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New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) The Supreme Court today allowed the Centre to withdraw the remaining four companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) from West Bengal’s violence hit Darjeeling area after March 8. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to uniform nomenclature of five security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs. They are the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

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Kolkata, Feb 5 (PTI) Students appearing for the ICSE and ISC examinations will not be allowed to wear smart and digital watches to exam halls from this year.

The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has recently sent a circular to this effect to the principals of affiliated schools, Nabarun Dey, the general secretary of the Bengal chapter of the Association of Heads of ICSE Schools, told PTI today.

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Shimla, Feb 3 (PTI) Two brothers were arrested today for allegedly killing two Nepalese in Shoghi, 13 Km from here, police said.

The police have also Rs 2.38 lakh in cash allegedly looted by the two accused from victims as Navin (32), a resident of Ponta Sahib, and Chandra Prakash (19), resident of Renuka, whose bodies were recovered from a ditch, they said.

The deceased were brothers-in-law and worked as driver and conductor of a tempo which has also been recovered.

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Shimla, Feb 2 (PTI) Two Nepalese were beaten to death by unidentified assailants and bodies dumped into a ditch at Sheel village in Shoghi, 13 Km from here, police said today.

Navin (32), a resident of Ponta Sahib, and Chandra Prakash (19), a resident of Renuka, succumbed to death due to multiple head injuries and their blood-soaked bodies were recovered from the ditch after some locals informed the police, they said.

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Kolkata, Feb 2 (PTI) Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri today picked the U-19 cricket team as favourites to win the World Cup final against Australia tomorrow.

“I watched them play against Pakistan. They are really good and deserve to be favourites going into the final. I wish them all the best,” the Bengaluru FC captain told reporters on the eve of his side’s Indian Super League fixture against ATK.

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Kolkata, Feb 2 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called the state’s Congress leaders “pygmies” and reminded them that without the Trinamool Congress, the party cannot function in Delhi.

She also accused the Congress of hobnobbing with the CPI-M to oppose her government.

“The Congress and the CPI-M are one. They are made for each other. It is nothing new. I know how it had extended support to CPI-M,” she told the assembly while replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address to the house.

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Mumbai, Feb 2 (PTI) Benchmark Sensex plummeted 840 points on Friday — its biggest single-day fall in two-and-a-half years — while the NSE Nifty ended below the 10,800-mark as the post-Budget sell-off continued for the second straight day.

The Budget 2018-19 presented on Thursday imposed long- term capital gains tax of 10 per cent on equities.

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Gangtok, Feb 1 (PTI) Sporadic rainfall lashed various parts of Sikkim in the past 24 hours even as chilly weather condition prevailed in the state today.

Sporadic rainfall has occurred in various parts of Sikkim in past 24 hours, Meteorological Centre here said in a bulletin.

Though the sun shone brightly during the day, icy winds blowing from snow-capped higher altitude areas of the Himalayan state neutralised hope for improvement in chilly weather condition.

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Gangtok, Jan 30 (PTI) Icy cold weather persisted today in Sikkim with rainfall and snowfall occurring in isolated areas of the state.

Moderate rainfall in isolated places and snowfall in higher altitude areas occurred in the past 24 hours, the Meteorological Centre said in a bulletin today.

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Kolkata, Jan 29 (PTI) Over 76 per cent of the electorate in West Bengal’s Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency and 75.3 per cent in the Noapara Assembly seat voted in today’s bypolls, where the ruling TMC is locked in a high voltage battle with the BJP and the CPI-M.

The polling was peaceful, an election official said.

“Till the end of polling at 5 pm Uluberia Lok Sabha recorded 76.7 per cent polling whereas Noapara recorded 75.3 per cent. The polling was completely peaceful,” the senior official said.

The poll figure might go up as people were still standing outside a few booths to cast their vote, officials said.

The seats are likely to witness a direct contest between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP, while the CPI(M) is trying hard to hold its ground in its erstwhile bastions.

The results of the by-elections will be announced on February 1.

The elections were necessitated by the death of Sultan Ahmed, the sitting TMC MP from Uluberia, and of Madhusudan Ghose, Congress MLA from the Noapara Assembly seat.

The TMC, which has held the Uluberia seat since 2009, has fielded Sultan Ahmed’s widow, Sajda, from the constituency.

