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We will see who cuts whose nose: TMC hits back at BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu over his comment against Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>We will see who cuts whose nose: TMC leader hits back at Suraj Pal Amu’s comment against MamataAfter Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the makers of controversial film Padmavati were welcome in West Bengal if they wanted to put up a premiere or even screening the film, Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu on Friday threatened Mamata saying that she would meet the same fate of Surpanakha, sister of Ravana in Ramayana. “Mamata Banerjee wants Padmavati to be released in West Bengal. Women with demonic nature should realise what happened to Surpanakha. He was taught a lesson by Lakshman,” he said.Senior TMC leaders in Bengal, naturally reacted to the comment.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s film“He should ask for forgiveness. If he doesn’t, he must realise that people of Bengal is watching everything and will give a fitting reply,” Partha Chatterjee, TMC national secretary general said on the sidelines of a public meeting at Canning in South 24 Parganas.State minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya at a rally in Kolkata said, “People are watching these provocative statements. We will see who cuts whose nose. Mamata had been elected twice convincingly in Bengal.”
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is welcome to premiere his film in Bengal, says Mamata BanerjeeBirbhum TMC president Anubrata Mondal said that it was easier said in Haryana. “It will not be possible to say such things in Bengal,” he said at a meeting.

TMC youth wing hold protest against Mukul Roy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within 36 hours of former Trinamool second-in-command Mukul Roy’s first public rally at Rani Rashmoni Avenue where he made serious allegations against the party’s top brass, the north Kolkata youth wing of the party put up a counter rally. Held at the same place in central Kolkata, it saw top party leaders, without naming Mukul, call him ‘gaddar’ (betrayer) and ‘Kalidas’ (one who ends up harming himself).Senior leaders, including state education minister Partha Chatterjee and state urban development minister Firhad Hakim along with several MLAs and other leaders were present.State president for the party’s women’s wing and minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya said people who had made their fortune in the party were now foulmouthing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “It is she who picked him up from the dust and sent him to Delhi. He enjoyed the privilege for so many years and now has changed sides to hide his misdeeds thinking that the party at Centre will help. He doesn’t know that the law will take its own course,” Bhattacharya said.Admitting that the TMC had once been a part of the NDA, Hakim said, “Although we don’t subscribe to their political ideologies, the tie-up was done looking at one man, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. At present, the man who is at the helm of party affairs is also behind mass killings in Gujarat. We cant agree to his ideologies. Those who have joined him have given up their own principal.”Party MLA Arjun Singh said that without the backing of Mamata, Mukul would not be able to win even a councillor election. “He had said that he has his men at 77,000 booths of the state but I am challenging him. If he can name even seven persons of the party, of seven booths at Kanchrapara, I will give up my political career. He can only be called a ‘gaddar’ and Kalidas,” Singh said.On November 10, from a BJP rally at the same place, Mukul had alleged that the the logo of Biswa Bangla belonged to a private entity owned by Abhishek Banerjee.In another development on Monday, Abhishek had sent a legal notice to Mukul which said that the statement made by him at a public meeting was concocted and that it was a conspiracy. He has also been asked to tender an unconditional apology in the next 48 hours to avoid legal steps against him.Mukul’s lawyer, however said that he stuck to what he had said and that there was no question of an apology.

Mukul Roy blasts Mamata’s nephew in first speech, claims company which sponsored U-17 WC run by nephew Abhishek

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his first public meeting as BJP leader, former TMC second-in-command and ex-Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy tore into TMC alleging the much talked about ‘Biswa Bangla’ was actually a business entity owned by TMC MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.“What is Biswa Bangla which sponsored the recently concluded Under-17 FIFA World Cup? It is not a government entity. It is a private business entity, owned by Abhishek Banerjee,” Roy said, holding up a bunch of printouts.He said that ‘Jago Bangla’ the Bengali daily and party mouthpiece was also a company owned by Abhishek. “After All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) was formed all the leaflets, pamphlets, hoardings and each and every printed material was printed by a company owned by Abhishek,” he said. He also alleged that state education minister Partha Chatterjee was at the helm of one of the leading puja committees which organised pujas along with corporate partnership of four chit fund companies.Roy had promised to divulge his reason of leaving TMC at this public meeting and amidst thundering applause of an unprecedented turnout for a BJP rally, said, “I have left TMC because it had failed to fulfil any of its commitments which it made before coming to power. It was getting suffocating within the party. There are many more who are suffering but are unable to say so. For all of them I am saying that TMC has become a limited company. If you delay leaving it, it might be too late.”He alleged that Mamata was using the police to rule the state and that is why she was putting her favourite IPS officers at important posts irrespective of what their track record had been. “At a time when the state was reeling under dengue, she was busy inaugurating a film festival and would leave for London tomorrow. The present dispensation would throttle any voice of dissent. Even the CPI(M) was not like this. At least they allowed the Opposition its rights,” he said.Taking a dig at Mamata’s foreign trips he said, “Just like Jyoti Basu (former Bengal Chief Minister), Mamata too has this habit of going to London on the pretext of bringing in investment which never came.”He threw a challenge at his former party and said that in the forthcoming elections there will be a ‘parivartan’ of ‘parivartan’ and to the BJP cadres he said, “For that just tears flowing down your eyes would not do. There should be fire coming out of your eyes.”Before he signed off he said that it was only Part I of things he had to say against the government. There would be many such in the near future.Soon after the rally, West Bengal home secretary Atri Bhattacharya and Partha Chatterjee refuted the allegations in two separate press conferences. “Biswa Bangla logo was designed by Mamata Banerjee. West Bengal government owns the logo. I can assure you that the logo is not owned by any individual,” Bhattacharya said.Chatterjee, talking to media persons at the party office said that the allegations were baseless. He said that the fact that party was promoting the youth did not go down well with Roy. “Now it is clear what the bone of contention is,” he said.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during his speech at the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival referred to her upcoming London trip and said, “I go to one foreign trip every year for inviting investment. I generally dont go to foreign countries. This year I had to go to receive a prize from the UN for our project, Kanyashree.”

Watch: TMC MLA Ujjwal Chaterjee from Kulti claims party won due to vote rigging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre turn of events that is unlikely to please Mamata Banerjee, a TMC MLA has claimed that he won in the 2016 elections due to vote rigging. At a time when TMC is dealing with the fallout of Mamata’s former number 2 Mukul Roy joining BJP, Ujjwal Chatterjee claimed that he had won due to vote rigging.At a rally, he told the public in Bengali that he won the votes due to rigging and that the day that stops, TMC would be tested.In the 2016 elections, the TMC MLA had won with a difference of 28,566 votes in Kulti, Burdwan. He had beaten BJP’s Ajay Kumar Poddar who had got 49464 votes.Watch the video below:

BJP very close to power in Bengal, join if you want real change: Mukul Roy urges TMC workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a grand welcome by West Bengal state BJP on his first visit to Kolkata after being formally inducted into BJP, former TMC second-in-command Mukul Roy held a bunch of printouts as a forewarning to the ruling dispensation said he would have a lot to say at the public meeting on November 10.“There are so many political things which I need to say. BJP workers have called for a public meeting on November 10 in Kolkata. I will say those at the meeting because there will be many BJP workers there for whom there should be something new to say,” he said on Monday while interacting with mediapersons, without giving a hint about what the papers were about.The 63-year-old former TMC Rajya Sabha member who had been used to slogans of ‘Ma Maati Manush’ around him was greeted with ‘Jay Shree Ram’ at the airport and was brought to the state BJP office at Muralidhar Sen Lane in a hoodless car, flanked by state BJP leaders and workers on bikes and cars.On his arrival, among the first things that he said was that he would be working under state BJP president Dilip Ghosh. “Nationally my captain is Amit Shah and in Bengal my captain is Dilip Ghosh. I will work under him towards winning power in West Bengal. They have done a lot of positive work in Bengal and are very close to coming to power. I am sure the next step for BJP would be to come to power here,” he said. He also urged all from TMC to join BJP. “BJP is very close to reaching its target. We had struggled while working with TMC to bring about a change but the intended change had not been brought. If you want a real change, come to BJP,” he said.Asked by DNA if he had joined BJP under pressure from central investigating agencies, he said, “Does that mean whoever is summoned by CBI will join BJP?” Interestingly, Ghosh had, on Sunday, compared Roy with pickle and said, “Pickle adds taste rice and lentils. We have the rice and lentils ready. So pickle will make the meal better.”Trinamool national secretary general Partha Chatterjee said they were too busy to notice what Roy was up to. “We are busy with our developmental work and protest programmes against the Centre on issues like demonetization and GST. There is no time to waste on who is saying or doing what,” he said.

Student’s ‘sexual predator’ list names professors

A law student puts a list on Facebook accusing more than 50 Indian professors of sexual harassment.

Narada tapes: Trinamool MP Sougata Roy faces ED interrogation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy on Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning on his alleged involvement in the Narada tapes corruption scandal.Roy, who was summoned by the agency, went to the ED office in Salt Lake, a senior official said.The Lok Sabha member from Dum Dum constituency was one of the several Trinamool Congress MPs, MLAs and ministers who were purportedly shown accepting money from abusinessman in a sting video.Narada News CEO Matthew Samuel had posed as the businessman and conducted the sting operation.Besides Roy, the other prominent leaders facing allegations of involvement include Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee.They have already been interrogated by the agency.The Narada sting tapes were released to different news organisations before the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal.The Central Bureau of Investigation and ED are investigating the case.

West Bengal govt to build houses for poor SC, ST, minority families

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to provide homes to poor families belonging to SC, ST and minorities not having their own residences, the state cabinet today decided to construct buildings in municipality areas for them.Under the scheme named ‘Banglar Bari’, priority will also be given to families predominantly having women members, and those with monthly income within Rs 10,000, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said. “Under the housing for urban poor scheme, we were providing financial grant of Rs 2.79 lakh to people for independent houses. But considering limited land and keeping in mind the matter of poor families without own residences, the state cabinet today decided to construct G+3 buildings,” he said.The proposed flats, with 385 sq ft carpet area, will be constructed at an expense of Rs 4.79 lakh each, Chatterjee said, adding, the state urban development agency will be in charge of the project.

