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A class 12 passout, former security officer and self taught cybergeek from Hyderabad, Shrinivas Rao Dadi, masterminded a nationwide cyberfraud with a turnover of Rs 3 crore a day. The money was being converted into #cryptocurrency and sent to #China. So, how did he do it? Image
There was a hierarchy to how the scamsters operated. Some of them called up citizens, posing as policemen and flashing fake ID cards, over WhatsApp and Skype. Women were targetted the most. In Delhi, one of the scamsters made a video call to a woman, dressed in a khaki uniform.
The victims were told that a parcel he/she had sent by courier was found containing drugs. The terrified victims were deceived into downloading apps, such as Anydesk, that provided the scamster with remote access to his phone screen.
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Yesterday was #AkshayaTritiya2023. My hero's birthday. He would've been 85. A man literally born with a silver spoon with 16 Palaces to stay in, he lost everything at the age of 15. 1952 the Zamindari system was abolished & a shrewd trick played by Nehru & Bidhan Chandra Roy... Image
(2/n) left him and a family of 17 literally on the streets. They were given 7 days to vacate #UttarparaRajbari, one of the 16 palaces he was born in. His mother, Rani Ma (my nani) had throat cancer & his father spinal cancer. 14 others were either children or people who never...
(3/n) had to work. Everything came from estate that spanned 7.8 million acre, including the #Sunderbans. There was only 5K cash in the house. Just on the 7th day a battalion of police came to the Palace and asked the family to vacate. They collected whatever they could and with.. ImageImageImageImage
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10 Divine maa Kali dhams in West Bengal

1. Maa Kalighat Kali Mandir, Kolkata

2. Maa shri Dakhineswar Kali Mandir, #Kolkata
3. Maa Tarapith Kali Mandir, Birbhum
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#Kolkata was the citadel of rock music between 80s & late 90s having some of the most talented musicians in the world. Then came "Bangla Rock". It killed some amazing music just gestating. Folks from all over the world would come to the annual Open Air Theater to watch a (1/n)
(2/n) 3 day Woodstock like concert. I remember the underdog Fahrenheit making it's debut during a 1988. I was a teen my legs shaking as I see thousands of people cheering & giving us the motivation. Then rock died for a long time until I heard my friend's nephew Josh & Dipan. Image
(3/n) Josh & Dipan, barely in their early 20s gives me hope. 2 amazingly talented musicians likely to bring back #Kolkata to her glory days. My bud Deep & Rajat (both part of a band I played with briefly) just collaborated with Josh & Dipan to deliver one of the best renditions.
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Rarely seen photos of #Calcutta/#kolkata. Thread 👇
Intersection of Chowringhee Road and Dharmatolla Street 1945
1/n Intersection of Chowringhee Road and Dharmatolla Street 1945
Dalhousie Barracks within the grounds of Fort William in Calcutta in 1885
2/n Dalhousie Barracks within the grounds of Fort William in Cal
Esplanade Row, Calcutta in 1878
3/n Esplanade Row, Calcutta in 1878
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10 things I did in #Kolkata in the short time I was there for @TheAKLF
Click here for the video and the list
Met up with @sohinichat who took me around vintage Kolkata
With my fellow panelists @seemagoswami
Pinky Kenworthy
Dahlia Sen Oberoi
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"He lost the ability to move his legs at the age of 14. #Dreams came crashing down like a pack of cards for Ashish Da. I met him at his 90 sq ft room near the outskirts of Kolkata.

#respect #fightingspirit #nevergiveup #motivation #inspiration #kolkata
In today's world of jazzy startups, Ashish Da had his own story to share -- one of #struggle and #survival.

When Ashish Da first realised that he wouldn't be able to walk for the rest of his life, he decided to do something that he was passionate about -- #Kites!
Ashish Da spoke about how he would use papers and sticks to build brilliant kite designs He would spend 12 hours a day sitting on the floor to do everything himself. He never asked for any help or any kind of physical or financial support from anyone.
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BJP MLA Surendra Singh in UP's Ballia claimed drinking cow urine has protected him from coronavirus. He also recommended people to 'drink cow urine with a glass of cold water'. (07.05.2021)
"I don't have #Covid because I drink cow urine every day": BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur
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#Netaji #SubhasChandraBose and his #INA launched their struggle against the #British with the help of #Japan in #WorldWarII. But did you know that Indian #nationalists & #revolutionaries had deep ties with #Japan even earlier?
#history #LokmanyaTilak #Maharashtra #IndoJapanties
Indian revolutionaries were eager to go to #Japan and #America to gain knowledge in manufacturing arms and bombs to be used against the British rulers.
#freedommovement #nationaliststruggle
The rise of #Japan as a military and industrial power and the crushing defeat inflicted by it on #Russia in the Russo-Japanese war (1904-5) inspired Indian nationalists. The country was also seen as a counter-weight to the European powers.
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It was initially young working population leaving #Kolkata, now it's the elderly. My in laws, like many, had it enough in #Kolkata after spending their entire lifetime left the city after ~ 74 yrs. Like many, they can't relate to the city & it's culture anymore. Couple of (1/n)
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1) Security- My FIL was the President of one of the oldest Durga Puja Committee in Central Kolkata. He is well revered & well connected. Despite his local reputation, there was an attempted break in. Something unheard of in his hood.
2) When he put his property up for sale he spoke & met 96 prospective buyers. 94 were Muslims while 2 Hindus. All 94 wanted to buy the property in cash. Now clearly @narendramodi #demonitization was a failed venture that put the country through misery for nothing. Moreover....
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#DurgaPuja2022 Thread:

