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Woman killed in road accident in Kolkata

A middle-aged woman was run over by a sedan in Ballygunge area of south Kolkata on Sunday, a police officer said.

7 Aug 2022 8:48 pm
TMC govt has no right to rule: AAP protests school jobs scam

AAP, which has a negligible presence in West Bengal, has been protesting against the Mamata Banerjee government in the state over the last one year.

7 Aug 2022 6:09 pm
'India has 1,331 bird species, West Bengal has 837'

India is home to 1,331 bird species, of which about 837 are found in Bengal. In a unique field guide by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), it has documented all these species with their photographs.

7 Aug 2022 6:02 am
Aunt held for killing newborn in West Bengal

A newborn was killed at Tikiapara in Howrah on Friday morning, reportedly following a family dispute over property. Jemima Pervin, the child's aunt, has been arrested.

7 Aug 2022 5:57 am
Bengal: Salt Lake homes may be allowed extra floor

House-owners in Salt Lake may soon be allowed to construct an additional floor - a proposal that was mooted several years ago. The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started working on a draft plan for this even as civic officials said the proposal has been discussed and accepted in an MMiC meeting. It will now be placed before the board of councillors for approval

7 Aug 2022 5:49 am
West Bengal: Fake cops on NH 16 thrash, kill driver

Two men, who posed as cops on National Highway 16 at night to extort money from travellers, mercilessly beat up a youth early on Saturday after he refused to pay the amount that they had demanded, leading to his death. The victim's friends alerted cops and a team from the Bagnan police station reached the spot and arrested the duo. They have been charged with murder and snatching.

7 Aug 2022 5:44 am
Kolkata: 'Denied leave', CISF jawan fires at mates

An assistant sub-inspector of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) dep-loyed at the Indian Museum was shot dead and an assistant commandant injured after a head constable in the force opened fire in the barracks on Saturday evening, shortly after the museum had shut for the day.

7 Aug 2022 5:38 am
Bengal reports 728 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

West Bengal's Covid-19 toll rose to 21,393 on Saturday as four more persons died due to the contagion while 728 new infections pushed the tally to 20,98,417, a health department bulletin said.

6 Aug 2022 11:18 pm
Salt Lake markets to get facelift with Rs 2.5cr funds

Community market complexes across Salt Lake will soon get a facelift. The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has allocated Rs 2.5 crore funds this year to repair and renovate several markets, which have been in a bad shape.

6 Aug 2022 6:10 am
Kol: Nat'l Flags sewn by Kashmir women to flutter

National Flags made by women in Kashmir are set to flutter in homes of Kolkata soon. Organisations in Kolkata and Kashmir, along with the Army, are facilitating this move to generate funds to help the Kashmiri women earn a living and become self-dependent.

6 Aug 2022 6:06 am
Met predicts heavy rain in coastal dists of WB

A low-pressure set to form over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal on August 7 is likely to trigger rain in the coastal districts of Bengal, including Kolkata between August 9 and 11.

6 Aug 2022 5:53 am
Kol: Assault claim by Presidency Univ students

Students of Presidency University on Friday said they were unable to exit the campus after around 50 alleged Trinamool supporters blocked the three gates of the institute. Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, however, denied the claim. A PG student said 10 students were attacked while they were returning home on Friday

6 Aug 2022 5:48 am
Kol: 250 dengue cases, 1 death so far this season

Twenty-four hours after the death of a 12-year-old boy at Mahim Halder Street in Kalighat, a rapid action team from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation health department on Friday conducted a special drive in the neighbourhood.

6 Aug 2022 5:42 am
WB: For 4 consecutive days, Covid cases stay below 1k

New Covid cases that have dipped below the 1,000-mark since August 1 seem to be on a downward slide with the number sliding to 775 on Thursday from 911 on Wednesday. The number might hover around the 700/800-mark for another two weeks before it plunges significantly and the current surge comes to an end, felt experts.

5 Aug 2022 6:17 am
Calcutta HC breather for 4 Rohingya women

The Calcutta high court on Thursday asked the Centre not to deport four women Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar till it heard their pleas on August 10. The four women, now detained at Dum Dum Correctional Home after completion of their sentence in 2019, had moved court back in January 31, stating that they fear for their life if deported back to Myanmar and want to stay in India as refugees and be reunited with their minor children now housed in various children's homes in Bengal.

5 Aug 2022 6:11 am
Kolkata: Tallah bridge before Pujas?

The state government is trying to open the new Tallah bridge before the Pujas, newly appointed state PWD minister Pulak Roy said on Thursday.

5 Aug 2022 6:05 am
12-yr-old dies of dengue in Kolkata, govt calls meet

A 12-year old resident of Mahim Halder Lane in Kalighat died of dengue on Thursday morning. This is the first dengue death in the city this monsoon, according to Kolkata Municipal Corporation records. Kalighat is a dengue-prone area and has recorded hundreds of cases in the recent past.

