‘Did my ma’am teach me wrong?’ Misspelled brand names leave children confused

To sound unique, companies tweak spellings of words An increased use of misspelled words by companies in advertisements has left questions in children’s minds. Aarin, a seven-year-old boy who was watching television with his father, saw an advertisement and promptly asked his father: “Why are there two Ws in the spelling of grow? Did our […]

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Bengal nurses oppose contractual posts

Prefer permanent jobs to higher pay for 2 months Kolkata: Registered nurses and para-medical staff of West Bengal who are waiting for permanent government jobs are unhappy with the state government’s decision to hire them on a contract basis for two months.  Manisha Samanta, a staff nurse at R.N. Tagore Hospital, a private hospital in […]

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Bengal evacuees worry Covid will spread in cyclone shelters

They have been provided masks and sanitizer Kolkata: The fear of being exposed to coronavirus is troubling people who are being evacuated from West Bengal’s low-lying areas to safe camps ahead of the cyclonic storm Yaas.  Chakradhar Sahoo, who lives in a mud house at Dihibirkul village of East Midnapore district, shifted to a camp […]

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Bengal nurses use cannulas to divide oxygen between patients

Method comes handy during shortage of O2 Nurses at the Bolpur super specialty hospital in West Bengal have found a unique way to provide oxygen support for two critical Covid-19 patients from a single oxygen cylinder and regulator. Madhurima Saha, a staff nurse of the hospital, informed The Observer: “Somewhere I heard that it was […]

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GoAir’s change of name leaves aviation watchers baffled

‘Earlier name was good; this is not the right time’ GoAir, an Indian airline run by the Wadia Group, has changed its brand name to Go First in a move that has puzzled aviation industry watchers. Kaushik Khona, CEO of GoAir, informed The Observer: “We will come up with a press release with detailed information by […]

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Untrained medicos afraid of Covid duty

Want supervision when they work in the wards Kolkata: Final-year medical and nursing students are not confident about serving in Covid-19 wards as they lack hands-on experience. They want supervision during duty hours and workshops to be held before they can work in the wards. A final-year MBBS student of the Calcutta Medical College (CMC) informed […]

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With local trains stopped, Kolkata’s buses are packed

Bankura: The West Bengal government’s decision to restrict the movement of local trains has caused overcrowding on buses in Kolkata.  The buses are supposed to run with 50 per cent capacity.  Sanatan Panda, a bus conductor, said: “It is very risky for us, but we can do nothing. There was a heavy rush during office […]

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Need info about oxygen and beds? volunteers have it all

They even supply food to patients in home isolation Bankura:  A desire to help people amid the pandemic has helped a team of four to grow to a squad of more than 400. Subhankar Deb, a resident of Hindustan Motors in Hooghly district, his wife and two of his sisters thought of helping Covid-19 patients by […]

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