QKolkata: Trinamool’s Panchayat Celebrations In Birbhum & More

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Trinamool Congress strongman, Anubrata Mandal. 

1. Pre-Poll Green Surge: Trinamool Starts Celebrating In Birbhum

Till around 9pm on Monday, it was an uncontested victory for them. And Trinamool Congress supporters started celebrating across several south Bengal districts. That was before the state election commission extended the date of filing nominations by a day.

No nomination was filed against the ruling party candidates in 41 of the 42 zilla parishad seats in Birbhum, the district that had been the epicentre of pre-rural poll violence since 2 April — the first day of filing of nominations. And of the 19 panchayat samitis (the second tier of the three-tier panchayat administration), no opposition candidate filed nomination in 14 seats.

Now Trinamool will have to wait till 3pm on Tuesday to know the final outcome. The opposition — BJP, CPM and Congress — couldn’t field candidates for these seats, not to mention about the gram panchayats in the district.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. Traffic Fears Clean-Bowled By Bus Service On IPL Night

If Sunil Narine was the match-winner inside the Eden Gardens on Sunday, the night bus service was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’ outside it.

Spectators who availed of the bus service gave a thumbs up to the initiative. While some said they were touched by the arrangements (they have had to return home in goods vehicles last year), there were others who felt proud seeing “such improvement in their city”.

“It was a pleasant surprise. I never expected to see so many buses parked in Esplanade to ferry spectators back home,” said Prerna Rajgaria, who had come to watch the match with her friends. “There were so many buses leaving for several parts of the city and Howrah. I have come to watch IPL matches several times but never witnessed such transport arrangements.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Brokers Set Sights On Behala ‘Fridge Bari’

Brokers and property agents have started hounding the three-storey house at James Long Sarani in Behala — now infamous as the “Fridge Bari” — where police found the body of an 84-year-old woman, preserved by his son in a freezer last week.

The agents and brokers, some on foot and others on bikes, can be seen loitering around the house — built on a 4-cottah plot at a prime location facing the main road — making queries in the neighbourhood as well as with few relatives. Some allegedly even tried to approach the house owner, Gopal Chandra Majumdar, 89, but he has refused to entertain any such queries now.

“There has been several unknown faces outside the building who are talking about the property rates in this area and how this building stands right on the main road. Some are even bringing in others to have a look at the building from outside and are themselves taking photographs of the same on their cellphones.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Caught In the Act: Botanic Garden Guards Clad In Army Uniform

They strut around the premises in combat fatigues that bear the words Indian Army with the insignia of the crossed swords. Some even have their trousers tucked into boots in true Army style. What gives them away is the way they slouch while sitting and their unmilitary gait. They are private security guards hired by the Indian Botanic Garden (IBG) in Howrah’s Shibpur.

After receiving reports, officers from the Army’s Eastern Command visited the garden on Sunday and now plan to take up the issue at the appropriate level. “They were slouching in chairs in the most undisciplined manner. On being asked why they are wearing uniforms that are meant for security forces, they were arrogant and rude.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Ayurveda Doc Plays Specialist

An ayurveda practitioner functioning as a "gynaecologist" at a community delivery centre has been accused of causing a newborn baby's death and endangering the mother's life by bungling basic procedures and refusing to refer the patient to a hospital until it was too late.

Manju Gaunia had been visiting the Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan's Island Unit I, a community delivery centre at Patharpratima block, throughout her pregnancy and following the advice of the ayurveda practitioner who she believed was a qualified gynaecologist, according to a complaint received by the regulatory commission for private health care.

"We had little doubt about his credentials because the local ASHA health workers had recommended him as a gynaecologist," said Arun Das, a relative of 22-year-old Manju.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Suicide at Metro Station

Metro services were disrupted for more than 30 minutes on Monday evening following a suicide at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (Tollygunge) station.

A Class XI girl jumped in front of an air-conditioned Kavi Subhash-bound train around 7:50pm, an RPF officer said.

"The driver slammed the emergency brakes but it was too late. Two bogeys passed over the woman," the officer said. "The train was evacuated. It took close to 20 minutes to retrieve the body, which was taken to MR Bangur Hospital."

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Missing Teen Found Dead Near Rails

A 17-year-old boy who had been missing since 29 March was found dead beside the railway tracks near the level crossing in Dakshindari's Ghoshpara, near Lake Town, on Monday afternoon.

Abhijit Dey, who worked as a mason, had been missing since he left his Dum Dum home for a relative's house in Deganga, North 24 Parganas, police said.

His family lodged a complaint with Dum Dum police station on 30 March.

Abhijit's father Nimai said he had last called his son around 9:30pm on 29 March. Abhijit told him he would visit Nimtala Ghat to meet some friends.

"He said he would be late as he would meet some friends," the 51-year-old said.

Residents of Dakshindari spotted the body lying near the railway tracks on Monday afternoon and alerted the Government Railway Police.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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