QKolkata: PM Modi & Bangladesh PM To Meet; CM Backs Archbishop

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A file photo of PM Narendra Modi with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. 

1. PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Hasina To Meet On Visva Bharati University Convocation Sidelines

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday meet his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, on the sidelines of Visva Bharati’s convocation. The two are likely to discuss issues like Teesta water sharing, cross-border terrorism and the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said enhancing cultural co-operation is the prime agenda of Hasina’s visit. “…when the prime ministers would sit together to talk on the sidelines, naturally there will be an exchange of views on various issues between the two countries,” Inu told The Indian Express from Dhaka.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. ‘It is A Matter Of Pride’: Bangladeshi Students In Kolkata Prepare For Sheikh Hasina’s Visit

Bangladeshi students at Visva Bharati University are preparing for a grand reception for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday. “We will sing national anthems of both countries, our ashram song and one Vedic sloka. If time permits, we will perform some patriotic and Rabindranath Tagore’s songs,’’ said MA student Mohammad Aftab Uddin, who is from Mymensingh.

He said they will interact with Hasina if they get an opportunity. About 30 students of Sangit Bhavana, including over 10 from Bangladesh, will present a musical performance when Hasina inaugurates Bangladesh Bhavan at the university.

(Source: The Indian Express)


3. CM Mamata Banerjee Extends Support To Archbishop Of Delhi

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed her support for the Archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto, who had written a letter to all parish priests in the national capital calling for a year-long prayer campaign to save India from a “turbulent political atmosphere”.

“We have great regard and respect for all communities, caste and creed and we respect all archbishops of the country, including Kolkata’s. I think whatever they have said, they have said correctly. It is a fact,” she said while speaking to reporters at the state secretariat, Nabanna.

(Source: The Indian Express)


4. East Midnapore: Students Islamic Organisation Calls For Probe Into ‘Mysterious Deaths’ of 2 Students

The state unit of Students Islamic Organisation of India on Tuesday demanded a probe into the “mysterious” deaths of two students at a residential school in East Midnapore.

“The deaths of Shariful Gazi and Sourav Guri of Class IX in Sreerampur Agriculture High School in East Midnapore within 30 days is alarming. We demand a full-fledged probe into it,” said SIO spokesperson Sujauddin Ahmed at a news conference in Press Club, Kolkata.

The SIO said Gazi’s body was found at the school last month. School authorities had said it was a case of suicide. Gazi’s family had then lodged a complaint. “Before he allegedly committed suicide, he had talked with me. Why did he do it if he had to commit suicide? I want a CBI probe into the death,” said Tuhina Bibi, Shariful’s mother.

(Source: The Indian Express)


5. Rs 10 Lakh Fake Notes Net Two

The special task force of Calcutta police arrested two men late on Monday with fake 2,000 rupee notes with a face value of Rs 10 lakh.

Cops picked up Md Abdus Sattar, 42, of Kaliachak in Malda and Seikh Azad, 52, of Bharatpur in Rajasthan in the Canning Street area in Burrabazar when they tried to buy electrical items from a shop using the fake notes, the police said.

A city court sent the two to police custody till 28 May.

"The notes are of high quality... it is difficult to understand they are fake from the feel or look," a special task force officer said.

The backgrounds of Sattar and Azad have left investigators worried.

(Source: The Telegraph)


6. Mayor Defends Wetland Flyover

Environment minister Sovan Chatterjee on Tuesday said the government was committed to saving water bodies, but he finds no harm in a few water bodies being filled up for a flyover.

"Even a few years ago, we were not aware of the importance of maintaining water bodies. But now we know that they need to be preserved as they are rich in biodiversity. Hence, the government has decided that water bodies should not be filled up at all," Chatterjee said during a lecture at an International Biodiversity Day programme organised by the state biodiversity board.

The minister said "about 16 to 20 crores have been granted to restore and improve water bodies in the city and around it".

(Source: The Telegraph)


7. Cops Arrest Contract Killers Hired to Kill Civic Volunteer

Police on Monday night arrested two men who had apparently been hired to kill civic volunteer Shampa Das on the charge of murdering her.

Cops picked up Hafijul Mollah, 32, who lives in Minakhan, North 24-Parganas, and is a farm worker, and Niraj Shaw, 22, a Paikpara resident, from a hideout at Michael Nagar in New Barrackpore.

Shaw has at least 22 cases pending against him, the police said.

Das was found murdered at her home in Kaikhali on Friday night. Her husband, Supratim, and mother-in-law Mira Devi, and a Salt Lake civic worker, Rashid Ali Mollah, were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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