Articles about Mamata Banerjee
Born in 1955, Mamata Banerjee is an Indian politician and the first female Chief Minister of Bengal. She is a cofounder and the chief of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). She started her political career by taking part in student political groups of the Congress party and held crucial positions in their committees. As a member of the Congress, she contested her first Lok Sabha election in 1984 from Jadavpur. However, she quit the Congress party due to her differing beliefs and formed the AITC in 1997. The AITC briefly joined the NDA alliance, and Banerjee served as the Union Railway Minister between 1999-2001, only to leave and then briefly re-join the alliance in 2003 and become the Coal and Mines Minister in 2004. ‘Didi’, as she is fondly called by her supporters, was a vehement critic of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and campaigned against its land allotment policy, eventually leading to the Tata Motors exit in 2008. Her persistent campaigning led her to gain prominence and support, and she became the Chief Minister of West Bengal in 2011 for the first time. She was re-elected in 2016 as well as 2021 as the Chief Minister of the state.
23 Jan 2021
PM Modi arrives in Assam, next stop is West Bengal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Assam a short while ago, after which he is slated to visit neighboring West Bengal.
22 Jan 2021
West Bengal Minister Rajib Banerjee resigns from Mamata Banerjee's Cabinet
In yet another setback to CM Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government, the state's Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee has announced his resignation from the position on Friday.
20 Jan 2021
Bengal: Fourteen people killed in a road accident
Fourteen members, including four children, of a marriage party, died and ten others were injured due to a collision between a stone-laden truck and their three vehicles in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district.
18 Jan 2021
West Bengal polls: CM Mamata Banerjee will contest from Nandigram
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that she will be contesting the upcoming Assembly polls from Nandigram, the same place from where her party's turncoat Suvendhu Adhikari won in 2016.
07 Jan 2021
Shah Rukh Khan to grace 26th Kolkata film festival inauguration
The ongoing coronavirus health crisis has put a halt to almost everything, with top film festivals and various cultural activities facing the brunt of the pandemic.
03 Jan 2021
Woodlands Hospital CEO gives update on Sourav Ganguly's health
Woodlands Hospital CEO Rupali Basu, on Sunday, assured that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly's recovery is on track.
26 Dec 2020
Farm unions meet today to decide on talks with Centre
As the "Delhi Chalo" protests by farmers against the Center's contentious farm laws near Delhi's borders entered the 31st day, 40 farm unions are meeting today at 2:00 pm to decide on resuming talks with the Centre.
26 Dec 2020
Evident government won't budge, prepared for long haul, say farmers
The farmers camping at the borders of Delhi have indicated they are prepared for a long haul while adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on Friday was an attempt to "divide and mislead them."
23 Dec 2020
No interference in marriage as per choice: Calcutta HC
Hearing a petition by a father claiming his daughter has been unduly influenced to marry a man of a different religion, the Calcutta High Court observed that there can be no interference if an adult marries as per her choice and decides to convert.
23 Dec 2020
Four skip Mamata Banerjee's cabinet meeting, spark speculations of resignations
Four cabinet ministers skipped the meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, triggering speculations that more resignations could hit Trinamool Congress.
21 Dec 2020
Bengal: BJP MP to divorce wife as she joined Trinamool
Furious that his wife, Sujata Mondal Khan, joined rival party Trinamool Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Saumitra Khan said he would send her a divorce notice.
19 Dec 2020
WB: TMC's Suvendu Adhikari joins BJP at Shah's mega rally
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday welcomed former Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader, Suvendu Adhikari, to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a mega rally in West Bengal's Midnapore.
19 Dec 2020
Shah reaches Bengal for two-day visit, will address rally today
Bharatiya Janata Party's top leader and the country's Home Minister, Amit Shah, arrived in West Bengal on Saturday, after 1 am. He will stay in the state for two days to take stock of the situation ahead of the high-voltage elections, slated to be held next year.
18 Dec 2020
Major fire in north Bengal market, 150 shops gutted
A major fire broke out at a market in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district in the early hours of Friday, gutting at least 150 shops. The flames were spotted around 3 am at the Dhupguri market by a shopkeeper, officials said.
18 Dec 2020
After Suvendu Adhikari, Jitendra Tiwari, another TMC MLA quits party
Trinamool Congress MLA Shilbhadra Dutta tendered his resignation from the party on Friday morning in what has been the third such exit for the ruling party in West Bengal.
07 Dec 2020
Siliguri rally: BJP worker dies amid clash with Bengal cops
A senior worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) died on Monday during the party's rally in Siliguri, West Bengal.
05 Dec 2020
As farmers threaten nationwide shutdown, Centre may amend laws: Report
Ahead of the fifth round of talks between representatives of protesting farmers and the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly held a meeting at his house Saturday.
03 Dec 2020
Government admits farm laws' drawbacks, say protesting farmers after meeting
Representatives from farmers groups protesting against the Centre's new farm laws on Thursday held talks with the government to address their concerns.
