Toddler-beating tutor finally arrested in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 25 : Private tutor Pooja Singh, who was caught on video brutally thrashing a three-and-a-half-year-old child here, was finally arrested Friday, police said.


Teacher held for roughing up minor student in Bengal

Kolkata, July 25 : A school teacher in West Bengal's Howrah district was detained Friday for allegedly thrashing a class 8 student caught talking during class, even as several incidents of corporal punishment were reported from the state.


Iranians mark Quds Day in solidarity with Palestinians

Tehran, July 25 : Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied Friday across the country to mark Quds (Jerusalem) Day in solidarity with the Palestinians, condemning Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian land and the ongoing bloody attacks on the Gaza Strip.


Film on Park Street rape case cleared for screening

Kolkata, July 25 : A film based on the Park Street rape case, blocked by the censor board here, has been given the go-ahead by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, its producer said Friday.


Trinamool leader accused of assaulting ECL officials gets bail

Kolkata, July 25 : A court in West Bengal's Burdwan Friday granted bail to a Trinamool Congress labour leader who was arrested for allegedly threatening and assaulting officials of the Eastern Coalfields Limited.


Bengal seeks JE vaccination drive in Cooch Behar

Kolkata, July 25 : The West Bengal government has requested the central government to launch a mass vaccination programme for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the Cooch Behar district in the state's northern part, which is in the grip of the disease, an official said Friday.


Bengal encephalitis toll mounts, three health officials suspended

Siliguri/Kolkata, July 25 : Blaming health officials in north Bengal for keeping the higher-ups in the dark about the spread of encephalitis, the West Bengal government Friday suspended three senior officials even as three more people died of the disease since Thursday night, taking the toll to 113.


BJP blames Mamata government for encephalitis deaths

Kolkata, July 25 : With northern West Bengal gripped with encephalitis syndrome that has claimed over 100 lives so far, the BJP Friday held the Trinamool Congress government responsible for the malady acquiring epidemic proportions.


Bengal to track rural activities using new technology

Kolkata, July 25 : The West Bengal government will roll out a new computer-based system to track rural activities in the state, an official said Friday.


Kolkata police fan out for elusive teacher who beat toddler

Kolkata, July 24 : Police teams Thursday fanned out in areas around Kolkata and in a neighbouring state to nab elusive private tutor Pooja Singh, who was caught on video brutally thrashing a three-and-a-half-year-old child in the city.


Trinamool leader accused of assaulting ECL official arrested

Kolkata, July 24 : A Trinamool Congress labour leader was Thursday arrested for allegedly threatening and assaulting officials of the Eastern Coalfields Limited, police said.


Bengal student attacked with acid inside home

Kolkata, July 24 : A woman college student suffered grievous injuries Thursday in an acid attack by an unidentified assailant inside her home in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said.


Badaun replay: Minor's body found hanging from tree in Bengal

Kolkata, July 24 : In a horrific repeat of the Badaun rape-and-murder case in Uttar Pradesh, the body of a seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree at Rajnagar village in West Bengal's East Midnapore district Thursday.


Will recognise those who miss out India's top awards: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, July 24 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said her government will continue to recognise the contributions of artistes, literati and sportspersons from the state who are often sidelined for coveted honours like the Padma Shri or Padma Bhushan.


Dash of sci-fi, horror at Japanese film fest in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 24 : Take a cinematic trip through Japan next month! A bouquet of six films from the island nation will be shown in the eastern metropolis at a film festival starting Aug 1, a statement said Thursday.


Bengal cabinet okays trans-national road project

Kolkata, July 24 : The West Bengal cabinet Thursday approved a Rs.1,377 trans-national roadway project connecting India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, a minister announced.


No encephalitis threat in Kolkata, say officials

Kolkata, July 24 : West Bengal capital Kolkata is unlikely to be affected by encephalitis, said health and civic officials even though the vector-borne disease has claimed over 100 lives this year in the north of teh state..


Kesri Nath Tripathi sworn in as Bengal governor

Kolkata, July 24 : Veteran BJP leader Kesri Nath Tripathi was Thursday sworn in as the new governor of West Bengal at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan here.


50 injured in clashes in Bengal over custodial death in UP

Siliguri, July 24 : Fifty people, including 23 policemen, were injured here early Thursday in clashes with demonstrators who blockaded a national highway to protest a school teacher's custodial death in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.


Bengal governor-designate Tripathi reaches Kolkata

Kolkata, July 23 : West Bengal governor-designate Keshari Nath Tripathi arrived here Wednesday. He would be sworn in Thursday.


Private tutor mercilessly beats child, footage sparks outrage

Kolkata, July 23 : A shocking video footage of a private tutor mercilessly beating a three-and-a-half-year-old child here sparked outrage across the country Wednesday.


