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Bengal celebrates Kali puja, Diwali

Kolkata, Oct 23 : West Bengal ushered in Diwali and Kali Puja Thursday with enthusiasm and fervour for both the occasions.

Bengal's Siliguri caught in 'silver rush'

Siliguri, Oct 22 : West Bengal's Siliguri city Wednesday witnessed a silver rush as hundreds of people jostled among themselves to lay their hands on millions of tiny silver-coloured balls scattered all along the national highway.

Bengal blast: NIA custody of one extended, two sent to judicial remand

Kolkata, Oct 22 : A city court Wednesday sent Hasem Molla to the NIA's custody till Oct 31, and two other key accused to judicial custody till Nov 5 over the Oct 2 explosion in West Bengal's Burdwan district.

Government hospitals to provide free services: Bengal CM

Kolkata, Oct 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said all patients will be entitled to receive free treatment, free diagnostics and free surgery in all government hospitals and health centres across the state.

Saradha scam: Make inquiry panel report public, says BJP

Kolkata, Oct 22 : Describing the Justice Shyamal Sen Commission set up to probe the Saradha scam as a "political gimmick", the BJP Wednesday demanded the West Bengal government to make public the panel's report.

Saradha scam: CBI files first chargesheet

Kolkata, Oct 22 : The CBI Wednesday filed its first chargesheet in the Saradha scam, naming scam kingpin Sudipta Sen, his close aide Debjani Mukherjee and suspended Trinamool Congress parliamentarian Kunal Ghosh.

Kolkata film fest to go without private sponsorship

Kolkata, Oct 22 : Weeks ahead of the 2014 Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), the West Bengal government has decided that the annual event will not have any private sponsorship from this year, an official said Wednesday.

Activists to move court against Kali puja goat slaughter

Kolkata, Oct 22 : Animal welfare activists in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district are planning to move the court against the large-scale animal sacrifice practised during Kali puja in the area.

Jadavpur varsity students to hold referendum on VC's removal

Kolkata, Oct 22 : Jadavpur University students will hold a referendum Oct 30-31 in their bid to establish that students are unanimously demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty.

Blast in Bengal, three held

Kolkata, Oct 22 : A bomb explosion took place in West Bengal's Birbhum district Wednesday, seriously injuring three people. Three people, including a woman, were held for the blast, police said.

Two elephants found dead in Bengal

Siliguri, Oct 21 : Just days after two elephants were electrocuted, two more pachyderms were found dead in northern West Bengal Tuesday, forest officials said.

Mamata's brother denies assaulting zoo staff

Kolkata, Oct. 21 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's younger brother Kartik Banerjee on Tuesday denied claims of his having assaulted a zoo staffer in the city. He further indicated that the allegations levelled against him were baseless.

Bengali folk rock, rap highlights of Kolkata youth fest

Kolkata, Oct 21 : An eclectic mix of Bengali folk music with a modern twist, Bengali rap and a dash of 'Swatantrata Rock' will enthrall youngsters at the Kolkata Youth Festival here Oct 26.

School students spread safe Diwali message

Kolkata, Oct 21 : Accompanied by officials of the West Bengal government, a group of school students participated in a rally here Tuesday to generate awareness on the perils of bursting illegal firecrackers during Diwali.

Two killed in Bengal cracker factory fire

Kolkata, Oct 21 : Two people were killed and three injured in a cracker factory fire in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, police said Tuesday.

Militant groups active on India-Nepal border: SSB DG

Siliguri, Oct 20 : Militant groups, which pose a danger to the country, are actively using the India-Nepal border, a top security official said here Monday.

Amira Foods serves biryani to one lakh people during Durga Puja celebrations

Kolkata, Oct. 20 : Amira Foods Private Limited, with its premium basmati brand 'AMIRA', made a big splash in Kolkata recently by reaching out to lakhs of people through its innovative engagement activities during the Durga Puja festivities.

Bankura's Hindu and Muslim pumpkin farmers work to promote communal harmony

Bankura (West Bengal), Oct.20 : Hindu and Muslim farmers in Bankura, West Bengal, are promoting communal harmony by working on their farms together to ensure increased production for a better lifestyle.

Mamata inaugurates new attractions at Alipore zoo

Kolkata, Oct 20 : An open air reptile house, an enclosure for smaller cats, an information centre and a renovated aviary were inaugurated at the Alipore zoo here by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday.

Bengal's folk music to enthrall Reunion Island this Diwali

Kolkata, Oct 20 : West Bengal's folk music will set the tune for the Diwali festival at the Reunion Island, a French island located in the Indian Ocean.

Youth suffers cardiac arrest during ISL match

Kolkata, Oct 19 : A 25-year-old spectator suffered a cardiac arrest during the Indian Super League game between Delhi Dynamos and Atletico de Kolkata here Sunday. His condition is now stable.

