England to host Wales in Wembley international in October

first_imgLONDON: England will host Wales in a home nations international on October 8 — their first meeting at Wembley for nine years. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said the fixture would be one of two additional international matches scheduled as triple headers in October and November. Current government guidelines mean the game is likely to be played without fans. The most recent meeting between the nations was at the Euro 2016 tournament when England won 2-1 in Lens. England are scheduled to face Iceland away in the Nations League on Sept. 5 before a trip to Denmark three days later. The Wales game would be three days before they are due to host Belgium in the Nations League and will be their first home fixture in 11 months. Wales are scheduled to begin their Nations League fixtures away to Finland on September 3. Agencies Also Watch: Bail for Akhil Gogoi in 3 Cases, 2 More Cases to Golast_img read more

DD Motoring: Electric Leaf runs out of road!

first_imgOver this St. Patricks weekend while most were celebrating with our famous national Shamrock, our motoring columnist Brian McDaid was celebrating the success of a leaf of a different type, that of the all-electric car the Nissan Leaf and his unique journey.Survey Survey Survey I’m getting a bit fed up with surveys of what people think of electric cars that never have sat behind the wheel, so in roaming reporter mode, I went in search of real people that actually own and drive all-electric cars.To do this, Inishowen Motor kindly supplied us with the late 191 Nissan Leaf for the Bank Holiday weekend.The Nissan Leaf that I drove was the latest 40 KW version with a range of 280kms between recharges.And with that limited piece of info, a fully charged Nissan Leaf and an app installed from the ESB on my phone, I was on my way. Following footstepsI headed in the direction of Inishowen to start my journey. I did this to follow in my father’s footsteps as he was the first person to represent the ESB to put the pegs in the ground for the locations to place the poles that would carry electricity to this peninsula of Donegal for the first time in the mid-1950s.I wonder what he would think now if he was about a car was able to make a journey to Letterkenny and back on a single charge.Starting up in Malin Head and making my way over Glengad, I took advantage of the steep hill into Malin Town to harvest power through the different types braking on the car that recharges the batteries.My app let me know that a basic public charger was located in Carndonagh.And even though I didn’t need it, the knowledge that it was there help to build my confidence in these all-electric cars or (EVs as they are known). At the startThere is always someone visiting Malin Head no matter when you drive there, and that was the case the day that I arrived and because the car has signage in saying it was 100% Electric it wasn’t long before the sightseeing German tourists were overlooking around the Nissan.The Nissan Leaf down at the waters edge at Malin Head before departing on the journey at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.Donegal at the start of our journey from Malin Head to Mizen in the Electric Nissan Leaf. Photo Brian McDaid.After a few selfies, the journey proper began.Lily’s in Malin On my way through Malin, I stopped off at lily’s where my late father would have stayed in digs there when he was pegging out where the first electricity lines for the ESB and thought of stories he told about all the great people he got to know around that area.The White Paddy’s, Hudi Dykes, Harvey Stewart, Willie Joe McClean, Paddy Logue to name but a few and not forgetting the Henrys long before they were a household name as famous singers.Park up outside Lily’s in Malin on it electric journey from Malin Head to Mizen. Photo Brian McDaidToday its another member of the Henry family from, Seamus “Henry” Mc Laughlin from Malin who supplied us with this electric Leaf from his Nissan Agency based in Malin and in Drumkeen to embark on this journey.SnowPlanning the journey is a priority when considering an electric car.Armed with a great onboard navigation system on the Nissan I also downloaded an app from the ESB who are the providers of the public charging locations. What we didn’t plan for was snow which we were greeted by on the morning we set off.Snow in Donegal at the start of our journey from Malin Head to Mizen in the Electric Nissan Leaf. Photo Brian McDaid.If anything the snow just added to the adventure which the Nissan ploughed its way through with ease.A quick top-up of the battery at Tobin’s in Letterkenny on their quick charging unit to the same amount of time as it took for us to get something to eat in their deli.Range anxietyAt the start of this journey, I must admit that I did worry a little about running out of battery power so I found myself topping up the batteries a lot even when it was over 60% mainly because I wasn’t really trusting the navigation system or the app on my phone.The Nissan Leaf parked up at the charging point in Bantry Co. Cork with some fine local artwork keeping an eye on the environment Photo Brian McDaidThe Nissan at one of the Charging points in Letterkenny Photo Brian McDaid.A top up at Londas in Grange, Co. Sligo and a conversation with a fellow Nissan Leaf owner who was charging his 191 Leaf there put a lot of my worries to rest.ConfidenceWith the valuable first-hand knowledge passed on from this fellow electric motorist, I was on my journey proper and tested the range of the car as I travelled through Co Sligo, Mayo and Galway before topping up before I headed into Co. Clare.A view of the driving range and the locations of charging point on the onboard navigation system. Photo Brian McDaid.Darkness was falling as I joined the motorway to head for Limerick City and then passed under the river Shannon.By this time, I realised that the quick chargers were the best option to keep moving so now I was heading to Newcastle West for my next charging point.Elder LeafIn Newcastle West, I met another electric car owner at the charging point who had one of the earlier models which had a lower range.He told me that buying an electric car was one of the best decisions he ever made.He done a lot of research before his family car of choice was going to be electric and has never looked back.If you are prepared to be part of the team and make adjustments to planned things out