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Chaos in Kolkata's Kalighat as Rani arrives

Kolkata, Aug 19 : It was not just another day for the locals, particularly the street urchins, scattered outside the sleepy Kalighat temple complex here. As word spread about Bollywood actress Rani Mukherji's visit, a huge mob descended from nowhere and chaos reigned.


Mohun Bagan proposes Samar Banerjee for Padma Shri

Kolkata, Aug 19 : City football giants Mohun Bagan have proposed the name of 1956 Melbourne Olympics Indian team skipper Samar Banerjee (Badru) for the country's fourth highest civilian honour - the Padma Shri.


Amit Shah to campaign for assembly by-polls in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 19 : BJP chief Amit Shah will campaign here in the run up to the Sept 13 by-polls for two assembly seats in West Bengal, party state chief Rahul Sinha said Tuesday.


One held with Rs.32 lakh-worth gold near Bangladesh border

Kolkata, Aug 19 : The Border Security Force (BSF) Tuesday arrested a man near a border outpost in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district and seized gold worth over Rs.32 lakh he was trying to smuggle across.


Calcutta HC seeks personal appearance of Bengal police chief

Kolkata, Aug 19 : Expressing its displeasure over the investigation into the murder of a panchayat member in which a leader of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress has been named, the Calcutta High Court Tuesday directed the state police chief to appear before it Sep 4.


Kolkata Metro steps up vigil for Durga puja rush

Kolkata, Aug 19 : The Kolkata Metro has stepped up vigil across all the stations deploying six sniffer dogs and 330 closed circuit TV cameras in view of the Durga puja rush, an official said Tuesday.


254 encephalitis deaths in Bengal this year

Kolkata, Aug 19 : The encephalitis outbreak in West Bengal this year has so far claimed 254 lives, an official said Tuesday claiming that the situation is now "under control".


Bus strike deferred amid Mamata's Singapore visit

Kolkata, Aug 19 : A three-day bus strike in West Bengal scheduled to begin Wednesday has been deferred due to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's visit to Singapore, a bus operator said Tuesday.


Singapore to set up business centre in Kolkata: Mamata

Singapore, Aug 19 : Singapore and West Bengal will jointly set up a business centre in Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said after meeting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong here Tuesday.


Speeding vehicle kills leopard in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 19 : A young female leopard was killed by a speeding vehicle near a national park in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district Tuesday, a forest official said.


Three arrested for alleged gang-rape, murder in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 19 : Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection with an alleged gang-rape and murder of a woman in West Bengal's East Midnapore district, police said.


Saradha Chit Fund scam: Aparna Sen says she will cooperate with probe

Kolkata, Aug 18 : Film Maker Arpana Sen said here on Monday that she will co-operate with the probe in the Saradha Chit Fund scam.


Bengal to have bird park, hopes to draw GIC Group

Singapore, Aug 18 : The West Bengal government will set up a bird sanctuary within the eco-park at Rajarhat in Kolkata's north east outskirts, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Monday.


Saradha Chit Fund case: West Bengal minister Shyamapad Mukherjee arrives at ED office

Kolkata, Aug18: West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee has arrived at the office of the Enforcement Directorate to be questioned in connection with Saradha chit fund scam case.


Saradha scam: Aparna Sen, Trinamool minister grilled by ED

Kolkata, Aug 18 : The Enforcement Directorate Monday grilled famed film actor-director Aparna Sen and a West Bengal minister in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam.


IIT-Kgp, American varsity to jointly design low-cost technologies

Kharagpur (West Bengal), Aug 18 : In a unique blend of east meets west, a top American public research university will collaborate with Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) to start student-to-student programmes in innovation and entrepreneurship for developing low-cost solutions.


IIT-Kharagpur setting up digital 'Hall of Fame'

Kharagpur (West Bengal), Aug 18 : A sophisticated digitalised 'Hall of Fame' will be set up by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) at a cost of Rs.10 crore to document the evolution of the IIT system and record contributions of everyone associated with it.


Who funded Mamata's maiden foreign tour, asks BJP

Kolkata, Aug 18 : Questioning the efficacy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Singapore visit to hunt for investors, the BJP Monday sought to know who has funded the tour.


People hit as taxis again keep off Kolkata streets

Kolkata, Aug 18 : For the fifth time over the past 12 days, commuters here had a harrowing time as taxis kept off roads Monday with cab drivers continuing their agitation protesting against police "excesses".


