HMC all set to introduce online tax payment system

first_imgKolkata: The Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) is all set to introduce the online payment system of property tax.This was decided at a high-level meeting held in HMC recently. It was presided over by Mayor Rathin Chakraborty. It may be mentioned that Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) have already introduced the system for collection of property tax.Arun Roychudhury, member, Mayor in Council for Tax and License, said the system will benefit the property tax payers immensely. A property owner can now go to the website of HMC and give the holding number of the premises or the assessee number of the premises, to get the property tax amount which he/she has to pay. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt has been decided that the online system will be introduced in wards 1 to 50 and will be later introduced in the 16 wards that fall under Bali. There are 1.42 lakh property tax payers in Howrah and another 27,000 in Bali. The HMC has also introduced the system of paying property tax through credit and debit cards. Counters have been opened in the seven borough offices and employees are extending all possible help to the property tax payers in this regard. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedEarlier, to pay property tax, property owners had to go to the HMC headquarters and stand in long queues, a process which often took several hours to complete. The present system will help them to save time and embarrassment, Roychowdhury said. He said the new system may have some teething problem at the beginning, but the problems that will be detected will be ironed out subsequently. The HMC had placed an order to a private firm to prepare the software for the online tax payment system. To make people aware of the new system, HMC will send a pamphlet along with the property tax bill next month.last_img read more

Honeymoon over for Modi Sarkar

first_imgWill the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rout in the Delhi assembly elections change the Modi-led government’s equation with regional parties, particularly  allies like the Shiv Sena and Akali Dal? Does the saffron party’s stunning defeat mark the end of the Modi-led government’s honeymoon period? The answers to both questions are in the affirmative.The first indication of the BJP’s changing equations with its allies came from Maharashtra. Reacting to the Delhi poll results, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray sarcastically commented that the “Delhi tsunami is bigger than the Modi wave”. Shiv Sena has been a long time ally of the BJP. However, a long bargain with the BJP over government formation in Maharastra has caused a deep strain within their relationship. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceThackeray’s latest remarks about the ‘Modi wave’ and BJP’s dependence on Shiv Sena to retain power in Maharashtra will strengthen his bargaining power. Such acts may cause tensions between the ruling allies. Their respective political compulsions, however, may prevent them from parting ways for now. Power acts as an adhesive between estranged allies. The complex relationship between the saffron party and its second major ally Akali Dal has also been undergoing changes, depending on their performances in successive elections. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeIn the 2007 assembly elections, Parkash Singh Badal-led Akali Dal failed to secure a majority. The party formed the government with support from its ally BJP, whose highest ever tally of 16 MLAs, gave it a decisive say in how their government functioned.In the 2012 elections, the Akali Dal-BJP alliance unexpectedly won a majority and formed the government. The BJP’s reduced tally, however, affected its bargaining power vis-à-vis its senior ally. But after the Modi-led government took office in 2014, the BJP started to reassert itself. Some prominent BJP leaders even criticised the authoritarian style of Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal’, alleging that he had converted the state police into his party’s political wing. Alternating positions of power among the allies has caused much strain in their relationship. In fact, some BJP leaders are pressing their senior party leaders to part ways with the Akalis. The Modi-led government’s hitherto failure to aid the bankrupt Punjab government has dismayed senior Akali leaders. The Modi-led government has been pressing the state government to maintain financial discipline, which is further aggravating its acute financial crisis. The BJP’s debacle in the Delhi Assembly elections is bound to give the Akali leadership in Punjab the upper hand. Notwithstanding the tensions generated by conflicting interests, the ruling allies are not likely to part ways during the “lifetime of Parkash Singh Badal”. Even after AAP’s sweeping victory in Delhi, Badal claimed that Modi’s image had not taken any beating.             The signs of the end of honeymoon period for the Modi-led  government had begun only three months after it took office. Some national dailies have now declared that the Delhi Assembly elections demonstrated the end of the Modi government’s honeymoon period.Ordinarily, elections in India would seldom draw international media attention. But the outcome of Delhi elections has drawn adverse comments against Modi and BJP from several international newspapers. In an editorial, The New York Times said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been brought down to earth by domestic politics. He and his Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, were crushed in the election Tuesday for New Delhi’s 70-member state assembly, winning three seats while the upstart Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, captured the rest…Since sweeping to power last year with the biggest national victory in three decades, Mr. Modi and the BJP have generated an aura of invincibility, winning a succession of other state elections….So far there has been little concrete return and as the Delhi election suggested, people are growing frustrated.”Pursuing the politics of personality, Modi preferred to visit foreign countries to build his international image rather than initiate economic reforms. He also invited US president Barack Obama to India. What must have shocked Modi and the BJP, however, was his “friend” Obama’s words of caution against forces trying to use religion for splintering Indian society. Addressing a town hall meeting Obama said “India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along lines of religious faith, and is unified as one nation…….  Our countries freedom of religion is written into our founding documents……Our diversity is our strength and we have to guard against any efforts to divide ourselves along sectarian lines or any other lines.”Though RSS, Modi’s ideological mentor, must have been angered by Obama’s advice, the prime minister, as usual, maintained silence.Some of Modi’s utterances during his Delhi election meetings have not only dented his image but also brought down the stature of the country’s highest office. He made remarks unbecoming of a prime minister against Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. In contrast, Kejriwal used dignified language against his opponents. Using the time-tested formula of “admit faults quickly and smile more often”, Kejriwal won the hearts of  Delhi electorate and secured a whopping 67 out of 70 assembly seats.Not caring for the time-tested maxim that humility begets love and respect, while arrogance breeds hatred and repulsion, the BJP leadership had to bite the dust in Delhi. Modi had once described the national capital as representative of what India feels. The outcome of the Delhi polls, therefore, is a clear warning signal for the saffron party and Modi. IPAlast_img read more

