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BJP leader claims sting attempt, 2 suspended

Two men of Kolkata Police’s Special Branch were suspended after BJP leader Rahul Sinha on Monday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of using police to carry out a failed sting operation on him and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. Sinha said the two had called on him at …

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EC reviews border security ahead of polls

Ahead of the six-phase assembly polls in West Bengal, the Election Commission on Monday reviewed the law and order situation along the inter-state and international borders in the state, a poll panel official said. The full bench of the poll watchdog led by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi held a …

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Mamata congratulates Big B, Goutam Ghosh

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today congratulated megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Bengali filmmaker Goutam Ghose for winning National Film Awards. “Congratulations @SrBachchan for winning #NationalAwards for Best Actor. Congrats all other well-deserved winners. Keep making India proud,” Banerjee said in a tweet. “Happy that Shankhachil, a joint production of …

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50 Netaji files to be released on Tuesday

The second tranche of 50 declassified files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be released on Tuesday. The files, which will be available online, consist of 10 files each from the Prime Minister s Office (PMO) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and 30 files from Ministry of External …

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Surya Kanta Mishra attacks PM over Saradha scam

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Surya Kanta Mishra has raised questions over the progress of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Saradha scam and National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe in the Khagragarh blast. In a series of tweets last night, the Leader …

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Will never join politics: Prosenjit Chatterjee

Reigning superstar of Bengali cinema, Prosenjit Chatterjee, has scotched speculation of him joining politics. The 53-year-old actor, who has been ruling the Bengali film industry for over three decades, said he was “only born for acting”. “Politics will never happen to me anyway. I have been solely born for acting. …

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‘Sankhachil’ has Rabindrasangeet on 1905 Bengal Partition

Calling Sankhachil a musical collage of swadeshi gaans of the early 20th century, director Goutam Ghose said the film has a famous song by Rabindranath Tagore especially composed after the 1905 partition of Bengal. Speaking on the sidelines of the music launch of the Indo-Bangla joint production film last night, …

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Adhir praises CPM’s efforts for alliance

PCC chief Adhir Chowdhury on Saturday praised the CPM’s efforts to make the Congress-Left alliance “hassle-free and controversy-free.” There was hectic activity in the PCC during the day with the leadership finalising the names of candidates for the 75 constituencies, from where the Congress has decided to contest in the …

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Didi hits road from home stretch

Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday held a rally from Mominpur to Khidderpore stretching about  3 km, including her own constituency at Bhowanipore to seek votes for 2016 Assembly polls. The rally, led by Miss Banerjee  has passed through ward 77 , which falls under her own constituency Bhwanipore and the rest falls under Firhad Hakim’s constituencyRs …

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Deputy election commissioner to meet DMs, SPs

Deputy election commissioner Sandeep Saxena, who is in charge of West Bengal, will hold a video conference with district magistrates and superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts on Sunday. The conference will be held a day before the Election Commission’s full bench arrives in the city. Saxena arrived …

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140,902 non-bailable warrants executed in Bengal: EC

As many as 140,902 non-bailable warrants (NBW) have been executed since December in West Bengal, an Election Commission official said here on Saturday “As many as 140,902 NBWs have been executed from December 1 last year. As many as 46,000 NBWs execution is left. The execution rate has improved,” additional …

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Tripura troopers for Bengal Assembly polls

Around 600 troopers of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) would be deployed in West Bengal and Assam to facilitate peaceful assembly elections in the two states, an official said here on Saturday. “The TSR troopers would provide security cover first during the assembly polls in Assam. From Assam, they would move …

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TMC promises mobile health units, winter clothing for students

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Friday promised mobile health units in the hills, forests and mining zones, setting up of a Sanskrit Board, winter clothing for students, and construction of more madrasas in its manifesto for the upcoming state assembly polls. The 146-page document, released by Chief Minister and …

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Toongate professor to contest polls

In its bid to take on West Bengal’s “oppressive” Trinamool Congress, rights group Aakranta Aamraa on Saturday announced Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, who was arrested for circulating emails mocking Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, will contest the coming Assembly polls.  The forum comprising “victims of human rights violations under the …

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Water crisis hits NTPC Farakka plant

Water crisis at the 2,100 MW NTPC thermal power plant at Farraka has forced the state-run power generator to curtail generation to just 500 MW.  “Only one unit of 500 MW is operational out of three 500 MW units and three 200 MW units,” NTPC officials said.  “The water level …

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