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West Bengal (WBBSE) Madhyamik Class 10th Results Announced: Click now

May 22, 2015 at 11:50 AM

West Bengal board Class10th Result 2015 has been declared by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) today on May 22. West Bengal Madhyamik results 2015 is now available on the official website of West Bengal board at http://wbresults.nic.in/.

West Bengal board Class10th Result 2015 declared: Check results

May 22, 2015 at 11:42 AM

West Bengal board Class10th Result 2015 has been declared by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) today on May 22. West Bengal Madhyamik results 2015 is now available on the official website of West Bengal board at http://wbresults.nic.in/.

Asking for interest moratorium is Bengal's right: Mamata

May 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) It is West Bengal's right to seek a three-year moratorium on interest payments on central loans, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday, adding: "We are not beggars."

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Increase productivity, Bengal labour minister urges workers

May 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) Observing that industry and labour are complementary to each other, West Bengal Labour Minister Purnendu Bose Tuesday urged workers to strive for increased productivity.

14-year-old girl foils marriage attempt in Bengal

May 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) She is 14 years old and a school dropout, but West Bengal resident Seema still mustered up the courage to stand up to her family and foiled an attempt to get her married by calling a helpline.

CPI-M, Trinamool try one-upmanship on May Day

May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) With West Bengal celebrating May Day with a holiday Tuesday, the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition Left Front tried to use the occasion to consolidate their base among the labour class, which comprises a major vote share in the state.

CPI-M suspends former party MP

April 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) Former Lok Sabha member Anil Basu, who acquired infamy for his lewd comments against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee ahead of the West Bengal assembly polls last year, has been suspended from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Left Front announces candidates for Bengal by-polls

April 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) The Left Front announced Monday its candidates for the Daspur and Bankura assembly seats in West Bengal where by-elections are scheduled on June 12.

Ahead of Clinton's visit, US ambassador calls on Mamata

April 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell Monday had a 30-minute meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, apparently to prepare the ground for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to the city next week.

Trinamool member alleges party workers killed during Left rule

April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Trinamool Congress member Kunal Kumar Ghosh Monday alleged in the Rajya Sabha that human skeletons were being recovered of party workers killed during the Left Front government in West Bengal and urged the union home minister to give information about the action taken by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the cases.

I-League: East Bengal thrash Sporting Club 3-0

April 30, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) East Bengal thrashed Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0 in an I-League encounter at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan Monday. Sanju Pradhan, Tolgay Ozbey and Robin Singh scored one apiece for East Bengal.

Recovery of human skeletons exposes Maoists atrocities in West Bengal

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Jhargram, Apr 30 (ANI): In a shocking incident, police personnel have recovered human skeletons from a forest area in the Jhargram region of West Bengal. Villagers blamed the Maoists for the atrocity.olice identified the skeletons as belonging to two locals, Tarun Singh and Haripada Dolai.

Bangladesh hopeful of inking Teesta water accord with India

April 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Stressing that people of Bangladesh wanted the Teesta water sharing accord signed with India, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni Sunday hoped the pact will be inked, saying the two countries were continuing discussions on the issue.

Bangladesh hopeful of soon clinching Teesta water accord

April 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Stressing that people of Bangladesh wanted the Teesta water sharing accord signed with India, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni Sunday hoped the pact will be inked, saying the two countries were continuing discussions on the issue.

Kolkata Slum dwellers' eviction a crime: Binayak Sen

April 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Describing the eviction of people from slums in Nonadanga in the eastern part of the city as a "tragedy and great crime", human rights activist Binayak Sen Sunday accused the West Bengal government of being inhuman.

'CPI-M, Maoists, teachers trying to stop development'

April 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) West Bengal Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee Sunday blamed the opposition Left Front and a section of teachers for trying to stop the developmental work in the state by spreading canards against the 11-month-old TMC-Congress government.

West Bengal: Govt. blames opposition for creating troubles

April 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ruling Trinamool Congress has blamed the opposition left front and section of teachers for the creating obstacle in the way of development

CPI-M, Maoists spreading canards against us: Trinamool

April 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) West Bengal Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee Sunday blamed the opposition Left Front and the Maoists for trying to stop developmental work in the state by spreading canards against the 11-month-old TMC-Congress government.

Majority of Kolkatans to root for Dada, not KKR on May 5

April 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Eden Gardens may be the official home venue for the Kolkata Knight Riders, but come May 5 a majority of Kolkatans - from celebrities to the man on the street - seem to be gearing up emotionally to back their eternal favourite "Dada" Sourav Ganguly, who will lead the Pune Warriors out on the historic ground.

