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14:34 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Youths in Kolkata raise slogans: 'Go Back Modi'

Youths in Kolkata raise slogans: 'Go Back Modi'

14:15 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Protesters stage demonstrations at Kolkata's Esplanade

Protesters stage demonstrations at Kolkata's Esplanade. (express Photo: Shashi Ghosh)

13:50 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Left-backed students question Mamata’s meeting with Modi, protest at TMCP dharna

Cutting across political lines what started as a synchronised protest pitch against the Bengal visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, turned into a Left versus Trinamool Congress confrontation, after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met him at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Saturday.

Throughout the day, the state capital and its neighbouring areas witnessed several protests against the PM for the BJP-led Centre’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide Nation Register of Citizens (NRC). Supporters affiliated to the Left, Congress, different students’ organisations, including Jadavpur University and Presidency University, started a march towards the Raj Bhavan, but were blocked by the police. The TMC, too, protested in different parts of the state capital. Read more...

13:46 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Protests across Kolkata over PM Modi's visit

Protests across Kolkata over PM Modi's visit. (Express Photo: Shashi Ghosh)

13:04 (IST)12 Jan 2020
PM Modi takes a dig at Mamata Banerjee

While talking at the Kolkata Port Trust event, PM Modi took a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying that the state government is the hindrance for the people who are losing out on the benefits of the central health schemes. "As soon as the West Bengal Government allows the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, people here will also get the benefits of these schemes," PM Modi said.

12:34 (IST)12 Jan 2020
In pics | Modi felicitated at Netaji indoor stadium

In pics | Modi felicitated at Netaji Indoor Stadium. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

12:30 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Watch | Prime Minister Modi speak at 150th anniversary of Kolkata Port Trust in Netaji Indoor Stadium

Watch Prime Minister Modi speak at 150th anniversary of Kolkata Port Trust in Netaji Indoor Stadium.

12:23 (IST)12 Jan 2020
TMC MP quotes Swami Vivekananda, says his speech on tolerance has become even more relevant

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee quoted on Swami Vivekananda, and said on his 157th birthday, his speech in Chicago has become even more relevant.

12:18 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Putting efforts for the uplift of poor, tribals, dalits in Bengal: PM Modi

"Government is endorsing cruise-based tourism now. This will benefit West Bengal too.  We are putting all our efforts for the uplift of the poor, tribals, dalits of this state," PM Modi.

12:13 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Kolkata port represents industrial, spiritual and self-sufficiency aspirations of India: PM Modi

"This (Kolkata) port represents industrial, spiritual and self-sufficiency aspirations of India. Today, when the port is celebrating its 150th anniversary, it is our responsibility to make it a powerful symbol of New India," says PM Modi

12:10 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Country has been benefitted from inland waterways: Modi

"The country has been benefitted from inland waterways. Haldia and Benaras has been connected through waterways," Modi says.

12:06 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Unfortunate that visions of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee were not taken seriously: PM Modi

It is unfortunate that visions of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee were not taken seriously after they resigned from the government,  says PM Modi

12:04 (IST)12 Jan 2020
PM Modi renames Kolkata Port Trust

PM Modi renames Kolkata Port Trust after Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

11:37 (IST)12 Jan 2020
People with vested interests misguiding youth on Citizenship Amendment Act: PM Modi

Reiterating that the Citizenship Amendment Act is not a law to revoke citizenship, but to grant it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said some people with vested interest are misguiding the country’s youth.

Speaking at a prayer meet to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at Belur Math, Modi said, “There are a lot of questions among the youth about the new citizenship law, and some are being misled by rumours around it… it is our duty to clear their doubts. Read more...

11:31 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Modi in Kolkata LIVE: PM arrives at Netaji Stadium

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Netaji Stadium in Kolkata.

09:55 (IST)12 Jan 2020
CAA has made people aware of kind of persecution Hindus in Pakistan face: PM Modi

"It's because of this (citizenship) law that people here have become aware of the kind of persecution the Hindus in Pakistan face. Pakistan is now answerable to us," PM Modi says

09:53 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Political parties are not ready to understand the citizenship act: PM Modi

"Political parties are not ready to understand the citizenship act... Despite such clarity, some people are spreading rumours about CAA. But I am happy that the youths of today helping others to get rid of the misconceptions," PM Modi said.

09:50 (IST)12 Jan 2020
'Gandhiji, other big leaders believed that India should give citizenship to persecuted religious minorities'

"After independence, Mahatma Gandhiji and other big leaders of the time, all believed that India should give citizenship to persecuted religious minorities of Pakistan. Isn't this our responsibility to save those persecuted people or not? Will you stand by my side in this decision?" asks Modi.

09:46 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Youths have been misguided by rumours on CAA: PM Modi

"A lot of youths have been misguided by rumours (on CAA). Citizenship Amendment Act is a law to strip anybody of their citizenship. Instead it is a law to grant citizenship to persecuted people," PM Modi says.

09:43 (IST)12 Jan 2020
Dream of New India can be fulfilled with help of youth: PM Modi

"The dream of New India can be fulfilled with the help of youth. Don't run away from problems, instead solve them, challenge your challenges," says PM Modi.