Elphinstone station FOB work gains momentum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The stampede tragedy at the Elphinstone Road station seems to have opened the eyes of the Railways. The department, which halts most of its projects during the rains, has taken on its heels and resumed its work on the long-pending Rs 51 crore Parel Terminus.The Central Railway authorities have expedited work over the last two days on the terminus that was proposed in 2011. The project at Parel Terminus includes construction of five platforms with overheads, widening of platforms to 10 metres, providing new FOB connecting East and West. The tenders on the proposed FOB was also delayed by 18 months.The tragedy would not have taken place had the FOB been wider. The Railway Board, on October 11, constituted a high-level expert committee to inquire the reasons that led to the delay of constructing the Rs 11.86 crore FOB connecting both Elphinstone Road and Parel stations.The issuance of Notice Inviting Tender (NIT) for Elphinstone Road FOB took around 18 months, for which barely Rs 1000 was provided in the 2016-17 railway budget. The committee would be headed by Shri Pratyush Sinha (Retd Chief Vigilance Commissioner) with Shri Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman CII Economic Affairs council, and Shri Subodh Jain, (Retd Member Engineering, Railway Board) as members and Director Safety, Railway Board, and Shri Pankaj Kumar as Member Secretary.The FOB was part of the Parel Terminus meant to cater the increasing crowd at Elphinstone Road, Dadar and Parel stations. DNA had reported about the slow progress and delays in the project. “We have started cleaning the area. Soon, sufficient manpower will be deployed for the work,” said a CR official.

Mukul Roy slams Mamata Banerjee after resigning, TMC says he buckled under CBI and BJP’s pressure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled TMC leader Mukul Roy tendered his resignation from the post of a Rajya Sabha member on Wednesday. After handing his resignation letter to Vice-President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi he interacted with mediapersons and said that he could not work as a servant of a one-man party.“One man party is not good for the country. I had been with the party since its inception. We had elected Mamata Banerjee as the leader but we are comrades of the party and not servants. I hail from an ordinary family but that can’t be a disqualification of being a politician. Not members of all parties are servants but the manner in which one party is running it is as good as that,” he said.He also alleged that he had been mulling leaving the party since six months because the party had been inconsistent in its principles. “It has been one of the biggest reasons why I am leaving the party. At one time it joined hands with the BJP and then ended alliance on flimsy ground to join UPA which it again left after some years. Now it is forming an alliance with Congress again to oust BJP. If joining hands with Congress is inevitable for freeing the country of BJP they why not merge the party with Congress?” he said.
ALSO READ Mukul Roy resigns from Rajya Sabha, keeps suspense about future political move He took a dig at Mamata saying that there was a lot of dynasty politics in TMC hinting at promotion of Abhishek Banerjee within the party and alleged that he had been asked to be in touch with RSS leaders for the sake of the party.Referring to the interrogation by CBI, he said, “CBI had interrogated me for eight hours and had filed eight chargesheets. I believe they have got all the information they wanted out of me and being a law abiding citizen, any investigating agency asks for any cooperation I am ready to cooperate.” Interestingly, he added that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had no idea of the Saradha and Narada links with party leaders. “I think she had no idea. It was a personal affair of the leaders,” he added.Asked about which political party he was going to join, he said that he was going on a vacation and would decide that after he returned.Soon after that TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee conducted a press conference saying that it was good for party to get rid of garbage. Chatterjee said that Roy had left the party giving in to the pressure of Central investigating agencies. “He crumbed under the pressure of CBI and had realised that there is no way out other than joining hands with BJP. He feels that TMC is a one-man party. He has forgotten that there is something called role model. Mamata Banerjee is our role model and we are all co-workers of the party. He quit because he wanted to run the party like a zamindar (landlord) but could not,” he added.Chatterjee brushed aside the dynasty politics theory saying, “It’s rubbish. It has been there in the history of not only in India but America as well. His own son is an MLA. It is not a crime. Whoever is interested in serving the state and the country is welcome.”State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said that Roy had shown that top TMC leaders can leave the party. “What appears as a small crack might lead to a crevice tomorrow. I had met Roy a few days ago and from what he has told me I can say that he had left the party dejected with the party leadership. Mamata Banerjee had decapitated all the opponents for the ascent of her beloved relative within the party. If Roy has the guts he would expose the TMC supremo of the prevailing corruption within the party,” Chowdhury said.BJP state president Dilip Ghosh however, called the whole episode as the internal affairs of TMC. “What Roy has said is the general characteristic of any regional party and TMC is no exception. These parties change stand according to situation,” he said at a press conference. Asked if Roy would be welcomed in the party he said that “He has left TMC now. If he expresses his will to join BJP we will have to discuss and decide about it but given his organisational strength and political network, whichever party Roy joins, will get benefit,” Ghosh said.In another interesting development, the TMC core committee meeting which usually is convened at Mamata Banerjee’s residence and is attended by few top brass party leaders, would be carried out on October 27 at Nazrul Mancha auditorium. Sources said that about 3000 party leaders right down to the block level would be attending. Banerjee is likely to give instructions to party cadres about dos and donts ahead of Panchayat elections.

Elphinstone Tragedy: High-powered committee formed to probe 18-month delay in issuing tender for foot overbridge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway Minister Piyush Goyal formed a high-powered committee today to look into the 18- month delay in issuing tender for a foot overbridge (FOB) at the Elphinstone Road station in Mumbai, where 23 people were killed in a stampede last month.The two-member committee would inquire why it had taken 18 months after the project was cleared to issue the tender, railway spokesperson Anil Saxena told PTI.The tender was incidentally floated on September 29 — the day 23 people were killed in the stampede on the existing decades-old foot overbridge.The panel will be headed by former Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha and Vinayak Chatterjee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) will be its member.”The committee has been given three months to submit its report,” Saxena said.According to officials, the committee has also been asked to recommend ways to ensure that such delays do not occur again.The 40-foot-wide overbridge was announced in the 2016 Railway Budget and was part of the Rs 45 crore fund earmarked towards escalators, foot overbridges and automatic ticket vending machines for the Mumbai suburban section.Today, an inquiry into the stampede blamed heavy rain for the tragedy, the officials said.Goyal, while speaking at an event in Delhi, said that he was pained that despite the new foot overbridge being already approved, the tender was not floated in time.”It pained me in Mumbai when I saw the file where a foot overbridge which was approved but it took months to finalise the design and prepare the documentation to tender it. It is a wake up call for all my colleagues in the railways. They will have to bring speed and efficiency into our system,” he said.Inquiry blames rain, confusion and panic for tragedyAn inquiry report on the September 29 Elphinstone bridge stampede in Mumbai that killed 23 people has blamed heavy rain, confusion and the resulting panic for the tragedy, officials said today.The panel, headed by the Western Railway chief security officer, submitted its report to WR General Manager Anil Kumar today after recording statements of 30 commuters who were injured.It has also examined video footage of the incident, officials said.According to the report, the stampede was caused by heavy rains which forced people outside the ticket counters to rush to the already jammed staircase for cover.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said here that he was “pained” that the tender for the new bridge was not floated on time despite being approved.”It pained me when I saw the file where a foot-overbridge which was approved but it took months to finalise the design and prepare the documentation to tender it. It is a wake up call for all my colleagues in the railways. They will have to bring speed and efficiency into our system,” said Goyal, refusing to comment later on the probe report.According to the report, the constant flow of passengers arriving at the station compounded the problem.The report said people with heavy luggage lost their balance because of which the stampede may have occurred.The probe also said none of the witnesses supported the claim of a short circuit on the bridge leading to the chaos.The inquiry panel has recommended that passengers be prevented from carrying heavy luggage during peak hours.

After two failed attempts to nab Bimal Gurung, CID suspects inside hand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two foiled attempts to nab Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung, officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) think that he could be getting prior information of their raids.Acting on a tip off, CID officials had raided a resort at Namchi in South Sikkim late on Saturday evening but sources said that Gurung had left the place minutes before they had arrived. The CID officials conducted a raid along with a team of Sikkim Police.Earlier on August 31, CID had raided another spot at Namchi where they had intelligence that Gurung was about to convene a meeting of the GJM’s central committee. Gurung has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act.A senior West Bengal administrative official said that there was a strong possibility that some of the Sikkim Police was responsible for Gurung to escape because it could not be a coincidence two times. They are also not overruling the possibility of an informer within West Bengal Police from where information is being leaked.A team of CID officials had put up at Namchi and is constantly monitoring information regarding Gurung’s whereabouts. “He might have escaped a couple of times but it is only a matter of time before he is arrested,” said a senior CID official.Interestingly, in June when the GJM-led movement for Gorkhaland had begun, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling had written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressing his support for the movement. West Bengal state education minister and senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee had criticised Chamling and had said that it was an intrusion into the affairs of Bengal and sought Centre’s intervention into the matter.

Watch: Mamata Banerjee writes theme song for popular Kolkata Durga Puja Pandal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written the theme song for a popular city puja since theme music has become a new trend among community pujas in the metropolis.The song – “Boichitrer muktoy gantha ekotar monihar” (the jewel of unity is stitched with a string of pearls of diversity) – is being played at the ‘Suruchi Sangha’ puja, winner of multiple awards.Singer Shreya Ghosal lends her voice for the theme song that has been composed by Jeet Gannguly.The CM has posted the video of the theme song on her official Facebook page and shared the links on her Twitter handle.The video already has 7.5k likes and almost 1500 shares. Watch it below: The CM had also composed lyrics for ‘Suruchi Sangha’ in the past.Music composer and singer Jeet Gannguly had been composing music for the ‘Suruchi Sangha’s puja theme song for the past couple of years.”I have a bonding with them and every Bengali feels connected with Durga Puja celebrations,” Gannguly had told PTI recently when asked about his ‘musical association’ with ‘Suruchi Sangha’.As theme music becomes popular with Durga Puja committees, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee has recited a few lines – ‘Ami Sei Diganto Periye Asa Uttaradhikar’ (I have walked through the past, I am the torch-bearer) being played at the ‘Kumartuli Sarbojonin’.”This recital mirrors the story of potters of Bengal, of Kumartuli over the centuries,” he said.The ‘Kumartuli Sarbojonin’ spokesman Debashis Bhattacharya said, “we have set a new trend by introducing recitals as theme music instead of a song and we are privileged to have Soumitra Chatterjee. The Bengali revellers are appreciating our efforts.”The ‘Tridhara Sammilani’, another multiple award-winning puja in the city, has engaged singer and music composer Joy Sarkar for its theme song.”The task was challenging. As I had to convey the mood of the puja theme in a span of two-three minutes,” Sarkar, associated with many Bengali films as music director/lyricist, said.

