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Chit Fund Sufferers Unity Forum demands return of Saradha depositors' money

Kolkata, Dec. 18 : An organisation of agents and depositors of chit funds -- Chit Fund Sufferers Unity Forum (CFSUF) took out a protest march here on Thursday demanding immediate return of money to lakhs of depositors who had invested in Saradha, which went bust.


Saradha scam: Pappu Yadav backs 'honest' Mamata

New Delhi, Dec. 18 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Pappu Yadav on Thursday came to the rescue of Mamata Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress (TMC) has drawn sharp flak over its alleged involvement in the Saradha chit-fund scam, and said the nation seldom had women as honest as the West Bengal chief minister.


Bangladeshi held with gold valued at Rs. 34 lakh

Kolkata, Dec 18 : The BSF Thursday seized gold valued at over Rs.34 lakh in the international market from a Bangladeshi smuggler near the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal, officials said.


Mamata plays alliance card, opposition questions her acceptability

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 18 : Looking for prospective alliance partners for her Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said nobody in politics was "untouchable" and asserted she was open to talks with other parties.


28 kg gold seized from Siliguri, four nabbed

Siliguri, Dec 18 : A total of 28 kg of gold, valued at over Rs.7 crore in the international market, was seized in this West Bengal town Thursday. Four smugglers, including two from Nepal, were arrested, an official said.


Mamata slams CBI, questions central inaction against chit funds

New Delhi, Dec 18 : Continuing her tirade against the CBI which is probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday listed some of its failures while questioning the central government's inaction in curbing similar chit funds.


Mamata alleges political vendetta, says TMC has no connection with Saradha scam

New Delhi, Dec. 18 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of political vendetta against her Trinamool Congress and reiterated that her party had no connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam.


VHP wants anti-conversion law, terms Agra event 'home-coming'

Kolkata, Dec 18 : As the uproar over the alleged forcible conversion of around 300 Muslims in Agra continued to disrupt parliament, the VHP Thursday justified the act as "ghar wapsi" (home-coming) and pressed for an anti-conversion law.


Toddler, three women killed in Bengal accident

Kolkata, Dec 18 : Three women and a three-year-old child were crushed to death and two other people were injured Thursday when a truck rammed into a motorcycle and a cycle rickshaw in West Bengal's Howrah district, police said.


Committed towards minorities: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Dec 18 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday pledged her commitment to realise the rights of the state's minorities.


Mamata takes on BJP, says no arrests made so far in other scams

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) for targeting her government over the Saradha chit-fund scam and alleged that there are many other scams worth thousands of crores of rupees but no arrests have been made so far.


Investors' perception about Bengal not the best: French envoy

Kolkata, Dec 17 : French Ambassador to India Francois Richier Wednesday said investors' perception about West Bengal was "not the best one", while referring to the pullout of a French joint venture from Haldia two years ago.


Sudipto Sen presented in Siliguri court

Siliguri, Dec 17 : The Saradha chit fund scam's purported mastermind Sudipto Sen was Wednesday presented in a court and given a copy of the chargesheet filed in a graft case here.


Have no words to express sorrow: Mamata on Peshawar carnage

Kolkata, Dec 17 : Crying "shame" over the dastardly killing of school children by terrorists in Pakistan's Peshawar city, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said it was an "irreparable loss to the world family".


Documentary film fest explores urbanisation impact

Kolkata, Dec 17 : As many as 20 documentary films exploring the consequences of urbanisation are being screened at a three-day international film fest that began here Wednesday.


TMC MPs protests in Parliament accusing govt. of functioning in an undemocratic way

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Trinamool Congress Members of Parliament on Wednesday staged a protest outside Parliament by tying black cloths around their mouths, while accusing the Central Government of using the CBI to subjugate state governments and for not giving the opposition an opportunity to speak.


Bengal students mourn Pakistan school massacre victims

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A day after nearly 150 people dead, most of them children, were killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistan school, students from across West Bengal Wednesday mourned the deaths and condemned the dastardly attack that has shocked the world.


Disabled artists learn to paint with feet, mouth

Kolkata, Dec 17 : Six disabled but gifted artists are brushing up their skills to paint with their feet and mouth at a workshop here.


Kolkata mourns Pakistan school massacre victims

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A day after a Taliban attack on a Pakistan school left nearly 150 people dead, most of them children, students from across West Bengal Wednesday mourned the deaths and condemned the dastardly attack that has shocked the world.


Bengal medical student held in lynching case

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A first year medical student was arrested Wednesday and remanded to police custody in connection with last month's lynching and alleged bobbitisation of a man at NRS Medical College and Hospital, the police said.