electric cars are a brilliant idea both for a family and for the bigger picture.With more valuable advice including the fact that most of the electric charging points are available 24-hours, my talk with this man built my confidence for the road ahead.In Killarney, I decided to top up the batteries for this leg of the journey ahead where I had to make a change of plan and divert from heading up over Molls Gap because of the freezing temperatures that were flashing up on the dash of the Nissan.So, I headed inland a bit and eventually ended up in Bantry at 2am in the morning.Slow FoxtrotIn Bantry, all that was available was a slower charger so I plugged in and took a much-needed rest.Early on Sunday morning, I headed out of Bantry in search of the final part of the journey, which didn’t have an electric charging point on its peninsula.The road looped back and forth along with the most southern part of Ireland and I was lucky enough to see the sunrise shortly after 7am.Then another couple of kilometres down the way and the road came to a complete end at the visitors’ centre at Mizen Head.We had made it from Malin Head, the most Northerly Point in Ireland to Mizen Head the most southern point.The Leaf never failed us or did the charging points along the journey and I never ran out of electricity – we just run out of road!CelebrationsA couple of photos of the Nissan leaf beside the the big reg Buoy and the centre and a couple of photos of the the car on the finishing line and beside the propeller of the 1909 steamship that went aground in heavy seas and the event was celebrated with a makeshift breakfast which consisted of a half carton of Centra’s own milk and a few hot cross buns.The Nissan Leaf pictured at Mizen Head at the weekend after completing the journey from Malin Head in Co Donegal. Photo Brian McDaid.The Nissan did well on its journey.Starting all over againIt wasn’t long to the car was turned around in the carpark on the visitor centre and the same journey had to be repeated again in order to get the Nissan Leaf back to Donegal.The journey down from Donegal had learned us a lot about electric cars and the network of charging points in Ireland.Then on the way down the car was driven very easy and the E-braking was used most of the time to harvest as much energy back into the batteries.The Nissan making it way through Molls Gap on the return journey at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.One the way home we pushed the car on a bit were able to gauge the charging points better sometimes even missing every second one.We managed to include a trip through the beautiful Molls Gap on the way home and were soon through Killarney and Newcastle West an on to the motorway through Limerick and under the river Shannon again.Back to the futureWhen we arrived at our charging point in Ennis a beautiful 4×4 Tesla was charging in the bay where I stopped and soon I got chatting to the owner of this beautiful piece of engineering as we waited for power to charge both our batteries.I didn’t want to ask him how much his Tesla cost but I Google the price of it when I was sitting in my own wee Nissan Leaf.The futuristic-looking Tesla 4×4 sitting at the electric charging point in Ennis at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.OMG- €200,000 for the top of the range of this model Tesla which was beautiful and completely silent as it sat in the charging bay with it back to the future looking gull wing doors popped up to the opening position.GasAs I made my way up through the middle of Ireland, a stop off in Ballindine had a funny experience from someone who seemed to be enjoying the St. Patricks Day celebrations but was trying to make out they were a lot soberer than they actually were.Standing out in the carpark of the filling station away from all harm and enjoying a smoke they spotted me plugging the car in above the front bumper.Heading out of Bantry before sunrise to get to the end of the road in Mizen Head. Photo Brian McDaid.Stepping over and giving me a friendly wave they proceeded to the charging point to have a closer look at it.They carefully held their lite cigarette at arms length away from the unit thinking I was filling the car with gas or something other than petrol.HomecomingBefore I knew it I was crossing the border from Leitrim back into Co Donegal on St Patrick’s Day eve, less than 24 hrs the day before.We were now on the home straight and our journey would end in Letterkenny.1,200 km on free light!Summing up our Journey over the St Patricks Day weekend from Malin to Mizen by electric car.This was both exciting and very enjoyable and possibly will never be done again the way we did it.Our Journey from the tip-top of Ireland in the North of Co Donegal to the most southerly point of Ireland, Mizen Head in Co Cork, which is 599 Kms one way and then back, cost us zero euros and zeros cents.This is because from the start of the introduction of electric cars in Ireland the network of public charging points were free of charge.Catching the sun rise in Mizen Head after a drive from the other end of Ireland Photo Brian McDaid.This may change in the future but even charging the car from a power point at home cost a lot less than the cost to run an engine powered car of any type.The Nissan Leaf has been the bench for electric car and did not disappoint us on our journey over the weekend.At some stages of the journey, I have to remind myself that I was still driving an electric car as it is so quick away from a set of traffic lights especially when you are in the wrong lane and want to change over while the driver beside you is struggling for gears.The drivers that I met were all a wealth of information on the cars. some of them said they could do with more quick charging points in their area.One off the bucket listMizen to Malin has been on my bucket list for the longest time since the day. My father and the four of us boys joined his fellow ESB workmate, Michael Casey for a couple on miles on his walk from Malin Head to Mizen Head back in the 1970s.Journeys end in Mizen Head after driving the Nissan Leaf from the top of Ireland to the bottom to Mizen Head on St Patrick’s weekend.Last weekend I got my chance to drive from one end of Ireland to the other in the latest type of motoring electric cars in what may become the future in motoring for everyone.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: Electric Leaf runs out of road! was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

