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Stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava loses battle, dies at AIIMS

Noted stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava is no more. An era has ended in the stand-up comedy as it was Raju Srivastava who plays a big role in making the stand-up comedy popular. He was 58.

Srivastava was admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he suffered a sudden heart attack on August 10 this year. The actor was immediately shifted to intensive care unit (ICU) and was on life support. His condition was said to improving a few days back. However, he was kept on life support. 

There was a ray of hope, after both the family and the attending medical staff at the AIIMS, informed Srivastava regaining consciousness a few days back but the inevitable happened. The man who is believed to have given a new perspective to the stand-up comedy with his numerous flicks including ‘Gajodhar Bhaiya’ was declared dead a hours back. 

Social media has been abuzz with condolences pouring in since the news was flashed. His list of admirers is huge from eminent people to common person. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had telephoned Raju Srivastava’s wife Shikha to enquire about his health and offered support. 

He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.

ICICI ATM in Mayur Vihar Phase-1 is a harassment

This is not just about a particular ATM but in general as people face these type of problems all over, across the country. Today, I have to write about a young girl whom I had seen in tears after her Rs 10,000 getting deducted but she did not receive the money. It was quite natural on her part to cry as she could not scream, perhaps the only expression that could have brought her some relief.

Well, I am talking of the ICICI ATM on the road going towards Mandir Masjid in Mayur Vihar, Phase-1, East Delhi. An observation, there is no number mentioned (ie. ATM number) and there is never a guard though there is a room for the guard like all ATMs do. Hence, customers can never talk to anybody in case there is a problem like today I faced or the girl had faced. For that matter numerous people face similar problem.

Another issue that I want to raise is why ATMs are either dry or closed down? Public is taxed for using ATM facilities at every budget. Then why public dosen’t get the service also.

However, if you also face similar harassment then raise your voice.

Only Bobbitt’s Law for rapists will infuse fear-factor

Someone asked why I did not react on the recent seven-old rape and murder in Delhi. Honestly, there was a notion that such things would take a back seat especially after the protests that took place during ‘Nirbhaya’ gangrape.

However, I have an observation here and would like to share as I strongly feel just by calling the victim by different names to protect her identity cuts no ice unless and until she is protected or saved. Like in case of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the media called her by different names to market their stories, some called her, ‘Amanat’, ‘Damini’, ‘Delhi Brave Heart’, and ‘Nirbhaya’, the name that finally became the cult name. Rather than all these, the need of the hour is stringent punishment and it should be no less than Bobbitt’s Law. I have discussed, debated, argued umpteen times on this issue.

If carnal desire is so strong that it destroys innocent lives then chop the organ. I have been saying this in my live programes and editorials. I remained silent because nothing will change unless ‘stringent punishment’ is given. The ‘fear factor’ is missing which needs to be infused.

I covered the Delhi Brave Heart (Jyoti Singh Pandey) case and have seen the protests thaty simply went berserk especially the day then Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had ordered a lathi charge on the media persons who had been reporting from India Gate. Honestly, it felt good to see the protest but really sad to see that anger or agression has died down. Nothing has changed, nothing would change… Rapes, gangrapes, molestations, eve-teasings, stalkings continues …

Apply to avail subsidy on electricity in Delhi, read details

If you ask anybody should there be freebies on essential services, on average the reply you get is ‘NO’ as it totally ruins the service structure. The government (irrespective of state or centre) tends to feel are doing charity towards the people. Actually, it’s not, they do it expecting much bigger return – ‘votes’. May sound blunt but the fact is freebies are given to churn the vote bank. “sahab, siyasat ke logon se aap kuch ummed nahi kar sakte, yahan to phir bhi Kejriwal bijli aur pani par subsidy de raha hai” (Sir, you cannot expect anything from politicians, here still Kejriwal is offering subsidy on electricity and water), these were the words of a shop keeper in Delhi’s Lajpat Rai Market. He was practically correct as politicians know to extract, not give. Those of us who have been Delhi, can never forget the exorbitant electricity bills by DESU and later Delhi Vidyut Board (DVP).

However, the subsidies on electricity is now coming to an end in Delhi as the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejreiwal announced that only those will enjoy subsidy who would psychically apply.
Kejriwal tweeted:

Kejriwal, also launched a phone number 70113 11111 for consumers to give a missed call or send a WhatsApp message to opt for the subsidy and said consumers having up to 200 units of monthly consumption get zero bills while those consuming up to 400 units per month get 50 percent subsidy.

As per data, around 30 lakh households get 100 percent and around 17 lakh who get 50 percent subsidy. Delhi CM informed that around 47 lakh consumers avail of power subsidy.

The same Kejriwal and his party eyeing on the Gujarat Assembly polls, have been assuring the people in the state of free electricity and water. His game has been exposed in Delhi after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the issue of liquor politics and how he gave licenses to liquor mafias or flouted Delhi’s master plan to allow illegal liquor shops, and thekas. However, for Delhi-ites, it has been made mandatory to apply to avail the subsidy either physically or electronically by October 31, 2022, to get a subsidy for the month. Those who do not apply will not get the subsidy but even they can avail the subsidy by applying next month.

