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Opposition parties should field common candidates against NDA: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Opposition parties should strive to field a common candidate against the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in each constituency in the next Lok Sabha polls and alliance talks among them should start early to allow workers to align themselves, according to senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid. He also asserted that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is the ...

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Daspur extortion case: Bengal CID seizes Rs 2 cr in fresh raids

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal CID on Wednesday raided a south Kolkata flat owned by an acquaintance of former West Midnapore district police chief Bharati Ghosh's husband in relation to an extortion case and seized cash amounting to Rs 2 crore, a senior CID official said. The sleuths have already raided houses of several police officers including Ghosh and her husband and arrested f...

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SC allows withdrawal of four remaining CRPF companies from Bengal hills

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Centre to withdraw next month four CRPF companies deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal that witnessed an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state. The four remaining companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be withdrawn on March 8, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A...

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Bengal observes International Mother Language Day

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Processions, lighting of torches, cultural programmes marked Language Martyrs' Day (now celebrated as International Mother Language Day), as West Bengal paid homage to those who laid down their lives for the cause of the Bengali language in Dhaka (of then East Pakistan) in 1952. Taking the lead in remembering the martyrs, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said one mus...

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Santosh Trophy: Bengal meet Manipur in opener

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Defending champions West Bengal will take on Manipur on the opening day as the 72nd edition of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy kicks-off here on Thursday. Ten teams who qualified from the preliminary stages have been divided into two groups of five teams each with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals which are to be pla...

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Ex-England keeper James visits The National Inclusion Cup

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Former England footballer David James gave a pleasant surprise to the young participants of The National Inclusion Cup by showing up at the tournament to encourage and motivate the youth. The event has 48 teams participating from 24 different states and it includes two teams from Nepal. The custodian who made over 50 appearances for England, visited the ongo...

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CPI-M alleges electoral law violation in Tripura polls, demands paper slip counting

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The CPI-M on Tuesday demanded that the Election Commission order a thorough probe into the alleged violations of electoral law during the Tripura polls on Sunday, as also count of VVPAT slips in 13 constituencies. Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Nilotpal Basu met Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat here and pointed out various irregulari...

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Centre burdening masses by reducing small savings interest rates: Mamata

Malda, Feb 20 (IANS) Taking a swipe at the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of reducing interest rates on employee provident fund and small savings for what she said was to compensate for loss incurred due to loot by a few people. Rate of interests on PF, small savings, fixed deposit are being reduced. The Centre is puttin...

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Congress, Left to table no-confidence motion against Bengal Speaker

Kolkata, Feb 20 (IANS) West Bengal's major opposition forces Congress and Left Front on Tuesday decided to move a no-confidence motion against assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee, accusing him of being partial to the ruling Trinamool Congress and not granting enough time to speakers from the opposition benches. The leaders of the Congress and LF said they would send a letter to the assembly ...

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Elephant tusk seized in Bengal's Siliguri, two arrested

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Three pieces of an elephant tusk were seized in West Bengal's Siliguri by DRI officials and two persons arrested, an official said on Monday. The elephant tusk was carried from Assam to Siliguri for smuggling out to Nepal, said the official of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Based on specific intelligence input that an elephant tusk would be carr...

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BJP releases pictures of Bengal Minister with Choksi

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Amid controversy over a photograph in which Nirav Modi, the main accused in Rs 11,300-crore bank fraud case, is seen standing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the West Bengal BJP has released photographs of state Finance Minister Amit Mitra with Mehul Choksi, who is on the run in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. State BJP President Dilip Ghosh uploaded ...

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Another Bengal Police officer arrested in Daspur extortion case

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) West Bengal CID on Friday arrested one more state police officer in relation with the extortion case in West Midnapore district's Daspur taking the tally of total arrests to five, a senior CID official said. The CID sleuths have previously arrested three police officers including an Inspector and a two Sub-Inspectors in this case while a caretaker of an apartment i...

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Fire in Toofan Express, no injuries

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) A fire broke out in Sriganganagar-bound Toofan Express on Monday but no one got injured as the train crew were quick to detach the affected coach, an Railway official said. Fire broke out in the parcel coach of 13007 Up Udayan Abha Toofan Express at around 4.10 p.m. The driver, Bidyut Mondal, detected the fire, stopped the train and immediately separated the parce...

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'Hate killer' of Rajasthan uploads fresh videos from jail

Jaipur, Feb 19 (IANS) Shambhulal Regar, cooling his heels in jail for killing Malda labourer Afrazul Khan last year, has uploaded fresh videos in the social media, taking all by surprise as the new uploads seem to have been shot in his cell inside the jail. In the latest two videos, which surfaced late on Sunday night, Regar is seen speaking like a Hindu fanatic for several minutes, call...

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Not only PNB, other banks also involved in scam: Mamata

Baharampur (West Bengal), Feb 19 (IANS) Continuing her attack on the Centre over the multi-crore PNB fraud, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that there are other banks involved in such money laundering cases with their chiefs being protected by the BJP government. We know everything. Not only the Punjab National Bank, there are other banks also and in those b...

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ED raids six Gitanjali stores in Kolkata

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate conducted search operations in six franchise-based outlets of Gitanjali Gems located in four malls here in connection with $1.8 billion banking fraud case, an official said on Sunday. Several teams are searching in six franchised outlets of Gitanjali Gems located in four malls in connection with the banking fraud case, an ED official sai...

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PNB fraud fuelled during demonetisation: Bengal CM

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that the $1.8 billion Punjab National Bank fraud was fuelled during demonetisation and demanded the unearthing of the full truth behind the scam. This is just a tip of the iceberg. This big bank fraud was fuelled at the time of #DeMonetisation. Big money-laundering happened during DeMo. Key bank officials we...

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ED raids at Gitanjali store in Bengal's Durgapur

Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate conducted search at a franchise- based store of Gitanjali Gems in West Bengal's Durgapur and the group is probably in the process of winding up its only store in Kolkata, an official said on Saturday. An Enforcement Directorate team went to Mehul Choksi company-owned store at Camac street in Kolkata, but we found it closed. It seems the ...

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North Korean held for illegally entering India from Bangladesh

Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) A North Korean national was arrested by the BSF from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district and handed over to police for illegally crossing over to India from Bangladesh, a BSF official said on Saturday. Jung Ho, a passport holder of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, was apprehended by troopers from Hakimpur on February 14 as he did not have a valid visa to...

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Tripura polls: EC appoints Special Observer, all borders sealed

Agartala, Feb 17 (IANS) Hours before Sunday's assembly elections in Left-ruled Tripura, the Election Commission has appointed a Special Observer while the authorities have sealed the international and inter-state borders with Tripura. Tripura Police 'pushed back' an Assam minister from Tripura for violating election rule. Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti said th...

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