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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bye Bye Vat - Welcome Transfer Station

Dumping places of garbages in Kolkata being replaced
by Compactor - a modern machine. In near future, there will be no
places marked for vat in the city of joy. This machine is a movable
compactor installed in car. The garbages will be collected and stored
on this compactor then the car will be sent to Dhapa dumping ground.
The authority said, the movable compactor will run from April.
Moreover, stationery compactor will also be placed at the existing
vats. And it will be covered by iron plates, so there will be no
chance to scatter the garbages on road and the existing vats will be
renamed as Transfer Station.--
A. B.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Imran Khan's Press Meet And Power Cut At Book Fair

The media exposed with the explosive statement of Guild that the power
cut at Kolkata Book Fair this evening at the time of press meet was
deliberate as the time of next programme was already up. But
the question is, there might be other substitutes to end the said
programme. Eminent writers of Kolkata also expressed their views that
the awkward situation might be averted. Although the power cut was
only for a minute, it was not desired.
Later, the eminent ex Pak cricketer Imran Khan delivered a lecture in
memory of recently departed cricketer of India - Pataudi. Imran said,
Pataudi was his idol. And he learnt how to play test cricket with
patience, tolerance and total skill from Pataudi. Imran also said that
excessive play of 20-20 cricket is the main cause of failure in test
cricket for Indian cricketers. The short over cricket only for
entertainment and money but test cricket is the original cricket we
should play well. Sharmila Tagore later delivered the thanksgiving
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Bengal Again Best In Sports

Poulami Ghatak of Kolkata is again the Champion of National Table
Tennis for the seventh times. She beat Samini in Lukhnow by 4-0 (11-9,
11-4, 11-8, 11-7) game.

After 11 years, Bangla again the champion of National Junior
Volleyball. They defeated Kerala in the final easily by 25-15 25-14
15-25 25-13 points at Durgapur yesterday.

Bangla again the champion of B C Roy Trophy in football by average
goal rate in Shiliguri yesterday. Although Jharkhand defeated Bangla
by 2-1, but as the runners Mizoram beat by Karnataka, Bangla became
the champion.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Kolkata Flower Fair (Phul Mela) 2012

Kolkata Phul Mela or 9th Flower Fair 2012 inaugurated today at Eden
Gardens. The fair will remain open till 30 January.
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Bird Fair In Kolkata

It's winter, and bird fair is here in the city of joy. Crowded bird
fair just ended on 24 January at YMCA Hall of Vivekananda Road in
north Kolkata where more than hundred exotic birds were exhibited by
the courtesy of Calcutta Bird Breeders' & Lovers' Association. Amongst
them, some rare species of Macaw and Kakatua were the main attractions
of the visitors.
A fresh Bird Fair is now running at Santosh Mitra Square in central Kolkata.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chinese New Year Celebrated In Kolkata

Chinese New Year - Dragon year, celebrated in the city of joy Kolkata
with fun frolic and joy.

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Republic Day Tableau Of Bengal In Delhi And Kolkata

Bengal's beautiful 'Basant Utsav at Shantiniketan' tableau will lead
at the Republic day parade in New Delhi this morning. And the eternal
rural harvest image will reflect at Kolkata parade.

The picture above is tableau for Delhi parade and below for Kolkata parade.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Birthday Of Poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt

In the year 1824 on this day, the great poet of nineteenth century
Bengal - Michael Madhusudan Dutt was born at the village Sagardari in
Jessore district of British India.
His education was started by the inspiration of his mother. Two years
after his learning at Khidirpur school in Kolkata, he admitted to
Hindu College. At the college, his classmate were Bhudev Mukhopadhyay,
Rajendralal Mitra, Rajnarayan Basu etc. At that time his poems were
published on various newspapers and periodicals. The poet cherished a
dream to go
to London and Europe since childhood. So he adopted christianity and
became known as Michael M Dutt. Then
he admitted to Bishops College and learnt Greek, Latin, Sanskrit
languages. Later the poet stayed in Madras (Chennai) as a teacher at
the school of Madras Male Orphan Asylum. At that time, he was known as
journalist and poet. He edited the paper 'Hindu Patriot The poet used
blank verse in Bengali for the first time.
The poet wrote his own epitaph which is now showing on the tomb in Kolkata.--
A. B.

