19 - 01 - 2019

BJP will not get more than 125 seats: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Jan 17,2019: Ahead of  mega rally in Kolkata, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the BJP will not get more than 125 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“The end of BJP has already begun. Congress, I do not know, but BJP will not get more than 125 seats,” Banerjee said while taking stock of the preparations at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Grounds which will host the January 19 rally.

While UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will skip the rally, Congress will be represented by senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the rally. On the other hand, BSP supremo Mayawati will also stay away from the rally, but has decided to send party leader Satish Mishra.

But, a major shot in the arm for the TMC and other opposition parties as a part of the Mahagathbandhan is rebel BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha joining the rally. This apart, two other former union ministers who had served in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet -- Arun Shorie and Yashwant Sinha has also confirmed their presence at the rally.

The twenty leaders who will be attending the rally are - HD Deve Gowda, HD Kumaraswamy, Arvind Kejriwal, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejaswi Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Badruddin Ajmal, MK Stalin, Arun Shourie, Chandrababu Naidu, Ajit Singh, Jayant Choudhary, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Shatrughan Sinha, Babulal Marandi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel and Yashwant Sinha.

 

Alipurduar’s DM Suspended

Alipurduar, Jan 7,2019:The District Magistrate of Alipurduar Nikhil Nirmal has been accused to beating a youth inside the Falakata police station.

The video of the incident became viral too. Soon after it became viral, the state secretariat took immediate and strict measures and have been suspended. Presently, the additional DM will take the responsibility of the Burdwan district.

According to sources, the DM took the law in his own hands to which Nabanna objected.

An youth posted an offensive post in the social media to the DM’s wife Nandini Krishna. The accused victim was called to the police station where the DM beat him.

His wife was also present. The DM also reportedly threatened to kill the youth. After this the police arrested Vinod, the youth.

Be Alert, Cyclone Pabuk To Hit On Saturday

Kolkata,Jan 4,2019: The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Kolkata has warned of heavy rains in the Andaman and Nicobar islands due to the approaching tropical cyclone ‘Pabuk’ which will emerge in the Andaman sea on January 5, an official said on Thursday.

“Heavy rains are predicted in the Andaman islands from January 5-7. The tropical cyclonic storm ‘Pabuk’ is currently located above South China sea, almost 1,500 km from Port Blair,” said scientist AK Sen.

The weatherman mentioned that it is gradually approaching and is likely to emerge into the Andaman sea around the forenoon of January 5. Heavy rain is predicted for the next day as the storm will pass across the islands.

“It will then recurve towards northeast and move to Myanmar coast,” he said. Squally wind with a speed ranging between 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph with a gradual increase up to 75 kmph is likely over the Andaman sea from January 4.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the Andaman sea from January 4-7 and into the adjoining southeast and east-central Bay of Bengal from January 6-7. Fishermen and others in the deep sea have also been advised to return to the coast by tonight.

Trinamool Congress turns 21, Mamata congratulates party workers

Kolkata,Dec 1,2019: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee congratulated party workers on the Trinamool Congress turning 21 on Tuesday.

The TMC was founded on January 1, 1998.

"The journey which began on January 1, 1998 has been full of struggles, but we have been steadfast in our resolve to fight for the people #Trinamool21," Banerjee said in a tweet.

"We are thankful to Maa-Mati-Manush for their constant support. And the workers who work hard 365 days a year for the people. A big salute to you," she said.

The TMC leadership had last week issued instructions to conduct various programmes across the state on Tuesday to mark the occasion.

The district leaders have arranged for party flag-hoisting programmes and street corner meetings to discuss and highlight achievements of the party in the last six-and-a-half years.

 

‘Firebrand’ film director Mrinal Sen dead

Kolkata,Dec 31,2018:Iconic director and winner of the Dada Saheb Phalke award, Mrinal Sen, passed away at his south Kolkata home on Sunday. He was 95.

The national award-winning film-maker was suffering from age-related issues for quite some time now.

He was best known for films like Bhuvan ShomeEk Din AchanakMrigayaInterview (his famous Calcutta trilogy), Calcutta 71 and Padatik.

Sen, along with contemporaries such as Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, was considered to be the doyen of parallel cinema whose works had won international recognition.

Having won multiple national awards, the auteur was conferred with the Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2005. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1983.

Redefining boundaries

Born in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh, Sen moved to Kolkata to study physics. He was drawn to the world of film-making and made his debut with the 1955-film Raat Bhore. He was often celebrated as the ‘firebrand’ who raised the bar of parallel cinema. The political undertones of his work redefined boundaries. Some, no doubt courted criticism.

His 1959-film Neel Akasher Nichey was the first cinema to be banned in independent India. The political undertones of the film saw it being banned for two years. Sen followed it up with Baishey Sharavan that earned him international recognition.

The director’s body of work represented films where the protagonists were everyday people who rise to challenge the pecking order. The outcome of this challenge is not important. Also, his films do not necessarily have the conventional happy ending.

Bold themes

The satire Bhuvan Shome deals with a corruptible bureaucrat, who is apparently reformed by a village belle; his classic time piece Mrigaya (The Royal Hunt) depicts the tribal hunters in Odisha.

Similarly, hunger and poverty remained central themes in many of his films.

Middle-class hypocrisies and disagreeable societal norms became central in movies such as Ek Din Pratidin (And Quiet Rolls The Dawn), Kharij (The Case is Closed) and Ek Din Achanak (Suddenly One Day).

Sen’s only Telegu venture remained Oka Oori Katha (The Outsiders). His last film Aamaar Bhuvan (This, My Land) came in 2002.

Condoling Sen’s death, West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “It is an irreparable loss to the world of film-making.”

Former Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee — known to be a close friend of Sen — expressed grief at the director’s passing away. According to Bhattacharjee, this was a “personal loss”.

 

BJP's mission West Bengal: 20-member team of IT, poll experts to prepare ground report

Kolkata, Dec 29,2018:The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already launched preparations for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. As a part of its preparatory programme, the party paying special attention to the state of West Bengal and has planned to send a delegation of 20 members to the state to kickstart the same. BJP chief Amit Shah has appointed Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav to lead the delegation.

The 20-member delegation of the BJP, which is slated to reach Kolkata on Saturday, comprises media cell and IT cell experts. Sources told Zee News that top students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, Hyderabad, Powai and Chennai have also been included in the team. The IIT students are believed to be IT and call centre experts.

According to the sources, Bhupender Yadav has the responsibility to compile a detailed report on 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal. Amit Shah wants a comprehensive report on how many seats the BJP could win in West Bengal. He also seeks information about the seats where the BJP unit is in a strong position and where the party is relatively weaker.