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AI investigates operational negligence, de-rosters pilots

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) National passenger carrier Air India on Tuesday said that it is investigating an incident of gross operational negligence on its Kolkata-Mumbai flight which had to land at Nagpur, as the aircraft's landing gear was not retracted after take-off. The pilots were de-rostered after the incident was reported. Investigation is on, said airline spokesperson Dhananjay K...

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Asian Paints net profit down 20% in Q1

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Paint manufacturer Asian Paints on Tuesday reported a 20.23 per cent fall in its consolidated net profit at Rs 440.74 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 as compared to Rs 552.56 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Its total income increased by nearly 5 per cent to Rs 4,306.60 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 4,103.56 crore in t...

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Top rated BEd colleges to go out of NCTE regulation

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) The Human Resource Development Ministry, which aims to overhaul teachers' training in the country, on Tuesday announced that the best-rated Bachelor of Education colleges will be left out of the regulatory regime of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). Best rated colleges (five star rated) will go out of the regulatory regime of NCTE. They will be re...

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Surjeet to lead revamped Bengal Warriors in PKL-5

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) A new look Bengal Warriors team led by Surjeet Singh is all set to begin their campaign in the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) against Telugu Titans in Hyderabad on August 2. The 18-member strong squad, unveiled here on Tuesday, has a number of new recruits. Surjeet, who donned the U Mumba colours last year, and former Jaipur Pink Panthers players Man...

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Better to discuss JNU's research than army tank issue: Minister

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey on Tuesday dubbed the controversy over demand to place a decommissioned tank in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) premises as meaningless. It is better if you discuss about the good research works that come out of JNU. These discussions are meaningless, Pandey told media persons here o...

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14 Bangladeshi nationals held for encroaching land

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Fourteen Bangladeshi nationals, including four women and three minors, have been remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a West Bengal court on charges of encroaching on Indian territory without proper documents, police said. The group was arrested from a bus in North 24 Pargana district's Gaighata on Monday evening during a vigil. Seven men four women an...

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Two killed as old house collapses in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Two people were killed when an old two-storied building partially collapsed here on Tuesday, police said. Himardi Pahari, 38, a local and Hansa Sahu, 18, a resident of the building in Taltala (in central Kolkata), came under the debris. Both of them were taken to the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital after being extricated but declared dead by doctors, police ...

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Bengal accuses DVC of flooding state by releasing water

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) The West Bengal Irrigation Department on Tuesday protested the Damodar Valley Corporation's decision to release water from Panchet Dam, which it claimed has further worsened the inundation in the state's low lying areas. It also criticised Jharkhand for recklessly releasing water without bothering about the already waterlogged districts of West Bengal. The...

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RFYS football tourney to be held in 30 cities

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) The Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) is expected to see more than 60,000 student footballers from over 3,500 schools and colleges across 30 Indian cities participate this year, it was announced on Tuesday. The inaugural RFYS football competition in four different categories last year elicited robust participation from schools and colleges in the eight cities...

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Tinplate Co India works with Tata Steel Europe to improve operations

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Tata Steel subsidiary Tinplate Company of India Ltd, which is looking to undertake its business independently, has been working closely with Tata Steel Europe for the last eight-nine months for operational improvements, a company official said on Tuesday. We have been working closely with Tata Steel Europe team in the last eight-nine months in terms of operational...

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Top rated BEd colleges to go out of NCTE regulation

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) The Human Resource Development Ministry, which aims to overhaul teachers' training in the country on Tuesday, said best-rated Bachelor of Education colleges will be left out of the regulatory regime of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). Best rated colleges (five star rated) will go out of the regulatory regime of NCTE. They will be recognised and a...

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Presidency University students press for sanitary pad vending machines

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) A section of Presidency University students here have launched a protest against higher rate of taxes on sanitary napkins under the new Goods and Services Tax regime and demanded installation of vending machines across the campus. Presently, there is only one machine in the girl's common room and one has to pay Rs 10 per pad. We want machines across all buildings ...

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'No detention policy in schools up to states'

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) The HRD Ministry on Tuesday asserted that the decision to scrap the no-detention policy for Classes 5 to 8 was taken in consultation with states and the final call to execute the amendment will be taken by them. It was done with state governments' consensus... this is how it should be. I would not like to comment on what he (Bengal Education Minister) said. Everyo...

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India, Bangladesh Coast Guards begin two-day exercise

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) In a bid to enhance maritime security and bolster search and rescue operations, Coast Guards of India and Bangladesh on Tuesday began a two-day drill in the Bay of Bengal. The naval mass rescue exercise aims at increasing the proficiency of both Coast Guards in taking up challenges of search and rescue operations in adverse conditions. The Bay of Bengal is...

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Old house collapses in Kolkata, people feared trapped

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Amid incessant rainfall in the city for the last few days, an old two-storeyed building partially collapsed in central Kolkata's Taltala on Tuesday, the city Fire Department said. A part of an old building at 10-B Indian Mirror Street collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Some inhabitants of the house are feared trapped under the debris, a fire brigade official said. ...

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Alphabet appoints Pichai to its board of directors

San Francisco, July 25 (IANS) Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, has appointed Indian-born Google CEO Sundar Pichai to its board of directors. Sundar has been doing a great job as Google's CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships and tremendous product innovation. I really enjoy working with him and I'm excited that he is joining the Alphabet board, Alphabet CEO Larry Page said...

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An Indian who lives to explore the world

Title: My Life My Travels: A Travelogue; Author: Sudeep Bhutoria; Publisher: Vani Prakashan; Pages: 188; Price: Rs 399 Why are the pubs of London more delightful than British tea? What can Indians learn from Switzerland? In which European country does the President cycle home after work? And where do people worship a stone that resembles our Shiv Ling? These and many other questions get ...

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Jute products made by correctional home inmates showcased in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) In a unique initiative, 15 inmates from the state-based Dumdum correctional home, on Monday showcased a wide array of jute products crafted by them after getting trained by professionals inside the prison. The inmates, chosen from a group of 40 from the correctional home (as jails are called in West Bengal), after six months of skill development training by the st...

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Bengal BJP leader questioned by CID

Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) West Bengal BJP leader Shamik Bhattacharya, who was summoned by the state CID in connection with a fraud case under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, appeared before the investigators at CID headquarters here on Monday, a CID source said. Bhattacharya, a former Basirhat MLA, was initially asked to appear before the CID on June 21 for questioning in a case of fraud regist...

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NSDC to raise Rs 50 cr in Nirvana Fund

Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is aiming to raise Rs 50 crore in the next six months in the newly created Nirvana Fund to cater to entrepreneurs from the bottom rungs of society, a top official said here on Monday. We are targetting to collect Rs 50 crore from investors in the next six months, NSDC's MD and CEO Manish Kumar said. It is a...

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