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Everything you need to know about 24 Parganas: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Everything you need to know about 24 Parganas: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

One sent to jail for assaulting Bengal scientist, daughter

April 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) A West Bengal court Thursday sent a man to three days' police custody for allegedly assaulting a retired scientist and molesting his daughter.

Thrashed, daughter stripped naked, says retired Bengal scientist

April 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Days after a Jadavpur University professor was beaten for circulating 'defamatory' cartoons of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a retired scientist and his daughter Tuesday alleged they were assaulted and molestated. Police said they were investigating.

Tremors in Kolkata: Metro services halted, buildings develop cracks

April 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Kolkata, April 11 (IANS) People came out of their homes and offices, buildings developed cracks and Metro services were halted Wednesday as twin tremors from the massive earthquake that hit Indonesia were felt in west Bengal, including capital Kolkata.

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Three killed in Bengal

April 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Kolkata, April 11(IANS) A man and his parents were shot dead at their home in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district Wednesday, police said.

Mamata announces sops for Muslims

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Kolkata, April 9 (IANS) With an eye on next year's panchayat polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday announced several sops, including loans and recognition of 10,000 madrassas, for the state's Muslim community.

Parts of Kolkata waterlogged after rains

April 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) Several parts of Kolkata were waterlogged after heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms lashed the city and its outskirts Friday.

Trinamool leader killed in southern Bengal district

March 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) A local Trinamool leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Canning town in South 24 Parganas district, some 50 km from here, police said Saturday.

West Bengal polio case false alarm, says health ministry

March 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) An 18-month-old girl admitted to a hospital in West Bengal with polio-like symptoms is not affected by polio, the health ministry said Friday, terming the widely reported case as a false alarm.

Left walks out over newspaper ban, to meet Bengal governor

March 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) The opposition Left Front staged a walkout from the West Bengal assembly for the third consecutive day Thursday after its adjournment motion on the newspaper ban issue was disallowed.

West Bengal hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 160

December 16, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Kolkata, Dec 16 (ANI): Death toll in West Bengal hooch tragedy has mounted to 160 following nineteen more deaths.he incident occurred on Wednesday when more than hundred fell ill after consuming illicit liquor in Sangrampur area of South 24 Parganas District.

West Bengal hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 81

December 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Kolkata, Dec 15 (ANI): Death toll in West Bengal hooch tragedy has mounted to 81 following twenty four more deaths.

Trinamool attacking Communist party workers, complains Biman Bose

June 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Kolkata, June 27 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M) leader Biman Bose has accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists of attacking CPI (M) members in West Bengal.

Mamata asks voters to elect TMC for betterment of West Bengal

April 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Burdwan (West Bengal), Apr 30 (ANI): Charging the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Government of committing atrocities in West Bengal, Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee urged the voters to elect her party for the betterment of the state.

EC meets top Bengal officials to oversee poll preparedness

April 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Kolkata, Apr 28 (ANI): The full bench of the Election Commission met top officials of the West Bengal Government on Thursday to discuss the poll preparedness for the last three phases of assembly polls. Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi and the other two Election Commissioners, V.S. Sampath and H.S. Brahma, who arrived here today on a day's visit, met the chief secretary, home secretary and Director General of police to review the security arrangements for .

EC in Kolkata to oversee poll preparedness

April 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Kolkata, Apr 28 (ANI): The full bench of the Election Commission (EC) today arrived in Kolkata to oversee the poll preparedness for the last three phases of the West Bengal assembly polls.

EC to visit West Bengal to oversee poll preparedness

April 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): The full bench of the Election Commission (EC) will visit West Bengal today to oversee the poll preparedness for the last three phases of the assembly polls.

EC to visit West Bengal to oversee poll preparedness

April 27, 2011 at 9:29 PM

New Delhi, Apr 27 (ANI): The full bench of the Election Commission (EC) will visit West Bengal on Thursday to oversee the poll preparedness for the last three phases of the assembly polls.

