QKolkata: Raj Thackeray Meets Mamata; HC Grants Bail to Lifer

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Published01 Aug 2019, 02:31 AM IST
India
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1. Raj Thackeray Sounds Mamata on Back-To-Ballot Drive

Raj Thackeray on Wednesday, 31 July, urged West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to join his campaign against EVMs and attend a rally in Maharashtra on 21 August demanding a return to ballots, making common cause with an issue she has been advocating.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief met Mamata in the chief minister’s office at Nabanna and discussed the issue that both have been highlighting, especially after the general election results.

“I came here to meet Mamataji with the sole purpose of discussing the major developments regarding EVMs and VVPATs. She is one of the senior leaders in the country who has been working selflessly to save democracy,” said Thackeray, who has invited UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and several other national Opposition figures to join his crusade.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Kolkata Cops Order Security Audit

Officers from police stations across Kolkata will carry out a security audit to identify vulnerable elderly couples, who live alone, to prevent incidents of assault or murder, a new directive from Lalbazar said on Wednesday.

The officers in charge of the police stations have been asked to engage beat officers – who are responsible for a particular pocket under the jurisdiction of a particular police station – to visit houses and start talking to these couples within the next few days.

After identifying a vulnerable couple, a beat officer will request them to either inform him or the local police station soon after engaging an outsider for any job, including plumbing, carpentry or painting.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Calcutta High Court Grants Bail to Lifer in Jail For 20 Years

The High Court on Wednesday granted bail to a lifer who had been in jail for the past 20 years for allegedly shooting at a jewellery trader, snatching his belongings and killing his driver in 1999.

The division bench of Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee said the appeal moved by the convict in 2006, which could not be heard by Calcutta High Court in 13 years, would be heard soon.

Around 11pm on 7 August 1999, Bhramar Mahatap, a jewellery trader in Bowbabazar, was returning home after closing his shop. On Central Avenue five men stopped his car. They forced the driver out and shot him. The group then allegedly shoot at the trader and left the area after taking the jewellery and the cash kept inside the car.

The driver had died instantly, while Bhramar escaped death. He was admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital with injuries.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Eid: Mayor Advises Restrained Festivity

City mayor and one of Trinamool’s key leaders, Firhad Hakim, has called for “restrained and sensitive” celebrations ahead of the Eid-uz-Zoha festival slated for 12 August.

Sabai ke sangjata thakte hobe, sensitive hote hobe (Everyone has to be restrained and sensitive),” Hakim said on Wednesday. Someone’s “ananda (happiness)” should not be the cause of someone else’s “nirananda(unhappiness)”, he said at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation headquarters while appealing for greater sensitivity.

The mayor earlier met officials of KMC’s solid waste, drainage and water supply departments to chalk out a plan for the post-festival clean-up on 12 August.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Most Migrants to Bengal Take Up Blue-Collar Jobs

An overwhelming majority of those moving to Kolkata and Bengal in search of jobs are not graduates, leading experts to surmise that most jobs available in the state are blue-collar.

According to the recently released Census 2011 migration data, as many as 72 percent of those who come to Bengal seeking work are literates, but the bulk – as much as 67.6 percent – are neither graduates, nor have technical diplomas.

A significantly lower proportion of the migrant literates have technical diplomas or certificates (1.8 percent), graduation certificates (20.2 percent) and technical degrees (6 percent).

The pattern in Kolkata, where 19percent of the total 1.35 lakh people migrated from other states for jobs, threw up a similar pattern. Here, too, a bulk (over 80 percent) of the migrant job-seekers were literates, but a whopping 62.6 percent of them did not have college-level education or technical qualifications.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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