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We are bringing Planning Commission in Bengal: CM

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a public event marking the 125th birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata on Sunday said the state government is bringing back the Planning Commission conceptualised by the freedom fighter. “We are bringing Planning Commission in Bengal, even if it has been abolished by Delhi (Centre),” the Chief Minister said in Kolkata.She said that the Centre is building Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue in Delhi at a time when it rejected West Bengal’s tableau, depicting the role of Netaji in the Indian freedom struggle which highlights the indifferent attitude of the Centre towards the State. “Why so allergic to Bengal? You (Centre) rejected the Bengal tableau (for Republic Day)…You are making (Netaji) statue (in Delhi) because we pressurised you,” she said. In a veiled attack at the Centre, the Trinamool Congress supremo…

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DGCA imposes fine of Rs 20 lakh on Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport over poor maintenance

By Ashoke Raj Kolkata [India]: India’s aviation regulatory body, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) for violating safety norms by neglecting runway maintenance.“After the regulator started safety auditing for airports a few months back, the audit report found that NSCBIA has committed serious safety norms violations, especially on the runway maintenance work. It has been decided to impose a fine of Rs 20 lakh,” a senior official from DGCA confirmed to ANI. The DGCA’s audit report suggested that the Kolkata airport has been negligent in the maintenance of the runway as per the mandated safety requirement. The Regulatory has issued a show-cause notice to the airport in case of serious violation of security rules at the airport. “According to the audit report, the maintenance of the runway at…

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TMC asks party MLA Madan Mitra to stay away from social media

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Madan Mitra has been directed by the party to stay away from social media after several of his controversial posts went viral.The former West Bengal Transport Minister and a loyalist of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said that he will stay away from posting on social media for several months. “My social media is a personal thing. I have decided that I will not come to any Facebook Live, Instagram or any other social networking site till June 30. It is because the name of social media is in the hand of media and I was part of social media. Now the name of media should be anti-social media,” the Kamarhati MLA told ANI.A controversy erupted over Mitra’s social media post recently. The MLA was warned by the TMC Discipline Committee. (Image source: Instagram)

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West Bengal legislative assembly hears Mukul Roy’s defection case, next hearing on January 28

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy’s defection case was heard before the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Wednesday where the Speaker observed that they will abide by the Supreme Court’s order in Roy’s case.“We’ll abide by the order of the Supreme Court and within a due course of time, the order on Mukul Roy will be out”, said West Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee. He further informed that the next hearing date would be January 28. As per information, case submission from Mukul Roy’s side ended today and BJP is yet to reply in the case.“The hearing took place today. I wanted to continue it tomorrow as well but the lawyer asked for the date of January 28”, the Speaker added.The Supreme Court on Monday has directed the Speaker for a speedy discussion on Mukul Roy’s disqualification case. The Apex…

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West Bengal eases COVID restrictions, allows gyms to operate with 50 pc capacity

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): West Bengal government has decided to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the state from January 18.According to the new notification, gyms can operate with 50 per cent capacity till 9 pm provided staff and users are fully vaccinated or RTPCR negative. The government has allowed Jatra (local theatres) with 50 per cent capacity till 9 pm while outdoor shooting for films and TV programmes are allowed in the state following COVID appropriate protocols.The government has asked people to wear masks and maintain social distancing in view of COVID-19.Meanwhile, West Bengal logged 9,385 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total active cases in the state to 1,58,623, stated the health bulletin. (Image source: Instagram)

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West Bengal: BJP writes to State Election Commission seeking postponement of civic polls amid surge in COVID cases

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the West Bengal BJP on Friday wrote to the State Election Commission (SEC) requesting to postpone the municipality elections for a month.“We would like to add since the notification of said elections on December 28, 2021, as per the Bulletin of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal, the daily reported COVID cases jumped from 732 to 23,467 on 13 January 2022,” it said. The BJP said that the positivity rate has also jumped from 2.35 per cent on 28 December 2021 to 32.13 per cent on 13 January 2022 in the state.“We draw your attention to the Order of the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta quote “Hence, we dispose of the present petition with a direction to the State Election Commission to consider the galloping speed…

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Netaji’s family welcomes GoI’s decision to begin Republic Day celebration from Jan 23

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): Subhash Chandra Bose’s family on Saturday welcomed the Central Government’s decision to start the Republic Day celebrations every year from January 23 instead of January 24 to include the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.Chandra Kumar Bose, Netaji’s kin while speaking to ANI, also demanded a Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, INA (Indian National Army) and Azad Hind Force tableau for the Republic Day ceremony. “To honour Bose one has to understand his ideology”, said Chandra Kumar Bose. He said that he has also written to the Central government on celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji as it coincides with the 75th year of India’s independence. “A befitting tribute can be given to both the celebrations if only we imbibe Bose’s ideology across the nation to save the country from further disintegration.”According to Chandra Bose, Netaji…

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EC reschedules West Bengal municipal elections to February 12 amid rising COVID-19 cases

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): The West Bengal State Election Commission postponed the West Bengal municipality election, which were scheduled for January 22, to February 12.The decision came after The Calcutta High Court on January 13 asked the State Election commission (SEC) to take the decision in 48 hrs whether it could be postponed by 4 to 6 weeks in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases. According to the new notification from SEC, civic polls for Darjeeling district’s Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Hooghly district’s Chandernagore Municipal Corporation, North 24 Pargana district’s Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and Paschim (West) Bardhaman’s Asansol Municipal Corporation would be conducted on February 12 from 7 am to 5 pm. (Image source: Instagram)

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Customs officials intercept 2 passengers at Kolkata airport, seized gold paste worth approx Rs 66 lakh

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): Customs officials on Thursday intercepted two passengers at Kolkata airport on arrival from Dubai and seized 1.6 kilograms of gold paste worth approximately Rs 66 lakhs.The gold was concealed in the cavity of the jeans pants of the passengers. “On 12.1.22, based on profiling, officers of AIU #KolkataAirportCustoms seized 1.6Kg #Gold paste (Rs66L) concealed in cavities of Jeans pants of 2pax coming from Dubai. In a well-planned operation 2receivers were also caught from the Arrival gate,” tweeted Kolkata Customs today.More details are awaited. (Image source: Instagram)

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Ganga Sagar Mela commences with strict COVID protocols

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): After the Calcutta High Court gave the go-ahead to organise the Ganga Sagar Mela, on Wednesday it commenced with strict COVID-19 protocols. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Ganga Sagar Mela, which is held annually at Gangasagar in West Bengal.Speaking to ANI, South 24 Parganas District Magistrate Dr P Ulganathan said that Ganga Sagar Mela has been organised as compared to those organised during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Gangasagar Mela is the biggest fair in the Eastern part of India. Here every year lakhs of devotees and sadhus come. But this time due to COVID-19, all our preparations have become complicated and a lot of extra preparation had to be done. We have made a massive arrangement for COVID management, in all the entry points. We are doing medical screening at every entry point and have made many…

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BSF Constable killed in Malda by trans-border cattle smugglers

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): A Border Security Force (BSF) Constable of 159 Battalion died in the line of duty on Monday while trying to prevent trans-border crimes.While performing duties at Hariya Nallah area in the early morning hours on January 10, Constable Vivek Tiwari spotted the cattle being smuggled by some miscreants across the Hariya Nallah. He challenged the criminals by firing from his rifle and alerted a colleague, who was about 80 metres away. The BSF in a statement said that in dense fog he tried to chase the criminals on his own in the nallah without waiting for the other personnel, but he was overpowered by the criminals and drowned in the nallah.“BSF recognises outstanding valour and devotion to duty of braveheart Late Constable Vivek Tiwari in challenging the criminals single-handedly to prevent trans-border crimes in dense foggy conditions without caring…

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West Bengal begins administering COVID-19 vaccine ‘precautionary dose’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): West Bengal on Monday began administering ‘precautionary dose’ for health workers, frontline workers, senior citizens with comorbidities.“274 days after the second dose, a person is eligible to take ‘precautionary dose’. We got a good amount of responses on the first day. Though initially, we faced some problems with the CO-WIN registration, now the problem has been sorted” said Dr Anupam Das, In-charge of Vaccination of Peerless hospital in Kolkata. “A vaccinated person can also get COVID-19 positive but the seriousness of the disease will not be much”, added Dr Das.Meanwhile, West Bengal today recorded 19,286 new cases taking the total active cases in the state to 89,194. Kolkata itself reported the highest with 5,363 new cases. (Image source: Unsplash)

