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Tripura Assembly elections: 78 per cent voter turnout, BJP hopes to make inroads in red bastion for 25 years
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

The voter turnout was 78.5 per cent. Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Ray said there were problems with EVMs and VVPATs in a number of polling booths.

Tripura elections: Chorus among first-time voters, say want change
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Moumita Gupta, an SFI activist, said, "This time the BJP should form the government. It’s not because the Left hasn’t given us anything or that they haven’t done their job. It’s just that I feel that Tripura is being left way behind."

Tripura Assembly elections: 23.25% polling recorded till 11am, voters divided between BJP, CPM
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

"We have seen what is happening across the country with Muslims being killed, with the gaurakshaks and I believe that Muslims will one day not even be able to read the namaaz. This election is especially important to us," said one of the voters.

Tripura goes to polls today, all eyes on 20 CPM-held tribal seats
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

Tripura assembly elections 2018: 307 candidates in the fray for 59 constituencies; BJP banks on its tribal ally

Tripura assembly elections 2018: A look at two ground soldiers and how they carried red, saffron flags
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

Just down the road from her home lives Sushmita Saha's counterpart from the ruling party. Sadhan Das, 28, a full-time CPI(M) worker, is looking after booth 5 with 16 “seniors” and four “juniors”. CPI(M) booth in-charges like him are simply called "paara committee", or "neighbourhood committee"

Tripura assembly elections: In CM Manik Sarkar’s Red fort, CPM wary of BJP
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Accuse each other of creating tension; BJP loses Muslim members but its push visible across constituency

PM Narendra Modi in Tripura: We will win and uproot last red flag
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

“No Indian Prime Minister in the history of the country has ever received the kind of love which I have received from the people of Tripura,” PM Modi said.

In Congress stronghold in heart of Agartala, BJP catches the notice of Bengali voters
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

New BJP supporters vocal about giving up on Congress, CPM too has old and new followers

Tripura: After we joined BJP, mosque turned us out, says group of villagers
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

For nearly two years now, the village has been split down the middle. The village has just over 100 families, 83 of these Muslim.

Tripura Assembly Elections: In run-up to polls, how BJP built its army for battle against Left
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

Tripura elections: For a year now, BJP has been engaged in the mammoth task of building a cadre-based organisation, brick by brick, to match the CPI(M) and Left Front’s cadre based-army. Over 50,000 BJP and RSS workers have been engaged.

As term ends, Tripura CM Manik Sarkar says if Left didn’t count, why are we BJP’s headache now?
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

Speaking on criticism levelled at his government that tribals are less literate than non-tribals, in a state with the highest literacy level in the country at 97 per cent, Sarkar admits this was true but inevitable.

Tripura: At seat of tribal movement, CPM assesses BJP and itself
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Yechury agrees there is anti-incumbency but sees no alternative for voters; warns about BJP, its tie-up with IPFT and what happened during Partition.

Between Left and Right, Congress struggles for space in Tripura
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

The BJP, with its aggressive entry into the state’s politics this year, is seen as posing a threat to the ruling Left Front in Tripura. The Congress, on the other hand, is in a state of disarray, troubled by infighting and resentment against the party leadership.

The challenger: In Tripura’s bipolar politics BJP is the new key player
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

As Tripura goes to vote on Feb 18, a new front has opened up in the state’s traditionally bipolar politics, with the BJP emerging as a key player. The Indian Express reports from Agartala on why the equations are shifting in what’s probably the Left’s last bastion.

At heart of immunisation drive, mobilisers who earn Rs 75 a day
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush, Titagarh has already immunised 2,500 of its 4,215 children and 513 of its pregnant mothers.

Meghalaya: Eight MLAs, five from Congress, resign to join NDA ally
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The resignations have brought down the Congress numbers in the 60-member Assembly from 29 to 24.

PM Modi starts Meghalaya campaign tomorrow, but can rainbow coalition win it for BJP?
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav has called for a “rainbow coalition” of all non-Congress parties in either a pre-poll or post-poll alliance.

Visva-Bharati University set to get twin museums to accommodate its artworks
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

The total cost of the project, however, is estimated to be Rs 21 crore. For the rest of the funding, the university had approached the HRD Ministry, which has also given its in-principle sanction to the project, said Dutta.

