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Monday, September 28, 2020

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Call from Kolkata maidan: Born here, will die here, we have no other country
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The numbers at the Maidan have been swelling and now they are in their hundreds, as women come with husbands and children, and students drop in to lend support, shouting slogans such as 'azadi', 'halla bol' and 'inquilab zindabad'.

PM on CAA: Pak will now have to answer for oppressing minorities
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

The Prime Minister said the dispute that has arisen over CAA has made the world take notice of the persecution of minorities in Pakistan. “Had we not amended the citizenship law, this “vivaad” (dispute) would not have arisen. Had this dispute not arisen, the world would not have known about the kind of atrocities that were perpetrated on the (religious) minorities in Pakistan,” he said.

Mamata Banerjee on NPR: When enumerators come, don’t give any info
Wed, Jan 08, 2020

“Don’t worry, don’t listen to rumours. I am your pehradar (custodian). If anybody comes to take away your democratic right, he will have to do it over my dead body,” Banerjee said.

West Bengal 2019: Topsy-turvy times
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

While the first decade of the 21st century saw the emergence of Trinamool, the last year of the second decade saw the party facing a new challenger.

Governor-Govt standoff: He’s denied entry to Jadavpur University convocation
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

Dhankhar, who is the Chancellor of state universities, was confined to his vehicle for nearly two hours. He called up Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das, who expressed helplessness.

Chandrima Bhattacharya interview: ‘Does it behove a Governor to… make political comments?’
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

With multiple BJP leaders being appointed as Governors in recent past, the BJP has politicised the sacrosanct post in many states, says Chandrima Bhattacharya.

Bengal Business Conclave: Industrialists scared, many have to pay CBI tax, says Mamata
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Stressing on her government’s focus on rural and medium and small scale business, the CM on Thursday said that her government would start procuring materials meant for relief aid from weaver’s cooperative society.

Bengal Business Conclave: Country’s economy on a downslide but Bengal performing well, says Mamata
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

The two-day conclave is being attended by delegates from 28 countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, UK, Poland, US, Australia, Thailand, Russia, Italy and China among others.

Bengal finance minister: Centre’s GST dues piling up, hurting infra projects
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

“Three months of GST revenue, that is Rs 2,200 crore, is Bengal’s due. If the Centre will not pay this month’s dues, it will jump to 3,000 crore. I will raise this issue for Bengal at the GST Council,” Amit Mitra said.

Gatidhara Scheme: Govt scheme to tackle joblessness gives slowing auto industry a boost
Mon, Dec 09, 2019

According to Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), the scheme — Gatidhara — not only helped jobless youth to earn, but also prevented the auto industry in Bengal from contracting.

No assent from Governor, Bengal Assembly adjourned for two days
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

Government sources said among the Bills for which the Governor has not given his nod yet are West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 that makes lynching punishable by death sentence and West Bengal State Commission for SC and ST Bill.

Talent Hunt By Jail Dept: Stage set for inmates to show their talent in music
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

The department will first conduct the talent hunt in music, and depending on its success, it will hold dance and arts competitions as well.

With electric buses, West Bengal makes an ambitious push for curbing city pollution
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

The government also plans to increase the number of charging stations in and around the city. If things go as per plan, the transport department would convert its entire bus fleet to electric models in a few years from now.

Kolkata: In NRC-wary refugee colonies, cheer and doubt over CM land right promise
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

Though most of them have voter I-card, PAN card, Aadhaar card and other relevant documents as well as pucca houses, they see NRC as the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.

Kharagpur Sadar bypoll: In TMC’s biggest win, a personal loss for Bengal BJP chief
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Once a Congress bastion, which was represented by one person — Gyan Singh Sohanpal also popularly known as ‘Chacha’ — for 10 times, the constituency turned saffron in 2016 as the urban voters elected Dilip Ghosh, the state BJP chief, who defeated Sohanpal by over 4,000 votes.

Mukul Roy used to manage party funds when Saradha scam broke, TMC leaders tell CBI
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Sources in the CBI said the probe into the sale of Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s paintings and Saradha scam had overlapping zones since some of the owners of the deposit mobilising company had allegedly bought the paintings during exhibitions organised by the party mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’ in 2010 and 2011.

Kharagpur Sadar bypoll: Congress banks on ‘masterji’ in ‘chachaji’s’ town
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

“In the last three years, he (Ghosh) proved that he would never be a replacement of chachaji. We always got chachaji whenever we needed him,” said local resident Bhima Rao.

Kharagpur bypolls: TMC banks on BJP trick, BJP feud to breach saffron fortress
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

The seat, once a Congress bastion, was wrested by the BJP in 2016, when state BJP president Dilip Ghosh defeated 10-time MLA of the Congress, Gyan Singh Sohanpal, by over 5,000 votes.

India-Bangladesh Test match: In another first at Eden, HIV+ kids to escort players to ground
Wed, Nov 20, 2019

A total of 35 HIV-positive children from a city home will escort the India and Bangladesh teams from pavilion to ground when the historic pink ball test match starts this Friday.

Cyclone Bulbul: Help everyone, don’t look at their (political) colour, Mamata tells officials
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

“Help them (cyclone-affected people) in the way in which you saved them. For some days, don’t look at duty time. Do as much work you can. If necessary, work for 12 hours. Don’t worry, we will compensate you in other ways later,” she told the officials at the meeting.

Cyclone Bulbul: Mamata forms task force for relief work, tells officials to stay alert on attempt to politicise
Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Mamata, who reached here after taking an aerial survey of the affected areas, also directed setting up of similar task force, led by the district magistrate, in each of the affected districts to monitor relief work.

Visva-Bharati University: Students opposed, staff split as CISF gets back on security
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

A majority of the faculty, students and staff opposed the move, that followed a request by Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty to the HRD for CISF security.

As Bengal labourers return from Kashmir, they ask themselves: ‘What will we do now?’
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

The uncertainty of job loomed over them as some even came empty-handed after being denied wage payment by those for whom they worked in Kashmir.

Bengal Assembly bypolls: Counting on Congress support, Left Front eyes Rajya Sabha seat
Sun, Nov 03, 2019

In the West Bengal Assembly, the maximum number of first-preference votes required to win the Rajya Sabha election is 49. The Congress has around 40 MLAs and the Left Front has 30.

Bengal labourers killed in Valley: At the funeral prayer, friends and strangers from far and near
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

Shaken by the tragedy, villagers have spent sleepless nights since Tuesday. Around 3 am on Thursday, people started milling around the ground, where a makeshift structure was set up to keep the coffins.