QKolkata: College Forms Panel to Probe Stripping Issue & More

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The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. Image used for representational purposes.

1. College Forms Panel to Probe Student-Stripping

Two days after the video of a student being stripped on the campus went viral, the authorities of St Paul’s Cathedral Mission College took note of it. The college governing body, in its meeting on Monday, 4 June, set up a seven-member committee to probe into the incident and submit a report by next week. All the accused, including a non-teaching employee, have been asked to stay away from the campus till the report is submitted.

From now, outsiders will have to write down their names in the register at the college gate. The gates will close at 5pm every day, the governing body resolved. The college lodged a complaint with the Amherst Street police against Arnab Ghosh, Sheikh Enamul Haq, Avijit Dolui and non-teaching employee Ananta Pramanik.

(Source: The Times of India)


2. Kolkata to Get Cyber Police Station in Every Division

The four-fold jump in cybercrimes in the city over the last five years has prompted the Kolkata Police top brass to set up at least one dedicated cyber police station in each of the nine police divisions in the city. The first will come up this week in the south suburban division – more popularly referred as the Jadavpur division.

Though formal launch was expected on Monday, 4 June, source said, the launch may be delayed by a couple of days so that top cops in Lalbazar can attend the inauguration. A new post called DC (Cyber Crime) has been where Santosh Pandey (IPS) has been inducted back in to Kolkata Police.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Needle at 130 Kmph in Ferrari Crash

A forensic examination of the Ferrari California T convertible that crashed on a flyover on Sunday, 3 June, has revealed the speed of the sports car at the point of impact to be 130 kmph, police said.

This suggests that the two-seater Ferrari with businessman Shibaji Roy at the wheel was travelling even faster before skidding 210 feet and ramming into the parapet of the flyover near Salap, according to a senior officer.

The bonnet of the car was impaled on a horizontal railing pipe jutting out from the top of the parapet.

The preliminary report of Shibaji's post-mortem at SSKM Hospital mentions "multiple injuries", including fractures and damage to vital organs. His lungs and liver were punctured.

(Source: The Telegraph)


4. Lost in Translation: Dismal Score of NEET Students Writing in Bengali

The number of candidates who took the NEET exam in Bengali in 2018 dropped than those last year, but the percentage of those qualifying remained dismally same at 3.02 percent.

Language was the biggest hurdle, said students and teachers alike. Hundreds of examinees faced difficulty understanding several questions, the English-Bengali translation of many of which ostensibly made no sense. Failing to understand the language, the candidates had to skip answering multiple questions and lost out on valuable marks, students said. The performance could have been better had the questions been translated properly, felt teachers and students. While 34,417 wrote NEET in Bengali last year, the figure dropped to 27,437 this year. Teachers felt the fiasco over language would bring down the number of candidates even further. CBSE, which conducts NEET, tried to “justify” the errors by saying many science terminologies could not be found in Bengali dictionary.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Fear Rules Forest Hamlets of Purulia After Twin Hangings

Villagers have stopped venturing out after sundown in forest hamlets along the Jharkhand border following the mysterious deaths of two BJP activists within a span of just three days.

Labourers from Surpudih village, who used to go to Dabha for work and return home by evening, are all staying back. The scare is such that even police have advised youths to move in a group of two.

Police are reaching out to the forest hamlets and asking youths to keep an eye on outsiders. Cops are forming night patrol parties with 10 youths each in all the 105 booths in Dabha village to beef up surveillance.

(Source: The Times of India)


6. End of the Show: 78 Years On, It’s Curtains for Elite

The calendar at the Elite Cinema office has not turned after the 31 May page. That was the last day a movie was screened there; a day before, the company running the theatre issued a notice declaring its “permanent and irrevocable closure” with effect from 1 June, bringing the curtains down on yet another iconic single screen in the heart of old Calcutta.

In January 1988, when Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Shahenshah hit theatres, movie-goers queued up from the evening before tickets were slated to be sold; the queue snaked from the hall on SN Banerjee Road right up to the Maidan, with cops trying to keep peace between fans and, simultaneously, coordinating the flow of traffic interrupted by fans.

Three decades later, on 31 May 2018, the night show of John Abraham’s Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran had to be cancelled as not a single ticket had been sold.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. Green Flashes Red to Sovan

Green activists rolled out a red report card for Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee on Monday, 4 June, on the eve of World Environment Ray.

They urged the chief minister to take over the department's reins while alleging that the department as well as the state pollution control board had failed to deliver green governance.

"I will tell you tomorrow," minister Chatterjee said when Metro asked him in the evening how he had performed as environment minister.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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