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Guwahati, 25 Dec 2016/--/BJP's maiden electoral victory ending the 15-year rule of Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government, protests against a proposed bill granting citizenship status to Hindu Bangladeshis and arrest of the Assam Public Service Commission chairman in cash-for-job scam were some of the...

MIDNAPORE (WB), 25 Dec 2016/--/A new division will be created by the Forest department in West Midnapore district in view of frequent elephant attacks, West Bengal Forest minister Binoy Krishna Burman said today. The new Wildlife South division will have its head office in Jhargram under a...

Bhubaneswar, 25 Dec 2016/--/Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Maoists to return to mainstream as violence has no place in democracy. Patnaik said this at a public rally held in the Maoist-hit Malkangiri district. "I call upon the Left-wing extremists with open mind to quit the path...

Kolkata, 25 Dec 2016/--/West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi today paid homage to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya on his 155th birth anniversary today. "Today 25th December 2016 is the 155th birth Anniversary of Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya. He is one of those great sons of India, who were the...

Bhubaneswar, 25 Dec 2016/--/Describing her as the "Mother Teresa of Odisha", the state government today decided to name its Rs 7,600 crore Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme after noted freedom fighter and social reformer Parbati Giri. A proposal in this regard was moved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,...

Siwan, 25 Dec 2016/--/Two bikers were killed today in a road accident in Bihar's Siwan's district, a police officer said. The incident took place near Fazilpur village, within limits of Hussainganj police station, when a speeding truck rammed into a bike killing both riders of the bike. Both of...

SAHARSA (BIHAR), 25 Dec 2016/--/It was an emotional journey for thousands of people on 52326 DN Passenger train between Saharsa and Supual which had its last run on Saturday. The train overloaded with enthusiasts was bedecked with flowers. People garlanded the driver and guard of the last train...

Shillong, 25 Dec 2016/--/Midnight services in churches across the state heralded the advent of birth of Jesus Christ as tourists and locals joined in the festivities with religious fervour, mixed with merriment, exchanging greetings and gifts with friends and relatives. Governor V Shanmuganathan...

Kolkata, 25 Dec 2016/--/This Christmas a display of light, music and water was added on to the Yuletide spirit at the 417-year-old Bandel Church on the banks of the river Hooghly 40 kilometers from Kolkata. To celebrate the ongoing festive session, the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (...

Howrah, 24 Dec 2016/--/A BJP central team was stopped by West Bengal police from entering the violence-hit area in Dhulagarh in Howrah district today after which it staged a road blockade, accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of pursuing "appeasement politics". The BJP delegation comprising...

Howrah, 24 Dec 2016/--/The Union government's decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 has made life difficult for people across the country and since the announcement of the decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, several reports of deaths of people standing in...

Kolkata, 24 Dec 2016/--/Hoping that Christmas will "provide an opportunity to reaffirm our faith in the country's cultural heritage, spirit of friendship and fraternity among all sections of society," West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi today wished the people of the state on the eve of...

Guwahati, 24 Dec 2016/--/Leader of the Opposition of Assam Debrata Saikia has appealed to the Union government to make arrangements for disbursing a portion of the wages of tea garden workers in cash so that they can cope up with crisis triggered by demonetisation. Saikia`s appeal after the...

Kolkata, 24 Dec 2016/--/The state government seems to have learnt it  the  hard way that condoning if not abetting, or turning a blind eye to rampant encroachment of public land  prove costly to the exchequer. The government has been compelled to cough up the entire cost of rehabilitating nearly 1,...

Itanagar, 24 Dec 2016/--/Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju has asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to constitute an independent inquiry into the death of 22-year-old engineering student Haa Tama who died last week after falling from his hostel building in Rajasthan. Rijiju...

Kolkata, 24 Dec 2016/--/India requires a strategy for enhancing quality in all educational institutes and create competition so that at least 10-20 of them appear in the global top 100 ranking, AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe said today. "India needs to devise a strategy to enhance quality in...

Itanagar, 24 Dec 2016/--/Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu today extended his warm wishes to the people of the state on the eve of Christmas. In his message, Khandu said: "It is Christmas time and, yet again, it is the time to spread the message of love, harmony and peace." "On Christmas...

Malkangiri, 24 Dec 2016/--/Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today announced an ex gratia of Rs 3 lakh and a pucca house to each of the families who lost their children to Japanese Encephalitis in Malkangiri district, even as the bandh called by Congress and BJP here evoked mixed response. Patnaik made...

Koraput, 24 Dec 2016/--/Maoists murdered the husband of a naib sarpanch in Odisha's Koraput district and torched at least seven vehicles engaged in road works, police said today. A group of Maoists attacked G Appa Rao's house at Kotubu village, bordering Andhra Pradesh in Pottangi area late on...

Sonamura, 24 Dec 2016/--/A cattle smuggler was killed at Sonapur village in Sipahijala district last night when BSF personnel opened fire to stop smuggling. A group of about 10 smugglers were trying to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh which was spotted at about 10-30 pm by a team of BSF personnel...

Itanagar, 24 Dec 2016/--/2016 turned out to be a watershed year in the political history of Arunachal Pradesh as it plunged into months-long political turmoil that saw three chief ministers in a short span besides imposition of President's rule for a brief period. In the long-drawn political drama...

Patna, 24 Dec 2016/--/Income Tax (I-T) officials are probing 600 Jan Dhan accounts in Bihar and Jharkhand for their suspected naxal connection after they showed a total deposit of over Rs 10.8 crore following demonetisation. A total of 600 Jan Dhan accounts which have money deposits on an average...

Kolkata/New Delhi, 23 Dec 2016/--/West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today objected to the Centre's move to deploy CRPF personnel for providing security to Income Tax (I-T) officials during search operations in the state and demanded that the decision be immediately revoked. Describing the...

NEW DELHI, 23 Dec 2016/--/Eminent poet Shankha Ghosh has been chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for 2016, the literary organisation has announced. "The Jnanpith Selection Board has announced the recipient of the 52nd Jnanpith Award today in a meeting. It went to eminent modern Bengali poet...

Kolkata, 23 Dec 2016/--/BJP MP Roopa Ganguly was today admitted to a city hospital after she complained of severe headache and partial loss of vision. A release issued by the hospital in Salt Lake said Ganguly had a small haematoma in the brain and she is absolutely stable but required complete...

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