Darjeeling: The Alipurduar police got a major breakthrough in an inter-state bike theft racket with the arrest of eight persons. As many as four stolen bikes were also recovered.”Recently six bike theft cases were registered under Shamuktala, Jaigaon and Alipurduar police stations in the district. We have recovered four bikes,” stated Sunil Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police, Alipurduar. While investigating the cases, one Prasanjit Das, alias Bhuttu, was arrested from Pakriguri under Kumargram police station. He revealed the name of one Mithun Burman who was then arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBased on information received from the duo, six others were arrested including the kingpin — Phani Sarkar from Pundibari, Cooch Behar. The arrested were produced at the Alipurduar Court on Monday. The police had prayed for 14 days of remand. The Court remanded the arrested to 10 days of police custody. “The bikes were being used for all sorts of illegal activities in lower Assam area including timber smuggling. The arrested were in contact with some militants as well but have not revealed their identities yet,” claimed the SP. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe stolen bikes were usually taken to Assam but not re-registered. Then they were used in remote areas where there wasn’t any police or RTO checkings. They were being used for all sorts of illegal activities. “We are in constant touch with our counterparts in Assam. A stolen pick-up truck has also been traced through the engine and chassis number. It is in the custody of the Forest department in Assam. We will get a court order to retrieve it,” added Yadav.
Ladies, please take note. The nicer or more agreeable you are at work, the lower your salary is likely to be, says a study.Dominant, assertive women, who clearly express their expectations and do not retreat from their demands, are compensated better than their more accommodating female peers, the study found.“We found that women aren’t aware that more agreeable women are being punished for being nice,” said one of the researchers Michal Biron from the University of Haifa in Israel. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The nice women we polled in our study even believed they were earning more than they deserved,” Biron added.The same goes for dominant men versus their more conciliatory male counterparts, but even dominant women earn far less than their male colleagues, dominant or otherwise, the researchers said.The research, published in The European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology, examined status inconsistencies between men and women through the lens of traditional male and female characteristics.For the purpose of their study, the researchers surveyed 375 men and women at a Dutch multinational electronics company with 1,390 employees. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe participants were selected at random from all 12 of the company departments.The researchers used both objective and subjective criteria for the study. For objective data, they analysed tenure, education and performance data relative to income and promotion statistics. “We found that women were consistently and objectively status-detracted, which means they invest more of themselves in their jobs than they receive and are compensated less than their male colleagues across the board,” Biron said.For subjective data, they examined how the individual perceived the fit between their education, experience and performance on the one hand, and their income and rank on the other.
Kolkata: A 12-member committee has been formed under the directions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee comprising several ministers inorder to determine strategies for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the party’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Sunday.The committee would look at the applications by aspiring candidates and forward a short list to Banerjee, he told reporters here. The members are Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Bakshi, Abhishek Banerjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Shashi Panja, Malay Ghatak, Jyotipriyo Mallick, Suvendu Adhikari and Derek O’ Brien. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe committee will prepare the blueprint for the election campaign and get it ratified by Banerjee. He said in the last meeting of the party, she had sought the bio-data of those who were willing to fight the elections. Chatterjee said the vandalism of the BJP that is causing serious disturbance to the peaceful atmosphere in Bengal will be the main highlight during the poll campaign. “In the name of “Sankalpa yatra” they have taken the “sankalpa” (pledge) to destabilise Bengal. They are spreading hate politics and trying to incite one community against the other,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee also added: “In the name of “Sankalpa yatra”, the BJP supporters tried to create trouble in Kolkata and incite one community against the other.” He maintained that the BJP had no political agenda in Bengal except stalling the development projects taken up by Banerjee. “Despite the huge loan burden, the Mamata Banerjee government has carried out all-round development in Bengal. The BJP has become jealous and is trying to stall it. But their venture will not be effective as the people have seen the development that has taken place.” The minister further said that the Trinamool Congress works with the people throughout the year and this is the USP of the party. “The BJP leaders who are coming to Bengal and flying back to Delhi after attending rallies do not have any ground in Bengal and that is why they have to find out space where their helicopters can land,” he said, adding: “The people in Bengal know that they get Trinamool leaders by their side throughout the year and this is the main strength of the party.” He also added that the leaders would go to the people and request them to maintain cool and not to get swayed by rumours or any attempt to divide them. “BJP has failed to understand the political heritage of Bengal. We believe in communal harmony and peace and any attempt to disturb it will be foiled by the people.” Sunday’s ‘Sankalp yatra’ bike rally is a part of the BJP’s countrywide pre-poll exercise to establish connect with the masses. BJP workers clashed with the police in several places of the state while taking part in the rally. “These attempts will be dealt with strongly by the administration,” Chatterjee said.
