West Bengal: News

01 Jun 2021

Narendra Modi

Retired Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay appointed Mamata's chief advisor

Escalating a feud between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Alapan Bandyopadhyay was appointed as the formers' chief advisor.

31 May 2021

Narendra Modi

West Bengal Chief Secretary quits amid Mamata-Modi row

Alapan Bandyopadhyay has quit as West Bengal Chief Secretary and will now serve as Chief Adviser to the state government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced today.

29 May 2021

Fire Brigade

Four charred bodies recovered from building after massive fire

The firefighters on Saturday morning recovered four unidentified charred bodies from a building in North 24 Parganas in New Barrackpore, West Bengal, where a devastating fire had broken out on early Thursday morning, in a vest manufacturing unit and other combustible item-filled godowns, including that of a medical retail chain.

29 May 2021

Narendra Modi

PM Modi-Mamata Banerjee meet row: Centre recalls WB Chief Secretary

The Centre issued an order Friday to recall West Bengal's Chief Secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, directing him to report to the central government's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Monday.

27 May 2021


Cyclone Yaas: PM Modi to visit West Bengal, Odisha tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Odisha and West Bengal tomorrow to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas in the two states.

26 May 2021


Cyclone Yaas: Kolkata Airport shuts operations, over 1 million evacuated

The very severe cyclonic storm - Yaas - is centered around 50 km South-Southeast of Balasore in Odisha and its landfall process began around 9 am, the weather department has said.

25 May 2021


Cyclone Yaas: IMD warns flooding, disruption in power supply

Officials at the India Meteorological Department have warned possible disruption in power supply and flooding in low-lying areas in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal, as Cyclone Yaas is set to make landfall near Dhamra Port early tomorrow morning.

25 May 2021


Cyclone Yaas landfall likely in Balasore; Odisha rushes relief teams

The Odisha government on Monday rushed a rescue and relief team to the Balasore district ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Yaas.

Narada case: House arrest ordered for 2 Bengal Ministers, others

All four West Bengal politicians who were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) this week, will be put under house arrest, the Calcutta High Court ordered today.

20 May 2021

Cyclone Tauktae

Brace for another cyclonic storm. 'Yass' will hit Odisha, Bengal

After severe cyclonic storm Tauktae on the west coast, another cyclone - Yass - is likely to hit the east coast on May 26-27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.

Narada sting operation: TMC workers protest against arrest of ministers

Hundreds of TMC supporters gathered outside the CBI office in Kolkata on Monday to protest against the arrest of two senior West Bengal ministers and others in connection with the Narada sting operation case.

17 May 2021


Television journalist Anjan Bandyopadhyay dies after battle with COVID-19

Eminent journalist and popular television anchor Anjan Bandyopadhyay, who tested positive for COVID-19 around a month ago, died at a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday night, a health department official said. He was 56.

15 May 2021

Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's brother Ashim dies of COVID-19

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee's younger brother, Ashim Banerjee, passed away on Saturday morning due to COVID-19 related complications in Kolkata. He was 62 years old.

West Bengal government moves SC against Centre's vaccine policy

The West Bengal government on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the central government's new vaccination policy.

06 May 2021


Union Minister's convoy allegedly attacked in West Bengal

V Muraleedharan, the Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, today alleged that his convoy was attacked by some supporters of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC) during his visit to the state.

06 May 2021

Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal post-poll violence: Centre forms 4-member fact-finding team

Amid reports of violence continuing to emerge from West Bengal, following the Trinamool Congress's (TMC) win in the recent state Assembly elections, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday rushed a four-member fact-finding team to Kolkata and asked it to submit a report within 48 hours.

06 May 2021

Union Home Ministry

MHA forms four-member team to probe post-poll violence in WB

The Union Home Ministry has formed a four-member fact-finding team to look into the reasons for the post-poll violence in West Bengal and also assess the ground situation in the state, the officials said on Thursday.

06 May 2021

Trinamool Congress

BJP leader's mother's body lies in morgue, family in hiding

Kakali Kshetrapal, a BJP leader's mother was killed in post-poll clashes in West Bengal's Purba Bardhaman.

05 May 2021


Mamata Banerjee takes oath as West Bengal Chief Minister

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today took oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term, after winning a bitterly-fought election held under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

05 May 2021

Trinamool Congress

Hindus in Bengal terrified, will use right of self-defense: VHP

Expressing anger over the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), on Tuesday, said the Hindu society in the state is terrified by the unabated political attacks and has the full right of self-defense.

