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Release Bengal’s funds or step down: Mamata Banerjee tells Centre

Updated on Dec 10, 2023 07:32 PM IST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she will be in Delhi with TMC MPs on December 18, 19 and 20 and that she has sought time from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (File)

‘Could’ve offered social schemes to more people': Bengal CM on MGNREGA ‘dues’

The CM claimed that West Bengal's dues are pending on various accounts, including MGNREGA, housing, and the state's share of GST collection.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee(ANI)
Published on Dec 10, 2023 04:45 PM IST

Woman tonsures head as protest by job aspirants enters 1,000th day in Kolkata

A few thousand candidates, who cleared the State-Level Selection Test conducted by the West Bengal Central School Service Commission in 2016 but didn’t get the job allegedly due to recruitment scam in the state, have been protesting in central Kolkata since March 2021

A woman candidate shaves her head to protest against the multi-crore school jobs scam in Kolkata on Saturday. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 10, 2023 01:20 PM IST

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee seeks time from PM Modi for meeting

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Centre is not releasing funds in multiple schemes and the state’s share of GST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (File)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 06:38 PM IST

Salary revision, land rights among sops Mamata Banerjee announces for Darjeeling

Focusing on employment opportunities, the chief minister said, “We want to have IT sector industries in Darjeeling and Kalimpong. We will give a loan of Rs.5 lakh each to 200,000 young people to start their own businesses. You can set up hotels and shops. We want peace in the hills

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (Twitter Photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 07:03 PM IST

Bengal govt-run hospital orders probe after 10 babies die within 24 hours

Preliminary investigation suggests that in most cases, the underlying cause was malnutrition and very low birth weight, the hospital and medical college principal said

The oldest of the 10 children was about two and a half years old (ANI/Screengrab)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 06:07 PM IST

Bengal job scam suspect complains of chest pain, shifted to ICCU before ED date

Sujaykrishna Bhadra was arrested by the federal agency on May 30 and was admitted to the general ward of Kolkata’s SSKM hospital while in judicial custody

The ED on Wednesday arrested Sujay Krishna Bhadra, a prime suspect in the Bengal school recruitment scam (Twitter Photo) (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 03:04 PM IST

West Bengal to get two new Doppler radars to monitor extreme weather conditions

The C-Band radar, which would be installed at Malda in north Bengal, would have a range of 350 – 400 km. It would be able to take imagery of entire West Bengal, most parts of Bihar and almost entire Bangladesh

The C-Band radar, which would be installed at Malda in north Bengal, would have a range of 350-400 km (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 05:44 PM IST

Odisha: Fire breaks out in Howrah-bound Jan Shatabdi Express; no one hurt

The train was on its way to Howrah from Bhubaneswar when the blaze was spotted beneath a coach around 6.30 am at Cuttack station

A Jan Shatabdi express. (File Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 10:08 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

Controversial Visva Bharati plaques with names of Modi, ex-VC removed

The omission of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who founded Visva Bharati in 1921, from the plaques triggered an uproar in October

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore founded Visva Bharati in 1921. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 08:47 AM IST

Mamata Banerjee targets Centre over fake MGNREGA job cards in BJP-ruled states

On Tuesday, Union minister of state for rural development, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, informed the Parliament through a written reply that in Uttar Pradesh, 67,937 and 296,000 fake MNREGA job cards were cancelled in 2021-22 and 2022-23, respectively

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 08:18 PM IST

WB higher education minister’s statement on school vacancies fuels controversy

More than 55,000 posts of school teachers are lying vacant in West Bengal, state education minister Bratya Basu said

West Bengal higher education minister Bratya Basu (Twitter Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 04:58 PM IST

BJP lodges police complaints against TMC legislators for insulting Modi, Shah

In a post on X on Tuesday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari hit out at TMC leaders for trying to smear Modi and Shah’s reputation

On Monday, state minister Chandrima Bhattacharya filed two complaints against BJP legislators. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 09:54 AM IST

Kolkata declared safest city in India for third consecutive year: NCRB report

According to the NCRB report, Kolkata registered 103.4 cases of cognisable crimes per lakh people in 2021, which dropped to 86.5 this year.

