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Ex-SC judge A.K. Ganguly backs JU students

Kolkata, Sep 20 : Expressing solidarity with Jadavpur University students, former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly Saturday questioned the city police chief's claim that the students were not baton charged.


MSME sector facing uncertain future in Bengal: Minister

Kolkata, Sep 20 : Despite being in a leading position, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in West Bengal is looking at an uncertain future mainly because of infrastructural deficiencies, union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra said Saturday.


Thousands walk in rainy Kolkata with Jadavpur varsity students

Kolkata, Sep 20 : "Hok Kolorob" (let there be shouts) and shout did thousands of students from various institutions as they braved the downpour to walk in unison with Jadavpur University students to demand the resignation of its vice chancellor following the alleged police assault on them.


Bengal gang-rape: 13 sentenced to 20 years in jail

Kolkata, Sep 20 : A West Bengal court Saturday sentenced 13 people convicted of raping a tribal woman in Birbhum district of the state to 20 years rigorous imprisonment.


Jadavpur varsity site 'hacked', VC's sorry post not authentic:Registrar

Kolkata, Sep 20 : In a bizarre twist to the Jadavpur University controversy, the website of the varsity was "hacked", claimed its registrar Saturday, and the message posted on the vice chancellor's page saying he is "sorry" has been fabricated by outsiders.


Protests continue on Kolkata streets against Jadavpur police assault

Kolkata, Sep 19 : Students of Presidency University Friday hit the streets to express solidarity with Jadavpur varsity protesters, condemning the alleged police assault on them while the father of the female student whose sexual harassment triggered the disturbances squarely blamed the vice chancellor for the mess.


Brother, cousin in love found hanging in Bengal

Siliguri, Sep 19 : The bodies of a young man and his cousin sister -- said to be romantically involved -- were found hanging from a tree Friday in West Bengal, police said.


Saradha scam: CBI quizzes CPI-M leader Rabin Deb

Kolkata, Sep 19 : The CBI Friday questioned CPI-M leader Rabin Deb in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam.


Trade Unions call for indefinite transport strike in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sept.19 : The Central Trade Unions have called for an indefinite transport strike in West Bengal on Friday to protest against the state government's disinclination to solve the problems of private transporters.


NHRC seeks report from Bengal on minor's gang rape, murder

Kolkata, Sep 19 : Taking up the alleged gang-rape and murder of a minor girl in West Bengal, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Friday issued notice to the state administration seeking a report within two weeks.


Kolkata 'rice bucket challenge' for Kashmir relief

Kolkata, Sep 19 : Collections in the rice bucket challenge, as part of the "Joy of Giving" "Daan Utsav" week that began here Friday, will be donated for relief measures in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, an organiser said Friday.


Jadavpur varsity students seek meeting with Bengal governor

Kolkata, Sep 19 : Protesting students of Jadavpur University plan to meet West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi with their demands at the culmination of a mammoth rally Saturday, a student said.


Bengal gang rape: Five get 20 years' rigorous imprisonment

Kolkata, Sep 19 : A West Bengal court Friday sentenced five people convicted of gang raping a girl twice in North 24-Parganas district of the state to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment.


PIL in Calcutta HC over Jadavpur University crackdown

Kolkata, Sep 19 : The Calcutta High Court Friday directed the West Bengal government and the Jadavpur University to file affidavits stating steps being taken to restore normalcy in the varsity where students have boycotted classes and were staging protests following a police crackdown.


Congress seeks probe into Jadavpur University police assault

Kolkata, Sep 19 : Leaders of the West Bengal unit of the Congress Friday met Governor K.N. Tripathi and demanded a judicial probe into what they called a "barbaric assault" on students of Jadavpur University by police.


Students block entry of top officials at Jadavpur University

Kolkata, Sep 19 : Angry students of Jadavpur University Friday blocked the entry of the registrar and pro-vice chancellor, demanding the resignation of the two and the vice chancellor following an alleged police assault two days back.


Kolkata taxis' strike continues

Kolkata, Sep 19 : Adding to the woes of commuters for the second consecutive day, taxis stayed off roads as part of their indefinite strike in Kolkata but some buses and mini-buses plied during the all-transport strike Friday.


The fading left: Once-mighty red bastion crumbles in West Bengal

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Sep 19 : From being virtually invincible to being rendered an also ran, the year 2014 has been a tale of the withering away of the Communist-led Left Front (LF) in its once impregnable West Bengal bastion.


The fading left: Once-mighty red bastion crumbles in West Bengal

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Sep 19 : From being virtually invincible to being rendered an also ran, the year 2014 has been a tale of the withering away of the Communist-led Left Front (LF) in its once impregnable West Bengal bastion.


Saradha scam: Kunal Ghosh calls for questioning minister, MP

Kolkata, Sep 18 : Having already dragged the name of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Saradha scam, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh Thursday called for interrogating state Sports Minister Madan Mitra for "unearthing the larger conspiracy".


