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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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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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Will Modi opt for early general election?

The synchronisation of the next general election with the assembly polls of 2018 to set a pattern may not be the only reason why the Narendra Modi government is said to be considering bringing forward the 2019 general election by a year. While the need to evolve a system where the major elections are held simultaneously has been talked about for some time, the present conjecture relates ...

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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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Mamata congratulates Sharad Yadav for 'save composite culture' event

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday congratulated rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav for organising the save composite culture event in Delhi. Banerjee also said she and her party Trinamool Congress were glad to be a part of it. Eyeing a new political equation after JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar switched sides to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ...

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Is Congress-Trinamool moving towards an alliance in Bengal?

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) Is West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress moving towards an alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls? The chain of recent events could be a pointer to this, but leaders of both parties are still hedging their bets with polls still far away. The political compulsion of putting up a united fight against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at t...

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Trinamool sweeps Bengal civic polls

Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) Virtually bulldozing all opposition, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Thursday, swept all the seven civic bodies where polling was held on Sunday. The BJP emerged as the main but distant opposition by displacing the Left Front. Of the total 148 wards spread across various pockets of the state, the Trinamool won an enviable 140 and the Bharatiya Janata Par...

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Composite culture of the country in danger, say Opposition parties

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Thursday brought together opposition parties on a common platform for saving the composite culture of the country that was in danger as participants asserted that there was a need to fight divisive forces that posed a threat to the Constitution. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Leader o...

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Trinamool sweeps Bengal civic polls

Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) Virtually bulldozing all opposition, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress swept all the seven civic bodies. The BJP emerged as the main but distant opposition by displacing the Left Front in the vote count on Thursday. Of the total 148 wards spread across various pockets of the state, the Trinamool Congress won an enviable 140 and the Bharatiya Janata Party six....

4 days ago
BJP for all-party meeting on Bengal floods

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) The state BJP on Wednesday blasted West Bengal government for what it said was lack of seriousness in combating the grim flood situation and sought an all-party meeting on the issue. State Bharatiya Janata Party President Dilip Ghosh rubbished the state government's oft-repeated allegations that the Centre was not doing its bit to help the state tackle the floods.<...

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Mamata greets Kejriwal on his birthday

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday greeted her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal on his birthday. Best wishes and a Happy Birthday Arvind @ArvindKejriwal, Banerjee tweeted. Kejriwal in turn thanked the Trinamool Congress supremo. Thank u so much Didi, he tweeted. --IANS sgh/ahm/bg ...

7 days ago
Sporadic violence marks Bengal civic polls, opposition demand re-election

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) Incidents of sporadic violence and arson marked Sunday's elections in seven municipal bodies of West Bengal, with opposition parties accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of turning the poll process into a farce by resorting to large scale hooliganism and rigging. The Trinamool, however, claimed the election was free and fair but the opposition demanded repoll in ...

7 days ago
Sporadic violence marks Bengal civic polls, opposition demand re-election

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) Incidents of sporadic violence and arson marked Sunday's elections in seven municipal bodies of West Bengal, with opposition parties accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of turning the poll process into a farce by resorting to large scale hooliganism and rigging. The Trinamool, however, claimed the election was free and fair but the opposition demanded repoll in ...

7 days ago
Sporadic violence marks Bengal civic polls, opposition demand re-election

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) Incidents of sporadic violence and arson marked Sunday's elections in seven municipal bodies of West Bengal, with opposition parties accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of turning the poll process into a farce by resorting to large scale hooliganism and rigging. The Trinamool, however, claimed the election was free and fair but the opposition demanded repoll in ...

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Ignore centre's format for I-Day celebration, Bengal schools told; BJP fumes

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) In a fresh confrontation with the Centre, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government has issued urgent instructions to all schools and other educational institutions to stop all preparations for celebrating Independence Day 2017 in a format prescribed by the Union HRD Ministry. The state government's response to the circular issued by the Human Resource Development M...

7 days ago
Ignore centre's format for I-Day celebration, Bengal schools told; BJP fumes

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) In a fresh confrontation with the Centre, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government has issued urgent instructions to all schools and other educational institutions to stop all preparations for celebrating Independence Day 2017 in a format prescribed by the Union HRD Ministry. The state government's response to the circular issued by the Human Resource Development M...

7 days ago
Don't prepare for I-Day celebration as per centre's format, Bengal schools told

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) In a fresh confrontion with the central government, the West Bengal government issued urgent instructions to all schools and other educational institutions to stop all preparations for celebrating Independence Day 2017 in a format prescribed by the Union HRD Ministry. The Mamata Banerjee government's response to the circular issued by the Human Resource Development...

8 days ago
Opposition unity may remain a chimera

It has again become Sonia Gandhi's responsibility to put together the broken pieces of opposition unity. She successfully performed this task in 2004, thereby paving the way for the Congress's return to power after nearly a decade. But, 13 years later, the job has become far more difficult. For one, the Congress president's principal opponent, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ha...

8 days ago
Opposition unity may remain a chimera

It has again become Sonia Gandhi's responsibility to put together the broken pieces of opposition unity. She successfully performed this task in 2004, thereby paving the way for the Congress's return to power after nearly a decade. But, 13 years later, the job has become far more difficult. For one, the Congress president's principal opponent, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ha...

8 days ago
Opposition unity may remain a chimera

It has again become Sonia Gandhi's responsibility to put together the broken pieces of opposition unity. She successfully performed this task in 2004, thereby paving the way for the Congress's return to power after nearly a decade. But, 13 years later, the job has become far more difficult. For one, the Congress president's principal opponent, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ha...

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