Bengal’s COVID-19 toll rises to 3 after 47-year-old dies in Howrah

Kolkata: The death toll in West Bengal due to novel coronavirus has risen to three after a 47-year-old COVID-19 infected woman died at a hospital in Howrah district on Monday night. She had recently visited Dooars in north Bengal, but had no foreign history.

Rival TMC factions clash in Kolkata over distribution of lockdown relief

Kolkata: Even a nationwide lockdown has failed to prevent political violence in West Bengal. Bombs were hurled and stones showered as two rival factions of the ruling Trinamool Congress fought pitched turf war over distribution of relief to the poor at Kolkata’s Garden Reach area on Sunday night.

Anyone ostracising healthcare workers in Bengal will be arrested: Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday (March 30) that anyone found ostracising healthcare workers who have been attending to COVID-19 patients would be arrested.

Rosogolla, sandesh off the platter in Bengal amid COVID-19 lockdown

Kolkata: The unimaginable has happened! The unprecedented nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus threat has resulted in vanishing of ubiquitous rosogolla, sondesh and mishit doi (sweet curd) from the platters of the sweet-toothed Bengalis. But they are not the only ones feeling bitter.

Social distancing on treetops: How some Bengal labourers are fighting coronavirus

Whenever Bijoy Singh Laya returns to his village — Baghadih in West Bengal — from Chennai, he used to spend time with his family in his small thatched hut. But this time as a precaution against coronavirus, he has chosen to quarantine himself on a mango tree due to lack of space in the hut. Along with him, six other migrant labourers from the vi...

2 commit suicide in Bengal over fear of contracting coronavirus

Kolkata: Amid the coronavirus outbreak already claiming lives across the country, in the past 24 hours, two persons committed suicide in the past 24 hours in different parts of West Bengal, allegedly due to the COVID-19 scare infused depression.

COVID-19: VIP quarantine rooms earmarked in select hotels in Kolkata

With even Charles, the Prince of Wales, testing positive for COVID-19, the West Bengal government has readied 31 hotels, including some star categories, for the elite that is reluctant to be isolated in drab government-run quarantine centres. The government has taken the step as many, particularly the affluent, were found to had hidden the histo...

MLAs flooded with SOS calls as stranded workers cry for help

Amal Acharjee, the ruling Trinamool Congress legislator from Itahar in North Dinajpur district, is in a catch-22 situation. The otherwise accessible MLA has been flooded with frantic phone calls from labourers from his constituency stranded in various parts of India due to the nationwide lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. They are pleadi...

Micromanaging is Mamata’s new mantra to mitigate COVID-19 crisis

West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in a packed media briefing at Nabanna, the state secretariat, on Thursday (March 26) afternoon asked for a white board and pen to explain how people should maintain distance while queuing up to buy essentials to stave off Covid-19. On the board, Banerjee, who never misses an opportunity to showcase her ...


Global economy could shrink by almost 1% in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic: UN

United Nations: The global economy could shrink by up to one per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the previous forecast of 2.5 per cent growth, the UN has said, warning that it may contract even further if restrictions on the economic activities are extended without adequate fiscal responses.

Kashmir’s quarantine policy needs a revisit, say experts

Kashmir’s leading health professionals are concerned about dealing with a possible spike in COVID-19 cases with improper health infrastructure, inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), N95 respiratory masks, and oxygen cylinders, and above all, lack of preparedness on the part of the administration to fight the pandemic.

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COVID-19 restrictions lead to acute shortage of blood in West Bengal

Kolkata: Even before the coronavirus scare had set in, only a handful of donation camps could be held in the state due to the long-spell of school board exams and a slew of programmes for and against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens, leading to further worsening of the crisis.

255 arrested in Kolkata for defying lockdown

Police arrested 255 people in Kolkata on Monday (March 23) evening for violating the restrictions imposed in the metropolis in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. The arrests were made after 5 pm when the lockdown came into effect, they said, adding that those held will be prosecuted under sections dealing with disobedience to ...

COVID-19: In uncertain times, financial support sought for unorganised workers

Kolkata: A bleak future now stares at the state’s one crore unorganised labours engaged in 80 to 85 different fields jobs due to the pandemic coronavirus.