Sought resolution of Jadavpur University row: Governor

Kolkata, Sep 18 : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi Thursday said he has asked state education minister as well as the home secretary to look into the police crackdown on students who were demonstrating against Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty.


Mountains being made of molehills to discredit Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Sep 18 : In the wake of a raging controversy over the alleged violent police crackdown on agitating Jadavpur University students, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said "mountains are being made of molehills" to discredit her government.


BSF seizes gold worth Rs.2.63 crore in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 18 : The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday seized nearly 10 kg of gold valued at Rs.2.63 crore from near the Bangladesh border in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, an official said.


Police crackdown on Jadavpur students: BJP wants judicial probe

Kolkata, Sep 18 : The BJP Thursday slammed Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha for claiming there was no baton-charge on demonstrating Jadavpur University students, and demanded a judicial inquiry into the violent crackdown.


Jadavpur varsity students rubbish police's no baton charge claims

Kolkata, Sep 18 : Victims of a "violent police crackdown", a host of Jadavpur University students Thursday rubbished Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha's claims that there was no baton charge on the demonstrating students and expressed apprehension of a frequent police presence in the campus.


Jadavpur students not baton charged: police chief

Kolkata, Sep 18 : Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha Thursday asserted the demonstrating Jadavpur University students were not baton charged, and said the force lawfully escorted the university officials who were apprehensive of their security after being confined by the students to the university premises.


No baton charge on Jadavpur students: police chief

Kolkata, Sep 18 : Police commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha Thursday asserted the demonstrating Jadavpur University students were not baton-charged and said the force escorted university officials who were apprehensive of their security after being confined by the students in the university premises.


Saradha scam: CBI to grill Trinamool MP, CPI-M leader

Kolkata, Sep 18 : Probing the multi-crore Saradha scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now summoned for questioning Trinamool Congress MP Suvendu Adhikari and CPI-M leader Rabin Deb, an official said Thursday.


Kolkata taxis go on indefinite strike, commuters harried

Kolkata, Sep 18 : Commuters were left stranded and harried Thursday as Kolkata's taxis stayed off the roads again after their unions called an indefinite strike to press for a fare hike and to protest "police excesses".


Police assault students, demand for Jadavpur VC's resignation grows

Kolkata, Sep 17 : Several students of the prestigious Jadavpur University here were hospitalised after police allegedly beat them up early Wednesday for laying siege to the vice chancellor's office seeking a fresh inquiry into the purported sexual harassment of a female student.


BJP approaches Bengal governor seeking Jadavpur VC's removal

Kolkata, Sep 17 : The BJP Wednesday strongly condemned the police assault on students of Jadavpur University, and sought West Bengal governor and university chancellor K.N. Tripathi's intervention for the removal of the vice chancellor.


Police assault students, clamour for Jadavpur VC's resignation grows

Kolkata, Sep 17 : Several students of the prestigious Jadavpur University here had to be hospitalised after police allegedly beat them up early Wednesday for laying siege to the vice chancellor's office seeking a fresh inquiry into the purported sexual harassment of a female student.


Jadavpur crackdown: VC says demonstrators thrashed, abused him

Kolkata, Sept. 17 : After 23 students were arrested last night while protesting outside the Jadavpur University campus against the alleged molestation of a student, Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakraborty on Wednesday said that he was forced to call the police after the demonstrators became unruly.


BJP presses Mamata to ensure safety of women in West Bengal

New Delhi, Sept.17 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Siddharth Nath Singh on Wednesday exhorted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to ensure women's safety in the state.


Saradha scam: CBI custody of Assam singer Gogoi extended

Kolkata, Sep 17 : A court here Wednesday extended till Sep 20 the CBI custody of Assamese singer Sadananda Gogoi arrested in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.


CBI custody of former Bengal top cop extended

Kolkata, Sep 16 : A lower court Tuesday sent Trinamool Congress leader and former top cop Rajat Majumdar to CBI custody for another three days in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam case.


Iran foreign minister leaves for new n-talks

Tehran, Sep 16 : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Tuesday left for New York to attend a fresh round of negotiations with six major world powers over Tehran's nuclear energy programme.


Somanth wants new leadership in Left Front

Kolkata, Sep 16 : Expressing sadness over the dismal performance of CPI-M in the two assembly bypolls in West Bengal, former Lok Sabha speaker and expelled party leader Somnath Chatterjee Tuesday said the signs for the Left Front were ominous unless new faces come to the fore.


BJP back in Bengal assembly after 15 years, Trinamool retains Chowringhee

Kolkata, Sep 16 : After 15 long years, the BJP now has a representative in the West Bengal assembly. Party candidate Shamik Bhattacharya Tuesday won from Basirhat (South) in the bypolls, while the state's ruling party Trinamool retained the Chowringhee seat.


Saradha scam: Rajat Majumdar to be in police custody for three more days

Kolkata, Sept. 16 : A Kolkata court today authorized additional three days police custody of former West Bengal DGP, Rajat Majumdar, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Saradha chit fund case.


