QKolkata: Won’t Allow Lesbianism In Schools, Says Minister & More

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West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee. 

1. ‘Won’t Allow Lesbianism In Schools’: Bengal Education Minister

Lesbianism (or homosexuality) of any kind will not be tolerated in Bengal schools. That was the clear message from state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, who was responding to an incident that happened in South Kolkata’s Kamala Girls’ High School. Students and parents of the school have alleged that twelve girls of the class 9 were threatened with expulsion, because they were displaying “lesbian behaviour.”

In an interview to The Quint, the minister said that he “will not inculcate the idea of lesbianism at school. “If it’s a personal matter, it should be taken up outside of school. You can’t inculcate your personal ideas in the school. It can influence others,” he said.

Read the full story here.


2. Wife Questions Sovan Income

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee's father-in-law Dulal Das and wife Ratna on Wednesday, 14 March, sought an inquiry into his source of income after he accused his estranged spouse of being in the habit of "splurging".

"If the mayor's allegation (about Ratna) are true, then I want to ask from where did he get the money that my daughter used to splurge? I seek a proper probe into his source of income," Das, who is the chairman of Maheshtala Municipality, said in an interview to ABP Ananda.

Ratna, in a separate interview to the television channel, asked the same question as her father. "I pay more income tax than Sovan babu. And if his allegations are correct, let him come out with his source of income. Where did he get so much money to give me for my unlimited spending?"

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Shami Wife Fires Fresh Salvo

Cricketer Mohammad Shami's wife Hasin Jahan on Wednesday, 14 March, claimed he had met a Pakistani woman in Dubai to "take money."

"I don't have evidence for this but when I confronted Shami and asked him why he had met her in Dubai, he said she handed over some money," Hasin said.

She spoke about a person named Mohammad Bhai who is based in England. He hosted Indian cricketers and showered them with "gifts," she claimed.

A purported voice clip of Shami and Hasin talking emerged earlier in the day.

Shami had recorded his WhatsApp call to her on Tuesday and deliberately leaked it to the media on Wednesday to malign her, she alleged.

In the clip, it seems Shami is asking Hasin to start afresh, leaving behind the past.

"It is a planned move to record the conversation and malign me in public. He does not want reconciliation," Hasin said.

(Source: The Telegraph)


4. Kolkata 2nd Among Cities In Quality Of Governance

Kolkata has ranked second among 23 major Indian cities in an annual survey that evaluates the quality of governance in cities, comfortably beating more fancied rivals like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Kolkata has scored over most of the other major metros in the four parameters, finishing second on empowered and legitimate political representation, third in urban planning & development, sixth in urban capacity and resources and 10th in transparency, accountability and participation.

This is the fifth year that the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation, has released its report on Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS).

Delighted by the city’s performance in the survey, mayor Sovan Chatterjee said the Kolkata Municipal Corporation would try to ensure that the city finished first the next time. “Kolkata can be number one in a couple of years,” he said.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Mom's Body Found At Home, Engineer Missing for a Week

A 72-year-old woman was found dead — rigor mortis had already set in and she had developed gangrene on her legs — at her three-storey house near Vivekananda Park at Bansdroni on Wednesday, 14 March.

The deceased, identified as Vandana Baghchi, had been bed-ridden over the past two-and-a-half years. All her three sons are engineers.

While the eldest one, Dibyendu, is an employee at ONGC and lives separately in a nearby house, the two others lived with her. Police and neighbours claimed the two younger sons suffered from psychiatric disorders. The middle son went missing a week ago, cops said.

“On Wednesday afternoon, the youngest brother walked up to Dibyendu’s house to inform him that their mother had passed away. Dibyendu then called up the Bansdroni police station. We reached the house to find the woman’s body in her room. Gangrene had developed on both her legs. There were several medical devices on her body, indicating that her health had to be monitored,” an investigating officer said. “But most importantly, rigor mortis had set in and neighbours complained of stench coming from the house. We are not sure when the woman had died. So, have sent the body for post-mortem.”

(Source: The Times of India)


6. Metro Plans E-Tickets to Reduce Commuters' Queue Torment

Metro Railway hopes to introduce a mobile-based e-ticketing system in the next 3-4 months. Once the system is in place, those with smartphones will no longer have to queue up for tokens. Metro is also in talks with banks to create an e-wallet that will enable daily passengers to recharge smart cards online.

“A contract has already been awarded to the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) to create the software that would run this system. This will cost Rs 1.5 crore-Rs 2 crore and they have already started working on the project. Very soon, Metro will be signing a sort of Memorandum of Understanding with CRIS with all details,” Metro Railway CPRO Indrani Banerjee said.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. School Lodges FIR as Kids Walk Through Wall Debris

The authorities of Modern English Academy in Barrackpore on Wednesday, 14 March, lodged an FIR against the Cantonment Executive Officer (CEO) of Barrackpore Cantonment Board (BCB) and the board’s civil engineer in connection with Tuesday’s demolition of a portion of the boundary wall of the campus.

Some 130 ICSE candidates of the school had to wade through debris outside the school gate on Wednesday to take their Hindi examination. A senior school official said, “The cantonment board authorities should not have brought down the wall when the ICSE exam was on. At least 130 ICSE students of our school are appearing from their home centre. On Wednesday, the candidates had to walk through debris to enter the campus.”

When a TOI team visited the spot on Wednesday morning, senior officials of the school, BCB’s civic members and some guardians expressed their anger against the personnel who reportedly masterminded the operation. Though the school authorities claimed the operation was carried out “without any notification,” TOI found a notice outside school’s gate.

(Source: The Times of India)

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