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Mukherjee to visit Darjeeling from July 12-15

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President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Darjeeling in West Bengal from July 12-15, an official press release said here today.
 
The Government of West Bengal will host a state reception in honour of the President at Chowrasta (The Mall) in Darjeeling tomorrow.
 
On July 13, Mr. Mukherjee will attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Bhanubhakta Acharya which will also be held at the Chowrasta. On the same day, the Government of West Bengal will host a dinner in his honour. 
 
On July 14,, the President will address the annual general meeting of Darjeeling Tea Association, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.8 N and longitude 89.5 E, occurred at 0354 hours at a focal depth of 40 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Mamata Banerjee sworn in for second term as Chief Minister of West Bengal

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee was sworn in for a second consecutive term as the Chief Minister of West Bengal at the head of a 42-member Council of Ministers in Kolkata on Friday.

 
Mamata Banerjee begins her second term as West Bengal CM
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee was sworn in for a second consecutive term as the Chief Minister of West Bengal at the head of a 42-member Council of Ministers here today.
 
Ms. Banerjee, 61, and the 41 other ministers, including 18 new faces, were administered the oaths of office and secrecy by Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi at a function on the Red Road.
 
The TMC chief had led her party to a resounding win in the April-May elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, bagging 211 seats in the 294-member House.
 
The 18 new faces in the Council of Ministers are Suvendu Adhikari, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Churamoni Mahato, Tapan Dasgupta, Asima Patra, Indranil Sen, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shyamal Santra, Golam Rabbani, Siddikullah Chowdhury, Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Jakir Hossain, James Kujur, Rabindra Nath Ghosh, Sandhyarani Tudu, Abani Joardar, Bachchu Hansda and Sovan Chatterjee. Mr. Chatterjee is the mayor of Kolkata.
 
Those who attended the ceremony included Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Bangladesh Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Babul Supriyo, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Rashtriya Janata Dal chief (RJD) Lalu Prasad and National Conference leader and former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah.
 
Thousands of TMC supporters and admirers of Ms. Banerjee made light of the blistering afternoon sun to watch the proceedings.
 
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Ms. Banerjee had swept to power for the first time on May 20, 2011 when she led an alliance consisting of the TMC, the Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist to a historic win in the assembly elections that year to end 34 years of continuous rule by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front in the state.
 
The Congress, which went into this year's elections as an ally of the Left Front, won 44 seats this time, while the alliance could garner only 77 seats in all.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre, and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha won three seats each.
 
The following is the full list of the Council of Ministers:
 
Amit Mitra, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Sovandeb Chatterjee, Suvendu Adhikari, Goutam Deb, Abani Joardar, Bratya Basu, Sovan Chatterjee, Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Jyotipriyo Mullick, Binay Barman, Rabindranath Ghosh, Santiram Mahato,
Churamani Mahato, Tapan Dasgupta, James Kujur, Siddiquallah Chowdhury, Ashima Patra, Bachhu Hansda, Ghulam Rabbani, Zakir Hossain, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Indranil Sen, Sandharani Tudu, Firhad Hakim, Shashi Panja, Sadhan Pande, Moloy Ghatak,
Chandranath Sinha, Rajib Banerjee, Ashish Banerjee, Purnendu Bose, Manturam Pakhira, Soumen Mahapatra, Swapan Debnath, Arup Roy, Arup Biswas, Giasuddin Mollah, Javed Khan and Shyamal Santra.
 
Born on January 5, 1955, Ms. Banerjee has a Master's degree in Arts and bachelor's degrees in Education and Law.
 
She came into prominence as a leader of the Youth Congress in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1984 and re-elected in 1991.
 
She served as Minister oof State for Human Resource Development; Youth Affairs and Sports; and Women and Child Development during 1991-93.
 
She won a third term in the Lok Sabha in 1996 and founded the All India Trinamool Congress in 1997. She was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998 and again in 1999. She served as Minister for Railways from October 13, 1999 to March 16, 2001. 
 
She was Minister without Portfolio between September 8, 2003 and January 8, 2004 before serving as Minister for Coal and Mines from January 9, 2004 to May 2004.
 
She won a sixth term in the Lok Sabha in the General Elections that year and re-elected in 2009. She served as Minister for Railways from May 31, 2009 to July 19, 2011. She resigned from the Lok Sabha in October that year and has since then been focused on West Bengal.
 
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BJP wins Assam, LDF back in Kerala; Jaya retains power in TN, Mamata in WB

The BJP, the ruling party at the Centre, came to power for the first time in the North-East when the coalition led by it won a historic victory in the Assembly elections in Assam, while the Left Democratic Front returned to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.

 
My life is dedicated to people of Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, came to power for the first time in the North-East when the coalition led by it won a historic victory in the Assembly elections in Assam, while the Left Democratic Front (LDF) eturned to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalitha proved exit polls wrong as she won a rare second consecutive term in office while her West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) also won a second term with a massive win as the counting of votes in the Assembly elections to the four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry progressed today.
 
