US – RSF strongly condemns physical assault on Guardian reporter

first_img News May 25, 2017 US – RSF strongly condemns physical assault on Guardian reporter June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States On the eve of Montana’s special election, Jacobs attempted to ask Republican candidate Gianforte a question about the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s most recent analysis of the Republican-led health care bill when Gianforte allegedly body-slamnmed the reporter, breaking his glasses and exclaiming “I’m sick and tired of this…get the hell out of here!,” which can be heard in an audio recording of the incident.A Fox News reporter who witnessed the incident with two of her colleagues said “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff’s deputies.”Montana’s Gallatin County Sherrif’s office filed misdemeanor assault charges against Gianforte late last night. Gianforte is next due to appear in court on or before June 7.”RSF is appalled that a politician perpetrated such a violent assault on a journalist for merely asking a question, says Margaux Ewen, RSF North America’s Advocacy and Communications Director. “The incident marks a new level of violence and is especially chilling as it occured the night before an important state election. The anti-press rhetoric from the highest levels of the US government has given ammunition to certain politicians to act increasingly violently towards reporters who ask questions they don’t want to answer. We welcome the charges filed against Gianforte, but we urge all those in power to condemn these acts of aggression toward the press as they are completely unworthy of the First Amendment.”Just last week, a journalist was manhandled for asking a question during a press conference at the Federal Communications Commission, and the week before a journalist was arrested in West Virginia for attempting to ask US Health Secretary Tom Price a question about health care reform. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in 2016. IMAGE CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP News United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply alarmed by reports that journalist for The Guardian Ben Jacobs was physically assaulted by Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat last night after asking the candidate a question about health care reform. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistslast_img read more

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Why credit unions should be more like camels

first_imgI was recently listening to a TED Talks podcast while working out about the discovery of fossil bones in the Arctic Circle. (Am I getting old or what? I used to listen to AC/DC when I worked out; now I’m listening to educational podcasts!) But the discovery of these bones by paleo-biologist made me think of our credit union clients.First, the rest of the story about the discovery: the fossils that were found were identified as the leg bone of a large cloven-hoofed mammal and they were 3.5 million years old. After 4+ years of research and digging, it was determined that this discovery was the tibia of a dromedary. That’s right, a camel in the frigid cold of the Arctic Circle less than ten degrees from the North Pole. How could that be?Now here’s how it relates to your credit union:Think about the incredible evolution of that animal over the past 3.5 million years and its unbelievable migration from the northern and coldest part of Earth to some of the warmest -the Sahara Desert and eastern Asia.The camel had to re-use its cloven hooves from gaining traction in snow to gaining traction in sand. It had to reuse its famous hump as a fat-storage resource that helped it survive a barren cold climate to survive a barren hot climate. It had to change the shedding of its fur to progress from keeping it warm to assisting it remain cool.How has your credit union evolved over the past ten years, never mind 3.5 million years? Have you learned to re-imagine and retrofit the resources that you have at your disposal like the camel did?Many credit unions I see are still deploying staff the same way they did in the past, even though they need different and better talent today. Many are still conducting strategic planning the same way they always have and it doesn’t produce the new, better strategies they crave. Many are leading the same way they have in the past when younger generations of staff are more productive in different cultures and environments.Those scientists believe the camel they discovered was much bigger and looked dramatically different