QKolkata: TMC Takes ‘Anti-BJP’ Classes For Teachers, More

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The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. 

1. TMC Takes Anti-BJP Class For Teachers

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday, 11 November, organised a “political class” in Alipurduar district to apprise teachers of the alleged anti-people policies of the BJP government at the Centre — the first such initiative by Mamata Banerjee’s party to flag off its grassroots campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP had made some inroads into the district during the last panchayat elections winning eight of the 66 gram panchayats. Several Trinamool leaders had attributed the success to the RSS, which has been sending its activists to the district for a door-to-door campaign in the run up to next year’s Lok Sabha polls.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Nurse Accused Of Slapping Aged Patient

The family of an 83-year-old man being treated at a nursing home in the Deshapriya Park area has alleged that a nurse slapped him on Saturday night, 10 November, after he had become restless because of physical distress.

Sanjoy Roy, a resident of Mukherjee Para Lane in Kalighat and patient of chronic respiratory problems, was admitted to Dr BN Basu Memorial Clinic Apollo Nursing Home on Jatin Das Road on Diwali night.

Family members said Roy’s breathing had become laboured that night, following which doctors advised hospitalisation.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Experiment To Find If Plastic Can Make City Roads ‘Fantastic’

If you can’t beat it, use it. Plastic waste, long considered one of the worst forms of environmental pollutants, may soon be one of the key ingredients for better roads in the city.

The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has given its nod to the use of plastic waste for laying a one-kilometre bituminous road stretch beside City Centre II in New Town as an experiment. The idea is to make the road surface tougher and enhance its life-span. The big question is whether a plastic-blended surface would make the surface tougher against its worst enemy: the rain.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Forested Patch At Rabindra Sarobar Welcomes Flurry Of Feathered Friends

An urban forest and a bamboo grove created in a children’s park maintained by Lions Club at Rabindra Sarobar have become key habitats for birds, a year after its officials were show-caused by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) for felling two full-grown trees that were perching spots for rare migratory birds.

Among several bird species that have begun frequenting the urban forest and the bamboo grove at Safari Park have been the Ferruginous flycatcher and Firethroat, sighted and recorded for the first time in a major Indian city.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Chhath Shadow Looms Over Lake Despite NGT’s Order

Despite the National Green Tribunal ban on Chhath Puja at the Lake, there is still a last attempt being made to hold the puja at Rabindra Sarobar. Rastriya Bihari Samaj (RBS), the key organiser of Chhath Puja at Rabindra Sarobar, plans to move NGT on Monday to press for permission to observe the puja at the Lake this year as well. However, environmentalists said that the green body has already made it clear that no puja can be performed on the Lake premises. If it is still held, it will be in contempt of court. The environmentalists have also appealed to the devotees to spare the Lake for the sake of the environment, which is already under serious threat.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Fast Fund Nod For Speedy Completion Of New Bridge

In a bid to ensure a speedy construction of the new Majerhat bridge, the Mamata Banerjee government has “in-principle” approved the expenditure of 75 percent of the proposed Rs 137-crore bid amount. The upfront approval will enable a special finance officer to approve funds for this project without wasting any time for further nods. SP Singla Constructions Private Limited, the agency building the bridge, is expected to submit its feasibility report on a cable-stayed bridge by the end of this year.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Drones To Find Poppy Farms In Bankura

The district administration has decided to use drones to crack down on poppy cultivation and narcotics trade.

According to excise department officials, Bankura is among five districts — Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and Birbhum are the other four — which are notorious for illegal poppy cultivation.

Sources said poppy cultivation, which is illegal in Bengal, starts around November in Bankura as well as other parts of the state.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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