Advertising Advertising LiveKarnataka floor test: Will Kumaraswamy’s 14-month-old govt survive? Delhi court summons Mamta Banerjee’s nephew over ‘false affidavit’ Written by SWEETY KUMARI | Kolkata | Updated: July 5, 2019 8:23:29 am 0 Comment(s) Best Of Express Mamata to MLAs: Don’t cede an inch to BJP, apologise to people Related News Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘guilty of crimes’, will proceed further as per law: Imran Khan Kolkata: CM Mamata Banerjee hits streets to raise awareness on water conservation Part I | Grassroot TMC leaders face cut-money blowback in Bengal: ‘Can’t return home’Dasgupta, who represents Saptagram Assembly constituency, has been accused of misappropriating funds meant for public schemes and taking kickbacks from people for adding them as beneficiaries in government schemes. Last week, people, who had allegedly paid “cut money” to the minister to avail government benefits, had demonstrated outside his Phulpukur house in Hooghly, demanding a refund. Several CPM councillors also accused Dasgupta of misappropriating public funds — a charge rejected by the TMC MLA.In the wake of the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee had directed TMC leaders to return the “cut money” if they had taken it from the beneficiaries. | In West Bengal, TMC men’s cut money rate list: Rs 200 for last rites, Rs 25,000 for houseNotably, the decision to replace Dasgupta as party’s Hooghly district unit chief also comes in the backdrop of TMC losing the Hooghly parliamentary constituency to the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.Reacting to the TMC chief’s decision of removing him from the post, Dasgupta, who holds the agriculture marketing portfolio in the cabinet, said it was not true that was being sidelined in the party. “I will look after the ministry. I think new people should also get chance. I will also look after the district. Dilip (Yadav) has been working with me closely. Didi (Banerjee) wanted to make him (Hooghly district unit) president, and there he has been appointed… It is all rumour that I am being sidelined,” Dasgupta told The Indian Express.Part III | TMC cornered, BJP takes lead in tracking cut money agents Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach He also rejected the allegations of taking “cut money” from people. “There are no such allegations against me. I have not taken any ‘cut money’. It’s all a rumour. I have never been involved in such things,” he said.Sources in the ruling TMC said that the party leadership was not happy with the functioning of its Hooghly unit as BJP the gained ground in the district and went on to snatch the seat from it in the Lok Sabha elections. During a recent party meeting, Mamata had even reprimanded Dasgupta for the party’s defeat in Hooghly.After BJP’s Locket Chatterjee won from Hooghly, Mamata had created a new post of chairman for its Hooghly unit to closely monitor the party’s performance in the district.Former MP Ratna Dey was appointed the chairman and four TMC leaders were appointed as convenors. Mamata Banerjee clarified that the circular was not meant to divide students on the basis of religion. (PTI)In THE first political fallout of the ‘cut-money’ scandal that has hit the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday removed minister Tapan Dasgupta from the post of Hooghly district unit president, days after his name cropped up in the kickback row. Dasgupta has been replaced by local leader Dilip Yadav.
ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] Science Foundation Director France Córdova to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 10Cordova, Culberson and Jackson Lee to discuss Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems center April 11HOUSTON – (April 5, 2017) – France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will discuss the foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” that emerged from a national science planning effort, many of which cut across disciplinary boundaries and require novel methods and approaches, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 10.This event is part of the Baker Institute Civic Scientist Lecture Series organized by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Rorschach Lecture Series organized by Rice’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The event is sponsored in conjunction with Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. It is free and open to the public but registration is required.On April 11, Córdova will continue her visit to the Rice campus by meeting with U.S. Reps. John Culberson, R-Texas, and Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, to discuss NSF’s engineering research centers, including Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Systems project. NEWT’s goal is to develop compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective.Córdova, Culberson and Jackson Lee will observe a demonstration of one of NEWT’s desalination technologies that operates exclusively on solar power and tour Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen to view undergraduate engineering projects. These events begin at 2:30 p.m. in Rice’s Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 101, 6100 Main St. Media interested in attending must RSVP to [email protected]: France Cordova, director of the National Science Foundation since 2014. A physicist, she is president emerita of Purdue University, where she served as president from 2007 to 2012.What: An event titled “Ten Big Ideas: Realizing NSF’s Vision for Future Research and Discovery.”When: Monday, April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. A reception will be at 6.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.The NSF’s long-standing relationship with the science and engineering community has generated a continuous stream of leading-edge ideas that have produced discoveries, inventions and approaches, according to event organizers. With input from this community in mind, the NSF launched an extensive planning exercise to identify ideas for investment to ensure that future generations will reap the benefits of fundamental scientific research. This effort resulted in the “10 Big Ideas” in 2016.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1864. A live webcast will be available at the event page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG3833.jpg” alt=”last_img” />