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Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi passes away after long battle with post-Covid complications


Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi passes away after long battle with post-Covid complications

Gogoi, 86, had been severely ill for a long time with post-Covid complications and had been in a hospital for several weeks.

Tarun Gogoi, the veteran Congress leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister, passed away on Monday evening.

Gogoi, 86, had been severely ill for a long time with post-Covid complications and had been in a hospital for several weeks. He died of multiple organ failure, informed Assam Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Gogoi’s health condition deteriorated since Friday due to post-Covid19 complications.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his death.

President Kovind tweeted, “Extremely sad to know of the demise of Shri Tarun Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam. The country has lost a veteran leader with rich political and administrative experience. His long tenure in office was a period of epochal change in Assam.”

“He will always be remembered for the development of Assam and especially towards his efforts to improve law and order and fighting insurgency in the state. His passing away marks the end of an era. In this hour of grief, condolences to his family, friends and supporters.”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Shri Tarun Gogoi Ji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.”


Tarun Gogoi is survived by wife Dolly Gogoi, son Gaurav Gogoi, a Lok Sabha member, and daughter Chandrima Gogoi who lives in the US.

Gogoi’s body would be kept at the famous Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Monday night while the cremation will take place on Tuesday or Wednesday with full state honours after consultation with his family, said Sarma while interacting with the media.

(With agency inputs)




Kerala government puts amended Police Act on hold after backlash


Kerala government puts amended Police Act on hold after backlash

‘Concerns were expressed by those who supported LDF and those who stood for the protection of democracy. In this situation, it’s not intended to amend the law,’ Kerala CM said.

The Kerala government on Monday decided to not implement the amended Kerala Police Act which enables arrest for content or social media post deemed ‘offensive’ amid widespread criticism.

Kerala’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the amendment to the Kerala Police Act ‘will not be implemented’.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, “With the announcement of the amendment, different views arose from different quarters. Concerns were expressed by those who supported LDF and those who stood for the protection of democracy. In this situation, it’s not intended to amend the law,”

“Detailed discussions will be held in the assembly and further steps will be taken in this regard after hearing the views of all parties.” he further added.

On Friday, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan signed the special order for the Kerala Police (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which included a new section, 118 (A). According to it, an individual who creates or sends any information that is offensive or is intended to offend or threaten another individual, through any means of communication, is liable to face imprisonment of three years or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both.

There has been massive outrage over this controversial move by Kerala’s  Left Democratic Front (LDF) government. The opposition had said that this could be used to suppress free speech and was done to target the media.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday had said that the law would not be used against ‘free speech’ or ‘impartial journalism.’ The chief minister’s office (CMO) released a statement.

The statement read, “The new amendment will in no way be used against free speech or impartial journalism. Apprehensions to the contrary are unfounded,”

The statement further added: “Along with ensuring freedom of the press, the Government also has the responsibility of upholding a citizen’s individual freedom and his/her dignity, as enshrined in the Constitution. The popular idea that one’s freedom ends where the other’s nose begins needs to be respected. However, there have been instances of this idea being repeatedly violated.”

The CM in his statement said that attacks where the use of ‘personal likes, or dislikes, political or non-political interests’ were used to ‘settle scores’ did not fall under the journalism and were ‘personal vendetta.’

He also said that his government had received complaints against the ‘misuse of social media.’




Freight Launch River going to Bengal, loaded with stones from Jharkhand, submerged


Freight Launch River going to Bengal, loaded with stones from Jharkhand, submerged

There were 8 trucks loaded with stones at the launch, in which 20 people were 12 people somehow got out of the river, but still 8 people have no idea

A cargo launch in the Malda Manikchak River Ghat of West Bengal was reported to have been drowned in the launch. There were 8 trucks at the launch, all the trucks loaded with stones were coming from the Rajmahal in Jharkhand to the Manikchak Ghat in Malda, West Bengal. Suddenly, the launch drowned in the river and at the launch, the stone-laden trucks also drowned in which 20 people rushed into the river, while 12 of them managed to get out of the river safely by saving their lives but 8 people Still missing, the rescue continues to find




Do not have to wear masks. Heavy team of Municipal Corporation and Police campaign for 2 hours


Do not have to wear masks. Heavy team of Municipal Corporation and Police campaign for 2 hours

The campaign will continue throughout the month on the instruction of SP Vivek Agarwal

You may have to wear Chhindwara mask now. Police of all the police stations including heavy traffic police, along with the municipal employees, campaigned for about 2 hours masking and sister checking and took action against hundreds of people. , Rs. 19800 has been recovered in this action. Apart from this, Kundipura police has acted on 65 people, ₹ 6500 Kotwali police have taken action on 55 people and the lowest countryside police has acted on 34 people for ₹ 3400 Challan has been cut, SP Vivek Aggarwal said that the campaign has been started here or the campaign will now continue for the whole month.




