lake, Durgapur and Haldia on the first list of 20 townships and receive funds...

 
 
Jadavpur gets new reservoir

Kolkata, Monday, December 14, 2015

The people of Jadavpur Mukundapur area, who had to go through severe water crisis especially during summer, will not get some relief as the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has inaugurated new water...

 
 
'Tashkent photos may solve Shastri death mystery'

Kolkata, Monday, December 14, 2015

The photographs of the man bearing a resemblance to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Tashkent should be "dispassionately studied and scrutinized" before a conclusion is drawn, feels Sanjay Nath Singh, former Prime...

 
 
President lauds CNI's humane efforts

Kolkata, Monday, December 14, 2015

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed a gat hering at St Paul's Cathedral on Sunday to mark the closing ceremony of the bicentenary celebrations of the Diocese. Mukherjee lauded the hu manitarian efforts by the Dio cese of Calcutta and highligh ted the...

 
 
Warmest Dec 13 in 12 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Calcutta had its warmest December 13 in 12 years on a day when weather scientists, ironically, spied the first stirrings of winter in the musty air. "Where? How?" Nabanita Ghosh of Deshapriya Park might wonder, echoing thousands of...

 
 
Zero-filament plan for New Town

Kolkata, Monday, December 14, 2015

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has decided to develop New Town into a "Zero Filament City" where incandescent lamps and bulbs will gradually be replaced with LED or CFL lamps over a period...

 
 
Surgery in city for war-hit Afghan kids

Monday, December 14, 2015

These children have travelled thousands of kilometres to reach Calcutta from distant parts of war-ravaged Afghanistan, in the hope that one day they will be able to walk. A group of 18 children, seven girls and 11 boys, will be treated at Rehabilitation Centre For ...

 
 
Rugby warrior Paul Walsh honoured with MBE

Kolkata, Monday, December 14, 2015

Paul Walsh, the British diplomat who gave up a promising career and stayed on in Kolkata to teach rugby to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) from...

 
 
Music, memories and aroma

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tales of old tunes on the guitar and the aroma of freshly baked cakes - a bunch of 50 students from four city schools rediscovered a street they have often frequented through sundry stories on a lazy Saturday...

 
 
Let's talk about dyslexia

Monday, December 14, 2015

One in every 10 kids suffers from dyslexia, a learning disorder, and 80 per cent among them go undiagnosed, medical surveys say. In an effort to spread awareness about early intervention, NGO Breaking Through Dyslexia...

 
 
Farida Group to start manufacturing in West Bengal

Chennai, Sunday, December 13, 2015

Farida group, one of the country’s largest exporters of footwear, will start manufacturing shoes at a new factory in West Bengal. The unit set up at an investment of Rs.5 crore is located outside Kalyani and will make...

 
 
Kolkata's LMG crowned National Crossword Champion

New Delhi, Sunday, December 13, 2015

La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata, was today crowned the National Crossword Champion 2015 at the grand finale of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest held here. The prize was presented to the winners by Chief Guest D K Sarraf, Managing Director of...

 
 
Kolkata: LGBT community takes part in Pride walk

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Kolkata on Sunday took part in the colourful Rainbow Pride Walk 2015 protesting against discrimination with the theme of the walk being 'Walking with...

 
 
Eternal flames in memory of '71 war

Kolkata, Sunday, December 13, 2015

The city has got its own Amar Jawan Jyoti ahead of the 44th Vijay Diwas celebrations.The eternal flame at Vijay Smarak, next to the entrance of the Eastern Command headquarters at Fort William, can be seen by all on...

 
 
Joint Sundarbans tiger census aims at accuracy

Kolkata, Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Indo-Bangla bilateral effort to conserve the Sunderbans, one of the most backward regions in the state, has received a shot in the arm. The ball started rolling on Thursday after Union environment minister Prakash Javdekar and...

 
 
Personalised treatment soon to be norm for cancer

Kolkata, Sunday, December 13, 2015

Personalized cancer care based on genomic profile could be the norm very soon, felt experts at a seminar on precision medicine in oncology on Kolkata on Saturday. Since the genomic profile of each cancer patient is unique, oncologists are faced with the...

 
 
Chennaiyin FC's dismantling of Atletico de Kolkata

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Indian Super League first leg semifinal clash between Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata was seen as one between two form sides, with the former on a run of four consecutive wins and the latter with just one...

 
 
My art is easy to understand: Paresh Maity

Kolkata, Sunday, December 13, 2015

Noted artist Paresh Maity, known for blending 2D paintings with 3D expressions, says his works are easy to understand for the old and the young alike. The Delhi-based artist is here for the exhibition 'Sounds of Silence', which showcases 50...

 
 
Bengal's achievements in electronic payments

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday highlighted the state's achievement in electronic payments. "Our unique initiatives in Bengal continue to show way to other states. Media reports that Goa is...

 
 
WB: Bring student services online, says Minister

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

Following the success of online undergraduate admissions across West Bengal, the state government has told colleges and universities to bring online all important services for students. The government favoured and was...

 
 
'Mukti Jodhas' to visit Kolkata

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

A delegation of six serving Bangladesh Army officers and 30 'Mukti Jodhas' (freedom fighters) from the neighbouring country would be in Kolkata next week for a four-day celebration of 'Vijay...

 
 
WB: 2 lighthouses to be developed for tourism

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

The lighthouses at Dariyapur and Sagar in West Bengal will be developed into tourist attractions by the Ministry of Shipping. These two are in the list of 78 lighthouses across the country that have been selected for such development...

 
 
Strong Indian challenge in Kolkata 25k run

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

Rio Olympics-bound long distance runners OP Jaisha, Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh will make up a strong Elite Field for the second edition of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K run here on December 20.Jaisha and Sudha had finished in the top...

 
 
Bengal joins climate leadership league

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

Bengal is the first city in South Asia to be included in the list of prestigious C40 group of megacities, which is committed to creating environment-friendly cities. An agreement in this regard was signed between state urban...

 
 
New website on Netaji's last days

London, Saturday, December 12, 2015

A new website providing documentary evidence of the last days of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was launched here on Friday. The www.bosefiles.info website dedicated to the freedom fighter and Supreme Commander...

 
 
Lal Bahadur Shastri at Tashkent?

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

In the first ever visual evidence of Subhas Bose two decades after he was declared dead in an alleged plane crash, Netaji researchers have produced a forensic face-mapping report by a British expert that has found strong...

 
 
'Aamir film helped dyslexic kids'

Kolkata, Saturday, December 12, 2015

Even though around 12% of Kolkata's children are believed to be dyslexic, few were aware of it or knew how to handle youngsters afflicted by the condition till Bollywood stepped in. Aamir Khan's `Taare Zameen Par' has...

 
 
WB: Proposals for 5 new dists at next cabinet meeting

Kolkata, Friday, December 11, 2015

The state government is preparing on the cabinet papers to place the proposal in the next cabinet meeting to constitute the five new districts - Kalimpong, Basirhat, Sunderbans, Jhargram and Burdwan industrial as...

 
 
Anthropologist Moni Nag no more

Kolkata, Friday, December 11, 2015

Renowned anthropologist Moni Nag passed away in Kolkata on Monday . He was 90.He is survived by his wife, Karabee, and son, Rupak. Nag worked with the marginal people at a time when there were not too many who heard...

 
 
Kol: Runa Laila to perform on Vijay Diwas

Kolkata, Friday, December 11, 2015

Celebrated Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila and a host of other artistes will perform at a mega event organised by the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission here beginning December 15 to mark Vijay Diwas, commemorating the...

 
 
Kol: Population explosion at Alipore zoo

Kolkata, Friday, December 11, 2015

Family planning programme has not been a success in a small pocket of Kolkata but the authorities have spotted a blessing in disguise in the rising numbers. Captive breeding at Alipore Zoo has raised the inventory of several animals, many of which...

 
 
Over 1000 IIT-KGP students land jobs in 10 days

Kolkata, Friday, December 11, 2015

In a record of sorts, over a 1,000 IIT-Kharagpur students have grabbed job offers in top companies in just 10 days of the first phase of placement season, a statement said on Friday. Atal Ashutosh Agarwal, vice president...

 
 
Asia’s oldest chamber opens office in Siliguri

Kolkata, Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I), Asia’s oldest industry body, has opened a new office at Siliguri in northern part of West Bengal. The main objective of the Siliguri office will be facilitating the issue of “origin of...

 
 
New health revolution in Sundarbans

Sundarbans, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lying at the bottom of the human development index till a few months ago, Sundarbans is witnessing a health revolution which is quietly changing the lives of people living in the delta...

 
 
More seats at Mocambo to avoid patron rush

Kolkata, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Recall an evening in recent years when you've driven by Mocambo and not spotted diners waiting for a table? Chances are you can't. Mocambo owner Nitin Kothari though hopes the familiar scene will change next year...

 
 
Cold comfort in Celsius low

Thursday, December 10, 2015

If the minimum reading of 18.8 degrees was high for the season's coldest day so far, the forecast held little comfort. The Alipore weather office said a Western Disturbance would cause clouding over the city in...

 
 
A touch of Ray in Bishop Lefroy Road facelift

Kolkata, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Come February and Bishop Lefroy Road, which draws hundreds of tourists round the year for one glimpse of the famous Satyajit Ray residence, won't look the same again. A 150-metre stretch is being beautified keeping in mind...

 
 
War-torn Afghan kids in city for medical help

Kolkata, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ahmadi Saifoora is all of four. But the girl cannot stand on her own, let alone walk unassisted. Cerebral Palsy has bogged the girl down from Kapisa province of Afghanistan. Adding to the misery was poverty...

 
 
Bengal to organise Consumer Protection Fair

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The West Bengal consumer affairs department has planned to organise a consumer protection fair from December 11 to 13 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. The objective of the fair is to generate more awareness among the people...

 
 
CEC to visit Kolkata to review poll preparedness

New Delhi, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

With Assembly elections in West Bengal due next year, the Chief Election Commissioner and fellow Election Commissioners will be visiting Kolkata tomorrow to review the poll preparedness and the ongoing revision of...

 
 
Railways plans metro coach unit in West Bengal

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

After awarding a Rs 40,000 crore project to Alstom and GE Transport for locomotive projects in Bihar last month, Railways has embarked on a second major initiative. It is set to open tender for a delayed metro...

 
 
Royal Society fellows to be honoured by CU

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Unable to make it to the world ranking of universities, Calcutta University has finally decided to adapt to the changing times and throw open its windows to the world. As a humble beginning, the university will felicitate two young fellows of The Royal Society...

 
 
From clay to camera in Kumartuli

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It's a different engagement with the images of life for Indrajit Paul, an artisan at Kumartuli. For the past several years, Paul who has been giving life to clay idols in the remote lanes of one of the most popular addresses in the city...

 
 
Pt Ravi Shankar is forever alive: Tanmoy

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Anoushka Shankar's latest album, 'Home', nominated for a Grammy in the World Music category , has a Kolkata connect: Pandit Tanmoy Bose. The ace percussionist has accompanied Anoushka in the album...

 
 
Grammy nomination scripts kirtan revival

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The nomination list of the 58th Grammy awards came as a big news for Mayapur-bred Madi Das. The list included the name of Das' album of kirtans -'Bhakti Beyond Borders' -in the Best New Age Album category .But this...

 
 
Passport rule to rectify wrong DOB

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

An incorrect date of birth on a passport would have to be rectified within five years of the booklet being issued, according to a new rule notified by the ministry of external affairs with effect from...

 
 
Gene mutation cover for breast cancer patients

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Breast cancer patients from eastern India with a family history of the disease have a better chance of recovery, thanks to a gene mutation that is more prevalent in this part of the country...

 
 
Story of India and US in vintage frames

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Swami Vivekananda at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. Rabindranath Tagore and Helen Keller in New York in 1921. An exhibition at the Indian Museum, capturing India...

 
 
New IIT-KGP course to save heritage sites

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The ministry of culture has collaborated with the ministry of human resources development to start a course on heritage conservation at IIT-Kharagpur. The course, christened as `Planning and Management of Cultural Heritage...

 
 
Schoolkids turn change agents

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Be The Change. That's the new motto that students of Sri Sri Academy Kolkata, a school in Alipore, have embraced with boys and girls from affluent backgrounds studying in classes VIII, IX and XI rolling up their sleeves to...

 
 
Bengal govt lists achievements in wildlife

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

In an official statement, Bengal government has listed its achievements in conservation of forest and wildlife, celebrating Wildlife day on December 8. With help from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a project of Rs 406 crore...

 
 
Spencer's aims to hit a brand sixer

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which has acquired the IPL Pune franchisee, plans to cash in on the the popularity of cricket to promote hypermart Spencer's. "I did not buy a team just for vanity. It makes perfect business sense. I'm looking at a two-...

 
 
Christmas parade to usher in holiday season

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The eastern metropolis will usher in the Yuletide spirit on December 18 with Kolkata Christmas Festival (KCF) which will for the first time roll out a fun-filled Christmas parade. The two hour-long parade to be held on...

 
 
Virtual eye on natural calamities

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

If anyone wants to experience the horror and awe evoked by natural calamities, she can now do so, albeit virtually. Courtesy a new technology being installed at Science City , a visitor can witness the torrential rain and floods...

 
 
Direct flights to capital on the way

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Direct flight services will be introduced from Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal to Delhi from 21 December, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said at Kolkata airport on Monday. The direct flight from Kolkata to Andal...

 
 
Fish fest to mark 50 yrs of govt unit

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC), in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and state fisheries department, will celebrate its...

 
 
Making advertising for startups easier

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Picture this. You’ve built an amazing product that solves a big problem. But very few people know about it. What are your options for getting the word out there? Social media, talking to friends and family? What do you do if you want to advertise in a...

 
 
Breast, prostate cancers 'linked'

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A man whose mother, sister or maternal relatives have had breast cancer is at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer, say doctors. For decades, doctors have said that men whose fathers, brothers or paternal uncles have had...

 
 
City scientists sign up for global DNA drive

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Are you sure that the food product you're consuming is the real deal? Soon, finding out the properties or irregularities in anything you consume -be it water, cooked food or medicines -will be a matter of a few hours as Kolkata...

 
 
Little cinema festival comes to town

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

He lives in a forest on the Wales border and inaugurated his project on experimental films in an old iron mine, which soon became a successful platform for artistes to connect with the audience...

 
 
Speciality to add 24 fun dining outlets in 2 yrs

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Fine dining major Speciality Restaurants is betting big on a new vertical - fun dining. Over the next couple of years, the Anjan Chatterjee-promoted company will expand its fun dining brands like Mainland China Asia Kitchen...

 
 
Q's debut English film in race at Sundance

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Almost exactly a month after it was announced that Mumbai production house Phantom Films has acquired remake rights for Filmmaker Q's `Ludo', his latest the British-Indian comedy `Brahman Naman' -has been selected...

 
 
‘Biz Bridge’ meet in Kolkata

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

Loan applications worth ₹50 crore were received from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), both existing and prospective, from the eastern region, particularly West Bengal, at the end of the four-day ‘Biz Bridge 2015’...

 
 
HAM operators relay crucial news of marooned

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

Even as news of 18 critical patients dying at Chennai's MIOT hospital hit the headlines last week, a mother sick with worry over her daughter who was admitted in the marooned hospital wept with joy after amateur...

 
 
Hell and high water in Chennai

Monday, December 7, 2015

Arka Dyuti Sarkar arrived in Chennai from the UK for a friend's wedding two weeks ago, little knowing that he would spend two nights sleeping on the floor at the airport without electricity and survive on food from...

 
 
Kolkatan bags top honour for documentary

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

A moving tale of an autistic child has earned independent filmmaker Amrita Dasgupta the `Best Director' award at the first International Film Festival for Persons with Disabilities, organized by the Union...

 
 
Ray's son to bring Feluda stories in one film

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

Satyajit Ray's iconic fictional sleuth Feluda will re-appear on the silver screen towards 2016 end as the maestro's son Sandip is set to bring together two stories of the detective in a single feature...

 
 
A Paris dream in Kolkata!

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

For a budding restaurant owner Sneha Singhi, the innate affinity for food was something which she discovered at the age of 7, and hence got into restaurant business at the age of 19. Singhi, who belongs to a family known for its...

 
 
Kol-based cardio felicitated for path-breaking surgery

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

Most patients with heart injuries caused by speeding missiles (bullets, daggers, knives) are deprived of treatment because they bleed to death on the way to hospital, or while being operated. A surgeon has been felicitated for...

 
 
Bigger indoor stadium on anvil

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

Prodded by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is making preparations to engage consultants to design a second and a larger indoor stadium in...

 
 
WB: Warehousing space realty deals rise

Kolkata, Monday, December 7, 2015

Industrial and logistics real estate transactions in West Bengal surged over the past year and a half as companies led by ecommerce giants Flipkart and Amazon along with Asian Paints, Ranbaxy and Blue Dart snapped up...

 
 
Kids dig up history at Park St cemetery

Kolkata, Sunday, December 6, 2015

For six months, 35 schoolkids spent most of their spare time at the South Park Street Cemetery. They were on a quest of time and space of another kind, something that would take them into the abstract and bring out an...

 
 
Kol: Birla Academy hosting group exhibition

Kolkata, Saturday, December 5, 2015

Birla Academy of Arts & Culture is hosting a six-day long group art exhibition by artist Uma Bardhan, Debika Mukherjee Chottoraj and Kusumita Bhattacharyya. The exhibition was inaugurated on Dec 1 and it will end on Dec 6...

 
 
Chennai floods: Met warns of more rain

Chennai , Thursday, December 3, 2015

- 3,500 people stranded at Chennai airport - Chennai International Airport closed till 6 December - Worst continuous rainstorms in 100 years - 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force in Chennai - More rain expected, next 48 hours crucial - Adyar river in spate, 35,000 cusecs discharged - TN Chief Secretary has told Centre that the state has "enough medicines, food, drinking water"...

 
 
Nirbhaya juvenile convict won't be 'free'

New Delhi, Thursday, December 3, 2015

The juvenile convict in the brutal 2012 Delhi gang-rape case will be closely monitored and not completely free when he is released later this month after he finishes his sentence, according to Times Now....

 
 
Britain votes to join airstrikes against Islamic State

London, Thursday, December 3, 2015

Britain will join the bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria after MPs voted Wednesday in favour of air strikes by a clear margin despite lingering deep divisions. Prime Minister David Cameron secured the strong mandate he had sought with 397 of MPs voting in favour and 223 against, a majority of 174, after over 10 hours of passionate and often angry debate. US President Barack Obama hailed the vote....

 
 
California mass shooting: 14 dead as attackers open fire

California, Thursday, December 3, 2015

As many as three heavily armed attackers opened fire on a banquet at a social services center for the disabled on Wednesday, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others "as if they were on a mission," authorities said....

 
 
Sunderbans can be a boon in preserving mangroves

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Last Friday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the Sunder bans would be a new district Given the acute development deficit in the region, it is a welcome development. It's not the first time such an announcement has been...

 
 
Gift of life for Afghan orphan

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bengal has always remained untouched by intolerance. If the proof was in eating pistachios, walnuts and almonds hawked by "Kabuliwallas" or borrowing cash since the Tagorean era, it's time for serious business now. A 14month-old war orphan, Sadat Bibi Aiesha, who was born with four holes in her heart, has got a new breath of life after a complex surgery in a Durgapur hospital. ...

