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Alapan Bandyopadhyay moves CAT challenging probe against him
Kolkata, Oct 21 (IANS) In a significant development, former West Bengal chief secretary and presently chief advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Alapan Bandyopadhyay moved CAT (Central Administrative Tribunal) against the Centre's decision to initiate a probe against him.
2021-10-21
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Weather condition worsens in North Bengal
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) Incessant rains followed by landslides leading to closure of several roads and the toy train in Darjeeling have left many tourists who went to the region during Durga Puja vacation stranded.
2021-10-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Portal to monitor activities of Bengal panchayat department
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) To iron out corruption at the village level, the state panchayat department has decided to develop an online system where all the projects at the village level will be uploaded giving an access to departmental authorities so that they can have an idea about the developments going on at the village level.
2021-10-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Human Interest/Society,Politics
Bengal by-polls: 80 companies of central forces to be deployed
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) has decided to deploy 80 companies of central forces for the forthcoming by election in four assembly constituencies in West Bengal scheduled to be held on October 30.
2021-10-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal govt earns record revenue from liquor sales during Durga Puja
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) The West Bengal government earned a record revenue of Rs 550 crore from the sale of liquor during the recently concluded Durga Puja in the state.
2021-10-20
Category: India, West Bengal,Business/Economy,Human Interest/Society
Fake communal violence videos go viral, WB on high alert
Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) The West Bengal Home Department has put all the districts, particularly those bordering Bangladesh, on high alert after fake videos aiming to create communal tension following the attacks on Hindus during Durga Puja in Bangladesh, went viral.
2021-10-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
North Bengal sees heavy rains, Darjeeling suspends trekking
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) The Darjeeling district administration on Tuesday had to stop trekking and close some roads as sudden heavy rainfall led to landslides in several areas of the hilly north West Bengal.
2021-10-19
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Environment/Wildlife
West Bengal likely to hold civic polls in December
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) West Bengal's State Election Commission is looking for the state government's permission to conduct pending elections to 112 urban civic bodies, including two Municipal Corporations of Kolkata and Howrah, in December and once they get the green signal, a notification might be issued after the October 30 Assembly bypolls.
2021-10-19
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Major reshuffle in Bengal BJP likely after festive season
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) Considering the crucial Municipal Corporation elections likely at the end of this year, the BJP in West Bengal might go through a major organisational reshuffle just after the festive season. Preference is likely to be given to youth and pro-RSS leaders.
2021-10-19
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal govt asks police, administration to stay alert after B'desh violence
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) A day after the state intelligence department issued an alert following the communal unrest in Bangladesh, the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Monday instructed the administration and the police to stay alert and not allow the spread of any kind of communal instigation in the state.
2021-10-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Heavy rains lash south Bengal
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) Heavy rains due to a cyclonic low depression formed in central Bay of Bengal lashed most parts of south West Bengal on Monday.
2021-10-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Environment/Wildlife
Bengal youth BJP leader shot dead, BJP points fingers at Trinamool
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) A youth BJP leader of Itahar in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district, Mithun Ghosh, was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants just in front of his home in the Rajgram village. The BJP alleged that Trinamool Congress anti-socials were behind the murder.
2021-10-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
Double murder triggers panic in Kolkata
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) Murder of a 61-year-old person and his driver in the heart of the city at Gariahat in South Kolkata on Sunday night triggered panic. The Kolkata Police homicide department started investigating into the murder and the bodies were sent for post-mortem.
2021-10-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
B'desh violence: Intel alert in all Bengal border districts
Kolkata, Oct 17 (IANS) In the wake of the communal violence in Bangladesh and considering the immersion of Durga idols followed by Fateha-Dwaz-Daham (Eid Milad un Nabi/Prophet Muhammad's birth celebration) in West Bengal, the state intelligence department has issued an alert to all the districts particularly those bordering Bangladesh and asked the authorities to sensitize the officers to avoid any kind of untoward incident.
2021-10-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Babul Supriyo likely to resign as MP on Tuesday
Kolkata, Oct 17 (IANS) Former union minister Babul Supriyo, who recently joined Trinamool Congress, is likely to resign as Asansol MP on Tuesday.
2021-10-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Unesco report highlights pathetic condition of Bengal schools
Kolkata, Oct 17 (IANS) With more than 1 lakh vacancies for teachers in several schools, mostly in rural areas, across West Bengal, a report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has highlighted the pathetic condition of the schools in the state.
2021-10-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Education
Two held for threatening to kill vocalist Rashid Khan
Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) Two people have been arrested for allegedly making ransom calls to acclaimed singer Ustad Rashid Khan's daughter, threatening to kill her family if they fail to give protection money.
2021-10-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Special arrangements for Durga immersions by Kolkata Police
Kolkata, Oct 15 (IANS) Keeping the Covid-19 and security protocols in mind, the Kolkata Police and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have made major arrangements for the immersion of Durga idols in the scheduled 24 ghats of the city.
