Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee paid floral tribute to the portrait of the poet, novelist, Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata on May 09. In a recent state Assembly polls, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) got an absolute majority on its own by bagging 213 seats in the 294-member assembly. While BJP ended with 38% vote-share, it won 77 seats and became principal opposition party in WB.
BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Sunday elected as the next Chief Minister of Assam. India continues to battle a Tsunami of Covid cases as it recorded 4,03,738 fresh Covid cases and 4,092 deaths in the last 24 hours. Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced an extension of the lockdown in the national capital till 5 AM, May 17 (Monday). The centre on Sunday released ₹ 8,923 crore for rural local bodies as the first instalment of the 'Untied Grants' for the year 2021-22. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, asking for tax waivers on the import of medicines and equipment needed to fight the Covid pandemic.
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Polling for fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections began at 7 am across 45 seats. Long queues of voters were seen outside polling stations across six districts, Elections are being held in Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Nadia, North 24 Parganas and Purba Bardhaman. Over one crore voters will exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 342 candidates. Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful voting. The Election Commission has deployed at least 853 companies of central forces to ensure free and fair voting. Elections for 294 seats in West Bengal are being held in eight phases, results on May 2.
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Highlighting some recent alleged crimes against women in West Bengal, BJP president JP Nadda in Hooghly questioned the West Bengal government saying that the administration didn't action in any of the cases. JP Nadda asked what have the people raising slogan of 'Ma, Mati, Manush' done for women? "West Bengal is number one in terms of kidnapping of women, attempt to murder and unsolved missing cases. Two tribal girls were raped in Jalpaiguri but no action was taken," said JP Nadda.
Oath taking ceremony of newly elected MLAs of Bengal was held inside the state Legislative Assembly on May 07. MLAs of West Bengal took oath as members of the state assembly in Kolkata. All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) got an absolute majority on its own by bagging 213 seats in the 294-member assembly. While BJP ended with 38% vote-share, it won 77 seats and became principal opposition party in WB.
During her speech at West Bengal Assembly on May 08, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded universal vaccine program across the country. She said, "Rs 30,000 crores is nothing for the central government...There should be a universal vaccine program for all throughout the country." It was her first speech after taking oath as West Bengal CM for the 3rd consecutive time. She also questioned Centre's move to send 4-member MHA team amid post-poll violence reports. She said, "Why is there so much discrimination with Bengal? They sent the central team within 24 hours of oath-taking. Actually, they (BJP) are not ready to accept the public mandate. I never support violence. They are spreading fake news and fake videos."
After Mamata Banerjee-led TMC's grand victory in the West Bengal state Assembly elections, several photos and videos depicting violence of BJP workers by TMC cadres surfaced on social media and created uproar. New stories of violence come into limelight daily, therefore, a 4-member Union Home Ministry team arrived at Kolkata airport to analyse ground situation of West Bengal post poll violence.
From almost 2 dozen patients reportedly going 'missing' from a Delhi hospital, to Gujarat government taking steps against rising cases of 'black fungus' - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. 23 patients at Delhi's Hindu Rao Hospital, run by a civic body, reportedly left the facility without informing. Ten states and Union Territories in India account for over 71% of all new cases. Meanwhile, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir extended restrictions amid high cases. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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Brian Stelter says Covid-19 coverage is changing as cases dissipate in the United States, and it’s important for media outlets to model the “new normal.” Amanda Marcotte says journalists are feeling more “empowered to ask hard questions” of public health authorities. At the same time, David Zurawik points out, memories of the pandemic’s peak are still fresh.
As India battles the raging second COVID wave, Israeli's Ambassador to India, Ron Malka on May 09 informed that Israel is sending team of experts to help India amid COVID second wave. "We are sending teams of experts to India. For example, we are going to send a team for rapid testing, and a team to develop very easy producing oxygen concentrators. India has remarkable manufacturing capabilities," said Israel Envoy.
Expressing the deep solidarity with India, Israeli's Ambassador to India, Ron Malka on May 09 said that his country will never forget the remarkable assistance that they got from India. "We will never forget the remarkable assistance we got from India at the beginning of this pandemic. India and Israel share strong values of friendship. We are sharing practices, expertise, IPs whatever we can this is a life-saving time. This equipment that we sent is from the heart of the people of Israel to the heart of India. Organisations from private sectors and companies are also collecting equipments and sending it to India," said Israel Envoy.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar cast his vote in the eighth phase of assembly polls. The governor was accompanied by his wife Sudesh Dhankhar who also cast her vote. Dhankhar and his wife voted..
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