Although Los Angeles still dominates the entertainment industry, television pilot production for the upcoming season fell more than 23 percent from 2005 levels, costing more than 1,000 jobs and draining as much as $70 million from the local economy. FilmL.A. Inc., a private group dedicated to promoting the city’s film and television business, said the 25 other states with tax incentives aimed at luring entertainment production are nabbing pilot production, which takes place from February through May. “They’re not doing it to give away money to rich movie stars; they’re doing it because they get jobs and tax revenue that comes in other ways,” said FilmL.A. President Steve MacDonald. “And when they move, the stars and the studio guys make out just fine. It’s the middle-class jobs here that get lost.” Last year, Los Angeles hosted 105 pilot projects, representing 85 percent of all pilots filmed. In 2006, the number of pilots fell to 81, or 68 percent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The report found New York City to be the most effective at pulling in runaway Los Angeles production, with 11 pilots. Canada matched the Big Apple’s production numbers, followed by Washington D.C.’s trio of pilots. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the report should send a note of alarm to officials throughout Southern California. “The entertainment industry is one of our economic engines,” Villaraigosa spokeswoman Diana Rubio said. “It is an industry that creates and pays a high wage to our residents, and other states are doing all they can to lure this business. “That’s why the mayor is supporting measures to provide tax incentives to keep all filming in Los Angeles and California.” Since Villaraigosa took office 11 months ago, the city has waived the $300 to $500 daily fee for filming at City Hall and in other municipal buildings. Officials said there are no additional incentives the city can offer, but Villaraigosa has said he backs state legislation that would give tax credits to companies filming in California. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, lobbied unsuccessfully last year for filming incentives, but did manage to secure commitments from other legislative leaders to include a proposal in the next budget. Nuñez is currently in talks with those other leaders and the Governor’s Office to get a tax credit for filming in California included in the governor’s budget for the year that begins July 1. “It’s critical to saving the film industry as we know it in California,” said Nuñez aide Steve Maviglio. “Particularly in a tough budget time, it makes sense to enact a credit that will yield revenue for the state.” The constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass the budget is June 15, though the process often runs late into July. Noting that feature film productions have also relocated outside of Los Angeles in increasing numbers, Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the report could get the process rolling once again. “These are definitely jobs we want to hang onto,” he said. “With TV pilots, especially, because if you get a hit that goes on forever, it’ll be like a jobs annuity.” Staff writers Rick Orlov and Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report. email@example.com 818-713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Plans are in place to erect a permanent memorial to children buried outside consecrated ground inside Burt Cemetery.The plot was originally placed outside the grounds of the graveyard but the extension of the graveyard means it is now inside the present boundaries.Almost every parish in the county has experienced similar situations and many have since taken steps to address this sensitive subject. At an inaugural meeting held two weeks ago, support was expressed for the project by all those attending including local curate for the area Fr Sweeney.Fr Sweeney said he would be happy conduct a service of remembrance when the project has been completed.Already some donations for the project have been received and future fundraising activities will be discussed at the meeting, which will take place in An Grianan Hotel Burt on Thursday next 22nd September commencing at 8.00 pm.Everyone with an interest is encouraged to attend and voice his or her opinions and aspirations in relation to the project. EndsPLAN TO ERECT INFANT MEMORIAL AT BURT CEMETERY was last modified: September 19th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Burt CemeteryInfant Memorial
A CO Donegal man has been jailed for 14 days for refusing to provide for his children.Judge Paul Kelly handed down the sentence at a sitting of Carndonagh District Court.The case was a family law case, so the parties cannot be identified. The man had claimed he didn’t have any money.But under cross-examination by a solicitor he admitted spending money on weekend events and going out.He said he didn’t go to see his children because he didn’t have a car; and didn’t want to drive to see them in his tractor.The solicitor then produced Facebook pictures – posted by the man himself on his own Facebook Page – showing the man out at sea fishing in recent weeks.The solicitor said this left a huge question mark over the man’s claims that he didn’t have any money.Judge Paul Kelly said he believed the man was hiding income from his ex partner and their children. He jailed the man for 14 days for non-payment of maintenance towards them.14 DAYS BEHIND BARS FOR DONEGAL MAN WHO REFUSES TO PAY MAINTENANCE FOR CHILDREN was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghFamily lawmaintenance
