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Bengal likely to open 24×7 toll free Helpline to keep Auto rickshaws in check

West Bengal transport minister announced a 24x7 helpline to keep the autorickshaw drivers in check

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  • To curb recklessness of autorickshaws Bengal government would open a 24×7 helpline
  • The helpline is planned to open before the setting of festival season
  • Kolkata has seen four deaths in three autorickshaw accidents due to reckless driving in the last week

Kolkata, Sept 21, 2016: Attributing to the increasing number of auto rickshaw accidents in West Bengal the state transport minister Subhendu Adhikari announced the opening of a 24×7 helpline before the coming festive season on Tuesday.

Complaints can be lodged by calling up the toll-free number. “Passengers will be able to lodge complaints against the offending drivers to police or to motor vehicles department in case of any problem. Also, the auto route management commission is instructed to control the inflated auto fair on all the routes,” Adhikari said.

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Meanwhile, the city-based auto rickshaw unions are set to impose a clump of regulations on auto drivers.

“The auto drivers are instructed not to play loud music or strap LED lights inside the auto. The drivers are also warned not misbehave with the passengers under any circumstances or charge more than the fare regulated by the union,” said a union leader said.

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The number of accidents are ever increasing in West Bengal with Kolkata seeing four people die in three separate auto accidents attributed to reckless driving in the past one week. (IANS)

 

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With Beef thrown into a Temple, Bengal Government worries as Minor Communal clashes cover the State

Ten districts of West Bengal have seen similar such communal incidents since October 2016 which is proving to be a major challenge for the state government

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Kolkata, Jan 31, 2017: A locality on the western edge of Kolkata’s Metiabruz area, Alampur remains to be in a very heated atmosphere ever since on January 23, some chunks of alleged beef were thrown into a temple. However, this Alampur incident is not a one of its kind and there have been similar cases as well. Ten districts of West Bengal have seen similar such communal incidents since October 2016 which is proving to be a major challenge for the state government.

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“I will not allow anarchy in Bengal,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday. “Police is dealing with such things with a strong hand. We will soon bring a strong legislation against arson, where anyone setting fire to government or private party will be have to pay. One political party is trying to fan violence,” she said. However, Banerjee did not mention BJP in her statements.

But, other political parties gave some strong statements in context of the minor communal clashes in Bengal. “Attacks on Hindus are going on in different parts of the state. Metiabruz is the latest in the series and the administration has failed to control them,” said Sayantan Basu, state BJP secretary.

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The Congress and the Left have also claimed that the situation was “getting dangerous” in Bengal. “Trinamool Congress brought in communal politics in Bengal by appeasing communities for political gains. Now things are going out of control,” said Abdul Mannan, Congress MLA and leader of the opposition in the Assembly.

Minor communal clashes have become a regularity in West Bengal as almost ten cases similar to the Alampur case have been reported. Since October, pockets and villages in Kaliachak, Chanchol (Malda district), Jalangi (Murshidabad), Chandannagar (Hooghly), Bhagabanpur (East Midnapore), Kharagpore (West Midnapore), Hajinagar, Kanchrapara (North 24 Parganas), Sankrail, Dhulagarh (Howrah), Katwa, Jamuria and Kaksha (Burdwan) have witnessed clashes.

On December 12 and 13, clashes in Dhulagarh (26 km from Kolkata) began after Muslims took out a religious procession through the main market road in Banerjeepara neighbourhood. Hindus objected, but the procession was allowed by the police.

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Houses and shops were set ablaze which left hundreds from both communities homeless after the clash. Police arrested 65 people but the clashes continued for the next few days.

The Dhulagarh incident, unlike others before it, got political attention with BJP, Congress and CPI(M) dispatching leaders to the spot. General secretary Sitaram Yechury was a part of the CPI(M) team. In other areas political parties were prevented by police to enter after the clash.

“One hand the government is giving stipends to Imams, but creates pressure and stops a seminar on Kashmir and Balochistan in Kolkata citing that it will create communal problem. Miscreants and radicals are taking advantage of this situation,” said Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay, political science expert and former principal of Presidency college.

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West Bengal Government Forms a Panel for Prevention of Child Trafficking

The CID busted the racket in November after raiding a nursing home and polyclinic in Baduria in North 24 Parganas district

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Kolkata, December 5, 2016: In the wake of a child smuggling racket being unearthed in the state, the West Bengal government on Monday announced setting up a panel for prevention of child trafficking.

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Making the announcement in the assembly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the panel will be headed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee and will comprise members from the opposition parties – Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

The other members of the panel will be state Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and the Director General of Police.

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“This racket is spread to far-flung areas and linked to different states. Around 24 people have been arrested in this connection,” Banerjee told the assembly.

The CID busted the racket in November after raiding a nursing home and polyclinic in Baduria in North 24 Parganas district.

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Subsequently, police recovered three children including a baby girl from South 24 Parganas district, while 10 more newborn girls were recovered from a Kolkata-based old age home in November.

The opposition Congress has been demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the inter-state child smuggling racket. (IANS)

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West Bengal Government to give Land Possession to Singur Farmers before Oct 21

The West Bengal government is set to provide physical possession of land to Singur farmers before October 21

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Singur (West Bengal), October 14, 2016: The West Bengal government is set to provide physical possession of land to Singur farmers before October 21, senior state Minister Partha Chattopadhyay said on Thursday.

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“We are happy with the progress. We hope we will be able to start the process of giving physical possession of land before October 21, after getting a green signal from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Most land has been made cultivable except 75 acres,” said Chattopadhyay after a meeting with district officials at Singur.

On September 29, Banerjee, in the Hooghly district’s administrative meeting, had given the October 21 dateline to remove all constructions from the Tata Nano project area as the state government was given the responsibility to return the land to farmers by the Supreme Court.

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“In the initial phases, we are targeting to provide physical land possession for about 200 acres,” a district official told IANS.

The Supreme Court, on August 31, struck down the land acquisition made by the erstwhile Left Front government for the small car factory and ordered the land be returned to the cultivators within 12 weeks.

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Redeeming a pledge she made years back, Banerjee had returned 9,117 land records to farmers and compensated 800 peasants from whom land had been taken against their wishes.(IANS)