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Durgapur, Dec 5, 2019
ESIC hospital in Durgapur to become super speciality Hospital with 250-bed property
The Employees'' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) on Thursday approved creation of additional new super speciality posts at its medical colleges in Telangana, Chennai and Haryana, and upgradation of its hospital in Durgapur to a 250-bed property, according to an official statement.

The decision was taken at the 179th meeting of ESIC held under the Chairmanship of Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment.
"In order to reduce the stress of ESI beneficiaries due to delay in the treatment and non-provision/unavailability of few super-speciality departments/doctors in ESIC Medical College & Hospital Sanathnagar in Telangana, K K Nagar in Chennai) and Faridabad in Haryana, the corporation in its meeting approved the proposal for creation of additional new super speciality posts viz. oncology, neurology, nephrology, gastroenterology, etc," the Ministry of Labour and Employment said in a statement.
It will help in providing these super speciality medical cares in medical colleges and hospitals besides cutting down tertiary case referrals, it said.
Another approval for upgradation of ESI Hospital, Durgapur, from existing 150 beds to 250 beds was also accorded in the meeting, the ministry said. PTI ABI HRS.

Durgapur, Dec 4, 2019
Indian Railways Durgapur station is beautiful!
The Durgapur station has been renovated to upgrade the existing facilities for improving the experience of passengers, as part of the station beautification and redevelopment initiative of Piyush Goyal-led Railway Ministry.
Durgapur station has been completely redeveloped with new infrastructural facilities for passengers! The Durgapur station falls under the Asansol railway division of the Eastern Railway (ER) zone. According to details shared by the ER zone with Financial Express Online, the Durgapur station has been renovated to upgrade the existing facilities for improving the experience of passengers, as part of the station beautification and redevelopment initiative of Piyush Goyal-led Railway Ministry. The details of the infrastructural developments which have been done at the Durgapur station are as follows:
* The front façade of the station building has been completely renovated and beautified with ceramic tiles, which have been fixed on the walls. Matching with the new look of the front facade, new facade lights have also been installed, which beam out bright and enchanting colours during the night hours.
* The stairs towards the station platforms have been renovated with the help of granite stones. A new nameplate for the station board, made up of stainless steel has been placed beside the entrance towards the platform. This has been decorated with focus lights and a sprinkler fountain.
* A new station entry gate has been constructed on the eastern side of the circulating area, separating the entry and exit of taxis and other private vehicles.
* The approach road surface has been redeveloped and the IGBC approved plants have been placed inside the new decorated road dividers.
* Inside the station, a new air-conditioned premium lounge has been opened with the provision of airport-like lounge facilities. The lounge has comfortable seating arrangements for passengers and also has recliners and body massage chair inside separate cabins. The washrooms have been fixed with modern and luxurious fittings. Passengers can avail the facilities of the lounge by paying a nominal fee of Rs 50 per hour.
* The upper-class waiting halls have been renovated with passenger-friendly amenities such as the inclusion of comfortable seating arrangements for passengers, CCTV cameras and washrooms with modern fittings.
* All the existing retiring rooms of the station have been redeveloped with the inclusion of new floor tiles, new wall paintings, modern toilet fittings.
* New platform sheds have been provided at platform numbers 1, 2 and 3.
* Additional stainless steel benches have been provided at all platforms of the station for the convenience of passengers
* Energy-efficient LED lights have been installed at all platforms for illumination

Durgapur, Dec 4, 2019
Three miscreants loot over Rs 4 lakh from bank in Kanksa area of Durgapur
A group of three miscreants was caught on CCTV while looting over Rs four lakh from a bank in Kanksa area of Durgapur, last night..
"They entered the bank between 1-2 am. The bank did not have any security guard during the night. A probe is on," said Sandip Karra, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Kanksa area.
"It came to light that three miscreants with the help of a gas cutter cut open the lock of the main gate of the bank and after entering the bank they also cut open the vault containing cash and looted Rs 4,16,230 cash. They also vandalised the CCTV camera and other articles," said Karra. (ANI)

Durgapur, Nov 11, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind visit Visva Bharati landing in Andal Airport
President Ram Nath Kobind attended the annual Convocation of Visva Bharati university
The President who arrived here last evening in a helicopter along with the Governor after landing at the Andal airport, today visited different areas of the university including several foreign institutes at Santiniketan and interacted with the students and the teachers to know their views.
In view of the President's maiden visit to Santiniketan, the entire Santiniketan and Bolpur areas were brought under a thick cover of security blanket with the deployment of hundreds of armed security personnel and state police personnel who have restricted the movement of local people in and around the campus area .
Later the President left for new Delhi in a special IAF aircraft after a two day visit and he was seen off at the Andal Airport by Governor Dhakar and the state minister among several others.
Source: Hindusthan Samachar- Ankur Bhattacharya

Durgapur, Nov 4, 2019
A youth died in a road accident in Benachity Durgapur after Chhath Puja
A road accident in Durgapur, West Bengal caused a lot of uproar. A man called Sanjay Gupta was crushed by a mini bus.
The man died at the spot. Later, when the police reached the spot, to bring the situation under control, a clash broke out between protestors and the police.
Source: Msn - AajTak

Durgapur, Nov 4, 2019
SUV rams into gas tanker near Durgapur, driver killed
A man was killed after an SUV, which he was allegedly driving, rammed into a gas tanker at Kanksa near Durgapur on National Highway NH -2 on Monday morning. The car was being used by the Japan Consulate. According to sources, on Monday morning, the driver of the car, identified as Firozuddin, was going to Durgapur. Around 6:30 am, when Firozuddin was passing through Birudiha, the car lost control and rammed into a gas tanker, which was also moving towards Durgapur.
Hearing the sound of collision, local residents ran to the spot and tried to rescue Firozuddin but they couldn't save him. Due to the impact of the collision, the front part of the SUV was damaged and the driver was stuck inside. After a few minutes, the police personnel from Kanksa police station arrived at the spot and rescued him. He was rushed to Durgapur Sub Divisional Hospital where Firozuddin was declared brought dead. Local residents claimed that the SUV was moving at a high speed and the driver failed to control the car.
It is suspected that Firozuddin had fallen asleep and did not notice the tanker in front of him. On Sunday morning, four persons, including three Bengal Women's Cricket Team selectors were seriously injured after the car in which they were travelling rammed into a parked truck on NH 2 near Palsit toll plaza in Burdwan. The selectors, identified as Purnima Chowdhury, Shyama Sau and Chandana Mukherjee, were travelling to Suri in Birbhum to watch a cricket match. They were then supposed to attend a selection camp at Dubrajpur to select players. The four injured were admitted in a private hospital in Burdwan but later shifted to a private hospital in Kolkata.

Durgapur, Nov 3, 2019
Labourers trapped in coal mine for hours after lift shutdown
At least 70 labourers were trapped in a coal mine in Durgapur on Sunday morning after a lift, which they used to get inside the mine, was shutdown for maintenance work. The labourers were safely rescued after almost four hours.
According to sources, on Saturday night, several labourers went inside Parashkol coal mine in Durgapur. To get inside the coal mine they generally used a lift, which was being operated using steam pressure in a boiler.
The labourers were supposed to work till 8 am on Sunday. However, before they finished their work, the lift was shutdown early on Sunday morning for maintenance. The steam inside the boiler, which operates the lift,was released. After the maintenance work started, it came to light that labourers were working inside the coal mine. Labourers were panic-stricken after knowing about the situation. Immediately, Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) authorities were informed by local trade union leaders.
It is alleged that the safety officer of the coal mine failed to perform his duty. Before shutting down the lift, he needs to ensure that no one is inside the mine. However, ECL authority and coal mine employees were constantly in touch with the labourers through the communication system and made sure that the labourers don't fall sick. Meanwhile, the process to restore the lift has been started. After the boiler was operational, the lift was sent down to get the labourers. After a few minutes all the labourers were brought up safely. Labourers demanded stringent action against the safety officer. Sources informed that an inquiry has been ordered in this regard. After 12 pm, production of coal commenced again.

Durgapur, Oct 22, 2019
IAF starts fighter exercise near China borders
The Indian Air Force on Wednesday began an exercise to fly fighter jets from six civilian airbases in eastern India aiming to boost its ability to undertake military operations from such airbases in case of an emergency.
Over the next few days, a bunch of Su-30 MKI and Hawk 132 combat aircraft will take-off and touch down at Dimapur in Nagaland, Imphal in Manipur, Guwahati, Kolkata, Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh and Andal in West Bengal.

Durgapur, Oct 21, 2019
CMERI director bats for solid waste management system
Startup companies in India should think about investing in technologies for social sector such as municipal waste management, said director of CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur, Dr Harish Hirani.
He was speaking on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2019 organised by Institution of Engineers (India) Durgapur chapter here today on the theme, Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth.
CSIR-CMERI has been a pioneer in the country for waste management engineering. It has already set up a green colony at its campus in Durgapur with absolutely zero waste.

Durgapur, Aug 20, 2019
Veg crisis: NIT Durgapur dials Didi Ke Bolo helpline
The National Institute of Technology here has contacted Didi Ke Bolo platform to find a solution to the ongoing agitation by Trinamul-backed workers in the vegetarian canteen for students.
About 700 vegetarian students have not been getting food at the hostel because of the agitation in front of the NIT gates since August 12. The agitators are not allowing the workers of the newly-appointed contractor for the vegetarian kitchen to enter the NIT premises.
"We have contacted Didi Ke Bolo platform from our official number and informed them about the ongoing crisis. But nothing has happened till now," said Soumya Sen Sharma, the registrar of the NIT.
The 15 casual kitchen workers started a relay hunger strike from Monday demanding their absorption by the new contractor.
The agitation has affected the supply of food to around 700 vegetarian students forcing the NIT authorities to arrange food packets for them which they said is "not adequate".
"We are not getting proper food and can't concentrate on our studies since August 12 because of the agitation of the workers. We do not know how long we will have to suffer," said Poulomee Roy, a girl student at NIT Students Gymkhana.
Referring to the call by the NIT to the Didi Ke Bolo platform, registrar Sen Sharma said the person who had received the call noted down all details.
"Later, we received calls from Nabanna and intelligence branch officials followed by calls from West Burdwan district magistrate and Durgapur subdivisional officer. They also wanted to know the details from us," said Sen Sharma.
The Durgapur SDO, Anirban Koley, who was assigned to handle the crisis by the DM, said the new company had agreed to take six workers but the agitators had demanded that all the 15 be absorbed.
Sources said local Trinamul councillor Sushmita Bhuin was leading the casual workers.
"I am supporting the poor workers as it is matter of their bread and butter. I cannot accept that they will lose jobs. Their agitation is justified," said Bhuin.
Representatives of the new company said they could not absorb all the 15 workers as they had their own manpower.
Source: The telegraph

Durgapur, Aug 5, 2019
Durgapur MBBS aspirant and mother die after thugs raid train in UP
Dilip Dom had a dream to see daughter Manisha in the doctor's white coat. On Sunday afternoon, the 45-year-old taxi driver was waiting for her body to arrive wrapped in a white sheet.
"I had to pay a heavy price for my dream to see her as a doctor. I lost her and my wife," said Dilip as he waited for the bodies of daughter Manisha Kumari Supan Dom, 21, and wife Meena Dom to arrive at the family's home in Durgapur town's Ranchi Colony.
Neighbours gathered at the single-storey tiled-roof house recounted how Dilip - who earns Rs 17,000 to Rs 15,000 a month - had tried his best to educate his three daughters and a son by working overtime.
"I am a school dropout but I struggled to give proper education to all my children. Manisha wanted to become a doctor but everything has ended now," said Dilip, breaking down.
Manisha's brother Bikash is a BTech and works with a private cellphone firm in Calcutta. Dilip's two other daughters completed their graduation and are married.
Manisha, the neighbours said, was among the brightest of the siblings. When the mortal remains of Manisha and Meena arrived at Durgapur station, residents of Ranchi Colony, a slum area, were upset seeing the two bodies placed in one coffin.
"Manisha was our pride and the first girl from Ranchi Colony to appear for medical entrance exams and achieve a position where she could hope to take admission in a medical college. How could the railways send two bodies in one coffin? We demand compensation and a job for the family," one neighbour said.
A rail official said an inquiry would be conducted and the other demands "looked into".
Manisha, her mother and a relative, Akash Mallick, were headed to Kota to explore possibilities of admission in a medical college in the Rajasthan town. They died after falling off the Hazrat Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram Superfast Express during a scuffle with robbers near Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday.
Manisha had ranked 802 (SC category) and 5,000 in the general category in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year.
"My daughter wanted to pursue MBBS but she was not getting admission in any government medical college in Bengal because of her ranking in the exam. I am a poor driver and cannot afford her studies in a private medical college," said Dilip.
"My daughter had said that if she did not get admission there (Kota), she would have enrolled at a training centre in Kota and prepared (for the entrance) next year," Dilip added.
According to Akash, within an hour of the train leaving Delhi around 2.50am on Saturday, the robbers, who had boarded posing as passengers, brandished weapons and went on a looting spree. "They snatched a bag and gold chain from Meena. Manisha tried to resist. A scuffle broke out when the train was gradually slowing down as a station was approaching," said Akash.
The robbers were trying to get off the train near Vrindavan. Meena was clinging to her bag. "During the scuffle, they (Meena and the robbers) reached near the door. Meena fell off the train. Seeing her mother fall off, Manisha jumped out to save her," said Akash.
Other passengers pulled the chain but the robbers escaped under the cover of darkness. "The miscreants were on a looting spree in the compartment. We were shouting but no Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel arrived to save us," said Akash.
Sources said at least three constables and an officer of the RPF were supposed to escort long-distance trains at night. "We have set up an inquiry committee on the allegation of security lapse. The victim's family will be compensated by the railways under the rules," said a senior official of North Central Railway in Uttar Pradesh.
In Durgapur, local Trinamul councillor Sushmita Bhuin described the incident as "shocking" and blamed the railways. "The railways do not bother about the safety of passengers and Manisha, who was an MBBS aspirant, and her mother had to pay with their lives," Bhuin said.
Manisha and the others had left Durgapur on Friday for Delhi on way to Kota. They planned to spend some time at her elder sister's home in Delhi before leaving for Kota.

Durgapur, July 9, 2019
GEECL stops CNG supply to Asansol-Durgapur
Great Eastern Energy of Y K Modi Group has stopped supply of CNG to Asansol-Durgapur area following a rift with the drivers. GEECL along with Essar is the only two sources of green gas so far in Bengal. The company has said in a statement that the drivers have earlier illegally stopped the work twice, been indisciplined, created severe hurdles and also handed over the keys to the truck owners.
"As stated earlier, GEECL will not operate unless we are completely satisfied on safety because no operations can be carried out in unsafe conditions. The transport contractors of GEECL want to start work with new drivers in safe manner,"
Source: timesofindia

Durgapur, June 25, 2019
Mumbai to Durgapur flight services start under UDAN scheme
SpiceJet, the low cost airliner today flagged off a daily direct flight on the DurgapurMumbai route under the regional connectivity scheme, UDAN. The under-served market of Durgapur is the airline's 13th destination under UDAN.
The new flight reiterates the airline's commitment to augment connectivity between metro and non-metro cities. The route was awarded under UDAN III and is exclusive to the airline, thereby making it the only carrier to offer flight services on the sector.
Spicejet first flight in Durgapur
There are total 122 seats in the flight and on day one today, around 80 passengers arrived from Mumbai and 113 passengers departed from Andal.
Spicejet first flight in Durgapur inaugural ceremony
In line with the aviation tradition to mark key milestones, the inaugural flight was greeted with a water cannon salute upon its arrival at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Durgapur. The airline also hosted a flag-off ceremony at the Durgapur Airport which was graced by dignitaries and SpiceJet staff. The launch was initiated with the customary lamp lighting ceremony thereby marking the formal announcement of SpiceJet's SG 6355 Durgapur to Mumbai flight. The first passenger was welcomed and gifted a memento by the dignitaries. Mr Babul Supriyo, Union minister of state for environment, forest and climate change said, "Enhancing air connectivity to Durgapur and Asansol was a promise that we had made to the people and I am delighted to announce the commencement of daily non-stop flights connecting Durgapur (Andal) to Mumbai from today. The UDAN scheme, an excellent initiative of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has helped provide air connectivity to the remotest parts of the country and I am elated that people from Asansol/Durgapur and the region around will have direct connectivity to the country's financial capital and easy onward connections to the rest of the country and abroad."
"It will enhance the 'Ease of Living' Doctrine of our Government by saving both time and money. I would like to congratulate and thank SpiceJet for honouring my request and making this flight possible," the Union minister said.