 
 
26 new stadiums coming up in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Addressing the annual prize giving function of the state government, Banerjee announced that plots will be given to the Cricket Association of Bengal for building a cricket stadium, and to Atletico de Kolkata for setting up a football academy. ...

 
 
Chennai inundated after rains, people face hardships

Chennai, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Steady and continuous rains throughout the night kept people in Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai awake due to concerns over the rising water levels, residents said. ...

 
 
Aung San Suu Kyi discusses transfer of power with president Thein Sein

Nay Pyi Taw, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the smooth transfer of power to her party with President Thein Sein on Wednesday, the first time the two have met since her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept a November election. ...

 
 
US to send special forces to Iraq to boost fight against IS

Washington, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighbouring Syria, a ratcheting up of Washington's campaign against the group that was quickly rejected by Iraq's government....

 
 
Kol: Sportspersons conferred with Khel Ratna Awards

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

As many as 31 players were awarded with 'Khel Ratna Samman' and 11 coaches were honoured with 'Krira Guru Samman' on Tuesday at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during grand Khel Ratna Awards ceremony....

 
 
Aircel to set up BTS in Kolkata for minimising call drops

Kolkata, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

GSM operator Aircel would set up more base transmitting stations (BTS) both in Kolkata and Rest of Bengal circles to boost infrastructure network with a view to minimise call drops, a top company official said today....

 
 
Key science to benefit Earth set for ISS launch

Washington, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In a bid to support a research in space to benefit the Earth, NASA's commercial partner Orbital ATK is all set to launch its Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft packed with key science experiments into orbit on December 3....

 
 
Kolkata-Agartala direct rail link by March-end

Kolkata, Monday, November 30, 2015

A bus service between Kolkata and Agartala through Bangladesh was launched earlier this year but now, those without passports need not fret. By March, 2016, direct broad gauge rail lines between the two state capitals are likely to become...

 
 
Flight to Kol makes emergency landing in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, Monday, November 30, 2015

An IndiGo flight made an emergency landing at the Biju Patnaik International airport here after a passenger complained of severe chest pain....

 
 
Nestle resumes Maggi production at all India plants

New Delhi, Monday, November 30, 2015

Nestle, which relaunched Maggi noodles on November 9 after a five-months ban, has started production of Maggi noodles from its Tahliwal plant in Himachal Pradesh....

 
 
'Lay down your arms', Pope in Central African Republic

Bangui, Monday, November 30, 2015

Pope Francis on Sunday urged the warring factions in Central African Republic to lay down their weapons as he brought a message of peace to a country ravaged by sectarian violence. "To all those who make unjust use of the weapons of this world, I make this appeal: lay down these instruments of death!" he said in the capital Bangui after flying in from Uganda on his final leg of a three-nation tour of Africa, which he has hailed as "the continent of hope."...

 
 
Ganguly says Kohli reminds him of his days as captain

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sourav Ganguly has come it in heavy praise of current Indian skipper Virat Kohli and believes the latter's positivity is a great asset to the way India approaches it s cricket....

 
 
Game show to attract innovative ideas

Kolkata, Monday, November 30, 2015

A plan to create greenery in and around urban homes, a logical reasoning module to strengthen mathematical skills of schoolkids and a chain of stores selling fresh juice that retains all the goodness of fruits... Young entrepreneurs in Kolkata have such innovative business ideas and much more that could indeed help Bengal make a mark in the field of start-up enterprise. ...

 
 
Andal-Delhi flight from December

Durgapur, Monday, November 30, 2015

For residents of Durgapur, Asansol, Raniganj and Dhanbad, connectivity will take a whole new meaning with direct Airbus flights to Delhi and Kolkata.Till now, only an ATR aircraft operated between Kolkata and Andal. ...

 
 
Amitabh Bachchan in Kolkata on a Scooter

Kolkata, Monday, November 30, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan is filming again in the City of Joy and navigated Kolkata's weekend traffic in a scooter, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui riding pillion. The actors, who were shooting for director Ribhu Dasgupta's Te3N, 'travelled in one pair of jacket and pants to search for jobs,' Big B later wrote in his blog. ...

 
 
ISRO Chief concerned over climate change challenges

Kaziranga, Monday, November 30, 2015

The alarming phenomenon of climate change was no longer a scientific curiosity but a great challenge that would affect the economy, livelihood, health, agriculture and many other dimensions, Indian space agency ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said here on Saturday....

 
 
'Virtual trees' turn the Eiffel Tower green for COP21

Paris, Monday, November 30, 2015

The Eiffel Tower turned green Sunday for the opening of the Paris climate conference, marking the launch of an art project that will see “virtual trees” grow on the landmark to support reforestation....

 
 
Mobile app to bring Kolkata’s history alive

Kolkata, Sunday, November 29, 2015

If you happen to pass by the Victoria Memorial, Writers Buildings and several other British-era monuments in the city, wait a second and get every information pertaining to the monument on your smartphone itself....

 
 
Writers with Kolkata link in line for DSC award

Kolkata, Sunday, November 29, 2015

It is surely a proud moment for the city, which lays its claims to three of the six authors shortlisted for the DSC award for South Asian Literature 2016. While Neel Mukherjee and Raj Kamal Jha spent their childhood and...

 
 
A-Z animal care centre in suburbs

Kolkata, Sunday, November 29, 2015

Saibaba, suffering from dehydration, was admitted to Compassionate Crusaders' clinic, not far from Kolkata. After saline drips, injections and medicines, he is doing well.The bull has received new life after treatment in this...

 
 
Renewable energy college to select solar technicians

Kolkata, Sunday, November 29, 2015

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has asked city-based Arka Renewable Energy College to select 1,000 Surya Mitras or solar technicians from Bengal and four northeastern states to look after installation...

 
 
Trial starts for mega water supply project

Kolkata, Sunday, November 29, 2015

State government agencies have started the trial run of the much anticipated water supply project for New Town, Salt Lake, Haroa and areas of South Dum Dum. The 10.5km pipeline from Rajarhat to Chitpur Lockgate running parallel the Kestopur and...

 
 
WB govt sets up Pay Commission

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

The West Bengal Government has constituted the 6th Pay Commission for its own staff members and certain other categories of employees in the state to revise their salaries. Economist Abhirup Sarkar, who is a...

 
 
Mobile app recreates Kolkata's history

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

Heritage enthusiasts and tourists can now travel back in time to experience the grandeur of 19th century Kolkata through a unique mobile app that offers a glimpse of the city during the British Raj by a mere pointing...

 
 
'Twelfth Night' to be staged by English troupe

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

A modern version of Shakespeare's comedy 'Twelfth Night' will be staged here in December by Filter Theatre in association with Royal Shakespeare Company. "British Council is bringing to India the astounding show which is a fast and furious...

 
 
President's Standard awarded to 2 squadrons

Hasimara, Saturday, November 28, 2015

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday presented President's Standard to two Indian Air Force (IAF) squadrons based here in West Bengal. Hasimara is an Indian Air Force (IAF) station, around 15 km away from India-Bhutan border...

 
 
Keywords to help Class X score

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

Keywords in the answer scripts will make a difference to marks scored in Madhyamik examination from 2017. A model marking system is in the making, following which candidates will be marked on the basis...

 
 
Commonwealth leaders to set up climate change hub

Malta, Saturday, November 28, 2015

Commonwealth leaders have agreed to set up a climate change hub to facilitate access to funds for the small and poor countries, a decision which is in sync with India’s demand for providing adequate financial resources to developing nations to reduce green house gas emissions....

 
 
Railways condider dynamic fares for all reserved coaches

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Indian Railways is mulling dynamic fare pricing for all reserved categories in express and mail trains....

 
 
Hume’s hat-trick puts Atletico in play-offs

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

Defending champion Atletico de Kolkata cruised into the play-offs with a thumping 4-1 win over FC Pune in a Hero ISL match at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Friday. Canadian striker Iain Hume performed a hat-trick before substitute Dejan Lekic of Serbia completed the rout. Romanian forward Adrian Mutu scored the consolation goal for Pune....

 
 
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest from Januray 14-17

kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

The seventh edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest will be held here from Januray 14 to January 17. The event will host the premiere of Aparna Sen's "Saari Raat" based on playwright Badal Sircar's play....

 
 
WB govt sets up Pay Commission

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

The West Bengal Government has constituted the 6th Pay Commission for its own staff members and certain other categories of employees in the state to revise their salaries. ...

 
 
Mobile app recreates Kolkata's history in real-time

Kolkata , Saturday, November 28, 2015

Heritage enthusiasts and tourists can now travel back in time to experience the grandeur of 19th century Kolkata through a unique mobile app that offers a glimpse of the city during the British Raj by a mere pointing of a smartphone at a monument....

 
 
Amitabh Bachchan’s Kolkata connect!

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

Durga Puja, Diwali, Bhai Phonta have come and gone, but there's no end to celebrations in Kolkata. Amitabh Bachchan, who was in the city recently for the inaugural ceremony of the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival, is back and, this time around, will be staying for long. On Friday, he joined the unit of Ribhu Dasgupta's Te3n. For the past few days, Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui had been shooting non-stop at the Writers' Buildings and the action moved to Rabindra Sarovar Lake on Friday morning. Big B, it's known, shares a great rapport with the film's creative producer, Sujoy Ghosh. Earlier, the actor was part of his Aladin and even rendered Ekla cholo re for Kahaani that proved to be a game-changer in Bollywood....

 
 
Fire at rubber factory

Kolkata, Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fire broke out at a rubber factory in the eastern part of the city at Topsia early morning on Saturday....

 
 
New Delhi under threat of 'aerial strikes' from ISIS

London, Saturday, November 28, 2015

New Delhi is under a serious threat of aerial strikes from different terror outfits including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Ministry of Home Affairs said....

 
 
Three killed in attack on UN base in north Mali

Dakar, Saturday, November 28, 2015

Two United Nations peacekeepers and a civilian were killed after unknown assailants fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali early on Saturday, a UN spokesman said....

 
 
Tribute to Agatha Christie at Apeejay Kolkata Lit Fest

Kolkata, Friday, November 27, 2015

A movie premiere, poetry cafe and heritage photowalks are some of the key features of the seventh edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2016 (AKLF) beginning on January 14 next year and commemorating the...

 
 
Eiffel Tower replica to come up in New Town

Kolkata, Friday, November 27, 2015

A 55-metre replica of the Eiffel Tower in being planned at the Eco Park in the smart city New Town. The replica of the tower would come up in the Eco Park and is expected to be a major tourist...

 
 
9 countries keen on warships built at Garden Reach

Kolkata, Friday, November 27, 2015

Nine countries have shown keen interest in getting their warships and patrolling vessels manufactured by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE). This comes after the GRSE-built offshore...

 
 
Puja parade, R-Day style

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

How about watching Durga Puja processions from Red Road, on the same lines of the Republic Day parade? This is exactly what chief minister Mamata Banerjee has in mind. She shared a piece of it with the audience...

 
 
State govt to foster 10 intelligent cities

Durgapur, Thursday, November 26, 2015

The state is planning to promote 10 Intelligent Cities to woo investors. The four cities picked for the Smart City race would also be included as Intelligent Cities. Intelligent Cities, explained Debashis Sen, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, “would...

 
 
West Bengal welcomes tourists from Vidarbha

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

The West Bengal government wants a direct bridge between the City of Joy and the City of Oranges. To create a new platform where the Sunderbanis could welcome Vidarbha into their culture, with new enthusiasm, a business to...

 
 
Honour for author with cerebral palsy

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Overcoming all odds a young writer is set to make Bengal proud. Debasish Das with cerebral palsy , who was chosen from the Outstanding Creative Adult with Disabilities category by the social justice and empowerment ministry...

 
 
MediaCom launches new generation smartphone

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Powered by the latest Android OS, Italy's MediaCom, a mobile brand owned by Datamatic, launched its new generation smartphone in the city. Claiming that MediaCom's smartphones are equipped with the latest chipsets and other...

 
 
Message of tolerance from Aussie storyteller

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

It's not easy to tell nice, positive stories. Not when one overcomes a lot of odds, including racial prejudice, racism and discriminatory laws since childhood. These experiences could have only made for angry...

 
 
Paes to take a call after Rio

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Leander Paes, winner of three Grand Slam titles (all with Martina Hingis) this year, and 17 overall, will take a call on his career after the Rio Olympics in 2016...

 
 
Bengal film on single screens at IFFI

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

After the first screening of `Cinemawala' at the International Film Festival of India, actor Dhritiman Chatterjee described the film as `an absolute gem at IFFI' on Twitter. But director Kaushik Ganguly isn't smiling only because...

 
 
Pope on pilgrimage to 3 African countries

Nairobi, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Brushing aside concerns for his security, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday for his first-ever visit to Africa, including to a country torn by sectarian violence. ...

 
 
Ola ropes in former Infosys CFO Rajiv Bansal to head fin

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Taxi aggregator Ola Thursday said it has appointed former Infosys Chief Financial Officer Rajiv Bansal to head finance operations as part of its expansion drive in the country. Bansal, who announced his resignation from the country's second largest software services firm in October this year, will join the Softbank-backed Ola in January 2016....

 
 
Mega water project to link north-south

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

In one of the biggest water projects ever considered in Kolkata, the civic body plans to link two of its major water pumping stations through a 70-km-long pipeline, creating a 'water grid' that will not only end the city's water woes in five years but also prepare it for the future. ...

 
 
Alumnus offers Rs 350 crore for hospital at IIEST

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

An alumnus of BE College, Shibpur - now an IIEST - has offered to donate Rs 350 crore to set up a 200-bed hospital on the campus. This is more than the Rs 230 crore the Union government has sanctioned for the medical college to come up at IIT-Kharagpur. ...

 
 
Big names to light up ideas this litfest

Kolkata, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Come January and the city will gear up to play host to the seventh edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), which will be held in association with The Times of India.Scheduled between January 14 and 17, AKLF will witness some intellectually stimulating conversations on books, food, theatre and cinema....

 
 
7th anniversary of Mumbai 26/11 attacks

Mumbai, Thursday, November 26, 2015

The 7th anniversary of the deadly Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11 being observed today; It was on this day in 2008, when Lashkar-e-Taiba militants carried out a series of attacks killing 166 innocent people and wounding over 300. ...

 
 
2015 set to be hottest year on record: UN

Geneva, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Based on data for the first 10 months of the year, "We feel very confident... that 2015 will be the warmest year on record," said Michel Jarraud, head of the World Meteorological Organization....

 
 
Never felt unsafe in India, says Ustad Rashid Khan

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Actor Aamir Khan may feel jittery about the rising 'intolerance' in India but not Ustad Rashid Khan. The Padma Shri award winner told TOI on Tuesday that he has never felt unsafe in the country and would never even consider relocating anywhere. ...

 
 
National award for city youth with cerebral palsy

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A week from now, a most unusual writer is all set to do Bengal proud. Cerebral palsy survivor Debasish Das will receive a national award. His writing have produced new insights into a common disability, by being chosen in the category of "Outstanding Creative Adult with Disabilities" by the ministry of social justice and empowerment. The 25-year-old will receive the award at Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan next Thursday....

 
 
Indian woman wins right to return to son in UK

London, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In a blow to the British government, a court here has upheld the rights appeal of an Indian woman who was deported for fixing sham marriages and allowed her to return to the UK to re-unite with her 9-year-old son. ...

 
 
CM designs logo of Bidhannagar civic body

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The new Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now have a logo of its own, designed and approved by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Mamata has earlier designed logos for various government...

 
 
Bookaroo to focus on Bangla children's literature

New Delhi, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The much-awaited Bookaroo children's literature festival is back in the city with an exciting repertoire. In its eighth edition, the festival will have a special focus on regional children's literature from...

 
 
Award for police school revamp

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

If you've driven past the Kolkata Police Training School (PTS) on AJC Bose Road, you have noticed the change. From a rundown massive building in red that had a lot of garbage dumped in front of it, it...

 
 
Sujoy, Vidya busy shooting in Kolkata

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, who is the creative producer of thriller TE3N starring Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazzudin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan, has promised to "work as hard as possible" and even give a bit more...

 
 
West Bengal SFC to submit report to govt soon

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

West Bengal's State Finance Commission (SFC) will submit its recommendations to the government soon. The commission was entrusted with the task of recommending how much resources...

 
 
8 films from Bengal to feature in IFFI Panorama section

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eight films from Bengal have made it to the Indian Panorama section of the 46th International Film Festival of India in Goa this year. Among the eight movies, "Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa" directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta is the...

 
 
Reigniting passions of city tennis fans

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

City's tennis aficionados will get a rare opportunity to witness the game's stars in action when Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza and the legendary Martina Navratilova play an exhibition match...

 
 
Nestlé calls Maggi testing again ‘witch-hunt’

New Delhi, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nestlé India on Monday said the government was on “a witch-hunt” wherein Union of India (UOI) was determined to find something wrong with the Maggi product despite “3,500” laboratories across the world having cleared the noodles for consumption....

 
 
Big 3 of Indian tennis set to reignite passions of fans

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

City's tennis aficionados will get a rare opportunity to witness the game's stars in action when Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza and the legendary Martina Navratilova play an exhibition match here on Wednesday....

 
 
Aid package for distressed tea garden workers

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The state government has identified 35 tea gardens as “distressed” where the condition of the workers is particularly bad and is coming up with socioeconomic packages for them....

 
 
Kolkata to Have World's Longest Skywalk by 2019

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kolkata-based realtor Siddha Group on Monday said it was developing the world's longest skywalk stretching across 550 metres and integrated in its housing project here....

 
 
Airport staff held for smuggling gold

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

In the third such incident this year, an airport ground handling staff was arrested while reportedly trying to smuggle gold from the city airport on Monday. Three consecutive incidents of smuggling by ground handling staff in the past 10 months have left the security breaches at the airport wide open. ...

 
 
Separatist shutdown affects life in Srinagar

Srinagar, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Normal life across the Kashmir valley was partially affected on Tuesday due to shutdown called by separatists to protest the killing of guerrillas in south Kashmir. ...

 
 
FTII students protest IFFI with own film festival

Pune, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The cancellation of students section from the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa followed by the arrest and detention of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students has once again escalated tension between protesters and the government. The students have organized a parallel film festival having the theme “Retracing Freedom”....

 
 
US issues travel alert for its citizens

Washington, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The US issued a worldwide travel alert, warning its citizens of "increased terrorist threats" after the Paris attacks....

 
 
Eiffel Tower replica as a tribute to Paris victims

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kolkata's Eco Park will get a replica of the Eiffel Tower, as part of the West Bengal government's “Seven Wonders of the World” theme-park project. Other monuments in the park include the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer from...

 
 
Meru ties up with local cabs in Kolkata

Kolkata, Monday, November 23, 2015

Kolkata's taxi aggregator market is witnessing a lot of action with radio taxi service provider Meru Cabs deciding to tie up with local cabs to gain a foothold in the market dominated by Ola Cabs and Uber...

 
 
Kolkata to have world's longest skywalk by 2019

Kolkata, Monday, November 23, 2015

Kolkata-based realtor Siddha Group on Monday said it was developing the world's longest skywalk stretching across 550 metres and integrated in its housing project...

 
 
Atletico de Kolkata brings FC Goa crashing down

Kolkata, Monday, November 23, 2015

Atletico de Kolkata dented the pride and proficiency of FC Goa with a 4-0 hammering in a Hero ISL fixture at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Sunday. South African winger Sameehg Doutie caused the maximum damage scoring once in each half while Spaniard Borja Fernandez and Canadian Iain Hume found the target once each to complete the biggest win margin for the host....