Science Reporters Promote Communism by “Framing” Arguments

first_imgWhat on earth are science reporters doing promoting communism by “framing” the language of redistributive tax policy?One might hope that science should steer clear of political ideology.  But look at this headline that appeared on both Science Daily and PhysOrg: “Want to influence support for redistributive tax policies?  Choose your words carefully.”  This sounds like naked advocacy for income redistribution, a key element of communism.  The articles are unmodified echoes of a press release from the Association for Psychological Science, making these two leading science media sites complicit in advocating a communist principle.The article described supposed experiments that showed conservatives less likely to oppose income redistribution if the questions were phrased in terms of how much the rich made over the poor, versus how much less the poor made with respect to the rich.  The pseudo-empiricism of this “experiment” was undermined by a clear goal of figuring out how to soften the opposition to redistribution.Redistribution of wealth is a core concept of communism.  Perceiving the distance between poor and rich, Marx built his system as a means of taking from the rich and giving to the poor (income redistribution), with the revolutionary government taxed with punishing the bourgeousie to reward the proletariat, to achieve a utopia of equality of outcome.  Capitalists, instead, believe in equality of opportunity.  They believe that the free market motivates the entrepreneur to take risks with the hope of reward.  The capitalist is further incentivized to please customers by lowering prices and creating better products.  Wealth is not seen as a zero-sum game.   Instead, the economy grows, the pie enlarges, and everyone benefits when free market competition creates wealth.  Capitalism is built on initiative, responsibility and reward rather than class envy.The psychologists at Carnegie Mellon employed the euphemism “income inequality,” a phrase conjuring up class warfare.  That the researchers were interested in softening opposition to the communist principle of redistribution of wealth is seen in the statement that the research suggested “a simple manipulation of language might be able to influence support for policies aimed at addressing income inequality.” But should scientists create tools of psychological manipulation to enable the efforts of political idealogues?  (See 9/27/2012, “Will elitist science lead to mind control?“)One can conceive the experiment being framed in an opposite way.  Anti-communist psychologists (if such a species exists) might frame their questions in terms of “equality of opportunity” and “personal responsibility” or freedom.  They might use liberal subjects to measure how much the “framing” of the presentation changed their views.  That the Carnegie Mellon psychologists did not do this is further evidence of a pro-communist bias in their construction of experiment.  It undermines any pretense of objectivity.  An objective experiment (assuming experiments on humans are valid in the first place) should have used equal numbers of conservative and liberal subjects (assuming such categories could be reliably identified), and had a control group.  Even so, experiments on psychological manipulation raise serious ethical issues.  This appears to be an experiment for identifying the most effective psychopolitical propaganda, not a scientific experiment.In another example of trying to influence the election, Live Science used scare tactics to suggest, “Could Romney Overturn Roe v. Wade?”  If this were a simple neutral question answered with facts and probabilities, it might claim to be scientific.  The language, however, described Roe v. Wade as “the Supreme Court decision that protected a woman’s right to have an abortion” instead of “the decision that denied an unborn baby’s right to life” (life being one of the inalienable rights deemed self-evident in the Declaration of Independence).  In other words, the article scares the reader that Romney could reduce an alleged right, not that Obama is reducing a more fundamental right.  Further evidence of advocacy is seen at the end of the article: “Pass it on: It’s possible Roe vs. Wade could be overturned if a new Supreme Court judge is appointed who takes a stance against abortion rights.”  