APTN National NewsThe streets of Montreal were filled with protestors again this week.It has been over 100 days since students in Quebec started protesting a proposed tuition hike.Hundreds of people have been arrested as students squared off against police.The response from the Quebec government hasn’t helped.As APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette finds, new groups are now adding their voice to the protests.
Kolkata: The work to bring down the remaining portion of the caved-in Majerhat bridge begun on Wednesday with the state Public Works Department (PWD) taking all necessary steps to reduce pollution during the work.Initially, the portion of the bridge that is not within the ambit of the Railways will be brought down. The reason being as the required permission from the Railway authorities in this connection is yet to be received.It may be recalled that the middle portion of the 54-year-old bridge had caved-in on September 4. Subsequently, the state government had taken the decision to bring down the remaining structure of the bridge and to build a completely new one at the same place. The decision was taken after the preliminary report of the high-power committee was submitted to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state government has set a target to complete construction of the bridge within a time period of a year to give respite to the people of Behala and a major portion of South 24-Parganas from the daily woes of severe traffic congestion. Sources said the PWD engineers made an elaborate plan to ensure that the work to demolish the remaining portion of the bridge can be carried out as early as possible. It is learnt that a jaw-crusher machine will be brought from Mumbai for the work and it will help in reducing the level of pollution in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSenior PWD engineers went to the spot on Wednesday and supervised the work. The portion, where the demolition work started on Wednesday, has been fenced using tin sheets. “It has been done so that the debris remain inside the area that has been cordoned off,” said a senior official of the PWD. At the same time, the PWD engineers have started working on the design based on which the new bridge will come up. The design and plan of the bridge will also be given to the Railway authorities. The engineers feel that it would take around one-and-a-half months to initiate the work of the new bridge.On the other hand, at a meeting in Behala, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said that connecting buses will operate in order to ease the traffic situation and help commuters reach their destinations smoothly.
The fair which has been playing a vital role in providing a platform to Indian exhibitors of home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products for the last 23 years is back this year starting form today. The Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida will showcase the abundance of raw materials products backed by a rich heritage of design and handcrafting skills until October 16.IHGF is amongst Asia’s largest gifts and handicrafts fair, held biannually (spring and autumn edition) and organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). Union Minister of Textiles, Ministry of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani will be inaugurating the fair. The five power-packed days with over 2750 exhibitors, spread over 190,000 sq metres area, brings you an entire range of home, lifestyle, and fashion accessories, with a traditional artistic finish in perfect harmony with modern designs and contemporary colours. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVisitors can go through materials like housewares, gifts, decorative, furniture, garden and outdoor, bathroom accessories, home furnishing, carpets, rugs, floor accessories, lamps and lighting, Christmas and holiday decor, spa and wellness, handmade paper items, educational games, trophies, fashion jewellery and accessories, stationery and gifts at this unique fair.”The Limca book of world’s records has already recognised the IHGF-Delhi Fair as the world’s largest congregation of handicrafts exhibitors under one roof,” informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe people who will be visiting the show includes buyers from across the globe who are wholesalers, distributors, chain stores, departmental stores, retailers, mail order companies, brand owners, buying houses and designers and forecasters. The show will also have visitors from major Indian Retail and online brands like Fab India, Westside, Trends, The Wishing Chair, Furniture Walla, Goodearth and many more.The overseas buyers from over 100 countries include Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, UAE, UK and Zimbabwe. Major departmental stores who have already confirmed their visit to the show include Roost, Kirkland’s, Pier1 Imports, Two’s Company Inc., Interlude Home Inc. BBB, Anthropologie, Design House, Century Sourcing, Prestige Cutlery, Accent Décor, Apropos International, Kalalou, Appleman & Schauben, Interior Home Inc. and Hoesh International from USA, The Libra Company, UK, LDR Furniture group, Heine, Atlas Einrichtungs, Lambert from Germany, Eurogroup from Hong Kong, Lifestyle and Redtag from UAE, The Moshi from Sweden, Manor AG and Migros from Switzerland, Rivera Maison from Netherlands, & Samsara Furniture from Australia, Aux Fil De Saison from France and Ningbo D. Sky Home from China.Based on a survey conducted during previous editions of the show, buyers from across the globe prefer to visit the IHGF-Delhi fair due to a great product range, attractive prices, different varieties, distinct quality and new product lines.The extravaganza will also witness a live demonstration, regional craft, and knowledge seminars with complimentary facilities. During this edition, a pavilion of cane and bamboo products from North-Eastern region and Jodhpur cluster will also be set up. Knowledge seminars will be on different and important subjects such as investments in handicrafts sector, goods and services tax, necessary compliances for handicrafts sector, neuroscience in marketing, survey from Telangana and trends and forecast 2019.OP Prahladka, Chairman, EPCH elaborated that the quest for seeking something different, unusual and new drives a large number of buyers from all over the world to visit IHGF-Delhi fair during each edition and during this edition too buyers visit will be more than the previous years.
Kolkata: The Backward Classes Welfare department (BCW) has issued around 70 lakh Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC certificates in the past eight years.The BCW is organising special camps in the city to issue caste certificates following the instruction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She had directed all the MPs, MLAs and councillors to hold special camps to issue the caste certificates. This is for the first time when special camps are being held in the city to issue such documents. Three camps have already been held so far where Minister of State for Tribal Development Chandrima Bhattacharya, state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and state BCW minister Rajib Banerjee were present. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe camps have been held in South Kolkata at Harijan Bustee in Ward 86, in areas that fall under Rashbehari Assembly constituency and in Dover Lane. S K Thade, Principal Secretary, BCW, said from these camps, around 1,000 certificates have been issued. People stood in long queues to submit their applications. The BCW will examine the documents and issue the certificates within a week. The special camps continued till late in the evening. On March 6, a special camp will be held at Muchi bustee at Janbazar in Central Kolkata. Before the camps are held, local councillors inform the residents and urge those who are entitled to the certificates to pay a visit positively. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter coming to power in 2011, Banerjee gave special attention to issue certificates to the SC, ST and OBC people. Earlier, the applicants had to wait for three to four years to get the certificates and often had to pay bribes to acquire them. It was learnt that between 2011 and 2013, around 12 lakh certificates for the SC, ST and OBC people have been given on an average per year. The officials in the districts were instructed to issue the certificates on a war footing after verifying the documents. Senior officials of the BCW were in constant touch with the district officials and the problems that cropped up had been ironed out. In all the administrative review meetings presided over by the Chief Minister, she had made it a point to inquire about the issuance of the caste certificates from the district officials including the District Magistrate. The SC, ST and OBC certificates are required to get admission in schools, colleges and universities and while applying for jobs in the government sector as well.