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74 held in one day as Kolkata cops step up vigilance in view of recent rapes

Kolkata: During a drive to ensure safety of women in the city, the police on late Friday evening arrested a total of 74 persons, over number of charges including eve-teasing and rash driving, reported Anandabazar Patrika.

No response from Mamata Banerjee’s office on requests for dialogue: Dhankhar

Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday(December 7) said that all attempts to reach out to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were exhausted as there was no response from her office regarding his requests for dialogue. Stating that a chief minister should be in regular communication with the governor, Dhankhar said he was still hopeful abo...

Citizenship bill: TMC issues whip to MPs, says CAB no different from NRC

New Delhi: Slamming the Centre over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, expected to be tabled on December 9, and its proposal for pan India NRC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday (December 6) said both were against the basic principles of the Indian Constitution.

Assembly gate closed to Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

In an embarrassing incident, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday had to wait in front of locked Gate No. 3 of the state Assembly, designated for the governor and had no other way but enter through Gate No. 4 meant for the media and officials.

Cyclone Bulbul: Not received single penny from Centre, says Mamata

It has been over 20 days since Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of Centre's assistance for cyclone Bulbul-affected areas. But Mamata has claimed that the state had not received a single penny. She was replying to a question raised in the Assembly on the extent of devastation caused by cyclone Bulbul...

How Dhoni’s friend, 2 other victorious candidates signal a change in TMC

Kolkata: Pradip Sarkar, known in West Bengal more for being a friend of cricketer MS Dhoni, and two other victorious candidates, who made Trinamool Congress’s clean sweep in the state’s just-held by-elections possible, signal a refreshing change in the party.

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Kolkata/Dehradun: Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress emerged victorious in all the three assembly segments where bypolls were held on November 25, in a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party which had its hopes high after winning 18 Lok Sabha seats in May this year.

Victory in Bengal bypolls a mandate against NRC, says Mamata

Kolkata: After Trinamool Congress’s massive victory in two assembly segments and an unassailable lead in another, where bypolls were held on November 25, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday took a dig at the BJP saying it is getting paid back for “insulting” the people of the state.

Counting begins in three constituencies for West Bengal by-polls

Kolkata: Counting of votes began at 8 am on Thursday (November 28) amid tight security in polling centres in three Assembly seats of West Bengal where by-polls were held on November 25, Election Commission officials said. Around 78% of over seven lakh electorate had cast their votes in the by-polls to Kaliaganj, Karimpur and Kharagpur Sadar Assembly seat...

Maha BJP govt resignation best gift of Constitution day: Mamata

Accusing the BJP of violating the principles of the Constitution to form a "government at midnight in Maharashtra", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday (November 26) said the Supreme Court verdict and Devendra Fadnavis' resignation have shown that the Constitution cannot be subverted. Fadnavis should not have taken the oath as ...

Drug peddler on death row escapes the noose twice

Kolkata: A drug peddler was lucky to escape the noose twice as the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (November 26) commuted his death sentence for the second time after having given him a similar reprieve in another case in 2012. The 75-year-old drug peddler, who was arrested in 2002, was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a division bench comprising Justic...

BJP candidate kicked during Bengal bypolls, shows footage

Nadia (West Bengal): West Bengal BJP vice president Jay Prakash Majumdar was seen being assaulted by agitators during bypolls in the Karimpur assembly segment on Monday (November 25), in what was alleged to be an attack orchestrated by the ruling TMC workers.

Mamata promises land rights for refugees, regularisation of colonies

Kolkata: Displaced refugees in West Bengal will be given land rights by the government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday, while stating that all refugee colonies on central government and private lands up to three acres will be regularised.

WB to set up detention centres for foreign nationals facing criminal charges

Kolkata: The West Bengal government will soon set up two detention centres to house foreign nationals arrested on various criminal charges, and this move has "absolutely no connection" with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a state minister said on Saturday (November 16). The Mamata Banerjee-led state government has already finalised a piece of la...

WBPCB action plan to tackle air pollution in Kolkata

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) has put in place an action plan to tackle the air pollution in the city, an official said. The Air Quality Index in several automated air monitoring stations in the city had hovered between 200 and 350 (PM 2.5) in the first week of November, which was categorised as moderate and poor but then impr...

BJP clash with Kolkata police during rally to protest spurt in dengue cases

Kolkata: The BJP on Wednesday (November 13) clashed with the police during a rally to protest against the spurt in dengue cases in the city and its fringe areas and accused the Trinamool Congress government of trying to ‘hush up’ the figures. The protest march, convened by BJP Yuva Morcha, has been taken out from Central Avenue in the city and is schedul...

Gorkha body urges Modi govt to consider demand for separate state

The National Gorkhaland Committee (NGC), a non-political organisation of Gorkhas, has urged the BJP government to look into their longstanding demand for the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hill region. For the Gorkhas, a separate state will be the only political solution to the more than 100-year-old deman...

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has triggered a controversy over the inclusion of Gujarati as an optional language in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) mains paper. The issue escalated on Thursday as the BJP accused her of diving people in the name of language.

Kolkata’s air quality dips to very poor category

Kolkata: The air quality in Kolkata turned very poor on Wednesday (November 6) night with pollution levels in the city breaching the 300 mark for the first time in recent months, an official from the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) said. Measures are being taken to bring down the pollution levels, he added. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in K...

Intellectuals who consume beef must also eat dog meat: Bengal BJP chief

Burdwan (West Bengal): West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh courted controversy on Tuesday (November 5) when he said intellectuals who consume beef and "demean" cows should also eat dog meat. He also said that "any meat" should be eaten at home, not on roads.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta passes away

Kolkata: Veteran CPI leader and former MP Gurudas Dasgupta died here on Thursday following a prolonged illness. He was 83. Dasgupta is survived by his wife and daughter. West Bengal CPI secretary Swapan Banerjee said, “He (Dasgupta) passed away at his home in Kolkata at 6 am. He was suffering from lung cancer for quite some time. Due to his poor health, ...

Kulgam attack: Mamata seeks probe, announces ₹5L solatium for victims’ kin

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed shock and sadness over the killing of five labourers from West Bengal in a terror attack in Kashmir. Condemning the act, Banerjee on Wednesday (October 30) demanded a "strong investigation" into the incident to find out the "real truth". She also announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh each fo...

BJP miffed as ‘brother’ Sovan visits Didi’s house on Bhai Dooj

Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is miffed with former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee for visiting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence on the occasion of Bhai Phonta, or Bhai Dooj, on Tuesday.

Didi-Dhankhar slugfest adds to Bengal political drama

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is miffed with what can be referred to as conscious disobedience of officials and ministers of the government led by Mamata Banerjee. On many instances, the governor had expressed his dissatisfaction with the ruling dispensation.

Bengal BJP seeks removal of 6 years residence clause in Citizenship Amendment Bill

Kolkata: The BJP leadership in West Bengal is raising a pitch to remove the "six years residence" clause from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and has urged Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah to look into it. The CAB seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan ...

Bengal govt urges MHA to rethink on entrusting Guv’s security with CRPF

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has urged the Union Home Ministry to reconsider its decision on entrusting the security of governor Jagdeep Dhankhar with the CRPF, a senior official said on Wednesday (October 23). In a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the state government has also sought to know the reasons why it was not consulted befor...