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CBI registers case against Principal Commissioner of IT, Ranchi, recovers Rs. 3.5 crore in cash, 5 kgs of gold

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had registered a case against the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Ranchi and others on the allegations of criminal conspiracy, illegal gratification and criminal misconduct.
 
Sleuths of the agency conducted searches at the premises of the accused persons at 23 locations, including 18 in Kolkata and five at Ranchi, today, a press release from the CBI said.
 
During the search at the residence of Principal Commissioner at Kolkata, cash of approximately Rs. 3.5 crore and about five kg of gold, along with some incriminating documents, were recovered, it said.
 
Searches at various locations are in progress and further investigations are continuing, it said.
 
Apart from the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, the case has also been filed against the Additional CIT, Ranchi; ITO (Tech), Ranchi; another officer of Income Tax, Ranchi; six private persons and other unknown public servants/private persons/companies under sections 120-B of Indian Penal Code (IPC), read with sections 7, 12, 13(2) r/w 13 (1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
 
It was alleged that the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Ranchi, while functioning as such during the years 2016 and 2017, had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Additional CIT, Ranchi, ITO (Tech.), another officer, Income Tax Department and five private persons, all Kolkata based businessmen and entry operators and a CA of Kolkata for getting Income Tax assessment files of their different assessee companies transferred from Kolkata/ Hazaribagh to Ranchi for providing undue favour to those assesses, who have been charged with heavy tax liability, in lieu of huge bribe. 
 
It was further alleged that the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Ranchi had already issued favourable orders in the case of private companies, who already paid huge bribe, which has allegedly been stashed with a private person, the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves creation of posts of Directors for new AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra

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The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of three posts of Directors in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 80,000 (fixed) {plus NPA Ceiling limit Rs. 85,000} for the three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Mangalagiri near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani in West Bengal and Nagpur in Maharashtra. 
 
An official press release said that, as per the AIIMS Act 1956 amended vide AIIMS (Amendment) Act, 2012, there shall be a Chief Executive Officer of the Institute. He shall be designated as the Director of the Institute and shall be appointed by the Institute provided that the first Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Central Government. 
 
The Director shall act as the Secretary to the Institute as well as the Governing Body and support proper functioning and governance of the three AIIMS. 
 
The post will be immediately filled up following due procedures. The annual financial implication for each of the post of the Director will be around Rs. 25 Lakhs, as per the 6th Central Pay Commission.
 
The Union Finance Minister in his Budget speech for the year 2014-15 had announced for setting up of four new AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The Cabinet had approved establishment of new AIIMS at Mangalagiri near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani in West Bengal and Nagpur in Maharashtra at a cost of Rs. 4949 crore on 07.10.2015. 
 
The three AIIMS are being set up as a part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) launched in 2003 with objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/ reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country.
 
PMSSY has two components: (i) Setting up of AIIMS like institutions (ii) Upgradation of Government Medical Colleges/Institutions. Under this scheme AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in progress. Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur(Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P) have been sanctioned in 2015 and two AIIMS have been sanctioned in Bathinda and Gorakhpur in 2016 and Assam in 2017. All necessary steps are being taken for creation of the physical infrastructure and creation of faculty and non-faculty position required for operationalization of these three new AIIMS in Nagpur(Maharashtra), Kalyani(West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P). 
 
Design consultants have been appointed for all the three AIIMS on the basis of global bid as per mandate of the Cabinet. The master plans for these AIIMS have also been finalized. Detailed designs are under preparation. Proposals for creation of faculty and non-faculty positions are under consideration/discussion with Department of Expenditure, the release added.
 
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Rajnath Singh assures Sikkim CM of all assistance from Centre

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today regarding the security situation in Sikkim and areas neighbouring West Bengal. 
 
In a telephonic conversation, Mr. Chamling apprised Mr. Rajnath Singh that Sikkim is facing an acute shortage of supplies specially essential commodities such as medicines, baby milk powder, vegetables and petrol and diesel due to closure of the national highway, the critical road link to Sikkim. 
 
