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Tea garden unions reject Bengal's proposal on wages

Siliguri, Dec 22 : A joint forum of tea garden trade unions in northern West Bengal Monday turned down the state government's proposal to accept the three-year agreement on wages.


BSF seizes 11 kg silver, 12.48 gm gold in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 22 : Border Security Force troopers seized 12.48 gm gold and 11 Kg silver and apprehended one Bangladeshi national in two separate operations on the India-Bangladeshi border in West Bengal, a statement said Monday.


Mamata biggest beneficiary of Saradha's media units: Kunal Ghosh

Kolkata, Dec 22 : Causing embarrassment to the Trinamool Congress yet again, suspended party MP Kunal Ghosh, now in jail for his alleged involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam, Monday claimed before a local court that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the biggest beneficiary of the media units run by the now tainted group.


ISL champs Atletico de Kolkata to be feted Wednesday: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Dec 22 : The West Bengal government will felicitate Indian Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata Wednesday, Chief M inister Mamata Banerjee said here.


Left Front meets PM Modi, demands for unified probe into Saradha scam

New Delhi, Dec. 22 : A delegation of the West Bengal Left Front on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted a memorandum demanding for a coordinated investigation into the multi-crore Saradha chit-fund scam and adequate compensation for the victims.


Kolkata-based artist's works reflect grim life

New Delhi, Dec 22 : Sallow faces, sorrow-filled eyes, grim smiles and protruding ribs are the hallmarks of Kolkata-based artist Rabin Mondal's body of work, which will be displayed in a retrospective in the capital Monday.


Mamata's war against media, journalists see red

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Dec 22 : "Don't loiter around or you will be arrested" - a policeman's warning, usually used against criminals or anti-social alements, was in fact directed towards journalists. The unusual scene of a policeman threatening to arrest reporters for doing what they do best - hunting for news - actually panned out at West Bengal's seat of power.


Don't protest without reason, Gopal Gandhi advises students

Kolkata, Dec 21 : With West Bengal witnessing frequent student unrest, former state governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi Sunday advised teachers and pupils not to get involved in protests "just for the sake of it".


Fans give tumultuous welcome to victorious ATK

Kolkata, Dec 21 : Amid spraying of champagne, thousands of fans turned out on the streets and in a mall to accord a tumultuous welcome to the players of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) who arrived here with the trophy Sunday.


Saradha scam, Burdwan blast have shaken Trinamool: BJP

Kolkata, Dec 21 : Asserting the Trinamool Congress was competing with itself in using unparliamentary language, the BJP Sunday said the probes in the Saradha scam and the Oct 2 Burdwan blast seem to have shaken up West Bengal's ruling party.


Trinamool leader again makes unsavoury remarks

Kolkata, Dec 21 : Days after apologising for his offensive comment against late prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and his grandson and BJP leader S.N. Singh, Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee has once again made unsavoury remarks against the the BJP leader.


Two held with fake notes in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 21 : Two people were arrested and fake Indian currency notes of the face value of about Rs.six lakh were seized from them in West Bengal's Malda district, the BSF said Sunday.


People in Kolkata hold 'Walk for Peace' campaign in wake of Peshawar attack

Kolkata, Dec. 21 : People in Kolkata on Sunday held a one day 'Walk for Peace' campaign against terrorism in wake of Peshawar attack.


Two more held for Kolkata hospital lynching

Kolkata, Dec 21 : Two more people have been arrested in connection with last month's lynching of a man at the NRS Medical College and Hospital here, police said Sunday.


SC should be told of Trinamool's court protests: Altamas Kabir

Kolkata, Dec 20 : Terming West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress' protests in court against the arrest of minister Madan Mitra contempt of court, former chief justice of India Altamas Kabir Saturday called for bringing the matter to the apex court's immediate attention.


Was informed about Madan Mitra's arrest: Bengal governor

Kolkata, Dec 20 : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi, contradicting state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee's claims that he was in the dark about the arrest of state minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha scam, Saturday said the CBI had informed him.


'Link Bengal to Asian nations for Buddhist tourism circuit'

Kolkata, Dec 20 : Twenty-three Buddhist sites have been identified in West Bengal and the focus is to develop the state as the prime link to south and southeast Asian countries as part of the Buddhist tourism circuit, an official has said here.


International children's film fest kicks off Sunday

Kolkata, Dec 20 : Workshops, quizzes and over 200 films for children from 25 countries, in addition to India, will be the highlights at the fourth edition of Kolkata International Children's Film Festival beginning here Sunday.


