QKolkata: CM Prods To Release Doctors On Paid Study Leave & More

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1. CM Prod To Release 105 Doctors On Paid Study Leave

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday "intervened" to have 105 MBBS doctors working in government hospitals released on paid leave to pursue postgraduate studies, ending a prolonged stand-off that has spawned a batch of court cases.

The breakthrough came after an eight-member delegation representing the doctors, who have petitions pending in the high court against the health department, met the chief minister at her Kalighat residence in the morning.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Beheaded Body In Jute Bag

The beheaded and mutilated body of a microfinance bank employee who had been reported missing since Wednesday afternoon was found in a jute bag beside a road in Salap, Howrah, the next morning.

Police said Partha Chakrabarty, 33, had been out collecting loan instalments from customers of the bank. He had last texted a senior colleague to say that he was on his way to meet a set of customers before wrapping up for the day.

The body was identified as that of Partha by his colleagues and two persons with whom he shared a flat above the microfinance bank's branch in Salap. Although the head, hands and the portion below the knees were missing, the victim's clothes helped confirm his identity, the police said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Delay Compounds Hawker Problem

Each day's delay in implementing the recently published rules for hawkers means more vendors are settling down on pavements, officials said.

The municipal affairs department wrote to all municipal corporations and municipalities on 9 August asking them to implement the West Bengal Urban Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Rules 2018, sources in the government said. A copy of rules was sent with the letter.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. 100 CMC Wards At Dengue Risk

At least 100 of the 144 wards in Calcutta are vulnerable to dengue with 109 cases reported between 15 and 22 August.

The government has hardly ever accepted that dengue is a problem but now a survey by a government agency has shown how widespread the problem is.

The study shows not just wards on the outskirts of Calcutta (Kasba, Tiljala and Behala) where vigil is lax but also places in the heart of the city like Girish Park, Jorasankao, Ahiritola, Shyambazar, Ballygunge and Kalighat have been hit by the mosquitoes menace.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Slap-Accused Cop Switches Hospitals

The officer-in-charge of Jadavpur police station who had allegedly assaulted a doctor at CMRI on Wednesday evening got himself discharged from the Ekbalpore hospital and admitted to another hospital on Thursday.

Doctors at CMRI said Pulak Kumar Dutta, 50, did not specify why he wanted to be discharged. He later got himself admitted to Ruby General Hospital, off the Bypass.

Two complaints were lodged against Pulak Kumar Dutta, the officer, with the deputy commissioner of police, south, on Thursday evening.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Classical To Cool, CU Has A Potteresque Transfiguration

If you prefer Rowling to Rimbaud and Dylan to Dickens, you may be in for a treat. Calcutta University (CU) has introduced ‘Harry Potter’, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and ‘Thakumar Jhuli’, among others, as part of its majorly revamped English postgraduate syllabus, starting from the current academic year.

And yes, since Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’ is also part of the syllabus, you might even be graded on your ability to correctly answer a question made famous years ago by arch-villain Gabbar Singh: “Kitney admi thhey?”

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. 10,000 Gallstones & Counting Found In Man

Doctors at Medical College and Hospital (MCH) extracted more than 10,000 stones from the gall bladder of a 40-year-old nutritionist on Wednesday. Dr Rajib Chowdury is now recuperating in the hospital.

The Dum Dum Cantonment resident came to the general surgery OPD at MCHK with abdomen pain about one and half month ago. Investigations by USG of the abdomen detected stones in the gall balder. Chowdhury was admitted in the hospital on Monday. The stones were removed through a micro surgery on Wednesday.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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