WEST BENGAL

  • Former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly likely to join the BJP, say sources 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly is in talks with senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and is likely to join the political outfit soon, say sources. In the last few months, the BJP has been very aggressive in Ganguly's home state of West Bengal and has taken on...
  • Congress leadership unhappy with Kapil Sibal for representing West Bengal in Saradha scam 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Congress leadership is learnt to be upset with former Union minister Kapil Sibal for appearing as a lawyer for the West Bengal government in the multi-crore Saradha scam case in the Supreme Court. According to sources, the party leadership has asked Sibal to take note of the angry sentiments...
  • West Bengal: TMC MP slaps traffic constable, allowed to go scot-free January 14, 2015

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Prasun Banerjee allegedly slapped a traffic constable for stopping his car from driving in the wrong lane. The incident happened on Wednesday evening in Kolkata. No complain was lodged with police and Banerjee was allowed to go scot-free. ...
  • Saradha scam: ED questions Hyatt Regency, Kolkata officials January 14, 2015

    Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned officials of Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kolkata on Wednesday in connection with the Saradha scam. According to sources, the hotel had played host to the meetings held between Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and Saradha group chairman Sudipta Sen. Reportedly, Mukul Roy, Madan Mitra and Kunal...
  • My resignation is a mark of protest against anarchism: Jadavpur University VC January 13, 2015

    Kolkata: Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti on Tuesday while addressing a press conference in Kolkata said that his resignation was a mark of protest against anarcharism. Chakrabarti took on the media, for presenting a wrong picture of his. He also blamed a section of teachers of the university for...
  • Every Hindu woman should have five children, says West Bengal BJP leader Shyamal Goswami January 13, 2015

    Birbhum (West Bengal): Shyamal Goswami, a BJP leader from Birbhum in West Bengal, has made a controversial statement saying that every Hindu woman should have five children. Goswami said, "Every Hindu woman should have five children, otherwise Hindus will become extinct in this country." Goswami is sure to face flak not only...
  • TMC leader sparks controversy, says CPM women cadre tear off their blouses, make false molestation cases January 13, 2015

    Kolkata: The politics in West Bengal has hit another low with Trinamool Congress Minister Swapan Debnath alleging that CPM women cadre tear off their blouses and make false rape and molestation cases against his party workers. State Animal Resources Development Minister Debnath said, "CPM's market is down. They are depserate. CPM...
  • Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti resigns after Mamata meets students January 12, 2015

    Kolkata: Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti has resigned from his post. The announcement came after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday met the agitating students of the university and told them that the vice chancellor had expressed his desire to resign. Twelve students were on an indefinite hunger...
  • EC announces dates for by-elections in WB, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and AP January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Monday announced the dates for by-elections to fill vacancies in the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The by-elections will take place on February 13 and the counting of votes will take...
  • Bengal minister urges Jadavpur students to end fast, one hospitalised January 9, 2015

    Kolkata: Even as West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee appealed to a section of Jadavpur University students to end their indefinite hunger strike, a fasting agitator was rushed to the hospital late on Friday after his health deteriorated. Shibam Ghosh, a third year engineering science student, is one of the 12...
  • West Bengal attracted Rs 83,000 crore investment in our regime: TMC January 7, 2015

    Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's government is hosting over 500 Indian and global business leaders as part of the two-day West Bengal Global Business summit that begins on Wednesday. Ahead of the summit, West Bengal Finance Minster Amit Mitra has claimed that the state has already attracted Rs 83,000 crore...
  • WB: Abandoned tiffin box causes bomb scare in Jalpaiguri January 6, 2015

    Jalpaiguri (WB): An abandoned tiffin box found in a bus caused bomb scare at Paharpur, near the headquarter town of Jalpaiguri district on Tuesday morning, police said. A state-run passenger bus going from Jalpaiguri town to Banarhat when passengers found the airtight tiffin box and informed the police. Police brought a trained...
  • WB: Man who slapped Mamata Banerjee's nephew charged with attempt to murder January 6, 2015

    Kolkata: The man who slapped West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew and Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee has been charged with attempt to murder. The West Bengal Police had on Monday identified the man as a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh supporter. On Sunday, Debashish Acharya had slapped Abhishek Banerjee at...
  • Threat caller to Air India office remanded to judicial custody January 5, 2015

    Kolkata: A city court on Monday remanded Prasanta Biswas, arrested for allegedly making a threat call to the city office of Air India that one of its planes will be hijacked, to judicial custody till January nine. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate II Deepto Ghosh rejected the bail plea of Biswas and...
  • Man who attacked Mamata Banerjee's nephew identified as RSS supporter, claims police January 5, 2015

    Kolkata: West Bengal Police on Monday identified the man who slapped Trinamool Congress MP and Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek as a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh supporter. On Sunday, Debashish Acharya had slapped Abhishek Banerjee at a TMC rally in East Midnapore. He got on stage on the pretext of taking a...
  • TMC members protest against manhandling of Mamata Banerjee's nephew January 5, 2015

    Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress members were up in arms and were protesting against party MP and Mamata Banerjee's nephew being slapped by some people during a party programme on Sunday. The incident happened when Abhishek Banerjee, Lok Sabha member from Diamond Harbour, was attending a TMC programme in Chandipur area...
  • Mamata Banerjee to take Saradha scam battle to Supreme court January 5, 2015

    Kolkata: All India Trinamool Congress party President Mamata Banerjee may take the Saradha chit fund battle to the Supreme Court (SC) suggest sources. Reportedly, the West Bengal Chief Minister is exploring moving the SC in the Saradha chit fund scam. Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly alleged the central government of trying...
  • Five arrested in connection with gangrape of Japanese tourist January 4, 2015

    Kolkata: A test identification parade would be held by the Kolkata Police for the Japanese tourist, who was allegedly confined and gang raped for over a month in Bihar's Gaya district. A top police official said on Sunday that five persons were arrested in connection with the gangrape - three in...
  • Kolkata: Presidency University student dies of suspected drug overdose January 4, 2015

    Kolkata: A Presidency College student was found dead in a mysterious condition on Sunday. The student and her room mate were found unconscious on Sunday morning after police opened the door of the room, they were staying as paying guests, under Muchipara police station in central part of the city,...
  • Tax exemption sought for 'PK' in Bengal January 4, 2015

    Kolkata: A cultural organization here Saturday pressed for making Aamir Khan-starrer 'PK' tax-free in West Bengal. "'PK' has been exempted from tax in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh despite continued protests by right-wing Hindu organisations that claim the movie hurt religious sentiments of Hindus," said the Bhasha o Chetona Samiti, pushing the...
  • Air India Kolkata office receives threat call January 3, 2015

    Kolkata: A threat phone call was made to the city's Air India office on Saturday evening and a complaint was lodged with the police. An Air India spokesperson said the call was received by its officials at the city booking office at around 5:40 PM and a complaint was subsequently lodged...
  • Madan Mitra undergoes check-up at hospital; goes back to jail January 3, 2015

    Kolkata: A medical check-up on Saturday was conducted on West Bengal Minister Madan Mitra, accused in Saradha scam, at a state-run hospital after which he was taken back to the Alipore prison as doctors found "nothing serious". Mitra underwent a "regular medical check-up" and "There is...
  • Watch: Centre must recall EGoM, amend GST Bill, says Amit Mitra January 3, 2015

    West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra lashed out at the Centre over the goods and services tax bill. Speaking exclusively to Network 18, Mitra said that the Centre bypassed the empowered group of ministers and got the GST Bill approved hastily. ...
  • West Bengal: 1 TMC worker killed in clash with BJP members in Birbhum January 2, 2015

    Birbhum: In more violence in West Bengal, a Trinamool Congress worker has been killed in clashes with Bharatiya Janata Party members in Birbhum district of the state. A BJP woman worker has also been injured in the clashes that continued throughout the night. Crude bombs were hurled by party workers...
  • 2 people injured in a crude bomb blast in Burdwan, West Bengal January 2, 2015

    Durgapur: Two people have been injured in a crude bomb explosion on Friday in the Durgapur area of Burdwan district, West Bengal. The two injured in the blast have been identified as Arjun Mandal and Gautam Mandal. Both of them were taken to a local hospital but later shifted to Bardhman...
  • Mamata Banerjee debuts on Twitter January 1, 2015

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday debuted on micro-blogging site Twitter and greeted the people on New year. Her very first tweet from '@MamataOfficial' read: "A New Year. A new beginning for me on Twitter". "Mamata Banerjee has always been comfortable addressing large gatherings and comfortable in communicating with...
  • Kolkata: TMC office gutted in Ulberia, party workers allege BJP's hand January 1, 2015

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) office has been burned down in Ulberia area of Howrah district in the early hours on Thursday. The TMC workers alleged that the office was burned down by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. It was a thatched office in Ulberia area of Howrah district. ...
  • West Bengal: BJP and TMC supporter held for killing during clash December 31, 2014

    Suri: A BJP and a Trinamool Congress supporter were on Wednesday arrested in connection with the killing of three people in a turf war at Makra village in Birbhum district, police said. BJP supporter Sheikh Shahjahan, one of the prime accused in the killing of Trinamool Congress worker Mojammel Sheikh,...
  • Siliguri: Two dead, three injured after fire broke out in a hotel December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Two tourists from Kolkata died after a fire broke out at a hotel in Siliguri, West Bengal. The fire broke out around 1 am on Tuesday night. Reportedly, three others were injured and are now receiving medical treatment. Preliminary reports suggest that a short circuit may have caused...
  • Saradha scam: TMC MP Idris Ali says 'touch Mamata Benerjee and West Bengal will burn' December 31, 2014

    Kolkata: All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Idris Ali from Basirhat has threatened to resort to violence in West Bengal if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is framed in the Saradha scam. "Touch Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal shall burn," the TMC MP warned on Wednesday. Idris Ali reportedly made the statement...