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Free cancer treatment in WB: CM

Kolkata, Saturday, April 18, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that treatment of all types of cancer, cardiac problems and blood disorders would be completely free in state-run...

 
 
Puja or poll, Biswas in control

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A week before Durga Puja, the Biswas family of New Alipore has little time to eat, can barely manage five hours of sleep and are out on errands for most part of the day. A week before the elections, Aroop Biswas...

 
 
Chennai techie nails traffic violators in act

Chennai, Saturday, April 18, 2015

The city records more road accidents than any other metropolis in the country — 9,705 accidents left 1,247 people dead and 8,700 injured in 2013 — and police officers, experts and regular road users all agree that the proclivity of Chennai's motorists ...

 
 
DTC gets first woman bus driver

New Delhi, Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vankadarath Saritha has been inducted as the first woman driver of Delhi Transport Corporation. The Capital has seen women driving autos, cabs but a public transport bus is an interesting...

 
 
90% of mobile banking apps are vulnerable

New Delhi, Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mobile banking may have made lives easier but think twice the next time you reach out for a smartphone to do a monetary transaction. Nearly 90% of all Indian mobile banking apps are vulnerable to security attacks and data leaks...

 
 
WB: Haldia set to become India's first green port

New Delhi, Friday, April 17, 2015

All-weather port Haldia in West Bengal is set to become the country's first green port soon. "We are in the process of converting Haldia port as the country's first major green port ...

 
 
Netaji’s New Army

Kolkata, Friday, April 17, 2015

Rudra Jyoti Bhattacharya is a high court advocate; Madhusudan Pal is a cardiothoracic surgeon; Nandalal Chakraborty was a teacher of political science; Bijoy Nag is a magazine editor; Surajit Dasgupta was a businessman...

 
 
'Top' jumbo returns, foresters relieved

Alipurduar, Friday, April 17, 2015

A valued pet elephant of the state forest department that strayed away last Saturday was tranquillised and brought back to the Jaldapara National Park today. Sambhu, the 35-year-old elephant, had several times played a vital role in controlling rhinos...

 
 
Saddam aide Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'killed'

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was right-hand man to Iraq's ex-leader Saddam Hussein, has been killed, Iraqi officials say. They say he died in fighting in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. His supporters have...

 
 
Luis Garcia wants to be back in ISL

Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, April 16, 2015

Liverpool legend and Atletico de Kolkata marquee player Luis Garcia on Wednesday said he is eagerly waiting to return and play in the second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), donning the red and white stripes for the...

 
 
Uber pads up for KKR

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Uber, the app-based cab-hailing service, has tied up with Kolkata Knight Riders for the ongoing IPL season. As the "official logistics partner of KKR", the San Francisco-headquartered company plans to...

 
 
Murder case against STF men, AP informs HC

Thursday, April 16, 2015

With more and more questions being raised on the April 7 killing of 20 people in a Tirupati forest by the red sanders special task force (STF), the Andhra Pradesh government informed the High Court at Hyderabad Wednesday that...

 
 
Some Aravali forests opened to real estate

New Delhi, Thursday, April 16, 2015

Some good forests in the Aravali hills around Delhi could soon be opened to real estate sector and others for development. The Haryana government has decided to demarcate these forests, falling within the state boundaries, as...

 
 
Satya Nadella tops US CEO pay chart

New York, Thursday, April 16, 2015

With a pay package of $84.3 million (Rs 522.66 crore at 1 dollar = 62 rupees) a year, technology giant Microsoft's Indian-origin chief Satya Nadella has emerged as the top paid CEO in the US, according to a list by...

 
 
Move over traditional sweets this Bengali New Year

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What tickles your taste buds when someone takes you down the bylanes of Kolkata? Well, if rosogollas, chom chom and sondesh are the traditional sweets that come to your mind, revisit Kolkata again as Bengalis begin the Poila...

 
 
Is Bengal only about ‘rich cultural heritage’?

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Of the 30 scientists selected for the Indian National Science Academy (Insa) awards last year, 13 were Bengali. If we go through the employer roll of NASA, a significant percentage will be Bengali names. Yet, while sending New Year...

 
 
Iconic Ongole bull, now a cash cow for Brazil

Hyderabad, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

There may not be many takers for the famous Ongole bull in its native Andhra Pradesh, but Brazilians have second bred it by the lakhs and are in turn exporting it to other countries at very high prices. Realizing that the original Ongole...

 
 
400 feared dead after migrant boat capsizes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned. The Italian coastguard had helped rescue 144 people on Monday and immediately launched an...

 
 
Bengal celebrates Poila Baisakh

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Devout Bengalis visited the temples of Goddess Kali at Kalighat and Dakshineshwar, and people exchanged sweets while greeting one another as West Bengal ushered in 'Poila Baisakh', the Bengali New Year, on...

 
 
New books, new thoughts, hot from the press

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

No matter how many malls come up, no matter how chic it is to hang around in coffee shops, when it's Poila Boishakh, all attention shifts to Bengali books, a slew of which get released at the College Street...

 
 
Football teams usher in Bengali New Year

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sticking to their age-old tradition, the city's football giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal ushered in the Bengali New Year or 'Naboborsho' with their traditional 'Bar Puja' on Wednesday. During the ceremony, the goal posts of their home...

 
 
Sweets get a Nabo Barsho twist

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

If it's Poila Boisakh, it's time for innovation of sweets that's almost become a ritual. Most of the big sweet-makers in Kolkata have come up with new offerings that range from the experimental to...

 
 
Gunter was great friend of Bengal: Mamata

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday condoled the death of German Nobel laureate Gunter Wilhelm Grass, saying the novelist was a "great friend...

 
 
15 yrs and going: Borelo in endurance feat

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bolero continues its endurance performance. The entry-level sports utility vehicle from the Mahindra & Mahindra stable continued to clock the highest sales among SUVs for the ninth year in succession. It is the only SUV to feature in...

 
 
Maestro tunes in at Tagore abode

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fingers racing along the strings of the sarod, playing strains of Ekla chalo re, and silver hair blowing in the April breeze, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan cut a regal picture sitting on the steps of Jorasanko Thakurbari on Tuesday...

 
 
Book buddy for students

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gul Mohar - for schoolchildren, the word conjures images of a textbook they have grown up reading. The series was recently relaunched to include text-mapped digital resource with audio support...

 
 
EU files antitrust charges against Google

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The European Commission filed antitrust charges against Google Wednesday, alleging that the company "abused its dominant position" in the Internet search market. The tech giant hit back, however, saying it will respond to the...

 
 
Ambedkar emerges 3rd most searched leader

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As political parties and people across the nation celebrate the 124th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, Google search trends reflect his timeless relevance and popularity – Google has paid special tribute to Dr B R Ambedkar on its homepage...

 
 
Valley killing protest

Srinagar, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A 24-year-old youth's death in alleged army firing triggered violent protests today, prompting the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led government to detain top separatists and use force to quell the...

 
 
‘Intellectual giant yet transparent’

Kolkata, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Complex yet curious about life and a great author who loved India. This is how historian Sugata Bose described Gunter Grass, who passed away on Monday. Even though Bose didn't know him personally, he had the opportunity...

 
 
Gunter Grass held up a mirror to Kolkata

Kolkata, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kolkata occupied a special place in Gunter Grass' heart, his consciousness and in his works. It was a bitter-sweet relationship that he shared with this city, and its residents with him. Grass visited Kolkata thrice — first in 1975...

 
 
Land grabbed for railway track, farmers get train

Shimla, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two farmers from Himachal Pradesh's Una district may become proud owners of Delhi-Una Janshatabdi Express on April 16 if a court order is executed. The court of Una's additional district and sessions judge Mukesh Bansal on April 9 ordered to...

 
 
Tamil Nadu celebrates New Year

Chennai, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

People celebrated the Tamil New Year across the state on Tuesday in a traditional way by visiting temples in the morning. "Puthandu Vazthukkal" (New Year greetings) is how friends and relatives greeted one...

 
 
Flipkart puts its weight behind Net Neutrality

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Flipkart, which was facing the brunt of anger on social media thanks to its dubious stand on Net Neutrality, has pulled out of the Airtel Zero programme. Flipkart issued a statement on Twitter saying they were in support of Net Neutrality...

 
 
Nigeria: Chibok girls remembered one year on

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ceremonies are to be staged around the world to mark one year since more than 200 girls were abducted by Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram. A procession is being held in the capital, Abuja, with 219 girls taking part to represent each...

 
 
Ex-Blackwater guards handed lengthy prison terms

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A federal court in Washington DC has sentenced a former Blackwater security guard to life in prison and three others to 30 years in jail for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad and caused an...

 
 
WB CM pays homage to Jallianwala Bagh martyrs

Kolkata, Monday, April 13, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday paid homage to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that happened in 1919. "I bow my head to all the martyrs, who lost their lives on this day in 1919 at Jallianwala...

 
 
Tea estates in Assam and WB to benefit from rain

Kolkata, Monday, April 13, 2015

After a long dry spell, tea estates in Assam and West Bengal have received good rains over last week raising hopes among planters for better crop this year. The planters were expecting another year of low crop production as most...

 
 
Performing in Kolkata was an amazing feeling

Monday, April 13, 2015

How it felt performing the stunt in Kolkata? It was amazing. I was very excited to do stunts for the students and see young stunt guys performing from Kolkata. The crowd was amazing. Infact, the cheer felt louder than the number of...

 
 
Hidco to give plots to Rajarhat nurseries

Kolkata, Monday, April 13, 2015

Hidco is planning to streamline various nurseries, which are at present dispersed across Rajarhat, along a stretch by the Bagjola canal at New Town. Officials of state forest department, horticulture department and Hidco met recently to...

 
 
Experts monitor live surgery

Kolkata, Monday, April 13, 2015

Health technology took another significant step in the city last month. A cardiac surgery was beamed live from a Kolkata hospital to a medical conference in New Delhi where doctors observed the operation, sought clarifications...

 
 
Startups make big with ‘smart’ ideas

Kolkata, Monday, April 13, 2015

Your best friend's birthday is round the corner and you are out of town. But you always dreamt a horse-drawn carriage would carry a birthday cake to her/his doorstep to wish her/him at the stroke of midnight! What if...

 
 
The night that tested the Navy

New Delhi, Monday, April 13, 2015

For the Indian Navy, Operation Rahat has become not just a people-rescue mission, though the force can take credit for helping to ferry home 5,000 Indians safely. In the choppy waters of war-torn Yemen, amid strafing and crossfire...

 
 
Couple living together will be presumed married: SC

New Delhi, Monday, April 13, 2015

If an unmarried couple is living together as husband and wife, then they would be presumed to be legally married and the woman would be eligible to inherit the property after death of her partner, the Supreme Court...

 
 
Chinese hackers target govt. businesses in India

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hackers, most likely from China, have been spying on governments and businesses in Southeast Asia and India uninterrupted for a decade, researchers at internet security company FireEye...

 
 
Law equating leprosy with lunacy set to go

New Delhi, Monday, April 13, 2015

Though leprosy is curable, laws still equate people affected by the disease with those suffering from lunacy. And under provisions of several marriage acts and the Indian Divorce Act, it is a legitimate ground...

 
 
WB to help educated girls through 'Kanyashree'

Kolkata, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Following the success of its 'Kanyashree Prakalpa' scheme for the girl child, the West Bengal government is now planning to expand the programme by reaching out to educated women in order to help them build their career...

 
 
SAIL employees sets up hospital for rural folks

Kolkata, Sunday, April 12, 2015

SAIL Employees Cooperative Credit Society has set up a hospital using a part of its surplus funds at Kalikapur in South 24 Parganas district of the state. Secretary of the 2,600-member cooperative Jyotirmoy Chakraborty said that the hospital has...

 
 
Sania seals historic world no. 1 rank

Charleston, USA, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sania Mirza today created history by becoming the first female tennis player from India to achieve the world number one rank in doubles, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Family Circle Cup with partner Martina...

 
 
Kalam’s mantra for a developed India

Kolkata, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, while delivering the 5th Admiral A K Chatterji lecture, said people in India will have to learn not only to respect but also celebrate differences in culture, religion and race. The event was...

 
 
ER involves passengers, children in celebrations

Kolkata, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Somnath Banerjee was in for a surprise on Friday morning when he purchased a single journey local train ticket to Srirampur from a booking counter at the Howrah station. Other passengers watched as he suddenly turned...

 
 
Once a billionaire, Raju now earns Rs 50/day

Hyderabad, Sunday, April 12, 2015

From poster boy to prisoner; from a billionaire to a mere daily-wager! Jailed Satyam Computers founder Ramalinga Raju's life turned upside down ever since he decided to pen that confession letter in...

 
 
Railways & the stamp of history

Sunday, April 12, 2015

India Post and Indian Railways, "the two pillars on which the British Empire was built", in the words of chief postmaster-general, West Bengal, Arundhaty Ghosh, came together on Friday at a venue that is a symbol...

 
 
Weather & terrain hindrance to retrieving bodies

Raipur, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bodies of seven Special Task Force (STF) personnel, killed in Naxal ambush in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, has not been retrieved from the forests even 24 hours after the...

 
 
Governors now need President's nod to travel

New Delhi, Sunday, April 12, 2015

The government has decided to restrict governors' official travel outside their respective states to 73 days in a calendar year, while also requiring them to "avoid or limit" frequency of their visits to the home...

 
 
Saudi soldiers killed near Yemen border

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Three Saudi officers have been killed and two others wounded after Houthi fighters in Yemen fired a mortar round at a Saudi border post, according to Saudi Arabia's Defence Ministry. A statement from the ministry on Saturday...

 
 
IS video 'shows destruction of Nimrud'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Islamic State has posted a video online that shows its militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. The images appear to confirm reports in March that the jihadists had vandalised Nimrud, one...

 
 
Mother Dairy aims big

Kolkata, Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mother Dairy - the New Delhi-based milk and dairy products company - expects to clock a turnover of Rs 7,000 crore in 2014-15. This is an 11 per cent growth over the previous year. In 2013-14, it had garnered a turnover...

 
 
Mamata wishes Everest mission luck

Kolkata, Saturday, April 11, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wished luck to an employee of the state police department for his Mount Everest expedition, adding, it is the maiden attempt by any member of the state police...

 
 
Bengal first state to start full e-treasury, says RBI

Kolkata, Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ahead of civic polls, the West Bengal government got a pat in the back on the economic front from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The deputy governor of the apex bank, Harun R Khan, has lauded the state government for becoming...

 
 
Calcutta Univ honours legendary Sanskrit scholar

Kolkata, Saturday, April 11, 2015

Right from fighting Lord Macaulay's decision to abolish Sanskrit education and closing down of Sanskrit College to mentoring Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, he was one of the leading luminaries of Bengal Renaissance. And even...

 
 
Rajarhat to get Kolkata’s first ‘green’ school

Kolkata, Saturday, April 11, 2015

Green buildings have already made their marks on the city landscape. And now it's time for turning schools 'green'. A school in Rajarhat — The New Town School — is all set to apply to the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)...

 
 
Lifer walks out of Benglauru jail’s front door

Bengaluru, Saturday, April 11, 2015

It was a couple of years back that Jayashankar, a rapist-murderer, broke his back, while escaping from Bengaluru's central jail in Parappana Agrahara. Unable to move with injuries from his fall from the high wall, he was...

 
 
Mass beaching of whales fuels unscientific quake fears

Tokyo, Saturday, April 11, 2015

The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan's shores has fuelled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country - the devastating 2011 undersea earthquake that killed around...

 
 
IS executes its top four commanders

Baghdad, Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has executed four of its senior commanders in Iraq's northern province of Salahuddin on the ground that they had fled during clashes with Iraqi government...

 
 
Website showcasing Bengal's Dutch heritage launched

Kolkata, Friday, April 10, 2015

A digital database for all kinds of information on the Dutch settlement in West Bengal (17th to 19th century) that connects the past with the present through satellite-images is now available at one's...

 
 
Syria: Brigade of all-female jihadists emerge

Friday, April 10, 2015

A video has emerged of a seemingly independent, all-female jihadist brigade training with Kalashnikov guns – who insist that a woman's role is equal to a man's. The five-minute film is shot outside the Church of Saint Simeon in northern Syria and shows...

 
 
IIT leads the way to a 'green revolution'

Kharagpur, Friday, April 10, 2015

A patch of 14 acres in Kenthia village of Kharagpur-II block, which was written off by everyone, has suddenly turned lush green. Go closer and you will see paddy, soybean, groundnuts, sweet corn and sesame...

 
 
Kol: Restaurants offer special food, discounts for IPL

Kolkata, Friday, April 10, 2015

Restaurants here are cashing in on Indian Premier League (IPL)-themed offerings that include fusions of mouth-watering kebabs and burgers, unlimited alcohol and special discounts. At the Park Pavilion, the 24-hour coffee shop...

 
 
Harbhajan opens cricket academy in Kolkata

Kolkata, Friday, April 10, 2015

Out-of-favour India offspinner Harbhajan Singh on Thursday opened a new cricket academy here with an aim of diverting youngsters to cricket from the clutches of substance abuse and...

 
 
RR player to BCCI: Offered money to fix IPL game

Mumbai, Friday, April 10, 2015

A day before Rajasthan Royals plays its first match in this IPL, it has emerged that one of its players informed the BCCI’s anti-corruption team last month that he had been approached by a Ranji teammate with an offer of money...

 
 
'Bombshell Bandit’ Sandeep gets 66 months in prison

New Delhi, Friday, April 10, 2015

For two months, she carried out a string of bank robberies in the US states of California, Arizona and Utah, going up to tellers and telling them she would detonate a bomb if they did not hand her the...

 
 
China plans rail link with Nepal through Mt Everest

Beijing, Friday, April 10, 2015

China plans to build a 540-kilometre strategic high-speed rail link between Tibet and Nepal passing through a tunnel under Mt Everest, a move that could raise an alarm in India about China's growing influence in...

 
 
Former Aus captain and broadcaster Richie Benaud dies

Friday, April 10, 2015

Former Australia captain Richie Benaud, the celebrated 'voice of cricket', has died at the age of 84 after battling skin cancer, prompting a flood of tributes from around the world. A giant figure in the game both on and off the field, Benaud died in his sleep in a Sydney...

 
 
All-time high record cargo for Kolkata dock system

Kolkata, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kolkata Port Trust on Thursday stated that Kolkata Dock System (KDS) handled an all time high cargo throughput of 15.282 mt in 2014-15 over 12.875 mt in 2013-14, recording a significant growth...

 
 
Is KKR’s S Yadav India's answer to Glenn Maxwell?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Who is the vice-captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders? Every die-hard Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fan will of course know the answer. It's not a tough question, but a tricky one. It's not Uthappa...

 
 
New launches to boost Mother Dairy's business

Kolkata, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Milk and Dairy products major, Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables Private Limited (MDFVPL), is eyeing the Rs 2,000 crore dairy whitener market in a big way. The company today launched its dairy whitener brand...

 
 
Airtel seeks govt nod for wi-fi hotspots

Kolkata, Thursday, April 9, 2015

War for internet data market seems to intensify in Kolkata with Bharti Airtel today saying that it was in process of seeking permission from the West Bengal government to go ahead with creating wi-fi hotspots across the city to...

 
 
Fake prisoner in jail for Rs 300 per day

Agra, Thursday, April 9, 2015

After fake IAS and IPS officers, now comes an intriguing case of a fake prisoner. Last month, a man surrendered to the police in a district court in Etah, claiming that he was wanted criminal...

 
 
Lost history unearthed in Scot cemetery

London, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Remarkable stories of eminent Scots and Englishmen, long forgotten, have emerged from the ground beneath the city of Kolkata. A joint team of researchers from Presidency University and the University of St Andrews in...

 
 
Global girls groove with desi stars

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The IPL8 extravaganza on Tuesday featured three Brits, three Aussies, two Argentines, a Kiwi and a Hungarian. If you are wondering which team they were on, you are running down the wrong pitch. Ten...

 
 
Experts gift sun-lamps to slums

Kolkata, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Solar energy experts in Kolkata have developed a contraption that can literally illuminate lives in congested urban slums and villages. The three-member team, led by Santi Pada Gon Chaudhuri, has used basic tools to capture diffused...

 
 
WB: Neotia to launch group’s private univ

Kolkata, Thursday, April 9, 2015

City-based industrialist and owner of Ambuja Neotia group, Harshavardhan Neotia, is all set to launch his own private university here called Neotia University on Diamond Harbour Road in South-24 Parganas...

 
 
8 IAS officers set to get addl chief secy rank

Kolkata, Thursday, April 9, 2015

IAS officers from the 1985 batch of West Bengal cadre will be empanelled for the rank of additional chief secretary (ACS) in a meetingscheduled at Nabanna on April 28. One of the ACS-rank IAS officials presently in the state...

 
 
Satyam fraud: Ramalinga Raju found guilty

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju has been found guilty by a Hyderabad court of criminal cheating and conspiracy in what is described as India's largest-ever corporate scandal. Mr Raju, his brother B Rama Raju and eight others, including...

 
 
SC upholds Yakub Memon's death sentence

New Delhi, Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed plea of Yakub Memon, seeking review of death sentence awarded to him in 1993 Mumbai blasts case. The apex court order paves the way for Memon's execution, which was stayed after he filed...

 
 
Airline catering staff caught smuggling in gold

Mumbai, Thursday, April 9, 2015

In a case that is testament both to the ingenuity of people smuggling gold into the country and the tenacity of those tasked with apprehending them, officers of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) nabbed four smugglers and seized...

 
 
China literally gaining ground in South China Sea

Washington, Thursday, April 9, 2015

The clusters of Chinese vessels busily dredge white sand and pump it onto partly submerged coral, aptly named Mischief Reef, transforming it into an island. Over a matter of weeks, satellite photographs show the island growing bigger, its few shacks...

 
 
IPL: Knoght Riders draw first blood

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Captain Gautam Gambhir led from the front to inspire defending champion Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket win over 2013 champion Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the Pepsi IPL-8 at the Eden Gardens here...

 
 
Mazumder takes charge as CII chief

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sumit Mazumder, chairman & managing director, TIL Ltd, has taken over as the president of CII for 2015-16 succeeding Ajay Shriram. Mazumdar is the second Bengali to head this apex industry body in the new economic regime...

 
 
Sight gives teen a new vision of world

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

At 14, Alamin Molla has to learn nearly everything anew. Right from the very basics as an infant would. Something incredible happened on Tuesday morning that turned Alamin's life on its head, dismantling his vision of the world...

 
 
Bengali flag flies high in English skies

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bengali has emerged as a far more commonly spoken language in England and Wales than other global favourites like Spanish, French or Arabic. According to a UK Census, as many as 2,21,000 people speak Bengali as the "other main...

 
 
Yemen: India's air evacuation ops to end today

New Delhi, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

After evacuating about 4,000 Indians and 235 nationals from 26 foreign countries, India on Tuesday decided to end the air evacuation operation on Wednesday. About 700 more Indians, including 600 from Sanaa, were rescued in...

 
 
Flipkart to sell grocery

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Online shopping major Flipkart is all geared up to sell groceries online from the second half of this year,in a bid to compete with rivals such as Amazon and Snapdeal. As per the industry insiders, the e-grocery line of business is crowded but is equally engaging...

 
 
USA: Police officer charged after black man shot dead

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A white South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder after video emerged of him shooting a black man running away from him. State investigators arrested North Charleston police officer Michael Slager on Tuesday after...

 
 
IIMC announces EPYM programme

Kolkata, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hughes Global Education India Ltd (HGEIL) today announced the launch of admission to the Executive Programme for Young Managers (EPYM) by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. Delivered over the Hughes...

 
 
Lawmakers take step to remove Putin critic

Moscow, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Russian lawmakers took a major step on Tuesday toward ousting Ilya V. Ponomarev, the only member of Parliament who opposed the annexation of Crimea last year and one of the few elected officials who have repeatedly dared...

 
 
Watch out for Jisshu in Piku: Shoojit Sircar

Kolkata, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shoojit Sircar’s most awaited release, Piku, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan, has been in the news ever since the film was announced ...

 
 
Yemeni woman in India after evacuation

New Delhi, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sabah Shawesh, a Yemeni woman married to an Indian, reached India on Monday after she was evacuated by the Indian government along with her eight-month-old son ...

 
 
Just anointed world's oldest person dies

Little Rock, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Just days after becoming the world's oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver has died Monday in Arkansas ...

 
 
Essar vows support to Bengal facility

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

Essar Oil will invest Rs 1,000 crore over the next 12 months to reach a peak production of 3 million standard cubic metres per day (mscmd) of coal bed methane by May next year from Ranigunj in...

 
 
Dibakar thrilled with Kolkata's response

Mumbai, Monday, April 6, 2015

Director Dibakar Banerjee is relieved after receiving a "thrilling response" to his latest directorial Detective Byomesh Bakshy!, especially in Kolkata. Initially, Dibakar was scared about how actor Sushant Singh Rajput's interpretation of the...

 
 
WB first to make online payment must for treasuries

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

West Bengal is the first state in the country to make online payment mandatory for treasuries, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said. "I am happy to share with all of you that West Bengal has become the ...

