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Monday, April 30, 2012

Satyajit Ray And His Calcutta Trilogy

Satyajit Ray was born on 2 May, 1921 in Kolkata. His Calcutta Trilogy
: Pratidwandi (The Adversary), Seemabaddha (Company Limited) and Jana
Aranya (The Middleman) was based
on Kolkata and he depicted the contemporary social, political,
economic and individual status of the city through different stature
of the characters. Take for example the unemployed youth of
'Pratidwandi' - disillusioned, but not corrupted. But, when he is an
employee in the film 'Seemabaddha', he had to travel on the side-track
of morality and urged to live better. And thus generated frustrated,
deprived youth like 'Jana Aranya'. So, the link is there. But, as a
film-maker, he never compromised with the cinematic value and so, the
aesthetic excellence of Calcutta Trilogy is still worth watching.
--
A. B.

Exhibition Of Paintings : 'Earth Voices'

A rare painting exhibition on forest conservation will held in
Kolkata. Campaigns have
been done on various forums,
but rarely have they been
routed through art. Forests,
with all their natural
splendour, colours and wildlife, will come alive on canvas at a
unique painting exhibition at
the Birla Academy of Art and
Culture from May 15-20. Titled
'Earth Voices', the exhibition
will have 45 paintings that catch various shades of nature,
jungles and even jungle lore.
They have been painted by
Indian Forest Service officer V
K Yadav and his wife Alka. The idea is to spread
awareness about jungles and
wildlife and sensitize people
about the need to protect
them, says Yadav. "We have
got some brilliant artwork that brings alive the beauty of
forests. They also carry a subtle
message that won't be lost on
the audience. If this inspires
even a few to take interest in
nature and wildlife and do their bit for conservation, we
would have done our job," says
Yadav. Deforestation, global
warming, rising water-levels
and the resultant threat to
coastal areas, floods and even
crop failure have been dealt
with in the paintings. "Through the paintings, we
strive to deliver a strong and
urgent message - that time is
running out for Mother Earth
and that we need to act to
save our precious planet," says Yadav.

Source: Times Of India

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A. B.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beautification Of Kolkata

The 'Shahid Minar' or Monument would open to all from May and one would see
the city from the top in exchange of nominal price. A German
organisation completed the work of colouring the monument and they
demanded that the colour is durable for about ten years.

The Princep Memorial near the 2nd Hooghly Bridge will also be
beautified and open to all for various purposes. As one can see the
weekend cultural programmes in Vienna, Brussels or London, - the same
would be organised surrounding Princep memorial. Stairs of grasses,
city plaza will also be made here. At the Princep ghat memorial, by
keeping the natural environment, various cultural programmes will be
framed like European countries. In Vienna, the capital city of
Austria, many common people spend weekend at one place, - the same
purpose would be fulfilled near the bank of river Hooghly. Arrangement
of foods would be like Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. And
there would be ready-made stages - easily folded. Temporary green room
will be also there. The enthusiastic public may be seated on
grass-made stairs. They may enjoy a drama or songs of some school
band. Several kiosk will be there from which tasty foods like
Bhelpuri, Fuchka or Ice-cream would be found. The corporation will
take no rent.
Various programmes would be organised surrounding Shahid Minar also.
There will be sitting arrangements for famous personalities of the
city. Regular Light & Sound programme will be organised for the
tourists in which the history of freedom movement including the
biography of eminent persons of Bengal would be exhibited there. And
the white-headed monument of Kolkata will witness all.--
A. B.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Century-old Temple Of Chandannagar

The town Chandannagar of Hooghly district has many historical
monuments of heritage. But those are under dilapidation due to lack
of proper care and conservation.
Nandadulal Jeu's temple is one of them. It was established by
Indranarayan Chowdhury - the Izaradar of the then French Government
under the regime of French Governor Duplé of Chandannagar in the year
1740. The roof is of 'do-chala' like a bow and there are only 2
temples of this style in West Bengal - one, this of Chandannagar and
the other, 'Jor Banglo' temple of Bishnupur. Unfortunately, there are
no idols in this Nandadulal temple. In the year 1756, English Admiral
Watson through rivers and Robert Clive by road, attacked the French in a joint
venture. The war is famous in history as War of Chandannagar. A 'gola'
was fell on the temple and the sign is still there. Clive approached
towards the basement (Paatal Ghar) of the temple in search of
treasure. And he had to approach laid aside the idol. The idol was
made of 'Kashtipathar' and one part of it was threw away on the nearby
pond and it says, the other part was threw away on river Ganga in
Kashi (Benaras). Later, the part of the idol was recovered from the
pond and preserved at the archive of Institute of the Chandannagar. By
dint of booty looted by Clive from Chandannagar, they fought
next year the war of Plassey.

