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Mamata Banerjee is the first woman in Bengal history to hold the position of Chief Minister. Here is all Mamata Banerjee news, Mamata Banerjee current news, Mamata Banerjee updates and Mamata Banerjee breaking news you want to know.

Mamata Banerjee is the first woman in Bengal history to hold the position of Chief Minister. In the year 1997 after separating from Indian National Congress she formed her own political party called All India Trinamul Conference.

Here is all Mamata Banerjee news, Mamata Banerjee current news, Mamata Banerjee updates and Mamata Banerjee breaking news you want to know.

She is also the first Indian woman to hold the position of Indian Railway Minister. When she became Chief Minister of Bengal she defeated 34-year rule of Communist Party of India (which is the longest serving democratically elected Communist government) over Bengal.

Mamata was born on 5 January 1955 in Kolkata to father Promileswar Banerjee and mother Gayatri Devi. She crushed Somnath Chatterjee in 1984 election, which marked the only defeat in his 40 years of political career.

She has been currently ranked by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Piku Trailer Out With Detective Byomkesh Bakshy

March 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM

The countdown has begun for Piku's trailer launch which will be attached with YRF's most awaited summer release Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy stars Sushant Singh Rajput.

Banerjee to meet PM, Sonia to seek financial package, discuss President poll

May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday afternoon.

President polls: Congress hopes for Mamata's support

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) The Congress is hoping for the support of the Trinamool Congress in the presidential polls when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee meets party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later Thursday.

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Mamata announces Rs.1,000 for muezzins

May 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) Continuing to rain sops on the minorities, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday announced Rs.1,000 monthly honorarium for muezzins of mosques.

Soon, a film on Satyajit Ray's character Shonku

May 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) Late filmmaker Satyajit Ray's son Sandip Ray said on his father's 92nd birth anniversary Wednesday that he will make a film on Professor Shonku, a character created by his father.

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."

Presidential polls: Mamata tightlipped

May 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) With Congress looking for support for presidential polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was Wednesday tightlipped but said she will try to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to enquire about her health.

Bangalore Police book two students for murder of Manipur teen Richard Loitam

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Bangalore, May 1 (ANI): Bangalore Police on Tuesday booked two students-Syed Afzal Ali and Vishal Banerjee-for the murder of Manipur boy Richard Loitam.

Bangalore Police book two students for murder of Manipur teen Richard Loitam

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Bangalore, May 1 (ANI): Bangalore Police on Tuesday booked two students-Syed Afzal Ali and Vishal Banerjee-for the murder of Manipur boy Richard Loitam.

Trade unions participate in Labour Day celebrations in Kolkata

May 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Kolkata, May 1(ANI): Trade unions and members of Communist Party of India -Marxist (CPI-M) congregated at prime locations of the city on Tuesday to mark Labour Day celebrations.

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).

NCTC can combat any hostage crisis, says Chidambaram

April 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30(ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) could serve as a 'medium or long term' solution to combat any hostage crisis.

'Powerful Hillary, influential Mamata's meet significant'

April 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's proposed meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, coming soon after the latter was named one of the world's most influential people by the prestigious Time magazine, may help in removing the adverse feelings that exist in the state about American policies, say analysts. It may also result in increased American investment.

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.

New AEC chairman Sinha expert on n-reactor technology (Profile)

April 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Mumbai, April 30 (IANS) Ratan Kumar Sinha, the new Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is an internationally acknowledged expert on nuclear reactor technology.

R.K. Sinha takes over as new AEC chairman, DAE secretary

April 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Mumbai, April 30 (IANS) Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and senior scientist Ratan Kumar Sinha assumed charge Monday as the new Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

'New Kolkata airport to be ready in three-four months'

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) The modernisation of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport here is nearing completion and it may become operational in the next three-four months, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said here Monday.

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.

Lightning kills 10 in Howrah

April 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Howrah, April 29 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and 10 others seriously injured Sunday when they were struck by lightning in a village in West Bengal's Howrah district.

From Dipu Moni to Clinton, Kolkata geared up for VVIP visits

April 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) The West Bengal capital is all geared up for according a warm welcome to a host of international VVIPs who are slated to visit it in a short span of time, beginning with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, and including US Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell, Britain's Prince Andrew and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

'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.