Eight girls rescued from Delhi brothels

April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Eight girls, a majority of them minors, were rescued from two Delhi brothels, police said Saturday.

Slum dwellers, police clash in Kolkata again

April 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Fresh clashes broke out between evicted slum dwellers of Nonadanga and police personnel here Saturday, leaving several people injured.

Bengal tea workers may come under MGNREGA

April 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) The West Bengal government is planning to bring the state's impoverished tea gardens workers under the ambit of the 100-days' employment guarantee scheme, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here Friday.

Both Congress and Trinamool are sinking ships: CPI-M

April 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) The CPI-M Friday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assuring Trinamool Congress (TMC) members of parliament over the financial crisis in West Bengal, saying only time will tell "who bails out whom" as both parties were having a tough time due to their "anti-people" policies.

Ang Lee praises Suraj Sharma's work in 'Life of Pi'

April 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, who zeroed in on Indian child actor Suraj Sharma as the lead for his forthcoming movie "Life of Pi", says the teenager has given an emotional performance and hopes the movie remains talked about for a long time to come.

We can't change our anti-SEZ stand: Mamata

April 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday reiterated her government's policy of not granting special economic zone (SEZ) status to Infosys -- all at a time when the central government is mulling revival of SEZs, especially those held up for years, reducing the minimum area requirement and dishing out tax concession.

This official doesn't want hiked dearness allowance!

April 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) How often do you find a government employee who doesn't want a hike in dearness allowance (DA)? But Kolkata resident Hiralal Burman is an exception - he refuses to accept his increased allowance to protest the poor DA hike for workers under the 100-day rural jobs scheme.

Vice chancellor, officials confined in office overnight in Bengal

April 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) The vice-chancellor of the Aliah University and other officials had to spend the whole of Wednesday night confined in an office of the university's Salt lake campus as hundreds of students demanding upgradation of the existing infrastructure forcibly prevented their exit.

Indian boy of five languishes in Bangladesh jail

April 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Dhaka, April 25 (IANS) A five-year-old Indian boy and his grandparents are lodged in a Bangladesh jail for a year since the process for their confirmation as Indian nationals has taken up a lot of time, a media report said Wednesday.

By-polls in two Bengal assembly constituencies June 12

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) By-elections in two West Bengal Assembly constituencies - Daspur and Bankura - will be held June 12, the Election Commission announced Tuesday.

Bengal aims at 60 days work under rural jobs scheme

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Lalgarh (West Bengal), April 24 (IANS) West Bengal aims to give 60 days of work to each household under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the coming year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday.

Jealousy fuelling malicious campaign against Banerjee: Trinamool

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) With the Mamata Banerjee government drawing flak for many of its actions, the ruling Trinamool Congress Tuesday claimed there was a malicious campaign against her, fuelled by jealousy against her administration's achievements.

Mamata on backfoot, says her demand was an appeal not an ultimatum

April 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, who is well known for threatening the government first and soften later, has once again has come on the backtrack and said a section of media has distorted my statement..........

Mamata backtracks; says it was an appeal, not ultimatum

April 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Kolkata, Apr 23 (IANS) Three days after issuing a 15-day ultimatum to the central government for accepting the state's demand for a moratorium on interest re-payment, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed a section of media for distorting the facts and clarified that it was not an ultimatum but an appeal.

Trinamool MPs to pressure government for tax monotatorium

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee giving a 15-day ultimatum to the central government for accepting the state's demand for a three-year interest moratorium, Trinamool Congress Monday said it will raise the issue in both the houses of parliament in the upcoming budget session.

CPI-M to Mamata: Can't evade responsibility on Terai, Doars row

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) West Bengal opposition leader Surya Kanta Mishra Monday citicised the Mamata Banerjee regime over the ongoing violence in the Terai and Dooars regions, saying the government should show a "positive attitude" to resolve the problem.

Gogoi follows Mamata, plans government channel in Assam

April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Guwahati, April 23 (IANS) Following in the footsteps of his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said his government would soon have its own news channel to showcase developmental activities across the state.

Panel looking into Mamata ultimatum: Mukherjee

April 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Washington, April 22 (IANS) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has asked a government panel to look into West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's ultimatum to the centre for a moratorium on the cash strapped state's interest payments.

Congress mum on Banerjee's 15-day ultimatum for W. Bengal debt relief

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday refused to comment on the 15-day deadline issued by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to the Centre to announce debt relief for her state.

