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http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/german-delegation-meets-speaker-expresses-interest-to-invest-in-bengal-398734

Kolkata: A ten-member delegation from German Federal Parliament (Bundestag), the Indo-German Parliamentary Association met Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly Biman Banerjee on Monday and expressed their interest for further cooperation and investment in a number of sectors like health, renewable energy and education.

A number of state cabinet ministers were present during an hour-long interaction at the state Assembly.

"We learnt about the functioning of the various government departments and also shared how our government works. We are happy to know that the state's GDP is much higher than the national average. We will take the deliberations forward and we hope to make investments in health, education and renewable energy in the days to come," said Jurgen Hardt, Member of the German Parliament, who headed the ten-member team.

Hardt claimed that it's their first visit in the state and they have been overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Speaker and senior ministers of the state cabinet.

Speaker Biman Banerjee said that the meeting was a wonderful exchange of thoughts and ideas. "Both India and Germany are democratic countries and this sort of interactions will strengthen the bonding between the two countries," he added.

Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, state Power minister, Chandrima Bhattacharjee, minister of state for Health, Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Development, Moloy Ghatak, state Labour minister and Siddiqullah Chowdhury, minister of Mass Education Extension & Library Services attended the meeting.

"We (ministers) spoke about how our respective departments have carried out development work in the state since 2011," said Chandrima Bhattacharjee.

State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that his department proposed to take technical know-how from Germany for harnessing solar energy in a more effective manner.
 

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E-governance: Haryana, West Bengal, Chandigarh in top 6

NEW DELHI: Riding on the strength of their recent digitalisation initiatives, Haryana and West Bengal are set to break into the top six of the first National e-Governance Service Delivery Index Assessment (NeSDA), a survey that assesses state-wise performance on delivery of government services to businesses and citizens.
While Haryana has unexpectedly raced up to the third position, West Bengal has secured the fourth position, ET has learnt. Another surprise entry in the top six is Chhattisgarh.Kerala is learnt to be at the top of the index, followed by Goa at the second spot.
At least seven of the top 10 positions on the index have been secured by states that have non-BJP governments at the helm.
NeSDA was a key initiative announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018 to push the government machinery towards his promise of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’. It is also aimed at pushing up India’s overall performance on the global e-governance index, an important parameter to attract investment.
Bihar has not been considered at all for the rankings as it failed to give adequate data for the assessment. Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are at the bottom of the list.
The Prime Minister’s home state Gujarat is in the eighth spot—similar to its performance on the Good Governance Index released in December 2019.
Telangana stands at the fifth spot on the tally, while Andhra Pradesh is way down at the 13th position.
Among the nine hill states, Himachal Pradesh is learnt to lead the tally while the list of Union Territories is topped by Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The index, which also assesses central ministries, has given the top spot to the ministry of health & family welfare, while the second position has been secured by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) for its SWAYAM education platform and the National Scholarship Portal. The ministries of agriculture, social justice & empowerment and rural development are among the other top five scorers.
The NeSDA framework assessed all the service portals of states, Union Territories and central ministries on seven key parameters—accessibility, content availability, ease of use, information security and privacy, endservice delivery, integrated service delivery and status & request tracking.
These cover government to business and government to citizen services across finance, labour & employment, education, local government & utilities, social welfare (including agriculture and health) and environment (including fire) sectors. India was ranked 96 among 193 countries in the United Nations E- Government Survey of 2018. While this was an improvement over the 118 rank in 2014 and the 107 position in 2016, more effort is clearly needed. The NeSDAframework is a step in that direction to nudge states and government interfaces to become more people -friendly.
 

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/four-mini-waste-to-compost-plants-to-come-up-in-s-kolkata/articleshow/74016773.cms

KOLKATA: The civic solid waste management department has decided to set up small compost plants across the city, where biodegradable garbage will be converted into fertilizer. The aim, an official said, was to take the load off the Dhapa dumping ground, the capacity of which has already been exhausted. On Friday, even Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation had a discussion at its MMiC meeting on its plan to set up 10 waste-to-compost plants in Salt Lake.