than the camels we know and love today. I’m not suggesting your credit union needs to make similarly dramatic changes. However, being willing and able to redeploy your “hooves”, “humps”, and “fur” could make the difference in your credit union evolving into a thriving species in future generations or falling to the grips of extinction.Also, think about how the scientist had to totally change their perspective on their discovery before accepting the fact that they had found a camel at the North Pole. They looked at data the same way they always had only to be frustrated with the lack of answers. It was only after trying a new process for assessing and interpreting that data that they came to their profound conclusion.How does your credit union process your data? How do you assess the facts that make up your organization? What new perspectives have you gained on your strengths and weaknesses over the past two or three years that might lead you to profoundly different outcomes?Many credit unions I know still deploy staff the same way they did in the past even though their delivery channels are changing radically. Many are looking at their membership through the same “one size fits all” model even though their current and potential members can be easily segmented into clearly disparate dynamics. Many are still adhering to stale, old processes that contradict members’ desire for convenience, speed, and ease-of-use.As new competitors enter our industry (some with far more robust resources than your credit union) we need to look at every aspect of our business from a new and fresh perspective. Steve Jobs instilled in Apple the concept of “Think Different” when they design a new product or launch a campaign. Richard Branson has engaged new teams at Virgin called “Disruptors” to challenge the manner in which they conduct all business activities. What has your credit union done to break the cycle of redundancy and sameness?To begin your process of evolution, like the camel, here are a few ideas:See your business through new lenses. Ask new members about their experience with you and their feelings about your brand. Do the same with non-members, whenever possible. New employees are also good resources for this information. Talk to other business and community leaders what they think about how you do business and how you compare to other financial service providers.Share that data with your staff. Brainstorm ways to be better. Don’t just rely on the same group of decision-makers (i.e., Senior Management) but get ideas from all employees – frontline, back office, middle-managers, facilities workers, everyone has a voice. It’s amazing how insightful your staff can be … if you just ask them!Challenge the current mindset. Assess all your operations and processes. Find out what works and what doesn’t. Try to be 50% better in everything that you do. Look at speed and accuracy. Consider quantity as well as quality. A combination of incremental improvements can make you 50% better overall so no improvement is insignificant.Keep the ball rolling. Once you start this “discovery” process, keep it going. Make it a part of the fabric of your organization. Track and report your improvement. Recognize and even reward successes. Don’t stop looking differently at your data or finding ways to better use your resources.Imagine if those scientists near the North Pole continued to look at their discovery through the same old lenses. They would’ve been limited to considering only those species known to exist in the frozen north tundra. Also imagine if the camel had not evolved and begun using its resources in new and different ways. It would’ve fallen to the fate of many of its brethren over the past 3.5 million years.Just as evolutionary biology is a dynamic field, so should the industry of financial services be dynamic. The successful scientists don’t remain static with their assumptions; they evolve and look at their discoveries in new and fresh ways. They reframe what they thought they knew based on current and different data.If your credit union becomes dynamic, adjusts to new discoveries, and reimagines your business model, like the camel, it too can stave off extinction and thrive in a new and different environment. After all, we’re all just one discovered tibia away from looking at our world in a whole new way.If your credit union needs to embark on a dynamic new evolutionary process, my firm would be happy to assist with your scientific discovery. Learn more at www.fi-strategies.com or contact me at [email protected] or 636-578-3280. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

