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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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TMC raises 10 issues including women’s reservation bill in all-party meet

New Delhi [India] : In an all-party meet convened ahead of the winter session of Parliament, the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) raised ten issues including the Women’s reservation bill to be brought in this session of parliament.Sources told ANI that the TMC leader demanded from centre to “bring women’s reservation bill in this winter session of Parliament and not bulldoze bills without screening by the opposition.” “Issues like Unemployment, Price Rise of Essentials/Fuel Prices, the law on MSP, weakening of the federal structure and stop disinvestment of profitable PSUs were raised by TMC in the meet,” said the source.“TMC Leader also raised the issue of BSF jurisdiction that is increased in West Bengal, Pegasus Issue, disrupted Monsoon session and Covid-19 situation in Country” source added.TMC’S floor leaders of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien respectively were present at the…

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SC expects West Bengal Speaker to decide on disqualification plea against Mukul Roy

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Monday said it expects the West Bengal Legislative Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee would take a call on the disqualification petition moved against Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Mukul Roy and posted the matter for hearing before it in the third week of January 2022.A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Hima Kohli also observed that there is a general practice of Speakers delaying the hearing of defection petitions under the Tenth Schedule of the constitution. “There are so many cases where there is a delay by the Speaker… We are told you stay away, let the Speaker decide,” Justice Rao observed.The apex court was hearing two separate appeals by the Assembly Speaker and the Secretary and the Returning Officer of West Bengal Assembly, against the Calcutta High Court order.The High Court had directed the Speaker to…

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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar meets Amit Shah

New Delhi [India] : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in the national capital.Apprising of his meeting with Shah, Dhankar tweeted, “West Bengal Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar called on Union Home Minister Shri @AmitShah at his residence today.” This comes a day after President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attended the Conference of Governors and Lieutenant Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan in the national capital.Dhankar was also present at the conference.

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Ranagram bridge: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to WB CM threatening to launch protest for delaying construction

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Concerned over the deteriorating condition of the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division, Congress Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatening to launch a protest march against the state government over the delay in the construction of the bridge.The letter further stated that the local population has been protesting against the government for delaying the construction of this bridge as it is going on for the past two years. He further alleged that a delay in the bridge’s construction and not permitting people to protest shows suppression of the democratic rights of the people by the Kandi administration.In the letter, Chowdhury informed that the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division has been declared dangerous and it…

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BJP stands like a rock with people of West Bengal

New Delhi [India] : Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that Bharatiya Janata Party will stand like a rock in support of the people of West Bengal, following the election results in the state.Addressing media to brief about the ongoing national executive meeting of BJP, Pradhan said, “The BJP is standing like a rock in support with the people of Bengal. Nadda Ji today said that whenever elections will be held in Bengal in the coming times, BJP will fight to save Bengal in a democratic way, to restore ideal democracy in Bengal and will restore the faith of people in the Constitution.” Earlier today, BJP national president JP Nadda said the party will chart a new story in the state.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda are attending the party’s national executive meeting. The discussion is…

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‘BJP doing cheap politics’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Amid opposition-ruled states constantly drawing criticism from BJP leaders for not reducing excise on fuel prices, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Kunal Ghosh on Saturday accused the BJP of indulging in “cheap politics” and said that the Centre should reduce base prices and restructure taxation.“Centre takes more tax-share than the state can afford to compensate the deficit of BJP-ruled states,” Ghosh alleged while speaking to ANI here today. “BJP is doing cheap politics. They should reduce base prices and restructure taxation,” he said while adding that the non-BJP states don’t even get their original dues.Ghosh’s remarks came after the Government of India, on the eve of Diwali, had announced reduction of central excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively.As per the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, following the reduction, 23 states/UTs also…

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West Bengal govt intimidating BJP leaders to join TMC

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tuesday accused the TMC-led West Bengal government of intimidating its leaders to make them join the TMC.Vijayvargiya said, “Many cases are being filed against BJP leaders in West Bengal. There are almost 120 fake cases on BJP MP Arjun Singh, there are 20 cases against me too. Now how can anyone survive when the government starts killing the opposition like this? “Those who are joining TMC in Bengal are forced to join,” he added.Vijayvargiya, who was also in charge of BJP during 2021 assembly polls in West Bengal said that the question of winning and losing arises where elections are held in a free and fair manner, not in a place where “police, goons and political parties work in nexus for booth capturing.”“Victory and loose comes in when elections…

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Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress wins all four seats in Bengal bypolls

New Delhi [India]: The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has won by-polls in all four assembly seats in West Bengal.Trinamool Congress candidates won Dinhata, Santipur, Khardaha and Gosaba assembly with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailing on the second position on all four seats. TMC’s Udayan Guha won by the margin of 1,64,089 votes over BJP’s Ashok Mandal in Dinhata constituency.In Santipur seat, TMC’s Braja Kishor Goswami won by a margin of 64,675 votes over BJP’s Niranjan Biswas.TMC’s Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay emerged victorious on the Kharadaha seat with a margin of 93,832 votes over BJP candidate Joy Saha.TMC’s Subrata Mondal won the Gosaba assembly seat by a margin of 1,43,051 seats over BJP’s Palash Rana.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the party candidates and said it was victory of people.She said the results show that people of Bengal will always choose development and unity “over propaganda and hate…

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WB: Cracker ban order set aside

New Delhi [India] : 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.A special Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi remarked that the top court has already passed an order regulating the use of firecrackers which use polluting materials. It said, “There cannot be a complete ban on firecrackers. Strengthen mechanism to supervise and implement (Supreme Court’s earlier order).”The Bench said its order will be applicable to all states uniformly and West Bengal cannot be an exception.The apex court termed the High Court order as an “extreme order”, said it has taken a consistent view on the matter and restated its October 29,…

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Local train services resume in WB

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the local train services across West Bengal resumed with 50 per cent seating capacity on Sunday.Meanwhile, West Bengal reported 990 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths in the last 24 hours. Earlier this week, the Central government asked the West Bengal government to take note of the rising cases of COVID-19 in Kolkata and take measures to contain the spread of the virus following Durga Puja celebrations.

