QKolkata: Report Recommends CCTV, Fire-Proof Door For Metro & More

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Kolkata: Passengers being taken for treatment after an air-conditioned rake of a metro train in Kolkata caught fire on Dec 27, 2018. 

1. Metro Fire: Reports Recommend CCTV Cameras, Fire-Proof Doors

An interim report by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Eastern Circle, on the fire under a Metro coach near the Maidan station on 27 December 2018, states that “the No. 3 Third Rail Current Collector (TRCC) on the other side of the third rail got damaged due to sparks and the air spring (on the rear bogie of the motor coach) next to the TRCC caught fire. A detailed inquiry is on and the cause of the fire is being investigated.”

On Friday, Metro Railway received two reports with recommendations. One of these from the West Bengal fire services department and the other one from the CRS. Both reports are to do with the fire that emitted dense smoke resulting in panic among passengers. Some of the passengers in the coach, the undercarriage of which had caught fire, smashed the window panes and jumped down nearly eight feet. Twelve of them sustained injuries.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. Bengal Releases Rs 1,600cr For Paddy Mop-Up

The Mamata Banerjee government has released Rs 1,600 crore to give a momentum to paddy procurement, taking the total amount for the purpose to Rs 5,100 crore since November last year.

The move apparently aims at ensuring that maximum farmers in Bengal get the minimum support price (MSP) offered by the state.

“We have a target of procuring nearly 50 lakh tonnes of paddy from farmers by September this year. But the government wants to buy maximum quantum of paddy by February to ensure that no small farmer goes for distress sale. That is why such a handsome amount was released for the purpose,” said a senior government official.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Salt Lake Pub Rampage Caught On Camera

Images purportedly captured by CCTV cameras installed in a Sector V pub where a brawl broke out on New Year’s Eve show a number of men hurling glasses and hitting waiters around 1.45am, police said.

A few employees can be seen ducking behind the bar counter that had shards of glass over it and some holding saucepans and other objects

to shield themselves from attackers.

Six men were arrested for allegedly attacking employees of the pub after they had been refused drink around 15 minutes before the closing time early on Tuesday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Runaway Zoo Leopard Back: It Was Hungry

Sachin, the male leopard that had escaped from its enclosure at the Bengal Safari Park on New Year’s Day and triggered its closure, returned on Friday.

Forest officials said the leopard was hungry and came back to its enclosure for food. There are some “minor” cuts and bruises on its body, the foresters said.

The animal’s return has paved the way for the park, which had been shut since the animal escaped, to reopen in a full-fledged manner from Saturday.

“We had an apprehension the leopard was hungry as three days had passed and it is unlikely it could find food in the jungle. That is why we had kept the gate of the enclosure open. Our staff had kept some food there. The plan worked as the leopard arrived on Friday evening and had its food,” said Rajendra Jakhar, the park director.

Forest sources said park employees called animals by their names in the evening after putting food in their enclosures.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Water Plan For 1 Lakh Residents Goes For A Toss In South Kolkata

A drinking water supply project at a KMC-owned property in Babubagan, which would have benefited 1 lakh residents in Dhakuria, has been postponed indefinitely, putting the Rs 2 crore venture in limbo following sustained protests from members of a popular club who have been organizing Durga Puja at the venue for the past 36 years.

Unable to break the jinx, KMC has been forced to look out for a different site for the booster pumping station, around the Dhakuria-Selimpur area, but engineers said shifting the project, whose work order has been issued, would delay it and escalate the cost.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Man Scales ‘Anti-Suicide’ Rails On Howrah Bridge

A 31-year-old kept over 30 cops and fire brigade personnel on their toes as he precariously hung onto the 6ft-high pedestrian railings — that had been installed to prevent suicides — for more than three and a half hours. Hemant Guhait, who spoke incoherently, was finally rescued around 8.30pm.

The rescue efforts had almost shut down traffic on the bridge and made travelling along NS Road, Strand Road, Central Avenue and MG Road extremely slow. This was the first suicide attempt after the high rails were installed by the KoPT, the custodian of the 75-year-old bridge, in August.

Earlier, the Howrah bridge had 3ft-high guard rails along the sides. The Kolkata Police had requested KoPT to make the guard rails higher to preempt suicide attempts.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Women Cops Get Self-Defence Tips From LA Girl

On Thursday, Shibpur Police Lines ground in Howrah turned into an open-air classroom for 160-odd women cops, who took tips on the nuances of self-defence from a 20-year old taekwondo expert from Los Angeles. A believer in gender equality, Pooja Nagpal, who has been donning the teacher’s hat for the past 11 days, feels the cops will emerge stronger and more confident after the training, which ends on 8 January.

In 2012, the Nirbhaya rape case had left Nagpal, then a 14-year-old kid, shaken. A second-degree black belt in taekwondo, she returned to India the next year to teach women the tactics of self-defence and started off from a small village in Himachal Pradesh. Since then, there has been no looking back. She kept returning to India during her school breaks every year to empower more women.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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