The death toll in the dengue outbreak in Bengal stood at 38 till 15 November, the government told Calcutta High Court on Thursday, before calling for those seeking judicial intervention to be penalised for “wasting the court’s time”. In between submitting statistics that the two-judge bench found incomplete, and questioning the batch of seven petitions that took the dengue battle to court, advocate general Kishore Dutta sought time to find out how many people had been admitted to state-run and private hospitals with dengue fever.
The 38 deaths mentioned in his submission include 23 in government hospitals and 15 in private health care.
“A total of 40 dengue deaths were reported by private hospitals till 15 November. We have confirmed 15 of these. The cause of death in 22 other cases is being investigated,” the advocate general said.
The BMW 7 Series that had wobbled while ferrying Amitabh Bachchan to the airport on the morning of 11 November allegedly does not have a valid fitness certificate to be on the road.
The fitness certificate of the five-year-old commercial vehicle — WB04F 2444 — expired on 29 March and has not been renewed since, transport officials said on Thursday, citing records available with the public vehicles department ( PVD).
The owner of the BMW is Jupiter Logistics, a car rental agency that supplied the vehicle to the star hotel that had hosted Bachchan, a state guest at the opening of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival.
The car carrying the star was going down Red Road last Saturday to take a turn towards the AJC Bose Road flyover when it wobbled and appeared to tilt to the left.
Sources said Bachchan, who was seated on the left side of the back seat, asked the chauffeur to stop, stepped out and stood on the road.
Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee, who was with Bachchan, offered him a ride in his car that was part of the convoy.
Source: The Telegraph
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A day after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered a slew of measures to restore the health of Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) held a meeting to chalk out measures to implement the order. On the list of proposals is the introduction of a nominal fees for visitors while exempting morning and evening walkers, who will be issued ID cards with photographs.
At the meeting on Thursday, KMDA officials discussed the order and its compliance that rests on its shoulders as the Lake’s custodian. “We have decided to set up a committee that will help steer KMDA through the implementation of the NGT order,” a source said.
It is the NGT that called for levy of entry fee like the Victoria Memorial Hall gardens to ensure proper maintenance. KMDA chairman Firhad Hakim though is not in favour of visitors being charged an entry fee. “People from all strata of society visit Rabindra Sarobar. Even the poor go there. Introducing a fee is against the government’s stated policy,” he said.
A source in KMDA said they would propose a nominal fee to the chairman and take it forward if he agreed to it. “We want to implement parts of the order, including access control, within next two months. Clubs will also be asked to ensure that no one can access the lake from its premises,” he said.