QKolkata: Amit Shah’s 3-day Visit; RAF Team To Combat Dengue

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BJP chief Amit Shah.

1. Amit Shah To Gauge Bengal BJP’s Fitness

BJP president Amit Shah will hold a series of meetings with Bengal leaders to check their preparedness for the 2019 general elections.

Shah reached Calcutta at 11pm on 10 September and is scheduled to hold meetings with the state leaders between 12 noon and 10 pm on the 11 September at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations on Ho Chi Minh Sarani. The leaders are busy preparing reports listing achievements on targets set by the central leadership which are expected to come up for scrutiny by Shah who had set the target of Ebar Bangla (This time, Bengal).

Source: The Telegraph

2. Eye On Mamata For Feelers To Lift Hill Shutdown

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 
(Photo: Reuters)

The withdrawal of the indefinite strike in the hills will largely hinge on fresh announcements by Mamata Banerjee at her meeting with Darjeeling parties on Tuesday, said political analysts.

The chief minister is scheduled to arrive at Bagdogra airport today afternoon, along with senior state government officials. The following day, she will sit for talks with representatives of the hill parties at Uttarkanya, the north Bengal branch secretariat, to find a way out to end the current impasse in the hills.

The meeting is a sequel to the talks the chief minister held with the hill parties at Nabanna on 29 August. Although Binay Tamang of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had announced the withdrawal of the indefinite strike following the talks, Bimal Gurung said the shutdown would continue unless the government initiated talks on Gorkhaland.

Source: The Telegraph

3. Bimal Awaits CM Word On Uttarkanya Talks

GJM leader Bimal Gurung at a rally in Darjeeling. 
GJM leader Bimal Gurung at a rally in Darjeeling. 
(Photo: The Quint)

With rebel Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Binoy Tamang along with his delegation all set to attend the crucial second round of talks called by the state government in Siliguri on Tuesday, Morcha boss Bimal Gurung is awaiting a reply to a letter that he wrote to the Chief Minister on Saturday.

In the missive sent to the CM, Gurung has expressed his party’s desire to be part of talks to be held at Uttarkanya, the government’s North Bengal secretariat, the Morcha’s Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai said.

Source: The Statesman

4. Attack On City Law Students

At least six students of the national law school in Salt Lake were beaten up when they tried to resist an eviction of settlers inside Subhas Sarobar that was allegedly taking place in violation of a Calcutta High Court stay.

Six students of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences ( WBNUJS) were allegedly locked up inside a room and thrashed. Sources said the suspects were supporters of local Trinamool councillor Pabitra Biswas ( Ward No 33), who was perhaps acting overzealously to evict the settlers and beautify the Sarobar ahead of the Under- 17 football World Cup whose Calcutta leg starts on 8 October.

Biswas could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Source: The Telegraph

5. RAF Team Created To Combat Dengue, Malaria

Dengue grips Kolkata.
Dengue grips Kolkata.
(Photo: iStock)

The twin dengue deaths in Kasba last week has shaken the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities into action.

The KMC health department has created a Rapid Action Force (RAF) team for dengue prevention in Kasba and Ballygunge and some areas off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, where dengue cases have been reported of late.

The RAF personnel from the KMC health department will visit these areas at regular intervals for a month to ward off a dengue scare among the local residents.

Source: The Times Of India

6. GST Blow Leaves Zari Industry In Tatters

Bengal's 600-year-old zari industry is now in its death throes, thanks to its brush with GST introduced in July.

Over eight lakh zari workers of Howrah, who were hobbling back to life after the impact of last November's demonetisation – which clocked losses to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore – received a near-fatal blow after GST came into effect. This has crippled the industry by causing losses of Rs 2,000 crore, according to industry estimates.

Source: The Times Of India

7. Kolkata Police To Issue Advisory To Schools

The “Blue Whale Challenge” results in the player committing suicide 
The “Blue Whale Challenge” results in the player committing suicide 
(Photo: The Quint)

The Kolkata Police will issue guidelines to schools on how to identify possible victims of the Blue Whale game. The move comes at a time when reports are pouring in from schools claiming its students were falling victim to the game.

“We have already started sending letters to school authorities where guidelines on early identification of probable Blue Whale victims are detailed. It is important that one should track and identify the victims as soon as possible. Kolkata Police has already taken up an awareness drive against Blue Whale on different social networking sites. But we feel that unless and until school authorities are involved in the process, such awareness campaign on our part will not be complete,” said a senior police officer.

Source: The Indian Express

8. In London, Kanyashree Scheme To Feature In Durga Puja Event

This Durga Puja, the state’s flagship Kanyashree scheme will be the theme of this year’s festivities at the Camden Community Centre near the famous King’s Cross Railway Station in Central London.

This is the first time that a government scheme will feature at the event popularly known as ‘Camden Durga Puja’, which has been an annual affair for the last 54 years. “Personally the scheme touched my heart. A large number of girls have benefited from it. Recently it was acknowledged by the UN which generated a lot of interest globally and especially London.

The Committee took a decision that we should select this scheme as our Durga Puja theme this year to create more awareness about it,” said Ananda Gupta, Chairman of the London Durga Puja and Dussehra Committee that organises the event.

Source: The Indian Express

9. Bagan Bank On Kromah

Mohun Bagan FC at the AFC Champions League.  
Mohun Bagan FC at the AFC Champions League.  
(Photo: IANS)

Mohun Bagan's title aspirations will be put to a stern test when they face Mohammedan Sporting Club in a CFL Premier Division A encounter at Kalyani Stadium on Monday.

The green and maroons are determined to win back the local league title from arch-rivals East Bengal, who have won it seven times in a row. However, the green and maroons have fallen behind the red and golds after being held by Rainbow AC in previous match. Any more points dropped on Monday , and Bagan's title hopes can go up in smoke.

While Bagan are on 16 points from six matches, Mohammedan Sporting have 10 from five games.The third-placed Mohammedan Sporting will also be just as desperate to secure full points, to avoid falling further behind leaders.

Source: The Times Of India

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