 
 
IPL: Rain, storm threaten inaugural match

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

After upsetting the practice session, rain and thunderstorm could play spoilsport at the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, slated to be held at the Salt Lake stadium here on Tuesday ...

 
 
Have a phone? Control your home

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

Imagine living in a home that obeys your command, where every device and system can be remotely controlled. You can use your tablet or smart phone to control the home theater, dim lights, lock doors ...

 
 
E-networking reunites alumni after 2 decades

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

Online socialization paved the way for an `offline` chat at a city hotel, bringing together many former students of Apeejay School, Park Street. They revisited their colourful school days and felicitated ...

 
 
Ghatak had given Vidhu Vinod Chopra his name

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

It was the maverick Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak who had given filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra his name and taught him to chase excellence ...

 
 
National Supercomputing Mission for India

New Delhi, Monday, April 6, 2015

India plans to elbow its way into the top club of nations that flaunt superior supercomputing prowess. The newly sanctioned Rs 4,500-crore supercomputing mission is also expected to give a leg up ...

 
 
Another appeal in ‘Jurassic World’ writing credits saga

Monday, April 6, 2015

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly have lost another round in the ongoing arbitration of the upcoming film’s writing credits. ...

 
 
WB CM remembers Suchitra Sen on her birthday

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid homage to legendary Bengali screen icon Suchitra Sen, a day ahead of her birth anniversary. "Remembering legendary Suchitra Sen ...

 
 
Thundershower brings relief but halts flight services

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

Sunday afternoon's thundershower dragged the mercury down instantly by almost six degrees Celsius, but it also caused disruption in flight operations at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International ...

 
 
The naked plumber from Bengal

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

While nudity is considered taboo in civilised society, a man from West Bengal's Cooch Behar district has not put on a shred of cloth to hide his modesty in the past 43 years -- but is revered and respected by ...

 
 
Christians take out Easter rally in Kolkata

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

With greetings and wishes, around 6,000 Christians walked in different parts of the city to spread the message of peace and love on the occasion of Easter on Sunday ...

 
 
Autistic youth from Kolkata makes waves with art

Kolkata, Monday, April 6, 2015

Autism has put a poser on his abilities to communicate, but it could not limit his imagination. Avishek Sarkar, an autistic youth, has made a splash in the art world with his extraordinary ...

 
 
KU planning national-level study on sucker fish

Thiruvananthapuram, Monday, April 6, 2015

Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, is about to start a national-level study on sucker fish invasion in various states. From across the country, there have been reports of invasion ...

 
 
Red Cross to send aid flights to Sanaa

Monday, April 6, 2015

The International Committee of the Red Cross is due to make two emergency aid flights into Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The ICRC has been given permission to land planes carrying staff and medical supplies in ...

 
 
Meet Kolkata's 'notun' Byomkesh

Kolkata, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Background dancer, theatre artiste, TV actor and Bollywood heartthrob – that's the multi-faceted Sushant Singh Rajput. Two years and three films later, Sushant is ready to take the big leap with Dibakar ...

 
 
Mother saves daughter from crocodile

New Delhi, Sunday, April 5, 2015

The young woman was washing clothes by the river, as many people in the Indian village of Thikariya Mubarak do, when the beast struck. A crocodile emerged from the water and seized her foot between its jaws ...

 
 
Kenya massacre: No lessons learnt from Westgate

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The figure was a blow that sent one's senses reeling. I was expecting a high number but 147 left me numb - 147 lives brutally snuffed out in a horrific, day-long orgy of killing. It is almost too much to grapple with ...

 
 
Indra Nooyi bats for environment sustainability

Kolkata, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Stressing on creation of long-term values, Pepsico boss Indra Nooyi has said a company that "cuts corners" on environment sustainability and fails to invest in future innovations will not stay...

 
 
Good life at home? It’s no longer a luxury

Kolkata, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Landscaped open area, garden terraces, children's playground, jogging track, swimming pool, gymnasium and community hall that once featured in top-of-the-line condominiums is fast becoming a standard...

 
 
Bengal boys of 'the good war'

Sunday, April 5, 2015

It was on my second visit to the Imperial War Museum in London, where archives on British and Commonwealth conflicts are stored, that I uncovered Biren's story. I wasn't in the best frame of mind...

 
 
'Caste' in a different mould

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dibakar Beij, nephew of Ramkinkar, the great modern Indian artist and sculptor, who gave fresh impetus to the art of scenography, wrote a moving account of how a nurse, who announced his uncle's death at SSKM...

 
 
Gained in translation

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Have you noticed the English subtitles of Bengali films? They might make you chuckle, but in faraway London, they helped a Calcutta girl launch a successful career. "When I used to see those subtitles in movies or...

 
 
DGCA mulls new mental health norms

New Delhi, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Aviation regulator DGCA has initiated comprehensive discussions with Directorate of Medical Services for formulating new norms for assessing the mental health of pilots which may include regular...

 
 
Children prevent opening of liquor outlet

Kollam, Sunday, April 5, 2015

A group of children staged a dharna in front of the Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Bevco) retail liquor outlet at Poonthalail in Kottamukku on Saturday in protest against its...

 
 
Red Cross requests Yemen ceasefire

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebel targets have continued unabated in Yemen, hours after the Red Cross called for a 24-hour ceasefire to give aid workers a chance to address the growing crisis in...

 
 
Fenerbahce team bus attacked by gunmen

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Fenerbahce's team bus was shot at by a gunman after the Turkish Super Lig leaders' 5-1 victory at Rizespor. The driver was taken to hospital but no players were injured in the attack, which...

 
 
AIIMS endorses Ayurveda for rheumatoid arthritis

New Delhi, Saturday, April 4, 2015

In a significant scientific validation for traditional therapies, India's premier medical institution, AIIMS, has found certain Ayurvedic formulations effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which causes...

 
 
Holy Week to end on a high note

Kolkata, Saturday, April 4, 2015

The city is set to eat, pray and love on Easter Sunday, with churches preparing to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hotels and eateries, too, are dishing out special menus and ...

 
 
Back from hell, say 27 rescued from Yemen

Kolkata, Saturday, April 4, 2015

In any other circumstance, their journey would have been a nightmare. But to Sk Miaz, Sk Karim Mondal, Sk Johiruddin and around two dozen others, the three-day journey — 12 hours in a ship, a 5-hour flight and ...

 
 
Kolkata’s wooden trams chug into stardom

Kolkata, Saturday, April 4, 2015

An unexpected but delightful outcome of the making of Dibakar Banerjee’s film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! that released on Friday was the rescue from obscurity of two tramcars that were used to recreate the ...

 
 
Cheer up parents, here’s an app to track your kids

Kolkata, Saturday, April 4, 2015

With children, especially teens, spending a lot of time online or on smartphones today, parents' concern over their online activity is but obvious. Working parents' anxiety is also palpable as they have to leave their wards for ...

 
 
Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu found dead

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who went missing since March 24 while on a climb in the Andes Mountains in Argentina, has been found dead by authorities. The news has been met with an outpouring of grief ...

 
 
Blast-proof tech offers new terror defence

Chennai, Saturday, April 4, 2015

1.13am: "Mayday! Mayday! This is the Air Safety Directorate. ATC and IAF radar operators have advised us that SpanAir Flight 210 from Delhi to Rome veered off scheduled course 10 minutes after takeoff ...

 
 
Kenya: Security questions as Garissa dead mourned

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Kenya is mourning 148 people killed in Thursday's al-Shabab attack on Garissa university campus, amid questions over why warnings were ignored. Kenyan newspapers say there was intelligence information of an imminent attack on a ...

 
 
Teen trapped in a 104-year-old’s body, dies

Friday, April 3, 2015

A 17-year-old who suffered from a rare genetic condition that left her with the body of an elderly woman has died. Hayley Okines had progeria, which meant that as a child, her body aged at a rapid rate – ...

 
 
Boost to rooftop solar power

Kolkata, Friday, April 3, 2015

The state government is set to introduce a policy that will encourage households and other buildings—institutional and commercial—to install rooftop solar plants and do their bit in reducing carbon...

 
 
Bengal workers to return from Yemen today

Chinsurah, Friday, April 3, 2015

Families of 27 jewellery workers from Hooghly and Burdwan stranded in strife-torn Yemen for days heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday. After spending sleepless nights for days together, they heard from their kin who...

 
 
Kolkata's maiden Art Biennale

Kolkata, Friday, April 3, 2015

Over 200 artworks by masters and contemporary artists from Asia, Europe, America and Africa will be on display at the city's first art biennale beginning on April 7, the organisers...

 
 
Jammu-Srinagar national highway shut

Jammu, Friday, April 3, 2015

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for traffic for the third day on Friday due to fresh landslides triggered by heavy rains, leaving over 500 Kashmir-bound passengers stranded...

 
 
Another dotcom bubble?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Domestic e-tailers such as Flipkart and Snapdeal have become household names in the country, forcing analysts to take a closer look at the e-commerce sector. Flipkart, which started in 2007, notched up its first billion...

 
 
Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya

Garissa, Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015

Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces...

 
 
Iran nuclear deal: World reacts

Washington, Friday, April 3, 2015

Iran, the United States and five other world powers said Thursday they had reached an agreement outlining limits on Iran's nuclear program to block it from developing atomic weapons. It directs negotiators to work...

 
 
Kayaking, canoeing facility for IIM-C students

Kolkata, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Come Saturday, students and faculty of the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) will be able to paddle up and relax, courtesy a canoeing and kayaking facility that will be launched at the campus ...

 
 
Series of fortunate events that led Cariappa to Kolkata

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Some people have terrible phone luck and some people are just busy most of the time. Try getting these two kinds of people to get in touch with each other – it’s a toughie. So when the call did go through, a month-long ...

 
 
Kolkata Armenian school turns 194

Yerevan, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kolkata’s historic Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy (ACPA) on Wednesday celebrated the legacy of Indian and Armenian educational cooperation on the 194th anniversary of its founding...

 
 
Marvel prints Byomokesh's Bollywood dream

Thursday, April 2, 2015

For all of you who are awaiting your dose of nostalgia with the Detective Byomkesh Bakshi (DBB) release (tomorrow, 3 April), it's just got a tad easier to immortalise the Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's classic and the...

 
 
Record Nabard financing to Bengal in FY15

Kolkata, Thursday, April 2, 2015

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has done business worth over Rs. 4,760 crore during FY-15. This, incidentally, is one of the all-time high businesses that Nabard has done here in...

 
 
Arrest warrant against Musharraf in Lal Masjid case

Islamabad, Thursday, April 2, 2015

A non-bailable arrest warrant was issued on Thursday against former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf by a court here for repeatedly failing to appear in the 2007 murder case of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi. ...

 
 
Kolkata: Salt Lake gets its first cyber police station

Kolkata, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Months after Bidhannagar Police opened a cyber cell that was operating out of a makeshift room, the cyber police station came into existence on Wednesday with its new office at Bidhannagar North police station. The office earlier operated out of ...

 
 
DD docu on Mrinal Sen handed over to film-maker

Kolkata, Thursday, April 2, 2015

As part of its tribute to India's living legends, Doordarshan has made a documentary on legendary film maker Mrinal Sen, the DVD of which was handed to the nonagenarian movie maker here on Wednesday ...

 
 
Cross launches anti-theft smart wallet

Thursday, April 2, 2015

US-based writing instruments manufacturer company Cross on Tuesday launched anti-theft smart leather wallet in east Indian city of Kolkata ...

 
 
La Martiniere gets 2 principals on the same day

Kolkata, Thursday, April 2, 2015

La Martiniere School on Wednesday scripted history by inducting two new principals together. While Rupkatha Sarkar became the principal of the girls' school, John Rafi took charge of La Martiniere for Boys. This is the first time the ...

 
 
Sourav Ganguly hopes for Bengal to win Ranji

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who was only a 17-year-old making his debut when Bengal won the Ranji Trophy for the last time in 1990, on Wednesday hoped the team would not take another 25 years to...

 
 
World's oldest person dies weeks after 117th b'day

Okawa, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa of Japan, has died a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Okawa succumbed to heart failure surrounded by relatives and nursing home workers who praised ...

 
 
IPL 8 opening ceremony in Kolkata on April 7

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The opening ceremony of the 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium on April 7, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) statement said on Wednesday ...

 
 
Kolkata's super-rich count soars

London, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The number of multi-millionaires -who are worth $10 million or above -is rocketing in Kolkata with the city recording a higher percentage increase in the superrich category when compared to other Asia Pacific heavyweights like Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore ...

 
 
Kolkata students design 'smart trolley'

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

After smartphones, gear up for the "smart trolley", a unique device designed by two Kolkata students that signals excessive liquid petroleum gas (LPG) usage and also helps track it's consumption ...

 
 
Harvard Univ to open international office in Mumbai

New York, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The US' prestigious Harvard University is set to open its international offices in India, China and South Africa to facilitate research and academic work for its affiliates in those regions. ...

 
 
Students making pen friends through postal mail

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Putting aside emails, Twitter and Facebook, students of a school in Kolkata are making pen pals in the US through the old-fashioned postal mail ...

 
 
Malala friend gets healing touch in Kolkata

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai chose Kolkata — after running a web check of a number of cities worldwide — for the treatment of a close friend who was suffering from a heart ailment ...

 
 
Online system to certify tea exports to Iran

Kolkata, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

India has made it mandatory for tea being exported to Iran to carry a certificate that the commodity complies with the standards in that country, a measure that comes in the wake of a report by Greenpeace on pesticides in Indian tea that had ...

 
 
Thane girl gets a pacemaker 20 minutes after birth

Mumbai, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

When baby Sunita's parents were told that she might need a pacemaker in her heart soon after birth, her Thane-based parents were initially not convinced about the need for the operation ...

 
 
Probe begins in Emirates, Etihad near-miss incident

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated an inquiry into Sunday’s near-miss incident involving two aircraft of Emirates and Etihad Airways over Mumbai airspace ...

 
 
UK Sikh assaulted on camera

Birmingham, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Sikh man has been filmed being attacked in Birmingham by another man, while a crowd watches the assault, but does not help, according to local reports. Another person can be seen slumped over in a nearby doorway. This ...

 
 
Nigeria election: Buhari hails victory

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The winner of Nigeria's presidential poll, Muhammadu Buhari, has hailed his victory as a vote for change and proof the nation has embraced democracy. Mr Buhari also praised outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan as a "worthy opponent" ...

 
 
IPL 2015 schedule rejigged due to KMC elections

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Indian Premier League's Kolkata schedule has been slightly rejigged owing to the Municipal elections in the city with the organisers deciding to shift KKR's April 12 to 25 home matches following a request from the police Kolkata ...

 
 
Kolkata Metro to increase services on weekends

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Metro Railway, Kolkata has decided to increase services on Saturdays and Sundays by plying 34 pairs of additional trains from this weekend, it was announced on Tuesday ...

 
 
'Galli Galli Sim Sim' to cover 50,000 kids

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through PSAs, 'Galli Galli Sim Sim' (GGSS) campaign will be rolled out to cover over 50,000 children and their families from April 2015 ...

 
 
Odias in Kolkata to celebrate Utkal Divas

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

From traditional songs and Ranappa to a performance by a conch shell troupe, Odias in Kolkata are ready to celebrate the 79th Utkal Divas in a big way ...

 
 
Makeover for CU zoology museum

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Ballygunge Science College building of the Calcutta University is set to have an 'educative interpretation center'. A century-old museum storing thousands of extremely rare zoological finds is being restored and revamped. Once the process ...

 
 
Argentina, Chile start hunt for Indian climber

New Delhi, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Argentina and Chile have agreed to start aerial search missions to trace missing Indian mountaineer, Malli Mastan Babu. Answering questions, MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said the governments of ...

 
 
NSA shooting: 1 dead after car rams security gate

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One man has been killed and another was seriously wounded after a shooting at a gate to the US National Security Agency headquarters near Washington. NSA officers fired on a vehicle that refused to follow commands and charged a police ...

 
 
Yemen air strike: Many dead in refugee camp

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

At least 40 people have been killed in an attack on a camp for internally displaced people in north Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition continued to strike Houthi targets around the country for a fifth day ...

 
 
TMC releases manifesto for KMC polls

Kolkata, Monday, March 30, 2015

Ruling Trinamool Congress today released its manifesto for the forthcoming crucial elections to the 144-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) promising to make the city "Green and Clean". "We will make it (the city) green and clean, ...

 
 
Goodricke to gradually focus on branded teas

Monday, March 30, 2015

Goodricke Group Limited, a part of UK-based Camellia Plc, will gradually shift its focus on branded teas, a company official said on Monday. "We will now gradually shift our focus to branded teas as this business gives a steady flow of ...

 
 
Sony Aath to telecast IPL 2015's Bengali feed

Mumbai , Monday, March 30, 2015

After the success of regional feeds during last year’s FIFA World Cup (on Multi Screen Media network) and the just concluded ICC Cricket World Cup (on Star India), the annual twenty-20 tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) will also ...

 
 
Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha included in KKR

Bangalore, Monday, March 30, 2015

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders have named all-rounders Azhar Mahmood and Johan Botha as replacements for James Neesham and Chris Lynn, both of whom will be missing the eighth season ...

 
 
Srinagar on edge as Jhelum rises menacingly

Srinagar, Monday, March 30, 2015

Srinagar remained on the edge throughout Monday with thousands of shopkeepers moving out goods from their shops and people ferrying their families to safer areas as the water level in the Jhelum kept rising ...

 
 
Twelve Artists from Bengal display works in Bengaluru

Monday, March 30, 2015

Colours of Bengal, an exhibition that showcases paintings by 12 artists, will be on at Chitrakala Parishat from April 1 to 7. Veena artiste Suma Sudhindra will inaugurate the show at 5 pm on ...

 
 
Last respects to Birla matriarch

Kolkata, Monday, March 30, 2015

The mortal remains of Sarala Birla, the wife of industrialist B K Birla, was cremated on Sunday in the presence of family and friends ...

 
 
Rich tones of 18th century India

Kolkata, Monday, March 30, 2015

They traversed through an alien land on foot, boats and horseback and in bullock carts. They risked their life and limb, plodding through 18th century India to capture it in their paintings. They were the Daniells, an uncle-nephew duo, whose quest for the exotic ...

 
 
Kashmir flood: 16 feared trapped as two

Srinagar, Monday, March 30, 2015

Sixteen people are feared trapped when two houses sunk into ground at Chadoora area in Budgam district of Kashmir on Monday , according to police. The government declared a flood situation in Kashmir earlier in the day as River Jhelum ...

 
 
Iran nuclear talks: World powers to meet foreign min

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ministers from six world powers are expected to hold their first full session on Monday with Iran's foreign minister over its nuclear programme. The deadline for reaching an agreement is Tuesday. ...

 
 
Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

Monday, March 30, 2015

A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea and a tsunami warning was issued soon after. The epicentre of Monday morning's quake was near the town of Rabaul in the ...

 
 
Now Kolkata has its own 'dance cafe'

Kolkata, Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bringing the concept of dance cafe to Uday Shankar's home city, eminent dance choreographer Sukalyan Bhattacharya today launched a workshop where the aspiring students and professionals and film actors can talk, breath and dream ...

 
 
Saina breaks a 'jinx'

New Delhi, Sunday, March 29, 2015

Finally, Saina Nehwal broke her ‘jinx’ in the $275,000 India Open badminton championship here and K. Srikanth doubled India's joy. In what turned out to be a repeat Indian ‘double’ as seen in the China Open last November, Saina ...

 
 
WB: Cleanliness project shortlisted for UN award

Kolkata, Sunday, March 29, 2015

The "Sabar Souchagar" (toilet for all) project in West Bengal's Nadia district, framed under the state's "Nirmal Bangla" initiative and aimed at promoting cleanliness and sanitation in rural Bengal, has been shortlisted...

 
 
Dandified retires in a blaze of glory

Kolkata, Sunday, March 29, 2015

One can't recall in recent memory, any horse given the kind of rousing send-off that Dandified was accorded on a warm Saturday afternoon at RCTC. The big-boned bay with a body weight of about 500 kg...

 
 
Aadhaar count in 13 states higher than their pops

New Delhi, Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aadhaar numbers assigned to adult residents in 13 of the country's 36 states and Union territories have exceeded their respective population as per 2011 census figures. Not only this, the overall Aadhaar coverage...

 
 
'Open the Damn Door,' Germanwings captain to co-pilot

Dusseldorf, Sunday, March 29, 2015

The captain of the Germanwings flight, which officials say was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, shouted at the co-pilot to "open the damn door" as he made desperate attempts to return to the locked...

 
 
WB CM congratulates Saina

Kolkata , Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday congratulated shuttler Saina Nehwal for assuring herself of the world number one position, the first Indian woman badminton player to achieve the mark ...

 
 
Kolkata lone Indian link in Maritime Silk Road

Beijing, Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kolkata was the lone Indian port to figure in the final blueprint of China's ambitious Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project. Inspired by the historic 2,000-year-old Maritime Silk Route, Kolkata was shown on the map released ...

 
 
Kolkata outpaces other metros in new homes

Kolkata, Saturday, March 28, 2015

The City of Joy outpaced other metros in commencing construction of new homes in the fiscal year that is coming to an end. In Kolkata, construction of as many as 17,300 units started in the year that began in April 2014...

 
 
Atletico de Kolkata in talks with Forlan

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Atletico de Kolkata, the Kolkata franchise of the much popular Indian Super League (ISL), which struck the right chord with fans across the country, are in conversation with Cerezo Osaka striker Diego Forlan to...

 
 
India successfully launches IRNSS-1D

Chennai, Saturday, March 28, 2015

India took another step towards putting in place an alternative to the American GPS on Saturday, putting in orbit IRNSS-1D, the fourth of the seven satellites that would form a navigation satellite...

 
 
Saina 1st Indian woman shuttler to be world no. 1

New Delhi, Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saina Nehwal created history on Saturday as she became the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking after her closest challenger for the spot, Spain's Carolina Marin, lost in the...

 
 
Germanwings crash: ‘feeling… of injustice’

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Colonel Patrick Touron looked grim-faced, as well he might. His teams of gendarmes had spent three days in a barren, inhospitable Alpine ravine, combing what was left of the Germanwings A320 for...

 
 
Hungry tide thrashes jetty

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A 13ft high tidal bore triggered by a rare confluence of celestial phenomena sunk a jetty and overturned boats anchored on the Hooghly while the rest of the city was either sleeping or partying last ...

 
 
Zoo debut for rhino

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jaldaprasad, a rhinoceros calf rescued from a forest in north Bengal and brought to Alipore zoo in November last year, made its first public appearance on Friday. The calf, around five months old, will be let out in its enclosure for visitors to see during the ...

 
 
India's army chief calls for better UN consultations

United Nations, Saturday, March 28, 2015

Representing the largest contributor to the UN Peacekeeping Operations, India's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag has called for better consultations with troop-contributing countries in deciding mandates for ...

 
 
Age no bar for learning law, rules Supreme Court

New Delhi, Saturday, March 28, 2015

The old saying that age is no bar for learning will apply from this year to those desiring to appear in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), the screening gateway for admission to prestigious national law universities ...

 
 
Alabama police officer indicted for assaulting Indian

Washington, Saturday, March 28, 2015

An Alabama police officer who assaulted an unarmed Indian grandfather while he was taking a morning walk in front of his son's house in a Madison suburb has been indicted by a federal grand jury ...

 
 
Nigerian voters prepare to go to polls

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nigerians are about to go to the polls to elect a president, with incumbent Goodluck Jonathan facing a strong challenge from Muhammadu Buhari. It is expected to be the most closely fought election since independence, set against a ...

 
 
Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen for third night

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saudi-led coalition troops have bombed Houthi targets in Yemen for a third consecutive night, and claim to be in complete control of Yemen's airspace. The air strikes early on Saturday hit targets in the city of Hudaydah on the Red Sea Coast, the ...

 
 
Bengal fund for small units

Kolkata, Friday, March 27, 2015

The Bengal government's proposed Rs 200-crore venture capital fund for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) is likely to take shape next fiscal. Rajiva Sinha, principal secretary at the MSME department, said the Small Industries...

 
 
Bengal to double consumers getting subsidised food

Kolkata, Friday, March 27, 2015

The West Bengal government has decided to increase the number of people getting food grains at highly subsidised rates from 30 million to more than 60 million. "To ensure food security and nutrition, more than three crore people of the state now get food ...

 
 
Leaders MB seek I-League dominance in Kolkata Derby

Friday, March 27, 2015

Table toppers Mohun Bagan would be keen to extend their dominance in the I-League football competition when they meet traditional rivals East Bengal in the return leg of the Kolkata derby at the Salt Lake stadium ...

 
 
IGI official suspended for 'harassing' woman

New Delhi, Friday, March 27, 2015

An immigration assistant at Indira Gandhi International Airport here has been suspended after a lady passenger from Bengaluru approached the Bureau of Immigration alleging that he had sexually harassed her by posing vulgar questions ...

 
 
WBMTDC to handle coal mining in Bengal

Kolkata, Friday, March 27, 2015

West Bengal Mineral Trading and Development Corporation (WB MTDC), the state public sector undertaking for mining, is likely to be the nodal body for the mining of coal blocks allocated to state power utilities...

