West Bengal News

Alert sounded in south Bengal, Met forecasts heavy rainfall

 West Bengal Government has sounded a 'high alert' in south Bengal following forecast of strong wind tomorrow coupled with heavy to very heavy rain under the influence of deep depression over North East Bay of Bengal.

Sparing some land for urbanisation not harmful: WB official

 Most of India's urbanisation needs can be met if 4-5 per cent of its agricultural land is spared but the "passion" about losing land to industrialisation is making it difficult to pass the controversial Land Acquisition Bill in India, a senior World Bank official has said.

In Mamata's Bengal, teachers rendered 'punching bags'

In Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal, teachers are steadily turning out to be 'punching bags', with many calling the frequent attacks on them a reflection of the growing lawlessness in the state.

Trinamool MP Shatabdi Roy sends representative to ED

Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Shatabdi Roy on Wednesday sent a representative to the office of the Enforcement Directorate here as she could not appear owing to the ongoing Parliament session.

Mamata Banerjee invites Cameron to revisit Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has invited British Prime Minister David Cameron to revisit Kolkata soon, describing the city "a true getaway to the east".

Nine hurt, several rendered homeless as storm hits West Bengal

Over 200 houses were damaged, scores of people were rendered homeless and nine persons were injured as storms lashed pockets of three districts of West Bengal since Tuesday night, reports from the districts said on Wednesday.

Constable injured as bullet misfires from own service rifle

 A constable of the West Bengal Police injured himself, while allegedly loading his rifle at the Bhawani Bhawan on Tuesday, the police said.

Maoists would target Howrah, Sealdah, metro stations: Eastern Railway

Maoists would target important stations including, Howrah, Sealdah, Kolkata and metro rail stations in the city, Eastern Railway today said.

Youth arrested with arms from Kolkata Metro station

 A youth was arrested after country-made pistols and live bullets were recovered from him at a metro station in southern part of the city, police said here today.

Elephant tramples man to death in WB

An elephant today trampled a man to death in Khuttimari forest near Dhupguri town here, officials said.

Saradha's seventh attachment order in 10 days: ED

 The Enforcement Directorate, probing the money trail of multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, would issue the seventh attachment order within 10 days, an official of the agency said.

West Bengal: GJM forms Muslim wing

 The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has formed a Muslim wing of the outfit, apparently to cosy up to the minority community.

West Bengal: Half-burnt body of man recovered from factory

 A half-burnt body of an owner of a rubber factory was recovered from inside the factory at Satgachi area of Dumdum in the northern fringes of the city, police said today.

West Bengal: 12-hr bandh affects life in Terai-Dooars

A dawn-to-dusk bandh today affected life in Terai-Dooars area of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar districts

Illegal dance bars mushrooming in Kolkata

 Rising number of illegal dance bars in the city and its outskirts are playing a pivotal role in pushing women from West Bengal and other states into bar dancing and eventually into organised flesh trade, a senior police official said.

State ready to tackle any situation due to heavy rains: Mamata

 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the administration was prepared to cope with any situation arising due to heavy rains which are predicted in the state in the next 48 hours.

Mamata Banerjee leaves for UK on 5-day tour

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she was expecting a number of MoUs to be signed during her five-day visit to the United Kingdom.

Congress, BJP question utility of Mamata's UK trip

 Congress and BJP on Saturday questioned the utility of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's six-day London trip beginning tomorrow to woo investors and expressed doubts whether it would have a positive outcome for the state.

Mamata Banerjee to leave for UK on Sunday

 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for the United Kingdom on Sunday on a five-day visit to showcase the state as an ideal destination for investment.

Three of family commit suicide in Kolkata

 Three members of a family allegedly committed suicide in their residence at Jyangra in northern part of the city.

Bomb detected on railway track in Kolkata

 A bomb was found on the rail track between Park Circus and Sealdah South up main line in the city on Saturday, disrupting train services in the section for sometime.

Saradha scam: Hearing on Madan Mitra's bail prayer adjourned to Monday

The Calcutta High Court on Friday adjourned the hearing on the bail prayer of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in connection with Saradha chit fund scam, till Monday on a plea by both his counsel and CBI.

People in Indian enclaves in Bangladesh want compensation package

Most of the estimated 600 people who want to migrant to India under the India-Bangladesh enclave swap agreement are seeking a compensation package for leaving their land and other properties in that country.

Calcutta HC rejects Visva-Bharati University VC's petition

Calcutta High Court on Wednesday rejected a petition by Visva-Bharati University Vice-Chancellor Susanta Duttagupta challenging a show-cause notice issued to him by Union HRD Ministry to explain his conduct over allegations of financial and administrative irregularities.

Kolkata students express solidarity with FTII protest

Over 100 students from various educational institutes here on Wednesday expressed solidarity with the FTII students who have been protesting against the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as its new chairman.

Don't be a third rate politician, be magnanimous and dignified: CPI to Mamata

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Wednesday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's tirade against the Left, was a reflection of her being a third rate politician.

Kolkata's landmark Victoria Memorial getting makeover

Kolkata's iconic monument Victoria Memorial Hall is being given a makeover and will soon turn into an open-space cultural centre besides allowing access to hidden parts of the iconic marble edifice.

50 fall sick after having 'prasad' in West Bengal

About 50 persons fell sick today after having 'prasad' at a religious function at Hingalganj in North 24 Parganas district.

Punish those behind 1993 police firing: Congress to Mamata

In an effort to counter the Trinamool Congress which held a massive martyrs' rally here on Tuesday, the West Bengal unit of the Congress organised a street corner protest demanding punishment to those responsible for the police firing that killed 13 Congress supporters on this day in 1993.

TMC party without direction: CPI-M

Opposition CPI-M on Tuesday hit out at ruling Trinamool Congress, saying it was a party without direction and ideology and was a conglomeration of former members or supporters of all sorts of parties.