West 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)
Bollywood superstar and a host of other A-listers are planning to ring in the new year in Dubai.The actor will be joined by his wife Gauri Khan and a group of other Bollywood friends are likely to check into a luxury hotel on the Palm Jumeirah from December 30 to January 1.Actor Hrithik Roshan and his wife Susanne Khan, director Karan Johar and lawyer Kaajal Anand will also join the King Khan.Khan, who has a home on the man-made island, however, plans to throw an extravagant party there, Emirates 24/4 reported.According to the report, actor Chunky Pandey is also on the guest list while Arjun Rampal is reportedly yet to firm up his plans.
India round off their long tours to Australia and New Zealand on Sunday with a great deal of satisfaction.Across all three formats, results have been good, leading many to tip India as favourites for the ICC World Cup to be held in England this summer.With Virat Kohli opting out of the T20 series and on a well-deserved holiday, it has given coach Ravi Shastri and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma time to experiment.It’s clear, India have used the T20 series against New Zealand as a build-up for the World Cup. There has been tinkering with the squad, a few changes and results on expected lines. Undoubtedly, Rohit has been a huge hit with the bat and his consistency marks him out as a man in form.As the leading run-getter with authority in T20 internationals, Rohit has that aura of being a batsman who is playing with great touch and enjoying whatever he is doing. At a time when almost everyone has started speculating on what will be the possible 16-member squad for the World Cup, there really are not too many worries for the selectors.With Shastri hinting Kohli could come in at No. 4 in the World Cup in England so that the team can bat deep, the jigsaw kind of fits quite easily. The big debate or so one thought was who would come in at the No.3 position.Perhaps, Rishabh Pant has provided enough answers to that as well, with his ebullient knock of 40 runs in Auckland on Friday catching the eye. Reports trickling in from New Zealand say Pant has been watched closely by none other MS Dhoni. Dhoni himself goes into the World Cup as a player with good scores in recent matches in ODIs and tons of experience.advertisementFrankly speaking, the battle for places in the World Cup revolves more around the reserve slots, with almost the first 12 so easy to pick. Starting with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan, you have Pant at No.3.If Kohli comes in at No.4 and Dhoni at No.5, there is more batting down the line if Ambati Rayudu comes in at No.6. After that, you have to fit in the bowlers where Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and possibly Kuldeep Yadav take up the No.7 to 11 places.One could well ask what the hurry is to speculate on the World Cup team. These days, when there is a great deal of professionalism associated with the Indian team and the build-up for the big event in England proceeding on the right track, it is a good sign.Once the team returns home, they will then fine-tune for the last stretch by playing five ODIs against Australia. Possibly, in these matches, one could get to see how the five other places get filled up from 12 to 16.Given Yuzvendra Chahal’s ability to fox the batsmen with his spin, he can be named as the No.12 player while for variety in the form of left-arm pace, Khaleel Ahmed can be a great pick as the No. 13 player. Khaleel has impressed in New Zealand and in England, where there will be more movement for the fast bowlers, a left-arm speed merchant can be a great variety.Possibly for the No.14 place, it could be a toss-up between Kedar Jadhav, who did well in Australia and Dinesh Karthik. No.15 can be a contest between Ravindra Jadeja, spinner cum good fielder, and Krunal Pandya. If one talks of getting in a reserve opener, Shubhman Gill and experienced KL Rahul may be the selectors’ dilemma for the last place in the flight to England.Shastri has hinted the selectors could well be taking a look at how players perform in the Indian Premier League. With the premium club cricket tournament in India advanced this time and its schedule still not very clear, IPL does become important.Today’s cricketers are at par with professionals in other sport. They are expected to be super-fit, play almost non-stop and maintain high levels of motivation. Given the format of the IPL, it is very demanding on every player who is part of various franchisees.The modern-day cricketer works hard on fitness and at the same time has to ensure he does not become stale. And in that sense, it has been good Kohli managed to get a good break. There are some who will suggest Indian cricketers are preserved for the World Cup but that’s simply not possible.It’s similar to the professional football players who get paid so well by clubs, they do not get released for the FIFA World Cup in advance. Many have carried injuries into the World Cup.advertisementHowever, in Indian cricket, that is just not possible as fitness tests rarely leave any room for compromise.Also Watch:
Manila: Three people were killed and over 240 plucked to safety in the southern Philippines Wednesday after a fire tore through a crowded ferry, authorities said, as rescuers hunted for more survivors. The blaze broke out before dawn as the Lite Ferry 16 was cruising to Dapitan City from Cebu, prompting some of the terrified passengers to throw themselves overboard, one witness said. It is not clear how many passengers were on the vessel, but the Philippine Coast Guard said 245 people had so far been rescued, and three confirmed dead. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The boat’s official manifest listed just 172 passengers and crew. The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, is plagued by poor sea transport, with badly regulated boats and ships prone to overcrowding and accidents. Coast Guard spokesman Captain Armand Balilo said search and rescue operations were continuing as authorities worked to determine the exact number of people on the boat. “We have ordered the captain to explain the discrepancy,” Balilo told AFP. The ferry’s operator, Danilo Lines, said a team was deployed to assist the rescued passengers and tugboats dispatched to bring the stricken ferry back to port. Some 30 years ago another Philippine ferry, the Dona Paz, collided with an oil tanker in an accident that claimed more than 4,000 lives in the world’s worst peacetime disaster at sea.
Ghaziabad: Following the death of 34-year-old man who suffered a heart attack after an argument with traffic cop, Ghaziabad police have lodged an FIR against unidentified cop for death due to negligence at Indirapuram police station.The family members of deceased have alleged that the misbehaviour from the traffic cop led to their kin’s condition deteriorating and his subsequent death. Sudhir Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad has also set up an enquiry for the matter which will be headed by an officer of superintendent rank. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Based on the complaint received from the family of deceased, a case under section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) has been registered against the unknown cop. The enquiry will be headed by SN Singh, SP traffic of Ghaziabad. We have also asked the family to come and identify the cop who was involved in the incident. Appropriate actions will be taken against him,” said Singh. According to police, Gaurav Sharma (34), who works in the sales department of a software company was stopped by a traffic policeman when he was travelling in his car along with elderly parents near CISF cut, on Sunday evening. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSharma’s 65-year-old father Moolchand Sharma alleged that despite they were not disobeying any road traffic rule, the traffic police personnel, who was wearing white dress, banged a stick on their car’s body to stop them. The family further said that Sharma stepped out of the car questioning the policeman for his behaviour. However, he fell on the road during the altercation and the policemen present over there fled away instead of taking him to the hospital. The victim was taken to nearby Fortis Hospital in sector 62 where doctors declared him dead on arrival. The Noida police confirmed after the incident that it occurred in Ghaziabad. Senior police officials said that Gaurav was diabetic in nature which made him to suffer a cardiac arrest. However, the family has said that his latest reports that came in August were normal. Meanwhile, the family will go for identification parade of the cops deployed near the spot once they are back from Haridwar where they had gone to perform the last rites of their kin.