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West Bengal reports 24,287 new COVID cases, 18 deaths

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): West Bengal on Sunday logged 24,287 new COVID cases taking the total active cases in the state to 78,111, stated the Health Bulletin.The positivity rate in the state is 33.89 per cent. Eighteen people died in West Bengal of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the total death count to 19,901. Kolkata reported the most number of new cases with 31,602 followed by North 24-Parganas with 14,224 and Howrah with 6,087 cases.However, the state has seen 8,213 recoveries in the last 24 hours. There are 75,046 people under home isolation, as per the state data whereas 2,874 COVID-19 patients are in hospital. (Image source: Instagram)

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Gangasagar Mela: Kolkata Municipal Corporation conducts mandatory COVID rapid antigen test for pilgrims, sadhus

South 24 Parganas (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): In view of the rising cases of COVID-19, Kolkata Municipal Corporation is conducting a mandatory rapid antigen test for pilgrims and sadhus ahead of Gangasagar Mela.Gangasagar Mela started on Saturday and will continue till January 16.“COVID testing is done for Sadhus and visitors before reaching the Mela. Whoever tested positive are taken to state-run isolation centres,” Sudeshna Sardar, a health official told ANI. The Gangasagar Mela is held annually at the Sagar Island of West Bengal during the Makar Sankranti festival where thousands of pilgrims come to the spot to take a dip in the holy Ganga river. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal is now amongst the list of top two States with the highest active cases of COVID-19. The state has currently 51,384 active COVID-19 cases.The active cases of the…

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Calcutta High Court gives nod to hold Gangasagar Mela

Kolkata (West Bengal) [Kolkata]: The Calcutta High Court has given go-ahead to Gangasagar Mela on Friday with certain conditions after the State Government decided to go ahead with the Ganga Sagar Mela after taking necessary measures to contain COVID-19.The Court order stated that a three-member Committee, comprising the leader of Opposition in the State, Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, representative of the State, is constituted to ensure compliance of measures suggested by the State on 6 January to contain COVID-19 in the Sagar island. The State will also take a decision to issue a notification in terms of Section 3 of the Ganga Sagar Mela Act, 1976 declaring the Sagar Island as a ‘notified area’ if necessary within a period of 24 hours.If any shortcoming in compliance is noticed, then the Committee will make a recommendation to the State without any delay…

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Calcutta HC on municipal corporation polls

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Calcutta High Court on Friday asked West Bengal State Election Commission to submit an affidavit to inform whether the four municipal corporation elections can be conducted or not on January 22. The next hearing will be on January 11 on the subject.Earlier on December 23, the State Election Commission informed the Calcutta High Court that it is ready to hold polls in the remaining municipal corporations. There are seven municipal corporations in West Bengal namely Asansol Municipal Corporation, Bidhan Nagar Municipal Corporation, Chandernagore Municipal Corporation, Durgapur Municipal Corporation, Howrah Municipal Corporation, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Siliguri Municipal Corporation. Officials, on the condition of anonymity, said, “The State Election Commission informed Calcutta High Court today that it is ready to hold the polls in remaining municipal corporations. The proposed dates for the next phase is on January 22 in Asansol, Howrah,…

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PM Modi inaugurates second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday virtually inaugurated the second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) in West Bengal’s Kolkata.“The second campus of CNCI has been built in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to expand and upgrade the health facilities in all parts of the country. CNCI was facing a heavy load of cancer patients and a need for expansion was being felt for some time. This need will be fulfilled through the second campus,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said. The second campus of CNCI has been built at a cost of over Rs 530 crore, out of which around Rs 400 crores have been provided by the Union government and the rest by the West Bengal government, in the ratio of 75:25. The campus is a 460 bedded comprehensive cancer centre unit with cutting-edge…

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27th Kolkata International Film Festival called off as COVID-19 cases rise in WB

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The 27th Kolkata International Film Festival, which was slated to be held between January 7-14, has been called off in the wake of the prevailing COVID-19 situation across West Bengal.The decision of the state government comes a day after the state minister for culture Indranil Sen had announced that there would be 50 per cent occupancy at the venues in the city where KIFF would be held along with a virtual inauguration ceremony. As per an official statement from the government, the rescheduled date of the festival will be communicated in due course of time.“After assessing the present COVID situation of the State and taking into consideration the possibility of further contamination of covid among the cine lovers and citizens and also owing to the fact that a number of cine personalities attached to film festival committee and many others…

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Flights from Mumbai, Delhi to WB will operate thrice a week from Jan 5, Govt writes to Civil Aviation Ministry

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: In light of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the West Bengal government on Tuesday wrote to the Ministry of Civil Aviation informing it of their decision to allow domestic flights from Mumbai and Delhi only thrice a week from January 5.A letter by West Bengal Additional Chief Secretary BP Gopalika stated that the flights between the two metro cities will operate only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. “The State Government is extremely sensitive towards the inconvenience that may be caused to the passengers but restrictions are absolutely essential for containment of COVID cases in the State,” the letter read.“However, the incoming domestic flights from Mumbai and Delhi will be allowed thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with effect from January 5, 2022, and the same will be reviewed again shortly depending upon the COVID situation in the State,” it…

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Flights from Mumbai, Delhi to WB will operate thrice a week from Jan 5, Govt writes to Civil Aviation Ministry

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: In light of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the West Bengal government on Tuesday wrote to the Ministry of Civil Aviation informing it of their decision to allow domestic flights from Mumbai and Delhi only thrice a week from January 5. A letter by West Bengal Additional Chief Secretary BP Gopalika stated that the flights between the two metro cities will operate only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.“The State Government is extremely sensitive towards the inconvenience that may be caused to the passengers but restrictions are absolutely essential for containment of COVID cases in the State,” the letter read. “However, the incoming domestic flights from Mumbai and Delhi will be allowed thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with effect from January 5, 2022, and the same will be reviewed again shortly depending upon the COVID situation in the State,”…

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West Bengal: Approaching all schools to participate in COVID vaccination drive for children in 15-18 age group, says TMC leader

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Under nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive for age group 15-18, Kolkata Mayor Frihad Hakim on Monday informed that they are approaching all schools to participate in the vaccination.Speaking to ANI, TMC leader and Mayor Firhad Hakim said, “We are approaching all schools to participate in the vaccination of children in the 15-18 age group. We have 37 vaccination centers where Covaxin is administered in the city.” COVID-19 vaccination for the 15-18 age group began on Monday morning across the country.CoWIN registration for the age group had already begun on Saturday. As many as 12,57,603 children in the 15-18 age group have registered so far on the CoWIN platform to get vaccinated.PM Modi on December 25, 2021, had announced that the vaccination for the age-group 15-18 years is scheduled to begin from Monday while administration of precautionary third dose for the vulnerable…

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COVID-19: West Bengal to shut schools, spas, salons from Monday; offices to operate at 50 pc capacity

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: In view of rising COVID-19 cases, the West Bengal government on Sunday decided to shut down schools and other educational institutes, spas, salons, beauty parlours, zoos, and entertainment parks from January 3.Briefing the media here today, West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi said, “All schools, colleges, universities, spas, salons, beauty parlours, zoos, and entertainment parks to be closed in the state from tomorrow.” The government directed all government and private offices to operate at 50 per cent capacity.“All government and private offices to operate at 50 per cent capacity, all administrative meetings to be conducted via virtual mode,” said Dwivedi.The government also informed that the flights from Delhi and Mumbai to West Bengal will function only twice a week from January 5.“West Bengal to operate flights from Delhi and Mumbai only twice a week which will be on Monday and…

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West Bengal Government cancels Students’ Week programme amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: In view of the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in West Bengal, the state government has decided to cancel the Students’ Week programme scheduled to be held between January 1 and 7 at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.West Bengal reported 4,512 new COVID-19 cases taking the total active cases to 13,300, stated the state health bulletin. As per the data, Kolkata reported maximum cases with 6,442 followed by North 24 Parganas with 2,039. Nine people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, West Bengal has logged 20 Omicron cases. As per information, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to be present at the Students’ Week programme in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium on Monday on January 3. The senior officials and Ministers will hold the presser regarding the Students’ Week on Sunday afternoon.