 
 
Western disturbance may unleash another spell

New Delhi, Friday, March 27, 2015

Another spell of stormy weather is set to sweep several food-bowl states between March 28 and April 2, covering a fourth of the country and potentially worsening the impact of recent hailstorms that have devastated...

 
 
Dornier crash: body of woman officer recovered

New Delhi, Friday, March 27, 2015

Naval divers on Thursday evening located the 16-metre-long fuselage section of the Dornier aircraft that crashed into the sea on the night of March 24 and recovered the body of Lieutenant Kiran Shekhawa...

 
 
At least 19 injured in NYC building explosion

Friday, March 27, 2015

At least 19 people were injured, four of them critically, when an explosion and seven-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building and burned three other structures in New York City's East Village...

 
 
Rio 2016 opens Olympic volunteer centre

Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 27, 2015

The first training centre for Rio's 2016 Olympic volunteer program has opened, organisers said on Thursday. The facility in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood is one of four permanent training...

 
 
Ola Cabs to introduce 3500 new taxis in Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, March 26, 2015

Indian car rental aggregator firm Ola Cabs on Thursday said it is planning to increase its driver sign-ups in Kolkata from the current 1,500 to 5,000 in the coming three months...

 
 
Kolkata-based airline to connect UP’s cities

Agra, Thursday, March 26, 2015

To promote CM Akhilesh Yadav's ambitious dream of developing a UP heritage arch, the state government has signed an MoU with a Kolkata-based shuttle airline which will provide connectivity between Agra...

 
 
Countdown begins for navigation satellite launch

Chennai, Thursday, March 26, 2015

The countdown for the lift of an Indian rocket with the country's fourth navigation satellite as the sole passenger began at 5.49 a.m. on Thursday, the ISRO said. ...

 
 
Passion takes priest Down Under

Ranchi, Thursday, March 26, 2015

Father Tom John, parish priest of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) who is known among his tribal students in the remote Bano village of Simdega as a philatelist, is an ardent cricket fan. ...

 
 
Mamata lauds Twitter Samvad

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is active on Twitter, lauded the Twitter Samvad initiative launched by the social media platform in collaboration with the Indian government on...

 
 
IIT, IIM and ISI to offer a joint course

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Three premier institutions of IIT Kharagpur, IIM Kolkata and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Kolkata, have come together for the first time to offer a joint course in business analytics...

 
 
Dibakar, Sushant to launch fashion line inspired by DBB

Mumbai, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is set in the 1943 of Calcutta. The film has Sushant Singh Rajput playing the title character. The director has made it a point that each and every nuance of the film has been...

 
 
Kangana Ranaut wins National Film Award

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Actress Kangana Ranaut's simplicity and honesty are endearing. The actress, who won the Best Actress National Award for her role in Queen recently, says that she is not a role model and doesn't aspire to be one either. ...

 
 
14 new blood banks to come up across West Bengal

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

West Bengal government will come up with 14 new blood banks to meet the requirement in rural areas, a senior official in the Health Department said. ...

 
 
Air India flight grounded for medical emergency

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An Air India Delhi-Bangkok flight was grounded today at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international airport here after an elderly passenger developed cardiac problems. ...

 
 
11 National Awards for Bengal Brigade: Complete List

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Apart from Srijit Mukherjee winning the National Award for Best Director and Aditya Vikram Sengupta, the Best Debut Filmmaker, West Bengal, in all, brought home 11 National Awards won in the Fiction and Non-Fiction catagory. Here's the the complete list of the Bengal brigade that, like last year, ruled the 62nd edition of the country's biggest film awards too. ...

 
 
Kolkata cheer up for MS Dhoni’s men in ICC Semi-Final

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

As India take on Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi-Final on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the streets of Kolkata — some 13,500 km away from the historic venue — will remain deserted as fans stay glued to their TVs and smartphones to catch the action live. ...

 
 
Kraft and Heinz Merge

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kraft Foods Group, which makes Oscar Mayer meats and macaroni-and-cheese products, will merge with ketchupmaker H.J. Heinz Co. to become the fifth largest food-and-beverage company in the world and the third largest in the U.S. ...

 
 
Hitler painting withdrawn from auction

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Los Angeles auction house has withdrawn a still-life watercolor painted by a young Adolf Hitler, which was due to be auctioned on Thursday. ...

 
 
Germanwings plane crash: Recovery Op resumes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A search and recovery operation is resuming in the southern French Alps after Tuesday's crash of a Germanwings plane with 150 people on board. Officials warn the operation could last for days in a remote mountain ravine between Digne and ...

 
 
WB CM congratulates 62nd National Film Award winners

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday congratulated the 62nd National Film Award winners from her state and other parts of India ...

 
 
Srijit picks Golden Lotus as Tolly does a high five

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Srijit Mukherjee on Tuesday joined the league of extraordinary directors from Bengal — Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose, Tapan Sinha, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Rituparno Ghosh — by picking up the Swarna Kamal for Best Direction for his 2014 ...

 
 
US tunes into folk music

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The project 'Documentation of Bengal Folk Music Genres Bhawaiya, Bhatiyali and Bangla Qawwali' funded by the US Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) was completed with the launch of CDs featuring the three genres at the American Center on ...

 
 
Bypass BRTS may be ready by year-end

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The wait has been long, but now it seems the city is not far from getting its first Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) along the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. Widening of the 15.5km — from Patuli to Ultadanga — stretch is almost 85% complete and if everything goes as ...

 
 
U’khand: Man declared dead after disaster resurfaces

Dehradun, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lost in the flash floods of Uttarakhand that killed thousands and considered as dead by the state government, 46-year-old Pushkar Singh of Chamoli district was found roaming in the streets of Rudraprayag district by his cousin ...

 
 
Bengal summer camp to coach elderly on internet use

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Senior citizens who find it difficult to grapple with basic computing and internet activities can learn the essentials, courtesy a special summer camp course, an organiser said on Tuesday. ...

 
 
Bengal summer camp to coach elderly on internet use

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Senior citizens who find it difficult to grapple with basic computing and internet activities can learn the essentials, courtesy a special summer camp course, an organiser said on Tuesday. To be launched in May, the summer vacation science camp at the Birla Industrial and Technological ...

 
 
Navy rings China nuclear sub alarm

New Delhi, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Indian Navy has flagged concern over the deployment of a Chinese nuclear submarine for anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden that transited through waters close to India. The navy has told the government that the submarine, probably a Shang-class Type T094 nuclear ...

 
 
Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter mission extended by 6 mths

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

India's maiden Mars Orbiter mission was extended for another six months on Tuesday to further explore the Red Planet and its atmosphere, a senior official said here. "As the 1,340kg Mars Orbiter has sufficient fuel (37kg) to last longer than it was intended earlier, its ...

 
 
Obama vows L-1B visa reform to attract global business

Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Declaring that "America is proudly open for business", President Barack announced plans to reform the L-1B visa category to allow global corporations to temporarily move workers to the US in a faster, simpler way. ...

 
 
Olympic swimmer Park served 18-month ban

Geneva, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

South Korean swimming star Park Tae-hwan has been banned for 18 months by world swimming body FINA, after failing a drug test last year ...

 
 
Mild earthquake in western Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A mild earthquake, measuring 2.7 in the Richter Scale, hit the Meerut region of western Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. ...

 
 
Pay more for mangoes this year

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A bite of the luscious Dussehri may cost more than usual this summer. Besides, the fruit is likely to be smaller and less sweet. The Maal-Malihabad-Kakori belt — which produces the famed mango variety and is ...

 
 
GM Barua unveils 20-20 format for chess

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chess will have a '20-20' version, if GM Dibyendu Barua and a Kolkata-based realtor have their way in popularising a new version of the traditional game of 64 squares. The country's second Grandmaster Barua along with ...

 
 
CM condoles Lee Kuan Yew's death

Kolkata, Monday, March 23, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today condoled the death of Singapore's founding father and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. "Saddened to hear about death of Lee Kuan ...

 
 
Linde India sets up new facility in Bengal

Kolkata, Monday, March 23, 2015

Linde India Ltd has said that it has set up its first dedicated healthcare cylinder filling site at Siliguri in West Bengal. The unit consists of cryogenic liquid storage and cylinder filling facility, the company said in a release. ...

 
 
Is folk culture under threat from urbanisation?

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Folkloristic Education and Research Institute (Feri) on Monday organized a national seminar at Jadavpur University under the topic 'Urban Folklore and Impact of Urbanization on Folklore' ...

 
 
Byomkesh Bakshy! Get a taste of 1940s Kolkata

Monday, March 23, 2015

The makers of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy have released the video of night club number Calcutta kiss featuring Lauren Gottlieb. Sung by Imaad Shah and Saba Azad, Calcutta Kiss is a thoroughly peppy, foot-tapping ...

 
 
Yemen minister calls for Gulf military intervention

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Yemeni foreign minister has called for Gulf Arab states to intervene to prevent the advance of Shia Houthi rebels into the south of the country. The Houthis ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi last month, who fled to the southern port city of Aden where he established a rival power base. ...

 
 
IIT, IIEST told to decide on remote sensing device

Kolkata, Monday, March 23, 2015

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), on Friday, directed the director, IIT Kharagpur, and vice-chancellor, IIEST, Shibpur, to consider the possibility of developing a remote sensing device for pollution checks on vehicles. The NGT's eastern zone bench also wanted to know from authorities why clean fuels like ...

 
 
Heart surgery saves Bangla 10-year-old

Kolkata, Monday, March 23, 2015

A 10-year-old Bangladeshi girl suffering from a gene-induced cardiac disorder was successfully operated upon in the city last week. When she was brought to a private hospital in Kolkata two months ago, doctors gave her a few months to live. However, doctors at Rabindranath Tagore International Institute ...

 
 
World Cup: India holds upper hand over Australia

Monday, March 23, 2015

It is going to be a thriller at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 26. Both India and Australia have played exceptional cricket in the World Cup. It is going to be a big game between both the teams. ...

 
 
Butchers fear livelihood loss as beef ban sets in

Mumbai, Monday, March 23, 2015

At 64 acres, the Deonar abattoir in Mumbai’s central suburbs is one of Asia’s largest slaughterhouses. These days though, the wooden slabs on which till recently were culled bulls, bullocks and buffaloes are used as sleeping spaces by the daily labourers. Some distance away, another group of butchers is ...

 
 
Founder of modern Singapore passes away at 91

Singapore, Monday, March 23, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired worldwide for turning the city-state into one of the world’s richest nations while in power for 31 years, died on Monday. He was 91. Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on February 5 for ...

 
 
Mobile eye care boat clinic for people in the Sunderbans

Bengal, Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lakhs of people who live in remote and inaccessible islands of the Sunderbans and have no access to eye care facilities can now find help in a mobile eye clinic thanks to the efforts of an international NGO. The islands are spread over 19 blocks and for its denizens a visit to the nearest eye care centre may even ...

 
 
Kolkata's maiden tech hackathon for 'smart' India

Kolkata, Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kol, Mar 22 At least 100 computer programmers and innovators will brainstorm in the city's first technological hackathon to come up with ideas for a 'smart' India where devices could be controlled from a single source, an organiser said on Saturday. The 'Spark HACK' event organised by Jadavpur University seeks to ...

 
 
Fair boosts Kolkata’s realty dreams

Kolkata, Sunday, March 22, 2015

The city is on a realty high, expanding in all directions. It has emerged as an investor's dream destination. To boost this image further, The Times of India is holding Times Property Fair 2015 at Atrium, City Centre II, from March 21 to 22, 2015, from 11am to 8pm. The fair was inaugurated by Hidco ...

 
 
Serampore riverfront going back to its old Danish look

Serampore, Sunday, March 22, 2015

Serampore is fast getting back its old Danish look, thanks to active efforts of the National Museum, Denmark and the state heritage commission. The prime focus is the riverfront, which used to be the hub of Danish traders when Serampore was a colony of their country from 1755 to 1845. Serampore used to ...

 
 
Houthis seize strategic Yemeni city

London, Sunday, March 22, 2015

Houthi fighters opposed to Yemen’s president took over the central city of Taiz in an escalation of a power struggle diplomats say risks drawing in neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia and its main regional rival Iran. Residents of Taiz, on a main road from the capital Sanaa to the country’s second city of Aden ...

 
 
Rverfront going back to its old Danish look

Serampore, Sunday, March 22, 2015

Serampore is fast getting back its old Danish look, thanks to active efforts of the National Museum, Denmark and the state heritage commission. The prime focus is the riverfront, which used to be the hub of Danish traders when...

 
 
Fair boosts Kolkata’s realty dreams

Kolkata, Sunday, March 22, 2015

The city is on a realty high, expanding in all directions. It has emerged as an investor's dream destination. To boost this image further, The Times of India is holding Times Property Fair 2015 at Atrium, City Centre II, from March 21...

 
 
Kolkata customers relish sweets depicting cricketers

Kolkata, Sunday, March 22, 2015

Visitors are thronging a sweet shop in Kolkata to buy sweets depicting the country's cricket team. Models of bats, balls and Indian cricketers made of sweets were put on display to support the team in World Cup...

 
 
Hundreds take part in Cheti Chand fete

Visakhapatnam, Sunday, March 22, 2015

As the lights went off, a group of six girls swayed to the tunes of ‘Ganesh vandana’ holding diyas. After a brief pause, women clad in long-flared colourful lehengas with matching choli and dupatta got on the dance floor to swirl around...

 
 
Yemeni city Taiz 'seized by Shia rebels'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Parts of Yemen's third largest city Taiz have been seized by Shia rebels, reports quoting security officials say. The city's airport was among the areas seized by Houthi rebels, reports said...

 
 
Indonesia facing overpopulation crisis?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

You know a country is overpopulated when people cannot afford to queue. In Indonesia this is visible every day at bus and train stations. Transport facilities have long lost their battle with exploding demand...

 
 
NSE and IIM Calcutta to help start-ups in West Bengal

Saturday, March 21, 2015

IIM Calcutta and National Stock Exchange (NSE) have been roped in by the Government of West Bengal to help small and medium industries after they avail the state’s Rs 200 crore venture capital...

 
 
Tribals in Bengal to use Facebook for development

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Taking their friendship from the virtual to the real world, more than 600 "educated and privileged" Facebook users belonging to West Bengal's tribal communities will meet on April 5 to discuss strategies to harness social media for tribal...

 
 
Atletico de Kolkata unfurl grassroots blueprint

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In an effort to ensure their title triumph in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) doesn’t become just a footnote in history, champions Atletico de Kolkata have made concrete efforts to ensure grassroots football will flourish under their...

 
 
Indian-origin researcher develop mini-heart on microchip

San Francisco, Saturday, March 21, 2015

An Indian-origin scientist with the University of California at Berkeley was involved in growing a viable, pulsating heart on a microchip to improve drug screening. ...

 
 
IEM Group opens new varsity in Rajarhat

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Institute of Engineering and Management Group has set up a private university at Rajarhat where an education hub is underway with at least 30 top-notch city institutes being allotted around 150 acres to expand their campuses. ...

 
 
WWF to light up 1k Sunderbans homes

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Following the Light for Stripes project aimed at reducing human-tiger conflict in the Sunderbans, WWF-India is now working on project 'Sahasra Jyoti' or 'Beacon for the Mangroves' to light up 1,000 households in Satjelia island in the estuarine delta. ...

 
 
Greek nun lights up lives, gives hope to Kolkata kids

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Away from the city's din, a 63 year-old Greek nun is touching the lives of a few hundred children, mostly orphans. Working silently for more than two decades, Sister Nectaria Paradisi has given them hope of a brighter future. ...

 
 
Unicef to set up CSR hub in Kolkata

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

With the objective to sensitise the corporate sector in eastern India about their social commitments, Unicef signed a preliminary agreement with industry body CII to set up a hub here ...

 
 
A gift from California for autistic kids in city

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Here's a genuine reason to cheer for parents of autistic children in the city. Dr Michael Chez, the pioneer of autism and epilepsy treatment from Sutter Neurosciences Institute, California, is in the city to carry forward his experiment of treating autistic children with stem cells from the umbilical cord. ...

 
 
Join us, make your Sunday special

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Park Street's penultimate tryst with happiness will unfold this Sunday morning with thousands descending on the iconic street, like the Sundays gone by, to celebrate life. Like the other three Sundays, a number of exciting and action-packed events have been lined up for March 22 too. ...

 
 
Portrait of the singer as a homebody

Kolkata, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Suchitra Mitra. What kind of vignettes do the name conjure up in your mind? An inimitable bold voice that started a new genre in Rabindrasangeet; a disciplined, rather headstrong individual who knew no compromise; ...

 
 
Swine flu virus to die as temperatures rise

Panaji, Saturday, March 21, 2015

Goa Health Minister Francis D'Souza said the swine flu virus will die automatically when the mercury will rise in the state with the advent of summer and the situation was under control. ...

 
 
A dying art form that tells the Santhal story

Kolkata, Friday, March 20, 2015

Daman Murmu, one of the few surviving artists who perform Chadar Badar, an ancient form of Santhal puppetry, wants to pass on this art to as many people as he can. However, so far he has got only one student, one of his sons-in-law...

 
 
ISIL claims attack on Bardo National Museum

Tunis, Friday, March 20, 2015

Tunisia said it would deploy the army to major cities and arrested nine people on Thursday after 20 foreign tourists were shot dead in an attack on a museum which Islamic State called “the first drop of the rain”. ...

 
 
Survey hints at Bengal industry revival

Kolkata, Friday, March 20, 2015

A survey report indicates that Kolkata, which was home to many of the country's top brands even five decades ago, is once again emerging as the hub of popular business names that have national presence. ...

 
 
Homoeopathy centre at IIEST soon

Kolkata, Friday, March 20, 2015

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) at Shibpur will soon open a centre for homoeopathy and other alternative medicines. ...

 
 
ESIC to continue with med colleges

Kolkata, Friday, March 20, 2015

Students of the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical colleges in the city and elsewhere are relieved as the ESIC has assured that they would continue with the medical colleges and also said that they would admit students for MBBS and post graduate course for 2015-16. ...

 
 
Eye institute director to join Presi mentors

Kolkata, Friday, March 20, 2015

The Presidency University Mentor Group (PMG) is set to get a new member in Dorairajan Balasubramanian, Research Director at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad. He will replace former director and mentor Swapan Chakravorty who has joined the varsity as distinguished professor. ...

 
 
Agencies barred from hiring nurses for overseas jobs

Chennai, Friday, March 20, 2015

The Centre has banned private agencies from hiring nurses for overseas posts to clamp down on widespread recruitment malpractices and job fraud, especially by racketeers who target candidates seeking employment in Gulf nations. ...

 
 
Andhra Pradesh slips into fiscal abyss

Hyderabad, Friday, March 20, 2015

Andhra Pradesh got entangled in a major financial crisis with the expenditure crossing the permissible limits. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday informed the state that it has slipped into the overdraft facility from the central bank. ...

 
 
Italy raises marines row with Ban Ki-moon

United Nations, Friday, March 20, 2015

Italy has again raised the issue of its two marines facing trial in India with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, whose office said that the UN's position of resolving the issue bilaterally "remains unchanged". ...

 
 
Bengali original music debuts in Jamsteady

Thursday, March 19, 2015

All the three newbies in the scene played original Bangla songs. Bemanan, which opened the day's set, was greeted with much applause after a soulful and acoustic set ...

 
 
Yahoo shuts China operations

Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Internet giant Yahoo Inc. is withdrawing its remaining operations in China, laying off over 200 employees and shutting down its Beijing research centre, a media report said. The company said it informed employees of the job cuts on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported ...

 
 
Anti-haemophilic kits distributed to poor children

Kolkata, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Medical kits containing anti-haemophilic factors were distributed free of cost to children suffering from the genetic disorder here by Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited. ...

 
 
WB CM congratulates Indian cricket team

Kolkata, Thursday, March 19, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today congratulated the Indian cricket team for their victory against Bangladesh in the quarter-final match of the ICC World CUP, 2015. ...

 
 
Railways: Why you can never book a ticket at 8 am

New Delhi, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Your chances of securing confirmed train tickets on popular routes just went up. The Railways has zeroed in on the biggest reason behind the perennial complaint of passengers not being able to get confirmed tickets even after turning up at the ticket counters at 8 am, when they open across India....

 
 
Pakistan envoy invites WB CM for a visit

Kolkata, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, the second day of his three-day visit to Kolkata, and invited her to visit Pakistan. ...

 
 
Teen rides high on ‘Wings of Fire’

Kolkata, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fourteen-year-old Md Adil Aman lives in a modest two-bedroom house in Asansol. And he is yet to watch a science fiction. But that hasn't come in the way of dreaming big. Real big. The Class IX boy has conceived a spaceship that can be a colony for 1 lakh people and a home away from earth. ...

 
 
Kolkata ready for Cinderella magic

Kolkata, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Here is a story that has managed to survive 21 centuries and is still going strong. It is perhaps the mother of all classics. So when advance bookings for 'Cinderella' — the film — open on Thursday morning, tickets are expected to fly of the counters. All multiplexes have announced four to five shows of the movie on prime time, beating all other releases hands down. ...

 
 
SSKM doctor plans cardiac speciality hospital in Pailan

Kolkata, Thursday, March 19, 2015

A 300-bed cardiac care super-speciality hospital is in the offing at Pailan in South 24-Parganas, thanks to the efforts of an assistant professor of cardiology at IPGMER & SSKM Hospital. Doctor Saroj Mandal has nearly three acres of land near Chak Balaibag at Nepalgunge, Pailan, where he plans to build this hospital and run it on a 'no-profit no-loss' basis. ...

 
 
Get a taste of ‘Good France’ in Kolkata

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If it involves food, can Kolkata be left out? On Thursday, city restaurants will celebrate the global gastronomical event, 'Gout de France' (Good France), with over 1,300 chefs across five continents dishing up, at the same time, a menu featuring gourmet French cuisine. ...

 
 
Russian treaty with S. Ossetia breaks internat law: NATO

Brussels, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Russia's new treaty with Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region breaks international law and hampers efforts to strengthen regional security, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. ...

 
 
WB CM launches digitised ration cards in Bengal

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday launched digitised ration cards in the state, estimated to benefit more than five crore people. ...

 
 
Elevated walkway come up at Dakshineswar temple: WB CM

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Rs.65 crore elevated walkway project that will connect different forms of transport to the famed Dakshineswar Kali temple. ...

 
 
Pak envoy to meet CM today

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit will present a slew of trade and cultural proposals to chief minister Mamata Banerjee when he meets her at the state secretariat on Wednesday. ...

 
 
Surgery by robot, Done in city now

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Surgical technique took a big stride ahead in the city with a minimally invasive trans-oral surgery at a private hospital recently. Performed by a robot, the procedure involved the use of laser to operate a malignant growth near the base of the tongue of a 59-year-old patient. ...

 
 
Nor’westers may give March a miss

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's steadily getting warm and the countdown for the season's first nor'wester is on. With the midday mercury touching 35.3 degrees on Tuesday, a scorching spell is round the corner, warns the Met office. ...

 
 
UP govt not to acquire land without farmers' consent

Lucknow, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Land for development of state-funded projects in Uttar Pradesh will now be acquired through mutual agreement with land owners and land holders. The new system of land acquisition was granted approval at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav yesterday. ...

 
 
'Asia miracle' of high growth fading: Report

Beijing, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The "Asia miracle" of high economic growth and robust trade is fast disappearing, a nongovernmental and nonprofit international organisation said on Tuesday. Economic indicators show an uncertain future for Asia as economic integration dawdles, according to the "Progress of Asian Economic Integration Report" of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). ...

 
 
Buckingham Palace opens ballrooms for public

London, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It is Britain's most coveted dining room. And you're unlikely to have set foot in it if you aren't a head of state, royalty or a celebrity of global renown. ...

 
 
20 swine flu deaths reported in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday said 20 swine flu deaths have been reported in the state, while 79 patients are still admitted in different hospitals of the state....

 
 
Main accused in Haryana church vandalisation arrested

Chandigarh, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Haryana Police today arrested the main accused in the vandalisation of an under-construction church in a village in Hisar district. ...

 
 
Stalwarts of Bengal theatre adapted Shakespearean songs

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

William Shakespeare has been omnipresent in Bengal's culturescape for over 200 years, with luminaries like Dinabandhu Mitra, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Jyotirindranath Tagore and Girish Ghosh and Utpal Dutt bringing in the bard innovatively in their plays. ...

 
 
Ishapore Factory to display Ghatak Assault Rifle

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

On Wednesday and Thursday, people from this part from this part of the country can catch their first glimpse of the 'Ghatak' assault rifle developed by Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) for Indian armed forces. ...

 
 
Sydney Muslims counter mainstream media with TV studio

Sydney, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Members of Sydney's Muslim community have set up a new television studio to counter the mainstream media's treatment of Islam in Australia, a media report said on Tuesday. ...

 
 
Iran confronts US at Geneva nuclear talks: Official

Lausanne, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, a senior US official said Monday. ...

