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Trinamool proposes to club last 3 phases of Bengal polls
Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) A day before the all-party meeting convened by state Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab on maintaining the Covid protocols during the ongoing Assembly elections in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress on Thursday proposed to club the last three phases of polls scheduled on April 22, 26 and 29.
2021-04-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Highest single-day spike in Covid cases forces Bengal govt to take action
Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) The highest single-day spike in Covid cases in the state has prompted the West Bengal government to reactivate all the medical facilities that the government introduced during the peak of the Covid pandemic last year.
2021-04-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
Now BJP's Dilip Ghosh barred from campaigning for 24 hours
Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) After Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Election Commission on Thursday barred West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh from campaigning for 24 hours, charging him with making "provocative" public statements that can "seriously incite" emotions and lead to "breakdown" of law and order affecting the Assembly election process in the state.
2021-04-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Myanmar's military junta charges doctors over protests
Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) Myanmar's ruling military junta has charged 19 medical doctors with 'dereliction of duty' for participating in protests against the February 1 military coup, a state-run newspaper has reported.
2021-04-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National
Bengal fifth phase: Congress may find the going tough
Siliguri/New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) The Congress may find it tough to retain its last tally in the fifth phase of the polling in West Bengal where the party is contesting on 12 seats and has 3 sitting MLAs including a second term MLA in Naxalbari, said sources.
2021-04-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Cong candidate from Murshidabad dies of Covid
Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) Murshidabad's Congress candidate Rezaul Haque died of Covid-19 at a private hospital here on Thursday morning.
2021-04-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine,Politics
Bengal polls: Lack of industry, unemployment, SC votes may decide next 4 phases
Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) Ashis Ghosh -- a former worker at the Gouripur Jute Mill in Naihati in North 24 Parganas district -- had to leave his home in search of a job when the mill was shut in 2017. After working as a mason for around three years in Kerala, he had to return home last year after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-04-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Bengal poll panel calls for all-party meet to maintain Covid protocol
Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) The Chief Electoral officer of West Bengal Ariz Aftab has called for an urgent all-party meeting on matters related to campaign during the period of Covid-19 on Friday and has asked all the state and national political parties to send only one representative.
2021-04-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
EC deploys 853 companies of central forces in 5th phase of Bengal polls
Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) Taking a lesson from the fourth phase, the Election Commission of India has decided to deploy 853 companies of central forces for the fifth phase when 45 constituencies spread across six districts will go for the polls on April 17. This will be the highest force concentration in this election, outnumbering the fourth phase when the Commission deployed 789 companies for 44 assembly constituencies.
2021-04-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
ED summons Bengal Minister in ICore chit fund scam case
Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee for questioning in connection with its probe into the ICore chit fund scam.
2021-04-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
Will spare none, Mamata after meeting Cooch Behar victims' families
Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) With the end of the deadline set by the Election Commission for not entering the boundaries of Cooch Behar district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met the families of the victims who were killed at Sitalkuchi during the fourth phase of polling. Four people were killed in the firing by the central forces in Sitalkuchi in Bengal on April 10.
2021-04-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Record seizures made in Bengal polls include Hilsa fish, pan masala, sarees
Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) The seizures made in West Bengal in this election season so far has surpassed the captures made in the recent polls in the state, making it obvious that money power has started making its footprints in the state.
2021-04-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Naxalbari, once a hotbed of Left politics, now a Cong bastion
Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) Naxalbari, which goes to the polls in the fifth phase of the Bengal elections on April 17 and was once the epicentre of politics after the peasant uprising of 1967, has since lost its political sheen.
2021-04-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National
CBI questions Bakura SP Rao, Anup Majhi in coal smuggling case
Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) Tightening its noose around the alleged kingpin of the illegal coal pilferage scam Anup Majhi a.k.a Lala, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday is again questioning him and the Superintendent of Police (SP) Koteswara Rao in connection with the case.
2021-04-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National
EC bars Mamata from campaigning for 24 hours
Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) Unsatisfied with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's responses to the two notices of the Election Commission, the poll panel on Monday barred the Trinamool Congress supremo from any kind of campaigning for 24 hours, from 8 pm on Monday to 8 pm on Tuesday.
2021-04-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Trinamool banking on Muslim voters, women to return to power
Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) Though the BJP has made a convincing dent into the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled tribe votes and the Muslim that constitute 30 per cent of the electorate, the population stands divided between Trinamool congress and The Indian Secular Front (ISF) floated by Muslim cleric Abbas Siddiqui. Yet, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to bank on the women and minority votes to sail through the election this year. Considering this poll mathematics there are some seats across the state which can be considered to be safe for the ruling Trinamool Congress.
2021-04-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Rafiqul Islam Madani - 'Little Devil' of Bangladesh arrested
New Delhi, April 12: Amid the ongoing crackdown on the militant hardliner groups, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Of Bangladesh has arrested Rafiqul Islam Madani. Known as "shishu bokta" (child preacher), he has been charged with making provocative anti-state speeches and inciting mob. Madani is one of the icons of the hardline outfit, Hefazat- e- Islam (HeI).
