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'Illegal' arms in cop house

Calcutta police on Saturday arrested an inspector of the Bengal police for allegedly keeping arms illegally at his Kasba home.
Our Special Correspondent Jun 10, 2018 00:00 IST

The Calcutta Cup

The Black Hole of Calcutta is said to be apocryphal. The tale of the death of over 100 English men and women prisoners as a result of their overnight incarceration in a cramped prison after Siraj-ud-Daulah's forces stormed what was then a humble settlement is, in the opinion of some historians, a tall one. But there was once, indeed, a Black Hole: that was Calcutta itself. For those growing up in the city in the 1980s, Calcutta did justice to the comparison - metaphorically and otherwise. For Calcuttans of that decade were at the mercy of the city's notorious perversions. What else but a black hole can describe the long, unbear-able hours of power outage - "load shedding" in the local parlance - that Calcutta was (in)famous for then? Added to that was Calcutta's near-complete transformation into an industrial and, some would even add, political wasteland.
Uddalak Mukherjee Jun 10, 2018 00:00 IST

'I like Maradona and Messi. Ronaldo is too arrogant'

When I ring the doorbell of Somnath Chatterjee's house in south Calcutta, the sky is thunderous. The house, too, is a cumulonimbus shade and seems one with the horizon that morning.
Upala Sen Jun 10, 2018 00:00 IST

The Great Divide

They live amongst us. Or should we say, we live amongst them. No apparent differences that meet the eye. None that strikes the ear either. And that is how things are for days and weeks and months altogether, till the World Cup countdown sets in motion a giddy centrifugal swirl separating football fans from the rest of citizenry.
Upala Sen  Jun 10, 2018 00:00 IST

Here come the Favourites

1. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Manasi Shah Jun 10, 2018 00:00 IST

Once upon another time

Kumartuli is the idol-makers’ hub; all through the year they churn out images of Durga and the rest of her extended family. Here, an artisan is seen colouring a likeness of Neymar
Jun 10, 2018 00:00 IST

Splinter shock in Metro

What should have been a short wait in front of a Metro ticket counter turned into a nightmare for Sangeeta Basu and her son Saptarshi.
Our Bureau Jun 09, 2018 00:00 IST

A weapon of choice for army

The rifle from which two bullets got accidentally fired at Dum Dum station on Friday, leaving three persons injured, was an Insas 5.56mm, a preferred weapon of the army and the paramilitary forces.
Our Bureau Jun 09, 2018 00:00 IST

Grit wins over grime

The success rate among Higher Secondary examinees dipped from 84.17 to 83.75 per cent this year.
Jhinuk Mazumdar and Subhankar Chowdhury Jun 09, 2018 00:00 IST

Traffic cops start night patrolling

The city traffic police have introduced night patrolling, deploying 48 traffic sergeants and as many junior cops to keep an eye on vehicles between 11pm and 4am.
Monalisa Chaudhuri Jun 09, 2018 00:00 IST

Art, health & fitness for kids

The Anandamela Summer Camp 2018, organised by Anandamela, shifted to South City International School on its second day. Around 200 students of classes II to VIII took part in workshops on elocution, art, health and hygiene, nutrition, stand-up comedy and dance. Parents attended an interactive session on sibling rivalry, parenting and patience.
Jun 09, 2018 02:05 IST

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