2021-10-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Religion
Trinamool criticises Centre's move to extend BSF's jurisdiction
Kolkata, Oct 14 (IANS) A day after the Union home ministry issued a notification extending the jurisdiction of the BSF in West Bengal, Punjab and Assam where the central force will be able to frisk and conduct search operations within a larger 50- km stretch instead of the existing 15 kms, the Trinamool Congress came down heavily on the Centre. It alleged that this was an "infringement" on the rights of the state and an attack on the federal structure of the country.
2021-10-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal guv terms state bureaucrats as 'political servants'
Kolkata, Oct 12 (IANS) Strongly criticising the role of bureaucracy in the state, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that the members of IAS and IPS are no more public servants in the state, rather they have reduced themselves to 'political servants'.
2021-10-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Fire breaks out in Bengal secretariat Nabanna
Kolkata, Oct 12 (IANS) A fire broke out on the panel of the mobile towers on the roof of the 14th floor of the West Bengal secretariat in Nabanna in Kolkata on Tuesday noon. Firefighters and police rushed to the spot and the brought the fire under control within half-an-hour.
2021-10-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
Covid infection rate comes down despite crowd gathering in pujas
Kolkata, Oct 12 (IANS) Despite the mad rush for pandal hopping and huge mobilisation of crowd in and around the puja pandals, the number of cases in the state is showing a sign of decline.
2021-10-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
Mad rush for pandal hopping might lead to the spread of Covid
Kolkata, Oct 11 (IANS) The Covid protocol went for a toss as thousands of people criss-crossed the city on Panchami night on Monday even two days before the official beginning of the pujas. If this is an indicator then it is going to be a crowded puja this year which might give sleepless nights to the state government, puja organisers and the medical experts as well.
2021-10-11
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine,Religion
Durga Puja in Kolkata takes centre stage of political debate
Kolkata, Oct 10 (IANS) Durga Puja in Kolkata has taken the centre stage of political debate after the party in opposition, BJP, threatened to call for a social boycott alleging that the goddess has been disrespected by the organiser of this puja.
2021-10-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Religion
Bengal sounds terror alert during Durga Puja
Kolkata, Oct 10 (IANS) The state government has sounded a terror alert in the state during the 'pujas' -- an indication that West Bengal is the new terror target.
2021-10-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Religion,Defence/Security,Terrorism
CBI arrests 11 people in Nandigram murder case
Kolkata, Oct 9 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)that is probing the post-poll violence in West Bengal under the directive of Calcutta High Court arrested 11 persons including Mamata Banerjee's election agent in Nandigram Sk Sufian's son-in-law Sk Habibul in Nandigram murder case wherein BJP worker Debabrata Maity was allegedly murdered by Trinamool Congress workers.
2021-10-09
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
EC to deploy 27 companies of central forces for Bengal bypolls
Kolkata, Oct 9 (IANS) The Election Commission of India has decided to deploy 27 companies of central forces for the October 30 by-elections in Khardaha in North 24 Parganas, Gosaba in South 24 Parganas, Santipur in Nadia and Dinhata in Coochbehar district.
2021-10-09
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
In Bengal it might be a wet 'puja' this year
Kolkata, Oct 8 (IANS) Bengalis might experience another wet 'puja' this year. The Alipore Meteorological department has predicted that the formation of a depression in the sea of Andaman might create a favourable condition for showers in South Bengal, including Kolkata between October 13-15.
2021-10-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Environment/Wildlife,Religion
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee takes oath as MLA
Kolkata, Oct 7 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday took oath as a member of the state legislative assembly. Though she is the chief minister of the state, she was not a member of the House because she was defeated by the Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari in the assembly polls.
2021-10-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Exodus continues in Bengal BJP, now Sabyasachi Dutta returns to Trinamool
Kolkata, Oct 7 (IANS) Putting an end to all speculation, BJP state secretary and former Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipality, Sabyasachi Dutta, returned to Trinamool Congress on Thursday, two years after leaving the party for the saffron camp.
2021-10-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
More BJP legislators in West Bengal likely to switch to Trinamool
Kolkata, Oct 7 (IANS) The exodus of BJP lawmakers to West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress is not going to stop easily. After speculations of Sabhasachi Dutta leaving the party, there are strong indications that four more legislators are likely to switch camps, compelling BJP President J.P. Nadda to intervene.
2021-10-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal BJP leader's comment fuels speculation of him leaving the party
Kolkata, Oct 6 (IANS) A statement by Bengal BJP leader Sabyasachi Dutta, who had unsuccessfully contested the Assembly elections from Bidhannagar, has triggered speculation of him leaving the party.
2021-10-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Mamata writes to PM Modi on flood situation in Bengal
Kolkata, Oct 6 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging for an immediate and permanent solution to the recurring flood situation in the state.
2021-10-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal's sweet dish 'Mihidan' reaches Bahrain
Kolkata, Oct 6 (IANS) Just before the 'pujas', there is good news for the people of West Bengal. In an effort to promote indigenous and Geographical Identification (GI) tagged products, the first consignment of GI-tagged sweet dish 'Mihidana' sourced from Bardhaman, has been exported to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
2021-10-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National
Tripura BJP MLA shaves his head in atonement - leaves the party
Kolkata, Oct 6 (IANS) In an interesting development, BJP's Tripura MLA Ashis Das after offering puja at Kalighat temple and shaving head as an "act of atonement" for being associated with "a communal party", announced that he is leaving the party.