 
 
UK ‘strike brigades’ to boost anti-terror plans

London, Monday, November 23, 2015

Britain on Monday announced plans to raise two ‘strike brigades’ comprising 5,000 personnel each for rapid deployment as Prime Minister David Cameron announced a major funding boost to counter threats posed by the Islamic State....

 
 
LGBT film fest in Kolkata this weekend

Kolkata, Monday, November 23, 2015

Shortly after the conclusion of KIFF, the city is set to host another film festival: 'Dialogues: Kolkata International LGBT Film & Video Festival'. The event - to be held from November 26-29 - will features 37 films from...

 
 
Hungarian film bags top award at KIFF

Kolkata, Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hungarian director Lili Horvath’s socio-realist drama “The Wednesday Child” won the best film award at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival, which concluded today. “The Wednesday Child” is a tale of a rebellious teen mother determined to regain custody...

 
 
Kolkata Christmas fest to begin from Dec 18

Kolkata, Sunday, November 22, 2015

Soaking in the spirit of Yuletide, the city will celebrate the Kolkata Christmas Festival for a fortnight beginning December 18. The special feature this year will be a two-hour-long Christmas parade on December 20 at...

 
 
Kalna to find a place in Bengal’s heritage map

Kolkata, Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kicking off the World Heritage Week at the ancient town of Kalna in Burdwan district, Archeological Survey of India (ASI) on Friday declared to integrate the town with other cultural heritage tourism hotspots here...

 
 
India's last bioscopewala honoured at KIFF

Kolkata, Saturday, November 21, 2015

Amid the glamour and buzz over world cinema at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), India's last bioscopewala Mohammad Salim was honoured at the fest on Saturday for keeping the tradition of travelling movie...

 
 
These start-ups have stunned their IIM-C mentors

Kolkata, Saturday, November 21, 2015

At a time when the media is abuzz with news about tea gardens shutting down and retrenched tea garden workers committing suicides, here is a young professional, all of 29 years, who is going around recruiting as many as...

 
 
Gallery K2 hosts Indo-Norwegian art exhibition

Kolkata, Saturday, November 21, 2015

Titled Northern Lights, Southern Stories, the exhibition which opened on Friday and will continue till Dec 9, features two different styles of art, one that focuses on minute details, the other a delightful...

 
 
KMC to shift some departments to new building

Kolkata, Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation ( KMC) will soon have a new facility beside the civic headquarters on SN Banerjee Road. This building with a four floor capacity would be built on a 12 cottah land. This building...

 
 
Jute freight from Kolkata keep Cochin Port busy

Kochi, Saturday, November 21, 2015

After rice, jute is being brought to Kochi Port in containers, boosting the Cochin Port Trust’s efforts to promote coastal container freight transport. The first ship carrying raw jute from Kolkata has a...

 
 
India blocks visits by U.S. officials despite warmer ties

Washington / New Delhi, Saturday, November 21, 2015

Despite a much-heralded fresh start in U.S.-India ties under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a diplomatic source said on Friday the United States has run into problems arranging visits by two senior officials, recalling a diplomatic spat that soured relations two years ago. Washington has been seeking to send Susan Coppedge, its newly appointed anti-people trafficking ambassador, and Randy Berry, its special envoy for LGBT rights, to New Delhi this month....

 
 
INTACH launches Jagannath Sadak project in WB

Bhubaneswar, Friday, November 20, 2015

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Odisha has launched the project `Listing and Documenting the Monuments of the Jagannath Sadak in West Bengal’ at Kolkata...

 
 
Islamist militants kill 19 in attack on hotel in Mali

Bamako, Friday, November 20, 2015

Islamist militants killed 19 people in an attack on a top hotel in the capital of Mali on Friday before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners....

 
 
PM should immediately call all CMs meeting: Mamata

Friday, November 20, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene a meeting of all chief minister to settle the issue of devolution of taxes to states and retain subsidies for various development programmes....

 
 
Filtered water in New Town soon

Kolkata, Friday, November 20, 2015

There are reasons for the residents of New Town- Rajarhat to be happy, as filtered water to the area will be supplied latest by mid December....

 
 
Crackdown on illegal parking near airport

Kolkata, Friday, November 20, 2015

If you ask your driver to wait on VIP Road or radio cabbies to park on the approach to Kolkata airport, be prepared to cough up a steep fine as well. Bidhannagar traffic police have begun a major crackdown on illegal parking at Baguiati and Kaikhali, armed with fine receipt books, licence puncher, CCTV cameras and even tow vehicles. ...

 
 
4 dead, 5 injured as jeep falls in gorge in Chamoli

Dehradun, Friday, November 20, 2015

Four people were killed and five others injured as a jeep fell in a gorge on Gauchar-Sidhauli route in Chamoli district. The condition of all five admitted to CHC Karnprayag is set to be critical. All passengers in the jeep were residents of Majhkhola village in Chamoli and were on way back to the village after attending a marriage function when the accident was reported in late night of Thursday. ...

 
 
How Flipkart, Uber and others are tackling fraud

New Delhi, Friday, November 20, 2015

Something was amiss about the Lakme Eyeconic eyeliners Satinder Singh bought from Flipkart for his wife. Three orders over a few months, handled by three different sellers in three different cities, and each time something about the product's packaging bothered Singh. He sent the packs to Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Lakme's parent company, for testing. Turns out that he was right. HUL confirmed the cosmetics were fake....

 
 
Russia signs deal to build Egypt's first nuclear plant

Cairo, Friday, November 20, 2015

Russia signed two agreements today to finance and build Egypt's first nuclear power plant, in a televised ceremony attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. ...

 
 
Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in raid

Paris, Friday, November 20, 2015

The alleged mastermind of one of the worst terrorist attacks in Paris, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a pre-dawn raid, the prosecutor's office confirmed on Thursday....

 
 
Former enclave-dwellers from Bangladesh step into WB

Coochbehar, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sixty-seven members of 19 families from erstwhile enclaves (Chhitmahals) in Bangladesh, who opted to come to India after the official exchange of enclaves, arrived in Coochbehar district today after crossing Changrabandha-Burimari Border Checkpost. ...

 
 
Bids invited for township in West Bengal

Kolkata, Thursday, November 19, 2015

The West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd has invited bids for development of a proposed analytics hub, as a theme-based township at Kalyani. Technical bids are to be submitted by December 8 and e-auction by MSTC would be held on December 15....

 
 
'Govt's decision to scrap Planning Commission harmful'

New Delhi, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that the country's economic policy has "no sense of direction" after the Narendra Modi government decided to scrap the Planning Commission....

 
 
Didi urges Modi to take up funds issue

Kolkata, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene a meeting with all the chief ministers to discuss problems faced by the states due to the slashing or stalling of funds for major central schemes and settle the issue of devolution of taxes to states....

 
 
Ficci to help Govt get ‘closed’ industry land

Kolkata, Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), one of the apex industry bodies, will help the state government to unlock over 22,000-acre industry land from the closed units across West Bengal. In an interactive session at the Ficci National Executive Committee Meeting here on Wednesday, state commerce and industries minister Amit Mitra requested the premier industry body to help out the government in this regard. Ficci president Jyotsna Suri readily agreed to this proposal and assured Mitra on setting up a committee for this. ...

 
 
Police in Bengal may lodge case against ‘ISIS video’

Kolkata, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Police and security agencies in Bengal are likely to follow Mumbai and Delhi police anti-terror wings in registering a case against those propagating a video in Bengali asking people to join the Caliphate - a pet topic of the ISIS. The Bengali video - that runs for over 2.45 minutes - has most probably originated close to the Indo-Bangladesh border. ...

 
 
Metro turns to green for power saving

Kolkata, Thursday, November 19, 2015

With its electricity bill responsible for nearly 15% of the annual ordinary working expenses, Metro Railway is turning to non-conventional sources of power to bring down costs. After Mumbai, Kolkata is the most expensive, so far as power tariff charged from the metro is concerned. Metro Railway purchases power from CESC at Rs 7.20 per unit and consumes 300,000 units per day. While the Mumbai metro pays Rs 8.91 per unit, the rates are Rs 6.10 and Rs 4.80 in Delhi and Bengaluru respectively. One of the reasons for the metro's proposing a fare restructuring is the high cost of power in Kolkata. ...

 
 
Vidyasagar’s house gets a revamp

Ghatal, Thursday, November 19, 2015

A concrete replica is coming up of pundit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's mud house where the great son of the Bengal renaissance was born at Birsingha village in present day West Midnapore's Ghatal. ...

 
 
Jagaddhatri themes inspire Kolkata pujas

Chendernagore, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Themes at Chandernnagore's Jagaddhatri puja pandals almost always serve as trend setters for the following year's Durga puja pandals in the city. Going around the major Baghbazar, Vidyalanka, Kolupukurghat, Banerjeepara, Chandernnagore Barasat and Phulpukur Jagadhhatri pandals on Wednesday, saptami of the festival, TOI saw a fourth dimensional LED version of an animal and bird dance, a similar hi-tech model of a rath mela, a chou dance and one of Mickey Mouse. And major city Durga puja organizers made rounds of these pandals to get theme ideas for their puja next year. Negotiations between these organizers and leading Chandernnagore-based puja theme artistes have already begun. Going by past experience, the artistes say, at best the Kolkata organizers - eager to stand out in the competition by avoiding an exact repetition - will ask them to make slight modifications in their themes. ...

 
 
We have to be patient with Dhawan, says Kohli

Bengaluru, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Virat Kohli came out in forceful support of Shikhar Dhawan here on Wednesday, defending his colleague’s recent record....

 
 
Seven Indians on BBC 100 Women list

New Delhi, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Making a mark on the global map, seven Indian personalities have made it to BBC’s list of 100 most aspirational women. They are singer Asha Bhosle, tennis star Sania Mirza, veteran actor Kamini Kaushal, Rimppi Kumari, farmer, Smriti Nagpal, entrepreneur, Mumtaz Shaikh, campaigner, and Kanika Tekriwal, entrepreneur....

 
 
Germany's Angela Merkel marks 10 years in power

Germany, Thursday, November 19, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel marks a decade in power on Sunday facing the fight of her political life over her liberal stance on refugees, which provoked a party revolt, and fresh fears sparked by the Paris carnage....

 
 
What you need to know about Anonymous' 'War' on the IS

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, a video emerged promising that Anonymous, an online collective of hacktivists, would go to war against the Islamic State's notoriously large online presence....

 
 
Chhath ends with offering of 'argaya' to rising sun

Patna, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The four-day Chhath festival ended on Wednesday with devotees offering 'Argaya' this morning to the rising sun. Lakhs of devotees thronged the banks of Ganga early in the morning to offer 'argaya' to the rising Sun god....

 
 
Education-based channel forays into Indian TV

New Delhi, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A unique educational television channel named Da Vinci Learning, which aims to bring curious minds of all ages together for learning in an entertaining manner, was launched here on Wednesday....

 
 
FSSAI: Noodles launched by Ramdev have no approval

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Asked about Patanjali noodles packets at the Monday launch flaunting “FSSAI licence number 10014012000266”, Bahuguna said: “How can licence be given for a product that has not been approved? Licences are issued by the state government to manufacture certain items. But approvals for (non-standardised) products are given by us. That approval was not taken. I do not know how the licence was procured.”...

 
 
1000 Indian imams issue biggest anti-IS fatwa

Mumbai, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Days before Islamic State (IS) jihadists carried out bloodbath in Paris, the United Nations forwarded the "biggest fatwa" against the terror outfit, signed by over 1,000 Indian imams and muftis (religious scholars), to the UN Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC). ...

 
 
Intolerance of dissent reason for concern: Ansari

Pune, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said there was a reason for concern about "emergence of a propensity for intolerance of diversity and dissent" and pitched for evolving a social consensus around equality, justice and empowerment....

 
 
Bobby Jindal drops out of US presidential race

Washington, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Saying "This is not my time," Louisiana's Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has abruptly dropped out o the 2016 US presidential race. Read more at http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/bobby-jindal-drops-out-of-us-presidential-race/104664.html#a3ezfP5fcatmPb5b.99...

 
 
Fresh shootout in Paris

Paris, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A heavy shootout during anti-terror raids by French police was reported from the northern edge of Paris, five days after a series of coordinated terror attacks left at least 130 people dead. Some of the policemen are injured, according to reports....

 
 
Manto magic leaves Kolkata spellbound

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In 'All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays', George Orwell had famously written: 'A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.' Saadat Hussain Manto's life appeared as a 'series of defeats' even when viewed from outside felt author Amit Chaudhuri after watching 'Manto' at the Kolkata International Film Festival on Sunday evening. ...

 
 
Crackdown on rogue bikers

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

As the cops are increasingly being targeted on roads - sometimes by organized gangs but mostly by commoners - Kolkata police is increasingly becoming jittery. While the initial cases which were actually triggered off in 2013 were brushed off as "part of the job" the continuous rise of such incidents are forcing Lalbazar to try and find ways to prevent them. The worst hit, amongst all, are traffic cops - the most visible face for the police, the worst offenders being bikers. The problem gets more acute when the local police steps in to the various nakas thereby playing the dual role of the traffic police as the later's duty hours come to an end. ...

 
 
A book on Bachchan’s KIFF speeches

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan might have requested Bengal chief minister to spare him the trouble of giving the inaugural speech year after year at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) but those who have been listening to him speak are in no mood to oblige. Going a step forward, the festival authorities have now planned to come up with a book compiling his KIFF speeches. If all goes well, this book should be ready by the time Bachchan is back in town to shoot for Ribhu Dasgupta's 'Te3n'. ...

 
 
Mamata to attend Nitish's swearing-in on November 20

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will be in Patna to attend Nitish Kumar's swearing-in at Gandhi Maidan on November 20. On Monday, Nitish called up the Bengal chief minister and requested her presence at the ceremony and allayed apprehensions that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would attend the event. Mamata accepted the invite. The CM will return to Kolkata from Purulia's Bandwan the day before. ...

 
 
‘Seven Wonders’ replica at Eco Park

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What if the Seven Wonders of the World could be seen together? Soon, visitors would be able to have a look on the replicas of all the magnificent seven wonders at New Town's Eco Park. A three acre plot has been identified inside Eco Park where the replicas of the seven wonders which will be about 15 to 20 feet high and made of fibre glass will be set up. Eminent artist Rupchand Kundu has been engaged by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) authorities to design the replicas. ...

 
 
Intellectuals slam Paris attack, fear intolerance rise

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The intellectuals in the Muslim community in Kolkata have strongly condemned the killings of 138 people in Paris on Saturday but warned that the RSS and its affiliates were already using the massacre to derail the debate on rising "intolerance" in India. ...

 
 
Onion Follows Dal Off the Table as Prices Go Up

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Just weeks ago, the price of pulses shot through the roof and now, the humble onion seems to be following suit. The price of onions have gone up from Rs 25 a kg in September to Rs 60. The spurt has hit middle class households worse, as onions and dal is the staple in most homes....

 
 
CBI custody of Chhota Rajan extended till Nov. 19

New Delhi, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody of underworld don Chhota Rajan was on Monday extended till November 19....

 
 
Thou shalt not text at the dinner table, Pope Francis tells kids

New Delhi, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pope Francis is known to use technology, but in a recent article on the Los Angles Times, he has been quoted saying that kids should put away their phones while they are on the dinner table. He said this in an address to the masses on St Peter's square in Vatican city....

 
 
Free books for Class X students

Kolkata, Monday, November 16, 2015

The state government will provide free textbooks in three subjects to all Class X students in its Madhyamik schools from next year, education minister Partha Chatterjee said today....

 
 
Kolkata: Cycle rally for AIDS awareness

Kolkata, Monday, November 16, 2015

More than 100 cyclists, including transgenders and differently-abled people, took part in a rally that started from Sonagachhi and ended at Benepole on the Bangladesh border. The idea was to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in the remote areas. ...

 
 
G20 Summit turns into anti-terror meet

Antalya, Monday, November 16, 2015

The deadly Paris attacks and Syria dominated the opening day of the G20 summit of global leaders in this Turkish resort town, with US President Barack Obama vowing to work with France to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice....

 
 
Amitabh, Jaya, Vidya inaugurate KIFF 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan attended the ceremony with wife Jaya, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, Vidya Balan and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (Source: Amitabh Bachchan's blog)...

 
 
Myanmar's opposition wins 77.3 percent seats

Nay Pyi Taw, Monday, November 16, 2015

Myanmar's opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has won 880 parliamentary seats (77.3 percent) out of a total of 1,139 in the elections, Union Election Commission said on Monday....

 
 
Nepal PM Oli urges India to lift economic blockade

Katmandu, Monday, November 16, 2015

Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli has called on India to lift "unofficial blockade" in Nepal as soon as possible.In his televised address on Sunday to the nation, the premier, who assumed office as the head of the government on 11 October, explicitly mentioned that Nepalis have been going through a hard time due to the blockade imposed by India....

 
 
France strikes major ISIS targets in Syria

Paris, Monday, November 16, 2015

French warplanes struck Islamic State militants in Syria on Sunday, a French government official said, two days after attackers linked to the terrorist group carried out a coordinated assault on Paris that killed 129 people....

 
 
Bihar results show Hindu belief in religious harmony: Dalai Lama

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Terming religious harmony in India “remarkable”, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday said the results of the Bihar assembly elections had shown that “a majority of Hindus believed in religious harmony”....

 
 
Paris attacks: Security stepped up in Delhi and Mumbai

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Security arrangements in Delhi and Mumbai were stepped up hours after deadly terror strikes in Paris left more than 120 people dead. Gunmen and bombers struck busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday, in what a shaken President Francois Hollande described as an unprecedented terrorist attack. Eight attackers were killed -- seven of them by their suicide vests....

 
 
Raw jute crisis: Centre cuts down on bags procurement

Kolkata, Sunday, November 15, 2015

A severe raw jute crisis has led to dilution in the government’s jute procurement plan for the forthcoming Rabi crop season up to March 2016, which will go in favour of plastics as a packaging material for food items, affecting employment generation, says a top official....

 
 
World pays tribute to Paris, France mourns

Sunday, November 15, 2015

France was in mourning on Sunday as investigators identified one of the seven terrorists who massacred 129 people in Mumbai-type attacks here as a Parisian with a criminal record. Omar Ismail Mostefai was a radicalised 29-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin with a criminal record. France was in mourning on Sunday as investigators identified one of the seven terrorists who massacred 129 people in Mumbai-type attacks here as a Parisian with a criminal record. ...

 
 
Most of Kolkata walks to work

Kolkata, Saturday, November 14, 2015

According to thesurvey, 21,564 people in the city take a bus to office even when they have to have to travel barely a kilometer and a whopping 1,24,426 people prefer a bus when their office is within a radius of 2-5km from home. For those who have offices merely a kilometer away, 2,63,629, or 80%, chose to walk to office. Around 6.5% of them take their bicycles. ...

 
 
Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD wins historic majority

Friday, November 13, 2015

Democracy Icon , Aung San Suu Kyi has won Myanmar’s landmark election and claimed a staggering majority in parliament, ending half a century of dominance by the military and providing the symbol of a decades-old democracy movement with a mandate to rule....

 
 
Kolkata to rock with MLTR, Afrojack next month

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Megadeth, The Wailers, John Mclaughlin & The 4th Dimension and now MLTR and Afrojack. It seems Kolkata, which missed several opportunities in the past to host international stars, has shot back to the music landscape big time. ...

