Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant to start in All-Star game

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C. — Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will start in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, the NBA announced during TNT’s ‘NBA Tip-Off ‘ Thursday evening.Curry, who will make his sixth all-star appearance in his native Charlotte, is joined by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Paul George, Durant, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, and Los Angeles Lakers forward – and team captain – LeBron James in the Western Conference. The Eastern Conference starters will comprise of Philadelphia …last_img read more

Condoms on the catwalk

first_imgOne of the 10 spectacular condom gownscreated by Emebet Alemu of the ZalefFine Art and Fashion Design Institute, onthe catwalk at the Hilton Hotel in AddisAbaba, Ethiopia.(Image: DKT) Former Miss Ethiopia Hayat Ahmed, ownerof the country’s first condom café.(Image: Tesfalem Woldes, Irin)MEDIA CONTACTS • Andrew PillerDirector: DKT Ethiopia+251 11 663 22 22Andrew@dktinternational.org• John HarrisDirector: DKT South Africa+27 73 544 5142John@dktinternational.orgLatex was the fabric of choice at a fashion show in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa recently, where all the designer garments on the catwalk were crafted from 10 000 male and female condoms of all colours and sizes.Held in January and organised by social marketing group DKT with the Zalef Fine Art and Fashion Design Institute, the Condom Clothes Fashion Show put 10 spectacular condom-crafted dresses on display in an attempt to lessen the stigma attached to condoms in the East African country.“In Ethiopia, condoms have a bad image; people are afraid when they want to buy condoms at the supermarket – they even try to hide the condoms quickly after they have bought them,” said Emebet Alemu, designer of the dresses and organiser of the show.“We wanted to change that by using an art event; the show will open people’s minds a little … maybe it will make them seem more normal for people.”The latex garments were later modelled at four additional shows, held under the ABC theme of “Abstain, Be faithful and use Condoms”, at the Addis Hilton Hotel. Organisers plan to also take the show to the major regional city of Adama.A 2008 study published in the Ethiopian Journal of Health Development and conducted in the town of Adwa, about 1 000 kilometres north of Addis Ababa, found that 46% of respondents believed that people who used condoms were promiscuous.Emebet Abu, DKT Ethiopia’s head of communications, said the condom fashion campaign was tailored to the youth, with a view to highlighting condoms as an additional option and not a replacement for abstinence or fidelity as methods of HIV prevention.“The idea of the show was to target young people, who like fashion and design,” he said. “We also teach abstinence and to be faithful, but some young people will not abstain or be faithful; they may have more than one partner already so they must use condoms.”The fashion initiative is the latest move by DKT to try to break the stigma associated with condom use in Ethiopia. In 2009, it ran a two-month campaign to distribute condoms and kerosene to house helpers in the capital, it set up a condom café in Addis.In the café, which is owned by former Miss Ethiopia Hayat Ahmed, each order of coffee comes with a packet of “Sensation” condoms, served in “Sensation” cups by staff wearing “Sensation” T-shirts.“I wanted to link business with a message for sexually active people,” said Ahmed. “I am the brand ambassador for Sensation condoms in Ethiopia, and I want to spread the message that condoms can protect you from HIV/Aids.”Her face adorns billboards and she regularly promotes condom use on Ethiopia’s only television station. “When I walk down the road even children recognise me,” she said. “But they do not call me Hayat; they call me Sensation.”Coffee is widely thought to have originated in Ethiopia, where it is extremely popular. Ahmed’s café, modelled on “condom bars” in Asia, managed to hand out almost 900 condoms within two days of opening its doors.Reaction to the free condoms has been mixed, with older patrons tending to disapprove, and younger ones sometimes enthusiastically asking for a second packet.“We have had young people come in and ask ‘Is it true that you actually give free condoms?’,” said one waiter. “When we say, ‘Yes’, their faces brighten up and they quickly order. But we have also had people who get shocked when we bring the bill with a condom, some saying we are promoting immorality.”Ahmed intends to open more cafés in the capital and other towns, and continue promoting various anti-HIV strategies, including abstinence and faithfulness. She plans expand the “condom bars” concept to other African countries.“A lot of people in Ethiopia are ashamed of talking about or using condoms,” she said. “Yet some companies put condoms in their toilets and when you go to look, each day, the boxes are empty. I don’t care if the condoms are used behind closed doors or in public – as long as many people use them.”Ethiopia’s HIV prevalence is estimated at 2%t among sexually active people aged 15 to 49. According to a report by the Federal HIV/Aids Prevention and Control Office, between 2000 and 2005 condom use among males increased from 30.3% to 51.9%, and among females from 13.4% to 23.6%.According to Ethiopian government data, 50% of public sector institutions and 20% of private businesses have mainstreamed HIV/AIDS prevention in their operational policies.Source: Irin PlusNews and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter.last_img read more

