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One dies, dozen hurt in Bengal firecracker unit blast

Kolkata, Oct 1 : A worker was killed and 12 others were injured in a blast at an illegal firecracker factory in West Bengal Wednesday, police said.


Durga Puja spirit soars on Maha Saptami

Kolkata, Oct 1 : Pomp and pageantry marked Maha Saptami - day two of the Durga Puja - as thousands of revellers decked up in their best hit the streets of the metropolis and the districts of West Bengal Wednesday.


Durga Puja begins in Siliguri

Siliguri, Oct. 1 : The much awaited Durga puja festivities kicked off this morning at Siliguri in West-Bengal. The puja starts with offering Billo sakha (Sasthi Bodon) and ends with Aporajita.


Legal battles Mamata's Achilles' heel?

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Oct 1 : The legal woes of West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government seem to be unending. Constantly embroiled in legal battles, it has now been reprimanded by the courts, prompting the opposition to question the existence of rule of law in the state.


Traditional drummers in West Bengal hope to earn more during Durga Puja

Siliguri(West Bengal), Sept. 30 : Durga Puja, which commences on September 30 this year, is an occasion to celebrate the victory of good over evil but does not assume the festive aura without the beats that come from traditional drums called 'dhak'.


Thousands throng pandals as Durga Puja begins in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 30 : Despite brief showers during the day, thousands in West Bengal indulged in merriment and religiosity as the Durga Puja - the state's biggest festival, began Tuesday.


Saradha scam: ED seals East Bengal's holding company's accounts

Kolkata, Sep 30 : Having already grilled several officials of the East Bengal Football club in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now sealed the accounts of the club's holding company.


Doctors advise Atletico players to stay hydrated

Kolkata, Sep 30 : Noting most of the Atletico de Kolkata footballers were in "peak health", healthcare experts here advised members of the Indian Super League (ISL) franchise to keep themselves hydrated in the hot climate and have hygienic food as precautionary measures for avoiding tummy problems.


Durga puja begins in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 30 : West Bengal was a picture of merriment and religiosity Tuesday due to Durga puja - the biggest festival in the state.


Mukherjee to visit West Bengal for four days

New Delhi, Sept.29 : President Pranab Mukherjee will visit West Bengal (Kirnahar and Mirati) from September 30 to October 3.


CBI names seven cops in Bengal custodial death case

Kolkata, Sep 29 : The CBI Monday named seven police officials in its charge sheet filed before a West Bengal court in connection with the custodial death of a man in Hooghly district, an agency official said.


Calcutta HC extends stay on CBI probe on panchayat member's murder

Kolkata, Sep 29 : The Calcutta High Court Monday extended the stay of a single bench order directing a CBI investigation into a murder case in West Bengal's Birbhum district in which a leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress is allegedly involved.


Poland's 'Upside Down House', Sunderbans for this Durga Puja

Kolkata, Sep 29 : As Kolkata transforms into a giant carnival for the Durga Puja, gear up to answer the call of the wild and the bizarre from lands near distant at some of the marquees here.


President to celebrate Durga Puja in Bengal

New Delhi, Sep 29 : President Pranab Mukherjee will celebrate Durga Puja festival in his native village in West Bengal's Birbhum district, an official announcement said Monday.


Kolkata's iconic Writers' Buildings in landmark restoration

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Sep 28 : Restoring Victorian-era layers shrouded by paint and cement to bring out the imposing architecture of the 230-year-old Writers' Buildings, the permanent seat of the West Bengal government, is among the measures suggested by an Australian heritage expert who has been consulted for the grand structure's landmark renovation.


Bengal minister hits out at Hema Malini for Vrindavan widows' remark

Kolkata, Sep 27 : West Bengal Women and Child Development Minister Sashi Panja Saturday criticised actor-turned-BJP MP Hema Malini's remark that widows from West Bengal should not crowd Vrindavan, saying that everyone has the right to choose where they want to go and live.


CBI files cases against MPS Greenery, Akashdeep Projects

Kolkata, Sep 27 : The CBI, which is probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, has filed FIRs against two companies - MPS Greenery and Akashdeep Projects Ltd - for alleged criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy, an official said Saturday.


Satyajit Ray's science fiction hero in Bengal's school curriculum

Kolkata, Sep 27 : Satyajit Ray's ever popular science fiction character "Professor Shonku" and his adventures will form part of West Bengal's school curriculum from next year.


BSF troopers seize tortoises valued over Rs 1.15 crore

Kolkata, Sep 26 : BSF troopers have seized 192 tortoises valued over Rs 1.15 crore in the international market from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district while the animals were being smuggled to Bangladesh, an official release said Friday.


One apprehended with gold worth Rs 30.96 lakh in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 26 : A man carrying 1.2 kg gold worth Rs.30.96 lakh has been arrested in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, the Border Security Force said Friday.


Bengal government backs police, says no baton charge on Jadavpur students

Kolkata, Sep 26 : In a setback to the student protestors of Jadavpur University, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee Friday said police had not resorted to cane charges and appealed to the students to stop class boycotts.


