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QKolkata: Poll Violence Continues; Parents Protest School Fee Hike

Your daily lowdown of all things Kolkata.

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1. No Let-Up In Poll Violence: TMC Leader Killed During Victory Rally

A Trinamool leader from Sashan in North 24 Parganas was killed and a CPM leader shot at in Alipurduar on Wednesday in the run-up to the rural polls in which at least one person died and many, including policemen, were injured during the last week. Complaints of threats, intimidation and attacks poured in with unfailing regularity even as the state election commission is set to enter the third phase: withdrawal of nominations from Thursday.

Trinamool local unit head from Sashan, Sofiar Rehman, 54, was stabbed to death by an arch-rival, Rajab Ali, while Rehman was leading a victory rally after winning all 17 gram panchayat seats uncontested in the Falti-Beliaghata area under Barasat II. The assailant was severely assaulted before being rescued by police.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. I Know How To Resurrect Mom, Claims Behala Man

Behala resident Subhabrata Majumdar, who had kept his mother’s corpse in a refrigerator for three years, is convinced that he possesses indepth knowledge about reviving the dead. The 46-year-old told doctors at Calcutta Pavlov Hospital that he has been researching on this subject for a long time and was about to get a patent for his findings.

“From our assessment, the patient is suffering from a series of psychotic conditions, including grandiose delusion and delusion of persecution,” Dr Srijit Ghosh, head of psychiatry at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital told TOI. The professor of psychiatry is heading the seven-member medical board treating Majumdar.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Fee Hike Row: Decision Pending At Two Schools

Two schools on Wednesday held meetings with parents over fee hike. The decision is pending in both cases.

At the first school, cops arranged a meeting between the parents - who blocked AJC Bose Road on Tuesday - and the school. Nikhat Parvin, mother of a Class-II student, said, "After the meeting, we were told only Rs 40 a month will be reduced from the hiked fee. If the school doesn't reduce Rs 100 from the hike by 9 am on Thursday, we will again resort to agitation".

At the other school, parents agitated on the premises over alleged fee hike. Some later met the authorities who asked for some time to decide on it. The next meeting is on 22 April.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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4. Man in Net For Trying to Dupe Kidney Patients

Jadavpur (east) police have arrested one Suman Sinha alias Sameer (37), a resident of Khardah, for allegedly trying to dupe at least three persons by promising them “artificial kidneys” by posing as an official of a top Secunderabad-based hospital.
Suman had walked into the waiting room of Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata a little after Tuesday midnight to try and trap kidney patients and their kin.

According to DC (east) Rupesh Kumar, the hospital authorities reported Suman to the police after they noticed him moving suspiciously in their lobby a little after midnight. “We detained the suspect and interrogated him. Su man said he, along with one Kaustav Dasgupta and some others, would pose as representatives of a top Indian hospital with multiple branches across India. They claimed they were ready with an offer hard to resist at their Secunderabad branch,” an investigator said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Criterion Switch In JU Evening Tech Course

Jadavpur University has reverted to the earlier eligibility criterion for the evening classes of the bachelor of engineering (BE) programme, reinstating Madhyamik or equivalent as the minimum required degree.

The university had earlier decided that only those who had passed the Higher Secondary exams would be eligible for the evening course from the 2018-19 academic year.

Pressure from student unions and a fear that a higher bar might come in the way of filling up the 120 seats in the five-year course seem to have led to the change in policy.

Two other requirements - a polytechnic diploma in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering and job experience of at least one year - remain the same.

JU scrapped the rule that was set to be introduced this year in a notification issued on 7 April, which was the original last date for the submission of application forms for appearing in the entrance test for the course.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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6. Pedestrian Killed In Kasba Pile-Up

A father of two was killed and seven others were injured near the Acropolis mall on Wednesday when a minibus allegedly racing another ploughed into two autorickshaws and a car in a sequence of recklessness frequently played out on Calcutta roads.

Police said it wasn't immediately clear if pedestrian Biswanath Halder, 43, was fatally knocked down before or after the bus on the Anandapur-Howrah route suddenly veered left and rammed into the parked vehicles at 10.50am.

He was taken to Ruby General Hospital but declared dead on arrival.

The victim, a resident of Nonadanga near the Bypass, used to work for a decorator. Biswanath and his wife have two daughters.

The injured include the drivers of the two autorickshaws and a couple of passengers who were waiting for the remaining seats to fill.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. The Right Help To Start Success Stories

Abul Khair, 59, of Tiljala had no fixed income till 2011. Life changed at 50 when he joined a garment factory as a tailor, earning Rs 250 a day. Two years later, he started his own manufacturing unit.

Khair's unit today has an annual turnover of around 3.5 crore and he dreams of opening his own store.

"I failed to get a permanent job despite clearing my Madhyamik exam," said the man who would sustain his family of six with what he earned from odd jobs.

Things took a turn for the better when he got the tailor's job in 2011. Soon, he became a superviser with a monthly salary of Rs 10,000.

But the biggest leap came when, encouraged by his employers, Khair started his own business in 2013. "I got a place in Tiljala and started off with five machines. We would stitch garments for women," said Khair, who now has 150 machines and 200 people working for him.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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