West Bengal

Amitabh Bachchan to inaugurate Kolkata film fest

Amitabh-BachchanKolkata, Sep 6  : Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan will inaugurate the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) beginning Nov 10. It will be galvanised by the presence of the Bachchan family, including Aishwarya Rai, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Friday.

"I am very happy and delighted to share with you all that Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji, a great legend, has accepted our invitation to inaugurate the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival to be held on 10th November, 2013," Banerjee said on her official Facebook page.

Centre selling off country for individual interests: Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, Aug 29 : On a day when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted that the "country is faced with difficult economic situation", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday accused the central government of "selling off" the country for individual interests.

"To suit the interest of one or two countries, the country's economy is intentionally being weakened. While the whole country is concerned at the rapid fall of the rupee, why is UPA (United Progressive Alliance) silent," Banerjee asked mediapersons here.

Where's the leader of the country, wonders Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, Aug 22 : Contending that India was passing through "an intolerable economic disaster", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday wondered "where is the leader of the country" to save the people from economic onslaught and internal and external security threats.

"The country is passing through a nightmarish situation. From petrol to onions, from diesel to dollar, prices are skyrocketing. The economic disaster through which the country is passing is simply intolerable," Banerjee said on her official Facebook page.

Education quality poor in India: Pitroda

Sam-PitrodaKolkata, Aug 22 : Sam Pitroda, a senior advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Thursday voiced concern over the quality of education in India.

"Leaving aside the top five percent universities, I feel the quality of education in India is pretty bad and I say it with a great deal of concern," Pitroda said here.

The advisor to the prime minister on public information infrastructure and innovations was speaking at the first convocation of Presidency University.

UPA has survived, courtesy CBI: BJP

M-Venkaiah-NaiduKolkata, Aug 16 : Describing the Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) as a "complete failure", the BJP said the central government has survived courtesy the CBI and a few parties who indulge in "double speak".

"UPA government has survived courtesy the CBI and 'double speaking' parties. These parties talk and work against the government during the day and bail it out in the evening," senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said here Friday.

Flying eye hospital to land in Kolkata

Flying-eye-hospitalKolkata, Aug 8 : The world's only flying eye hospital - an international team of doctors aboard a modified aircraft - will land in the city Sep 9 to impart training to ophthalmologists here and perform advanced surgeries onboard.

The mobile hospital would stay in the city for a fortnight.

A venture of US-based NGO Orbis, the hospital has serviced 90 countries since its inception in 1982 and continues to bring in dedicated global volunteer training faculties in its fight against preventable blindness.

Scotland expecting growth in business partnerships with India

India-Scotland-FlagKolkata, August 1 : With over 100 Scottish firms forging business partnerships with Indian companies last year, a Scottish governmental agency Thursday said it is expecting a surge of 30 percent in the number of such collaborations in the 2013-14 fiscal.

"With 116 Scottish companies establishing partnerships with Indian companies in FY 12-13, which is an increase of 30 percent over the previous year, we expect the same rate of growth in the number of such companies by the end of FY 13-14," said Rooma Kumar Bassi, director-north and east India, Scottish Development International (SDI).

Mamata slams Congress on Telangana

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, July 31 : Condemning the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for endorsing statehood to Telangana, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday dubbed the decision as "divisive politics".

She has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking for reasons behind the decision.

"I have written to the prime minister asking whether the decision has been right or wrong," Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat here.

Conspiracy on to dismiss my government: Mamata

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, July 27 : Targeting the central agencies, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said a conspiracy has been hatched to dismiss her government and threatened of grave consequences if anything was done to destabilise her regime.

Banerjee said as her government was performing well, there were efforts to create fresh disturbances in the northern hills of Darjeeling and Junglemahal - comprising West Midnapore, Bankura and Birbhum districts - where the Maoist ultras once had a solid base.

No apprehension of Bengal getting divided: Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, July 23 : At a time when the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has declared it will renew its demand for a separate Gorkhaland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said there was no apprehension of a division of the state.

"The hills are smiling and so are the plains of Terrai and Dooars. Today there is no bloodshed for a separate state, people are not apprehensive that the state would be divided," Banerjee said during a party rally in Jalpaiguri district.

Kolkata's largest Metro station to open Wednesday

Kolkata-Metro-RailwayKolkata, July 9 : Commuters using the city's lifeline -- the Kolkata Metro Railway -- will have two reasons to celebrate this summer. The Metro will Wednesday throw open its largest station, and starting later this month it will play instrumental music at select stations for passengers' enjoyment.

