QKolkata: SC Fine On Bengal Govt For Bhobishyoter Bhoot & More

1. Supreme Court Slaps Bhoot Fine On Govt

The Supreme Court on Thursday fined the Bengal government Rs 20 lakh for the “virtual” banning of Bhobishyoter Bhoot, a political satire directed by Anik Dutta.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud ordered the amount to be distributed among the producers of the film and the owners of the cinemas from where it was pulled out, as compensation for the violation of their right to freedom of speech and expression.

The film was taken off screens a day after its release on 15 February, with theatre owners alleging that police had ordered the step.

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2. Amit Shah Fresh Vow On Bengal NRC

BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday reiterated that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be launched in Bengal if his party returned to power, dwelling on the theme at rallies in Kalimpong and Raiganj.

“We will launch the NRC in Bengal so that infiltrators are identified and driven out of the state. On the other hand, all refugees who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains, would be given citizenship. That is why we want to bring in the Citizenship (Amendment) bill. Mamata Banerjee is opposing it,” Shah said in Raiganj.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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3. ‘Stateless’ Residents Of Former Enclaves Cast Votes For 1st Time

Even before polling started at Rabindra Shishu Siksha Kendra Dakshin Lauchapra in Cooch Behar at 7am on Thursday, there was a queue of more than 120 voters. All of them, residents of Powaturkuthi – part of former enclaves in the district – had gathered in front of the booths to cast their votes for the first time.

For some like Ambalika Roy, it was the first-ever vote in her life and the second-year student of Dinhata College was beaming with excitement. “They used to drape the area with flex, banners and flags. Earthen walls were painted with the names of candidates. It looked like a festival. I would always wonder how would it feel if I were to experience it one day,” she said. Roy, who was stateless even four years back, took part in the world’s largest election on Thursday.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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4. Mamata Showcases ‘Bhumiputra’ In Darjeeling

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday played the son-of-the-soil card dominating the political discourse in the Hills by telling a rally at Darjeeling’s Chowk Bazar that Trinamool-GJM (Binay Tamang faction) had fielded a ‘bhumiputra’ and didn’t fly in any candidate from Delhi or Manipur.

Banerjee also made it clear that while Trinamool was contesting the Darjeeling seat with an ally to bolster the party’s strength in the Lok Sabha, she would reciprocate when her poll partners contest the state Assembly polls.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Four State Cops Call Vote Shots

Oour Bengal police constables ensured voting in an Alipurduar booth was peaceful despite the absence of central forces in what one poll official called a “rare sight”.

The feat pulled off by Rupali Haldar, Ipshita Bairagya, Chinmayee Sadhukhan and Uma Sadhukhan at a primary school in Baxirhat, close to the Assam border, belied Opposition fears that state police would be ineffective and misgivings among polling staff who had demanded central forces in all booths.

When voting began, residents were surprised to see only the four cops, who had been brought from Nadia.

“We were a bit worried initially. In the rural elections last year, we voted for the zilla parishad candidate only as Trinamool candidates had won uncontested in the panchayat samiti and gram panchayat seats,” said Rashmita Burman.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. 2k Employees Evacuated After Fire At Sec V Building

Barely two months after a fire broke out at the SDF Building in Sector V, another blaze was reported from a 12-storey building in the IT hub on Thursday afternoon, prompting evacuation of 2,000-odd employees. Though the fire did not cause any casualty, it left them traumatized after they nearly suffocated while looking for a safe exit from the Globsyn Crystal building.

The office on the third floor, where the fire started around 1pm, has been out of operation for the past few months.

Unlike the sorry state of fire safety management at the SDF Building – the oldest office tower in Sector V which had caught fire on 30 January – the fire alarms at Globsyn Crystal worked. Any loss of life or property could be averted owing to the presence of the fire-safety measures in the building. Two fire tenders were pressed into service, which doused the fire in an hour.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. UN Award For 2 Bengal Projects

The Bengal government has won the UN's World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) award for Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi projects.

The Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi projects are for youngsters – skill development training for increasing employment opportunities for 6 lakh youth every year under Utkarsh Bangla and environment-friendly bicycles to school students of Classes IX to XII under Sabooj Sathi. The Bengal government has disributed nearly 1 crore bicycles since the inception of this project.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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