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TV actress Pallavi Dey found hanging at home, Police begins probe in Kolkata

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] – Bengali actress Pallavi Dey was discovered dead at her home in Kolkata’s Garfa. Her body was recovered from her residence on Sunday early morning at 9.30 am.
According to authorities, Pallavi (25) was discovered hanging from a ceiling fan with the help of bed sheet inside an apartment  on the 2nd floor of a multi-storied.

Popular actor has been very active on social media

The body has been sent for the post-mortem to the city’s MR Bangur Health center.

” No self-destruction note was recuperated from the site of occurrence”, stated police. “Evidently, no exterior mark of injury was found on the body”, added authorities.

The Authorities have actually begun an examination by submitting a case of abnormal death. The Bengali television starlet was recognized for playing the lead role in ‘Mon Hare Na’ serial together with other programs including Resham Japi, Saraswati Prem as well as Ami Sirajer Begum. The news has actually left her co-stars and followers in deep shock. (ANI).


COVID-19: Primary, upper primary schools to reopen in West Bengal from tomorrow


Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): In view of an improvement in the coronavirus pandemic situation, the West Bengal government on Monday revised the COVID-19 restrictions in the state and announced the reopening of all primary and upper primary schools with effect from February 16.

The schools will be reopened keeping in place all the COVID-19 protocols.
However, the night curfew will remain in force from midnight to 5 am till February 28, as per an order issued by the state government.

“Movement of people and vehicles and public gatherings of any kind shall now be prohibited between 12 midnight to 5 am. Only essential and emergency services shall be permitted. Opening of all primary and upper primary schools. A separate SOP will be issued by School Education Department in this regard,” read the order.

In West Bengal, schools for classes 8-12 resumed on February 3 with adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

Earlier in January, in view of rising COVID-19 cases, the West Bengal government had decided to shut down schools and other educational institutes, spas, salons, beauty parlors, zoos, and entertainment parks from January 3. (ANI)(instagram)

DGCA imposes fine of Rs 20 lakh on Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport over poor maintenance


By Ashoke Raj

Kolkata [India]: India’s aviation regulatory body, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) for violating safety norms by neglecting runway maintenance.
“After the regulator started safety auditing for airports a few months back, the audit report found that NSCBIA has committed serious safety norms violations, especially on the runway maintenance work. It has been decided to impose a fine of Rs 20 lakh,” a senior official from DGCA confirmed to ANI.

The DGCA’s audit report suggested that the Kolkata airport has been negligent in the maintenance of the runway as per the mandated safety requirement.

The Regulatory has issued a show-cause notice to the airport in case of serious violation of security rules at the airport.

“According to the audit report, the maintenance of the runway at Kolkata airport was not done as per the guidelines, the lights on the runway were not fixed properly and Foreign Object Debris (FOB) was reported on the runway, which could have been a part of an aircraft’s safety during landing and takeoff was a concern,” DGCA official told ANI.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) did not comment on ANI’s queries regarding the DGCA action, but AAI sources told ANI that, “An internal committee has been constituted to look into the said incident.” (ANI-Image Instagram)

Sourav Ganguly admitted to hospital, tests covid positive

Kolkata : BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been admitted to a city hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, the cricket board sources said on Tuesday. Ganguly is double vaccinated and has been travelling extensively, taking part in all professional activities.

The 49-year-old was rushed to a hospital late on Monday night as a precautionary measure after his RT-PCR test returned positive.

“He was taken to Woodlands Nursing Home last night. He has been given medication and is currently stable,” a BCCI source, who is keeping track of Ganguly’s health, told agency.

Ganguly was admitted to hospital twice earlier this year and underwent emergency angioplasty after having some cardiac issues.

Christmas with a Difference! Children enjoy Gifts & Cake by I3T volunteers

Pradip & Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation & I3T volunteers bring smiles on beautiful faces with Christmas Gifts and Cakes

Kolkata: This year’s Christmas is very much different for Raghu (Name Changed). He stays in this Orphanage (name withheld) located in Kolkata since he was two years old. This indeed is a different Christmas with Cakes and lot of Gifts and a tasty full meal today for all his friends too who stay here together and share the joy & challenges of life together!

