QKolkata: National Gymnast Molested; Five New Courses At Xavier’s

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The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. 

1. National Gymnast Molested Twice In Presence Of Family

A 16-year-old national gymnast was allegedly molested on the road near her house at Sonarpur twice: First, when the Madhyamik examinee was on her way to her tuition with her mother on Monday evening, and when she was returning with her brother.

The 2016 state champion complained that a group of men allegedly forced her off a scooter that she was riding with her mother, and tried to drag her to a desolate place. Her brother, who was nearby, intervened but he was allegedly assaulted by the group.

“I was taking my daughter to her tuition class when three to four men stopped us near a local club and started harassing her. They tried to drag her away. We were near our home and I screamed out for my son and others. They assaulted him as well before letting my daughter go when neighbours joined us,” claimed the girl’s mother.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. Worried Over Drug Abuse, Cops To Counsel Students In Hostels

Kolkata Police is planning to counsel medical and engineering students in the city after recent arrests of peddlers revealed cases of drugs getting supplied to certain hostels. A section of teachers and students at medical colleges, however, believes alcoholism was a now a bigger problem on campuses and hostels and drug abuse has declined.

In the first phase, cops have plans to reach out to students residing at medical college hostels. Sources said police are soon going to moot a proposal in this regard before the administration of some specific medical colleges. The second phase will see cops addressing engineering students.

“The plan is to keep every stakeholder in the loop about the alarming development. We will finalise our action plan and block the dates only after we receive a green signal from the colleges,” said a senior officer at Lalbazar.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. More Drop Gates To Make Exide Crossing Clutter-Free

The process to install three new pairs of boom barriers at Exide crossing started on Tuesday to cover all four ends of the intersection in the next two days.

A second phase of trial run is scheduled to begin over the weekend or early next week, following which Exide crossing will be the first connector in the city to use the technologically advanced tools for pedestrian crossover movement.

Kolkata Police had installed the first pair of barriers at the crossing on 8 February and began a trial run last Monday. The barriers worked fine for three days, but then it started experiencing glitches. The machines were shut down and ropes made a comeback.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. All Packaged Water Must Have 3 Stamps Of Approval: Govt

After KMC’s crackdown on unsafe packaged water, the state has made it mandatory for all such water units to have certification from two food-security authorities, besides the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) seal of approval.

The BIS mark alone was not enough to guarantee purity of packaged drinking water, said consumers affairs department minister Sadhan Pandey at the state assembly on Tuesday, adding that every container must also carry certification from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the legal metrology department.

Besides, a task force will be set up to combat the menace, Pandey said. Headed by an additional district magistrate, the force — set up at Darjeeling, Hooghly, Howrah, North 24 Parganas, West Midnapore and Jhargram — will conduct raids on spurious packaged drinking water units across the state, shut them down and initiate criminal proceedings against the offending traders.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Howrah Lays Platform For New Look

The platforms of India's largest and busiest railway station have been rid of more than 100 illegal stalls since a drive started last month to reclaim space for passengers boarding or disembarking from up to 520 trains every day.

Railway officials said Howrah station, which currently has an average daily footfall of 10 lakh, would see more changes focused on making the passenger experience better.

"The key targets are to reduce congestion and provide better amenities. Passengers should get everything they need in the concourse area. They should enter the platform only to get on and off trains," said Manu Goel, divisional railway manager of Howrah.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Five New Courses At Xavier’s

St Xavier's University will launch a string of new courses in its second year after getting students for all 400 seats in its inaugural year.

The university run by the Jesuits will introduce five new courses in the academic session starting July.

The courses are BA honours in economics, English and mass communication, MA in economics, and MBA, Father Felix Raj, vice-chancellor of St Xavier's University, said.

There will be 60 seats in each of the new BA honours and MA economics courses, which will together create 240 new seats.

The new St Xavier's University B-school modelled on XLRI Jamshedpur that will run the MBA course from 2018 will have 120 seats, the vice-chancellor said.

"We are expecting to have 1,160 students in our second year of operation," Felix Raj said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Five-Year Jail For School Guard

A former security guard in a central Calcutta school was on Tuesday sentenced to five years' imprisonment and fined for an aggravated sexual assault on a child who was less than four years old when she was targeted.

Rajkumar Roy, 46, stood trial under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012, for assaulting the child in a washroom on the school campus last July. The girl's parents had lodged a complaint at Entally police station.

Jimut Bahan Biswas, special judge of the Pocso court in Sealdah, convicted Roy within a year of the case being started. Quoting from the judgment, the junior special public prosecutor Vivek Sharma said Roy would have to pay a fine of Rs 30,000 in addition to serving time in jail.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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