QKolkata: Hakim Wins Mayoral Polls, Says BJP Will ‘Vanish’; & More

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Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim.

1. Hakim Wins Poll, Clears Mayoral Hurdle

Firhad Hakim on Wednesday won the by-election to become councillor of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation from Ward 82 (the Chetla area), fulfilling a legislative requirement to continue as the city’s mayor.

As Hakim’s victory was assured, the only point of interest about the election, which was held on Sunday, was the margin of victory he would notch up. He did not disappoint his supporters, winning the seat with 76.82 per cent of the votes polled.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. BJP To Vanish From Bengal, Says Hakim After Bypoll Win

Firhad Hakim on Wednesday registered a resounding victory in the bypoll to a KMC ward by defeating his closest rival, BJP’s Jiban Sen, by a margin of 13,987 votes.

Hakim, the state’s urban development and municipal affairs minister, was elected as the mayor on 3 December. As he was not a councillor in the civic body, he had to contest the poll from a ward to continue in the post, as mandated by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (second amendment) Bill, 2018.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. ATMs Run Dry As Bank Staffers Join Two-Day Strike

Commuters may have been spared the bandh trauma to a large extent but those who thronged ATMs felt the heat of the two-day nationwide general strike called by CITU to protest “anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies” of the Centre. With the flow of funds to the kiosks drying up, those in need of money had to return empty-handed and look for alternatives to manage funds.

The Bengal Provincial Bank’s Contract Employees Association (BPBCEA), which took part in the strike, has among its members ATM security guards, cash van drivers, pay-loaders and gunmen employed by private cash management companies that service the ATMs. A large section of them chose not to work for the past two days and instead participated in rallies and protest meetings. A handful of employees who did join the service refused to roll up ATM shutters and allow people to step in.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. ‘Gujarat’ Gets Mamata's Goat

An official of the West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board earned the wrath of Mamata Banerjee when he brought up Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at her administrative review meeting in Nadia on Wednesday.

The Nadia district official of the board was responding to a question from the Bengal chief minister regarding the progress of the work on Muslin Teertha, a hub being set up by the state government for the traditional fabric.

A Mandal, the district khadi officer, said: “Madam, we have brought some charkas from Gujarat. We are arranging training for the weavers.”

A visibly agitated Mamata cut him short. “Kay apnakey Gujarat thekey charka antey bolechhey? Ekhaney ki charka hoy na? (Who told you to get charkas from Gujarat? Are charkas not made here)?” Mamata asked Mandal.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Case Against Bengal District Magistrate Sent To Court

Falakata police on Wednesday forwarded a complaint filed by Rajmohon Sarkar, the father of Binod Kumar Sarkar, to the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court, seeking permission to conduct an inquiry against IAS officer Nikhil Nirmal and his wife.

Nirmal, the district magistrate of Alipurduar, and his wife Nandini Krishan are accused of assaulting Binod at Falakata police station on Sunday.

Binod was accused of making lewd comments against Nandini on social media.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Exec Killed, 2 Colleagues Hurt In Office Car Crash On EM Bypass

A young executive of a multinational consultancy firm was killed and two of his colleagues were injured on the way to work early Wednesday morning when the office pool car in which the three were travelling crashed into the median divider on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Chingrighata crossing. The car spun around after crashing into the divider and came in the way of an onrushing vehicle, leading to a second impact.

The car was travelling above the 60 km/h speed limit on this road but had not pushed to 80 km/h, a police officer said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Multiple Cheque Frauds Leave Cops In A Fix

Bina Bordoloi and Anil Kumar Goswami — both residents of Assam — have no relatives residing at Ultadanga or Jorasanko but cheques bearing their name were encashed in city. The new technique of cheque fraud is increasingly becoming a major white collar crime headache in the city. Since December beginning, cops have come across multiple frauds, where the forgery was nearly perfect.

What makes detections tougher is the fact that from the Naktala doctor to the experienced banker, none have been able to detect the fraud checks. “The fraudsters are now faking the cheques with such precision that the magnetic ink character recognizer (MICR), that was supposed to have made the cheques unique and safe, is now compromised,” claimed a senior CID officer.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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