KMC has already started work on four plants in south Kolkata, the first one at Chetla nearing completion. Construction of three other plants along Tolly’s Nullah, between Kundghat to Garia, is under way. According to a KMC solid waste management official, once these four are ready, more will be planned at wherever land will be available. “A major advantage of these mini-compost plants is that they require very little space and investment. A small plant can be built on 2.5-3-cottah plot and Rs 15 lakh can be invested for buying machines. Each plant can recycle 310 kg biodegradable waste into fertilizer a day,” said a KMC solid waste management official.


According to Debabrata Majumdar, MMiC overseeing the KMC solid waste management department, they decided to build the small plants in neighbourhoods after introducing segregation of waste at household-level in 20 wards. “It is easy to utilize the segregated wastes to convert into fertilizer at the ward level itself. This will not only ensure less transportation costs but will also take the load off Dhapa, which is chocking under refuse from 144 wards in Kolkata,” he said, adding the civic body hoped to inaugurate the first four plants by another six months.

 

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https://www.jagranjosh.com/news/west-bengal-government-to-install-lockers-in-state-run-schools-to-ease-burden-of-students-152988

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has stated that the government of West Bengal has decided to provide locker facilities to the state-run schools and will soon begin to mark the spaces on the premises of the schools for the purpose.

He added that once the lockers are installed it will ease the burden of the students since they will be able to sore their books and other stationeries in the lockers without the need for carrying them to and fro every day. He also added that the government wishes to install the lockers in all the state-run schools and it will lighten the bag weight for the students from nursery to class 12.

The education minister has clarified that the government will not be able to extend the locker facility for the aided schools as of now due to funding issues. Officials from the education department have said that the lockers have been set up in some of the city-based schools which include Hindu, Hare and Bethune adding that at least 1.5 crore students will benefit from the initiative.

Jadavpur Vidyapith headmaster Parimal Bhattacharya while speaking to the media about the Initiative by the government said that he was yet to receive any kind of official communication but the initiative will be of immense help to the students.

He also added that the move was welcome and it will reduce the weight of the school bags of the students. However, he also added that there must be a standard model for implementing the facilities which include the funding problems.
 

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https://www.jagranjosh.com/news/west-bengal-government-to-install-lockers-in-state-run-schools-to-ease-burden-of-students-152988

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has stated that the government of West Bengal has decided to provide locker facilities to the state-run schools and will soon begin to mark the spaces on the premises of the schools for the purpose.

He added that once the lockers are installed it will ease the burden of the students since they will be able to sore their books and other stationeries in the lockers without the need for carrying them to and fro every day. He also added that the government wishes to install the lockers in all the state-run schools and it will lighten the bag weight for the students from nursery to class 12.

The education minister has clarified that the government will not be able to extend the locker facility for the aided schools as of now due to funding issues. Officials from the education department have said that the lockers have been set up in some of the city-based schools which include Hindu, Hare and Bethune adding that at least 1.5 crore students will benefit from the initiative.

Jadavpur Vidyapith headmaster Parimal Bhattacharya while speaking to the media about the Initiative by the government said that he was yet to receive any kind of official communication but the initiative will be of immense help to the students.

He also added that the move was welcome and it will reduce the weight of the school bags of the students. However, he also added that there must be a standard model for implementing the facilities which include the funding problems.


If kids don’t take books home, how will they study the text books and notes given in class.?
If stationary is pen and pencil, that does not add too much weight..
Wasting resources as per me...
May be watched some Hollywood high school flick and came up with this idea..
 

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If kids don’t take books home, how will they study the text books and notes given in class.?
If stationary is pen and pencil, that does not add too much weight..
Wasting resources as per me...
May be watched some Hollywood high school flick and came up with this idea..
No-one studies all subjects everyday. Whatever they need to use at home they can carry home. If this makes students life little less stressful, it would be worth it.
 

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No studies all subjects everyday. Whatever they need to use at home they can carry home. If this makes students life little less stressful, it would be worth it.


Dk do you have kids?
The reason for asking is kids are not steady generally and quite impulsive. They tend to follow their own mood or of watching too much TV or creating a ruckus parents sit them down with some studies, may be some easy subject for the time being to tide over the crisis.
At that time if a some book or text book is missing it becomes difficult for parents to control the situation.
Another situation, as per Murphy’s law, on a long weekend or such kids will leave behind in school the book most requires to study..

Ask me, I face it first hand....
Hence always better to have all books home at all time.
 