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59.68 pc voter turnout in WB

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 59.68 per cent till 4.30 pm in the four Assembly constituencies during the by-elections on Saturday.According to the election commission, the Dinhata assembly seat recorded 61.52 per cent voter turnout while 66.07 per cent turnout is recorded from the Gosaba seat. Kharadaha seat witnessed a voter turnout of 52.37 per cent whereas the Santipur seat reported a 64.18 per cent turnout. The voting began at around 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm on Saturday.Santipur and Dinhata seats fell vacant after BJP MP Jagannath Sarkar and Nishith Pramanik resigned from the assembly, respectively. Whereas, elections on the other two seats are being held as All India Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) MLAs Kajal Sinha (Khardaha) and Jayanta Naskar (Gosaba) died due to COVID-19.There is a tough fight between the BJP and the TMC for…

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By-polls in Many states

Karnataka by-polls: 38.13 pc voter turnout recorded till 1 pm Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Karnataka recorded a voter turnout of 38.13 per cent till 1 pm in the ongoing by-polls in Hangal and Sindgi assembly constituencies on Saturday. Voting for by-polls in these two constituencies started today at 7 am and will continue till 7.30 pm. As per the Election Commission of India (ECI) Hangal and Sindgi assembly constituencies reported voter turnout of 44.59 per cent and 32.49 per cent respectively till 1 pm.The counting of votes and announcement of results will take place on November 2. Telangana by-poll: 45.63 pc voter turnout till 1 PM in Huzurabad Hyderabad (Telangana : Huzurabad assembly constituency in Telangana reported a total voter turnout of 45.63 per cent for the by-poll by 1 pm on Saturday.Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm today.…

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Like Punjab, Bengal also protesting against Centre’s move to increase BSF jurisdiction in border states, says Mamata Banerjee

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that like Punjab, they are also protesting against the Centre’s decision to increase search and arrest jurisdiction of BSF in border states.She said law and order is a state subject and West Bengal’s borders with Bangladesh were completely peaceful. The Chief Minister also said her government will go by the “state laws”.“Just like Punjab, we’re also protesting against BSF’s jurisdiction that has been recently increased. Our border areas are completely peaceful. Law and order is a police subject. It’ll create disturbance. State govt will go with state laws,” she said.Mamata Banerjee made the remarks after holding meetings with the Jalpaiguri and Alirajpur district administration officers in Siliguri.Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi held an all-party meeting on Monday to discuss the Centre’s move to increase jurisdiction of BSF.The Centre had earlier…

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WB’s suit against CBI

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. New Delhi [India]: 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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Explosive-laden truck caught in West Bengal

Birbhum (West Bengal) [India] : Rampurhat, Birbhum district police caught a truck full of explosives carrying 5500 gelatin sticks and 2500 detonators on Wednesday, informed the Rampurhat police.According to the police, the truck was travelling through state highway and passing nearby Madhyam Khand village which is near Rampurhat police station when it was caught.District Police Nagendra Nath Tripathi said the Rampurhat police had information regarding the matter before in which police were on the investigation.The purpose of the moving truck loaded with explosives is yet to be ascertained.Further investigation is underway.

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4 cr workers on E-Shram portal

More than four crore workers have registered themselves with the government’s newly launched e-shram portal, with maximum registrations coming from states like Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, informed the Ministry of Labour and Employment. New Delhi [India] : As per an official release, Minister for Labour and Employment, Bhupender Yadav said that by registering, the unorganized workers will be able to get the benefits of government schemes easily.Workers in diverse occupations such as construction, apparel manufacturing, fishing, gig and platform work, street vending, domestic work, agriculture and allied, transport sector have registered at the portal.In some of these sectors, an overwhelming proportion of migrant workers are also engaged. All unorganized workers including migrant workers can now take the benefits of various social security and employment-based schemes through registration at the e-Shram portal.As per live data, 4.09 crore workers have registered on…

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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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CBI arrests 11 from Bengal

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested 11 people from East Medinipur in connection with incidents of violence following the West Bengal assembly elections earlier this year.Earlier in August this year, the Calcutta High Court ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal. The High Court also ordered to set up Special Investigation Teams (SIT) for investigation of relatively less serious crimes. A seven-member committee set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had earlier looked into the incidents of violence following the assembly elections in the state and recommended a court-monitored CBI probe.Several incidents of violence were reported at various places after the announcement of the Assembly poll results on May 2, after which a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs also visited the violence-affected areas. 

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Didi asked me to return home: Sabyasachi Dutta

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India : After changing the wagon from BJP to TMC, Sabyasachi Dutta on Thursday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked him to rejoin her party.“I had some disputes with one or two persons in the party (BJP) that is why I left it. Today, Didi (West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) called me and asked me to come back home (TMC),” Dutta told mediapersons. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sabyasachi Dutta on Wednesday joined Trinamool Congress (TMC).He was inducted into the party in the presence of State Ministers Firhad Hakim and Partha Chatterjee in Kolkata.Earlier in September, former union minister and ex-BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined TMC.Former BJP MLAs Soumen Roy and Tanmoy Ghosh had joined TMC.West Bengal has been witnessing a reverse trend of leaders rejoining TMC from BJP after the assembly elections results. Earlier, BJP heavyweight…

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BJP leader Sabyasachi Dutta joins TMC

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 7 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sabyasachi Dutta on Wednesday joined Trinamool Congress (TMC). He was inducted into the party in the presence of State Ministers Firhad Hakim and Partha Chatterjee in Kolkata. Earlier in September, former union minister and ex-BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined TMC

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People can participate in Pushpanjali, Sindoor Khela

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed people to participate in Pushpanjali and Sindoor Khela amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Kolkata (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 7 : The High Court restricted 45 to 60 people for larger pandals and 10 to 15 for the smallest pandals and said that they should be fully vaccinated. On Vijay Dashmi, the last day of Durga Puja, married Bengali Hindu women apply sindoor on the forehead and feet of the goddess and offer sweets to her followed by applying sindoor on each other’s faces.The fervor and festivity surrounding Durga Pooja and Navratri started with Mahalaya on Wednesday. Idols of Goddess Durga are transported to various pandals from today, with the onset of the last round of preparation for the grand festival. 

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WB : Mamata, two others take oath as MLAs

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 7 : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered the oath of office to three newly-elected MLAs, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the state Assembly on Thursday.Besides Banerjee, Amirul Islam and Jakir Hossain also took oath as MLAs.In the recently concluded by-polls, Mamata Banerjee won from Bhabanipur with a margin of over 58,000 votes. According to the Election Commission of India, Banerjee got 85,263 votes which are around 71.90 per cent of the total votes in the by-elections.BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal got 26,428 votes and Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Srijib Biswas secured 4,226 votes.Jakir Hossain was elected from Jangipur and Amirul Islam was elected from Samserganj assembly seats in West Bengal. 

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RSS chief to visit West Bengal

New Delhi [India]: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will visit West Bengal for two days beginning November 16.This will be Bhagwat’s first ‘pravas’ to the state after the assembly elections and during this time will review ongoing projects initiated by the RSS in West Bengal. According to sources, Bhagwat will hold various in-house organizational meetings and will also interact with Pracharaks of the state.The Sangh chief has concluded a four-day visit to Jammu on October 3. This was also his maiden visit to the Union Territory after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A.