Kanjur Marg caves could date to 10 AD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While exploring the nearby hillock area in the city, a group of students studying archaeology stumbled upon a small cave structure in Kanjur Marg area. While exploring the historic importance of a temple on Hanuman Tekadi, the students heard about a small room underneath it.Sneaking into the hidden space, which locals consider as a room, the group found a small structure of caves that might belong to the 10th century.Excited about the finding, Vinayak Parab, archaeologist, and researcher, said, “There are old staircases and space for two people to sit and meditate. The locals have kept several idols inside and worship them. Similar structures were also found in Mulund near LBS Marg and Bhandup. One of the walls inside is damaged. Since they are similar structures, we think that are from the same group. The research is going on.”Varsha Chatterjee, a student who visited the structure, said, “The locals have no idea about the structure and are considering to be a small room. They don’t know the history of the structure.” While the team of six students, along with Parab, are researching on the finding and around Aarey Colony, they have been exploring similar cave structures on the border of the Aarey colony area on the stretch between Ghatkopar to Mulund.The group presented their research work in the 4th annual workshop on Explorations in Maharashtra held by the Centre for Archaeology, Mumbai University, and ISTUCEN Trust.Speaking about further explorations, Parab, said, “There are possibilities of finding more seven such caves structures on the stretch between Ghatkopar to Mulund in further findings. So far the cave structures are found only in the hillock areas.”Another FeatLast year, a team of students working with Parab found few structures that point to the existence of caves from early medieval times in the Chafe Galli area of Chunabhatti.

Amit Shah unhappy with Bengal BJP’s booth-level expansion, stresses on greater coordination with RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his third day of visit to Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah reportedly met leaders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday and sought their help in strengthening the party organisation in Bengal.Sources said that Shah was not happy at the progress report in terms of formation of booth level committee. “He had found out that committees at not even 35,000 booths out of the 75,000 booths of the state had been formed. He had sought the help of trained forces of the RSS for BJP’s expansion. He said that both the BJP and the sangh were in equal footing as far as issues like Muslim appeasement in Bengal, communal tension and rise of fundamentalism was concerned,” said a source within RSS.It was also found out that Shah discussed at length the problem of atrocities on Hindus in Bengal and he told RSS leaders how Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee engineered hurdles to prevent delegates from the Centre to meet victims and their families in Bengal. “He said that there should be a better coordination between the RSS and BJP here. It will come handy in dealing with several issues. Say for example as Mamata had prohibited immersion of Durga idols on Dashami, the trained forces of sangh would connect with people and raise their awareness among them while BJP would look into the legal battle. The idea is to mobilise and marshal all the resources in the most effective manner,” the source said.
ALSO READ Kolkata: Amit Shah has ‘sumptuous Bengali cuisine’ at BJP worker’s houseAs Shah had done during his earlier visit, this time too, he visited a household from the lower middle class section of society for lunch but this time with a difference. Earlier he had been at two places – at Naxalbari in Siliguri and in Kolkata – but a day after family members of those households had been allegedly hijacked by the ruling TMC and made to join TMC ‘forcefully’. This time Shah visited the residence of Manas Sen, who is already a BJP member. Shah, along with other senior leaders of the state visited the household at Lock Gate Road in north Kolkata. There, Shah, along with state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, party general secretary and co-observer Kailash Vijayvargiya, joint general secretary Shiv Prakash and national secretary Rahul Sinha were given a warm welcome. The family served a pure vegetarian lunch to the team on earthen plates, bowls and glass. After lunch, they interacted with the family for sometime listening to their problems and took pictures with the BJP leaders. The team spent about an hour at the place. Sen works at a city mall.His sister, Shampa Sil who had come over from her in-laws’ place to meet Shah and help her mother prepare lunch, said, “It was a great moment for us. He liked all the preparations and even asked for another helping of rice.”Earlier TMC national secretary general, Dr Partha Chatterjee had taken a dig at Shah saying that people like him come over to Bengal to eat lunch with the poor and end the day with dinner at five star hotels. “These will not help. People of Bengal are with Mamata Banerjee and these occasional visits of BJP leaders will not be of any consequence,” Chatterjee said.

RERA imposes fines for missing deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) met on Friday to decide the fine amount that it shall levy on developers who registered after their extended deadline of August 16 was over. The new fine for developers who applied between August 16 and 31 will be Rs 1 lakh or an amount equivalent to the registration fee of the said project, whichever is more.The fine that will be slapped for applications coming from September 1 was also hiked to at least Rs 2 lakh or an amount equivalent to the double the registration fee, whichever is more. This round of registration shall remain open only until September 30 and a ceiling of Rs 10 lakh was set, sources said.The last date for registration of the ongoing projects in the state was July 31, after which — for the initial two days — MahaRERA allowed nearly 400 projects to register with a penalty of Rs 50,000 and then increased it to Rs 1 lakh or an amount equivalent to the registration fee. However, for September, the authority decided to increase the fine amount.Friday’s meeting was attended by all members of the authority and the order was released in the afternoon. The authority received 10,852 applications till July 31. However, in August, it received only 2200 applications of which 800 were filed in the second half of the month. The authority received 54 applications since September 1.In its order, the authority said, “Every defaulting promoter will be given a chance to passing any order if any penalty, linked to a percentage of the cost of any project, is levied. The act has prohibited the said (unregistered) ongoing projects from advertising and selling with effect from August 1. MahaRERA has recognized the fact that delaying the registration of the ongoing project will only jeopardize the interest of the allottees of the said projects. It was hence decided that a similar procedure will be adopted as was done for applications received up until August 16.”The order was signed by Chairman Gautam Chatterjee, and two members Bhalchandra Kapadnis, and Vijay Satbir Singh….& ANALYSISDevelopers will have to register with the authority in order to sell their projects. In case of any violation, he will be liable to be pay penalties and complaints can also be lodged against him with the authority.
The registration is important because it enables everyone to see the documents related to registered projects. Thus, anybody can lodge a complaint if the facts presented by the developer are misleading.

Bengal asks state unis to ignore circular to telecast PM’s speech to mark Vivekananda’s Chicago address

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another confrontation where the state government has taken the Centre head on, Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has directed all the state-run universities and colleges to ignore the University Grants Commission (UGC) directive to educational institutions for live televising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on September 11, marking the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.“Without informing the state or taking concurrence of the state government concerned, the Centre cannot issue directives like this,” said state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee at a press conference at Nabanna, the state secretariat. He said that it was a clear saffronisation of education. “This is unacceptable. College and university authorities contacted us upon receipt of the circular. I have told them that there was no requirement to the UGC directive which we feel is a step towards saffronisation of education,” Chatterjee added.In a recent circular, the UGC had asked about 40,000 educational institutions for the live telecast of the speech. The state government had in August, instructed the school to ignore the Centre’s directive to celebrate Independence Day according to a set format issued by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Chatterjee had told then that there was no requirement to follow the format. “We don’t need to learn a lesson of patriotism from the BJP. Educational institutions would celebrate Independence Day just the way they had been doing so far,” he had said.

Amit Shah denied Netaji stadium for meetings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah will be on a three-day visit to Bengal from September 10 and was supposed to conduct meeting with party workers at Netaji Indoor Stadium. However, it was called off at the last moment due to the unavailability of the venue.Sayantan Basu, BJP state general secretary said that they had called on August 25 enquiring about the availability of the stadium. “On August 28, we were given a temporary confirmation of the booking and were asked to obtain an NOC from Kolkata Police, but two days later we were told that the place was pre-booked for all of September, except during Durga Puja from September 27 to 30,” said Basu. “Naturally we had to call off the proposed meeting because only a place like that could have accommodated about 12,000 senior members who the national president would have interacted with.” Shah’s other programmes are as per schedule.Authorities of Netaji Indoor Stadium refused to comment on the issue but senior TMC leaders said they had nothing to do with the place being not available. “The allegations levelled are baseless and completely unfounded. Neither the TMC nor the state government control Netaji Indoor Stadium. They have their own management body,” said state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee.

High-risk prisoners in Tihar go on hunger strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gangster Neeraj Bawana has alleged that he is being treated “worse than an animal” in Tihar jail and has reportedly gone on a hunger strike since Monday to protest against the inhumane conditions.In a two-paged application letter filed before the Additional Sessions Judge Siddharth Sharma, Bawana through his counsel MS Khan levelled several allegations against the jail authorities. Bawana alleged that “locked in his cell 24 hours without any reason and not allowed any sunlight or air.”The cells where the applicant and others were lodged “are stinking and having thousands of insects/sand falling from the walls.” Fresh water is being curtailed and sub-standard food is being served, Bawana further alleged. Prison authorities were not providing proper medical facilities and wanted the inmates to go into depression or other illnesses, the application read.A special court at the Patiala House District Court has sought a response from the jail authorities by August 11.However, advocate Rudro Chatterjee and Shariq, also representing Bawana told DNA that not only their client, but almost all the inmates in Tihar’s high-risk ward – 43 of them, have been on a hunger strike since the past few days.Mohammed Hakeem, who is an accused in the Delhi serial blast is another inmate who is allegedly on a hunger strike. According to Chatterjee and Shariq, a few who could not sustain the pressure of the hunger strike were hospitalised within the jail premises.In July, Rajan Kumar Madan, who along with Jagdeep Rana have been lodged at Tihar Jail after being jailed by the Delhi Assembly Speaker for creating a ruckus in the Assembly on June 28 also went on a hunger strike for non-availability of fresh water.A few of the striking prisoners have confessed to their counsels that inmates who displease prison authorities are often transferred to, or threatened with a transfer to the high-risk ward in jail one where rules are far more stringent than other wards. In this way, prison authorities circumvent the official platform to penalise the prisoners.Director General (Prisons) Sudhir Yadav however refuted all allegations. “A block of prisoners (around 30 of them) led by Bawana have been threatening to go on a hunger strike.”Bawana wanted liberty to roam the courtyard – which is not permitted in the high risk ward, Yadav said speaking to DNA. “High-risk prisoners such as Bawana are not only a threat to themselves, but are also a threat to other inmates,” Yadav added.Yadav however conceded that since Tuesday, a few prisoners have not taken their meals. However he was quick to add that the prisoners’ had enough food stocked in their cells. “This is just a pressure tactic that they are employing,” Yadav added.Jail authorities have reported the matter to the concerned judge, who will decide on the future course of action.Yadav also refuted allegations that prisoners who apparently displeased them were threatened with a transfer in the dreaded ward. “There is a review committee headed by me that decides which prisoner merits a stay in the ward, or a transfer out of the ward,” Yadav said.