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Calcutta HC, district courts to function in virtual mode from Jan 3

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Amid rising concerns for COVID-19 and Omicron variant, Calcutta High Court and district courts will function in a virtual mode with certain exceptions from January 3.As per an official notice by Calcutta HC, “Calcutta High Court and district courts will function in virtual mode. Hybrid mode is allowed only in respect of bail matters where public prosecutors will be allowed to be physically present with case diary and in other matters where Government and other advocates are to produce or tender documents in court.” The order read that the concerned stakeholders including Court-staff should get themselves fully vaccinated and should adhere to the norms of social distancing and COVID-19 protocols.Meanwhile, India reported 22,775 new COVID-19 cases and 406 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.According to the ministry, the number of…

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COVID-19: West Bengal suspends flights from UK to Kolkata from January 3 to prevent Omicron spread

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: In order to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the West Bengal government on Thursday announced that it has suspended all the flights coming to Kolkata airport from the United Kingdoms from January 3 onwards till further notice.“In view of the rising number of Omicron cases globally as well within the country, the State Government has decided to temporarily and until further orders suspend all direct flights from the United Kingdom to Kolkata with effect from January 3, 2022. Flights, which is an at-risk country as notified by MOHFW, Government of India, will not be allowed in the State and any NOCs which have been issued stand withdrawn,” read the West Bengal government’s letter to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation. “Further, with effect from January 3, 2022, all passengers coming from other non at-risk countries by…

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Dhankhar terms Mamata’s remark in Goa as “hurtful, not in sync with constitutional norms”

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday termed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark in Goa as “hurtful and not in sync with constitutional norms or fact scenario.” “Your stance…while being on a political trip to Goa is hurtful and not in sync with constitutional norms or fact scenario. Seek to engage with you on this count as we both constitutional functionaries must act in harmony to serve people in dire need,” Dhankar tweeted.“Functionaries of TMC and Ministers have publicly used most foul vituperative language defaming and insulting Governor. Undeterred by these would continue to earnestly work to secure governance as per constitution and law. Present scenario alarmingly worrisome,” reads another tweet. Dhankar shared a video clip on Twitter in which Mamata Banerjee can be heard saying in a speech “a king lives in Raj Bhawan (Raj Bhawan me ek Raja…

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Sourav Ganguly admitted to hospital, tests covid positive

Kolkata : BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been admitted to a city hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, the cricket board sources said on Tuesday. Ganguly is double vaccinated and has been travelling extensively, taking part in all professional activities. The 49-year-old was rushed to a hospital late on Monday night as a precautionary measure after his RT-PCR test returned positive. “He was taken to Woodlands Nursing Home last night. He has been given medication and is currently stable,” a BCCI source, who is keeping track of Ganguly’s health, told agency. Ganguly was admitted to hospital twice earlier this year and underwent emergency angioplasty after having some cardiac issues.

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Have not signed Howrah civic body bill, still waiting for inputs from Mamata govt, says West Bengal Governor

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Monday said that the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill is currently pending consideration with the governor as he is awaiting inputs on the bill from the state government.“I have not signed Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021. I want to clarify that no proposal was sent to me on separating Bally Municipality from Howrah Municipal Corporation,” said Dhankar in a video posted on Twitter on Monday. “The state government claims that I am delaying the bill, you would be surprised to know that I received the bill on November 24 and I asked for some information regarding the bill on the same day. For almost four weeks, they didn’t respond to me,” he said.“I haven’t received a proper response from the government over my queries regarding the bill,” he added.The Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment)…

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Suvendu Adhikari slams CM Mamata Banerjee for appointing Firhad Hakim as Kolkata mayor

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Friday took a jibe at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for appointing party leader Firhad Hakim as the new mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and said that he has ruined the city. Speaking to ANI, Adhikari said, “Everyone knows that the Mayor (Firhad Hakim) has ruined whole Kolkata. There is a ‘mini-Pakistan’ in the city. There is no hope and no ground reality of his works here. This city has become a disaster financially.”Earlier on Thursday, Firhad Hakim was declared the new mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation after TMC registered a landslide victory in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). Atin Ghosh has been declared as the Deputy Mayor of the corporation.TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said to the elected councillors that in order to ensure effective working on councillors’ part, the…

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Christmas with a Difference! Children enjoy Gifts & Cake by I3T volunteers

Pradip & Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation & I3T volunteers bring smiles on beautiful faces with Christmas Gifts and Cakes Kolkata: This year’s Christmas is very much different for Raghu (Name Changed). He stays in this Orphanage (name withheld) located in Kolkata since he was two years old. This indeed is a different Christmas with Cakes and lot of Gifts and a tasty full meal today for all his friends too who stay here together and share the joy & challenges of life together! As reported by UNICEF in its latest report, India’s growth over the last two decades has contributed phenomenally to global human development. Extreme poverty in India reduced to 21 per cent, infant mortality has more than halved, some 80 per cent of women now deliver in a health facility and two million fewer children are out-of-school. These are significant achievements for…

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Kolkata’s Park Street lit up to welcome Christmas, 50-feet tall Christmas tree installed in City

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Park Street area in Kolkata has been lit up on the occasion of Christmas where a 50-feet high Christmas tree has been unveiled at Apeejay House.The giant Christmas tree was inaugurated today by State Agriculture Minister Sovhandeb Chatterjee on Thursday. The centrepiece of the decoration is a 50-feet-tall Christmas tree, which is the tallest so far in the city. And with a 4-feet star on the top, the tree stands 54-foot tall. It is 30-foot in diameter. Just beside the giant Christmas tree are a 7-foot-tall Santa Clause and a 7-foot-tall fairy.On the occasion, Park Street has been decked out in fairy lights, tuning bulbs and Christmas – themed lighting. The Kolkata Christmas Festival lights up in the bustling Park Street. Themed decorations take to the streets, while twinkling LED ornaments sparkle after sundown. The streets chime in harmonious carols,…

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WB BJP announces party’s State Committee including in-charges, co-incharges of departments

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party has announced party’s State Committee including Morcha Presidents, in-charges and co-in charges of various departments. According to a notification released by the party on Wednesday, 11 Vice Presidents, 5 Secretaries and 12 Secretaries were appointed.The party also made appointments in the IT department, social media department, media department, media relation department. The spokespersons for the party including the media panellists were also appointed. (ANI)

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TMC wins Kolkata: Mayor says TMC’s win victory for people, they gave befitting reply to BJP

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: After Trinamool Congress registered a landslide victory in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Election result, Mayor Firhad Hakim said that the people of Kolkata have given a befitting reply to the BJP. He also informed that the TMC has called a meeting on December 23 where the name for the next Mayor will be decided.Addressing the reporters today, Hakim, who is also a TMC leader, said, “This is a victory for the people of Kolkata because they established their belief in us. With huge victory comes more and, more responsibility. The party has called a meeting on December 23 where the next Mayor will be decided.” “People have given a befitting reply to the BJP. They believe in the politics of division. The BJP used to give me names like mini Pakistan. Just because I am a Muslim, they do not…

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Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls: BJP says police not capable to conduct ‘peaceful’ elections

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Terming the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) polls a ‘farce’, West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday wrote to State Election Commission and alleged that the police in the city not capable to conduct a ‘peaceful’ elections.In its letter to the State Election Commission, BJP said, “With the utmost of regret and concern the BJP would like to put on record that today’s polls for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has been made a farce. Since the morning, for the entire day widespread violence, booth capturing, CC-1, cameras face covered or made to face away from the booth, our agents being driven out of booths, goons of TMC accompanying voters to the EVM.” “Scenes of violence, bombs throwing, voters injured, BJP candidates and agents being attacked have been dominating the electronic media since the commencement of polls at 7 am for…

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Voting in 144 wards of Kolkata Municipal Corporation

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Voting is underway in all 144 wards of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Sunday amid tight security and with COVID-19 protocols. The polling is underway at 1,776 polling stations across the city.The counting of votes will take place on December 21. The KIMC elections were due for 2020 but were postponed because of the COVID pandemic. There are a total of 144 wards in KMC that are going for polls today. (ANI)

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West Bengal BJP approaches SC after HC rejected plea seeking central forces deployment in Kolkata civic polls

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday approached the Supreme Court challenging the division bench order of the Calcutta High Court which has rejected its appeal seeking deployment of Central Forces for the upcoming Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections.The matter will be mentioned before the vacation Registrar for an urgent hearing on Saturday morning, said Advocate Aditya Sharma who is representing West Bengal BJP. This comes after a single bench of Calcutta High Court rejected the party’s petition for the same on Thursday.Earlier on Monday, Supreme Court refused to entertain the petition filed by BJP seeking deployment of Central Forces and asked the party to approach Calcutta High Court.During the brief hearing, senior advocate Maninder Singh appearing for the BJP, told the Bench that there were widespread threats of violence and the BJP candidates were being threatened to withdraw from the…

