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DaimlerChrysler India To Launch Luxury Buses Shortly

DaimlerChrysler Ltd.Kolkata: DaimlerChrysler India managing director and CEO Wilfried G Aulbur, stated that the company will start making its high-tonnage Actros trucks at its subsisting plant at Chikhali, Pune by the end of this current fiscal (2007).


SAIL-Posco Form Joint Group

Kolkata: The public sector steel giant SAIL and the Korean steel major POSCO have formed a combined team to give a concrete shape to their recently declared coalition. Despite allocation of best practices, the grouping could open the prospect of POSCO utilizing SAIL’s immense marketing network through use of the latter’s stockyards crosswise the country.

Mr. S K Roongta, chairman SAIL said, “We have formed a working group which will have four members each from SAIL and POSCO to look into various areas in which the two companies can form alliances.”


Sunfeast Open begins in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sept. 18: The seven-day WTA Sunfeast Open tennis tournament has begun, and will see the likes of Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli and Russian Daniela Hantuchova.

On Monday, Sania engaged in some match practice, but an announcement was made that she would not participate in the tournament due to a wrist injury.

West Bengal Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya inaugurated the tournament at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.


Sachin Tendulkar joins Sania to promote Sunfeast Open

Kolkata, Sept.18: The Sunfeast Open glamour quotient is at a high.  Cricket star Sachin Tendulkar arrived here today to promote the WTA Tier III tournament. Addressing a joint press conference with Sania Mirza, Tendulkar said he was a great fan of tennis and loved to play it too.

Tendulkar refused to talk much on cricket, but said it was for the selectors to decide on who would be the next captain of the Indian team.

As far as he was concerned, the little master said playing good cricket was all that mattered to him. He also had a word of praise for Team India's performance in the Twenty-Twenty series. He said the team had been playing well.


Pranab hopeful of resolving stand-off over N-deal with Left at Oct 5 meeting

Kolkata, Sept 22 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today expressed the hope that the deadlock over the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal would be broken at the UPA-Left meeting to be held on October five.

"I am hopeful that the issue would get resolved then (at the meeting on October five)," Mukherjee told reporters.

Mukherjee, who heads the UPA-Left panel formed to resolve the nuclear deal issue, said that at the two meetings of the committee, the UPA has received three notes from the Left on the issue.


Violence erupts in Kolkata over murder of a Muslim youth

Kolkata, Sept 22 : Violence erupted in Kolkata on Saturday following the murder of a Muslim youth.

An irate mob of over hundred people clashed with police in the city, and also blocked roads after rumours spread of the murder.

Police had to resort to tear-gassing to bring the situation under control.

Two vehicles were burnt and property was damaged before the mob was dispersed by the police.


Violence erupts in Kolkata over murder of a Muslim youth

Kolkata, Sept 22 : Violence erupted in Kolkata on Saturday following the murder of a Muslim youth.

An irate mob of over hundred people clashed with police in the city, and also blocked roads after rumours spread of the murder.

Police had to resort to tear-gassing to bring the situation under control.

Two vehicles were burnt and property was damaged before the mob was dispersed by the police.


Heavy rain disrupts work at Tata small car plant in Singur

Singur/Kolkata (West Bengal), Sept. 26 : Work at an upcoming small car plant at Singur in West Bengal has been badly hit following water logging due to incessant rains.

The halting of operations has left most of workers facing a difficult situation.

"Because of the flooding at the project, work is held up. Contractors say there is no work, and therefore, there is no pay. For the last three days, we have had nothing to eat. What to do?" asks Sahib, a contracted worker.


Bengal CPI(M) in a spot over Muslim youth’s death

Kolkata, Sept.27 : The West Bengal CPI(M) leadership is in a spot of bother over the recent death of a Muslim youth in the city under mysterious circumstances.

Opposition parties like Trinamul Congress and the Congress have already started a political campaign against the ruling Marxists, holding a section of Kolkata police responsible for the youth’s death.


Kolkatans take to aquaculture with ornamental fishes

Kolkata, Oct.7 : Kolkatans have long been known for savouring fishes as delicacies, irrespective of occasions. But many well-off individuals are developing a penchant for fish-keeping, following beliefs that it ensures prosperity and joy.

Today, there are a good number of homes in Kolkata where one can find attractive aquariums containing a variety of ornamental fish like Red Panda, Flower Horn, Red Fin, Gold Arwana. The price range many vary anywhere from rupees 400 to a 100,000.

Keeping fish as pets is considered to be a rewarding hobby. The intricacies involved in this hobby begin from designing aquarium to choosing the fish and tending them with utmost care.


Kolkatans on shopping spree ahead of Durga Puja

Durga Puja
Kolkata, Oct 9 : It's shopping time for devotees in festival-crazed Kolkata ahead of Durga Puja, which is scheduled to start from October 18.

For Bengalis, the nine-day festival is a time for celebration and expenditure.

Markets reflect the festive spirit enveloping the entire city.

"Everybody purchases according to their needs. There is a rush. I have bought clothes and other necessities for the puja," said Purnima Banerjee.

Multinationals use the opportunity to offer discounts and sponsor community pujas. They dole out gifts, organize lucky draws, and even professional music and dance shows.


Calcutta HC orders CBI probe into Rizwanur death case

Kolkata, Oct 16 : Expressing its unhappiness over the CID investigation into the mysterious death of a computer graphics teacher, Rizwanur Rehman, the Calcutta High Court today ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the incident.

According to media reports, some police officers have been accused of pressurising Rehman to end his marriage with industrialist Ashok Todi’s daughter Priyanka Todi.

Till now, the CID was probing the death of Rizwan, who was allegedly threatened by his in-laws and police after he married Priyanka in August.

On October 14, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had demanded a CBI inquiry  into the case.


Rizwanur case: CBI grills Ashok Todi’s brother

Kolkata, Oct 22 (ANI): A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team today interrogated Pradip Todi, the brother of well-known industrialist Ashok Todi, who is the main accused in the death case of computer graphic designer teacher Rizwanur Rehman.

Pradip was grilled by a CBI team led by Joint Director Arun Kumar at the CBI office in Salt Lake here.

Meanwhile, the seven-member team has started examining different aspects of the case.

The CBI team arrived in Kolkata on Friday night after the High Court directed the CBI to investigate the case on October 16 on Rizwarnur family’s plea for transfer of case to the CBI.


Mamata Banerjee visits Nandigram

Congress chief Mamata Banerjee

Nandigram/Kolkata, Oct 29 (ANI): Former Union Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee visited Nandigram on Monday in the wake of fresh violence over acquisition of farmlands.

Banerjee, whose motorcade was attacked near Nandigram on Sunday, said that her party leaders would talk to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.

They are firing from Khejuri border everyday, and now they have thrown (shot) a bullet at my car also. Luckily, the local boys saved me but I don't know how to save them. We are sending one of the party members to talk to the Prime Minister," said Banerjee.


NDA delegation to visit Nandigram today

Kolkata, Nov 13: A nine-member National Democratic Alliance (NDA) delegation, led by Leader of Opposition L K Advani will visit Nandigram today to take stock of the situation in the wake of the continuing violence over acquisition of land for an industrial zone.

Besides visiting village in East Midnapore district, the delegation will also visit hospitals to meet the injured people.

The delegation includes Sushma Swaraj and S. S. Ahluwalia (Bharatiya Janata Party), Sharad Yadav (Janta Dal-United), B K Tripathi (Biju Janata Dal), Anant Geethe (Shiv Sena), Sukhbir Singh Badal (Akali Dal) and Chandan Mitra and Sharad Joshi (both MPs).


Advani seeks discussion on Nandigram in Parliament

Kolkata, Nov 13: Leader of Opposition L K Advani today said that what has happened in Nandigram was shocking beyond words.


NHRC team to visit Nandigram today

National Human Rights Commission NHRC TeamKolkata, Nov 15: A six-member National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team will visit West Bengal's Nandigram area today to study the situation and suggest remedial measures.

A team headed by Senior Superintendent of Police S P Singh will also visit the violence-torn villages to look into the genesis of the problem.

The team will also look into the role of police and the local administration to ascertain whether there had been any lapse on their part.


Fire guts three buildings in Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov 20 : A major fire broke out in a three-storied building in Kolkata's Elgin Road in the early hours of Tuesday, gutting three buildings inside an industrial estate in Kshidirpur area.

However, no casualties were reported.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a short circuit caused the fire in a warehouse, which quickly spread to the neighbouring buildings.

"The fire started around 11:30-11:45 and it spread to the neighbouring buildings from a warehouse storing manufactured refrigerators. It spread rapidly from here and became uncontrollable," said, Babloo Karim, an eyewitness.


Violence-hit Kolkata limps back to normal

Violence-hit Kolkata limps back to normalKolkata, Nov 22: Curfew, which was imposed in Kolkata following violent protests on Wednesday, was relaxed this morning in five police station areas as the situation returned to normal.

"The city is fast returning to normalcy. Schools and colleges are opening. People have also resumed their normal life," Police Commissioner, Gautam Mohan Chakrabarty said.


Peace reigns in Kolkata as army patrolling continues

Kolkata, Nov 23: Kolkata remained peaceful today as the army and the police jointly patrolled localities that were hit by violence on Wednesday.

The army, which was deployed on Wednesday following violent clashes has been kept on stand by.

According to official sources, the State Government will take a final decision on how long the army will be deployed and whether it is to be withdrawn in phases.

According to sources, four columns of the army, comprising 360 personnel, conducted a flag march in Moulali, Mullickbazar, Ripon Street, Park Circus, Topsia, Beniapukur and adjacent areas throughout Thursday night.


Taslima Nasreen withdraws controversial lines from her autobiographical novel

Kolkata, Nov 30: Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Friday said that she has decided to withdraw the controversial lines from her autobiographical novel 'Dwikhandita' in the wake of the protests from a section of people in India.

'Dwikhandita' (Split in Two), authored by Nasreen in 2002, recalls the incidents in Bangladesh in the 1980s when the military took over the power.

According to some reports, Nasreen, who is presently staying at an undisclosed location, claimed that she had written the book in support of the people who defended secular values.

“I had no intention to hurt anybody's sentiment, " she was quoted, as saying.


West Bengal Governor visits Nandigram

Kolkata, Dec 2: West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi today visited violence-hit Nanidgram village to take stock of the situation there.

His visit comes days after he met Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on November 29 and briefed him about the prevailing situation in Nandigram.

On November 9, Gopalkrishna had said that the manner in which the 'recapture' of Nandigram villages was being attempted “was totally unlawful and unacceptable.”

"I find it equally unacceptable that while Nandigram has been ingressed with ease by armed people, on the one hand, political and non-political persons trying to reach it have been violently obstructed," he had said.


Priyanka Todi blames Rizwanur's brother for his murder

Kolkata, Dec. 8: Priyanka Todi, the widow of Rizwanur Rehman, whose body was found near a railway track outside Kolkata on September 21 this year, has squarely blamed her husband's brother, Rukbanur, for the tragedy.

''I have no idea how Rizwanur died, but he must have been deeply disturbed by something, '' Priyanka told the Telegraph newspaper in an interview.

Expressing her shock and sadness over Rukbanur's "false" statements, she said: "We blindly trusted Rukbanur, I regret his involvement. I made a mistake by not getting my family to meet Rizwanur, whose body was found on the railway tracks between Bidhannagar Road and Dum Dum Junction.


Bengalis' love for invitation cards and their link with Kolkata's College Street

Kolkata, Dec. 13: Bengalis' love for sending invitation cards to friends and relatives on almost every other occasion is today a common knowledge in West Bengal. A function is considered incomplete till at least 100 guests attend it.

The popular custom here is to invite friends and relatives by sending them printed invitation cards. Be it the birth of a child, the rice ceremony, a birthday, a marriage or someone's last rites, invitation cards are required.

In Kolkata, Mahatma Gandhi Road, popularly called College Street, is known for its invitation card shops. Just after a marriage is fixed, a family visits these shops to select an invitation profile reflecting one's personal taste.


Taslima Nasreen put her next novel on hold

Kolkata, December 22: Bangladeshi Author Taslima Nasreen who has been in hiding at a government safe house in Delhi for over a month has decided to put her next novel on hold.

The writer has asked her publishers to cancel the publication of the sixth part of her autobiography. She has not been writing for the last two months.

The book was to be released during the Kolkata Book Fair in January. Taslima has said she will not be able to meet the deadline as she is finding it difficult to concentrate on her writing.

Taslima's supporters are today taking out a rally in Kolkata to protest against the Centre's ultimatum.


Kolkata confectioners enjoy brisk sale on Christmas-eve

Kolkata, Dec. 24: As people across the country welcome Christmas on Tuesday, confectioners in Kolkata have had a brisk sale ahead of the big day. The shopkeepers are working to their full potential to meet the demand for cakes on time.

Some of the confectionary shops in the city have opened fast food zones which are crowded with youngsters flocking in groups.

"It grows many folds, in leaps and bounds. Sometimes, it is five times. People come from everywhere to enjoy the Christmas, New Year, " said Supriya Ray, Managing Director of a leading confectionary store Sugar & Spice.

Kookie Jar, another confectionary shop popular for its celebration packs, has drawn big crowds with their strawberry flavoured Santa Claus cakes.


Kolkata's Missionaries of Charity celebrates Xmas

Kolkata's Missionaries of Charity celebrates XmasKolkata, Dec.25: Sisters dressed in white and blue are always busy, running from one home to the other, and not having time for celebrations of any sort.

But come Christmas, and the mood at the Missionaries Of Charity, home for the destitute founded here by Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa, is different.

Here, the occasion is a time for celebration. Sisters of the order decorate the entire home with colorful paper chains, stars, bells, and Christmas trees and obviously with Santa Claus.


India welcomes Christmas with hope and gaiety

Goa/New Delhi/ Kolkata/ Gulmarg,India Cristmas Dec 25: Special midnight mass, carol singing and enthusiasm marked Christmas celebration across India with participation of people from all communities.

In Goa, churches were elaborately lit as large number of people thronged churches to attend the midnight mass amidst festive gaiety.

People welcomed Christmas with carols and special prayers in New Delhi as hundreds of devotees thronged the Sacred Heart Cathedral to take part in the midnight mass and carolling.


Taslima can return back to Kolkata, says Jyoti Basu

Veteran CPI leader Jyoti BasuKolkata, Dec 25: Former West Bengal Chief Minister and veteran CPI (M) leader Jyoti Basu on Tuesday said that Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen is 'welcome' to return back to Kolkata, whenever she wants.

Basu said that the Centre should arrange security for the author's stay in Kolkata.

This comes amidst reports that Taslima, who is presently kept in an undisclosed location in New Delhi, was informed by government officials that she would not be allowed to return to Kolkata for now.


Taslima Nasreen can return back to Kolkata, says Jyoti Basu.

Kolkata, Taslima NasreenDec 25 : Former West Bengal Chief Minister and veteran CPI (M) leader Jyoti Basu on Tuesday said that Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen is 'welcome' to return back to Kolkata, whenever she wants.

Basu said that the Centre should arrange security for the author's stay in Kolkata.

"In accordance with the wishes of the Centre, she (Taslima Nasreen) is welcome to Kolkata. She can come and stay here, but the Centre has to provide her with security, which is very important," Basu said.


Pranab tells opponents of land acquisition to know their limits

Kolkata, Dec 25: Senior Congress leader and External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that those opposing the land acquisition for setting up industries must 'know their limits'.

"Those who are opposing land acquisition, they should know their limits - when to oppose and when not to," Mukherjee said at a function in Kulti in West Bengal.
 
Urging the people to be tolerant to the issue of industrial development in the State that requires land acquisition, Mukherjee said, "Wherever development projects are undertaken, land is needed."

"We have to be tolerant," he added.


HuJI militant arrested in West Bengal

West BengalKolkata, Dec 29: A Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) militant was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal police from Baranagar area of North 24 Parganas district on Saturday.

The militant was identified as Altaf Ansari.

According to CID sources, a raid was carried out on a tip-off by the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police to caught Ansari.

The HuJI was launched in 1980 as part of the Pakistan-based Jehad network fighting troops of the then Soviet Union who were deployed in Afghanistan.


West Bengal, Jharkhand police remove jurisdiction barrier in Naxal-hit areas

Nexal Affected DistrictKolkata, Dec 29 : West Bengal and Jharkhand police forces have decided to allow free movement of police officials in the Maoist-hit areas in the two states.

Three districts of Jharkhand’s Kolhan range and three districts of  West Bengal are badly affected by Naxal activities.

Policemen can now move freely into the adjoining states, said West Midnapore Superintendent of Police (SP) R Rajsekharan.


Blind businessmen run successful venture in Kolkata

BusinessKolkata, Jan. 3 : By successfully running a production unit despite being visually challenged, two brothers in Kolkata have proved how life can still be turned meaningful despite one’s physical handicap.

Vikram Dalmia (38) and Rajat Dalmiya (28) lost their vision at a young age following a hereditary disease Retinia Pigmentation. They were studying in standard XII at that time.

Retinia Pigmentation is a progressive deterioration of eyesight leading to blindness and it is incurable, said Rajat.


Taslima repeats that she is still virtually under house arrest

Kolkata, Jan 5 (ANI): Taslima Nasreen - All About WomenIn a letter to her friends in Kolkata, Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has described her stay in Delhi as being “virtually under house arrest.”

The letter, which was distributed at a literary fair here, says: “This existence cannot be called living.”

She said that she was not aware of her present address and visitors to her had to be cleared by the Home Ministry.

“I am virtually under house arrest,” she said.

“I long to be back in Kolkata,” Taslima concluded in her letter.


Jyoti Basu supports West Bengal CM's stand on capitalism

Kolkata, Jan 5 : Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) veteran Jyoti Basu on Saturday supported West BengalCPI(M) logo Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's policy of welcoming private capital in the State for industrialisation purpose.

Basu said that socialism was not achievable at this point of time.

"We have been working within the capitalist system and private capital has to be used while social welfare programmes by the state government would continue," Basu told reporters here.


CBI to submit final report on Rizwanur Rehman today

Kolkata, Jan 8: Rizwanur RehmanThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will submit its final report on the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman to the Calcutta High Court today.

Justice Soumitra Pal on December 17 last year had granted the agency time till January 8 to submit its report.

Earlier, Justice Pal on October 16, 2007 had directed the CBI to complete the investigation and submit its report before the court within two months.


Rizwanur Rehman case: CBI submits final report to Calcutta High Court

Rizwanur RehmanKolkata, Jan 8: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today submitted its final report on the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman to the Calcutta High Court.

The CBI submitted its report in a sealed cover before Justice Dipankar Dutta, who will hear the matter on Friday.

Rizwan’s elder brother Rukbanur Rehman, including others made a plea to have a copy of the report.


Every horse has his day

Kolkata, Jan. 10: Retired horses of the West Bengal police training centre need not worry about their future, as the State government has facilitated setting up of special stables for them at Ashaari, the shelter for animals run by People for Animals.

The government initiative has delighted animal lovers and people in the police force. It is hoped the step would keep Roshanara, Teja, Patriot and many other horses like them in good stead for long.

Earlier, the horses found no longer useful were put down (shot dead) sans any mercy. The barbaric method of brining animals’ lives to an end was objected to by several people.


Calcutta High Court to hear Rizwanur Rehman case

Kolkata, Jan 11: Rizwanur RehmanThe Calcutta High Court will hear the case on the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman today.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday submitted its final report in a sealed cover before Justice Dipankar Dutta.

Rizwan’s elder brother Rukbanur Rehman, including others made a plea to have a copy of the report.

The CBI has been investigating the case for the last four months. It was expected to charge two members of the Todi family of which his wife was a member for involvement in Rizwanur's suicide and two police officials for the destruction of the evidence.


Kolkata HC asks WB Government to give its views on Nandigram violence

Kolkata, Jan11: The Kolkata High Court has asked the West Bengal Government to file an affidavit into the violence and death at Nandigram in November, within eight weeks.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice P C Ghosh was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Sabyasachi Ray choudhary, seeking CBI probe on Nandigarm recapture.

The court adjourned the petition for ten weeks after hearing both the state government and petitioner Sabyasachi Ray Choudhary.


Major fire in Kolkata’s biggest wholesale market

Major fire in Kolkata’s biggest wholesale marketKolkata, Jan 12: A major fire broke out in a section of Burrabazar, the city's biggest wholesale market in the early hours of Saturday, gutting several buildings housing tarpaulin and cloth shops.

According to sources, altogether 34 fire-tenders have been trying to douse the flames that started in a house on Jamnalal Bajaj Street at about 2 a. m..

Shortage of water supply from the nearby Mullickghat pumping station to the area due to power cut compounded the problem for fire-fighters, the sources said.

There was no report of any injury or casualty.


Burrabazar fire still raging on

Burrabazar FireKolkata, Jan 13: The fire at the Nandaram market at Burrabazar, which is the biggest wholesale market of Kolkata, was still smouldering, 36 hours after it broke out.

The fire was raging on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th floor of Nandaram market.

The fire fighters said water scarcity was posing a major problem as they had to bring water by a relay system from the Mullickghat pumping station which hampered their work.

An explosion in the generator room on the 12th floor of the building was feared as huge quantity of diesel was stored there.


Fire in Kolkata market still raging

Fire in Kolkata market still ragingKolkata, Jan 14: The fire in the biggest wholesale market Burrabazzar in Kolkata continued to rage for the third consecutive day on Monday despite army joining efforts of firefighters to douse the flames that have gutted around 2,500 shops and damaged eight multi-storey buildings.

The devastating inferno that started as a small fire in a shop two days ago in the Burrabazar area has gobbled up savings of a lifetime of many traders.


Kolkata market fire continues

Multi-storeyed market complex at Burrabazzar in KolkataKolkata, Jan 15: The fire at multi-storeyed market complex at Burrabazzar continued to rage for the fourth consecutive day today.

According to reports, fire is still seen at the tenth, eleventh and twelvth floors of the Nandaram market.

The intense heat generated by the flames have raised fears that a 13-storey building at Nandaram market in Burrabazar might collapse.

The fire control operation by army and Fire Brigade personnel is still underway to douse the flames that have gutted around 3000 shops.


Culling of birds begins in West Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 16: West Bengal will begin culling of over 3.76 lakh birds from today in the two districts of Birbhum and Dakshin Dinajpur, where presence of bird flu has been confirmed.

Culling will be carried out within a five-km radius of the affected area. Farms located within a 10-km range will be disinfected.

The Government of India on Tuesday confirmed the outbreak of bird flu after sample of dead birds from these two districts tested positive for the highly pathogenic virus.

West Bengal had sent the samples of dead birds to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, to find out whether the death of poultry was due to avian influenza.


Dibrugarh-Amritsar Express derails in West Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 16: Three coaches of Dibrugarh-Amritsar Express derailed this morning near New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.

No casualty has been reported, but the rail traffic in the area has been disrupted, railway official said.

The last three coaches, including two unreserved general class derailed at around 6.20 a. m. between Magurjan and Aluabari railway stations, about 50 km from New Jalpaiguri.

New Jalpaiguri Assistant Operating Manager R K Jha has rushed to the spot. (ANI)


17 injured in Kolkata blast

An explosion in the posh Theatre Road locality in KolkataKolkata, Jan 16: At least 17 people were injured in an explosion in the posh Theatre Road locality here today.

The blast occurred on the pavement outside the Hindustan Unilever building at around 9:30 a. m. during peak-hour traffic.

Glass panes of nearby buildings were shattered due to the impact of the blast.

Javed Shamim, Deputy Commissioner, Detective Department has however put to rest fears of a terrorist attack or sabotage.


Calcutta High Court to pronounce verdict in Singur case

Kolkata, Jan 18: Calcutta High CourtThe Calcutta High Court will today pronounce its verdict on the petitions challenging acquisition of land at Singur for the Tata Motors car plant.

A division Bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice P C Ghosh will pronounce the verdict.

In February 2007, Joydeep Mukherjee had moved the writ petition challenging the acquisition of about 1000 acres of land.


Singur land acquisition is legal says Calcutta High Court

Calcutta High CourtKolkata, Jan 18: The Calcutta High Court today held that acquisition of land at Singur for the Tata Motors car project was legal.

A division Bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice P C Ghosh pronounced the verdict.

In February 2007, Joydeep Mukherjee had moved a writ petition challenging the acquisition of about 1000 acres of land.

Mukherjee and 10 other individuals and associations, who joined the case as added petitioners, claimed that the land had been acquired without following the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and the Land Acquisition (Companies) Rules, 1963.


Panic in Ludhiana over bird flu

Bird FluKolkata /Ludhiana, Jan 18 : The bird flu outbreak in West Bengal has hit poultry traders in the northern parts of the country, and eggs and broiler chicken are being sold at throwaway prices.

The fear of the humans getting infected by the avian influenza has pushed down the sales of poultry products in Punjab.

The poultry owners are forced to sell eggs at extremely low prices. However, this has increased the demand for chicken.


Buddhadeb describes bird flu situation in West Bengal alarming

Bird FluKolkata, Jan 18: West Bengal Government today described the outbreak of bird flu in the State as "alarming".

The State Government has targeted culling of 400,000 poultry in the affected areas to check the disease.

"For this, we have decided to increase the strength of the culling teams," Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters after his meeting with the National Disaster Mission delegation in Kolkata.

He said all poultry birds within 5-10 km of the affected areas would be culled within seven days.


Centre dissatisfied with West Bengal efforts to control Bird flu

Bird FluKolkata, Jan 19: The Central Government has expressed its dissatisfaction with West Bengal Government’s efforts to curb bird flu which has spread to more areas in the State.

Minister of State for Health Panabaka Lakshmi said that the Centre was not "satisfied" with the steps taken by the West Bengal Government.

State Animal Resources Minister Anisur Rehman claimed there were signs of "overall improvement" in the situation just a day after Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee described the bird flu situation as "very serious".


Sourav Ganguly fans block movement of trains over his omission from Oz tri-series

Kolkata, Jan. 21: Saurav GangulyFans of cricketer Sourav Ganguly today blocked the movement of a couple of trains in two sections of Eastern Railwayat Barasat in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas District in protest against his exclusion from the Indian team for the triangular tournament in Australia.

The blockade started a little after 10 a. m., with protesters demanding that Ganguly be reinducted into the team.

Train services between Barasat-Bongaon and Barasat-Hasnabad sections were affected, an Eastern Railways spokesman said.


Pawar says, bird flu virus entered from Bangladesh, WB’s two more districts get affected

New Delhi/Kolkata,bird flu virus Jan 23 : Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said that the deadly H5N1 virus that has infected nine districts of West Bengal has entered from Bangladesh.

Pawar said that the Centre has warned the bordering states to keep a check on poultry smuggling, adding, “But I think they mustn't have paid attention.”

West Bengal Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rahaman confirmed that Cooch Behar and Hooghly districts were also affected by bird flu.


Kolkata diamond markets outshining the rest of the country

Kolkata, Jan. 28: Kolkata diamond markets outshining the rest of the countryIt seems Kolkattans are in love with diamond now-a-days, as the city has emerged to be the biggest market for diamond by recording a maximum growth rate for five years in comparison to other markets for the same in rest of the country.

The growth rate of 32 per cent witnessed in Kolkata's diamond market in comparison to the national growth rate of 24 per cent speaks volumes of this new reality. The city has outshined three other metropolitan cities-- Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.


Culling to begin in new areas of West Bengal

Kolkata, Feb 1:West Bengal Culling will begin today in Suri-1 Block and Raghnathganj Block-2 of West Bengal's Birbhum and Murshidabad Districts respectively where the culling figure has been revised to 28 lakh.

According to sources, the West Bengal Animal Husbandry Ministry has raised the culling target to 28 lakh after death of 4,000 chickens were reported in North 24 Parganas district.

"As the target area is increasing every day it is impossible to say how many chicken will have to be killed," West Bengal Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rehman said.


Bengal medicos protest against govt’s apathy in checking spread of bird flu

Bird FluKolkata/Hoogly, Feb 2: Medical professionals in Kolkata are dissatisfied with the State Government’s action to check the spread of bird flu, which has engulfed more than half of the State.

The medicos said that they would submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee highlighting their protest.

"We are fully dissatisfied with the government's delayed programme. The persons (poultry farm owners) affected are in jeopardy. Their economy is in a bad state," said Ashok Samanta, Secretary, Hospital and Public Health Committee, Kolkata.


West Bengal to end culling operations today

Kolkata, Feb. 2West Bengal to end culling operations today: West Bengal's Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rehman today said that his government plans to end culling operations in the state's bird flu-affected districts on Saturday.

Rehman said that in Berhampore, 27 lakh birds were culled till Saturday, when the remaining one lakh would be culled.

After culling ends in areas hit by the avian influenza, all possible measures would be taken to disinfect the cooperatives, the residence of poultry owners and their neighbourhood, he said.


Culling of birds nears completion in West Bengal

Animal Resources Development Department Kolkata, Feb 2 : The Animal Resources Development Ministry of West Bengal on Saturday said that with culling of over 29 lakh birds, culling operation in the state will be completed by Sunday.

Secretary of the Animal Resources Development Department of the state, D Chakraborty said culling would be completed by Sunday as per instructions by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

“We have instructed the district authorities to complete the culling operations by tomorrow or day after,” Chakraborty said.


Burmese students protest against “illegal detention” of their 34 countrymen

 Burmese students protest against “illegal detention” of their 34 countrymenKolkata, Feb 4 : Members of the All Burma Students League (ABSL) on Monday staged a demonstration alleging that 34 nationals of Burma were 'illegally detained’ in India since 1998.

The ABSL staged a demonstration outside Bankshall Court here alleging that the 34 Burmese were denied a fair trial and the basic rights guaranteed under international human rights laws.


