QKolkata: Four States Get Together for One Heart Transplant & More

1. 5 States, 3 Hospitals, 3 Teams of Docs Give Dilchand a New Dil

A race against time involving multiple agencies from five states ended on Monday, 21 May, with Jharkhand native Dilchand Singh getting a new heart in Kolkata, thanks to a Bengaluru family’s decision to donate the organ that belonged to their son, a 21-year-old accident victim. A team of doctors from Chennai and the nodal transplant organisation in Delhi completed the five-state operation, lending their support to help conduct Kolkata’s — and eastern India’s — first heart transplant.

The multi-state effort started with a tragedy, which occurred in Bengaluru on Saturday afternoon. The 21-year-old road accident victim was admitted to Sparsh Superspeciality Hospital there but his condition deteriorated and doctors declared him brain-dead the same day.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: First human-to-human heart transplant in eastern India

2. Visva-Bharati Gets Ready to Welcome Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

The lives and works of Rabindranath Tagore, Kaji Nazrul Islam and Netaji, revered equally on both sides of the border, will be the cornerstone of Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina’s 25-26 May visit to Bengal.

Hasina’s packed two-day itinerary includes visits to Visva-Bharati University, Rabindra Bharati University’s Jorasanko Thakurbari campus, Kazi Nazrul University and Netaji Bhavan. She is expected to reach Kolkata on Friday, 25 May, and return on Saturday evening, say sources.

The Bangladeshi PM’s first stop after arriving in Kolkata will be Bolpur, where she — along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Mamata Banerjee — will attend the varsity’s convocation ceremony and then inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan.

(Source: The Times of India)

3.14-Yr-Old Raped, Forced to Abort

A 14-year-old girl was raped and forced to terminate the pregnancy as a condition for marriage before the accused fled, the girl's parents have alleged in their complaint with Bishnupur police station.

In their complaint on Sunday, 20 May, the girl's parents alleged Mahizul Mullick had raped their daughter four months ago.

"She did not disclose the matter to her family because he had threatened her. The parents got to know of it on Friday when the girl's pregnancy came to light," an officer of Bishnupur police station said. "When her family contacted Mullick, he promised to marry her on the condition she terminate the pregnancy."

The parents agreed and got the pregnancy terminated. But Mullick was nowhere to be found since Saturday morning and his phone was switched off.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. JU Goes for Common Tech Course

Jadavpur University on Monday, 21 May, decided to launch a common engineering curriculum from the 2018-19 session to enable it to get recognition from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

Without the accreditation, the university will not be eligible for central funds.

The introduction of the curriculum – prepared by the All India Council for Technical Education – is one of the conditions the university has to comply with before appealing for funds.

The decision to approve the curriculum came after a debate among teachers on whether it would dilute the standard of engineering education at the university.

Metro on 12 May had reported about a rift among teachers over a common curriculum. Teachers against the move had argued it would deny the students an opportunity to start specialising in their fields from the first year.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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5. Clean Air Plan Silent on City

Environment experts in the city have criticised the draft "national clean air plan" (NCAP), recently introduced by the Environment Ministry to combat air pollution, as being "too Delhi-centric.”

The draft was on the Union ministry's site till 17 May and comments were invited from the general public.

The rate of increase in the level of PM2.5, the most toxic air pollutant, has been the highest in Calcutta among all metros, according to WHO.

While Delhi and its surroundings have about 30 automatic air pollution monitoring stations, Calcutta has only two," said Naba Dutta of Sabuj Mancha. "The plan observed two to three stations would be adequate for cities in the Gangetic plains."

But SM Ghosh of Kolkata Clean Air said Calcutta metropolitan area alone needs at least 40 monitoring devices.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Kolkata Air Is Worse Than Delhi’s & Here’s Why Mamata Must Act Now

6. Husband in Civic Cop Murder Net

Police on Monday, 21 May, arrested Supratim Das, his mother, and a Salt Lake civic worker in connection with his wife, civic volunteer Shampa Das' murder.

Supratim's mother Mira Devi had found him tied to a chair and bleeding from the hands and shoulder and her daughter-in-law lying in a pool of blood on the steps of their house in Kaikhali on Friday night.

Police had then said she was possibly strangled before being hit in the face with a heavy object.

The other person arrested, Rashid Ali Mollah, works in the Salt Lake civic body's conservancy department and doubles up as a masseur, the police said.

Supratim had been in talks with Mollah for the past six months to find men who could be hired to kill his wife, the police claimed on Monday.

A few weeks ago, Mollah, originally from Minakhan in the North 24-Parganas, introduced two men from there to Supratim.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Showers, Squalls Spare City Summertime Sickness Blues

It’s been a relatively cool and healthy summer in Kolkata so far. The scorching heat has been conspicuously absent, and the immediate effect — apart from comfort — has been in the sharp decline of summertime illnesses, say city doctors.

So far, the number of people suffering from heat fever, heatstroke, diarrhoea and heat exhaustion, the most common summertime ailments, has been markedly less than the last few years, doctors have pointed out. A reason could be the frequent occurrence of thundershowers, which kept the mercury in check, they felt. The highest temperature recorded this season has been 37.8 °C so far, the lowest temperature till 20 May since 2015. Since April, the city has been lashed by six squalls and around a dozen thundershowers.

(Source: The Times of India)

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