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Centre, Bengal spar over food grain allotment utilisation


July 11th, 2012 - 12:37 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) Accusing the West Bengal government with under-utilising food grain allotment for backward districts, union Food minister K.V. Thomas Tuesday said the state used just 12.7 percent ... Read more...

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Kolkata Slum dwellers’ eviction a crime: Binayak Sen


April 29th, 2012 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Describing the eviction of people from slums in Nonadanga in the eastern part of the city as a "tragedy and great crime", human rights activist Binayak ... Read more...

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Land acquisition hampering embankment building in Sunderbans


February 29th, 2012 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 29 (IANS) The building of embankments in the Sunderbans areas devastated by the 2009 cyclone Aila has been hampered due to land acquisition problems, a West Bengal ... Read more...

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Mamata announces sops for Sunderbans


January 31st, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
Gosaba (West Bengal), Jan 31 (IANS) Announcing various sops for the development of the Sunderbans area of South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday criticised ... Read more...

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Daler Mehendi’s next a Haryanvi song (With Image )


January 8th, 2012 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi, known for hit numbers like "Bolo Tara Rara" and "Tunak Tunak", has sung a Haryanvi number for Rakesh Mehta's directorial debut ... Read more...

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Pilgrims not to pay tax at fair: Mamata


October 20th, 2011 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) The West Bengal government has decided to abolish pilgrim tax levied on devotees who assemble at the annual Ganga Sagar Mela, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ... Read more...

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Bengal gets its first e-collectorate


October 19th, 2011 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS
Barasat (West Bengal), Oct 19 (IANS) In a step towards promoting e-governance, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday inaugurated the state's first e-collectorate in North 24 Parganas district.Soon ... Read more...

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Bengal to acquire land for building river embankments


June 4th, 2011 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 4 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said land will be acquired under a special project for building embankments along rivers in Sunderbans areas devestated ... Read more...

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Battered but still balloting, Sundarbans shows way


April 28th, 2011 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS
Gosaba (West Bengal), April 28 (IANS) They say their lives are as hollow as the promises of politicians. But, walking on treacherous terrain or ferried by boat, as many as ... Read more...

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A dancing Farooq Abdullah on Facebook video


April 23rd, 2011 - 10:04 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) A wide grin on his face, clapping and throwing his hands in the air and moving his thickset figure to a hit Kashmiri folk ... Read more...

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H-1B workers with pending extension pleas can stay: US court


April 15th, 2011 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 15 (IANS) A US court has ruled that workers in the US on H-1B visas, which are coveted by Indian IT professionals, may not be arrested for "overstaying" ... Read more...

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West Bengal seeks fund for Sundarbans


February 18th, 2011 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government has sought funds for the development and restructuring of the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, from the World Bank, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee ... Read more...

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Energy Awareness Yatra, East starts Jan 12


January 7th, 2011 - 2:00 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Jan 7 (IANS) In a bid to raise awareness for an orange revolution, Vivekananda Vijnana Mission and West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation Limited (WBGEDCL) will organise the 15-day Energy Awareness ... Read more...

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New York varsity honours India’s `Hugging Saint’Mata Amritanandmayi


May 26th, 2010 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI
New York, May 26 (ANI): The State University of New York (SUNY) has conferred Hindu leader Mata Amritanandamayi with an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters.The honour was bestowed on her at ... Read more...

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Children of Sunderbans still bear scars of Aila havoc


May 25th, 2010 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS
Gosaba (West Bengal), May 25 (IANS) Archia Khatun, 16, does not know Kusum, a year younger to her. Nor has she heard about 10-year-old Asma. The three have never met but they ... Read more...

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Left Front calls 12-hour shutdown in Sundarbans


May 23rd, 2010 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Left Front Saturday called a 12-hour shutdown in the Sundarbans area Tuesday to protest against the central government not releasing the promised funds for reconstruction ... Read more...

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Next Indian Ocean cyclone to be called Bandu


May 20th, 2010 - 3:28 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) It might not be known when the next cyclone will hit the northern Indian Ocean, but what is already known is its name - Bandu, an official ... Read more...

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West Bengal issues alert on cyclone Laila


May 19th, 2010 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) Seven coastal districts in West Bengal were put on alert Wednesday and fishermen asked to return to the land to prevent any possible damage by cyclone Laila, which ... Read more...

