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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 ...
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 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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.