e’Lollipop sequel soon for South Africa

first_imgWandile Molebatsi, who plays Muntu Ndebele in A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II and the real Ndebele. Jason Hartman, who plays Norman Knox,on set at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando East, Soweto. (Images: A Million Colours: Facebook) The young Ndebele and Knox portrayedon the poster for the original e’Lollipop. (Image: e’Lollipop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bronwyn Williams  Ma-Afrika Films  +27 21 887 6894 RELATED ARTICLES • New Afrikaans film a hit • SA actresses make it big in Hollywood • SA film wins at Tribeca • SA film lauded at Canadian OscarsRay MaotaThe film A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II, depicting the lives of child actors Muntu Ndebele and Norman Knox during the years following the success of their iconic 1975 South African box office hit e’Lollipop, will be released locally in April.The two child stars of e’Lollipop, which movingly portrayed the friendship between a white and a black boy during the height of apartheid, led vastly different lives after the movie’s success.Ndebele descended into violence, crime and debauchery as he struggled with life after the movie, while Knox, conscripted into the army, refused to fight for the apartheid government and tried to spread the notion that all races can live happily together.Wandile Molebatsi and Jason Hartman star as Ndebele and Knox respectively in A Million Colours, while Masello Motana plays Ndebele’s love interest.Molebatsi said: “Muntu went through some hard times, which I shared in my own experiences. Some of the scenes were very emotionally charged and they took their toll on me, but the crew and actors were so professional.”“It’s a huge step forward for the local film industry,” said Hartman. “This film is on another level and can stand up to any production, locally and internationally.”A Million Colours was filmed on location in and around Johannesburg and in Kwazulu-Natal.According to the film’s Facebook page, it is “an inspiring true story of danger, adventure, romance, betrayal and redemption…set against the turbulent background of a nation in crisis.”It opens locally on 26 April 2012 at Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and selected independent cinemas countrywide.Second chancesThe film is a South African/Canadian co-production involving original e’Lollipop producer André Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films, and Michael Mosca from Equinoxe Films, distributors of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as the South African and Canadian producers respectively.Peter Bishai, the Canadian director of the movie, said: “The script came through Muntu’s experiences as he walked me through his life and the the places which had impacted on him the most.“He’s a natural story-teller and the movie has every ingredient for success – romance, intrigue, suspense and more.”Ndebele said that he was in trouble throughout much of his life and asked God for a second chance, which he has received as a reformed addict.Turning a wasted life aroundIt all started when Pieterse decided to contact Ndebele and Knox as he wanted to turn e’Lollipop into a DVD.He was able to find Knox but their search for Ndebele led them to a derelict Hillbrow flat where they found a drug riddled, sick man of 43kg.This meeting between Knox and Ndebele after so many years inspired Ndebele to kick the drug habit at last.His healing process involved contributions by both to a journal that documented everything Ndebele went through since they last met as children.This journal is what spawned A Million Colours.Following years of a healthy diet, regular gym, encouragement and discipline, Ndebele has made a full recovery.He said: “Now that I’ve reconnected with Norman that lost part of me is returning. It was never a ‘made’ friendship, it was a natural bond which transcended racial boundaries. God has used him to save me just as I in e’Lollipop saved him.”Ndebele is now a sought-after motivational speaker. His audiences include IBM; Deloitte and Touche; The British International College; Metro Evangelical Services; Robben Island Primary School; and British American Tobacco.Grabbing attention worldwideThe movie is yet to be released in Ndebele’s home country but has made waves overseas and enjoyed attention at multiple prestigious festivals.In 2011 it opened the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was showcased at the Montreal World Film Festival and Atlantic Film Festival.It was also selected for the Pan African Film Festival that took place in Los Angeles in the US from 9 – 20 February 2012.last_img read more

Dairy groups urge trade officials to challenge new protectionist dairy policy in Canada

