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Mamata Banerjee to raise issue of debt waiver with Prime Minister

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had sought to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time in nine months after his assuming office, on Friday said she will raise the state's debt waiver issue with him.

Mukul Roy to skip Saturday's TMC meeting

Amid speculation of a rift between him and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, party all-India general secretary Mukul Roy on Friday said that he will not be able to attend the party's working committee meeting Saturday due to the union budget and some personal work.

Mukul Roy removed as TMC parliamentary party chairman
Mukul Roy removed as TMC parliamentary party chairman

In a big political development, which is expected to send ripples across West Bengal politics, the Trinamool Congress on Friday removed MP Mukul Roy from the parliamentary party chairman's post.

West Bengal PSC Chairman resigns: Mamata Banerjee

 The West Bengal government has accepted the resignation of Chairman of the state Public Service Commission (PSC) SK Nurul Haque, who resigned from the post recently on health grounds.

Mamata asks CPI(M) to join her fight against communalism

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she was ready to work with opposition CPI(M) on the issue of secularism and warned her government would take stern steps if incidents of conversions took place in the state.

Elephant tramples elderly man to death in Jhagram

A 65-year-old man was crushed to death by an elephant in West Midnapore district today, Forest department officials said.

Mamata seeks appointment with PM on debt waiver

In a fresh bid to seek a waiver of the huge debt burden her government inherited from Left Front rule, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sought an appointment with Narendra Modi, urging him to consider the demand.

TMC MLA removed from Parliamentary secretary post

Amid speculation of a rift between TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and party leader Mukul Roy, Shilbhadra Dutta, a party MLA close to Roy, was on Wednesday removed from the post of parliamentary secretary.

One Indian smuggler killed, four BSF troopers hurt

A man was killed and four BSF personnel were injured on Wednesday in three different incidents of cattle smuggling at the Bangladesh border in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district.

TMC MLA stages protest outside Assembly; party suspends him

In an embarrassment to Trinamool Congress, party MLA Swapan Kanti Ghosh on Wednesday staged a sit-in demonstration outside the West Bengal Assembly and levelled corruption charges against TMC-run Suri municipality.

Trinamool suspends lawmaker for protesting against party

West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Wednesday suspended legislator Swapan Kanti Ghosh on disciplinary grounds after he staged a protest outside the state assembly accusing his party of misappropriation of funds.

West Bengal: Four persons suspected to have militant links arrested

Four persons suspected to have links with militant organisations were arrested by police in Alipurduar district with arms and ammunition, a senior police officer said on Tuesday.

Furore in West Bengal Assembly over East-West Metro

Opposition Left members Tuesday created an uproar inside the West Bengal Assembly when Speaker Biman Banerjee refused to admit an adjournment motion moved by Forward Bloc MLA Paresh Adhikary on the ongoing East-West Metro project in the city.

TMC attacks govt for ignoring Nehru, Gandhi in President's address

Trinamool Congress Tuesday attacked the government for ignoring the name of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru from the President's address to Parliament and said naming of schemes after BJP leaders who do not enjoy national stature was inappropriate.

Saradha scam: HC rejects Agarwal's bail prayer

Calcutta High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail prayer of Sandhir Agarwal, accused of having taken money from Saradha group chairman Sudipta Sen by promising him to manage market regulator SEBI.

'State govt trying to develop Bengal as higher education hub'

West Bengal Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday said that the state government is trying to develop Bengal as a higher education hub and emphasising on more centres of excellence.

BJP first list of candidates for KMC polls by March 10

Taking lesson from the defeat in the recent Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnaganj Assembly bypoll, the BJP state leadership has decided to announce the party's first list of candidates for the coming KMC polls by March 10.

ED to attach Saradha properties worth Rs 500 crore

Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing the money trail in the Saradha ponzi scam will further attach properties worth Rs 500 crore, an official in the department said.

Fire at BJP party office in West Bengal

A BJP party office in Telipukur area of Burdwan town caught fire on Monday night when no one was present in the building, police said.

Five killed, 30 injured in bus mishap

Five persons including three Madhyamik (secondary examination) examinees were on Monday killed and 30 others injured when a bus overturned in Jalpaiguri district, a senior police officer said.

ED to study CBI chargesheets in Saradha case

Enforcement Directorate, which started the Saradha ponzi scam case in April 2014, would study the charge sheets filed by CBI before filing its own, a source in the Directorate said.

Police vehicles damaged by irate villagers in Malda

 Police vehicles were on Monday attacked by irate villagers in a Malda village when the mob demonstrated against the late arrival of police force even after receiving information of a dacoity attempt at a gramin bank.

Congress MLAs stage walkout in WB Assembly

Congress MLAs on Monday staged a walkout in the West Bengal Assembly to protest against the Speaker's decision of not to allow discussion on a recent gangrape incident.

TMC describes Panja as businessman, not a member of party

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday described Shibaji Panja as just a businessman and not a member of the party and alleged the timing of his arrest smacked of a vendetta to undermine Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's successful visit to Bangladesh.

Mamata refuses responsibility over businessman Shibaji Panja's arrest

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday shirked off any responsibility over the arrest of entrepreneur Shibaji Panja who accompanied her during her three-day visit to Bangladesh.

BJP accuses Mamata of moving around with corrupt

The BJP on Sunday charged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with maintaining a double standard in her relationship with corrupt and tainted persons, saying she moved around with them freely, but once they were arrested she quickly disowned them.

Man in Mamata's Dhaka entourage arrested, Opposition hits out

Entrepreneur and film producer Shibaji Panja, who accompanied Mamata Banerjee on her Bangladesh visit, was Sunday arrested at the Kolkata airport in connection with a fraud case. The opposition slammed the West Bengal chief minister, saying she dishonoured the country by allowing a "criminal" to be part of her entourage.

Seven arrested for killing woman on black magic charge in WB

Seven sorcerers were arrested on Sunday for killing a woman for allegedly practicising black magic at a village in Jaipur of Bankura district.

Businessman in Mamata Banerjee's entourage held in fraud case

Businessman and film producer Shibaji Panja, who accompanied Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her three-day Bangladesh visit, was detained at the airport here by a Delhi Police team in connection with a fraud case.

Two killed, 22 injured as mini-truck overturned

Two persons were killed and 22 others injured when a mini-truck carrying them overturned at Panihati in North 24 Parganas district on Sunday, the police said.