QKolkata: CM Wants NEET Retest; Semesters, Credits in Calcutta Uni
Your daily lowdown of all things Kolkata.
1. CM Calls for Retest
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday, 7 May, urged the Centre to consider holding a re-examination of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) at the centres where less than an adequate number of question papers (Bengali version) had arrived.
Banerjee wrote to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday saying only 520 question papers (Bengali version) were supplied to Cossipore Central School, where 600 candidates (who had opted for the Bengali version) had been allotted seats.
A similar complaint had come from Techno India School in Hooghly's Konnagar, the letter reads.
2. Semesters, Credits in Calcutta University From This Year
Calcutta University (CU) is all set to introduce semester exams and choice based-credit system (CBCS) in the undergraduate (UG) humanities and science streams. It had introduced the same in BCom last year.
Students taking admission in CU-affiliated colleges for UG courses in the 2018-2019 academic year will be registered under the new format. These students will be evaluated under the CBCS method in examinations. Syndicate – the highest administrative decision-making body of CU – ratified the decision on Monday, 7 May.
3. Smuggling Racket at Govt Arms Unit Busted, 6 Held
Cops have busted a 10-year-old racket in smuggling sophisticated weapons parts out of the Rifle Factory in Ishapore with the arrest of six persons, including two officers and two contract labourers, working at the high-security defence establishment.
The arrests, coming barely seven months after another officer from the same establishment was arrested on similar charges last September, were “alarming,” senior police officials admitted. The seized weapons included one carbine, seven revolvers and several rounds of bullets, officials said, and they were assembled using parts smuggled out of the Ishapore factory.
4. Autos Leave Commuters in Lurch
Thousands of people had a tough time on Monday as 1,100-odd autos stayed off the road between Ultadanga and Sovabazar to protest "police action.”
Autos stopped plying on four routes – Launchghat-Ultadanga, Ahiritola-Launchghat, Jorabagan-Ultadanga and Sovabazar-Ultadanga – from 9 am.
People caught unawares by the flash strike were forced to board crowded buses and minibuses to reach Sovabazar.
5. ‘Acid’ Thrown From Taxi at Pedestrians, Three Injured
Three persons, including two women, were injured after some unknown people threw acid-like liquid at them from a taxi at Panditia Road in south Kolkata on Sunday, 6 May, police said.
No one has been arrested in the case so far, police said. The incident took place between 9-9.15 pm when the pedestrians were standing in front of Palazzo building, police said. The injured persons were admitted to SSKM hospital and discharged after preliminary treatment, police said.
6. Rotten Meat Racket: Two Detained from Kolkata Chicken Shop
Kolkata Police on Monday, 7 May, detained two persons from Entally area in connection with the dead meat racket busted recently in Kolkata. Sources in the police said at around 9.50 am, police received a tip-off that meat of dead chickens was being sold at a shop in Beniapukur.
Following this, police rushed to the spot and found the two accused – Md Jumman of Ismail Street and Md Munna of Entally – running the shop.
7. B.Ed or Not, Pay Hike
The Bengal government has decided not to block the annual increments of teachers who fail to get a B.Ed degree within five years of joining service, scrapping a rule that the erstwhile Left government had introduced nine years ago.
The 2009 regulation had made it mandatory for all teachers to complete their B.Ed course within five years of being appointed. Failure to do so meant forfeiting increments.
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