QKolkata: Mamata Visits Mukesh Ambani; Explosives In Gurung Turf

Your daily lowdown on all things Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

1. Mamata Calls On Mukesh

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee called on Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani at his Mumbai residence on Tuesday and invited him to the Bengal Global Business Summit ( BGBS).

"He will come. I also asked him to invest in Bengal. He has already invested and said he would invest more. That is good news for Bengal," Mamata said while leaving the Ambani home, Antilia, where she spent nearly 90 minutes.

“It was a courtesy meeting. We had a very cordial meeting. Nita ( Ambani's wife) is away on some personal matter. I was here to invite him to the BGBS next year," Mamata said. Ambani had participated in the 2016 edition of the business summit.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. 40kg Gelatin Sticks Found From Gurung Turf

Police on Tuesday recovered 40 kg of gelatin sticks from Vah-Tukvar tea estate, about 12 kilometres from Darjeeling town. The tea estate is located in the Tukvar constituency, from where GJM president Bimal Gurung had been elected to the GTA.

This is the second major haul after the 13 October 2017 police raid in the forests along the Bengal-Sikkim border in which sub-inspector Amitava Malik was killed in an encounter between police and Gurung's men.

Investigators are trying to find out if these 102 sticks had been stolen from the NTPC project site at Negi under the Poolbazar police station area during the Gorkhaland agitation on 22 June. In all, 480 gelatin sticks had been stolen from Negi that day.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. 4 Days, 4 Deaths: Dengue Run Spreads Panic In Kamarhati

Kolkata is reeling under an onslaught of dengue.
Kolkata is reeling under an onslaught of dengue.
(Photo: iStock)

Dengue claimed two more lives in the Belgharia-Kamarhati area on the northern fringes of the city since Monday night. While a septuagenarian succumbed at Kamarhati Sagar Dutta Medical College on Tuesday morning, a 40-year-old homemaker from Deganga died of dengue on Monday evening, taking the total death toll in North 24 Parganas to 27 in the past three months. The vector-borne disease has claimed at least four lives in the Kamarhati Municipality area in the last four days.

In Kamarhati, 71-year-old Banshi Hazra, a resident of Belgharia's Mohini Mill quarter near Nandannagar at Ward 33, was suffering from fever for five days. After his condition turned serious on Saturday, he was rushed to the Sagar Dutta hospital. But his family members alleged that the hospital had initially refused to admit him, even though tests later confirmed the virus.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Partha Orders Party Probe

Partha Chatterjee, Education Minister, West Bengal.
Partha Chatterjee, Education Minister, West Bengal.
(Photo Courtesy: The Hindu)

The local unit of Trinamul will investigate a party councillor's suspected role in the ransacking of a Calcutta University hostel in the Bowbazar area on Monday.

Partha Chatterjee, education minister and Trinamul secretary general, made the announcement on Tuesday.

The inmates and employees of Buddhist Students' Hall have lodged a complaint with the university authorities claiming many of the 20 men who had raided the hostel and attacked them were supporters of the ruling party.

The inmates have said in their complaint that some were known to be close associates of the local councillor.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Tit For Tat: Now, Get Back What You Dump On Road

The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation is resorting to ‘tit for tat’ in an attempt to prevent garbage being thrown out in the open from various commercial buildings and piling up on the roads in Salt Lake and Rajarhat.

On Sunday night, the authorities of a multi-storied commercial building in Salt Lake's DD block opposite City Centre mall received a trash of its own generated garbage waste, which was kept just outside the building premise.

The authorities of the building alleged that the nuisance was done with the help of the local civic authorities.“One of the corporation officials came here and dumped all the waste inside the building premise,’’ said one of the employees of a company that owns the building.

Bidhannagar corporation mayor Sabyasachi Dutta did not deny the incident. “I have heard about such an allegation. I am looking into it,’’ he said.

Earlier in June this year, civic authorities had allegedly unloaded a truckload of garbage on the pathway of a confectionary outlet off VIP Road for not paying taxes.

Though the civic authorities denied any knowledge of the matter, the mayor had said that he did not find anything wrong in it as the confectionary was not paying any tax, including property tax, water supply tax and garbage maintenance, to the municipal corporation at that time.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Survivor Volunteers As Bait To Net Traffickers

A 30-year-old trafficking victim from the Bishnupur area of South 24 Parganas took it on herself to act as a bait for cops and led them to the arrest of four traffickers on Monday. The woman was trafficked to Delhi five years ago and has been facing threats after being rescued soon after.

Threatened repeatedly to withdraw her case, the victim was even offered a huge amount to change her statement against the traffickers. The victim is a resident of Bishnupur's Damdama.

For a woman who can barely make her ends meet – working as a daily labourer – it was an offer hard to refuse. She agreed to meet her tormentors at Sonarpur railway station on Monday night, but her motive was to use herself as a bait and help cops nab all the accused. Before meeting the accused, she had sent an SOS to NGO Shakti Vahini –which had rescued her five years back. The NGO in turn informed the top brass of South 24 Parganas police, who promised her of all help.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Japan Beauty Queen Traces Bengal Roots

Priyanka Yoshikawa.
Priyanka Yoshikawa.
(Photo: The Indian Express)

The great- granddaughter of Prafulla Chandra Ghosh, Bengal's first chief minister, is on a visit to the land of her ancestry after being crowned Japan's most beautiful woman in 2016.

As Miss Japan, 23- year-old Priyanka Yoshikawa last year became only the second woman of mixed race to represent the country of her birth at an international pageant.

Her crowning had created a stir in a country where barely two percent of biracial babies are born in a year.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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