To raise vital funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music, live music promoters Music Plus Sport – who organise The Jockey Club Live concerts – will be supporting the charity by auctioning a celebrity signed guitar.The Yamaha acoustic guitar has already been signed by Kaiser Chiefs, Status Quo, Boyzone and Madness. The initiatives will also see other artists including Tom Jones, Spandau Ballet and McBusted, who are set to perform at various racecourses across the country as part of The Jockey Club Live, sign the guitar as well.The Jockey Club Live promotes outdoor music events at 15 leading racecourses nationwide including Newmarket, Haydock Park and Sandown Park“The Jockey Club Live is proud to be supporting music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins through our live music events this year, helping to raise vital funds and spreading the word about the incredible impact music can have on vulnerable people up and down the country,” said Andrew Wilkinson, Director of Music Plus Sport.The guitar will be auctioned later on in the year, with all proceeds going directly to Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music.
Kolkata: Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, flagged off five air-conditioned Volvo buses at L20 bus terminus in Esplanade which will operate from Kolkata to various parts of North Bengal.Senior officials including Mihir Goswami, Chairman, North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC), Narayan Swaroop Nigam, Managing Director, West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) were present in the meeting. Adhikari said the introduction of the buses will be helpful to people immensely. He also appreciated the role played by the NBSTC in ensuring bus services between Kolkata and North Bengal even when other modes of transport are not available. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe buses will be plying from Kolkata to Siliguri, Kolkata to Alipurduar via Cooch Behar and Kolkata to Kandi. It will be an added advantage for the people of North Bengal to reach Kolkata. Everyday hundreds of people travel between Kolkata and different parts of North Bengal. Goswami said that it would be 75 years of the NBSTC in 2019 and more steps would be taken for the convenience of the masses. Reacting on the increase in the price of diesel, Goswami said it is leaving an adverse effect as the price of fuel has witnessed a steep rise just in the past few days and the expense of operating buses is also going up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe introduction of the air-conditioned Volvo buses come when the state Transport department has also planned to introduce “Rajdhani” Volvo bus services to further improve connectivity between the district headquarters and Kolkata. Recently, a high-level meeting in a bid to ensure initiation of “Rajdhani” Volvo bus services between all district headquarters and Kolkata held at Paribahan Bhavan where top brass of the state Transport Department and all the corporations were present. The state Transport minister had earlier announced the project of introducing bus services to connect the district headquarters with the city.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that reducing the VAT on fuel will not benefit the people in the long run as the daily increase in petrol and diesel prices along with the unprecedented devaluation of the rupee were a result of an absolute financial mismanagement.”It is the biggest economic disaster. Demonetisation followed by the GST and the prices of petroleum products are soaring. The value of rupee is going down and the prices of petrol and diesel are going up and finally, the value of the life of common people is going down with each passing day. We are unable to understand where it will reach,” she said at Nabanna on Monday afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCommenting on the bandh, she said: “We cannot afford to lose man-days. 80 days man-days had been lost in the past regime. In the past seven years, we had to toil hard to revive the financial health of the state. We have to pay Rs 48,000 crore to repay loans,” she said.The TMC supremo, who has been among the strongest critics of the BJP, said that she supported the issue on which the Bharat Bandh was called but not the bandh.Banerjee said that Ahmed Patel had called her up on Friday and wanted to know her stand. “I told him we support the issue but oppose the bandh.” She added that bandhs should be the last weapon. “Movements should be conducted regularly and bandhs should be the last weapon,” she remarked. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Bengal is trying to make a turnaround and we have a number of achievements in some areas… So, we do not support bandh on principal — whoever calls it. But because we support the cause, we held protest rallies in the city,” she added.The Trinamool Congress organised protest rallies against the rise of petroleum products. Trinamool workers and leaders took part in the rally that started at Moulali and ended at Dorina Crossing via S N Banerjee Road. Later, a meeting was held at Dorina Crossing where TMC MP and president of the party’s youth wing Abhishek Banerjee addressed the gathering. He said rallies will be held in Delhi to oust the anti-people BJP government at the Centre. Hundreds of Trinamool workers took part in the protest procession.Life was normal across the state during the bandh with traffic, rail services operating normally and business establishments, schools, colleges and other educational institutions functioning as usual. Scheduled examinations in educational institutions were also held.In the state government offices, the attendance was more than the usual days as the state Finance department had given a notice which stated that a day’s salary of the absentee would be deducted. In districts too, the state-run offices functioned normally.The state government ran more buses and had deployed around 1,300 policemen in Kolkata to maintain peace. No untoward incidents were reported in the city.There was no disruption of flights at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and at Haldia port, cargo handling was normal.