Kolkata: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed a fake export racket and nabbed six persons from Petrapole border at Bongaon in North 24-Parganas.According to sources, sleuths had recently got a tip that a racket was being operated by some people where some customs officials were also involved. The racket had prepared false export documents like forged purchase orders, forged export invoices and procurement papers, which were used for filing up the shipping bills in Petrapole Customs office. The bills were processed for exports on paper only. The actual goods were not shown physically. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSources informed that the racket had approximately 51 such fraudulent shipping bills, where goods like pan masala, two wheeler spare parts, three wheeler spare parts and items eligible for higher GST refunds worth Rs 24 crore were shown to have been exported on paper. But the actual goods exported were worth approximately Rs 12 crore. In the documents, the seals of Bangladesh government were also present, which are suspected to be false. During the raid conducted on Friday, DRI sleuths arrested six persons identified as Sujit Swarnakar, Sajal Swarnakar, Dipankar Pal, Suvankar Pal, Arjun Adhikary and Prosenjit Das of Bongaon, who had played a major role in the fraud at Petrapole. Sleuths have found that several customs officers posted at Petrapole are also involved with the racket. Information regarding their involvement was provided to the Customs department, following which five customs officials have been suspended.
Kolkata: Two persons have been arrested by the officers of Baguiati police station for allegedly abducting a youth and demanding ransom.Later, police came to know that the accused persons had some business relation with the victim. The duo has been produced before the Barasat Court and was remanded to police custody for three days. According to the police, on Tuesday morning, Shaikh Rafik Ali lodged a complaint at the Baguiati police station against an unknown person who called him on his mobile phone and stated that he has kidnapped his son Kawsar Ali. The unidentified caller demanded Rs 15 lakh in lieu of which Kawsar will be released, Rafik Ali said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAli informed the police that on Monday morning around 11 am, his son Kawsar, who deals in second hand cars, left home. But he did not return on his usual time. None of his family could reach him on his mobile phone. On Monday around 9:20 pm, Rafik Ali received a ransom call. Following his statement sleuths started tracking Kawsar’s mobile phone’s tower location. During Kawsar’s mobile phone’s call records scrutiny sleuths got hold of some mobile numbers. Also, tracking procedure showed that Kawsar’s mobile tower location matched with those mobile phone’s location till it was switched off. During investigation, sleuths came to know that Sariful Mondal, the prime suspect, whose name cropped up when the mobile numbers were scrutinised, had some business relation with Kawsar. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statePolice came to know that Kawsar had borrowed money from Sariful. Police located Sariful through mobile phone’s tower location and nabbed him. After interrogating Sariful police arrested another accused person identified as Arun Mondal of Asoknagar and rescued Kawsar. A SUV was also seized which was used to abduct Kawsar. During preliminary interrogation, officers came to know that Kawsar was not returning Sariful’s money. Thus he hatched the plan to abduct him and recover the same. But it is not clear that how much money Kawsar had borrowed from him. Both the accused will be interrogated after during their police remand. Apart from that, Kawsar was also produced before the same court for recording of his judicial statement.
