QKolkata: Amit Shah’s Bengal Agenda; Wettest 24 Hrs In 10 Years

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BJP chief Amit Shah. 

1. Leadership, Social Media On Shah’s Bengal 2019 Agenda

BJP president Amit Shah, during his two-day visit to Bengal, is likely to address organisational issues like leadership and a weak social media to give a fillip to its campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Shah had earlier given the state leadership a 22 Lok Sabha seat target for 2019, buoyed by its success in the recently held panchayat polls.

Shah’s tour will start with a meeting of the election management team on Wednesday morning. “During the meeting with key party functionaries last time, Shah’s first question was about preparedness at the booth committee level. The party organisation has managed to spread the net before the panchayat polls this time,” said a senior BJP leader.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. After Hottest Day, June Gets Its Wettest 24 Hours In A Decade

A night-long downpour lashed the city on Monday, taking the rain count higher in the wettest June day in a decade. Resurgent monsoon currents and a cyclonic circulation over northwest Bay of Bengal triggered 162.6mm rain between 8:30 am on Monday and 8:30 am on Tuesday – the highest the city has received since at least 2006. The Met office has predicted moderate showers in south Bengal with a possibility of heavy rainfall in some parts on Wednesday.

After day-long rainfall on Monday, Kolkata was battered by heavy showers through the night. While it ceased on Tuesday morning, several areas in south Kolkata remained waterlogged. The northern part of the city, though, received scanty rain. Dum Dum received just 3mm rain in 24 hours.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Gheraoed VC, EC Members In Tit-For-Tat Ceasework At Jadavpur University

Jadavpur University stared at a lockdown in the middle of admission season on Tuesday as university officials and executive council (EC) members, including vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, went on a cease-work to protest against the forced confinement they were being subjected to by students since Monday evening.

Officials on Tuesday said the EC would be convening an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide on the legal tenability of holding admission tests for some departments while not having them for some other subjects. Sources said legal opinion veered towards giving the university a free hand in the matter.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Face Recognition Tool To Aid Cops in Managing Security at Key Zones

Kolkata Police is all set to install a state-of-the-art face recognition system (FRS) at important crossings and malls of the city. The modern biometrics tool — now in use in several countries and across several police forces — is likely to see its trial run as part of a pilot project in south Kolkata. While Surat Police was the first in the country to use it, Delhi Police too had tasted success in installing it.

To start with, the authorities will install 34 internet protocol (IP) cameras at Presidency Correctional Home, Quest Mall and at two crossings — Park Street and Free School Street and Park Street and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road. “These stretches witness maximum footfall and pose security challenges during festivals. We want the pilot project to address certain concerns of ours after which we will install it in areas like the central business district,” said a source.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. BJP Taps Delhi Think Tank For Calcutta Show

The Bengal BJP has fallen back on a Delhi think tank, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, to ensure the presence of prominent civil society members at a lecture by party chief Amit Shah in Calcutta on Wednesday.

Getting civil society on its side has been the Achilles' heel of the BJP in Bengal, with the party able to mobilise barely a handful of CAs and doctors during Shah's previous two visits to Calcutta.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. 8-Yr-Old Found Hanging From Window Grille

A Class II student was found hanging from a window grille at her Barrackpore home on Monday and police suspect it was the outcome of an attempt to copy a cartoon scene.

Puja Majumdar, 8, was spotted hanging by her neighbours in Bhatpara, about 35km from Calcutta. She was declared dead at Bhatpara State General Hospital.

She had been alone in the room while her sister was studying in another room and their mother had stepped out to buy something, the police said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Football Dreams Crushed Under Wheels

Akash Dutta, 11, was a Brazil fan, while Bittu Sen, 16, was rooting for Argentina.

The two were on a spin on a scooter when they met with a fatal accident on Ultadanga Main Road in Telengabagan on Monday night.

Akash and Bittu, both residents of the locality, were riding pillion on a scooter when they were sandwiched between two racing buses. They panicked and jumped off the two-wheeler and were run over by one of the buses.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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