The three day extravaganza will create riot of colours in the air which will attract attention and enthusiasm across. Delhiites who have been indulging in this sport for many years will have a visual delight to watch for. Professional Kite Flying experts from across India and World will be taking part in this year’s kite festival.The festival will be inaugurated by Somnath Bharti, Minister of Tourism, Law, Art & Culture & Administrative Reforms, Govt. of Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival has a lot in store. Some of the major highlights are night kite flying, where expert kite flyers will fly kites attaching LED lights and kite trails, which will have more than 100 kites on one string.Famous international kite flyers like Barbara Meyer from USA, Bob C from UK ,Sami Sayeghs from Beirut, Tinton and Sari from Indonesia, Cho from South Korea and Antonio from France will be demonstrating their skills in this year’s Delhi International Kite Festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey would demonstrate their kite flying skills with kites like Hexagon Stars, Sled Kites, Delta kites, Barongi kites and many more. This year the festival will have 30 expert Kite Flyers from across India from places like Kerala, Chennai, Rajkot, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Trivandrum and Delhi.A theme stall is also set up where an exhibition on the history of kites will enlighten visitors about this age old art. This stall will also display kites of different sizes from one square inch to 70 square inch, kites made of tissue paper, elastic paper, bamboo, cloth, etc. More so Delhiites will get a perfect opportunity to savour lip smacking food as there will be a food stall, which will have street foods of Delhi and Rajasthani food. Cultural programs scheduled every evening will enthral the visitors too. There will be folk music performances, dances by Sahitya Kala Parishad. There will be magic shows, puppet shows, biscope, longman etc. to provide visitors a fun filled time at the Kite Festival.A special kite making demonstration for children will be organised where professional kite flyers will showcase their expertise and demonstrate the art of kite making. A painting competition for children will also be organised on 25 Jan, (Saturday) at 2 pm at the venue.Delhi Tourism’s sole purpose to celebrate kite festival is to revive the fading age old tradition and give an opportunity to Delhiites to witness patangbaazi out in the open.When: 24-26 January; Timings: 12pm-6pmWhere: Golden Jubilee Park. Near Old Yamuna Iron Bridge
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed her displeasure over the Deshikottama controversy.This is for the first time that the Deshikottama award will not be given at the convocation of Visva Bharati University. It is a convention that the Prime Minister, who is the Chancellor of the varsity, confers the Deshikottama award. There has been no convocation in the past four years. The last Chancellor who visited the university during the convocation, was Manmohan Singh in 2008. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Chief Minister said “Convocation is not a place for politics. It is a place of pride, it is a place of Kabiguru,” adding that “The importance of the function would have been more had the Deshikottama award been conferred”.Visva Bharati’s Executive Committee had cleared the names of Amitabh Bachchan, Amitav Ghosh, Gulzar, Suniti Kumar pathak, Ashok Sen and Jogen Chowdhury for the award. The names were sent to the Ministry of Human Resources for vetting. The MHRD sat on the file and neither approved nor rejected the names. Mamata Banerjee said she had come to attend the convocation with Rajiv Gandhi, when she was an MP from Jadavpur. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe said she would be present at the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan. Banerjee maintained that she had the finest relation with Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh and hoped that Indo-Bangladesh relation would improve. “We are neighbours and our relationship is very deep,” she said, adding that her relation with Sheikh Hasina “is not political but emotional.” She said she would meet Hasina on Saturday in Kolkata and described her visit as “a courtesy call.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come to Visva Bharati on Friday. He will come to Andal Airport and then will fly to Visva Bharati by helicopter.Sheikh Hasina will reach the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at 9 pm and will leave for the venue in a helicopter as well. The convocation will start at 10.30 am and will continue till 11.55 pm. The Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh, along with Mamata banerjee, will be present at the convocation. Then, they will go to the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan.Hasina will also attend a function at Jorasanko Thakurbari. On Saturday, she will be conferred D.Litt at the convocation of Kazi Nazrul University. In the afternoon, she will attend a function at Netaji Bhavan and will meet Mamata Banerjee later.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today allowed the Railways to carry out eviction of encroachers at New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri stations, and directed the West Bengal government to cooperate with the national transporter in the process. The HC directed the state government to depute a magistrate to oversee the drive to evict around 80 illegal shops encroaching on railway land at the two stations. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha also granted authority to the Railway to use its own force for the eviction drive. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights New Jalpaiguri is an important station connecting the Northeastern states with the rest of the country and is being upgraded to a ‘Class A’ station, but the encroachments have hindered the development of infrastructure there, Additional Solicitor General Kaushik Chanda told the court. The HC directed the state government to cooperate and provide assistance to oversee the eviction of around 60 unauthorised vendors, including restaurants, outside the station building of the New Jalpaiguri station complex and 20 shops at Siliguri railway station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “The whole country is suffering, every state, every city is suffering due to illegal encroachments,” Justice Mantha observed while disposing of the petition filed by the Railways. Chanda and counsel Saptarshi Roy submitted that the West Bengal government has written that its concurrence is required for removal of the encroachers and sought direction to the state for providing assistance in carrying out the eviction order. Justice Mantha said the Railways will not require concurrence of the state government for evicting the illegal occupiers at the two stations, which are under the jurisdiction of North Frontier Railway (NFR). The high court had, on a petition by the NFR, ordered eviction of illegal shops at the two stations on July 5, 2016. However, unable to find assistance from the state to remove the encroachments, NFR moved the high court again in July 2017. Justice Joymalya Bagchi, who had passed the eviction order earlier, told the state and railway authorities to form a high-power committee to oversee the modalities and execution of the eviction order. Since there was not much headway in execution of the order, the NFR authorities moved the high court again today seeking assistance of the state government. The encroachments, by illegal shops and settlements on railway land adjacent to the tracks, hamper development of services to passengers at stations as well as punctuality of trains owing to speed restrictions, a senior railway official said.
