QKolkata: CM Mamata Reaches Out to Teachers & More

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses during a meeting ahead of Durga Puja in Kolkata, on Sept 10, 2018. Photo used for representation. 

1. Mamata Reaches Out to Teachers

Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged educators to “have faith” in her as she underscored her willingness to fulfil all their demands while pointing to a paucity of resources.

The Bengal chief minister, speaking at a Teachers’ Day event here, said she was aware of the teachers’ “frequent anger” at her and said their demands – often leading to protests – were legitimate.

“The education department’s expenditure has increased but we are not getting much by way of help from the Centre…. For instance, the state was forced to bear the entire burden of Rs 17,000 crore to run the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan after the Centre stopped funding it,” Mamata said.

Trinamool sources said Mamata was aware of the clout the Left still wields among educators and the attempts by the BJP to woo them.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Firhad Hakim Sees KMRC Negligence

Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Thursday that a “big negligence” on the part of the East-West Metro authorities led to the water seepage into the tunnel in Bowbazar, resulting in displacement of a large number of people.

Hakim, also urban development and municipal affairs minister, urged railway minister Piyush Goyal to “wake up from slumber” and demanded that he visit the city to take stock of the situation.

“KMRC (Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, the implementing agency of East-West Metro) has committed a khub boro bhul (a big mistake). It is a big negligence. Otherwise, this would not have happened,” Hakim said.

“I had initially thought water was leaking from a small place. But the affected area is so huge. The entire Bowbazar seems to be under threat.”

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Cracks in Kolkata Buildings: KMRCL to Pay Rs 5 Lakh Relief to Each Family, Minister Vacates His Bowbazar House

Days after hundreds of residents were evacuated from Bowbazar area in central Kolkata following cracks in their buildings due to the underground tunnel boring work for East-West Metro railway project, West Bengal Minister Tapas Roy too shifted to a temporary house on Thursday.

Meanwhile, agreeing to the state government’s requests, Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) decided on Thursday to release Rs 5 lakh compensation per affected family, even as Mayor Firhad Hakim demanded Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s intervention.

Roy, who is the Minister of State in Planning and Statistics Department, shifted to 62, Syed Avenue Road with his family after leaving his B B Ganguly Street house in Bowbazar area around 11 am as the authorities raised safety concerns following cracks is most of the buildings adjacent to his residence.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Widow Rejects Behrampore Attackers’ Insanity Claims

Behrampore lynching victim Khabir Sheikh’s widow Aklima Biwi sat downcast on the mud floor of the family’s thatched hut in Sahazadpur village on Thursday, receiving mourners and struggling to believe how he could be accused of “theft and insanity”.

“I had been worrying all (Wednesday) afternoon because my husband did not return from a simple chore he had left for in the morning. Sometime around 5pm, my neighbour Selima called to tell me what she had seen in Behrampore,” Aklima recalled. A school dropout, the 29-year-old is the mother of two daughters, aged 12 and seven.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Trinamool Congress Wins Bongaon Civic Body Trust Vote, BJP Moves HC

In a setback to the BJP, the Trinamool Congress on Thursday retained its hold in the Bongaon municipality by winning the confidence motion that was brought in on the direction of the Calcutta High Court.

In the 22-member civic body, 13 TMC councillors and one Congress councillor expressed their trust on the Municipal Board Chairman Shankar Addhya. The BJP councillors, however, stayed away from the voting that was held at the office of North 24 Parganas District Magistrate on the High Court’s direction.

The BJP councillors had moved the Calcutta High Court against the 16 July vote of confidence at Bongaon municipality in which the TMC had retained the civic board, saying they were not allowed to enter the muncipal office building to take part in the voting. The High Court on 26 August ordered a fresh confidence vote within 12 days to decide the fate of the board chairman.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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