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CPM paved way for debacle, say allies

Pointing finger at the big brother party for the rout in civic polls, the Left Front partners have now become stoic and a bit sceptical about the “turnaround theory” which the CPI(M) had tried to present on Wednesday. The major Front allies believe that “the winds of change are now a reality” and there is no chance for the Left Front to bounce back in the 2011 Assembly polls.

Mamata renews early poll call

Buoyed by her party’s victory in the civic polls, Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday renewed her demand for early Assembly elections. “These results are a clear vote of no trust against the Left Front which has lost its moral right to rule the state,” she said, adding that it should step down and seek fresh mandate

2 contenders for Kolkata mayor


When asked who would be the new mayor of Kolkata, Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said that the party would decide later. “We will give you a worker (for the mayor’s post), not a leader because a worker performs better,” she added.

Bengal cops ‘heard’ Maoists sabotaging track?

The police could actually hear the hammers banging on the steel tracks and voices happily reporting the “progress” of their “operation” to their seniors over the cell phone.

Bengal: No need for CBI derail probe

The state government has refused to give its consent to a CBI probe into the derailment of the Gyaneswari Express, which led to the death of 148 persons.

75% turnout in landmark civic polls in Bengal


Contrary to earlier fears, the elections to 81 civic bodies across West Bengal, including the prestigious Kolkata Municipal Corporation, passed off peacefully on the whole on Sunday. There was no poll-related casualties although voting was spread over 16 districts, including some volatile ones like South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas,

Civic polls acid test for Trinamul, CPM

The civic polls scheduled for Sunday have assumed importance because these are being viewed as the dress rehearsal to the Assembly elections of 2011.
These municipal elections will allow the CPI(M) to find out whether it has recovered the ground it lost in the Lok Sabha elections. For the Trinamul Congress will also get a

Confusion on cause of crash

Was it a bomb blast which led to the derailment of the Gyaneshwari Express? Or were the 13 coaches of the ill-fated train derailed following the removal of fish plates and the cutting of a portion of railway tracks?

Bata India to invest Rs 200 cr

Bata India Limited, the largest shoes maker in the country has earmarked an investment of Rs 200 crore in the next three years, beginning this fiscal.
The investments will include opening of new stores as well as the installation of plant and machinery.

Ex-Real star Figo to grace FPAI awards?

The Football Players’ Association of India is determined to give an international feel to its annual awards ceremony this year, which is likely to be held during the first week of August either in Goa or Mumbai, and former Portugal and Real Madrid star Luis Figo could grace the event.

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