Mamata raises issue of financial dues to WB during COVID meeting with CMs

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday (August 11) raised the issue of West Bengal's financial dues from the Centre during a video conference on the pandemic and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the Centre issues guidelines on which vaccine should be procured and used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

As cases soar, Bengal plugs holes in COVID management, hires more docs

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Mamata government on borrowing spree as Centre holds back funds

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West Bengal govt forms 6-member panel to study NEP

West Bengal: The West Bengal government formed a six-member expert committee to give its opinion and feedback on the New Education Policy approved by the Union Cabinet, and also started seeking stakeholders' opinions.

West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra dies at 78

78-year-old West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra passed away at a city hospital in the early hours of Thursday (July 30) due to cardiac arrest. Sources at the private hospital where Mitra was admitted to said he died due to heart and age-related ailments. "He was admitted to the hospital a few days back after his creatinine level was found...

Uneasy partners Mukul Roy and BJP continue their jig for convenience

The BJP senior leadership and its truant national executive member Mukul Roy appear to have buried the hatchet for now after days of speculation, gossip, and muttering about the latter’s possible exit from the party. Roy, who was once the second-in-command of the Trinamool Congress, told newspersons in Kolkata that he was very much part of the BJP...

Extreme right Vs radical Left: BJP, TMC draw battle lines in Jangalmahal

Kolkata: The battle line in Bengal’s tribal heartland of Jangalmahal has been drawn. It’s extreme right versus radical left. The Trinamool Congress on Thursday (July 23) inducted in its state committee Chhatradhar Mahato, a former leader of a Maoist-backed organisation to counter the extreme right-wing leaders such as Swami Aseemanand, who are helping the B...

Ex-Indian footballer quits politics within 24 hours of joining BJP

A day after joining the BJP, former Indian footballer Mehtab Hossain on Wednesday (July 22) said he was not associated with any political party. Hossain, known as the "Midfield General" in the Kolkata Maidan, said it was a personal decision to quit politics as he was left shattered by the pain and feelings of his family and well-wishers over his...

Is Mamata rooting for youth power to promote her nephew?

Kolkata: Sounding the bugle for next year's assembly elections in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at a virtual rally on Tuesday said she needed "Jubo shakti (youth force)" as "we will not be here forever."


Who is an Assamese? Panel report raises more questions than answers

In a latest ‘revolt’ to Centre’s ‘betrayal’, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) released a confidential report prepared by a government-appointed high-level committee to answer the question ‘who is an Assamese’.

Workforce in demand, but e-pass slows down flow

Chennai: As the COVID-19 effect fades slowly in state capital Chennai, the workforce seems eager to return to their “normal” routine, provided their re-entry is made smooth and people-friendly.

As desert storm blows over, Gehlot to meet Pilot on August 13

Jaipur: Three days after the political crisis with the Rajasthan government came to an end, sources said Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will meet Sachin Pilot, who rebelled against him over the last one month.




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Day after violence over girl’s death in Bengal, autopsy says ‘poisoning&#...

Kolkata: A day after the death of a 17-year-old girl sparked violence in parts of north Bengal, the police on Monday quoted her post mortem report as saying that she died due to poisoning and that there were no signs of sexual assault. The victim was the sister of a BJP activist.

2-day weekly lockdown in Bengal; community transmission in few areas

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Monday (July 20) announced complete lockdown across the state for two days every week, stating that community transmission of COVID-19 has been detected in a few areas of the state.

Protests over minor’s ‘gangrape’, murder turn violent in BengalR...

Uttar Dinajpur (West Bengal): A protest by locals at West Bengal’s Chopra town in Uttar Dinajpur district over the alleged gangrape and murder of a student turned violent on Sunday (July 19), with protesters blocking National Highway 31 and even attacking police personnel with bows and arrows at one point.

WB police trying to kill party MP, MLA in encounter, says BJP

Kolkata: The BJP on Friday (July 17) accused the West Bengal police of trying to ‘kill’ party MP Arjun Singh and his son Pawan Kumar Singh, who is an MLA from the Bhatpara constituency, by staging ‘encounters.’

Kolkata hospitals report incidents of negligence despite govt warning

Kolkata: Last month, the government had warned both private and state-run hospitals that strict action would be taken if patients were denied admission for treatment in the medical facilities.

