CBI vs Bengal: Why Mamata’s action is not legally tenable

New Delhi, Feb 04: There has been plenty of drama in Kolkata, following a move by the Central Bureau of Investigation to question the city’s police commissioner in connection with the chit fund cases.

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Journalists accompanying Mamata Banerjee to London steal silver cutlery during official dinner

mamataThere was a bit of a dilemma for the security staff at a luxury hotel in London. The CCTV camera had picked up footage of guests stealing silverware from a table.

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After BJYM leader’s threat, Mamata prays to God to forgive him

I pray to God to forgive them, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. She was referring to a controversial remark made by a BJP youth wing leader who placed a bounty of Rs 11 lakh on her accusing the West Bengal government of bias towards Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanthi.
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Don’t point fingers at the army- PM hands out a stern warning

army-toll-plazaNew Delhi, Dec 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that none should question or raise their fingers against the Indian army. He made this statement while addressing senior ministers during a meet he had chaired this morning.

The response by the Prime Minister comes in the wake of the TMC and other opposition parties questioning the presence of the army in West Bengal. There has been ruckus in both houses of Parliament over this issue.

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Interview: Women are the sacrificial lambs in every election

Elections--621x414Kolkata, April 18: Ahead of every election there are a host of issues that are debated and one among them is the lack of women representation. While there is a bill pending in the Rajya Sabha with regard to reservation for women, the fact is that the issue would be resolved if every political party had a will.
Take for instance a state like West Bengal which is ruled by a woman (Mamta Banerjee). In Phase 1(A), 1(B) and 2 there were in all 693 candidates.
The number of women fielded is 65. In Assam in the two phases the number of candidates are 1,062 and the women fielded is 91. The Kerala legislative assembly has never had more than 15 women. This is a state which has 51.9 per cent of its voters as women and the representation has been less than 10 per cent. Why does this scenario get debated every year and yet there is no improvement? It is more to do with the fact that the decision making in all political parties is male dominated says leading psephologist, Dr Sandeep Shastri.
In this interview with OneIndia, Dr Shastri discusses the reasons why the representation of women in elections is less year after year.

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Saradha has had no impact, Mamata Banerjee is winning West Bengal: IB report

mamKolkata, March 10: TMC- 184, Left Front- 70, Congress-20 and BJP-5. This is what a report by the Intelligence Bureau on the West Bengal elections has to say.
The report by the Intelligence Bureau is very similar to the one by CVoter in terms of the TMC retaining power in the state. However according to the CVoter poll which was telecast on India TV, the TMC would get 156 while the Left Front would bag 114 seats and the Congress-42.

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From 45 criminal candidates in 2006 to 100 in 2011, West Bengal does need 6 phase polling

Kishan VisionKolkata, March 7: Mamta Banerjee was clearly not happy that the Election Commission in India decided to conduct polls in West Bengal in six phases. For the Election Commission it was about security concerns.
Going by the numerous incidents that have taken place with a blast a day which began with the incident at Burdwan, the ECI felt that the polls need to be phased out so that utmost security can be provided.

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Did Mukul Roy ever part ways with the Trinamool Congress

mukulKolkata, Feb 15: Mukul Roy is back where he belongs. He was made the TMC vice president on Sunday, Feb 14, a year after he was stripped of his party portfolios.
Looking at the events of last year one had suspected that Mukul Roy would have a bitter falling out with the party and there had been indications that he would also launch a political outfit of his own.

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Saradha scam: Madan Mitra’s bail cancelled

madanmitraThe Calcutta high Court today cancelled the bail granted to Trinamool Congress leader, Madan Mitra an accused in the Saradha scam. The court was hearing an application filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation which had sought to cancel the bail granted to Madan Mitra by a lower court last month.
The CBI had argued that Mitra is an influential person and could tamper with the evidence and also intimidate the witnesses. The CBI had said that Mitra needs to be in custody as the investigations into the Saradha scam is at a crucial juncture. They also said that they need Mitra for custodial interrogation.
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Will Ahmed Imran accompany Mamata to Bangladesh?

imranIt is kind of a catch-22 situation with Mamata Banerjee all set to visit Bangladeh between Feb 19 and 21.

While Bangladesh has welcomed with open arms this visit, there is an uncomfortable question that is being posed and that is to do with Ahmed Hassan Imran.

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