West Bengal News

WB CM condoles death of Colonel M N Rai

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed condolence to the family of Colonel M N Rai who was killed in a gun battle with militants in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

WB govt must take action to drive out infiltrators: Togadia

 VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Wednesday said the West Bengal government should take timely action against infiltrators or else the state will be a part of "greater Bangladesh" in the near future.

Mamata scotches speculation of TMC losing ground

 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dismissed suggestions from opposition parties, including the BJP, that Trinamool Congress was losing ground, saying the base of her party in the state was very strong.

Burdwan emerges top in providing 100-days' work under MGNREGA

 The Union Rural Development Ministry has informed the district administration of Burdwan that it has emerged numero uno in the country in providing 100-days' work under the MGNREGA.

Forced conversion in Bengal, claims Trinamool; VHP denies

West Bengal`s ruling Trinamool Congress Wednesday claimed that over 100 Christians were converted by the VHP in Rampurhat in Birbhum district. The Hindu organisation denied the charge.

150 tribal Christians embrace Hinduism in Birbhum

At least 150 tribal Christians on Wednesday "pledged to follow Hinduism" at a programme organised by VHP in Rampurhat area of Birbhum district.

Headmaster beaten up by TMC leaders for 'criticising govt'

The headmaster of a government-aided school was beaten up allegedly by the associates of the school's secretary, who is a local Trinamool Congress leader, for criticising the state government during the Republic Day programme.

West Bengal: BJP supporter threatens to stage sit-in before SP's office

A BJP supporter, who was allegedly tortured by police at her residence in Birbhum district last week, on Wednesday threatened to launch a protest outside the district SP office if accused persons were not arrested soon.

Sabitri ​Mitra orders probe against 'gross irregularities' by Manjul

West Bengal Refugee, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Sabitri Mitra on Wednesday ordered a probe into alleged gross irregularities committed by her predecessor Manjul Krishna Thakur during his tenure.

Media houses criticising us to please Delhi: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that some media houses were criticising her government as they wanted to please Delhi.

Congress indirectly helping TMC in stalling Saradha probe: BJP

 BJP on Wednesday alleged that the Congress was indirectly helping Trinamool Congress in trying to stall the Saradha scam probe.

Replace Mamata Banerjee as West Bengal CM: Saradha accused Kunal Ghosh

Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh on Wednesday said he will not get justice unless all those involved in the Saradha scam are arrested, and called for replacing Mamata Banerjee as the West Bengal chief minister.

Protestors demand Sri Lankan chief justice's resignation

Sri Lankan lawyers and civil society organisations staged a large protest outside the Supreme Court in Colombo Wednesday to press for the resignation of the island country`s controversial chief justice.

West Bengal: 14 people, including four policemen, injured in clash

Fourteen people, including four policemen, were injured when two groups clashed over a piece of land in Malda district on Wednesday, police said.

Becharam Manna ready look after NRLM project

West Bengal Minister of State for Agriculture Becharam Manna on Wednesday said he was ready to shoulder the additional responsibility of looking after the National Rural Livelihood Mission stated to have been assigned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday.

West Bengal woman tortured by cops threatens stir

With no arrest yet made for the alleged torturing of a woman by a police team in West Bengal, the victim on Wednesday threatened to launch a stir if the perpetrators were not nabbed soon.

Will appear for CBI questioning on January 30: Mukul Roy
Will appear for CBI questioning on January 30: Mukul Roy

Trinamool Congress general secretary and former railway minister Mukul Roy, who has been summoned by the CBI in the Saradha scam, on Wednesday said he will appear for questioning before the agency on January 30.

West Bengal: 160 fall sick after having 'prasad' in religious fair

About 160 people were hospitalised with symptoms of food poisoning after consuming 'khichdi' as prasad at a religious fair at Arambagh in Hooghly district.

Yet another taxi strike cripples Kolkata

 Commuters in this eastern metropolis were greatly inconvenienced Wednesday due to a 24-hour taxi strike called for a fare hike and to protest "police excesses".

Woman raped and murdered in West Bengal

A 22-year-old housewife was allegedly raped and murdered at Gadeyaragauge village in this district, police said on Wednesday.

Five Burdwan blast accused in NIA custody till February 3

A city court on Wednesday remanded five accused in the Burdwan blast case to NIA custody till February three after the agency sought time to unravel more details of their alleged links with Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh.

MGNREGA schemes bring coal thieves into mainstream

To bring people engaged in illegal extraction of coal from abandoned coal pits into mainstream, the district authorities have launched a number of schemes under the MGNREGA in Burdwan district.

Saradha scam: Mukul Roy to appear before CBI on January 30

The special branch of CBI on Tuesday said Trinamool Congress all-India General Secretary and former Railway Minister Mukul Roy has assured the probe agency that he will appear before it on January 30 in connection with the Saradha scam.

Kolkata to be first fully wi-fi enabled metro soon: Mamata Banerjee

India`s eastern metropolis Kolkata will become the country`s first fully wi-fi enabled metro city in the next two or three months, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here on Tuesday.

Mamata Banerjee asks her Cabinet colleagues to expedite development projects

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked her Cabinet colleagues to concentrate on expediting various development programmes in their respective areas.

SC defers hearing on WB, TMC plea on chitfund scam probe

Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred hearing on the petitions filed by West Bengal and ruling Trinamool Congress seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, alleging that the agency was acting as an "instrument" of the Centre and targetting TMC leaders.

West Bengal to build better roads to attract tourists

West Bengal is giving priority to improving the infrastructure and roads to boost the tourist footfalls in the state by 10 percent in the next five years, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Tapash Paul served board positions of Rose Valley firms

Trinamool Congress MP Tapash Paul served as a member on the board of two Rose Valley group firms for brief periods during two financial years.

Leopard injures five after straying out of jungle

A leopard, after straying out of a jungle, injured five persons at Bandhunagar village before it was caught by forest guards on Monday.

Bengal woman tied naked to tree, beaten; opposition slams Mamata Banerjee

A woman in West Bengal Monday alleged that she was tied naked to a tree, beaten and branded over allegations of stealing. A couple were arrested but got bail which prompted the opposition to accuse the Mamata Banerjee government of "patronising criminals".