Hemtabad MLA’s death not political case as projected by BJP: Mamata

The death of the BJP’s Hemtabad MLA Debendra Nath Roy is a “case of suspected suicide” and not a political one as projected by the party, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday (July 15). Her letter came a day after a BJP delegation called on the President over the death of its legislator, who ...

BJP MLA found hanging in Bengal, party calls it ‘cold-blooded murder’

Debendra Nath Roy, a BJP MLA from West Bengal was found hanging outside a shop near his house in Hemtabad of North Dinajpur district. “Debendra Nath Ray was found hanging near a shop at Hemtabad area this (Monday) morning,” PTI quoted a senior district police officer as saying. Ray had contested and won the Hemtabad assembly segment -- a rese...

Bengal orders advanced device from Europe for 1 lakh daily COVID tests

Kolkata: The West Bengal government plans to conduct one lakh daily tests for COVID-19 amid an alarming rise in infections in the state. It has placed orders for advanced testing equipment from a Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company, an official said on Saturday.

West Bengal records 1000+ new COVID cases for third straight day

Kolkata: West Bengal registered a new single-day record in with 1,344 COVID-19 cases on Saturday (July 11), taking the total to 28,453.

Eden Gardens to be used as COVID-19 quarantine centre for Kolkata Police

Kolkata: Works have begun to set up a makeshift quarantine centre at Kolkata's iconic Eden Gardens, barely a few hours after the Cricket Association of Bengal gave its nod to the city police's proposal to use a part of the cricket stadium as an isolation facility for COVID-affected police personnel.

COVID-19: West Bengal’s single-day spike crosses 1,000 for first time

Kolkata: The daily spike in COVID-19 cases in West Bengal breached the 1,000-mark for the first time on Thursday with 1,088 fresh infections and 27 new related fatalities being reported in the last 24 hours.

West Bengal sees spurt in political violence as COVID controls are eased

Even as West Bengal is grappling with mounting coronavirus cases and deaths by the day during Unlock 2.0, the state is witnessing a renewed spurt in political violence between parties. On Tuesday (July 7) night, BJP parliamentarian Arjun Singh's house was attacked by miscreants allegedly backed by Trinamool Congress, hurling crude bombs. Locals ...

West Bengal develops ‘safe homes’ to treat mild COVID-19 cases

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has developed more than 100 satellite health facilities for the "management" of asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 cases, in a bid to ramp up accommodation facilities even as it contemplates allowing private medical practitioners to prescribe COVID-19 tests.

Bengal to impose total lockdown in containment zones from July 9 evening

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday decided to implement a complete lockdown in containment zones and other parts of the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases from Thursday evening.

BJP’s brand building of Syama Prasad Mookerjee opens Pandora’s Box

Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opened a Pandora's Box, trying to brand Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee as the "creator of West Bengal" and "saviour of Bengalis" on his 129th birth anniversary on Monday.

TMC MP calls Nirmala “venomous snake”, BJP says he’s talking “...

Kolkata: In a controversial remark, TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee has equated Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with a "venomous snake" for her handling of the economy, drawing sharp reaction from the BJP which said Mamata Banerjee has lost control over her party leaders who are "uttering nonsense" out of frustration. BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha ...

WB ‘plucks’ Tulsi, brews a drink with it to fight COVID and give jobs

In a bid to rake in some revenue by taking advantage of COVID-19 infused demand for immunity boosters, the West Bengal government is promoting the cultivation of Tulsi (holy basil), a major ingredient in Ayush Kwath, an ayurvedic 'immunity enhancer.' The state’s AYUSH Department and Medicinal Plant Board, with the help of the Horticulture Departme...

Flights to Kolkata from Delhi, 5 more cities suspended from July 6-19

Kolkata: Flights to Kolkata have been suspended from six cities, including the national capital, from July 6-19, said an update from the Kolkata Airport's official Twitter handle on Saturday.

Bengal BJP MP Locket Chatterjee tests positive for COVID-19

West Bengal BJP MP Locket Chatterjee on Friday (July 3) said on Twitter that she tested positive for COVID-19 this morning.

Kin keep COVID-19 victim’s body in freezer as officials fail to respond

Kolkata: Health workers on Wednesday retrieved the body of a septuagenarian COVID-19 patient from his home in central part of the city after his family members had to keep it in a freezer for over 48 hours as "no help" came from the authorities.