The issue of farmers’ suicide rocked the Assembly on Monday with BJP members entering the Well of the House, demanding a debate on it and dubbing the Siddaramaiah government as “anti-farmer”.As the House met for the day, Opposition BJP Leader Jagadish Shettar raised the issue of repeated incidents of farmers suicides, with many incidents reported in the sugar belt of Mandya district. “Farmers are losing hope,
The jury is still out on the genre of The Merchant of Venice, one of the most debated and complex plays by William Shakespeare. While some argue it’s a comedy there is still a debate on it being a tragic comedy or a problem play. However, when Vikram Kapadia decided to direct The Merchant of Venice for Aadyam theatre, he was sure that his adaptation of the Bard would be a black comedy. “It is open to many interpretations. But for me, it is a black comedy. It’s always a challenge to adapt the Bard’s work. Since playing around with dialogue means killing the play, I have only made it contemporary with the costumes and the set,” Kapadia told in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Adapted in a contemporary setting, it is a universal tale showcasing the games people play. There is deception, treachery, love, hatred and revenge. For Kapadia, the play is politically and socially relevant than ever before. The satire on society is also an exciting thriller. Venice and Belmont are now recast as worlds of great gamblers, rich business men, socialites and the prodigal youth. It’s a world where morals and conscience are replaced by opportunism and convenience. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play opens with a cross-dressed singer (very central to many Shakespearean plays) crooning in a night club, introducing the audience into a heady world of cocktails and casinos. It’s in the bar that Antonio (Luke Kenny) a rich merchant promises Bassanio, his young friend 3,000 ducats for wooing beautiful heiress Portia.The play revolves around two main plots— Bassanio’s adventures playing the lotto to win Portia and Shylock’s pursuit of Antonio’s ‘pound of flesh.’ Shylock, the central character, is the heartbreaking villain, an unmerciful Jew moneylender. The most successful banker in Venice, he is regularly slighted by the Jews and is constantly in competition with Antonio. In his modern take on the play, Kapadia tried to portray Shylock more sympathetically, like most of the contemporary renditions.Shylock is played by the director himself. Sporting a magnificent beard (minus the red hat) he makes a poignant performance. Kapadia’s Shylock comes across as a wounded person with a sense of pride and pulled off the predicament of Shylock with ease and elan.However, one wonders if Kapadia was successful in bringing out the human side of Shylock. The director also failed to show the intensity of the relationship between Shylock and his daughter Jessica, who elopes with Lorenzo, a Christian, which shatters Shylock. Another character who took the centerstage is Portia. She is stubborn, vindictive, wealthy and beautiful, a character with many shades. Yuki Ellias as Portia was at her best at the court scene, which is very melodramatic. Despite Rajeev Siddhartha’s good looks, he failed to make an impression as Bassanio. The Moroccon king (Neil Bhoopalam), Portia’s unsuccessful suitor put on a brilliant show, as did Jim Sarbh as Gratiano, Bassanio’s friend.Somehow, Kapadia fumbled at places, where he tried to induce a contemporary flavor to the narrative. His idea of modernity highlighting a night club, actors in bikinis and bottom slapping of women didn’t fit the plot.
