Category: Bengal

Kolkata (West Bengal), July 5 (ANI): Students of Jadavpur University staged a massive protest against the authorities, after the latter decided not to conduct entrance tests in six undergraduate arts courses, this academic session.

The courses include- Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Philosophy, English and Bengali.

“We want tests to be conducted in the same manner it has always been done,” said the protestors.

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Kolkata (West Bengal), Jul 5 (ANI): Five people were arrested with one kilogram of Uranium here on Thursday.

The market value of the recovered Uranium is around Rs 3 crores.

The substance is a highly-regulated radioactive element that is used for the treatment of cancer and is also used in nuclear devices. (ANI)

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Kolkata, May 23 (PTI) Trinamool Congress today said that it would organise protests in the city on Friday against steep rise in fuel prices as it affected the common people.

Similar protests would be held in all the districts on Saturday and Sunday, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee told newsmen here.

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Midnapore (West Bengal), May 17 (ANI): As the counting in Panchayat polls is underway in various constituencies, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) is leading in most of the constituencies. In West Midnapur district, out of 3040 Gram Panchayat seats, the contest was conducted on 2224 seats. TMC has won 274 seats and leading in 128. While BJP has won 49 seats and is leading in 14 seats and CPI(M) has won eight seats and leading in nine seats. Congress won 1 seat, while Independent candidates won 24 seats and are leading in 9 seats. The results for the West Bengal Panchayat polls will be announced today.

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Kolkata, May 14 (PTI) Opposition parties in West Bengal slammed the State Election Commission for “failing” to conduct the rural polls in a free and fair manner and accused the ruling TMC of letting loose a reign of terror which lead to the killing of at least 12 people during the polling today.

The Trinamool Congress has termed the allegations “baseless and concocted”.

Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo tweeted, “It is for the world to see how TMC lets WB’s Maa Maati Manush suffer in utter chaos. Bengal gets wounded and sheds blood every time TMC goons brutally attack the state’s democracy and peace. Dreadful visuals of the Panchayat Polls prove just that.”

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Kolkata, Mar 23 (PTI) Voting for the five Rajya Sabha seats in West Bengal ended at 4 pm today and all the six candidates in the fray were present in the Assembly premises during the polling.

The voting had begun at 9 am.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee along with other ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLAs, cast their votes. Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan along with other Congress MLAs also exercised their franchise.

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Hyderabad, Mar 18 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who is rallying support for establishment of a non-BJP and non-Congress alternative, will meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee tomorrow in Kolkata.

Rao had recently said a non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country, as he called for a “qualitative change” in politics and had also announced that he was ready to take on the mantle of leading a political front.

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Kolkata, Mar 2 (PTI) West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh today claimed that the party is emerging as an alternative to the ruling TMC in the state as the Congress and the CPI(M) have failed to put up a resistance against the misrule of the ruling party.

He claimed that TMC after returning to power in the 2016 it has lost control over the administration, unions and its local leaders.

There are violent clashes in various educational institutions in the state, he said adding “TMC workers are now fighting each other over money, soon they will fight for election tickets.

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Kolkata, October 25: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said she is ready to lose her mobile phone connection but won’t link it to her Aadhaar card.

“Under no circumstances will I link my Aadhaar with my telephone number. If the authorities disconnect my phone, let them do it,” Mamata said while speaking at the core committee meeting of her Trinamool Congress party in Kolkata.

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Kolkata, Feb 26 (PTI) Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia today announced his decision to quit the Trinamool Congress.

The footballer, who contested elections twice as a Trinamool Congress candidate and lost both times, took to social media to announce his decision.

“As of today I have officially resigned from the membership and all the official and political posts of All India Trinamool Congress party. I am no longer a member or associated with any political party in India,” Bhutia said in a tweet.

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Kolkata, Jan 29 (PTI) Over 76 per cent of the electorate in West Bengal’s Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency and 75.3 per cent in the Noapara Assembly seat voted in today’s bypolls, where the ruling TMC is locked in a high voltage battle with the BJP and the CPI-M.

The polling was peaceful, an election official said.

“Till the end of polling at 5 pm Uluberia Lok Sabha recorded 76.7 per cent polling whereas Noapara recorded 75.3 per cent. The polling was completely peaceful,” the senior official said.

The poll figure might go up as people were still standing outside a few booths to cast their vote, officials said.

The seats are likely to witness a direct contest between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP, while the CPI(M) is trying hard to hold its ground in its erstwhile bastions.

The results of the by-elections will be announced on February 1.

The elections were necessitated by the death of Sultan Ahmed, the sitting TMC MP from Uluberia, and of Madhusudan Ghose, Congress MLA from the Noapara Assembly seat.

The TMC, which has held the Uluberia seat since 2009, has fielded Sultan Ahmed’s widow, Sajda, from the constituency.

The CPI(M)-led Left Front nominated Sabiruddin Molla, the Congress fielded S K Madassar Hossain Warsi and the BJP, its district committee leader, Anupam Mallik.

Five independent candidates are also in the fray for the Lok Sabha seat.

In Noapara, the TMC has fielded Sunil Singh, the CPI(M), Gargi Chatterjee and the Congress, Goutam Bose. Sandip Banerjee of the BJP is also in the fray.

The Uluberia Lok Sabha seat has 15,77,396 voters and the Noapara Assembly seat, 2,46,522 voters.

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Kolkata, Jan 27 (PTI) Questioning the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the attack on school bus by ‘Padmaavat’ protesters, senior Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee today said the freedom of speech is under threat under the BJP rule.

Protesters allegedly belonging to fringe Rajput group Karni Sena pelted stones at a school bus carrying children shattering its windows. However, no injury was reported on the January 24 incident at Gurugram.

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Kolkata, Jan 27 (PTI) The West Bengal government has decided to advance the state budget for the financial year 2018-19 to January 31, parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said today.

On Friday, Chatterjee had said the state budget will be presented on February 1.

Chatterjee, however, didn’t cite any reason for the change in date.

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South 24 Parganas (West Bengal) [India], Jan 19 (ANI): Two Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers on Friday were killed and several people injured in a clash between two factions of the party at Basanti village of West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas.

A large police force that rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control, was also attacked with crude bombs being hurled at them and several shots fired.

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Kolkata, Jan 19 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday extended support to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, following the Election Commission’s (EC) recommendation to disqualify 20 party MLAs for holding an ‘office-of-profit’.

“A Constitutional body cannot be used for political vendetta. The 20 AAP MLAs were not even given a hearing by the Hon EC. Most unfortunate. This goes against the principles of natural justice.At this hour we are strongly with @arvindkejriwal and his team”, she wrote on Twitter.

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New Delhi, Jan 19 (PTI) As many as 100 websites which persons with disabilities can understand, navigate, and interact with easily were launched here today by the Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

The portals were launched as part of the ‘Website Accessibility Project’ initiated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Social Justice Ministry.

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Kharagpur(WB), Jan 17 (PTI) At least seven persons were killed and 22 others injured when a bus they were travelling fell into a roadside ditch in West Midnapore district today, police said.

One 11-year-old boy, two women and four men died at the spot following the mishap at around 3.15 pm when the bus, travelling from Mohanpur to Sabang, fell into a roadside ditch at Satki on NH 60, West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria told PTI.

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