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Monday, August 10, 2020

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Covid-19 measure: In Kolkata, Bidhannagar & Howrah, govt to monitor senior citizens living alone
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

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.

Bengal: Covid load gets heavier after a grim July, testing times ahead
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Health officials warn of steep virus curve if people keep defying protocols.

Bengal: Another BJP worker found hanging from tree, family names TMC leaders for ‘murder’
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

After the body of a 52-year-old BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in Ghoramara area of South 24 Parganas district on Thursday, his family alleged that he was killed by local Trinamool Congress leaders. Police, on the other hand, said that they have found a handwritten “suicide note” from Goutam Patra’s body and […]

As Covid cases surge, a slow and steady increase in Bengal’s fatality numbers
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

In July, the average number of deaths in the fourth week doubled in comparison to the first. However, experts said in July, due to an increase in caseload, the death figures shot up.

West Bengal Lockdown: Biweekly lockdown extended till August 31, says CM Mamata Banerjee
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

West Bengal Lockdown Guidelines & Rules: However, exceptions have been made for religious festivals and national holidays such as Bakri Eid, Rakhshabandhan, and Independence Day.

Mamata to PM: Clear dues to help Bengal contain pandemic
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

“If we utilise all the money from the state disaster relief fund for post-cyclone restoration work, how are we supposed to fight the pandemic? When floods will come in the state, what will we do then? There is a need for a separate fund to fight the pandemic. I request you to look into it,” Banerjee told Modi.

Men between 16 & 45 yrs most affected in Bengal since Unlock started, shows survey
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

More than 75 per cent of the cases were from Kolkata; its adjoining districts North 24 Parganas, Howrah and South 24 Parganas; and Hooghly.

IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop ultra-low-cost device for rapid Covid-19 detection
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

The device is capable of conducting the test in an ultra-low-cost portable enclosure as an alternative to highly expensive RT-PCR machine.

Mamata rejigs party, brings young faces to the fore ahead of 2021
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Chhatradhar Mahato, a former Maoist sympathiser currently out on bail, has been included in the party’s State Steering Committee along with two more tribal leaders — Churamani Mahato and Sukumar Hansda.

Eye on 2021 Bengal polls, Mamata Banerjee announces major reshuffle in TMC
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra was appointed as district president of Nadia while former cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who is the state Sports Minister, has been given the charge of Howrah town area.

Bengal govt to buy 18 RT-PCR machines to increase Covid testing to 25,000 per day
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

At present, the average daily testing hovers between 11,000 and 13,000 samples per day. In the last one week, the average sample testing per day was 13,250.

BJP is power hungry, out to topple elected govts: Mamata Banerjee
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

At virtual rally, CM says will be back next year: Bengal will be run by Bengalis.

Community transmission recorded in a few areas in West Bengal, says govt
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

"There will be a two-day complete lockdown every week. This week, the total lockdown will be in force on Thursday and Saturday. Next week, the shutdown will be clamped on Wednesday (July 29)," the Home Secretary said.

Covid-19 in North Bengal: More beds, testing crux of govt plan in six hotspot districts
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Of the six districts in focus, the government is most alarmed about the situation in Darjeeling, Malda, and Dakshin Dinajpur, where caseloads have increased at least 150 per cent this month.

In paan belt, Amphan relief leaves bitter taste: ‘Not got a single paisa’
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

These field visits were a part of The Indian Express investigation into alleged irregularities in the manner in which several of these lists were prepared after Cyclone Amphan tore through Howrah, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and Sundarbans on May 20.

All of them cleared to get Amphan relief, all unrelated, all have same father — on paper
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

An investigation by The Indian Express revealed that Kalipodo Das exists only on paper and these beneficiaries are all unrelated. And all the three own concrete houses that withstood the cyclone.

Guess which of these houses got cleared for Cyclone Amphan relief?
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

The one on left, of a Panchayat member. In rural Bengal, the politically connected — mainly TMC, some from Opposition — are jumping line for relief even if there’s little damage to show.

Amphan relief funds: Parties begin crackdown, ask errant members to return money
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised punitive action for filing false claims, the TMC sent show-cause notices to nearly 200 party members and Panchayat functionaries in Nandigram and East Midnapore, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas.

Positivity ratio zooms in Bengal as cases surge, tests stagnate
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

The rise in the test-positivity ratio is also due to the fact that the government has not ramped up testing. The daily average Covid testing in the state has been hovering around 10,000-plus even as the cases are rising at a very high rate.

Covid surge prompts lockdown in 9 Bengal districts from Thursday
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

The government, however, did not mention how long this lockdown spell will last. A lockdown is currently in force essentially in the containment zones till July 31.

Bengal: In new appraisal system, BDOs and SDOs under CM control
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

This change in the appraisal system has drawn criticism from the Opposition, which has accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government of attempting to control administrative officials in the run-up to next year’s Assembly elections.

Cycling’s popularity soars as Bengal tries to hit the brakes on pandemic
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

While taxis and ride-hailing services have a two-passenger limit, buses can take on as many commuters as their seating capacity. As a result, people are facing a harrowing time reaching their workplaces.

From Rs 1,000 in cash to free ration: Help pours in for Amphan-hit areas
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Many houses in the island with a total of around 5,000 households suffered damage and their livelihood destroyed in the cyclone. At least 86 people were killed in the cyclone, and the Bengal government pegged the damages at Rs 1 lakh crore

Unease grows about burden on Kolkata hospitals as cases in city, suburbs surge
Tue, Jun 16, 2020

Till Monday, Kolkata accounted for 33% of total infections and over 60% of the patients who have died till date — the most in the state.

CM sounds election bugle, tells TMC to be prepared for 2021
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

The Chief Minister also told them to make it a point to let people in villages know about the positive steps taken by the state administration, and said “fake news” spread by the BJP should be challenged.