In Assam, the BJP dislodged the 15-year-old Congress regime headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who could not quite overcome the anti-incumbency factor. While the BJP won 60 seats in the 126-member assembly, its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) got 14 seats and the Bodoland People's Front picked up 12. The Congress got only 26 seats. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) won 13 seats. One seat was won by an independent candidate.
 
Among the winners were Mr. Gogoi from Titabor and BJP's chief ministerial nominee, Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who won from Majuli.
 
In West Bengal, the TMC won 211 seats in the 294-member assembly, while the Congress, which went into the elections as an ally of the Left Front, won 44. The Left Front got 32 seats, while the BJP won three and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha got three. One seat went to an independent candidate.
 
Ms. Banerjee, whose party had ended the 34-year reign of the Left Front in 2011, won from Bhawanipore.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalithaa became the first Chief Minister to get a second consecutive term in office after 1984 as her AIADMK won 134 of the 232 seats for which polling was held. The DMK, led by veteran M. Karunanidhi, a former Chief Minister, got 87 seats, and was leading in two more at the time of writing this report, while its ally, the Congress, could manage only eight. The Indian Union Muslim League got one seat.
 
While Ms. Jayalalithaa won from Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar, while the 93-year-old Mr. Karunanidhi won the Thiruvarur seat. Mr. Karunanidhi's son and DMK Treasurer M K Stalin retained the Kolathur constituency.
 
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In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) won 91 seats in the 140-member assembly, while the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) could manage only 47. The BJP won a seat in the Kerala Assembly for the first time, with party veteran O. Rajagopalan winning from Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram.
 
Former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth, the BJP's candidate in Thiruvananthapuram, also lost.
 
Among prominent winners were Chief Minister and Congress leader Oommen Chandy, his predecessor V S Achuthanandan (LDF), former Finance Minister K M Mani and Government chief whip P C George, who left Kerala Congress (M) to fight from Poonjar as an independent candidate. Film actor Mukesh won from Kollam as a CPI(M) candidate.
 
CPM leader and possible Chief Ministerial candidate Pinarayi Vijayan won from Dharmadam in Kannur district. Mr. Chandy, who has represented Puthupally in Kottayam for more than four decades, won once again from there.
 
In Kollam, well-known Malyalam film actor won as an LDF candidate, while another actor, K B Ganeshkumar, who had switched over to the LDF from the UDF before the elections, won from Pathanapuram, defeating another popular actor Jagadish of the Congress. In the losers' list were Ministers K Babu and PK Jayalakshmi..
 
In Puducherry, the Congress won 15 of the 30 seats and its ally, the DMK, got two to wrest power from the ruling All India NR Congress, which could get only eight seats. The AIADMK won four seats.
 
Polling was held in the four states and one UT between April 4 and May 16. Counting of votes began at 8 am today and all the results are expected by late tonight.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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Cyclone Roanu over Bay of Bengal likely to cause heavy rainfall on east coast

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said that cyclone "Roanu" over westcentral Bay of Bengal was likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by tonight and, continuing to move northeastwards, would cross south Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Cox’s Bazar in the night of May 21 and early morning of May 22 as a cyclonic storm.
 
A bulletin from IMD said Roanu remained practically stationary and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST of today near latitude 15.6º N and longitude 81.6 ºE, about 80 km southsoutheast of Machilipatnam, about 290 km south-southwest of Visakhapatnam and 160 km south-southwest of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.
 
The system is likely to move initially north-northeastwards along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 12 hours, thereafter northeastwards, it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall was likely at most places over coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours, with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and
isolated extremely heavy falls. It said there could be heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in the area during the subsequent 24 hours.
 
Rainfall was very likely at many places over coastal Odisha during the next 24 hours, with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places, and heavy to very heavy falls at few places on May 20 and isolated heavy rainfall on May 21.
 
The bulletin said rainfall was also likely at many places over coastal Gangetic West Bengal on May 20, with isolated heavy falls, and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 21.
 
It said rainfall was also very likely over Telangana and Rayalaseema during the next 24 hours, with isolated heavy falls.
 
The bulletin said wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph, gusting to 110 kmph, was very likely to prevail along and off North Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 12 hours and speed reaching 100-110, gusting to 120 kmph, during the next 36 hours.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph, gusting to 80 kmph, was  very likely to commence over south Odisha coast tonight and wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph from tomorrow morning.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 24 hours. Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is likely to prevail along and off West
Bengal coast from the morning of May 20.
 
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Sea conditions are very likely to be high to very high along and off Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coasts during the next 48 hours. They are very likely to be rough to very rough along and off North Tamil Nadu coast during the next 24 hours.
 
Sea conditions are very likely to be high to very high along and off West Bengal coast on May 20 and 21.
 
Storm surge of about 0.5 to 1.0 metre is likely to inundate coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours.
 
