QKolkata: Woman Raped in Temple; SC’s Firecracker Order Flouted

1. During Diwali, Kolkata’s Air Quality Was Worst Among Metros

The National Air Quality Index has dropped a Diwali bomb on Kolkata — air quality in the city over two festive nights was the worst among the metros.

According to a report of the Central Pollution Control Board, Kolkata’s average AQI (air quality index) from 4pm on Tuesday, 6 November, till 4pm on Wednesday, 7 November, was 326. In the next 24 hours, including Diwali night, the AQI crept up to 354.

On 5 and 6 November, prior to Kali Puja and Diwali, the AQI reading was 73 and 57 respectively. In the national index, both readings fall in the “satisfactory” range. Any reading between 301 and 400 is “very poor” and can cause “respiratory illness on prolonged exposure”.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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2. Fishes Bite Into Bhai Phonta Pockets

Hilsa were sold at Rs 1,500 a kilo at Gariahat, Maniktala and other markets in the city on Thursday, 8 November. Topshe cost Rs 750 and parshe Rs 500 plus.

A day before Bhai Phonta, the price of Bengal’s favourite fishes soared across the markets but still found takers.

Most varieties of fish in the market have become costlier by at least Rs 100 a kilo since last week. Hilsa, on its way out for this year, has seen a steeper rise, fish sellers said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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3. Apex Court Ban Flouted, Calcutta Arrest Count Mounts

The city police arrested 93 people till 11pm on Diwali for allegedly bursting fireworks outside the Supreme Court-mandated window.

The arrest count shot up to 1,029 after midnight, suggesting a spurt in the bursting of firecrackers as the night wore on.

The city on Diwali night was better off than what it was last year but the arrest figures suggest the Supreme Court ban on bursting of firecrackers at any time of the day other than from 8pm to 10pm was hardly enforced.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Stepped-Up Police Drive Gifts Residents A Quieter Diwali

A small pocket in Kolkata stood out for the way police enforced the noise rules this Diwali.

Residents of a number of apartment complexes in the Loudon Street-Park Street-Camac Street area enjoyed a quieter Diwali compared with previous years, thanks to a sustained campaign in the run-up to and the vigil during the festival of lights.

Officers from Shakespeare Sarani and Park Street police stations held meetings with residents of the apartment blocks and told them about the 8pm-10pm window set by the Supreme Court for bursting fireworks.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Tubri Burst Claims Young Life In Bengal

A 36-year-old medicine shop owner with a heart ailment died when a tubri that he had bent down to inspect after it failed to light up uncharacteristically exploded in his face on Diwali night in Cooch Behar.

Tubris, a firework that produces a rising fountain of sparkles, are not meant to explode like crackers but such accidents are not unheard of.

Anirban Ghosh, 36, who runs a medicine shop at Suniti Road in Cooch Behar town, had bent down to check the tubri that had not lit up after a few attempts when the earthen shell burst and a flying piece hit his forehead.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Jadavpur Locality Records Two Dengue Deaths in 72 Hours

Two persons died of suspected dengue in a span of 72 hours in a Jadavpur neighbourhood, barely 200m from the university campus, as the rest of the city geared up to celebrate the festival of lights. At least 18 people in the same locality are down with similar symptoms.

The two victims of the dreaded virus — which has claimed more than 15 lives in the city this year — are a 28-year-old mother of two, including a two-month old, and a 43-year-old laundry-owner, both residents of a slum near the abandoned Bengal Lamp Factory. While both tested NS1 positive, the civic authorities refused to recognise them as dengue victims saying the disease was yet to be confirmed.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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7. Disabled Woman Raped On Temple Premises, Priest Held

A temple priest in Behala was arrested on Wednesday, 6 November, on charges of physically abusing a 28-year-old mentally disabled woman — a mother of a schoolgirl — on the temple premises. The priest had reportedly been abusing her for the past two months. On Wednesday, he was caught red-handed by the survivor’s sister. The police said the accused was beaten up before he was handed over to them. He had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

The incident sparked tension and a huge mob gathered in the area. The crowd spilled onto Diamond Harbour Road, disrupting traffic for some time.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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