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  • Jul 04, 2020 11:10

    A server wearing a face mask and gloves attends to customers at the Indian Coffee House on College Street in Kolkata on July 2. One of the city’s most loved eateries, the Coffee House had to shut its doors over three months ago because of the coronavirus lockdown imposition in the whole country.

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  • Feb 14, 2020 15:41

    The East-West Metro between Salt lake Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium on its inaugural run, in Kolkata. Kolkata got its second metro line on Thursday, 36 years after the country’s first underground connectivity system came into being in the city.

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  • Oct 06, 2019 16:10

    Durga Puja, the biggest festival on the Bengali calendar began on October 4 this year. Celebrated in honour of goddess Durga, the festival culminates five days later with the idol immersion ceremony on Dasami (Dussehra). Theme-based pandals have mushroomed in the city for the puja. With ‘illusion’ as its theme, the 73rd Durga Puja pandal (pictured) at Tridhara Sammilani has been created by artist Gauranga Kuilya who also made the idol.

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  • Sep 09, 2019 11:46

    Jashika Khan aka Lovely and Muhammad Azajuddin aka Ali on a taxi in front of Ali’s residence at Coal Berth colony, Garden Reach in Kolkata. Till a few days ago, the two were like any of the other kids in their locality. That’s changed, and fast. Ask about, and residents are quick to point to their homes –all from tweet by a five-time Olympic gold medallist gymnast Nadia Comaneci.

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  • May 07, 2019 18:41

    Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, speaks during a rally in Swarupnagar, West Bengal. Leading farmer protests in 2008, Banerjee drove out a Tata Motors factory in Singur, where many like 28-year-old Santu Adhikari hoped to find work. The plant was torn down before it was finished, and Adhikari now spends his days among its ruins hunting for scrap. Adhikari blames his grim predicament on Banerjee.

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  • Mar 18, 2019 14:15

    A view of Baptist Mission Students Hall in Kolkata. India’s first urban hostels called messbaris flourished in the city in the 20th century. By early 1900s, they were housing thousands of young men who had headed to rapidly industrialising Bengal. Messbaris still around have accumulated years of neglect. But thanks to movies set in these buildings and heritage initiatives, efforts are now being made to revive them.

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  • Mar 04, 2019 19:46

    A Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani in motion. In 1960, the Railway Board in India decided to undertake a study to achieve increased speed for its trains. For the past 100 years the maximum speed on broad gauge had been restricted to 96 km/hour. A target of 160 km/h for passenger traffic and 100 km/h for goods traffic with an intermediate stage of 120 km/h for passenger traffic was laid.

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  • Dec 24, 2018 13:50

    In 2019, it will be 180 years since work on the St. Paul’s Cathedral began. The cathedral has survived the test of time to emerge as one of the most popular churches in the City of Joy, Kolkata.

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  • Dec 04, 2018 13:05

    On August 15, 1902 i.e. forty-five years from the date of India’s independence, the British government opened one of the largest open-air dhobi ghats along the lines of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Dhobighat (1880) in the city of joy. Over a century later, almost 700 washermen inclusive of 235 licensed ones and around 450 assistants are still busy washing.

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  • Oct 16, 2018 14:45

    Durga Puja, the biggest festival on the Bengali calendar began October 15 this year. Celebrated in honour of goddess Durga, the festival culminates five days later with the idol immersion ceremony on Dasami (Dussehra). Haridevpur Ajeya Sanghati Durga Puja in South Kolkata’s focus this year is on issues pertaining to air pollution and climate change. The theme is titled ‘Khola Haoa’ (Open Air).

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  • Oct 11, 2018 11:04

    A visually impaired teacher makes her way to a class at the Lighthouse for the Blind residential school near Rashbehari crossing in Kolkata, West Bengal. Established in 1941, Lighthouse for the Blind is an institute that runs a government sponsored higher secondary school with 118 students and a vocational skills training centre for visually impaired individuals.

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  • Jul 14, 2018 11:58

    Presidency University students’ union members have been continuing with a sit-in at the campus since July 12 to protest against an “abnormal hike” in counselling fee to courses in BA and B. Sc streams. The sit-in at the offices of the Registrar and Deans is in protest against the decision to charge Rs 500 instead of the earlier fee of Rs 100 as counselling fee.

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  • Jun 13, 2018 13:33

    Surrounded by life-sized figures hidden under layers of packaging, Stephen Hawking on his wheelchair gazes into the distance. Clearly it’s not the theoretical physicist himself –Hawking died earlier this year on March 14. Instead, this is a hyper-realistic silicone sculpture at artist Subimal Das’ Kolkata studio, commissioned by a city museum.