Durgapur, June 10, 2019
Graphite India move helps Durgapur
Graphite India is scaling up capacity of its Durgapur unit to make up for the loss suffered by the closure of the Bangalore plant
Graphite India Ltd, the world's third-largest graphite electrode maker, is scaling up the capacity of its Durgapur unit to make up for the loss suffered by the untimely closure of the Bangalore plant.
In a communication to its shareholders, the company, chaired by Krishna Kumar Bangur, said Graphite would debottleneck its Durgapur unit, along with the Nasik facility, to cover the gap caused by the closure of the Bangalore plant.
Durgapur is the largest producer of the electrode for the company, accounting for around 59 per cent of its capacity of 98,000 tonnes.
The Bengal unit has been expanded gradually over 15 years, and the capacity now stands at 54,000 tonnes.
The decision to close the Bangalore unit, located at Whitefield, which is now an IT and realty hotspot, was taken by the board of directors on April 2.
The move followed an order of the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal - which restored an order of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) passed in 2012 - to close the plant. Following this, the KSPCB issued a fresh closure order on February 14, 2019.
The Bangalore plant had an output of 13,000 tonnes and contributed 17.05 per cent to the turnover of Graphite India Ltd in 2017-18. It is immediately not known how much of the Karnataka capacity will come to Durgapur as K.K. Bangur could not be reached for comment.
The Nasik plant has a capacity of 13,000 tonnes, while Graphite's only overseas unit in Nuremberg, Germany, can produce 18,000 tonnes.
Recently, at least two mid-sized companies have bolstered their presence in Bengal. Earth moving equipment maker Tata Hitachi closed its Jamshedpur plant and moved the machinery to Kharagpur, Bengal. Tata Sponge decided to shift its registered office from Odisha to Calcutta.
Demand for graphite electrode surged when China from 2017 promoted the use of the electric arc furnace, where the material is used, to produce steel and ordered the closure of many smoke-belching steel plants. However, additions in capacity could not keep pace with the demand because of the non-availability of petroleum coke, the principal raw material.
Production has increased marginally in the last fiscal at 91,480 tonnes against 90,882 tonnes a year ago.
The company said fresh expansion was only possible when pet coke was available in sufficient quantity. Despite the closure of the Bangalore unit, Graphite India has kept production the same as last year.

Durgapur, June 3, 2019
Cops involved in extortion, say drivers in Durgapur
Police personnel were reportedly harassed and beaten by some local businessmen in Durgapur on Monday morning. Some vehicle drivers alleged that police personnel were involved in extortion. According to sources, on Monday morning, an Assistant Sub-Inspector along with a few civic volunteers were allegedly extorting money from vehicle drivers on the National Highway 2 near DVC Mor. While all the drivers reportedly met police personnel's demand, one of the drivers left the spot without giving money to the cops. This angered police personnel.
According to vehicle driver Sudhangshu Raut, police had demanded Rs 500 which he refused to give and left the spot. Following this, police gave him a chase. At Benachiti Bazar area, the police vehicle intercepted his vehicle and blocked its way. The accused Assistant Sub-Inspector allegedly held him by his caller and dragged him out of the vehicle and later he was beaten up.
Situation took an ugly turn after local businessmen surrounded the police personnel. When police personnel asked them to leave, a few of the businesspersons heckled the police officer. Sources informed, when the police officers were about to leave the place, some money accidentally fell from their pocket which was allegedly taken from the drivers.
Local residents got furious. It is alleged that the Assistant Sub-Inspector and civic volunteers were physically assaulted. Later, local residents confined the police personnel and surrounded them. Durgapur A zone police out-post was informed about the situation. Upon receiving the information, police went to the spot and rescued the assaulted police personnel. Raut was taken to Durgapur Sub-Divisional Hospital. According to sources, an inquiry has been ordered in the case. Another case for allegedly assaulting on duty police personnel may be lodged against local residents.

Durgapur, June 3, 2019
IISCO Steel Plant CEO gets additional charge as Durgapur Steel Plant CEO
A V Kamlakar, CEO, IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) assumed additional charge as Chief Executive Officer, Durgapur Steel Plant & Alloy Steels Plant (DSP & ASP) on June 1, 2019. Earlier, Mr Kamlakar worked as Executive Director of Salem Steel Plant (SSP) and was also held additional charge as Executive Director, VISL. Since April 26, 2019 he has been posted as OSD at ISP.

Durgapur, June 2, 2019
Durgapur: CISF men, steel plant staffers clash
The Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) was on the verge of shutting down on Friday when around 2,500-3,000 night-shift employees staged a protest outside the facility against alleged excess by CISF personnel and refused to join duty. Had the situation persisted, the coke oven battery, which helps keep the plant's furnace running, would have collapsed. The situation was diffused in the nick of time after two CISF men were suspended.
CISF personnel shut the entrance around 9.30pm after they received information about a thief on the premises. They said they were acting on a circular issued by the management. However, when the employees asked to see the circular, the CISF men allegedly refused and a spat ensued between them.
Later, a CISF officer said, "We planned to catch the thief after employees of the previous shift left. We could not disclose this to the employees. So the guards thought it wise to tell them the management had directed them to keep the entrance shut. This sparked an agitation."
The management appointed a panel to probe the incident.

Durgapur, May 26, 2019
Earthquake in Durgapur, West Bengal, India
A low-intensity earthquake, measuring 4.8 on the Richter Scale, shook Bankura district of West Bengal at 10.39 am Sunday, the Met department said here.
There was no report of any casualty or damage to property so far, an official said.
The epicentre of the tremor was 10 km below the surface of Earth at latitude 23.3 degrees north and longitude 86.9 degrees east.
Tremors were also felt in Birbhum, Durgapur, Purulia and Bankura. Source:

Durgapur, May 24, 2019
BJP workers capture TMC office in Durgapur, West Bengal
Bengal witnessed a saffron surge on Thursday as the BJP inflicted a deadly blow to state's ruling Trinamool Congress by winning 16 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and leading in two other. BJP aslo won the Bardhaman-Durgapur Loksabha constituency from the ruling TMC. After that BJP workers has captured the TMC party office in Durgapur

Durgapur, May 23, 2019
Bardhaman Durgapur Election Results 2019 (Burdwan Durgapur)
S S Aluwalia of (BJP) beats Mumtaz Shangamita (TMC) by a margin of 1839 Votes, 0.13% Votes in the Bardhaman -Durgapur Lok Sabha Constituency.
The drama in 2019 Bardhaman - Durgapur Lokh Sabha Constituency has even failed the IPL 2019 final drama of final over last ball winning. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, total votes polled in the constituency is 1433007. S S Aluwalia of Bharatiya Janata Party got 598376 votes which is 41.76% of total votes polled. He has got 926 postal votes. DR. Mamtaz Sanghamita of TMC got 595937 votes which is 41.59% of total votes polled. She has got 326 postal votes. Abhas Ray Chaudhuri of CPIM got 161329 votes which is 11.26% of the total votes polled. Ranajit Mukherjee of Indian National Congress got 38516 votes which is 2.69 % of the total votes polled. 18540 votes were polled in Nota which is 1.29% of the total votes polled.
The margin of victory is very low in this 2019 Bardhaman -Durgapur Lokh Sabha Constituency. It is about 0.13% margin and by 1839 votes. The whole day it was a seesaw battle between TMC candidate Mumtaz Shangamita and S S Aluwalia of BJP. In first sesson it was Mumtaz Shangamita of TMC leading then in the next session S S Aluwalia of BJP was leading in about 29000 votes. Soon the lead of S S Aluwalia of BJP decrease to 14000 votes in the afternoon the lead decrease more to mere 2000 votes. Again in the evening Mumtaz Shangamita of TMC was leading by a mere 129 votes only to she her lead vanished and S S Aluwalia leading by 519 votes. After that more drama continues and S S Aluwalia increased his lead by 2500 votes and finally declared winner by 1839 votes a mere 0.13% Votes.
Bardhaman Durgapur is a Lok Sabha / Parliamentary constituency in South West Bengal region of West Bengal in East India. Durgapur popularly known as the Steel city of eastern India has literacy rate of 83.57%.
The seat went to the polls on Phase 4 on Monday, April 29, 2019. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, total votes polled in the constituency is 1433007. S S Aluwalia of (BJP) beats Mumtaz Shangamitra (TMC) by a margin of 1839 Votes
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Mamtaz Sanghamita of TMC won in this seat by defeating the CPM candidate by a margin of 1,07,331 votes. TMC had a vote share of 41.64% in 2014 in the seat. There were a total of 8 contestants in 2014.
In 2009, Sk Saidul Haque of CPM become victorious in this seat by trouncing the INC candidate by a margin of 1,08,237 votes which was 9.54% of the total votes polled. CPM had a vote share of 50.52% in 2009, in the constituency. There were 8 contestants in 2009.
As of December 2018, the Member of Parliament from Bardhaman Durgapur was: Mamtaz Sanghamita (TMC) . The 2019 Lok Sabha election results are scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019.
According to the 2014 electoral rolls, the electorate included 8,21,377 men, 7,62,111 women and 7 voters of the third gender.

Durgapur, April 26, 2019
SpiceJet to start two daily flights on Mumbai-Durgapur route from June 25
Budget carrier SpiceJet on Friday announced two daily flights on the Mumbai-Durgapur route from June 25 under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.
The Durgapur-Mumbai-Durgapur route was awarded to SpiceJet under the third phase of UDAN scheme and is exclusive to the airline, thereby making it the only carrier to offer flight services on the sector.
SpiceJet will be deploying its Boeing 737 aircraft on this route.
From June 25 onwards, the flight would leave Mumbai airport every day at 1.55 pm and land at Durgapur airport at 4.10 pm. The returning flight would depart from Durgapur at 4.50 pm and arrive in Mumbai at 7.05 pm.
Durgapur will be 13th destination for the airline under the UDAN scheme. The Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme of the central government is a subsidised low fare initiative to connect small cities and to help more people fly.
"The new flights reiterate the airline's commitment to augmenting connectivity between metro and non-metro cities. SpiceJet will also be launching its Chennai-Durgapur-Chennai UDAN flight in the current summer schedule," the airline said.
SpiceJet currently operates 35 flights under the UDAN scheme.
"Durgapur's Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, located at Andal, is India's first private-sector greenfield airport. It serves both the industrial cities of Durgapur and Asansol. The new flights will further strengthen SpiceJet's network in the state of West Bengal," the budget carrier said.
The airline currently operates from Kolkata and Bagdogra in the state.

Durgapur, March 26, 2019
SAIL's Durgapur Steel Plant supplies first consignment of LHB wheels to Indian Railways
State-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) Tuesday said it has shipped the first consignment of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) wheels to Indian Railways. The Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) of SAIL supplied the first consignment of LHB wheels to the national transporter on Monday, SAIL said in a statement.
"SAIL was initially given an order to supply 1,000 LHB wheels whose first consignment has been dispatched. The wheels having a unique web profile with metallurgical properties are specially designed to befit the high-speed movement on broad gauge as per the requirements of LHB coaches," it said. These LHB wheels are developed with the help of the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO), under the railways, and wheel and axle plant of DSP.
The wheels have pneumatic disc brake system for efficient braking at higher speeds, reducing the impact during accidents or emergency situations, SAIL said. "Our entire focus is to begin the supply of this advanced LHB wheels so that the requirement of the Indian Railways can be fulfilled domestically. I believe that meeting the entire requirements of LHB wheels domestically will reduce the imports and also help in saving foreign exchange," SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said.
SAIL-DSP is supplying wheels and axles to the Indian Railways for the past five decades and is the only producer of forged wheels in the country.

Durgapur, March 26, 2019
After 60 years, state plans to repair Durgapur Barrage
The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago. The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas
Bridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named "Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage". There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water.
In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Necessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.

Durgapur, March 23, 2019
16-year-old girl gang-raped, 5 held
Four men and a woman were arrested for the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl during Holi celebrations on Thursday at Durgapur's Anandapur. The girl's mother lodged a complaint with Coke Oven police station, accusing her neighbour Dipankar Dutta and five others of raping her.
All the accused were drunk, she added. ADCP Durgapur Abhisek Modi visited the spot on Friday.
Source: Times of India

Durgapur, March 22, 2019
West Bengal Issues Tender For 7 MW Solar Plant in Durgapur
The West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) has issued a tender for developing of a 7 MW grid-connected solar PV power plant on turnkey basis at Durgapur, West Bengal.
The brief scope of work for selected bidders will include the design, engineering, manufacture/procurement, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 7 MW solar system along with warranty obligation with five years of comprehensive operation and maintenance of the plant.
The last date for bid submission is April 10, 2019, and bids will be opened on April 17, 2019. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for March 26, 2019, to address the concerns raised by prospective bidders. Selected developers will have a period of 1 year from the date of handing over of the site/placement of the Letter of Award (LoA) to complete the work on the project.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 32,87,00,000 (~ Rs 33 crore) and all bidders must submit an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 65,74,000 (~ Rs 65 lakhs 74 thousand) along with their bids.
The bidder, who intends to participate in the bid, must have a minimum average annual turnover @ 30% of the estimated project cost during the last three consecutive financial year ending on March 31, 2018. And, should have the Liquid Asset and/or evidence of access to or availability of credit facility of the equivalent amount not less than Rs 5 crore.
Additionally, the bidder should have experience in single completed work of project execution in on-grid solar PV power projects sector or any other job anywhere in India costing not less than the amount equal to 80% of the estimated project cost in the past seven financial years. And, should have the credential to render service in operating and maintaining at least one 2 MW solar PV power plant anywhere in India for consecutive two years within the last seven years.

