Category Archives: Kolkata

Multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam : Madan Mitra was granted bail

West Bengal transport minister Madan Mitra was granted bail on Saturday in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam by the Alipore court in Kolkata.

The court was hearing a bail petition moved by his lawyers at the court and the judge granted him conditional bail on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakhs.

Madan Mitra was arrested by the CBI on 12th December 2014 on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds.

He was also charged with deriving undue financial benefits from the Saradha Group.

His arrest came in the wake of him holding a post in the Saradha Group of Companies.

GEM OF ASIA AWARD TO KODAKKAL SHIVAPRASAD

kodakkalKOLKATTA: Shimoga Canara Bank officer and noted social worker Mr.Kodakkal Shivaprasad will be conferred upon GEM OF ASIA award by famous Non-Governmental Organization – Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage, Kolkatta during their 39th International Conference to be held from 27th February 2016 at Sri Adhya Kathyayini Shakthi Peeta Auditorium , New Delhi according to sources from the IIOH, Kolkatta.

Sri Kodakkal Shivaprasad had keen interest with various activities including main objective to serve human life to Physically Challenged community across india.

Abducted Hindu Girl Tuktuki Rescued by WB Police

July 20, 2015:: A Very Important News from the media has just came in about the RESCUE OF TUKTUKI MONDAL in West Bengal. The teenage girl of 10th standard was abducted for a period over 75 days by a Muslim culprit Babusona Gazi, a local TMC hooligan as known.

After Smt. Lalitha Kumarmangalam, Chairperson, National Commission for Women met today morning with the parents of Tuktuki Mondal in Kolktata and conveyed a stiff message for State Administration and Police in front of the media, Police rescued Tuktuki Mondal while the NWC Team on the way to Magrahat, where BJP was at a Dharna over 125 Hrs.

If the news is true, Congratulations to BJP for their ‘Do-or-Die’ movement along with a great awareness generation and legal steps taken by Hindu samhati. Rescue Tuktuki Mondal Movement shaped the BJP activities in a vibrant form in West Bengal. The Central BJP gave due importance to be vocal against the matter of abduction of Hindu girls and Jihadi activities in Bengal.  This trend should be continued.

The direction of Justice Dipankar Dutta in Calcutta High Court also immensely helped to rescue the unfortunate girl went under a series of Islamic torture and inhumanity.

The Central BJP had also sent a high level fact finding team to Magrahat for expedite the rescue of the teenage girl.

Transport facilities to improve in region bordering Nepal

Siliguri: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that emphasis would be to improve roads in the region bordering Nepal and Bhutan. The move to improve transport facilities is also expected to give thrust to tourism

Meanwhile, at least ten pilgrims died in Nepal when a bus in which they were travelling fell into the river. Over 20 were injured. The injured were taken to hospitals for medical treatment. Accidents in the mountain region is generally blamed on fractured roads and badly maintained vehicles.

Election Commission ordered transfer of eight West Bengal officials

Election Commission on Monday ordered transfer of eight West Bengal officials including five district police chiefs and one district magistrate, but a defiant Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to carry out the instruction and said she was even prepared to go to jail.

The commission’s order, which came a day after the full bench of the poll panel held wide consultations with state officials and political parties, was sent to the state Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra during the day.

The superintendents of police (SPs) – in charge of West Midnapore, Bardhman, Birbhum, Malda and North 24 Parganas districts – were involved in the reshuffle along with the district magistrate of North 24 Parganas.

Seven of the officials, including two additional district magistrates, removed from their post during the day, have been relieved from poll duty, while Birbhum SP Alok Rajoria has been shifted to the vacant post of SP of Jhargram police district.

The commission asked the state government to implement the orders by Tuesday.

“As regards the posting of the existing officers who are to be shifted, the commission has said the state government may post them on non-election related and non-field posts on intimation to the Commission,” chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta told reporters.

Omkar Singh Meena has been posted in place of Sanjay Bansal as district magistrate of North 24 Parganas.

“Sheesh Ram Jhajharia will be posted as SP Midnapore district in place of Bharati Ghosh, and Sayyed Waqar Raza will be SP Murshidabad in place of Humayun Kabir,” Gupta said.

Miraz Khalid replaces Sayyed M.H. Mirza as SP Burdwan while Rashid Munir Khan is the new Birbhum SP in place of Rajoria and B. Kumar takes over as SP Malda in place of R. K. Yadav.

The poll panel order triggered an angry outburst from the chief minister, who challenged it.