Highest investment proposals for Bengal

Kolkata, Feb 4: President Venugopal DhootAccording to a study by Assocham Investment Meter, despite sharp ups and downs during the last one year Bengal has received the highest number of investment proposals among all the States in the third quarter of current fiscal. A total of Rs. 1,273.02 billion investments have been received in the State.

‘Brand Buddha is actually the cause behind this growth and industrialisation is happening very fast in the State,’ said Assocham President Venugopal Dhoot in an interview.


Forward Bloc calls West Bengal shutdown tomorrow

Trinamool Congress Mamta Benarjee Kolkata, Feb 5 : The Forward Bloc, a member of the ruling Left Front in West Bengal, has called a day-long state-wide shutdown on Wednesday to register their protest against the killing of four of their activists in police firing during a party agitation in Cooch Behar District today.

The shutdown has been supported by the opposition parties, including , the Congress party and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI).

The All-India Forward Bloc said mass rallies would be organised in front of Sub-Divisional Offices (SDOs) across the State.


Forward Bloc calls for West Bengal shutdown

West BengalKolkata, Feb 6: The Forward Bloc, a member of the ruling Left Front in West Bengal, has called for a day-long state-wide shutdown today in protest against the killing of four of their activists in police firing during a party agitation in Cooch Behar District.

This is for the first time in the 31-year history of the Left Front in the state that workers of a constituent party were killed in police firing and called an anti-government shutdown by an alliance partner.

The opposition parties, including Trinamool Congress, the Congress party and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) have supported the shutdown call.


Shutdown affects normal life in West Bengal

Kolkata/ Siliguri, Feb 6: The 24-hour state-wide shutdown called by the Forward Bloc has affected normal life in West Bengal.

Businesses remained closed and roads were deserted in Kolkata where the Forward Bloc took to the streets waving party flags and shouting slogans.

Commuters and office goers had to face problems because of the shortage of the public transport.

"We have to reach office in time, the company doesn't listen to all this. We face lots of problems," said Kishore Chowdhury, a commuter.

Many passengers were stranded at both Howrah and Sealdah stations because of disruption in railway services.


166 Forward Bloc activists arrested as violence rocks Kolkata, parts of West Bengal

Kolkata ViolanceKolkata, Feb. 6: Violence rocked most parts of Kolkata on Wednesday during a Left Bloc shutdown, a day after police at Dinhata opened fire on protesters demanding jobs and the cancellation of plans to set up industrial zones on farming land, killing at least four villagers and seriously injuring 25 people.

The daylong shutdown threw normal life out of gear across West Bengal. Left Bloc supporters disrupted rail and road transport services, and nearly 166 of them were arrested by police.


Kolkata's Chinatown celebrates Chinese New Year

Celebrates Chinese New YearKolkata, Feb 7: Residents of Chinatown in Kolkata today celebrated the lunar New Year, also known as the "Year of the Rat", with fervour and gaiety.

A majority of Chinese live in Kolkata, and most of them moved to West Bengal shortly after the end of the Second World War.

"I am coming from Canada to celebrate the Chinese New Year, one of the most festive and most lively celebrations in Kolkata," said Elsie Lin, a Chinese.


Fish costlier in Kolkata

Kolkata, Feb 9 : West Bengal Fish sellers are making a killing after the State Government's ban on chicken sales in the wake of the outbreak of H5N1 strain of bird flu virus.

Bird flu has spread to 13 of West Bengal's 19 Districts.

“More than 3.4 million birds have been culled in the State since H5N1 virus was first reported last month,” a West Bengal State official said.

The West Bengal Government has banned the sale of chicken across the State till February 12 and the fish sellers in the State are making the most of it as chicken eaters are now switching to fish.


School students in Kolkata celebrate Basant Panchami

Kolkata/Allahabad, Feb 11: School students in Kolkata celebrate Basant PanchamiSchool students in Kolkata celebrated the spring festival of 'Basant Panchami' with great enthusiasm on Monday.

On this day, offerings are made to the Goddess Saraswati who is credited with bestowing the greatest wealth to humanity, the wealth of learning.

Keeping up with the tradition of offering prayers to the goddess of learning, students offered prayers along with their teachers at an elaborate ceremony.

Children kept books and writing instruments before the deity and sought the blessings of the goddess.


Bangladesh lifts ban on export of Hilsa fish

Kolkata, Feb 11:Bangladesh lifts ban on export of Hilsa fish Foodies in Kolkata deprived of chicken due to the incidence of bird flu and feeling deprived of their cherished 'Hilsa' (a fish variety) after Bangladesh banned export to India, can finally relish the delicacy, as the ban has been lifted.

People are happy that the fish will now be available throughout the year.

Importers feel that it is a golden opportunity to make up for last year's loss, as business was lost during the prime six months due to the ban.


Hindu, Muslim families exchange kidneys in Kolkata

Hindu, Muslim families exchange kidneys in KolkataKolkata, Feb 12: Two families, one a Hindu and the other Muslim, have set a unique example of communal harmony for all.

Kalpana Bhanja, a Hindu, and Saira, a Muslim, swapped their kidneys to save their husbands' lives. This is said to be first ever inter-religion cross-donor kidney transplantation in India.

Harekrushna Bhanja, 48, was almost at the last stage of his life when he came with his wife Kalpana to the Manjulaben Kidney Hospital, a unit of Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Kolkata.


Ban on poultry lifted in most areas of West Bengal

Kolkata, Feb 12: CM of West Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rahaman today said that the West Bengal Government has lifted the ban on sale and transport of poultry and poultry products from most areas of the State.

After a meeting to review the ban imposed on February 5, Rahaman said: "the ban was lifted considering that there was no fresh outbreak of bird flu".

"Poultry farming, however, could not be taken up in any of the affected notified areas in the next three months," he added.


Hindu, Muslim families exchange kidneys in Kolkata

KolkataKolkata, Feb 13: Two families, one a Hindu and the other Muslim, have set a unique example of communal harmony for all.

Kalpana Bhanja, a Hindu, and Saira, a Muslim, swapped their kidneys to save their husbands' lives. This is said to be first ever inter-religion cross-donor kidney transplantation in India.

Harekrushna Bhanja, 48, was almost at the last stage of his life when he came with his wife Kalpana to the Manjulaben Kidney Hospital, a unit of Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Kolkata.


CBI to submit second report on Nandigram firing today

Central Bureau of InvestigationKolkata, Feb 15: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will submit its second report on the March 14 police firing incident in Nandigram to the Calcutta High Court today.

Earlier, the agency had submitted its first report in December last year before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh.

The High Court had asked the agency to submit its final report on the Nandigram firing within two months, in spite of the investigating agency's plea of granting them four months time to complete their investigation.


CBI submits second report on Nandigram violence to Calcutta HC

Central Bureau of InvestigationKolkata, Feb. 14: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted a second report on the March 14, 2007 firing incident in Nandigram, West Bengal, to the Calcutta High Court on Friday.

The incident left 14 people dead, and the high court had asked the CBI to make inquiries into what prompted the police to open fire when thousands of villagers had gathered to protest the police's forced attempt to enter Nandigram.

Locals have been agitating against the state government's decision to acquire land for a chemical hub in Nandigram.


Five killed, 33 injured in Berhampore mishap

Kolkata, Feb. 15: Five people were killed and 33 injured when a vehicle in which they were returning overturned at Nabagram village in Murshidabad district late on Thursday night.

The tractor carrying the funeral party was returning from Berhampore after cremating a body.

Two of the five killed died on the spot, while three others succumbed to their injuries at the Berhampore New General Hospital.

Of the 33 injured, the condition of ten is serious, police in Berhampore said. (ANI)


West Bengal's snake charmers close to starvation

Kolkata, Feb 18: West Bengal's Snake CharmerSnake charmers in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal have said that they are on the verge of starvation following a government order to ban the keeping of snakes.

"From the time of my father, grandfather, we have been in the snake charming profession. The law has banned this tradition but we continue with the trade to make a living," claimed Lalu Sapuria, a snake charmer.

The Government banned the keeping of snakes as pets under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The Act also prohibits snake charmers from catching snakes or using them for entertainment.


Bird flu affects badminton

Bird flu affects badmintonKolkata, Feb19 : The bird flu epidemic, which resulted in the culling of millions of chickens in the West Bengal, has severely affected the game of “Shuttle Cock” industry, and consequently the game of badminton.

Jadurberia Village, popularly known as Shuttle Cock village in Uluberia area of West Bengal’s Howrah District, accommodates about 200 factories producing shuttle cocks from goose feathers.


West Bengal forest officials trap a stray tiger

Kolkata, Feb 23: West Bengal forest officials trap a stray tigerWildlife authorities in authorities in West Bengal’s 24 South Parganas District brought a wounded stray tiger to a veterinary care center in Kolkata after trapping it in Sunderbans mangroves.

The big cat had strayed into an inhabited area of the Dhorkhali forest, said Subhendu Bandopadhyaya, Divisional Forest Officer.

It was the second incident in the last couple of days of a big cat straying into an inhabited area. A few days ago a tigress was trapped by villagers and later released into the forest.


Ghising arrives in Kolkata to meet Buddhadeb

Kolkata, Feb 23: West Bengal Chief Minister, Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeSubash Ghising, the leader of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and administrator of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) is scheduled to meet West Bengal Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee here today.

Ghising was confined to Pintail Village, a resort three km from Siliguri, for the last five days since Monday by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) activists.


Japanese students learn Indian music

Japanese students learn Indian musicKolkata, Feb 24: A group of 21 Japanese students from Soka University Japan are undergoing a 10 day course in English language and Indian classical music in Kolkata.

The students are on an intensive exchange programme to Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), in Kolkata and are learning about Indian culture, with special emphasis on the multi-faceted literary talent and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.


CBI says Rizwan committed suicide

Kolkata, Feb. 28 : CBI says Rizwan committed suicideThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said in its report that computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rehman had committed suicide, and was not killed.

The CBI report, which was made public by Justice Dipankar Dutta of Calcutta High Court, also recommended action against senior police officers, including former Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee in connection with the case.


Central Police Forces to remain in Nandigram till Panchayat Polls

Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeKolkata, March 06: West Bengal Home Secretary P R Roy asked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to remain at Nandigram until the West Bengal Panchayat elections which are scheduled to be held in May.

The CRPF personnel were deployed at Nandigram initially for three months on November 12, 2007.

Of the five companies (about 500 personnel) sent by the Centre, three remain besides a company of the Indian Reserve Battalion.


Left parties unable to reach on a consensus on Rajya Sabha seats

Rajya SabhaKolkata, March 6 : The meeting of the Left Parties held here today to select names for five Rajya Sabha seats was inconclusive as the Forward Bloc refused to give up one of the seats held by it to Communist Party of India (CPI).

After the conclusion of the meeting, Ashok Ghosh, the Forward Block State Secretary said: “My party would not give up the seat of sitting Rajya Sabha member Barun Mukherjee, whose term ends in 2012. ”

At present the CPI does not have a representation in the Rajya Sabha and it has demanded for a "sure" seat for its all India General Secretary Debabrata Biswas.


Protest over MNS discrimination of north Indian migrants in Mumbai

Kolkata/Patna/New Delhi, Mar 8: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj ThackerayProtests continue to rock the nation over the alleged discriminatory treatment of north Indians in Maharashtra.

Trinamool Congress activists in West Bengal hit the streets of Kolkata over what they called the partisan attitude of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Mumbai.

Protesters also burnt an effigy of MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

‘We strongly condemn what is happening in Maharastra,’ said Madan Mitra, the president of the Trinamool Youth Congress.


Ghising quits Darjeeling Gorkha Council

Gorkha National Liberation Front leader Subhash GhisingKolkata, Mar 10 Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) leader Subhash Ghising resigned today as the caretaker administrator and chairman of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC).

Ghising submitted his resignation to Darjeeling District Magistrate, Rajesh Sharma in Siliguri.

Ghising’s resignation is a fallout of protests by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), a rebel group, that considered Ghising its principal political adversary.


WB Govt says CBI acted beyond its mandate in Rizwan case

Kolkata, Mar 12: Rizwan-ur-Rehman & PriyankaThe CBI had acted beyond its mandate by registering a murder case in the death case, the West Bengal Government has said.

Opposing the findings of the CBI, including the abetment charges against some senior police officers and Rizwan's industrialist father-in-law Ashok Todi, Advocate General Balai Roy submitted before Justice Dipankar Dutta that the court had only directed the CBI to investigate the cause of the death, but it went beyond that by filing the FIR under Section 302 (murder) of IPC.


Left Front finalises list of Rajya Sabha nominees from Bengal

Rajya Sabha & CPI(M)Kolkata, Mar 13 : After nearly a month-long stalemate, finally the CPI (M)-led ruling Left Front in West Bengal on Thursday arrived to a seat sharing formula for five Rajya Sabha seats for the March 26 elections.

The issue was settled after the Forward Bloc climbed down from its stand and gave up one of the two RS seats held by the party to accommodate another Front partner CPI.


Airports Authority Employees' Union strike called off

Kolkata, Mar 13 : Airports Authority Employees' Union strike called offCITU leader Shyamal Chakraborty said here that the indefinite non-cooperation movement by CITU-backed Airports Authority Employees' Union (AAEU) was called off tonight.

''I have been informed that the movement has been called off,'' Chakraborty said.

He said the formal announcement would be made soon.

Airports Authority of India's Deputy Director M Kaul here said that union leaders had also informed him that the non-cooperation had been withdrawn.

''Everything will be normal by midnight tonight,'' he added. (ANI)


Fame India begins its operation in Kolkata

Fame India Ltd, formerly known as Shringar Cinemas Limited has announced that the company has begun operations in Kolkata from March 14, 2008 which consists of total 6 screens and 1426 seats.

The USP of this property is the introduction of 1 exclusive screen consisting 74 seats all with Gold Class Recliners, accompanied by an exclusive Gold Class Lounge with butler service; being the first one in Eastern India.

Mumbai-based, Fame India is engaged in the setting up and operation of a chain of multiplexes under the FAME brand name in India. The company involves in the exhibition and distribution of films, including programming of theatres and owning/managing multiplexes; and operation of food courts and restaurants.


Tired Taslima says she will quit India

Tired Taslima says she will quit IndiaKolkata, Mar 17 : Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Monday told Indian officials that she is planning to leave India.

"I could not endure it anymore," Nasreen said from her undisclosed location where she has been given shelter by the Indian Government following violent protests against her in Kolkata last year.

"I am leaving because there is no other option left for me," she said after a meeting with External Affairs Ministry officials.


Exiled Tibetans continue protests in India against China

Exiled Tibetans continue protests in India against ChinaDharamsala/New Delhi/ Siliguri/Kolkata, Mar 19: Hundreds of exiled Tibetans continue to protest against China's occupation of their homeland.

Violent protests shook Dharamsala, also known as 'Mini Lhasa', because of the heavy presence of exiled Tibetans residing there, as hordes of protesters holding banners and shouting slogans, marched through its streets.

Bare-chested protesters with anti-Chinese slogans written in blood on their torsos had their arms and legs chained as they walked down the streets of Dharamsala.


Tibetans in Kolkata organise protests

Tibetans in Kolkata organise protests  Kolkata, Mar 21: Tibetans here have organised an awareness campaign to make people aware of Chinese actions in Lhasa.

Some Tibetan college students have come together to form a group called 'Students For A Free Tibet' under the aegis of which they want to carry out campaigns to make the world aware of the problems faced by Tibetans.


BSF commandant attacked by junior, seriously injured in W.Bengal

BSF commandant attacked by junior, seriously injured in W.BengalKolkata, Mar. 22: A Border Security Force (BSF) commandant was hacked and seriously injured by a trooper of his platoon in West Bengal's Malda District on Saturday.

Reports reaching here from Malda said that Commandant Suresh Yadav was in critical condition, hours after Constable R. K Saini attacked him at the BSF camp in the area. Yadav received serious head injuries and is being treated at the Malda District Hospital.


West Bengal to focus on infrastructure public-private-partnership

W. Bengal to focus on infrastructure public-private-partnershipKolkata, Mar 24 : West Bengal authorities have called for public-private partnerships to cater to the core infrastructure needs of the expanding cities.


Kolkata–Dhaka train service likely to be deferred

Eastern Railway General Manager N K GoelKolkata, Mar 25: The Kolkata-Dhaka train service that was scheduled to be launched on April 14, is now expected to be delayed on the request of the West Bengal Government.

The West Bengal Government does not want the train service to be launched between April 7 and May 21 because of fears that it might disrupt the Panchayat elections.

The matter was discussed at the State Secretariat on Monday among Eastern Railway General Manager N K Goel, state Chief Secretary A K Deb and Home Secretary A M Chakraborty, according to the railway sources.


Subhash Projects wins orders worth Rs 329 crore from NTPC

Subhash Projects & Marketing Limited (SPML) has announced that the company has bagged an order worth Rs 329.48 crore from state-owned power generation firm NTPC, for execution of Main Plant, CW & Offsite Civil Works package for Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project (3X 250 MW).

Calcutta-headquartered, SPML operates as diversified engineering construction company in India. It undertakes various environmental construction projects, such as water management projects for water and waste water treatment, pipeline systems, power transmission and control system, pumping stations, and civil and structural works.


Protests greet Lord Swraj Paul in Singur

London-based industrialist Lord Swraj PaulSingur/Kolkata, Apr 9: London-based industrialist Lord Swraj Paul was greeted with protests during his visit to the controversial Tata small car plant in Singur.

Despite the protests, Paul said he would build three plants in the state.

"We found Singur very impressive. We are building two plants, rather three plants there. So, we certainly have faith in West Bengal," Paul said.

Tata Motors started to build its factory in Singur in January 2007 to make the world's cheapest car.


Dhaka-Kolkata rail link “Moitree Express” to begin Monday

Dhaka-Kolkata Moitree ExpressKolkata, Apr 11: Following a deal signed between India and Bangladesh last evening, “Moitree Express”, the only rail link between Kolkata and Dhaka, will resume next Monday for the first time in more than four decades.

Monday is the first day of the Bengali New Year.

The two countries will operate one train service a week, but the frequency can be increased if there is enough demand, said a Bangladesh Railway official.


Coal India pays record dividend of Rs 1705 crore to Government

State-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) has paid a record dividend of Rs 1,705.42 crore to the government for the fiscal 2007-08.

This is the highest ever dividend paid by the coal mining giant to the government which constitutes 27 per cent of the paid-up equity of CIL of Rs 6,316.36 crore.

Last year, CIL paid Rs 1,500 crore as dividend which was 23.75 per cent of the equity.

Coal India Ltd. through its subsidiaries offers coal mining and production services, coal based products and mining consultancy. The Public Sector Unit was founded in 1975 and is based in Kolkata, India.


India set to resume train service to Bangladesh

India set to resume train service to BangladeshKolkata, Apr 12: A passenger train service between India and Bangladesh, which was suspended for more than four decades, is all set to resume operations on April 14.

The 'Moitree Express' is scheduled to be flagged off on Monday morning by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Passengers feel that the fares have been reasonably fixed at eight dollars, 12 dolars and 20 dollars for non-AC, Chair Car and AC Ist Class respectively during the 500 km journey.


Pranab Mukherjee to flag off Dhaka-Kolkata Moitree Express today

External Affairs Minister Pranab MukherjeeKolkata, Apr 14: A passenger train service between India and Bangladesh, which was suspended for more than four decades, is all set to resume operations today.

The 'Moitree Express' is scheduled to be flagged off by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the first day of the Bengali New Year today.

The train, which can carry 370 passengers, will run between Dhaka Cantonment and Chitpur in Kolkata through the Darshana border once a week from both sides.

A train each will leave Dhaka and Kolkata on Saturdays and start the return journey on Sundays.


Moitree Express resumes service after over four decades

Moitree ExpressKolkata, Apr 14: A passenger train service between India and Bangladesh -- 'Moitree Express'-- which was suspended for over four decades, resumed its operations today.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee flagged off the 'Moitree Express' from here on the first day of the Bengali New Year.

Railway Minsiter Lalu Prasad Yadav, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Budhadev Bhattacharya were present on the occasion.


Mamata calls for 12-hour shutdown against price rise in West Bengal

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata BanerjeeKolkata, Apr 21: The Trinamool Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) have jointly called a 12-hour shutdown call in West Bengal today to protest against the Centre and State Government’s inability to control the rising prices of essential commodities.

The Trinamool and its new alliance partner the SUCI had on Friday announced the joint protest against the ruling Left Front.


12-hour shutdown disrupts train services and normal life in West Bengal

Kolkata, Apr 21: A 12-hour shutdown call in West Bengal by regional Trinamool Congress party and its ally Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) protesting against rising prices of essential commodities has disrupted train services and normal life in West Bengal on Monday.

“The protestors blocked movement of trains at different stations. Especially, train services in both Howrah and Sealdah divisions were disrupted. Local trains on the Howrah-Baruipur, Howrah-Konnnagar and Bandel-Naihati sections ran smoothly,” the sources said.

The Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express was cancelled and the Howrah-Dhanbad Black Diamond Express, which left Howrah in the morning, was stopped at Bally station.


Kolkata campaigns to save tigers

Kolkata campaigns to save tigersKolkata, Apr 26 : The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India and the Centre for Ecological Movement (CEMO) staged a procession in Kolkata on Friday to educate people about the need to preserve the home to wildlife.

Several school children and citizens of Kolkata joined the procession that started from Shahid Minar and went up to Elliot Park.

The participants said it was necessary for common man to understand the importance of saving the tiger population in India.


Sonia to address public meetings in WB today

Congress president Sonia GandhiKolkata, Apr 28 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi will today visit West Bengal’s Malda and Murshidabad districts to hold public meetings, organised to thank her for waiving farmers loan worth Rs 60,000 crore.

The visit has nothing to do with the panchayat polls in the state next month, said Congress sources. The Congress holds most of the Zila Parishad seats in Malda and Murshidabad districts.

With Lok Sabha elections scheduled for next year, panchayat polls are crucial in the Left-ruled state where the Marxists dominate most of the zila parishads and panchayats with a strong hold in the countryside.


Sonia Gandhi asks Congress factions to work together in West Bengal

Kolkata, Congress president Sonia GandhiApr 28 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi today asked all factions of her party in West Bengal to work together and cooperate with West

Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) chief Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. 

According to senior party leader Pradip Bhattacharya, Sonia also urged them to reach out to the people, particularly in rural areas, to spread awareness

about development programmes undertaken by the UPA Government at the Centre.
   


CPI (M) Politburo meeting begins in Kolkata today

Communist Party of IndiaKolkata, Apr 29 : The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo meeting will begin here today to discuss the present political situation in the country.

The one-day meeting of the Politburo will discuss the price rise issue and will review the activities of the UPA Government at the Centre.

The distribution of works among Politburo members will also take place in the meeting.

After the last month's Coimbatore Party Congress, the newly constituted Politburo is meeting for the first time. (ANI)


Basu criticises Sonia’s comments on Bengal law and order situation

Sonia Gandhi & Jyoti BasuKolkata, Apr 29 : Former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu today reacted caustically to United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s comments on the law and order situation in the State.

Basu, who is attending a politburo meeting of his Communist Party of India (Marxist) here, said Gandhi “did not know anything about the State.”

"I read in newspapers that she came to the State to campaign for panchayat elections. She knows nothing about the place. There is no need to give any importance to her utterances," Basu told reporters.


Karat says his party will force UPA to change its policy on price rise

Prakash Karat CPI(M)Kolkata, Apr 29 : Coming down heavily on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government for failing to rein in spiralling inflation, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Tuesday warned that it will take necessary steps to force the Centre to change its policy on the issue.

“Whatever method we have to take to force the government to change its policy, we will do,” CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters, adding, “We are already launching agitations on price rise along with other (UNPA) parties.”


Left backs Prachanda on reviewing India-Nepal treaty

Nepal's Maoist chief PrachandaKolkata, Apr 30: The Left has come out in support of Nepal's Maoist chief Prachanda's demand for the scrapping of the 1950 India-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty, calling for its renegotiation.

Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, the General Secretary of the Communist party of India (Marxists), Prakash Karat, said, if need be, the treaty should be renegotiated.


Left backs Prachanda on reviewing India-Nepal treaty

Kolkata, Apr 30: The Left has come out in support of Nepal's Maoist chief Prachanda's demand for the scrapping of the 1950 India-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty, calling for its renegotiation.

Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, the General Secretary of the Communist party of India (Marxists), Prakash Karat, said, if need be, the treaty should be renegotiated.

"We have always said big countries or small countries, does not mean, you should have treaties, which are unequal, you should have equal relations. If there are any areas in the Indo-Nepal treaty, which need to be renegotiated, it should be done," said Karat.


Bengal yet to overcome bird flu menace

West BengalKolkata, May 2 : The CPI (M)-ruled West Bengal has not yet fully recovered from the danger posed by bird flu which has seriously affected rural economy on the eve of the panchayat polls.

The state has already been rapped by the Centre as well as UN-affiliated Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) for the administration’s failure to track the origin of the disease and take necessary precautionary and preventive measures to contain its spread. Union health minister Ambumani Ramdoss also apprehends that the disease may ultimately affect human lives in Bengal first if the culling work is not speeded up.


Berger Paints joins hands with Becker Acroma Spa

Berger Paints

Kolkata-based well-known paint manufacturer Berger Paints Limited has entered into a partnership with Italian Becker Acroma Spa to roll out water-based and polyurethane wood-finish products for the Indian market.

These two products will be followed by glass paints, clear coats, floor coatings, exterior coatings for heritage buildings and other products from the collaboration - Berger-Becker Acroma, in India, in the second phase of expansion beginning in September this year.

The products will be imported from Italy until substantial volumes are met before manufacturing in India.


LF partners hold CPI(M) responsible for pre-poll terror

Kolkata, May 3: Major Left Front partners like the RSP and the Forward Bloc have charged “Big Brother” CPI(M) with resorting to large-scale violence to defeat their nominees for the rural polls scheduled to be held in the second week of this month.

Despite an electoral understanding with the CPI, the Marxists have failed to reach an accord on seat-sharing with the RSP and the Forward Bloc in extensive areas of Bengal.

Already a number of pre-poll clashes have taken place between the CPI(M) workers on the one hand and the RSP and Forward Bloc supporters on the other in districts like South 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah. Neither of the concerned left parties has ruled out escalation of violence as the dates for the panchayat elections draw near.


Berger Paints increases prices of solvent-based decorative paints

Berger Paints increases prices of solvent-based decorative paints

Kolkata-based Berger Paints has informed that the company has decided to hike prices in the solvent-based decorative paint segment effective June 1, 2008.

The company is increasing the price of solvent-based and enamel-based paints, by 10 per cent and primer by 7 to 8 per cent. The solvent-based decorative paint segment constitutes nearly 37 per cent of Berger Paints India's net turnover.


Kolkata jail takes to dance therapy

KolkataKolkata, May 5 : Inmates at the Presidency Jail here are learning various dance forms as part of their reformation programme.

Apart from vocational training various performing arts are taught at the jail so that prisoners get a chance to express themselves and create their own world of entertainment.

The West Bengal government has been keen to transform the prisoners. The government is adopting various methods to engage prisoners in constructive activities and jails being termed as “Correctional homes”.


Medha Patkar demands CEC intervention for smooth W. Bengal polls

West BengalKolkata, May 7 : Social activist Medha Patkar has called on Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami to ensure a free and fair Panchayat poll in West Bengal in the wake recent incidents of violence and harassment in Nandigram.

Describing the attack on at least 45 residents of Nandigram, including farmers, fish workers and small traders, as shocking, Patkar said their hospitalisation in Nandigram, Tamluk and at the PG Hospital in Kolkatta during the last one week should serve as a wake-up call for the Central and State Governments.


Tata Metaliks signs non-binding MoU with MP Government

Tata Metaliks signs non-binding MoU with MP Government

Kolkata-headquartered Tata Metaliks, the pig iron manufacturing company of Tata Group, has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Madhya Pradesh for allotment of coking coal blocks.

The company is actively looking to tie up with various state governments for raw material linkages. Further, it has also plans to acquire iron ore mining lease in Karnataka and to set up an end use plant.


Basu criticises West Bengal Governor’s voluntary power cuts at Raj Bhavan

Jyoti BasuKolkata, May 9 : Criticizing West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s self-imposed power cuts at the Raj Bhavan, Communist Party of India-(Marxist) leader Jyoti Basu said that Gandhi’s action was not in consonance with the dignity of his post and that he was "acting like a child".

"He should have consulted with the State's Power Minister, Mrinal Banerjee, and enquired about the power situation before cutting power to the Raj Bhavan," he said after a meeting here.


Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee bashes PM; reiterates prospect of Third Front

Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeKolkata, May 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday advocated the option for third front alleging that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has failed on all fronts.

Addressing a news conference in Kolkata today Bhattacharjee said that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been facing defeat in almost all states since UPA came to power.

He listed failure to check rising prices as one of the major failures of UPA of which left parties are a part.


Graphite India gets nod for the expansion of manufacturing plant

Graphite India Ltd. Announces Board Meeting
Kolkata-based Graphite India Limited has reported that company’s board of directors has approved expansion of Graphite Electrode manufacturing plant at the Durgapur Plant in West Bengal by 10500 MT at an estimated cost of Rs 187 crore.

Graphite India Limited engages in the production of graphite electrodes, and other graphite products primarily in India. It also engages in manufacturing of impervious graphite equipment and glass reinforced pipes.


Culling operation continues in Darjeeling, Siliguri

Kolkata, May 13 : West Bengal, which has been struggling to contain an outbreak of bird flu since January, continues its culling operations in the bird flu affected areas of Darjeeling and Siliguri.

Animal Resource Development department medical teams have so far culled 10,000 fowls in disease prone Maligarah, Naxalbari and upper Bagdogra in Siliguri sub-divisions and in Painakumari village which falls under Kurseong in Darjeeling District.

The department has reportedly pressed more culling teams into service to cull over 20,000 birds by tonight.

Meanwhile, the Bajanbari administration has banned the sale of poultry products.


Violence during West Bengal Panchayat elections

Violence during West Bengal Panchayat electionsKolkata, May 14 : The presiding officer of a polling booth in Howrah District, during the second phase of panchayat polls in West Bengal today was injured when a bomb was thrown towards him.

Three persons were arrested in connection with the attack and voting was suspended for an hour.

Few incidents of violence were also reported from Nasibpur and Amta, officials said.

A person suffered head injuries in Nadia District when Trinamool Congress supporters clashed with CPI (M) supporters at a polling booth at Haringhata.


Four killed, 15 injured in violence during West Bengal Panchayat polls

Panchayat polls in Nandigram to be litmus test for CommunistsKolkata, May 14 : Four persons were killed and at least 15 injured in separate incidents of violence in West Bengal during the second phase of Panchayat polls today.

The violence at Amjhara village in South 24-Paraganas District brew up when activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and the partners of the Left Front government clashed together to prevent voters casting their votes.

One person died in a separate incident in Howrah District.


Tata Teleservices to invest Rs 600 crore under expansion plan

Tata Teleservices to invest Rs 600 crore under expansion plan

Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited (TTML), one of the youngest and fastest growing telecom service providers in India, is gearing up for GSM-based telecom service and has recently received spectrum for three circles. Department of Telecommunication in March allowed TTML to introduce GSM-based telecom service in 20 circles. The company will invest Rs 600 crore this fiscal to set up new telecom towers and enhance network.


Centre seeks removal of Calcutta High Court’s stay order on OBC quota

Centre seeks removal of Calcutta High Court’s stay order on OBC quotaKolkata, May 15 : The Centre on Thursday approached the Supreme Court for the removal of the Calcutta High Court’s stay order pertaining to the implementation of the Other Backward Classes quota in post graduate courses in the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).

A Bench headed by Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan allowed the plea of Solicitor General G E Vahanvati to include the matter for hearing on Friday.


Bird flu spreads in Darjeeling

Kolkata, May 16 : The report of Bhopal based Animal Disease Laboratory has confirmed the outbreak of bird flu at Pool Bazar Bijanbari block in Darjeeling sub division of the District.

Darjeeling Magistrate Rajesh Pandey recalled various types of birds, including chicken suddenly died in the area since May 9 and said culling operation may start from tomorrow.

With the flu outbreak at Bijanbari the number of birdflu hit sub divisions in Darjeeling District has now gone up to two.

Earlier on May 8, Painakumari village in Kurseong sub division, Matigaraha and Naxalbari blocks in Siliguri sub divisions were declared bird flu affected areas.


McNally Bharat Engineering to acquire 68.3% stake in Sayaji Iron & Engineering

McNally Bharat Engineering to acquire 68.3% stake in Sayaji Iron & Engineering

Kolkata-based McNally Bharat Engineering, promoted by the Williamson Magor group and GP Birla, has informed that company’s board at its meeting held on May 16, 2008 has approved the acquisition of 68.3 per cent stake in Sayaji Iron & Engineering Co.

The stake would be purchased from the existing founders of Sayaji for Rs 59 crore. Further, McNally signed the memorandum of understanding to acquire the shares at Rs 221.60 a share.


Ankit Metal to pump Rs 1000 crore on capacity expansion

Ankit Metal to pump Rs 1000 crore on capacity expansion

Kolkata-based Ankit Metal & Power is planning to double the capacity at its existing unit in West Bengal. The company plans to invest Rs 1000 crore in three years to expand capacity to 500,000 tonnes per annum. The expansion includes setting up a new unit of 300,000 tonnes per annum capacity in the eastern state of Jharkhand.

The company has informed that it will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the 3,00,000 tpa Jamshedpur plant, with the Jharkhand government. The company has sought 1000 acres of land for setting up the plant.


West Bengal prepares for third phase of panchayat polls

West Bengal prepares for third phase of panchayat pollsKolkata, May 17: As West Bengal gears up for the third phase of panchayat polls to be held on Sunday, the State Government has tightened security throughout North Bengal.

The polling will be held in seven districts of Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, North and South Dinajpur, Birbhum, Murshidabad and Malda.


Polling for last phase of West Bengal panchayat polls begins

Polling for last phase of West Bengal panchayat polls beginsKolkata, May 18 : Polling for the third and final phase of the panchayat elections has begun amidst tight security.

In this phase, polling is being held in seven districts of Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, North and South Dinajpur, Birbhum, Murshidabad and Malda.

International border with Bhutan and Bangladesh have been sealed. Precautionary measures have been taken along inter-state border with Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Tight security arrangements have been made to avoid any kind of untoward incident. (ANI)


Magma Shrachi Eyes More In Western India; Yearly Net Jumps 61%

Kolkata-based Magma Shrachi Finance Ltd is seeking bigger share of the Shrachi Groupcountry’s construction equipment (CE) and vehicle financing market.

In the last couple of months, the non-banking finance company has inked tie-ups with General Motors, Hyundai and Mahindra & Mahindra. Besides, it also has a tie-up with Maruti Suzuki, and finances around 24,000 of their cars per annum.


Gitanjali Infratech forms new subsidiary “Kolkata Axis Mall”

Gitanjali Infratech forms new subsidiary “Kolkata Axis Mall”
Gitanjali Infratech Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gitanjali Gems Ltd, has formed a subsidiary named Kolkata Axis Mall Ltd to develop malls. Gitanjali Gems operates in jewellery and retail sector while Gitanjali Infratech manages infrastructure projects.

Recently, Gitanjali Gems has formed a special purpose vehicle named West Bengal SEZ Ltd to undertake development activities across India's special economic zones.


Counting begins for West Bengal panchayat polls

Kolkata, West BengalMay 21: Counting of votes for three-tier West Bengal panchayat polls began this morning, amid tight security.

Altogether 329 counting centres have been set up in 17 districts of the state.

The counting of Zilla Parishad votes is underway. The counting of votes for Panchayat Samiti and Gram panchayat Boards votes will be held later.

Section 144 Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr. P. C.) has been promulgated in entire Domkal police station area in Murshidabad district and in a radius of 200 metres around all counting centres.


Talks for separate State for Gorkhas on May 22

Kolkata, May 21 : The leaders of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) would meet West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on May 22 to discuss about a separate State for Gorkhas comprising Darjeeling, Terai, Dooars and Siliguri.

"We have received the Chief Minister's invitation for talks through the District Magistrate of Darjeeling," Rajesh Pandey, GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said.

A four-member GJM delegation comprising, Vice President Pradip Pradhan and two central committee members Amar Lama and Anmol Prasad would attend the meeting.

The GJM has been demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland for a long time.


Trinamool wins in Nandigram, Singur

Kolkata, May 21 : The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday delivered a severe blow to the ruling CPM-led Left Front in West Bengal by winning the trouble-torn Nandigram in the three-tier panchayat elections in the state.

The Front also faced a rout in three zilla parishad seats in Singur to Trinamool Congress candidates.

The polls are seen as a litmus test for the Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee Government’s farmland acquisition policy for industries.

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress wrested control of the zilla parishad in East Midnapur where trouble-torn Nandigram is located. It won 32 of the 53 seats, results of which were declared so far.


Gorkha leaders to meet Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today

Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeKolkata, May 22: The leaders of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee here today to discuss about a separate State for Gorkhas comprising Darjeeling, Terai, Dooars and Siliguri.

A four-member GJM delegation comprising, Vice President Pradip Pradhan and two central committee members Amar Lama and Anmol Prasad will attend the meeting.


Bird breeders demand industry status in Kolkata

Kolkata, May 22: Thousands of colourful exotic birds are being bred by over 30,000 breeders across West Bengal.

The bird business is definitely booming. From parakeets of different hues like yellow, blue, ash, white, grey-black or violet, foreign birds are finding a huge market in India.

However, these breeders, who are successfully running this business for almost three decades, are presently fighting a battle with the Government to get recognition as an industry.

A breeder from Uttarpara in Hooghly district, Pranabesh Mukherjee said, “Its illegal to keep Indian birds as pets according to the Wildlife Protection Act. However, there is no law preventing breeding and trade of foreign exotic birds in India.”


ITC’s Q4 net profit jumps 14% on higher cigarette sales

Indian FMCG major ITC has informed that its Q4 net profit zoomed 14%, helped by higher cigarette sales of its premium brands including India Kings and Gold Flake.

The company’s net profits in the three months ended March 31, 2008 increased to Rs 736 crore from Rs 651 crore a year earlier. The full-year net profit of the company rose 16% to Rs 312 crore.

Further, Kolkata-based ITC, 31.7% owned by British American Tobacco Plc., said that its net turnover had grown by 17% in the fourth quarter to Rs 3,934 crore from Rs 3466 crore.

The company is investing Rs 300 crore on new food processing plant in eastern India to expand its packaged foods portfolio, which includes biscuits, salty snacks and ready-to-eat foods.


Impressive 86 from Ganguly helped Kolkata Knight Riders to register a win before leaving IPL

Sharukh IPL Cricket Team
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Sourav Ganguly performed very well and scored 86 runs off 53 balls. KKR registered a win in a very interesting match in which Kings XI Punjab were in a very strong position. 175 was a big score to chase, especially when the wickets fell in early overs.

The 49-run partnership between Umar Gul and Ganguly helped Kolkata Knight Riders to win. Sourav Ganguly has once again proved his worth. The fans in Kolkata were happy to see him back in action.


State government must give back land to farmers in Singur, says Mamata

State government must give back land to farmers in Singur, says MamataKamarkundu (Kolkata), May 26 : Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee has demanded that the State Government return land to the farmers who have refused to accept compensation.

"Even it is just two years of our movement still we are ready to fight for the rights for years to come. The farmers who have not accepted the compensation should be given back 400 acres of land. The Left has to listen to the demand," she said in a public meeting here on Sunday.


Karnataka poll results a reflection of UPA’s performance: Karat

Prakash Karat Kolkata, May 26 : CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat said that the result of Karnataka Assembly poll was a reflection of the loss of credibility of the Congress party as well as the UPA Government’s performance at the Centre.

“The Centre’s policies, particularly with regard to price rise and the crisis in agriculture sector has created resentment among the people who have rejected the Congress,” said Karat.

He is in Kolkata to attend the CPI-M West Bengal State Committee meeting, told party organ “Ganashakti”.


Apollo Plans Second Hospital, Medical College In Kolkata

Apollo group has decided to set up second hospital and its first medical Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee college in Kolkata.

The new hospital and the medical college will be set up on a 23-acre plot at Kamarhati in North 24-Parganas.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee made this announcement on Saturday while kicking off the daycare centre and nursing college at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals in Kolkata.

“We have identified a plot at Kamarhati to set up a new hospital and medical college to be run by the Apollo group,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.


UPA-Left coordination committee a defunct body: Bose

Congress & Left PartyKolkata, June 2 : The Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member, Biman Bose, today termed the UPA-Left coordination committee as a defunct and ineffective body, and said it made little difference whether to continue in it or not.

“The UPA-Left coordination committee was formed for exchange of opinion between the government and Left parties on major policies. But it has now virtually turned into an ineffective and defunct body," Bose told newsmen reacting to RSP’s decision to pull out of the forum.


Adhunik Metaliks posts flat net profit in Q4; recommends dividend of 12%

Kolkata-based alloy steel maker Adhunik Metaliks has posted flat net profit of Rs 21.90 crore, for the last quarter of FY 2007-08, compared to Rs 21.58 crore during the same period previous fiscal.      

The company’s net sales for the quarter surged 66% at Rs 311.92 crore compared to Rs 188.03 crore in the same period of the previous corresponding quarter.  

For the full year, net profit rose 3.85% to Rs 80.45 crore in the year ended March 2008 as against Rs 77.47 crore during the previous year ended March 2007.

In a separate release, the company has informed that its board has approved initial public offer of Orissa Manganese & Minerals, a 100% subsidiary of Adhunik Metaliks.


Shutdown in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura over fuel price hike

Kolkata/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Agartala, June 5 : A 12-hour shutdown called by Left parties in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura against the hike in fuel prices began today.

In West Bengal, the opposition Trinamool Congress announced state-wide shutdown tomorrow.

The Central Government's decision to hike fuel prices, the biggest hike in fuel prices in 12 years, led to strong reactions from across the political spectrum.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee lashed out against the Central Government demanding that it should quit.

Left disapproved the government's decision to hike the fuel prices. They have planned to call a massive strike on August 20 against the price hike.


TVS Signs Manufacturing Deal With Mahabharat Motors

With the aim to strengthen its presence in Eastern India, TVS Motor Co, Chennai-based two wheeler maker, has signed up a manufacturing deal with Mahabharat Motors Manufacturing Co.

In a statement, TVS Motor Co said that the Mahabharat Motors will assemble the agreed products as a contract manufacturer and the products to be made will be decided in due course.

The company also said that it will introduce first-rate quality control standards and assembly procedures.

TVS has also decided to provide technical backing for the factory construction including master planning and factory layout.


Trinamool Congress calls 12-hour shutdown in West Bengal

Kolkata, June 6 : A 12-hour shutdown called by the opposition Trinamool Congress in West Bengal against the hike in fuel prices began today.

The Trinamool Congress dubbed the fuel hike as 'unfortunate and unprecedented'.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee said the common man, oppressed by the abnormal price hike of essential commodities, would be further burdened.

She also lashed out against the Central Government demanding that it should quit.

On Thursday, a 12-hour shutdown was called by Left parties in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura.

The Central Government's decision to hike fuel prices, the biggest hike in fuel prices in 12 years, led to strong reactions from across the political spectrum.


Shutdown in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa over hike in fuel prices

Kolkata/ Hyderabad/ Bhubaneswar, June 6 : A 12-hour shutdown began today in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa against the hike in fuel prices.

The Trinamool Congress, who dubbed the fuel hike as 'unfortunate and unprecedented', has called a shutdown in West Bengal.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee said the common man, oppressed by the abnormal price hike of essential commodities, would be further burdened.

She also lashed out against the Central Government demanding that it should quit.

In Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) called for a state-wide shutdown in protest against the hike in fuel prices.


Chief Minister Buddhadeb invites Bimal Gurung for talks

Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeKolkata, June 13: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has invited Gorkha Janamukti Morcha Chief Bimal Gurung for talks on Darjeeling issue on June 18.

"Chief Minister has invited Bimal Gurung and his followers to meet him separately on June 18 at Writers Buildings to discuss the Darjeeling issue," Chief Minister's Secretariat sources said.

An all-party meeting would be held on June 17 on the issue, a day before this meeting.

Gurung had met the Chief Minister two months ago following renewed demand for a separate Gorkhaland State by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).


All-party meeting in Kolkata on Darjeeling issue

Kolkata, June 17 : The West Bengal Government has called an all-party meeting here today to discuss the situation in Darjeeling.

State Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will preside over the meeting.

The meeting assumes significance following agitating Gorkha Janamukti Morcha's (GJM) demand for separate Gorkhaland State.

The Chief Minister separately invited the GJM for a dialogue on June 18, but the hill party turned down his request and instead called for tripartite talks with the Central and State Governments.

The GJM resumed indefinite shutdown in three Hill Sub Divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong last evening, in support of their demands. Siliguri, Dooars and Tarai have been kept out of the shutdown.


Kolkata teenager keen to fight ‘greenhouse effect’

rishika das royKolkata, June 17 : Rishika Das Roy, a student in Kolkata has been contributing in her own small way to persuade her friends to cut on their lavish lifestyle and prevent themselves from adding to carbon on earth.

If emissions continue to grow at current rates levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will soon double. The result, known as the "enhanced greenhouse effect," will result in the warming of the earth's surface.


Flood-hit West Bengal brings in rescue and relief package

Midnapore/Kolkata, June 21: Authorities in flood-hit West Bengal announced relief package for the victims.

With rivers flowing above the danger level and leaving hundreds of thousands of people marooned, situation in Midnapore district continues to be grim.

The State Government is using Air Force helicopters to drop food packets in the affected areas, besides deploying the army for rescue work.


Kolkata Port to augment capacity

Kolkata PortNew Delhi, June 23 : Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), which has handled around 3344 vessels among the Major Port Trusts in 2007-08, is taking up a number of projects under the National Maritime Development Programme (NMDP) for augmenting its capacity and has recently commissioned two new berths No. 2 and 13 at a cost of approximately Rs. 87.00 crores.


Mamata’s new formula to Bengal Congress to fight CPI(M)

Kolkata, June 25 : With the CPI(M) threatening to withdraw support to the UPA government at the Centre over the proposed nuclear accord with the US, Trinamul Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee has offered a unique formula to the Bengal Congress leadership to prevent a split in anti-left votes in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Banerjee has suggested that the two parties stick to their respective strongholds, south Bengal and north Bengal, at the time of filing nominations and do not “encroach into each other’s territory.” The idea is to achieve some kind of seat adjustment to ensure one-to-one contests against the CPI(M)-led Left Front.


West Bengal Govt-GJM talks on Darjeeling today

Kolkata, June 27: Talks between the West Bengal Government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is demanding a separate Gorkhaland, will take place here today.

The GJM delegation will meet Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

On Thursday, the West Bengal Government ruled out discussion with GJM leaders on each separate statehood demand.

According to sources, issues like development of Darjeeling Hills, greater autonomy to the Darjeeling Gorkha hill council and administrative rearrangement are expected to be discussed during the meeting.

Earlier, a four-member delegation of the GJM met Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in New Delhi. They submitted a memorandum in support of their demands.


Left Front partners join hands with opposition parties to form rural boards

Left parties protest against price riseKolkata, June 28 : Major Left Front partners have started joining hands with the opposition parties in different districts in Bengal to form gram panchayat boards in order to keep “Big Brother” CPI(M) at bay.

The concerned Front partners include the CPI, the RSP, Forward Bloc(FB) and the West Bengal Socialist party(WBSP).


Teen Paralysed After Rebuke At TV Reality Show

Sixteen-year-old Shinjini Sengupta from Kolkaka slipped into depression Dance Reality Showand rendered paralysed on being harshly criticized by the judges during a reality show on a Bengali TV channel.

Unable to cope with the humiliation in front of the whole audience, Shinjini failed to recover from the shock.

She was admitted to Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) on June 11 but was discharged.

But, she was soon readmitted for anti-psyche treatment on June 23 after the problem intensified and she was unable to recognize her family members and understanding instructions.


CPM accuses UPA govt of hiding facts on Indo-US nuke deal

UPA CPMKolkata, June 30: The CPM on Monday launched a scathing attack on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government saying that it did not disclose that it was compulsory to approach International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for an India –specific safeguards agreement.

CPM Politburo member and party's state secretary Biman Bose said that in a UPA-Left Coordination Committee meeting held in October-November to discuss the Nuclear deal, the UPA Government did not apprise the Left that it was mandatory for the government to go to the IAEA, as it was saying now.


Gays & Lesbians Marched Together For Their Rights

Sunday, for the firstGays & Lesbians Marched Together For Their Rights time in India, witnessed a special gay parade that was organized in three Indian cities – Delhi , Bangalore and Kolkata. This parade was organized to raise voice for the rights of homosexuality. Hundreds of gays and lesbians paraded the streets of Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore to revolt against stigma and discrimination.


Paragon`s arm inks development pact with Ideal Unique

Olympia Credits & Mercantile, the unit of Paragon Finance has announced that it has inked a development agreement with Ideal Unique Realtors Kolkata for development of its property at Mouza Dasnagar.

The said property is jointly held with Juhi Finlease.

Paragon Finance is composed of a group of highly experienced and seasoned, certified, financial professionals. Unlike a bank, or local lending institution, which only lend to the most credit-worthy businesses, Paragon Finance, with its relationships with national lenders, can usually find the financing you need.

Shares of the Paragon Finance last traded at Rs 18, low 4.76 per cent at the Bombay Stock Exchange.


Leprosy stages a comeback in Bengal

Kolkata, July 3 : There has been a sudden spurt in the number of leprosy cases in West Bengal despite the Left Front government's tall claim about a complete eradication of the disease. 

Within the span of a year, the number of new leprosy patients has reached the incredible figure of 11,993, which includes over a thousand children. Deformation of limbs, which characterises the disease, is quite marked among a little over one thousand patients. 

The concerned districts include Purulia, West Midnapore, Bankura, North and South Dinajpur, Birbhum, Burdwan and Malda. 

Of these, tribal-infested Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts are the worst-affected. 


Political realignment in West Bengal

Kolkata, July 3 : The Congress high command has sought Trinamul Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee’s support in fighting the ruling Marxists in Bengal notwithstanding her party’s somewhat ambiguous relationship with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

This was apparent from the cryptic remark, made by Ahmed Patel, Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, yesterday that it was quite natural for the two main opposition parties in the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-ruled state to develop a political understanding.


Infiltrators hold key to 53 Bengal Assembly seats

Kolkata, July 5 : As many as 53 out of 294 Assembly constituencies in West Bengal have a high concentration of voters who happen to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh. Similarly, the fate of forty Assembly seats in Assom depends on the votes cast by Bangladeshi infiltrators. All this has been revealed by a recent report of the union home ministry on infiltration from India’s neighbour. The report has been prepared on the basis of facts and figures provided by the Task Force on Border Management and Assom’s former governor S. K. Sinha. 

According to the report, at present there are 80 lakh Bangladeshi infiltrators in Bengal, 55 lakh in Assom, 4 lakh in Tripura and 5 lakh in Bihar(Katihar, Purnia and Kishenganj districts) and Jharkhand(Sahebganj district). 


Mild earthquake strikes West Bengal

Kolkata, July 6 : A slight intensity earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Open-ended Richter Scale struck West Bengal late on Saturday night.

Meteorological Department sources said that the quake struck at 10.26 p. m. and was its epicenter was located at Latitude 24.4 deg N and Longitude 88.5 deg E.

There were no reports of damage to property or loss of life. (ANI)


Independence of India's foreign policy in jeopardy, warns Prakash Karat

Kolkata, July 6: Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) General Secretary Prakash Karat has warned the UPA Government that it runs the risk of sacrificing India's independent foreign policy, if it moves forward in the negotiations related to the U. S.-India civil nuclear energy cooperation agreement.

"Our independent foreign policy will be in peril if we go for defence and military cooperation, strategic and economic partnership and the civil nuclear deal with the US," Karat said here late on Saturday.

He said that according to the calculations of the government "even if we produce 40,000 MW of nuclear energy in the next 15 to 20 years, it will not constitute more than eight per cent of our power requirement."


Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi has angioplasty, stated to be stable

Kolkata, July 7: Angioplasty was conducted on Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi today to clear two heart blockages at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital here.

However, authorities said his condition is stated to be stable. He is still on liquid diet.

The Minister underwent angioplasty after he was diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome caused by coronary artery disease revealed by a subsequent angiogram.

The 62-year-old Minister fell ill and complained of chest pain while travelling to Raigunj, his constituency, from Malda on Sunday. (ANI)


Basu feels sad over CPI(M)’s withdrawal of support to the Centre

Kolkata, July 9 : Veteran CPI (M) leader and former Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu received “an unexpected gift” from his party on his 95th birthday yesterday—withdrawal of support to the UPA government.

Basu, who wanted to see the Congress-led coalition completing its full term, has described it as a “sad development” in his close circles. Other Bengal party leaders like Biman Bose, state CPI(M) secretary, and chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who are not quite sure about the party’s prospects in the next Lok Sabha polls, also share Basu’s concern. But they had to swallow the bitter pill in view of general secretary Prakash Karat’s hardline regarding the proposed Indo-US nuclear deal.


Incessant rain and poor drainage system cause difficulties to people of Kolkata

Incessant rain and poor drainage system cause difficulties to people of KolkataKolkata, July 14 : Incessant rain over the past few days coupled with poor drainage system has caused difficulties to people of Kolkata as they have to face water logging on the roads, and are exposed to outbreak of diseases as the rain has flooded their houses.

“We are facing a lot of problems, children are not able to go to their schools, and even office goers are facing difficulties. Moreover, insects and other slimy creatures have started coming out," said Sharmishtha, another resident.


Politics witnesses hectic lobbying ahead of crucial trust vote

Pune/Bangalore/New Delhi/Kolkata, July 19 : It seems smaller political parties and Independents might hold the key to the future of the Congress-led UPA Government, as ruling and opposition camps are leaving no stone unturned to garner more support ahead of July 22 trust vote.

With the fate of the government dependent on Tuesday''s confidence vote, mudslinging and deal-making are reportedly in full swing and efforts are being made to even sully the relatively clean image of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.


Mamata Banerjee to announce her decision today

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata BanerjeeKolkata, July 21: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will announce her decision today whether she will attend the Lok Sabha for the crucial trust vote or not.

Mamata last evening said, “A section of the media has said that I am not attending the Lok Sabha for the trust vote. I can tell you that I have not spoken to the media in the matter and whatever they have written is their own opinion.”

She added that her decision to attend the Lok Sabha would be taken by the party collectively. (ANI)


Bangladesh Rifles kill BSF soldier, injure farmer on Indo-Bangla border

Kolkata, July 23 : Bangladesh Rifles today gunned down a Border Security Force soldier and injured a farmer at Mirsultanpur village in West Bengal''s Malda District on the Indo-Bangla border.

Sudarshan, 40, was killed, as he went to the border to relieve himself.

This soldier of the BSF’s 123 Battalion died of his wounds while on the way to the Malda Sadar Hospital.

“There was an exchange of fire between the border guards after the incident but the situation was under control as senior officers of police and the BSF rushed to the spot, said District Magistrate of Malda C R Das.

The farmer was watering his land when Bangladesh Rifles opened fire on him and injured his knee.


Wrong Injection Takes Two Lives In Kolkata

It was sheer negligence of a nurse and a doctor in a nursing home in Hooghly that took lives of two women. These women died after a wrong injection given by nurse on the prescription of the doctor. Police has arrested the doctor and the nurse.


Speaker breaks silence on his expulsion by CPM

Somnath ChatterjeeKolkatta, July 29 : Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who was expelled by the Communist Party of India-Marxist for refusing to quit his constitutional post despite party directive, said that he has left it to the people to judge whatever had happened.

"I will speak after a few days. I leave it to the people (to judge)," he said yesterday to media persons after visiting his ailing sister at her Salt Lake home in Kolkata.

This was Chatterjee’ first statement to the media following his expulsion from CPM for refusing to quit his post.


Kolkata on high alert after e-mail warning bomb blast

KolkataKolkata, July 30: Kolkata has been placed on high alert after an e-mail from the terrorist group ‘India Mujahideen’ to a TV channel and other media houses warned of blasts at the Calcutta High Court and at a top private hospital.

As many as 70 per cent of vehicles disappeared from roads after an investigation search was launched.

Police have detained Kaushik Bose, the son of a cyber cafe owner in Kolkata''s upmarket Salt Lake area, and questioned him throughout the night.

Kaushik said he would help the police identify the people who had sent the threatening e-mail from the cyber cafe.


Red Fort Capital inks partnership deal with Godrej Properties

Red Fort Capital inks partnership deal with Godrej PropertiesRed Fort Capital, a leading international real estate private equity fund firm, has signed partnership deal with Godrej Properties Limited, one of the leading real estate development company. The deal will mark Red Fort Capital’s entry in the Kolkata real estate market.
The company has taken a 49% stake in an IT Park project named “Godrej Genesis”.

The Godrej Genesis project is an IT Park located in the heart of Kolkata’s Salt Lake Sector V, situated between the international airport and the city center.


Tata project threatened by Mamata-Amar alliance

KolkataTATA, Aug. 2: Tatas' small-car project at Singur in Hooghly district is facing a major threat from the newly established alliance between Trinamul Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi party general secretary Amar Singh.


Austral Coke IPO to open on August 7

Kolkata-based Austral Coke and Projects, engaged in the business of manufacturing LAM coke, is coming out with an initial public offering (IPO) of 7.26 million equity shares of Rs 10 each for cash at a price to be decided through a 100% book-building process.

The company has fixed the price band at Rs 164 to Rs 196 a share. The issue will open on August 7 and will close on August 13. The net issue would constitute 27.72% of the post issue paid-up capital of the company.

Additionally, the company is also offering green shoe option of up to Rs 10.89 million equity shares which will constitute 25% of the fully diluted post issue capital.


Blast rocks Kolkata; Chitpur area on high alert

Kolkata, August 3: An explosion took place in Kolkata’s Chitpur area on Sunday evening.

According to initial reports, the blast took place at a scrap iron shop today.

The actual reason behind the blast is yet to be identified. Its not confirmed yet whether it was a bomb or a gas cylinder.

But according to the reports, two children died in the blast.

Deputy Commissioner of Police P.K. Ghosh said the situation is now under control.

This is the latest in series of blasts in the country after Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Surat.

Kolkata had earlier been identified as a target for attacks by the group responsible for the Ahmedabad blasts.


12 pilgrims killed in road accident in West Bengal

12 pilgrims killed in road accident in West BengalKolkata, Aug 6: At least 12 pilgrims hailing from Jharkhand were killed and 13 injured when a truck hit a stranded bus on Durgapur Expressway at Chanditala in Hooghly District of West Bengal early this morning.

The victims were on their way to the Shiva temple at Tarakeswar in Hooghly District from Deoghar in Jharkhand.

They were standing near the stranded bus after it broke down near Kapapharia. The mishap occurred when the truck mowed them down and hit the bus.


Writers Buildings in Kolkata catches fire

Kolkata, Aug 7 : A major fire broke out this morning at the Writers Buildings here, and it took about two hours to douse it.

The fire broke out in the E-Block, or the top floor of the Secretariat building at around 6:45a. m.

