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Bigg Boss 11 October 17, 2017 written update: Vikas Gupta loses his captaincy. Puneesh Sharma is the new captain of the Bigg Boss house.

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Aamir Khan shows up as the out-of-flavour musician Shakti Kumaarr, all tight animal-printed Ts and crotch-hugging jeans, and while his I’m-so-irresistible strutting schtick starts off funny, you wish he had more to do.

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Signature Move is an American indie comedy-drama about a Pakistani Muslim lesbian living in Chicago with her mother, played by Shabana Azmi. Helmed by Chicago based director Jennifer Reeder, the film has been praised internationally.

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Google unveiled its first internally designed chip for consumer devices on Tuesday, the latest sign of the search engine’s hardware ambitions and a threat to its current semiconductor suppliers.

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Measurements of the light and other energy emanating from the crash have helped scientists explain how planet-killing gamma ray bursts are born, how fast the universe is expanding, and where heavy elements like platinum and gold come from.

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Scientists at the LIGO detectors and the world over detected the first gravitational waves produced by the merger of two neutron stars.

Kolkata News

18 held, 6,000-kg illegal firecrackers seized in Kolkata
18 held, 6,000-kg illegal firecrackers seized in Kolkata

Sources in the police said that 18 people have been arrested in this connection

Kolkata firecracker sales hit due to GST, say traders
Kolkata firecracker sales hit due to GST, say traders

Speaking to The Indian Express, chairman of Sara Bangla Atasbazi Unnayan Samiti, Babla Roy said: “There has been huge impact of GST on sale of firecrackers this year. Traders have to pay 28 per cent GST for various firecrackers. Earlier, it was 14.5 per cent.”

Defections to BJP, Trinamool: No better way to commit suicide, says Surjya Kanta Mishra
Defections to BJP, Trinamool: No better way to commit suicide, says Surjya Kanta Mishra

“If you think you can fight BJP by joining Trinamool Congress or vice-versa, then there is no better way to commit suicide,” Mishra said

Mamata govt hails Calcutta HC verdict on CAPF withdrawal
Mamata govt hails Calcutta HC verdict on CAPF withdrawal

On Sunday, the Union Ministry Home Affairs had ordered the withdrawal of 10 of the 15 CAPF companies deployed in the Hills

SRFTI campus: Protests on after expulsion of 14 girl students
SRFTI campus: Protests on after expulsion of 14 girl students

Alleging that SRFTI was taking an authoritarian decision by building a separate accommodation for girls, an expelled student said: “There was no rule regarding segregating male and female students in separate hostels for last 25 years.”

S-I shot dead in Darjeeling: Suo motu FIR against Bimal Gurung, others
S-I shot dead in Darjeeling: Suo motu FIR against Bimal Gurung, others

Malik (30) and four other policemen were injured in an exchange of fire between police and alleged supporters of Gurung on Friday. They were rushed to a local hospital, where Malik succumbed to his injuries

Mamata Banerjee visits ailing Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at his house
Mamata Banerjee visits ailing Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at his house

While leaving Bhattacharjee’s residence in the evening, Mamata said: “I had come here to visit him. I wished him speedy recovery. He asked me to sit. He wants to undergo treatment at home. However, I have spoken to his wife and assured her that we will provide all possible help.”

Pollution control board hands over 300 devices to Kolkata Police to monitor noise pollution during Diwali
Pollution control board hands over 300 devices to Kolkata Police to monitor noise pollution during Diwali

“We will work in coordination with police. We have already conducted a series of meetings with police,” Kalyan Rudra, Chairman of West Bengal Pollution Control Board, told The Indian Express

Withdrawing forces will put Bengal in disadvantageous position: Congress MLA Abdul Mannan
Withdrawing forces will put Bengal in disadvantageous position: Congress MLA Abdul Mannan

People in the state have been fighting against the division of Bengal. It will, however, be impossible to avert the division of the state without the help and support of the central government,” Mannan wrote in the letter to PM Narendra Modi

