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TMC-BJP governments are similar forces in nature: CPI-M leader

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) Terming actions of Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government and the BJP-led central dispensation similar in nature, the CPI-M on Friday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations of centre's corruption, atrocities and harassment were equally applicable to her government. The activities of the ruling parties at the centre and the state are similar. The ...

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BJP quit India, shouts Mamata, says willing to join other opposition

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday went all guns blazing at the Centre's ruling BJP, accusing it of indulging in massive corruption and failure on all fronts, and pledging to remove it from power in the next general elections. She also indicated her party's willingness to side with all opposition forces ready to take it on. Addressing the annual ...

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FIR against policemen who fired on Youth Congress workers in 1993: Mamata

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that FIRs would be filed against police personnel who had fired on youth Congress workers during a protest march here 24 years back. The government would also pay Rs 2 lakh each to families of the 13 Youth Congress workers killed on July 21, 1993 during the March to the Writers Buildings (the erstwhile...

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Withdrawal of nominations for Vice-Presidential poll ends

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) NDA candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu and opposition's Gopalkrishna Gandhi were left in the fray for the August 5 vice presidential poll, with the last date of withdrawal of nominations ending on Friday. Both filed their nominations for the election on July 18. Former Information and Broadcasting Minister and senior BJP leader Naidu was chosen as the ruling ND...

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BJP attacks Mamata for criticising Centre's policies

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh on Friday accused the Mamata Banerjee government of resorting to vengeful politics by registering false cases against BJP leaders and termed the Trinamool supremo's allegations of harassment against the centre as laughable. She is talking more about Narada (sting footage) and Saradha (Ponzi scam) cases than us. She had previou...

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Mamata calls for BJP's ouster in 2019 elections, says willing to join other opposition forces

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday went hammer and tongs at the Centre's ruling BJP, accusing it of indulging in massive corruption and failure on all fronts, and pledged to remove it from power in the next general elections. She also indicated her party's willingness to side with all opposition forces ready to take on the saffron outfit. Address...

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Mamata accuses BJP of massive corruption, says 'Barda' Modi will go in 2019

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) In a blistering attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday accused it of indulging in massive corruption in many states, and claimed the central agencies were completely silent on the saffron party's scams. She also threatened to slap defamation cases worth thousands of crores if the probe into the Saradha and Narada cases by the CBI a...

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Mamata blames Centre for halting nation's growth

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) Accusing the Centre of bringing to a halt the nations's growth across sectors and crashing the country's economy by implementing policies like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed that millions of rupees were looted by the BJP in the name of these economic reforms. There is certainly a bigger game ...

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BJP's 'brute majority' stifling opposition: Trinamool MP

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Friday launched a blistering attack on the BJP for stifling the opposition's voice with its brute majority. Bandyopadhyay, the Lok Sabha leader of the party, was addressing the public in his maiden speech following his arrest by the CBI in connection with a ponzi scam. He was later given bail. The BJP has a huge majority...

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Trinamool to launch 'BJP Quit India' movement: Mamata

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress is set to launch a three-week-long movement with the slogan BJP Quit India, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here on Friday. The movement will start on August 9 and last till August 30. We will launch the movement in every Lok Sabha and assembly constituency, block, city and village. I urge all my ministers, MPs, ...

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Ananth Kumar blames Mamata for Darjeeling situation

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Parliamentary Affairs Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar on Friday blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government for the prevailing situation in Darjeeling. The north Bengal hill town has been witnessing an indefinite agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland for over a month. Kumar said the Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government sh...

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Child abused and pierced with needles dies

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) A 3-year-old girl, who was in a critical condition with several needle injuries and a broken arm, has died in West Bengal, a hospital source said on Friday. The child, a resident of Purulia district, was brought to the SSKM hospital here in a critical condition last week. She was allegedly physically and sexually abused by an elderly person who employs her mother...

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Rainbow designs: When architecture furthers LGBT rights

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) It's shaped like a pizza slice and seeks to make the point that the environment can remedy the shortcomings of India's LGBT community. Taking gender tropes head-on, 23-year-old Abhyam Shukla's design of a sensitisation centre for the community, his undergraduate architectural thesis, makes it a dissertation with a difference. Kolkata-based Shukla's interest in des...

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More education, fewer child brides mean healthier children

Over 13 million adolescent girls between 10 and 19 years were married in India in 2011, according to census data, but fewer literate women were married as children or had children early compared to those who were illiterate, according to an analysis by Child Rights and You (CRY), a Mumbai-based child rights nonprofit. The number of child brides and mothers have not improved substantially...

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Cross-voting mostly favours Kovind, Meira Kumar gains in Rajasthan

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Most of the cross-voting in presidential election favoured NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, but significantly in Rajasthan, where the BJP is in power, opposition-backed Congress nominee Meira Kumar was the beneficiary of cross-voting. In Rajasthan, where the Congress won 24 seats in the last assembly polls, Meira Kumar got 34 votes, which are believed to have come...

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Cross-voting in Bengal, Kovind gets five more votes

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) Reports of cross-voting in the presidential polls surfaced in West Bengal after NDA's winning candidate Ram Nath Govind secured five votes more than the total strength of BJP and its allies in the state assembly. Ten votes of state lawmakers were also cancelled, the highest number in any state. As per the arithmetic in the 294-member assembly, National Dem...

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Thames, Hooghly communities plan riverside art walk for cross-cultural connectivity

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) In a bid to inspire cross-cultural connectivity between Bengal and Britain, the communities along the Thames and Hooghly rivers have come together for a year-long artistic exchange programme to create 20 hand-painted silk scrolls and participate in animated walks across 20 locations along the two rivers between September-December this year. The project, Silk River...

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Diplomat's cricket analogies on India-China military stand off

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) That cricket is followed like a religion in India is well known but a senior diplomat using the analogies of the sport to explain, or to conceal, Indian foreign policy manoeuvers in resolving a military stand-off with China may be a first. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay was on Thursday repeatedly asked questions about the contacts or the lac...

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Kovind led in 21 states, benefited from cross-voting too

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind led in 21 states as also in both houses of Parliament over his rival Meira Kumar to register a thumping victory in the Presidential election, apart from cross-voting by those from the SP, Trinamool Congress and AAP. Meira Kumar, fielded by 18 opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, led only in eight states and two ...

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BSF seizes gold biscuits worth Rs 2 crore

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) seized 60 gold biscuits worth close to Rs 2 crore from a smuggler at Hakimpur in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Thursday. Acting on a tip, BSF personnel laid an ambush near Sonai river and saw a person trying to cross it from Bangladesh around 1 p.m. According to a BSF statement, the suspect was clutching a rope...

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