Kolkata: CPI(M) will not field candidates in the constituencies from where Congress candidates had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. This was decided at the two-day Central Committee meeting of CPI(M) in Delhi on Monday. In the 2014 Parliament election, Congress had won in four seats. Adhir Chowdhury and Abhijit Mukherjee had won from Baharampur and Jangipur seats in Murshidabad, while A H A Khan Chowdhury and Mausam Noor had been elected from Malda. Mausam has recently joined Trinamool Congress and is likely to be Trinamool’s candidate from Malda in the forthcoming election. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHowever, CPI(M) is not ready to give up the Raigunj and Murshidabad seats, from where party candidates Mohammed Salim and Badaruddoza Khan had won in 2014. Salim and Khan had won by around 1,600 votes and 18,000 votes respectively. WBPCC leaders said that the party was strong in both these constituencies and their claims should not be overruled. WBPCC president Somen Mitra has said that CPI(M) should formally approach Congress to ink the alliance. The Left Front is meeting on March 8 to finalise the other seats. The Central Committee of the party maintained that a united India has taken a stand against terrorism. Instead of strengthening this, the post-Pulwama developments are seeing orchestrated efforts by the BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits to rouse jingoistic nationalism, it stated.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story appears in the February 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Is it time to upgrade the business software on that Apple Mac of yours? Microsoft is certainly hoping so. In October, the company gave its flagship software package, Microsoft Office for Mac, a ground-up makeover ($150 for Home and Student 2011, $279 for Home and Business 2011).”Office for Mac has just reached its 25th anniversary,” says Gavin Shearer, program manager for the Macintosh business unit at Microsoft. “We felt it was time to rebuild the product to take advantage of new small-business options available in later-generation Apple technologies.”Here’s a look at how the update measures up:The Good Office for Mac 2011 is all about being easier to use in the real world of PCs. It offers better integration with PC-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus improved speed, new graphical features, web support, plenty of bells and whistles–and, most important, the debut of Outlook as the legitimate Mac-based calendar and e-mail tool. (Yes, Entourage, the long-debated e-mail program, is officially dead.) And for those businesses that can afford Microsoft’s beefier collaboration server tools such as Exchange and SharePoint, Office for Mac offers an unmatched enterprise-level, state-of-the-art collaborative and document security experience.The BadMac or not, this is still Microsoft Office, which means there’s a heck of a steep learning curve. Template galleries are bloated with layouts you will never use. The controversial ribbon, which is located on top of all files and displays available functions, remains the same irritating exercise in rote memorization. Expect to take Bill Gates’ name in vain regularly.The Bottom LineMac users definitely should give the software suite a test drive. The new wild card is pricing: The Home edition, at $150, compared with $79 for Apple iWork, carries real value. And at $279, full-on versions of Office for Mac are now cheaper than Office for PCs. So, if you’re careful, you can get a Mac-based small-business solution for about the price of a similarly configured PC. January 25, 2011 Register Now »