QKolkata: ‘No Political Angle To My Post’, Says Sourav & More

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BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly on Monday said ‘conflict of Interest’ is one of the biggest issues facing Indian cricket.

1. No Political Angle To My BCCI Post: Sourav

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly returned to the city to a rousing welcome on Tuesday but brushed aside suggestions that there was politics behind his candidature as the BCCI president.

Ganguly’s meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, whose son Jay is set to be the next BCCI secretary, had set off the buzz that there is more to the former skipper’s new role than what meets the eye.

“I have heard this question (whether he is joining politics) earlier too when I had met Mamata didi. But you have seen the outcome,” Ganguly said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. Labourer Arrested Over Triple Murder

Utpal Behra, a 20-year-old construction labourer, was on Tuesday arrested over the 8 October triple murder in Murshidabad’s Jiaganj, ruling out political and communal dimensions to the crime that the saffron camp had been trying to highlight.

The BJP-RSS parivar had tried to assign political — even communal — motives to the murder of primary schoolteacher Bandhuprakash Pal, 40, his pregnant wife Beauty, 30, and their six-year-old son Bandhuangan.

The saffron camp’s propaganda machinery had gone on an overdrive to claim Bandhuprakash had RSS ties and said that is why he and his family were murdered in a minority-dominated district bordering Bangladesh.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Abhijit To Come Home Next Week, Family Plans Grand Celebration

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee will reach India this Friday and is expected to arrive in Kolkata late on 22 October. He will spend the next day at his Ballygunge Circular Road home, the Nobel Laureate’s mother and brother confirmed on Tuesday.

The MIT professor will be in New Delhi this week to launch his second book – ‘Good Economics for Hard Times, Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems’ – on Saturday. “The book launch was scheduled well before the announcement of the Nobel Prize. I had a talk with him last night and he has confirmed that he will attend it. After the book launch programme, he has some pre-scheduled appointments, following which, he will come home on 23 October for a day,” said Aniruddha Bhaskar Banerjee, the Nobel Laureate’s younger brother.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. South Point Prepares Special Album Signed By 12k Students

Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s alma mater South Point High School is preparing to present him with a congratulatory album, signed by all 12,000 current students, when he visits Kolkata on 23 October, while a group of former students and teachers plan to reach out to him. The school alumni association has launched an online signature campaign, congratulating him.

The excitement was palpable on Tuesday, when the school reopened after vacation. Discussions in classrooms and corridors revolved around Banerjee. Teachers said they felt proud to share the joy with students. “My batchmates and I have been sharing anecdotes on Abhijit. We can’t wait to see him return to Kolkata next week,” said Sharmila De Sarkar, a South Point biology teacher who was Banerjee’s classmate.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Bengal Plans Portal For Schoolteacher Data

A web portal with details of state-aided schoolteachers, their name, age, address, educational qualification, date of joining and retirement will be launched soon.

The portal will also have data such as the number of total teachers employed in each school and in each subject. The portal will be designed in a manner that it will get updated automatically whenever a teacher retires or resigns.

The updated figures will be used to monitor the vacancy positions in every school in a centralised manner, streamline teacher recruitment process and implement transfers in an effective manner, a senior official of the school education department said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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