West Bengal News


Mamata at secretariat, army still deployed in over dozen of districts: O'Brien
New Delhi [India], Dec. 2 : Stating that Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is still staying put at the state secretariat Nabanna to protest against the deployment of the army in the area, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien on Friday said the army personnel were still deployed in over one dozen districts of Bengal. Read Full Story

Mamata stays put despite army withdrawal from toll plaza (Fifth Lead)
Kolkata, Dec 2 : In a dramatic turn of events, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee vowed to stay put at the secretariat despite the withdrawal of soldiers from a toll gate close to it early Friday. Read Full Story

Mamata vows to spend night at secretariat over army at toll plaza
Kolkata, Dec 2 : In a sensational turn of events, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the Central government of "deploying the army" along highway toll plazas while keeping the state government "in the dark" and vowed to stay put at the secretariat till the soldiers are withdrawn from a toll gate close to it. Read Full Story

Mamata vows to spend night at secretariat over army at toll plaza
Kolkata, Dec 2 : In a sensational turn of events, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the Central government of "deploying the army" along highway toll plazas while keeping the state government "in the dark" and announced she would not leave the secretariat till the soldiers are withdrawn. Read Full Story

Another newborn recovered in Bengal
Kolkata, Dec 1 : A newborn baby was rescued from an open field in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said on Thursday. Read Full Story

Mamata laments lack of cash, claims discrimination
Kolkata, Dec 1 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the central government of discrimination in cash disbursement among different states and demanded the RBI reveal detailed figures of different denomination of currency notes that are being distributed. Read Full Story

Soldiers deployed at two toll plazas without telling us: Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 1 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the central government of "deploying the army" along two highway toll plazas while keeping the state government "in the dark". Read Full Story

Centre deployed army in WB without informing us: Mamata
Kolkata [India], Dec.1 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that the Centre deployed army personnel at two toll plazas, Palsit and Dankuni, on NH 2 without informing the state government. Read Full Story

Soldiers deployed at two toll plazas without telling us: Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 1 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the central government of "deploying the army" along two highway toll plazas while keeping the state government "in the dark". Read Full Story

Food testing facility to come up in Kolkata next year costing Rs 7.8 crore
Kolkata, Dec 1 : A Rs. 7.8 crore food testing laboratory (FTL), that will aid quality check on mid-day meal of government-run schools of east India, will come up here next year, officials said on Thursday. Read Full Story

Cash-strapped on pay day, people gherao bank official in Kolkata
Kolkata, Dec 1 : Irate customers on Thursday gheraoed a bank manager in southwest Kolkata and a section of government staff protested at the RBI office here as banks and ATMs failed to dispense adequate cash on pay day, leading to chaos at various places. Read Full Story

Soldiers deployed at two toll plazas without telling us: Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 1 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the Union government of "deploying the army" along two highway toll plazas while keeping the state governmnt "in the dark". Read Full Story

AYUSH moots Swiss model for practitioners, accreditation framework for training
Kolkata, Dec 1 : The AYUSH Ministry aims to take forward the Swiss model for Ayurveda practitioners and establish an accreditation framework for training programmes, an official said here on Thursday. Read Full Story

Probe ordered into alleged safety lapse on Mamata's flight: Raju
New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 1 : Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju on Thursday informed Parliament that a probe has been ordered into an alleged safety lapse on the aircraft ferrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Mamata's plane faces technical issues, Trinamool alleges conspiracy
Kolkata, Dec 1 : An aircraft with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board hovered in the night sky for about 40 minutes on Wednesday due to a technical issue, sources said. Read Full Story

Kolkata book fair organisers mull community card swipes
Kolkata, Nov 30 : Organisers of the coming 41st International Kolkata Book Fair are mulling introduction of community point of sale (POS) counters to aid small Bengali publishers post-demonetisation. Read Full Story

3 army officers killed in Cheetah chopper crash
Kolkata, Nov 30 : Three army officers died and a jawan was critically injured when a Cheetah helicopter crashed inside the Sukna military base in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Wednesday, a defence ministry spokesman said. Read Full Story

World Ayurveda meet opens in Kolkata on December 2
New Delhi, Nov 30 : With the support of the Ministry of AYUSH, the World Ayurveda Foundation is organising the 7th World Ayurveda Congress on December 2-4 at Science City in Kolkata. Read Full Story

Mob vandalises bank in Bengal
Kolkata, Nov 30 : A mob vandalised a nationalised bank in West Bengal on Wednesday after they could not withdraw money despite being in the queue for hours. Read Full Story

Three newborns found near canal in Bengal
Kolkata, Nov 30 : Three newborn infants including a girl were rescued from beside a canal in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district on Wednesday, police said. Read Full Story

Mamata mourns death of army officers in Cheetah chopper crash
Kolkata, Nov 30 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday condoled the death of three army officers in a Cheetah helicopter crash. Read Full Story