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BJP to move division bench of Calcutta HC seeking deployment of Central forces in Kolkata civic polls

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party will approach the division bench of Calcutta High Court for the deployment of Central forces in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election, said sources.This comes after a single bench of Calcutta High Court rejected the party’s petition for the same on Thursday. Earlier on Monday, Supreme Court refused to entertain the petition filed by BJP seeking deployment of Central Forces and asked the party to approach Calcutta High Court.During the brief hearing, senior advocate Maninder Singh appearing for the BJP, told the Bench that there were widespread threats of violence and the BJP candidates were being threatened to withdraw from the contest in the municipal elections in Kolkata.BJP approached the apex court seeking direction to the West Bengal government, the state poll panel and other functionaries to prepare a comprehensive action plan and deploy sufficient central police forces…

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First omicron case in West Bengal

Kolkata: West Bengal on Wednesday reported its first case of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, in a 7-year old child. The child had arrived from Hyderabad via Abu Dhabi. However, his parents tested negative for the infection. The boy is undergoing treatment at a local hospital. The case was detected in the Murshidabad district. Earlier today, two foreign nationals had tested positive for the omicron variant of Covid 19 in Telangana.  The World Health Organization has warned that this new variant of the coronavirus infection is prevalent in more than 70 countries. Vaccination, social distancing, and personal hand hygiene all need to be ensured, the global body has said.

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Suvendu Adhikari justifies move to extend BSF jurisdiction, alleges Kolkata has always been corridor for Bangladeshi intruders

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Lashing out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari alleged that Kolkata has always been the corridor for the Bangladeshi intruders and justified the Centre’s decision to extend the BSF’s jurisdiction from 15 km from the international border to 50 km, saying it is good for the national security.Speaking to ANI in Kolkata, Adhikari further said that this is the reason why the National Register of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are needed. “Kolkata has always been the corridor for the Bangladeshi intruders. The main accused of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was Majid, he was in Park Circus, Kolkata, for 15 years. NIA arrested him. Bengal Police is not doing any work that’s why UP Police came and caught 20 Bangladeshi infiltrators. So, the…

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UP Anti-terrorism Squad arrests Bangladeshi national in Kolkata

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Uttar Pradesh Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested a Bangladeshi national from West Chowbaga area in Kolkata.Uttar Pradesh ATS conducted the raid in coordination with West Bengal Police at Gulshan Colony, West Chowbaga. The arrested person Mahfuzur Rahman (30) is a resident of Munshiganj in Bangladesh. According to police, 20 others suspected to be Bangladeshis have been detained and brought to Anandapur police station. The investigation is underway.

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Calcutta HC quashes FIR against Mithun Chakraborty over his controversial speech during Bengal polls

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday quashed a first information report (FIR) against actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mithun Chakraborty over an alleged controversial speech made during the West Bengal Assembly election campaign earlier this year.The bench, led by Justice Kaushik Chanda, also stayed further investigation into the matter. On June 16, actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty was questioned by the Kolkata Police on Wednesday over the controversial speech during the Bengal election campaign.Chakraborty, who was among the BJP’s star campaigners in the April-May election, was questioned virtually in connection with a case filed against him over the speech.The FIR was filed by the Trinamool Congress at the Manicktala police station in Kolkata.Chakraborty during an election campaign recited dialogues in his speech from his movies: “Marbo ekhane lash porbe shoshane (Will hit you here and the body will land at…

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CBI arrests TMC leader Vinay Mishra’s brother in coal smuggling case

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested Vikash Mishra, brother of Trinamool Congress’ youth wing leader Vinay Mishra, in connection with the illegal coal smuggling case.Vikash Mishra was arrested at a private hospital where he has been undergoing treatment. Earlier in March this year, the CBI had issued a lookout circular (LOC) notice against Vikash Mishra who was absconding. He was also restricted to travel abroad.

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TMC delegation meets Amit Shah, says ‘Assurance given to identify people responsible for Nagaland ambush’

Kolkata (India): Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kalyan Banerjee on Wednesday said that the Centre has assured that no stone will remain unturned to identify the people responsible for the Nagaland ambush resulting in the death of 14 civilians. A delegation of eight Trinamool Congress MPs met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum seeking compensation to families of those who died in an anti-insurgency incident that went off script in Nagaland and asking the government to present its stance on Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.Following the meeting, Kalyan Banerjee said, “Assurance has been given to us that no stone will remain unturned to identify the people responsible for this and appropriate criminal proceedings will be initiated against them. We hope to go to Nagaland as soon as possible.” The firing incident in Nagaland’s Mon district left 14 civilians dead.…

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BJP moves SC praying deployment of central forces for civic polls in Kolkata

New Delhi [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the West Bengal government, the state election commission and other functionaries to produce a comprehensive action plan and deploy sufficient Central Police forces to ensure that free and fair Municipal Elections are held in Kolkata.The plea was mentioned for urgent listing by senior advocate Maneka Guruswamy, appearing for the BJP, before a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana. The petition submitted that after BJP nominated and finalised the candidates for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections, they have been receiving threats and are being pressurised to withdraw their candidature.These threats and violence “cast grave infractions on the constitutional mandate of conducting free, fair and democratic election”, said the plea.The BJP, in its plea filed by its state president and MP Sukanta Majumdar, said that…

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IMD predicts heavy rainfall over Gangetic parts of West Bengal between Dec 4-6

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Thunderstorms and light to moderate rainfall at most places are very likely to occur over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal from December 4 to December 6, 2021, said Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday.On December 4, heavy to very heavy rain (7-20cm) is likely to occur at one or two places over East Midnapore districts, hence an orange alert had been issued in this regard, added IMD. While heavy rain (7-11cm) is likely to occur at one or two places over West Midnapore, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Jhargram and Howrah districts, hence a yellow alert had been issued, added the IMD.On December 5, heavy to very heavy rain (7-20cm) is likely to occur at one or two places over East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Jhargram, Kolkata and Howrah districts, hence an orange alert…

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West Bengal extends Covid-19 restrictions in wake of Omicron scare

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal government on Tuesday extended the COVID-19 restrictions in the state till December 15 in view of the newly detected coronavirus variant Omicron.According to an order issued by the government, all outdoor activities including the movement of people and vehicles will remain prohibited between 11 pm and 5 am except for the health services, law and order and essential commodities that include agricultural products and other emergency services. “Wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and health and hygiene protocol must be followed at all times,” said the order.Meanwhile, amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ first detected in South Africa, India added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to…

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CM Mamta Banerjee expresses grief over Nadia mishap

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee expressed her condolences over the death of 18 people in the Nadia road accident.“Heartbroken to hear about the road accident in Nadia. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. May God give them the strength to get past this difficult time,” she tweeted. “Government of West Bengal will extend every necessary assistance and support to the kin of the victims. We are beside you in this sad hour,” the Chief Minister said in another tweet.As per the police officials, at least 18 people were killed and 5 others injured in a road accident that took place in West Bengal’s Phulbari area of Nadia district. The injured people have been shifted to Shaktinagar district hospital.West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has also expressed…

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Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls on Dec 19

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections will be held on December 19, a notification issued by the State Election Commission (SEC) on Thursday said.The last date of filing the nominations is December 1. The scrutiny of nomination forms will be done the next day. Candidates can withdraw their names from the fray till December 4.Voting will be held on December 19 from 7 am to 5 pm.The counting of votes will be held on December 21.This will be the first major electoral battle in West Bengal after the May 2021 assembly polls, which the Trinamool Congress won comprehensively.The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.

