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Left Front peasants wings' march on May 22 in Bengal

Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) As many as 11 farmers' wings of the Left Front in West Bengal, including CPI-M's peasants' front All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), on Thursday announced that they would march to Nabanna -- the state secretariat -- on May 22 to protest anti-farmers measures. Farmers are being deprived of getting minimum support price. State government as well as the Centre should prov...

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Six arrested for running fake company, cheating bank

Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) Six people including an employee of a private bank were arrested from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district for allegedly running a fake company and fraudulently withdrawing large amount from the bank, police said on Thursday. The two main accused, Syed Arman Ali (34) and Niloy Debnath (36), were arrested along with their aid Rintu Pandey (30), on Wednesday fo...

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Would be happy if Advani becomes India's President: Mamata

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would be happy if BJP's veteran leader and Lok Sabha member L.K. Advani is elected as President of India. She, however, declined to make comment whether her party will support Advani, if he contests the presidential election at all. I respect Advaniji. I respect...

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Not consulted by Centre on Teesta, state's interests come first: Mamata

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Amid speculation of a likely deal on Teesta during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina next month, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she will prioritize her state's interest while deciding on the proposed water sharing treaty with Bangladesh and claimed the Centre has not consulted her over the issue. I do not want to di...

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'Saffron party' threatening Bengali poet Srijato: Mamata

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) In a veiled attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said a certain party engaged in saffronisation is threatening Bengali poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay who is courting controversy over a poem that allegedly hurt Hindu religious sentiments. Banerjee said she will ensure the writer is protected. Throwing her weight behind Srij...

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Giving MP ticket to K.D. Singh was blunder: Mamata

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) After police initiated a case against the Alchemist Chief and Trinamool Congress MP K.D. Singh for allegedly cheating investors, West Bengal Chief Minister and party's supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said giving him a ticket was a blunder. Giving a ticket to K.D. Singh was my blunder. We did make a mistake, She told Bengali TV channel - ABP Ananda in an inter...

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BJP-RSS targeting Bengal due to disappointment: Mamata

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the RSS is targeting her state due to disappointment stemming from a string of poll defeats. Why are you worried? There is no need to be excited. This is a result of disappointment. They have lost elections consecutively... in Bihar... in Bengal... and suddenly they emerge victorious in Uttar Pradesh. Th...

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'Monitoring child smuggling situation closely'

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) The West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR) is closely monitoring the situation following the unearthing of a child smuggling racket in the state. We are monitoring it closely. We are in touch with the investigation agency (CID) and we are very happy with the way the investigation is going, Ananya Chakraborti, the commission's chairp...

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India to conduct survey for new rail line with Bangladesh

Agartala, March 23 (IANS) New Delhi will carry out a survey to lay one more new railway line between India and Bangladesh to access the Chittagong international sea port and ease connectivity with the landlocked northeast region, a minister said here on Thursday. Indian railway would soon conduct a survey to obtain basic details to lay a 125-km new railway line from southern Tripura's bo...

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Mamata condemns London terror attack

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday denounced the terror attack in London outside the British Parliament which claimed four lives. Strongly condemn the London attack. Our solidarity and sympathies, as we strive for peace. Condolences to the bereaved families, Banerjee said on Twitter. On Wednesday, an attacker drove his vehicle and mowe...

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'Aadhaar-linked midday meals will check pilferage, misuse'

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Making Aadhaar Card mandatory for midday meals will check pilferage, misuse and siphoning of funds meant for the central scheme, an official of the Food and Nutrition Board said here on Thursday. The linking seeks to check pilferage and siphoning of funds. The scheme benefits will then go to children and middlemen prevented from misusing the scheme, Nagendra Nath...

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CPI-M leader killed in Bengal, Trinamool blamed

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) A local CPI-M leader was brutally killed in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, police said on Thursday. The CPI-M blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress for the crime. Salauddin Haldar, a Communist Party of India-Marxist leader, was first shot in front of his house in Mathurapur on Wednesday evening and then repeatedly stabbed to death with a sharp weapon, a...

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Gangetic dolphins sighted in highly polluted pockets of Hooghly

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Experts from Worldwide Fund for Nature-India, who mapped the abundance of and threats to Gangetic dolphins in the Hooghly, say one of the most striking features of the study was that the endangered mammals were sighted in highly polluted pockets of the river. The study was conducted by observing and counting dolphins from the riverbank at specific locations along...

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States advised to amend law to accommodate AYUSH system

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik on Wednesday urged all state governments to consider amending their state medical practioners act to enable AYUSH system to deal with medical emergencies. According to Naik, several states including Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have already made such amendments in their respective medical Pra...

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Top Apollo hospitals official quizzed by Kolkata Police

Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) Two days after Apollo Hospitals Group Vice-Chairperson Preetha Reddy met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here, Kolkata Police on Wednesday quizzed group Vice-President-HR T. Karunakar regarding a case of hospital's alleged negligence in treatment of a patient. T. Karunakar was called by the investigating officers on Wednesday to Phoolbagan police stati...

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BJP hits street demanding arrest of Narada-tainted TMC leaders

Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) The West Bengal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday organised a massive rally here demanding arrest of the Trinamool Congress leaders purportedly seen taking money in the Narada sting operation footage. The rally, led by state BJP President Dilip Ghosh, started from north Kolkata's College Square up to Esplanade in central Kolkata. It broke police b...

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Tejaswi taunts Modi for 'hollow' Bihar Diwas greetings

Patna, March 22 (IANS) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Wednesday taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting people on Bihar Diwas without either according special category status or providing any special package to the state. It is a good thing that Modi has extended his greetings to the people of Bihar, but he failed to grant special category status or special packag...

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Seven killed in Bengal road accident

Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) Seven persons, including two kids and three women, died in a road accident on Wednesday when their car was crushed under a tanker in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said. Seven persons travelling in a private sedan died when their car was crushed under a tanker carrying hot asphalt around 9 a.m. on the National Highway 2, a senior officer from Burdwan poli...

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Plans afoot to eliminate me, says Narada chief Samuel

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Narada News chief Mathew Samuel who conducted a sting operation purportedly showing Trinamool Congress leaders accepting bribes, on Wednesday approached the police claiming threats to himself and his family. Samuel, who is currently in Kerala, filed the complaint with the state police, while his family filed a complaint with the Delhi Police as they are in the ...

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AASU office attack accused arrested in Bengal village

Guwahati, March 22 (IANS) A man has been arrested in West Bengal for his alleged role in inciting a mob to attack and vandalise the All Assam Students Union's (AASU) office in Silapathar town of Assam. Subodh Biswas was arrested by a joint team of the Assam Police and the CID around 4 a.m. on Wednesday from a remote village close to Indo-Bangladesh border in North 24-Paraganas district ...

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