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QKolkata: Morcha Leader Dies In Custody; Mamata Takes On BJP

Your daily lowdown on all things Kolkata.

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Barun Bhujel was a GJM councillor from Kalimpong
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1. Arrested Morcha Leader Dies

A Bimal Gurung aide arrested in cases of arson died in Calcutta's SSKM Hospital on Wednesday, with doctors saying he had been admitted with severe stomach pain.

Within hours of Barun Bhujel's death, Morcha chief Gurung released an audio clip accusing the Bengal government of "torturing" him. Disgruntled Mocha leader Binay Tamang also expressed condolences.

Bhujel, 32, was a councillor in Kalimpong and was arrested on 15 June after two government properties were set on fire by some suspected statehood supporters. He was lodged in a special correctional home in Siliguri.

Source: The Telegraph

2. Mamata Calls To Unseat BJP

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

Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday she did not want to be in power at the Centre but would do "everything" she could to oust the BJP. "I don't have the desire of seeing Trinamul in power at the Centre, that is not what this is about. This is about doing everything we can to have them thrown out of power. Everything we can, day in and day out, from now, relentlessly," Mamata told Trinamul's elected representatives at a meeting in Nazrul Manch in Kolkata.

Without naming Narendra Modi, the chief minister went all guns blazing against the Prime Minister, his government and his party, criticising them over demonetisation, the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and other "anti- people" decisions.

Source: The Telegraph

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3. Restaurants Fear Tax Recipe

Eating out at restaurants may not cost less despite a proposed cut in the GST rates.
Eating out at restaurants may not cost less despite a proposed cut in the GST rates.
(Photo: iStock)

Eating out at restaurants may not cost less despite a proposed cut in the GST rate if the government withdraws existing benefits associated with the new indirect tax regime, the national body of restaurateurs has warned.

A proposal is pending approval before the GST Council to reduce tax charged at air conditioned restaurants from 18 to 12 per cent, bringing it on a par with the rate for non-AC restaurants. A group of state finance ministers has been entrusted to study the proposal and come out with suggestions.

But a tweak in the tax rate could involve withdrawal of certain tax breaks that restaurants now enjoy while buying (raw materials) and services (rent). The National Restaurant Association of India fears that the proposed change might force a raise rather than a drop in menu prices.

Source: The Telegraph

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4. Disease Control: Mamata Warns of Penal Action Against Littering

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday indicated that the civic bodies will penalise those who litter or turn a blind eye to mosquito breeding grounds. She said, “I was told about an incident where such littering was causing the spread of the disease. I directed them to take penal action.” The CM's statement came just a day after KMC indicated it was mulling legal actions to task offenders who were responsible for the problem.

Banerjee urged municipal chairmen, MPs, MLAs, zilla parishad members and panchayat functionaries to launch a cleanliness drive in their respective areas to prevent vector-borne diseases. Speaking at a Trinamool core committee meeting, Banerjee said: “You must be cautious. Mosquitoes are neither in your control, nor mine.”

“We have to take precautions. CPM, Congress and BJP leaders are crying hoarse over dengue deaths. But we have had 34 deaths, while in the BJP-ruled states there has been more deaths due to vector-borne diseases. They must make an intro spection first,” the CM said.

Source: The Times Of India

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5. Another Death During Dengue Outbreak

Dengue grips Kolkata.
Dengue grips Kolkata.
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A 77- year- old resident of Arjunpur near Baguiati who had tested positive for dengue died at the South Dum Dum municipal hospital on Wednesday.

Aditya Prasad Bagchi was admitted to the hospital with fever and breathing trouble on Tuesday. " His platelet count had dropped to 69,000 (the normal range is 1.5 lakh to 4.5 lakh)," said elder son Ashis.

Aditya Prasad suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning and doctors failed to revive him, he said.

Aditya Prasad's younger son Ananda Prasad, 30, also tested positive for dengue and is undergoing treatment at a hospital near Chinar Park.

Source: The Telegraph

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6. CID App To Spot Fake Doctors

The state CID will soon launch a mobile app to help people check if a doctor is genuine by just keying in the registration number.

The app will cross- check it with the database of registered doctors in the state. The CID has sought the health department's help to access the database.

The CID has arrested more than 20 fake doctors over the past few months from across the city and outskirts.

Some were even attached to reputable hospitals in the city.

"The idea is to make people aware of fake doctors... we want people to know who is a genuine doctor and who is a fake," Rajesh Kumar, additional director general of police ( CID), told Metro . " The CID is jointly working on the project with the West Bengal Medical Council.

Source: The Telegraph

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7. Road, Building On East Kolkata Wetlands Face NGT Axe

The National Green Tribunal's Eastern Zone bench has asked the East Kolkata Wetlands Management Authority (EKWMA) to demolish a three-storey building constructed on the Ramsar site, and restore the site. It has also given the same directive on a road that Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) had constructed around Munshir Bheri and sought a compliance report from EKWMA within three months.

This is the first time the agency entrusted with safeguarding the wetlands has come under pressure from the NGT to carry out demolition and restoration, as required by the Act under which the authority was set up.

The EKWMA had earlier served a notice regarding the to the trust that had constructed the building and then lodged an FIR. When the project was completed, NGO `Public' petitioned the NGT in May 2016.

Source: The TImes Of India

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