New Logo for West Bengal Unveiled, Name Change of State on Cards

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiling the State logo at Nabanna on Friday.

Kolkata, January 05: At an inauguration ceremony held at State Secretariat, Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal unveiled the new logo for the state. The new state logo has the alphabet “B” (for Bengal) written in Bengali script placed in middle in form of a seal, with the Lion Capital of Ashoka (the National Emblem) placed at top.

Along with logo, the West Bengal government is in the process of changing the state name to Bangla.

Describing the moment as historic, the Chief Minister stated that for the first time after independence, the state will have a logo of its own, informing that the logo had been approved by the Centre after being designed in Bengal. She added that henceforth, the logo will be used in official government documents, including letterheads. Incidentally, the logo is the brainchild of the Banerjee, who is an enthusiastic painter and writer herself.

She also stated that the name of the state will be changed from West Bengal to Bangla, and the due process of getting approval from Centre is underway. The CM had also designed the logo for Biswa Bangla, which was exclusively used for promoting the schemes and events of the state government.

However, Mukul Roy, one of the former top members of Trinamool Congress,  now defected to BJP, had alleged that the logo was registered under the name of Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, an MP himself, reports The Indian Express. The allegation was strongly refuted both by the party and the state government.

Kolkata kindergarten student sexually assaulted by teacher

A kindergarten student was assaulted by her male physical education teacher on Friday, December 1st. The incident was reported to have occurred at GD Birla Centre for Education in Ranikuthi, Kolkata.

“Our daughter rushed home crying. We noticed that her uniform had blood stains. She was taken to SSKM Hospital. The doctors informed that she had been sexually abused. Later, she told us that her teacher had trapped her,” her father mentioned in his statement to The Indian Express.

Partha Chatterjee in an interview stated, that the state government along with the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has set up a committee to probe the incident. Actions of the school would be monitored so that they consider the security of students as a top priority. Strong measures would be taken to ensure that the accused is punished. He also ensured assistance to the parents.

The Principal informed India Today, that they have begun to investigate the issue thoroughly. CCTV cameras would soon be installed in the school. She further said that the accused had seven years of teaching experience in the school, and had no accusations against him previously.

Agitating parents are reluctant to send their wards to the school till safety measures are strictly formulated and followed. They, along with the girl’s father, protested and demanded the authorities to take necessary action immediately. Police have detained the accused and other staff of the school.

Sources – Indian Express, India Today

 

DRI seizes gold worth Rs 2 crore, smuggled in India

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized more than seven kilograms of gold bar smuggled into India from Bangladesh, reported Financial Express and Business standards. The value of these gold bar is estimated to be over Rs two crores.

Nearly 50 gold bars having foreign markings, weighing 7412.43 grams, and valued at over Rs 2.04 crore were found and seized from the three accused. The agency was working on a tip-off. They got hold of a black Alto car from the eastern part of Kolkata and arrested the three accused Indrajit Biswas, Selim Molla and Rabiul Islam, who hail from India-Bangladesh border areas.

The accused admitted of smuggling the gold bars from Bangladesh into

India. The accused were supposed to further deliver them at Kolkata. All the three accused had been produced before the court and have been remanded judicial custody till September 21.

This year, the agency has seized over 150 kg of gold from West Bengal and north-eastern states. The value of this is valued close to Rs 44 crore in the market, which was smuggled from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Bhutan.

News Source: Financial Express, Business Standard

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Following a tight penalty shootout; ATK clinches Hero ISL title

As history repeated itself in Kochi last night, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) yet again clinched the title over the Kerala Blasters in the third edition of the Indian super league.

The regulation time of play saw the teams to be held at 1-1; both the goals coming in the first half of the game. Kerala went ahead in the 37th min with Rafi’s sublime brace in reply to which Portuguese Soreno scored a cheeky header at the end of the first half.

Kerala came close to scoring twice in the second half, courtesy to some lackluster defending of the Kolkata side; ATK’s marquee player Helder Postiga’s form woo continued as he failed to score a regulation goal in a build-up play from Ian Hume.

Both the teams went with a 4-4-1 style with Nazon and Hume playing as a spearhead of KBFC and ATK respectively, but both the teams failed to display quick and precision football. The match saw a staggering amount of 32 fouls.

The match was forced to go into the penalties where ATK went to back foot with Graham Stack denying Hume with a sharp save to his right giving Kerala 1-0 advantage from German’s spot kick.

Both the teams were tied 3-3 with Ndoye scooping the ball over the bar for Kerala. Following the crucial miss from Cedric Hengbart, Jewel Raja put the final nail in the coffin for Kerala making Stack dive the other way while he placed his shot low and into the left bottom corner.

This is ATK’s second ISL( Indian Super League) trophy of this season, and incidentally, both were won against Kerala.

Source – TOI, FIRSTPOST

Image sourced from – india.com

 

Outcast BJP leader arrested with 2000 rupee notes worth 33 lakh

Manish Sharma, an expelled BJP leader was arrested from Asansol, 240 km from Kolkata, along with six of his aides, with cash worth Rs 33 lakh, all in new 2000 rupee notes. He contested in the recently conducted Vidhan Sabha elections from Raniganj, and is allegedly close to local MP Babul Supriyo.