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Dk do you have kids?
The reason for asking is kids are not steady generally and quite impulsive. They tend to follow their own mood or of watching too much TV or creating a ruckus parents sit them down with some studies, may be some easy subject for the time being to tide over the crisis.
At that time if a some book or text book is missing it becomes difficult for parents to control the situation.
Another situation, as per Murphy’s law, on a long weekend or such kids will leave behind in school the book most requires to study..

Ask me, I face it first hand....
Hence always better to have all books home at all time.
Well, maybe not all kids are like yours hmm?
 

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True, but not all are unlike mine also!!! Any way if they think it is such an important endeavor then what to do!!
I for one, during school life, would have appreciated lockers. I have seen many of my friends develop spine problems because of the huge load they had to shoulder. If you ask me, this is a very good move.
 

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I for one, during school life, would have appreciated lockers. I have seen many of my friends develop spine problems because of the huge load they had to shoulder. If you ask me, this is a very good move.


Can’t really comment but spine problem seems a bit far fetched, or that particular friend had some sort of a inherent disorder.
Generally on average kids carry bags from home to bus or pool car and then from transportation medium to school.
That’s about 10 to 15 minutes tops.
Yes, some kids walking home all the way, a little bit longer. Generally parents will have a transportation system put in place if it’s a long walk. A 15 to 20 minute walk is about max for a kid in the city. That much I think is bearable by a normal human body.
Sorry too much posting for something trivial.
Enjoy the thread..
 

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/humanoid-robot-sophia-to-visit-kolkata-in-feb/articleshow/74044178.cms

Techno India University is bringing the famous humanoid robot Sophia to Kolkata for an interactive session. The event will take place on February 18 at Nazrul Mancha. Sophia is a social humanoid robot developed by a Hong Kong based company and extremely intelligent. Besides, she is able to display more than 60 facial expressions.

In the event, Sophia will deliver a short speech and following that she will answer questions by the students. A number of city schools have been approached to send their senior students to the event. Sophia is coming to India for the second time, and first time in Eastern India. “There will be a special medical panel made of a number of noted doctors in the city, who will ask medical related question to Sophia,” said the University spokesperson.
 

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https://www.newindianexpress.com/business/2020/feb/16/small-towns-pip-cities-in-buying-valentine-gifts--2103931.html

When it comes to picking a gift for that special someone on Valentines’ Day, people in small towns turned out in huge numbers to shop compared to metros in India,a survey by online marketplace, Snapdeal found. Consumers from cities such as Chandigarh, Ranchi, Lucknow, Indore and Bhopal bought Valentines Day gifts at volumes nearly three times more than those in metros like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR.
Snapdeal received the most Valentines Day gift orders from Kolkata, the company said.

The Valentines’ Day gifting market in India is growing at 70 per cent year-on-year, with sales doubling across both products and travel purchases as well as bookings for movies, dining out and other modes of entertainment. Though ‘the love of business’ in India is nowhere close to developed countries like US, Valentines’ Day shopping trends are turning more unconventional. According to the Snapdeal survey, Women’s lingerie was the most sold out Valentines’ Day gift this year throughout the country with buyers choosing combo sets, satin nightgowns and body shaping inners as gifts or for their own use.

The sale of lingerie on Snapdeal was 2 times more than last year. Bikini jewellery was a new entrant to top sellers on Snapdeal, the online marketplace added. Many women chose a combo gift pack comprising a wallet, pen and a keychain for their male partners, with the product becoming the most sold out item in the men’s gifting section.

Watches, handbags, backpacks, couple T-Shirts, personalised cushions, bracelets, and makeup essentials were the other popular gifts ordered during Valentines’ Week. Other than these, handmade scrapbooks, photo albums, and photo frames were also ordered in large numbers. Snapdeal had launched a Valentines’ Day special online store with specially curated products like gift cards, watches, clothes, couple t-shirts, valentine’s gifts, handbags, valentine’s special mugs, perfumes, smartwatches, and trendy designer backpacks.

Women’s lingerie on top

According to the Snapdeal survey, Women’s lingerie was the most sold out Valentines’ Day gift this year throughout the country with buyers choosing combo sets, satin nightgowns and body shaping inners as gifts or for their own use. The sale of lingerie on Snapdeal was two-fold higher than the previous year.
 

