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2006-05-08 00:21:20

By Kamil Zaheer GOTALA HAT, India (Reuters) - Farm laborer Allauddin Sheikh will vote on Monday for yet another term for the world's longest-running elected communist government in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Allauddin earns around 80 rupees a day ($1.80), but he is guaranteed work and a certain share of the produce he tills, thanks to sweeping land reforms brought by the Left Front government. His children don't have to go hungry and that is reason enough to vote for...

2006-04-30 09:12:49

By Bappa Majumdar BERHAMPORE, India (Reuters) - In India's West Bengal state, the world's longest-serving democratically elected communist government has relied on peasants to win power time and time again since 1977. Now Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, state Chief Minister, says his party is going to win the latest election with new supporters: urban voters and businessmen who for years shunned the communists believing they were anti-business and focused on rural areas. Through a...

2006-04-18 07:20:00

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Three years ago, 16-year-old Jagari Baske vanished from a remote village in the Indian state of West Bengal. But unlike most girls her age who suddenly flee their homes in the country's conservative countryside, she was not eloping with a boyfriend opposed by her family. Instead, Baske ran away to join Maoist rebels who claim to be fighting for the rights of the rural dispossessed but who have been responsible for a wave of killings this year as...

2006-04-03 20:55:03

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Indian schoolgirl Julita Oraon, a devout Christian, never misses Sunday mass, but the rest of her week is spent studying Arabic and Sufi literature among other subjects at an Islamic religious school, or madrasa. Oraon is one of tens of thousands of Hindu and Christian students in the state of West Bengal now attending such schools, considered breeding grounds for religious intolerance and even terrorism in much of Asia. In this part of...

2006-04-02 00:25:33

By Kamil Zaheer NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Voting begins in India's restive Assam state on Monday, kicking off polls in five states being seen as the biggest electoral test of the Congress party-led federal alliance since it won power in May 2004. In Assam, located in India's northeast, a Congress government is fighting for re-election against a regional opposition party and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Both opposition parties are highlighting the illegal...

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2006-03-13 18:30:00

By Bappa Majumdar CANNING, India -- Authorities in eastern India have arrested 30 poachers in the world's largest tiger reserve this year against 40 caught in 2004 and 2005, officials said on Monday. They said the sharp jump in arrests in the first nine weeks of 2006 were largely the result of border troops joining wildlife personnel in tackling poachers in the Sunderbans, a vast mangrove forest home to scores of Royal Bengal tigers. "Joint patrolling and vigilance between us and the Border...

2005-10-24 08:05:53

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - At least one million people were marooned on Monday by flooding in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal after five days of torrential rains left 14 dead, officials said. Relief workers were using boats to ferry supplies of puffed rice and molasses to hundreds of villages cut off by the floods. "The flooding has left more than a million people stranded in the state's south. We are reaching relief materials to them," West Bengal village development...

2005-10-24 02:20:04

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - At least one million people were marooned on Monday by flooding in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal after five days of torrential rains left 14 dead, officials said. Relief workers were using boats to ferry supplies of puffed rice and molasses to hundreds of villages cut off by the floods. "The flooding has left more than a million people stranded in the state's south. We are reaching relief materials to them," West Bengal village development...

2005-07-11 08:11:55

By Surojit Gupta CALCUTTA, India (Reuters) - Once known as the Jewel of the East, the Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta, former capital of colonial India, has seen better days. Used by the British to billet their troops during a mutiny by Indian soldiers in 1857 and again in the 1960s to house the Queen's entourage, the Gothic-style hotel's average occupancy is now just 20 percent and its owner, the communist-led government of West Bengal state, has put it up for sale. Although they...


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