 
 
Students step out to stand by ‘sister’

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Almost every convent and Christian missionary school of the city organized special prayer services on Monday for the nun who was gang-raped in Ranaghat. The day started with prayers and special assembly sessions where students were urged to join the congregation at Allen Park along with their parents. ...

 
 
Bengal's Andal airport to commence operations in April

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

India's first private greenfield airport at Andal in West Bengal's Burdwan district is likely to be ready for operations by April this year to handle both commercial as well as passenger traffic, an official said. ...

 
 
'Surreal' lights in New Town

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Three luminous waves of white dots floating in space in the dark. A blink of an eye and they are gone, engulfed by the night. Motorists driving down the Main Arterial Road of New Town are having such a surreal experience while approaching the crossing near City Centre 2. ...

 
 
Prince Harry to quit British army after 10 years

London, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Prince Harry announced today he is to leave the British army after 10 years' service that has seen him fight on the front line twice in Afghanistan. ...

 
 
Hailstorm rages standing crop to the ground

Mumbai , Monday, March 16, 2015

Heavy damage to standing crops have been reported from parts of Vidharbha and other parts of Maharashtra due to exceptionally heavy hailstorms which lashed part of the area over Sunday night....

 
 
Strongest action will be taken : Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Monday, March 16, 2015

With police yet to arrest those behind the alleged gangrape of a septuagenarian nun at a convent in Nadia, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said "strongest action" will be taken against them. ...

 
 
AFC Cup: East Bengal face Balestier Khalsa FC in Singapore

Kolkata, Monday, March 16, 2015

Having held Hong Kong giants Kitchee SC at home, spirited East Bengal will be aiming for full points when they face bottom-placed Balestier Khalsa FC, in Group F of the AFC Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday. ...

 
 
Meet for Tobacco-Free world in city

Kolkata, Monday, March 16, 2015

o carry on the campaign for a tobacco-free world, the US-based Bloomberg Initiative and The International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease came together to host a meet in the city of joy. ...

 
 
Only women cabbies for NDMC's new taxi service

New Delhi, Monday, March 16, 2015

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is planning to launch an all women cab service in view of the increasing number of crimes against women in buses and taxis. ...

 
 
Key For Studying Effects Of Global Warming

Kolkata, Monday, March 16, 2015

The Indian Meteorological Department has finally woken up to the need for collecting more weather data from central Himalayas spanning Darjeeling, parts of Jalpaiguri and Sikkim. ...

 
 
Back on the happy trail

Kolkata, Monday, March 16, 2015

Suzzane Jao hadn't expected a Kolkata street to wipe out traffic and host a carnival-like event. On Sunday morning, when the tourist from Taiwan stepped on Park Street, she couldn't help but break into a smile. ...

 
 
New moms expect relief from bell curve appraisal

Mumbai, Monday, March 16, 2015

It's not easy for women employees who go on maternity or childcare leave to return to work. It's even more difficult for them, post that leave, if their performance appraisal is done on a bell curve rating. ...

 
 
Men in uniform glad to serve ‘real VIPs’

Kolkata, Monday, March 16, 2015

Managing rallies, handling agitations, investigating gory incidents... Policemen have a daunting task cut out through the week. So waking up early on Sundays to be there on Park Street for 'Happy Streets' is probably a tough ask. ...

 
 
Indian women's hockey team wins HWL Round 2

New Delhi, Monday, March 16, 2015

The Indian women's hockey team defeated Poland 3-1 in the final to emerge Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2 champions at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Sunday. ...

 
 
Powerful quake strikes central Indonesia

Jakarta, Monday, March 16, 2015

A strong and shallow undersea quake jolted Sulawesi Island in the central part of Indonesia on Monday morning, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here. So far, there is no report of damage or casualty, an official of the agency said ...

 
 
Christians to take out solidarity rally

Kolkata, Sunday, March 15, 2015

To express solidarity with the senior nun who was gangraped at convent school in Nadia district, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta would take out a rally tomorrow. ...

 
 
Blues’ Down Under tale spins a surprise in Kolkata clubs

Kolkata, Sunday, March 15, 2015

Over 7,000 km away from Team India’s phenomenal success in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup in Down Under, Kolkata is scripting a different kind of tale, but not very different. ...

 
 
WB Govt takes steps to clear farmers' potato stock

Kolkata, Sunday, March 15, 2015

West Bengal government is keeping a close eye on the situation arising out of surplus potatao output in the state which has left farmers worried. ...

 
 
Twitter buys video streaming app Periscope

San Francisco, Sunday, March 15, 2015

Twitter said it had purchased the maker of the video streaming app Periscope, amid what seems to be surging interest in live video sharing. ...

 
 
Cyclone Pam's trail of destruction in Pacific’s Vanuatu

New Zealand, Sunday, March 15, 2015

At least eight people were confirmed dead in Vanuatu after a massive cyclone tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago, and the death toll is likely to rise much higher once communications are restored with outlying islands, aid workers said Sunday. ...

 
 
Mumbai monorail halts due to power failure

Mumbai, Sunday, March 15, 2015

A power disruption on Sunday forced the Mumbai monorail to grind to a halt, leading to the evacuation of 11 passengers and a pilot from the train and raising questions over the train's efficiency. ...

 
 
Kol researchers develop targeted therapy

Kolkata, Sunday, March 15, 2015

A team of researchers at the Calcutta University has developed a targeted drug delivery method that can reach the heart and treat it without affecting any of the other vital organs. ...

 
 
Britain bets big on Bengal as biz gateway

London, Sunday, March 15, 2015

Britain has a keen eye to invest heavily in Bengal with the chair of the UK India Business Council telling TOI in an exclusive interview that the state is India's “Gateway to SouthEast Asia“. ...

 
 
International bus terminal a step closer to reality

Kolkata, Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has got one step up in setting up the international and inter-state bus terminal cum commercial centre at Rajarhat New Town. ...

 
 
Company floated to develop riverfront

Kolkata, Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Kolkata Riverfront Development Limited - a new joint venture company has been formed between the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) to work as a concessioning authority for developing the city's riverfront, ...

 
 
Focusing on long term sustainability in India: Audi

Germany, Sunday, March 15, 2015

Having achieved leadership position in the Indian luxury vehicles segment, German auto major Audi is focusing on long-term sustainability of its business while maintaining the top slot. ...

 
 
Nasheed in jail pushes Maldives to the brink

Male, Sunday, March 15, 2015

A day after former president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in jail on terror charges, opposition leaders in Maldives called for a civil disobedience movement to bring down President Abdulla Yameen’s government and replace it with what they call a “people’s government”. ...

 
 
West Bengal plans freight subsidy for potato export

Kolkata , Saturday, March 14, 2015

If high potato prices had led West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop supplies to neighbouring states last year, this time a bumper crop has prompted the state government to roll out subsidies and minimum support price (MSP) for increasing potato consumption. ...

 
 
90 kg of Darjeeling tea to fetch over Rs.40 lakh in Britain

Kolkata, Saturday, March 14, 2015

The prized first flush from Namring's upper tea estate in Darjeeling has made its way to Britain's East India Company (EIC), often associated with colonialism in India, where it is estimated to fetch over Rs.40 lakh. ...

 
 
Kolkata will get another Happy Sunday

Kolkata, Saturday, March 14, 2015

Here's a reason to cheer — Happy Streets, presented by The Times of India in association with Kolkata Police, is back this Sunday after a break. Like earlier Sundays, the day will be packed with entertainment and activities. From street plays to dance workshops and sporting activities, not just children but their parents too are sure to have a ball. ...

 
 
Metro cinema revival back on track

Kolkata, Saturday, March 14, 2015

The ambitious Metro Cinema redevelopment project that had been pushed into the back burner following hawker encroachment in the adjoining alley is being revived. The Mumbai-based owners have appointed international commercial real estate consultancy firm ? CBRE ? to seal the Metro Cinema deal. ...

 
 
Motijheel has regained its lost sheen

Murshidabad, Saturday, March 14, 2015

Motijheel (Pearl Lake) lived up to its name. Go there now, and you'll be struck by the amazing transformation it has undergone: slowly but surely, Motijheel has regained its lost sheen, thanks to a massive renovation and restoration project. ...

 
 
Markets decline 1.5% on rise in inflation

Mumbai, Saturday, March 14, 2015

An unexpected rise in retail inflation in February led to a sharp correction in the stock market on Friday. The BSE Sensex and the National Stock Exchange's Nifty fell about 1.5 per cent each, led by declines in banking, metals and capital goods stocks. For the week, the indices lost about three per cent each, their steepest weekly fall this year. ...

 
 
Karachi may sink into ocean by 2060: Experts

Karachi, Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pakistan's biggest city and financial hub Karachi may sink into the ocean along with other coastal towns of Sindh province in the next 45 years, oceanography experts have warned. ...

 
 
WB Govt to make provision for hawkers

Kolkata, Friday, March 13, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a policy aimed at legalising hawking in the state. ...

 
 
Kolkata festival to celebrate Indo-Japan cultural ties

Kolkata, Friday, March 13, 2015

he 30th edition of the Indo-Japan cultural festival will kick-off here on Saturday to celebrate and strengthen the ties between the two nations, a statement said. ...

 
 
Swine flu toll in J&K reaches 12

Srinagar, Friday, March 13, 2015

One more swine flu patient today died at a hospital here, taking the casualty due to the disease in the Valley to 12, health officials said. ...

 
 
IIT okays common online admissions

Mumbai, Friday, March 13, 2015

The common seat allocation process for admissions to over 75 government-funded institutes, including IITs and NITs, might help expedite the process, wrapping it up in only around 15 days. Since the processes were separate in the past, it took over a month. While the IITs gave the go-ahead to the process in a meeting called by the ministry of human resources and development (MHRD) on Thursday, professors are waiting for the system to be tested once before the notification is released around March end. ...

 
 
Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs part of his own liver

Friday, March 13, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered to donate a portion of his liver to Steve Jobs when he was in need of a donor, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli report in their book "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Revolution of a Reckless Upstart Into A Visionary Leader." ...

 
 
Academy of Fine Arts to get a new look

Kolkata, Friday, March 13, 2015

The Academy of Fine Arts is set to get a renovated look by the end of this year. The half-a-century-old building has recently had its art gallery partially re-opened. By September, the rest of the gallery will be thrown open, according to Prasun Mukherjee, chairman of the board of trustees of the Academy. ...

 
 
CISF 'undercover' ops to check espionage, sabotage

New Delhi, Friday, March 13, 2015

Paramilitary CISF has begun conducting special "undercover operations" at strategic and sensitive installations it is deployed at to keep a check on suspect espionage and sabotage activity. The force has recently carried out a rejig of its existing snoop wing -- the Crime and Intelligence Wing (CIW) - for security duties at these locations which include airports, facilities in the aerospace and nuclear sectors and government departments. ...

 
 
Pvt hospitals can't refuse swine flu patients: WB Govt

Kolkata, Friday, March 13, 2015

The state government is likely to take action against certain private hospitals and nursing homes for fleecing swine flu patients. The government’s proposed move comes after health officials found that some of these hospitals are putting H1N1 patients in the ICU and charging them around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 per day. Apart from the ICU cost, the hospitals are also allegedly demanding Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh from swine flu patients for admitting them. ...

 
 
14th World Congress on Public Health held in Kolkata

Kolkata, Friday, March 13, 2015

Kolkata recently hosted the 14th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) at the city’s Science City auditorium. Kolkata last hosted the Congress in 1981. The Congress aimed to contribute towards protecting and promoting public health at global, continental, and national levels and to create a better understanding of India’s public health challenges within global public health. ...

 
 
Ferguson on edge after shootings of police officers

Missouri, Friday, March 13, 2015

uthorities on Thursday continued to search for suspects in the early morning shooting as the two officers were released from hospital.Thursday's protests were peaceful, but similar events have escalated into confrontations with police. Ferguson police have ceded security responsibilities to outside agencies. ...

 
 
Climate changes drastically at Bay of Bengal: Experts

Kolkata, Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Bay of Bengal region would undergo a dire and drastic transformation unless urgent action is taken to deal with the disastrous effects of global warming, warned climate change experts in Kolkata. ...

 
 
WB committed to holistic development of minority

Kolkata, Thursday, March 12, 2015

ountering the allegation that her government had not done enough for Muslims despite promises, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that the state government was committed to the holistic development of the minorities. ...

 
 
Islamic State 'accepts' Boko Haram's allegiance pledge

Nigeria, Thursday, March 12, 2015

In the tape, which has not been verified, an IS spokesman says the aim of establishing a caliphate has now been expanded to West Africa. Last week, Boko Haram posted a message saying it wanted to join ranks with IS. Boko Haram began a military campaign to impose Islamist rule in northern Nigeria in 2009. The conflict has since spread to neighbouring states. ...

 
 
No new Ebola cases in Liberia: WHO

Geneva, Thursday, March 12, 2015

No new case of the deadly Ebola virus has been registered in Liberia since February 19, the World Health Organization said today, also hailing positive signs in Sierra Leone and Guinea. ...

 
 
Statewide solar project to start today

Kolkata, Thursday, March 12, 2015

The state environment department and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) will start installing solar photo voltaic (SPV) panels in 80 schools and 20 primary health centres across the state from Thursday. The project will be launched in six venues in different districts. ...

 
 
Export hub hope floats on Cathay Pacific freighter

Kolkata, Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Cathay Pacific freighter lifted 30 tonne cargo from the city on Wednesday, raising hope of Kolkata emerging as an export hub. The airline's cargo wing hopes to lift 60 tonne a week from Kolkata airport initially before adding frequency to lift more. ...

 
 
IIT alumnus makes green sanitary pads

Kolkata, Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spurthi Gummadala, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus who is now working with National Innovation Foundation and Honeybee Network, has developed low-cost, "semi-reusable" and "bio-friendly" sanitary napkins. ...

 
 
List of trains and flights affected due to bad weather

New Delhi, Thursday, March 12, 2015

The national capital witnessed pleasant on Thursday morning. On Wednesday temperatures hovered at pleasant level in most parts of north India as the weather remained mostly dry after rain and snow lashed hilly areas earlier this week. ...

 
 
Mutations have made H1N1 more virulent, spread easily

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The 2014 Indian H1N1 strain has undergone “important haemagglutinin (HA) mutations” that make it more easily transmissible and virulent in humans, notes a study published today (March 12) in the journal Cell Host and Microbe. The result contradicts the claim made by the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) that the H1N1 Influenza A strain currently circulating in India has not undergone any mutation and is identical to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic . ...

 
 
Defeating IS may take longer than three years: Pentagon

Washington, Thursday, March 12, 2015

US Defence Secretary and Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said on Wednesday that the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group may take longer than the three year timeline stipulated in President Barack Obama's force authorisation request. ...

 
 
Nine-kg gold seized from aircraft at Hyderabad airport

Hyderabad, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has seized 9 kgs gold, worth Rs 2.39 crore, from an aircraft which landed at Rajiv Gandhi international airport from Delhi at Shamshabad here. ...

 
 
Cathay Pacific Airways launches new freighter service

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cathay Pacific will be the only airline offering a scheduled non-stop freighter services between Kolkata and Hong Kong. The service will be operated by a Boeing B747-400F aircraft. Kolkata is the sixth freighter destination in India along with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. ...

 
 
Kolkata Dock crosses 5lakh containers mark

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Kolkata Dock System of Kolkata Port Trust scaled a new high in container handling in the current financial year with the highest container throughput of over 5 lakh. ...

 
 
High tech met instruments in Himalayas to record data

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Indian Meteorological Department has finally woken up to the need for collecting more weather data from central Himalayas spanning Darjeeling, parts of Jalpaiguri and Sikkim. ...

 
 
'File affidavit on child welfare institutions'

Chennai, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Madras High Court on Tuesday directed Tamil Nadu government and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to file affidavit regarding verification of child welfare institutions, including government agencies, violating the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act and Rules. ...

 
 
Germany owes it compensation for WWII : Greece

Athens, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The radical left-led Greek government has insisted that the debt-ridden country has never been fully compensated by Germany for its brutal World War II Nazi occupation, linking the issue with Greece's fraught bailout negotiations. ...

 
 
IIM-C to turn into cashless campus

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In an effort to turn Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) into a cashless campus, the management is installing a facility at different points of sale — dining halls, stores, canteens, library, cooperative stores and other kiosks — where students will use a card to make transactions ...

 
 
American ‘bansuria’ revives his Bong links

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Flautist Steve Gorn is in town to perform at a concert presented by Calcutta Classical Guitar Society in association with Flute Lover's Association on Wednesday. ...

 
 
New cab fines add to cop burden

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Traffic police are all set to roll out the new system of fines for errant cabbies, but as it looks now, the cops will have to go through a lot more paperwork for uncertain results. ...

 
 
Appraisal form for green buildings

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The state urban development department has drafted a self-appraisal form to determine how green a building is. Before placing the final draft before the Cabinet, the department will hold a consultation workshop with developers, architects, Indian Green Building Council and climate experts to check the parameters and fine-tune the green building assessment sheet. ...

 
 
Industrialist Deepak Khaitan passes away

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Deepak Khaitan, the vice-chairman of Williamson Magor Group and the eldest son of B M Khaitan, passed away at his Kolkata residence on Monday morning. He was 60 and is survived by his wife Yashodhara, son Amritansu, daughter Nitya and grand daughters...

 
 
'Wall of shame' to stop open defecation

Krishnagar, WB, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The 'wall of shame' is a novel method planned by Nadia district administration and gram panchayats in which names and photographs of those who defecate in the open would be pasted on a village wall, Nadia District Magistrate P B Salim told PTI. ...

 
 
Bengal policy for residential use in business hubs

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The West Bengal urban development department is planning to introduce a policy which would permit buzzing business hubs of the city incorporate residential and mixed use, an official said. ...

 
 
Pak has more nukes than India, shows new infographic

Washington, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pakistan had about 120 atomic weapons, 10 more than India, in its nuclear arsenal last year, according to a new interactive infographic unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. ...

 
 
Prez of India inaugurates WW-I centenary commemoration

New Delhi, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Centenary Commemoration of the First World War (1914-1918), in memory of the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who fought in the war, began on Monday with President Pranab Mukherjee laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate. ...

 
 
CM meets PM, apprises him of WB’s economic situation

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee met PM Narendra Modi in Parliament House on Monday and sought relaxation in the state's debt repayment. Banerjee told reporters later that she apprised Modi of the state's economic situation. ...

 
 
New-age writers in ICSE, ISC syllabi

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

After authors like Pramatha Chaudhury, Abanindranath Thakur and Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay, new age authors like Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Humayun Ahmed are set to find a place in the ICSE and ISC vernacular syllabus. ...

 
 
Mumbai recce for monorail

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The government is exploring the option of setting up monorails to improve transport services in the state. State transport secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay will meet officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) ...

 
 
IOC & Kolkata firm tie up for five kg gas cylinders

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rural IT services enabler Sahaj e-Village (SEVL) on Monday said it has signed an agreement with the IOC for selling five kilogramme cooking gas cylinders across Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The initial agreement with the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is meant to sell the cylinders through its Common Service Centers (CSC). ...

 
 
Cross-border smuggling racket busted

Fazilka, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fazilka police have arrested 8 persons for allegedly running an international drug smuggling racket. Police recovered 2kg heroin, two Pakistan SIM cards of Mobilink company, one Pakistani mobile phone and 24 gold biscuits weighing 333 grams from those arrested. ...

 
 
UNSC to Meet on 'Persecution' of Mideast Christians

Morocco, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The UN Security Council is to meet on March 27 to oppose the growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said. ...

 
 
Russia stand-off: 3,000 US troops on exercise in Baltic

Washington, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The United States has begun to deploy 3,000 troops on a three-month exercise to reassure Russia's nervous neighbors in the Baltic, military officials said. ...

 
 
Shot of botox to cure student’s writing cramp

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

A couple of students approached the Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, for help this exam session. They were appearing for various exams but all of them had the same problem. They were finding it difficult to write quickly enough to be able to finish their papers on time. ...

 
 
Gems from Tagore in French soon

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

Calcutta University's department of French and Alliance Francaise will jointly produce an album of Tagore songs that have been translated into French with an aim to spread the poet's works among the French-speaking people across the world. ...

 
 
Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary: 1000 crowd Selma bridge

Selma, Monday, March 9, 2015

Thousands of people crowded an Alabama bridge to commemorate a bloody confrontation 50 years ago between police and peaceful protesters that was a landmark in the civil rights movement and helped bring about the 1965 Voting Rights Act. ...

 
 
Night camps to connect officials with villagers in WB

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

In a novel way to reach out to people, the administration of Burdwan district in West Bengal has started a unique programme - "Night Stay". From time to time, the district magistrate, along with other top administrative officials, spends a night at a randomly-picked village to study firsthand the impact of various government welfare measures on villagers. ...

 
 
TMC nominates 45 per cent women for Kolkata civic poll

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

Giving a preference to women candidates the Trinamool Congress on Sunday nominated more than 45 per cent of female candidates for the polls to Kolkata Municipal Corporation scheduled next month. ...

 
 
VIP Road gets new flyover

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday inaugurated the much-awaited flyover on VIP Road that connects Kestopur with Joramandir in Baguiati. ...

 
 
Flood of development all around the State: WB CM

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee yesterday inaugurated the much awaited flyover connecting VIP Road, Kestopur and Joramandir. This flyover will ease the traffic towards the Airport and the travelling time will cut down considerably. ...

 
 
Climate experts to meet in the city today

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

Climate experts will put their heads together in the city on Monday to discuss the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). ...

 
 
For Kolkata, a taste of fast lane

Kolkata, Monday, March 9, 2015

Thousands of techies commuting to Salt Lake Sector V each day and vehicles headed towards Rajarhat New Town will be able to slash their travel time by at least 15-20 minutes from May this year, when the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) is likely to throw open an outer ring road. It will run parallel to the waterbodies surrounding the IT hub. ...

 
 
Much-Awaited Verdict in Satyam Fraud Case Likely Today

Hyderabad, Monday, March 9, 2015

A special court is, today, slated to pronounce in Hyderabad the much-awaited judgement in the multi-crore accounting fraud in erstwhile Satyam Computer Services Limited (SCSL). ...

 
 
SpiecJet plane skids off runway at Hubli airport

Hubli, Sunday, March 8, 2015

A SpiceJet plane from Bangalore, with 78 people onboard, on Sunday skidded off the runway due to heavy rains at Hubli airport after landing. ...

 
 
70 militants killed in Egypt army raids

Cairo, Sunday, March 8, 2015

Seventy militants in Egypt were killed in army raids during the last week, the military said today. ...

 
 
Girls from minority pockets attend dream camps in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sunday, March 8, 2015

Giving them a glimpse of a better life, a national NGO took children of the city's minority pocket, including girls, to 'Dream camps', away from the grime and sweat of their daily existence. ...

 
 
Airport cleans up act with WhatsApp

Kolkata, Sunday, March 8, 2015

Authorities solved the problem with a cross-platform mobile messaging application. WhatsApp brought together key constituents — airport authorities, airline officials and security personnel — and multiplied the eyes at work....

 
 
New town to get Plaza, Clock Tower before Bengali New Year

Kolkata, Sunday, March 8, 2015

Come Bengali New Year, New Town will have a new attraction — the New Town Plaza. The West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is setting up a clock tower and beautifying its surroundings with fountains and laser lights on a patch beside the main arterial road in New Town’s Action Area I. ...

 
 
City police get 1300 new posts

Kolkata, Sunday, March 8, 2015

For a force that has an odd 27000 personnel in its fold, the addition of over 1381 posts, that was approved by the state cabinet, comes as a boon. ...

 
 
Saina Nehwal makes history, enters All England final

Mumbai, Sunday, March 8, 2015

On Saturday, at the Barclaycard Arena on Birmingham’s King Edward’s Road, Saina Nehwal, 24, put herself in a firm position to follow in the footsteps of her childhood heroes as she smashed out Chinese Sun Yu 21-13, 21-13 to reach her maiden final. ...

 
 
Avalanche warning in Chamba district

Shimla, Sunday, March 8, 2015

Amid warning of heavy to very heavy rain and snowfall at isolated places, Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA) has issued warning of avalanches at few places in Chamba district on Sunday due to heavy snowfall in tribal areas and on higher reaches of the state for the last few days. ...

 
 
Srinagar-Jammu national highway closed due to landslides

Srinagar, Sunday, March 8, 2015

The 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway was on Sunday closed following fresh landslides at several places while air traffic remained suspended due to fresh rainfall since last night. ...

 
 
White House on temporary Lockdown After Nearby Vendor Explosion

Washington, Sunday, March 8, 2015

The White House was put on lockdown Saturday morning after a nearby food vendor cart suffered a small explosion, causing a security sweep before President Barack Obama and his family were about to leave for Selma, Alabama, according to a White House pool report. ...

 
 
Nigeria: Boko Haram pledges formal allegiance to IS

Nigeria, Sunday, March 8, 2015

Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram group, newly weakened by a multinational force that has dislodged it from a score of northeastern towns, reportedly pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group. ...