Man dies after altercation over Kali Puja donation in Howrah
Man dies after altercation over Kali Puja donation in Howrah

Sources in the police said the incident took place at around 10.30 am on Sunday when Subrata Dey and Krishna Dasgupta, members of West Santinagar Junior Boys Club, came to Dulal Kanti Sen’s house and allegedly demanded Rs 1,000 as Kali Puja donation

10 killed in multiple road accidents in Kolkata in last 24 hours
10 killed in multiple road accidents in Kolkata in last 24 hours

A woman was run over by a bus while trying to cross a road at sector 5, Salt Lake, at 5 am on Sunday. The girl, who died on the spot, has been identified as Mamoni Das (25) of Kestopur area, said police sources

Mamata has final word in TMC, says Mukul Roy’s son Subhranshu
Mamata has final word in TMC, says Mukul Roy’s son Subhranshu

“In Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee has the final word, and no other leaders or ‘dadas’ are important. It is one and only Mamata Banerjee. I have become an MLA with Mamata Banerjee’s blessings, and will remain in Trinamool Congress until I die,” Subhranshu said

BJP must clear stand, says Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee
BJP must clear stand, says Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee

On Monday, the government will hold an all-party meeting at state secretariat Nabanna to discuss the Gorkhaland issue

Opposition visits SI Amitabha Malik’s house, targets Mamata govt
Opposition visits SI Amitabha Malik’s house, targets Mamata govt

“An innocent police officer was killed because of the politics pursued by the Trinamool Congress government. Without proper training, these officers were sent to the forest for an assignment. The state government has committed a crime, and we condemn it,” State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said

Binay Tamang urges Governor to initiate talks with Centre
Binay Tamang urges Governor to initiate talks with Centre

Sources said Tamang had urged the Governor to request the central government to invite them for the tripartite meeting instead of either GJM chief Bimal Gurung or any member of his faction

CPI wants ‘corrupt’ Centre to order probe into Jay’s finances
CPI wants ‘corrupt’ Centre to order probe into Jay’s finances

Reddy also claimed that there have been allegations of corruption against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, but no probes have been ordered in such cases.

Mamata Banerjee sacks Jhargram district TMC chief for being ‘inactive’
Mamata Banerjee sacks Jhargram district TMC chief for being ‘inactive’

  Sources said the party is determined to put up a good electoral performance in next year’s panchayat polls, and the decision to remove Mahato was a step in that direction.

Air traffic disrupted by heavy rains, winds in Kolkata
Air traffic disrupted by heavy rains, winds in Kolkata

The continuous rain, which started late Sunday night, not only affected flights but also resulted in waterlogging in and around the airport.

Kolkata weather highlights: Heavy rainfall hits Kolkata, flights delayed
Kolkata weather highlights: Heavy rainfall hits Kolkata, flights delayed

Kolkata weather highlights: Waterlogging due to rains caused massive traffic jams early in the day.

Hawkers protest eviction drive, demand compensation
Hawkers protest eviction drive, demand compensation

“We will launch a bigger movement after the world cup if the civic authorities do not ressolve the issue,” convener of the Joint Forum Against Eviction and general secretary of the Hawker Sangram Committee Saktiman Ghosh told reporters.

CPM MLA writes to CM Mamata Banerjee, alleges discrimination in distribution of match tickets
CPM MLA writes to CM Mamata Banerjee, alleges discrimination in distribution of match tickets

“We feel that if the Assembly or the state government is distributing such tickets, then every MLA should get it. We are seeking your intervention regarding this, and are hoping that you would let us know what action you have taken,” the CPM MLA said.

Airport to be CAT-IIIB compliant by November
Airport to be CAT-IIIB compliant by November

CAT-IIIB is an instrument landing system (ILS) that will help guide pilots to land during difficult visibility conditions. 

Woman, child found dead, husband booked
Woman, child found dead, husband booked

They were rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared them brought dead on arrival. The bodies were later sent for postmortem examination.