How to apply for the subsidy via WhatsApp:

Step 1: Give a missed call on 7011311111 or send a ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp.

Step 2: You will receive an SMS link on the registered mobile number with BSES. Click on the link.

Step 3: Fill out the form you received through the link on WhatsApp and submit it.

Step 4: You can also scan the QR code on the subsidy form attached with the latest BSES bill.

Step 5: Click the SMS link that you have received on the number registered with BSES.

Step 6: You will receive a message confirming that the subsidy is active on the bill.

Delhi women, RWAs, stage protest against Kejriwal’s liquor politics; AAP defiant

“Kejriwal government has ruined the essence of Delhi by opening liquor shops, thekas, and allowing liquor mafias to open outlets in the city. These people should be thrown away from the power”, these were the words of local residents in Govindpuri a few months back when a liquor shop was being opened in front of the Maharaja Agrasen College. Locals including women had sat on dharna to protest against opening of the shop. “We are scared not only for our own children but in general as a large number of young boys and girls come here and stay in the paying guest accommodations across the area. Liquor shops would bring anti-socials and it will create a security breach”, said Kumar, an elderly citizen.

Not just Govindpuri or Kalkaji, this was the situation across entire Delhi. Liquor shops would come up at every nook and corner in the city. Many Residential Welfare Associations (RWA) had raised their voices and compelled the shops to close down. In this context, I recall another shop a little away from this place (near Gali No 12 or 13 in Govindpuri), as locals had come out on the streets and created a menace out of it.

It was during this time I had the opportunity to attend the Press Conference at the Pant Marg office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was held to discuss how Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had allegedly flouted the masterplan of Delhi to accommodate the liquor mafias. The Press Conference was attended by Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Delhi Assembly, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, and the four Mayors of Delhi. “We have found serious anomalies by AAP in order to help the liquor mafias to enter Delhi from outside states”, said Bidhuri. “There has been a tampering with Delhi’s masterplan as you are aware that in delhi no liquor shop or theka can open if there is a religious place or educational institutions and even residential areas within the 100 metre radius but shops and thekas are being open all over”, added Bidhuri.

Today, after the BJP’s stings on AAP, its clear why AAP had to enter into this filthy game of liquor politics allegedly.Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal had announced that his party would contest each and every elections in the country. The party needed money to contest the Assembly polls in Punjab and Goa.

Viral Video: Passengers teach mobile snatcher a lesson, watch

There is a popular saying in English ‘am eye for an eye…’ This idiom turned real in Begusarai, Bihar.

A video has gone viral showing how passengers on a train had caught a man red handed trying to snatch mobile from window. On the fateful day the passengers were alert and they caught the man. The man is seen hanging from from the window as the train rolls. 

The man is seen pleading not to leave his hands as he would fall. The passengers were seen threatening the man and train took momentum.

Why Lakhimpur Kheri rapists should not face similar fate? Fear-factor required

Two Dalit teenage sisters were found hanging from a tree in a sugarcane field in Lalpur Majra Tamoli Purva village under the Nighasan police station on Wednesday evening. The incident sparked huge huge uproar across the region with locals coming on the streets and police had to cajole them to move back on the assurance that action would be taken.

On Thursday, the police arrested six men in this connection – Junaid, Sohail, Hafizur Rehman, Karimuddin, Arif and Chottu. The postmortem was conducted and the bodies of the two sisters were handed over to the family members. The police said, postmortem has confirmed strangulation after brutally gangrape the two girls.

“We have arrested Junaid, Sohail, Hafizur Rehman, Karimuddin, Arif and Chottu in an overnight operation,” said Superintendent of Police (SP), Lakhimpur Kheri, Sanjiv Suman. The SP informed that Junaid and Sohail were allegedly in a relationship with the two sisters, have confessed that they strangulated the girls after raping them”.

Speaking to the Press, the Additional Director General (ADG), Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh, Prashant Kumar said, “We have arrested six accused after conducting fast investigation as ordered. Such crimes should be dealt strictly and I request all to show sympathy towards the family. I feel the family members are satisfied with our probe as we have done everything as per their request. We have handed over the bodies to the family members after the postmortem”.

An FIR was registered under sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.

It seems Trinamool Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has forgotten the days when she (then opposition leader) would come on the roads, hold rallies, call long-bandhs screaming President’s Rule in the state during the Left Front regime. She even cried about the then police atrocities and accused Police Minister and state Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya of instigating his police against her and her party members. Banerjee did not hesitate to hold the city hostage as regular bandh calls would paralyze normal life from business to education and even had its impact on running of trains, flights as people often would miss their trains, flights due to massive traffic chaos in the city and districts.

