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West Bengal Govt Extends Covid Restrictions Till July 1; Check What’s Open, What’s Shut
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West Bengal Govt Extends Covid Restrictions Till July 1; Check What’s Open, What’s Shut

Kolkata: In view of the rise in active Covid-19 cases, the West Bengal government on Monday extended the restrictions in the state till July 1.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state has, however, exempted essential services.“All government offices will function with 25% strength. The private and corporate offices will remain open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with not more than 25% strength,” said Banerjee while making the announcement.“The movement of people will be restricted between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.,” she added.The TMC supremo further said the “restaurants with bars can open between 12 noon and 8 p.m. with 50% seating capacity”.West Bengal Chief Secretary H.K. Dwivedi said the restrictions on transportation services will cont...
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Raises Question On Death Of ABP Journalist In UP,  Calls It ‘Murder’
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Raises Question On Death Of ABP Journalist In UP, Calls It ‘Murder’

Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday questioned the suspicious circumstances in which ABP Ganga correspondent from Pratapgarh, Sulabh Srivastava died on Saturday night. He was found in mysterious circumstances in Katra after he wrote a letter to ADG saying that his life is in danger as he has exposed the liquor mafia in Uttar Pradesh.ALSO READ | ABP Journalist Dies In Mysterious Condition Days After Highlighting Liquor Mafia In UPSulabh suffered serious head injuries after his bike met with an accident in the Katra area. It is being said that the road was slippery due to rain and his motorcycle slipped and overturned causing him fatal head injuries.However, Sulabh's letter to the ADG has led to suspicions being cast over his death and ABP News demands UP...
‘His Line Was Breaking’: Anurag Thakur On WB Finance Minister Alleging Being Ignored At GST Council Meeting
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‘His Line Was Breaking’: Anurag Thakur On WB Finance Minister Alleging Being Ignored At GST Council Meeting

New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) in the Finance Ministry Anurag Thakur has presented clarification over the remarks of West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who claimed that he was not allowed to speak at the end of the GST Council meeting on Saturday.In a series of tweets, Anurag Thakur on Saturday stated that in his experience as MoS in the last two years, he had not seen Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cut off anyone during the GST Council meeting. "She has patiently given each and every speaker as much time as they needed, even if it meant that discussions went on for long hours," he wrote.ALSO READ | Bikaner To Become First City In India To Begin Door-To-Door Covid-19 Vaccination Drive; Know DetailsThe response came after Amit Mitra claimed that h...
West Bengal: 4,883 new Covid cases, 89 more die
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West Bengal: 4,883 new Covid cases, 89 more die

Kolkata and North 24 Parganas district recorded Covid 20 deaths each as 89 Covid patients died in Bengal in the past 24 hours. The total toll in Bengal now stands at 16,731. With 4,727 deaths, the highest number of death has been recorded in Kolkata followed by North 24 Parganas which recorded 4,237 deaths. South 24 Parganas and Howrah, which too were majorly affected by Covid, has so far recorded 1,183 and 1,404 deaths respectively. However, as per the health bulletin, there is a sharp drop in new Covid cases in the state. In last 24 hours, 4,883 new Covid cases were recorded. 4,321 persons were discharged taking the discharge rate to 97.80. The state has recorded 14,52,987 cases in total. As of Friday, the number of active cases are 15,192. On Friday 62,614 samples ...
Mukul Roy Back In TMC, But Mamata Has A Message For Other Turncoats Seeking Return
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Mukul Roy Back In TMC, But Mamata Has A Message For Other Turncoats Seeking Return

Kolkata: Putting an end to all the speculations, former BJP national vice president Mukul Roy on Friday formally rejoined Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with BJP national vice president Mukul Roy. The announcement was made during a press conference held at TMC headquarters in Kolkata after marathon meeting of party's top brass.Soon after re-joining TMC, Mukul Roy said, "I feel happy that I am back to where I belong. Bengal will be back to its former glory, amd I accept Mamata Banerjee as my supreme leader.""I will never return to BJP and I will never be with them," Roy said further adding that given the condition of BJP in Bengal, no one would stay in the saffron party for long.Meanwhile, happy over his 'ghar wapsi', TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee welc...
BREAKING | Mukul Roy, His Son Make ‘Ghar Wapsi’ As Duo Formally Rejoins TMC In Mamata’s Presence
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BREAKING | Mukul Roy, His Son Make ‘Ghar Wapsi’ As Duo Formally Rejoins TMC In Mamata’s Presence