Colourful Inauguration Of Kolkata Book Fair

Italian journalist, author and columnist Beppe Severgnini inaugurated
the 36th Kolkata International Book Fair (Boi Mela) yesterday.

The function started with the signature tune written by Anindya
Chattopadhyay and Chandril Bhattacharya, composed by Shantanu Moitra
and sung
by Koushiki Deshikan and Monali Thakur with unique hand-shadow by
Amar-Sabyasachi. Then Kolkata Music Academy's orchestra played
compositions of Vivaldi. Beppe Severgnini said, the passion of two
cities are same, India was the focal theme of 2009 book fair in Italy
- and now Italy is the focal theme of 2012 Kolkata Book Fair.

A 6-day long literary meet will run from 26th January at the fair. --
A. B.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Preparation Of Saraswati Puja 2012

The touch of colours before to prepare the idol ready for the puja.

A. B.

Kolkata Book Fair 2012

Inauguration of 36th International
Kolkata Book Fair 2012 today at Milan Mela ground in
Focal theme of this year's book fair - country Italy. At international level Britain, Vietnam, USA, Indo-Latin American Association, Spain, Turask, Peru, China, Apple Publishing International, Japan, Israil and gigantic Bangladesh pavilions will be there.
A 6-day long literary meet would be the main attraction of book fair where eminent writers of national and international fame
will discuss about the present status and future of books.

Bengali version of Severgnini's La Bella
Figura will be released on this occasion. The Bengali version of this
book is called Chhokher Aloy Italy.
This years book stalls have been reduced to 782 from 842.
The event would witness the Guild pay tribute to Swami Vivekananda. A
children's pavilion would be dedicated to Sukumar Roy, to mark his
125th birth anniversary.

The book fair would be inaugurated by Italian journalist, author and
columnist Beppe Severgnini.

The inaugural event would be followed by an orchestra performance by
Kolkata Music Academy with renditions from stalwarts like Henry
Purcell and Antonio Lucio Vivaldi.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation stall at the book fair would be a
treasure trove of anecdotes on Rabindranath Tagore. As part of
Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebrations, the authorities decided
to stage an exhibition displaying rare photographs and writings of the
Bard in the Calcutta Municipal Gazettes as Tagore had been closely
associated with the city's civic operations in his lifetime. There
would be Tagore's letter from Shantiniketan on November 8, 1928 to
then editor of this Gazette mooting the proposal of numbering premises
in the city in ascending and descending order and sticking plates on
street lamp posts pointing to important landmarks on a particular
road. The bard's suggestions were implemented in the year 1932. Tagore
also selected the design of Chittaranjan Das's memorial at Keoratala
crematorium and expressed his views on the city's architecture and
architectural designs in a letter to the civic authorities.

A short history of Calcutta by A K Roy published in 1901, old Calcutta
in cartoons and Calcutta through an Artist's Eye by R Chakraborty will
also be released at book fair.

Kolkata Book Fair will open for all from 25 January to 5 February 2012.. --
A. B.

Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 Preparation Of Saraswati Puja

Preparation of Saraswati puja - unfinished clay models about to get
finishing touch now.

A. B.

Preparation Of Saraswati Puja 2012

A few days later, Saraswati puja. But the clay idols are yet to
prepare. So, artists are busy to ready the images in time.

A. B.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2012 Saraswati Puja Preparation

Clay models of goddess Saraswati now under preparation. Here are few
images kept in open air to dry by the help of sunlight.--
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2012 Saraswati Puja Preparation

Saraswati puja - next Saturday. Clay
idols are being prepared to deliver timely.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kite? No, It's A Kite!

You must thinking it's a kite - I
mean, bird, flying on
the sky. But no, it's a kite - I
mean, a kite, made of paper,
about to fly.
In collaboration with Japan, kite festival is now running at
Kolkata Maidan.
Various type of kites are
flying there - just like this
amazing one
published on newspaper.

A. B.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Preparation Of Saraswati Puja

Saraswati puja coming near - artists are busy
to prepare the images.
A. B.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ferry Ghat Of Kolkata

Ferry ghats of Kolkata are one of the main device to cross
river Ganga. Numerous commuters availing vessels daily.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Before And After Sunset Today In Kolkata

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Joy Of The Road

Walking on the road becomes more delightful to find a tea stall
just when you need. Kolkata always ready at roadside to make the drive
full of joy.
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West Bengal Tableau For Republic Day Parade In New Delhi

After 12 years, West Bengal participating in Republic Day parade in
New Delhi on 26 January with a beautiful tableau of Shantiniketan.
According to the final blueprint of tableau, the prayer room,
paintings of Kala Bhavan, open air class etc
of Shantiniketan will be
depicted and images also be there. A group of young dancers will
perform through the way beside tableau with springtime dress and song
"Neel Digante Oi Phuler Aagun Laglo...". --
A. B.

