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Cyclone Aila Rages Through Eastern India and Bangladesh

Where: Kolkata, India May 28, 2009 : Cyclone Aila, which formed over the Bay of Bengal last weekend, hit the coast of India's eastern state of West Bengal on Monday, May 25,2009. Winds blowing at the speed of 100 kilometres an hour with heavy rain caused havoc and paralysed life in the state's capital city Kolkata. At least...

World’s Cheapest Car Launched in India

Where: Mumbai, India March 23, 2009 : The Tata Nano was launched by Tata Industries chief Ratan Tata. The car will go on sale in April 2009 and deliveries will begin in July 2009. 'Nano' means 'extremely small.' The car costs just 100,000 Indian rupees, and it is only 3 metres (10 feet) long. It can seat five. Mr....

UFO in Kolkata?

Where: Kolkata, West Bengal, India October 30, 2007 : In a city as passionate about football as it is about Rabindra Sangeet and rosogollas, an unlikely visitor made a flying visit. An unidienfitied flying object or UFO was spotted in Kolkata's skies early Monday morning. The fireball, which was filmed by a Kolkata-based executive, seemed to move very rapidly...

Precious Boats

July 27: Grooms in West Bengal's Murshidabad district are singing a different tune these days. They are no more asking for jewels or hard cash. No, they haven't given up on the dowry. Instead they are demanding for something more practical and useful, a wooden boat. Along with it comes the demand for a bride who can swim, says...

The Boy Who writes with His Feet

March 7: Sujit Dawn of Sehera Bazar town in Burdwan district, West Bengal, is taking the madhyamik (middle-level) or Class X Board Examinations this year. If he passes, he goes on to senior school. But there is something about Sujit that makes him different from the other boys taking the exams. He is writing the exams with his feet. Sujit is...

From Kitchen Cabinet to State Cabinet?

May 11: From the kitchen floor of the house to the Floor of the House or State Legislative Assembly - that is the distance Lakshmi Parui is hoping to cover. A widow in her late 50s, who supported herself by working as a domestic help in semi-urban Balagarh till a few weeks ago, she contested the West Bengal state elections...

Here Comes Pujo!

Durga Puja is the most important festival for the people of West Bengal, the Eastern Indian state that has been home to three Nobel Laureates - Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, and Mother Teresa - as well as Oscar awardee Satyajit Ray. Durga Puja, or Pujo as it is usually referred to, ushers in a sense of well-being, with Diwali following...

Deepavali: Festival of Lights

Deepavali - or Diwali - as is commonly uttered - literally means rows of lamps. These lamps light up houses all over the country, but for different reasons. In West Bengal, it is time to worship Kali, the goddess with the fearsome strength, and in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh it is time to remember Dhanvantari, the divine physician. To some,...

Camp of Coexistence

October 28: The recent flooding of West Bengal might have been a tragic affair in all but one respect. In a time of crisis, the animals of the region are bonding like never before. Be it the hunter or the hunted, the carnivores or the herbivores, they are all living in harmony at seven flood relief camps set up...

Save rivers, lakes from worshippers

Before every Ganesh Chaturthi, people from across India, especially Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa, get busy with preparations for celebrations. But, as the momentum of activity increases, officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) start feeling queasy in their stomachs. For, though festivals like Ganesh Puja and Durga Puja are a time for fun, it is...

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