Bakeries get notice for poor hygiene

KOLKATA: Waking up before Christmas, a Kolkata Municipal Corporation health department team on Tuesday raided two well-known bakeries in central Kolkata as part of an anti-adulteration drive. The officials later decided to serve notices on the owners of these bakeries, asking them to keep the factory premises clean and train the staffers engaged in preparing items, including Christmas cakes. Apart from these, notices will also be sent to 16 other bakeries, mostly in and around Alimuddin Street, asking the owners to upgrade their bakeries’ cleanliness factor on the premises. Deputy…

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3 killed in 4 accidents in Kolkata, districts

KOLKATA/KOLAGHAT: Three people, including an army jawan, were killed and three critically injured in four different accidents in the city and districts. While one of the fatalaties happened in Kolkata’s Mominpore, two other accidents happened in Barrackpore, North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore’s Kolaghat. In Kolkata, 65-year-old Kalpana Porel of Bishnupur in South 24 Parganas was crossing the road at the junction of Diamond Harbour Road and Judge Court Road around 7.30am on Tuesday when a bus on SD-8 route ran over her. Kalpana sustained multiple injuries and was taken…

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60% in diploma for JU engineering lateral entry

KOLKATA: Those looking to take admission to the engineering stream in the second year through lateral entry must score at least 60% in their diploma engineering, stated the Jadavpur University faculty council for engineering on Tuesday. The council struck off the earlier criteria of at least 60% at the plus-two level or a minimum 60% in Class-X mathematics for joint entrance examination for lateral entry (JELET) admissions to the state’s top technology institute. The reason for the overhaul, they said, was that how could JU judge the merit of a…

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Brace for tough time in getting AI tickets

KOLKATA: The travel trade industry in Kolkata expressed shock at national carrier Air India’s decision to withdraw from all but one global distribution system (GDS). This, they pointed out, will cut out several sales channels as travel companies usually use one of the multiple GDS available in the market depending upon a host of factors such as ease of operations, GDS support in the particular geography, commercial benefits and global mandates. The move, the agents said, would make it difficult for them to sell AI tickets. GDS is a computer…

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Medics get a dose of spirituality at CNMCH

By: Samriddhi Nandi KOLKATA: The packed auditorium at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) on Monday saw a different kind of discourse. Listening in rapt attention were 600-odd doctors, including CNMCH principal Dr Ajay Ray, nurses and medical students. The talk, however, was not on medical science, but on spiritualism. The objective was to enable them tackle problems and handle agitated patient parties in a better way. The session by ‘Prajapita Brahma Kumaris’ focused on an all-round approach to health and healthcare. It stressed on enhancing inner well being…

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Traders up in arms over extortion at busiest hub

KOLKATA: Rampant daylight extortion has reared its ugly head at some of the busiest trading hubs in north and central Kolkata. Criminals extort traders at these hubs for the ‘privilege’ of letting them carry out their trade — from taking a shop on rent to parking and loading and unloading vans and trucks. Last week, on Wednesday, a group of traders blocked Colootola Street and Rabindra Sarani, protesting that the carriageway was being encroached upon by hawkers, porters and various slow-moving vehicles and incidents of regular extortion by a group…

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Bengal: Cops’ daughters commit suicide

SURI: Two girls, both daughters of Bolpur-based Kolkata policemen, died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday night. The girls allegedly entered into a suicide pact and drank poison. The girls aged 20 and 21 were close friends and neighbours in Bolpur’s Nayekpara locality. They were both studying BEd, but in different Birbhum colleges. One of the girls’ father is an ASI and another is the daughter of a constable of Kolkata Police. Both families told Birbhum police that one of the girls had gone to the other’s house to spend the…

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Kolkata: Class eleven boy found hanging

KOLKATA: A 17-year-old Class-XI student allegedly committed suicide at his rented residence at Ramgarh in Netaji Nagar. The victim, identified as Aryash Chatterjee, was alone at his home when he allegedly hanged himself around 9.30pm on Sunday. Police said they were yet to ascertain the reason behind his death as no suicide note was found. Cops are checking his belongings for leads. Cops from the Netaji Nagar police station has begun inquest proceedings.

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A diplomat’s quest for culinary joys in the city

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear about Kolkata is, of course, Durga Puja, followed by the city’s fascinating street food. And so, to sample the huge variety of food the city offers — right by the roadside or in cafes or bakeries, Bruce Bucknell, the British deputy high commissioner to Kolkata, embarked on a food trail this Saturday. Team CT accompanied him on his quest for different dishes, travelling from one part of the city to another. Read on… Flower power It was 7.30 in the…

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Hosp didn’t store kidneys: Brain dead man’s kin

KOLKATA: A 48-year-old brain dead patient’s kidneys were donated to two recipients on Saturday but the donor’s family filed a complaint with the state health department alleging that a delay on the part of Shri Jain Hospital – where the patient had passed away – prevented his heart and liver from being harvested and used. The deceased’s family had informed the ROTTO – the nodal authority for donations in the state – and the latter got in touch with two hospitals to arrange for the excavation of the other two…

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