Kolkata: In a major setback for the saffron party, Bharatiya Janata Party's National Vice President Mukul Roy has joined the Trinamool Congress along with son Subhranshu Roy.Prior to this, Mukul Roy reached the Trinamool Bhawan in Kolkata where West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with senior party leaders. Abhishek Banerjee was also present there.Several turncoat politicians, who switched from TMC to BJP ahead of recently held assembly polls, have expressed regret over their decision to quit the ruling party.This important development comes after the absence of three BJP heavyweights Mukul Roy, Shamik Bhattacharya and Rajib Banerjee at the recent meeting of the party's West Bengal unit garnered a lot of attention sparking rumours.ALSO READ |...
BREAKING | Senior BJP Leader Mukul Roy Likely To Join TMC, Decision To Be Taken Today
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BREAKING | Senior BJP Leader Mukul Roy Likely To Join TMC, Decision To Be Taken Today

Kolkata: In a major blow to the saffron party, Bharatiya Janata Party's National Vice President Mukul Roy is likely to join Trinamool Congress.As per sources, the decision regarding his joining will be taken after his meeting with the party's top brass in Kolkata today.This comes after the absence of three BJP heavyweights Mukul Roy, Shamik Bhattacharya and Rajib Banerjee at the recent meeting of the party's West Bengal unit sparked rumours in state politics.Several turncoat politicians, who switched from the TMC to BJP ahead of recently held assembly polls, expressed regret over their decision to quit.BJP's Bengal unit had held a high-powered organisational meeting on Tuesday where party leaders were required to be physically present.Speaking on the absence of the t...
BSF Arrests Suspected Chinese Spy After He Illegally Entered India From Bangladesh
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BSF Arrests Suspected Chinese Spy After He Illegally Entered India From Bangladesh

Kolkata: A suspected Chinese spy trying to illegally cross the India Bangladesh border into Indian territory in West Bengal's Malda district was arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday.The man has been identified as Han Junwe, 36, he belongs to China's Hubei. The Chinese spy entered Bangladesh on June 2.Also Read|UP CM Yogi Adityanath To Meet PM Modi Today, Will There Be A Cabinet Expansion Amid Rumblings?The paramilitary force called Han's capture as a big achievement for the BSF as the man was wanted for working in India for a Chinese intelligence agency.The Chinese man and his wife have a case against them in Uttar Pradesh. He also said he has a hotel in Gurugram named "Star Spring" and has visited India more than four times.All intelligence agenci...
Cabinet Meeting: Farmer income support doubled to Rs 10,000
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Cabinet Meeting: Farmer income support doubled to Rs 10,000

The West Bengal Cabinet on Thursday decided to hike the annual allocation to each farmer under the ‘Krishak Bondhu’ scheme from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. At the launch of the scheme, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said farmers will get Rs 5,000 per annum. However, she later announced that the allocation for every farmer under the income support scheme would be doubled. The decision comes close on the heels of the Centre announcing a hike in MSP (minimum support price) for Kharif crops. Apart from giving the green light to the CM’s proposal to increase the outlay to the farmers, the Cabinet also decided that those with less than one acre of land will get Rs 4,000 per annum, up from Rs 2,000 earlier. The Central government already has a similar income support scheme for farm...
Kolkata encounter: Punjab gangster had rented flat in name of 3rd person says police
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Kolkata encounter: Punjab gangster had rented flat in name of 3rd person says police

