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Bengal records 9,385 Covid cases, 33 deaths

Kolkata accounted for seven deaths and 1,879 cases on Monday, while North 24 Parganas district recorded 11 fatalities and 1863 new positive cases.

18 Jan 2022 12:59 am
Odisha: OHRC office closed till January 25 after detection of Covid-19 cases

The office of the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) will remain shut till January 25 in view of rising Covid cases in the state and detection of positive cases among the officers and staff of the office.

18 Jan 2022 12:38 am
Tripura MLA's daughter alleges cop harassment

After opposition CPM and Trinamool Congress, the daughter of a ruling party MLA and veteran lawyer of Tripura high court Anindita Bhowmik accused the government of continuous harassment and police atrocities on her for expressing independent views on social media.

17 Jan 2022 12:33 pm
Spot fines, seizures make a comeback on Kolkata roads

The city traffic police has decided to reintroduce spot fines and seizures after a 10-day break, although a decision on resuming breathalyzer tests has been pushed back for a couple more days.

17 Jan 2022 7:29 am
Hospitals in Kolkata start planned surgeries

With Covid-affected surgeons and physicians trickling back to work after serving their home-isolation period, non-Covid treatment and surgeries have started climbing up across Kolkatas hospitals.

17 Jan 2022 7:29 am
WB: Booster drive a week old; demand may rise

Around 2.5 lakh people in Bengal, including 33,546 people in Kolkata, have taken their precaution dose till Sunday evening, a week after it was rolled out. According to sources among the 2.

17 Jan 2022 7:29 am
Saoli leaves stage, curtains on Sombhu-Tripti legacy

Theatre activist Saoli Mitra passed away at her residence on Sunday afternoon. She was 73.

17 Jan 2022 7:29 am
Republic Day snub to Netaji hurts Bengal: CM

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to reconsider the Centres decision to exclude Bengals tableau from the Republic Day parade in New Delhi in the 75th year of Independence, saying the move had shocked and hurt her and pained

17 Jan 2022 7:28 am
West Bengal reports 14,938 new Covid cases, 36 deaths

West Bengal's Covid-19 tally climbed to 18,97,699 on Sunday with 14,938 fresh cases, while 36 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 20,088, a health department bulletin said.

17 Jan 2022 1:48 am
NIA arrests absconding trafficker in West Bengal

The NIA has arrested an absconding person who was allegedly involved in a case of smuggling fake Indian currency notes from Bangladesh, an official said on Sunday.

16 Jan 2022 7:00 pm
Pics: Migratory birds count at Santragachhi breaches record

More birds have arrived at Santragachhi Jheel this yr than in any of the past 7 winters. Count of lesser whistling ducks, the most prominent variety found at the Jheel, is the highest in 9 yrs.

16 Jan 2022 2:25 pm
WB sees 19,064 new Covid cases, +vity rate at 29.5%

Bengal on Saturday recorded 19,064 fresh Covid cases, down from 22,645 on Friday, while Kolkata saw 4,831 new cases, down from 6,867 the day before.

16 Jan 2022 11:00 am
WB: Nod to 200 guests at weddings, fairs on open ground

As positivity count in the city recorded a marginal dip while overall Covid cases in the state remained above 19,000-mark and doctors continued to advise caution, the state government treaded a fine line on Saturday, extending the Covid restrictions till January 31 while allowing a calibrated relaxation to ceremonies and fairs in view of the marriage season and various winter fairs that support thousands of livelihoods in rural Bengal.

16 Jan 2022 10:47 am
Netaji's bday part of R-Day fest, but row over tableau

Amid the Centre's decision to start Republic Day celebrations on January 23 to coincide with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 125th birth anniversary, Trinamool Congress on Saturday reacted sharply to reports that the Centre had rejected Bengal's proposed tableau for the R-Day parade themed on Netaji and his Indian National Army.

16 Jan 2022 10:35 am
Kol pvt hosps increase intake capacity at Covid units

Even as a state government-appointed committee has started checking the profile of Covid ICU patients across Kolkata hospitals many of whom are admitted for comorbidities and tested positive on arrival several private hospitals are ready to expand their critical care units to ensure

16 Jan 2022 7:17 am
Bengal: Polls to 4 civic bodies deferred by 3 wks

The elections to four civic bodies Bidhannagar, Siliguri, Asansol and Chandernagore that were scheduled to be held on January 22 has been deferred by three weeks to February 12.