Blast in cylinder while filling gas in balloon, three people seriously injured


Blast in cylinder while filling gas in balloon, three people seriously injured

South 24 Parganas: On Friday night, a big event has been held in Kulti area of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on the Kali Puja for several days. It is said that while filling air in the balloon, the gas cylinder exploded, after which three people were injured in it. The injured are currently admitted to a hospital in Kolkata for treatment.




Pfizer’s record breaking 9 month sprint to Covid-19 vaccine: A timeline


Pfizer’s record breaking 9 month sprint to Covid-19 vaccine: A timeline

That prompts the immune system to churn out antibodies against the virus. In virology, generating neutralising antibodies is a good surrogate of our bodies’ ability to protect from sickness.

New York, Nov 20 (IANS) Pfizer announced Friday it is seeking emergency approval from US regulators for its Covid-19 vaccine, which has shown 95 percent efficacy in a totality of two data sets released in the last 10 days. The chief of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine programme says all systems are ready to ensure the vaccines get to states as soon as they figure out their distribution plan.

Seen purely from a clock time perspective, Pfizer’s dash to the finish line has broken all vaccine development speed records, and on a totally new technology platform called mRNA – which has no benchmarks yet.

The coronavirus itself isn’t there inside the mRNA vaccine. Instead, it is embedded with a piece of genetic code that trains our bodies to recognize imminent enemy action from the spike protein on the surface of the virus. When the mRNA enters our cells, it begins to spew copies of the coronavirus’ spike protein.

That prompts the immune system to churn out antibodies against the virus. In virology, generating neutralising antibodies is a good surrogate of our bodies’ ability to protect from sickness.

Below is a timeline of Pfizer’s run up to this historic moment:

March 17: Pfizer and BioNTech announce plans to develop a Covid-19 vaccine using BioNTech’s technology platform.

April 29: Testing of four vaccine candidates begins with volunteers in Germany. Five other countries are part of the testing pool.

May 5: Testing expands to include the US.

July 1: One of four vaccine candidates appears to rev up the immune system, is well tolerated.

July 22: Trump administration agrees to buy 100 million vaccine doses, with an option for 500 million more.

July 27: Late-stage testing begins for 30,000 volunteers.

September 8: CEOs of 9 pharma giants, including Pfizer and BioNTech, pledge they will not be rushed by politics or extraneous factors.

November 8: Pfizer receives data from independent trial monitors who analyse test results.

November 9: Pfizer announces the vaccine appears to be about 90 per cent effective, based on 94 infections in a pool of more than 43,000 volunteers.

November 18: Pfizer and BioNTech release a second batch of interim results saying their two-dose coronavirus vaccine candidate is 95 per cent effective and also protects the most vulnerable people in older age groups from the risk of dying from the virus.

Nov 20: Pfizer announces intent to submit application to US regulators for emergency use authorisation.




Canada visa application centres to re-open on Nov 25


Canada visa application centres to re-open on Nov 25

Effective from December 2, visa applicants who have submitted online applications for student category and family class priority can enroll their biometrics at the visa applications centres.

Canada visa applicants who have submitted online applications for family class priority — spouses, partners and children category — can enroll biometrics at the Canada Visa Applications Centres in six cities from November 25, it was announced by VFS Global on Friday.

The cities are Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

As per the directive, limited visa services will resume across India.

An appointment is mandatory to visit the visa application centre to enroll biometrics. Appointments can be booked online from Friday by filling in the web form available.

Effective from December 2, visa applicants who have submitted online applications for student category and family class priority can enroll their biometrics at the visa applications centres.

Customers who have already submitted their applications for these categories will receive a biometric instruction letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to enroll their biometrics.

This letter must be carried for their appointment.

For all other categories, biometric enrolments are not being accepted until further notice. If you have booked an appointment for categories other than student and family class priority, you will be turned away and your biometrics will not be enrolled, said the statement.

For emergency applications, customers can write to delhiimmigration@international (dot) gc (Dot) ca

Due to increased health and safety measures, enquiries, walk-in requests for appointments, and visitors accompanying applicants will not be permitted inside the visa application centres.




Tejpal’s rape trial delayed as complainant tests Covid positive


Tejpal’s rape trial delayed as complainant tests Covid positive

Tejpal has been accused of sexually assaulting a junior female colleague in the elevator of a hotel in north Goa during an event in November 2013.

The rape trial of Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, has been delayed further after the complainant informed a Goa court through her counsel on Friday that she has tested positive for Covid-19.

The trial, which has been delayed on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, was to resume in the trial court at Mapusa in north Goa on Friday, with the cross-examination of the complainant.

“She informed the court that she has contracted Covid-19 and hence could not be present in court today,” special public prosecutor Francisco Tavora told reporters.

“Her cross-examination and that of her husband has now been scheduled for December 7. The trial will continue with the examination of other witnesses from Monday onwards,” he added.

Tejpal has been accused of sexually assaulting a junior female colleague in the elevator of a hotel in north Goa during an event in November 2013. He faces charges under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (b) (criminal assault with intent to disrobe) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code.