Damage to thatched huts, minor damage to power and communication lines and major damage to kutcha and minor damage to pucca roads in coastal Andhra Pradesh are likely during the next 48 hours; in south coastal Odisha from tonight onwards and in coastal West Bengal on May 20 and 21.
 
The bulletin advised fishermen not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 48 hours, along and off North Tamil Nadu coast during the next 24 hours and along and off Odisha coast from tonight and along and off West Bengal coast on May 20 and 21.
 
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BJP wins in Assam, Congress ousted in Kerala; Jaya retains power in TN, Mamata in WB

The Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the Centre, appeared headed for a historic win in Assam to form its first ever government in the North-East, while the Left Democratic Front was all set to return to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.

 
My life is dedicated to people of Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, appeared headed for a historic win in Assam to form its first ever government in the North-East, while the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was all set to return to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalitha proved exit polls wrong as she headed for a rare second consecutive term in offie while her West Bengal Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was also poised for another term with a huge win as the counting of votes in the Assembly elections to the four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry was underway today.
 
In Assam, the BJP was set for a huge win, dislodging the 15-year-old Congress regime headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
 
In Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy appeared to be on its way out as the Left Democratic Front (LDF) built up a huge lead.
 
As early counting trends came in, Ms. Jayalalithaa's ruling AIADMK was ahead in 131 of the 232 seats where polling was held, while the DMK led by veteran M. Karunananidhi, was leading in 90, its ally Congress in 8 and others in three constituencies.
 
In West Bengal, the TMC was leading in 212 of the 294 constituencies, while the Congress was ahead in 45, the CPM in 24, the CPI in 1, the RSP in 3, the Forward Bloc in 2 and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in 3. The BJP was leading in 3 seats.
 
In Assam, the BJP was ahead in 61 of the 126 seats, while the Congress was a distant second with leads in 26. The All India United Demcratic Front (AIUDF) was ahead in 12 seats, while the Asom Gana Parishad was leading in 14 the Bodoland People's Front in 12.
 
In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was leading in 91 of the 140 seats, while the Congress-led UDF was ahead in 47, while the BJP was ahead in one seat.
 
In Puducherry, the Congress was ahead in 15 of the 30 seats and its ally, the DMK, in two and the combine was all set to wrest power form the ruling All India NR Congress, which was ahead in eight seats. The AIADMK was leading in four.
 
Polling was held in the four states and one UT between April 4 and May 16. Counting of votes began at 8 am today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
Votes are also being counted today in the bye-elections held on May 16 to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
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The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
In Assam, the votes are being counted at 51 counting centres across the state amidst tight security. There are 1064 candidates in the fray, including Mr. Gogoi, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term as Chief Minister, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal. The state had witnessed 84.72 percent polling.
 
In West Bengal, where Ms. Banerjee is seeking a second term, the polling turnout was around 80 percent. 
 
The Election Commission has set up 80 counting centres for the counting of votes in the elections to the 140-member state assembly in Kerala. The state had registered more than 77 percent polling. There are 1203 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose Congress-led UDF government is looking for a second consecutive term.
 
In Tamil Nadu, the counting of votes is being held at 68 centres across the state in the elections to the 234-member assembly. Polling was held on May 16 for 232 seats. The polling percentage was 73.76 percent.
 
In Puducherry, about 82 percent of the electorate had exercised their franchise on May 16. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats.
 
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Counting of votes begins in Assembly elections in Assam, WB, Kerala, TN, Puducherry

Counting of votes began on Thursday morning in the crucial elections to elect new legislative assemblies in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where polling was held between April 4 and May 16.

 
Counting of votes began this morning in the crucial elections to elect new legislative assemblies in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where polling was held between April 4 and May 16.
 
The counting of the votes, recorded in electronic voting machines, began at 8 am and all the results are expected by this evening, though early counting trends are expected to be available by mid-morning.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5.
 
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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Votes will also be counted today in the bye-elections held on May 16 to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
In Assam, the votes will be counted at 51 counting centres across the state amidst tight security. There are 1064 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal. The state had witnessed 84.72 percent polling.
 
In West Bengal, where the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is seeking a second term, the polling turnout was around 80 percent. 
 
The Election Commission has set up 80 counting centres for the counting of votes in the elections to the 140-member state assembly in Kerala. The state had registered more than 77 percent polling. There are 1203 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose Congress-led UDF government is looking for a second consecutive term.
 
In Tamil Nadu, the counting of votes is being held at 68 centres across the state in the elections to the 234-member assembly. Polling was held on May 16 for 232 seats. The polling percentage was 73.76 percent.
 
In Puducherry, about 82 percent of the electorate had exercised their franchise on May 16. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats.
 
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Heavy polling as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry vote to elect new assemblies

Voters turned out in large numbers on Monday in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the crucial single-phase elections to elect new legislative assemblies in the two Southern states and one Union Territory.

 
Kerala, Puducherry, TN vote to elect new Assemblies
Voters turned out in large numbers today in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the crucial single-phase elections to elect new legislative assemblies in the two Southern states and one Union Territory.
 