28 Nov 2020
Coal scam: CBI conducts raids across 3 states including Bengal
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday launched a massive search operation, reportedly raiding around 40 sites across three states in connection with a coal mafia case.
27 Nov 2020
TMC heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari resigns as West Bengal Transport Minister
Trinamool Congress (TMC) heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari on Friday resigned as the Minister of Transport and Irrigation in West Bengal.
24 Nov 2020
First doses of coronavirus vaccine for one crore healthcare workers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers of eight states, where a large chunk of coronavirus cases are being reported from.
19 Oct 2020
Coronavirus: Months into pandemic, Centre admits to "limited" community transmission
After saying for months that coronavirus "community transmission" is merely a term and that it would be premature to declare the same for India, considering the large population, the Centre admitted on Sunday that the deadly virus has entered the third stage of transmission in the country, although it is limited to certain districts.
16 Oct 2020
Why Rs. 50,000 grant for puja organizers, Bengal government asked
As Durga Puja fast approaches, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday asked the West Bengal government, led by Trinamool matriarch Mamata Banerjee, why Rs. 50,000 was given to each committee across the state.
10 Oct 2020
Sikh man's turban pulled during BJP rally, Bengal Police clarifies
A massive controversy was ignited after a Sikh man's turban — considered holy in the religion — was purportedly pulled by a West Bengal policeman during a protest by the BJP.
09 Oct 2020
Active coronavirus cases dip. Is India's worst phase over?
For the first time in weeks, the active number of coronavirus cases in India fell below nine lakh, data from the Ministry of Health revealed on Friday, giving the country a rare moment to rejoice as the pandemic rages.
11 Sep 2020
Coronavirus is over, says BJP leader. Meanwhile, India breaches 45L-mark
On a day when India added a record 96,551 new coronavirus cases and the total tally breached the 45 lakh mark, BJP Bengal President Dilip Ghosh declared that the health crisis is over and that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was imposing lockdowns to block the saffron party's rallies.
28 Aug 2020
Sonu Sood offers to help students reach JEE, NEET centers
Actor Sonu Sood, who is being the Good Samaritan in these difficult times, has donned that hat again.
27 Aug 2020
JEE, NEET row: Congress will hold nationwide protest tomorrow
Congress will hold a nationwide protest tomorrow (August 28, Friday) against the Centre's decision to hold NEET and JEE competitive examinations next month, amid the coronavirus crisis.
26 Aug 2020
NEET, JEE row: Sonia calls opposition-meet, Mamata suggests approaching SC
On Wednesday, at the opposition meeting convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the controversy around JEE and NEET examinations, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suggested approaching Supreme Court seeking a postponement.
26 Aug 2020
HRD Minister Pokhriyal justifies holding NEET, JEE examinations amid coronavirus
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has finally waded into the controversy surrounding the impending NEET and JEE examinations, saying that the tests are being held due to "constant pressure from parents and students."
25 Aug 2020
Wear masks, gloves; carry bottles: Guidelines for JEE, NEET released
Even as thousands of aspirants have been seeking the postponement of JEE and NEET examinations, in wake of coronavirus pandemic, the National Testing Agency released guidelines.
16 Aug 2020
West Bengal Governor miffed as CM skips Independence Day event
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed his annoyance over Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's absence at a traditional tea party at the Raj Bhawan to celebrate the 74th Independence Day on Saturday.
11 Aug 2020
COVID testing needs to improve in ten states: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an increase in COVID-19 testing in ten most affected states of the country, stating that these states account for more than 80% of active cases in India.
22 Jul 2020
Journalist, shot in front of daughters, dies; family demands answers
In a terrible piece of news that shows law and order has gone for a toss in Uttar Pradesh, the journalist, who was shot at by criminals in Ghaziabad on Monday evening, died, doctors confirmed on Wednesday.
14 Jul 2020
Bengal: Bureaucrat (38) leading fight against coronavirus, succumbs to disease
A bureaucrat of West Bengal, who earned lauds for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic, died of COVID-19 on Monday, evoking a heart-rendering reaction from many, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
13 Jul 2020
West Bengal: BJP MLA found hanging near home
In a shocking incident, an MLA of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Debendra Nath Ray, was found hanging near his home on Monday morning, sparking allegations from the saffron party that he has been murdered.
04 Jul 2020
Kolkata temporarily bans flights from 6 cities starting July 6
The Kolkata airport, also called the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, has banned flights from six cities for three weeks starting July 6.
30 Jun 2020
West Bengal announces free ration; 'better quality than Centre'
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that the state government will provide the poor with free ration till next year.
08 Jun 2020
As India 'unlocks', West Bengal extends lockdown till June 30
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that the coronavirus lockdown in the state will be extended till June 30.
06 Jun 2020
India now has more coronavirus cases than Italy
With 9,887 fresh coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, India has now touched the grim benchmark of becoming the nation which has sixth-highest COVID-19 cases. 294 died in the last 24 hours.