Aniruddha Ghosal is a principal correspondent with the Indian Express. He writes on politics, environment and security. He is an alumnus of the University of Sussex.
Sources said successive state governments have turned a blind eye to illegal mining in Mejhia, which is part of a coalfield spread over four districts of West Bengal.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee clashed with BJP on several occasions at the helm of the anti-demonetisation campaign.
“If they (women) are sexy, then they will attract more eyes and will be victims of men’s hawaz," the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque in Kolkata.
West Bengal Opposition leader from the Congress Abdul Mannan on Sunday continued his attack against CM Mamata Banerjee saying the people would not tolerate it if the Centre allowed her to go scot-free in alleged corruption cases.
After moving from Bangladeshi enclave, he was at peace with Indian citizenship but ‘a little disillusioned’ by state government neglect, say relatives.
Mannan's statement stands in direct opposition to the Congress high command's position in the matter.
Besides increasing their retirement age, the government would also include teachers in West Bengal Health Scheme so that they and their family members can avail health insurance.
The TMC is looking to highlight the protests that have been simmering against land acquisition in the state since 2015 --- four tribals were killed during a protest against land acquisition for NTPC's Pakri-Barwadih project last October.
After Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Banerjee is also looking to expand her campaign against demonetisation to Jharkhand.
BIFR and AAIFR were entrusted with the duty of reviving sick industries.
The relationship between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been turbulent from the beginning.
Police sources said that they will be looking into TMC allegations against “a number of senior BJP leaders” and at the purchase of property in West Bengal by the BJP ahead of the demonetisation announcement.
A national government is a coalition government, especially one subordinating party differences to the national interest in a time of crisis.
Swadhikar Bangla Foundation had planned the seminar, ‘Sufferings of People of Kashmir and Balochistan and What the World Wants to Know’, at Calcutta Club on January 7.
Mamata on Wednesday addressed a gathering of Sikhs in Kolkata and stressed on the intersections of brotherhood, unity and religion.
Arrested TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s wife alleged that the CBI had not informed any family member of where her husband would be taken.
It claimed that the Centre had overreached even as the situation was under control of the state police.
Since Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve also come under the same landscape, the tigers will be brought from a forest in Assam.
Angry over Bandyopadhyay’s arrest, Banerjee hinted that her government too could hit back: “If BJP has a government, so do we.”
Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s arrest is a flashpoint in the already hostile relations between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. What is the case against him and his party colleague Tapas Pal?
On Nov 30, in an interim order, the Supreme Court said “all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect” as a part of their “sacred obligation”
Meanwhile, the state government is convinced that the summit, which is the Bengal government’s premiere showcase of investment opportunities in the state, will be a success.
Summarising Mamata’s instructions to her party, TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien said, “We will fight it out.” He described the arrest as a “witchhunt”.
On December 23, Banerjee wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh protesting against alleged deployment of CRPF personnel in the state without informing her government.
West Bengal government statistics say there are 350 functional units in the Howrah clusters, of which locals estimate about 100 are in Dhulagarh.
Previously, the state government had created a corpus of Rs 400 crore for the entire project after it opted out of the Centre’s Smart City project, stating that it wasn’t feasible.
Son of former Congress CM Samir Ranjan Barman, Sudip is a former Tripura PCC president and now Trinamool Congress state general secretary.
The party, which is likely to approach the EC soon, has been for the last few weeks holding meetings, where pre-recorded tapes announce Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s views on demonetisation.
The IT giant had originally been offered the land at Rajarhat in 2010 by the then Left Front government as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
According to a source, Mamata has communicated to Rahul the need for a meeting of opposition parties to counter reports “being spun by BJP of a Congress-Modi understanding after the meeting”.
The FBI visited the city last week to question Musa about his alleged Syria-based handler Shafi Armar, alias Yosuf al Hindi, and his alleged plans to harm US interests, said a source.
The next day, a Muslim mob allegedly attacked Hindu homes and shops and them ablaze.
Mamata voiced her concern over the “unprecedented misery and suffering” of the common people due to demonetisation in a letter to the RBI Governor.
Apex bank Governor Urjit Patel to arrive in city today for board meeting; may meet Mamata
“Experts from IIT-Kharagpur will be consulted to ratify the decision, but it is almost certain that the flyover will be razed. The report has said that building another flyover on the narrow and congested road is not advisable,” said CMO sources.
Earlier, sources said the Congress had taken offence to a statement made by a Trinamool leader, articulating the ruling party’s decision to oppose bandhs in the state.