Man arrested for blackmailing girl, driving her to suicide

Siliguri, Sep 26 : A man was arrested Friday from West Bengal's Bagdogra airport for allegedly blackmailing a girl after getting into a relationship with her and prompting her to commit suicide.


Grand homecoming for Vrindavan, Varanasi widows ahead of Durga Puja

Kolkata, Sep 26 : Nearly 60 widows from Vrindavan and Varanasi Friday arrived here to a grand welcome to celebrate Durga Puja in their native land they were forced to leave decades ago.


Pandal-hop and win prizes this Durga puja

Kolkata, Sep 26 : As Durga puja marquees (pandals) across the city vie for top awards with novel themes and decorations, frenzied pandal-hoppers will also be seen competing for maximum pandal visits, courtesy a new contest beginning Sep 30.


Workshop to showcase Bengal's dying arts on World Tourism Day

Kolkata, Sep 26 : This World Tourism Day, jive to the spirited steps and energetic beats of the traditional Chhau dance - Indian tribal martial dance - learn the nuances of its choreography at a workshop here and appreciate the significance of such heritage art forms that are struggling to survive today.


Governor blames 'outsiders' for Jadavpur disturbances, varsity restricts entry

Kolkata, Sep 25 : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi Thursday accused "outsiders" of "creating trouble" at the Jadavpur University, which announced restriction on visitors citing Wednesday's Calcutta High Court guidelines directing the varsity to restore normalcy on campus.


IISCO steel plant blast occurred at new plant, say trade union leaders

Burnpur (West Bengal), Sept. 25 : An explosion occurred at the new IISCO steel plant here today. This was disclosed by the trade union leaders at the site of the blast in the IISCO steel plant.


BJP demands Mamata apology for shielding Tapas Paul

Kolkata, Sep 25 : In the wake of the Calcutta High Court ordering a CID probe into Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul's kill and rape remarks, the BJP Thursday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should publicly apologise for "patronising a criminal".


One killed, four injured in Kolkata house collapse

Kolkata, Sep 25 : A man was killed and four people were grievously injured Thursday when part of a multi-storeyed building collapsed here, police said.


Chinese delegation visits Indian Army's Eastern Command headquarters

Kolkata, Sep 25 : A seven-member delegation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) from China arrived Thursday on a two-day visit to Headquarters Eastern Command of the Indian Army here.


Outsiders creating trouble in Jadavpur University: Governor

Kolkata, Sep 25 : Accusing "outsiders" of "creating trouble", West Bengal Governor and ex-officio Jadavpur University chancellor K.N. Tripathi Thursday said the educational institution should not be politicised.


No festive cheer for Siliguri idol makers

Siliguri (West Bengal), Sept. 25 : Due to the immense rise in the cost of raw materials, at least a hundred Durga idol-makers have been left dampened during the festive spirit in Siliguri.


Explosion in Bengal steel plant, 25 injured

Kolkata, Sep 25 : At least 25 workers were seriously injured Thursday in a gas pipeline explosion at the IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) in West Bengal, police said.


100-year-old Durga Puja songs to be digitised

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Sep 25 : Breaking away from the trend of Bollywood numbers and rock hits playing during the festive season, enthusiasts here are trying to preserve age-old devotional songs reminiscent of occasions like Durga Puja by digitising century-old recordings, a process spanning next three to four months.


Calcutta HC upholds CID probe, FIR against Tapas Paul

Kolkata, Sep 25 : In yet another setback to the Mamata Banerjee government, the Calcutta High Court Thursday directed the filing of a police complaint and a CID probe into Trinamool Congress parliamentarian Tapas Paul's 'kill and rape' remarks.


Calcutta HC upholds CID probe, filing of FIR against Tapas Paul

Kolkata, Sep 25 : In a setback to the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court Thursday directed filing of an first information report and a CID probe into Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul's kill and rape remarks.


CBI questions TMC MP in Saradha chit fund scam

Kolkata, Sept. 24 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned Trinamool Congress (TMC) Member of Parliament (MP) from West Bengal Subhendu Adhikari in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam here on Wednesday.


Panchayat member's murder: Bengal to appeal against HC order

Kolkata, Sep 24 : The West Bengal government is mulling an appeal against the Calcutta High Court Wednesday ordering a CBI probe into the murder of a panchayat member in Birbhum district in which a leader of the ruling party is allegedly involved.


Sonagachi sex workers' kids to launch first music album

Kolkata, Sep 24 : Stigmatised but not afraid to hone and sport their talents, a music band led by children of Sonagachi sex workers is here to reach out to the masses this Durga Puja, courtesy their maiden album that will be launched Thursday.


Saradha scam: CBI grills Trinamool MP Suvendu Adhikari

Kolkata, Sep 24 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday questioned Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member from West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam.


Kolkata toasts MOM of India's space successes

Kolkata, Sep 24 : As India Wednesday created space history by becoming the first country in the world to enter Mars' orbit in its debut attempt, the West Bengal capital erupted into celebrations.