Two women accuse BJP leader of physical abuse, sexual assault in West Bengal’s Basirhat


Two women accuse BJP leader of physical abuse, sexual assault in West Bengal’s Basirhat

The BJP leader has denied all the allegations against him and claimed that it was a woman member of his family who was assaulted.

Two women in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district have accused a local BJP leader of physical abuse and sexual harrassment. The BJP leader from Basirhat has denied the allegations against him.

Kalyani Ruidas and Soma Ruidas, residents of Gopalpur village in Basirhat, have complained that BJP leader, Toofan Ruidas, had blocked their job cards.

On being asked to hand over the cards, Toofan allegedly harrassed both the women and tried to sexually assault them. They suffered serious injuries and had to be admitted at the local Haria Gramin Hospital, reported Bengali portal The Wall.

Other than Toofan, Kalyani and Soma have also accused his associates Bittu Das, Suman Das and Shukdev Das. They lodged a complaint at the Haroa Police Station against all of them.

Meanwhile, the BJP leader has denied all the allegations against him and claimed that it was a woman of his family who was assaulted by Soma and Kalyani’s kins.

Toofan said that Kalyani and Soma conspired to attack his family member. He has lodged a complaint against them at the Haroa Police Station as well.

After hearing both sides and taking cognizance of their complaints, the local police has started their investigation. The police is looking to figure if the incident has any political aspects or it escalated solely from the job card issue.

Meanwhile, the Basirhat region was on the news for political violence last month when a local BJP leader had succumbed to injuries sustained during clashes with TMC workers.

BJP’s deputy secretary of booth number 234 in Hingalganj Rabindranath Mondal was allegedly attacked by a group of TMC supporters.

Reportedly on October 12, BJP held a public meeting in the area that was not allowed by the local police. TMC had followed it up with rally on the next day.

It was at the end of TMC’s rally when violence had erupted, injuring Mondal and six others. All of them were taken to local municipality hospital in Basirhat.

With Mondal’s condition not improving, he was first transferred to the Nil Ratan Sarkar Hospital in Kolkata before being moved to the SSK Hospital, where he breathed his last on Monday night.

A local TMC leader Dinabandhu Koyal was also heavily attacked in Hingalganj area in the aftermath of the rally. The ruling party has alleged that Koyal was beaten up by miscreants backed by BJP iron rod and sticks, making him unconscious.




Something may happen before election: Babul Supriyo hints at President’s Rule in Bengal


Something may happen before election: Babul Supriyo hints at President’s Rule in Bengal

Babul Supriyo warned that if the killings of BJP worker didn’t stop, Mamata Banerjee and TMC might be removed before the Assembly Elections next year.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Babul Supriyo, has hinted at the President’s Rule in West Bengal in near future, saying that there are “provisions in the Constitution, using which Mamata Banerjee can be removed” before the Assembly Elections next year.

Supriyo stressed that the saffron party would like to beat Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the democratic manner. However, he warned that if the killing of BJP workers did not stop in West Bengal, the Central would take different action.

“More than 130 BJP workers have been killed in West Bengal in the last 2-3 years. She was elected to power by people. Even we want to follow the similar democratic process of throwing Mamata didi’s government out of Bengal,” Supriyo was seen speaking on ABP Ananda.

“But if Mamata didi thinks that she can threaten people and scare them away from electoral booths, there are provisions in the Constitution, which can be used to remove Mamata didi from this path.

“Didi should be careful for the next six months till the elections and keep the essence of democracy and the Constitution alive in the state. Otherwise people have already decided what to do in 2021. But you never know something might happen before that,” the lawmakers from Asansol added.

Denouncing his statement entirely, heavyweight TMC leader Saugata Roy urged the “two-penny, four-penny” BJP leader to read the Constitution before speaking on the President’s Rule.

“All these small, two-penny and four-penny BJP leaders are trying to scare us. There are nothing in the Constitution (abouth President’s Rule) other than the Article 356, which falls under the Emergency provision and using which the President’s Rule can be established,” the Dum Dum MP said.

“And his the President’s Rule actually needs to brought into effect that has already been directed by the Supreme Court in a judgement. Other than that there’s nothing. Babul Supriyo hasn’t read the Constitution properly,” he added.

Meanwhile, political violence is on the rise in the election-bound state. On Thursday, both sides have accused each other of killing their party workers. While the BJP claimed TMC murdered its cadre in Coochbehar, the ruling party has put up similar allegations against the central party in North 24 Parganas.

Political violence throughout West Bengal ahead of the Assembly Elections next year has been a major hindrance before for the law and order of the state.

Opposition parties like the BJP, CPIM and Congress have, time and again, blamed the TMC government for failing to maintain the law and order situation in the election-bound state.

It has also been revealed by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data that in terms of political violence and killings, West Bengal stands top among all the Indian states.




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