The Howrah Bridge of Kolkata (HT File)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 03:30 PM IST

West Bengal: Calcutta HC issues interim stay on police notices sent to BJP MLAs

The Kolkata Police on November 29 registered an FIR against 11 BJP legislators for allegedly insulting the National Anthem inside West Bengal assembly premises

The Calcutta high court. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 02:57 PM IST

West Bengal CID arrests one person in AIIMS appointment case

The suspect, Somnath Biswas, was arrested from Naida and produced before a local court that remanded him to CID custody for two weeks

Representational image.
Published on Dec 05, 2023 08:41 AM IST

Mamata Banerjee downplays BJP’s victory, says Congress made mistakes

Mamata Banerjee said if seat sharing among INDIA coalition partners is done properly then the BJP stands no chance in the Lok Sabha elections

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 08:29 PM IST

WB: Engine of Radhikapur Express derails after hitting a truck; no casualties

Even though the engine caught fire because of the impact, there were no reports of any injuries or casualties, railway officials said

Representational image.
Published on Dec 04, 2023 10:08 AM IST

INDIA partners not responsible for Congress’ loss, BJP copied Bengal model: TMC

TMC leader Kunal Ghosh said the INDIA group will be acceptable to people if it projects Mamata Banerjee’s welfare model in 2024 Lok Sabha polls

West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. (File)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 07:20 PM IST

Kolkata: Museum of Space Science to allow public visits from Sunday

A single ticket for the museum visit has been priced at ₹100. Schools buying 100 tickets will get a discount of ₹20 for each ticket.

 The Museum of Astronomy and Space Science in Kolkata, which was inaugurated by Astronaut Rakesh Sharma in October, will be opened to the public from Sunday.(File photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 09:13 PM IST

Santiniketan’s annual fair started by Tagore’s father to resume after 3 years

Visva-Bharati’s former vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty had stopped the fair in 2020 citing overcrowding, pollution and misuse of campus land by artisans and local traders who set up stalls

The Poush Mela, which draws thousands of people and even foreign tourists, has been an integral part of the Santiniketan township and Visva-Bharati. (File)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 02:43 PM IST

WB recruitment scam: CBI raids premises of TMC MLA, councillors; cash seized

The TMC leaders claimed they were neither linked to the scam nor played any role in the recruitment of school staff, which is being probed by the two central agencies – the CBI and the ED

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 08:25 PM IST

Make Modi ji say he became PM because of Bengal: Amit Shah at Kolkata rally

In April this year, Amit Shah had set a target of winning 35 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. On Wednesday, he did not mention the figure

Union home minister Amit Shah during public rally at Esplanade in Kolkata on Wednesday. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 09:37 PM IST

Kolkata woman falls to death from terrace while trying to rescue pet kitten

A maid working in one of the flats of the adjacent building on the same campus saw the woman trying to rescue her pet cat and falling down from the terrace

The woman had recently brought three kittens home and used to feed them. (Representative Image)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 06:29 PM IST

Darjeeling to reimpose tourist tax after more than a decade

The tourist tax was stopped by the Darjeeling Municipality more than a decade ago as the process was cumbersome and most hotels did not cooperate.

Darjeeling is one of the most sought-after hill destinations in India offering breath-taking views of Mt Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world (File)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 01:40 PM IST

Adani Group's port building project ‘very much on track’: Bengal minister

Speculation was abuzz after CM Banerjee said that a tender would be launched for the development of the Tajpur deep sea port.

West Bengal Minister Shashi Panja(ANI )
Published on Nov 28, 2023 02:51 AM IST

Three elephants mowed down by goods train in Bengal district: Officials

The train, which was travelling from Guwahati to Siliguri, hit the elephants near Sikhari Gate located between Kalchini and Rajabhatkhawa stations in Alipurduar

A local resident, Ajay Lora claimed that the train was travelling at high speed. (Representative file image)
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 03:41 PM IST

CAA rules will be framed by March 30, 2024: Union minister announces in Bengal

Union minister of state for home affairs, Ajay Kumar Mishra announced the decision at in West Bengal while attending a festival of the Dalit Matua community that has been demanding CAA

Union minister of state for home affairs, Ajay Kumar Mishra. (File)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 06:42 AM IST

Bengal govt working with Adani to build deep-sea port, TMC minister clarifies

West Bengal industry minister Shashi Panja dismissed the claims by the BJP leaders that the Adanis have withdrawn from the deep-sea port project at Tajpur

West Bengal commerce and industry minister, Shashi Panja. (File)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 09:07 PM IST

TMC leader’s remark on including Bangladeshis in voter list sparks furore

Ratna Biswas, a local TMC leader in in North 24 Parganas reportedly made the remarks at a program organised by the party to celebrate the birthday of party MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar

A BJP delegation met West Bengal’s chief electoral officer on Saturday and flagged the issue. (Representative Image)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 02:44 PM IST
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