WEST BENGAL

  • Financial package to Bengal a bunkum: Mamata Banerjee 23 hours 9 minutes ago

    Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has sought to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for debt waiver, on Monday termed as a 'bunkum' reports that West Bengal had been given a financial package and stuck to her demand that Centre stop deducting interests on loans. Close on the heels of Union...
  • A new beginning for Trinamool Congress, says Mukul Roy Yesterday

    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...
  • West Bengal faces possible own-tax revenue shortfall 3 days 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 4 days ago

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mamata Banerjee calls up Mukul Roy, both remain mum on issues discussed February 15, 2015

    Kolkata: Amid reports of Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy forming a new political outfit, party chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday called up the leader but it was not immediately known what transpired during the talks. The conversation reportedly lasted for a few minutes and both the leaders remained tight-lipped about...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Need for communicative policing: Mamata Banerjee February 11, 2015

    Kolkata: There is a need for communicative policing apart from 'rough and tough' approach, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. Referring to police role in tackling agitational programmes which at times turn violent, Banerjee, who also holds the Home portfolio said, "In today's world, policing has to...
  • 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...
  • Delhi elections: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee appeals all to vote for AAP February 5, 2015

    New Delhi: New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday appealed to the people of Delhi to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates during the Assembly elections on February 7. In a tweet, Banerjee said, "Delhi elections on 7. My request to...
  • 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. ...
  • Saradha scam: TMC MP Srinjoy Bose quits party, Rajya Sabha a day after getting bail February 5, 2015

    Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suffered a big blow as MP and Saradha scam accused Srinjoy Bose resigned not only from the party but also from his Rajya Sabha seat. Bose was granted bail by a Kolkata court on Wednesday in the Saradha chit...
  • Burdwan blast: NIA arrests a core member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh February 5, 2015

    Kolkata: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested a core member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in connection with the October 2, 2014 Burdwan blast. Mufazzil Haque was arrested from Mukimnagar in Murshidabad (West Bengal) on Tuesday night. According to NIA, Haque used to own the Lalgola madarsa in Mukimnagar which...
  • Mukul Roy at CBI office for questioning in Saradha scam January 30, 2015

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress General Secretary Mukul Roy on Friday presented himself before the CBI team here to face interrogation in connection with the Saradha scam. Roy, former Railway Minister, arrived at the main gate of the CGO Complex and walked down to the CBI office. He was surrounded by security and...
  • VHP allegedly reconverts over 100 Christian tribals to Hinduism, TMC promises strong action January 29, 2015

    Kolkata: There is no relief for the Central government which is battling the allegations over forced the conversion row. In a fresh case, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) allegedly reconverted over 100 tribals to Hinduism in West Bengal. The tribals were first allegedly converted to Christianity and the VHP reconverted them...
  • Shah Rukh Khan may feature in West Bengal's tourism campaign to wow domestic and international tourists January 27, 2015

    Kolkata: With West Bengal ambitiously gearing up to promote tourism in the state with the creation of five distinct tourism circuits, Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan may feature in the upcoming new tourism campaign of the state, a senior tourism department official said. "We are working on new advertisements to promote...
  • RK Laxman's doodles during family conversions remain unpublished January 27, 2015

    Kolkata: Although his cartoons are well known, many of legendary RK Laxman's doodles that revealed a more personal aspect of the creative genius are still lying unpublished in his family's collection. When the 'Shakespeare of Indian cartooning' came on holidays to Mysore and Bangalore during 1975-1991, he sketched hundreds of doodles,...
  • Former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly likely to join the BJP, say sources January 22, 2015

    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 January 21, 2015

    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...