 
 
HS adopts high scoring pattern to give students edge

Kolkata, Saturday, March 7, 2015

Higher secondary students are now on a level playing field with their ICSE and CBSE counterparts, thanks to introduction of multiple-choice-questions from this year. ...

 
 
East Bengal launch 'buy 1, get 1” ticket scheme for AFC Cup match

Kolkata, Saturday, March 7, 2015

East Bengal have launched a 'buy one, get one' scheme for their upcoming AFC Cup football fixture against Kitchee FC of Hong Kong at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, to be played on March 10. ...

 
 
Burdwan to go Wi-Fi soon

Burdwan, Saturday, March 7, 2015

Burdwan is set to follow Kolkata and get a WiFi system. Saumitra Mohan, DM of Burdwan, said the technology will be introduced in Burdwan district from April 15. ...

 
 
VIP Rd flyover to be opened tomorrow

Kolkata, Saturday, March 7, 2015

The long-awaited Kestopur-Baguiati flyover on VIP Road is finally ready to be thrown open to traffic. The 2.2km-long four-lane flyover, which is expected to ease traffic congestion on VIP Road and make the stretch a high-speed corridor, is scheduled to be inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday. ...

 
 
Tiger enters Sunderbans village, rescued

Kolkata, Saturday, March 7, 2015

A full-grown tiger sneaked into a Sunderbans village late on Wednesday night. However, alert foresters, led by Jhingakhali beat officer Ayan Chakraborty, managed to tranquillize it soon and later released it back in the forest on Friday morning. ...

 
 
Air India staff to debut new look this month

Mumbai, Saturday, March 7, 2015

Plagued by financial and operational problems, the Air India could soon inject some fresh energy into its operations with its new crew uniforms set to be introduced this month. ...

 
 
J&K: National highway thrown open after five days

Srinagar, Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Srinagar- Jammu national highway, the lone road link connecting the Kashmir with the rest of the world, was thrown open for traffic on Saturday, five days after it remained closed due to the landslides caused by the rain and snowfall. ...

 
 
Kolkata's Manipuri community celebrates Holi

Kolkata, Friday, March 6, 2015

Manipuri people in Kolkata on Thursday celebrated Yaoshang, the Manipuri Holi festival, with traditional dances and food. ...

 
 
Government to give subsidy to traders to export potatoes

Kolkata, Friday, March 6, 2015

The state government will buy potatoes directly from farmers and also extend subsidy to traders selling the vegetable outside the state. ...

 
 
UN dismiss inquiry into allegations against R K Pachauri

New Delhi, Friday, March 6, 2015

The United Nations has ruled out an inquiry into allegations against former chair of the UN’s panel on climate change Rajendra Pachauri and said a new head will be elected later this year to replace him. ...

 
 
Lessons learnt as MH370 hunt marks one year

Sydney, Friday, March 6, 2015

The hunt for Flight MH370 has failed to turn up any debris, but its unprecedented scale in one of the world’s remotest locations has provided valuable lessons for future search and rescue missions. ...

 
 
EU slaps new sanctions on Syria regime backers

Brussels, Friday, March 6, 2015

The European Union has stepped up its sanctions against Syria in response to the crackdown by President Bashar Assad's regime. ...

 
 
Tight security measures by State Govt ensures peaceful Dol Yatra

Kolkata, Friday, March 6, 2015

Dol Yatra was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in West Bengal on Thursday as revellers took to streets armed with sprinklers since morning. ...

 
 
Forest dept captures tiger which enters village

Diamond Harbour, WB, Friday, March 6, 2015

A tiger which had strayed into a village in South 24 Parganas district was captured by Forest department officials. ...

 
 
Nagaland: Mob raids Dimapur jail, lynches 35-year-old rape accused

Lucknow, Friday, March 6, 2015

The HRD Ministry has set up a committee to examine an allegation that activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand embezzled public money given to their NGO, Sabrang Trust, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. ...

 
 
Gangrape documentary on YouTube, govt serves legal notice on BBC

New Delhi, Friday, March 6, 2015

With the BBC ignoring the government’s advice not to broadcast a documentary on the December 16 gangrape, which features a controversial interview of convict Mukesh Singh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said “whatever is required will be done”. ...

 
 
HRD sets up panel to probe allegations against Teesta NGO

Guwahati, Friday, March 6, 2015

A mob in Nagaland barged into the Dimapur Central Jail on Thursday afternoon, dragged out a rape accused and lynched him. Police said the mob overpowered jail security, tied up the man and dragged him for seven kilometres, thrashing him along the way. By the end, he succumbed to his injuries. ...

 
 
Islamic State militants “bulldoze” archaeological site in Iraq

Baghdad, Friday, March 6, 2015

Islamic State militants “bulldozed” the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said. ...

 
 
Chinese bidders buy three overseas islands via auction

Beijing, Friday, March 6, 2015

In an unusual auction, four islands in Fiji, Greece, Britain and Canada were put up for sale on China’s largest online shopping platform Taobao with three of them being sold within 12 hours. Any Chinese citizen who put up a 1,000 yuan ($159) deposit was qualified to bid. ...

 
 
Holi brings riot of colours in Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, March 5, 2015

West Bengal celebrates Holi as the 'Dol Jatra'. Here the people celebrate this day by placing the idols of Krishna and Radha on a Palki (Palinquin) and they carry them around and play with Abir Gulal). ...

 
 
India's first municipal archive comes up in Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, March 5, 2015

In a bid to preserve and narrate the over four centuries old history and evolution of Kolkata, the city's civic authorities have launched a comprehensive archive, complete with rare photographs, texts and digital records, an official said here on Wednesday. ...

 
 
Judges to attend court on Friday, Bar firm on holiday

Kolkata, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chief Justice of Manjula Chellur is not alone in opposing the Calcutta High Court Bar Association's decision to stay away from court on Friday on the ground that the state government has declared a holiday on the day. ...

 
 
CM to take up interest waiver with Centre

Howrah, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is leaving for Delhi to ask for a moratorium on interest payments to central loans. Mamata is hoping for some sort of waiver as a trade off between debt relief and her going soft on Teesta water sharing. ...

 
 
Have a splash on Holi, it’ll be cool

Kolkata, Thursday, March 5, 2015

The city received heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning, but a pleasant weather will allow the citizens to get soaked in the colours of Holi. The Met office has predicted a fair weather from Thursday. In fact, the weekend will have the temperature sliding ...

 
 
WB Govt to purchase potato from farmers

Kolkata, Thursday, March 5, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government will purchase 50,000 tonnes of potato this year directly from farmers to serve the requirement of ICDS project and mid-day meals in schools. ...

 
 
BMC asks Deonar abattoir to shut shop

Mumbai, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Butchers slaughtering cows at the Deonar abattoir were ordered to shut shop by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Mumbai Police on Tuesday night after the Bombay High Court’s directive. ...

 
 
Fadnavis govt scraps reservation for Muslims in edu

Mumbai, Thursday, March 5, 2015

The BJP-led government in Maharashtra has scrapped an ordinance providing reservation for Muslims, despite the Bombay High Court allowing quota for the community in educational institutions. ...

 
 
China lowers GDP growth target to 7% amid slowdown

Beijing, Thursday, March 5, 2015

China today lowered its economic growth rate target to about seven per cent for this year after it registered 7.4 per cent GDP, the lowest in 24 years, as the world's second largest economy continued to slowdown weighed down by dropping ...

 
 
WB stamp duty drop on properties worth above Rs 40L

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The West Bengal government has proposed to reduce stamp duty on properties worth above Rs 40 lakh by a per cent to 6 per cent, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra has said. ...

 
 
Budding soccer talent from Kashmir calls on Kolkata

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Someday you may get to see us playing in the Indian Super League (ISL) for a team called Kupwara Kings. The experts in Kolkata said that we don't lack talent. All we require is more exposure. Trips such as these will do us a lot of good," said Malik ...

 
 
Shutterbugs give Kolkata a taste of Yunnan

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yunnan province of southwest China came alive at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture as a photography exhibition by six city shutterbugs was inaugurated by Chinese Consul General Wang Xuefeng on Tuesday. The photographers were invited ...

 
 
Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service

Tokyo, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Japan has slammed the brakes on taxi service Uber less than a month after it launched a pilot programme in the country, with a government official saying today it likely violates transport laws. ...

 
 
Minorities body holds protest against RSS chief

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Members of the State Forum of Minorities Organizations held a demonstration at Esplanade in Kolkata on Tuesday against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent remarks against Mother Teresa. ...

 
 
Mamata condemns murder of blogger

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of American-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka, saying everyone has the freedom of speech and expression. ...

 
 
Shutterbugs give Kolkata a taste of Yunnan

Kolkata, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yunnan province of southwest China came alive at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture as a photography exhibition by six city shutterbugs was inaugurated by Chinese Consul General Wang Xuefeng on Tuesday. The photographers were invited to Yunnan to experience and showcase the Chinese charm. ...

 
 
Tripura to increase number of women police personnel

Guwahati, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

With incidents of crimes against women registering a sharp increase in recent years, Tripura has decided to increase the number of women police personnel to one-third of its total strength in the next couple of years. The number of all-women police stations on the other hand is being increased from the existing four to nine soon. ...

 
 
CBI arrests dreaded tiger poacher from MP

New Delhi, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Central Bureau of Investigation, with the help of Madhya Pradesh police, has arrested a dreaded tiger poacher identified as Kuttu from Katni area in the state. The agency claimed that the arrested poacher had several cases against him and was a prized catch. ...

 
 
Emwazi father says no proof his son is `Jihadi John`

Kuwait, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published Wednesday that there was no proof that his son was the Islamic State executioner, adding there were a number of "false rumours" circulating. ...

 
 
Turkish Indian chamber opens office in Kolkata

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Turkish Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TICCI) has opened an office in the city to promote trade and investment between the two countries. It has also signed an MoU with Assocam to broaden the business horizon for the two countries. ...

 
 
WB Poor meritorious Muslim students receive scholarships

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

As many as 67 Muslim needy bright meritorious students pursuing graduate and post graduate courses received scholarships with the financial assistance of Human Welfare Foundation, New Delhi, and Students Organisation of India (SIO), West Bengal zone here. ...

 
 
IIT-Kharagpur launches research project for urban areas

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Experts at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, have launched a Rs. 25 crore project aimed at transforming and enhancing living conditions in cities through inter-disciplinary research and new technologies. ...

 
 
Five Indian women on Forbes billionaire list

New York, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Five Indian women have made it to the Forbes list of the world's billionaires that saw a record number of women this year, although they still account for just about 11 per cent of the total. he number of Indian women in this year's list witnessed an increase over last year, when only two Indian women were included on the Forbes billionaire list. ...

 
 
Unique initiative for mentally-ill patients

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A unique initiative involving the West Bengal Health Department and a non-government organisation here on Monday has brought hope to mentally ill patients of Kolkata’s Pavlov Hospital. ...

 
 
Leasehold land transfer to blood relations made easier

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The state government has made transfer of leasehold properties within blood relations in townships like Salt Lake, Kalyani, Durgapur, Asansol, Siliguri and other places easier with a nominal transfer fee and hassle-free processing system. The state urban development department recently issued a notification on this. ...

 
 
Andal airport project now in final stage

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Engineers and technicians from the communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) wing of Airports Authority of India (AAI) began installing navigational equipment at Andal airport near Durgapur on Monday. This is the final component for the facility to become operational. ...

 
 
Never-seen Aban Thakur pieces to charm city

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Around 123 original works of Abanindranath Tagore, or Aban Thakur, as he is fondly called, will be on display at the Victoria Memorial from Tuesday onwards. The exhibition has been curated by art expert Ratan Parimu from Vadodara. ...

 
 
Santhal puppeteer honoured in city

Kolkata, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) and Sambhav, an NGO, kicked off 'Parampara: Indegenous People's Festival' at EZCC on Monday. The highlight of the programme was the showcasing of an almost-extinct form of Santhal puppetry by Daman Murmu of North Dinajpur. Murmu was also felicitated by danseuse Alokananda Roy. ...

 
 
Massive security cover for International Fleet Review

Visakhapatnam, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Naval authorities and the city police have started security preparations for the International Fleet Review (IFR) to be conducted by the Indian Navy in the Port City from February 4-8, 2016. ...

 
 
IMD forecasts harsh summer ahead in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Visakhapatnam, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

With the mercury already touching 37 degree Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a harsh summer for the state this year. ...

 
 
Pak wastes $ 3.7 million worth of donated vaccines

Islamabad, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vaccines worth $ 3.7 million provided by UNICEF to protect Pakistani children from different diseases were wasted due to official negligence to store them properly, a senior minister said on Monday ...

 
 
Obama says Iran must halt nuclear work for at least a decade

Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

US President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. ...

 
 
Jagmohan Dalmiya: The 'Bengal Tiger' of Indian Cricket

New Delhi, Monday, March 2, 2015

Jagmohan Dalmiya is back as the boss of BCCI. After almost 10-years of administrative hibernation, the 'Bengal Tiger' has roared back at the helm of Indian cricket. ...

 
 
Budget 2015: Service tax hike likely to hit overall consumption

New Delhi, Monday, March 2, 2015

The Union budget proposal to increase service tax plus lack of any sops for consumers may impact overall consumption just when the consumer products industry looks to come out of its worst slowdown in a decade, say senior executives. ...

 
 
Fire in gas pipeline in Telangana

New Delhi, Monday, March 2, 2015

A fire broke out on Monday in a natural gas pipeline that ferries gas from Reliance Industries' eastern offshore KG-D6 field in Telangana. No loss of life or injury has been reported. The fire was notice early morning in a section of the pipeline near Zaheerabad in remote Telangana due to gas leak in the Main ...

 
 
IS frees 19 Syrian Christians as ransom paid: Activists

Beirut, Monday, March 2, 2015

Islamic State group jihadists today freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their release, activists said. "Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakeh after they were released by IS," said Osama Edward, the ...

 
 
This could’ve been any European city: German couple

Kolkata, Sunday, March 1, 2015

They stood along the cycling track, keenly observing the fun unfold. As youngsters whizzed past on their skateboards and boxers warmed up for a bout, the elderly couple broke into an inquisitive smile. 'Happy Street' transported Brigitte Fqerber and her husband Bert back to their hometown Freiberj in ...

 
 
60 British women may have joined IS militants

London, Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sixty British women and girls, including 18 teenagers, are believed to have travelled to war-torn Syria to join Islamic State militants, the UK's top counter-terrorism police officer said today. Deputy assistant commissioner Helen Ball, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism, said that about five of them ...

 
 
City to get high-end virus lab

Kolkata, Saturday, February 28, 2015

West Bengal is set to get a state-of-the-art viral diagnostic and research laboratory (VDRL) by the end of this year. The high-end laboratory will help in the timely identification of emerging viruses and also new strains of existing ones. It promises to be a moral booster for scientists who have been struggling with ...

 
 
Common man, SMEs big gainers

Kolkata, Saturday, February 28, 2015

From slashing stamp duty for properties to raising VAT exemption limits, finance minister Amit Mitra took every step to woo the middle class in this year's state budget. Mitra has reduced 1% additional stamp duty on properties that are valued between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 40 lakh. The proposed stamp ...

 
 
Rarely seen herbivore clicked in N Bengal forest

Kolkata, Saturday, February 28, 2015

In a first, a near-threatened herbivore — the Himalayan serow — has been photographed in North Bengal's Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR). This is the first photographic evidence of the animal in Buxa. A clouded leopard, too, has been clicked in the tiger reserve — the fifth photo evidence of the animal ...

 
 
Union budget 'anti-people': WB govt

Kolkata, Saturday, February 28, 2015

The West Bengal government described the Union budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament today as "anti-people" and claimed that allocations for some major centrally sponsored schemes have been reduced ...

 
 
US avoids homeland security shutdown

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The US Homeland Security Department has avoided a partial shutdown as Congress passed a one-week funding extension, hours before a midnight deadline. The House of Representatives voted 357-60 in favour of the short-term ...

 
 
"Failure of Justice": British victims' family

London, Saturday, February 28, 2015

The acquittal of six people in a case related to the killing of three British nationals of Indian origin during the 2002 Gujarat riots was on Friday described as a "failure of justice" by the victims' family. ...

 
 
‘Kanyashree’ scheme: Girls to get more in WB

Kolkata, Saturday, February 28, 2015

The West Bengal government today increased the budget for its successful 'Kanyashree' scheme for empowering girls by increasing the scholarship amount. ...

 
 
By-polls for three RS seats to be held next month

Kolkata, Saturday, February 28, 2015

By polls for three Rajya Sabha seats from Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttarakhand will be held on March 20. The by-polls were necessitated after the three seats fell vacant. ...

 
 
Kudankulam second unit to begin hot run test today

Chennai, Saturday, February 28, 2015

The second 1,000 MWe unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is likely to undergo hot run test from today during which steam would be released into atmosphere and noise level would go up, a top official has said, asking local public not to be concerned about it. ...

 
 
Bobby Jindal : America a salad bowl, not melting pot

New Delhi, Saturday, February 28, 2015

Insisting that he was tired of hyphenated Americans, Louisiana's Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has accused the "politically correct crowd" of trying to turn the American "melting pot" into a "salad bowl". ...

 
 
Bengal budget levies no taxes, gives reliefs

Kolkata, Friday, February 27, 2015

The West Bengal budget presented in the state Assembly today by state Finance Minister Amit Mitra has not levied any fresh taxes and given some relief to various sectors. The budget proposes to increase the VAT threshold from Rs 5 lakh per annum to Rs 10 lakh following which 20,000 dealers will go out of the ...

 
 
Its a budget for people, says Mamata Banerjee

Friday, February 27, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday described the Budget presented in the state Assembly by Finance Minister Amit Mitra as "a budget for maa-mati-manush (mother, soil, masses)". ...

 
 
Coal India declares Rs 20.70 interim dividend

Kolkata, Friday, February 27, 2015

State-run Coal India, Headquartered in Kolkata, today declared an interim dividend of Rs 20.70 per share for 2014-15. With this, government stands to gain Rs 10,414 crore. ...

 
 
Bengal Inc lauds small industry-centric Bengal budget

Kolkata, Friday, February 27, 2015

West Bengal's major industry bodies Friday welcomed the state budget saying the proposals on tax revision, especially Value Added Tax, would facilitate the growth of small scale industries. ...

 
 
Govt nod to new police posts, civic bodies’ merger

Kolkata, Friday, February 27, 2015

The state government on Friday decided to convert the Bidhannagar and Rajarhat-Gopalpur municipalities into municipal corporations, thereby postponing the municipal elections that were due to be held in April. ...

 
 
State plans ‘vertical’ bus depots

Kolkata, Friday, February 27, 2015

After leasing out the surplus land of tram depots, the state has now adopted the policy of vertical development of bus depots for commercial utilization. ...

 
 
86 Indian fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy

Colombo, Friday, February 27, 2015

As many as 86 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 10 fishing boats seized by the Sri Lanka Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters, naval officials said on Friday. ...

 
 
Parliament disrupted over Mother Teresa remarks

New Delhi, Friday, February 27, 2015

The Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned on Thursday after opposition members denounced comments by the leader of a Hindu group who said Roman Catholic missionary Mother Teresa had tried to convert people to Christianity. ...

 
 
Threat from India only in response to Pak terrorism: US

Washington, Friday, February 27, 2015

The US can not reassure Pakistan against any Indian threat if it fails to commit itself towards working against anti-India terrorist groups operating within its territory, two US experts on South Asian issues have told American lawmakers. ...

 
 
Bengal to buy potatoes from farmers avoid production loss

Kolkata, Thursday, February 26, 2015

In a bid to avoid loss, state government may purchase potatoes from the farmers. A primary meeting has been held at Nabanna on the issue. A senior official of the state agriculture department said that potato production has increased to 10 per cent this year ...

 
 
Woman Beats up misbehaving taxi driver in Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, February 26, 2015

A woman today slapped a taxi driver in front of Howrah Station because he allegedly made an indecent proposal to her. The incident took place around noon, in full public glare. ...

 
 
KMC to Replace Billboards by Monopoles

Kolkata, Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has planned to replace the ubiquitous billboards on city roads by monopoles as part of its beautification drive. ...

 
 
'Brake fail' budget, extra burden on Bengal, says TMC

Kolkata, Thursday, February 26, 2015

West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Thursday threatened to launch a protest movement against the NDA government's second railway budget, calling it a "brakefail" document and rued that passenger fares were not decreased despite the easing of diesel prices. ...

 
 
Meet on India-Myanmar ties held

Guwahati, Thursday, February 26, 2015

To promote substantive dialogues on foreign policy issues, the Youth Forum on Foreign Policy (YFFP) organised the second edition of the ‘Maitree Summit: Young Leaders’ Dialogue for Peace 2015’ here from February 18 to 20, a press release stated. ...

 
 
Special commuters' security in Rail Budget 2015: HC

Mumbai, Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Railways to reconsider its policy on providing security to commuters in long-distance trains. The Railways informed the court that trains are classified into three categories for the purpose of providing ...

 
 
ISI felicitates its director for Padma Shri nomination

Kolkata, Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, felicitated its director Bimal K. Roy, an eminent cryptologist here on Wednesday on his nomination to Padma Shri award by the Union Government for his contribution in the fields of literature and education. ...

 
 
State colleges, varsities to get credit transfer system soon

Kolkata, Thursday, February 26, 2015

The credit transfer system will be implemented in state-run colleges and universities within the next few academic sessions. The government has set up a credit transfer committee, headed by Calcutta University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, to look into ...

 
 
220 Assyrian Christians abducted by IS in Syria

Beirut, Thursday, February 26, 2015

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive, a monitor that tracks violence in Syria said on Thursday. ...

 
 
Dragonair to operate additional flight connecting Kol

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dragonair on Wednesday announced that it would operate an additional service between Kolkata and Hong Kong from May 12, 2015. This additional service will bring the total weekly flights between the two cities to ...

 
 
Mamata Banerjee seeks meeting with PM on debt waiver

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In a fresh bid to seek a waiver of the huge debt burden her government inherited from Left Front rule, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sought an appointment with the Prime Minister, urging him to consider the demand. ...

 
 
At Mother Teresa’s home, Bhagwat: object of forgiveness

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Missionaries of Charity are unaffected by the recent comments of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat questioning Mother Teresa's motives. “Mother as a person or the Missionaries of Charity as an organisation never distinguished on the basis of religion,” says MC spokesperson Sunita Kumar, who worked with Mother Teresa for ...

 
 
Army's stand on AFSPA unchanged, against its dilution

New Delhi, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Army is apprehensive about any move to dilute controversial AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir, where BJP and PDP are set to form a coalition government, and this has been conveyed to the Centre. ...

 
 
Boko Haram crisis: Regional force takes shape

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger are finalising their strategy for a 8,750-strong regional force to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. In the last few weeks, the Multinational Joint Task Force has retaken several towns captured by the militants in north-eastern ...

 
 
WB CM wants swine flu test lab in Kolkata, Dooars

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eleven more patients tested positive for H1N1 or swine flu virus in the state on Tuesday. With the 11 new cases, the number of swine flu affected patients has shot up to 78. ...

 
 
West Bengal plans six-lane bridge over Hooghly

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A six-lane bridge over river Hooghly? The proposal sounds exciting because none of the existing bridges — Howrah Bridge, Nivedita Setu or Vidyasagar Setu — are that wide. ...

 
 
Beware of calls from unknown numbers

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Think twice before you ring back after missing a call from an unidentified number that seems to have been generated from a foreign country. It could well be from a racket and a call-back would come at a premium, some times as high as Rs 200 a minute. ...

 
 
Rajarhat to follow S Korea ‘waste’ model

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is working on plans to introduce the latest waste-processing technique to turn New Town smart in terms of disposing of solid waste. The model township is all set to adopt a hi-tech technique currently practised in South Korea. ...

 
 
H1B spouses can work in America

New Delhi, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today, the United States government made a significant announcement that will affect scores of Indian women (and surely, some men). Spouses of H1B visas will be allowed to work in the country starting 26 May, 2015. This is great news, of course, for the many wives who have spent years waiting for their husband’s green card, and for the simple right to earn a living (though not all of them, as there are restrictions on eligibility). ...

 
 
8 militants killed in Egypt’s North Sinai

Cairo, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

At least eight militants were killed and 12 others injured in army raids in Egypt's volatile North Sinai over the past 24 hours, the military said on Wednesday. The raids targeted militants headquarters and shelters in the south of Sheikh Zwayed city in North Sinai. ...

 
 
A French aircraft launched operations against IS group

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A French aircraft carrier launched operations in the Gulf on February 23, 2015 as Paris stepped up its participation in the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State group. ...

 
 
A French aircraft launched operations against IS group

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A French aircraft carrier launched operations in the Gulf on February 23, 2015 as Paris stepped up its participation in the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State group. ...

 
 
WB Govt to develop Kalyani as the next satellite town

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The state government has started working on a plan to develop Kalyani as the next satellite town close to Kolkata. Senior officials of the urban development department recently held a meeting to discuss the issue and inspect the sites. ...

