Bengal

  • West Bengal to set up Eco-Tourism Board 2 days ago

    Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to set up an Eco-Tourism Board to project the state as a major tourist destination. State Tourism Minister Bratya Basu said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed the Tourism Department to go ahead with the setting up the board. Accordingly, a task...
  • India needs high quality governance, says Arun Jaitley 3 days ago

    Kolkata: Observing that India needs to learn from international best practices in governance, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday called the corporate sector to utilise opportunities that beckon India's economy. Addressing a function here where he presented the 13th ICSI National Awards for Excellence in Corporate Governance to Companies and Company...
  • WB: 2 days after CPIM worker's wife's murder, resonance of violence lingers in Sunia village 1 week 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...
  • Industrialisation in Bengal: Government pats its back, India Inc unsatisfied August 19, 2014

    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 August 19, 2014

    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...
  • 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...
  • Was hurt that Ratan Tata painted a grim picture of Bengal without knowing facts, says Amit Mitra August 12, 2014

    West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra has spoken out about his war of words with Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Mitra said that he was hurt that the industrialist painted a grim picture about the state without having full information. Following is the transcript of an...
  • West Bengal: TMC, BJP workers clash in Hooghly August 11, 2014

    Kolkata: Three people were injured when workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the ruling Trinamool Congress clashed in West Bengal's Hooghly on Monday. The clash took place in Purba Krishnapur village under Arambagh Police Station over the control of lifting sand from Mundeswari river, Superintendent of Police Sunil Chowdhury said,...
  • Shah Rukh Khan celebrates Raksha Bandhan with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, tweets a photo of his rakhi August 11, 2014

    Whether it is Diwali, Eid or Rakshabandhan, star Shah Rukh Khan invariably takes to Twitter to extend his wishes to his fans. And on the eve of Rakshabandhan, SRK tweeted a photo of a Rakhi which was tied to him by Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee. "Happy RAKHI to everyone. Mine...
  • 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...
  • Hemant Soren to take up potato transportation issue with Mamata Banerjee August 8, 2014

    With the restriction on movement of potatoes outside West Bengal, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Friday promised to take up the issue with his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee. Soren, who was in the steel city to pay tribute to the slain JMM president Nirmal Mahato on his 27th death anniversary...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Remembering Rabindranath Tagore on his death anniversary August 7, 2014

    CNN-IBN pays tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his death anniversary. ...
  • 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...
  • Shifting Nano car plant from Singur gave us a high negative cost: Ratan Tata August 6, 2014

    Kolkata: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons Ratan Tata on Wednesday said shifting the Nano car plant from Singur in West Bengal was a prudent move in hindsight but gave the group a high negative cost. "In hindsight, it was a prudent decision given the hostile circumstances in Singur. But that move...
  • Government for universal immunisation to combat encephalitis August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Monday stressed on universal immunisation to fight encephalitis which has claimed 700 lives during the year in four states including Assam and West Bengal. "MPs should mobilise people (in their constituencies) to ensure universal immunisation of children and even adults to combat encephalitis," Health Minister Harsh...
  • Bengal tea garden workers' plight discussed in Parliament August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: After CNN-IBN reported the plight of tea garden workers in North Bengal, the issue has been raised in the Lok Sabha. The issue was raised by Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury during the Question Hour on Monday. CNN-IBN had reported how workers were dying of hunger after five...
  • Encephalitis toll in West Bengal touches 121 August 3, 2014

    Kolkata: With two more deaths due to "different types of Encephalitis" reported in north Bengal in the last 24 hours, the toll from the disease in north Bengal rose to 121 on Sunday. "Two deaths have been reported in north Bengal and four new cases have also been reported in the...
  • Saradha scam: BJD MP's home searched by CBI July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI on Thursday carried out search operations at 30 locations including house of a sitting Biju Janata Dal MP and two other politicians from Odisha in connection with its probe into multi-crore chit fund scam related to Saradha and other companies. In coordinated operations, agency teams searched 20 locations...
  • Encephalitis under control, claims Bengal Health Department July 29, 2014

    Kolkata: The West Bengal Health Department on Tuesday said that the spread of encephalitis was "completely under control" as hardly any new case of the vector-borne disease was reported. "The situation is totally under our control now. The number of new cases has reduced drastically and there are hardly any new...
  • West Bengal government to appeal against HC order on TMC MP Tapas Pal July 29, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal government on Tuesday decided to appeal before a division bench of Calcutta High Court challenging a single bench order that directed registration of an FIR against Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and a CID probe into it. "A decision has been taken...
  • Bengal college student injured in acid attack July 28, 2014

    Kolkata: In yet another acid attack in West Bengal, a college girl in Arambagh in Hooghly district was seriously injured on Monday when unidentified youths threw vitriol at her, police said. The second year student of Netaji Mahavidyalaya suffered burn injuries on her back, hands and legs after two motorbike-riding youths...
  • Calcutta High Court directs CID to probe, submit report on Tapas Pal hate speech July 28, 2014

    Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has directed the West Bengal CID to investigate and submit a report on Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal hate speech by September 1. The court pulled up the West Bengal Police for gross dereliction of duty and for turning a blind eye on the complaints registered...
  • Bengal tea garden crisis: The onus lies on the Mamata government, says BJP MP July 28, 2014

    The shutting down of five tea gardens in West Bengal has pushed workers to the brink of desperation. Some have been forced to make do with just Rs 15 per day. Some NGOs reporting that 100 people have died of malnutrition. Darjeeling MP and BJP Leader SS Ahluwalia told CNN-IBN...
  • WB: 5 tea gardens shut, workers dying of hunger, sell children to survive July 28, 2014

    North Bengal: The shutdown of five tea gardens in West Bengal has pushed workers to the brink. They have been dying of malnutrition while some have even been selling their children to try and make ends meet. Forty-five-year-old Ratia Kharia is one of the thousand workers who lost their jobs...
  • West Bengal: Encephalitis toll rises to 111 July 27, 2014

    Kolkata: Two more persons died of encephalitis in West Bengal since Saturday, taking the toll to 111 as six more were admitted to hospital with suspected infection. "Two persons have died of encephalitis since yesterday, while six new admissions have been made with suspected infection," West Bengal Health Services director Biswaranjan...