 
 
OROP: Protesting ex-servicemen to return medals today

New Delhi, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The standoff over One-Rank-One-Pension continues as defence veterans will return their medals on Tuesday to protest against government's notification on implementation of OROP....

 
 
Kolkata schools screen movies to teach values

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Remember the boring moral science classes that most of us endured as children? Few can say that they picked up any life skill from the sermonizing and lengthy chapters. It may have been different had we been made to watch a film in which animated cars with their own unique personalities took us through the values of love, respect, obedience, responsibility, sportsmanship, cleanliness, tolerance and other topics. This is exactly what is happening nowadays. More schools in the city are opting for cinema as a mode to inculcate life skills and values in children, using material known as 'School Cinema' developed by experts guided by norms set by organizations like WHO and Unicef. ...

 
 
Cops lay out plans to curb use of banned fireworks

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The city police laid out an elaborate mobile patrolling plan across lanes and bylanes in the city to check bursting of banned firecrackers during Kali Puja. Policemen in 106 autorickshaws, 16 Tata Sumos and motorbikes will patrol in the city to check bursting of banned firecrackers, a senior police officer said....

 
 
5 Held With Tusk, Rhino Horn Worth Lakhs

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Five people have been arrested in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district after elephant tusk and rhino horn worth over Rs.30 lakh were recovered from them, an official said today. ...

 
 
JD(U) vows to support Mamata

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fresh from its stunning success in the Bihar assembly polls, the JD(U) on Monday said it would return the compliment by supporting Mamata Banerjee in her fight against BJP. ...

 
 
Eye in the sky to help conserve heritage sites

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) and the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) have joined hands to create a repository of satellite-based surveillance photographs on more than 3,000 protected monuments to begin with. Around 1,50,000-odd heritage structures will be added to the database in a phased manner. ...

 
 
CBI may use Rajan as witness in ’93 blasts case

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The CBI may use underworld don Chhota Rajan as a witness in its probe into the 1993 Mumbai blasts in a bid to uncover the alleged role of prime suspects Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon as well as Pakistani spy agency ISI, a government source told HT....

 
 
Australian police quell riot at detention camp

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Australian police have retaken control of an offshore detention camp holding asylum seekers after clashing with prisoners protesting the death of a Kurdish refugee who attempted to escape. ...

 
 
Enhanced security at Metro stations for Kali Puja

Kolkata, Monday, November 9, 2015

Metro railway will enhance security at stations on Tuesday to prevent any untoward incident during Kali Puja. On Tuesday, the metro will run a holiday service. Instead of 274 services, there will be 136. However, officials feel that there will be a rush at some stations and have made necessary arrangements....

 
 
Egypt army destroys dozens of Gaza tunnels

Monday, November 9, 2015

Egypt has announced that its army had destroyed 31 tunnels connecting the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt last month, an army spokesman has said. ...

 
 
Kolkata in top 10 cities threatened from rising sea levels

New Delhi, Monday, November 9, 2015

Mumbai and Kolkata are among the top 10 megacities across the world that face a serious threat due to rising sea levels owing to climate change, according to a report by Climate Central, a US-based research organisation. As many as 11 million people are at risk in Mumbai alone if the global temperature rises by 4°C, said the report released on Monday morning....

 
 
Mayor opens all-in-one kiosk for Salt Lake residents

Kolkata, Monday, November 9, 2015

In a unique initiative to develop Salt Lake as a smart city, the Bidhannagar municipal corporation on Saturday opened a smart kiosk at the mayor's ward office through which residents will be able to contact with the mayor through video conference system and also be able to pay property tax and submit building sanction plans. ...

 
 
Metro to get new-generation rakes by July

Kolkata, Monday, November 9, 2015

Metro Railway will receive its first pair of state-of-the-art air-conditioned rakes by July, 2016. These rakes are being built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai as per standards set by the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO). With the arrival of these two, the Kolkata metro will have 16 AC rakes in its fleet apart from 13 non-AC ones. By the end of 2018, the metro is likely to receive 14 more AC rakes for which an order has been placed with CNR Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co Ltd in China ...

 
 
Netaji lived in disguise?

London, Monday, November 9, 2015

A book released in the UK has claimed that an unseen holy man who lived in several parts of Uttar Pradesh from 1950s to 1980s was in fact Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise. Read more at http://www.thestatesman.com/news/india/netaji-lived-in-disguise/102581.html#d0jZ5cRXwpm5vYWO.99...

 
 
Bihar mandate is against Modi: Lalu

Patna, Monday, November 9, 2015

The mandate in Bihar is against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will impact national politics, RJD leader Lalu Prasad said on Monday. “The mandate we have got is to fight Delhi, Modi,” the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former chief minister told the media, a day after the Grand Alliance routed the BJP combine in assembly polls....

 
 
Warnings of war as Israeli PM embarks on US visit

Washington, DC, Monday, November 9, 2015

US President Barack Obama faces a difficult challenge as he prepares to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House as a wave of violence sweeps Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories....

 
 
Myanmar awaits results after landmark election

Yangon, Monday, November 9, 2015

A sense of anticipation has taken over Myanmar's commercial capital, a day after the country's landmark election that saw an estimated 80 percent voter turnout. Unofficial election results continued to trickle in on Monday, following overnight counting, with the country's election commission promising to release preliminary official data later in the day....

 
 
Film-maker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay no more

Kolkata, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Just four days after the selection of 'Sohra Bridge' in the Indian Panorama selection of the India International Film Festival, director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay passed away in a city nursing home. He was kept in ventilator after a multi-organ failure. On Saturday evening, he succumbed to the third cardiac attack. He was 45 and is survived by his parents and brother. ...

 
 
Firm extends helping hand to Sarobar turtles

Kolkata, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Turtle Ltd is keen to extend a helping hand to the turtles that were sighted at Rabindra Sarobar recently. The Howrah-based men's apparel company that has been associated with turtle conservation projects for nearly a decade has experts on board who can assist the turtles abandoned at Rabindra Sarobar to adapt to the new environment and feel secure about it. ...

 
 
Bihar result defeat of intolerance: Mamata

Kolkata, Sunday, November 8, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said the BJP combine’s defeat in the Bihar assembly elections was a “defeat of intolerance”....

 
 
Pyramids, forts & glaciers dot Kali Puja pandals

Barasat, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Several big-budget Kali Pujas have come up with innovative themes in Barasat this year. Some of the most famous Kali Puja committees of Barasat are now busy making pandals that replicate the pyramids of Egypt, the forts of...

 
 
Firm extends helping hand to Sarobar turtles

Kolkata, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Turtle Ltd is keen to extend a helping hand to the turtles that were sighted at Rabindra Sarobar recently. The Howrah-based men's apparel company that has been associated with turtle conservation projects for nearly a...

 
 
Film-maker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay no more

Kolkata, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Just four days after the selection of 'Sohra Bridge' in the Indian Panorama selection of the India International Film Festival, director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay passed away in a city nursing...

 
 
Victoria-era building gets new lease of life

Kolkata, Sunday, November 8, 2015

The facade of one of the most architecturally striking Raj buildings in Dalhousie Square has been restored after nearly half-a-century of neglect. An earlier attempt to restore the building had failed owing to legal...

 
 
Army win shooting championship

Asansol, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Winning 10 gold medals, the Army annexed the team title of the 25th All India G V Mavalankar Shooting Championship held here, a statement by the organisers said on Sunday. Army shooters bagged 10 gold, eight...

 
 
Tiger captured in Sundarbans village

Jharkhali/Kolkata, Sunday, November 8, 2015

The tiger that was on the prowl in the Sunderbans' Jharkhali area since the last eight days was finally captured on Saturday evening. Confirming the news, A Sunderbans official said that the big cat, a female and aged around four...

 
 
World Bank to decongest city traffic

Kolkata, Saturday, November 7, 2015

The World Bank will carry out a survey in the city to reduce traffic congestion, principal secretary of state transport department, Alapan Bandyopadhyay said on Friday. The World Bank will also carry out a survey...

 
 
Celebration of hues at workshop

Kolkata, Saturday, November 7, 2015

A unique and exciting atmosphere had brought 28 visual art maestros sharing a mammoth canvas (stretched over five acres) in the five-day ArtsAcre Festival of Art that climaxed in the most enthralling finale...

 
 
Budding singers chase dream at talent show

Kolkata, Saturday, November 7, 2015

They are the future of music in Bengal and are back again to showcase their talent and pitch their skills against one another. Nineteen budding singers, selected from around the state, are now competing for glory on Zee Bangla's...

 
 
IIEST to generate power from waste

Kolkata, Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST) Shibpur is going a leap forward in matters of utilizing waste to generate renewable energy. From next January onwards, about one tonne of kitchen waste that is...

 
 
Exhibition of M.F. Husain’s rare art works in Kolkata

Kolkata, Saturday, November 7, 2015

An exhibition of rare artworks - poems, paintings, lithographs, silkscreens - of M.F. Husain will be held in Kolkata in January. More than 50 of his artworks, in the custody of half a dozen collectors, will be displayed in the exhibition, which aims to cover Husain’s works from 1975 to 2005. The city known for its cultural credentials have never witnessed a “Hussain exhibition of such magnitude” the exhibitors said....

 
 
Sachin, Warne create history at NYSE

New Delhi, Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne created history when they became the first cricketers to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Saturday. The two legends will lead their respective sides - Sachin's Blasters and Warne's Warriors in the Cricket All-Stars Series....

 
 
Kishore Biyani introduces next generation Big Bazaar

Mumbai, Saturday, November 7, 2015

After nearly 15 years of deliberately giving its supermarket an inferior look to make them resemble a market place, retail baron Kishore Biyani's Future Group has launched a 'Gen Next' Big Bazaar format to attract upwardly mobile young consumers. ...

 
 
New railway refund rules applicable from Nov 12

New Delhi , Saturday, November 7, 2015

To help passengers and plug the misuse of ticketing activity, Indian Railways on Friday amended refund rules under cancellation charges, which shall be applicable from November 12. The railways said that under the revised rules, an additional facility of using UTS (unreserved ticketing system) counter for gaining refund will be made available to the passengers....

 
 
CBI gets custody of underworld don Chhota Rajan

New Delhi, Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday got the custody of long-absconding underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan, who was brought to the national capital from Indonesia on Friday morning....

 
 
Myanmar, under the world’s eye

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Few elections have attracted as much world attention as the one in Myanmar scheduled to take place on November 8. The election is particularly important for India, not just because Myanmar is its immediate neighbour but also because it borders a very sensitive, militancy prone region. The fact that the country shares its borders with two giant powers, India and China, makes it geopolitically important. What kind of election it’s likely to be is the question foremost in the minds of the Myanmarese people and the global community....

 
 
Black boxes of Russian plane crash point to bomb attack

Paris, Saturday, November 7, 2015

An analysis of black boxes from the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt point to a bomb attack, sources close to the probe said on Friday, as Moscow halted flights to the country....

 
 
WB draws plan to support closed tea garden workers

Howrah, Friday, November 6, 2015

In the wake of reported death of tea garden workers, West Bengal ministers and officials met today to find ways to help workers of closed tea gardens. ...

 
 
This Diwali, Kolkata air fares rocket to Rs 26,000

Mumbai, Friday, November 6, 2015

It's that season when those who didn't book their tickets during the years' numerous airfare discount offers, look at the rate charts with regret. But while domestic airfares for travel during the Diwali week have jumped, the spike is not as sharp as it was last year. More importantly, domestic airfares have not climbed as much as international fares to shorthaul destinations such as Bangkok, Dubai and Singapore....

 
 
St John’s Church and the Chennai-Kolkata connect

Friday, November 6, 2015

Looking at it, you could almost mistake it for St. George’s Cathedral on the eponymous road in Chennai. This, however, is a photo of St. John’s Church, Kolkata. The similarity is not surprising, given that both houses of worship are modelled on London’s St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Church, designed by James Gibbs....

 
 
Mamata Banerjee most honest politician: Chinese V-P

Kolkata, Friday, November 6, 2015

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is “the most honest politician in India and she has fought against corruption”. The certificate comes from no other than China's Vice-President Li Yuanchao, who according...

 
 
Chinese V-P assures Mamata of soft loan

Kolkata, Friday, November 6, 2015

Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao has assured chief minister Mamata Banerjee of soft loans from Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which is likely to facilitate infrastructure development projects in...

 
 
Chinese VP gets a taste of Bengal

Howrah, Friday, November 6, 2015

He had wished to see how today's working couple lives in the state. And there he was at this correspondent's house to live an average Bengali's life, albeit for an hour. But an hour was enough to know Li Yuanchao, the...

 
 
Asansol leads Bengal with car-free day

Durgapur, Friday, November 6, 2015

In a first for Bengal, private vehicles in Burdwan district will go off the road on December 15 without a bandh call by any political party. The decision to observe it as car-free day was taken at an administrative meeting in Durgapur...

 
 
Got a camera? Shoot a short on KIFF and be a star

Kolkata, Friday, November 6, 2015

This year, the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will introduce a unique competition to take cinema to the masses. Not just established directors, any visitor to the festival will be allowed to make a short film on KIFF...

 
 
Flash mobs to set KIFF mood

Kolkata, Friday, November 6, 2015

First it was the 'My KIFF' shot-film competition and now a flash mob, it seems the organizers of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) are leaving no stone unturned to reach out to people and create awareness...

 
 
Presi all-in-one science course as good as the rest

Kolkata, Friday, November 6, 2015

Following the footsteps of Presidency University, some more state-aided varsities are merging several science departments into one integrated faculty of biological sciences. This got momentum on Thursday after the...

 
 
Kolkata police gear up to tackle speed devils

Kolkata, Thursday, November 5, 2015

It isn't crackers, Kali Puja organizers seem to be more worried about tackling bikers, who zip around the city in drunken rides through the festive nights and harass women pandal-hoppers. It's such a matter of worry that what was supposed to be a meeting between Puja organizers and the police commissioner about rules and regulations, deadlines, noise levels and immersion dates, turned into a discussion on tackling speed demons. ...

 
 
Maggi clears trial by fire, to return this month

New Delhi, Thursday, November 5, 2015

Maggi is finally set to hit the shelves this month. Swiss food giant Nestle India said on Wednesday all samples of its instant noodles have been cleared by accredited laboratories mandated by the Bombay High Court. ...

 
 
Samsung claims edge over Apple in India

New Delhi, Thursday, November 5, 2015

Samsung taken a lead over Apple in the Indian premium phone market? The Korean mobile phone major has said that it has attained a 50% share in the Indian premium phone market, at a time when Apple battles a slow start to the sale of its new iPhone 6S devices in India....

 
 
Three Sikhs sworn in as cabinet ministers in Canada

Ottawa, Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Punjabi community in Canada made history on Wednesday when two turbaned Sikhs were sworn in as cabinet ministers, as 42-year-old Justin Trudeau took oath as the country's 23rd prime minister at a grand public ceremony here. ...

 
 
Intolerance always existed: Niti Aayog’s Bibek Debroy

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Niti Aayog's member Bibek Debroy is a renowned economist who is known for speaking his mind. In an interview to TOI, Debroy reflects on the issue of intolerance and cites examples to show the need for multiple views....

 
 
Pak factory collapses, killing 18, scores trapped

Lahore, Thursday, November 5, 2015

At least 18 people were killed and up to 150 trapped on Wednesday when a factory collapsed near the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials said, adding to a number of industrial disasters to hit the South Asian nation....

 
 
Aboard apps, Bidhannagar in smart city race

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, which is competing to be among the first 20 cities to get Central fund under smart cities project, is cashing in on 'mobile governance' and faster delivery of civic facilities, say sources...

 
 
Santragachi to be long-dist SER terminal

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The South Eastern Railway has decided to convert Santragachi into a terminal station at an estimated cost of Rs.375 crore. The work will be carried out by the Indian Railway Construction Corporation...

 
 
'Megha Dhaka Tara' on the small screen

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Paying a tribute to Ritwik Ghatak, young director Shibangshu Bhattacharya has brought a television adaptation of the eminent filmmaker's classic "Meghe Dhaka Tara". Bhattacharya seeks to capture the sense...

 
 
We don't believe in division but unity of masses: CM Mamata Banerjee

Malbazar, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Expressing concern over the growing intolerance in the society, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government was not in favor of division of masses but unity of the people. ...

 
 
How much should you spend on a smartphone?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Want to buy a smartphone but not sure how much you should spend? The sheer number of smartphones available in the Indian market right now can be daunting for any buyer, but with such little differentiation in features and prices, you may end up paying more than you need to. If you are not sure how much you should pay for a smartphone, read our breakdown of exactly what features to expect, depending on your budget....

 
 
UK suspends flights from Sinai over bomb risk concerns

Middle east, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Britain has said it is concerned that a Russian airliner that crashed in Sinai may have been brought down by a bomb, prompting it to temporarily suspend flights from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh....

 
 
WB CM to develop Jaigaon as a “planned city”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a review meeting with Bhutan officials, including external affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk, at Jaigaon on the Indo-Bhutan border. Sources said that officials discussed the construction of a second (new) gate of Bhutan like the entry point located at Phuentsholing, and a joint survey for development work, including an Immigration Check Post, on the Indian side....

 
 
Japan team for Howrah boost

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A team from Japan's Yokohama Municipality was on a two-day visit to Howrah from Monday to assess possibilities of funding civic and infrastructure projects, an official of the city's municipal corporation said....

 
 
Amitabh Bachchan to inaugurate KIFF 2015

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

As many as 149 films by 137 directors from 61 countries will be screened across 12 venues at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), which will be inaugurated here on November 14 by megastar Amitabh Bachchan, organisers said on Tuesday....

 
 
Kolkata to experience quietest Diwali this year

Kolkata, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Kolkata is all set to celebrate the nation’s quietest Diwali this year. Like every year, this year too, the sound permissible limit of crackers has been restricted to 90 dB in West Bengal, while in other states the restriction stands at 125 dB....

 
 
Tendulkar & Warne sell cricket to New Yorkers

New York, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

When Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne walk the streets of New York, they create an odd phenomenon. About 95 percent of pedestrians pass them by without a second look. The other 5 percent go absolutely bonkers. Tendulkar and Warne are two of the world's best cricket players, which means little to the bulk of Americans. But to those with roots in India, Australia or other cricket-loving lands, spotting them on the street is like a serendipitous encounter with Michael Jordan, Pope Francis and Taylor Swift....

 
 
Church attacks were petty crimes, not communal: RSS

New Delhi, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Armed with what it claims to be an objective report, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has decided to go aggressive on "vilification campaign" against it for stoking communal fire in the country. The issue came up during its Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meeting in Ranchi recently. ...

 
 
Thai Buddhists push for state religion status

Bangkok, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A campaign to enshrine Buddhism as Thailand's state religion has been galvanized by a radical Buddhist movement in neighboring Myanmar that is accused of stoking religious tension, the leader of the Thai bid said....

 
 
China urges US not to threaten its sovereignty

Beijing, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Last week's US naval patrol in the South China Sea threatened China's sovereignty and security interests, and the US should not take any more dangerous actions that threaten China's sovereignty, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said....

 
 
8 Bengal films selected in Indian Panorama, IFFI

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In many decades no film from this part of the world has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars. But every year, Bengal continues to dominate the National Film Awards and religiously keeps a date with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. This year too, it has been no different. Out of the 26 films in the Indian Panorama section, eight films are from Bengal. The films will be screened between November 20 and November 30 at the 46th edition of the festival....

