QKolkata: 6 Killed as Bus Falls into Hooghly Canal, And More

1. Six Killed, 22 Injured as Kolkata-Bound Bus Plunges Into Canal in Hooghly District

Six people were killed and 22 others were injured after an overcrowded bus plunged into a shallow canal at Haripal in Hooghly district of West Bengal Tuesday, 16 October, morning.

Hooghly district police superintendent Sukesh Kumar Jain said the dead are yet to be identified. “The injured persons have already been rushed to a local hospital. The condition of four inured is quite critical,” said Jain.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Kolkata Metro Records Highest Ever Footfall With Over 9 Lakh Passengers on Shashti

The Kolkata Metro has recorded its highest-ever footfall of more than nine lakh passengers on Shashti, the second day of Durga Puja festival, railways said Tuesday. Around 9.11 lakh passengers used the Kolkata Metro services on Monday, 15 October.

"This is the highest footfall recorded by the Kolkata Metro since its inception. The previous highest passenger count was 8.78 lakh on 25 September this year," a railway spokesperson said.

The Kolkata Metro has run 300 services on Monday to cater the puja rush. It has scheduled 224 services on Saptmi, Ashtmi and Navmi during the puja.

(Source: PTI)

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3. Born During Cyclone, Girl Named ‘Titli’

Gopalpur: Very severe cyclonic storm Titli, which is being referred to as a Category 2 hurricane, made an early morning landfall in Odisha.

Even as a cyclone wreaked havoc on Odisha and West Midnapore, 31-year-old Ishita Das from Toofanganj in Cooch Behar gave birth to a baby girl at a nursing home in Midnapore on 12 October. She was named Titli by her grandfather.

Ishita, a schoolteacher at Midnapore, and her husband, Pradpitamay Saha, a field officer with Indian Oil Corporation, got married in 2011. In Midnapore, they sought medical support to help Ishita conceive.

“Her delivery date was September 30 but it had to be postponed due to her physical complications. It coincided with Titli and we were worried as it had already started raining heavily. But everything passed off smoothly and my fatherin-law has named my daughter after the cyclone,” said Pradiptamay.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. Sudden Death Bares Danger of Illegal Rides

Basheer Sheik, a native of West Bengal was allegedly locked inside a pump house for several hours, before he was electrocuted.

A ride operator at a Puja carnival in Burrabazar was electrocuted to death on Sunday (14 October) evening, highlighting how unsupervised and illmaintained rides can easily turn into death traps, right under the authorities’ noses.

Around 7pm, Taj Khan of Belgachhia was fiddling with the wiring of his carnival ride — at Tara Sundari Park near Ganesh Talkies — which stopped working after developing a snag, when he was electrocuted. He was rushed to a hospital nearby, where he was declared brought dead.

(Source: The Times of India)

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5. 6,764 Durga Puja Pandals Penalised by WBSEDCL for Illegal Power Consumption

At a south Kolkata pandal, people are mesmerised with relics reminding one of the illustrious Bhadralok culture.

The West Bengal State Power Distribution Co Ltd (WBSEDCL) has penalised 6,764 Durga Puja pandals for illegal power consumption.

The WBSEDCL supplies power to the whole state except Kolkata and part of Howrah.

The utility said that during routine checks by regional and divisional offices 6,764 pandals have been penalised for illegal power consumption.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read: ‘Save The Environment’ Is This Pandal’s Message for Durga Puja

6. Cry for Foreign Flights From Bagdogra

People of Siliguri have demanded introduction of flights to foreign countries, especially Nepal and Bangladesh, from Bagdogra airport following the Centre’s plan to launch services to six Asian countries from Guwahati.

Under the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme, the Centre floated tenders for airline companies to run flights from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Yangon (Myanmar), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Kathmandu (Nepal).

(Source: The Telegraph)

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7. Lake Town Protests Traffic Curbs

A tuktuk rushing past traffic as the signal turned green.

Residents of Lake Town and its surrounding localities on Tuesday, 16 October, jointly petitioned police to reopen the link roads and intersections along VIP Road that have been blocked to manage the massive crowds visiting the Sreebhumi Sporting Club Puja.

More that 50 people turned up at Lake Town police station to submit the petition, citing “enormous difficulties” in commuting from that part of the city to anywhere either by private or public transport.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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