QKolkata: Onion Prices Dip Within 24 Hours of CM Tough Talk & More

1. Onion Prices Dip Within 24 Hrs of CM Tough Talk

The retail price of onion dropped significantly within 24 hours of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s sudden inspection at Jadubabu’s Bazar. The price, which hovered around Rs 150-160 per kg for last few days, dropped to Rs 120-130 per kg on Tuesday. However, thanks to steady supply of subsidised onion through retail shops, there were hardly any takers for the vegetable from retail outlets.

On Monday, Banerjee had asked the retailers to bring down the onion price below Rs 100 at any cost. She also warned against hoarding. The chief minister’s warning was followed up by multi-prong action by state agencies on Tuesday.

(Source: The Times of India)

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2. Muslim Outfits Want TMC to Do More Than Just Walk Out of Parliament

At least 14 Muslim organisations on Monday appealed to the Trinamool Congress to do more than just walking out of Parliament and up its ante against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB. They alleged that the walk-out by the TMC MPs in parliament during the tabling of various Bill inadvertently helps the BJP government at the Centre.

They warned that if this continues, the community may not support the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC. The organisations listed their demands during a press conference here.

“From our experience, we can say that the TMC has helped the Centre in passing bills by stepping out of Parliament. If this happens again, Muslims of this state will never support TMC,” said Abdul Ajij, member of Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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3. KMDA Visit After New Bridge Proposal Across Tolly’s Nullah

A new bridge across the Tolly’s Nullah at Naktala has been proposed by KMC ward councillor Anita Kar Majumder.

Engineers from Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) on Tuesday went to the spot to inspect whether a bridge could be set up at the place or not. The primary plan is to have a footover bridge that would have the minimum width to allow rickshaws, cycles and bikes to ply on it. The proposed spot is close the Naktala post office and Gitanjali Metro station.

Majumder said it was during former KMC mayor Sovon Chaterjee’s time that she had come up with the proposal. “It was primarily a request from some of the elderly residents, who said that it would be beneficial for them if a bridge can be set up on the canal at Naktala, as the gap between the two nearby bridges over the canal – Usha bridge and Bidhan Palli bridge – is about one km and elderly residents often have to take a longish route to cross over,” said Kar Majumder.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. CMC to Build Hospitals for Vector Diseases

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation will build two hospitals to treat patients suffering from vector-borne diseases like dengue, mayor Firhad Hakim said.

Hakim said on Tuesday the two hospitals would serve as primary health-care centres to treat patients suffering from infectious diseases such as flu, diarrhoea and dengue. The hospitals to be built at Chetla and Kidderpore will have indoor wards.

“The hospitals will provide primary treatment. All patients now go to government hospitals,” he said, adding the move would help reduce load on government hospitals. If patients turns critical, they will be referred to government hospitals.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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5. Bangladesh River Border on Customs Radar

The customs authorities are increasing vigil on rivers routes to Bangladesh in and around the Sunderbans to prevent smuggling, officials said on Tuesday.

The marine vessels and the crew, which were earlier based in Calcutta, have been redeployed to Hemnagar (North 24-Parganas), Namkhana (South 24-Parganas) and Haldia (East Midnapore).

At least 14 such vessels, including those which can go into the high seas, have been redeployed, a customs officer said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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