Bengal medical student held in lynching case

Kolkata, Dec 17 : A first-year medical student has been arrested in connection with last month's lynching and alleged bobbitisation of a man at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, police said Wednesday.


Madan Mitra to remain in CBI custody till December 19, orders Alipore Court

Kolkata, Dec. 16 : The Alipore Court on Tuesday stated that Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra, who had earlier this week been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam, will remain in police custody for a further three days.


France looking forward to shooting films in Bengal: Envoy

Kolkata, Dec 16 : France was looking forward to shooting French films in West Bengal and taking up potential business projects including tourism with the eastern state, its envoy said here Tuesday.


Mitra's CBI custody extended, claims CBI pressure to name Mamata

Kolkata, Dec 16 : West Bengal minister Madan Mitra - arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam - Tuesday accused the CBI of pressurising him to take the name of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee even as a city court denied him bail and extended his custody till Dec 19.


Madan Mitra produced before court over alleged involvement in Saradha scam

Kolkata, Dec. 16 : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra was produced before the Alipore Court over his alleged connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam here on Tuesday.


SEBI bars Bengal construction firm from mobilizing funds

Kolkata, Dec 16 : The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Tuesday prevented West Bengal-based Mondal Construction Co Ltd (MCCL) from raising funds through issuance of securities following an initial probe by the capital market regulator.


CBI forcing me to take Mamata's name, says Madan Mitra

Kolkata, Dec 16 : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra - who was arrested in the Saradha chit fund scam - Tuesday accused the CBI of pressurising him to take the names of his party leadership, including that of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.


Madan Mitra denied bail, CBI custody extended

Kolkata, Dec 16 : West Bengal minister Madan Mitra - arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam - was Tuesday denied bail for the second time with a city court extending his CBI custody till Dec 19.


Congress approaches SC against Trinamool's bid to hinder CBI probe

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 16 : Alleging that West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress was hindering the CBI probe into the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, the Congress Tuesday filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking its intervention.


E-rickshaws to ply Kolkata streets soon

Kolkata, Dec 16 : Hand-pulled rickshaws in the city will soon be a thing of the past, with their battery-powered modern equivalents to be seen soon on the streets.


TMC protests in Parliament over Centre's misuse of CBI for political vendetta

New Delhi Dec. 16 : Trinamool Congress MPs on Tuesday staged a protest outside Parliament accusing the Central Government of using the CBI to subjugate state governments and opposing the cuts in funds allotted to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).


House won't function until PM Modi replies on issue of forced conversion: TMC

New Delhi, Dec. 16 : The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday said that the opposition is unanimous in its decision that the Rajya Sabha won't be allowed to function until Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the House and participates in the debate and gives a reply on the issue of forced conversion.


Two years after Dec16, activists say no decrease in sexual crimes despite amended laws

Kolkata, Dec. 16 : Women's rights activist Malini Bhattacharya on Tuesday said that although there have been some positive changes in the law since the December 16 gang rape that shook the nation two years ago, incidents of sexual violence against women have still not gone down.


Bodies of five missing fishermen found in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 16 : The bodies of five fisherman who went missing after their trawler capsized near the Bay of Bengal in West Bengal's South 24-Parganas, were recovered while search for two other fishermen continues, an official said Tuesday.


Bengal police fortify court for Madan Mitra appearance

Kolkata, Dec 16 : With the CBI seeking enhanced security arrangements, the city police Tuesday fortified a court where West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested for his alleged role in the Saradha chit fund scam, would appear.


TMC raises Saradha scam probe in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 16 : The Trinamool Congress Tuesday raised the issue of CBI probe into the Saradha scam in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha once again and accused the central government of misusing the investigation agency.


Bengali version of African play highlights patriarchy

Kolkata, Dec 16 : The Bengali adaptation of an African play, performed at an ongoing forum theatre festival in West Bengal, raised questions on patriarchy and encouraged audiences to add their own interpretations during the enactment.


Congress, Trinamool take out rallies on Saradha scam issue

Kolkata, Dec 15 : The Congress took out a rally demanding the interrogation of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Saradha scam, even as "sports lovers" owing allegiance to the ruling Trinamool Congress protested against the arrest of Sports Minister Madan Mitra in the case.


CBI asks Bengal police for more security when Mitra in court

Kolkata, Dec 15 : The CBI sought enhanced security from the Kolkata and the Bidhannagar police when state minister Madan Mitra - arrested for his alleged role in the Saradha chit fund scandal - is presented in a city court Tuesday.


Jindal to return 294 acres of land to farmers: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Dec 15 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said Sajjal Jindal-jheaded JSW Bengal has decided to return 294 acres of land formerly allotted for an integrated steel, power and cement project in Salboni to farmers free of cost.