The people of Chandannagar want the Government may take the steps to
conserve the heritage and historical monuments. --
A. B.

Kolkata Zoo's Special Arrangements For Someone

Kolkata Zoo arranged something special for the only Red
Kangaroo for summer. As other 3 imported last year died, the last one
with a baby
getting special care especially for the summer. All the three rooms
have electric fans for the air, sufficient vegetables, drinking water
and cold water for bath also for her. Moreover, special attendants are
looking for the animal all the time. Hence, the zoo authority hope the
rare animal may feel better in this hot weather of summer season. --
A. B.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bengali Food In Best Restaurants

Oh Calcutta: Daab Chingri, Gandhoraj Bhetki.

Aheli: Postor Bora, Bhapa Chhanar Utsav.

Cupiz: Chingri Macher Khichuri, Bhetki Macher Dom.

6 Ballygunge Place: Kankra Sorshe, Chitol Macher Muithya.

Prince: Taki Macher Bhorta, Bhapa Ilish.

Sonar Gaon: Run Sonar Gaon, Pabdar Jhol.

Tero Parbon: Ilish Harogouri, Chingri Kobiraji.

Bohemian: Kolmi Shaak Mutton, Gandhoraj Sufle.

Jadab Chandra Das: Chocolate Doi, Chandrapuli.

K. C. Das: Rossogolla, Labangalatika.

Mrityunjoy Ghosh: Rosomundi, Koraishutir Kochuri.

Nabakrishna Guin: Chanar Jilipi, Daler Bonde.



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A. B.

India-England Eden Test From 5 November

Third test match between India and England would be played at Eden
Gardens from 5th November 2012. The first test would be started from
16 October in Ahmedabad. Second test in Nagpur and the fourth in
Mumbai. The England cricket team will arrive India on 28 October.
They'll play 5 ODI and 2 T-20 matches also.

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A. B.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Prosenjit In Hindi Film After Two Decades

Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee of Tollygunge, Kolkata acted in a Hindi
film 'Shanghai' by successful Bengalee director Dibakar Banerjee.
Prosenjit was hesitant to play in a Hindi film as he feels comfortable
in Bengali films and didn't act Hindi films for the last 20 years.
But, when Dibakar insisted him and assured him he wanted only
Prosenjit, the actor accepted the role.

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A. B.

The Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Girls' College

'Jamai' of Kolkata Amitabh Bachchan wishes to set
up
a college in actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's name at Daulatpur village
in Fatehpur tehsil of Uttar Pradesh in courtesy of Big B's Sewa
Sansthan.--
A. B.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sparrows Back In Kolkata

Recalling the childhood days when used to awake by the chirping
of sparrows on the doorsteps of verandah. They used
to make nests into the hollow parts of beams of ceiling. But,
surprisingly the sparrows gradually vanished from the growing cities.
Now, they're coming back, merrily dancing around bedroom windows and
creating a ruckus as the first rays of the sun hit
the terrace.
It was
a common complaint that destruction of habitat, I mean the ventilators
and cell phone signals had driven out these little friends. Then how
they come back? One interesting cause could be the ability of these
birds to adapt to the changing skyline of the city. Sparrows are now
seen nesting on the pillars of flyovers, iron structures of hoardings
and kitchens.

It is true that sparrows and other smaller birds had became scarce in
the city. But they didn't die
out altogether. They shifted their locations. But, we're happy to see
them again. People's Green Society, an NGO prepared a list of 56 birds
which are found in the city after a six-month-long survey. The list
contains orioles, barbets and woodpeckers, which were visibly declined
in the past.

Small birds, like sparrows, feed on insects. But insects and worms are
less seen today due to excessive use of pesticides. But, with the
growing greens in recent past, insects are also coming back. So the
birds too.

But some birds may have been lost forever. Once the city was home to
more than 300 species of birds. But the figure declined quickly due to
rapid urbanisation.--
A. B.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sachin40

Today is the 40th birthday of Sachin Tendulkar. The city of joy
Kolkata also celebrating Little Master's birthday with much
enthusiasm. The paintings of Sachin displaying on Park Street. It's a
token of love by a fan and well-wisher of Sachin.
The fans of Kolkata
also demanded on his happy birthday alongwith all the fans: 1. Tennis
Elbow should be named 'Tendulkar's Elbow'. 2. ABC Corporation's box
no. 9994 in respect of Don
Bradman's 99.94 average; so, to honour Sachin's 100th 100, the
AIR Post Box No. should be 100-100. 3. The 'boiling point' of water
100 degree centigrade in thermometer should be replaced by 'Tendulkars
Point' in respect of make boiling 100 crore hearts by him. --
A. B.

