QKolkata: Mayor Denies Water Contamination; Banker In Body Bag

1. Water Woes: Words & Actions Don’t Match

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, on Thursday, kept to his stand and insisted that the water supplied to the diarrhoea-affected areas was not contaminated. But even as he was refuting the allegations levelled by opposition councillors at the KMC headquarters, civic teams were in the field collecting water samples to test them. Coliform bacteria have been found in five such samples collected from Bagha Jatin, the epicentre of the outbreak.

“There is no problem in the water supplied by KMC. Till now, five samples have been found to be unsatisfactory. Of them, three were collected from packaged water bottles, one from a hand tubewell and one from an underground reservoir. We are worried about the existence of bacteria in packaged drinking water and will take appropriate action,” said Chatterjee. Less than half hour later, MMiC health Atin Ghosh told reporters that a civic team would launch a drive against packaged water wholesellers in the affected zones.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. On Autorickshaw Front Seat? Taking a Call Can Cost You ₹100

The next time you are sitting beside an auto driver and making a call on your mobile phone, be careful. Kolkata Traffic Police has launched a campaign where it wants all auto drivers to actively dissuade passengers sitting at the front from making such calls. The police said they would also introduce a Rs 100 fine on the violators. The cops have already launched the campaign near Tollygunge.

“We have been strict about not letting any rider or driver talk on their mobile phones. But we found that passengers who speak loudly on phone are a major cause of distraction for auto drivers,” said Sumit Kumar, DC (Traffic).

Police sources said that they will be using CCTV footage to identify violators. “We will be speaking to the auto unions to ensure the project is successful. The auto drivers should be active participants,” said an officer.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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3. Schoolgirl Abuse: Cops To Probe Threat Angle

Officers probing the alleged molestation of a Class II student inside a south Kolkata school last week said they have come across new angles that need immediate investigation. The student was allegedly molested by her dance teacher.

The fresh review became necessary after the girl recorded her CrPC 161 statement before the investigating officer and police collected statements from those “attached to the school”.

“We have incorporated IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation) in the FIR along with two sections of POCSO. The girl has been able to recount before us how the accused had tried to threaten her into submission and then molested her. This is one aspect that needs further probing to ascertain if there was any negligence on part of anyone,” an officer said. He said school functionaries will be asked to record statements to verify the child’s complaints.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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4. SBI Staffer’s Body Stuffed Into Bag; Bank Manager, Wife Held For Murder

The manager of a nationalised bank and his wife were arrested in Durgapur on Thursday after the decomposing, chopped-up remains of a 28-year-old woman — a staffer at the branch he manages in Bankura — were found stuffed in a bag in their apartment.

Shilpa Agarwal, who had joined SBI’s Mejhia branch, had gone missing since 10 February, a day after she had gone visiting relatives in Asansol. Her family says she had given her boss, Rajiv Kumar, Rs 1 lakh to invest in stocks, which he was not returning. His wife Manisha, also arrested, is an SBI staffer too; she works in Purulia’s Fuljhor branch.

On Thursday, a neighbour of the Kumars at Durgapur’s Benachity Bazaar, where the couple has a flat in Rupali Apartments, alerted the cops about a stench. The cops found a violet strolley bag, in which the body was stuffed, in a storeroom. The Kumars were taken to Durgapur police station and later charged with murder, based on a complaint from Shilpa’s family. The body was sent for autopsy.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Arms & Pedestrians

The boom barriers installed at the Exide crossing to check jaywalkers got a step closer to operation on Thursday with their arms mounted.

The boom barriers will begin operation once the wiring connecting the boom barriers to the traffic signal is completed.

The five- metre- long arm — with one end attached to an orange box with an electrical panel concealed inside — sprang to life after the preliminary wiring on Thursday. A trial run was conducted using a switch.

The arms of the boom barrier will operate automatically in sync with the traffic signal.

The arms would remain locked (in horizontal position) when signal is green to prevent pedestrians from crossing the road. The moment the signal turns red for traffic, the arm would spring up to a vertical position and allow a stream of pedestrians waiting on the footpath to cross the road.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. E- Waste Rules For Sector V

A rise in e-waste has prompted the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) to issue guidelines to all IT and other companies in Salt Lake.

The agency has asked them to segregate e-waste while disposing of waste daily.

Sector V has a door-to-door waste collection system in which conservancy workers collect waste. They will be trained to identify e-waste, an NDITA official said.

"Several NGOs will partner with NDITA in the new comprehensive waste management plan. Everyone will be allocated a specific task," Debashis Sen, chairman, NDITA said.

"We are in talks with various agencies. Some can handle and recycle e-waste."

Whenever a company wants to dispose of computers and peripherals, they can alert the NDITA. "We will place a request with a partner NGO to collect the waste," an NDITA official said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Muted: PM Sermon On Exam Stress

The state government has said it won't allow state-aided schools, colleges and universities to follow the Centre’s directive to make arrangements for students to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi speak on beating exam stress on Friday.

No arrangements have been made in schools, colleges and universities in Bengal for students to participate in an online interactive session with the Prime Minister as directed by the Centre, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday.

The Prime Minister will address 3,000 students in Delhi for nearly an hour from 11am on Friday.

His address will be telecast live across the country, a higher education department official said.

An online interactive session with students across the country will follow the address.

The HRD ministry has asked education ministers of all states to make arrangements for the programme.

"The Madhyamik and Higher Secondary exams will be held soon. Some university exams, too, are there. Students in Bengal are busy preparing for exams, " Chatterjee told ABP Ananda.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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