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Mamata to take oath

However WB Governor says will wait for gazette notification on bypoll results before announcing oath-ceremony date Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take oath as an MLA on October 7 and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has written to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar inviting him to administer the oath of office to the party supremo at the State Assembly instead, informed Partha Chatterjee, General Secretary of Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday. Speaking to ANI, Chatterjee said, “We suggested and requested the Governor to come down to Assembly and administer the oath of office on October 7.”However, Dhankhar said he will wait till the official gazette notification on the Bhabanipur by-poll result is issued.“Raj Bhawan response on the administration of Oath/Affirmation to the Members elected to the WBLA in bye-election from 159-Bhabanipur A/C, and the adjourned poll in 56-Samserganj and 58-Jangipur A/Cs…

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Central govt hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday alleged that the central government hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power since the start of the elections.Banerjee’s remarks came a short while before the election commission announced her massive victory in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency. “Since the elections started in West Bengal, central government hatched conspiracies to remove us (from power). I was hurt in my feet so that I don’t contest the polls. I am grateful to the public for voting for us and to the Election Commission of India for conducting polls within six months,” said the TMC supremo while greeting her supporters outside her residence in Kolkata.Banerjee also said that nearly 46 per cent of non-Bengalis in Bhabanipur voted for her. “Around 46 per cent of people here (in Bhabanipur) are non-Bengalis. They all have…

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Bhabanipur : Big win for Mamata Banerjee, beats BJP’s Priyanka by more than 5,8000 votes

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday secured a comfortable win in Bhabanipur, beating BJP rival Priyanka Tibrewal by more than 58,000 votes.  Kolkata, West Bengal, India, October 3 :  According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee bagged 84,709 votes while Priyanka Tibrewal pocketed 26,320. CPIM leader Srijib Biswas got 4,201 votes. The election was necessitated after state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, who won the assembly election from Bhabanipur in south Kolkata in May, resigned from the seat to pave the way for Mamata Banerjee. Mamata Banerjee had lost the assembly elections from Nandigram earlier this year. Mamata was required to win in order to get elected to the assembly to retain the CM’s chair.   According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee bagged 84,709 votes while Priyanka Tibrewal pocketed 26,320. CPIM leader Srijib Biswas got 4,201 votes.  Freshly inspired to work for public:…

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EC asks WB govt to ensure no violence after results

The Election Commission on Sunday wrote to the West Bengal government asking it to ensure all necessary steps to thwart post-poll violence after the results of the by-polls are declared on Sunday. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 3 : In its letter to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Electoral Officer of the state has also asked the state administration to ensure that no victory celebration or procession is allowed during or after the counting of votes for by-elections in the state keeping in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after several incidents of violence were reported at various places after the announcement of the Assembly poll results on May 2, after which a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs also visited the post-poll violence-affected areas.“I am directed to reiterate that no victory celebration/procession during/after the counting shall be allowed in…

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Illegal arms factory busted in West Bengal

Asansol (West Bengal) [India], October 2 : An illegal arms factory was busted in West Bengal’s Asansol district on Friday. Police have seized a huge cache of weapons and ammunition there. “Seven pistols of 7.2 mm, 20 unfinished pistols, 14 finished magazines and 5 unfinished magazines were recovered,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) West, Asansol-Durgapur Police Commissionerate Abhishek Modi informed.“Apart from this, machines and tools used in making weapons have also been recovered from them,” he added. Further, Modi informed that on September 23, an accused named Ash Mohammad was arrested and 25 pistols were recovered from him.“On the information given by him, two accused from Uttar Pradesh were arrested. In the remand, the accused said that these people ran the arms factory at his house in the Disargarh area in Kulti police station,” he said.The police have been on alert ever since. 

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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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Voting underway in Bhabanipore

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Voting for by-elections to Bhabanipur Assembly seat, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from began at 7 am on Thursday amid tight security and necessary arrangements to conduct the polls if heavy rainfall that led to waterlogging in Kolkata a day ago, continues. Apart from Bhabanipur, voting also began in Jangipur and Samserganj constituencies in Murshidabad district. BJP candidate for Bhabanipur, Priyanka Tibrewal alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) was purposely shutting voting machines at a polling booth of ward number 72 and was an attempt at capturing the booth.Tiberwal reached the polling booth to inspect the situation.Speaking to media persons here, Tibrewal said, “TMC’s Madan Mitra has purposely shut the voting machine here as he wants to capture the booth.” All eyes are on the Bhabanipur by-election as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from here. CPM…

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Cyclonic Gulab: IMD predicts heavy rainfall during next 2 days in districts adjoining Jharkhand, West Bengal

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhubaneswar on Tuesday said that heavy rainfall would occur in the districts adjoining Jharkhand and West Bengal during the next two days under influence of cyclonic circulation.Speaking to ANI, Director of IMD Bhubaneswar HR Biswas said, “Under influence of cyclonic circulation, a low-pressure area formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of West Bengal, due to which heavy rainfall would occur in districts adjoining to Jharkhand and West Bengal during next two days.” Further, the director also advised fishermen of Odisha not to go into the sea till September 30.“As per weather forecast, moderate rainfall will occur in northern coastal areas of Odisha and heavy rainfall in few areas during the next 24 hours. Fishermen are advised not to go in the sea till September 30,” Biswas added.On Monday, the IMD informed…

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Rainfall in Jharkhand, WB

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhubaneswar on Tuesday said that heavy rainfall would occur in the districts adjoining Jharkhand and West Bengal during the next two days under influence of cyclonic circulation. Speaking to ANI, Director of IMD Bhubaneswar HR Biswas said, “Under influence of cyclonic circulation, a low-pressure area formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of West Bengal, due to which heavy rainfall would occur in districts adjoining to Jharkhand and West Bengal during next two days.”Further, the director also advised fishermen of Odisha not to go into the sea till September 30. “As per weather forecast, moderate rainfall will occur in northern coastal areas of Odisha and heavy rainfall in few areas during the next 24 hours. Fishermen are advised not to go in the sea till September 30,” Biswas added. On Monday, the IMD…

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‘Bhabanipur bypoll to take place as per schedule”

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday refused to stay the Bhabanipur bypolls slated to take place on September 30th. In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in court, which claimed that the Election Commission in a statement had noted that it had decided to hold a by-election to Bhabanipur constituency “considering the constitutional exigency and special request from state of West Bengal”, Calcutta HC served this verdict. Kolkata, west bengal, india, september 28 : A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj, however, passed adverse comments against the Chief Secretary of the West Bengal government for writing to the ECI seeking to expedite the bypolls. Last week, the court pulled up the Election Commission and turned down the affidavit filed by the poll body on ‘prioritising’ the September 30 bypolls in the Bhabanipur assembly constituency. Meanwhile, the suspension was…

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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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What would CM of ‘unpeaceful’ West Bengal do at international peace summit: BJP leader

After Mamata Banerjee’s uproar over not being allowed to attend the global peace meet in Rome, BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra called West Bengal an ‘unpeaceful state’ and asked what would a Chief Minister of such a state do at an international peace summit. New Delhi [India], September 26 : “Mamata Banerjee represents an unpeaceful state. What will someone who runs the most violent state do at a Peace Summit?” said the BJP leader. The comment came after Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Central government had disallowed her attendance at a global peace meet in Rome, where she was the only invitee from the country, “out of jealousy”.Commenting on Banerjee’s “I am a Hindu” comment, Hazra said is now suddenly raising the Hindu issue. “Everyone knows that she is a Hindu woman. What is the need of pointing it out now? She is playing…

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Cyclone Gulab to hit West Bengal coast on September 29