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ED attaches Rs 42.36 cr assets of Kolkata-based firm in bank fraud case

New Delhi [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday attached 11 immovable properties worth Rs 42.36 crore of a Kolkata based company for defrauding State Bank of India to the tune of Rs 164 crore by availing loan on the basis of false documents, the agency said on Monday.The properties belong to the directors of Shree Mahalaxmi Corporation Pvt Ltd, and its assets were attached under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. ED initiated a money-laundering investigation on the basis of FIR dated March 28, 2017, and charge-sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kolkata on December 30, 2019, under the sections of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against Shree Mahalaxmi Corporation, its directors and other persons, for defrauding the State Bank of India to the extent of Rs 164 Crore by…

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5th East Asia Summit Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation to be held in Kolkata

New Delhi [India]: The fifth East Asia Summit (EAS) conference on Maritime Security Cooperation will be held in Kolkata on November 23-24, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Monday.The event is being organized by India in partnership with Australia. According to the statement, apart from the two governments, organizers include the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in collaboration with the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) of Australia and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata (CENERS-K).India will be represented by Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.During the conference, experts from both government and academia from the EAS participating countries will deliberate upon various aspects of maritime security cooperation under four thematic sessions, namely maritime security; resource and information sharing; science and technology cooperation; and…

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Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi, discuss BSF, development issues

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) and development of the state during her visit to Delhi.Briefing the media in Kolkata today, Banerjee said, “I am going to Delhi today as I have an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the day after tomorrow, regarding the BSF issue and other development issues of Bengal.” The chief minister said that all the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs who are sitting since morning at the party office in Delhi over the alleged police brutality in Tripura have not been given an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.“I am going to express my solidarity with them,” Banerjee said.Earlier today, a total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala…

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Jagdeep Dhankhar seeks official report on Howrah Municipal Corporation Bill from Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday sought an official report of debates and relevant details with regard to the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.“For taking a call under Article 200 of the Constitution WB Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar has sought an official report of debates and relevant details as regards Howrah Municipal Corporation(Amendment) Bill, 2021, as inputs are wanting on substance and procedural counts,” tweeted Dhankar from his official Twitter handle. Dhankar also shared the copy of the notification issued by him on his Twitter handle which read, “It is gathered from the material made available that the same is wanting on several procedural counts. It is expected of those concerned to take all steps in this behalf that are in consonance with the requirements of the laid out procedures, including the West…

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Della Leaders Club-Business Platform Launches Kolkata Global Chapter

Founded by Jimmy Mistry- DLC is a global community of Entrepreneurs, Professionals and Young Leaders that brings people together to positively impact the world. Kolkata.– Della Leaders Club is the World’s 1st Business Platform for every passionate leader. According to Founder Jimmy Mistry “Within 12 months since the inception of DLC, we’ve selected 2250 Honorary Committee Members comprising of men and women of eminence who believe in helping others through their individual domain expertise. Through its 26 Global Committees and 15 Chapters, DLC will focus on knowledge exchange, lifestyle guidance and social responsibility while building a support ecosystem for leaders globally. We believe DLC will be the catalyst to transform our members from “A Life of Success to a Life of Significance.” The virtual launch of the Kolkata Chapter on 21st October was well attended by our eminent Honorary Committee Members (HCMs) with Harsh…

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Two arrested in Kolkata for illegally selling firearms

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Two men were on Wednesday arrested for allegedly selling firearms and ammunition illegally, after a raid was conducted at Kolkata’s Mominpore, informed the police. The two men have been identified as Sk. Saddam Hossain (18) and Bablu Ari (21 yrs).One single shot of country-made firearms along with two live cartridges was recovered from Hossain for which he could not produce any relevant documents. Hossain who was arrested from Kolkata’s Ekbalpore revealed during interrogation that they carried the firearms and ammunition for the purpose of selling those to the public. Pursuing the statement of Hossain, the police arrested one of his associates namely Bablu Ari from Kolkata’s Taratala. Cases have been registered against the two accused persons under the Arms Act. Both the arrested persons will be produced before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore, South 24 Paraganas on Thursday.…

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Kolkata sessions court grants bail to TMC leaders

Kolkata (West Bengal ) [India] : Kolkata city sessions court on Tuesday granted interim bail to West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader MLA Madan Mitra, and Ex-Mayor Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam on the bond of Rs. 20,000.The next date for them to appear physically is January 28. Earlier on May 10, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has sanctioned the prosecution of Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam being investigated by the CBI.Journalist Mathew Samuel of Narada News, a web portal, had conducted a Narada sting operation in 2014 wherein some people resembling TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs were seen receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company in lieu of favours.The four arrested politicians were ministers in the Mamata Banerjee government at that time. Ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections in…

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The Big Challenge: Tribal Boy from Purulia (West Bengal) Secures IIT Delhi Seat, motivates others

Sanjay Lohar, has recently bagged a seat to pursue his studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi. It is not unusual for a boy at his age, but what makes him different is his hardship and dedication. Coming from a cow herding family in Purulia in West Bengal, Sanjay says my family doesn’t even know what this achievement is all about. Such is the ignorance of the people in that area, considered among the backward districts of West Bengal. People still struggle for food in this part of the country from where Sanjay has made a mark. Starting his study from Chandei Village School under Jhalda Subdivision in Purulia District of West Bengal. He is always a good student who secured 75% marks in his 10th and 81% Marks in 12th. After his higher secondary he sat for WB Joint Examination and secured a seat…

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury calls on Mamata Banerjee to reduce state taxes on petroleum products

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee calling on her to reduce state taxes on petroleum products and said that “mere rhetoric and hollow sloganeering will not do” so she should take “real and tangible actions.“This will have a multiplier effect and will result in the overall reduction in price rise. Mere rhetoric and hollow sloganeering will not do. Please take real and tangible actions on the above matter,” Chowdhury said in the letter. “You have also raised the above matter on various public platforms. However, you have not done anything concrete to bring the price rise under check,” the Congress Lok Sabha MP added.“In line with the Congress-ruled States which have slashed their State taxes on petroleum products, why is it that West Bengal has not done so? The residents…

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TMC nominates former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro for Rajya Sabha

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) on Saturday nominated Luizinho Faleiro to the Rajya Sabha, more than a month after former Goa Chief Minister left the Congress to join the party.“We are extremely pleased to nominate @luizinhofaleiro to the Upper House of the Parliament. We are confident that his efforts towards serving the nation shall be appreciated widely by our people!” tweeted the official account of AITC. In a huge setback to Congress ahead of Goa Assembly elections next year, Faleiro joined Trinamool Congress on September 29 after quitting the Congress party and resigning as a member of the Goa Legislative Assembly.At the time of joining TMC, Faleiro said, “Mamata Banerjee has fought and succeeded in stopping Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from entering Bengal. She symbolises woman empowerment – she can bring the country back on the track of…

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Suvendu Adhikari skips meeting for appointment of WB’s Information Commissioner citing no prior notice

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Leader of Opposition in West Bengal assembly and a BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari skipped a meeting regarding the appointment of State Information Commissioners in West Bengal, and accused the Trinamool Congress government in the state of not giving ‘prior notice’ regarding the official engagement.Taking to Twitter, Adhikari wrote, “Won’t be able to attend the meeting regarding the appointment of State Information Commissioners today as I have been intimated about the said meeting only a few hours back. I hope next time onwards, before scheduling such a meeting prior notice is served at least 7 days earlier.” The BJP leader said that as Leader of Opposition, it is his prerogative to know beforehand about the name of applicants and criteria of the selection process for the appointment of State Information Commissioners in the state.“The West Bengal government and its functionaries…

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Kolkata’s Mitrabha Guha becomes India’s 72nd Grandmaster

Novi Sad [Serbia]: Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia. The 20-year-old who scored his second GM-norm at the Sheikh Russel GM tournament in Bangladesh, a fortnight ago had already crossed the 2500 barrier in the second round of the tournament.To achieve the GM title, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points. All India Chess Federation (AICF) congratulated Mitrabha for the remarkable achievement after he defeated GM Nikola Sedlak of Serbia in the ninth round. “Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha becomes the 72nd Grandmaster of the country after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220…

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WB Post poll violence: Calcutta HC directs CBI, SIT to file fresh status report by December 23

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and SIT to file a fresh investigation report in connection with the post-poll violence case in the state by December 23, which is the next date of hearing. The direction came from a division bench of Chief Justice Prokash Srivastava and Justice I P Mukerjee.During the hearing on Monday, the SIT filed a statue report on the investigation which stated that as the investigation is underway, it will require further time to file a complete report. The CBI also sought time to file the final report in the case. The High Court granted them time for filing the report till the next date of hearing. The bench is of the view that the question of payment of compensation will be considered after receiving the final reports from both…

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CBI files chargesheet against chairman, directors of Kolkata-based group in chit fund scam

