25 - 03 - 2019

Chandrababu Naidu meets Mamata Banerjee in Howrah, announces postponement of Opposition conclave in Delhi

KOLKATA, Nov 20,2018: Telugu Desam Party chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday arrived in Kolkata to discuss details of forming a non-BJP alliance with the like-minded parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Naidu later met his West Bengal counterpart and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in Howrah in the evening, according to ANI.

Naidu had reached Kolkata in the afternoon from where he left for Nabanna where he was received by Mamata Didi herself.Following his meeting with Mamata, the TDP president announced the postponement of a November 22 opposition conclave in Delhi to chalk out details of the proposed anti-BJP front.

Emerging from an hour-long meeting with his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee here, Naidu told reporters that the fresh date for the meeting of non-BJP parties will be announced very soon.Flanked by the Trinamool Congress chief, Naidu attacked the NDA government at the Centre alleging that institutions like the CBI, ED, Income Tax department, RBI and CAG are under "severe pressure".

Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments had on Friday withdrawn the 'general consent' accorded to the CBI to conduct probe and raids in their states."We wanted to meet on November 22 earlier because of the elections... We wanted to make it before Parliament (winter) session.

"Those who are opposing the BJP will join and discuss. We will chalk out a programme to move forward take this momentum further on the agenda to protect the nation," the Telugu Desam Party chief said, adding the fresh date for the meeting will be decided very soon.

Ahead of meeting the West Bengal Chief Minister, Naidu had earlier held crucial discussions with Janata Dal-Secular chief and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and DMK chief MK Stalin over the possibility of forging a Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance of secular parties.

Mamata Banerjee was possibly the first non-BJP leader who tried to unite the Opposition ever since the Centre took the move to ban the old currency notes of high denomination.Even at that point in time, she had reached out to CPI-M's Sitaram Yechiry for holding a joint protest against the Centre's move.

Mamata had earlier mooted the theory of one-to-one fight against the Narendra Modi-powered BJP.''Whoever is strong in whichever area should fight out the BJP and others should support that party,'' she had suggested.However, Mamata 'didi' has still not confirmed whether she will attend the big Magathbandhan meeting on November 22 or send some representative.

Mamata has, meanwhile, called a meeting in Kolkata on January 19 where she has invited big political players of the country.Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, MK Stalin and several others have given their consent to take part in the grand anti-BJP show in Kolkata.


Howrah-Puri Dauli Express train derails, no casualties.

Kolkata, Nov 14,2018: A bogie of the Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express derailed near Panskura station in West Bengal Tuesday morning, a South Eastern Railway spokesman said in Kolkata.

No one was injured in the accident that occurred between Bhogpur and Panskura stations in Howrah-Kharagpur section of SER at 7.10 am, spokesman Sanjay Ghosh said.

The wheel of the chair car coach (B-3), positioned sixth from the engine, derailed when the Dhauli Express was travelling from Howrah to Puri, he said.

An accident relief train and senior officers of the SER rushed to the spot, which is about 67 km from Howrah.

The train will resume its onward journey towards Puri following amalgamation of coaches after detaching the affected coach, Ghosh said.

"For the convenience of passengers en route, 12703 Howrah-Secundrabad Faluknama Express will be provided all stoppages of Dhauli Express up to Khurda Road station," he said.



Bengal Will Give Shelter To All Those Who Have Been Wronged: Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 1,2018: Targeting the ruling BJP at the Centre on the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said Bengal does not bow before anyone and will provide shelter to all those people who have been wronged and face discrimination.

“Bengal never bows down before anyone. The ruling party at the Centre has resorted to ‘Bengali Hatao’ (chase away the Bengalis). This doesn’t happen in Bengal. Here we love Assamese, Bengalis, Biharis, refugees, backward classes, minorities, Nepalis as well as Hindi and Urdu speaking populace,” Banerjee said at a meeting during her two-day visit to north Bengal.

“If our brothers and sisters anywhere face any kind of discrimination, irrespective of the fact whether they are Bengalis or Biharis or Assamese, Bengal will love them in its own way and provide them shelter,” she said.

