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Unique two year collaboration results in an interactive exhibition-cum-haat

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Since early 2016, a path-breaking collaboration has been taking place between the indigenous communities of Madhya Pradesh and fourteen Indian and international artists. This interesting partnership is now culminating into an interactive exhibition-cum-haat in the capital. Disappearing Dialogues is curated by Nobina Gupta and will run from November 23 to November...

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Dasmunsi's body cremated with state honours, thousands pay tributes

Kolkata/Kaliaganj, Nov 21 (IANS) Thousands of people, including leaders cutting across political lines, paid teary-eyed farewell to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, whose mortal remains were consigned to flames with state honours on Tuesday. Emotional scenes were witnessed through the day, particularly at Kaliaganj, where Dasmunsi's ancestral home is situated in West Benga...

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Bimal Gurung welcomes SC order, reveals plans to visit Delhi

Darjeeling, Nov 21 (IANS) Suspended GJM chief Bimal Gurung on Tuesday thanked the Supreme Court for restraining West Bengal Police from taking any coercive action against him for the next 15 days and said he is planning to visit Delhi within the given time frame. In a fresh audio message from an undisclosed location, Gurung also thanked the fellow Gorkhas who prayed for his safety and we...

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Compensation, job for families of those killed in Gorkhland agitation

Darjeeling, Nov 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced Rs two lakh compensation and a job for one member of the family of agitators who died during the recent Gorkhaland agitation. All the parties raised the compensation issue for the agitators who died during the (Gorkhaland) movement in the hills and have no criminal cases against them. As mu...

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Al Qaeda front's two militants among three held in Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) Three persons, including two suspected members of Bangladesh-based Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), were arrested on Tuesday from the Kolkata railway station, a police officer said. The ABT, a front for Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, was involved in some of the brutal attacks and murder of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh between 2013 and 2015. It h...

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88 women have applied for Haj without 'mehram': Minister

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) In less than a week after procedure for Haj 2018 started, 88 women have applied to go on the pilgrimage without a mehram or male guardian, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday. As per the new Haj policy, women above 45 years of age can go on the pilgrimage without a male guardian in a group of four. The application process ...

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Biopic soon on rasogolla's inventor

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) A biopic on celebrated sweetmaker Nobin Chandra Das, regarded as the inventor of rasogolla, is in the works, its makers said on Tuesday. The film christened Rasogolla will be helmed by Pavel and produced by Roy-Mukherjee led production house Windows Production. Shooting will start in January 2018. We started our research and everything around a year and hal...

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Tripura journalist shot dead by trooper, anger in northeast

Agartala, Nov 21 (IANS) A journalist was gunned down on Tuesday by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper during an altercation in western Tripura, raising political tensions and triggering widespread anger. TSR Second Battalion Rifleman Nandu Kumar Reang opened fire from his AK-47 assault rifle, killing Sudip Datta Bhowmik, 50, in Bodhjung Nagar, a police official said. Reang was ...

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Horasis to organise first Asia meet in Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) Switzerland-based international think-tank Horasis is going to hold its first Asia meet in India at Kolkata. The two-day meet, starting from November 26, is expected to be attended by over 350 Asian business leaders from 65 countries. Our aim is to explore and advance regional co operation, impact investment and achieve sustainable growth. Representatives from 65 c...

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Mamata condemns killing of Tripura journalist

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday condemned the brutal killing of journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmik in Tripura. We strongly condemn the brutal killing... My condolences to the family, Banerjee tweeted. The journalist was shot dead on Tuesday by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper during an altercation in Bodhjung Nagar in Tripura. ...

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Grenade blast near girls school in Bengal creates panic

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) Panic prevailed in a girls school in West Bengal after a grenade that was being defused in a nearby police station exploded, settling off a melee in which some students were injured, none seriously, police said. Police said the grenade was found laying in an empty ground beside the Haldibari Girls High School in Jalpaiguri district's Haldibari on November 15. It wa...

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Oscar winner wants India to ban elephant rides

Mumbai, Nov 21 (IANS) Moved by a photograph showing an Indian elephant and her baby desperately trying to outrun flaming projectiles being thrown at them by a mob, Academy Award winning actress Anjelica Huston has urged India's tourism ministry to ban elephant rides. Huston has sent a letter to the tourism ministry on behalf of animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment ...

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Thousands pay last respects to Dasmunsi

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) Thousands of grief stricken people and leaders cutting across political lines turned up on Tuesday to bid adieu to veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who died in a Delhi hospital on Monday. Amid slogans of Priya Dasmunsi amar rahe and Vandemataram, the departed leader's body was taken out of a mortuary Peace Haven - where it had been kept after being f...

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Aadhaar linking problematic: Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday reiterated her criticism of the problematic linking of Aadhaar and the alleged disclosure of personal data on government web sites. Linking of Aadhaar is very problematic. In the name of Aadhaar Card, details have been put out on 210 government web sites. This is dangerous for individual liberty, the society and...

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I-League: East Bengal face 'walkover' threat in first home game

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) City soccer giants East Bengal may have to forfeit three points in their first I-League home game against reigning champions Aizawl FC after issues regarding playing at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan surfaced. According to a club statement on Monday, government regulations do not permit two matches to be held in 48 hours' time at the same venue. The...

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Coal tar put on 'Biswa Bangla' logo, Trinammol accuses BJP

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Amid controversy about the ownership of Biswa Bangla logo, some miscreants allegedly put coal tar on it and also on photographs of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, printed on banners along both sides of the VIP road in the northeastern outskirts of the city. Some unknown persons put coal tar on the Biswa Bangla logo and on the photographs of the Chief Minister print...

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Railway commissions new EI system of 800 routes at Kharagpur

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) In a bid to increase speed and ensure punctuality of trains, Railways on Monday said that it has commissioned India's largest state-of-the-art Electronic Interlocking (EI) system of 800 routes at Kharagpur station in West Bengal by replacing the century old Route Relay Interlocking system with 423 routes. On Sunday, we have commissioned the EI system of 800 route...

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GJM suspends Bimal Gurung, elects Binay Tamang as new chief

Darjeeling, Nov 20 (IANS) The central committee of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Monday suspended fugitive party chief Bimal Gurung for six months and elected GJM chief coordinator Binay Tamang as the new president, a source close to the party said. The decision was taken in the party's central committee meeting held in Darjeeling district's Ghum in the northern West Bengal hills....

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Mamata in north Bengal for all-party meet on Darjeeling hills

Darjeeling, Nov 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached north Bengal on Monday where she is scheduled to hold an all-party meeting on November 21 to discuss the situation in Darjeeling hills, a state minister said. Banerjee would conduct the all-party meeting in the presence of Chief Secretary Malay De, state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha and rep...

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Former I&B Minister P.R. Dasmunsi dead; PM, Sonia, AIFF condole

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Congress leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who suffered a stroke in 2008 and slipped into coma, passed away at Apollo Hospital here on Monday. He was 72. Dasmunsi is survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep, who were at his side when he died. He served as Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) and Parliamenta...

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