5 Aug 2022 5:49 am
Accused Jharkhand MLAs can't choose probe agency: HC

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday dismissed a plea filed by the three arrested Jharkhand MLAs that sought a probe by the CBI or an independent agency in the alleged cash scam, saying an accused could not choose which agency should investigate an alleged offence.

5 Aug 2022 5:43 am
Man held at Howrah station with Rs 35 lakh

The RPF on Wednesday arrested a man from Howrah station for carrying Rs 35 lakh in cash. Rajkumar Soni, 52, was arrested after he failed to explain the source of the funds or the reason why he was carrying the money. The cash was seized and later handed over to the Income Tax department.

4 Aug 2022 9:38 am
Commuters caught in fare confusion at Kolkata airport

Flyers arriving at Kolkata airport are facing confusion and chaos over cab fare due to sudden hike in parking fees for app cabs with no clarity on whether it is included in the fare generated on the app or has to be paid additionally by the passenger. The minimum parking fee for app cabs have been hiked from Rs 60 to Rs 100. The parking time has been increased from one hour to two hours but app-cab operators said it did not help because they do not sit idle for long. App-cab drivers on Wednesday

4 Aug 2022 5:36 am
Gas leak kills 2 factory workers in West Bengal

Two persons - a supervisor and a worker - died and another worker fell unconscious after an alleged exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) at a steel plant in Khardah on Wednesday afternoon.

4 Aug 2022 5:36 am
8 new names in Bengal cabinet, 4 ministers dropped

The Mamata Banerjee government on Wednesday effected its second cabinet reshuffle since being voted to office in 2021 for its third successive term, adding five cabinet ministers and three ministers of state to give Bengal a 44-strong council of ministers.

4 Aug 2022 5:12 am
School job scam: Partha, Arpita's ED custody extended

Former minister Partha Chatterjee's bail plea was rejected on Wednesday by a special PMLA court, which sent him to two more days of Enforcement Directorate custody. His close associate, Arpita Mukherjee, didn't plead for bail and was also remanded in ED custody till August 5.

4 Aug 2022 5:07 am
Elderly patient uses fruit knife to kill self

The man slashed his own throat using that knife at around 3.15 am, according to the preliminary investigation.

3 Aug 2022 8:12 pm
WB: Raj Bhavan ready for swearing-in ceremony

Raj Bhavan in the city is gearing up for the 4pm show of swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers, as West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is going to reshuffle her cabinet. For the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan, governor La Ganesan who is holding dual charge of Bengal and Manipur is flying down from Imphal.

3 Aug 2022 1:37 pm
Craters: Urgent repairs will be carried out soon, says KMC

The short but sharp spells of rain this monsoon have opened up craters on several city roads and made driving a challenge for motorists and a hazard for two-wheeler riders. KMC roads department officials said urgent repairs will be carried out soon.

3 Aug 2022 6:29 am
Kolkata to get 1,180 electric buses

In the biggest allotment of e-buses in India, the process of handing over of 1,180 e-buses will kick off in Kolkata on Wednesday with the Bengal transport department signing a memorandum of understanding with Tata Motors Ltd for the operation and maintenance of these buses under the Opex model. Under Opex, the buses will be operated and maintained by the manufacturer. The state will pay a per km rate. Also, the driver and conductor will be provided by West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC).

3 Aug 2022 6:13 am
WB: Cancer drug rates under Swasthya Sathi capped

The Bengal government, which from mid-July started settling Swasthya Sathi claims directly instead of re-routing it through insurance companies, has now decided to cap package rates for cancer, orthopaedic, neurosurgery and pain-management procedures. It has also fixed rates for 129 cancer drugs while weeding out several expensive ones from the treatment protocol under the scheme besides capping hospitalisation rat-es for chemotherapy.

3 Aug 2022 6:04 am
Kolkata: Partha gets slipper treatment at ESI Hosp

A woman in her late thirties, Subhra Ghorui, a resident of Amtala in South 24 Parganas, who had come to the OPD of ESI Hospital at Joka for the treatment of a relative, threw her slippers at Partha Chatterjee while he was being taken back to the CGO Complex in Salt Lake by Enforcement Directorate officers after his mandatory health check-up on Tuesday afternoon.

3 Aug 2022 5:54 am
Kolkata: ED raids flats, nail salons linked to Arpita

ED officers on Tuesday raided seven premises related to Arpita Mukherjee - three nail salons and four flats - the most in a day since her arrest last Saturday, taking the total number of properties raided in her connection to 15 in the last 10 days.

3 Aug 2022 5:45 am
8 injured as under-construction roof collapses

The incident took place when the overhead shed collapsed around 5.45 PM as a group of labourers were working underneath it, Bongaigaon Superintendent of Police Swapnaneel Deka said.

2 Aug 2022 9:28 pm
ED attaches Rs 204 crore in illegal coal mining

The agency, which filed a supplementary prosecution complaint in the case on Tuesday said that it has so far issued seven attachment orders in the case.

2 Aug 2022 8:25 pm
ED raids Arpita's biz premises, flats in Bengal

he property is owned by Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee.

