Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to Dattapur village situated at the Bengal-Odisha border on Wednesday and distributed clothes and sweets among the people.She listened to their grievances and instructed the district magistrate of East Midnapore Partha Ghosh to take necessary action to build houses for them. The villagers, who have set up thatched mud huts on state government land, said some people often come there and threaten to evict them. Banerjee assured them that they would not be evicted from the place. It may be recalled that on Monday, she had visited a village comprising mostly fishermen, at Digha. People were very happy to have the Chief Minister among them. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn her way back to Kolkata she went to a roadside tea stall and prepared tea for the ministers and officials who were accompanying her. Sishir Adhikari (MP), Subrata Mukherjee, state minister of Panchayat and Rural Development and Suvendu Adhikari, state Transport minister, enjoyed tea served by her. It may be mentioned that Banerjee is an expert cook and earlier, she used to prepare special dishes to treat her party leaders and workers. In all the party meetings held recently, she had asked the leaders and workers to go to the people and build contact with them. “Go to the tea stalls and markets and talk to people. Listen to what they say,” she had said in party conferences.
An evening of Kathak and Sufi music, organised by Sindhi Academy on a Saturday evening enthralled the Delhi audience with its unique grace and presentation. The cultural evening – ‘Sajan Saan Rooh Rihaniyoon’- at Kamani Auditorium saw the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest.’Sajan Saan Rooh Rihaniyoon’, which means two lover’s souls are talking to each other, featured an amalgamation of the graceful dance form of Kathak and the soulful rendition of Sufi music. Six Kathak choreographic presentations – Leela Chanesar, Shumar, Naale Alakh, Raqs, Kiyan Rijhaya, Tarana in Raag Darbari – were showcased at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Sindhi art and culture is a valuable part of Delhi’s culture. Programmes like these are a great way of bringing forth the best of Sindhi tradition to a new audience. With a talented new Sindhi Academy committee in place, the Delhi Government hopes to present and develop quality Sindhi programmes,” said the Deputy Chief Minister.Sindhu Bhagia Mishra, Secretary, Sindhi Academy Delhi said, “Sufism is the strength of Sindhi Poetry and Shah Abdul Latif’s poetry is rated to be of the highest level when compared with world Sufi literature, which has been the basic guiding principle for the Sindhi Community.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith a total of six breath taking performances, ‘Samskritiki Shreyaskar’, performed by the senior disciples of Padmashree and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, Rani Karnaa started off the evening’s programme. A rendition of ‘Leela Chanesar’ followed the performance by ‘Samskritiki Shreyaskar’. The third performance was based on ‘Shumaar’; three abstract elements, magical numbers, and musical notes come together with the mystic ‘Aum’ in this composition performed by Debashree, Sohini, and Shamila. Next performance by Debashree, Sohini, Shamila, and Somdatta was RAQS – the concluding piece ushered with a quintessential presentation of the multiplicity of Kathak as a dance form. In the Fifth performance, ‘Kiyarijhaya’, the devotee implores to have one glimpse of his Supreme Beloved. The sixth and final performance was of Tarana, presented by Debashree, Sohini, Shamila, Somdatta, Tultul, and Surangama. read more
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee proposed in the election manifesto of the party that if the Opposition alliance is voted to power, 100 days work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) will be increased to 200 days, along with doubling of the daily wages of those associated with this work.”Many people earn their livelihood through 100 days work and they are extremely poor. We will propose to increase 100 days work to 200. At present, those associated with 100 days work get Rs 191 daily. We will propose to double it. We will also look into the matter to ensure that they get their payment in 15 days,” Banerjee said, while releasing her party’s election manifesto at Kalighat on Wednesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe TMC supremo further proposed to reinstate the Planning Commission, which she feels has been wrongly dismantled by the Narendra Modi government. “It has been a Tughlaqi decision by the Prime Minister to dismantle the Planning Commission overnight. The Niti Aayog that he has constituted is of no use and it hardly listens to the problems of the states. It will be a part of our common minimum programme to bring back the Planning Commission, so that it can play an important role in maintaining the federal structure of the country,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe TMC has also identified 12 thrust areas in its manifesto, which include demand of a thorough investigation by an ex-Supreme Court Justice into demonetisation and review of GST with an open mind to make it people-friendly, consumer-friendly and small & medium enterprises-friendly. The manifesto further proposes more focus on the social infrastructure of education and health, with enhanced and adequate resource allocation, special focus on enriching all cultures and encouraging sporting activities. “We will be giving special emphasis to create more and more employment for the students and youth of the nation. Around 2 crore people have lost their jobs in the last few years, while Bengal has increased employment by 40 percent,” Banerjee reiterated, adding that special emphasis will be given to fill up vacancies reserved for SC, ST, and OBC (which will include minorities). “Our common minimum programme will give priority to providing economic security and livelihood for the farmers. We feel that farmers require a special package. 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in the country in the last few years,” Banerjee maintained. She asserted that there will be emphasis on women empowerment as well. It may be mentioned that TMC has nominated 41 percent women candidates for the Lok Sabha polls this year and also boasts of 50 percent women reservation in Panchayats and municipalities. The TMC supremo announced that she will start her election campaign from April 4 and will continue it till May 17. read more
Kolkata: A family of four persons was charred to death at Bandel in Hooghly on Thursday.According to local residents, on Thursday morning, Zabeda Biwi saw smoke billowing out of her son’s room at Chandanpur in Bandel. She started screaming for help. Hearing her scream, neighbours ran to help her. Seeing the smoke, local residents broke open the door and found Zabeda’s son Surat Ali’s (47), his wife Rejina Biwi (33) along with their two daughters Afreen Yasmin (12) and Asiyana Khatun (5) were lying on the floor with serious burn injuries. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey were rescued immediately and rushed to Chinsurah Imambara Hospital where Surat and Khatun were declared brought dead. Rejina and Yasmin died after a few hours at the hospital. The Bandel police station was informed by hospital authorities. According to a source, Surat, who was a farmer by profession, had some mental illness and was under treatment. A local resident said Surat and Rejina had frequent arguments. It is suspected that one of them could have set the room on fire. But cops still don’t know about what exactly happened. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThough no complaint has been lodged, the police have initiated a suo moto case in this regard. Zabeda said she smelled something pungent after the door was broken by the neighbours. In another incident, the charred body of a woman was found on the roadside at Galsi in East Burdwan on Friday morning. Local residents spotted the body and informed the Galsi police station. Later, police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. A source said parts of vehicle tyre was found at spot. It is suspected that the woman has been murdered somewhere else and her body was burnt to hide her identity. Local resident suspected that the woman might had been killed after being raped. The identity of the deceased woman could not be established till Friday night. read more