Alapan Bandyopadhyay: Why a chief secretary can’t make excuses

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Alapan Bandyopadhyay, by all accounts, is the last person one would imagine in the middle of a political controversy. In a state known for its sharply contested, at times violent, political space, the former West Bengal chief secretary seemed to possess the skills to not just stay out of trouble, but also endear himself to … Read more

Centre may have recalled West Bengal chief secy amid row with state, but Mamata Banerjee may refuse to play ball: Experts

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Former top bureaucrats and legal experts believe that the Central government‘s order recalling West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to Delhi, on the day he was slated to retire, maybe one which the Centre finds hard to enforce as the state government is within its rights to refuse his release. The order came within hours … Read more

Tougher lockdown to be imposed in Bengal from July 9

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Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday decided to expand the areas under lockdown and impose tougher restrictions from July 9 to stem the relentless spike in COVID-19 cases, a senior official said. The containment zones and buffer zones around them will be clubbed together and constitute a “broad-based” containment zone where total lockdown will … Read more