The Home Minister assured him that the Centre would ensure the safety and security of National Highway (NH) 10 and do everything possible to save the people of the state from any misery and ensure essential supplies to the State of Sikkim. 
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh has asked Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to coordinate with West Bengal administration and ensure the safety, security and smooth traffic on NH 10. 
 
The West Bengal Government is being requested to ensure that the road link to Sikkim remained open, an official press release added.
 
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SpiceJet to operate special flight for stranded passengers in Bagdogra

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet will operate a special flight on the Kolkata – Bagdogra – Kolkata route on June 10 to help tourists stranded in West Bengal's hill town of Darjeeling.
 
A press release from the airline said it would be operating its Q400 aircraft for this special flight. 
 
The special flight SG9371 will fly from Kolkata at 16.55 hrs on 10 June and will arrive at 18:15 hrs at Bagdogra. The return flight would depart Bagdogra at 18.35 and arrive in Kolkata at 19.55 hrs.
 
The flight will be in addition to the daily direct flight which SpiceJet operates on this route, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Jalpaiguri region of Bangladesh tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.7 N and longitude 88.8 E, occurred at 2013 hours a focal depth of 30 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Mukherjee to pay two-day visit to West Bengal on May 18-19

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to West Bengal on May 18-19, during which he will inaugurate the Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences at Sonarpur, South 24 Parganas, tomorrow.
 
Also tomorrow, he will receive the first copy of the book 'Metaphysics, Morals and Politics’ from Prof. Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay in Kolkata, an official press release said.
 
On May 19, the President will pay floral tributes to late Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, former President of India, on his birth snniversary at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. Later in the day, he will present Dr. Malati Allen Noble Award, Dr. Sarkar Allen Mahatma Hahnemann Award and Dr. Sankar Allen Swamiji Award instituted by the Dr. Malati Allen Charitable Trust in Kolkata and inaugurate the Integrated Renewable Energy Smart Microgrid Centre and Centre for Water and Environmental Research at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology at Shibpur, Howrah.  
 
Before returning to Delhi, he will also receive the books ‘Jnan, A-Jnan O Bijnan’ and ‘Samudra Banijjer Prekshite Sthala Banijjya, Bharat Mahasagar Anchal, 1500-1800’ from Dr. Sushil Chaudhury and Dr. Mahasweta Chaudhury in Kolkata, the release added.
 
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Mukherjee says there could be debate, disagreement, dissension but not intolerance

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President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India is a land of tolerance and that there could be debate, disagreement and dissension but not intolerance.
 
"We adopt, embrace and absorb but never reject," he said in his address at the 52nd annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) here yesterday.
 
Mr. Mukherjee said he had been repeatedly emphasizing that institutions of higher learning in the country should find hteir place in the top global rankings as per rating agencies. He said he was happy that now a couple of institutions were finding their rightful place in this regard.
 
He said he was glad to observe that the IIMC had retained its distinctive charm. "Yet, the initiatives underway to expand the facilities and enhance the infrastructure of the campus are visible," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee recalled that IIM Calcutta was established on November 14, 1961 to give shape to the vision of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He said the IITs and IIMs were envisaged by Nehru as national institutions of excellence in engineering and management education that would mould high calibre of human capital. Over the years, IIM Calcutta has endeavoured to walk this path of excellence, he said.
 
The President said that the atmosphere in institutions should be free from both physical as well as mental violence. 
 
"Indians could be described as argumentative but never intolerant.  In ancient India, seats of higher learning such as Nalanda, Vikramshila and Taxila attracted mighty minds from all over the world and truly became a confluence of civilizational thoughts and ideas. 
 
He quoted Gandhiji and said “I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any”.  
 
"If our feet are firmly on the ground, we will not be blown off by ideas from outside," Mr. Mukherjee added.
 
The President also laid the foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj House in Ranchi, Jharkhand today.
 
"It is indeed a matter of pleasure that Gurudev (Rabindranath Tagore) and his family who left a long lasting impression in the state will be commemorated through the construction of Rabindra Bhavan," he said.
 
