QKolkata: Adult Diapers, Not Foetuses; Woman Heads Christian Body

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The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. 

1. Forensic Report Confirms Cops’ Adult Diapers Theory

The forensic test report on the bloodstained packets recovered from a Haridevpur plot indicates that the city’s civic and police brass rushed there on a Sunday afternoon to inspect adult diapers.

Forensic experts said after inspection on Monday that the contents of the 14 bloodstained packets, recovered from a construction site on the city’s southern fringes, did not have any trace of human tissue but contained adult diapers. Conflicting statements from senior cops, who first said that the packets contained human remains but then backtracked, sparked off intense speculation on Sunday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Woman Helms Catholic Body

The Catholic Association of Bengal, an organisation of Roman Catholics, has got its first woman president in 107 years.

Angelina Mantosh Jasnani was elected president of the association by the executive committee at a meeting at the Presbytery of St Thomas Church on Middleton Row on Sunday.

"Angelina Mantosh Jasnani has become the first lady president of the Catholic Association of Bengal, the oldest Catholic lay organisation in Calcutta. She has been a woman of strength and dynamism, charitable and philanthropist all the way. Her taking over the mantle of the president will gap the distance between laity and religious and they will work hand in hand to boost the activities of the Church in Bengal," said a note issued by Father Devraj Fernandes on Monday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Trolleys 'Fine' But Not Handlers

Trolleys supplied to government-run airports in Chennai and Bhubaneswar are functioning fine but those of the same make in Calcutta are easily getting damaged because of improper handling by retrievers, the manufacturer has said.

Mumbai-based Delite Systems Engineering (India) Pvt Ltd has supplied 2,600 new trolleys to the airport since April and more than 100 of these have ended up with disfigured wheels within this short time.

"We have written to the airport authorities, pointing out that faulty handling of trolleys is causing the damage. There have been no complaints regarding the quality of our trolleys from other airports," a spokesperson for the company said from Mumbai.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Presi Call To Fill Infosys Chair

Presidency University has invited nominations for the post of Infosys distinguished chair professor in economics more than eight months after Pulak Ghosh, professor of decision sciences and information systems at IIM Bangalore, completed his two-year term and left.

Sources on the campus said a previous attempt to find someone for the chair was called off for want of suitable candidates willing to take the assignment.

Presidency's failure to get a new Infosys chair professor in economics means scholars suitable for the post are either do not find the institute attractive enough or are reluctant to work in Bengal.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Toy Train Hits Puja Hurdle

Toy trains are unlikely to run between New Jalpaiguri and Kurseong for at least another month, railway officials said on Monday.

The officials are not sure whether the services can resume ahead of the Puja when thousands of tourists, for whom the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is a major attraction, flock to the hills.

"Recurring landslides near Paglajhora (about 30km from here) have disrupted the service between NJP and Kurseong since 1 August. We had initiated restoration but three to four fresh landslides have stalled work. We could not carry out any permanent restoration at Paglajhora because boulders and mud are rolling down at regular intervals," DHR director MK Narzary said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Squash Wins Back Its Star, India Gets Medal

Ramit Tandon's journey from La Martiniere for Boys in Calcutta to the winners' podium at the 2018 Asian Games hasn't followed the usual curve of sporting success achieved through sweat and the sacrifice of myriad other ambitions.

The 26-year-old, who also studied at Columbia University, was till a year ago analysing equity and debt markets sitting in the New York office of a hedge fund. Squash remained his passion, but primarily as a leisure activity.

Last Friday, Ramit won an Asian Games bronze in Jakarta along with teammates Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu and Mahesh Mangaonkar, all three of them regulars in the competition circuit.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Edu Dept Seeks College Admission Report To Keep Tabs On Vacant Seats

The department of higher education has sought a detailed report on the admissions to the undergraduate courses at colleges affiliated to state-aided universities to keep tabs on vacancies so that students’ unions don’t sell off the unclaimed seats and also, to ascertain the effectiveness of extending the admission deadline twice that ended on 31 August.

In the report, individual colleges will have to submit details on the total number of seats, total number of seats filled, cancellations and the status of the reserved seats in various categories.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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