WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT

  • West Bengal: Congress to table no-confidence motion against TMC government 3 days ago

    Kolkata: The Congress in West Bengal has decided to table a no-confidence motion against the Trinamool Congress government next month, state party chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Saturday. The Congress members would utilise the discussions to attack the Trinamool on issues like the Saradha chit fund scam, the student protests...
  • West Bengal: Unions call 'total' transport strike on Friday September 18, 2014

    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...
  • Kolkata: Indefinite taxi strike from Thursday September 17, 2014

    Kolkata: Starting from Thursday, taxis will be off the city roads for an indefinite period in support of various demands by the owners including a fare hike and dropping of legal proceedings against 450 cabbies. The CITU, along with five other trade unions, had called the indefinite taxi strike, eighth time...
  • J&K floods: West Bengal government sending drinking water pouches September 13, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal government is sending drinking water pouches to floodravaged areas of Jammu and Kashmir as immediate relief, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said. "A large section of my brothers and sisters in Kashmir are extremely distressed due to massive floods. Huge number of tourists from different places are...
  • Centre sends reminder to West Bengal government on Tapas Pal's comments July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre has sent a reminder to West Bengal government seeking a report over controversial comments allegedly made by Trinamool Congressactor MP Tapas Pal where he was shown threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped. "We have sent a reminder to West Bengal government seeking a...
  • West Bengal government to take up jute industry issues with Centre June 26, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal government on Thursday held discussions with stakeholders of the jute industry and assured that their problems would be addressed. The meeting took place in the wake of a recent incident in which a CEO of a jute mill was lynched by workers, The meeting which...
  • Kolkata gangrape: Nitish announces Rs 1 lakh compensation January 2, 2014

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for the victim's family in the Kolkata gangrape case. A senior IPS officer has been sent to Kolkata for coordination with the West Bengal government. The 16yearold girl succumbed to her burn injuries on Tuesday evening in...
  • West Bengal: Mamata government passes bill against chit funds again December 12, 2013

    Kolkata: Seven months after passing legislation aimed to protect interests of chit fund depositors but failing to get presidential assent, the West Bengal Assembly on Thursday cleared another bill on the issue, amidst the opposition's apprehension that it would again be sent back for having unconstitutional provisions. The West Bengal Protection...
  • Mamata government selling onions at Rs 36 per kg October 25, 2013

    Kolkata: With a view to reining in the price of onions, which has gone up to Rs 100 a kilo in the national capital, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has set up 40 stores that will be selling the vegetable bulbs at Rs 36 per kg, authorities said...
  • Bengal approves four border haats on Bangladesh border September 22, 2013

    Kolkata: Aimed at improving trade and cultural ties, the West Bengal government has approved setting up of four border "haats" on the India-Bangladesh border, a Border Security Force (BSF) officer said in Kolkata on Saturday. "As a confidence building measure, we had identified and sought approval for setting up border haats at 32...
  • Mamata govt requests HC for direction on compensation by GJM September 9, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal government on Monday pleaded before the Calcutta High Court to ask the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to pay Rs 69.163 crore as compensation for losses caused to public and private property during its agitation demanding a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills. Submitting a report before a division...
  • Centre to convene tripartite talks on Gorkhaland issue September 3, 2013

    The Centre on Tuesday promised to convene a tripartite meeting soon involving West Bengal government and Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) to discuss the demand for Gorkhaland after which the agitators hinted at suspending their indefinite strike in Darjeeling. Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde conveyed to a delegation of Gorkha leaders...
  • WB government's allowance for Imams and Muezzins unconstitutional: Calcutta HC September 2, 2013

    Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday ruled that an allowance announced by West Bengal government for Imams and Muezzins was unconstitutional and against public interest. A division bench comprising Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay and Justice M P Shrivastava passed the order on a petition challenging the announcement. The court said the...
  • Gorkhaland demand: Protests continue despite Mamata's ultimatum August 12, 2013

    Darjeeling: As a fallout of the Telangana decision by the Congress, demands for separate statehood are intensifying in other parts of the country as well. Protests in West Bengal continue for a separate state of Gorkhaland in spite of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's call for a 72hour deadline and warnings...
  • WB: GJM rules out talks with Mamata, says talks only with Central government August 11, 2013

    Darjeeling: Even as life remained paralysed in the Darjeeling hills on the ninth day of the indefinite strike on Sunday, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ruled out talks with the West Bengal government, saying it would hold deliberations only with the Centre over the statehood demand. "We will talk only to the...
  • SC to hear Bengal government's plea in TMC worker's custodial death June 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear West Bengal government's plea on Monday challenging the Calcutta High Court order for the CBI investigation into the alleged custodial death of a TMC activist in Hooghly. Trinamool Congress worker Kazi Nasiruddin allegedly died due to police brutality on January 19 after he...
  • WB panchayat polls: Differences between govt, EC continues May 16, 2013