According to NDTV, the team had converted their black money in demonetised currency to legible notes in Kolkata.

The police had prior information, about the group’s movements with arms and cash but still managed to slip past at Dankuni toll plaza, 30 km from Kolkata. On Monday night, from a flat near Kolkata airport, Kolkata Police in a joint operation with West Bengal Police arrested the lot.

One of the group members Raju Jha is a coal mafia of the Raniganj belt who also owns a luxury bus service from Asansol to Kolkata.

Manish Sharma’s voter card says that his residential address is Hyderabad, and in his visiting card his name is Manish Joshi, whose father lives in Pune.

Although BJP leaders insist that he had no relations with the party after June 30, Trinamool Congress will not let go of the opportunity to attack the ruling party in parliament.

SOURCES : NDTV, The Indian Express

Image Source : Express Photo

Kolkata , A step ahead on tackling climate change

Among all the metropolitan in India, Kolkata bagged the award for being one of the best cities of 2016 in tackling climate change.

The Cities Climate Leadership Group(C40) is a group of megacities across the world that get together to fight greenhouse gas emissions at a local as well as a global level.

Kolkata was one among the 10 cities, globally, to be honoured with the award by the C40 due to its introduction and implementation of The Solid Waste Management Improvement Project.

Kolkata is the only city to receive this award from India. The award was received  at the C40 Mayors Summit, Mexico City.

“The project involved 100 per cent door to door collection of solid waste, segregation and recycling by way of compositing which is sold in the market,” Onkar Singh-Meena, Secretary Municipal Affairs and CEO of Kolkata Municipal Development Authority said.

The project has accomplished 60-80% of waste segregation at its source itself and the rest at the transfer station, as declared by a media release on the international summit of Mayors and millions plus cities. The member cities of India in this organisation are Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

“Our motto is participation of the common people. Being chairman, I have visited 50,000 house and have made our people aware about the benefits of solid waste management,” the chairman of Uttarpara Municipality, Dilip Yadav, said, after receiving the prestigious award.

The other cities who have won the award are Addis Adaba, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Sydney and Malborne, Paris, Portland, Seoul Shenzhen, and Yokohama.

Source: TOI, NDTV

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New Glitters to this year’s Sharodiya

One, who has been to Kolkata during Durga Puja, must have figured out the reason why the city is called the City of Joy. These four days, the Puja fever captures the heart of everyone in the city irrespective of age, caste, class or gender. The entire state of West Bengal welcomes Goddess Durga and her children, along with Mahishasura, the mighty demon, with hearts filled with unintelligible emotions of togetherness and joy.

Although Durga Puja festivities are yet to begin, the city has geared up to welcome Sharodiya with again some new plans. Theme puja is not a new thing for the Kolkata vasi but this year the pandal organisers are experimenting with yet some new themes. Chief Minister’s visit to Vatican City will remain the core attraction of this year’s Durga Puja celebrations. Accompanying this, there will also be pandals which will feature Singur gram. Not only special theme but the pandal organisers have decided to dig out social and developmental issues through their pandal decoration.

Instead of the traditional theme pujo this year Jodhpur Park Puja committee has decided to think out of the box and opted to decorate their pandal with the 3-D pictures of the Hand pulled rickshaws which is one among the several heritage of the city. Another attraction for this year’s sharodiya pujo visitors will be the 24 pargana pally’s theme to have their pandal with bio degradable papers. “We want to promote the use of bio degradable materials in the state and this will be our small initiative to do that,” said Rahul Dey, committee in charge of pargana pally.

Carrying the old tradition forward, the Baishnabghata Balak Samiti puja committee has once again come up with innovative ideas which will track the 19 years of the journey of Mother Teresa. This pandal will showcase the journey of the Nobel laureate Mother who had served the poor and the sick on the streets of Kolkata. “The main inspiration came up when WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee together with her party members went to witness the event in the Vatican City,” said Pradipta Pal, organiser head.

Suruchi Sangha puja committee has modelled Mother Teresa’s house as their pandal . Not only Vatican City but also the Singur will remain this year’s main attraction DumDum Park, North 24 Parganas and Swabhumi has captured the essence of Singur’s natural beauty and the life of the farmers. Similarly, 25 Palli puja committee has used a similar approach by modelling their pandal on theme of the flyover collapse in Girish Park in Kolkata.

While many other traditional Durga Puja in north Kolkata, like Shimla Byam Samiti and Bagbajar Sarbojanin has continued to run their traditional form of Pujo and has devoid of any themes. One of the oldest pandals in the city, Mohammad Ali Park pandal, has depicted various phases of the freedom fighter Kabi Najrul and the pandal at Santosh Mitra Square is modelled on propagating the message of save life save drive and initiative which earlier this month had gripped the city with effective measures taken by the Chief minister to check on the rising numbers of road accidents..

Whatever the appearance of Puja may be, when it comes to following the tradition, there are no exceptions. There are other countless must-do rituals and traditions that are attached with Durga Puja. And perhaps this is what brings the entire Bengali community together. While some of them are scripted in shastras, and the others have become an integral part of the city’s own culture over the years.

Apart from all these the religious rituals, Durga Puja in Kolkata has its own charm and trademark features that make it all the more exclusive.