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QKolkata: Narada Accused TMC MP Dies; Foothills Defy GJM Strike

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1. Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed, Accused In Narada Sting, Dies In Kolkata

Former Union Minister and sitting Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament, MP Sultan Ahmed, died at his residence on Monday following a cardiac arrest. He was an accused in the Narada payoff case. The 64-year-old is survived by his wife and two sons. Sultan Ahmed was rushed to a private hospital where was declared brought dead, hospital sources said. He was elected twice to the Lok Sabha from the Uluberia constituency.

Source: The Statesman

2. Mamata Unhappy With Pending Court Cases, Underutilisation Of Funds

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 
(Photo: PTI)

With over 31,000 cases pending in various courts, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has entrusted the principal secretaries to handle legal matters themselves and came down heavily on 20 departments for utilising less than 15 percent of their funds. With an eye on Panchayat polls scheduled next year, Ms. Banerjee urged officials to give special attention to schemes that directly benefit the rural populace and stressed on utilising funds by December.

Source: The Statesman

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3. Defamation Case: Court Upholds Vijayvargiya’s Plea

Kailash Vijayvargiya
Kailash Vijayvargiya
(Photo: ANI screengrab)

The City Sessions Court upheld senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya’s to exempt him from personal appearance in a defamation case. The Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, Rajeev Kumar, filed a defamation case against BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya who accused him of destroying evidence in the Sarada chit fund scam.

Source: The Statesman

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4. Patient Death: Negligence Cry Rock NRS Hospital

The death of a 19-year-old patient at NRS hospital led to a clash between relatives of the aggrieved patient and doctors in the hospital. In protest against the attack, junior doctors and post graduate trainees at the hospital stopped work and suspended admission of patients causing great inconvenience to patients who had gone to the hospital for treatment.

Source: The Statesman

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5. Day 82: Pocket in Foothills Defies GJM Strike Diktat



Protestors shouting pro-Gorkhaland slogans during a rally in Darjeeling.
Protestors shouting pro-Gorkhaland slogans during a rally in Darjeeling.
(Photo: Nishal Lama)

Shops opened and vehicles ferried passengers on Monday in the lower reaches of the Hills, at Panighata in Mirik subdivision, 30 km from Siliguri town, in the first signs of normality trying to make a tentative return to the Hills, shut down by an indefinite strike since 15 June.

Source: Times of India

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6. Mamata To Cops: Crack Down On Armed rallies

CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday asked district magistrates and police superintendents to act tough against public brandishing of weapons in illegal rallies and processions.

“Weapons like tridents or swords only suit gods and goddesses,“ she said. Vishwa Hindu Parishad has said it will organise a statewide Trishul Utsav programme on Dashami.

Source: Times of India

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7. 131 Years On, Patron Mother For Calcutta

Nobel peace prize winner Mother Teresa with nine-month-old Christina Ott from Switzerland. 
Nobel peace prize winner Mother Teresa with nine-month-old Christina Ott from Switzerland. 
(Photo: Reuters)

The Archdiocese of Calcutta will name Mother Teresa its second patron, after St Francis Xavier – the first such decision in 131 years.

St Francis Xavier was declared the first patron when the Archdiocese of Calcutta was established in 1886. Every archdiocese has a patron who is a saint. The holy person selected as patron intercedes for the people with God when they pray to him, an official of the archdiocese told The Telegraph.

Source: The Telegraph

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8. App Cab Hits Student

An app based cab trying to overtake a bus hit a class 12 student who had got off the bus and trying trying to cross the road to reach her school in Dum Dum. Syndrela Sen, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Ordnance Factory Dum Dum, was trying to cross the airport-bound flank of Jessore Road when she was hit, police said.

Source: The Telegraph

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9. KMC To Take Apart Museum For Town Hall Restoration

Kolkata Town Hall
Kolkata Town Hall
(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) may dismantle Kolkata Panorama, a museum located inside Town Hall, to facilitate restoration of the building. The museum, inaugurated on 10 May 2002, highlights the city's history, culture and heritage.

The KMC authorities last year took the initiative to restore and partly reconstruct Town Hall, a grade I heritage structure, after experts expressed concern over its structural stability.The civic body got the building tested since chief minister Mamata Banerjee holds administrative meetings in Town Hall.“We could not take chances after the experts suggested it was not safe for the CM to hold meetings there,“ said an official.

Source: Times of India

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