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dairy organizations in the United States, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and New Zealand today issued a joint letter to their respective trade and agriculture officials, expressing indignation about Canada’s recent actions to deepen its already prohibitive restrictions on dairy trade.“For years U.S. exporters have borne the brunt of a continuing procession of new Canadian policy tools intended to curtail dairy imports,” said Tom Suber, president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “TPP has included new features to move toward more open trade by expanding market access compared to the status quo; but Canada’s been doing its best to erode longstanding existing access as much as possible before this agreement is even put in place.”The groups said Canada’s increasingly protectionist policies violate “international trade obligations, hold out the prospect of trade diversion with attendant global price-depressing impacts and are in conflict with the principles of free markets and fair and transparent trade.”The U.S. groups, including the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association, oppose a Canadian Agreement in Principle recently concluded between Canada’s dairy producers and processors. The agreement, which is undergoing finalization and review in Canada, would provide an incentive to substitute Canadian dairy ingredients for imported dairy ingredients and would unfairly subsidize exports of Canadian dairy products. If ratified, the agreement would take effect Nov. 1, 2016.“The dairy trade situation with Canada has gone from bad to worse this year and now Canada is contemplating doubling down on that terrible track record,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “Enough is enough; Canada needs to stop shirking its dairy commitments and hold up its end of already negotiated agreements.”In addition to the three U.S. organizations, the other dairy groups are the Australian Dairy Industry Council, the European Dairy Association, the European Whey Products Association, the European Association of Dairy Trade, Mexico National Chamber of Industrial Milk and the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand. Each of the dairy organizations asked officials in their respective countries to initiate a WTO dispute settlement proceeding to challenge the agreement once its details are announced.In the letter sent jointly to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and to the other government trade officials, the dairy organizations stated that the Agreement in Principle would breach Canada’s trade obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). They said it also would undermine the intent of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).“Canada’s continued disregard for the provisions in its pacts with trade partners is unacceptable,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. “These protectionist policies are in direct conflict with the principles of free markets and fair trade, which trade agreements like TPP aim to promote.”last_img read more

Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After watching their 65-49 lead dissipate to just five, 75-70, at the end of the third, the Blue Eagles responded soundly in the fourth and put the Growling Tigers in their place.Ateneo mounted a 17-7 run with Thirdy Ravena capping it off with the most vicious of finishes when he dunked home a tomahawk from just inside the circle to give the Blue Eagles a 92-77 lead with 2:22 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a good thing we played well defensively in the fourth, and we really wanted to make sure that our defense was still there,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “Our offense was good, we had a lot of ball movement, a lot of assists, and we found our cutters and shooters.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blatche, Fajardo lead 23-man Gilas pool for World Cup qualifiers Ateneo tallied 23 assists and only committed just 14 turnovers.Ravena filled the stat sheets with a game-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while Matt Nieto added 19 points with all of his field goals coming from deep.Oliver de Guzman had 19 points to lead UST while Jeepy Faundo finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo stayed on track for an elimination round sweep after fending off University of Santo Tomas, 102-83, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles remained undefeated after 12 games while also sending the Growling Tigers to a 0-13 record. ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Apacer: industrial-grade wide-temp identification

first_imgIn response to the frequent malfunction of commercial grade IC marketed for wide-temp use in embedded and IPC systems, Apacer is promoting the identification of true industrial grade wide-temp products. Apacer has long insisted on using industrial-grade chips from original manufacturers in its wide-temp memory modules. With the full support of strategic partner Samsung Electronics, Apacer obtains industrial-grade chips for industrial memory from original manufacturer Samsung—making it one of the world’s few memory manufacturers able to do so.Recent failure analysis conducted on wide-temp memory modules revealed that some memory manufacturers use commercial ICs, which they sort according to their own standards and claim can operate under the industrial wide-temp range of -40 to 85°C. These manufacturers reduce production expenses at the cost of quality and reliability.Applications that exceed the limits defined by original IC manufacturers increase the instability and risk for smart devices, decreasing product lifespan and potentially causing malfunctions. In such cases, technical support from the original manufacturers is not obtainable. To avoid the risk of losing or damaging data due to misusing commercial IC in industrial computers, Apacer has announced default IC naming rules for memory products, clarifying IC characteristics and allowing clients and purchasers to easily identify the products that meet industrial-grade wide-temp standards.Apacer’s industrial wide-temp SSDs and DRAMs are suitable for applications in industry, military, aerospace, and transportation fields, where conditions are often more extreme. Apacer’s wide-temp series of products, including memory chips, passive elements, and PCB, are all full-scale industrial grade. These products have passed industrial extended temperature tests and the most extreme thermal cycling test, ensuring their quality, reliability, and durability. Apacer’s industrial wide-temp SSD product line is compatible with multiple interfaces and specifications. The industrial wide-temp DRAM line includes products such as UDIMM, SODIMM, ECC UDIMM, and ECC SODIMM.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous SEGGER: IoT toolkit to access cloud based servicesNext Logic Technology: the ‘Swiss Knife’ for testing PCBA’slast_img read more

