QKolkata: SC Dismisses Plea in Rizwanur Case; Titli Effect Delayed

1. SC Relief Eludes Todi in Rizwanur Death Case

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by industrialist Ashok Todi and three others challenging the framing of charges for abetment to suicide against them in the 2007 Rizwanur Rahman death case.

The bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said it found no reason to interfere with the 12 June 2017 order passed by Calcutta High Court dismissing an appeal filed by the accused against the framing of charges.

The bench, however, said the sessions court should conduct the trial based on the evidence placed before it, uninfluenced by any observations made by the high court or the apex court during the hearing on the appeal.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Titli Effect Delayed, Rain Alert Today

Titli crashed into Andhra Pradesh at 140kmph early on Thursday, triggering heavy rain in the state and neighbouring Odisha but sparing Calcutta for the time being.

The storm is set to “recurve” towards Bengal by Friday morning in the form of a depression and bring downpour, accompanied by a breeze, to the southern part of the state. The rain is likely to continue in bursts till Saturday afternoon.

“The rainfall is likely to reduce on Sunday and from Monday, Sashthi, the sky is set to clear up. The rest of the festive week is expected to be rainless,” an official in the weather department said.

Titli, meaning butterfly, made landfall between 4.30am and 5.30am, with the eye of the storm passing through Palasa in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh at 140kmph.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Cyclone Titli: 8 Dead in AP; 3 Lakh Evacuated in Odisha

3. Cops Ready Plan For Majerhat Road

A police team visited the site where a road is being built as an alternative to the collapsed Majerhat bridge on Thursday evening to draw up a traffic plan that will be introduced once the thoroughfare is opened.

“The road is almost ready. Some work remains to be done, such as installation of the traffic signals and synchronising them with the ones around the area,” said a member of the police team that visited the site.

“We need an administrative clearance from the PWD stating that the road and the two Bailey bridges are fit for traffic movement.”

Lalbazar is keen to put in place a final traffic flow chart by Sunday, Panchami, senior officers said.

It has been primarily decided that the new road will be used by smaller vehicles headed for the city centre from areas such as Taratala and New Alipore.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: PWD Responsible For Majerhat Bridge Collapse: CM Mamata Banerjee

4. Bailey Bridge Can Bear Army Tank Load

The Bailey bridges in Majerhat can withstand the weight of an army tank, the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers has said.

Each of the two bridges on the Chetla canal, which stand nearly a metre apart, weighs around 64 tonnes and will be the first of its kind in Calcutta, a GRSE engineer said.

“Among the various categories of Bailey bridges that we build, the ones at Majerhat are of the highest load-class, 70-R,” the engineer said.

“Each of the bridges can bear 100 tonnes of vehicular load. Every part has undergone stringent checks to ensure there is no failure.

“Quality checks for every part have been made keeping in mind the international

standards.”

Last-minute work was on to ensure the road could be thrown open on 12 October, a PWD engineer said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Majerhat Flyover Collapse Due to Metro Work: PWD Report

5. Fearing Washout, Organizers Ready To Draw Cover On Pandals

The city was spared the maximum impact of Cyclone Titli—that of heavy rain— on Thursday as the Met office had forecast, but Puja organisers in the city had butterflies in the stomach over what lay in store for them on Friday and Saturday, when pandal-hopping is set to begin in all earnest. Though the decline in Cyclone Titli’s intensity brought some relief to organisers, who had lost sleep over the fate of pandals if Titli generated winds in excess of 50 km/hour when it passed the city, many of them aren’t taking any chances and have taken measures to protect the art work till the cyclone effect blows over by Saturday.

At Shib Mandir near Mudiali, organisers have virtually wrapped the entire pandal with sheets of transparent plastic to protect the fragile art work from getting damaged by rain. The plastic was removed when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the pandal on Wednesday but the sheets have been kept ready to be deployed whenever it rains. “We have assigned volunteers to draw the cover, much like the pitch is covered at Eden Gardens if it rains during a match. We hope it does not pour during the heavy rush evening hours for then lakhs of visitors will be disappointed,” said Shib Mandir’s Partha Ghosh.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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6. Hands Help Adorn Durga, Heart Beats For Nature

An American teen is giving Calcuttans serious Puja goals.

Dane Liebermann, 17, has been volunteering at the Bakul Bagan Sarbojanin Durgotsav for the past two weeks, helping with the decorations made of areca leaves.

All that Dane knew about Calcutta before arriving in the city in July as part of a student exchange programme is that it used to be the capital of British India.

It was at Lakshmipat Singhania Academy (LSA), where he is attending classes under the American Field Service’s Yes Abroad Programme, that Dane first came to know about Durga Puja.

“Two weeks ago, one of my teachers brought me here for a taste of Puja celebrations. I was intrigued by the eco-friendly concept of the pandal. Since I am interested in carpentry, I wondered if I could join the team and was readily welcome,” said the Class XI student of U-32 High School, East Montpelier, Vermont.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Gutted British-Era Hall Restored In Time For Durga Puja In Kurseong

The British-era hall in Kurseong, which is the venue of the grand Durga Puja in the hill town, has been restored in the nick of time after it was set ablaze during the Gorkhaland agitation last year. The century-old Puja is back after a year’s gap after the state restored a major part of Raj Rajeswari Hall built in 1930.

The idol has arrived and the organisers are busy decorating and planning the activities to be held during the festival. “The Durga Puja started a hundred years ago. In 1930, when the hall was built, the Puja was shifted there. The fire last year had erased a slice of history. We had lost all hope of getting our hall back. We are thankful to the state for showing urgency in completing the restoration. This is a sort of home coming for all of us,” said Chandan Karmakar, trustee member of the Raj Rajeswari Hall.

The members of the Bengali Association in Kurseong, who organise the Puja, are now racing against time to conclude the preparations. “We received the hall only a few days ago. Many families have left thinking we won’t be having the Puja this year too. As a result, we are left with only 50 families here,” said Karmakar.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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