 
 
West Bengal: Explore the gentle slopes of Darjeeling

Darjeeling, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The name that crystallises sensation and memory, signifies, more than location, a state of soul. I was eighteen months old when my parents, newly returned from Ethiopia, moved from Calcutta to Darj--7,000 ft up and an entire universe away. I was thirteen and half when we left, heartbreakingly, for the plains of Uttar Pradesh. For twelve magical years in between, I grew up in paradise....

 
 
US plans more patrols in South China Sea per quarter

Washington, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

he US Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter to remind China and other countries about US rights under international law, a US defence official said on Monday. ...

 
 
A slice of colourful Scotland in city

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The British Council, together with Creative Scotland, is hosting a performing arts delegation from Scotland who will visit New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore to network with arts organisations and artists who work in theatre, dance and music, to meet and discuss possible collaborative ideas. ...

 
 
IIT Kharagpur students on a spiritual quest

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The 9th All India Students' Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest (AISSQ) was held at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur from Oct 30 to Nov 2. The conference was organized by Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata, a not-for-profit organization that spearheads and catalyzes academic campaign on science-spirituality synthesis and its application in personal, professional and social spheres of life. Being the brain child of Dr. T. D. Singh (His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami), a well known visionary and scientist-saint of the modern age, the AISSQ conference aimed to encourage deeper exploration of scientific and spiritual disciplines so as to encourage the confluence or synthesis of the knowledge acquired in these streams for the betterment of peace, prosperity and purpose in the humanity....

 
 
Japanese team visits Howrah

Kolkata, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A high-level Japanese team from Yokohama came in the city and held a meeting with senior state government officials at Nabanna to discuss on possible investment opportunities and development projects in Howrah. The team had a launch ride on the Hooghly river from Ramkrishna ghat to Belur to have a look on the river side and also later met the Howrah mayor. ...

 
 
Chhota Rajan likely to be deported to India tonight

Bali , Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Underworld don Chhota Raja, who is in police custody in Bali, will be deported to India on Tuesday night, the Interpol has said. "Clearance has come, by tonight he will be out," an official of the international criminal police organisation said in Bali...

 
 
18 Indian fishermen jailed for fishing in Pak waters

Karachi, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

18 Indian fishermen have been remanded in judicial custody by a Pakistan judicial magistrate for illegally fishing inside country's territorial waters. ...

 
 
Gift of life for Afghan orphan

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

Bengal has always remained untouched by intolerance. If the proof was in eating pistachios, walnuts and almonds hawked by "Kabuliwallas" or borrowing cash since the Tagorean era, it's time for serious business now. A 14month-old war orphan, Sadat Bibi Aiesha, who was born with four holes in her heart, has got a new breath of life after a complex surgery in a Durgapur hospital. ...

 
 
Metro likely to receive power from railway plant

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

By next April, Kolkata Metro could get power from the Indian Railways' own plant in Nabinagar, Bihar. Navin Tandon, railway board memberelectrical said the first phase of the 4x250 MW plant of Bharat Rail Bijlee Company Ltd will be commissioned in year end or January 2016, and start supplying power by April. Kolkata Metro now purchases power from CESC -3,00,000 units a day at Rs 7.20 per unit. ...

 
 
Former WB speaker Hashim Abdul Halim passes away

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

Former West Bengal Assembly Speaker and CPI-M veteran Hashim Abdul Halim, the longest serving Speaker in the country, died today after a cardiac arrest at a city nursing home. ...

 
 
Mamata in north Bengal trip to launch projects

Siliguri, Monday, November 2, 2015

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be launching a slew of development programmes in the next three days in north Bengal. The Chief Minister, who is on an official tour to north Bengal districts, will be holding a meeting at Jaigaon on Indo-Bhutan border tomorrow and meet a delegation from Bhutan. ...

 
 
Pakistan bans media coverage of JuD

Islamabad, Monday, November 2, 2015

Pakistan has banned media coverage of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa as part of a crackdown on terrorism, media reports said on Monday....

 
 
Bengal – National model for CAD programme

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

The huge success of the State Irrigation Department during the last four years under the Trinamool Congress led government has been lauded by the Centre....

 
 
Schoolkids light up poor boys' Diwali

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

Perhaps these boys are from the most privileged backgrounds in school, but they have used it to bring Diwali cheer to at least 250 children who do not have the means to buy even one cracker. When the boys of St James School celebrate Diwali on Friday evening, a little ahead in time, they will definitely set an example. At a time when community pujas have become completely corporatized, this one is a lesson in social responsibility. ...

 
 
Green light for Indo-Bangla cross-border pact

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

Cargo movement be ween the city and Agartala turned seamless on Sunday with the introduction of the regional free trade agreement -the Bangladesh-Bhu an-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement. The first truck, which was flagged off from Nabanna, would pass through Bangladesh and travel just 640 kms, instead of he usual 1550kms route, to reach Agartala in less than half the time t would take earlier. ...

 
 
Mamata greets SRK on 50th birthday

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday greeted Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on his 50th birthday. "Happy Birthday @iamsrk," Banerjee tweeted. SRK is Bengal's brand ambassador and one of Banerjee's favourites for inaugurating mega-scale events, including the star-studded Kolkata International Film Festival....

 
 
Last Kolkata metro trains to get security personnel

Kolkata, Monday, November 2, 2015

Security personnel will be deployed in the last metro trains from Sunday. This decision was taken after women passengers said that they feel uncomfortable while travelling in the last trains when there are few people around. Additional security measures will also be taken before Diwali to prevent any untoward incident in the metro network, an official said. ...

 
 
Why investors bullish on India’s aviation sector?

Mumbai, Monday, November 2, 2015

Years after being avoided, India's aviation sector is now attracting some of the country's wealthiest investors, driven by the market debut of a consistently profitable airline, a fall in fuel prices and steady rise in air travel demand....

 
 
Chhota Rajan May be Brought to India on Wed

Bali, Monday, November 2, 2015

Most-wanted Gangster Chhota Rajan, arrested last week in Bali, is likely to be brought back to India on Wednesday. An Indian team that reached Bali yesterday is working on his deportation; Rajan is likely to be brought to Delhi first....

 
 
Russian goals in Syria defined by timing

Washington, Monday, November 2, 2015

There's much speculation about Russia's motives for intervening in Syria. The root answer lies in the timing. Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin boss, finally decided Syrian leader and Moscow ally Bashar Assad was in danger of losing control of Damascus, the capital of the civil-war ravaged nation. ...

 
 
China: one-child policy stays in effect for now

Beijing, Monday, November 2, 2015

The ruling Communist Party said last week that Beijing would loosen its decades-old one-child policy. The plan for the change must be approved by the rubber-stamp parliament during its annual session in March....

 
 
Pedalling from Mumbai to Kolkata for a cause

Ludhiana, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Travelling from Mumbai to Kolkata on a bicycle to spread the message of peace, humanity, and above all a pollution-free country, Gyanander Singh arrived in the city, which is also known as a bicycle hub of the nation....

 
 
Litterateur Debesh Roy honoured

Kolkata, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Litterateur Debesh Roy was on Saturday conferred with the prestigious Syed Mustafa Siraj Academy Award 2015. The award was handed over to Roy by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, another noted author who...

 
 
Cops' smart move to secure Salt Lake

Kolkata, Sunday, November 1, 2015

At a time when Salt Lake is trying to win the Smart City tag at the earliest, the MHA proposed Safe City project is likely is likely to kick off with its police as early as December this year. The Bidhannagar police...

 
 
IIEST to get product design centre

Kolkata, Sunday, November 1, 2015

The authorities of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) in Shibpur are planning to set up a centre for product designing and development, but are worried lack of industrial opportunities in the state may force...

 
 
Bilquis Bano gets Mother Teresa Award

Mumbai, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bilquis Bano, the Pakistani caretaker of Indian girl Geeta, and the global humanitarian aid provider Medecins Sans Frontieres have been selected for "Mother Teresa Memorial International Award-2015" for social...

 
 
Russian plane crashes in Sinai, killing all 224

Cairo, Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Russian passenger plane crashed early Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard, officials said. Russian state media reported that many of the 217 passengers on Kogalymavia Flight 9268...

 
 
Bengal's exotic, gourmet delights on offer

Kolkata, Saturday, October 31, 2015

A one-of-a-kind food festival organised by the West Bengal government kicked-off here on Friday to promote the state's exotic and gourmet food products and showcase traditional Bengali...

 
 
Rooftop sensors for flight tracking app

Kolkata, Saturday, October 31, 2015

It's not just Indian Air Force and Airports Authority of India (AAI) controllers that are tracking flights. Someone in your locality could be doing so. For that matter, even you could be monitoring the progress of aircraft as they arrive, depart or fly over the city! ...

 
 
British team to visit Kolkata in search of roots

Kolkata, Saturday, October 31, 2015

As a child, celebrated UK confectioner Elaine MacGregor would sit in rapt attention as her father, who grew up in India, recounted how the toy train would ferry children to their boarding school in Darjeeling. Indian culture were so deeply ingrained in her family that she would be served curries for lunch at her Sussex home. ...

 
 
Kolkata adds a bit of art to its zebra crossings

Kolkata, Saturday, October 31, 2015

Trust Kolkatans to add a zing to anything they do! The culture capital of India loves a bit of art in everything. No wonder then, Kolkatans can do with a bit of twist in the zebra crossings on its roads....

 
 
RBI guv Rajan pitches for tolerance

New Delhi, Saturday, October 31, 2015

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan on Saturday joined the ongoing debate on individual freedom, saying the right to question and challenge must be protected. Addressing a convocation ceremony at IIT-Delhi, Rajan said free debate, tolerance and mutual respect were key to a healthy society and economic growth....

 
 
Sikhs end protest near Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scores of Sikhs, holding a protest at an entry point to Chandigarh from Punjab, ended their stir on Saturday. The protest was held in connection with recent incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent incidents of violence which left two people dead and several others injured....

 
 
18 Bangladeshi peacekeepers released by Sudan rebels

Dhaka, Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bangladeshi peacemakers have been released from captivity by the South Sudan rebels. However, 12 United Nations contractors who were travelling with them on the Nile Rivers are still imprisoned by the rebels....

 
 
Russian airliner with over 200 on-board crashes in Sinai

Cairo, Saturday, October 31, 2015

Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the Egyptian prime minister's office and civil aviation ministry said....

 
 
The multi-faceted world of biryanis

Friday, October 30, 2015

Food is a touchy subject. I am not referring to the violence that food triggers (though, as we all know, it’s not really food that does it), but the friendly skirmishes that discussions on food often lead to. If you want to test that out...

 
 
Drive to get more blood stem cell donors in Kolkata

Kolkata, Friday, October 30, 2015

Abhjit Dutt, 58, supply head with a food chain major in Kolkata had no idea about blood stem cell donation until he was told that it could save a life. The Tollygunge resident did not think twice and donated his blood stem cell which was...

 
 
Port Blair may become a weekend getaway

Friday, October 30, 2015

With night landing facilities already in place at the Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair, travel agents in the city are ready to promote Andaman, a popular long-vacation destination, as a weekend...

 
 
Bengal’s Diwali will be the country’s quietest

Kolkata, Friday, October 30, 2015

As the country prepares to rein in the sound demon during the Diwali festivities, here’s an example to follow. Bengal, this time, is all set to celebrate the nation’s quietest Diwali. Though a recent Supreme Court verdict has capped the decibel level of firecrackers at 125 decibels, the state pollution control board has capped the noise level at 90 decibels. This is after the eastern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave a freehand to the state pollution control board to set the noise ceiling in West Bengal....

 
 
Bengal's exotic, gourmet delights on offer at food fest

Kolkata, Friday, October 30, 2015

A one-of-a-kind food festival organised by the West Bengal government kicked-off here on Friday to promote the state's exotic and gourmet food products and showcase traditional Bengali recipes....

 
 
CII in pact with Bengal govt to build 4 smart cities

Kolkata, Friday, October 30, 2015

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) today sealed an agreement with the West Bengal government to build four smart cities in the state. ...

 
 
Earthquake jolts India's NE & parts of Bangladesh

Friday, October 30, 2015

An earthquake of slight intensity jolted India's north-eastern states and parts of Bangladesh in the early hours of Friday, an official said....

 
 
Tallest Durga Idol to be Kolkata's new landmark

Kolkata, Friday, October 30, 2015

Now that Durga Puja is over, what does one do with the world's tallest idol of Goddess Durga, the one that caused a near stampede at Deshapriya Park in south Kolkata and had to be shut to public? Well, the government has been persuaded to come to the rescue, it seems. The idol will be turned into a new landmark in the city and a hunt is on for a suitable location. The solution is a bonanza for the idol's sponsors who spent Rs. 6 crore to build and advertise it. ...

 
 
OnePlus X launched in India starting Rs16999

Friday, October 30, 2015

OnePlus has finally announced its new smartphone – the OnePlus X in India. OnePlus announced two variants of its smartphone – Onyx and Ceramic – priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 22,999, respectively....

 
 
Zuckerberg talks Net Neutrality with MPs

Delhi, Friday, October 30, 2015

Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg Thursday hosted a luncheon meeting with political and industry leaders to discuss various matters, including the controversial issue of net neutrality and zero-rating. Those present at the meeting included DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant, Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT Chairman Anurag Thakur, Department of Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O' Brien, Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar and FICCI Secretary General A Didar Singh....

 
 
Pak earthquake: Relief operations continue

Islamabad , Friday, October 30, 2015

Relief operation are in full swing in areas of Pakistan which were hit by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Monday, Radio Pakistan reported on Friday. On the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, relief goods have been airdropped in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's upper Kohistan valleys....

 
 
China scrapping one-child rule

Beijing, Friday, October 30, 2015

For all the historical significance of China’s decision to abandon its one-child policy, the move risks falling well short of reversing a trend that threatens to throttle economic growth....

 
 
Firstsource growth strategy

Kolkata, Thursday, October 29, 2015

Firstsource Solutions Limited, a provider of business process management services, is eyeing e-commerce companies to handle their BPO operations. "We have won a contract from a top Indian e-commerce company to provide inbound...

 
 
Didi begins early for polls, stings PM with tweets

Kolkata, Thursday, October 29, 2015

Over the past one month or so, Mamata Banerjee has been consciously criticizing the Narendra Modi regime through a series of tweets. On Wednesday, at a meeting if party functionaries, the Trinamool chief went a step further — she slammed the Prime Minister, holding Narendra Modi responsible for the wave of intolerance sweeping the nation....

 
 
Mamata accuses Modi govt of non-cooperation

Kolkata, Thursday, October 29, 2015

Accusing the Centre of non-cooperation with her government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday pointed out that despite repeated demands to rescue West Bengal from the debt trap the Modi government has curtailed funds for various projects....

 
 
Kolkata zoo zooms in on rowdy visitors

Kolkata, Thursday, October 29, 2015

A young man first tries to scale the grille fence and enter the enclosure of Babu, a 31year-old chimpanzee, at Alipore zoo. Though stopped by a security guard, the youth does not give up: He starts tossing fruit and popcorn packets inside the cage, even as Babu disappears into his night shelter, petrified by the youth's antics. ...

 
 
Bengal student elections after assembly polls

Kolkata, Thursday, October 29, 2015

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday announced that elections to the student bodies in state-run universities and colleges would be postponed by about four months and would be held after the assembly elections....

 
 
CM to attend govt events in three northern dists

Siliguri, Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to visit three districts of north Bengal by helicopter and attend government programmes from 2 November, political sources have said. Banerjee will be arriving in the Dooars...

 
 
St Xavier’s to open its library to public next year

Kolkata, Thursday, October 29, 2015

St Xavier's College authorities have decided to open their library to the public in 2016. At a programme, Vision 2020 of St Xavier's College, Father Felix Raj, principal of St Xaviers College, announced the decision to...

 
 
Gourmet carnival for Kolkata foodies this weekend

Kolkata, Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Milon Mela grounds will this weekend host a food carnival the likes of which has not been seen in Bengal. An array of dishes, including forgotten ones, fusion food and new-age food, apart from shows...

 
 
Landmark film on K2 to be screened in Kolkata

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mountaineers, photographers and cine buffs in Kolkata will get a treat this Friday. The Himalayan Club, Kolkata Section, in collaboration with the Italian Consulate, will screen a film by renowned mountaineer and...

 
 
J&K: Mastermind of Udhampur attack killed

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba terror group on Thursday suffered a setback when its top commander Abu Qasim, wanted in many terror strikes including this year's Udhampur attack on the BSF, was killed at a village...

 
 
Online university for refugees launched in Germany

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The first online university for refugees, which offers them a free higher education wherever they are in the world, has launched in Germany. Kiron University says all students need is a computer and an internet connection. For those...

 
 
Ham radio operators to help Afghan quake-affected

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

After playing a significant role in the rescue operations during the devastating earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, a group of ham radio operators from West Bengal is all set to fly to Afghanistan to provide a similar...

 
 
Vodafone to roll out 4G services in Dec

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vodafone on Wednesday announced that it will launch its 4G services in the city by the end of this year. "Having launched 4G services in several countries, Vodafone has the requisite expertise and...

 
 
Cops, IT firms join hands to check traffic chaos

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Bidhannagar traffic police have suggested a host of measures to tackle the growing traffic menace at the IT hub of Bengal - Sector V. In a meeting conducted before the pujas with top IT companies, - and the follow up of which was ...

 
 
Voice of girl child vrooms across India

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

When you desire a son because he will keep the family name alive, look at it scientifically. In terms of heredity, it's not the family name that continues, it's the genes. And parents pass on their genes as much to a daughter...

 
 
Friends relive Dhoni innings in reel life

Kharagpur, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sourav Karmakar and Nilay Bera have landed roles in a big Bollywood film, although neither has any pretensions to acting talent. Sourav is a cop who has never faced the camera while friend Nilay is a cricket coach for whom...

 
 
Bihar: 20% polling recorded till 11 am

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Polling for the 50 Assembly seats in Bihar in the crucial third phase election began at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Prominent candidates include two sons of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, contesting from Raghopur and Mahua...

 
 
US signals shift in Syria-Iraq campaign ag IS

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The US has indicated a shift in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, including the use of direct ground raids. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said there would also be more air strikes against "high-value...

 
 
Salt Lake's smart move

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Salt Lake is set to make a record this Saturday when a 10-km-long canvas will be put up in the township, where residents can write, draw or sketch their ideas on how the township could be developed into a smart...

 
 
Tallest Durga idol will soon find a display venue

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

There is a good news for those who missed out on the opportunity to view the 88-ft fiber glass Durga. They may get to see the tallest idol either at Eco Park, Rabindra Sarobor, Nicco Park or at a government allotted place for the next...

 
 
Rare turtles surprise guests at Sarobar

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Seven turtles were sighted at Rabindra Sarobar over the weekend, the first instance that the amphibians have been seen since the artificial lake was dug in Dhakuria in the 1920s. Spotted by birders who regularly do the rounds...

 
 
New party spots add zing to nightlife

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Four new nightclubs have opened doors to the city's party hoppers in the last three months, rekindling hopes of a return to the golden era of Kolkata's nightlife that phased out seven years ago due to a combination of economic...

 
 
Sikkim marathon in November at 16400 ft

Gangtok, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sikkim will host a marathon at an altitude of 16,400ft on November 5. The marathon has been christened the Kanchenjungha Marathon and would be followed by a trek from Yuksom in West...

