Central Government has banned Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), which operates in West Bengal and Assam. An official gazette notification of Union Home Ministry mentioned that under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, it has proposed to add KLO and all its formation and front organisations as a terrorist organisation. With this notification, KLO is listed in the First Schedule of Act and has joined other 37 militant organizations.
About Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO)
KLO came into existence in 1993 to achieve the objective of a separate sovereign Kamatapur state.
It has been consolidating its position in the 14 districts in Assam and 6 districts in West Bengal both organisationally and in terms of weapons and cadres.
Reasons for formation
It was formed to address problems of the Koch Rajbongshi community and perceived neglect of Kamtapuri language, large-scale unemployment, land alienation, identity and grievances of economic deprivation of the community.
The group has emerged as a major threat and is demanding an independent county Sovereign Kamatapur State of ten districts in West Bengal and Assam. The 10 districts demanded by them includes six districts of North Bengal namely Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Malda and four of lower Assam, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Goalpara.
It is alleged that the KLO is having links with other North-east militant groups such ULFA and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
Paschim Banga Lok Parisheba Adhikar Bill, 2013 (West Bengal Public Services Rights Bill, 2013)
The legislation titled Paschim Banga Lok Parisheba Adhikar Bill, 2013 will be introduced for the first time in the upcoming session. The bill provides for efficient delivery of services in government offices. The dual goal of the legislation will be to reduce corruption and put in place an efficient delivery mechanism. Non-delivery of services within the provided time frame will lead to imposition of fines. Fines may range from Rs. 250 to Rs. 1,000.
The legislation also provides for the setting up of a Commission which will look into complaints from people who have not received government services on time, and take action as required.
Three day long celebrations are underway at the Eden Gardens in Kolkatta by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the iconic cricket ground.
As part of the celebrations, 150 of the oldest members of annual, associate and life categories of the CAB will be felicitated. On October 18, a souvenir and a special gold coin will be released by CAB.
Eden Gardens was established in 1864. It is the largest cricket stadium in India and the third biggest cricket stadium in the world in terms of capacity. It is the home of the Bengal cricket team and IPL’s Kolkatta Knight Riders. It has been a venue for Test matches, ODIs and Twenty20 international matches.