The first convocation of 31 students of National Institute of Fashion Technology Srinagar was held in Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre on April 09. Textiles Minister Smriti Irani was the chief guest on the occasion and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju was the Guest of Honour at institute's convocation. JandK Governor Manoj Sinha also attended the convocation via video conferencing from Jammu's Raj Bhawan. NIFT Srinagar offers two undergraduate courses in Fashion Design and Fashion Communication of four years respectively. It plays a vital role in providing exposure to students in order to enhance their creativity. Students were overjoyed with the convocation that took place amid pandemic.
Union minister Smriti Irani hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the latter's comments regarding personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force. The Trinamool Congress chief reportedly said that she respects 'real soldiers', but not those who 'create nuisance, and harass people at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party'. Irani said that Bengal residents have decided to end Mamata's roguishness. Watch the full video for more.
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A day after 3rd phase of West Bengal assembly elections, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her remarks on paramilitary forces. "Mamata ji's hooliganism took another turn but people of West Bengal have decided to stop it. She can see her defeat in these polls. She was against poor in Bengal and is now speaking against paramilitary forces," said Smriti Irani in Phansidewa, Darjeeling. In a rally in Cooch Behar, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "We want free and fair polls, public should be allowed to cast their votes. CRPF shouldn't obstruct them from entering the polling center. I respect CRPF who are real jawans but I don't respect BJP CRPF who are doing nuisance, attacking women and harassing people."
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on April 19 announced that 121 fast- track courts has been sanctioned for Bengal for sexual offences against children in West Bengal. "Been writing to Mamata Banerjee for her consent but all went in vain. You're a woman CM. What's the problem with fast-track courts for sexual offences against children?" Law Minister asked. "Fast-track courts established across country for fast-tracking cases of sexual offences against children, wherein Centre provides 50% funds and remaining states do. 121 fast-track courts sanctioned for Bengal, there has been no response from CM Mamata," he added.
BJP national president JP Nadda held a roadshow in West Bengal's Birbhum on April 19. He held roadshow in Sainthia. However, COVID norms were flouted during the roadshow. Despite surge in coronavirus cases, huge crowd gathered there. Today, India reported over 2.7 lakh new positive cases of COVID-19.
Amid election season in West Bengal, bombs were hurled at BJP's camp office and residence of party workers in Panihati last night. BJP candidate from Panihati constituency, Sanmoy Banerjee alleged TMC workers for the incident. He said, "TMC people have resorted to these attacks as they know they are losing the polls. Police are acting as mere spectators." The eight-phased Bengal elections will conclude on April 29.
As Prime Minister campaigns in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas ahead of third phase of voting, he targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said people of Bengal have planned exit of "Taka Maar Company" (TMC) from Nabanna. "Some people in TMC had decided to field Mamata Didi from another seat but some intelligent persons told her that it would be her second biggest mistake. Some people told her that if she would lose both seats, it will become very difficult for TMC to function as a party in future," said PM Modi in Sonarpur. He added, "Didi, you should trust the people of Bengal. People of Bengal have given their verdict. It is decided that you will have to leave Nabanna with your Taka Maar Company (TMC)."
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee protested against the fuel price hike in a unique style. On Thursday, Banerjee commuted to and from state secretariat Nabanna on an electric scooter. On the way to Nabanna in the morning, the CM was seen riding pillion on a battery-powered e-scooter. While in the afternoon, Banerjee took the driver's seat on the way to her residence in Kalighat. While Banerjee rode the scooter at a slow speed, some security personnel followed her on foot. "Today, we silently protested against the hike in petrol, diesel and LPG prices. I rode a pillion on an electric scooter on my way to the Secretariat. The battery-powered electric scooter was driven by minister Firhad (Bobby) Hakim. While returning, I myself rode the e-scooter. Even though this was my first attempt, riding the e-scooter seemed easy. I will ride it again and become an efficient rider. I thank each and everyone for their support," Banerjee said. The TMC supremo is not missing any opportunity to score over her main rival BJP. Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly are due in April-May this year.
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In the ongoing fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly cast his vote at a polling booth in Behala constituency of South 24 Parganas district. A total of 1,15,81,022 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in this fourth phase of assembly election. The fifth phase of the assembly elections will commence on April 17. Counting of votes will take place on May 02.
Indian Secular Front chairman and candidate from Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district, Naushad Siddiqui and BJP candidate from the same constituency, Soumi Hati greeted each other. Both are the candidate from Bhangar constituency in South 24 Parganas district. This phase of elections will witness an intense battle between 373 candidates in 44 constituencies.
In the ongoing fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections 2021, security personnel help an woman voter get to a polling station in Alipurduar constituency. Long queue of voters was witnessed at a polling station in Kulberia Dharmatala of South 24 Parganas. A total of 1,15,81,022 voters will participate in this phase, out of which 2,63,016 are first-time voters. Counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Polling began at 7 am for 44 seats in the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly polls. Long queues of voters were seen outside polling stations across five districts. Voting, which will continue till 6:30 pm, is underway with adherence to Covid protocols. Elections are being held in Howrah, South 24 Parganas, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar and Hooghly. Over 1.15 crore voters will exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 373 candidates. High-profile candidates include Babul Supriyo, Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas. Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful voting. As many as 789 companies of central armed police forces have been deployed to guard 15,940 booths. State police forces have also been deployed at strategic locations to aid central forces. Elections for 294 seats in Bengal are being held in eight phases, results on May 2.
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Union Minister Smriti Irani rode a scooty on February 26 during BJP's roadshow in Panchpota area of West Bengal for upcoming assembly elections. Interestingly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also tried her hands at an electric scooty a day before in Kolkata where she was riding the electric vehicle to protest against the rising fuel prices.