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Buddhadeb slams centre, West Bengal government


August 26th, 2012 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 26 (IANS) Former West Bengal chief minister and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sunday blamed the policies of the central government for poverty, unemployment ... Read more...

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Mamata sees peace in Maoist area, warns guerrillas (West Bengal Newsletter)


August 11th, 2012 - 12:46 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 11 (IANS) In another of her frequent district tours, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Maoist-affected Belpahari area promising to usher in all-round development.Thursday's trip to ... Read more...

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Inter-party clashes on in West Bengal: Chidambaram (Lead)


July 6th, 2012 - 12:07 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 5 (IANS) In a virtual snub to the Mamata Banerjee government, union Home Minister P. Chidambaram Thursday noted that inter-party clashes were continuing in West Bengal, adding ... Read more...

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Trinamool wins both seats in Bengal assembly by-polls


June 15th, 2012 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 15 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) Friday retained the Daspur and Bankura assembly seats where by-polls were held Tuesday.However, the Trinamool's winning margin has come down ... Read more...

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Bengal heat toll rises to 45 (Lead)


June 6th, 2012 - 10:04 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 6 (IANS) At least 15 more people died from the prevailing oppressive heat in Kolkata and the districts, taking the toll in the blistering summer heat across ... Read more...

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Despite poverty, disability, these Bengal students shine


June 2nd, 2012 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 2 (IANS) They faced poverty and physical disability but that could not deter these bravehearts from scoring well in this year's Madhyamik examinations of the West Bengal ... Read more...

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Trinamool celebrates poll victory anniversary


May 13th, 2012 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) With Rabindra Sangeet and other age-old popular Bengali songs playing in the background, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday led a huge, colourful procession ... Read more...

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Left Front announces candidates for Bengal by-polls


April 30th, 2012 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) The Left Front announced Monday its candidates for the Daspur and Bankura assembly seats in West Bengal where by-elections are scheduled on June 12.While Samar Mukherjee ... Read more...

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By-polls in two Bengal assembly constituencies June 12


April 25th, 2012 - 12:06 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) By-elections in two West Bengal Assembly constituencies - Daspur and Bankura - will be held June 12, the Election Commission announced Tuesday.Both the Assembly constituencies ... Read more...

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Bengal aims at 60 days work under rural jobs scheme


April 24th, 2012 - 10:57 pm ICT by IANS
Lalgarh (West Bengal), April 24 (IANS) West Bengal aims to give 60 days of work to each household under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in ... Read more...

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My government opposed to shutdowns and strikes: Banerjee


March 22nd, 2012 - 11:41 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) Reterating that her government was opposed to the "politics of shutdowns", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said such "disruptive movements" have adversely affected ... Read more...

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Top woman Maoist Suchitra Mahato headed lethal rebel squad


March 10th, 2012 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 9 (IANS) Top woman Maoist squad leader Suchitra Mahato, who surrendered Friday, is capable of handling all sophisticate firearms including Anton Kalashnikovs and INSAS assault rifles ... Read more...

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Another rape in Bengal, victim deaf and mute


February 29th, 2012 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS
Bankura (West Bengal), Feb 29 (IANS) In another incident of rape in West Bengal, a physically challenged woman was allegedly raped by a junior doctor in a government hospital ... Read more...

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Maoist killed in Junglemahal


February 5th, 2012 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS
West Midnapore, (West Bengal) Feb 5 (IANS) A Maoist involved in several acts of violence was killed in a gun battle with security forces here Sunday, police said.Judhisthir Mahato, alias ... Read more...

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19 infants die in two Bengal hospitals


February 3rd, 2012 - 10:41 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 3 (IANS) Highlighting the poor state of health services in West Bengal, 19 infants have died in two district government hospitals in the past two days, a ... Read more...

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Panchayat system to be boosted in Maoist-affected districts: Ramesh


January 26th, 2012 - 12:53 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Jan 25 (IANS) With a view to accelerate rural development in left-wing extremism affected districts of West Bengal, union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday said the government would ... Read more...

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Partial response in Junglemahal on Maoist shutdown’s day 2


November 27th, 2011 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 27 (IANS) Day two of the 48-hour shutdown called by the Maoists in protest against the killing of rebel leader Kishenji evoked a lukeworm response in the ultra-hit ... Read more...

