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TET question paper leak: Left parties seek Governor intervention

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Kolkata: The students and youth wings of Left parties on Tuesday sought the intervention of Governor KN Tripathi in the “disappearance” of question papers for the primary Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), and charged West Bengal ruling Trinamool Congress of being complicit in the scam.

A march to Raj Bhavan denouncing the Trinamool and demanding transparency in conduct of the TET examination was consequently undertaken by as many as 12 Left-affiliated students and youth wings, including the Students Federation of India (SFI).

The examination conducted by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education was originally scheduled to be held on August 30, but was rescheduled first to October 4, and subsequently to October 11 after a bunch of question papers “mysteriously disappeared” while being transported to Hooghly district.

SFI general secretary Ritabrata Banerjee, while talking to media persons after submitting a memorandum of demands to the governor, said that there was “big conspiracy” behind the disappearance of the question papers.

“We believe representatives of the state government are involved in the disappearance of the question papers and in it,” Banerjee said.

“We informed the governor that across Bengal, there is not even a single village where Trinamool has not taken money from people promising jobs. The Trinamool has converted the TET into a farce,” he declared.

“The TET question papers have to be now put under judicial surveillance, otherwise the irregularities will continue because those who have already paid money to the Trinamool will again get hold of the papers,” Banerjee further added.

The demand to allow viewing of optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets in all such tests by the state government was also raised by Banerjee.

“It’s the responsibility of the state government to ensure transparency. Our chief minister repeatedly claims that her government is No.1 in all spheres, then why are OMR sheets not shown to candidates when many other states allow that? We demand the candidates should be allowed to view OMR sheets,” Banerjee said.

The Marxist leader also iterated the assurance given by the governor of taking up the issue with state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.

Earlier, Left Front chairman Biman Bose had alleged the involvement of the Trinamool in the question paper leak and had demanded a judicial probe into the same.

(With inputs from IANS)

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West Bengal celebrates Bangla Nababarsho (Bengali New year) by reopening Iconic single screens

"When we talk about Minar, Bijoli and Chhabighar there is a lump in our throat. We had been associated with Bengali cinema for ages, from Uttam-Suchitra blockbusters in the '60S and '70s to Tarun Majumder movies starring Rituparna Sengupta in early 2000 to Jeet-Koel starrers in the recent past,"

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Kolkata, Apr 15, 2017: Bengal celebrates ‘Bangla Nababarsho’ (Bengali New year) on Saturday by re-opening three iconic single screens which had been part of its film heritage for a long time.

“Bijoli and Chhabighar, a part of the psyche of the Bengali film audience and the industry, started their shows on Chaitra Sankranti day (the last day of the last Bengali month) yesterday as Friday is the release date of new film, after renovating the interiors, projection and sound system in sync with modern trends.

“Minar, the third one of the chain, will screen films from early next week as some patch work after renovation remains incomplete,” Suranjan Pal, owner of the chain told, mentioned PTI.

The action is receiving a huge support as a long line of audiences could be seen to for a new Bengali film released on ‘Nabobarsho’.

“Many single screens have been shut down or changed to plexes over the past few years. But when we talk about Minar, Bijoli and Chhabighar there is a lump in our throat. We had been associated with Bengali cinema for ages, from Uttam-Suchitra blockbusters in the ’60S and ’70s to Tarun Majumder movies starring Rituparna Sengupta in early 2000 to Jeet-Koel starrer in the recent past,” Pal said.

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“We had never felt that the audience of Bengali cinema had stopped coming to the theaters but over time we had realized the need to adapt to changes. Hence the three theaters were closed on July 1 last year. We had initially thought of introducing two screens in each theater but later on we took the challenge to stick to the one screen format,” the owner said.

“The ornate exteriors of the three theaters have been retained,” he added. In sync with the times, the show timings have been altered and different films will be screened during different shows, Pal said.

Expressing joy over the development, Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee told “Minar, Bijoli and Chhabighar had been screening films of noted directors and noted production houses. Their reopening is a very good news especially after the good show by Bengal at the National Awards this year. It (reopening) will have a feel good factor.”

Chatterjee said, with a large number of Bengali films being released these days, many of them are forced to have short runs at theaters despite doing well at the box office. The opening of three halls will give a little more space to the makers and producers of such films” he said.

Bengali hero and Trinamool Congress leader Soham Chakraborty recalled that his first film had run for weeks in Bijoli. “These three theaters are linked to the culture and heritage of Bengali cinema. But I also wish that more such prominent closed theaters lift their shutters for the audience,” he said.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar assures to protect more than 10,000 Teachers’ future after Supreme Court verdict

The Chief Minister said that making selections through the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) is a big challenge for all states since the set eligibility criteria are tough for aspirants

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Agartala, April 5, 2017: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Wednesday assured of all-out efforts to protect the interests of more than 10,000 teachers affected by the Supreme Court verdict regarding termination of their jobs.

He also assured that his government will approach the Centre on the issue.

“We follow Supreme Court orders… (but) we cannot wash away the future of 10,323 teachers. We will take all steps to protect their interests,” Sarkar told reporters here.

