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Former I&B Minister P.R. Dasmunsi dead; PM, Sonia, AIFF condole

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Congress leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who suffered a stroke in 2008 and slipped into coma, passed away at Apollo Hospital here on Monday. He was 72. Dasmunsi is survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep, who were at his side when he died. He served as Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) and Parliamenta...

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GJM suspends Bimal Gurung, elects Binay Tamang as new chief

Darjeeling, Nov 20 (IANS) The central committee of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Monday suspended fugitive party chief Bimal Gurung for six months and elected GJM chief coordinator Binay Tamang as the new president, a source close to the GJM said. The decision was taken in the party's central committee meeting held in Darjeeling district's Ghum in the northern West Bengal hills.

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CMs Shivraj, Amarinder jump on anti-'Padmavati' wagon, Mamata says attack on freedom of expression

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Even as the release of Padmavati has been deferred, three Chief Ministers on Monday jumped into the controversy with Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing a ban on the film in his state, while his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh backed the Rajput community in its protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama that is mired in controversy.

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Exposure of personal data in name of Aadhaar 'dangerous': Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said exposure of personal data in the name of Aadhaar linking is very dangerous for the freedom of expression of the country. I am in favour of a unique card (identification). There cant be different cards for a person. But in the name of Aadhar card... in the modern age... the way in which details are being expo...

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Trade unions to intensify protest against closing of PSUs

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Protesting against centre's attempts to close down and privatise a number of central public sector organisations in the country, the central trade unions in West Bengal organised a joint convention here on Monday to charter a four point demand. The joint forum comprising of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All Indi...

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Bengal politicians pay tributes to Dasmunsi

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, politicians in West Bengal on Monday paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away earlier in the day in New Delhi. Condolences poured in from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior Ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay. Former Union Minister fo...

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Bengal politicians pay tributes to Dasmunsi

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, politicians in West Bengal on Monday paid glowing tributes to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away earlier in the day in New Delhi. Condolences poured in from Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee as also senior Ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, and Sovandeb Chattopadhya...

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P.R. Dasmunsi: Brilliant organiser who rose during golden hour of student politics

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Articulate and multifaceted, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a master in political manoeuvring and the topmost leader of the youth brigade that took West Bengal by storm in the late 1960s, to sideline the Communists and bring back the Congress to power in 1972. It was a time when the Maoist movement went from strength to strength in the state, with bright youngsters leav...

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Mamata mourns Congress leader Dasmunsi's death

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday condoled the death of Congress leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. It is a great loss. May his soul rest in peace, she tweeted. Dasmunsi, who was in coma since 2008, died on Monday at Apollo Hospital here, doctors said.

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'Padmavati' controversy 'super emergency': Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday condemned the ongoing controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama Padmavati, labelling it as unfortunate and a calculated plan to destroy freedom of expression. The #Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express oursel...

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HC seeks Centre, West Bengal response on Mukul Roy's plea against phone tapping

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response from the Centre and West Bengal government on a plea by former Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy against the Mamata Banerjee government alleging his phone was being tapped. Justice Vibhu Bakhru issued notice to the Union Telecom Ministry, West Bengal government, telecom service provider Vodafone and others and asked th...

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Bengali actress Rita Koiral dead

Kolkata, Nov 19 (IANS) Bengali film and television actress Rita Koiral died on Sunday after a three-month battle with liver cancer at a private city hospital, her family said. She was 58. Survived by a daughter, Koiral was a popular face on Bengali big and small screens and mostly portrayed negative roles. She worked with directors like Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh and Anjan Dutta...

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Journalist Manik Banerjee, Lt Col Jamwal receive mountaineering awards

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Veteran mountaineer and journalist Manik Banerjee has been awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in recognition of his contribution to mountaineering over four decades, an IMF release said on Sunday. Banerjee was presented the 'Nain Singh Kishen Singh Lifetime Achievement Award' for 2017 for the promotion of mountain...

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Global cues to influence equity indices' movements

Mumbai, Nov 19 (IANS) Major global cues -- crude oil price fluctuations, tensions in the Middle East and a likely US interest rate hike -- are expected to influence the movement of key Indian equity indices in the upcoming week. According to market observers, the flow movement of foreign funds will also play a critical role in giving direction to equity markets' trajectory. For t...

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Government's good work led to Moody's upgradation: India Inc

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Echoing the government's views, Indian industry on Friday said Moody's sovereign rating upgrade was in sync with the various government reform measures over the last three-to-four years. Moody's upgrade of India's rating is a reaffirmation of the various reform measures undertaken by the government over the last three-to-four years and we welcome this move, said ...

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Mamata lists potential collaboration areas to Scottish businessmen

Edinburgh, Nov 16 (IANS) Showcasing the state's industrial landscape among Scottish businessmen, West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday charted out potential areas of collaboration ranging from engineering, services to IT and ITes, between Bengal and Scottish industries. Banerjee was present in a business meet here organised by Scottish Development International with the support o...

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Trinamool, BJP leaders caught on camera threatening violence

Kolkata, Nov 16 (IANS) A district-level Trinamool Congress leader and the BJP's West Bengal unit president have been caught on camera threatening to set houses on fire and break limbs of opposition leaders as also beat up the police. Addressing a public meeting in Malda district on Thursday, state Bharatiya Janata party chief Dilip Ghosh warned that BJP workers would beat up Trinamool Co...

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Arjun Kanungo to perform at Windmill Festival

Mumbai, Nov 16 (IANS) Singers Arjun Kanungo, Darshan Raval and Akasa Singh will be performing at the second edition of Windmill Festival, which is being touted as India's first international children's festival. The festival, an initiative of Event Capital and Tribe Asia, is scheduled to be held on December 16-17 at Jio Garden, Bandra Kurla Complex here, a statement said. The fe...

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Protect India's diversity: Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 16 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday called for protecting India's diversity and preserving communal harmony and brotherhood. On International Day for Tolerance, let us pledge to protect the diversity of our country. Communal harmony and brotherhood must be preserved, she tweeted. --IANS ssp/amit/mr ...

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Mukul replies to legal notice by Mamata kin on Biswa Bangla issue

Kolkata, Nov 15 (IANS) BJP's new entrant Mukul Roy on Wednesday replied to a legal notice served by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee for making statements against him relating to Biswa Bangla and asked Banerjee to convey an apology publicly within seven days. We have analysed every word and sentence of the notice and pointed out what Roy had said was factual and correct. We have a...

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