JUST IN: Playing of national anthem in cinema halls no longer mandatory – Supreme Court

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI) Reversing its order, the Supreme Court today held that playing of national anthem in cinema halls before screening of films is no longer mandatory and left it to a government panel to frame guidelines on this sensitive matter. The apex court said that playing of national anthem in cinema halls before screening of movies would now be optional and in that case the audience will... Read More

30 elephants killed by trains in WB in 5 yrs, no action

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New Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI) As many as 30 elephants have been killed by trains in West Bengal in the last five years till December 15, 2017 and no action has been taken against any railway staff involved in the matter, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain told the Rajya Sabha that while the railways has taken precautions against such accidents, some of... Read More

Cold spell to continue in West Bengal for next few days

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Kolkata, Jan 5 (PTI) The mercury continued its downward spiral in West Bengal today with many places recording below normal minimum temperature. The Met department has said the cold spell will continue for the next few days as the northerly winds sweep the Gangetic plains and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal. Read More

Mamata unveils official emblem of West Bengal government

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Kolkata, Jan 5 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today unveiled the official emblem of the state government, which was recently approved by the Centre. The logo highlights the Ashoka emblem on the top with the theme of "Biswa Bangla" at the centre. Banerjee has also contributed to the design of the emblem. Read More

Mamata attacks BJP for excluding Bengal’s tableau

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Kenduli (WB), Jan 4 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today slammed the BJP-led Central government for allegedly excluding the state's tableau from the Republic Day parade which was based on the theme of unity. Stating that Bengal believes in togetherness of all faith, she alleged that the BJP is dividing the people on the basis of religion. "This year the proposed theme for our Republic Day tableau was unity.... Read More

CPI(M) to strengthen organisation in districts

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Kolkata, Jan 3 (PTI) With an eye on the panchayat polls in West Bengal, the CPI(M) is planning to form a bigger platform of secular and democratic forces to take on the TMC and BJP and bring in more youths at various tiers of leadership. CPI(M) West Bengal secretary, Surya Kanta Mishra while addressing a programme today stressed on the need for strengthening the party organisation in the districts. Read More

Centre has approved West Bengal logo designed by Mamata

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Ahmedpur (WB), Jan 3 (PTI) The Centre has approved a logo designed and conceptualised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the state's symbol. The logo highlighting the "Biswa Bangla" theme with Ashoka Pillars on it was sent to the Centre in May for its approval to allow it as a state symbol. "We have received the approval letter from the Centre. From now onwards we will be able to use... Read More

WB BJP leaders struggle to meet mass outreach target

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By Pradipta Tapadar Kolkata, Dec 25 (PTI) BJP leaders in West Bengal are struggling to meet a mass outreach target set by party chief Amit Shah ahead of the panchayat elections even as the party grapples with infighting and lack of coordination among the state BJP members. A section of the BJP’s central leadership Read More

SDF downplays three ex-ministers joining BJP

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Gangtok, Dec 26 (PTI) The ruling Sikkim Democratic Front led by Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today said three of its former ministers joining the BJP recently will have no bearing on the SDF electorally or otherwise. Three former SDF ministers - RB Subba, KN Upretri and Birbal Limbo and some middle-rung leaders had joined the BJP in the presence of Ram Madhav, the party's national general secretary and North-East... Read More

Sikkim Democratic Front to decide its Rajya Sabha nominee in consultation with MLAs

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Gangtok, Dec 27 (PTI) The ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) will finalise its candidate for the sole Rajya Sabha seat in the state in consultation with its MLAs, a party leader said today. SDF president and Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling will convene a meeting with party MLAs soon to finalise the party's nominee on the lone Rajya Sabha seat going to poll on January 16 next, the party's spokesperson... Read More

Fodder scam: Lalu convicted, taken into custody; Mishra acquitted

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Ranchi, Dec 23 (PTI) In a major setback to the RJD, a special CBI court today convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra. Special judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh... Read More

Philippines storm death toll climbs to 133

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Manila, Dec 23 (AFP) The death toll from a tropical storm in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133 on today, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from a swollen river, police said. Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation's second- largest island of Mindanao since yesterday, triggering flash floods and mudslides. The Philippines is pummelled by 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly. But Mindanao, home... Read More