Tags: Angel Di MariaEdison CavaniFrench Ligue OneKylian MbappeMarseilleMauro IcardiNantesNeymar JrPSGTomas Tuchel PSG currently holds a two-point lead at the top of Ligue One. (PHOTO/Courtesy)PSG have seen their eight-point lead at the top of Ligue One cut to just two points in the last four days by Marseille.None of it has been their own doing as their game at home to Monaco was postponed due to heavy rains in the Principality and then Marseille played a day before them on match-day 16.With Marseille defeating Angers 2-0 on Tuesday, PSG will feel they are obligated to defeat Nantes at the Parc de Princes on Wednesday.Even before the game starts, there will be anxiety among the PSG fans as they wait to see which team manager Tomas Tuchel puts out from the start.Tuchel made a brave decision 8 days ago as he left Neymar Jr out of the starting team in the 2-2 draw away to Real Madrid.Luckily for him, it did not prove costly as PSG mounted a comeback in the second half to get a point.Tuchel is again expected to make another big decision as PSG prepare to take on Nantes.With Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi all fit, the gaffer has to decide on the two that start on the bench in order to maintain the team’s shape in midfield.The Parisians are expected to field Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Idrisa Gueye in the center of the park leaving only three slots upfront.While Neymar, who looks short of sharpness, retain his spot on the bench or it will be Di Maria or Icardi who sits this one out? All that will be answered a few minutes to kick-off.However, PSG will be looking to win a third consecutive Ligue One game and possibly, build a bigger gap at the top.After losing 2-1 at Dijon, Tuchel’s side has defeated Brest and Lille and as a consequence, sits 8 points clear at the top of the log.They are yet to look like the ruthless side they have been for the past two years but with the sick-bay clearing by the day, it is just a matter of time.Ahead of the game on Wednesday, only Ander Herrera and Presnel Kimpembe are certain absentees. Herrera is injured while Kimpembe is suspended.For Nantes, after losing two games on the trot, they have not lost in their last two.This past weekend, they defeated Toulouse 2-1, a result that followed a 1-1 draw away to Brest.Nantes have had an average season so far and will not be angry as they start the day in 7th, just three points off top three.They have been strong defensively but the issue is that they are not scoring enough. Ahead of the game, they have scored only 14 goals in 15 games despite letting in the same number at the other end.Nantes will be without the injured duo of Marcus Coco and Fabio for the trip to PSG.Last season, this fixture produced two home wins with PSG winning the reverse fixture 3-0.The other fixture to look out for on Wednesday will be Monaco’s trip to Toulouse.Leandro Jardim’s side are coming off a postponed fixture away to PSG and they will be hoping the extra rest works in their favour as they bid to return to winning ways following a 2-1 loss at Bordeaux in their last game.Monaco will be fancying their chances in this one as Toulouse have been woeful in the last few weeks.Toulouse are currently on a four-game losing streak and taking on a resurgent Monaco side cannot be a fixture they would want to play at this moment.Last season’s reverse fixture ended 1-1 before Monaco won their home tie 3-1.Tuesday’s Results-Bordeaux 6-0 Nimes-Angers 0-2 Marseille-Brest 5-0 Strasbourg-Lyon 0-1 LilleWednesday, 04-11-2019 Fixtures-Saint Etienne vs Nice @9pm-Dijon vs Montpellier @9pm-Amiens vs Reims @9pm-Toulouse vs Monaco @9pm-Metz vs Rennes @9pm-PSG vs Toulouse @11:05pmComments
Live, work and play. What makes Johannesburg the best African city for young people?. (Image: Youthful Cities) 18 February 2014The first comprehensive list to measure the liveability of the world’s cities from the perspectives, expectations and demands of the youth population – as voted for by the youth themselves – has rated Joburg among the top world cities, beating rivals across Africa.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Joburg is the top place to be for Africa’s youth
The Environmental Protection Agency made news recently for excluding reporters from a “summit” meeting on chemical contamination in drinking water. Episodes like this are symptoms of a larger problem: an ongoing, broad-scale takeover of the agency by industries it regulates.We are social scientists with interests in environmental health, environmental justice and inequality, and democracy. We recently published a study, conducted under the auspices of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative and based on interviews with 45 current and retired EPA employees, which concludes that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration have steered the agency to the verge of what scholars call “regulatory capture.”By this we mean that they are aggressively reorganizing the EPA to promote interests of regulated industries, at the expense of its official mission to “protect human health and the environment.” How close is too close?The notion of “regulatory capture” has a long record in U.S. social science research. It helps explain the 2008 financial crisis and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In both cases, lax federal oversight and the government’s over-reliance on key industries were widely viewed as contributing to the disasters. Chris Sellers is professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy at Stony Brook University. Lindsey Dillon is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences at Northeastern