Mamata declares rural Bengal open defecation free

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural West Bengal as open defecation free (ODF) and said that her government will now focus on solid waste management. Around 1.35 crore households in rural Bengal have been covered by the ‘Mission Nirmal Bangla’, which aimed at making all villages open defecation free (ODF) by October 2. “I’m happy to share with all of you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Government of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards cleaner and greener environment and safe living,” Banerjee tweeted on Friday night. “Our next focus will be solid waste management,” she added.last_img read more

Thieves make off with popular tourist attraction from Peggys Cove

first_imgPEGGY’S COVE, N.S. — One of the most-photographed Nova Scotians is missing.Shorty, a wide-eyed, five-foot-two wooden fisherman, was stolen from outside a tourist spot in Peggy’s Cove, N.S., earlier this week.Owner Peter Richardson, who announced the loss on Facebook, said Shorty arrived in August and proved to be very popular.Richardson owns several businesses in the tourist area, including Peggy’s Cove Lobsters. He bought Shorty for $1,000 to draw customers to his lobster-roll food truck.He says the folksy statue was photographed thousands of times.“I’d say one in five people stopped to take a picture with Shorty,” said Richardson, who also owns Peggy’s Cove Boat Tours.“If they were a couple, one would put their arm around him to take a photo.”He suspects it was stolen as a prank.“I hope one of the fraternities got him in one of their dorms. I went to university once and we did stuff like that,” he said.“We just hope that he’s having fun, that he’s OK, and that he’s coming back. We miss him dearly.”Richardson has offered a $200 reward.The Canadian Presslast_img read more