Articles about West Bengal

WB planning to conduct genome sequencing of fully vaccinated people

04 Aug 2021

WB planning to conduct genome sequencing of fully vaccinated people

With reports of people getting infected even after being administered two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the West Bengal Health Department has decided to strengthen the surveillance throughout the state and to prepare a chart of such individuals, an official said on Wednesday.

WB: Seven dead, 2.5 lakh affected in six flood-hit districts

03 Aug 2021

WB: Seven dead, 2.5 lakh affected in six flood-hit districts

At least seven people have died and nearly 2.5 lakh have been displaced from their homes in six flood-hit districts of West Bengal, a senior state government official said on Monday.

BJP's Babul Supriyo 'quits politics'. Is he joining another party?

31 Jul 2021

BJP's Babul Supriyo 'quits politics'. Is he joining another party?

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babul Supriyo on Saturday announced on social media that he is quitting politics.

Kalimpong: Search on for missing laborers; multiple landslides block NH-10

31 Jul 2021

Kalimpong: Search on for missing laborers; multiple landslides block NH-10

A search was underway on Saturday for five laborers who went missing after their camp at Mamkhola in West Bengal's Kalimpong district got washed away by a rivulet that had swollen due to heavy rainfall, officials said.

New resource center to study upkeep of Sundarbans forest

30 Jul 2021

New resource center to study upkeep of Sundarbans forest

The forest department in West Bengal said on Thursday that a newly set up mangrove resource center in the Sajnekhali area of Sundarbans, which is expected to get operational in a few days, will focus on studies and researches on the upkeep of the forest, home to Royal Bengal Tigers, a senior official said.

Bengal districts directed to strictly handle COVID-19 norms violation

28 Jul 2021

Bengal districts directed to strictly handle COVID-19 norms violation

Amid the growing trend of people flouting the COVID-19 guidelines set by the state government, West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi on Tuesday directed all district magistrates to handle incidents of such violation "very strictly," sources said.

After meeting Modi, Mamata asks for all-party meeting on Pegasus

27 Jul 2021

After meeting Modi, Mamata asks for all-party meeting on Pegasus

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi.

Mamata Banerjee sets up inquiry panel to probe Pegasus scandal

26 Jul 2021

Mamata Banerjee sets up inquiry panel to probe Pegasus scandal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday ordered a formal investigation into the Pegasus snooping scandal in the state.

'Khela Hobe Diwas' will remember football fans killed 40yrs ago

23 Jul 2021

'Khela Hobe Diwas' will remember football fans killed 40yrs ago

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the state government will observe the Khela Hobe Diwas on August 16 in memory of the football lovers who were killed during a match in Kolkata around 40 years ago.

BJP to protest Bengal 'post-poll violence' with dharna in Delhi

20 Jul 2021

BJP to protest Bengal 'post-poll violence' with dharna in Delhi

The BJP will stage a dharna at Rajghat in Delhi on Wednesday to protest alleged incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal, the party's state spokesperson, Shamik Bhattacharya, said.

Record 100% pass percentage registered in WB Class 10 examination

20 Jul 2021

Record 100% pass percentage registered in WB Class 10 examination

The West Bengal Board Class 10 Examination result was declared on Tuesday with a record 100 percent pass percentage and 90 percent of the students securing more than 60 percent or more marks in the new evaluation method.

Bengal fishermen net year's first Hilsa haul

19 Jul 2021

Bengal fishermen net year's first Hilsa haul

Fishermen in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal have netted this year's first Hilsa fish haul of around 400 kg in the last two days, an office-bearer of a fishermen's organization had said on Sunday.

Nine fishermen killed as trawler capsizes in Bay of Bengal

15 Jul 2021

Nine fishermen killed as trawler capsizes in Bay of Bengal

Bodies of nine fishermen from West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district were found on Thursday morning inside the trawler that capsized in the Bay of Bengal. One person is still missing and a search is on to find him, officials said.

Minor girl who went missing from Bengal found in Delhi

15 Jul 2021

Minor girl who went missing from Bengal found in Delhi

A 17-year-old girl who left her home in Siliguri, West Bengal, to pursue a career in dancing after being discouraged by her parents was traced to Delhi by the Delhi Police's Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, officials said on Wednesday.

