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Those living in Bengal must speak Bengali: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that people from other States will have to speak in Bengali in West Bengal.While the message evoked mixed response in the social media, with many Bengalis opposing the idea, it appeared to be a clear attempt message to create space for linguistic and regional nationalism to counter religious nationalism. The idea has been advocated by various language pressure groups in the State for some time.“We have to take Bangla forward. When we go to Delhi we speak in Hindi, when we go to Punjab we have to speak in Punjabi. I do it. When I go to Tamil Nadu, I don’t know the Tamil language, but I know a few words. So in the same way if you are coming to Bengal you have to speak in Bengali,” Ms Banerjee said.She further added that “people from outside cannot come to beat up Bengalis.” Ms Banerjee was addressing a rally in Kanchrapara in North 24 Parganas district. Two key leaders of the area, Mukul Roy and Arjun Singh, moved to the BJP from the TMC.“In Naihati, Kakinara, Barrackpore, houses of Bengalis have been ransacked. We will not tolerate this. Our party cadres didn’t ransack houses of non-Bengalis here. We are against this sort of violence,” she said.“Just because they have won a few seats by programming EVMs doesn’t mean that you can beat up Bengalis and minorities in the state. We will not tolerate this. The police will take action against the hooligans. If someone is living in Bengal he or she has to speak in Bengali,” Ms Banerjee said. A Trinamool Congress advisor told The Hindu that the Chief Minister wais “concerned” about the “growing political clout of the people who do not speak Bengali and are from other States.”“So long these communities only pushed their economic interest in the State but being affluent now they are also pushing their political interests, contesting elections and influencing agendas, as every party has substantial number of people who have come to the State over last few years. This has bothered the Chief Minister,” the advisor said. Ms. Banerjee, however, said that she had “nothing against non-Bengalis living in Bengal.” “But the BJP is trying to create a Bengali and non-Bengali divide. I would urge them not to test our patience. We will never allow Bengalis to become homeless in Bengal,” she said. Alleging that the BJP was trying to turn West Bengal into another Gujarat, she alleged that just like the BJP engineered riots in the western state to retain power, it was trying to use the same technique in Bengal.“We have nothing against Gujarat or residents from that state. We are against the politics of riots that the BJP had followed in that state and is trying to replicate here. As long as I am there I would never allow them to turn Bengal into another Gujarat,” she said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Whisenhunt himself said the QB looks like he’s getting close. “He practiced in team at the end of the week last week,” he said. “Until I see him really have to step and drive and throw it — and do that in practice with guys around him — you’re not going to feel comfortable with him being ready to go.”Whisenhunt will have a decision to make when Skelton is healthy enough to play, but if Kolb keeps up his current pace it won’t be a difficult one for the coach to make.Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke That may indeed be the case, but we won’t know for certain yet.“I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but until John’s ready to play again there’s nothing really new there, nothing to talk about,” Whisenhunt said when asked about making a decision Monday.That time may be nearing, though, as Skelton himself tweeted confidence in his health Monday afternoon. Ankle feels a whole lot better. Two weeks out now. Ready to get back out there and join in on this fun. #birdgang— John Skelton (@johnskelton19) September 24, 2012 The Arizona Cardinals are rolling with Kevin Kolb under center. The quarterback, who entered the season as the backup, has completed 38-of-59 passes for 428 yards and four touchdowns since replacing an injured John Skelton in the fourth quarter of a Week 1 win over Seattle. Most figure it would be tough for Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt to give the starting job back to a healthy Skelton, at least with Kolb playing as well as he is. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Rep Howell lauds Action Plans focus on skilledtrades education

first_img Categories: Howell News,News ##### State Rep. Gary Howell today joined his House colleagues in rolling out the 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan, which he says will be a blueprint for the future.Howell, of North Branch, said the Action Plan’s focus on skilled-trades training is something he has prioritized for years. As president of the Lapeer County Intermediate Board of  Education, he has long emphasized the need to train young people for vocational careers.“Job creators in Lapeer County are hiring well-trained workers for skilled-trades positions, and we must do all we can do on the state level to prepare people for those well-paying jobs,” Howell said. “At the Intermediate School District I had a role in operating the vocational-technical center, and know how important it is to train people to work in the trades.”Howell also said he is supportive of the tax relief that is emphasized in the Action Plan.“Some families in Lapeer County are still living paycheck-to-paycheck, and we in state government need to tighten our belts as well,” Howell said. “Reducing the income tax will help give those families peace of mind.”The House Action Plan can be seen here: http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/.center_img 16Feb Rep. Howell lauds Action Plan’s focus on skilled-trades educationlast_img read more

Discovery has continued on its recent acquisition

first_imgDiscovery has continued on its recent acquisition spree, buying Italian kids and general entertainment broadcaster Switchover Media.Discovery will acquire all of the Italian firm, which operates four free-to-air and pay TV channels in Italy.The US company said that, combined with its existing assets in the Italian market, the Switchover deal will make it the third largest broadcaster in the country by audience shareSwitchover runs free-to-air channels Giallo, a female-skewed investigation-themed service and Focus, a male-targeted factual entertainment channel. It also operates two free-to-air childrens channels, K2 and Frisbee, as well as GXT, a male-targeted pay TV channel.“Italy is a leading market for Discovery and key to our growth here over the last two years has been the development of a successful free-to-air TV business strategy as this platform has grown,” said Dee Forbes, president and managing director of Discovery Networks Western Europe.Forbes, previously at Turner, which runs several kids channels said: “The acquisition of Switchover Media adds further breadth and scale to that free-to-air strategy, as well as diversifying our portfolio to include scripted crime and children’s programming that have proven popular with audiences and advertisers.”With the acquisition of Switchover, Discovery now manages six free-to-air brands and six pay TV brands in Italy. The combined business will be overseen by Marinella Soldi, managing director Discovery Italy and general manager Southern Europe, who is based in Milan.Francesco Nespega, founder and managing partner of Switchover Media, will serve as a consultant and advisor to Discovery.last_img read more

For the first time global smart TV shipments excee

first_imgFor the first time global smart TV shipments exceeded 100 million units in 2015, according to new stats by IHS.The research firm said that in the fourth quarter alone 34.2 million smart TVs were shipped, accounting for 48.5% of all TVs sent out.IHS predicts that smart TV shipments will continue to grow at a “more gradual rate” in the coming years, reaching 109 million units in 2016 and 134 million units in 2020.“Consumers increasingly regard smart functions as essential. The market dynamic has shifted from seeding the market to self-sustaining demand for built-in internet streaming functions,” said IHS Technology principal analyst, Paul Gray.Last year more than 75% of televisions in China were shipped with smart functionality, while the popularity of the feature in North America surged from 36% to 48%, according to IHS.last_img read more