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Buddha barb

Calcutta, Nov. 24: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today questioned Trinamul’s no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha and attributed the move to the party’s “ignorance” of national politics.

“Why did Trinamul move a no-confidence motion? It doesn’t have an answer. Actually, the party is ignorant of national politics,” the former chief minister told a CPM gathering at Dum Dum’s Rabindra Bhavan this evening.

Nanoor death

Bolpur: A Trinamul activist was shot dead and four others suffered splinter injuries in an alleged turf war between two party factions in Birbhum’s Nanoor on Saturday. Sheikh Arman, 32, had switched to Trinamul from the CPM three months ago. Trinamul sources said Arman’s bid to establish his writ in the party was being resisted by old-timers.

Glare on cop

Calcutta: Departmental proceedings have been started against IPS officer Nazrul Islam for writing a book whose contents have been described as “inflammatory” by a section in the state administration.

Flight returns

Calcutta: A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight made a priority landing minutes after takeoff from Calcutta airport at 11:40am on Saturday after a passenger fell ill. Doctors said N.M. Singh, 56, had suffered a cardiac arrest. The flight took off again after Singh was carried out and taken to hospital.

MP overture

Calcutta: Trinamul’s Hooghly MP Ratna De Nag called on minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya at his Singur home, two days after he said he would not join his new assignment as statistics and programme implementation minister for 15 days. Party sources said De Nag tried to persuade him to join work at Mamata Banerjee’s behest. Bhattacharya had said the people of Singur had “not taken kindly” to his transfer from the agriculture ministry. Bhattacharya stuck to his guns after the meeting.

Gold heist

Howrah: Six youths on two motorcycles allegedly snatched Rs 1 lakh and gold jewellery weighing around 44 grams from a jewellery shop employee in Howrah’s Bagnan on Saturday morning. Kashinath Pramanick was carrying the jewellery and the cash on a cycle from the house of shopowner Pradyut Sau to the outlet when he was accosted.

Baby by road

Calcutta: A three-day-old male child was found beside Kulin Khatik road in Tangra on Saturday. Police took the baby to hospital.