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Depreciating rupee will kill small businesses, says Mamata Banerjee

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Kolkata, Aug 16: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday depreciating rupee will result in an increase of oil import bills and prices for vegetables, adding post demonetisation small businesses will be killed further. 

As rupee set a new record low below Rs 70.20 against the US Dollar, Banerjee also sated farmers’ distress will be compounded.

“Rupee crashes to its lowest ever. We are very concerned. Oil imports bill will now jump.

“Prices for vegetables will go up. After demonetisation disaster and now rupee slide, informal sector and small businesses will be further killed. Farmer distress will be compounded,” She tweeted.

At 10.45 a.m., the rupee recovered to 70.23 after it had plunged to 70.32-33 — the lowest ever mark — against the greenback on the back of an apparent intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

On Tuesday, at the end of the intra-bank trade session, the rupee strengthened by four paise at 69.90 against the dollar, compared to Monday’s close of 69.94 per greenback.

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Kamal Haasan takes digs at Stalin, Rajinikanth

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Chennai, Feb 18: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday took digs at DMK President M.K. Stalin and Rajinikanth.

At the Rotaract Annual District Conference held here, Kamal Haasan said Gram Sabha is there for decades and only after he started holding such meetings in villages in Tamil Nadu that others started copying that.

The founder of MNM party was obliquely referring to DMK President M.K. Stalin and others holding Gram Sabha meetings.

“Are you not ashamed of copying from a small boy?” he said.

At another point, Kamal Haasan said he cannot be wearing a torn shirt, and even if his shirt gets torn in the Assembly, he would wear another shirt.

Kamal Haasan was obliquely referring to Stalin, who came out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly in torn shirt on 17.2.2018 when the AIADMK government led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami sought vote of confidence.

Similarly, Kamal Haasan, when questioned about his bold decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections, said: “After oiling one’s body and slapping of thighs, one should not back out from the wrestling field saying he would come the next day.”

If that happens then one would become a laughing stock, Kamal Haasan added.

On Sunday, actor Rajinikanth announced his decision not to contest in the Lok Sabha polls. He also said he would not support any party.

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Kirti Jha Azad joins Congress

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New Delhi, Feb 18: Ending months of speculation, Darbhanga MP and former cricketer Kirti Jha Azad on Monday joined the Congress.

Azad was inducted into the Congress by party president Rahul Gandhi.

The cricketer turned politician is a three term Member of Parliament from Darbhanga Bihar.

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BJP leader arrested in Bengal for ‘involvement’ in daughter’s abduction

Suprabhat Batabyal, who had crossed over to the BJP from the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress about five months back, was taken into custody following prima facie evidence of his link-up with the abduction which had triggered violence in the area, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bolpur, Tanmoy Sarkar said.

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Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) A BJP leader in West Bengal’s Birbhum district was arrested, along with two others, on Sunday for allegedly being involved in the abduction of his daughter, police said.

Suprabhat Batabyal, who had crossed over to the BJP from the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress about five months back, was taken into custody following prima facie evidence of his link-up with the abduction which had triggered violence in the area, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bolpur, Tanmoy Sarkar said.

The 22-year-old woman, allegedly kidnapped by the two armed youths on Thursday, was rescued from the railway station in North Dinajpur district on Sunday.

“We got a tip off, following which a joint team of Birbhum and north Dinajpur district police traced her at the railway station,” Sarkar told media persons.

He said the woman, who is a school teacher, was fine and the police were talking to her to find out the exact course of events.

“Apart from the two youths involved in the abduction, we have arrested the girl’s father as there were prima facie evidence of her link with the happenings. The motive could be both related to family happenings and political expediency.

“A particular political party (Trinamool) was maligned after the incident. Thee was also much violence including an attack on the local legislator,” said a police officer.

Following the alleged abduction, the BJP had blamed the Trinamool, saying it was trying to put pressure on Batabyal to return to its fold.

The BJP activists had blockaded the vital Suri-Katwa road since Thursday night. Tyres were burnt on the roads and on Saturday, a group of people damaged Labhpur legislator Monirul Islam’s vehicle and chased him, forcing him to take shelter in the Labhpur police station.

The mob, wielding rods and sticks, pelted stones at the police station, following which police carried out a baton charge to control the situation.

A total of 12 people were arrested and cases have been slapped against 151 people.

The BJP, however, described Batabyal’s arrest as a “political conspiracy”.

“Instead of arresting the real culprits, the police were enacting a drama to frame Batabyal,” Birbhum district BJP president Ramkrishna Roy said.

The BJP took out processions at Labhpur to protest Batabyal’s arrest.

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