University. By CHRIS SELLERS, LINDSEY DILLON and PHIL BROWN Muting other voicesPruitt and his staff also have sought to sideline potentially countervailing interests and influences, starting with EPA career staff. In one of our interviews, an EPA employee described a meeting between Pruitt, the homebuilding industry and agency career staff. Pruitt showed up late, led the industry representatives into another room for a group photo, then trooped back into the meeting room to scold his own EPA employees for not listening to them.Threatened by proposed budget cuts, buyouts, and retribution against disloyal staff and leakers, career EPA employees have been made “afraid … so nobody pushes back, nobody says anything,” according to one of our sources.Historical trends in EPA’s budget show a spike during the Carter administration, followed by sharp cuts under President Reagan and an infusion of economic stimulus money in 2009. President Trump has proposed sharp cuts. (EDGI, CC BY-ND)As a result, enforcement has fallen dramatically. During Trump’s first 6 months in office, the EPA collected 60% less money in civil penalties from polluters than it had under Presidents Obama or George W. Bush in the same period. The agency has also opened fewer civil and criminal cases.Early in his tenure Pruitt replaced many members of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Counselors in a move intended to give representatives from industry and state governments more influence. He also established a new policy that prevents EPA-funded scientists from serving on these boards, but allows industry-funded scientists to serve.And on April 24, 2018, Pruitt issued a new rule that limits what kind of scientific research the agency can rely on in writing environmental regulation. This step was advocated by the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute. How can you tell whether an agency has been captured? According to Harvard’s David Moss and Daniel Carpenter, it occurs when an agency’s actions are “directed away from the public interest and toward the interest of the regulated industry” by “intent and action of industries and their allies.” In other words, the farmer doesn’t just tolerate foxes lurking around the hen house — he recruits them to guard it. RELATED ARTICLES Nuzzling up to industryPruitt’s EPA is staffed with senior officials who have close industry ties. For example, Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist. Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, was formerly an executive at the American Chemistry Council. And Senior Deputy General Counsel Erik Baptist was previously senior counsel at the American Petroleum Institute.Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that Pruitt has met with representatives of regulated industries 25 times more often than with environmental advocates. His staff carefully shields him from encounters with groups that they consider “unfriendly.”The former head of EPA’s Office of Policy, Samantha Dravis, who left the agency in April 2018, had 90 scheduled meetings with energy, manufacturin,g and other industrial interests between March 2017 and January 2018. During the same period she met with one public interest organization.Circumstantial evidence suggests that corporate lobbying is directly influencing major policy decisions. For example, just before rejecting the chlorpyrifos ban, Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow Chemical, which manufactures the pesticide.Overturning Obama’s Clean Power Plan and withdrawing from the Paris climate accord were recommended by coal magnate Robert Murray in his “Action Plan for the Administration.” Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show detailed correspondence between Pruitt and industry lobbyists about EPA talking points. They also document Pruitt’s many visits with corporate officials as he formulated his attack on the Clean Power Plan. What can be done?This is not the first time that a strongly anti-regulatory administration has tried to redirect EPA. In our interviews, longtime EPA staffers recalled similar pressure under President Reagan, led by his first administrator, Anne Gorsuch.Gorsuch also slashed budgets, cut back on enforcement, and “treated a lot of people in the agency as the enemy,” in the words of her successor, William Ruckelshaus. She was forced to resign in 1983 amid congressional investigations into EPA misbehavior, including corruptive favoritism and its cover-up at the Superfund program.EPA veterans of those years emphasized the importance of Democratic majorities in Congress, which initiated the investigations, and sustained media coverage of EPA’s unfolding scandals. They remembered this phase as an oppressive time, but noted that pro-industry actions by political appointees failed to suffuse the entire bureaucracy. Instead, career staffers resisted by developing subtle, “underground” ways of supporting each other and sharing information internally and with Congress and the media.Similarly, the media are spotlighting Pruitt’s policy actions and ethical scandals today. EPA staffers who have left the agency are speaking out against Pruitt’s policies. State attorneys general and the court system have also thwarted some of Pruitt’s efforts. And EPA’s Science Advisory Board — including members appointed by Pruitt — recently voted almost unanimously to do a full review of the scientific justification for many of Pruitt’s most controversial proposals.Still, with the Trump administration tilted hard against regulation and Republicans controlling Congress, the greatest challenge to regulatory capture at the EPA will be