BJP urges Centre to consider legitimate rights of states

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Amritsar, Apr 22 (ANI): Claiming the 15-day deadline issued by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the central government as a 'legitimate right', Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday urged the Congress party to consider her demand.

Joint Action Committee of 26 organisations call for shutdown in Jalpaiguri

April 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Jalpaiguri, Apr 22 (ANI): The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of 26 organisations have called for a shutdown in Terai and Dooars region of West Bengal on Sunday to protest the proposed inclusion of 359 areas from the region to the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA).

Bengal to take religious leaders' help for polio vaccination

April 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) In a bid to make sure that each and every child of the state ias administered polio vaccine, the West Bengal government Saturday said it will take help of religious leaders to persuade the families who are still resisting the vaccine.

Congress plays down Mamata ultimatum

April 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Playing down the ultimatum of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for a moratorium on interest payment burden of the state, the Congress Saturday said the central government will have a "constructive approach" towards such demands.

Mamata mulls state-owned news channel, magazine

April 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said the government is thinking about launching a state-owned news channel and bringing out a magazine to highlight achievements of the officials.

Mamata to launch TV channel for West Bengal

April 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Kolkata, Apr 21 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she would start a television channel and a newspaper to cater to the needs of the state government.

Social media a reality: Khurshid

April 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) As the West Bengal police booked a university professor for forwarding a cartoon mail on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the state CID asked Facebook to delete some morphed images of her, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid Saturday said social media had become a reality and there were very restricted opportunities to impose constraints on that.

Now a Ratna award for Bengal bureaucrats

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) After instituting Krishi Ratna award for best farmer in a block, the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government Saturday declared an award for bureaucrats putting up a good performance.

Mamta on tough stance, insists on tax moratorium

April 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Taking a tough stance, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banarjee has hinted that state is not in the position for its survival

Mamata insists on tax moratorium for Bengal

April 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) In a stern warning to the Congress-led union government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said it has to accept West Bengal's demand for a tax moratorium for the next three years.

CPI hits out against 'intolerance' of Mamata government

April 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) Coming down heavily on West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government for "intolerance" of criticism and "vindictiveness" against political opponents, the Communist Party of India Friday said it would raise these issues at the national level.

After railways, Banerjee now sending Bengal to ICU: CPI-M

April 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that her government has completed most of its tasks in its very first year, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Surjya Kanta Mishra Friday said after having sent the railways to the ICU as railway minister, she was now doing the same to the state.

Infant mortality in Bengal has come down: Mamata

April 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) Amid regular reports of crib deaths in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday claimed there has been a fall in the number of infant deaths in the state.

Pay honorarium to priests, not just imams: VHP to Mamata

April 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) The Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) Friday said it would launch a campaign in West Bengal demanding monthly honorariums to Hindu priests and unemployed youth to protest against the Mamata Banerjee-led government's decision to pay honorariums of Rs.2,500 to imams.

Good policy environment in Bengal needed for investment

April 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) Chinese ambassador Zhang Yan Friday said a good policy environment is needed in West Bengal to attract foreign funds and identified agriculture, tourism and power sectors as potential areas for investment from his country.

Fire at Bengal state secretariat, no casualties

April 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) A fire broke out in the West Bengal state secretariat Writers' Buildings Friday morning, police said. No casualty was reported.

One sent to jail for assaulting Bengal scientist, daughter

April 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) A West Bengal court Thursday sent a man to three days' police custody for allegedly assaulting a retired scientist and molesting his daughter.

Dempo a draw away from winning the I-League

April 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Margao, April 19 (IANS) A draw is just enough for Dempo to bag the I-League football title for the record fifth time when they face East Bengal in a key clash of the tournament at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Friday.

Promises delivered, says West Bengal government

April 19, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) The West Bengal government has released "Promises Delivered" -- a 168-page book about its achievements "not given due recognition" in the wake of an outcry by a section of the civil society and the media over the regime's actions.

India poses no missile threat: NATO

April 19, 2012 at 5:09 AM

Brussels, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) NATO does not consider India as a missile threat despite the country's advanced missile development programme, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

Bengal inks land lease pacts with seven firms

April 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government Wednesday signed land lease pacts with seven companies which would set up their industrial units in the state, involving a total investment of more than Rs 52.8 billion.

Taxis on 24-hour strike in Kolkata Thursday

April 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) In a bid to pressurize the government to revise taxi fares, a large section of West Bengal Taxi operators have decided to go on a 24-hour strike Thursday.

