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Kolkata: With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing the easing of lockdown restrictions in the state, a renowned doctor said that following ramping up of COVID-19 tests, the government seems to be gradually shifting towards the Sweden or Taiwan model to contain the pandemic.

Sunderbans’ unsung heroes lead the region’s post-Amphan fight back

Determined to prevent an epidemic in the post-cyclone period, a group of youths were seen wading through the water and mud, clearing carcasses from the flooded villages. They had swung into action immediately after cyclone Amphan blew over.

Death toll due to cyclone Amphan in West Bengal increases to 98

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West Bengal relaxes COVID-19 restrictions from June 1

Kolkata: Religious places can open up from June 1 but there will be no major congregation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday while announcing the relaxations and claimed that the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in the state due to the massive influx of migrant workers.

West Bengal: Classes on alternate days likely after schools reopen

Students of state-run schools in West Bengal are likely to attend classes on alternate days after they reopen, in order to observe social distancing norms. The schools will be asked to follow an "alternate model" and the department will ensure that classes take place adhering to social distancing norms, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee told ...

Domestic flight operations resume at Kolkata airport after cyclone Amphan

Kolkata: After a hiatus of more than two months, domestic flight operations to and from Kolkata resumed on Thursday with a total of 22 flights operating on the first day.

‘Aar noy Mamata’: BJP launches new campaign amid infighting in TMC

Kolkata: The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday evening launched a statewide campaign “Aar noy Mamata (Not Mamata again),” in a direct attack on the state's chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo.

Domestic flight operations resume at Kolkata airport

Kolkata: Domestic flight operations to and from Kolkata resumed on Thursday (May 28) after a gap of two months due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Though domestic flight operations across the country began on May 25, they could not be restarted in Kolkata as the state machinery was involved in relief and restoration work after Cyclone Amphan whiplashed many ar...

Mamata offers salt-tolerant-paddy solace to cyclone-ravaged farmers

Kolkata: For the cyclone ravaged farmers of the state, all is not lost yet. The state’s agriculture scientists have developed a new paddy variant that can grow in saline water, informed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an administrative meeting.

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BJP hopes to ride ‘Amphan fury’ to power in Bengal

The BJP is trying to garner tailwind from the Amphan crisis in West Bengal to topple the Mamata Banerjee government during the next year’s assembly polls, hoping history would repeat after over a decade in the state. The party will come up with a nine-point chargesheet, underscoring alleged failure of the state government in dealing with the twi...

Nature’s fury, migrants’ influx deepen COVID crisis in Bengal, Assam

Kolkata/Guwahati: Natural calamities along with a surge in return of migrant workers is proving to be a double challenge in stemming COVID-19 cases in West Bengal and Assam.

Rebuilding of villages, embankments in Sunderbans begins post Amphan

Kolkata: Black toppings on roads were neatly peeled off their graveled base as though they were nothing more than tarpaulin covers laid loosely over pitches. Mud embankments caved in as if they were landslide-prone hills of soft clay and fragile houses toppled like packs of cards.

Post Amphan, Dhankhar targets Mamata for delay in seeking Army help

Kolkata: The bitter tussle between West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee found no respite even in the post-Amphan situation though the state is struggling with relief operations in several of its parts ravaged by the cyclone.

Kolkata staggers even 72 hours after Amphan as Didi too is ‘powerless’

Almost 72 hours after cyclone Amphan had calmed, Kolkata continues to be in a mangled mess of uprooted trees, bent mobile towers, upturned electric posts, twisted vehicles, rampaged parks and gardens, and battered buildings. To add to these palpable signs of destruction, power outage, coupled with water shortage and disruption of telecommunication...

After request by Bengal govt, Army deployed in cyclone-ravaged area for restoration

Kolkata: The Army was deployed in Kolkata and neighbouring districts on Saturday (May 23) for the restoration of essential infrastructure and services in the wake of the destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan, a defence official said.

Amphan damages idols, workshops at Kumartuli, Kolkata’s idol-making hub

The photo above paints a grim picture of the situation of artisans at Kolkata’s renowned idol-making hub, Kumartuli. With cyclone Amphan ravaging the city besides other districts of West Bengal, and inundating them ahead of the festive season, Kumartuli is staring at an uncertain future.

Amphan: Bengal asks Railways not to send special trains till May 26

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the Railway Ministry not to send Shramik Special trains to the state till May 26 in view of Cyclone Amphan. The letter from West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha to Chairman of Railway board V K Yadav dated May 22, stated that the state has been severely impacted by Super Cyclone Amphan on ...

Amphan death toll rises to 85 in Bengal; protests erupt over power, water supply

Kolkata: The death toll due to Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal has risen to 85, as angry dwellers resorted to protests and road blockades in various parts of the city over the administration's failure to restore normalcy even after three days.

People at a loss after Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc on livelihoods

Kolkata: When the dark storm was gathering over the sea barely 500 meters from his home in Duttapur in Digha on Wednesday, Sunil Tudu was hoping to be as lucky as he had been over a decade ago.

Bengal suffered losses of ₹1 lakh crore due to cyclone Amphan: Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the state has suffered losses to the tune of ₹1 lakh crore due to cyclone Amphan that has claimed at least 80 lives and inflicted large-scale damage in North and South 24 Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly after it made landfall on May 20.

Amphan’s fury conjures up memories of 1737 Bengal cyclone

Kolkata: On Thursday Kolkata woke up to its dreaded nightmare. From the ear-splitting sound of the gale that was persistently pounding on the city’s concrete jungle the previous night, the cowering residents could well fathom the devastation being unleashed outside. The rude shock came in the morning, when they found the modern-day lifeline, the net and ...

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Social media erupted in anger on Thursday (May 21) alleging that the Centre has neglected West Bengal which bore the maximum brunt of cyclone Amphan that made landfall on May 20 evening.

Modi to do aerial survey of Amphan-hit Bengal, Odisha

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in West Bengal and Odisha and assess the damage caused by cyclone Amphan on Friday, official sources said.

Migrants pine for home as cyclone stalls trains to Odisha, Bengal

With the Indian railways cancelling all West Bengal and Odisha bound trains up to May 22 (Friday) due to cyclone Amphan that made a landfall on Wednesday (May 20), the stranded migrants who were waiting to go home have to brace for some more days. “All Shramik Express trains to Odisha and West Bengal are cancelled up to May 22. Depending on the ...

Cyclone Amphan: Indian Oil refinery, Haldia Petrochem plant on high alert

Haldia Petrochemicals plant and Indian Oils refinery in East Midnapore district have been put on high alert in the wake of cyclone Amphan, which is expected to hit West Bengal coast on Wednesday (May 20). Several measures have been taken by the Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) management in view of the cyclone, said its plant head Ashok Ghosh. "W...

Social distancing goes for a toss as 3 lakh evacuated ahead of cyclone in WB

Social-distancing measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have gone for a toss in West Bengal with the evacuation of around three lakh people from coastal areas of the state ahead of the impending super cyclonic storm Amphan. As a precautionary measure, the state government has also urged the Railways not to run any Shramik Special trains to ...

Lockdown 4.0: West Bengal announces slew of relaxations till May 31

Kolkata: Extending the ongoing lockdown till May 31 in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday (May 18) announced a slew of relaxations and said her government will not impose night curfew in the state as proposed by the Centre.

West Bengal govt to bear train fare of migrants returning home: Mamata

Kolkata: The West Bengal government will bear the entire cost of movement of migrant labourers from the state who are stranded in various parts of the country and are returning home by special trains, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Saturday (May 15).
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