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DARJEELING, 13 Jul 2017/--/The agitators demanding a separate Gorkhaland today set aflame a GTA office, a railway station and a forest bungalow and damaged several vehicles amid the unabated violence and arson here in Darjeeling hills on the 29th day of the indefinite shutdown. The hills saw the...

Kolkata, 13 Jul 2017/--/Exhibitors of Bengali films find themselves in a piquant situation because of  the incidence of the Goods and Services Tax they will have to bear despite the state government’s offer  of substantial relief from its share of  the GST. The exhibitors have, therefore, decided...

Kolkata, 13 Jul 2017/--/Responding to the West Bengal's request, the Union labour ministry has decided to upgrade 10 Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) dispensaries to 6-bed hospitals, minister Bandaru Dattatreya announced today. The minister today inaugurated the new building of ESIC...

Kolkata, 13 Jul 2017/--/Union minister of state for heavy industry and public enterprises Babul Supriyo today lashed out at the state ministers, MPs and MLAs in general and labour minister  Moloy Ghatak for skipping the event where he was an invitee and speaker.   "The state ministers and MPs are...

NEW DELHI, 13 Jul 2017/--/Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today ruled out any reunion with the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal United in Bihar even if it snaps ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Talking to newspersons, Sushil said that only the BJP Parliamentay Board can decide on any political...

Kohima, 13 Jul 2017/--/The Nagaland political crisis took a new turn today with the state cabinet turning down Governor P B Acharya's directive to chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu to call an emergency assembly session by July 15 to seek trust vote. A cabinet meeting headed by Liezietsu...

Aizawl, 13 Jul 2017/--/A joint memorandum of all the major political parties, NGOs and student associations of Mizoram in regard to the future of the Mizos living in neighbouring Manipur was submitted to the Prime Minister's office, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) said today. A press statement issued...

Kodaikanal, 13 Jul 2017/--/Manipur's iconic human rights activist Irom Sharmila has filed an application at the sub-registrar office here, to marry her long-time partner Desmond Coutinho, a British national. Accompanied by Coutinho, she filed the application for registration of marriage under...

Lakhimpur, 13 Jul 2017/--/Union minister Kiren Rijiju today undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit districts in Assam, where the death toll due to the deluge has mounted to 45. The minister of state for home was accompanied by officials of the National Disaster Response Force, NITI Ayog and...

Kohima, 13 Jul 2017/--/Incessant rains across Nagaland has led to flash floods and landslides in several areas of the state, officials today said. Yeveto village under Niuland Sub-Division in Dimapur district has been severely affected by the flood waters of Zubza river, official reports said....

Chittaranjan, 13 Jul 2017/--/A tree plantation drive was organized today in Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW). In a campaign by the horticultural department, V P Pathak, General Manager lead the campaign at R.Site near Cross Road No.7 by planting a tree. A K Singhal, chief electrical engineer; S...

Kolkata, 13 Jul 2017/--/The 4th Metro Railway Users’ Consultative Committee Meeting was held at Metro Rail Bhavan on Wednesday, July 12 where Members Parash Dutta (MLA), Mala Banerjee, President, Federation of Consumer Associations, West Bengal and  Ranajoy Chakraborty, representative of government...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/The Calcutta High Court today asked the Union government to convey its position on whether it was considering a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the recent communal strife at Baduria in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district. On a plea seeking an NIA...

DARJEELING, 12 Jul 2017/--/Darjeeling was incident-free today as the indefinite strike for a separate state of Gorkhaland entered its 28th day. Police and security forces patrolled the streets of the hills and kept a tight vigil at entry and exit points. Internet service remained suspended for the...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sougata Roy, who was called by CBI to appear today to face interrogation related to the Narada tapes case, did not turn up at the investigation agency's office at Nizam Palace here. CBI sources said that Roy was summoned to appear to explain his...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/The riots at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district that ravaged the area for three days from July 3,  has brought to the fore one interesting fact. That the BJP party unit has seen a major surge in its membership in the last one month. Since June 6, when the ambitious...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/The Enforcement Directorate today interrogated Trinamool Congress MLA and Kolkata Municipal Corporation deputy mayor Iqbal Ahmed in connection with the Narada tapes scandal. An ED official told news agency PTI that Ahmed was quizzed for a marathon seven hours to probe his...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/Left Front took out a rally in Kolkata today against rise of communalism in West Bengal and appealed to all to maintain peace and harmony. The rally was led by LF chairman Biman Bose, CPM state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra and other left leaders. Bose accused the state...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jul 2017/--/The Union government today said it has cleared the widening and upgradation of 65 km Imphal-Moreh stretch in Manipur which is part of the Asian Highway project, providing road connectivity to eastern nations like Thailand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA...

Patna, 12 Jul 2017/--/A day after JD-U asked him to come clean, Bihar deputy chief minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav today virtually ruled out his resignation, while dubbing the FIR registered against him under various anti-graft provisions as "political vendetta." "The FIR (in land-for-hotels case)...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jul 2017/--/Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed anguish over the flood situation in various parts of the North-East (N-E) and promised all possible help from the Centre. Modi said he had asked minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju to personally supervise the rescue and...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/The Calcutta High Court today disposed of as infructuous an anticipatory bail prayer by actor Vikram Chatterjee, arrested in connection with the death of model Sonika Chauhan. A division bench of Justices Dipankar Dutta and D P Dey observed that the state has done its duty...

Ranchi, 12 Jul 2017/--/Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi today said that after independence the country deviated from its ethos and values to some extent, which put a spoke in its proper progress. Speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of 57th foundation...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/West Bengal CID today arrested BJP IT cell secretary of Asansol for allegedly posting a fake video on a popular social networking site. According to a senior officer of the CID, Tarun Sengupta, a resident of Radhanagar Road under Hirapur police station limits in Asansol-...

Kolkata, 12 Jul 2017/--/West Bengal CID today arrested BJP IT cell secretary of Asansol for allegedly posting a fake video on a popular social networking site. According to a senior officer of the CID, Tarun Sengupta, a resident of Radhanagar Road under Hirapur police station limits in Asansol-...

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