 
 
Somdev crashes out in first round of Kolkata Open

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

India's top tennis ace Somdev Devvarman crashed out in the first round of the Emami Kolkata Open at the Bengal Tennis Association Complex here Tuesday. Tamil Nadu's Ramkumar Ramanathan, who has been training in Barcelona for the last three years, clinched the encounter 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, which lasted for two hours and 19 minutes at the hard courts here. ...

 
 
Spain breaks up online network recruiting young women for Islamic State

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spain has said it broke up an online network accused of recruiting young women to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants fighting in the Middle East and arrested four suspects on Tuesday. The arrests came as European nations scramble to halt a surge in young people wanting to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight with the jihadists ...

 
 
Egyptians flee Libya after more beheadings occur

Cairo, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Almost 15,000 Egyptians have fled war-torn Libya via a single border crossing in the wake of Islamic State's murder of 21 Coptic Christians, Egyptian state media says. ...

 
 
States objects to move in subisdy to cash for crops

New Delhi, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Even as the government finds itself under fire for the Land Acquisition Ordinance, there are now concerns over whether it is choosing a backdoor route of making food subsidy payments by cash transfers. ...

 
 
Kolkata wetlands: home to a wide range of biodiversity

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On a recent visit to Kolkata I had an opportunity to visit East Kolkata Wetlands(EKW) and was amazed to see the ecological diversity haven, situated right in the heart of the City. Spread over 125 sq km, these wetlands comprise of a large number of water bodies, that feed the world’s largest wastewater- fed aqua culture system. ...

 
 
Mobile app to help girls fight trafficking

Kolkata, Monday, February 23, 2015

A mobile app is giving a new ray of hope to girls in villages of some West Bengal districts, where incidents of child marriage and girl trafficking have been alarming in the past few decades. "GPower" was launched as a joint venture of Accenture and NGO CINI (Child in Need Institute) last year following a survey on the condition of educational programs among girls in South 24 Parganas and Murshidabad districts ...

 
 
Kol: Afghans keen on commercial office in city

Kolkata, Monday, February 23, 2015

Stating that Afghanistan and Kolkata has an emotional relationship that dates back 200 years, Afghanistan Ambassador Sahida Mohammad Abdali spoke at an event here organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and industries of his request to the Afghan government for a consulate in Kolkata to give a thrust to trade with the eastern part of the country. ...

 
 
Bangladesh daily hails Mamata's assurances on Teesta

Dhaka, Monday, February 23, 2015

Terming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's three-day trip to Dhaka, which concluded Saturday, as "heart-warming", an editorial in Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper Monday said the Bangladeshis believed in Banerjee's assurances for the Teesta water sharing and land boundary deals. ...

 
 
UK experts to offer green tips to small-scale units

Kolkata, Monday, February 23, 2015

Experts from Jadavpur University and Aston Business School, UK, will be helping a dozen small-scale units in the state turn green. They will be hand-holding these units as they go about reducing their carbon emission, energy and raw material consumption and seek to recycle their wastes. ...

 
 
Park Street wakes up to happy hours

Kolkata, Monday, February 23, 2015

It wasn't like any other Sunday morning on Park Street. Instead, the party street sprung to life with first rays of the sun as hundreds descended on it to play, sprint, cycle, walk and jog, making the road their own. With a flurry of activities, 'Happy Streets', presented by The Times of India in association with Kolkata Police, flagged off in style. ...

 
 
Calcutta University ties up with Webster University

Kolkata, Monday, February 23, 2015

Students from the University of Calcutta will now be able to opt for short-term courses in US based Webster University's Thailand campus. The two institutes signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding recently that will enable students from the state to avail short-term courses and do collaborative research projects. ...

 
 
WB mulls two-way plan to end rhino-poaching

Kolkata, Monday, February 23, 2015

Alarmed by frequent incidents of rhino poaching in north Bengal, the West Bengal government has decided to adopt a two-pronged approach to deal with the menace. First, the government intends to create a seven-member body with members drawn from the Sashastra Seema Bal, Border Security Force, CID and West Bengal Forest Department to keep an eye on rhino-poaching and involve local people in the exercise. ...

 
 
Students brace for first online CLAT

Kolkata, Monday, February 23, 2015

Law education is gradually emerging as a coveted stream for a large number of top-bracket students in the city. And preparations for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) are more heightened this year since the test for entry to one of the 17 national law schools is going online for the first time. ...

 
 
Finally, Afghanistan Captors Free TN Priest

New Delhi, Monday, February 23, 2015

At 7.30 pm on Sunday, father Alexis Prem Kumar returned to India after eight months in captivity in Afghanistan, landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here in an Air India flight to be greeted by dazzling flashbulbs and jostling media representatives. “I want to thank the Almighty. ...

 
 
French minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to visit India, push Rafale deal

New Delhi, Monday, February 23, 2015

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive here tomorrow to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in what is seen as a fresh attempt to firm up the faltering multi-billion dollar Rafale deal. ...

 
 
Australia tightens immigration laws to counter-terror

Sydney, Monday, February 23, 2015

Australia will strengthen immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counter-terrorism measures intended to combat the threat from home-grown terrorists. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the nation’s new anti-extremism strategy on Monday. ...

 
 
India vs South Africa: India break a World Cup jinx

Melbourne, Monday, February 23, 2015

In the packed trams outside the stadium, they spoke of India’s 130-runs win, the first-ever World Cup victory over South Africa, Shikhar Dhawan’s engaging hundred, Ajinkya Rahane’s cameo, the heartening show of the pacers and the miraculous run-outs. It was a game straight out of a fan’s fantasy ...

 
 
Kolkata hosts mega-servicemen rally

Kolkata, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Around 1800 Ex-Servicemen (ESM) participated in a rally at 51 Engineer, Kanchrapara organized by the Army here on Sunday. Ex-Servicemen, Veer Naris and War veterans of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force hailing from Murshidabad, Nadia and 24 Parganas (North) districts attended the rally. The rally was specially aimed at ex-servicemen, war veterans, disabled soldiers and war widows (Veer Naris) or their next-of-kin (NOK) to show that army cares and deems them to be part of the larger 'army family' even in their post-retired lives. ...

 
 
Government’s green target: Replant trees

Kolkata, Sunday, February 22, 2015

The city has been losing its green cover alarmingly, thanks to so-called urban development projects. So now, the state government is planning to introduce the 'tall tree plantation' technique in which trees are scientifically uprooted and replanted in a different location. ...

 
 
IIM Calcutta achieves 100% final placement

Kolkata, Sunday, February 22, 2015

IIM Calcutta has achieved 100 per cent final placements for the Class of 2013-15 within a three-day period. The 438 students of the batch received around 501 offers that included 143 through lateral hiring, 224 in finals and 134 through pre-placement offers (PPOs). ...

 
 
Mamata Banerjee calls Bangladesh visit 'successful'

Kolkata, Sunday, February 22, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today termed her Bangladesh visit as "very successful".On returning after her visit to Bangladesh, Banerjee told reporters at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport here tonight that her visit ...

 
 
Hidco plans touch of village in urban heart

Kolkata, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Imagine a cluster of huts surrounding a lake, where, in the shade of trees, you can do some angling, bird-watching or photography. No, you don't have to rush to a village for such a treat. If the eco-village project works out, you may well enjoy it right in ...

 
 
KMC school brings hope for poor kids

Kolkata, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Md Bilal, a student of Class II at a primary school near Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, never liked his classroom where thirty odd boys are crammed in a small room. But Bilal, son of a grocer in Ripon Street, knows that his father cannot afford to send him ...

 
 
Weaving dreams in Shantipur

Shantipur, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Next time you marvel at intricate weaves on a handloom saree at an upscale garment retail chain in Delhi or Mumbai, it could well be the work of a weaver in a tiny hamlet in West Bengal's Shantipur. About 90km from Kolkata, Shantipur in ...

 
 
RBI to issue norms for single authentication

New Delhi, Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Reserve Bank will soon come out with single authentication payment norms for low value e-commerce transactions through debit or credit cards without compromising on security. The norms will decide the amount qualifying for low ...

 
 
Black money: I-T department to file complaints

New Delhi, Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Income Tax department is set to launch over 100 fresh prosecution complaints for "wilful" evasion of taxes against those entities and individuals whose names have figured in the HSBC, Geneva black money bank accounts ...

 
 
First Ukraine war prisoner exchange completed

Zholobok, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ukrainian military and separatist representatives exchanged dozens of prisoners under cover of darkness at a remote frontline location Saturday evening, kicking off a process intended to usher in peace to the conflict-ridden east. ...

 
 
Mamata Banerjee meets Prime Minister Hasina

Dhaka, Saturday, February 21, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here and the two leaders discussed the issues relating to Bangladesh and India. While the issues related to settlement of Teesta water sharing pact and ...

 
 
IIM Kolkata placement sees e-comm demand

Kolkata, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), which achieved 100 per cent final placements for the 2013-15 batch in just two and half days, has witnessed good demand from e-commerce industry this year. In the batch of 438 students, ...

 
 
Australia prepares for floods in aftermath of Cyclone

Rockhampton, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Australia braced on Saturday for heavy rains and floods after weather authorities downgraded two cyclones that lashed its north and northeast, damaging homes and snapping power links, but ...

 
 
US committed to work with India on diversity issue

Washington, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Amid the flak generated by President Barack Obama`s recent comments about religious intolerance in India, the White House has said it`s committed to working with India to reaffirm the principle of diversity around the world. ...

 
 
Online monitoring of industrial pollution in Bengal

Kolkata, Saturday, February 21, 2015

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) is developing an online system to monitor industrial units polluting the Ganga and plans to encourage industries to adopt a mechanism ensuring zero liquid discharge, an official said Friday. ...

 
 
From March, get BCL books online

Kolkata, Saturday, February 21, 2015

The British Council Library (BCL), Kolkata, is uploading its mammoth collection of books and movies online, which will allow members to read — and even download a major portion of the collection — right from the comfort of their homes against a fee from March. ...

 
 
Greece wins eurozone bailout deal

Brussels, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Europe on Friday granted Greece a crucial four-month extension to its massive debt bailout, ending weeks of tension, but at the cost of huge concessions including a commitment to spell out reforms within two ...

 
 
Afghanistan conflict: Ash Carter makes first visit

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in Afghanistan days after taking up the post, saying he wants "lasting success" for the country. Mr Carter will meet US commanders and Afghan heads on the unannounced visit. He said he had made Afghanistan his first visit as the 10,000 US troops still in the ...

 
 
Documents leak case: Budget inputs recovered

New Delhi, Friday, February 20, 2015

The sensational corporate espionage scandal today got murkier with the arrest of two energy consultants as confidential documents including an input for the upcoming Finance Minister's budget speech were allegedly leaked in the ...

 
 
IIM-C wraps up placements in 2.5 days

Kolkata, Friday, February 20, 2015

IIM Calcutta achieved 100% final placements for the Class of 2013-15 in an all-time record duration of 2.5 days, a release from the institute said. The batch consisting of 438 students, the largest amongst the older IIMs, received an unprecedented 501 offer during the entire process - including 143 through ...

 
 
WB Assembly to become India's first Wi-Fi House

Kolkata, Friday, February 20, 2015

The West Bengal Assembly is now making a move to become the country's first Assembly with Wi-Fi facilities. "With this perhaps West Bengal Assembly will be the first Wi-Fi House in the country. This is most essential with the advancement of latest communication technology," state Assembly Speaker ...

 
 
Cyclones hit Queensland and Northern Territory

Friday, February 20, 2015

Two major storms have slammed into Australia, bringing winds that have knocked out power to homes and forced evacuations in coastal areas. Tropical Cyclone Marcia hit the Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Yeppoon. ...

 
 
CM gets red carpet welcome in Dhaka

Kolkata, Friday, February 20, 2015

Mamata Banerjee received a red carpet welcome in Dhaka on Thursday when Bangladeshi minister of state for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam received her at the airport when she reached at 9pm. ...

 
 
Kolkata gets into ‘Happy Streets’ groove

Kolkata, Friday, February 20, 2015

It's long been Kolkata's party zone and also the most-favoured dining destination. This Sunday, it will turn into a fun arena with hundreds of Kolkatans taking it over. For three hours, traffic will be barred and all other activities will come to a halt. ...

 
 
Govt takes swift action as swine flu affects 47 in state

Kolkata, Friday, February 20, 2015

Five new cases of swine flu were confirmed from around Bengal on Thursday, taking the total number of affected patients in the state to 47, even as the state government took proactive measures to combat the spread of the potentially killer ailment. ...

 
 
Lens on repeat offenders among cabbies

Kolkata, Friday, February 20, 2015

The chief minister may have batted for a "staircase method" of fines against taxi drivers who refuse passengers, but the traffic police in Kolkata are confident of identifying the repeat offenders. The cops have updated the database of motor vehicles that have committed offences till January. Police then ...

 
 
Mizoram observes State Day

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mizoram today observed State Day, the anniversary of its being upgraded to the full-fledged statehood from union territory status, after signing the historic Mizo Accord to find lasting solution to the vexed Mizo problem. ...

 
 
Printing of Budget begins with 'Halwa' ceremony

New Delhi, Thursday, February 19, 2015

The process of printing documents for the Budget 2015-16 began today with the ritual 'halwa ceremony', which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the North Block office. It has been a tradition which has continued for long ...

 
 
New East Bengal new coach ready for tough challenge

Kolkata, Thursday, February 19, 2015

East Bengal on Thursday welcomed Eelco Schattorie as their new head coach, who seemed determined to set the house in order of the struggling Red and Gold brigade. East Bengal had set a precedent uncalled for by ringing in the 43-year-old former United SC coach ahead of their against Mohun Bagan in the I-League derby on Tuesday. ...

 
 
Kolkata safe city for women: West Bengal governor

Kolkata, Thursday, February 19, 2015

West Bengal governor K N Tripathi Thursday expressed satisfaction over the law and order situation in the state and called Kolkata a safe city for women. ...

 
 
Power tariff shock for domestic users

Pune, Thursday, February 19, 2015

Families with a power consumption of 300 units per month may see their electricity bills go up by Rs 100 to Rs 400 if the new tariff proposal submitted by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd is approved. ...

 
 
Walmart to raise wages for 500,000 US workers

Thursday, February 19, 2015

US retail giant Walmart - the nation's largest private employer - has announced plans to raise wages for more than 500,000 hourly employees at its US stores. ...

 
 
Sanskrit university to come up in Bengal

Kolkata, Thursday, February 19, 2015

West Bengal government plans to set up a Sanskrit university in the state, Chief Mamata Banerjee said here today. "I am also happy to share with you that we will be setting up a new Sanskrit University for the first time in the state," Banerjee tweeted. ...

 
 
Stake your claim to fun street

Kolkata, Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ambling down a Kolkata road has rarely been a pleasant experience. If potholes and dug-up stretches hinder your strides, the chaotic traffic makes it risky. And the less we talk about smoke-belching vehicles the better. But things are going to change this Sunday, albeit for a short while. The 'revolution' is all set ...

 
 
Kolkata's new-look Currency Building by year-end

Kolkata, Thursday, February 19, 2015

Currency Building, the 182-year-old Italian architecture overlooking the Dalhousie Square, will take another eight to 10 months to get back to its pre-Independence shape. Though the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been restoring the building over the last 10 years, it will miss the March 2015 ...

 
 
Chinese community in Kolkata ready for a fresh start

Kolkata, Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Chinese community living in the city has always celebrated their New Year in their own unique style. But this time, they have put their heads together and vowed to make a new beginning, in true sense of the term. To begin with, the community has already started renovating the Pei May School complex ...

 
 
Oriental platters take over Kolkata tables

Kolkata, Thursday, February 19, 2015

Most star hotels and restaurants have lined up oriental delights for foodies celebrating the Chinese New Year. While some are flying in chefs from mainland China, some are going the symbolic way to pray for global harmony in the Year of the Goat. ...

 
 
Snapdeal's expected loss to increase five fold

Bengaluru, Thursday, February 19, 2015

Online marketplace Snapdeal could record a five-fold increase in losses going up to $250 million (Rs 1,500 crore) this fiscal, according to estimates by an investor in the company, as high cost of operations continues to drag down India's top Internet retailers that are growing at breakneck pace. ...

 
 
Kayla Mueller candlelit memorial vigil held in Arizona

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hundreds of people in the US state of Arizona have held a candlelit vigil in honour of American aid worker Kayla Mueller who died while being held hostage by Islamic State militants. Friends, family and admirers displayed pink ribbons as they listened to various speakers celebrate her life. Kayla ...

 
 
Ukraine: Poroshenko calls for UN peacekeepers

Thursday, February 19, 2015

President Petro Poroshenko has called for UN peacekeepers to be deployed to eastern Ukraine to enforce a ceasefire. At an emergency security meeting, he said such a force would help guarantee security "in a situation where the promise of peace is not being kept. His comments came after ...

 
 
British MPs showed 'keen interest' in girl child scheme

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said a delegation of British parliamentarians have expressed a "keen interest" in the state government's 'Kanyashree' scheme for girls and other developmental projects. "Today (Tuesday), I received a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association ...

 
 
Islamic State executes over 40 people in Iraq: Report

Baghdad, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Over 40 people, many of them security personnel, were burnt alive by Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday, in Iraq's western province of Anbar, according to reports. ...

 
 
'Keen interest' in Bengal girl child scheme

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said a delegation of British parliamentarians have expressed a "keen interest" in the state government's 'Kanyashree' scheme for girls and other developmental ...

 
 
Rajarhat to get education hub

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An education hub is coming up at Rajarhat New Town. At least 30 different educational institutes have been allotted land in the township, covering more than 150 acre of land, to set up their campuses in different parts of the ...

 
 
Nitish Kumar takes to ‘dinner diplomacy’

Patna, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar paraded his MLAs before the Governor in Patna and before the President in Delhi, his camp has now resorted to “dinner diplomacy”. Nitish, who has been selected JD(U) legislature party leader, claims the support of 130 MLAs ...

 
 
Snapdeal creates ‘India’s first online luxury mall’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Further strengthening its fashion business, online marketplace Snapdeal.com today announced the acquisition of Exclusively.com (formerly Exclusively.in), the definitive online destination for premium and luxury ...

 
 
Tripoli-backed fighters sent to Sirte to confront ISIL

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Libya's legally installed government has sent fighters to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern city of Sirte. Sources told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that the Tripoli-based government deployed Misrata's ...

 
 
Winter leaves and won't look back

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You can mothball your woollens, Calcutta's winter is over. The minimum temperature reached 18 degrees Celsius on Monday, considered normal for this time of the year and a sign of things to come ...

 
 
Climate change toolkit for civic councillors

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In a tie up with the British government, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Tuesday launched a first-of-its-kind sensitisation toolkit on climate change for its councillors here. The toolkit was launched by Baroness D'Souza ...

 
 
Rs 5 crore for Presi chair post

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty has donated to Presidency University Rs 5 crore to set up a chair professor post in economics, a move that could open an avenue for the fledgling university to raise funds and sustain ...

 
 
Alliance completes ‘homecoming’

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Alliance Francaise du Bengale shifted to its original base at the Park Mansions on Park Street a couple of months ago but the homecoming became "complete" only on Monday. "Artist Suvaprasanna had gifted Alliance Francaise a painting depicting the presentation of the Legion of Honour to Satyajit ...

 
 
Swine flu: 100 deaths in three days take toll to 585

New Delhi, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A hundred more deaths over the last three days have taken the swine flu death toll 585. While the Centre has ordered additional stocks of medicines and diagnostic kits, hospitals have started running out of Tamiflu and protective masks. ...

 
 
Large explosion in Afghan capital, casualties unknown

Kabul, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A large explosion rocked Afghanistan's capital early on Tuesday, sending a plume of smoke into the sky above Kabul, a Reuters witness said. The cause of the blast and the number of casualties, if any, were not immediately clear. ...

 
 
Tsunami advisory lifted after quake off northeast Japan

Tokyo, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan early on Tuesday, triggering minor tsunamis but no reports of major damage or injuries. The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami advisory two hours after it was issued following the quake, which hit at 8 a.m. Japan time ...

 
 
Kolkata gets 50 carbon-neutral, solar street lights

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

Targeting a zero-carbon footprint, as many as 50 battery-less, carbon-neutral solar street lights have been set up in a south Kolkata neighbourhood by the the Kolkata Municipal Corporation ...

 
 
World Cup joy for inmates of correctional home

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have virtually invaded the prisons of West Bengal. The excitement surrounding the ongoing World Cup 2015 has reached prisons of West Bengal and the prison authorities have given their ...

 
 
Kolkata gets 50 carbon-neutral, solar street lights

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

Tagetting a zero-carbon footprint, as many as 50 battery-less, carbon-neutral solar street lights have been set up in a south Kolkata neighbourhood by the the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Being carbon neutral - removing as much carbondioxide from the atmosphere as individulas or organisations put in to ...

 
 
Rabindra Sadan makeover gets 90-day deadline

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

Birla Planetarium has already been shut down for renovation. And now, Rabindra Sadan is all set to follow suit. From the end of February, the "culture hub" of Kolkata will close its gates for three months to get a thorough makeover. The state government is planning to inaugurate a refurbished Rabindra ...

 
 
WB Assembly budget session to start from Feb 19

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

The Budget Session of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly will begin on February 19 with Governor K N Tripahi addressing the House, while the state budget will be tabled on February 27. Announcing this here today, Speaker Biman Banerjee said the session would continue for at least 11 days during ...

 
 
WB CM expresses gratitude for TMC's bypoll success

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Monday expressed gratitude to the people after Trinamool Congress retained Krishnaganj assembly seat and established a substantial lead in Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency where bypolls were held last week. "We are grateful to Maa, Mati, Manush ...

 
 
Victoria Memorial to unlock historical paintings

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

Relegated till now to the dark storerooms of the Victoria Memorial Hall, thousands of vintage paintings and rare artefacts would soon be put on display. As part of a Rs 60-crore renovation and modernisation programme, Victoria Memorial authorities are revamping existing galleries and adding two new ones to ...

 
 
Uber case: Defence wants to recall witnesses

New Delhi, Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday was the day for final arguments in the Uber rape case but there was no proper hearing, let alone final. Amid verbal sparring, the new defence counsel, D K Mishra, moved an application to “recall” all prosecution witnesses in the case, alleging that the previous counsel was “naive” and ...

 
 
Trinamool ahead in Bengal bypolls

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

West Bengal`s ruling Trinamool Congress Monday forged ahead in the early rounds of vote count for the Bongaon and Krishnaganj Lok Sabha by-polls. In Bongaon, Trinamool candidate Mamatabala Thakur was ahead of her nearest rival Subrata Thakur of the BJP in all the seven assembly segments after the first ...

 
 
Incentive for Rajarhat green buildings

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation has decided to grant 10% additional floor area ratio (FAR) over the usual FAR for constructing residential buildings following green norms. Hidco chairman-cum-managing director Debashis Sen said that a rule was amended recently, allowing an ...

 
 
Have Aadhaar? Get passport in 10 days

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

Here's good news for owners of Aadhaar card. If you have it, you can now get your passport in 10 days, skipping the time-consuming police verification process, which will be done later. To expedite the passport issuing system, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has now decided to rely on Aadhaar card ...

 
 
Etihad Airways begins daily Kolkata service

Monday, February 16, 2015

Etihad Airways has launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata (Calcutta), the airline’s 11th destination in India on its own, and its 15th destination in combination with network partner Jet Airways. Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways’ GM-India, Craig Thomas, Etihad Airways’ regional GM Asia ...

 
 
Untimely rain lashes city

Kolkata, Monday, February 16, 2015

Thunder shower lashed the city on Sunday night taking Kolkatans by surprise. The untimely rain was an impact of a cyclonic circulation over the neighbouring Jharkhand and Bihar. Met office expects rain or thunder storm in next two days in parts of South Bengal, including Kolkata. ...

 
 
ISIS claims beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians

Monday, February 16, 2015

The terrorists known as ISIS released a video on Sunday that seems to show the militant group beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. The Egyptians, dressed in orange jump suits, were beheaded after being forced down on the ground on a beach. An early caption in the video says the ...

 
 
Japan crawls out of recession, but GDP misses

Monday, February 16, 2015

Japan's economy crawled out of recession in the fourth quarter of 2014, data on Monday showed, although the growth figures came in much weaker than expected. Gross domestic product grew an annualized 2.2 percent, helped by a rebound in exports, but the figure missed a Reuters poll expecting a ...

 
 
Banquet hall: KMC’s poll gift to poor

Kolkata, Sunday, February 15, 2015

If north Kolkata got a swimming pool in a park and Behala promises of steady water supply and better roads, those residing in Deshapriya Park-Gariahat-Dover Terrace area have got something ahead of the civic elections as well. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has constructed a three-storied ...

 
 
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Adelaid, Sunday, February 15, 2015

A distraught Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq today admitted that he is clueless about how to stop the Indian juggernaut that has been rolling in the World Cup since 1992. "I don't know. This is happening. You can't do anything about that. I think they are playing well. Today, it was a thoroughly professional ...

 
 
FM urges industry to work with govt

Kolkata, Sunday, February 15, 2015

The government's first priority is public interest while corporates will look at maximizing profits, and these two principles are often at odds. The challenge, said state minister Amit Mitra, is to create a synergy for a new dynamic...