3 army officers killed in Cheetah chopper crash
Kolkata, Nov 30 : Three army officers died and another was critically injured when a Cheetah helicopter crashed inside the Sukna military base in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Wednesday, a defence ministry spokesman said. Read Full Story

Two more doctors arrested for child trafficking
Kolkata, Nov 30 : Two more doctors have been arrested here for alleged involvement in the inter-state child trafficking case, a senior CID official said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

6 nabbed for running late-night cafe sans licence in Kolkata
Kolkata, Nov 30 : Six persons were arrested from a South Kolkata-based cafe restaurant-cum-hookah parlour for running till late hours without proper license, police said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Mamata protests in Bihar against demonetisation
Patna, Nov 30 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday staged a protest here against the demonetisation decision of the Narendra Modi-led central government. Read Full Story

Three Army officers killed as chopper crashes in WB's Sukna
Sukna (West Bengal) [India], Nov. 30 : At least three officers were killed and one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was injured after the Indian Army's Cheetah Chopper crashed in West Bengal's Sukna district on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Three army officers die in Cheetah chopper crash
Kolkata, Nov 30 : Three army officers died when a Cheetah helicopter crashed inside the Sukna military base in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Wednesday, a defence ministry spokesman said. Read Full Story

RJD to join Mamata's protest against demonetisation
Patnna, Nov 30 : Unlike Bihar's Janata Dal-United, its major partner in the ruling alliance Rashtriya Janata Dal will on Wednesday join West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's protest here against the central government's demonetisation move. Read Full Story

Bengal invests Rs 56.64 cr to upgrade data centre
Kolkata, Nov 30 : The West Bengal government has decided to upgrade and expand the infrastructure of its data centre with an estimated investment of Rs 56.64 crore, a statement said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

BJP dares Mamata to ask TMC lawmakers to share bank details
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Nov.30 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary Rahul Sinha on Wednesday dared West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banrejee to ask her Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmakers to disclose their bank details, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done with his party. Read Full Story

Second instance of fire at SSKM Hospital in 10 days
Kolkata, Nov 29 : A minor fire broke out in Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital here on Tuesday evening, fire brigade officials said - the second instance of a fire break out at the largest state-run health facility within 10 days. Read Full Story

Bengal to introduce strict adoption rules to prevent child trafficking
Kolkata, Nov 29 : In an attempt to stop to child trafficking, the West Bengal government has decided to step up vigilance of the state's orphanages and ensure police verification of the adopters before they were given a child's custody, a minister said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

FAIR to start first experiments in 2022: Official
Kolkata, Nov 29 : Delayed by three years as a fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), of which India is a part, will commence its first experiments in 2022, an official of its advisory board said here on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Bose Institute to focus on quantum technology, synthetic biology in centenary year
Kolkata, Nov 29 : To mark its centenary, India's prestigious Bose Institute will bolster research in emerging areas of synthetic biology to redesign living systems and launch a novel programme in complex systems leading to quantum internets. Read Full Story

You did 'note bandi', people will do 'vote bandi': Didi cautions PM Modi
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Nov. 29 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday dubbed the demonetisation of high-value currency notes as 'black emergency' and said that the nation will very soon show the exit door to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is making all attempts to end the federal structure with his stubborn approach. Read Full Story

Bose demands strict action in child trafficking case
Kolkata, Nov 28 : Left Front chairman Biman Boseon Monday demanded strict action against those involved in the newborn child trafficking case and said the West Bengal government should take initiative to unearth the scandal quickly. Read Full Story

Three held for involvement in child trafficking
Kolkata, Nov 28 : Three people including a hospital owner and two attendants were detained in West Bengal's Burdwan district for alleged involvement in child trafficking, police said on Monday. Read Full Story

Mamata uses Left rhetoric to further marginalise Left, emerge as main BJP rival
Kolkata, Nov 28 : As a 12-hour general strike called by the Left evoked lukewarm response in West Bengal, displaying again their gradual marginalisation in a state that for decades was a red citadel, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee used Left rhetoric in an apparent bid to further nibble away at their base and pit her Trinamool Congress as the sole formidable rival of the BJP from Bengal. Read Full Story

Jazz legend Carlton Kitto dead
Kolkata, Nov 28 : Acclaimed jazz musician Carlton Kitto passed away here on Monday after a prolonged illness, professional associates said. He was 74. Read Full Story

Congress demands CBI probe in Bengal child smuggling racket
Kolkata, Nov 28 : The Congress' West Bengal unit on Monday demanded a CBI probe into the inter-state child smuggling racket in which a total of 16 people have been arrested in a week. Read Full Story

Lukewarm response to anti-demonetisation strike in Bengal
Kolkata, Nov 28 : Train and flight movement were normal, most vehicles hit the streets, and it was business as usual in markets and shops as the 12-hour general strike called by 18 Left and other parties against demonetisation, evoked lukewarm response in West Bengal on Monday. Read Full Story