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] The cyclonic storm Gulab is likely to reach the West Bengal coast around September 29, director of IMD Kolkata GK Das informed on Saturday. “South Bengal is likely to have enhanced weather activity particularly in terms of heavy rainfall and wind on September 28-29. Heavy rainfall is expected over Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, East and West Medinipur, Jhargram, Howrah, Hooghly on September 28,” Das told ANI.“A cyclonic circulation is likely to form over the northeast and adjoining the East-central Bay of Bengal. In the subsequent 24 hours, it will be a low-pressure area and likely to reach the West Bengal coast around September 29,” he said. Warnings have been issued in parts of southern Odisha that are likely to be heavily affected by the cyclonic storm Gulab. Earlier, yesterday the IMD informed that the deep depression over northwest and adjoining…

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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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IT conducts searches in WB

New Delhi [India]: The Income Tax department carried out a search and seizure operation at 25 premises connected with a prominent group engaged in the manufacturing of steel products, said the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.According to an official release, 25 premises consisting of eight residences, nine offices and eight factories, spread over Kolkata, Durgapur, Asansol and Purulia and other regions of West Bengal were covered in the operation on Friday. “The search operation has led to the detection of a huge quantity of incriminating documents and digital evidence from different premises. Evidence pertaining to the generation of unaccounted income by the group by way of unaccounted cash sales, unaccounted cash expenditure, purchase from bogus parties, under-reporting of actual production, cash purchases of scrap, several documents of land purchases and sale among others,” the release by the Finance Ministry said.The ministry said that evidence…

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‘BJP will end culture of post-poll violence in WB’

Newly-appointed President of West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sukanta Majumdar on Tuesday assured that the party would end the culture of the post-poll violence in the state. He also assured justice to people killed in the violence that followed the Assembly polls. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 21 : “Post-Poll violence was not a part of West Bengal’s culture, it has come from outside. We will get justice for the people killed in the post-poll violence. The BJP workers who were beaten up by the TMC goondas, I won’t say TMC workers. I have faith in the Indian judiciary that it will give them justice,” he said. “Violence has now become a part of the political culture of the state. Only BJP can end this. There is no violence in other states,” Majumdar added.Commenting on the upcoming bypolls for three assembly constituencies in…

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WB: BJP not to field candidate

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 20 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not field any candidate for Rajya Sabha bypoll for West Bengal, said Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Monday.“BJP will not nominate any candidate for Rajyasabha bypoll due in West Bengal. The outcome is predetermined. Our focus is to make sure unelected CM to be unelected once again. Jai Ma Kali,” tweeted Adhikari. Notably, Trinamool Congress (TMC) last week nominated Sushmita Dev, who joined the party recently, as the party nominee for the Rajya Sabha bypoll from West Bengal.The Election Commission had earlier this month announced bypolls for six Rajya Sabha seats across five states. These seats fell vacant due to the resignation or death of the sitting MP. It also announced biennial election for one seat from Puducherry. Meanwhile, BJP on Saturday named Union Minister Sarbananada Sonowal and…

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Babul Supriyo thanks ‘Didi”

Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who left the BJP to join Trinamool Congress, thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the TMC for making him a part of the party’s ‘playing 11’. New Delhi [India], September 19 : Supriyo also thanked TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and asserted that he will continue to work for public welfare. Addressing the reporters today in Delhi, Supriyo said, “I thank Mamata didi, Abhishek Banerjee and the TMC for giving me a chance in the ‘playing 11’. I am aware of trolling on social media. I have been engaged in politics for the last 7 years. I felt it was a good opportunity (on joining TMC) for public welfare.”When asked how he will celebrate as he joined the TMC, he said, “I will sing no song and no post will be released. For seven years, I have fought…

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‘Won’t let India become Pakistan’

Bhabanipur bypoll: Mamata Banerjee is required to win a seat in the state assembly by November 5 in conformity with the constitutional provisions to continue as CM.  Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she will not allow the country to turn into Pakistan or the Taliban. While campaigning in the Bhabanipur constituency in south Kolkata where polling will take place on September 30, Banerjee lashed out at the BJP and accused the saffron party of practising divisive politics. Banerjee’s pitch came after the BJP claimed that Bhabanipur will become Pakistan if the TMC wins the by-poll. “I don’t like the policies and politics of the BJP. They only follow the politics of dividing people on religious lines. In Nandigram, they had said it would become Pakistan (if the TMC wins). In Bhabanipur too, they are…

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NIA officials reach WB to probe bombing

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials reached Jagaddal on Thursday to probe incidents of bombings outside Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Arjun Singh’s residence last week. North 24 Parganas (West Bengal) [India], September 16 : NIA officials arrived at BJP MP Arjun Singh’s residence in Jagaddal, North 24 Parganas to probe September 8 bombing case there. “I have seen two officers here and another NIA team is on the way. They will talk to the local police. I have given all details about bombings,” Singh told reporters. Three crude bombs were hurled outside the house of Arjun Singh ‘Majdoor Bhavan’ at Jagaddal in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, despite security presence, on September 8 morning between 6 am and 6.30 am. The bombs hit one of the entrance gates of the house, however, no injuries were reported in the incident. The BJP leader was…

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“Mamata Didn’t disclose Criminal Cases”

BJP has alleged that Mamata Banerjee did not mention about pending criminal cases in her nomination papers for Bhabanipur by-poll Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 14 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not mention about pending criminal cases in her nomination papers for Bhabanipur by-poll. The saffron party has also filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the TMC chief. While the BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, a lawyer by profession, CPI(M) has fielded lawyer Srijib Biswas from the seat. Congress has refrained from taking part in the by-election. Bhabanipur will go to the polls on September 30 and the results will be declared on October 3.  Earlier on Friday, Banerjee filed her nomination for the by-poll winning which is an absolute necessity for her to continue as the Chief Minister.  Banerjee, a resident…

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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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BJP will win Bhabanipur: BJP

Patna (Bihar) [India], September 11 : Exuding confidence over the victory of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming by-elections in West Bengal, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Friday said like Nandigram, the party will win in Bhabanipur bypolls as well.Speaking to ANI, Hussain said, “BJP is going to win the Bhabanipur bypolls like we won the Nandigram constituency in West Bengal Assembly polls.” BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, a lawyer by profession as its candidate in the upcoming Bhabanipur bypolls pitting her against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on September 30. The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for Mamata Banerjee to contest.Earlier in the state Assembly polls, Mamata Banerjee had lost in Nandigram to her former aide Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP.Commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir,…

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Bhabanipur by-poll: Mamata Banerjee files nomination

Mamata Banerjee will file her nomination today, As per the schedule, polling will take place on September 30 while results will be announced on October 4. Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 10 : West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday filed her nomination papers for the by-polls to the Bhabanipur seat. Banerjee needs to win in order to hold on to her office.  As per the schedule, polling will take place on September 30 while results will be announced on October 4. The TMC had on Sunday officially announced Mamata Banerjee as its candidate for the by-election in Bhabanipur. TMC’s campaign in the south Kolkata seat is underway after the Election Commission announced the bypoll last week following a request from the state government to avoid a constitutional crisis. Banerjee, who lost the election in Nandigram to her…

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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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Congress’s U-turn, says won’t contest against Mamata

