1. TMC to Hold Open Rally At Modi VenueTrinamul has decided to hold a rally by MP Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday under the open sky at the College ground venue where Narendra Modi addressed a BJP meeting on 16 July.Sources in West Midnapore Trinamul said the party did not want to hazard a pandal and put the participants at risk. The collapse of a tent erected at the Prime Minister's rally at the College ground on 16 July had left at least 90 people injured.Now, Trinamul wants to avert the rerun of any unpleasant incident.(Source: The Telegraph)Ten Questions For PM Modi Ahead of His Trust Vote Speech2. Hostel Salve Ends Medical College StrikeThe students' hunger strike at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital ended on Monday after the authorities agreed not to restrict allocation of seats in the new hostel building to freshers, breaking a 14-day deadlock.Six MBBS students had started a fast-unto-death on 10 July to demand better hostel amenities. They were joined by 15 more students last Tuesday. Pressure had been mounting on the authorities to accede to the students’ demands as many of those fasting were taken ill during the course of their agitation.(Source: The Telegraph)3. Partha Mulls 'Merit' Of Admission Test for Class IThe state government is considering a proposal to reintroduce "merit-based" admission for six-year-olds in state-run schools, replacing the lottery system of taking in Class I students that has been followed for two decades.Education minister Partha Chatterjee announced the government's intent in the Assembly on Monday, although he did not clarify whether the "merit" of kids would be ascertained through admission tests or some other formula. "I will soon hold a meeting with the chief minister and draw up a suitable procedure for admission on the basis of merit (in Class I)," he said.(Source: The Telegraph)4. Presidency Uni Misses Hostel DeadlineThe Presidency University authorities have failed their promise of renovating Eden Hindu Hostel by 15 July.The authorities had proposed to do in a few months what they couldn't in more than two-and-a-half years after protests over delay in repair.The 131-year-old hostel, adjoining the College Street institution, was shut down for repairs on 29 July 2015, and 150 students shifted to a rented accommodation in New Town.(Source: The Telegraph)With 85 Seats Vacant, Is Kolkata’s Presidency Losing Its Sheen? 5. Four Women Assaulted By Mob On Suspicion Of Being Child-LiftersFour women were on Monday allegedly assaulted and two of them disrobed by a mob in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on suspicion of being child-lifters, police said. The incident took place at Dawkimari village in Dhupguri block and is the fourth one this month so far in the district in which people were attacked following suspicion of being child-lifters.Last week, a mentally deranged woman was allegedly beaten up in the same block of the district on suspicion of being a child-lifter. Amitabha Maity, Jalpaiguri superintendent of police, said the four women, aged between 20 and 50 years, were not locals and the mob assaulted them as they did not believe the answers the women gave to the questions posed to them.(Source: The Indian Express)6. Transfer Follows GripeOn a day Nabanna announced a new health secretary, another key official in the department was apparently transferred.Sources said Debashis Bhattacharya was removed as director of medical education, hours after the authorities climbed down from their stand to end the hunger strike by students at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, which began on 10 June.Rajiva Sinha will take over as health secretary, replacing Anil Verma.Sources said a number of doctors as well as health department officials had accused Verma of misbehaving with them. "I have received such complaints, too," said Nirmal Maji, president of the West Bengal Medical Council.(Source: The Telegraph)7. First Floor of 150-Year-Old Building Collapses in Baithakkhana Bazar, Two DeadTwo persons died and two others were injured when a portion of a 150-year-old building collapsed in Kolkata early on Monday morning.According to police, the heavy rain over the last few days weakened the support structure and on Monday brought down the first floor of the two-storey building in Baithakkhana market at around 2 am. The fire brigade and Kolkata Police Disaster Management team were pressed into rescue service.(Source: The Indian Express) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.