QKolkata: CM’s Tip to Beat NRC Paper Fear; Rajeev Kumar Seeks Bail

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sought to address fatal panic over the NRC, renewing her pledge to keep Bengal out of the exercise.

1. Mamata Tip to Beat NRC Paper Fear

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday sought to address fatal panic over the National Register of Citizens (NRC), renewing her pledge to keep Bengal out of the exercise and offering people a tip to calm their fears over documents.

The chief minister told a convention of the Trinamool Congress’s labour arm that people should file FIRs in police stations stating that they have lost vital documents deemed necessary for inclusion in the NRC.

“If you have the FIRs, nothing can happen. Everybody knows Bengal experiences a lot of floods. Floods, natural disasters… documents get lost, nobody can do anything about it. Go to the nearest police station, file an FIR, relax. If you must, deal with this intelligently,” she added.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Rajeev Kumar Moves Calcutta High Court for Bail

Former Calcutta police commissioner Rajeev Kumar filed an appeal in Calcutta High Court on Monday challenging an Alipore court’s rejection of his anticipatory bail plea in connection with the Saradha probe.

Kumar’s wife Sanchita Kumar came to the high court and affirmed his petition. The vakalatnama attached to the petition bore Kumar’s signature, court sources said. The plea is likely to come up on Tuesday before a division bench headed by Justice Sahidullah Munshi.

The CBI counsel claimed that they had not been served any notice about Kumar’s fresh bail plea.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Bengal Seal on Pay Hike

The Mamata Banerjee cabinet on Monday accepted the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and said it would be implemented from January 1, 2020, and announced additional benefits for state employees.

“The chief minister has announced more benefits than those recommended by the Sixth Pay commission. The new pay structure would come into effect from January 1, 2020. A sum of about Rs 10,000 crore would be required to implement the new pay structure,” Amit Mitra, the state finance minister, said after the cabinet meeting.

The commission has recommended a 2.57 times hike in basic salary.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Residents of 14 Buildings Can Return Home: East-West Metro

The East-West Metro authorities have prepared a list of 14 buildings whose residents can return home, a Metro official said on Monday. These buildings have not suffered any damage that can affect their stability, the official said.

The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, the implementing agency of East-West Metro, wants residents to return home before Mahalaya (September 28), according to sources.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. ‘Wont’t Apologise to Babul, Video Doctored’: JU Student

The student who had allegedly pulled Union minister Babul Supriyo’s hair during an agitation at Jadavpur University last Thursday, said on Monday that there is no question of him apologising as he was only trying to defend himself.

Debanjan Ballav, a student of Sanskrit College and member of Left wing United Democratic Student Front (UDSF), told reporters that it was Supriyo who had abused him when he wanted to speak about the NRC (National Register of Citizens) exercise in Assam. “He did not respond to the question and instead asked me if I knew the full form of NRC. As he continued to speak in a rude manner, I protested and in the melee, his security guards pushed me. Even he assaulted me. I had raised my hands to defend myself,” Debanjan claimed, adding that he had lost balance when he was pushed and might have touched the minister’s hair while trying to straighten himself.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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