QKolkata: Centre Refuses ‘Bangla’ Rename Proposal & More

1. Centre's Blunt ‘No’ Vs Bangla Appeal

Non-BJP parties in Bengal have moved with alacrity to pursue an emotive issue after the Centre gave a perfunctory reply to a question whether it had cleared a proposal to rename the state as Bangla.

In response to a question whether the Union home ministry had cleared a proposal to rename West Bengal as Bangla, junior home minister Nityanand Rai said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday: “No, Sir.”

The minister said that changing the name of a state required a constitutional amendment and it is done after taking into consideration all issues.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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2. Say Firhad If They Say Javed: Calcutta Mayor

Mayor Firhad Hakim on Wednesday listened to many complaints over the phone from Calcuttans, one of whom alleged that he was unable to develop a plot because some goons were threatening him of dropping a state minister’s name.

The caller, who said he lived in Kasba, told the mayor the goons who had been threatening him were claiming that they enjoyed the backing of disaster management and fire and emergency services minister Javed Khan.

Hakim told the caller not to worry about the threats. “If they threaten you mentioning Javed Khan’s name, you mention Firhad Hakim’s name to them. The administration doesn’t work in this manner. You go ahead with your plan legally. There won’t be any problem,” the mayor said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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3. Bengal Assembly To Slam Madrasa Jibe

The Trinamool Congress and the non-BJP Opposition parties have decided to jointly pass a resolution in the Bengal Assembly to condemn a statement by Union minister of state for home affairs G K Reddy in Parliament that madrasa in the state are used for terror activities.

“We will pass a resolution in the Bengal Assembly during the ongoing monsoon session condemning junior home minister Reddy’s statement in the Lok Sabha. We have already spoken to Left parties and the ruling Trinamool about it. The speaker of the Assembly has given the permission to move the resolution, ” the leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Abdul Mannan of the Congress, said on Wednesday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Ex-Councillor Jumps To Death At 74-Yr-Old South Kolkata Community Club

A 72-year-old former KMC councillor, who had left home for morning walk on Wednesday, jumped off the 11th floor terrace of Hindustan Club on Sarat Bose Road at 6.15 in the morning. Sawarmal Bhimsaria, a businessman by profession, left behind a suicide note, pleading the cops to not start any inquiry against any of his family members. He held only himself responsible for his death.

CCTV footage at the club showed that Bhimsaria, an active member of the club for the past 32 years, entered the club at 5.50am, headed straight to the terrace, paced up and down on the terrace for around 12 minutes, before climbing a chair and jump off the terrace around 100 feet below onto the exit ramp of the basement parking lot.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Video Call Relief For Trafficking Survivors

Trafficking victims from Bengal, who are fighting legal battles for justice, can now heave a sigh of relief. Courts in Maharashtra, UP and Delhi have agreed to hold video conferences to spare the victims the trouble of travelling all the way and stay there. At least four victims, who hail from North and South 24 Parganas, are now availing this facility to attend cases in Pune, Delhi and Ghaziabad courts .

However, activists pointed to certain procedural issues that will need intervention.

Representatives of NGOs like Goranbose Gram Bikash Kendra (GGBK) and Shakti Vahini, though, said that “certain procedural matters” needed to be sorted out before more cases can be dealt in such manner.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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6. SC Lets HC Decide MP Wife Summons Issue

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to interfere with Calcutta High Court’s 8 April order that said Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Naroola will not have to appear before Customs authorities until 31 July.

The SC bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose dismissed the Customs plea against the HC order and said it was not inclined to interfere with the order. “We request the high court to hear and decide the issue of maintainability as raised before it on the next date fixed, which we are told is 31 July, 2019,” the SC order said.

Solicitor-general Tushar Mehta argued for Customs; Naroola was represented by senior lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and V Giri.

(Source: The Times Of India)

Also Read: SC not to meddle with HC order on Abhishek Banerjee's wife

7. Body Found In Kankinara, Head Found Later On Train

A beheaded body was found by police near Kankinara railway level crossing in North 24 Parganas on Wednesday; later in the day, the head was found in a vegetable basket in the goods compartment of a Barasat-bound local train.

The deceased person was identified as 32-year-old Lalla Chowdhury, a local vendor who was missing since Tuesday evening. “He went out to sell phuchka on Tuesday and didn’t return since then. I lodged a complaint with Jagaddal police station at night,” Lalla’s father Birju Chowdhury, a resident of Lane 6 in Kankinara, said on Wednesday.

“Today, police called me to identify the body,” Birju added. “He didn’t have any enemy. I can’t understand why he was killed.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

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