The Congress will neither field any candidate opposite Banerjee nor campaign against her in the run up to the September 30 bypoll, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said. A day after promising to field its candidate against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Bhabanipur bypoll, the Congress on Tuesday took a U-turn over its stand and said the party will not pit anybody against the Trinamool Congress supremo. As instructed by the AICC, the Congress will neither field any candidate opposite Banerjee nor campaign against her in the run up to the September 30 bypoll, state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told reporters in Baharampur. On Monday, Chowdhury had told reporters that the Congress would field a candidate against Banerjee in Bhabanipur, claiming that the majority of PCC members were in favour of such a decision. Two months ago, Chowdhury had advocated not fielding…

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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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Congress to field candidate against Mamata

The notification for the Bhabanipur bypoll was issued on September 6, beginning the nomination process. September 13 is the last date of filing nominations, while scrutiny of papers will take place on September 14. September 16 is the last date to withdraw from the electoral battle. Counting will be held on October 3. Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 7 : Changing its earlier stance, the West Bengal Congress on Monday announced it has decided to field a candidate against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the September 30 by-poll in the Bhabanipur assembly seat and the name of the party nominee will be sent to AICC for consent. The decision made at a Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) meeting to contest the by-election came at a time when the party and the Mamata Banerjee-headed Trinamool Congress are maintaining a bonhomie at the national level since July.…

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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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Abhishek Banerjee Appears before ED

Coal Scam Case: Abhishek Banerjee has said that he would get himself hanged if any central agency can bring to the fore his involvement in any illegal transaction. New Delhi, India, September 6 : Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi today in connection with the coal scam case. Abhishek, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was summoned along with his wife Rujira for questioning in connection to a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal scam. However, Rujira urged the ED to allow her to appear before officials in Kolkata as she expressed unwillingness to travel to the national capital due to Covid-19.  “TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee appears before ED for questioning in money laundering case,” ED officials told. Earlier on Sunday, Abhishek Banerjee Sunday said that he would get…

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By-election in Mamata’s strong hold Bhawanipur on Sept 30; counting on Oct 3

The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal agriculture minister and veteran TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May this year. Kolkata, west Bengal, September 4 : The by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30, the Election Commission said on Saturday. The poll body also said polls in West Bengal’s Samserganj and Jangipur, and in Odisha’s Pipli will also be held on the said date. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3, the Election Commission said. The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal agriculture minister and veteran TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May this year, thus paving way for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest bypoll from her old bastion.  Banerjee, who lost the polls from Nandigram, needs to get elected to the assembly to hold on to the…

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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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BJP MLA Tanmoy Ghosh joins Trinamool Congress

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 30 : Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Member of Legislative Assembly from Bishnupur, Tanmoy Ghosh, has joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday.“BJP is into vindictive politics. They are attempting to snatch the rights of the people of West Bengal by using central agencies,” Ghosh said soon after joining TMC. Further, he also urged all politicians to support Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for ‘public welfare’.Ghosh had defeated Archita Bid of TMC by 11,133 votes in the West Bengal Assembly elections 2021.The TMC extended a warm welcome to Tanmoy Ghosh and in a tweet said, “Inspired by @MamataOfficial’s developmental work for the people of #Bengal, @BJP4Bengal MLA from Bishnupur Shri Tanmay Ghosh joined the Trinamool family today in the presence of Shri @basu_bratya. We extend a very warm welcome to him!”Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in the recent West Bengal…

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PM Modi condoles Buddhadeb Guha’s demise, says his ‘works were enjoyed across generations’

New Delhi [India], August 30 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the demise of popular Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha and said his writings were multifaceted and displayed great sensitivity to the environment.The Prime Minister noted that his works were enjoyed across generations. “Shri Buddhadeb Guha’s writings were multifaceted and displayed great sensitivity to the environment. His works were enjoyed across generations, particularly among youngsters. His passing away is a big loss to the literary world. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” tweeted PM Modi.

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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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WB post-poll violence: CBI registers 28 cases so far

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 29 : Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday registered seven more FIRs in the West Bengal post-poll violence cases taking the total number of FIRs to 28.CBI on Saturday detained two people from Nadia district in relation to post-poll violence. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that in the ongoing CBI probe into post-poll violence, BJP workers are accompanying CBI officials to villages.“In post-poll violence, five BJP workers and 16 TMC workers had died. We have no problem with CBI, but why are they taking BJP leaders with them to villages? National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and all other commissions have become political, all their members are from BJP,” she said.Earlier this month, Calcutta High Court ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in the state.The High Court also ordered to set…

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BJP cannot fight politically, using CBI, ED against us, says Mamata Banerjee

Kalighat (West Bengal) [India], August 28: The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre can’t fight us politically, so it is using central agencies like ED and CBI against the TMC, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said after Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned his nephew and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee along with his wife in coal scam case on Saturday. “Our priority is to work for the people. When the BJP government in Delhi cannot compete with us in politics, they use central agencies… Few people had left us but now they have returned because they know that their home is here i.e. TMC,” she said while addressing a gathering during the celebration of TMC Chhatra Parishad’s foundation day in West Bengal’s Kalighat today.ED has summoned All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on September 3 and his wife Rujira Banerjee on…

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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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TMC MP Nusrat Jahan blessed with a baby boy

The Trinamool Congress MP was admitted to Neotia Hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday, August 25. Kolkata, west Bengal, India August 26: Bengali actress-turned-Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan has been blessed with a baby boy. Nusrat was admitted to Neotia Hospital in Kolkata last night (August 25). Bengali actor Yash Dasgupta drove Nusrat to the hospital. Jahan delivered baby at around 1 pm. As per TOI sources, she underwent a C-section under Dr Rajiv Agarwaal and a team of doctors. According to the latest update, the mother and the newborn are doing well. Nusrat’s mother was spotted near the operation theatre. According to TOI reports, “Nusrat’s rumoured partner, Yash, was by her side throughout.” Nusrat requested the hospital for Yash to be present by her side during the operation, as per TOI sources. “While any announcements will be made as per the family’s consent, we took care of her comfort and…

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Bengal post-poll violence: CBI registers 9 cases

According to sources, the central agency has moved its team from Kolkata to place where violence took place following May 2 announcement of Assembly election results across the state, sources said. Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 26 : Acting on the Calcutta High Court’s orders, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday began probe into post-poll violence in West Bengal and registered nine cases.  According to sources, the central agency has moved its team from Kolkata to a place where the violence took place following May 2 announcement of Assembly election results across the state, sources said. The Calcutta High Court had earlier this month directed a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal. The high court also directed the state government to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the cases related to violence. The high…

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Central delegation to meet top WB officials

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: A Central government delegation will meet top officials of the West Bengal government on Thursday to discuss the implementation and progress of rural development and Panchayati Raj projects of the Centre.The Central delegation reached Kolkata on Wednesday. The members of the delegation will oversee the progress of all the projects of the Centre, primarily related to the rural development and panchayat services in the state. They will hold meetings West Bengal Chief Secretary, Finance Secretary and Panchayat Secretary.On Wednesday, the delegation members visited several places in the state to assess the implementation of the projects on the ground.The BJP-led Centre and TMC government in West Bengal are at loggerheads, especially after the 2021 Assembly polls. Therefore, the visit of the Central delegation carries much significance.

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“Won’t let Maharashtra become West Bengal”

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Union Minister Narayan Rane on Wednesday asserted that he is not afraid of anyone, and thanked BJP leaders for standing behind him after his arrest for alleged “derogatory remarks” against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.Addressing media after getting bail from the local court in Mahad of Raigarh district, Rane said he will resume his Jan Ashirwad Yatra from Friday. “I am not afraid of you (Shiv Sena). My party leaders have stood behind me and I want to thank them all. The Jan Ashirwad Yatra will resume from the day after tomorrow,” said Rane.The Union Minister added that he would not “allow” the West Bengal-like environment to be created in Maharashtra.Attacking Shiv Sena for its complaint against him, Rane reminded the party to “not forget” that he had a “big role in spreading Shiv Sena and making it big”.“The verdict in…

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West Bengal women tie rakhi to Afghan nationals

North 24 Parganas (West Bengal) [India], August 22 : Trinamool Congress organised a Rakshabandhan event in the Dum Dum area of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Sunday. During the event, women tied rakhis to Afghan nationals and others living in the area.The rakhis, called the Rakhi of harmony, had a white pigeon with the message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning ‘the world is one family’ on the map of the world.Meanwhile, other rakhis had the face of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the slogan ‘Delhi Chalo’ under it. Arshad Ahmed Danish, an Afghan national said, “The occasion is a very auspicious one, and with all that is going on in Afghanistan presently, this program essentially sends a message of peace and harmony.”“The sisters here tied rakhi to the Afghans here, showing the strong bond that we share with them. To…

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Survey on plight of sex workers

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a reminder to the West Bengal’s Secretary of Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare to expedite the work of conducting a survey along with Indian Institute of Science over the conditions of victims of Sonagachi from social, legal and health point of view and submit the report within 10 weeks. New Delhi [India], August 21 : Adjudicating a petition filed by noted civil liberties activist, human rights lawyer and Supreme Court advocate, Radhakanta Tripathy, the NHRC passed the order. The petitioner, Tripathy, alleged that victim women are suffering from rape or sexual abuse and human trafficking at Kolkata’s Sonagachi due to the alleged inaction and negligence of state mechanism. He narrated the ordeal of the area and the plight of the sex workers from health, family, social and psychological and legal points of…

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‘HC does not trust Mamata’

Reacting to the order issued by the Calcutta High Court over the post-poll violence in the state, the President of the West Bengal unit of BJP Dilip Ghosh said the High Court’s order proved that it does not trust the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led West Bengal Government over the state issues. Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], August 21 : Dilip Ghosh said, “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) comes into the picture when government fails to investigate a matter. The order issued by the Calcutta High Court to conduct a court-monitored CBI probe into the post-poll violence matter proved that the court does not trust the TMC-led West Bengal government over the state issues.” The Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal and stated that Constitutional obligations of the state do not get vested…

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SC issues notice to WB Govt.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the West Bengal government on a plea seeking to quash notification for constituting an Inquiry Commission headed by a former SC judge to investigate allegations relating to Pegasus Spyware snooping case. New Delhi [India], August 18 : The Centre government has proposed Justice Madan B Lokur, former SC judge to head the Inquiry Commission. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, however, refused to stay the proceedings of the committee.The Bench said the plea will be heard along with other pending petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the reports of the government allegedly using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on politicians, activists, court staff and journalists.“We will hear this along with other similar matters. Issue notice. List on August 25,” the Bench said.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre said he wants…

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30 BJP workers held

West Bengal Police on Tuesday arrested at least 30 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers including Siliguri MLA Sankar Ghosh in front of their party office ahead of their ‘Yuva Sankalp Yatra’. Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], August 17 : The police said that they did not seek permission to embark on this rally. “They have been arrested because they did not seek permission for the Yuva Sankalp rally,” said Joy Tudu, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Siliguri Metropolitan Police. Soon after the arrest, clashes erupted between the workers and police.In another incident, police arrested 35 Narayani Sena workers from Bagdogra airport while they were assembled at the airport to receive John Barla, BJP MP from Alipurduar and Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.Speaking to ANI, Raju Bista, BJP MP from Darjeeling and National Yuva Morcha General Secretary said, “BJP’s Yuva Morcha…

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WB: Bomb found outside NJP railway station

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) [India]: Suspected country-made bomb found at the entry point of New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in West Bengal on Sunday.The bomb disposal squad was called after the information was received. The bomb has been diffused. “The bomb disposal squad has defused the bomb. It is being ascertained whether it is a country-made bomb or not. People do not need to panic. The security arrangement was tight so that they cannot enter. However, the security has been further beefed up. It may be done with the aim to create panic,” AG Faruk, Assistant Security Commissioner, Railway Police Force, New Jalpaiguri Station told reporters.The investigation is underway.

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‘Khela Hobe to be celebrated in whole nation’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 14 : The ‘Khela Hobe’ slogan will reverberate across India in the coming days, said Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra on Saturday.“Khela Hobe to be celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tripura, Haryana, Bihar and many other states. Some will celebrate under the flag of Trinamool Congress while others may not use any party symbol. But the slogan Khela Hobe will reach across India,” said TMC leader Mitra while speaking to ANI. This Khela Hobe slogan became famous during West Bengal Assembly elections earlier this year. This became the poll beugel for the party.“BJP wanted to obstruct as they are fond of violence but our party wants peace, soon TMC will reach across the country. Without the TMC an alliance or any front is not possible,” said Mitra.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave a clarion call to the leaders…

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‘TMC government taking U-turn’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Attacking the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday said the party is taking a U-turn in fulfilling poll promises.Briefing media persons, Adhikari said, “TMC made various promises before the elections. Now after May 5, people are seeing the status of those promises. Unemployment is rising in the state. The state government should first fill the vacancies and provide employment to the unemployed. There is no industry.” The BJP leader further alleged that the TMC government has taken a U-turn in Lakshmi Bhandar Scheme.“They had promised that 1.6 crore families and 5 crore women will get the benefit. Now, they are saying only 1.85 lakh people will be covered in the scheme. Our party feels this is a U-turn from the promises made before elections. It is the duty of the…

International Politics

Massive landslide near National Highway 10

Traffic movement on National Highway 10 which connects West Bengal with Sikkim was disrupted after it was on Thursday hit by a massive landslide triggered by overnight rainfall. Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], August 12 : The incident took place at SNT Dhara near Sevoke under the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. According to officials restoration work is underway on the highway.Earlier this morning. another landslide incident was reported from the National Highway 31 (NH-31). Three people sustained serious injuries after big boulders fell on their vehicle. Another car passing through the spot also got affected.These landslides have cut off all communication between the main route of Siliguri and Sikkim.Cars have been blocked from entering this area since the early morning and district administration officials have begun clearing the roads using several excavators.Surajit Mandal, the Sevoke Traffic Officer, Darjeeling police said: “The incident was reported…

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WB Covid-related restrictions extended till August 30