Voting began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm and initial figures said that 71.5 percent of the electors had exercised their franchise in Kerala.
 
In Tamil Nadu, 69.19 percent polling had been recorded by 5 pm and 81.94 percent in Puducherry, and the final figures were expected to be higher.
 
Campaigning for the elections in the three states had come to a close on Saturday evening.
 
Polling was by and large peaceful in all three states, with no major untoward incident reported from any constituency. Rains in the morning played a dampener for a while in some parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala but voters did not allow this to affect their enthusiasm and brisk polling was seen in these places later in the day.
 
In Kerala, there are a total of  2,61,06,422 electors, including 1,35,08,693 women, in the 140 constituencies that went to the polls. There are 1203 candidates, including 109 women, in the fray. The Election Commission had set up 21646 polling stations in the state.
 
In Tamil Nadu, a total of 5,82,59,801 voters, including  2,93,33,954 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in the 234 constituencies.
 
However, voting was held today for 232 seats, with polling in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies having been deferred by the Election Commission to May 23. There were a total of 3728 candidates in the 232 constituencies and voting took place at 65,486 polling stations.
 
In Puducherry, there are a total of  9,41,935 voters, including 4,94,238 women. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats. As many as 930 polling stations were set up by the Election Commission across the Union Territory.
 
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Counting of votes in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, as well as in Assam, which went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, and in West Bengal, where polling was held in six phases between April 4 and May 5, will be taken up on May 19 and all the results are expected by that evening. In Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies of Tamil Nadu, counting of votes will be taken up on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
Polling was also held today in bye-elections to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
Counting of votes in all these constituencies will also be taken up on May 19.
 
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Polling begins for 25 seats in final phase of West Bengal Assembly elections

Polling began amidst tight security in 25 constituencies in the sixth and final phase of the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Thursday morning.

 
WB polls: 25 constituencies go to polls in last phase
Polling began amidst tight security in 25 constituencies in the sixth and final phase of the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly this morning.
 
The constituencies include 16 in Purba Medinipur district and nine in Cooch Behar district.
 
There are a total of 58,04,019 voters in the 25 constituencies, including  27,80,150 women. There are 170 candidates in the fray, including 18 women.
 
The Election Commission has set up 6774 polling stations and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly are being held in six phases, along with elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
 
Phase 1A of the polling in 18 constituencies in West Bengal was held on April 4 and Phase 1B in 31 constituencies on April 11, Phase 2 (56 constituencies) on April 17, Phase 3 (62 constituencies) on April 21 , Phase 4 (49 constituencies) on April 25 and Phase 5 (53 constituencies) on April 30. 
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11 while polling will be held in a single day on May 16 to choose new legislative assemblies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry on May 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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Polling begins in 49 constituencies in fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections

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Voting was underway in 49 constituencies that went to the polls amidst tight security in the fourth phase of the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly today.
 
The constituencies where polling is being held today include 33 in North 24 Parganas and 16 in Howra district. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm.
 
A total of 1,08,16,942 electors are eligible to vote in today's elections, including 52,24,395 women. There are, in all, 345 candidates in the fray, including 40 women.
 
The Election Commission has set up 12454 polling stations and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly are being held in six phases. Phase 1A of the polling in 18 constituencies was held on April 4 and Phase 1B in 31 constituencies on April 11, Phase 2 (56 constituencies) on April 17 and Phase 3 (62 constituencies) on April 21. 
 
Polling in Phase 5 (53 constituencies) will be held on April 30 and Phase 6 (25 constituencies) on May 5.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11 while polling will be held in a single day on May 16 to choose new legislative assemblies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry on May 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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More than 79% polling in 62 constituences in third phase of polling in West Bengal

Women voters waiting for their turn at a polling booth, during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly Election, at Shyampukur constituency of Kolkata North on April 21, 2016.
Women voters waiting for their turn at a polling booth, during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly Election, at Shyampukur constituency of Kolkata North on April 21, 2016.
More than 79.22 percent of the electorate turned out to exercise their franchise in 62 constituencies that went to the polls in the third round of the six-phase elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly today.
 
The 62 constituencies were spread over Kolkata Uttar and the districts of Murshidabad, Nadia and Burdwan.
 
Election Commission officials said 79.22 percent polling was recorded till 5 pm, when there was still one hour of voting to go.
 
A total of  1,37,42,000 electors, including 65,79,218 women, were eligible to vote in today's elections. There were 418 candidates in the fray, including 34 women.
 
The Election Commission had set up 16451 polling stations in the 62 constituencies and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
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BSF to get land for 4 Battalion HQ at Farakka

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The Union Cabinet today approved the transfer of 58.81 acres of surplus land of Farakka Barrage Project under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to Border Security Force (BSF) under the Ministry of Home Affairs for establishment of 4-Battalion Headquarters of BSF at Khejuriaghat in Mouza Jagannathpur, in Malda district of West Bengal.
 