Adhikari meets Bengal Governor over Roy's appointment as PAC chief

14 Jul 2021

Adhikari meets Bengal Governor over Roy's appointment as PAC chief

Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar seeking his intervention in MLA Mukul Roy's appointment as the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), maintaining that norms were not followed.

Bengal government receives over 26K applications for student credit cards

13 Jul 2021

Bengal government receives over 26K applications for student credit cards

The West Bengal government has so far received over 26,000 applications for the student credit card scheme under which loans of up to Rs. 10 lakh will be disbursed for higher studies, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Bengal: Robbers open fire at gold loan office, one injured

13 Jul 2021

Bengal: Robbers open fire at gold loan office, one injured

Failing to rob the branch of a gold loan company in Suri Town in Birbhum district of West Bengal, a gang of robbers opened fire at the people on Monday morning, injuring a person, police said.

Varsities should have autonomy on holding entrance tests: Teachers' bodies

13 Jul 2021

Varsities should have autonomy on holding entrance tests: Teachers' bodies

Several teachers' associations of the state-run universities of West Bengal on Monday said that varsities should be given the autonomy to decide on the issue of holding entrance tests at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

WB: Two doctors transferred after student lodges sexual harassment complaint

09 Jul 2021

WB: Two doctors transferred after student lodges sexual harassment complaint

The West Bengal Government has transferred two doctors of Kolkata's state-run SSKM Hospital after a woman post-doctorate degree student lodged a police complaint of sexual harassment against them.

BJP MP withdraws resignation from BJYM post after Shah's intervention

08 Jul 2021

BJP MP withdraws resignation from BJYM post after Shah's intervention

West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Saumitra Khan on Wednesday withdrew his resignation within hours after the intervention of the saffron party's central leadership.

Mamata Banerjee to distribute 50,000 footballs on 'Khela Hobe Diwas'

07 Jul 2021

Mamata Banerjee to distribute 50,000 footballs on 'Khela Hobe Diwas'

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal will be distributing as many as 50,000 footballs on Khela Hobe Diwas—the date for which is yet to be fixed—as part of its efforts to promote the sport among youth, a senior official said on Wednesday.

WB: Eight arrested for duping people on government job promise

07 Jul 2021

WB: Eight arrested for duping people on government job promise

Eight people were arrested from West Bengal's Purba Bardhaman district for allegedly duping thousands of people by promising them government jobs.

5.2-magnitude earthquake hits Assam; tremors felt in WB, Meghalaya, Bangladesh

07 Jul 2021

5.2-magnitude earthquake hits Assam; tremors felt in WB, Meghalaya, Bangladesh

An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 hit Assam on Wednesday morning with tremors being felt in neighboring Meghalaya and northern parts of West Bengal, besides Bangladesh.

WB: Durga Puja celebrations to be low-key this year too

05 Jul 2021

WB: Durga Puja celebrations to be low-key this year too

With three months to go for Durga Puja, arrangements are afoot for the five-day festival in Kolkata, but organizers, much like last year, have decided to keep the celebrations low-key in view of the COVID-19 situation.

'Will uphold integrity, secularism': Ex-President's son Abhijit Mukherjee joins TMC

05 Jul 2021

'Will uphold integrity, secularism': Ex-President's son Abhijit Mukherjee joins TMC

Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, joined the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata, West Bengal on Monday.

Tamil Nadu best in handling COVID-19 second wave: Public survey

30 Jun 2021

Tamil Nadu best in handling COVID-19 second wave: Public survey

As the government continued to roll back COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in February-March this year, ignoring calls by experts, India was hit by a devastating second wave of the viral outbreak.

Commuters block railway tracks in West Bengal

24 Jun 2021

Commuters block railway tracks in West Bengal

A section of commuters blocked railway tracks at several stations in West Bengal for about three hours on Thursday, demanding they be allowed to board staff special trains, amid the current COVID-19 restrictions, police said.

