Kolkata: With the Eastern Railway launching a ‘Shramadaan’ programme at Howrah Station on Wednesday, no single-use plastic material will be allowed in the station premises from October 2, 2019.”Eastern Railway launched a ‘Shramadaan’ programme at Howrah Station on Wednesday on the occasion of ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ for creating awareness on cleanliness with special emphasis on plastic-free stations and railway premises,” read a press release issued by the Eastern Railway. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja’Shramadaan’ refers to a voluntary contribution involving physical effort. This apart, it is also a way to help and change the environment for betterment. Skit (Nukkad Natak) based on plastic pollution was also held at Howrah Station. General Manager of Eastern Railway P C Sharma, Additional General Manager of Eatern Railway S S Gehlot and the Principal Officers of Eastern Railway also participated in a the programme. Meanwhile, Additional General Manager of Kolkata Metro Railway SPS Chauhan, Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer of Kolkata Metro Railway Satyaki Nath and other officers also offered ‘Shramadaan’ at Esplanade Metro Station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayChauhan and Nath along with other staff members took part in collecting plastic wastes from the station premises and disposed them of in dustbins kept at the station. An awareness programme was also organised to ban ‘single-use plastic’. They also drew the attention of the passengers to use the plastic bottle crusher placed at the Esplanade Station and demonstrated how to use them as well. Chauhan also counseled the food-stall staff at the station and made them aware about the demerits of single-use plastic. Colourful banners and posters were displayed at the station premises to create awareness about the adverse effects of plastic on the environment.
The Legend of Zorrodir Martin Campbellout nowIn 1998, The Mask of Zorro, alsodirected by Martin Cambell,was released to general acclaim.A rousing, swashbuckling adventurewith a healthy dose of humour,it made a sequel entirely predictable.Sadly, predictable is certainlythe watchword for this latest offeringfrom the conveyor-belt that isHollywood. The film, essentially aninferior photocopy of the original,is not terrible, but it is terribly mediocre.The sultry spark of the first filmhas vanished, replaced by lazy actingand an even lazier script. Thestory, little more than a series of frequentlyillogical plot devices, opensin 1850 as California votes on joiningthe Union. Zorro is enduringsomewhat less than marital bliss,with his devotion to work resultingin estrangement from his beautifulwife. This potentially emotional storylineis instead played for laughs,as Zorro strives to win Elena backfrom a villain so bland I’ve alreadyforgotten his name. Naturally, healso has to save America.The Legend of Zorro is sporadicallyfunny, but the broad slapstickmerely contributes to its uneventone, as it tries (and fails) to find abalance between grit and sanitisedfamily fare. The introduction of aZorro Junior to the forefront of theaction was always going to be intenselyirritating. One also wonderswhy the skilful swordsman Zorronever actually kills anyone with hissword.Nevertheless, the blockbusterdoes have its moments, and it occasionallyfeels like a better story islurking just out of reach. A mealtimescene proves surprisingly macabreand the rousing fighting ofthe climax is undeniably exciting.On a different front, real emotionis felt when Zorro’s identity is revealed,yet the chief effect of this isto highlight the sterility of the restof the affair.It is a depressing thought that sausagefactory of Hollywood cannotmuster the courage to experimentwith fresh material. Recycling is agood thing when it comes to litter,but not when cinema is concerned.The word ‘sequel’ may arouse producersin Bel-Air, but for me it hasall the excitement of toast.There are exceptions, of course,that prove this rule. This film,as you may have guessed, is notone of them. No amount of scenery,swords, special effects or even(gasp) Antonio Banderas can hidethe unerring feeling that The Legendof Zorro has nothing new tosay. Far from being a legend, thisfilm proved difficult to rememberlong enough to write a review.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005