QKolkata: Hooghly Toxic Post Immersion; WB Govt Condoles IAF Crash

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A Durga idol being immersed in the Hooghly river in Kolkata’s Baghbazar Ghat.

Row Over Dilip-Bimal Chat

Bimal Gurung
Bimal Gurung
(Photo: PTI)

Dilip Ghosh's conversation with Bimal Gurung has invited a fresh controversy, with Trinamul leaders questioning if it was ethical for the Bengal BJP chief to speak to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president who has serious charges against him.

"He has been speaking with a person who has serious charges, including those under provisions of the UAPA, against him for perpetrating violence and indulging in anti-national activities. Being an MLA and leader of a political party, it is an unethical move," state tourism minister Gautam Deb said on Friday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

WB Govt Condoles Death of 7 Military Personnel in Chopper Crash

Image used for representational purposes
Image used for representational purposes
(Photo Courtesy: India Strategic)

West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday expressed deep grief on the death of seven defence personnel in an IAF chopper crash near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

In a statement released from Raj Bhavan, Tripathi conveyed his condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families.

An Mi-17 V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh today killing all seven military personnel, including two pilots and two armymen on board at around 6:30 am.

(Source: PTI)

India's U-17 Dreams Rest on Driver's and Watchman's Sons From Bengal

When the home team takes on the United States in its opening match of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup, there will be two boys on the pitch who wouldn't have been there but for a quirk of fate. Jitendra Singh, 16, wanted to play cricket but his inability to buy expensive gear made him shift focus to football. Today, he is the team's vice-captain.

Rahim Ali, 17, used to kick the ball back into the field from the fence where his elder brother practised, never really believing he could one day don the India jersey, leave alone represent the country at the World Cup. A coach spotted both aggression and skill in Rahim and started training him. Today, he is the U-17 team's primary striker.

(Source: Times of India)

River Turns Toxic in Immersion Phase

Employees of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation work to clean a ghat by the river Ganga after the completion of immersion of Durga puja idols, in Kolkata on Thursday
Employees of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation work to clean a ghat by the river Ganga after the completion of immersion of Durga puja idols, in Kolkata on Thursday
(Photo: PTI)

The quality of the river water that Calcutta drinks "is grossly diminished" during and after the immersion of Durga Puja idols in the Hooghly, according to a scientific study conducted over two years.

The study, first done in 2015, confirms that the concentration of highly toxic lead in the Hooghly increases "manifolds" after immersion. The lead comes from paints used to colour the idols.

(Source: The Telegraph)

‘Dead’ Metro Link Stirs After Modi Push

The Baranagar-Barrackpore Metro project, almost given up for dead in 2015, could have a second coming because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention.

During an interactive session with officials from several state and central ministries on 27 September, Modi said Bengal must not abandon the Rs 2,070-crore project.

Chief secretary Moloy De had represented the state at PRAGATI, the central government's new integrated, interactive platform to ensure timely implementation of projects.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Is Lakshmi Smiling in the New GST Regime?

This is the first Lakshmi Puja after the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) on 1 July. While several sectors were severely hit by the new tax regime, the situation has surprisingly improved in certain quarters. The initial roadblocks have been overcome and some sectors are also seeing benefits in the new tax regime.

(Source: Times of India)

Estranged Couple Fight Over Daughter's Body

A doctor couple, who are staying separately, are reportedly fighting over claiming the body of their 2-year-old daughter, after her death two days ago at a private hospital.

The baby was brain dead for almost a year. She was on life support system at her mother's place.

After she died at the hospital on Wednesday, the body was handed over to the mother who had admitted her there.

The baby's father then lodged a complaint with Patuli police station demanding the baby's post-mortem yesterday.

(Source: PTI)

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