Nathan Lane Honored With Eugene ONeill Theater Center 15th Annual Monte Cristo

first_imgNathan Lane was honored last night at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 15th Annual Monte Cristo Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.Nathan Lane With Matthew BroderickCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesLane received the Monte Cristo Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the American theater.The evening featured tributes to Lane from Matthew Broderick, Brian Dennehy and Susan Stroman as well as performances by Jason Simon, Tim Shew, Bobby Creighton, Patrick Page, Carson Elrod, puppeteer Tyler Bunch and Jenni Barber.Additional attendees included Joe Grifasi, Marin Ireland and Hal Prince.Founded in 1964, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. In the bold tradition of its namesake Eugene O’Neill – four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and to more than 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.last_img read more

Marijuana producer Aphria lowers cash portion of offer for Nuuvera

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – In an unusual move, licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. is cutting the amount of cash it is offering for cannabis company Nuuvera Inc. — from $1 to 60 cents per share — as Nuuvera seeks to fully acquire its subsidiary Avanti Rx Analytics.Leamington, Ont.-based Aphria said Tuesday it reached an agreement with Toronto-based Nuuvera to the lower the price but did not elaborate on why.Nuuvera said in a separate release it agreed to the amendment “in order to fund” its own acquisition of the remaining 49 per cent interest of Avanti — which provides research and testing services to the cannabis industry — for an estimated $43 million.The company did not explain why receiving less money from Aphria would help fund its own transaction.“The acquisition of Avanti is an important step in the history of Nuuvera and is expected to result in synergies at the combined Nuuvera/Aphria which will enhance the value of the arrangement to shareholders of Nuuvera,” said Ronald Schmeichel, Nuuvera’s chairman, in a statement.Neither company could not be immediately reached for further comment.Nuuvera said it entered into a letter of intent to acquire the remaining interest of Avanti from a single minority shareholder. As part of the deal, Nuuvera also anticipates acquiring Avanti’s facility in Brampton, Ont.The original agreement was valued at $826 million, according to Aphria and Nuuvera’s Jan. 29 release. The revised offer, with the reduced cash component and using Aphria’s latest closing price of $14.06, based on 80.13 million outstanding Nuuvera shares would be valued at $447.9 million.Under the amended deal, Aphria is offering 60 cents in cash plus 0.3546 of an Aphria share. Nuuvera noted in its release “the consideration has been reduced… provided that the cash consideration will be increased to the extent the company’s unrestricted cash exceeds the revised required level.”Shares of Aphria and Nuuvera have fallen since the original deal was first announced on Jan. 29. Under the initial agreement, the licensed producer offered $1 plus 0.3546 of an Aphria share for each Nuuvera share. That would value the offer at roughly $8.50 per share, based on Aphria’s 10-day volume-weighted average price for the period ended Jan. 26 of $21.15. Nuuvera’s 10-day volume-weighted price for the same period was $6.51.On Friday, Aphria shares closed at $14.06 on the Toronto Stock Exchange while Nuuvera shares closed at $5.56 on the TSX Venture Exchange. Based on Friday’s share price, Aphria’s amended offer of 60 cents in cash plus 0.3546 of a common share would be valued at $5.59 per share.Aphria’s stock was up $1.13 or 8.04 per cent to $15.19 in early afternoon trading on Tuesday, while Nuuvera was up 14 cents or 2.52 per cent to $5.70.Aphria said Tuesday it also sought and received consent for the reduction from shareholders who had signed lock-up agreements, that together with Nuuvera shares already owned by Aphria represent approximately 65 per cent of Nuuvera’s outstanding shares and over 57 per cent of the requisite minority shareholders of Nuuvera.Aphria added that its board of directors received an opinion from its financial adviser, Cormark Securities Inc., that said as of Feb. 19 the amendment is “fair, from a financial point of view, to Aphria.”Nuuvera noted its board also obtained legal and financial advice from Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., which concluded that as of Feb. 19 that “the consideration to be received by Nuuvera shareholders is fair, from a financial point of view, to such shareholders.”Aphria said the deal is expected to close in April, on schedule.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH, TSXV:NUU, TSX:CF)last_img read more