Highway Motel

65 inns will be established along national highways in a distance of
35-40 kms like highway motels of foreign countries to pave
the way of much needed comfort and rest
for the journey. --
A. B.

Monday, April 23, 2012

World Book Day

'Festival Of Children's Content' - the unique venture by National Book
Trust for the childrens on this World Book Day in the city. Sabyasachi
Chakraborty inaugurated the event today at Future Foundation School of
Kolkata.
Publishers' & Booksellers Guild is the co-organiser of this event and a 6-day long book fair is running at Rabindra Sadan. On
this occasion, various workshops, inter-school competitions etc. will
be organised.

The festival will run upto 28 April from 4:30pm to 7pm daily.

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A. B.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bangla Film Festival In London

Bengali film festival in London for the first time, at Harrow Arts
Centre from 18-20 May 2012. Bengali film personalities like Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Rudraneel Ghosh, Paoli Dam, Swastika Mukherjee, Locket Chatterjee, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and Aneek Dutta will present on the stage.
The title, date & time (London time) of the films are:-

Balukabela.com : (world premier) Saturday 19 May at 1pm. direction: Partha Sen, *ing Bratya Basu, Parambrata, Shashwata, Locket, Rudraneel.

Egaro : Friday 18 May at 7:30pm. Direction:Arun Roy

Aparajita Tumi : Saturday 19 May at 4pm. Direction: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, *ing Prosenjit, Padmapriya, Kamalini.

Elar Char Adhyay : Saturday 19 May at 7pm. Direction: Bappaditya Bandyopadhyay, *ing Indraneel, Paoli Dam.

Royal Bengal Rahasya : Sunday 20 May at 12pm. Direction: Sandip Roy, *ing Sabyasachi Chakraborty,

Bhooter Bhobisyat : Sunday 20 May at 3pm. Direction: Aneek Dutta, *ing Parambrata, Swastika etc.

Nobel Chor : Sunday 20 May at 6pm. Direction: Suman Ghosh, *ing Mithun Chakraborty, Soumitra Chatterjee, Rupa Ganguly, Shashwata Chatterjee.


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A. B.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Making Of Bengal's Hand-made Fan

It is summer. And hand-made fans
are the hope of fresh air for rural folks. The rural artisans are now
busy to make these fine attractive fans with palm leaves at their
home.
--
A. B.

Bangla Gaan Mela 2012 Closing Today

Hundreds of singers
across Bengal performed in the city during the last 10 days. Today is
the closing function at Rabindra Sadan, in which more 4 veteran and popular singers of
Bengal would be honoured with 'Sangeet Samman' (the honour in the
field of music), they
are: Juthika Roy, Madhuri Chattopadhyay, Jatileshwar Mukhopadhyay and
Hoimanti Shukla.

PS: The Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal felicitated the veteran singers of Bengal this evening with prestigious 'Sangeet Samman' at Rabindra Sadan. The popular singer of yesteryears Juthika Roy expressed her gratitude to receive the honour and sang a line of popular bhajan 'mohe chaakar rakho ji'. Then Madhuri Chattopadhyay sang 3 songs publicly after long time: 'tomai aamai pratham dekha' and 'oli omon kore noi'. Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Jatileshwar Mukhopadhyay, Banashree Sengupta, Hoimanti Shukla and other artists also rendered several popular songs on requests.
On 12 April, the State Government declared Rs. 10,000/- p.m. pension to veteran singer Subir Sen and this evening announced Rs. 10,000/- p.m. pension for Juthika Roy and Rs. 5,000/- p.m. pension to Madhuri Chattopadhyay. Rs. 10,000/- p.m. pension to veteran sehnai player of Kolkata - Ali Ahmed Hossain and Rs. 5,000/- p.m. pension for Smt. Kalyani Roy. ---
A. B.

Record Humidity In The Air

90% humidity reigning in Bengal for the last seven days. Summer
temperature is normal in Kolkata and above normal in rural areas. But
never faced
so much humidity in mid-April. Normal life of the city hampering badly due
to maximum humidity in the air. The people feeling very tired due to
excessive perspiration. The body & soul getting exhaustion and enthu
to work fading out. The weather office not seeing any hope to witness
immediate rains or mitigation of humidity in the air. The cyclonic
depression remained static in the coast of Bangladesh and the humidity
bringing the wind from south India. When the western wind will blow,
the hot wave will mitigate the humid weather.--
A. B.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baluchari & Tant Saris Of Bengal Owned Patent

The world-famous Baluchari sari of Bishnupur and tant sari of
Shantipur & Dhaniakhali owned the patent. The artists in Bengal of
these saris now would be benefited.

