QKolkata: Metro Fire Probe Continues; Filmmaker Mrinal Sen Dies

Your daily lowdown of all things Kolkata.

3 min read
The Victoria Memorial.

1. Probe Team Chief Gets Inside Smoke-Filled Metro Coach

On Sunday, Mohammad Latief Khan, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Eastern Circle, got firsthand experience of how Metro passengers must have felt after dense smoke entered their coaches near the Maidan station on Thursday evening. The CRS, who is probing the incident of a fire and dense smoke from under a coach, visited the spot on Sunday and waited inside the air-conditioned rake as Metro Railway personnel generated smoke and re-enacted their rescue efforts. This exercise will help the CRS decide whether some passengers were justified in smashing windowpanes and jumping out. Some of them received injuries in the process.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. In Death Too, No Fanfare

Mrinal Sen, the politically radical filmmaker whose knack for experimentation and unconventional treatment made him a pioneer of “new wave” cinema in India, died at his Bhowanipore home on Sunday morning. He was 95.

The director of Bhuvan Shome, Ek Din Achanak, Calcutta 71 and Khandhar, whose film-making career spanned from 1955 to 2002, had been unwell following a bout of fever, his family said.

Sen’s death marks the passing of a golden generation of Bengali filmmakers that also included Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak — the trio were born within four-and-a-half years of one another.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Kolkata Ready To Ring In New Year, Safely

In a zero-tolerance campaign against drunk drivers and rogue bikers, special police teams will hit the streets as early as 4pm on Monday since the police feel that early deployment of cops had helped curb the menace during Christmas. In the two-day period, including Christmas day, 75 people were arrested for driving drunk. In 2017, the number was over 100 in the same period.

At least nine crossings — including Park Street-Russell Street crossing, Park street-Chowringhee Road crossing and Mayo Road crossing — have been identified where traffic officials will put up points to check drivers with breathalyzers. A detective department team in plain clothes — specially tasked with prevention of drink-driving — has already been deployed since Christmas.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Two Hurt In Bypass Accident, Cops Start Drink-Driving Case

Two persons were injured after the Renault Duster they were travelling in rammed into an iron guardwall at the New Garia-Airport Metro site in Panchannagram off EM Bypass early on Sunday.

Police said that the car bonnet got smashed and the wind shield broken. “The air bags were deployed when officers on night patrol found the car on the middle of EM Bypass around 2.45am on Sunday. The driver and co-driver, both severely injured, were taken to a private hospital off EM Bypass from where they were later shifted to another private hospital,” said police.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Wetland ‘Filled’ On Airport Premises

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Friday lodged a complaint with the airport police alleging that a promoter had filled up a wetland on the airport premises and was attempting to illegally build flats. The complaint prompted the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation to demolish the illegal structures. However, the promoter is absconding.

The FIR stated that on 28 December, an inspection of the airport areas by AAI revealed that some miscreants had filled up a waterbody in Khamruipara on Kaikhali-Nayaranpur Road. The AAI attached 12 photographs of the disputed zone. The FIR also stated that the water body was being filled up by a builder/promoter, adjacent to the airport, to construct flats.

(Source: The Times Of Inda)

6. July Date For Xavier Law School In Calcutta

The proposed law school of St Xavier’s University is set to welcome its first batch of students in July 2019.

Father Felix Raj, vice-chancellor of the university, said on Thursday Xavier Law School had been modelled on prominent law institutions such as the Nalsar University of Law, in Hyderabad; National Law School of India University, in Bangalore; and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta.

Xavier Law School will come up on the university’s 17-acre New Town campus.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Jadavpur University In Run For Rs 125cr Central Research Aid

Jadavpur University is in the reckoning for a Rs 125-crore investment by the Centre.

The university has been identified by the Centre’s department of science and technology as one of the four new centres across India for Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facilities.

“If selected, the university will receive a Rs 125-crore investment,” Jadavpur University (JU) vice-chancellor Suranjan Das said. “The fact that we have been identified as one of the four centres is a recognition of our pursuit for excellence. I believe the quality of our proposal will make us eligible for the grant.”

(Source: The Telegraph)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!