The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 18,252 on Tuesday with 12 more people succumbing to the disease, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The tally mounted to 15,34,999 after 639 new cases were detected, it said. Kolkata, west bengal, India, August 12 : The West Bengal government has extended Covid-induced restrictions in the state till August 30. According to the new directives, night curbs will be in place from 11 pm to 5 am. The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 18,252 on Tuesday with 12 more people succumbing to the disease, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The tally mounted to 15,34,999 after 639 new cases were detected, it said. North 24 Parganas accounted for four fatalities, while the city registered one death. Sixty-eight fresh cases were recorded in Kolkata, the bulletin said. At…

Football Sports

Blue Tigers to kick-off camp in Kolkata from August 15

New Delhi [India], August 9 : Keeping an eye on their preparation for the forthcoming international friendlies in September 2021, the Indian national football team will be camping in Kolkata from August 15 onwards. All players and staff will be assembling by the day with training sessions starting from the next day (August 16).This marks the return of the national team camp in Kolkata after 15 years, with the Blue Tigers last having camped in Kolkata way back in 2006 prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia. The camp will be conducted under a secured bio-bubble adhering to the laid-down health parameters in wake of the current pandemic situation. The contingent will also be undergoing regular testing.Head coach Igor Stimac has named his initial list of 23 probables, leaving out players from ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC owing to the…

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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,”…

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TMC opposes Centre’s Electricity Bill

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], August 8 : Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to refrain from placing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in Parliament and called the Bill as “anti-people”.Goutam Deb, Chairman of Board of Administrators, Siliguri Municipal Corporation, said that chief minister Mamata Banerjee is rightly opposing the Centre’s move as it will hike electricity bills and will prove to be disastrous for the people. “The bill will create price hikes in the electricity and power sector and it will be disastrous. So this bill should be withdrawn immediately,” he said while attending a cultural programme on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 80th death anniversary on Saturday.The bill will hit the economy of the country as electricity is the major component for the development, he said, ” The central government…

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WB: Schools may reopen

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the government was considering to reopen schools soon. Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 5 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the government was considering reopening schools soon.  The Trinamool Congress chief said that the state government was planning to resume classes on alternate days after Durga Puja vacations later this year.  Days ago, the state government had said it had no plans to open schools at any level in the near future due to the threat of an imminent third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Whenever school campuses reopen, students of higher classes will be the first to start offline classes and not those at the primary level, the education department had said. Meanwhile, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said that it will be wise to reopen schools in the country with the…

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Roopa Ganguly breaks down

Asks TMC why not discuss in Parliament on women rape issue, murder of BJP workers in West Bengal New Delhi [India], August 4 : Reacting to TMC leader Derek O’ Brien’s derogatory remark against Home Minister Amit Shah, West Bengal Bhartiya Janata Party leader Roopa Ganguly on Wednesday broke down with tears and said that why not will discuss in Parliament on crime cases against women of West Bengal and murder of BJP workers there.On the discussion of the recent Delhi rape case and Pegasus issue in the Parliament, Ganguly while talking to ANI said that ” there are so many rape cases happening in the West Bengal. In 2015 and 2016, there have been 35,000 cases per year of crime against women in West Bengal. In post-poll violence in West Bengal in May women had been disrespected and that who will discuss these…

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PM speaks to CM Mamata

Bengal flood: PM Modi assures her of all possible support.At least 15 people have been killed and nearly 3 lakh were displaced as large parts of six districts of the state have been inundated due to heavy rain. New Delhi, India, August 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday and took stock of the flood situation in the state, a senior official of the state government said. The prime minister assured Banerjee of all central assistance to mitigate the flood situation, he said. The chief minister, who was visiting flood-hit Udaynarayanpur in Howrah district, was learned to have told the prime minister that her administration will send a report to the PMO on the flood situation, and damages caused by the deluge after completing the survey, the official said. At least 15 people have been killed…

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Discrimination over Vaccine

New Delhi [India]: A high-level delegation comprising of Members of Parliament along with Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh met Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Human Resources Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday, highlighting the alleged discrimination of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state.The delegation informed the Union Ministers that the West Bengal government has practised discrimination in the distribution of vaccines and the TMC government is keeping the common citizens deprived while giving preferential vaccination for TMC cadres and supporters only. “We have informed them (the Union Ministers) of the vaccine politics in Bengal. We have demanded a solution,” Ghosh told reporters here.“The state government has over 30 lakh vaccines but they are deliberately not distributing it or they aren’t able to because of poor management. The politics and black marketing of vaccines should end. We want vaccination centres…

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“Khela Hobe” Across India!

Kolkata (West Bengal): The ‘Khela Hobe’ slogan will reverberate across India in the coming days, said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. Speaking at the launch of Khela Hobe programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Banerjee said, “Khela Hobe has become very popular. The slogan was raised in Parliament too. In the coming days, it will reverberate across India. We will celebrate August 16 as Khela Hobe Diwas.” During the event, Banerjee dribbled a football. She said, “We had granted Rs 5 lakh each to 25,000 clubs. We have done community development programs to take sports forward. I believe to take forward Khela Hobe we have to take it through sports. We will give one lakh footballs to the clubs in districts.” The chief minister also launched ‘Swastha Ingit’ telemedicine services in all districts. She handed over appointment letters to Maoists who surrendered…

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Kunal: Babul’s quitting politics is a ‘gimmick’

Kolkata (West Bengal): Terming BJP MP Babul Supriyo’s announcement of quitting politics a ‘gimmick’, TMC general secretary Kunal Ghosh on Saturday said he must tender resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker instead of social media. “We are not giving any importance to him (Babul Supriyo) as it is a clear gimmick. Lok Sabha is in session, he must tender his resignation to the Speaker. Instead of it, he is using Facebook only to attract his Delhi leaders because he is now a dissident leader,” Ghosh. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Babul Supriyo on Saturday said he is leaving politics and will also resign as an MP. Supriyo, who resigned earlier this month as minister of state for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said in a Facebook post that there was a difference of opinion between him and the state BJP leaders and that the difference of…

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Mamata : Opposition needs to work together to save democracy

New Delhi [India] : Calling her Delhi visit successful, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the Opposition needs to work together to save democracy. Briefing mediapersons before leaving Delhi, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, “It was a successful visit. The Opposition needs to get united. I met several leaders. The outcome is good. We met for political purpose. Democracy must go on. We need to work together to save democracy. Our slogan is ‘save democracy save the country’.” “We want development for all…Farmers are on road. My support for farmers will always be there. My concern is for rising petrol diesel price, unemployment, COVID…Next time I will meet Sharad Pawar. We will come here every two months,” added Banerjee. The West Bengal chief minister who was in the national capital since Monday had been holding deliberations with the Opposition parties for…

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WB: Restrictions extended

Kolkata (West Bengal)[India]: West Bengal government on Thursday extended COVID-19 restrictions in the state till August 15 with certain relaxations.Government programmes will be allowed at indoor places with not more than 50 per cent of total seating capacity from July 31. “Under Disaster Management Act 2005 read with West Bengal Epidemic Disease, Covid-19 Regulation 2020, restrictions measures as notified order stands extended up to August 15, 2021,” the government stated in the release.“Government programmes may be allowed in indoor places with not more than 50 per cent of the total seating capacity,” it added.As per the order, all outdoor activities including movement of people and vehicles are still strictly prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am except for health services, law, and order, essential commodities including agricultural products, and other emergency services.