 
 
25 kids to be traffic OCs for a day

Kolkata, Sunday, February 15, 2015

You have seen a school student take over as DC (traffic) for a day. You have also seen a bunch of schoolkids manning the Lalbazar traffic control room. Now get ready to see 25 children acting as traffic OCs for a day...

 
 
12 killed as house collapses in UP

Chandrauli, UP, Sunday, February 15, 2015

Twelve people were killed and two others injured when a house on which construction work was going on collapsed in Dulhipur locality in Mughalsarai area here, police said today. Five men and as many women and two children...

 
 
Oil climbs up again

Oil climbs up again, Saturday, February 14, 2015

The global benchmark price for oil rallied above $60 a barrel Friday for the first time in 2015, but analysts warned that growing stockpiles were hanging over the market and could easily force prices back down. Traders bid up both the global Brent and American benchmarks about 3 percent after ...

 
 
Learning foreign language only for an edge in Kolkata

Kolkata, Saturday, February 14, 2015

There was a time when one would take up French or Russian simply for the love of a new language — for reasons like "I wanted to read Tolstoy's original version"; but career ambition has overtaken cultural zeal. Today, it's more common...

 
 
India test-fires BrahMos missile from INS Kolkata

New Delhi, Saturday, February 14, 2015

India today successfully test-fired its 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy's newest destroyer INS Kolkata. The launch off the Goa coast was "flawless" and the missile met all its designed parameters...

 
 
Mexico bus-train collision kills 16, injures 30

Monterry, Saturday, February 14, 2015

At least 16 people were killed and 30 were injured when a freight train slammed into a packed passenger bus in northeastern Mexico, authorities said, warning the death toll could rise...

 
 
Pakistan: Polio workers, security escorts go missing

Islamabad, Saturday, February 14, 2015

Three polio workers along with two security escorts have gone missing in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, media reported on Saturday. The incident occurred yesterday in Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob district, sparking fears that...

 
 
Centenary celebrations in Kolkata

Kolkata, Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) on Friday kicked off its centenary celebrations with a curtain raiser that was inaugurated by Union environment secretary Ashok Lavasa. He was accompanied by Hem Pande, additional secretary ...

 
 
Kolkata’s own rescue team is on the job 24X7

Kolkata, Saturday, February 14, 2015

Rescuing is their mission and passion. Because of their commitment to come to the aid of people in distress even Kolkata Police counts on them as friends in need. Nitaidas Mukherjee and his team have been working silently in Kolkata ...

 
 
Bookies go all out for Sunday’s Indo-Pak match

New Delhi, Saturday, February 14, 2015

The final of the cricket World Cup is being played on Sunday, at least as far as the bookies are concerned. That's when India plays Pakistan, and inevitably, the wagers are sky-high. It's all under the radar, of course, since betting on the sport ...

 
 
Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko says peace deal in danger

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Ukrainian president has warned a deal to end the war in the east is in "great danger" after heavy fighting ahead of Saturday night's ceasefire. Petro Poroshenko also accused Russia of "significantly increasing" its offensive in spite of ...

 
 
Report on health and biodiversity released

Montreal/Kolkata, Friday, February 13, 2015

A groundbreaking report on biodiversity and health, launched today at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human...

 
 
New beginning for grand lady

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sleepy, leafy South Park Street Cemetery could have turned into a scene from the TV series Downton Abbey on Thursday morning as a small group of Englishmen and women gathered at the twin graves of Lady Anne Monson and her...

 
 
Surplus land for commercial utilisation

Friday, February 13, 2015

The West Bengal government is all set to provide surplus land to the Tollygunge Tram Depot for commercial utilisation on lease for 99 years. The land parcel available on lease at the Tollygunge Tram Depot is 241 cottahs. The last date...

 
 
Organise labour fairs in every district: WB CM

Kolkata, Friday, February 13, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked state labour department officials to organise labour fairs in every district so that workers in the unorganised sector can take advantage of social security schemes. "We must ...

 
 
Polling peaceful in Bongaon Lok Sabha by-poll

Kolkata, Friday, February 13, 2015

Peaceful polling is underway Friday in by-election for the Bongaon Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal. "The polling percentage was 34.70 at Bongaon till 12 noon," an Election Commission official said here. The by-poll, necessitated by the death of Trinamool ...

 
 
India sees rapid rise in swine flu deaths and cases

New Delhi, Friday, February 13, 2015

India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus. The H1N1 virus caused 485 deaths in India between Jan. 1 ...

 
 
Eurozone economy sees growth pick up

Friday, February 13, 2015

The eurozone's economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, helped by rapid growth in Germany. Germany's economy - the largest in the eurozone - grew by 0.7% in the quarter, comfortably beating ...

 
 
Digital archive to preserve Kolkata’s past

Kolkata, Friday, February 13, 2015

How much real estate can you buy with Rs 1,300? Not much, we guess. But had it been a couple of centuries ago, Rs 1,300 could fetch you at least three villages. Sounds unbelievable? Once the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) ...

 
 
Bengaluru-Ernakulam Express derails near Hosur

Hosur, Friday, February 13, 2015

Three people were killed and more than 60 injured after nine coaches of the Intercity Express going from Bengaluru to Ernakulam derailed near Anekal in Karnataka around 7:45 am today. The incident occurred near Hosur close to ...

 
 
India vs Pakistan: the most colourful of all rivalries

Friday, February 13, 2015

Not long after India wound up their first practice session at St Peter's College on Thursday (February 12) building up to their opening game of the World Cup, their opponents for Sunday's electric showdown touched down in Adelaide ...

 
 
Ukraine crisis: Shelling follows Minsk peace summit

Friday, February 13, 2015

New shelling has been reported in the rebel-held east Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, shortly after the peace deal reached in Minsk. There are no confirmed reports of casualties. Both cities are near the front line where the pro-Russian ...

 
 
US 'at risk of mega-drought future'

San Jose, Friday, February 13, 2015

Places like California are already facing very dry conditions, but these are quite gentle compared with some periods in the 12th and 13th Centuries. Scientists have now compared these earlier droughts with climate simulations for the coming ...

 
 
Writers on Welsh-Kolkata exchange tour

Kolkata, Thursday, February 12, 2015

In an exchange between two different corners of the world, writers of Wales and India are on a collaborative project 'Walking Cities'. As part of the exercise, inspired by Dylan Thomas' birth anniversary, writers from two different continents ...

 
 
Need for communicative policing: Mamata

Kolkata, Thursday, February 12, 2015

There is a need for communicative policing apart from 'rough and tough' approach, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today. Referring to police role in tackling agitational programmes which at times turn violent, Banerjee ...

 
 
Drivers get basic medical aid training

Kolkata, Thursday, February 12, 2015

Traffic police, in association with Fortis Hospitals, on Wednesday trained about 300 taxi and auto drivers in basic medical aid to attend to any possible medical urgency on the road. Basic medical aid is something that is offered to people ...

 
 
No business is small business: WB CM

Howrah, Thursday, February 12, 2015

Aiming big should not mean missing out on smaller opportunities. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants people to start from scratch even if it is setting up a tea kiosk, a sweetmeat shop or a roadside snacks or telebhaja joint. When it comes to ...

 
 
Tram depot lease plan revived

Kolkata, Thursday, February 12, 2015

The state government has decided to offer surplus land at Tollygunge and Belgachia tram depots for commercial utilization on lease of 99 years, with the option of renewal of term. The request for proposal (RfP) document for each individual depot is ...

 
 
AP CM visits Telangana for the 1st time

Hyderabad, Thursday, February 12, 2015

Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday began a day-long tour to Warangal district in Telangana, his first visit since the formation of the new state ...

 
 
Lanka to release 87 Indian fishing boats

Rameswaram, Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sri Lankan Government has decided to release all the 87 fishing boats in its custody following New Delhi's intervention, Fisheries Department officials said here today. The island government had asked Indian officials to produce the documents of the boats for ...

 
 
IIT-KGP revamps placement cell to career growth centre

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To provide 360 degree career solutions to its students, IIT Kharagpur has revamped its placement section to a 'Career Development Centre'. So far, the institute's 'Training and Placement' section was providing only placement and ...

 
 
Bengal to promote European settlement tourism

kol, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

West Bengal is set to promote the 'Little Europe' tourism circuit spanning sites of prominent trade settlements along the banks of the Hooghly river, an official said Wednesday ...

 
 
WB launches credit card for MSME sector

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Small and medium business in West Bengal can now avail easy loans of up to Rs.5 lakh courtesy a credit card introduced Wednesday by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "Bengal today (Wednesday) launched a micro business ...

 
 
Bengal to promote European settlement tourism

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

West Bengal is set to promote the 'Little Europe' tourism circuit spanning sites of prominent trade settlements along the banks of the Hooghly river, an official said Wednesday. It will be funded by World Bank and the union roads and waterways department at an estimated ...

 
 
From Kolkata with love

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One evening, not long after I arrived in Kolkata, I sat on the balcony of The Statesman newspaper office overlooking the city, drinking sweet, thick tea with one of the editors. He was an avuncular, old-school type who smoked strong ...

 
 
IIT-KGP revamps placement cell

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To provide 360 degree career solutions to its students, IIT Kharagpur has revamped its placement section to a 'Career Development Centre'. So far, the institute's 'Training and Placement' section was providing only placement and ...

 
 
Deshapriya Park to get battery-less solar lights

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Deshapriya Park will get the country's first battery less solar power street lighting system on Thursday. Arka-Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy, headed by solar power expert S P Gon Chaudhuri, has completed the KMC ...

 
 
Survey alarm on educational fraud

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A survey conducted by the detective department of Kolkata Police and Bidhannagar Police has revealed that education-related frauds have seen exponential growth in the past two years. While the most common form of fraud is that of promising seats ...

 
 
What Kejriwal learned on the road to Delhi

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

We humans are inclined to divide time, distinguishing good days from the bad. This propensity, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has proved, is irrational, demonstrating to us the possibilities dormant in moments of ...

 
 
Woman from Kangra confirmed swine flu case

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A 59-year-old woman was tested positive for swine flu on Sunday after her blood samples were tested at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla. The woman has been admitted at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda ...

 
 
US Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller confirmed dead

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The US has confirmed the death of aid worker Kayla Mueller, the last American hostage known to be held by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. Her family said they were "heartbroken" to learn the news, and released a letter written during her ...

 
 
100-car pileup on South Korean bridge

Seoul, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

South Korean officials say two people were killed and at least 42 were injured after a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on a bridge near the Incheon International Airport. Byeon Tae-u of the Incheon Fire and ...

 
 
Tata Housing launches Rs 800 crore project

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

After two luxury residential real estate projects at Rajarhat, Tata Housing has launched Rs 800 crore residential housing project in the city. According to company estimates, the investment in the '117 BT Road' project at BT Road will be ...

 
 
UBI puts up a good show

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Calcutta-based United Bank of India (UBI) has posted a net profit of Rs 42 crore for the third quarter ended December on the back of improved operating profit and lower provisions to cover falling bad assets ...

 
 
CSTC back in black with Rs 5 cr surplus in 6 mths

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Calcutta State Transport Corporation has reported an operating profit of Rs 5 crore in the last six months between August14-January 15. Stating this, West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said the modernisation initiative of the ...

 
 
Tata Housing launches Rs 800 cr project in Kolkata

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

After two luxury residential real estate projects at Rajarhat, Tata Housing has launched Rs 800 crore residential housing project in the city. According to company estimates, the investment in the '117 BT Road' project at BT Road will ...

 
 
Mamata Banerjee at Tarapith and Rampurhat

Rampurhat, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday offered prayers and puja at the famous Kali temple at Tarapith in Birbhum district. She reached Tarapith after inaugurating a festival in nearby Burdwan district and went to the temple premises at about 6.45 pm. ...

 
 
Aircel-Maxis deal: SC restrains Marans from moving HC

New Delhi, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Supreme Court on Monday restrained DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi from approaching the Delhi High Court against an order of summoning them as accused in the Aircel-Maxis case. The court said the Maran brothers could approach the 2G trial court ...

 
 
Mamata offers puja at Tarapith

Rampurhat, WB, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday offered prayers and puja at the famous Kali temple at Tarapith in Birbhum district. She reached Tarapith after inaugurating a festival in nearby Burdwan district and went to the...

 
 
AAP success "turning point" in political situation

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With the AAP inching closer to a landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today termed it as a "turning point" in India's current political landscape and a big defeat for those indulging in vendetta politics. ...

 
 
Soft toys spread road-safety message

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday began on a different note for the likes of Archisha Banerjee, Barna Auddy, Faiza Zabeen and Ayushi Singh. Instead of taking notes in the classroom, this bunch of Ashok Hall girls was busy pulling up traffic offenders. But then, there was no rebuke or reprimand. ...

 
 
History comes alive at Barisha ‘Borobari’

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Today is your last chance to get a close look at artefacts that have witnessed the evolution of Bengal over last several centuries. Rarest of rare artefacts are on display at the Barisha 'Borobari' of the Roy Chowdhury family since Sunday and those who have been to the exhibition already have had their jaws ...

 
 
IIT-Kgp draws up College St makeover plans

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

If the ambitious Barnaparichay project has remained stuck in the doldrums, don't lose heart yet. A couple of architecture students of IIT-Kharagpur have come up with a 'rejuvenation plan' for a 300-metre stretch of one of the city's most loved icons: Boipara, aka College Street. ...

 
 
Delhi election results: AAP set for clear majority

New Delhi, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal is set to secure a majority in the Delhi state assembly, elections for which were held on 7 February. Trends show party is leading in a staggering 55 seats in the 70-member assembly while its nearest rival the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in only 12 seats. The Congress was leading in only one ...

 
 
Oil could plunge to $20

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The recent surge in oil prices is just a “head-fake,” and oil as cheap as $20 a barrel may soon be on the way, Citigroup said in a report on Monday as it lowered its forecast for crude. Despite global declines in spending that have driven up oil prices in recent weeks, oil production in the US is still rising, wrote ...

 
 
Ranji Trophy: Saha’s 92 saves Bengal from relegation

Indore, Monday, February 9, 2015

Wriddhiman Saha's match-saving innings of 92 enabled Bengal to get a point against Madhya Pradesh as they were able to avoid the ignominy of relegation from group B of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, here today by virtue of a drawn ...

 
 
West Bengal to promote “complete destination”

Monday, February 9, 2015

West Bengal Tourism has announced its plans to engage and reach out to the travel trade and consumers throughout the country so as to promote the State as a “Complete Destination”. During the last couple of years, the flow of tourist traffic ...

 
 
Kolkata to Host 14th World Congress on Public Health

Kolkata, Monday, February 9, 2015

After 33 years, Kolkata will host the 14th World Congress on Public Health jointly organised by the World Federation of Public Health Associations and the Indian Public Health Association starting tomorrow. ...

 
 
Obama sidesteps Ukraine military option

Washington, Monday, February 9, 2015

Barack Obama has thrown his support behind German diplomatic efforts to contain Russia in Ukraine, hinting that military alternatives under consideration by the White House remain largely symbolic and fraught with danger. In a joint press conference ...

 
 
Isis-linked militant killed in Afghanistan drone strike

Kabul, Monday, February 9, 2015

A senior militant and former Guantánamo Bay detainee who recently pledged allegiance to Islamic State has been killed in Afghanistan. A drone strike in Kajaki district, Helmand province, killed 33-year-old Mullah Abdul Rauf along with a small group of insurgents, according to a provincial police spokesman. ...

 
 
‘Gandhigiri’ put to traffic test

Kolkata, Monday, February 9, 2015

Don't feel pampered if a kid walks up to you and gifts you a soft-toy on your way to the office today. The soft toy is a gentle reminder that you have breached a traffic rule somewhere. And if you don't mend your ways ...

 
 
Bengali to pack a punch this cricket World Cup

Kolkata, Monday, February 9, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan may give his fans another reason to cheer when he picks up the mike for commentary during the India-Pakistan World Cup clash on February 15, but it will be a test of loyalty for Big B followers in the state as they ...

 
 
India has an incredibly strong side: World Cup

Monday, February 9, 2015

India's World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten Saturday said the team has a "really good chance" of repeating their 2011 success. Speaking to mediapersons at a city hotel here, Kirsten revealed that the Indians had an "incredibly ...

 
 
Ukraine conflict: Merkel takes peace plan to Obama

Monday, February 9, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama on Monday amid reports of a rift over Ukraine. As well as discussing a way forward in Ukraine, the pair are likely to discuss ...

 
 
Bengal clears 2 new townships

Kolkata, Sunday, February 8, 2015

West Bengal has cleared two theme townships to be developed by private sector that would attract an investment worth around Rs 4,000 crore. "Out of 15 proposals for new townships received, the government ...

 
 
Flight to Abu Dhabi brings Louvre closer

Kolkata, Sunday, February 8, 2015

By year-end, you can be at Louvre Museum in four hours. Shocked? Thank Etihad Airways and Louvre, whose expansion plans have coincided, bringing Kolkatans a rare treat. Etihad is starting direct flights between Kolkata ...

 
 
Mamata stole thunder of BJP: Abhishek

Bongaon, Sunday, February 8, 2015

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee today said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has "stolen the thunder" of the BJP while accusing the saffron party of unleashing a "shameful smear campaign against ...

 
 
Experience the local way of life at a homestay

Kolkata, Sunday, February 8, 2015

If the state tourism department's plans materialize, very soon you can stay in a village with a local, experience the rural way of life and eat their food. The department has now turned its attention to homestays — a popular concept in states ...

 
 
Black money: Swiss govt says cooperating with India

Berne, Sunday, February 8, 2015

Under pressure to act on black money front, Switzerland has said it is intensely pursuing cooperation with India, even as the bilateral ties remain "tense" over its refusal to share bank account details on the basis of stolen data ...

 
 
HSBC bank helped clients dodge millions in tax

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Panorama has seen thousands of accounts from HSBC's private bank in Switzerland leaked by a whistleblower in 2007. They show bankers helped clients evade tax and offered deals to help tax dodgers stay ahead of the law ...

 
 
Experience the local way of life at a homestay

Kolkata, Sunday, February 8, 2015

If the state tourism department's plans materialize, very soon you can stay in a village with a local, experience the rural way of life and eat their food. The department has now turned its attention to homestays — a popular concept in states...

 
 
Haryana: SIT to probe rape, murder of a 28-year-old

Rohtak, Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Special Investigative Team (SIT) has been constitued to probe the rape and murder of the 28-year-old mentally challenged woman from Nepal in Rohtak, Haryana. The post-mortem report of the woman mentioned several injuries on her private parts ...

 
 
Argentine experts question Mexico's missing student probe

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A team of Argentine forensics experts is questioning Mexico's probe of the disappearance of 43 students, saying that the evidence doesn't support the government's conclusion and that it should be allowed to investigate all...

 
 
For Saudis and Pakistan, a bird of contention

Sunday, February 8, 2015

For decades, royal Arab hunting expeditions have traveled to the far reaches of Pakistan in pursuit of the houbara bustard - a waddling, migratory bird whose meat, they believe, contains aphrodisiac powers...

 
 
Bengal to develop 'theme townships'

Kolkata, Saturday, February 7, 2015

West Bengal will soon coming up with townships in Rajarhat near Kolkata and the districts of Bolpur, Asansol and Kalyani, based on themes like culture and industry, a senior state official said Saturday...

 
 
Abu Dhabi Tourism targets Kolkata

Kolkata, Saturday, February 7, 2015

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) today offered options to people here to travel to the city in the Middle East with ease and comfort. After its success in promoting Indian outbound travellers to visit Abu Dhabi, the TCA is now...

 
 
Story of India's songs told through musical theatre

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A musical theatre, performed in the opera format, saw the story of the evolution of India's musical journey being recreated on stage When Rupchand Pakhi or RC Bird, as he would call himself, had to vent his grouse against...

 
 
Taiwan: Flights cancelled to train pilots

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways says it is cancelling 90 flights so that its pilots can attend training, after one of its planes crashed on Wednesday. Flight GE235 plunged into a river in the capital Taipei, killing at least 40 of the 58 people on...

 
 
'Success must have human touch'

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Her college in Karnataka lacked a washroom for girls when she was doing her BE in the late 60s. She had to walk all the way home, 1.5km away, during the break to use the toilet On Friday, Sudha Murty, the chairperson ...

 
 
Rags to letters story in Tiljala slum

Kolkata, Saturday, February 7, 2015

You wouldn't give this diminutive 61-year-old a second glance but Mohd Alamgir is every bit the stuff of legend. He has single-handedly ensured 90% literacy in one of the most wretched slums of the city where most residents ...

 
 
Plexes add to Oscar buzz

Kolkata, Saturday, February 7, 2015

With the 87th Academy Awards just over two weeks away, multiplexes have decided to keep the buzz alive with both INOX and PVR Cinemas kicking off their 'Oscar festival' on Friday. While INOX theatres at South City and Quest malls had screenings of 'The Grand Budapest ...

 
 
Provident Fund rules likely to be changed: 10 facts

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The government is likely to introduce a Bill to amend the Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act in the Budget session of Parliament, with the objective of bringing more workers under the social security benefit, said ...

 
 
Aditya Birla Group sues Indian Express for Rs 1,000 cr

Mumbai, Saturday, February 7, 2015

Telecom to natural resources conglomerate Aditya Birla Group has claimed Rs 1,000 crore from the Indian Express newspaper saying the newspaper had caused it "serious reputational damage" by carrying articles based on what it said ...

 
 
Boko Haram – flush with cash, short n fighters

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Boko Haram is flush with cash and weapons after a string of battlefield advances, but the fighting group could face a tougher fight with Nigeria's neighbours, US intelligence officials have said ...

 
 
Parents of US hostage Kayla Mueller appeal to IS

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The parents of a US hostage who Islamic State (IS) militants say was killed by a Jordanian air strike in Syria have asked the group to make contact. They said in a statement they believed aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller was still alive and ...

 
 
Kolkata gets new Audi showroom

Kolkata, Friday, February 6, 2015

This world-class showroom has been built to meet the growing demand across the eastern region for quality pre-owned luxury cars. Giving Kolkata an additional reason to rejoice, an Audi Exclusive Service facility, its second in the city...

 
 
Kolkata-based Warren Tea picks around 9% in Pressman

Friday, February 6, 2015

Kolkata-based Warren Tea Ltd, which is engaged in growing, harvesting, manufacturing and selling black tea, has acquired 8.52 per cent stake in Pressman Advertising Ltd for $1.1 million (Rs 7 crore), as per a stock market...

 
 
India should join CERN as associate member: Heuer

Kolkata, Friday, February 6, 2015

With neighbour Pakistan becoming the first and the only Asian country to be an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN, it is time for India to enroll itself for the same, a top physicist said ...

 
 
Soon, Louvre will be just four hours away from Kolkata

Kolkata, Friday, February 6, 2015

It isn't ready yet. But by the year end, a four hour flight is all that will take to visit the famous Louvre museum. Two years later, the Guggenheim museum will also be within four hours flying time ...

 
 
Timeline: Nitish Katara murder case

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Delhi High Court Friday sentenced Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav to 30 years in prison for the murder of Nitish Katara, a friend of Vikas Yadav's sister. Following is the timeline of the murder case ...

 
 
Bengal CM inaugurates state's first free Wi-Fi zone

Kolkata, Friday, February 6, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday inaugurated the state's first free Wi-Fi zone in Kolkata, which is soon poised to become India's first Wi-Fi city. "Communication is a major (requisite) now-a-days and it has been our goal to make Bengal a ...

 
 
25 countries scout for tourist spots in state

Kolkata, Friday, February 6, 2015

Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and state tourism department have joined hands for 'Destination East', an initiative to attact foreign tourists to the state. Tour companies from 25 countries of Southeast Asia, Europe, US and Latin America were in ...

 
 
Belur Math monks retrace Swamiji’s steps in Howrah

Howrah, Friday, February 6, 2015

Around 30 monks from Ramakrishna Mission's headquarters at Belur Math sailed to the Ramakrishnapur Ghat in Howrah and then walked to a house in Ramakrishnapur Lane, singing all the way. This unusual event happened ...

 
 
Bomb hoax call on Delhi-Palwal rail route

Faridabad, Friday, February 6, 2015

An ASI of CISF posted at Shastri Nagar Metro station received a call on his mobile for a second consecutive today that a bomb has been planted in a train running from Delhi to Palwal and will explode any time ...

 
 
India's most advanced warship to get Barak 8 missiles

New Delhi, Friday, February 6, 2015

When the Indian Navy commissioned its most-advanced warship eight months ago, the INS Kolkata was missing its primary weapon system - the Barak 8 long range surface-to-air missiles, 32 of which were meant to be carried ...

 
 
Trapped Indian nurses rescued in Iraq

Friday, February 6, 2015

A group of 11 Indian nurses trapped in the fighting in Iraq have been rescued and will return home on Saturday, India's external affairs ministry said. The nurses have been handed over to Indian officials in the Kurdish city of Irbil ...

 
 
Pilot's body found clutching joystick

Taipei, Friday, February 6, 2015

The pilot of a doomed TransAsia plane, hailed as a hero for his actions in the final moments before a crash that killed 31 people, was still holding the joystick in the plane's cockpit when his body was found, media reported on ...

