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Opium Worth Two Crores Seized in Siliguri

The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), in a joint operation with the customs, seized a huge consignment of opium worth nearly two crore in Siliguri. Commandant, SSB 41 Battalion, Ranidanga, Rajiv Rana told that the joint operation was launched on specific inputs, where a significant amount of narcotics were to exchange between the two parties. "The seizure was done yesterday. We got information that some people from Nepal will come to India and there will be some kind of dealing of drugs. After waiting for very long, we saw suspicious element walking with a bag. When we asked that person to stop, he immediately started running. And when he realized that the bag was heavy he left the bag behind and entered one of the houses. It was midnight so we could not search the houses as it was not correct legally. We have 15 kgs of suspected Opium which values 1.9 crore in the international market," he said. Earlier this month, a huge consignment of opium was seized from Bagdogra - Shivmandir…

Bengal to have State Symbol for the First time

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiled the state symbol that will be sent to the Centre for its approval. This is for the first time when such a step has been taken by the state government to have a symbol for the state. The Bengal CM said: “There are many states that have their own logos. We didn’t have anything as such. Thus, the decision was taken to have a logo.” Citing examples of logos of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Chief Minister said: “Logos of many states do not have the national emblem. But the symbol of our state has the national emblem.”  The new symbol will be sent to Delhi to get the final approval. The symbol has been designed by the Bengal Chief Minister. The Bengal Chief Minister had also taken step to rename the state as “Bangla” in Bengali and “Bengal” in English. The Bengal Chief Minister, in spite of her ever busy schedule spends her leisure time in painting landscapes and has sketched the logos of various projects taken up by the state government. The logo of …

CM Mamata Banerjee Hits Out At Girls School For Playing PM's ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in Classroom's

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came down heavily on a private girls’ school in South Kolkata for playing PM Modi's ‘Mann Ki Baat’ video in classrooms. During interaction with the authorities of private schools and colleges at a Town Hall, Mamata suddenly questioned, “Who came from Shri Shikshayatan School?”
Immediately, a lady (Bratati Bhattacharyya) stood, who identified herself at Secretary General of the school, only to face criticism from the state Chief Minister. “I know your fee structure is not much. But I came to know one of your senior teacher is asking student to listen to political speech in classrooms. We have authentic information. This is very bad. Please don’t do this in the classroom, at least, not with small children,” Mamata told the school representative. Without naming Modi’s ‘Maan Ki Baat’, she said, “Classrooms are for studies and not for political speeches. If someone plays my speeches in the classroom, I will be the first person to…

Truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide attacker struck the fortified heart of the Afghan capital with a massive truck bomb Wednesday, killing 90 people, wounding 400 and raising new fears about the government's ability to protect its citizens nearly 16 years into a war with insurgents. The bomber drove into Kabul's heavily guarded diplomatic quarter during the morning rush hour, leaving behind a bloody scene of chaos and destruction in one of the worst attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014. At least 80 people were killed and as 350 wounded in an attack that left a scene of mayhem and destruction and sent a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital. (May 31) Most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children, said Ismail Kawasi, spokesman of the public health ministry. But the dead also included Afghan security guards at the facilities, including the U.S. Embassy, while 11 American contractors were wounded — none with life-threat…

Your Day Today - June 01, 2017

Daily Horoscope (June 1, 2017) Aries (March 21 – April 19) You may be taking stock of your professional life, Aries. If this is so, be careful to balance strategy with personal objectives. If you’re a journalist, think about writing for yourself as well as the paper. You could write novels, poetry, or plays. It doesn’t matter what you create so long as it accurately reflects what you feel and is quite apart from your professional life. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Something strange may happen today. Someone in your family may reproach you for having chosen your profession. It may be that your career has little connection with what people have traditionally done in your family. But just because a tradition is lost doesn’t mean that it must be mourned, Taurus. Listen to your heart. If you’ve chosen a profession that you’re truly meant for, you will know it. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Authorities who have been your guides up to now may confront you. The hour is here to set aside your fears…

7 People Dead in Twin Accidents in North Sikkim - 6 were Tourists from Bengals 24 North Parganas

First accident took place at Phyangla in North Sikkim. A vehicle (MAX) Number SK 03J 0124 met with an accident while returnimg from Lachung at Phyangla.
Total number of eight tourists were there in the vehicle, 6 of them died on spot, reported sources. 1 kid and 1 other person are at CRH under going treatment. 
Among the deceased two were females, three kids and one male. They are from North 24 parganas (West Bengal). Dead bodies are rescued by Sikkim police, SDRF and Home Guard.
Second accident also took place at Lachung. A tourist vehicle bearing registration number SK-01 Z 0228, drivers name Mohan Gurung met with an accident last night at Lachung near Chumpyung Kyung.
Several officials along with locals were on the spot for rescue operations. It was found that Mohan Gurung was coming back after dropping the guest at their hotel. He was alone in the vehicle at the time of accident. Mohan was rescued but was declared dead on the way to Mangan by the Mangan Medical Officer.
Reported by Aj…

Lack of Petrol Pump in Jaigaon Leads to Increase in Illegal Fuel Sale - Buy in Bhutan, Sell in India

The difference in prices of petrol and diesel in India and Bhutan has opened up a new earning option for over 50 families in Jaigaon, the town located on the Bhutan border and Phuentsholing on the other side. The families are completely dependant on the illegal sale of petrol and diesel, which they buy from Bhutan at lesser prices and sell at higher prices in and around Jaigaon. The trade has flourished further as there is not a single petrol pump in the town or in its surrounding areas. The nearest petrol pump is in Hasimara that is around 15km from here. The families, who store the fuel brought from the other side of the border and display it in plastic containers which are lined up in shabby stalls on the roadside, have a daily earnin g ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000 per day, depending on the location of their "outlets".
While heading towards Jaigaon, such stalls - in some cases it is just a table or a wooden shelf on the roadside with bottles, filled with fuel, stacked…

Poverty no bar, with one set of books Siliguri twins excel in HS class 12 exams - Make mom dad proud

Name: Sudip and Biswajit Singha School: Baradakanta Vidyapith, Siliguri Percentage in higher secondary: 84% (Sudip) and 81% (Biswajit) Biswajit (left) and Sudip with their mother Nilima. Pradip Singha, a plumber by occupation and a resident of Shantinagar in Siliguri, is a happy man today. His twin sons have scored over 80 per cent marks in the higher secondary examinations, overcoming the financial constraints that the family faced over several years. Both were students of science stream. "I do not have a regular or fixed income. Even then, I insisted that both my sons continue their study and today, they made me feel proud," he said. The family's financial condition could be gauged from the fact that Sudip and Biswajit studied with one set of books. "I used to work as a domestic help. But after they passed Madhyamik, I left the job to ensure that their studies are not affected as during my absence, they need to do some household works. Our family income came down…

Bimal Gurung calls 2 days education strike in hills after govt decision to make Bengali compulsory subject

Bimal Gurung called a two-day education strike in the hills this week and a series of marches during the chief minister's impending visit to protest the state government's move to make Bengali a compulsory subject at schools. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president announced the agitation at a session convened by the party with Nepali literary figures, college professors, representatives of educational institutions in the hills and social organisations like Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sammelan, teachers and other apolitical people here. "The government is trying to force a language on us and its not acceptable. We will protest the move vehemently and I will personally take to the streets. We will request the closure of all educational institutions in the hills on June 1 and 2. I am hearing that they (Mamata Banerjee) will be coming to Darjeeling on June 4 and during this period, we will show our resentment by holding marches with black flags across the hills from June 4 to 8 (duri…

Your Day Today - May 31, 2017

Daily Horoscope (May 31 2017)

