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New Delhi: Countering Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s charge that police in the national capital were the “most corrupt”, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Wednesday said a survey cited by the former was actually “flattering” for the force.

The findings of the survey had “doubled” his force’s enthusiasm, Bassi said following the police Commemoration Day parade here.

“The survey reveals that in 2012, 80 per cent of Delhi’s people said they had experienced corruption in dealing with police officials; that rate dropped to 34 percent in 2015…. Similarly, the perception that police officials are corrupt dropped from 56 per cent in 2012 to 49 percent in 2015,” said Bassi, who claimed to have gone through the 34-page survey done by Centre for Media Studies.

The police chief said, “After reading the survey thoroughly, I can go for a one-on-one debate with anybody regarding its findings. If the honourable chief minister allows, I can help him understand those findings.”

Bassi said sanitation and police services were the only areas in Delhi that witnessed a drop, both in terms of experienced and perceived corruption.

Citing the survey, Kejriwal on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “stop being stubborn” and hand over police and Anti-Corruption Branch to the Delhi government.

(IANS)

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This Exhibition Captures A City’s Colours During Monsoon

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions.

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Artist Purnendu Mandal At Indian Habitat Centre.

With some of them almost a photographic reflection of daybreak after rain, artist Purnendu Mandal’s canvasses — currently on exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam here — are a deluge of vivid warm colours that capture a city’s landscape after rain.

“It is almost like looking outside a window, but through a work of art,” Mandal told IANS.

Mandal’s 15 acrylic- and oil-on-canvass artworks – collectively titled “Reflections 3” – document the subtleties of urban life during the rains — first light in a city, storms, rickshaw-pullers and bus drivers resuming activity after a rainy day, and building silhouettes reflecting in the water-filled puddles.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Work

Also included are visual effects of the monsoon like rain drops, fog, wet climate, reflections in water and shades of dampness.

To that extent, “Good Morning Kolkata” (2018), a painting of a tram on a damp Kolkata street, with old buildings and bundles of electric wires adding to the realistic depiction, reflects a day in the city as one would experience it.

For Mandal, it is about making his canvasses a literal window to the seasonal changes a city undergoes.

“I try to paint cities season-wise. This exhibition shows the beauty of a city after and during the monsoon,” Mandal told IANS.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Exhibition’s Invite. Available on his social media

Mandal’s impressionistic style revolves around cities and seasons and his rich repository of art has been exhibited around the world.

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“Thus, the current exhibition has scenes from Varanasi ghats, and Kolkata’s and Mumbai’s urban life,” he added.

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions in Indonesia, UK, USA, UAE, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Nepal, in addition to showcasing his work at Indian galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Chemould Art Gallery, and Chitra Kala Parishath. (IANS)

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