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Modi is servant of politics, not people: Congress

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The Congress on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not visiting Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency, following a tragedy earlier this week in which 18 persons were killed and termed him a servant of politics, not of people. Talking to reporters here, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also called upon Modi to initiate a probe into the allega...

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Bengal minister blames BJP for deaths in Panchayat poll violence

Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) West Bengal Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee on Sunday accused the BJP of fomenting unrest during the recently concluded state rural body elections and indirectly held it responsible for the loss of lives in the poll violence. The BJP became aggressive to get results in the elections. They were involved in creating unrest in many places and bringing in people f...

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42 rare turtles recovered in Bengal, one arrested

Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) A total of 42 rare turtles were seized from a railway station in West Bengal's Hooghly and one person arrested, police said on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel conducted a raid at a number of railway stations and local trains in the Howrah-Sheoraphuli line on Saturday and arrested one person with two bags full of turtles.

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Kumaraswamy to take oath as Karnataka CM on Wednesday

Bengaluru, May 20 (IANS) Janata Dal-Secular's (JD-S) legislative party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday said he will take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister on May 23 here in the presence of several national leaders. I've deferred taking oath to Wednesday on the advise of the Congress as May 21 is (ex-Prime Minister) Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary. On Thursday, the Speaker will be elect...

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Bengal Congress criticises BJP's 'power grab' in Karnataka

Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) Welcoming the development in Karnataka in favour of the Congress-JDS combine, West Bengal Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday took a dig at the BJP for its attempt to grab power in the southern state undemocratically. What happened after the result of Karnataka election was most unwanted and what has happened now is win of democracy, he said while...

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Kumaraswamy invited to form government in Karnataka

Bengaluru, May 19 (IANS) Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R Vala on Saturday invited Janata-Dal-Secular's legislative party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy to form the next government in the state, following the resignation of BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa ahead of his trust vote. The Governor has invited me to form the next government as the leader of the JD-S legislative party with the support of the Cong...

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Yeddyurappa's resignation victory of democracy: Mamata

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday congratulated former Prime Minister and JD-S chief H.D. Deve Gowda, his son H.D. Kumaraswamy and the Congress after B.S. Yeddyurappa quit as Karnataka Chief Minister before facing a crucial trust vote in the state Assembly, and called the development a victory of democracy. Democracy wins. Congratulations Kar...

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West Bengal Government to honour Asha Bhosle

Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) Veteran singer Asha Bhosle will be honoured by the West Bengal government on May 21. Asha on Saturday thanked the state government and said that she will receieve the award in person. My sincere thanks to the West Bengal Government for bestowing their highest civilian award on me. I shall receive the same in person in Kolkata on May 21, Asha Bhosle tweeted...

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Yeddyurappa's resignation victory of democracy: Mamata

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday congratulated former Prime Minister and JD-S Chief H.D. Deve Gowda, party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and the Congress after B.S. Yeddyurappa announced his resignation as the Karnataka Chief Minister before facing a crucial trust vote in the state Assembly, and called it a victory of democracy. Democracy wins. C...

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Ramadan ceasefire In Kashmir meaningless if media war continues

I have never seen the electronic media so totally defiant of the BJP government. Home Minister Rajnath Singh's avowed intention to calm Kashmir by announcing a Ramadan ceasefire appears to have been dismissed as appeasement of Pakistan and terrorists. A guest peering out of one of the six windows on the TV screen was frothing in the mouth. Murderers of our brave jawans are being shameles...

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Mamata hails SC's Karnataka floor test order

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday hailed the Supreme Court order directing a floor test for Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to ascertain majority support to him. We have great respect for the verdict of the Supreme Court. We will watch tomorrow's floor test. We, the 'regional' parties, will decide our next course of action after that, B...

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No injustice to any state in revenue allocation: Finance panel

New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) The 15th Finance Commission on Friday ruled out injustice to any state in the allocation from the divisible pool of central revenue and asserted that the north-south debate sought to be raised in the matter is unfounded. The commission's stand was stated in a meeting of its Chairman N.K Singh and members with Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu here, informed source...

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Bengal BJP hits back at Mamata for her comments on Modi

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) West Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh on Friday hit back at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on Bengal poll violence as unexpected and accused her of foul-mouthing him several times in her earlier speeches. The Chief Minister yesterday (Thursday) said she was disappointed with the Prime Minister's remarks about Ben...

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Compensation for 14 killed in Bengal Panchayat polls

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government will give compensation of Rs 2 lakh to families of each of the 14 people killed in political violence during the Panchayat polls, Secretariat sources said quoting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The sources said Rs 5 lakh compensation will be given to the family of late Rajkumar Roy, a presiding officer during the May 14 polls. Wh...

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Trinamool records thumping win in Bengal rural polls, BJP comes second

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) The ruling Trinamool Congress on Friday registered a thumping victory in elections to the three-tier rural bodies in West Bengal, with the BJP emerging a distant second in almost all the districts as the final round of counting of votes was underway. The Left Front, which ruled the state for 34 years till 2011, was relegated to third position, while the Congress wa...

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Karnataka braces for Assembly floor test on Saturday

Bengaluru, May 18 (IANS) As directed by the Supreme Court on Friday, a floor test will be conducted in the Karnataka Assembly here at 4 p.m. on Saturday to ascertain if BJP Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa enjoyed majority support in the House, an official said here. Governor Vajubhai Vala has convened a day-long session of the new Assembly on Saturday to conduct the floor test. He has al...

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Assam student body working for consensus on Citizenship Bill

Guwahati, May 18 (IANS) Continuing its fight against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, the All Assam Students' Union has now decided to create awareness against the Bill at the national level so that pressure can be mounted on the Central government to drop the measure. The powerful students' body is continuously protesting against the Constitutional amendment Bill and has also met l...

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Bengal leads in preventing parent-to-child HIV transmission: Mamata

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) The National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) has certified that West Bengal is number one in preventing parent-to-child transmission of HIV, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday. In a tweet on the occasion of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, Banerjee said I am proud to say that the central agency NACO has certified Bengal as number 1 in preventing parent-to-chi...

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'Bengal violence fallout of economic clashes and ruling party aggression'

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) Dearth of effective employment, aggressive political campaigns and a common tendency of the ruling parties to throttle the voice of the opposition are the major factors in the culture of political violence in West Bengal, say experts and politicians. Despite being largely free from caste conflicts and sectarian strife, the state has for decades topped the chart in ...

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BJP brought people from outside during Panchayat polls: Mamata

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of bringing miscreants from neighbouring Jharkhand and Bangladesh to cause unrest in Bengal during the state Panchayat polls and questioned the role of Border Security Force (BSF) in this regard. West Bengal shares border with Jharkhand. BJP is in power in Jharkhand. Several of our districts als...

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