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Democracy denied: Biman Bose and others injured in the Left Front Rally

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By Arnab Mitra

NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (1) (1)Kolkata: The Bamfront Kisan Sabha (Agricultural wing of the Left Front) headed by seventeen different left organizations organized, on Thursday, a rally against the oppression of farmers by the state government.

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But the peaceful rally, which was headed towards Nabanna, suddenly became violent after the police tried to stop it at Mayo Road in Kolkata, and at some other areas in Howrah.

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In Kolkata, violence erupted when the left front rally headed by CPI (M) state secretary Biman Bose came to Mayo Road. His supporters tried to break the barricade, but the police resisted them using lathis and bricks. In the brick batting that followed, the police, the supporters, as well as the media persons were injured.

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NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (14) (1) NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (22) (1) NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (25) (1)The police action on the peaceful rally raises serious questions about the commitment of the ruling Trinamool Congress and its Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee towards democracy. Activist Dr. Miratun Nahar said: “The Government is impatient, and the police brutality towards the peaceful rally is highly deplorable.”

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Kolkata Showcases in Top 100 Global Travel Destinations

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Whiteways and Laidlaw Building in Kolkata. Wikimedia

Oct 2, 2017: Kolkata is featured in the top 100 travel destinations globally alongside other Indian cities namely, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bengaluru, as indicated by Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Chennai stands out in India, other than emerging among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.

Travel and tourism in India is on the rise, an authority of a main travel house in the city told PTI.

Durga Puja festival in Kolkata is a major attraction for foreigners with at least two- to three-day stay, he said.

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According to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, there are no indications of the slowdown in travel and tourism in Asia Pacific with the region dominating visitor arrivals.

This is additionally affirmed with the main 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the most noteworthy amount of global overnight visitor spending. Bringing USD 91.16 billion in travel use in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion USD) and North America (USD55.02 billion), MasterCard said in an announcement.

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