A day after a gangster and his aide, wanted for the murder of two Punjab policemen, were gunned down in a shootout with the West Bengal Special Task Force (STF) in New Town, near Kolkata, police said that the apartment in which they were living since May 22 were rented on the name of a third person. Sources in the police said that the flat was rented in the name of one Sumit Kumar through a broker, and all the documents submitted at the maintenance office of Sharpoorji Housing Complex was in Kumar’s name. The owner of the flat stays in Kolkata. While police are now looking for Sumit Kumar, they are not sure if he actually exists as there are high chances that it could be a fake identity used by the gangster to rent the flat. The documents submitted to the housing complex of...
Mamata assures support to farmers’ stir, says ‘bulldozing states not good for federal structure’
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Mamata assures support to farmers’ stir, says ‘bulldozing states not good for federal structure’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday assured her full support to the farmers’ movement against the contentious agriculture laws, at a meeting with farmer leaders Rakesh Tikait and Yudhvir Singh. Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Tikait and Singh had met the TMC chief to discuss issues related to agriculture and local farmers. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at the borders of the national capital for the past six months in protest against the laws that were passed by Parliament in September last year. After the meeting, Banerjee announced that her “support for the farmers’ movement will be there” and in an obvious jibe at the Centre, said that “India is hungrily waiting for policies which will help in fighting Covid-19, ...
TMC MP Nusrat Jahan Is Pregnant, Busy Preparing For Motherhood, Reveals Close Aide
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TMC MP Nusrat Jahan Is Pregnant, Busy Preparing For Motherhood, Reveals Close Aide

Kolkata: A close aide of Nusrat Jahan has confirmed that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader is pregnant and is now preparing for motherhood. While speaking to ABP News, the close aide, on the condition of anonimity, confirmed that Nursat is expecting a baby.Trinamool Congress MP and Bengali actress Nusrat Jahan is a celebrity who is always known for taking her stand on multiple issues.Nusrat remained in the spotlight due to her successful career in the field of acting, politics, and her marriage with Nikhil Jain who is a Hindu. Nusrat is few months pregnant and is busy taking care of herself and the baby.ALSO READ | Mamata Banerjee-Rakesh Tikait Meet: Bengal CM Assures Support To Farmers' ProtestRecently Nusrat has dropped another bombshell with a cryptic post on he...
Abhishek Banerjee meets senior TMC leader Sougata Roy
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Abhishek Banerjee meets senior TMC leader Sougata Roy

Continuing his visit to senior Trinamool Congress leaders at their houses, newly appointed party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday went to meet Sougata Ray to seek his blessings and discuss issues relating to politics. Banerjee on Monday said that his party aims to spread its footprint in every corner of the country and a plan to this effect will be ready in a month. While speaking to reporters after coming out of Ray’s residence, he said the BJP should not worry about issues concerning the TMC and instead focus on its infightings. The Diamond Harbour MP, however, declined to take questions on BJP MLA and leader of the opposition in the state assembly Suvendu Adhikari who is now in Delhi to meet top saffron party leaders. After Banerjee was made the party gene...
West Bengal: BJP Stalwarts Mukul Roy, Rajib Banerjee Missing From Crucial Party Meet
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West Bengal: BJP Stalwarts Mukul Roy, Rajib Banerjee Missing From Crucial Party Meet

Kolkata: The West Bengal BJP on Tuesday held a high-powered organizational meeting of its office bearers in Kolkata. This meeting, after the loss in state assembly elections last month, saw absence of several prominent faces of the party. However, the absence of heavyweight leaders like Mukul Roy and Rajib Banerjee is being remarked upon.BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was quick to assert that the senior leaders’ absence at the meeting was not a matter of concern. He clarified that BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy could not make it as his wife is not well, while spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya's father has passed away. TMC minister-turned-BJP leader Rajib Banerjee could not attend the meeting due to personal reasons.ALSO READ | Parliamentary Committees To Begin ...
TMC to look beyond Bengal, will go to a state only to win: Abhishek Banerjee
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TMC to look beyond Bengal, will go to a state only to win: Abhishek Banerjee