PU Chitra wins 1500m gold Dutee clinches 200m bronze

first_imgDoha: P U Chitra defended her 1500m title to give India its third gold medal while Ajay Kumar Saroj and Dutee Chand won a silver and a bronze in men’s 1500m and women’s 200m respectively on the fourth and final day of the Asian Athletics Championships here on Wednesday. Chitra overtook Bahraini runner Tigest Gashaw just a few metres before the finishing line to win the race in 4 minute 14.56 seconds at the Khalifa Stadium. This was India’s third gold of the championships after Gomathi Marimuthu (women’s 800m) and Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (men’s shot put) won a yellow metal each on the second day on Monday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhGashaw clocked 4:14.81 for the silver while another Bahraini Mutile Winfred Yavi took the bronze in 4:16.18. “Got a little nervous towards the end being next to Bahraini runner (Gashaw Tigest). She beat me to third place in Asian Games. “I had to really push hard in the end,” said the 23-year-old Chitra who had won a bronze in the Jakarta Asian Games. Chitra had won gold in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar in 4:17.92. Her male counterpart, Saroj clocked a season best time of 3 minute 43.18 seconds to clinch a silver behind Bahrain’s Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich who clocked 3:42.85. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterDutee, who had finished a disappointing fifth in the 100m final on Tuesday after smashing national record twice, clocked 23.24 seconds to win the bronze in the women’s 200m. After falling behind in the first 100m, she covered a lot of ground in the final 100m stretch and got past three competitors at the finish line. Salwa Naser of Bahrain expectedly took the gold in 22.74 while Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan was second in 22.87. The 23-year-old Dutee, who had won a 200m silver in the Jakarta Asian Games, still missed the World Championships qualifying mark of 23.02. She has a personal best of 23.00. “I am really very happy. I missed a medal in 100m & relay. I put too much effort in 100m, was not sure of medal in 200m. Just did my best & I am happy,” Dutee said. In the women’s discus throw, Navjeet Kaur (57.47m) and Kamalpreet Kaur (55.59m) came up with disappointing shows to finish fourth and fifth respectively.last_img read more

CPIM heavyweights keen to join BJP Partha Chatterjee

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Saturday that some heavyweight CPI(M) leaders are keen to join the BJP which has become clear with leaders like Khagen Murmu and Mahfuza Khatun joining the saffron party.”A number of ground-level and middle-level CPI(M) leaders have been constantly shifting to the BJP for the last few years. But now, we are witnessing that openly with some senior leaders of the party running after the BJP leaders. The cases of Khagen Murmu and Mahfuza Khatun shifting to the saffron party just before the elections is a clear pointer. The leadership lacks organisational strength and the CPI(M) should try to prevent this trend of their party people rubbing shoulders with the BJP,” Chatterjee said at ‘Meet the Press’ programme hosted by Calcutta Press Club. Chatterjee’s reactions came in reply to a poser when CPI(M) state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra alleging that TMC and BJP are having a tacit understanding. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”No other leader from the country has been fighting against the anti-people policies of the BJP government so strongly like our party supremo Mamata Banerjee. The people of the country are well aware of this,” he reiterated. It may be mentioned that Murmu, who was the former CPI(M) MLA from Habibpur in Malda, had already contested the Lok Sabha elections from Malda North with a BJP ticket. He had joined the BJP in March. Khatun, who was an elected CPI(M) MLA from Kumarganj Assembly constituency in 2001 and 2006, left the party to contest with a BJP ticket from Jangipur parliamentary constituency. Khatun had, however, lost to Trinamool Congress during the 2011 and 2016 Assembly elections. Chatterjee alleged that the BJP is trying to influence the functioning of the Election Commission to function in a partial manner. “I have never seen earlier in Bengal that seven officers at the Inspector level are being removed just before the polls. The BJP knows very well that they will not win a single seat and in frustration, they are trying to use the Commission to do such things,” he said.last_img read more