Talking about the situation in Assam, she said: “What is happening in Assam? In the name of identifying ‘genuine voters’ names of 40 lakh people have been omitted. Are you people getting it? People who promised so many things have left out the names of 40 lakh people. People are committing suicide.”

She accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of chasing out Bengalis from Assam and Biharis from Gujarat. Also bringing up the issue of lynching, Banerjee said: “So many Bengali labourers have been lynched. Labourers work in different states…we do not do anything of this sort.”


Youth rapes 100-year-old woman, arrested

Kolkata,Oct 25,2018: A 100-year-old woman was raped by a 20-year-old man in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Monday night. The accused has been arrested on Tuesday night by Chakdah police and was produced in a local court on Wednesday morning.

The 100-year-old lady lived alone in her village home in Gangaprasadpur under Chanduria Gram Panchayat area in Nadia district. Though she has two sons, they work outside Nadia district. The elderly woman’s relatives stayed in the neighbourhood and took care of her. She can walk and do her basic minimum work

On Monday midnight, her great grand daughter-in-law was suddenly awakened by a moaning sound and to her utter astonishment the sound could be traced from her great grandmother’s room.

Police said the elderly woman was sleeping when the accused entered her room and had suddenly raped and tortured her.

“I found Abhijit, a neighbourhood boy, raping and torturing her while great grandmother was crying in pain. The light was switched on. I immediately alerted everyone in the neighbourhood. When all other neighbours and relatives rushed to the room, Abhijit hid under her bed. We rushed her to the hospital while Abhijit was allowed to go,” the elderly woman’s great grand daughter-in-law said.

The relative also said that she had caught Abhijit red-handed as the light of the room was switched on. “Everyone was shocked at the incident but taking the old lady to the hospital was our first priority,” she said.`

The old woman, who was traumatised, was rushed to the Chakdah state general hospital, a government-run hospital. From there, she was referred to Kalyani Gandhi Memorial Hospital. She is undergoing treatment there.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning, the family members filed an FIR against the accused Abhijit Biswas (20) in Chakdah Police Station.

Police said Abhijit was arrested on Tuesday night on the basis of the FIR. He has been produced in a local court today.

Police has started investigation into the matter.

Bus Accident At Berhampore, 15 Injured

Kolkata, Oct 23,2018: At least 15 passengers were left injured after two speeding buses got involved in a major accident at Berhampore-Jalangi road and state highway. Transport services were disrupted completely as a result of the accident on Tuesday morning. The injured have been rushed to a local hospital.

As per sources, two buses were inbound to Berhampore from Domkal. They started speeding and competing against each other. Meanwhile, one of the buses tried overtaking the other, when one of it rammed into a tree near the road. After ramming, it then lost control and overturned on the road. The passengers trapped inside started crying for help. Hearing the cries, the locals rushed to the rescue. They rescued the injured and rushed them to the Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. The police also rushed to the area.

There was a temporary disruption of traffic in the Berhampore-Jalangi road and state highway as a result of the accident. The passengers have accused the driver’s negligence behind the accident. The driver and the helper are absconding, and the police are on the look-out for them.

Fire breaks out at firecracker factory in South 24 Parganas

Kokata,Oct 8,2018:A fire broke out in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district at a firecracker factory. Around six persons were injured due to the fire, news agency ANI reported.At least three explosions were heard during the incident and three fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. The injured were taken to a hospital and the police detained one employee.The owner of the factory has been detained, PTI reported. The incident occurred at Sonarpur's Gobindopur area at around 12.40 pm."This was a small factory with only a tin shed and small walls on four sides. There were some finished and unfinished firecrackers at the factory. So far, six persons were injured in the mishap. They have been sent to a nearby hospital," a fire department official said.The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a police officer said adding that there was a couple of blasts from the factory which damaged a few nearby houses."We have detained the owner of the factory for questioning and trying to find out what was the cause of the fire," the officer said adding that the fire was brought under control.

(With Agency Inputs)