NEW DELHI: This Navratre, Air India’s domestic passengers will get the option of enjoying ‘kutoo’ and ‘aloo sabzi’ on the Maharaja’s flights. The full service divestment-bound airline will offer a special ‘vrat’ menu during the Navratre that begin this Sunday and culminate in ‘Navami’ on October 7. “This special Navratre meal will comprise of plain yogurt, fruits, makhane dry fruit kheer, French fries, aloo kutoo and chutney prepared using rock salt. It will be offered in addition to our regular meals on domestic flights,” said an AI official. In past few years airlines have started offering festive meals to passengers. “Many people are fasting during Navratre or have special meals during the nine days. To cater to them, we will have the special meals,” said an AI official.
Kolkata: A couple has been arrested at Jadavpur police station for allegedly smuggling two animal skulls, which are seemed to be of deer on Thursday morning.According to sources, on Thursday morning, officials of Jadavpur police station came to know from their sources that a couple identified as Biswadeb Chatterjee and Jagurti Rajesh Sentury of Serampore in Hooghly were trying to sell some kind of animal skeleton. Based on the information, a team from Jadavpur police station went to a house at 18/2, Uday Shankar Sarani, Bikaramgarh in Golf Green and conducted a raid. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja During the search, police found two animal skulls from the couple. Following the raid, the duo was questioned about the skulls. Despite repeated questions, the duo failed to provide any document in favour of having possession of the two skulls and also failed to provide satisfactory answer. Later, they were taken to Jadavpur police station along with the skulls. After observing the skulls, it is suspected that those are of deer. Later, during the interrogation, the duo stated that they had procured the skulls from Sanjoy Gandhi National Park in Mumbai. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is suspected that the woman had connection with poachers as she is from Mumbai and also has her maternal house there. However, both of them were arrested after a case was initiated against them under the provisions of Wild Life (Protection) Act. The skulls were also seized. The duo will be produced at the Alipore Court on Friday with appeal for police remand. Sources informed that investigators suspect that the duo is a part of a organised gang which deals in animal skins and skeletons. Police are trying to find out who else are connected with the racket.
Kolkata: Food lovers in the city will for the first time get the opportunity to relish delicacies prepared from Kadaknath Chicken at a puja pandal in the city.West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation (WBCADC) will put up a food stall at the Durga Puja venue of Jagat Mukherjee Park which will be selling food items prepared from stuffs procured directly from the farmers who have received assistance from the corporation. This is the first of its kind initiative by WBCADC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Dishes made from Kadaknath Chicken, Turkey and desi chicken from farms at Haringhata in Nadia, black Bengal goat meat from Siliguri, eggs of swan, chara chameli duck will be the main attraction of the stall that we are putting up. We have plans to launch these products in a greater way at the Ahare Bangla Food Festival of the state government scheduled to be held in November,” said a senior official of WBCADC said. Kadaknath Chicken is known for its exquisite taste and high nutrient value. Madhya Pradesh has won Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Kadaknath, an indigenous chicken breed found in tribal-dominated Jhabua district in the state. The state government is planning to undertake Kadaknath chicken farming in large-scale . Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayItems prepared from fishes at Tamluk, mushroom at Siliguri, dheki chatta chal popularly known as Brown Rice – all cultivated under the supervision of WBCADC will also be available at the food stall. The spices like turmeric and chilli powder produced by farmers registered under CADC at Tamluk will be used for cooking. “We are planning to develop a food chain to popularize these products,” the official added. It may be mentioned that CADC is an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Panchayat department which works for area based rural development through increased agricultural and allied production ensuring maximum benefit of such production to the cultivators. CADC has projects at 24 different places in the state spanning in almost all the districts of Bengal. Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fishery, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) etc are some areas in which schemes have been taken up by CADC.