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Reisinger Becomes 65th Commander of USACE’s Chicago District

first_imgCol. Aaron Reisinger assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, from Col. Christopher Drew during a Change of Command ceremony at the Harold Washington Library, July 21, 2017. Reisinger becomes the 65th commander of the district, which has been responsible for water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area since 1833.Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, commander of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, passed the guidon from outgoing commander to the incoming commander. This Army tradition symbolizes the passing of authority and responsibility from the departing commander to his successor.Reisinger comes to Chicago from Washington, D.C., where he was a strategist in the Stability and Humanitarian Affairs office of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.The Chicago District works on projects in a variety of focus areas including flood risk management and storm damage reduction, navigation, aquatic ecosystem restoration, regulatory, emergency management, and interagency and international services.Major projects include operating the electric barriers in the Chicago-area waterways, constructing the 10-billion-gallon McCook Reservoir, conducting the DuPage River Flood Risk Management Study, and implementing a variety of ecosystem restoration projects including ones at Horner Park and Fort Sheridan.last_img read more

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‘I prepared not to come back’: the woman who finished the world’s hardest swim

first_imgReuse this content Twitter Read more features Facebook Topics But the allure of the Farallones remained. She described her first swims at the islands as like being “in a wonderland, like another world”. “We would go out there and jump in like it was some tropical destination, and fishermen would look at us like we were absolutely crazy. It became a place of pushing myself.” It’s easy to understand the Farallones’ uncanny pull. Its skeletal form haunts San Francisco like a ghost, appearing and disappearing with the fog. To approach by boat takes hours, as waves pound like fists and seasickness grips your guts. The waters around the islands, which sit on the edge of a continental shelf, sink down to more than 10,000ft deep at spots. In that vast space, a swimmer seems naked and out of place. The vulnerability was not lost on Chambers. Just 10 days before her attempt, a fellow swimmer took the same route only to have his swim cut short by a circling great white shark. As she rode out that night, she wondered if she would have the courage to get in. “The adrenaline was indescribable.” English Channel rules – the marathon swimmers’ code – stipulated she must wear only a bathing suit and goggles and could not touch her support boat. She paused every 30 minutes to tread water and drink a liquid “feed” thrown overboard in a bottle on a rope. Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world. She said it started with an accident. “It was just a regular day,” explained Chambers, who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from her native New Zealand when she was 17. “I was wearing heels that were probably too high. I slipped down the staircase on my way to work, and I hit my leg.” At the hospital, Chambers was diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome as a result of blunt force trauma. Skin was grafted from her thigh to patch over the wounds on her swollen shin. “The doctors said I was 30 minutes from amputation and had a 1% chance of ever walking unaided again,” she said. “You wouldn’t think that [fall] would be a defining moment in your life. You think it would be a car crash or something. But I learned what I was made of.” We would go jump in like it was some tropical destination, and fishermen would look at us like we were absolutely crazyKim Chambers Pinterest Facebook Experience: I swim to work What does one think about while swimming for 17 hours? Chambers says there are periods she can’t recall – “You enter this dream state. I tell people it’s like being in space” – but that she calmed her nerves by thinking of those she loved on the boat beside her. “I’ll run through a scenario where I was hanging out with each of them. I’ll replay that day in my head. People say these swims are 80% psychological and 20% physical.”She admits it’s a lonely sport. More than 4,000 climbers have summited Everest; Chambers was just the fifth person to complete the Farallones swim. Her training regimens are brutal. In preparation for the North Channel, between Ireland and Scotland, she gained 65lb and refused to take a hot shower for six months; before her unsuccessful 2016 attempt to swim 93 miles down the Sacramento river, she swam the equivalent of an English Channel every Friday night for three months, staying up through Saturday to prepare for sleep deprivation.Despite the extraordinary endurance, Chambers says she doesn’t consider her swims athletic events. “They are personal journeys of the self. When I get out of the water, I’m a different person than the one who jumped in.” “Crazy” is a word she hears a lot. “I don’t see myself as crazy,” she says. “I’m just Kim and I like to swim.”Kim Swims debuted at the Mill Valley film festival, where it won the audience choice award for best documentary. It will next screen at the Portland film festival and the Rocky Mountain Women’s film festival, in Colorado Springs. Share via Email Twitter San Francisco Support The Guardian Kim Chambers crosses from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco. Photograph: Kate Webber Fitness Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter The boat motored out in a little over two hours, arriving at the rocky islands at 11pm. Ten minutes later, Chambers jumped. “It sounds completely nuts,” she recalled, “but when I went to the Farallones, I prepared not to come back. I did my laundry because I wanted my place to be decent when they came to collect my stuff.” But she did come back, 17 hours and 12 minutes later. It was a triumph that made headlines and prompted Outside Magazine to dub her “the world’s most badass swimmer”.Now, a documentary, Kim Swims, chronicles Chambers’ Farallones swim, and tells the story of how a 38-year-old who had only been swimming seriously for four years became one of the world’s top marathon swimmers. Chambers spent two years in physical therapy and started swimming to find “a sense of freedom”. The pool let her hide the scars left from the fall. “I was so self-conscious, especially about my thigh,” she says. “I didn’t want to be labeled as disabled. But standing in the shallow end, people would talk to me and no one was looking at my scars.” Soon Chambers met members of the Dolphin Club, a group of hardcore swimmers who have traversed the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay since the club’s founding in 1877. “It was like this secret society of adventurers,” she recalls. “I was just alive.” In the film, Chambers’ swimming coach, Vito Bialla, jokes about how terrible she was in those early days. “He said I couldn’t swim my way out of a paper bag with flippers on, which was true.” But she persisted, beginning with a crossing to the famous Alcatraz prison. As years passed she notched up bigger victories, eventually becoming the third woman, and only the sixth person, to complete the Oceans Seven – a series of hazardous straits and channels around the world that is considered marathon swimming’s equivalent of mountain climbing’s Seven Summits. California Swimming The Farallon Islands, a remote spot some 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Photograph: Kate Webber Facebook Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Jahlil Okafor Is “Obsessed” With Netflix, Believes In Mermaids, Loves Documentaries About Bigfoot