2021-04-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National
Modi reaches out to weaker sections at Bengal rally
Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) In an effort to reach out to the Scheduled Castes and Matuas that constitute more than 15 percent of the electorate of the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured justice to all refugees, Matua and Namasudra and at the same time criticised the Trinamool Congress for equating them with beggars.
2021-04-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Coal scam: CBI interrogates Anup Majhi for sixth time
Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) The CBI on Monday interrogated the alleged coal scam kingpin Anup Majhi alias Lala for the sixth time.
2021-04-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Employment-starved urban Bengal might look for alternative
Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) Soumen Modnal owns a tea-stall in the market outside Birlapur Jute mill near Budge Budge in South 24 Parganas - nearly 45 kilomteres from Kolkata. Once he was a permanent worker in the jute mill but, now as the mill is closed for the last four years, 38-year Mondal is left with no job. He has to rely on the daily sales of his handmade tea, biscuits and cake.
2021-04-12
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
EC stopped me from going to Sitalkuchi: Mamata
Kolkata, April 11 (IANS) A day after the Election Commission disallowed any political party from entering into Cooch Behar following the death of four people in the firing of the central forces, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who earlier announced to visit Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district on Sunday, accused the poll body of hatching conspiracy against her and alleged that the restriction was imposed only to stop her from meeting the bereaved families.
2021-04-11
Category: India, West Bengal,National
EC gives clean chit to CISF, says it opened fire in 'self-defence' in Cooch Behar
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday gave a clean chit to the CISF for opening fire in Sitalkurchi Assembly constituency in Cooch Behar district during the fourth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal that left four persons dead, saying that opening fire "became necessary to save the lives of the voters" and it was made in "self-defence".
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Marred by violence, Bengal sees 76% turnout in 4th phase of polls (Ld)
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Despite violence and bloodbath in the fourth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, which saw five people get killed at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district, the state recorded a relatively low turnout of 76.16 per cent till 5 p.m.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
CBI summons Bankura SP in illegal coal smuggling case
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Bankura Superintendent of Police Koteswara Rao N on April 12 for questioning in connection with alleged illegal coal smuggling case, sources said on Saturday.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Trinamool comes out in open defence of Prashant Kishor (Ld)
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Trinamool Congress has come out in open defence of its political strategist Prashant Kishor, popularly known as PK, after a controversy erupted when the IT cell of the BJP released an audio tape where PK could be reportedly heard saying in a 'Clubhouse' chat that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hugely popular in West Bengal, which is one of the three factors that will decide which party sweeps the state in the ongoing Assembly elections.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Modi to Mamata: Inciting people against central forces won't save you
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Hours after the death of four people in the firing by central forces at Sitalkuch in Cooch Behar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing condolences over the deaths said that inciting people against the central forces and creating hindrances in the poll process won't be able to save you Didi (Mamata). Modi said this while addressing a rally at Jalpaiguri in North Bengal on Saturday.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National
Covid ruins job-seekers but placement agencies do roaring business
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Scores of desperate job-seekers are falling prey to mushrooming 'placement' agencies and loosing money in Covid-hit Indian cities.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National
Amid violence, high voter turnout in 4th phase polling
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Despite violence and bloodbath in the fourth phase of the assembly polls after five people including four in the firing by the central forces died at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district, a high voter turnout was recorded till 3 p.m. Though the police claimed that the CISF on duty opened fire in self defence that led to the death of four people, the Chief Minister asked for an explanation from the Home Minister saying that she would visit the violence hit area on Sunday.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
CBI grills Anup Majhi for 5th time in coal smuggling case
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Anup Majhi a.k.a. Lala, the alleged kingpin of the illegal coal smuggling case is once again being questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday in connection with the case.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Five killed in poll related violence in Bengal
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Violence erupted in the fourth phase of elections in Bengal in which five people were killed in two separate incidents. Four persons were killed when central forces opened fire on an unruly mob in Sitalkuchi assembly constituency in Mathabhanga block in Cooch Behar district on Saturday. In another incident in the same constituency a first-time voter was killed, taking the total number of deaths to five.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
BJP shares audio chat of Prashant Kishor praising Modi
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) A political controversy erupted in West Bengal during the fourth phase of the elections when BJP's IT cell released an audio tape of Trinamool' election strategist Prashant Kishor where he was heard saying a 'ClubHouse' chat that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hugely popular in West Bengal and this is one of the factors that will decide which party sweeps the state.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
15.85 % polling recorded till 9 am in Bengal
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) Brisk polling is being recorded in the fourth phase of elections for 44 assembly constituencies when 1,15,94,950 electorates spread across five districts namely South 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah, Alipurduar and Coochbehar are exercising their franchise on Tuesday morning.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National
West Bengal gears for fourth phase of Assembly polls
Kolkata, April 10 (IANS) 44 assembly constituencies of five districts in West Bengal will go for the fourth phase of the polls on Saturday. Considering the incidents of violence during the third phase of polling, the Election Commission has made an extensive arrangement to avoid any kind of untoward incidents.