Durgapur, Mar 10, 2019
Youth held for kidnapping, sexually assaulting minor
A youth has been arrested from West Bengal on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minor girl. The victim, a resident of the national capital, was safely rescued from his hideout, a police officer said on Friday.
"Sumit Raj, 19, a resident of Bihar had on August 29 kidnapped the minor girl, Rubina, 14, after luring her from west Delhi's Khyala area. A case on the complaint of victim's mother was registered in Khyala Police Station," ADCP Sameer Sharma said.
"During investigation, police teams and victim's mother suspected on Sumit Raj who used to live in the neighbouring area went missing from the locality," he added.
"Sumit Raj was arrested on Thursday from Durgapur in West Bengal from his hideout where he also kept the minor. The victim was rescued and was medically examined following which Raj was booked under POCSO act," Sharma added.
"During interrogation, Raj disclosed that he was already married in his village at Bihar's Nalanda. He in 2018 had come to Delhi for searching job and stayed at a relative house. During this period, he was infatuated with the victim. He with the intention to marry her, started luring her with false promises and won her confidence, " he said.
Source: navhindtimes

Durgapur, Feb 19, 2019
Scientist held under Official Secrets Act in CMERI Durgapur
A scientist employed with the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) in Durgapur was arrested by the Durgapur police under Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking some documents. Thirty-four-year-old Rudra Pratap Bhattacharya is a resident of Dum Dum.
He was arrested late on Sunday and produced in a court, which remanded him in police custody.
"We have arrested him based on an FIR lodged last year," said Asansol Durgapur commissioner Laxmi Narayan Meena.
Bhattacharya claimed he was being framed by the CMERI authorities. "I had come to know of several irregularities in the institute. So, they first transferred me to Ludhiana and then brought these false charges against me. I challenge anyone to check my mail account to see whether any data had been sent from my email or not," he said.
Source: times of india

Durgapur, Feb 19, 2019
Government to sell three SAIL plants, ASP Durgapur among them
The government has decided to give a push to its strategic disinvestment plan within the current fiscal year itself by clearing sale of 100 per cent stake in three special steel producing units of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), including Salem Steel and Alloy Steel Plant.
Sources said that the Prime Minister's Office has accorded its approval to the sale and Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will now start the process of appointment of transaction advisors to conclude the deal quickly.
The three units of SAIL identified for strategic disinvestment includes Visveswaraya Iron and Steel Plant, Bhadravati, Karnataka, Salem Steel Plant, Tamil Nadu, and Alloy Steel Plant, Durgapur, West Bengal. All these units of the steel giant have been consistently making losses and sale has been considered the best option.
The disinvestment of these units will be to strategic buyers to be identified through a two-stage auction process. Sources said that with the steel market on the upswing again, the units could realise good value.
Companies like JSW Steel, Vedanta, Tata Steel, ArcelorMittal have been in a look-out for new assets.
However, the likely amount to be mobilised could not immediately ascertained.
Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Ltd, Bhadrawati, which was taken over by SAIL in 1997, produces alloy steel and pig iron. It was started by M. Visvesvaraya, a diwan of Krishnaraja Wodeyar and the then ruler of Mysore, in 1923 under the name of Mysore Iron Works.
Salem Steel is also an old unit with SAIL that produced high grade stainless steel with utensils branded in its name being household name earlier.
The government wants to conclude the deal for SAIL units at the earliest so the fund mobilised from the deal helps it in reaching closer to disinvestment target of Rs 80,000 crore for FY19. So far, the disinvestment proceeds have reached closer to Rs 50,000-crore mark.

Durgapur, Feb 17, 2019
Andal airport gets second service; Air India starts flight operation between Hyderabad and Durgapur
The Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal near Durgapur received its second service on Sunday as Air India that had already been running three flights a week to Delhi began another thrice-a-week operation between Hyderabad and the industrial belt in Burdwan
The inaugural flight - an Airbus A319 - touched down at Andal with 67 passengers at 12.55am on Sunday and the return flight took off around 2am with 107 passengers. The flight reached Hyderabad at 4.15am.
Sunday's flight is the second service from the Greenfield airport after Air India resumed service between Delhi and Durgapur on April last year. However, unlike the Delhi flight, the one to Hyderabad is a a red-eye one, arriving past midnight and taking off in the early hours of the day.
The flight is to be operated with a 144 all economy seater A319 aircraft that will fly between Hyderabad and Durgapur evvery Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. While the hours are odd, airline officials said the low pricing and the timing itself will be extremely attractive to woo passengers.
Source: times of india

Durgapur, Feb 14, 2019
Govt shelves plan for strategic sale of SAIL's Durgapur Alloy Steels Plant
The government has shelved plans for strategic sale of SAIL's Alloy Steels Plant in Durgapur, West Bengal. Steel Authority of India (SAIL) had invited an expression of interest from global and domestic companies for its proposed strategic disinvestment of its Alloy Steels Plant.
This was after the government's clearance for outright sale of state-owned SAIL's three special steel units -- Salem Steel Plant, Alloy Steels Plant and Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant -- in 2017.
"...the process of strategic disinvestment of 100 per cent stake in Alloy Steels Plant (ASP) at Durgapur by Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) ... has been annulled," the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) said in a notice.
As part of the strategic disinvestment, Alloy Steels Plant was planned to be transferred to the strategic investor on a going-concern basis by way of slump sale through business transfer agreement.
Source: hindustantimes

Durgapur, Feb 2, 2019
PM Modi in Durgapur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick started BJP's campaign in West Bengal on Saturday for the coming Lok Sabha election with rally in the border district of North 24 Parganas Thakurnagar. He also addressed a rally in the industrial town of Durgapur.
PM Modi also inaugurated several projects in the state giving an impetus to the BJP's plans for the crucial general elections which is likely to be held in April, May.
The PM launched a nearly 300-km-long electrified section of the railways in Durgapur. He also inaugurated a 20-km-long Hijli-Narayangarh third line.
PM Modi dedicated to the nation the railway electrification of the 294-km-long Andal-Sainthia-Pakur-Malda and the Khana-Sainthia sections. The electrification of this section will enable ease of transportation of coal, stone chips and ballast to North and Northeast India in a seamless manner, a statement from PM's office said.
Source: indiatvnews

Durgapur, Jan 24, 2019
PM Modi's rally in West Bengal likely to be rescheduled
On February 2, he will address another rally at Durgapur and on February 8, he will address a rally at Siliguri. However, nothing is final as of now," BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said.
This is the second time in one month that the West Bengal BJP has rescheduled Modi's rallies.
Earlier it was decided that the prime minister will address a rally at Brigade Parade Ground on February 8. It was recently cancelled and the party said he would attend three rallies in the state starting next week.
It was then decided that Modi would address a rally at Thakurnagar on January 28, another at Siliguri in north Bengal on February 2 and a third one at Asansol ---represented by Union minister Babul Supriyo --- on February 8.
However, on Wednesday evening, the state BJP announced that the dates are likely to be altered.
The BJP kick-started its Lok Sabha poll campaign in the state from Tuesday, with party president Amit Shah addressing a rally in Malda district. Shah has set a target to win more than 23 out of the total 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Source: hindustantimes

Durgapur, Jan 15, 2019
West Bengal CID seizes 689 softshell river turtles
West Bengal CID has seized a large haul of softshell river turtle from Durgapur station in West Bardhaman district and arrested four persons in the case. According to CID officials, 689 soft shell river turtles were seized from the four accused.
The four accused-Lachman Kumar, Raj Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Raju Kumar are residents of Sultanpur District of Uttar Pradesh. "The four accused were coming from Varanasi by Doon Express on Tuesday and 689 soft shell river turtle were seized from them," said a senior CID official.
He also said that after getting down at Durgapur station the accused were trying to head towards Bandel in Hooghly district to dispose of the turtles.
"The accused persons were proceeding to Bandel for disposal of the seized turtles. The seized turtles and accused are being handed over to Range Officer of Durgapur Division for legal action," said the CID official.
Source: deccan herald

Durgapur, Jan 12, 2019
Power dept finalises DPL restructure plan
The state Power department has finalised the restructure plan for Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL), a loss-making power utility, and has already forwarded the merger plan to the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) for its approval.
"We have finalised the restructure plan for DPL. The detailed plan has been sent to the ERC for its nod," state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said.
The minister informed that DPL will be divided into three parts. The transmission will be taken up by the West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (WBSETCL) and the distribution will be looked after by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) while the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) will take care of the generation part.
Source: millenniumpost

Durgapur, Jan 4th, 2019
ANDAL to CHENNAI Route is going to Start this January.
After the success of Andal- Delhi Route now Andal-Chennai route is going to be operational. On 10th of Jan it will be clear which organisation is going to run on this route.
Babul Supriyo has said that he has convinced the central minister of Aviation to run plane on Andal -Chennai Via Hyderabad or Bengaluru, as this route will be profitable and also needed for better communication.
Already many airlines has applied for running on this route. On 10th Jan tenders will be open and it will be clear which organisation will run on this route.
Babul has said it is a new year gift to the people of Shilpanchal who can now use this service for medical and tourism purpose, also students from here will be benefitted.
Presently Andal - Delhi service is running for 4 days which is also going to be for 7 days in a week.

Durgapur, Dec 28th, 2018
Yashwant Kumar, a third-year engineering student in Durgapur, Bengal, has developed a machine that can compress dung into wood-like logs to be used in funerals
Let's go green even in death.
Conventionally, firewood and electricity are used for cremation, but they are not always pocket-friendly. The son of a Katras milkman is turning cow dung into eco-friendly logs to buffer costs and let departed souls rest in peace.
Twenty-one-year-old Yashwant Kumar, a third-year engineering student in Durgapur, Bengal, has developed a machine that can compress dung into wood-like logs to be used in funerals. His project was selected for the AICTE Chhatra Vishwakarma Award earlier this year. He ranked second in Bengal and held an all-India position of 87.
"My friends here and I plan to roll out a start-up and apply for a patent through my college so that dung logs can be produced at commercial level," said the student of electronics and communication Engineering at NSHM Knowledge Campus.
On how the idea struck him, Yashwant said it was a flash of imagination while helping his father, Sanjay Barhi, milk cows at their Kharkhari home in Katras.
"My machine comprises various components such as hopper, spiral shaft, filtering screen, container, rear support and slag spout. Dung is fed into the hopper and it goes down the spiral shaft and is compressed into logs in the shrinking chamber," the student said.
Around 30kg of dung is needed to produce two logs, each 6ft long. "During the compacting process, 10 per cent is squeezed out and it can be used in farmland to increase productivity of the soil. We all know cow dung is a great fertiliser," the young man added.
The main aim of the project, Yashwant said, was to empower women in remote villages by involving them in manufacturing and storing of logs.
"The plan is to sell the machine at subsidised rates to village folk who have access to cow dung," said the youth who also imparts free education to poor children in Katras as a volunteer for Jharia-based social organisation Samadhan.
The machine prototype has been developed at a cost of Rs 10,000 and, Yashwant believes, mass production could further slash costs.
"We are also working on a project to produce foot mats and a plastic-like material from cow dung using the same machine, but by adding a burner to it. That will increase our marketing capabilities manifold," the student said.
Moral of Yashwant's story: dung logs are the future if we want to save trees and the planet in turn.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, Dec 19th Dec, 2018
Durgapur Boy 16-Year-Old, Prayas Ray Burman Bags 1.5 Crore Contract with RCB for IPL 2019
Durgapur Boy 16-Year-Old, Prayas Ray Burman Bags 1.5 Crore Contract with RCB for IPL 2019
Prayas Ray Burman, all of 16, had no idea that December 18, 2018, would pan out as it eventually did. Listed in the IPL players’ auction in Jaipur on Tuesday at a base price of Rs 20 lakh, the young leg-spinner was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 1.5 crore.
The boy from Durgapur had earlier played a big role in the Bengal U-23 side finishing runners-up (to Punjab) last season and also represented India Yellow in the U-19 Challenger meet last month.
Team Congratulates Prayas Ray Burman & wishes him Best of Luck.

Durgapur, Dec 5th, 2018
Kolkata liver transplant patient ready to go back home
The 44-year-old liver recipient who had undergone the transplant surgery on November 18 at SSKM Hospital will be sent back home on Wednesday. Sanjit Bala had received the organ of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead at Durgapur's Mission Hospital. her organs were transported to Kolkata via a 173 km green corridor, the longest such corridor in eastern India.
Source: timesofindia

Durgapur, Dec 3rd, 2018
Durgapur plant started showing improved performance, says steel minister
Steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh who recently visited Durgapur-based alloy steel plant (ASP) said the plant has started showing improved performance both in physical and financial terms.
He also said the plant is geared up to make net profit from next year.
ASP has a diverse product portfolio of over 400 grades critical in end-use by strategic sectors like, defence, railways, automobiles, power plants, heavy engineering and manufacturing industries, including steel plants. ASP was established in 1965 under Hindustan Steel Limited, now SAIL, to ensure India’s self-reliance in alloy and special steels production.
Chaudhary also visited the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) and said DSP's commensurate growth plan has been duly considered in tune with the National Steel Policy of producing 300 metric tonne of steel by 2030-31.
He said SAIL needs to be more profitable and retain its leadership position in the market. Chaudhary also spoke about development in the township and the necessity for providing better medical facilities at the DSP Main hospital.

Durgapur, Dec 1st, 2018
Chaudhary Birender Singh Visits Alloy Steel Plant, Durgapur
Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh today visited the Alloy Steel Plant (ASP) in Durgapur. After a review of the performance of ASP, the Minister said that ASP is now showing improved performance both in physical and financial terms. Chaudhary Birender Singh also said that the plant is geared up to make net profit from next year.ASP has a diverse product portfolio of over 400 grades critical in end-use by strategic sectors like, defence, railways, automobiles, power plants, heavy engineering and manufacturing industries, including steel plants.ASP was set up in 1965 under Hindustan Steel Limited, now SAIL,to ensure India’s self-reliance in alloy and special steels production.The Steel Minister also visited the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP). He said DSP's commensurate growth plan has been duly considered in tune with the National Steel Policy of making 300 MT steel by 2030-31, and SAIL's plan to enhance steel production to 50 MT. He said SAIL needs to be more profitable and retain its leadership position in the market.Apart from the plant issues Chaudhary Birender Singh also spoke about development in the township and the necessity for providing better medical facilities at the DSP Main hospital.
Durgapur steel plant was set up in the late fifties with an initial production capacity of 1 million tonne per annum (MTPA) crude steel which was progressively increased to 1.8 MTPA during the last modernization in the nineties. DSP is currently implementing its Modernisation & Expansion Plan (Phase-I) with the main objectives of conversion of available semis into value added rolled products. The capacity of DSP will increase in hot metal to 2.40 MTPA, crude steel to 2.20 MTPA and saleable steel to 2.12 MTPA after completion of Phase -I.Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh visited the Salem Steel Plantyesterday and reviewed its performance. He discussed with officials the ways and means of making the plant profitable as it hasbeen a loss making plant for the last 10 years with around Rs 200 crores loss per year. Losses have been reduced this year and may come down by more than 20%.Chairman, SAIL and Joint Secretary, Steel accompanied the Minister during the visits to the three plants at Salem, Tamil Nadu and Durgapur, West Bengal.

Durgapur, Nov 20th, 2018
Organs of brain dead girl travels 170 km for transplants
The liver and kidneys of a 13-year-old girl, declared brain dead, was on Sunday transported across a stretch of 170 km in the state for transplants at a city hospital, officials said.
A team of doctors of SSKM Hospital here travelled to Durgapur Mission Hospital in West Burdwan district and collected the liver, kidneys and corneas of Madhusmita Bayen and left for Kolkata in a convoy, they said.
Deputy Commissioner, Asansol Police Commissionerate, Abhishek Modi told reporters the organs were transported in a convoy and passed through a green corridor covering a 170-km distance via Panagarh Bypass-Burdwan-Dankuni-Santragachhi.
A senior doctor at SSKM said the two kidneys were expected to be transplanted on two patients from North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, after cross-matching on Sunday midnight.
The liver would be transplanted on another patient from North 24 Parganas district, the doctor said, adding, all arrangements have been made to start the transplantations once the organs reach the SSKM Hospital.
The corneas of the girl will be kept at an eye bank, the doctor said.
Madhusmita, a resident of Mejia in Bankura, had slipped into coma a few days back and declared brain dead on Saturday, Durgapur Mission Hospital sources said.

