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Bengal losing Rs 100 cr per month from cattle smuggling

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) A cattle traders' body on Monday accused a section of police in some north Bengal districts of ensuring safe passage to smugglers to ferry cattle to Bangladesh which resulted in revenue loss of around Rs 100 crore per month to the government. The All India Livestock Traders and Transporters Association office-bearers demanded action by the West Bengal government ...

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Shaoli Mitra quits as Bangla Akademi head

Kolkata, April 22 (IANS) Theatre personality Shaoli Mitra on Sunday stepped down from the post of Chairperson of Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi citing infrastructural issues and complaining of difficulties in carrying out her responsibilities. I don't want to be insulted at this age. Despite assurances from the government, nothing was done to improve the infrastructure, said Mitra. ...

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Yechury re-elected to lead CPI-M ahead of 2019 battle

Hyderabad, April 22 (IANS) The CPI-M on Sunday unanimously re-elected Sitaram Yechury as its General Secretary for another three years and he pledged to take steps to oust the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yechury's re-election took place on the last day of the party's 22nd Congress here, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader and former Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar...

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Yechury re-elected to lead CPI-M ahead of 2019 battle

Hyderabad, April 22 (IANS) The CPI-M on Sunday unanimously re-elected Sitaram Yechury as its General Secretary for another three years and he pledged to take steps to oust the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yechury's re-election took place on the last day of the party's 22nd Congress here, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader and former Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar...

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Yechury re-elected to helm CPI-M, vows to oust Modi government

Hyderabad, April 22 (IANS) The CPI-M on Sunday unanimously re-elected Sitaram Yechury as its General Secretary for another three years and he pledged to take steps to oust the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yechury's re-election took place on the last day of the party's 22nd Congress here, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader and former Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar...

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Centre congratulates Bengal for becoming revenue surplus

Kolkata, April 22 (IANS) The Central government has congratulated the West Bengal government as the state has become revenue surplus in March, officials said. In a recent communication to state Chief Secretary Malay De, Union Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said: As far as West Bengal is concerned, the revenue gap has come down from 33.4 per cent in August to (-) 3 per cent in March. The...

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40 crude bombs recovered from house in Bengal

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) As many as 40 crude bombs were recovered from an abandoned house in West Bengal's Howrah district, police said on Saturday.A We received an information of bombs being stored in a deserted house in Howrah's Amta area. Acting on a tip off our officers raided a house in Chandrapur at around 11.30 am on Friday and seized 40 crude bombs. The bomb squad was immediately...

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CPI-M differentiates between regional parties and Congress as allies

Hyderabad, April 21 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) differentiates between regional secular parties and the Congress as far as alliances are concerned, senior leader Brinda Karat said on Saturday. She said her party will make every effort to have joint struggles with regional secular parties on mutually agreed issues but there will be absolutely no political alliance ...

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Fresh nomination for Bengal Panchayat polls on April 23: SEC

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) The West Bengal State Election Commission, after meeting with various political parties and representatives of the state government, selected April 23 as the extended day for filing nominations for the coming Panchayat polls, a senior official said on Saturday. The meeting was convened following a Calcutta High Court order to the SEC to make a fresh announcement ...

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Siddaramaiah, JD-S chief, others file nominations for Karnataka polls

Bengaluru, April 20 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) state President H.D. Kumaraswamy were among those who filed their nominations on Friday for the May 12 Assembly elections, taking the total nominations so far to 708. Siddaramaiah filed his nomination from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru district. Former Chief Minister Kumaraswamy filed his papers fro...

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Mamata welcomes Calcutta HC verdict on Bengal Panchayat polls

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed Calcutta High Court's verdict asking the State Election Commission to extend the nomination deadline and reschedule polling dates for the panchayat polls, saying her government wishes to complete the elections as early as possible. Taking a veiled dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party that filed a petition...

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Bengal Panchayat polls: HC asks SEC to announce fresh schedule

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the West Bengal State Election Commission to make a fresh announcement extending the deadline for filing of nominations for the coming panchayat polls and finalise a new election schedule. A single judge bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar, quashing the SEC's April 10 order that had cancelled the extension for filing nomina...

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Bengal Panchayat polls: HC asks poll panel to announce fresh schedule

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to make a fresh announcement extending the deadline for filing of nominations, and finalise a new election schedule for the Panchayat polls. A single bench of the court quashed the SEC's April 10 order that had cancelled the extension for filing nominations which the poll pa...

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Three held for Surat rape, murder

Gandhinagar, April 20 (IANS) Three persons, including the main perpetrator, involved in the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Surat have been arrested, the Gujarat government said on Friday. Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja told the media here that Gujarat Police arrested the key perpetrator from a village in Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, who will be brought to ...

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CPI-M calls 15th Finance Commission TOR biased, demands amendments

Hyderabad, April 20 (IANS) The CPI-M on Friday expressed deep concern over the anti-federal and anti-democratic underpinnings of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the 15th Finance Commission and demanded they be amended. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union government of trying to utilize the 15th Finance Commission to further...

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Bengal Panchayat polls: HC for extended deadline for nominations

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court on Friday and asked the West Bengal State Election Commission to extend the deadline for filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls. The court also quashed the state poll panel's April 10 order that withdrew its earlier notification to extend the nomination filing date under the previous schedule for the polls by a day. A singl...

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Nine states/UTs warned of rough seas in next two days

Chennai, April 20 (IANS) Nine coastal states and islands have been warned about rough seas over the next two days, a senior Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)official said on Friday. There is no change in our warning issued on Thursday. As per our prediction, the rough sea condition will prevail in nine states during 21-22 April, R.Harikumar, Scientist and Inc...

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BJP has highest MPs/MLAs with declared crime against women cases: ADR

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The BJP leads recognised political parties with the highest number of 12 lawmakers at the central and state levels who have declared cases of crime against women against them, followed by Shiv Sena and TMC, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Thursday. After the Bharatiya Janata Party comes Shiv Sena with seven such MPs/MLAs, and Trinamool Congress ...

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SC asks states to expedite process of appointing Lokayukta

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday asked 11 states and a union territory to expedite the process of appointing Lokayukta or Uplokayukta. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R. Banumathi said that appointment need not wait and the process (must) be expedited. Earlier, the court asked the Chief Secretaries of the states to explain the reasons for non-a...

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Illegal arms, ammunition seized in Bengal; three held

Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) The West Bengal CID on Thursday arrested three persons and seized two firearms and several rounds of ammunition from them in the state's North 24 Parganas district, an official said. According to the sleuths, the three had gathered at the house of a hardened criminal named Kalyan Das in North 24 Parganas district's Halisahar town where an arms deal was being nego...

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