Man falls from high-rise in Paikpara, dies

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A wanted criminal from Hooghly died after falling from the third floor of a posh complex in Paikpara in the Chitpore police station area while trying to flee cops. He had come to visit a youth leader of political party. The incident took place around 10pm on Saturday.

Durga Puja shopping: Biz down by 50% in WB

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On the last Sunday before Puja, the shopping crowd may have broken records, but overall business was down by nearly 50% compared to that of previous years. However, traders and hawkers said they had expected worse and were happy the footfall translated into sales.

Kolkata: 3 injured in Bowbazar building fire

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Guv writes to Bengal CM over custodial death

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West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday wrote to state chief minister Mamata Banerjee over the custodial death of one Madan Ghorai.

Now showing: A corona-themed Durga Puja in Kol

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The Covid-19 pandemic, the abrupt lockdown and the gradual unlocking have, in different ways, found expression across Puja pandals in the city. From the plight of refugees robbed of livelihood to a city gradually waking up from slumber, theme artists have used various metaphors to portray the surreal that is now the new reality.

Kol hsg complexes finalize safety norms for Puja

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Puja organizing committees at high-rise complexes in the city spent the weekend brainstorming ways to curtail crowding at their pandals. While some made last-minute changes, scaling down the arrangements and cancelling most residents’ involvement, some even called off the entire Puja celebrations.

Get ready for another round of liquor price rise

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Within a fortnight of a drop in beer prices, here comes a party spoiler. Come November 1 and the prices of India-made foreign liquor (IMFL), imported liquors and other hard liquors are likely to go up further.

Kol malls meet revenue targets 3 wks before Diwali

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The last lap of shopping on the final weekend ahead of Durga Puja exceeded expectations at city malls with at least three facilities clocking higher footfall over the three days than they did during the corresponding period last year.

Assam: Heroin worth Rs 15 crore seized, 4 held

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Bengal minister tests positive for Covid-19

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West Bengal minister Nirmal Maji tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to a state-run hospital in Kolkata, a health department official said on Sunday.

Kaziranga National Park to reopen on Oct 21

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"Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve will be opened for the current tourist season on 21st October 2020. The opening ceremony will commence from 11am onwards. Hon'ble chief minister of Assam will grace the occasion," KNP said on its Facebook page.

No pre-Puja opening for Majerhat ROB

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The state PWD has shelved its plan for partial opening of Majerhat bridge on Chaturthi, following a letter from Eastern Railway (ER) to the department secretary saying that such a proposition would require approval from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS).

Pre-festive surge fills up ‘Puja spl’ Covid beds

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Covid ICU beds added by some private hospitals, after a prod from the state government last week, were taken up within hours of them being set up. At some facilities along the EM Bypass, the waiting list has got longer after the extension of Covid units, prompting the hospital authorities to plead that they have reached a saturation point and can no longer stretch their resources to accommodate more beds. If the number of Covid positives continue to spiral at the existing rate, Kolkata could be heading for a major crisis by the end of the pujas, warned doctors.

Now ‘story therapy’ for Soumitra Chatterjee

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Stories will be read out to actor Soumitra Chatterjee — now under treatment at Belle Vue Clinic — to provide “psychological stimulation” and hasten his recovery. The 85-year-old, who had tested positive to Covid but has since recovered, continues to remain drowsy. He is already being given music therapy to improve his response that remains weak and slow. Listening to stories will aid his cerebral functioning, said doctors.

1,644 bikers booked in pre-Puja raids in Kol

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Police launched a major drive on Saturday evening that lasted well into midnight against two-wheelers that have been a menace during the festive season. As part of the ongoing block-chain raids that has been going on every weekend before the Puja, as many as 1,644 bikers were booked for breaking motor vehicle rules in a four-hour operation that started around 8pm. The local cops, though, had launched their own pre-Puja drives even earlier — from 4 pm on Saturday afternoon. Among the 64 booked for rash driving by local cops, at least half are two-wheeler riders. In all, 17 vehicles were seized.

West Bengal: Cop dies of Covid-19 in Kolkata

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An assistant sub-inspector of the Kolkata Armed Police succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday morning, a health department official said. Siddhanta Shekhar De, in his mid-50s, had been battling the disease for the past couple of weeks. He breathed his last a private hospital here, the official said.

Many schools ready to appeal in SC over fees

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A large number of city schools have decided to follow in the footsteps of the 12 Church of North India (CNI) institutes and file appeals in the Supreme Court against the Calcutta High Court order on offering 20% concession on fees for the pandemic months. Though the SC was closed next week, it was allowing online filing of cases, , lawyers said, adding appeals would be filed using this window.

Kolkata: Fire in LIC building leaves 3 injured

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Three members of a family, living on the fourth floor of LIC building on CR Avenue near Chandni Chowk Metro station, were severely injured after a fire broke out on the same floor in the early hours of Sunday. The trio — Trilochan Behera (58), his daughter Satyadahan (35) and son Navin (20) — who worked and stayed in the canteen of the building, were sleeping when the fire broke out.

Kolkata air quality dips ahead of Puja

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Some leading doctors in the city have warned that the post-festival surge in infection and rapidly declining air quality will complicate the battle against Covid-19. Weak lungs — an outcome of constant breathing of toxic air — will lead to a difficult situation to fight the disease, said the doctors at a webinar to mark the beginning of Bengal Clean Air Network (Bengal CAN), a citizenship initiative against environmental degradation.

Puja pandals to be no-entry zones: Calcutta HC

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Calcutta high court, on Monday, ordered that all Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal are to be treated as Containment Zones and nobody should be allowed inside.

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