QKolkata: Mamata Slams Fuel Price-Hike, 73% Turnout in Maheshtala

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

1. Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling for 5-Day Trip, to Announce Developmental Schemes

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Darjeeling on Monday, 28 May, for a five-day trip during which she is likely to announce developmental initiatives. She will hold a series of meeting from Tuesday with representatives of community-based development boards in Kalimpong.

“The chief minister will talk to all heads of the boards… The agenda is not clear but we expect a lot of development initiatives will be announced… Some of the boards did not receive funds for the 2018-19 financial year,” said the head of a board. The boards had lied low during the Gorkhaland agitation for a separate state last year and were not supportive of the Mamata-led Trinamool Congress government.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Mamata Slams Centre for Fuel Price Hike

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday, 28 May, asked the central government to make efforts to control the rising prices of petrol and diesel.

“Fuel prices are increasing again and again. All are being badly affected: agriculture, transport and common people are being forced to bear burden. In spite of the grim situation, why isn’t the Central Govt taking any serious steps to find a solution? They need to act,” Mamata tweeted.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee later in the evening said that his party would organise a demonstration in Esplanade to protest against the issue.

(Source: The Indian Express)


3. Peaceful Maheshtala Clocks 73% Turnout

The Maheshtala Assembly bypoll held on Monday, 28 May, on the city outskirts, seven kilometres from Taratala towards Budge Budge, gave citizens a break from the continuing 40-day violence during the state rural polls.

People came out in large numbers amid peaceful polling, taking the voter turnout to 72.45 percent till 6 pm. According to election officials, the polling percentage may go up still, coming close to the 81.73 percent turnout this seat had clocked in the 2016 Assembly polls.

The byelection was held after the seat fell vacant following the death of sitting Trinamool Congress MLA Kasturi Das in February. Her husband and chairman of Maheshtala municipality, Dulal Das, is TMC’s candidate.

Both the Opposition and the ruling party gave credit to the central forces for the conduct of peaceful elections.

(Source: The Times of India)


4. Engineering Students Nudged to Earn Extra Credits in English

From this year, private engineering college students who are weak in English will be nudged to choose the language from a bouquet of soft-skill courses that they will be required to pursue to earn an additional 20 credits, which would eventually fetch them a ‘BTech with honours’ degree.

As per new proposals, all students will be required to earn 160 credits during the four-year course to get a BTech degree. The additional 20 credits will earn them a ‘BTech with honours’ degree. And, teachers will advise students weak in English to earn these extra 20 credits in the language.

The proposals for the 2018-19 academic sessions have been drawn up by the Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), to which all private engineering colleges are affiliated.

(Source: The Times of India)


5. Presidency University Writes to JEE Board Over Exam

Presidency University has asked the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) board to look into complaints of anomalies in the admission test for the undergraduate political science course.

Arabinda Nayak, the science dean and convener of the university's admission committee, had mailed the request to the board on 23 May after some SFI members had gheraoed him in his office for 19 hours. The students were protesting what they termed harassment of the examinees.

Students who took the admission test on 11 May said the change in question pattern had left them stumped. Metro had on 16 May reported about the inconvenience.

The students had claimed that the pattern was not what had been announced in the JEE board information brochure released in January.

(Source: The Telegraph)


6.CU Approves CBCS Syllabi

The Calcutta University syndicate approved on Monday, 28 May, the syllabi of 100 subjects for undergraduate courses in science and humanities under the choice-based-credit and semester systems that will come into effect in the 2018-19 academic year.

"The university has drawn up the syllabi of 100 subjects after seeking feedback from the heads of colleges over the past several months," vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said.

"The final draft, which the syndicate has approved, will be uploaded on the university website to make the colleges aware of the syllabus they will have to follow," she said.

The syndicate had on 21 April resolved to introduce the choice-based credit system (CBCS) at all postgraduate and undergraduate courses in the 2018-19 academic year.

(Source: The Telegraph)


7. Police Seek a 'Marvel' With Deadpool Post

Traffic officers in Calcutta are banking on Marvel maverick Deadpool to do what the threat of prosecution and no petrol have failed to achieve: get motorbike riders to wear helmets.

A post on the traffic police's Facebook page shows Deadpool, the wisecracking mercenary with super accelerated healing powers, wearing a helmet and seated on a fiery-red scooter. The caption reads: "I have super healing powers... You don't!! Always use helmets."

The post has been a runaway hit – just like the film – with more than 1,300 "likes" and 748 "shares" till Monday night.

Two-wheeler riders without helmets is a common sight in this city and the primary reason for fatal head injuries in road accidents.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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