Arrested Bengal minister denied bail again, hospitalised

Kolkata, Dec 19 : West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, was Friday again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here. He was admitted to hospital later after complaining of chest pains.


Arrested Bengal minister hospitalised

Kolkata, Dec 19 : Arrested West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was sent to judicial custody Friday, was admitted to a hospital after he complained of illness, a doctor said.


Saradha scam: Madan remanded to judicial custody till Jan. 2

Kolkata, Dec. 19 : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was arrested earlier this month in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam, has been sent to judicial custody till January 2, 2015.


Commuters left stranded as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Kolkata, Dec 19 : Commuters were left in a lurch again Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike - the ninth since August - to press for a fare hike and to protest "police excesses". Unions have hinted at another strike Jan 6.


Jadavpur students advised against convocation boycott

Kolkata, Dec 19 : West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee Friday urged students of Jadavpur University not to boycott the annual convocation scheduled Dec 24.


Trinamool complains to Bengal governor over CBI Saradha probe

Kolkata, Dec 19 : On a day when West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra was sent to judicial custody in the Saradha scam, five of his ministerial colleagues met Governor K.N. Tripathi complaining against the CBI investigation that was "aimed only at the ruling party".


Have named CPI-M leaders in Saradha scam: Madan Mitra

Kolkata, Dec 19 : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the Saradha scam, Friday claimed he has named to the CBI, several CPI-M leaders including MP Mohammad Salim for their involvement in the multi-crore scandal. The Left leaders dismissed the allegations.


TMC not against concept of GST if govt. compensates states adequately

New Delhi, Dec. 19 : Making its position clear on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) issue, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday said that it was not against the concept but provided the states were compensated adequately.


Not against GST: Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi, Dec 19 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said she was not against the Goods and Services Tax but wanted states to be adequately compensated.


Bengal mulls Sunderbans tourism committee

Kolkata, Dec 19 : West Bengal may soon have a separate committee to look into any impact of eco-tourism in the Sunderbans mangrove region, a minister said here Friday.


Bengal to get Sunderbans tourism roadmap soon

Kolkata, Dec 19 : A roadmap for developing tourism in the Sunderbans mangrove region, incorporating a collaborative community model, will be delivered to the West Bengal government soon, it was announced here Friday.


Madan Mitra denied bail again, sent to jail

Kolkata, Dec 19 : West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra - arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam - was Friday yet again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here.


Sonagachi sex workers seek American feminist's help

Kolkata, Dec 19 : American activist and playwright Eve Ensler Friday met sex workers in Kolkata's Sonagachi, one of Asia's largest red light areas, who sought her support to campaign against legalisation of their profession.


Commuters inconvenienced as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Kolkata, Dec 19 : Traffic in the eastern metropolis virtually came to a standstill Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike to press for a fare hike and to protest "police excesses".


BJP denies Mamata's claims of engaging in vendetta politics

New Delhi, Dec. 19 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday stated that the investigation in the Saradha chit-fund scam was being undertaken under the Supreme Court's jurisdiction and the Central government had no role to play in the case. The party further denied engaging in a political vendetta against the Trinamool Congress (TMC), as claimed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.


Trade unions call for taxi strike in Kolkata

Kolkata, Dec. 19 : Trade unions in Kolkata on Friday called for a 24-hour taxi strike over demands for a revised fare structure and improved working conditions.


26/11 mastermind Lakhvi again detained

Islamabad, Dec 19 : Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who was granted bail, has now been detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, a media report said Friday.


Jadavpur University chancellor warns against convocation boycott

Kolkata, Dec 18 : Nearly three months after Jadavpur University erupted in protests over a police crackdown on agitating students, yet another showdown looms large with many students set to boycott the convocation even though West Bengal Governor and university chancellor K.N. Tripathi has warned against it.


Chit Fund Sufferers Unity Forum demands return of Saradha depositors' money

Kolkata, Dec. 18 : An organisation of agents and depositors of chit funds -- Chit Fund Sufferers Unity Forum (CFSUF) took out a protest march here on Thursday demanding immediate return of money to lakhs of depositors who had invested in Saradha, which went bust.


Saradha scam: Pappu Yadav backs 'honest' Mamata

New Delhi, Dec. 18 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Pappu Yadav on Thursday came to the rescue of Mamata Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress (TMC) has drawn sharp flak over its alleged involvement in the Saradha chit-fund scam, and said the nation seldom had women as honest as the West Bengal chief minister.


Bangladeshi held with gold valued at Rs. 34 lakh

Kolkata, Dec 18 : The BSF Thursday seized gold valued at over Rs.34 lakh in the international market from a Bangladeshi smuggler near the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal, officials said.


