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Bengal BJP leader Prasanta Basunia shot dead at home by 2 men in Cooch Behar village

Updated on Jun 02, 2023 08:01 PM IST

Police said the victim’s mother told investigators that she could identify one of the assailants and that she had seen him earlier

An officer at Dinhata police station said on condition of anonymity said police personnel are questioning the Basunia’s family and neighbours for clues (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

IMD issues heatwave warning in West Bengal till June 7

The bulletin put out by the IMD states, “Mainly dry westerly wind is prevailing over the region”.

Women cover themselves with their clothes because of heatwave conditions.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 07:47 PM IST

Saradha chit fund owner’s complaint to be forwarded to CBI: Kolkata court

In April, Sen wrote to the CMM court that in 2011-12 he was pressured to pay a few crores of rupees to the Contai municipality for sanctioning a high-rise complex of Saradha Realty

Saradha chit fund owner Sudipta Sen was arrested by CBI in 2013 (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 07:19 PM IST

TMC slammed after Bengal job scam suspect mentions working for Abhishek Banerjee

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state leadership saw Bhadra’s arrest as a significant development although three TMC legislators, including former education minister Partha Chatterjee, are already in judicial custody

The ED on Wednesday arrested Sujay Krishna Bhadra, a prime suspect in the Bengal school recruitment scam (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 04:22 PM IST

West Bengal implements National Education Policy in colleges from 2023-24

The West Bengal government said that the 4-year undergraduate level programme will be introduced in all government/ government aided/ government sponsored higher education Institutions from the academic session 2023-2024

The West Bengal government said that the students seeking admission this year will have to apply online through stand-alone portals of the colleges as was done last year. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 31, 2023 06:29 PM IST

Bengal governor seeks 3rd name to select State Election Commissioner

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said this was the first time that “we are facing this sort of trouble. Let good sense prevail. I will not bow before anyone”

West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after a fire broke out at a multi-storey building close to Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on May 10 (PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2023 05:38 PM IST

‘If I press button, 4 MPs will join’: Abhishek Banerjee’s jab at Bengal Congress

TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee said the “so-called rainbow alliance of the Left and Congress” only helped the BJP in Bengal because the TMC is the main political force in the state

Congress MLA from Sagardighi assembly seat Bayron Biswas joined the TMC at an event chaired by Abhishek Banerjee in West Midnapore district’s Ghatal area (Twitter/aitcRajabar)
Updated on May 29, 2023 07:08 PM IST

West Bengal: Kurmi leaders held for attack on Abhishek Banerjee’s convoy

The tribal bodies in West Bengal has announced a state-wide bandh on June 8 in protest against the attack on tribal minister Birbaha Hansda’s car

TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's convoy was attacked at Gar Salboni in Jhagram on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2023 06:03 PM IST

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee apologises to kin of victims of cracker factory blast

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee gave cheques for ₹2.5 lakh and a government job as compensation to each victim’s family

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (File)
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:35 PM IST
ByHT Corresponden

Bengal govt offers rewards for info on illegal firecracker units

After four devastating blasts, claiming the lives of 16 people in the last10 days, the state government initiated the move towards illegal fire cracker units.

Firecracker storing facilities should also have necessary licences from the government. (Representational Image)(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Published on May 27, 2023 11:42 AM IST
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TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee’s convoy attacked in Bengal amid Kurmi agitation

Abhishek Banerjee had visited the Salboni area of Bengal’s Jhargram district as part of his two-month-long Nabo Jowar (new tide) Yatra.

 A damaged vehicle (L) after Kurmi coomunity members allegedly attacked TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's convoy at Gar Salboni in Jhagram, Friday,
Updated on May 27, 2023 04:33 AM IST

Rose Valley chit fund case: ED files fresh charge sheet under PMLA

The Rose Valley financial scandal or Rose Valley Chit Fund Scam was a multi-crore financial scam and alleged political scandal involving around ₹17,000 core caused by the collapse of a Ponzi scheme run by Rose Valley Group in West Bengal

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2023 06:31 PM IST

Will oppose Delhi ordinance in Rajya Sabha: Mamata Banerjee promises Kejriwal

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that this will give us a chance to the Opposition parties to defeat the BJP before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met her Delhi and Punjab counterparts Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, respectively, at the state secretariat in Howrah district. (ANI)
Updated on May 23, 2023 08:49 PM IST

Bengal govt asks hospitals to ensure ‘dignified’ conveyance of deceased

The circular pointed out instances where relatives are forced to carry their deceased near ones themselves owing to the lack of proper conveyance facility.

West Bengal hospitals asked to ensure 'dignified' conveyance of deceased.(HT)
Updated on May 23, 2023 02:41 PM IST

‘Bengal far worse than Ukraine’: BJP leader on illegal firecracker unit blasts

Three explosions in West Bengal linked to illegal firecrackers have been reported in a span of seven days.

