QKolkata: Adani Promises Investment in WB; JU Impasse Continues

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Students on protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office in JU. 

1. Biz Meet Hits Sweet Spot With ₹10,000 Cr Adani Investment Plan

Bengal’s annual showpiece business conclave ended on a sweet note on Wednesday, with the Adani Group from PM Narendra Modi’s home state, Gujarat, declaring its intent to invest in multiple sectors in Didi’s state. The statement from group owner Gautam Adani’s nephew, Parnav Adani, capped the Bengal Global Business Summit’s 2018 edition, which ended with total investment proposals of over Rs 2.19 lakh crore, with a potential to generate 20 lakh jobs.

Even as the government brass was counting its gains, news came in that Bengal had become the sole number one among all Indian states in ease of doing business this week. “We did not announce this from the dais but this would act as a confidence-booster for those who have already promised to invest in Bengal,” a key government functionary said.

(Source: The Times Of India)


2. BGBS Platform Sows Hopes Of ₹500-Crore Autism Village

The city is going to have a first-of-its-kind autism village, a centre where people suffering from the developmental disorder will be schooled, treated, entertained and boarded. The centre will also have a college, which will train teachers on dealing with the disorder, along with a residential facility where parents of those admitted in the institute can put up for a few days.

The India Autism Centre, an initiative by Suresh and Nandita Somani of Ratnabali Investment Pvt Ltd, signed an MoU with the state government at the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) on Wednesday to start the centre on 52 acres at Shirakol, around 11kms south to the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. The estimated cost has been pegged at Rs 500 crores and the authorities hope the institute will come up in the next five years.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Doctors Alarmed as Rush Hour Air Quality Turns Foul

The city’s air quality index (AQI) finishing above 450 at 10am, when most of Kolkata’s working population and students are out on the street, has prompted environmentalists and health experts to flag the dangers of the AQI’s quirky behaviour.

The AQI generally spikes after midnight till daybreak, with the sun and the consequent heat bringing down pollution levels as the day wears on. This has not happened this season, say experts, pointing to Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s 10am AQI figures of 467 and 456 respectively. The PM2.5 readings are from the US embassy’s Ho Chi Minh Sarani monitoring station. The permissible limit is 60 and anything above 300 is ‘hazardous’.

(Source: The Times Of India)


4. JU Panel To Meet Again On Friday

Jadavpur University’s committee of the stakeholders, which met on Wednesday, will meet again on Friday to arrive at aconclusive decision on the proposals to be sent to the state government regarding students’ union elections.

Some resolutions from this meeting and the next are likely to be combined and sent to the state government.

Students’ organisations were asked to prepare draft proposals with pros and cons of their views and attend the meeting on Friday. “The committee will send their views to the state government along with the draft proposals,” said Debraj Debnath, GS, arts faculty students union. He said two resolutions emerged from Wednesday’s meeting. “The committee members were asked if they are pro union or council. Almost 90 percent said they were in favour of retaining the existing union model. The second resolution was that the existing union model is more democratic than the proposed one. The stakeholders felt renaming the students’ union was unacceptable. It is against students’ interest,” he said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Plea for Second Parade

The state moved an Alipore court on Wednesday seeking permission for a second test identification parade in connection with the alleged sexual assault on a student of MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School.

A test identification parade had been conducted at Alipore jail a few days ago.

Public prosecutor Madhabi Ghosh submitted the prayer for the second parade during the production of the accused, Manoj Manna. The accused, now in judicial custody, was a member of the cleaning staff of the James Long Sarani school.

SK Salim Rahman, the lawyer who appeared for Manna, opposed Ghosh's plea, submitting that his client had been subjected to a test identification parade once and could not be forced to appear in another.

(Source: The Telegraph)


6. Toddler Dies After Antacid Injection

At 10.30 on Tuesday night, Oyetri Dey had a video chat with her father from her hospital bed at AMRI Mukundapur. She looked fine and was to be discharged soon, according to her parents.

Tragedy struck in the morning, after the two-and-a-half-year-old girl from Kamalgazi in Garia was given an intravenous injection that the hospital said was Rantac, an antacid. She was asleep then, her mother Shampa said.

Oyetri had convulsions immediately after and her temperature shot up. She died soon after, triggering allegations of medical negligence and an altercation between the hospital staff and relatives and friends of the girl's parents.

"My daughter woke up with a start when the injection was administered. She convulsed soon after. I had asked the doctors to wake her up before injecting the drug," said Shampa.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Saraswati E-Kit Ready To Click

Inkpot made of mud, pen sculpted out of pith, mirror, a piece of sandalwood and even a piece of the Ganga. Some 48 articles required for Saraswati Puja rituals can be bought as a hamper from an online dashakarma store that opens on Thursday. is software developer Sourjya Banerjee's foray into the one business that knows no recession in a state where there is a puja for every deity in the pantheon.

"Buying all puja items is a tiring exercise, as I have realised from personal experience. One needs to make an effort to get everything that goes into performing a ritual the way it should be. But there is no quality control in the para shops and that is what we have set out to address, besides offering convenience," said Sourjya.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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