QKolkata: In a Change of Script, Monsoon Hits Kolkata First & More

1. Monsoon Changes Script, Hits Kolkata First

The city received 7.2mm rain on Monday, 11 June, the first day of monsoon this year. On Monday, clouds started gathering in the afternoon and rain came pouring down with thunderclaps in quick succession.

“Monsoon has arrived in Kolkata and some parts of North and South 24 Parganas,” the India Meteorological Department announced around 3.45 pm on Monday after the weather scientists ascertained that all criteria were in place.

(Source: The Times of India)

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2. Babus Forget to Close Lock Gate, Leave Pockets Flooded

Senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation drainage department have been asked to keep a constant vigil on city's prime waterlogging pockets, after last two heavy showers caught a section of civic officials napping and paved the way for large-scale inundation of some areas in Kolkata.

An internal investigation by the civic top brass has revealed that last Friday large areas of north Kolkata – Manicktala, MG Road, Muktaram Babu Street, Thanthania and Chittaranjan Avenue – went under water due to lack of timely action by some officials of the KMC drainage department at the borough level. Similarly, areas like Ekbalpore, Mominpur, Kidderpore, Alipore and Chetla in the south were waterlogged as the civic officials did not have the prior information about the rain.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Girl Kills Self After Video Chat, Boyfriend Blamed

A Class 12 girl of a Sonarpur school committed suicide, apparently after a video chat on Facebook with her boyfriend. Mousumi Mistry was found hanging in a room at her house in Sonarpur on Sunday morning, 10 June.

Her father, Dipak Mistry, blamed the boyfriend for the death. He said her mobile was in the room she was found in. “Going through it, I am certain my daughter was having a long chat via social media with a youth from Sonarpur,” he said. “We had earlier come to know that she had become close to this youth. I am certain she was chatting with the youth and I am also sure that he is responsible for her death.”

(Source: The Times of India)

4. French Lady Molested On Train to Calcutta

A 29-year-old French woman was allegedly molested on a Calcutta-bound train by a co-passenger whom she had approached for a seat, police said.

The woman was travelling with a male friend, also French, on the Jamalpur Express when the alleged incident occurred late on Sunday night, 10 June, near Pakur station in neighbouring Jharkhand.

The French nationals headed to Calcutta did not have reserved seats and were standing near the door of the coach. Railway police sources said the co-passenger, Arshad Hossain, 35, came to the door with his luggage when the train was about to reach Pakur where he was to get off.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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5. Tribunal Relief for MD Aspirants

The state administrative tribunal (SAT) on Monday, 11 June, set aside a Bengal government notification declaring that only 180 of the 364 service doctors who had qualified for an MD course last year would get a state sponsorship.

The verdict followed a petition by 105 of the service doctors – the ones employed by the West Bengal Health Service –≠≠≠≠ who were denied the sponsorship.

The tribunal directed the state to allow all 105 petitioner doctors to appear for counselling for admission within 15 days. The state government had cut down on the sponsorship following an assessment that many of the doctors leave government service after completing their postgraduation.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Woman With Baby Falls in Station Gap

A woman with a baby in her arms slipped through the gap between a train and platform at Howrah station while trying to board the train on Monday morning, 11 June.

A station official who saw her fall alerted the guard to stop the train just in time. The woman and her baby were pulled out by railway staff.

The New Delhi-bound Poorva Express had just started rolling out of platform 9 of Howrah station at 8.05 am when the woman came running towards the general compartment behind the engine.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Revised Taxi Fares Only on Paper

Taxi drivers continued to follow the old fares and charge a premium over that even after the introduction of revised fares on Monday, 11 June.

Most drivers of yellow cabs said they were yet to get the new chart and in the dark about when they were to start charging the new fares. Many charged a fixed rate, while a few were demanding Rs 30 or Rs 40 more than the actual fare.

Of the 10 drivers Metro spoke to during the day, only one said he had got the new chart.

"Rs 250 for Kasba," a driver demanded on Monday evening. The fare under the old rate - he was yet to charge the new fares - was about Rs 115.

Post-revision, the lowest fare, for the first two kilometres, is Rs 30. Thereafter, the fare increases by Rs 3 for every additional 200 metres.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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