RS polls: 1 Cong, 5 TMC candidates elected unopposed from Bengal after Left’s nomination cancelled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After high drama for 72 hours, the nomination of Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, the CPIM candidate for Rajya Sabha from West Bengal was declared invalid by Election Commission of India (ECI), after a final scrutiny on Monday.As a result five candidates of Trinamool Congress and one of Congress get elected to Rajya Sabha uncontested. At about 11 am the ECI formally announced that Bhattacharya’s nomination stood cancelled as he had failed to submit all the requisite papers within time.On July 28, ECI had raised questions about Bhattacharya’s application saying that he had filed his nomination after 3 PM which was the stipulated time. On Monday Left Front MLAs were told that the second affidavit, a mandatory paper required along with filing of nomination, was not attached with the nomination. Left Front MLAs admitted that it was an inadvertent mistake.CPIM MLA Sujan Chakraborty said that it was a conspiracy against them. “We had the premonition that it would be cancelled. TMC had raised objection several times. The election commission had waited for 48 hours which shows the application had a lot of merit. It is unprecedented. We are victims of a larger conspiracy but we must fight up to the last,” he said. He added that if a voting process was to continue till 4 pm then people who had queued up at 4 should be allowed to vote and for that the time taken could exceed even 6 pm. He also said that the TMC were opposing Bhattacharya’s nomination because they were afraid.TMC MLA and state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee retorted saying, “Why should we be afraid? Don’t they know this simple mathematics? There was no way they could win a Rajya Sabha seat with the kind of votes they have.”

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee’s wife dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Education minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee’s wife died this morning following a sudden cardiac arrest. Babli Chatterjee had been taken to a private hospital yesterday after her health condition deteriorated. She suffered a sudden cardiac arrest there this afternoon and succumbed to it, a statement issued by the medical establishment said. It was learnt that Chatterjee’s wife, who is in her late 50s, had been on a regular follow-up for multiple health issues for the past few years at the private hospital. “A team of doctors was treating her. She developed a sudden cardiac arrest this afternoon and unfortunately succumbed to it,” a senior official of the hospital said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Singing of Vande Mataram made mandatory in TN schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today made singing of the national song Vande Mataram mandatory in schools across Tamil Nadu, at least twice a week. Private and government schools in the state should ensure that their students sing the national song at least twice a week preferably on Monday and Friday, Justice M V Muralidharan said in the order. Noting that the song can also be played in other government and private establishments at least once in a month, the judge said, “If people feel it is difficult to sing the song in Bengali or in Sanskrit, steps can be taken to translate the song in Tamil.” However, the judge said in the event, any person or organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the song, they shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so. The judge said “the youth of this country are the future of tomorrow and the court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation.” The matter relates to a petition moved by K Veeramani, who failed to clear the written test for the post of BT Assistant as he answered that the song was written in Bengali. He had moved the court after his answer ‘Bengali’ to the objective type question was declared wrong by the board. He was awarded 89 marks against the minimum 90 to be eligible for appointment. Claiming that he had missed recruitment to the post by one mark due to the ‘wrong’ evaluation, the petitioner had sought award of the extra mark, treating his answer to the ‘Vande Mataram’ question as correct. When the matter first came up on July 7, the petitioner’s counsel had submitted that Bankim Chandra Chatterjee wrote the national song in both Bengali and Sanskrit. The additional government pleader, on the other hand, had argued that it was written only in Sanskrit and was later translated to Bengali. The petitioner had contended that in all the books he had studied, Bengali was mentioned as the first language in which the national song was written. Following this, the judge had directed the AG to appear before him and apprise the court of the correct answer, to settle the dispute over the linguistic origin of the song raised by the BEd graduate. When the case came up on July 13, Tamil Nadu Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy informed the court that the national song was of Sanskrit origin, but had originally been penned in Bengali by Chatterjee.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata: Building collapses in Bowbazar, Mayor Chatterjee at the spot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Few people were fear trapped in the debris after a building collapsed in Kolkata’s Bowbazar on Wednesday. Reports suggest that a young lady and an accountant have been trapped in the building. Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, present on the spot of investigation, said that the building was being used as a warehouse. Chatterjee told the media, ‘As per the instructions of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, around 1,200 buildings are there which are considered dilapidated.’ Chatterjee said that the debris are being cleared and the case is being discussed with the police authorities.

TMC slams Javadekar for accusing it of pursuing divisive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee today slammed Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar for accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of pursuing divisive politics. “What does he know about Bengal and its situation? They were making those vague statements as they are apprehensive of their own future after witnessing TMC’s rally yesterday,” Chatterjee told reporters here. TMC had organised a massive rally here yesterday in which Banerjee gave a call for ‘Oust BJP from India’. “People of Bengal know the truth. They (BJP leaders) should first read the history of Bengal before making those baseless comments,” he said. In a programme here earlier today, Javadekar accused Banerjee of pursuing ‘divisive politics’. Chatterjee, the state education minister, also denied allegations levelled by Javadekar that West Bengal remains absent in inter-state meet on education. “This is a complete lie. Our officers are always present in those meetings,” he said and charged the central government of taking decisions related to education unilaterally and trying to saffronise the entire education system of the country. Stating that education is a national agenda, Javadekar had said when his ministry organises inter-state meets, West Bengal is at times absent. “Most of the ministers in Narendra Modi cabinet don’t have any work as all work is being done by Modi. That is why they make all these baseless comments,” Chatterjee said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata: Fire in multi-storied office building, no casualty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fire broke out on the third floor of a multi-storied building which houses mostly offices in the southern part of the city’s Pretoria Street this afternoon, police said.No casualty was reported.Ten fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire which broke out at 12, Pretoria Street building next to a school at around 12.50 pm, a senior officer of the Fire Department said.Besides fire fighters, a couple of teams from Kolkata Police Disaster Management unit rushed to the rescue of inmates of the building, mostly office workers, breaking glass panes to release smoke from inside, he said.State Fire Minister and city Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who also reached the spot, said that the building was evacuated and nobody was injured in the mishap.”Our fire department officials worked quite efficiently and brought out everybody from the building. The cause of the fire is yet not known. Everything is under control now,” Chatterjee said adding that there will be an investigation into the incident.