As reported by UNICEF in its latest report, India’s growth over the last two decades has contributed phenomenally to global human development. Extreme poverty in India reduced to 21 per cent, infant mortality has more than halved, some 80 per cent of women now deliver in a health facility and two million fewer children are out-of-school. These are significant achievements for a country that is home to nearly a sixth of the world’s population. But tough challenges still remain and India’s economic successes have not resulted in improved quality of life for everyone everywhere, especially children. High levels of malnutrition (38.4 per cent children are stunted), poor learning outcomes (only 42.5 per cent of children in grade three can read a grade one text), vaccine preventable diseases and child labour persist.

Children having lunch arranged by I3T volunteers.

India is the only large country where more girls die than boys, with the inverse sex ratio at birth being 900 girls born for every 1000 boys. Globally 7 per cent more boys die under the age of 5 compared to girls but in India, 11 per cent more girls die under the age of five. Children from rural areas, slums and urban poor families, scheduled castes, tribal communities and other disadvantaged populations suffer from multiple deprivations related to poverty, malnutrition, access to quality health services, child marriage, poor school attendance, low learning outcomes, lack of sanitation facilities, hygiene, and access to improved water. India has the largest adolescent population in the world, 253 million, and every fifth person is between 10 to 19 years. India stands to benefit socially, politically and economically if this large number of adolescents are safe, healthy, educated and equipped with information and life skills to support the country’s continued development.

We should not forget that in India,

  • India is home to the largest undernourished population in the world
  • 189.2 million People i.e, 14 % of India’s population is under nourished
  • 20% of children under age 5 are underweight
  • 34.7 % of children under 5 years of age are stunted

Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation is committed to change the lives of millions of such children through social outreach initiatives. On the occasion of pre-Christmas celebrations, researchers and volunteers from the foundation visited one of the oldest orphanages of Calcutta to celebrate the festival of cakes with the kids. A cake cutting ceremony was followed by song, dance and lot of gifts (including winter clothing and blankets) amid claps and cheer by the crowd. After that all had the hot tasty full meal. Every smiling face was beaming with Christmas joy and happiness!

cake for children.

Such moments in their lives are not very often. Though they are taken care off by the orphanage, but social and goodwill interventions of such kind lifts their spirits up. India needs bigger interventions in this domain to change the lives of millions of such children. Corporates should come along to this cause.

Under the aegis of Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation, International Institute of Innovation and Technology (I3T) was inaugurated on January 1, 2018 with a vision of serving the healthcare needs of the public in West Bengal and in our country at large. I3T is a partner of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the leading university of public health in the world. This alliance is first of its kind in India, where Johns Hopkins is establishing the Johns Hopkins University Maternal and Child Health Center India (MCHI) and the Vaccine Research Center, along with International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC). This collaboration with The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), USA is for various Research and Public Health initiatives. The institute aims to provide educational and research programs in the public health domain for the first time in Eastern India. “This strategic alliance is going to improve the basic health care facilities and research aspects of public health care on a large scale in India, says Dr. Pradip Ghosh, Founder Chairman of the foundation and I3T, a visionary educationist and a social entrepreneur, who believes strongly in the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ (The world is one family).   

Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation has been involved in different initiatives in health sector in India since 2014 through its various social outreach activities. Amidst the crisis of COVID 19 during the second wave, Foundation tried to implement the Rapid Antigen Services in the rural centre of Shreenagar PHC in collaboration with AIIMS- Kalyani and also around 300 oxygen concentrators were handed over to state health department, ESI hospital, Police Stations, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, various complexes & NGOs. Foundation is committed to impact and change the lives of millions of Indians through education and public health initiatives.

WB BJP announces party’s State Committee including in-charges, co-incharges of departments

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party has announced party’s State Committee including Morcha Presidents, in-charges and co-in charges of various departments.

According to a notification released by the party on Wednesday, 11 Vice Presidents, 5 Secretaries and 12 Secretaries were appointed.
The party also made appointments in the IT department, social media department, media department, media relation department.

The spokespersons for the party including the media panellists were also appointed. (ANI)

TMC wins Kolkata: Mayor says TMC’s win victory for people, they gave befitting reply to BJP


Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: After Trinamool Congress registered a landslide victory in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Election result, Mayor Firhad Hakim said that the people of Kolkata have given a befitting reply to the BJP.