He was speaking after chairing a meeting of the Council of Ministers that reviewed the March 29 apex court order.

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Dubbing the Supreme Court order — which upheld the Tripura High Court order in the case — as “unexpected”, the Chief Minister said : “The Cabinet decided that the state is committed to ensuring there is no disruption in educational endeavours and educational institutions function smoothly….”

Accompanied by Education and Law Minister Tapan Chakraborty and Information Minister Bhanulal Saha, Sarkar said his government will approach the Human Resource Development Ministry for relaxation in age and other criteria under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, for the affected teachers.

“The Council of Ministers reviewed the Supreme Court judgement and decided to comply with the court directions,” Sarkar said.

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The Chief Minister said that making selections through the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) is a big challenge for all states since the set eligibility criteria are tough for aspirants.

The Supreme Court on March 29 upheld the Tripura High Court order to terminate the jobs of 10,323 teachers, but allowed them to continue till December 31.

The court asked the state government to frame a new Employment Policy by April 30.

Quoting the apex court’s order, the Chief Minister said his government had been directed to initiate fresh recruitment by May 31 and complete it by December 31.

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“The Supreme Court allowed all serving teachers, candidates not selected and others to participate by relaxing age limit but subject to possession of other required qualifications,” Sarkar added.

The Supreme Court order came on three special leave petitions filed by the Tripura government, terminated serving teachers and aggrieved job seekers.

“We gave some jobs based on need and economic conditions of families, but the court turned down these criteria,” Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said.

The Tripura High Court ordered the state on May 7, 2014, to frame a new Employment Policy within two months. (IANS)

One response to “Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar assures to protect more than 10,000 Teachers’ future after Supreme Court verdict”

  1. Not surprised with Supreme Court verdict. CPIM have been destroying Tripura through organized corruption and nepotism with proven track record (1678 cases in High court and 157 cases in Supreme court under trial against Tripura Govt). Time for BJP to replicate UP performance (targeting all 60 assembly seats) in Tripura now. Urging all esteemed leaders and youths of Tripura channelize their decade long discontent of Left misrule by joining and supporting BJP for a thumping WIN.

    Trend says it will be BJP Govt in Tripura in 2018 as Left do not hold any moral right to continue in power after betraying people of Tripura with massive unemployment, gross nepotism and rampant corruption.

    CPIM under its incompetent leadership have destroyed Tripura leaving 8 lakhs unemployed poor youths languishing day in and day out. Left have been a champion in hardcore nepotism and corruption. Left govt in Tripura have been slapped by high court numerous number of times (1678 cases in High court and 157 cases in Supreme court under trial against Tripura Govt – major one being 10,323 teacher recruitment cancellation case being upheld by Supreme court) with nepotism and corruption charges.

    Can a report card be issued on public interest on performance of CPIM led Govt in Tripura please? Massive 8 lakh unemployed youths languishing day in and day out, nepotism in Govt sector recruitment (e.g. 10,323 teacher’s recruitment cancelled by High and Supreme court citing corrupt practices by Govt), corruption in pwd and healthcare (e.g. looting crores of central funds meant for state’s infrastructure development, poor quality of healthcare stuffs and massive negligence leading to regular deaths of patients in leading Govt hospitals) and many more..

    Hope BJP have a well drawn up plan for a thumping win in Tripura polls. People of Tripura have had enough of incompetent Govt who have failed miserably in all the sectors including failure to provide mass employment to 8 lakh youths who have been languishing day in and day out, with no action taken on the responsible non-performers.

    Having CPIM’s Manik ji under his decades of rule as CM, Tripura have only seen massive unemployment, suicides of youths,corruption, nepotism. He calls himself poorest CM and by action ensure Tripura remains poor – irrespective of its people lives or dies. Manik ji enjoys more and more central fund without any Central monitoring. Forget inviting industries, Manik ji leaves no opportunity to call industry as mean of exploit infront of them inspite of having 8 lakhs unemployed. Manik ji believes in continuous criticizing of Center with anti-national barbs, even though it is only BJP led Center who have taken all the initiatives so far for Tripura’s good. Manik ji feels comfort of moral right to continue in power even after continued non-performance. Manik ji feels comfort of controlling vote bank purchase in the name of social security schemes (with Central funds) during elections to hide his incompetency to provide mass employment to the concerned sections of the society. Manik ji feels comfortable to remain ignorant in making efforts to improve state’s GDP but makes all the attempt to demand funds to Center and put the blame on Center for financial crunch to hide his own incompetency in generating state’s income. Manik ji believes secularship just before election would help to hide decades of his incompetency and suffering of people from every section of society. Manik ji believes having CPIM cadre Sudip Barman and family as blacksheep in opposition camp would continue to help CPIM to stay in power. Manik ji believes social harmony card would continue to help CPIM to stay in power inspite of continued non performance in most critical matters for people of Tripura. Manik ji believes painting clean image and imaginary (misinformative) rosy picture of Tripura to outside world keeping reality as disgusting as it can be (with proven track record of 1678 cases in High court and 157 cases in Supreme court under trial against Tripura Govt) would continue to help CPIM to mislead people and win elections. Manik ji believes scholarly lectures, building and park inauguration just before election would help to stay in power with 8 lakhs unemployed hungry poor youths languishing only due to severe incompetency and misrule of CPIM led Left Govt.

