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Heat kills 30 in Bengal, officials swing into action


June 5th, 2012 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) Amid reports of over 30 deaths, apparently due to an intense heat wave in southern West Bengal, the state administration has started taking precautionary measures."We ... Read more...

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Bengal to set up rescue centres for stray jumbos


March 27th, 2012 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) In a bid to reduce man-elephant conflict and rehabilitate jumbos driven away from the herd, the West Bengal government is planning to set up two 'Elephant ... Read more...

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Trinamool government pursuing undemocratic policies: CPI-M


February 11th, 2012 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 11 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday accused the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal of pursuing "undemocratic and anti-people" policies after it ... Read more...

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BSF trooper dies three days after Bangladeshis’ attack


February 7th, 2012 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 7 (IANS) A Border Security Force (BSF) head constable, injured in an attack by a gang of Bangladeshi cattle smugglers at a border outpost in West Bengal's North ... Read more...

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BSF suspends eight troopers for filming assault (Lead)


January 18th, 2012 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS
Murshidabad (West Bengal), Jan 18 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) Wednesday suspended its eight troopers after a video clip allegedly showed its men thrashing a suspected cow smuggler near ... Read more...

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BSF to probe video of troopers beating man


January 18th, 2012 - 9:54 pm ICT by IANS
Murshidabad (West Bengal), Jan 18 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) Wednesday said it will investigate a video clip allegedly showing its men thrashing a suspected cow smuggler near the ... Read more...

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Kolkata roads still waterlogged


June 18th, 2011 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) City dwellers had a harrowing time Saturday as several parts of Kolkata remained waterlogged following heavy rainfall since Thursday night in the city and other southern ... Read more...

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Over 85 percent turnout in Bengal’s peaceful phase two polling (Intro Roundup)


April 23rd, 2011 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) High on enthusiasm, West Bengal recorded above 85 percent turnout as the second phase of balloting for the high-voltage state assembly polls passed off peacefully ... Read more...

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Over 80 percent turnout in phase two of Bengal polls (Roundup)


April 23rd, 2011 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) The second phase of West Bengal's electoral battle passed off peacefully Saturday with around 83 percent of electors voting in 50 constituencies across three ... Read more...

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Polling brisk and peaceful in Bengal (Fourth Lead)


April 23rd, 2011 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) Around 65 percent of votes were cast in a brisk and peaceful polling in 50 constituencies across three districts in the second phase of ... Read more...

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Congress rebels worry Trinamool in Murshidabad


April 22nd, 2011 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
Murshidabad (West Bengal), April 22 (IANS) Rebel candidates backed by a senior Congressman in this West Bengal border district have become a major worry for the Trinamaool Congress, causing ... Read more...

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Buddhadeb criss-crosses his constituency


April 10th, 2011 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Amid opposition Trinamool Congress' claims of having confined him to his constituency, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sunday held fort in his Jadavpore ... Read more...

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Election Commission to deploy police observers for West Bengal polls


March 28th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI
Kolkata, Mar 28 (ANI): The Election Commission (EC) has decided to deploy police observers to monitor law and order during Assembly polls in West Bengal.Two police observers will be deployed in ... Read more...

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Bengal cold storages threaten to shut down


February 22nd, 2011 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) Demanding an increase in rent due to escalating electricity and fuel bills, the West Bengal Cold Storage Association (WBCSA) Tuesday threatened to stop operations in 470 cold storages ... Read more...

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Trains to soon connect Cooch Behar, Jaipur: Mamata


January 29th, 2011 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
Cooch Behar (West Bengal), Jan 29 (IANS) Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said a new train connecting Cooch Behar and Jaipur in Rajasthan will be announced shortly to honour Gayatri Devi, ... Read more...

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Poll panel team discusses security with Bengal district officials (Lead)


January 17th, 2011 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) A high-level Election Commission team, now touring West Bengal to assess the law and order situation, Monday held a video-conference with the police superintendents and district magistrates of ... Read more...

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Poll panel team confers with Bengal district officials


January 17th, 2011 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) A high-level Election Commission team, now touring West Bengal to assess the law and order situation, Monday held a video-conference with the police superintendents and district magistrates of ... Read more...

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Security beefed for Durga Puja festival in West Bengal


October 13th, 2010 - 7:26 pm ICT by ANI
By Ajitha Menon/ Tarak SarkarKolkata/Siliguri, Oct.13 (ANI): Security has tightened on three different fronts in Kolkata for the Durga Puja festival."Our overall scheme for Puja (Durga Puja festival) policing is broadly ... Read more...

