Durgapur, 24th April 2017,
Cop dies in accident on NH-2, son injured in Durgapur
An Officer-in-Charge (traffic guard) in Asansol was killed and his son injured in a road accident in which a truck ran over the officer when he fell on National Highway 2 in Durgapur after his bike was hit by another truck. The incident took place on Monday morning.
Police said the victim, Sashibhusahn Tiwari, was riding pillion on the motorbike that his son Abinash was driving. A police officer said that they came to know after speaking to eye-witnesses that a speeding truck hit the motorbike from behind as the riders got onto the national highway.
The OC fell on the middle of the road while his son fell aside. Within a moment another speeding truck ran over the OC. His son received minor injuries.
Meanwhile, some people gave a different version to the police stating that they fell on the road while taking a U-turn and a speeding truck ran over the OC. The trucks, however, managed to flee the spot soon after the accident.
However, policemen rushed to the spot soon after receiving the information and took the OC to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead. The incident led to tension in the area. A large contingent of police was pressed into action to ensure that situation remains calm and peaceful.
The police have initiated a search for the vehicles and the errant drivers. Footages of surveillance cameras installed in the area are being scanned to identify the vehicles.
The police would also speak to Abinash to know what had exactly happened whenever he is out of trauma. It may be mentioned that four persons were killed in three separate road accidents in different parts of the state on Sunday.
Durgapur, 23rd April 2017,
BPTL: Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior emerge champion
Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior's Vijay Kannan played the first Men's Singles to give the team a lead of 5 games, as he drubbed Midnapore Wave's Kunal Anand by a dominating 8-3, in a race to 8 games.
In the second singles, Sanil Jagtiani representing Midnapore Waves created a major upset of the day as he won against Saurav Sukul of Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior by a contesting 8-7.
In Ladies Singles, Sai Samhitha of Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior outclassed Amrita Mukherjee of Midnapore Waves by a close 8-5.
In the 4th match, i.e. the Men's Doubles, the duo of Vijay Kannan and Akshat Agarwal representing Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior got the better of Midnapore Wave's Kunal Anand and Manoj Sewa by a nail biting 8-7.
The 5th match, which was the Mixed Doubles was not required to be played as Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior was leading by 31 - 23 (after the 4th match) and since they had already won 3 matches out of 5, even if Midnapore Warriors had the won the Mixed Doubles by 8-0, still they would not have won the tie. [As per the rules of the BPTL, if two teams are tied at equal games, number of matches won will decide the result.]
After massive rain delay on Saturday, Gagan TMT Durgapur Warrior ultimately emerged as the champion at the inaugural edition of the Bengal Premier Tennis League, held at the Bengal Tennis Association complex between Apr 18 - 22.
Durgapur, 19th April 2017,
Private airport at Durgapur zooms back into business
In June last year, Air India withdrew its thrice-a-week service connecting the Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL)-run private airport near Durgapur in West Bengal with Delhi, citing lack of passengers. The decision virtually closed the airport.
On February 12 this year, the airport, also referred to as Kazi Nazrul Islam airport, resumed services with daily Zoom Air flights on Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi route. Two months down the line, the flight is reportedly witnessing 95 per cent occupancy and Zoom is planning to launch services to Mumbai and Chennai.
New flights planned
"The flights are operating at 95 per cent occupancy," BAPL Managing Director Partha Ghosh told BusinessLine. According to him, Zoom hopes to launch two more connections to Chennai and Mumbai by June-July.
BAPL, which has Changi Airport of Singapore as one of its promoters, has been arguing that Durgapur, located in India's coal and steel heartland, offered great potential for airlines.
The emergence of Durgapur as a private education hub has boosted its potential.
In June last year, BAPL blamed flight delays and costly operations of AI for the losses suffered by the airline.
This is despite 75 per cent passenger load on the Kolkata-Delhi-Durgapur route, which equalled AI’s national average then. In the recently concluded first round of bidding for regional connectivity flights under the UDAN scheme, Air Deccan won the rights for flights from Durgapur to Kolkata and Bagdogra in North Bengal.
The services were to be launched in July. But the government has now postponed it to September.
Interestingly, Air Deccan also won the right to connect Kolkata with Burnpur, which is barely 30 km south of the Durgapur airport. Normally, two airports at such close proximity are unviable.
BAPL sources are confident that even if flight services to Burnpur happen, they will not pose any threat to Durgapur airport. According to them, Burnpur merely has an airstrip that belongs to SAIL. In contrast, Durgapur is a full-fledged airport, with the latest technologies and is eyeing connectivity to metros.
Source: the hindu businessline
Durgapur, 17th April 2017,
Sports department building 6 hostels- one in Durgapur
The state youth services and sports department have started constructing six new hostels for the youth, which would become operational within the next three months. Officials said the step will ensure that neither students nor youths face inconvenience "getting accommodation when they visit a district" to study or pursue sports. At present, there are 21 such hostels operational in Bengal. The decision was taken after an assessment conducted by the government found that a number of students do not find accommodation when they travel to different districts.
"The hostels will come up in areas like Durgapur, Bishnupur, Mython and Nabadwip… these should be operational very soon," said an official. The official added while "civil work" of the hostels was almost complete, electrical work and furnishing would be finished by June. Each of the six hostels would be able to accommodate around 100 people. "This will also help tourism.
Durgapur, 11th April 2017,
Employees of 3 SAIL units on strike:
Employees at three units of steel major SAIL went on day-long strike today to protest against the government proposal to divest stake in them, a top official of trade union INTUC said today.
"All the existing unions, including INTUC and CITU, at SAIL's three units -- Alloy Steel Plant in Durgapur, Salem Steel Plant and a steel plant in Karnataka -- has begun their strike from 6 am today," India National Trade Union congress (INTUC) National President G Sanjeeva Reddy told PTI.
There has been no production since 6 am, he said.
Around 10,000 employees of these plants including temporary and contract workers are on strike protesting against the government's proposal to divest in these units.
"They are demanding that government give them one more year so that workers and officers can show profitability" of these plants, Reddy had said yesterday.
The government has in principle approved strategic disinvestment of SAIL's Bhadravati, Salem and Durgapur (alloy steel plants).
Tapan Kumar Sen (CPI-M) had yesterday said in the Rajya Sabha that a strike call has been given for Tuesday by all major trade unions to protest against the "dangerous game of putting the whole national manufacturing capability... To the process of privatisation".
He had said the employees of the three units will be joining the strike against the privatisation.
"These (are) special steel plants which have no parallel in the private sector in the country and even they are being sought to be privatised," Sen had said.
He had said the privatisation move was nothing but "a design of destroying the manufacturing capabilities of the country under the camouflage of the so-called 'Make in India' slogan".
Source: outlook india
Durgapur, 7th April 2017,
Bengal gets 23rd district: West Burdwan
West Burdwan district was carved out of Burdwan on Friday by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, making it the 23rd district.
Addressing the inauguration programme of the new district, Mamata said that people of the district do not have to go to Kolkata any more for administrative work. "Every year, April 7 will be celebrated as the birthday of Paschim (West) Bardhaman district," she said.
Mamata said 44,500 flats under housing scheme are being built in subsidence-affected areas at the new district. "Besides 24 special need support units, 5 sick neo-natal care units, 2 multi super-speciality hospitals would be built in Bardhaman district," she said.
The chief minister also announced setting up a mishti (sweet) hub in the district to export sweets such as 'langcha', popular in Burdwan.
The new district comprises Burdwan Paschim, Asansol and Durgapur. With the division, the agrarian parts of Burdwan now fall under East Burdwan, while the industrial hub will come under West Burdwan, which has two sub-divisions - Asansol Sadar and Durgapur.
West Burdwan has 16 police stations. While Asansol Sadar comprises of nine police stations - Chittaranjan, Salanpur, Kulti, Hirapur, Asansol South, Asansol North, Barabani, Jamuria and Ranigunj, Durgapur has seven – Andal, Pandabeshwar, Faridpur-Durgapur, Durgapur, New Township, Coke Oven and Kanksa.
Shashank Sethi was appointed as the district magistrate, officials said.
Burdwan was once a Left bastion. Officials maintained that Burdwan's division had been on the cards ever since Mamata came to power in 2011. In spite of its massive size and distinct geographic issues, the TMC maintained that the Left Front government had never wanted to divide Burdwan because of its link to their own political rise in the district.
While districts like Midnapore and 24-Parganas were split, Burdwan wasn't.
"Burdwan is where Left leaders like Hare Krishna Konar, Benoy Chowdhury, Rabin Sen, Mansur Habibullah, Haradhan Roy and Mehboob Jahedi came from. This also where the Left had brought forth land reforms. As a result, the Burdwan lobby during the Left regime was very important and they couldn't split the district even though Alimuddin Street had wanted," said a TMC leader.
Recently, Mamata had declared Jhargram as a new district. It was carved out of West Midnapore.
Durgapur, 1st April 2017,
Centre's nod opens up 6 new routes on Bengal flight map
Regular flights to Cooch Behar is set to resume after 23 years while Burnpur near Asansol will receive its first commercial flight later this year. The two airports - one under Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the other Steel Authority of India Ltd (Sail) - were added to the existing three - Kolkata, Bagdogra and Durgapur - on Bengal's aviation map in the first phase of Udan, the regional connectivity scheme that aims to connect underserved and unserved airports across the country.
Of the 128 routes announced by the Centre on Thursday, Bengal has bagged six: Kolkata-Burnpur, Kolkata-Cooch Behar, Kolkata-Jamshedpur, Kolkata-Rourkela, Kolkata-Durgapur and Durgapur-Bagdogra. All the six flights will be operated by Air Deccan. Of these, only the Kolkata-Durgapur sector is currently in operation with Zoom Air operating a 50-seater aircraft. At least half the seats in the new flights operated under the scheme will sport a fare of Rs 2,500.
Speaking to TOI, AAI regional executive director Sanjay Jain said the Durgapur airport at Andal that was already in operation and the Cooch Behar airport in north Bengal that was not operational due to absence of operators would be ready for flights by July. But the third airfield at Burnpur would take longer as there were both security and operational issues that needed to be addressed.
"A study has already been done by our team and another will follow at Burnpur where the airfield has hardly been in use except for the odd chartered flight ferrying top Sail executives. So there's a bit of work on the airstrip. A fence needs to be constructed around it to secure the airfield. The small terminal building and tower has to be repaired. A VHF equipment is also required to provide ATC facility," he explained.
The announcement has sparked considerable excitement among locals, particularly at Cooch Behar where two attempts to commence operations have failed in the past, once in 2011 and again in 2015. "It currently takes over 12 hours to do the 691 km journey by train. A regular flight at an affordable fare will be very helpful," said Cooch Behar Chamber of Commerce secretary Rajen Vaid.
In Burnpur and Asansol too, there is much delight in the prospect of having an operational airport near home even though Andal is only an hour's drive. Both Sachin Ballodia of Neematpur Merchants Chamber of Commerce & Industry and VK Dhall of HOtel Owners' Association said it was a matter of not just convenience but pride as well.