Should a science report tell its readers to pass it on?  Should it use the phrase “abortion rights” instead of “right to life”?It’s pretty shocking that so-called scientists and science news outlets would promote leftist ideology, using leftist terms, just a few days before America’s presidential election where tax policy issues revolve around the validity of redistribution of wealth.  This press release plays into the Obama campaign that employs class envy to promote taxing the “rich” more in the belief it will somehow help the middle class.  The idea is that the rich (the job creators) should “pay their fair share,” a euphemism that overlooks the truth that they already pay the lion’s share of federal taxes, whereas many of the “poor” pay no taxes.  A subjective term like “fair share” begs the question of what is fair.  Is 75% fair?  Is 90% fair?  Taken literally, one could argue that the poor who pay no taxes are not paying their fair share.  Paying a “fair share” could be a slogan for a flat tax, but instead is often used to make the tax system more progressive than it already is.The point is not the validity of either economic ideology.  The issue is whether science reporters should be dallying in political advocacy at all.  A survey of our entries in the Politics & Ethics Category shows that leftist ideology predominates in science reporting.  “Science” (a term so broad it borders on the meaningless) has been co-opted as a tool to promote leftist ideology.  Since PhysOrg and Science Daily acted blatantly as willing accomplices in a communist propaganda proposal, readers are tasked with remembering another free-market proverb, caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. 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PBA: Meralco withstands NorthPort for thrilling 2 OT win

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome converted an alley-oop off the pass from John Pinto to send the game to the first OT.🎥 Pinto alley oop to Newsome… WE ARE GOING TO OVERTIME! #PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/R0sTqPU7pwFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 8, 2019 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Baser Amer leads Bolts in overtime. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Meralco outlasted NorthPort, 126-123, in a tightly-contested affair that needed two extra periods to settle Friday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.Baser Amer emptied 11 of his total 23 points in the two overtime sessions to preserve Chris Newsome’s heroics in the final moments of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES As the sport grows, Gina Iniong vows to carry the torch for women’s mixed martial arts Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa came through late in the extension to keep Meralco within striking range, but their efforts weren’t enough to put the Batang Pier on the driver’s seat.The spitfire guard paced the NorthPort with 33 points, while Tautuaa pumped in 21 more.The Batang Pier drew a brilliant performance from Sean Anthony, who posted a double-double of 31 markers and 16 boards.“That was a hard-fought game between two teams fighting for their lives and trying to stay in the playoffs—especially us,” Bolts coach Norman Black said.“I’m just thankful that the players never gave up. There were moments in the fourth that looked pretty dim but we’re able to execute some plays down the stretch, send the game to overtime and give ourselves a chance to win in double overtime,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “I think there are a lot of heroes by our side tonight,” Black said.The Bolts halted a three-game slide and improved to 3-5 in the all-Filipino conference.“He hit some big shots to give us a chance win this game,” the Meralco mentor said of Amer.“This (victory) gives us a chance to stay alive and fight another day … The road is still going to be tough for us. But this is a start,” Black said, whose wards improved to 3-5 in the Philippine Cup.Meralco resumes its bid for a spot at the playoffs when it takes on No. 2 Rain or Shine at Cuneta Astrodome next Friday.NorthPort, which absorbed their fourth straight defeat, faces defending conference champion San Miguel Beer next. They tangle this Sunday at Big Dome.last_img read more

