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Finished runner-up, but Saira Halim still turned the tide for CPM in Ballygunge
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

Though she was expected to lose to the Trinamool Congress's Babul Supriyo - she eventually lost by over 20,000 votes - Halim, 43, managed to effect a stunning turnaround in the flagging fortunes of the CPI(M).

Saira Shah Halim: CPM’s losing candidate in Ballygunge who turned the tide for party
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

The spotlight has stayed on West Bengal CPI(M) candidate Saira Shah Halim even after her loss in the Ballygunge Assembly bypoll. Here's how the niece of actor Naseeruddin Shah turned the tide for her party.

TMC winning streak showcases Mamata Banerjee’s dominance in Bengal politics, as BJP stocks slide
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

The poll results also saw a sharp rise in the Left’s vote share in Ballygunge, where the CPM candidate became the runner-up

Bengal: Officer who cracked Park Street case asked to monitor rape probes
Thu, Apr 14, 2022

Amid growing outrage over the incident, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, in her first term as CM, had termed it “doctored” and “minor”.

Behind Calcutta HC asking Damayanti to monitor rape probes, a nod to her cracking of Park Street case
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

In 2012, when Damayanti was the joint commissioner (crime) of Kolkata Police, the Park Street rape incident had occurred.

‘Confident of a win’: Relaxed Babul Supriyo gorges on samosas, kachoris
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

The two-time MP and former Union minister, who would run from booth to booth during his BJP days, training his guns at the ruling party and accusing it of booth jamming, rigging and false voting, Supriyo, in his TMC avatar, was in a jovial mood on a busy polling day.

Bengal rape-murder: Calcutta High Court directs CBI to probe, submit report by May 2
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

A division bench of Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj ordered the agency to submit a report on the progress of investigation on May 2, the next date of hearing

With new-look flag, Forward Bloc’s tiger takes the leap: Communism to ‘Subhasism’
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

The AIFB's West Bengal state secretary Naren Chatterjee said that the new party flag will be hoisted on July 22.

Recruitment scam: Calcutta HC asks TMC’s Partha Chatterjee to appear before CBI, division bench stays order
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Soon after the single bench issued the order on Tuesday, the TMC leader’s lawyers approached the division bench and obtained a stay.

Newsmaker | Nothing historic about it: CPI(M) Politburo’s first Dalit member
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

The six-time MP was born in a family of rural artisans who became a doctor before joining politics during Emergency

Bengal violence fresh chapter: A civic poll, two deaths, and a popular leader
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

West Bengal Congress councillor Tapan Kandu, who was elected councillor for the first time in 2000, was a follower of Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh. “Every day, before leaving the house, he used to bow before Ghosh’s photo, even after joining the BJP and the Congress," his wife said.

SSC recruitment ‘scam’: CBI books ex-school directorate official
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

The FIR was filed by the central agency's anti-corruption bureau under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged document or electronic record as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code.

Past a drawback, Babul Supriyo tries to recast himself in new light
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

TMC candidate in Ballygunge by-poll was Asansol MP during the 2018 riots in the city

TMC infighting in Birbhum brings focus on Dy Speaker
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

The rift in the ruling party became public after the BJP’s “fact-finding committee” on the Bogtui killings wrote about Mondal’s alleged role in the incident.

Newsmaker: TMC infighting post-Birbhum violence brings public focus on Bengal deputy Speaker
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

TMC district chief Anubrata Mondal has accused Ashish Banerjee of protecting a party leader arrested in connection with the killings

‘Need to show rule of law exists’: Calcutta HC orders CBI probe into Cong councillor murder
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

The central agency was directed to submit in the trial court concerned a final report on the investigation within a month.

In Birbhum, protest against Deucha Pachami coal project smoulders: ‘Won’t give up land or way of life’
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

A sit-in against plans to mine the world’s second-largest coal block began on February 23 following incidents of alleged violence and intimidation by the police and the TMC

Newsmaker: Narendranath Chakraborty, MLA banned from Asansol by-poll campaign an old TMC hand
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

EC censures Narendranath Chakroborty for threatening BJP voters

‘BJP attacking federal structure’: Mamata writes to non-BJP CMs, Oppn leaders
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

“As the Opposition parties, it is our constitutional responsibility to hold this government accountable for their actions, to resist the stifling of voices of dissent,” the letter read.

Birbhum violence ruckus in House: From one of BJP’s first Bengal MLAs to Oppn leader, these are the 5 suspended lawmakers
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Brief profiles of the lawmakers who were suspended till the next session by Speaker Biman Banerjee on Monday.

National goals, minority vote, Asansol poll: Why Birbhum violence has Mamata rattled
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

As the Centre has stepped in with a CBI probe, the incident has Banerjee bogged down in Bengal at a time when new power equations are being shaped post the five Assembly elections.

Fists fly in Bengal House over Birbhum killings, 5 BJP MLAs suspended
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

The incident came on a day when the toll from the Birbhum incident rose to nine with another victim, identified as Najma Bibi, succumbing to burn injuries in hospital.

To rebuild lives & homes, kin of Birbhum victims plan their return
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

The surviving family members of the eight victims who were charred to death following a TMC leader’s murder at Bogtui village in Birbhum district last week are planning to return to their village to rebuild their lives and houses.

Birbhum killings: CBI takes over probe after Calcutta HC order, visits Bogtui village
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

The officials, including the DIG and forensic experts, visited Bogtui village on Saturday, carried out 3D scanning of the area, and collected samples from the charred houses.

Charred bodies: 21 held in Birbhum, most TMC supporters or workers
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

Police also arrested one person in connection with the murder of TMC Deputy Pradhan Bhadu Sheikh whose death set off the retaliatory killing in which eight were killed.