He also informed that the TMC has called a meeting on December 23 where the name for the next Mayor will be decided.
Addressing the reporters today, Hakim, who is also a TMC leader, said, “This is a victory for the people of Kolkata because they established their belief in us. With huge victory comes more and, more responsibility. The party has called a meeting on December 23 where the next Mayor will be decided.”

“People have given a befitting reply to the BJP. They believe in the politics of division. The BJP used to give me names like mini Pakistan. Just because I am a Muslim, they do not have the authority to insult me, thankfully people have replied to the communal party,” Firhad Hakim said.

Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday hit out at State Election Commissioner Sourav Das for allegedly allowing an “atmosphere of fear,” which helped the ruling party secure 134 out of 144 wards.

In a series of tweets, Adhikari, said, “Congratulations to @CEOWestBengal Sourav Das for making the Royal Nephew of Bengal’s prediction come true. Important Steps were taken by you such as EVM without VVPAT, CCTV without connection and last but not the least; allowing an atmosphere of fear to prevail with @KolkataPolice’s help.”

Further hitting out at Das, Adhikari said, “TMC – 134, BJP – 3, Left – 2, Congress – 2 and others – 3. Also congratulations in advance for the ‘Banga Bibhushan’ award that you would receive for all the hard work.”

Voting in 144 wards of Kolkata Municipal Corporation

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Voting is underway in all 144 wards of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Sunday amid tight security and with COVID-19 protocols.

The polling is underway at 1,776 polling stations across the city.
The counting of votes will take place on December 21.

The KIMC elections were due for 2020 but were postponed because of the COVID pandemic. There are a total of 144 wards in KMC that are going for polls today. (ANI)

First omicron case in West Bengal

Kolkata: West Bengal on Wednesday reported its first case of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, in a 7-year old child. The child had arrived from Hyderabad via Abu Dhabi. However, his parents tested negative for the infection. The boy is undergoing treatment at a local hospital. The case was detected in the Murshidabad district.

Earlier today, two foreign nationals had tested positive for the omicron variant of Covid 19 in Telangana. 

The World Health Organization has warned that this new variant of the coronavirus infection is prevalent in more than 70 countries. Vaccination, social distancing, and personal hand hygiene all need to be ensured, the global body has said.

Huawei Watch D to come with blood pressure monitoring feature

Shenzhen [China]: Huawei is soon going to launch a new smartwatch and it’s going to come with a pretty rare health feature. The tech giant has received certification for a wearable that will be able to monitor blood pressure.

Leaksters found a promo image of the device dubbed Huawei Watch D and immediately posted it on Weibo. It is expected to release at the end of December, reported GSM Arena.
The product is in its final stages of testing, and reportedly the accuracy rate is really good. The Watch D will be one of the few wearables to measure blood pressure, and it will also be unique in Huawei’s wearable portfolio with its design.

All other watches of the company have either a circular face with two buttons or a rectangular touch screen with one fairly neat button on the right-hand side.

The Watch D already obtained a certificate as a State Drug Administration Class II medical device, but it may take a while until Huawei obtains the required approval in other countries.

Della Leaders Club-Business Platform Launches Kolkata Global Chapter

Founded by Jimmy Mistry- DLC is a global community of Entrepreneurs, Professionals and Young Leaders that brings people together to positively impact the world.

Kolkata.– Della Leaders Club is the World’s 1st Business Platform for every passionate leader. According to Founder Jimmy Mistry “Within 12 months since the inception of DLC, we’ve selected 2250 Honorary Committee Members comprising of men and women of eminence who believe in helping others through their individual domain expertise. Through its 26 Global Committees and 15 Chapters, DLC will focus on knowledge exchange, lifestyle guidance and social responsibility while building a support ecosystem for leaders globally. We believe DLC will be the catalyst to transform our members from “A Life of Success to a Life of Significance.” The virtual launch of the Kolkata Chapter on 21st October was well attended by our eminent Honorary Committee Members (HCMs) with Harsh Vardhan Patodia, National President, CREDAI as the Guest of Honour.

“DLC is poised to set up 120 Chapters over 5 years and 8 phases. Kolkata was chosen as an integral part of the metro cities in India and the 15 Chapters in the first phase are- New York, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad and Indore plus our Global Chapter. We have at least 4 HCMs from each of our 26 domain Committees in each Chapter, including Kolkata. We already have several eminent HCMs from Kolkata, but the City of Joy has some of the best talents in Art & Culture and we hope that the knowledge sharing from them will be amongst the best in its domain,” added Jimmy.

