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Trinamool censures RS member Jawhar Sircar, removes him from WhatsApp group

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 Trinamool Congress has censured its Rajya Sabha member and bureaucrat-turned-politician Jawhar Sircar over some of his recent comments on the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment irregularity scam.

Sarkar has also been removed from the internal WhatsApp group of Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha members.

When IANS tried to contact Sircar for his comments, instead of taking the call he replied with an SMS message, which read, “No comments. Thank you.”

Recently, while speaking to a vernacular news channel, Sircar, a retired IAS officer and ex-CEO of Prasar Bharati, had said that he was really shocked by the huge cash recovered from the two residences of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of former state Education Minister and the prime accused in the teacher recruitment scam, Partha Chatterjee.

He had also said that after the recovery of cash was flashed in the media, there was immense pressure on him from his family members, friends and well-wishers.

Following Sircar’s remarks, senior Trinamool leaders such as Saugata Roy and Tapas Roy had said that his comments were unwarranted at this point of time and caused embarrassments to the party leadership.

Roy even went on to say that if Sircar thinks it right, he can resign as a Rajya Sabha member and his exit will make no difference to the party.

Soon after that the party instructed senior Rajya Sabha member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy to coordinate with Sircar in the matter.

During that interaction, Sircar reportedly stuck to his stand and explained that his comments were not against the party but against the involvement of politicians in corruption. Sukhendu Sekhar Roy reportedly asked him to refrain from making any comments to the media and instead raise any issue within the party.

But now that Sircar has been removed from the internal WhatsApp Group of Trinamool Rajya Sabha members, talks are doing the rounds whether Sircar’s exit from Trinamool Congress is a matter of time.

However, Trinamool leaders have remained tight-lipped over the development till the time the time of filing of this report.

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Drunk on power, Owaisi on Amit Shah’s Gujarat riots remark

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 AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah for stating that BJP taught a lesson to rioters in Gujarat in 2002 and remarked that he is drunk on power.

The Hyderabad MP took to Twitter to hit back at Amit Shah. “Drunk high on power, India’s home minister said we taught a lesson in 2002,” tweeted Owaisi.

The AIMIM leader reminder Shah that power is not permanent. “After coming to power, some people forget that power does not always remain with someone,” wrote Owaisi, who is currently campaigning for All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidates in Gujarat Assembly elections.

Owaisi earlier asked Amit Shah what lesson he taught in 2002. “Naroda Patiya ka sabaq? Gulberg ka sabaq? Best Bakery ka sabaq? Bilqis Bano ka sabaq?,” he asked on Twitter while sharing a video clip from an election rally addressed by him in Juhapura.

Amit Shah had told an election meeting in Gujarat on Friday that BJP taught a lesson to rioters of Gujarat in 2002 and established permanent peace in the state.

“I want to tell the hom minister that the lesson you taught in 2002 was that Bilkis Bano’s rapists will be freed. The less you taught was that you will free murderers of Bilkis’ three-year-old daughter. You also taught us that Ahsan Jafri can be killed. You taught the lesson of Gulbarg Society, you taught the lesson of Best Bakery…whic lessons of yours will we remember,” Owaisi said.

“Amit Shah sahab, what lesson did you teach during Delhi communal riots,” he asked.

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‘Women look good even without clothes’, says Ramdev

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 In a potentially controversial development, Yoga expert Ramdev on Friday commented on women’s attires, raising eyebrows in political and social circles.

Addressing a free Yoga training programme here, Ramdev said without batting an eyelid: “Women look good in saris, they look great in salwar suits, and in my view they look good even if they don’t wear anything.”

At that time, he was flanked by Thane’s Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde, son of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and singer Amruta Fadnavis — wife of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and other prominent personalities.

Ramdev, 56, was speaking at a Yoga Science Camp & Women’s Meeting organised by Patanjali Yoga Peeth and Mumbai Mahila Patanjali Yoga Samiti here.

He interacted with women who had brought their yoga attires and saris for the conclave and attended a training camp conducted by Ramdev.

Since the meeting started soon after the training camp, many women did not get time to change and attended it in their Yoga suits.

Observing this, Ramdev said that there was no problem if they had no time to switch to saris and they could do it after going home, and then made his remark — termed as ‘sexist’ in some quarters.

He also urged the people to remain happy and smiling, similar to Amruta Fadnavis to live a long life.

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NF Railway to organise first-ever Northeast Half Marathon

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The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will organise the first-ever Northeast Half Marathon in Guwahati on February 5 next year, officials said on Friday.

To organise the first-of-its-kind Northeast Half Marathon, the NFR has joined hands with Innovations India Pvt Ltd. The Half Marathon will be aimed at the empowerment of sportspersons and the development of sports infrastructure in the northeastern region.

NFR CPRO, Sabyasachi De said that the Northeast Half Marathon will be a series of Marathons that would be conducted across the northeast with the aim of empowering the sportspersons and developing sporting activity in this region.

He informed that the first Marathon of the planned series will be held at Maligaon on the 5th of February, and approximately 3,000 runners from all across India as well as abroad are expected to participate in the race.

Prizes worth Rs 11 lakh would be given to the winners in addition to the trophies, medals and certificates.

The aspiring participants would be able to register through online as well as offline mode for the Marathon.

The NE Half Marathon would highlight all states of the Northeast as one entity and would surely catapult this region into the limelight on both National & International Platforms, De claimed.

Anshul Gupta, General Manager of NFR said that beyond connectivity and promoting tourism, the NFR is also promoting sporting events in various places within its jurisdiction.

The curator of the event, Captain Rahul Bali appreciated the initiative taken by the Railways.

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