Bengal has 34 listed airports and airstrips but less than a dozen are considered viable. Many of them, including Behala and Malda, have encroachments along the flight funnel. These two airports, along with Balurghat, could make the scheme when the second phase is announced.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 30th March 2017,
Bus topples after drunk driver rash drives, 12 injured
A minibus toppled at Durgapur's Karangapara on Wednesday morning causing injuries to 12 persons. The bus of route 8-B was rushing to its destination while the incident happened. The injured were taken to Durgapur Sub-Divisional Hospital. Police said, the bus was going towards Prantika from Durgapur when the driver lost control over the wheels and the bus toppled sideways. There were 32 passengers in the bus. They were all rescued by police and the local residents. The passengers alleged that the driver was intoxicated. He was driving the vehicle at a high speed. The passengers had reportedly protested against his act but he allegedly paid no heed to them and continued to drive at the same speed. "The driver was drunk. We requested him to stop the vehicle so that we can get down. But he did not listen to us and the bus toppled sideways near Karangapara crossing," a passenger said. Following the incident, the local residents protested in Karangapara crossing demanding police action against such drivers. "We have heard that the accused driver managed to escape from the spot. But 12 passengers were injured as we took them to the hospital," said a local resident. The locals also alleged that mini buses have always been errant on this route. "You can see that most of the mini buses are overcrowded. They take as many passengers as they can and not pay heed to passengers," alleged another resident. The traffic policemen, however, are fed up with the mini buses. "They flout traffic norms and have been charged with heavy penalties. But they have not learnt from their mistake," said a traffic police officers.Meanwhile, the police started raids to nab the accused driver.
Durgapur, 28th Mar 2017,
CCTV, watchtowers on highways soon
A day after senior officers of Bengal traffic police visited Kanksa where eight persons lost their lives in an early morning accident, the district police have been asked to compile a list of the most accident-prone spots on both state and national highways - the focus being the Palsit-Dankuni stretch on Durgapur Expressway.
n a decision that has the backing of the state transport department, the police will soon call tenders to set up CCTV cameras and watchtowers at these specific spots and introduce measures that can limit the speed of all vehicles. The speed limit on highways is 80kmph. Long-term measures include introducing an integrated traffic management (ITM) on highways.
Some of the recent accidents on the Durgapur Expressway involved Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, singer Kalikaprasad Bhattacharya and RPF inspector Rajen Kumar Singh and his family. A total of 24 people have lost their lives this year till Sunday. The NHAI has stated that a total of 832 accidents have been reported between 2014-16, killing 101 people and grievously injuring 817 others in the Palsit-Dankuni stretch.
IGP (traffic) Manoj Verma had on Sunday assured the locals that police were serious to check the accidents. "I'm finding out the reasons behind such frequent crashes. We will take some short as well as long-term measures. The state will introduce the integrated traffic management (ITM) to nab traffic violators, who will be issued challans automatically. Nearly 100 watchtowers will be installed along highways in Bengal," Verma said.
Sources said that a study of the accidents on the expressway revealed that most of these accidents happened due to overspeeding. Amazingly, the maximum accidents took place on the four-lane stretch because of overspeeding.
It has also been learnt that in order to check accidents on highways, more display boards will be set up along with relevant data to make people aware about hazards of rash and reckless driving. Thus, drivers will have to follow a particular speed at specific locations. At the same time, the police will ensure that immediate steps are taken if anyone is caught flouting traffic norms.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 25th March 2017,
Packed bus hits tree killing one and injuring 25 in Birbhum
A packed private bus from Murshidabad hit aroadside tree in Birbhum and turned turtle, killing a passengerand wounding 25, four of them critically, this morning, police said. The accident happened near Chamna under Mayureswar police station. The bus, jampacked with passengers, was speeding towardsPatharchapur village of Suri in Birbhum and suddenly skiddedoff the road. It hit a tree and turned turtle pressing many under its roofon the metal road. While one of the critically injured breathed his last at KandiMohokuma hospital, 25 others were admitted with various degreewounds. Many of them were women. The medics said four of t he injured were in critical state at Kandihospital in Murshidabad. Eye witnesses said many of the injured were travelling on roof top of the bus. A separate report from Durgapur said a girl was critically injuredwhen a truck hit her on Durgapur Expressway this morning. The girl was admitted in an unconscious state in a local hospital.
Durgapur, 24th March 2017,
22 injured as bus hits trailer
A day after the accident on NH-2 , at least 22 people were injured after a bus they were travelling in collided with a trailer near Rakona More under Galsi police station area . Three among the injured are critical.The incident took place around 10.30am on Thursday.According to locals, the bus was heading to Durgapur from Krishnagar when it tried to overtake the trailer. But, the driver lost control and hit the trailer.
Locals rescued the injured and brought them to Pursha Health Center. Those who were severely injured were taken to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. Cops seized the bus and trailer, but the bus driver managed to flee.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 22nd March 2017,
West Bengal: Family of seven killed in road mishap on Durgapur Expressway
At least seven persons, including three children and two women, of a same family were killed as a tar-filled tanker overturned and fell on a private car on Durgapur Expressway (NH2) near Rathtala area in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Wednesday morning, reports said.
According to reports, when a Howrah to Asansol bound sedan car was trying to overtake a tanker, the tar-filled tanker lost its control and fell on the vehicle at around 9 am.
The car was mangled under the tanker and covered with hot coal-tar, leaked from the tanker.
Later, fire and emergency services officials, one fire tender engine, police, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)'s ambulances and rescue cranes rushed to the spot.
After being recovered from the car, seven passengers were taken to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, where all were declared brought dead.
"Deceased have been identified as Rajan Kumar, Reshmi Singh, Seshnath Singh, Nirmala Singh, two children, Anwesha Singh and Arabh Singh, and 13-year-old Riya Singh. They all were the residents of Golmohor area in Kolkata's neighbouring Howrah city," a senior official of Burdwan district police told IBNS.
"Nearly 42-year-old Rajan Kumar, who bought the car two days ago, was an inspection of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and posted in Howrah division," the official added.
Meanwhile, alleging delay in arrival of rescue teams, locals staged demonstration at the scene and police restored to mild lathicharge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse agitators.
However, local police have seized the killer tanker while its driver is still absconding.
Durgapur, 21st March 2017,
Disinvestment move by SAIL causes apprehension among VISP, Alloy Steels Plant workers
A request for proposal floated by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), a government-owned enterprise, from qualified bidders for engagement of asset valuer, legal adviser, and transaction adviser for disinvestment in Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant (VISP), Bhadravati, has created apprehension among the workers serving there.
Apart from VISP, Bhadravati, the Union government has given in-principle nod for disinvestment in two other special steel plants owned by SAIL — Alloy Steels Plant, Durgapur and Salem Steel Plant, Salem.
The request for engagement was floated on February 26 and the firms interested should submit their bids by April 4.
Source: The Hindu
Durgapur, 12th Feb 2017
Zoom Air to start commercial operations from Feb 15
Taking wings, Zoom Air today flew its inaugural flight from the national capital and will start commercial operations from February 15.
The CRJ 200 LR plane landed at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Durgapur, at 1339 hours, where it was accorded the traditional water canon salute.
Zoom Air has became the 12th operational domestic carrier. The airline would start commercial services from February 15 with a flight to Durgapur via Kolkata from New Delhi.
Promoted by Zexus Air Services, the carrier would also operate flights to Amritsar, Surat and Bhavnagar from Delhi in the first phase of its operations with a fleet of three dry- leased CRJ 200LR planes.
Zoom Air's entry is expected to intensify competition in the domestic aviation market, which is seeing over 20 per cent growth over the last two years.
"We envisage a 18-20 per cent year on growth on such underserved and un-served airports and we have seen such massive air traffic growth in stations like Vijaywada, Tirupati, Ranchi and Chandigarh. Its all about connectivity and regular reliable services," Zoom Air Director and Chief Executive Officer Koustav Mohan Dhar said.
Around Rs 20 crore has been already invested in the carrier, he said, adding that the airline plans to raise Rs 20-25 crore in 3-6 months, preferably through equity funding.
The funds would be utilised in fleet expansion, Dhar said.
Zoom Air plans to expand route network to destinations such as Tirupati, Vijaywada, Mumbai, Shillong, Aizawl, Pasighat and Zero (in Arunachal Pradesh), Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Indore and Bhopal, with a likely daily operations.
Two similar CRJ-200LR aircraft from Skyone FZE Aircraft leasing, UAE, under dry lease would join the fleet by April. This would take the total planes to five, a condition required under DGCA norms.
Zoom Air received scheduled operator permit from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) earlier this month and allows it to operate pan India.
Zexus Air Services Pvt Ltd (Zoom Air) is a professional airline group, as per the company.
Currently, Air Costa, TrueJet, Alliance Air and Air Carnival are the operational regional carriers while Air Pegasus is grounded.
Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia India are the other domestic airlines.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 6th Feb 2017
Kunkis to help stop Durgapur wild jumbos
Two trained elephants were brought to Durgapur on Sunday to scare away the two wild jumbos that had strayed into Durgapur on Thursday.
The wild elephants had killed two persons and injured at least five, apart from destroying two huts, in the last three days.
The tree adult elephants, which emerged from Birbhum forest, created trouble at Pandabeshwar and Durgapur. For the last three days, the forest department has been trying to drive them out, but in vain. Officials, however, claimed they managed to send back one of them, but the other two are still wrecking havoc in Panagarh forest and inside the abandoned Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Limited (HFCL) factory. Since the areas have dense forest cover, officials can't enter on vehicles or on foot. When contacted, Durgapur forest division officer, Milan Kanti Mondal said: "We have brought in two kunkis to look for the wild elephants. We will tranquillize the jumbos when we locate them. All msafety easures have been taken and we are trying our best to drive out the elephants from Durgapur and Panagarh."
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 6th Feb 2017
Zoom Air to launch flight service in Kolkata and Durgapur on February 12
ZOOM AIR, the country's 10th scheduled carrier that received the DGCA licence on Friday, will launch its service with flights to Kolkata and Durgapur on February 12. Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju will flag off the airline's inaugural flight from Delhi to Kolkata at 7.15am that day.
Speaking to TOI, Zoom Air MD & CEO Koustav Dhar said the airline will operate a fleet of Bombardier CR-J200 LR series twin-engine jet aircraft with 50 premium seats in 2x2 layout. "Zoom is a full-service carrier that will serve complementary meals," he said.
To begin with, the airline will have daily flight on the Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi sectors, followed by Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi and then the return Delhi-Durgapur-Kolkata-Delhi sectors. Later, the Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi leg will be added.
"We are beginning with these flights in the east and north in the winter schedule that is almost nearing its end. Once the summer schedule is announced, we will have more aircraft to service many more sectors," he said.
From March 24, Zoom Air plans to operate Delhi-Surat-Mumbai-Tirupathi-Delhi; Delhi-Allahabad-Kolkata-Shillong-Aizwal- Kolkata-Allahabad-Delhi sectors. "We currently have two Bombardier aircraft. Three more will join the fleet and enable us to expand to Indore, Jabalpur, Diu, Aurangabad and Vijaywada," Dhar said.
Earlier this month, Zoom Air conducted test flights at Andal airport as well as proving flights with crew and technical team to Kolkata, Varanasi and Mumbai to fulfil the final requirement for a scheduled operators' licence.
The arrival of the new airline will lead to commencement of scheduled flights from Kaji Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal near Durgapur that has been idle since last June when Air India withdrew operations. There have been non-scheduled flights but Zoom Air will enable fliers from the belt to travel to Delhi directly.
"We are delighted to return to the aviation map after a brief hiatus and are ready to serve the airline as well as passengers from the region," said Partho Ghosh, managing director of Bengal Aerotropolis Pvt Ltd, the greenfield airport operator.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 3rd Feb 2017
Generous couple from Durgapur helps physically challenged
A couple from Durgapur in West Bengal turned Good Samaritans for a physically challenged woman of Seraikela on Friday.
In a bid to ease the difficulty being faced by the woman in daily transportation, the couple bought a tricycle for her and took her to the office of the deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum.
The beneficiary expressed her gratitude to the couple and said that the gift of tricycle would greatly help her in traveling on a daily basis.
Durgapur, 3rd Feb 2017
Rapidly growing Indian cities may face extreme rainfalls: Report
Rapidly urbanising regions in India, such as Nashik, Kanpur and Durgapur, may be more likely than established cities to experience extreme rainfall events during summer monsoons, scientists have warned.
