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Flood situation improving in Bengal barring Malda

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) The flood situation in northern West Bengal showed an overall improvement, barring Malda district where nearly five blocks were still inundated by the increasing water level of Mahananda river, the state government said on Sunday. The condition of South and North Dinajpur districts, majorly affected in the latest flood, was becoming normal though some places in bot...

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Woman killed, body hung from ceiling

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) A housewife was murdered by her in-laws and her body hung from the ceiling to make it look like suicide in West Bengal, police said on Sunday. Four people, including the husband, have been arrested. The incident took place in Birbhum district's Shantiniketan area, 160 km from here. The body of Sabita Sharma was found hanging from the ceiling of her in-law's...

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Golfer Chawrasia nominated for Arjuna Award

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Seasoned Indian golfer S.S.P. Chawrasia, a winner of six international titles including four on the European Tour, has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award, it was announced on Sunday. A selection panel appointed by the Sports Ministry had recommended the golfer's name along with 16 other sportspersons about two weeks back. Chawrasia's nominati...

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Mamata pays homage to Rajiv Gandhi

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 73rd birth anniversary. Sincere tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary, Banerjee tweeted. Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and was Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber at Sriperumbudur in Tamil ...

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Planters apprehensive about future of Darjeeling tea exports, pin hopes on GI tag

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) Amid fears of losing export markets to other nations due to the ongoing unrest in the northern West Bengal hills, Darjeeling's tea planters are hoping that the Geographical Indication (GI) tag will enable them to regain their market share in the future. All plucking and manufacturing operations in Darjeeling's 87 gardens have been suspended since June 9 due to the ...

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Flood situation deteriorates in Bengal's Malda and South Dinajpur

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Notwithstanding an overall improvement in the flood scenario in northern West Bengal due to the reduced rainfall, the situation deteriorated in parts of Malda and South Dinajpur districts on Saturday, as reports of affected people looting relief materials came from a couple of places. In Malda, the situation worsened, as 400 villages suffered fresh inundation, with...

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Safety should always be railways' number one priority: Mamata

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Condoling the death of 23 people in the railway accident in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said safety should be the number one priority of the Indian Railways. Deaths due to accidents pain us all.Condolences to families who lost loved ones. Safety must always be No.1 priority of IndianR, Banerjee, a former Railway Minister, p...

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Mamata, Modi governments now battle over observance of Teachers Day

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Days after clashing with the BJP-led central government over the format for celebrating independence Day in educational institutions, West Bengal's Mamata Baneerjee regime is again on a collision course with the centre over observance of Teachers Day on September 5. At the core of the dispute is a circular sent by Union Ministry of Human Resources Development to th...

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NF railway hopes to restore full connectivity by Aug 28

Maligaon/Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) With the flood fury continuing in West Bengal and Bihar, train services on Northeast Frontier Railway were still in disarray, as its network still remained breached in Bihar's Kishanganj, Katihar and Araria districts and full connectivity could not be restored before August 28, a release said on Saturday. The NF railway release said restoration work was on...

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74th National Open Water Swimming meet in Murshidabad from August 27

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Competitors from Bangladesh, Spain and Thailand, alongside India, will take part in the 74th edition of the National Open Water Swimming Competition slated to get underway in Bengal's Murshidabad district from August 27, it was announced on Saturday. Organised by the Murshidabad Swimming Association, and recognised by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI), the mee...

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Eden India-Australia ODI tickets to cost more post GST

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Ticket prices for the One-Day International tie between India and Australia next month will be hiked due to the 28 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) being levied post July 1. India are scheduled to take on Australia on September 21 at the Eden Gardens. Ticket prices will remain the same. Only 28 percent GST will be levied, Cricket Association of Bengal (...

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It won't be easy for Australia to beat hosts India: Ganguly

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Former India cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said Australia will find it difficult to beat India at home when the visitors, without pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, come calling in September for five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20s (T20Is). It won't be easy to beat India in India, Ganguly said when asked whether Starc's unavailabilit...

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Bengal floods: Eastern rail to run 3 pairs of special trains

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) In a bid to aid passengers and cater to the rush in view of the floods in northern West Bengal and Bihar, Eastern Railway (ER) on Saturday announced it would run three pairs of special trains between Howrah and Raigan via-Katihar. The first special train for Raiganj in the flood-hit North Dinajpur district, will leave Howrah station on Saturday night, an ER stateme...

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Kolkata police get Harley Davidsons

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) The Kolkata police have acquired five Harley Davidson Street 750cc bikes for ceremonial and piloting purposes, according to an official. They are mainly for ceremonial and piloting occasions. We launched them for the Independence Day celebrations, V. Solomon Nesakumar, DCP Traffic, told IANS. The motorcycles have been customised with flashers and sirens amo...

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Steel consumption up 3.7% in July

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) India's steel consumption in July rose by 3.7 per cent to 6.905 million tonnes (mt) over corresponding month last year and exports in the last month grew by 64 per cent, the Steel Ministry's latest report said on Saturday. Overall consumption in July at 6.905 mt was down by 4.2 per cent over June 2017 but was up by 3.7 per cent over July 2016, the report of the min...

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Mamata confident of regime change in 2019

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) Exuding confidence of a regime change at the centre after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the anti-BJP opposition parties have joined hands and things would be clear within six months. There will be a change (at the Centre) in 2019. We are all waiting for it., Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, said at a...

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Bengal's border areas celebrate belated Independence Day

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) Like every year, parts of West Bengal bordering Bangladesh, celebrated the Independence Day on Friday, two days after the rest of the country to mark the day when they became part of India. Nadia district's Ranaghat subdivision and district headquarters Krishnanagar participated in the belated Independence Day celebrations along with North 24 Parganas district's Bo...

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I-League bid evaluation committee asks interested parties to apply again

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) The I-League bid evaluation committee on Friday asked the three prospective teams to bid again if they want to be part of the league as all three of them could not tick all the boxes in order to meet the criteria. According to sources close to the development, Crown Sports from Rajasthan, Kerala's Gokulam FC and Bengaluru's Ozone FC had interviews with the bid eval...

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Pregnant woman 'commits suicide' in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) A pregnant woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her in-law's house in Kolkata's Maniktala locality, police said on Friday. The body of Arpita Chatterjee, married to Maniktala resident Sankhadeep Chatterjee for seven months, was found hanging from the ceiling in her in-laws house on Thursday night. The woman's in-laws, including her husband claime...

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Flood situation grim in parts of north Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) The flood situation in parts of northern West Bengal remained grim on Friday with many rivers still flowing well above the extreme danger level despite improvement in the overall situation in the region, the state government said. While the water level of Atrayi and Punarbhaba rivers was falling, giving relief to the inhabitants of North and South Dinajpur district...

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