1. Mamata Takes On ‘Jai Shri Ram’ ChantersBelligerent cries of “Jai Shri Ram” prompted chief minister Mamata Banerjee to step off her vehicle thrice in Bengal on Thursday to admonish the chanters, who stood their ground and resumed the chant as she continued her journey.Mamata later told her supporters to chant “Jai Hind”. “On the roads, say ‘Jai Hind’. I will say ‘Jai Hind, Joy Bangla’. Let people be happy with their own cultures. Cultures should not be imposed on people.”Vowing to “never let Bangla become (violent like) Gujarat”, Mamata added,“I repeat, I will never let Bengalis and non-Bengalis to be turned against each other. I love those non-Bengalis who have made Bangla their home. Come forward to fight these criminals who are committing atrocities. Don’t sell your self-respect to the BJP.”(Source: The Telegraph)Met With ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Chants, Mamata Says ‘Will Skin You Alive’2. Bengal Gives 18 Seats, Gets Two BerthsBengal BJP MPs Babul Supriyo and Debasree Chaudhuri were inducted into the Narendra Modi government on Thursday as junior ministers.Supriyo, junior minister of heavy industries and public enterprises in the previous NDA government, won a second time in a prestige battle against Moon Moon Sen from Asansol where Trinamool had left no stone unturned to wrest the seat from the BJP.Debasree, who has an RSS background, was chosen as a representative from north Bengal where she won in a four-cornered contest in Raiganj, sources said.(Source: The Telegraph)Babul Supriyo: From Playback Singing to Political Heavyweight3. Saradha: Rajeev Kumar Gets Relief In Calcutta High Court, With RidersA high court vacation bench granted interim relief from arrest to former Calcutta police commissioner Rajeev Kumar at least till 11 July in connection with the CBI probe into the Saradha scam, but the order came with a slew of riders.Justice Pratik Prokash Banerjee asked Kumar to mark himself present every day till 11 July, while restraining the CBI from taking coercive measures against him during the period.According to the conditions, Kumar will have to deposit his passport with the joint secretary of the state home department within 24 hours and co-operate with the CBI investigation.(Source: The Telegraph) HC Accepts Ex-Kol Cop Rajeev Kumar’s Plea, CBI to Visit Residence4. Day 2: Ghosh Faces CBI Quiz, Sent From CID Back To SAPA CBI team questioned IPS officer Arnab Ghosh for the second day running on Thursday, the two-round quizzing lasting over six hours. The day before, he had been questioned for almost 10 hours straight in the Saradha Ponzi case.On Thursday, Ghosh, attired in a yellow linen shirt and dark brown trousers, arrived at CBI’s CGO Complex office in Salt Lake at 10.10am. He refused to take questions.Half an hour later, R I Molla, a sub-inspector who had carried out important seizures as part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that first probed the Saradha case, too arrived with two large iron trunks, purportedly carrying key documents. Molla had come to the investigating agency’s office on Wednesday too Ghosh was allowed to leave at 4.30pm before which he was allowed a 30-minute lunch break, sources said. The IPS officer, looking relieved, sported a smile as he left and said: “I have answered all the questions asked by the officials and I am helping them in the investigation. I have not been asked to come again tomorrow, but I have made myself available for any help in the investigation whenever they need me.”(Source: The Times Of India)Saradha scam: Bengal IPS officer grilled again5. Five Top Cops In Bidhannagar In Five Days; Officers ConfusedTo text or not to text. Officers of Bidhannagar Commissionerate, who are used to sending congratulatory text messages as a gesture to the new commissioner, are up against a tricky situation with the township witnessing as many five commissioners in five days.“For three consecutive days, I had sent congratulatory and welcome text messages to the new commissioners. But with all of them being changed within 24 hours, I am in a dilemma whether to send a text to the new CP or wait for 24 hours,” an officer said. Local political leaders and industrialists who often send flower bouquets as a welcome gift, too, have been foxed by the frequent changes Since last Sunday, the state government has issued four orders on consecutive days, naming a new person for the post of the police chief of Bidhannagar Commissionerate, raising questions about lucidity in the decision-making process at the top level of the administration. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee heads the home (police) affairs portfolio.(Source: The Times Of India)6. Hepatitis ‘Outbreak’ In South Kolkata Pockets; 60 IllMore than 60 people in the Baghajatin-Ramgarh-Gangulibagan belt have been diagnosed with Hepatitis-A in the past one month, and many of them even had to be hospitalized. According to some KMC officials, the disease now threatened to spread to the adjacent neighbourhoods as well.The outbreak was first reported from bordering areas of Ramgarh and Vidyasagar Colony three weeks ago but the civic authorities allegedly ignored it in absence of confirmatory reports reaching the KMC headquarters. But after local RSP councillor Debasish Mukherjee raised an alarm and took up the matter with the municipal chief health officer in the KMC on Tuesday, a team of doctors from the health wing went to survey the affected areas on Thursday. They inspected the affected households and collected samples of water.(Source: The Times Of India)7. Summer Vacation Curtailed In SchoolsGovernment-aided and government schools in the state will reopen on 10 June after the summer vacation, instead of 1 July. Earlier, it had been notified that the vacation would continue till 30 June.Education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday, “The schools — primary and secondary — will reopen on 10 June.”The minister assured through his social media post that necessary notice would be issued by the education department and secondary cell in this regard.In the evening, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education issued a circular, stating that in modifications of the previous order, it has been decided that all government, government sponsored, non-government aided and unaided schools will reopen from 10 June.(Source: The Times Of India) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.