Twelve firefighting engines were required to bring the blaze under control. No casualties were reported.

Damage was limited to heaps of paper, documents and furniture of the departments of Refugee Rehabilitation, Fire and Municipal Affairs.

Surrounding roads and offices were closed during the fire-dousing operation.

Forensic experts have been called in to investigate the cause of fire. (ANI)


One killed in Nandigram following fresh violence

nadigaramKolkata, Aug 7 : One person was killed today in firing between Trinamool Congress-backed Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers in Nandigram.

Meanwhile, the CPI-M has organised a 24-hour shutdown in Nandigram to protest against the killing of their local committee secretary, Niranjan Mondal.

There was fresh violence in Nandigram in East Midnapore District of West Bengal after Mondal was gunned down in an exchange of fire between the CPM and the Trinamool Congress activists at Kendemari of Rajaramchawk area on Wednesday afternoon.


RDB Industries Bags Tender Worth Rs 30 Crore

Kolkata-based RDB Industries Limited, one of the leading real estate company has informed that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, have awarded a tender in favour of the Company for setting up Residential Complex at AIIMS Patna, the estimated value of which is Rs 30 crore.

RDB Industries Limited operates in the real estate. Its real estate business includes the development and construction of residential units and commercial complexes.  

The company also manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products.  


`City of Joy'' heralds Olympiad with palm art

olympiadKolkata, Aug. 9 : A Chinese artist in Kolkata has brought alive the spirit of the Olympics here through paintings made by his palms and fingers.

Fifty-six-year-old Guan Yaojiu paints mountains using his palms and finger instead of paint brushes.

He has dedicated this palm art piece to the ongoing Olympic Games in Beijing.

Yaojiu also makes dragons, which are revered by the Chinese, with the help of fine Chinese brushes.

Yaojiu uses his palm swiftly to bring about clarity on the canvas.

For his mountain paintings Yaojiu usually uses black, but adds shades of brown and green to some of his works.


Texmaco to transfer its heavy engineering division to a separate entity

Texmaco to transfer its heavy engineering division to a separate entity Kolkata-based Texmaco Ltd, the rail wagon maker is looking into transferring its heavy engineering division to a newly formed subsidiary in order to raise resources and unlock value.

The company plans to raise Rs 200 crore by selling part of its stake in the proposed new entity to private investors. The main objective behind setting up the subsidiary was to raise resources and take advantage of the emerging business opportunities in the sector. Texmaco will be the main holding company in the new venture.


Texmaco To Hive Off Mfg Business

The executive vice-chairman of Texmaco Ltd, Mr. Saroj Poddar announced on Monday that the company, which deals with making of rail wagons, is planning to hive off its total manufacturing business to a separate arm to strengthen its business.

By selling part of its stake in the proposed new entity to private investors, the company is looking forward to raise Rs 200 crore. The holder of the company would be Texmaco.

To draw out the modalities for raising the amount, the company has appointed ICICI Securities.

By September 2009, the company would be capable of making 40 wagons per day, whereas presently it is manufacturing 20 wagons per day, Mr. Poddar said in the annoucement.


Government approves expansion of Kolkata Airport

Netaji Subhash Chandra BoseNew Delhi, Aug 14 : The Government today gave its approval to the modernization or expansion of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (NSCBI) International Airport, Kolkata at an estimated cost of Rs. 1942.51 crores.

The work, which is expected to be completed within 30 months of award, will result in an additional passengers handling capacity of 20 Million Passengers Per Annum
(MPPA).


Calcutta High Court stays Rizwanur verdict for two weeks

Calcutta High Court stays Rizwanur verdict for two weeksKolkata, Aug 14: The Calcutta High Court today stayed the verdict in the high profile "forced suicide case of Rizwanur Rahman" for two weeks.

The court has also asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a chargesheet against all the seven accused.

Earlier, the CBI had said in its report that computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rehman had committed suicide, and was not killed.


Left Front appeals Trinamool to postpone Singur agitation

Left Front appeals Trinamool to postpone Singur agitationKolkata, Aug 19 : The West Bengal Government today appealed to the Trinamool Congress and other Trinamool allies to postpone their proposed indefinite agitation over the Singur issue.

The agitation veers around Tata Motors project site in Singur demanding the return of 400 acres of land to the farmers.

On Wednesday, the State Government and representatives of the Trinamool-led opposition will meet for a discussion on the issue.


McNally Bharat picks two orders worth Rs 53 crore

McNally Bharat Engineering Company Ltd has informed that it has secured two orders worth Rs 53.25 crore from two different firms.  

The first order which is valued at Rs 37.78 crore has bagged by the company from Siemens VAI, Kolkata for Structural Fabrication at SAIL Plant at Burnpur.

The company has received second order worth Rs 15.47 crore from Brahmani River Pallets Ltd, Bhubaneswar for 1 Rod Mill and 2 Ball Mills.

Kolkata- headquartered McNally Bharat Engineering Company Limited (MBE) undertakes turnkey projects in infrastructure and related manufacturing activities in India. It operates through two divisions, Projects and Products.


Flights, train services disrupted due to trade union strike

Flights, train services disrupted due to trade union strikeKolkata, Aug 20 : A nationwide strike called by the Left-backed trade unions today paralyzed normal life in West Bengal and Kerala, disrupting air and rail traffic.

With the ruling Left Front supporting the strike, called by eight trade unions and 40 employees’ federations to protest against the “anti-labour policies of the Centre”, turned out to be a complete shutdown in these states. 


Tata''s will exit Nano project, if violence continues in Singur

Ratan TataKolkata, Aug 22 : Chairman of the TATA group Ratan Tata today said that the group could exit the Nano project from Singur in the interest of the safety of its employees, if violence continued there.

Ratan Tata said that even though it would cost a great deal to move but there was a concern about the safety of employees.

"We will move from Singur whatever the cost to protect our people," he added.

On Thursday, Commerce and Industries Minister of West Bengal Nirupam Sen and Ratan Tata held talks over TATA Motor''s small car plant at Singur.


Mamata wants return of 400 acres in Singur

Mamata wants return of 400 acres in SingurKolkata, Aug 22 : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said she would not budge from her stand of demanding the 400 acres of land taken for the TATA Nano project in Singur.

Reacting to Ratan Tata’s statement that the TATA Group could be thinking about exiting from the Nano project in the interest of the safety of its employees, Banerjee said, "We don''''t want anybody to move out of West Bengal, but at the same time, we will not bow to any kind of pressure.”


Buddhadeb’s appeal to Trinamool to maintain calm over TATA project

Kolkata, Aug 23: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeWest Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has appealed to his political adversary the Trinamool Congress to maintain peace and discuss with government to decide over the contentious TATA project.

He said he was trying to resolve the issue through holding talks with the Opposition parties.

"We are exchanging details of the project with the opposition in a cordial atmosphere. We are discussing this issue with the opposition and trying to solve it at highest level," said Bhattacharjee.


President Pratibha Patil arrives in West Bengal

President Pratibha Patil arrives in West BengalKolkata, Aug 23 : President Pratibha Patil arrived here today on a two-day visit to West Bengal.

Patil, who arrived in a special IAF plane, was received at the NSC Bose International airport by the Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee.

This will be the President''s first visit to West Bengal since she assumed the highest office of the country.

During her visit, the President will participate in the celebrations of 225 years of the Asiatic Society.


Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee rules out moving of Tata project elsewhere

Kolkata, Aug 24 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeWest Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said that there was no question of Tata factory moving out of Singur in the wake of the company''s threat that it is prepared to move the plant elsewhere to make the Nano car.

"There is no question of Tata factory moving out of Singur. If the chairman of the company wants to set up a plant in some other state, I have no problem. I would really want him to stay in Singur," Bhattacharjee told reporters here.


Buddhadeb writes to Mamata again over Tata impasse

Mmamata BanerjeeKolkata, Aug 25 : In a fresh bid to end the Singur land impasse, the West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday wrote another letter to Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee.

TMC is on an indefinite agitation at Singur demanding immediate return of 400 acres to farmers unwilling to part with their land.

West Bengal Home secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty told media persons that senior officers of the state Home department would hand over the letter to Banerjee.


Trinamool protests over Singur to continue

Singur/ Kolkata, Aug 26: The main Opposition party in West Bengal the Trinamool Congress has warned to continue its protests till its demand of returning the 400 acres of land to the farmers was met.

“Our protest will continue further till the time the government returns the farmers their land which was forcefully acquired from them,” said Madan Mitra, leader of the Trinamool Congress.

Meanwhile, the indefinite siege by the protesters in front of the Tata car plant choked the Durgapur Expressway on Monday, hampering vehicular movement on the entire highway. Trucks and buses have been stranded on the highway since Sunday, when the protest started.


Buddhadeb rules out taking back 400 acres of land from Tatas

Buddhadeb rules out taking back 400 acres of land from TatasKolkata, Aug 26 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today ruled out returning 400 acres of the Tata Motors'' Nano factory site to farmers, saying such a step would mean dropping all plans to manufacture the world''s cheapest car in the state.

"I cannot afford to return the 400 acres. If that land has to be returned, then Tata Motors project has to be dropped. I cannot allow this to happen," Bhattacharjee told here an interactive session with the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).


Budhhadev Bhattacharjee sorry for his anti-bandh remarks, accepts punishment

Buddhadeb BhattacharyaKolkata, August 29 : Central committee member of the Communist Party of Marxist Shyamal Chakraborty on Friday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee has been censured by party’s Politburo for his anti-bandh stand and he has accepted the punishment.

“The Chief Minister has been censured by the Politburo for his anti-bandh stand and he has not opposed it and accepted the decision,” Chakraborty said.

Chakraborty said the "censure" is one of the several penal provisions in the CPM constitution.


Business doyen K K Birla dead

Dr. Krishna Kumar BirlaKolkata, Aug 30: Dr. Krishna Kumar Birla, the noted industrialist of the Birla family, died at his residence after a brief illness on Saturday morning. He was 90.

He served as a Member of the Rajya Sabha, and is survived by three daughters Nandini Nupani, Shobhana Bhartia, who is the vice chairperson and editorial adviser of Hindustan Times and Saroj Potddar.

Birla, who was the Chairman of Hindustan Times and several Birla Group of industries, was ill for the last fortnight.

His wife Manorama Devi Birla died about a month ago.


Singur impasse: Mamata ready for talks with W. Bengal Govt.

Left Front appeals Trinamool to postpone Singur agitationKolkata, Sep 1 : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has said she is ready to hold talks with the Left Front-led West Bengal Government, but insists that the stir at the TATA Motors'' Singur project site would continue.

"Negotiations and agitation can go together," Mamata said after sending a Krishi Jami Raksha Committee delegation to met West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Sunday.

Earlier, the Governor wrote a letter to the Trinamool chief, urging her to take part in the negotiations.


Trinamool leader meets WB Governor to resolve Singur deadlock

West BengalKolkata, Sep 1 : Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee today met West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the second day following his initiative to resolve deadlock over Singur issue.

Chatterjee, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, had an hour closed meeting with Gandhi today.

It could not be ascertained if Chatterjee delivered any communication from Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee to the Governor who wrote to her last Saturday, urging her to take part in the negotiations.


Special classroom for Kolkata priests ahead of Durga Puja

Durga PujaKolkata, Sep. 1 : Special training is being provided to priests in Kolkata ahead of the upcoming Durga Puja, the biggest annual festival of Bengalis devoted to Goddess Durga.

The need for providing such training was felt after noticing many a priests not paying due attention on their pronunciation skills of Sanskrit-based Shlokas.

Jayanta Kushari, an expert priest, is conducting the training programme where trainees of all age groups have enrolled themselves to acquire proper knowledge and work upon various areas of improvement.


Ganguly calls for support to TATA’s Nano project

Maharashtra, Orissa invite TATA to set up ''Nano'' plant in their stateKolkata, Sep 2 : Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said if the Nano project at Singur went elsewhere, West Bengal would become a dark spot and called for support to the cause of the TATAs and industry to create a future for the people of the State.

“The starting of the Nano project will be a beginning of an era in West Bengal which will completely revolutionalise the prospect of the state and the future of the youth of our state,” Ganguly said.


TATA suspends work at Singur

Tata to move plant from India's West Bengal if protests persist Kolkata, Sep 2 : TATA Motors on Tuesday suspended work at Singur, and said that said it was looking for alternate options to manufacture its small car Nano from company’s other plants.


West Bengal Governor to mediate in Singur impasse

West Bengal Governor to mediate in Singur impasseKolkata, Sept 4: West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Thursday will hold discussions separately with the representatives of the State Government and the Trinamool Congress. And on Friday he will mediate between the two sides to find solution to the Singur deadlock.

A Raj Bhavan press statement said the Governor''s role would not be that of third party mediator, but that of the meeting''s chairperson.


Tata says Nano launch will be on schedule

Tata to move plant from India's West Bengal if protests persist Kolkata, Sep 4 : TATA Group Chairman Ratan Tata today said that he is doing everything possible to launch the Rs one lakh Nano car as planned.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi has begun preliminary discussions with the State Government and the Trinamool Congress.

The Governor also held a meeting with Sudip Bandopadhyay, the chairman of the State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Commerce and Industry.


West Bengal Governor defers Singur talks till Friday evening

West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna GandhiKolkata, Sept 5: The crucial meeting, which was to be chaired by West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi this morning to find a solution to the Singur deadlock, was postponed till late this afternoon.

The representatives of the State Government and the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee met the Governor at Raj Bhavan for few minutes during which the State Government requested the Governor to postpone the talks by a few hours.

Accordingly, the Governor requested the Trinamool Congress to reassemble at 4:00 p. m.


Singur talks to resume today

Tata Nano plant, SingurKolkata, Sep 6: The dialogue to resolve the Singur Nano car project crisis will resume here today.

The talks between the representatives of the State Government and Trinamool Congress remained inconclusive on Friday evening.

West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi chaired the talks following request from Chief Minister Budhadev Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee.

Gandhi said the meeting was conducted in a good spirit and there was useful discussions.


Talks at Singur inconclusive, to resume on Sunday

Talks at Singur inconclusive, to resume on SundayKolkata, Sept 6 : Talks between the Trinamool Congress and the West Bengal Government to end the Singur imbroglio remained inconclusive for the second day on Saturday.

However the two sides agreed to meet again on Sunday.

After the meeting, which was presided over by West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a press statement issued by Raj Bhavan said that both the sides went into greater detail on the prospects of a land-based rehabilitation scheme in and around Singur project site.


Emergency Left Front meeting on Singur impasse

Emergency Left Front meeting on Singur impasseKolkata, Sept 6 : The Left Front has scheduled an emergency meeting in Kolkata on Sunday to discuss the Singur impasse.

The emergency meeting of the Left Front on Singur would be held on Sunday morning.

Talks between the West Bengal Government and the Trinamool Congress-led Krishijami Jiban-o-Jibika Raksha Committee, presided over by Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi over the crucial issue of returning land to unwilling farmers in Singur has fuelled speculation of a possible solution to the problem.


W. Bengal Governor hopes for a result on Singur impasse by Monday

West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna GandhiKolkata, Sept 7 : West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi has said talks to break Singur deadlock are on track and they would continue on Sunday. He also sais that he expected a "satisfactory" result by Monday.

After presiding over the second round of talks between the State Government and the main opposition Trinamool Congress on Saturday Gandhi told reporters here on Saturday that: "We lead to the satisfactory conclusion in a next session over tomorrow (Sunday) or day after tomorrow (Monday). This is what I wanted to tell you."


Jyoti Basu admitted to hospital after injury

Kolkata, Sept 7 : Former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, who suffered a head injury after a fall at his Indira Bhavan residence, was admitted to a city nursing home for further treatment on Sunday.

Sources said that Basu underwent a check-up on Saturday after falling in the bathroom of his Salt Lake home.

Basu''s personal assistant, Joykrishna Ghosh, said the former was stable and that there is no cause for concern.

West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and State Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had earlier called on Basu at his residence. Left Front Chairman Biman Bose had met Basu on Friday.

The Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has also wished him speedy recovery. (ANI)


Mamata suspends dharna at Singur after stalemate ends

Trinamool Congress, TATAKolkata, Sept 8 : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee agreed to end her two-week-long protest outside the TATA Motors’ Nano car plant at Singur after reaching an agreement with the West Bengal Government over land acquisition issue.

Mamata announced last night that the dharna would be called off following the agreement with the State Government after marathon talks at Raj Bhavan between her and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in the presence of Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.


Chinese Foreign Minister expects more investments in India

China Flag & MapKolkata, Sept 8 : Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi on Monday expressed a keenness for more Chinese investments in India.

Jeichi, who arrived here on Sunday on an official two-day visit to India, met West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee this morning and held discussions on various issues.

Addressing the media after his interaction with Bhattacharjee, Jeichi said his country would be interested in making investments in various fields including infrastructure building and other areas.


West Bengal government urges TATA to start operations in Singur

Ratan TataKolkata, Sept 9 : While reassuring Tata Motors, that no land would be taken out of its main plant in Singur or from the vendor’s park, the West Bengal Government has urged the company to start operations at its small car manufacturing unit.

West Bengal Commerce and Industry Minister Nirupam Sen, in an interview to a private TV channel, said, "We have assured the Tatas again that no land will be taken out of the project area and the State Government wants Nano car to roll out from Singur."


MSTC to diversify into logistics and warehousing business: Paswan

Paswan announces special measures for SC, ST working in PSUsKolkata, Sept 9 : Union Minister of Steel, Chemicals and Fertilisers Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday urged the Metal Scrap Trading Corporation (MSTC) to play a more active role in making scrap, iron bearing raw materials, coke as well as semi-finished products of steel available and play its role in ensuring adequate production and availability of finished steel at a reasonable cost.

Paswan stated this today in Kolkata while speaking on the foundation day of MSTC.


Justice Soumitra Sen not to quit

Kolkata High CourtKolkata, Sept 9 : Calcutta High Court Judge Soumitra Sen, against whom the Chief Justice of India, K. G. Balakrishnan has recommended impeachment, will not resign and defend himself as and when required, said his counsel.

Subhas Bhattacharya, Justice Sen’s counsel, said. "At this stage he is not considering resignation."

"If show caused by Parliament, he will appear before it. He will defend himself in accordance with the law," Bhattacharya said.


TMC wants 300 acres from Singur project area

TMC wants 300 acres from Singur project areaKolkata, Sept 9 : The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday demanded that 300 acres of land should be given from within the Tata Motors project area in Singur to unwilling farmers.

TMC leader Rabindranath Bhattacharya, after a meeting of the four-member committee formed to discuss the modalities for a land-based solution to the contentious issue, told media persons: "We have sought 300 acres of land from within the project area."


BSNL To Invest Rs 499 Cr In Kolkata

To improve its telecom network, the state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has BSNL To Invest Rs 499 Cr In Kolkataannounced it’s plan to invest Rs 499 crore this fiscal year in Kolkata. The telecom operator is also venturing to provide data services to its subscribers.

Speaking on this, S.K. Chakravarty (GM-Calcutta Telephones) said, "We plan to launch data card in October."

Chakravarty further added that the company will also come up with 575 3G BTS by the end of this December at a cost of Rs 60 crore. Another 97 crore will be invested for expanding its services in the field of CDMA.


Four-member joint panel to inspect Singur site today

Kolkata, Sept 10 : A four-member committee formed to discuss a land-based solution to compensate farmers in West Bengal will visit Singur today.

After inspecting the TATA Motors’ Nano car project site, the committee comprising of Trinamool Congress leaders Rabindranath Bhattacharya, Becharam Manna, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) Managing Director Subrata Gupta and Hooghly District Magistrate Neelam Meena will hold a second meeting.

The committee had its first meeting in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The Committee will visit Singur to identify land in and around the project area, said State Commerce and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen after the meeting.


Ganesh utsav brings Kolkata’s pot-bellied onto the football field

GaneshaKolkata, Sept 10 : Kolkata chose to celebrate Ganesh Utsav in a different way this year.

They organized a football match which featured only pot-bellied players. Men with huge pot bellies, just like Lord Ganesh himself, ran around kicking the ball to the great amusement of spectators.

The pot-bellied players struggled hard to play the game on a marshy field.

Interestingly, only men with a waist size of above 42 inches were allowed to participate in the match.


Eminent neurosurgeon, medical board examines Jyoti Basu

Jyoti BasuKolkata, Sept 10 : Doctors attending on former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, who was admitted to a nursing home on Sunday, said on Wednesday he was examined by the medical board and also an eminent neurosurgeon.

Basu had suffered a head injury after falingl at his Indira Bhavan residence on Friday. He was hospitalised with a blood clot in his brain.

His condition is stable and keeping well. He had a normal diet," a medical bulletin issued by the hospital said.


ABVP students protest in Kolkata against Bangladeshi immigrants

ABVP students protest in Kolkata against Bangladeshi immigrantsKolkata, Sept 10 : Activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party staged a protest in Kolkata on Wednesday, against Bangladeshi immigrants in the country.

Scores of activists of ABVP took to streets chanting slogans to voice their resentment against the large number of illegal Bangladeshi nationals who are taking shelter in India.

Holding placards and banners the activists marched down the streets of the city demanding deportation of such Bangladeshi immigrants.


West Bengal Govt. rejects Trinamool’s demand for 300 acres

Kolkata, Sep 11 : The West Bengal government on Thursday rejected Trinamool Congress demand for return of 300 acres of land from within the project area of the Tata Motors'' plant at Singur.

Emerging out of a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with West Bengal government representatives in the inspection committee WBIDC managing director Subrata Gupta and Hooghly DM Neelam Meena in Kolkata, Trinamool MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharjee said that his party''s demand for return of 300 acres to ''unwilling farmers'' from within the project site has been rejected.

The Trinamool seeks return of 300 acres from the project premises and 100 acres from outside it to farmers.


Mamata, Buddhadeb hold talks over Singur impasse

Kolkata, Sept 12 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, mamta banerjeeBuddhadeb Bhattacharjee, mamta banerjeeon Friday held talks with Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to settle the Singur impasse.

The talks were held at Calcutta Information Centre.

The Chief Minister expressed the desire to hold immediate talks with Banerjee, on the basis of the "satisfactory progress" achieved on Friday''s meeting between the State Government officials and the Trinamool Congress.


Mamata blames Buddhadeb for Singur row

Kolkata, Sept 13 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday blamed the West Bengal Government for the Singur row as it broke the terms of the agreement with her party. 

Banerjee, while alleging that Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhatterjee was taking all the decisions without consulting TMC, said, "West Bengal government doesn''t respect us. It has broken the terms of agreement.”

“We are not ready for any more talks," said Banerjee, and added, “We will announce a final decision on September 19.“ 

Banerjee’s statement came barely hours after Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi called for a "spirit of accommodation" that was evident during the talks he presided over to break the Singur deadlock. 


Communists in West Bengal to garner support for Tata

Kolkata, Sept 13 : Communists in West Bengal on Saturday said they would create public awareness in support of the Tata plant project in state''s Singur area.

Tata Motors is facing opposition in the state''s Singur area, about an hour''s drive from Kolkata, from where it is scheduled to roll out world''s cheapest Nano car.

The state ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has asked its cadres to personally talk to the people over phone telling them about the benefits of the plant project.


Mamata Banerjee doesn’t want Tatas to pull out of Singur

Mamta BenerjeeKolkata, Sept 16 : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that she didn’t want the Tatas to pull out of Singur.

While addressing a rally at Singur, Banerjee said, "I don''t want the Tatas to pull out of Singur, but I am not bothered either. However, the main plant can be set up on 600 acres and the ancillary on 100 acres."

She demanded that the West Bengal Government should honour the ''gentleman''s agreement'' on Singur reached between the government and her party at Raj Bhavan and was chaired by West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.


Buddhadev again appeals TMC to accept new rehabilitation package

Buddhadev again appeals TMC to accept new rehabilitation packageKolkata, Sept 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today once again appealed to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to accept the new rehabilitation package to resolve the Singur impasse.

Addressing a press conference in Kolkata on Wednesday''s evening Bhattacharjee also urged the farmers who have not taken the compensation so far to receive the same by Monday. 

The Chief Minister said that the TMC is misinterpreting the agreement, which was signed in the presence of Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on the issue.


Basu requests Singur land-losers to accept compensation package

Jyoti Basu’Kolkata, Sept 19 : Former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu on Friday requested the Singur protesters, who have been refusing to accept the land compensation package offered by the State Government, to accept it and allow resumption of work at the TATA Motors’ Nano car plant.

State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxists) Biman Bose briefed Basu about the party’s state secretariat meeting earlier in the day at the party office.


Balanced policy would help economy grow faster: Mukherjee

Pranab MukherjeeKolkata, Sept 20 : Despite global economic recession, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee feel India is going to emerge as a major economic player, as he said a balanced policy would help the economy to grow faster and will take care of the grievances of agriculturists.

He said the centre is taking steps to ensure food security, industrialisation and for creating employment opportunities for the unemployed in the country.

Mukherjee was addressing the annual general meeting of the Bengal National Chambers of Commerce and industry.


High-powered explosives recovered in Kolkata’s Howrah station

Kolkata, Sept 23 : A green box apparently containing high-powered explosives was on Tuesday recovered at India’s busiest Howrah Railway Station in West Bengal by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) spreading panic across the city in the wake of the recent bomb blasts across the country.

According to Dilip Mitra, Additional Director General (Rail), West Bengal Police, the RPF’s sniffer dog Ceasar started barking furiously during a routine security check of the Up Bhadrak Express on platform number 21. The train had just come in from the car shed.

The green box was found in the luggage compartment of the train.

The box contained markings similar to that used by the Indian Army and read “10 bombs, 51 mm, highly explosive.”


Tatas to pull out of Singur, fears Nirupam Sen

Ratan TataKolkata, Sept 25 : West Bengal Industries Minister Nirupam Sen on Thursday reportedly told the state Cabinet that there was little possibility of the Tata’s Nano car project taking off from Singur.

Few vendors were seen moving out their equipment over the past few days from the project site, where work has remained suspended for more than three weeks.

Sources said that equipment was carted out from the plant and the cargo is believed to have been moved to the company''s plant in Pantnagar in Uttarakhand.


Ratan Tata to meet Buddhadeb on Sunday

Ratan TataKolkata, Sept 27 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday said that Ratan Tata, the Tata Group Chairman has replied to his letter and wants to talk to him on Singur issue, and the two are scheduled to meet on Sunday.

West Bengal Industry Minister Nirupam Sen had earlier said, "A meeting between the state government and Tatas may take place on Sunday to discuss the issue."


McNally Bharat Engineering secures order worth Rs 115 crore from BHEL

McNally Bharat Engineering secures order worth Rs 115 crore from BHELKolkata-headquartered McNally Bharat Engineering has secured an order worth Rs 115 crore from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Bangalore.

The contract involves design, engineering, supply, E&C and structural steel works of coal handling plant mechanical equipments for GSECL, 1x500 MW UKAI Project. The contract is schedule to be completed in 18 months from the date of LoI.


Balmer Lawrie to retain its UK Subsidiary; declares a dividend of 170 percent

Kolkata-based Balmer Lawrie & Company (BLC) Limited, a diversified public sector conglomerate, has informed that it will keep its UK subsidiary, before being sold off to TAL International Container Corporation of USA (TAL).

BLC expects that the move would help in its overseas operation. The company’s UK arm is engaged in leasing and hiring marine freight containers.

Apart from this, the company will look for other lines of business for Balmer Lawrie UK (BLUK).

At present, BLC has only Rs 100 crore cash surplus on its balance sheets, and may have to go for debt to fund an acquisition.


Hindus pray for salvation of their ancestors in Kolkata

Durga MaaKolkata, Sept 29 : Thousands of Hindus gathered on the banks of the Ganges river in Kolkata and prayed for the salvation of their ancestors on the occasion of ''Mahalya'' on Monday.

According to the Hindu almanac, ''Mahalaya'' marks the conclusion of ''Piter Paksha'', the fortnight during which people hold special religious rituals for the deceased kin particularly ancestors and heralds ''Devi Paksha'' or the fortnight-long festival of Hindu goddess Durga.

Several devouts thronged the river bank to perform religious rituals, make offerings to their ancestors and to take a holy dip.


Areva T&D forms strategic partnership with GE Consumer

Areva T&D forms strategic partnership with GE ConsumerAreva T&D India, the Indian subsidiary of Areva France SA, has formed a strategic alliance with GE Consumer and Industrial, to focus on turnkey electrical solutions.

Under the arrangement, the alliance would focus on turnkey electrical solutions in the power generation, metals, mining, minerals and materials handling markets. The main aim of this latest tie-up is to provide one-stop solution for customer needs like power distribution, control and automation.


''Nano'' makes its way to a makeshift tent in Kolkata

TATA NanoKolkata, Oct 2 : ''Nano Car'' that has been raising a lot of dust on the land allotted to the TATA''s at Singur, has found its way to a makeshift tent in Kolkata.

With the hugely popular five-day festival of ''Durga Puja'' just round the corner the organisers in Kolkata have come out with a unique idea to press their demand to let TATA''s continue at Sindur.

Durga Puja is the time when devotees flow in large numbers and offer prayers to the goddess of supreme power, Durga.

Theme based Pandals and magnificently designed idols form an integral part of the festival.


Ratan Tata to meet Buddhadeb today

Ratan TataKolkata, Oct 3: Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee here today to discuss the company's 'Nano' car project in Singur which has run into rough weather after strong resistance from the Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress over farmland acquisition issue.

According to sources, the meeting is scheduled to be held in the afternoon at the Writers' Buildings.

Work on the Tata's 'Nano' project has been suspended for nearly a month because of the protest by the Trinamool Congress.


