West Bengal News

Bengal flood situation rendered beyond control: Mamata Banerjee

The excessive rain for the past two days coupled with high tide and water released from Jharkhand and Odisha has rendered the flood situation in West Bengal "beyond control", Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said.

Heavy rains, floods kill over 50 in West Bengal

 The death toll in West Bengal due to heavy rains and floods crossed 50 on Sunday after seven more deaths, including of four children, were reported from various districts.

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Odisha, West Bengal; lakhs affected
Heavy rains wreak havoc in Odisha, West Bengal; lakhs affected

Heavy rains triggered by cyclone Komen wreaked havoc in several states including Odisha, West Bengal and Gujarat claiming at least 100 lives, causing floods and displacing lakhs of people.

Teenager lodge complaint of gang-rape in West Bengal

A teenager on Saturday lodged a complaint against alleged gang-rape by two youths at an area under Entally police station limits of Kolkata.

Bengal rains: Death toll 47, dozens of districts affected
Bengal rains: Death toll 47, dozens of districts affected

A girl was swept away by water current in west Bengal`s Murshidabad district, while a woman died in a house collapse in Howrah as the flood toll shot up to 47 on Saturday due to heavy overnight rains across the state.

West Bengal flood situation turns grim, 1.19 lakh people affected

Flood situation in south Bengal turned grim on Saturday with 1.19 lakh people taking shelter in relief camps in 12 districts of the state even as weatherman forecast more heavy rains in the next two days.

Mamata Banerjee leaves for flood affected Howrah

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who short terminated her visit to UK due to cyclone threat in the state, on Saturday left for flood-hit Udaynarayanpur in Howrah district.

CPI-M backs Rupa Ganguly

CPI(M) on Saturday stood by BJP leader Rupa Ganguly, who was allegedly heckled while distributing relief materials to flood-affected villagers, saying the Opposition also had the right to pitch in to help affected people.

Indian Army finds cow bombs near border, Maoists hand suspected?
Indian Army finds cow bombs near border, Maoists hand suspected?

Excitement was high in the Nayabasti area of Naxalbari, Maoists hot-bed, where 100 cows were held near the border by the jawans of Indian Army after they saw stitches on their abdomen.

CPI-M backs Rupa Ganguly, says opposition can also pitch in to help affected people

CPI(M) on Saturday stood by BJP leader Rupa Ganguly, who was allegedly heckled while distributing relief materials to flood-affected villagers, saying the Opposition also had the right to pitch in to help affected people.

Ruling front allies in Kerala express discontent

Three allies of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) on Saturday expressed their displeasure over the way the dominant party is going ahead in Kerala.

Rains lash south Bengal; road, rail traffic thrown out of gear

Heavy rainfall lashed south Bengal districts and disrupted normal life in the state capital here, throwing road and rail traffic out of gear since early this morning as most parts of the city were submerged.

Woman killed in rain triggered-house collapse in Howrah

A woman was killed in house collapse at Panchla area of Howrah district on Saturday morning as heavy rains lashed the district and other parts of South Bengal.

Cyclone Komen aftermath: Heavy rains lash WB, Odisha; lakhs affected
Cyclone Komen aftermath: Heavy rains lash WB, Odisha; lakhs affected

Lakhs of people have been affected after heavy rains lashed West Bengal and Odisha due to a depression over Bay of Bengal caused by cyclone Komen on Saturday while flood like situation in Rajasthan and Gujarat have thrown normal life out of gear.

Rain, waterlogging cripple Kolkata

Several parts of Kolkata were waterlogged following heavy overnight rain owing to a depression over Bay of Bengal caused by cyclone Komen, officials said on Saturday.

West Bengal: 'Project Pranam' for elderly aims to broadbase

With several incidents of murder of senior citizens reported in the city in recent times, the Kolkata Police aims to broadbase the 'Project Pranam' initiative to bring more elderly people under its safety cover.

People in Cooch Behar celebrate as India, Bangladesh exchange enclaves

People in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal celebrated after India and Bangladesh exchanged enclaves last night.

39 dead due to heavy rains, West Bengal on alert: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said heavy rains have claimed 39 lives so far, and affected about seven lakh people leaving many homeless, and asked concerned officials to ensure prompt rescue, relief and restoration work.

Kolkata shaken after two rapes in Botanical Garden area
Kolkata shaken after two rapes in Botanical Garden area

In yet another shocking incident of crime against women, a teenage girl was raped at her home on Thursday night.

Indo-Bangla LBA: We are happier than Eid or Durga Puja, say Coochbehar residents

With hours left for the implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between India and Bangladesh, the residents of border area Coochbehar are all set to celebrate the historic event.

Enclave exchange: Historic and memorable day, says Mamata Banerjee

On the eve of the much awaited transfer of chit-mahal enclaves between India and Bangladesh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday described the day as "a historic and memorable" one.

Fire in Kolkata's heritage New Market

 A fire broke out in the 138-year-old historic New Market in the heart of Kolkata on Thursday night, police said. There were no reports of any casualty.

Cyclone Komen hits Bangladesh coast; heavy rains in West Bengal, Odisha
Cyclone Komen hits Bangladesh coast; heavy rains in West Bengal, Odisha

Cyclonic storm 'Komen' hit the Bangladesh coast on Thursday evening, bringing with it heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha, the MET department said.

Bail pleas of septuagenarian nun rape accused rejected in Bengal

The bail pleas of five arrested in the rape of a septuagenarian nun in a convent school at Ranaghat were today rejected by a local court.

Mamata Banerjee launches emergency helpline for flood relief operations in West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee launches emergency helpline for flood relief operations in West Bengal

Taking precautionary steps in the wake of impending cyclone, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched an emergency helpline for flood relief operations.

Calcutta HC lawyers stay away from judge's court for 6th day

Lawyers at the Calcutta High Court continued to boycott the court of Justice Girish Gupta for the sixth day today alleging misbehaviour and demanded that he apologise to the Bar.

Well-prepared to tackle terror attack: Kolkata Police

In wake of the terror attack in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, a senior officer of the Kolkata police on Thursday claimed that the force was well-prepared to tackle any such attack.

Cyclone Komen to make landfall in West Bengal, heavy rains forecast

A deep depression over northeast Bay of Bengal today intensified into cyclonic storm 'Komen', with the MeT department forecasting heavy to very heavy rains with isolated extremely heavy rains in Gangetic West Bengal.

Heavy rains in West Bengal, Odisha as Cyclone Komen nears
Heavy rains in West Bengal, Odisha as Cyclone Komen nears

Cyclonic storm 'Komen' will hit the Bangladesh coast Thurday afternoon, bringing with it heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha, the MET department said.

Mamata asks Lord Paul to adopt Kolkata Zoo

 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul to adopt Kolkata Zoo and support it in the same way as the London Zoo.