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Friday, January 06, 2006

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The large clock atop the New Market (Hogg’s market) is being readied after a lapse of several years. It seems, its chimes were not liked by some civic officials who resided in the neighborhood and the clock was stopped in 1998. It is nearly seven feet in diameter and the hour hand is three feet while the second hand is half foot longer. Four such clocks are installed on each face of the tower fifty feet above ground level. It needs rewinding two times per month.

Several steps are being contemplated for the beautification of the banks of the Ganges facing Howrah station. The information was revealed during the inauguration of the extension of the existing Millennium Park by the Governor of West Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi. It seems that CII has shown interest in being involved in the project. An international standard auction house for flowers is also planned on Mallickghat.

Since the Maidan has been made out of bounds for holding of fairs and exhibitions, the Calcutta Festival for this year has been shifted to the Rabindra Sarobar stadium. Along with this is the ‘National Handicrafts Expo 2005’.

There is a revolution in the air – literally. With air fares coming down to affordable levels for the middle classes, the consumers are having a field day. It seems Air Deccan, one of the low fare airlines, has selected petrol pumps as outlets for their tickets. Anyone can stroll in and enquire as to availability of tickets to a destination that comes in his budget. That becomes his holiday destination unlike times when the destination used to be predetermined. The airline introduced the scheme (of booking through petrol pumps) a couple of months back – it now operates from 16 outlets in the city and has been raking in around forty five lakhs per month. They have plans to include shopping malls and large restaurants as additional outlets.

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