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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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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.

In locked down Bengal, fears rise of trafficking of girls
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

Between March 23 and April 23, the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) received 136 complaints — more than four every day on average — about underage girls being forced into marriage.

Kolkata: As infection surges across the state, 15 more Covid hospitals to be set up
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

The decision was taken even as the state health department announced 10 more Covid-19 deaths and the highest single-day increase in positive cases, with 396 new cases of infection.

Record rise in new cases, Bengal govt says migrants’ influx may shoot up count
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

According to the health bulletin, in which figures are updated till 9 am, eight people died of Covid-19 in 24 hours, taking the toll to 245. If deaths due to comorbidities are counted, the toll is 317.

Covid, cyclone, lockdown: All lines blur in Sundarbans
Sun, May 31, 2020

Rattled by the Covid outbreak, and struggling to cope with the return of migrant workers in the middle of a lockdown, the Sundarbans woke up to Cyclone Amphan 10 days ago.

Bengal scrambles to contain Covid-19 as migrants return
Sat, May 30, 2020

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her anxiety over the influx of migrant workers during a press briefing on Thursday. She also upbraided the Railways for sending a large number of Shramik Special trains without consulting the state.

Bengal to reopen places of worship from June 1, workforce in govt offices to increase
Sat, May 30, 2020

Mamata Banerjee blamed the Railways for undoing her government’s success in “controlling the spread of Covid-19 in the last two months” by sending trains packed with migrant labourers to the state without consulting her government.

West Bengal allows places of worship to open from June 1; public, private employees to join work from June 8
Fri, May 29, 2020

All offices in private and public sector will also be allowed to operate with a 100 per cent strength from June 1, the chief minister said, adding that social distancing has to be followed in all cases.

Post-Amphan, Bengal tweaks protocol: home quarantine for migrants except from five states
Fri, May 29, 2020

On Wednesday, the Health Department revised standard operating procedures (SOPs) with new screening rules an emphasis on home quarantine.

Resources under strain, Bengal calls for staggered return of migrants
Wed, May 27, 2020

The Trinamool Congress government has requested the Ministry of Railways not to send more than 15 trains a day.

As communications failed post-Amphan, HAM radio club tuned in to save the day
Tue, May 26, 2020

With electricity, internet and mobile networks down, Kar got in touch with the HAM radio operators at the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club).

At Kolkata’s battered College Street: ‘Cyclone snatched even books from us’
Tue, May 26, 2020

First, it was the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, then the cyclone hurtled down six days ago, leaving hundreds of bookshops in the area battered.

Cyclone Amphan: Bengal shuts its borders, govt says rebuilding top priority
Mon, May 25, 2020

West Bengal shares a border with Bangladesh, and the states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam.

Bengal: As CM calls for patience, residents of battered areas say govt deserted them
Sun, May 24, 2020

In Kakdwip, 60-year-old fisherman Sudhir Das said: “We have not gone out with trawlers since the lockdown started. All our money is gone. No one came here from the administration or ruling party. We will not survive like this.”

PM Modi announces aid for cyclone-battered West Bengal, Odisha
Sat, May 23, 2020

In West Bengal, PM Modi did an aerial survey of areas affected by cyclone Amphan in North and South 24 Parganas with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

‘No pay, heckling’: 300 nurses leave Kolkata hospitals, go back to Manipur
Wed, May 20, 2020

According to the Health Department, around 6,500 nurses work in private hospitals in Kolkata and its suburbs.

West Bengal will cover cost of migrants’ train journey home: Mamata Banerjee
Sun, May 17, 2020

Banerjee’s announcement came a day after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal accused a number of states, including West Bengal, of not granting permission to receive the trains. The states dismissed the minister’s claim.

Bengal Health Secy transferred days after row over Covid details
Wed, May 13, 2020

Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Vivek Kumar has been made the Environment Secretary, according to a notification dated May 11. Narayan Swarup Nigam, a 1998-batch IAS officer who held charge of the Transport Department, will replace Kumar.