At Birla marriage anniversary, Mamata talks business

April 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) In a bid to send the right signals to the business community, deterred from investing due to the West Bengal government's land and SEZ policies, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday chose industrialist B.K. Birla's 70th marriage anniversary as the perfect platform to interact with them.

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.

Antony meets Karunanidhi ahead of presidential polls

April 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) With the presidential polls round the corner, Defence Minister A.K. Antony met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi here Sunday, saying "we always value his advice".

Antony meets Karunanidhi ahead of presidential polls

April 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) With the presidential polls round the corner, Defence Minister A.K. Antony met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi here Sunday, saying "we always value his advice".

Business confidence recovering but concerns remain: CII

April 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Most Indian firms have recovered business confidence, but stagnancy in reforms, high interest rates and increased raw material costs still remain top concerns, according to a survey by industry lobby, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Now, Mamata government targets woman professor? (West Bengal Newsletter)

April 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) A woman professor who dared to take on a Trinamool Congress leader for allegedly throwing a jug at her inside the teachers' staff room now finds her dispute with a tenant being made public by the West Bengal government - in what is being seen as a bid to show her in poor light.

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.

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.

We'll be happy if Hillary visits Kolkata: Mamata

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) With US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton scheduled to visit Kolkata May 7, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said she was happy that Hillary was visiting the city.

Hillary Clinton to visit India next month

April 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Washington, April 27 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would make a trip to India early next month ahead of the US-India Strategic Dialogue in Washington co-chaired by her and Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna.

Amartya Sen denies recommending impersonator for government job

April 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen Thursday denied recommending Anjan Bhattacharya, who is facing prosecution for allegedly impersonating a relative of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for a job in a state government company.

Mukul to pursue Mamata's Vision 2020 for railways

April 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Railway Minister Mukul Roy Thursday said he would take his Trinamool party chief Mamata Banerjee's Vision 2020 forward and deepen the agenda of inclusive growth.

Left Front blames Mamata government for Terai-Dooars violence

April 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) West Bengal's opposition Left Front (LF) Wednesday blamed the recent unrest in the Terai-Dooars region in the state's northern part to the "undue haste" of the Mamata Banerjee government to announce a solution to the long-standing problem of Darjeeling hills and its adjoining plains.

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.

Presidential polls: Suggestions continue, parties keep mum

April 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The churning continues for the presidential polls with various political leaders suggesting candidates even as their parties seek to gauge the mood and keep their cards to themselves.

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..........

Govt. on target as second half of budget session resumes today

April 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The second half of the budget session is set to begin today in both houses of the Parliament, and the opposition is eyeing to take on the UPA government on the edge. There are many issues on which BJP and other opposition parties can corner the government.........

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.

Violent clashes, arson mark shutdown in Bengal's Terai, Dooars

April 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Darjeeling, April 23 (IANS) Violent clashes and arson marked the indefinite shutdown in northern West Bengal's Terai and Dooars regions called from Monday by a faction of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad (ABAVP) and supported by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

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.

When Emraan went incognito on 'Shanghai' set

April 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Actor Emraan Hashmi underwent complete makeover for Dibakar Banerjee's "Shanghai" and the impact was such that actor went unrecognised.

Lawmakers give mixed responses on next presidential candidate

April 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Leaders of various political outfits on Monday gave a mixed response to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's suggestion that the president of the country should be a non-political person, saying a final decision on the issue would be taken only after consultations.

Shutdown in Bengal's Terai, Dooars evokes mixed response

April 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Darjeeling, April 23 (IANS) Violent clashes and arson marked an indefinite shutdown in northern West Bengal's Terai and Dooars regions called from Monday by a faction of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad (ABAVP) and supported by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

Railways is self-sufficient: Mukul Roy

April 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) The railway ministry had constraints but was financially self- sufficient unlike other ministries that look for central aid, Railway Minister Mukul Roy said Monday.

Government recognition a silver lining for Bengal's madrassas?

April 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) The announcement of recognition to a large number of madrassas by the West Bengal government has brought a glimmer of hope to thousands of Muslim students, including a growing number of girls, who were deprived of proper educational opportunities and teachers.

Samajwadi Party ready to support Kalam's return as president

April 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shahid Siddiqui on Monday welcomed Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's suggestion that the president of the country should be a non-political person, and said his party would definitely back Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam if there is a consensus on his name.

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.

