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31-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Stringent action to ensure elderly couples' safety: Mamata Banerjee

In the wake of twin murders of old couples in the city, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday promised a thorough investigation in  both cases and stringent action to ensure the safety of the elderly."Thorough investigation will be...

31-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Raj Thackeray meets Mamata over anti-EVM campaign

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and invited her to his party's  campaign to shun Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and return to ballot papers for future elections.Claiming that...

31-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Patients suffer as doctors' strike partly affects Bengal

Patients in some state-run hospitals of West Bengal suffered on Wednesday following a nationwide call for strike given by the Indian Medical Association  (IMA) to protest against the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019.Adhering to IMA's call for boycotting...

31-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Virat Kohli has right to say who he wants as coach : Sourav Ganguly

Virat Kohli has the right to say who he wants as the head coach, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly."He is the captain so, he has got the right to say," Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football...

29-Jul-2019 Kolkata

100th warship built by GRSE commissioned by Indian Navy

A landing craft utility (LCU) - the 100th warship built by the Kolkata-headquartered Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers - was commissioned by the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam on Monday, marking a big milestone in the shipyard's history.The sixth of...

27-Jul-2019 Kolkata

DRI seizes over 12 kg gold in Kolkata, Siliguri

Busting two gold smuggling rackets in Kolkata and Siliguri, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 12.5 kg of foreign origin gold valued at Rs 4.44 crores, an official said on Saturday.In a drive against gold smuggling syndicates, DRI officials...

25-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Re-orient education system for technical competence : Pranab Mukherjee

Former President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Wednesday that Indian education system needs to re-oriented for the students to become "risk-takers and innovation makers" and take the nation ahead."In every sphere of our lives, the influence of science and technology...

21-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Bengali actress Rimjhim Mitra, two others join BJP

Three days after a host of Bengali actors, including Parno Mittra, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi, Bengali film and television actress Rimjhim Mitra followed suit on Sunday even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the BJP for creating...

20-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Dump EVMs, bring back ballot papers : Mamata Banerjee

Reiterating her demand for use of the ballot paper instead of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Saturday electoral reforms were must for ensuring transparency...

09-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Never got settled in any IPL franchise : Yuvraj Singh

World Cup winning hero Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement last month, on Tuesday said he rues not getting settled in any side while playing the Indian Premier League (IPL).Yuvraj, who was the player of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup, played for...

06-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Bengal qualifies for imposition of President's Rule : Babul Supriyo

Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Saturday said West Bengal "qualifies in all the parameters" for the President's Rule to be imposed here but claimed that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not wish to come to power in the state with help of this."The recent...

03-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Mamta government planning false cases against BJP leaders: Mukul Roy

BJP leader Mukul Roy on Wednesday accused the West Bengal government of conspiring to lodge false cases against senior leaders of his party while resorting to large-scale violence and police atrocities on itsworkers.Referring to a directive issued by the...

02-Jul-2019 Kolkata

Now Kolkata's yellow taxis join app cab strike

Commuters in Kolkata had a harrying time for the second day at a stretch on Tuesday as yellow taxis went off the road, joining the online cabs which had called a 48-hour strike to press for a host of demands.Passengers seemed out of their wits in busy areas like...

30-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Babul Supriyo joins Mimi in backing Nusrat's lifestyle choices

Terming her reply to a 'fatwa' against her, as "bold", Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Sunday hailed Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan for rejecting the religious edict."Everybody has the right to lifestyle choice. No one can issue any fatwa on one's personal...

26-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Every child can be ambassador for change: Sheena Chohan

Actress Sheena Chohan of "Ant Story" fame has been vouching for the inclusion of human rights education in schools to make every child an agent for change.Chohan joined hands with the Youth for Human Rights International, a non-profit organization, to teach...

25-Jun-2019 Kolkata

4 JMB militants, including 3 Bangladeshis, held in Kolkata

The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police has arrested four members of banned terror outfit Neo-JMB (Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh), including three Bangladeshi nationals from Kolkata, an officer said on Tuesday.Based on prior information, the STF officers...

25-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee terms Modi's first tenure as 'Super Emergency'

Marking the 44th anniversary of the Emergency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called the previous tenure of the Narendra Modi government as "Super Emergency"."Today is the anniversary of the #Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five...