The findings, from Purdue University in the US and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, may have a particularly significant impact in India, where there is a strong push underway for development of "smart cities" and modern infrastructure.
The research may be important for shaping storm water system design, water resource policy and urban flood management in these regions, researchers said.
Dev Niyogi, professor at Purdue, said results of past studies of rainfall patterns might no longer be sufficient to predict future precipitation events.
The researchers found the frequency of extreme rainfall events in rapidly developing regions, including Nashik, Kanpur, Durgapur and Mangalore, exceeded those in established cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
"Rainfall patterns are changing throughout India. We found that there is a need to look at both global and local conditions, such as urbanisation, and how those influence climatic patterns such as rainfall," said Niyogi.
Using a data-driven method, researchers found a link between the extent of urbanisation and changing extreme rainfall patterns.
"The possible reasons for this rainfall variability might be that since development activities in urbanised areas have already been stabilised, changes in landscape characteristics are minimal and thus local circulation patterns are not significantly altered," said Niyogi.
"However, in areas undergoing rapid development, changes in extreme rainfall patterns are significant," said Niyogi.
Deforestation and land transformation could be two of the main causes of increased climate stress in urbanising areas, he said.
The study used daily rainfall data from 1901 to 2004 taken during the Indian summer monsoons season, which runs from June to September.
The rainfall totals were collected by the India Meteorological Department from a network of 1,800 stations located throughout the country.
Durgapur, 1st Feb 2017
'Zoom' to Delhi from Kolkata via Durgapur soon
A little over six months after Air India withdrew its operation in the Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi route, Zoom Air, a Delhi-based airlines, starts its operation in the same routes seven days a week from Sunday. Kaji Nazrul Islam Airport (Andal) will also act as the regional hub of the company.
Interestingly, GoAir and In diGo have proposed to operate flights from KNIA, but the proposals are yet to take final shape. Bhutan and Bangladesh Airlines are also interested as reported earlier. Air India has withdrawn its services but talks are going on to resolve the issues, said officials in Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), the developer and operator of the Greenfield project.
Koustav Mohan Dhar, executive director and CEO of Zoom Air, told TOI: "We will be running scheduled 50-seater full-service flight daily from KNIA. We are keeping the introductory fare rather low.From Kolkata to Durgapur, the fare will be Rs 1,000 and from Durgapur to Delhi, the fare will be Rs 3,000."
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 22nd Jan 2017
5 killed in West Bengal bus mishap
According to reports, the Tarapith to Durgapur bound tourist bus overturned on NH-60 and fell into a canal at around 3:30 am.
At least 40 passengers of the bus were injured in the crash and rushed to nearby hospitals, where five of them were declared brought dead.
According to police reports, the deceased have been identified as Kartik Mishra (45), Shanta Mishra (40), Puja Mishra (17), Rahul Mahara (15) and Monoroma Mahara (35), who all were the residents of Durgapur.
Durgapur, 18th Jan 2017
No divestment of SAIL plants in ADP Durgapur, Salem, other locations
THE steel Ministry clarified on Tuesday that the government will not go in for any "distress" sale of three SAIL subsidiaries as some reports had stated. According to Steel secretary Aruna Sharma, the Salem Steel Plant, Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel and Chandrapur Ferro-Alloy will see the government look for a management that can turn these units around.
"We would like to put up none of these plants for a distress sale. We would like them to come back into profit making and under a better management," Sharma said. Earlier, the government had in-principle approved strategic disinvestment of SAIL's Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur (Alloy Steel Plants).
"When I am talking of making the share of the government 49 per cent, (it) is only when we get a good management. If not, there is no point..," she added, stating that as of now, there is no proposal of strategic disinvestment for more units of SAIL.
"This announcement of strategic disinvestment means a minimum of 51 per cent. So, it depends on efficiency and it is subject to many things. It is in the initial stages... Now, as guided by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, we will appoint somebody to do the evaluations... There are still a lot of processes it has to undergo," she added.
SAIL had earlier said the government will hold auction an to identify strategic buyers for SAIL subsidiaries -- Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur.
Durgapur, 18th Jan 2017
1.5 acres subside in Durgapur
On Tuesday morning a 1.5 acre farm land subsided near the Madhabpur open cast mine under Kajora Colliery in Durgapur triggering panic among villagers. Smoke also started coming out of it.The BDO and the joint BDO visited the spot to assess the situation and reported to the SDO.Sankho Santra, SDO of Durgapur, said, "A block level team has enquired the matter and spoke to the villagers. As per the report of villagers, such incidents happen due to continuous blasting at the mines and underground fire."Locals alleged that ECL was excavating coal by blasting around the area for their project work.
The ground water level has gone down drastically in the area.Villagers said they will not allow ECL to work till the repair is done.Aloke Mondal, TMC Andal block president said, " ECL should have provided rehabilitation to the villagers."
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 13th Jan 2017
25 year old engineer from Durgapur scores 99.45 percentile in CAT 2016
At the age of 25, with a regular job and no coaching, Arkabrata Chakraborty scored 99.45 percentile in CAT in his third attempt.
Hailing from Durgapur, West Bengal, Arkabrata says, "I am a bit disappointed with my score card. I have scored 87.8 in LR & DI section which is lesser as per my expectations. After coming bacback from office and giving mock test for about two months has helped me to achieve my targets. Through this analysis, I identified the areas of improvement and worked towards a greater percentile"
Being an engineer and switching his career to management field might be a cliche, but Arkabrata is planning to go abroad for his further studies. He has decided to pursue an energy consultant course from US as he feels it has a lot of scope in the near future.
Arkabrata is currently working as an assistant engineer in Damadar Valley Corporation and has an experience of three years and three months. He has completed his graduation in BTech (Electrical) from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Arkabrata's father, Kalian Chakraborty, is a physician in Steel Authority of India, while his mother, Sonali Chakraborty is a homemaker.
As a piece of advice for aspirants who are appearing next year, he says, "For people who are yet to begin their preparations can start doing it from December and try to study two hours each day. Addinto it, try to clear the basic concepts and go through the mock test papers everyday." This has help him a lot and he is sure this it will help the aspirants too in cracking CAT exam.
Source: india live today
Durgapur, 27th Dec 2016
Executive from Odisha found dead in Durgapur house
A call centre executive was found hanging at her rented Durgapur home on Sunday afternoon. The woman, Akanksha Raut, 30, was from Bhubaneswar and worked as the outbound manager of a Durgapur-based call centre for the last couple of years.
Police are investigating Akanksha's death with detectives opting to start an unnatural death case rather than one of suicide right away. Cops also recovered her mobile and laptop from her rented home on Benachity in Durgapur's Vidyasagar Pally, a km away from her office on Rajmahal Road in the industrial township's Bhiringi locality.
Akanksha's landlord Bachhu Yadav, a Punjab National Bank (PNB) employee, said he was at home on Sunday afternoon. "Akanksha was a tenant on the ground floor of my house. Around 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, a woman who introduced herself as Akanksha's colleague, came and started knocking on her door. On getting no response despite repeated knocks, she came up to the first floor and informed me. We broke open the rear entrance to the ground floor and found Akanksha hanging from the ceiling. The top end of the rope around her neck was tied to the hook of the ceiling fan. I immediately informed Durgapur police."
Police reached Yadav's house, recovered Akanksha's body and sent it for autopsy to Durgapur subdivisional hospital. On Monday morning, Akanksha's family members arrived from Bhubaneswar and lodged a complaint at Durgapur police station.
After collecting Akanksha's belongings, they left with her body which will be cremated at Bhubaneswar. Neither the victim's family nor the management of her firm her spoke to the media.
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 15th Dec 2016
Airtel launches 4G service in Durgapur
Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel has launched its 4G services in Durgapur. Airtel's 4G service is available for customers across a range of smart devices including mobile phones, 4G hotspots and dongles. Airtel 4G has been rolled out in Durgapur using dual spectrum bands of 2300 MHz (TD LTE) and 1800 MHz (FD LTE).
Customers can now access 10 GB 4G data for INR 255 with a new 4G handset they purchase. 1 GB data will be instantly credited to the customer's account and an additional 9 GB of data can be claimed by SMS. Airtel’s special 4G Prepaid pack costs INR 1,495 and includes unlimited 4G data for 90 days. Prepay users can also opt for the INR 1,498 4G prepaid pack, which offers 10GB for 4G data traffic upfront and 1GB 4G at INR 57 for the next 12 months.
For post-paid consumers, Airtel's Infinity plans are available for a starting price of INR 799 and include 4G data with unlimited voice calls for STD, local and roaming. Plans for 4G devices start from INR 250.
Durgapur, 6th Dec 2016
BJP leader arrested along with coal mafia for carrying Rs 33 lakh
Even as the demonetisation woes continued to plague common residents, alleged coal mafia don Rajesh Jha alias Raju (46), along with promoters and truck owners from the Raniganj coal belt, was nabbed with stacks of new currency in their possession by the Kolkata police STF. The huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered from them has led cops to suspect that the accused were planning to buy arms to spread their net of extortion. Raju was arrested twice in June and July in two separate cases of fake currency and murder and was currently on bail.
What has made the entire incident murkier is the arrest of a senior BJP functionary identified as Manishi Sharma alias Manish Joshi (44) - who had fought this year's Bengal assembly elections from Raniganj on a BJP ticket - and the recovery of around Rs 10 from him. Manish was found travelling in the same car with the other six accused and was caught red-handed with the cash and weapons.
The IT department has been alerted even as cops are trying to ascertain the source of the money kept in Rs 2000 new notes, Rs 100 and Rs 50 notes. In all, the cops have recovered cash in new denomination worth Rs 33 lakh, 89 rounds of ammunition and 89 rounds of arms and ammunition. Out of these, Rs 2 lakh of cash to be in series - a clear indication that money was withdrawn from a bank branch taking senior officers into confidence. STF is writing to RBI to trace this cash source.
According to joint CP (STF and crime) Vishal Garg, they were tipped of about the gang members coming to Bidhan Sishu Udyan around 1 am in the wee hours of Tuesday. "We stopped the Innova and arrested five people travelling in it. Besides Raju and Manish, we arrested Raju's aide Lokesh Singh (35), who owns a truck business, Krishnamurari Koyal (44), a resident of a luxury complex on EM Bypass and a promoter by profession and the driver of the car - Sayan Majumdar (29). Except Koyal, all the others are residents of Durgapur.
Based on their interrogation, two others - Partha Chatterjee (41) and his PSO Subham Bhowmick (28) were arrested from the Yamunotri Apartment in the Panchabati Complex in Baguiati around 4 am. STF said that at least two of the three of the accused - Lokesh, Partha and Subham - have gun licenses. While Patha and Subham have been issued licenses from Burdwan and Dimapur in Nagaland (that expires on the last day of this year), the license of Lokesh expires only at the end of 2018. That is strange given that Lokesh - who was carrying a semi-automatic 7mm pistol - is wanted in a murder case of Faridpur in the Asansol-Durgapur commissionerate since last September. Partha too is wanted in the same murder case.
However, the entire police probe now hinges on BJP leader Manish and don Raju. Manish, who had earlier been running a beauty parlour, saw it being shut by the bank after he was found to be involved in a cheating case. The car from where the accused were nabbed belonged to Lokesh, while the house from where gang members were picked up belongs to Raju. Strangely, Manish has provided his address at Kanishka Apartments in Pune. Now the Ranigunj BJP Mandal president, the BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said his party will not stand by him. "He has to prove his own innocence. The party cannot take care of him," said Ghosh.
Joint CP Garg stated that the money was being accumulated "for procurement of arms and ammunition to fulfill their goals of spreading riots, carrying extortions and carrying out murders." "We will not spare anyone. We will investigate why the gang came to Kolkata and from whom they were planning to buy the arms. Besides this, we will probe if any black money too is involved," said a top IPS officer at Lalbazar. The cops produced the accused in a local court after slapping a case under Arms Act and were given police custody till December 9.