OBC student ranks 13 in NEET makes Bengal proud

first_imgKolkata: Bengali medium students from the state who appeared in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), have performed very poorly as there were several mistakes and discrepancies in the Bengali translation of the NEET question paper.Ritwik Kumar Sahoo, who had appeared in the examination with English as the medium of language from the state, managed to secure an all India rank of 13. Sahoo, a resident of Parbatipur under Tomluk Municipality in East Midnapore, achieved a standout performance in the examination and topped the list of candidates appearing Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsfor the exam from the state in English.NEET is the national level medical entrance examination, the result of which was published by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) on Monday. Sadly, the overall performance of the Bengali medium students in the state is dismal, with 99 percent of candidates failing to get their desired results. This is allegedly because of the question paper fiasco that took place in the state.A section of the students have alleged that there were 180 mistakes in the Bengali translation of the NEET question paper this year. A writ petition was filed at the Calcutta High Court by a medical aspirant, following which the court asked the central board to reserve a medical seat for the petitioner. The Calcutta High Court has also sought a clarification from the Centre, on how there were so many mistakes in the Bengali translation of the NEET question paper. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt is, however, a proud moment for Sahoo, who has obtained 676 marks out of a total of 720, securing a 99.99 percentile. He had appeared for both the Madhyamik and the Higher Secondary examinations from Tamluk Hamilton High School. He had got 95.85 percent marks in Madhyamik. He had opted for English as the medium of the examination.Sahoo obtained 161 marks in Physics out of a total of 180. He received 175 out of 180 in Chemistry and 340 out of 360 in Biology. Sahoo, an OBC category candidate, had a dream of becoming a doctor from his early childhood. His father Bidyut Kumar Sahoo, the headmaster of a school in the district, also inspired him to achieve his goal.When contacted, Sahoo said that he had undergone extensive training sessions under the guidance of Dr A K Maity, a city based medical trainer, to help him achieve his aim. “It is an extremely proud moment for me. I owe a lot to Dr Maity, whose educational material have helped me to crack the national level medical entrance examination. I want to become a doctor so that I can serve the patients in villages,” Sahoo said.last_img read more

Trinamool activist found dead in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress activist was found dead at Bhangar in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district on Sunday after being missing since Saturday night, police said. While the relative of the deceased claimed that the state ruling party activist has been killed by opposition party workers, police said they have not found any proof of murder. “The body of Shibu Debnath, a Trinamool Congress worker was found in a pond near his house in Bhangar’s Saitgachi on Sunday morning. There are no injury marks on the deceased’s body,” a senior officer from Bhangar police station said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We have got the news that the man was drunk. He consumed alcohol thrice on Saturday. The body has been sent for autopsy to find out how he died. No proof of him being murdered has been found as yet,” he said. The family members of Debnath accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of kidnapping and killing him. “He suddenly went missing yesterday. We guess that he was kidnapped and murdered by some BJP workers as he supported Trinamool Congress,” a relative claimed. The villages in Bhangar witnessed massive unrest over the construction of a power grid in the area for the last one year. Violent clashes took place between anti-power grid agitators and state ruling party Trinamool Congress workers several times including at the time of state rural polls in May.last_img read more