He said his association with Jharkhand, as indeed the entire Eastern region, goes back many a decades with the neighbouring West Bengal being his home state. Indeed Bihar, undivided Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Assam were part of the same Bengal Presidency for a long period in the earlier part of the last century. The area has a shared past and heritage and its shaping in the post Independence era has also been similar. 
 
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The President said that for Muslims a travel to Mecca for Haj is a lifetime dream. It is indeed commendable that the Government of Jharkhand has come up with the project of establishing a “Haj House” to facilitate Haj pilgrimage, he said, expressing confidence that this would provide much needed relief to the pilgrims from the State and the area. 
 
Mr. Mukherjee also inaugurated the 44 km Deoghar - Basukinath Solar Street Light Project and laid the foundation stone of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Centre; Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital and Driver's Training Centres at Deoghar, Jharkhand today.
 
He said that Jharkhand played a key role in India’s freedom struggle. The pain and sacrifices of Sidho Murmu, Kanho Murmu, Tilka Manjhi and Birsa Munda are always remembered. The state has made progress on many fronts since attaining statehood in 2000. Its rich deposits of mineral resources, forests and industrial infrastructure have laid down the foundation for all-round development. 
 
The President said that the problem of job creation cannot be solved unless people are imparted skills to increase their employability. India has a huge workforce and skill development can help in economic development of this vast country. 
 
The President said that he believed that the initiatives launched today would transform the employment landscape of the region.
 
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Mukherjee to visit West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar from April 1-3

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President Pranab Mukherjee will visit West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar from April 1-3 during which he will, among other engagements, attend the 52nd annual convocation of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) in Kolkata as the chief guest.  
 
On April 2, the President will lay the foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj House at Ranchi in Jharkhand. On the same day, he will also inaugurate the 44 km Deoghar-Basukinath Solar Street Light Project and lay the foundation stone of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Centre; Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital and Driver's Training Centres at Deoghar in that state.
 
On April 3, Mr. Mukherjee will visit Vikramshila University Monuments and Museum at Vikramshila in Bihar.  He will also visit Guru Shyama Charan Lahiri Peeth, Gurudham-Bounsi before returning to Delhi, an official press release added.
 
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Ernakulam-Howrah Antyodaya Express, Sri Ganganagar-Tiruchirappalli Humsafar Express flagged off

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off two trains -- the first Antyodaya Express between Ernakulam in Kerala and Howrah in West Bengal and the fourth Humsafar Express between Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan and Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu.
 
Antyodaya Express is a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, for the common man to be operated on dense routes. It will have facilities like  cushioned luggage racks which can serve as seats additional hand holds in doorway area, J-Hook near longitudinal luggage racks, multiple unit cables at both ends of the coach, vestibuled ends for internal movement of the passengers, drinking water dispenser, mobile phone charging points, fire extinguisher with anti-theft lock, FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) modular toilets, toilet occupation indication display board, LED lights, anti-graffiti coating for exterior painting, and so on.
 
Humsafar Express is a fully air-conditioned 3-AC service with facilities like GPS-based Passenger Information System, Passenger announcement System, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTVs, comfortable seats, mobile and laptop charging points, integrated Braille display, LCD display above compartment doors in the aisle, fire retardant curtains, and so on.
 
Mr. Prabhu said the Railways would soon launch Tejas and Uday Express trains also.
 
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Netaji great son of motherland, says Mukherjee

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President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated here yesterday the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Netaji Research Bureau founded by Dr. Sisir Kumar Bose in 1957 at Kolkata, West Bengal.
 
He also unveiled and sat in the restored Wanderer car used by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his ‘Mahanishkraman’ in January 1941.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mukherjee described Dr. Sisir Kumar Bose as a close personal friend of many years. He remembered how Netaji had asked Dr. Bose in December 1940: “Amaar ekta kaj korte parbe?” (Can you do some work for me?) 
 
The President said Dr Bose never stopped doing Netaji’s work until he passed away. He built the Netaji Research Bureau with singular determination and devoted his entire life to the work of Netaji. 
 