Mamata among Time's 100 most influential people

April 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) Time magazine has listed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in its list for 2012, sharing space with the likes of US President Barack Obama and billionaire investor Warren Buffet.

Ominous signs for democracy in Bengal: Kolkata scientist

April 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) Warning that there were "ominous signs for democracy" in West Bengal, internationally acclaimed scientist Partho Sarothi Roy, who was arrested for supporting slum dwellers when they were being evicted, Wednesday accused the Mamata Banerjee government of "targeting the voices of protest".

Mamata's reign similar to semi-fascist rule of 1970s: Left leader

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Surya Kanta Mishra Wednesday likened the rule of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the "semi fascist regime" in the state in the 1970s.

Thrashed, daughter stripped naked, says retired Bengal scientist

April 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Days after a Jadavpur University professor was beaten for circulating 'defamatory' cartoons of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a retired scientist and his daughter Tuesday alleged they were assaulted and molestated. Police said they were investigating.

Bengal schoolboy brings pistol to shoot principal

April 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) A high school student in West Bengal's Murshidabad district was caught with a gun and bullets which he had brought purportedly to kill the principal who had earlier scolded him.

This is not the change we wanted: Bengal intellectuals

April 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Expressing concern over instances of "police excesses" in West Bengal, a section of human rights activists and intellectuals Tuesday said people were fast losing trust on the Mamata Banerjee government.

Intellectuals protest Mamata regime's 'irrationality'

April 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) More than 50 intellectuals have expressed 'dismay over the spiralling descent into irrationality' of the West Bengal government following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's directives to libraries to subscribe to particular newspapers and the arrest of a Jadavpur University professor for posting her caricatures on internet.

'Learn to hate' CPI-M, says Trinamool minister

April 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Days after a Jadavpur University professor's arrest for circulating cartoons targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, state Food Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick has asked party workers to socially boycott CPI-M workers and "learn to hate them".

Kabir Suman mocks Mamata over Toongate, composes song

April 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Causing more embarrassment to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is drawing flak over the arrest of a professor for circulating cartoons, singer-turned-Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman has composed a song, "Hasi Niye Thako" (Live with a smile), mocking the state government.

Chomsky, others write to PM protesting Bengal police excesses

April 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) Eminent persons of international repute, including well-known US-based academician-intellectual Noam Chomsky, Monday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing concern over the use of state force in West Bengal in cracking down on human rights activists or citizens attempting to raise issues of concern.

East Bengal scrape past Chirag United 4-3

April 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) East Bengal beat Chirag United Kerala 4-3 in a thrilling I-League encounter at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan here Monday.

Five killed in Bengal road accident

April 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Siliguri, April 16 (IANS) Five people were killed when a speeding car skidded and rolled down a gorge in the hilly Darjeeling district of West Bengal Monday, police said.

Mamata to skip crucial meeting on NCTC tomorrow

April 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The Trinamool Congress Chief and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee is likely to skip a crucial meeting on National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), an internal security meeting convened by Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday, sources say........

Under Didi, Bengal gets a controversy a day (West Bengal Newsletter)

April 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) An issue a day keeps boredom at bay - this could well be the guiding principle of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee these days. How else does one explain her government regularly dishing out controversies on a platter to her political opponents?

Anger in Bengal over professor's arrest

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) First a ban on certain newspapers and now the arrest of a professor for allegedly circulating a cartoon targeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. People in West Bengal Saturday expressed outrage over the state government's latest move, with some even wondering if it was "a move towards censorship and partial fascism".

West Bengal tea traders welcome India-Pak agreement on tea export

April 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Siliguri, Apr 14 (ANI): Tea traders in West Bengal have welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Pakistan, under which about 50 million kilograms of tea would be exported to the neighbouring country in the next three years.

Bengalis celebrate 'Poila Baishak'

April 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) People greeted each other with a warm 'shubho nabo borsho' and exchanged sweets or visited temples to pray for a good year as West Bengal Saturday celebrated the Bengali new year 1419 or 'Poila Baishak'.

Partial fascism or right move - Bengal divided on Mamata's act

April 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) First a ban on certain newspapers and now the arrest of a professor for allegedly circulating a cartoon targetting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Is it "a move towards censorship and partial fascism" by the state government or is the arrest justified "to stop spread of malicious and slanderous campaign" - opinion in West Bengal is divided.

Four Trinamool workers arrested after professor's complaint

April 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) Four people were arrested Saturday following a counter police complaint by a Jadavpore University professor, who was earlier arrested for allegedly circulating allegedly defamatory cartoons of some Trinamool Congress leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, an official said here.