An official press release said the Farakka Barrage Project (FBP)would also be benefitted by guarding of crucial Indian frontiers with Bangladesh by BSF in Malda District, which is adjoining to Farakka Barrage Project.
 
Also, possibility of encroachments of FBP land and ensuing security concerns to FBP would be reduced due to presence of the BSF personnel in the area, it added.
 
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More than 80% voter turnout in second phase of West Bengal assembly polls

More than 80 percent of the electorate turned out to vote on Sunday in 56 constituencies spread over seven districts in the second phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.

More than 80 percent of the electorate turned out to vote today in 56 constituencies spread over seven districts in the second phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.
 
The districts are Birbhum, Malda, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Darjeeling.
 
The voting figures were as at 5 pm when one hour of polling was stil to go in several of the constituencies and the final figure is expected to be higher.
 
These constituencies had registered 86.51 percent polling in the last assembly elections in the state in 2011.
 
Polling, which began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm in Left-wing extremism affected areas and at 6 pm in the other constituencies, was by and large peaceful, officials said.
 
In all, 1,21,74,947 electors, including 58,91,717 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in today's elections. There were 383 candidates in the fray, including 33 women.
 
The Election Commission had set up 13645 polling stations in these 56 constituencies and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
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Elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly are being held in six phases. Phase 1A of the polling in 18 constituencies was held on April 4 and Phase 1B in 31 constituencies on April 11.
 
Polling in Phase 3 (62 constituencies) will be held on April 21, Phase 4 (49 constituencies) on April 25, Phase 5 (53 constituencies) on April 30 and Phase 6 (25 constituencies) on May 5.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11 while polling will be held in a single day on May 16 to choose new legislative assemblies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry on May 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The terms of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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Voting begins for 56 seats in second phase of West Bengal Assembly elections

Voting began began on Sunday morning in 56 constituencies spread over seven districts in the second phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.

Voting began began this morning in 56 constituencies spread over seven districts in the second phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.
 
The districts are Birbhum, Malda, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Darjeeling.
 
Polling began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm in Left-wing extremism affected areas and at 6 pm in the other constituencies.
 
In all, 1,21,74,947 electors, including 58,91,717 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in today's elections. There are 383 candidates in the fray, including 33 women.
 
The Election Commission has set up 13645 polling stations in these 56 constituencies and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly are being held in six phases. Phase 1A of the polling in 18 constituencies was held on April 4 and Phase 1B in 31 constituencies on April 11.
 
Polling in Phase 3 (62 constituencies) will be held on April 21, Phase 4 (49 constituencies) on April 25, Phase 5 (53 constituencies) on April 30 and Phase 6 (25 constituencies) on May 5.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11 while polling will be held in a single day on May 16 to choose new legislative assemblies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry on May 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The terms of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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79.5% polling in West Bengal, 82% in Assam, EC orders FIR against Gogoi

More than 79.5 percent of the voters exercised their franchise in the second part of the first phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal legislative assembly and more than 82.2 percent of the electorate turned out in the second phase of polling in Assam on Monday.

 
Polling underway in part B of phase I of elections to the West Bengal Assembly
More than 79.5 percent of the voters exercised their franchise in the second part of the first phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal legislative assembly and more than 82.2 percent of the electorate turned out in the second phase of polling in Assam today.
 
Election Commission officials told journalists here this evening that the final figures were still being tallied and the actual polling percentage could be higher.
 
The polling was by and large peaceful in both the states and no major untoward incident was reported from anywhere, they said.
 
In West Bengal, polling was held today for 31 Assembly constituencies in the districts of Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and Burdwan.
 
These constituencies had recorded 83.72 percent polling in the last assembly elections in 2011.
 
A total of 69.9 lakh electors were eligible to vote in today's polling in these 31 constituencies. There were a total of 163 candidates in the fray, including 21 women.
 
The Election Commission had set up 8465 polling stations in these 31 constituencies.
 
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In Assam, voting was held in 61 constituencies in the lower and central parts of the state. These constituencies had recorded 76.05 percent polling in the 2011 Assembly elections and 80.2 percent in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the officials said.
 
In all, 1.04 crore voters were eligible to vote in these 61 constituencies, including 50.44 lakh women. There were 525 candidates in the fray, including 48 women. The Election Commission had set up 12699 polling stations for today's polls.
 
A 19-year-old youth succumbed to injuries he suffered during an incident of stone-throwing and consequent lathi-charge by security personnel in Barpeta district of Assam. The Election Commission has directed the district administration to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident and establish the sequence of events.
 
The Commission said a first information report (FIR) had been filed by the election authorities in Assam against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for holding a press conference in alleged violation of the Representation of Peoples Act during polling hours today.
 
The election laws prohibit the holding of such press conferences within 48 hours of the closure of polls.
 
The officials also said that the allegations levelled by Mr. Gogoi against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma during the press conference were found to be incorrect. 
 