Kolkata: Non-fixation of minimum wages for workers and closed tea gardens are the main factors during the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal to be held in the state’s tea belt. The tea belt is located in Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars region of North Bengal where 3 lakh odd permanent workers are employed in around 300 gardens. The Terai and Dooars regions consist of the districts of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts of West Bengal and a part of Assam. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Polling in Coochbehar and Alipurduar seats would be held on April 11 and while Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj constituencies would go to polls on April 18. Trade union leaders who owe allegiance to various political parties said they have been demanding implementation of minimum wages in tea gardens for long but the issue has not been resolved. Tea industry sources said the issue was deliberated at length in the minimum wage advisory committee formed by the state government, but it has not been finalised. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Submissions to the advisory board on minimum wage had been made by both the employers and trade unions, and now the ball is in the court of the government, the sources said. Ziaul Alam, convenor of the joint forum of 29 trade unions in the tea belt spearheaded by the CITU, alleged that the Trinamool Congress government betrayed the sentiments of the tea workers by not giving them minimum wages. Sources said the largest tea growing state, Assam, had also not decided on the implementation of minimum wages. “Taking a cue from this, the government of West Bengal has adopted a wait and watch approach,” the sources said. Alam said, “The overall economic situation in the tea gardens was not healthy and the workers were unable to strike a balance between income and expenditure due to rising prices of essential items of daily use.” Presently, tea garden workers in West Bengal are given a cash benefit of Rs 176 per day besides other non-cash benefits like ration. Mani Kumar Dhamal of the INTUC and Sankar Das of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union wing of the RSS, also felt that non-fixation of the minimum wages for tea garden workers would be a deciding factor in this elections. The other major factor which could come at play at the polls is the issue of closed gardens. Dhamal claimed that both the BJP and the Trinamool Congress had promised to re-open closed tea gardens but that did not happen. Sources said there were 16-17 closed gardens affecting nearly 24,000 employees. Dhamal said, “In the absence of any policy, it is not known how the closed tea gardens will be reopened.” This, he said, had cast a fear in the minds of the workers of these gardens and they have started migrating to South India and other places. “There is no job security in the tea belt,” he said. Industry sources said, since the land on which the gardens are located was given on lease by the government and not freehold, it was difficult to implement land-based panchayat schemes like the Indira Awas Yojana. TMC’s Darjeeling candidate Amar Singh Rai said minimum wage is definitely an issue which needs to be resolved. “The tea garden workers are in distress and there is a need to fix the minimum wage,” he said adding that he would raise the issue in the appropriate forum, if elected. Das claimed that the mood is in favour of the BJP now as the party had done a good job in Darjeeling. In the last Lok Sabha polls, S S Ahluwalia of the BJP won from Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency with the backing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the major local force. However, this time the saffron party fielded Raju Singh Bista.
Kolkata: In a desperate bid to stop the CPI(M) rank and file from voting in favour of BJP, the party’s leaders have appealed to them to work for Left Front nominees.Recently, party higher-ups received the information that some cadres and local leaders were helping BJP candidates in seats where Front partners are contesting in the polls. It may be mentioned that for quite some time, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has alleged that CPI(M), BJP and Congress are working hand-in-hand against Trinamool and her apprehension seems to have come true now. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Do not vote for BJP candidates to counter Trinamool and do not repeat the mistake we did in Tripura,” said a veteran CPI(M) leader at a meeting in the North Kolkata Lok Sabha seat on Thursday. The matter came to the limelight after the bosses in Alimuddin Street got the information that in the past five phases, in many areas the party’s rank and file have helped the BJP contenders. As a matter of fact, local CPI(M) leaders had supplied polling agents in many booths where BJP could not field its polling agents, in the seats from where Front allies were contesting. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn the sixth phase, CPI candidates Biplab Bhattacharya and Tapan Ganguly are contesting from the Midnapore and Ghatal Lok sabha seats, while Bir Singh Mahato is contesting from Purulia. Election in these seats will be held on Sunday. In Keshiari, Dantan and Midnapore areas, which are said to be CPI(M) strongholds and fall under the Midnapore Lok Sabha seat, party leaders apprehend that the rank and file will work for BJP and supply the election agents for the saffron party. Similarly in Ghatal and Purulia Lok sabha seats, local CPI(M) leaders have engaged the whole engineering machinery in favour of the BJP candidates. Leaders in Alimuddin Street reportedly got the information that in Burdwan East and Burdwan-Durgapur seats, where election was held on April 29, many party supporters had voted for BJP candidates. A veteran CPI(M) leader apprehended that in the first phase, when election was held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar, some party workers might have voted for BJP candidates as in both the seats, Forward Bloc and RSP candidates had contested. In South 24-Parganas, RSP workers alleged that they practically did not receive any help from the CPI(M) workers who are working for the BJP candidate. Subhas Naskar of RSP is the candidate from the Joynagar (SC) seat, where election will be held on May 19.
