QKolkata: Abhishek’s Notice To Mukul; Subhrangshu Skips TMC Rally
File photo of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee.
File photo of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Abhishek Banerjee)

QKolkata: Abhishek’s Notice To Mukul; Subhrangshu Skips TMC Rally

1. Abhishek’s Notice To Mukul

Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee issued a legal notice to BJP leader Mukul Roy on Monday, demanding an unconditional public apology in 48 hours over his "malicious and defamatory" statements against the Diamond Harbour MP. On Friday, the former de facto number two in the Trinamul Congress had alleged that Biswa Bangla was not a government brand, but a company owned by Abhishek. Roy also alleged that the Trinamool mouthpiece Jago Bangla and the logo of the party, too, were owned by Abhishek.

Sanjay Basu, the counsel for the 30-year-old MP, sent the letter to Roy, threatening legal action in the absence of the apology for the allegations he had levelled at a rally in Rani Rashmoni Avenue in Kolkata on Friday.

Source: The Telegraph

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2. Subhrangshu Skips TMC Rally

Mukul Roy’s son and Trinamool Youth Congress general secretary Subhrangshu gave a miss to the party’s youth front rally at Rani Rashmani Avenue on Monday, when people were waiting to watch how this Trinamool MLA from Kanchrapara tackles the dilemma, since Mukul Roy trained his guns on Trinamool Youth Congress national president Abhishek Banerjee from the same place three days ago.

Subhrangshu’s absence has set rumour mills rolling about his future course of action. A host of leaders — from Bhatpara MLA Arjun Singh to ministers Chandrima Bhattacharya and Firhad Hakim — targeted his father at Monday’s rally. While Subhrangshu was not available on his cell phone, his colleagues in the Trinamool Youth Congress felt that this young politician has been pushed into a “tight spot” since 2015, and at the moment, he is on the edge.

Subhrangshu, however, has an excuse. Abhishek Banerjee was also absent in the rally called by North Kolkata leader Jiban Saha in a protest against demonetisation and GST. Party heavyweights like Partha Chatterjee, however, made it to the public meeting.

Source: The Times Of India

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3. VC Defence On Presi Teacher Exit

Presidency University
Presidency University
(Photo Courtesy: presiuniv.ac.in)

Presidency University vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia cited numbers to disprove the alleged exodus of bright teachers from the College Street institution on a day higher education minister Partha Chatterjee promised to discuss with her this week the issue of empty seats.

‘’I can share with you documents on how many of them have gone and how many new teachers have joined. Four had to leave Presidency because the state government had transferred them. Forty-five new teachers have joined, " Lohia said during an interview to ABP Ananda.

Reminded about the exit of popular teachers like Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Somak Raychaudhury, Lohia said: " They left on their own. " Bhattacharya, who had joined Presidency as distinguished professor in November 2014, quit nine months into his appointment, saying lack of academic independence had undermined his role. Though Raychaudhury did not say anything publicly, sources close to the physicist said he was frustrated about not getting the credit he deserved.

VC Lohia has been criticised for not doing enough to prevent transfer of teachers.

Three heads of departments, who had opted to join the university from Presidency College, were transferred to new colleges during her tenure.

Source: The Telegraph

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4. Docs Call For Uniform Rates

Doctors in Calcutta have demanded an autonomous body that would standardise the cost of treatment in intensive care units of private hospitals.

Many specialists attending a Superspeciality Critical Care Congress organised by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) on 10 and 11 November felt that a neutral watchdog could help bring more transparency in their relationship with patients.

The unanimous opinion was that doctors are often wrongly blamed for fleecing patients when it is actually the quality of infrastructure, nurse-patient ratio, round-the- clock medical attention, and the price of drugs that push the cost of critical care up.

‘’What infuriates patients is the glaring disparity in ICU and test charges in various private hospitals of the city,’’ said Ajoy K Sarkar, the head of the critical care unit at Peerless Hospital and the chairman of ISCCM. He wanted a ceiling on critical care charges.

‘’No hospital should be allowed to overcharge. Let there be a ceiling on how much can be charged for a critical care facility in the state. But let the capping be impartial and in keeping with the kind of facilities offered,’’ he added.

Source: The Telegraph

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5. Schoolboy Hurt In Bus Fall

A seven-year-old boy was seriously injured on Monday when he fell off a chartered school bus that had allegedly started moving while his feet were still planted on the footboard.

Arpit Ranjan, a student of Class 2 at Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2- Salt Lake, fractured his left leg when one of the rear wheels of the bus knocked him over as he fell. Horrified guardians screamed for the bus driver to brake as the boy curled up in pain, police said.

