Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday accused the West Bengal police of “arresting” party spokesperson Samanay Bandopadhyay for circulating posts critical of the Trinamool Congress government.‘Arrested from home’ Family members and party sources said that Mr. Bandopadhyay was “arrested” by a team of Purulia district police from his home in North 24 Parganas district on Thursday evening. The West Bengal police and Purulia district police neither confirmed nor denied having arrested or detained Mr. Bandopadhyay. “We will get back to you,” a senior official of Purulia police said when enquired about the alleged arrest. Mr. Bandopadhyay is known for his staunch criticism of the TMC government through his social media posts. “The arrest of Samanay Bandopadhyay is a classic example of intolerance of the highest order. Mr. Bandopadhyay was arrested from his home for criticising the State government. Such blatant attack on the freedom of speech and expression by the government will not stop us from protesting against the ruling dispensation. We condemn such undemocratic assault on the freedom of speech and political terrorism unleashed by the Mamata Banerjee government,” Mr. Chowdhury said. Reacting to the allegations, senior TMC leader and party Chief Whip in State Assembly Nirmal Ghosh said, “Mr. Bandopadhyay has been arrested as there were several criminal charges against him. It has nothing to do with criticism of the State government.” The BJP leadership also slammed the State government over the arrest. The CPI(M) and Congress activists on Friday staged a protest outside Khardah police station against the alleged arrest. Mr. Bandopadhyay’s house at Sodepur falls under the jurisdiction of Khardah police station. The incident is reminiscent of the arrest of Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra in April 2012 for posting cartoons of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the Internet.
Cricket humour is the new flavour on the sets of Comedy Nights With Kapil. Standup comedian Kapil Sharma has been shooting with a string of cricketers in the upcoming episodes.Virat Kohli, vice-captain of the Indian cricket team, is the latest celebrity hailing from the sport to make an appearance on the show and amuse the audience with his funny bone.Forthcoming episodes will also feature the Pathan brothers – Irfaan and Yusuf – pulling each other’s leg.Kapil made Virat blush by cracking tongue-in-cheek jokes on his alleged affair with actress Anushka Sharma.Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar set the ball rolling, which led several other cricketers to appear on the show. Sunny made an appearance with Virendra Sehwag, reportedly on the insistence of commentator-turned- politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, and floored the audience with his humour.The episode was a revelation for cricket lovers as they got a glimpse of the rare, funny side of Gavaskar. “The ratings have been consistently strong, however the episodes featuring Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev created a frenzy on social networking sites as the audience for the first time saw the relaxed and comical side of their cricketing heroes,” said a source from the channel.Kapil Dev made an appearance with wife Romi and unabashedly cracked jokes on her raw cooking skills. Sehwag confirmed his shy nature, while Harbhajan Singh made fun of his lack of proficiency in English.Irfaan and Yusuf Pathan were also seen pulling each other’s leg on the show.The production unit of the show has been articulately chalking out theme for episodes featuring cricketers.”The attempt is to make the cricketers reveal funny anecdotes and create greenroom humour,” said a member of the unit.advertisementIn an upcoming episode, Kapil made Virat blush by making tongue-in-cheek jokes on the alleged affair with actress Anushka Sharma.”Did you go to Spain to watch the football World cup?” joked Kapil, hinting at Virat’s much-talked about reported romantic rendezvous with Anushka in Spain.
Story Highlights He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14). “We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years.“We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14).Mr. Shaw noted that successive Governments have worked to attain economic stability “under the watchful eyes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)”.“But it will now require our collective and sustained focus to ensure that we not only continue to grow but to accelerate the growth,” he emphasised.Mr. Shaw acknowledged that the current Administration is still grappling with issues such as crime, high energy costs, and bureaucracy in the business environment, “which slow the pace at which we should be moving”.“We are dealing with the crime rate… and we are working on energy [by] rapidly diversifying into liquefied natural gas, and solar and wind energy. So, despite the [challenges], there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will get there together,” he said.The Minister emphasised, however, that doing so will require sustained focus on human development.“Our greatest opportunity for advancement in Jamaica is to develop our people, [who] are our greatest natural resource,” Mr. Shaw said.The forum featured research paper presentations and a panel discussion on the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.