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FBI team in Kolkata to grill IS suspect
Kolkata, Dec 8 : A team of US' Federal Bureau of Investigation sleuths is in the city to quiz suspected IS and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa, who was arrested by the West Bengal CID in July. Read Full Story

Bengal will lose Rs 7,000 cr in taxes due to demonetisation: Amit Mitra
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Highlighting the devastating impact of demonetisation on the economy of Indian states, West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said on Thursday that the state stands to lose Rs 7,000 crore in taxes owing to the contraction in economic activity resulting from the scrapping of high-value currency. Read Full Story

Jamaat protests demonetisation
Kolkata, Dec 8 : Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Thursday termed as "hasty" the demonetisation move of the Narendra Modi-led central government and said it would hold demonstrations demanding solution from the present "economic mess". Read Full Story

One month of demonetisation is death anniversary of high-value notes: TMC
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) cornered the government for running away from debate and voting on the demonetisation decision, adding today is the death anniversary of high-value currency notes as several people have lost their lives post this move. Read Full Story

Indian scientists hunt down elusive blood-forming stem cells in fruit fly
Kolkata, Dec 8 : Indian researchers have for the first time hunted down the elusive hematopoietic stem cells (that give rise to all other blood cells) in fruit flies. The discovery in fruit fly has far-reaching implications for stem cell-based therapies for humans, they said. Read Full Story

Human right activists lament lack of democratic space in India
Kolkata, Dec 7 : Human rights activists on Wednesday expressed concern over the gradual decline of democratic space and violation of rights of the minority and marginalised people in India. Read Full Story

Bengal assembly passes resolution against demonetisation
Kolkata, Dec 7 : The West Bengal assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution rejecting the central government's decision to demonetise Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes and sought a rollback. Read Full Story

Britain's Manchester Museum to launch permanent South Asia gallery in 2020
Kolkata, Dec 7 : Britain's Manchester Museum plans to inaugurate a 5 million pound permanent South Asia gallery in 2020 to showcase the history and culture of the "under-represented" region, its director Nick Merriman said here on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Two killed, six injured in Bengal train derailment
Siliguri (West Bengal), Dec 7 : Two persons were killed and six others injured when the engine and two coaches of the Guwahati-bound Capital Express derailed in West Bengal on Tuesday night, an official said. Read Full Story

Mamata flight controversy: DGCA asks IndiGo to ground pilots till further probe
Kolkata (WB) [India], Dec. 7 (ANI): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday asked IndiGo airline to suspend the pilots operating flight 6E 342 till investigation is not complete over the delay in landing of flight with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board at the Kolkata airport. Read Full Story

Balancing act in cell membranes to sustain vision
Kolkata, Dec 7 : Shedding light on the balancing act necessary to maintain size of cell membranes, researchers have found a critical link -- an enzyme named Phospholipase D or PLD -- that is essential for proper recycling of membranes to sustain normal sight. Read Full Story

Two killed in Bengal train accident
Siliguri (West Bengal), Dec 7 : Two persons were killed and six injured when the engine and two coaches of the Guwahati-bound Capital Express derailed in West Bengal on Tuesday night, an official said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Two killed, six injured in West Bengal train accident
Guwahati, Dec 7 : Two persons were killed and six injured when the engine and two coaches of a train derailed in West Bengal on Tuesday night, an official said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Something fishy about those seeking full rollback of demonetisation: CPI-M
Kolkata, Dec 6 : In a pot shot at the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, the CPI-M on Tuesday said there was asomething fishy' about those seeking a "complete rollback" of the demonetisation exercise. Read Full Story

BJP leader arrested for illegally trying to exchange old notes
Kolkata, Dec 6 : A BJP leader was arrested along with six alleged coal mafia for allegedly trying to exchange old currency notes here on Tuesday, police said. Read Full Story

Jayalalithaa supported protest against demonetisation: Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 6 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who on Tuesday penned a personal tribute to J. Jayalalithaa, claimed her late Tamil Nadu counterpart supported Trinamool Congress's movement against demonetisation. Read Full Story

Why will coup happen in Kolkata, Shah asks Mamata
New Delhi, Dec 6 : BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday ridiculed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her claim of 'near-coup' following deployment of the army at two toll plazas in the state "without informing the state". Read Full Story

Youth stabs girl in West Bengal for breaking relationship
Kolkata, Dec 6 : A teenage girl was stabbed in the face by her lover for allegedly trying to walk off from the relationship in West Bengal's North 24-Pargana district, the state police said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Bengal observes day of mourning for Jayalalithaa
Kolkata, Dec 6 : The West Bengal government on Tuesday declared a day of mourning as a mark of respect to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Read Full Story

'Big loss': Mamata on Jayalalitha's death
Kolkata, Dec 6 : Expressing shock at the death of her Tamil Nadu counterpart J. Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said it was a "big loss". Read Full Story