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Voting begins in first phase of assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam

Voting began in the first phase of polling in the elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal and Assam amidst tight security on Monday morning.

Voting began in the first phase of polling in the elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal and Assam amidst tight security this morning.
 
Queues of voters were seen at many polling booths in the two states from the start of voting at 7 am.
 
In West Bengal, voting is being held today in 18 constituencies in Phase IA of polling. They include six seats in Paschim Medinipur, nine in Purulia and three in Bankura districts. 
 
These constituencies have a total electorate of 40,09,171 voters, including 20,47,202 men and 19,57,453 women. There are 4500 service electors in these constituencies.
 
There are a total of 133 candidates in these constituencies, including 11 women.
 
The Election Commission has set up 4945 polling stations and made elaborate arrangements to ensure a smooth poll in these constituencies.
 
As many as 65 constituencies went to the polls in the first phase of voting in Assam. There are 566 candidates in all, including 44 women. Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress, who is seeking a fourth conseccutive term, and Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief ministerial candidate of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
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Death toll in Kolkata flyover collapse rises to 23, rescue ops continue

The death toll in Thursday's collapse of an under-construction flyover in the Burra Bazaar area of North Kolkata rose to 23 on Friday even as search and rescue teams continued to work round-the-clock to find people feared trapped under the tonnes of mangled steel and concrete.

 
Kolkata flyover collapse: Death toll rises to 23
 
The death toll in yesterday's collapse of an under-construction flyover in the Burra Bazaar area of North Kolkata rose to 23 today even as search and rescue teams continued to work round-the-clock to find people feared trapped under the tonnes of mangled steel and concrete.
 
Soldiers from the Army and teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), state agencies, the police and hundreds of volunteers worked through the night last night to extricate people from under the debris.
 
Police sources told NetIndian that those killed in the tragedy included 20 men and three women.
 
At least 67 others suffered injuries in the incident and were taken to various hospitals for treatment. Several of them were discharged after first-aid, the sources said.
 
A 60-metre portion of the 2-km under-construction flyover, which has been in the making for more than six years, crashed suddenly on vehicles and pedestrians using the road below around 1215 yesterday afternoon.
 
Even as the incident has triggered off a blame game among political parties, the West Bengal government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident to fix responsibility for any lapses that may have occured.
 
Kolkata Police have registered a case against the Hyderabad-based construction company IVRCL, which is building the flyover, under sections 304, 308 and 407 of the IPC. Police carried out searches at the three offices of the company in the city yesterday and later sealed them.
 
Burra Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in the region and one of the busiest localities in the city. The bridge is meant to link the area with Howrah.
 
Hundreds of people of the locality and passers-by rushed to the spot as soon as the flyover came crashing down and began trying to remove the debris with their bare hands, using whatever equipment they could lay their hands on, even as the authorities made arrangements to rush cranes, gas cutters, heat sensors, other machinery, sniffer dogs as well as ambulances to the scene. 
 
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Scores of witnesses told journalists at the scene that they heard a loud rumble and then a massive thud as the huge bridge suddenly came down without any warning.
 
Footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera in the area showed people going about their normal business and traffic moving as usual under the flyover when it suddenly came crashing down.
 
Traffic in the entire area came to a total standstill and there were traffic snarls in several nearby areas as a consequence.
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was campaigning for the state assembly elections outside Kolkata, rushed back to the state capital and visited the scene of the tragedy.
 
She said stringent action would be taken against officials of the construction company, IVRCL Limited, or any others found guilty of negligence.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in the United States on an official visit, took stock of the situation and expressed shock and grief over the incident. He also talked to Ms. Banerjee over the telephone and assured her of all possible help from the Centre.
 
“Shocked and saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation and rescue operations. 
 
"My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Media reports said the bridge has been under construction since 2009 and suffered several delays along the way. 
 
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19 dead, 77 injured as under-construction flyover collapses in Kolkata

At least 19 persons died and 77 others suffered injuries when an under-construction flyover, which has been more than six years in the making, collapsed in the busy and congested Bura Bazaar area of north Kolkata on Thursday.

 
Kolkata: 10 dead in under-construction bridge collapse
 
At least 19 persons died and 77 others suffered injuries when an under-construction flyover, which has been more than six years in the making, collapsed in the busy and congested Bura Bazaar area of north Kolkata today.
 
Police sources told NetIndian that the 19 dead included two women. All of them were crushed under the tonnes of concrete and steel that came crashing on them around 1215 pm today without any warning.
 
They said 77 others had been taken to various hospitals in the city for treatment of injuries.
 
Officials feared the number of casualties could increase as search and rescue teams made their way through the mangled steel and concrete late into the night.
 
Army personnel and teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) joined the local police, the fire brigade, other agencies and hundreds of volunteers in a massive rescue effort with specialised equipment, sniffer dogs and so on.
 
Several people were feared trapped below the debris of the bridge and frantic efforts were being made to reach them without loss of time. As people dug through the rubble, they found cars, taxis and other vehicles trapped under the concrete.
 
