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APRIL 7, 2017
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A 13-FOOT sculpture that pays
tribute to tiffin carriers, known
as Dabbawalas, was unveiled in
Mumbai (above). It honours the
men who efficiently deliver lunch-
boxes from homes to offices.
The statue in Haji Ali was made
by Mumbai-based sculptor Valay
Shende using stainless steel discs.
General-secretary of the city’s
Dabbawala Association Subhash
Talekar said they have been serv-
ing the city for 126 years and are
thankful for the honour.
Their on-time delivery and ser-
vice excellence had even piqued
the curiosity of Harvard Business
School professors who studied
their unique business model.
Gujarat makes cow slaughter
THE Gujarat assembly has
amended its cow protection act
and is imposing a maximum
punishment of up to life imprison-
ment and a fine of up to Rs5 lakhs
for the slaughtering of cows, mak-
ing it a non-bailable offence.
Before the change in law, if a
person was found in possession
of beef, he would face a jail term
ranging from seven to 10 years.
But according to the new law,
even if someone has a permit they
will not be allowed to carry any
Jhargram is West Bengal’s
WEST Bengal chief minister
Mamata Banerjee has declared
Jhargram as the 22nd district
of the state and announced that
April 4 will now be celebrated as
The new district, which is carved
out of West Midnapore, comprises
eight blocks, nine police stations
and one municipality.
It has a population of around
1.1 million and four Assembly
constituencies — Jhargram, Gopi-
ballavpur, Nayagram and Binpur.
Ms Banerjee announced that
Rs200 crores has been set aside
for development projects such as
of the Jhargram
stadium and the
setting up of a
of Science best
Indian Institute of
Science (IISc) has
been named the
best institute in
showed that it
in the overall
behind it with
IISc was also
ranked No. 1 un-
der the best uni-
with 83.28 points. Delhi’s Jawa-
harlal Nehru University ranked
second with 61.52 points.
The parameters for ranking
included teaching, learning and
resources, research and profes-
sional practices and outreach.
Kashmir’s tulip garden
A TULIP garden, which is said to
be Asia’s largest, has opened for
tourists in Jammu and Kashmir’s
It is located in the foothills of
the Zabarwan Mountains on the
banks of Dal Lake.
Apart from the 46 varieties of
1.5 million tulips, many other
species of flowers — hyacinths,
daffodils and ranunculus — have
been added to the garden.
Visitor Shweta Bhola from Raj-
asthan told NDTV: “I have never
seen so many varieties and such
beauty in my life.”
Cage farming of fish gaining
popularity in Kerala
CAGE fish farming is increasingly
becoming popular, thanks to the
efforts of Kochi’s Central Marine
Fisheries Research Institute.
It is providing technical training
and guidance in areas such as cage
fabrication and installation, site
identification, seed selection, feed
management and trading.
Participants apply what they
have learned and launch the cage
farming model on important fish
varieties like sea bass, red snapper
New bus in Kolkata runs on
biogas sourced from cow dung
A 55-SEAT bus powered by bio-
gas, sourced from cow dung, has
been launched in Kolkata.
The operators claim it is India’s
first such bus service, and runs
on the 17.5km Ultadanga-Garia
stretch. It is one of 16 buses to be
deployed across Kolkata.
Chairman and managing direc-
tor of Phoenix India Research and
Development Group Jyoti Prakash
Das said the bus travels 6km on
1kg of biogas costing Rs20.
Passengers pay Rs1 for the ride.
Goa to change state’s look
with traditional colours
GOA’S Town and Country Plan-
ning Ministry is hoping to encour-
age the use of traditional colours
to paint the facades of their homes
and commercial projects in a bid
to emulate the Greek holiday
Cabinet minister Vijai Sardesai
said this will help to change the
way Goa looks and help shape its
“We can incentivise single
homeowners and commercial
projects to use traditional Goan
colours like blue, red, green to
paint the facades of their respec-
tive constructions,” he added.
Statue pays tribute to
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