QKolkata: Interpol Involved In Gurung Hunt; DA For Babus & More

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GJM leader Bimal Gurung at a rally in Darjeeling. 

1. Interpol Plan in Gurung Hunt

Bengal police have started the process of involving the Interpol to seek international cooperation to arrest Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung.

"Let's put it this way. There are certain procedures that need to be followed for issuing Interpol notices. We have initiated them," a senior CID officer said, declining to give further details. Interpol notices are issued to seek cooperation from the police of 188 member countries.

Source: The Telegraph

2. Bimal Sends Team to Delhi

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung on 7 September said he had sent a team to Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the move being perceived as his last-ditch attempt to get the Centre on board at a time the Bengal government has appeared to be more inclined towards Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa.

“I have sent a delegation to Delhi. They will meet the Union Home Minister,” Gurang said.

Source: The Telegraph

3. GLA Claims Responsibility for Five Darjeeling Blasts

The hill town of Darjeeling has been on a lockdown since June.
The hill town of Darjeeling has been on a lockdown since June.
(Photo: ANI)

An explosion on 6 September and the appearance of a handwritten poster signed by the Gorkhaland Liberation Army claiming responsibility for all the blasts that have rocked the Hills in the recent past, have greeted the open defiance of the indefinite shutdown by a section of Hills residents.

The poster with the heading “Gorkhaland Birodhi Hoshiyar’’ is the first to claim responsibility for the five IED blasts in the Hills since the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha called for an indefinite shutdown in the Hills on 12 June. The GLA, an insurgent outfit banned in 2013, is believed to have links with some northeast militant groups and has chosen to distance itself from the Hills political parties, claiming to be the only “true soldiers of Gorkhaland’’.

Source: Times Of India

4. 15% DA From 1 January: Mamata

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

Mamata Banerjee on 7 September declared 15 percent dearness allowance for nearly 8 lakh employees of the Bengal government or state- aided institutions from 1 January next year and announced that her government would try to bridge the gap between the state employees and their central counterparts by 2019.

"State government employees would get 15 percent DA from 1 January next year. The state government would also try to make the DA at par (with the Centre) by 2019," the Chief Minister said during the annual meeting of the Trinamul-led state government employees' union at Nazrul Manch.

Source: The Telegraph

5. Narada Sting: CBI Quizzes Kolkata Mayor

Sovan Chatterjee, Mayor of Kolkata.
Sovan Chatterjee, Mayor of Kolkata.
(Photo Courtesy: All India Trinamool Congress)

The CBI on 7 September questioned Kolkata Mayor and Fire Minister Shovan Chatterjee for nearly seven hours in connection with the Narada sting operation case.

Chatterjee was interrogated to ascertain his role in the sting operation conducted by Narada news CEO, Mathew Samuel, who posed as a businessman allegedly offering money to many Trinamool leaders, including the mayor. Chatterjee had earlier denied taking money from Samuel.

Source: The Indian Express

6. Student Group Protests Outside Myanmar Consular General's Office

The Students Islamic Organisation of India (West Bengal Zone) on 7 September organised a demonstration outside the Consulate General of Myanmar in India demanding that the alleged killing of Rohingya Muslims be stopped immediately in Myanmar.

The organisation also demanded that the people behind the “genocide” be arrested and tried in international court. A memorandum in this regard was submitted to officials at the Consulate General.

Source: The Indian Express

7. Youth Hangs Self on Video Call to 'Ex-Girlfriend'

A teenager, who saw his former girlfriend’s photo with another youth on Facebook, hanged himself at his Habra home on 7 September night while making a video call to the girl. His family later filed a complaint with cops, prompting them to arrest her.

She has been remanded to 14 days' judicial custody . Eighteen-year-old Sujoy Mandal saw the Facebook post a week ago, officials said.He kept to himself for a week but his frustration and anger got the better of him on 6 September, when he decided to make a final attempt to convince her. The boy's family claimed he hanged himself while the call was still on after he realised that the relationship was over for ever.

Source: Times Of India

8. Man Lynched Over Illicit Affair in Patharpratima

A 48-year old man lynched at Patharpratima in South 24 Parganas district on suspicion of having an extra-marital affair with a housewife in the village. Seven persons have been arrested by the police so far. Bhanu Mondal, a resident of Khetramohanpur village with Pathapratima police limits, was beaten to death by villagers who alleged that he had an extra-marital affair with the wife of one Khagen Mondal who lives in the same village.

Khagen stayed at Burdwan because of work. The wife of the victim, Lilabati Mondal, lodged a complaint with the police against 11 persons, including Khagen’s wife, Basanti.

Source: The Statesman

9. Choked City Huffs And Puffs As Rain Clouds Vanish From The Horizon

The Howrah bridge.
The Howrah bridge.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

If sufficient rain kept the mercury in check throughout August, there has been no such luck for the city in September. It has been a warm and humid start to September this year, with the mercury hovering around the 34-36°C mark.

While the maximum temperature remained at 35.6°C on 7 September , it had touched 36.1°C on September 4, the highest recorded in the month since 9 September 2015. The weather will continue to be just as choking till a big enough system forms in the region and triggers sufficient rain, said the Met office.

Source: Times Of India

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