After travelling to Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, the festival came to its final pit stop city for 2014 at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on 29 November.The second day of the festival brought along some thunderous performances. From the band, Dinosaur Pile Up (UK) rocking the audience to Alo Wala (Denmark) who delivered an explosive dance floor experience. One of India’s biggest musical bands Indian Ocean played from their latest album Tandanu musicians like Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, and Vishal Dadlani. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Composer Amit Trivedi took on the stage which left the audiences asking for more. The Vaccines took the whole festival to a musically high note.Alongside an amazing music experience, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year also makes for an incredible audio visual spectacle! The first day of the festival witnessed Songhoy Blues, all the way from Mali, Africa, charming the audiences with their refreshing brand of blues rock and The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe funnymen from AIB had people in splits with their signature brand of edgy humor. A major international act including American heavy metal superstars Fear Factory to the soulful and mellifluous voice of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was also marked.At this year’s edition, festival goers get delectable food options to dive into with specially curated food stalls, and even an exclusively created Bacardi NH7 Weekender ice-cream flavour by Hokey Pokey! This year, over 100 artistes played at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions – Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi.
Kolkata: Senior officials of School Education department of North 24-Parganas have taken a pledge to make all the schools under its jurisdiction tobacco-free. To achieve this goal, teachers at various state government-aided schools would be sensitised about the ill-effects of tobacco and would be made aware about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA)-2003 and its implementation at the school level. The teachers would also be trained on how to promote tobacco-free educational institutes for preventing initiation of tobacco consumption among students and also to motivate the school staff, parents to say no to Tobacco. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe District Inspector of Schools in North 24-Parganas with the help of a private hospital organised a workshop for teachers at Prafullanagar Vidya Mandir in Habra in the same district to make the schools tobacco-free. The teachers were trained on how to carry out awareness campaigns among students so that they do not pick up the habit of smoking or do not consume any tobacco products. Workshops would be carried out in various other schools by the School Education department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere were more than 200 participants including headmasters/headmistresses and teachers from all secondary schools across two blocks namely Habra-I and Habra-II and two municipalities including Habra and Ashok Nagar-Kalyangarh of North 24 Parganas district. It is to be mentioned that in West Bengal, around 2.3 crore of adults either smoke or use smokeless tobacco; 1.5 lakh people die every year due to tobacco related diseases in West Bengal and 438 children start consuming tobacco daily in the state. The participants were told about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). This Act prohibits smoking in public places, direct/indirect advertising and promotion, sale to/by minors, sale within 100 yards of schools and sale of tobacco-products without statutory warnings. All the participants took part in group exercises to generate ideas and strategies for promoting tobacco-free schools.