Addressing his first press conference as Trinamool Congress general secretary, MP Abhishek Banerjee Monday said there would be renewed push to take the party across the country. With the BJP emerging as the TMC’s primary opponent in West Bengal, Abhishek said, “Our target is not to defeat the BJP. Our target is to save the country and protect our Constitution.” Countering the BJP’s attacks on him citing dynasty politics, Abhishek, who is Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, said, “You ran a campaign on ‘dynasty’. People gave you the answer. I want to tell the BJP, sometimes dynasty is better than being nasty.” Daring the BJP to bring in a law banning dynasty politics if it felt so strongly against it, the MP said, “If they pass such a Bill, I will ...
Mahua Moitra Alleges ‘Uncle Ji’ Dhankhar Appointed Kin At Raj Bhavan; WB Governor Responds
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Mahua Moitra Alleges ‘Uncle Ji’ Dhankhar Appointed Kin At Raj Bhavan; WB Governor Responds

Kolkata: TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Sunday claimed that West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar's family members and other acquaintances have been appointed as officers on special duty (OSDs) in Raj Bhavan. Moitra took to Twitter, while referring to Dhankar as 'Uncle-ji' she shared a list of names of different OSDs.ALSO READ: After Being Apprised About 2020 Polls Prep; PM Modi Asks BJP Leaders To Learn From DefeatAnd Uncleji- while you’re at it- take the extended family you’ve settled in at WB RajBhavan with you. pic.twitter.com/a8KpNjynx9 — Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) June 6, 2021In the tweet, she shared an image with the names - OSD to governor Abbhudoy Singh Sekhawat, OSD-coordination Akhil Chowdhury, OSD-administration Ruchi Dubey, OSD-protocol Prasant Diksit, OSD...
RERA has not helped customers in stuck projects even after 5 years, homebuyers organisation | India News – Times of India
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RERA has not helped customers in stuck projects even after 5 years, homebuyers organisation | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The real estate regulation law, RERA, has failed to meet the expectation of scores of homebuyers whose investment were stuck in ongoing projects when the law was enacted, said the homebuyers organization that led the campaign of enactment of the law. The RERA enacted five years back covered both new projects and all others that were under construction, also known as “ongoing” projects. President of Forum for People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE) Abhay Upadhyay said, “Not even 10% of the ongoing projects which were covered under the law have been completed even after five years of the law being implemented. The RERA aimed at bringing relief to those whose money was stuck in ongoing projects.” FPCE, an umbrella body of homebuyers recently won a case against the West Bengal governm...
MHA team in Bengal to review cyclone damage
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MHA team in Bengal to review cyclone damage

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday sent a team of three officials to West Bengal to take stock of the impact of Cyclone Yaas in the affected districts. The team is led by a Joint Secretary from the MHA and will stay in the state for three days. “The team has already left for Kolkata. Over the next two days it will meet key officials in the state and visit affected districts where it will meet the local people,” a ministry official said. While skipping a cyclone review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met him for 15 minutes and handed in an assessment report in which she sought a relief package of Rs20,000 crore for people in areas severely affected by the calamity. However, after surveying the damage in West B...
West Bengal: 50 crude bombs recovered 20 metres from BJP office
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West Bengal: 50 crude bombs recovered 20 metres from BJP office

The Kolkata Police on Saturday night recovered more than 50 crude bombs from the Hastings crossing area, barely 20 metres away from the BJP’s party office. According to the police, the bombs were kept in four sacks which are used to pack fruits. Sources said the police received information about the bombs from military intelligence. Officers from Hastings police station, along with a team from the bomb squad and officers from the anti-rowdy section of Kolkata Police, reached the spot and diffused the explosives. “An investigation is underway to find out how the bombs landed there. The CCTV footage is also being examined,” an officer said. Source link
West Bengal government seeks opinions of students, parents on holding board exams
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West Bengal government seeks opinions of students, parents on holding board exams

The Mamata Banerjee government on Sunday said it had asked parents, students and the general public for their views on holding the state board examinations. The chief minister said people would have to submit their views by 2 pm on Monday. “Our children’s future is my greatest priority. To this regard, we have formed an expert committee to decide over holding the Class 10th & 12th board exams in 2021. We are also inviting views & opinion from parents, general public, sector experts, civil society & students. I request each one of you to send us your feedback on the issue by e-mailing us on following addresses by June 7th, 2021, 2 PM…Your suggestions will be valuable to us,” Banerjee wrote in a series of tweets. Our children's future is my greatest priority. To ...