We plan for our members to be immersed in a culture of excellence, with unparalleled business expertise at your fingertips, and the sharpest minds in every field just a click away. Enjoy access to members-only global summits, curated local events and exclusive experiences from the world’s biggest brands, for complete personal and professional growth.

DLC Social Impact is a global movement striving to make the world a better place. We map and connect the collective power of DLC Members with NGOs and NPOs to save the planet and empower those facing adversity. 54 causes, 2 encompassing themes. The DLC Social Impact Communities are committed to touch human lives or heal the planet. Fully funded through membership subscriptions, DLC holds zero monetary interest in making a social impact. DLC does not recognize financial currency. Neither your bank balance nor your balance sheet matters. DLC evaluates humans based on the number of human lives they have touched positively; and worked towards a just and sustainable planet.

The objectives of setting up our Kolkata Chapter are similar to our existing and future Chapters. ‘To take our members from a journey of success to a journey of significance. To help them build a future-fit organization and drive social impact’

Kolkata’s Mitrabha Guha becomes India’s 72nd Grandmaster

Novi Sad [Serbia]: Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia.

The 20-year-old who scored his second GM-norm at the Sheikh Russel GM tournament in Bangladesh, a fortnight ago had already crossed the 2500 barrier in the second round of the tournament.
To achieve the GM title, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.

All India Chess Federation (AICF) congratulated Mitrabha for the remarkable achievement after he defeated GM Nikola Sedlak of Serbia in the ninth round.

“Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha becomes the 72nd Grandmaster of the country after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia. All India Chess Federation congratulate Mitrabha for the achievement,” AICF wrote on their website.

On Sunday, Nagpur-based teenager Sankalp Gupta became the 71st Grandmaster of India after completing the third and final norm at the GM Ask 3 round-robin event in Arandjelovac. (ANI)

3-yr-old among 2 killed in Kolkata building collapse

Two persons, including a 3-year-old were killed after a portion of a residential building collapsed in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. They were rescued from the debris of the building in Ahiritola lane in the city but later succumbed to their injuries.

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 29 : The deceased woman and the child were trapped on the top floor of the building and three other persons who were trapped on the ground floor were rescued, police said. The mishap occurred around 06:45 am even as the city witnessed heavy rainfall with waterlogging in several parts of the metropolis.

The building falls in the jurisdiction of the Jorabagan police station area. A rescue team comprising personnel from disaster management team, fire department, electricity department and the local police force were involved in the rescue operation.

Indian Meteorological Department, Kolkata has also predicted an intense spell of rain or thundershower accompanied with the gusty wind over Kolkata and adjoining areas as cyclone storm ‘Gulab’ is likely to reach the West Bengal coast on Wednesday.

Cyclone Gulab to hit West Bengal coast on September 29

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] The cyclonic storm Gulab is likely to reach the West Bengal coast around September 29, director of IMD Kolkata GK Das informed on Saturday.

“South Bengal is likely to have enhanced weather activity particularly in terms of heavy rainfall and wind on September 28-29. Heavy rainfall is expected over Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, East and West Medinipur, Jhargram, Howrah, Hooghly on September 28,” Das told ANI.
“A cyclonic circulation is likely to form over the northeast and adjoining the East-central Bay of Bengal. In the subsequent 24 hours, it will be a low-pressure area and likely to reach the West Bengal coast around September 29,” he said.

Warnings have been issued in parts of southern Odisha that are likely to be heavily affected by the cyclonic storm Gulab.

Earlier, yesterday the IMD informed that the deep depression over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal has moved nearly westwards and has intensified into Cyclonic Storm Gulab.

According to the National Disaster Response Force, 13 teams (24 sub-teams) have been deployed in Odisha and five in Andhra Pradesh. (ANI)

Kolkata, adjoining areas witness light rain

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 20 : In view of the movement of cyclonic circulation from North West Bay of Bengal to Gangetic West Bengal, Kolkata and its adjoining areas are witnessing heavy rainfall.
As per information shared by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Kolkata, strong moisture incursion and heavy rainfall is occurring over Kolkata and adjoining North and South Paraganas, Howrah, Hooghly and East Medinipur. The rainfall is likely to continue for the next two to three hours.
Earlier on Sunday, IMD informed that a cyclonic circulation hovering over North West Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of North Odisha-West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts was extending upto mid-tropospheric levels tilting south-westwards with height. 

