QKolkata: BJP Loses Majority in Bhatpara; 5 Injured in Hasnabad
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1. BJP Losses Majority in Bhatpara Municipal Body, TMC Regains Control
In a severe jolt to BJP in West Bengal it lost control of Bhatpara municipality to arch rival Trinamool Congress on Wednesday after 12 councillors quit it to rejoin the ruling party in the state.
With TMC now regaining majority in Bhatpara municipality, BJP has lost control over all the seven municipal bodies it had taken control of since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The development is politically significant as Bhatpara was the first civic body in the state to be annexed by BJP since Independence.
A senior TMC minister said the 12 councillors, who had joined BJP after the Lok Sabha polls, have rejoined their parent party.
Around 19 TMC councillors in the 34-member strong municipality had switched over to BJP after the saffron camp's stupendous performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
(Source: India Today)
2. Five Injured in Clash in Hasnabad
At least five persons were injured in a clash between two groups in Hasnabad under North 24 Parganas district, police said Tuesday.
The clash broke out in Bhawanipore area of Hasnabad after some local residents allegedly demanded “cut money” from contract labourers who had come to carry out repair work on streetlights in the area, police said.
The argument turned violent and crude bombs were hurled by both sides, leaving five persons injured, police said. According to sources, three persons were admitted to hospital and two others were discharged after primary treatment. There was tension in the area after the clash but police reached the spot and the situation was now under control, sources said.
(Source: The Indian Express)
3. Stubble Burning Has Become ‘Capital Punishment’ for Delhi : Babul Supriyo
Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday said that the annual stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana ahead of winter has become "season greetings" to Delhi and also its "capital punishment" as it faces severe air pollution due to it.
However, the "right ways" to combat air pollution in Delhi and other cities have not been implemented, he said at the fifth edition of Indian International Science Festival here.
Referring to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seeking funds, the union minister of state for environment, forest and climate change said he should "look at his own backyard" particularly when the state had given machines for management of stubble instead of burning it.
4. JEE (Mains) Must Be Conducted in All Regional Languages: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticised the Centre for adding Gujarati as a medium for the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) and asked why all other regional languages, including Bengali, should not be included as well.
The Central Board of Secondary Education had added Urdu, Marathi and Gujarati in 2014 to the exam medium. However, in 2016, it dropped Urdu and Marathi but continued with Gujarati apart from Hindi and English. The National Testing Agency (NTA) took over the exam in 2019 from the CBSE.
"Joint Entrance Exams so long were conducted in English and Hindi languages. Surprisingly, now only Gujarati language has been added. Such a step is not at all praiseworthy," Banerjee tweeted.
5. Kolkata's Air Quality Dips to 'Very Poor' Category
The air quality in Kolkata turned 'very poor' on Wednesday night with the pollution levels in the city breaching the 300 mark for the first time in recent months, a WBPCB official said.
Measures are being taken to bring down the pollution levels, he said.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Kolkata was recorded at 343, which falls in the 'very poor' category, at the green zone Fort William automated air monitoring station at 11 pm, according to the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) official.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.
The Ballygunge air monitoring station recorded an AQI of 330 at 11 pm, the official said.
(Source: The Week)
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