Top seven Durgapur news that hit national headlines in 2016

Top seven Durgapur news that hit national headlines in 2016

Durgapur News Desk, 31 December 2016: As the year 2016 is approaching its end and a new year is on the anvil, let’s look back and remember some of the highs and lows of the year for the people of Durgapur. Here is a brief account of some of the incidents that brought new hopes and some of the news that came as a shock for the residents of the industrial town of Durgapur. Most of these Durgapur related news hit national and international headlines as well.

Durgapur youth develops human driven four-wheeler cycle

In January 2016, Pradeep Jha, a young aeronautical engineer from Durgapur developed a self-driven four-wheeler cycle, ‘DUTO’, that can be India’s answer to the race for green vehicle. Jha gave up his lucrative jobs in France and Japan to develop this green vehicle in which two bicycles are being paired mechanically with the help of well-developed flexible lever joints fitted parallel in such way that it can be operated by one steering and is powered by a pair of pedal gears. It’s absolutely human driven. It can carry 200 kg of weight at an average speed of 20 kmph.

To read this news in details, once again, just click HERE.

Paresh Nath’s body could lie in Everest for another year

Paresh Chandra Nath – the physically challenged mountaineer from Durgapur with an amputated left wrist went missing in May while attempting to climb the final few metres to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. His body was finally spotted above 8000 metre on 27 May 2016, but as the climbing season drew end, his body couldn’t be brought back. His body is lying in the Himalayas covered in a sleeping bag inside a tent. Parsh Chandra Nath, who was a tailor by profession, is survived by his wife and a son reading in class V.

To read this news in details, once again, just click HERE.

Durgapur student killed two before suicide in Los Angeles US

In June 2016, Mainak Sarkar, 38, who grew up in the industrial town of Durgapur and passed ICSE from the coveted St. Michael’s School of Durgapur in 1994 turned into a global villain when he killed his estranged wife, Ashley Hasti and then his former PhD adviser, William Klug, before killing himself in Los Angeles.

To read this news in details once again, just click HERE.

Air India suspend flight on Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi route

In June 2016, just within six months of its beginning, flight on the Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi sector has been withdrawn by the national carrier Air India, due to low occupancy rate, putting the fate of country’s first Aerotropolis at Andal in Durgapur into an uncertain future. Despite assurance to provide viability gap funding (VGF) to the airline, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL) failed to maintain its promise, disclosed Air India source. Closure of a number of industries in the Asansol-Durgapur industrial belt and in the absence of any new industry in the last five years, the airport is still lying closed.

To read this news once again in details, just click HERE.

Bengal government plans phased closure of Durgapur Chemicals

In August 2016, the Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government decided to put up Durgapur-based Durgapur Chemicals Limited (DCL) for disinvestment in a phased manner. The government, however, said that it would absorb the DCL employees elsewhere. The decision has sharply been criticized by the labour unions and protest demonstration shook the industrial town of Durgapur.

To read this news in details once again, just click HERE.

PMO nods stake sale in Durgapur’s Alloy Steels Plant

In September 2016, Narendra Modi led BJP government gave ‘in-principle’ approval for the strategic disinvestment of the three SAIL units, including the Alloy Steels Plant (ASP) of Durgapur which in recent years has emerged as a key producer of special steels for the country’s strategic sectors like Defence & Railways among others. Protest and demonstrations opposing such a virulent step by the union government shook the industrial town. All the frontal labour unions organized mass protests and representatives met the union steel minister Chaudhury Birendra Singh in December to discuss the entire issue.

To read this news, in details once again, just click HERE.

Durgapur nurse donates organ before declared brain dead

Just a few days ago, 22 year old Surabhi Barat, a nursing staff of the I Q City Medical College and Hospital, who died at Kolkata’s Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals donated her five organs and saved five precious lives. Surabhi, a resident of Asansol was diagonised with Brain Tumor when she was in class six and underwent several brain surgeries in Chennai’s Apollo hospital. In spite of such an acute constraint, she never gave up studies and completed her graduation in commerce from B C College of Asansol. Later on she did nursing training from Ramkrishna Mission of Purulia and joined the I Q City Medical College and Hospital of Durgapur as a nurse, just six months ago.

To read more about this brave girl, who continues to live even after death, just click HERE.

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