77 percent turnout in third phase of West Bengal polls

April 27, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Kolkata, Apr 27 (ANI): Around seventy seven per cent voting was recorded in the third phase of West Bengal assembly polls in 75 seats covering Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas districts on Wednesday.

55 percent polling recoded in West Bengal till 1 p.m.

April 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Kolkata, Apr 27 (ANI): Over fifty five per cent voting was recorded till 1 p.m. in the third phase of West Bengal assembly polls in 75 seats covering Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas districts on Wednesday.

Campaigning gains momentum in poll-bound West Bengal

April 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Kolkata, Apr 25 (ANI): Campaigning is in full swing in all 75 seats spread over Kolkata and neighbouring two districts for third phase of assembly polls on Wednesday.

West Bengal CM files nomination papers in Jadavpore

April 5, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Jadavpore, Apr 5 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee filed his nomination on Tuesday as a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate from the Jadavpore constituency for the state polls.

West Bengal makes elaborate arrangements for 'Ganga Sagar Mela'

January 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Kolkata, Jan 13 (ANI): West Bengal Government has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the 'Ganga Sagar Mela' that kicks off from January 14.

Metro rail is an effective system of transport: President Patil

September 22, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Kolkata, Sep 22 (ANI): President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said in a city, the metro rail is an effective system of transport, giving people a convenient, comfortable and an affordable mode of travel.

Rahul Gandhi arrives in West Bengal on three-day visit

September 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Kolkata, Sep 14 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived here today on a three-day visit of West Bengal in order to rejuvenate the state Congress ahead of next year's assembly elections.

Trinamool Congress organises Martyr's day rally

July 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Kolkata, July 21 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress party organised a 'Shahid Diwas' or Martyr's day rally at Kolkata on Wednesday to pay tribute to 13 youth Congress workers, who were killed in a police firing on the same day in 1993.

West Bengal releases three district human development reports

July 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Kolkata, July 12 (ANI): An in-depth study of three districts in West Bengal reveals that where you live can determine your well-being as there are wide variations in human development between districts and also between rural and urban populations.

Ten injured in violence between political activists in North 24 Parganas

February 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

North 24 Parganas (WB), Feb 15 (ANI): At least ten people were injured during violence between activists of the Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxistt Sason Panchayat area in the North 24 Parganas district on Sunday.

Seven killed, 14 injured in West Bengal stampede

January 14, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Kakdweep (West Bengal), Jan 14 (ANI): At least seven pilgrims were killed and 14 others injured on Thursday morning in a stampede at Sagar in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, where they had assembled for Makar Sankranti celebrations.

Violent protests over price rise in Kolkata

November 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Kolkata, Nov 30 (ANI): A 12-hour Bengal shutdown called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in protest against hike in power tariff turned violent on Monday with supporters setting afire buses and clashing with police.

W.Bengal Police arrest two suspected Kashmiri terrorists

November 14, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Barasat (West Bengal), Nov.14 (ANI): West Bengal police arrested two suspected Kashmiri terrorists from Barasat in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Friday night.

Waterborne diseases rise in West Bengal

July 18, 2009 at 2:46 PM

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 diarrhoea

Water-borne disease caused by Cyclone Aila, a major threat for West Bengal: UNICEF

July 1, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Kolkata, July 1 (ANI): UNICEF has warned that water-borne diseases continue to be a major threat to the people affected by "Cyclone Aila" that hit West Bengal last month.

Second all-party meet on Aila cyclone relief to be held on Sunday evening

June 14, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Kolkata, July 14 (ANI): The West Bengal Government has convened a second round of an all-party meeting in Kolkata on Sunday evening over cyclone relief issue.

Left Front lawmakers collect donations for victims of cyclone Aila

June 8, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Kolkata, June 8 (ANI): Lawmakers of the Left Front in West Bengal took to the streets on Monday to collect funds from the willing public to help the victims of cyclone Aila in the state.

Central team visits cyclone-hit areas to assess damages

June 7, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Kolkata, June 7 (ANI): An eleven-member Central team led by Ashok Lavasa, has started its assessment of the damage caused by recent Cyclone Aila in West Bengal.

Trinamool to skip all-party meet on cyclone 'Aila' relief

June 6, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Kolkata, June 6 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress will not attend an all-party meeting on Sunday to exchange views and seek suggestions for expediting relief in the cyclone-affected areas.

Central team to assess cyclone Aila damage in WB today

June 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Kolkata, June 6 (ANI): An eleven-member Central team will arrive here today to assess the damage caused by recent cyclone Aila in West Bengal.

Central team to assess cyclone Aila damage in WB tomorrow

June 5, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Kolkata, June 5 (ANI): An eleven-member Central team will arrive here on Saturday to assess the damage caused by recent cyclone Aila in West Bengal.

20 armed forces medical teams rushed to help 'Aila' victims

June 3, 2009 at 6:02 PM

New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): Acting upon the request of West Bengal Government, the Ministry of Defence has dispatched 20 medical teams of armed forces personnel to the Aila affected areas of North and South 24 Parganas district of the State.

Buddhadeb visits West Bengal cyclone relief camps

June 2, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Kolkata, June 2 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday visited cyclone relief camps at Sarberia in North 24 Parganas district.

Relief workers fear epidemic in Sundarbans after Cyclone Aila

June 1, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Kolkata, June 1 (IANS) Volunteers involved in relief operations in the cyclone ravaged Sundarbans of West Bengal are fearing an epidemic once the floodwater recedes in the mangrove forests that cover the region.

Banerjee to send report to centre on cyclone Aila havoc

May 31, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday said she would send a report to the central government on the havoc wrecked by cyclone Aila in West Bengal based on inputs from her ministers, district councils and the district administrations.

Buddhadeb visits cyclone-hit areas, faces protests

May 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

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 inadequate even a week after the disaster.

SUCI activists demand immediate relief for cyclone victims

May 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Kolkata, May 31 (ANI): Demanding immediate and proper relief for the people affected by cyclone Aila, the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) staged a protest march here on Saturday.

Cyclone toll 125, centre to send relief, assessment team (Roundup)

May 31, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Kolkata, May 30 (IANS) The death toll in the havoc caused by Cyclone Aila rose to 125 Saturday, while there were reports of enteric diseases breaking out in the worst hit South 24 Parganas district.

Protest against inefficient measures for cyclone Aila victims

May 30, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Kolkata, May 30 (ANI): Congress Party supporters protested on Saturday against inefficient disaster management by the State authorities following cyclone Aila's havoc in different parts of the state.

UPA government to send relief for Bengal cyclone victims

May 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Kolkata, May 30 (IANS) The central government will send relief material for West Bengal's cyclone victims, as also a team to assess the extent of devastation, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said Saturday.

Hundreds of West Bengal villages still marooned, Aila toll 117

May 29, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Kolkata, May 29 (IANS) Hundreds of villages in West Bengal continued to be marooned, with saltwater intrusion destroying crops and rendering vast stretches of land fallow in the Sundarbans area in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila as authorities upped the death count to 117 Friday.

NGO worries about missing children in cyclone-hit West Bengal

May 29, 2009 at 9:29 PM

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Save the Children, an NGO, Friday said it was apprehensive about the safety of children in cyclone-hit coastal West Bengal as there were reports of many children having gone missing and they could have been trafficked.

Mamata to report to PM on post-cyclone Aila situation

May 29, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Kolkata, May 29 (IANS) Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Friday said she would submit a report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the post-cyclone Aila situation in West Bengal.

Thumbnail sketches of ministers of state

May 28, 2009 at 5:43 PM

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Following are the thumbnail sketches of 38 ministers of state in the new Manmohan Singh ministry:

Relief material airdropped in cyclone-hit areas of West Bengal

May 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Barrckpore Air Base (Kolkata), May 28 (ANI): Helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out relief operation sorties in the cyclone hit areas of North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts in West Bengal.

