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Kolkata: Facing budget cuts and pandemic, organisers rule out glitzy Durga Puja
Sun, May 31, 2020

The puja committee at Samaj Sebi Sangha said it had put all festival-related work on hold and was awaiting a directive from the state government.

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.

Mamata slams Railways, its ‘politics’ of sending Shramik trains without informing state govt
Thu, May 28, 2020

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Railways on its own was sending 36 Shramik trains from Maharashtra, and her government had not been informed about it.

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.

As Cyclone Amphan flattens rare trees in Kolkata, experts blame poor urban planning
Sun, May 24, 2020

According to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), as Cyclone Amphan hit the city with wind speeds of 130 kmph and more, over 5,000 trees were uprooted. While several fell on houses, the others lay across roads, blocking traffic and snapping electricity, telephone and broadband cables.

West Bengal: Cyclone toll 72, Mamata Banerjee seeks Central relief
Fri, May 22, 2020

Roads and electricity remained cut off in large parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata on Thursday. According to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, about 5,000 trees have fallen across the city while hundreds of electricity poles have been damaged.

Cyclone Amphan: Their lives broken, people in coastal areas say Covid-19 priority no more
Fri, May 22, 2020

At Tajpur, the uprooted trees blocked several roads. With relief not in sight, local residents got to work with axes and daggers.

Cyclone Amphan batters coastal Bengal
Thu, May 21, 2020

In Kolkata, wind speeds quickly went from 69 kmph to about 105 kmph a little before 6 pm, and kept increasing in intensity thereafter.

Prayer at cyclone centre: Hope hut remains intact, no money left for repair
Thu, May 21, 2020

At least 230 people moved to this shelter as Amphan headed to coastal West Bengal. And most had similar fears and prayers — their houses should remain intact. It has been a double whammy for all of them — the pandemic and the cyclone.

Cyclone Amphan: 10 dead in Bengal, Mamata says disaster ‘bigger than Covid’
Thu, May 21, 2020

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) across Sunderbans (West Bengal).

Bengal: Rain-drenched Digha braces for Amphan
Wed, May 20, 2020

In a bid to accommodate more people without violating social-distancing rules, a large number of schools have been turned into relief shelters. About 90 relief shelters had been filled with evacuees till Tuesday evening.

Cyclone Amphan set for landfall today, Bengal govt evacuates 3 lakh
Wed, May 20, 2020

Indian meteorological officials said Cyclone Amphan, which has now weakened from Super Cyclone to an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm, will have a wind speed ranging between 155–165 km/hr when it makes landfall on Wednesday.

Begin Again
Sun, May 17, 2020

Pramod Rai, Kamlesh Sahu, Ravi Maurya, Dinesh Kharadi, Ajay Manjhi, Gajraj Yadav, and Abdul Azim are the “luckier” ones, having made their way back to their villages after long journeys. As they rework their budgets and life, what keeps them going is the whiff of their dreams

Migrant from Bengal kills self in Kerala
Mon, May 11, 2020

Asif’s colleagues and family members said he was disturbed as he wasn’t able to return home.

WB: Over 1,100 migrants arrive from Ajmer: ‘It feels good to be home’
Wed, May 06, 2020

CM Mamata Banerjee Sunday had announced that a special train from Ajmer was arranged to bring back migrant labourers from Rajasthan. Another train, which will bring back migrant workers from Kerala, is scheduled to reach Berhampore in Murshidabad district on Wednesday.

With no shows on cards, Bengal magicians wait for a miracle
Fri, May 01, 2020

Magicians were now struggling to keep themselves afloat and believed that it would take over a year to get bookings for regular shows.

Six elderly stuck in Assam tea estate seek Mamata Banerjee’s help for return
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Extending a helping hand to people from West Bengal stuck in other states due to the lockdown, the chief minister on Monday assured them of help.

Covid-19: Bengal Guv says CM Mamata entered into ‘accusatory mode’ to cover up ‘monumental failures’
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Mamata Banerjee had earlier reminded Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar of his “nominated” post and accused him of "consistent interference" in the administration.

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.

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.

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