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Daily Bulletin: Narendra Modi to campaign in Bengal day after Kolkata violence, Rahul Gandhi to visit Alwar gangrape survivor; day's top stories

Kolkata tense after last night's clashes between TMC, BJP workers during Amit Shah's roadshow

The political situation in West Bengal remains tense after Tuesday evening's violent clashes between Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party cadres during Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata.

Trouble began after stones were pelted at Shah’s convoy as it passed through College Street and the arterial Bidhan Sarani on its way to Swami Vivekananda’s residence in north Kolkata BJP activists locked the gates of the hostel and set cycles and motorcycles parked outside on fire. Student activists of the Trinamool Congress showed black flags and waved posters reading "Amit Shah Go Back."

 Daily Bulletin: Narendra Modi to campaign in Bengal day after Kolkata violence, Rahul Gandhi to visit Alwar gangrape survivor; days top stories

File image of Amit Shah. PTI

The protest by the Calcutta University students, where the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMC’s students’ wing) has considerable influence on its student body, infuriated the BJP workers participating in the roadshow. Following this, reports said, a clash took place outside Vidyasagar college and university hostel when TMC activists threw stones at Shah’s convoy. In the ensuing violence, a bust of Bengali educationist and writer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was also smashed, allegedly by BJP workers.

Mamata Banerjee made a late night visit to Calcutta University and Vidyasagar college and said that the late Bengali thinker has been 'disrespected' by BJP goons. Today, both parties are set to knock on Election Commission's door. While the BJP will demand Bihar-like intervention from 2005 when the EC sent a special representative to take control of the administration there to ensure free and fair polls, Mamata's party will also take up the matter with the panel as it accuses BJP of bringing outside "goons" to attack Bengal's heritage.

Modi to campaign in Bengal's Basirhat day after violence Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata

Even as the politics in West Bengal singed with violence, late until Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to stick to his campaign schedule in the state. Modi is expected to campaign in Mamata’s turf today. He'll be addressing public rallies in Basirhat and Kolkata's Diamond Harbour in West Bengal. A reaction to Tuesday night's poll violence is expected.

Apart from this, Modi will also address rallies in Paliganj in Bihar and Deoghar in Jharkhand. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Alwar, Rajasthan and Faridkot and Ludhiana in Punjab. Priyanka Gandhi will be campaigning in Varanasi today.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Alwar gangrape survivor today

After Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Prime Minister Modi took potshots at each other, the politics over Alwar gangrape is expected to peak up further today as Rahul is set to visit the survivor. Opposition parties, including the BJP, have accused the Congress government in the state of trying to hush up the crime. But the Congress, in turn, accused BJP of doublespeak by claiming that one of its leaders, Hemsingh Bhadana, tried to negotiate with the victim and her family, while the government took immediate action by suspending the SHO and removing the SP of the area.

On 26 April, a woman was gangraped in front of her husband at an isolated place on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass. The accused had filmed the crime and circulated it on social media. Police had delayed registering a case, saying they were busy with the elections. The FIR in the case was registered on 2 May. Police have arrested six people in the case. The Alwar SP was removed while the Thanagazi police station SHO was suspended after the case.

BJP, DMK spar over alliance claims in Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, BJP and DMK have been engaged in a verbal spat after BJP's Tamil Nadu chief Tamilsai Soundararajan claimed that the DMK chief MK Stalin was in touch with the BJP for a possible post-poll tie-up. Stalin came out strongly denying the statement and dared the BJP to prove the charge or resign from politics. Stalin also asserted that if the BJP can prove what it claims he will quit public life and politics. Meanwhile, Tamilisai responded to this stating that she has only spoken the truth. "It is true that DMK has spoken to BJP regarding elections. My political life is always honest. I need not prove just because he says so. It is up to him to prove he did not speak to BJP," Soundararajan said.

ZombieLoad vulnerability affects Intel chips dating back to 2011

Security researchers have discovered a new set of vulnerabilities that affect Intel chips dating back to 2011, including the chips that have been used in Apple devices. Known as 'ZombieLoad', the vulnerability can leak sensitive data stored in the processor, such as passwords, private messages etc.

L&T acquires 1,168 shares of Mindtree taking total stake to 25.94%

Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro has acquired 1,168 shares of Mindtree from the open market, taking its overall holding in the mid-sized IT company to 25.94 percent, according to a regulatory filing

"Larsen and Toubro Ltd has acquired 1,168 equity shares (with face value of Rs 10 each) of Mindtree Ltd on May 14, 2019," the company said in a filing.

The mode of the acquisition was open market purchases and L&T's holding after the said purchase stood at 25.94 per cent. The latest stock purchase was made at Rs 972 apiece.

Earlier this month, Larsen and Toubro had purchased around 20 percent stake of V G Siddhartha and Coffee Day in Mindtree through a block deal for about Rs 3,210 crore, and has since topped that up with share purchases from the open market.

On May 9, L&T had announced the acquisition of an additional 2 percent stake in Mindtree.

In all, the infrastructure major is eyeing up to 66 percent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore, marking the country's first-ever hostile takeover bid in the IT industry.

Saif Ali Khan wanted to return his 2010 Padma Shri

Saif Ali Khan, who was felicitated with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in 2010, says he wanted to return it. On Arbaaz Khan's chat show Pinch, Saif was taken through some mean tweets about him. One of them read: "This two bit thug who bought a Padma Shri, named his son Taimur and beat up some people in a restaurant. How the hell did he get a role in 'Sacred Games'? He can hardly act."

Reacting to it, Saif said: "Two bit thug, I'm not... Bought a Padma Shri is also not possible. It is beyond me to bribe the Indian government. You will have to ask more senior people. But I thought I don't want to accept it. There are so many senior actors in the industry who deserved it even more than me, and had not gotten one...and it was very embarrassing. I wanted to give it back. I didn't want to accept it. My father said to me, 'I don't think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government.' So I said 'okay' and I very happily took it."

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: May 15, 2019 08:22:45 IST