Activists demand pension hike for disabled

Kolkata, July 23 : As many as 70 disabled residents and activists of the city demonstrated Wednesday, demanding a hike in their pension or maintenance allowance.


Kolkata safer than Delhi, say students from northeast

Kolkata, July 23 : Comments on appearance or the usual questions about whether they are Nepalis are common for students from northeast India who study here in the eastern metropolis.


Accidentally missed out Moon Moon's name in award list: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, July 23 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday veteran actors Moon Moon Sen and Arindam Seal would also be honoured with the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman instituted by her government.


ECL threatens to stop operation over Bengal official's assault

Kolkata, July 22 : The Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) has threatened to stop operations at one of its mines at Raniganj in West Bengal if the government fails to take action against a Trinamool Congress trade union leader accused of assaulting and threatening the company's officials.


Over 83 children afflicted by Japanese encephalitis in West Bengal

Darjeeling, (West Bengal), July 22 : At least 83 children were afflicted by Japanese encephalitis in West Bengal in the last fortnight, said director of state health services, Biswaranjan Satpathy.


Thai princess a big fan of Tagore

Kolkata, July 22 : Thailand Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Tuesday went around the Rabindra Bharati University named after Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and disclosed she had a childhood wish to study at Santiniketan under his tutelage.


Dev, Moushumi to get Bengal's top cine award

Kolkata, July 22 : Leading Bengali matinee idol Dev and veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee will receive the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman instituted by the West Bengal government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Tuesday.


Coast Guard rescues 15 fishermen in Bay of Bengal

Kolkata, July 22 : Indian Coast Guard personnel have rescued 15 fishermen whose boat had got entangled with a fishing net in the Bay of Bengal, about 64 nautical miles southeast of Sagar Island, officials said Tuesday.


Bengal mob protests with body of teacher who died in UP jail

Siliguri, July 22 : A mob comprising a few hundred people Tuesday staged a demonstration with the body of a school teacher outside a police station here in northern West Bengal claiming that the man was murdered in judicial custody in Uttar Pradesh.


Encephalitis kills three more in Bengal, toll now 61

Siliguri, July 22 : The raging encephalitis menace Tuesday claimed three more lives in northern West Bengal, taking the death count to 61 over the past 20 days, health officials said.


Mamata to continue movement against fuel price, rail fare hike

Kolkata, July 21 : Assailing the Narendra Modi government for hiking fuel prices and railway fares, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said her party Trinamool Congress would carry on with its movement to combat such policies.


Four Congress, CPI-M legislators in Bengal join Trinamool

Kolkata, July 21 : Giving a jolt to the Congress and the CPI-M in West Bengal, four of their legislators Monday joined the ruling Trinamool Congress in presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.


Will continue to write, paint to fund Trinamool's campaign: Mamata

Kolkata, July 21 : Notwithstanding the opposition's strident attack on the sales proceeds of her paintings during the Lok Sabha poll campaign, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said she would pen books and take to the canvas yet again to fund her party's election expenses in the coming years.


Bengal to set up special fever clinics to tackle encephalitis

Kolkata, July 21 : With over 80 encephalitis deaths reported from northern West Bengal this year, the state health department has decided to set up fever clinics and relocate pig farms in the districts in the grip of the vector-borne disease.


Mamata's rally chokes Kolkata traffic, hits life

Kolkata, July 21 : Traffic here came to a virtual standstill Monday as lakhs of Trinamool Congress supporters converged on the eastern metropolis from West Bengal's districts for a mammoth rally in commemoration of Martyrs' Day.


Bengal has no place for communal politics: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Jul 21 : Without naming BJP, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said conspiracies were hatched to create riots in parts of the country and appealed to the people to 'foil' such attempts.


Suspected Encephalitis toll goes to 52 with death of a tribal Woman

Siliguri, Jul 21 : With one more tribal woman succumbing to suspected encephalitis at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, the toll in the killer mosquito borne diseases has risen to 52 in the past 19 days, hospital sources said today.


Four opposition legislators in Bengal join Trinamool

Kolkata, July 21 : Giving a jolt to the opposition parties in West Bengal, three Congress legislators and one of the CPI-M Monday joined the ruling Trinamool Congress in presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.


Some people acting as agents of communal elements: Mamata flays media

Kolkata, July 21 : In an apparent attack on a section of the media, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday accused "some people" of acting as "agents" of "communal elements" and "maligning" her party after the BJP came to power at the Centre.


'BJP's LS seats in Bengal will become zero in next polls'

Kolkata, July 21 : Attacking the BJP for hiking fuel prices and railway fares, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said the two seats the party won in the state in the recent Lok Sabha polls will be reduced to zero in the next general elections.