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 5th Dec 2016
Hinduja state IT plan
Hinduja Global Solutions has taken up about 40,000 sq ft space in the Burdwan-Durgapur phase-I IT park, developed by West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Ltd (Webel). The company plans to start operations by this year.
The business process management (BPM) services arm of Hinduja Group had been operating from two facilities in Durgapur since 2007. In 2011, the company began operations from the Siliguri IT park.
"The current facilities in Durgapur has become unviable as we want to consolidate our position here. So, we will shift our entire team to the new facility. Moreover, we aim to grow in this city as it caters to the eastern region," Anthony Joseph, head of global human resources at Hinduja Global Solutions, said.
He said, "We feel both Durgapur and Siliguri are strategically located as it helps us to address the surrounding states of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and northeast."
The BPM major employs over 2,000 people in Bengal, of which nearly 1,500 are from Durgapur.
"We have the capacity to add around 350 workers in the new facility and we intend to bring them on board by next year," Joseph said.
"The final agreement between Webel and Hinduja Global Solutions is underway and will be signed soon," a source said.
The company also has a presence in six more countries, including the US, Canada and the UK, with a total workforce of 44,000. Of this, 26,000 are in India.
"We have 185 core BPM clients across the world, with around 40 in India," said Joseph.
"We have a telecom company as the sole client in the east and our complete infrastructure here is exclusively for them at the moment," he added but refused to identify the company.
The company had clocked a revenue of $507 million in 2015-16 and is eyeing a 20 per cent growth next year.
Source: The Telegraph
Durgapur, 4th Dec 2016
SAIL maps Bengal vision
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) wants to more than double production at its Durgapur and Burnpur plants, taking the total output in Bengal to 15 million tonnes (mt).
"We can take Durgapur's capacity to 10mt and increase IISCO's to 5mt," officials said.
Following the latest round of modernisation, Durgapur is expected to produce 2.2mt saleable steel once its newly installed bloom caster and structural mill start functioning. IISCO, which saw its old steel mill replaced by a brand new one with Asia's largest blast furnace, produces about 2.8mt of steel.
The capacity expansion plan is likely to involve investments of over Rs 35,000 crore, besides investment in ancillary downstream and upstream units, whose total value can be over Rs 50,000 crore.
However, top officials said the plan would be contingent on the development of a deep water port and the improvement of infrastructure by the state government, either by fast-tracking the Sagar port or by increasing the draft at Haldia to allow larger ships.
SAIL imports high quality coke and exports steel from Bengal. However, in the absence of a deep sea port, the company's shipments have to be routed through Vizag or Paradip, increasing costs.
"Bengal is India's gateway to South east Asia, Bangladesh and East Asia as well as eastern and northeastern India. We expect it to become a major export hub for metal-based industries such as automobiles, light machinery and steel, but for that the first priority has to be a better port, road and rail connectivity," officials said.
The Centre has injected an initial corpus of Rs 515 crore into the Sagar port, which is expected to handle traffic of 3.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) by 2020 and 27mtpa by 2035.
A special purpose vehicle, Bhor Sagar Port Ltd, has been incorporated for the project with the Calcutta Port Trust holding 74 per cent and the Bengal government 26 per cent. IIT, Madras has been engaged to prepare a detailed project report. However, the development of the mammoth port has been going slowly.
Besides port, steel makers in Bengal are seeking a cluster of downstream manufacturers who will use the flats and structurals. Following the virtual death of Hindustan Motors, steel makers maintain that the Bengal government should lure auto makers to the state besides new light engineering enterprises and heavy machinery makers.
"Bengal is blessed with a highly skilled and educated manpower, but to keep its position it needs to invest in more technical colleges, medical facilities and create new industrial townships in the Durgapur-Burnpur and Howrah- Hooghly-24 Parganas belts," officials said.
Source: The Telegraph
Durgapur, 20th Sept 2016
13 live bombs recovered from Durgapur area in Bengal
Kolkata police on Monday recovered around 13 live bombs from nearby jungles at A-zone short road under Durgapur Police station area.
Acting on a tip off, regarding the bombs being assembled in the Durgapur area, the police launched a search operation and the area was cordoned off. A joint team of CID and Durgapur police came together and launched a search operation under which 13 live bombs were recovered by the officials.
Following the seizure, the bomb disposal squad was called on who later took the seized bombs to an open place to diffuse the live bombs.
Around 3 days back a few socket bombs were recovered from this area from a club.
Durgapur, 17th Sept 2016
Bombs, sharp weapons found in CPM office in Benachity
Police recovered 15 to 20 live bombs stacked in two bags and around 7 sharp weapons from a CPM party office in Benachitty market area of the steel town on Friday.
Following a tip-off, police conducted a raid of the office. The bombs were later defused. No one had been detained or arrested in connection with the incident so far, said police. CPM zonal secretary Pankaj Roy Sarkar ruled out the party's involvement and said it was a conspiracy to defame the party. Prabhat Chatterjee, a local INTTUC leader, said the leftist party was trying to create fear in people's minds.
Durgapur, 16th Sept 2016
Volvo given land in Panagarh Industrial Park near Durgapur
The Panagarh Industrial Park adjacent to the town of Durgapur has currently more than 770 acres of unutilized land, revealed Burdwan district officials. This assumes greater significance in light of chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee's invitation to automobile giants like BMW, Tata's to set up industries in the state.
Swedish automobile giant Volvo has expressed intention to establish a unit in Bengal. Miss Mamata Banerjee while speaking to media persons yesterday in Kolkata said, "I spoke with Volvo (representatives) today. We will give them 25 acres in Panagarh industrial park."
The chief minister, who recently visited Germany and Italy seeking investment from global giants like BMW, however, did not specify what Volvo would do with the land at Panagarh.
The Panagarh industrial complex had its beginning in circumstances very different from that of the Tata Motors project at Singur in Hooghly. In 2008, when the movement by unwilling Singur farmers against the Tata Motor project had landed the state in turmoil, the then Left Front government had focussed on the proposed industrial park where farmers, backed by LF governed Panchayat Samiti, had come forward whole heartedly to offer their land for industry.
Former industry minister Mr. Nirupam Sen grabbed the opportunity to uphold his vision of setting up industry on farmland. He held several meetings with district officials and farmer bodies and had prepared draft plan for setting up industry on 3000 acres of land. Between 2009-10, as much as 1490 acres of farmland could be acquired by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC).
"As of now, 712 acres have already been used by several industrial units which have already started work," said Mr. Sankha Sanytra, SDM, Durgapur. Matix Fertiliser, the largest unit being set up here, has occupied 490 acres followed by Jonsol Tiles occupying 100 acres.
The sahasabhapati of Kanksa Panchayat, Mr. Chinmoy Mondal said, “There is no such agreement that the industrial units are bound to absorb locals. But we shall request them to arrange training for the locals so that they get abosrbed in these units."
Durgapur, 14th Sept 2016
Coal mafia don murder at Eidgah in Laudoha near Durgapur
Durgapur again shot to the news headline for coal mafia gang rivalry. A local coal mafia boss was shot dead allegedly by some of his former associates at the Eidgah in Kaliashpur village under Laudoha police station adjacent to the industrial town of Durgapur, just after Eid prayer yesterday.
Sheikh Amin (50) was shot dead when he was leaving the prayer place with his sons, Sheikh Samin and Sheikh Nasim after offering Eid prayer. His assailants, all believed to be his former associates had also offered prayers at the same Eidgah before shooting at him with firearms concealed in their clothes. Amin was recently released in bail and there are 21 charges of murder cases pending on him.
They fired at least a dozen of bullets at the victim, who died on the spot. A FIR was filed against seven persons at Laudoha police station, police said.
At least four assailants were involved, said locals peoples. "They gave him no chance to escape. Three of them fired at him when a fourth, Bhulan Sheikh, stood guard at the Eidgah's entrance. The others, Shakabul Sheikh, Shajahan Sheikh and Babu Sheikh started firing at the unguarded Amin," said an eyewitness.
"Babu was the last person to fire at my father," said Shamina, Amin's daughter, who rushed to the site from her in-law's place.
She said, "Today on the day of Qurbani (sacrifice), my father was supposed to visit my home. Once these people were my father's most trusted associates and today they became traitors and killed him like cowards when he was not in a position to defend himself."
Sheikh Motin, Amin's elder brother, said, "We were all at the assembly. I was sitting barely yards away from my brother and his killers. We had no idea that they were carrying arms at the sacred place and had motive to kill my brother."
The shooting is perhaps the fallout of rivalry over taking control of pilfered coal. One might remember that on 10 September this year, gun firing at the busy Benachity locality of Durgapur, as a fallout of rivalry between two gangs of coal mafia killed one youth, as the bullet fired by his compatriot missed target.
The police arrived within 15 minutes of the shooting, followed by one contingent of RAF.
Mr. L N Meena, CP, Asansol Durgapur Police, suspected gang rivalry to be the key reason behind the daring incident.
Durgapur, 11th Sept 2016
Two killed in Durgapur firing
A 24-year-old was killed and another injured when a group of miscreants opened fire at Masjid Mohallah in Benachity around 12.30pm on Saturday.
The deceased has been identified as Ranjit Bhagat (24), who took a bullet on his head. His friend Sk Feroze Ali (23) was severely injured. One of the assailants was also killed.
The victims were on a bike when around ten to twelve goons came from the opposite direction on motorcycles and started firing at Bhagat and Ali. One of the shooters also took a bullet on his head and died on the spot.
The assailants then fired in the air and fled. While Bhagat died on the spot, police took Ali to Durgapur sub-divisional hospital. Police suspect the goons belong to a group led by coal mafia Pintu Sharma of Benachity. "Four persons have been detained," said Bimal Kumar Mondal, ACP (east) of Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate. Ali alleged that recently Sharma's men had threatened a daily wage earner, who sells coal to the dhabas and eateries of Benachity. Ali had raised voice against them.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 8th Sept 2016
Alloy Steels Plant, Durgapur produces cheaper alternative to steel used in Agni missile
Alloy Steels Plant (ASP), Durgapur - a unit of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), has indigenously produced a speciality low alloy steel to serve as a cheaper alternative to maraging steel for use in the outer motor casing of Agni missile. In particular, ASP, Durgapur has successfully developed maraging steel for use in the outer motor casing of Agni missile.
"This speciality steel has a unique combination of ultra high strength and high fracture toughness and meets the intended purpose in missile manufacture," a DSP statement issued on Wednesday said. Maraging steels are essentially iron -nickel alloys with additions of cobalt, molybdenum, titanium and aluminium that form a special class of low-carbon ultra-high-strength steels.
This special type of steel, called "15CDV6 grade steel" was melt and continuously cast at ASP for the first time in the country meeting the stringent quality requirements. The process involved following it up with rolling and annealing at the special plate unit of SAIL's Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP). About 106 tonne of these plates were supplied by RSP to Defence for further heat treatment and fabrication to produce outer motor casings for Agni missile. The effort adds muscle to the "Make in India campaign for indigenous production of speciality products to meet Defence needs.
Source: India Times
Durgapur, 8th Sept 2016
Robbers loot jewellery shop in Durgapur
Robbers beat up two employees of the jewellery shop and looted gold ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh in Durgapur. The close circuit cameras (CCTVs) of the shop were also damaged by the robbers. The police called up finger print experts, to collect the fingerprints to get a clue about the identities of the robbers.
Police said, Raja Majumder and Samar Hazra, two workers of the shop were sleeping at night when the dacoits barged into the shop. They tied those employees with light posts before beating them up.
The robbers then, broke the lock and entered into the shop to steal jewelleries from the showcase.
They hit the CCTVs with bamboo sticks and also took away the hard disks before leaving the place.
