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  • Saradha scam: CBI now nabs Kolkata businessman 21 minutes ago

    Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday arrested Kolkata businessman Sandhir Agarwal in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, an official said. "Following interrogation, Sandhir Agarwal has been arrested. He will be presented before a court Sunday," a CBI spokesperson said. This is the second arrest made by the...
  • Arun Jaitley lauds West Bengal government for its approach on GST 1 hour 48 minutes ago

    Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday lauded the West Bengal government for accepting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in principle and said the state's approach on the issue was very good. "There are several issues in which the Centre and the state government require discussion. To me, GST...
  • Saradha scam: Court remands Sudipta Sen to CBI custody 2 days ago

    Kolkata: A court on Thursday remanded chairman of Saradha group Sudipto Sen to CBI's custody till August 26 as the agency plans to verify some more names of politicians who allegedly were beneficiary of the chit fund scam. Sen's custody was taken along with the official of East Bengal football club...
  • Saradha scam: CBI arrests East Bengal club official Debabrata Sarkar 3 days ago

    New Delhi: CBI on Wednesday arrested an official of East Bengal football club Debabrata Sarkar in connection with Saradha chit fund scam in which deposits of thousands of investors were allegedly swindled by ponzi companies. CBI sources said Sarkar was allegedly the middleman between the Saradha group and regulatory bodies like...
  • WB: 2 days after CPIM worker's wife's murder, resonance of violence lingers in Sunia village 3 days ago

    Sunia (West Bengal): It's been two days since the wife of a CPIM worker was allegedly assaulted, raped and then murdered by Trinamool Congress activists but resonance of the recent violence still lingers in the Sunia village of West Bengal. A resident said, "How do we talk openly. We need to...
  • TMC MP Tapas Pal suffers brain stroke 4 days ago

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal was today admitted in a super-speciality hospital in Kolkata after suffering a brain stroke, hospital sources said. "He (Pal) was brought to the hospital at 4 pm. Then MRI was conducted and it was found that he has suffered a brain stroke. He has been...
  • Terrorists in Kolkata jail get mobile phones, Internet access for just Rs 1,000 per month: Report 4 days ago

    Kolkata: In a shocking revelation, glaring lapses in security have been reported from Kolkata's Alipore prison (earlier Presidency jail), sending the city's police force into a tizzy. In a report submitted before a Delhi court, the Special Cell said that top Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives lodged in the jail were in direct...
  • Industrialisation in Bengal: Government pats its back, India Inc unsatisfied 4 days ago

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is just days away from making her maiden and much-hyped foreign trip to Singapore to attract investments to her state. Her trip comes just days after a war of words ensued between industrialist Ratan Tata and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over economic development...
  • West Bengal: No signs of external injury in postmortem of CPM leader's wife's murder 4 days ago

    East Midnapore: In a new twist in the death of a 32-year-old woman in East Midnapore, the post mortem report reveals that there were no signs of external injuries or sexual assault on her body. According to the report, the cause of death was due to hanging and a case...
  • Saradha scam: Filmmaker Aparna Sen denies role in monetary transactions 5 days ago

    Kolkata: Actor and filmmaker Aparna Sen on Monday denied have any role in the monetary transactions of the Saradha group accused of embezzling lakhs of investors in a chit fund scam. Sen, who was the editor of the magazine 'Poroma', started by Saradha chief Sudipta Sen, was quizzed by the Enforcement...
  • West Bengal: CPM leader's wife allegedly gangraped and murdered by TMC activists 5 days ago

    Midnapore (West Bengal): A 32-year-old woman was allegedly gang raped and murdered by TMC activists in West Bengal's east Midnapore. The victim was the wife of a CPM leader, who had fled from the village a long time back in the wake of alleged TMC domination. The woman was allegedly...
  • Saradha scam: Enforcement Directorate quizzes national award winning filmmaker Aparna Sen 5 days ago

    Kolkata: National award winning film maker Aparna Sen was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate on Monday in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam. Sen appeared before the agency that is probing the scam along with husband Kalyan Roy. Aparna Sen was the editor of a magazine called Parama ...
  • Mamata hopeful about Singapore talks, asks media to be positive 5 days ago

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she was hopeful that talks can open new investment possibilities during her maiden Singapore visit. "Talks and dialogues can open new possibilities. Don't you want development of Bengal? Please think positively," the Chief Minister told the waiting newspersons as they wanted...
  • Kolkata: Sex workers asked not to entertain Africans due to Ebola threat 6 days ago

    Kolkata: Sex workers in the city's largest red light area Sonagachi have been asked by an NGO, working for their welfare, not to entertain Africans who are regular visitors to the place in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), a forum of...
  • Modi to induct country's largest indigenously built warship INS Kolkata today 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will induct country's largest indigenously built warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai on Saturday. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan will also be present at the ceremony. The warship has been constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and...
  • West Bengal: One more dies of Encephalitis, toll mounts to 217 August 15, 2014

