Madan Mitra

  • West Bengal: Unions call 'total' transport strike on Friday 2 days ago

    Kolkata: With over 30,000 taxis remaining off the roads on the first day of an indefinite strike called by unions, commuters in the city are bracing for another round of hardship tomorrow with the trade unions calling a "total" transport strike across the state. President of Joint Council of Bus Syndicate...
  • TMC leader Madan Mitra denies existence of third Front April 14, 2014

    Denying the existence of a third front, senior TMC leader and West Bengal minister Madan Mitra on Monday said a non-BJP and non-Congress prime minister will be selected only after the polls. "There is no third front like alliance in this election. A non-BJP and non-Congress Prime Minister will be selected...
  • Let Sourav Ganguly take over as BCCI president: West Bengal Minister March 27, 2014

    Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly would be the 'best person' to take over as the BCCI president following the Supreme Court's observation on the Mudgal Committee report on IPL spot-fixing scandal, West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra said on Thursday. "Let Sourav Ganguly take over the reigns at the BCCI....
  • Kolkata: Helpline number setup to register harassment cases by auto drivers January 24, 2014

    To rein in rouge auto-rickshaw drivers in the city and stop them from overcharging the passengers, the West Bengal government on Friday decided to take stern steps and press non-bailable charges against them. The government has decided to set up a helpline for the passengers to register their complaints against them...
  • WB: Transport department to start helicopter service December 27, 2013

    West Bengal transport department is all set to start helicopter services from Kolkata to Gangasagar and other parts of the state, transport minister Madan Mitra said on Friday. "We are starting helicopter services to Gangasagar, Durgapur, Shantiniketan and Malda and Balurghat. This initiative has been taken for quick transport links to...
  • Kolkata: Ban on cycling creates confusion among people December 18, 2013

    Cyclists in Kolkata are confused whether cycling is allowed on major roads as the West Bengal government has not ratified the order banning it. The Kolkata Police had issued a notification on May 28 under the West Bengal Traffic Regulation Act, 1965, barring bicycles from 174 roads, a blanket ban...
  • Suspended Trinamool MP blames Bengal minister for Saradha chief's rise October 30, 2013

    Kolkata: Accused of being involved in the Saradha scam and subjected to multiple grilling by the investigating agencies, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh on Tuesday named a West Bengal minister for the meteoric rise of scam kingpin Sudipta Sen. "(Transport Minister) Madan Mitra will be able to give better answers...
  • WB: Two-day bus strike withdrawn after failed response September 19, 2013

    The two-day bus strike across West Bengal, which failed to evoke much response on Thursday, was withdrawn by the sponsors this afternoon following "assurance" of a possible fare hike from the state transport minister. "We have decided to lift the 48-hour bus strike from 4 PM and resume normal services on...
  • Bengal bus strike to begin today, minister warns of strong action September 19, 2013

    As the bus operators remained firm on their two-day strike across West Bengal from Thursday, state transport minister Madan Mitra on Wednesday warned of strong action in case there was any law and order problem. The minister accused the striking bus operators of working in close concert with the CPI(M), saying...
  • Bus, minibus operators in Kolkata defer strike by two weeks August 17, 2013

    Bus and minibus operators on Saturday deferred a 48-hour strike call from August 19 by two weeks after assurance from the West Bengal government to look into the matter of a fare hike, bus operators said. "We have decided to defer the bus and minibus strike by two weeks. The state...
  • West Bengal bus operators issue ultimatum demanding fare hike August 6, 2013

    One of the major operators' bodies of state, the Joint Council of Bus Syndicates, on Monday issued an ultimatum to the West Bengal Government demanding a positive decision on bus fare hike within August 9. "We are now fighting for our survival in the trade. We urged the government to...
  • Mamata allegedly says EC will hide behind a veil after panchayat polls July 8, 2013

    Kolkata: With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her minister Madan Mitra launching verbal attacks on the state Election Commission, the statutory body on Sunday sought video recordings of their statements. "Let me first hear what is there. We have sought the recording. Decision will be taken after reviewing it,"...
  • Chit fund scam: WB Minister denies any link with Sudipta Sen April 27, 2013

    Transport minister and senior TMC leader Madan Mitra said that he was never the president of any employees association of the Saradha Group. ...
  • Now, Pinki Pramanik faces land scam charge July 12, 2012

    Kolkata: West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra on Wednesday alleged that gold medal winning athlete Pinki Pramanik was involved in a land scam as she had illegally sold a plot leased to her by the state government free of cost. But the former athlete denied any wrongdoing. "The land was given...
  • Anti-Mamata toons: WB minister defends arrest April 13, 2012

    Kolkata: West Bengal Sports and Transports Minister Madan Mitra on Friday defended the arrest of a Jadavpur University professor and his neighbour for allegedly spreading "anti-Mamata Banerjee" cartoons on the Internet. "Those who call themselves professors, if they do such ugly things, will never be forgiven. People of Bengal will...
  • Mamata asks AAI to commission new terminal by June April 10, 2012

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to commission the new International Terminal of the NSC Bose International Airport here by June to boost the state's development programmes. Banerjee said this after an unscheduled visit to the under construction terminal building...
  • First in decades: WB ministers plunge into pujas October 1, 2011

    Kolkata: For the first time in three-and-a-half decades, West Bengal's ministers have openly joined in organising Durga Puja celebrations, shedding the political diffidence of the previous leftist government, some of whose members were avowed atheists. Puja organising committees are witnessing the ministerial presence in a big way, with many legislators of...
  • Didi's new mantra: report card for WB ministers June 3, 2011

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has trumped corporate India it seems. If India Inc rates itself through quarterly statements, Didi has decided she will settle for nothing less than a monthly report card from her own ministers. At the end of every month each minister will be assessed,...
  • West Bengal: New CM, new work culture May 22, 2011

    Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee was on foot again to the Writers' Buildings - and this time she caused a flutter by turning up for work on a Saturday - something the staff at the state secretariat are not used to. Apart from holding meetings with her ministers, Banerjee utilised the day...