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SILIGURI, 22 Jun 2017/--/The West Bengal government today said it is open to discussion to restore normalcy in the restive Darjeeling hills, but did not give any commitment on withdrawal of security forces, a demand made by the GJM. State home secretary Malay De, who chaired an all-party meeting...

DARJEELING, 22 Jun 2017/--/Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) members will resign from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Friday, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said today.

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/Arrested former Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan was today admitted to a state-run hospital here after he complained of uneasiness. Doctors at the SSKM hospital conducted medical tests on Karnan and advised that he gets admitted since some results were not normal,...

Gangtok, 22 Jun 2017/--/Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has come out in support of the demand for a separate Gorkhaland to be carved out of North Bengal hills. In a letter to Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, Chamling wrote: "The fulfilment of the constitutional demand of the...

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/IPS officer SMH Mirza, whom then CBI named in the FIR with a dozen senior leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the Narada sting footage case, appeared before the agency officials at Nizam Palace here this afternoon, an official said. Mirza, a former superintendent of...

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/The Calcutta High Court today stayed the proposed sale of excess land of Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Limited, a Union government undertaking. Justice Debangshu Basak stayed the proposed sale of the land, slated for auction next week, on a petition by the company's...

DARJEELING, 22 Jun 2017/--/With the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha spearheading an agitation for Gorkhaland, its alliance partner BJP was in a catch-22 as it could neither come out openly in support of a separate state nor afford to oppose it. The BJP, which had twice won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in...

Agartala, 22 Jun 2017/--/The ruling CPM and the Opposition Congress today demanded the removal of Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy for his controversial tweet on the Hindu-Muslim issue. Roy tweeted a 1946 remark by Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who later founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, that "the Hindu-...

Bhubaneswar, 22 Jun 2017/--/The Odisha chief minister today urged the railway minister Suresh Prabhu to run one Express train each to Howrah and Visakhapatnam from Nayagarh Town, a new station inaugurated this week. "It is suggested that Garib Rath Express that is plying between Bhubaneswar to...

Guwahati, 22 Jun 2017/--/The famed Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills here would be closed for four days from today on the occasion of the annual Ambubachi Mela. The doors of the temple, one of the 52 Shakti peeths, are closed after routine rituals and prayers this morning and would reopen on...

MUNGER, 22 Jun 2017/--/A Munger court today convicted a Maoist to seven-year rigorous imprisonment for possession of explosive substances. Additional district judge - II Purushottam Mishra passed the order convicting Birbal Murmu after finding him guilty under provisions of the Explosive Substance...

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/To clear the extra rush of passengers, South Eastern Railway has decided to run four pairs of Weekly AC Superfast Special trains between Santragachi and Rajkot during the period from July 7 to July 30. 02834 Santragachi-Rajkot AC Superfast Special leaving Santragachi at 9....

Bhubaneswar, 22 Jun 2017/--/Odisha government today effected major changes in portfolios of at least 31 IPS officers, officials said. According to a notification issued by the home department, the superintendents of police (SPs) of at least 19 districts have been changed through this reshuffle. IPS...

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/With a view to celebrating the “International Day of Yoga” on June 21,  a Yoga programme was held at Metro Rail Bhavan. Vishwesh Chaubey, general manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp in presence of senior officers and staff of Metro...

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/In the light of valuable experience gathered in recent times, CESC this year is taking several steps to serve customers during heavy rains, storms and water-logging. Avijit Ghosh, vice-president (distribution), said today: “CESC this year has made special arrangements to...

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/On the occasion of the 3rd International Yoga Day 2017, Indian Oil Corporation Limited’s (IOCL) Eastern Regional office (at Dhakuria, Kolkata) organised a mass Yoga session on June 21 for all employees and their family members under the guidance of O P Lalwani and his team...

Patna, 22 Jun 2017/--/West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi took oath as Bihar Governor as additional charge here on Wednesday. The Patna High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon administered the oath to Tripathi at a function at Raj Bhawan. Prominent among those who attended the ceremony were...

Kolkata, 22 Jun 2017/--/The devotees of ISKCON Mayapur have registered considerable progress in their preparations for celebrating Jagannath Rath Yatra from June 25 onwards. A procession with the deities of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra from the ISKCON Jagannath temple, Rajapur  to...

NEW DELHI, 20 Jun 2017/--/Forthcoming elections to Hill Council and involvement of militants from the northeast have been listed by the West Bengal government among the reasons responsible for the recent violence and indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling. According to sources in the Union home ministry...

Kolkata, 20 Jun 2017/--/As major political parties of the hills including the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) as well as the CPM refusing to take part in the all-party meeting convened by the state government on June 22 at Siliguri, questions have been raised about the fruitfulness of the meeting to...

Kolkata, 20 Jun 2017/--/To reduce loss from power theft in West Bengal, the state electricity utility West Bengal State Electricity Development Corporation Ltd (WBSEDCL) has embarked a Rs 1,000 crore project to insulate the overhead cables from physical pilferage. "West Bengal State Electricity...

Kolkata, 20 Jun 2017/--/The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal Police today arrested fugitive former Calcutta High Court judge Justice Karnan from Coimbatore. The Supreme Court had issued arrest warrant for Justice Karnan after he refused to appear in front of it after repeated...

Kolkata, 20 Jun 2017/--/The police today recovered the body of an elderly man from a room inside an apartment in the southern part of the city's Dhakuria area. According to police reports, the body of Pabir Kumar Das (66) was found lying in a pool of blood inside his apartment in Dhakuria's...

Agartala/Guwahati/Itanaga, 20 Jun 2017/--/Heavy monsoon rain disrupted life in Tripura as over 2,000 families were displaced after their houses were inundated by the flood water, official said here today. The displaced families belonging to sub-divisions -- Sadar, Jirania and Mohanpur in West...

Kolkata, 20 Jun 2017/--/Heavy rainfall and lightning have claimed at least nine lives in several districts of West Bengal. Out of the nine people who died since last evening, eight were struck by lightning and one drowned in a pond inundated by heavy showers, official sources said here today. Five...

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