Durgapur, Sept 13th, 2018
Two youths die falling off bridge in Durgapur
Two youths have died after falling from a bridge into a canal at Durgapur in West Burdwan district.
The deceased have been identified as Rabi Das and Gautam Yadav of Banik Para under Coke Oven police station in Durgapur.
The two youths had gone to Birbhanpur Smashan (crematorium) last night for the cremation of a relative. After the cremation, the duo set out for home on a motorcycle.
As they were crossing the bridge over the Damodar canal, losing direction in the darkness, their motorcycle plunged into the canal through a missing portion of the guard wall. Other people who were in the cremation team and were behind them alerted police and local residents.
Police engaged some divers and managed to fish out the motorcycle early in the morning. Later in the day, local residents retrieved the dead bodies of the two youths from the canal. People of the area have demanded that Damodar Valley Corporation, a Central PSU, should reinstall the guard wall on the bridge as in order to go to the crematorium people have no option but to cross the bridge. They have also demanded adequate street lights on the bridge.

Durgapur, Sept 12th, 2018
MBA girl from Jharkhand found hanging in Durgapur
A girl from Jharkhand, who was studying business management in Durgapur, has been found hanging in the rented house where she lodged with another girl.
The deceased has been identified as Muskan Singh (23) hailing from Babudih of Dhanbad in Jharkhand. She was a second year MBA student at the private Bengal College of Engineering and Technology in Durgapur.
Muskan used to stay in a second floor rented apartment at Bidhannagar area with a batchmate named Sunidhi. Last week, Sunidhi went home for a break and hence, Muskan was alone in the apartment.
Sunidhi dialed Muskan’s mobile number several times last night but failed to elicit a response. This made her alert their common friends in Durgapur. Following this, some girls came to the rented apartment today morning and found the door bolted from inside.
On getting no response despite repeated knocks, they peeped through a hole in and window and were shocked to find Muskan hanging from the ceiling fan over her bed. The friends at once informed this to the landowner and the police. They send out a word to Muskan's family in Dhanbad as well.
A team from Durgapur police station came and sent the girl's body for post-mortem to Durgapur Sub-divisional Hospital. Police said that they will be able to ascertain the exact cause of death only on getting the autopsy report. No suicide note has been found in the room but police are examining her mobile phone for a clue.
Landlord Subhash Debnath has described Muskan as a composed and studies girl. He said that she hardly spent her time outside other than while attending college.
Muskan's shell-shocked family members arrived in Durgapur later in the day. They had sent her to study and return home with an MBA degree. Now, the family will be returning home with Muskan's dead body.

Durgapur, Sept 11th, 2018
Rickety bridge bears load despite ban
Thousands of vehicles, including heavy trucks with loads, are plying on a bridge over an irrigation canal here though its operational life expired long time ago.
The 79.248m-long and 6.096m-wide concrete bridge was constructed by the irrigation department in 1956 on Durgapur-Bankura Road. It is close to Durgapur barrage and links NH60 with Bankura.
Although construction of a new bridge by the public works department had started nearby, the work was stalled a year ago.
Most of the trucks bound for the Northeast and south India from Bankura use the dilapidated bridge regularly.
The administration has stopped plying of vehicles weighing more than 10 tonnes on the bridge after it was badly damaged in the 1978 floods but local residents said the ban was only on pen and paper.
"The road is mostly used by trucks and most of them are overloaded. The bridge trembles when heavy vehicles cross it. We fear it may collapse anytime," said Paritosh Maji, a local resident.
After inspecting the bridge in 2010, the administration found its operational life had expired and decided to construct the new bridge.
A PWD official in West Burdwan said vehicles were allowed to run on the old bridge till the new one was built as there was no alternative route. "But it was decided that vehicles would ply at 10km to 20km per hour and vehicles weighing more than 10 tonnes (trucks) were strictly banned," the official added.
The PWD (roads) was assigned to build the new bridge and work started in 2014.
"Work stopped frequently after the construction had started in 2014. We have repeatedly appealed to the administration to finish the work soon as we fear the old bridge may collapse anytime. But nothing has been done. We are more scared after the Majerhat bridge collapse," said Dibyendu Banerjee, another local resident.
The CPM had organised a road blockade for two hours in July demanding immediate completion of the new bridge.
Sources in the PWD (roads) in Durgapur said construction of the new bridge was stopped because of some technical issues. "There were big boulders lying on either bank of the canal. It was tough to break them using explosives as such an effort would have caused more damage to the old bridge. We later managed to remove the boulders using very low intensity explosives. The work on the bridge will resume after the monsoon," a PWD engineer said on condition of anonymity.

Durgapur, Sept 10th, 2018
Jewellery shop burgled at gunpoint
A gang of five armed men raided a jewellery shop here on Sunday afternoon and decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth around Rs 2.7 crore.
The robbers also took away the footage of the CCTV cameras.
Police sources said it was the biggest jewellery shop heist in Durgapur town in recent memory.
The robbers arrived at Guinea Gold Jewellers Pvt Ltd in Durgapur station bazaar in a white SUV around 2.20pm. Three of them entered the shop posing as customers while two others stood on guard beside the armed security personnel outside the showroom.
There were no other customers and only five employees were present at the shop.
"Posing as customers, robbers entered our shop and asked us to show gold earrings and necklaces. We did not notice anything wrong in their behaviour. All of them were in their mid-30s and were speaking in both Hindi and Bengali," said an employee of the shop.
Soon, the two who were standing outside entered the shop holding the security guard at gunpoint. The others also whipped out pistols and asked the staff to hand over all gold ornaments and not try to raise alarm.
The shop is located in a busy market close to Durgapur-Bankura Road but as it was Sunday afternoon, the area was deserted and most of the other shops were closed.
"We were scared and could not dare to raise alarm as the goons were holding their guns at us. We had to allow them to take away whatever we had and handed them the cash. They stuffed all the ornament and cash inside four bags. As per our primary estimate, altogether 9kg gold ornaments and Rs 4 lakh in cash were looted," said Kunal Sutradhar, the manager of the shop.
The dacoits escaped towards NH2 at Muchipara in the same SUV after finishing the operation in 15 minutes. As soon as the dacoits left, Sutradhar called the police.
A large team of police led by deputy commissioner of police (east) Abhishek Modi arrived and started an investigation. Later, the police seized a white Bolero found abandoned beside NH2 in Asansol. A pistol was also found inside the vehicle.
"We are probing whether the goons came in the same vehicle. We have also alerted all neighbouring police stations in Asansol and Durgapur as well as bordering Jharkhand. The dacoits have taken away the CCTV footage," said Modi.
Durgapur Bazaar Jewellery Shop Owners' Association secretary Bhabesh Das said he could not recall any heist in which such huge amount of gold jewellery was looted in recent times in Durgapur. "We are scared and have demanded that security be stepped up at the markets," said Das.

Durgapur, Sep 7, 2018
Uttar Pradesh youth kills girlfriend's father in Durgapur
A youth from Uttar Pradesh has murdered the father of college girl in Durgapur whom he has been dating. This after the father of the girl, who was a retired teacher, caught them while they were making out.
The incident has taken place at Faridpur village off Durgapur City Centre. The deceased has been identified as Tapan Kumar Mukherjee (65), a retired teacher of Bhiringi TN Institution at Benachity area of Durgapur.
The accused is Pradeep Chauhan (38) and Mukherjee's daughter, whom he has been dating, is Shibani Mukherjee, a third-year student at Durgapur Women's College. Police have arrested Chauhan.
In preliminary interrogation, Chauhan has told cops at Durgapur police station that he befriended Shibani on Facebook. The relationship gradually deepened and he started visiting Durgapur all the way from Uttar Pradesh to meet Shibani.
During the initial visits, he and the girl used to make out in the hotel where he lodged.
Subsequently, he started visiting Shibani's house as her father usually went to bed at 8 in the evening and her mother being a nurse in a Central PSU hospital often used to be on night duty. The only other person at home is Shibani's maternal grandmother, who is bedridden most of the times.
This time Chauhan came to Durgapur on 24 August and lodged in a hotel at Bhiringi area. Yesterday night, taking advantage of the night duty of Shibani's mother, he came over to her house and became intimate with Shibani in her bedroom.
Shibani's father Tapan Mukherjee somehow got a wind of this and caught the two red-handed as they were making out. He turned towards Chauhan in an aggressive manner and threatened that he will call in the neighbours.
A commotion broke out between Chauhan and Mukherjee over this. Hearing this, Shibani's grandmother also arrived at the scene. In the course of the commotion, Chauhan picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed Mukherjee in front of his daughter and mother-in-law.
As Mukherjee collapsed to the floor, Shibai cried out loud for help. Sensing danger Chauhan escaped to the terrace of the three-storied building. But by then neighbours had gathered around the building hearing Shibani's cry. They cooped up Chauhan on the terrace and informed the police.
The deceased retired teacher's wife Sunanda Mukherjee has said that Chauhan had been threatening their family of harm for a while. In fact, due to this, Mukherjee had lodged a complaint with police in October last year and police had detained Chauhan briefly.
Although Sunanda did not reveal as to why Chauhan was threatening the family, police suspect that he had recorded on a mobile phone the intimate moments he spent with Shibani and was blackmailing her with that to continue getting intimate with him.
On being produced in the Durgapur Sub-divisional Court today, Chauhan was remanded in seven days police custody. Police plan to question his and Shibani face-to-face to ascertain the facts that have been revealed so far.

Durgapur, Aug 15th, 2018
Three contract killers arrested in Bengal, arms seized
West Bengal's Criminal Investigation Department arrested thrree contract killers from the state's Durgapur town, who had gathered to kidnap and murder a local businessman, and seize arms and ammunition from them, said police on Tuesday.
According to CID, the three criminals were given the contract to murder the businessman by a criminal from Jharkhand's Jamshedpur.
"Three contract killers -- Rabi Chowrasia (47), Ajit Singh ( 38) and Jiten Kumar (26) -- were arrested from Durgapur's Uttarpara on Monday. The criminals hail from Jharkhand and Bihar," Deputy Inspector General of West Bengal CID Nishad Parvez said.
"Two country-made pipe guns, one pistol, seven rounds of 8mm cartridge, two rounds of 7.65mm cartridge and 280 gm of heroin were seized from them," he said.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the prime accused Rabi Chowrasia was given the murder contract by a person from Jharkhand's Jamshedpur and had assembled the other two accused in the area.
"They planned flee to Odisha's Balasore after committing the crime," the officer added.

Durgapur, Jul 19, 2018
Durgapur Techie dies in plant mishap
A 30-year-old assistant manager - the only child of aged parents and the father of an 18-month-old daughter - was killed in accident while on duty the Durgapur Steel Plant on Wednesday when his head got smashed against a metallic bar weighing a tonne and moving at a high speed.
Colleagues said the head of Anirban Sinha Babu, the assistant manager (mechanical), was smashed beyond recognition. Rushed to the plant's emergency medical unit and then to the plant hospital, he was declared dead on arrival by physicians.
According to the colleagues, Babu was part of a team of engineers and technicians engaged in readying a bloom-cum-round caster - a machine at the continuous casting plant - in which steel bloom bars are produced from liquid steel around 11am.
He had put his head in to see why the bar was not in motion, when it suddenly moved up, hitting his face. He was not wearing a hard hat at the time, but that would not have offered any protection from this. While it was a technical glitch, it was not really a safety issue because he had put his head in," said a technician who saw the incident take place.
"He immediately collapsed. There was blood everywhere. His head was mangled," he added.
Babu, a resident of Durgapur, had completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree from a private engineering college in the town, after completing his CBSE plus two examinations from the Hem Sheela Model School. He started working at the plant four years ago.
His wife, a schoolteacher in Raiganj, was on her way to Durgapur with their 18-month-old daughter after knowing about the incident.
His elderly parents, who used to stay with him in the company's quarters at the steel township, went to the hospital after being informed of the death. Neither was in a position to speak. The mother lost consciousness on several occasions.
The plant management has constituted a three-member inquiry committee, headed by a general manager, to ascertain the cause of the accident and suggest necessary measures to prevent recurrence.
"The incident is very unfortunate. We have lost a young assistant manager. We have already constituted a high-power inquiry committee," said Chinmay Samajdar, the plant's chief of communication.
Source: telegraphindia

Durgapur, July 17th, 2018
Girl loses dad's gift, kills self
An 18-year-old girl has allegedly hanged herself unable to bear the shock of losing the cellphone her father gifted her a week ago.
Nandita Barai, a second-year history honours student of Michael Madhusudan College, was found hanging in a room at her home here on Sunday evening.
A purported suicide note addressed to her parents was found in the girl's possession. Nandita wrote that she had no other option than to kill herself as she lost the cellphone that her father had bought her with Rs 8,000 from his hard earned money.
The girl had kept her cellphone on charge in her room on Saturday and gone to another room. She found the handset missing when she returned half an hour late.
Her elder brother Bapi lodged a general dairy at Coke Oven police station on Sunday after the phone could not be traced.
Their father, Bipul Barai, is a fast food stall owner. The parents were away when Nandita was found hanging.

Durgapur, July 5, 2018
Durgapur trader dies after trek
A 61-year-old trader from Durgapur died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, hours after he visited the Amarnath cave shrine.
The Bengal government is in touch with the J&K government to bring back Sibabrata Bose's body. State minister Aroop Biswas who is also Trinamool Congress' in-charge of the Durgapur-Asansol belt, is monitoring the situation.
According to the victim's brother-in-law Aloke Bose, Sibabrata had left for Amarnath from his home in Durgapur's Maya Bazar along with nine others on June 30. They reached the shrine at 3.30am on Tuesday.
Source: times of india

Durgapur, July 4, 2018
Soon, 20 more CNG buses in South Bengal districts
Soon, twenty more CNG buses will be introduced in South Bengal districts to reduce pollution. The state Environment department will be funding the project.
The state Environment minister, Suvendu Adhikari, who is also the state's Transport minister, said steps have been taken to introduce more number of CNG buses. Around 20 more such buses will be operating in different parts of the South Bengal districts.
The CNG buses are environment friendly and help to curb the level of pollution in the state. It may be mentioned that the state Transport department has a plan to operate CNG buses all over the state and will be done in phases. Each bus costs around Rs 1 crore. But the maintenance cost of the CNG buses is considerably much less than those of the diesel run ones. At the same time, the cost of fuel will be much cheaper as gas costs lesser than diesel.
The state government had earlier introduced CNG buses in Asansol and Durgapur. At present, 30 CNG buses ply in Asansol and Durgapur. The project has become immensely successful and now the state government has taken steps to introduce more number of CNG buses.
Several steps were taken in the past seven years to increase the number of buses so that people do not have to wait for a long time to get a bus to reach their destinations. Initiatives for introducing environment friendly vehicles were also taken. The state Transport department is giving all support for the promotion of electric vehicles and decision has been taken to allow owners of the electric vehicles to recharge their vehicles at the charging points, where the electric buses of the West Bengal Transport Corporation will be recharged.
They will be charged for the electricity cost under the "no gain no loss" policy as it has been done for promotion of e-vehicles. The state government will also introduce 80 electric buses by August.

