QKolkata: Rosogolla Gets Bengal GI Tag; PIL on Mukul Roy’s Charges
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1. Rosogolla Is Bengali, Not Odiya, Say GI Authorities
Rosogolla, the syrup-soaked sponge ball that has served as a gastronomic identity marker for the Bengali community for almost 150 years, just got recognition for its uniqueness.
The Union ministry of commerce and industry on Tuesday recognised Banglar Rosogolla, the iconic sweet, as deserving of protection under geographical indication (GI), ignoring competing claims about its origin from neighbouring Odisha.
Earlier in 2017, two exotic varieties of rice produced in small quantities—Tulaipanji and Govindabhog—also received similar protection under GI as unique products of West Bengal, but this went largely unnoticed. But the success with the ubiquitous rosogolla, at least 20 million pieces of which are produced every day, was “sweet news”, said chief minister Mamata Banerjee. It triggered celebrations in Kolkata.
2. Court Wants Complete Dengue Statistics
The high court on Tuesday called out the state government's affidavit on dengue for not mentioning the exact number of deaths caused by the disease since the current outbreak started.
"In its affidavit, the government has failed to mention how many people died of dengue in 2017. The government's report states that till 4 October, a total of 19 people died in state-run hospitals. But how many people have died since 4 October? How many people have died in private hospitals?" acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharyya asked advocate general Kishore Dutta.
The bench, which also has Justice Arijit Banerjee, asked the advocate general to produce up-to-date statistics at the next hearing on Wednesday.
(Source: The Telegraph)
3. Meet Bengal's 'Columbus of Rosogolla' Who Is Said to Have Made the Spongy Sweet
The legend goes that it took years for Nobin Chandra Das to hone his recipe for a new dessert and the result was a pristinely white, perfectly spherical, and delectably juicy rosogolla, that is now a part of every festivity and celebrations in West Bengal.
His name as the inventor of the iconic syrupy sweet was officially recognised on Tuesday, after Chennai-based Geographical Indications (GI) Registry announced that it originated in West Bengal, and not Odisha.
Das, known as the ‘Columbus of rosogolla’, was a resident of Bagbazar in north Kolkata.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
4. PIL on Mukul Charges
The CPM MLA, Sujan Chakraborty, on Tuesday affirmed a public interest litigation in the Calcutta High Court, seeking a probe into BJP leader Mukul Roy's allegation that the Biswa Bangla logo was owned by Mamata Banerjee's nephew.
The Jadavpur MLA appeared in person before a court officer - a technicality called affirmation which is needed before a PIL is filed. Chakraborty's lawyer Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya said the PIL would be filed on Wednesday.
5. Little Girl Gagged and Tied in Noon Robbery
A 10-year-old girl, left alone on the ground floor of her family's two-storey home, was gagged and bound by a robber before he cleaned out an almirah containing gold and silver jewellery.
Sushma Das, a Class 4 student at Hariyana Vidya Mandir, was playing with a mobile phone while her mother and aunt were in the kitchen upstairs when the intruder entered the room she was in.
The girl said later that she froze when the man in jeans and orange T-shirt appeared before her and asked her not to utter a word. The robber gagged her with a piece of cloth and tied her hands with another one.
Witness immobilised, he had it easy after that. He did not even have to hunt for the key to the safe - it was hanging from the keyhole.
(Source: The Telegraph)
6. WB Govt to Distribute Cows to Families Living in Panchayats
The West Bengal government has decided to distribute cows among the families living in panchayat areas across the state where rural polls are scheduled to be held in 2018.
Animal Resources Development Minister Swapan Debnath said this project would make the families self-reliant and increase milk production in the state.
The process of distribution of cows would start soon and the entire process would be completed in the next couple of months, he told PTI.
The state government has decided to distribute cows to families residing in the panchayat areas of the districts. We want those families to be self-reliantSwapan Debnath, Animal Resources Development Minister
7. Buildings in the Metro Way to Go
Seven buildings that stand in the way of the New Garia-Airport Metro line at Mahisbathan in Salt Lake are to be demolished without the railways having to provide land elsewhere to the owners.
The state government on Monday recommended Rs 3.5 crore in total compensation to the owners of these buildings, all of them constructed after land for the Metro project had been earmarked.
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