October 20

Concerted effort to force TMC workers to stay away from politics or

first_imgKolkata: The sole purpose behind the ‘Reign of Terror’ unleashed by the BJP in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara on Thursday is to scare the Trinamool Congress workers and force them to either join BJP or keep themselves away from politics in the entire Barrackpore sub-division.Bhatpara, which is otherwise a peaceful area in North 24-Parganas, became the epicentre of violence since Arjun Singh joined the BJP from TMC shortly before the general elections. Singh, who was nominated as a BJP candidate from Barrackpore, defeated the sitting Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi. Following Singh’s victory, Trinamool Congress MLAs from Bijpur and Noapara, Subhrangshu Roy and Sunil Singh joined the saffron party. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaPawan Singh, Arjun’s son, won the Bhatpara by-election by defeating Madan Mitra. Partha Bhowmick, Trinamool Congress MLA from Naihati, is putting up a lone battle. In Barrackpore sub-division, the TMC has control over Naihati, Jagatdal, Barrackpore, Panihati and Barranagore. Manas Mukherjee of the CPI(M) is the MLA from Kamarhati. BJP has taken control over Bhatpara, Kanchrapara and Halisahar municipalities while the state government has deputed an administrator in Naihati municipality. Locals alleged that the BJP has deployed a large number of Hindi-speaking outsiders to create trouble in the area. They are putting pressure on the Trinamool rank and file so that they stay aloof from politics. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had recently visited Naihati to cheer up the party workers. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe outsiders are putting enormous pressure on the Muslims as well. They have allegedly told the Muslims that they will give them full protection if they join BJP. An uneasy calm prevails in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara like Jagatdal, Kankinara, Naihati where most of the shops have downed shutters. The slum dwellers have kept themselves indoors. Despite the Chief Minister’s instructions, the police have taken a softer stand against the outsiders. Jyotipriya Mallick, TMC president, North 24-Parganas demanded that the outsiders should be arrested immediately. “Bhatpara is a peaceful area but the BJP is turning it into a trouble-torn zone. The police have been instructed to arrest the criminals,” he said.last_img read more

September 25

Bisexual identity overtaking gay and lesbian in Britain official stats show

first_imgdenton The number of British people defining themselves as “bisexual” has jumped by 45 per cent in just three years, according new official estimates.For the first time, more young people in the UK describe themselves as bisexual than gay or lesbian combined, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show.It is the latest evidence pointing to a shift in attitudes towards sexuality, with increasing numbers viewing their own position as somewhere on a spectrum rather than it being a black-or-white question.A survey by YouGov published last year found that half of young people, and almost a quarter of the population overall, define themselves as something other than 100 per cent heterosexual. In 2015, 2.6% of Londoners identified themselves as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, the highest of any English region https://t.co/6FPv44bvCk— ONS (@ONS) October 5, 2016 Benjamin Cohen, chief executive of the LGBTI publisher PinkNews, said: “More and more young people are willing to admit that their sexual orientation fluctuates; that they can be attracted to someone of the same sex or someone of the opposite sex and that there is no inherent contradiction in that. More and more young people are willing to admit that their sexual orientation fluctuatesBenjamin Cohen, chief executive, PinkNews Altogether 6.2 per cent, or 3.3 million people if the proportion was repeated across the whole population over the age of 16, identified themselves as something other than heterosexual.Significantly, however, the figures also show a marked divide between generations on the question of sexuality with bisexual identity overtaking the labels of gay or lesbian among under 25s.Overall 1.8 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds said they were bisexual, up from 1.3 per cent a year earlier. That compares with 1.5 per cent who said they were gay or lesbian.center_img The overall numbers identified by the official estimates are still very small.Just 1.7 per cent of the population identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the ONS’s Annual Population Survey (APS) – although LGBT groups have long argued that official research, by its very nature, is likely to significantly underestimate the true level.Nevertheless, the ONS said the 45 per cent rise was clearly statistically significant.Overall it estimates that the number of people in the UK openly identifying as bisexual jumped from 230,000 in 2012 to 334,000 at the time of the most recent population survey carried out last year.By contrast, the number defined as gay or lesbian rose by a more modest 8.3 per cent in that time to 586,000.A further 206,000 were classed as “other” and the equivalent of 2.2 million refused to answer or said they did not know their sexual identity. The bisexual Paul Denton in Rules of Attraction (2002)  “To some that may mean they label themselves as bisexual or as pansexual.“Twenty years ago people might have had those feelings but wouldn’t have acted upon them, they might have liked someone but just ignored it.“Now, because of the changing society, if you are attracted to someone you can take action.“I think that there are also a lot of quite well known celebrities who are identifying in this way, people like Miley Cyrus have described themselves as pansexual.“Those people, who are role models to young people, give them the confidence to label themselves in that way.”Pamela Cobb, an ONS statistician specialising in population, said: “In 2015, the majority (93.7 per cent) of the UK population identified themselves as heterosexual or straight, with 1.7 per cent identifying as LGB, the remainder either identifying as ‘other’, ‘don’t know’ or refusing to respond.“Young adults (16 to 24-year-olds) are more likely to identify as LGB compared with older age groups, and a higher proportion of males identify as LGB than females.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more