Women’s organisations demand 50% reservation in LS, assemblies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A women’s collective, comprising more than 1,600 organisations, today pitched for the passage of the “long pending” Women’s Reservation Bill in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament which commences on July 17. With the slogan “Ab 33 per cent nahi 50 per cent”, the National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bill has demanded 50 per cent reservation for women in the the Lok Sabha and state assemblies instead of 33 per cent. “The Prime Minister had congratulated African countries for women’s majority in their parliament. But when it came to his country, he never said a single word about this Bill,” general secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, Annie Raja, said. “This is the time to act so that women are able to contest maximum number of seats in the next election,” she said. In India, women hold a mere 12 per cent of the seats in Parliament and nine per cent in state assemblies, Director of Centre for Social Research, Ranjana Kumari, said. “Unless there are more women in politics, their concerns cannot be addressed effectively,” she said. Director of the Joint Women’s Programme, Jyotsna Chatterjee, said that the BJP had “committed” support to the women’s reservation bill in its 2014 election manifesto, and now it was time for the party to stand by it. “It is high time to prove what they had declared in their election manifesto. The government says ‘beti bachao beti padhao’, but what about her political rights,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vande Mataram of Sanskrit origin, but written in Bengali: AG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national song ‘Vande Mataram’ is of Sanskrit origin, but had originally been penned in Bengali by Bankim Chandra Chaterjee, the Madras High Court was told today by Tamil Nadu Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy. The submission before Justice M V Muralidharan was made in response to the judge seeking the law officer’s help to settle a dispute over the linguistic origin of the song raised by a B Ed graduate. Petitioner K Veeramani had faced the question “In which language was Vande Mataram first written” in a competitive test held by the Teachers Recruitment Board for appointment as BT Assistant in government schools. He had moved the court after his answer ‘Bengali’ to the objective type question was declared wrong by the board. He was awarded 89 marks against the minimum 90 to be eligible for appointment. Claiming that he had missed recruitment to the post by one mark due to the ‘wrong’ evaluation, the petitioner had sought award of the extra mark, treating his answer to the ‘Vande Mataram’ question as correct. When the matter first came up for hearing on June 7, the petitioner’s counsel had submitted that Chatterjee wrote the national song in both Bengali and Sanskrit, while the Additional Government Pleader argued that it was written only in Sanskrit and was later translated to Bengali. The petitioner had contended that in all the books he had studied, Bengali was mentioned as the first language in which the national song was written more than two centuries ago. Following this, the judge had directed the AG to appear before him and apprise the court of the correct answer. During the resumed hearing today, the AG submitted that ‘Vande Mataram’ was of Sanskrit origin, but written in the Bengali script. Recording the submission, the judge said he will pronounce the order on the petition on July 17.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC disposes of as infructuous anticipatory bail plea of Vikram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Calcutta High Court today disposed of as infructuous an anticipatory bail prayer by actor Vikram Chatterjee, arrested in connection with the death of model Sonika Chauhan. A division bench of justices Dipankar Dutta and D P Dey observed that the state has done its duty in accordance with the law in arresting the accused and said that it was not an exceptional case. It disposed of as infructuous the bail of Vikram, who has been slapped with culpable homicide charge, since he has already been arrested. The court also cautioned against media trial in connection with the case, which has received wide publicity. The bail prayer, filed in early June, was mentioned by Vikram’s lawyers before the division bench on July 7, when the court fixed the date of hearing on July 13. Charges against the actor had been changed from that of causing death by negligence, a bailable charge, to that of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which is a non- bailable charge offence, following which the anticipatory bail prayer was filed before the high court. Kolkata Police officials, however, arrested Vikram on the night of July 6 from a place near his residence at Kasba in the southern part of the city. Vikram’s counsels had moved the division bench the day after, complaining that the police arrested him during pendency of his anticipatory bail prayer. Vikram was driving Sonika home after a party on April 29 when the car crashed into a pillar on the footpath of Rash Behari Avenue in south Kolkata. The actor is at present in judicial custody following a three-day police remand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sovan fails to appear before ED, given two weeks time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress minister and Kolkata Municipal Corporation(KMC) mayor Sovan Chatterjee failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate which had summoned him in connection with the Narada tapes case. “Chatterjee was supposed to come today. But he sent his lawyer and has sought three to four weeks more,” an ED official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Situation remains tense in Baduria, WB Govt-Guv spat continues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The situation in West Bengal’s communal strife-torn Baduria in North 24 Parganas district remained tense today even as the spat over the clashes continued between Governor K N Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. With the clashes threatening to disrupt inter-faith harmony, Banerjee said her government has decided to form peace-keeping forces across the state involving local people and assisted by state administration and the police. A police officer said no untoward incident was reported till this afternoon from Baduria though the situation is tense, adding forces have already been deployed across the entire area and they have cleared roads blocks put up by local residents and conducted route marches. Announcements are being made via public address system asking people to maintain law and order, he said. Schools, shops, markets and business establishments remained shut in and around Baduria, including Keosha market, Banshtala, Ramchandrapur and Tentulia, where prohibitory orders are in force. Four companies of BSF personnel (about 400 personnel) have been rushed to Baduria and adjoining areas of Basirhat, Swarupnagar and Deganga to assist the local administration. Rail blockades at three places on the Barasat-Bongaon and Barasat-Basirhat sections in the morning inconvenienced daily commuters. Violence had erupted between two communities at Baduria in Basirhat sub-division of the district since Monday night over a Facebook post, following which a young man was arrested. Banerjee said the peace-keeping forces, called ‘Shanti Bahini’, will be stationed in 60,000-odd booths across the state to maintain communal harmony. The clashes had triggered an unprecedented spat her and Governor Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like “a BJP block president” and “threatening” her. The Raj Bhawan has voiced surprise over Banerjee’s “attitude and language”, and said “the governor cannot remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the state.” The governor dismissed her charges as baseless saying these were meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of the state. “Instead of making accusations against him, it is better for the chief minister and her colleagues to direct their attention to maintain peace and law and order in the state without making any distinction on the basis of caste, creed or community,” a Raj Bhawan release quoting the governor said. “It is wrong to say that Raj Bhawan has become the office of the BJP or the RSS,” it said. Reacting sharply to TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee’s statement that the governor is crossing his constitutional limits, Tripathi said it is an attempt to cover the lapses of the state government and divert attention from the main issue. “The governor has been apprised of the statement of Partha Chatterjee, hon’ble education minister, and regrets to say that this is an attempt to cover the lapses of the state government and divert attention from the main issue of law and order,” the statement said. “The governor is fully aware of his constitutional obligations and limitations and needs no lesson from anyone on this count,” it stated. Tripathi said “true that the chief minister has been democratically elected by the people, but it should not be forgotten that the governor is also appointed by the President on the recommendation of a democratically elected Union Government. In fact, the allegations of the chief minister amount to insulting and humiliating the governor and his office.” Amid the continuing spat between Mamata and her party colleagues and the governor, the BJP today demanded that the Centre impose President’s rule in West Bengal and send central observers to assess worsening law and order in the state. “We demand that the Centre intervene and impose President’s rule in the state. The Centre should send a team of observers to assess the worsening law and order situation in the state,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told reporters. The CPI(M) has also accused the TMC government of failing to protect the people at Baduria and has demanded an all-party meeting to deal with the situation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tripathi hits back at Mamata, Centre steps in to defuse row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The unprecedented public spat between West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee escalated today with the former alleging her charges are meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of the state even as the Centre stepped in to defuse the row. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tripathi and Banerjee separately and is understood to have told them to resolve their differences amicably. The spat over the communal flare-up following an objectionable Facebook post in North 24-Paraganas district also led the Congress to demand the recall of Tripathi, accusing him of compromising on constitutional propriety. The ruling Trinamoool Congress launched a fresh attack on Tripathi, accusing him of “crossing” all constitutional limits and reminding him that the Raj Bhavan “could not be the party office of the BJP.” As the Union Home ministry sought a report from the West Bengal government on the communal violence, Rajnath Singh in his separate telephonic conversations with Tripathi and Banerjee took stock of the prevailing situation Singh is said to have counselled Tripathi, a former BJP veteran and ex-speaker of Uttar Pradesh assembly, and Banerjee to resolve their differences amicably, official sources in New Delhi said. In a second statement in two days released by the Raj Bhawan, Tripathi dismissed as baseless Banerjee’s allegations that he “humiliated and threatened” her over phone while inquiring about the situation in the violence-hit Baduria in North 24-Paraganas district. The statement also said that the governor is fully aware of his constitutional obligations and limitations and needs no lesson from anyone on this count. “Instead of making accusations against him, it is better for the chief minister and her colleagues to direct their attention to maintain peace and law and order in the state without making any distinction on the basis of caste, creed or community. “The governor is of the view that Raj Bhawan is not a department of the state government and is open to every citizen to approach him for redressal of his or her grievances,” the statement said. “It is wrong to say that Raj Bhawan has become the office of the BJP or the RSS,” he said, adding, “Her (Banerjee’s) allegation is baseless and is meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of West Bengal.” The governor emphasised that “Raj Bhawan is not expected to tear off or throw in the wastepaper basket, the representations received by the governor or his office from any person. Whenever any such representation is received from anyone, the same is forwarded to the state government for appropriate action.” Reacting sharply to TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee’s statement that the governor is crossing his constitutional limits, Tripathi said it is an attempt to cover the lapses of the state government and divert attention from the main issue. “The governor has been apprised of the statement of Partha Chatterjee, Hon’ble education minister, and regrets to say that this is an attempt to cover the lapses of the state government and divert attention from the main issue of law and order,” the statement said. Criticising Banerjee for raising questions on how being a governor, he interfered in the law and order of the state, Tripathi said, “True that the chief minister has been democratically elected by the people, but it should not be forgotten that the governor is also appointed by the president on the recommendation of a democratically elected Union government. “In fact, the allegations of the chief minister amount to insulting and humiliating the governor and his office.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED summons Sovan, Sultan and Iqbal in Narada tapes case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate today issued summons to Trinamool leaders Sovan Chatterjee, Sultan Ahmed and Iqbal Ahmed to appear before it in the next seven days. “Today summons have been issued to Sovan Chatterjee, Sultan and Iqbal Ahmed for appearing before the directorate in the next seven days,” an ED official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TMC demands removal of Governor KN Tripathi, says he has crossed all constitutional limits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday launched a fresh attack on West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi, accusing him of ‘crossing’ all constitutional limits and said that it was time for him to go.The party’s criticism of the governor comes a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused Tripathi of threatening her and acting like a “BJP block president”. The party supremo said she even thought of quitting office over this “humiliation”.”Bengal Governor sounding like RSS Sakha Pramukh, time for him to go,” said TMC MP and national spokesperson Derek O’Brien.
ALSO READ Baduria violence: MHA seeks report from Mamata government over communal riots”Yes, the Governor has used unacceptable language in his telephone call to the Chief Minister. It is very unfortunate that the Raj Bhavan in Bengal has converted into an RSS shakha. It’s almost like all the bedsheets and towels and everything in Raj Bhavan now have BJP logos. The Governor is not sounding like a Governor anymore, who is supposed to protect the Constitution. He is sounding like a shakha pramukh – this is completely unacceptable,” O’Brien said in a Facebook post.”I think it is time now, after this kind of statement to the Chief Minister, what I really feel, is that it is worth considering asking this Governor to get on a bike and leave; it is time for him to go,” he added.
ALSO READ West Bengal: Situation tense in Baduria after communal clashes, shops and schools shut The TMC leader also accused that the Governor gets his brief on a BJP letterhead delivered to him by all the minions and he reads out those briefs.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee following the public spat between the two over communal clashes in North 24 Parganas district.Speaking to reporters, TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee charged, “The governor has crossed the constitutional line. The way he spoke to the chief minister yesterday, he has forgotten that it is not Uttar Pradesh.” Chatterjee also said that the official residence of the governor could not be the party office of the BJP.”He is the ex-speaker of the (UP) assembly. As a lawyer he must be aware of the observation of the Supreme Court (on the relation) between the chief minister and the governor… So whatever he has said is an insult to the people of West Bengal,” he charged.The unprecedented spat between the chief minister and the governor came as communal clashes broke out in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on the night of July 4 following an “objectionable” Facebook post. The government rushed in 400 BSF troopers to assist the local administration in controlling the situation.Chatterjee said that the party has already written to President Pranab Mukherjee stating that “this is unbecoming of a governor”.A copy of the letter to the president was forwarded to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, he said.Referring to the governor’s statement yesterday asking how confidential talks came out in the open, Chatterjee said, “You (Tripathi) telephoned the chief minister only after a team of BJP leaders met you at Raj Bhavan”.A Raj Bhavan statement had said that the talks between the governor and chief minister “were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it”.To a question on whether the TMC was demanding the governor’s removal, Chatterjee said, “If the governor does not express regret for the way he had spoken to the chief minister, we will have to take the tough stand.” Alleging that the governor had asked the chief minister to manage her party, he remarked, “This is unprecedented. How can he ask her to manage her party members. Has he become the BJP spokesperson? He is the constitutional head”(With agency inputs)

I’m fighting for inclusiveness: Meira Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition’s Presidential candidate, Meira Kumar, landed in Kolkata on Monday night and on Tuesday she met legislators of the state at the Assembly.She said that she was grateful that 17 major political parties under the chairmanship of AICC president Sonia Gandhi had decided to set their differences aside and would remain ideologically united against the government of the day.”You see, I am fighting an ideological battle on behalf of the suppressed. I am fighting for inclusiveness. I believe I stand on very strong ground and I will leave no stone unturned for the triumph of my ideology,” Kumar said.”We stand at the crossroad of history where one part which leads to intolerance, suppression, fear. There is the other part which leads into our multi-religious society. Tolerance and more than that, respect for all religious denomination, to abolition of casteism, to end poverty, to inclusiveness, transparency and social justice. They even dictate what you should eat. I respect religious sentiments but we always had these religious sentiments and we had balanced them. It is a new development and we don’t know where it will lead. Today we have to think. I have written to all the members of the collegium, cutting across party lines, to meet their inner voice. I believe that the inner voice of conscience carries much more weight than the numbers,” she said.Asked if she thought she stood a chance against NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who has a huge majority backing him, Kumar said that she had appealed to the voice of conscience and in her views conscience carried much more weight than numbers.Showering praises on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, she said that she was a fighter and she fought without fear, without thinking of the consequences when it comes to her commitment to social justice, to inclusiveness, to transparency.State Education Minister Dr Partha Chatterjee said that Mamata wanted to congratulate her personally over the phone but could not connect with her on Monday evening. To that she confirmed that she had had a word with Mamata on Monday evening after she landed at the airport. “I was in the flight when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to contact me but I had a talk with her as I landed at the airport. I want to share with you what she said. She said that she has extended her party’s full support not only to me as a person but more to the ideology that we represent,” Kumar said.The presidential election will be held on July 17.

They have sold themselves for money: TMC on Tripura party MLAs supporting Kovind for President

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Trinamool Congress today dissociated itself from its six MLAs in Tripura who expressed support for NDA’s presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind, saying it would have no truck with them in future.”The stand taken by six MLAs from Tripura is in no way the stand of our party. We have extended our support to Congress candidate Meira Kumar. From now on we will have no relation with these MLAs. They don’t belong to our party,” TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee told reporters. He said the legislators were Congress MLAs. Only last year they joined the TMC and “they have sold themselves before money power.”Trinamool Congress legislators in Tripura yesterday decided to vote in favour of Kovind instead of Kumar saying that they would not like to vote for someone who is supported by the CPI-M. Meanwhile, party vice-president Mukul Roy, who was in charge of party affairs in Tripura, has been replaced by TMC leader Sabyascahi Dutt.