Bengal: Women with young kids to be vaccinated on priority

24 Jun 2021

Bengal: Women with young kids to be vaccinated on priority

Amid a warning that children might be infected during the possible third wave of coronavirus, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that priority would be given to inoculate women having children aged up to 12 years.

Another SC judge recuses from hearing West Bengal-related case

22 Jun 2021

Another SC judge recuses from hearing West Bengal-related case

Justice Aniruddha Bose, a Supreme Court Judge, today withdrew from hearing the petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in connection with the infamous Narada bribery case.

SC judge Indira Banerjee recuses from WB post-poll violence case

19 Jun 2021

SC judge Indira Banerjee recuses from WB post-poll violence case

Supreme Court judge Indira Banerjee recused herself from hearing a petition on the alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal in May in which BJP workers were killed.

Two dead in a mudslide at Sivok-Rangpo rail project site

18 Jun 2021

Two dead in a mudslide at Sivok-Rangpo rail project site

Two laborers died and five were injured in an accident during tunneling operation for the Sivok-Rangpo rail line project in Kalimpong District of West Bengal, a senior police officer said on Friday.

Mamata Banerjee challenges Suvendu Adhikari's Nandigram win, hearing next week

18 Jun 2021

Mamata Banerjee challenges Suvendu Adhikari's Nandigram win, hearing next week

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court, challenging her election defeat in Nandigram to the rival BJP's Suvendu Adhikari.

Heavy rain batters Bengal, leaves arterial roads waterlogged

17 Jun 2021

Heavy rain batters Bengal, leaves arterial roads waterlogged

Several low-lying areas and thoroughfares in the city lay inundated on Thursday as heavy rain continued to lash parts of Bengal, with the Met department predicting more downpour over the next three days under the influence of a vigorous southwest monsoon and a cyclonic circulation.

Angst in CPI(M)-Congress relation over 50-year-old murder incident

15 Jun 2021

Angst in CPI(M)-Congress relation over 50-year-old murder incident

Consternation between electoral allies, the CPI(M) and the Congress, in West Bengal is brewing over the sharing of a social media post by Rajya Sabha MP Bikash Bhattacharya on the Sainbari incident in which some persons of a family were killed because of their political leanings over 50 years ago.

BJP VP Mukul Roy returns to TMC after meeting Mamata

11 Jun 2021

BJP VP Mukul Roy returns to TMC after meeting Mamata

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice President Mukul Roy on Friday jumped ship, joining the rival Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with his son Subhranshu Roy.

Over 4,000 evacuated from Yaas-hit islands amid high tide warning

09 Jun 2021

Over 4,000 evacuated from Yaas-hit islands amid high tide warning

More than 4,000 inhabitants of Cyclone Yaas-hit Mousuni and Ghoramara islands in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district have been evacuated to safety following warning of new moon high tides on June 11 and June 26, a state minister said on Wednesday.

Central teams reach Bengal, Odisha to assess cyclone damage

07 Jun 2021

Central teams reach Bengal, Odisha to assess cyclone damage

A seven-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT), which will assess the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas in West Bengal by visiting affected areas, reached Kolkata on Sunday evening, an official said.

Bengal: BJP's Suvendu Adhikari, brother booked for stealing relief material

06 Jun 2021

Bengal: BJP's Suvendu Adhikari, brother booked for stealing relief material

The West Bengal Police has registered an FIR against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Suvendu Adhikari and his brother Soumendu for allegedly stealing relief materials worth several lakhs, reportedly distributed in cyclone-hit areas.

WB restaurant owners thrilled about opening doors for three hours

05 Jun 2021

WB restaurant owners thrilled about opening doors for three hours

Owners of restaurants and cafes are happy with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's decision to allow restaurants to open for three hours and are waiting for the official notification to start business even for limited hours amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Artists' body asks serial actors not to shoot outside homes

05 Jun 2021

Artists' body asks serial actors not to shoot outside homes

Amid the ongoing row over some Bengali TV serials being shot at home during restrictions on shootings since May 16 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the West Bengal Motion Pictures Artists Forum on Friday asked actors not to go out of their homes for shooting.