02 May 2021

Tamil Nadu

TMC retains West Bengal; DMK unseats AIADMK; Left wins Kerala

The counting of votes for the Assembly elections of four states and one Union Territory is currently underway and the figures from West Bengal have dominated headlines.

02 May 2021

Tamil Nadu

Election Commission wants all victory celebrations to stop

The Election Commission on Sunday asked the Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories (UTs) to ensure that no victory celebrations take place.

30 Apr 2021


Coronavirus: Partial lockdown in West Bengal with immediate effect

The West Bengal government on Friday announced fresh restrictions with immediate effect to limit the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions will remain in force until further orders.

29 Apr 2021


West Bengal: Polling for last phase begins amid raging pandemic

Voting for the eighth and final phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal started this morning at 7 am, at a time when the state is struggling to stem the spread of coronavirus.

28 Apr 2021

Trinamool Congress

After TMC candidate's COVID-19 death, wife files complaint against EC

The wife of Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Kajal Sinha, who died of COVID-19, has filed a complaint against officials of the Election Commission.

26 Apr 2021

Mamata Banerjee

Seventh phase of West Bengal polls underway amid coronavirus spike

At a time when a raging COVID-19 wave is ripping India apart, the seventh phase of Assembly polls in West Bengal started today.

20 Apr 2021

Eastern Railway

WB: 90 suburban train drivers, guards contract coronavirus, services hit

Eastern Railway on Tuesday said that it has so far canceled 56 local trains in the Sealdah Division after around 90 drivers and guards tested positive for COVID-19.

West Bengal: Amid coronavirus surge, fifth phase of polls begins

As India finds itself unprepared to tackle a raging second wave of coronavirus, the fifth phase of West Bengal polls started today.

16 Apr 2021

West Bengal Elections

Five poll contestants test COVID-19 positive in West Bengal

At least five candidates of different parties contesting the ongoing Assembly election in West Bengal have tested positive for COVID-19, a health department official said on Friday.

14 Apr 2021

Mamata Banerjee

BJP will not get even 70 seats in WB: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the BJP will not be able to win even 70 seats in the ongoing state assembly elections which many expect to be a cliff-hanger.

12 Apr 2021

Mamata Banerjee

Bengal election: Mamata Banerjee banned from campaigning for 24 hours

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was on Monday banned for 24 hours from campaigning for the ongoing state Assembly polls.

10 Apr 2021


In poll-bound Bengal, daily COVID-19 cases rise by 15 times

As the country grapples with a dreadful second wave of the coronavirus, West Bengal has seen its daily number of cases increasing by as much as 15 times in the last 30 days.

10 Apr 2021

Narendra Modi

'Modi is hugely popular,' admits Prashant Kishor in viral clips

On Saturday, just as the fourth phase of Assembly elections started in West Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Amit Malviya shared clips of Prashant Kishor, the election strategist for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, wherein he admitted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is highly popular.

10 Apr 2021


Violence erupts in Bengal, 4 shot dead; EC seeks report

Four people were reportedly shot dead on Saturday when security personnel opened fire after being attacked in Sitalkuchi in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district as the state went to polls in its fourth phase of the ongoing Assembly elections.

09 Apr 2021

Mamata Banerjee

Shah campaigns for actor Rudranil in Mamata's backyard

On a door-to-door electioneering drive, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday went around Kolkata's Bhabanipur Assembly constituency, considered to be a backyard of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Assembly elections: Polling not disrupted in Nandigram, says Election Commission

The two observers of the Election Commission, deployed to report on the situation in West Bengal during the second phase of Assembly polls yesterday, made no mention of the chaos in Nandigram's Boyal.

01 Apr 2021

Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal election: Stuck between TMC-BJP ruckus, Mamata dials Governor

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday dialed Governor Jagdeep Dhankar after supporters of her Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed at a polling booth in Nandigram.

01 Apr 2021


Assembly elections: Nandigram among 30 West Bengal constituencies voting today

A total of 69 Assembly constituencies, spread across West Bengal and Assam, went to polls today morning.

31 Mar 2021

Mamata Banerjee

EC imposes prohibitory orders in Nandigram ahead of polling

Ahead of the high-stake elections in Nandigram, the Election Commission on Wednesday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in Nandigram assembly constituency in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur District, a senior official said.