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West Bengal Assembly defers discussion on chit fund to next session

The non-official discussion on chit funds in the West Bengal Assembly, which was to take place tomorrow on the last day of the budget session, has been deferred to the next session.

Mamata Banerjee condemns killing of Bangladeshi blogger

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of American- Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy, saying everyone has the freedom of speech and expression.

West Bengal Assembly to discuss chit fund issue on Wednesday

The West Bengal Assembly will discuss the chit fund issue and its fallout on the last day of its ongoing Budget Session on Wednesday.

Special assistance package a bluff: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday dismissed as a "bluff" the special assistance proposed by the central government for her state, and demanded the centre stop taking away funds towards repayment of loans.

Calcutta HC Judge recuses from hearing Madan Mitra's bail petition

A Calcutta High Court judge on Monday recused himself from hearing a bail prayer of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who is in judicial remand since his arrest by the CBI for alleged complicity in the multi-crore Saradha chitfund scam.

Financial package to West Bengal a bunkum: Mamata
Financial package to West Bengal a bunkum: Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has sought to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for debt waiver, Monday termed as a 'bunkum' reports that West Bengal had been given a financial package and stuck to her demand that Centre stop deducting interests on loans.

Two peacocks killed in West Bengal

Two peacocks were killed allegedly by personnel of the joint security forces deployed in anti-Maoist operations in West Bengal's Purulia district.

No landless family in Burdwan district by March: DM

West Bengal government's ambitious scheme to provide free land to the landless to build homes has achieved spectacular success in Burdwan district, a top district official has claimed.

TMC leaders counter Mukul Roy, hail Mamata Banerjee as driving force

As deposed Trinamool Congress General Secretary Mukul Roy's future course of action is the subject of animated discussion in political circles here, several TMC leaders have reposed their faith in party supremo Mamata Banerjee, saying she is the driving force.

Suspended Trinamool MLA Swapan Kanti Ghosh threatens defamation suit

Suspended Trinamool Congress legislator Swapan Kanti Ghosh on Sunday threatened to file a defamation suit against party secretary general Partha Chatterjee who announced his suspension for anti-party activities.

Plastic factory gutted in Kolkata

 A plastic factory situated on Rajdanga School Road in the Kasba police station area in south Kolkata was today gutted in a major fire.

Partha Chatterjee asks party workers to strengthen hands of Mamata

 Trinamool Congress secretary- general Partha Chatterjee on Sunday asked party workers to strengthen the hands of party chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Doors open for disgruntled TMC leaders: Congress

Congress in West Bengal on Sunday said its doors were open for any leader or worker in the Trinamool Congress, as speculation mounted over the future course of action of Mukul Roy, who was considered TMC's second in-command before falling out with Mamata Banerjee.

Sacked Mukul Roy unfazed, draws fire from Trinamool leaders

A day after being sacked as the general secretary of the West Bengal`s ruling Trinamool Congress, Mukul Roy Sunday said he was "enjoying everything" while noting it was the party`s prerogative to decide about his expulsion.

Man arrested for sending obscene picture to District Magistrate

 A 45-year-old man has been arrested in North Dinajpur district for allegedly sending an obscene picture to a lady District Magistrate on her mobile phone, police said on Sunday.

Mukul Roy removed as TMC general secretary, a day after replaced as party RS leader

Trinamool Congress on Saturday removed Mukul Roy, a former confidante of Mamata Banerjee, from the key post of party general secretary, a day after he was replaced as the party's leader in the Rajya Sabha.

Mamata not even a member when I floated Trinamool: Mukul

Refusing to read much into his sacking as the party`s national general secretary, sidelined Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy Saturday took a veiled dig at party supremo Mamata Banerjee, saying she was not even a party member when he initiated the process for the Trinamool`s formation.

Mamata Banerjee neither trusts her party nor TMC leaders: BJP on Mukul Roy's removal

Taking a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee, shortly after her close aide Mukul Roy was stripped of from all party posts, Bharatiya Janata Party said on Saturday that 'the Bengal CM has lost faith in everyone including her party leaders'.

Two arrested for gang-raping woman in Bengal

Two people were arrested Saturday for the alleged gang-rape of a 21-year-old married woman in West Bengal`s Howrah district earier this week, police said.

Two held in Howrah gang-rape case

Two persons were on Saturday arrested in connection with the gangrape of a married woman at Mourigram Railway Station in West Bengal's Howrah district.

Bengal govt creates new posts in police, merge two civic bodies

 The West Bengal government has created 4,647 new posts in the state police with Kolkata Police announcing appointments in those posts to strengthen both the forces for security reasons.

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 leader in RS, O'Brien to take up job
Mukul Roy removed as TMC leader in RS, O'Brien to take up job

Mukul Roy, a one-time confidant of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, has been removed as the leader of the party in Rajya Sabha with Derek O'Brien having been appointed in his place.

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.