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Shops gutted at iconic New Market in Kolkata
A fire broke out on Monday afternoon in parts of the busy New Market area in the city. Around 20 fire engines doused the blaze, an official said here.
 
According to witnesses, thick smoke engulfed the entire area.
 
"The fire was of a massive scale and it engulfed a large portion of the marketplace," a shopkeeper said.
 
"As soon as we got to know of the fire in the afternoon, we pressed into action. The fire has been brought under control... No casualties or injuries have been reported so far," a fire department official said.
 
He said 20 fire engines were used to douse the flames at the historic market in the city.
 
The fish and potato markets were the worst hit in the fire. The state's disaster management cell was assisting in controlling the fire, according to officials.
 
"We had all the required equipment to control the fire. However, we need to see if internal systems (fire control equipments) were also there at the incident area. If needed, we'll probe into this matter," the fire official said.
 
Last month, a fire broke out in a shopping complex near New Market. 

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Row over nurse Aruna Shanbaug's funeral
 A controversy has erupted over performing the last rites of nurse Aruna Shanbaug, the world's oldest comatose patient who died on Monday after lying in coma for around 42 years, with two of her relatives staking claim to do so.
 
Shanbaug had been in a vegetative state ever since she was raped by a contract sweeper in the KEM hospital on the night of November 27, 1973.
 
The last rites shall be performed around 4 p.m. on Monday.
 
A controversy erupted over the funeral, with two relatives of Shanbaug staking claim to perform the last rites.
 
They claimed before mediapersons that all attempts to meet Shanbaug were stone-walled by the hospital authorities.
 
However, nurses at the KEM Hospital demanded that since they had tended to Shanbaug for over four decades, they should be allowed to perform the last rites.
 
The hospital, civic and police authorities have reportedly evolved a compromise formula by which the nurses and the two relatives shall jointly perform the funeral.
 
Presently, the hospital has kept her body for public viewing as thousands of people, including nurses, commoners, politicians and others paid homage to Shanbaug.
 
She was aged in her early 60s, deserted by most of her relatives during her lifetime but was looked after with dedication by nurses of Asia's largest public healthcare facility, the BMC-run KEM Hospital where she lay in Ward No. 4A.

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Panagariya launches new website of NITI Aayog
Vice chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya on Monday launched the new website of the aayog here, almost five months after archiving the website of the erstwhile Planning Commission, a statement said.
 
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog had replaced the Planning Commission on January 1, 2015.
 
The beta version of the website, which can be accessed on url http://www.niti.gov.in, provides details of the constitution, functions and current activities of the aayog.
 
"The website has a unique feature of NITI Blogs, which will incorporate articles, field reports, work in progress and opinions by NITI officials," it said.
 
The launch was attended by Chief Executive of NITI Aayog Sindhushree Khullar and members Bibek Debroy and V.K. Saraswat, the statement added.
 
NITI Aayog has been designated to serve as a policy think-tank for the central as well as state governments, and has the prime minister as its chairperson.

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