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Meghalaya Director-General of Police Rajiv Mehta in fact has described it as “mobile menace” with militants and criminal gangs alike using such pre-activated SIM cards to create immense fear psychosis in the minds of the law abiding citizens through extortion SMSs, 2014 1:03 pm Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pointed out the TDP was divided over supporting Telangana Bill. the TDP’s two MPs from Telangana would welcome and support it. Besides Nageshwara Rao the other TDP MP from Telangana is Ramesh Rathod from Adilabad The two MPs also discussed with the PM the cracks in TDP over supporting Telangana Besides Rao and Rathod several former TDP MLAs ministers and leaders under the aegis of Telangana Telugu Desam Forum also met the Prime Minister “We informed him that the Telangana Bill should be tabled in Parliament and we two TDP MPs from Telangana would support it We also requested him that he and the Congress high command should also ensure that the Bill is passed in this Parliament session” Rao told The Indian Express While assuring the TDP MPs that the Centre was committed to introduce and make all efforts to pass the Telangana Bill in Parliament Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pointed out the TDP was divided over supporting Telangana Bill Meanwhile sources said the Centre was considering certain amendments suggested by members of the Andhra Assembly For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Subrata Nagchowdhury | Updated: March 8 2015 1:13 am While yet to prove himself politically Abhishek (27) is a fiery orator a skill he picked from his aunt Mamata Banerjee Related News They call him ‘Yuvraj’ While his anointment may be a long way off blessed by aunt Mamata Abhishek Banerjee clearly is the rising star amid the TMC turmoil When Mamata Banerjee arrives in Delhi today to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek a debt waiver for West Bengal she will stay at 183 South Avenue Her belongings have already been moved there from Flat No 181 and a room readied for her Her stay is being coordinated by the occupant of Flat No 184 on the floor above From No 181 Mukul Roy will be looking on forlornly To those watching the turbulence within the Saradha-scam plagued Trinamool Congress the living arrangements say it all If Roy finds himself in the doghouse his fall within the TMC has coincided with the rise of the occupants of the other two flats Particularly 183’s Abhishek Banerjee ably chaperoned by Parliament colleague and upstairs neighbour Derek O’Brien Mamata who once denounced dynasty politics has not named nephew Abhishek 27 as her political successor But her former No 2 has done it for her Shorn of all responsibilities and powers within the party many of which have moved on to Abhishek Roy dealt the unkindest cut in early February “In politics there are ups and downs” he said “But it does not mean that one has to clip the wings of Ahmed Patel just to empower Rahul Gandhi” In end November 2014 Abhishek was made president of the All India Trinamool Youth Congress replacing a party stalwart Two months later after Roy’s name was dropped from the eight-member party committee to formulate strategy in both Houses of Parliament Abhishek was named to it as a permanent invitee O’Brien is also part of the new panel In recent weeks Abhishek has moved into the room where Roy used to sit on the ground floor of the Trinamool Bhavan in Kolkata’s eastern suburbs His position as the new focal point in the TMC is uncontested Abhishek was prompt in playing down Roy’s Rahul Gandhi comparison saying he saw himself as just a “block-level” party worker “responsible to the people of Bengal” However ‘Yuvraj’ is a title that rests easily on the nephew’s shoulders say party insiders in private Top TMC leaders talk of partymen much older in age having to stand up before Abhishek in a show of respect at his rallies A ring of policemen and secretaries manages his sets of mobile phones And despite being so new to the game he is hardly accessible to the media All efforts by The Sunday Express to talk to him for this article proved futile Abhishek remained inaccessible on the phone and questions sent to him by mail on the advice of one of his secretaries went unanswered Amused partymen have also noticed Abhishek’s copying of his aunt’s style while speaking at public rallies — like her he paces up and down the stage as he strives to make a point He is also almost always dressed in kurta-pyjama having learnt to keep it simple like Mamata In Bengal where dynastic politics is a one-off phenomenon and in a party whose leader has had a long and hard struggle up from the grassroots Abhishek has taken a remarkably short four years to be counted in the top league It was in 2010 that the MBA graduate from Delhi’s Amity University first surfaced on the TMC landscape Abhishek is the son of Mamata’s second brother Amit Banerjee Abhishek’s mother Lata Banerjee is among the persons the Chief