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Abuse slur on NBU professor

Students and research scholars at the Bengali department of North Bengal University lodged a complaint with vice-chancellor Somnath Ghosh yesterday, alleging that Utpal Mondal, head of the Bengali department, often misbehaved with them and used foul language. Posters with the allegations against Mondal were seen on the campus this morning. …

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Facebook helps tea garden woman’s rescue

A picture of Chunnu that had been shared on Facebook     22-year-old missing from Dooars traced to East Midnapore after three weeks From China to Canada, Delhi to Darjeeling, a motley group of people networked across continents to unite a 22-year-old woman with her family almost three weeks after …

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Travel mart to woo tourists

The Bengal Travel Mart 2016 was inaugurated at Mainak Tourist Lodge Complex here this evening. The three-day event that would attempt to showcase the state as a destination for domestic and international tourists is being organised by the state tourism department and north Bengal development department in association with Eastern …

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Bidders none for Tindharia repairs

Lack of contractors as cost and time are fixed for road project: PWD officials Repairs on the NH55 at Tindharia, where a 2010 landslide has made a key road to the hills defunct, have not taken off for lack of bidders to the tenders floated by the state government. PWD …

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Two welfare teams from government

Minister Arup Biswas today said the Bengal government had decided to form two separate task forces for the welfare of adivasis and Gorkhas in the Dooars and Terai. “The state cabinet on February 17 took a decision to form two separate task forces for the development of adivasis and Gorkhas …

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NBMCH to get private agencies for tests

The North Bengal Medical College and Hospital will hire private agencies to conduct diagnostic tests to reduce pressure at the central pathological laboratory that is facing shortage of technicians. Hospital superintendent Nirmal Bera said the agencies were likely to be engaged within a month. “The NBMCH has a central lab …

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Shut gardens miss out on dole

Residents of closed and ailing tea estates have to pay Rs 2 per kg for rice and wheat though the state government claimed that each one in the plantations would be given the food grains at 40 paise per kg under the National Food Security Act. The residents of open …

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Calcutta youth found dead in Darjeeling

A youth from Calcutta was found dead with an injury to the forehead in an isolated forest stretch at Batasia Loop near Darjeeling this morning. The body of Subhajit Bhattacharya, 31, was found first by grass cutters around 1km from NH55 in Municipal Gaon. Subhajit, a resident of Baguiati near …

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Death in halting train, protest rolls

15 trains cancelled as tracks stay blocked An ailing worker from Bihar travelling from Guwahati died as the Kanchenjungha Express halted repeatedly in north Bengal because of a rail blockade by the Greater Cooch Behar Peoples’ Association that has shown no sign of ending on the second day. Fifteen trains …

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Kamduni incident: Women feted for fight to get justice

Paying no heed to the Oppositions, Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) mayor Asok Bhattacharya on Saturday felicitated Mousumi Koyal and Tumpa Koyal, who came to fore after relentless fight demanding justice in the Kamduni rape incident.   Apart from Mousumi and Tumpa, the SMC also felicitated  Prof. Ambikesh Mahapatra, coordinator of …

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Too many unions spoil TMC tea broth

Trinamul tea union leaders in the Dooars have expressed worry over the presence of multiple unions of the party in some gardens that could hamper campaigning in a region where Mamata Banerjee’s party has not been able to make much headway in the face of a united opposition. The Trinamul …

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Hakim fires salvo at Asok

Municipal affairs and urban development minister Firhad Hakim has taken a dig at mayor Asok Bhattacharya for the decision to felicitate the two Kamduni women and asked him to focus on delivering civic services. The Siliguri Municipal Corporation is scheduled to felicitate Mousumi and Tumpa Kayal from Kamduni here tomorrow. …

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Car rally for travel mart

A three-day car rally will be organised during the Bengal Travel Mart later this month. The mart will be conducted by state tourism department here to promote Bengal as an ideal site for adventure sports and tourism. According to the organisers, the event will commence on February 27 and end …

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