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You finally understand that the force of your will can’t always determine everything, Aries. Your ego is taking a beating, no doubt, but this will help you mature. You accept being wrong and willingly revise your judgment when necessary. In a way, you’ve just finished your first year at a university for wisdom! Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You’re currently stuck between two strong desires – the desire to create for your own pleasure and the desire to please others. You come by this latter urge naturally, as it’s part of your character. It will understandably be difficult for you to resolve this dissonance. The solution for you comes from asking why you feel such a strong need to be appreciated. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You may feel more of an urge than ever to search for your family roots. Your search could be so deep and intense that you may even go beyond genealogy and study archeology as a way to learn how to bring some cohe…

Bengal govt to set up mini Mother and Child Hubs for infants and children each costing Rs 12 crore

Four Mini Mother and Child Hubs are being set up in three districts of Bengal in Silanpur and Sujapur in Malda district, at Anupnagar in Murshidabad district and in Jalpaiguri. These 50-bedded facilities would be built at Rs 12 crore each. Six full-fledged Mother and Child Hubs have recently been started at the Uluberia, Murshidabad and Nadia District Hospitals, and at the Calcutta, Bankura Sammilani and Malda Medical College Hospitals. Three more are going to come up within this year at Jalpaiguri District Hospital, Midnapore Medical College Hospital and Cooch Behar Medical College Hospital. Mother and Child Hubs are facilities, mostly set up in district hospitals and medical college hospitals, where infants and their mothers get full care in the first few days after delivery. It is a concept of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also heads the State Health Department. Picture credits:
Saumalya Ghosh

Your Day Today- May 30, 2017

Daily Horoscope (May 30 2017) Aries (March 21 – April 19) Pressure and worries involving home and family could get in the way of your concentration today, Aries. There may have been a quarrel with a household member that weighs on your mind. The best way to deal with this is to give yourself and everyone else time to cool down. Later you’re likely to find that it has all blown over. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Organizing your office and paying bills are likely to be on your agenda today, Taurus. You could feel overwhelmed by the tasks, and you might be tempted to put them off. It’s better to take it slowly until you get everything done. You don’t have to do them all at once. This should lessen the stress. Spend a quiet evening at home. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Excessive food and drink could have you feeling rather sluggish and indifferent to everything. This can get in the way of your usual kindness and affection, but it shouldn’t. Get some rest, take a stomach remedy, and get back t…

Bhutan - Breaking the Menstruation Taboo

She was nine when she first got her period. “Am I hurt?” asked Karma Wangmo (name changed) to her mother. Today Karma Wangmo, who is 19, is aware of the monthly menstrual cycle that girls experience when they hit puberty. “But I’m sure there are many young girls who are unaware of this experience,” she said. “It is a scary experience to go through especially when you do not know why it happens.” She said mensuration still remains a taboo in the society and there are hardly any women who talk about it openly. In order to create awareness on mensuration management, the menstrual hygiene day was observed at Jigme Sherubling Central School in Khaling, Trashigang yesterday.  Students, including those from Muenselling Institute for the Visually Impaired and nuns and members of the community attended the daylong programme. Deputy chief programme officer with the education ministry’s school health and nutrition division, Deki Tshomo, said the programme was organised not only to impart awaren…

She failed 6th class, but she topped IAS exam without any coaching

We all know that IAS exam is a hard nut to crack. Where this girl Rukmani Riar, from Chandigarh, cleared it with her undying passion after failing in STD 6, without any coaching. Fascinating and Inspiring, isn’t it?

According to an Interview with Rediff , Rukmani who is just 29 years old and holds a master’s degree in social entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai . Further she added, that when lodged into a boarding school in Dalhousie’s Sacred Heart School and hence was unable to cope up with the pressure, fearing failure ever since she failed class 6th. Her depression of the failure helped her a lot as she made herself so strong and decided not to complain or blame anyone for her failure. She joined the School of Social Sciences in 2005 and passed out in 2008 getting the gold medal with distinction. She learnt from her failure and it never came back in her life. After completing her degree, she also worked with Planning Commission of India and NGOs i…

Amazing - Baby walks just after being born

A video of a newborn baby walking immediately after birth has taken the internet by storm. The video that went viral on Facebook shows the newborn, who is being held by a nurse attempting to wrestle and walk free.

