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Gang-rape accused shot at by police in Assam

A man, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the gang rape of a girl, was shot at and injured when he attempted to escape from police custody in Assam's Kokrajhar district on Thursday, an officer said.

26 May 2022 3:22 pm
East-West Metro's Sealdah station opening date deferred

The inauguration of East-West Metro's Sealdah extension has been postponed. The authorities were eyeing a May 31 opening for the seventh stoppage of Kolkata's Line 2 after the section received the crucial nod from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) on March 24.

26 May 2022 8:18 am
More supply from Garden Reach to end south Kol water woes

The perennial water shortage in large parts of south Kolkata may be over with the KMC water supply department set to give out an additional 25 million gallons per day (MGD) to areas like Garden Reach, Behala, New Alipore, Chetla, Kalighat, Tollygunge, Garfa, Kasba and other south and

26 May 2022 8:17 am
Kolkata: Private bus owners fret over driver shortage

Bus and app cab owners came together under Joint Forum of Transport Operators (FTO) on Wednesday and expressed concern over states failure to provide efficient and skilled drivers. They also discussed alleged harassment by traffic police.

26 May 2022 8:17 am
1,240 e-buses to hit Kolkata in next 2 years

State transport minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday flagged off 10 e-buses, kick-starting the operating expenses (OPEX) model for electric bus services in the city under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME II) scheme.

26 May 2022 8:17 am
EV Euro tie-up set to give Hind Motors second life after Amby

The Uttarpara plant of Hindustan Motors (HM) may soon be bustling again. The company has tied up with a European car manufacturer and getting set to make e-vehicles.

26 May 2022 8:10 am
Over 5.75 lakh flood-affected in Assam; death toll rises to 28

Over 5.75 lakh people in Assam remain affected by the first wave of floods on Wednesday evening as the administration is struggling to bring back hygienic atmosphere back to the inundated villages.

25 May 2022 9:34 pm
20 BJP leaders in Bengal's Jalpaiguri resign from posts

Days after BJP MP Arjun Singh rejoined the Trinamool Congress, at least 20 saffron party leaders in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri have tendered resignation together from their party posts, accusing the district leadership of taking money in lieu of inducting members in a local panel, a party functionary said on Wednesday.

25 May 2022 8:36 pm
African Swine Fever cases: Sikkim bans sale of pigs

The Sikkim government has temporarily banned the sale of pigs in the state after cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) were reported in North Sikkim district, an official said on Wednesday. A total of 117 pigs have died in various parts of the state in the past two months.

25 May 2022 1:02 pm
WB: 19 Covid +ve from 11k samples in 2nd sentinel survey

The second Covid 'sentinel survey' in Bengal, conducted between May 18 and 20 on 10,975 samples, has thrown up a positivity of 0.17%, with just 19 positives, a shade lower than that of the first survey, which had been 0.18%. In Kolkata, RG Kar tested 235 random samples, all of which tested negative. The nearest-to-Kolkata positive was detected from Howrah district hospital. Three samples each - the highest of all - tested positive at Nandigram and Basirhat hospitals. In 16 Bengal health district

25 May 2022 7:00 am
West Bengal: GTA polls on June 26, Hills parties divided

Elections to the 45 Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) constituencies, spread over Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong would be held on June 26 and the counting held on June 29, the state government announced on Tuesday.

25 May 2022 3:47 am
Kolkata Metro allays stability fears in Bowbazar

A 40-mm subsidence of the soil around the Metro work site on Durga Pithuri Lane led to cracks in 18 buildings in the Bowbazar neighbourhood, stated the preliminary report by experts at Jadavpur University that was submitted to Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

25 May 2022 3:21 am
'EPL giants may come as East Bengal owners: Sourav

Will there be a wee bit of Old Trafford on the Kolkata Maidan? There might be, according to a teaser from self-confessed local football fan Sourav Ganguly.

25 May 2022 3:20 am
'ART conceived babies start slow, catch up in growth in 2 yrs'

Babies conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) grow differently from naturally conceived (NC) babies in the initial phase of infancy but catch up with the latter by their second birthday, a recent study has revealed.

25 May 2022 3:20 am
Assam: Rail link in Dima Hasao by July 10

IMD officials said at least for the next three days only low intensity rainfall is likely in Dima Hasao and south Assam and this can be a breather for the railways. However, June 5 is the normal date of the arrival of the monsoon in the northeast after which the region may experience heavy rainfall.

