QKolkata: No Entry for ‘Sexist’ JU Prof; Bus Rams Into School Bus

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Kanak Sarkar, a Jadavpur University professor, has received massive backlash for a Facebook post comparing the virginity of a woman with the seal of a “cold drink bottle or a packet of biscuits.”

1. JU No-Entry to Prof Till Inquiry is Over

Jadavpur University on Wednesday, 16 January, divested Kanak Sarkar of his teaching duties and barred him from entering the campus with immediate effect, pending inquiries by the state women’s commission and the JU’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC).

“In view of the recommendation of the department of international relations (IR), Kanak Sarkar is divested of his teaching duties with immediate effect. A decision on substitute arrangements will be taken at the Board of Studies meeting on January 18,” IR department head Om Prakash Mishra said on Wednesday.

Vice-chancellor Suranjan Das told reporters that Sarkar won’t be allowed to “take classes or enter the campus with immediate effect” till the inquiries by the university-appointed committee (ICC), the state women’s commission and national women’s commission are over. “We took the step after talking to students, IR department and the ICC,” he said.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. 14 Kids Injured as Racing State Bus Rams Into School Bus

A state bus racing against another on a near empty Maniktala Main Road early on Wednesday morning hit a school bus ferrying students to DPS Ruby Park, leaving 14 children injured – most with facial wounds – and all of them in severe trauma.

The school bus heading towards Kankurgachhi from Maniktala had just crossed the underpass below the railway bridge when it came face to face with a state bus that was trying to overtake a car after having overtaken another state bus. Drivers of both buses tried to swerve to their left to avoid collision but the school bus driver did not have much room to his left. The state bus grazed the school bus’s right front corner, shattering the windshield and the headlamps.

“I saw the bus speeding straight at me. I applied the brakes immediately and hoped the other bus would do so, too, and veer back to its lane. It did veer left but not soon enough to avoid collision,” school bus driver Murari Das recounted.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Mamata Decides to Build Tajpur Port Without Centre's Stake

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that her government would on its own develop a proposed deep-sea port in East Midnapore’s Tajpur, signalling intent to no longer involve the Centre in the Rs 13,000-crore project before the general election.

“We will develop the Tajpur port on our own. This will generate employment opportunities in the state. The port will boost the state’s economy too,” Mamata said while leaving state secretariat Nabanna in the evening.

Asked if the state government was withdrawing itself from the 2017 agreement through which it had given the Centre 74 per cent stake in the development of Tajpur port, the chief minister said: “I can say that we will develop the port on our own.”

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Buffaloes, Pigeons Take Over Closed North Bengal School

Gyanoday Primary School had shut in 2012 and is now home to two buffaloes.

One can also find pigeons fluttering to a pigeonhole but not students, teachers, desk and blackboards.

Who let the buffaloes in?

The answer is clear in Gopaldhara-Rangbhang valley: successive politicians who ruled the hills but dragged their feet to put in place a proper education system.

The school, 7km from here, was established in 1995 by the Subash Ghisingh-headed Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC).

The school started with no permanent teachers. Four volunteers used to teach the 45-odd students.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Upset Over Maths Test, Girl Jumps to Death

A 15-year-old girl – a student of Class X at a well-known school in the northern suburbs of the city – reportedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of her private tutor’s residence in central Kolkata. She was clutching onto her suicide note when her body was found.

Police sources said the girl, identified as Anishka Roy, was not happy with with her maths test in the pre-board exams that she wrote two days ago. One of the toppers in her class, the Cossipore resident had chosen to travel to her science tutor’s residence on Jatindra Mohan Avenue before jumping from the fifth-floor terrace around 6pm on Wednesday. “She had been suffering from depression due to pressure of studies,” said an investigating officer. The Burtolla police though have not ruled out other possibilities yet even as they wait for her post-mortem report. An inquest has been ordered.

(Source: The Times of India)

6. City Boy Youngest Ever to Scale 7 Peaks, 7 Volcanoes

Satyarup Siddhanta (35), an IT professional from Kolkata, scaled Mount Sidley in Antarctica on Wednesday morning to become the youngest climber in the world to have scaled seven peaks and seven volcanic summits. So far, Australia’s Daniel Bull, held the world record in the the Guinness World Records. Around 6.28am on Wednesday, Siddhanta spiked the Indian flag on ice-covered Mount Sidley. The tracker on the satellite phone with Satyarup came to a halt at 6:28 am (India time) and remained like that for long. His last elevation point was also fixed at 4,224 metres.

“Such a long halt could only point at two possibilities. Either he made it or he was in trouble,” recounted Dipanjan Das, Siddhanta’s friend, who had been tracking his movements throughout his journey to Mount Sidley, the most remote volcanic summit in the world.

Soon after, Das’s phone buzzed and Siddhanta said: “I made it. I am dedicating this summit to my country and my family.” Even before he could say something else, the signal snapped.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. Retired Bank Official Falls Unconscious While Driving, Hits 2

Six persons, including a retired bank official who was driving a car, were injured in an accident on Wednesday morning near Chaliya on NSC Bose Road. Among the injured were the retired bank official, Loknath Basu’s, wife, their friends, a food delivery person, and a coconut seller.

Basu’s wife and friends, who were in the car, said that he suddenly fell unconscious while driving and hit a food delivery person, later identified as Md Wasim Ali (23). Ali was dragged for about 30 metres before the car stopped after crashing into a tree along the road.

Basu, who is over 60 years old, was admitted to Fortis Hospital, Anandapur. Doctors said he had suffered serious cervical injuries and his condition was critical.

(Source: The Times of India)

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