Naidu’s mantra for babus: ‘Think fresh, act differently’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bureaucracy should “think fresh and act differently” for higher productivity, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said while addressing about 100 senior officers from his three ministries. Naidu holds the portfolios of Urban Development (UD), Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) and Information and Broadcasting. He was speaking at a function at his residence organised on the occasion of the retirement of HUPA Secretary Nandita Chatterjee and the transfer of UD Secretary Rajiv Gauba to Home Affairs, and I&B Secretary Ajay Mittal to Personnel. Naidu suggested that officials should “not be guided by the past” but should be “inspired by the future” of the country. “The past shall only be a reference for drawing right lessons so as to meet the challenges of the future as the country is keen to discover and herald a new future,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata: Man arrested for practising as oncologist without proper degree

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person has been arrested from the city’s Lake Town area for allegedly practising as a cancer specialist without a proper medical degree, police said today.Aradeep Chatterjee was arrested from his clinic on Wednesday night after he failed to produce certificates to support his claim of having the requisite medical degree, a senior official of Bidhannagar Police said. “We had specific complaints against this person following which we have taken up a suo moto case. We conducted a raid at his clinic when he failed to produce any valid medical qualification papers. We arrested him after that,” the officer said.The accused has been booked under relevant sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code). The state CID has so far arrested six persons for posing as doctors and treating patients.

WB Govt protests against Sikkim CM’s support for Gorkhaland

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal government today wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh protesting against the manner Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling supported the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha’s demand for a separate Gorkhaland. The letter was written by West Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee in absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is presently in The Hague for a United Nation programme, state secretariat sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI refuses to hand over Nobel probe dossier to state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kicking up the possibility of a fresh bout of dispute between the state and the Centre, the Cenral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has refused to hand over investigation of the case of Rabindranth Tagore’s Nobel Prize medallion theft case to the state government.Sources at Nabanna, the state secretariat said a communication from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the controlling authority of CBI, said on Wednesday that the agency would not hand over any document regarding the Nobel theft case. On the contrary, they had demanded that the state investigating agencies keep the CBI abreast of new clues.Expressing his displeasure on the issue, State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said it proved that the Centre was not serious about recovering the medallion and that the state government would carry on its independent investigation into the matter.The state had written to the DoPT in December 2015 for the first time to hand over the case dossier to the state investigating agency. Since the DoPT didn’t reply to the letter, a reminder was sent to the DoPT in August 2016. The DoPT replied on Wednesday stating its unwillingness to comply.After the Nobel medallion theft in 2004 from Shantiniketan in Birbhum district, the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had handed over the case to the CBI.

Protest marches held in Darjeeling, normal life crippled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protest marches were held on the seventh day of the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown today in the Darjeeling hills where normal life remained crippled and Internet services suspended with the security forces maintaining a hawk-eyed vigil. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), leading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal, gave a 12-hour window on June 23 to various boarding schools in the hills to evacuate their students to Siliguri and Rongpo. An official said the district administration has written a letter to the service providers to ensure that Internet remained suspended. Such services, which were discontinued four days ago, will be shut for at least for another seven days, he said. The local people termed this measure as an “oppressive step against a democratic movement”. On the seventh day of the indefinite stir, protest marches were held at various places in the hills in support of the demand for a separate state. The police and security forces patrolled the streets of the bandh-hit hills and police pickets were placed at the entry and exit routes of Darjeeling. Except pharmacies, all other shops, hotels and restaurants remained closed. An all-party meeting convened by the GJM) yesterday had passed a resolution, making it clear that the shutdown will be carried on until the security forces were withdrawn from the region. Senior GJM leader Binay Tamang told reporters here, “Our party’s central committee has decided to give a 12-hour window from 6 am to 6 pm on June 23 to the schools in the hills to evacuate their students.” He said, “The students will be allowed to go to Siliguri and Rongpo only in school buses. The indefinite shutdown will continue. Only the students will be allowed to leave safely.” Some tea garden workers were reportedly beaten up by the GJM supporters in Naxalbari area, around 65 km from Darjeeling, but the party denied the allegation. The GJM has decided to withdraw from the tripartite accord on the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), an elected body for the Darjeeling hills. The parties to the agreement in 2011 were the Union home ministry, the state government and the GJM. The parties, which had attended yesterday’s all-party meeting in Darjeeling, had decided not to participate in tomorrow’s all-party meet called by the state government to discuss the prevailing situation in the hills. Meanwhile, B Gurung, a member of the Gurung Development Board, constituted by the state government in January this year for the development of Gurung community, resigned today. In an apparent reference to Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia, who is also a minister at the Centre, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee accused him of “fomenting trouble in the hills” and demanded his resignation. Chatterjee alleged, “The way he is speaking, he is violating the Constitution. He is provoking people.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI conducts searches at 10 locations including Kolkata, Gurugram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today conducted searches at ten places including Kolkata, Gurugram, Jamshedpur, Nagpur and Kanpur in connection with the allegation of cheating against Kolkata’s Union Bank of India (UBI) and CFB. A case has been registered on complaint of the UBI against accused Ashish Jhunjhunwala, Naveen Gupta, Ayush Lohia, Lalit Mohan Chatterjee, Bimal K. Jhunjhunwala, all private persons and directors and public servants working then as nominated and independent directors of Ramsarup Industries Ltd., namely Debashish Sarkar, presently General Manager of Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), former executive director of Vijaya Bank and retired IAS officer Krishan Murari Lal. The allegations are that the accused cheated the UBI, the CFB, Kolkata to the tune of Rs. 184.43 crore (approx) through the loan account of Ramsarup Utpadak (Unit-II) of Ramsarup Industries Ltd. by diverting a sum of Rs. 130.95 crore to a group company M/s RAV Dravya Pvt. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP dubs Army Chief-General Dyer comparison ‘appalling’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday cornered scholar Partha Chatterjee for comparing Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to British General Dyer, while saying that it was an ?abhorring and appalling? act. ?As far as the issue of Partha Chatterjee is concerned, it is really abhorring and appalling that Indian Army Chief is compared with General Dyer. Do these people not see the basic difference? One (General Dyer) was a killer who massacred innocent Indians and the other one (Indian Army) is savior of humanity,? BJP spokesperson SambitPatra told ANI. Meanwhile, BJP leader G. V. L. Narsihma Rao said Chatterjee was trying to gain publicity by indulging in such acts. ?There are many who are ganging up with foreigners and stabbing in the back of India. They are trying to give bad name to the Indian Armed Forces. This exposes their lack of commitment towards their country,? Rao told ANI. The Bengali scholar recently drew flak for his article where he compared General Rawat with Dyer who was responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. ?I have made my arguments as clearly and precisely as I could in my article. If I need to clarify or change anything then I will write again. I stand by what I wrote. I am not seeking any publicit,? Chatterjee told ANI. Chatterjee in his article wrote that Kashmir is witnessing its ‘General Dyer’ moment. This article by Chatterjee came after General Rawat extended support for Major Leetul Gogoi over the human shield controversy in Kashmir. “There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir,” Chatterjee wrote in his article. The Army Chief had come to the rescue of Major Gogoi over the human shield issue and said such ‘innovative’ ways are required to counter the dirty war underway in Kashmir. Major Gogoi was in the spotlight after a video shot during the April 9 Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls, posted on the social media, showed a man tied on the bonnet of an Army jeep in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam. The video went viral and sparked a major controversy, with one faction condemning the Army’s action while the other commended their ingenuity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Actor Bikram Chatterjee seeks anticipatory bail in model death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Bikram Chatterjee today moved the Calcutta High Court seeking an anticipatory bail after being charged with culpable homicide in a case related to the death of model Sonika Singh Chauhan. Chauhan was travelling in a car, driven by Chatterjee, that crashed on a south Kolkata street in the wee hours of April 29. The model suffered grievous injuries and died after being taken to a hospital. “We have filed a petition seeking anticipatory bail for Bikram Chatterjee,” his counsel Rajdeep Majumdar said. “The petition is likely to be taken up for hearing before a division bench of the high court later this week,” he said. The city police had earlier charged him for causing death by negligence, which is punishable by a term of up to two years or fine or both. The actor had been granted bail by Alipore district court in connection with the charge. The police, however, moved the district court on April 29 following further investigation and obtained permission to charge him with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which may attract imprisonment of up to 10 years if he is found guilty.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bengal wants to ply gas-driven taxis, autos: Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal environment minister Sovan Chatterjee today said that to minimise air pollution, the government intended to run taxis and autos on gas in near future. Speaking at an event of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board on the occasion of the World Environment Day, the minister pointed out that already in Durgapur city vehicles running on gas were plying. “There are gas-driven buses already plying in Durgapur and the environment department are planning to introduce autos and taxis using gas as fuel in collaboration with GAIL in Kolkata in future,” Chatterjee said. Chatterjee says that the government has earmarked 20 acres of land near Rajarhat, the satellite township, for a solid waste management project for which the ADB has already given a grant. On preseving the eco-system, he said that some high- mast lamps in pockets adjoining some gardens in the city were swtiched off after finding that the brightness was disturbing the birds at night. About filling of water bodies, he said, “If there are civic records of a pond existing at a plot of land, which is corroborated by previous land department and local body records, a pond of the same size needed to be dig up somewhere nearby and no political interference, if any, will be tolerated.” “The Environment department as a nodal agency will work with others in sync on these issues,” Chatterjee said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Defence experts condemn CPM leader’s remark on Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The defence experts on Friday condemned Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan?s derogatory remark on Indian Army, saying that the latter does not even deserve to be called a politician. ?Balakrishnan does not know about what he is talking. Indian Army is known for his compassion. His statement is condemnable. Indian Army know how to react and act on these people,? defence expert P.K. Saighal told ANI Slamming the leader, another defence expert S.K. Chatterjee said that Balakrishnan does not even deserve to be called as politician. ?I don?t think we could call Kodiyeri Balakrishnan a politician. I don?t know how party tolerates a man like him. He needs to be told that those were in the Indian Army are from his village, are his brother. We should not even discuss such issues at all,? he told ANI. Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) targeted Balakrishnan and demanded a ?disciplinary action? against him for maligning the image of the reputed force. ?It is an unfortunate statement which has come from the Kerala leader. Indian Army is a very disciplined force. It is recognized world over. This kind of accusation of maligning Indian army is unfortunate. The person who has made this statement, the political party must take note and should take disciplinary action,? BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI. Balakrishnan courted a controversy on Thursday saying that the Indian Army could rape and abduct women if given additional powers. ?They (army) can do anything to anybody. If they see more than four people standing together, they can shoot them…They can take any woman and rape her, nobody has the right to question them. This is the state wherever the army is,? Balakrishnan said in Kannaur. He further said that if the army is deployed in Kannur, clashes are bound to take place between the people and the army.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Left workers, cops injured in clashes during ‘Nabanna’ march