Deadline for JIS Heritage Essay Competition Extended

first_imgStory Highlights Students now have until midnight on Thursday, October 31, to submit their entries. Entries should be submitted through the application forms, which can be found on the JIS website. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has extended the deadline for entries to the 2013 Heritage Essay Competition.Students now have until midnight on Thursday, October 31, to submit their entries, which is a seven-day extension from the previous deadline of October 25.The competition, which targets primary and preparatory school students age nine to 12 years, has been open since August 5 and the JIS has asked entrants to write a 400 to 500 word essay on the topic: ‘What Makes Our Jamaican Heritage Special?’  Special Projects Officer at the JIS, Christine Ade-Gold, explained that the extension is to accommodate as many students as possible, especially those from rural Jamaica.“We are receiving entries from across the island and we are happy for that. However, following our National Heritage Week school visits, the agency has been bombarded with requests from students, especially in rural Jamaica, who were learning about the competition for the first time, to extend the deadline until the end of October,” she said.Entries should be submitted through the application forms, which can be found on the JIS website at www.jis.gov.jm.Prizes include a weekend for four, tablet computers, Samsung camera phones, a printer, book vouchers, gift baskets, cash, and trophies.Sponsors are Franklyn D. Resort, NCB Foundation, Digicel, Singer Jamaica Ltd., Grace Foods and Services Ltd., Lasco, Sangster’s Book Store, Royale Computers and Accessories, and WB Trophies. JIS has asked entrants to write a 400 to 500 word essay on the topic: ‘What Makes Our Jamaican Heritage Special?’ last_img read more