West Bengal cyclone toll reaches 100, situation grim

May 27, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) The death count in floods triggered by Cyclone Aila reached 100 in West Bengal Wednesday as the Sunderbans faced a severe drinking water crisis and lack of civic amenities led to protests in Kolkata.

Mamata to demand central grant for Cyclone Aila victims

May 27, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said she will urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to give a central grant for those who have suffered property losses in Cyclone Aila.

Cyclone Aila toll rises to 87 in West Bengal

May 27, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Kolkata, May 27 (ANI): 'Cyclone Aila' has claimed 87 lives in West Bengal.

Cyclone Aila toll in Bangladesh rises to 121

May 27, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Dhaka, May 27 (IANS) The death toll from Cyclone Aila rose to 121 in Bangladesh as thousands of people in coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal in both Bangladesh and India were marooned.

West Bengal cyclone death toll reaches 82, rescue operations on

May 26, 2009 at 10:40 PM

Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) A day after Cyclone Aila battered coastal West Bengal, especially 24 Parganas, uprooting trees, snapping power cables and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, rescue operations were on in full swing Tuesday with the army also moving in to help, as the death toll mounted to 82.

West Bengal lacks master plan to combat flood, erosion: Mamata

May 26, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Namkhana (West Bengal), May 26 (IANS) Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday accused the West Bengal government of having failed to combat Cyclone Aila and said it could not draw up a master plan for floods and erosion despite being in power for 32 years.

Buddhadeb assures of more relief as 'Aila' death toll reaches 60

May 26, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Kolkata, May 26 (ANI): The death toll due to havoc caused by cyclone 'Aila' in West Bengal has increased to 60. The highest number of deaths occurred in South 24 Parganas district followed by North 24 Parganas, Kolkata and Howrah.

Minister Mamata draws euphoric crowds on train ride

May 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Kakdeep (West Bengal), May 26 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee drew cheering crowds by the hundreds on her train ride to a cyclone-hit West Bengal district shortly after taking charge as railways minister in Kolkata.

Rescue operations on in cyclone-hit West Bengal

May 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) A day after Cyclone Aila battered coastal West Bengal, especially 24 Parganas district, uprooting trees, snapping power cables and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, rescue operations were on in full swing Tuesday with the army also moving in to help. The cyclone, that has left 27 people dead and affected more than 400,000 others, has begun to weaken and move off.

Cyclone toll rises to 45, Rescue operations begin

May 26, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Kolkata, May 26 (ANI): The death toll due to cyclone 'Aila', which ran havoc across the state rose to 45 today.

Provide aid to cyclone-hit West Bengal: CPI-M urges Delhi

May 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday asked the central government to urgently provide all necessary assistance to the West Bengal government to carry out relief and rehabilitation operations in the state hit by Cyclone Aila.

Relief work begins in cyclone-hit Sundarbans, toll 27

May 26, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) Soldiers of the Indian Army and other relief workers Tuesday managed to reach the worst-hit areas of West Bengal's Sundarbans delta where more than 400,000 people were marooned due to cyclone Aila Monday. The death toll in the cyclone has reached 27, police said.

Buddhadeb visits cyclone relief camps

May 26, 2009 at 2:39 PM

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'.

'Cyclone Aila' renders 24000 homeless in W. Bengal's South 24 Parganas District

May 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Kolkata, May 26 (ANI): About 24000 people have been rendered homeless in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas District, the area worst hit by 'Cyclone Alia'.

Trinamool's celeb MPs get down to basics - roads, water, electricity

May 26, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) Having vanquished seasoned politicians on the electoral turf, Trinamool Congress' first-time 'showbiz MPs' want to brush off the stardust and get down to solving the basic problems of the people -- power, water and roads.

24 killed, 110,000 affected as Cyclone Aila pounds coastal West Bengal (Third Lead)

May 26, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Cyclone Aila battered coastal West Bengal as well as state capital Kolkata Monday as it unleashed storms that uprooted trees, electricity poles and thatched homes, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, killing 24 people and affecting 110,000 others. The army was called in for rescue operations in the worst hit South 24 Parganas district.

Uncertainty looms over second edition of cabinet formation

May 25, 2009 at 9:31 PM

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Uncertainty looms over the second edition of the cabinet formation scheduled Tuesday due to the volatile situation in Punjab and the fierce cyclone that has hit West Bengal, official sources said here Monday. The Congress leadership has yet to finalise the ministerial berths.

18 killed, 100,000 affected as Aila batters coastal West Bengal

May 25, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Cyclone Aila pummelled coastal West Bengal as well as state capital Kolkata Monday as it unleashed storms that uprooted trees, electricity poles and thatched homes, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, killing 18 people and affecting 100,000 others. The army was called in for rescue operations in the South 24 Parganas district.

18 killed, 100,000 affected as Aila batters coastal West Bengal

May 25, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Cyclone Aila pummelled coastal West Bengal as well as state capital Kolkata Monday as it unleashed storms that uprooted trees, electricity poles and thatched homes, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, killing 18 people and affecting 100,000 others. The army was called in for rescue operations in the South 24 Parganas district.

'Cyclone Aila' claims 11 lives in West Bengal

May 25, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Kolkata, May 25 (ANI): At least eleven people have been killed across West Bengal by "Cyclone Aila".

Twelve killed as cyclone hits West Bengal, army called

May 25, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Kolkata, 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 cyclone Aila crossed the coast into West Bengal.

Muslim-peasant factor, alliance arithmetic sink Left in Bengal

May 17, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Kolkata, May 17 (IANS) Singed by Muslim anger and mauled by peasants' rage, the Left citadel in West Bengal gave way in these Lok Sabha elections, unable to withstand the determined onslaught of an opposition alliance stitched by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

West Bengal's red fort falls

May 16, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) After 32 years, West Bengal's seemingly impregnable red fort collapsed Saturday with the opposition Trinamool Congress tasting victory in two thirds of the seats alongside its allies including the Congress. The communist-led ruling Left Front has come up with its worst performance since coming to power in 1977.

For Mamata, the elections were only a semi-final

May 16, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) From being the solitary representative of her party in the outgoing Lok Sabha to severely denting the red bastion in West Bengal - for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee it has been an aggression-filled five years that saw her usurping not just the communist slogans but also their once-captive rural vote bank.

CPI-M brings out victory procession just as counting begins

May 16, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) Political parties take out victory processions after wins. But the Dum Dum constituency in West Bengal'S North 24-Parganas district saw an unusual sight Saturday as the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadres started celebrating even before the first trend from the seat was available.

Girl dies after being hit by teacher with duster

May 15, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Kolkata, May 15 (IANS) An 11-year-old girl, studying in Class 5, died after allegedly being hit by her class teacher with a duster in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said Friday.

West Bengal poll violence toll reaches 20

May 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) With the death of one person in a clash Wednesday, the toll in election-related violence over three phases of polling in West Bengal has shot up to 20.

Poll panel to probe EVM malfunctioning in West Bengal

May 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) The Election Commission will probe into the malfunctioning of EVMs in 101 polling booths of a Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal Wednesday, prompting the poll in these booths to be deferred to Thursday.

Polls peaceful, Trinamool tried to create trouble: Left Front

May 14, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Left Front (LF) Wednesday described the final phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state as 'peaceful' and accused the opposition Trinamool Congress of indulging in violence and trying to create tension by spreading rumours.

West Bengal votes amid sporadic clashes

May 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) A 70 percent turnout was reported in 11 constituencies of West Bengal in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections Wednesday amid sporadic clashes that left five people injured and charges and counter-charges of rigging.

West Bengal votes amid sporadic clashes

May 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) Sporadic political clashes left two persons injured in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal Wednesday even as people turned out in large numbers to vote in 11 constituencies.