Bengal to get award for record coarse cereals production

Kolkata, Dec 15 : West Bengal has been selected for "Krishi Karman Award" for the year 2013-14 by the central government as the best performing state in coarse cereals production, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Monday.


Saradha scam: Naidu says Mitra arrested for sharing money

New Delhi, Dec. 15 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra was arrested by the CBI not for sharing dais with someone but for sharing money related to the Saradha chit-fund scam.


Saradha Scam: TMC MPs drape themselves in black shawls in protest against 'misuse' of CBI by Centre

New Delhi, Dec.15 : Trinamool Congress Members of Parliament draped themselves in black shawls on Monday and staged a protest outside parliament in protest against the arrest of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra over his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.


'Objectivity in media a pretence'

Kolkata, Dec 15 : Notwithstanding spirited arguments by the likes of veteran journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Sreenivasan Jain and Rob Hopkin, an international debate here labelled the media objectivity as a "pretence" where "sensationalism ruled the roost.


Feminist Eve Ensler to perform in Kolkata

Kolkata, Dec 15 : American playwright Eve Ensler and Kolkata-based activists will have residents on their feet with a unique dance movement Dec 18 protesting gender based violence in sync with the One Billion Rising campaign.


Trinamool protests West Bengal minister's arrest

New Delhi, Dec 15 : Trinamool Congress MPs Monday protested the arrest of West Bengal Minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha chit fund case both inside and outside parliament.


TMC workers protest against Madan Mitra's arrest for second day

Durgapur (West Bengal), Dec. 14 : Workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday continued their protest against the arrest of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra for the second consecutive day.


Diocese of Calcutta turns 200

Kolkata, Dec 14 : Completing 200 years, the Diocese of Calcutta Sunday launched year-long celebrations that includes walkathon, sports tournaments and interfaith linkages to mark the occasion.


Trinamool workers burn Modi effigies over minister's arrest

Kolkata, Dec 14 : Angry Trinamool Congress workers Sunday burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and blocked roads and railway tracks in many areas of West Bengal, continuing their protest over the arrest of state minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha chit fund scam.


Trinamool ex-MP in Bengal crosses over to BJP

Kolkata, Dec 14 : Expressing his disgust at the Trinamool Congress over the alleged involvement of its leaders in the Saradha scam, former party parliamentarian Sucharu Haldar joined the BJP Sunday.


Three dead, 18 injured in Bengal bus accident

Kolkata, Dec 14 : Three people were killed and at least 18 others injured when a bus fell into a canal in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district Sunday, police said.


Seven missing fishermen untraced, search continues

Kolkata, Dec 14 : Seven fishermen, who had gone missing after their trawler capsized near the Bay of Bengal in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas, were still untraced even as search operations continued Sunday, an official said.


'Hope Feluda series brings back audiences to Bengali films'

Kolkata, Dec 14 : In the wake of dwindling audiences for Bengali movies, filmmaker Sandip Ray banked on big screen adaptation of master storyteller Satyajit Ray's Feluda novels to bring back audiences to the regional cinema.


French envoy to visit West Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 14 : In a bid to strengthen France's ties with West Bengal, French ambassador Francois Richier begins a three-day visit to the state from Monday.


Madan Mitra alleges political conspiracy behind arrest

Kolkata, Dec. 13 : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yesterday in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam, alleged on Saturday that he was the victim of a political conspiracy.


Saradha scam: Mitra remanded to CBI custody till Dec. 16

Kolkata, Dec. 13 : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was yesterday arrested in connection with Saradha chit-fund scam, has been remanded to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody till December 16.


TMC workers stage protest outside court over arrest of minister Madan Mitra

Kolkata, Dec. 13 : Thousands of Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers on Saturday staged protest here outside the Alipore Court against arrest of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra's by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam.


Saradha scam: Mitra sent to CBI custody, Mamata fumes

Kolkata, Dec 13 : A court here Saturday sent West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra - arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam - to CBI custody till Dec 16, even as ruling Trinamool Congress activists violently protested on the roads.


Saradha scam fallout: BJP slams Mamata's 'adventurous comments'

New Delhi, Dec. 13 : Slamming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's tirade against the Central government, the BJP on Saturday accused the former of making adventurous comments without offering any explanations for her party leaders' alleged involvement in the Saradha chit-fund scam


Pro-IS Indian tweeter arrested in Bengaluru, had 17,000 followers

Bengaluru/Kolkata, Dec 13 : In an arrest with international ramifications, Indian business executive Mehdi Masroor Biswas, whose Twitter handle @ShamiWitness was alleged to be the most prolific for jihadist terror group Islamic State, was held from a Bengaluru suburb early Saturday. His family claimed he was not linked, but his account was "hacked".


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