 
 
Bengal bringing out homestay tourism policy

Kolkata, Thursday, February 5, 2015

The West Bengal government is bringing out a homestay tourism policy to financially aid those who are interested in putting up travellers at their residences, a tourism department official said Thursday ...

 
 
Kol-based Army transport unit makes it to Limca Book

Kolkata, Thursday, February 5, 2015

A city-based Army transport unit under the Eastern Command has made it to the Limca Book of Records 2015 for its longest safe driving record. The unit drove military vehicles for several lakhs of km since 2001 without a single fatal ...

 
 
Harvard bans student-teacher sexual relationships

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Several other schools that have instituted similar bans Harvard University has banned “sexual and romantic relationships” between faculty and undergraduate students, revising a narrower policy that had deemed relationships with “one’s students” inappropriate. That policy left some leeway for students and professors who were not in the same class. ...

 
 
Heritage status sought for Hooghly zone

Chandannagar, Thursday, February 5, 2015

Efforts are on to nominate a part of Hooghly district, known as Hooghly Zone to archaeologists and historians, for the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Institut de Chandernagor (IdC) is playing a key ...

 
 
Bengal to focus on medical tourism: Official

Kolkata, Thursday, February 5, 2015

After rolling out initiatives to promote eco-tourism, the West Bengal government is gearing up to pitch its best private healthcare establishments for medical tourism ventures. A.R. Bardhan, principal secretary of the Bengal tourism...

 
 
Cancer therapy boon

Thursday, February 5, 2015

If the biggest spin off from the Higgs boson search has been the grid computer, the world wide web and cloud computing, the next big thing emerging from CERN and its allied experiments could be a breakthrough in...

 
 
'Tis time to put on your running shoes

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A marathon named after the city, a 15km road race for both pros and amateurs and a fun run will together make this Sunday a race day for thousands of Calcuttans. Metro prepares a primer for the 8th edition of the Kolkata...

 
 
Damascus rocket attacks: 30 wounded, 3 killed

Damascus, Thursday, February 5, 2015

Syrian rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells that struck several neighborhoods in the capital Damascus on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding around 30 others, Syria’s...

 
 
IS burying children alive in Iraq, says United Nations

Geneva, Thursday, February 5, 2015

Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday ...

 
 
Don't humiliate us, Greek FM tells Germany

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Greece's new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has urged Germany not to humiliate the country over its debts. Mr Varoufakis compared Greece's plight with that of inter-war Germany, speaking ahead...

 
 
I had to marry an ISIS police chief to save my father

Syria/Turkey border, Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Every little girl dreams of that white dress, of her wedding night," says Hanan, her voice starting to waver. "I have been deprived of that." Hanan is not the woman's real name. Though now in Turkey, not her native Syria, the...

 
 
Collusion glare on builders

New Delhi, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has rapped real estate players across the board for "exploitative conduct" and unfair trade practices, asking them to mend their ways but stopping short of penalising them...

 
 
US tarries on aircraft carrier tech

New Delhi, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Indian Navy wanted to share the latest technology that the US is developing for its next generation of aircraft carriers, but the Pentagon has quietly put the request on hold till crucial agreements are signed...

 
 
Tailor-made courses make admission a ‘child’s play’

Kolkata, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fret not over your kid's admission to a good school. All you have to do now is a bit of research and get your toddler admitted to the 'right' kindergarten. And what's 'right' for you depends on your choice of school. Options are aplenty...

 
 
Delhi polls: EC turns to kids for turnout

New Delhi, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To ensure a good voter turnout in the upcoming Assembly elections, the Delhi Election Commission is going by the maxim, ‘catch ‘em young’. It has enlisted the help of government school students to get a voter’s pledge...

 
 
Al Qaeda prisoners executed after ISIS killing of pilot

Amman, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Jordan executed two al Qaeda prisoners before dawn Wednesday, a government spokesman said, just hours after Islamic State militants released a video purportedly showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a...

 
 
Taiwan plane crash: 12 dead

Taipei, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Taiwanese commercial flight with 53 passengers aboard clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and crashed into a river in the island’s capital of Taipei on Wednesday morning. Taiwan state media reports 12 dead in crash of...

 
 
Sri Lanka: President Sirisena acknowledges division

Colombo, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sri Lanka’s president said the country has not been able to unite the hearts and minds of ethnic groups despite ending a decades-old civil war five years ago. In his Independence Day address Wednesday, President Maithripala Sirisena...

 
 
CMCH set to let women work in its mortuary

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Women for the first time are breaking through what used to be a male preserve in a 180-year-old medical institution in the state. Calcutta Medical College and Hospital is set to let women into its mortuary. The medical college has short-listed...

 
 
Huge potential for shrimp farming in WB: ASSOCHAM

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Though West Bengal (WB) had largest available brackish water area of over four lakh hectares (ha), the state had brought a meagre 12 per cent area of about 47,488 ha under brackish water culture as of 2009-10, noted a study...

 
 
Governor visits Alipore AIMK

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Governor Mr Keshari Nath Tripathi today paid a visit to the Alipore campus of the Army Institute of Management Kolkata (AIMK) and delivered an address to the students and the faculty members...

 
 
From drugs to cats: Journey of a junkie

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

This is the story of an inspiring turnaround. Till about 8 years ago, Saikat Sarkar was, as he himself says, a "hardcore drug addict". Today, this 32-year-old runs a highly successful web development firm that caters to big business...

 
 
McDonald's no match for Haldiram here

Mumbai, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bhelpuri beats burgers just as comprehensively as farsan beats fries. Haldiram's revenues, at Rs 3,500 crore, is more than the combined revenue of Domino's (Rs 1,733 crore) and McDonald's (Rs 1,390 crore; adding toplines...

 
 
Top scientists in Kolkata to talk CERN theories

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Leading physicists from around the world will analyze CERN experiments and theories over the next three days at a conference — 'India's International Collaborations In Physical Science' — to be held in the city...

 
 
Services every 60 minutes

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A fleet of Volvo buses will be introduced between 10 pm and 6 am for the airport passengers in Kolkata. Volvo buses will ply from the N S C Bose International Airport, Kolkata every sixty minutes. West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation...

 
 
ET Quiz brings best out of young minds

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Did you know that the official snack of New York state is yogurt? Or, that the villain in the James Bond flick 'Golden Eye' stole money from the Bank of England? Or, that hangover had a Portuguese term that meant pain at the roots of the hair...

 
 
Amartya Sen, Sudha Murthy at Kolkata Litfest

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The second edition of the three-day Kolkata Literature Festival will see historian and Trinamool Congress MPs engaging in a session with Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, Book Fair organisers said here on Monday. “We have a wide ensemble...

 
 
Nivedita grandniece to visit city

Kolkata, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sister Nivedita's grandniece Selenda Margot Giardin is scheduled to visit the city in the middle of this month. She is the granddaughter of Nivedita's brother Richmond. Giardin was christened "Margot" after her great aunt, whom Swami Vivekananda...

 
 
Thumbs up in Naxal-hit areas; funds a concern

New Delhi, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

As the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) entered its 10th year on Monday, at a time when there are allegations against the NDA government of trying to dilute it, some states expressed concerns about problems...

 
 
Now, cash on delivery of train tickets

New Delhi, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

You can now book a rail ticket online and get it delivered at home where the payment can be made. Initiating this “cash on delivery” (CoD) system rail ticketing, IRCTC is targeting those customers who are reluctant to use...

 
 
Australia PM's deputy Bishop denies Abbott rivalry

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop has told the cabinet she is not seeking to challenge Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the leadership. Her comments come hours after Mr Abbott refused to say whether he asked her not to do...

 
 
US ambassador meets Mamata

Kolkata, Monday, February 2, 2015

The new US ambassador, Mr Richard Verma, today called on Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna. “This is a challenging assignment for me. “I took charge recently and this is my first meeting," said the US ambassador...

 
 
World Hijab Day encourages women to try covering up

Monday, February 2, 2015

To some, the hijab is a symbol of female oppression and Islamic fundamentalism. But to Nazma Khan, a Muslim who moved from Bangladesh to New York at age 11, the headscarf is a symbol of her religious belief in beauty through modesty...

 
 
Kolkata siblings at the Grammy Awards

Kolkata, Monday, February 2, 2015

A brother-sister duo from the city is set to rock the red carpet at Grammy Award night on February 8 in the US. The band Charisma, featuring siblings Charisma and Calvin Dixon, is being groomed by a Hollywood management group...

 
 
Usha re-lives RD days in album

Kolkata, Monday, February 2, 2015

Her booming baritone lent magic to immortal RD Burman numbers as 'Shaan se...' and 'One Two...'. Without her lilting interlude, 'Dum Maro Dum' would perhaps have lost its rebellious edge. But veteran singer Usha Uthup believes...

 
 
World tour plan for ‘Gaaner Golpo’

Kolkata, Monday, February 2, 2015

Music composer Debojyoti Mishra has visualized a big panorama theatre cum musical and dance performance project to track the origin and evolution of Bengali songs...

 
 
IRCTC may soon offer station-to-home drop facility

Lucknow, Monday, February 2, 2015

Soon, railway passengers in Lucknow can hire someone to receive them at the station, takes care of the luggage and have them dropped at the desired destination in a cab through ‘concierge service’--a station-to-home drop facility...

 
 
Security tightened in Thailand after mall blasts

Monday, February 2, 2015

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered security to be tightened in Bangkok after two pipe bombs rattled a luxury shopping mall and stoked tension in a city under martial law since a coup last May...

 
 
State to organise farmers’ meet

Kolkata, Sunday, February 1, 2015

The state government is going to organise farmers’ conferences in South and North Bengal to inform them of the latest developments in agriculture and also how to avail easy agricultural loans...

 
 
Dibyendu’s chess academy in Durgapur

Durgapur, Sunday, February 1, 2015

Grandmaster Mr Dibyendu Barua announced to float unit of his chess academy in Durgapur - the first such campus beyond Kolkata. He said: “Increasing passion for chess among the Durgapur youths ~mainly the students has inspired...

 
 
Exhibition of Asutosh Mookerjee’s books

Kolkata, Sunday, February 1, 2015

An exhibition of Sir Asutosh Mookerjee's collection of books was held in the art gallery of the Bhasha Bhavan auditorium in National library today to mark the 150 birth anniversary of Sir Ashutosh Mookerjee and National library...

 
 
Paes says it's a treat to play with Hingis

Melbourne, Sunday, February 1, 2015

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis, two legends of the game, were all praise for each other after wining their first Grand Slam together as Indian ace called it a "treat to win title" with the 'Swiss Miss'...

 
 
Former ADK midfielder Nato could make PSL return

Feb 1, Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nato was one of the most outstanding in players in the lucrative Indian league, and Goal is exclusively informed of a possible Premier Soccer League (PSL)...

 
 
Kol Police's film for helping accident victims

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kolkata police officers are working on a short film featuring survivors of road accidents in the city to encourage pedestrians to come to the timely rescue of accident victims...

 
 
Japan outraged over beheading video

Tokyo, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees...

 
 
Kolkata sets tone for mega Sufi show

Kolkata, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Baitanik at 4, Elgin Road turned into a musical haven when Tunisian, Brazilian and Gujarat's Sidi artists sang and danced during their rehearsal for the Sufi Sutra on February 6-8. Samba beats gelled with...

 
 
Coast Guard to boost surveillance

Kolkata, Saturday, January 31, 2015

In a bid to enhance security along the coastal areas in the eastern region a “Coastal Surveillance Network” is expected to be operational from May this year, said VSR Murthy, Inspector General of Coast Guard...

 
 
In the memory of Jadunath Sarkar

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A nondescript building at 10 Lake Terrace, where Jadunath Sarkar lived after retirement and where he subsequently died, and from where the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSSC) functioned from its inception in 1973 till...

 
 
Sugar industry seeks extension of export subsidy

New Delhi, Saturday, January 31, 2015

The sugar industry has made a fresh pitch for extending the controversial export subsidy on raw sugar citing a three-fold jump in its debt burden from Rs 11,400 crore in 2008 to Rs 33,600 crore in 2013...

 
 
Was AirAsia pilot out of his seat?

Singapore, Saturday, January 31, 2015

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned, it was too late to save the plane...

 
 
Victoria light-sound show set for revamp

Kolkata, Saturday, January 31, 2015

If you've been floored by Amitabh Bachchan's rendition of the Jana Gana Mana at the Jorasanko Thakurbari that released on Republic Day this year, you'll be happy to know that the baritone is likely to boom again in another of...

 
 
Kolkata: His story

Kolkata, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Parameswaran Thankappan Nair had arrived in Kolkata one sultry autumn morning 60 years ago, travelling ticketless and barefoot from his village in Kerala — and fell in love with the city...

 
 
Kolkata sets tone for mega Sufi show

Kolkata, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Baitanik at 4, Elgin Road turned into a musical haven when Tunisian, Brazilian and Gujarat's Sidi artists sang and danced during their rehearsal for the Sufi Sutra on February 6-8. Samba beats gelled with Bengali tunes as Debalina Bhowmick...

 
 
In the memory of Jadunath Sarkar

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A nondescript building at 10 Lake Terrace, where Jadunath Sarkar lived after retirement and where he subsequently died, and from where the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSSC) functioned from its inception in 1973 till...

 
 
Maharashtra clears trials for GM food

Mumbai, Saturday, January 31, 2015

The BJP-ruled Maharashtra government has granted no-objection certificates for open field trials in genetically modified lines of rice, chana (chickpeas), maize, brinjal and cotton “We have, at the moment, only given permission...

 
 
Sugar industry seeks extension of export subsidy

New Delhi, Saturday, January 31, 2015

The sugar industry has made a fresh pitch for extending the controversial export subsidy on raw sugar citing a three-fold jump in its debt burden from Rs 11,400 crore in 2008 to Rs 33,600 crore in 2013...

 
 
Explosion kills dozens at Shiite mosque in Pakistan

Karachi, Saturday, January 31, 2015

An explosion ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan during Friday Prayer, killing at least 55 people and wounding at least 59 in an apparent suicide bombing, the police said...

 
 
Was AirAsia pilot out of his seat?

Singapore/Jakarta/Paris, Saturday, January 31, 2015

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned, it was too late to save the plane...

 
 
Permission for industries easily available: Mamata

Friday, January 30, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said her government is keen to restore the Asansol-Durgapur belt as an industrial hub and asserted permission to set up an industry in the state was easily...

 
 
Junglemahal village empowered

Moldanga, Friday, January 30, 2015

Mahesh Hansda’s roadside cottage was bathed in light as the first beams from the solar lamps flooded the streets of his village in Burdwan’s Junglemahal this evening. Mahesh, an 80-year-old resident of Moldanga village, barely 8 km...

 
 
Explosion kills dozens at Shiite mosque in Pakistan

Karachi, Friday, January 30, 2015

An explosion ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan during Friday Prayer, killing at least 55 people and wounding at least 59 in an apparent suicide bombing, the police said...

 
 
Junglemahal village empowered

Moldanga, Burdwan, Friday, January 30, 2015

Mahesh Hansda’s roadside cottage was bathed in light as the first beams from the solar lamps flooded the streets of his village in Burdwan’s Junglemahal this evening. Mahesh, an 80-year-old resident of Moldanga village, barely 8 km...

 
 
Singapore: Late night public drinking will be illegal

Singapore, Friday, January 30, 2015

A new liquor law restricting late night public consumption of alcohol has been passed in Parliament on Friday, after a three-hour debate. The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill is expected to take effect from April 1...

 
 
Funds boost for gender-safe ultrasound tech

Kolkata, Friday, January 30, 2015

A BTech from IIT-Kharagpur, who hit upon an ingenious way of masking gender in foetal ultrasound scans, has won seed funding to develop the technology that can help end the curse of female foeticide in India ...

 
 
Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress

Chennai, Friday, January 30, 2015

Jayanthi Natarajan, former Environment Minister, has quit the Congress with a scathing attack on vice-president Rahul Gandhi, alleging that after instructing her to protect the environment, he publicly criticised her decisions before ...

 
 
Child labourers rescued by Hyderabad police

Hyderabad, Friday, January 30, 2015

Nearly 90 children from Bihar, some as young as 8, were rescued after multiple raids on bangle-making units in the old city area of Hyderabad on Thursday. These children were kept under inhuman conditions and virtually held captive inside small ...

 
 
Deadly attacks hit Sinai

Friday, January 30, 2015

At least 26 people, mostly soldiers, have been killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula. A car bomb and rockets hit military targets in provincial capital El-Arish ...

 
 
Deadly attacks hit Sinai

Friday, January 30, 2015

At least 26 people, mostly soldiers, have been killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula. A car bomb and rockets hit military targets in provincial capital El-Arish ...

 
 
Saudi King Salman cements hold on power

Friday, January 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has cemented his hold on power with a government shake-up. Thursday's changes saw two sons of the late King Abdullah relieved of their responsibilities ...

 
 
Srebrenica appeals verdict due at war crimes tribunal

Friday, January 30, 2015

The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is set to deliver a final verdict in the case of five men convicted over the Srebrenica massacre. About 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed in Srebrenica in just three days inn 1995 ...

 
 
Film by Kolkata police to star disabled persons

Kolkata, Thursday, January 29, 2015

The next time you go to a movie theatre, you would be welcomed by five heroes urging pedestrians to come forward for the help of road accident victims. The heroes are not the bollywood celebrities or starlets, but rather the ordinary people of the ...

 
 
Net de-addiction centre opened in Kolkata

Kolkata, Thursday, January 29, 2015

At least 10 per cent of those who use smart phones in the city have internet addiction. Of these a sizeable number are school going kids and even pre-schoolers, reveals an alarming study done by the Internet and Mobile Users ...

 
 
Board plea to curb child trafficking

New Delhi, Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre, states and Union territories to respond to a plea for a multi-disciplinary, anti-trafficking board on the lines of the Narcotics Control Board to combat the menace of child-trafficking and prostitution ...

 
 
French co-pilot was flying plane when it crashed

Jakarta, Thursday, January 29, 2015

The co-pilot of an AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea last month was at the controls when it went down, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said on Thursday ...

 
 
Excavation restarts at monastery

Kolkata, Thursday, January 29, 2015

A dot on the map of south Bengal is gradually emerging from the sands of time and has the potential to change the course of history as it stands now.Archaeologists who are excavating a Buddhist vihara out of the mounds at Moghalmari near Dantan in West Midnapur, are likely to fix the dates of the vihara ...

 
 
BrahMos to be integrated with Sukhoi by March

Bengaluru, Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is moving towards an indigenous missile era that will allow India to order surgical strikes destroying targets about 300km away. In a new feat, HAL has completed integration of BrahMos thermonuclear cruise missile with Sukhoi-30MKI after over two years of work, modifying the ...

 
 
Air India Dreamliner may take off again in Feb

New Delhi, Thursday, January 29, 2015

When Air India inducted a Boeing 787 with tail number VT-ANI in 2012, no one could have imagined that the aircraft would end up being grounded and its parts used to keep other Dreamliners in the fleet flying. After 10 long months in the hangar in Mumbai due to various maintenance issues, the aircraft is ...

 
 
Oil near 6-year lows after US stockpile hit record high

Singapore, Thursday, January 29, 2015

Oil remained weak in Asia on Thursday after data showing record US stockpiles sent prices tumbling to the lowest level in nearly six years in the previous session and analysts said a global glut would continue to keep the market under pressure. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said ...

 
 
Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target

San Francisco, Thursday, January 29, 2015

Facebook Inc’s revenue grew 49% in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world’s largest Internet social network beat Wall Street’s targets for earnings and sales. But revenue growth was the weakest since the start of 2013, and spending rose faster. Facebook shares fell about 2.6% in after- ...

 
 
Kolkata Book Fair 2015 gets high on tech

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The 574 stalls and the food apart, the 39th edition boasts of better internet presence and even an app to help you find your way around! A good book has often been called a man's best friend, or as Groucho Marx puts it, "Outside of a dog, a book ...

 
 
Kolkata police not to allow private drones

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Days after the Chennai police said that it was considering regulation of private use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Kolkata Police banned any private use of UAVs or drones in the city. This comes in the wake of a private drone crashing into the White House compound in Washington D.C. ...

 
 
Burdwan administration launches MGNREGA schemes

Burdwan, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To bring people engaged in illegal extraction of coal from abandoned coal pits into mainstream, the district authorities have launched a number of schemes under the MGNREGA in Burdwan district. ...

 
 
New campus of CMCH to come up at Rajarhat

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A new campus of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital will be set up in Rajarhat. The principal of CMCH Prof Tapan Kumar Lahiri today said that the hospital authorities have sent a proposal to the state government for setting up of a new building at Rajarhat. He was speaking at the ...

 
 
Power Product & services exhibition for the first time

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For the first time ever exhibitors from electrical industry and power will organise an exhibition highlighting their products and services at Milan mela exhibition ground in the city. This exhibition would serve as a platform for the convergence of electrical and electronics industry in Kolkata so as to ...

 
 
Kolkata to go fully Wi-Fi in two months

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kolkata is set to become India's first fully Wi-Fi-enabled metro with a private operator launching the service from Park Street on February 5 and then rolling it out in a phased manner across 144 municipal wards. The whole city is expected to come under Wi-Fi coverage by Bengali New Year in mid-April. ...

 
 
Habra boy bags award in US film festival

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

When Barshan Seal, all of seven, looked at a camera for the first time with wide-eyed wonder, it was deja vu for Bauddhayan Mukerji. Almost a throwback to Apu's 'epiphany of wonder', the ad filmmaker's debut movie, 'Teenkahon', ...

 
 
One more chilly surprise in store this winter

Kolkata, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

With the mercury rising gradually, is it the time to do away with your woollens? Hang on. Winter has not yet bid the city adieu. According to the Met office, the temperature will start dropping again from Friday onwards. Parts of south Bengal are likely to get rain within the next 48 hours, dragging the mercury ...

 
 
Coastal safety awareness campaign launched

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Coast Guard, launched a coastal security awareness and medical campaign in West Bengal on Tuesday to commemorate 37 years of service. The Indian Coast Guard was raised on February 1, 1978. Lt Gen Raman Dhawan, GOC, HQ Bengal Area, flagged off the campaign from Kolkata in the presence of VSR Murthy, IG and ...

 
 
Ghazalaw enthrals audience at Kolkata Book Fair

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book lovers at the inaugural ceremony of the 39th Kolkata International Book Fair today witnessed a unique fusion of Welsh folk and Indian ghazal. A team of six singers and musicians led by Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn presented a blend of the two ancient traditions in presence of ...

 
 
SRK likely to feature in Bengal's new tourism campaign

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is likely to feature in the forthcoming new tourism television campaign for West Bengal. "We have decided to keep Shah Rukh Khan as a part of our new campaign which is being worked out. ...

 
 
NSE to participate in Kolkata Book Fair

Kolkata, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Tuesday said it will participate in next month's International Kolkata Book Fair for spreading awareness about capital trading. "We are fully committed to creating awareness in Kolkata and the East to encourage people to invest in productive assets, so that they can manage their finances better and build ...

 
 
In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

New Delhi, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional ...

 
 
FMCG products slowly gaining traction in e-commerce

New Delhi, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Everyday consumer products such as shampoo, deodorants, makeup and even toilet cleaners are slowly gaining traction in the country's booming ecommerce market currently dominated by electronics, books and fashion. While this growth is mostly powered by smaller FMCG companies with limited resources, big national brands too are increasing ...

 
 
RK Laxman to be accorded state funeral

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Creator of ubiquitous mute spectator 'Common Man', Laxman was admitted to the hospital in Pune on January 17 for urinary infection. He suffered multi-organ failure and was put on ventilator. He died on Monday. Laxman ...

 
 
China tells India 'don't fall into trap’ laid by USA

Beijing, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

China has offered to lift its strategic partnership with India to a “higher level,” and prompted New Delhi to avoid a “zero-sum trap” that was being set up by Washington and its allies. ...

 
 
'Historic' snowstorm and blizzard affecting flights

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

While it is cool and breezy in Tampa Bay, a blizzard up north is wreaking havoc on flights in and out of Tampa International Airport. By Monday night, 38 arrivals and departures had been canceled, according to the airport ...

 
 
Greece debt repayment in full 'unrealistic' – Syriza

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It is unrealistic to expect Greece to repay its huge debt in full, the chief economics spokesman for the victorious Syriza party has told the BBC. "Nobody believes that the Greek debt is sustainable," Euclid Tsakalotos ...

 
 
Winter storm cancels 64 flights at Orlando

Orlando, Monday, January 26, 2015

Nearly 4,000 flights have been delayed or cancelled today nationwide because of a growing winter storm in the Northeast, according to the FlightAware.com website. Related Northeast hunkers down for storm not as bad as predicted. Orlando ...

 
 
Republic day celebrated in Bengal

Kolkata, Monday, January 26, 2015

The 66th Republic Day was on Monday celebrated in West Bengal with enthusiasm with the state government stressing its commitment to the sovereign, secular, democratic, republic credentials of the country ...