QKolkata: Cong Names Candidates in Bengal; Met Spies Thunderstorms

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West Bengal Congress chief Somen Mitra with Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

1. Congress Declares 11 Candidates In Bengal

Congress President Rahul Gandhi is understood to have spoken to CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday evening to iron out differences between the two parties over sharing of Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, but the talks were unsuccessful as the AICC endorsed the state unit’s plan to contest alone.

On Monday night, the state Congress published the names of 11 candidates in the state.

But some sources in the Congress said the last word on the seat sharing was yet to be heard.

The 11 candidates were declared for the seats which would go to polls in the first four phases.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Leadership Tussles In Hill Parties Turn Puzzles In Poll Order

A routine order issued by the Darjeeling district election officer to political parties has betrayed once again complexities of leadership tussles in the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League.

Joyoshi Dasgupta, the Darjeeling district magistrate as well as the district election officer, issued the order to the parties detailing the rules to be followed while filing nominations from Tuesday.

The order has been copied to various officials and district president/secretary of respective national and regional parties.

But there is a tussle in the Morcha with Binay Tamang and Bimal Gurung claiming to be the president. Tamang claims Anit Thapa is the general secretary of the Morcha, while Gurung’s camp says the post is held by Roshan Giri.

(Source: The Telegraph)


3. 2 Rohingyas Trying To Fly Out Caught At City Airport

Two Rohingya women, who had sneaked into Bengal six months ago, were arrested at Kolkata airport on Sunday evening while trying to catch a flight to Kuala Lumpur using passports acquired by fraudulent means.

Rafika Khatoon, 22, was born in Maungdaw town of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine province, which has witnessed exodus of an estimated seven lakh Rohingya following ethnic cleansing. Khatoon had reached Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in 2017 and had found shelter in a refugee camp in Tangail district. She entered India last year and got in touch with a middleman who helped her procure a fake passport as a resident of Kulti, Burdwan.

(Source: The Times Of India)


4. No-Trust Plan To Oust Arjun Singh

A group of Trinamool Congress councillors at Bhatpara municipality on Monday decided to bring in a no-confidence motion against chairman Arjun Singh who had left the party and joined the BJP recently.

Singh, the four-time MLA of Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas, is likely to be fielded in the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat by the BJP.

The Bhatpara municipality has total 35 seats, of which 34 were won by Trinamool. One councillor belongs to the Left Front. With the death of a councillor and exit of Singh, Trinamool’s tally has come down to 32.

(Source: The Telegraph)


5. JU EC Backs Move For 90% Domicile Quota

Nine out of 10 engineering seats at Jadavpur University will now be reserved for domicile candidates. This proposal from engineering departments was ratified by the university executive council on Monday, paving the way for its introduction in the next admission season.

There is, however, a small hurdle — a nod from the state that should have been a mere formality may now be a bigger problem given the elections around the corner.

Though the faculty council has decided to implement the domicile reservation from the 2019-2020 academic sessions, sources at Jadavpur Univeristy said it may be difficult for the government to take a decision before the elections get over on 19 May.

(Source: The Times Of India)


6. Harassed On Bus, 15-Year-Old Girl Dials 100 & Gets Perverts Arrested

A minor girl, who appeared in her board exams this year, emerged a braveheart after she stood up to two of her tormentors and got them arrested. The two had verbally abused her and her cousin and also made objectionable gestures in a private bus they were travelling in. The girl’s father is an officer with Kolkata Police. The incident was reported around 4.20pm on Monday.

The 15-year-old girl promptly dialled the 100 helpline number and cops from Rabindra Sarobar police station were alerted by Lalbazar control room. Two of the accused, Md Shahnawaz and Md Sheroo, were detained from the bus near Deshapriya Park and later arrested.

(Source: The Times Of India)


7. After Twin Thunderstorms, Met Spies Another Round

After twin thunderstorms lashed the city on Monday evening, the Met office spied yet another round of squalls on Tuesday. A new cyclonic circulation that has formed over Madhya Pradesh is set to sail into the region and trigger rain, it said. But with no other system in the vicinity, the city should remain dry and warm from Wednesday.

After the hailstorm and the subsequent downpour, which was accompanied by winds of a speed of 72kmph, Kolkata on Monday recorded a minimum temperature of 19.7 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal. The maximum temperature was 33.9 degrees, a degree below normal. Though the morning remained clouded, it became sunny in the afternoon.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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