22-Jun-2019 Kolkata

BJP delegation visits Bhatpara, demands probe

A three-member BJP delegation on Saturday visited violence-hit Bhatpara in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district where two persons were shot  dead during a clash on Thursday, and demanded a probe into the killings even as it accused the state police...

22-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Demonstrations against TMC leaders over cut money

Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed party leaders to return to the public the cut money they took from them, angry local residents held demonstrations outside residences of several Trinamool Congress public representatives demanding...

20-Jun-2019 Kolkata

After 27 years, two sent to prison in Kolkata for smuggling gold

After 27 years, two persons have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for one year for possessing and dealing in smuggled gold.Uttam Poddar and Suman Das (alias Sanjay Saha) would be detained till March 20 next year, DRI officials said.On the basis of information,...

20-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Bengali actress-cum-MP Nusrat Jahan ties the knot in Turkey

Bengali actress and newly-elected MP Nusrat Jahan got married to her businessman beau Nikhil Jain in the picturesque Turkish town of Bodrum.The newly-wed couple shared a picture of themselves walking hand-in-hand after they tied the knot on Wednesday."Towards...

19-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata, Trinamool allowing infiltration : Kailash Vijayvargiya

BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Wednesday accused the West Bengal government of playing with the country's internal security by letting "infiltrators and anti-national elements" in the state.Accusing Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee...

18-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: From street fighter to Congress leader in LS

Maverick, aggressive, and controversial, five-time MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has for long been considered the strongman of West Bengal's Murshidabad district, where he kept the Congress flag flying for decades, and won against all odds from Baharampur in the recent...

17-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Bengal's week-long health services logjam over as doctors end strike

The week-long junior doctors' strike across state-run hospitals in West Bengal was withdrawn on Monday shortly after a meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and representatives of the agitating medics from various medical colleges."We withdraw our...

17-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Impasse to end as Mamata, doctors term meeting 'positive'

The week-long junior doctors' strike across state-run hospitals in West Bengal seemed headed for a resolution on Monday after a meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and representatives of the agitating medics from various medical colleges, which...

16-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Patients suffer as Bengal doctors strike enters 6th day

Health services in West Bengal remained partially disrupted and state-run hospitals wore a deserted look on Sunday morning as the doctors strike entered its sixth day.Sunday  being a holiday, the out-patient departments remained closed and the number of...

15-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee appeals to doctors again, says ESMA won't be invoked

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday again appealed to the agitating junior doctors in the state to end their strike, assuring them that her government would not invoke ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) against them.She said the state government...

15-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee accuses 'some parties' of spreading disinformation

Amid partial disruption in health services in West Bengal due to continuing agitation by junior doctors protesting attacks on their colleagues and demanding adequate security, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused "some political parties" of...

15-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Striking doctors reject Mamata's call for talks

Striking junior doctors in West Bengal on Saturday once again turned down Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's proposal for talks at the state secretariat - Nabanna, and stuck to their stand that she would have to come down to NRS Medical College and Hospital to...

14-Jun-2019 New Delhi/Kolkata

Doctors across India protest Bengal assault, patients seek solution

Doctors, including kin of top Trinamool Congress leaders, held protests across the country on Friday in solidarity with their agitating colleagues in West Bengal even as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and relatives of patients urged both sides to end the...

14-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Celebrities join docs in Kolkata rally demanding dialogue

Expressing solidarity with the protesting doctors of West Bengal, a number of film personalities, singers, painters, civil right activists and common people on Friday participated in a 2-kilometre march here alongside medicos of various hospitals.The participants...

12-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Didi-BJP face-off: Water cannons greet saffron brigade in Kolkata

Hundreds of BJP activists on Wednesday marched towards the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar, only to be stunted midway by the police who fired water cannons and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the mob.Amid heightened security arrangements, the saffron...

12-Jun-2019 Kolkata

TMC settling Rohingyas in Bengal : Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday accused the state's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of illegally settling Rohingya refugees along the India-Bangladesh border in the Sundarbans area and said his party would not let that happen.Referring...

12-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Bengal doctors' strike: Congress MP seeks PM Modi's intervention

Senior Bengal Congress leader and MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing him about the ongoing "cease work" of junior doctors in all hospital across the state and requested his intervention to restore normalcy.Chowdhury...

12-Jun-2019 Kolkata

4 injured as stones pelted at doctors in Bengal hospital

Amid protests by doctors in several districts of West Bengal, four junior doctors were injured when stones were pelted at Burdwan Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday, an official said."The doctors were peacefully holding a dharna when some hooligans...