Durgapur, July 3, 2018
SAIL's Durgapur plant delivers wheels to Kolkata Metro
The Durgapur steel plant has built the carriage wheels in-house
In its bid to give a thrust to Make in India programme, Steel Authority of India Ltd's (SAIL) Durgapur Steel Plant dispatched the first consignment of metro coach wheels to Kolkata Metro.
Earlier, the wheels for Kolkata metro rail were being imported. SAIL said that it is an important step towards import substitution and in the true spirit of making in India SAIL envisages developing new products to suit the country's need.
The Durgapur steel plant(DSP) has built the carriage wheels on its own. The design of Kolkata metro wheel is critical due to its complex web profile, which is different from the existing products that are supplied by DSP. The dimensions of these wheels are also different from the existing wheels. These required new manufacturing processes.
Source: governancenow

Durgapur, Jun 30, 2018
Solar Lotus inaugurated at Durgapur
A solar lotus was inaugurated at the CSIR-CMERI Colony Children Park in West Bengal's Durgapur recently. The solar lotus having a capacity of 3.6 KW has been designed and developed by CSIR-CMERI and can be installed at any place like in government offices, airport complex, city parks, resorts, luxury hotels, golf courses and others with a minimum ground area of one square meter to generate power for illumination.
Ravi Prakash Tripathy, Member (Technical) of DVC Kolkata inaugurated the solar lotus.
Harish Hirani, director of CSIR-CMERI said that the in-built surveillance system of the solar lotus is very effective for watching the activities in any place from a distance through video surveillance technology and that high-resolution videos with in-built compression will allow footage to be analysed. Parents could also see the activities of their children inside the park complex from home or other places through through this in-built surveillance system.

Durgapur, May 8, 2018
Youth shot dead over extortion in Durgapur
A 38-year-old man who used to run a parking zone for trucks on lease from Durgapur Municipal Corporation was shot dead by an alleged extortionist here on Monday morning.
The murder occurred after Vishnu Thapa had refused to shell out Rs 30,000 to the alleged extortionist as "security money". Another person also sustained bullet injury when he tried to catch the assailant who was trying to escape.
Police said Deepak Shaw was a known extortionist and out on bail in a murder case. "He had come to the parking zone in front of the Indian Oil Corporation's LPG bottling plant around 10.30am and opened fire at Thapa sitting on a chair. As Vishnu slumped to the ground, Shaw again fired at Bipul Sheikh who he tried to catch him," said a police source.
Shaw who was alone fled on Vishnu's two-wheeler parked nearby.
A police team led by the deputy commissioner of police (east), Abhishek Modi, arrived at the spot and spoke to the witnesses. They sent both of them to Durgapur subdivisional hospital where Vishnu was declared brought-dead. Sheikh has been admitted there.
The daylight firing triggered panic among the residents near South Bengal State Transport Corporation office and IOC's LPG Bottling Plant. The local traders alleged that Shaw used to extort money from them on various occasions and they could not dare to refuse as he was a muscleman with alleged links with the ruling party.
Trinamul denied the charge of having links with Shaw.
The police have launched a search for Shaw. "While speaking to the witnesses, we came to know that one Deepak Shaw against whom a murder case is pending since 2016 fired at Vishnu Thapa and Bipul Sheikh from an improvised revolver. We have found empty cartridges from the spot and have launched a search for him," said Modi.
Sources close to Vishnu said Deepak had been asking for Rs 30,000 from him as "security money" for the past one week and he had refused. The source added that Vishnu had on Sunday evening lodged a complaint with the police against Deepak.
"Deepak might have come to know that Vishnu moved the police against him and decided to eliminate him. If the police had arrested Deepak immediately after getting the complaint, Vishnu would not have died," said one of the local traders.
Deepak had allegedly shot dead a truck driver in the same area in October, 2016.
Source: telegraphindia

Durgapur, April 16, 2018
Air India starts direct flights from Delhi to Durgapur after a gap of 22 months
After a gap of as much as 22 months, Air India, on Sunday, has resumed Delhi to Durgapur direct flights.
As its first flight after the long gap, one of these new flights of Air India departed from New Delhi at 5:50 am and arrived at Durgapur at 7:50 am. The aircraft that Air India used for this purpose was the 122-seater Airbus A319 aircraft.
In its return journey, flight number AI-756 departed from Durgapur at 8:25 am and reached New Delhi at 10:25 am.
Air India sources have revealed that the flights on both the ways had full occupancies.
Scheduled to operate on four days a week on both directions, the flight can now be taken with attractive fares, thanks to Air India's offer on the resumption of this flight.
The flights between the two cities were started for the first time in May 2015, but then, it was discontinued in June 2016 citing "operational reasons".
However, at that time, it wasn't a direct flight. The flight used to operate between Kolkata and Delhi, with a stopover at Durgapur.
With Air India starting its direct flights between Delhi and Durgapur, it will make travelling more convenient for tourists from West Bengal, who are keen to explore the northern part of the country.
Source: timesofindia

Durgapur, April 15, 2018
DMC mulls alternative water supply system
The Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) is developing infrastructure for an alternative water distribution system for both domestic and industrial use. The DMC is installing as many as 36 deep tubewells at places where there are overhead reservoirs which will draw water from the ground and store it in the reservoir. "Till date, Damodar river has been the only source of water for the residents of Durgapur. Water from the Damodar river was treated and then supplied through pipeline for both domestic and industrial use. The idea is to be prepared for an alternative if there is any calamity that may disrupt the sully system in the township," Dilip Kumar Agasty, Mayor of DMC said. The project will entail a cost of Rs 12 crore and the DMC hopes to complete it before the onset of the monsoon season. "The tender process has already been completed and work will start soon," Agasty said.
The DMC is also taking up a major project 'Storm Water Drainage Project' to prevent waterlogging. It may be mentioned that during last monsoon the underground sewerage system had collapsed completely during the monsoon. In the month of October 2017, there was heavy rain that inundated several areas under the DMC including Tamla, Main Gate, Waria, Mana and Khatpukur. About 2,500 households were affected. The DMC does not want similar situations.
"We have done a survey with the assistance of engineers from Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). Our plan is to channelise the rain water through high drain to the small rivers like Tamla and Kumur that flows through the township area. The depth of the high drains also needs to be enhanced for which massive desiltation work needs to be undertaken," the Mayor said.
The work for preparing the DPR has already been initiated. Agasty met state Urban Development & Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim in his chamber at Writers' Building recently and the latter had assured that funds will not be a problem for projects that are meant to benefit people.

Durgapur, April 14, 2018
Air India to resume its Delhi-Durgapur direct flight from tomorrow
Air India is set to resume its direct flight linking industrial town of Durgapur in West Bengal with Delhi from tomorrow after a gap of nearly 22 months.
National carrier Air India is set to resume its direct flight linking industrial town of Durgapur in West Bengal with Delhi from tomorrow after a gap of nearly 22 months, AI sources said here today.
The flight AI-756, to be operated with a 122-seater Airbus A319 aircraft, will leave Durgapur at 0825 hoursrs and arrive at Delhi at 1035 hours.
The flight will originate from Delhi at 0550 hours and land at Durgapur at 0750 hours.
The airline is offering attractive fares for this flight, which will operate four days a week, both ways.
AI was the first airline to start operation from Durgapur in May 2015 but it withdrew the flight on June 17, 2016 citing 'operational reasons', the sources said.
At that time, the flight used to operate between Kolkata and Delhi via Durgapur.
The flight both ways are full tomorrow, the AI sources added.
Source: financialexpres

Durgapur, April 13, 2018
4-year-old beaten up in school, parents stage protests
There was trouble at a private school in Durgapur on Thursday after guardians staged a sit-in demonstration demanding suspension of a teacher who had beaten up a four-year-old student. A large contingent of police went to the spot to maintain peace. On Monday, a teacher had beaten up a four-year-old student of Kindergarten I for spending more time in the toilet. After she came back from the toilet, the teacher beat her up with a stick and slapped her repeatedly.
The girl bled through the left year. Later, she was taken to a hospital where she was treated. On Tuesday, when the parents of several students met the Principal, she assured a thorough investigation into the matter. On Wednesday, the guardians gathered outside the school and demanded stern action against the teacher. However, the school authorities refused to talk to the guardians. The guardians again gathered outside the school campus on Thursday morning demanding suspension of the teacher. Initially, the school authorities refused to see them but later they agreed to meet the parents of the affected student. The guardians of other students refused to accept this proposal and later parents of six students went to see the Principal. The Principal told them that the concerned teacher had resigned. Not satisfied with this, the parents continued to demand her suspension. They told the Principal that they would not accept it as it was just an eyewash because she will be inducted to another branch of the school. The parents organised a sit-in demonstration outside the school premises to voice their demand.

Durgapur, April 12, 2018
Tuskers' (Elephant's) day out in West Bengal's Durgapur steel city
Two adult tuskers entered Durgapur town from Borjora forest on Wednesday and went on a rampage. One of the animals was eventually tranquillized while the other was driven out.
The elephants also broke a level crossing near Durgapur railway station before proceeding to Durgapur north station bazaar area.
Durgapur DFO Milan Kanti Pal told TOI, "Around 5.30am two tuskers entered Durgapur from Borjora jungle in Bankura. We managed to tranquillize one around 12.30pm and transported it to Jhilimili forest in Bankura. The other was driven to Shivpur forest."
Source: timesofindia
Elephant near Paramedical College, Bidhannagar, Durgapur
Elephant in Bidhannagar, Durgapur
Elephant in NHSM College, ARA, Durgapur
Elephant in Sector 2C Bidhannagar, Durgapur
Elephant in Sector 2C Bidhannagar, Durgapur

Durgapur, March 27th, 2018
Raniganj clash: One dead, 10 cops among 40 injured in blasts
One person was killed and 10 police officers and 30 people were injured when two groups of people clashed with each other at Raniganj town.
The officers include deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) Arindam Dutta Choudhury, assistant commissioner of police (Central), Ajay Chatterjee, officer in charge of Raniganj police station Promit Ganguly.
The three senior officers sustained bomb injuries. A curfew was imposed in the area and huge police forces were deployed. Around 1.30 p.m. some people hurled bombs at the DC ( Headquarters) of Asansol Durgapur Police Comissionerate, Arindam Dutta Choudhury. His right hand was blown off in the bomb blast at Hill bustee.
He was taken to a hospital in a critical condition. The ACP suffered head injury.
Even the police commissioner Lakhsmi Narayan Meena was also heckled.
The situation went out of control around 10-30 a.m. and till 4-30 p.m. the police failed to enter the coal town.
The DM Burdwan (West), Shasank Shetty sought help from the Army. However, since evening the situation improved and the deployment of Armed Forces has been put on hold.
The Chief Minister's Office (CMO)and the state home department have sought a detailed report from Asansol-Durgapur Police Comissioner, L.N.Meena.
Asansol MP and union minister of state Babul Supriyo alleged at Raniganj the incident had been pre-planned. "At least 20 houses were torched and 10 to 12 shops looted," he said.
Mr Babul Supriyo claimed he was supposed to take part in rallies and came from Asansol but later decided not to go ahead with his plan. Peace should be restored first, he said.
Mr Jitendra Tewari, mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporeation, innocent people suffered because of provocative acts by some people. The state labour minister Moloy Ghatak went to Raniganj this evening.
Mr Runu Dutta, CPI-M, MLA of Raniganj condemned the incident and said that the culprits should be punished. He alleged that two political parties were disturbing peace in the state.
Source: thestatesman

Durgapur, Mar 9, 2018
Motor vehicle inspector arrested for bribery, Rs 6 crore recovered
The anti-corruption wing of West Bengal police arrested a state motor vehicles Inspector, identified as Biswajit Biswas for alleged bribery charges and seized over Rs 6 crore in currency from his house in Durgapur, police said today.
The anti-corruption wing after getting a specific allegation from a motorist regarding bribing charges, laid a trap and caught the state government official red handed while the person was offering Rs 1 lakh to him. Two other associates of Biswajit were arrested in this connection in Burdwan district.
Police later made a search of the house of the accused in Durgapur and seized over Rs 6 crore, which were concealed in places, including bathroom, toilet and garage.

Durgapur, Feb 18th, 2018
ED raids at Gitanjali store in Bengal's Durgapur
The Enforcement Directorate conducted search at a franchise- based store of Gitanjali Gems in West Bengal's Durgapur and the group is probably in the process of winding up its only store in Kolkata, an official said on Saturday.
"An Enforcement Directorate team went to Mehul Choksi company-owned store at Camac street in Kolkata, but we found it closed. It seems the group is in the process of winding up the store. Another team also raided a franchise-based store of the group in Durgapur," an ED official said.
Punjab National Bank, the second largest public sector bank in India, had detected the $1.8 billion fraud in one of its branches in Mumbai and Choksi's name had come up in the scam.
Source: new indian express

Durgapur, Feb 16th, 2018
Durgapur cops arrest bank official and his wife for murder
Durgapur police arrested a bank officer and his wife after a dead body of a 28- year-old customer care executive of Mejia in Bankura was foundstacked inside a blue trolley bag for dispatch to a rented private apartment in Benachity area Statesman News Service (Arunima) The victim, Shilpa Agarwal, hailed from Mejia industrial town in Bankura and her decomposed body bearing marks of cut and burn injuries was found dumped inside the tourist bag at the apartment of a State Bank of India (SBI) manager couple in Durgapur, about 35 km from Mejia.
The accused, Rajiv Kumar, was the manager of a nationalised bank and his wife, Manisha Kumar, an assistant manager with the Fuljhore branch of the SBI in Durgapur. The victim was an operator of Customer Service Point (CSP) kiosk at Mejia itself for over two years.
She had come to Rajiv's apartment on 10 February, when the bank manager's wife reportedly had been to Danapur in Bihar, their native place. "This was possibly a regular practice and that's why her arrival report wasn't mentioned in the visitors' register book of the apartment," said Mr Abhiskeh Modi, DCP, Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate. The couple had taken the flat at Rupali Apartment in Benachity area on rent.
Agarwal's house at Bagangora locality in Mejia is barely 60 metres away from the local SBI branch where her 'killer' was the branch manager. She used to run the CSP within her premises where she also used to manage a rice retail outlet after her father Satyanarayan's death three years ago.
"She was our lone resort after my husband's death as my son is a physically challenged person and cannot move out," said Usha Agarwal, Agarwal's mother. She alleged: "The manager had taken Rs 1 lakh from my daughter in the name of doubling it in six months but was evading whenever was asked to refund."
Durgapur police traced the mobile phone signal of the missing woman at Nayeem Nagar in Durgapur. Agarwal had told her mother and brother that she is going to her aunt's house in Asansol and had been missing since Friday. Police have picked up both Rajib Kumar and his wife, Manisha Kumar, and taken them in custody.
Mr Abhisekh Modi, ADCP (east) of Asansol Durgapur Police Comissionereate (ADPC) told The Statesman that a case has already been registered. "We have seized the body at a very decomposed state. The body has been sent to Asansol District Hospital for post mortem," Mr Modi added.
The family members of the victim rushed from Mejia and gheraoed the Durgapur police station and demanded punishment for the guilty. Incidentally in 2015, Samaresh Sarkar, another branch manager of Central Bank of India of Mamrabazar branch in Durgapur had allegedly killed one Sucheta Chakraborty and her little daughter, stacked them in a travelling bag and tried to dump in the Hooghly river. He was caught red-handed.
Source: thestatesman.