Minister is closest to in her extended joint family Around 2010 just a year before the 2011 state Assembly polls that she would sweep Mamata floated an NGO-like organisation called Yuva The ostensible goal was to draw talented youth to become more politically conscious through socio-cultural activities Sons and daughters of several TMC leaders found place in the body At the head of it was Abhishek As he operated from the Yuva office in South Kolkata rising TMC stars such as O’Brien and Partha Chatterjee among others took Abhishek under their wings Soon it was clear that while Mamata had said that Yuva would not be an appendage of the TMC it had effectively taken over the role of the All India Trinamool Youth Congress The president of the youth unit at the time was Suvendu Adhikari a popular leader credited with being the architect of the Nandigram agitation that catapulted Mamata to power Within the TMC there was no dispute over who the better grassroots leader between Adhikari and Abhishek was However as Mamata clearly favoured Abhishek the balance of power shifted Relations between Abhishek and Adhikari have been strained though Adhikari is now an MP and somewhat rehabilitated within the TMC after Mukul’s ouster By July 2012 Abhishek was formally in the TMC mainstream In November 2014 the moment Abhishek became the chief of the All India Trinamool Youth Congress Yuva was dismantled and merged with it In the May 2014 Lok Sabha polls Mamata fielded Abhishek from the Diamond Harbour seat long represented by veteran Somen Mitra (he has since then defected to the Congress) A special team was formed to “guide” him on the campaign trail and ensure his victory including Sonali Guha Partha Chatterjee Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and a host of South 24 Parganas district- and block-level leaders The Mayor a close family friend of Mamata who had seen Abhishek grow up would tell voters the TMC chief had raised him “with the warmth of a mother” and that as a three-year-old Abhishek had seen Mamata been assaulted in August 1990 Abhishek had “stood speechless” as she recovered from the nearly 30 stitches on her head Chatterjee would tell voters In 1993 again he would say Abhishek had been around when his aunt came out from Lalbazar Police headquarters bruised after police manhandling Announcing his nomination Mamata herself said: “Abhishek Banerjee could have been in some other profession But he wanted to be in politics” While Abhishek won from the seat becoming one of the youngest Lok Sabha MPs he polled nearly 13 per cent votes less than Mitra had done in 2009 In November 2014 Mamata cracked down for the first time on Roy after news spread that he was to be summoned by the CBI in the Saradha scam To ensure the party wasn’t stained with the stigma Mamata divested Roy of all the responsibilities of looking after districts where he used to be the last word The powers were relocated to Partha Chatterjee Subrata Bakshi Subrata Mukherjee and Abhishek The swift rise of the 27-year-old hasn’t gone down well in a party where many leaders have slogged with Mamata for years without the expectation of rewards When Abhishek went to Chandipur in East Midnapore to address a rally in the first week of January 2015 after his appointment as the All India Trinamool Congress Youth chief he was slapped by a youth on stage Many saw it as a sign of the TMC power struggle BJP national spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh described it as “a civil war in the TMC that has broken out in the open” Adds BJP state chief Rahul Sinha also drawing a Rahul parallel “The turmoil in the TMC is an offshoot of Mamata’s attempt to thrust her nephew in the limelight Abhishek does not have minimum acceptance among party workers The TMC must take lessons from Rahul’s predicament in the Congress” CPM central committee member and former MP Md Salim says Mamata had introduced “a different ethos” in West Bengal politics by promoting her nephew “The day Mamata Banerjee introduced him at a Brigade Parade Ground rally before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls West Bengal was witness to a new culture of dynastic politics This was not seen even during the freedom struggle in Bengal It is her whim that prevails” With Abhishek still surrounded by a “protective ring” of senior leaders TMC leaders grumble that he doesn’t mix freely with party cadres and workers or understand the nuances of hardcore ground politics Some smirk that he appears as an urban sophisticate at his rallies “The Yuvraj always maintains a distance from the grassroots” says a leader Mamata is still talked about as the leader who would respond to distress calls from party workers from anywhere and everywhere in an instant Abhishek is yet to earn those stripes within the party Instead so far Abhishek’s responses to events have been calibrated and on most occasions pre-arranged He hasn’t displayed any special political acumen or ability to handle crises Or shown any great organisational skills as head