The President pointed out that Netaji's birthday falls a few days from now, on January 23 and paid homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as a great son of the motherland who dedicated his life to the nation and the people. 
 
He congratulated the Netaji Research Bureau for having refurbished the 'Wanderer' which was a mute witness to the 'Great Escape' of this extraordinary personality serving the nation over the last 60 years. He called upon the Research Bureau to continue its important work in the days to come. 
 
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Mukherjee to unveil Netaji's restored Wanderer car in Kolkata

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a three-day visit to Jharkhand and West Bengal from tomorrow during which he will, among other engagements, inaugurate the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata.
 
He will also unveil the restored Wanderer car used by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose on his "Mahanishkraman" in January 1941.
 
Also tomorrow, Mr. Mukherjee will inaugurate the centenary Year Celebrations of Jhalda Satyabhama Vidyapith at Jhalda, Purulia, an official press release said. 
 
On January 19, the President will inaugurate the 28th Dantan Gramin Mela-2017 at Dantan, Paschim Medinipur. He will also attend the 35th Anniversary celebrations of Aajkaal at Kolkata on the same day.
 
On January 20, the President will inaugurate the Bengal Global Business Summit-2017. On the same day, he will inaugurate the Bicentenary Celebrations of the Hindu School. The President will also inaugurate the Bicentenary Celebrations of Presidency University at Kolkata before returning to Delhi, the release added.
 
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BHEL commissions 500 MW thermal unit in West Bengal

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned another 500 MW thermal unit in West Bengal.  
 
The unit is the second 500 MW set to be commissioned at Sagardighi Thermal Power Station (TPS) Phase II project in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. 
 
The first unit of the 1,000 MW project was commissioned earlier by BHEL in December, 2015. 
 
The project has been set up by the state-owned West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL).
 
A press release from the company said BHEL’s scope of work in the contract envisaged design, engineering, manufacture, supply and erection & commissioning of Steam Generators, Steam Turbine Generators and auxiliaries, electrical equipment, switchyard and state-of-the-art Controls & Instrumentation (C&I), along with associated civil works.
 
The equipment for the project was manufactured at BHEL’s Trichy, Ranipet, Haridwar, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Bhopal plants, while the company’s Power Sector - Eastern Region undertook erection and commissioning of the equipment.
 
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Six women die in stampede during Ganga Sagar Mela in West Bengal

 
Six women dead in stampede during Ganga Sagar Mela in West Bengal
As many as six elderly women died when they were caught in a rush of pilgrims at Kochuberia in South Parganas district of West Bengal on Sunday evening during the annual Ganga Sagar Mela, a religious fair held during the Makar Sankranti festival.
 
The incident occurred near a jetty when a part of the crowd surged forward to get on to a boat.
 
The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital but could not be revived, sources said.
 
There were conflicting versions about details of the tragedy but some sources said people had been waiting for a long time for a boat and had become restless, leading to a stampede-like situation.
 
The West Bengal government announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the incident.
 
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Bye-elections to be held on November 19 to fill four LS, eight Assembly seats

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The Election Commission (EC) today said it would hold bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the Lok Sabha from three States and eight seats in the Legislative Assemblies in seven States.
 
The vacancies in the Lok Sabha are from Lakhimpur in Assam, Shahdol (ST) in Madhya Pradesh and Coochbehar (SC) and Tamluk in West Bengal, an official press release said.
 
The Assembly seats vacant are 20-Baithalangso (ST) in Assam, 45 – Hayuliang (ST) in Arunachal Pradesh, 179-Nepanagar (ST) in Madhya Pradesh, 263-Monteswar in West Bengal, 195-Thiruparankundram in Tamil Nadu, 4-Barjala and 25-Khowai in Tripura and 17-Nellithope in Puducherry.
 
The release said the notification for the bye-elections will be issued on October 26 and the last date for making nominations is November 2. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 22.
 
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Mukherjee inaugurates Berhampore Military Station

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President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Behrampore Military Station in West Bengal today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mukherjee said the station had great importance because it was the only such station between Siliguri and Kolkata which is very near to Bangladesh border.
 