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15 Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah15Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is a 6-foot-10 center with one of the most refined offensive post-games in college basketball, and is almost guaranteed to be the top overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. That we all know. The Wall Street Journal dug a bit deeper into the Blue Devils star, and found out that he’s much more than a talented basketball player… he is also a very unique personality. Specifically, he loves cryptozoology and is adamant about the existence of mermaids.Okafor is obsessed with Netflix. He keeps a teenager’s diet of action movies and soapy television series, but his secret soft spot is for documentaries about odd phenomena—the weirder, the better. Okafor is well-versed in the legend of Bigfoot, for example. He also likes mermaids.“That’s always been my interest,” Okafor said. “Things of the unknown.”…What he likes to do instead—when he’s not playing basketball, of course—is watch television by himself. He has a taste for the mythical. Okafor has tipped multiple people off to a Discovery Channel special that promised new evidence that mermaids are real.“I tried to tell them,” he said. “They wouldn’t listen.”He was doing this in high school, too. Okafor once raved to his coach about a Bigfoot documentary he had just devoured. “He tried to get me to watch that,” said Tyrone Slaughter. “I was like: I’m not watching that.”His college teammates now know who to ask if they ever need a movie recommendation. Okafor even found a kindred spirit in his roommate Tyus Jones, who joined him for a documentary about monster snakes, though he struggled to remember the exact names of Okafor’s favorite films. “A lot of them are just about nature,” Jones said.Jones added: “He’d be a good person to talk to during Shark Week. That’s the kind of stuff he’s really into. And I’m a pretty big fan of Shark Week, too.”Luckily for Duke fans, the Blue Devils’ title hopes are a bit more believable than many of the things that Okafor binge-watches.[WSJ via SB Nation]last_img read more

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Rules needed for candidates withdrawal Elections Nova Scotia report

first_imgHALIFAX – An Elections Nova Scotia report is recommending the government move to clear up voter confusion around the withdrawal of candidates after nominations close.During last spring’s provincial election campaign that happened in the case of three candidates — one from each party.“The Elections Act currently doesn’t offer solutions to these circumstances, leaving local electors uninformed of the status of the affected candidate,” chief electoral officer Richard Temporale said in a news release.The report outlines what occurred when the Liberal party withdrew its support for candidate Matthew MacKnight in the Pictou East riding, who formally withdrew from the race on May 9.Although MacKnight’s name was removed from the printed on demand and election day ballots and replaced by that of new candidate John Fraser, there was no adjustment to the write-in ballot which only includes the names of the registered parties and a space to write in the name of an independent candidate.The report says on election day — May 30 — the 16 write-in ballots cast for the Liberals were included in the overall vote totals for Fraser.In the case of NDP candidate Bill McEwen, who withdrew May 15 in Dartmouth East, his name remained on the ballot and all of the seven write-in ballots and the 957 ballots cast for him on election day were credited to the party, which had said it didn’t want to benefit from any provincial funding arising from the votes.“There are no provisions in the Act for Elections Nova Scotia to withhold funding based on votes received and therefore the provincial funding tied to the votes for Mr. McEwen remain earmarked for the NDP party,” the report states.In the third case, the report notes that candidate Jad Crnogorac was dumped by the Progressive Conservatives in Dartmouth South and subsequently ran as an Independent.Despite that, all 12 write in votes and all votes cast for Crnogorac were counted as votes for a Tory candidate and the subsequent funding was earmarked for the party.“In the Dartmouth East case, most of the 957 votes for Mr. McEwan were cast in the 15 days remaining in the election after he withdrew,” the report says.“If his name and party affiliation was removed from the ballot, some of these voters may have chosen another candidate. Likewise, in the case of Dartmouth South, if the PC Party affiliation for Ms. Crnogorac had been removed some of the voters may have voted for another candidate.”Temporale recommends that a legislated process be put in place to address the situation.He recommends steps including a process to allow a party to withdraw support through to the end of the Saturday immediately before election day.And if a party does that, Temporale says it should allow the removal of the per vote subsidy. He says Elections Nova Scotia should also update ballots to reflect that a party has withdrawn its endorsement.The report also recommends the introduction of e-voting for out-of-province military members and flexibility to allow people to opt out of reporting their sex when registering to vote.The report says the province has made changes in how gender identity is recorded in government documents such as driver’s licences, and as a result the idea that sex be recorded for voter’s lists should be changed from mandatory to optional.last_img read more