Blast at firecracker factory in Kolkata, two hurt
Blast at firecracker factory in Kolkata, two hurt

Two persons have sustained serious injuries in an explosion that took place while they were manufacturing firecrackers at a factory in Baruipur area of South 24 Parganas. The owner of the factory, in whose house the firecrackers were being manufactured on Friday, has been arrested. “A case has been registered against the owner Uttam Baidya… […]

Fans throng Maidan market in search of team jerseys
Fans throng Maidan market in search of team jerseys

Jerseys sold in this market are either locally-made or imported from China and Thailand. The locally-made jerseys are sold at Rs 100 while the ones imported from China are sold for Rs 330-400. Better quality jerseys imported from Thailand are sold at Rs 500.

First match in city to see protests by ‘evicted’ shanty-dwellers, hawkers
First match in city to see protests by ‘evicted’ shanty-dwellers, hawkers

Shaktiman Ghosh, general secretary of the National Hawkers Federation and Hawkers Sangram Samiti, claimed that the Kolkata and Bidhannagar municipal corporations had started the eviction drive — from the Dum Dum airport area to Salt Lake — on September 12.

Narada sting operation: TMC MP Poddar ‘accepts’ having taken Rs 3 lakh from channel CEO Mathew Samuel
Narada sting operation: TMC MP Poddar ‘accepts’ having taken Rs 3 lakh from channel CEO Mathew Samuel

The MP was summoned to the ED state office in Salt Lake City for questioning. She, however, denied having accepted Rs 5 lakh as was the claim made by Samuel.

Mukul betrayed party’s trust, that’s what traitors do: Partha Chatterjee
Mukul betrayed party’s trust, that’s what traitors do: Partha Chatterjee

On Wednesday, Roy had said that BJP was not a communal party and that Trinamool, since its birth, has been associated with BJP and was a part of the BJP-led NDA government.

Go easy on Mamata, avoid personal attacks: Congress top rung to state unit
Go easy on Mamata, avoid personal attacks: Congress top rung to state unit

At the same time, the Congress party has made it clear that ‘opposition politics’ at the level of governance in the state ‘need not stop’

Kolkata hospital vandalised after teen’s death: Relatives allege AMRI threatened to stop treatment without payment
Kolkata hospital vandalised after teen’s death: Relatives allege AMRI threatened to stop treatment without payment

AMRI hospital, a private institute in Dhakuria, suffered the ire of relatives of Gulnar Khan who had been suffering from a form of dengue that resulted in multiorgan failure. She has been admitted since September 27.

Narada sting operation: CBI visits home of TMC MP Aparupa Poddar’s ‘confidant’
Narada sting operation: CBI visits home of TMC MP Aparupa Poddar’s ‘confidant’

Poddar was purportedly seen in the Narada News cash-for-favour “sting” operation accepting money.

No TMC opposition for ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign: BJP
No TMC opposition for ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign: BJP

According to state BJP leaders, the movement was carried out successfully in several places, and party workers received no opposition from either the state government or ruling party activists.

BJP delegation in the hills: Amidst protests, Dilip Ghosh says TMC ‘provoked stir’
BJP delegation in the hills: Amidst protests, Dilip Ghosh says TMC ‘provoked stir’

The BJP is the first political party to visit the Hills after the indefinite strike was lifted on September 26.

Bus knocks down motorcyclist, rams into three vehicles
Bus knocks down motorcyclist, rams into three vehicles

The accident took place at the crossing of Lakeview Road and Southern Avenue. The bus driver tried to escape after hitting the motorcyclist and as a result result rammed into three other cars. The police intercepted the bus and arrested the driver.

‘Tell us how to improve’: CISF conducts pan-India customer survey
‘Tell us how to improve’: CISF conducts pan-India customer survey

“In order to improve security standards and reduce waiting time, this is being done pan India,” an official told The Indian Express.

Two held for ‘gangraping’ minor during Puja in south Kolkata
Two held for ‘gangraping’ minor during Puja in south Kolkata

Police said the victim, who is originally from South 24 Parganas, stays with her aunt in Bansdroni area. She reportedly knew one of the accused, an officer said.