West Bengal News

Historic Writer`s Buildings getting ready for facelift

The restoration of the iconic Writers' Buildings, seat of Bengal administration since Independence, has gone a step ahead with the submission of two parts of the four-part final report by an expert committee to the state PWD department.

TMC MP demands punishment for misusing people's money

With his party caught in the eye of the storm over the Saradha chit fund scam, Trinamool Congress MP Sugata Bose on Sunday demanded punishment for those involved in misappropriation of the poor people's money.

Body of girl found in fields in Jalpaiguri, kin allege rape

The body of a class X girl was found in the fields near her house in Dhupguri area of Jalpaiguri district on Sunday, police said.

Don't protest without reason, Gopal Gandhi advises students in West Bengal

With West Bengal witnessing frequent student unrest, former state governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi Sunday advised teachers and pupils not to get involved in protests "just for the sake of it".

Saradha scam, Burdwan blast have shaken Trinamool: BJP

Asserting the Trinamool Congress was competing with itself in using unparliamentary language, the BJP Sunday said the probes in the Saradha scam and the Oct 2 Burdwan blast seem to have shaken up West Bengal`s ruling party.

IIT Kharagpur bags maximum jobs compared to other IITs

As the first phase of placements drew to a close, IIT Kharagpur students have got the maximum number of jobs as compared to other IITs, institute officials said on Sunday.

Two more held for Kolkata hospital lynching

 Two more people have been arrested in connection with last month`s lynching of a man at the NRS Medical College and Hospital here, police said Sunday.

SC should be told of Trinamool's court protests: Altamas Kabir

Terming West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress' protests in court against the arrest of minister Madan Mitra contempt of court, former chief justice of India Altamas Kabir Saturday called for bringing the matter to the apex court's immediate attention.

Burdwan blast case: Shahnur Alam remanded to 14 days judicial custody

A city court on Saturday remanded Burdwan blast accused Shahnur Alam to 14 days judicial custody.

Trinamool Congress hits back at Arun Jaitley

 Trinamool Congress on Saturday hit back at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his veiled attack on it accusing it of creating obstructions in the Rajya Sabha and said BJP should fight the party politically and not make it a "slanging match".

VHP calls for anti-conversion law

Slamming the opposition for stalling parliament over the conversion row, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international president Praveen Togadia Saturday pressed for an anti-conversion law.

I was not initially informed about Mitra's arrest: Bengal Governor

 West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi on Saturday said that he was not "initially" informed about the arrest of the state's sports and transport minister Madan Mitra by the CBI in its ongoing probe into the Saradha scam.

Well-maintained toilets needed to boost tourism

Kolkata: The authorities should focus on constructing well-maintained toilets beside highways to boost tourism in India.

Netaji files: WB minister to participate in MDMK protest

Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko Saturday said Trinamool Congress Secretary-General and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee will participate in a demonstration organised by his party here next week, demanding release of files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

TMC wonders why no CPI(M) leader is arrested in Saradha scam

On a backfoot following the arrest of minister Madan Mitra in Saradha chitfund scam, senior Trinamool Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday questioned why the CBI is not arresting CPI(M) leaders, during whose rule such companies mushroomed in the state.

Chitfund scam: Madan Mitra complains of chest pain, admitted to hospital

West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was arrested by CBI in connection with the Saradha chitfund scam, was on Friday admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital after he was remanded to judicial custody by a city court.

Trinamool complains to Bengal governor over CBI Saradha probe

 On a day when West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra was sent to judicial custody in the Saradha scam, five of his ministerial colleagues met Governor KN Tripathi complaining against the CBI investigation that was "aimed only at the ruling party".

Will support GST if states are fully compensated: Mamata

 The West Bengal government would support the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill only if the states were fully compensated for the revenue loss, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday.

Have named CPI-M leaders in Saradha scam: Madan Mitra

West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the Saradha scam, Friday claimed he has named to the CBI, several CPI-M leaders including MP Mohammad Salim for their involvement in the multi-crore scandal. The Left leaders dismissed the allegations.

37,000 taxis go off city roads inconveniencing commuters

Taxis went off roads in the city on Friday with major taxi unions, including the Left-backed ones, calling for a day-long strike, causing inconvenience to commuters and passengers at railway stations and airport.

Saradha scam: CBI to move higher court for Madan Mitra's voice sample testing

The Special Crime branch of CBI probing the Saradha scam has decided to move a higher court to appeal against Alipur ACJM's order rejecting voice sample testing of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra who was arrested by the agency.

TMC wonders why no CPI(M) leader not arrested in Saradha scam

On a backfoot following the arrest of minister Madan Mitra in Saradha chit fund scam, senior Trinamool Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday questioned why the CBI is not arresting CPI(M) leaders during whose rule such companies mushroomed in the state.

No indication of chitfund link in NIA's terror probe: Government

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not come across any instance in its probes till date that indicates terror links in flow of funds from chitfund companies, Parliament was informed on Friday.

No indication of chitfund link in NIA's terror probe: Government

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not come across any instance in its probes till date that indicates terror links in flow of funds from chitfund companies, Parliament was informed on Friday.

Taxi strike in Kolkata

Thousands of taxis on Friday stayed off roads in the metropolis to protest police action against drivers and also demanded setting up of taxi stands.

Commuters inconvenienced as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Traffic in the eastern metropolis virtually came to a standstill Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike to press for a fare hike and to protest "police excesses".

Ali Anwar lends support to Mamata, says those in power misuse CBI

New Delhi: Lending his support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar on Friday opined that whichever government is in power at the Centre misuses the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a political tool against its opponents.

Saradha scam: TMC leader Madan Mitra remanded to judicial custody till January 2
Saradha scam: TMC leader Madan Mitra remanded to judicial custody till January 2

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's close aide and state's Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was recently arrested by the CBI in multi-crore Saradha chitfund scam, was produced before the Alipore court on Friday.

Burdwan blast mastermind remanded to 14 days judicial custody

Sajid alias SK Rahamuttalah, the mastermind of the Burdwan blast and a member of Bangladesh terror outfit JMB, was remanded to 14-days judicial custody by a local court on Thursday.

Mamata slams CBI, questions central inaction against chit funds

 Continuing her tirade against the CBI which is probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday listed some of its failures while questioning the central government`s inaction in curbing similar chit funds.