Although details of the newborn are yet to be known, the video has already over 50 million views and about 1.3 million shares. While it is normal for newborns to take about 12 months to walk on their own, the baby’s footsteps shown in the video are nothing short of a miracle. The video was reportedly posted on Facebook account in Brazil on May 26. Read more.. Newborn baby starts walking right after coming out of mother’s womb! The video has gone viral Many users have reasoned out on why the baby is walking, and it is not some miracle. Newborn baby starts walking right after coming out of mother’s womb! The video is going viral but why
Many users have reasoned out on why the baby is walking, and it is not some miracle.
Each second, there is something new and fascinating taki…

Madhyamik- Government Schools Perform Better

After a year of disappointment, government schools came back with a bang on the Madhyamik merit list, bagging 14 out of 68 positions in the top 10. In 2015, 16 candidates out of 47 rankholders were from government schools, while in 2016, just 10 made it to the merit list of 66. This year, out of the 3,007 students who took the examination, 2,956 passed and 513 candidates bagged more than 90% or AA grade. Despite a better result than 2016, the West Bengal Government School Teacher's Association is not too happy with the huge decrease in the number of students securing more than 90% in the science subjects.
"This year, three science subjects — physical science, life science and mathematics — have a lesser number of candidates who have scored more than 90%. Due to the new question pattern, some students did very well in the humanities, but that was not the case for science papers," said former general secretary Dipak Das. A few days back, the organization had suggested som…

Darjeeling Toy Train Faces Huge Tourist Rush

With the World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) not being able to meet up with the huge demand, a new diesel joy ride train was introduced on Sunday. Along with this, the service from Darjeeling to NJP and from NJP to Darjeeling will operate on all seven days a week. "With the tourist onrush in Darjeeling, the DHR services specially the joy rides are all sold out. As tickets are available online, the trips are booked well in advance. To cope up with the demand we have introduced an additional diesel loco joy ride service from Sunday" stated Suman Pradhan, Station Manager, Darjeeling. The joy rides are 16 km round trips of two-hour duration from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back with a 10-minute halt at Batasia loop and a half-an-hour stop at Ghoom to visit the DHR Museum at the station. The cost for the steam loco joy ride is Rs 1,300 per person. For the diesel service, the rates are Rs 800 per person. At present, there are six steam and four diesel joy ride services …

Your Day Today - May 29, 2017

Daily Horoscope (May 29 2017)

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You may feel tense, Aries, perhaps because someone close to you disregards the way you feel. You feel as if this person is more concerned with his or her own issues and not concerned about you. Meanwhile, your sensitive, caring heart is well aware of everyone else. You support others and are thoughtful. It’s time to rearrange your priorities. First care about yourself, then others. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Take extra time to tend to your appearance and show off a bit today, Taurus. Keep your shoulders back and head high. Be the proud person you are. You should feel validated. Your job today is to simply uplift people with your presence. This is no sweat for you. Happiness is right up your alley, so have fun. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You may be called upon to host a gathering in your own home, Gemini. At first this could throw you into a panic because you don’t think your house is clean enough. Don’t worry. It’s probably imp…

CBSE Class 12 Topper - Raksha Gopal 99.6%

Noida girl Raksha Gopal with 99.6% marks is CBSE Class 12th topper
#cbse2017 CBSE #rakshagopal
Raksha Gopal from Noida’s Amity International School scored 99.6% marks to top the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 board examination 2017, results of which were declared today (Sunday). Bhumi Sawant of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir in Chandigarh emerged as the second topper with 99.4% and Aditya Jain from the same school bagged 99.2% to become the third topper. Mannat Luthra of Bhavan Vidyalaya in Chandigarh got 99.2% and was placed fourth.