From brothels to massage parlours: Study shows shift in trafficking of minors from public to private networks in Kolkata
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

"All minors observed were 16 and 17 years old, in Sonagachi and Kapasberia, and originally from mostly West Bengal, with the others from Bangladesh and other Indian states,” says the study

Will the twain of North & South Korea ever meet? Unlikely
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

At each of these Unification Centres we are shown short films -- stark images of starving children, North Koreans crying and fanatically beating their chests at the demise of their Great Leaders, extreme poverty -- a generally unhappy people.

In battle of ideas, CPI(M) is unusually split down the middle
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Truth is, Yechury Vs Karat hides a much more fundamental manner in which the CPI(M) looks at national politics. Which is why the Hyderabad session will be a battleground not only of personalities between the two men on the top, but also of ideas.

Silent operator Mukul Roy helped build TMC, will damage Mamata
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Roy’s refusal to slam Mamata Banerjee is a decidedly smart move by a man considered to be not only one of the wiliest leaders of the Trinamool Congress, but of West Bengal. Since Banerjee remains extremely popular, to attack a popular chief minister would look both opportunistic and work against her former lieutenant’s future political prospects in the state.

Inhuman to deport kids: Child rights body to Supreme Court
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

WBCPCR officials said at present, while 24 Rohingya children are residing in shelter homes, 20 live in correctional facilities across the state, along with their mothers.

Mamata Banerjee forms GTA panel under GJM leader Binay Tamang
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Following the unrest in Darjeeling hills, all 45 elected members of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), including its Chief Executive Bimal Gurung, had resigned from the administrative body.

Darjeeling shutdown: Parties gear up for Sept 12 meet, wonder if strike must continue
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Anit Thapa, who has been expelled by the GJM, has been holding public meetings every day in Kurseong to discuss the “merits” of continuing the strike.

GJM called bandh as it was losing public support, says Harka Bahadur Chhetri
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The statement comes a day after GJM chief Bimal Gurung expelled party chief coordinator Binay Tamang and central committee member Anit Thapa for calling off the indefinite shutdown till September 12, following a meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Hill parties on August 29.

Gorkhaland agitation: ‘GJM called bandh as it was losing public support’, says Harka Bahadur Chhetri
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

The statement comes a day after GJM chief Bimal Gurung expelled party chief coordinator Binay Tamang and central committee member Anit Thapa for calling off the indefinite shutdown till September 12, following a meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Hill parties on August 29.

TMC MP targets Centre over ‘step-motherly attitude’ in appointing Calcutta HC judges
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

MP Abhishek Banerjee, in a recent Facebook post, accused the Centre of “stepmotherly treatment’’ towards the court by not appointing new judges.

TMC MP slams Centre for not appointing new Calcutta HC judges
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee claimed they “intend to incapacitate the already over burdened judiciary of West Bengal and consequently destroy the rule of law in the state and draw whatever political advantage possible out of it’’.

Near border standoff, a village opens its homes to a new future
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Till about 10 years ago, the residents of Zuluk earned their living mainly as construction workers for the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) or the Army, earning around Rs 300 for every day of work at the time.

Amid ‘NSCN(IM) threats’, Keishing buried in Imphal
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Though no government or family source revealed why his body was not taken to his native village, former CM and senior Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh told The Indian Express that it was “most unfortunate” that Rishang Keishing’s body was not allowed to be taken to his village.

How the municipal poll results in Bengal are worrying for democracy
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Out of the 148 wards which went to poll on Sunday, the two main opposition parties in the state – the CPM and the Congress – did not win a single ward.

Off with Gandhi statue by legendary sculptor, it’s distorted: Assam
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Sculpted by Ram Kinkar Baij and unveiled by then Assam chief minister Bishnu Ram Medhi (who later became Madras governor) on October 2, 1970, the Gandhi statue stands in the garden of the Gandhi Mandap atop the 200-metre Sarania Hill in the heart of Guwahati.

Day after Sushma underlines Doklam talks, Chinese Consul General says shared interests of India, China outweigh differences
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

While reiterating that Doklam is “Chinese territory”, Chinese Consul General said despite the “differences’’, there was need for India and China to focus on and continue economic cooperation.

Three months after rhino poaching at Gorumara: Wildlife official admit to lapses in protocol, probe ongoing
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Wildlife official admit to lapses in protocol, probe ongoing

Next to flashpoint, home tension bigger headache than China chill
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

For the people of Kupup (Sikkim), a 1.5 sq-km patch, the India-China tension is not of paramount importance, it’s the Gorkhaland agitation and the frequent landslides that’s disrupting their lives. As for China, they say, it’s business as usual.