Petrol price today: Delhi, Kolkata brace for century-mark after fresh hike

Fuel prices continued an upward march on Monday with the price of petrol in Delhi inching closer to the three-figure mark. While petrol was priced at Rs 99.86 per litre in Delhi after a 35 paise hike, people in the national capital have to shell out Rs 89.36 (unchanged today) for one litre of diesel, news agency ANI reported.

In the other key cities too petrol prices continued to climb to new highs. In Mumbai, it was priced at Rs 105.92 per litre (24 paise hike), while in Chennai also it has surpassed the Rs 100-mark to retail at Rs 100.75/L. In Kolkata too, the price of petrol is inching closer to the three-figure mark and currently priced at Rs 99.84/L.

This is the third fuel price hike in July. Oil companies have increased petrol prices 34 times in the last two months. Diesel prices have been hiked 33 times during the same period.

They attribute the consistent increase in fuel prices to development in the global oil markets where both product and crude prices have been firming up for the past couple of months on demand rise amidst the slowing of a pandemic. However, a closer look at the fuel retail prices in the country gives a picture that it is the high level of taxes that are keeping fuel rates higher even in times when global oil prices are firm.

Global crude oil price is now hovering around USD 75 a barrel. It was over USD 80 a barrel in October 2018 but even then, the petrol prices hovered around Rs 80 a litre across the county. So, even with lower oil prices now, petrol prices have hit a century and crossed it by a wider margin now in several parts of the country. The only way retail prices could be brought down in this period is by way of tax cuts by both the Centre and States, suggests experts as crude oil prices are seen rising from here on.

With global crude prices also rising on a pick up demand and depleting inventories of world’s largest fuel guzzler — the US, retail prices of fuel in India are expected to firm up further in coming days. The benchmark Brent crude reached a multi-year high-level of over USD 75 on ICE or Intercontinental Exchange.

Kolkata vaccination scam: Another associate of Debanjan Deb gets arrested

Kolkata Police has arrested another associate of Debanjan Deb, who was apprehended for allegedly masterminding fake vaccination camps in the metropolis, officials said on Saturday. So far, nine people have been held in connection with the case, they said.

The man was arrested near the Central Metro Station in B B Ganguly Street late on Friday. “The accused is a resident of Tangra and had played a key role in organising a vaccination camp at City College,” a senior police officer said.

Deb (28) was arrested last week for masquerading as a joint commissioner of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and organising dubious immunisation camps in the city, where people were adminisitered fake vaccines, including TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty.

Six of his associates have already been apprehended. Among other sections of the IPC, police have charged Deb and his aides with attempt to murder.

Culture Minister refutes reports of Netaji’s missing artefact; says ‘given to Victoria Memorial’

Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel on Sunday said Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s cap has been given to Victoria Memorial in Kolkata for an exhibition, refuting the freedom fighter’s grandnephew’s claims stating the artefact has been “transferred to another place it was not meant to be at”. Taking to Twitter, Chandra Kumar Bose had said the cap was handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of a museum dedicated to Netaji at Red Fort in Delhi.

Tagging the prime minister and the Union culture minister in a tweet, he said, “Bose family had handed over Netaji’s historic cap to Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji to be kept at Red Fort Museum and not to be shifted around. Request Narendra Modiji to instruct placing cap in its original place.”

A few hours later, Patel in a tweet said, “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s cap and his sword are completely safe. ASI has given 24 items related to Netaji on loan to Victoria Memorial Kolkata. These were given for the exhibition organized on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji. Those are being brought back soon.”

Sources in the Ministry of Culture said that the iconic cap was moved to Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial in January this year where an event to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji was held in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“Following protocol, the cap was loaned from the Red Fort Museum to Victoria Memorial for a period of six months starting January and extendable for a year. This was done after a memorandum of understanding was signed.”

“The cap was among many artefacts loaned by the ASI for the 125th birth anniversary programme. Those were sent to Kolkata with proper escort and insurance. The MoU expires on July 18 and further steps will be taken,” a source in the ministry said.

On January 23, 2019, the Union government inaugurated a museum dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Red Fort.

The museum was inaugurated by PM Modi and the Bose family had gifted the cap to him for the archives.

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