Panic among passengers triggered by sparks on train wheels

Siliguri, June 04: Sparks were seen at the wheels of a train near Siliguri in north Bengal on Friday morning, triggering panic among the passengers, officials said.

The incident happened when the Sealdah-Alipurduar special train was near Atal Tea Estate in Naxalbari, they said.

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Bengal vs Centre: Why the former Chief Secretary is bound by Centre’s rules

New Delhi, June 01: The Centre and the West Bengal government headed by Mamata Banerjee have been at loggerheads over the transfer order of former Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyoadhyay.

Mamata asked the bureaucrat to stay put in Bengal. On Monday, the chief secretary retired and was made adviser to the CM. In the wake of this the Centre issued a show cause notice and directed the bureaucrat to be present in North Block by Tuesday.

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Centre set to initiate disciplinary action against West Bengal chief secretary

New Delhi, May 31: The Centre will initiate disciplinary action against the chief secretary of West Bengal, Alapan Bandyopadhyay after he failed to report to the Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. 

The Centre had transferred him to the DoPT on Friday and he was ordered to report by 10 am on Monday. The decision was taken by the Cabinet’s appointment committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The decision was taken hours after a row broke out over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee skipping a meeting convened by the Prime Minister during his visit to the state to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas. 

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Average victory margin in West Bengal elections was 50.16%

New Delhi, May 25: The voter’s turnout for the West Bengal Assembly election 2021 was 82.3% whereas voter’s turnout in West Bengal assembly elections 2016 was 83.2%.

The winners of the West Bengal State Assembly elections, 2021 won by an average of 50.16 % of total votes polled. In the 2016 elections winners won by an average of 48.02 % of total votes polled, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms said.

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12 ministers have declared pending criminal cases in West Bengal

New Delhi, May 13: 12(28%) ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves. 7(16%) ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms said. 

Out of the 43 ministers analysed, 32 (74%) are crorepatis. The average assets of 43 ministers analysed is Rs 4.29 crores. 

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I remind you….MHA’s stern warning to West Bengal on post-poll violence

New Delhi, May 06: The Union Home Ministry has warned the Bengal government following the wide-spread violence that broke out in the state post the elections.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla sought to know why the government had not written back about the measures taken to stop the violence. He further said, “I remind you that no report has been submitted despite my asking for details on post-poll violence on May 3rd. Non-compliance of this second letter would be taken seriously.”

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Explained: What is Article 356 of the Indian Constitution

New Delhi, May 05: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging “widespread violence” in the aftermath of assembly polls in West Bengal and sought imposition of President’s rule, deployment of central forces and a probe by a retired apex court judge into the “targeted pogrom”.

Earlier in the day, senior advocate and BJP’s national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia also moved the top court seeking CBI probe into violent incidents in the state during and after the poll process.

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With crime syndicates being allowed to flourish, why the violence in Bengal is hardly surprising

New Delhi, May 04: West Bengal has reported wide-spread violence post the election results. The BJP has accused the TMC of targeting its workers and during down property.

Violence has always been symbolic in Bengal. Be it manufacturing of bombs in large numbers, smuggling across the border, land Jihad or fake currency, Bengal has always reported the highest number of cases. Bombs in particular are manufactured in the state with the sole intention of using them against political opponents.

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Why BJP is the only party that can control the menace of infiltrations into West Bengal

New Delhi, Apr 14: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at an election rally in West Bengal that only a BJP government can stop infiltrations into the state. 

He said that the Communists, Congress and Trinamool Congress have a vote bank in infiltrators. “If things continue the same way, Kolkata will face the problem of infiltration as well in the nearby time. Communists, Congress and Mamata Didi all have vote banks in these infiltrators. Only BJP can stop infiltration in Bengal,” Shah said according to a report by ANI. 

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Crude bombs at Nanoor: Why it is hardly surprising in Bengal

New Delhi, Apr 10: Even as polling continues to West Bengal, 200 live bombs were recovered from the Nanoor constituency.

BJP’s IT cell chief, Amit Malviya took to Twitter and said, 200 live bombs recovered from Nanoor constituency’s Hatserandi village, which is home to TMC strongman Anubrata Mandal.

What is quite clear is that the only industry flourishing in Bengal under Mamata Banerjee, both as CM and HM, is bomb making industry, he also said. 

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