EC asks Bengal chief secretary to ensure no celebration over poll results

The Election Commission on Sunday afternoon directed West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi to ensure that no celebrations take place over poll results amid fears of violence. In a letter, the EC said the state government must ensure that adequate steps are taken so that no post-poll violence happens. “… no victory celebrations/ procession during/after … Read more

Plea to seek directions to EC to disclose by-poll dates in West Bengal filed in Calcutta High Court

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Calcutta High Court on Friday seeking directions to the Election Commission to disclose dates for holding by-poll elections in those vacant assembly constituencies in West Bengal. The petition was filed by the petitioner, Advocate Rama Prashad Sarkar, and the matter has been listed to be … Read more

West Bengal creates one-window clearance system for businesses

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday that industry is her prime focus and she has formed an empowered board, with Banerjee as chairman, which will work as a one-window system for the industry. The Board will have all related departments including industry, to review the industry projects and clear all roadblocks. Banerjee … Read more

CBI studying 36 cases of ‘unnatural deaths’ in West Bengal

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing post-poll violence in West Bengal, is studying at least 36 cases of “unnatural deaths” which were not registered as murder by the state police, people close to the development said on Friday. These are in addition to the murder cases mentioned in an August 19 Calcutta High … Read more

CBI registers 9 FIRs related to Bengal post-poll violence

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered nine FIRs in connection with the post-poll violence in Bengal, people with direct knowledge of the matter have said. The cases were registered after the West Bengal Police shared details of alleged rape and murders that took place in the state after the assembly election results were … Read more

UPA allies, Oppn CMs accept Sonia Gandhi invite amid race for anchoring anti-BJP meetings

Many senior leaders of the UPA and like-minded Opposition parties, including half a dozen chief ministers, will attend a virtual meeting that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has called on August 20 to discuss the current political situation, including the efforts for firming up anti-BJP unity. Among those Gandhi has invited, and are expected to attend … Read more

TMC nominates Jawhar Sircar for RS polls, BJP says his response to issues not balanced

The Trinamool Congress on Saturday nominated retired bureaucrat Jawhar Sircar as their candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha by-election in the state. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee headed party said they are selecting Sircar because “his invaluable contribution to public servicer shall help us serve our country better.” “We are delighted to nominate … Read more

Covid-19: A look at the latest guidelines for passengers across Indian states

Flyers to West Bengal are required to furnish a negative RT-PCR report no older than 72 hours. (Picture courtesy: IE) As Covid-19 cases dip across India, states have begun lifting curbs on entry of travellers. Air travel has changed a lot across the country with several states removing the strict norms for travellers. Here are … Read more

TMC protests across West Bengal over spiralling fuel prices

Trinamool Congress members protested across West Bengal on Saturday against the spiralling fuel prices that are causing hardships for the common people amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Petrol is retailing at over Rs 101 per litre and diesel at more than Rs 92 in West Bengal, while domestic LPG touched Rs 861 per cylinder. The protests … Read more

Suvendu Adhikari seeks Mukul Roy’s disqualification from house

Leader of opposition in Bengal assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Friday submitted a letter to speaker Biman Banerjee, seeking disqualification of Mukul Roy from the house under the anti-defection law. Roy, who won this year’s assembly election from the Krishnanagar Uttar seat on a BJP ticket, joined the ruling Trinamool Congress last week. Previously in the … Read more