Share Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Michael McCaul (U.S. House of Representatives, 10th District) joins host Gary Polland and guest co-host Jay Aiyer to discuss the state of cybersecurity in the United States. Topics include election tampering by Russia and China; border security; and the mail-bombs sent to critics of the President. Original air date: October 26, 2018.Watch more episodes of Red, White and Blue
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is all set to bring Tarapith and Purulia on its helicopter connectivity map soon.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport department minister, in the state Assembly on Wednesday said the state government is soon going to introduce helicopter service from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia.It may be mentioned that Tarapith is a temple town in Birbhum where thousands of devotees turn up every day and the state government has taken several steps to improve the infrastructure at Tarapith. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNecessary infrastructure has been put in place so that people do not face inconvenience while they visit the place to offer Puja to goddess Tara. Roads connecting the place have been strengthened and widened.Now, the initiative has been taken to introduce helicopter service so that people reach Tarapith in far less time.Similarly, Purulia has also become one of the major tourist spots with the development of necessary infrastructure.In the past seven years, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the development of Purulia. Now, people visit the place almost round the year except a few months during summer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe tourism sector will receive further impetus with the introduction of this helicopter service.A tender has been floated to engage the operator for the helicopter services from Kolkata to Purulia and Tarapith.Currently, the helicopter service is available from Kolkata to Sagar, Digha, Shantiniketan and Malda.The helicopters, which operate from Kolkata to these four places, are four-seater ones. But helicopters operating from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia will have more seating capacity. It is learnt that eight-seater helicopters will operate between these places. It may be mentioned that soon after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given stress on air-connectivity between all the districts. Initiatives were also taken to construct helipads in almost all districts.The Mamata Banerjee government has ensured flight services in Cooch Behar. The same in Bagdogra and Andal has also improved. The work to improve infrastructure of Malda and Balurghat airports is nearing completion. Moreover, many steps have also been taken to develop the Chharra Airstrip in Purulia.
Kolkata: The Bolpur Court on Wednesday convicted former Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Visva Bharati Dilip Sinha, former Registrar Dilip Mukherjee and a former faculty member on charges of cheating, forgery and conspiracy.”The quantum of punishment will be announced by the Magistrate Arvind Mishra on Thursday,” said Naba Kumar Ghosh, special public prosecutor for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Sinha served as the V-C of Visva Bharati between 1995 and 2001. On January 16, 1997, Mukti Deb, an applicant for the post of Mathematics lecturer, was interviewed. She had furnished certificates of BSc from Calcutta University and MSc and MPhil from Jadavpur University, which were later found to be forged. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring investigation, it was revealed that Deb had appeared for the Part-1 exam of BSc but failed in it. But during the interview, she had produced photocopies instead of original testimonials and also got the job. The copies of the testimonials were attested by Dilip Sinha. After Deb was recruited as a lecturer in Mathematics, she worked for five years there. After five years, Deb wrote to the university authorities, seeking permission for enrolling in PhD. When she was asked to submit the original documents, instead of furnishing them Deb stated that she is not interested in pursuing PhD. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring May 2004, Sunil Kumar Sarkar, former Registrar of the university, had lodged a complaint with Bolpur police station. The former state government led by then chief minister Buddahdeb Bhattacharjee had ordered a CID probe. Deb had taught the students of Visva Bharati for seven years before she was sacked in 2004. Sinha was arrested by the CID in June 2004 from his residence. After a year spent in judicial custody, he was granted bail during March 2005. Later, CID submitted the chargesheet against Sinha, Mukherjee and Deb at Bolpur Court, on charges of forgery, cheating and conspiracy.