Dastkar, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, presents the second, much awaited, edition of Dastkar Design Fair, an innovative showcase for contemporary craft design, featuring the work of designers working with traditional craft hand-skills in handloom textiles, regional embroidery styles, garments, jewellery, accessories, decorative objects and furniture by Adhya crafts pvt. ltd, Alankriti, Amru, Aranya Earthcraft, Artisans Alliance Jawaja weavers, Auld clan welfare, Awdhesh Kumar, Neelima Hasija, Resha, Samanvay, Shabnam Gitanjali and many more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One can revel in the beauty of stoles, jackets, accessories and garments made from recycled textiles; Threadwork, papier-mâché, silver, Lac and Meenakari are all ancient techniques that today find new forms and styles in the jewellery ranges of modern designers.Textile designers innovate with block-printing techniques, pashmina shawl weaving and intricate Kashmiri embroideries, or in the motifs and graphic designs that are executed on the looms of traditional handloom weavers to echo today’s consumer’s tastes and colour sensibility. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAt Dastkar Design Fair one can taste a variety of cuisines at the Food Court, from home cooked Bengali to Maharashtrian cuisine, Chaat, and Parathas along with warming halwa and desserts. One can also enjoy great cultural performances too over the weekends with folk and fusion artistes.Dastkar, a registered NGO working with crafts and craftspeople for over three decades, strongly believes in crafts as a catalytic tool for social and economic empowerment and earning. Dastkar is committed to breaking the barriers that separate craftspeople from mainstream urban markets, reviving and revitalizing both the craft and the community. Partnering with Delhi Tourism, it is developing the Nature Bazaar venue in Andheria Modh, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, as a hub for crafts, culture and natural products, linking South Delhi and Gurgaon.When: January 16 to 27 Where: Nature Bazar Venue, Andheria Modh (Chattarpur metro)
Kolkata: The plantation of Vetiver grass to prevent soil erosion, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has achieved great success with Nadia district administration planting the grass along the banks of six rivers, covering an area of 210 km in 2017-18. Banerjee has named the project Sabujayan. In 2018-19, steps have been taken to plant Vetiver along the river bank, covering another 120 km. The grass will be planted along river banks, covering a total area of 743 km in Nadia. The six rivers that flow through the district are Ichamati, Churni, Mathabhanga, Jalangi, Bhagirathi and Padma. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTaking cue from the success of Sabujayan in Nadia, several other districts have started planting Vetiver to prevent soil erosion along river banks. These districts are East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Hooghly, Cooch Behar, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar.Vetiver grass is primarily available in Tamil Nadu. To curtail the cost of bringing Vetiver saplings from there, 76 nurseries have been set up in Nadia. Experts from Tamil Nadu and US had visited the nurseries and expressed their satisfaction over their functioning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe district administration in Nadia has set up six handicraft centres, two each in Nakashipara, Tehatta and Ranaghat, where several items for room decoration, curtains etc. are being manufactured from Vetiver. The room decoration items in particular, are in high demand. Vetiver grass is now being planted along the banks of waterbodies to stop soil erosion. It is also used to purify water. It also helps stop erosion of soil along roads. The farmers are given training about how they should be planted and maintained. “The plantation of the grass to prevent soil erosion, both along river banks and roads, has been highly effective. Also, home decoration items made from Vetiver have helped the artisans to earn money,” said a senior official.
Kolkata: The BJP Yuva Morcha today said they are yet to receive any communication from the Kolkata Police regarding permission for BJP President Amit Shah’s proposed rally here on August 11. Yuva Morcha state president Debjit Sarkar told PTI that they have submitted a formal application to police, seeking permission for Shah’s rally. He said they will move court if police deny permission. “We submitted an application to police yesterday, seeking permission for the rally. We have mentioned five venues in Kolkata for the meeting, but police are yet to give us permission. We need time to prepare for the rally,” he said. Police’s reaction was not available immediately.
Also, sources said, de-recognition by the university is likely to result in the prestigious college losing funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC), which currently provides 95 per cent funding to the institution with the remaining money coming from the CNI-controlled St Stephen’s Trust.Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the Governing Body’s opinion. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportHe has also called for giving a major say to CNI in the functioning of the college, handing over the faculty appointments and admissions to the Supreme Council and amending the composition of the GB.The amendment also proposes to replace St Stephen’s College Trust, which currently runs the college, with a proposed St Stephen’s Educational Society, which will have the power to establish Stephen’s-like private institutions across the country.But, the proposed amendment is likely to become a bone of contention between St Stephen’s and Delhi University as, according to university statutes, a constituent college of DU is bound to follow common rules laid down in the ordinance regarding faculty appointments, constitution of governing bodies and powers of the principal. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJP”If the institution which was granted the status of constituent unit changes the very nature of the constitution, its recognition will be jeopardised. There are certain exemptions for Stephen’s due to its being a minority college but, in this case, DU may object to any amendment which is prejudicial to the university and, if the college is de-affiliated, it might lose UGC funding,” a source said.According to university Statute-30(D), any amendments that pertain to content of teaching, rules and regulations of faculty appointments and service conditions and modification of the constitution of Governing Body can be effected only after an enquiry is done by the DU’s Executive Council, which is the statutory decision-making body. University officials said they believe that, “St Stephen’s will deliberate before taking any such step that may undermine its relationship with Delhi University and be prejudicial to the age-old bond between the two”.Thampu, however, is claiming that it is the Supreme Council’s decision to amend the constitution and there is no violation of procedures or law in the same. “Whatever has been proposed is very much within the ambit of the law. I can challenge anyone to find any legal or procedural or statutory loophole in the same,” he said.
Darjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be handing over Land Rights documents to more than 400 families residing in the forest villages of Darjeeling and Kalimpong during her forthcoming visit to the Hills.A review meeting between the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) officials was held at Lalkothi, the GTA Secretariat in Darjeeling to work out the modalities.”Work is in progress to verify the claims, along with mapping of the land. In Darjeeling district we had received 1,509 claims from the Scheduled Tribe communities residing in the forest villages, along with 1,232 claims from Other Traditional Forest Dwellers. In Kalimpong district, there were 3,376 claims from the ST community and 4,626 from other communities,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeClaims of tribals are being processed first. “However, claims of non-tribals will also be processed. All have to meet the claim criteria as prescribed by the government,” added Tamang. On September 5, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be handing over Land Rights documents to 300 families of Darjeeling and more than 100 families from Kalimpong district. The documents will be handed over at a government programme to be held at Chowrasta, Darjeeling on September 5.There are 59 forest villages in the Darjeeling-Pulbazar block, 31 forest villages in the Jorebungalow-Sukhia block, 11 in Rungli Rungliot block, 21 in Kurseong, 4 in Mirik block, 21 in Kalimpong 1 block, 18 in Kalimpong 2 block and 18 in the Gorubathan block.”We will have a similar review meeting in December again to process the next lot of claims,” added Tamang.
Kolkata: A chaos broke out on Purulia-Raghunathpur State Highway on Sunday morning following a road accident in which a 35-year-old woman was killed.An irate mob went on rampage, ransacking a police vehicle following the accident.Locals staged a demonstration and put a road block at Padalara village in Purulia at around 6 am protesting against the reckless driving of vehicles.The victim has been identified as Bisakha Mahata (35). She was walking along the road to get drinking water from a nearby area at the time of the accident. According to police, the woman was hit by a pickup van at Padalara village on Purulia-Raghunathpur State Highway. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAnother woman Pranati Mahata, who was accompanying the victim, also received injuries in the accident.Eyewitnesses told police that the Raghunathpur-bound pickup van was running at a high speed when the driver lost control over the vehicle and it knocked down the victim.Bisakha Mahata died on the spot as she received critical injuries on various parts of her body. The accused driver fled the spot along with the vehicle. Locals rushed the injured victim to a local hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter being informed police reached the spot and recovered the body of the deceased. A heated altercation broke out between the police and the villagers, some of whom ransacked a police jeep.The incident caused traffic jam in the area for nearly an hour. A huge contingent of police later rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.Senior police officers assured the villagers that the accused driver would soon be arrested and action would be taken against vehicles flouting traffic norms.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will not issue fresh licence or renew the same for carrying out business in dangerous buildings in the city.The proposal was recently passed at the meeting of the Member Mayor in Council (MMiC) that was presided over by Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. “It is expected to get the nod at the monthly meeting of the KMC on Tuesday and then we will forward it to the state government for its final nod. We have to amend our 1980 Act regarding issuance and renewal of the license to make this effective,” an official of the Building department of the civic body said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere are around 3,000 dangerous buildings in the city and a number of them are dilapidated. Many of them are used for business purposes. There are shops as well as bazaars that these buildings happen to house. “If such a dangerous building collapses, then it may prove fatal for both the buyers and the sellers. In recent times, there have been a number of cases of caving in of dangerous buildings and a few deaths too. So we have decided to act tough on this for the safety of the citizens,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has been decided that the database of the dangerous buildings will be shared with the license department of the civic body. Until the KMC declares any such building safe, the license department will not renew its licence. If a building is declared safe after repair and the traders apply for license, the officers of the licence department will visit the same before the issuance. According to sources in the Building department, there are a number of dangerous buildings in Borough I, II, III, IV and V and also in VII, VIII and IX where such business activities are held. The roads in which such buildings are situated include Lenin Sarani, Strand Road, Strand Bank Road, William Lane, Kali Krishna Tagore Street, Kalakar Street, Belieghata Main Road to name a few. The KMC is also planning to make fire insurance of traders mandatory in issuance or renewal of licence.