A compilation of pandals in & around #Kolkata with an unique theme or outstanding artwork!

1) Nawpara Dadabhai Sangha-
1st silicon murti in WB & perhaps country to depict Goddess Durga as a sex worker to change the social mindset & usher inclusivity.
2) Kakurganchi- #DurgaPuja depicting post poll violence, in memory of slain #BJP worker #AbhijeetSarkar whose family still awaits justice.
3) Sovabazar Rajbari: The first sarbojonin (public) #DurgaPujo of #Kolkata
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Members of the police dog squad were the chief guests at the inauguration of the #Kolkata's first ever pet-friendly #DurgaPuja pandal. ❤️ Image
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Today I spent almost 1/2 the day at Land Registry office in #Kolkata. As someone who has spent career in process consulting the inefficiency and corruption is just appalling. First off the entire office takes you back by 500 years and it literally looked like a cattle (1/n)
(2/n) market. I was there giving a family member, the seller of the property, company. This property is valued (govt valuation) at 70L. Every past record, every deed, stamped Site Plan with the family and in the govt record shows that the front road is 7 ft. The system data....
(3/n) which some half brained govt sloth has plugged in is 30 ft. Just imagine the shock to the Seller and the Buyer. Huge implications - the valuation goes up as do taxes. This is purposely done by this inept and corrupt govt to fleece money from people. There were 2.....
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Many know where Bengal’s bravest son, #SubhasChandraBose - Netaji – lived in #Calcutta, as he famously escaped house arrest from his home at Elgin Road, in 1940. But not many know where Netaji’s ancestral home or ‘Desh-er-bari’ is. 1/10
Now called ‘Subhasgram’ in honour of #Netaji, it is just 25 km south of #Kolkata, in a village formerly known as Kodalia. Simple and elegant, the two-storey homestead is being restored. 2/10
Among Netaji’s ancestors was Mahipati Bose, who was granted a jagir by the Sultan of #Bengal, Hussain Shah, near the Bose ancestral home in the early 16th century. His grandson Gopinath Bose was also granted a jagir in Purandarpur, named after his title ‘Purandar Khan’. 3/10
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I have been thinking about samosas for the last week & here is a thread about them. For starters the Samosa comes from West Asia and was originally meat wrapped in a dough cone and fried - the sambusak! The only truly veg versions are all Indian! #Samosa #Sambusak #PunjabiSamosa
I grew up in Mumbai eating what is now known as the Parsi/Bohri Samosa and which I simply knew as a Samosa. Lightly spiced lamb mince cooked with onions, green chillies and corriander, stuffed into a triangular pocket made from flat precooked sheets of samosa patti. #Samosa
These were then slowly fried in hot (not too hot) oil till golded brown & served with a typically Parsi Green chutney made with coconut, mint, corriander, peppercorns, green chutney & lime juice. These treats were rare and cherished! #Samosa
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Starting a 'Historical places to visit in India' thread! 😊❤️
Buland Darwaza (Door of victory) at Fatehpur Sikri, UP, India. Built by Emperor Akbar in 1601 to commemorate his victory over Gujarat #india #historicalplaces #BulandDarwaza #sightseeing #Akbar Image
Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1632. ❤️😊 It took around 22 years to build this magnificent structure. Made of white marble. #TajMahal #Agra #India #ShahJahan #MumtazMahal #historicalplaces Image
Agra Fort, Agra, India 😍 Built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Fun fact- it is built entirely of red sandstone.😊 #Agra #AgraFort #India #UNESCO #historicalplaces Image
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The "Integrated country strategy" with #SriLanka will likely be our template for #BharatVarsh as a union of #Indic civilization.
Interesting to note that instead of imposing ourselves we've let the #SriLanka govt outline the details of the integration process on their terms.
A detailed description of what they're looking at below . In essence seems to be much like a federation of union of states .Better for the people of both nations .
Russia went straight to Dand .
We try to stay between Saam & Daam use Bhedh if necessary as a measure of Dand .
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#Thread🚨| Hundreds of students from #AliahUniversity in #WestBengal have taken to the streets to protest against alleged misconduct of police in the death of 27- year- old Anis Khan. Ground report by @adrijabose
#AnisKhan, a 27-year-old former Aliah University student, was found dead outside his home in Howrah’s Amta neighbourhood on Friday night. His parents have alleged that he was thrown off the roof of the building by four men dressed as police officers. @adrijabose reports.