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BC to argue for injunction on Albertas turn off the taps law

first_imgThe Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval months later, demanding more consultation with First Nations and a study into the pipeline’s potential impact on marine wildlife.The project was approved for a second time by the federal cabinet last week. The legislation was passed, but never used, by Alberta’s former NDP government as a way to put pressure on the province’s western neighbour to drop its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The new United Conservative government in Alberta proclaimed it into force shortly after Premier Jason Kenney was sworn in.He has said he doesn’t intend to use the turn-off-the-taps law right now, but he will if B.C. throws up roadblocks to the pipeline.The project, first approved in 2016, would triple the amount of oil flowing from the oilsands to B.C.’s Lower Mainland and from there to lucrative new markets across the Pacific.The project, first approved in 2016, would triple the amount of oil that flows from Edmonton to B.C.’s lower mainland, enabling access to new markets across the Pacific.The federal government bought the existing pipeline last year for $4.5 billion after its original builder, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, threatened to walk away from its expansion because of B.C.’s resistance. CALGARY, A.B. – British Columbia’s request for an injunction against Alberta’s so-called turn-off-the-taps law is to be heard in a Calgary courtroom today.The legislation allows Alberta to crimp energy shipments to B.C. if it stands in the way of a major pipeline expansion to the west coast.B.C. filed a statement of claim in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench last month calling the law unconstitutional.last_img read more

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Special category status to pervade Arunachal and other NE states Rahul

first_imgItanagar: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday his party will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the northeast if elected to power. There are some states in the country which require special status because of their “unique problems and difficulties” such as connectivity, terrain, infrastructure, Gandhi said at an election rally here. During the Congress rule at the Centre, he said, Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states used to enjoy special category status. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the heart of the Congress party and “we would like to have a ‘dil ka rishta’ with the people of the state”, he said. Gandhi said the Congress will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is “detrimental” to the people of the northeast. “We will not allow the suppression of the people of northeast,” Gandhi said. The Congress party will never attack the language, culture, customs and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states, he said. Election to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11.last_img read more

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LS polls Security beefed up around collectorate building in Balurghat

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the security in and around district collectorate building here has been tightened.As precautionary measures, the district administration has barricaded around 100 metres adjacent to the collectorate building with temporary bamboo fencing. According to an official source, all poll-related activities will be carried out from the office of district administration. Adequate policemen will be deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, no contesting candidate will be allowed to take out a procession while submitting nomination papers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Stress has been given on ensuing free and fair poll in the region. No political party will be given permission for procession from March 28 onwards to April 4. Instructions have been given to police to check the entry of the candidates from the main gate of district administrative building with not more than three vehicles at a time,” said an official. Sufficient Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will also deploy the area. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P recently conducted a high-level meeting with the police officers and the representatives of various political parties. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA clear message has been delivered through this meeting that the district administration is determined to strictly implement EC norms. The border close to neighbouring Bangladesh is sealed. The candidates can submit the nominations between March 28 and April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, the third in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls. On April 5, the nomination papers will be scrutinised while the last day of to withdraw candidature is April 8. The closing day for campaigning is scheduled on April 21. A total number of 14, 27, 567 people are expected to vote this year. Four major political parties —The Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the RSP — are in the fray. Arpita Ghosh will contest once again from Balurghat seat on Trinamool ticket. Ghosh defeated RSP’s Prasanta Kumar Majumdar in 2014 to break the Left citadel. This time, RSP has fielded Ranen Barman, who had won 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 LS polls from Balurghat seat while the BJP and the Congress have fielded Sukanta Majumdar and Sadik Sarkar as their candidates. Both Majumdar and Sarkar are new faces.last_img read more

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