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  • A new beginning for Trinamool Congress, says Mukul Roy 5 days ago

    Kolkata: A day after he was removed from the post of all India general secretary of Trinamool Congress, Mukul Roy on Sunday said leaders who replaced him in different positions "are more competent than him", but time would tell if the decision was correct. Stressing that he very much remained an...
  • Kolkata Port Trust welcomes corporatisation move in Budget 6 days ago

    Kolkata: Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) on Saturday welcomed the government's move to pitch for corporatisation of state-run ports in the country. "We welcome the move of corporatisation. We are ready for it if government asks so. This will help us in raising resources," KoPT chairman RPS Kahlon told. Finance Minister Arun...
  • West Bengal faces possible own-tax revenue shortfall 1 week ago

    Kolkata: The West Bengal budget for 2015-16, presented on Friday in the Assembly by state Finance Minister Amit Mitra, has showed a revised own-tax collection of Rs 40,062 crore for 2014-15 against the budgeted estimate of Rs 45,413 crore. Tax revenues are composed of states' own-tax revenues and share in central...
  • Swine Flu claims another life in West Bengal, 100 affected February 26, 2015

    Kolkata: Swine Flu claimed another life in West Bengal taking the toll to six even as the number of people affected by the H1N1 virus reached 100 on Thursday, a senior health official said. "One person has died in the state because of Swine Flu at a city hospital in the...
  • Watch: Life and work of Mother Taresa February 24, 2015

    A glimpse of the rich legacy left behind by Mother Teresa at the Nirmal Hriday ashram in Kolkata where Mother Teresa spent 17 years of her life. ...
  • Mother Teresa never participated in conversion: Missionaries February 24, 2015

    Kolkata: The Missionaries of Charity on Tuesday rubbished RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's claim that religious conversions had taken place under Mother Teresa's leadership of the organisation, saying he was 'misinformed'. "He is misinformed. It should be absolutely clear that conversion was not going on when Mother was there, nor it is...
  • West Bengal tourism minister Bratya Basu to portray 'well-known stage personality' in Debesh Chattopadhyay's 'Natoker Mato' February 24, 2015

    Kolkata: West Bengal Tourism Minister Bratya Basu, who is an accomplished actor and a playwright, is set to bring alive the mercurial theatre personality of the 70s into celluloid. Bratya, however, would not shed any light on who the stage personality he intended to portray in the new film. "I shall portray...
  • Mamata hits out at media over her aide's arrest, says 'I should have arrested you' February 22, 2015

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday lashed out at the media on being asked about the arrest of her close aide Shibaji Panja. "I should have arrested you, be glad you are not in jail. Why ask me about the arrest, I condemn your attitude," she retorted. Businessman...
  • Businessman in Mamata Banerjee's entourage held in fraud case February 22, 2015

    Kolkata: Businessman and film producer Shibaji Panja, who accompanied Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her three-day Bangladesh visit, was detained at the airport here by a Delhi Police team in connection with a fraud case. He was detained by the immigration at the NSC Bose International Airport shortly after Banerjee, along...
  • Mamata Banerjee calls Bangladesh visit 'very successful' February 22, 2015

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed her Bangladesh visit as "very successful". On returning after her visit to Bangladesh, Banerjee told reporters at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport that her visit was successful and she was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the people of that country. "The...
  • Mamata Banerjee to attend Nitish Kumar's oath-taking ceremony February 20, 2015

    Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said she will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar as Bihar chief minister on Sunday. "Nitishji has invited me to his oath-taking ceremony on Sunday. Yes I am attending. Looking forward", Banerjee who is now in Dhaka on a three-day tour...
  • Mamata Banerjee's swine flu faux pas, says it mostly happens from mosquito bite February 20, 2015

    Kolkata: While the government says awareness is the key to fight swine flu, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the flu is caused by mosquitos. "People have to move from one place to another. In many cases, it spreads from mosquito bites. We have asked the authorities...
  • Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee denies that officers of Burn Standard were assaulted February 19, 2015

    Kolkata: The assault on two senior officials of Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Burn Standard Ltd in Kolkata has got politicised with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rubbishing the charge of manhandling while the BJP alleged that the law and order has worsened in the state. Banerjee said, "Livelihood of the...
  • Kolkata: 2 suspended after assault of 2 senior officers of PSU Burn Standard by TMC leaders February 19, 2015

    Kolkata: Two persons have been suspended for alleged involvement of manhandling of two senior officials of Rail engine company Burn Standard Ltd in Kolkata by Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders on Wednesday. The two senior officials -- senior general manager and deputy general manager -- of the Central Public Sector Unit...
  • 'Swachh Bharat': 2.5 lakh people to take oath to use toilets February 18, 2015

    Kolkata: Pledging never to defecate in the open, around 2.5 lakh people in Nadia district will form a first-of-its-kind 122-km-long human chain on February 21. The district administration, which is running the 'Sobar Souchagar' (toilets for all) campaign similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' movement, has already approached...
  • RSS asks BJP to stress on organisation February 17, 2015

