QKolkata: Abhishek Reacts to Wife’s Thai Passport; KKR Beats SRH

1. ‘Wife Born In Bangkok, What’s Wrong With Thai Passport?’

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday said the Customs’ allegations around his wife were not only false but politically motivated. Banerjee said his wife was born in Bangkok and has a Thai passport and she is also a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card-holder. He even challenged that if the Customs could respond to five posers raised by him, he would quit politics altogether.

Flanked by his lawyer Sanjay Basu and party spokesperson Derek O’Brien at his election campaign office in Amtala (South 24 Parganas), Banerjee said: “The Customs complaint bears out the fact that they had randomly selected her for checking based on her movement and profile. What is this profiling? Was it her fault that she is the wife of an MP? Is it a criminal offence?” The complaint accuses the woman passenger and her female companion and cops of criminal intimidation and obstruction in checking baggage.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. KKR Fans Throng Eden To Cheer Home Team On To Win First Match This IPL Season

The Eden Gardens reverberated with the roar of near-capacity crowd at Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) first match in IPL 12, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, on Sunday. Fans were on tenterhooks till the last over, when a promising Indian rookie and a West Indies powerhouse won the game for the home team.

Sticking to the loyalty reputation the city fandom boasts of, the 60,000-strong crowd kept backing the team even as it remained on the backfoot for most of the match — when David Warner, back on the field after a year, smacked KKR bowlers all over the park for 85 off 53 balls, or when Rashid Khan ripped through the middle order and left KKR needing 53 off 18 balls. Even a 15-minute stoppage because of tripped power in one of the floodlights could not dampen the fans’ spirit. They cheered the home team on by switching on their cellphone torches and were finally rewarded with some brutal hitting by Andre Russell and Shubman Gill as the team won with two balls to spare.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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3. Stalls Flout Mayor’s Plastic Ban

Hawkers off Deshapriya Park who were given new stalls in December have started covering their units with plastic sheets to prevent their wares from getting wet, a move that violates a ban on the use of such sheets on pavements.

The Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority had distributed around 200 stalls to hawkers in south Bengal for free in December as part of a rehabilitation project.

Nine hawkers along Rashbehari Avenue, between the crossing with Sarat Bose Road and the gate of Deshapriya Park, were among those who got the new stalls.

The owners of four of the nine stalls have put plastic sheets on the roof to prevent water from seeping in during rain, a visit to the spot revealed.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. CU Turns Down Principals’ Plea On Attendance

Calcutta University has turned down requests from a number of college principals to scrap the system of barring students from writing exams because of inadequate attendance.

The university authorities fear campuses would lapse into indiscipline in the absence of such a rule and that would result in failure of the semester system.

The request to do away with the attendance rule was voiced by a number of principals at an interactive session held at the Rajabazar science college on 16 March. The session reviewed the implementation of the choice-based credit system (CBCS) in the BA, BSc and BCom courses.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. TMC Rally To Counter Rahul

The Trinamool Congress will on Monday organise a public meeting at the same venue in Chanchol where Congress president Rahul Gandhi organised a rally on Saturday and targeted Mamata Banerjee and the ruling party’s Malda North candidate Mausam Noor.

The Congress had managed to assemble a crowd of over one lakh people at Rahul’s meeting at the Kalambagan Ground. Rahul had blasted Mausam for her defection to Trinamool.

“The accusations against Mamata and Mausam have come from the topmost leader of the Congress and there are indications that the party will try to raise the issue (Mausam’s defection) time and again. Hence, we have planned a counter meeting at Kalambagan Ground in Chanchol on Monday. Minister Suvendu Adhikari will be present,” said a Malda district Trinamool leader.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Cold Turkey On Cable After TV Fare Changes From Buffet To A La Carte

Several hundred homes have lived without any cable television at all in a corner of 21st-century Kolkata, representing an extreme-case scenario of the turbulence that has hit the industry, now struggling to switch over to à la carte mode.

Deprived of their favourite dose of entertainment content, these consumers — in the Picnic Garden-Kasba belt — have been displaying classic “cold turkey” symptoms of irritability and restlessness after dusk. Here, about 6,000 households have faced some form of cable blackout, ranging from two days to a week or more since channels went off their TVs in mid-February or early March.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Youth Dies After Found Unconscious In Kalighat, Cops Probe Lynch Angle

The mysterious death of a 25-year-old youth, who was found lying unconscious on the pavement in Kalighat on Sunday morning, has led cops to launch a detailed investigation amidst claims by certain residents that the victim was assaulted in the wee hours after being accused of stealing a mobile. The victim has been identified as Shankar Mondal, a resident of the Masjidpara slum.

Though Mondal’s initial medical report stated the body did not bear any evidence of external injury and no formal complaint was lodged by his family, police said they would wait for the final postmortem report before ruling out the possibility of an unnatural death. “With several near-lynching incidents being reported in the city barely a month ago, and the death of a man at Dum Dum Basakpara last week, we want to be certain he was not lynched,” said a senior investigating officer.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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