There will be civil war and bloodbath: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday delivered a loud and clear message that “India needs a change in 2019”.Speaking at a conclave organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India on the theme of “Love your neighbour”, Ms. Banerjee said the ruling party’s diktats on “what to eat, what to wear, where to stay” could not be tolerated.“India needs a change and that change has to happen in 2019,” the Chief Minister said. She cautioned the government that there would be a civil war and blood bath in Assam where 40 lakh people had not made it to the final draft list of the National Register for Citizens and faced an uncertain future.“What is going on in Assam? It is not only the Bengalis — it is the minorities, it is Hindus, it is Bengalis, it is Biharis … more than 40 lakh people who voted for the ruling party have suddenly been made refugees in their own country,” Ms. Banerjee said in her 20-minute address.Ms. Banerjee said even members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family had not been included in the NRC. “We can’t let them die,” she said.Against divisions“If Bengalis say Biharis can’t stay in Bengal, South Indian people say North Indians can’t stay there and North Indians say South Indians can’t stay here, what will be [the] state of this country,” she wondered.Referring to the several incidents of lynching across the country, Ms. Banerjee said “I am not that liberal to love people who lynch. I am with the people. If tribals, Dalits and minorities are isolated, it may lead to civil unrest,” she said.Speaking to presspersons, Ms. Banerjee responded sharply to a question on the BJP’s assertion that it would carry out the NRC exercise in West Bengal too. “Who is Amit Shah? Who is BJP? Are they West Bengal’s guardians? Let them first come to power in the State,” the Chief Minister said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Nirupam Sen, veteran CPI(M) leader, passes away

first_imgNirupam Sen, senior CPI(M) leader, passed away at a Kolkata hospital in the early hours of Monday following a cardiac arrest, the hospital said. He was 72.The former commerce and industry minister of West Bengal (from 2001 to 2011) leaves behind wife, a son and a daughter.The body will be kept in a mortuary during the day and the final rites will be performed on Wednesday in Bardhaman, his hometown. The body will also be taken to CPI(M) party headquarters and the CITU office on Wednesday.“On Wednesday, Sen’s body will be taken to the CITU office here. After that it will be taken to the party’s State head quarters where people will be allowed to pay their last respects,” sources in the party said.Suffered from kidney ailmentsMr. Sen was impaired in 2013 after a health issue. In the past few years, he could be seen attending party events in a wheelchair.The former Polit Bureau member of the party had been on the life support system in the hospital after his health condition deteriorated in the early weeks of December. He had been critical since then.“Sen was fighting kidney ailments. He was impaired by a cerebral attack in 2013,” an official at the hospital said.Mr. Sen was the driving force behind attempts of industrialisation of the State in the last 10 years of the Left Front government led by former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.Born October 8, 1946, his political career began when he became a member of the CPI(M) during his student years. He became the district secretary of the Students Federation of India, students wing of the party in 1966.Though he started his career as a teacher, he became full-time member of the party in 1968. Mr. Sen was district secretary of Bardhaman district CPI(M) from 1989 to 1995. He became MLA from Bardhaman town in 1987, became central committee member of the party in 1998 and Polit Bureau member in 2008.CondolencesCPI (M) West Bengal’s official twitter handle said, “Red Salute Comrade Nirupam Sen. Long Live Comrade Nirupam Sen. He passed away at 5.10 am on Monday at a private hospital. The body will be kept at peace heaven in Kolkata today. Comrade Nirupam Sen’s last rites will be performed on Wednesday.”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted out her condolences. “Saddened at the passing away of Nirupam Sen, former Minister of West Bengal. Condolences to his family and well wishers,” she said.CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury termed Mr. Sen a dedicated Communist.”Lal Salam, Comrade Nirupam Sen. We lost him this morning. A dedicated Communist, who devoted his entire life to the cause of the working class and the peasantry. He served in various capacities including as a member, Polit Bureau and a senior Minister in Left Front governments,” Mr Yechury tweeted.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

KaTropa make it

first_imgLady Warriors blank rivals In the end, it was the depth, playoff experience and shooting prowess that mattered largely for the KaTropa, who rained down threes in the middle quarters to put their elimination round tormentors away.The absence of proper spacing in the paint forced Troy Rosario to take his game from beyond the arc, firing four threes before halftime that shoved them slightly ahead and set the tone for the blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro craftily bored holes in the Phoenix defense and fed Jericho Cruz and inside operator Kelly Williams, opening a double-digit advantage going into the final period.So fluid was the KaTropa offense that they just went through the process of counting down the minutes while protecting a 20-point lead. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img View comments With big boss Manny V. Pangilinan watching at ringside, TNT arranged a must-win tiff with league-leading San Miguel Beer in the next round.TNT 118—Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97—Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Phoenix reluctantly stepped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, never to return in this season’s PBA Philippine Cup.TNT KaTropa brazenly ushered the Fuel Masters to the exit with an overpowering 118-97 win in a knockout setting for the eighth and final quarterfinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

London Olympics: Just 3 physios in Indian contingent

first_imgThe 81-member Indian contingent for the London Olympics will have to do with only three physiotherapists.Only boxing and hockey contingents have physios of their own while one physio will be going from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and will be available for the rest of the athletes from 11 other disciplines. The 14-member athletics team and five wrestlers do not have dedicated physios. The athletics federation did not ask for any physio as they had to accommodate coaches and one doctor in their quota of seven support staff.Some athletes sponsored by Mittal Champions Trust (MCT) had requested Englishman Patrick Kenny on board and, as such, he will be given daily passes for the Games Village.IOA president VK Malhotra said they have done everything to accommodate the request of the federations. “Besides the physio from IOA, the two others will also help other athletes once they are through with their respective teams. We have decided to give Patrick Kenny daily passes that will allow him access to the Games Village. Then there are masseurs and doctors available at the Games Village,” he said.The wrestlers will now use the services of Kenny as, barring Sushil Kumar, all of them are MCT-sponsored. “During the World Championships last year, we asked him to help out Sushil and he agreed. So, we can do with Kenny,” said chief coach Vinod Kumar.last_img read more