13 - 12 - 2019

Teacher Rapes 6-year-old Inside Classroom in Bengal While Other Students Played Outside, Arrested

Kolkata, Dec 04,2019: A teacher of a government school in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district allegedly raped a six-year-old student inside the classroom while other students were playing outside, the police said.

The accused, 51-year-old Chandraman Khawas, has been arrested and booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the Hindustan Times reported.

Khawas was arrested after the child’s mother filed a complaint on Sunday. According to investigation, the minor was raped inside the classroom on Thursday when other students were playing outside. The child had narrated the ordeal to her mother, but she refused to believe her. But she later complained of pain in private parts and the mother approached the police.

Medical examination has confirmed rape, police sources were quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Tshering Dahal, chairperson of primary school board, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has asked the police to take stern action against the accused.

Cyclone Bulbul will weaken into depression during next 12 hours

Kolkata, Nov 12,2019:The deep depression over coastal Bangladesh and neighbourhood lay centred at 5:30 pm on Sunday about 170 km east-northeast of Sunderban National Park, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said. Cyclone Bulbul will move east-northeastwards and weaken into a depression over coastal Bangladesh and neighbourhood during the next 12 hours, added the IMD. According to the Department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence, West Bengal, seven persons have died and around 4.65 lakh people are affected in the state.

At 8:30 am today, it lay centred over coastal Bangladesh and neighbourhood, about 180 km east-northeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal), 70 km east-northeast of Sunderban National Park, 140 km east-southeast of Kolkata and 60 km west-northwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).

Mamata Banerjee meets PM Narendra Modi, urges him to write off West Bengal's debt

Kolkata, Sept 18,2019: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital during which she took up the issues of pending projects in her state.Speaking to reporters after meeting the PM, Mamata said, ''We have been demanding Centre's support on changing Bengal's name. I have reminded the PM  about it. My MPs had met him.''

''I have requested the Prime Minister to attend the programme for world's second-largest coal block Deocha Pachami in Birbhum district after Navratri puja. The project is worth Rs 12,000 crores,'' the West Bengal CM said.

The Trinamool Congress chief said that she has given papers on what her government has done in recent years in Bengal.

''We have asked him to write off Bengal's debt. I will try to meet the Home Minister too,'' Mamata said. 

She categorically said that it was a meeting between two governments and not much should be read into it politically.

The firebrand TMC leader also refused to answer questions related to CBI's ongoing probe into the Saradha chit fund scam.    

Interestingly, Banerjee had got Kolkata-made sweets delivered to PM Modi's 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence, a day before their meeting.

Banerjee flew to Delhi on Tuesday, which was also PM Modi`s birthday.

Her meeting with the PM comes at a time when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is trying to locate her close aide and former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for questioning in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam case.

Mamata's meeting with the PM has triggered intense speculations in the political circles and the Bengal unit chief of the Congress party, Somen Mitra, has accused the West Bengal CM of making a desperate bid to ensure an "escape route" for Kumar, who is currently untraceable

 

Mamata Banerjee leads protest rally over Assam NRC, says no such exercise will be allowed in Bengal

KOLKATA, Sept 12,2019: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lead a protest march against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam which left nearly 19 lakh people in its final list.

The TMC supremo was accompanied by her party colleagues during the protest march which began from Sinthee More in the northern fringes of the Kolkata city around 3 PM. The rally will culminate at Shyambazar five-point crossing.

The Trinamool Congress leadership, which has been one of the vociferous critics of the NRC, has accused the BJP of trying to divide people through the exercise.   

Speaking on the issue, Mamata said, ''19 lakh people have been left out in the final list, including Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. It's 76th year of independence, still we've to give proof of our identity. Why?''

''For the sake of religion, for the sake of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, I don't agree with NRC,'' she added.

Attacking the Narendra modi government, the TMC chief said, ''You (Centre) won't be able to shut Bengal's mouth as you did in Assam by using your police. Suddenly, you are teaching us religion as if we don't celebrate Eid, Durga Puja, Muharram and Chhath Puja.''

 She also took the opportunity to slam the Centre over the newly implemented Motor Vehicle Act, which she dubbed as ''being too harsh.''

The West Bengal Chief Minister categorically said that her government will not implement the new stringent Motor Vehicle Act as it would add to the people's burden.

"We are not going to impose the heavy penalties which the amended rules of the MVA decree, as these are very harsh and will overburden the people. But we have a `Safe Drive, Safe Life` campaign because of which a number of accidents has come down," she told the media at the State Secretariat Nabanna.

Over 19 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants in Assam did not find a place in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was published on August 31.

Mamata Banerjee hits out at BJP, says it should not dream of ruling West Bengal

Kolkata,Sept 5,2019: In a veiled attack on the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday, said that those who had vandalised the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar should not dream of ruling West Bengal. 

"Modern-day India is different from the old India. We are working under threat. History cannot be changed, Vidyasagar statue cannot be vandalised and then the same people try to rule Bengal. I request all to uphold the diversity of Bengal," Banerjee said at an event here.

The bust of Vidyasagar, a 19th-century social reformer, was vandalised in clashes between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers at Vidyasagar College during BJP President Amit Shah's roadshow on May 14.

Banerjee had unveiled a new statue of Vidyasagar on June 11, which was then installed in the same place later in the day.

During the course of the event, which was held on Teachers` Day, the West Bengal Chief Minister also accused the Center of not giving adequate funds to the state governments.

"The state government earns from the public to carry out their expenditure. Unlike the Centre, which has an RBI and can withdraw money as per their wish at any time and they can also print new currency. Centre does not give us enough to spend and they take so much tax from the state," Banerjee said.

Further blaming the Centre she added, "Central government has closed down Sarwa Shiksha Abhiyaan and due to that we cannot work. We could have done much more

Debt-ridden Mamata Banerjee govt 'gifts' Rs 70 crore to West Bengal Durga Puja organisers

Kolkata, Sept 1,2019:At a time when West Bengal is reeling under a debt burden, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a Durga Puja ‘gift’ to the organisers that would cost the state exchequer as much as Rs 70 crore.

As many as 3,000 Durga Puja pandals are set up in Kolkata alone while the rest of Bengal witnesses over 25,000 Durga Pujas pandals. Each of these 28,000 Durga Puja committees would be 'gifted' Rs 25,000, a whopping increase from Rs 10,000 that was given last year.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also announced an additional Rs 5,000 for the Durga puja committees which are fully managed by women only. Apart from this, she also announced that CESC and WBSEDCL – electricity supply boards in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal, respectively, will offer a 25% concession on the total electricity bill of each of the Durga puja pandals.

“We are a poor man’s government but we still try our best for the Durga puja committees. Instead of Rs 10,000 given last year, we are increasing it to Rs 25,000 this year. I am aware that the economic condition of the Durga puja committees is not very well and the electricity unit prices have also risen, hence we are offering 25% discounts on electricity bills. Kolkata Municipal Corporation tax have also been eradicated,” said Mamata Banerjee.

The Mamata Banerjee government inherited a debt of around Rs two lakh crore from the Left Front government when it came to power back in 2011. However, the Chief Minister and state finance minister Amit Mitra have been raising the issue of a waiver of the debt time and again with the Centre.

While the total loan repayment figure for the year (2018-19) stood at Rs 49,656 crore, it rose to Rs 56,183.16 crore for the year 2019-20.