Fish Fair In Bengal

fair at Keshtopur, Bandel near Kolkata. Various sizes, various
species of fishes on sale now to attract prospective customers.
A. B.

Sunset In Kolkata Today

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Gangasagar To Home Via Kolkata

After the holy dip at Gangasagar, pilgrims now returning back home
via Kolkata.
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Boat Race At Bardhaman - Krishna Sayar Utsav 2012

Once upon a time Raja Krishna Ram Roy of Bardhaman digged a dighi (big
pool) to save his substance from famine. Later it was named as Krishna
Sayar. Every year boat race is being organised here. Today, the
festival of boat race or Nouka Baich organised here with much fun &
frolic. This year's winner is Damodar.

A. B.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kolkata Pet Fair 2012

The 3-day long Kolkata Pet Fair 2012 (13-15 January 2012) closed today
with much fanfare and joy. It was running at Park Street. So many
native and exotic species of birds, animals and fishes
exhibited at the fair.
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Gangasagar Snan On Makar Sankranti

Today is Makar Sankranti. More than 4 lakh devotees taken the holy dip
on the Gangasagar at Sagar Island 180 Kms from Kolkata.
Last night rituals with fire
was performed and before the dip, rituals on the water also performed.
Then, lakhs of pilgrims took holy dip on Gangasagar.
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Joydeb-Kenduli Mela 2012

Joydeb-Kenduli Mela running from this auspicious Makar Sankranti for 3
days at the riverbank of Ajoy of Joydeb in Birbhum district of Bengal.
A flavour of rural fair alongwith live
performance of Bauls are the main attractions of this mela.
Many changes occurred in this year's fair - about 40% stalls
and 'Aakhra' of Bauls shifted at the sand bank of river Ajoy, so the
village may spare some space for day-to-day works. Moreover, the
riverbank provided 'moram' road. Increased the number of lavatory and
drinking water tube-wells. Lights, securities and administrative
amenities provide this year for 7 days in spite of 3 days only. About
500 police personnel including females provided at all the 3 watch
towers and 6 police booths in the fair. A details guide map of the
mela also being provided this year. As a whole, Joydeb mela is running
with changed and enhanced facilities this year.--
A. B.

Kite Festival In Bengal

On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, enthusiastic persons, especially
kids are flying kites across Bengal.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Over Four Lakh Devotees Gather At Gangasagar Mela

Tens of thousands of devotees
have assembled at the Sagar
Island in West Bengal to take a
dip tomorrow early morning in the Ganga where it flows
out into the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar
Sankranti. The state government has
made elaborate arrangements
for the annual Gangasagar fair
began today. Over four lakh devotees have
reached the island with around
20,000 more waiting on the
other side of the river Buriganga. As
there is no Kumbh Mela this
year, the number of pilgrims is likely to increase. About 150 km from
Kolkata in
South 24-Parganas district, this
island is considered auspicious
by the Hindus, who gather here
on Makar Sankranti, which is
annually celebrated Jan 14, for a holy dip and to pray by
offering coconuts at the Kapil
Muni temple. The devout believe that a
single dip in the sacred water
washes off sins of one's
lifetime. This year, the pilgrims
will take the holy dip on Sunday
too. A three-pronged security
arrangement has been made
with 14 hovercrafts already at
hand and helicopters to be
deployed to keep a vigil. Adequate number of
buses, boats and taxis has been
arranged for transportation of
the devotees. They will also be
provided drinking water in
pouches free of cost. For sanitation, 1,000 temporary
and one mobile toilet would be
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Lohri & Beti B's Name

Today is a rather special day for the Bachchan family. Not
only was it Beti B's first Lohri
yesterday, according to a
source , today on Makar
Sankranti is when the
Bachchans are also likely to announce the name of
Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek
Bachchan's first child.