New Delhi: Purelogic Labs India, an initiative to increase awareness about air pollution in India, today announced the launch of India’s first one of a kind motorized air mask, Prana Air Motion Mask. Engineered with special attention to details such as the quality of toxic air in a particular city and the various issues that one might face when breathing in, Prana Air Motion Mask provides maximum protection from the deadly haze and air pollutants both indoors and outdoors. The mask is the most convenient, effective and affordable anti-pollution solution that lets you be safe while on the go. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Prana Motion Air Mask is built of more than 30 unique parts equipped with anti-microbial and anti-allergy qualities. The adjustable foam head strap comfortably fits on all head sizes and doesn’t have any odor or itch the skin, keeping it soft and smooth. The powerful motor carefully calibrated into the mask produces up to 2L/s air volume in comparison to the average human intake of 0.5L/s. The motor in the mask helps in creating just the right pressure to keep your airways open so you can breathe in and out easily. This motor comes with 3 different speed settings in the form of a toggle switch, which can help you set the level of air as per your activity such as walking, jogging or running. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive The motion mask has a medical silicon grade which takes the shape of your face, leaving no space for the air to come in from anywhere but the filter. The filters in the mask stops even the smallest of dust particles ranging from PM1 to PM 2.5. There are 3 different kinds of filters in the mask planted with 5 more layers. There is a pre-filter which stops the big particles of the dust. The mask also features 2 layers of activated carbon eliminating toxic gas and 2 layers of HEPA filters stopping dust particles up to PM1. These dust particles cause respiratory issues such as bronchitis and asthma. In a standard mask, you breathe in and out the same air which gives little to no space for the carbon dioxide to go out freely, making you feel tired. The Prana Air motion air mask has micro ventilators that open and close when you inhale and exhale giving you clean air to breathe. These micro ventilators attached to the motion mask also enhance the protection in the rapid extraction of heat and moisture. With this combination, you can experience enhanced breathability and cooler airflow while wearing the mask for a long period of time. Commenting on the launch of the product, Mr. Rohit Bansal (Director), Purelogic Labs, said, “We believe that breathing fresh and clean air should be everyone’s basic right. Therefore, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable, fresh and clean air for all. The Prana Air motion mask has been carefully curated with essential techniques needed to completely purify the air that you and your family breathe. It’s apersonal protection product with the capability to neutralize hazardous oxidizing gases in the air.”
Kolkata: The Alipore weather office predicted on Friday that districts of South Bengal including Kolkata will face the effects of cyclonic storm Fani, the brunt of which will hit the city between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, with wind speed hovering around 90 to 100 km/h. Heavy rainfall in various parts of the state will accompany the cyclone.”The cyclonic storm which had hit the Odisha coast on Friday morning, has weakened in speed while travelling in the Northeast direction. It will hit the coastal areas of Bengal on Friday night at a wind speed of 90 to 100 km/h, which can go up to a maximum of 115 km/h. It will pass over other districts of South Bengal including Kolkata, gradually weakening along the way and will cross over to Bangladesh in the afternoon on Saturday. Weather conditions are expected to improve from Sunday,” said Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe coastal areas of East Midnapore, West Midnapore and South 24-Parganas will be the worst affected by the cyclone. The entire coastal belt of the state with districts like East Midnapore, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Jhargram, West Midnapore and Howrah, is expected to receive heavy rainfall particularly on Saturday. Districts like Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, North 24-Parganas, Burdwan East and West and Murshidabad will also receive moderate to heavy rainfall from Friday night till Saturday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”North Bengal will also bear the brunt of the cyclonic storm on May 4, with heavy rainfall predicted in some parts. There are chances of kaccha houses collapsing, trees uprooting and waterlogging in urban areas due to the effect of the cyclone,” the official warned. With the weather office recommending total suspension of tourist activities from the evening of Thursday to May 4, popular coastal destinations in the state like Digha and Mandarmani wore a deserted look on Friday. The state Transport department arranged a number of buses from Digha on Friday morning to carry passengers to the city. People living close to the river in Namkhana have been removed to cyclone centres and temporary relief camps set up by the district administration.
Kolkata: The preliminary postmortem report of the Class X girl who was found dead in her school washroom on Friday has indicated that she died due to suffocation caused by the polythene bag that was wrapped around her face, cutting off the supply of oxygen. The multiple slash injuries on her wrists were self-inflicted but did not lead to her death. Sleuths investigating the death of Krittika Pal has found similarity of her pattern of suicide to a web series that she would watch on her cell phone. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe suicide note that was recovered from the washroom beside her body clearly indicated that there was some sort of anger and depression within her. However, the sleuths are still in the dark about it. “She has written of somebody trying to inflict injury upon her in the suicide note. She may be suffering from some sort of hallucination or may be there was really somebody whose behaviour had been traumatising her. We need to speak to her parents for further leads but they are yet to recover from the shock,” an investigating officer said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateChairperson of West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti who visited the school in Ranikuthi on Saturday said the school has informed her that the victim’s mother had told the school authorities after her daughter’s death that she had earlier made suicide attempts. “The school would have been extra cautious if they were informed of this suicidal tendency of the child earlier,” she added.