He appreciated the sacrifices of the soldiers and said that they had shown exemplary courage in every battle field. He saluted the bravehearts whose sacrifices are unparalleled. 
 
The foundation stone of the Berhampore Military Station was laid by Mr. Mukherjee in February 2014.
 
Members of Parliament Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Abhijit Mukherjee, West Bengal Labour Minister Zakir Hussain and Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, GoC-in-C, Eastern Command were among those present on the occasion. 
 
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Actress-turned-politican Roopa Ganguly nominated to Rajya Sabha

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The President has nominated well-known Bengali film actress and playback singer Roopa Ganguly, who played the role of Draupadi in the television serial Mahabharat, as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
 
"In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Smt. Roopa Ganguly to the Council of States to fill the vacancy of nominated member," an official press release said.
 
She fills the vacancy caused by the resignation of nominated member Navjyot Singh Sidhu, who is a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha.
 
Ms. Ganguly, 49, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre, last year ahead of the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, in which she was one of the party's star campaigners. She, however, lost in the elections from Howrah North to Trinamool Congress candidate Laxmi Ratan Shukla, a former cricketer.
 
She has appeared in films like Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) by Gautam Ghose, Yugant (1995) by Aparna Sen, and Antarmahal (2006) by Rituparno Ghosh. She made her debut in the Hindi film Saaheb, starring Anil Kapoor, in 1985 and then appeared in a Malayalam film, Ithile Iniyum Varu, which had superstar Mammootty in the lead.
 
In all, Ms. Ganguly has appeared in more than 40 films in Bengali, Hindi, Odiya, Kannada and Assamese.
 
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Cabinet okays closure of Hindustan Cables Limited, Kolkata

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The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for closure of Hindustan Cables Limited (HCL), Kolkata as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956/2013, Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 and other relevant Acts. 
 
The employees will be offered VRS/ VSS Package at notional 2007 pay scales and other employees’ related liabilities including payment of salary and wages from April 2015 till they are separated from the company on VRS/VSS will be settled as well, an official press release said.
 
The disposal of assets of company will be in terms of the guidelines of Department of Public Enterprises on time bound closure of sick/loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and disposal of movable and immovable assets, itsaid.
 
Total cash infusion for closure of company will be Rs. 1309.90 crore and non-cash infusion of Rs. 3467.15 crore in the form of conversion into equity of Government of India's loan (including interest) outstanding as on 30.09.2016. 
 
"Secured creditors of HCL, Kolkata, led by State Bank of India (SBI) as consortium lenders to the company, have been generous in their support. The One Time Settlement (OTS) terms include complete waiver of interest and settle on principal amount of Rs. 305.63 crore in settlement of all pari-passu collateral held by them," the release said.
 
According to the release, there is no production activity in the company since January 2003. 
 
The employees of the company are in 1997 pay scales. Due to non-payment of salary & wages, it is very difficult for the employees to survive and meet their immediate financial obligations. With the VRS/VSS package and clearance of other outstanding liabilities, the employees will come out of their present financial crisis. It will also help the employees in their post retirement rehabilitation, the release said.
 
"With the present time bound closure of the company, the valuable assets of the company will be available for other optimum utilization," it said.
 
HCL was established in the year 1952. It had four manufacturing units at Rupnarainpur (West Bengal), Hyderabad (Telengana), Naini (Uttar Pradesh) and Narendrapur (West Bengal). The registered office of HCL is located in Kolkata. 
 
The company was set up to cater to the needs of Government-owned telecom companies BSNL and MTNL for manufacture of telecom cables. Due to rapid change in telecommunication technology (wire-line to wireless), the demand for telecom cables has been drastically reduced. Several attempts were made by Department of Heavy Industries for revival of the company but they failed. Attempts to transfer HCL units to Ministry of Defence/Department of Defence Production also did not yield results. 
 
The proposal for closure of the company has been made as per the recommendations of BIFR, BRPSE and the roadmap approved by CCEA on 29.12.2014 for phasing out non-plan budgetary support to sick CPSEs. 
 