16 Jan 2022 7:16 am
EC reschedules polls to 4 municipal corpns in Bengal

According to a notification issued by the SEC, polls to Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Chandernagore Municipal Corporation, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and Asansol Municipal Corporation would now be held on February 12 instead of January 22.

15 Jan 2022 6:55 pm
Odisha: 9-yr-old critical after being raped by relative

The girl was initially admitted to Balipatna Hospital, from where she was later shifted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, and her condition is critical, the officer said.

15 Jan 2022 6:03 pm
Kol labs see +vity dip from 70% last week to 50% now

Labs across Kolkata are witnessing a slight dip in Covid positivity rate this week over last week when the rate had shot up to 70% on a few days.

15 Jan 2022 9:56 am
Kolkata: Two held for killing Amherst Street trader

kolkata a special team from amherst street police station and the detective department has arrested the two main accused rakesh kumar das 23 was arrested on friday from his ancestral residence from his possession we recovered a gold chain looted on the day of the murder.

15 Jan 2022 7:25 am
Cyclones, infra plans rob Kol of 30% green cover

The city had the least forest cover among the metros of India, revealed a recently published report by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.

15 Jan 2022 7:25 am
Kol: 25k booked for flouting night curbs in a fortnight

Cops have prosecuted more than 25,000 people in the past fortnight ever since the new phase of night restrictions was reintroduced on January 2 and special drives were launched by the administration to ensure that citizens wore their masks.

15 Jan 2022 7:25 am
Covid leaves high: Kol pvt hosps rope in consultants

With scores of doctors yet to return to work after serving their home isolation period post-Covid, private hospitals in Kolkata have started roping in consultants, physicians and juniors from other departments to fill in for them.

15 Jan 2022 7:24 am
Bengal sees 22,645 Covid cases, 28 deaths

West Bengal on Friday reported 22,645 new Covid-19 cases -- 822 less than the previous day -- which pushed the tally to 18,63,697, the health department said in its bulletin.

14 Jan 2022 11:09 pm
Photos: Drone bath at Gangasagar to curb crowding

In a move to avoid overcrowding, South 24 Parganas district administration in West Bengal used drones to sprinkle water over devotees at Gangasagar on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

14 Jan 2022 3:01 pm
Kol: Colleges ramp up e-infra for UG semester exams

Colleges affiliated to Calcutta University have started ramping up their infrastructure for the various undergraduate semester and other examinations starting from January 15 onwards. Calcutta University has decided to conduct all the examinations through digital mode due to the third wave.

14 Jan 2022 7:26 am
'Never thought a man would be shot dead in our complex'

Residents of the posh high-rise apartment complex on Keshab Chandra Sen Street, more popularly called Amherst Street, are in shock over the daylight murder that happened on its premises on Wednesday and have urged police to step up vigilance in the locality to restore confidence of

14 Jan 2022 7:26 am
Kol: Patients with other ailments find they are Covid +ve

The majority of patients admitted across Covid ICUs of Kolkatas private hospitals are those who sought admission for comorbidities but tested positive on arrival.

14 Jan 2022 7:26 am
Kolkata: Bantul creator receives Padma Shri in hosp bed

Close to a year after his name was announced as a Padma Shri recipient, the countrys senior-most cartoonist, Narayan Debnath, was finally conferred the honour at Belle Vue Clinic on Thursday afternoon.

14 Jan 2022 7:26 am
No reagent for genome check in 1 of 2 labs in WB

One of Bengals two institutes that can track mutants or variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has run out of reagents and is expected to resume its genome sequencing activities next week when supplies resume.

14 Jan 2022 7:25 am
Guwahati-Bikaner Express derails in W Bengal

A train accident took place near Domohani town of West Bengal on Thursday evening.

13 Jan 2022 7:00 pm
3rd wave: Bengal TV industry struggles to air episodes

The third wave has posed a greater challenge to Bengals television industry. With infection rates among artists and technicians much higher than what it was earlier, the industry is fighting tooth and nail to shoot, edit and deliver episodes to channels on time for uninterrupted telecast.

