Kolkata: Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is hopeful that the reduced length of the upcoming intake jetty at Nazirgunge in Howrah will not be an impediment to the safe turning of ships. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) that has earlier decided on 55 m length of the intake jetty will soon submit a detailed proposal with the reduced length being 35m to KoPT. “A joint inspection has recently been made by our technical team along with KMDA after which it was agreed that KMDA will submit a report with reduced length of the intake jetty. Our technical committee will examine the same and will find out a solution,” said KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar on the sidelines of a special session on New Growth Dimension of KoPT- Challenges and Opportunities organised by Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe port authorities, a few months back had served stop work notice after finding out that the project will encroach to the shipping channel. The jetty has been conceived to supply river water through pipeline to the Puddapukur water treatment plant and then after treatment supply it to the residents in and around Botanical Garden in Shibpur. The project undertaken by Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) is being executed by KMDA. “Shifting the project to another place will delay it further for at least two to three years. It is a project which will ensure so we want the project to be completed fast,” a senior KMDA official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAt present, an intake jetty of HMC located in the Botanical Garden supply water to the Puddapukur water treatment plant from where the treated water was supplied to the residents. The need for another similar jetty was felt with the increase in population but the Botanical Garden authorities refused to grant permission for it. Following this, the alternative site at Nazirgunge was chosen and work for the water intake jetty had started in the middle of 2018.
Nature’s Basket, part of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, opened its much awaited 4,000 sq ft store in the city of joy, the first Nature’s Basket store in Kolkata and the 36th store pan India.Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head – Retail and FMCG at RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, said, “With the addition of the new store at Park Street, Kolkata, Nature’s Basket is looking to extend its unique shopping experience to the heart of the city in Park Street. Nature’s Basket has a strong portfolio of private label brands which has a huge traction with consumers. We have plans to open 6-7 more stores in Kolkata” Also Read – The Puja carnivalThe offerings at the new Nature’s Basket store will include farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, preservative-free fish, meats and packaged foods, artisanal cheeses, homemade breads, options for gluten free customers, as well as everyday essentials. The good news for customers is that the store is a one stop destination for a family’s shopping needs. The new store will house Nature’s Basket’s own exclusive brands, such as Healthy Alternatives, L’Exclusif, and Nature’s. The new Nature’s Basket store beside Flury’s in Park Street will operate between 8 am to 10 pm on seven days. The store has more than 8000 quality products at an affordable price. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraProducts such as 25 varieties of chillies and tomatoes sourced from all over the world, exotic edible flowers and fruits and vegetables such as Buddha’s hand and kiwano will be brought in specifically for the launch. Nature’s Basket will offer a range of the finest quality of tea and coffee sourced from the best plantations from TGL Co and fresh juices from India’s first and largest cold-pressed juice brand, Raw Pressery, both available for the first time in Kolkata. For the first time in the country, customers can build their own chocolate bar with over 25 toppings and flavours, or choose from the artisanal range of chocolates. The Park Street store will also house a first of its kind café, The Good Food Café serving international dishes all cooked in olive oil. With the upcoming Pujas, customers can also avail of Nature’s Basket service of providing food-gifts and assembling expertly selected cheese or meat platter for special occasions. Nature’s Basket has few segments like, The Tea Room, The Snackery, Health and Wellness, The Chocolate Factory, Dairy and Cheese, Juices – Raw Pressery, Fruits and Vegetables, The Good Food Café, Patisserie by Franziska. Operating as a click and brick retailer, Nature’s Basket has an online shopping facility through their website, www.naturesbasket.co.in as well as through their mobile application. According to Goenka, Nature’s Basket has a strong ecommerce presence which fits well with the Omni channel strategy at Spencer’s. Started as a single store in 2005 in Mumbai, Nature’s Basket has expanded its footprint to 35 outlets in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore with deliveries to all cities across India, including Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Surat and more. Spencer’s Retail acquired Nature’s Basket in July 2019.
San Francisco: Tech giant Microsoft will reportedly launch a low-end Surface 7 tablet this week and instead of Intel on the inside, the device — codenamed Campus — could run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx SoC. The tablet will come with narrower bezels on the left/right and wider bezels on top/bottom to place a bigger camera, CNET reported on Monday. As per the report, the device will also come with a magnetic strip for the keyboard at bottom, Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In addition, the company is rumoured to launch a dual-screen Surface device, code-named Centaurus. In addition to the Centaurus, Microsoft would bring Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Book 3. Surface earbuds is also expected to launch, as well as new keyboards with a dedicated Office button taking the place of the right-hand Windows key. As per reports, the new Surface devices would most likely be powered by 10th-gen Intel Core processors and may include USB Type-C Thunderbolt ports. At last year’s event, Microsoft had announced Surface Pro 6 laptop/tablet hybrid, Surface Laptop 2 notebook, its Surface Studio 2 desktop computer and the Surface headphones.