24 May 2022 10:54 pm
'Suspect printouts': Photographer held in Nepal

A trip to Nepal turned into a nightmare for a photographer from West Bengal as he ended up in prison for allegedly carrying jpeg image printouts of USD 100 notes, which he would have eeded there for shooting a short film.

24 May 2022 7:55 pm
East-West Metro eyes May 31 start of Sealdah section

Metro Railway is eyeing May 31 for commissioning of the East-West Metro's Sealdah section. Kolkata's Line 2, which was started in phases in March 2020, now runs a truncated 6.6km service from Sector V to Phoolbagan. On March 24, the seventh (Sealdah) station and an added 2.3km were approved by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS).

24 May 2022 7:22 am
Suvendu likely to take charge of BJP's Barrackpore unit

Bengal BJP leaders huddled into a meeting at a New Town hotel on Monday, a day after Arjun Singh dumped the party and went back to Trinamool Congress, to assess who in the Barrackpore organization structure could follow his footsteps.

24 May 2022 5:58 am
Kolkata: Lookout for monkeypox symptoms among flyers

Health officials and immigration officers at Kolkata airport have been alerted to be on the lookout for passengers suffering from fever, rashes of swollen lymph nodes in the hands and face.

24 May 2022 5:50 am
Make agencies autonomous to save democracy: Mamata

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday floated the idea of making all central agencies autonomous, whereby only salaries of their staff would be paid by the government, nothing more.

24 May 2022 5:33 am
Rise in Covid-like symptoms in Kolkata, docs worried

The city has seen a sudden spurt in the number of people with Covid-like symptoms over the last fortnight, some of whom have tested positive, but the official positivity rate has remained very low with the majority not feeling the need to get tested for mild fever and cough.

24 May 2022 3:28 am
Relief for N-E as rainfall distribution goes down

In Assam where the floods have devastated several districts, 84% more rainfall than normal this week (May 18 to 22) was experienced. In the previous week (May 12-18) 327% more rainfall above normal was recorded.

23 May 2022 11:08 pm
Teacher from WB climbs Everest, to attempt Lhotse

Bengal's climber Piyali Basak, who is out on an expedition to Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse, made it to the Everest (8,849 metres) summit on Sunday morning. Basak, who attempted the summit without supplementary oxygen, had to be given external oxygen support after she crossed 8,450 metres. Basak, a teacher from Chandernagore, will leave for the Lhotse summit after she reaches camp 2.

23 May 2022 5:39 am
Arjun back in TMC, shoots at BJP's 'AC room, FB' politics

Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh on Sunday eturned home to Trinamool Congress, ending a month of will-he-won't-he suspense, ever since he publicly supported Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee against the price-cap on jute and shot off a strongly worded letter to the Centre in protest.

23 May 2022 5:26 am
'More trees uprooted in south Kolkata than in north'

The Saturday squall, a preliminary survey by the civic body and NGOs found, caused more damage to greenery in south Kolkata than in the north. By a conservative estimate, 150 trees were uprooted across the city, more than 70% of which were in south Kolkata.

23 May 2022 3:26 am
Three injured in two bike accidents in Kolkata

Three persons were injured in two separate road accidents in Kolkata late on Saturday night. On the Bondel Road flyover Datla Ramesh (27) and the pillion rider Ramesh Raia (45) suffered multiple injuries when their motorcycle skidded off the road and lost control.

23 May 2022 3:25 am
53% of kids in polluted cities have bad lungs: Study

More than half of children 52.8%, to be precise living in polluted cities like Kolkata and Delhi suffer from impaired lung function, according to a study by Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) that also reveals that youngsters in polluted cities were more prone to liver and brain ailments because of frequent infiltration of tiny particulate matter that they inhale.

23 May 2022 3:24 am
Death toll in Assam floods climbs to 24

Six more deaths were reported in Assam, four from Nagaon and one each from Hojai and Cachar districts, taking the death toll to 24 in the state due to floods and landslides since April 6.

22 May 2022 10:48 pm
Assam: Prof held for criticising govt policies gets bail

An associate professor of a college in Assam's Hailakandi district, who was arrested for allegedly sending emails to officials criticising government policies and using unparliamentarily words against the chief minister, has been granted bail by a local court, a senior police officer said on Sunday.

