Kolkata: HIDCO has come up with a new glass portico to commemorate one year of Biswa Bangla Convention Centre (BBCC).It has also decided to usher in rationalization of prices in some halls in the BBCC while keeping rents of some other halls unchanged. However, the pre- function area that is the outward space adjacent to each halls that was charged earlier will now be given complimentary to the users. The operating cost as well as the management cost was reviewed by the board. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to the review carried out by the HIDCO board where the operating cost and management cost has been reviewed it has been found that the seven halls in BBCC along with the pre-function areas have been used 693 times since inception to April 2019. The most popular use was the 400 seater hall, three banquet zone (119 times) followed by the two 400 seater mini auditoriums (93 times, counting both, that is 51 for Hall 6 and 42 for Hall 7). Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBBCC has emerged as an important destination in making Kolkata a preferred M.I.C.E destination. It is getting booking enquiries till 2022. The iconic structure of BBCC, which is a little more than a year old was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in October 2017. The shape is like a gem, a diamond, by using 20m projection for the upper gallery. The visual impact is unique and stunning, as if someone is holding aloft a gem in the sky with an outstretched hand. It has been conceived in such a way so that its towering height is visible from a long distance. BBCC has an art gallery at level 0 and exhibition spaces in level 0 and 1 and 4 where the main auditorium is located. The entrance at level two welcomes with a black-on-black granite pattern into a scenario of tungsten bulbed ceiling (modernity) and Bangla handicrafts (culture) on the walls and all around. A conch shell installation welcomes the visitor to the grand descending staircase.
Florence Hartmann was convicted by a specially appointed chamber of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of contempt for disclosing confidential information in knowing violation of a court order.Ms. Hartmann is required to pay her fine in two instalments of €3,500, with the instalments due by mid-October and mid-November respectively.The ICTY found that Ms. Hartmann had twice disclosed the contents, purported effect and confidential nature of two decisions by the tribunal’s appeals chamber – once in her book, Peace and Punishment, published in September 2007, and once in an article entitled Vital Genocide Documents Concealed, published by the Bosnian Institute in January 2008.Announcing its decisiontoday, the tribunal dismissed the argument by Ms. Hartmann that the same information was already in the public domain and added that “a decision remains confidential until a chamber explicitly decides otherwise.”The judges said that the behaviour of Ms. Hartmann could deter countries from cooperating with the ICTY regarding the provision of evidence.“This… impacts upon the tribunal’s ability to exercise its jurisdiction to prosecute and punish serious violations of humanitarian law as prescribed by its mandate,” said Judge Bakone Justice Moloto, who presided in the case. “Public confidence in the effectiveness of protective measures, orders and decisions is vital to the success of the work of the tribunal.” 14 September 2009A former prosecution spokesperson at the United Nations tribunal set up to tackle the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s faces a fine of €7,000 after being found guilty today of contempt of court by the same tribunal for disclosing confidential information about the case of Slobodan Milosević.