the 2018 and 2020 elections. Serving industryFrom the start of his tenure at EPA, Pruitt has championed interests of regulated industries such as petrochemicals and coal mining, while rarely discussing the value of environmental and health protections. “Regulators exist,” he asserts, “to give certainty to those that they regulate,” and should be committed to “enhanc(ing) economic growth.”In our view, Pruitt’s efforts to undo, delay or otherwise block at least 30 existing rules reorient EPA rule-making “away from the public interest and toward the interest of the regulated industry.” Our interviewees overwhelmingly agreed that these rollbacks undermine their own “pretty strong sense of mission … protecting the health of the environment,” as one current EPA staffer told us.Many of these targeted rules have well-documented public benefits, which Pruitt’s proposals — assuming they withstand legal challenges — would erode. For example, rejecting a proposed ban on the insecticide chlorpyrifos would leave farm workers and children at risk of developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. Revoking the Clean Power Plan for coal-fired power plants, and weakening proposed fuel efficiency standards, would sacrifice health benefits associated with cutting greenhouse gas emissions.A key question is whether regulated industries had an active hand in these initiatives. Here, again, the answer is yes. Market Forces Are Driving a Clean Energy RevolutionEPA Ordered to Speed Up New Lead RuleReport Cites Carbon Impact of Biomass PlantsNew Life for Toxic LandStudy Finds EPA Lax in Protecting California Water
Going by the number of foundation stones that today litter the Haryana countryside, it’s Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, is one of the most promising politicians in India. If he were half as good at delivering as he is at promising Haryana would become the first five-star state in the nation.In,Going by the number of foundation stones that today litter the Haryana countryside, it’s Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, is one of the most promising politicians in India. If he were half as good at delivering as he is at promising Haryana would become the first five-star state in the nation.In the first three months of this year alone Bhajan Lal and his ministers have laid 60 foundation stones, promised twice as many projects worth crores of rupees and vowed to upgrade schools by the dozen.On January 22 Bhajan Lal promised a grant of Rs 50,000 for a mini-stadium at Sports Minister Jagan Nath’s village, Isharwal. The day after that he granted a lakh of rupees for a municipal committee building and half a lakh for a school.On February 11, in the chief minister’s Adampur constituency he laid eight foundation stones for canal brick-lining, minor irrigation works and a health centre. Next day he announced six health centres for Baddopal, Mohammadpur Rohi (his ancestral village), Jhalanian, Bordhana, Nahla and Dhansu.And the day after that, on the eve of the visit of Lok Dal leader Charan Singh and Jagjivan Ram, he visited 13 villages of Hissar district and promised grants ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 for the construction of chaupals, street paving and primary schools. He had no time to lay the foundation stones.More Projects: But less than a week later he was out with his trowel again, laying foundation stones for a Rs 1.5 crore grain market and a Rs 50,000 court complex at Jagadhri, a water supply scheme near Rohtak, a school and a bridge. In between masonry jobs he launched a Harijan chaupal and promised to upgrade two schools.advertisementBhajan Lal at a ceremony: Stony groundIt would appear that stone-laying has become Bhajan Lal’s principal occupation. Sirsa district has been virtually sprayed with foundation stones: a water scheme and tehsil complex at Dabwali, a civil hospital at Chautala, waterworks at Khera, a 20-bed hospital, a grain market and a girls, high school for Nathusari Chopta, another girls, high school for Charwala and piped drinking water for all the 41 arid-zone villages of Darba Assembly constituency and Harijan dharamshalas in two dozen villages.Where does the state exchequer get the money for all this? It doesn’t. Most of the projects are still just foundation stones – except in his own home town of Adampur which has acquired a 30-bed, well-equipped hospital, a degree college, an administrative complex, a housing colony, bus stand, a posh, marbled rest house and an electricity sub-station. It is a treat to see the Adampur new market where Bhajan Lal and his business partner, Pokhar Mai run a commission agent’s shop. Known as the mini-chief minister, Pokhar Mai occasionally stands in for his partner at foundation stone-laying ceremonies. He laid one recently for a kisan rest house.Near Adampur, Fatehabad boasts of a 60-bed hospital, a new tehsil complex and a bus stand. Critics point out that Fatehabad is populated mainly by Bishnois, the chief minister’s caste-fellows, but Bhajan Lal stoutly denies that the village has been favoured for that reason.With Assembly elections approaching the chief minister is working overtime at distributing verbal largesse. Whether he is visiting a dusty village or a bustling town, Bhajan Lal refuses nothing. He says “so be it” to whatever people ask of him and goes on to throw in a school or a health centre on the side.In fact his “jo mange manzoor” (anything you say) approach has earned him the nickname Manzoori Lal. But as a resident of Meham village near Rohtak noted, “What remains of the promises is the dust which his speeding caravan of cars leaves behind.”