    Kolkata: Miffed over BJP's not up to the mark performance in the just concluded bypolls in Bengal, the RSS state leadership feels the party needs to stress on building up organisation by getting involved in mass movements based on burning issues in the state. "The results could have been much better...
  • West Bengal: BSF jawan opens fire, 1 killed, 4 injured in Malda February 17, 2015

    Malda (WB): In a suspected case of fratricide, a Border Security Force jawan on Tuesday allegedly opened fire at the force's camp near Malda on Tuesday, killing a colleague and injuring four others. BSF Director Inspector General, Malda Sector, Raj Singh Rathore, said a BSF personnel belonging to the 20 battalion...
  • TMC is a strong party; no one can divide, says Mamata Banerjee February 16, 2015

    TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee has played down signs of rebellion in her party. Her reaction comes after TMC Party MLA Swapan Ghosh questioned the allotment of Rs five crore to the state by the Centre. ...
  • It would be 'Bhaag BJP Bhaag' in 2016, says TMC February 16, 2015

    Kolkata: After winning by-polls of Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnagunj Assembly constituency on Monday, Trinamool Congress returned the jibe used by BJP in West Bengal saying it would be 'Bhaag BJP Bhaag' in 2016. "In 2016, it will be 'Bhaag BJP Bhaag' as the people of West Bengal have given a...
  • West Bengal Assembly budget session to start from February 19 February 16, 2015

    Kolkata: The Budget Session of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly will begin on February 19 with Governor K N Tripahi addressing the House, while the state budget will be tabled on February 27. Announcing this in Kolkata on Monday, Speaker Biman Banerjee said the session would continue for at least 11...
  • Saradha scam: Former WB DGP Rajat Majumdar gets conditional bail from Calcutta HC February 16, 2015

    Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has granted bail to Trinamool Congress Vice President Rajat Majumdar. Majumdar was the first TMC leader to be arrested by the CBI in connection to the multi crore Saradha scam. Since then, three other TMC leaders Kunal Ghosh, Madan Mitra and Srinjoy Bose were arrested...
  • Saradha scam case: EC arrests Prashanto Naskar, a close aide to Sudipto Sen February 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Prashanto Naskar, a close aide of Saradha Group chairman Sudipto Sen on Friday in the Saradha scam case. The agency, sources said that the 40-year-old was arrested after few hours of interrogation at its Salt Lake office in Kolkata. "Naskar has been working...
  • Organise labour fairs in every district: Mamata Banerjee February 13, 2015

    Kolkata:West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked state labour department officials to organise labour fairs in every district so that workers in the unorganised sector can take advantage of social security schemes. "We must have 'Shramik Mela' in every district so that labourers are informed and educated about the...
  • Voting underway for by-elections to one Lok Sabha, one Assembly seats in West Bengal February 13, 2015

    Kolkata: Voting is underway on Friday for by-elections to one Lok Sabha and one Assembly constituencies in West Bengal amid tight security. Election Commission officials said that elaborate arrangements had been made for a free, fair and peaceful polling in the by-elections to the Bongaon (SC) Lok Sabha seat in North...
  • Saradha scam: Former Union minster Matang Sinh sent to police custody for five days February 7, 2015

    Kolkata: Former Union minster Matang Sinh, who was arrested by CBI in connection with Saradha chit fund scam on January 31, was on Saturday remanded to police custody for five days. ACJM (in-charge) of Alipore court Manikuntala Roy granted CBI the remand of Sinh till February 11. CBI had sought custody...
  • Saradha scam: ED summons TMC MP Arpita Ghosh, 2 aides of Matang Singh February 6, 2015

    Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Trinamool Congress MP Arpita Ghosh and two aides of former Union minister Matang Singh in connection with its money laundering probe in the Saradha chitfund case. Officials said while Balurghat MP Ghosh has been summoned to appear on February 13, Singh's...
  • Kolkata turns first WiFi enabled metro city February 5, 2015

    Kolkata: The West Bengal capital, Kolkata, has turned into India's first WiFi enabled metro city. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday evening informed through her Twitter account. The CM tweeted "All my WiFi friends, I am tweeting using #WiFiKolkata. So proud to be first WiFi Metro city...
  • Police lathicharge SUCI workers in Kolkata, several injured February 5, 2015

    Kolkata: The police on Thursday lathicharged Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) workers in Central Kolkata after the latter tried to push police barricades. The SUCI workers were conducting a rally in protest of anti people policy of state and central government. Several SUCI workers have been injured in the clash. ...
  • Kolkata: Fire on the 5th floor of Himalaya House in Chowringhee February 5, 2015

    Kolkata: A fire on Thursday broke out at the fifth floor of a multi-storey office building on Jawaharlal Nehru Road in south Kolkata. Fire brigade and police officers said that ten fire tenders have already rushed to the spot to fight the blaze. There was no news of any person being trapped...
  • Kolkata: Major fire breaks out in Bowbazaar's Plywood store; no casualty reported February 2, 2015

    Kolkata: A major fire broke out on Monday evening in one of the Bowbazaar's plywood store in Kolkata. Although no casualty was reported but the nearby area came under the fire influence. Atleast 20 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the rescue works are under way. The reason behind the...