Sundarbans residents vote happily in home islands

May 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Gosaba (West Bengal), May 13 (IANS) Ashok Mondal of Jamespur village walked 45 minutes to reach his polling station Wednesday. He was happy he didn't have to travel hours by boat instead, as officials set up a polling station in his island in the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.

Steady voting as Indian elections enter last lap

May 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM

New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Election 2009 entered its final lap Wednesday with the last of India's 714 million electorate in seven states and two union territories voting in a rapidly changing political scenario that saw the lines between foes and friends getting increasingly blurred.

Jyoti Basu injured after fall, can't vote this time

May 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) patriarch Jyoti Basu fell at his residence Wednesday morning, his personal aide said.

West Bengal votes amid clashes, malfunctioning EVMs

May 14, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) Amid clashes that killed one man and delayed polling in some areas because of malfunctioning electronic voting machines (EVMs), the final phase of parliamentary elections in West Bengal Wednesday got off to a brisk start with a turnout of 19-20 percent by 10 a.m.

Polling begins in West Bengal

May 14, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) Polling began Wednesday morning for 11 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the final phase of the general elections, which will decide the fate of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

Thunderstorm plays havoc before polls

May 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Kolkata, May 12 (IANS) Rains and storm played havoc with the preparations for Wednesday's Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, and could affect the polling process with the weatherman Tuesday evening forecasting thundershowers in the next 24 hours.

Kolkata votes, Mamata eyes sixth win (Poll curtainraiser - West Bengal)

May 12, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Kolkata, May 12 (IANS) Kolkatans will vote along with those living in the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans as 11 constituencies of West Bengal go to the polls in the final phase Wednesday, which will also decide Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's political fate.

Eight additional observers for Bengal polls

May 11, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Kolkata, May 11 (IANS) The Election Commission has appointed eight additional observers for 11 West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies which go to the hustings in the final phase of elections in the state May 13.

Campaigning ends for West Bengal's final phase of polling

May 11, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Kolkata, May 11 (IANS) After rising to a crescendo over the past couple of days, campaigning ended Monday in 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that go to the polls in the final phase Wednesday.

Jyoti Basu unlikely to vote in Lok Sabha polls

May 11, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Kolkata, May 11 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Left Front (LF) patriarch Jyoti Basu is unlikely to cast his vote in this Lok Sabha election because of frail health.

Man convicted for supporting terror attack in Ayodhya

April 25, 2009 at 6:29 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) A city court Saturday convicted a man from West Bengal for providing logistic support to five Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists who had attacked the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya in 2005.

Left Front to face its biggest challenge yet

April 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) There is near unanimity among voters of West Bengal that the state's ruling Left Front may be facing its gravest challenge yet since it came to power 32 years ago.

Sundarbans residents sail hard to cast votes

April 19, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Sundarbans (West Bengal), April 19 (IANS) For thousands of voters in West Bengal's mangrove forested Sundarbans Island, balloting will not be a smooth sailing affair. They will have to come by boats through the narrow creeks and water channels that criss-cross the delta area to exercise their franchise.

CPI-M's Salim, Trinamool's Sougata, Satabdi, Tapas file nominations

April 17, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Former central government minister and Trinamool Congress nominee Sougata Roy and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Mohd Salim were among the candidates who filed their nominations for the second and third phase of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal Friday.

Cyclone alert in six West Bengal districts

April 16, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) Six districts in West Bengal were put on alert Thursday in view of cyclone 'Bijli' which lay centred 680 km to the south and South West of Kolkata.

India's climate refugees forced to fight - here and now (With Image)

April 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Baliwara (West Bengal), April 5 (IANS) The rising sea has drowned two of Jalaluddin Saha's small homes and threatens a third. Last monsoon surging water ruined his crops and he and his family ran for their lives. His livestock drank the brine and died.

Many migrant workers not going home to vote

April 1, 2009 at 1:16 PM

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Come ballot day, many of the domestic maids, small shopkeepers and other migrant workers in the capital will be going home to vote, as they have done in the past. But this time, many others will not, thanks to the economic meltdown.

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