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In Sundarbans, weak embankments a major concern this monsoon


April 12th, 2010 - 10:36 am ICT by IANS
By Soudhriti Bhabani Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) The memories of last year's cyclone Aila are still fresh in the minds of thousands of people living on the Sundarbans islands. Fear of another catastrophe ... Read more...

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Uttar Pradesh artist prepares 60-foot New Year card


December 31st, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
Allahabad, Dec 31 (IANS) An Uttar Pradesh artist has prepared a 60-foot-long greeting card to welcome the new year and bid farewell to 2009. Titled Memories 2009: Lost and Found, the ... Read more...

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Climate change threatens to push more Bangladeshis into India


November 29th, 2009 - 12:15 pm ICT by IANS
By Sahil Makkar Dhaka, Nov 29 (IANS) Many people from coastal areas of Bangladesh forced out of their homes by the effects of climate change have started migrating towards already over-populated and infrastructure-crippled ... Read more...

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Highlight Sundarbans in Copenhagen talks: Bengal government


November 19th, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 19 (IANS) The West Bengal government has written a letter to the centre asking the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to highlight the Sundarbans issue in the Copenhagen ... Read more...

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Next cyclone to hit northen Indian Ocean will be Ward


November 11th, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) You might not know when the next cyclone will hit northern Indian Ocean, but you can be sure it will be called Ward and after that it ... Read more...

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Government to build 200 houses for Cyclone Aila victims (Lead)


October 22nd, 2009 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) The government has given the nod for the construction of 200 cyclone shelters for the victims of Cyclone Aila in West Bengal. On Aug 20 Railway Minister ... Read more...

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Government to build 200 houses for Cyclone Aila victims


October 22nd, 2009 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) The government has given the nod for the construction of 200 cyclone shelters for the victims of Cyclone Aila in West Bengal. In a letter to Prime ... Read more...

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West Bengal revels in Durga Puja


September 25th, 2009 - 5:46 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 25 (IANS) Leaving behind the dark shadow cast by the global economic meltdown, the destruction caused by cyclone Aila and the swine flu epidemic, West Bengal was in top celebratory ... Read more...

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Teenager married off to 75-year-old Bangladesh moneylender


September 13th, 2009 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Sep 13 (IANS) Unable to repay a loan taken after cyclone Aila hit his village, a man has been 'coerced' into marrying off his 13-year-old daughter to a 75-year-old moneylender in ... Read more...

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Recession casts shadow on Durga Puja preparations


September 9th, 2009 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS
By Aparajita Gupta Kolkata, Sep 9 (IANS) Be it the artisans of Kumortuli who churn out hundreds of idols at this time of the year or the numerous organisers of community Durga Puja ... Read more...

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Cyclone Aila hit India’s normal monsoon pattern


September 8th, 2009 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 8 (IANS) With the monsoon set to withdraw in north-west India in mid-September, a draft report by the agriculture ministry has said the Aila cyclone that hit West Bengal ... Read more...

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School comes in a little box in cyclone-hit Sunderbans


July 31st, 2009 - 12:42 pm ICT by IANS
By Soudhriti Bhabani Kultali (West Bengal), July 31 (IANS) Radharani Sardar, a Class 4 student, can never forget that May evening when she saw cyclone Aila batter her home here in the Sunderban ... Read more...

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Waterborne diseases rise in West Bengal


July 18th, 2009 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI
Kolkata, July 18 (ANI): Residents of several districts in West Bengal, after having endured the aftermath of cyclone Aila in May, now grapple with an outbreak of diarrhoeaWaterborne diseases are spreading amongst ... Read more...

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Work productivity can lessen by 30 percent in Delhi: Climate report


July 15th, 2009 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Among all other adverse effects that climate change can and has been bringing about is lessening work productivity, according to an Oxfam report which says the productivity ... Read more...

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Experts urge government to address Sundarbans humanitarian crisis


July 15th, 2009 - 6:40 pm ICT by ANI
Kolkata, July 15 (ANI):In view of the massive humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of cyclone Aila in the Sunderbans, experts from the field of oceanography and social science, representatives from a local ... Read more...

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Centre grants Rs 478.27 to rehabilitate Cyclone Aila victims in West Bengal


July 7th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Centre has approved a package of 478.27 crore rupees from the National Calamity Contingency Fund for rehabilitation of Aila cyclone victims in West Bengal.Referring to ... Read more...

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Bengal gains from Mamata-Pranab duet


July 6th, 2009 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 6 (IANS) After being showered with goodies in the railway budget, West Bengal Monday got its share of booty from the union budget in terms of grants for the ... Read more...

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