Bhubaneswar, Sep 3 (PTI) Noted Odia poet Dr Hrushikesh Mallick will be honoured with the 37th edition of prestigious Sarala Award for his outstanding poetry.The annual award carrying a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation would be conferred on Mallick for his poetry work ?Jeje Dekhi Nathiba Bharat?, the Sarala Award Committee announced today.Two more prominent personalities of Odisha will be honoured for their valuable contribution in the field of music and art. Dr Gopal Chandra Panda will be awarded with Ila Panda Memorial Music Samman while Dr Dinanath Pathi will receive Ila Panda Memorial Art Samman posthumously, a release said.They will receive a cash award of Rs 1,50,000 along with citations. A special function will be held on October 26, 2016 to felicitate Dr Mallick and other awardees.The annual Sarala Award was instituted in 1979 by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust(IMPaCT). IMPaCT is the charitable wing of IMFA Group, the leading and the only fully integrated producer of ferro alloys in India. Sarala Award is recognised as the foremost literary award of Odisha.This award is one of the finest contributions of IMPaCT to glorify Odia literature. The Ekalabya Award also instituted by IMPaCT crowns promising sports talents of Odisha. PTI SKN CR CR
NEW YORK — The season was crumbling quickly for the New York Jets.Four losses in five games had them scrambling for answers and desperate for a win. The playoff hopes that seemed like such a realistic scenario a month ago were fading away with each loss.Then, the Miami Dolphins came to town — and the Jets revived their postseason chances with a 38-20 romp on Nov. 29.“We know we’re still in it,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “We also know there’s not a lot of room for error.”That’s because the Jets are 6-5 and right on the edge of the playoff picture, currently sitting in seventh place in the AFC. They’re behind Kansas City and Houston, and tied with Pittsburgh — all of whom are also 6-5, as is AFC South-leading Indianapolis,Then there’s Oakland and Buffalo, which are a game back at 5-6.“There are so many teams that are lumped up right now, within a game of each other,” Fitzpatrick said during a conference call, “that we just need to continue to stack wins.”Just getting one was a big enough task in itself.The Jets’ sluggish offense finally got going as Fitzpatrick had his best game with the team, throwing four touchdown passes, including two to Brandon Marshall, who also had his biggest performance with the team while finishing with nine catches for 131 yards.The defense was downright stingy against the run, holding the Dolphins to a measly 12 yards — a franchise-low for New York — on nine rushes.Ryan Tannehill didn’t do much in the passing game until late, when he threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, although Jarvis Landry had a career-best 13 catches for 165 yards and a score.“We’ve still got to work on finishing,” coach Todd Bowles said. “I thought we gave up a cheap one at the end even though we were playing softer defense. We still have to make sure we get off the field and keep continuing to improve until the clock runs out.”New York’s maligned special teams unit chipped in, too, with Jeremy Kerley’s 58-yard punt return setting up Eric Decker’s touchdown catch that put the Jets up 21-0 early in the third quarter.“I’m glad that we got back to playing our brand of football (Sunday),” Fitzpatrick said. “That had been lacking the last few weeks, but I don’t think the confidence has wavered at all this year in terms of the team that we think that we have.”Now, the Jets need to go out and prove it. Their season depends on it.Next up: the Giants (5-6), their MetLife Stadium “roommates” who are coming off a brutal loss at Washington and need a victory themselves to keep pace in the NFC East.“Each one of these games,” Fitzpatrick said, “as we continue to win, becomes more and more significant in terms of putting ourselves in a position to make the playoffs.”The Giants were in a similar situation four years ago when the teams matched up the last time. They were 7-7 on Dec. 24, 2011, and appeared to be heading into halftime down 7-3 — until Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz for a 99-yard touchdown.The Giants ended up winning 29-14 and the Manning-Cruz play was pointed at as the moment their season turned around. New York beat Dallas the following week, made the playoffs and rolled all the way to a Super Bowl victory.Meanwhile, the Jets lost at Miami in the regular-season finale and Rex Ryan’s bunch was forced to watch the postseason from home.Predictably, these Jets had very little to say about what they remembered about that last meeting.