Childhood abuse may affect social relationships as adults

first_imgChildren who experience abuse and neglect early in life are more likely to have problems in social relationships and academics as adults, a study has found. Maltreatment experienced before age five can have negative effects that continue to be seen nearly three decades later, researchers said.”It is not a controversial statement to say abuse and neglect can have harmful consequences,” said Lee Raby, assistant professor at University of Utah in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This study adds to that by showing that these effects are long term and don’t weaken with time. They persist from childhood across adolescence and into adulthood,” Raby said.The researchers used data from a study which followed participants since their births in the mid-1970s. The study looked at data on 267 individuals who had reached ages between 32 and 34.Information about the participants’ exposure to physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect was gathered from multiple sources during two age periods: 0-5 years and 6-17.5 years. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThroughout childhood and adolescence, teachers reported on the children’s functioning with peers. The children also completed standardized tests on academic achievement.The participants were interviewed again during their 20s and 30s, during which they discussed romantic experiences and educational attainment.Unlike studies based on adults’ retrospective accounts of their childhood experiences, the data used here were collected in real-time.In addition, because data on the participants has been collected throughout their lifetimes, the researchers were able to disentangle the effects of maltreatment that occurred in their early years from experiences of abuse and neglect during later childhood. “The design allows us to ask our two questions in a way no other study has before,” Raby said.The findings showed those who experienced abuse or neglect early in life consistently were less successful in their social relationships and academic performance during childhood, adolescence and even during adulthood.The effects of maltreatment did not weaken as the participants got older.”The harmful effect of early abuse and neglect was just as important when we were looking at outcomes at age 32 years as when we looked at outcomes at age 5,” he said.The researchers found abuse and neglect in later childhood also impacted these competencies in adulthood, but that later maltreatment did not fully account for persistent and long-term influences attributed to abuse and neglect experienced in early childhood.They also found long-term difficulties with social functioning – but not academic achievement – occurred independent of such factors as gender, ethnicity and early socioeconomic status.”These findings add more evidence for the importance of identifying high-risk families and attempting to intervene before experiences of abuse and neglect occur,” Raby said.last_img read more

