HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014


‘VVIP’ Madan moved to Alipore jail hospital

Transport Minister
Madan Mitra was released from the SSKM Hospital on Sunday and taken to the Alipore central jail where he was moved to the hospital ward in the evening. He is in judicial custody for his alleged link to the multicrore Saradha chit fund scam. Senior jail officials greeted Mitra with tea and snacks after he reached the prison

Gangetic Dolphins to get counted at last

Dolphins dead
The forest department has come up with a comprehensive plan to conduct a dolphin census in the state and the plan has been forwarded to Delhi by the urban development (UD) department, the nodal agency at the state level for the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) initiative.

West Bengal tops country in lockouts, says labour minister

Bandaru Dattatriya
Bengal tops the country in lockouts, Union minister of state for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya said on Saturday, perhaps paving the way for a war of words on a new front between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress.

ZSI plans pan-India network of taxonomists to identify new species

Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is planning to set up a pan-India network of scientists, there are about 1.7 million living species, which scientists know of across the world. But scientists are yet to uncover another 15 million species that are estimated to live in the world

Jadavpur University protest turns embarrassing

Jadavpur University’s convocation on Wednesday was marred by demonstrations with a large number of students and teachers boycotting the event demanding vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti’s removal. Despite Governor KN Tripathi’s warning, many students did not accept their certificates.

Pvt hospitals will have to set aside 10 beds for poor

All private hospitals and nursing homes in West Bengal will have to reserve at least 10 beds for treating below poverty line (BPL) patients for free. The state government will shortly amend its laws to put this plan in place.

Most JU teachers and students to skip convocation

ABVP activists
With the convocation of Jadavpur University (JU) just two days away, the university campus has become a centre of activity with majority of students and teachers deciding to boycott the event, a section of teachers going on a hunger strike

CBI told to record Kunal statement on Didi & Mukul

Kunal Ghosh
A city court, on Monday, asked officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to record the statement of suspended Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Kunal
Ghosh for “specific inputs on the involvement of chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy” in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

Rose Valley scam may dwarf Saradha, feel ED officials

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is apprehending that a scam allegedly involving another chit fund firm, Rose Valley, may turn out to be a bigger scandal than Saradha. The ED has estimated that the Rose Valley Group collected Rs. 15,000 crore

BJP may go to court if TMC holds rally near Victoria House

A battle lost for apartment owners?
The state BJP may move court in case Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) allows only the Trinamool Congress to hold a rally in front of Victoria House. State BJP president Rahul Sinha on Friday cautioned the KMC against giving a nod to the TMC

BJP to rope in Muslim leaders from Trinamool

Left in West Bengal
Encouraged by the joining of Muslims from Trinamool and other parties across the state, state BJP leaders have directed its district party leaders to maintain liaison with disgruntled Trinamool Muslim leaders across the state.

New bus terminus a traffic nightmare?

Ranchi auto strike
As the date of inauguration of the long distance bus terminal on Kona Expressway draws near, Howrah City Police fear major traffic congestion and greater risk of accidents on the critical stretch.Howrah Police commissioner wrote to transport dept, warning of disruptions and mishaps if issues aren’t resolved

Madan theatrics after SSKM decides to release minister

Transport Minister
It is good that nothing was found during various tests conducted at the SSKM hospital and the minister is fine. We just cannot blame the doctors since they are helpless, says MD Salim, CPI(M) leader

NRS canteen staff get police custody in lynching case

NRS Medical College, Kolkata
Two canteen staff at NRS Medical College and Hospital were on Saturday remanded in police custody in connection with Korpan Shah murder case. The case in question dates back to November 16, when Shah was found lying unconscious inside the students’ hostel of the facility.

CBI records Kunal’s statement in jail

Kunal Ghosh
A CBI team visited Presidency jail on Wednesday to record Kunal Ghosh’s statement on ‘specific input on the involvement of chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy’ in the Saradha scam.

BJP-TMC war of words still rages

Derek O’Brien
The war of words between finance minister Arun Jaitley and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien took a new turn on Sunday with BJP’s Bengal in-charge Sidharth Nath Singh alleging that O’Brien was “in his quest to be the King of “Intemperate Vocabulary”.”

Many Presi students boycott convocation

ABVP activists
Many Presidency University students expressed solidarity with their Jadavpur counterparts by boycotting the convocation on Sunday, prompting former governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi to say that students should not look up to politicians as role models.

With revenues from traffic violations surging, it’s Net gain for Howrah cops

In November – a month after the Commissionerate imposed the online system of paying traffic violation fine – the department has realised over 87% of the fine imposed on traffic violation cases. Earlier, the traffic department used to realise around 60% to 65% of the imposed amount.
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