of the Trinamool Youth Congress Taking another potshot at Abhishek recently during an interaction with journalists Roy said “Lata and Lata-like voice are not the same There is a loser’s club in Mumbai where sons of the greats like Amitabh Bachchan or Sunil Gavaskar are members Abhishek Bachchan and Rohan Gavaskar did not get mileage just because their fathers were so famous” However Sovan Chatterjee who helped Abhishek’s initiation into politics vouches for his “dedication” “People might question his political maturity But there is no denying that he has grown up in a political environment and seen his aunt in politics from close quarters” While Abhishek’s qualities as a mass leader are still debatable he has proved a quick study as far as political oratory goes Family members say he spends hours practising speeches and trying out voice modulation before rallies and often flashes the same fire as his aunt in speeches His begins his addresses with “pranam namaskar and salaam” to the assembled — thus accounting for both Hindus and Muslims — and spices them up with slogans such as “Har har janata ghar ghar Mamata” to take on the BJP However even as he takes leaps and bounds within the party there is only so far or so fast Abhishek can grow in what essentially remains a one-woman show He got a taste of it very early on at a rally in Barasat in North 24 Paraganas in 2013 where he was to be the chief speaker The approach to the venue was bedecked with posters festoons and banners with larger-than-life photos and cutouts of Abhishek Mamata who chanced upon the posters while on her way to the airport was furious at this overt campaign and directed that the rally be called off All the cutouts were dismantled within hours and an order was issued that henceforth no TMC programme would bear the photo of anyone except Mamata In 2012 Mamata skipped the grand wedding reception of Abhishek held at Delhi’s five-star Le Meridian Hotel despite being in the Capital The message went out that the scale of the celebrations went contrary to her long cultivated spartan image Picking up the hint TMC sources attributed the opulence to Abhishek’s Punjabi in-laws who had hosted the reception Abhishek and his wife Jasmeet Ahuja aka Ruchika now have a baby girl born soon after the demise of Mamata’s mother Gayatri Devi Mamata who was very close to Gayatri Devi has told family members she feels her mother has been reborn Her fondness for Abhishek apart while she may be positioning him for leadership Mamata is clearly in no hurry Party leaders give a time frame of 2021 for Abhishek to assume a leadership role He would be 33 THE NEW TMC Those in Derek O’Brien: The national spokesperson of the TMC is also the chief whip of the party in Rajya Sabha as part of which he is in charge of floor coordination in the House He also oversees the party’s organisation in the Northeast and Kerala and has been given charge of holding talks with like-minded parties Subrata Bakshi: Has replaced Mukul Roy as party general secretary One of the TMC founder members his USP is his loyalty Subrata Mukherjee: TMC’s most mature and seasoned politician has been given the charge of Tripura and made president of the All India Trinamool Trade Union Congress Mukherjee is also the party spokesperson along with Partha Chatterjee Firad Hakim: The Muslim face of the party along with Sultan Ahmed he is a member of the national secretariat and the party’s 21-member national executive Partha Chatterjee: Seen as blessed by Mamata he has seen his powers rise He is a party general secretary as well as spokesperson and in-charge of media He is also in the disciplinary committee Suvendu Adhikari: Has the charge of Assam and has been inducted into the national executive Dinesh Trivedi: Down and out once he has been fully rehabilitated and was recently appointed all-India TMC vice-president The appointment came despite him praising PM Narendra Modi at a programme in Gujarat Those out Mukul Roy: The Saradha-tainted MP has been removed from all posts and responsibilities Even the BJP that recently taunted him with the slogan “bhag Mukul bhag” won’t take him into the fold Subhrangshu Roy: Mukul Roy’s son the MLA is facing disciplinary proceedings for his comments post the Bongaon Lok Sabha bypolls where he hinted at sabotage Was earlier removed from a post in the Trinamool Youth Congress HumayUn Kabir: The former minister and Mukul Roy loyalist has got a showcause notice Kabir had attacked a close aide of Mamata Indranil Sen Shilbhadra Dutta: Another Mukul Roy loyalist the MLA has been removed as parliamentary secretary Dutta was found to be travelling frequently to Delhi to meet Roy Swapan Kanti Ghosh: The TMC MLA recently held a dharna in the West Bengal Assembly alleging that his complaints of siphoning off of funds from Suri municipality had not been looked into He is believed to be inching towards the BJP For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by PTI | Gumla | Published: February 26 2013 11:46 am Top News Two tribal