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Kishanji: The media-savvy cold-blooded rebel (Profile)


November 25th, 2011 - 12:40 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 24 (IANS) Tall and slim, the AK-47 assault rifle wielding Mallojula Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji was the field general and media savvy leader of the banned Maoists. He ... Read more...

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Coices of dictatorship in Mamata regime: Rights group


November 23rd, 2011 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) Civil rights group Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) Wednesday launched a stinging attack on West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government alleging that democracy was ... Read more...

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Manhunt for Kishenji in Junglemahal, five arrested


November 23rd, 2011 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) Five Maoists were arrested by the joint security forces after they launched a massive manhunt for top Maoist leader Kishenji suspected to be hiding in ... Read more...

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Development must to fight Maoists: Jairam Ramesh


November 19th, 2011 - 8:19 pm ICT by IANS
West Midnapore (West Bengal), Nov 19 (IANS) Citing non-development as the main reason why Maoists are flourishing, union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Saturday said the government needed to focus ... Read more...

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One injured in Maoist firing in Bengal


November 7th, 2011 - 1:21 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 6 (IANS) An activist of an anti-Maoist forum promoted by the Trinamool Congress was injured in firing by suspected left wing extremists in West Bengal's West Midnapore district ... Read more...

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Mamata hints at unleashing joint forces against Maoists


November 4th, 2011 - 1:55 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 4 (IANS) After a Trinamool Congress supporter was killed in Purulia, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday hinted at unleashing joint security forces against Maoist guerrillas.Banerjee ... Read more...

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Maoists demand Mamata’s written commitment on talks


October 29th, 2011 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) Accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of being unwilling for talks, the Maoists have demanded a written commitment from the government on peace initiatives."Going ... Read more...

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Junglemahal peacful, shutdown call partial


October 22nd, 2011 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 22 (IANS) There was only partial response to the daylong shutdown called by the rebels Saturday in West Bengal's Junglemahal, the Maoist-dominated areas, to protest alleged atrocities ... Read more...

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Maoists call Junglemahal shutdown Oct 22


October 19th, 2011 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) Maoist guerillas have called a 24-hour shutdown in West Bengal's Junglemahal region on Saturday to protest against alleged atrocities of the joint security forces and ... Read more...

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Bengal Left leader questions Mamata’s policies


October 19th, 2011 - 10:47 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) West Bengal's Leader of Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra Wednesday criticised the functioning of the Mamata Banerjee government, accusing it of displaying "political narrow-mindedness" in its ... Read more...

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Talks with Maoists to continue: Bengal interlocutors


October 18th, 2011 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) The team of interlocutors engaged by the West Bengal government to facilitate talks with the Maoists met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday and later said ... Read more...

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Seven special police men suspended in West Bengal


October 14th, 2011 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 14 (IANS) Seven India Reserve Battalion personnel, who had gone on an indefinite fast last month in camps in various parts of West Bengal against "marathon postings" ... Read more...

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Mamata should withdraw joint forces: Mahasweta Devi


October 8th, 2011 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 8 (IANS) Magsaysay Award winning writer Mahasweta Devi Saturday demanded that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee keep her pre-poll promise of withdrawing joint forces from Maoist-hit ... Read more...

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Stop operation, we will hold arms for a month: Maoists


October 4th, 2011 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 4 (IANS) The Maoists Tuesday announced they were prepared to hold arms for a month if the West Bengal government halted the joint security forces' operation to ... Read more...

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Buddhadeb attacks Mamata for unreal job promises


September 15th, 2011 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 15 (IANS) Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's promise of creating 10 lakh jobs in five years, her predecessor and communist leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Thursday criticised ... Read more...

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Bihar has most child marriages: Unicef


September 9th, 2011 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sept 9 (IANS) India's eastern state of Bihar tops the child marriage chart with a staggering 68.9 percent of the marriages in the state involving girls below the marriageable ... Read more...

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Bengal women’s commission head seeks force withdrawal from Junglemahal


August 21st, 2011 - 3:47 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 21 (IANS) West Bengal's new Women's Commission chief says that joint forces should be withdrawn from the Maoist-dominated Junglemahal to save tribal women from atrocities and restore ... Read more...

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Bengal flood toll 14


August 13th, 2011 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) The toll in the Bengal floods triggered by heavy rains has risen to 14, with more than 1.4 million people affected, officials said Saturday."Seventy one blocks ... Read more...

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