"They must be known to the owner of the shop. They knew all positions and position of the lockers as well. They knew that CCTVs was installed and it needed to be broken and also that hard disks had to be removed from there," said an investigating officer.
"We have taken the statement of two employees and portrait parley of robbers were done. The sniffer dog has indicated some lead of the investigation and we are working on that," said the officer.
However, a police source confirmed that the robbers had earlier come to the shop in disguise of customers. They had observed shop very well.
"Some insiders in the shop may have given some information to the robbers. We cannot divulge details before the investigation matured a bit," said the investigating officer.
It is to be remembered that four jewellery shops were looted a few months ago in the same locality. Police caught two robbers in connection with the case. "There were four robbers who were involved in those robberies. Two of them are still absconding. They may form any new gang," said the officer.
Source: millennium post
Durgapur, 2nd Aug 2016
Fall from bus: Polytechnic student dies
A second year Polytechnic student today died after falling from the roof of a bus at Ausgram in Burdwan district four days back.
Police said Sandip Mukhopadhyay (around 21), student of a polytechnic institute of Abhirampur under Ausgram police station area was travelling to his home in neighbouring Bankura district on July 28 in an overcrowded bus when he tripped and fell on the road below from the moving vehicle at Jamtara stop. He was first taken to Jamtara Health Centre after being recognised by some polytechnic staff present there and from there to a private hospital in Durgapur and succumbed to his head and other wounds due to the fall today.
While the institute expressed grief over the incident, the bereaved family demanded a probe in the circumstances behind the death. Police said as of now there was no hint of foul play, prima facie but they were looking behind the circumstances. (PTI)
Source: echo of india
Durgapur, 1st Aug 2016
ASP, Durgapur organises meet on need for special steel products for defence sector
Alloy Steels Plant (ASP), a unit of Steel Authority of India Ltd, organized a technical meet on 'Make in India - Future Needs of Special Steels for Defence' at Durgapur on Friday, July 29. Senior officials of several Ordnance Factories, Ordnance Factory Board, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) - a wing of DRDO, Indian Navy had participated in the meet.
The focus of the seminar was on ascertaining future demands for special steels for defence, process map development and futuristic steels and their processing.
Speaking on the occasion, AK Rath, CEO, Durgapur Steel Plant said: "The Ordnance Factories are one of our biggest customers. The meet will help in fostering synergy between the two organizations."
Somdev Das, executive director, ASP asserted its commitment to cater to requirements of defence sector in general and ordnance factories in particular.
Saurabh Kumar, senior general manager, Ordnance Factory, Ambajhari, Nagpur and Narendra Kumar, general manager, Field Gun Factory, Kanpur also spoke on the occasion.
Durgapur, 28th July 2016
'Solar tree' made by Durgapur based CMERI
Scientists at a Durgapur-based research institute have developed a 'solar tree' made out of photovoltaic panels at a cost of Rs 3 lakh each. The 'tree', which will require less than 4 sqft space, can power about five households.
Union science and technology minister Dr Harshvardhan, on his maiden visit to Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) at Durgapur, inaugurated the 'Solar tree' developed by chief scientist of CSIR-CMERI Dr Sibnath Maity on Tuesday.
Dr Maity said that two 'trees' will be installed at the office of the ministry of science and technology and Dr Harshvardhan's bungalow in New Delhi on July 1.
Dr Maity said, "It takes about 400 sqft to set up a solar panel, but we have developed it in less than 4 sqft. These 'solar trees', when planted on both side of the highways, hold the capacity to produce 1 lakh MW of renewable energy. Each 'tree' can power about five households."
Dr Harshvardhan said that he will request other ministries to follow the eco-friendly project, which will help curtail energy bills. "Initiatives like this will promote usage of green and clean energy and will help the nation combat the threat of pollution," he said.
At the event, Dr Harshvardhan drove a newly developed e-rickshaw and an all-terrain-tractor developed by CMERI scientists. He also visited the underwater robotics labs and the shallow water autonomous bathymetry.
CMERI director Harish Hirani said, "Dr Harshvardhan appreciated CSIR- CMERI's exemplary work in various fields and encouraged the scientists to think of more innovative products, which will impact the lives of ordinary citizen."
Durgapur, 1st July 2016
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray Birthday was Celebrated in different parts of Durgapur.
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray (1 July 1882 - 1 July 1962) was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal in India. He was a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter. Bidhan Roy is often considered the great architect of West Bengal, who founded five eminent Cities, Durgapur, Kalyani, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Habra. He was an alumnus of the Medical College Calcutta of the University of Calcutta. He is one of the few people who completed both F.R.C.S. and M.R.C.P. simultaneously within only two years and three months.
In India, the National Doctors' Day is celebrated on the date of his birth (and death) 1 July every year.
He was awarded Bharat Ratna on 4 February 1961, India's highest civilian honour. He was also a member of the Brahmo Samaj
In Durgapur Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray Birthday was celebrated in different parts. In the hospitals Doctor's day was celebrated today. In the industrial belt of Durgapur his Birthday was celebrated with great honour. Though we feel that more can be done on the founder of Durgapur's Birthday celebration.
1. Born: July 1, 1882, Bankipore
2. Died: July 1, 1962, Kolkata
3. Awards: Bharat Ratna
4. Education: Presidency University, Kolkata, more
5. Books: A Passage to Globalism: Globalization, Identities and South Asian Diasporic Fiction in Britain
We the resident of Durgapur, West Bengal should give proper respect to him. After all he is the person who's dream is today's Durgapur, West Bengal,
We Durgapurcity.co.in salute him for the gift he has given to us i.e : Durgapur.
Durgapur, 30th June 2016
DMC project seize second place in run up for Smart City
Certainly a news for celebration for the people of Durgapur who desires to see Durgapur being developed as 'Smart City'.
The project proposition by the Durgapur Municipal Corporation in contest for the smart city tag, has been approved as second best during a workshop at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi.
The health officer at the Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC), Dr. Ishani Dasgupta, seized the second spot while her counterpart from Deoghar Jharkhand stood first.
The four-member Durgapur Municipality Corporation (DMC) team headed by Dr. Dasgupta, including one PWD engineer, took part in the four-day national workshop on solid waste management between 20 June and 23 June. Dr. Dasgupta said, "In the first session, we were given a questionnaire and in the second phrase, we were asked to table a project on challenges faced by civic body in solid waste management and establishing the viability of the project."
In the assessment segment Dr. Dasgupta grabbed the second position after her Deoghar counterpart.
The DMC team tabled the project bearing in mind the difficulty confronted by the Sen Market, a crowded vegetable market located close to the Durgapur Railway Station. Every day, Sen Market produces about 30 MT of organic waste out of rotten and deformed vegetables. Dr. Dasgupta said, "Our project was to make use of the organic waste for biogas and manure in which we could establish that manure to the tune of 10 per cent of the waste could be generated, which earned appreciation".
Mrs. Kasturi Sengupta, commissioner, DMC, said: "We are trying to ensure better utilization of payback from solid waste. This award has come as a result of our sustained efforts"
Durgapur, 20th June 2016
AI Andal flight suspension arbitrary and unfair: BAPL
Greenfield airport operator Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) has alleged the move to withdraw the Air India (AI) flight to Andal airport near Durgapur was arbitrary and cited several other routes in which the airline continues to operate with much lower passenger loads and without viability gap funding (VGF).
"BAPL with the support of the state government brought AI to the Asansol-Durgapur region by paying VGF at a rate that was nearly double of what it would have had to fork out to a private airline with the sole intention of connecting the hinterlands of south Bengal to Delhi. The state government on its part extended a tax holiday on refueling of aircraft at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport. Yet, AI unilaterally decided to suspend air services to Andal without prior notice and ground the airport while talks were still on to rationalize the VGF," said BAPL managing director Partha Ghosh.
With AI discontinuing the tri-weekly Kolkata-Durgapur-New Delhi and return flight from June 16, there are no scheduled flights between Kolkata and Durgapur and the airport is idle. While the airport can be used by chartered flights, it is only in October that a new scheduled carrier could reconnect Durgapur. Zoom Air that is awaiting DGCA's final nod for operations said Durgapur would be among its first port of call. The airline plans to operate 50-seater CRJ-200LR aircraft between Durgapur and Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata with Durgapur acting as the airline's regional hub, Zoom Air CEO Koustav M Dhar said.
"A confirmed agreement between BAPL and Zoom Air is in place. We had wanted AI to continue till at least then to enable seamless operation for passengers. But AI acted with unprecedented speed to discontinue flights on the very day the Centre announced the new civil aviation policy that harps on regional connectivity," Ghosh pointed out.
In six sectors - Delhi-Tirupati, Delhi-Kullu, Delhi-Khajuraho, Delhi Rajkot, Mumbai-Gwalior and Bhubaneswar Varanasi - AI operates flights despite poor passenger occupancy and no VGF. AI had charged BAPL the highest slab of charter rack rate without factoring in facilities like no landing and parking charges and no tax on ATF.
AI quoted an operation cost of Rs 22. 5 lakh, much higher than SpiceJet's Rs 13.5 lakh, Go Air's Rs 14 lakh and IndiGo's Rs 14.5 lakh. VGF is the difference between the operation cost and revenue per round trip.
"Of the 17 greenfield airports that were announced at the time, Durgapur is the only one that is operational. We have already invested Rs 750 crore. But how can an airport continue to operate with an outgo of Rs 1.5 crore in VGF subsidy per month?" Ghosh posed. Incidentally, several VIPs have used the airport, including PM Narendra Modi, who has flown in and out of it twice.
BAPL has also alleged that since AI was assured of high VGF, it did not try to market the route and in fact sandwiched the flight between two other departures to Delhi from Kolkata. On-time performance on the sector was poor.
Meanwhile, sources said BAPL was looking at fresh equity infusion in excess of Rs 100 crore through the rights issue route. At present, Changi Airports has 36.2% stake, ILFS 11%, WBIDC 1.2% and the three promoters - Partha Ghosh, Utsav Parekh and RR Modi - have 51.6% stake. Incidentally, WBIDC had 11% stake at the beginning of the project that got eroded as other shareholders brought in money. Now, BAPL has written to WBIDC, urging it to raise its stake to 11% by pumping in around Rs 70 crore.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 19th June 2016
Gang-rape of a widow in Durgapur
A recent horrible incident of gang-rape shook the industrial town of Durgapur. Five persons have been detained by the police in Durgapur after a 28 year old widow blame them of gang-rape. Police caught the accused by tracking their mobile phone.
About a month ago, the victim, a mother of two, came to live with her parents at Amrai in Durgapur following the death of her husband. About a fortnight ago, she became friend with a local man Sheikh Shahjahan and soon they got into an affair.
On 14 June, Shahjahan told the widow that he wanted to marry her and for this he needed to introduce her to his mother. Once the woman agreed to the proposition and turned up at the designated venue, Shahjahan instead took her to a deserted place, where four of his friends were waiting.
Subsequently, the alleged five raped the victim, one after another. Shahjahan threatened her not to reveal the incident to anybody and freed her. The victim however, gathered courage and reported the matter to Durgapur police.
Police registered an FIR and sent the woman for medical examination that sent the woman for medical examination that confirmed sexual assault. The investigators then started tracking the mobile phone location of Shahjahan and arrested him on 17 June evening. By interrogating him, the rest four were picked up later in the night. The four are Sheikh Amirul, Sheikh Rejaul, Sheikh Biltu and Sheikh Alamgir. All the five are a in their early 20 of age.
The five were produced before a local court in Durgapur yesterday and the judge sent them to 14 days of judicial remand.
ADCP (East) of the Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate Kumar Gautam informed that a case of gang-rape has been registered against all the five after medical report confirms sexual assault on the widow.