Tata’s small car project to pull out of Singur

west bengal, Ratan TataKolkata, Oct 3 : Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata has decided to pull-out “Nano” small car project out of Singur.

Ratan Tata announced the decision to the media after discussion with the Chief Minister here today. He said he had to take the decision considering the situation on the ground.

Following Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) sit-in protest at the plant site in Singur, Tata Motors suspended operations at the Nano factory on September 2.

Earlier, Bhattacharjee had written to Ratan Tata requesting him to restart work at the Nano plant at Singur.


Tatas could have been more accommodative to solve Singur: Congress

Kolkata, Oct 5: West Bengal Pradesh Congress spokesman and senior party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay in a statement on Sunday said that the Singur crisis could have been solved had the Tatas been accommodative in giving up land more than 70 acres from within the 1,000-acre “Nano” project area to the unwilling farmers.

Bandyopadhyay said that giving up some more land on the part of Tatas was possible considering that the company had been manufacturing at least 10 different models in its factory at Pune whose land area measured only 1050 acres.


Durga Puja begins today

Kolkata, Oct 5: Durga Puja, Bengali''s famous festival kicked off on Maha Sasthi day today.

The celebrations formally started with ‘Devi Bodhon’, a ritual to propitiate and welcome goddess Durga and her four children. While the idols of the goddess were a huge attraction, so was the craftsmanship of the numerous marquees under which they were housed.

The puja, besides being a religious festival, provides a common platform for people cutting across religious lines to immerse themselves in cultural activities.

According to Hindu mythology, the festivities and prayers begin with the symbolic arrival of the goddess on earth on the sixth day of the first quarter of the moon and ends on Dashami or the tenth day.


CPI (M)''s central committee meeting to begin in Kolkata today

Kolkata, Oct 12 : The three-day central committee meeting of the Communist Party of India CPI (M)'s central committee meeting to begin in Kolkata today(Marxist) will begin here today to discuss strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

Issues like the financial crisis blowing across the world, the UPA Government''s "failure" to get its act together in curbing terrorism and rising attacks on the churches in Orissa and Karnataka are also likely to figure during the meeting.


CPI (M) says Mayawati can be a PM candidate

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister MayawatiKolkata, Oct 14 : CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat today said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati could be a prime ministerial candidate of a non-Congress and non-BJP alliance at the Centre depending on the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections.

“BSP is an important party and the ruling party in UP. We expect them to do well in Lok Sabha elections and therefore the leader of the BSP is going to be one of the people who I think will be considered,” Karat told reporters here.


Tulsyan NEC inks MoU with Budhrani Group

Kolkata-based Tulsyan NEC Limited, a flagship company of the Tulsyan group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Budhrani Group of companies to set up a steel making and rolling mill in Nigeria on a joint venture basis to manufacture long products.

According to the sources, the production capacity would be around 60,000 metric tonnes per annum and the turnover for this venture is expected to be around Rs 350 crore.

Both partners intend to pump investment worth Rs 68 crore for the plant.

Tulsyan shares touched a high of Rs 65 on the BSE after the news. But later the stock ended the day at Rs 62, down Rs 2 or 3% over the previous close.


Rizwanur case: CBI raids Ashok Todi''s residence

Kolkata, Oct 28 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last night conducted a raid at the residence of Ashok Todi, the father-in-law of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rehman who was found dead last year after a month of his marriage.

The Special Branch of CBI conducted a raid in search of Ashok Todi, his brother Pradip Todi and brother-in-law Anil Sarogi against whom non-bailable arrest warrants were issued by the court on Monday.

However, none of the three were found in the residence, CBI sources said.

According to CBI sources, a red alert has been issued to all airports and major railway stations against Todi''s and their brother-in-law to prevent them from escaping from the country.


Fire accidents dampen Diwali festivities in India

New Delhi/Kolkata/Kanpur, Oct 29: Diwali festivities were marred due to various fire accidents caused by firecrackers across India.

In Delhi, seven people were injured, including four firemen, when a massive fire broke out in a in a slum cluster in Jehangirpuri area of Delhi last night.

"All our belongings are burnt, nothing is left. We are not even left with clothes to wear. We don''t know whether any human being is injured in the fire but pets like dogs, cats, and goats have all died in the fire," said Shrikant, a victim.


All religion prayer for Assam blasts victims in Kolkata

Kolkata, Oct 31 : An all religion prayer session was held in Kolkata today for the victims of serial blasts that ripped through Guwahati and three other towns on Thursday in which 70 people were killed and over 300 injured.

People from all communities came together to pray for the people who lost their lives in blasts.

The prayers organised by All India Minority Forum, also condemned the acts of terror which have rocked the country in recent months.

"We also condemned the activities of terrorism, in all places like Assam, Delhi, and other states. We should fight together irrespective of caste and creed," said Idrish Ali, President, All India Minority Forum.


Allahabad Bank introduces Festival Bonanza for its customers

Allahabad Bank introduces Festival Bonanza for its customersAllahabad Bank, one of the oldest banks in India, has announced a Festival Bonanza for its customers in various buckets of Term Deposits.

The lender stated in a official release that the rate of interest on Term Deposits for Senior Citizens will be 11% per annum for a period of one year up to three years, however for others, it will be 10.50% per annum.


CITU says Salboni landmine blast was an attempt to kill Buddhadeb

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeKolkata, Nov 3 : The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has claimed that the blast at Salboni was an attempt to kill West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as part of a design to stall industrial and development activities in the state.


UCO Bank plans to slash PLR by 50 bps; calls meeting on November 10 for decision

UCO Bank plans to slash PLR by 50 bps; calls meeting on November 10 for decisionPublic sector lender UCO Bank has notified that it would cut prime lending rate by 50 basis points by next week.

The bank has stated in a release that it has decided to cut PLR by half a per cent and ALCO (Assets and Liability Committee) of the bank would meet on November 10 to review the interest rate scenario.


Nurses blame hospital authorities for death of their colleague

Nurses blame hospital authorities for death of their colleagueFew nurses at the NRS Medical College and Hospital protested against the hospital authorities. The nurses claim that staff nurse Kaveri Bhowmik died due to negligence of the hospital authorities.

Death certificate of Staff Nurse Kaveri Bhowmik says that she had suffered a stroke but fellow nurses claim she showed the symptoms of dengue or encephalitis. They also say that she was not given proper treatment, not even given a bed and was also not given proper attention by the head of the nursing staff.


Cop arrested for smuggling out bullets

Kolkata police has arrested one of its sub-inspector Shankar Chakraborti for smuggling out ammunition from police armoury.

 Chakraborti was remanded to police custody for four days by a court on Tuesday.

 He had been selling ammunition to criminals for nearly two decades said a top police official.

 "He built up a racket to collect ammunition issued for practice firing at the camp. Probably, he used to collect the bullets from the trainees, who did not complete their quota of practice firing," he added. Chakraborti was selling a bullet for Rs. 100. The arrested SI who was working in the CID had a rapport with local criminals looking for ammunition.


Ganguly''s fans express dismay over his retirement

Sourav GangulyKolkata, Nov 6 : As former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly plays his last test, fans at his hometown in Kolkata express dismay over his decision to retire.

The 36-year-old, left-handed batsman, Ganguly had announced at the start of the India-Australia series that it would be his last.

He was named in the squad for the first two tests despite being dropped for a premier domestic game, seen as a selection match, following a poor series in Sri Lanka in August.


Satyajit Ray’s ‘Sikkim’ To Be Screened At Kolkata Film Festival On Nov 17

Satyajit Ray’s ‘Sikkim’ To Be Screened At Kolkata Film Festival On Nov 17The dream of Satyajit Ray fans for such a long time has finally come true. Ray’s never-before-seen controversial documentary “Sikkim” will be seen for the first time at the 14th Kolkata Film Festival (KFF) on November 17.

The film will be resorted by the United States Academy of Motion Pictures. Ray’s other classics like Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and Abhijaan has also been restored by the academy.


A musical farewell to Sourav Ganguly, the prince of Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov. 9 : As Sourav Ganguly’s glorious international cricket career camed to an end on Sunday with a duck in Nagpur, his retirement drove a Kolkata-based musical band to come up with songs as a tribute to him. 

Orchid, the musical Bangla band, has composed several songs to glorify Ganguly’s 13-year cricket career during which he put up a scintillating display and led India with aplomb.

The band members have given an everlasting salute to him through their music.

Their verses have eulogised his fighting spirit, his mental toughness and leadership quality.


Kolkata art collector seeks to revive traditional embroidery art

Kolkata, Nov. 9 : Sharmistha Mullick, an art collector in Kolkata, is trying to give embroidery; a fabric embellishment technique, a new expression by presenting it in an unconventional art form. 

She has received training in embroidery for about three years and has been seeking to give it a new definition since 1992. 

At first glance, it is possible that one may mistake her collected works for paintings or pencil sketches.

Sharmistha says that painting with a brush and colours is much easier. She says mixing can change colours, one can almost re-do the whole work on canvas by colouring over. However, for embroidery art, there are no such easy avenue. 


Two more people lost their lives due to Japanese Encephalitis and viral encephalitis

Two more people lost their lives due to Japanese Encephalitis and viral encephalitis

Two more people lost their lives due to Japanese Encephalitis and viral encephalitis. Mithu Pal, a resident of Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas, died due Japanese Encephalitis in the National Medical College on Friday night. Abdul Khaleq, a resident of Bishnupur in South 24-Parganas, died of viral encephalitis at the National Medical College on Saturday.


Kolkata media arranged farewell party for Dada

Sourav GangulyMembers of the media community of Kolkata arranged a function on Sunday to honor cricketer Sourav Ganguly. Sourav has decided to take retirement from the international cricket after the conclusion of the India-Australia Test series, completing his 13-year cricket career.

Journalists across the city gathered here and honoured his contribution to the Indian cricket. They asked him to lead young cricketers from the state to glorify the name of West Bengal.

Sourav's wife Dona and daughter Sana were also present at the function.


Obama''s victory marks end of racism: S.African Nobel laureate

Obama's victory marks end of racism: S.African Nobel laureateKolkata, Nov. 11:South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer has hailed US President-elect Barack Obama''s victory as an end of racism.

Gordimer, 84, is in India to deliver the second Nobel laureate lecture, an initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs to provide an opportunity for Indian academics and opinion makers to interact with Nobel laureates and also enable the Nobel laureates to be exposed to the emergence of a new India.


Kolkata’s Rita Rakshit gives traditional embroidery art a new expression

Kolkata, Nov. 11 : Rita Rakshit, a middle-aged woman in Kolkata, has presented embroidery in an unconventional art form here.

Rita’s work depicts picture stories, amazingly like paintings on canvas through her special embellishment technique.

Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other materials with motifs stitched in strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Embroiders also use other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins to decorate their work. Sewing machines are used to create machine embroidery.


CESC signs MoU with Singapore Power to improve power supply in Kolkata

The CESC has signed an MoU with SP Global Solutions (SPGS), a subsidiary of Singapore Power and a leading power utility for consultancy support.

Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, vice-chairman of CESC, after signing the agreement with Mr. Ong Boon Hwee, chief operating officer, Singapore Power and director of SP Global Solutions said, "At present, three of CESC's generating units rank among the top five units in India ........a recent analysis, carried out by Netherlands-based KEMA, who developed the System Average Interruption Duration Index, rated the power distribution system in Singapore as the most reliable in the world, which leads cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Melbourne. It has the shortest power disruption in any city, at 1.14 minutes.”


Trinamool leader and ex-Union Minister Ajit Panja dead

Ajit PanjaKolkata, Nov. 14 : Former Union Minister and senior Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Panja died of cancer at a private hospital in Kolkata on Friday morning. He was 72 and is survived by his son and daughter.

Hospital sources said that Panja, who was admitted on October 26, breathed his last at 4.30 a. m.


HC orders initiation of criminal proceedings against six BCCI officials

Board of Control for Cricket in IndiaAs per the Calcutta High Court order, criminal proceedings will be initiated against six BCCI officials - including the president, Shashank Manohar, and former president Sharad Pawar - for filing a false affidavit, in a case of alleged perjury involving Jagmohan Dalmiya's expulsion from the Indian board.

The remaining four Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials include Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty; former secretary Niranjan Shah; Secretary N Srinivasan; and junior Cricket Committee Chairman Chirayu Amin.


MiG-27 crashes in West Bengal

MiG-27 crashes in West BengalKolkata, Nov 17 : A MiG-27 aircraft crashed near Alipurduar in West Bengal today.

According to official sources, the aircraft had got airborne from the Hashimara Air Force air base and was on a routine training-flying mission.

The pilot however, ejected safely.

An inquiry has been ordered into the accident. (ANI)


Maradona to visit Kolkata

Diego MaradonaKolkata, Nov. 20 :Football crazy fans of Kolkata will finally see a dream come true. Former Argentine football star Diego Maradona is coming to the city to meet his fans next month.

It does not matter to them that he no longer plays football professionally, as scintillating skills with the ball arestill fresh in the memories of football lovers here.

It is more a matter of ‘sentiment’ for Bengalis. His fans still remember his master play and none can forget the ‘Hand of God” goal that he scored in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England.


Rarity in Kolkata, women parking attendants

Kolkata, Nov. 25: As cars roll into the parking lot of the shopping mall off the Eastern Bypass in Kolkata, the drivers are met with women parking attendants, a rare sight in India.

These women guide the cars into the earmarked slots. They put on the parking tickets and even collect the money with great aplomb.

An initiative by the Sabita Swanirbhar Goshti, this parking attendants venture has provided gainful employment to 11 underprivileged women in the Santoshpur area.

The women were struggling to make ends meet when Goshti came up with the idea.


Kolkata''s traditional jewellers are all smiles despite global economic crunch

Kolkata JewellersKolkata, Nov. 26 (ANI): Kolkata''s jewellers are all smiles despite the global slowdown being suffered by markets across the world. The goldsmiths here didn’t shift to machine-made jewellery but adhered to their handmade process.

This decision, which was once believed as the main reason for their backwardness by several people, is today reaping them rich dividends.

When the US market was booming, jewellers in other parts of India and the world started mass production of low-carat gold jewellery, which was the craze in the United States. But now with the recession in the US there are no takers for that.


West Bengal CM condemns Mumbai terror strikes

Buddhadeb BhattacharyaKolkata, Nov. 28 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai.

He said it was a challenge for the people of the country to remain calm and resolute and to try to overcome the menace unitedly.

He also expressed a hope for a robust national response to terrorism and added that there was no doubt in his mind that foreign forces are behind this attacks.

He offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks.


Dunlop suspends work at Sahaganj unit

Dunlop suspends work at Sahaganj unitKolkata: Tyre-maker Dunlop India Ltd on Sunday declared suspension of work at its Sahaganj plant in the Hooghly district, leaving the future of over 1,200 workers in uncertainty.


Candlelight vigil in Kolkata against Mumbai attacks

Kolkata, Dec 2 : Intellectuals and celebrities led a candlelight vigil here last evening against the Mumbai attacks.

Filmmakers Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen, writer Sunil Gangopadhyay and singer Usha Uthup participated in the rally to denounce terror.

The group sang songs and lit candles in the memory of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks that killed at least 183 people and injured scores more.

Singer Usha Uthup appealed to remain united in the face of terrorism.

"Action is needed and the priority as I have been saying is oneness, solidarity and unity. If we want peace, we have to be Indian," she said.


Kolkata prays for Mumbai terror victims

West Bengal MapKolkata, Dec 3 : The All India Minority Forum (AIMF) demanded immediate action against Pakistan based terror groups at a prayer meeting here today.

The prayer meet was held in memory of the victims of Mumbai terror attacks.

The President of AIMF, Idris Ali said that politicians both at the national and state levels should realise that there was an urgent need to provide security to the people. The government should ensure peace and security for all citizens irrespective of religion, caste, creed and class.


Maradona arrives in Kolkata to watch football

Maradona arrives in Kolkata to watch footballKolkata, Dec. 6 : Former Argentine football star Diego Maradona has arrived in Kolkata. The football crazy city gave the football legend a rousing welcome at the airport and along the route to the hotel even though his flight landed at the ungodly hour of 1 a. m. He was taken in a specially prepared luxury bus with glass windows to the hotel. Along the road, groups of fans waved and cheered at their hero, whose ‘hand of God’ for Argentina can never be forgotten by any self-respecting football fan ever. Stages were constructed in some places where people sang and danced.


PM to begin two-day Kolkata visit today

PM to begin two-day Kolkata visit todayKolkata, Dec 6 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will begin his two-day visit to Kolkata from today.

Soon after his arrival at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Dr. Singh will head for Santiniketan in Birbhum district to attend the convocation of the Visva Bharati University.


Two held on suspicion of providing SIM cards to Mumbai attackers

New Delhi - Two men suspected of providing some of the phone cards used by the Mumbai attackers were arrested and being questioned in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, news reports said Saturday.

Times of India online news reported that Tausif Rehman was arrested in Kolkata, while Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh was arrested in Delhi Friday.

Sheikh, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, had been living in Kolkata for some time, the report said.

Both men are believed to be part of a racket where more than 20 SIM cards for mobile phones were procured using fake documents in the second week of October, NDTV television channel reported citing police sources.


Manmohan Singh grants Rs 95 crore package for Viswa-Bharati University

Manmohan SinghKolkata, Dec 6 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has announced Rs. 95 crore package for the infrastructure development of Kolkata’s Viswa-Bharati University.

The Prime Minister announced the package while addressing the 37th convocation of Viswa-Bharati University in Santiniketan in Birbhum district of Kolkata today.

He said the government would strive to ensure that all Indians get a chance to complete his education.

Dr. Singh also said that the government would do everything possible to build the education infrastructure in the country.


Maradona uses copter to land football academy inaguaration site

Diego MaradonaKolkata, Dec. 6 : Argentine football star Diego Maradona was an hour late, but thousands waited patiently, cheering, dancing and singing to catch a glimpse of this football hero when he arrived to lay the foundation stone of the football academy at the upcoming gated community complex Eden City at Mahestala in South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal.

Maradona flew by helicopter from his hotel in Kolkata to the site. On his arrival he waved to the crowds and offered air kisses. He also made the typical fighters gestures the Argentinean footballers are known to make on-field.


Kolkata Police busts SIM card racket

Kolkata Police busts SIM card racketKolkata, Dec 6 : Kolkata police has unearthed a massive mobile SIM card racket in the city following disclosures from Mumbai that two SIM cards used by terrorists in the Mumbai attacks were from this metropolis.

The Kolkata police have arrested a Kolkata resident Tauseef Rehman and a Srinagar resident Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh in connection with the SIM card racket. They were produced at Bankshall City Civil and Sessions Court today and remanded to police custody till December 14.


Diego Maradona in ‘Mother House’

Kolkata, Dec. 7 : Football legend Diego Maradona visited Missionaries of Charity Headquarters ''Mother House'', in Kolkata today.

Maradona said earlier that he had accepted the invitation to come to the city because he had a keen interest in seeing first hand the place where Mother Teresa had lived and worked.

Maradona accompanied by his girl friend was greeted by the Sisters of Missionaries of Charity (MOC) and later taken to Mother Teresa''s Tomb.

A huge crowd had gathered outside the Mother House to catch a glimpse of the football great and the newly appointed coach of the Argentina national football team.


Chidambaram reviews law and order situation in West Bengal

Chidambaram reviews law and order situation in West BengalKolkata, Dec 8 : Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today reviewed the law and order situation of West Bengal in view of Mumbai terror attacks.

A high-level meeting was held at the Raj Bhavan to review the terror link of the state with the Mumbai attacks.

Chief Secretary A K Deb and Director General of Police A B Vora also attended the meeting.

This was Chidambaram''s first visit to the state after becoming the Union Home minister. (ANI)


Transport strike hits normal life in Kolkata

KolkataKolkata, Dec 10 : Commuters today faced immense problems in West Bengal after transporters called for a day long strike to protest against Section 304 of Indian Penal Code, under which bus drivers are arrested for negligence in all accident cases.

Private buses were off the roads in Kolkata in response to the strike call by Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

The commuters complained they were facing a lot of problems because of frequent strike calls.

"The taxi and all other private vehicles are charging huge sums and we are not able to reach our destinations in stipulated time," said Rana Dutta, a commuter.


Mumbai attacks: Mullen says Pak-based terror groups pose greater threat than before

Kolkata, Dec. 11 : The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has warned that in the wake of last month's terror strikes in Mumbai, Pakistan-based terrorists pose a greater global threat than was previously estimated.

Stating that the November 26-29 attacks showed that Pakistan-based groups were able to operate at a "much higher level" than previously estimated, Admiral Mullen said now more than ever, there was an urgent need for raising the quality of counter-terrorism efforts.

The Telegraph quotes the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group as saying that the US, UK and Israel is being lumped with India as enemies that should be made to suffer.


RBI to provide liquidity support to housing, export sectors

RBI to provide liquidity support to housing, export sectorsKolkata, Dec. 11 : The Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India today decided to provide liquidity support to the housing and export sectors adversely affected by the recent financial market developments.


Rizwanur case: Calcutta High Court rejects businessman Todi’s bail plea

Kolkata, Dec. 17 : The Calcutta High Court has rejected the bail plea of industrialist Ashok Todi, the main accused in the Rizwanur Rahman murder case.

Justice B P Sengupta rejected the bail application on Wednesday.

Earlier, a bench comprising of Justice Amit Talukdar and Justice P S Banerjee differed on whether to grant bail to Todi. The matter was then assigned to Justice Sengupta by Chief Justice S S Nijjar.

Justice Sengupta, in his judgement said: "As Ashok Todi is the main accused and there is a strong prima facie case against him, bail can not be granted at this stage."


Medical fraternity concerned over high infant mortality

Kolkata, Dec. 21 : Medical fraternity is concerned over the prevailing double-digit mortality rate among infants despite a decreased rate recorded over the last few years in the country.

The infant mortality rate has decreased from 68 to 57 per 1,000 births in the country. But, reports say that only 41 per cent of women deliver in hospitals and clinics, the rest still deliver at home. Consequently, one-third women and their babies are deprived of post-natal care within two days of delivery that leads to neo-natal deaths.

In India, two-and-a-half million babies die on an average before they turn five years of age. Of these, 1.25 million die in the neo-natal stage; within the first 28 days of birth.


Railway police arrest 32 Myanmar nationals in Kolkata

Kolkata, Dec 25 : Railway Police arrested 32 Myanmar nationals from Sealdah Railway station in Kolkata.

Acting on a tip off, the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Police Force (RPF) took them into custody from the station, when they were about to board a Jammu-bound train.

Police have recovered a ''Myanmar Kyat'', (a currency note of 1000) along with an Indian currency worth rupees 4700 from them.

The police are also investigating whether they have any links with the militant outfits.

Addressing the media persons, Superintendent of Police B K Mallik said that these persons have entered the state through Bangladesh border and they were supposed to go to Jammu in search of jobs. (ANI)


CBI Officer Who Handled Important Cases In Bengal Arrested

CBI sources said that the CBI officer, who investigated the Tapasi Malik murder case in Singur, was arrested, on Sunday for taking bribe from an accused in a murder case.

Partho Sarathi Bose, DSP, Special Crime Branch of CBI, was arrested in front of an electronics shop in Ultadanga, in north Kolkata, by a six-member CBI Anti Corruption branch team which had come from Delhi.

The sources said that Bose was arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from Avtar Singh,  an accused in the murder of a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officer Tarun Dutta.

A complaint was lodged this year by Singh, in December , that Bose was demanding money from him. A trap was there after laid.


Prisoners ransack and set fire to a correctional home near Kolkata

Howrah, Jan 2 : Agitated over the transfer of two fellow members, prisoners at a correctional home in West Bengal''s Howrah District vandalised and set fire to the place.

In all, 55 inmates of the Howrah Correctional Home damaged furniture, tore official papers and set fire to the premises.

The incident led to the transfer of two inmates named -- Sajjan Mallik and Rahul Mallik to the Alipore Central Jail in Kolkata.

The prisoners also reacted in this manner to protest against the inferior quality of food being served to them.

Police forces, including the Rapid Action Force (RAF) was rushed to the spot to control the situation.


Kolkata Muslims protest against Israeli air strikes

Kolkata, Jan 3 : Muslims here staged a massive demonstration to protest against Israel''s offensive in Gaza that has claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent Palestine civilians.

The demonstrators, who gathered outside Tippu Sultan''s mosque, also set the Israeli flag on fire.

Noorur Rehman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of the mosque said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi would be urged to snap bilateral ties with Israel immediately.

"We have declared Israel a terrorist nation. We will burn their diplomatic offices all over India. If the war doesn''t stop now, then their diplomatic consulates will be burnt in India and in other countries also," warned Barkati.


Kolkata auto-rickshaw operators set two buses on fire

Kolkata, Jan 3 : Two buses were reportedly set ablaze today by protesting Trinamool Congress-backed auto-rickshaw operators who were agitating against a court ban on ageing public transport vehicles in the city.

The strike turned violent with irate auto drivers vandalising a government bus at Park Circus.

The agitators turned violent, and stoned and set fire to a West Bengal Transport Corporation bus. The bus was only partially damaged as locals managed to douse the flames. No one was injured.


Nandigram by-poll begins

Nandigram by-poll beginsKolkata, Jan 5: Voting for by-poll to Nandigram assembly seat began today amidst tight security.

The polling will decide the fate of six contestants. The main contenders are Parmananda Bharati of CPI and Firoza Bibi of Trinamool Congress.

The by-poll has been necessitated after the resignation of CPI MLA Muhammad Ilyas following a sting operation exposing his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Earlier, the polling was scheduled to be held on December 30, but it was postponed due to security considerations.


19 die after drinking tainted liquor in India's Kolkata

KolkataNew Delhi - At least 19 slum dwellers died in India's eastern Kolkata city after drinking illegally brewed poisonous alcohol, news reports said Monday.

Several labourers living in two slum areas in the suburbs of the capital of the eastern West Bengal state fell ill Saturday night after drinking the illicit alcohol, IANS news agency reported.

"Three persons died on Saturday. The rest died Sunday and Monday morning,"


Dense fog disrupts air traffic in Kolkata

Dense fog disrupts air traffic in KolkataKolkata, Jan 7: A thick fog disrupted operations at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport here this morning.

According to airport sources, 27 domestic and international flights were not allowed to depart from the airport. Fifteen flights failed to land at the airport due to fog.

Flights carrying Haj pilgrims were diverted to Nagpur, as it was difficult to land at the airport at 4:30 a. m.

The general visibility dropped to 0 metres at 5:00 a. m. and it was 100 metres at 8:00 a. m., they said. (ANI)


Hospitals Refuse To Admit Patient With Burn Injuries

Hospitals Refuse To Admit Patient With Burn InjuriesKolkata: Before finally getting admission at SSKM Hospital on Tuesday, a 24-year-old woman with 90% burn injuries moved from one hospital to another for over 12 hours.

Ms Lopamudra Mitra, a resident of Dum Dum Cantonment, was found burnt at her house around 6.45 p.m. on Monday.

The victim’s relatives took her to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where she was refused admission and was referred to SSKM Hospital.

When taken to SSKM Hospital, the authorities failed to admit her due to shortage of beds at the hospital’s burn ward.


Hospitals refuse admitting burn patient

Kolkata: Hospitals refuse to admit a 28-year-old women who was over 90% burnt in a suicide attempt on Monday. Her family members had to wait for about 18 hours for her treatment. They took her to four hospitals.

A resident of Dum Dum Cantonment home, Ms. Lopamudra Mitra, tried to commit suicide in her home around 6.30pm as she was unable to bear her husband's extra-marital affair, said her relatives. Around 7 pm, she was taken to Medical College and Hospital, followed by Kothari Medical Centre and Research Institute and RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. The hospital's officials claimed that their burn wards were under-equipped.


WB Govt To Beef Up Security In Medical Colleges And Hospitals

It seems that the recent terror attacks in country’s financial capital, Mumbai, have awakened the West Bengal government. The state government has decided to brace up the security arrangements in the city-based medical college and hospitals.

After visiting the SSKM Hospital recently, state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen held a meeting with senior police officers and health department officials to sketch the security needs. The government has decided to have armed guards to man the wards of some premier city hospitals.


West Bengal Government promoting river tourism in a big way

Kolkata, Jan. 13: `Ganga Kutir' lies along the banks of the Ganga in the pastoral hamlet of Raichak-on-Ganges, about an hour and half's drive from Kolkata, West Bengal. This 12-crore property sprawling over two acres symbolizes the potential of River Tourism in the state.

It''s no wonder then, that the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation is foreseeing an investment of Rs 150 crore in the next couple of years just for promoting river tourism. The investment would go towards renovating `heritage ghats' along the Ganges as well as developing a Marina with speed boats, para-sailing and cruise boats facilities.


Binani Cement inks MoU with Gujarat Govt. to setup a Greenfield Cement Plant

Braj Binani Group cement manufacturerKolkata-based Braj Binani Group cement manufacturer, Binani Cement Ltd. has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Gujarat Government to set up a Greenfield cement plant of 2.5 MTPA capacity in the state.

The plant will manufacture Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), Pozzolona Portland Cement (PPC) in various grades. It may be noted that the production of OPC to PPC will be ordinarily 50:50.


Cordlife launched cord blood bank in Kolkata

Cordlife launched cord blood bank in KolkataThe scope of treatment with stem cells has widened over the years. Stem cells can be used in treatment of 80 diseases like heart ailments, diabetes, skin trauma, certain cancers like leukaemia and breast cancer, and blood disorders like thalassemia major.

Cordlife Ltd, a Singapore-based cord blood banking group launched the first Indian facility to store stem cells from the umbilical cord blood, which can be used to regenerate tissues of brain, heart and the like.