On Tuesday today, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had called for ‘Nabanna Abhijan’ (march towards Nabanna) against the alleged corruption charges hurled at numerous Trinamool leaders. Mamata Banerjee’s police carried out brutal attacks on the BJP workers who claimed to have taken out a “peaceful protest march”. The protesters were stopped at various points in the city and brutally beaten up. Trinamool goons did not spare the women workers also. Stones were pelted at BJP protesters, there were instances of arson that spread terror among the city dwellers who tried to return to their homes apprehending more disturbances as the day passes by. At many places protesters trains were stopped. Several BJP leaders, including Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, Locket Chatterjee, Taapshi Mondol and Dibankar Gharami were detained. Senior BJP leader and former journalist Swapan Dasgupta was injured among others.

However, as expected, the police said, they did not obstruct the protesters at any point. There were few road blocks that would be lifted shortly. The police agreed to have closed the Second Howrah Bridge (Hoogly Bridge) and Howrah Bridge for some time and that too would be lifted once the traffic is cleared. There were no reply on how would the people going towards stations commute.

There were no reaction from the Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is also the Police Minister. Trinamool spokespersons on different television channels are trying to project the brutality as instigation. However, all this is drifting the party away from the masses that once had the catchlines like “Bodla Noi Bodol Chai” (not revenge but change) and “Maa, Mati, Manush”. BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, said, “Its total lawlessness in the state and its clear from their frustration that Trinamool is loosing grounds. BJP will come in power, nobody can stop”. Incidentally, Adhikari had defeated the Supremo in the 2022 Assembly Polls in the state from Nandigram.

From Sharaddha to Narada and most recently, Trinamool leaders including heavy-weight Partha Chatterjee, Anubrata Mandol have been nabbed by the ED and CBI over money laundering cases. Chatterjee, was exposed how he had wasted tax-payer’s money to buy expensive gifts for his ‘numerous’ girlfriends.

In such a situation, its quite natural for the party to come on the defensive and fight with anybody who raise the question of honesty that Banerjee boasts off. Its very difficult for the party to eschew fact that people are drifting apart from Mamata Banerjee, and her Trinamool.

‘kun gange…’ singer Kalika Prasad lives through his music, read to know more

Today (September 11, 2022) is the birth anniversary of Noted Bengali ‘folk musician’ Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee, known for his immense research in the field of folk and tribal music. He was often called the encyclopedia of music. The man who simply loved to talk about music died in a car accident in Hooghly district’s Gurap town in 2017. His death snatched the voice which continued to enthrall us from ‘kun kange’ to ‘dekhechi roopshagore’ and even the remake of the iconic number by Rudra Mohammad Sahidullah, ‘bhaalo aachi, bhaalo theko…’

Barely a week after iconic singer Banasree Sengupta had left for her heavenly abode, another iconic Bengali singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee left this world at a prime age of 47. Kalika Prasad is a well known name among Bengali households for his immense contribution in the field of Bengali Folk Music. Kalika began his musical journey with Bengal Folk Music Band “Dohar” in early 90’s. Before that most of the bands would feature rock, acid rock and fusion music in Bengal. The only exception was Bengali band ‘Bhoomi’, which was a mix-bag of folk and modern Bengali music band. ‘Dohar’ was the first to infuse age old ‘nostalgic’ folk numbers (Procholito in Bengali) taking people by storm. Later Dohar had split and became ‘Mokam’. 

Kalika had done immense research and extensive study in Music. Kalika would explain and narrate the details of the songs from reason why it is sung to the region where it belongs to and even at time would add the attire or habitat of that particular region. Most recently Kalika was seen as a mentor in the Bengali SaReGaMAPa on Zee Bangla channel. 


Kalika and three others were on their way to  hit by a truck. Following the collision, his car fell into a ditch on Durgapur expressway at Gurap, Hooghly. He was in the front seat beside the driver. According to preliminary reports, the Inova car in which they were travelling had hit a metal strip after which its presumed that the Inova car in which they were travelling had smashed into a series of fencing and had hit a culvert before failing into a 20 feet ditch from where the locals had recovered him and other. Others travelling with him had survived but God was not so kind for Kalika who was taken to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The news of his death had spread like wild fire taking entire music fraternity and his fans crying and mourning his untimely death.


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who shared a cordial relationship on personal level had tweeted that she has lost a friend. She also paid her tributes to the singer while his mortal remains were brought to Kolkata. Banerjee had come out of Nabanna (Secretariat) and waited for the hearse to arrive on the Kona Expressway.   His mortal remains were taken to his house and then to Rabindra Sadan where it was kept for people to pay their last respects. Around 6 PM his mortal remains were take to Keoratala Burning Ghat in Kolkata where his mortal remains were consigned to flames. On entering the crematorium, he was given 21 gun salutes. Twitter and Facebook was filled with messages and condolences. 


With that an era came to end, era of folk music. He will be missed by those who love and admire folk music.  Kalika Prasad will be missed more in the days and years to come since Folk and Tribal music has remained largely untouched. There are not many people who take the initiative to work in the the field of tribal and folk music. The new generation will always be benefited from the immense research work done by him. Kalika is survived by his wife and five-year old daughter. 


Kalika Prasad was full of life and infused energy in others with his music, he will be always remembered through his music…

Kalika will live in the heats of music lovers…

 Sharing my blog from pallabghoshblog dated: 2017