Durgapur, 15th June 2016
Air India to withdraw flight from Kolkata -Durgapur- Delhi Section
Air India has decided to withdraw its flight on Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi sector from June 17, six months after its inauguration, due to 'operational reasons'. "Air India is set to withdraw its flight on Kolkata- Durgapur-Delhi sector, after a little over six months of its inauguration, from June 17 due to operational reasons," an AI spokesman said here today. Even as the airline officially did not elaborate the reasons behind discontinuing the service, insiders said economic non-viability was forcing AI to withdraw the flight. Air India is operating thrice-a-week service with a 122-seater Airbus 319 aircraft. Before the launch of this flight, Air India used to operate a small aircraft between Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata and Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA) at Andal in Durgapur. Even as the airline officially did not elaborate the reasons behind discontinuing the service, insiders said economic non-viability was forcing AI to withdraw the flight. "Despite assurance to provide viability gap funding (VGF) to the airline, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL) failed to maintain its promise," they said pleading anonymity. BAPL Managing Director Partha Ghosh, however, told the decision of the AI is temporary. "The airline will resume its operation on the sector within a week or so." Denying the allegation on VGF, he said "We are aware of Air India's decision. We discussed the issue in our meeting today. I am sure the operation will be resumed within a week or so." The airline sources said alternate arrangements have been made for passengers by way of refunds and routing them to and from Delhi. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated the long-awaited Kolkata-Durgapur-New Delhi flight on December 7 last year, connecting the industrial city of Durgapur, which had the country's first private greenfield airport, directly with the national capital. Banerjee herself boarded the flight after inaugurating it here on her way to Delhi and had expressed hope that the service would help in growth of industry, commerce and tourism in the region. Before the launch of this flight, Air India used to operate a small aircraft between Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata and Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA) at Andal in Durgapur.
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 26th Feb 2016
SUSPECTED IS SPY ARRESTED IN DURGAPUR
NIA arrested one student suspecting him to be a IS spy in Durgapur's Kaksa's Gopalpur on Friday. Student named Ashif Ahmed was arrested by the Delhi's detective department of NIA.
According to sources, he might be flown to Delhi for interrogation. Detectives have gathered a lot of evidence and documents in connection to IS against him.
According to Detectives, this youth has been staying in Kaksa's Gopalpur's poschimpara at a rented house since few days. since it was a Brahmin community, he had hidden his name. It has been known that he is first year student of Durgapur's Rajendra Academy and is a resident of Hooghly's Dhonekhali. He had rented the house by the excuse of studying at the College. There has been information from special sources, that he had been transferring information on defence installation and establishments.
After this a team from NIA arrived in Kolkata from Delhi to interrogate the student. On Wednesday student Ashif was detained by NIA. He will be taken to Delhi on Friday for interrogation.
Durgapur, 10th Feb 2016
West Bengal's Andal airport gets wi-fi connectivity from 'Jionet'
The Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal in West Bengal's Durgapur got connectivity of a new kind. The airport saw the launch of wi-fi internet connectivity, which will initially be made available free of cost to consumers.The wi-fi connectivity at the air port is being provided by the 'Jionet' service of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). The login would be valid for 24 hours and would disconnect after 30 minutes of inactivity.
The Andal airport serves the towns of Burdwan, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Suri, Bolpur/Shantiniketan and Rampurhat in South Bengal and Dhanbad and Bokaro in Jharkhand. 'Jionet' services would assist passengers at Andal airport to sample the digital ecosystem that Jio has built, comprising specially designed apps and rich content running on Jio's fibre based high speed data networks," said a RJIL spokesperson at the launch of the service.Air travellers using the airport can connect to the 'Jionet' wi-fi network on their devices and get connected to the internet for free after registering with the service with an SMS verification code.
The login would be valid for 24 hours and would disconnect after 30 minutes of inactivity.The Andal airport serves the towns of Burdwan, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Suri, Bolpur/Shantiniketan and Rampurhat in South Bengal and Dhanbad and Bokaro in Jharkhand.
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 9th Feb 2016
Ranigunj school wins science competition
School students from in and around Durgapur got a chance to showcase their scientific knowledge at the 4th Times-NIE Science Project competition on Friday. Presented by NSHM Knowledge Campus, the event was held on the college premises.
The projects which were from physical science, life science and social science included a life-saving transfusion device, mobile AC, reflex arc, a rainwater harvesting and hydroelectricity producing apparatus, homemade Van De Graff generator and and a hydraulic alarm among others.
With nearly 30 science projects to consider, judges Seema Sarkar Mondal, associate professor, department of mathematics, NIT Durgapur; Samaresh Ghosh, assistant professor, department of chemistry, Bankura Sammilani College, Bankura and Pathik Kumbhakar, professor and head, dept of physics, NIT Durgapur, had a tough time picking winners.
DAV Public School Ranigunj came out on top for their automatic railway gating system. While the first runner up was DAV Model School Durgapur for their auto directing device for visually impaired people, the second runner up was Burnpur Riverside School for their project on the mechanism of bacteriophage replication.
The six special appreciation awards were bagged by Bidhan School, for their project on power storage from wheel, East West Model School, for An unknown relationship between black hole and dark energy, Hemsheela Model School, for The Four Colour Theorem, DAV Durgapurfor their floor cleaner, Guru Teg Bahadur Public School for their project on generating electricity from urine and Suresh Chandra Modern School. for their fire writing project.
The thrilled winning team of three from DAV Ranigunj said they literally burned the midnight oil to set up the project in just two days.
"Keeping in mind the train accidents which take place daily, we made this project based on IR technology to prevent accidents," said Arijit Sarkar, a member of the winning team.
Probir Kumar Bose, campus director, NSHM Knowledge Campus, Durgapur, said: "Such events are a social commitment for us at NSHM to encourage scientific temperament among students. Young minds are brimming with new ideas and such contests give them a chance to explore them. For our society to progress we need young minds like these who are so interested to do something. We want the lesser-known schools to come forward and participate too, since there is so much hidden talent in them. However, students should ensure that their projects are practical and implementable. I feel that we should have such competitions at least twice a year to give more scope to the schools in the area."
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 9th Feb 2016
Car with Defence Ministry number plate seized, 6 arrested
Six suspects were arrested in Jamalpur area in Burdwan district of West Bengal for allegedly traveling in a car with Ministry of Defence (MoD) number plates on Monday morning.
The Swift Dzire car, having a commercial number plate with MoD stickers and Ordinance Factory Board written on it, was on its way to Durgapur from Kolkata.
On the National Highway - 2, the car was stopped at a check point and the six people traveling inside the car were asked to produce valid MoD documents.
However, the suspects failed to provide any valid documents specifying that the car belonged to the MoD and establish themselves as employees of the ministry.
Immediately, the suspects were detained and the car was seized. Later, the suspects were arrested and are likely to be produced before the Burdwan court on Monday.
Burdwan district police officials reveal that the six suspects are residents of Topsia Road in Kolkata and that one of them has a criminal record. Source: dna india
Durgapur, 8th Feb 2016
President Pranab Mukherjee Visits Ailing Brother In Durgapur Hospital
President Pranab Mukherjee today visited his ailing elder brother at a private hospital in Durgapur.
93-year-old Pijush Mukherjee, who stays in Birbhum, is suffering from septecaemia and had been hospitalised on Tuesday.
The President reached Durgapur by a Navy helicopter from Kolkata accompanied by his son Abhijit and daughter-in-law this afternoon, officials said.
He was at the hospital for an hour and also spoke to doctors, who told him that his brother's condition was now stable, hospital sources said.
After the visit, Mr Mukherjee left in the chopper for Kolkata on way to Delhi.
Durgapur, 2nd Feb 2016
TMC leader tries to board flight with gun, detained
The CISF Sunday detained TMC leader Naren Chakraborty at Kolkata airport when he was allegedly attempting to board a Chennai-bound flight while in the possession of an unlicensed gun. He was produced at the Barrackpore Sub-Divisional Court Monday and was sent to one-day police custody.
Chakraborty, the Pandabeshwar Block Trinamool Congress president and also a member of the Durgapur Zila Parishad, had taken a helicopter from Andal airport and landed at NSCB airport in Kolkata in the afternoon, police said, adding he was scheduled to leave for Chennai on a SpiceJet flight in the evening.
"CISF detained Chakraborty at the check-in point after it was found that he was carrying a gun and some cartridges but had no arms licence. The CISF then contacted us and handed him over. We are investigating the case," said a senior officer at Airport police station. He said the TMC leader was charged under sections 25 (1)(a) of the Arms Act.
Apart from the ammunition, a gun, which was marked as being made in Italy, was found in his luggage, the officer said, adding, "Chakraborty didn't inform the airline authorities and neither could he produce a license for the firearm"
As per the airport rules and regulations, guns and firearms are not permitted to be carried on person, in cabin baggage or in registered baggage.
Contacted, TMC president of the Durgapur sub division, Uttam Mukherjee termed the incident as "a bad" precedent. "This is reminiscent of the CPM rule and their goons. If someone in our party has done this, he has set a bad precedent," he said.
Source: Indian Express
Durgapur, 31st Jan 2016
Starving kids forced to beg for food
Hundreds of students of a state-run boarding school were forced to go begging for vegetables from local farmers today after an NGO headed by a member, mayor-in-council, Durgapur, stopped supplying food articles to the school for non-payment of bills.
The hostel authorities were unable to provide food to the students since Thursday as according to Kalicharan Bauri, one of ten cooks employed there: "Nothing is available in the storeroom as the NGO has stopped supply. We are helpless." He added: "We cooked khichuri for them after the children managed to collect vegetables from farmers in the local area." The SDM, Durgapur, functions as the administrator of the school after its managing committee was disbanded on 27 December 2015 following a crisis, which forced transfer of the headmaster Mr Bishudhhananda Roy. Mr Roy, after vacating his post allegedly retained the keys of the school almirah where bank cheque-books were locked up and caused problems in making payments to the supplier, the SDM, Mrs Kasturi Sengupta, said. She added: "Considering the gravity of the situation, an adhoc payment of Rs 3 lakh was made to the NGO to resume immediate supply of food items." She said: "We shall seek explanation from the NGO why they stopped supply without prior notice."
Pandit Raghunath Murmu Adibasi Abasik Vidyalaya, a boarding school for backward class children accommodates some 370-odd students hailing from districts like Purulia, Bankura, Midnapore (East & West). The Backward Classes Welfare Department governs the functioning of the school and provide funds to meet its expenses. A contractor agency owned by the brother of a councillor of the civic body had been supplying the materials since three years back, but after a dispute it was substituted by one NGO headed by an MMIC of the Durgapur Municipal Corporation in November 2015. "The average monthly expenditure on food is Rs 2.45 lakh and during the Puja and summer vacations it's Rs 1.80 lakh," said Mr Kalyan Banerjee, former secretary of the disbanded school Managing Committee.
Source: the statesman
Durgapur, 28th Jan 2016
TMC pursues votebank politics in Hyderabad but doesn't help Nadia, Malda victims: Smriti Irani
Union HRD minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday alleged that Trinamool Congress leaders visited Hyderabad after the Dalit student's death due to votebank politics and lashed out at Mamata Banerjee government over Malda violence claiming it was "appeasing" minorities.
Addressing a public meeting, the BJP leader questioned why the Trinamool leaders did not visit Nadia in the state in 2015 when an alleged incident of atrocities against Dalit women had occurred there.
"In 2015 when three Dalit women were tortured in Nadia district, nobody said anything. Mamata Banerjee was silent then," Irani said.
"TMC sent delegation to Hyderabad University to pursue votebank politics. Why didn't they send a delegation to Nadia district then? Why didn't Derek O'Brien go there?", the HRD Minister asked.
A two-member TMC delegation led by its national spokesperson Derek O'Brien had visited Hyderabad University, where the body of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula was found hanging in a hostel room in the campus on 17 January.
