QKolkata: Cab Drivers Call For Two-Day Strike & More

1. Uber Cab Drivers Call Two-Day Strike

Uber drivers on Tuesday, 30 October, staged a protest outside the cab aggregator’s office at Ballygunge Phari, and reportedly offloaded around a dozen passengers to protest against the app cab officials’ alleged excess. The cab owners and drivers threatened to go off the roads on 5 and 6 November if their demands were not met.

Since last week, the protesters have claimed that some of them had been finding their apps blocked without any notice. Uber, however, has denied the charge. Uber cab owners and drivers also claimed they hardly got proper commission. Sometimes, a driver claimed, after 10 hours, the app showed he had completed two trips only.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. Majerhat Bidders Put Off By Deadline

Multiple engineering and other challenges stand in the way of executing the plan to replace the collapsed Majerhat bridge with a new one, the long list including red tape in getting statutory clearances and technical hurdles such as a lack of space to set up construction backrooms and align the approach roads with a higher elevation than before.

Several infrastructure companies that were expected to show interest in the project have either abstained from bidding or withdrawn in the face of these challenges. Most of them have said that the nine-month timeframe set by the government is unfeasible with so many pitfalls to avoid.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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3. Developers Of Salt Lake Civic Project Get Extortion Threats

A South 24 Parganas resident with criminal antecedents was arrested on Tuesday, 30 October, for demanding money from the developers of a Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation project and threatening the construction workers. Two others accused in the case are at large.

Bidhannagar mayor Sabyasachi Dutta confirmed that the developers had lodged a police complaint. “We will not tolerate any such action. The project is a prestigious one and we hope to finish it soon,” he said.

In the eye of the storm is Rabindra Bhavan, the construction of which has been going on at FE Block in Salt Lake. Mooted almost a decade ago, the construction work for the project finally took off in September this year. The sprawling structure, planned to have an auditorium to stage theatres and musical repertories and also house exhibition halls, is being built on a 36-cottah area. A private construction firm was given the contract and the piling work started in mid-September

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. La Martiniere Next Secretary To Be Announced

The Church of North India (CNI) has zeroed in on the next secretary at La Martiniere schools. The church authorities have decided to keep the name under wraps till 3 November, when the announcement will be made at the meeting of the board of governors. The current secretary, Supriyo Dhar, has stepped down from his post and his resignation will be formally accepted that day.

The secretary’s is a full-time post and is considered to be crucial to the functioning of the two heritage institutes. Earlier, the position was held by educationists belonging to the Anglo-Indian community, such as Percy Jones, JVR Alfred (former director of the Geological Survey of India) and Neil O Brien.

(Source: The Times Of india)

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5. 22 Diagnosed With Dengue At Rajarhat NCB Complex

At least 22 officials and their family members at the Narcotics Control Bureau’s office-cum-residential complex at Kochpukur, Rajarhat, have been detected with dengue in past one month. While no fatality has so far been reported from the housing complex, a 12-year old girl, living 50 metres from the area, reportedly died of dengue a few weeks back.

The nodal anti-narcotic agency office has written to the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), seeking their intervention to contain the disease. The NKDA on Tuesday, said regular spraying of insecticide and fumigation was being carried out in the area to stop the spread of the disease. While the NCB zonal director Dilip Srivastava is yet to recover from dengue, a fresh case was reported on Tuesday, 30 October, and the patient was admitted to a nursing home near Chinar Park.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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6. Cafe Robbers Identified From CCTV Footage

A day after four men walked into a Cafe Coffee Day outlet at AD Block in Salt Lake on Monday, 29 October, morning, pointed a gun at the sole employee present and decamped with Rs 15,000 kept in the till, the police on Tuesday, 30 October, identified the four faces from the images of the CCTV camera installed next door. The images have also matched with the description of the persons given by the coffee shop employee in his police complaint.

Two persons were detained in the evening for questioning, but the police declined to divulge any details.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Former Kamtapur Rebels Now Home Guards

The state government has decided to recruit 21 more former militants of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) as home guards.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hand over the appointment letters at a programme to be held at Tiabon in Matialli block of Jalpaiguri on Wednesday, 31 October.

This is the second time in past four months that the state will recruit such former militants. In July, Mamata had handed over similar letters to 36 former KLO militants of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts. They have undergone training and will be shortly posted in different locations.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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