QKolkata: Modi Ignored Intel Inputs On Pulwama, Says Mamata & More

1. PM Modi ‘Ignored’ Intelligence Inputs On Pulwama: CM Mamata Banerjee

CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Modi government of ignoring “intelligence inputs” before the Pulwama attack.

“The Centre received intelligence inputs before the attack. Why didn’t the government do a routine route check before mocking Modi’s “shadow battle” ahead of polls.

“Is it a surgical strike or simple war-mongering?” she asked. The Bengal CM, exactly a week ago, had blamed the Modi government’s “lapses” for the death of the 40 jawans in Pulwama.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. 3 Trinamool Workers Killed In Bengal Districts

Three Trinamool workers have been shot dead since Sunday in Murshidabad’s Behrampore and South 24-Parganas in murders blamed on faction feuds.

Nazimul Sheikh, 40, a local committee president of the ruling party’s youth wing, was killed around 10.30am on Monday at Niyallishpara in Behrampore.

“Nazimul was going home to Musuridanga from Khagra in Behrampore town on his bike. Eyewitnesses told us that four men wearing helmets waylaid Nazumul and one of them pumped three bullets into his chest from point-blank range. The assassins sped away soon after the attack,” said an officer of Behrampore police station.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Will Field Son Of The Soil For Darjeeling Seat: GJM's Tamang

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Binay Tamang on Monday said “we” would field a “son of the soil” in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat and that candidate would win by a margin of 1.5 lakh votes.

This is the first time that Tamang has talked about the Morcha’s plan for the coming Parliament polls. But it is common knowledge that the Morcha will fight the election in alliance with the Trinamul Congress.

“We will field a son-of-the-soil candidate in the Lok Sabha election. A lot of other parties are clamouring for a local candidate. We will have to see what their stand would be after we field a local candidate,” Tamang told reporters on the sidelines of a programme in Chungthung tea garden.

The Morcha chief didn’t throw light on the issues on which the party would fight the election.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Squall Bares Lapses In Tree Care In Calcutta

A squall that clocked barely 58kmph at its fiercest felled as many as 17 trees across Calcutta and Salt Lake early on Monday.

The heavy toll on the fast fading green population of the city again highlights the cost of the tight grip of concrete around a tree, unplanned plantation and almost zero post-plantation care.

Calcutta has too many fast growing trees whose roots do not strike deep and are prone to getting uprooted during a squall. Too much of concretisation around a tree further worsens the situation.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Pro-VC Leaves JU After 3-day Gherao

The gherao of Jadavpur University pro vicechancellor (academic) Pradip Ghosh was lifted on Monday evening after 72 hours, allowing him to leave Aurobindo Bhavan – the main administrative building – where he had been holed up for the last three days. The decision to withdraw the gherao was taken after a series of discussions between students and Ghosh, who had fallen sick and had to undergo a medical check-up inside the room where he had been staying since Friday evening.

Earlier in the day, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi strongly condemned the assault on Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das on 19 February.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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6. Two AC Coaches Flagged Off; Minister Promises To Make Trams Faster, Sleeker

The government had no plan to discontinue trams; instead, it looked to make them sleeker, faster, and more efficient to prevent congestion on roads, said transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Monday, when he unveiled two AC trams.

Built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh each, the single-car trams will run on old control system and motor. The exterior of the trams have been built at the transport department’s Nonapukur workshop and fitted with 5.5-tonne ACs. “I have heard people say the government was trying to do away with trams. But I want to assure everyone I feel for trams and want them to be in Kolkata, just like any other resident of the city. I hope after this inauguration, such rumours will be put to rest,” Adhikari said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Engine Snag Leads To Flight Scare Moments Before Touchdown

Passengers and crew on board the Vistara flight UK 733 had a scare on Monday when one of the aircraft’s twin engines faltered minutes before it was to land in Kolkata. As the pilot radioed an SOS to air traffic control, the plane was given priority landing ahead of others. Vistara officials said the engine malfunction was being investigated. The aircraft is now grounded in Kolkata.

After the 7.05am departure from Chennai, the 121 passengers on board had an uneventful journey save for some air turbulence in the latter half. Around 8.50am, the pilot briefly announced that the flight would be reaching Kolkata shortly and began the descend. And then the flight jerked and appeared to lose power.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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