The incident occurred minutes after classes got over at the school, located near Nicco Park. Arpit was apparently the last student to board the bus around 2.30 pm.

‘’The boy slipped from the first footboard of the bus. Since there was no helper or conductor, the driver possibly did not realise that the child wasn’t fully inside the bus. One of the rear wheels hit him after he lost balance and fell,’’ said an officer at the Bidhannagar police commissionerate.

Source: The Telegraph

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6. Minibus Driver, Conductor Dump Bleeding Passenger

A 67-year-old resident of Chandrakona in West Midnapore and his relative, in his 50s, were on Monday assaulted by the driver and conductor of a minibus on the Salt Lake-Tikiapara route after they requested them to take him to hospital, having suffered an accident on the bus.

Later, they were dumped near Chatterjee Para in Howrah.

Muktipada Palodhi, who was bleeding profusely from his arm after a truck hit the side of the bus at BK Pal Avenue in Kolkata, fell unconscious after being dumped at Chatterjee Para.

Palodhi, a retired state government employee, was accompanied by Prabhas Roy to the Purta Bhavan in Salt Lake on Monday morning. After completing their work there, the two boarded the minibus to Howrah station. Palodhi was sitting at a window seat, one behind the driver with a portion of his elbow outside the window.

Both Palodhi and Roy pleaded with the driver and conductor to take them to a hospital on the way. But the duo refused, saying the bus owner had a nursing home at Chatterjee Para, where Palodhi could receive good treatment. By the time they reached Chatterjee Para, it was 2.30 pm. The conductor asked Palodhi and Roy to accompany him to the nursing home. The trio had walked a few yards, when the conductor pushed them into a bush.“We have collected the tickets from Palodhi and will track down the bus and the two accused,” said Ghulam Sarwar, ACP (south), Howrah City Police.

Source: The Times Of India

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7. Royal Row: Wajid Ali Shah’s Kolkata Descendants Contest Lineage Claims

A descendant of Wajid Ali Shah in Kolkata has claimed that her father is the last surviving prince of Awadh and a direct descendant of the Nawab deposed by the British in 1856 and exiled to Kolkata.

The assertion has come in the backdrop of reports of the death of Ali Raza in New Delhi, whose mother Wilayat Mahal had insisted that he was the last prince of Awadh and a direct descendant of Wajid Ali Shah.

There is no royalty and none of the descendants of Wajid Ali Shah use the term prince alongside their names, but Manzilat Fatima, the daughter of Kaukub Qudr Meerza in Kolkata, claimed on Monday that her father is the last prince of Awadh and a direct descendant of Wajid Ali Shah.

“There is no royalty anymore, and even Awadh does not exist but if you want to see in that perspective, my father Kaukub Qudr Meerza, who is now 88-years-old, is the last-surviving prince of Oudh by the virtue of the fact that he is a direct descendant of Wajid Ali Shah,” said Fatima in in Imambara Sibtainabad in Garden Reach.

Raza, 58, was found dead on the floor by neighbours inside the dilapidated Malcha Mahal in Delhi in September. He was believed to be ill for some time. The other recognised descendants of the Wajid Ali Shah’s dynasty have always disputed the claim made by Ali Raza’s mother Wilayat Mahal almost 50 years ago. The claim had stirred a controversy when Wilayat demanded compensation from the Indian government for the British taking over their properties after deposing the Nawab in 1856.

Source: The Times Of India

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8. Autos Off Road, On Protest Path

Commuters travelling on the Garia-Gariahat route had a harrowing time on Monday morning as auto operators stuck to their stand and stayed off road for the second consecutive day. A handful of them did ply for a brief period, but they were too inadequate to cater to the demand.

Strike imposers allegedly broke windshields of two autos to intimidate those who did not comply with the diktat. The autos on the Garia-Golpark route had started an indefinite strike on Sunday to protest against extortion by youths allegedly owing allegiance to INTTUC. “I take an auto every day to reach Golpark and board a bus from there to reach my Salt Lake office. The travel time is well calculated, but it was all messed up on Monday,” said Sukomal Majumdar, a private sector employee.

There are around 1,200 autos on the Garia-Golpark route and around 800 of those ferry passengers on a regular basis. More than 20,000 commuters depend on autos. “There were a few autos plying on Monday. Stretches between Garia and Jadavpur, Ganguly Bagan and Golpark had a truncated auto service,” said Sudeshna Das Mullick.

Source: The Times Of India