QKolkata: GJM To Support TMC In Rural Polls & More

1. GJM To Support Trinamool In Rural Polls

The Binay Tamang-led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) announced at Jalpaiguri’s Bagrakote on Thursday that they would support Trinamool in the Bengal ruling party’s strongholds in the plains in the upcoming panchayat polls and Trinamool will in turn support GJM candidates in pro-party pockets.

This was a major setback for a BJP that was banking on Nepali voters to make a mark in the tea belt of North Bengal. It was its alliance with Bimal Gurung-led GJM that had won BJP the Madarihat seat in the 2016 assembly polls.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. West Bengal Extends Exemption On Air Fuel Tax At Bagdogra

The state government has extended the exemption of surcharge (previously Sales Tax) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) sold at Bagdogra airport after the phenomenal rise in traffic since the incentive was introduced in August 2013. With fuel comprising nearly 40% of an airline’s operational cost, tax saving on fuel is a big incentive for any airline to fly into Bagdogra simply to load enough fuel to do another sector.

That the state government policy has been instrumental in driving the growth is evident from statistics. While flyer count between 2014-15 and 2017-18 has doubled as have the number of flights, fuel off take by airlines had gone up nearly four times.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. IIM-Calcutta Not to Award Degrees This Year

The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), unlike a few other IIMs, will not award MBA degrees to students of its two-year management programme who graduate in 2018. Instead, the institute has adopted a wait-and-watch policy.
The IIM Act 2017 has allowed IIMs, the country’s premier B schools, to confer degrees instead of postgraduate diplomas.

IIM-C authorities said they require time to study the University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations relating to awarding degrees and ensure the institute complies with all norms. So, on Saturday, when IIM-C hosts its 53rd annual convocation, the 460 students will be handed out diplomas, not degrees.

“According to the act, IIMs have been granted the status to award degrees, but only after the programmes meet the UGC guidelines,” said a source. “But this requires ground work and considerable time. Also, we are yet to receive the rules, which will be framed by the HRD ministry.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

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4. Mom’s Preserved Body Spills Out Of Fridge 3 Years After Death

A 46-year-old man carved out his mother’s body after her death, stuffed the parts inside a giant refrigerator and then sealed up the ground-floor room with two air-conditioners, making a tomb for his mom in the heart of a middle-class Behala neighbourhood, where he went on living with the body — and his 89-year-old dad — for almost three years to the day.

A post-midnight police raid on Thursday, after a tip-off from neighbours and a local news channel, brought to light yet another house of horrors existing in Kolkata, three years after cops unearthed one on Robinson Street where Partho De — also in his mid-40s — stayed with the bodies of his sister and two pet dogs for six months before being outed.

Cops arrested Subhabrata Majumdar and questioned his ailing dad, Gopal Chandra Majumdar, but the answers they got were as confounding as the questions. Subhabrata told cops that he believed his mother could be brought back to life; his dad said he “just went along” with his son.

(Source: The Times Of India)

Also Read: 3, Robinson Street: Kolkata’s House of Skeletons and Delusions

5. Summer Alarm For Hooghly Water

The Red Sea is believed to have parted to make way for Moses. Ram's army had to build a bridge over Gulf of Mannar to reach Sri Lanka. But for a walk along the middle of the Hooghly, all one has to do is wait for low tide in the summer months.

Men were seen mining sand from the riverbed almost along the middle of the river's width at Nadial near Metiabruz on Thursday.

In Dakshineswar, people having been walking along a file of sand where the river water recedes at low tide.

The problem is not new but has been gaining gravity every passing year because of indiscriminate withdrawal of water from the river in its upper reaches.

"There is unregulated and indiscriminate withdrawal of water from the Ganga in its upper reaches, mostly for farming. This affects the flow downstream," said Kalyan Rudra, a river expert.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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6. Student Molested In Bhangar

A college student riding a scooter was allegedly waylaid and molested by a youth in Bhangar, South 24-Parganas, on Wednesday afternoon. The youth also allegedly threatened to throw acid at the woman if she lodged a complaint.

The youth fled after the woman screamed for help.

Police said the woman was waylaid near Chanditala, about 30km from the heart of the city, when she was returning home from college. "The woman said in her complaint that the youth had stopped the two-wheeler and grabbed her hand. He threatened her saying he would sprinkle acid on her face if she lodged any complaint," said an officer of Bhangar police station.

The woman alleged that the attacker in his late 20s tried to drag her behind a bush. "I started screaming for help. The accused saw a vehicle approaching us and fled," the officer said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Bus Mows Down Youth

A pedestrian was run over on Thursday morning by an allegedly speeding bus that swerved left at the foot of the Taratala flyover to enter a narrow bus bay created with flexible bollards.

Freelance web designer and karate instructor Vinay Kumar Ram, 35, was standing near the pavement in front of the Taratala mint around 11.15am when the bus came at him and dragged him under a wheel.

The vehicle uprooted a lamp post next and came to rest after ramming into the rear of another bus, a witness said.

Vinay was declared dead on arrival at SSKM Hospital.

The driver fled and hadn't been arrested till late on Thursday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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