Atletico manager criticises ISL scheduling

Kolkata, Oct 19 : The scheduling of the Indian Super League Sunday drew the ire of Atletico de Kolkata marquee manager Antonio Habas after his side finished 1-1 with Delhi Dynamos here.

Major fire at Bengal plastic factory

Kolkata, Oct 19 : A major fire broke out at a plastic factory in Dankuni in West Bengal's Hooghly district Sunday, police and fire brigade said.

Have seen some really good Indian youngsters: Del Piero

Kolkata, Oct 18 : Marquee Delhi Dynamos player Alessandro Del Piero says he has already seen some good young Indian players ready to give 100 percent during his stint in the Indian Super League.

Expelled CPI-M leader forms new political party

Kolkata, Oct 18 : Railing against the "oppressive caste system", expelled CPI-M leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah Saturday floated his own outfit Bharatiya Nayabichar Party (BNP) saying it stood for socio-economcic development of the minorities, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

Congress to table no-confidence motion against Trinamool government

Kolkata, Oct 18 : The Congress in West Bengal has decided to table a no-confidence motion against the Trinamool Congress government next month, state party chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said here Saturday.

Eden Gardens centurions relive their odyssey with ground

Kolkata, Oct 18 : Deepak Shodhan, the oldest living Indian Test cricketer, and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, the first One-Day International (ODI) centurion for India at the Eden Gardens, Saturday re-lived their odyssey with the iconic ground to mark the celebration of its 150 years.

Trinamool slams BJP's U-turn on black money

Kolkata, Oct 18 : West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Saturday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led central government for its U-turn on the black money issue.

Two elephants electrocuted in Bengal

Siliguri, Oct 18 : Two elephants, including a female, were electrocuted in West Bengal's Darjeeling district Saturday, an official said.

Will only BJP delegations go to UN, asks Mamata

Kolkata, Oct 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday slammed the Narendra Modi-led government for not including members of other political parties in the delegation accompanying him to the United Nations.

Don't insult but consult us: Mamata to centre

Kolkata, Oct 17 : Accusing the BJP-led central government of not consulting West Bengal in ordering an NIA probe into the Oct 2 Burdwan blast, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday countered allegations of her government aiding infiltration saying the borders were guarded by central security forces.

Hue and cry over madarsas unwarranted: Left Front

Kolkata, Oct 17 : Amid reports that suspected militants involved in the Oct 2 West Bengal blast were radicalised in a madarsa, the Left Front Friday expressed concern over the minority educational institutions coming under fire.

CID bomb squad members defuse over 100 crude bombs in WB

Kaliachak (West Bengal), Oct.17 : Criminal Investigation Department (CID) bomb squad members on Friday defused over 100 crude bombs that were found in Kaliachok.

NSG, NIA defuse 45 explosives in W.Bengal's Burdwan District

Burdwan, (West Bengal), Oct. 17 : The National Security Guard (NSG) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday defused 45 explosives found in Burdwan on Thursday evening.

Over 300 fall sick in W.Bengal after consuming food at religious event

Kolaghat (West Bengal), Oct.17 : Over 300 people have been admitted to the Tamluk and Kolkaghat hospitals since last night after falling sick on consuming food at a religious program "Akida" here.

Go for pollution-free Diwali, families in Kolkata apartments urged

Kolkata, Oct 17 : With Diwali around the corner, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board has urged inhabitants of residential complexes in Kolkata and suburbs to refrain from bursting illegal firecrackers, an official said Friday.

After Saradha money, Trinamool now busy hiding bombs: BJP

Kolkata, Oct 17 : Continuing its relentless attack on the West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress over the Oct 2 Burdwan blast, the BJP Friday said the party was now busy hiding bombs.

Amla products to empower women in rural Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 17 : A campaign has been launched to produce Indian gooseberry or amla sauces, candy, dried chips, pickle, jellies to provide an alternative livelihood for poor women in rural West Bengal.

Bombs found in Bengal's Malda

Kolkata, Oct 17 : More than two dozen crude bombs were discovered Friday at an orchard in West Bengal's Malda district, police said.

Indian Museum to tap British know-how for spruce-up

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Oct 17 : The 200-year-old Indian Museum, said to be the oldest in the Asia-Pacific region, is consulting experts from London's Natural History Museum (NHM) to assist in planning strategies, digitisation of the collection and developing a premier research-curation hub.

Jadavpur unrest: Students continue hunger strike

Kolkata, Oct 17 : Agitating Jadavpur University students Friday continued their 24-hour hunger strike to step up their demand for the vice chancellor's removal following an alleged police attack on demonstrating students.