The largest station at Noapara, 2.2 km from the Dumdum stop, the northernmost of the Metro, boasts of four platforms instead of the usual two.

The sprawling station will have three elevators and six escalators for the ease of passengers, and will link the city and Barasat in North 24-Parganas.

Splurge on nail art this monsoon

nail-artKolkata, July 4 : Get gorgeous and adventurous with trendy nail art this rainy season. Zebra stripes, polka dots and floral designs are in vogue.

"You can start off simply and then move on to more adventurous patterns. It really helps that nowadays you have a wide variety of patterns, textures and types of nail polish to choose from," said city designer Farheen Bushra Rahman during a nail art demonstration while unveiling her brand Fbr. Inc. Wednesday here.

Ranging from sheer, pearl, metallic and chunky glittered, nail paints can be further accentuated with stick-on glitters and stencilled patterns.

Court refuses CBI probe into Saradha scam

Calcutta-High-CourtKolkata, June 19 : The Calcutta High Court Wednesday refused to order a CBI probe into the Saradha Group chit fund scam, but did not dispose of the matter "in the interest of justice".

Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), a division bench of Justice A. K. Banerjee and Justice M. K. Chaudhuri refused to order a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam. But on the request of the amicus curiae, the matter has not been disposed of.

Nitish and Navin positive on federal front: Mamata

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, June 12 : Two days after urging all non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties to form a federal front for next year's Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said she has spoken to her Bihar and Odisha counterparts who have reacted positively to her proposal.

Banerjee who is also the Trinamool Congress chief, was speaking after meeting Janata Dal-United leader K. C. Tyagi at the state secretariat here.

Domestic two-wheeler industry volumes to remain flat: ICRA

Domestic two-wheeler industry volumes to remain flat: ICRAKolkata, June 11 :  Rating agency ICRA Tuesday said it expects the domestic two-wheeler industry volumes to remain flat in 2013-14 as demand slowdown as well as base effect catch up.

Domestic two-wheeler volume growth in 2012-13 had been slowest in the last four years. The industry recorded sales volumes of 13.8 million units in 2012-13, a growth of 2.9 percent over the previous year.

Homeopathy, yurveda gaining global acceptance: Azad

Ghulam-Nabi-AzadKolkata, June 8 : Highlighting the growing "coalition of allopathic and homeopathic" systems of medical treatment, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Saturday said traditional forms of medicines like homeopathy and ayurveda have gained acceptance worldwide.

"The acceptance of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha, sowa rigpa and homoeopathy (AYUSH)... homeopathy in particular... they are ccepted in over 100 countries," Azad said while launching the book 'The Banerji Protocols: A New Method of Treatment with Homeopathic Medicines' here.

Godrej Properties launches housing project in Kolkata

Godrej-propertiesKolkata, June 6 : Godrej Group real estate development arm Godrej Properties Thursday launched the fifth phase of its residential project here.

"We are happy to launch phase V of Godrej Prakriti... We have already started handing over the first phase of the project," Godrej Properties managing director and CEO Pirojsha Godrej said.

The new tower, standing 19 floors tall, would offer three BHK modern apartments measuring between 1,100 sq ft and 1,400 sq ft, the company said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Centre has refused to give forces for panchayat polls: Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, June 5 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said the central government has expressed its inability to provide security forces for deployment during the panchayat polls in the state next month.

Quoting a home ministry letter in reply to the state government's requisition for central armed police forces (CAPF) for the July 2, 6, 9 panchayat polls, Banerjee said the central government refused to give the forces due to their over-stressed deployment.

Coal India stake sale not on agenda now: Minister

sriprakash-jaiswalKolkata, June 5 : A proposed stake sale in state-run Coal India Ltd (CIL) is not on the government's agenda right now, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said.

"No decision has been taken till now," Jaiswal told reporters here Tuesday when asked about the proposed Follow on Public Offer (FPO) or Offer for Sale (OFS) for divestment.

"It is too early to comment on that. It is not that I am against it, but we are not pushing it right now," Jaiswal averred.

The central government had proposed to offload around 10 percent of its stake in the company to meet its divestment target this fiscal.

Mamata hails Howrah win, happy she fought alone

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, June 5 : Describing the her party's victory in the Howrah Lok Sabha by-election as a new chapter in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said the voters have endorsed her decision to go it alone.

She also claimed that the result had strengthened the Trinmaool and would help it to sail through the Panchayat polls next month.

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