Accusing the TMC government of indulging in "minority appeasement politics", Irani said "What is happening in Malda? In Malda a police station was burnt under the patronage of the ruling party and the police remained a mute spectator. What were they doing? TMC is pursuing votebank politics," she alleged.
Irani claimed that the state the government had "completely failed" in maintaining law and order situation which has led to increase in crime against woman.
"TMC had come to power saying they owe their victory to Ma, Maati and Manush (Women, Land and People). Now, when the women and the people are tortured in the state, they remain a mute spectator.
"TMC is making a mockery of the dignity of women in Bengal. Women are being raped and the chief minister is fixing Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 as compensation for them," she alleged.
Turning to the issue of illegal mining in Asansol-Durgapur region, she alleged, "Though the TMC government speaks publicly against illegal mining, they actually encourage mine mafias and provide support in running the illegal mines."
Durgapur, 4th Dec 2015
Bhutan Airlines may start flights from Andal
Bhutan Airlines has expressed interest to start services from Andal to Bhutan, Mamata Banerjee said in Durgapur on Thursday.
The memorandum of understanding may be signed between Bengal Aerotropolis Project Limited, the promoters of the Andal airport, and Tashi Air Private Limited at the Bengal Global Business Summit in Januray 2016 in Kolkata, in the presence of Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay . Partha Ghosh, BAPL MD, nfirmed that they had recei confirmed that they had received a written expression of interest from Bhutan Airlines for flight operations between Andal and Bhutan. "We are working on the proposal and the services are expected to start next year," Ghosh said. The airline was likely to operate Airbus A-319, sources added.
Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport will be the first greenfield private airport in India to start commercial inter-state flight operations from Andal to New Delhi from December 7.TISS meet: The city meet of Tata Institute of Social Sciences was organized by their alumni association in Kolkata on November 29. It is part of the all-India meet where alumni from six cities, including Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad, met at their respective cities and shared their views to implement knowledge-based management in social and human resource development.
The Kolkata city meet was attended by HR personalities, such as like Manas Das and Sudipta Mondal, and educators.
Durgapur, 2nd Dec 2015
Gift of life for Afghan orphan
A 14month-old war orphan, Sadat Bibi Aiesha, who was born with four holes in her heart, has got a new breath of life after a complex surgery in a Durgapur hospital. Aiesha's father was killed in the Afghan turmoil. The baby is from the war-ravaged Laghman province of east Afghanistan, which has no electricity or school for girls, thanks to decades of war, coupled with Taliban repression, American bombing and instability. Aiesha was referred to Mission Hospital, Durgapur,by Baha Uddin, an Afghan doctor who has trained here.
"I came to know of her through a friend. Her villagers funded her visit to Pakistan, where she was diagnosed, but not treated," said the doctor who has been a war refugee, emailed to TOI from Kabul. Doctors at Mission Hospital identified the holes at four levels -one between the left and right sides of the heart, two at the ventricular level and a fourth at the arterial level. Blood gushed from the left to right of the heart, flooding her lungs."Left untreated, the baby could have had heart failure and and died early," said cardiothoracic surgeon and chairman of the hospital, Satyajit Bose. The fragile 18-month-old will go back home after a week. The hospital waived off her medcal expenses as a gesture of goodwill, with the help of Rotary Club 3240. An Afghan NGO bore her travel expenses.
She flew from Kabul to Delhi and then to Kolkata by Air-India on November 20, escorted by Hasib Utttah. Four days later, six surgeons led by pediatric cardiac surgeon Sreerup Chatterjee operated on the underweight child. "It took us four hours. This was a rare case, but we do rarer cases," said Bose. Mission Hospital is one of the three chosen for Mamata Banerjee's Sishusathi programme where underprivileged children get specialized medical care at subsidized costs. According to WHO, Afghanistan's health status is one of the worst in the world. India is the obvious choice because the treatment cost is a fraction of that of developed countries.
Durgapur, 30th Nov 2015
NIT director resigns after MHRD intervention
Silence reigned at the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, with eleven days of continued agitation, sloganeering and shouting coming to a halt on Sunday when the director of the institute finally declared that he was going to put in his papers.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), to put an end to the impasse, asked Tarkeswar Kumar, the director to resign on Sunday. Kumar's responsibility became the focus of controversy after the death of a final year electrical engineering student Prosenjit Sarkar on 18 November due to alleged negligence of the institute's medical unit. Despite his severe illness in the semester examination hall, Prosenjt was sent back to his hostel room. Dr A Sarkar, the medical officer, according to Uditya Ghosh and Rahul Das, batch-mates of the deceased, "mocked Prosenjit's illness, saying it was just a plea to escape the exams."
Prosenjit, however, succumbed on the way to a private tertiary care hospital in the night.
This caused the NIT student to erupt in protest and they gathered to address their grievances to the director, but the latter refused to face the angry horde. The students staged protest in front of his residence till the wee hours of the following morning but the director had called up the police, alleging that the students were about to attack his house.
A RAF contingent was immediately pressed into action by the Asansol Durgapur Police. However, they held back as they found nothing foul on the part of the students.
The Students' Gymkhana came forward to lead a mass boycott of academic activities since 19 November and put forward two major demands - resignation of the director and punitive measures against the medical officer along with other medical staff involved.
Though the NIT had constituted a seven-member inquiry committee led by Dr A K Saha, it is yet to table a report. The Gymkhana had sought intervention by Smriti Irani, HRD minister and she reciprocated immediately and sent two senior MHRD officials, R S Solanki and P K Saha, who arrived at the campus on 24 November.
Considering the deteriorating situation, according to the senior officials: " Irani gave consent to ask the director to step down to put an end to the issue."
On Sunday, Tarkeswar Kumar convened an urgent meeting in which all the Deans with the NIT and three Gymkhana leaders -Rohit Kumar Yadav, Sagar Bhartiya and Eslavath Deevakiran Naik- were also asked to attend.
"He, in the presence of the students stated that he was going to put in his papers," said Anirudhha Ganguly, dean (Administration), NIT.
The chairman, Board of Governors, NIT, Professor A B Bhattacharya told The Statesman from New Delhi: "The MHRD asked me to instruct Tarkeswar to tender his resignation. On Monday he will put in his papers. This was a dynamic and unprecedented decision."
He added: "Considering the continued uproar there, MHRD found this as the most suitable decision." Prof Bhattacharya further said: "I shall be at NIT within a couple of days and director from some other NIT will be asked to take interim charge."
Source: The Statesman
Durgapur, 27th Nov 2015
Biz meet focus on smart cities
The state government has planned to show-case the four proposed smart cities -Durgapur, Haldia, Salt lake and New Town -and six intelligence cities -Asansol, Baruipur, Dumurjola, Kalyani, Siliguri and Bolpur -in the forthcoming Bengal Global Business Summit that will take place between January 1 and 9 next year, said urban development secretary and Hidco CMD, Debashis Sen.
He was speaking at an event held at the auditorium of Durgapur Municipal Corporation. Four cities in the state have been included by the Centre in the list of first 98 smart cities in the country .
Debashis Sen, who had earlier worked as the district magistrate of Burdwan, said that about 500 acres at the posh City Centre area of Durgapur have been acquired and prime focus will be on greenery , e-services and technical upgradations like under-ground cable laying. The proposals will be sent for final approval to Centre before Decembr 15, Sen added.
As part of the scheme, the local civic body has already decided to declare Durgapur Municipal Corporation as a plastic-free city from January 1, 2016.
There will be a 50% discount on building plans if a minimum of four saplings are planted and a provision for rain water conservation is arranged, said Kasturi Sengupta, comissioner of DMC.There is also a plan to renovate the entire street lighting system of Durgapur.
Police commisioner Ajay Kumar Nand said that a few hundreds CCTVs would be installed and the manual signal system would be replaced by automatic system in Durgapur.
Durgapur, 27th Nov 2015
Air India to operate Delhi-Durgapur services from Dec 7
Come December and Eastern India's first greenfield airport, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, is all set to be connected to Delhi. National carrier, Air India, will commence three flights a week from Durgapur to Delhi.
The inaugural flight will take off on December 7 from the Dum Dum airport at 13.00 hours. It will fly from Kolkata to Durgapur and from there reach Delhi at around 17:45 hours.
From Delhi, the flight will take off at 18:15 hours and will reach Kolkata via Durgapur at 22:00 hours. It will reach Durgapur (from Delhi) at 20:45 hours.
Interestingly, Air India had been amongst the first airlines to start commercial operations from the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Durgapur. The inaugural flight was operated by Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, with a 48-seater ATR-42 aircraft.
Located 170 kms from Kolkata, the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport is promoted by the Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), in which Singapore’s Changi Airports International has an over 36 per cent stake; and five other Indian promoters
Durgapur, 24th Nov 2015
Turmoil at NIT-Durgapur after student's death; Smriti Irani intervenes
The death last Wednesday of an engineering student at National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Durgapur, allegedly due to negligence and ineptitude of the institute, has led to major student unrest which evoked intervention by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Officials of the ministry were due to visit the institute on Monday to enquire into the issues raised by the protesting students who say the death of Prosenjit Sarkar was the fifth in the past one year in a series of what the institute had dismissed as case of 'unnatural death'.
Prosenjit, a fourth year engineering student, suffered persistent headaches for two days that prevented him from completing his semester paper, his classmates said. Despite being approached repeatedly, the medical unit of the NIT failed to attend to his worsening condition or to help him to get treatment from outside.
Caught in this state of negligence and ineptitude of the medical unit, he died on November 18, they said.
The students also said that NIT director Tarkeshwar Kumar refused to speak to them and the chief warden when they approached him to discuss the issue on November 18 and that their protests had instead been responded by the director calling over 150 riot police and RAF personnel.
The students have been protesting, holding vigils, boycotting classes, and have started an online campaign with the hashtag #JusticeForProsenjit.
"Have asked for an explanation from the concerned authorities," responded union HRD minister Smriti Irani on November 21 to social media messages of the agitating students.
Irani added on Twitter on Sunday that "Officers from MHRD will be in NIT Durgapur tomorrow (Monday)."
The institute said on Sunday that an investigation committee had been set up to probe the incident and a report was expected within a week.
"For the past one year, there has been more than five deaths in the campus and every time the case is closed with the verdict 'unnatural death'," the agitating students said.
Durgapur, 20th Nov 2015
NIT Durgapur student dies due to medical negligence, students protest against management
A fourth year student of the Electrical Engineering department, Prosenjit Sarkar, died on Wednesday night (November 18) in NIT Durgapur on Wednesday. The institute has now constituted a committee to inquire into the incident.
Prosenjit had appeared for the first paper of his 7th-semester exam. "He was suffering from a headache for the last two days, and soon after his first paper was done, he visited the Medical Unit (MU) in the campus for treatment. But the doctor was unavailable until 5 p.m," said one student who was his batchmate. Around 5 p.m. the doctor prescribed pills as well as put him on three bottles of saline. He was discharged close to 8 p.m.
"He returned to the hostel and had his dinner. But after a while, his room-mates found him lying on the floor and vomiting in his room. They took him back to the MU, and the doctor suggested that he should be taken to the Mission Hospital in the city because his pulse was low around 9.30 p.m.," said another student in his fourth-year. But, the students allege that the ambulance of the MU itself was delayed and that they had to take Prosenjit in an auto rickshaw.
"He was declared dead on arrival by the doctors in the Mission Hospital. He was dead for over an hour. It is appalling that the Medical Officer in the institute couldn't diagnose his condition and its seriousness," added the student.
When PaGaLGuY spoke to the Medical Officers of MU, Dr. B. Sarkar, and Dr.S. Patra, they both refused to comment on the incident.
