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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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Major train accidents in seven years

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A chronology of major train accidents in India in the past seven years: * August 19, 2017: At least 20 people were killed and 92 injured when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. * January 21, 2017: 29 people were killed and 50 others injured when the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed ...

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Police on high alert after two blasts in Bengal hills

Darjeeling, Aug 20 (IANS) Police in northern West Bengal hills has been put on high alert and counter-insurgency strategies enforced after two major blasts in 24 hours in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, an official said on Sunday. All police stations have been put on high alert. The security protocol followed in insurgency-hit areas is being followed here, Kalimpong Superintendent of Police Aj...

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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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Bengal hills police stations on high alert after blast

Darjeeling, Aug 20 (IANS) All police stations in the northern West Bengal hills have been put on high alert and counter-insurgency strategies are being followed after two major blasts in the past 24 hours in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, police said on Sunday. All police stations have been put on high alert. The strategy that is followed by security forces in the insurgency affected areas is...

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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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One dead, two injured in twin bomb blasts in Bengal hills

Darjeeling, Aug 19 (IANS) A civic volunteer died, and two others were injured in a blast in northern West Bengal's Kalimpong police station on Saturday night, police said. The blast took place at 10.15 p.m., nearly 24 hours after an explosion in the heart of the hill town of Darjeeling that damaged few shops, triggering tension among locals though none was injured. Police have bo...

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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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Bomb blast in Darjeeling, Gurung booked

Darjeeling, Aug 19 (IANS) A bomb blast occurred in the heart of West Bengal's hill town of Darjeeling damaging a few shops early on Saturday, following which police booked three top GJM leaders including its chief Bimal Gurung under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). No injuries were reported in the incident that caused panic among locals. The GJM denied its involve...

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Assam floods: 225 animals dead in Kaziranga

Guwahati, Aug 19 (IANS) At least 225 animals have died in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam as a second wave of devastating floods lashed the state, park officials said on Saturday. As of Saturday, 30 per cent of the park was still inundated. Earlier this month, the first wave of floods had submerged over 70 per cent of the park and led to the death of 105 animals, park Direct...

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Assam floods: 225 animals dead in Kaziranga

Guwahati, Aug 19 (IANS) At least 225 animals have died in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam as a second wave of devastating floods lashed the state, park officials said on Saturday. As of Saturday, 30 per cent of the park was still inundated. Earlier this month, the first wave of floods had submerged over 70 per cent of the park and led to the death of 105 animals, park Direct...

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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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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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Bomb blast in Darjeeling, no injuries

Darjeeling, Aug 19 (IANS) A bomb ripped through the heart of West Bengal's hill town of Darjeeling damaging a few shops early on Sunday, police said. No injuries were reported in the incident that caused panic among locals. There was a bomb blast in Darjeeling's motor stand area post midnight. No one got injured as the place was empty at the time of the blast. We are investigatin...

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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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IIT Kharagpur to start genomics lab

Kharagpur (West Bengal), Aug 18 (IANS) IIT Kharagpur is going start a genomics laboratory facility for students from all the branches of engineering, a statement said on Friday. The primary objective of this laboratory will be to teach all the students at the second year the basic techniques of life sciences that will include microscopy-based observation, molecular biology, protein struc...

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