QKolkata: Guv Nods to Renaming Varsity; Case Over Toy Train Death

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The Greenfield University will be renamed as the Darjeeling Hills University, as West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has given assent to a bill in this regard.

1. Greenfield University to Become Darjeeling Hills University, West Bengal Governor Gives Nod to Bill

The Greenfield University will be renamed as the Darjeeling Hills University, as West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has given assent to a bill in this regard.

A Raj Bhavan statement on Tuesday said Dhankhar has given his nod to the Greenfield University (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to change the name of the Greenfield University to Darjeeling Hills University.

(Source: PTI)

2. Case Filed Over Toy Train Death

The family of Hooghly tourist Pradip Saxena has filed a police complaint of negligence over his death during a toy train ride last month, reiterating their claim that he died after getting entangled in a cable dangling near the door of his coach.

In their complaint, the Saxenas have denied claims by the railways and other authorities that the 50-year-old died after falling off the train while trying to take a selfie.

“My brother was standing near the door and shooting a video. At that time, he got entangled in a cable that suddenly dangled near the door and fell from the train. He was not clicking any selfie as we have the video that he had shot,” said Sanjeev, Pradip’s brother, recounting the 9 October incident.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Cops Seek Plan to Curb Accidents

Calcutta police on Thursday told officers in charge of traffic guards in and around the city to go through details of road accident cases in their areas and suggest if a plan could be devised to prevent such incidents.

At a traffic review meeting in Lalbazar, officers were told that the number of fatal accidents might have come down on Calcutta’s roads but non-fatal accidents were continuing to happen. Many of those who suffered injuries later died in hospitals and nursing homes. So the death counts continue to rise.

“Immediately after an accident, try to find out whose fault it was. If there are certain changes that need to be made in terms of traffic furniture, traffic signals, road-markings or road engineering in the area, draw up a list so they can be done,” a senior IPS officer told the officers in charge of the traffic guards.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. East-West Metro Tunnel Gap Increased from 4 Metres to 7 Metres

East-West Metro authorities have revised the alignment of the tracks passing through Bowbazar and almost doubled the distance between the two tunnels for burrowing safely through the perilous cave-in zone. The gap between the first tunnel-boring machine (TBM), Chundee, and its twin Urvi is being widened from 4 metres to 7 metres.

The decision has been taken in the wake of the 31 August tunnelling disaster, in which five houses fell and 55 were damaged, which led to mass evacuation of residents. The subsidence took place after the TBM boring the tunnel for Howrah-bound trains hit an aquifer. Tunnelling has remained suspended since then, mainly for restoration work and razing of around 20 damaged buildings. Soil of the affected area is currently being strengthened, using the advanced “compaction grouting” method. Also, Calcutta High Court, while hearing a PIL soon after the disaster, passed an interim stay on tunnelling.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Presidency Polls: SFI Wrests Union from IC After 9 Years

The state’s first varsity campus polls since 2017 saw the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) wrest the Presidency University union from the Independents’ Consolidation (IC) after nine years.

The panel was formed by SFI with all five prime posts — president, vice-president, general secretary, assistant general secretary and girls’ common room secretary — which the party won. SFI had been performing poorly in the Presidency University union elections for the last three times.

Among the total 2,377 voters, those casting ballot in favour of None Of The Above (NOTA) is also considerably lower than that in January 2017, when the student council elections were last held. This year, 252 votes were cast in favour of NOTA which is a 10% decrease from 2017.

(Source: The Times of India)

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