Human-elephant conflict: Bengal considers South African birth control route

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, July 21 : In the wake of the escalating human-elephant conflict (HEC) in West Bengal, the state is considering a hugely successful South African birth control route to regulate the growing pachyderm population.


Six more encephalitis deaths in Bengal, toll 58

Siliguri, July 20 : Six more patients died of Japanese encephalitis in northern West Bengal Monday, as the toll climbed to 58 over the past 19 days, health officials said.


Problem almost solved, happy with government action: Shyam SEL

Kolkata, July 20 : Shyam SEL Power Limited, which had lodged a police complaint alleging threats and extortion demands by criminals affiliated to the ruling Trinamool Congress, Sunday lauded the West Bengal government for taking "proper steps" which has "almost solved the problem".


Encephalitis deaths in Bengal rise to 47

Siliguri, July 20 : Two more people died of encephalitis here, taking the death count in West Bengal to 47 in the past 18 days, officials said Sunday.


Student gets new life courtesy mother's liver, Facebook campaign (Health Feature)

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, July 20 : A month and a half ago Srijani Halder had slipped into a coma following the sudden onset of jaundice that irreversibly damaged her liver. Her life-saving liver transplant came in the form of an odd mix of family support and the social network.


IIM-Calcutta setting special centre for disabled students

Kolkata, July 19 : The Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) will set up a special centre aimed at providing adequate support to disabled students from the perspective of academics, the institute said Saturday.


Mamata welcomes Nasscom proposal for Kolkata incubation centre

Kolkata, July 19 : Welcoming Nasscom's proposal for building the first incubation centre for young and aspiring IT entrepreneurs here, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday claimed the state's IT, engineering and manufacturing sectors saw very positive and encouraging developments over the past week.


Mamata terms Shyam group episode 'small matter', 'propaganda'

Kolkata, July 19 : Days after a leading industrial group complained of threats and extortion demands by criminals allegedly affiliated to the ruling Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday termed the matter as "one sided propaganda and canard".


Bengal taxi association official harassed by rogue cabbies

Kolkata, July 19 : Rogue cab drivers have been driving passengers crazy in the eastern metropolis with refusals, rigged fare meters and offensive behaviour. In what could be dubbed as dark humour, a top official of one of West Bengal's largest taxi associations recently got a full-blown taste of the menace, prompting him to lodge a police complaint.


CIC upholds PMO's refusal to declassify three Netaji files

Kolkata, July 19 : The Central Information Commission (CIC) has upheld the Prime Minister's Office's contention of keeping, as classified, three files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, on grounds their declassification would adversely affect foreign relations.


Girl rejects marriage proposal, assaulted

Kolkata, July 19 : A girl was seriously injured in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district when a youth repeatedly assaulted her for rejecting his marriage proposal, police said Saturday.


Kolkata bracing up for Mamata's mega rally

Kolkata, July 19 : With lakhs of people expected to converge here the city is bracing up for the Trinamool Congress mega rally Monday, billed as thanksgiving for the party's success in the Lok Sabha polls.


Suspected encephalitis toll in Bengal climbs to 45

Siliguri, July 19 : One more person died of suspected encephalitis here, taking the toll due to the suspected vector-borne disease in West Bengal to 45 in the last 17 days, officials said Saturday.


Bengal rights panel a symbol of oppression: Activists

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, July 19 : The West Bengal Human Rights Commission, which was hailed last year for setting a benchmark in rights activism because of its proactive role, is now drawing the ire of activists who are terming it a "symbol of oppression".


Four more suspected encephalitis deaths in Bengal

Siliguri, July 18 : Four more people have died of suspected encephalitis at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) here since Thursday, taking the toll to 44 in the past 16 days, health officials said Friday.


Fake currency seized in Bengal

Kolkata, July 18 : The Border Security Force (BSF) Friday seized fake Indian currency notes of the face value of Rs.8 lakh in West Bengal's Malda district, an official statement said.


Bengal industrial unit complains of threats, extortion demands

Kolkata, July 18 : A leading industrial group, which is setting up a Rs.9,900 crore steel plant and a captive power plant in West Bengal's Burdwan district, has complained of threats and extortion demands by criminals allegedly affiliated to the ruling Trinamool Congress.


Mamata seeks central funds for disaster management

Darjeeling, July 18 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said her government has sought funds from the central government for management of natural disasters in Darjeeling district, on par with the northeastern states.


Bank union calls for penal laws to deter corporate defaulters

Kolkata, July 18 : Claiming the presence of a "nexus" between politicians and corporate houses allowing companies to default bank loans at will, the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) Friday called for penal laws to deter such defaulters.