The La Scala Chamber Orchestra from Italy performs at the Eastern Quadrangle of Victoria Memorial on Friday evening. The chamber orchestra was founded in 1982 by musicians of Teatro alla Scala di Milano. The group performed for more than an hour, playing the music of Italian masters Vivaldi, Paganini, Rossini and Verdi. We had expected some 300 people but more than 500 turned up," Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator of Victoria Memorial, said. The orchestra has performed in New York, Washington, Paris, Moscow and Warsaw, among other cities.
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Our Special CorrespondentMograhat: A teenager was killed and four men were injured in an explosion in an illegal cracker factory in Mograhat, South 24-Parganas, on Friday morning. Around 9am, Naskar, along with the men, were making crackers for an upcoming religious festival when the explosion occurred, an officer of Moghrahat police station said. "After the Puja last year, the unit stopped making crackers. "It seems a bidi had triggered the explosion," the officer said. "We have closed several such illegal units... more raids will be conducted shortly," he said.
Pictures by Sanjoy ChattopadhyayaWalk on pavementsFollow traffic signageAnandapur: Traffic signals, road signage, speed breakers and zebra crossing - all inside a city school to create awareness about traffic rules. The safety park at The Heritage School is part of an initiative to educate school children, teachers, parents and bus drivers about responsible road habits. "I urge children to follow the road safety rules and bring about change in society, thereby ensuring a safe environment for all." Students of classes VI to VIII, teachers and bus drivers have already attended road safety classes this week and taken home lessons. The school intends to use the safety park as part of its everyday teaching.
Picture by Pradip SanyalAlipore: The maximum temperature on Friday was seven degrees lower than Wednesday's as the sky remained overcast after Thursday night's drizzles. The Met office has forecast a temperature rise over the weekend, though. Some parts of the city could receive light rainfall on Saturday but chances of rain will decrease from Sunday, a Met official said. But these clouds were not tall and lacked intensity; so, parts of the city received only fleeting drizzles." The Met office expects the maximum temperature to be about 32 degrees on Saturday and further more after that.
Snehamoy ChakrabortyWorkers renovate Shyamali at Santiniketan. After Dutta took charge, he decided to give Shyamali a complete organic treatment to ensure a longer life. Shyamali is a very typical mud house because of its mud roof. So, we decided to go all-organic to strengthen the house and restore it to its original glory," Dutta told Metro . The ASI officials said they have been using three different types of soil, in various layers, in renovating Shyamali.
Our Special CorrespondentJoka: Parents of several students at a state-aided primary school in Joka held a demonstration on Friday, demanding action against a teacher who allegedly beat up a child with disability. The guardians alleged that the teacher of Kalua Free Primary School beat up the nine-year-old girl so brutally last week that she had blisters on her arms. The teacher beat her up as she was crawling towards the teacher's dais. They assembled in front of the school on Friday morning and demanded immediate punishment for the teacher. Children with disability are given special attention in our school.
"He wanted to become a doctor. The boy's family - residents of Nasipur village in Birbhum's Nalhati - said they had been told that he was a doctor. The first boy of his class, Arijit had scored 96.25 per cent in the Madhyamik selection test. Asaduzzaman, a former teacher in Arijit's school, had never seen such a versatile and talented student in his 30-year career. "Another teacher and I and five students headed by Arijit had spent the night before Saraswati Puja at the school.
Jhinuk MazumdarStudents browse books at the one-day Boi Mela at La Martiniere for Girls on Friday. A one-day Boi Mela at La Martiniere for Girls saw students bringing books from home to sell them at Rs 10 each and buying a stash from their friends' stock. The Readers' Club of the school collected over 1,400 books and at the end of the day only a handful was left unsold. The rush to buy books was a heartening sight for many teachers, often worried that reading is on the decline among children. Each of the books had the special Boi Mela logo created for the fair and each customer was given a stamped receipt after the purchase.
