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TMC holds Dharna over Centre’s decision of income tax notices to Durga Puja committees

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TMC holds Dharna over Centre's decision of income tax notices to Durga Puja committees

On Tuesday Trinamool Congress party began its eight-hour-long Dharna in central Kolkata in a protest against the Central government’s decision to serve income tax notices to Durga Puja committees.

Criticizing the Narendra Modi-led government for issuing the notices to several Durga Puja committees, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had on Sunday announced that ‘Banga Janani Brigade’ (the women’s wing of the party) would sit on a dharna at Subodh Mullick Square on Tuesday.

Claiming that festivals should be exempt from any levies, Mamata Banerjee had urged organizers, participants and all people “who love Bangla” to join the protest.

Mamata Banerjee’s comment came after the BJP on Monday criticized TMC’s decision to stage the demonstration.

The BJP accused a section of ruling TMC leaders of laundering money allegedly looted in chit fund scams through the Durga Puja committees. The TMC had termed the allegations as “baseless”.

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TN govt honours ISRO chairman K Sivan with prestigious Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam award

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TN govt honours ISRO chairman K Sivan with prestigious Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam award

On Thursday ISRO Chairman K Sivan honored with the Tamil Nadu government’s Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Award by Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

The award was earlier announced in recognition of Sivan’s stellar work in the promotion of science and technology.

Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, was originally scheduled to receive the award here during the Independence Day celebrations on August 15, but could not do so.

The government had earlier said Sivan would receive the award from Palaniswami on a later date.

Accordingly, the ISRO chief met Palaniswami at the Secretariat here, where the chief minister presented him with the award, which carries an eight-gram gold medal, Rs five lakh in cash and a citation.

The Kalam award is to honor those who work for promoting scientific growth, humanities and students’ welfare and the awardees should hail from Tamil Nadu.

Under Sivan’s tutelage, ISRO had successfully launched Chandrayaan 2, the second mission to the moon on July 22 and he was the chief architect of SITARA, a 6D trajectory simulation software, according to the citation, which also hailed him as “Rocket Man”.

The 62-year-old Sivan was the first graduate in his family who got a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1980.

Completing his Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, he later joined ISRO and was a recipient of several awards including the Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (1999).

Following the death of former President A P J Abdul Kalam in 2015, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had then announced an award in his name.

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Government lost its mental Balance says Manish Tewari over Chidambaram’s arrest

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Government lost its mental Balance says Manish Tewari over Chidambaram's arrest

On Thursday Congress member of parliament, Manish Tewari called the arrest of former Home Minister P Chidambaram by Central Bureau of Investigation in the INX media case as unconstitutional and undemocratic.

Tewari remarks come after he attended the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led All-Party Demonstration, demanding the release of political leaders detained in Jammu-Kashmir.

Speaking to the media Manish Tewari said that “Last night, the action taken (by the enforcement agencies) was completely unconstitutional and undemocratic. It was a live example of the fascist regime that the country is appearing to be headed towards.”

Manish Tewari added that “All nationalist powers and progressive powers should oppose it to save the democracy in this country,”

Manish Tewari slamming the government said that “The Government lost its mental Balance” “The government is drunk on its own arrogance and when a government loses its mental balance, then the public restores it,” Tewari said.

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Chidambaram case handled by CBI was very “Sad and Bad”: Mamata Banerjee

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Chidambaram case handled by CBI was very "Sad and Bad": Mamata Banerjee

On Thursday West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the way which CBI agencies handled the arrest of former finance minister P Chidambaram.

The Senior Congress leader was arrested from his Delhi residence last evening by Central Bureau of Investigation after the high drama with some officers scaling the walls to gain entry.

She added that “The way his matter is being handled that is very depressing, that is very sad and bad also.”

She further added that “Sometimes the process is incorrect. I’m not talking of the legality of the matter… Chidambaram is a senior politician, former finance and home minister of the country,”

The 73-year-old was arrested after he failed to get any reprieve from the courts. On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court refused him anticipatory bail, saying prima facie, he was the “kingpin” in the case.

His efforts to get an immediate reprieve from the Supreme Court also failed. The court will hear the case on Friday.

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