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2,600 PACS to be developed as banking service points in Bengal

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) In a bid to provide banking services in the unbanked gram panchayats in West Bengal, about 2,600 deposit mobilising Primary Agriculture Cooperative Sector (PACS) will be developed as customer service points of district or state cooperative banks, as recommended by a panel, an official statement said on Monday. Formed in January, the state level monitoring committe...

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Six dead, Kolkata roads waterlogged following heavy monsoon showers

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) Five persons died in lightning strikes and one drowned as heavy monsoon showers left various areas of the metropolis and the southern Bengal districts waterlogged on Monday, with the weatherman warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the northern part of the state over the next five days. The met office also predicted widespread rainfall in the southern distric...

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Telangana registers highest growth rate in tax revenues

Hyderabad, June 25 (IANS) Telangana stands first among all states in the country in terms of growth rate in state's own tax revenues, an official statement said. With 17.6 per cent growth rate in tax revenues from June 2014 to May 2018, Telangana tops the states, revealed the state government, quoting the information on the official website of the Comptroller and Auditor General. ...

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'Pranab's visit helped increase RSS membership'

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee's presence at a recent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event has worked as a catalyst in boosting the organisation's membership that is already on the rise across the country, a senior RSS leader said here on Monday. Pranab Mukherjee is the former Indian President and a veteran politician. So his presence at the RSS event on Jun...

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Three dead, Kolkata roads waterlogged following heavy monsoon showers

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) Three persons died in lightning strikes while heavy monsoon showers left various areas of the metropolis and southern Bengal districts waterlogged on Monday, with the weatherman warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the northern part of the state over the next five days. The met office also predicted widespread rainfall in the southern districts over the next...

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Grasim's Jaya Shree Textiles division in Bengal declares lockout

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) Grasim Industries said its Jaya Shree Textiles Division at West Bengal's Rishra area in Hooghly district declared a lockout from June 25 and it would continue till further notice. The unit has been facing labour disturbances and workers had called a flash strike on June 4 from second shifts onwards on account of disciplinary action taken by the management against ...

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Heavy rainfall warning in 5 Bengal districts

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) The meteorological department on Monday warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in five northern districts of West Bengal for five consecutive days till June 29. Heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-20 cm) will occur in most places of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts from June 25-June 29, caused by an upper-air cyclonic circulation...

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Messi-meme by Kolkata Police creates social media stir

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) With the riveting football World Cup in far-off Russia keeping fans mesmerised in this soccer crazy city, the Kolkata Police's latest meme featuring Argentine legend Lionel Messi's missed penalty against Iceland has created a stir on the social media. The meme captures Messi's moment of despair against newbie Iceland as he failed to convert from the spot in the Ju...

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Tigers, Sparx on top at FIBA 3x3 Quest-India qualifiers

Bengaluru, June 24 (IANS) Bengal Tigers representing West Bengal and Ludhiana Sparx from Punjab emerged champions at the FIBA 3x3 Quest-India that concluded at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Sunday. In a hard-fought final, Bengal Tigers overcame Punjab team Ludhiana Steelers 22-17 in the men's final to take home a cheque of Rs 75,000. Ludhiana Steelers were richer by Rs 50,000. <...

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Climate change affecting agriculture in Bihar: CM

Patna, June 24 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said climate change has been affecting the state over the years and its impact is visible, with monsoon getting delayed every year and the volume of rain also showing a downward trend. Although the state had hardly contributed to the phenomenon of global warming, it had to face the impacts of climate change, he said.

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Shah to meet intellectuals, kin of killed activists in Bengal

Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah would hold a string of meetings with the party's West Bengal leadership and intellectuals here and would also meet the bereaved families of the three BJP activists allegedly killed recently in Purulia, during his two day visit to the state from June 27, a senior party leader said. Shah would also review party's ground work in Bengal in the ...

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10,000 single women write to Prime Minister

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) As many as 10,000 single women from West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Punjab have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share their problems on the occasion of the International Widows' Day on Sunday. The National Forum for Single Women's Rights launched in 2009 has coordinated this postcard campaign. Prabha...

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TN Governor warns DMK against bid to 'overawe' his office; Stalin firm on protest

Chennai, June 24 (IANS) Even as Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit's office on Sunday warned that anybody trying to overawe the Governor will be dealt with sternly, DMK leader M.K. Stalin said their protest against Purohit's visits to districts will continue. In a statement issued here, the Raj Bhavan said the Governor would continue his visits to districts in the coming months and t...

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Train rams against guard rails in Bengal

Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) Passengers in a local train in West Bengal's Nadia district had a narrow escape on Sunday as it rammed against the guard rails after the driver lost control due to a disturbance caused by a mentally unstable person, an Eastern Railway spokesperson said. However, no one sustained serious injuries. The seats of the Ranaghat bound Bongaon local got shattered ...

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Monsoon gains momentum in West Bengal, heavy rains for two days

Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) The monsoon has gained momentum in West Bengal, with the weatherman on Sunday forecasting extreme heavy rainfall in some areas of north Bengal over the next two days. Due to the revival of the monsoon currents, the effect of monsoon is strengthening all over West Bengal. Rainfall is predicted in north Bengal and some areas of south Bengal for the next two days, sa...

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One arrested in BJP youth activist's killing in Bengal

Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) One person was arrested in West Bengal's Purulia district on Sunday for his alleged involvement in the killing of local BJP activist Trilochan Mahato, a senior CID officer said. Punjabi Mahato, 45, a resident of Supurdi Nich basti in Purulia's Balarampur, was arrested on Sunday after prolonged interrogation on the basis of the case registered by the deceased's fat...

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Monsoon in Delhi from June 29: IMD

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Monsoon will hit the national capital anytime between June 29 to July 1, with pre-monsoon activities expected to begin the coming week, bringing a much needed respite for Delhi which is currently reeling under heat wave-like conditions. According to both India Meteorological Department (IMD) as well as private weather forecasting agency Skymet, Delhi will see on...

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East India Climate Change conclave begins in Patna

Patna, June 24 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan jointly inaugurated the two-day East India Climate Change conclave here on Sunday. In attendance were ministers and officials from six eastern states -- Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Assam. They will discuss issues related to the im...

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Prem Chopra honoured with living legend award

Kolkata, June 23 (IANS) Veteran Bollywood actor Prem Chopra was on Saturday honoured with the living legend prize at the 25th annual Bharat Nirman awards function here. Chopra, who played villainous roles on-screen during the 1970s and 1980s, was the star attraction of the evening. Besides the Bobby, Kati Patang and Do Raaste star, well-known actor Raza Murad was also felicitated...

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Trinamool used Maoists to vandalise Syama Prasad's bust in March: BJP

Kolkata, June 23 (IANS) A The BJP on Saturday lauded the West Bengal government's decision to observe the death anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, but accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of using Maoists to vandalise the leader's bust in March. West Bengal Ministers Firhad Hakim and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay on Saturday attended a government programme befo...

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