Thick fog disrupts normal life in Kolkata

Kolkata, Jan 15: Thick fog disrupted normal life and delayed air and rail traffic in Kolkata.

General visibility at the city airport dropped to low impermissible levels resulting in rescheduling of many flights.

Altogether 47 domestic flights could not take off while 13 flights could not land as the visibility dropped to almost zero around midnight due to fog at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport.

Many trains were also running late from their schedule timings due to the fog.

Residents, who were out for a morning walk, said that visibility was extremely poor and they could not see a person even within the walking distance.


Tapan Sinha Passes Away

Tapan Sinha Passes AwayThe common man's protagonist and master story teller, Tapan Sinha, gave in to his prolonged illness on Thursday, at the Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in south Kolkata.

Dadasaheb Phalke award winner, Sinha (84) was suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia and is survived by a son. His actress-wife Arundhuti Devi passed away in 1990.


Viswanathan Anand sees Bright future for Indian chess

Viswanathan AnandKolkata, Jan. 15 : Grand Master Viswanathan Anand has said that the future of the game of chess is bright in India with several promising young players performing well at the junior level.

He spoke highly of the young chess players in India.

"Lot of promising young people are there. We have Surya from Kolkotta. Then there is Shashi who is already in top 20 and he is India''s great vehicle. In girls we have Hampi, Tania Sachdev and Parimarjan Negi," Anand said while talking to reporters here.


Guwahati-bound plane makes emergency landing

Kolkata, Jan 17: A Jet-lite aircraft carrying 38 passengers and 8 crew members landed under emergency conditions at the Kolkata airport early on Saturday after one of its engines caught fire.

The pilot of S2 361 flight going from Kolkata to Guwahati contacted the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and sought permission to land immediately, minutes after taking off at 6:29 am.

Apparently, he had noticed the portside engine emitting smoke and fire and switched off the engine mid air to stop the fire.

Fire brigade was on standby as the aircraft landed safely two minutes after take off.

Airline sources said that the disaster was averted with the help of the pilot's presence of mind.


Kolkata takes first step towards preserving umbilical cord blood

India MapKolkata, Jan. 21 : Parents often search for the perfect gift for their children. Well, here is the opportunity to give your baby a gift of a lifetime - bank his or her cord blood at birth. This gift would ensure treatment against diseases like leukemia, Alzheimer, breast cancer, diabetes and Parkinson's for your baby in future.

Umbilical cord blood is the blood which remains in the umbilical cord after birth of the baby. It is the richest source of adult stem cells which is collected, processed and cryogenically stored for future use if required.


Netaji died in Taihoku air crash: Italian Envoy

Netaji Subhash Chandra BoseKolkata, Jan 23, : Italian Ambassador in India, Alessandro Quaroni said on Firday that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose died in 1945, in an air crash at Taihoku and therefore there is no point in undertaking further research.

Addressing the media at Subhash Chandra Bose''s ancestral house on his 113th anniversary, Quaroni said, "I personally do not see the point of research because unfortunately, the person, Netaji died, but his message lived on and still remains."


Kolkatans participate in an oil conservation walkathon

GAILKolkata, Jan. 25 : Representatives of oil companies like Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil, along with employees of the Gas Authority of India (GAIL), members of the Petroleum Conservation Researchers' Association (PCRA) and students from several schools participated in a walkathon here today.

The walk was aimed at creating awareness regarding the need to conserve oil.

According to S K Srivastava, Regional Manager, Bharat Petroleum, oil as a natural reserve was under threat of running out across the globe.

It was, therefore. necessary to use it judiciously, he added.


Kolkota celebrates Chinese New Year today

Kolkota celebrates Chinese New Year todayKolkota, Jan 26: The Chinese New Year kicked off with a majestic show at the Old China Town in Tirreti Bazaar at Kolkota.

According to the President of the Indian Chinese Association, Mr. Paul Chung, the year of the Ox, starting January 26, would be a year in which patience will play a major role. He advised against impetuosity and told to wait for the right move.

According to Chinese culture, the Ox and the Cow portray peace and patience.


Kolkata police seize huge cache of arms

Kolkata police seize huge cache of armsKolkata, Jan 27 : The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Kolkata has seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, S. N. Gupta, Deputy Inspector General (Operations) of CID said, "We have recovered around 6000 rounds of ammunition plus twelve arms of various categories, a bullet proof jacket and other equipments."

Acting on the inputs provided by a suspected illegal arms dealer Ashok Mandal, CID raided a house in city''s Baiguhati area on Sunday night and recovered a huge cache of illegal arms and ammunition.


Agitated mob ransacks liquor outlets near Kolkata

KolkataKolkata, Jan. 27 : Agitated over the death of seven people due to consumption of spurious liquor, local residents in South 24 Paragna district of West Bengal demolished several illegal liquor shops on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a large police contingent reached the spot to pacify the mob.

At least seven persons died and nearly 16 fell sick after consuming hooch (local liquer) in South 24 Paragna District near Kolkata. Most of the victims were daily wage earners and labourers.


Jamaat e Ulema Hind protests against Israeli attacks on Gaza

West BengalKolkata, Jan. 28 : The Jamaat e Ulema Hind today held a demonstration in Kolkata to protest against Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The General Secretary of the Jamaat e Ulema Hind, Siddiqullah Chowdhury, demanded severe action against former US President George Bush.

He claimed that that Bush had connived with Israel to put down Palestine. He also demanded action against Bush on his Iraq and Afghanistan policies.


India''s nuke reactors more advanced than Pak: Kakodkar

India''s nuke reactors more advanced than Pak: KakodkarKolkata, Feb 6 : Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar has asserted that India need not worry about Pakistan constructing nuclear reactors with foreign help as her nuclear reactors are far more advanced than those of Pakistan.

He revealed this during speaking an interactive session on ''Perspective on Evolving Nuclear Power Programme'' here on Thursday.

In the course of his talk, he touched upon a wide range of topics, including one whether Pakistan''s building reactors should be a cause of worry for India.


A major fire breaks out in an oil mill in Kolkata

A major fire breaks out in an oil mill in KolkataKolkata, Feb 10 : A major fire broke out in an oil mill in Kolkata this morning.

The fire broke out in the shed housing the warehouse and office of the mustard oil mill located at Posta Bazaar, one of the most congested areas of the city.

Fire brigade officials said that it took more than four hours to control the raging fire.

"We are trying our best to save the adjacent building and property. We also rescued two persons from the top floor of the building," said Bibhas Guha, Divisional Fire Officer, Kolkata.


The Statesman''s editor, publisher arrested for hurting Muslim feelings, out on bail

/London, Feb. 12 : The editor and publisher of the Kolkata-based daily The Statesman were arrested on Wednesday for "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims after they had reprinted an article from The Independent.

Ravindra Kumar, the editor of the paper, and Anand Sinha, the printer and publisher of the paper, were arrested on a complaint by a resident of Eliot Lane, Kolkata, and charged under Sections 295A (deliberate act with malicious intent to outrage religious feelings) and Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

They were produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S. S. Anand, who granted them bail.


Valentine''s Day messages are embossed on roses

Kolkata, Feb 13 : Courting couples and lovebirds here have found a new way to express their affectionate thoughts to their beloved ones on the occasion of Valentine''s Day.

Thanks to ''Feelings Expresso'', now they can have their Valentine messages embossed on a bouquet of roses.

These range from ''Love You'' messages to pictures of hearts, cupid or even personal photographs, in fact anything under the sun, all embossed on the roses.


Diarrhea Hits Kolkata Badly

Diarrhea Hits Kolkata BadlyThe death of a four year girl and 40-odd people falling ill due to an outburst of diarrhea in Tikiapara off Garden Reach in Kolkata has shaken and saddened the entire state.

It is believed that diarrhea have spread from contamination water due to the ongoing sewer line laying work in the locality.

Speaking with the media persons on this issue, Subodh Dey, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said that nearly 20 people, most of them believed to be from the slum areas have been admitted to hospital and the rest of those afflicted were being treated in private hospitals.


58 MPs file petition seeking removal of Calcutta judge

KolkataNew Delhi, Feb 20 : Fifty Eight Rajya Sabha members on Friday filed a petition before the House Chairman seeking the removal of Calcutta High Court Judge Soumitra Sen on grounds of financial misconduct.

Members of Parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), Communist Party of India
(CPI), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(AIADMK) and Janta Dal (United) submitted a petition to

House Chairman and Vice-President Hamid Ansari.


Knight Riders deny offering Ponting for trade

Knight Riders deny offering Ponting for tradeKolkata, Feb. 21: The IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders has denied that Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting was up for trade, quashing rumors that Ponting was privately shopped around to other Indian Premier League franchises.

The Age quoted a leading IPL figure as claiming that Ponting was unwanted by Kolkata this year, and that it looked to trade him to a rival franchise last month.


West Bengal Soon To Have Country’s Second NSG Hub

West Bengal Soon To Have Country’s Second NSG HubNational Security Guard (NSG) Chief J.K. Dutt on Friday met with State Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to discuss the plan for a proposed hub of the NSG in the state.

Later speaking on this with the media persons, Dutt said, “The NSG's eastern India hub will come up in West Bengal. We are looking for land and the state government is cooperating with us.”

However, the NSG Chief declined to give any other details of the meeting.


West Bengal CM shown black flags by Trinamool Congress women activists

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeKolkota, Feb 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was on Sunday shown black flags by women activists of Bidhannagar Block Trinamool Congress when he was arriving at Salt Lake stadium here to lay the foundation stone of East-West Metro Railway.

The women activists started shouting "Go Back Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee" as soon as his convoy entered the stadium.

The activists alleged that the foundation laying programme was a mere gimmick to attract voters ahead of the parliamentary election.


West Bengal EC to review Lok Sabha poll preparedness today

Kolkata, Feb 25 : The West Bengal Election Commission has called a meeting of all political parties here today to discuss Lok Sabha poll preparedness.

Issues like delimitation of constituencies and booth-wise voters list will be discussed during the meeting.

The meeting will also apprise the political parties regarding the directives issued by the Election Commission for conducting free and fair poll.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Debashis Sen will preside over the meeting. (ANI)


Martin Luther King III visits Mother Teresa's tomb

Martin Luther King III visits Mother Teresa's tombHuman rights advocate and community activist Martin Luther Kind III visited the headquarters of the Missionaries of the Charity on Thursday and prayed at the tomb of Mother Teresa.

"I am blessed that to get this opportunity to visit the place from where Mother Teresa carried out her service to humanity. World needs peace and humanity as Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi provided," Luther said.


Rs3.82 lakh rains on Kolkata street

It rained money from the 15th floor office of an engineering company on Jawaharlal Nehru Road on Wednesday evening. Bundles of Rs500, 100 and 50, adding up to Rs3.82 lakh, say the Kolkata police. Employees of an engineering company thought better of throwing away the unaccounted money than being confronted by income tax (I-T) men during a raid.

Pedestrians were taken by surprise seeing all that money rain on them. But even before the possibly greedy ones could think of touching it, a police team reached the spot and collected the money.

Kolkata police deputy commissioner (detective department) Javed Shamim, confirmed that his sleuths collected Rs 3.82 lakh from the streets and handed them over to the I-T department.


Doctors remove a bulb from lung of a four-and-half-year-old girl

Arunabha SenguptaDoctors at SSKM Hospital were successful in helping Pratima, a four-and-half-year-old girl to breathe comfortably again. She swallowed a bulb of 2mm diameter while playing outside her home 10 days back. The bulb got struck in her left bronchus - a branch of the windpipe.

Arunabha Sengupta, an associate professor at the ENT department of SSKM, said: "The bulb had got stuck in her left lung. Her condition was deteriorating fast and only surgery could save her. We had to make sure that the bulb did not break. We managed to pull it out by its filament."


Bulb removed from girl’s lung

Doctors at SSKM Hospital removed the intact glass bulb from the stomach of the four year old Pratima Aleymagar successfully.

Had the torch bulb broken inside the girl’s stomach, the glass could have caused immense damage to her organs.

Confirming the development, surgeon Arunabha Sengupta, who operated on the girl said, “Aleymagar underwent a surgery Thursday morning. The width of the bulb was 2 mm and it was struck so tightly inside the left bronchia that the slightest pressure would have led to her death.”

On Feb 16, Aleymagar had swallowed a 2 mm X 1 mm bulb while playing at her residence in Narendrapur town in South 24 Parganas district.


Trinamool defeats CPM in Bishanpur assembly by poll

Communist Party of India-MarxistKolkata, Mar 1 : Giving a fresh jolt to the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress on Sunday wrested the Bishanpur (West) assembly seat from the Left Front by a huge margin in a byelection.

The bypoll was held on February 26, in which 82 percent voters cast their votes.

Madan Mitra of the Trinamool Congress Secured 85,335 votes and he defeated his CPM rival Iskandar Hossain by 30,395 votes.


Rising prices deter gold buyers in Kolkata

Rising prices deter gold buyers in KolkataKolkata, Mar 2 : The rising gold prices have proved a deterrent to buyers of ornaments in Kolkata.

A four-day matrimonial fair saw people from all over the city thronging the venue to buy gold, but the high prices left the people disappointed.

"The global slowdown has become a big problem. It is a problem for middle class families like us. We are forced to cut down our budget because of the price hike in gold which is an important element of our weddings," said Arindam Day, a customer.


Political activities firm up as Election Commission announces polls

Political activities firm up as Election Commission announces pollsJangipur/Kolkata/Patna/Jammu, Mar 3 : Political parleys began in earnest as the Election Commission announced dates for April-May general elections.

Congress said that talks were on with Trinamool Congress in West Bengal for a poll pact.

"We have discussed on poll alliance. The discussion was fruitful and productive. The matter will be finalised in full detail by the All India Congress Committee in Delhi," said Pranab Mukherjee, senior Congress leader and External Affairs Minister in Jangipur.


Shonar Bangla at Taj!

They say a Bengali is born to eat and the maximum time of his eating-out plans is spent 'fishing' out authentic fish in the menu card of restaurants (if he is not in Kolkata). But the question which bawls out every time he puts a morsel in his mouth is where to find authentic bangali khaabaar (Bengali meal) in Pune? So, if you are a foodie, who loves to satiate his appetite for food from the eastern corner of India or a Bengali sauntering around for a bite of some traditional Bengali meal, then go no more vying for such a restaurant because Taj Blue Diamond has come up with the best bait for you. Taj's Coffee Shop is hosting a Bengali food festival which boasts of not only an elaborate menu card but also true-to-it's-name taste.


Aishwarya Rai shoots for her ensuing movie ''Ravana'' near Kolkata

Aishwarya Rai shoots for her ensuing movie ''Ravana'' near KolkataAgarpara/Vedic village resort (WB), Mar 6: Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is busy as a bee shooting for her upcoming movie ''Ravana'' at Agarpara, a suburb on outskirts of Kolkata.

The actress has been shooting for this movie here since February 17 while her husband Abhishek Bachchan too has joined the sets recently.

The shooting is expected to continue till mid-March.


Kolkata Welcomes Aishwarya & Abhishek Bachchan As ‘Bau’ and Son

Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek BachchanKolkata has just found a new Bahu . When earlier this week he landed in Kolkata for the shooting of Mani Ratnam’s film (tentatively titled Raavan) Abhishek Bachchan got the welcome of a prodigal son . Abhishek’s father is regarded as Bengal’s Jamai Babu , as Jaya Bachchan happens to be Bengali.

A few years ago when father and son Bachchan were shooting simultaneously in Kolkata the senior AB had said, “Earlier they cheered for me. Now they cheer for my son.”


Political brickbatting on the rise as general elections near

Political brickbatting on the rise as general elections nearKolkata/New Delhi, Mar 7 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has blamed the Central Government for what they termed as a failure to check flow of illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

Addressing a election rally in Kolkata, BJP prime ministerial candidate L. K. Advani said, "Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants enter West Bengal from Bangladesh and even the Supreme Court has said that what is happening in the eastern part is nothing less than external aggression and because this government abolished laws that deftly handle it, all this is getting encouraged."


Slum children in Kolkata inspired after watching ''Slumdog Millionaire''

Kolkata, Mar 9: Over 500 children from slums here were treated to a special screening of the Oscar winning movie ''Slumdog Millionaire''.

Coming out of the theatre, the kids said the story of Jamal, an orphaned and poor kid, who eventually becomes a millionaire overnight after winning a television quiz show, inspired them that they too should not take slum life for granted.

"We really like the film because the boy who performs the role of a slum kid is just like us and stays in slum in real life too. We have learnt that we can also progress in life despite coming from a humble background," said Pooja Singh.


Kolkata students celebrate Holi, sing Tagore''s songs

Kolkata students celebrate Holi, sing Tagore''s songsKolkata, Mar 10 : Students and teachers of Rabindra Bharati University celebrated Holi with great fervour and enthusiasm.

Dancing to the tune of Tagore''s song, they applied colour on each other in the true spirit of festival of colours.

At Rabindra Bharati University, they follow the concept of Holi introduced by Rabindranath Tagore.


GJM holds talks with BJP regarding Darjeeling seat

 GJM holds talks with BJP regarding Darjeeling seatKolkota, Mar 10 : The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), on Wednesday, said that it was not contesting from West Bengal''s Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat and was holding talks with the Bharatiya Janata Party to support its party candidates there.

GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said, "We have decided not to field candidate for the Lok Sabha seat in Darjeeling, but will support a party which will take up the cause of Gorkhaland which is a 100-year-old demand and related to our identity," Giri said.


Allahabad Bank plans to raise Rs 1000 crore through bonds

Allahabad Bank plans to raise Rs 1000 crore through bondsKolkata-based public sector lender Allahabad Bank has plans to raise Rs 1,000 crore through bonds by this month end.

Out of total proposed amount, the bank intends to raise Rs 900 crore through tier-II bonds and Rs 100 crore through tier-I bonds.

According to sources, capital worth Rs 900 crore would be raise through Rs 500 crore by way of upper tier-II bonds and Rs 400 crore through subordinated bonds in the lower tier-II category.


Tooth Successfully Removed From Man’s Right Lung

Tooth Successfully Removed From Man’s Right LungDoctors of the ENT department of a government hospital, on Tuesday, successfully removed a molar tooth from the lung of a 65-year-old man.

Dr. R. Hasda, one of the surgeons who operated on the man, said that Mr. Rajendra Prasad Gupta, a resident of Garulia in North 24-Parganas, gulped a loose molar mistakenly three years back, and it got stuck in the in the right bronchus.

The doctor said, “He started having respiratory problems following that. He also suffered from recurrent chest infection.”


India a safe country to play in: Ganguly

India a safe country to play in: GangulyKolkata, Mar. 12 : Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today said that as far as he was concerned India was a safe country to play in and was hopeful that the second edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL) would take place without any problems.

On the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls coinciding with IPL fixtures, Ganguly said it was for the Home Ministry and the IPL authorities to take a decision regarding dates if required.


BJP revives Ram temple building plan ahead of polls

BJP revives Ram temple building plan ahead of pollsKolkata/Bengaluru, Mar 15 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that it would construct a Ram temple in Ayodhya that has been a flashpoint of tension between both Hindus and Muslims for years.

Denying that the party had put the controversial proposal on the backburner, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that his outfit would make a new law to facilitate construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya if voted to power.


Election Commission to review poll preparedness in Kolkata today

Election Commission to review poll preparedness in Kolkata todayKolkata, Mar 19 : Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswami and two Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and S Y Quraishi will review the poll preparedness for the coming Lok Sabha polls here today.

The team, who arrived here last evening, will also interact with senior officials in the state.

On Friday, the Commission will conduct similar exercise in Orissa.

The team will arrive in the capital on Saturday.


Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee escapes unhurt in accident

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee escapes unhurt in accidentKolkata, March 19 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee''s escaped unhurt in an accident on Thursday after the police pushed a person who drove his two-wheeler into Bhattacharjee''s convoy.

Bhattacharjee was heading towards the state secretariat from his 59A Palm Avenue residence in the southern part of Kolkata.

The person is being interrogated at the Park Street police station. His motorbike has also been seized.

The police has ruled out the possibility of an attack on the Chief Minister.


Mukherjee hopes Trinamool-Congress alliance will get people''s support

Mukherjee hopes Trinamool-Congress alliance will get people''s supportKolkata, Mar 22 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee hopes of popular mandate in the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha.

After meeting with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee here on Saturday, Mukherjee asserted that the people of West Bengal would give their support to the alliance in the parliamentary elections.


Sister Prema chosen as the new head of Missionaries of Charity

Mother TeresaKolkata, March 26 : German-born Sister Mary Prema has been elected as the new superior general of the Missionaries of Charity (MC), the congregation founded by Mother Teresa in Kolkata.

The German-born nun replaces Sister Nirmala Joshi, who was re-elected for a third time on March 13 and has led the congregation since 1997, after the death of Mother Teresa.

According to the headquarters of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, the nuns were keen to re-elect Sister Nirmala, but she requested to be relieved from her duties due to ill health.


British Airways suspends its Kolkata-London direct service

British AirwaysBritish Airways authorities Sunday onwards suspended its direct services from Kolkata to London - practically applying its last year announcement - saying that the route was not making adequate profit! Coincidentally, the same day, Air India resumed its October 2008-suspended service on the Kolkata-London route, via Delhi.

With the last British Airways flight taking off at around 5 a. m. from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, the carrier's thrice a week service, direct form Kolkata to Heathrow Airport in London, has been scrapped.


Kolkata artists support wall graffiti despite ban by election commissions

Kolkata artists support wall graffiti despite ban by election commissionsKolkata, Mar 30 : Despite a ban by the Election Commission of India on using wall graffiti as a medium of campaigning for the upcoming general elections, locals as well as artists in West Bengal support the cause.

The artists said they found their creative expression in it. Some of them take leave from their usual work to enjoy doing something creative with different colours.


Sex workers in Kolkata seek social status

Sex workers in Kolkata seek social status Kolkata, Mar 30 : Sex workers in Kolkata have geared up to pressurise political parties for recognition of their profession and acceptance in society.

In the red light district of Sonagachi, which falls under the North Kolkata Constituency, the sex workers under the banner of Durbar Mahila Samanya Committee have placed a charter of demands before each political party of West Bengal in the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha.

The main demand of these workers is application of labour rights for their profession.


Prime Minister Dr. Singh should debate with Advani, says Arun Shourie

 Prime Minister Dr. Singh should debate with Advani, says Arun ShourieKolkata, March 30 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Shourie on Monday said that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh should not hesitate from joining BJP leader L. K. Advani in a public debate.

The public would know the ability of the person who deserves to be their prime minister, said Arun Shourie, who was here to participate in an interactive session organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.


Tata Motors-UBI tie-up for retail finance of passenger vehicles

Tata Motors-UBI tie-up for retail finance of passenger vehicles According to a tie-up between Tata Motors and United Bank of India (UBI), the public sector lender will extend retail finance facility to customers purchasing the passenger vehicles of the bigwig automaker.


Mamata Banerjee says she will never ride a Nano

Mamata Banerjee says she will never ride a NanoKolkata, Apr. 3 : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has said that she will not ride Tata's Nano car because it was "manufactured with the people''s blood."

"I will not ride the Nano which has been manufactured with the people''s blood," Banerjee said in Kolkata.

Mamta's party's anti-land acquisition agitation led to the shifting of Tata''s Nano manufacturing factory from West Bengal.

When asked if she would ever ride the Nano, she said, "It is my choice in which car I travel."


Kolkata fashion show remembers Mumbai terror attacks

Kolkata fashion show remembers Mumbai terror attacksKolkata, Apr 4: Fashion designer Narendra Kumar showcased his collections inspired by the gloomy days during the last year''s Mumbai terror attacks at the ongoing Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW).

According to the designer, his superb black and white collection was dedicated to the victims who lost their lives in the terror attack.


Designer Anjana Bhargava showcases her ensemble in Kolkata

Designer Anjana Bhargava showcases her ensemble in KolkataKolkata, Apr. 4 : A saturday afternoon crowd at the Kolkata Fashion Week was treated to a stunning collection from designer Anjana Bhargava.

Bhargava presented modern clothes, immensely wearable, in silk, pashmina, chiffon and wool. Mainly in molten brown, the collection won great appreciation from the audience.

The glamour quotient was added by video jockey Anoushka, who was Bhargava''s show stopper for the collection.


Bipasha Basu dazzles at Kolkata fashion week

Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu Kolkata, Apr 5 : Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu on Saturday walked ramp on the third day of ongoing Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW) here.

Basu, dressed as quintessential Bengali bride, stole the show with her showstopper act for fashion designer duo Mona-Pali."What I love about this particular outfit tonight is it has the essence of our culture. At the same time it is very modern. It is for the modern Indian women. We are using the artistry, which is from our roots, but at the same time we are presenting the Indian women in various shades. I am very happy with the kind of work people are doing," Basu said.


Bips Sizzles At Kolkata Fashion Week!

Bips Sizzles At Kolkata Fashion Week!It’s the time for fashion shows, when designers reveal their majestic collections, and people get their share of amusement through the artistic outfits unveiled, or through the stunning beauties walking down the ramp.

It's a joyous experience in itself, isn't it?

But rare are the chances when audiences get to see what can be the expected the least.

Besides the gorgeous models, who walked the ramp for fashion designer pair, Mona-Pali at the ongoing Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW), the event also had someone very special.


RCom launches high-speed wireless broadband facility in Kolkata

Reliance CommunicationsAnil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company Reliance Communications on Monday launched its high-speed wireless broadband services in Kolkata.

The company claims that newly launched service is Country's fastest internet service with a peak downlink speed of upto 3.1 Mbps and an uplink speed of up to 1.8 Mbps. The company will deliver the services on its CDMA platform.

The company has launched multiple subscription plans for its wireless broadband service ranging from a monthly rental of Rs 299 to Rs 1,750. In addition, the company will take Rs 3,500 as one time cost for USB modem separately.


Environmental concern helps West Bengal’s jute industry thrive

Environmental concern helps West Bengal’s jute industry thriveKolkata, April 9 : World environmental concerns have come as a bonus for the ailing jute industry in West Bengal.

The eco-friendly `golden fibre' is finally finding its place in the limelight with the growing popularity of diversified jute goods.


Allahabad Bank Launches Gold Coins; Eyes Over 20% Growth In 2009-10

Allahabad Bank Launches Gold Coins; Eyes Over 20% Growth In 2009-10On the eve of entering its 145th year of service, Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank, has made announcement about the retail selling of gold coins publicly.

The public sector lender said that it will shortly launch the scheme in other areas.

While speaking to media persons, Mr. KR Kamath, Allahabad Bank Chairman & Managing Director, stated that at first, the coins will be available in denominations of four (4), eight (8) and ten (10) grams in select core banking solutions branches of the bank.


Allahabad Bank posts 18% deposits and advance growth in 2008-09; projects over 20% growth in 2010

Allahabad Bank posts 18% deposits and advance growth in 2008-09; projects over 20% growth in 2010On the sidelines of a press conference in Kolkata, the city-based Allahabad Bank’s Chairman and Managing Director, K R Kamath, said that the public sector lender has posted an 18 percent year-on-year growth in deposits and advances in 2008-09.

Kamath informed reporters that out of the bank’s total business of Rs 1.44 lakh crore as on March 31, 2009, deposits account for Rs 84,865 crore, while advances comprise Rs 59,177 crore.


Cease-fire in Sri Lanka''s no-fire zone should continue: Mukherjee

Cease-fire in Sri Lanka''s no-fire zone should continue: MukherjeeKolkata, Apr. 17 : The Government of India is clear that the cease-fire in the "No Fire" zone in Sri Lanka should continue in the interests of the Tamil citizens of that country, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here today.


Slogan war between different political parties in West Bengal

Slogan war between different political parties in West BengalKolkata, Apr 16 : Different political parties in West Bengal evolve and churn out innovative, hard-hitting and impressive slogans to woo the voters as the key to their election campaigning.

The resounding cry of ''Vande Mataram'' (homage to motherland) or ''Inquilaab Zindabad'' (long live workers'' revolution) has the power to activate the adrenalin in one and all.


Kolkata protest against school fee hike

Kolkata protest against school fee hikeKolkata, Apr 20 : Students of various private schools and their guardians protested against an unprecedented fee hike in Kolkata.

The protesters were out on the streets to block traffic in the city and demonstrate against the 50 to 80 per cent hike in tuition fee.

Students of St. Anthony, St. Aloysious, St. Paul''s, Don Bosco, St. Mary, and St. Loyola formed a human chain and blocked traffic for nearly an hour, demanding a roll back.

They are unhappy because they were not informed in advance regarding the fee hike.


Pranab Mukherjee, Mamta Banerjee jointly criticise left parties

Pranab Mukherjee, Mamta Banerjee jointly criticise left partiesKolkata, Apr. 20: In a move to could indicate future Trinamool Congress alliance with Congress, party chief Mamata Banerjee and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee and Trinamool Congress have shared a platform for the first time.

Addressing an election rally Dinajpur region of West Bengal, both the leaders harshly criticized ruling left parties.


Mayawati urges electorate to vote for BSP

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Kolkata, Apr. 21 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday urged the people to vote for her party to form a BSP Government at the Centre.

"The BSP is contesting in almost every seats. The party did not make any electoral tie up with any party. Now, people can vote for the BSP candidates," Mayawati said while addressing an election rally here.


Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, CPI (M) rival file their nominations

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, CPI (M) rival file their nominationsKolkata, Apr. 22: Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination for the South Kolkata parliamentary constituency on Wednesday.

Her main CPI (M) opponent, Rabin Deb also filed his nomination today.

Banerjee declared total assets of Rs. 4, 73, 193.56, including Rs. 28322 in cash and three bank deposits of Rs. 74, 589.85, Rs. 29,


Two CPI (M) leaders shot dead in West Bengal

Two CPI (M) leaders shot dead in West BengalKolkata, Apr 24 : Suspected Maoists have shot dead two local CPI (M) leaders at Supurdih village in Balarampur area, about 40 from Purulia in West Bengal, on Thursday night.

