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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.


Jadavpur students to seek guidance from overseas alumni

Kolkata, Sep 22 : Jadavpur University students, protesting the alleged police attack on them, Monday decided to continue their class boycott and seek suggestions from its alumni across the world on their agitation's future course via an international video conferencing.


Saradha scam: CBI quizzes Congress MP Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury

Kolkata, Sep 22 : Senior Congress leader and former union minister Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury Monday appeared before the CBI on being summoned in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam and was questioned for nearly three hours.


Trinamool rally questions Jadavpur students' protest

Kolkata, Sep 22 : Two days after thousands walked in solidarity with Jadavpur University student protestors, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress's students wing Monday took out a large counter-rally decrying "hooliganism in educational institutes in the name of agitation".


Bengal names panel to probe Jadavpur molestation

Kolkata, Sep 22 : The West Bengal government Monday announced a probe into the alleged sexual harassment of a female student of Jadavpur University.


Taxi stir deflates Puja shopping spirit

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Sep 22 : Forget the festive pre-Durga puja spirit. It is now nightmare on Kolkata streets ahead of West Bengal's biggest socio-religious carnival, with taxis on indefinite strike and even a section of other public transporters making common cause for a day.


Trinamool mocks Jadavpur students' agitation

Kolkata, Sep 22 : In the wake of massive protests by Jadavpur University students, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew and Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee Monday wondered if the agitations were because of a ban on drugs inside the campus.


Saradha scam: CBI grills Congress MP Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury

Kolkata, Sep 22 : Senior Congress leader and former union minister Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury Monday appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after being summoned in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.


Teachers hit Kolkata's streets in support of Jadavpur students

Kolkata, Sep 21 : Eminent academicians including former vice chancellors from various parts of India Sunday hit the streets here to express solidarity with Jadavpur University students, who were allegedly assaulted by police for staging a protest against the purported sexual assault of a female student.


Fake currency seized in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 21 : Fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with face of value of Rs.9 lakh were seized Sunday from near the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Malda district, the BSF said.


Will request NCW to take action in Jadavpur molestation case: Meenakshi Lekhi

Kolkata, Sept. 21 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Sunday said that the Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University is acting like an agent of the government and added that she would request the NCW to take some action in the case if the state government does not do anything about it.


Students intensify protest against molestation of Jadavpur University girl

Kolkata/New Delhi, Sept.21 : Students took to streets of Kolkata and New Delhi protesting against the alleged molestation of a girl on the Jadavpur University campus, a case that has created ripples across the country.


BJP to seek NCW intervention in Jadavpur varsity case

Kolkata, Sep 21 : The BJP's Lok Sabha member Meenakshi Lekhi Sunday condemned the alleged sexual harassment of a Jadavpur University student and the subsequent police crackdown on demonstrating pupils, and said she will seek the intervention of the National Commission for Women (NCW) in the matter.


Transport strike hits passengers in Siliguri

Siliguri (West Bengal), Sept. 20 : The strike called by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and other seven trade unions against the alleged atrocities on drivers and other workers by the administration led to a major shutdown of the public and goods transport system here.


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.


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