The idea was floated by officials of the Bidhannagar commissionerate when they convened a meeting with drivers of yellow taxis, app cabs and pre-paid taxis that ply in Salt Lake and New Town. The concept made sense and taxi union leaders across Kolkata, Howrah, Salt Lake and New Town decided to implement it.Bidhannagar police commissioner L N Meena told TOI on Thursday: “My officials came up with this concept. It seems to be the most effective solution for allaying commuter anxiety as the lockdown is eased in phases.” Dhritiman Sarkar, Bidhannagar DC (traffic), echoed: “We designed the low-cost H-shaped barriers made of polythene. Some tailors in Garia made the first set and we distributed them among the cabbies. Others taxi owners have started getting the barriers made.” The cost of a barrier is Rs 220. App cab operators like Ola and Uber, too, expect a drop in ridership, knowing that many would prefer to use their own transport. “To reassure passengers, … [Read more...] about Plastic distancing comes to Kolkata cabs, autos
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By around 4.30 pm we were restless. Our adventure had been limited to spying spotted deer, neelgais, peacocks, wild boars, buffalo skulls neatly lined along the edge of the road and birds like Brahmin mainah, owlets, wild parrots. And a king vulture -- "A very rare sighting," Ketanbhai said to us as he asked the Gypsy driver to park in the middle of the jungle track and zoomed his 70-300 Nikon lens in on his quest, to click another 'award winning' image. … [Read more...] about The caged lions of Gir
As the stars come out one by one, we swap stories about king cobras -- how they can rear their heads to a man's height; how their hiss sounds very much like a dog's growl and how they swallow their victims whole, just like pythons do. … [Read more...] about Face-to-face with a King Cobra!
The government, through another order, has extended the services of 211 surplus teaching staff in the category of assistant professors in various disciplines in the university and 40 surplus staff in the physical education and sports science department. They have been redeployed and appointed in the cadre of lecturers in the relevant disciplines of the Directorate of Technical Education and Physical Education Director in government polytechnic colleges and special institutions. … [Read more...] about 3,000 redeployed staff of Annamalai varsity get one year extension