Darjeeling: While it is the Football World Cup frenzy throughout the globe, Siliguri is eagerly waiting for Sourav and Sachin to make a public appearance.Sourav and Sachin are two male leopards brought to the Bengal Safari in the outskirts of Siliguri. The Park is all set to introduce leopard safari soon. The male leopards were caught from Satali Tea Estate in Alipurduar. They were then kept in the Tiger and Leopard Rescue Centre in South Khayerbari in Jalpaiguri district. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThey have been kept in a special enclosure in the Bengal Safari Park. “The leopards are in the best of health and spirits. In a few days, after they adjust to the new environment, they will be put in open enclosures and we will start Leopard safari,” stated Binoy Krishan Burman, Forest Minister. Sources state that two more leopards will be brought in from the Cooch Behar division of the Forest Department. A rhinoceros and a giraffe are also scheduled to arrive before the Durga Puja tourist season. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Park, a brainchild of CM Mamata Banerjee was inaugurated in 2016. It is spread over an area of 200-hectare. At present, the park boasts of elephants, two Royal Bengal tigers, Barking deer, Spotted deer, Sambars, a Rhino, six Gharials, a pair of Himalayan Black Bear and birds. The park at present boasts of a herbivore safari, tiger safari, bear safari and elephant safari. The Bengali Safari Park is the first of its kind in West Bengal. With its exhibits and elephant rides, it attracts a large number of visitors both local residents and tourists alike.
Kolkata: Two dreaded criminals tried to flee police custody by hurling bombs and firing several rounds of bullet just before being produced in the court. Though one of the accused took off, the other one was nabbed immediately.According to locals, two criminals identified as Shaikh Munna and Karna Bera were being taken to Kanthi fast track court under judicial custody.Around 12:30 pm, the prisoner van of the Purba Medinipur Police arrived at the court premises with six under-trial prisoner including Bera and Munna. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs soon as a police personnel opened the door of the van, one person waiting close to the van hurled a bomb. Another person tried to snatch Bera and Munna from the van.Police sources informed that two persons were waiting with two motorcycles for the prisoner van to arrive at the court premises. When one of them was hurling bombs, the other one passed a firearm to Karna and Munna. All of them tried flee but failed as one of the motorcycles broke down. Sensing danger, one of the accused tried to take some else’s motorcycle but failed to do so as the owner ran away with the keys. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHaving no other way, all four of them tried leave on the one motorcycle they were left with. While on the motorcycle, Bera and Munna hurled bombs and fired at least eight rounds of bullet.Six persons including five police personnel and a staff from the court were injured by the bullets and the bombs.But their plan was partly foiled as Bera fell down on road as soon as the motorcycle started moving. However, his accomplishes fled and he tried to get to a safe place by running aimlessly. In Kanthi bazar area, he hid in a house but was traced by police personnel as he was being followed. A large number of police personnel surrounded the house and Bera could not escape. He was arrested from there.Bera has several cases of murder, robbery, dacoity on his head. He is also accused of murdering a police constable identified as Nabakumar Maity at Mahisadal a few years ago. He tried to flee jail several times but failed.
India Art Fair, the leading platform for discovering modern and contemporary art from South Asia, announced programme highlights for the 2018 edition. Presented in partnership with BMW Group in India, the fair will take place at the NSIC grounds, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi, from February 9 to 12. Under the leadership of new fair director, Jagdip Jagpal, the 2018 edition of India Art Fair will feature refreshed and expanded programming across each of the fair’s sections and a testing out of new ideas. The 2018 programme will offer unrivalled access to South Asia’s thriving cultural scene, including its galleries and artists, private foundations and arts charities, artists’ collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals. Jagpal promises to inject a sense of professionalism, depth and a certain avant-garde insignia to the 2018 exposition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOf great interest and intrigue will be the international representation that looks at a sprinkling of South Asian presence.Presented in a redesigned events space, India Art Fair’s public events programme will be reimagined and expanded in 2018 and will feature artist talks, industry debates, live events and digital artworks. Highlights include a moving image work by Hetain Patel, alongside a new strand of talks titled ‘I know what you did last summer’, which will invite South Asia’s most established artists to present on recent international exhibitions and projects. The first participant to be announced is Waqas Khan. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveContinuing their long and substantial engagement with contemporary arts, presenting partner BMW Group India will show the 17th BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons – 2010, BMW M3 GT2 reflecting the cultural and historical development of art, design and technology. An exclusive space will be created for collectors to connect at the Collectors’ Lounge and an annual BMW Patrons’ evening in support and celebration of corporate collaboration and patronage of the art Blain | Southern will be showing works by Marius Bercea, Jonas Burgert, Francesco Clemente, Mat Collishaw, Rachel Howard, Michael Joo and Bill Viola. A particular highlight is Clemente’s Emblems of Transformation series – delicately and intimately scaled paintings which include miniature elements chosen and suggested by the artist, and executed by a family of Indian miniaturist painters from Rajasthan. Bruno Art Group will present works by artists including Lihi Turjeman and Sharon Ya’ari. These artists will be presented at IAF for the first time to bring to India the most exciting emerging Israeli artists. Richard Koh Fine Arts will be showing Malaysian artists Anne Samat, Hasanul Isyraf Idris and Dhavinder Singh. This booth will have a suite of works that tap contemporary character that has is born of literary leanings and the images are an allegory of allusions that are at once alluring in every way.Complementing the fair’s regional perspective, carefully selected galleries from across Asia, Europe, South America, United Kingdom and the United States will showcase their globally-recognised artists, many of whom have never exhibited in India before. International galleries are sure to add a distinct definitive flavour to the IAF that will open next week.