QKolkata: Mukul Roy Targets Mamata; SRK Charms at Film Festival
A daily lowdown on all things Kolkata.
1. Mamata Responds to Mukul Roy’s Allegations at Kolkata Film Festival
Hours after former Trinamool heavyweight and BJP leader Mukul Roy targeted Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee on a number of issues, the West Bengal Chief Minister and her government dismissed the allegations as baseless.
At his first public rally in Kolkata after joining BJP last Friday, Roy targeted his former boss over the Saradha scam, dengue deaths, frequent foreign trips and the ownerships of Biswa Bangla, a brand promoted by the state government, and Jago Bangla, the Trinamool mouthpiece.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
2. SRK Wins Hearts at Starry Opening
Shah Rukh Khan stole the show at the inauguration of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival on Friday, blowing kisses at the packed Netaji Indoor Stadium, acknowledging almost every cheer and promising to turn up in a dhoti next year. During the November 10-17 festival, 143 films from 53 countries will be screened under 16 sections at 12 venues.
Delegates from over 20 countries have come down to Calcutta for the carnival, according to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
3.Behala Man Dies of Dengue
A 35-year-old man from Behala who had tested positive for dengue and was treated at two government hospitals died at CMRI within hours of being shifted there late on Thursday.
Ripon Dhali used to make a living doing odd jobs and lived in a slum along Dr AK Pal Road in Ward 128 of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, where dengue has infiltrated almost every other household.
The death toll in the current outbreak in Bengal is estimated to be in excess of 40, at least 19 of them in the corporation area.
4. Two Held for Duping Subscribers of Australian Company
Two persons have been arrested from Kolkata in an alleged case of data theft involving Australian telecom company Teleminds Infotech Private Limited. The accused, identified as Ayan Srimani (22) from Kalighat and Behala resident Suresh Dutta (20), were arrested on Wednesday night from the city.
In a complaint lodged at the Bidhannagar Commissionerate on 13 September, the company has alleged that the accused had called up its subscribers in Australia and duped them into providing details of their finances.
(Source: The Indian Express)
5. Man Kills Self After Being Beaten up for Allegedly Molesting a Woman
A man beaten up for allegedly molesting a woman died on Friday morning after apparently jumping off the third floor of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, where he was being treated for multiple injuries.
Police said Mohammad Asgar Khan, 30, a resident of Balak Dutta Lane in central Calcutta, was allegedly beaten up by residents of the neighbouring Kalabagan slum on 6 November following allegations that he had molested a woman.
6. Kolkata Police Nab Criminal from UP
The Jadavpur police on Friday arrested notorious criminal Abrar from a hideout in Uttar Pradesh. Police said that Abrar was involved in a number of extortion cases and was absconding after a murder attempt on one of his associates following an altercation over business deals.
Police said that Abrar, an original resident of Bihar, had come to Kolkata some time back and started working in a transport agency. He gradually got involved in criminal activities like extortions. He was earlier arrested and after being released on bail, he again started to re-group with his gang. He was in the 'wanted' list in several police stations in the city for extortion and other crime charges.
(Source: The Times of India)
7. NAAC Announces Review Rule Change
Students will give their opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of their institutes to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council during assessments.
Council adviser B S Madhukar announced the revised assessment process in the city on 10 November.
In the new system that NAAC will start this month, universities and colleges will have to provide a list of students with their names, phone numbers and email addresses.
Council officials will randomly pick names from the list and contact students to collect information about classroom condition, laboratory and library services, and basic facilities such as drinking water apart from faculty strength and teachers' attendance.
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