QKolkata: Child Drowns In Digha; Loopholes In College Admissions

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The iconic Howrah Bridge.

1. Dad On Digha Beach, Child Drowns

The body of a nine-year-old girl sucked into the sea unnoticed by her father while he was removing sand from his trousers on the New Digha beach was washed ashore in Shankarpur, around 15km away, on Monday afternoon.

Police suspect Rousan Khatun had been swept away while walking or running towards her father Abu Ummar, who was then cleaning the bottom of his trousers.

Her mother Chandni Biwi and younger sister Fatema, 5, didn't notice anything either because they were around 20 metres away, East Midnapore police said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Loopholes In Online Entry Into Colleges

The Mamata Banerjee government had taken the admission process in undergraduate colleges online two years ago to put an end to allegations about candidates being forced to pay student unions for seats and undeserving students often making it at the expense of the meritorious ones.

A couple of admission seasons later, complaints about members of unions extorting money have been reported from several institutions, including Asutosh College, Maulana Azad College and Goenka College of Commerce and Business.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. 4 Injured In Clash Over Penalty Kick

An inter-club football tournament at Bagmari on Sunday night turned into a clash as supporters and players ransacked houses and damaged two autos, a bike and cycles over a penalty kick.

The clash at Sri Krishna Colony near Ultadanga station left at least four injured.

Supporters and team members of Bagmari Pragati Sangha grew violent when the referee offered a penalty kick to Naba Jagrani Sangha, the team from the colony, Rashik Mondal who lives in the area said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Two Barge Into Home, Thrash Elderly Couple

A couple in their 60s were attacked by two men in their three-storey house in Teghoria on Saturday night, their daughter alleged in her police complaint.

Alok Chakraborty, 67, a former marketing manager of Air India, and his wife Ratna live alone in a three-storey house while their daughter Moumita Chakraborty who works in the US has a house close by.

Amit P Javalgi, deputy commissioner, headquarters, Bidhannagar commissionerate, said the police started investigating the matter on Sunday night based on Moumita Chakraborty's complaint with Baguiati police station.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Divide In Congress Over TMC Tie-Up: Rahul Gandhi To Meet State Leaders

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has convened a meeting of the party’s senior leaders from the state on 6 July in New Delhi. This comes at a time when several Congress MLAs are likely to join the ruling TMC.

“I have got a call from the office of Rahul Gandhi informing me that he has wished to meet senior leaders from West Bengal on 6 July. I was asked who should be in the delegation. I said MLAs, MPs, former MPs and other senior capable leaders,” said state party president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

(Source: The Indian Express)

6. BJD Suspends Ex-MLA After His Arrest In Kolkata

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday suspended its former Dhenkanal MLA Nabin Nanda after he was arrested on Saturday from a brothel in Kolkata for his alleged involvement in a sex racket.

BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suspended Nanda after news broke out that he was arrested by Kolkata Police, the party’s state secretary Bijay Nayak said in a statement on Monday.

(Source: The Indian Express)

7. CII Officials To Urge Students To Help MSMEs File GST Returns

On the completion of one year of the rolling out of the GST plan, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised a discussion at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce.

West Bengal would be the first state to cross the threshold of estimated revenue collection under GST. The seva kendras or help centres have had a positive impact which is why the revenue officials will soon visit colleges and universities in Kolkata to persuade students, especially those pursuing commerce, to help MSMEs in filing their GST returns and earn, the panelists said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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