Bengaluru, April 17: Polling for 56 constituencies in 2nd phase of West Bengal Assembly elections 2016 began on Sunday, April, 17.
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5.53 pm: PM Narendra Modi addressing another rally in Kolkata (West Bengal),
5.34 pm: The 10-day Thrissur Pooram festival celebrations begins in Kerala with grandeur, Elephants parade for festival.
5.33 pm: 3 State Reserve Police companies were sought, one company will reach soon. Rest will come by night: Surat police commissioner Ashish Bhatia.
5.06 pm: nternet services suspended in Surat (Gujarat) till April 19 due to Patidar Aandolan.
5.04 pm: Section 144 imposed, Internet services also suspended in Mehsana, says Lochan Sehra, Mehsana Collector on Patidar andolan.
5.03 pm: Protesters also attempted to set two Govt properties on fire. Situation now under control:Lochan Sehra, Mehsana Collector on Patidar andolan.
4.54 pm: Strict action(including heavy fines) will be taken against Ola&Uber cabs from tommorrow in Delhi for charging fares arbitrarily in the wake of odd even: Delhi Govt.
4.52 pm: Strict action will b taken against people who will try to disrupt peace in state: Ashish Bhatia,Surat Police Commissioner.
4.51: Because of such examples only, the real estate bill was necessitated. I appeal all builders to adhere to time schedule: Venkaiah Naidu.
4.50 pm: 435 people have been detained & we are investigating. Situation is normal now: Surat Police cmmissonr on Patidar community 'Jail Bharo' protest.
4.39 pm: Act will come into force soon. Action will be taken against those responsible. Builders including Amrapali have to fulfil promises, says V Naidu.
4.36 pm: The Real Estate Bill is passed by both houses of the Parliament. Now we're discussing about framing of rules: Venkaiah Naidu.
4.28 pm: Kolkata: PM Modi met Swami Atmasthanand Maharaj(Head of Ramakrishna Mission), who is admitted in hosp, earlier today.
4.27 pm: They have to adhere to the schedule. All builders including Amrapali have to fulfil promises: Venkaiah Naidu.
4.22 pm: Army Chief took 1st hand assessment of internal security situation specifically in view of recent incidents at Handwara & Nutnusa (J&K).
4.20 pm: Army Chief General Dalbir Singh arrives for a day visit to HQ Northern Command at Udhampur (J&K).
4.09 pm: Clash between police & Patidar community demanding release of Hardik Patel in Mehsana (Gujarat).
4.08 pm: 70.33 % voter turnout recorded till 3 PM in the second phase of WB.
4.00 pm: Mamata Didi is also a part of syndicate culture. Vivekananda flyover case is a result of this culture, says PM Modi.
3.49 pm: Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath retires from ODIs and T20Is. He will continue to play test matches.
3.48 pm: If Eastern part of India does not develop, development of India will not be completed, says PM Modi in WB.
3.36 pm: Curfew imposed in Mehsana (Gujarat) after clash between police and Patidar community demanding release of Hardik Patel.
3.35 pm: If this has happened, its wrong because EC had issued notice to Mamata Banerjee, the TMC leader not Mamata Banerjee, the CM, says PM Modi.
3.54 pm: I have ve heard that Chief Secy of West Bengal replied to Election Commission's notice issued to Mamata Banerjeeji, says PM Modi.
3.26 pm: Mamata Banerjee ji is not fighting elections with other political parties but with Election Commission, says PM Modi.
3.15 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a rally in Krishnanagar, Nadia in West Bengal shortly.
3.00 pm: Clash between police & Patidar community demanding release of Hardik Patel, police use tear gas shells on protesters in Surat.
2.45 pm: Prashant Kishore is strategizing the campaign, not managing it: Amarinder Singh,Congress on Punjab assembly election.
Dogs Pool party in Delhi: Dogs take over the pool seeking some respite amid soaring temperatures in the capital pic.twitter.com/kSzjhveBPz— ANI (@ANI_news) April 17, 2016
2.30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Swami Atmasthanand Maharaj (Head of Ramakrishna Mission) who is admitted in a hospital in Kolkata.
