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Question Bengal minister at 8pm, Calcutta HC orders CBI probe. He is a no-show

The Calcutta high court order on the recruitment of junior school education minister Paresh Chandra Adhikary’s daughter as a teacher in 2018 comes as a huge embarrassment for West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)
West Bengal’s TMC Kunal Ghosh said he will not comment on the court ruling but the judge shouldn’t overstep the court’s jurisdiction and comment on who can remain a minister and who should be removed from the post. (HT File Photo)
West Bengal’s TMC Kunal Ghosh said he will not comment on the court ruling but the judge shouldn’t overstep the court’s jurisdiction and comment on who can remain a minister and who should be removed from the post. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:41 PM IST
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Suvendu Adhikari moves HC over search of his office

He alleged police attacked his office at Nandigram in East Midnapore on Sunday and prompted governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to seek a report
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. (PTI)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:40 PM IST
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TMC MLA Paresh Paul summoned by CBI in probe into Bengal BJP worker’s murder

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) responded angrily to CBI notice to lawmaker Paresh Paul, pointing out that the legislator is a 74-year-old. “No one will believe that he is behind this crime. Is this a joke?” asked TMC minister Firhad Hakim said.
The West Bengal BJP held a march in Kolkata earlier this month to mark the first anniversary of post-poll violence against BJP workers such as Abhijit Sarkar (Twitter/swapan55)
The West Bengal BJP held a march in Kolkata earlier this month to mark the first anniversary of post-poll violence against BJP workers such as Abhijit Sarkar (Twitter/swapan55)
Published on May 16, 2022 10:47 PM IST
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Cracks in homes above metro tunnel in Kolkata; panicked residents shifted to hotels

Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd said they have shifted 87 residents to hotels as a precautionary measure
Residents carry their belonging as they leave their houses after their houses developed cracks amid the ongoing metro-rail construction at Durga Pithuri lane, Bowbazar, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI)
Residents carry their belonging as they leave their houses after their houses developed cracks amid the ongoing metro-rail construction at Durga Pithuri lane, Bowbazar, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on May 13, 2022 01:51 AM IST
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‘Centre not releasing…’: In letter to PM, Mamata claims delay in funds to Bengal

The chief minister claimed that the wage payment for MGNREGA in Bengal is pending for more than four months as the Centre is yet to release funds to the state to the tune of 6,500 crore, i.e 3,000 crore against the wage liabilities and 3,500 crore against non-wage liabilities.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Published on May 12, 2022 06:37 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee announces new incentives for Bengal civil services

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced new incentives for the state civil service officers including creation of more districts to accommodate more officers.
The BJP alleged that Mamata Banerjee is busy forming a bureaucratic system to serve her political goals. (PTI)
The BJP alleged that Mamata Banerjee is busy forming a bureaucratic system to serve her political goals. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2022 06:33 PM IST
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NIA arrests local TMC leader’s son Namit Singh in bomb recovery case: Police

The bombs were recovered from a spot near BJP MP Arun Singh’s residence on March 12. He alleged that there was TMC conspiracy to attack him and members of his family.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a TMC leader’s son Namit Singh in the case connected to the recovery of 45 crude bombs found outside BJP MP Arjun Singh’s house. (ANI File Photo/Representative Image)
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a TMC leader’s son Namit Singh in the case connected to the recovery of 45 crude bombs found outside BJP MP Arjun Singh’s house. (ANI File Photo/Representative Image)
Published on May 12, 2022 06:09 PM IST
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'Not just Hindus or Muslims…': Abhishek Banerjee attacks BJP in Assam

The TMC national general secretary urged the people of northeastern states to form their own "unity in diversity" that can defeat the BJP. Abhishek Banerjee stated that his goal is to see the TMC growing as an active political participant across ten states.
Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. (Utpal Sarkar)
Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. (Utpal Sarkar)
Published on May 11, 2022 10:52 PM IST
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Babul Supriyo to take oath as TMC MLA today as impasse clears

Dhankhar recently entrusted deputy speaker Asish Banerjee to administer the oath of office to Supriyo. Banerjee, however, refused to carry out the responsibility, saying it is inappropriate for him to perform the duty when the speaker is in office.
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo, who won the April 12 by-election from Kolkata’s Ballygunge assembly seat, will take oath as a Trinamool Congress MLA on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO.)
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo, who won the April 12 by-election from Kolkata’s Ballygunge assembly seat, will take oath as a Trinamool Congress MLA on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 11, 2022 05:13 AM IST
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Calcutta HC informed that autopsy report of Bengal BJP worker rules out murder