India reports 8th COVID-19 fatality as 57-year-old dies in West Bengal

Kolkata: An elderly man infected with the coronavirus died in a Kolkata hospital on Monday (March 23), the first death recorded in West Bengal due to the contagion, hospital sources said.

COVID-19: Mamata urges Modi to stop all flights to West Bengal

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop all state-bound flights as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. So far, seven positive cases of COVID-2919 have been reported from the state.

With third COVID-19 case, Bengal begins tracking foreigners in state

Kolkata: Detection of third Covid-19 positive case in West Bengal on Friday late night shifted the government’s focus on containing the mass spread of the contagion even as the government is trying to track down activities of 14,000 “out-of-radar” foreign nationals.

Here’s why Bengal govt wants teachers in schools during ‘janata curfew’

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has reportedly asked its teachers to come to schools during the ‘janata curfew’ proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, to prepare for distribution of mid-day meals to the students.

Bengal’s COVID-19 count rises to 3 as Scotland-returnee test positive

Kolkata: A woman in her early 20s, with a travel history to Scotland, tested positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata on Saturday, taking the state’s total count to three. She is admitted at Beliaghata ID Hospital in the city. The woman, a resident of Habra in North 24 Paraganas district, had returned from Scotland on March 16.

Kolkata’s iconic Coffee House shuts doors for first time in over 60 years due t...

Kolkata: The iconic Coffee House in Kolkata's College Street area on Friday (March 20) announced closure till March 31 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lapses in tracking virus carriers expose Bengal to COVID-19 risk

Kolkata: The state health department in West Bengal on Friday scampered to prepare a socialisation map of its second COVID-19 patient for contact-tracing even as it has now instructed strict quarantining of all passengers coming from abroad.

COVID-19: Bengal govt offers work on rotation for staff, free rice

Kolkata: In view of the coronavirus outbreak, state government employees in West Bengal will now be working on a rotational basis, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday. She said rice distributed via PDS for ₹2 per kg will now be available for free for the next six months.

Coronavirus outbreak: TMC’s RS member in self-quarantine

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy has decided to remain in self-quarantine due to rising cases of coronavirus and abstain from attending the ongoing Rajya Sabha session.

Kolkata’s first coronavirus patient ‘named and shamed’ on social me...

Kolkata: Kolkata’s first coronavirus patient, the teenage son of a top bureaucrat of the state, is facing public shaming for skirting medical advice and refusing to quarantine himself despite his friends testing positive for the infection in London.

WB official’s son skirts COVID screening; tests positive after flouting norms

Kolkata: A teenager in West Bengal, who was the son of an IAS officer in Kolkata, tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case in West Bengal.

Two fall ill as Bengal BJP’s cow-urine cure creates health hazard

Kolkata: The BJP in West Bengal seems to have launched a parallel coronavirus prevention drive by promoting “cow urine” as an antidote, creating a new health hazard with at least two persons reportedly falling sick after consuming it.

In times of NRC, CAA, ‘CPM’ clings on to new name, not namesake for safety

Ever heard of someone named after a political party? In June 1997, a baby boy born in a poor peasant family in Murshidabad district was named ‘CPM', after the Communist Party of India (Marxist), barely 10 months after the first Left Front government came to power in West Bengal. Forty two years after his birth, as the CPI (M) fights an existenti...

COVID-19: West Bengal civic polls deferred, but parties continue campaign

Leaders of all political parties continued to hold door-to-door campaign and street marches to reach out to the voters despite the mass shutdown in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus scare sends tea industry looking for greener pastures

Kolkata: Faced with the prospect of a dip in tea export in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic impacting global trade, the Tea Board of India is planning to give a fresh push to its drive to increase domestic consumption of the brew.

West Bengal shuts schools, colleges till March 31 in view of COVID-19

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Saturday said all educational institutions in the state will remain closed till March 31 in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Officials said there will be a review of the situation on March 30, following which further decision will be taken.

Death threat prompts West Bengal MLA to get his statues made

Kolkata: TMC legislator Jayanta Naskar recently spent hours sitting passively as a model before a sculptor he commissioned to chisel his two life-sized statues. Naskar fears he could be killed anytime by his political adversaries, and hence the need to make arrangements to ensure he does not slip into oblivion after death.