Hundreds of people of the locality and passers-by rushed to the spot and began trying to remove the debris with their bare hands, using whatever equipment they could lay their hands on, even as the authorities made arrangements to rush cranes, gas cutters and other machinery as well as ambulancesto the scene. 
 
Scores of witnesses told journalists at the scene that they heard a loud rumble and then a massive thud as the huge bridge suddenly came down without any warning.
 
Footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera in the area showed people going about their normal business and traffic moving as usual under the flyover when it suddenly came crashing down.
 
Traffic in the entire area came to a total standstill and there were traffic snarls in several nearby areas as a consequence.
 
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was campaigning for the state assembly elections outside Kolkata, rushed back to the state capital and visited the scene of the tragedy.
 
She said stringent action would be taken against officials of the construction company, the Hyderabad-based IVRCL Limited, or any others found guilty of negligence.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in the United States on an official visit, took stock of the situation and expressed shock and grief over the incident.
 
“Shocked and saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation and rescue operations. 
 
"My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was touring West Bengal as part of the BJP's election campaign, asked the Director General, NDRF, Mr. O.P.Singh, to rush rescue teams to the spot.
 
An official press release said seven NDRF teams had been deputed to the site and two more teams were being mobilized for the rescue operations.
 
"I am deeply saddened to know that precious lives have been lost in the Kolkata accident," he added.
 
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Navy's sixth landing craft utility ship launched in Kolkata

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The sixth ship of the Indian Navy's landing craft utility (LCU) MK IV project, was launched at a ceremony at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) here yesterday.
 
In accordance with the traditions, invocations from Atharva Veda were recited and Mrs. Seema Verma, wife of Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command, applied ‘kumkum’ on the ship’s stem.
 
She, thereafter, named the ship as ‘LCU-L56’, wished the ship good luck and launched the vessel.
 
Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), VSM, Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE Ltd, commenced the proceedings with a formal welcome, which was followed by an address by the chief guest, Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma.
 
Vice Admiral Verma said the Indian Navy had been supporting the drive for indigenous construction of warships leading to advancements of the country's shipbuilding industry and acknowledged the role of GRSE as a reliable partner in pursuing the national goal of ‘Make in India’. He extended warm felicitations to the entire team of the GRSE for their significant contribution towards meeting the Navy’s growing requirements of state-of-the-art warships.
 
LCU L-56 is the sixth vessel of the series of eight LCU ships being designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy. The ship can be deployed for multi-role activities like beaching operations, humanitarian and disaster relief operations and evacuation from distant islands. 
 
The first ship of the class ‘LCU-L51’ was launched on March 12, and is presently undergoing sea trials at GRSE. The vessel is likely to be delivered shortly to the Indian Navy.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.7 N and longitude 89.4 E, occurred at 2145 hours at a focal depth of 21 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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India-Pakistan ICC World T20 clash shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata

The venue of the much-awaited India-Pakistan ICC World Twenty20 clash was today shifted from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh to Eden Gardens in Kolkata for security reasons.
 
The two neighbours and arch-rivals are due to meet each other in a Group 2 match of the Super 10 in the tournament on March 19.
 
The evening match will take place as scheduled on Saturday, March 19 and will start at 1930 hours local time.
 
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had earlier raised concerns about the security for the match, referring to possible demonstrations and efforts to disrupt the event.
 
Later, Pakistan had sent a delegation to Dharamsala to review security in the town.
 
“The decision has been taken following consultation with the BCCI, the relevant state associations, the ICC and BCCI security consultant and other relevant authorities," International Crikcet Council (ICC) CEO David Richardson said.
 
“The decision to relocate the match has been made for security reasons. The concerns initially arose following alleged public comments recently reported by the Chief Minister of Hamachal Pradesh, warning of demonstration and attempts to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the match.
 
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“Our concerns relate both to uncertainty as to the level of those threats as well as the level of commitment to implement any security plan developed to mitigate such treats.
 
“The decision was not taken lightly," Richardson said. "The ICC and the BCCI understand the disappointment that is likely to be felt by many over the decision to move the match. But the safety and security of the event is of paramount importance to the ICC and we have taken into consideration the concerns shared with us by our security advisors as well as Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
“As far as those who have purchased tickets online for the match, they will be offered the choice of a full refund or the opportunity to exchange their tickets for ones for the Kolkata match.
 
“Finally, I would like to confirm that the ICC has been assured by all relevant state authorities that all adequate security measure are in place and will be implemented to ensure that the event is staged in a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders.”
 
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EC announces dates for Assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, TN, Kerala, Puducherry

Assam will go to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, West Bengal in six phases between April 4 and May 5 and Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will have a single-day poll on May 16 to elect new State Legislative Assemblies, the Election Commission announced in New Delhi on Friday.

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Assam will go to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, West Bengal in six phases between April 4 and May 5 and Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will have a single-day poll on May 16 to elect new State Legislative Assemblies, the Election Commission announced here today.
 
