Santanu Chowdhury


Mamata Banerjee lends support to Padmavati, says such protests are aimed at curbing the freedom of expression
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

"The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice," Mamata tweeted.

Bajrang Dal starts drive to recruit youths across Bengal
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

“Today was the official launch of the campaign, which will continue till December 6 across the state. In some places, such as Berhampore, Barasat, Asansol, Midnapore and Kolkata the campaign has already been launched,” VHP spokesperson Sourish Mukherjee told The Indian Express

Why can’t star-struck Mamata do without Amitabh Bachchan?
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

It is Banerjee who decides the fate of the week-long festival’s inaugural ceremony and almost announces the line-up of Bollywood stars for the next year’s inaugural event.

Bandhan Express makes its first commercial run between Kolkata and Khulna today
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The fully air-conditioned weekly passenger Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express will run every Thursday from both cities. Although it has a capacity of 456 passengers, only 53 made the journey today.

On exhibit: Vintage cameras owned by Lumiere brothers
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Twelve vintage cameras were put on display at the exhibition, titled Look Thru, held as part of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).

Kolkata: For many traders, it’s back to cash as digital payment trend ends
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Arun Bhuwalka, president of a textile body, said 60 per cent of transactions are made in cash

BJP is the only alternative to the TMC, it will bring the real ‘parivartan’, says Mukul Roy
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

"I am mentally prepared to fight against the TMC and that is why I joined BJP. Even Pandavas had to fight against Kauravas," said Mukul Roy, who addressed his first press conference after joining the BJP

West Bengal BJP welcomes Mukul Roy in party, Congress says BJP compromised on its stand on corruption
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

On September 25, Roy, a founding member of Trinamool Congress, had quit the party and resigned from Rajya Sabha membership after fallout with party chief Mamata Banerjee.

BJP steps up effort to woo Muslim voters in North Bengal ahead of panchayat polls
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

A senior BJP leader said making inroads in North Bengal is not possible without the support of the minority populations in these districts.

Dengue outbreak in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee says no need to panic as 40 people die
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Mamata Banerjee on dengue outbreak: There is no need to panic. Some people are trying to create a panic with a vested interest. Some corporate houses, which had opposed our decision to set up a health commission, are passing wrong information.

FIFA Under-17 world cup semi-final match: Online queue, glitches on website leave football fans without tickets
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

For the semi-final match, FIFA priced all tickets at Rs 100 and each person was allowed to buy only four tickets

BJP hatching conspiracy to divide Bengal: Mamata Banerjee on withdrawal of forces from Darjeeling
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

The Bengal CM said the Centre didn't want peace to prevail in Darjeeling and alleged the Centre was being run from the BJP party office

Sub-inspector dies in gunfight in Darjeeling; Mamata government offers jobs to his father, wife
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

A police team had reached the Sirubari area in Darjeeling in search of GJM Chief Bimal Gurung this morning and came under sudden fire by Gurung’s followers from the adjoining dense forests which resulted in the death of Sub-inspector Amitava Malik.

Ahead of panchayat polls, BJP to organise ‘padyatras’ in West Bengal
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Corruption, the unrest in Darjeeling and lack of industry in Bengal are some of the key issues the party will highlight during its campaign.

Fans throng Maidan market in search of team jerseys
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Jerseys sold in this market are either locally-made or imported from China and Thailand. The locally-made jerseys are sold at Rs 100 while the ones imported from China are sold for Rs 330-400. Better quality jerseys imported from Thailand are sold at Rs 500.

‘GST a stunt, demonetisation a disaster’: Mamata Banerjee reiterates demand for probe
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

Mamata Banerjee has been a fierce critic of demonetisation and has also voiced her opposition against the 'hurried implementation' of GST.

No TMC opposition for ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign: BJP
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

According to state BJP leaders, the movement was carried out successfully in several places, and party workers received no opposition from either the state government or ruling party activists.

Humanity is the only religion, says Kolkata pandal
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

The artist of the pandal, Gouranga Kuila, has installed a rainbow at the entrance of the pandal to signify seven religions

GJM withdraws indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling hills after Home Minister’s appeal
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The announcement comes hours after Rajnath Singh made an appeal to the GJM leadership to withdraw the indefinite shutdown and also convened a meeting to resolve the unrest in the Darjeeling hills.

Mukul Roy quits TMC post, party suspends him
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Announcing Roy’s suspension, Trinamool secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said he was colluding with the BJP. “For the last few years Roy has indulged in anti-party activities and tried to weaken the party,” Chatterjee said at a news conference.

TMC suspends Mukul Roy for six years after he announces decision to quit party
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

“The party is united and we have full confident in the leadership of Mamata Banerjee. The party is not about an individual. It is about our team under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee,” Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said.

Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata: Circus tent on the outside, night sky inside
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Inside the circus tent is a seating area modelled after the skyline, while the ceiling twinkles with LED lights, resembling the night sky.

Kolkata pandal to pay tribute to ‘babus’ who popularised Durga Puja in colonial era
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

An organiser from the committee said the pandal would pay tribute to the “babus” who had popularised Durga Puja in Kolkata during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Mamata Banerjee forms GTA panel under GJM leader Binay Tamang
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

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.

Kolkata street lit up with ‘longest’ alpana
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

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.

All Rohingyas are not terrorists, says Mamata Banerjee
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

“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.

Durga Puja 2017: State, central schemes feature in Salt Lake pandal
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

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

BJP to put up bookstalls but says ‘fearful of upsetting Trinamool, many backed out’
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

“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

Club uses mahogany log to build idol, activist moves NGT
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

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.

Ritabrata Banerjee formally expelled from CPM
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

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".

Amit Shah slams TMC, says political violence in Bengal amounts to violation of human rights
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

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'.

In London, Kanyashree scheme to feature in Durga Puja event
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

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.

BJP staging ‘drama’ over booking of state-run auditorium: Mamata Banerjee
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

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.

Mamata Banerjee condemns murder of Gauri Lankesh, says she was killed because of her ‘hard-hitting writing’
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

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."

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh asks party workers to beat up cops
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

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: Three dead in Burrabazar
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

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.