Union home minister Amit Shah, who was in Bengal when the death was reported, met Arjun Chaurasia’s family and blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the “political murder”
The Calcutta high court. (PTI)
The Calcutta high court. (PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2022 04:34 AM IST
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Leaves of all Kolkata corporation staff to be cancelled amid cyclone Asani alert

  • Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim said that the city administration is using lessons learnt from the effects of cyclone Amphan in May 2020 to take measures in wake of cyclone Asani, including keeping electric saws, earthmovers, cranes on standby to clear blockades caused by uprooted trees and other debris.
Cyclone Asani is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm later on Sunday, May 8, 2022, according to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) forecast.(PTI)
Cyclone Asani is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm later on Sunday, May 8, 2022, according to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) forecast.(PTI)
Published on May 08, 2022 04:21 PM IST
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Sunderban records highest number of tiger straying incidents in recent years

Experts say the increase in the number of tiger straying incidents could hit conservation efforts. The authorities of the Sunderban Biosphere Reserve (SBR) have started a probe to find out the reasons behind the sharp increase in such cases.
The number of tiger straying cases shot up to seven in the Sunderbans in 2021-22. (HT File Photo)
The number of tiger straying cases shot up to seven in the Sunderbans in 2021-22. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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Post-mortem exam of BJP worker held in West Bengal

The 26-year-old Arjun Chowrasia was found hanging in an abandoned building close to his house in north Kolkata’s Cossipore area on Friday morning, hours before Union home minister Amit Shah landed in the city.
Union home minister Amit Shah demanded a CBI probe after visiting the victim’s family while he also sought a report from the state government.
Union home minister Amit Shah demanded a CBI probe after visiting the victim’s family while he also sought a report from the state government.
Updated on May 08, 2022 05:14 AM IST
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Kolkata: Autopsy of deceased BJP youth wing worker to be conducted today

The deceased BJP youth wing worker’s body was shifted to the Command Hospital in Kolkata amidst tight security on Saturday morning.
The BJP has alleged that the youth wing worker’s death was a political murder and blamed the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal. (File Photo)
The BJP has alleged that the youth wing worker’s death was a political murder and blamed the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal. (File Photo)
Published on May 07, 2022 09:53 AM IST
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Amit Shah demands CBI probe into party BJP worker’s death in Kolkata

Shah, who visited the deceased youth wing leader Arjun Chowrasia’s family, said the Union home ministry took serious note of the incident and sought a report from the state government,
Union home minister Amit Shah meets with family members of deceased youth wing leader Arjun Chowrasia, in Kashipur on May 6, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah meets with family members of deceased youth wing leader Arjun Chowrasia, in Kashipur on May 6, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 07, 2022 06:44 AM IST
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Shah hits out at TMC, blames it for BJP youth leader’s alleged murder

BJP leaders said Arjun Chowrasia was supposed to lead a motorcycle rally to welcome Shah in Kolkata and was busy preparing for it till last evening
Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Published on May 06, 2022 05:31 PM IST
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1 year of Bengal govt: Mamata hints at changes in TMC grassroots panels

The TMC returned to power for the third consecutive time in May last year, after sweeping the assembly elections winning 213 seats in the 294-member assembly.
West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. (Samir Jana/HT photo)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. (Samir Jana/HT photo)
Updated on May 06, 2022 07:05 AM IST
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BJP will not rest till it uproots Mamata Banerjee’s TMC from Bengal, says Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah was unsparing in his criticism of the Trinamool Congress government and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over infiltration, fuel prices in Bengal , corruption and nepotism.
Union home minister Amit Shah said (Twitter/BJP4India)
Union home minister Amit Shah said (Twitter/BJP4India)
Published on May 05, 2022 07:51 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee slams Amit Shah for remarks on Bengal’s law and order situation

Union home minister Amit Shah arrived in West Bengal on Thursday morning and will be camping in the state for two days.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said West Bengal is better than any other state. (PTI)
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said West Bengal is better than any other state. (PTI)
Published on May 05, 2022 06:55 PM IST
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In Bengal, Shah takes veiled jibe at Mamata over 'infiltration', 'smuggling'

Union home minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Border Security Force (BSF) border out posts at Hingalganj in Sunderbans area of North 24 Parganas district. He also flagged off a boat ambulance and inaugurated a Maitri museum.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to inaugurate floating border outposts at Hingalganj, in North 24 Parganas district.(PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to inaugurate floating border outposts at Hingalganj, in North 24 Parganas district.(PTI)
Published on May 05, 2022 02:22 PM IST
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Shah arrives in Bengal for first visit since 2021 assembly polls