Kolkata: Air-conditioned Volvo buses, named as Banglashree Express by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, which will connect district headquarters with Kolkata, will be flagged off on Wednesday.The Chief Minister will be flagging off the buses in front of Nabanna. In the same programme, trauma care air-conditioned ambulances and mechanical wrecker vans will also be flagged off. Twenty two trauma care air-conditioned ambulances and 13 mechanical wrecker vans will be flagged off on Wednesday. Also Read – Sowing activities on track with ample rain in S Bengal districtsWith Chief Minister flagging off the Banglashree Express buses, the air-conditioned bus service between Kolkata and headquarters of the districts will be initiated. It was the month of March when the decision was taken to introduce the bus service between the district headquarters and Kolkata.State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari had said: “Initiative has been taken to introduce bus services to connect district headquarters with the city, which will further improve connectivity with districts.” Also Read – Son-in-law arrested in connection with Garden Reach murder incidentAn official of the state Transport department said that the Chief Minister has named the buses as Banglashree Express. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had named all projects of the state Transport department, including Gatidhara and Jalodhara.She has also designed the logo of the Gatidhara scheme, under which unemployed youth receive a financial support of Rs 1 lakh to buy a commercial vehicle. In the last financial year, more than 10,000 youths have received the benefit of the Gatidhara scheme. In a bid to ensure that the service gets introduced as early as possible, a high level meeting took place in May and the top brass of the state Transport department and all the corporations under it had a detailed discussion on issues in this connection.It may be mentioned that the state Transport department has already introduced 300 new buses and there are projects in the pipeline to introduce more.In the beginning of June, the state Transport minister had flagged off five air-conditioned Volvo buses from Esplanade. The buses operate from Kolkata to different parts of North Bengal at present.With introduction of the buses, people from North Bengal are getting immensely benefitted. It has ensured better bus service between Kolkata and North Bengal as the same operates from Kolkata to Siliguri, Kolkata to Alipurduar via Cooch Behar and Kolkata to Kandi.
Active-play video games used for exercising can improve physical and mental fitness in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).”We think that the exertion of participating in this type of game helps to improve the neural connections in the brains of these children,” said one of the researchers Claudia Hilton, associate professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, US.The findings suggest the use of exergames —video games that are also a form of exercise —has the potential to serve as a valuable addition to therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders who have motor and executive function impairments. Executive function is the higher level of intelligence that helps us to plan and organise. It is used to redirect higher thinking when changing plans and suppressing inappropriate behaviours. It is important for being able to live independently as adults. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researcher investigated the use of the Makoto arena, a triangular shaped arena with pillars at each point, each with lights and sounds at various levels of the pillars for improving
Kolkata: North 24-Parganas district police arrested three persons, including two Bangladeshi nationals from Gobardanga on Saturday night.The Bangladeshi nationals are Sujan Roy (26) and Rajib Mondal (26). They were aimlessly roaming near the market place situated close to the railway station when they were arrested. Police have also arrested one Najrul Mondal, who is believed to be a tout and had helped the duo to cross the border.According to police, all the three persons were roaming aimlessly and this aroused suspicion of the police personnel, who were conducting vigil in the area. They were taken to the local police station for interrogation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice have arrested them as they failed to produce any valid documents. It was learnt that in the face of prolonged interrogation, the duo admitted they had entered the Indian Territory illegally through the Indo-Bangladesh border at Jhaidnaga village.They also told the police that Mondal had helped them to cross the international border. The accused, however, claimed that they had come here for job.Police are investigating all possible angles behind the incident. They are yet to ascertain the real motive of the youths and why they had entered the country with the help of a tout. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice are also investigating whether they are involved in any anti-national activities or have been involved with any extremist groups.They have started a detailed probe.It may be mentioned here that the district police have arrested around 15 Bangladeshi nationals in the last few months, who also claimed to have entered the Indian Territory in search of jobs.The district police are vigilant particularly in the border adjoining areas.
Kolkata: The South Eastern Railway (SER)has decided to install a new foot overbridge within three months at Santragachi Railway Station. Senior officials have also instructed the concerned authorities to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on the existing foot overbridge before Diwali, for better crowd management.According to P S Mishra, General Manager of SER, they have decided to install the new foot overbridge as soon as possible. On Thursday, he visited Santragachi station and instructed the officials to complete the work within January 31. Sources informed that work of infrastructure development is already in progress at Santragachi. After the stampede incident, the railway authorities have decided to install the foot overbridge as early as possible and for that other works will be delayed. The new foot overbridge will be 12 metres wide and its length will be 161 metres. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeApart from installation of the foot overbridge, Mishra has also directed the officials to install more CCTV cameras in the existing foot overbridge before Diwali, as during the festival, the passenger load is likely to increase. The cameras will help the railway authorities to manage the crowd. Additional Railway Protection Force (RPF) and commercial staff will be deployed at Santragachi station during peak hours, until the foot overbridge gets completed. Apart from security management, senior officials have also directed to install new Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) at both entry points of the station, to avoid long queues. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources, though the railway authorities are about to install more CCTV cameras, no one knew that the existing cameras were not working. After the incident, when the cameras were checked for footage, it came to light that they were not working. On Tuesday evening, two persons died and at least 12 others were injured after a stampede occurred at Santragachi Station, when announcements were made about the simultaneous arrival of trains on platforms connected by the foot overbridge.
Kolkata: Four persons waiting in the out patient department (OPD) of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital were injured after a chunk of concrete came off from the ceiling and fell on them Friday, police said. The incident happened in the waiting hall of the ophthalmology department’s OPD around noon. The four, after preliminary medical treatment, were released, police said. “Because the building is quite old, there are some rooms where the ceiling is not in good condition. We have closed the room,” a senior doctor at the hospital said.