Whether you’re in the search of a Boho vintage dress, a unique belt buckle, or maybe even a cute vase for your collection of trinkets, any flea market is the place to be. Everyone is looking for their own great deal. But one English lady unknowingly picked out something quite remarkable at a “car boot sale” at West Middlesex Hospital, London, in the 1980s. What she believed to be a piece of costume jewelry made the headlines 30 years later. It was just a regular Sunday sale when the woman bought a ring she fancied for £10 ($13). She wore that ring for the next 30 years, shopping, working, running errands, until she discovered, to her astonishment, it was actually set with a 26-carat diamond that was cut in the 19th century.At the beginning of June 2017, the “Tenner” ring went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Fine Jewels sale in London. The final bid of £656,750 ($849,740) was double it’s estimated price. According to the BBC, the woman wished to stay anonymous and as the head of Sotheby’s London jewelry department, Jessica Wyndham, said: “She wore the ring every day oblivious of its real worth.”The stone was confirmed by the Gemological Institute of America as a genuine diamond.The ring was placed in a bundle of low priced trinkets when she bought it. She never for a moment suspected it could be real diamond because it’s appearance wasn’t sparkly enough.So, no one bothered to find out anything extra about this possession until one day a jeweler laid his eyes on it. Reportedly, the woman was told that the ring looks to be more valuable than a regular costume ring and the jeweler suggested she took it for further examination at Sotheby’s.A finely shaped diamond sparkles in the light. Photo by Steve Jurvetson CC BY 2.0At the jewelry department, Wyndham and her colleagues were quite excited by the size and unique geometric chevron design of the cushion-shaped stone. They strongly suspected that they were looking at a genuine old cut diamond, however it’s authenticity needed to be verified by a formal analysis.Old cut diamonds were crafted by hand, working with the natural shape and alignment of the rock.Sotheby’s passed the ring over to the Gemological Institute of America to confirm their assumption. The 26.27 carat diamond was cut in a typical 19th century style that didn’t reflect as much light as modern cut diamonds. Gems from this era have a deep and warm finish that reflect the light in a different way than the brilliantly polished surface of modern cut diamonds. The appearance of these diamonds might seem to glow rather than sparkle, but definitely shine with beauty and individuality.Related Video: Divers Stumble Upon 2,000 ‘Priceless’ Gold Coins“With an old style of cutting, an antique cushion shape, the light doesn’t reflect back as much as it would from a modern stone cutting,” Wyndham told Business Insider. “Cutters worked more with the natural shape of the crystal, to conserve as much weight rather than make it as brilliant as possible.”Modern cut diamonds reflect the light with a captivating brilliance.Except for the date of its origin, not much more is known about the history of the diamond ring. Wyndham explained that when a diamond is mentioned today, people mostly think of modern cuts, of brilliance, while this “flea market ring” was cut into a vintage style and its mount had darkened over time.Rough diamondThe identity of the ring’s buyer was not revealed by Sotheby’s, however, they said that the ring did not become a new collectible of a private collector but was purchased as international trade. Tobias Kormind, a diamond expert and managing director of 77 Diamonds, predicted that the ring’s final selling price of $847,667 may be increased by cutting it as a modern diamond. He told CNN Style: “I’m convinced the $13 ring was once owned by royalty or a person of great wealth, because it originates from the 1800s — before the discovery of modern diamond mines and a time when very few diamonds were available.”White engagement ring on the beach.This astounding diamond find is not the first item to be regarded as run-of-the-mill that was later revealed to be a real treasure. Similarly undervalued objects have been found at flea markets around the world in the past.Read another story from us:The advertising campaign that made the diamond industryCNN Style tells the story of a yard sale in 2013 when a ceramic bowl was purchased for $3 but later sold for $2.2 million at an auction in New York. Also, a real Faberge egg, once owned by Tsar Alexander III, was sold as scrap metal but then sold for $33 million.
