West Bengal News

Bengal mountaineers safe after Nepal quake: Mamata

 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said mountaineers from the state who have gone on an expedition to Mt Everest are safe.

Earthquake kills three in West Bengal, CM Mamata Banerjee rings PM Modi

People rushed out of homes and schools while offices were vacated and metro rail services were halted when a high intensity earthquake hit Kolkata and parts of Bengal on Saturday.

BSF rescues two Bangladeshi girls from traffickers

The BSF on Saturday rescued two Bangladeshi girls, including a minor, while they were being trafficked into West Bengal, an official said.

West Bengal civic polls: One dead in violence, 60 percent votes polled
West Bengal civic polls: One dead in violence, 60 percent votes polled

One person was shot dead and another received bullet injuries in West Bengal during polling for 91 civic bodies on Saturday.

Earthquake kills two, injures 20 in Bengal

 Two people, including a woman, were killed and at least 20 injured across north Bengal on Saturday following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake with its epicenter in Nepal, rocked many parts of north and east India.

Tremors felt in West Bengal as quake hits Nepal

 Parts of West Bengal were on Saturday rocked by an earthquake, that had its epicenter in Nepal, causing panic among the people.

West Bengal civic polls: As it happened
West Bengal civic polls: As it happened

Shortly after voting began for West Bengal civic polls, incidents of violence were reported from several areas including Burdwan district where a TMC worker was shot dead.

CPI-M, BJP meet Bengal Governor ahead of municipal poll

 Apprehending terror and violence during Saturday's election to 91 municipalities across West Bengal, the CPI-M and BJP today met Governor K N Tripathi, while the saffron party called upon the Left and the Congress to resist attempts at malpractices setting aside their "party flags".

BSF suspends trooper for molestation in West Bengal

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday suspended a trooper for allegedly molesting a college girl in West Bengal`s Howrah district and ordered an inquiry.

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee favours transgender rights bill

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday lauded the passage of a bill in the Rajya Sabha giving equal rights to transgenders.

Another farmer allegedly commits suicide in Burdwan district

Another farmer allegedly committed suicide in Burdwan district, taking the total number of farmer suicides in the district to 13 and in West Bengal to 17.

Presidency University VC gheraoed, spends night in office

Presidency University students have gheraoed Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia since Thursday night, in a protest against giving autonomy to departments on holding admission tests.

3rd Gorkha Regiment celebrates bicentenary at Sevoke

The first battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles, a military camp near Siliguri (Sevoke Military Station) in north Bengal, celebrated the bicentenary on Friday.

WBSEC initiates strong measures to ensure peaceful civic polls

Acting on 'requisite advices' by Governor KN Tripathi, West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) has made elaborate arrangements to ensure that the April 25 polls to 91 civic bodies are free, fair and peaceful.

Campaign ends for Bengal municipal polls

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) The campaign drums fell silent on Thursday in 91 civic bodies of West Bengal that are slated to go to the hustings on Saturday, as opposition parties and the civil society

Restoring democracy in Bengal a second freedom struggle: Somnath

Expressing deep anguish over "trampling of democracy" in West Bengal, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Thursday urged people to build up a movement for restoration of their rights, and called it a "second struggle for independence".

Father who sold newborn daughter for Rs 25,000 arrested

 The daily wage earner who allegedly sold his newborn daughter to a teacher for Rs 25,000 was arrested on Thursday even as the police managed to rescue the baby from Mathabhanga area here.

BSF employee molests college girl

 A BSF employee has allegedly molested a college girl at Jagachha area of Howrah district, the police said on Thursday.

Father in West Bengal who sold newborn daughter for Rs 25,0000 arrested

The daily wage earner who allegedly sold his newborn daughter to a teacher for Rs 25,000 was arrested on Thursday even as the police managed to rescue the baby from Mathabhanga area here.

Madan Mitra's bail prayer rejected again in Saradha case

A city court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was arrested by the CBI for alleged complicity in the Saradha chit fund scam.

CBI raids premises of ponzi firm

The CBI on Thursday conducted searches in the premises of Mangaldeep Land Promoters in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court.

Girl attacked by stalker in Howrah

 A BA first year student who was returning home was attacked by a stalker at Santragachi in Howrah district, police said today. The girl was stalked by Dharmendra Gupta.

Daily wage worker sells newborn baby for Rs 25,000 in WB's Dhupguri

  A daily wage earner allegedly sold his newborn daughter to a teacher in Dhupguri area in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district for Rs. 25,000 even as police has arrested a middleman, identified as Atul Basak, who helped in striking the deal.

Mamata should create a precedence by releasing Netaji files: Bose's grandnephew

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand-nephew Chandra Bose on Wednesday said his family was still waiting for West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to create a precedence by declassifying files held by the state government.

Bengal government quizzed for not declassifying Netaji files

 Some members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's family on Wednesday questioned why the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal continues to sit on several secret files on the revolutionary leader.

Father sells newborn daughter for Rs 25,000 in Bengal

A daily wage earner allegedly sold his newborn daughter to a teacher in Dhupguri area here for Rs 25,000 even as police has arrested a middleman who helped in striking the deal.

Governor asks WB SEC to ensure peaceful civic polls

West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi on Wednesday held talks with SEC S R Upadhyay and asked him to ensure peaceful polls to the 91 municipalities in the state on Saturday, after opposition parties accused the commission of "failing" to hold KMC elections freely and peacefully.

TMC worker gunned down ahead of civic polls in Bengal

A Trinamool Congress worker was on Wednesday gunned down allegedly by a party member at Ketugram in West Bengal's Burdwan district on the penultimate day of campaigning for the state-wide civic polls.

Suspended Trinamool MLA moves court

Alleging misappropriation of funds meant for central government schemes, suspended Trinamool Congress MLA Swapan Kanti Ghosh moved the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday seeking a probe by a central agency.

Independent candidate and supporters block GT road in Hooghly

Prabir Pal, an Independent candidate contesting the Baidyabati Municipality election and his followers today blocked the busy GT Road at Sheoraphuli in Hooghly district for around two hours on Wednesday, police said.