 
 
State to boost fish production in North Bengal

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

State fisheries department has taken several measures to augment fish production in North Bengal. Mr Chandranath Sinha, minister for state fisheries department said that since fish production in...

 
 
French artist Marko 93 to 'Monulight' Kolkata

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Celebrated French graffiti and light painting artist Marko 93 will lead the city's first 'Monulighting' project with the iconic Prinsep Ghat as his canvas, the organisers said on Tuesday. Monulighting (monumental light painting)...

 
 
Obesity alert: Docs advise on school menu

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Growing concern over obesity in children has prompted the Indian Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons to sound an alarm. On World Obesity Day, city-based doctors have sent out guidelines to schools to put an end to...

 
 
WBCM to meet a Chinese delegation on Nov 5

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has not forgotten the issue of industrial development even though her party is going to face another crucial assembly elections next year. The ruling Trinamool Congress has not yet kicked...

 
 
Srijit to remake 'Rajkahini' in Hindi

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It is official now. National Award winning Bengali director Srijit Mukherji is soon going to make his Bollywood debut. Interestingly, Mukherji will be remaking his latest Bengali period drama ‘Rajkahini’...

 
 
88-feet Durga idol in Limca Book of Records

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

After going down in the history of Durga Puja as the pandal that closed down midway into the festival, the much touted 88 feet Durga idol at Deshapriya Park is adding another first to its lists. The tallest ever Durga idol in the world has now...

 
 
City's oldest synagogue set for renovation

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beth El Synagogue, a nationally protected monument on Pollock Street, is all set to undergo an innovative renovation from December after its foundation was found exceedingly damaged...

 
 
Smart city: BMC to seek public opinion

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

To promote the smart city concept among its residents, the newly formed Bidhnnagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will organise a march and wall painting on 31 October. The residents of the corporation area are being urged to participate...

 
 
Brighter, but better for planet and pocket

Kolkata, Monday, October 26, 2015

The pujas might have been getting glitzier and brighter with each passing year, but the lights that make the pandals glow are actually consuming less energy. A survey of 135 prominent pandals across the city reveals that more...

 
 
Water recycle plan for New Town

Monday, October 26, 2015

The state government wants to optimise the usefulness of rain water harvesting. The state public health engineering (PHE) department has been asked to prepare a concept note within the month as to what steps could...

 
 
The India Story to showcase art, design mix

Kolkata, Monday, October 26, 2015

Around 100 artists from India will showcase the best of art and design practices at The India Story exhibition here beginning on October 29, organisers said on Monday...

 
 
Foreign bloggers, travel writers soak in Durga Puja

Kolkata, Monday, October 26, 2015

They came not knowing what to expect. They returned overwhelmed. Travel writers, bloggers and documentary filmmakers from United States, Canada, France, Spain, Portugal and Argentina who arrived in Kolkata on the eve of Durga Puja experienced all facets...

 
 
City to get 24-hour stroke care centre

Kolkata, Monday, October 26, 2015

The National Neurosciences Centre (NNC) is slated to open a 24-hours primary stroke care centre and to launch an awareness campaign on World Stroke Day on 29 October. NNC, a charitable organisation, which provides...

 
 
Dolls' house at state store

Monday, October 26, 2015

Biswabangla stalls suddenly turned into a Doll's House on Monday. It is not a re-enactment of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's famous play, but assimilation of lost and forgotten art of doll making in Bengal. Biswabangla...

 
 
‘Theatre offers… something to die for’

Kolkata, Monday, October 26, 2015

When actor Pijush Ganguly died early on Sunday morning, the shock reverberated throughout the entertainment world. The actor of films like 'Amodini', 'Goynar Baksho', 'Mohul Bonir Sereng', serials like 'Jolnupur', 'Chokher Tara...

 
 
Shoot starts for film on Dhoni

Kharagpur, Monday, October 26, 2015

Pujas over, Kharagpur town is now agog with action of another kind. A lot of excitement has been generated over a Bollywood film shoot that started on Sunday morning. Kharagpur had been waiting with bated breath for this ever...

 
 
Water recycle plan for New Town

Kolkata, Monday, October 26, 2015

The state government wants to optimise the usefulness of rain water harvesting. The state public health engineering (PHE) department has been asked to prepare a concept note within the month as to what steps could be taken to harvest...

 
 
Chinese in Kolkata eye Mandarin advantage

Kolkata, Monday, October 26, 2015

The city's Chinese are returning to the classroom to learn Mandarin. With the non-Chinese in Kolkata outnumbering the Chinese population in their ability to converse in China's official language, Kolkata's Chinese are taking lessons...

 
 
Desecration row: Punjab DGP shifted

Chandigarh, Monday, October 26, 2015

With the Opposition parties alleging breakdown of law and order in Punjab in the wake of unending protests and unrest over alleged desecration of the holy book Guru Granth Sahib, the Punjab government on Sunday transferred...

 
 
150-year-old bullock fest kicks-off

Dhenkanal, Monday, October 26, 2015

The bullock festival of Bhuban, the largest village here drew huge crowds as man and animal dressed up for the occasion which marks a 150-year-old tradition of owners allowing their bullocks to worship Goddess...

 
 
Afghan security adviser calls for US military backing

Kabul, Monday, October 26, 2015

Al-Qaida has re-established a presence in Afghanistan and the Islamic State group has become a serious threat, the Afghan national security adviser warned, saying the country was in danger of again becoming a safe haven for terrorists and...

 
 
Kolkata’s pandals will wow districts in Kali Puja

Kolkata, Sunday, October 25, 2015

The theme pandals that wowed Kolkata will now be the platform for Jagadhatri Puja and Kali Puja in the districts. From towering images of Chhau to a moving tableau on female foeticide, and a 48-metre-long...

 
 
Chinese delegation to meet Mamata

Kolkata, Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Chinese delegation comprising senior ministers and dignitaries will meet chief minister Mamata Banerjee on 5 November and explore the potential for Chinese investment in the state. Earlier, this year, state industry minister...

 
 
Eastern Naval Command band to perform in city

Kolkata, Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Eastern Naval Command Band, that has regaled audiences across the world, will be performing in the city from Saturday. The band will perform under the baton of Lt Commander Satish K Champion at CC&FC, Tolly Club...

 
 
In Kolkata, smashing the sex barrier

Saturday, October 24, 2015

In 1995, a year after her father’s untimely death, China Pal took over the family’s eight-decade-old idol-making business. This was unheard of. Kumartuli, the north Kolkata colony of around 600 artisans, had never had a woman idol-maker...

 
 
Durga Puja ends with immersion of idols

Kolkata, Saturday, October 24, 2015

Durga Puja, the greatest festival in the Bengali calendar, on Friday ended with immersion of idols on Dashami amidst chants of "aasche bochchor abar hobe" (it will happen again next year). At the onset of dawn, Goddess Durga left for...

 
 
Muharram observed in West Bengal

Kolkata, Saturday, October 24, 2015

Muharram was observed in the city on Saturday with thousands of Muslims took out processions to mark the day. Similar processions in which men carrying black flags and beating their chests in ceremonial...

 
 
WB CM for peace, goodwill on UN Day

Kolkata, Saturday, October 24, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee advocated re-dedication to peace and goodwill on the occasion of United Nations Day on Saturday. "Today on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations let us rededicate ourselves to peace and...

 
 
WB NCC cadets bag second position

Kolkata, Saturday, October 24, 2015

Jubilant NCC cadets of the West Bengal & Sikkim Directorate returned to Kolkata on Saturday after being declared first runners-up at the recently concluded 3rd NCC National Games in the national capital. This meet provide a platform...

 
 
Bigger and better than ever before

Friday, October 23, 2015

Getting to relive youthful days of pandal hopping in Kolkata thanks to my son’s enthusiasm for it, I can’t help but observe that aesthetic standards for Durga Puja have improved drastically. Bengal may be a victim of bad politics, but...

 
 
Bittersweet farewell in festive city

Kolkata, Friday, October 23, 2015

The Puja crowd on Friday morning shifted to sweet shops as Calcuttans went into a mishti-buying frenzy to celebrate Vijaya Dashami. Traditional sweet shops extended their hours and hired more hands to cope with the...

 
 
Kolkata boy to head atomic commission

New Delhi, Friday, October 23, 2015

A 63-year-old engineer who finished school in Calcutta and has spent 40 years in nuclear research, designing reactors, processing reactor wastes or guiding India's nuclear submarine project, is the new chairman of the atomic...

 
 
Kolkata wears festive colours on Durga Puja!

Kolkata , Monday, October 19, 2015

Decked up in their best, residents of West Bengal plunged into festivities and merriment on Monday marking the first day of Durga Puja - the biggest festival in this part of the world. Chants of 'Jai Durga' and 'Bolo Durga Mai Ki Jai' reverberated across the state with every city, small...

 
 
Kolkata: Theme Pujas dominate

Kolkata, Monday, October 19, 2015

This year's Durga Puja pandals are stressing on themes that explore subjects ranging from India's rich heritage to more contemporary women's empowerment, aided by digital 3D mapping technology. At Bosepukur-Talbagan Sarbojonin in south...

 
 
Nadia royal family bears Puja torch since Akbar era

Krishnanagar, Monday, October 19, 2015

Illuminated by earthen lamps and torches (mashals), the idol of Ma Raj Rajeshwari looks resplendent in the Akbar-era Natmandir at the Krishnagar Maharaja's palace. The serenity is suddenly shattered by the town crier's shrill call: "Attention! Agnihotri Bajpeyi Raj...

 
 
105th year for oldest S Dinajpur household Durga puja

Balurghat, Monday, October 19, 2015

Although mega-budget theme-based club Pujas are the highlight of South Dinajpur district, there are over 75 household pujas across the district that require mention with some of them dating back to over a century on their...

 
 
Human blood keeps 250-yr-old Puja legacy alive

Cooch Behar, Monday, October 19, 2015

This Puja is never complete without human blood. Come Ashtami midnight, Shibendra Nath Ray (52) has to perform an unusual ritual behind the closed doors of the nearly five-century old Borodevi Mandir in Cooch Behar. The kings' guards don't...

 
 
A close-knit affair

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hopping inside the already crammed cars to visit the famous Durga Puja pandals in Chittaranjan Park or maybe Kali Bari has been a ritual for many in NCR. Yes they had their “sector” hubs, where local efforts coalesced to recreate the...

 
 
CESC gears up for Durga Puja

Monday, October 19, 2015

Power utility CESC Ltd has received 3,823 applications for temporary power connections during the Durga Puja days, as per a release sent by the company. Last year, it had provided 3,715 temporary...

 
 
Durga puja gets power from pandal-hop

Kolkata, Monday, October 19, 2015

The Jodhpur Park puja committee has decided to give power to the people by actually getting a lot of their power needs fulfilled by them. The organizers plan to generate 75kW electricity through various instruments they have installed, at...

 
 
Sonagachhi puja scripts fightback story

Kolkata, Monday, October 19, 2015

They had ushered in Maa Durga in Sonagachhi a couple of years back but sex workers of the notorious area finally managed to break the shackles this time around. In its third year, they have been successful in bringing the puja out...

 
 
Durga puja goes hi-tech in Varanasi

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Though Durga Puja is an age-old tradition, that has not stopped Puja committees from keeping pace with changing times. The tech-friendly Puja committees in the city now not only have their own websites, but are also using social media...

 
 
Theme puja in third dimension

Klkata, Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bhanu Naskar, an outreach worker of the transgender community was always involved in organizing the Durga Puja of Udyami Club at Joy Mitra Lane - tucked deep inside the criss-crossing alleys of north Kolkata. But, she had a dream. Bhanu...

 
 
Maniktalla Chaltabagan Puja goes green

Kolkata, Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stepping into its 73rd year, Manicktalla Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja this year conveyed a strong environment-friendly message by using bio-degradable materials like coconut shells to decorate the...

 
 
Sepoy mutiny Puja calls for heritage tag

Howrah, Sunday, October 18, 2015

The historic Salkia Barowari Durgotsav, first held by rebel soldiers of the sepoy mutiny of 1857 and their civilian helpers, retains its traditional essence as it turns 143 this year. Historical evidence suggests that this is the first community or...

 
 
Mumbai: Bengal Club’s Navdurga avataar for Navratri

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Bengal Club — celebrating its 80th anniversary this year — will be showcasing nine different avatars of Goddess Durga for Durga Puja. Other than this, all rituals will be carried out in a traditional manner so that people can get a feel of how...

 
 
It’s more traditional in Mumbai, say Bengal sculptors

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Amit Pal is busy giving finishing touches to a sculpture ahead of the Durga Puja celebrations organised by the Bengal Club at Shivaji Park. The exquisite sculpture is a collage of idols of Goddess Durga, Ganpati, Kartik and demon king...

 
 
Push for digital drive in Bengal

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Webel, the nodal state body for development of IT and electronics, will form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with a central public sector unit to implement the ambitious National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) mission in...

 
 
New app with cop link, SOS button

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Following the footsteps of Kolkata police, Bidhannagar Police too has launched its own android based app days before Bengali's biggest festival - the Durga Puja - sets in. However, the similarity ends there. While the Kolkata police app...

 
 
Addl floor area ratio to green buildings

Kolkata, Sunday, October 18, 2015

In an attempt to promote green buildings and reduce carbon emission, the West Bengal government has issued a notification granting 10 per cent additional floor area ratio to the buildings that have green...

 
 
Kolkata catches up with wellness tourism

Kolkata, Sunday, October 18, 2015

In a dim-lit room, heavy with the smell of herbs and oil, a man was chanting 'Om Namo Bhagavate Maha Sudarshan Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye' — a prayer for lord Dhanvantary, the God of Ayurveda. The preparations for a...

 
 
Kolkata protests jail for Iranian director

Kolkata, Sunday, October 18, 2015

Movie buffs across the world have strongly reacted to the news of Iranian film-maker Keywan Karimi being sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes for his recent project Writing on the City...

 
 
Law grad’s Durga Puja draws patrons from US

Kolkata, Saturday, October 17, 2015

Named after Halley's Comet, and much like it, 29-year-old law graduate Halley Goswami is very different from men his age. After passing law from South Calcutta Law College in 2009, he didn't don the black gown. Instead, he developed interest...

 
 
24x7 trains during Pujas

Kolkata, Saturday, October 17, 2015

Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway have decided to run suburban trains throughout the night during Durga Puja days. Metro Railway earlier announced night services for the festival. Starting from Sasthi, suburban train services...

 
 
Festive menu on flights, trains

Kolkata, Saturday, October 17, 2015

The flavours of Durga Puja will transcend boundaries and spread to the skies, and on trains, this year. While Air India and SpiceJet have lined up a special Bengali spread during the festival, IRCTC has tweaked the regular menu on the Howrah...

 
 
Exotic sweets back on shelves after decades

Kolkata, Saturday, October 17, 2015

While pandals are experimenting with themes, it's that time of the year when sweet makers are also trying out fancy ideas. Last minute "taste" run of new-smacking puja goodies is on at Bancharam, Balaram Mullick, Bhim...

 
 
China takes Bengal route

Kolkata, Saturday, October 17, 2015

A Chinese PSU is coming up with a bus manufacturing unit in Bengal Aerotropolis airport city project at Andal in Burdwan. The standing committee of the Cabinet on industry, infrastructure and employment cleared the unit on...

 
 
Vyapam Scam: Retired IFS officer found dead in Odisha

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bahadur was travelling to Bhopal from Puri with his wife Nita Singh by the Puri-Jodhpur Express. The Hindustan times quoted a Railway police official saying prima facie Bahadur’s death was likely due to a fall from the moving train. The officials are...

 
 
Apple told to pay for using BITS graduates' technology

Washington, Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tech giant Apple has been told to pay $234 million to the intellectual property arm of Wisconsin University, Madison, for using without permission patented technology developed by its team, including two Indian-American...

 
 
Hungary seals off southern border to refugees

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hungary has declared its southern border with Croatia closed to what it calls "illegal migrants", diverting them into tiny Slovenia in a measure of Europe's disjointed response to the flow of people reaching its shores in flight from war...

 
 
Film on Durga Puja an online hit

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

As the Durga Puja celebrations kicks off in West Bengal, a short film on searching for one's own roots through the gastronomical route during the festival is catching eyeballs on YouTube. Directed by National Award winning filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, "Debi" is a thirteen...

 
 
Bengal to launch 200 water ATMs

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

As many as 200 'water ATMs' or water vending machines will be set up across the city and its suburbs starting this Durga puja, a minister said on Friday. Panchayat and Public Health Engineering Department Minister Subrata Mukherjee on Thursday...

 
 
Rs 20 crore riding on Tolly’s Puja releases

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

There isn't a single Bollywood movie release this Friday. But for the first time in Tollywood, jostling for space at the box office are seven Bengali movies ('Rajkahini', 'Byomkesh Bakshi', 'Cross Connection 2', 'Shudhu Tomari Jonnyo'...

 
 
Bengal man pursues PhD on Mamata

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may have courted controversy over her claims of a PhD degree, but she is now the subject of a thesis by a man who, impressed by her leadership, is pursing a doctorate on...

 
 
Festive treats aplenty for those who need a hand

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

The city of joy is also a city with a heart. And what better occasion than Bengal's biggest festival Durga puja to show that the city cares for the have-nots. Corporate houses, youth groups and other volunteer organisations are reaching out to the...

 
 
Film on Durga Puja an online hit

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

As the Durga Puja celebrations kicks off in West Bengal, a short film on searching for one's own roots through the gastronomical route during the festival is catching eyeballs on YouTube. Directed by National Award winning filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, "Debi" is a thirteen...

 
 
African nation issues stamp on Durga

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

Reflecting an international interest in the Indian festival of Navratri and Durga Puja, an African island nation on Thursday issued a special stamp on Goddess Durga. Adorned with special features like velvet effect and Swarovski element, the limited edition...

 
 
Coastal security gets a boost with hi-tech Anmol

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

Coastal security in the Eastern region receives a boost after the Indian Coast Guard commissioned an indigenously built ship into service in Kolkata on Thursday. Anmol, a 50-metre-long Fast Patrol Vessel, which can gain a speed of 33-35 knots an hour, will carry...

 
 
Ice rink at Kolkata's New Town

Kolkata, Friday, October 16, 2015

This puja, the city is going to get an ice skating rink at Rajarhat New Town. The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has started developing an ice skating rink at the township next to Eco Park with the help...

 
 
SC verdict on NJAC 'blow' to Centre: AAP

New Delhi, Friday, October 16, 2015

Aam Aadmi Party today welcomed the Supreme Court verdict holding National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) as unconstitutional, terming the decision as a "great blow" to NDA government which had...

 
 
Iraqi forces ramp up fight against ISIL

Friday, October 16, 2015

Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group on separate fronts, ramping up operations to retake Baiji and Ramadi, two of the conflict's worst flashpoints. The Baiji area has seen almost uninterrupted...

 
 
Puja at yesterday's port of call keeps tradition

Raiganj, Thursday, October 15, 2015

For years, Durga puja organisers have been trying to outdo each other as far as themes, lighting and décor are concerned during the festive season, but the oldest puja here has chosen to cling to the tradition...

 
 
78-yr-old Puja starts on first day of Navratri

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Durga Puja began at Kashi Bose Lane in right earnest on Tuesday with half a dozen priests reciting Chandi Path and offering prayers to the goddess. Unlike other community or baroari pujas where the ceremonies begin on Sashti evening...

