1. Dilip Ghosh: We Expected 5 Berths In Modi GovtBengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the state leadership of the party had expected five-six berths in the Narendra Modi ministry and it was not satisfied by just two ministers in the cabinet.Ghosh, the new MP from Midnapore, publicly expressed his discontent over Bengal’s representation in the Union government upon his return from New Delhi.“I had a talk with Ram Lal-ji (national general secretary in-charge of organisation) yesterday (Thursday). I told him about our expectations on getting ministerial berths. I said when we had two MPs, both were ministers and now with 18 MPs, we got the same number,” Ghosh told a news conference.(Source: The Telegraph)2. Trinamool Squads to Counter RSS In BengalMamata Banerjee on Friday ordered the formation of two Trinamool squads to counter the RSS’s growing strength in Bengal.Addressing the party’s core committee meeting at her home here, the Trinamool chief named the squads Jai Hind Bahini and Bongo Jononi Bahini.Kartik Banerjee, one of Mamata’s brothers, was appointed president of the Jai Hind Bahini and minister Bratya Basu the chairman. Another of Mamata’s brothers, Ganesh Banerjee, was made the convenor.The Bongo Jononi Bahini will be headed by Trinamool MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. “She (Mamata) said criminals and anti-social elements had switched to the BJP and were trying to foment tension. She told us to draw up their lists and hand them to her,” said a Trinamool leader.(Source: The Telegraph)3. Bengal BJP Leader Mukul Roy Faces Defection IreDiscontent in the Bengal BJP is rising over the way senior leader Mukul Roy — the erstwhile Trinamul Number Two — is engineering defections from his former party and bringing in new entrants without consulting state leaders.“He’s (Roy) doing it for some time. We cannot digest it any more as he is getting people who can become liabilities for us,” said a leader in the BJP state unit.Asked about the rumblings, Roy said on Friday: “We would not gloss over the emotions of the workers. But we have certain strategies that need to be worked out ahead of the Assembly polls,” said Roy, masterminding what the BJP has described as “seven-phase” defection in consultation with Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya.(Source: The Telegraph)Mamata's offer to resign a lie, drama: BJP's Mukul Roy4. Cops Arrest 8 Youths In Bhatpara’s ‘Jai Sri Ram’ Area For ‘Petty’ CrimesCops have slapped an FIR against “unknown” people, accusing them of “wrongful restraint” and “criminal intimidation” under sections 341 and 506 of the IPC, after Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy was greeted by shouts of “Jai Sri Ram” when she was passing through Bhatpara on her way to Naihati on Thursday.The FIR was not followed by any detention or arrest but cops picked up several youths in night-long raids from the same neighbourhood for “unrelated, petty” offences and arrested eight of them on Friday before releasing them on bail.Senior Barrackpore Commissionerate officials told TOI these people were picked up in accordance with Section 34 of the Police Act, which allowed granting of bail from the police station itself. The cops insisted there was “no link” between the “convoy-blocking” FIR and the arrests but state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said there could be no confusion about the “real intent” of the arrests. “There is no law against saying ‘Jai Sri Ram’,” he said. “We will continue to protest peacefully.”(Source: The Times Of India)Met With ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Chants, Mamata Says ‘Will Skin You Alive’5. Eight Of 150-Odd Homeless TMC Supporters ReturnEight of the 150-odd Trinamool supporters who had been rendered homeless in the past nine days of violence — and for whom chief minister Mamata Banerjee had visited Naihati’s Satyagraha mancha on Thursday — could return back to their residences on Friday.The rest were asked to come to the Naihati municipality where Trinamool leaders promised to take them back to their residences over the weekend with help from cops. But several survivors say the measures will not help them solve their problem.Tamanna Parvin, for one, is worried about how the house she has lived for decades at Baruipara in Bhatpara can be rebuilt. “They burnt down our house on the night of May 23. I am still living with my parents at Titagarh. My husband and 13 others of my inlaws are staying across six different locations. I tried to meet CM Mamata Banerjee but I fell ill in the crowd and could not even submit my prayer to her despite arriving at the protest spot by 12 noon. I need a shelter to be rebuilt in order to stay there,” said Parvin.(Source: The Times Of India)6. Kolkata’s Ex-Top Cop Submits His Passport To CBIFormer Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar has submitted his passport to CBI on Friday, in accordance with a Calcutta High Court order. Agency sleuths, highly placed sources said, are likely to reach Kumar’s residence on Monday to question him.Top sources in Kolkata said they are waiting to study fresh documents submitted to them by state police in the last 48 hours. “The statements of IPS Arnab Ghosh are also being matched with statements given by Kumar at Shillong earlier,” claimed a source. Sources maintained that with Kumar himself seeking a week’s time from CBI, the sleuths felt the cooperation sought from the top cop will be received next Monday.(Source: The Times Of India) HC Accepts Ex-Kol Cop Rajeev Kumar’s Plea, CBI to Visit Residence7. CU Colleges Now Let You Pick ‘Humanity’ as ReligionIt doesn’t matter if you are a practising or non-practising member of a major religion, a non-believer, or even unsure whether there’s a God; in Bengal, at least while applying for a college berth, you can now opt for ‘humanity’, ‘agnostic’, ‘secular’ and ‘non-religious’ while filling in online forms.Around 50 of the state’s colleges — including a number of prominent ones in Kolkata — have now started offering these options in a bid to be more inclusive and to allow undergraduate applicants the option of remaining silent about their religious beliefs if they choose. Though a few colleges had been offering the option of ‘non-believer’ for four years now, the options have become wider this year.(Source: The Times Of India)Kolkata College Lets Students Choose ‘Humanity’ As Their Religion We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. 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