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet against the chairman, managing director and directors of a Kolkata-based company in a case related to chit fund scam.Earlier, a chargesheet was also filed by Tripura Police in January 2018. CBI had registered a case against the accused on October 18, 2019. According to CBI, the accused hatched a conspiracy with the intention to cheat and established the said company. It was alleged that the company had collected huge public funds in the form of deposits by issuing Certificates in the name of booking rooms in hotels to huge number of investors in violation of the Companies Act and SEBI (CIS) Regulations. The accused allegedly formed several other companies under the said Private Group of Companies and became the directors of these companies and diverted the money in the…

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Kolkata: Devotees throng Dakshineswar temple on Kali Puja

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Many devotees gathered in Kolkata’s Dakshineswar temple on the occasion of Kali Puja on Thursday morning.Kali Puja is a major festival in West Bengal that is celebrated on the day of Diwali. In the remaining parts of the country, people worship Goddess Lakshmi on the occasion of Diwali.According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Kali is the first of the ten incarnations of Goddess Durga. Depicted with a fierce face and terrifying look, Goddess Kali is regarded as the most aggressive form of Goddess Durga.Earlier this week, The Supreme Court has set aside the Calcutta High Court order putting a blanket ban on the sale, purchase and use of all kinds of firecrackers in the state during Kali Puja, Diwali celebrations and some other festivities this year to check air pollution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kolkata airport mandates in bound passengers to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated, carry RT-PCR negative tests

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Airport Authority of India (AAI), Kolkata on Monday issued guidelines stating that passengers arriving in West Bengal should be either fully vaccinated or carry an RT-PCR negative report for COVID-19, conducted within 72 hours of departure.The statement came after the West Bengal government asked officials to issue guidelines as the state witnessed a spurt in COVID-19 cases following Dussehra. In a series of tweets, the Kolkata Airport said, “Passengers to kindly note as per guidelines of State Govt, all inbound flight passengers to West Bengal shall have to be either fully (doubly) vaccinated or furnish an RT-PCR negative report for a test conducted within 72hrs of such flight departure.The instructions are applicable from November 1, said the authority.In another tweet, the authority said, “Also, as per State Govt directives thrice a week restrictions on flight travels shall be applicable…

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Kolkata: ISKCON puts up posters against Bangladesh communal violence

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Members of ISKCON put up posters in Kolkata condemning the recent incidents of violence against the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh.An ISKCON temple in Noakhali city in Bangladesh was vandalised and a devotee was killed by a mob on October 16. ISKCON has organised a worldwide protest at about 700 ISKCON temples across 150 nations tomorrow. “We approached the UN (United Nations), they condemned Bangladesh violence. Leaders across the world are raising voices. There has been no report of death there in the last three days. On October 23 we have organised a worldwide protest. Here also we have organised protest and prayer meet,” ISKCON Kolkata Vice President Radharamn Das said. In an official statement issued, the worldwide International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) said multiple temples, homes, shops and individuals were attacked across several districts of the country and…

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SC defers to November 16 hearing on West Bengal’s suit against CBI probe

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Friday deferred to November 16 the hearing of a West Bengal government’s suit alleging that the Central Bureau of Investigation is pressing ahead with an investigation into the post-poll violence cases in the state without securing its nod as per the law.A Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai said parties may file a rejoinder and additional document in the case. The West Bengal government in its suit while referring to provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946, said that the Central Bureau of Investigation has been proceeding with the investigation and filing FIRs without getting consent from the state government as mandated under the statute.The state government has sought a stay of investigation in FIR by CBI in cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal in pursuance of the…

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Flight movements affected due to lighting system at Durga Puja pandal in West Bengal’s South Dumdum

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 12 : Flight movements have been affected due to the lighting system at Sreebhumi Durga Puja Pandal in West Bengal’s South Dumdum, informed airport sources on Tuesday.According to sources, pilots from three different flights lodged complaints with Kolkata ATC in this regard on Monday. ATC has already informed Kolkata Airport Authority, they added.Further details on the matter are awaited.

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Pandal designed on theme of Rajshahi Durga Puja in West Bengal

South 24 Paraganas (West Bengal) : The biggest celebration of the most auspicious occasion has begun in West Bengal “DURGA PUJA”. Eye-catching huge and beautifully decorated pandals with mesmerizing sculpture of Goddess Durga can be seen during puja. Behala’s Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee has designed a Durga puja pandal on the theme of Rajshahi’s (now in Bangladesh) Durga puja.“We’re working on India’s oldest Durga puja theme that happened 415 years ago in Rajshahi which is now in Bangladesh. We’re doing this on the basis of research,” says Tanmoy Chatterjee, member of Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee. In the year 1606, in Rajshahi (currently this place is in Bangladesh), King Kansa Narayan organized Durga Puja.The idol displayed by the Behala’s Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee has been crafted by renowned artist Subrata Gangopadhyay.

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West Bengal bypolls: Counting of votes underway

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The counting of votes for by-elections in Bhabanipur, Jangipur, and Samserganj Assembly constituencies in West Bengal began from 8 am on Sunday amid tight security.The counting will be held in 21 rounds for the Bhabanipur constituency, 26 rounds for Samserganj and 24 rounds for the Jangipur constituency. A three-tier security has been set up at the Sakhawat Memorial Girls High School in Bhabanipur in south Kolkata. Twenty four companies of central forces have been deployed at the counting centres, and the entire area has been put under CCTV surveillance.Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed within 200 metre radius of the counting centres at all three constituencies that went to the polls on September 30.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had lost the assembly elections from Nandigram earlier this year, BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and CPI(M)’s Srijib Biswas are in…

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Indian Army deployed in flood-affected areas of West Bengal

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 1 : The Indian Army has been deployed in the flood-affected areas in West Bengal including Asansol, Durgapur, Howrah, Hooghly districts, informed the Eastern Command on Friday.The Eastern Command further informed that the Indian army has rescued at least 91 people since yesterday. Some districts are experiencing heavy rainfall for the past 48 hours. Several areas are inundated with rainwater reaching about six to eight feet.Earlier on Thursday, The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places over Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal and Gujarat region. 

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Coal smuggling case: TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira appears before Delhi Court virtually

New Delhi [India]: Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee appeared before the Delhi Court through video conferencing in the ongoing investigations in a coal smuggling case.Her counsel Sidharth Aggarwal informed the Delhi Court that she will appear before the court on the next date of hearing on October 12 physically and gave an undertaking for the same. The court had issued summons to her on a complaint of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought issuance of warrant against her for non-appearance before it.In Delhi High Court recently, ED had opposed Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira’s petition challenging summons to them in connection with a money laundering case related to a coal mining scam.Appearing for ED, Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta called the petition premature and not maintainable.SG Mehta said, “They have challenged the summons and saying…

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3-yr-old among 2 killed in Kolkata building collapse

Two persons, including a 3-year-old were killed after a portion of a residential building collapsed in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. They were rescued from the debris of the building in Ahiritola lane in the city but later succumbed to their injuries. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 29 : The deceased woman and the child were trapped on the top floor of the building and three other persons who were trapped on the ground floor were rescued, police said. The mishap occurred around 06:45 am even as the city witnessed heavy rainfall with waterlogging in several parts of the metropolis. The building falls in the jurisdiction of the Jorabagan police station area. A rescue team comprising personnel from disaster management team, fire department, electricity department and the local police force were involved in the rescue operation. Indian Meteorological Department, Kolkata has also predicted an intense…

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Bhabanipur bypolls: Kolkata Police imposes section 144 in 200-metre radius of polling stations

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: On directions of the Election Commission, Kolkata Police imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC in the 200-metre radius of polling stations in Bhabanipur Assembly constituency from Tuesday evening.The restrictions will be imposed till the conclusion of voting for the bypolls on September 30. This came after a delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comprising Union Ministers Bhupender Yadav, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Om Pathak met the Election commission of India (ECI) over violence and issues related to West Bengal by-elections on Tuesday.After meeting the officials of ECI, Yadav told the mediapersons that the delegation demanded action against the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government.“We met EC and told them that polls and violence are synonyms to each other in West Bengal. It seems that Didi and her workers have more faith in violence than polls.…

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No law and order in West Bengal, says Sukanta Majumdar after attack on Dilip Ghosh in Bhabanipur

New Delhi [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal President Sukanta Majumdar has lashed out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the alleged attack on Dilip Ghosh while campaigning for the Bhabanipur by-poll and said that the attack has proved that there is no law and order in the state.Majumdar is visiting the national capital to meet the BJP top leadership after his appointment as the chief of the West Bengal BJP on September 20. Speaking to media persons here, the BJP leader said, “There are some scheduled meetings with the party high-command on Tuesday.”“The attack on BJP national vice president Dilip Ghosh at Bhabanipur is dangerous for democracy. The incident has proved that there is no law and order in West Bengal.”He further alleged that the TMC wants to spread fear among people through such attacks.“If people will come out to vote during…

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West Bengal: CBI arrests four in coal theft case

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested four persons in a case related to the alleged theft of coal in Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) areas in West Bengal, sources informed on Monday.As per sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Jaydeb Mondal, Narayan Kharka alias Narayan Nanda, Gurupada Maji and Nirad Baran Mondal. Sources stated that all four were summoned to appear before the anti-corruption branch of the CBI in Kolkata. After the interrogation, they were formally arrested.According to sources, it was alleged that the arrested persons were close associates of other accused and assisted them in engaging miners, arranging transporters and selling the illegally excavated coal.The arrested accused will be produced before the Court of CBI Special Judge, Asansol, Paschim Bardhaman district.

