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Patna’s more-than-a-century-old heritage market demolished for Smart City project

first_imgThe over 100-year-old Gole Market, a unique heritage building constructed as Patna’s first planned municipal market, has been demolished by local authorities as part of a Smart City project. The demolition work began on Friday and by Sunday the historic landmark, located in the heart of Bihar’s capital and endowed with beautiful red-tiled roof, was reduced to a skeletal shell.“The Gole Market was demolished as part of a major redevelopment project of the railway station area under the Smart City initiative. Other markets lining the streets are also being knocked down as part of the mega project,” Patna Municipal Commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman told PTI. As part of this Smart City project, the now-dismantled Gole Market, located near Patna Junction, will make way for a seven-storeyed commercial complex and a modern municipal market along with a vending zone will come up in the area adjoining the Station Road, he said. Popularly known as Gole Market, among the local people, it was Patna’s first planned municipal market designed by architect Joseph Fearis Munnings while he was planning the layout of the ‘New Capital’ city of colonial Patna after the creation of the new province of Bihar and Orissa in 1912. Despite the historical value of the building, the demolition drew feeble protest from citizens of the city, but many people in Patna are angered by the move. “This is just madness. It was a historical building and should have been preserved. But, instead of restoring and reusing it as a cafe or something, the corporation razed it,” said city-based researcher and author Arun Singh.“One by one the local government is knocking down heritage buildings in the city. This is an attempt to erase the colonial history of Patna in the name of development,” he alleged. In December last year, the 133-year-old Anjuman Islamia Hall, perhaps the first public hall of Patna, was demolished to make way for a modern complex. The heritage market had faced decades of neglect and its occupant shopkeepers had been feeling the shadow of the wrecking ball for years as local authorities had planned a redevelopment project much earlier, a local shopkeeper, who did not wish to be named, said. “My grandfather had a meat shop in it during the British time, and elite of the city would come in their cars to buy meat, fish, chicken, eggs, grocery and milk. It should have been preserved,” he said. City-based 84-year-old architect and INTACH Patna Chapter Convener J.K. Lall also expressed shock and anger over the demolition of Gole Market.“It was a unique single-storeyed building with a raised central hexagonal core topped with elegant red-tiled roof and two flanks came out of it and again it was topped with red tiles of the colonial-era Burn & Co. It was a perfect building and a perfect setting for a heritage cafe,” he told PTI.“Smart City also means preserving our architectural legacy and not just building new ones,” he said. PMC Commissioner Suman, when asked why the building was demolished, said, the Gole Market was “coming in the middle” of the layout of the Smart City project plan.“There were suggestions made to us by a few heritage lovers to preserve the building and reuse it as a cafe. We tried but the market structure was coming in the way of the plan. So, we had no option left but to knock it down,” he said.“Also, besides the fact that it was designed 100 years ago by Munnings as the first municipal market, there was not much heritage value to it. And, sometimes we have to lose something old to build a new, better future,” the municipal commissioner said. However, the iron shell of the building and whatever can be salvaged will be stored and later reused in a new gazebo at the site, Suman said. “That gazebo will be built with new material and old material from the dismantled Gole Market. We are trying to look into our archives to know about the history of the building, which along with old pictures would be displayed there, so that people will know there was a Gole Market here,” he said. Retired bureaucrat R.N. Dash, who served as the district magistrate of Patna from 1972-74 and Divisional Commissioner from 1983-85, said the demolition was a “wrong move” and that restoration and proper rehabilitation of local shopkeepers should have been planned instead. “The overall master plan should have ensured the preservation of the market and other heritage buildings, and Smart City project should have factored that in. Converting it into a cafe was a good idea and people coming to these complexes would have visited too, so it was a win-win situation,” he said. Ironically, Gole Market was also listed as a heritage building in a 2008 Bihar goverment publication — Patna: A Monumental History. Mr. Singh, whose book Patna – Khoya Hua Shahar came out early this year, talks about the history and glory days of this market, located in what is termed officially as the New Market area, falling between the railway station rotary and the Patna GPO roundabout. “In its heydays, it had a rose garden around it and six routes leading to it from the streets around it.“British people including European women would visit there as would the Indians in their cars. Instead of restoring old charm, as done world over, Patna is wilfully destroying its own heritage,” he rued.last_img read more