Mamata plays alliance card, opposition questions her acceptability

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 18 : Looking for prospective alliance partners for her Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said nobody in politics was "untouchable" and asserted she was open to talks with other parties.


28 kg gold seized from Siliguri, four nabbed

Siliguri, Dec 18 : A total of 28 kg of gold, valued at over Rs.7 crore in the international market, was seized in this West Bengal town Thursday. Four smugglers, including two from Nepal, were arrested, an official said.


Mamata slams CBI, questions central inaction against chit funds

New Delhi, Dec 18 : Continuing her tirade against the CBI which is probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday listed some of its failures while questioning the central government's inaction in curbing similar chit funds.


Mamata alleges political vendetta, says TMC has no connection with Saradha scam

New Delhi, Dec. 18 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of political vendetta against her Trinamool Congress and reiterated that her party had no connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam.


VHP wants anti-conversion law, terms Agra event 'home-coming'

Kolkata, Dec 18 : As the uproar over the alleged forcible conversion of around 300 Muslims in Agra continued to disrupt parliament, the VHP Thursday justified the act as "ghar wapsi" (home-coming) and pressed for an anti-conversion law.


Toddler, three women killed in Bengal accident

Kolkata, Dec 18 : Three women and a three-year-old child were crushed to death and two other people were injured Thursday when a truck rammed into a motorcycle and a cycle rickshaw in West Bengal's Howrah district, police said.


Committed towards minorities: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Dec 18 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday pledged her commitment to realise the rights of the state's minorities.


Mamata takes on BJP, says no arrests made so far in other scams

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) for targeting her government over the Saradha chit-fund scam and alleged that there are many other scams worth thousands of crores of rupees but no arrests have been made so far.


Investors' perception about Bengal not the best: French envoy

Kolkata, Dec 17 : French Ambassador to India Francois Richier Wednesday said investors' perception about West Bengal was "not the best one", while referring to the pullout of a French joint venture from Haldia two years ago.


Sudipto Sen presented in Siliguri court

Siliguri, Dec 17 : The Saradha chit fund scam's purported mastermind Sudipto Sen was Wednesday presented in a court and given a copy of the chargesheet filed in a graft case here.


Have no words to express sorrow: Mamata on Peshawar carnage

Kolkata, Dec 17 : Crying "shame" over the dastardly killing of school children by terrorists in Pakistan's Peshawar city, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said it was an "irreparable loss to the world family".


Documentary film fest explores urbanisation impact

Kolkata, Dec 17 : As many as 20 documentary films exploring the consequences of urbanisation are being screened at a three-day international film fest that began here Wednesday.


TMC MPs protests in Parliament accusing govt. of functioning in an undemocratic way

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Trinamool Congress Members of Parliament on Wednesday staged a protest outside Parliament by tying black cloths around their mouths, while accusing the Central Government of using the CBI to subjugate state governments and for not giving the opposition an opportunity to speak.


Bengal students mourn Pakistan school massacre victims

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A day after nearly 150 people dead, most of them children, were killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistan school, students from across West Bengal Wednesday mourned the deaths and condemned the dastardly attack that has shocked the world.


Disabled artists learn to paint with feet, mouth

Kolkata, Dec 17 : Six disabled but gifted artists are brushing up their skills to paint with their feet and mouth at a workshop here.


Kolkata mourns Pakistan school massacre victims

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A day after a Taliban attack on a Pakistan school left nearly 150 people dead, most of them children, students from across West Bengal Wednesday mourned the deaths and condemned the dastardly attack that has shocked the world.


Bengal medical student held in lynching case

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A first year medical student was arrested Wednesday and remanded to police custody in connection with last month's lynching and alleged bobbitisation of a man at NRS Medical College and Hospital, the police said.


Bengal medical student held in lynching case

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A first-year medical student has been arrested in connection with last month's lynching and alleged bobbitisation of a man at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, police said Wednesday.


Madan Mitra to remain in CBI custody till December 19, orders Alipore Court

Kolkata, Dec. 16 : The Alipore Court on Tuesday stated that Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra, who had earlier this week been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam, will remain in police custody for a further three days.


France looking forward to shooting films in Bengal: Envoy

Kolkata, Dec 16 : France was looking forward to shooting French films in West Bengal and taking up potential business projects including tourism with the eastern state, its envoy said here Tuesday.


Mitra's CBI custody extended, claims CBI pressure to name Mamata

Kolkata, Dec 16 : West Bengal minister Madan Mitra - arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam - Tuesday accused the CBI of pressurising him to take the name of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee even as a city court denied him bail and extended his custody till Dec 19.


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