“Not all booths can be declared sensitive. ECI knew it’s a problematic state and needed more central force hence a seven-phase election was declared for Bengal unlike Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,” said Vivek Dube, Special Police Observer for West Bengal.
The ripening of mustard and the onset of spring brings with it the festival of Basant Panchami which is also observed as Saraswati Puja in most parts of the country. This year it will be celebrated on February 10.
Durga Puja and Kumartuli have somehow become complementary to each other. Year after year, the artists here make the idols, with some of them having dedicated their lives to this profession. This 73-year-old man, Samir Pal, is one of them. A photo essay by Shashi Ghosh
Kolkata-based artist Monty Paul has almost finished making a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which will be unveiled on 2nd October as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations. Photo essay by Partha Paul
Kolkata is now entangled in a mesh of wires. Look at any electric pole and you will find it cluttered with bundle of wires that criss-cross streets and fetter buildings. From Tollygunge to Tala Tank, Behala to Beleghata, the picture seems no different. A photo essay by Shashi Ghosh.
Several people are feared trapped after a portion of the Majerhat bridge in South Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday, police said. Many vehicles including two-and four-wheelers were also crushed in the incident.
An early morning fire at the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital has been brought under control. Ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot and at least 250 people evacuated. But no casualties have been reported.
Ahmedabad/Bengaluru/Mumbai, Feb 18 (ANI): The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad members in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata took to streets to protest against the 'anti-national' sentiments that have risen from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Members of ABVP from Ahmedabad raised slogans against those who supported the anti-national elements in JNU. An ABVP leader said they will continue their protests till the anti-nationalists are punished. In Bengaluru, the student took out a 'Tricolor march'. A protestor of ABVP in Bengaluru said they condemn the act of central universities rising to support the anti-national slogans raised in JNU. In Kolkata, ABVP members were seen raising slogans against the anti-national elements.
New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 17 (ANI): Condemning the protests in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday said strict actions should be taken against people involved in anti-national activities but sedition charges should not be put against them as it fulfils their aspirations of gaining popularity. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majid Memon also condemned the protests in educational institutions. Meanwhile, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi emphasised on the need for the Jadavpur University students to come forward and identify the anti-social elements prevalent in the campus.
Kolkata, Feb 15 (ANI): A person was injured after two motorcycle-borne miscreants fired gun shots outside the Loreto School at Convent road in Kolkata on Monday. The victim was shot in the leg and was rushed to the nearby hospital. The site where the victim was shot is reported to be near the jute mill. Police have reached the spot to identify further details and a man-hunt has been launched against the miscreants. Meanwhile, security has been heightened outside the school in light of the shooting.
Kolkata, Jan 25 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Monday arrived at the Kolkata airport attend his first public rally in poll-bound Kolkata on Monday. After being elected as BJP President for the second time, Shah will attend his first public rally in the city.
New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): The Airports Authority of India will enhance its marketing strategy to make airports more operationally and commercially viable. At the Airport Marketing Conference held recently in New Delhi, the officials and experts chalked out a strategy to make commercial use of airport infrastructure in the country. Formed in April 1995, the Airports Authority of India manages 125 destinations, including 77 domestic and 21 international airports in the country. The Authority is also looking at focusing on the cargo segment to boost its revenues. It has been undertaking the International Cargo handling operations at international airports including Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Coimbatore, Amritsar and Guwahati. Similarly, the Authority has identified 24 domestic airports across five regions, including three civil enclaves to develop such integrated facilities. They include Port Blair, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Raipur, Ahmedabad and others. The Airports Authority of India, which has developed infrastructure at many of its airports, is looking forward to make its commercial use.
Kolkata, Jan 21 (ANI): A suspicious bag was found in a car parked outside Netaji metro station in Kolkata on Thursday. Bomb Disposal Squad reached the spot to investigate the same and retrieved the suspicious bag from the car. However, nothing dubious was found in the bag. This comes hours after a suspicious bag was found at the gate of Haridwar railway station earlier on Thursday morning.