QKolkata: Presidency Girl Asked To ‘Wear Decent Clothes’, And More

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The iconic Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.

1. Prejudiced Misogyny In Dress Diktat

A 22-year-old woman has alleged that an office-bearer of the owners’ association of the Bypass housing complex where she lives refused to listen to her complaint because he said she was inappropriately dressed, “like a woman of the streets”.

Yishi Chakrabarty, who graduated from Presidency University earlier this year, said on Sunday she was wearing a top and a pair of shorts when she had gone to the office of the owners’ association of Ruchira Residency on 22 July evening.

A senior office-bearer of the association, she said, asked her to leave the office because of the way she was dressed — “like a woman of the streets”.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Apology, ‘Flies’ Excuse Over Meal For Photo

The supervisor of the ICDS centre in Nadia on Sunday apologised to a pregnant woman, Moumita Sandhukhan, who had been made to sit before a sumptuous platter for a photo op before being shooed away from a government event.

Basana Haldar, the supervisor of the Integrated Child Development Services, told Moumita that she couldn’t be served the platter as it was “affected by flies”.

But Moumita later told The Telegraph that she was not convinced by the explanation.

“There was a big mistake on our part. Flies had affected the food. So, it was only used for demonstration. So, all expecting mothers and their children were not given the platters,” Halder told The Telegraph on Sunday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Mayor Descends 8m Below Surface To Inspect Pipeline

Mayor Firhad Hakim on Sunday inspected the 2,600mm diameter pipeline, set up from James Long Sarani to Joka to sort out the problem of waterlogging in huge areas of Behala.

The 3.8km long pipeline has been laid underground at a depth of about 8m, using microtunnelling technology under Kolkata Environment Improvement Project (KEIP) scheme. It is a Rs 100 crore project that had started about four years ago under the second phase of KEIP, funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Every year, residents of large parts of Behala suffer heavy waterlogging as the three outfall canals — Churial, Begore and Manikhali — that drain out excess storm water get chocked. Other projects under the second phase of KEIP scheme are also going on in other parts of Behala.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Cyclonic Circulation May Trigger More Showers In City Today: Met

The city received several spells of drizzle on Sunday even as the monsoon trough moved closer to the city and a cyclonic circulation formed over northwest Bay of Bengal. These will continue to trigger intermittent showers also on Monday but the rain may lessen on Tuesday and showers may remain scarce till a low-pressure forms over northwest Bay of Bengal later in the week.

It could be more intense than the one which had formed last week and may cause heavy showers, according to the Met office. Kolkata received 14.5mm rain till 5.30 pm on Sunday.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Abandoned Horses Find A New Home At Tolly Club

If your child is learning to ride at Tollygunge Club, chances are he, or she, will be bonding with an abandoned or injured horse that was rescued by the club from Red Road, Casuarina Avenue or Russell Street. The club has so far rescued five such horses from the Maidan area and rehabilitated them.

Barely a few months ago, some people in the Ballygunge Place neighbourhood were woken up to terrified neighing. They discovered a pair of injured and weak mares — a mother-daughter duo — tied to a pole and abandoned by the owner. Some members of Tollygunge Club got to know about this and the club, set up in 1895 primarily as a riding and sports club, immediately responded by adopting the duo. The animals were treated and given a new home among the thoroughbreds at the club. That trend continued and three more abandoned horses and mares were rescued from different places in the city.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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