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  • May 09, 2018 14:41

    A huge coral reef collection and specimens of the largest mammals on land and sea are just a few of the attractions awaiting visitors as the Indian Museum in Kolkata throws open its doors on Wednesday with new and revamped galleries. Founded in 1814 at the home of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, the Indian museum is the earliest and the largest multipurpose museum in the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • Mar 21, 2018 10:19

    On March 13, eighty Rohingya refugees belonging to 27 families alighted at Hardaha village on the outskirts of Kolkata and proceeded to Makhal Tala, where tents were set up for them. They all came from Nuh in Haryana having lived in refugee camps for several months. However, upon their arrival rumour spread fast that batches of Rohingya had crossed the Indo-Bangladesh border in Parganas district and come to settle here.

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  • Mar 11, 2018 10:31

    A typical night scene in Tangra, Kolkata’s second Chinatown. About a dozen Chinese restaurants, a small cemetery and shrines paint a unique portrait of a tiny community here.

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  • Feb 05, 2018 17:22

    The Rabindra Setu, or Howrah Bridge as it’s known more popularly is illuminated by the Kolkata Port Trust with a special light arrangement on February 03, 2018 in Kolkata. Opening to the public on February 03, 1943, this city icon marked its 75th year in operation over the weekend.

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  • Jan 30, 2018 16:52

    The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has set up India’s first floating market which runs solely out of boats at the lake in Patuli, where vendors sell fruits, vegetables, fish among other produce. On January 24, 2018 chief minister Mamata Banerjee officially inaugurated this market as a rehabilitation package for vendors who were displaced from Baisnabghata-Patuli market for extension work on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.

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  • Jan 29, 2018 17:42

    Anjan Bose, owner of Aurora Film Corporation Pvt Ltd checks film stocks at his Lenin Sarani office. Established in 1906 in Kolkata, this film corporation has set many landmarks. It produced the country’s first film for children (Hate Khori, 1939) and the first Bengali film that became tax-free (Raja Rammohan, 1965). But in today’s digital age, owner Anjan Bose is attempting a revamp to stay relevant, and keep the film rolling.

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  • Dec 10, 2017 13:13

    Residents of Kolkata will be now able to take a tour of the Taj Mahal, walk through the Great Wall of China and visit the Great Pyramids of Egypt in the city. Considered as one of the dream projects of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the replicas of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ is now open to people at Eco Park.

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  • Dec 11, 2017 09:32

    Serampore, near Kolkata, was a Danish outpost for 90 years (1755-1845). The 210-year-old Lutheran St Olav Church’s restoration was completed in 2015. The project won the Unesco Heritage Award of Distinction in 2016.

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  • Oct 19, 2017 09:12

    Wrestlers took part in a one-day competition on Wednesday, October 18 at Rajakatra of Burrabazar, which is the trading hub of the city and perhaps its busiest area. The tournament is organised by Burrabazar Bayam Samity every year either on Diwali or the day before. This is the 51st year of the competition.

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  • Oct 05, 2017 11:36

    Durga Puja, the biggest festival in Bengal starts on September 26 this year. The celebration will continue for the next five days culminating with the idol immersion ceremony on Dasami (Dussehra). Tridhara Sammilani Durga Puja in South Kolkata’s focus is on the environment and an immediacy to address issues that threaten it. This year’s theme is titled ‘Nature destroyed by Urbanisation.’

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  • Sep 23, 2017 12:59

    On the eve of Devi Paksha, to mark the beginning of Durga Puja, 160 members of the Male Dancers Association came together to perform nine avatars of Goddess Durga in ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ at the Gyan Mancha in Kolkata.

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  • Sep 20, 2017 09:55

    As per Hindu tradition, Mahalaya marks the end of Pitri-paksh and start of Devi-paksha- also the first day of Navaratri. Descendants of the deceased pray to Goddess Durga in the name of their ancestors. The offering is known as ‘Tarpan,’ which people here are seen making to their ancestors on the bank of the river Hooghly at Jagannath Ghat in Kolkata.-

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  • Jun 22, 2017 22:56

    Security personnel sit guard as a woman looks out of a window in Darjeeling, West Bengal. As the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) indefinite strike completes a week, normal life continues to suffer amid protests, calls for the separate state of Gorkhaland still ringing and the deployment of paramilitary personnel in the hill town. While an all-party meet is scheduled on June 22, 2017 to address the unrest, chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s announced absence has opposition parties unsure about the impact of the gesture.

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  • Jun 09, 2017 14:54

    Almost after four decades, army has to be called in to prevent more violence in the hill town of Darjeeling in West Bengal. Agitations continue in Darjeeling a day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting in the town . Army deployment was ordered after the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) gathered at the venue in protest of a decision to teach Bengali in schools, with agitators resorting to stone-pelting , clashes with police and the burning of vehicles

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  • May 25, 2017 19:37

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists demonstrated a protest at Kolkata Police Headquaters to demand the arrest of “corrupt” TMC leaders. In a march which soon turned violent, police personnel used water cannons, tear-gas and batons to disperse the protestors from breaking the barricade. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, state chief Dilip Ghosh and party Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly were among those detained by the law enforcement officials.

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