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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Kolkata

Hilsa the bait for BJP to increase public contact in Bengal

Burdwan

Desperate to get a foothold in Bengal before the 2016 assembly polls, the BJP would be organising a 'Hilsa festival' to bank in on the fish's popularity in the state for greater public contact.

In focus | The bitter brew
Tea owners running ‘closed’ gardens at Rs. 35-a-day wage in Bengal

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At least 100 people died of malnutrition at the six locked out tea gardens in the area since January this year. Although one of the gardens — Raipur Tea Estate where five people died of hunger in June — has reopened, the fate of the other five, with 4,000 workers, is still uncertain.

Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial Hall pulls two Dali etchings out of oblivion

Salvador Dali
Victoria Memorial Hall authorities have brought out two artworks by Salvador Dali, one of the most discussed painters of the 20th century, from their archives, adding a zing to the artscape of Kolkata that will be difficult for any other Indian city to match.

Kolkata losing pride, trams rumbling into history

Kolkata tram
Once upon a time, trams enhanced the beauty of Kolkata, however, sooner they are going to be rumbled into history books due to growing transportation needs of the fastest growing population.

Bengal govt appeals against HC order on Tapas Pal

Tapas Pal
West Bengal government on Wednesday moved an appeal before a division bench of Calcutta HC challenging a single bench order that directed registration of an FIR against TMC MP Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and a CID probe into it.

Encephalitis toll rises to 102 in Bengal, 43 in Assam

fumigation
Encephalitis toll in seven north Bengal districts rose to 102 on Tuesday since January with five more deaths reported since last Sunday. In the last two days, 42 people have lost their lives in the disease in the seven north Bengal districts.

First smarten our cities, then build smart ones

An ambassador
India’s cities are a shameful mess: the big, older ones, the small ones and even the fledgling new ones. Far from being anywhere near smart, our cities are rather dumb. The future could be bleaker, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.

4 oppn MLAs join TMC as it celebrates Shahid Diwas

AMRI
Three Congress MLAs and one CPI(M) MLA joined Trinamool Congress on Monday, marking the onward march of Bengal's ruling party in weaning over leaders of the opposition parties.

Football team of 18 tribal girls from Jharkhand heading for US tournament

AMRI
At a time when the entire world is glued to television sets to watch the World Cup, 18 tribal girls from Jharkhand's hinterland are busy sweating it out in the fields to hone their own dribbling and passing skills for the biggest tournament of their lives.

Murdered Bengal student's family seeks CBI probe

CBI
The family of the college student, who was killed and chopped into pieces for allegedly protesting anti-social activities in West Bengal's North 24-Parganas district, Sunday demanded a CBI probe into his death, as one person was arrested but the prime suspect remained untraced.

Several hurt in clashes between BJP, TMC supporters in West Bengal

TMC supporters attacked and set ablaze the houses of seven BJP supporters in Arambagh of Hooghly district in West Bengal on Sunday night, marking yet another incident in the series of clashes between the ruling party and the BJP. Several people were injured in the clashes.

Where else but Kolkata! A hospital for fish to come up in Bengal capital

A fish swimming in a water tank in an aquarium at Dal lake in Srinagar
A hospital with water tanks and aquariums instead of beds — Kolkata is set to have its own fish hospital by mid-2015. The Rs. 1.75-crore project is being funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, under the Union ministry of agriculture.

Bengal: Police crack housewife murder case by arresting FB friend

Murder
By arresting a cable operator, the Kolkata Police claimed to have cracked the murder case of a 42-year old homemaker from Baguiati in the city's northern fringes. The woman had befriended the 33-year-old youth on Facebook.

Tapas Pal case: Mamata govt against probe order

Tapas Pal

A day after the Calcutta high court ordered a court-monitored probe into Lok Sabha MP Tapas Pal’s hate speeches, the law minister of Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, Chandrima Bhattacharya, said the government would appeal to a division bench against the order.

Calcutta HC admits Tapas Pal's plea against FIR

Tapas Pal

A two-judge appeal bench of the Calcutta high court on Wednesday admitted the petition of Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal against the single-judge's order that had directed the police to register a criminal case within 72 hours against him for making offensive comments against the women during a Lok Sabha election campaign in Krishnanagar, Nadia.

Sonakshi Sinha joins Bollywood actors' club who own professional sports team

ek villain success party
What's common between Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Nagarjuna, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Akshay Kumar? All these actors are owners of different franchises for different sports. We give you a list of our Bollywood A-listers who have invested in different teams in different professional sports tournament.

Subsidy not enough, Delhi must rethink its appetite for power

High voltage electricity
Delhi’s struggle for power, it is hard to find the key differentiators. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began spadework for the next elections with the announcement of a `260-crore subsidy for the low and mid-segment power consumers in the Delhi Budget presented in Lok Sabha last week.

Five more infants die in WB hospital, toll touches 12

A woman
Five more infants died on Sunday in Malda district of West Bengal due to asphyxia and malnutrition taking the death toll to 12.
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