The Union home minister’s visit comes amid rumblings within the BJP’s Bengal unit, which resurfaced after the party’s loss in the by-polls
Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2022 12:58 PM IST
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LeT terrorist on death row to plead his own case in Calcutta high court

The high court has allowed the LeT terrorist to plead his own case and requested the State Legal Services Authority to provide him the services of a junior empanelled lawyer to interact with him.
The LeT terrorist Sk. Abdul Nayeem has been linked in multiple cases including arms haul case in Aurangabad and 2006 Mumbai blast case. (PTI Photo)
The LeT terrorist Sk. Abdul Nayeem has been linked in multiple cases including arms haul case in Aurangabad and 2006 Mumbai blast case. (PTI Photo)
Published on May 05, 2022 01:47 AM IST
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Petition in Calcutta high court seeks joint probe by CBI, ED in alleged TET scam

Several TET 2014 candidates approached Calcutta high court in 2019, alleging discrepancy in the recruitment process. The court cancelled the entire selection process after hearing the matter.
TET Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) 2014 was conducted on October 11, 2015, with over 2.3 million candidates. The matter is likely to be heard by the Calcutta high court this week.
TET Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) 2014 was conducted on October 11, 2015, with over 2.3 million candidates. The matter is likely to be heard by the Calcutta high court this week.
Updated on May 05, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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Lawyer Chidambaram opposes Cong leader’s plea in Calcutta high court; heckled

P Chidambaram drew flak from lawyers affiliated to the Congress after he opposed a petition filed by party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Calcutta high court.
A group of lawyers affiliated to the Congress started shouting slogans at P Chidambaram when he was leaving the Calcutta high court premises on Wednesday. (Video grab/ANI)
A group of lawyers affiliated to the Congress started shouting slogans at P Chidambaram when he was leaving the Calcutta high court premises on Wednesday. (Video grab/ANI)
Updated on May 04, 2022 07:52 PM IST
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2 Bengal police informers, home guard among 6 held for suspected Maoist links

The suspects were arrested in Lalgarh. Interrogation revealed that they were trying to stockpile weapons.
The arrest of the suspects has put the administration on high alert. (Representational Image)
The arrest of the suspects has put the administration on high alert. (Representational Image)
Published on May 04, 2022 06:42 PM IST
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Watch | Lawyers call P Chidambaram Mamata govt's ‘dalaal’ at Calcutta high court

  • P Chidambaram in Kolkata: Some lawyers, who reportedly belonged to the Congress cell at the court, shouted slogans against the Rajya Sabha MP when he was on his way to leave the court and called him a sympathiser (‘dalaal’) of the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government.
Congress MP Chidambaram faces protest at the Calcutta high court on Wednesday. (ANI Twitter)
Congress MP Chidambaram faces protest at the Calcutta high court on Wednesday. (ANI Twitter)
Updated on May 04, 2022 08:46 PM IST
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By | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Politics of isolation, divide and rule going on in India: Mamata Banerjee on Eid

The West Bengal chief minister hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party without naming them during her 12-minute speech on Eid
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee offers namaz at the Sola Ana mosque on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. (PTI PHOTO)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee offers namaz at the Sola Ana mosque on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on May 03, 2022 03:12 PM IST
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CBI submits status report on Bengal’s Hanskhali gang rape probe to Calcutta HC

On Friday, the CBI arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) panchayat leader Samarendu Gayali and his friend Pijush Bhakta on charges of suppressing evidence after the 14-year-old girl died on April 5 following an alleged gang rape at the TMC’s leader’s home.
The Calcutta high court on Monday received a status report on the CBI probe into the alleged gang rape and death of a minor at Hanskhali in Bengal’s Nadia district in April. (HT PHOTO.)
The Calcutta high court on Monday received a status report on the CBI probe into the alleged gang rape and death of a minor at Hanskhali in Bengal’s Nadia district in April. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 03, 2022 04:30 AM IST
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On 1 year of TMC govt 3.0; BJP takes out rally, hits out over Bengal violence

The ruling TMC is also set to launch a massive public outreach program over the next few months starting from May 5, which commemorates the day when party chief Mamata Banerjee took oath as the chief minister last year.
Top BJP leaders from the state unit including the party’s state president Sukanta Majumdar, national vice-president Dilip Ghosh and leader of the opposition in the state Legislative Assembly Suvendu Adhikari led the rally in central Kolkata on Monday afternoon. (SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
Top BJP leaders from the state unit including the party’s state president Sukanta Majumdar, national vice-president Dilip Ghosh and leader of the opposition in the state Legislative Assembly Suvendu Adhikari led the rally in central Kolkata on Monday afternoon. (SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 02, 2022 07:36 PM IST
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