Durgapur, Feb 15th, 2018
SAIL invites bids for outright sale of Alloy Steels Plant, Durgapur in West Bengal
State-run SAIL today invited bids from companies for strategic sale of its Alloy Steels Plant at Durgapur.
The government had last year cleared outright sale of state-owned SAILs three special steel units -- Salem Steel Plant, Alloy Steels Plant and Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant.
Bids for Alloy Steels Plant in Durgapur are to be submitted by April 11, 2018.
"Alloys Steels Plant (ASP) of SAIL is proposed for strategic divestment and the company has appointed SBI Capital Markets Ltd (SBICAP) as its transaction advisor to advice and manage the process," the steel maker said in a stock exchange filing.
The bidding process is to implemented through open competitive bidding route, it said.
As part of the strategic disinvestment, Alloy Steels Plant will be transferred to the strategic investor, on a going concern basis, which is by way of slump sale through business transfer agreement.
"The strategic investor will be appointed through a competitive bidding process, which shall be handled by the Government of India and its functionaries including, but not limited to, SAIL and Ministry of Steel," said the preliminary information memorandum for inviting bids.
The total capacity of the Alloy Steels Plant is 2.46 lakh MT per annum of liquid steel and 1.84 lakh MT per annum of saleable steel.
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has five integrated steel plants, a ferro-alloys plant and three special steel plants.
Source: india today

Durgapur, Nov 24th, 2017
Durgapur barrage Gate fixed, water woes on
After repairing of Durgapur Barrage lock gate The broken sluice gate at the Durgapur Barrage was repaired on Sunday but the supply of drinking water to households could not be restored as the water level in the upper catchment area is yet to reach the desired level.
Officials in the irrigation department said the water level at the barrage should be at least 12 feet to supplied to the households. The level has currently reached 7 feet.
"We cannot release water to the feeder channels leading to the treatment plants in the town as we need at least 12 feet of water in the barrage's upper catchment area. We are expecting the water level to reach the desired level by tonight. Only then can we send it to the treatment plants," said an irrigation department official.
Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee, who inspected the barrage on Sunday, said the state government would take the initiative to repair the rusted sluice gates, which have never been overhauled since the barrage was handed over the government by the DVC in 1965.
The Durgapur Projects Limited, which supplies around 1.8 crore gallons of water a day to various industries, including its own power plant, has failed to do so since Saturday. Most of the factories, including the state-owned Durgapur Chemicals Ltd, have stopped production in the absence of adequate water.
The Durgapur Municipal Corporation has been supplying drinking water in 65 tankers brought from the Asansol Municipal Corporation, Bankura municipality and Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
The civic authorities said they were expecting the situation to turn for the better from Monday.
Source: telegraphindia

Durgapur, Nov 25th, 2017
Durgapur barrage runs dry after lock gate breaks, township faces water scarcity
The industrial township of Durgapur went dry after Durgapur barrage on the Damodar river became dry following a leaking lock gate of the barrage.
Dry Durgapur Barrage for repairing of lock gate The irrigation department started repair work on an urgent basis and hoped that they will be able to restore normalcy by Sunday, even as the residents said they have never seen the barrage running completely dry.
"The lock gate is being repaired on a war footing. We will fill the barrage within seven-eight hours with water from the nearby Maithon dam after repair work is completed," claimed irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee.
"Water from the barrage is used for domestic and industrial purposes. On Friday, the Durgapur civic body announced that there will be no water on Saturday. We saved some water, but I am not sure how long it will take for the supply to become normal," said Dipak Barik, a resident of Durgapur.
The Durgapur barrage was built in 1955. It is 692 m long and has 34 gates including 2 under-sluice gates. It is a 12 metre high barrage.
Located about 170 km from Kolkata, Durgapur is a planned township with a population of 5.22 lakh (2011 census).
"If the gate is not repaired immediately, industry will suffer too. All the units in this industrial area dependent on the water from the Damodar river," said Rajendra Prasad Khaitan, the working president of Federation of South Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Durgapur Steel Plant is the biggest industrial unit in the region.
Nibedita Datta, a homemaker from Durgapur said she has never faced such a problem even during the height of summer.
"Repair work is going on. We are in constant touch with the engineers of the Irrigation department," said Sankha Santra, sub divisional officer of Durgapur.
Water may be scarce in Durgapur town and adjoining areas in the next few days. Even power generation may be affected as the power units are dependent on this water.
"We are in talks with Asansol Municipal Corporation and district administration to provide water tankers in the area to supply drinking water," said Dilip Agasthi, the mayor of Durgapur.
After the repair work is done, water from Damodar Valley Corporation's Maithan and Panchet dam may be used to sill up the Durgapur barrage again.
The lock gate broke on Friday morning. Locals alleged the accident was due to poor maintenance work.
Source: hindustantimes

Durgapur, Nov 24th, 2017
Durgapur barrage in West Bengal malfunctioning owing to lock gate damage
The number one lock gate of the Durgapur Barrage in the West Bardhaman district of West Bengal suffered heavy damage and has become nonfunctional thereby failing to check the flow of water.
 Durgapur Barrage lock gate reparing going on Lack of maintenance and repairs is to blame for this state locals. At around 5 am employees who man the lock gates noticed that the metal lock gate was bent and that water was flowing out unchecked. Immediately the authorities were sounded off. As the replacement of the gate is time-consuming and as the water is flowing out unchecked there is fear of acute water shortage in Durgapur. Water from the barrage is supplied for drinking purpose as well as to the various industries in Durgapur. "The feeder canal water level has gone down drastically. Owing to the low level of water pumps are not being able to pump water hence the fear of an acute water crisis in Durgapur. Around 4000 cusec water will be lost" stated an official. Officials of the irrigation department, district administration, municipal corporation, Asansol Durgapur Development Authority, Durgapur Nagar Nigam and Durgapur steel plant were present at the barrage to oversee repair work and take stock of the situation. "Repairs are on. There is no reas on for immediate worries. As there was heavy rainfall this monsoon the level of water in the reservoirs is high. We are in constant touch with the Executive Engineer of the Irrigation department" stated Sankha Santra, Sub Divisional Officer, Durgapur. While the fear of an acute water crisis lurks in Durgapur there are fears of a flood like situation in the Manachar area on the banks of the Damodar. Manachar has a 50,000 odd population with an agrarian economy
"After the devastating floods in the monsoons, we have again sown potatoes, green peas, cabbages and other vegetables. Owing to the problem in the barrage if there is another round of floods we will be totally ruined." stated a farmer. The Durgapur barrage is built on the Damodar river. It was built in 1955 and is 692m long. It has 34 gates including 2 under-sluice gates. It is a 12 m high barrage. "Repair work is proceeding on a war footing" stated Rajib Banerjee, Minister in charge of irrigation department, Government of West Bengal.

Durgapur, Nov 22nd, 2017
Teenage girl commits suicide over 'relationship issues'
A teenage girl in West Bengal's Durgapur town allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday afternoon over relationship issues, police said.
"Puja Dhibar, 19, a student of second year in Durgapur government college allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself. Her body was recovered from her residence in Durgapur's Benachity area at around 1 p.m.," said the office in charge of Durgapur police station.
Police said the girl might have committed suicide over relationship disputes though nothing was confirmed by her family.
"The deceased was unmarried. However, there was a mark of vermilion on her forehead that is traditionally seen among married women. It is possible that the girl had relationship issues that impelled her to commit suicide," the officer said.
"The body of the girl has been sent for autopsy. The family members would be interrogated to know if the girl was depressed for some reason," he added.

Durgapur, Nov 20, 2017
Two workers die after gas leak at SAIL's Durgapur steel plant, probe ordered
Two workers died after an alleged gas leak at the coke oven segment of the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) in Bengal's West Burdwan district early on Monday. Two others also took ill after inhaling toxic fumes, but were declared out of danger at the Durgapur Mission Hospital.
The plant, located 158 km from Kolkata, is owned by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). It was set up in the late fifties.
Samir Chakraborty and Sheikh Hafijul - both contractual workers - died after being rushed to the DSP hospital. The incident occurred around 2 am.
"We are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death. A high-level committee has been formed to find out how the gas leak happened. We have sealed gas lines in the area as a precautionary measure," DSP spokesperson Chinmoy Samajdar told Hindustan Times.
Chakraborty and Hafijul, who hail from Jamgara and Arti villages respectively, were found unconscious in the resting zone located between the coke oven and the centre plant. Prabir Bose and Sheikh Fariuddin, who went there to beckon the deceased, were taken to the hospital after they complained of uneasiness.
Workers later agitated outside the plant, alleging that the safety measures in place for workers were inadequate. They cited a similar accident that reportedly occurred at the plant about two years ago to buttress their claim.
Two workers were burnt alive when molten steel fell on them at the IISCO steel unit, Burnpur, in May. That plant was also owned by SAIL.
Source: Hindustan Times

Durgapur, Nov 19th, 2017
Son, cook detained in Durgapur murder
Police have detained the son of a retired insurance company official found murdered in an upscale Durgapur locality on Thursday night for questioning.
Sumit Khara, who had fled home over a week ago apprehending arrest in connection with a stolen vehicle racket, returned on Friday night after getting the news of his father's murder. He was detained for questioning thereafter.
Two others - the woman who used to cook for the murdered official and the neighbour who claimed to have seen the body first - have been detained.
Police sources said they suspected that the cook, Namita Modak, could have a role in the murder of Satyaranjan Khara. The sources said the official could have been murdered by some miscreants who had come to rob valuables and attacked him with a blunt object when he resisted.
Satyaranjan had been living alone in the house since his son Sumit fled fearing arrest in the stolen vehicle racket 10 days ago.
"We suspect Satyanarayan's cook had informed the miscreants that the old man had been staying alone in the house. We questioned her through the night but she gave contradictory statements," said an investigating officer.
Satyanarayan, 70, was found dead in a pool of blood with his face down at his home in Durgapur's City Centre on Thursday night.
The police had initially suspected that the murder was the fallout of a rivalry between Satyaranjan's son and a gang dealing in stolen vehicles. "We have also questioned Sumit. However, he could not give us any clue yet. His links with the stolen vehicle racket could also not be established," said another police officer.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, Nov 18th, 2017
Elderly man found murdered in Durgapur
A 70-year-old retired insurance company official, whose son had fled home a few days ago apprehending arrest in a stolen vehicle racket, was found murdered at his home in an upscale Durgapur area on Thursday night.
Police said Satyaranjan Khara, who had been living alone in his three-storied house at City Centre for the past 10 days, was found lying in a pool of blood with his face down. The police said it appeared he was bludgeoned to death with a blunt object.
Khara's son Sumit, 45, had fled home 10 days ago after the police launched a search for him in connection with the vehicle racket. The police suspect the murder could be linked to Sumit's alleged connections with gangs involved in stealing vehicles.
"We are probing all angles. We were looking for Sumit in connection with a stolen vehicle racket," said Abhishek Modi, the deputy commissioner of police (east).
Khara's neighbour Arabinda Thakur, who used to come to the house at night to sleep with the elderly man as he lived alone, was the first to see the body. "The door was open when I arrived. I found Satyaranjan lying in a pool of blood."
About two weeks ago, the police had busted a racket of selling stolen trucks and four-wheelers against fake documents and arrested the alleged kingpin, Mohammad Selim, from the steel township. The cops had also seized a dozen vehicles, including four trucks and a dumper.
The police said that during questioning, Selim had given them some names, including that of Sumit Khara, who were involved in the racket. Sumit fled home apprehending a police raid 10 days ago.
"I used to accompany Satyaranjan babu for morning walks. I can't believe he was murdered. He was suffering from age-related ailments after his wife died a year ago," said Piyush Kanti Ghosal, a resident.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, Nov 15th, 2017
Coke oven plant of Durgapur Steel Plant catches fire
A fire took place at the coke oven plant of the Durgapur Steel Plant on Tuesday night. Around nine fire tenders were pressed into action to douse the flames. They took more than seven hours to bring the situation under control. According to the police, the Naphtha scrubber first caught fire and then it spread to other portions of the plant. According to the preliminary investigation, the police and fire officials suspect that the broiler might have left heated after the hot job was done. The process of producing steel in the hot broiler is called hot job.
It was learnt that the employees have to be present beside the broiler till the cooling process is completed unless there is always a possibility of boiler catching fire due to excessive heat. According the local administration, there are certain procedures in working with the boiler. The procedure was not properly followed as a result of which the fire took place. Experts said that scrubber might have caught fire due to excessive heat. The fire soon spread one scrubber to the other, resulting in panic among the employees of the steel plant. The matter was immediately informed to the fire brigade. At least none fire tenders were swung into action. The firefighters initially tried to restrict fire from spreading further. The fire officials evacuated the entire area and brought the situation under control. The fire tenders finally extinguished the fire after seven hours. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.
Source: millenniumpost

Durgapur, Nov 7, 2017
SAIL to focus on value products to suit market needs: Chairman
Public sector steel major SAIL plans to come up with a range of quality products in the market and wants to focus on value addition along with volume growth, its chairman P K Singh said today.
Citing stiff competition in the market, Singh said value addition to products and processes along with tailoring the quality as per market needs will prove to be a game changer for SAIL.
The PSU steel giant is looking forward to offer an array of differentiated and quality products in market while focusing on both value and volume, a company statement quoted him as saying in his address to about 600 employees at Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) in West Bengal.
Singh further said that 1 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity Medium Structural Mill (MSM) installed at DSP is capable of producing world-class structural steel products which have a high demand for various ongoing and upcoming infra and construction projects in India.
Singh also said that with Railways' switchover to LHB coaches in next few years, wheels for new LHB railway coaches are in advanced stages of validation at DSP and the metallurgical testing of the wheels has already been completed.
The MSM is producing parallel flange beams, joists, channels and angles, which are primarily used by infrastructure and construction segments and considering the pick-up in infrastructure projects, metro connectivity, accelerated construction activities, Singh said.
"These products are all expected to translate into increased demand for such value added structurals.The company is also tapping World market for exporting its products where there is a demand for these," he added.
The Durgapur plant, he said, is designed to produce 7.5 lakh tonnes of semis, where in association with R&D and Centre for Engineering and Technology (CET) will tap the huge market for special grade semis by targeting to produce 90 per cent semis as special steel grades and tie up for value added products of special steel.
SAIL top management has been visiting company units and offices across the country as it aims at clearly conveying its top priorities and identifying main issues at plant level.
The chairman had earlier visited SAIL's Bokaro Steel Plant where he held a group interaction with a cross section of more than 600 plant employees.
Director (Technical) Raman and Director (Commercial) Soma Mondal also attended the event. ABI MKJ
Source: times of india

Durgapur, Nov 5, 2017
West Bengal governor visits CSIR-CMERI institute in Durgapur
West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi visited the CSIR-CMERI institute campus in Durgapur on November 3 on the occasion of the institute's year-long diamond jubilee celebrations. During his visit the governor inaugurated the municipal solid waste pilot plant of the institute, which is a part of the 'zero waste CSIR-CMERI Colony initiative' and also inaugurated the new CSIR-CMERI guest house.
Professor (Dr.) Harish Hirani, director, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur elaborated about the efforts of the institute to address the concerns of the underprivileged citizens by developing solar trees, municipal solid waste management pilot plant, fluorite detection kit, optimum utilisation of construction debris and others.
According to CSIR-CMERI officials, the institute has successfully executed nine technology transfers and has recently been recognized for its efforts by being awarded the CSIR annual technology awards. Dr. Hirani elaborated the next dream project as the 'Smart Village' project for which the entire team of CSIR-CMERI is ready to work together.
Source: times of india

