QKolkata: Hasina, Mamata to Meet on Sidelines of Pink Test & More

Your daily lowdown of all things Kolkata.

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Kolkata:  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on May 26, 2018. Photo used for representational purposes.

1. Hasina, Mamata to Meet on Sidelines of Pink Test

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will have a one-on-one meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is coming to Kolkata on Friday to inaugurate the maiden ‘Pink-Ball’ day-night Test match between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens.

Banerjee said she will meet Hasina thrice on Friday — twice at Eden Gardens and once in the evening at a ‘courtesy meeting’ at a five-star hotel. Neither Bengal government officials nor Bangladesh diplomats were ready to share the issues that are likely to be discussed between the two. Earlier, in October, Hasina held a meeting with PM Narednra Modi in Delhi over bilateral issues. Bangladesh diplomats are not ruling out chance of talks on Teesta watersharing — which Dhaka is awaiting since 2011.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. Dream to Be Part of History Sets Off Fan Frenzy Ahead Of Match

When the two captains walk up to the 22 yards for the toss, the stands at the Eden Gardens will play host to two broad groups of spectators — one who have pure passion for the longer format of the game and the other who just want to be a part of history and are more interested about the pink ball debut on Indian soil. The second lot is expected to outnumber the first by a comfortable margin.

Football fanatic Subhasis Saha (28), who swears by Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling, said he was more upbeat about the resumption of the English Premiere League from this Saturday. But among the 65,000 odd spectators at a soldout Eden Gardens stands this weekend, Saha will be at Block C, just to be a part of the frenzy and watch live how the pink ball plays under floodlights.

(Source: The Times of India)


3. Didi Calls for Talks on Economic Crisis

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should talk to experts and all political parties to tide over the economic crisis, criticising the Centre’s largest asset-sale exercise involving five companies.

The chief minister, who was speaking to reporters in Murshidabad, stressed that shoring up funds by selling government stake in central public sector units was at best a temporary solution.

“The Centre should look for a permanent solution instead of opting for such stopgap measures. You need economic stability for a permanent solution, otherwise the economic disaster will only intensify,” Mamata said.

(Source: The Telegraph)


4. 24 Foetuses Found Stuffed in Containers

At least 24 foetuses were found stuffed in as many containers from a bush adjoining a pond at Habra on Thursday afternoon. These containers were placed inside a sack.

Police said the foetus seemed like small bits of human flesh. Sleuths said they are investigating whether the foetus were dumped after illegal abortions were done in nearby nursing homes. Locals said they found the sack when they went to the pond near Mogra around 4:30 pm to catch fish.

Sanatan Das, a local, said: “We found a sack lying beside the pond. When we opened it, we found the containers. Suspecting something was wrong, we opened the containers to find small pieces of flesh. Later, we informed the cops.”

(Source: The Times of India)


5. Government Jamboree on Bengal Culture

The Mamata Banerjee government will organise a first-of-its-kind cultural extravaganza across the state called “Bangla Moder Garbo (Bengal is our pride)”.

According to the plan, the government will hold cultural programmes, mainly based on Bengal’s art and culture, in all districts by January. Each programme will be held over three to five days.

While local artistes will play a key role in the programmes, popular performers from Calcutta will also be invited.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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