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In 2001, doctors in Siliguri did not know it was a Nipah outbreak

In 2001, doctors in Siliguri did not know it was a Nipah outbreak

Everyday we thought we will all die, says doctor who tackled 2011 epidemic N.B. Debnath has vivid memories of January and February 2001, when Siliguri town in north Bengal recorded the first outbreak of Nipah virus in the country. “We had no idea what the virus was and everyday we (the doctors) …

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Modi, Hasina to hold talks in Tagore’s abode on May 25

Modi, Hasina to hold talks in Tagore’s abode on May 25

Bengal varsities gear up to host Bangladesh PM Preparations at two West Bengal universities for ceremonies later this week, at which Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to be present, are in their last leg. But it has not been smooth sailing. At a time when Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, is …

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Arunachal enters India’s commercial aviation map

Arunachal enters India’s commercial aviation map

State’s first flight lands at Pasighat Airport A wartime airstrip laid 66 years ago helped Arunachal Pradesh create history on Monday by becoming the last of the eight northeastern States to be on India’s commercial flight service map. Pasighat Airport, too, made it to the record books — as India’s easternmost airport …

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A win for regional front, says Mamata

A win for regional front, says Mamata

Invited to CM’s swearing-in on Monday’ West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday described the fall of the three-day-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka as a victory of democracy and the “regional front”. “Democracy wins. Congratulations Karnataka. Congratulations DeveGowda Ji, Kumaraswamy Ji, Congress and others. Victory of the ‘regional’ front,” …

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In Bengal’s Para, women never vote

In Bengal’s Para, women never vote

The district administration acknowledged that its repeated attempts to get women out of their homes to poll had “failed.” Airunnesha Bibi, a resident of the Hariharpur village in Purulia district, cannot remember when she voted the last time. “The women in our village have not been voting for decades,” she …

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From Kumartuli to China: unveiling the art of idol-making

From Kumartuli to China: unveiling the art of idol-making

China Pal from Kolkata will exhibit her work in Kunming China Pal, one of the first women Durga Puja idol makers of Kumartuli, will be participating in the China-South/ Southeast Asian Art Week at Kunming in the Yunnan province in south China, from June 13-20. The 52-year-old idol maker will …

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IPS officer’s Facebook post on truce sparks debate

IPS officer's Facebook post on truce sparks debate

KOLKATA: An IPS officer’s Facebook post criticising the Centre’s announcement of a ceasefire in J&K during Ramzansparked a debate on Thursday. While the post attracted hundreds of likes and comments, a section of people and the intelligentsia voiced their opinion on the issue. The post by the officer, who belongs to a minority community and …

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Five ‘WhatsApp candidates’ win in Bengal panchayat elections

Five ‘WhatsApp candidates’ win in Bengal panchayat elections

BHANGAR: Five of the nine independent candidates in Bhangar, who had filed nominations through WhatsApp, won the Polerait II gram panchayat — the epicentre of anti-power grid movement on the southern fringes of the city.With the rest of the seats remaining with the ruling Trinamool Congress, the victory of the Independent candidates — backed …

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Trinamool sweeps Bengal rural polls

Trinamool sweeps Bengal rural polls

BJP puts up resistance in Purulia and Jhargram districts of the Jangalmahal region. The ruling Triamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday swept West Bengal’s panchayat polls held on May 14. The BJP, which appeared to be a distant second, made its presence felt in districts like Purulia and Jhargram in the …

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Roy defamation case dismissed

Roy defamation case dismissed

The BJP leader had dragged TMC chief’s nephew to court A Delhi court on Wednesday dismissed a criminal defamation complaint against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee filed by BJP leader Mukul Roy. Mr. Roy had accused Mr. Banerjee of defamation by sending …

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