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Intelligence alert for a possible Maoist attack in Bengal
Kolkata, Jan 24 (IANS) The state intelligence department has sent an alert to all the districts, particularly to the Railways of a possible Maoist attack in several railway stations across the state on the Republic Day. The alert also says that there can be an attack on the ruling Trinamool Congress leaders, mobile towers and on police and central police camps.
2022-01-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Defence/Security
State in favour of opening schools: Bengal Education Minister
Kolkata, Jan 24 (IANS) West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu said that the state is in favour of opening the schools but it cannot take any kind of risk with the lives of the students so the decision will be taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the right time.
2022-01-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Education,Politics
West Bengal takes market loan for third time this month
Kolkata, Jan 24 (IANS) The precarious financial condition of West Bengal again came to the fore when the state took a loan for the third time in this month, making it evident that it is struggling hard to negotiate the expenses caused by the social schemes launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
2022-01-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Business/Economy,Politics
West Bengal govt disburses Covid relief in record time
Kolkata, Jan 23 (IANS) Few days before the Supreme Court pulled up several states for discrepancies in Covid death record and low disbursement of compensation, West Bengal recorded more than 80 per cent disbursement of compensation of the 91 per cent claims received by the state.
2022-01-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
Mamata urges Centre to announce Netajis's birthday as National Holiday
Kolkata, Jan 23 (IANS) Paying tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 125th birthday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the central government to declare his birth anniversary, January 23, as National Holiday.
2022-01-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Two Bengal BJP leaders face action for 'anti-party' activity
Kolkata, Jan 23 (IANS) In a major step towards streamlining the brewing agitation within its West Bengal unit, the BJP has issued showcause notices to two senior leaders, asking them to explain why action should not be taken against them for "indiscipline".
2022-01-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Trinamool, BJP trade blame for scuffle at Netaji statue garlanding
Kolkata, Jan 23 (IANS) The scuffle between West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP over garlanding the statue of Netaji SubhashChandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary on Sunday at Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas snowballed into a political controversy with both parties levelling charges at each other.
2022-01-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Trinamool to go for organisational polls in next 2 months
Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) At a time when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is going for her overzealous plan to reach beyond the boundaries of the state, Trinamool Congress for the first time since its inception in 1998 has decided to go for an organisational election - a move indicative enough that the party is trying to put up democratic face.
2022-01-22
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
World Bank approves loan of $125mn to Bengal govt
Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) In a significant recognition to the social welfare schemes launched by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the World Bank has approved a loan of $125 million (nearly Rs 1,000 crore) for inclusive social protection.
2022-01-22
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Mumbai couple arrested in Kolkata for raping, blackmailing woman
Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) Mumbai Police with the help their Kolkata counterparts arrested a couple --Syed Yousuf Jamal and his wife Naaz Syed -- from a hotel in New Market area of Kolkata for allegedly raping a woman for six years and blacking her with the videos of the incidents.
2022-01-22
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Infighting in Bengal BJP: Now complaint against Union Minister Santanu Thakur
Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) The infighting within the BJP reached a flashpoint after the state unit filed a complaint against Union Minister of State Santanu Thakur and the rebel leaders to the central leadership for fuelling anti-party activities. It has been learnt that the state unit has named 10 rebel leaders responsible for the situation.
2022-01-21
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Drunk man kills two brothers in West Bengal's Hooghly district
Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) A 45-year-old man allegedly in an inebriated condition stabbed to death two brothers who were his neighbours at Singur in West Bengal's Hooghly district on Friday morning. Police arrested the man and are investigating the matter.
2022-01-21
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Bengal govt looking for land to build new airport near Kolkata
Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) Considering the huge pressure on the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here, the West Bengal government is looking for land to develop a new airport in or around Kolkata.
2022-01-21
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
AKLF 2022 takes off a flying start
Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) The much-awaited 13th Edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival has started off on January 21, and is to go on till January 23.
2022-01-21
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
Bengal's market borrowing rises manifold to meet non-plan expenditure
Kolkata, Jan 20 (IANS) A quantum leap in the market borrowing by the West Bengal government in the current financial year gives a strong impression that the state government is currently trying to meet the additional expenses needed for social schemes like Swastha Sathi or Lakshmir Bhandar announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee before the election.
2022-01-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Mamata again writes to PM flagging Centre's proposal to amend IAS cadre rules
Kolkata, Jan 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time in a week expressing her 'strong reservations to the Centre's proposal to amend the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954.
2022-01-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
13th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival goes virtual, starts Jan 21
Kolkata, Jan 20 (IANS) The three-day 13th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF2022), which will held in a virtual mode on January 21-23, will celebrate the written word with a splendid line-up of authors, journalists, influencers, thinkers, poets, international best-selling writers and Bollywood actors.
2022-01-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
ECI to supply EVMs to Bengal SEC for municipal polls
Kolkata, Jan 20 (IANS) Considering the shortage of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the upcoming Municipal polls in West Bengal, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to supply EVMs to the State Election Commission (SEC).