Panel of 5 CMs on demonetisation eyewash: Trinamool
Kolkata, Nov 28 : The Trinamool Congress on Monday dubbed "eyewash" the central government's decision to constitute a panel of five Chief Ministers to suggest steps to normalise the situation in the wake of demonetisation. Read Full Story

Mamata threatens to demonstrate outside Modi's residence, vows to remove him
Kolkata, Nov 28 : Intensifying her attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday threatened to stage a demonstration outside his residence against demonetisation and vowed to remove him from politics, saying there was no place for "dictators" like him in a democracy. Read Full Story

Shutdown has no major impact in Bengal industries
Kolkata, Nov 28 : A 12-hour general strike, called by the Left parties to protest demonetisation, did not affect industrial and manufacturing activities across sectors in West Bengal, industry players said on Monday. Read Full Story

Mamata vows to remove 'dictator' Modi from politics
Kolkata, Nov 28 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday vowed to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi from politics, saying there was no place for dictators like him in a democracy. Read Full Story

'Either I'll die or live, but will remove PM Modi from Indian politics,' says Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Nov. 28 (ANI): Mounting a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while leading a protest march against demonetisation in Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the former has acted like god in implementing the demonetisation decision without caring about the common man. Read Full Story

Congress hits Kolkata streets against demonetisation
Kolkata, Nov 28 : The Congress' West Bengal unit brought out a protest rally here out on Monday, as part of the 'Jan Aakrosh Diwas' announced by the country's opposition parties to to protest against the central government's demonetisation move. Read Full Story

Civil society, commoners join Mamata in massive protest rally
Kolkata, Nov 28 : With film personalities, writers, musicians, sportspersons, and other eminent persons matching steps, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday led a massive rally here to protest the union government's demonetisation initiative. Read Full Story

1,000 kg marijuana recovered from abandoned vehicle
Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], Nov. 28 (ANI): Police in West Bengal have confirmed recovering nearly 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from an abandoned vehicle. Read Full Story

Lukewarm response to anti-demonetisation strike in Bengal
Kolkata, Nov 28 : Train and flight movement was normal, most vehicles hit the streets, and markets and shops mostly did normal business, as the 12-hour general strike called by 18 Left and other parties against demonetisation, evoked lukewarm response in West Bengal on Monday. Read Full Story

11 arrested for beating up police, woman
Kolkata, Nov 27 : Eleven persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly beating up a policeman after a fight broke out between neighbours over playing of loud music at a midnight birthday party in south Kolkata, police said. Read Full Story

Trinamool ropes in tea garden, jute mill workers in anti-demonetisation protests
Kolkata, Nov 26 : West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Saturday chalked out an elaborate agitation programme against the central government's demonetisation initiative involving workers from tea gardens, jute mills and biri industry. Read Full Story

Red flag at half mast in Castro's honour in Bengal
Kolkata, Nov 26 : AThe Left parties in West Bengal on Saturday decided to fly the red flag at half mast for three days at their respective offices across the state as a mark of respect for Cuba's Fidel Castro who passed away in Havana aged 90. Read Full Story

Marxist leader still smitten by a handshake with Fidel
Kolkata, Nov 26 : Almost four decades back a young Marxist from Bengal had the moment of his life. After running through slushy fields, and eluding big, burly bodyguards, it was a brief handshake with Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro that now veteran CPI-M leader Shyamal Chakraborty cherishes even today. Read Full Story

Red flag at half mast in Castro's honour in Bengal
Kolkata, Nov 26 : The Left parties in West Bengal on Saturday decided to fly the red flag at half mast for three days at their respective offices across the state as a mark of respect for Cuba's Fidel Castro who passed away in Havana aged 90. Read Full Story

18 Left, other parties call for Bengal strike on November 28
Kolkata, Nov 25 : Eighteen Left and other parties on Friday called a 12-hour general strike in West Bengal on November 28 to protest the harassment faced by people following the Union government's demonetisation move. Read Full Story

Planning to translate Tagore's 'Gitanjali' into Hindi: Javed Akhtar
Kolkata, Nov 25 : Encouraged by the "great response" to an album of Hindi Rabindrasangeet translated by him, lyricist Javed Akhtar was now planning to translate the poet's Nobel winning work "Gitanjali". Read Full Story

18 Left, other parties call for Bengal strike on November 28
Kolkata, Nov 25 : Eighteen Left and other parties on Friday called a 12-hour general strike in Bengal on November 28 to protest the harassment faced by people following the central government's demonetisation move. Read Full Story

18 Left, other parties call 12-hour strike in Bengal
Kolkata, Nov 25 : Eighteen Left and other parties on Friday called a 12-hour general strike in Bengal on November 28 to protest the harassment faced by people following the central government's demonetisation move. Read Full Story

Major disaster at IAF base averted as tanker fire doused
Kolkata, Nov 25 : A major disaster was averted when timely action by the personnel of Air Force Station Hashimara in West Bengal prevented a petrol tanker from exploding after it caught fire close to the establishment on Friday, defence sources said. Read Full Story

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