--
A. B.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Statue Of Satyajit Roy With Grandfather

Statues of Satyajit Roy & U Roy would be inaugurated on
4 May, 2012 at 1pm at their Garpar house.
Satyajit Roy's grandfather Upendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury (U Roy) was
built the house in the year 1914 at Garpar in North Kolkata in a total
area of 16 Kathas. The 3-storied house had a printing press owned by U
Roy. There are 14 rooms in the house. Sukumar Roy, father of Satyajit
Roy was born at this house and lived at first floor. In 1923,
Rabindranath used to sing for Sukumar, beside his sick
bed.
After death of Sukumar Roy, Satyajit Roy was born in that house.
In the year 2001, that house of 100A, Garpar Road was declared as
heritage house.

In the year 1927, a school was opened in that house named Athennium
Institution. And the owner of the school purchased the house in the
year 2007 from the owner with the help of many others.
Half bust statue of Sukumar Roy was established in the house in 2008
to commemorate his 125 years of birthday. Now, the statues of other
owners of this house - U Roy and Satyajit Roy - would be established
there to complete the row. U Roy's 150 years would complete in next
May and Satyajit Roy's 92 year's birthday on 2 May.
From left: U Roy, Sukumar Roy, Satyajit Roy. --
A. B.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Boishakhi Mela Of Bengal

Various mela or
fair run in the first month of Bengal. Some of them:

Bhagabati Mela -
This fair use to organise in Bengal to pray for a good and auspicious year.

Bhadreshwarnath-er Mela -
Choitra Neel Sankranti to Boishakh Sankranti - a month-long fair being
organise at Shiva temple of Bhadreswar in Hooghly district.

Sandeswar-er Mela -
This fair is being organised from last ten days of Choitra to first
week of Boishakh at the Shiva temple of Chuchura in Hooghly district.

Rath-er Mela of Akshoy Tritia -
On the auspicious day of Akshoy Tritia, a chariot carrying idol of
Annapurna use to go from the temple of Telini Para of Bhadreswar, to
the Kangali ghat of river Ganga, where the fair run for the day.

Noajon-er Mela -
This fair is being organised at the village Natphare near Somra Bazar
station of Hooghly district. Lord Shiva is the Noajon. Many palm
fruits use to sell here, so the folks
also call it Talshanser mela (the fair of palm fruits). --
A. B.

Antibacterial Formula By Bengalee Scientist

Dr. Amit Chakraborty invented the 'Active Natural Shield' (ANS)
antibacterial formula recently. He is the ex
of
Indian Institute Of Chemical Biology of Jadavpur, Kolkata and now
researching at Hindustan Unilever of Bengaluru. ANS is a unique
technology. And under the leadership of Dr. Chakraborty, the
scientists of the company invented a soap 'Lifebuoy Clini-care 10'
with this new and more effective antibacterial formula. The whole
world already recognised this formula. They claimed, this soap is ten
times more effective than other soaps to kill bacteria.--
A. B.

European Film Festival

'Europe In Love' is the theme of 17th European Film Festival organised
by Cine Central, Kolkata. 25 films from the member countries of
European Union will be screened during 20-28 April at Nandan and Max
Müller Bhavan.

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A. B.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Banquet And Restaurant In AC Trams

Banquet & restaurant in air-conditioned tram would be a gift to
Kolkatans before Durga puja. Initially 4 trams will be air-conditioned
out of which two trams would have banquet hall for throwing party.
Interested parties would hire the trams. And the other two trams would
have mobile restaurants.

Moreover, water taxis would ply on river Ganga, to reach commuters
quickly from suburbs to Kolkata.

More
petrol pumps would be established on the lands
of government bus depots.

All the blocks of Bengal would be connected with respective
sub-divisions by bus. For this purpose, more 2000 buses would be
needed. --
A. B.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Poila Boishakh : Shubho Nababarsho 1419

Today is the last day of Bangla year 1418 and tomorrow poila boishakh
1419 - the first day of Bangla new year. Wish you all a happy and
prosperous new year. Enjoy the day with Bangla foods, songs and
celebrate the new year with desired devotion, fun, frolic and
respects.
HAPPY NEW YEAR :)
--
A. B.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Firoza Begum Of Bangladesh Honoured In Kolkata

Gitashree Sandhya Mukhopadhyay inaugurated the 'Sangeet Mela 2012'
alongwith the Chief Minister of West Bengal and other veteran singers
presented on the stage of Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, this evening.

Veteran singer of Bangladesh Firoza Begum was one of the recipient of
prestigious 'Maha Sangeet Samman' received from the Chief Minister on
behalf of the State Government. She said, so many prizes and honour
she has already been given by the Government of Bangladesh, but she
felt this particular honour was something special for her.