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https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/opinion/advice-to-invest-in-stocks-is-mischievous-common-man-avoids-stocks-even-in-rich-economies

" The exchange updates the data daily. Maharashtra alone accounts for more than one-fifth of India’s stock market investors.
Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are the other top five states in terms of percentage share in total stock market investors.

These five states account for nearly 60 per cent of India’s stock market investors.
Ironically, India’s stock market is substantially in the hands of foreign punters or hot money investors."
 

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One of the general complaints is that West Bengal doesn't have that many million plus cities. Officially there are Kolkata, Howrah and Asansol.

For whatever reason, there are dozens of municipalities next to each other which ideally should be merged into one Municipal Corporation for efficiency and also a municipal corporation census unit.

It looks like Barrackpore will become a Municipal Corporation sometime in the near future by merging the municipalities of Kanchrapara, Halisahar, Naihati, Bhatpara, Garulia, Uttar Barrackpore, Barrackpore and Titagarh. I looked at the census 2011 population and it comes to 1,345,900. So there you go, you have one more million plus city coming up in West Bengal soon.
 

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One of the general complaints is that West Bengal doesn't have that many million plus cities. Officially there are Kolkata, Howrah and Asansol.

For whatever reason, there are dozens of municipalities next to each other which ideally should be merged into one Municipal Corporation for efficiency and also a municipal corporation census unit.

It looks like Barrackpore will become a Municipal Corporation sometime in the near future by merging the municipalities of Kanchrapara, Halisahar, Naihati, Bhatpara, Garulia, Uttar Barrackpore, Barrackpore and Titagarh. I looked at the census 2011 population and it comes to 1,345,900. So there you go, you have one more million plus city coming up in West Bengal soon.

Correct.


কর্পোরেশন গড়ার তোড়জোড়, ভোট পিছতে পারে গোটা শিল্পাঞ্চলে, তীব্র বিরোধ বিজেপির


https://www.anandabazar.com/state/state-wants-a-municipal-corporation-polls-may-be-delayed-in-barrackpore-industrial-belt-dgtl-1.1111992?ref=home-pq-stry-large-image-1



So in near future Kolkata metro region will have six Corporations

Kolkata Corporation
Saltlake Corporation
Howrah Corporation
Barrackpore Corporation
Chandanagar Corporation
NKDA (In future it will emerge as a corporation)
 

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https://theprint.in/india/this-new-modi-govt-policy-could-ease-mumbai-kolkata-space-crunch-bring-much-needed-revenue/371604/

The Modi government has its sights set on 9,000 acres of port land in Kolkata, Mumbai and Gujarat as a potential source of much-needed revenue and space, ThePrint has learnt.

The land in question is currently in use for operations other than core port activities such as cargo handling and storage, much of it leased out at a pittance for offices and residences. It has been identified under the proposed ‘Land Management Policy for Township Projects for Major Ports’, which is being piloted by the Union Shipping Ministry.


In the last week of January, government sources said, the ministry made a presentation in this regard before the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The ministry is now readying the cabinet note to get the policy approved, the sources added.

Once the policy gets approved, the sources said, the ministry plans to engage private developers to build residential, office and retail premises on the land, which will be given out on long-term leases. This extra space could come as a boon for cities such as Mumbai and Kolkata that are battling a space crunch.

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‘A major revenue-earner’
The shipping ministry, the sources said, has identified approximately 1,490 acres of land belonging to the Kolkata Port Trust, 6,920 acres from Gujarat’s Deendayal Port Trust (earlier known as Kandla Port Trust) and another 625 acres from the Mumbai Port Trust.

The land, located in the township areas of Kolkata, Mumbai and Kandla, is either under-utilised or mired in litigation, the sources added.


A ministry official said the land “has the potential of becoming a major revenue-earner for the sector”.

“These are captive assets. All of them are in non-core port land (operations) and can be easily monetised. We can lease them to private trusts for running offices or private residences,” the official added. “Even Public Sector Undertakings can use the land after making an upfront payment.”

Last year, too, the ministry had come up with a proposal to monetise 625 acres owned by the Mumbai Port Trust by opening it up for maritime tourism.

