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Mundane life of Kolkata comes to a halt owing to all India strike

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By Sreyashi Mazumdar and Arnab Mitra

The all India strike has taken a toll on the city of Joy, Kolkata. Railway disruptions, empty roads and closed shops have juddered the day to day activities of the city.

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Railways got disrupted in Shealdah and Howrah division. 

“The workers are suffering owing to the anarchic policies of both Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee. The state government is trying to malign our movement and charging at us with the help of hooligans and police,” Prabir Chowdhury, a CITU central working committee member told NewsGram.

“The strike till now has been successful and people are supporting us,” he added.

 The state government recently in a regulation said that it will be penalizing the bus drivers and conductors for any form of misnomer (bus accidents) and will be sent behind the bars for a minimum period of three to seven years.

“The drivers protesting the state government are demanding  the occlusion of certain policies which have turned out to be an impediment for their appointments”, said former MP Anadi Kumar Sahoo

Owing to the furor over the Uber cab discrepancies, the state government has now demanded that the drivers should have studied till class eight at least and should have a good command over English; therefore, a lot of the drivers are failing to get themselves a proper job.

Prominent CPI(M) leader Biman Bose said, ” From Behrampore to Sonarpur TMC in collaboration with the state government has been trying to unleash havoc. Besides that, our zonal committee secretary of Behrampore Ganesh Sarkar and former MP Mainul Hasan were attacked by the TMC goons.”

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Further, there was a tussle between the police and protesters at the SUCI rally at Hazra and Esplanade.

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Foodies Must Try These Dishes from the Streets of Kolkata

Here are 5 must try dishes from the streets of Kolkata

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Here are the dishes from the streets of Kolkata that foodies would not want to miss. Wikimedia Commons

BY PUJA GUPTA

When you think about Bengali food, you will have a veritable carnival of sweet treats and seafood dishes parading through your mind. While roaming the streets of Kolkata, you will drool at all the delicacies; thats the Kolkata street food scene for you. Every true Bengali food lover has their recommendations or will suggest some must-try street food. But there are a few places which foodies agree you have to try!

Chef Ananya Banerjee, the owner of LAB studio, who hails from West Bengal, lists the top five must-try food items from the streets of Kolkata:

(1) Kathi-roll:The Kathi-roll of Bengal is a famous Mughlai influenced dish. The dish comprises of mutton and chicken rolls, spiced with fresh lemon juice, finely chopped green chilies, red onions and salt and is served as a roll in an egg paratha. Simply mouth-watering!

(2) Jhal Muri: This Bengali take on Chaat, distinguishes itself with the use of mustard oil or paste. This pungent treat is a must-have for a tete-a-tete over tea!

(3) Kobiraji Cutlet: “Kobiraji”, is a juicy cutlet, usually made with prawn coated with a lacy fried egg on outside. “When I was young, I remember going down to the Shyam Bazar- crossing for evening walks with my grandfather. After our walk, we would regularly eat prawn- Kobiraji from a food stall called Allen’s Kitchen. This tiny place has been serving the delicacy for more than 80 years,” says Banerjee.

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Jhal Muri is a Bengali chat that is loved by all foodies. Wikimedia Commons

(4) Moghlai Porota: This is surely not for the faint-hearted! It’s a flaky, crispy porota (parantha) stuffed with mutton mince and eggs. Have one and it will keep your tummy full for the rest of the day! The Anadi-Cabin, a restaurant on Dharmatala streets in Kolkata, is one of the pioneers in making “Mughlai-porota”.

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(5) Macher Chop: Among the many influences that the British gave us in their 200-year reign, the “chop” preparation is very popular. You go anywhere in the world, the word “chop” usually means “cut-of-a-meat”. However, in Bengal, it typically means fish, meat or vegetables, crumb-fried. You will typically get a whiff of that appetizing aroma, from the local roadside snack counters every evening around 5 pm.

It’s barely a preface into the sheer delights Bengali cuisine has to offer, but this must-try is enough to get you hooked! (IANS)