Words have power. They can change someone’s world. The absence of one three-lettered word that appeared, or rather, did not appear, in 1,000 copies of the Bible from the 17th century cost the publisher their right of printing, and almost their lives. The so-called “Wicked Bible” went public in 1631, in times when people were just starting to have their own copies of the sacred book at home.In it, the word “not” was found missing at a crucial place. One of the ten commandments looked intoxicated — it read “thou shalt commit adultery.” The Adulterous Bible and Sinner’s Bible stuck as two more names to this infamous edition. Exodus 20 had never looked more sinful.The title page of The Wicked Bible.The error was made by English royal printers Robert Barker and Martin Lucas. The absence of “not” went officially unnoticed for a whole year, but then the publishers were summoned to face their consequences.Thankfully King Charles I’s desire to execute the pair was not carried through, but the court stripped them of permission to work in the printing business, and the publishers were required to pay a fine of £300 (equivalent to about $56,500 today).The typographical error.It must have been an extremely unpleasant situation for Barker, whose reputation was tarnished overnight and he was never able to find a steady job. He ended up in prison, where he was found dead in 1645.The editorial blunder could have been merely a typographical error. But it could also have been a plot by their rivals in the publishing world of 17th century London. The details of the scandal are dim, but there were people like Bonham Norton who might have wanted to disgrace Barker’s name.King Charles I after original by van Dyck.Supporting the theory that this was an act of sabotage are a number of other “naughty” errors in the Wicked Bible. In Deuteronomy 5:24 of the 1631 edition, the “greatness” of God is written as “great-asse,” which raises suspicion it was not accidental, according to The Atlantic.Almost all 1,000 copies of the Wicked Bible were recalled and destroyed.The ‘Judas Bible’ in St Mary’s Church, Totnes, Devon, UK. This is a copy of the second folio edition of the Authorized Version, printed by Robert Barker, Printer to King James I, in 1613, and given to the church for the use of the Mayor of Totnes. This edition is known as the Judas Bible because in Matthew c26 v36 ‘Judas’ appears instead of ‘Jesus.’ In this copy the mistake (in red circle) is corrected with a slip of paper pasted over the misprint.Only nine copies made it through the purge. Most of them are stored in libraries today as samples of rare Bible editions.One copy of this rare book was auctioned in the U.K. by Bonhams, in 2015. It sold for £31,250 (roughly $40,000), but this is far from being the record-holder for most expensive Bible. A copy of the original Gutenberg Bible, assumed to be one of only 180 remaining, was sold at Christie’s for an astonishing $4.9 million in 1987 — blunders-free, hopefully.A paper codex of the acclaimed 42-line Bible, Gutenberg’s major work. Photo by NYC Wanderer CC BY SA 2.0For some critics, it is intriguing why the sale of the Wicked Bible stirred so much attention.Diana Severance from Houston’s Dunham Bible Museum has raised awareness of several other Bible goofs. One of them is the 18th century “Vinegar Bible” which renamed Luke 20: 9-19, The Parable of the Vineyard, as The Parable of the Vinegar.The Treacle Bible opened at the page of the eponymous curiosity. St Mary’s Church, Banbury.But as Severance explains for The Atlantic, people deem the Wicked Bible funnier than the Vinegar Bible, as the first “speaks to their sinfulness.”The Guardian’s David Shariatmadari gives us even more absurd examples of error-prone Bibles. Another King James version as of 1795 reads “Let the children first be killed.” The “awkward” mistake as Shariatmadari reports occurs in Mark 7:27. It should correctly read: “Let the children first be filled.”Read another story from us: Europe’s Oldest Book Was Found in the Tomb of a SaintIn 1682 they also wrote “If the latter husband ate her” instead of “If the latter husband hate her.” It’s Deuteronomy 24:3. Shariatmadari says this is the Cannibal’s Bible.It’s no joke messing with the Bible.
“Think the guys working construction jobs in the summer heat or people working at fast food restaurants for minimum wage would consider it a burden to run around on a practice field in no pads at OTAs? Or lift weights and prepare for the season ahead in training camp while being paid millions of dollars?”In The Herd today, Colin said preseason workouts make no sense for veterans, especially running backs like Peterson, who have limited time left in their career.“Running backs are not leaders. Adrian Peterson defies logic. When it comes to certain positions like Adele, and Adrian Peterson, and J. J. Watt, and Cam Newton, and Richard Sherman, be selfish. You’ve got a limited amount of high notes, you have a limited amount of carries. Adrian Peterson is at the part of his career now, where I would argue, where more practice reps actually hurt him.”The one thing that would tick off laborers across the country more than Adrian Peterson missing OTA’s, is if he tore his ACL in a meaningless preseason practice and couldn’t play on their fantasy team.Check out this Adrian Peterson highlight video (does not include any preseason highlights). Advertisement Adrian Peterson is 31 years old and coming off another remarkable 1,500 yard, 11 touchdown season. Peterson has carried the Vikings franchise on his back for the last decade like Beyonce carried Destiny’s Child.In a recent interview with ESPN, Peterson said that he still feels great, but the grind of the preseason and mini camps, considering his age, could be a factor in his eventual retirement.“Training camp, going through the grind, OTA’s and all that, that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, I’ll be good. It’s just mentally. It’s so repetitive that it’s more suited to the young guys. It gets kind of boring.”Peterson’s comments prompted an article from former Tennessee Titans GM Jeff Diamond article in the Sporting News, eviscerating Peterson for his comments. Diamond thinks that Peterson missing OTA’s is disrespecting the game because construction workers work in the heat or something.