QKolkata: Fog Causes Health Worries; Tussle In Rose Valley Probe
The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. 
The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. (Photo: Reuters)

QKolkata: Fog Causes Health Worries; Tussle In Rose Valley Probe

1. Fog, Dip In Max Temp Trigger Health Worries

An overcast sky and a morning fog made Kolkata chilly despite a marginal rise in minimum temperature on Tuesday. The maximum temperature, however, dropped four notches below normal to 22.6 degrees, contributing to the chill. While the fog and the cloud cover could persist on Wednesday, the minimum temperature will continue to rise marginally over the next 48 hours, said the Met office.

The early morning fog and the rise in particulate matter have led to a spurt in the number of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and asthma cases in Kolkata, pointed out experts. With moisture flowing into the region yet again, dengue, too, could persist for a few more weeks, it is being feared. “In winter, pollution levels rise. This time, we have had fog quite regularly in the mornings which is taking a toll on the health of those with respiratory distress. COPD patients, particularly, have been finding it difficult to cope with the polluted air. Those living in congested areas have been affected the most,” said Debashish Saha, consultant, AMRI Hospitals, Salt Lake.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. HC Puts Off DA Hike Case

Appeals by two Bengal government employees' unions challenging a state administrative tribunal order rejecting demands for a dearness allowance hike came up in Calcutta High Court on Tuesday, 19 December, but the hearing had to be deferred because of "technical flaws " in the petitions.

Justice Debasish Kargupta said the hearings would begin from 9 January on the appeals against the tribunal’s ruling that DA was the discretion of the state government.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Rose Valley Probe Tussle

Rose Valley’s incarcerated chairman, Goutam Kundu. 
Rose Valley’s incarcerated chairman, Goutam Kundu. 
(Photo: PTI)

The Enforcement Directorate ( ED) has written to Calcutta Police seeking specific information that prompted the force to send a letter to the central agency casting aspersions on its probe into the Rose Valley default, the letter duel bringing to fore the battle between Delhi and Calcutta.

In their letter dated 8 December, the police had noted that the agency did not attach some Rose Valley properties like those of the Chocolate group and Adrija, which allowed diversion of Rs 200 crore from the company.

Sources in Lalbazar said the ED — probing the money laundering aspects of the case — had now called for " sharing information " about the diversion the police claimed. The ED’s letter, signed by an officer investigating the case, is addressed to Calcutta police chief Rajeev Kumar.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Govt Gives Rs 34 Cr For Ghats' Upgrade

The government on Tuesday allotted Rs 34 crore to develop seven ghats along Dakshineswar and Belur.

"The Cabinet has approved a proposal to develop the ghats that are used to reach the Dakshineswar temple and the Belur Math," education minister Partha Chatterjee said at Nabanna. "We don’t undertake development projects based on religions." The chief minister told the Cabinet that the temple and Math authorities had requested the government to develop the ghats for the benefit of thousands of pilgrims and devotees, a minister present at the meeting said.

Kushal Chowdhury, secretary of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Debottar Estate, had written to Mamata Banerjee that the worn out steps of the ghats were posing a life threat to pilgrims taking a dip in the Hooghly, a temple source said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Vikram Free To Take Back Car

Sonika Chauhan and Vikram Chatterjee.  
Sonika Chauhan and Vikram Chatterjee.  
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

Actor Vikram Chatterjee can take home his Toyota Corolla Altis which has been parked in front of Tollygunge police station since it crashed on 29 April, leading to the death of model Sonika Singh Chauhan.

Vikram was driving Sonika home from a late-night party when the car crashed on Rashbehari Avenue. The Alipore court today gave "conditional release" to the white Toyota Corolla Altis against a bond of Rs 10 lakh, which the actor will have to pay if he fails to produce the car in court during trial.

"The order passed by sessions judge Suranjan Kundu says Vikram will not be able to change the basic characteristics of the car," said lawyer Anirban Guha Thakurta, who pleaded on the actor’s behalf for the release of the car.

The court has asked for photographs of the mangled car with his (Vikram’s) signature on the back. Vikram, out on bail, has been chargesheeted under IPC sections related to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, drunken driving, rash and negligent driving, causing mischief and causing grievous hurt by act of endangering life.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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6. Stationers Selling Cigs To Lose Licence

A woman smokes a cigarette. 
A woman smokes a cigarette. 
(Photo: Reuters)

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will not renew trade licences of the stationery shops that continue to violate the ban on selling cigarettes.

As part of an anti-smoking campaign, the KMC will send its trade licence department inspectors to identify such shops and issue warnings to the shopowners. KMC chairperson Mala Roy said, “If any stationery shop is spotted selling cigarettes despite warning, strict action will be taken against the owner and his trade licence will not be renewed.”

Roy was speaking at a meeting attended by members of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases — a Paris-based organisation working against tobacco use — NGO Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda and senior health department officials.

Shops selling other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco or gutkha will also come under the civic body’s lens. According to Debasish Kumar, member, mayor-in-council, nine state government departments and the Kolkata Police have started a major drive against smoking in public places. According to a civic official, Kolkata would follow the Gangtok, Darjeeling, Kochi and Shimla models to eliminate tobacco.

(Source: The Times Of India)

Also Read : What is an e-cigarette, Naidu asks Health Minister

7. Woman Foils Dupe Bid By FB ‘Friend’

The ‘internet awareness’ of a woman saved her from losing her money to a ‘British man’ she had befriended online. According to the Ultadanga police, the woman — a housewife from Bipin Mitra Lane of Shyambazar— had befriended a “British” man on Facebook. The two soon exchanged phone numbers and began to use WhatsApp to continue conversations.

Last week, this ‘friend’, who identified himself as Kelvin Smith, told her that he was planning to visit India before Christmas. “Accordingly, on Sunday he claimed to have landed in India at the Delhi airport,” she stated in her complaint.

“Around 10:10am, the woman received a phone call from this ‘British national’. He requested her to deliver Rs 35,000 as his immigration fee. He claimed that he was stopped from entering India as he had lost his ID card. As ‘proof ‘, he sent her photographs via WhatsApp, in which it appeared that he is a British citizen having passport no 500653931,” an officer said.

However, the complainant saw through his tricks and declined to pay. “Enraged at her refusal to pay, the suspect tried to scare her. He threatened to release morphed pictures of the woman over the internet. However, she stood her ground and did not pay and registered a complaint with us,” the officer added.

(Source: The Times of India)

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