The Sangeet Mela will run at 6 places of the city till 21 April of this year.
--
A. B.

Poila Boishakh Bengali Food

Poila Boishakh, the first day of Bengali new year. Bengalees
traditionally celebrate the day with pure Bengali foods. And today's
Bengalee use to taste the most attractive foods of Bengali restaurants
on this day. Aheli of Peerless Inn is one of those rare hotels where
special thali of Bangla meals can be tasted in exchange of only Rs 1200, in an atmosphere of
ancient Kolkata.
Aheli Restaurant in Kolkata is
well known for authentic
Bengali cuisine. Besides
Kewpie's Restaurant, which is
also known for the local
Bengali cuisine, Aheli Restaurant of kolkata stands as
its stiff competitor. To the
epicurean, Aheli restaurant in
kolkata, West Bengal, comes as
a blessing because the city
house plenty other multicuisine restaurant and their own
culture is getting subverted.
Kolkata is the melting pot of
culture. Nonetheless its own
store of delicacies is quiet rich
and nobody can deny that the Bengali cuisines are a must-
have. The Location of Aheli Restaurant in Kolkata. Housed in the peerless Inn of
kolkata which is the place
where Bengali culture of
cordiality is at is best. The Staff
is very efficient and would
always remind you of the rich culture of west Bengal. The
same can be said about the
Aheli restaurant in Peerless
Inn.
The Address: Peerless inn,
12 Jawaharlal Nehru Road,
Kolkata,
West Bengal. The Ambience in Aheli Restaurant In kolkata Reliving the
past heritage and
displaying the terracotta
paintings and wall hangings of
Bishnupur, Aheli restaurant in
Kolkata, West Bengal creates a
very cozy and intimate place to dine in. The staff is dressed in
Bengali-styled clothes, the food
is served in culinary that have
the distinct touch of Bengal,
and even the mannerisms are
quintessentially Bengali. The whole atmosphere is just too
perfectly made and you cannot
but feel that you are really
revisiting ancient Bengal. The special Cuisines: Aheli serves you the choicest
cuisines like maacher sores
paturi, chingri malai curry, ilish
maacher paturi, daab chingri
and so on. However the food is
expensive and marked as AE, DC, MC, V, reservation is a must. So if
you are planning to have
some authentic, conventionally
cooked Bengali cuisine in a
totally Bengali culture then
aheli Restaurant in Kolkata is
the only choice.

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A. B.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Boishakh Will Start With 'Gaan Mela'

12 April, 2012 'Gaan Mela' (fair of songs) would be inaugurated at
Netaji Indoor Stadium at 5pm, by the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
The weeklong fair will introduce the heritage of Bangla songs by many
known and unknown artists. Songs and melody always in the air of
Bengal. From traditional to contemporary songs - all the aspects of
Bangla songs will be echoed in the air for the next 8 days. And the
new Bangla year 1419 will start from Saturday. So, Boishakh will be
more melodious under the enchant of 'Gaan Mela'.
The pride of India and Bangladesh - veteran singer Firoza Begum will
be present here tomorrow to get the 'Maha Sangeet Samman' (the great
honour in the field of music). Alongwith her, veteran vocalist Girija
Debi, singer Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Amar Paul,
Subir Sen, Sumitra Sen and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty would be honoured by 'Maha Sangeet Samman'. The
'Sangeet Samman' would be given to other renowned singers of the city
- Arati Mukhopadhyay, Banashree Sengupta, Nirmala Mishra, Nachiketa,
Swagatalaxmi Dasgupta, Ustad Rashid Khan, Purno Das Baul, Shrikanta Acharya, Mansur Fakir, Kumar Subba.

A cultural programme will be organised during inauguration in which, students of Grahams Home of Kalimpong will perform orchestration.

Rendition of Shlokas (Stotra paath) by Sandhya Mukhopadhyay; Rendition of songs by Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Nachiketa, SriKanta Acharya, Swagatalaxmi Dasgupta and Bangla Band 'Dohar'.

Other day's programme: 13 April: Whole night classical vocal concert at Rabindra Sadan, 14-21 April: songs at Rabindra Sadan, Shishir Mancha, Muktomancha (Rabindra Sadan), Moharkunjo; 14-18 April: Deshopriyo Park; 16-21 April: Girish Mancha; 13-21 April: Exhibition on Anupam Ghatak, Jyotirindra Moitra, Kamal Dasgupta and Hemango Bishwas under title 'Shataborse Shraddhanjoli' (A Tribute On Centenary) at Gaganendra Pradarshashala.

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A. B.