2.15 pm: Noida Hit & Run case: People protest with body of the deceased in Noida (UP), family demands justice.
2.00 pm: There was difference of opinion.So I yesterday returned that car (Rs.1 crore SUV) to Murugesh Nirani: BS Yeddyurappa.
1.59 pm: Don't judge the book by the preface, read the entire book and then come to conclusion, says Rahul Raj Singh on Pratyusha suicide case.
1.55 pm: I am innocent, just waiting for the judgement to come, says Rahul Raj Singh in Pratyusha Banerjee death case.
1.47 pm: Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hits Tonga.
1.45 pm: Indian Consulate Gen on his way to Essen to visit Gurudwara Nanaksar, meet injured and iscuss situation with Policein Germany Gurudwara Blast.
1.30 pm: Flats buyers protest against Amrapali Group in Noida (UP) for delay in possession.
1.25 pm: PM Modi to visit Swami Atmasthanand Maharaj (Head of Ramakrishna Mission) today as latter has been admitted to hospital in Kolkata.
1.00 pm: Heat wave intensifies in Delhi, Met department says temperature will fall by 2-4 degrees within 48 hours.
12.55 pm: Ecuador quake death toll rises to 77
12.54 pm: Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal casts his vote in Birbhum for second phase West Bengal polls.
12.30 pm: "Fast Wifi For All" launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at Bhubaneshwar Railway Station (Odisha).
12.19 pm: BJP delegation to meet EC at 1 pm today over Birbhum incident.
12.00 noon: 39.23% voter turnout recorded till 11am in second phase of on west bengal polls.
11.30 am: Two persons injured in a clash between CPI(M) and TMC workers outside a polling booth in Malda (West Bengal).
11.25 am: A medical aspirant allegedly commits suicide at her accommodation in Kota (Rajasthan).
11.23 am: BJP wants to use President's rule as a tool to impose an immoral Govt on the state, says Harish Rawat in uttarakhand.
11.00 am: 21.79% voter turnout recorded in first 2 hours in second phase of west bengal polls.
10.41 am: Noida Hit & Run case: 4 people called for questioning by Noida police to seek whereabouts of main accused Vinod who has been absconding.
10.30 am: An auto rickshaw damaged after part of an under-construction Lucknow metro pillar collapsed in Sardari khera area.
10.02 am: Injured after part of an under-construction Lucknow metro pillar collapsed in Sardari khera area of Alambagh (UP)
10.00 am: Distressed to hear of explosion in a Gurudwara in Essen in Germany.Our Mission is following up w/ local authorities on ground situation, says MEA.
9.28 am: Officials from Dept of Animal Husbandry, Dept of Wildlife & Forest & police personnel were present during inspection.
9.15 am: Congress MPS Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury and Mausam Benazir Noor cast their votes in Malda for 2nd phase of WB polls.
9.00 am: Congress-Left office in North Dinajpur West Bengal, vandalized last night. Congress blames TMC.
8.59 am: At least 28 killed as 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits northwestern Ecuador, state of emergency declared.
8.48 am: Rahul Raj Singh discharged from Mumbai hospital on Pratyusha Banerjee
8.45 am: Elephants which are to parade during Kerala's Thrissur Pooram being checked for health & fitness ahead of celebrations.
8.40 am: Security outside TMC's Anubrata Mondal's (who was issued showcause by EC) residence in Birbhum.
8.15 am: 3 injured after a clash between TMC, CPI(M) & BJP workers near a polling station in Birbhum.
8.00 am: At least 28 killed in powerful 7.8-magnitude Ecuador earthquake.
7.45 am: Noida Hit & Run case: 1 out of 3 injured persons succumbs to his injuries.
7.30 am: Earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hits Ecuador.
Visuals from Siliguri: Polling underway for second phase of West Bengal Assembly election pic.twitter.com/k1AdzVxcMl— ANI (@ANI_news) April 17, 2016