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Kolkata beefs up security for Durga Puja


October 12th, 2010 - 10:08 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 12 (IANS) Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the five-day Durga Puja festivities beginning Wednesday, police said here Tuesday."Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers to prevent any ... Read more...

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Declare West Bengal drought a national calamity: CPI-M


September 12th, 2010 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 12 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Sunday demanded the central government declare the drought in West Bengal a national calamity and provide subsidies for writing off crop loans ... Read more...

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Deficit rainfall in east hits rice cultivation: IMD


August 27th, 2010 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Northeastern and east India have received deficient rainfall this monsoon, which has adversely affected rice cultivation and other agricultural operations, the weather office said Friday. "Despite satisfactory ... Read more...

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West Bengal hastens to save paddy in drought-hit areas


August 21st, 2010 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS
Burdwan (West Bengal), Aug 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Saturday said every measure will be taken soon to save paddy in five drought-hit districts in south Bengal. "Because of drought, ... Read more...

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Mamata Banerjee announces candidates for all 141 KMC seats


May 2nd, 2010 - 11:24 pm ICT by ANI
Kolkata, May 2 (ANI): Ahead of the civic polls in West Bengal, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday announced candidates for all 141 seats in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections ... Read more...

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Heat wave, power cuts make life tough in West Bengal


April 11th, 2010 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 11 (IANS) Sweltering heat and frequent power cuts have hit normal life in West Bengal, with the state power authorities urging people not to use air conditioners in the evening. ... Read more...

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Maoists kill school teacher in West Bengal


December 1st, 2009 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Dec 1 (IANS) The body of a school teacher, suspected to have been killed by Maoist guerrillas, was found in West Bengal's trouble-hit West Midnapore district Tuesday, police said. Local people found ... Read more...

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BSF trooper shoots himself in Lalgarh


November 10th, 2009 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 10 (IANS) A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper, who was deployed in West Bengal's violence-hit Lalgarh region, committed suicide Tuesday, a senior BSF official said. "A jawan committed suicide by shooting ... Read more...

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First ever women contingent of BSF deployed on Indo-Bangladesh border


October 23rd, 2009 - 8:18 pm ICT by ANI
Haridaspur BOP (West Bengal), Oct 23 (ANI): The first ever women contingent of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been deployed along the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.These women BSF constables are ... Read more...

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Strong earthquake rocks India’s northeast, Bhutan (Second Lead)


September 21st, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS
Guwahati/Kolkata/Thimpu, Sep 21 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Assam, other north-eastern states of India, West Bengal and neighbouring Bhutan Monday afternoon causing damage to various ... Read more...

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Mild quake in West Bengal


September 21st, 2009 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) A low magnitude earthquake was felt in parts of West Bengal, including state capital Kolkata, Monday afternoon, the weatherman said. "We've received reports of mild tremors from different parts ... Read more...

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Trinamool-Congress beat Left Front in West Bengal’s civic polls (Lead)


July 1st, 2009 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 1 (IANS) The Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance in West Bengal continued its victory march and crushed the ruling Left Front (LF) in the urban civic body polls Wednesday. Out of the 16 ... Read more...

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Left Front crumbles in West Bengal’s civic polls


July 1st, 2009 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 1 (IANS) Continuing their electoral success, West Bengal's opposition parties Trinamool Congress and Congress Wednesday crushed the ruling Left Front (LF) in the urban civic body polls, winning 10 of ... Read more...

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Buddhadeb visits cyclone-hit areas, faces protests


May 31st, 2009 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS
Basanti (West Bengal), May 31 (IANS) Visiting the cyclone-affected South 24 Parganas district Sunday, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had to face protests from angry villagers who alleged that relief remained ... Read more...

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Buddhadeb visits cyclone relief camps


May 26th, 2009 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI
Kolkata, May 26 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday visited cyclone relief camps in Nimpith in South 24 Parganas, the area worst hit by `Cyclone Alia'.Bhattacharjee talked to ... Read more...

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Cyclone Aila’ claims 35 lives in West Bengal, Kolkata limps back to normal


May 26th, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI
By Ajitha MenonKolkata, May 26 (ANI): West Bengal capital Kolkata is limping back to normal a day after `Cyclone Aila' brushed past it at a distance of 50 km.The size of ... Read more...

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Twelve killed as cyclone hits West Bengal, army called (Lead)


May 25th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkta, May 25 (IANS) Twelve people were killed Monday and the Indian Army was asked to start rescue operations in the coastal South 24 Parganas district where extensive damage was feared as ... Read more...

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