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Come Friday, monsoon activity to simmer down: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The weatherman has brought some good news for the people of Gujarat suffering from the continuous rains. According to the IMD, monsoon activity will simmer down by Friday, although on and off showers will continue until August 10.The downpour, which began on July 21, resulted in a loss of hundreds of lives and thousands becoming homeless. Jayanta Sarkar, director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) – Ahmedabad, said, “Monsoon is very active over Gujarat region and heavy to very heavy rains are expected at isolated places over the next two days. The intensity of rains will decrease Friday onwards.”Meanwhile, Mahesh Palavat, chief meteorologist at Skymet, said, “The current weather system will prevail for another 24 hours. Monsoon activity will reduce from Friday onwards,” adding, “Scattered on and off rains will continue across the state until August 10,” added Palavat.From Thursday, improvements in flood situations are expected. However, light to moderate rains with few heavy spells will continue until then,” Sarkar added.

Calcutta HC grants bail to driver of folk singer Kalika Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Calcutta High Court today granted bail to the driver of folk singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya, who died in a road accident on the Durgapur Expressway last March. A division bench of justices Ashim Kumar Roy and Amitava Chatterjee granted bail to Arnab Rao who was driving the vehicle that met with the accident leading to Bhattacharya’s death. Praying for his bail, Rao’s counsel Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee submitted that it was a case of accident and that he has been in judicial remand for 64 days. Rao was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which, if proved, entails a prison term of up to 10 years. His bail prayer had earlier been rejected by a lower court. On March 7, 56-year-old Bhattacharya was travelling along with four members of his Bangla band ‘Dohar’ to a function in Birbhum district when their SUV met the accident at Palsit in Burdwan district on National Highway two (Durgapur Expressway) and fell into a ditch. The police arrested Rao from his residence in south Kolkata a few days after the accident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC summons CID ADG to explain delayed probe into man’s killing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Calcutta High Court today asked a top CID official of the state to appear before it to explain the lack of progress in a killing during a stir over building a power grid sub-station at Bhangar in January this year. Justice Joymalyo Bagchi asked the CID additional director general to appear before the court on May 10, the next date of hearing and to apprise him of the progress in the probe. Justice Bagchi expressed displeasure at the CID’s failure to arrest the accused persons in the killing of a man, who died of gunshot wounds during an agitation at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district. Observing that the killing took place in broad day light, the judge said those involved in the incident should be brought to book as early as possible. Father of Mofizul Khan, who had died of gunshot wounds at Bhangar on January 17 during an agitation over setting up of a power grid sub-station, had moved the high court subsequently seeking a probe into the death by an independent agency other than the state police. Khan’s counsel Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee had submitted before the court that since the victim died in the firing by the police, the investigation should be done by an agency other than the state police or the CID. The police had denied that it had resorted to any firing and claimed the death had occurred during clashes between two groups of agitators. The CID told the court that the ballistic reports said the bullet which caused Mofizul’s death was fired from an improvised gun.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 killed after inhaling ‘toxic gases’ on board barge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons died and as many were hospitalised after they inhaled “toxic gases” generated inside the cavity of a barge off Mumbai coast, police said today. The incident took place last night around 10 PM on barge ‘Orion-2’, which was carrying grains, nearly 4 nautical miles off Malabar Hills shore. According to police, the toxic gases generated inside the cavity due to stocked grains and water. When the six sailors went up to the cavity for some cleaning work, they came into contact with the toxic gases and inhaled it, resulting in death of three of them, while others suffered suffocation, a personnel at Yellow gate police station said. The captain of the barge soon passed ‘stressed call’ to the Coast Guard Command Centre, Mumbai, he said, adding that there were nine people on board the barge. Soon, Coast Guard boat C-154 was rushed to the spot and initiated the rescue operation, he added. The victims were first taken to India Dock and later shifted to Bombay Hospital for treatment, the official said. The deceased were Mangesh Bhosle (27), K T San (27) and Jayanta Chaudhary (24). Those hospitalised were identified as Dhahur koriar, Sharmasan Mandal and Ganesh Bhahiya, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Difference with govt not reason for AG resignation: Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after West Bengal Advocate- General Jayanta Mitra resigned citing “difference of opinion” with the government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today dismissed the reason given by the state’s top law officer. Banerjee said Mitra had resigned last May also after the new government was sworn in but she had requested him to continue “for the time being” and that was what he did. “The media should re-check and cross check before writing any thing. The report that he has resigned due to difference of opinion with the state is not right. He had resigned in May just after we came to power for the second term, but I had requested him to continue for the time being,” Banerjee said. Mitra had yesterday stated he had submitted his resignation “over difference of opinion” with the state government. On being asked about the reason for his resignation, he had said, “I was having difference of opinion with the state government on certain issues.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WB Oppn claims AG forced to resign; demands govt statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Abdul Mannan today alleged that Advocate- General Jayanta Mitra was “forced to resign” for standing up against “illegal and unconstitutional” ways of the state government and demanded a statement from the Mamata Banerjee dispensation. “We feel the state government should offer a proper clarification as to why all of a sudden the Advocate-General of the state had to resign. The Assembly is in session, so we demand a statement from a minister on the floor of the Assembly,” Mannan told reporters. Earlier in the day, Mitra resigned citing “difference of opinion” with the state government. Mannan alleged that Mitra was forced to resign as he didn’t want to be a party to the “illegal and unconstitutional” steps the state was taking. “In various cases, the state government was forcing him to plead in favour of illegal and unconstitutional issues, that is why he has resigned,” Mannan claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rift with Mamata govt: Bengal Advocate-General Jayanta Mitra resigns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal’s Advocate-General Jayanta Mitra on Tuesday resigned following difference of opinion with the state government.He tendered his resignation to Governor KN Tripathi. “I sent my resignation to the Governor this afternoon,” Mitra told PTI here. On being asked about the reason for his resignation, he said, “I was having difference of opinion with the state government on certain issues.” “My job is to plead the cases in the best interest of the state and I have done so during my tenure,” Mitra added.Additional advocate general Laksmi Gupta has also laid down his paper. Speaking to Zee 24 Ghanta, he said that the entire process is a team work and if one person resigns, the entire team has to go. Jayanta Mitra is third advocate general who gave in his paper during the Mamata rule. Jayanta Mitra was appointed in December 2014 after former Advocate General Bimal Chatterjee resigned.

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