QKolkata: Panchayat Poll Nomination Deadline Ends Today & More

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a protest rally in Kolkata.

1. No Second Chance For Those Who Have Withdrawn: SEC

The State Election Commission (SEC) said on Sunday that rural poll candidates who have already withdrawn from the contest in a particular seat on 12 April cannot file nominations in that seat again. The SEC, however, said it would not stop such candidates from filing nominations from other seats. Following the Calcutta High Court order, the four-hour window for filing nominations opens at 11 am on Monday.

The commission has convened an all-party meeting during the day to decide on probable poll dates. On Saturday, the commission issued a re-worked schedule, fixing 28 April as the last date of nomination withdrawal.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. No Sanction Issued To Pave Tree Bases: KMC

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), which is the custodian of the trees in the city, has claimed the paving of tree trunks to advertise brands was done without its permission. The issue assumes significance following a study that revealed that several trees that were uprooted in Tuesday’s squall had been paved with concrete and glazed tiles around the base.

After letters from an environment action group to the municipal commissioner in January did not elicit a response, it filed an RTI on the issue. DG (parks and squares) has stated that the structures at the base of trees were not constructed by the department, nor was permission issued to anyone to build the structures or advertise any brand.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Won’t Return As Akademi Chair: Saoli Mitra

Saoli Mitra on Sunday ruled out all possibilities of her returning as the chairperson of the Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi. “I am finally cutting off all possibilities of my returning to the chair of Paschim Banga Akademi,” said the actor-director.

In December last year, Mitra had sent a letter to chief minister Mamata Banerjee asking to be relieved off her duties. Inability to function in the absence of proper infrastructure had forced her to tender her resignation from the assignment that she took on in 2012 at the CM’s request.

Mitra had publicly announced her decision to resign in January this year. Before matters could get awkward, state education minister Partha Chatterjee had intervened and assured Mitra that all her hurdles would be removed.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. NGO Plays Matchmaker For Senior Citizens

Kajol Chowdhury lost her husband 24 years ago. She channelled all her energy into raising her son. But today, with her son having settled with his own family, the 69-year-old feels lonely. Chowdhury was one among the group who turned up for the senior citizen matrimony and companionship meet on Sunday. “My son is happily settled and looks after me well. But deep down I feel lonesome as all my siblings, too, have passed away. I’m here looking for a soulmate,” said Chowdhury, New Alipore resident.

Organised by Thikana Shimla, the meet provided a platform for single senior citizens to interact. Ashish Ganguly, in his 60s, had turned suicidal after he lost his wife to cancer six-years-ago. He engaged in social activities of keep himself busy but at home, loneliness would haunt him. “I keep looking for a companion to fill the void inside me. I hope to find true friend at this meet,” said Ganguly.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Highway Accident Claims Father, Son

The son-in-law and four-year-old grandson of a city councillor were killed after the car in which they were travelling home rammed into a truck on National Highway 6 in Uluberia, Howrah, early on Sunday. Three others in the car, a Swift Dzire, were critically injured.

The accident occurred while the family was returning home after dinner at a restaurant in Kolaghat, around 65km from the heart of Calcutta.

At the wheel was Pritam Saha, 35, the son-in-law of the Trinamul councillor of Ward 7 of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, Bapi Ghosh, an officer of Uluberia police station said. "He lost control of the vehicle and the car rammed into a truck from behind," the officer said.

Saha and his son Shivam were declared dead on arrival at Uluberia Sub-divisional Hospital. The councillor's wife Madhumita, 48, and daughter Shatarupa Saha, 30, were shifted to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals on EM Bypass.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Electronic Eye Over Salt Lake Footbridges

Police are fitting a dozen footbridges in Salt Lake with CCTV cameras that can capture images at night as well.

The cameras will help the police track down criminals who use these bridges across the Kestopur Canal and the Eastern Drainage Canal to flee the township after committing a crime, an officer of Bidhannagar commissionerate said.

There are at least eight footbridges across the Kestopur Canal connecting the township with Lake Town, Kestopur and Golaghata among others along VIP Road.

Three new bridges are being built over the Eastern Drainage Canal in place of the older ones to connect Salt Lake with Sukantanagar near Nicco Park and the Chingrighata crossing on the Bypass between the sluice gate near Sector V and Chingrighata.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Knights Crush Waste Attack At Eden

The Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday stumped waste generated on match days at the Eden Gardens fair and square.

The team on Sunday installed an organic waste converter at Eden to segregate leftover food items from the 900-odd kg of waste that a typical IPL match at the stadium generates. The machine will recycle the waste into organic manicure.

The venture, a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) clean-sweep mission, was formally announced on the occasion of Earth Day, in the presence of the team's co-owner Juhi Chawla, managing director & CEO Venky Mysore, head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich.

The team has tied up with Reddonatura, a private company associated with integrated waste management and food waste solutions, to set up the converter.

The machine has been installed just beneath the gallery adjacent to B block at Eden.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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