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SDF banks on soccer to beat Bhutia

A day after Bhaichung Bhutia, the leader of the day-old Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP), threw a challenge to Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling, the ruling Sikkim Democratic Party reciprocated by taking him on at his own game, kick-starting a month-long football tournament in West Sikkim on Friday to consolidate the party's support base in the crucial district which has eight out of the 32 Assembly seats in the state.
RAJEEV RAVIDAS Jun 02, 2018 00:00 IST

CM cops injured

Twenty-two police personnel, who were returning home to North Dinajpur from Kalimpong where they were deployed for chief minister Mamata Banerjee's visit, were injured when their van overturned on Friday.
Our Special Correspondent Jun 02, 2018 00:00 IST

DYFI drop belies CPM youth drive

The CPM in Bengal may be desperate to infuse fresh and young blood but membership in its frontal youth organisation DYFI has dropped by over three lakh a year, the steepest annual decline in its history.
SANDIP CHOWDHURY Jun 02, 2018 00:00 IST

Chinese gold haul, brought via Nathu-la

A seizure of gold bars by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday from Sevoke Road of the city has revealed a new international route of gold smuggling from China through Sikkim.
OUR CORRESPONDENT Jun 02, 2018 00:00 IST

Infotech boost with conclave,IT parks

The government is working to boost investments in information technology in north Bengal, particularly in the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, by setting up IT parks and helping youths hone their skills, officials have said.
BIRESWAR BANERJEE Jun 02, 2018 00:00 IST

Hill land rights drive with eye on BJP

Trinamul has picked up the issue of land rights, a longstanding demand in the hills, to woo residents ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls and prevent the BJP from winning the Darjeeling seat for the third time in a row.
VIVEK CHHETRI AND AVIJIT SINHA Jun 02, 2018 00:00 IST

Bypoll boost for Trinamul

The Maheshtala Assembly bypoll results suggest further shrinking of the Opposition space in Bengal with runners-up BJP trailing triumphant Trinamul by 62,000 votes in one the state's most peaceful polls in recent memory.
MEGHDEEP BHATTACHARYYA Jun 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Bhangar protest pivot held in Odisha

Aleek Chakrabarty, the leader of Naxalite outfit CPI(ML) Red Star spearheading the movement against a power project in Bhangar, was arrested from Bhubaneswar on Thursday, a police officer said.
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Jun 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Death knell for BJP: Mamata

Mamata Banerjee hailed Thursday's bypoll results as a vindication of her "one-against-one" formula, attributing the BJP's setbacks to popular disenchantment and asserting that the poll outcomes were an "ill omen" for the saffron camp ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls.
Our Special Correspondent Jun 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Mamata on hill fast track

Mamata Banerjee has put the BJP, which has won the Darjeeling parliamentary seat for two consecutive terms, in a tight spot with by her promptness in addressing key hill issues during her four-day tour to the hills.
Vivek Chhetri and Bireswar Banerjee Jun 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Snakebite fear halts cultivation

Around 50 families at Sutro-Mathpara village in Nadia's Chakdah have stopped cultivation across 16 acres of land over the past two years because of fear of snakes, mostly Russell's vipers ( chandrabora).
SUBHASISH CHAUDHURI May 31, 2018 00:00 IST

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