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TMC’s goal is to separate West Bengal, make ‘Greater Bangladesh’: WB BJP chief

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Slamming the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Sukanta Majumdar on Friday said the ultimate goal of the TMC is to separate the state and make a ‘Greater Bangladesh’.Speaking to ANI, Majumdar said, “People doubt TMC. BJP’s ideology is strong. Many people including Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had tried to suppress our ideology but they could not. Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee are not as big leaders as Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Even if they win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal it will be just 42. How will they challenge the BJP which is a national party? It is like an ant is trying to fight with an elephant.” Speaking about TMC general secretary’s remark that if the party opens its ‘gates’ all BJP leaders will join it, he said,…

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TMC should focus on securing CM post for Mamata Banerjee rather than daydreaming about Prime ministerial post: Anupam Hazra

New Delhi [India]: Reacting to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s statement that he aims to throw BJP out of India in the next three years, BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra said that the former must focus on securing Mamata Banerjee’s Chief Ministerial post rather than dreaming about the Prime Minister’s post.“It is my goal to throw BJP out of India in the next three years,” Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had said while campaigning for the upcoming by-polls in two seats of Murshidabad. Speaking to ANI over the comment made by the TMC MP, Hazra said: “You can only laugh if a political party which do not have a single panchayat outside Bengal challenges country’s largest political party BJP.”“Abhishek must focus on securing her aunt’s post as the CM of West Bengal, then he should daydream about Prime Ministerial post for Mamata…

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Delhi HC to hear TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee’s plea challenging ED summons tomorrow

New Delhi [India], September 20 : A petition of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee and his wife challenging ED summons issued to them has been listed to be heard by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.The petitioners sought the Court’s direction to setting aside and quashing the summons issued in connection with the coal mining scam. The matter is being listed before the Bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna for hearing on Tuesday.Petitioner Abhishek Banerjee along with his wife Rujira Banerjee sought the issuance of direction to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to not summon them in New Delhi and carry out any further examination in Kolkata, West Bengal.According to the plea, the ED had on September 10, issued fresh summons to Abhishek Banerjee under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 requiring the personal appearance of him along…

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Kolkata, adjoining areas witness light rain

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 20 : In view of the movement of cyclonic circulation from North West Bay of Bengal to Gangetic West Bengal, Kolkata and its adjoining areas are witnessing heavy rainfall.As per information shared by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Kolkata, strong moisture incursion and heavy rainfall is occurring over Kolkata and adjoining North and South Paraganas, Howrah, Hooghly and East Medinipur. The rainfall is likely to continue for the next two to three hours.Earlier on Sunday, IMD informed that a cyclonic circulation hovering over North West Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of North Odisha-West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts was extending upto mid-tropospheric levels tilting south-westwards with height. 

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Priyanka Tibrewal holds Rally

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Priyanka Tibrewal on Monday held a rally ahead of filing her nomination for by-elections to the Bhabanipur seat. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 13 : Tibrewal, who is taking on West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee, said that it is a fight against injustice. “I would like to tell the people of Bhabanipur that they have received a big opportunity. So, they should come forward in this fight against injustice and make history,” she stated. Tibrewal informed that she will file her nomination papers in the afternoon and visited a temple to seek blessings. Earlier on Saturday, the BJP candidate took a dig at Mamata Banerjee and said that the people of the state have the right to live but this right is being taken away by Banerjee and her party.She also claimed that the…

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WB : Priyanka to file Nomination

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 12: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate Priyanka Tebriwal will file her nomination papers for the byelection to the Bhabanipur seat on Monday against West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee.Targeting the chief minister over post-poll violence, Tibrewal said that the people of the state have the right to live but this right is being taken away by Mamata Banerjee and her party. “I will file my nomination tomorrow. The people of West Bengal have the right to live. This right is being taken away from them by the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee. I am fighting for the people of Bengal,” said Tiberwal as she kickstarted the poll campaign along with Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh by painting the party symbol on a wall in the Bhabanipur. Tibrewal on Saturday visited the Kalighat Temple, Kolkata,…

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Mamata Banerjee to file nomination for by-polls to Bhabanipur seat today

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee will on Friday file her nomination for the by-polls to the Bhabanipur seat.According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30. The Election Commission also informed that by-polls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangipur of West Bengal and Pipli constituency of Odisha on the same date.The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from Bhabanipur seat.Mamata Banerjee, while addressing the TMC workers’ convention in Chetla on Wednesday, confirmed that she would file her nomination for the Bhabanipur assembly by-election on…

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Scant regard for Maa Durga stands exposed : TMC

A day after the BJP wrote to the Election Commission urging to take action against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violating the Model Code of Conduct by announcing cash rewards for Durga Puja clubs despite the declaration of by-poll dates, the TMC hit back at the BJP alleging “their scant regard for Maa Durga and the traditions of Bengal stands exposed”. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 8 : Terming the BJP “self-proclaimed custodians of Hindu culture and values”, the TMC accused it of disrespecting Hindu festivals and not understanding Hinduism. The official Twitter handle of TMC today alleged, “The self-proclaimed custodians of Hindu culture and values clearly DO NOT understand Hinduism, forget about respecting Hindu festivals! Now, their scant regard for Maa Durga and the traditions of Bengal stands exposed! This is an act of utter shame @BJP4Bengal”On Tuesday, a West Bengal…

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BJP MP’s home attacked

Although there has been no reaction from the BJP MP over the incident, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar posted about what he called unabated “wanton violence” in Bengal and said he had flagged his concern to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. At least three bombs were thrown at BJP MP Arjun Singh’s home early on Wednesday morning but no injuries were caused. The incident took place around 6.30 am. According to reports, the BJP leader was in Delhi at the time of the incident, but his family members were inside the house. The bombs have left marks at the MP’s gates. Although there has been no reaction from the BJP MP over the incident, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar posted about what he called unabated “wanton violence” in Bengal and said he had flagged his concern to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “Wanton violence in West Bengal shows no sign…

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WB Governor condemns bomb explosion incident outside MP Arjun Singh’s residence

West Bengal [India], September 8: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday condemned the bomb explosion incident which took place outside MP Arjun Singh’s residence in the wee hours of Wednesday.He also said that the ‘wanton violence’ in West Bengal shows no sign of abating. Taking to Twitter, he said, “Wanton violence in WB shows no sign of abating. Bomb explosions as this morning outside residence of Member Parliament @ArjunsinghWB is worrisome on law and order.”Dhankhar demanded prompt action from the West Bengal police over the bomb explosion incident.“Expect prompt action @WBPolice. As regards his security the issue has been earlier been flagged @MamataOfficial,” his tweet read further.Crude bombs were hurled outside the house of BJP MP Arjun Singh in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, despite security presence.While speaking to ANI, a local resident said, “Three bombs were hurled outside Arjun Singh’s residence around…

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Cong Candidate against Mamata?

