QKolkata: JU Panel to Meet; Mamata Faces Twin Troubles On Paddy

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Jadavpur University. 

1. VC Calls Council Meeting Today

Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das has convened a meeting of the executive council at 2pm on Tuesday to find a way out of the impasse on the admission process.

"Let the council meet and decide (the mode of admission)," Das told The Telegraph on Monday evening, hours after telling students on a fast that they may not "see me for long" and they will get "a better VC".

Das also sought to set the record straight on a Facebook post by English teacher and the government's executive council nominee, Manojit Mandal, about "the Chaudhuri dynasty" and "Ghosh and Company" on Saturday night.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Student On Fast Takes Ill, Mother Backs Cause

A second-year postgraduate student of international relations on hunger strike since Friday night was hospitalised on Monday afternoon after she felt dizzy and nauseous, which doctors later said were symptoms of a drop in blood sugar and pressure.

Somashree Choudhury, 22, was put on oxygen support and a saline drip, her mother told Metro after visiting her in the fourth-floor female ward of KPC Medical College & Hospital. "Doctors might keep her in the hospital for a couple of days at least. They have told us that we can give her liquids (soup)," Sujata Choudhury said.

Somashree and 19 other students of Jadavpur University have been on an indefinite hunger strike since 11 pm on Friday in protest against the executive council's decision to scrap entrance tests in six undergraduate arts courses. The prod for an admission system based on Class 12 scores came from the education minister.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Mamata Faces Twin Troubles On Paddy

Mamata Banerjee is trying hard to find out ways to counter the political fallout from the Centre's decision to increase procurement price of paddy but lack of funds and infrastructure could create trouble for her in the battle to woo farmers.

Bengal food and supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick said the state would increase the number of procurement centres by about 800 from next season that starts from September.

"We have a target to take the number of farmers to 25 lakh from 17 lakh under the procurement system. For this, we will keep our procurement centres open 365 days a year and would ensure no farmer returns without selling their produce," he said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Former National Shooter Molested Near Home, One Held

A 22-year-old former national champion shooter has allegedly been taunted and molested in Patipukur, off VIP Road, in daylight.

Mintu Bal, alias Babu, who runs a roadside fast-food stall in Patipukur, was arrested on Sunday following a complaint lodged by the woman with Lake Town police station.

Bal has been booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code, including 354D (stalking) and 509 (uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Panel Fines Clinic For Wrong HIV Diagnosis

The state health regulatory commission has asked a nursing home in Behala to pay Rs 30,000 to a man for wrongly diagnosing him as HIV positive in a blood test, hours before a fistula operation.

Subsequent tests at a government hospital ruled out the HIV. The commission said the hospital not only carried out a faulty test but flouted basic guidelines associated with HIV screening. "We find not only a wrong and faulty blood examination report... but the deficiencies are manifold," states the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission's order on Monday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Beniapukur On Boil After Daylight Shootout

A shootout between two gangs of local promoters on Monday left the residents of Syed Ahmed Shah Road off CIT Road in shock.

The rivalry, claimed residents of the Beniapukur area and police, stems from two areas of conflict — an illegal structure coming up behind the St James School and an illegal call centre being run in the area. The incident was reported around 4.30 pm.

Police said that at least one of the promoters — identified as Md Amin — was injured after a bullet grazed past him. His attacker — identified as Dipak Balmiki alias Lombu Pappu — was beaten up by locals after the attack. He fled, leaving the .7mm pistol at the spot. He is presently recuperating at an Ekbalpore nursing home from where he will be put under arrest, said south-east police sources. A case in this regard has been registered with the Beniapukur police.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. No Cash? Swipe Card To Pay Traffic Fine

Don’t have enough cash to pay traffic fines on the spot? Don’t fret, you can now pay the fines with a swipe of your credit or debit card.

The Bidhannagar police on Monday started a week-long trial for the new system of spot payment using card swipe machines. Currently, traffic fines can be paid online, using cards, off-line in designated bank branches and in some cases through payment service providers.

Traffic sergeants will carry a point-of sale (POS) or electronic data capturing machine for the purpose. Once a card is swiped, the machine will print two receipts — one for the traffic cop, the other for the person paying the fine.

(Source: The Times of India)

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