Calcutta HC orders CBI probe into panchayat member's murder

Kolkata, Sep 24 : The Calcutta High Court Wednesday directed the CBI to probe a murder case in West Bengal's Birbhum district in which a leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress is allegedly involved.


Calcutta HC orders CBI probe into panchayat member's murder

Kolkata, Sep 24 : The Calcutta High Court Wednesday directed the CBI to probe a murder case in West Bengal's Birbhum district in which a leader of the ruling Trinamool party is allegedly involved.


Kolkata HC orders CBI probe into panchayat member's murder

Kolkata, Sep 24 : The Calcutta High Court Wednesday directed the CBI to probe a murder case in West Bengal's Birbhum district in which a leader of the ruling Trinamool party is allegedly involved.


Bengal rules out cab fare hike now

Kolkata, Sep 23 : A day after taxi unions decided to put their strike on hold in view of the forthcoming festive season, the West Bengal government Tuesday dismissed a hike in fares following a meeting with the disgruntled cabbies.


Kolkata zoo enclosures inspected after Delhi death

Kolkata, Sep 23 : The Alipore zoo authorities here have stepped up vigilance and are inspecting the security systems surrounding the enclosures following the death of a youth in the Delhi zoo after being mauled by a white tiger Tuesday.


Sudipta Sen had met Trinamool leaders before escape: Employee

Kolkata, Sep 23 : In a startling revelation, Arvind Singh Chauhan, who was arrested in the Saradha scam, Tuesday claimed that Saradha chief and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen had held meetings with two Trinamool Congress MPs days before his escape from the city in April 2013.


Jadavpur row: Bengal VCs seek end to stir, panel meets victim

Kolkata, Sep 23 : The five-member probe panel constituted by the West Bengal government to carry out "preliminary enquiry" into the alleged sexual assault of a Jadavpur University student Tuesday met the girl while a group of vice chancellors of various varsities urged protesting students to withdraw the agitation and expressed support with their embattled colleague.


Bangladesh activists support Jadavpur students

Kolkata, Sep 23 : Activists in neighbouring Bangladesh, including leaders of the Shahbag movement, have expressed solidarity with the agitating Jadavpur University students here.


Three held in Bengal over alleged rape, torture

Kolkata, Sep 23 : Three people, including two women, were arrested Tuesday in West Bengal's Howrah district after a woman who worked as a maid in their house alleged she was raped and tortured, police said.


Second LCU for amphibious ops to be in service by 2014 end

Kolkata, Sep 22 : The second of the Indian Navy's eight Landing Craft-Utility ships for amphibious operations, being built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., was launched here Monday and is expected to be commissioned by the year end, a defence release said.


Dunlop India's Sahaganj plant to reopen shortly

Kolkata, Sep 22 : The Sahaganj plant of tyre makers Dunlop India Limited will be opened soon, the Ruia Group said after a tripartite meeting Monday.


Kolkata taxi strike put on hold for festive season

Kolkata, Sep 22 : In a temporary relief to commuters, taxi unions Monday decided "put on hold" the ongoing taxi strike that began last week in view of the coming festive season.


Jadavpur unrest: Bengal sets up sexual assault probe, students unmoved

Kolkata, Sep 22 : The West Bengal government Monday announced a five-member panel to probe the alleged sexual harassment of a female student of Jadavpur University, but the protesting students rejected it besides turning down the varsity registrar's appeal to withdraw academic boycott.


Jadavpur University students ignore TMC MP's remark mocking their protest

Kolkata, Sept. 22 : Students of Jadavpur University on Monday ignored Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee's remark mocking the recent protests.


Guilty in Saradha scam must face severe punishment, says BJP

New Delhi, Sept. 22 : Amid reports that former finance minister P. Chidambaram's wife Nalini has been examined by the CBI in connection with the alleged multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Siddharth Nath Singh on Monday called for a thorough investigation, and said anyone found guilty, must be duly punished as per law.


Teachers march down Kolkata's streets protesting against university girl's molestation

Kolkata, Sept.22 : Teachers from across the nation joined hands to take part in a protest rally here on Sunday to condemn the police baton charge on students who were demonstrating against the alleged molestation of a girl on the Jadavpur University campus.


TMC counters students' rally with its own rally

Kolkata, Sept.22 : The students wing of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday led a counter-rally in response to last Saturday's mammoth rally against the police action in Jadavpur University.


Jadavpur University row: Atul Anjan calls Mamata's approach narrow-minded, casual

New Delhi, Sep. 22 : Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan on Monday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is not handling the Jadavpur University molestation case in the right way, and added that her approach towards the issue is casual and narrow-minded.


Panel set up to probe Jadavpur molestation, students disagree

Kolkata, Sep 22 : The West Bengal government Monday announced a five-member panel headed by Calcutta University vice chancellor Suranjan Das to probe the alleged sexual harassment of a female student of Jadavpur University.


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