Don't implement Centre's instructions without asking, Mamata orders officers
Kolkata, Dec 5 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday ordered state civil service officials not to implement instructions from the Central Government without permission of the state administration. Read Full Story

Three dead as speeding car rams into bikes, pedestrians
Kolkata, Dec 5 : A speeding car here on Monday recklessly rammed into three bikes and also hit pedestrians, leaving three dead and several others injured, said Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. Read Full Story

Modi not fit to be PM, says Mamata; seeks unity against demonetisation
Kolkata, Dec 5 : Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the demonetisation issue, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called upon opposition parties to shun politics and join hands against the Centre. Read Full Story

'Chaiwala' Modi will run away with nation's money like a 'feriwalla': Mamata
New Delhi [India], Dec. 5: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come as a chaiwala (tea seller) and would run away with the nation's money like a 'feriwala' (rag picker). Read Full Story

Three dead as speeding car rams into bikes, pedestrians
Kolkata, Dec 5 : A speeding car here on Monday recklessly rammed into three bikes and also hit pedestrians, leaving three dead and several others injured, said Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. Read Full Story

Bengal forms anti-child trafficking panel
Kolkata, Dec 5 : In the wake of a child smuggling racket being unearthed in the state, the West Bengal government on Monday announced setting up a panel for prevention of child trafficking. Read Full Story

Mamata cracks down on child trafficking
New Delhi [India], Dec. 5: Taking a strict note on child trafficking, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the around 24 people have been arrested and the licenses of three nursing homes will be cancelled for their alleged involvement in the illegal racket. Read Full Story

IIT team finds how to raise biofuel yield from water hyacinth
Kolkata, Dec 5 : Scientists at Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur have unlocked the secret to ramp up yields of biofuel sourced from commonly found aquatic weeds such as water hyacinths. Read Full Story

Centre seek suggestions and inputs from Ayurveda researchers
Kolkata, Dec 5 : The central government on Sunday sought suggestions and inputs from ayurveda researchers and practitioners world over which may be incorporated in the AYUSH Ministry's works related to streamlining the study and practice of this traditional health science in the country, a minister said. Read Full Story

Mamata 'very concerned' over Jayalalitha's health
Kolkata, Dec 4 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday expressed her concern over the health of her Tamil Nadu counterpart J. Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest in the evening. Read Full Story

Am the voice of my conscience, Tripathi tells Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 4 : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi, responding to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's accusation that he was "speaking in the voice of Central Government" in criticising her for opposing the army presence at toll plazas, on Sunday said he was only articulating the "voice of my conscience". Read Full Story

Parrikar links Mamata outburst against army to Saradha scam
Panaji, Dec 4 : Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mamata Banerjee have been rattled by the sudden demonetisation decision, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday, adding that it had made "thousands of crores of rupees" from a chit fund scam, useless overnight. Read Full Story

Bengal Governor, Mamata lock horns over army deployment
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Dec. 4 : As Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday dubbed Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi's outburst as "a voice of the Centre", the Governor on Sunday hits back at her saying he is the voice of his conscience. Read Full Story

Jadavpur University student found hanging
Kolkata, Dec 4 : A Jadavpur University (JU) philosophy student was found hanging from the ceiling of his hostel room here on Sunday, police said. Read Full Story

Packet of banned notes found in Kolkata
Kolkata, Dec 4 : A packet-full of torn and damaged currency notes of demonetised denominations was recovered in the city outskirts on Sunday, police said. Read Full Story

Fire breaks out at Kolkata shopping mall
Kolkata, Dec 4 : A fire broke out at the plush South City Mall here early on Sunday. There was, however, no report of casualty, a fire department official said. Read Full Story

Fire breaks out at Kolkata shopping mall
Kolkata, Dec 4 : A fire broke out at the plush South City Mall here on Sunday. There were, however, no reports of casualties or injuries, an official said. Read Full Story

Man dies in Bengal after collapsing in ATM queue
Kolkata, Dec 3 : A man died while standing in a queue in front of an ATM outlet in West Bengal on Saturday as the people's struggle for cash continued on the third day of the new month. Read Full Story

Bengal to stimulate job creation to beat demontisation effect
Kolkata, Dec 3 : In a bid to nullify demonetisation effect on employment generation, the West Bengal government plans to launch another batch of 5,000 cars under the Gatidhara project by March 2017 to stimulate local employment, an official said on Saturday. Read Full Story

Mamata fitted to be PM: Ramdev
Kolkata, Dec 3 : Heaping praise on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her austere lifestyle and political credibility, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Saturday said the Trinamool Congress supremo could one day become Prime Minister. Read Full Story

Bodies of two newborn kids recovered from Bengal
Kolkata, Dec 3 : Bodies of two newborn kids were recovered from two different districts in West Bengal on Saturday, police said. Read Full Story