2 Aug 2022 5:47 pm
In pics: Bengals Sheuli blooms in Birmingham

20-year-old Achinta Sheuli from a village in Howrah broke the meet's records to win gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Photos: Shubhojyoti Kanjilal / TNN

2 Aug 2022 1:30 pm
Bengal: Mom, dad kill selves after daughter's death

Depressed over their daughter's demise in a road accident on June 2, her parents too took their own lives.

2 Aug 2022 5:33 am
Fresh Covid cases in West Bengal slide below 500

Daily new Covid cases - the most prominent marker of the prevalence of the virus - slid below the 500-mark in Bengal for the first time since June 26. Bengal recorded 436 cases on Monday. Positivity rate, too, came down to 6.3%. The last the state had recorded less than 500 cases was on June 26 when the state registered 493 cases.

2 Aug 2022 5:24 am
Bengal to start hiring for 21k teachers 'before Pujas'

The Bengal government is likely to start recruitment of 21,000 upper primary and classes IX, X, XI and XII teachers, including headmasters, before the Pujas, state education minister Bratya Basu said on Monday.

2 Aug 2022 5:13 am
Kolkata: Bags thinner than 75 microns flood markets

A month after the government banned plastic less than 75 microns, traders and consumers continue to flout the ban. The use of the banned variety is rampant across city wholesale and retail markets right under the nose of the administration.

2 Aug 2022 3:17 am
Bengals Achinta Sheuli blooms in Birmingham

Deulpur, a nondescript village in Howrah some two hours by road from the city, barely has a population of 15,000. But on Monday morning, most of its residents were out on the streets, dancing, cheering and waving the Tricolour.

2 Aug 2022 3:16 am
3 Kolkata pvt hosps to start squeezing Covid units today

At least three private hospitals in Kolkata will start squeezing their Covid units on Monday following a steady drop in occupancy since last week. Two more could follow within the next seven days. The reduction in Covid beds could see a corresponding rise in the number of non-Covid beds at these hospitals, said the authorities.

1 Aug 2022 6:30 am
Car runs over 8-year-old sleeping on pavement in Bengal

An eight-year-old child, sleeping on the pavement outside a multi-storeyed office complex near Moulali was mowed down by a car that had rode up a steep incline from the basement parking of the building, which cops said had possibly cut off the driver's vision of the child sleeping on the pavement. The incident happened on Lenin Sarani around 8.30pm on Saturday when little Trisha Dutta (8), a Class III student at a local school was sleeping beside her two infant cousins.

1 Aug 2022 6:14 am
15.4% adoption spurt in Bengal since Covid began

Bengal, in spite of falling figures nationally, has seen a 15.4% spurt in child adoptions - most of them of girls - during the pandemic, propelling the state to the fourth position nationally.

1 Aug 2022 6:02 am
Jharkhand MLAs in 10 days' police custody

: A Howrah court on Sunday remanded the three Jharkhand MLAs and their two aides - who were caught with Rs 49 lakh in cash in Howrah on Saturday - in 10 days' police custody, even as the Congress suspended the trio and was set to move for their disqualification from the assembly, as the shocked party leadership started looking at the future of hwarting BJP's attempts to dislodge the coalition government in Ranchi.

1 Aug 2022 5:49 am
Not mine: Partha Chatterjee on cash seized

Amar noy, amar noy, amar noy (not mine, not mine, not mine), former Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee told newspersons on Sunday, referring to the money seized by the ED from various locations associated with his alleged close associate Arpita Mukherjee over the course of about a week.

1 Aug 2022 5:37 am
Man nabbed with fake currency, weapons in Kolkata

The Kolkata Police STF on Sunday morning intercepted one alleged Murshidabad based notorious arms, ammunition and fake currency dealer.

31 Jul 2022 8:52 pm
Cops get ready to tackle Kol's latest choke point

The Kolkata Traffic Police has proposed multiple changes along EM Bypass and the Kasba connector around Ruby crossing where traffic is expected to increase once the Garia-Airport Metro corridor begins operations till Ruby crossing.

31 Jul 2022 5:28 am
Kolkata may end July with 41% rain deficit

The city is set to end July - the rainiest of the monsoon months - with a rain deficit of 41%, the highest since 2019 when it recorded a massive 62% shortfall for June and July. Gangetic Bengal, too, has a massive 47% deficit for the month, again the highest since 2019.

31 Jul 2022 5:23 am
KMC dual assessment to give ponds separate identity

In an attempt to prevent filling of ponds across the city, particularly the ones located in added areas, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to tweak its assessment policy. From now, the KMC assessment department inspectors, while assessing any particular house which has a pond, will take a dual assessment policy.

31 Jul 2022 5:16 am
Jadavpur Univ professor arrested on rape charge

Jadavpur University professor Herkan Neadan Toppo, accused of attempt to rape by a researcher earlier in June, was arrested by Kolkata Police on Friday after he reportedly surrendered at the local court on Friday. DC (south suburban) Awadhesh Pathak said Toppo has been taken in police custody till August 6 for further questioning.

31 Jul 2022 5:11 am