Rajnish Kumar, originally from Bihar, got the stones detected through an USG in a clinic in Patna a few days later. "The first USG was done at the Apollo Clinic in Bansdroni on June 23, 2017, and a second was done in Patna on July 7. The next day, he got one done at the Apollo Clinic in Bansdroni. But as the pain persisted, Kumar visited another doctor, also at Apollo Clinic Bansdroni, who prescribed tests other than the USG because one had been done shortly. Repeated calls and text messages to the clinic went unanswered.
AVIJIT SINHASiliguri: Friday's "ice-breaker" meeting between Mamata Banerjee and Pawan Chamling has brought hope for the tourism and transport sectors in both Bengal and Sikkim. Asked about joint promotion of tourism - north Bengal and Sikkim are considered an integrated circuit - Mamata said proposals from Sikkim would be welcome. If we work together on the tourism circuit, it will benefit both states," Mamata added. Later on Friday, Chamling described the meeting with Mamata as "fruitful" in a social media post. It is nice to hear that both states intend to work together for development of tourism in the region," said Debasish Maitra, president of the Eastern Himalaya Travel and Tour Operators' Association.
Sources in the CPM said the party would take out a procession on March 24, a day before Ram Navami, but it would be termed as a rally of Ram-Rahim, apparently to send out a message to its minority support base, which has been shifting its loyalty to Trinamul, and the secular Hindus. A surprised CPM state committee member said: "I don't know about any such plan by the party ahead of Ram Navami. Ram Navami or the birthday of Lord Ram was not widely observed in Bengal until last year when the BJP held several large rallies. "This time, Trinamul is planning a rally on the same day to prevent the BJP from gaining by playing the religion card. The CPM, on the other hand, is trying to woo the minority community to show that it believes in religious co-existence," said an observer.
Swaraj Kumar Banerjee, more famous as Rajah Banerjee who was as big a brand as his Makaibari tea, on Friday said he we would sell his remaining stake in the marquee garden. Asked when he started his career as a planter, Rajah's reply personified the man: "I first fell off the horse when I was 23 years old." When Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace in 2016, he had gifted her a packet of Makaibari tea. Asked if he would miss Makaibari, Rajah said: "Of course. "I am not a tea planter but I have always been a tree planter.
more-inA junior official working in the examination section of Bangalore University has been moved out allegedly for misbehaving with girl students who had approached him to get their grievances addressed. Officials said that he allegedly took the mobile number of girl students and send them messages. Several students submitted a written complaint to the Registrar (Evaluation) of the university. Ravi said that the varsity will examine the issue, conduct an inquiry and also refer it to the sexual harassment committee of the university. The junior assistant, has now been posted to the administrative department.
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Congress leaders Komatireddy Venkata Reddy and S.A. Sampath Kumar had filed a writ petition questioning the jurisdiction of the Speaker, and the manner in which the order was passed. Ravi Shankar Jandhyala, the counsel for the petitioners, said the petitioners were expelled citing business rules. He said the Supreme Court had held that the address of the Governor was not part of the Assembly proceedings. He cited a judgment of the Supreme Court wherein Justice Chalameswar held that even inside the House, the principles of natural justice, Article 14 and 19 of the Constitution of India were applicable. D. Prakash Reddy, Advocate General of Telangana, requested the court to grant him some time to respond to various issues that were raised.
March 16, 2018 16:22 UTC
more-inThe State government has decided to upgrade five panchayats – Narayanakhed (Sangareddy district), Narsapur, Toopran, Ramayampet (Medak dt) and Cheriyal (Siddipet dt) – into municipalities. The officials concerned in the respective districts have been asked to submit information on villages to be merged with the municipalities to be formed and have been told to make the process transparent. The officials have also been asked to identify 1,000 acres of land to be given to Dalit families (three acres each) in Medak, Siddipet and Sangareddy districts as promised by the government. Mr. Harish Rao said the officials should accord priority to the recommendations made by MLAs and see that the entire process was transparent. He also expressed discontent over not starting rytu bazaars at four or five places despite giving sanctions for the same.
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