Grandpa a rock star, say Somnath's granddaughters
"Our grandfather is a rock star and he rocked" as a speaker!
This was the observation by two granddaughters of Somnath Chatterjee about the Speaker who on Thursday presided over the last sitting of the 14th Lok Sabha, which was incidentally his last day at office as he has decided not to contest polls again.
Surya and Trisha Bhattacharya, besides their parents, were among the special guests who had come to witness the proceedings.
Talking to reporters after the Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die, they said, our grandfather is a rock star, he rocked (as a Speaker).
When asked to react to his granddaughters' remarks, Chatterjee said: "I am so much fond of them. I will accept any comment they make."
Chatterjee's son Pratap summed up his sentiments on the role of his father as a Speaker saying, "we called him a headmaster, but think they needed a master."
On the best decision Chatterjee took as the Speaker, Pratap said, "I think protecting the sovereignty of Parliament. And I think the other thing you are hinting at, I think I leave it to the people to judge".
"Wait for 100 years," was the curt reply of the Speaker when asked whether he would take any other constitutional post after retirement.
The Pargaon-Dungi villages located on the outskirts of the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport site have, for the fifth consecutive year, been flooded following incessant rains in the region. The villagers blame land filling at the airport site and lament that despite CIDCO's claims of pre-monsoon measures being taken every year, there is little change on the ground during the monsoon.
A 35-year-old labourer kidnapped his employer's 11-year-old son for non-payment of his wages of ₹8,000. After kidnapping the boy, the accused, Saibuddin Alam, demanded a ransom of ₹30,000 from his employer. The Panvel City police rescued the boy from Bhiwandi with the help of Narpoli Police and arrested Alam. The complainant, Sahidul Sajjad Ali Rehman transferred ₹4,000 to an account number that Alam provided. Rehman then approached Panvel City police station and registered an FIR.
A man who was facing charges in an acid attack case ended Kumar's life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at a hotel near the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar interstate bus terminal on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Avinash Kumar alias Kali, 50, of Dayalpur village. A case under Section 326 of IPC had been lodged against him on June 22.
Cracks on the newly-built yet-to-be-commissioned approach road leading to the ₹111Cr Nerul Jetty have raised doubts on the quality of construction work done by the CIDCO. The 650m flyover is still not operational. However, the area is frequented by morning walkers who observed these cracks. CIDCO, however, said the cracks were not a major concern. Private structural consultants, however, differ with CIDCO and have expressed concern after seeing photographs taken just three days apart.
MIA sources here said both the flights landed in Bengaluru and took off for Mangaluru later. The flight from Dubai was scheduled to land in Mangaluru at 4.40 am, but was diverted to Bengaluru and landed in Mangaluru only at 8.49 am. The flight from Dammam was scheduled to land in Mangaluru at 5.05 am. The Bahrain-Kannur-Mangaluru plane will also be delayed, the sources said. The Mangaluru to Dubai flight was also delayed.