11-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee unveils Vidyasagar bust in Kolkata college

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday unveiled a bust of Bengali polymath Iswarchandra Vidyasagar at Kolkata's Hare School, 28 days after another bust of  the 19th century reformer was vandalised at a city college during BJP President...

10-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Some OCs, SIs not performing their duties in Bengal : Mamata Banerjee

Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for "playing games" to create unrest in Darjeeling, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Monday that a section of her police force was not performing its duties properly in 3-4 districts and assured strong...

10-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Bengal deprived of coal : Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Centre of depriving the state of getting coal for generating power for the last six months so that the eastern state is forced to resort to load shedding."Central government did not provide...

10-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata should resign as state Home Minister : Mukul Roy

Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy on Monday claimed that seven of his party workers have been killed in West Bengal since the Lok Sabha poll results were announced and demanded Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's "immediate resignation" from the post of the state's...

10-Jun-2019 Kolkata

BJP spreading rumours about Bengal violence: Mamata Banerjee

Alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was spreading rumours about violence in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the saffron party of plotting a conspiracy to topple her government."There is no point sending me behind bars....

09-Jun-2019 Kolkata

8 feared killed in Trinamool-BJP clash in Bengal

At least eight persons were allegedly killed and several others injured and missing following a clash between West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP workers in North 24 Parganas, sources in both parties claimed on Sunday.While the state BJP...

08-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Three killed in Trinamool-BJP clash in Bengal

Three political workers, including two from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and one from the Trinamool Congress, were killed in a clash between the supporters of the two parties in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, on Saturday, police said.However,...

07-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee announces Trinamool's mass contact campaign

Following a setback in the 2019 elections in West Bengal, ruling Trinamool Congress will hold four Jan-Sanjag Yatras (mass contact rallies) in the state, Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Friday.She said the rallies will start on June 21...

07-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee not to attend 'fruitless' NITI Aayog meeting

Making it clear that she would skip the upcoming NITI Aayog meeting, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was "fruitless" for her to attend the deliberations as the body has no financial powers and...

07-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Fruitless to attend NITI Aayog meet : Mamata Banerjee

In an indication that she would skip the June 15 NITI Aayog meeting, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying it was "fruitless" for her to attend the deliberations as the body has no financial powers and the...

04-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Trinamool protests gas price hike, unemployment

Days after the Narendra Modi-led Central government took charge for the second term, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday took out rallies across the state to  protest against high unemployment, hike in cooking gas prices and anticipated...

04-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Sitaram Yechury urges parties to join hands against BJP

Calling the 2019 Lok Sabha election results a "severe setback" for the Left, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said, here on Tuesday, the party would take up independent initiatives to strengthen itself and urged secular democratic forces to join hands...

03-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Bring back paper ballot to save democracy : Mamata Banerjee

Accusing the BJP of winning the Lok Sabha polls by misusing muscle, money and government power, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called for bringing  back the system of paper ballots that was in use prior to electronic voting machines...

03-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Regional languages must be given respect : Mamata Banerjee

Amid outrage from the southern states against the draft National Education Policy that mandated teaching Hindi in school, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on  Monday said people should have the freedom of choice and regional languages must...

03-Jun-2019 Kolkata

BJP deleted Sita's name to distort Lord Ram's chant : Mamata Banerjee

Describing the slogan "Jai Shri Ram" as a distorted one, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the BJP of deleting the name of Lord Ram's wife Sita  from the original chant of "Jai Siya Ram" to coin the twisted slogan."You people write...

03-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee changes FB, Twitter DPs to 'Jai Hind, Jai Bangla'

Days after losing her cool on BJP activists chanting 'Jai Shri Ram', West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and front ranking leaders of her Trinammol Congress changed  their display picture on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to...

01-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Clash as 'Jai Shri Ram' shouting BJP workers protest in Bengal

Police carried out a baton charge to disperse a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shouting "Jai Shri Ram" at a demonstration at Kanchrapara in North 24 Parganas district on Saturday, ahead of a Trinamool Congress meeting in the area.The police...

01-Jun-2019 Kolkata

Bengal recorded 20% rise in milk production : Mamata Banerjee

On the occasion of World Milk Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that the annual milk production in the state has  increased by 20 per cent over seven years to reach 53.83 lakh metric tonnes (MT) in 2017-18."Today is #WorldMilkDay....

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