BJP MP Roopa Ganguly’s son rams car into Kolkata club, arrested

Kolkata: Actor-turned-BJP MP Roopa Ganguly's son was sent to one-day police custody on Friday (August 16)  for allegedly ramming his car into the wal...

TMC seeks to reinvigorate image with Prashant Kishor on board

Kolkata: Fearlessness bordering on abrasiveness and unmistakable contempt for rivals has been the hallmark of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for as long as she has been in public life and collective memory. But don't be surprised if you see a gentler, less combative avatar of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) boss in future. It is part of a huge m...

BJP, Trinamool take to grassroots drives, target 2021 Assembly polls

Well past the bitter rivalry that West Bengal witnessed during the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) are now gearing up for the 2021 state Assembly polls. While the BJP's ambitious membership drive has crossed the halfway mark of its one crore target in the state, the TMC has just announced an...

Five injured in clash between suspected BJP, TMC supporters

At least five people were injured in a clash between two groups of people allegedly belonging to the Trinamool Congress and the BJP over a blood donation camp in the city's Behala area, police said on Monday (July 22). The incident happened around 10 pm on Sunday when the groups scuffled over a minor issue pertaining to the camp, a senior office...

Didi’s martyrs’ day rally: Show of strength or call for support?

A giant stage, a large gathering, massive police deployment and a renewed battle cry – what seemed like the Trinamool Congress’ annual show of strength on its “Martyrs’ Day” mega rally on Sunday (July 21) was, in fact, also a desperate call for support, especially to those who believe that the BJP is an alternative to the “misgovernance and tyranny...

BJP using CBI to get TMC leaders, says Mamata, told to reveal names

Kolkata: West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Dilip Ghosh dared Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday (July 21) to name the CBI officers, who had allegedly threatened Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders to join the saffron camp. Addressing the Martyrs' Day rally at Kolkata on Sunday, Banerjee, who is also the TMC supremo, alleged that centr...

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Kolkata: Man dragged to death by Metro train after hand gets stuck in door

A man died on Saturday after his hand got stuck between the doors of a metro train in Kolkata which started moving soon after at Park Street station, police said. The deceased has been identified as Sajal Kanjilal, 56, a resident of Kasba area of the city, they said. The train was immediately brought to a halt and its power supply switched of...

In Bengal, BJP faces ‘ghar wapsi’ crisis as new recruits jump ship 

Kolkata: In a haste to weaken the Trinamool Congress by ‘indiscriminately’ poaching its members, an overzealous BJP has now been left red-faced after many defectors flocked back to the TMC. What's more, the saffron party old guards are now asking the top leadership to revise its recruitment policy. At least 23 councillors of two municipalities, who had def...

Nusrat joins Mamata on Rath Yatra, CM calls for religious harmony

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called for religious harmony and togetherness on Thursday as she inaugurated the ISKCON Rath Yatra festival here, the largest in the city. Banerjee, who was flanked by newly-elected MP Nusrat Jahan and her husband Nikhil Jain, said, "Togetherness and tolerance for all faiths is the real religion." Ur...

CBI carries out searches in 22 locations at West Bengal

New Delhi: The CBI carried out searches in 22 locations at West Bengal which are the premises of directors and promoters of New Land Agro Industries, one of the accused companies in a ponzi scam case, officials said. The company was booked in May 2017 on the orders of the Supreme Court, they said. The apex court had directed the agency to probe all the com...

Bengal govt faces BJP heat over dining room diktat, withdraws circular

Kolkata/New Delhi: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has slammed the state government for its directive on construction of dining rooms for midday meals in state-run schools having more than 70 per cent minority students in Cooch Behar district. Uploading a copy of the circular on his Twitter handle, he sought to know whether there was any "mala fide motive" b...

Cong, Left rebuff Mamata’s outreach, hope a sinking TMC can help them float

A senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader on Thursday claimed that opposition Congress and CPI (M)’s approach in the state vis-à-vis the ruling party is:  "Hum to dube hai sanam, tujhe bhi lekar dubenge (We have already drowned, darling, but we will drag you down along with us)." The remark of the TMC leader from the party’s South Kolkata distric...

TMC MPs hold protest in Parliament premises against EVMs

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs are holding a sit-in in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Parliament's premises, demanding that elections be held by ballot paper instead of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The party, which has been crying foul over the use of EVMs in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, said on Monday that their ag...