#AnisKhan’s father claimed that four people barged into his Amta home on Friday night, including three civic volunteers. One of the four was dressed in full police gear. @adrijabose reports from #Kolkata. Image
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Geetoshree #SandhyaMukhopadhyay (সন্ধ্যা মুখোপাধ্যায়)) passed away at the age of 90 on 15 February 2022. She was the doyen of Bengali playback music and a household name in both Bengals.
Sandhya, was she was popularly known, was born in Dhakuria, Calcutta, on 4 October 1931 to Narendranath Mukherjee, a railway official, and Hemprova Devi. She was the youngest of six children.
By her teen years she was already being trained in Hindustani Classical Music under the tutelage of Pandits A. T. Kannan and Chinmoy Lahiri.
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#Kolkata the city of #Cyclotrons - where Indian scientist led by the legendary #MeghnadSaha DARED TO DREAM BIG
A cyclotron is a particle accelerator. It is an electrically powered machine which produces a beam of charged particles that can be used for medical, industrial and research processes.
As the name suggests, a cyclotron accelerates charged particles in a spiral path, which allows for a much longer acceleration path than a straight line accelerator.
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There is no cure for stupidity & nonsense & @Expedia epitomizes it. The crap they have on their site on #BallyBridge connecting #DakshineshwarTemple & #Uttarpara. Again, I have to fix the false narrative. If you are interested read on. Anyone who has traveled to #Kolkata (1/n)
(2/n) and been to Dakshineshwar Temple must've stumbled upon the famous Bally Bridge. Here is a history of the engineering marvel that you may not have known. Believe it or not, #Crowdfunding was not invented at #PaloAlto. Kolkata was separated from Hoogly District by.....
(3/n) Bhagirathi (Ganges) river. It was expensive and cumbersome for people to travel between the 2 sides. #RajaJoykrishna put a proposal with the British government to build a bridge in 1842. After pursuing it over 2 years the government sanctioned the construction under the....
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There are 3 #Hindu cohorts in the #HijabControversy. Hindu 1: In support of Hijab : Hindu 2: Against the idea of face cover: Hindu 3: The sitting on fence quiet Hindu apparently politically neutral with several Muslim friends and @Twitter followers. The 3rd kind is dangerous!
Most of my youth was spent in Park Circus, hard core Muslim dominated neighborhood in #Kolkata. 30% of my class mates were from the neighborhood & some were my best buddies. Most folks who comment on Muslims have never really mingled with the community at the depth. Let's (1/2)
(2/n) clear the air. There are 2 types of Muslims. The bloodline of the invaders & converts. There are sub divisions. Those that speak Hindu, those that speak Urdu and those that speak Bengali. They all hate each other to the core as much as they hate other clans within their....
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Brij Mohan Nath Mishra was born on 4 February 1937 in Lucknow into an illustrious family of musicians. Popularly known as #BirjuMaharaj he would go on to become one of the most recognized personalities of Indian classical dance and make his own way as a artiste.
His father was the famed Pt. Jagannath Mishra (d.1947) , popularly known as Achchan Maharaj was the eldest among the three sons of Pt. Kalika Prasad. He was an expert of both Nritta and Bhava. He would serve as court musician of the Raja of Raigdh.
Achchan Maharaj was a disciple of both his father Kalika Prasad (d.1910) as well as his uncle very famous uncle Bindadin Maharaj (1830-1913). Originally from Lucknow, the duo were pioneers of contemporary kathak as court musicians of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh.
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#Kolkata's trams are famous. The electric #trams were first introduced in 1902 and at their peak covered 40 lines carried commuters over a 70 km network. Today only 28 km of the network remains. Once upon a time other cities in India also had electric/mechanical trams.
#Karachi Tramway first opened for traffic in 1885 as a steam tramway. By 1909 the East India Tramwag Co, had an all petrol/diesel fleet of trams. In 1949 the whole tramway system was sold to the Mohamedali Tramways Company (MTC). All 4 lines closed in 1975.
#Bombay Tramway Company Limited was established in 1873. Electrified service began in 1907 and double-deck tram service in 1920. At its peak in 1935, 433 trams ran on 47 km of track. The service closed in 1964.
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