“Nothing, to be honest with you,” said Cromartie, who was one of a few Jets who missed tackle attempts on the Cruz play. “We lost the game.”Center Nick Mangold had a similar response.“That’s so long ago and, shoot, I assume there are only a handful of guys left that actually played in that game,” Mangold said. “It was so long ago that I don’t think it has any bearing on this game. This is just the next step in our season here.”Anything stand out to Mangold, though? “I remember it being cold,” he said. “But other than that, it was a while ago.”It’s been a while since the Jets put together back-to-back wins, too. Not since beating Washington on Oct. 18 following a win over Miami and a bye.A victory Dec. 6 could set the Jets up for truly meaningful games in December, something that hasn’t happened in a few years.“It’s just another step for us to get ourselves in the right direction,” Fitzpatrick said. “Get ourselves where we want to be.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
A day after violent clashes between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists claimed the life of at least four party workers in Basirhat, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the BJP of spreading lies.”Bengal is not Gujarat. In UP, kids have been murdered. We will not let it happen. After BJP win, they are trying to create unrest in Bengal. BJP national leaders are creating problems [as part of] a conspiracy. We will not bow down to these forces,” Mamata Banerjee said.Mamata Banerjee’s strong reply came after several BJP minister slammed the TMC government in West Bengal.Supporters of BJP in Basirhat blocked roads to protest against the state’s ruling party and demanded punishment for people who killed at least three BJP party workers.After reports of failing law and order in the state, the home ministry also questioned the state government over the recent deterioration in law and order and expressed “deep concern”. In reply, the Mamata-led government said the situation was “well under control”.Speaking to India Today TV, BJP leader and West Bengal in-charge for the party, Kailash Vijarvargiya said, “I have apprised BJP President Amit Shah on phone on latest violence and our workers being targeted in West Bengal.”Mamata Banerjee also advised media to act responsibly.She said, “Media should play the role with responsibility. There are only two people dead but channels are running four dead. BJP is giving advertisements so you are running in their favour.”advertisementCommenting on the violence, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi told India Today TV that his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah was about the prevailing law and order situation in the state.”It was a courtesy call. It was a meeting to extend greetings. I also apprised them about the current position in West Bengal,” Tripathi said.On the possibility of President’s Rule in Bengal, Tripathi said the central government has to consider if demand arises.”I didn’t discuss anything on President’s Rule with PM or HM,” he said. “These are all political statements made by parties in West Bengal. I would request all the parties to maintain peace and law and order situation in the state,” he added.Meanwhile, the BJP observed a “Black Day” in West Bengal along with a 12-hour shutdown in North 24 Pargana’s Basirhat subdivision to protest against the atrocities against its workers.The BJP took out rallies in several parts of the state, with BJP workers sporting black badges.The situation remained tense in Basirhat. BJP and TMC workers had clashed in Sandeshkhali area of Basirhat on Saturday.The BJP took out protest rallies in the district subdivision, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the killings of its workers.A huge contingent of police personnel has been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident, police said.The BJP has claimed that five of its workers were killed, whereas the ruling TMC claimed that one was killed.Also Read | Centre questions West Bengal’s law and order situation after violence, TMC calls it political controversyAlso Watch | Centre’s intervention needed in West Bengal?