Earthquake In Indonesia, Tremors Felt In Kolkata

About 2.08pm, a mild tremor felt in Kolkata today, due to a strong 8.9
earthquake hits Indonesia earlier. Again at 4.20pm, a mild tremor (aftershock) felt
in Kolkata. But the Alipore Weather Office not abled to measure the strength of the first tremor in the city. After the first earthquake, again 6.5 and 8.2 and 8.1 aftershocks
hit Indonesia within 24 hours. The offices in Kolkata
evacuated after the first tremor quickly. The roads remained crowded
by the feared public. A few office buildings of Park Street developed
crack. Kolkata Metro Rail were suspended from 2.42pm and the
passengers asked to evacuate stations. Metro rail resumed again from 3.30pm. Tremor also felt in the
districts near the sea. Many buildings developed cracks. The tremor
also felt in north Bengal. Two neighbour buildings lied one on
another at Camac Street. 1m Tsunami may be occurred in coastal areas of Sagar/Kakdwip
near Kolkata at 5.50pm today according to officials. The officials said that
people need not to worry as no indication of major alert or warnings
are there in Bengal. But Tsunami alert issued for both two Parganas
and Purba Medinipur by the state administration. The tourists at Digha
are being asked to leave the place immediately. Tsunami alert issued
for Andaman & Nicobar Islands by the Central Government. A team of
Kolkata Municipal Corporation is now visiting the skyscrapers of the
city to evaluate the damages due to tremor. The Chief Minister of West Bengal asked all to stay safe.--
A. B.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kolkata Knight Riders Win By 42 Runs

Although KKR lost the toss, finally won the match. They defeated Royal
Challengers Bangalore by 42 runs this evening in IPL5 cricket match in
Bengaluru.
The start was great, first two matches they lost, so this particular
match was a real fight to win for KKR. The superb partnership of
Captain Gautam Gambhir and Kallis and after the dismissal of Kallis -
Bisla, the openers showed their expected responsibility to stay
at crease and score as much run
as possible in the first 6 overs. So, hats off to captain Gambhir and
for his marvellous 64 runs. Kallis, Gambhir and Bisla contributed 132
runs out of total 165 runs. So, they layed the pillars of success - it
can be said.
In the second innings, Balaji played the crucial role to dismiss
Bangalore players. He took 4 wickets.
In the last match, Rahul Dravid's Rajasthan Royals scored 165 runs and
Gautam Gambhir's Kolkata Knight Riders lost the match, and today KKR
showed that they can also score 165 runs to set the challenge for the
opponent.--
A. B.

Airtel Launches 4G Services In Kolkata, First In India

Airtel has launched today broadband wireless access (BWA) service in
Kolkata, based on 4G
technology. Union minister Kapil Sibal inaugurated this service in the
city today and said, what Kolkata thinks today, - India thinks tomorrow.
Airtel won the 4G spectrum licence for Maharastra, Kolkata, Punjab and
Karnataka circle. And decided to launch this service in Kolkata first.
The company
has been given 20 MHz of BWA
spectrum in 2.3 GHz frequency band, which is supposed to be
suitable for 4G. Airtel has
roped in China's ZTE Corp as the
network vendor partner for the
Kolkata circle.

The 4G
service would be suitable for high-definition video conferencing and
mobile TV as it is expected to be five minutes quicker than 3G
service.
Tariff: Rs. 999 with 6 GB free usage (dongle). --
A. B.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

KKR Lost Consecutive 2 Matches

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs this
evening in IPL 5. And they defeated KKR in all the fields - bowling,
fielding, batting. Goti won the toss today and elected to field. And
the cricket lovers also expected good cricket from KKR but, they
failed to restrain RR and the highest score
164 managed Rahul's team.

Goti's team chased
the target, but it proved difficult when the openers of KKR failed to
bat. They scored only 2, 5, or 15 and captain himself utterly failed.
What will be the fittest excuse of this disaster of batting?

The bowlers of KKR also failed to perform well, while the bowlers of
RR showed much better performances.

Within this darkness, the only silver line of KKR was Manoj Tiwary -
his 59 with partner Lee's 25 runs.

So many matches yet to play, but if this is the performances of KKR,
what more can we expect?--
A. B.

Pilgrims Of Tarakeshwar

It is Chaitra - the last month of Bengali calendar. So, the pilgrims
from Kolkata and other parts of Bengal now walking miles with water of
Ganga, to reach
Tarakeshwar - the final destination of Lord Shiba and worship as
Sannyasi. The puja would complete on the last day of Chaitra.
--
A. B.