2022-01-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengali cartoonist, writer and illustrator Narayan Debnath no more
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Famous Bengali cartoonist Narayan Debnath passed away at a South Kolkata nursing home on Tuesday morning. He was admitted to hospital several times last year and was suffering from age related ailments including kidney and heart problems. The state government took the responsibility of his medical treatment.
2022-01-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
W.Bengal to use Netaji tableau in state Republic Day parade
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) After the Centre rejected its tableau for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, the West Bengal government has decided to showcase the same tableau commemorating the contributions of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his INA on his 125th birth anniversary in the state Republic Day programme at Red Road.
2022-01-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal sees more time from HC on PIL on condition on carriage horses
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Tuesday sought more time from the Calcutta High Court to respond to a Public Interest Litigation filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and CAPE Foundation seeking an end to the use of horses for carriage rides near Victoria Memorial.
2022-01-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Environment/Wildlife
Theatre personality Shaoli Mitra passes away
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Famous theatre personality and daughter of 'legendary' Sambhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra passed away at her Kolkata residence on Sunday evening. She was 74 when she died and was suffering from age related ailments for long.
2022-01-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
West Bengal sees fall in Covid cases
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) With strict restrictions in place, the number of Covid-19 infections has reduced significantly in West Bengal, as per the state health department.
2022-01-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
Union Budget 2022: Tax rebates in Budget for realty vital for salaried class
Currently, one-third of India's population reside in cities and it is estimated to go up to 50 per cent by 2030. There is a steady rise in the number of households with a shift towards nuclear families and increased urbanisation.
2022-01-17
Category: India, West Bengal,Business/Economy
Online trial of inmates at Kolkata correctional home
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) In an effort to keep the trials of the prisoners moving without getting them infected by the Covid virus, the state correctional home administration has decided to start online trial of inmates experimentally at Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata. This is part of the joint venture launched by the Centre and the state to start online trials of the inmates.
2022-01-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Health/Medicine,Immigration/Law/Rights
'North-South' rift proving to be costly for West Bengal BJP
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) A tweet from controversial BJP veteran Tathagata Basu has been making the rounds in political circles here since the morning of January 11.
2022-01-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Election for 4 Bengal Municipal Corporations likely to be deferred
Kolkata, Jan 15 (IANS) A Day after the Calcutta High Court asked the West Bengal Election Commission (SEC) to consider postponing of elections in four Municipal Corporations scheduled on January 22, the state government has written to the state poll body that they don't have any objection if the SEC decides to postpone the election for another 4 to 6 weeks considering the Covid situation in the state.
2022-01-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal: Polling in four civic bodies deferred till Feb 12
Kolkata, Jan 15 (IANS) Accepting the recommendation of the Calcutta High Court to defer the election due to the rising Covid cases in West Bengal, the state election commission (SEC) has cancelled the earlier dates, and announced that the election will be held on February 12, an official said on Saturday.
2022-01-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Bengal train accident: Death toll reaches 9, Railway Minister visits spot
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) The death count in the Guwahati-Bikaner Express train accident in north Bengal climbed to nine and the officials said tracks have been cleared for traffic. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw arrived at the spot on Friday.
2022-01-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders appoint Bharat Arun as bowling coach
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Former India bowling coach Bharat Arun has been appointed to take up the same role for two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, said the franchise on Friday ahead of the 2022 season. Arun, who played two Tests and four ODIs for India, takes over the role from former New Zealand pacer Kyle Mills with immediate effect.
2022-01-14
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
Calcutta HC asks poll body to consider postponing civic elections
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Amid an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, the Calcutta High Court on Friday asked the West Bengal state election commission to consider postponing the election in four Municipal Corporations by at least four to six weeks.
2022-01-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine,Human Interest/Society,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Drugs worth 10 cr seized in Siliguri, six arrested
Kolkata, Jan 13 (IANS) In a major haul, the Special Task Force and the Special Operations Group have recovered drugs mainly Brown Sugar worth around Rs 10 crore from Siliguri.
2022-01-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Three killed, many injured in Bengal train accident
Kolkata, Jan 13 (IANS) Three people were killed and several injured after four bogies of the Bikaner Express derailed in North Bengal on Thursday evening. The railway authorities have announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of those killed and Rs 1 lakh for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for the injured.
2022-01-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Four killed in major train accident in north Bengal
Kolkata, Jan 13 (IANS) At least four persons died and more than 40 passengers were injured when 12 coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express (15633) derailed in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was in a meeting with the chief ministers of the states regarding Covid received information about the accident from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
2022-01-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Death toll in Bengal train mishap rises to six (2nd Ld)
Kolkata, Jan 13 (IANS) At least six people are feared dead while around 67 persons have been injured after 12 coaches of Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed in Domohani area in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Thursday afternoon.
