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QKolkata: Governor Slams 'Censorship'; Mamata On Detention Camps

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The Quint
23rd October, 2019 07:43 IST
1. Officials Absent, Bengal Guv Slams ‘Censorship’

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has expressed displeasure over the kind of “censorship” that debars senior state officials from meeting the head of the state without permission from the state government.

“I find it absolutely unconstitutional. Is it an appropriate step to be taken when the governor wants to meet someone, there has to be a censorship, permission, approval of the state? I am not subordinate to the state government,” the governor said at Dhamakhali in North 24 Parganas during his visit to the Sunderbans on Tuesday.

Like in Siliguri, all senior state officials and, this time, even public representatives — namely Basirhat MP Nusrat Jahan and Sandeshkhali MLA Sukumar Mahata — gave the governor’s meeting the miss.

Without naming the state government, Dhankhar said: “Sorry to say, but it seems that they are frustrated. It appears to me that they feel it is beneath their dignity to meet me. Despite their refusal to meet me, I will continue my tour in the districts.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

Also Read: ‘Censorship in WB’: Guv Dhankhar After Officials Refuse to Meet

2. Mamata Allays NRC Detention Camp Fear

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that no Assam-like detention camps would be set up in Bengal, following up on her repeated pledges that a National Register of Citizens (NRC) would not be implemented in Bengal.

“There will be no Assam-like detention camps in Bengal because there is going to be no NRC in this state. The state government has to implement a policy. In Assam, there is a BJP government but we are here…. So, I am telling you please get this citizenship thing out of your head,” Mamata said at an administrative review meeting in Siliguri, elaborating on assurances against the NRC that she had offered at a public meeting here on Monday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Assam activists want 'detention camps' for foreigners closed

3. Best Gift We Can Give Abhijit: Let Him Rest

Q: What is your plan in Calcutta?

A: Go home, take rest and talk as little as possible.

Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, a sought-after celebrity since arriving in India, is craving a few hours of silence during his short stay home.

“It feels wonderful to be back home,” Banerjee told The Telegraph at Calcutta airport on Tuesday evening.

He said he had last come to the city three months ago. “I was alone and there was no one to receive me. It was better.”

He added: “I’m very tired and need to sleep.”

Asked what his plans were, he said: “Go home, take rest and talk as little as possible.”

Calcutta may not allow him that luxury, going by the scenes at the airport.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: In Bengal, Abhijit Banerjee Poses A Dilemma For the State BJP

4. Smoke-And-Brick Blow To All That’s Green In Calcutta

A sparkler or a flower pot does not emit any sound and is considered safer than firecrackers but they are as bad, environmentalists said on Tuesday.

Sparklers emit light and a lot of smoke and they contain various toxic chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic, a state pollution control board official said. Many sparklers have metals, which increase their toxicity.

People are more exposed to the toxic fumes of sparklers as they hold them while burning. “We have a common but wrong perception that sparklers are better than firecrackers because they do not emit sound,” the pollution control board official said. “But I would say they are as bad, if not worse, as firecrackers.”

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Air Quality Index: Check the Air Pollution Levels in Your City

5. Mayor-On-Call Saves Life Of Birbhum Newborn

The mother of a two-month-old kid, for whose treatment the Kolkata mayor had earlier disbursed Rs 6 lakh, met Firhad Hakim at the civic headquarters on Tuesday.

On 24 August, Arpita Ghatak, a resident of Saithia in Birbhum, gave birth to a baby boy. But her happiness was short-lived as the baby developed a life-threatening illness and the family was compelled to bring him to Kolkata for treatment. After several rounds of refusal at government hospitals, they saw a ray of hope after getting a bed at RN Tagore Institute of Cardiac Sciences on 4 September.

But the family from Birbhum could hardly afford the high treatment cost. Out of desperation, Arpita called Hakim when he was holding a “mayor on call” programme the same day. Hakim asked the hospital authorities to arrange for the treatment of the newborn without hesitation and assured that he would pay the money needed for the treatment.

Arpita came to meet Hakim at the KMC headquarters to express her gratitude on Tuesday.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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