In her heart Mamata supports demonetisation: Ramdev
Kolkata, Dec 3 : Yoga guru Baba Ramdev believes that in her heart West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee supports demonetisation, although she opposes its implementation. Read Full Story

"Unfortunate" WB Governor speaking in voice of Centre: Mamata
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Dec. 3 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday hit back at Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi for his outburst against her with regard to the controversy surrounding the deployment of army and alleged that he was speaking in the voice of Central Government. Read Full Story

Don't defame the army, says Bengal Governor; Mamata hits back
Kolkata, Dec 3 : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi on Saturday sternly cautioned against "defaming" and "letting down" the Indian Army in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that soldiers extorted money from truck drivers during their deployment at toll plazas. Read Full Story

Don't defame the army, says Bengal Governor; Mamata hits back
Kolkata, Dec 3 : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi on Saturday sternly cautioned against "defaming" and "letting down" the Indian Army in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that soldiers extorted money from truck drivers during their deployment at toll plazas. Read Full Story

Don't defame the army: Bengal Governor
Kolkata, Dec 3 : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi on Saturday sternly cautioned against "defaming" and "letting down" the Indian Army in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that soldiers extorted money from truck drivers during their deployment at toll plazas. Read Full Story

Man dies in Bengal after collapsing in ATM queue
Kolkata, Dec 3 : A man lost his life standing in a queue in front of an ATM outlet in West Bengal on Saturday as the people's struggle for cash continued on the third day of the new month. Read Full Story

Soldiers in toll plazas to counter to Mamata's anti-demonetisation stand: Trinamool
Kolkata, Dec 2 : West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Friday claimed the deployment of soldiers at toll plazas in the state without the state government's approval, was an attempt to disrupt the federal structure as a counter to party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's protest against the centre's demonetisation move. Read Full Story

Bengal troop deployment: Mamata prolongs secretariat stay, parliament disrupted
Kolkata/New Delhi, Dec 2 : Triggering uproar and disruptions in parliament, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stretched till Friday evening her overnight vigil at the state secretariat protesting against army deployment in the state's toll plazas allegedly without any intimation to her government. Read Full Story

Deaf Bangladeshi kid receives implants to enhance sense of sound
Kolkata, Dec 2 : A permanently deaf four-year-old boy from Bangladesh received bilateral cochlear implants, which help provide a sense of sound to the child, at a private hospital here, a statement said on Friday. Read Full Story

Mamata leaves office after 36 hours, warns of legal options if army not withdrawn
Kolkata, Dec 2 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left the state Secretariat on Friday evening after staying put for 36 hours to protest the alleged army deployment in the state and threatened to explore "legal options" if the army was not withdrawn. Read Full Story

Kolkata police says denied permission to army to conduct exercise
Kolkata [India], Dec. 2: Kolkata Police on Friday said that they had denied permission to the army on November 25 not to go ahead with its annual audit exercise in the high security zone and because of traffic at Nabanna at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 in West Bengal. Read Full Story

Mamata threatens "legal action" against Centre over Army deployment
Kolkata[India], Dec. 2: Finally leaving the secretariat office after 36 hours, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came out guns blazing at the Centre as she threatened to take legal action against the Narendra Modi government if Army deployment is not removed from certain areas across the state. Read Full Story

Despite Mamata's 'legal action' threat, Army refuses to withdraw troops
New Delhi [India], Dec. 2 : With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatening to adopt legal course against the Centre for deploying armed forces without informing the state administration, the Indian Army on Friday stood afirm and said that it would not call off its troops and the routine drill exercise will resume till mid night today. Read Full Story

BJP recommends medical care for "unnerved" Mamata who is "hallucinating"
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Dec. 2 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday launched a series of scathing attacks on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who objected to army's presence in the state, saying her "unnerved mind has given way to hallucination, which certainly requires medical care." Read Full Story

Another newborn rescued in Bengal, BJP demands CBI probe
Kolkata, Dec 2 : Another newborn baby was rescued from west Bengal's North 24 Pargana district on Friday, police said. Read Full Story

Mamata leaves secretariat after 36 hours
Kolkata, Dec 2 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left the secretariat on Friday evening after staying put for 36 hours in protest against the alleged deployment of the army in the state while keeping her government in the dark. Read Full Story

ICMR, health ministry working on introduction of birth control implants for women
Kolkata, Dec 2 : The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Friday said it is working with the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry to introduce birth control implants in India's family planning programme. Read Full Story

ICMR recommends introductory lessons in Indian medicine for doctors
Kolkata, Dec 2 : The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on friday said it has proposed to the Medical Council of India the inclusion of introductory lessons in Indian system of medicine, including ayurveda, in the curriculum for doctors. Read Full Story

Two pensioners die after collapsing in bank queues
Kolkata, Dec 2 : Two elderly people died while standing in the bank queue in West Bengal, as people's struggle for cash continued on the second day of a new month. Read Full Story

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