QKolkata: S Durga’s 1st Screening; No Mamata Meeting For Trump Jr

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A still from <i>S Durga</i>.&nbsp;

1. Kolkata Becomes The First City To Screen 'S Durga' After Certification Row

The city will be the first to host the screening of Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s ‘S Durga’ — the film which ran into a controversy over its screening at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) — after it finally cleared all the hurdles at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The first screening of the film in India, post the CBFC controversy, will be held at Chitrabani on 5 March along with a seminar on censorship in India. On 6 March, the director will be present at Jadavpur University’s film studies department for another screening.

The bone of contention regarding the certification of ‘S Durga’ was the allegation that the makers of the film had changed the original title “Sexy Durga” by erasing the letters “e”, “x”, “y” after the letter “s” in the title. But the white patches left while erasing the alphabets had created confusion. The glitches were finally cleared and on Wednesday. Sasidharan got the clearance to screen the film after it was viewed by the CBFC revising committee.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. Flip Side of Being Donald Trump Jr

The Trumps cannot "make it happen" anymore. They have been ruffed by the compulsions of a White House stint that demands that every member of the US First Family must steer clear of any hint of impropriety.

It is pretty well known that Donald Trump Jr, vice-president of Trump Organisation, a luxury real estate company, can't cut new real estate deals outside the US with his father in the White House.

But it now seems that he needs to be careful that he does not draw scathing criticism by holding any "special meetings" with political leaders as well for the same reason.

Donald Junior acknowledges that worldwide, the real estate business runs on networking with influential people.

"...So me doing what any other real estate person in the history of real estate would do is somehow gonna be spun as a negative. Frankly, it is just easier for me to avoid it," Trump Jr, elder son of US President Donald Trump, said when asked if he would meet chief minister Mamata Banerjee or industry minister Amit Mitra during his maiden trip to Calcutta.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. In Enteric Belt, Raids Unearth ‘Unsafe’ Water Units

A three-storey building deep inside Kasba Rajdanga looked desolate, even as there was a group of local residents huddled around it, looking deeply worried. On the narrow lane leading up to this house were hundreds of 20-litre plastic water jars. A little way off, smaller 1-litre and half-litre bottles — neatly packed and sealed — lie neglected, a gunny bag hurriedly pulled over them.

Just 24 hours ago, on Tuesday afternoon, a joint team of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police’s Enforcement Branch (EB) had raided this house, alleging the “water-manufacturing” unit was selling tap water as packaged drinking water. Since then, the facility has been shut.

Residents of this area, deep in the heart of the enteric zone, though, make a much more serious allegation: they say the water they filled up was sourced from the adjoining pond and being sold without proper treatment.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. VC Leaves CU Campus After 30 Hours In Office

Calcutta University vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, who had been on the campus since Tuesday, left on Wednesday evening after being holed up in her office for over 30 hours.

The VC had been on the campus when around 50 students — among the 57 who have been barred from appearing in the first and third semester examinations in the Bengali MA programme as they had failed to meet the requisite 55 percent attendance criterion — went on a dharna outside the Bengali department in Asutosh Building.

The total number of examinees for these two semesters was 753.

Though the students said they had not prevented the VC from leaving the campus, the she said since the girls are agitating overnight on campus, she too will not leave office till the students return home. “Today, I came out because I was feeling extremely unwell,” she said on Wednesday.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. School To Parent: Sorry You Can’t Afford Fees, Please Find Child’s TC

The state school education department has started an enquiry against a minority-run English medium school in Kidderpore after it allegedly handed a transfer certificate (TC) to a Class II student last month, when his parents asked for more time to pay the hiked fees. The school fees was increased from Rs 700 a month to Rs 1,000.

The TC, with the school secretary’s signature and seal, reads: “I’m sorry to hear you can’t afford my school fees. Please find your child’s TC enclosed. I wish your child all the best for future.”

West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) president Kalyanmoy Ganguly said the department submitted a report before the school education department and the chief minister’s office, after a detailed enquiry based on a complaint by the child’s father.

“No school can terminate the studies of a student just because his parents can’t afford the school fees. Now the department would decide on what action should be taken against the school,” said Ganguly.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Patient's Family Cries Negligence

The relatives of a patient who died at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday and some junior doctors on Wednesday filed assault complaints against each other.

Officers of Bowbazar police station arrested three of Singh's relatives in the evening. Aditya Kumar Singh's family members alleged medical negligence led to his death.

Singh, 43, was brought to the emergency ward with breathing problems around 9am on Tuesday. He was asked to get a chest X-ray done. He died around 12.30pm waiting at the radiology department.

"We had told doctors at the emergency to stabilise him before sending him for an X-ray. But they did not listen to us," Viki Singh, the patient's brother-in-law, said. "He died while waiting for his turn in the X-ray room."

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Teen Kills Self Over Bike

A teenager was found hanging in his room in Bishnupur, South 24-Parganas, on Wednesday.

Prasenjit Manna, 17, had an argument with his father Biswajit on Tuesday night after he refused to buy the teen a bike, police said.

"The two have had several quarrels over buying a bike," Prasenjit's grandfather Sudarshan Manna has told police. "Prasenjit would insist on a bike and his father would refuse."

Prasenjit would often borrow two-wheelers of his neighbours and relatives take them out for a spin, an officer of Bishnupur police team said. Some of his neighbours claimed he would often request them to lend him their bikes. On Tuesday night, he picked a fight with his father over buying a bike, the officer said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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