students were gunned down by the ultras of People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) in Gumla district of Jharkhandthe police said today Plus-II students Sandeep Lohra and Mangal Khadia were shot dead last night at Koda-Pahan Toli in Sisai police stationDeputy Superintendent of Police D K Pandey told reporters here For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: April 28 2017 5:08 am The rise in the number of vehicles in Pune is an area of concern Arul Horizon Top News Even a 10 microgram per cubic metre rise in particulate matter (PM 10) level can increase breathlessness and reduce lung function among diabetic persons The results of the Wellcome Trust Genetic study are a startling indicator of how diabetic patients are at great risk of impaired lung function due to air pollution in Pune This is the first time researchers aimed at investigating the long-term pulmonary effects of air pollution in Pune where the typical concentrations of PM 10 in the ambient air is above 100 g/m3 The study “Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Among Diabetic and Non-diabetics: Insulin Resistance in Diabetic Patients” is set to be published soon in the Environmental Science and Pollution Research According to researchers there is scientific evidence now that the increasing PM 10 levels have led to poor glucose control and insulin resistance among diabetics “Our analysis showed that exposure to higher PM 10 concentration was related with increased risk of chronic cough dyspnea (breathlessness) and impaired lung function The prevalence of wheezing allergy symptom chest tightness asthma and COPD were significantly higher among diabetic subject than non-diabetics” Dr Sundeep Salvi director Chest Research Foundation and one of the co-authors of the WellGen Study that was supported by the Wellcome Trust (London) said Researchers Morteza Khafaie from Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences Iran worked in coordination with Dr C S Yajnik director of the Diabetes Research Unit at KEM hospital Dr Ajay Ojha from Technogreen Environmental Solutions and Salvi to examine the effect of exposure to ambient PM 10 on chronic symptoms and the pulmonary function tests in diabetic and non-diabetic persons Diabetics may be more vulnerable to the harmful effects of ambient air pollutants than healthy individuals But the risk factors that lead to susceptibility to air pollution in diabetics have not yet been identified Yajnik explained adding that 400 Type 2 diabetic and 465 non-diabetic persons were investigated for chronic respiratory symptoms at KEM hospital Air pollutants and meteorological data were provided by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and the Indian Meteorological Department Air pollution contributes to 66 million premature deaths every year in rapidly developing countries and plays a significant role in the casualty and worsening of both the diseases Yajnik said Its effect on health of the Indian people has not been well investigated Previously too the same team of researchers reported that the daily fluctuation in air pollution could produce inflammatory responses Air pollution is a big problem can’t keep quiet about it say experts urge action The ambient air pollution has been shown to be associated with several acute and chronic adverse effects on human health especially those involving the respiratory and cardiovascular system This study suggests that the decline in exposure may significantly reduce dyspnea and impaired lung function “Air pollution is a big problem in the city and we cannot keep quiet about it” Salvi said and urged that despite a lot of data being generated not much was being done to create a health impact Last year an International Energy Agency report estimated that around 16 million premature deaths in India were due to air pollution To protect citizens from rising air pollution levels the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has taken the initiative to develop an Air Quality Index (AQI) and Air Information & Response (AIR) Plan The Ahmedabad AQI is supported by technical expertise from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology Pune (IITM)’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) programme Can Pune follow a similar model experts have now asked Dr Gufran Beig project director at SAFAR said that they have been rating the air quality in “good” “moderate” and “poor” categories It is now up to the citizens and local administration to activate a response plan and follow health advisories For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News which is 22 km from Shimla, Kingfisher Airlines was the last commercial airline to have operated regular flights to Shimla till operations were suspended four and a half years ago.933 crore per acre) and the total amount comes to Rs 1, and had been given an assurance by Union health Minister J P Nadda that he will take up the matter with the Home Ministry. 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