The Indian National Congress is unlikely to field a candidate against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming by-elections to Bhabanipur constituency on September 30. Kolkata, West Bengal, India, September 6 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday officially announced that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the party’s candidate for Bhabanipur assembly constituency by-elections which will be held on September 30. Further, TMC leaders Jakir Hossain and Amirul Islam will be the party’s candidates for Jangipur and Samserganj seats respectively.Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission has announced to hold by-elections to three assembly seats in West Bengal on September 30. These constituencies include Bhabanipur, the traditional seat of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, from where she will contest the by-elections. Besides Bhabanipur, by-polls will be held in Samserganj and Jangipur constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on October 3.Notably, Mamata…

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WB post-poll violence: State appoints 10 IPS officers to assist SIT

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 2 (ANI): The government on Wednesday appointed 10 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers (zone-wise) to assist the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the post-poll violence, informed West Bengal Home and Hill Affairs Department.The Calcutta High Court on August 19 ordered a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal. The High Court also ordered to set up SIT for investigation of relatively less serious crimes and senior officers from West Bengal cadre will be a part of the team. The five zones are headquarters, north zone, west zone, south zone and Kolkata Police.

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ED conducts raids across 10 locations in Kolkata

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday conducted raids across 10 locations in Kolkata in connection with the fake vaccine case. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 1 : Officials carried out the raids at different locations in Kolkata. The officials also confirmed the raids. Earlier, Debanjan Deb who was impersonating as an IAS officer was arrested by Kolkata Police for conducting fake vaccination drive.On July 3, the office of Debanjan Deb was raided by the Detective Department of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).According to the Kolkata Police, voluminous material, such as attendance registers, visitor slips, applications for jobs, fake tender documents and several others were seized.Prior to this, an SIT was formed on June 25 by the police to investigate the matter just days after TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty was allegedly given fake vaccination at such a camp. Deb was subsequently arrested based on Chakraborty’s complaint.On…

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Two BJP leaders join Mamata’s TMC

Two leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday. BJP MLA Biswajit Das and councillor Manatosh Nath joined the TMC at a ceremony in Kolkata. kolkata, West Bengal, August 31 : Two leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday. BJP MLA Biswajit Das and councillor Manatosh Nath joined the saffron party at a ceremony in Kolkata.  In an interaction post the joining, Das said he has returned to his “home” and will continue to work for people of the state and constituency. “Due to some misunderstandings, some changes were made that shouldn’t have been made. I’ve returned to my home now and I will continue to work for people of my state and constituency,” he said.  Earlier on Monday, Bishnupur MLA Tanmoy Ghosh had joined the TMC, alleging that BJP was indulging…

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Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha passes away

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 30 : Eminent Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday night after a cardiac arrest.Guha, 85 left behind two daughters. Some of his notable works include ‘Madhukari’, ‘Koeler Kachhe’, ‘Sobinoy Nibedon’ and ‘Baba Howa’. Guha was also popular among children as he was the creator of the fictional character Rijuda and his side-kick Rudra. Most of the works of Guha were dominated by the theme of nature and forest.West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed condolences on the demise of Guha.“Saddened at passing of eminent Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha, author of many notable works such as ‘Madhukari’ (Honey Gatherer). His works of fiction reflected his closeness to nature and forests of eastern India. Pray Almighty to bestow eternal peace on the departed soul,” tweeted Rajbhavan.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed her…

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NIA court sentenced Bengal man for circulating fake currency

Kolkata [India], August 28 : A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here convicted and sentenced one racketeer in connection with the seizure of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) seized in Murshidabad, West Bengal in 2018.According to the statement issued by NIA, the case was originally registered at Shamsherganj Police Station in Murshidabad on August 28, 2018, against two accused persons following the seizure of the FICN of the face value of around Rs 8 lakhs from the possession of one Rahim Sk and Mijan Sk. and both were resident of Bangladesh. “NIA had re-registered the case on September 25, 2018, and taken over the investigation”.The NIA court in Kolkata on Friday convicted Rahim to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and a Rs 15,000 fine under charges of various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 14 of the Foreigners Act.“Earlier, accused…

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Kolkata: Idol makers of Kumartuli hopeful for better business this Durga Puja

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Amid the cloud of uncertainty due to the COVID pandemic, the idol makers of Kumartuli in Kolkata are hopeful of doing better business in Durga Puja this season compared to the last year.Speaking to ANI, artisan Mintu Pal said, “The situation has improved from what it was in 2020. Due to COVID, we suffered huge losses last year. Now we hope to recover that money. Even just a month ago the condition was very bad. At that time we were not receiving orders. It is after Rath Yatra that we are getting orders.” Pal said that due to receiving orders late, the idol makers are working very fast.“This time we have started work accordingly as the order arrived. We have very little time in hand. We have to complete the work within one month. Just 40-45 days left for the…

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Five additional judges for Calcutta High Court

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice on Thursday appointed five persons as additional judges of the Calcutta High Court. New Delhi [India], August 26 : “In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint (1) Kesang Doma Bhutia, (2) Rabindranath Samanta, (3) Sugato Majumdar, (4) Bivas Pattanayak and (5) Ananda Kumar Mukherjee to be Additional Judges of the Calcutta High Court, in that order of seniority,” reads the notification of the Ministry of Law and Justice. According to the Ministry, the appointment of Sugato Majumdar and Bivas Pattanayak as Additional Judges of Calcutta High Court would be for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.Meanwhile, the period of appointment of Kesang Doma Bhutia, Rabindranath Samanta and Ananda Kumar Mukherjee…

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Mamata pays homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

Kolkata, Aug 20: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday paid heartfelt homage to former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary. Taking to her social media page, Ms Banerjee said, “Heartfelt homage to former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.” Born on this day in 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as the sixth prime minister of India, from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian prime minister at the age of 40. In 1991, the central government posthumously awarded Gandhi the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award. At the India Leadership Conclave in 2009, the Revolutionary Leader of Modern India award was conferred posthumously on Gandhi. He was assassinated by the LTTE during an election campaign in 1991

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Mamata congratulates teachers, staff, students

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated all teachers, administration staff, and students of Calcutta University after it secured second rankings in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Taking to Twitter, Banerjee wrote “Extremely pleased to share that the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities has informed the Government of West Bengal that Calcutta University is one of the top ranking universities in India! Congratulations to all teachers, administration staff, and our dear students.” According to a notification issued by Calcutta University, the Shanghai Ranking – Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 2021 has adjudged Calcutta University as the best among all universities across India. “Among all the Universities and Institutes in the country, the University of Calcutta is second only to the prestigious Indian Institute of Science. This success and international recognition should be seen as a…

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Kolkata to host 130th edition of Durand Cup from September 5 to October 3

New Delhi [India], August 12 : The Durand Cup, the world’s third oldest and Asia’s oldest football tournament, is poised to make a comeback after a year’s hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Kolkata will host the four-week-long tournament, scheduled between September 5 and October 3, with matches being played at various venues in and around Kolkata.Sixteen participating teams from across the country, including four teams from the Services, are set to bring out the competitive and true sportsman spirit to win the coveted trophies. With the dynamic support of All India Football Federation (AIFF), IFA (West Bengal) and the Government of West Bengal, the 130th Edition of Durand Cup is set to become a landmark event. The tournament was shifted from Delhi to Kolkata in 2019. The prestigious tournament was first held in 1888, at Dagshai (Himachal Pradesh) and is named after Mortimer…

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Kolkata’s New Town Authority establishes working pods for work-from-home

ANI | Updated: Aug 09, 2021 23:17 IST Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 9 (ANI): In a unique initiative, the New Town Authority in Kolkata has established “working pods” to offer an alternative for work-from-home conditions.The air-conditioned rooms will have uninterrupted electricity and high-speed WiFi internet service. Each work pod has a seating capacity of 20 people. Initially, it was planned to keep this work pod open from 10 am to 8 pm. These working pods will be available from August 13, 2021.“Work from home is now the new normal. However, many homes are not suitable for this. The Work Pod allows a refreshing walking distance alternative in residential areas. They offer a peaceful ambiance for work. We hope this will help a lot of people. There is also coffee and food available for which you can pay separately,” said Debasis Sen, West Bengal Additional Chief Secretary.Initially,…

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West Bengal CM visits SSKM Hospital

TMC workers injured in Tripura are being treated at SSKM Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital in Kolkata to meet Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers who were injured in Tripura.“Sudip and Jaya are the students who went to Tripura. It is astonishing the way they were attacked and their heads were banged in front of the police and no medical attention was provided,” said Banerjee. “BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is a monstrous party. From Assam to UP, they didn’t let us enter. Abhishek (Banerjee) was given a bulletproof car later or else he would have been badly hurt,” she added.“This has the support of Home Minister Amit Shah. Goons were being made to sit in the same flight, on which Abhishek was traveling. We will win in Tripura,”…