A. B.

Happy Lohri

Lohri festival is an annual
thanks giving day and an
extremely popular harvest festival in India, especially
Northern India.
The Lohri festival is being celebrated in Kolkata also with traditional
joy, happiness and enthusiasm.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Migratory Birds In Delhi

Birds enjoying winter of capital Delhi. Migratory birds like storks
and ducks are the attraction of winter at Delhi Zoo.

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Inauguration Of Digha Beach Festival 2012

Digha Beach Festival Mandarmani Udaypur 2012 Attractions: - West
Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the
Samudra Utsav (Beach Festival) 2012 at Udaypur Beach this evening, which is just 4Km
far from New Digha. All the sea beaches from
Udaypur to Mandarmani including Digha, Tajpur all are decorated for
Festival. Food
Stalls containing sea foods, & other delicious foods, various cultural
programs will be organized and an exclusive firework exhibition will
also took place at Digha Sea Beach Festival 2012. Most importantly, to
attract more tourists to Digha, Mandarmani beaches, from now on Water
Sports will be available at Digha- Mandarmani Beach. Rose Valley took
the initiative to produce Water Sport Boats and brought two expert
Water Sport players from Goa.

Digha Beach Festival 2012

Digha sea
beach is the nearest beach to Kolkata where weekend can be
spent. The government of West Bengal trying to upgrade the standard of
Digha beach to decorate it as the finest tourist spot near the city of
joy. For this purpose, Digha Beach Festival being organised at a place
near Digha. It will run from 13 January to 16 January 2012.
Various events and functions are being organised to give the festival
a grand success.
sports would be introduced for
the first time in Digha, as well
as at the nearby Tajpur and
Mandarmani beaches. The
water sports will include: para- sailing, water skiing,
snorkelling, water zorbing, etc. Beach volleyball, beach kabaddi and a
will be the beach sports events
at the Digha beach festival. There will be an all-terrain bike
competition too. Live musical bands will perform on specially erected
platforms on the beach. The food festival organised during the
festival will offer
delectable seafood, including
local favourites Hilsa,
Pomphret, Betki and Prawn. Films will be screened on giant screens set
up specially
for the festival. There will be a colourful fireworks display in the
evenings every day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Journey To Gangasagar

Pilgrims across India on the way to Gangasagar about 180 Kms south of
Kolkata, to take holy dip on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Aryan Defeated East Bengal

A new turn in Kolkata Premier Football League - Aryan beat East Bengal
by 4-1 at home of East Bengal today.
In the first half, East Bengal was in lead by Tolge's goal, but Aryan
scored 4 goals in the second half in which hat-trick
of Charls and another goal by Gopal Debnath. Thus, Raghu Nandi's Aryan
checked East Bengal.

But, supporters of East Bengal didn't accept the defeat and agitated.
They detained the players on the ground after the match for a long
A. B.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pithe-Puli (Sweetcake) Utsav In Kolkata

Although the hues
winter now changed, black clouds covered the whole area of Bengal sky,
rains reducing the maximum temperature and the city feeling awkward, -
time goes on its own course leaving sweet memories of one's childhood,
when the elder females of family used to engage themselves making
varieties of pithe-puli.
Those sweet days and dishes vanished now. But we've still a longing
for those sweetcakes of our Ma, Masi, Pisi, Kaki, Jethi...
To return back the lost flavour of those days, the festival of
pithe-puli is being organised on 12 January at Rajdanga of Kasba area
in the city. Those who came from Bangladesh, will make sweetcakes like
Bhapa pithe of Dhaka, Senka puli of Faridpur, Mug pakan of
Narayangunj, Andosa of Jessore, Kachi pora of Khulna, Dudhpuli of
Maimansingha, Chandrakala of Chattagram, Chandrapuli of Barishal etc.
Moreover, sweetcakes like doi-malpoa, ghi-pithe, oindria pithe or
mugpaoli will also be there. Preparation of this festival is on
progress opposite Gitanjali stadium of Kasba.
Apart from sweetcakes, Sahajia Baul community from Shantiniketan will
come to make nights melodious. And dance drama recitation must be
The winter festival of foods and music - both of tongue and mind will
run between 8-15 January 2012.--
A. B.

Khokababu In Kolkata

Khoka chalu cheez - Shyam Bazar ae Soshi Babu with another super-hit
Bangla movie of Deb 'Khokababu' releasing on 13 January with
Shubhoshri in lead role.
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