TMC thanks people of Bengal for entrusting their faith on Mamata

Kolkata, Sept. 16 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mukul Roy today thanked the people of Bengal for reposing their faith in the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government in the state inspite of canards being spread by the opposition parties.


People have given fitting reply for spreading canards against TMC: Nayana Bandyopadhyay

Kolkata, Sept. 16 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Nayana Bandyopadhyay on Tuesday credited party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her win in the assembly by-polls, saying the people have given a fitting reply to the canards being spread by the opposition against her party by ensuring her win.


Saradha scam: SFIO finds 14 Saradha group companies guilty

Kolkata, Sep 15 : The central agency Serious Fraud investigation Office (SFIO) has held 14 companies of the Saradha group guilty of running ponzi schemes where the primary source of payment to subscribers was the collections made from newly-enrolled members rather than from income generated from investments.


Pro-Trinamool forum burns CBI chief's effigy in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sep 15 : A forum of pro-Trinamool Congress citizens Monday burnt an effigy of CBI director Ranjit Sinha decrying the agency's efforts to "malign" party supremo Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal's ruling party in connection with the Saradha scam.


Kolkata 'rape victim' sues eatery after entry denial

Kolkata, Sep 15 : Two days after she was allegedly denied entry into a restaurant for being a "rape victim", an Anglo-Indian woman Monday filed a police complaint against the eatery, officials said.


Medical board examines Saradha scam mastermind

Kolkata, Sep 15 : Concerned over the failing health of purported Saradha scam kingpin Sudipta Sen, the CBI Monday got him examined by a medical board comprising specialists of various departments at a premier government hospital here.


CPI-M seeks probe into Saradha funds for Bangladesh

Kolkata, Sep 15 : The CPI-M Monday sought a central government probe into allegations that the Saradha Group scam money was channelised to Bangladesh to fund terror acts against India and challenged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to seek a clean chit from the CBI on the scandal.


Sonagachi sex workers denied bigger Durga puja celebration

Kolkata, Sep 15 : Sex workers in West Bengal's Sonagachi area, said to be the largest red light area in Asia, are a disappointed lot on being denied permission to scale up their Durga puja festivities this year, a spokesperson of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Samiti (DMSS) said Monday.


Bengal set to promote homestays for tourists

Kolkata, Sep 15 : The West Bengal government is all set to popularise the concept of homestays for tourists who visit the state and seek an authentic experience, official sources said Monday.


Will Saradha scam be Trinamool's Waterloo?

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Sep 15 : The Saradha scam is turning out to be the Trinamool Congress' worst nightmare. Even party supremo Mamata Banerjee's much-vaunted honesty and integrity have been called into question as the CBI probe seems to be getting closer to West Bengal's ruling party.


Saradha scam: ED grills top East Bengal officials

Kolkata, Sep 15 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday quizzed three East Bengal club officials, including general secretary Kalyan Majumdar, in conneciton with the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam.


British bell tolls again in land of Bengal's Nawabs

Kolkata, Sep 15 : A 182-year-old bell at Lalbagh in West Bengal's Murshidabad district is ringing again after a gap of 30 years, reviving a bygone era in Indian history, thanks to the descendant of a Nawab of Bengal and a local tour guide.


Congress to move SC over Trinamool's protest against CBI

Kolkata, Sep 14 : Claiming that the Trinamool Congress' protest demonstration against the CBI here was tantamount to contempt of court, the Congress Sunday said it will move the Supreme Court over the issue.


Congress demands Mamata's resignation over Saradha scam

Kolkata, Sep 14 : Stepping up its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Congress Sunday demanded her resignation over the Saradha scam.


Ex-Bengal MLA Benoy Konar dead

Kolkata, Sep 14 : Veteran peasants leader and three-time CPI-M member of the West Bengal assembly Benoy Konar died at a private nursing home here Sunday after prolonged illness, party sources said.


Eatery barred me for being rape victim: Kolkata woman

Kolkata, Sep 14 : An Anglo-Indian woman, who was allegedly raped inside a moving car here in 2012, Sunday claimed she was denied entry into a restaurant for being a "rape victim". The restaurant refuted the claim.


West Bengal's kangaroo court causes teacher to kill himself

Kolkata, Sep 14 : A West Bengal school teacher Sunday committed suicide after a kangaroo court allegedly asked him to pay fine over an illicit affair with a woman, police said.


Four held for extortion in Bengal

Siliguri, Sep 13 : Four people, including a father-son duo, who extorted money in the guise of Maoists, were Saturday arrested here in West Bengal, police said.


Sporadic violence, low turnout in Bengal bypoll

Kolkata, Sep 13 : Amid allegations by the BJP and the CPI-M of attacks by Trinamool Congress goons, byelections in two assembly seats of West Bengal went off peacefully with comparatively low turnout Saturday.


Trinamool sending illegal money to Bangladesh: Left Front

Kolkata, Sep 13 : The Left Front Saturday claimed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not keen to solve the Teesta water sharing and other issues with Bangladesh, and accused the Trinamool Congress of sending illegal money to Bangladesh.


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