West Bengal News

Trinamool ahead in West Begnal civic polls

The ruling Trinamool Congress is ahead in most of the wards of Asansol and Bidhannagar Municipal Corporations for which counting is being held on Saturday.

Mamata Banerjee describes Bhutan visit as 'historic'

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday described her visit to Bhutan as "historic" and said it would boost the relationship between the two neighbouring nations.

'Biggest' Durga idol vies for supremacy in West Bengal

With not even a fortnight left for the Durga Puja festivities to begin, a puja committee in South Kolkata claims to be putting up the tallest Durga idol in the world for which it had initiated a teaser advertisement months in advance.

Repolling underway in 11 booths in West Bengal civic polls

Repolling was underway on Friday in 11 booths -- nine in Bidhannagar and two in the Asansol civic bodies -- in West Bengal amid heavy police presence.

Saradha scam: Court turns down Madan Mitra's bail plea

A city court on Thursday rejected the bail prayer of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra who was arrested by CBI on the charge of being involved in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam.

Repolling in 11 booths in Bengal local body polls, counting on Oct 10

The West Bengal State Election Commission announced repolling in 11 booths - 9 in Bidhannagar and two in Asansol civic bodies - will be held on Friday with the results of the October 3 municipal elections being declared Saturday.

Four persons killed, 13 injured in accident in WB

Four persons were killed and 13 others injured in a road mishap in WB.

Sushma Swaraj inaugurates Suriname memorial honouring `indentured` Indian workers

Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the 'Suriname Memorial' to honour thousands of Indian workers who were forced to migrate to South American country.

West Bengal poll panel chief resigns, opposition slams Trinamool

West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi confirmed on Tuesday that state Election Commissioner SR Upadhyay has tendered his resignation.

TMC demands counting of votes for civic poll on October 7

The Trinamool Congress on Monday demanded that the State Election Commission reverse its decision to postpone counting of votes at Bidhannagar and Asansol municipal corporations and threatened to launch a movement if it was not taken up on October 7 as scheduled.

Kalyani Varsity VC sends his resignation for the second time

Vice Chancellor of Kalyani University Ratanlal Hangloo sent his resignation to Chancellor and Governor KN Triptahy for the second time on Monday after his first attempt was turned down even as varsity authorities decided to revoke the fee hike decision.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee leaves for Bhutan on 5-day tour

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday left for five-day visit to Bhutan, where she will hold talks with the leadership and attend a business conclave.

Mamata Banerjee leaves for Bhutan on 5-day tour

Mamata Banerjee will hold talks with the leadership and attend a business conclave

Vote count postponed indefinitely in three Bengal civic bodies

Amid mounting protests over allegations of violence and rampant malpractices during the local body polls, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Sunday decided to postpone the vote count indefinitely in three civic bodies.

West Bengal State Election Commission postpones counting of municipal election votes

The West Bengal State Election Commission on Sunday postponed counting of votes in the election to Bidhannagar and Asansol municipal corporations following allegations of large-scale violence, even as opposition parties demanded fresh elections.

Trinamool blames CPI-M for civic poll violence

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday "blamed" the CPI(M) for violence during yesterday's election to Bidhannagar and Asansol municipalities in West Bengal in a counter to the opposition parties' demand for re-election to the two civic bodies alleging loot of votes by the ruling party.

Burdhwan blast accused JMB terrorist had got Aadhaar as well as election card

Tarikul Islam, the Bangladeshi terrorist arrested in connection with Burdhwan blast, is believed to have acquired Aadhaar card and Voter Card to project himself as an Indian citizenship and avoid being arrested by the NIA, official sources said here on Sunday.

West Bengal civic polls marred by violence, over 70 percent cast votes
West Bengal civic polls marred by violence, over 70 percent cast votes

Local body polls in four pockets of West Bengal on Saturday saw a turnout of about 70 percent, but were marred by violence, allegations of booth capturing and assault on media persons that left 15 of them bloodied and injured.

Polling begins in 2 civic bodies of West Bengal

Polling for Asansol and Bidhan Nagar Municipal Corporations began Saturday morning by and large on a peaceful note barring one stray incident of bomb throwing in Asansol's Jamuria area.

Durga puja by Kolkata's transgender women

Transgender women here have come together this year to organise a special Durga puja in an "attempt to re-claim social space" in the face of "ostracism".

Left Front protest triggers violence in Kolkata, many injured

Many political leaders and workers as well as policemen were injured as a protest programme organised by the Left Front sparked violence leading to pitched battles between the cadres and the security personnel in the heart of the West Bengal capital on Thursday.

Chit fund scam: CBI conducts searches in WB, Odisha

CBI on Thursday carried out searches in 19 locations in West Bengal and Odisha in connection with multi-core chit fund scam.

Kalyani University VC sends resignation, Governor asks him to carry on

Vice Chancellor of Kalyani University Ratanlal Hangloo on Thursday sent his resignation to Governor KN Tripathi after students protesting against fee hike kept him under a night-long gherao, but his offer to quit was not accepted.

Stage set for West Bengal municipal battle royale

The ruling Trinamool Congress and its arch rival Left Front are once again pitted against each other in next Saturday's election to two municipalities, which is deemed as the last great fight before next year's Assembly Election.

Visva-Bharati Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta resigns
Visva-Bharati Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta resigns

Visva-Bharati Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta, who was held guilty of administrative irregularities by the HRD Ministry resigned on Thursday.

Constitutional positions at stake, says Mamata

Claiming constitutional positions "are at stake", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday blasted the Modi government for CBI raids at the residence of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and wondered what would happen if a CM orders raids at the house of Prime Minister.

UK experts preparing roadmap for New Town's smart city project

A six-member technical team of urban planning experts from the UK are in the city to help develop New Town as a smart city.

Nepal earthquake to be recreated during Bengal Durga puja

Scenes from earthquake-ravaged Nepal and India`s timely help to the neighbouring Himalayan nation will be depicted in clay at a Durga puja pandal here, and would impress upon visitors the importance of humanity, the organisers said.

West Bengal submits application for rosogolla Geographical Indication tag

West Bengal has submitted the application for a (Geographical Indication) GI tag for the rosogolla to stake claim on the sugary delicacy and beat Odisha, a minister said.

ED registers FEMA case in Kolkata hawala raid haul

ED has registered a case to probe alleged hawala operations behind the over Rs 45 crore cash which was seized in Kolkata as part of a crackdown against lottery operatives channelling illegal funds for the Dawood Ibrahim gang.