The company is a BIFR referred company since 2002. Government of India's decision for closure of the company will be conveyed to BIFR for seeking their approval, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Darjeeling region of West Bengal

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Darjeeling region of West Bengal this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.7°N and longitude 88.3°E, occurred at 2004 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier this morning, a tremor of magnitude 3.2 had been recorded in the Sonitpur region of Assam. The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.9 N and longitude 93.6 E, occurred at 1058 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the IMD said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal in the early hours of today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6 N and longitude 89.4 E, occurred at 0216 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) added.
 
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BHEL commissions 40 MW hydro power plant in West Bengal

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned the fourth and last unit of the 4x40 MW Teesta Low Dam Hydro Electric Project (HEP) Stage-IV in West Bengal.
 
A run-of-the-river greenfield project located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Teesta HEP has been set up by NHPC Limited, on the river Teesta.
 
A press release from BHEL said power generation from the project would result in reduction of green-house gas emissions and help in achieving a low carbon development path.
 
BHEL was entrusted with the electrical & mechanical (E&M) works for four units of 40 MW each by NHPC Limited. BHEL’s scope of work in the project comprised design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of complete E&M equipment including vertical shaft Kaplan Turbines and matching generators. The equipment was supplied by BHEL units at Bhopal, Jhansi, Rudrapur and Bengaluru and the execution of work on site was carried out by the company’s Power Sector Eastern Region.
 
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Environment Minister seeks report on elephant deaths in West Bengal

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Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Dave has sought a detailed report on the train accident in Bishnupur area of West Bengal yesterday, in which three elephants were killed. 
 
An official press reease said Mr. Dave had asked all concerned local authorities to ascertain the exact reasons behind the train accident. 
 
He has also directed the State Forest Department officials to discuss the issue with the Railways and put in place appropriate measures for the conservation of elephants.
 
The release said the Environment Ministry had initiated steps to prepare a Regional Landscape Plan for the conservation of elephants in the East Central Elephant Landscape, comprising the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand and other elephant areas. 
 
The West Bengal Forest Department has also prepared a three-year action plan for controlling human-elephant conflict in South Bengal. 
 
The State Forest Department will send SMS alerts to Railway authorities on the movement of elephants near railway tracks to prevent accidents. State Forest Department officials will also hold a meeting with Railway authorities today, following yesterday’s mishap, the release added.
 
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Former Bihar, West Bengal and Haryana Governor A R Kidwai passes away

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Dr. Akhlaq Ur Rahman Kidwai, a distinguished scientist and educationist who also served as the Governor of Bihar, West Bengal and Haryana, passed away at a private hospital here today after a brief illness.
 
He was 96. He is survived by two sons and four daughters. His wife Jamila Kidwai had predeceased him. His funeral will be held tomorrow, sources said.
 
According to them, he was admitted to the Escorts Hospital here about ten days ago after complaining of breathing difficulties.
 
Dr. Kidwai served as Governor of Bihar from 1979 to 1985 and again from 1993 to 1998. He also served as Governor of West Bengal from 1998 to 1999 and Haryana from 2004 to 2009.
 
In between, he also held charge for some time as Governor of Punjab and of Rajasthan and Administrator of Delhi. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2000 to 2004.
 
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Born on July 1, 1920 in Baragaon village of Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh, took a BA degree from Jamia Milia Islamia University here and went on to complete M. Sc. at the University of Illinois in the United States and Ph. D. from Cornell University, also in the US.
 
He worked as Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry and the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Aligarh Muslim University. He also served as Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from 1974-77. He was Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 1983 to 1992.
 
Dr. Kidwai was associated with several bodies, incuding the National Committee on Science and Technology, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Central Advisory Board of Education and the Central Council of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
 
The Government honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, in 2011.
 
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Progress not possible without knowledge society: Mukherjee

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Stressing the need for research and innovation, President Pranab Mukherjee today said progress would not be possible without a knowledge society.
 
Knowledge leads to technology and technology to prosperity, Mr Mukherjee said in his address at the first convocation of the  Management Development Institute (MDI) at Murshidabad in West Bengal.
 