Azkals draw strength from Filipinos in UAE

first_imgJavier Patiño started as the lone striker for the Azkals against the Koreans, creating a couple of chances, which the Filipino-Spanish player also missed.And with the Azkals holding their own against the Koreans for most of the match, Patiño could be leading the line once more against the Chinese side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m happy to have made an appearance in the Asian Cup, but I’m disappointed not to have played a bigger role,” said Younghusband. “There’s still two games to go so hopefully I get more game time.”Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson praised Younghusband’s response in his role as a substitute. ABU DHABI—Limited to a cameo in the AFC Asian Cup opener against South Korea, Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband hopes to play a bigger role as the Azkals attempt to reach the next round in the continent’s biggest football tournament.The country’s top international scorer made his Asian Cup debut when he came on as an 88th minute substitute to Patrick Strauss on Monday night at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT “He is not only a good human being, a good football player, but also a very good professional,” said Eriksson, who has handled the likes of high profile players like David Beckham when he coached England.“He never showed bad things. He accepted his role. He came on, you can see he is very professional. What he has done for the Philippines is great. More than 100 games, 52 goals which is amazing it is always important to remember that.”The Azkals were playing the Chinese on Friday night at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, with a win or a draw keeping them in the hunt for a place in the Round of 16. Kyrgyzstan will be the Azkals’ last Group C assignment on Wednesday.With almost 700,000 Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates, the Azkals said they’re dedicating their performances to their countrymen here.“All we can do is to come out and not to have regrets,” said Patrick Reichelt. “It’s amazing seeing that although it’s far from home, we do have so much support. Its incredible and it helps us a lot.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ababa tries to keep streak going Azkals manager Dan Palami said the team was taking inspiration from the country’s overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).“If the team is battling it out on the pitch, our OFWs here also have their own battles here every day missing their families, that’s why we’re dedicating our games to them,” said Palami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Police and Home Affairs investigating prison assault

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 25, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Home Affairs late today confirmed that there is now a full investigation launched into the alleged sexual assault of a prison warden and that female guard has been given leave as she recuperates from the attack.Police today also confirmed the incident around 2:30 pm on Monday, where the prison officer was punched in the mouth.  Their report also said the inmate, who was stopped and beaten by other inmates was carried away from the prison in a apparent unconscious state.The Ministry is seemingly unprepared to discuss procedure to protect female guards or offer clarity as to why the Cockburn Town Medical Center could not accommodate both reportedly injured individuals simultaneously.  The family revealed that the officer was forced to wait at the Police Station for hours, being interviewed and was reportedly told that she could not attend doctor while the inmate was being treated at the hospital.Relatives reported that they considered this move to be further insult to injury of their already traumatized loved one.  What the Ministry was ready to say is that the officer has been given leave of absence, offered medical care and counseling.Further comments, said the media release from Home Affairs, would come at the conclusion of the probe.#MagneticMedianews#femaleguardattackedinGTprison#inmatesrescueprisonguardfromattack Related Items:#femaleguardattackedinGTprison, #inmatesrescueprisonguardfromattack, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pink outfit puts Lutfunnahar in peril

first_imgLutfunnahar LumaLutfunnahar Luma, an under-grad student of Eden College, was recently arrested because of her pink salwar suit. An unidentified girl who spread rumours on Facebook about students being killed and raped in the ruling Awami League’s party office, had been wearing a pink outfit and so Luma was picked up as a suspect.Lutfunnahar is the joint convenor of Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad, the student organisation formed to protest against quota system in public service. She had been wearing a pink salwar suit at a rally of the organisation.Leaders and activists of the ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League identified Lutfunnahar as the girl allegedly spreading rumours on Facebook, simply because of her similar outfit.  They instigated the police to arrest her, according to Lutfunnahar’s friends.Lutfunnahar also feared that she would be framed.“I have been out of Dhaka for more than a month,” her FB status read. “I can’t recall ever posting any such nonsensical status. They are trying to trap me just because I was involved with a justified movement.  But they do not have minimal know-how of Photoshopping.”The Prothom Alo correspondent found that the Chhatra League had put pressure on the police to arrest Lutfunnahar.A team of the police’s cyber crime unit from Dhaka and Belkuchi police station in Sirajganj raided her house, picked her up in the middle of the night and brought her to Dhaka.The police later came to know that it was not Lutfunnahar who spread those rumours on Facebook about killing and raping students at AL’s party office during the students protest for safe roads.However, police booked her in another case filed with Ramna police station and the court approved a three-day remand on Thursday.Accusing Lutfunnahar of anti-state activities, the Ramna police statement says, anybody could be misguided by her Facebook status and that could lead to a deterioration in law and order.“Lutfunnahar used her popularity on Facebook to criticise the government in support of the protesting students and also resorted to abusive language. Her statement was provocative,” said additional deputy commissioner Nazmul Islam of the cyber crime division.The cyber crime division of the police’s counter terrorism and transnational crime unit has been investigating the case on Lutfunnahar.Police mistakenly arrested TasnimPolice earlier on Tuesday evening picked up Sheikh Tasnim Afroz Imi from in front of Shamsunnahar Hall and released after 5 hour of detention.The police could not yet clarify why she was detained. They said, they were looking for four girls who allegedly spread rumours on Facebook. Tasnim was picked up mistakenly.When asked if it was right to pick up a female student without confirming about her crime, additional commissioner of DB police, Md Abdul Baten said, he was not bound to answer such questions.last_img read more