CBSE News : Here is CBSE Humanities aspirant topper Raksha Gopals marksheet; it is going viral

CBSE #cbse #rakshagopal The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Sunday announced the examination results of the Senior Secondary Examination (Class 12th). Raksha Gopal of Amity International School, Noida has topped the CBSE Class XII 2017 results with 99.6 percent. Her marksheet has gone viral on social media.

Sikkim prepares for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2017

A meeting to take stock of the 2017 season of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Nathu La corridor of Sikkim was held on Saturday afternoon at the conference hall of Manan Kendra.
The meeting was chaired by State chief secretary A.K. Shrivastava and attended by heads and representatives of departments concerned, and officers of the BRO, Army, ITBP, Customs & Immigration and BSNL, informs an IPR release.
Tourism secretary C. Zangpo gave a brief report of the various stages of the yatra and necessary preparations required at every stage. He informed that 350 pilgrims have registered for the yatra through Sikkim route which would be completed in seven batches of fifty yatris each.
The first batch of yatris will report at New Delhi on June 11 and will reach Gangtok on June 19. The final batch of yatris will reach the State capital on August 12 after completing the pilgrimage.
Zangpo informed that the entire handling of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra will be done by Sikkim Tourism Develo…

Your Day Today - May 28, 2017

Daily Horoscope (May 28, 2017)

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You may be confused about asking for help, Aries. Your usual resources could be occupied with issues and conflicts that have nothing to do with you. You may then offer to help others. By doing this, you’ve put someone else’s needs above your own. Although this may feel good to you on some level, it’s also a way to avoid the problems that you need to deal with. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You’re in the middle of a terrific yearly transition. You have a great deal of physical energy, Taurus. You have an action-oriented mind ready to tackle anything. The key to making the most of this fortunate period is communication. Right now you have multitasking abilities that you can put to good use once you connect with others and understand exactly what needs to be done. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Try not to get too caught up in any potential conflicts brewing around you, Gemini. Your job lies in calming things down and bringing a more pra…

Crack noticed on railway tracks between Adina and Eklakhi stations at Malda in West Bengal

Inspector-in-charge of Malda Town station KG Dutta said it was not a case of sabotage. A crack was noticed on the railway track between Adina and Eklakhi stations on Saturday morning leading to the halting of train services for 90 minutes. Railway personnel responsible for checking tracks noticed the crack at 7.30 am and informed the authorities. A Kamakhya-Sealdah summer special train had arrived at Malda Town railway station at that time and was positioned on the same track. The train had to be halted at the station for 90 minutes. Inspector-in-charge of Malda Town station KG Dutta said it was not a case of sabotage. The railway track was “slightly displaced” as a result of the crack and was repaired within an hour following which train movement resumed at 9 am, he said. Adina and Eklakhi stations, located in Malda district of West Bengal, fall under Northeast Frontier Railway zone. (PTI)

Government Has Just Banned Serving Food Around Smoking Areas Of Hotels, Restaurants

In what the government calls a move to curb the use of hookahs in hotels and restaurants, serving food and drinks in designated smoking areas has been banned. Moreover, hotels, restaurants and airports will now have to prominently display a board at the entrance of designated smoking areas with the warning: 'Tobacco smoking is harmful to your health and the health of non-smokers'. The new rules are part of changes made by the health ministry to the Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places Rules, 2008, through a new notification. The ministry has also prescribed specific guidelines for the warning sign: it should at least be 60cmx30cm in size, and have a white background with the message written in English and one Indian language "as applicable", in black. Apart from the message, the board will also have to state that the smoking area is off-limits for people below the age of eighteen years. Sources said the changes were made as the earlier rule —which allowed smoking…

Madhyamik Result: Anwesha Payne 1st From Bankura

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has declared the Madhyamik Class 10 Results on Saturday at 9 am. Anwesha Payne stood first with 690 marks from Bankura Vivekanada Sikhayatan. Second –Mozamel  Haque ( 689) and Anirban Khanra(689) , Third –Diptesh Pal(688). Anwesha Payne from Bankura Vivekanada Shikyatan has secured first place in this year Madhyamik examination. She has got 690. We called her and congratulated in her great achievement. She said that she cannot expect such results. She also liked to sing a song, recitation and dancing. Anwesha said that she dedicated this success to her grandfather who left her just few days ago.

Class 10 Madhyamik Results 2017 Declared

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has declared the Madhyamik Class 10 Results on Saturday. Kalyanmoy Gangopadhyay declared in press meet. East Medinipore again got highest Pass rate of 96.06% in this year. The second place took south 24 Parganas. Students can check their results at from 10 am onwards. The mark sheets will be distributed from 10 am onwards on Saturday. Earlier reports were doing rounds that West Bengal WBBSE Class 10 Madhyamik exams results Result 2017 will be announced in mid-May.

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will announce a merit list of the top ten students in a press conference at 9 am on Saturday. The students who have been appeared for the WBBSE madhyamik Class 10 exams can check their WBBSE Result 2017 Class 10th results at the official site If any student forgets his roll number he can search West Bengal WBBSE madhyamik Class 10 results 2017 name wise also. The students are also allowed to g…

As Tourist Season Kicks in Hotel Tariff and Taxis Fares Have Gained Huge Hike in Darjeeling Hills

Tourist footfall in Darjeeling has peaked and so have the hotel tariffs much to the chagrin of tour operators who believe the industry should discipline itself. Pradip Lama, the general secretary of the Darjeeling Association of Travel Agents, said: "The arrival of tourists in the region is at its peak. However, hotels which used to charge in the range of Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 are now taking over Rs 2,000 from customers. Some hotels have removed tariff charts and when there is scarcity of rooms, rates are being negotiated at will." Tamang said: "Even taxis fares have gone up. Taxi rates have not been revised for some years now. However, it is time from everyone in the industry to be ethical while conducting business." There are around 390 hotels in Darjeeling town and most have little rooms to spare. Availability of taxis is also a major concern in the hills not just for tourists but also for local people. It is estimated that around 3.5 lakh domestic tourists and ro…

West Bengal: Suspicion of having Extra-Marital Affair Husband Kills Wife and Burries her inside the House

A civil contractor has allegedly killed his wife and buried her body in the courtyard of his rented house here on suspicion that she was having an extramarital affair. Police today arrested Hyder Ali, who according to them, had confessed to the murder. Rina Begum, 32, was battered to death with a hammer on Tuesday morning and after burying the body, Ali disappeared from his rented house at Benachity. The contractor called up his landlord and informed him about the murder. Police dug up the decomposed body wrapped in a polythene sheet after being informed by the landlord. The police have sent the body for post-mortem. "Hyder told us that his wife had an affair with a mason who worked under the contractor on various construction sites. The mason hailed from Birbhum's Nanoor in West Bengal where Hyder used to live. When Hyder came to know about the wife's affair, he arranged the mason's marriage but he soon divorced his wife," said a police officer. However, the co…

3 Doctors of Marina Medical Centre in Jalpaiguri Denied Bail in Medical Negligence Case

A court here has rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of three doctors against whom police filed a case under a new law dealing with medical negligence following the death of a woman at a private nursing home in Jalpaiguri last month. "The Jalpaiguri district and sessions court held an elaborate hearing of the anticipatory bail petitions of three doctors, a nurse, a technician and a managerial employee of a private hospital. The court rejected the bail pleas of all, except the nurse, on May 24 as it felt that there was negligence that led to the patient's death," said Somnath Pal, the public prosecutor of the court. He said the court felt that the nurse was not as responsible as the other accused for the patient's death. The Kotwali police had registered the case under Sections 29 (2) and 30 of the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Act, 2017, and Section 304 of the IPC against the six persons on the basis of a report sub…