Woman, allegedly gang-raped, found hanging in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 18 : The body of a woman who was allegedly gang-raped and murdered was found hanging inside her house Monday in West Bengal's East Midnapore district, police said.


Bengal minister denies wrongdoing in Saradha deal

Kolkata, Aug 18 : West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee summoned by the Enforcement Directorate probing the Saradha chit fund scam, Monday rejected the allegations of selling a cement unit at an inflated price to the tainted company.


Aparna Sen appears for questioning in Saradha scam

Kolkata, Aug 18 : Famed actor-director Aparna Sen Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam.


Bengali diaspora study centre at Kalyani varsity

Kolkata, Aug 18 : West Bengal's Kalyani University is starting a Bengali diaspora research centre that will not only shed light on the problems the community faces abroad but will also seek to restore them to their roots.


TMC opposes move to abolish Planning Commission

Kolkata, Aug 17 : Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) today opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to scrap the Planning Commission during his Independence Day speech at Red fort in the national capital.


Trinamool opposes Modi's plan to scrap plan panel

Kolkata, Aug 17 : Questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to do away with the Planning Commission, the Trinamool Congress Sunday dubbed the move "inappropriate".


Kids celebrate Janmashtami in Siliguri

Siliguri, Aug. 17 : Hundreds of kids of a private school in Siliguri under Darjeeling district of West-Bengal celebrated the birth day of Lord Krishna known as Janmashtami.


ISL grassroots workshop to train million kids

Kolkata, Aug 17 : Aimed at scouting and nurturing a million budding footballers, the Indian Super League (ISL) Sunday kicked off its ambitious Grassroots Development Programme with a three-day workshop here.


Name industrialists going with Mamata to Singapore: CPI-M

Kolkata, Aug 17 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist Sunday asked West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress to spell out the names of industrialists accompanying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Singapore.


Trinamool fields former Indian soccer captain Biswas in bypoll

Kolkata, Aug 17 : Former Indian soccer captain Dipendu Biswas will be the Trinamool Congress candidate for the Basirhat South assembly seat bypoll scheduled to be held next month, the party announced Sunday.


Kolkata's rogue taxis battle government's road-discipline move

By Sirshendu Panth, Kolkata, Aug 17 : Beware of boarding a taxi in Kolkata. Chances are that you may be thrashed, pushed off or even molested by drivers demanding excess fare or unwilling to ferry you to your destination.


Mamata's Singapore visit: Invite to AMRI directors criticised

Kolkata, Aug 17 : Politicians and kin of the 2011 AMRI fire tragedy victims Sunday criticised an official invitation to three hospital directors to join West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her Singapore tour.


Website to help doctors explain to patients in Bengali

Kolkata, Aug 17 : A new website will help bridge the language barrier that often impedes doctors' efforts to explain diagnosis to patients in Bengali.


Bengal to sell heritage textiles online for global shoppers

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Aug 17 : Reputed for its exquisite collection of heritage textiles, the 60-year-old Tantuja - handloom weavers' co-operative under the West Bengal government - will from September make its unique products available to global shoppers via its maiden e-commerce venture.


Prerogative of party president to choose office bearers: MJ Akbar

Kolkata, Aug 16 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, MJ Akbar stated that it is the prerogative of his party president Amit Shah about what responsibility he chooses to bestow upon whom.


Mamata embarks on Singapore visit Sunday

Kolkata, Aug 16 : In a bid to tap big ticket investment for the industry-starved eastern state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday embarks on a six-day trip to Singapore, where meetings with the sovereign city-state's prime minister and foreign minister are highlights on her itinerary.


Saradha scam: CBI searches 60 locations

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Aug 16 : The CBI Saturday conducted searches at 60 locations, including the residence of a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator, in connection with Rs.10,000-crore Saradha chit fund scam, an official said.


CBI probe in Saradha scam is politics: TMC

Kolkata, Aug 16 : West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) Saturday dubbed the ongoing CBI probe into the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam as "politics", attracting criticism from political rivals.


BJP demands probe into 1980 Eden Gardens riot

Kolkata, Aug 16 : The BJP Saturday demanded a probe into the 1980 riot at the Eden Gardens here that led to a stampede killing 16 spectators during an East Bengal-Mohun Bagan football match.


BJP ridicules Bengal CM's Singapore visit

Kolkata, Aug 16 : Expressing concern over the industrial scenario in West Bengal, the BJP Saturday ridiculed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's maiden upcoming visit to Singapore in her bid to attract investment.


CBI searches 56 locations in Saradha scam

New Delhi, Aug 16 : The CBI conducted searches at 56 locations, including the residence of a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator in connection with Rs.10,000-crore Saradha chit fund scam, an official said Saturday.


Bengal hits the road to identify entrepreneurial talent

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Aug 16 : Having made some progress in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, the West Bengal government has now trained officials specifically to hit the streets to scout for entrepreneurial talent.


WB BJP president Sinha questions composition Mamata's delegation to Singapore

Kolkata, Aug 15, : West Bengal Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha has questioned the composition of the delegation accompanying Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee on her visit to Singapore. Banerjee is going to Singapore on a five-day trip with a delegation of 50 members to attract investment. The minister will also meet the prime minister and foreign minister of Singapore.


Unhappy I-Day for kin of Bengal workers abducted in Iraq

Kolkata, Aug 15 : It was an unhappy Independence Day Friday for the families of two West Bengal workers as they wait for the return of their men abducted by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.


CPI-M raps Mamata for introducing yet another award

Kolkata, Aug 15 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist Friday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her penchant to introduce awards and "waste tax payers' money".


Poor, elderly women take first Kolkata Metro ride

Kolkata, Aug 15 : Sixty poor, elderly women Friday took a free ride, that too for the first time, on the Kolkata Metro on the occasion of India's 68th Independence Day.


Bengal governor refuses comment on Saradha scam

Kolkata, Aug 15 : West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi Friday refused comment on the Saradha chit fund scam, saying he won't say anything about a "controversial matter".


Kolkata to celebrate British trader's 1690 landing

Kolkata, Aug 15 : An exhibition of photographs showcasing north Kolkata's British-era buildings, home to erstwhile zamindars or landowners, will be on display Aug 24 to mark British trader Job Charnock's landing in 1690.


Historic speeches go digital at Kolkata exhibition

Kolkata, Aug 15 : An exhibition has been installed here which will allow people to listen to digitised recordings of speeches by India's great leaders, freedom fighters and famous personalities to enable them soak in the patriotic spirit.


Bengal celebrates colourful Independence Day

Kolkata, Aug 15 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unfurled the tricolour at the Indira Gandhi Sarani and witnessed a colourful parade marked by tableaux depicting West Bengal's rich cultural heritage as the state Friday celebrated India's 68th Independence Day.


Saradha scam: Bengal minister summoned

Kolkata, Aug 15 : West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.


Former MP Amitava Nandy dead

Kolkata, Aug 15 : CPI-M leader and former MP Amitava Nandy died Friday in a hospital here, a party leader said.


Bengal celebrates Independence Day

Kolkata, Aug 15 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unfurled the tricolour at the Indira Gandhi Sarani and observed a colourful parade marked by tableaus depicting rich cultural heritage as West Bengal Friday celebrated India's 68th Independence Day.


Bitter exchange with Tata a closed chapter: Bengal government

Kolkata, Aug 14 : The West Bengal government Thursday said its bitter exchange of words with Tata Sons' chairman emeritus Ratan Tata regarding industrialisation in the state was a "closed chapter".


Vocational training: 30 percent quota for Bengal girls

Kolkata, Aug 14 : The fees for girls will be halved at entrance tests for polytechnics or ITI vocational courses and 30 percent seats reserved for them in vocational training programmes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday.


Rivals pour scorn on Mamata's Singapore visit

Kolkata, Aug 14 : Political rivals Thursday poured scorn on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's decision to take Bengali superstar Dev on her maiden Singapore visit.


Three hacked to death in Bengal over property dispute

Kolkata, Aug 14 : Three people were hacked to death and at least 10 others injured Thursday in a clash between two groups over a property dispute in West Bengal, police said.


Saradha scam: CBI raids 30 locations across India

New Delhi, Aug 14 : The CBI conducted searches in 30 locations in the country, including the residence of a former minister, in connection with the Rs.10,000-crore Saradha chit fund scam, an official said Thursday.


Bengal sex workers protest against discrimination

Kolkata, Aug 14 : On the eve of Independence Day, around 1,000 sex workers from West Bengal participated in a rally here Thursday protesting against the discrimination faced by children of members of the marginalised community.


Samsung to set up technical training schools in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 14 : Aiming to create human resource capital, South Korean conglomerate Samsung will set up seven technical schools in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday.


26 killed in clashes with insurgents in Iraq

Baghdad, Aug 13 : At least 26 people were killed and 36 wounded in Iraq in clashes between government forces and Sunni insurgents Wednesday, police sources said.


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