 
 
9 days of pandal hopping in Kolkata

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The pundits might still be debating whether this Durga Puja lasts three days or four, but for revelers and organizers it's the longest puja in a decade. With Chaturthi and Saptami on Saturday and Sunday, most big puja pandals...

 
 
Special trains for Durga Puja

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

To cope with the expected rush of passengers during Durga Puja, Eastern Railway will run 14 pairs of special suburban trains in different sections of Sealdah andHowrah divisions. In Sealdah division, 10 pairs of special...

 
 
Metro Railway launches mobile app

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Metro Railway on Tuesday launched a mobile application using which passengers can get information related to train timings, nearest stations, route map and other details. Metro railway has also introduced 4G services...

 
 
Theme-based townships to receive IT boost

Bengaluru, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Mamata Banerjee government's plans for six theme-based greenfield townships received a welcome boost as finance and industries minister Amit Mitra met technology biggies at the IT capital of India and chalked out a formula...

 
 
India calls for global efforts to empower women

United Nations, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

India has called for the international community to strengthen political and financial commitments to ensure a life of dignity for all women who bear a disproportionate burden of poverty...

 
 
Israeli troops start deploying in cities after attacks

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Israeli government has ordered the deployment of hundreds of soldiers to cities across the country to help police combat a rise in stabbing attacks. The army deployed six companies on Wednesday to the country's urban areas, two weeks...

 
 
Arambagh family stay true to tradition

Arambagh, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Chakraborty family of Paharpur village in Arambagh carry on their 630- year-old traditional rituals of Durga Puja till on Monday. The Panchamundi Assan (or the altar raised on five skulls), on which the deity is placed...

 
 
Kol: Metro to run record 738 services during Durga Puja

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Metro will run a record 738 services during Pujas this year. Services will start from 1.40 pm on October 20, 21 and 22 and continue till 4 am on October 21, 22 and 23. On October 23, services will start at 1.40 pm and continue...

 
 
Durga Puja shoppers make a beeline at malls

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

With the biggest festival of Bengal only about a week away, shoppers have been thronging malls and market places in Kolkata. Despite Tuesday being a weekday, shops in different malls saw a surge in footfall. The next few...

 
 
Joint excercise underscore India’s act

Beijing, Monday, October 12, 2015

India’s attempt to keep China engaged in a military-cooperation cycle while it bolters defence ties with the United States and Japan is becoming strikingly illustrated this week when it begins counter-terror drills in Kunming, as well as the Malabar-2015 naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal....

 
 
Crowd swell at shopping hubs

Kolkata, Monday, October 12, 2015

Traditional shopping hubs like New Market and Gariahat seemed to burst at the seams on Sunday as Calcuttans stepped out in strength to shop on the last weekend before the Puja....

 
 
Pele sends football-crazy Kolkata into a tizzy

Kolkata, Monday, October 12, 2015

Arguably the greatest player of all time, Pele took the football-crazy city by storm as thousands lined up outside the airport and along the road to catch a glimpse of him. The welcome was thunderous even by Kolkata’s standards, which has given a warm welcome to everyone, including Diego Maradona in 2008. ...

 
 
India’s 1st live crowd funding event in Kolkata

Kolkata, Monday, October 12, 2015

The country’s first live crowd funding event was witnessed at Kolkata on a cruise on river Ganga last evening. The unique concept of live crowd funding was conceptualised by Nasscom’s 10K Startups partnering with crowd funding platform—Catapoolt and payment gateway major Payumoney....

 
 
Mahishasur Mardini Still enthrals Bengali community

Jamshedpur, Monday, October 12, 2015

In the chilly pre-dawn hour of the auspicious Amavasya (a new moon day of Ashwin Krishnapakshya – sixth month according to the Hindu calendar), when most of the Hindu-followers prepares to take holy dip in the river Ganges or other water bodies in their locality, followed by a rituals of Pitru-Tarpan to appease the departed soul of their ancestors’; the sound of a most popular radio programme Mahishasur Mardini comes from the nearby houses of the Bengali community of the locality....

 
 
Indian-Americans asked to invest in education in India

Wishington, Monday, October 12, 2015

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam would like fellow Indian-Americans to make a strategic investment in education in India as it is the great equaliser and opportunity creator. "Supporting educational institutions is one of our highest priorities because education is the key to opportunity and the bridge to the future," he said during the Second American Bazaar Philanthropy Dialogue and Dinner, organised by an ethnic publication here....

 
 
Belarus re-elects 'last dictator in Europe' for fifth term

Minsk, Monday, October 12, 2015

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko won a fifth term in office by a landslide on Sunday in an election that could see an easing of relations with the West and raise questions about his ties to Vladimir Putin's Russia....

 
 
Russian police foil terror attack planned on Moscow

Moscow, Monday, October 12, 2015

Russian police have arrested a group of people they said were planning a terror attack on Moscow, the country's anti-terrorism committee have said, without giving details about the group's motives....

 
 
Palestine welcomes 'historic visit' by Prez Mukherjee

New Delhi, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Palestine has welcomed the upcoming visit of India's President Pranab Mukherjee to that country on 12-13 October, and termed it "historic". Mukherjee will pay the first ever state visit to Palestine at the invitation of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas. ...

 
 
Antara observes World Mental Health Day

Kolkata, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Psychiatric and rehabilitation centre Antara on Saturday organized its 45th foundation day and World Mental Health Day in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal....

 
 
Pele arrives in Kolkata to rousing welcome

Kolkata, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Frenzied scenes were witnessed in Kolkata when the 'king of football' Pele landed in the 'City of Joy' after 38 years as the 74-year-old Brazilian turned emotional and stood on the floor of his SUV to wave at the crowd, who kept...

 
 
The metamorphosis Pele will see

Kolkata, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Thirty-eight autumns ago, Edson Arantes do Nascimento had landed at the Dum Dum airport to a tumultuous welcome and driven through frenzied crowds to the Calcutta hotel he stayed in. The football legend, known popularly as Pele...

 
 
Reviving an 800-yr-old art

Kolkata, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Among the stories of torture, loot and oppression that the British left behind for us, one of the most common is that of how the thumbs of muslin weavers from Bengal were chopped off to wipe out the ancient art form from...

 
 
Non-vegetarian food is quite a way of life

Kolkata, Sunday, October 11, 2015

In the office space situated on the top floor of his restaurant, chef Joy Banerjee explains why his passion for traditional Bengali cuisine is a demanding one. "Bengali food is not commercially viable," says the bald-pated chef...

 
 
Dadri Hindus help in Muslim girl’s wedding

Dadri, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Shaken by the beef lynching episode, the troubled Bishada village in the district is agog with activity on Sunday with Hindus joining their Muslim brethren in making preparations for the wedding of two girls belonging to the...

 
 
BARC, IIEST discuss tie-up in education, research

Kolkata, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology-Shibpur are in talks to start courses on nuclear science and initiate research collaborations in food preservation...

 
 
JAAAGO festival

Kolkata, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Puja celebration is set to start early this festive season with a carnival of music and creativity. Kidutsav - doodlers JAAAGO workshop promises exciting talent hunts, a kala angan (arts arena) for visual and performing arts training...

 
 
Printed words still a rage, say eminent Bengali authors

Kolkata, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Printed words are still a rage among the younger generations despite being in the age of digital media, eminent litterateurs said during the inauguration of the country's first Bengali literary festival here on...

 
 
Eminent publisher passes away

Kolkata, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Eminent publisher Dwijendranath Basu, popularly known as Badal Basu, died of cancer here on Saturday. Badal Basu, who was the GM of leading publishing house Ananda Publishers of the ABP group...

 
 
Saudi crush was deadliest Hajj tragedy ever

Dubai, Saturday, October 10, 2015

United Arab Emirates - One survivor of last month's crush and stampede at the hajj in Saudi Arabia recalled seeing so many bodies that he couldn't tell how many there were. ...

 
 
Football legend Pele to enthrall Kolkata

Kolkata, Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Grand Old Lady is yet to wake up to receive her famous visitor - the prince of world football. Edison Arantes Do Nazimento known popularly as Pele will land in Kolkata on Sunday but the Grand Old Lady among cities is still slumbering, to wake up to the last minute excitement....

 
 
Mamata plans to build country’s longest flyover

Kolkata, Saturday, October 10, 2015

On a day Bengal got its longest flyover connecting Park Circus with Parama Island, chief minister Mamata Banerjee vowed to go one better and mooted the country’s longest flyover linking Batanagar to Joka and Garia and spanning more than 30 km....

 
 
Pressure on Dhoni ahead of Proteas series

Kanpur, Saturday, October 10, 2015

South Africa hope to build on their Twenty20 success in India by winning the one-day series starting Sunday as rival skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni prepared to douse the fire around him. The Proteas made a solid start to their 10-week Indian tour by winning both the first two T20 internationals before Thursday's final match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata was washed out. ...

 
 
Happy Birthday Rekha: 10 iconic roles of the diva

Mumbai, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Often referred to as the ultimate Bollywood diva, Rekha has ruled the hearts of many and continues to do so. With her power-packed performances wrapped in her angelic beauty, not only did Rekha win numerous awards, but also was accoladed as one of the best actors India has ever seen. The legendary actress turns 61 today and as a tribute to this timeless talent and ageless beauty, we have compiled a list of her most iconic roles. Have a look....

 
 
Facebook's 'Like' button set to get more emotive

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Facebook's trademark "Like" button is set to get more expressive. The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of "Reactions", which will allow users to express a range of emotions including love, happiness, anger and sadness....

 
 
Sushil Koirala resigns as Nepal PM

Katmandu, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Saturday resigned even as Parliament prepares to elect a new premier tomorrow after parties failed to forge a consensus amid continued protests and blockade of a key border trade point with India over the country's new Constitution....

 
 
India’s 1st dolphin community reserve coming up

Kolkata, Friday, October 9, 2015

To protect the endangered Gangetic river dolphins, West Bengal will soon have the country’s first community reserve for the mammal. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the State Wildlife Board yesterday....

 
 
Andrew Yule opens tea lounge in Kolkata

Kolkata, Friday, October 9, 2015

Andrew Yule & Co – that owns 15 tea gardens in West Bengal and Assam – inaugurated its model tea garden and tea lounge (for serving tea) at Eco Park, New Town, on the northern fringes of the city today....

 
 
'Biggest' Durga idol vies for supremacy in Bengal

Kolkata, Friday, October 9, 2015

With not even a fortnight left for the Durga Puja festivities to begin, a puja committee in South Kolkata claims to be putting up the tallest Durga idol in the world for which it had initiated a teaser advertisement months in advance. ...

 
 
Japanese language contest in Kolkata on Sat

Kolkata, Friday, October 9, 2015

The 28th Japanese language speech contest of eastern India will be held at Kalakunj Auditorium in Kolkata on October 10. Forty one students from various institutes will be participating in the contest which will be...

 
 
Raising a toast to the legend

Kolkata, Friday, October 9, 2015

A star hotel where Brazilian soccer superstar Pele will stay during his three-day visit to the city has lined up a set of special cocktails to toast the legend. "It is a privilege to have the King of Jogo Bonito to stay with us at Taj Bengal. We have...

 
 
Two Indians detained in Saudi Arabia for terror links

Bengaluru, Friday, October 9, 2015

Two Indian nationals wanted in connection with terrorism cases in India have been detained in Saudi Arabia and may be deported over the next few weeks. The detainees have been identified as Abu Sufiyan alias Asadullah...

 
 
Govt fights for Indian worker in Saudi Arabia

Chennai/New Delhi, Friday, October 9, 2015

A 55-year-old Indian woman allegedly had her hand chopped off by her Saudi employer after she complained about work conditions, prompting India on Friday to demand strict action by Saudi Arabia on the “unacceptable”...

 
 
Supreme Court rejects death for Nitish Katara killers

New Delhi, Friday, October 9, 2015

Nitish Katara's killers Vikas and Vishal Yadav will not be given the death penalty, the Supreme Court ruled today saying the 2002 murder was not an honour killing and could not be called a rarest of...

 
 
Pepsi to withdraw IPL sponsorship: Report

Friday, October 9, 2015

Global beverage giant PepsiCo has reportedly informed the BCCI that it does not want to continue to sponsor the controversy-hit Indian Premier League (IPL), according to The Indian Express...

 
 
Vulnerable nations launch 'V20' to fight climate change

Lima, Friday, October 9, 2015

Finance ministers from 20 of the countries most vulnerable to climate change launched the "V20" group Thursday to pool resources for their fight against the impact of global warming...

 
 
Caught! One of Africa's most notorious smugglers

Nairobi, Friday, October 9, 2015

They call her the Queen of Ivory - a 66-year-old Chinese woman who became famous for her role in Africa's illegal wildlife trade. Over 15 years, she helped smuggle more than 700 elephant tusks out of Africa, officials...

 
 
Nepal airlifts 66 tonnes of ATF from Kol

Kathmandu, Thursday, October 8, 2015

Faced with an acute shortage of aviation fuel, Nepal today airlifted 66 tonnes of the jet fuel from Kolkata to replenish its depleted reserves amid worries that the continued blockade by protesting Madhesis in the southern plains could...

 
 
Rahman, Ganguly to join Pele in Kolkata

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Brazilian football great Pele will be joined by Academy and Grammy award-winning Indian musician AR Rahman during his three-day sojourn in Kolkata, organisers said here today. Tournament schedule...

 
 
Transgenders roped in to judge top Durga Pujas

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Carrying forward the state government’s efforts to bring the city’s transgender population into the mainstream, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has planned to rope in representatives from this community...

 
 
Rare postage stamps at philatelic exhibition

Kolkata, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The first-ever postage stamp released in 1854 and some other rare stamps will be displayed at a state-level philatelic exhibition to be hosted in the city from October 9. India Post-West Bengal circle will host the exhibition, which will showcase the stamps in...

 
 
Sourav Ganguly to be CAB chief on Oct 15

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president designate Sourav Ganguly will formally be elected as its chief at their special general meeting on October 15. The former India captain on Monday did the formality of tendering his resignation from CAB...

 
 
Bihar poll papers reveal defaulting candidates

Patna, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Election Commission may have resolved to curb the use of black money during the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, but a recent report reveals that many candidates have failed to even disclose mandatory...

 
 
FBI foils plots to sell nuclear material to IS

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gangs of smugglers have tried to sell highly-radioactive material to Islamic State militants, an investigation has found. Authorities working with the FBI have foiled four plots in the last five years involving groups...

 
 
Mamata meets Bhutan king, discusses medical tourism

Thimpu, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee -- who is on a four-day visit to Bhutan -- on Tuesday met King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and discussed various ways of mutual collaboration including medical...

 
 
Bengali literary fest in Kolkata on Saturday

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

India's first Bengali literary festival to be held here on Saturday (October 10) will bring together litterateurs from West Bengal and Bangladesh, the organisers said on Tuesday. Curated by the Oxford Bookstores in association...

 
 
Puja organisers opt for discarded coconut shells

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To spread the message of sustainable development, organisers of a Durga puja here are using discarded coconut shells to deck up a marquee. At the Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga puja at Manicktala in north Kolkata, the pandal will be...

 
 
Rich variety livens up Himalayan eco-haul

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

For fairy-tale lovers, WWF’s latest report, ‘Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland’ might prove a veritable delight. According to the report that released on Monday (World Habitat Day), the Eastern Himalayas (Arunachal...

 
 
Kali O Kalam launched in Kolkata

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bangladesh's popular art and literary magazine “Kali O Kalam” started its journey from Kolkata recently. The magazine, which is in its 12th year of publication in Bangladesh, will regularly be published from Kolkata as well...

 
 
Kolkata slum kids battle it out for ‘World Cup’ berth

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

If things go according to plans, underprivileged kids from over 68 countries will converge in the city to play football in 2016. The world cup soccer tournament for underprivileged kids, organised by the Scotland based foundation...

 
 
Global writers would get to see Durga Puja

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Writers, bloggers and columnists from leading travel journals in Europe and North America will be in Kolkata this October to experience Durga Puja. Though celebrated by non-resident Bengalis in cities across the world, not only is it unknown...

 
 
Serampore Danish tavern to be restored

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Restoration work on a riverside tavern in former Danish colony Serampore that has been lying in ruins for decades will begin on Tuesday. The Rs 2.5 crore restoration and adaptive reuse project is being funded by the National...

 
 
Former NTPC chief appointed head of WB’s RPSC

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Former NTPC Chairman Arup Roy Choudhury was on Tuesday appointed first Chief Commissioner of the West Bengal Right to Public Service Commission, a body that is to stipulate time limits for providing...

 
 
Now, spot your bus on mobile and hop into it

Kolkata, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Locate your bus in the cozy comfort of home and prepare to hop onto it. The Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) is now in the process of developing an apps quite like that of Uber or Ola cab service. The apps will be...

 
 
India tops Asia in sending scientists, engineers to US

Washington, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

India is the top country of birth among Asian countries for immigrant scientists and engineers in US, with 950,000 out of the continent's total 2.96 million, according to a new report. India's 2013 figure represented an 85 per...

 
 
Hrithik Roshan to teach 'World's Largest Lesson'

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The actor has joined other celebrities to invite young students to use their superpower to help protect our planet and achieve the global goals' mission to end poverty and inequality. The World's Largest Lesson aims to teach...

 
 
Syria: Cam captures Russian jet dropping bombs

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A GoPro camera captures in fine detail Russian jets dropping bombs to weaken anti-government forces in Syria’s bloody civil war. The cameras, used mostly in high-energy action sequences, can be attached...

 
 
Selfie with live exotic birds at pandal

Kolkata, Monday, October 5, 2015

While Durga Puja pandals look for unique ways to attract people, one of them has decided to offers pandal-hoppers a slice of African Safari with a selfie enclosure where one can click photographs with rare and exotic...

 
 
OROP drive gets 1 mn calls, SMSes support

New Delhi, Monday, October 5, 2015

As the protest by veterans over One Rank One Pension (OROP) entered its 113th day on Monday, a support campaign started by the ex-servicemen received over a million missed calls and smses within hours, the...

 
 
EU fin mins approve Greek 'to-do' list

Monday, October 5, 2015

Eurozone finance ministers have agreed on a laundry list of reforms to be implemented swiftly by Greece in order to unlock a slice of its huge $96bn bailout. Greece heads to polls after bruising year for Tsipras...

 
 
5-day Bhutan visit: Mamata to attend conclave

Kolkata, Monday, October 5, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday left for five-day visit to Bhutan, where she will hold talks with the leadership and attend a business conclave. Banerjee is accompanied by West Bengal Housing Minister and in-charge of Sports Arup...

 
 
‘Declassify Netaji Files’: Demand in Pujas abroad

Kolkata, Monday, October 5, 2015

The demand for declassification of Netaji files will travel abroad and feature alongside cultural programs this Durga puja. More than half-a-dozen sessions on the issue have been planned by puja organizers across...

 
 
Sticking to tradition in times of themes

Kolkata, Monday, October 5, 2015

At a time when being "big" can bring you the biggest crowd, there are some artists at Kumartuli, who quietly follow tradition. They refuse to flow with the tide that is sold on themes, simply because these erode the...

 
 
Satyajit Ray's 'Apu Trilogy' in top 5

Busan, Monday, October 5, 2015

Celebrated filmmaker Satyajit Ray's 'The Apu Trilogy' is among the top five greatest Asian films of all-time, it was announced at the Busan International Film Festival here. The Busan International Film Festival is...

 
 
J&K: 3 jawans, 1 militant killed in Kupwara

Srinagar, Monday, October 5, 2015

Three Army men and a militant were killed on Monday in an encounter in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Army said that two operations were launched in Hafruda forests and Kursun Lolab after receiving information...