2021-04-10
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Vernacular campaigns heat up social media wars during Bengal polls
Kolkata, April 9 (IANS) Amid Covid protocol and restrictions imposed on political rallies and campaigns the political parties particularly the BJP and the Trinamool Congress have extended their fight into the digital spectrum, swearing by the revolutionary impact of social media.
2021-04-09
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Massive surge in Covid infections has Bengal govt on tenterhooks
Kolkata, April 9 (IANS) With masks vanishing from public life and Covid protocols being ignored in election rallies and meetings there has been a more than 14-fold rise in the number of Covid cases in West Bengal in the last one month. The state government has started imposing restrictions on public life to check the spread of the virus.
2021-04-09
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine,Politics
EC issues another show cause notice to Mamata
Kolkata, April 9 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) has again issued a show cause notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, seeking a written explanation for her "attempt to berate and vilify the central forces by making false, provocative and intemperate statements".
2021-04-09
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Election Commission issues notice to Suvendu Adhikari
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) A day after the Election Commission of India issued a show cause notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for demanding votes on communal grounds, the poll panel on Thursday issued a similar show cause notice to BJP heavy-weight Suvendu Adhikari and asked him to submit a written clarification explaining the alleged communal overtones in his speech made last month.
2021-04-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
NIA court sentences Bangladesh terrorist to 7 yrs jail
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) A special NIA court on Thursday sentenced Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) terrorist Rizual Islam aka Riyaz aka Sumon to seven-year rigorous imprisonment in a 2017 case related to planning to commit terror acts in India.
2021-04-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
Srei Equipment Finance receives EoI for up to $250 mn capital infusion
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) Srei Equipment Finance Ltd on Thursday said that it has received expression of interest for up to $250 million capital infusion in the company from US-based Arena Investors LP and Singapore's Makara Capital Partners.
2021-04-08
Category: India, West Bengal,Business/Economy
Security to be beefed up for women candidates in Bengal
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) A couple of days after two women candidates - one from the BJP and the other from the Trinamool Congress - were physically assaulted during the third phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal, the Election Commission is thinking of increasing the security of the women candidates from the next phase of polling.
2021-04-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Highest force deployment for fourth phase of Bengal polls
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) The Election Commission of India has decided to deploy 789 companies of Central forces -- the highest force concentration so far -- in the fourth phase of elections in West Bengal when 44 Assembly constituencies spread across seven districts in the state will go to the polls on April 10.
2021-04-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Majhi appears before CBI in illegal coal smuggling case
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) Anup Majhi a.k.a. Lala the alleged kingpin of the illegal coal smuggling case once again appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday for questioning for the fourth time.
2021-04-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
3 District Magistrates transferred before elections
Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) In a recent development, the Election Commission (EC) transferred three District Magistrates as well District Election Officers (DEOs) of three districts on Wednesday evening.
2021-04-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Polling percentage in 3rd phase of Bengal polls better than Lok Sabha elections
Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) The people of the 31 assembly constituencies in West Bengal have voted overwhelmingly in the third phase of election conducted on April 6. The final percentage data released by the commission shows that the overall percentage in the 31 assembly constituencies is 84.6, which is better compared to the last Lok Sabha polls that had a percentage of meagre 80.5 so far these assembly constituencies are concerned.
2021-04-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Coal smuggling case: CBI summons alleged kingpin Majhi again
Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned the illegal coal smuggling case's alleged kingpin Anup Majhi aka Lala for questioning for the fourth time on Thursday, officials said.
2021-04-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
East Bengal's brand of football was good: Bhutia
Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) East Bengal did well to put together a team in the short time they had before the start of the Indian Super League (ISL) this season and the brand of football that they showed was good, according to former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia.
2021-04-07
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
Despite losing father, Howrah DM returned to conduct polls next day
Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) Howrah's District Magistrate and District Election Officer Mukta Arya was congratulated by chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay and the Election Commission of India for her exceptional performance in conducting the polls of the seven assembly constituencies of Howrah on Tuesday but hardly did anyone know that this young IAS discharged her professional duties soon after she lost her father.
2021-04-07
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Features,Human Interest/Society,Politics
ECI removes 8 returning officers in Kolkata during third phase polling (3rd Ld)
Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) Amid reports of clashes during the third phase of polling where 77.68 per cent voting was recorded till 5 p.m. the Election Commission of India removed 8 returning officers from Kolkata assembly constituencies - six from North Kolkata and two from South Kolkata. On Tuesday 31 assembly constituencies spread across three districts including South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly went to the polls.
2021-04-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Modi's coins 'Chalo Paltai' slogan, says Trinamool will fade away
Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) Referring to a new audio tape that the BJP had released a few days back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's defeat is on the cards, as he coined a new slogan -- 'Chalo Paltai' (let us make the change) -- and urged the people to vote for the saffron party in the ongoing Assembly elections for a new and better government.
2021-04-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Battleground Bengal: 68.04% turnout till 3 pm, Mamata cries foul (2nd Ld)
Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) Despite Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee complaining of 'blatant' misuse of Central forces, as many as 68.04 per cent cent of the voters turned out to exercise their franchise till 3 pm during the third phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal on Tuesday, according to official data received here.
2021-04-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics