During the first phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, the Election Commission has requested to extend the polling time by 30 minutes. Notably, citing the ongoing COVID-19 situation the EC officials has scheduled the voting time from 7AM to 6:30PM. The announcements were revealed by commission as the eastern state heads to conduct Phase-1 election scheduled on March 27. The EC earlier announced Bengal elections to be conducted in eight phases… read-more
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The Bengal BJP on February 28 launched its new election cry "Bengal only wants its own daughters but not Pishi (aunt)". Amid war of words, the BJP workers released new collages with the slogan, featuring pictures of BJP’s women leaders in the poll-bound state. Earlier, taking a dig at the BJP over the women security issue, TMC had launched its insider-versus-outsider campaign with slogan “Bengal wants its own daughter Mamata".
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For four poll-bound states and one Union Territory, the Election Commission of India on February 26 announced the schedule. While Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry will have a single-phase election on April 6, Assam will have a three-phase election from March 27 to April 6. Meanwhile, the elections in West Bengal will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. The votes for all states will be counted on May 2.
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The Enforcement Directorate on February 26 conducted raids at various places of West Bengal's Kolkata, Asansol and adjacent areas in connection with the illegal coal mining and cattle smuggling cases. On the other hand, the CBI raided house of Kolkata-based businessman Randhir Barnwal, a co-accused in the coal scam. The CBI has alleged bureaucrats and politicians of taking bribes from the businessman. Interestingly, the raids happened hours… read-more
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The West Bengal government on February 24 mandated travellers coming from four states to have the COVID-19 negative reports. Applicable from February 27, the passengers travelling through flights from Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, and Telangana will have to present a negative report, owing to the surge in the new COVID-19 cases. The passengers have to undergo an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of the flight departure. Moreover, the government… read-more
A Bangladeshi national, accused of involvement in Murshidabad's Nimtita railway station blast, was arrested by West Bengal CID on February 24. A senior CID official informed the arrest and assured that further investigation is underway. Reportedly, the blast occurred on February 17 when TMC minister Jakir Hossain was waiting for his train at the railway station. Meanwhile, seriously injured Hossain and over 20 other victims are being treated… read-more
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Bishnupur locals of West Bengal’s Bankura district. Reportedly, the dogs died suffering gastroenteritis caused by 'canine parvovirus', and majority of them were puppies. Notably, the highly contagious virus can be transmitted indirectly with faeces, but it cannot be transmitted to humans. Moreover, veterinarian doctors also suspect skipped vaccination of canines due to pandemic as the reason behind the spread of the parvovirus.
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Buckling up for the Bengal assembly elections, Trinamool Congress on February 20 launched a slogan campaign - 'Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chaye' meaning 'Bengal wants its own daughter.' While Kolkata was flooded with TMC hoardings having Mamata Banerjee's photos, the slogan reignited the insider versus outsider debate in the state accusing BJP of “election tourism.” TMC Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee stated, "We don't want outsiders… read-more
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Around 125 battalion of central forces have been deployed in West Bengal by the Election Commission of India, ahead of state-poll. The deployment includes 60 companies of CRPF, 30 Sashastra Seema Bal companies and five companies each of CISF and ITBP. Specially focusing on sensitive zones like Purulia and Jhargram, the EC has requested district administrations to arrange for accommodation and logistics of para forces deployed for the assembly… read-more
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Giving another jolt to the incumbent West Bengal government, actor Yash Dasgupta joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on February 17. With Dasgupta, several other members including Ashok Bhadra, Mallika Bandyopadhyay, Papia Adhikari, and Tramila Bhattacharya joined the party in the presence of state BJP chief Kailash Vijayvargiya and Mukul Roy in Kolkata. Receiving party membership, Yash said, "More youth should come into politics for the… read-more
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