22 May 2022 7:18 pm
Steel dome of Meghalaya Assembly collapses

According to an Executive Engineer of PWD (Building) overseeing the constructions, the collapse could have been triggered by a design fault.

22 May 2022 2:50 pm
Kol: 138 tree species identified in 144 KMC wards

A biodiversity register prepared by the 144 Kolkata Municipality Corporation wards has identified 138 species of trees, 26 species of Chinese vegetables, 33 medicinal plants and around 100 other plant species in the city.

22 May 2022 3:12 am
Kolkata: Caught in squall, 2 teen rowers drown in lake

Two class IX and X students of South Point School, who had qualified for the inter-school regatta scheduled on Sunday, drowned during a practice session at Rabindra Sarobar when their boat capsized after being caught in the norwester on Saturday evening.

22 May 2022 3:12 am
Three Kolkata families lose Rs 2 lakh in travel fraud

A group of three families who had booked a customised trip to Kashmir with a tour operator in south Kolkata were allegedly conned by the operator for around Rs two lakh.Subha Banerjee has lodged a police complaint alleging he and his friends had paid Rs 1.

22 May 2022 3:12 am
CBI files FIR on cheating, forgery against SSC officials

CBI on Saturday lodged an FIR against five persons and unknown other officers of the West Bengal School Service Commission in the course of its investigation into massive irregularities in state school appointments.

22 May 2022 3:12 am
2 young rowers die after their boat capsized during Norwester

A large team of the disaster management group of Kolkata Police scanned the water for several hours before they managed to drag Sadhukhan out of the water around 7.40pm and Chatterjee was found 20 minutes later in the same area. Both of them were taken to SSKM hospital where they were declared dead on arrival.

21 May 2022 9:39 pm
Assam: After fish traders custodial death, mob sets police stn on fire

A mob of few hundreds retaliating an alleged custodial death attacked a police station at the birthplace of Vasihnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva in Assams Nagaon district, beat up the police personnel on duty and burned down the station after vandalizing it on Saturday.

21 May 2022 8:56 pm
Calcutta HC dismisses min's daughter's job

Calcutta high court on Friday dismissed the employment of a West Bengal minister's daughter in a government-aided school and asked her to return the salary she had drawn during her 41-month tenure as a teacher.

20 May 2022 6:01 pm
HC orders CBI probe into Tripura House heritage tag downgrade

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into how Tripura House, an iconic grade-I heritage property at 59 Ballygunge Circular Road, was downgraded to grade-II and its gate, portico, fountain, driveway, garden were razed to allow construction of a high-rise, flouting heritage norms and disregarding objections of KMC heritage committee.

20 May 2022 5:47 am
BJP using agencies to run a Tughlaqi regime: Mamata

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of using a few government agencies to run a Tughlaqi regime in the country and packing all important institutions with its own people.

20 May 2022 5:39 am
West Bengal: 5 held for firing at realtors in Habra

In yet another daring shootout in North 24 Parganas, a real estate developer and his manager were shot at by a gang in Habra late on Wednesday night.Raju Ghosh, the promoter, and his associate Shantanu Roy have been admitted to a private hospital off EM Bypass.

20 May 2022 3:16 am
1st time in history, Cal HC has 6 women judges on bench

In a first, the Calcutta High Court will have six women judges presiding over proceedings at the same time. The appointments of justices Ananya Bandyopadhyay and Rai Chattopadhyay as additional judges took the number to six on Wednesday.

20 May 2022 3:14 am
WB min Paresh Adhikary sent email to CBI seeking time

The CBI on Thursday questioned minister of state for education Paresh Adhikary for nearly three hours, 36 hours since he went missing en route to Kolkata from north Bengal after Tuesdays Calcutta High Court order to appear before the agency in connection with an alleged irregularity in a

20 May 2022 3:14 am
Assam: Ambubachi Mela set to return this year

After a gap of two years because of the pandemic, the annual Ambubachi Mela, the biggest congregation of devotees in the northeast, is set to return from June 22 to June 26 as all Covid-related restrictions have been withdrawn from the state.

19 May 2022 11:09 pm
Appointment scam: WB min, daughter booked

The CBI on Thursday filed an FIR against West Bengal minister Paresh Chandra Adhikari after he failed to meet the deadline set by the Calcutta High Court for appearance before its sleuths in connection with a case of alleged illegal appointment of his daughter as a teacher in a state government-aided school, an official said.

19 May 2022 6:47 pm