In Assam, as many as 65 constituencies will go to the polls in the first phase on April 4 and 61 in the second phase on April 11.
 
The notification for the first phase will be issued on March 11 and for the second phase on March 14.
 
In West Bengal, Phase 1A of the polling (18 constituencies) will be held on April 4, Phase IB (31 constituencies) on April 11, Phase 2 (56 constituencies) on April 17, Phase 3 (62 constituencies) on April 21, Phase 4 (49 constituencies) on April 25, Phase 5 (53 constituencies) on April 30 and Phase 6 (25 constituencies) on May 5.
 
The notifications for Phase IA will be issued on March 11, 1B on March 14, Phase 2 on March 22, Phase 3 on March 28, Phase 4 on April 1, Phase 5 on April 4 and Phase 6 on April 11.
 
Notifications for the single-phase polling on May 16 in Kerala, TAmil Nadu and Puducherry will be issued on April 22. 
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all four states and UT on May 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The terms of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
The Kerala Assembly has a total of 140 seats, including 14 reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribes (STs); Tamil Nadu 234 (44 SC, 2 ST); West Bengal 294 (68 SC, 16 ST); Puducherry 30 (5 SC); and Assam 126 (8 SC, 16 ST).
 
The electoral rolls of all the existing Assembly constituencies in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry have been revised, with reference to 01.01.2016 as the qualifying date, and have been finally published.
 
The total number of electors in Assam is 1,98,66,496; Kerala 2,56,08,720; Tamil Nadu 5,79,15,075; West Bengal 6,55,46,101; and Puducherry 9,27,034.
 
Briefing mediapersons about the election schedule, Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi said the Commission had directed the States concerned to conduct a time-bound and systematic drive for the improvement in the quality and health of their respective electoral rolls, so as to enhance their fidelity for the conduct of free and fair elections. 
 
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The Commission will set up 24,888 polling stations in Assam, 21,498 in Kerala, 65,616 in Tamil Nadu, 77,247 in West Bengal and 913 in Puducherry to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Dr. Zaidi said that, for the first time, the Commission has provided a new symbol for the None of the Above (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect immediately from now onwards. All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to the whole of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry and will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and, the State Governments of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pudducherry. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government insofar as announcements/policy decisions pertaining. for these States/UT is concerned.
 
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Modi to visit Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal on Sunday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
In Chhattisgarh, Mr. Modi will lay the foundation stone for houses to be built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, at Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh tomorrow. 
 
He will also launch the Shyama Prasad Mukherji National Rurban Mission at Kurubhat in Rajnandgaon district of the state.
 
The Rurban Mission aims at development of rural growth clusters in all States and UTs, which would trigger overall development in the region. These clusters would be developed by provisioning of economic activities, developing skills and local entrepreneurship and providing infrastructure amenities. 
 
Mr. Modi will address a public meeting at Bargarh in Odisha and attend the inauguration of the centenary celebration of Gaudiya Mission and Math in Kolkata tomorrow evening, the release added.
 
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Cabinet okays amendment to Delimitation Act, Representation of the People Act

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The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for amendment of section 11 of the Delimitation Act, 2002 and section 9 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950. 
 
This will enable the Election Commission to carry out limited delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal consequent upon the exchange of 51 Bangladeshi enclaves and 111 Indian enclaves, respectively, between India and Bangladesh, with effect from 31st July, 2015. 
 
This is in pursuance of the Constitution (One Hundredth Amendment) Act, 2015 and also allows for introduction of a Bill, namely, the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament. 
 
In a historic pact between India and Bangladesh, 51 Bangladeshi enclaves (Chhitmahals) in Indian Territory and 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh territory were exchanged with effect from 31st July, 2015. The move altered the geography and demography of the district of Cooch Behar in West Bengal. 
 
With a view to carry out consequential geographic and demographic alterations vis-à-vis the electoral mosaic of the affected areas, the Election Commission requested the Government to amend section 11 of the Delimitation Act, 2002 and section 9 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 to enable it to carry out limited delimitation of constituencies in the affected areas. 
 
Since the newly acquired area consequent upon the exchange of territory between India and Bangladesh has become part of Indian territory, it is required to make delimitation exercise within the limited constituency area before the ensuing State Assembly elections in West Bengal, the release added.
 
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NDRC inks MoU with IICB to promote entrepreneurship

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The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has entered into  a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata to promote entrepreneurship.  
 
NRDC Chairman and Managing Director H. Purushotham and CSIR-ICCB Director Samit Chattopadhyay signed the MoU in the presence of Union Minister of Science & Technology Harsh Vardhan  and West Bengal Minister  for Science, Technology & Biotechnology Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay.
 
CSIR-IICB is engaged in research on diseases and certain biological problems of global interest. To spin out these R&D outcomes and with a view to contribute country’s startup movement, CSIR-IICB established a Translational Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE) which includes an Incubation Centre of about 10,000 sq. ft..  
 
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