Poila Boishakh In Kolkata

In Kolkata, Poila Boishakh
(and the entire month
of Boishakh) is considered to
be an auspicious time for
marriages. On this first day of the new year people
wear new clothes and go about socialising. The shopowners, jewellers, traders
and businessmen who use to deal customers directly, invite all of
their old and new customers by sending cards in advance to attend the
small but heartiest reception in the evening and welcome them with
sweets, snacks and cold drinks. The customers are being cordially
invited to take the newly printed Bangla calendar of new year also.
Sweet songs and/or tune of sehnai, adoration of rajanigandha (night
queen) flowers, spray of rose water, cool breeze of summer evening - a
perfect atmosphere of sincere festivity use to be there. Choitro, the
last month of the previous Bangla
year, is the month of hectic
activities and frantic
purchases. Garment traders
organise a Choitro sale and sell the garments with heavy
discounts. Poila Boishakh is the day for
cultural programmes also. Prayers
are offered for the well-being
and prosperity of the family.
Young ladies clad in white
saris with red borders and men clad in dhuti and kurta
take part in the Probhat Pheri
processions early in the
morning to welcome the first
day of the year. This day being auspicious, new
businesses and new ventures
are started. The Mahurat is
performed, marking the
beginning of new ventures. Poila Boishakh is the
beginning of all business
activities in Bengal. The
Bengali Hindu traders
purchase new accounting
book. The accounting in the halkhata begins only after
offering puja. Mantras are
chanted and স্বস্তিক shostik
("Hindu swastika") are drawn
on the accounting book by the
priests. Long queues of devotees are seen in front of
the Kalighat temple from late night. Devotees offer puja to
receive the blessings of the
almighty. On Poila Boishakh, various
fairs are held in West Bengal.
The most famous of these is
Bangla Gaan Mela, held at
Nandan-Rabindra Sadan ground. This fair is conducted
by the Government of West
Bengal. This year, the veteran singer of Nazrulgeeti, Firoza Begum
will come from Bangladesh as the guest of honour in Kolkata. Other
veteran singers
from Kolkata like Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay and Subir
Sen would be invited at Gaan Mela and these
four artists will be conferred 'Maha Samman' (the great honour) for
their life-time achievement. The Gaan Mela or the fair of songs will
start from 12 April, two days before the Bangla new year. So as a
whole, Poila Boishakh is the day to celebrate with devotion as well as
with fun & frolic.--
A. B.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Charak Festival

The 'Charak' festival in early Kolkata was
observed mainly in the month
of March-April and saw an
amazing and quite natural
subversion of social conventions. Low
caste devotees of Lord Shiva
performed this penance, when
people swung from ropes with
an iron hook embedded into their backs.
In
1865, the practice of
'charak' (binding a person to a
hook and suspending him from
a high pole) was banned on grounds that it was a cruel
practice.
A week before the charak puja,
men of the lower orders wore
anklets around their necks, and
the sacred thread, went dancing
around grog shops, brothels, and courtyards of people's
houses to the beating of
drums. They went from house
to house gathering sannyasis,
ie, servants who would then
undertake the ritual penances associated with this festival. In the
evening, the children
thronged to see the Jhula
Sanyas when sadhus were
swung over bales of hay set on
fire. As the sky darkened, the
city looked altogether different, and then it was time
for the truth to emerge
surreptitiously, and the picture was not so clean to describe here.
However, enthusiasm getting lesser by the time and the festival at the
end of Bengali year being observed nowadays in Kolkata and Bengal like
a small fair, for a few interested in it.--
A. B.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Dada Sourav's Team Won 1st IPL Match

Sourav Ganguly of Kolkata as a captain
of Pune Warriors achieved great success for the first match of IPL 5
against Mumbai Indians played in Mumbai this evening. His team won the
match by 29 runs. Ashoke Dinda of Bengal also responsible for the win.
He took 4 wickets for 17 runs only. MI won the toss
today and elected to field. PW scored 129 runs for 9 wickets. Sourav
scored only 3 runs from 6 balls, but, as a captain he showed his
skill, discretion and excellence. Kolkata and cricket lovers of Bengal
congratulating Dada and Dinda. They're very happy and proud of Dada
Sourav Ganguly. --
A. B.

Suchitra Sen

Today is the birthday of Suchitra Sen - the one and only romantic heroine
of Bangla cinema, who was born in the year 1931 and reigned for 25
years (1953-1978) on the silver screen and now resides in Kolkata.
--
A. B.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Horse-drawn Carriages Now Nostalgia

On November 1, 1880, Bengal's viceroy, Lord Ripon, inaugurated the
horse-drawn tram service between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat. The
horse-drawn carriages made their entry into the public transport
system once the trams gained popularity. But the horse-drawn carriages
lived in
glory for only about a century. In 1899, a UK-based
company introduced two motorcars, both painted red, as the first
motor-driven taxis in the city. As they gained popularity, French
Motors started a taxi company in the city. Then, the Landmasters,
Fords and Buicks ruled the streets. After independence, Ambassadors
replaced all other vehicles.

