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Disillusioned ‘Robinhood’

KOLKATA, 26 AUG: Maoist leader Arnab Dam alias Bikram, currently in CID custody, secretly wished to write a book on his life and learning. Apart from the arms and ammunitions, 20 scribbled pages were found in his possession when he was arrested from Purulia on 17 July. The pages (copies…

Bird catchers turn conservationists

A campaign that has transformed traditional bird catchers into conservationists was launched by an NGO, Peoples’ Green Society, here today to celebrate the World Forest Day.

A sultry day spoils Valentine mood in city

While some melted in the swelter of public transportations stuck in traffic jams across the city, others tried to escape the heat by taking refuge under shady nooks in parks on Valentine’s Day. Today, the city turned a-sauna with the mercury soaring four degrees above normal. With the day recording…

Dhaka to Kolkata, apathy rules

DHAKA/KOLKATA, 29 JAN: International airports are deemed to have better facilities and security than domestic airports, but where there are drunken louts from my city, Kolkata, on the prowl, no place is safe. A woman travelling alone through South Asian airports when harassed and “eve-teased” publicly doesn’t matter to police…

Metro channel equals public urinal

Hawkers with shops near the Metro cinema and vehicle drivers have turned the stretch of sidewalk just opposite the theatre into an open public urinal. What is worse, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation pleads ignorance of the situation.

Mom’s the word

A department of the state government organized an essay and drawing competition for school students on energy saving and green planet. Several students across the state participated in the competition and during the award ceremony, it was observed that most of the winners were from the districts. They couldn’t be…

Rally tells stories of war & love…

I943-44 in Japan: During World War II, the Merrill’s Marauders of the US army advances 750 miles through some of the harshest jungle terrains in the world combating the Japanese Army, traversing more jungle on their long-range patrols than any other unit in the war in a 1943 Ford GPW…

Beauties in motion set to bear the chalice, brave the roads

When owners of vintage and classic cars drive their beloved vehicles down potholed, congested city roads on Sunday they would, like the boy in the James Joyce story, be “bearing a chalice safely through a throng of foes.” The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally is here and so are…

Strange meetings

In a conference for women entrepreneurs held recently, a considerable crowd of businesswomen had gathered. Since the programme was named on a social problem and aimed to find a business solution for it, a large number of other members of the society also went to attend it. The mixed crowd…

Heritage tour

Not many days ago, a colleague who takes an auto from Ultadanga to Sovabazar to come to office had to wait to wait for more than 10 minutes before she could get one. It was unusual as Ultadanga is such a place where one never has to wait for autos…