    Time is ripe now. Would BJP be able to out-think Left in Tripura please? Current CM Manik ji has been an absolute incompetent in bringing industries and mass employment for 8 lakhs unemployed – which can be capitalized upfront and be a major thrust to win hearts of people of Tripura.

    An urge to Amit shah ji ..Any plans (both A and B) to conquer Tripura please ? It would be a real test of character and commitment for BJP to make a mark in national interest considering shrewd Left winning every election by hooks and crooks contributing to backwardness of country.

    Keeping 2018 assembly election in mind, Can BJP take initiatives to make Tripura free from clutch of jungle raj please ? Lack of high end Industry, Unemployment and poor economic state of affairs can be few areas to be capitalized upfront. Let incapable old and fragile left leadership take retirement and dynamic BJP leadership take control of Tripura’s economic growth journey. People of Tripura have had enough of sufferings. Time for a change now.

    Left have always been associated with incompetency, lackluster, backdated, anti growth, nepotism, corruption – and unwilling to improve or learn from mistakes. They thrive on funds allocated from Center meant for state’s development.

    Wondering if Mr. Yechury could explain reason behind please ? Has there been any introspection and resolve for improvement ? They keep destroying ruled state Tripura with continuous display of incompetence in tackling most of the burning issues including unemployment (8 lakhs educated unemployed youths – a glaring highest rate in India). How ? Example: Capital city Agartala has become 3rd Internet gateway and with a lame-duck unwilling leadership having poor understanding of Industry and technology, Tripura and its Youth’s future have been continuously ruined leaving a record 25.2% (highest in India) unemployment.

    There are many instances of youths committing suicide out of utter frustration and hopelessness.

    Left ruled Tripura and its youths continues to suffer everyday from chronic unemployment and concerned folks are just happy to mint Govt salary month after month with an excuse of unemployment is throughout country or no infrastructure. At whose cost please ?

    Left ruled Agartala have been declared a smart city. What transformation is being done in Agartala when city corporation tenders only include creating concrete drains ? This attempt being made to keep city backdated at whose cost please ?

    e.g. Telengana CM aims to make capital an world class city, whereas Tripura CM with his all might aims to take the capital backward (current state of affairs is the evidence) by 10 years.

    With a record (highest in India) 25.2% of unemployment Left ruled Tripura continues to bite dust of under-development and non-performance due to state’s outdated policies of being anti development and industry without realizing world and India’s economy driven by Business and technology.

    So far it has been about Govt job, massive nepotism in Govt recruitment , salary, subsidy – on tax payers money and mediocre plastic industry for name sake being the focus – which still fails to show hope to lakhs of educated unemployed youths!

    Need is to bring high end industry and jobs at Agartala having follow up with Industry leaders and setting up required infrastructure on a war footing.

    With high speed internet and 24/7 power, Can capital Agartala look forward in 2017 to being an IT hub with high end IT jobs for 8 lakh educated unemployed youths of Trpiura ?

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Three British Sikhs who pulled off a Passport Scam in 2014 plead guilty in Court

British Sikhs accept involvement in Passport Scam helping Afghans to enter UK illegally

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London, Mar 17, 2017: Three Sikhs in British have admitted involvement in a passport scam under which they misused the passports of their family members to help Afghan asylum seekers in entering the UK wearing turbans to hide their identity in 2014.

Harmit Kapoor, Daljit kapoor and Davinder chawla, all three cousins in their 40s, pleaded guilty before the commencement of their trial at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday, as stated in a PTI report.

They accepted two conspiracy charges in helping Afghan asylum seekers in entering the UK illegally between May and June 2014 and will be sentenced later this month.

“ We say these three are the facilitators in this organised crime, where they are using genuine British passport holders within the Sikh community. It’s a Sikh conspiracy and it’s occurring because it’s very difficult for the authorities at the border control to distinguish who’s who on the passports’” prosecutor Edward Aydin said.

The border staff failed to spot the difference in the passports shown by the Afghans, all of which had photos of Sikhs wearing their turbans.

Paying around 12,000 pounds per family to the fraudsters, around 30 Afghans are known to have successfully claimed asylum.

The Afghan families were handed genuine passports by a gang member in Paris, enabling them to get through airport security. The gang retrieved the passports once the Afghans entered the country and later reused them with new families.

Harmit Kapoor also admitted booking flights between June 8 and June 21, 2014, for the asylum seekers, while Chawla admitted hiring a vehicle to facilitate their entry into Britain when he drove to Paris.

In February 2011, Chawla had been jailed for a similar crime accompanied by four other men.

The French Authorities were alerted by Airline Staff who suspected something was wrong, leading to the immigration racket being busted.

Joginder Dawan, a 41 year old fourth suspect, pleaded not guilty to one conspiracy while pleading guilty to the charge of contributing in the offence by permitting the use of his passport for flight and travel booking. In both cases, not guilty verdicts were recorded in his favour and he was discharged.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf