sulabh swatchh bharat

Saturday, 24-February-2018

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STRAWBERRIES SMILE IN BENGAL

a week ago
Onion is being sold at Rs 23 per kg in the wholesale markets of Kolhapur in Maharastra; this is in contrast to the price of onion (Rs 44 per kg) in the markets of Kolkata and the price in retail is anywhere between Rs 50 and Rs 60. Brinjal in Akbarpur wholesale market of Uttar Pradesh is being sold around Rs 8 per kg in contrast to Rs 22 in Kolkata; retail price of brinjal in Kolkata is between Rs  40 and 45. Potato’s wholesale price in West Bengal is Rs 3.80 as against Rs 5 in any of the wholesale markets in Maharastra or Madhya Pradesh. Blame it on the failure of West Bengal in getting connected to the all In...
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89 VOLUMES OF HANDWRITTEN DIARIES, 44 OF RECIPES

3 weeks ago
A Thakur of an estate and a member of erstwhile Rajput nobility wrote religiously and chronicled the life and times of the royal age. Sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. Amar Singh, Thakur of Kanota and Commander of the erstwhile Jaipur State Force, wrote diaries for 44 years -- between 1898 and 1942 -- without fail, except for one day when he had fallen from a horse and was unwell. His passion for writing diaries has eventually gone on to become a world record as the longest diaries ever written. Those diaries can still be found preserved at Kanota Museum, located some 15 km east of Jaipur, on the Agr...
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RESURRECTION OF DANISH LINK TO CALCUTTA

4 weeks ago
Come April and the tiny muffasil town Srerampore — about 35 km from Kolkata on the Grand Trunk Road in Hooghly district— will etch its name in the tourist map of West Bengal, restoring a missing link with 18th century Denmark. A 235-year-old Danish tavern in Srerampore, a former colony of Denmark in West Bengal, has been resurrected from the ruins and is now poised for rebirth as a riverside cafe. It will also have a bakery, handicrafts shop and lodging facilities and is likely to be inaugurated shortly with much pomp and grandeur. This is the place where the Hoogly river( also known as Ganga) narrows down a b...
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WRITERS’ BUILDING MAY BRING ALIVE HISTORY

5 weeks ago
Will Writers’ Building, once the seat of power and administrative headquarters of the West Bengal government, bring alive a dramatic event that took place in its corridors? If plans of actor-turned-politician Dev alias Deepak Adhikari, who is also the Trinamool Congress MP, and director Kamaleswar Mukherjee take a firm shape, this iconic and historic edifice of the British Raj may play host to a historic `first’ – shooting of a feature film based on the famous `Battle of Veranda (Corridor)’ by India’s three prominent freedom fighters – Benoy, Badal and Dinesh. This red-brick building, f...
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‘CHA’: UNDER DRAGON’S PROTECTION

6 weeks ago
Come mid-January and Tangra, the famous China Town on the fringes of east Calcutta, known for its terrific Chinese culinary offerings,will feel more elated than in the previous years during the fabled Dragon Dances. The Dragon, you see, holds and protects the Gem, the essence of Chinese culture. And in the City of Joy, Kolkata, the Dragon has held forth, because for the dwindling population of Chinese residents of the city, the school teaching Mandarin will be reopened. Pei May, the last surviving Chinese language school in the city is poised to reopen after several years. Members of the community in Chinatown are extreme...
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DIESEL CARS MAY GO OFF KOLKATA STREETS

9 weeks ago
Snacks in Gariahat are mouth-watering; variety of fish in Ballygunj is indeed, awesome; the red lentil (cooked mosur dal) in Tollygunj is too inviting to be ignored; chopped chicken in Garden Reach is jaw-dropping; eateries around the Sealdah station are dirt cheap....the food fest for the Bongs and wanderers in Kolkata is simply irresistible. So is the level of lead in them. And if the government and municipal corporation heeds the warnings of the Geological Survey of India, Kolkata is set for a major push into green transportation, as most of the lead in food has been found to be atmospheric. Believe it or not, t...
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WORLD’S MOST COMPLEX FUSION POWER PLANT

10 weeks ago
The world’s most complex machine, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) – a project in which India is a scientific partner to prove that fusion power can be produced on a commercial scale – is now 50 per cent built, it was announced recently. Carbon-free and environmentally sustainable fusion is the same energy source from the sun that gives the earth its light and warmth. ITER, the most complex science project in human history, will use hydrogen fusion, controlled by superconducting magnets, to produce massive heat energy. In the commercial machines that will follow, ...
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200 YEAR-OLD PRESIDENCY HISTORY COMES ALIVE

12 weeks ago
Six-year-old Presidency University which is celebrating its 200th anniversary as Asia’s first undergraduate college has joined the illustrious league of universities across the world to enable a virtual access to the institution, courtesy a tie-up with Google Arts & Culture. The initiative which has been launched a couple of months back gives an e-traveller access to the rich cultural heritage of Presidency. If someone peeps into it, the traveller will surely be awed with such names as Swami Vivekananda, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, scientist Satyendranath Bose, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee( who penned Bande Mataram), emin...
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SOON, ‘NIAGARA FALLS’IN LALBAGH

13 weeks ago
A replica of the majestic Niagara Falls in the United States and Canada will be opened to the public soon at the Lalbagh Gardens in the city. Almost  70 per cent of the work has been completed and the remaining work will be over in two months. According to sources, tourists can enjoy waterfall from a 25-ft height. Water will be drawn from the existing two small and big lakes at Lalbagh for the project. The Horticulture Department had earlier envisaged a plan to build Niagara Falls in a meeting in which environmentalist Yallappareddy and water expert Ravishankar attended. Niagara Falls is the collective name fo...
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THE HUMANOID ROBOT GETS SAUDI ARABIA ‘CITIZENSHIP’

15 weeks ago
Saudi Arabia has made history by becoming the first country to grant citizenship to a robot. The humanoid robot, Sophia, told the audience at a conference in Riyadh how ‘honoured’ she was at being made a Saudi citizen. The move seems symbolic, at best, designed to attract investors for future technologies like AI and robotics. Sophia was built by the Hong Kong-based company “Hanson Robotics” in 2015. Inventor David Hanson claims the robot is imbued with artificial intelligence and can recognise faces. The robot’s silicon face can reportedly mimic 62 human facial expressions. Sop...
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FROM RUIN TO HAPPINESS!

16 weeks ago
Following the disaster in Uttarakhand, the sad laments of the widows from the Deoli-Banigram district in Rudraprayag were heard. Even though the efforts of Sulabh put an end to their tears and brought independence to their lives, there still remained a void that was felt for several days. Even in this desolation, the decision to live one’s life with enthusiasm whilst rejecting all beliefs was also heard. A woman from Deoli-Banigram’s Sirwani village, Vinita, lost her husband Maheshchandra. She decided to let go of the painful memories associated with him that hold nothing but tears in them and chose to start ...
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WHALE SHARK MAY GET GLOBAL PROTECTION

17 weeks ago
Widespread overfishing is driving many shark species, including the world’s largest living fish, the whale shark, to extinction, warn biologists. Its global status needs to be upgraded for protection and conservation. India is among 121 nations that are home to this species with continuing global population declines. The major threats to it are fisheries catches, bycatch in nets and vessel strikes. Now, the Philippines, Israel and Sri Lanka have jointly submitted a proposal for the inclusion of the whale shark, found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, in Appendix I of the Convention on the Conservati...