Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed BJP to hold three Rath Yatrasin Bengal but directed the saffron party to inform Superintendents of Police of the districts where they would hold the programme 12 hours in advance. Justice Tapabrata Chakra-borty also cautioned the BJP against loss or damage to property that might be caused due to the Rath Yatras. The court asked the administration to ensure law and order during the Yatras and to ensure that it does not hamper normal traffic movement. The High Court also directed the state police to have adequate personnel on duty so that that there is no breach of law and order due to the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state has already decided to challenge the order of the single bench and pleaded for staying it. State counsels at the Calcutta High Court are planning to appeal to the division bench of the Chief Justice in this regard on Friday. The Mamata Banerjee government on Saturday had denied permission for the BJP ‘Rath Yatra’, on the ground that it might cause communal tension. The government had cited ‘intelligence reports’ which said that efforts were on to disrupt the communal harmony in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBJP had moved court after the permission was denied. The single bench heard final arguments from both the party and the state government, before delivering the verdict on Thursday. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee, when questioned about the court’s verdict, said that the Law department along with the administration will examine the terms and conditions imposed by the court and accordingly take measures. When asked whether such a programme will result in breach of law and order, Chatterjee said: “They are trying to cause disturbance in the state almost every day. Our government, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, has been carrying on all-round development of the state and the administration will act tough against those who will try to stall development.”
The month of November will reignite memories of long queues at ATMs following the recall of 86 per cent of circulated currency during the demonetisation in 2016 as at least three books – both fiction and non-fiction – will attempt to unravel the controversial decision. Among the most anticipated novels from the coming month is ‘Don’t Tell The Governor’ by Ravi Subramanian, whose stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When the Prime Minister declares demonetisation at 8 pm on November 8, 2016, it leaves the nation stunned. But the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), who should have ideally been party to the decision, is at a crossroads. He has just carried out the most brazen act of his life – yet, it looks like it might also have been his most foolish. The next book, non-fiction, is by Meera Sanyal, who stepped down from her role as CEO and Chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) India in December 2013, and is titled ‘The Big Reverse: How Demonetization Knocked India Out’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDescribing demonetisation as a black swan event in Indian history, the book, according to the publisher, will provide “the most comprehensive analysis of the policy, its execution and pitfalls”. It will present unprecedented insights backed by data, history and research, and as a result, answer the questions that still continue to haunt Indians, on the what, why and how of demonetisation. “While the Modi government claimed that it was the silver bullet that India needed to eliminate many of its longstanding problems such as black money, corruption, tax evasion and terror funding, the months that followed proved it otherwise. The return of 99.7 per cent of the banned 500- and 1,000-rupee notes showed that the RBI’s idea of a Demonetisation Dividend was nothing but a mirage. And then there is ‘Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy’ by former Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, whose trusteeship saw the country through one of the most hotly contested and turbulent periods of economic governance and policymaking in recent decades – from the demonetisation to the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax, or GST. Subramanian, according to the publisher, provides an inside account of his rollercoaster journey as the CEA. With an illustrious cast of characters, Subramanian’s part-memoir, part-analytical book candidly reveals the numerous triumphs and challenges of policymaking at the zenith. Bibliophiles will also be introduced to ‘A Stranger Truth: Lessons in Love, Leadership and Courage from India’s Sex Workers’ by Ashok Alexander. When Alexander left a high-profile corporate job to head Avahan, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s programme to stem the growth of the HIV epidemic in India, he was plunged into a world far removed from the comfort zones he had lived and worked in all his life. And last but not the least, there is ‘Heads You Win’ by Jeffrey Archer. It is billed as an “incredible and thrilling novel” by the master storyteller, whose final twist will shock even his most ardent fans. The publisher said that this is the international number one bestselling author’s “most ambitious and creative work” since ‘Kane and Abel’.