Quader draws ECs attention to Tariques engagement in polls process

first_imgObaidul QuadeRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Qauder on Sunday drew the attention of the election commissioner to taking interview of BNP nomination seekers by its acting chairperson Tarique Rahman through a videoconference.“We’re drawing the election commission’s attention whether a fugitive convict in two cases can join election procedures,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, said, “I would like to tell the nation whether a fugitive convict can give such a statement. We want justice from the nation.”About their nominations of the ruling alliance, he said the list of candidates nominated by the AL-led 14-party alliance will be announced within 4-5 days as the list at its final stage.Responding to a question, how many seats will be shared with the alliance parties, he said, “Our prime minister told us that 65-70 seats will be given to alliance parties. If there’re more winnable candidates, the number might be raised through discussions.”In reply to another question, he said this election will be much fairer than previous ones. “There was no election in the past which was hundred per cent free and fair.” In response to another question about the election manifestos of others, Quader said, “Alliance partners will publish their respective manifestoes. There’s a possibility that the prime minister herself will unveil the Awami League manifesto. But, the date is yet to be fixed.”last_img read more

For the love of art

first_imgWhen you glide up a staircase adorned with flowers and a beautiful madhubani painting welcomes you at the entrance, your face beams up as you know that you are in for a celebration. Indeed it was a celebration of craftsmanship of artists from across the country put on display in Cottage Emporium as a part of Navkriti exhibition. The exhibition that is open for display cum sale till 4 July was inaugurated by Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, Union Minister of Textiles on Thursday in august presence of Panabaaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Textiles at Cottage Emporium, Janpath. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Walk into the hall and a confluence of ethnic and contemporary styles of design opens up to you. Launching new designs by master craftspersons, Navkriti has an array of collections at display tucked into a corner of the vibrant six level Cottage emporium.  Inverted multicolored umbrellas drop down from the high cielings of the emporium, creating an impression of a sky bursting out with colours. Take a sneak peek of the collection: wooden crafts of Saharanpur, Hyderabadi Kalamkari on fabric, Kantha embroidery from Santiniketan,block printing from Jaipur and integrated mettalic designs from national award winners on display. What caught our eye were the covetous and innovatively designed mantlepieces made by amalgamating ceramic with copper and brass and the tribal works from Bastar region comprising jewellery, amazingly crafted vegetables and fruits, and miniatures from tribal life. Most of the exhibits are prototypes that can be ordered on demand. Delve into the exotic        delights of India, we say!last_img read more

PBA to come up with directory of little magazines

first_imgKolkata: The Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi (PBA) will soon come up with a directory of the little magazines in the state so that the state government can provide assistance to them in times of need. “We are presently collecting names and addresses of the little magazines spanning across the state. We are trying to release the directory of the little magazines on February 21, which is observed as Bhasha Divas,” said Shaoli Mitra, president of PBA that comes under the aegis of the state Information & Cultural Affairs department. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe matter inviting details of various little magazines has been published in various newspapers and the response has been quite good. Mitra also informed that PBA is going to hold the five-day Literary Festival & Little Magazine Fair at Rabindra Okakura Bhavan in Salt Lake. The festival will be inaugurated by state Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday, in presence of minister of state for Information & Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe festival that will be held till January 15, will have 300 little magazine stalls and 300 poets, novelists and authors will indulge in book reading and recitation. 25 little magazine publications will be handed over a grant of Rs 25,000 each by the state government during the festival this year, with the aim of ensuring their smooth functioning in the days to come. “We give priority to promotion of the little magazines as many famous authors have risen to eminence through contributions to them,” Mitra said. A walk will be organised on Friday from the foot of the statue of Rabindranath Tagore at Central Park in Salt Lake upto the festival venue, with hoardings and banners highlighting the event. The inaugural programme will follow after the walk. The first day of the festival will host a befitting tribute to late poet Nirendranath Chakraborty.last_img read more

Review says WestJet should update its workplace harassment policies

first_imgReview says WestJet should update its workplace harassment policies The Canadian Press Friday, August 19, 2016 CALGARY – A review has found some shortcomings in WestJet’s protocols for handling cases of workplace harassment.The Calgary-based airline hired the professional services firm Ernst & Young to do an independent review of the company’s policies and practices.The review follows legal action taken earlier this year by a former flight attendant who says the company did not take proper action when she reported that a pilot sexually assaulted her.The allegations have not been proven in court.The review says WestJet’s “Respect in the Workplace” policies are not well understood by some employees, leading to inefficiencies, contradictions, knowledge gaps and avoidable risks.Among other things, the review recommends an update to the policy and formal training for all employees.The former flight, Mandalena Lewis, attendant suing WestJet says a review into the airline’s workplace harassment policies validates her view that the company is failing to protect its employees. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Experience Turquoize at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun SuggestedSharing

first_img TORONTO — Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s Turquoize is like a resort within a resort. It is the new adult-only, all beachfront tower with nearly 700 square feet of inspired design living area plus an oversized balcony with a private hot tub and seating section. Even the bath offers dazzling ocean views with its unique floor to ceiling glass corner shower.Exclusive private check-in and reception area, exclusive adult only dining, and rooftop infinity pool. Rooms have direct elevator access to the spa.Hyatt Ziva Cancun is currently offering up to 50% in savings plus $200 in resort coupons.Share the video with your clients to help drive bookings:Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Tags: Hyatt Sharecenter_img Experience Turquoize at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun #SuggestedSharing << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more