    Kolkata: There were differences at a meeting on Thursday between the State Election Commission (SEC) and the West Bengal government over fixing dates for the threetier panchayat elections after the Calcutta High Court's direction that the two mutually agree on it. "We suggested certain dates and they (state government) also...
  • Chit fund scam can hurt TMC during Panchayat polls: Priyanka Gupta April 22, 2013

    CNNIBN's Principal Correspondent Priyanka Gupta joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the West Bengal chit fund scam. Q. Is this because Trinamool is in limelight right now while in other states such scams with thousands of crores are generally brushed under the carpet like in UP or in Karnataka where...
  • Protests over student's death cut across party lines: Priyanka Gupta April 4, 2013

    Student activist Sudipto Gupta died in a police crackdown on a students' protest in Kolkata. The incident has seen thousands of people pour into the streets of Kolkata. The West Bengal government has been, till now, noncommittal about a proper probe into the incident. To what extent will this incident...
  • Student's death was police handiwork, not govt's: Sunanda K DattaRay April 3, 2013

    The death of a 23yearold SFI activist, Sudipto Gupta, has sparked a row in Kolkata. Sudipto was fatally injured allegedly by the police in a crackdown on Tuesday. The police has claimed he fell off a bus but his fellow activists allege that the police hit him on the head...
  • West Bengal government is impatient and intolerant in cultural matters: filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay February 27, 2013

    The Bengali film 'Kangal Malsat' is based on the anarchist novel of Nabarun Bhattacharya and explores the dark underbelly of a city which fights the state power. The part real, part surreal narrative has been made into a movie which has been denied clearance by the Kolkata chapter of Central...
  • Writers, film fraternity criticise Mamata govt over Rushdie February 1, 2013

    Kolkata: The literary and film community on February 1 came out in support of controversial author Salman Rushdie and blamed the West Bengal government for cancellation of his visit to the metropolis. "If a worldrenowned writer is unable to come to Kolkata, then it is extremely unfortunate," Magsaysay awardwinning author...
  • Railways accuse WB of delaying EastWest Metro project January 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Centre on Friday accused the West Bengal government of creating hurdles in the EastWest Metro Corridor project. The state government has withdrawn a petition pertaining to land acquisition on a particular stretch in the metro project from the Kolkata High Court and has advocated a change in...
  • Supreme Court issues notice to Mamata Banerjee October 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on a petition that challenged the appointment of Dr Sukumar Mukherjee, who was earlier convicted in a medical negligence case, as the chief advisor to the state government on health issues. Earlier, the Calcutta...
  • WB: Mamata govt may introduce fresh package October 8, 2012

    Kolkata: Failing to elicit adequate response from banks and other financial institutions to invest in its proposed financial hub at New Town on the city's northern periphery, the West Bengal government is considering offering a fresh package. "We are ready to offer a fresh package, if Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are...
  • Files on 'theft' by Left govt missing, alleges Mamata August 25, 2012

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged corruption in the erstwhile Left Front government and said that many files were missing for which FIRs should be lodged. Speaking at a Trinamool Congress youth rally in Kolkata, Banerjee said that Finance Minister Amit Mitra had sent her a file...
  • SC stays Calcutta HC judgement on Singur August 24, 2012

    New Delhi: In a relief for the West Bengal government, Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Calcutta High Court judgement which had struck down Singur act as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court sought response of Tata Motors on a special leave petition filed by the West Bengal government challenging the quashing...
  • Pinki case: Bengal government pleads ignorance July 6, 2012

    Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Friday pleaded ignorance about the complaint made by Asiad gold medalist Pinki Pramanik of atrocities inflicted on her in custody and demand for justice, as the Opposition's move to raise the issue in the Assembly was rejected on the ground of it being subjudice. "I...
  • Intellectuals protest against Mamata government April 12, 2012

    Kolkata: Upset over various incidents ranging from the Park Street rape case to attack on human rights organisations, intellectuals of Kolkata, including a Trinamool Congress MP, on Thursday hit the streets in protest against the 11monthold Trinamool regime in the state. "There are lots of differences between the old Mamata Banerjee...
  • WB govt mulls amendment to Panchayat Act, 1973 March 28, 2012

    Kolkata: The West Bengal government has been contemplating amendment to the present Panchayat Act, 1973, to remove some lacunae in it. "We think there are some lacunae in the present Act and in view of this, we are considering amendment to the Panchayat Act, 1973," state's Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee...