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Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee is the current Chief Minister of West Bengal and the chairperson of the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC). Her party won the Legislative Assembly elections in Bengal in 2011 after 34 years of rule by the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Banerjee began her political career in the 1970s as part of the Congress and later split away from it, forming the TMC. She gained popularity in the state by her determined opposition to the land acquisition policies of the CPI(M) for industrialisation. Before becoming the Chief Minister of the state, she held the position of railway minister for two terms. Popularly known as 'didi' in Bengal, she was listed by the Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


Govt failing, should seek Centre’s opinion: BJP chief Dilip Ghosh

August 10, 2020 4:15 am

Speaking to reporters, Ghosh criticised the Mamata Banerjee administration for its alleged failure to provide treatment to patients in state-run hospitals.

Covid-19 measure: In Kolkata, Bidhannagar & Howrah, govt to monitor senior citizens living alone

August 09, 2020 2:10 pm

Municipality teams, accompanied by officials from the local police station, will conduct the survey. They will be asked to visit housing complexes, especially those in containment zones, to gather first-hand information about senior citizens living there.

Cord blood will be used to treat Covid-19 patients: Mamata Banerjee

August 07, 2020 2:45 pm

Cord blood is found in the blood vessels of the placenta and the umbilical cord, and collected after a baby’s umbilical cord is cut after birth. It contains blood-forming stem cells that are used in treating certain blood and immune system disorders.

West Bengal: To cut losses, govt gives tax sops to pvt bus operators

August 07, 2020 4:53 am

The bus operators had been seeking the government’s help to stem the losses suffered due to fuel price hike, and an increase in other operating costs. The situation has been made worse by a cap on the number of commuters who can board buses.

With eye on 2021, CITU floats outfit for migrant returnees

August 05, 2020 5:10 am

The trade union had recently set up a 67-member preparatory committee to form this new outfit, which has been named the West Bengal Migrant Workers’ Union (WBMWU).

Bengal BJP slams Mamata govt for August 5 lockdown

August 03, 2020 4:58 am

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the state government will face consequences if it did not withdraw its decision to clamp a lockdown on the said date.

Bengal governor takes exception to Mamata's accusations, says he has stakes in governance

July 29, 2020 4:29 pm

During an online programme where the prime minister inaugurated new COVID-19 testing facilities in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, Banerjee alleged that "a few people holding constitutional posts" are disturbing the state government regularly, apparently hinting at Dhankhar.

‘Some in constitutional posts disturbing state’ Day after Mamata’s dig, Dhankhar says ‘stunned, shocked at observation’

July 29, 2020 10:55 am

In a letter to Banerjee, the Governor said, “I am stunned and shocked, as are many, at your observation yesterday.”

Explained: Who is Chhatradhar Mahato, and what does his induction into Trinamool mean?

July 27, 2020 4:41 pm

On February 1 this year, Mahato was released from jail, ending his 11-year spell behind bars. Following his release, he joined the TMC with the party aiming to establish peace in Jangalmahal area.

With invite for CM talks, Bengal Guv fires fresh salvo at govt: police acting in partisan manner

July 24, 2020 10:51 am

Dhankhar alleged that Opposition MPs and MLAs were being targeted by the police, which, according to him, “acts as workers of the ruling party”.


From Belur Math to Kolkata Port Trust, how PM Modi spent his second day in the city

January 12, 2020 5:28 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his second day in Kolkata, paid tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary at the Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission.

Banners, placards, black flags: Day 1 of PM Modi in Kolkata

January 11, 2020 11:24 pm

Modi on his arrival was greeted at the NSC Bose International Airport by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, city Mayor and state Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh and other senior BJP leaders.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, Mamata Banerjee meet on sidelines of Pink-ball Test in Kolkata

November 22, 2019 10:26 pm

Hasina and Banerjee share a very cordial relation and have mutual respect for each other, sources at the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office said.

'Water is life': Mamata Banerjee leads rally to create awareness on water conservation

July 14, 2019 6:41 am

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday walked in a rally to spread awareness on water wastage among public.

Mamata Banerjee, Nusrat Jahan attend Kolkata rath yatra festival

July 04, 2019 6:47 pm

Mamata Banerjee pulled the chariot of Lord Jagannath at the rath yatra, where Nusrat Jahan was a special invitee.

Mamata vs Centre: West Bengal CM holds dharna in Kolkata

February 06, 2019 9:47 am

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is holding an indefinite protest following the CBI's attempt to interrogate Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar

Mamata Banerjee's TMC observes its annual Martyrs' Day today, to unveil strategy for next LS polls

July 21, 2018 1:38 pm

In Photos: The Martyrs’ Day rally is organised by the party every year on July 21 in the memory of 13 Youth Congress activists killed in police firing in 1993 during the Left Front regime in West Bengal.

TMC supporters celebrate sweeping victory, BJP secures second spot

May 17, 2018 6:17 pm

The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set for a clean sweep in the three-tier West Bengal panchayat polls, the counting for which began on Thursday morning amid tight security.

Preparations across country for 70th Independence Day celebrations

August 13, 2017 6:15 pm

Independence Day will be celebrated across the country on August 15. India achieved Independence from colonial rule in 1947. At the stroke of the midnight, Jawaharlal Nehru, who went on to become the first PM of India, raised the tricolour above Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. From that day, the tradition was repeated each year.

Darjeeling turns into war zone as GJM steps up agitation for separate 'Gorkhaland' state

June 17, 2017 6:50 pm

On the third day of the indefinite strike, Darjeeling and the surrounding hills in northern Bengal turned into a war zone.


Mamata holds dharna, accuses Centre of misusing CBI for political vendetta

June 22, 2020 6:03 pm

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is holding an indefinite protest following the CBI's attempt to interrogate the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

Why a leader is aligning with someone is more important that who aligns with who; Mamata Banerjee has a major role: Amit Mitra, Bengal Finance Minister

June 22, 2020 6:10 pm

Bengal FM Amit Mitra talks about demonetisation, the problems with GST, failing Centre-state relations, the need for protecting and building institutions such as the RBI and CBI, investments in the state, and what the BJP “doesn’t get about Bengal".

Want a dialogue with all parties to settle the Ayodhya dispute, says union minister Uma Bharti

June 22, 2020 6:12 pm

Union Minister Uma Bharti has said that leaders across party lines must come together and sort out the Ayodhya dispute through dialogue. She also said that those in the government want to build a temple at the disputed site but will need support from

Poor firefighting mechanism makes dousing fire at Kolkata's Bagree market difficult

June 22, 2020 6:16 pm

Over 60 firefighters were pressed into service even as the fire at Kolkata's Bagree market continued to spread. Congested lanes and lack of firefighting mechanism made the task for firefighters extremely difficult. See more:

Kolkata bridge collapse: Rescue operations continue at the site, Mamata Banerjee to visit at 2 pm

June 22, 2020 6:17 pm

At least one person was killed and 25 others injured in south Kolkata after a portion of the Majherhat bridge collapsed on Tuesday. The rescuers did not find anyone trapped in the debris overnight, but a police officer said clearance operations was

What is the Assam NRC and what it means to be left out of it

June 22, 2020 6:20 pm

With 40 lakh people being left out of the Assam NRC, there is a huge debate on what their future is. Here's a look at what the Assam NRC is and how the government is addressing the controversies.

Idea Exchange With Sugata Bose, Historian and TMC MP

June 22, 2020 6:20 pm

Sugata Bose, TMC MP from West Bengal and a prominent historian has been critical of the government in the Parliament. At Idea Exchange, he expresses concern over the ‘poison of religious hatred’ being spread and discusses many pressing issues.

The Mamata Banerjee Interview

June 22, 2020 6:56 pm