QKolkata: India’s 1st Adoptive Mom With Cerebral Palsy & More

1. Jeeja Country’s 1st Adoptive Mom With Cerebral Palsy

Ballygunge resident Jeeja Ghosh has broken many ceilings and has had many firsts. The 48-year-old added one more to the list last week, becoming the first person born with cerebral palsy in Kolkata — and possibly India — to become an adoptive mom.

Motherhood was a dream that Ghosh, born with the condition, nursed since she tied the knot in 2013. But little did she know about the hurdles she would have to face before being considered fit for adopting a five-month-old girl. Last Thursday, after an epic struggle, Ghosh welcomed home a girl child — lovingly called Bhujungu and Sonai at home — to her ninth-floor flat at the Saptaparni complex on Ballygunge Circular Road.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. Iconic Mosque Welcomes Women For Iftar

The iconic Tipu Sultan Mosque has, for the first time in its 184-year history, opened its doors for women this Ramzan.

The Esplanade landmark has arranged for iftar and evening prayers for women under a temporary shamiana inside its premises, lending a crucial support system that lets them leave home for shopping in the city’s famed central commercial area without worrying about how and where to break their fast and get some shelter from the sun and, right now, the rains.

The shamiana, with adequate lighting, fans and water, has proved to be a huge relief for women working in offices in the central business district, with the masjid authorities providing the iftari comprising fruits, chhola, sweets and sherbet.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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3. Crash Survivor Flown To Singapore

Aashna Surana, the 17-year-old survivor of the Ferrari crash who was being treated at a city hospital, was flown to a Singapore healthcare facility in an air ambulance on Tuesday for "specialised trauma care".

A convertible Ferrari California T crashed into the parapet of a flyover on National Highway 6 in Howrah's Pakuria on 3 June, killing businessman Shibaji Roy who was at the wheel.

Aashna, daughter of Roy's friend Adarsh, was seated beside him. The teenager, who suffered multiple injuries and underwent surgery at CMRI hospital on June 7, has been flown to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Ferrari crash: Forensic team examines car, accident spot

4. No Major Rise In LPG Rates But Auto Operators Increase Fares

After buses and taxis, autos, too, have started revising fares. The hike is by Re1 for the first stage and much higher for travelling subsequent distances. But, according to many, this revision of fare is not quite justified, given that the price of auto LPG — the fuel used for the vehicles — has not seen any significant rise, unlike that of petrol and diesel. In fact, the current auto LPG price is less than what it was at the beginning of the year, after an up-and-down graph.

On 1 January, the auto LPG price was Rs 43.62 a litre. Since then, the rate kept dipping to Rs 39.55 a litre but on 1 June, it again rose by Rs 2.35 to become Rs 41.9 per litre. “Encouraged by the bus fare hike, auto operators are citing this Rs 2.35 hike to raise their fares, completely disregarding the successive dips in between,” said Arunabha Ghosh Dastidar, a transport economist. “The revision of the fare is not justified.” He pointed out that auto fares were not decided by the government, but by the trade union affiliated to the ruling party. “As a result, the fare rises are arbitrary,” he said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. New Cab Fare Charts To Help Till Recalibration

Cabbies now don’t have any room for demanding fares at their whim as the state transport department has released a detailed fare chart, which shows the revised amounts, against the fares reflected on the old meters. Passengers can consult this fare chart, available with taxi drivers, till all the 20,000-and-odd yellow and white taxis’ meters are recalibrated. Also, the department plans to suspend a taxi’s registration number on a complaint of a refusal.

The department has instructed taxi drivers to paste the fare chart on the back of their seats so that passengers can easily check the conversion from the metered fare to the revised fare.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Lightning Strikes Rail Ticket System

Tens of thousands of people were unable to book railway tickets online and the preparation of reservation charts was halted for nearly four hours after lightning struck the central server of the passenger reservation system for eastern India on the eighth floor of a Calcutta building.

The server is maintained and operated by the Centre for Railway Information Systems in the 15-storey Koilaghat office of Eastern Railway on Strand Road.

"Lightning apparently struck the antennas of the server and the system conked out. We had to work on a war footing to restore the system. The damaged equipment had to be replaced," an Eastern Railway official said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Plant Hope For Salt Lake Water Woes

Salt Lake will get eight million gallons of water per day (MGD) from the New Town water treatment plant from next week while Sector V will get 2MGD, bringing relief from the water crisis that hits the township every summer.

The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation's water supply department carried out a trial run last month for pumping in water from the treatment plant to a booster pumping station in Salt Lake Central Park.

The water will be drawn from the Hooghly and treated at the New Town plant.

"The water supply will start from next week. This will help resolve water shortage to a large extent," Bidhannagar mayor Sabyasachi Dutta said.

Salt Lake needs 15MGD, of which 8MGD comes from Calcutta's Tallah-Palta network and the rest from the fast depleting groundwater table.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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