BJP govt at Centre should withdraw farm laws or steps down, says Mamata Banerjee

MIDNAPORE: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday contended that the BJP government at the Centre should immediately withdraw the “anti-people” farm laws or step down. Addressing a rally in West Midnapore district, Banerjee asserted that she would rather stay in jail than “remain silent or put up with BJP‘s misrule”. “The BJP government … Read more

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reviews work in tribal belt

NEW DELHI: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday began a four-day tour of tribal districts in Bankura, an area visited by Union home minister Amit Shah earlier this month. During a programme, she hit out at Shah, calling his lunch at the house of a tribal in Bankura a “public show.” Banerjee will be … Read more

Mamata announces schemes ahead of assembly polls

BANKURA (WB): Ahead of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced schemes for redressing grievances of people at the block level and providing motorbikes to youths to help them run small businesses. Banerjee, while speaking at a public distribution programme at Khatra in Bankura district, also claimed that the … Read more

Centre takes up non-release of PMAY-G funds with Mamata government

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections, the Centre has strongly taken up the issue of non-release of over Rs 4,500 crore earmarked for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) by the Trinamool Congress government. According to sources, the state government has not released the central share of Rs 3,146.64 crore and the … Read more

Mamata Banerjee should come out with white paper on killings, CAA will be implemented: Amit Shah

Kolkata: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Friday asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to come out with a white paper on the political killings in the state and wondered why the state government has not sent the statistics of crime to the National Crime Record Bureau. Stating that the Citizenship Amendment Act will be implemented, Shah … Read more

Pollution board to abide by govt’s COVID advisory, 90-db noise cap for Diwali in place: Official

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) said on Sunday that the existing noise cap of 90 decibel on crackers will be in place during this Diwali, and all COVID-19 advisories by the state and the Centre would be strictly followed to avoid the spread of the viral disease. The pollution watchdog is working in … Read more

No ‘pandal hopping’ this year: Bengal’s Durga Puja pandals declared ‘no entry zones’ amid surge in Covid cases

About 37,000 Durga Pujas are being organised across West Bengal this year. (Photos: ANI/The Indian Express) In a major order that would directly impact nearly 40,000 Durga Puja pandals across West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the authorities to treat the community venues as ‘no entry zones’ in wake of the ongoing … Read more

West Bengal: Research scholars, postgraduates apply for forest assistant job requiring class 8 pass

MALDA: Several research scholars, postgraduates and engineering students in West Bengal have applied to the post of forest assistants, the qualification required for which is class 8 pass, a senior official said on Sunday. The West Bengal government is hiring 2,000 ‘Bana Sahayaks‘ or forest assistants on a contractual basis to protect wildlife and prevent … Read more

Cinema halls to reopen in West Bengal from October 1: Mamata Banerjee

KOLKATA: Cinema halls and open air theatres will be allowed to operate in West Bengal from October 1 with limited number of participants, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. She also said musical, dance and magic shows would be permitted in the state from next month. “To return to normalcy, Jatras, Plays, OATs, Cinemas … Read more

Left-Cong tie-up to be a game-changer, won’t let 2021 polls be cakewalk for TMC, BJP: Adhir Chowdhury

Newly appointed state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Sunday said his party, together with the Left, will prove to be a “game-changer” in the 2021 Bengal Assembly elections, and warned the ruling TMC and the BJP that the contest won’t be a cakewalk for them. Chowdhury, a bitter critic of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, … Read more