QKolkata: BJP-CPM Team Up For Panchayat Board Formation & More

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Kolkata: West Bengal Panchayat  Minister and  Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee paints a graffiti ahead of legislative polls in Ekdalia of Kolkata on March 5, 2016. 

1. Panchayat Board Formation: BJP, CPM Winners Team Up in Some Seats To Fight TMC

In several pockets of the state, the winning candidates of BJP and CPIM are joining hands to prevent the Trinamool Congress from forming panchayat boards. These areas include Srirampur, Ramnagar, Talgachari in East Midnapore district, Karimpur and Tehatta in Nadia and Habibpur and Bamongola in Malda.

The process of forming boards has started in some of the few gram panchayats. In Nadia’s Hogolberia gram panchayat, TMC has won six seats out of 17 and BJP eight. The saffron party is now trying to form the board with the help of one CPM and one independent member. In the district’s Jamsherpur gram panchayat, out of 24 seats, TMC has won nine and BJP 14. BJP, has the support of one CPM member. Board formation process in other areas has not started.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Fridge On Pavement Electrocutes Child

A two-year-old boy was electrocuted to death on Monday after apparently coming in contact with a fridge blocking a pavement on Sadananda Road in Kalighat.

The tragedy occurred around 2pm when Bardhan Sharma (Chiku) was playing with his seven-year-old sister Sonakshi in front of their house at the Dhobikhana slum behind Basusree Cinema.

"My brother fell on a portion of the pavement that had rainwater. While standing up, he touched the wire at the rear of our uncle's fridge with wet hands. He slumped to the ground and I tried to pull him away, but felt a jerk. Our cousin Rani, who was nearby, quickly switched off power supply to the refrigerator," Sonakshi, a Class II student, told the police.

Chiku was declared dead on arrival at SSKM Hospital.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Vacant Seats At Presi

As many as 123 undergraduate seats in the reserved categories at Presidency University have remained vacant after the second counselling.

The university will appeal to the backward classes welfare department to dereserve the seats.

"Once the seats are dereserved, we will hold a third round of counselling and try to fill them up with general category students," said Arabinda Nayak, chairperson of the Presidency admissions committee.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. JU Council To Meet Tomorrow

The Jadavpur University executive council will meet on August 29 for the first time since July 10 when members decided to retain undergraduate admission tests in six humanities subjects.

The gap is long, according to many on the campus, especially after five meetings between 15 June and 10 July to take a call on the admission process.

The council, the university's highest decision-making body, generally meets twice a month or at least once a month, a council member said.

"Even after 10 July, a chaotic situation prevailed on the campus.

"So, there was a delay in holding the meeting," Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, the acting registrar, said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Salt Lake Dengue Fighter Beaten Up

A civic worker was allegedly beaten up by the owner of a three-storey house in Salt Lake when he went there to spray larvicide on Monday morning.

Vinit Agarwal, 45, a trader who owns the house, was arrested based on a complaint lodged by an official of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation.

Ashim Sarkar, 28, and two others were going around GD block for door-to-door visits as part of the civic body's vector-control drive.

The men rang the doorbell of GD 308. "The door was answered by Agarwal, who asked them why they had come to disturb him," said Devashish Jana, the councillor of Ward 34 of Salt Lake. "The workers told him they wanted to check for accumulated fresh water inside and spray some larvicide. On hearing this, Agarwal started abusing them."

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Senior Support For Junior Doctors' Security

Senior officials and doctors of the NRS Medical College and Hospital joined a junior doctors' rally on Monday to protest an alleged mob attack.

Junior doctors of the government-run hospital were allegedly assaulted by relatives of a patient on Sunday afternoon and abused in another incident at night.

"We are concerned about the safety of our young doctors who have been assaulted. Such incidents keep happening. We are walking with them today because there is a need to spread awareness among people that they should not take the law in their hands and assault doctors," said Saibal Mukherjee, the principal of the institute.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Woman ‘Kills Self’ After In-Laws Refused To Let Her Go Home For Rakhi

A woman hanged herself at her house in Howrah district Sunday after her in-laws allegedly refused to let her go to her parents’ home to celebrate rakhi, police said. The incident took place in Chamrail area of Liluah. The deceased has been identified as Suparna Jana.

“The victim was found dead at her in-laws’ house. Her husband, identified as Arun Jana, has been arrested under the charge of abetment to suicide,” said a police officer. No suicide note was found, the officer added.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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