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several Left party activists and police personnel were injured in clashes at various places in the city and in neighbouring Howrah during a ‘March to Nabanna’ (state secretariat) programme today. The march to the secretariat in Howrah district was organised by the Left parties to protest against what they called attack on democracy, and unemployment and lawlessness in the state during Trinamool Congress rule. The Left activists tried to break police cordons at various locations including Mayo Road, Dufferin road, Hastings in the city and Foreshore Road and Santragachi in Howrah. They allegedly hurled stones at the police prompting the force to fire tear gas shells and order lathi charge. Water cannons were also used to disperse the workers at Santragachi in Howrah. The police said that the Left workers were asked not to proceed towards the state secretariat. “But they did not listen to instructions and hurled stones at security personnel, in which several policemen were injured.” The Left party sources on the other hand said many of their leaders including former state minister Kanti Ganguly, Foward Bloc leader Naren Chatterjee and a number of workers were injured when the police resorted to the “unprovoked batoncharge.” Some journalists covering the programme were allegedly beaten up by the police. A senior police officer when asked about it said, “I was not there but we have received some complaints in this regard. We will look into it”. Earlier in the day at least 12 CPI-M leaders including three MLAs – Sujan Chakraborty, Ashok Bhattacharya and Tanmay Bhattacharjee were detained when they tried to enter the state secretariat ahead of the ‘March to Nabanna’ programme. The Left leaders headed for the secretariat from the assembly in three cars and had managed to cross the security cordons. The police, however, recognised them at the north gate of the secretariat and a scuffle took place between them there. The leaders were then detained and taken to Shibpur police station in Howrah. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not present at the secretariat as she was in Birbhum district for an administrative meeting. CPI-M state secretary and politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra and Left Front chairman Biman Bose staged a sit-in at Mayo Road in protest against the police action. Mishra said, “Everything is being done according to the chief minister’s instruction. But they (the TMC government) cannot stop us this way. A protest day will be observed tomorrow throughout the state.” Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee called the Left programme a “drama” and said it was nothing but an attempt by the CPI-M to justify its existence. “The CPI-M has been reduced to a signboard,” he said. “They (CPI-M) do not work for the state. Instead they are holding this programme when the chief minister is trying to develop the state,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mamata gives away Banga Bibhushan, Banga Bhushan Awards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said she was ready to bow her head before eminent personalities for their glorious achievement, but would never bow her head before any threat from her detractors. The chief minister made this comment while giving away the coveted Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhushan Awards to the 11 eminent persons from different walks of life for achievement in their respective fields. Paying respect to all the recipients, Banerjee said that she was ready to bow her head before these talented personalities, but never before any threat. “If anybody threatens me, I shall keep my head high. In Tagore’s song Chitto Jetha Bhoi shunya Uccha jetha shir (Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high). You also keep your head high. Bengal will always lead,” the chief minister said after giving away the state’s most prestigious awards. The five recipients of Banga Bibhusan award included eminent actor Soumitra Chatterjee, poet Nirendra Nath Chakraborty, ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar, physician Dr Dhiman Ganguly and retired IPS Arun Prasad Mukherjee. The six recipients of Banga Bhushan award included an eminent Rabindra Sangeet exponent from Bangladesh Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Dr Abhijit Chowdhury, Khidmat Fakir, Ganat Rabha, Chapal Bhaduri and Lakhan Das Baul. Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee was conferred the Banga Bibhushan, the highest honour by the state, on the occasion. The CM lauded Chatterjee, who was present on the podium, for his immense contribution to Indian cinema in the past five decades — since the days of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy till date. The CM also appreciated the contribution of Deveshwar towards the development of industry in the state. Eminent chest physician Dr Dhiman Ganguly has been associated with Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan for several years. He is known for his role in treating the poor suffering from bronchitis and other chest-related problems. Arun Prasad Mukhopadhyay, former Director General of Police, is well-known for his academic pursuit. He is the author of several books including those on the Naxal movement. Mukhopadhyay used to take classes to combat Maoist activities in Police Academy in Hyderabad. He was the Superintendent of Police during the Naxalbari movement in late 1960s. Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is an eminent Rabindra Sangeet exponent who had received training in music in Santiniketan under the guidance of Kanika Bandyopadhyay and Suchitra Mitra. Dr Abhijit Chowdhury is a renowned physician and took a leading role in liver transplantation in the state as well as in eastern India. Chapal Bhaduri is the last living female imitator in Bengali theatre and perhaps even in Indian theatre. He did female impersonation in Jatra, a form of Bengali folk theatre. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICC delegation met Sonowal, discusses ways to promote trade in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) today met Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, and discussed ways to promote trade and commerce in the state. The delegation presented before the state government a road map of future initiatives to be undertaken in the state, an ICC release said here. The delegation also sought suggestions from the government in highlighting areas to be focused so that it can effectively engage industry and other non-government agencies to implement the programs and mission envisioned by the government. The ICC delegation comprised chairman of north east initiative Mahesh Saharia, vice president Rudra Chatterjee and director general Rajeev Singh. The chief minister pointed out the rich biodiversity of the state which can be showcased to potential investors. The state government would be happy to facilitate investments in organic farming, tourism and other sectors, he said. Skill development was another key focus area of the government and proactive involvement of the industry was sought to empower youths. The ICC delegation assured that a detailed road map to meet the objectives would be soon prepared and presented to the state government. The delegation also invited the chief minister to attend the CEO Forum, Horasis Global Meeting – India, scheduled to be held in November this year in Kolkata.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jamshedpur school goes green, plans to construct toilet using plastic bottles!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A school in Jamshedpur is all set to have an environment-friendly toilet made of plastic bottles and other materials.The proposed toilet would be set up on an experimental basis. Later such toilets would be set up at other places depending on the success of the first toilet, Deputy Collector in the chief minister’s camp office, Sanjay Kumar Pandey said.The pilot project would be implemented at Manav Vikas School managed by retired employees at Garudbasa in Telco.The authorities of Manav Vikas School lauded Pandey since the school only has only one toilet.The facility is negligible when compared to the number of students studying in it and therefore the pilot project would be started from here, Pandey said.Mondrita Chatterjee, a STD VII student of the city-based Hill Top School, and her family would bear the financial expenses to be incurred for the toilet.Chatterjee had already spent her savings for the construction of toilets in the periphery of the city and was also felicitated in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at a function held here few months ago.During his visit to the school on Monday, Pandey encouraged the teachers of the school as well as Chatterjee and her family to give the proposal a concrete shape.”Our target is to implement the project before Environment Day on June 5,” Pandey said.Elaborating about the environment-friendly toilet, Pandey said the empty unused water bottles would be filled with sand, iron-ore dust and slag ash. These materials would serve as alternative to bricks.He said that construction work of the toilet would be started in couple of days.The objective behind the proposed toilet was to utilise unused plastic bottles and slag ash, which were available in and around the city in plenty, he said claiming that it would help maintain the cleanliness in the city.Besides, it would also send out a message to the society that unused items could be utilised for constructive purpose, he said.Pandey said around 3000 empty plastic bottles would be required for construction of the toilet.The bottles would be collected from the nearby residential colony and majority of the bottles would be collected by the students from their homes, he said.Chatterjee expressed happiness on being involved in this pilot project.

WB respects all languages:Mamata on making bengali compulsory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that the state respects all the languages and the decision to make Bengali compulsory in schools would enable students to meet regional, national and international standards. “This method would enable them to reach regional, national and international standards,” Banerjee said in a facebook post. “Bengal respects all languages and languages of all states. Our three language formula shows how we really do,” the chief minister said. “India is a vast country and the strength of our nation is unity in diversity. We must respect every mother tongue and also give every regional language its importance. We believe in the freedom of choice and the three language formula,” Banerjee said. State education minister Partha Chatterjee had yesterday made the announcement, making bengali mandatory for students of all the schools in the state, including those affiliated to ICSE and CBSE. “Students have the freedom to take any language of their choice as a first language, second or third language but one of the three languages would have to be Bengali,” Banerjee said. “If the student chooses Bengali, Hindi, English, Urdu , Gurmukhi, Nepali, Alchiki as a first language, he/she may opt for two other languages of their choice. One of the three languages would have to be Bengali,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

West Bengal: Govt makes Bengali compulsory from Class 1 to 10 in all schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what is being touted as a move to counter the Centre’s decision to make Hindi compulsory in all ICSE and CBSE schools from Class I to X, state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee called an urgent press conference on Monday night and said that all schools in West Bengal irrespective of boards would have to have three languages from Class I to X, one of which would have to be Bengali.“From now, every student would compulsorily need to learn Bengali in schools. English medium schools will have Bengali as an optional subject, either as a second or third language, from Class I,” Dr Chatterjee said.The seven languages offered in schools affiliated to the West Bengal board at present are Bengali, English, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Alchiki and Gurumukhi.According to the new rule, students who have any other language other than Bengali as their first language, would have to opt for two more languages, one of which would have to be Bengali.Dr Chatterjee, however, brushed aside the speculation that the move to counter Centre’s decision of making Hindi compulsory. “It has been decided because we have received complaints that Bengali language was not an option at several schools here,” Dr Chatterjee said.He also said that legalities of the decision were being looked into and he was hopeful that a clearance by the state cabinet would be good enough to put it in force.

