Following the unrest in Darjeeling hills, all 45 elected members of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), including its Chief Executive Bimal Gurung, had resigned from the administrative body.
The plan received co-operation from the Kolkata Police and Kolkata Municipal Corporation, which had given its permission to use the road for puja. The road was divided into stretches and each was closed for traffic when work was in progress.
“I feel that all commoners are not terrorists. There might be some terrorists in that community who should be considered as terrorists. But they must not be confused with commoners. There is a difference between them,” Banerjee said.
Around 35 workers, including 20 artists, worked on the “Ami Sei Meye (I am that girl)” theme and has cost the committee around Rs 28 lakh
“The festival is a great time to reach out to a large number of people and this year we have decided to increase the number of stalls in puja pandals. We are planning to set up about 2000 such stalls,” West Bengal BJP Vice-President Dr. Subhash Sarkar told The Indian Express
Environment activist Subhas Dutta said NGT had given him permission to file a petition against the puja committee to find out whether the mahogany log was procured legally.
The CPM’s West Bengal State Committee issued a press statement informing the party’s Politburo's approval of the decision to expel its Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee from the party for "grave anti-party activities".
The BJP President slammed the ruling Trinamool Congress of inflicting such violence on Opposition party workers and said "such violence is not seen anywhere in the world'.
This is the first time that a government scheme will feature at the event, popularly known as ‘Camden Durga Puja’, which has been an annual affair for the last 54 years.
While authorities of Netaji Indoor Stadium allegedly said the venue was unavailable, authorities of Mahatajati Sadan had said the venue has to undergo maintenance work.
Without taking the name of NDA government, she slammed it saying, "They are only taking care of a particular community. I have to say this after the death of Gauri Lankesh. This is happening because of a single point…. to divide the people, to divide the humanity."
Addressing a public meeting in Howrah yesterday, Dilip Ghosh said it was a “democratic right in West Bengal” to assault policemen. A clip of his speech has gone viral on social media.
Kolkata building collapse: The victims were identified as 90-year-old Taraprasanna Saha, his wife Sobharani Saha (70) and daughter Beauty Saha (52). The Saha family had been living at the ground floor of the four-storey building as tenants.
In January this year, Kolkata Police had denied permission for Bhagwat’s rally in the city but the high court had overruled the decision.
Sultan Ahmed was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Uluberia (Lok Sabha constituency) on a Trinamool Congress ticket. "Shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of Sultan Ahmed," Mamata Banerjee tweeted.
Jishnu Basu, RSS karyavaha (secretary) for the southern part of Bengal, also told The Indian Express that Hindus would hold immersions as per their rituals. “I want to ask the police how many Durga puja committees were given permission last year and how many were given the same to hold Muharram processions?"
Speaking to puja organisers in Kolkata, Mamata said, “There will be no immersions on October 1 due to Muharram. However, immersions will resume on October 2 and continue till October 4 — the day before Lakshmi Puja.”
Chowdhury also informed that if needed then his organisation will organise meetings and rallies in Kolkata to create a mass awareness on this. However he said that there should be no misuse of triple talaq.
GNLF President Mann Ghising wrote a letter to the CM on “the present crisis of the hill areas in Darjeeling” and requested her to open a dialogue immediately to restore normalcy.
The campaign was held across the country in coastal states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Pondicherry and Diu and Daman. It will continue till August 23 in West Bengal.
Earlier in the day, Banerjee had visited flood-affected districts of Malda, South Dinajpur and North Dinajpur and interacted with the affected people. The Chief Minister gave assurance that there will be no paucity of relief materials to the flood affected-people from the state government.
West Bengal civic polls: The BJP remained second after it won four out of sixteen wards in Dhupguri Municipality and one ward each in Panskura and Buniadpur municipalities.
The States: 32 lakh hit by floods in Assam, 35 lakh in Bihar
Ahead of Independence Day, the Centre had written to all states to organise events in schools towards creating a “patriotic mood” and a “mass fervour” to help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “New India” vision.
Bengal Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, however, denied the allegations. “The Opposition is saying all this because they have lost the support of the people. Elections are being held peacefully in the state,” Adhikari said.
CPM leader and former MLA Gouranga Chatterjee told The Sunday Express that his party workers will protest in Durgapur civic area if the Trinamool indulges in electoral malpractice or intimidate voters.
During Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in April, the saffron workers had taken out processions in several parts of the state, openly displaying a variety of weapons.
Appealing to students to end their agitation, Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das asked them to understand that the university was compelled to abide with the order issued by the Kolkata government.
Rebel Trinamool MLAs Sudip Roy Barman, Asish Saha, Pranjit Singha Roy, Diba Chandra Hrankhawal, Dilip Sarkar and Biswa Bandhu Sen had joined the BJP at a public meeting in Agartala on Monday.
Local residents also said no political party had tried to organise such an event, and that they were happy to see an apolitical organisation organising it.
State BJP vice-president and party election observer for Durgapur Municipal Corporation, Subhas Sarkar, said the ruling Trinamool Congress has been orchestrating violence to force Opposition candidates to withdraw their nominations.
The distinct sari is now worn exclusively by Missionaries of Charity (MoC) nuns across 749 centres over 120 countries, including the Vatican City.
“This organisation (Narendra Modi Vichar Manch) is not affiliated to the BJP. There are some organisations which have mushroomed in the state and we have got reports that they are taking money from the people in the name of the BJP", the secretary said.
“It (CBFC) asked me to bleep out the word ‘Gujarat’ as Sen was speaking on the Gujarat riots in the documentary. Then it asked me to bleep out the word ‘cow’, which, in my opinion, was very funny. We were also asked to bleep out words like Hindu and Hindutva. We objected to this,” said Ghosh.
Taking a stance against the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), filmmaker Suman Ghosh will not release his documentary 'Argumentative Indian' in Kolkata this weekend as scheduled. The film documents the life of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
In December 2015, the student filed a complaint with the Internal Complaints Committee for Sexual Harassment (ICC-SH). “Besides me, there were six other girls who had complained against professors and students of sexual harassment. Three professors and four students were suspended soon after. After the incident, the whole campus turned against us.