Patients evacuated as fire breaks out in a Delhi hospital

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New Delhi, Dec 23 (PTI) A major fire today broke out at a hospital in east Delhi's Preet Vihar and 92 patients were evacuated from the building, officials said. Some patients suffered minor injuries in the fire that broke out on the second floor of the Metro Hospital and Cancer Institute, the police said. "The fire broke out on the second floor of the hospital. When I arrived the hospital, I saw... Read More

Bengal to formulate OBC advisory council

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Kolkata, Dec 21 (PTI) After setting up the first Scheduled Caste Advisory Council in the country, the West Bengal government will now formulate the Other Backward Class (OBC) Advisory Council to look into the development of their social, educational, economical and cultural aspects, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today. “We will formulate a council Read More

Sushil Ghaley beats Narang to win men’s 5m rifle prone gold

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 (PTI) Army Marksmanship Unit's Sushil Ghaley beat Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang to clinch the men's 50m Rifle Prone gold at the 61st National Shooting Championship Competitions here today. Ghaley won the gold in a new national finals record score of 249.6. Narang bagged th silver with a score of 246.6 while Rio Olympian Chain Singh won the bronze, logging 225.4. Earlier, Ghaley had come third in the... Read More

Adventure Tourism to be the main attraction of Teesta Rangeet Tourist Fest 2017

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DARJEELING, 20 DECEMBER 2017: Adventure Tourism will be the main attraction of Teesta Rangeet Tourist Fest 2017. Sangay Sherpa of Adventure Tourism while addressing the media said that Adventure Tourism is the main USP (Unique Selling Point) of Darjeeling Hills and hence Adventure Tourism will be the main attraction during this Teesta Rangeet Tourist Fest. He said that different stalls for Adventure Sports will be erected at Chowrasta where... Read More

Most men I’ve worked with are not sexual harassers: Matt Damon

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Los Angeles, Dec 19 (PTI) Actor-producer Matt Damon has said amid the climate of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood people should also talk enough about all the men in the entertainment industry who are not sexual predators. The actor said the "preponderance" of men he has worked with are not predators and he would decide whether to collaborate with people accused of inappropriate behaver on a "case-by-case basis." Read More

UN slams ‘shocking’ killing of disabled Palestinian protester

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Geneva, Dec 19 (AFP) The UN's human rights chief said today he was "truly shocked" by Israeli troops' killing of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian protester in Gaza, and demanded an "independent and impartial investigation". Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old who lost his legs after an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five Palestinians killed on Friday during protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital... Read More

Rohingya refugees to start returning from January: officials

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Dhaka, Dec 19 (AFP) Bangladesh and Myanmar today reaffirmed their commitment to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from January, despite rights groups warning that their safety is still not assured should they return. The foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and Myanmar met in Dhaka to finalise the agreement signed on November 23 for the voluntary return of nearly three-quarters of a million stateless Rohingya living in refugee camps along the border. Read More

BJP MLA questions Virat’s patriotism for marrying in Italy

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Guna (MP), Dec 19 (PTI) A BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh today questioned the patriotism of cricketer Virat Kohli for preferring Italy over India to get married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. While inaugurating a 'Skill India Centre' here, the legislator from from Guna, Panna Lal Shakya, told a gathering: "Virat earned money in India... But he didn't find any place to marry in the country. Is Hindustan untouchable?" Read More

Mamata calls up Hardik Patel, congratulates him

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Kolkata, Dec 19 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called up Patidar leader Hardik Patel and congratulated him for his "tremendous work" in the Gujarat Assembly election, the results of which were announced yesterday. "He (Patel) has done so well (in the Gujarat election) at a young age. I called him up to congratulate him for the feat," she told reporters at the state secretariat here. Read More

Development has won, says Modi on assembly election results

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as trends showed that the BJP was inching towards victory in the two states. "I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned... Read More

Gujarat results raise questions on Modi’s credibility: Rahul

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said the Gujarat election results raise questions on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's credibility and the country is not listening to him. Gujarat had given a message to the BJP and Modi that the anger within them would not work, Gandhi said. One can defeat opponents only with love and brotherhood, he said, a day after the election results were announced. "A big... Read More