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12 hours ago
Flood situation improving in Bengal barring Malda

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) The flood situation in northern West Bengal showed an overall improvement, barring Malda district where nearly five blocks were still inundated by the increasing water level of Mahananda river, the state government said on Sunday. The condition of South and North Dinajpur districts, majorly affected in the latest flood, was becoming normal though some places in bot...

19 hours ago
Mamata pays homage to Rajiv Gandhi

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 73rd birth anniversary. Sincere tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary, Banerjee tweeted. Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and was Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber at Sriperumbudur in Tamil ...

21 hours ago
Global cues, FIIs' fund movement to steer equity markets

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Global cues and direction of foreign funds' flows are expected to affect the movement of key equity indices during the upcoming week, market observers opined. With earnings season almost over, markets would now focus on global risks and political developments from the US, valuations, domestic flows and stock- or sector-specific developments, Devendra Nevgi, Chief...

1 day ago
Safety should always be railways' number one priority: Mamata

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Condoling the death of 23 people in the railway accident in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said safety should be the number one priority of the Indian Railways. Deaths due to accidents pain us all.Condolences to families who lost loved ones. Safety must always be No.1 priority of IndianR, Banerjee, a former Railway Minister, p...

1 day ago
Mamata, Modi governments now battle over observance of Teachers Day

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Days after clashing with the BJP-led central government over the format for celebrating independence Day in educational institutions, West Bengal's Mamata Baneerjee regime is again on a collision course with the centre over observance of Teachers Day on September 5. At the core of the dispute is a circular sent by Union Ministry of Human Resources Development to th...

2 days ago
Mamata confident of regime change in 2019

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) Exuding confidence of a regime change at the centre after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the anti-BJP opposition parties have joined hands and things would be clear within six months. There will be a change (at the Centre) in 2019. We are all waiting for it., Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, said at a...

2 days ago
Flood situation grim in parts of north Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) The flood situation in parts of northern West Bengal remained grim on Friday with many rivers still flowing well above the extreme danger level despite improvement in the overall situation in the region, the state government said. While the water level of Atrayi and Punarbhaba rivers was falling, giving relief to the inhabitants of North and South Dinajpur district...

2 days ago
Mamata congratulates Sharad Yadav for 'save composite culture' event

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday congratulated rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav for organising the save composite culture event in Delhi. Banerjee also said she and her party Trinamool Congress were glad to be a part of it. Eyeing a new political equation after JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar switched sides to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ...

2 days ago
Is Congress-Trinamool moving towards an alliance in Bengal?

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) Is West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress moving towards an alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls? The chain of recent events could be a pointer to this, but leaders of both parties are still hedging their bets with polls still far away. The political compulsion of putting up a united fight against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at t...

3 days ago
Bengal seeks intervention on flights, fares after floods

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Thursday said it has sought the Civil Aviation Ministry's intervention to increase the number of flights in the Kolkata-Bagdogra sector and keep fares at the normal level in view of the floods in the state's northern part. Our Chief secretary has written to the Civil Aviation Secretary about the astronomically high fares being charged ...

3 days ago
Trinamool sweeps Bengal civic polls

Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) Virtually bulldozing all opposition, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Thursday, swept all the seven civic bodies where polling was held on Sunday. The BJP emerged as the main but distant opposition by displacing the Left Front. Of the total 148 wards spread across various pockets of the state, the Trinamool won an enviable 140 and the Bharatiya Janata Par...

3 days ago
'Centre should form SIT to probe Netaji disappearance'

Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) A section of members of Netaji Subash Bose's family and The Open Platform for Netaji on Thursday demanded the Narendra Modi-led Central government declassify all files - including of the IB - on the Indian revolutionary and set up a special investigation team to take up the probe of his disappearance on August 18, 1945. The forum also asserted it would take out a r...

4 days ago
People living in fear, will fight to save composite culture: Sharad Yadav

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Days after he was removed as the party's leader in the Rajya Sabha, former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said that people are living in fear and the Constitution of the country is being tinkered with. Yadav also announced that the Opposition will hold 'Sajha Virasat Bachao' (Save Composite Culture) conferences across the country -- ...

4 days ago
Flood situation in parts of Bengal still alarming

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) The flood situation in parts of northern West Bengal continued to be alarming despite a let up in the incessant rains as many rivers in the area were still flowing well above the danger level, the state government said here on Wednesday. Twelve deaths were reported till Tuesday in the region due to the floods. The flood situation in South Dinajpur district ...

4 days ago
Mamata greets Kejriwal on his birthday

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday greeted her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal on his birthday. Best wishes and a Happy Birthday Arvind @ArvindKejriwal, Banerjee tweeted. Kejriwal in turn thanked the Trinamool Congress supremo. Thank u so much Didi, he tweeted. --IANS sgh/ahm/bg ...

4 days ago
Dhanraj Pillay, Sourav Ganguly to play in charity match with Maradona

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay, popular Bengali actor Abir Chatterjee and cricketers Manoj Tiwary and Deep Dasgupta are among those who have confirmed their availability for the charity match to be played here involving Argentine legend Diego Maradona, the organisers said. Mohun Bagan forward Sony Norde and the club's former greats Chima Okorie, Jose Ra...

5 days ago
India celebrates 71st Independence Day -- peacefully

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) India on Tuesday celebrated its 71st Independence Day peacefully, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that goli (bullet) and gaali (abuse) cannot resolve the Kashmir problem. Millions poured out of their homes to take part in events big and small all across the country. A shutdown called by separatists affected life in the Kashmir Valley and in some parts...

5 days ago
Bengal celebrates colourful I-day

Kolkata, Aug 15 (IANS) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unfurled the tri-colour and oversaw a colourful parade here on Tuesday as West Bengal joined the nation in celebrating the 71st Independence Day. The main function at the arterial Indira Gandhi Sarani (erstwhile Red Road) was attended by Banerjee, Ministers and members of the diplomatic corps. Banerjee hoisted the national fla...

5 days ago
Mamata wishes Odisha CM speedy recovery

Kolkata, Aug 15 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday wished her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik speedy recovery after the latter suddenly felt unwell while addressing an Independence Day function. My good wishes to Naveen Patnaik Ji @Naveen_Odisha Wishing him a speedy recovery, Banerjee tweeted, moments after attending West Bengal's I-Day function at the Indira ...

5 days ago
Bengal celebrates colourful I-Day

Kolkata, Aug 15 (IANS) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unfurled the tricolour and oversaw a colourful parade here on Tuesday as West Bengal joined the nation in celebrating the 71st Independence Day. The main function at the arterial Indira Gandhi Sarani (erstwhile Red Road) was attended by Banerjee, Ministers and members of the diplomatic corps took part. Banerjee hoisted the nat...

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