GJM to boycott Mamata meets in Darjeeling

April 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Darjeeling, April 22 (IANS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Sunday called for a boycott of all future meetings of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb in the Darjeeling hills.

GJM boycotts Mamata meets in Darjeeling

April 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Darjeeling, April 22 (IANS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Sunday called for a boycott of all future meetings of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb in the Darjeeling hills.

Of toilets and Mamataspeak (West Bengal newsletter)

April 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Kolkata, April 22 (IANS) Soon after taking over the reins of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had referred to the plight of travellers - particularly women - on the highways, which have a negligible number of public toilets. Eleven months into office, her government has embarked on a massive project to ease the problem.

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).

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.

Mamata gives Centre 15-day ultimatum on tax moratorium

April 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) Reiterating her demand for an interest moratorium for the cash-strapped West Bengal government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday gave the central government a 15-day ultimatum and warned that its "indifferent attitude" could become a "big issue".

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.

Mamata's secretariat official evading arrest: CPI-M

April 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) West Bengal's Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Friday alleged that an official at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's secretariat was not being arrested despite a non-bailable case against him and was using his clout to subvert the legal process.

Uranium ore mine commissioned in Andhra Pradesh

April 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Hyderabad/Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) India commissioned a uranium ore mine and processing plant in Andhra Pradesh Friday which is estimated to have one of the most significant uranium reserves in the world and could fuel 25 percent of the country's nuclear plants.

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.

Who will be next president? Many names but could be another dark horse

April 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) With less than three months before President Pratibha Patil demits office, a host of possible successors have now surfaced. But a poor Congress show in recent state elections may ensure regional parties hold the key to who will be India's 13th president.

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.

Uranium ore mine in commissioned in Andhra Pradesh

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) A uranium ore mine and processing plant in Andhra Pradesh was commissioned Friday which officials say could become one of the most significant uranium reserves in the world.

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.

Kolkata rocked by protests, counter protests

April 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) Even days after the arrest of a Jadavpur University professor for circulating cartoons involving West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the city continued to be rocked by protests and counter protests by pro and anti government factions.

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.

Mamata acting in an immature manner: Justice Katju

April 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is not acting in a mature manner by cracking down on her critics and must learn to take criticism in her stride, said Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Markandey Katju Wednesday.

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.

NCTC meet on May 5 crucial for UPA

April 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

New Delhi, Apr 18 (ANI): The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) meet scheduled to take place on May 5 will be a litmus test for the UPA Government at the Centre, as some non-Congress Chief Ministers continue to oppose the provisions in the counter-terror body, contending that it will upset the federal structure and encroach on the powers of the states.

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.

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.

Only some states harbor mistrust against Central Government: Chidambaram

April 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, Apr 17 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that only some states harbor mistrust against the Central 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.

Jayalalithaa, Modi and Patnaik meet

April 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday met her Odisha and Gujarat counterparts, Naveen Patnaik and Narendra Modi, leading to speculation about their joining hands on the issue of federalism and firming up opposition to the central government's policies, particularly the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Toongate: Kolkata continues to protest

April 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) Kolkata Monday continued to be rocked by protests over the arrest of Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra for allegedly circulating 'defamatory' cartoons targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Congress urges political leaders to join hands over national security issues

April 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Congress Party on Monday urged the leaders of various political parties to join hands over national security issues, following opposition by the non-Congress ruled states over setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

NCTC row: Centre should take states into confidence, says Patnaik

April 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Orissa Chief Minister on Monday said the Centre should take the various state governments into confidence as they decide to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Opposition CMs lambast government for security overreach (Roundup)

April 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Opposition chief ministers Monday lambasted the central government for not taking them into confidence on key security issues, citing the example of the proposed NCTC, an anti-terror intelligence agency whose powers the states fear will infringe on their rights.

Mamata should have attended Chief Ministers meet: D. Raja

April 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker D. Raja on Monday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should have attended the annual conference of chief ministers on internal security called by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

BJP finds Centre and State Governments divided

April 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday alleged that the relationship between Centre and the various state governments has deteriorated.

Opposition attacks government on NCTC, PM reaches out (Afternoon Lead)

April 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Opposition chief ministers Monday used the annual meet on security to attack the government over the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre, claiming it was against federalism even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached out to them saying the issue will be discussed separately May 5.

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