Gandhi is more relevant today to India and the world than ever before. Gandhi’s values and wisdom are important to men and women, the young and old, rich and poor, the urban and rural. Gandhi is equally important to global politics and the global economy. Fundamentals rooted in human dignity, development, equality, equity, well-being, happiness and prosperity, all define Gandhi even today on his 150th birthday. Gandhi means different things to different people. To Indians, he is the father of the nation. To the world, he gave a new tool to fight civil obedience. He promoted non-violence, simplicity, sacrifice, service to people and championed for the untouchables, minorities and poorest of the poor. He wore no resplendent uniform, commanded no army, held no government positions and lead the biggest independence movement in the history to ultimately decolonise the entire world. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyFour major decisions defined Gandhi’s political and social trajectory – Satyagaha of 1905, Textile mill strike of 1918, the salt march of 1930 and fasts during 1922-1946. He was disciplined, creative, respectful, honest, consistence, committed and courageous man who practised what he preached. His life was his message. He was a great communicator who could pick a pinch of salt and galvanise millions in an era deprived of modern media to reach out to people. Gandhi also understood and appreciated the meaning of Maan, Apman, Swaman and Abhiman in building collaboration and cooperation required to manage multiple organisational capabilities. He was a great motivator respected by other leaders around him. He had a moral and ethical foundation to earn respect and recognition. Also Read – The future is here!He was a man of the information age who believed in openness, accessibility, connectivity, networking, democratisation, decentralisation, transparency and accountability. He would have been very comfortable with the internet and smartphones to increase his reach and richness. He believed in decentralisation and would have appreciated the distributed architecture of the affordable, scalable and sustainable mobile telephone Systems and internet. To me, the essence of Gandhi lies in his deep understanding of people, planet and platforms to deliver development and improve productivity and performance. On people, he emphasised truth, trust, love, simplicity and courage. On the planet, he promoted concern for the environment, focus on needs and not wants, bottom-up as opposed to top-down development, service to life and sacrifice in an interconnected ecosystem to live in peace and harmony with nature. To accomplish his objectives for people and the planet, he believed in global platforms related to democracy, freedom, inclusion, diversity and non-violence. These were not just words to him. He had a deep understanding and moral and ethical commitment to live the life guided by each of the basic values. These basic values defined his approach to development and delivery for prosperity to all. He was clearly focused on inclusion, diversity for equality and freedom as well as democracy to empower people. Gandhi is of value and relevance to the young because he shows a way to build character, morals, ethics and purpose to serve people. He shows that life is not about instant gratification but hard work and commitment to principals. Unfortunately, in our day-to-day lives, Gandhi is practically forgotten. We only give lip service to Gandhian principals. We have put him on a pedestal to look up but not follow. Gandhi is celebrated by organising events around Gandhi for photo opportunity and media management. Gandhi is claimed by people who do not understand or believe in Gandhi. Our World, today, is at crossroads with a crisis of leadership. Several global leaders around the world are preoccupied playing with democracy, freedom, human rights, rule of law, security, populist agenda, nationalism, personal promotions and emotions of people. In the process, they openly lie, mistrust, divide people, promote hate and violence, manipulate media, undermine democracy, curb freedom, create fear and use big corporations to launch capital-intensive projects and fund elections. They undermine institutions, try to control the judiciary, intelligence and security to enhance narrow political agenda. They try to manipulate elections, buy voters and give false promises. They attack, humiliate, bad-mouth opponents and use social media to amplify lies and discredit others. In the process, they affect growth, economy, opportunities and employment. Celebration of Gandhi’s 150th birthday will have real meaning if these leaders will review and reflect on Gandhian values and wisdom to change their inner soul, way of operation and personal political agenda and divert their energy and attention to real public service with a focus on people at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Today, the world needs peace and prosperity, not war and unemployment. It needs a deeper understanding of inclusion, diversity, democracy and freedom to promote development for all. Politics is not a profession but rather all about public service. Gandhi was all about selfless service to humanity. How do we bring Gandhi and Gandhian values to the mainstream of social and political life is the real challenge during Gandhi @150. (The author is a telecom engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)