Class 10 girl found dead in Kolkata school

Kolkata: A class 10 student of GD Birla School in Kolkata was found dead with her wrist slit and a plastic bag wrapped around her head inside a washroom on the school premises on Friday (June 20) afternoon. “The girl was found lying with her face wrapped in a plastic bag this (Friday) afternoon inside a washroom of the school located in Ranikuthi area of...

Mamata’s anti-graft drive backfires, unleashes fresh chaos in West Bengal

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee’s recent call to party functionaries to return bribe money, if they have taken any, from beneficiaries of government schemes, has triggered a statewide backlash against workers of the ruling party, including violent attacks. At least five persons, including a sexagenarian woman, were injured in the ...

Bengal’s Bhatpara on boil; 1 killed, three injured in clashes

Kolkata: One person was shot dead and three others were seriously injured in Bhatpara area of West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district as clashes broke out between two groups on Thursday (June 20), a police officer said. The deceased was identified as Rambabu Shaw, while the details of those injured in the incident were yet to be ascertained, he said. ...

Junior docs in Kolkata call off strike, give govt time to act on demands

Chennai: Agitating junior doctors in Kolkata on Monday evening (June 17) called off their protest after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accepted their demands and assured them to fulfil their demands. The agitating doctors have also decided to give the state government some time to act on their demands. While thanking all those who supported t...

Kolkata magician drowns in Ganga after trick fails

Kolkata: A live stunt meant to surprise people turned fatal as the magician performing the act reportedly drowned in river Ganges here Sunday, police said. Chanchal Lahiri, in an attempt to show his skills, entered the water with his arms and legs tied. He, however, could not come out of the river, they said. "He tied his legs and hands with chains a...

Mamata can choose venue, but meeting should be held in open, say protesting docs

Agitating junior doctors in West Bengal softened their stand on Sunday (June 16) and asserted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was free to decide the venue of the meeting with them, but stressed that it should be held in open. Banerjee had on Saturday (June 15) invited the agitators for closed-door talks, but the offer was turned down by them...

Nationwide doctors protest indicates long ignored woes 

The ongoing doctors strike that started from West Bengal on 11 June has triggered a full-fledged nation-wide protest. Doctors across the country are sitting on dharna demanding better laws to protect medical professionals. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) took cognizance of the situation and extended its support after coming across many related...

Tried to contact Mamata, got no response: Bengal governor

Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday said he called up Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the issue of junior doctors strike but got no response from her. Tripathi paid a visit to injured junior doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay at the hospital where he is undergoing treatment. "I have tried to contact the chief minister. I hav...

BJP seeks Mamata’s resignation, meets WB Governor

The BJP demanded immediate resignation of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee from her home and health portfolios and sought the intervention of Governor K N Tripathi to resolve the impasse in the states health sector which continued for the fourth day on Friday. "The governor should talk to the chief minister immediately and exercise his...

West Bengal faces unprecedented healthcare crises as Mamata loses plot

Kolkata: The four-day long healthcare crises in West Bengal deepened further on Friday (June 14) with around 200 doctors of state-run hospitals tendering their resignations citing the “prevailing situation”, a day after chief minister Mamata Banerjee intervened to break the logjam. Many more doctors are expected to follow suit, said a senior doctor-profe...

Those living in Bengal will have to learn to speak in Bengali: Mamata

Kanchrapara: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday (June 14) insisted that those living in West Bengal will have to learn to speak in Bengali. The TMC supremo also reiterated that outsiders instigated the doctors agitation in the state and accused the BJP of targeting the Bengalis and the minorities. "Outsiders are instigating the doctors. I h...

Mamata asks agitating junior doctors to resume work immediately

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asked the agitating junior doctors across the state to resume work by 2 pm and warned of action if the order was not followed. Banerjee, who reached the state-run SSKM hospital around 12.10 pm in the wake of disruption of medical services in several parts of the state over the past three day...

Clashes between BJP workers, police in Kolkata

Clashes broke out between BJP workers and police personnel in Kolkata on Wednesday during a massive rally organised by the party in protest against post-poll violence and alleged attack on its workers and supporters. As the BJP activists jostled to reach the Bowbazar crossing in the city, police resorted to firing tear gas shells and water canno...