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On road trip to Bankura, Udayan relishes 'lyangcha', poses for cops

KOLKATA: En-route from Kolkata Airport to Bankura: Outside terminal 1A of Kolkata Airport, he hid behind taller police officials as hundreds of flashbulbs popped. He looked dazed when he found hundreds pressing forward for a closer look outside Bankura Sadar police station around 11 pm. He even looked frightened when cops somehow shielded him from a thousand-strong crowd …

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Missing JU boy kin accuse 5 students of mental torment

KOLKATA: The brother of the Jadavpur University student, who has been missing since Thursday after being accused of molestation by another student on a social networking site, lodged a complaint against five youngsters from the varsity on Monday. The accused are all JU students, including the girl who brought the charge against …

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Schoolboy drowns in Hooghly

KOLKATA: A Class-X student of a school in Dhakuria, who had skipped school and gone on a day trip to Diamond Harbourwith friends on Monday, drowned in the Hooghly when he went into the river for a dip. Mukundapur resident Sayan Poddar (16), a student of Andrews High School in Dhakuria, skipped school with a classmate …

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Now, CBI lens on KMC over tax bills

KOLKATA: After the income tax department and the comptroller and auditor general‘s (CAG) office, the CBIhas turned its focus on KMC for collecting record property taxin scrapped currency, days after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs1,000 was announced on November 8. The central investigating agency in January wrote to the civic body, asking for the database of …

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Rail roko over Scheduled Tribe status demand

JHARGRAM/PURULIA: A large number of Adivasi Kurmi sabhamembers in Jhargram and Purulia joined their brethren in Jharkhand and Odisha on Monday to agitate for their demand of Scheduled Tribe status and recognition of the Kurmali language in the Constitution. At Jhargram’s Sardiha station, Kurmi sabha members organized a rail roko that allegedly turned violent with …

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Illegal eatery near Mamata Banerjee's house razed

KOLKATA: A roadside eatery set up illegally next to the Kalighat fire station near chief minister Mamata Banerjee‘s residence was razed recently following her instructions. Four months ago, Nemai Pal, a businessman and a resident of Bagbazar, wanted to expand his food business to south Kolkata. However, Pal chose a wrong place. With …

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After a 3-week break, Happy Streets back in Salt Lake with a bang

KOLKATA: For the last three Sundays, first-year student Tanisha Jalan would wake up early and make a trip to Salt Lake from her Lake Town home, only to be greeted by empty streets. But she turned out to be fourth-time lucky. “I was happy this Sunday. Happy Streets is finally back,” said a visibly …

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Note-ban effect- Zari industry suffered Rs 100 crore loss

HOWRAH: Demonetisation’s body blow to the zari embroidery business has been slightly offset with tax breaks announced for micro, small and medium enterprises in this Budget, but that may be too little, too late for a 700-year-old cottage industry struggling to stay afloat. Zari embroidery, a small-scale industry thriving in Howrah’s Uluberia since the Mughal times, …

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One man holds up crucial Metro work

KOLKATA: The fate of the Rs 4,500-crore Airport-New Garia Metro hinges on the whims of one person, and that of his family comprising 16 claimants to a land-related compensation they have declined to accept.Their refusal to give up a 96-cottah plot for the terminal station of the 32 km major airport connection has made the spurt …

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Kolkata: Cancer survivors share stories

Kolkata: Cancer survivors share storiesKOLKATA: When former footballer Chandan Banerjeewas told that he had colon cancer, the world seemed to be crumbling around him. A chill went down his spine and his feet felt unsteady. But then Banerjee, who loves to call himself a fighter, raced his mind back to the …

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