Both identified as Bibhuti Singh Sardar and Baikuntha Mahato. The incident took place when both were retuning from fair and some motorcycle-borne persons shot at them.

According to the police, both died on the spot.

A 12-hour shutdown has been called by the CPI (M) in protest against the incident in Balarampur on Friday.


India want protection, safe passage for civilian Tamils: Anand Sharma

 India want protection, safe passage for civilian Tamils: Anand SharmaKolkata, Apr 24 : Congress leader and Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma on Friday said that India wanted protection and safe passage only for civilian Tamils in Sri Lanka and not the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sharma further said that while it was imperative that the Sri Lankan government paid heed to India's request regarding the safety of civilians, it was also important for the LTTE to allow safe passage to civilians.


Don't have enough experience to be PM: Rahul Gandhi

Don't have enough experience to be PM: Rahul GandhiKolkata, Apr 25 : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that if asked, he would refuse to take up the Prime Ministership as he does not have adequate "experience" to hold the post right now.

Addressing a press conference here along with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the 39-year-old leader said, "Now ... I would refuse. I do not think I have the experience to be the Prime Minister of the country right now."


SSKM Hospital Performs State’s First-Ever Liver Transplant

liver transplantA successful liver transplant operation has been carried out on Roushan, a seven-month-old baby girl, at the state-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata, on Friday.

According to reports, this was the first time that a transplant operation was performed in the eastern part of the country.

The infant's father Rajab Ali, a mason from Burdwan district, donated a portion of his liver to save the baby.

The hospital functionaries said that the baby was suffering a serious liver problem from the very first day of her life.

Liver transplantation was the only way through her life could be saved.


Shantha Biotechnics To Roll Out Bivalent Oral Cholera Vaccine ‘Shanchol’

Shantha BiotechnicsShantha Biotechnics, a pioneer in the biotechnology field, has made announcement about the launching of its bivalent oral cholera vaccine, 'Shanchol'.

Shanchol, which is believed to the first of its kind in the world, will be launched on Sunday during a two-day seminar on Continuous Medical Education (CME) of National Infectious Diseases organized by Indian Academy of Pediatrics at Kolkata.


Rahul Gandhi blames LTTE for father’s assassination

Rahul Gandhi blames LTTE for father’s assassinationKolkata, Apr 25: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assissination.

"The LTTE is banned. It is a terrorist organisation personally responsible for killing my father," Rahul said during a `Meet the Press' programme here.

When asked about the Sri Lankan crisis, Rahul Gandhi said India is concerned about the plight of Tamil civilians.


Rahul Gandhi describes Bofors allegations a complete lie

Rahul Gandhi describes Bofors allegations a complete lieKolkata, Apr 25: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Bofors allegations against his family are a complete lie.

"I don't appreciate terminology that you stand on a pile of rubbish. That''''s not a nice word, but Bofors allegations against my family are a complete lie" Gandhi told reporters here.

When asked if he would apologies for the Bofors kickbacks rows, Gandhi said there was nothing to apologies for.


Election Commissioner to review poll preparedness in Kolkata today

Election Commissioner to review poll preparedness in Kolkata todayKolkata, Apr 28 : Election Commissioner V. S. Sampat and his Deputy R. Balakrishnan will review the poll preparedness for the coming Lok Sabha polls here today.

During their visit, the team will conduct video conference with the district administration of Maoist infested Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapur districts.

Besides, the Commission will also interact with the state administration and representative of political parties.


Onus to rejoin NDA on Mamata Banerjee: Advani

Onus to rejoin NDA on Mamata Banerjee: AdvaniKolkata, Apr 29: The Bharatiya Janata Party''s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, L K Advani, on Wednesday laid the onus on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to choose between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Talking to reporters at the airport after arriving in the city to campaign for the elections, Advani said, "Mamata has to decide whether she wants to join the NDA or stay with the Congress."

Advani clarified that the decision to leave the NDA and join hands with the Congress was solely taken by Banerjee.


SREI to raise Rs 1000 crore through NCDs

SREI Infrastructure Finance LtdKolkata-based SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd has informed that board of directors of the company at its meeting held on April 29, 2009, has decided to raise upto a maximum of Rs 1,000 Crore through public issue of non convertible debentures (NCDs), in one or more tranches.

The funds will be used by the company to meet its long term working capital needs and other general corporate purposes.

Further, the board has also authorized committee of directors of the company to decide on the terms including size, coupon rate, timing etc. of the proposed NCDs.


Kolkata sex workers take out torch rally on May Day

Kolkata sex workers take out torch rally on May DayKolkata, May 1 : Sex workers in Sonagachi, Kolkata''s biggest red light area, took out a torch rally on Friday seeking legalization of their profession.

The torch rally was organised under the aegis of a self-help group, dedicated to the cause of sex workers.

"''May Day'' means ''Labour Day''. Sex workers are labours. It should be looked like profession and not in any other way. So, we took out a rally on ''Labour Day''," said Bharati De, programme coordinator, the Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee, a self-help group.


Communists hail May Day in Kolkata

Communists hail May Day in KolkataKolkata, May 1: Trade Union activists, Communist Party cadres and hosts of workers observed May Day also known as the International Workers'' Day here on Friday.

To mark the occasion, they paid homage to the valiant workers who laid down their lives fighting for workers'' rights.

The party cadres better known as comrades, offered the ''Lal Salaam'' and also raised slogans for the ''workers of the world to unite''.


CPIM helping BJP by dividing secular votes: PM

CPIM helping BJP by dividing secular votes: PMKolkata, May 1: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of indirectly helping the Bharatiya Janata Party by dividing secular votes with opposition to Congress party.

"In one way, the CPM and its allies even today are helping the BJP. By opposing the UPA and Congress, they are dividing the secular votes, which can help the BJP," Dr. Singh said during an election rally in Kolkata.


Election Commission orders repoll on six booths in West Bengal

Election Commission orders repoll on six booths in West BengalKolkata, May 2: The Election Commission on Saturday ordered repolling on six booths-- two each in Jhargram, Bishnupur and Darjeeling Lok Sabha seats on Sunday.

However, the Election Commission did not agreed to the demand by Opposition parties to conduct repoll also in the Keshpur Assembly segment where widespread rigging was alleged.


Repolling underway in West Bengal

Repolling underway in West BengalKolkata, May 3 : Repolling is underway in six booths spread across three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal on Sunday.

Of the six booths, two are located under the Jhargram Parliamentary constituency, two under the Bishnupur Parliamentary constituency and another two under the Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency.


CPI (M) calls for alternative anti-terror policy

CPI (M) calls for alternative anti-terror policyKolkata, May. 4: CPI (M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury has called for an alternative anti-terror policy, which can be attained only by a non-Congress and non-BJP coalition.

"An alternative policy direction is needed and that is possible only through a non-Congress and non-BJP political formation and it is this formation we want after the elections," Yechury told reporters in Kolkata.

Pointing out that both parties did little to fight terror after showing initial concerns, Yechury demanded a shift in nation's anti-terror policy and foreign policy.


Hooch death toll set to rise in West Bengal

Hooch death toll set to rise in West BengalTamluk (Kolkata), May 6 : The death toll in the hooch tragedy in West Bengal is rising as more and more people fell ill.

Unofficial reports say at least 24 people have died in Tamluk region while another 100 people are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. But officials said only 11 died and 30 were hospitalized.

Debashish Sen, Chief Electoral Officer demanded immediate action to stop people from consuming spurious liquor.


Mamata warns Congress to choose between TMC or Left

Mamata warns Congress to choose between TMC or LeftKolkata, May 6 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) President Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sent out an ultimatum to Congress party to chose between TMC and Left in West Bengal.

The warning came after AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi told newspersons on Tuesday that the Congress could consider a post-poll alliance with Left parties if they have enough numbers.

Senior Congress leader and the party's media cell chief, Veerappa Moily, however, said: "We won't form any alliance that is against the TMC."


Rahul praising Nitish indicates Cong’s losing battle: Heptullah

Rahul praising Nitish indicates Cong’s losing battle: HeptullahKolkata, May 6: BJP leader Najma Heptullah on Wednesday said that Rahul Gandhi''s new found admiration for NDA ally Nitish Kumar is a clear indication that the Congress party is losing the Lok Sabha elections.

"That Congress leader Rahul Gandhi sought to reach out to NDA partners like Nitish Kumar, and praised him for development (of Bihar), is a clear indication that they are losing the elections," BJP leader Najma Heptullah told reporters at a press conference.


CBI arrests CRPF IG in recruitment scam

CBI collects specimen signatures of Satyam accusedKolkata, May 6 : The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday arrested an Inspector General of the CRPF along with a commandant of the force for alleged corruption and bungling in the recruitment of personnel for the anti-naxal force COBRA.

According to sources, the CBI made several arrests after conducting searches at 20 locations spread across Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in connection with the scam.


Congress in damage control mode over Mamata

Congress in damage control mode over MamataKolkata, May 6: After angering Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee with pro-Left comment by Rahul Gandhi at his press conference in New Delhi yesterday, Congress party has come under damage control mode.

Party''s media department chairperson M Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said that Congress alliance with Trinamool Congress was "very precious," and "we will not do anything to undermine it".


RJD, LJP ‘insulted’ Congress: Moily

RJD, LJP ‘insulted’ Congress: MoilyKolkata, May 8: Congress spokesman Veerappa Moily took his party's spat with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Lok Janshakti Party to another level on Friday when he accused coalition partners of "insulting" the Congress over seat-sharing in Bihar.

"We should be more angry. We never wronged them. It''s only Paswan and Laluji for reasons best known to them, they left us only two seats," Moily said.


Advani slams UPA govt. policy on Nepal, Sri Lanka

Advani slams UPA govt. policy on Nepal, Sri LankaKolkata/Jalandhar, May 9 : Senior Bharatiya Janata (BJP) leader LK Advani has pulled the incumbent UPA government up over its polices towards Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Terming the United Progressive Alliance as opportunist, Advani came down heavily on current Indian foreign policy initiatives.

"The problem, which arose due to the wrong foreign policy of this opportunist government in Nepal. The same thing has been repeated in Sri Lanka. Just go and see how Tamils in Tamil Nadu are aggrieved by this," he said at a public rally in Kolkata on Friday.


Repolling underway in Rajasthan, WB and Bihar

Repolling underway in Rajasthan, WB and BiharJaipur/Kolkata/Patna, May 10 : Repolling is taking place amidst tight security at 60 booths in Rajasthan, 15 in West Bengal and six in Bihar on Sunday.

The repolling began at 7:00 a. m.

The Election Commission had ordered repolling in the state on different grounds such as damage to EVMs and complaints of large scale booth capturing on May 7.


Pro- Nepal Maoist group holds street protest in Kolkata

Pro- Nepal Maoist group holds street protest in KolkataFKolkata, May 11 : Activists of the All India Nepalese Unity Forum (AINUF), a pro-Nepal Maoist group, took to the streets in Kolkata on Sunday to protest the reinstatement of army chief General Rookmangud Katwal by Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav.

General Katwal was sacked by Nepal''s Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda.

Prachanda resigned after President Ram Baran Yadav blocked his decision to sack the army chief, leading to an eruption of protests by Prachanda''s

supporters.


Congress-led coalition will form govt, says Mamata Banerjee

Congress-led coalition will form govt, says Mamata BanerjeeKolkata/Shimla, May 11: Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief Mamata Banerjee has expressed confidence that the Congress-led coalition will form government without Communists'' support.

Addressing a news conference here on Sunday, Banerjee said, "Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance will remain strong. Congress will form the government without the help of the Left parties."

Banerjee was reportedly upset after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had expressed hopes of forging a post-poll alliance with the Left Front.


Congress-led coalition will form govt, says Mamata Banerjee

Congress-led coalition will form govt, says Mamata BanerjeeKolkata/Shimla, May 11 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief Mamata Banerjee has expressed confidence that the Congress-led coalition will form government without Communists'' support.

Addressing a news conference here on Sunday, Banerjee said, "Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance will remain strong. Congress will form the government without the help of the Left parties."

Banerjee was reportedly upset after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had expressed hopes of forging a post-poll alliance with the Left Front.


Left to join govt. if it plays meaningful role: Buddhadeb

Left to join govt. if it plays meaningful role: BuddhadebKolkata, May 11: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday said the Left would join the government if it can play a meaningful role in policy making and implementation.

Addressing at the ''meet the press'' programme here, he said, "We are trying to form a Third Front Government at the Centre with like-minded secular and democratic parties and the Left will play a meaningful role in it."


Left parties don't consider Congress as untouchable : Buddhadeb

Left parties don''t consider Congress as untouchable : BuddhadebKolkata, May 11: West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday said the Left parties did not consider Congress party "untouchable". But they were working to form a Third Front government at the Centre and might join it if they could play any meaningful role in it.

Addressing media men in ''meet the press'' programme here, Buddhadeb spoke on the role the Left parties are likely to play in the formation of the government at the centre.


Left parties not to support Congress-led Government

Left parties not to support Congress-led GovernmentKolkata, May 14: Forward Bloc General Secretary Ashok Ghosh on Thursday said that the Left parties would not support a Congress-led Government at the Centre.

"In no circumstances will the four Left parties - the CPM, the Communist Party of India (CPI), Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) will support a Congress-led government at the Centre from outside. If necessary, we will sit in the opposition. This is our decision," Ashok Ghosh told reporters here.


Left takes a hit in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance leading

Left takes a hit in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance leadingKolkata, May 16 : For the first time in nearly three decades, the Left bastion in West Bengal has been cracked.

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress and the Pranab Mukherjee-led Congress are together leading in 11 of the 15 Lok Sabha constituencies for which trends were available on Saturday morning.

External Affairs Minister and WBPCC chief Pranab Mukherjee is leading in the Jangipur constituency over CPI(M) candidate Mriganka Bhattacharya.


West Bengal railway staff rescue over 1000 turtles from smugglers

West Bengal railway staff rescue over 1000 turtles from smugglersKolkata, May 16 : Railway staff has rescued over 1000 turtles from smugglers at the Howrah Railway station. It has handed over the turtles to the forest department.

The live turtles were kept inside a parcel box. Their movement attracted the notice of the railway police.


W.Bengal poll verdict is vote against Left: Mamata Banerjee

 W.Bengal poll verdict is vote against Left: Mamata BanerjeeKolkata, May 16: Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that the verdict in the 2009 general elections in West Bengal was a vote against the continuance of Left rule.

Thanking the people of Bengal for their support and for coming out and voting "despite atrocities by the CPI(M)", she said the people had shown support for change in the state.


Four injured in CPI (M), Trinamool clash in Birbhum District

Four injured in CPI (M), Trinamool clash in Birbhum DistrictKolkata, May 16 : Four persons were injured and several vehicles were set on fire as CPI(M) cadres clashed with Trinamool workers in Siuri in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

The clash took place after Shatabdi Roy of Trinamul Congress was declared winner in the Birbhum Lok Sabha constituency. She defeated Braja Mukherjee of the CPI(M).


Kingfisher launches Kolkata-Dhaka flight

Kingfisher launches Kolkata-Dhaka flightVijay Mallya - led private air-carrier Kingfisher Airlines has announced that it has rolled out daily direct flight between Kolkata and Dhaka.

The airline authorities said that flights connecting Kolkata and Dhaka will be operated using the twin-turboprop ATR aircraft under company's low-fare Kingfisher Red service, though with several of Kingfishers in-flight services.


West Bengal CM to skip CPI (M) politburo meet on Monday

West Bengal Chief Minister and Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPM) stalwart Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Kolkata, May 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is likely to skip the CPI (M) politburo meeting on Monday in Delhi.

The reason for the West Bengal Chief Minister skipping the politburo meeting is that he wants to "oversee the law and order situation in the state".


Mamata Banerjee wants early Assembly polls in West Bengal Home

Mamata BanerjeeKolkata, May 17 : Having registered a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee on Saturday demanded an early Assembly elections in the State.

Mamta says the latest election results show that people of the State do not have any confidence in Communist Party of India (Marxist) led front here.

Expressing gratitude to people for their support, Mamta said that she salutes them for the way they fought against CPI-M terror and exercised their franchise. She dedicated her party's victory to the people.


Man Quarantined In Kolkata With Swine Flu Symptoms

Man Quarantined In Kolkata With Swine Flu Symptoms A man, who came on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Kolkata in the morning, was admitted to the Beliaghata ID Hospital at Beliaghata with suspected swine flu symptoms.

The health authorities at the Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport quarantined Shyamal Sarkar (35), a resident of Ranaghat, Gosainagar, for suspected symptoms of H1N1 influenza on Wednesday.


Campaign against cyber crime in Kolkata

Campaign against cyber crime in KolkataKolkata, May 22 : In order to tackle cyber crime, the Kolkata police joined hands with the Public Relations Society of India, Kolkata Chapter and Calcutta Telephones and organised a workshop here to spread awareness about cyber security.

Cyber crime still remains a vague phenomenon for most Internet users, as they are not aware as to what actually constitutes cyber crime and what laws are against it.

Most cases of cyber crime also go unreported because of the strong inhibitions amongst Internet users especially children and teenagers.


Two Hospitalized In Kolkata With Suspected Swine Flu

Swine FluAfter reporting swine flu symptoms at the medical screening unit of the NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata, two (2) passengers were admitted to the Infectious Disease (ID) Hospital on Saturday.

Mr. Sujit Bakshi, Additional General Manager (Medical), made this announcement.

According to reports, Ramen Banerjee (47) and Krishna Shaw (23) landed at Kolkata airport at 10.40 am from a Jet Airways flight from Bangkok.

Shaw is a residence of Ichhapur in North 24 Parganas, where Chatterjee is a residence of Rajarhat near Salt Lake.


Buddhadeb visits cyclone relief camps

KolkataKolkata, May 26 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday visited cyclone relief camps in Nimpith in South 24 Parganas, the area worst hit by `Cyclone Alia''.

Bhattacharjee talked to people who have taken shelter in the relief camp.

About 24000 people have been rendered homeless in South 24 Parganas district.

The cyclone-affected victims have been provided with dry food.

The district administration has set up about 100 relief camps across the disaster zone and launched relief and rescue operations at the block level.


Cyclone toll rises to 45, Rescue operations begin

West BengalKolkata, May 26 : The death toll due to cyclone ''Aila'', which ran havoc across the state rose to 45 today.

20 deaths were reported from South 24 Parganas district, followed by eight in North 24 Parganas, six each in Kolkata and Howrah, three in Birbhum and one each in Bankura and Malda.

Rescue and relief operations are being carried out in Sandeshkhali and Kultali of North and South 24 Parganas districts.

Army has taken up rescue operations in Hingalganj in North 24 Parganas and Gosaba, Patharpratima and Sagardwip areas in South 24 Parganas


Mamata Banerjee announces special monthly railway pass for the poor

Mamata Banerjee announces special monthly railway pass for the poorKolkata, May 26: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a special monthly pass for the poor, enabling them to travel 100 km for just Rs 20.

Those earning below Rs 500 per month can avail of this facility,Banerjee said.

Indian Railways would also extend full cooperation and assistance to all passengers stranded across various railway stations in North India due to the unrest in Punjab.


Buddhadeb assures of more relief as ‘Aila’ death toll reaches 60

Buddhadeb assures of more relief as ‘Aila’ death toll reaches 60Kolkata, May 26: The death toll due to havoc caused by cyclone ‘Aila’ in West Bengal has increased to 60. The highest number of deaths occurred in South 24 Parganas district followed by North 24 Parganas, Kolkata and Howrah.

Aila also wrecked havoc in Hooghly, Burdwan and Bankura districts of West Bengal on Monday. About 22 lakh people across the state have suffered losses, according to Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty.


Voltas secures two new orders worth Rs 300 crore

VoltasVoltas, India's premier global player in air conditioning and engineering services, has informed that its Electro-mechanical business has secured two orders worth Rs 300 crore.

The latest orders are picked for the new generation airports in India, namely Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport, and Chennai International airport.

Under the first order, Voltas will undertake HVAC, internal electrification, and plumbing & drainage system works at the new Integrated Passenger Terminal of Kolkata's international airport. The project is scheduled to be completed in 24 months.


IAF helicopters complete relief work in West Bengal

IAF helicopters complete relief work in West BengalKolkata, May 31: The Indian Air Force helicopters wound-up all the rescue and relief operations in West Bengal on Sunday, which were being carried out in the state since May 26 in the wake of devastation caused by Aila cyclone in the state.

IAF had pressed two Mi-17 helicopters into service from the Eastern Air Command airbases to undertake all the relief and rescue work.

During the operations the IAF Mi-17s flew 36 sorties and 50 hours, said a PIB release.


No relief in cyclone-affected areas yet: Mamata Banerjee

No relief in cyclone-affected areas yet: Mamata BanerjeeKolkata, June 1 : Union Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that many cyclone affected families in South 24 Parganas and North Dinjapur districts of West Bengal were yet to receive any relief material.

Addressing the media persons after a meeting of Trinamool Congress party workers here on Sunday, Banerjee said that relief workers were not allowed to perform their duties as the people suffered with the outbreak of diarrhoea.


Deep Sengupta won Youth Chess title

Deep Sengupta won Youth Chess titleInternational Master Deep Sengupta has won the premier category (under 25) title with six points in fourth edition of Chess for Youth in Netaji Indoor Stadium at Kolkata.

Chess for Youth is a one hour rapid chess tournament in Swiss format which is organized by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) in association with Allsport Management.

Deep won this title in seven rounds and won prize money of Rs 15,000.

Bitan Banarjee and Joydeep Dutta secured joint second spot with 5.5 points each. This tournament also included competition among five age-group categories in the junior section.


Buddhadeb visits West Bengal cyclone relief camps

Buddhadeb visits West Bengal cyclone relief campsKolkata, June 2 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday visited cyclone relief camps at Sarberia in North 24 Parganas district.

Assuring that the government will provide money to rebuild their houses, he said, "The government will provide the money to rebuild your houses."

Bhattacharjee, who talked to people who have taken shelter in the relief camp, demanded that they be provided permanent shelter so that they do not become refugees after every flood.


No Gain Without Pains For This Labourer Son

No Gain Without Pains For This Labourer SonYet another labourer son has made it big.

Rising above all odds, the son of a daily wage labourer has featured in the top ten of this year's WBJEE merit list.

The boy named Deepankar Maity always believed that he would fulfill his dream one day.

However, from the very beginning, Deepankar was well aware of his financial problems.

But a determined Deepanker worked day and night against all odds and achieved what he cherished for long.


Cyclone Aila did not deter NCC cadets

Cyclone Aila did not deter NCC cadetsKolkata June 3 : Encountering the devastating cyclonic storm Aila with an adventurous brave heart and determination, a group of 80 young cadets including 20 girls from the Bengal Naval Wing of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) completed their 430 kilometres marathon sailing expedition on Tuesday.

On reaching the Man-of-War Jetty at Kolkata, the cadets were given a rousing welcome.

These 80 cadets were chosen from West Bengal and Sikkim sailed through the turbulent River Ganga for more than two weeks.


Central team to assess cyclone Aila damage in WB tomorrow

Central team to assess cyclone Aila damage in WB tomorrowKolkata, June 5 : An eleven-member Central team will arrive here on Saturday to assess the damage caused by recent cyclone Aila in West Bengal.

During their visit, the officials will visit the areas hit by the cyclone in West Bengal''s South and North 24 Parganas districts and the Darjeeling hills.

Besides, they will also hold meetings with the local administration and the State Government.


Trinamool to skip all-party meet on cyclone ''Aila'' relief

Trinamool to skip all-party meet on cyclone ''Aila'' reliefKolkata, June 6 : The Trinamool Congress will not attend an all-party meeting on Sunday to exchange views and seek suggestions for expediting relief in the cyclone-affected areas.

Sudip Bandopadhyay, TMC aspirant in Kolkata (North), said, "It is a desperate attempt to put a government seal on the efforts to get Central funds for the cyclone victims when the state has miserably failed to arrange relief and rehabilitation."

The meeting has been called by State Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.


Central team arrives in Kolkata to assess damage by cyclone Aila

Central team arrives in Kolkata to assess damage by cyclone AilaKolkata, June 6 : An eleven-member Central team led by Ashok Lavasa, arrived here on Saturday to assess the damage caused by recent cyclone Aila in West Bengal.

During their visit, the officials visited the areas hit by the cyclone in West Bengal''''s South and North 24 Parganas districts and the Darjeeling hills.

The Congress Party today said it would be sending two representatives to attend the all party meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to discuss relief measures for Cyclone Aila.


Central team visits cyclone-hit areas to assess damages

Central team visits cyclone-hit areas to assess damagesKolkata, June 7 : An eleven-member Central team led by Ashok Lavasa, has started its assessment of the damage caused by recent Cyclone Aila in West Bengal.

The cyclone and its aftermath claimed 137 lives and affected 67.5 lakh people. Scarcity of drinking water and the spread of diarrhoea are some of the major problems affecting the people.


Left Front lawmakers collect donations for victims of cyclone Aila

Left Front lawmakers collect donations for victims of cyclone AilaKolkata, June 8 : Lawmakers of the Left Front in West Bengal took to the streets on Monday to collect funds from the willing public to help the victims of cyclone Aila in the state.


Left Front wants cyclone Aila to be declared a national calamity

Left Front wants cyclone Aila to be declared a national calamityKolkata, June 9 : West Bengal's ruling Left Front chairman Biman Bose said on Tuesday that his party demanded the cyclone Aila, which caused enormous devastation in the state to be declared a national calamity.

"The Left Front discussed the issue of cyclone Aila at its meeting and demanded that the disaster be declared a national calamity," Biman Bose told reporters.


Maidservant Helps Four-Year-Old Kid Get Back Thumb

SurgeryThe right thumb of four-year-old kid was chopped off a fortnight ago. It was the blind instinct of an uneducated maidservant that saved the child from being disabled for life.

Akash (named changed on request), who is visiting his maternal grandparents in Kolkata, had entered a lift on his own on May 31. His hand got caught in the elevator door, and when the lift started moving, his right thumb was sliced clean off.

After hearing his screams, his family members and neighbors rushed in, and took him to the hospital.

Everyone forgot about the cut off thumb.


McNally Bharat wins order worth Rs 300 crores

McNally Bharat wins order worth Rs 300 croresMcNally Bharat Engineering Company Ltd, a Kolkata-headquartered joint venture between BM Khaitan group and GP-CK Birla group, has bagged an order worth Rs 300 crore from Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL).

The awarded contract is for a 2.0 MTPA Pb-Zinc Beneficiation Plant at Sindesar Khurd Mines, Rajasthan.

The contractual period of completion of the order is 18 months.

On the back of positive announcement, the scrip of the company surged to intraday high of Rs 126, from intraday low of Rs 117. The counter has made 52-week-high and low of Rs 163 and Rs 23 respectively.


SREI Infrastructure plans to raise Rs 4000 crore

SREI Infrastructure plans to raise Rs 4000 crore   SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd is planning to raise Rs 4000 crore in this fiscal, to fund its growth plan.

The company intends to raise amount through debt and external commercial borrowings.

Further, the Kolkata-based company expects loan disbursements in the financial year to grew at the rate of 20% to Rs 7500 crore.


Bhutia likely to join EB club

Bhaichung Bhutia India football captain Bhaichung is likely to join East Bengal football club as he met with Bhutia East Bengal football secretary Babu Bhattacharya on Wednesday.

Bhutia has a contract with Mohun Bagan but for now he has been suspended for six months by Mohun Bagan due to indiscipline charges. Bhutia has not yet entered into any official agreement with the East Bengal club.


Maoists display their dominance to media in Lalgarh

Maoists display their dominance to media in LalgarhKolkata, June 20 : A convoy of 20 media vehicles, presspersons on board, came in for a shock on Saturday evening when a group of Maoists surrounded them and took them away from the State Highway into Maoists infested villages, according to reports received here.

The armed Maoists did not allow the mediapersons to operate their cameras and asked them to abide by directions on route. The media vehicles had to follow the Maoists.


Future Group to foray into ‘Real Estate Business’

Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future GroupThe Kishore Biyani-led Future Group is all set to foray into real estate business for building ready-to-move-in houses.

The company has informed that it has signed 50:50 joint venture with Kolkata-based developer Sumit Dabriwal, to incorporate FH Residencies, for 'branded apartments' that would be available at an 'affordable' cost.

The latest move was considered as a part of the company's strategy to achieve a turnover of Rs 13,000 crore by July 2011.


BSNL unveils IPTV services in Kolkata

BSNL unveils IPTV services in KolkataBSNL-Calcutta Telephones in alliance with Smart Digivision has launched Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services under 'MyWay' brand in Kolkata.

To avail IPTV services, customers must have broadband, fixed-line connection and a set-top box.

The sources said that the company is providing content which comprises of video, games, music and education on demand and interactive style service.

The sources further added that with this television service, users can access around 126 channels that include regional channels.


EB ready to wait for release of Bhutia

EB ready to wait for release of Bhutia East Bengal is keen to sign Indian football team captain Baichung Bhutia for the season 09-10 as the club is ready to wait for release of Bhutia by his current football club Mohun Bagan.

East Bengal secretary Kalyan Majumdar said that the officials of their club have talked with Bhutia and their club will wait until Mohun Bagan releases Bhutia officially.

Bhutia has met informally with the senior officials of the East Bengal club, which was left by Bhutia in 2006, and talked on various terms and conditions to join the EB.


Future Group to sell furnished houses

Future Group to sell furnished housesThe Kishore Biyani-led Future Group has formed 50:50 joint ventures with Kolkata-based developer Sumit Dabriwal in a bid to offer branded, ready-to-move-in homes to masses, primarily in metros.