I will be delighted if Mamata becomes PM Moon Moon Sen

first_imgAsansol, West Bengal: Veteran actress Moon Moon Sen says she is in politics to win people’s love and feels donning a politician’s hat has been easier for her as there is far less amount of mudslinging compared to the film industry. The 64-year-old Oxford alumnus, who is fighting the 2019 polls from West Bengal’s Asansol parliamentary constituency on a Trinamool Congress ticket, says she would be “delighted” if West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee becomes the next Prime Minister. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Sitting in the lobby of a plush hotel on National Highway 2 on the outskirts of Asansol city, Sen, draped in an elegant white saree and a flower bouquet in her hand, talked to IANS after two-and-half hours of a gruelling evening campaign, where she was accompanied by her daughters Raima and Riya. Asansol, a hub of coal mining and railway activity, will go to the polls on April 29 where Sen is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP and Union Minister Babul Supriyo besides candidates from both the Left and the Congress. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “I am not a full-fledged politician. But I can say there cannot be more mudslinging than there is in the film industry. There it is cut-throat, it is soul destroying. This is easy compared to all that,a said Sen, the daughter of Bengali screen legend Suchitra Sen. Sen, a former school teacher, said she would focus on environmental issues to control Asansol’s pollution and work on improving health care if the people elected her. “I am here to win some votes and do my work which, let’s say, is away from politics. I am in politics to win peoplea¿s love. If I become an MP again, I would like to work on improving the environment and providing better medical care. There is a shortage of doctors and nurses all over the world,” she said. Talking at length on pollution issues in the area, she said children and women were choking due to the coal mines and black furnaces all around. “Their lungs are being affected. It is taking a toll on people in general and is life threatening for pregnant women. The district magistrate said the local administration has started planting trees,a she said. Sen, who had pulled off a surprise victory five years ago in Bengal’s Bankura where he handed out a shock defeat to nine time CPI-M MP Basudev Acharia, has been shifted to this coal belt constituency bordering Jharkhand this time. But she is not bothered by the opposition’s allegations that she is an outsider unaware of the core-problems in Asansol. “I am not concerned about what the opposition says. I do not plan to justify myself to them either. There is no room for negativity in my life. “At the moment I am involved in planning to win an election. I know I will figure out things slowly on my own. I will do what I can, within my capacity but there are certain issues, things which would be tackled by the state government and the centre. So there is no point in boasting and saying I am going to fix everything,” said Sen, conceding that people had told her before she came to the constituency that she could lose as it was a BJP bastion. “I have never lost in politics. I have people’s support with me. I know that once I am committed, I have to do my duty. If I win, I win. If I don’t win I have still done my best. That’s what I am focusing on. If I win here, I will be delighted,” she said adding she is much better prepared this time compared to the 2014 polls. Sen, who has acted in numerous Bengali, Hindi and South Indian films in her career spanning over three decades also welcomed the entry of two more Bengali actresses, Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, into politics and said the parties should look to bring in more young and energetic faces with “bright new ideas”. “I do not see why the parties should not now bring in more young and glamorous people from other spheres. Most of them are intelligent enough to let them be guided and do the work they’re supposed to do,” Sen said. Expressing her love and admiration for Banerjee, she said the Trinamool Congress supremo inspired her to join politics through her “work ethics and tremendous devotion towards people”. “Ia¿ll be delighted if she becomes the Prime Minister. We know who all are in contention. This lady has been a long time MP, a central minister and now a chief minister for eight years. Also she is quick to point out a crisis and take steps to solve it. She is the one who first talked about the Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance). People across the country are recognizing her potential today. “You can’t take West Bengal away from her (Banerjee). I know nothing about the politics in Delhi and what might happen if the opposition alliance wins but I know that people across the country are suffering due to demonetisation and GST. Many have had to close down their businesses,” she said. When asked whether she is still in touch with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who used to be her classmate in Oxford, Sen said though she has not spoken to him since he took over the hot seat, she assumes their friendship is still intact. “I haven’t talked to him since he became Prime Minister. I haven’t met him recently either. But I assume we are still friends. Imran is often quoted as saying he has a number of friends in Kolkata,” she signed off.last_img read more

Bringing alive authentic flavours of Punjab

first_imgIndian culinary tradition boasts of exquisite and authentic recipes that are bound to satisfy every palate and JW Marriott as a brand has continuously worked towards bringing culinary intelligence to the forefront. Seizing the real essence of the diverse cuisine, this November K3 by JW Marriott, New Delhi brings to you the much awaited Amritsari food festival – a fantastic medley of finger-licking delights to indulge in. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmritsar is synonymous with finger-licking awesomeness when it comes to food. A lot of times the ‘Amritsari’ is used just to attract the crowds without any real effort to give a genuine feel to the food. Not so at the Amritsari food festival at the JW Marriott, New Delhi. This is one authentic experience – as real as you can get to sample some fine Amritsari food in Chandigarh. The carefully crafted menu comprises traditional spice laced food, deliciously created from fresh ingredients keeping in mind a healthy nutritional balance and preserving the wholesome goodness. It would be a delightful experience for food lovers of the city as they could eat the varieties of traditional Punjabi dishes each day. The festival would take the foodies of on an extraordinary voyage to taste the flavorsome Punjab di dishes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe dishes are specially curated by renowned and expert Chef Sweety Singh, a man of few words. He would much rather ply you with his delicious creations than talk about himself or his culinary expertise that has people from politicians to film stars wanting a spell of the Sweety’s magic. An exceptional culinary artist, Chef Sweety Singh believes in mining swaad (umami) without stifling preparations with tomato puree, full-fat cream, and butter – the standard taste enhancers employed by restaurants claiming to offer “authentic” Punjabi cuisine. Chef Sweety does not use any cashew, almond, saffron, and food colour in any of his dishes. And being a puritan, he uses ghee in abundance. Chef’s signature recipes have been developed and perfected throughout his career as they are authentic slow-cooking dishes which are made in homes across the world. They are packed with flavor and unique in taste. The current festival gives the food connoisseur a wide range of Punjabi dishes to choose from – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Bhatti ka kukkad, Lahori paneer tikka, Meat diya seekha, Highway tandoori kukkad and a lot more to serve your hunger with. Every cuisine is prepared with homemade masalas and traditional style to keep the cultural Punjabi vibes alive. The Chefs at K3 along with Master Chef Sweety Singh are dishing out an opulent list of culinary showstoppers for both lunch and dinner during the sumptuous festival. From November 16-25, the guests can find a lunch and dinner homemade set menu and also can experience a feast on traditional Indian food in K3 by JW Marriott, New Delhi.last_img read more