The students have been protesting against the administration outside the bungalow of Director, Prof. Tarkeshwar Kumar, until this morning. "The director did not come out of his house. The police was called in the campus as well. It's almost one day since his death, but the Director has not met us. We shall continue to protest against the administration and their lack of apathy even tomorrow," said a first-year student in the Electrical Engineering department.
PaGaLGuY spoke to the Student Affairs Dean, Prof. A.K Bhattacharya, about the situation in the campus. "We have constituted a committee to investigate into the incident. We cannot allege that the cause of death is due medical negligence, or because of lack of proper medical care by the Medical Officer in the campus," he said. He also confirmed that the students have been protesting and that the police was called in to handle the situation in case it went out of hand.
When the Director, Tarakesh Kumar was contacted, PaGaLGuY was told that the Director is unwell due to high blood pressure and could not comment.
PaGaLGuY also spoke to another student who passed out of NIT Durgapur a year ago. He alleged, that he was prescribed a high dosage of medication for a condition which was not so serious. He further added that his health deteriorated to such an extent, in his first semester, that he almost missed his semester examination. He claims it took him a month to recuperate.
Durgapur, 17th Nov 2015
Junction mall's 'Wifi' gift to Durgapur
Another feather in the cap for Junction Mall situated at Durgapur in West Bengal as it successfully hosted eastern India's first and only fully free wireless frequency zone on Saturday.
Junction Mall management has collaborated with Jio Net to bring this service for the customers.
This is aimed at adding value to the shopping experience. Junction Mall caters to thousands of enthusiastic shoppers daily.
With seamless connectivity and superfast 4G internet customers can sit-chat-surf at the food court, check movie schedules, map their way around stores, make data calls and do much more.
This is part of Junction Mall's contribution towards government of India's Smart City initiative. The management at Junction Mall has embraced digitisation whole-heartedly. With more steady steps Durgapur will soon be the most technologically advanced township in the area.
A host of esteemed delegates and dignitaries will be present at the launch ceremony to announce the WiFi zone active.
The CEO of Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA), the Chairman of ADDA, the Commissioner of Police, the Sub Divisional Magistrate, the Mayor In Council (Durgapur), Mayor and the first lady of Durgapur graced the occasion.
Junction mall is one of the major projects of the Primarc Group. Primarc Group is a diversified dominant position in the retail & realty sector in Eastern India. Primarc owns and operates over 45 stores across various formats across East India.
Durgapur, 13th Nov 2015
Five cops assaulted in Durgapur, attackers get bail
Five policemen were assaulted by rival groups at Vidyasagarpally under Durgapur township police station area when they went to quell a fight in the industrial township, a day after a sub-inspector was allegedly beaten to death by gamblers in Cooch Behar district. Police had arrested 17 suspects for attacking the cops last night. However, all of them got bail today. Additional Commissioner of Police of Durgapur region Amitava Maity said the suspects were arrested under different sections for assaulting cops and damaging a police vehicle last night. However, all the accused were released today on bail by a court order when they were produced before the judicial magistrate's court. On Tuesday night West Bengal police sub-inspector Ranjit Pal was allegedly beaten to death when he went to raid a gambling den in Cooch Behar. The killers, reportedly, hit the police officer on his head with a bamboo leading to his death. 21 people have been arrested in the case.
Durgapur, 27th Oct 2015
DSP blood bank operation suspended
The state health directorate has suspended operation of the blood bank of SAIL's Durgapur Steel Plant Hospital for four days. The step came as a penal measure against the blood bank relating to successive deaths resulting from 'contaminated' blood issued from the blood bank to a number of patients in the months of August and September.
The director, state drug control, Dr Chintamoni Ghosh, in an official communication [No: DCWB/GBB/DSPH- 29-97/2005/4 (08), dated 14 October 2015] notified the matter to the Medical and Health Services, Durgapur Steel Plant.
The order stated: “All the activities of the said blood bank are suspended for five days from the date of receipt of this order."Besides,it also cautioned the hospital authority saying that three months' time is granted to rectify the defects mentioned in inspection report dated 6 September 2015.
The drug control authority also has warned the hospital stating: "Operation of blood bank during suspension is a punishable offence as per law." The DSP Hospital's deputy director and in-charge of the blood bank Dr SN Chowdhury said: "We have suspended all blood collection activities and issue of blood units has also been put on hold." He added: "Our blood bank works under the pathology department of the hospital and the licensing authority has asked us to segregate the two sections." Besides, he added: "Some civil construction works have also been started at the hospital to meet the compliance requirements."
The state health services had reacted sharply in the first week of September after four patients died because of transfusion of 'contaminated' blood supplied by the DSP blood bank.
After the after The Statesman exposed the discrepancy on 6 September, on 7 September, a six-member team comprising officials and experts from the state drug control authority led by joint director Dr SN Dey held a night-long inspection of the blood bank and collected blood samples of two batches (Nos:1056 of AB + blood & 1143 of O+ blood) procured from two blood camps organised on 9 August and 15 August respectively.
The blood bank had supplied blood units to 33 patients between 22 August and 6 September, the investigations revealed.
The family members of two victims Pinky Roy and Bachhi Devi Routh had lodged complaint against the hospital authority.
An FIR against the senior officials lodged by Mr Partha Roy, Pinky's husband, brought charges of negligence causing death and not holding examination before transfusion (under section 304 of the IPC and sections 3 & 4 of the Clinical Establishment Act'2010). The FIR was registered with the local police.
Source: The Statesman
Durgapur, 30th Sept 2015
CITU Wins DSP Union Recognisation election
CPI(M)'s labour wing CITU affiliated HSEU (Hindustan Steel Employees Union) won the union recognition election in Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) beating its nearest rival DSPMU (Durgapur Steel Plant Mazdoor Union), affiliated under INTTUC, the labour wing of TMC. The union recognition election in DSP was held yesterday amidst tight security. The voting percentage was as high as 93.38%.
Durgapur, 26th Sept 2015
CM wants Andal airport at par with Jammu
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded that Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal near Durgapur be clubbed with airports in the North-East, Andaman & Nicobar, Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshdweep where it is mandatory for Indian carriers to operate flights. The civil aviation minister has promised to evaluate the proposal favourably.
At the meeting between Mamata and civil aviation minister Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju on Thursday, the CM pressed for Category II status for the airport as per the route dispersal guidelines issued by the civil aviation ministry in 1994. The norm requires scheduled operators like IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet and Go Air to mandatorily assign 10% of capacity on trunk routes to these airports in 'backward' regions. That means, if an airline operates 10 flights between metro cities, it has to fly one aircraft to a Category II airport.
According to government sources, Mamata had first lobbied for this during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi earlier this year. Thursday's meeting with the civil aviation minister was the perfect opportunity to reiterate the demand and she went the whole hog, pointing out that the backward districts of Bengal like Bankura, Purulia and Birbhum were in the airport's catchment area. It is also a gateway to Jangalmahal, a region that was troubled by Maoists and requires development booster shots.
Mamata also pointed out that two famous Jain pilgrimage sites - Samosharan temple and Bhomiyaji Asthan - are also located near Dhanbad that the airport serves. Lakhs of devotees visit the twin temples each year.
Making the pitch for the airport even stronger, the chief minister told Raju that being located in Durgapur-Asansol- Dhanbad-Bokaro industrial belt, viability would not be an issue. "The Category II status is required to act as a catalyst and get flights into the airport," she said.
Mamata has also urged Raju to introduce a policy on such greenfield airports and how the Centre could promote it in the initial years to ensure their viability.
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 18th Sept 2015
One killed in blast in Durgapur, West Bengal
A man was killed and two others injured on Thursday in a bomb blast inside a electrical repair shop in Durgapur of West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said.
"One man has been killed and two others received some injuries. Prime facie it appears to be a crude bomb explosion," said Commissioner of Police, (Asansol-Durgapur), Ajay Kumar Nand.
The owner of the shop has been arrested.
While people initially presumed the explosion to be the compressor of a refrigerator bursting, police upon inspection found shrapnel and recovered two more container shaped bombs.
"The two bombs have been defused and samples sent for forensic testing. As of now, it seems they are not IEDs as there was no trigger mechanism in them. We are probing the matter and awaiting the forensic test reports," added Nand.
The man who died has been identified as Pappu Ram, 35. A forensic team is slated to visit the site on Friday.
Durgapur, 10th Sept 2015
US companies may partners with West Bengal for smart cities
With four smart cities coming up in Bengal, US based multinationals like HP, Cisco and Otis have shown interest in partnering with the state. According to sources, these companies are actively looking into technological collaboration with the state government agencies to get the proposed smart cities rolling.
The state government, which had organized a roadshow at New Delhi to attract investment and technological partners for the proposed smart cities, met the multinationals on Monday at a meeting there. According to sources, a number of US based firms including HP, Cisco, Otis, 3M have shown interested in investing in the four proposed smart city projects in the state. One of the multinational has shown interest in the proposed smart city projects in Durgapur and Haldia as they already have a base there.
Two officials of the US department of treasury had already been to Kolkata to discuss the state's plans on developing smart cities. West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is also working with representatives of Future Cities Catapult (FCC), a UK based urban planning agency to chalk out how smart cities could be developed. Bengal has signed an MOU with FCC in London during chief minister Mamata Banerjee's visit.
"Basically all of them want to contribute with smart technology and smart solutions towards making the cities smart. Later some may buy equity stake in a special purpose vehicle to fund the projects," an official with the urban development department. The four cities selected by the state government and now included in the Centre's list for smart cities are Salt Lake, New Town, Haldia and Durgapur.
"We are working on plans and talking with a number of organizations to develop the smart cities," said state urban development secretary and Hidco chairman cum managing director Debashis Sen. The state is developing theme based cities in areas like Baruipur, Kalyani, Asansol, Siliguri, Dumurjola and Shantiniketan. It has already interacted with chambers of commerce like BCCI and FICCI to act as advisors for these theme based township projects.
According to government sources, FICCI has shown interest in partnerinrng for the proposed theme city project on 127 acres in Shantiniketan. The state government has already floated the request for proposals for preparation of the smart city at Bidhannagar. At Asansol, the industry-themed city is likely to be promoted in association with the CII, while the Baruipur senior citizen-themed city will be promoted in association with the CREDAI, Bengal. Two other cities would include a culture-themed city at Shantiniketan and a sports-themed city at Dumurjola that will also be promoted by the chambers of commerce.
"We are getting a lot of response from IT majors like TCS, Infosys and Cisco apart from leading realtors to partner with the theme based city at Kalyani. While BCCI's role is limited to conceptualization and facilitation, we are also keen to partner with other city projects," said Ambarish Dasgupta, president designate of BCCI.
Meanwhile the state government is also inviting bids for the cities till September 21. For the six theme based townships, a total of 447 acres of land has been identified across the state in Kalyani, Bolpur, Dabgram, Asansol, Dumurjala and Baruipur. The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is the nodal agency for the township projects as the development authorities like KMDA, SJDA, ADDA and others will be assisting Hidco.
Source: Times Of India
Durgapur, 7th Sept 2015
Three die in Durgapur hospital after blood transfusion
In the last few days, three patients, who were admitted to Durgapur Ispat Main Hospital in Burdwan with various problems, died after receiving a blood transfusion. In all three cases, the blood was supplied by the hospital's blood bank and the patients' condition deteriorated after the transfusion.
They were shifted to a private facility where they died. The post-mortem report of one patient concluded that she had gone into septic shock following the transfusion.
The hospital director has set up a three-member inquiry committee to probe the deaths. Sources said the blood given was probably contaminated. So far, none of the three patients' families have lodged any written complaint with the health department.
Of the deceased is Bachhi Devi (55), a resident of Durgapur's B-zone, who was admitted to the Durgapur Ispat hospital with pain in her abdomen. After the doctors examined her, they concluded that she was anaemic. She was given a blood transfusion, with the hospital's