The move is in line with company's plans to attain Rs 13,000 crore revenue target by July 2011, reporting growth of 35 per cent as compared to last year growth rate.

Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Group said, "We intend to be an Rs 13,000 crore company by 2011 and the foray into real estate business for building ready-to-move-in houses is part of the plan."


BSNL launches IPTV services in Kolkata

BSNL launches IPTV services in KolkataState owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd launched much awaited IPTV service in Kolkata under the brand name 'MyWay', enabling the city's residents to enjoy high quality television programs with broadband internet connection using fixed line and a set top box.

People in 15 cities including Delhi, Kanpur, Varanasi, Dehradun, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad are already enjoying IPTV service while 39 more cities will soon get added in the network.


Two Maoists killed in Orissa

Two Maoists killed in OrissaKolkata June 22 : The 48 hour shut down called by the CPI (Maoist) turned violent as the ultras triggered a land mine attack on security forces in Jharkhand and two Maoists were killed in Orissa. Two Naxals were killed in a stiff gun battle with Special Operation Group (SOG) in Malkangiri district of Orissa. According to District Police Chief Satyabrat Bhoi the gun battle took place when the group was conducting a combing operation.


United Bank plans IPO in December 2009

United Bank plans IPO in December 2009United Bank of India is working out plans to raise funds worth Rs 300-400 crore, hitting the capital market via an Initial Public Offer by December end. The move will reduce government holding in the complete public sector bank to 80 per cent post-IPO.

Chairman and Managing Director of bank, Mr. S. C. Gupta, during the sidelines of FICCI banking conclave, in Kolkata, said, "We will go for an IPO once our capital restructuring exercise is complete by the end of September."


Security forces continue with offensive against Maoists in Lalgarh

Security forces continue with offensive against Maoists in LalgarhKolkata, June 27 : Security forces on Saturday resumed their offensive against Maoists in West Bengal''s Lalgarh District, moving from Kadashol village into neighboring forests to flush out the rebels hiding there.

Reports suggested that the Maoists might have fled to Ramgarh, which is located around 12 kilometers from Kadashol.


Naxals detonate three landmines in W. Bengal; engage in firefight with security forces

Naxals detonate three landmines in W. Bengal; engage in firefight with security forcesKolkata, June 27 : Naxalites detonated three landmines and were engaged in a vigorous firefight with security forces in the Mohultol Forests of West Bengal on Saturday, a day after security forces gained control of Kadasole in Lalgarh District.

The 1000-strong Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)- Rapid Action Force retaliated with mortars, LMGs and AK-47s overcoming some of the rebels.


Roller-skating catches the fancy of Kolkata kids

Roller-skating catches the fancy of Kolkata kidsKolkata, June 29 : Roller-skating is rapidly catching the fancy of youngsters in Kolkata.

With the Roller Skating Club now has 500 registered members. It was started up in 2001.

"It is absolutely an aerobic sport. So, because it is an aerobic sport, it helps you in endurance and stamina. Secondly you are dealing mostly with your leg. So, for that all the leg muscles get benefited. The body gets toned and total physical fitness of your body comes up," said Akash Mondal, the founder of the Roller Skating Club.


UCO Bank expecting credit growth by 25%

UCO Bank expecting credit growth by 25%  During the current financial year, UCO Bank (a Kolkata-based mid-sized bank) is awaiting to accomplish a credit growth rate of 25%.

In the first quarter, the credit growth of the bank was low at 5%, but in the coming months the demand for credit is likely to be high, as told by Chairman, Mr. S K Goel.

The profitability of bank was higher by 15% in the first quarter as compared to the profits in the same period of the last financial year. It was just due to reducing its dependence on bulk deposits step by step.

This was primarily due to better treasury and non-interest income.


FMCG firm Emami raises Rs 300 crore through QIP

FMCG firm Emami raises Rs 300 crore through QIP Kolkata-based FMCG firm, Emami Limited, owned by Agarwal and Goenka families, has raised Rs 310 crore via the qualified institutional placement (QIP) route, selling 100,00,000 equity shares of face value Rs 2 each, at the issue price of Rs 310 per equity share. The bid, stated on June 30 and priced on July 2, was coordinated by India Infoline Limited (IIFL) and Anand Rathi Financial Services Ltd.


McNally Bharat wins order worth Rs 165 crore

McNally Bharat wins order worth Rs 165 croreMcNally Bharat Engineering Company Ltd, a Kolkata-headquartered joint venture between BM Khaitan group and GP-CK Birla group, has received an order worth Rs 165 crore from Tata Project Limited.

The scope of work involves design, engineering, manufacturing and supply, erection and commissioning of Stock House Package for Rourkela Steel Plant (Package No. 10).

The company informed in a communiqué that contractual period for completion of the project is 20 months.


UAPA will not be misused in West Bengal: Bhattacharjee

 UAPA will not be misused in West Bengal: Bhattacharjee Kolkata, July 9: West Bengal Chief Minister Budhadeb Bhattacharjee announced today in the West Bengal state assembly that his government would see to it that the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA) is not be misused.

Replying to a question Bhattacharjee said provisions in the Act were tough and those having links with Maoists or indulging in propaganda might be arrested.


Experts urge government to address Sundarbans humanitarian crisis

Experts urge government to address Sundarbans humanitarian crisis  Kolkata, July 15 : In view of the massive humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of cyclone Aila in the Sunderbans, experts from the field of oceanography and social science, representatives from a local voluntary group and Greenpeace demanded immediate deployment of resources to attend to the humanitarian crisis in the region. They also called for the state and the center to take a long term perspective on protecting the people and ecology of the Sunderbans.


Australian team discusses safety of students with W.Bengal chief secretary

Australian team discusses safety of students with W.Bengal chief secretaryKolkata, July 15 : An Australian Government delegation, led by Colin Walters, met with West Bengal Chief Secretary Asok M Chakrabarti on Wednesday and briefed him about Canberra''''s response to recent crimes against Indian students in Australia.

A statement issued by the Australian High Commission in New Delhi quoted the delegation as saying that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and other political leaders have responded quickly to the issue.


Tech Mahindra to setup new BPO centre in Kolkata

Tech Mahindra to setup new BPO centre in Kolkata Software exporter Tech Mahindra is planning to expand its presence in Eastern India by setting up a new BPO Centre in Kolkata.

The latest move has been planned by the company to focus on providing end to end customer service delivery to Telecom Service Providers.

The new center would be equipped with the latest Voice and Data technology, green desktops, high class security, 24X7 cafeteria, PA system, Plasma TVs, Conferencing facilities and World Class work environment and aesthetics.


Congress calls for 12 hour Bengal shutdown on Friday

Congress calls for 12 hour Bengal shutdown on FridayKolkata, July 16 : The West Bengal Congress Committee has called for a 12hour long statewide bandh on Friday, to protest against the alleged police atrocities on its workers during Thursday's 12 hour long shutdown.

Congress called for 12hour long shut down on Thursday to protest against the attack on its MLA s in Mongalkote in Burdwan district on Wednesday.


Kolkata observes shutdown over attack on Congress workers

Kolkata observes shutdown over attack on Congress workersKolkata, July 17 : A day after violent protests by Congress Party workers, Kolkata on Friday observed a shutdown in protest against the attack on party workers allegedly by Communist Party of India (Marxist) cadres.

Congress workers accused CPI (M) activists of attacking their party legislators and workers. Eight people were injured in the Mangalkot region of the state''s Burdwan district.

Normal life was badly hit, as shops and business establishments remained closed due to the shutdown. No vehicle was seen plying on roads.


Waterborne diseases rise in West Bengal

Waterborne diseases rise in West BengalKolkata, July 18 : Residents of several districts in West Bengal, after having endured the aftermath of cyclone Aila in May, now grapple with an outbreak of diarrhoea

Waterborne diseases are spreading amongst the 6.8 million people affected by the May 25 cyclone. So far diarrhoea has killed 28 persons and another 85,000 diarrhoea cases have been reported from across the state.

Availability of clean drinking water remains a serious challenge in the worst affected North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts.


Binani Cement on expansion spree; to pump $125 million in its Chinese Subsidiary

Binani Cement on expansion spree; to pump $125 million in its Chinese SubsidiaryKolkata-based Braj Binani Group cement manufacturer, Binani Cement Ltd (BCL) on Wednesday revealed its plans to invest $125-million for expansion of its cement manufacturing capacity at its Chinese subsidiary christened 'Shandong Binani Rong'An Cement Co Ltd'.

The company informed that it has undertaken expansion of cement manufacturing capacity from 0.50-million MT to 3-million MT at an estimated project cost of $125-million (Rs 600-crore) at its Chinese subsidiary.


CESC Q1 Net profit jumps 12%

CESC Q1 Net profit jumps 12%Power distribution company CESC has informed that it has registered a growth of 11.70% in its net profit, which surged to Rs 105 crore for the quarter ended June 2009, over the same period last year.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 94 crore in the same period last year.

In addition, company' total income also grew to Rs 820 crore in the latest quarter, against Rs 816 crore in the same period previous fiscal.


Krittwika wins double titles

Krittwika SinhaKrittwika Sinha Roy of Central Kolkata has won title in the women's event and youth girl's titles after defeating Kajol Das of Howrah in finals of both events in the Kalyan Jayant Memorial tournament (stage III) at the Narkeldanga Sadharan Samity club in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Krittwika was also inching towards third title in the junior girls' event but Sutirtha Mukherjee of North 24 Parganas halted her campaign.

Sutirthw won the title in the junior girl's category. She also claimed her second crown in the sub-junior girls' event after outplaying Aihika Mukherjee in the final.


Banerjee awarded with Mohun Bagan Ratna

Banerjee awarded with Mohun Bagan Ratna The former footballer Samar Banerjee has been awarded with the Mohun Bagan club's highest award 'Mohun Bagan Ratna' in Mohun Bagan Day function at the Kolkata on Wednesday.

Banerjee led Indian footfall to semi-finals of the Melbourne Olympics in 1965. He also represented Mohun Bagan club for seven years during which the club lifted titles of all major tournaments.


State transport buses torched as Govt. cracks down on old vehicles in Kolkata

State transport buses torched as Govt. cracks down on old vehicles in Kolkata   	 Kolkaka, Aug. 1 : Several State buses were torched, as the vehicles owners reportedly damaged the vehicles to protest against the West Bengal Government’s crackdown against the 15-year-old vehicles on the streets of Kolkata which began here on Saturday.

Most of the vehicles owners decided not to take out any vehicle more than 15-year-old on Saturday.


West Bengal Transport Minister passes away

West Bengal Transport Minister passes awayKolkata, Aug 3 : West Bengal Minister for Transport, Sports and Youth Affairs Subhas Chakraborty passed away at a private hospital in Salt Lake on Monday.

Sixty-eight-year-old Chakraborty is survived by his wife and a son.

According to party sources, the senior CPI (M) leader had been on ventilator support and died at 11:35 a. m. He was suffering from cancer.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and other senior CPI-M leaders visited the hospital. (ANI)


Kolkata auto drivers protest against old vehicle ban

Kolkata auto drivers protest against old vehicle banKolkata, Aug. 3 : Protesting against the West Bengal Government's decision to ban auto rickshaws that were over 15 years old, auto drivers staged a demonstration here on Monday.

The Save Auto Committee urged the government to allow drivers to convert their auto-rickshaws into LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) mode instead of stopping them from plying altogether.


West Bengal footie star to build temple in Robson''s honour

West Bengal footie star to build temple in Robson''s honourKolkata, Aug. 4 : West Bengal football striker Gautam Ghosh has decided to build a temple in honour former England player-cum-manager Bobby Robson, who died of cancer at the age of 76 last week.

Ghosh has decided to take the initiative as a tribute to Robson who spotted the raw talent on offer in India during a pre-season tour of the country while PSV Eindhoven manager in the 1990s and invited the best to come and train back in Holland. Ghosh was one those recruits, reports the Daily Star.


Berger Paints plans to invest 1 billion rupees in new plant

Berger Paints plans to invest 1 billion rupees in new plantBerger Paints Ltd is searching options to pump Rs 1 billion in a greenfield plant with the aim to manufacture water-based paints.
According to the company, the investment for the proposed endeavor will be done over a period of two years.

The sources said that by mid of fiscal 2011, the commercial production would start at the plant.

In a separate release, the company has informed that the new plant will have a capacity of 100,000 kilolitres per year.


Don''t get H1N1 tests done at ill equipped private clinics: Walia

Don''t get H1N1 tests done at ill equipped private clinics: WaliaNew Delhi/Pune/Mumbai//Kolkata, Aug 8 : Consequent to new cases of swine flu detected across the country, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia has warned the public not to get H1N1 tests done in private clinics, as they are not fully equipped to provide such facilities.

Further, she said that only the National Institute of Communicable Diseases is the authorised centre to conduct the relevant tests.


Eight rare simians stolen from a Kolkata zoo

Eight rare simians stolen from a Kolkata zooKolkata, Aug. 10 : Eight rare simians were stolen from their enclosure from Alipore Zoological Garden in West Bengal on Saturday.

The stolen Brazilian common marmosets (Callithrix Jacchus) have grey heads and furry white ears and weigh between 500 grams to 700 grams.

The stolen marmosets include two males, two females and four adults, which were donated to the Zoo by the Delhi-based Institute of Immunology in January 2001.

The zoo authorities are rather surprised because theft was committed inspite of security guards.


NGO providing IT training to visually-impaired in Kolkata

NGO providing IT training to visually-impaired in KolkataKolkata, Aug. 12 : A non-profit organisation in cooperation with the National Association of Blind (NAB) is conducting computer courses for the visually impaired in Kolkata.

The course being provided by Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) has been certified by the Department of Technical Education of West Bengal.

The project of making the visually impaired persons to be computer literate was launched in August 2008.


Kolkata’s voluntary Homeopathic dispensary redefines freedom

Kolkata’s voluntary Homeopathic dispensary redefines freedomKolkata, Aug. 14 : An independent homeopathic dispensary in Kolkata has been providing free treatment to its patients for the past six decades.

Established in 1946, the dispensary has survived four generations now.

It has been functioning on the philosophy that true freedom comes only when citizens of a nation help each other.


Kolkata cops seek Interpol’s help to locate missing monkeys from Alipore Zoo!

tigressThe Kolkata police has sought the help of Interpol to find the missing monkeys from the Alipore Zoo, and announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for any person who gives credible information about the theft. High level state functionaries - such as Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty, Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen and Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty - took stock of the situation visiting the zoo on Thursday.


12 arrested for violence in Kolkata football match

12 arrested for violence in Kolkata football matchKolkata, Aug 24 : Kolkata police on Monday arrested 12 people in connection with Sunday’s violence during a football match.

The violence erupted after an irate mob set a premier resort on the outskirts of the city on fire on Sunday evening.

According to sources the team that lost the match picked up a fight with the referee. Soon, some trouble mongers stormed the ground, threw bombs and even opened fire, killing one boy.

Police said problem started after the loosing team suddenly attacked the winners with bombs and guns.


Kolkata holds special prayers on Mother Teresa’s 99th birth anniversary

Mother TeresaKolkata, Aug. 26 : Special prayers were held at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity on Wednesday on the occasion of Mother Teresa’s 99th birth anniversary.

A mass was organised at Mother''s House where visitors joined nuns of the missionary.

Sister M Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity said everyone prayed and remembered Mother Teresa for her teaching everyone “how to look at the poor and give them the dignity of a child of God.”


Kolkata holds special prayers on Mother Teresa’s 99th birth anniversary

Kolkata holds special prayers on Mother Teresa’s 99th birth anniversaryKolkata, Aug. 26 : Special prayers were held at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity on Wednesday on the occasion of Mother Teresa's 99th birth anniversary.

A mass was organised at Mother''s House where visitors joined nuns of the missionary.

Sister M Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity said everyone prayed and remembered Mother Teresa for her teaching everyone "how to look at the poor and give them the dignity of a child of God."


Bagan warns to boycott Durand Cup

football has warned to boycott the Durand Cup due to poor ground conditions at the Ambedkar Stadium. Indian team had lost to Lebanon in the opening match of the Nehru Cup and India's coach Bob Houghton blamed poor ground conditions for the defeat.

Indian defender NS Manju sustained toe injury in that match. Manju plays for Bagan in the domestic football tournaments. Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra said they would pull themselves out of the Durand Cup if the ground conditions at the Ambedkar Stadium did not improved as they could not take risk of sustaining injuries by their players at the start of the season.


McNally Bharat wins two news orders worth Rs 179 crore

McNally Bharat wins two news orders worth Rs 179 crore McNally Bharat Engineering Company Ltd, a Kolkata-headquartered joint venture between BM Khaitan group and GP-CK Birla group, has bagged two new orders worth Rs
179.27 crore from Hindalco Industries for construction related works.

The company has secured first order worth Rs 86.66 crore for Green Anode Plant of Aditya Alumina Project, Orissa. The scope of work includes designing, engineering, supplying, testing and commissioning.


Ratan Tata says willing to return Singur land if compensated

Ratan Tata says willing to return Singur land if compensatedKolkata, Sep. 1 : TATA Group chairman Ratan Tata on Tuesday told a press conference here that the failed NANO plant at Singur had cost him about 500 crore rupees, and he was willing to return the land if the State Government compensated Tata Motors.

"We do not want to sit on the land. We will return it if the State Government compensates us for the investments made there,” Ratan Tata said.


Indian players leave for IFA shield

Indian players leave for IFA shieldIndian football team players left for Kolkata today in the morning to participate in the IFA shield from their respective clubs. Indian football team coach Bob Houghton was astonished by this news as Indian team had won the Nehru cup title yesterday and today they traveled to participate in the IFA shield without taking any rest.

Bob admitted that it reflects poor management and professionalism of Indian football association. He added that the Indian players have just played in the international tournament and now they would have to participate in a domestic tournament without taking any break.


Tigresses captured from a village near Kolkata

Tigresses captured from a village near Kolkata Kolkata, Sep. 2 : Two royal Bengal tigresses, which had strayed into a West Bengal village, were captured by forest officials on Tuesday.

The tigresses, who had terrorized villagers over the last several weeks, were trapped in the Panchmakhani and Pirkhali forests of the Sunderban Delta area.

The younger cat of the duo had been trapped in July too. At that time, she had entered and killed some cattle some cattle in Kumirmari village. She was fitted with a microchip for future identification.


Mother Teresa remembered on her death anniversary

Mother Teresa remembered on her death anniversaryKolkata, Sep 5 : Special prayers were held at the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata today to mark Mother Teresa''s 12th death anniversary.

Prayers and floral tributes were offered at the grave of the Mother.

Hundreds of people from all walks of life and of all faiths joined the nuns of the Charity for a special morning mass.

"We are very happy to celebrate this day as Mother''s Day in the Heaven. She has gone to God but she is still with us in spirit," said Sister Nicole, Missionaries of Charity.


UAE plane flies off after being detained in Kolkata for carrying arms

UAE plane flies off after being detained in Kolkata for carrying armsKolkata, Sep 7 : A United Arab Emirates Air Force plane was detained at the airport here on Sunday after a large cache of arms and ammunition was discovered. Nine crew members have been detained for questioning.

The plane, bound for Hanyang in China from Abu Dhabi, landed at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here for refuelling last night.

Airport sources said customs officials found the arms and ammunition inside the plane during a routine check.


West Bengal Government scraps Rajarhat IT park project

West Bengal Government scraps Rajarhat IT park projectKolkata, Sep. 7 : The West Bengal government on Monday scrapped plans for an IT-related township in the Rajarhat area near Salt Lake City in the wake of a land scam involving land sharks and government officials.

The State Government had revealed last month that it had acquired land for the Infosys and Wipro complexes.


Kolkata authorities send detained UAE plane report to Centre

Kolkata authorities send detained UAE plane report to CentreKolkata, Sep. 8 : Kolkata officials have sent a detailed report to New Delhi on the detained UAE military aircraft, two days after it landed and was found to be carrying a huge consignment of undeclared arms and explosives.

The plane is still grounded while its crew has been released but asked not leave Kolkata.

The UAE government meanwhile said on Tuesday that it was in "constant contact" with the Indian officials over its Air Force plane.


Several West Bengal districts facing flood like situation

Several West Bengal districts facing flood like situationKolkata, Sep. 8 : Several villages in Medinipur district of West Bengal are facing flood-like situation following the release of 2.5 lakh cusec water from the DVC (Damodar Valley Corporation).

Villagers were caught unawares after the DVC released water from the Maithon and Panchet dams, following heavy rainfall in Jharkhand and parts of Bihar.

The rising water levels are causing floods in different areas of Burdwan, Bankura, Hooghly, Howrah and East and West Medinipur Districts.


External Affairs Ministry directs Defence Ministry to let go UAE military aircraft: Reports

External Affairs Ministry directs Defence Ministry to let go UAE military aircraft: ReportsKolkata, Sep. 9 : The Ministry of External Affairs has reportedly directed the Defence Ministry to let go the detained UAE Air Force plane that was detained in Kolkata after arms and ammunition were found on board.

On Tuesday, Kolkata officials had sent a detailed report to New Delhi on the detained UAE military aircraft, two days after it landed and was found to be carrying a huge consignment of undeclared arms and explosives.


Detained UAE aircraft takes off from Kolkata to China

Detained UAE aircraft takes off from Kolkata to ChinaKolkata, Sep 10 : The China-bound cargo plane of United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) Air Force which was carrying arms and ammunition, finally took off from the Netaji Subhas Chnadra Bose International Air port on Thursday morning.

The UAE aircraft was detained by the Indian Security agencies after it found carrying huge cache of arms and ammunition on board on Sunday.


Indian Navy inducts two fast attack crafts to boost surveillance

Indian Navy inducts two fast attack crafts to boost surveillanceKolkata, Sep 10 : The Indian Navy, which has been assigned the overall responsibility of maritime security, including coastal and offshore defence after the Mumbai attacks, today inducted two water jet propelled fast attack craft
(WJFACs) in order to boost its surveillance capacity.


Smugglers using kids as ‘carriers’ on Indo-Nepal border

Smugglers using kids as ‘carriers’ on Indo-Nepal borderKolkata, Sep. 11 : Smugglers active along the porous Indo-Nepal border are now using children, as ''carriers'' to smuggle goods like sugar and tobacco.

Hundreds of children, in the age group of six to years, are being hired by the mafia of smugglers to carry out this illegal trade along the Sunauli check point of Uttar Pradesh.

Reportedly, the reliance on children has been so successful in smuggling that the influence of such a modus operandi is even witnessed in West Bengal.


West Bengal gets its first coastal police station

West Bengal gets its first coastal police stationKolkata, Sep. 11 : With the inauguration of Moipith police station in South 24 Pargana district on Friday, West Bengal got its first coastal police station to patrol in the Sunderban delta area.

"There are a large number of tributaries and water channels leading into the Bay of Bengal, which are unpoliced and there is no supervision on the movements of various water crafts in those channels. With a view to meet a possible security threat from the sea these coastal police stations are being set up," said Bhupinder Singh, DGP.


Bangladeshi fashion designer showcases collection in Kolkata

Bibi-RussellKolkata, Sep 11: Bibi Russell, a noted fashion designer from Bangladesh, showcased her new collection, which is inspired by the rural life on the second day of Kolkata Fashion Week here on Thursday.

Russell’s creations, which included sarees, salwar kurtas and western wear, were based on natural fabrics like cotton and silk.

“If you see my collection, barring some clothes majority of clothes are made of cotton be it scarves or shoes. Keeping in mind the geo-tropical climate here I have used cotton in my collection,” said Russell.


Indian crafts and culture saluted by designers at Kolkata Fashion Week-II

Indian crafts and culture saluted by designers at Kolkata Fashion Week-II'Earth Couture' was chosen as the theme of Kolkata Fashion Week-II which started on Wednesday. The aim of the theme was to salute the rich culture of over country.  

The collection of many fashion designers showcased traditional arts and crafts embedded in fashionable attires.

Yudhajit Dutta, organiser of the fashion event said: "We want to highlight the rich culture and tradition we belong to yet retain our modernity. KFW-II is a celebration on India's ethnic roots."


Pranab shows austerity, flies economy class

Pranab shows austerity, flies economy classKolkata, Sep 12 : Setting a personal example of austerity, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday travelled from Delhi to Kolkata in economy class of a budget airline.

“It''s nothing new to me. During elections and whenever I travel on commercial flights, I almost travel economy class. It''s nothing new,” Mukherjee said.

According to reports, Pranab would also return to New Delhi on Sunday by economy class on an Air India flight.


Bagan reaches into final of IFA Shield

Bagan reaches into final of IFA ShieldMohun Bagan team has booked its berth in the final of the IFA Shield after defeating United SC 5-4 in penalty shootout at Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Salt Lake. Bagan will now play against Churchill Brothers in the title summit.

Both teams were unable to open their account in the regulation period and extra time of the semifinal match. The result of the match came out in the tie-breaker. Bagan won the match even after they were reduced to 10 players after just 8 minutes of the play.


Adhunik Metaliks arm to spend Rs 3350 crore on expansion

Adhunik Metaliks arm to spend Rs 3350 crore on expansion

Kolkata-based alloy steel maker Adhunik Metaliks (AML) has informed that its subsidiaries Orissa Manganese & Minerals and Adhunik Power & Natural Resources have decided to spend Rs 3350 crore in mining and power business over the next two years.

The company stated in a communiqué that Orissa Manganese, a 100% subsidiary of Adhunik Metaliks would invest Rs 700 crore for iron ore benefaction and pelletisation plant at Jharkhand, besides a 30 MW power plant for ferro alloys facility in Orissa.     


CPM blames Trinamool of joining hands with Maoists

CPM blames Trinamool of joining hands with MaoistsKolkata, Sep 17 : The ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) accused the Trinamool Congress of joining hands with the banned Maoist ultras and the killings their cadres and supporters.

Over 300 cadres and supporters of the CPM have been murdered in the political violence in the state ever since the seventh Left Front Government took charge under Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Between March and June the Maoists have killed over 40 Left front supporters.


People take holy dip in Kolkata and Allahabad for salvation of ancestors'' souls

People take holy dip in Kolkata and Allahabad for salvation of ancestors'' soulsKolkata/Allahabad, Sept 18 : Scores of people gathered in Kolkata and Allahabad on Friday to take a holy dip, or ''Tarpan'', in the Ganges, on the last day of the ‘Pitrapaksha Mela’.

The ‘Pitrapaksha Mela’ is held annually in September. Hindus pray for the salvation of their ancestors on the ocassion.

The ritual is traced to King Bhagirath, who propitiated the River Ganges to come down to earth so that his ancestors could be relieved from the cycle of birth and death.


‘India does not recommend exit strategy for stimulus packages to all nations’

‘India does not recommend exit strategy for stimulus packages to all nations’Kolkata, Sep 23 : Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that India is not recommending an exit strategy for stimulus packages given to all nations in the ensuing G20 Summit to be held at Pittsburgh.

He noted these observations while speaking to the media persons on the sidelines of the Annual General Meeting of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Kolkata in on September 23.


Three CPI-M activists killed by Maoists

Three CPI-M activists killed by Maoists Kolkata, Sep 30  Three Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists were shot dead by suspected Maoist guerrillas in West Bengal's West Midnapore district, police said Wednesday.

"We've information that bodies of three CPI-M activists were found near Kadashol forest area this morning. We've not recovered the bodies yet but we've sent our force to the spot," West Bengal Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purokayastha told IANS.


Duncan Group may sell fertiliser unit

Duncan-Goenka-GroupKolkata, Sep 30 : Duncan Goenka Group is looking for a potential buyer or a joint venture partner for its closed fertiliser unit, a top official said here Wednesday.

The group acquired Duncans Fertiliser Industries Ltd from ICI India in December 1994. It has remained closed since 2005.

"The idea is to sell it off or get a joint venture partner," G. P. Goenka, chairman of Duncan Goenka Group, told reporters on the sidelines of a press conference.

Goenka said the company was in talks with three potential firms in this regard.


Bhutia signs for East Bengal

Bhaichung-BhutiaKolkata, Sep 30 : After getting an interim relief from the All India Football Federation (AIFF), national captain Bhaichung Bhutia signed for East Bengal here Wednesday.

Bhutia will play in East Bengal's away match against Pune Football Club in the first round of the I-League Saturday.

Bhutia, who has been suspended for six months by Mohun Bagan, formally signed up for East Bengal at the Indian Football Association (IFA) office after AIFF appointed arbitrator Amarendra Sharan allowed him to play for the red and gold brigade.


Congress, Trinamool fight for Siliguri mayor's chair

Trinamool-CongresKolkata, Sep 30 :The Congress and the Trinamool Congress, who are allies at the national level, are fighting for the mayor's seat in Siliguri with both sides Wednesday filing nominations for the post in the municipal corporation.

Both the parties laid claim to the mayor's chair after the Siliguri municipal polls resulted in a tie. They have 15 seats each.

The Congress won 15 seats and Trinamool 14 in the elections but Mamata Banerjee's party claimed the support of an independent candidate, Ranjan Sil Sharma, to equal the Congress number.


Bhutia inks contract with East Bengal

Bhaichung BhutiaIndian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has finally inked a contract with East Bengal at the India Football Association (IFA)'s office in Kolkata today and he will play in the club team in the upcoming I-League.

Bhutia was suspended by Mohun Bagan for six months without pay over a disciplinary issue in June and he has joined East Bengal club after getting interim relief from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in the Bagan suspension case.

AIFF arbitrator Amarendra Sharan gave interim relief to Bhutia saying that he would require some more time to submit his final report to AIFF and Bhutia can play for East Bengal in the meantime.