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Mamata meets Nitin Gadkari

New Delh [India], July 29 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday met Union Minister of Transport Nitin Gadkari and discussed infrastructure, road projects in the state.After meeting Gadkari, the Chief Minister said, “I requested that it will be good if we have a manufacturing industry in our state that will manufacture electric buses, electric autos, electric scooters.” “Our state shares borders with Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and northeastern states. So, we need proper roads,” she said.“Chief Minister of West Bengal @MamataOfficial called on Union Minister @nitin_gadkari Ji today. In the presence of officials they reviewed various road projects being undertaken in the state,” Gadkari’s office tweeted.Banerjee also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.The chief minister, on a visit to the national capital since Monday, has been holding deliberations with opposition parties for forming a united front for the 2024 general elections.On…

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Calcutta HC dismisses TMC leader’s petition to quash CBI probe in coal smuggling case

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], July 28 : The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday dismissed the former Trinamool Congress leader Vinay Mishra’s petition seeking quashing of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe (CBI) in the coal smuggling case.“All petitions by Vinay Misra are dismissed,” said the Calcutta High Court. A bench comprising Justice Tirthankar Ghosh said, “There is no scope of interference in the investigation by the court as investigating officers are performing their duty adequately”.The investigation by the CBI will continue into the matter, added the court.The CBI on March 6 this year issued a Lookout Issue Circular (LOC) notice against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Vinay Mishra’s brother Vikash Mishra in connection with the coal theft and smuggling scam case.

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Two TMC Ministers, an MP to visit Tripura today

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) on Wednesday informed that two Trinamool Congress Ministers and an MP of West Bengal will be reaching Tripura today to protest against the undemocratic movement of the BJP Government.Bratya Basu, Minister of School and Higher Education, Moloy Ghatak, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Asansol constituency, and Ritabrata Banerjee, President of Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress (INTTUC) will be reaching Tripura to protest against the undemocratic steps taken by BJP government in Tripura, tweeted AITC. All the 23 members of election analyst Prashant Kishore’s I-PAC, who according to Tripura Police were under ‘quarantine’ in Agartala have negative results of RT-PCR tests, informed a member from the I-PAC team on Wednesday.They were detained for 48 hours by Tripura Police at Hotel Woodland Park in Agartala on Monday.They were interrogated and even warned by the…

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ASHA workers protest in West Bengal, demand COVID vaccination for family, financial aid

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], July 28 : Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers on Tuesday staged a protest demanding that the government fulfil its promise of vaccinating their families and providing a financial cover of Rs 1 lakh as compensation for the treatment of the infection.The ASHA workers protested outside the Siliguri Municipal Corporation’s building on Tuesday. Speaking to ANI, Rupa Prasad, an ASHA worker said, “Since we have been on COVID duty, we demand that our families should receive COVID vaccination. We are visiting villages, going from home to home, door to door for COVID duty putting our families at great risk of contracting the infection. Many ASHA workers contracted the infection while on duty.” She further said, “Also, the government had told us that we would be provided with Rs 1 lakh for COVID treatment, but that…

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‘Mamata Banerjee should focus on Bengal’: Dilip Ghosh on her call for Opposition unity

New Delhi [India], July 28: Slamming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her proposal of Opposition unity against BJP, the party’s state president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday said the Trinamool Congress Chief should focus on curbing violence in Bengal as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is there to look after the country.Addressing media in Delhi, Ghosh said that Opposition parties are losing their ground in national politics and with the reduced number of representatives in both houses, they should understand the mood of the nation. “Mamata Banerjee’s attention is not towards the development of Bengal or the violence that is going on from the past several months in the state. All she does is politics and oppose the Central government… Mamata Banerjee should look after Bengal first. Modi Ji is there to look after the country. Till the time Modi Ji is there, the…

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Mamata meets PM, demands for more vaccines and name change of Bengal

The West Bengal Chief Minister visit is being seen as an attempt to galvanise the disjointed Opposition to take on the might of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024, when the next Lok Sabha elections are scheduled. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier in the day, she had met Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma and is also likely to meet Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. Mamata arrived in Delhi on Monday on her first visit to the national capital after assuming office for the third term.  Speaking to the reporters after the meet, the CM said that she has urged the PM for more Covid vaccines for West Bengal. “It was a courtesy meeting with PM today. During the meeting, I raised the issue of COVID & the need for more vaccines &…

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Pegasus: West Bengal becomes first state to order probe

West Bengal has ordered an inquiry into the Pegasus snooping row that has rocked the nation since July 18, becoming the first state to do so, said chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. “The Cabinet has approved the appointment of a commission of inquiry comprising former Supreme Court judge, Justice (retd) MB Lokur and retired chief justice of Calcutta high court, Justice (retd) Jyotirmay Bhattacharya in the exercise of the power conferred by section 3 of the Commission of Enquiry Act, 1952 in the matter of widely reported illegal hacking, monitoring, putting under surveillance, tracking, recording etc of mobile phones of various persons in the state of West Bengal,” Banerjee said while addressing media at the state secretariat before leaving for Delhi. The Pegasus row erupted last Sunday before the beginning of the current monsoon session of Parliament after an international investigative consortium reported…

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Pegasus Row: Mamata Banerjee Sets Up First Enquiry Commission To Monitor Illegal Hacking In Bengal

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Chief Minister Mamata announced that her government has formed a two-member inquiry commission to probe the Pegasus phone-hacking scandal.  Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee has come down heavily on Bharatiya Janata party-led Central government over Pegasus phone-hacking row.  Addressing a press conference on Monday, Chief Minister Mamata announced that her government has formed a two-member inquiry commission to probe the Pegasus phone-hacking scandal.  The probe panel – to be headed by retired judges Justice MB Lokur and Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya – will look into allegations of snooping on politicians, officials and journalists using Israeli spyware Pegasus. “Under the leadership of Senior Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur and ex-Chief Justice, Calcutta High Court, Jyotirmay Bhattacharya, we’ve initiated the commission. They will monitor illegal hacking, monitoring, surveillance, recording mobile phones etc,” CM Mamata said.  According to reports, the decision to form…

Tokyo Olympics

Gymnastics: India’s lone gymnast Pranati Nayak fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics finals

India’s lone gymnast at Tokyo Olympics, Pranati Nayak failed to qualify for the All Round finals of Artistic Gymnastics competition. India’s lone gymnast at Tokyo Olympics, Pranati Nayak failed to qualify for the All Round finals of Artistic Gymnastics competition here on Sunday. The 26-year-old from West Bengal recorded a total score of 42.565 over the four categories — floor exercise, vault, uneven bars and balance beam — at the Ariake Gymnastic centre. She is now ranked at 29th overall at the end of subdivision 2. There are a total of five subdivisions, from which top 24 gymnasts (best score across all four apparatus) qualify to the All-Around final, which will be held on July 29. The top eight gymnasts in each event qualify for the respective individual event finals to be held from August 1 to 3. However, Nayak finished at the bottom…

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