 
 
Use voice analysis to check fraud: CBI to banks

Mumbai, Monday, October 5, 2015

Following the recent case where the chairman of a Mumbai-based private firm was booked in a Rs 231-crore cheating case, a senior CBI officer has suggested that bankers make use of voice analysis technology to identify...

 
 
ISIS destroys ancient Palmyra arch

Monday, October 5, 2015

ISIS militants have destroyed the iconic Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, the latest cultural treasure of the ancient site that they have reduced to rubble, Syrian authorities said. The 1,800-year-old monumental arch...

 
 
Another feather in energy experts' cap

Kolkata, Sunday, October 4, 2015

City based Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy headed by solar power expert S.P Gon Chaudhuri and Ashden India has been selected by a German climate and energy funding institute to take up the country's...

 
 
Bengal youth science fair to begin on Sunday

Kolkata, Sunday, October 4, 2015

The West Bengal State Student Youth Science Fair will be held from October 4 to 6 with an aim to create interest in science education and foster innovation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on...

 
 
WB: Tourism industry pins high hope on Durga Puja

Kolkata, Sunday, October 4, 2015

Like previous three years, the number of tourists visiting West Bengal during Durga Puja festival has seen a significant increase, going by the bookings made by private tour operators and...

 
 
Arsalan plans outlets in the districts

Kolkata, Sunday, October 4, 2015

Famous Biriyani makers from Kolkata, Arsalan, is planning to spread its wings beyond city boundaries to the districts. With three more branches set to be inaugurated in the city before the biggest festival of the...

 
 
Postiga dazzles in Kolkata win

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Much like the inaugural season, Atletico de Kolkata kicked-off their campign in the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL) with a thumping 3-2 win over Chennaiyin FC in the opening game here at the Jawaharlal...

 
 
Verbal violence takes Bihar campaign to new lows

Patna/Gaya, Sunday, October 4, 2015

With BJP chief Amit Shah calling Lalu, 'Chara Chor' (fodder thief) and Lalu hitting back with 'Nar Bakchi' (man eater), the campaign ahead of the Bihar Assembly election is almost daily dipping to...

 
 
UK seeks time on Netaji files

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The United Kingdom has sought more time to decide whether to declassify the secret files in its possession on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, his family said on Sunday. Bose's family had recently approached British authorities demanding making public all the...

 
 
Special counters to sell onions at Rs 45 per kg

Kolkata, Saturday, October 3, 2015

The state agriculture marketing department is going to sell onion at Rs.45 per kilogram from its counters before Durga Puja. Arup Roy, state agriculture minister, said that the state government has been able to get...

 
 
A daredevil diver from Bengal

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Haridas Kundu is a soft-spoken man, who mastered initial lessons in swimming at a village pond in Kalyangarh, West Bengal. "We had lots of fun along with friends learning swimming in the pond. I was in Class-III then and we...

 
 
Slice of Kolkata with coffee

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Dichotomous is perhaps the best epithet to describe the city of Kolkata, especially for an outsider. A city that abounds with colonial heritage, offering some of the best architectural and design marvels in the country...

 
 
Air strike kills MSF medical staff in Afghanistan

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said at least 16 people, including nine of its staff, have been killed in an overnight bombing of a hospital in the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz. Among the fatalities in the early...

 
 
Special counters to sell onions at Rs 45 per kg

Kolkata, Saturday, October 3, 2015

The state agriculture marketing department is going to sell onion at Rs.45 per kilogram from its counters before Durga Puja...

 
 
West Bengal may get dolphin reserve

Kolkata, Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Ganges river dolphin — India's national aquatic animal — is set to get more protection in Bengal. The stretch of river Hooghly between Malda and Sagar is likely to be developed as a dolphin community reserve...

 
 
Jumbo love

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hastir Kanya Hastir Kanya/ Bamoner Nari/ Mathai Niya Kam Kalasio/ Haate Sonar Sakhio The Goalpariya song, immortalized by folk singer Pratima Baruah, has been sung by...

 
 
Bye bye Google, hello Alphabet

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Google Inc has morphed into Alphabet Inc.After US markets closed on Friday, Alphabet replaced Google as the publicly traded company that will house Google's search and Web advertising businesses, maps, YouTube and its...

 
 
Angela Merkel 'firm favourite' for Nobel prize

Friday, October 2, 2015

Speculation is mounting that Angela Merkel will win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for her handling of the European refugee crisis and the war in Ukraine, just as public opinion in Germany is hardening on the...

 
 
WB: Toll-free helpline for seniors

Kolkata, Friday, October 2, 2015

A toll-free helpline will soon be introduced by the West Bengal government to provide assistance to senior citizens on the issues of health, legal and security. "Senior citizens will be able to communicate using this toll-free number when they need any...

 
 
Sea level rise no threat to Sundarbans

Kolkata, Friday, October 2, 2015

As new islands are still taking birth in Sundarbans delta through a natural process of erosion and accretion, rise in sea level due to global warming is not a major threat to survival of the archipelago, claims a new research...

 
 
Transgender women to celebrate Durga Puja in Kolkata

Kolkata, Friday, October 2, 2015

Transgender women here have come together this year to organise a special Durga puja in an "attempt to re-claim social space" in the face of "ostracism". Spurred by the discriminatory gaze they are subjected to during...

 
 
UP: Hindu neighbours helped Muslim family escape mob

Friday, October 2, 2015

Amid the communal polarisation and tension on Monday, the Hindus risked their own safety and went out of their way to help Muslim men, women and children escape from Bisada minutes before a mob reached their...

 
 
Russian planes destroy ISIS command centre

Moscow, Friday, October 2, 2015

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that Sukhoi-34 airplanes have destroyed an Islamic State group command center and a rebels training camp in Syria, Russian news agency...

 
 
German retail giant to open store in prison

Kolkata, Friday, October 2, 2015

German retail-giant Metro Cash and Carry is going to open its second store in Kolkata. But not everyone can access it. It will be housed in a 12x30ft room inside Presidency jail. It will open on October 12, Mahalaya. The...

 
 
Kolkata artists capture essence of gods in clay & mud

New Delhi, Friday, October 2, 2015

“Amar sakal raser dhara, tomate aaj hok na hara (let all my creativity converge on you),” hums 70-year-old Madhusudan Pal as he delicately outlines the eyes of a Durga idol, lending it a chiselled visage. His feeble fingers curled...

 
 
Startups force infotech biggies to raise fresher salaries

Bengaluru, Friday, October 2, 2015

For the first time in several years, India's top software services companies are raising salaries for fresh graduates recruited from campuses, as they look to revive a lukewarm relationship while adjusting to cost pressures and...

 
 
10 die in US college shooting

San Francisco, Friday, October 2, 2015

At least 10 people, including the gunman, were killed and seven injured in a shooting at a college in the US state of Oregon on Thursday, police said. The gunman identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, opened fire at the Community...

 
 
WB CM on five-day tour of Bhutan from Oct 5

Kolkata, Thursday, October 1, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will embark on a five-day tour to neighbouring Bhutan from October 5...

 
 
Sikhs in Britain can now wear turbans at workplaces

London, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sikhs in Britain will no longer face legal action for wearing turbans in majority of workplaces after the government announced a new set of rules on Thursday...

 
 
After home, Biswa Bangla now eyes global market

Kolkata, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Didi's brainchild clocks profit worth Rs 15 crore from seven stores in its first year, an average of Rs 2 crores from each of its stores. According to principal secretary at the department of Micro and Small Scale Enterprise and...

 
 
Tourism hub to come up near Teesta barrage

Kolkata, Thursday, October 1, 2015

The West Bengal government has identified a new spot around the Teesta barrage at Gajoldoba in North Bengal and is all set to come up with a eco-tourism spot there to be called Bhorer Alo. Bhorer Alo would be spread over 201 acres...

 
 
SRK to promote WB as ‘sweetest’ tourist destination

Kolkata, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bollywood actor and brand ambassador for West Bengal, Shah Rukh Khan, will be promoting Bengal as “the sweetest tourist destination” in an ad film by the state tourism department to attract domestic and foreign...

 
 
WB plans to enrol transgenders in civic police

Kolkata, Thursday, October 1, 2015

If things fall in line, members of transgender community would soon be seen donning the uniform as civic volunteers assisting the Kolkata Police in wide range of duties. The West Bengal government has requested...

 
 
PGCIL transmission line to link Bengal, Bihar

Kolkata, Thursday, October 1, 2015

State-owned Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) is building a transmission line between West Bengal and Bihar at a cost of Rs 800 crore that will enhance electricity supply infrastructure...

 
 
SRK to promote Bengal as ‘sweetest’ tourist destination

Kolkata, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bollywood actor and brand ambassador for West Bengal, Shah Rukh Khan, will be promoting Bengal as “the sweetest tourist destination” in an ad film by the state tourism department to attract domestic and foreign travellers....

 
 
Palestinian flag raised for 1st time at UN

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, “the capital of our Palestinian state.”...

 
 
Monsoon season ends with lowest rainfall in 6 years

Pune, Thursday, October 1, 2015

The monsoon season ended on Wednesday with a 14% deficit, making it the weakest monsoon since 2009. In terms of average countrywide rainfall during the season (June-September), this year was the third lowest since 1979, the other acutely deficient year being 2002. ...

 
 
Suhrawardy no Nero, show Bengal files

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The secret Cabinet papers released by the West Bengal government have revealed that a week after the Great Calcutta Killings started on August 16, 1946, the third Chief Minister of the undivided Bengal province, Huseyn...

 
 
WB govt plans to enroll transgenders in civic police

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If things fall in line, members of transgender community would soon be seen donning the uniform as civic volunteers assisting the Kolkata Police in wide range of duties. ...

 
 
Apollo doctor uses new device to treat heart

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apollo Gleneagles Heart Institute implanted the ellipse implantable carvioverter defibrillator (ICD) which is touted as the smallest high energy ICD which is MRI compatible to a patient. The hospital claims that it is the first time such an ICD has been implanted in the eastern region. ...

 
 
Mumbai's Md Ali Road treats in Kolkata's restaurants

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Signature dishes from Mumbai's famous Mohammed Ali Road that one can partake only during Ramzan is now on offer at the twin city restaurants of Barbeque Nation, the largest casual dining chain in the country....

 
 
500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Rome, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Some 500 migrants were rescued in seven operations launched over the weekend in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said. A spokesperson told AFP on Sunday that four of the rescue operations had already wound up but the others were ongoing....

 
 
West Bengal infrastructure on growth mode

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Bengal Global Business Summit in January highlighted the potential of the state of West Bengal as an investment destination. Corporate czars such as Subhas Chandra, Chairman of Essel Group announced investments to the tune of INR 15,000 crore in townships and urban infrastructure in Bengal....

 
 
E-W Metro lays roadmap for post-Puja work

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The East-West Metro project appears to be back on track after months of delay over route realignment and land acquisition bottlenecks. Transtonnelstroy Afcons, the agency that will construct the river-bed corridor under Hooghly, on Tuesday started its preparatory work so that the tunnel boring machine (TBM) can start work immediately after Puja. ...

 
 
ASI backtracks, says Taj restoration will take only 3 yrs

Agra, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A day after TOI reported that it would take nine years for the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to remove yellow stains from the entire outer marble surface of the Taj Mahal, ASI's science branch at Dehradun, which had supplied the information under an RTI query, has said it provided the wrong information and apologized for it....

 
 
Largest India-made ship commissioned in Mumbai

Mumbai, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Naval warship INS Kochi, the stealth guided missile destroyers, was on Wednesday commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai...

 
 
Meet the women behind the wheel

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Parveen Begum and Khurshida Begum haven't heard of the 'glass ceiling', but they know much about putting women's lib in gear. In about a year or so, they will be Kolkata's first women chauffeurs...

 
 
How Bengal prepared to tackle Quit India Movement

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As Mahatma Gandhi and the Congress launched the Quit India Movement across the nation on 9 August 1942, the cabinet of the Bengal provincial government met that same day and decided to declare both the All India Congress Committee...

 
 
TMC to begin poll campaign after Puja

New Delhi, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

After the Pujas, Trinamul Congress (TMC) will begin its poll campaign for 2016 Assembly poll. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday said that after the Pujas all leaders would be busy for campaigning for the next year...

 
 
Missing Netaji case file found

Kolkata, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The case file on a PIL at Calcutta high court on declassification of secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Indian National Army that went missing a month and a half ago resurfaced on...

 
 
Sikh youth removes turban, saves 4 from drowning

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A 24-year-old Sikh set aside religious code by removing his turban to save four youth from drowning in a canal in Sangrur. Four youths, aged between 18-25 years, of Sarafa Bazaar Market had gone to a canal to immerse Ganesha idol...

 
 
Twitter to remove 140-character limit?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Micro-blogging website operator Twitter Inc is working on a product that will allow users to share content longer than 140 characters, technology website Re/code reported on Tuesday. It's unclear what the product will look like, Re/code said...

 
 
US whistleblower Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Snowden followed a single Twitter account: the US National Security Agency, from which he stole electronic documents revealing the agency's secret surveillance programmes. "Can you hear me now?" he asked in his first tweet, which was quickly resent by Twitter users tens of thousands of times...

 
 
Pele will felicitate Mohun Bagan's '77 team

Kolkata, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Brazilian football legend Pele will relive the moments he had in the city 38 years ago when he will visit Eden Gardens before felicitating the 1977 batch of Mohun Bagan team, who had the fortune of playing against the Black Pearl's...

 
 
ISL 2015: AdK team preview, full squad and profile

Kolkata, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Everyone, by now, is aware of Kolkata's tryst with football. The beautiful game is worshipped and it is nothing but a day of festival when the two heavyweight football clubs go head-to-head against each other...

 
 
WB govt sets up museum on state heritage

Kolkata, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The West Bengal government dedicated a museum to showcase state's rich art of 'kantha' (embroidery) and puppetry, besides reflecting upon its tribal heritage by allocating a section on 'ethnography...

 
 
Now, hotels Puja sponsors

Kolkata, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's not uncommon for tourism departments of states tying up with Durga Puja committees in the city, promoting vacation destinations wooing pandal-hoppers. But in an emerging trend, hotels from neighbouring states seem to have picked up the...

 
 
Mumbai 7/11 blasts: Sentence tomorrow

Mumbai, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nine years after a series of bomb blasts in suburban trains rattled Mumbai killing 188 people, a special court here is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment for 12 convicts in the case tomorrow. Special Judge Yatin D Shinde had last...

 
 
Raghuram Rajan cuts repo rate to a 4-year low

Mumbai, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday cut its key repo rate by a bigger-than-expected 50 basis points (bps) to 6.75%, with inflation running at record lows and the economy in danger of slowing down. Rajan kept the cash reserve ratio ( CRR) unchanged at 4%...

 
 
99 tainted candidates in fray in Bihar

Patna, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Guns and goons have played a key role in Bihar’s politics for decades. As the eastern state heads to the polls next month, outlaws with itchy trigger fingers as well as ‘baahubalis’, or strongmen, are back in the...

 
 
UN nations pledge 40,000 peacekeepers

New York, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

US President Barack Obama has announced that more than 50 countries have pledged tens of thousands of new personnel to bolster the UN's overstretched and underequipped peacekeeping operations...

 
 
Asians to become largest US immigrant group: Study

Washington, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Asians will exceed Hispanic immigrants to become the largest immigrant group by 2055, a study said. If the current demographic trends continue, Asian immigrants are projected to become the largest immigrant group by 2055 and make up 38...

 
 
WB govt declassifies pre-1947 cabinet files

Kolkata, Monday, September 28, 2015

The West Bengal government on Monday declassified 401 cabinet files from the pre-independence era. Announcing the declassification of the files which date from 1938 to Independence, Chief Minister...

 
 
Travelling campus queer film fest at Kolkata

Kolkata, Monday, September 28, 2015

India's first travelling campus queer film festival, KASHISH Forward, is coming to the eastern metropolis on Tuesday with a bouquet of international and national cinema and rounds of discussions to connect the youth with...

 
 
Evidence of flowing liquid water on Mars

Monday, September 28, 2015

Scientists have found the first evidence that briny water may flow on the surface of Mars during the planet’s summer months, a paper published on Monday showed. Although the source and the chemistry of the water is unknown, the discovery could affect thinking...

 
 
Trafficking survivors in Xavier's 2016 batch

Monday, September 28, 2015

A hundred trafficking survivors will make it to the St. Xavier's College rolls from the next academic year. The college has taken a step towards inclusive education by setting aside seats for trafficking...

 
 
Kolkata inspires Italian theatre

Monday, September 28, 2015

An Italian experimental theatre group has found inspiration for its next project in Calcutta. Sponsored by The Italian Cultural Institute and the Calcutta-based Arshinagar Project, Instabili Vaganti has been wowing audiences in Delhi...

 
 
ISRO launches Astrosat, 6 other satellites

Sriharikota, Monday, September 28, 2015

Isro on Monday successfully launched India's first astronomy satellite Astrosat, eleven years after the government cleared the project. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30) carrying Astrosat and six other satellites lifted off from...

 
 
More students to take IIT-JEE exam?

Kolkata, Monday, September 28, 2015

The JEE Apex Board (JAB) has proposed to increase the number of candidates appearing in the IIT-JEE (advanced) examination from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh from 2016. They have also asked the IIT Council, where all the directors of IITs are members and...

 
 
Catalonia separatists claim victory in regional polls

Monday, September 28, 2015

A coalition of separatists who promised independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia has won the regional parliamentary elections. With 99 percent of Sunday's vote counted, the "Together for Yes" group of secessionists had 62...

 
 
Sex workers to learn about WB’s cooperative success

Kolkata, Sunday, September 27, 2015

What started with a small initiative by sex workers with 14 members has in 20 years got 20,000 members in its fold and emerged as a successful model for extending banking facilities to marginalised women having little or no...

 
 
Saurav Ghosal wins Kolkata International squash

Kolkata, Sunday, September 27, 2015

Home favourite Saurav Ghosal put up a dazzling display to down top seed Marwan Elshorbagy of Egypt in less than an hour to clinch the JSW Indian Squash Circuit Kolkata International here on Sunday...

 
 
Kolkata creates record on treadmill

Kolkata, Sunday, September 27, 2015

Kolkatans created a Limca Book record by jogging for about 6,000 km on treadmills for a span of one week. Ahead of the World Heart Day on Tuesday, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals conducted 'Love Your Heart'...

 
 
1090 people killed in stampede: Saudi media agencies

New Delhi, Sunday, September 27, 2015

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday put the death toll in the Haj stampede in Mina at 1090, including 35 Indians, much higher than the figure of 769 given by Saudi authorities. "Saudi authorities have released photos of 1090...

 
 
Kolkata start-up launches tax filing portal for CAs

Kolkata, Saturday, September 26, 2015

A city-based start-up has come up with an income tax calculation and filing portal for chartered accountants which it claims to make filing easier for the professionals. Funded by TaxMantra and Indus Net Technologies, the company - Make You Tax Technologies...

 
 
As Xi visits US, China's economy is at a tipping point

Reuters, Saturday, September 26, 2015

China has narrowly escaped major financial crises for over two decades. But the good times may soon be over - and not because of the recent stock market crash....

 
 
Designer show gives twist to tradition

Kolkata, Saturday, September 26, 2015

It was almost like Durga Puja had arrived early at the historic Basubati at Bagbazar on