2022-01-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Bengal govt reeling under Covid wave
Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) With more than one-fifth of the government employees testing positive in the last seven days, the state general administration is reeling under extreme pressure to discharge the regular duties even amidst the third Covid wave in the state.
2022-01-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
'Matter of serious concern', Dhankhar says after CS, DGP 'skip' meeting for second time
Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) Few hours after West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi, and DGP Manoj Malaviya skipped their meeting with the Governor -- second time in three days -- a furious Jagdeep Dhankhar criticised the two top government officials, saying it "has dealt a spinal blow to the reputation of the services they belong".
2022-01-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Suvendu Adhikari hits back at Mamata after HC drops his name from Gangasagar panel
Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) A day after the Calcutta High Court -- accepting the plea of the state government -- removed the name of Suvendu Adhikari from the expert committee formed to monitor the preparedness for Gangasagar Mela, the BJP Leader of the Opposition on Wednesday hit back at the state government, alleging that it is afraid of him.
2022-01-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Calcutta HC revises its order on Gangasagar Mela
Kolkata Jan 11 (IANS) In a revised order by the Calcutta High Court on Gangasagar Mela, the division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Kesong Doma Bhutia dropped leader of the opposition Suvednu Adhikari from a three-member committee formed by the court on January 7 to monitor compliance of Covid restrictions at Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island.
2022-01-11
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Dhankhar seeks clarification after CS, DGP 'skip' meeting with Guv
Kolkata, Jan 11 (IANS) Expressing his displeasure, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday sought clarification from Chief Secretary Hari Krishna Dwivedi and DGP Manoj Malviya for 'skipping' a meeting scheduled with him at 5 pm on Monday.
2022-01-11
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Dhankhar again summons CS, DGP to Raj Bhawan on Wednesday (Ld)
Kolkata, Jan 11 (IANS) Expressing his displeasure over Chief Secretary Hari Krishna Dwivedi and DGP Manoj Malviya 'skipping' a meeting scheduled with him at 5 pm on Monday, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday asked the two top state government officials to be present at the Raj Bhawan at 11 am on Wednesday.
2022-01-11
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Covid-19: West Bengal second highest in active cases
Kolkata, Jan 10 (IANS) With nearly 25,000 fresh cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike since the outbreak of Covid-19, West Bengal registered the second highest number of active cases after Maharashtra, accounting for more than 13 per cent of the national tally.
2022-01-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
Live-streaming of suicide on Facebook triggers row in Bengal
Kolkata, Jan 10 (IANS) A controversy has been triggered in West Bengal after a man, his wife and their son committed suicide at Bakkhali area in South 24 Parganas district with the act streaming live on Facebook on Sunday night.
2022-01-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Kolkata Police launches whatsApp number for complaint registration
Kolkata, Jan 9 (IANS) With the sudden steep rise in the Covid cases in Kolkata and adjacent areas affecting not only the common people but a section of the police force too, the Kolkata Police have introduced WhatsApp numbers for all the police stations so that the people can register their complaints on the digital platform.
2022-01-09
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Bengal may impose total lockdown amid Covid surge
Kolkata, Jan 8 (IANS) With more than 73,000 new Covid-19 registered in the last seven days, speculations are rife that West Bengal, which has already announced formation of micro-containment zones, might impose a full lockdown curb the unprecedented spike.
2022-01-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National
Dhankhar summons CS, DGP over incident involving Suvendu Adhikari
Kolkata, Jan 8 (IANS) West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday summoned Chief Secretary Hari Krishna Dwivedi and Director General of Police (DGP) Manoj Malaviya to brief him on an incident involving BJP Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, in which he was allegedly stopped from entering Netai under Binpur Block in Jhargram on Friday.
2022-01-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Calcutta HC allows Gangasagar Mela with Covid restrictions
Kolkata, Jan 7 (IANS) After much deliberation, the Calcutta High Court on Friday allowed the state government to organise the Gangasagar Mela amid the fresh surge in Covid-19 cases. However, the court has imposed certain restrictions and asked the state government to act upon it immediately.
2022-01-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Virtual inauguration ceremony of cancer institute turns controversial
Kolkata, Jan 7 (IANS) The virtual inauguration ceremony of the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) campus in Kolkata's Rajarhat area through video conferencing where both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were present turned controversial after Banerjee complained to Modi against Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on the open forum.
2022-01-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
West Bengal sees steep rise in Covid cases, Kolkata leads
Kolkata, Jan 6 (IANS) West Bengal on Wednesday saw daily Covid cases surge 55 per cent, to over 14,000, against 9,000 on the day before, forcing the state government to impose restrictions strictly.
2022-01-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
Bengal health infra on verge of collapse due to Covid surge
Kolkata, Jan 6 (IANS) With a huge number of medical staff including doctors, nurses and support staff of government and private hospitals in West Bengal suffering from Covid-19, the state health department is finding it difficult to cope up with the massive number of patients that are queuing up in front of health facilities in the state.
2022-01-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine