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Political slugfest starts over arrangements at KK venue

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Hours after the sudden demise of popular playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK) after his performance at Nazrul Manch in South Kolkata on late Tuesday evening, political mudslinging has started over the possible mismanagement in crowd-control at the venue. KK was performing at a function organized by the student’s union of Kolkata-based Gurudas College.

Initially, many suspected that KK’s feeling of uneasiness was due to the malfunctioning air-conditioning machines at Nazrul Manch. However, police sources confirmed that while the air- conditioning machines were working normally, their effects were reduced to a great extent following the over-the-capacity crowding at the venue.

“While the capacity of the venue is around 2,700 to a maximum of 3,000, on Thursday evening around 6,000 spectators flocked in at the venue, with many watching the shows either sitting on the staircases or standing at the wings of the venue. This is quite common in case of college feats. Probably, that over-crowding could have created some suffocation. But it cannot be definitely said that suffocation was the reason for KK’s death since a report on any second person even falling sick has not come as yet,” said a Kolkata Police official on strict condition of anonymity.

However, that has not stopped political mudslinging. West Bengal Congress president and veteran MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has demanded a thorough enquiry in the unfortunate event. “All said and done, I do demand a thorough inquiry behind the sad demise of #KK by a competent authority. The prevailing ambience of the Najrul Manch, during his performance reveals many unsavoury questions including critical mismanagement of the said platform which might have triggered his death,” Chowdhury said in a Twitter message on Wednesday morning.

BJP’s national general secretary, Dr Anupam Hazra said in his Twitter message that the organizers of the show should be arrested for pushing a talented singer to death by confinement in a suffocated room. “But I know that this will not happen since the state is West Bengal,” Hazra said.

However, youth Trinamool Congress leader, Debangshu Bhattacharya said that there is no need to politicize the issue since no one can predict when the cardiac attack might happen.

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Bhayandar: Two youths die in accident while returning from ‘Pathaan’ night show

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In a tragic incident, two youths died after their bike was hit by the driver of a rashly driven truck in Bhayandar late on Thursday night. The duo were returning home after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road. According to the police, the mishap was reported at Golden Nest circle at around 12:30 am when the deceased who have been identified as-Abrar Ali Manihar (22) and his friend Tufail Shamim Shah (26)- both resident of Azad Nagar in Bhayandar (east) were returning home on the latter’s bike after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road.

Declared dead on arrival by doctors

The truck was headed towards the Phatak road from the direction of Kashimira. Both who suffered severe head and other injuries were declared dead before admission by on-duty doctors of a nearby hospital. “We have arrested the 45-year-old truck driver identified as Usman and booked him under section 304 (a) of the IPC for causing death by negligence,” confirmed senior police inspector of Navghar police station- Milind Desai. Further investigations were under way.

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Maharashtra: MHT CET 2023 launches official website; syllabus, dates, exam details released

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell has launched the website for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) 2023.

In addition, the MHT CET syllabus for Technical Education, Medical Education, and Higher Education exams has been announced by the CET Cell. MHT CET 2023 registration, admit card, exam result, and admission process will take place on the official website cetcell.mahacet.org.

MHT CET 2023 exam dates were announced earlier this month. The entrance exam for Engineering, Agriculture, and Pharmacy courses will be held from May 9 to 20, according to the tentative schedule.

MHT CET is scheduled for May 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. The PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) group exam will be held on May 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

Aside from MHT CET, the CET Cell also conducts entrance exams for Management, Hospitality, Higher Education, and other fields for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

It is also in charge of Maharashtra’s NEET counselling, which leads to admission to the state’s government and private medical colleges.

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Man marries daughter-in-law in UP

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In a shocking incident, a 70-year-old man has married his 28-year-old daughter-in-law in Chhapia Umaro village, here.

Photographs of the ‘couple’ are now going viral on the social media.

Kailash Yadav, who works as a chowkidar at the Barhalganj police station, lost his wife 12 years ago and his third son also died sometime later.

Kailash got his widowed daughter-in-law, Pooja, married again but the wedlock did not last, after which she returned home and started living in her husband’s home.

Kailash, without informing anyone in the neighbourhood or the village, quietly married Pooja and it was only after the photograph went viral that people came to know about it.

Inspector J N Shukla of Barhalganj police station said that he had seen the photograph on the social media and would now inquire about the marriage.

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