He recalled that he had taken the initiative for establishment of the institute when he was representing the area in Parliament.
 
As the first batch of students received their management degrees today, he was happy to share this significant moment in their life, he said.
 
The President said technology was the key to advancement. “Despite the fact we have created good infrastructure in our higher educational system, hardly any of the Indian Universities find place in the top global rankings,” he said.
 
After his continuous exhortation to institutions to take the ranking process seriously, the situation has started improving. Two institutions of higher learning have come within the top 100 in the world in the year 2015. Mr Mukherjee said he expected more institutions to figure high in the rankings in the future.
 
West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi and Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal were among those present on the occasion.
 
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Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolts Myanmar, tremors felt in eastern, NE India

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolted Myanmar this afternoon and the tremors were felt in several parts of eastern and north-eastern India.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 21.0 N and longitude 94.4 E, near Chauk town on the Irrawaddy river, occurred at 1604 hours IST at a focal depth of 58 km.
 
Reports reaching here said the tremors were felt in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal, Patna in Bihar, Guwahati in Assam and Tripura, among other places. They were also felt in Bangladesh and Thailand.
 
Residents of the affected areas ran out of their homes and offices as a precautionary measure.
 
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Mukherjee inaugurates new office building of Bharat Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata

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President Pranab Mukherjee said industrialists in eastern India and the North-East had a special challenge and responsibility on their shoulders.
 
Inaugurating the new office building of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce here, he exhorted them to avail of opportunities and drive the engines of growth and also impressed upon them that the growth models and techniques that they use should essentially take into account ways and means that ensure equitable growth. 
 
He noted that the Bharat Chamber of Commerce was one of India's oldest chambers with a history going back to the year 1900 when it was formed as an Association of Merchants belonging to a particular community. 
 
The President stated that the land of Eastern India comprising Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Odisha and the other states of North East have since centuries been the land of India’s renaissance and reformation. Apart from being the breeding ground of various cultures and religions, it is this land that witnessed excellence in indigenous handlooms, setting up of nascent industries around jute and tea, iron ore, coal and petroleum, he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee also attended the first Foundation Day of Bandhan Bank here today. He said that, in October 2010, in his village Kirnahar, he first got an opportunity to know Bandhan and its founder Chandrashekhar Ghosh at a function for rural borrowers. He was interested in learning the story of Mr. Ghosh of organizing self - help groups and its working effectively to provide micro-finance to poor people. 
 
The President said that he had closely watched the development of the banking sector over the years as Minister of Banking and Revenue, Finance Minister and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission. He said that in 2010 it was decided that the Reserve Bank of India would soon open up the banking sector for financial inclusion. It gave him satisfaction that three years later, when Reserve Bank asked for applications seeking bank licenses, Bandhan bank was one of those, who applied for it and got it successfully. The first year's performance of Bandhan Bank is encouraging. It was important to provide facilities and reach out to those people who did not have access to them. 
 
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Mr. Mukherjee also addressed the 125th anniversary celebrations of Bangiya Sahitya Parisad in Kolkata today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he had been a member of the Board of Trustees of Bangiya Sahitya Parisad which had luminaries like Ramesh Chandra Dutta, Rabindranath Tagore and Ramendrasundar Trivedi at its helm. 
 
He stated that the Parisad had played an important role in promoting literature and preserving numerous valuable literary manuscripts since its inception in 1893. The 13,000 manuscripts housed in the institute’s library are rare treasures which must be preserved at any cost and for that, all necessary arrangements must be made. The Parishad is associated with the history of Bengali literature. 
 
Mr. Mukherjee said that literature not only pertained to creative work, but was also an ample reflection of society and its people at large. Hence, world literature that is a reflection of the geography, history, society and daily life of people must be preserved for being handed over and studied by future generations, he said.
 
The President also said that Bangiya Sahitya Parishad had received a corpus fund of Rs 10 crore from the Union Ministry of Culture. He stated that this and other similar grants could be well utilised towards preservation of the priceless manuscripts available in this institution. 
 
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