I sent the mail for pure fan: Jadavpore University professor

April 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) A Jadavpore University professor, arrested for allegedly circulating defamatory cartoons of some Trinamool Congress leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Friday claimed he had sent the mail for "pure fun" to his friends.

Trans Damodar Coal Mining Project inaugurated

April 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Bankura (West Bengal), April 13 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday inaugurated the Trans Damodar Coal Mining Project at Barjora in Bankura district.

Twitterati target Mamata regime for professor's arrest

April 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) "Extreme violation of freedom of expression" and reminiscent of the Emergency days were among the barrage of angry comments made on Twitter, including by exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, following the West Bengal government arresting a Jadavpur University professor for circulating cartoons of some ruling Trinamool Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

India to discuss security challenges with state governments

April 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The central government will meet all state chief ministers Monday to discuss internal security challenges and measures to tackle them, particularly the threats posed by terrorism and Left-wing extremism.

Hillary Clinton wishes 'Shubho Nobo Borsho' to Bengalis

April 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Washington, April 13 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has wished "Shubho Nobo Borsho!" to Bengali communities around the world on "Poila Boishakh", the Bengali New Year.

Bengal gets thumbs-up from HSBC on entry tax

April 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) The West Bengal government Thursday got the thumbs-up from British banking company HSBC for its move to reintroduce 'Entry Tax' on goods.

West Bengal planning new renewable energy policy

April 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) The West Bengal government is mulling a new policy on renewable energy, an official said Thursday.

Three killed in Bengal

April 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Kolkata, April 11(IANS) A man and his parents were shot dead at their home in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district Wednesday, police said.

Marx and Engels not untouchables: Mamata

April 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Kolkata, April 9 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said her government did not regard Karl Marx or Frederich Engels as "untouchables", in the backdrop of a recommendation made by a syllabus committee to trim the "over presence" of their political philosophy in history text books at the higher secondary level.

Mamata announces sops for Muslims

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Kolkata, April 9 (IANS) With an eye on next year's panchayat polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday announced several sops, including loans and recognition of 10,000 madrassas, for the state's Muslim community.

Karat again elected CPI-M boss

April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 9 (IANS) Prakash Karat was Monday re-elected general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), but the veteran V.S. Achuthanandan failed to make it to the politburo.

CPI-M rules out emergence of Third Front

April 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Kozhikode (Kerala), Apr 9 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has ruled out any plans of the formation of a Third Front in the country.

Jilted lover kills girl in Bengal

April 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) A young jilted lover stabbed a girl to death in front of her father in East Midnapore's Tamluk, some 80 km from here, police said Sunday.

Trimming 'excess' of Marxism in favour of globalisation (West Bengal Newsletter)

April 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) Statues of Karl Marx and his lifelong friend Friedrich Engels still stand proudly in a main park of the 300-year-old capital city of Bengal. No 'poribartan' there till now. But a 'poribartan' (change) is in the offing in the state's history text books in the Mamata Banerjee regime, a stern opponent of Marxists.

Hailstorm damages property and crops in West Bengal, 35 hurt

April 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Malda/Dinajpur (West Bengal), Apr.7 (ANI): At least 35 people were injured and public property worth millions was damaged when an unexpected hailstorm hit the regions of Malda and Dinajpur in West Bengal on Friday.

Congress may go it alone in Bengal panchayat polls

April 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) West Bengal Congress president Pardip Bhattacharjee Saturday indicated that his party was ready to go it alone in the panchayat polls in the state slated to be held next year.

Indian, US navies to conduct joint exercise

April 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Washington, April 6 (IANS) Indian and the US navies will conduct a joint training drill, "Exercise Malabar 2012", April 9-16 in the Bay of Bengal and west of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Is Mamata trying to make Marx & Engels history in Bengal?

April 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) A school education syllabus committee, appointed by the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, has decided to trim heady doses of Marxism and include globalisation, movement of former South African president Nelson Mandela and contemporary women's movement in the new history syllabus for Higher Secondary students.

CPI-M deliberates on internal 'ideological and political weaknesses', Karat admits mistakes

April 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Kozhikode, Apr 6 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said party leaders have deliberated on Marxist ideological and political weaknesses at the state and national level.

Now only three terms to leaders in CPI-M

April 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Now CPI-M leadership will be three terms and this is not linked to squabbles within

CPI-M limits three terms to its leaders

April 5, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 5 (IANS) The CPI-M has decided to limit the term of its leadership to three terms, but this is not linked to squabbles within, general secretary Prakash Karat said Thursday.

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