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Three Modis looting India: TMC

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a travelling salesman and his economic policies a disaster, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy on Friday said that three Modis are looting the country. Speaking during the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, Roy, without naming anyone, said that the only person who had gained from Bharatiya Janata Party's economic policies ...

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Bengal suggests alternative devolution formula to Finance Commission

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Wednesday said it has suggested an alternative formula to the 15th Finance Commission for devolution based on locational complexities, social backwardness, continuation of revenue deficit grants and others. The panel, headed by its Chairman N.K. Singh, was on a three-day visit to the state. In their detailed presentations on s...

2 days ago
Bengal suggests alternative devolution formula to Finance Commission

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government has suggested an alternative formula to the 15th Finance Commission for devolution based on locational complexities, social backwardness, continuation of revenue deficit grants and others, an official statement said on Wednesday. The penal, headed by its Chairman N.K. Singh, has been on a three-day visit to the state and is supposed to m...

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SPG team goes to probe Midnapore canopy mishap

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) The Central government on Tuesday sent a Special Protection Group (SPG) team to West Bengal to probe the Midnapore canopy collapse when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a rally, leaving several injured, a Home Ministry official said. The team is headed by a Secretary. The official said the SPG team would analyse and enquire about lapses, if any, under...

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After Modi barb, TMC dubs BJP syndicate of corruption

Kolkata, July 16 (IANS) Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charge about the West Bengal government's alleged nexus with all-pervading syndicates, ruling Trinamool Congress on Monday termed the BJP as a syndicate of corruption. Who knows better than the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders about syndicates? Your party is a syndicate that peddles religious extremism. It is a syndicate ...

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Modi lambasts Mamata regime, says Bengal looking to end oppression

Midnapore (West Bengal), July 16 (IANS) Launching a blistering attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused it of forming a nexus with the all-pervading syndicates, murdering Dalit political activists and having no faith in democracy, the Indian constitution or the electoral process. In one of his strongest tirades against the T...

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Previous governments ignored demands for MSP hike: Modi

Midnapore (West Bengal), July 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said previous governments had failed to hike the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of crops despite farmers' demands and expert panels' recommendations. The demand for raising the MSP was placed before every government. Many commissions and committees were formed. But every time it was stalled. Files kept on piling...

6 days ago
Bengal set to finalise minimum wage for tea workers

Kolkata, July 14 (IANS) In a bid to fix minimum wages for tea workers in West Bengal, the state government is set to place a basic structure of it in the ensuing tripartite meeting, scheduled to be held on July 17, an official said on Friday. According to Zia-Ul-Alam, Convenor of Joint Forum of Trade Unions, an umbrella organisation of trade unions working in tea sector, and Citu's Gener...

8 days ago
Bengal exempts e-way bill for job work, raises intra-state threshold limit

Kolkata, July 12 (IANS) The West Bengal government, which increased the threshold limit up to Rs 1 lakh for the electronic-way or e-way bill in case of movement of goods within the state from existing limit of up to Rs 50,000, announced on Thursday the generation of such bill for an intra-state movement of goods was also exempted where goods were being sent to job workers. The e-way bill...

8 days ago
Bengal hikes threshold limit for intra-state e-way bill to up to Rs 1 lakh

Kolkata, July 12 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Thursday increased, up to Rs 1 lakh, the threshold limit for the electronic-way or e-way bill in case of movement of goods within the state from existing limit of up to Rs 50,000. The generation of e-way bill for an intra-state movement of goods was also exempted where such goods were being sent to job workers, said state Finance Mini...

10 days ago
Tea planters urge unions not to disrupt operations in Bengal

Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) Amid ongoing agitation in tea gardens of Dooars and Terai in West Bengal, planters on Tuesday appealed to workers' unions not to resort to disruptive activities while discussions on minimum wages are on. The unions have taken to agitation during the peak season. We appeal to them not to resort to disruptive activities... We feel it is unjustified as the issue is p...

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JU students continue hunger strike despite deteriorating health

Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) The hunger strike by the Jadavpur University students demanding withdrawal of the decision to scrap entrance tests to six undergraduate courses, entered the fifth day on Tuesday, as two of the protestors were rushed to the hospital after their health condition deteriorated, an official said. I am very worried about their health, as their medical condition is getti...

10 days ago
JU row: Governor expresses concern over students' health

Kolkata, July 9 (IANS) West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Monday expressed concern over the health of the Jadavpur University students who are on a hunger strike in protest for the scrapping of admission test for six under-graduate courses. Tripathi's statement, issued by Raj Bhavan, echoed Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das who also appealed to the students to withdraw their stri...

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Bengal should stop hawala transactions: Goyal

Kolkata, July 9 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said West Bengal government should act immediately to stop illegal transactions after state Finance Minister Amit Mitra had recently claimed that hawala dealings had seen a rise due to failure of GST's automatic digitised process. Referring to soaring Indian deposits in Swiss banks, Mitra had claimed hawala transactions...

11 days ago
JU row: VC meets agitating students, urges them to withdraw hunger strike

Kolkata, July 9 (IANS) Amid the stalemate in Jadavpur University over the decision to scrap admission test for six under-graduate courses, Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das on Monday met the members of a student union on hunger strike over the past three days and requested them to withdraw their agitation. The student union has, however, refused to call off the hunger strike unless the univer...

12 days ago
JU row: BJP urges government hold dialogue, students continue protest

Kolkata, July 8 (IANS) The BJP on Sunday held the Mamata Banerjee government primarily responsible for the ongoing stalemate in Jadavpur University over the decision to scrap admission test for six under-graduate courses and urged it to start dialogue with the varsity authorities and students' union to find a solution. Meanwhile, the students continued to hold protests at the varsity.

12 days ago
JU row: Students continue hunger strike, authorities seek advisory from Chancellor

Kolkata, July 7 (IANS) With stalemate continuing in Jadavpur University over its decision to scrap admission test for six under-graduate courses, its authorities on Saturday sought a directive from West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi - the ex-officio chancellor - on the emerging situation, even as students continued their hunger strike. Virtually backing the agitating students, the Jadavp...

13 days ago
JU row: Students on hunger-strike, VC meets Governor, Education Minister

Kolkata, July 6 (IANS) Amid soaring protests by students and teachers over scrapping of admission tests for some undergraduate courses, Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das on Friday called on West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to apprise them of the situation in the premier institution. Irate students, seeking restoration of the...

14 days ago
Students allow Jadavpur varsity VC to go home

Kolkata, July 6 (IANS) The students' siege of Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das and other executive council members that began on Wednesday afternoon ended close to Thursday-Friday midnight, as the protesters allowed him to go home. However, the students gave him a deadline of 5 pm on Friday to roll back the Executive Council's July 4 decision scrapping admission tests for...

15 days ago
Jadavpur varsity does volte face, decides to scrap admission tests

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) In a volte face, apparently under pressure from the West Bengal government, Jadavpur University authorities on Wednesday decided to do away with the decades-old system of holding entrance tests for admission to six under-graduate courses, triggering protests from students and current and former teachers. A week earlier, the varsity's Executive Council had declared ...

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