QKolkata: TMC Wins Record 34% Panchayat Seats Uncontested & More

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

1. Trinamool Congress Wins Record 34% Seats Unopposed

With still a fortnight to go for the three-tier Panchayat elections in the state, the Trinamool Congress has won an unprecedented over 34 percent of the seats uncontested.

With the deadline for withdrawing nominations ending on Saturday, a State Election Commission (SEC) report says that the ruling party has won 20,076 of the 58,692 seats uncontested. In the last 40 years, there have been only two occasions when the number of uncontested seats crossed 10 percent — 2003 (11 percent) and 2013 (10.66 percent).
This time, no other opposition party has won any seat uncontested. An earlier report had put the number at 26 percent, which was before the Calcutta High Court had ordered new dates for the election.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Panchayat Polls: Candidate’s Relative Raped, BJP Blames TMC; Ruling Party Denies

A 23-year-old, six-month pregnant woman was allegedly raped by a group of six armed men who barged into her home in Nadia district of West Bengal around 2 am on Sunday. Doctors said her condition is stable.

The woman is a relative of a BJP candidate fighting the panchayat polls, the party said and blamed the attack on “goons” affiliated to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has denied involvement of its workers.

The family also claimed that the police had put pressure on them to change their statement. The police denied this and said the family had initially lodged an assault and loot complaint. The rape charge was added later.

“An FIR has been lodged under sections of rape and others on the basis of a complaint. Investigation is on,” Nadia SP Santosh Pandey said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. Sale Of Meat Dishes Drops By Half In Kolkata Eateries

Sale of non-vegetarian food – mutton, chicken and pork – has halved across restaurants in Kolkata, which has prompted the Hotel and Restaurants’ Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) to issue an advisory to its members asking them to stick to buying meat from only registered suppliers.

The weekend, particularly, witnessed an unprecedented shift to fish and prawn even as vegetarian dishes, too, saw a spurt in orders. HRAEI members explain that rumours about carcass meat having made its way to city eateries from dumpyards near Kolkata are behind the sudden aversion to meat.

The HRAEI issued the advisory on Monday. “All respectable eateries, including our members, don’t procure meat from dubious sources but we have still cautioned them. Some smaller eateries may buy meat from roadside vendors or suppliers from the city fringes who are now under the scanner. Frozen meat is now suspect and we have requested all restaurants not to use them as far as possible. But the drop in sale of non-vegetarian food is a worry,” HRAEI president Sudesh Poddar said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Special Team To Probe Meat Racket

The state government has set up a special investigation team that will probe the racket allegedly involved in supplying rotten meat of carcasses fetched from dumping grounds.

The team will be headed by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police.

Sources said the team would try to identify the "linkmen" believed to be active in Nadia, North and South 24-Parganas and Howrah.

The "linkmen" would gather information about carcass being dumped and pass it on to members of the gang, who would collect them from the dumping grounds.

According to the police, the carcasses would be collected from the dumping grounds in Budge Budge (South 24-Parganas), Kalyani (Nadia), Sodepur (North 24-Parganas) and Shibpur (Howrah).

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Rare ‘Blood Tie’ With Stranger Gifts Life To Girl

A little girl with an extremely rare blood type who suffers from a congenital cardiac ailment received a gift of life thanks to the combined effort and generosity of complete strangers across Odisha, Jharkhand and Bengal.

Iteeshree, now 4, was born in Odisha’s Dhenkanal with a hole in her heart, a condition called ostium secundum atrial septal defect, which comprises 6% to 10% of all congenital heart defects. Because of this, in layman’s terms, the pure and impure blood gets mixed, overloading the heart. If not corrected promptly, the condition leads to serious heart ailments in the long run.

Iteeshree came to a Howrah hospital for correctional surgery in March. Before coming to Bengal, father Sanjay Nayak, a cultivator, had crossed the first hurdle: arranging funds, thanks to the Odisha government.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Asthma Alarm For Children

Fits of dry cough at night, disturbed sleep, lack of energy on the playground and frequent bouts of cold are all alarm bells for asthma in children, doctors warned on the eve of World Asthma Day.

Nearly 10 percent children aged six to eight years have been detected with asthma in the city in the past three years, paediatrician Ritabrata Kundu, a professor at the Institute of Child Health, said on Monday. Even two decades ago, Kundu's chamber would see around 25 patients a day. The number has nearly tripled.

Infants, too, are being diagnosed with asthma, Kundu said, blaming smoker parents for early onset of the disease.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Ten-Year-Old Orphan ‘Sexually Assaulted’ In Kolkata

A 10-year-old girl, an inmate of an orphanage in the city, was allegedly sexually assaulted in December, said police. The alleged assault came to light only after a police complaint was lodged on Monday. As per sources, police will also investigate into the reasons for the delay to file a complaint. Police sources said a few labourers were working at the campus at the time.

One of them allegedly found the girl alone in a room and sexually assaulted her. It was also alleged that the incident was taken up with one of the orphanage officials who did not act on it. The complaint was made only after a women’s committee member found out about the incident and spoke to the girl. “We are investigating the matter,” said DC (South) Meeraj Khalid.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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