Nation rejoices as SC upholds death sentence in ‘barbaric’ Nirbhaya case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delivering justice after five long years of wait, the Supreme Court on Friday ,while upholding its earlier order of death sentence to four convicts in the December 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case, termed the brutal incident as ?barbaric?. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan was hearing the matter. Justice Deepak Mishra observed in the order that it seems it is a ?story of some different world?. ?Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committed by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence,? the bench said. Justice Banumathi said there should be systematic education of all children to ensure the fact that they give respect to women. Justice Banumathi also said that except the Dhananjoy Chatterjee case, in no other rape and murder case, capital punishment had been executed. She has also suggested certain other measures to ensure gender Justice in the society. One of the lawyers B.L. Kapoor, while hailing the apex court?s verdict said that it was one of the rarest of the rarest cases as it shocked the collective conscience of the society. ?The brutality with which the crime was committed, it makes it come under rarest of the rarest cases. The Supreme Court upheld the High court?s judgment citing its earlier judgment that the one which shocks the collective conscience of the society is dubbed as rarest of rarest case,? he told ANI. Rajiv Mohan, who was the public prosecutor in the case in the lower courts, told ANI that it is a good judgment that the Supreme Court has passed today. A teary-eyed Nirbhaya?s father said it was a victory for his family. ?I am now very happy and satisfied with the judgment,? he said. However, the defence lawyer, unhappy with the verdict, said they would be filing a review petition after reading the order. “Justice is not done. We will file a review petition after reading the order. You cannot give a death sentence to anyone for a message to the nation. The meaning of punishment is improvement. There is a right to live. In this, the human rights have been neglected, Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology has been neglected as this is violence,” Singh said. Six men, including the 17-year-old juvenile, gang-raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus on December 16, 2012 in the national capital. The girl and her friend were returning home after watching a movie when they were coaxed into the bus by the accused, who then beat up her friend before taking turns in raping her. The girl succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. The convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tainted TMC leaders will go to jail very soon: Vijayvargiya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya today demanded that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately remove the ministers whose names have figured in the FIR filed by the CBI in the Narada sting operation case. In any case, those involved in the Narada sting operation case and Saradha chit fund scam will have to go to jail “very soon”, he said. “No one can save them from going to jail. In Saradha and Rose Valley scams a lot of people have lost their life-long savings. The culprits have to be booked,” the BJP national general secretary said at a rally here. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “Three to four Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders will be picked up by the CBI before the panchayat polls.” Vijayvargiya said, “The people of Bengal want to know what action Mamata Banerjee has taken against the tainted ministers. If she does not remove those ministers from the Cabinet then the people of Bengal will remove them in the next election.” He accused the Trinamool government of going soft on anti-national elements and alleged that “pro-Pakistan and anti-India” slogans are being raised in West Bengal and the state government is playing the role of a mute spectator. “Pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans are being raised on the soil of Bengal and the state government is a mute spectator. They do not take any action. The state government is only interested in appeasement of a community,” Vijayvargiya claimed. He also accused the West Bengal government of ruining the prospect of industrial growth in the state and alleged that it is only promoting the “bomb manufacturing industry’ and “syndicate business” in the state. Vijayvargiya’s comments drew sharp reaction from TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee, who said the statements proved that the CBI is being used to exact political revenge. “Our leader Mamata Banerjee for long has been saying that the CBI is being used to pursue political vendetta. Now, the BJP leaders themselves have accepted it, or else how will they know who will be arrested and when? This means the CBI is being used as a political tool against the TMC,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Simultaneous LS and assembly poll may take place in WB: Ghosh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP’s state unit president, Dilip Ghosh today said the people of Bengal may have to vote simultaneously for the Lok Sabha and the state assembly polls in 2019, drawing sharp reactions from the Trinamol Congress. “I feel instead of 2021, the people of the state may have to vote simultaneously for the Lok Sabha and the assembly elections in 2019,” Ghosh said at the party’s state executive meeting here. “Whenever TMC held a meeting in 2009, the CPI(M) used to counter it by holding its own meeting. Now the TMC has started countering us the same way,” he said. Ghosh also charged the TMC with resorting to atrocities and unleashing violence against the BJP workers leading to frequest clashes across West Bengal. “The TMC is unleashing atrocities against the BJP workers as the party is growing. It is following the footsteps of the CPI-M which used to unleash violence against its political opponents when it was in power in the state,” he said. Ghosh’s statement on simultaneous election drew sharp reactions from the ruling TMC and the opposition Congress and Left Front. “Who is he to decide when the assembly polls will take place? The people of Bengal voted in TMC for five years and we will complete the term. Who are they (BJP) to undermine the verdict of the people?” retorted TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee. State Congress President Adhir Chowdhury accused the BJP of trying to impose presidential form of government in the country. “The BJP has no faith in the Constitution. They want to change the Constitution and impose presidential form of government just like the USA. They want to change the country into a Hindu Rastra,” Chowdhury told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

By doing appeasment politics, Mamata Banerjee has become a eunuch: Bengal BJP leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A West Bengal BJP leader described Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a eunuch, while accusing her of practising the politics of appeasement. While addressing a party meeting at Chandrakona in West Midnapore district, the party’s state committee member Shyamapada Mondal alleged that Banerjee has been doing what Muslims do as their religious practice. “Mamata Banerjee is practising the politics of appeasement and indulging in theatrics. We cannot understand whether Mamata Banerjee is a man or a woman. I would say she has become a ‘hijra’ (eunuch) as you see them in trains and buses,” he said amid laughter by party supporters.Asked to comment on the episode, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said the BJP was creating an unhealthy political environment in the state.”By making such remarks, they are thinking that they will make their party stronger,” Chatterjee told PTI. “But they should remember that it is Bengal. This will not be so easy here. People will give them a befitting reply,” he said.

BJP hold protest rally at Birbhum led by Kailash Vijayvargiya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesting against the lathi charge of police on BJP workers participating in a rally celebrating Hanuman Jayanti in Birbhum district, BJP national General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kailash Vijayvargiya led a rally at Suri in Birbhum district, considered as one of the TMC strongholds.Alleging that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee indulged in appeasement politics, he said that her police lathicharged those at the rally. “If Mamata doesn’t stop her appeasement attitude and start treating everyone equally we will keep on agitating and protest till we remove the TMC government from Bengal,” he said.He also claimed with the growing popularity of the BJP, many TMC leaders had expressed their interest in defecting but BJP would not induct anyone involved in the Narada sting operation into the party. It also demanded that tainted party leaders be removed from their posts till investigations are complete.Referring to the recent explosion at a crude bomb making unit in Birbhum, which had claimed at least nine lives, Vijayvargiya said, “Wherever there is corruption there is TMC involved. In the second stint of the TMC government, so far, at least 20 TMC workers have been killed by members of their own party.”A BJP delegation also met the officer in charge of Parui Police Station demanding protection of their party members. “We have demanded that those who have been rendered homeless, police should ensure that they return to safety and that they should not be threatened for supporting BJP,” said Sayantan Basu, BJP state secretary.Mondal, on the other hand said that BJP supporters today had damaged TMC party office. “BJP has no organisation here. Their supporters are those criminal elements who had defected from CPIM. People like Dilip Ghosh are instigating their workers and returning to Kolkata. Those who have damaged our party office will have to pay for this,” he said.TMC general secretary and state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee also said that these were stunts of the BJP to gain grounds. “They have resorted to polarisation on the basis of religion and are trying to gain some support here but their efforts would be futile. Not even a bud of lotus would be found here in Bengal,” he said.

WB Govt will consider ‘Boi Sarani’ proposal in College Sq: Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee today said the state government will consider the proposal of having a ‘Boi Sarani’ (book street) in the College Square area. “Today eminent Bengali writer Sanjib Chattopadhyay has made a proposal that if any road surrounding College Square area can be named as Boi Sarani. I urge the Publishers and Booksellers Guild to submit the proposal to Kolkata Municipal Corporation and also to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Chatterjee said said while inaugurating the ‘Nababarsha Boi Utsab 2017’ organised by Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the apex body of publishers and book shop owners in the state. “We will then discuss the proposal among ourselves,” the minister told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parties, intellectuals concerned over armed children in rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Political parties and intellectuals have expressed concern over children carrying swords and knives in RSS-backed Ram Navami processions in various parts of West Bengal yesterday. Ruling TMC and Opposition Left Front asked what “culture” was the RSS and BJP trying to import into Bengal. Over 200 Ram Navami processions were taken out across West Bengal yesterday under the banner of Rama Navami Udjapan Samity “to unite the Hindus” against what they called “growing jihadi activities” in the state. Students and minors were seen participating with swords and knives in some of the processions. “What kind of culture is BJP and RSS trying to import into the state? Never in the history of Bengal have we seen children and school students marching with weapons and swords in a rally,” TMC secretary general and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said. “Mothers, daughters and children never carried arms publicly in the name of religious processions in Bengal. No religion must promote it. Impermissible,” CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra said. Mishra, however, accused the TMC government of being “hand in glove” with the RSS and for not taking any step against it for involving innocent children in the rallies. However, the BJP defended the rallies and said swords and knives are not considered as weapons these days. “Sword and knives are not weapons. In many schools and programmes these are used for physical drills. There is nothing wrong in it. And TMC should not talk much about weapons. TMC whose leaders openly abuse police and ask their cadres to throw bombs should not talk much,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Calcutta HC pulls up TMC civic body for trying to block Ram Navami puja, grants permission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Calcutta High Court today asked the South Dum Dum Municipality to grant permission to a city residents group to perform Ram Navami puja on Wednesday.Expressing displeasure at the civic body’s failure to act on the group’s plea pending for several days, Justice Harish Tandon ordered for grant of necessary permission immediately. The single-judge bench directed the fire brigade, the police and the power supply authorities to take decisions accordingly before the scheduled commencement of the puja.Also Read: BJP video alleges Mamata govt working to make West Bengal a Muslim-majority stateOrganisers ‘Lake Town Ram Navami Puja Committee’ had moved the high court seeking direction to the municipal body to grant necessary permission, stating that its application had not been acted upon since it was made on March 22. The petitioner’s counsel Lokenath Chatterjee submitted that a reminder had also been given to the authorities concerned at South Dum Dum Municipality on March 29, but there was no response.The authorities had granted permission for the puja in 2016 and the application was made this year in accordance with all the rules and guidelines, Chatterjee submitted. Noting that the puja is scheduled for tomorrow, Justice Tandon refused to stay the application as prayed for by the municipal body and asked it to accord permission. The Trinamool Congress-run South Dum Dum Municipality is situated in the eastern outskirts of the metropolis.

Eyes on 2019 Lok Sabha polls, top BJP leaders to visit West Bengal starting April 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by the success in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s next target is to gain grounds in West Bengal and for that they intend to leave no stone unturned right, from the panchayat elections next year to the assembly elections in 2021.Led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as many as 40 national leaders and ministers will be coming to the state, beginning April 6, to hold meetings at all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. In the first meeting, the BJP leaders will come out all guns blazing at the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the Narada sting operation issue.“Other than the PM, party national president and all the national leaders will come over. Each of the Central leaders would visit one of the Lok Sabha constituency of Bengal, talking about the Central welfare schemes on the one hand and the prevailing corrupt practices here on the other,” said Sayantan Basu, the party’s state secretary.The visit of the leaders is scheduled between April 6 and 14. BJP’s national executive meeting will take place in Delhi on April 15 and 16, where the party’s roadmap will be explained by Narendra Modi and party national president Amit Shah.Sources said that while Rajnath Singh will hold meetings in south Kolkata, Union textile minister Smriti Irani will address rallies in north Kolkata. One of the objectives of the visit is to boost the morale of the party workers for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.“They will come over to motivate workers. We will try to establish ourselves as the major Opposition in the forthcoming Panchayat elections and later put up a tough fight in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. If all goes well we will pull off the 2021 Assembly elections successfully,” said BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.Referring to the BJP leaders’ upcoming visit, state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee, after a core committee meeting on Saturday, said, “Why 40? They can come in 400. People in Bengal have rested their trust in Mamata Banerjee and that will remain. These don’t bother us,” Dr Chatterjee said.

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