Durgapur, Nov 1st, 2017
Bengal's houses of horror: Children lock up widowed mothers, go on vacation
Her son Bikash locked her in the house without adequate food and took off for a vacation to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on October 25. Debjani Kumar was locked up inside the house and lived without food for 12 days in Durgapur. Jayashree who lives in Barackpore, 30 km away from Kolkata, had no idea that her brother had gone on vacation. "Had I known that my brother was going on vacation, I could have stayed with my mother," she said. She was lucky to be discovered by her daughter, Jayashree Kayal, who came to visit her on October 29 morning.
In two separate incidents in Bengal, two women - a senior citizen and another in her middle age - were virtually forced to live as prisoners for days without enough food after their children locked them up and went on holidays. Both women are widows. On the morning of October 29, the people of Anandapur in the south east fringes of Kolkata discovered to their horror that 96-year old Sabita Nath was locked up alone in her house for the past four days. Her son Bikash locked her in the house without adequate food and took off for a vacation to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on October 25 , As Reported By Hindustan Times.
According to the Newspaper, Bikash is still on vacation. On the morning of October 31, people in the steel city of Durgapur, 170 km northwest of Kolkata, were shocked to find a similar incident when 55-year old Debjani Kumar called neighbours from her window and told them that she had been locked up for 12 days by her daughter and son-in-law who had gone to a relative's place in Asansol. Sabita Nath who was extremely weak after going without adequate food for the past three days, did not have the strength to call her neighbours for help. She was lucky to be discovered by her daughter, Jayashree Kayal, who came to visit her on October 29 morning. She found the door locked from outside but could hear some noise inside the washroom. Along with locals, she informed the police who broke open the lock and rescued Nath. Jayashree who lives in Barackpore, 30 km away from Kolkata, had no idea that her brother had gone on vacation. "Had I known that my brother was going on vacation, I could have stayed with my mother," she said. In Durgapur, Debjani Kumar ran out of food on October 30.
Source: hindustan times

Durgapur, 18th Sept 2017,
7-yr-old murdered by neighbour
A seven-year-old boy was murdered in broad daylight at Andal in Durgapur by his neighbour who was in an inebriated condition. The incident took place on Monday morning and the accused had even injured the victim's grandmother when she tried to intervene in order to save her grandson. She has been admitted to hospital. Locals handed over the accused to the police. A police officer said that the accused, Binod Bauri, was in an inebriated state. He found seven-year-old Prabhat Guru playing just outside his house. All of a sudden, Binod started shouting at the boy. The accused rushed inside his house and came out with a sharp weapon. The victim didn't get the time to realise that Binod was approaching him with an intention to kill him. So the boy didn't move from the place where he was playing for almost an hour.
The accused slit the victim's throat before anyone could understand what was going on. The victim's grandmother, Basanti, was standing outside their house and she went ahead to save her grandson.
Binod attacked the woman when she approached him. Locals gathered around hearing her cries for help and found the accused trying to flee with the sharp weapon in his hand. They chased him down and caught the accused. He was later handed over to the police. The cops took both Prabhat and Basanti to hospital. The seven-year-old boy was declared brought dead and his grandmother was admitted to hospital. The woman is fighting for her life. Police are yet to ascertain the exact motive behind the murder but suspect that old rivalry between the accused and the victim's parents night have led to the crime.

Durgapur, 17th Sept 2017,
Two held for producing fake admit card to University
Two persons were arrested on the charge of producing fake admit card of a girl to the Presidency university, police said today.
A Presidency university official said the duo, both residents of Durgapur, produced to the controller of examinations an admit card which purportedly showed a girl had been admitted to the BCA course and sought to know about the details of the subject.
As no such course is being run by the university, the controller informed the higher officials who lodged a formal complaint with the police on Friday.
The two men were not allowed to leave and later handed over to the police the same day.
One of the two arrested person was the private tutor of the girl and the other her father.
The university official said, "we hope the police will bust if there is any racket and arrest the culprits.

Durgapur, 15th Sept 2017,
West Bengal to infuse Rs300 crore in BAPL which runs Durgapur airport near Kolkata
The West Bengal government on Thursday decided to infuse up to Rs300 crore to rescue Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), a private firm which runs an airport 200km from Kolkata and in which Singapore’s Changi Airports International owns a substantial stake.
The state cabinet on Thursday decided that West Bengal Industrial Development Corp. will buy shares in the company to raise its stake to 26% from 11%, paying up to Rs180 crore, a minister said, asking not to be identified. It has also been decided that the state will advance Rs120 crore to help BAPL repay outstanding loans, he added.
BAPL's vice-chairman managing director Partho Ghosh wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Last year, too, the state had infused at least Rs60 crore into the company by subscribing to 17.14 million new shares, paying Rs35 apiece, according to documents reviewed by Mint.
Earlier this year, BAPL issued shares to other stakeholders including Changi Airports International and Ghosh at the same price as the state government. Changi Airports International currently owns around 37% in the company.
The key problem with the airport built by BAPL in Durgapur is getting airlines to commence operations from it. Last year, state-owned Air India withdrew its Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi flights, citing poor occupancy, after operating it for a little over a year. Currently, Zoom Air is the lone airline which connects Durgapur.
The project was conceived under the Left regime and built over 1,818 acres in the industrial belt of Asansol-Durgapur. The aim was to build urban infrastructure centred on an airport.

Durgapur, 20th Aug 2017,
MBA student's body found hanging in hostel
Mystery shrouds the death of an MBA student whose body was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside her hostel room on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Suravi Suman who was undergoing a management course at the private college in Durgapur. Hailing from Bihar's Muzaffarpur, Suravi was currently staying at the college hostel. On Sunday morning, some of the hostel inmates found her body hanging from the ceiling fan and immediately informed the hospital authorities who in turn called up the local police station. Police recovered the body and sent it to the Durgapur Sub-Divisional hospital for post-mortem examination. Police have recovered the mobile phone of Suravi from the spot.
Police said that she was a second year student. The victim's classmates told the police that she was a good student and used to remain in a jovial mood and they never expected that she could commit suicide. Police came to know in the investigation that the victim was not mingling with the other hostel mates for the last couple of days.
According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have committed suicide following some mental depression. The reason of her mental depression was not, however, divulged by the police yet. Police are looking into all possible angles into the incident. They are not, however, ruling out the possibility of foul play. They are investigating if anybody had instigated her to commit suicide.
Police are also investigating if some jilted romantic relationship had forced the victim to commit suicide. The victim's family members have been informed. A senior official of the private college in Durgapur expressed his shock over the incident saying that they did not understand why the victim had taken such a drastic step.
Police have started a probe in this connection and interrogated some of her hostel inmates with whom she used to spend the maximum time. Police have also collected samples from the place of the incident.
Source: millenniumpost

Durgapur, 18th Aug 2017,
Durgapur Municipal Corporation Election Results 2017
The election results of Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) have been declared. The Durgapur Municipal Corporation that comes in Burdwan district of West Bengal has 43 wards/seats. The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has won the election in all 43 wards of Durgapur Municipal Corporation. Polling for Durgapur Municipal Corporation elections was held on August 13. Below is the list of winning candidate of Durgapur Municipal Corporation election.
The TMC fielded candidates in all 43 wards, whereas the CPI(M) contested the election in 31 wards and BJP 41 wards. Widespread violence and clashes between TMC and BJP workers were reported during the polling. The major opposition parties in West Bengal demanded cancellation of elections, alleging widespread violence and booth-capturing by TMC workers. The ruling party, however, denied charges and blamed the BJP and CPI(M) for it.
Durgapur Municipal Corporation Election Results: Full List of Winning Candidates

Ward No Winning Candidate Name Party
1 Shipra Sarkar TMC
2 Nizam Hossain Mondal TMC
3 Dhariti Banerjee (Jalan) TMC
4 Swarup Mukherjee TMC
5 Amitava Banerjee TMC
6 Mani Dasgupta TMC
7 Pabitra Chatterjee TMC
8 Marigendra Nath Paul TMC
9 Rina Chowdhury TMC
10 Rajib Ghosh TMC
11 Dilip Kumar Agasty TMC
12 Babita Mukherjee TMC
13 Dharmendra Yadav TMC
14 Rakhi Tewari TMC
15 Ashima Chakraborty TMC
16 Sushil Kumar Chatterjee TMC
17 Madhusudan Mondal TMC
18 Dipali Mondal TMC
19 Prabhat Kumar Chatterjee TMC
20 Rama Prasad Halder TMC
21 Susmita Bhui TMC
22 Anindita Mukherjee TMC
23 Debabrata Sain TMC
24 Lovely Roy TMC
25 Dipankar Laha TMC
26 Dipen Kumar Maji TMC
27 Chhabi Nandy TMC
28 Ankita Choudhury TMC
29 Sunil Chatterjee TMC
30 Ruma Mukherjee Parial TMC
31 Barnali Das TMC
32 Manas Roy TMC
33 Mani Soren TMC
34 Rabindra Kumar Ram TMC
35 Sonali Bouri TMC
36 Loaknath Das TMC
37 Swarup Mondal TMC
38 Alo Santra TMC
39 Shashanka Shekhar Mandal TMC
40 Subhas Majumdar TMC
41 Shipul Saha TMC
42 Priyanki Panja TMC
43 Chandra Shakhar Banerjee TMC

Durgapur, 17th Aug 2017,
Violence mars civic polls in Bengal, Durgapur on edge
Durgapur was a flashpoint of unrest as seven municipalities went to polls on Sunday, with policemen coming under attack. The state election commission, however, turned down a collective plea of repoll by the opposition, choosing to gloss over "the few stray incidents of violence".
State election commissioner A K Singh ordered a repoll in only one booth at Panskura, where the EVM was damaged. Singh, however, admitted that two police personnel were injured in Durgapur. He even admitted to a stray incident of an EVM being snatched at Birbhum's Nalhati. "But since it wasn't tampered with, the voting process was completed in it," he said.
Eight people were arrested for fomenting violence.
The low turnout in Durgapur, much below the average, spiked in the latter part of the day. Durgapur remained on edge all through, however. A combative BJP hit the streets and blocked NH-2 in the morning, protesting against alleged booth-capturing attempts by the ruling Trinamool.
Even before a large police contingent reached there to remove the agitators, BJP workers gathered at Kada Road. Several vehicles were set on fire. At 2pm, the protester-police face-off took a turn for the worse, with stones and bricks hurled at the cops. Two policemen were injured, one seriously. Sources said a police rifle was snatched, but was later recovered from a nearby jungle.
The Left, which had asked its supporters to dig in, in the face of a ruling party onslaught, lodged 313 complaints to the election commission, complaining that in booth 404 even poll officials had to flee for their lives. The Left leadership has indicated it was thinking about moving Calcutta high court, for the polls appeared to be a blatant violation of its directive to the commission to arrange for an election "without any violence or bloodshed".
Durgapur's voter turnout till the evening was only 72.2%, compared to the average of 77.3%. By late evening, it had spiked to 79.83%.
Voter turnout was the highest in the Coopers Camp notified area, with 92% by 5pm, said Nadia district magistrate Sumit Gupta. Dhupguri municipality and Haldia municipality also recorded higher turnouts till reports last came in.
Congress demanded removal of state election commissioner A K Singh and held a sit-in demonstration outside the commission's office. "The commission has completely failed to conduct the polls in a free and fair manner. This is not the first time. In the municipal elections held in May, we had witnessed the same thing. TMC has turned the elections into a farce," said leader of the opposition and state Congress leader Abdul Manan.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh demanded cancellation of elections in Haldia, Panskura and Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC). "We demand fresh elections be held after deployment of central forces. We don't demand the state election commissioner's removal as it will not solve the matter because he is under the state government," Ghosh said.
Source: timesofindia

Durgapur, 10th Aug 2017,
Durgapur civic poll: BJP calls for deployment of central forces
The state BJP on Wednesday held a demonstration outside the West Bengal State Election Commission, demanding deployment of central paramilitary forces for the August 13 civic polls. Elections for Durgapur Municipal Corporation, Dhupguri Municipality, Buniadpur Municipality, Coopers’ Camp Notified Area, Nalhati Municipality, Panskura Municipality and Haldia Municipality in East Midnapore will be held on August 13. Besides this, by-elections will be held in two wards — Champdani Municipality (ward 12) and Jhargram Municipality (ward 7).
Addressing party workers outside the State Election Commission, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said the commission has failed to discharge its constitutional duty.
"In the previous civic polls, people of Bengal have witnessed how elections were held. A reign of terror was unleashed by the ruling party. Come this Sunday, civic polls will be held again and the State Election Commission will conduct the polls with the help of state police. It has failed to discharge its constitutional duty. We want the deployment of central forces to hold civic polls in a free and fair manner," Ghosh said.
Later, a three-member state BJP delegation submitted a deputation to State Election Commissioner A K Singh, asking to check poll violence and take necessary steps to deploy central forces.

Durgapur, 23rd July 2017,
ASI shoots himself dead in Durgapur
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police committed suicide by shooting himself with his service revolver.
The victim, Nazimuddin Seikh (35) who was posted at Durgapur police station shot himself in his head with the service revolver. The incident took place on late Saturday night at the Counter Emergency Force Campus at Bidhannagar area of Durgapur. After hearing the gun shot, other police personnel rushed to the spot and found the ASI lying in a pool of blood. He was immediately taken to the Durgapur Sub-divisional hospital where he was declared brought dead. He was the resident of Rampurhat in Birbhum.
Senior police officers of Asansol Durgapur police Commissionerate rushed to the spot after the incident. It was learnt that the ASI had gone to undertake commando training at Punjab where he received severe injuries on his leg. After returning home he was undergoing treatment for his leg injury. He had been suffering from mental depression as he was unable to lead a normal life due to the injury on his leg which the doctors had termed serious in nature. The biggest worry for Seikh was whether he would be able to lead a normal life which might have led to his frustration, police suspect. Police said he had borrowed some money from the market which might have been another cause for his depression.
According to the preliminary investigation police suspect that he might have committed suicide due to depression. Police are waiting for the post-mortem reports of the victim. Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) of Asansol Durgapur Commissionerate started a probe in this regard. The exact cause of the suicide is yet to be ascertained.
Source: millenniumpost

Durgapur, 22nd July 2017,
Security guard found dead
Body of a security guard was recovered from Jessop More in Durgapur on Friday morning. The victim was identified as Amar Pandey (52), a resident of SB Garai Road in Durgapur.
He worked as a security guard at a private factory. No police complaint was filed by the victim's family. The body was first noticed by some locals, who later informed Coke Oven police. Sources said he had gone to the factory on duty on Thursday night and was supposed to return home on Friday morning. Cops rushed to the spot, recovered the body and sent it for autopsy. They also found a cycle near the body.
Source: times of india

Durgapur, 22nd June 2017,
Class Nine student died by electrocution in Benachity, Durgapur
15 year old Deborjyoti Ghosh was a student of Heemsheela Model School and has went for his tuition classes in Gurudwara road. Reportedly a very high tension line passes very close to the house where he goes to study. When Deborjyoti did not returned after a long time of the scheduled tution timings, his parents went to the house where his tution teacher takes classes and started searching the house, where in the 2nd floor of that house where he was found dead.
May his sole R.I.P

