QKolkata: Babul Told to Retract Statement; Potholes on Bypass
Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo. 
Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo. (Photo: IANS)

QKolkata: Babul Told to Retract Statement; Potholes on Bypass

1. Babul Told to Retract Remark on Abhishek

A city court on Tuesday directed Union minister Babul Supriyo to retract within a fortnight the alleged defamatory statements made against Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee in an Asansol press conference on 30 November 2017.

The court also directed Supriyo, the Union minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises, not to make any derogatory statements against Banerjee until the civil defamation suit against him his disposed of.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. Bypass Traffic Chokes On Salt Lake Craters

Morning traffic along the EM Bypass alternately stalled and crawled for the second consecutive day as widening potholes and construction bottlenecks on the Salt Lake Bypass a few kilometres ahead came into play.

Private cars, taxis and buses were caught in a cacophony of honking and frayed nerves as distances that are usually covered in a matter of minutes took up to an hour to travel. The worst snarls were reported on the last stretch of the Bypass leading to Salt Lake and onward to the technology hub in Sector V.

On the Salt Lake Bypass, vehicles cut left and right and motorbike riders swerved to avoid potholes that were hard to miss.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Leash on Licence for Rash Driving

City police have suspended around 94 driving licences in the past year for alleged rash driving that resulted in fatal accidents.

The rate of conviction works out to one almost every four days, unheard of in a city where lax enforcement had been often blamed for low traffic compliance.

The decision to target driving licences whenever a fatal accident occurs is an extension of the Safe Drive Save Life campaign initiated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a senior traffic officer said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Ferrari Crash Teen Out Of Singapore Hospital

Aashna Surana, the 18-year-old girl who was critically injured in the suburban high-speed Ferrari crash on 3 June, is out of hospital and recuperating with her parents in a rented apartment in Singapore. She is expected to return to Kolkata sometime next month after a minor surgery scheduled in a couple of weeks.

Aashna was in the co-driver’s seat in the blazing red Ferrari driven by her father’s friend Shibaji Roy when he slammed straight into a barrier on NH6. Roy died in the accident. Aashna suffered multiple injuries and underwent surgeries on her right leg and arm at the CMRI Hospital in Ekbalpore before being flown in an air ambulance to Singapore on 12 June for specialised trauma care at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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5. Vacant Presi Seats Spark Worry

As many as 126 of the 705 undergraduate seats at Presidency University are vacant after the first round of counselling, the shortfall triggering concern that the institution has yet to overcome the no-taker crisis plaguing it over the past few years.

The first round of counselling, conducted by the state joint entrance examination board on behalf of the university, was held last week.

The second phase will be held next month, the university has announced in a notice posted on its website www.presiuniv.ac.in.

A university official said that unlike last year, the vacant seats were mostly in the reserved category. The seats will be "dereserved" so that general category students can compete for them.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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6. JU Science Depts Join Admission Test Chorus

Teachers of Jadavpur University's physics and chemistry departments are echoing the view of their colleagues in the math department that a combination of Plus-II marks and admission test scores is a better evaluator of students than the board marks alone.

JU's science departments have long been admitting students to undergraduate courses based only on Plus-II marks.

Math teachers at the university had earlier said the current system was failing to attract bright students and demanded an admission criterion that would give 60 percent weightage to the board marks and the rest to the admission test scores.

The physics and chemistry departments have been encountering the same problem as the math department, teachers said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read : In a Win for Students, Jadavpur University Restores Entrance Exam

7. Kilos Of Plastic At Bird Haven

Eight sacks of plastic weighing over 20kg were collected from the Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary in Narendrapur, on the southern fringe, during a clean-up drive on Tuesday.

The waste was found mostly along the periphery of the sanctuary, suggesting that residents, more than visitors, are to be blamed for littering.

Birdwatcher Sumit Sen, who is also honorary wildlife warden of South 24-Parganas district, said the sanctuary's location (in the middle of human habitations) and its size (too small) make its upkeep difficult and challenging.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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