“Put me in jail. I will not remove a single officer as chief minister. You rule and remove.”

She termed the commission’s decision as a conspiracy hatched by the central government, the poll panel, the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist Party of India-Marxist as also a media group, and said it was aimed at facilitating rigging of the elections by the opposition parties.

“Either you have to accept my resignation or I will obey you. I respect you, but not by bowing down,” Banerjee told an election meeting at Pandua of Hooghly district.

“I will fight it alone. .. Don’t blame Mamata Banerjee for any trouble. Either Mamata Banerjee will look after law and order, or the election commission. You control law and order. I have no objection. I can’t take responsibility.”

“I have been elected by the people. I have not been elected at the mercy of the Congress, or you. I challenge the Election Commission, which I have never done in my life,” she said.

“Who will capture the booths? The Election Commission or the observers?” she asked.

“If my Junglemahal flares up, remember Election Commission, you cannot overrule the people. You have your limitation.”

Training her guns on Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi, Banerjee alleged there was a non-bailable warrant against him and questioned how such an officer can be given overall charge of elections in a state.

Responding to Banerjee’s comments, Gupta said: “After announcement of election, all election officers and police officers under the Representation of the People Act come under the superintendence, direction and control of the Election Commission.”

The opposition parties sharply criticised Banerjee for creating a constitutional crisis.

“She is not talking sense. What she has said may lead to a constitutional stalemate,” said CPI-M leader Sujon Chakraborty.

Congress leader Arunabha Ghosh said: “What she has said amounts to going against the constitution which has elected her.”

Trinamool Congress will bring a no confidence motion against the UPA govt

Trinamool Congress chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Saturday that her party will bring a no confidence motion against the UPA govt in the winter session of Parliament.

“Our party’s parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session,” Banerjee told a press conference in Kolkata on Saturday after a meeting with party MPs.

Stating that instead of moving notices under Rule 184, which entails voting or 193 which does not, she said “we have decided to bring the no-confidence motion to seek the ouster of the government and formation of a new government through fresh election.”

“I request other political parties support our motion,” she said.

Asked whether TMC would seek the support of former ally BJP, Banerjee said, “If anybody wants to talk to us we are ready. Political parties can talk to political parties. No religious issue is involved in it. This is not a religious issue or alliance issue.”

“This is an issue which involves corruption. Minority and majority we are all together because this is the issue which we have to combat. When Congress talks to BJP, then it is touchable. But when other political parties want to talk to BJP on political grounds it is untouchable,” she said.

“This government which is mired in corruption of thousands of crores of rupees and sold out the country and has taken anti-people decisions one after another arbitrarily like FDI in multi-brand retail, FDI in pension and imposed a cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, must go,” Banerjee, whose party has 19 MPS in the Lok Sabha, said.

“We are ready to talk to the CPI-M and other Left parties on the issue, if they want. Our parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandyopadhay in that case will speak with them,” Banerjee said.

She said that DMK, the UPA’s second largest ally after the departure of the Trinamool Congress had decided to stay away from the ministry and had reservations against the FDI in retail.

She also said that there was nothing wrong in the Samajwadi Party and BSP in attending a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister ahead of the session.

“It is a courtesy. There is nothing wrong. But I also appeal to the SP and BSP to support our motion,” she said describing the decision taken by her party in quitting the UPA government and bringing a no confidence motion against it as bold.

On BSP and SP which have a sizable number of MPs, she said “They may be (outside) allies. It does not mean they will accept when the interests of the common people are in peril because of the anti-people decisions of this government.”

Seeking support of regional parties, Banerjee said “We have many regional friends and they also have a role.”

She said former UPA ally Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (P), which has two Lok Sabha MPs was with the TMC.

“This government is against the ‘aam admi’. We will bring the no-confidence motion which will see which parties stand where so far as the anti-people decisions of this government is concerned,” Banerjee said, adding that it would require the support of 50 Lok Sabha members to get the motion admitted.

Stating that she had heard that Left parties were planning to move a resolution on FDI in multi-brand retail, she said “I request my Leftist friends not to bring resolution if they are interested to safeguard the interest of the common people and want this government to go.”

“Let them support our motion. And, if necessary they themselves can bring a no-confidence motion which we will support. But there should not be any backdoor deal to save the government,” Banerjee said on Saturday.

Asked whether TMC has established contacts with other parties before deciding to bring no-confidence motion, she said “We are doing this through the local and national media. Referring to the controversial land acquisition bill, she said “No opinion was sought on the land bill.”