3 medical colleges get MCI nod for 350 UG seats

first_imgKolkata: The Medical Council of India (MCI) had granted 350 seats at the undergraduate level at three medical colleges in the state, including a government-run institution.The newly constructed Diamond Harbour Govt Medical College and Hospital has obtained 100 seats for the academic year 2019-20 while two private medical colleges — ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, and Shri Ramkrishna Institute of Medical Sciences and Sanaka Hospitals, Durgapur, have received 100 and 150 MBBS seats each, respectively. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, have been granted the seats for five years. After five years, the institute may have to seek an approval to function with the increased number of seat. The other two medical colleges will have to seek permission from the MCI every year before admitting candidates in the added number of seats. The Mamata Banerjee government has set up five new medical colleges in the state to mitigate the crisis of doctors in the state and create new opportunities for medical aspirants. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital, four other state-run medical colleges are waiting for the MCI’s nod to get undergraduate seats for the current academic year. A senior official of the state Health department said a total of 400 undergraduate medical seats will be created in the four newly constructed medical colleges at Purulia, Rampurhat, Raigunj and Cooch Behar. In 2016, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the project to set up five new medical colleges in the state. The Medical Council of India will approve the seats in these in colleges once it gets convinced about the availability of adequate infrastructure. The MCI has increased medical seats in all the other government-run medical colleges in the state having less than 250 sanctioned seats by 10 per cent on the overall number of seats in MBBS except the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical Colleges and Hospital. No seats were increased in these two medical colleges in the city as they already have around 250 seats. After coming to power, Banerjee felt the need to create more opportunities for aspiring medical students. To address the crises in this sector, she announced to come up with more medical colleges in various districts. According to sources in the state Health department, the combined number of MBBS and BDS seats has increased from 2,205 to 3,750 while the number of post-graduate medical seats has increased from 880 to 1,297. The number of post-doctoral seats has also increased from 107 to 147.last_img read more

Firhad Hakim inaugurates Snehodiya

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated Snehodiya, the first state of the art space for senior citizens in New Town on Tuesday evening.Addressing the gathering, he said the residents will get all the modern facilities including hydrotherapy which will keep them fit at Snehodiya. He thanked Debashis Sen, chairman, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) for conceiving such an idea and then implementing it. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSnehodiya, a Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation project is a first-of-its-kind venture by the state government. Mackintosh Burn has constructed the building located just opposite Swapno Bhor — the senior citizen’s park. In fact, the idea of the senior citizens’ living space was conceived from the success and popularity of Swapno Bhor. It has already had its first occupant with the Ghosh couple checking in a few days ago. Snehodiya re-interprets the nostalgia of the residents in a modern high-rise design, while retaining its fundamental Bengali essence of rooms built around a courtyard. Each suite is air-conditioned, furnished and cable TV connection. Attendants on each floor, nurses attached to ground floor medical unit are available. Professional housekeeping including laundry machine services at available on ground floor. A guest house with six rooms is ready. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSnehodiya has 57 double bedrooms and 90 single bedrooms. It has been decided that 75 percent of the price paid on entry will be refunded to the occupants or their heirs in case of vacancy. Most remarkably, there is an activity centre designed to offer space for teaching classes by residents who opt to do so for children from the EWS families. A stationery general purpose shop near the gate of Snehodiya was opened on Saturday. An SBI ATM and a medicine shop will be opened shortly. It may be mentioned that Swapna Bhor now has more than 700 members and there is a freeze on new members (except those from Snehodiya, whose residents are given opportunity to be members automatically) because the community building rooms are not large enough to accommodate more members.last_img read more

The NFLs Twitter account was hacked and tweeted that Commissioner Goodell died

first_imgThe sports world was briefly thrown into collective shock this afternoon. The NFL’s league Twitter account was hacked and tweeted that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.NFL claims Twitter hack after tweets falsely report Roger Goodell is dead.— Todd Clausen (@ToddJClausen) June 7, 2016Two subsequent tweets were launched by the hacker before the league regained control of the account.The NFL Twitter hack continues…— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) June 7, 2016 The tweets were deleted, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed Roger Goodell is alive and probably reading a Tom Brady appeal brief.NFL’s Twitter account was hacked. Roger Goodell is working away.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2016last_img read more

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