13 Jan 2022 11:00 am
Bengal CM cautions pilgrims against crowding in Sagar

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had a word of caution for Gangasagar pilgrims and requested devotees not to visit in huge numbers in view of the Omicron threat. The CM also requested pilgrims to abide by the high court order that mandated RT-PCR tests for those heading for the holy dip.

13 Jan 2022 10:13 am
In 3rd wave, Kol wary of a known enemy but less scared

Kolkata's response to the third wave, alternatively described as more of a tsunami, has been qualitatively different from the city's reaction to the virus's first two waves.

13 Jan 2022 10:08 am
Kolkata: Prosenjit Chatterjee tests Covid positive

Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee has tested positive for Covid-19. Unfortunately, I have tested positive for Covid-19. After consulting my doctor, Im currently in home isolation and hoping for a speedy recovery, the actor posted on social media.He had mild fever on Tuesday.

13 Jan 2022 7:27 am
Test-wary Kol depends on Covid symptoms; docs flag concern

With entire families having Covid-like symptoms, many are ready to assume that they have the virus and are reluctant to get tested. Instead, they are taking medicines after consultation with doctors and going into home isolation for a week.

13 Jan 2022 7:27 am
Covid cases: Kols share dips with Omicrons dist shift

The citys share of Bengals Covid caseload is on a steady decline, leading a section of experts to surmise that the Omicron surge might be shifting to the districts.

13 Jan 2022 7:26 am
Odisha: ECoR appeals to job aspirants not to fall prey to touts

The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Wednesday issued a helpline number 8455885031 for the public so that they can inform the Railways about the touts who cheat aspirants by promising jobs in the national transporter.

12 Jan 2022 6:51 pm
LGBTQ members cry police harassment in Tripura

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) in Tripura lodged an FIR against the policemen on duty on Saturday night at West Agartala police station where four of their members were allegedly harassed and detained for the entire night.

12 Jan 2022 12:07 pm
Only fully vaxxed may enter Sagar with -ve RT-PCR: Calcutta HC

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to allow only those pilgrims who are fully vaccinated and have tested negative in an RT-PCR test to head to Sagar Island for the annual pilgrimage and reconstituted the panel set up to monitor compliance of its order by replacing leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari and the state human rights commission representative with a retired high court judge.

12 Jan 2022 10:30 am
After Calcutta HC order, SSC gets new chairman

The state on Tuesday appointed City Colleges financial economics assistant professor Siddhartha Majumdar as the chairman of West Bengal Central School Service Commission. He replaced Subha Sankar Sarkar.

12 Jan 2022 7:42 am
Govt to introduce 17 evening polyclinics in Kol, 59 in WB

Seventeen urban primary health centres in Kolkata, and 59 across Bengal, will now function as polyclinics with evening OPDs and diagnostic facilities.

12 Jan 2022 7:41 am
Dip in new Covid cases with drop in no. of tests in WB

The Covid spike remained lower than the record spikes on January 9 but still had 21,098 new cases in Bengal and 6,565 in Kolkata. The positivity rate also showed a slight decline but remained at 33.

12 Jan 2022 7:41 am
Kol: Ekbalpore pumping station work may start in Feb

Residents of Kidderpore, Ekbalpore and Mominpore are hoping for some respite from the annual waterlogging woes, as the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is getting ready to float a tender for construction of a major drainage pumping station at Nawab Ali Park in Ekbalpore.

12 Jan 2022 7:41 am
Accountant attacks principal, 3 others in WB

Four employees of a college in Bongaon, including the principal, were injured after the accountant attacked them with a chopper on Monday afternoon. The accused, accountant Ranapati Roy, was arrested.

11 Jan 2022 12:54 pm
Five Sagar PILs: Calcutta HC reserves judgment

The Calcutta High Court on Monday reserved its judgment on five pleas filed before it questioning the three-member committee mandated to enforce the HC order curbs on the Gangasagar Mela. The PILs urged the HC to appoint public health experts to the committee amid Covid concerns.

11 Jan 2022 9:29 am
BA.2 'stealth' variant in 80% of Kol's Omicron infections

Nearly 80% of Covid-positive samples sent for genome-sequencing by laboratories in the city have been found to contain the BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant, nicknamed the 'stealth version', as it cannot be picked up in RT-PCR tests and requires genome-sequencing.

11 Jan 2022 9:13 am