Durgapur, 14th June 2017,
Two fake doctors under scanner in Durgapur
Two fake doctors were found to be practicing at Durgapur in West Burdwan. One of these two fake doctors used to run a clinic where abortions were illegally performed by the accused.
The district administration is preparing a detailed report on the whereabouts of these two accused doctors which will sent to the state Health department. One of the accused has been absconding since the matter came to light. A senior administrative official of West Burdwan said that stern action will be taken against these two accused who were allegedly practicing without a valid registration number. Both the accused used to run their chambers at Raghunathpur area of Durgapur. The accused S R Sur who is actually a homeopathy doctor used to practice as an MBBS doctor. He used to write MBBS against his name on the signboard that was put up on the wall outside his chamber. The district police had raided his chamber and collected many important materials including a catheter and anesthetic drugs. The investigation officers are certain that the accused used to perform abortion illegally. A senior official from Durgapur Municipal Corporation and the senior sub-divisional officials of Durgapur visited the chamber. The accused doctor has been at large since the incident came to light. The police and the district administration were carrying out a probe in this regard. Police said that four persons used to work under the accused at his chamber and the visitors were all women. A senior administrative official in the district said that they have collected some information and are also preparing a report which will soon be submitted to the Chief Medical Officer of Health in the district. Another accused Santosh Rajak who is also believed to be fake, failed to produce any valid registration number to the police. Rajak had also been practicing as an alopath doctor in Main Gate area of Durgapur. Police said that the accused used to sell medicines without a drug license. The district administration also received complaints against the two accused. "A probe is being conducted in this regard. A report will soon be submitted to the senior officials of the state Health department. Action will be taken against the accused if found guilty," a senior administrative official in the district said.
Source: millenniumpost

Durgapur, 12th June 2017,
Two killed, 24 injured in 4 separate road mishaps
Two persons were killed and 24 others injured in four separate road accidents in the state. The first accident took place near Pepsi gate area of Panagarh when a state-run bus was hit by a dumper claiming the life of a person and injuring 20 others. Some of them had suffered severe injuries and are undergoing treatment in the hospital. The bus driver and the conductor of the bus were also injured in the accident. Police said that the bus was going to Purulia from Kolkata. When it was passing through Kotagram at Budbud area, the vehicle lost control and went across to the opposite lane after hitting a divider. A dumper which was going to Burdwan from Panagarh collided head on with the bus. As the bus suddenly came to the other lane, the driver of the dumper could not stop the vehicle and it rammed into the bus. The front portion of the bus was badly damaged in the incident. The police are yet to ascertain the identity of the deceased person. The local residents took part in the rescue operation before the police reached the spot. All the injured passengers were taken to Durgapur sub-divisional hospital. Some of them were later shifted to a private hospital in Durgapur as their condition deteriorated. The local people told the police that the bus was running at top speed when it hit the divider and came to the other lane. Police suspect that the bus driver might have fallen asleep while driving which might have led to the mishap. Police have started a probe in this regard.
In a similar incident, three pedestrians were injured when a speeding matador lost control and hit them on EM Bypass near Mathpukur area on Monday morning. The local people and police rushed the injured victims to the Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) for treatment. Police said that the vehicle was at top speed when the driver lost control and hit a divider before injuring the victims. Police have arrested the driver. In the other incident a person who works as a night guard at Bhavanipur area under Haldia police station in East Midnapore died after being crushed under the wheels of a truck. In the fourth incident, a truck driver suffered critical injuries when his truck overturned near Panagarh on Dubrajpur state highway.
Source: millenniumpost

Durgapur, 5th June 2017,
IRIN GHOSH of Durgapur Ranked 2nd in WBJEE 2017
IRIN GHOSH of Durgapur Ranked 2nd in WBJEE 2017
she was a Student of D.A.V. Model School, Durgapur doing her +2 from there. Before that she has studied from Hemsheela Model School of Durgapur
wishes her all the best of luck for her future.

Durgapur, 4th June 2017,
Durgapur civic body finds colour in food items
Durgapur Municipal Corporation cracked down on some restaurants on Saturday and found that colours were being mixed with food items to enhance the attraction.
Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Lovely Roy along with some senior officers of corporation, raided several restaurants and caught restaurant staff red-handed while they were mixing colours in the food items.
The corporation found that the restaurants were well known about the quality of food but they were careless to maintain proper hygiene. The officers took food samples and other necessary things along with them for scientific examinations.
"Getting a tip-off that adulterated food items are being served in some restaurants in Durgapur, the corporation decided to conduct a raid across the city. The drive will follow similar raids in other areas of the city as well," said a corporation source.
The team led by Mayor-in-Council (Health) raided several restaurants in Benachiti and City Centre and found that the restaurants were not maintaining health norms. Mayor-in-Council (Health) instructed her officers to collect samples and informed the restaurants owners to expect punishment if they are proved guilty.
The corporation source informed that the civic body would extend its helping hands to the offending restaurant owners to resolve the food adulteration-related problems.
"We have expertise in dealing with such cases of adulteration. We will extend our help to the restaurant owners if they want us to do so," the source said.
Among the food items, biryani was one among the items in which unhealthy yellow colours are being used, the officers suspected.
Source: millenniumpost

Durgapur, 30th May 2017,
Mountaineer Paresha Nath's body is to be brought to Durgapur.
Paresh Ch. Nath the physically challenged mountaineer from Durgapur who last year attempted to climb Mt. Everest but met with severe weather challenges and got lost from his group. Paresh and Gautam lost contact with the principal team at high altitudes on 21 May and could not be traced. They had oxygen to last for 48 hours. Wanchu Sherpa, managing director of the Nepal Trekker Company - a premier agency conducting the Mount Everest tours said, "The climbers died because of insufficient life support gas." He said Paresh Nath's body could have been retrieved, but inclement weather conditions did not permit it. Paresh Chandra Nath's body was abandoned in the high altitudes for one year.
Paresh Ch. Nath the physically challenged mountaineer from Durgapur This year after opening of the Everest season his body was found and West Bengal Government took the initiative to bring his and another fellow mountaineer Gautam Ghosh bodies back to their respective homes.
We admire our beloved Paresh Da and hope he gets the due respect he deserve.
May his soul Rest in Peace

Durgapur, 28th May 2017,
Recruitment resumes at Graphite India
The Trinamul Congress has suspended two leaders and dissolved two ward committees in Durgapur after rival factions of the party held up recruitment of 82 contractual labourers to a Graphite India Ltd factory for around a month.
Trinamul sources said the move was aimed at assuring industrialists in the Asansol-Durgapur factory belt that the party would not tolerate any activity that affected production in a company.
Multiple trade unions and factions of the ruling party have been a major problem in factories in the Asansol-Durgapur zone since 2011. The problem has not subsided despite repeated warnings from Mamata Banerjee and the party's one factory, one union policy.
The decision to suspend Trinamul leaders Dilip Dhibar and Mohammad Ramzan - both of whom had been leading demonstrations against the recruitment at GIL over the past month - was taken by Trinamul's observer for Burdwan West, Aroop Biswas, yesterday.
The rival factions lifted the demonstrations today and the recruitment resumed.
GIL, a private firm that recorded a net profit of Rs 112.28 crore in the 2016-17 fiscal, is among the largest producers of graphite electrodes in the country.
The company had last month decided to engage 82 new contractual labourers for various unskilled jobs to add to the Durgapur unit's existing tally of around 1,200 contractual workers.
However, the two rival Trinamul factions, led by Dhibar and Ramzan, had held up the recruitment saying their respective loyalists would have to be engaged.
The factions held demonstrations, set up roadblocks and allegedly threatened the management repeatedly over the past one month.
"The management got in touch with the party leadership in Calcutta. Biswas ordered the suspension of local leaders Dilip Dhibar and Mohammad Ramzan. He also dissolved the party committees in Wards 28 and 29 of the Durgapur Municipal Corporation," a source said.
Officials at GIL said it was a "relief" that the demonstrations were lifted. "There was an immense need to engage the contractual labourers," an official said.
"The party will not tolerate any such activity that threatens production. It would recommend legal action against the perpetrators," Asansol North MLA Malay Ghatak was quoted as saying at a meeting today.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, 26th May 2017,
A man was held after he confessed that he murdered and buried his husband's body inside the courtyard of the house. He was arrested on Friday in West Bengal's Durgapur city. The man cemented the floor after burying his wife.
A mason by profession, Sheikh Hyder Ali admitted before Amish Ray, owner of the house, that he had murdered his wife. He also revealed to the landlord that he wanted to commit suicide after the act. After hearing his version, the landlord alerted the cops, who rushed to the place and arrested him.
Ray, said, "Hyder came to meet me in the morning and told me he wants to commit suicide. He told me that he has killed his wife and buried him in the courtyard and then cemented the floor."
Durgapore Police dug out the floor and found the body. The police said that Sheikh has reportedly told in his statement to the police during primary interrogation that his wife had an extramarital affair which enraged him.
Hyder has been produced to a local court and remanded to police custody.
Source: Mumbai Mirror

Durgapur, 19th May 2017,
Durgapur 5th Cleanest Station in India
Taking the 'Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat' campaign forward, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu released a third party audit report on Station Cleanliness.
Several stations all over India were rated on the their cleanliness and on the basis of passenger feedback with a view to identify unclean spots or gaps.
Durgapur from West Bengal has ben declared 5th Most Cleanest Railway Station in India by Union Railway Ministry. Durgapur Railway Station

Durgapur, 9th May 2017,
Gaurdians Protest against huge fee hike in DAV Model School Durgapur
Parents and Gaurdians of students of DAV Model School today protested against huge fees hike and readmision. They have all gathered in front of the school gate to protest against the huge fees hike every year. This has created a huge traffic jam in the area as the road is also connected to DSP Main Hospital and an important busy road.
But the school authorities still were not available for comment and they refused to meet the gaurdians representatives.
Protest in DAV Model School Durgapur

Durgapur, 8th May 2017,
Water ire on Durgapur steel plant's GM
A general manager of Durgapur Steel Plant was allegedly held by the collar and pushed around by some employees during a meeting today with trade unions over supply of water to the company's township.
Sources said around 30-35 people barged into the hall where the meeting was taking place and held Gautam Saha by the collar and pushed him to the wall. Two of the general manager's deputies were also heckled and abused, they said.
DSP has identified four of the alleged attackers and said the remaining were "outsiders". Water supply has been irregular in the steel plant township over the past few days because of pipeline repairs.
Gautam Saha and two of his deputies, Amitabha Roy and A.K. Ambedkar, were holding talks with the trade union leaders about pipeline repairs in the township and restoration of regular water supply. The crowd barged into the hall and assaulted Saha. Even the two deputy GMs were attacked and abused," a union leader said.
DSP officials said the residents of the township had been informed about the repair of the pipelines and the intermittent water supply resulting from it.
A plant official said: "We had told them that it would take at least a couple of days to restore normal water supply."
Saha has lodged an FIR at Durgapur police station. He declined to speak to the media.
The steel plant's chief communications officer, Chinmoy Samajdar, said: "We have lodged an FIR at Durgapur police station against four of our employees and some others for physically assaulting our GM and two DGMs."
The inspector in charge of Durgapur police station, Tirthendu Ganguly, said: "We have received a complaint and started investigation."
Source: telegraphindia
water ire on TA Building DSP Durgapur

Durgapur, 7th May 2017,
Pipe burst disrupts water supply to Durgapur Steel township
Water supply to the entire Durgapur Steel Township was disrupted from friday evening after the main pipeline that carry water to the township bursts.
Major portions of the township remained without water on Saturday to Monday though one time supply of water is given to some places in Sunday and water tanker is supplied to some places.
The main pipeline carrying filtered water to the Steel Township from the Water Treatment Plant of Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) got ruptured near Gandhi More on Friday. The reason of the burst is not certain but unconfirmed sources said that due to construction work in National Highway -2 in that area the soil level has got disturbed and thus the main pipeline got damaged. Though DSP authority took up the repair work on war-footing but normal water supply could not be restored even on Monday. Meanwhile reports of manhandling Senior DSP Management employees have created further tension and CISF battalion has been posted in TA building DSP, Durgapur.

Durgapur, 7th May 2017,
Molten steel falls on IISCO workers, two burnt alive
Two persons were burnt alive when boiling-hot molten steel fell on them at the Iisco Steel Plant (ISP) in Burnpur in the early hours of Saturday. The toll could rise as four workers are in hospital, three of them in critical condition with 90% burns. The dead and the injured are contractual employees.
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the public sector company that owns the plant, has set up a high-powered committee to probe the incident. Saturday's accident occurred exactly two years after a similar incident at Durgapur Steel Plant had killed a worker and critically injured two.
The horrific accident occurred around 3.55am, during the 'C shift' at ISP, a brand new Rs 17,000-crore steel manufacturing facility inaugurated by PM Nar-endra Modi two years ago.
A ladle that was carrying nearly 150 tonnes of molten steel from the basic oxygen furnace to the continuous casting plant tipped while being carried by a crane to be placed on the turret of caster No.1 to make steel billets. Around 75 tonnes of molten steel - at a temperature of around 1,640°C - fell on the workers. Shahnawaz Sheikh of Burnpur and Ashish Sikka of Kulti were charred to death. Shankar Nag, Ashish Shaw, Sanjeev Chatterjee and Salim Khan were critically injured and have been admitted to Mission Hospital, Durgapur.
In the previous accident, molten steel had splashed on the workers at the continuous casting plant. A high-powered committee had been formed to look into the incident and recommendations formulated. But it appears to have come to a naught.
"The blast furnace, basic oxygen furnace and continuous casting plant are high-risk zones in a steel plant," said an ISP official. "We continuously evaulate safety protocols and make improvements, learning from past incidents. It is a continous process. A high-powered committee comprising the executive director of the R&D Centre for Iron and Steel, Ranchi, and general manager (steel) of Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) will submit a report on the reasons and to find out the reasons and report the matter."
In September 2014, at least 26 workers had suffered severe burns following a gas pipeline blast in coke oven battery No. 11. Coke oven gas is highly inflammable. Four months prior to that, seven persons, including some senior officials, died and several were wounded in an accident at the Bhilai unit in Chhattisgarh. Nearly 100 workmen have died in a series of accidents at Sail and RINL since June 2012 when over a dozen employees, including some senior executives, died at an accident in RINL's Visakhapatnam plant.
Labour union leaders at the plant alleged lack of safety mechanism for contractual workers. "Such incidents have taken place earlier, too, but management has not done anything to enhance labourers' safety. We want compensation for the family of the deceased," said Harjit Singh, general secretary of the INTTUC unit at the plant.
The 2.5 million tonnes per annum capacity steel plant has 7,000 employees on its rolls. In addition, 300-400 persons are engaged on a contract basis to work on the hot and risky shop-floor. Though there is a medical unit at Burnpur and a full-fledged hospital at DSP, neither is equipped to handle such serious cases. The injured were therefore admitted to the Mission Hospital. "We are deeply saddened by this loss and our thoughts are with the families, friends and co-workers at this difficult time. Our hearts and minds are with those who are affected and we hope for their quick recovery. Best medical care is being provided. SAIL is willing to get the injured treated at a more advanced facility once their conditions stabilise," said a senior official.
Source: india times

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.
Source: newsx

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.
Source: indianexpress

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 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
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.
Source: kolkata24x7

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.
Source: ndtv

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."
Source: PTI

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.
Source: thehindubusinessline

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
Source: thehindubusinessline

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