Bengal blast: NSG disposes of seized IEDs

Kolkata, Oct 17 : A team of NSG Friday began disposing off a cache of bombs that were seized from a house by central investigating agencies while probing the Oct 2 blast in West Bengal.

Ammunition recovered from house in West Bengal

Burdwan (West Bengal), Oct. 16 : A joint team of the National Security Guard (NSG) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday recovered ammunition in large quantities from a house here.

Were Bangladeshi militants given safe passage, BJP asks Mamata

Kolkata, Oct 16 : Stepping up the attack on West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee regime, the BJP Thursday alleged that Jamat Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives were given safe passage to build a robust network before the Oct 2 Burdwan blast and charged the state government with hatching a conspiracy to destroy evidences in the explosion.

Bengal blast: NIA seizes IEDs from suspect's house

Kolkata, Oct 16 : The NIA, which is probing the Oct 2 blast in West Bengal's Burdwan in which terror links are suspected, Thursday seized a sack full of IEDs from a house in the area.

'West Bengal has become hub of terrorist activities': Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Murshidabad (West Bengal) Oct. 16 : Condemning the bomb explosion at Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Jagannath Choudhury's residence in West Bengal's Murshidabad district, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Thursday that West Bengal has become a hub of terrorist activities as a result of deteriorating law and order situation.

Fresh spate of protests at Jadavpur varsity a month after

Kolkata, Oct 16 : A month after the alleged police attack on protestors at Jadavpur University that spurred a mass student movement, a torch rally was organized here Thursday by the students refusing to backdown from their primary demand of the vice chancellor's resignation.

Kolkata zoo to get giant tortoises from Seychelles

Kolkata, Oct 16 : The Alipore Zoo here is all set to host a pair of giant tortoises from the island nation of Seychelles. They are expected to arrive later this week, an official said Thursday.

Two injured in Bengal bomb blasts

Kolkata, Oct 16 : Two people were injured in two explosions that took place in West Bengal's Malda and Murshidabad districts, police said Thursday.

Jadavpur varsity students to go on hunger strike

Kolkata, Oct 15 : In a bid to step up pressure for the resignation of Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakravarti, the agitating students of Jadavpur University Tuesday decided to start a 24-hour hunger strike from Oct 17.

Following important leads in Burdwan blast: NIA

Kolkata, Oct 15 : The NIA, which is probing the Oct 2 Burdwan blast that killed two suspected militants, Wednesday said it was following important leads in the investigation and summoned one person for questioning on the basis of information provide by the accused - six of whom are now under arrest.

Chinese scholars to attend Kolkata seminar on India-China ties

Kolkata, Oct 15 : A nine-member team of Chinese research fellows and scholars will participate in an international conference titled "China, India and Beyond: Understanding Co-operation, Competition and Development" here Saturday.

'Folk' rice varieties museum to come up in Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 15 : In a bid to preserve indigenous rice varieties of India, the West Bengal government has proposed setting up a rice museum to showcase 'folk' varieties of rice, a scientist said Wednesday.

Court orders further probe against Vikash Metals

New Delhi, Oct 15 : A court here Wednesday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to further probe the coal block allocation case against Kolkata-based Vikash Metals and Power Ltd.

Nothing furtive about Mamata's paintings sale: Trinamool

Kolkata, Oct 14 : Rubbishing a media report claiming that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made personal gains by selling her paintings to Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen, the Trinamool Congress Tuesday asserted the sale of paintings was an "honest means of raising funds for a political party".

BJP's arrogance, conduct reminiscent of Emergency days: Mamata

Kolkata, Oct 14 : Facing a severe attack from the BJP over several issues, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday hit out at the party for its "irresponsible comments, unparliamentary utterances and persistent character assassinations" which she termed reminiscent of the Emergency period.

Bengal blast: NIA denies reports of non-cooperation by police

Kolkata, Oct 14 : The NIA, which is probing the Oct 2 Burdwan blast that killed two suspected militants, Tuesday denied reports of the West Bengal Police and the CID not cooperating in the investigation.

Four Kolkata kids to participate in 'Christmas truce' tourney

Kolkata, Oct 14 : Four children trained under the Kolkata Goalz - a global collaborative project between the English Premier League (EPL) and the British Council - will be participating in a football tournament in Belgium to mark the centenary celebrations of the "Christmas truce".

Saradha scam: After ED, now CBI grills painter Shuvaprasanna

Kolkata, Oct 14 : A day after being grilled by the Enforcement Directorate, painter Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya was Tuesday interrogated by the CBI in connection with multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

Six suspected Bangladeshi militants arrested in West Bengal

North 24 Parganas (West Bengal), Oct. 14 : West Bengal police arrested six suspected Bangladeshi militants on Monday in the Uttarpara area near the Basirhat border of West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district.

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