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.(PTI)
Updated on May 23, 2023 06:13 AM IST

Calcutta HC okays order for CBI probe into recruitment by civic bodies

The West Bengal government moved a division bench challenging justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay’s order and sought a stay

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari welcomed the Calcutta high court order (File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 09:50 PM IST

Darjeeling: Indo-Nepal border on alert after reports of Lumpy Skin Disease

The border guarding agency and local police stations along the Indo–Nepal border have been asked to restrict illegal movement of cattle

West Bengal shares around 100 km of porous border with Nepal which is guarded by the SSB. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 22, 2023 07:21 PM IST

Calcutta high court: “Jobs are being sold like a commodity”

One year on, the probe into the West Bengal school recruitment scam remains mired in a political tussle. Will the victims find justice? An explainer

While cancelling the appointments of 32,000 primary school teachers recruited in 2016 by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education for allegedly violating recruitment norms, the Calcutta high court last week observed that “jobs were sold like a commodity.”(HT File Photo)
Published on May 22, 2023 03:36 PM IST

Bengal: Train services affected due to technical glitches in signalling

The train disruption on the first day of the week inconvenienced many officer-goers.

Seven long-distance trains and 20 EMU locals were also affected as a result of the technical problems. (File)(Representative image)
Published on May 22, 2023 11:53 AM IST

Century-old trees to be tagged for conservation in West Bengal

There are hundreds of century-old trees across West Bengal and they have micro-ecosystems of their own and houses hundreds of birds, insects, reptiles and other animals such as bats

The West Bengal government is in the process of identifying century-old trees in the state. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 21, 2023 12:50 PM IST

‘Won’t be pet dog': Abhishek Banerjee after CBI quizzing in Bengal jobs scam

Abhishek Banerjee alleged that he was being harassed by the BJP against the backdrop of his recently launched Jono Sanjog Yatra.

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 20, 2023 10:49 PM IST

Bengal jobs scam: CBI grills Abhishek Banerjee; ED conducts raids in Kolkata

This is the first time CBI has questioned TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee in connection with the school recruitment scam in West Bengal

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 20, 2023 05:38 PM IST

Calcutta high court stays order to cancel appointment of 32,000 teachers

A single bench of the Calcutta high court on May 12 cancelled appointment of 36,000 school teachers recruited in 2016. The figure was later corrected to 32,000

The Calcutta high court told the West Bengal board of primary education to complete recruitment of teachers within three months(File Photo)
Published on May 19, 2023 07:11 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Prime accused in Bengal firecracker factory blast dies in hospital in Cuttack

According to police, the accused was the owner of the illegal firecracker factory at Egra in the East Midnapore district, where an explosion on Tuesday killed at least nine people and injured seven others

At least nine were killed in a blast at firecracker factory in West Bengal’s East Midnapore on Tuesday (File Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 06:08 PM IST

WB school recruitment scam: CBI summons TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee for questioning

The summon came a day after the Calcutta high court allowed the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to question Banerjee in connection with the multi-crore bribe-for-job scam in West Bengal schools

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee (File Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 05:12 PM IST

CBI, ED can quiz Abhishek Banerjee in school recruitment scam: Calcutta HC

The court also allowed the questioning of arrested youth TMC leader Kuntal Ghosh on his allegation of the central agencies putting pressure on him.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee during his
Updated on May 18, 2023 06:53 PM IST

Bengal firecracker factory blast prime accused traced to Cuttack hospital: Police

Hours after the blast, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee handed over the probe to the criminal investigation department (CID) and promised strict action against the accused

At least nine were killed in a blast at firecracker factory in West Bengal’s East Midnapore on Tuesday (File Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2023 01:20 PM IST

WB: Crude bombs were made at firecracker unit that exploded, claim villagers

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleges that Krishnapada Bag wielded power in the area because he was associated with the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)

At least nine were killed in a blast at firecracker factory in West Bengal’s East Midnapore on Tuesday (File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2023 08:29 PM IST

'Dream it, make it happen’

Smarajit Jana, a pioneering AIDS activist, mined the power of the collective to set up cooperatives. He died on May 8, 2021 due to Covid-19

Dr Smarajit Jana shaped the sex workers’ rights movement in the country and spearhead the first rights-based HIV intervention programmes(Rahulkepapa / Wikimedia Commons)
Published on May 17, 2023 08:07 PM IST

‘No money for ambulance’: Bengal man travels by bus with son’s body in bag

The incident has triggered a political row between West Bengal’s ruling TMC and the opposition BJP over the health infrastructure in the state

The man said he couldn’t find a hearse-van and the private ambulance operators demanded <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8,000. (Twitter/Dr Sukanta Majumdar)
Updated on May 15, 2023 12:53 PM IST
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