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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mamata elected TMCLP leader, says Cong will join her ministry

Kolkata, 15 May : Mamata Banerjee was today formally elected Trinamool Congress Legislature Party leader and said pre-poll ally Congress would be part of her "small" ministry.
Two days after her party stormed to power with three- fourths majority, ending 34 years of Left Front rule in West Bengal, the name of 56-year-old Mamata Banerjee as TCLP leader was proposed by Subrata Bakshi.

The formality of her election was completed at Maharashtra Niwas hall in south Kolkata where all the 184 newly-elected Trinamool Congress MLAs were present.
Addressing the meeting, Banerjee said she was happy that the Congress had submitted a letter of support to a Trinamool Congress-led ministry to Governor M K Narayanan.
"We will also submit a letter to the Governor (with the list of supporters)," she said.
She said that her ministry would be small in size and Congress and SUCI would take part in it. SUCI, which won one seat, has been requested to join the ministry, she said. "SUCI has said it will let us know," she said.
Partha Chatterjee was elected deputy leader and Sobhandev Chattopadhyay Chief Whip. Jyotipriya Mullick was elected Treasurer.
Railway Minister Banerjee, who is a member of Lok Sabha from a Kolkata constituency, will have to get herself elected to the state Assembly within six months. She is likely to contest from a constituency in south Kolkata, TMC sources said. File Photos

Governor Narayanan dissolves 14th West Bengal Assembly
Kolkata, 15 May : West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan has dissolved the 14th state legislative Assembly.
A Raj Bhavan statement said that in view of the Election Commission's notification, the Governor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sub-clause (b) of Clause (2) of Article 174 of the Constitution, has dissolved the House with effect from yesterday.

Dhaka Supreme Court affirms Ershad’s rule unconstitutional
UNB, Dhaka, 15 May : The Supreme Court on Sunday affirmed the High Court ruling declaring void and unconstitutional the 7th amendment of the Constitution that legitimized usurpation of state power by Gen (retd) HM Ershad and his subsequent acts.
The six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque pronounced the order, allowing in part the appeal filed by Siddique Ahmed.
Twenty-nine years ago, on 24 March in 1982, army chief Lt Gen HM Ershad, now MP and Jatiya Party president, had usurped state power from the elected BNP government led by Justice Abdus Satter on the pretext of “bickering for power among the members of the ruling party ignoring the duty to the state jeopardizing national security and sovereignty.”
The apex court order, however, said all acts, things and deeds done and actions and proceedings taken during the period, and all transactions, which are past and closed, are hereby provisionally condoned.
But all international treaties made during the period are condoned, said the court order. In its short order, the SC also declared illegal and void Paragraph 19 of the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution (Transitional and temporary provisions) that ratified and confirmed the proclamation of 24 March, 1982, etc.
The Appellate Division further declared illegal and void the trial and conviction of Siddique Ahmed, a roadside vendor, who was sentenced to life term imprisonment in a murder case by martial law court at Chittagong Cantonment in 1986.

Left Front alleges post-poll attacks by Trinamool Congress
IANS, Kolkata, 15 May : The CPI(M) on Sunday alleged "widespread attacks" on the offices and houses of its supporters in West Bengal following its election rout.
The CPI(M) accused Trinamool Congress members of killing Jiten Nandi, a member of its zonal committee in West Midnapore, after the Left Front was voted out on Friday. "This murder perpetrated by TMC men is the first death in the post-poll violence," it said. "Reports are pouring in of widespread attacks on party offices, houses of cadres and supporters in different parts of West Bengal.

Bangladeshi youth killed by BSF along the Satkhira frontier
UNB, Satkhira, 15 May : Again a Bangladeshi cattle trader was hacked to death and three others were injured by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Boikari border in Sadar upazila early today.
Police recovered the body of Milon Hossain, (20) of Shikori village in Sadar upazila and also an HSC examinee, from a paddy field near the border pillar no.7. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sources said, BSF Gaborda camp troops hacked Milon to death with a sharp weapon and severely tortured three others when they were returning home with cattle.
C'garh govt protests Binayak Sen' nomination to Plan panel
PTI, New Delhi, 15 May : The nomination of rights activist Dr Binayak Sen as a member of the Indian Planning Commission''s Steering Committee on Health has not gone down well with the Chhattisgarh government, which today announced its ministers would "skip" all meetings of the panel to protest the move.
"Chief Minister Raman Singh and his cabinet colleagues have decided to skip all meetings of the Planning Commission over the nomination of convicted Dr Binayak Sen as a member of the plan panel committee on health," a terse statement of the Chhattisgarh government said.
Sen was recently granted bail by the Supreme Court which observed that no case of sedition was made out against the activist, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chhattisgarh court for alleged links with Maoists. File Photo
Sharmishta Mukherjee enthralls audience with 'fusion danc'
PTI, Bhopal, 15 May : Noted Kathak dancer Sharmishtha Mukherjee, daughter of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and her troupe enthralled the audience here with her fusion performance combining Rabindra Nath Tagore''s poems with PB Shelly''s work.
The performance, "Rainstorm and Autumn Leaves" was the fusion of Rabindra Sangeet and Western classical music composed by Jayati Ghosh that left the audience spellbound last night.
Priyanshu wants to be part of 'meaningful' Bengali Cinema
PTI, Kolkata, 15 May : With films like Goutam Ghose''s ''Moner Manush'' and Aparna Sen's ''Iti Mrinalini'' in his kitty, actor Priyanshu Chatterjee says he is looking to create his own space in meaningful Bengali cinema.
"I want to consolidate my hold in meaningful Bengali cinema while at the same time I will work on creating my own space in Bollywood with substantial roles," Priyanshu told PTI.

With the adulation to his role as Rabindranath Tagore's elder brother Jyotirindranath in ''Moner Manush'' behind him, the 38-year-old actor is looking forward to ''Iti Mrinalini'', the yet to be released film by Sen.
"I play a young director Imtiaz, who has studied filmmaking at a renowned institute abroad and has a bit of an ego," said Priyanshu, who was in the city to promote Bengali film ''Bhorer Alo''. "My character comes into Mrinalini's life when she is past her prime, wanting to make a film with her and himself acts in the film. So here it is a film within a film format," he added.
The film also stars Sen, playing an actress past her prime with daughter Konkona Sen Sharma playing the younger Mrinalini. Priyanshu was approached by Sen before Goutam Ghose did for ''Moner Manush'', though the latter released months back.
"For me it was a great honour to be approached by directors like Rinadi (Aparna) and Goutamda back to back. I had read and heard so much about Jyotirindranath during my growing up years. But this time I had to research a lot.
"I found his jest for life, his literary bent of mind, his love for music as well as his administrative skills interesting. It was a challenge to project such a personality, a towering figure of the 19th century, interacting with a figure like baladeer Lalan Fakir," he said.
About his experiences to work with Sen and Ghosh, Priyanshu said, "While Rinadi (Sen) looks after every minutest aspect on the sets, about the look and costume of the characters, Goutamda leaves it to the natural instinct and is particular about the camera angle."