QKolkata: Tollywood Mourns Sridevi; No More Relaxing After Exams

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Bollywood actor Sridevi no more.

1. Tollywood Mourns The Sudden Loss Of A Star

Sridevi’s sudden demise at 54 has come as a shock to the nation and, for Tollywood, it has snapped a connection that had never followed a screenplay. The star had established a link with the City of Joy, be it through flaunting our very own Sabyasachi’s saris on and off screen or making an appearance in Sourav Ganguly’s Dadagiri to promote her film.

However, for many, it was a matter of the heart that associated Sridevi with Kolkata. Since the 1980s, rumour mills in Tollywood had spoken in hushed tones about Mithun Chakraborty’s link with Sridevi. The stars had never gone on record about their relationship, yet, the gossip was unstoppable. During the 1980s, there were rumours that Mithun had married Sridevi. But there was never any official confirmation. It remained a subject people would discuss over tea, while Mithun continued staying happily married to Yogita Bali. In 1996, Sridevi tied the knot with Boney Kapoor and soon welcomed their first daughter.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. The Heat Is on, so Are Exams; Schools Issue Health Advisory

With the early onset of summer coinciding with school’s annual and board examinations, parents are worried about their children’s health.
March is yet to begin but the mercury already touched 35.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday, 25 February, five degrees above the normal mark. The only hope, as the weather office forecast, is that Monday will see a cloud cover, arresting the temperature rise over the next two days. “A cyclonic circulation over northern Chhattisgarh is expected to cause rain and thundershowers in neighbouring Jharkhand on Monday.

This weather system will impact Kolkata in the form of cloud cover. As a result, the temperature will drop by about one degree on Monday and Tuesday before it starts rising again on Wednesday,” said GK Das, director, (weather), Regional Meteorological Centre.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Private Hospitals Back on Expansion Path After Year of Violence

Private hospitals in the city are ready to revive their expansion plans, which they had shelved for a year as they bore the brunt of mob violence and tried to fend off allegations of medical negligence.

At least three of them, including a couple that faced several attacks over the past 12 months, are augmenting capacity through new units and more beds at their Kolkata centres and other Bengal districts. The tumultuous period, they believe, is over and a surge in patient numbers is imminent despite the state government pulling out of the Centre’s National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) that seeks to provide annual insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh to 10 crore low-income families.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. DM Skips Meet, Faces Centre’s Ire

The Rural Development Ministry will seek an explanation from the Bengal chief secretary on why West Midnapore district magistrate (DM) Jagdish Pras-ad Meena did not attend a review meeting that had been convened by the Union Minister of State in Kharagpur town on Sunday, 25 February.

Taking exception to Meena’s absence despite a letter from the chief secretary’s office on 22 February informing the state about the visit, minister Ram Kripal Yadav said a junior official had been sent to the meeting convened to review centrally financed rural development projects. District officials said the ADM in-charge of development had reported for the meeting. “Officials of the department concerned and the ADM attended the meeting,” Meena said.

“I have not seen any DM behave like this before,” fumed Yadav, adding that it was a matter of concern that central funds were unutilised.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Breaks They Are a Changin'

The time between annual exams in schools and results is no longer a blissful break for schoolchildren.

Pressure from parents who do not want their workday routine disrupted because of school holidays is one reason that has prompted schools to devise ways to keep students engaged.

Children in one school have been asked to fill a school wall with their art and those in another have their day filled with quiz and other extra-curricular activities.

But at least two schools have included academic classes as well.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Honours Admission Under Scan

The Higher Education Department has asked Ananda Mohan College authorities why the institute had admitted more students than the sanctioned strength in honours courses last year.

Department officials met the college principal and Calcutta University representatives at Bikash Bhavan on Saturday, 24 February.

Guardians had written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, claiming they had paid union members to get their children admitted to honours courses but the university had denied them registration, a department employee said.

The evening shift of City College on Amherst Street is known as Ananda Mohan College.

Students have to register themselves with the university to take the Part I exams in August.

The university had decided in its 16 February syndicate meeting not to allow the registrations of undergraduate students taken beyond the sanctioned limit.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. 3 Killed on Basanti Highway

Two fish vendors and an auto driver were killed when a vehicle hit the three-wheeler on Basanti Highway, around 1.5km from the Bypass, early on Sunday, 25 February.

Another fish trader travelling in the auto has been admitted to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital with injuries.

Around 3 am, the four were headed to the fish market in Sealdah in the auto when the accident occurred, police said.

Sandip Das, 36, Subir Sapui, 67, and auto driver Bablu Das, 35, were declared dead at hospital.

Das and Sapui were residents of Chowbaga in the Anandapur police station area and the auto driver lived in the Gobinda Khatik Road area in Tangra, the police said.

The three had severe head injuries. Sudarshan Burman, 56, who lives in Chowbaga, suffered serious injuries, an officer of Pragati Maidan police station said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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