But, I'm talking about the past and present of horse-drawn carriages
in Kolkata. In ancient Calcutta, horse-drawn carriages were the one
and only vehicle used by the baboos and common people. And even in the
decade of 80, more than 3,000 carriages (tangas) were running in
Kolkata. In the mid-60s, the government restricted its movement.
Tangas started plying like shuttle taxis on specific routes in North
Kolkata. The popular routes were between Howrah and Sealdah (via APC
Road). In the late 80s, the government ordered to stop about 3,000
carriages in city from operating as passenger vehicles. They allowed
to use public roads for special purposes like weddings only. And in
recent past, a few carriages were allowed to ply around Victoria
Memorial only.

But, finally they moved to Hastings to comply the High Court order.
The main objection was, horses and other motor vehicles used to
pollute the surroundings of Victoria Memorial and Maidan area. So, as
a result, the horses ousted and have to stay far from the Maidan
crowd. Hence, the tangawalas are losing passengers. But the scene was
different before April. The tourists often used to hire those tangas
for a joy ride around Maidan in exchange of nominal fare. It was
really a pleasure trip. And much towards the likeness of heritage of
the city.
The history of horse-drawn carriages in the city traced to the British
era when the roads were developed by renovating them from brick-dust
to cement and finally covered by coal tar, for the smooth run of these
carriages. In the year 1780-82, during the reign of Warren Hastings,
horse-drawn carriages made their first appearance in Kolkata. So, the
history of these carriages is as old as British Raj in Kolkata. But
now, they are past - part of mere nostalgia.--
A. B.

Shah Rukh Khan In The City For IPL 5

Shah Rukh Khan will come tomorrow in the city for the first match of
KKR against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens. And he may go
to invite the CM to watch the match. He also introduced a series of
KKR Cars for the sell of tickets. The cars will run
through the city.--
A. B.

Durga Puja Pandals In Kolkata

--
A. B.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

IPL 2012 Opening Ceremony

Watch the gorgeous opening ceremony of IPL 5 with dance of veteran
Prabhu Deva, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and others on 3 April 2012
in Chennai. Amitabh Bachchan will also present there.

--
A. B.

Monday, April 2, 2012

IPL 2012 Match Schedule | Fixtures & Timings Of KKR

Check out IPL 2012 Season 5 match schedule, fixtures & timings of
Kolkata Knight Riders:

5 April Thurs 8pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils.

8 April Sun 4pm Jaipur : Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

10 April Tue 4pm Bengaluru : Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kolkata
Knight Riders.

13 April Fri 8pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals.

15 April Sun 4pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab.

18 April Wed 8pm Mohali : Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

22 April Sun 8pm Cuttack : Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

24 April Tue 8pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers.

28 April Sat 8pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore
Royal Challengers.

30 April Mon 8pm Chennai : Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

5 May Sat 4pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors India.

7 May Mon 8pm Delhi : Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

12 May Sat 4pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians.

14 May Mon 8pm Eden Gardens : Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings.

16 May Wed 8pm Mumbai : Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

19 May Sat 8pm Pune : Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

--
A. B.

Katy Perry Will Perform At IPL 5 Opening Ceremony

Katy Perry will be
performing during the
IPL 5 Opening Nite on
April 3 in Chennai.

--
A. B.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mohun Bagan Vs Dempo Sports

Now I think, if
Odafa not
missed the penalty shot, Bagan could win the match. Odafa not abled to
play consistently in the second half and Dempo has taken the scope of
slow pace in the second half and Ranti scored the second goal by
defeating Shilton Paul. Moreover, Dempo tried to attack the defence of
Bagan in the last minutes, but not succeeded.

In spite of these, Odafa Okolie still the hero of today.

In this picture, Odafa scoring the goal today. --
A. B.

Yuba Bharati Krirangan : Football Stadium

Yuba Bharati Krirangan or Salt Lake Stadium of Kolkata now, where the
I-League football match between Mohun Bagan and Dempo Sports being
played.

View of the playground during half time.

--
A. B.

Odafa Okolie - Hero Of The Day

Mohun Bagan leading by 2-1 goals against Dempo in the first half of
this high voltage match of I-League at Salt Lake Stadium.

The match started with the target shot by Odafa of Bagan. And then Dempo scored
from penalty due
to foul of hand ball. But then, Bagan griped the match with firm hands
and all the players of Bagan inspired by the attacking football by
Odafa. This Nigerian playing one of his best today. He scored 2 goals
in the first half. And attempted to score several.
In one word, Fantastic match! Mohun Bagan playing their best of this
season today.--
A. B.