    Kolkata: One person died on Friday from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), a health official said. One person from Basirhat died because of AES at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in the last 24 hours, West Bengal Health Services Director Biswaranjan Satpathy said. Taking into account another AES death in May...
  • Saradha scam: Bengal minister Shyamapada Mukherjee summoned August 15, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. "I have been asked by the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it regarding a sale of land to the Saradha Group which I did in 2009. I...
  • Former MP Amitava Nandy dead August 15, 2014

    Kolkata: CPI-M leader and former MP Amitava Nandy died on Friday in a hospital, a party leader said. "He lost his battle with cancer on Friday morning. His last rites will be performed on Saturday," Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Gautam Deb said. Nandy, 71, was elected to the 14th Lok...
  • Delay mars main air defence weapon deployment on INS Kolkata August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The largest indigenously-built warship INS Kolkata, to be inducted into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 16, will be commissioned without its main air defence weapon which protects the vessel from aerial attacks. The Long Range-Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) is under development in a joint...
  • Rape remark: Calcutta HC extends stay on CID probe against TMC's Tapas Pal August 13, 2014

    Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has extended the stay on a CID probe into the case against Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal by another three weeks. The case has been transferred to Chief Justice's bench court. Earlier, the TMC had appealed against a single bench order to transfer the case...
  • West Bengal: Two more Encephalitis deaths toll rises to 210 August 9, 2014

    Kolkata: Two fresh Encephalitis-related deaths were reported from north Bengal districts in the last 24 hours taking the toll in the state to 210 since January, an official of the state health department said on Saturday. The two deaths were reported from Jalpaiguri and North Dinajpur districts of north Bengal,...
  • West Bengal: Tiger carries away woman August 9, 2014

    Kolkata: Officials say a tiger snatched a woman and disappeared into the surrounding mangrove forest in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Forest official Nabin Chandra Bahunguna said that the woman, her husband and a boat driver were trying to catch crabs in a shallow river near the Pirkhali Forest...
  • WBHRC without a chaiperson since Justice AK Ganguly quit over sexual harassment allegations August 8, 2014

    Kolkata: It has been over six months that the West Bengal Human Rights Commission still does not have a chairperson since Justice AK Ganguly had to quit following sexual harassment allegations. Since January 2014 not a single order has been passed or been made public as per the WBHRC website...
  • Clean up India: Kolkata's flower market also serving as a garbage dump August 8, 2014

    In the run up to Independence day, CNN-IBN has begun a special initiative to clean up India. It is a project in which you can be involved by sharing your experiences of how there is a complete lack of civic sense across the country. Here's a look at Kolkata's flower...
  • Ratan Tata must stop delivering sermons like a demi-god: Bengal minister August 8, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal ministers continue to attack Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata for his remarks that he hadn't noticed any industrial development in the state. After Finance Minister Amit Mitra said that Tata had lost his mind, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim has hit out at him saying West...
  • Kolkata: Fire breaks out at Academy of Fine Arts; evacuation underway August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: Fire broke out in the Academy of Fine Arts on Thursday evening during the course of an ongoing play. Two fire tenders have been rushed to the spot and evacuation is currently underway. No casualties have been reported so far. Further information awaited. ...
  • Ratan Tata hits back at Amit Mitra, asks him to show industrial development in West Bengal August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata on Thursday clarified his remarks on the lack of industrial development in West Bengal and said that he never spoke of it in state-only view while reacting to West Bengal Industries Minister Amit Mitra's statement criticising him. "My comments yesterday referred to my drive...
  • Ratan Tata has lost his mind: Bengal minister Amit Mitra August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: Bengal Indutsries Minister Amit Mitra on Thursday hit back at top industrialist Ratan Tata for his comment that there is no sign of development in Kolkata. "Ratan Tata must have lost his mind. His own companies are adding 20,000 jobs in Bengal, I'm surprised his own companies don't brief...
  • Outrage over Bengal school textbooks labeling freedom fighters as 'terrorists' August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: There is outrage in West Bengal after school text books labelled revolutionary freedom fighters as 'terrorists'. The history textbooks for Class 8 describe the activities of freedom fighters like Khudiram Bose, Jatindranath Mukherjee and Prafulla Chaki as 'extremism and terrorism'. Prominent historians have dubbed the move by the West...
  • Chances of contracting encephalitis more in rural side: Doctor August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: As north Bengal grapples with encephalitis and its deadlier variant Japanese encephalitis, residents of Kolkata have little to fear about the infection, according to a senior doctor at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine. Virology department-in-charge at the facility Dr Nemai Bhattacharya said, "Kolkata has little chances of being infected...