QKolkata: Yellow Wave at Salt Lake Stadium; Deadlier Dengue Strain

Your daily lowdown on all things Kolkata.

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The new and improved Salt Lake Stadium.

1. Yellow Wave at Yuba Bharati

Yuba Bharati staked a claim to be called Maracana Krirangan as Brazil romped to the U- 17 World Cup semi-final by defeating Germany 2-1 on Sunday evening.

The clash of the football super powers was a repeat of the senior World Cup semi-final in 2014. In their quest to avenge that night's 1-7 ignominy, the Brazilian juniors could not have asked for a more partisan crowd on foreign soil. In fact, the sea of yellow in the Salt Lake stands would have made Rio de Janeiro's Maracana, which hosted the last World Cup final, proud.

Source: The Telegraph

2. Bengal Opts For NEET

Bengal has dropped the pan to hold a separate medical entrance test.
Bengal has dropped the pan to hold a separate medical entrance test.
(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Bengal has dropped the plan to hold a separate medical entrance test after the Centre said the common national entrance exam's regional language papers next year would be a translation of the English version.

The Centre communicated its decision to representatives of all the states in a video conference last Monday.

The national entrance-cum-eligibility test ( NEET) this year sparked allegations that the English language question paper was easier than some of the regional language ones, including Bengali.

Source: The Telegraph

3. Staff Crunch Trips Sting Fight

The civic body has cited lack of manpower for garbage collection – a breeding ground for dengue mosquitoes – lying in several wards.

Metro on Sunday found various places in south Calcutta's Ward 98 that has seen two deaths in a fortnight resembling a dumping ground — a small park strewn with plastic cups and a pond that has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Abirbhab Majumder, 10, who lived in Bijoygarh's Pallisree that falls in the ward, died of dengue on Saturday.

The death certificate by AMRI Mukundapur where the boy was admitted mentioned "severe dengue with multi-organ dysfunction". Rajani Bandopadhyay, in her 40s, of Netaji Nagar died of the disease on 7 October.

Source: The Telegraph

4. New Dengue Strain Deadlier For Kids: Docs

Dengue grips Kolkata.
Dengue grips Kolkata.
(Photo: iStock)

Children below the age of 12 are susceptible to a virulent dengue strain that’s now in the air of Kolkata. It could either be type II or IV dengue but is far more potent than the conventional genotypes that are known to doctors and virologists. It has been active over the past few weeks in Kolkata and has been triggering haemorrhage even with a healthy platelet count.

Abirbhab Majumdar, the 10-year-old Jadavpur boy who died at AMRI hospital, Mukundapur on Saturday, might have been a victim of the strain, doctors felt. During the post-puja period, several dengue deaths have occurred within a week of infection. Many, especially children, have suffered hemorrhage with a platelet count of even 20,000. This is intriguing, said microbiologist Irfaan Akhtar. “This could be a new variant of genotype. So, the rule should now be to check the haemodynamics of the child once he or she is affected. Other than platelet, RBC, WBC or haemoglobin could drop as well and that can be equally dangerous. Children, in any case, are more vulnerable since they have lower immunity,” said Akhtar.

Source: The Times Of India

5. Techie Robbed In Salt Lake

A man snatched a 33- year-old woman's purse outside a Salt Lake park on Saturday evening, barely a kilometre away from the Salt Lake stadium, where special security arrangements have been made for the FIFA U- 17 World Cup.

No one was arrested till late on Sunday.

The victim, who works in a multinational IT firm, was attacked while she was walking home along a path that winds around an HB block park around 7:30 pm.

Source: The Telegraph

6. Dakshineswar Skywalk Misses Kali Puja Deadline

The skywalk to Dakshineswar Kali temple that draws 1.3 crore devotees annually has missed the Kali Puja deadline set by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The skywalk is now expected to be thrown open to pilgrims before the Kalpataru Utsav, an annual religious festival observed every year on 1 January. Now, the agency entrusted with the structural job of the skywalk, Adhunik Infrastructure, is working on a war footing to meet the rescheduled deadline — mid-November. Temple authorities now hope that the skywalk will be in full use before the Kalpataru Utsav that sees record footfall at the temple complex. The skywalk will de-congest the road below by taking the pedestrians off the carriageway.

Source: The Times Of India

7. City’s Raw Food Is Loaded With Toxic Lead: GSI Study

From Tollygunge to Kidderpore and Gariahat to Amherst Street, every time you buy vegetables, fish, chicken or grocery from roadside markets, you are taking home dollops of heavy metal poison in the form of lead. A study — released by the Geological Survey of India on Sunday — highlights the life-threatening conditions Kolkatans face from lead concentration in food, far higher than permitted limits. Raw food items sold on the streets contain a mean lead concentration between 3.78 and 43.35 mg/kg (average 23.56 mg/kg), way higher than the threshold value of 2.5mg/kg specified by Food Safety & Standards Regulation (2011), India, the report says. About 75% of this lead contamination is contributed by atmospheric lead produced by incomplete diesel combustion, it adds.

Source: The Times Of India

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