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Centre playing politics, ignoring states: Mamata says at meeting with PM
Tue, May 12, 2020

While Bengal was being targeted, the Centre was overlooking decisions of BJP-ruled governments, including on labour laws, Banerjee said, specifically mentioning Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

Code Red: The uphill struggle in Gujarat and Bengal with country’s highest Covid-19 case mortality
Sun, May 10, 2020

Separated by the breadth of the country, Gujarat and West Bengal have emerged as areas of concern as the Centre tries to find its way around easing a lockdown that has stretched to more than 45 days.

Man recounts mother’s death who tested positive: ‘Could not see her for once or take part in last rites’
Thu, May 07, 2020

All hell let loose on April 24, when the private tutor’s mother, who was suffering from a chronic lung disease, had fallen critically ill. He had to run from pillar to post to get his mother admitted to a hospital.

Highest death rate, low testing, number mismatch: Central team red-flags Bengal
Tue, May 05, 2020

The Centre had constituted 10 IMCTs to tour certain districts in states such as West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

After nudge, how Bengal tightened the lockdown, finetuned its fightback
Tue, May 05, 2020

From April 21, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit the streets of Kolkata, speaking directly to the people, urging them to stay indoors.

Sacks they make are key to country’s crops, Bengal jute mill hub despairs
Mon, May 04, 2020

A jute mill worker, Prajapati has been without work since March 22 and the lockdown extension has added to his worries. He says the PDS ration is not enough and he is counting on a “little advance” from the mill owner because he has run out of money.

Punjab extends curfew by 2 weeks, joins Bengal in lifting some curbs
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said: "The decision on further course of action will be taken after two weeks, depending on the situation. The only solution is social distancing. If it is under control after two weeks, we will take a call."

Bengal doctor in charge of Covid supplies falls to virus
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Dr Biplab Kanti Dasgupta, who was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area, tested positive on April 17. Diabetic and hypertensive, his condition had deteriorated soon after, and he was put on ventilator support.

Bengal doctor in charge of medical supplies dies of COVID-19
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Dasgupta, who was admitted to a private hospital in Salt Lake, tested positive on April 17. Diabetic and hypertensive, his condition deteriorated soon after and he was put on ventilator support.

Centre alleges ‘nil’ distribution of rice, minister rejects charge
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Denying the allegations, State Food Minister Jyotipriya Mallick said the Central government had provided only 607 metric tonnes of masoor daal (red lentil) against the state’s demand of 15,000 metric tonnes

Facing Centre heat, Bengal puts out audit: 57 deaths, 18 due to virus
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

“Many questions are being raised on the audit committee set up by the state, and the death numbers. The committee submitted its report today, in which they said 57 people who died had tested positive for COVID-19," state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha.

Covid-19: Central team writes to Bengal Chief Secy, seeks details of death audit committee
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and the Centre have been engaged in a war of words over the arrival of two central teams in the state to assess the coronavirus situation.

Mamata hits the streets, speaks directly to locked-down Kolkata
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Every day for the past several days, Mamata has been out in the city — travelling its length and breadth, visiting neighbourhoods, especially those near the coronavirus hotspots that have been sealed.

CM reminds Governor of his nominated post, he laments her understanding
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Earlier in the day, Dhakhar tweeted that the government should cooperated with the two central teams, sent to review the state’s preparedness in tackling coronavirus.

Mamata accuses Governor of transgressing constitutional dharma, norms of decency
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

A day after the Governor questioned the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Mamata Banerjee, in a strongly worded seven-page letter, accused Dhankhar of repeatedly interfering in the functioning of the administration.

‘Governor, BJP sing same tune… Bengal thinks he is partisan’
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

With all due respect, I challenge the honourable Governor to show me a single case of corruption in the ration system in which the Trinamool Congress or anyone attached to the party is involved.

Central teams blame state for impasse, say officials elusive
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

The impasse continued even as state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha claimed that the scarcity of viral transport medium (VTM) and RNA extraction kits from the Centre was the main reason behind the low testing numbers in the state, and announced 32 new cases had been detected since Tuesday.

Governor says no takers for Bengal Covid toll, Mamata targets Centre
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

“Canards are being spread that Bengal is not conducting enough tests,” the chief minister said. However, against the 14,000 test kits sought by the state, the Centre had sent only 2,500, Mamata Banerjee said.

Central teams say Bengal not helping; Maharashtra wants trains for migrants
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Citing frequent lockdown violations in certain states, the Home Ministry had on Sunday said teams would be sent to the Opposition-ruled states of West Bengal, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, besides Madhya Pradesh.

Conduct more tests, give us more PPEs: West Bengal doctors, nurses write to CM
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

The letters come close on the heels of several doctors, nurses and health workers being infected of coronavirus and over six state-run hospitals partially sealed.

Bengal govt claims COVID-19 test kits supplied by ICMR, NICED are ‘defective’
Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): It claimed that defective RTP-CR kits had resulted in “a large number of inconclusive results” and delayed its efforts to fight the disease.

West Bengal: Official, who attended meet with health secretary, and infant among 23 new cases; 2 more dead
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

The health official’s infection had the state government worried. At least 18 officials from his department, family and personal doctor have been quarantined.

Bengal govt to transfer Rs 1,000 to 1 lakh migrants stuck in other states
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

The hope of returning home for migrants diminished early this week when Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the nationwide lockdown by more than two more weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

‘I don’t know why Bengal not testing more. Have enough kits,’ says NICED Director
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

"I am not aware of the reason. We have enough kits. Our lab is prepared to test at least 250 samples per day. We would welcome more samples for testing," said NICED Director Shanta Dutta.

Attending doctor best judge of death, says Bengal Head of virus lab
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

In an interview to The Indian Express, Dutta said it was the treating physician who should decide whether a patient with coronavirus had died due to it.

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