The CPI(M)-led Left Front nominated Sabiruddin Molla, the Congress fielded S K Madassar Hossain Warsi and the BJP, its district committee leader, Anupam Mallik.

Five independent candidates are also in the fray for the Lok Sabha seat.

In Noapara, the TMC has fielded Sunil Singh, the CPI(M), Gargi Chatterjee and the Congress, Goutam Bose. Sandip Banerjee of the BJP is also in the fray.

The Uluberia Lok Sabha seat has 15,77,396 voters and the Noapara Assembly seat, 2,46,522 voters.

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Kolkata, Jan 27 (PTI) Questioning the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the attack on school bus by ‘Padmaavat’ protesters, senior Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee today said the freedom of speech is under threat under the BJP rule.

Protesters allegedly belonging to fringe Rajput group Karni Sena pelted stones at a school bus carrying children shattering its windows. However, no injury was reported on the January 24 incident at Gurugram.

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Kolkata, Jan 27 (PTI) The West Bengal government has decided to advance the state budget for the financial year 2018-19 to January 31, parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said today.

On Friday, Chatterjee had said the state budget will be presented on February 1.

Chatterjee, however, didn’t cite any reason for the change in date.

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Gangtok, Jan 26 (PTI) Chilly weather conditions prevailed today in most parts of Sikkim with snow fall continuing in higher altitude areas, met department officials said.

Areas such as Nathula and Changu in East district, and Lachen and Lachung in North district received snowfall for the third consecutive day as a result icy winds were blowing across Sikkim.

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Gangtok, Jan 24 (PTI) Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said the state government would provide a vehicle in each Assembly constituency for bringing fresh organic produces to the market.

The state government’s decision is apparently aimed at mitigating shortage of vegetables and fruits in the market in future, as supply of non-organic produces from outside Sikkim will be banned from April 1, 2018.

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Kolkata, Jan 24 (PTI) The West Bengal CID today arrested a GJM activist for his alleged involvement in an attack on the police during a procession with the body of a youth killed allegedly in police firing in Darjeeling last year, an official said.

Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) activist Dawa Sherpa was arrested from Bagdogra airport area, a senior CID officer told PTI tonight.

“We had information that he was coming to Bagdogra. We laid a trap and nabbed the man who has been named in the case lodged at Sadar police station,” he said.

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Gangtok, Jan 25 (PTI) High altitude areas in Sikkim has received snowfall, a Meteorological Department bulletin said today.

The high altitude areas like Nathula, Changu in East District and Lachung and Lachen in North District received snow yesterday as a result chilly weather condition prevails in most part of the Himalayan state, it said.

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Gangtok, Jan 26 (PTI) Sikkim Governor N. Sriniwas Patil today unfurled the tricolor at Paljor stadium here on the occasion of the country’s 69th Republic Day celebrations and paid homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for India’s freedom.

The Republic Day is an occasion when we remember and pay homage to the great sons and daughters of the country, the governor said.

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New Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) Marching contingents, strategic defence weaponry and colourful tableaux were on display as India celebrated its 69th Republic Day with a grand parade watched by thousands of people along with ten ASEAN leaders who attended the event as chief guests, in a historic first.

Signifying India’s fast growing strategic ties with ASEAN, leaders of all the 10 countries of the powerful bloc attended the parade at the majestic Rajpath which showcased the country’s military might and cultural diversity.

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Kannur (Ker), Jan 19 (PTI) A member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad was today hacked to death by a three-member gang in the district, the police said.

Shyam Prasad, an ITI student, was going to his house at Koothuparamba on his motorcycle when the unidentified gang came in a car and attacked him at Kommeri around 5.30 pm, they said.

The student tried to flee but the gang chased and hacked him with machetes, seriously injuring him.

Though locals rushed him to the government hospital at Koothuparamba, he died on the way, the police said.

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New Delhi, Jan 19 (PTI) As many as 100 websites which persons with disabilities can understand, navigate, and interact with easily were launched here today by the Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

The portals were launched as part of the ‘Website Accessibility Project’ initiated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Social Justice Ministry.

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Kharagpur(WB), Jan 17 (PTI) At least seven persons were killed and 22 others injured when a bus they were travelling fell into a roadside ditch in West Midnapore district today, police said.

One 11-year-old boy, two women and four men died at the spot following the mishap at around 3.15 pm when the bus, travelling from Mohanpur to Sabang, fell into a roadside ditch at Satki on NH 60, West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria told PTI.

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