“But the proposal was not approved by the PMO and the shipping ministry was asked to prepare a comprehensive land monetisation policy involving vacant/underutilised land in non-core areas of all port trusts,” a second senior ministry official said.

In 2014, the Union Cabinet had approved a similar land-use policy that allowed the major ports to lease out core port land for related activities and businesses.

What are the land assets being used for now?
A major chunk of the 9,000 acres is currently lying under-utilised or is locked in litigation.

The Mumbai Port Trust, for instance, had leased out a sizeable chunk and many lessees are currently paying just a pittance. Many others sold the land, because of which the plots are now caught up in litigation.

“In many instances, court cases have been dragging on for over two decades to evict the lessees,” said the first official quoted above.

Of the land held by the Kolkata Port Trust, much is currently occupied by rundown godowns, closed jute mills and dilapidated structures. “It’s appalling how in a city… running out of space, such prime real estate is lying unutilised,” the official added.

Of the 20 major ports in India, major chunks of vacant or under-utilised land set aside for non-core operations are mostly available in Mumbai, Kolkata, Gujarat and Chennai ports.
 

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https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/bangla-ott-firm-hoichoi-set-to-launch-25-original-series-6-movies-in-fy21/1879326/

At a time when over-the-top (OTT) players are upping their regional play to bring more viewers to the fold, Bengali OTT firm Hoichoi, owned by SVF Entertainment, is all set to ramp up its slate with original content. Vishnu Mohta, co-founder at Hoichoi and director of SVF, said the company plans to launch at least 25 original series and six original movies in the next financial year starting April 1. Hoichoi’s library comprises over 50 original series and as many as 12 original films at present.

The Kolkata-based firm that counts only on subscription to monetise its business gets the bulk of user traffic from Bengaluru, New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Lucknow and certain pockets of Agartala (outside West Bengal). Bangladesh, the US and the UK are Hoichoi’s key overseas markets while the platform also sees considerable following in markets like Sweden and Japan, Mohta said.
“We are focused on the Indian Bengali, Bengalis residing in Bangladesh and the diaspora markets. About 250 million people speak this language globally and we think that is a large enough community to go after,” Mohta told FE in an interview.

At least four of the six original movies slated for FY21 launch will be produced out of Bangladesh where the OTT company has an office, Mohta said.

Apart from beefing up its bucket of originals, Hoichoi’s broader content strategy would be to get a considerable chunk of Bengali theatrical releases on the platform before they are aired on television.

Content forms as much as 65% of Hoichoi’s overall cost but the platform is not looking at advertising to garner revenues. “SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) is the only way to make meaningful money from premium content. If I want to premier Dwitiyo Purush (a recent Bengali movie) on my platform, I can only do it behind a paywall. We are premiering it next month on Hoichoi first. The kind of content that we have cannot be best monetised through advertisement,” Mohta said.

A diverse market like India where the English-speaking segment forms a minuscule percentage of the population, regional play is critical to keep viewers hooked, analysts reckon. Not surprisingly, global OTT player Netflix has been building on its India library — currently comprising over 10 regional languages (including Hindi) while also increasing its slate of originals. Local firms like Zee5 have introduced regional sachet packs to get more subscribers on board.

Raghav Anand, segment leader, digital media at EY, said rural internet is growing at over 20% and has crossed 250 million users. As over 70% of the content consumed on digital platforms is in Hindi and vernacular, such content will witness increased adoption. However, since vernacular OTT platforms cater to a niche audience, advertising model alone will not be enough for them to sustain. Vernacular players need to work out a SVOD model and if they can scale it up, they will be successful, Anand said. “Going ahead, we can see more such platforms that will focus on only one language or niche audience segment,” Anand added.

About 550 million consumers are estimated to take to online video viewing by FY23, according to a recent KPMG-Eros Now report. According to a recent CII-BCG report, India’s SVOD market is estimated to reach $1.5 billion by 2023 from a projected $0.5 billion in 2019, driven by diverse content and convenience of on-the-go entertainment.

Hoichoi being a community-focused platform does not think about competition, Mohta said. “Everybody has a different play — some are looking at sports, some at catch-up TV, kids content while originals and movies. We try to be all things Bengali,” Mohta said.

The firm may break even in the next one year, Mohta added.
 
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