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Bipartite talks soon with GJM on Gorkhaland issue
Kolkata: The West Bengal government is keen on bi-partite talks with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leadership to discuss ways to restore normality in the Darjeeling hills and a meeting is likely to be held later this week. Bimal ...

Bangladeshi barge sinks in Hooghly
NOORPUR (West Bengal): A Bangladeshi barge, on its way to the Narayanganj inland port, sank in the Hooghly river after it ran aground hitting an island at Noorpur in South 24 Parganas district on Monday. The barge was carrying 700 tonnes ...

Tribal held for keeping bear as pet gets bail
BHUBANESWAR: A tribal of mineral-rich Keonjhar district of Orissa, arrested last week for keeping a sloth bear in his home, got temporary relief when a court allowed his bail plea on Monday. Thirty-five-year-old Ram Singh Munda, a ...

BJP for strategic ties with U.S.
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party is in favour of “strategic relations” with the United States but is opposed to the nuclear deal with the U.S. because it does not want the country’s right to conduct a nuclear test ...

GJM team to meet Patil
NEW DELHI: A four-member team of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) is likely to hold talks with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil here on Tuesday to explore ways of ending the crisis in Darjeeling. Sources in the Ministry said the aim ...

Reports of support to UPA kite-flying, says Amar Singh
New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party on Monday said its opposition to the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal could not change overnight. The party dismissed as “kite-flying” reports that it had assured backing to the UPA government in the event of ...

Pakistan Foreign Minister to visit India on June 27
NEW DELHI: Just over a month after External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee visited Islamabad, his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi will arrive here to take the dialogue forward. Mr. Qureshi’s three-day visit, from ...

Restore tax breaks for oil, gas producers: Deora writes to PM
NEW DELHI: With Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora petitioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for restoration of tax breaks for producers of oil and gas, the final call on the issue is likely to be taken by the Union Cabinet. ...

Centre may go in for open market sale of wheat
NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the production of 78 million tonnes of wheat this rabi and a procurement of 222 lakh tonnes for the Public Distribution System, the government may intervene in the market with open sale of wheat to contain ...

Congress for taking Left into confidence
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday said the civilian nuclear agreement with the United States was in “national interest” and the government would try its best to take along the Left parties in going ahead with the deal. ...

GJM threatens to close tea gardens
Move can adversely impact export prospects

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