Urbanisation tree felling leading to surge in lightning strikes

first_imgKolkata: Unplanned urbanisation and felling of trees were behind a recent surge in lightning strikes and the number of deaths in such incidents in the country, a meteorologist of a Pune-based institute said.These days, lightning is more in the cities than in the rural areas of India, the senior meteorologist of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), said.”Around 3,000 to 3,500 people die every year in the country due to lightning. But the trend is little higher since the last five years. And this year we are expecting more lightning at stations over the foothills of Himalayas (starting from Jammu and Kashmir till the Darjeeling foothills) central and eastern part of the country,” scientist of the Atmospheric Electricity Aerosol Physics of the IITM, Dr S D Pawar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough there is no past official record on the number of deaths because of lightning strikes in India, Dr Pawar said a study conducted by them in this connection in the last 20 years shows that it is “definitely” on the rise. He said this is a natural phenomenon. Though lightning depends mostly on the moisture content of a particular region there is no exact reason behind the recent rise of lightning. “However, urbanisation is one of the main causes behind the rise which is mostly witnessed in the metro areas,” he said, adding global warming is also another reason behind the recent surge in the incidents of lightning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said with the cutting down of trees the city regions of India were turning into urban heat islands which ishelping in. Agencies Elaborating the “urban heat island” concept, Dr Pawar said, that it is an effect which describes the variation in temperature between cities and their surrounding areas. “Because of the cutting down of the trees and unplanned urbanisation, the cities are getting warmer than their rural surroundings. The temperature is rising mainly due to the highrises, roads and other infrastructure replacing open land and vegetation,” the scientist said. The scientist said, “Among other reasons pollution is definitely a factor. Apart from that carbon and dust particles in the air could also be one of reasons. And pollution is higher because in and around the city region there has been an increase of dust particles in the air.” “During the months of April-May, that in summer there are high incidence of thunderstorms. However, lightning is less during the monsoon season in June-July and number of deaths are lesser,” he said. “We have conducted a study on the spatial distribution of convective available potential energy (CAPE) and lightning activity in different seasons over the Indian region to find out the dependence of lightning activity on CAPE. “And it is observed that the lightning activity over the Indian region is not controlled by CAPE alone during pre-monsoon season. The prevailing meteorological conditions and orography over northern India, central India, northeast Pakistan and Bangladesh provide favourable conditions for formation of thunderstorms and that’s why lightning activity is higher in spite of lower value of the CAPE over these regions compared to other parts of India,” Dr Pawar said. Lightning which has become a frequent natural phenomenon during the summer, mostly in the two months of April and May, however, becomes quite irregular during the monsoon season, he said. On whether lightning has gone up in the hilly regions in the northeastern part of the country, Dr Pawar said, “It’s not that high in Shillong or in the seven northeastern states because the hills still have a green coverage.” However, in metro city like Kolkata lightning incidents are pretty higher compared to cities like Mumbai, he said. Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh recorded 36,749 lightning strikes in just a 13-hour period in the month of May. A home ministry data shows that till May, as many as 80 people have been killed in five states due to thunderstorms and lightning strikes with Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51 deaths, and 136 people injured across the country. Deaths due to lightning is higher in Maharashtra mostly in Nagpur and Vidharbha, Aurangabad, in Odisha as well as in West Bengal mainly because of the instability and moisture content in the air. “But in monsoon lightning deaths are lesser because the clouds lie at the low level. And the passing of lightning is quicker because of the shorter distance between the clouds and the ground,” he explained. The meteorologist also stressed on the need of conducting more research works in connection to understand about the character of lightning which is different in different regions of the country owing to the difference in the climatic conditions. “Some research works are going on in different regions. But we need to conduct more studies because of the difference in their character of the weather. We must not forget that India is a vast country with absolute different climatic conditions. Study is also necessary to ascertain why it is growing these days,” Dr Pawar said. “High buildings should have lighting arresters and they should be equipped with other good technique to bypass lightning through it and reach the ground,” he elaborated. And one must lie down and should avoid movement during lightning. “If you lie down during a thunderstorm, an electrical current passing through the ground from a nearby lightning strike can pass right through your body,” he signed off.last_img read more

Scuffle breaks out in Bhatpara as cops halt rally of CPM Congress

first_imgKolkata: A scuffle between Congress, CPM workers and policemen broke out during a joint rally at Bhatpara on Tuesday. The two parties were demanding restoration of peace after a string of violent incidents in the city.Bhatpara and Kankinara have been on edge since May 19 when the final phase of Lok Sabha polls concluded. Last week, two persons were killed a political clash in Bhatpara. The TMC and BJP had accused each other for fomenting violence in the city. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata On Tuesday, the Congress and CPM alleged that police obstructed their rally despite obtaining a permission for it. The rally, which started from Kankinara station towards Bhatpara police station, was led by state Congress president Somen Mitra, state CPM secretary Surjyakanta Mishra, Left Front chairman Biman Bose and others. However, they were stopped by police soon after starting the rally. Police had put up barricades to prevent them from moving further. However, workers of both parties broke the barricades and marched ahead. They were again stopped near Bhatpara Police station where another scuffle ensued. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state A senior police officer said the rally was stopped as prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC were imposed in the area. The political parties claimed they had permission for the rally. Rapid Action Force and Combat Force were deployed to defuse the tension. Later, Congress and CPM leaders submitted a memorandum to Bhatpara police officers to restore peace and normalcy. “We have asked police to ensure that people live peacefully here, and there is no obstruction in their day-to-day life,” said Biman Bose. The leaders also gave a seven-day ultimatum to police to bring back normalcy. “If peace is not restored within seven days, we will launch a bigger movement,” said Somen Mitra. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more