2021-10-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal guv consents to administer oath to Mamata on Oct 7
Kolkata, Oct 5 (IANS) After much controversy West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has consented to conduct the oath taking ceremony of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and two other MLAs who have recently won in the by-election, at the state legislative assembly on October 7.
2021-10-05
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal govt starts releasing funds to puja committees
Kolkata, Oct 5 (IANS) With the completion of the by-elections and lifting of the Model Code of Conduct, the West Bengal government has started releasing ex-gratia to all the registered puja committees of the state as promised by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
2021-10-05
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
BJP MLA claims political anarchy in Tripura, fuels buzz of joining Trinamool
Kolkata/Agartala, Oct 5 (IANS) A day after praising West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dissident BPP MLA from Tripura, Ashis Das, claimed on Tuesday that political anarchy and chaos are prevailing in the saffron party ruled state, further fuelling speculation of him joining the Trinamool Congress.
2021-10-05
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Schools likely to reopen in Bengal
Kolkata, Oct 5 (IANS) In a significant development, the West Bengal finance department has sanctioned Rs 109 crore to the education department for the renovation of 6,468 state government schools in the state, indicative enough the government is keen to open the schools after Durga Puja.
2021-10-05
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Education,Politics
Controversy erupts over Mamata's oath taking ceremony
Kolkata, Oct 4 (IANS) A fresh controversy has erupted over the oath taking ceremony of three West Bengal MLAs, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote a letter to Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee, saying the 'practice and proceedings at the level of the Assembly and the government have apparently emanated from misconception of law', leaving it to speculation as to whether the Governor would go to the Assembly for the oath taking ceremony as requested by the state government.
2021-10-04
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
'Constitutional post': Calcutta HC asks CBI to appear before Speaker
Kolkata, Oct 4 (IANS) In a major embarrassment to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Calcutta High Court on Monday asked the premier agency to appear before West Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee.
2021-10-04
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Mamata Banerjee breaks many records with Bhabanipur victory
Kolkata, Oct 4 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's sweeping victory in the Bhabanipur Assembly bypoll on Sunday not only ensured that she can continue in the post but also consolidated her position as the party supremo, as she not only won by a record margin but also secured the highest percentage of votes that her Trinamool Congress has got there in the last few elections.
2021-10-04
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Durand Cup: FC Goa lift maiden title with 1-0 win against Mohammedan
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) Indian Super League side FC Goa were crowned champions of the 130th Durand Cup football championship, beating local outfit Mohammedan Sporting 1-0 at the end of extra time in a climactic culmination to the event at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on Sunday night. This was FC Goas first triumph in Indias oldest football tournament.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
Mamata wins crucial bypoll, Trinamool sweeps other two seats too
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) With West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee registering a thumping victory against BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal in Bhabanipur, Trinamool Congress won in all the three constituencies that went for elections on September 30.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Mamata secures CM's post, wins with a record margin
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the by-election in Bhabanipur assembly constituency in South Kolkata defeated her nearest rival Priyanka Tibrewal of BJP by a record margin of 58,832 votes. Previously Banerjee had the record of winning from this constituency by a margin of 54,213 votes in 2011. With this win Banerjee secured her position as the chief minister of West Bengal.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Trinamool celebrates despite EC's prohibitory order in Bengal
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) Despite strict prohibitory order by the Election Commission of India (ECI), there was widespread celebration across the state capital following the indication of the win of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is leading by a margin of 37,950 votes against BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal after 14th round of counting.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Mamata heading towards huge victory in Bhabanipur
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) After the sixth round of counting, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is heading towards a huge victory from Bhabanipur assembly constituency in South Kolkata. In the other two constituencies - Jangipur and Samsergang- both in Murshidabad district, the Trinamool Congress candidates have secured a considerable lead making it obvious that the ruling party is going to win in all the three elections.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Mamata leads in Bhabanipur, Trinamool ahead in other 2 seats also
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) Early trends coming in showed that the Trinamool Congress was leading in all the three constituencies, including Bhabanipur where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had lost the Assembly polls from Nandigram earlier this year, is up against BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal and CPI(M)'s Srijib Biswas.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Excess rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal raises concern
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) With the monsoon likely to take another week before starting its withdrawal process, the districts of Gangetic West Bengal have received 31 per cent more rainfall this year with the city recording nearly double (96 per cent) rainfall than normal, making it the wettest September in this decade.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Counting begins at Bhabanipur Assembly constituency
Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) Amid tight security arrangements counting began at the three Assembly constituencies, including Bhabanipur in Kolkata, and Samserganj and Jangipur in Murshidabad on Sunday at 8 a.m. The counting for Bhabanipur is being held at the Sakhawat Memorial School of Kolkata.
2021-10-03
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics