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Fire at Writers' Buildings in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 30 : A fire broke out at the heritage Writers' Buildings here Saturday and three fire tenders were rushed to put out the blaze, an official said.

Modi government selling off Indian assets: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Aug 30 : Accusing the Narendra Modi led BJP government of selling out the country's assets by embracing FDI across sectors, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday warned that such policies would put Indian economy in grave crisis.

Can consider tie-up from CPI-M if it so proposes: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Aug 29 : Averring that no one is "untouchable", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said her Trinamool Congress would consider and discuss the matter if a proposal for a tie-up came from her long-time foe CPI-M.

Saradha scam: Mamata accuses CBI of 'propaganda' ahead of bypolls

Kolkata, Aug 29 : Accusing the CBI of carrying out propaganda against her Trinamool Congress in its Saradha chit fund scam probe ahead of the bypolls to two assembly seats, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday warned the agency of a "dangerous situation" if it tried to protect the "real culprits".

Saradha scam: East Bengal official sent to custody

Kolkata, Aug 29 : A court here Friday sent East Bengal Football Club official Debabrata Sarkar, arrested by the CBI for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, to judicial custody after the agency did not seek extension of his remand.

Mamata must stop Modi from changing land acquisition act: Patkar

Kolkata, Aug 29 : Social activist Medha Patkar Friday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee must "stop" changes in the land acquisition act, slated to be brought in by the Narendra Modi-led central government.

Vishwa Bharati probes sexual assault, women's panel seeks Modi intervention

Kolkata, Aug 29 : The Visva Bharati University in West Bengal's Shantiniketan is looking into a sexual harassment complaint by a student from the northeast even as the state women's panel said it will seek intervention of the prime minister, who is the chancellor of the institution.

Bengal to send officers to Singapore for training

Kolkata, Aug 29 : The West Bengal government will send to Singapore officers who come up with good performances for further training, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here Friday.

Varsity probes alleged sexual harassment of northeast student

Kolkata, Aug 29 : The Visva Bharati University in West Bengal's Shantiniketan is looking into a sexual harassment complaint by a student from the northeast, an official said Friday.

Police complaint against Dalmiya for dishonouring tricolor

Kolkata, Aug 28 : A police complaint has been lodged against Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya for "dishonouring" the national flag on Independence Day.

'Some media houses spreading malicious lies against Trinamool'

Kolkata, Aug 28 : Accusing some media houses of spreading "malicious lies" about her recent Singapore visit, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said a large number of investors have evinced interest in pumping money in the state.

Mamata calls BJP arrogant, party hits back

Kolkata, Aug 28 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday tore into the BJP accusing it of arrogance and trying to divide Hindus and Muslims in the state. The centre's ruling party hit back hours later, terming her comments "irrelevant" comments.

Saradha scam: Canards being spread against Trinamool, says Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Aug 28 : On a day the CBI quizzed the former aide of a senior state minister in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday alleged canards were being spread against her party which is not "run on chit fund money".

Mamata tears into 'arrogant, divisive' BJP

Kolkata, Aug 28 : Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday asked it to shed "arrogance" and accused the party of trying to divide Hindus and Muslims in the state.

Mamata's absence at Modi government programme criticized

Kolkata, Aug 28 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's decision Thursday to prefer a party function and give a miss to the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), has come in for criticism.

Art exhibition in Kolkata promotes Indian tribal style of painting

Kolkata, Aug. 28 : An exhibition of paintings in Kolkata showcased tribal and ethnic art forms of different regions of India.

Local police recovers landmine and rifle from West Bengal's Lalgarh Village

Lalgarh (West Bengal), Aug. 28 : Police here have recovered a landmine and a rifle near Lalgarh village in West Midnapur District of West Bengal.

Breach in embankment submerges villages in West Bengal

Cooch Behar (West Bengal), Aug 28 : A breach in an embankment off the River Kalyani has submerged several villages in West Bengal's Cooch Behar District, forcing people to move up towards safer havens.

Rapes will happen so long as Earth exists: Trinamool legislator

Kolkata, Aug 28 : Even as the controversy surrounding Trinamool Congress parliamentarian Tapas Paul's 'rape and kill' remarks is yet to subside, a party legislator has created a row by saying "rapes will happen so long as the Earth exists".

Opposition should play constructive role: Trinamool's Dinesh Trivedi

Kolkata, Aug 28 : Observing that opposing was not its only task, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi Thursday called for the opposition to play a constructive role irrespective of who is the prime minister or which party he belongs to.

Time to rid politics of criminals: Trinamool's Dinesh Trivedi

Kolkata, Aug 28 : Welcoming the Supreme Court's opinion that lawmakers facing criminal charges should not be made ministers, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi Thursday called for weeding out criminals from politics.

Taxis again keep off Kolkata roads

Kolkata, Aug 28 : Once again commuters were at their wits' end in Kolkata as taxis remained off the roads Thursday with drivers participating in a march to the state transport department headquarters in protest against "police atrocities".

Saradha scam: CBI raids several locations in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 28 : Probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday raided several places here, including the offices of city businessman Sandhir Agarwal.

Bengal's victims move Rajnath, NHRC demanding protection

Kolkata, Aug 27 : A platform of "cheated, oppressed and attacked" people in West Bengal Wednesday sought protection from home minister, NHRC chairman and state governor, saying they no longer had any faith in the state administration.

Saradha scam: CBI grills businessmen Santanu Ghosh, Rajesh Bajaj

Kolkata, Aug 27 : The CBI Wednesday grilled Kolkata-based entrepreneur Santanu Ghosh, also the chairman of the now-defunct Xenitis Group, and another businessman Rajesh Bajaj, based in Assam, in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

Kolkata commuters may again miss their taxis Thursday

Kolkata, Aug 27 : Taxis may again go off the roads here Thursday with some drivers' unions calling for a march to the state transport department headquarters in protest against 'police atrocities'.

Left Front to protest price rise, communalism

Kolkata, Aug 27 : West Bengal's main opposition Left Front will hit the streets next month to protest price rise of essential items, communalism, atrocities against women and to protect democracy in the state.

Fire at historic Baker Laboratory, no damage

Kolkata, Aug 27 : There was panic at the Presidency University Wednesday as a fire broke out in the historic Baker Laboratory, disrupting classes.

Vagrants showcase hand-made products in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 27 : From coir weavings to items of pottery and carpentry, products made by vagrants from various shelter homes in West Bengal were on display here Wednesday at a three-day exhibition on the premises of the state run Sishir Mancha.

Bengal working on crystallising deals with Singapore: Mitra

Kolkata, Aug 27 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Singapore visit to tap investment has spurred dialogues between industry captains and the south-east Asian nation, which the state government will "crystallize" into viable ventures soon, a minister said here Wednesday.

Former Bengal finance minister slams Jaitley

Kolkata, Aug 26 : Former West Bengal finance minister and Asim Dasgupta Tuesday slammed union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for singling the state's loan repayment performance.

Saradha scam: CBI custody of football official extended

Kolkata, Aug 26 : A court here Tuesday rejected the bail plea of East Bengal Football Club official Debabrata Sarkar, arrested in the Saradha scam, and extended his CBI custody till Aug 29.

Remembering Debaki Bose's pioneering efforts in Indian cinema

Kolkata, Aug 26 : Eight decades after "Seeta" became the first Indian film to win a global award, the achievements of the film's legendary director Debaki Kumar Bose will be celebrated at a festival beginning here Wednesday.

Congress leader meets Sonia over desertions in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 26 : Expressing deep concern over steady desertions in the Congress in West Bengal, senior leader Manas Bhunia Tuesday met party president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi seeking her intervention.

Arpita Ghosh to debut in filmmaking with 'Indecent Proposal'

Kolkata, Aug 26 : Trinamool Congress MP Arpita Ghosh, a well known theatre personality in West Bengal, is all set to make her directorial debut with a Bengali film based on Hollywood hit "Indecent Proposal".

Husband throws acid over wife's 'extra-marital affair'

Kolkata, Aug 26 : Enraged over his wife's alleged extra-marital affair, a man Tuesday threw acid at her, injuring her and two others in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, police said.

Walk to promote Paralympics in India

Kolkata, Aug 26 : Around a thousand civilians, disabled school children and members of various organisations working for the disabled across India will walk Aug 28 here for the promotion of Paralympics in the country, an organiser said Tuesday.

Victims of Mamata regime to approach Rajnath

Kolkata, Aug 25 : Several victims of human rights violations in West Bengal who were attacked for raising their voices against the ruling Trinamool Congress have decided to approach union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

BJP announces candidates for by-polls in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 25 : The BJP Monday announced it would field party leaders Samik Bhattacharya and Ritesh Tiwari from Basirhat South and Chowringhee assembly seats here for the Sep 13 by-elections.

Army chief visits Assam, reviews counter-insurgency operations

Kolkata, Aug 25 : Indian Army chief Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, Monday reviewed counter-insurgency operations in Assam.

Bengali film 'Jaatishwar' in race for India's Oscar entry

Kolkata, Aug 25 : After bagging four National Awards this year, Bengali film "Jaatishwar" is set to compete with eight other films for India's official entry at the Oscars.

Bus fares hiked in West Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 25 : Increasing the bus fares, the West Bengal government Monday announced setting up of a task force to revise the fares in accordance with the increase and decrease in diesel prices.

BSF repatriates trafficked Bangladeshi girl

Kolkata, Aug 25 : A teenaged Bangladeshi girl, trafficked to India, was handed over to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after being rescued from West Bengal, the Border Security Force (BSF) said Monday.

Raja Ravi Varma's 19th century oleographs in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 25 : As many as 16 oleographs on paper by legendary Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma are on display at an exhibition here.

Saradha scam: Kolkata businessman granted bail

Kolkata, Aug 25 : A court here Monday granted bail to Kolkata-based entrepreneur Santanu Ghosh who was earlier arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam.

360 tortoises seized in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 25 : The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 360 Indian Star Tortoises worth over Rs.two crore from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, while they were being smuggled to Bangladesh, an official said Monday.

Saradha scam: ED grills Trinamool MP

Kolkata, Aug 25 : Probing the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday questioned Trinamool member of parliament Ahmed Hassan Imran, about his alleged financial transactions with the group.

Bengal's tourism e-service offers Durga puja packages

Kolkata, Aug 25 : Don't fret if you are a first time visitor to West Bengal and want to soak in the festive spirit during Durga puja.

Armed forces giving required response to violations by Pak: Arun Jaitley

Murshidabad (West Bengal), Aug 24 : Amid the ongoing repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan across the Line of Control (LoC), Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today assured that India's armed forces are giving the required response to the violations by Pakistan.

President calls for promoting atmosphere conducive for research

Bharampur (Murshidabad/West Bengal), Aug 24 : President Pranab Mukherjee has called for restoring the atmosphere conducive for research and perfect teacher-student relation in educational institutions of the country.

Arun Jaitley criticizes TMC for opposing FDI in defence

Kolkata, Aug 24 : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today criticized the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for opposing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the defence sector.

Why go to Singapore when against FDI, Jaitley asks Mamata

Kolkata, Aug 24 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday questioned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's recent Singapore visit to attract investment, noting that her Trinamool Congress had opposed FDI in defence on the ground that it was opposed to foreign funding.

Tribals yet to receive full benefits of development: President

Kolkata, Aug 24 : Lamenting the displacement of tribal communities due to the need to exploit mineral and forest resources, President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said the communities are yet to receive the full benefits of development.

Kolkata celebrates 325th anniversary of Job Charnock's landing

Kolkata, Aug 24 : A discussion by the Hooghly river at sunset, exhibitions showcasing British-era buildings of the city and cultural programmes Sunday marked the 325th anniversary of English trader Job Charnock's landing in 1690.

Saradha scam: Kolkata businessman sent to CBI custody

Kolkata, Aug 24 : Kolkata businessman Sandhir Agarwal arrested for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam was Sunday remanded to CBI custody for three days.

Jaitley assures Centre's support for Bengal's food park

Kolkata, Aug 24 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday assured the central government's support for the completion of West Bengal's Mega Food Park project in Murshidabad district.

Arun Jaitley labels GST as priority

Kolkata (West Bengal), Aug 23 : Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley today labeled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a priority area for him during his visit to the state.

Saradha scam: CBI now nabs Kolkata businessman

Kolkata, Aug 23 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday arrested Kolkata businessman Sandhir Agarwal in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, an official said.

Modi government 'restructuring' India's sovereignty: Teesta Setalvad

Kolkata, Aug 23 : Civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi-led BJP government for indulging in politics that is attempting to "restructure" the country's sovereignty.

Saradha scam: CBI grills former Bengal police officer

Kolkata, Aug 23 : Probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, the CBI Saturday grilled retired IPS officer Rajat Majumdar for nearly seven hours.

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