There would be no panchayat polls without central forces, the State Election Commission (SEC) made this clear to the Mamata Banerjee administration today, even though Trinamool leaders and ministers continued to resist the move, saying that, ultimately, law and order is the responsibility of the state government.
The vibrations triggered by aircrafts while taking off and landing and the temperature difference between the exterior and air-conditioned interior are the two most likely causes behind the recent shattering of glass sheets at the new Dum Dum airport terminal building, experts have told HT.
On Thursday, a two judge appeal bench at Calcutta High Court stayed a previous single-judge bench verdict shooting down the Kolkata Port Trust’s petition for restraining cargo handler ABG Haldia Bulk Terminals Pvt Ltd on March 22, which prevented it from removing equipment worth Rs. 140 crore from the Haldia port complex.
After witnesses in the kidnapping of Khadim baron Partho Roy Burman began receiving threatening phone calls telling them not to depose in the case, special public prosecutor Naba Ghosh personally requested the criminal investigation department to provide them with protection. CID is looking into the matter and has stationed plain-clothes policemen to guard the witnesses.
Abdul Momen (51), a Calcutta High Court lawyer and husband of deputy mayor Farzana Alam, died in a bike accident on Wednesday evening.
Days after their higher secondary examination, three students died tragically in an accident at Beleghata, on Panksura-Ghatal state highway, in West Midnapore. Three others were injured and have been admitted at SSKM Hospital in critical condition.
First appearances can indeed be deceptive. Bright yellow, noisy and uncomfortable — from a distance it looks every inch like the trademark Kolkata cab. But look closer and you will discover how 130 orphans in a remote South 24-Parganas village have benefited from this vehicle of change.
Barely a week before the opening ceremony of IPL 6 at Salt Lake Stadium in the city, the show — which is being headlined by US pop music sensations Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, apart from Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif — has hit a major hitch, with the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) sending a notice to organiser Red Chillies Entertainment seeking payment for the songs that the stars are supposed to perform.
The Mamata Banerjee administration blinked first in its battle of nerves with the State Election Commission (SEC), announcing that six districts would go to the polls on April 30, the second day of the panchayat elections it had announced a few days ago. The SEC’s response to the state government’s shift in position was unclear, since its secretary said the panel would take time to determine its next move.
The state government might have relented on the distribution of districts in the two phases, but April 26 might yet need to be postponed although for a completely different reason.
The state government has decided to order a high-level probe into the scam relating to recruitment of 331 clerks in the agriculture department by the previous Left
Front regime in 2007.
In order to generate more revenue HRBC authorities have decided to erect big hoardings and billboards in front of existing hoardings on the rooftops of buildings along Vidyasagar Setu and its connecting flyovers in Kolkata and Howrah.
A South Korean woman in her early twenties was molested in a moving bus over a 10-km distance here by a group of about 10 men, one of whom was arrested by a traffic sergeant who promptly swung into action to scour a populous area to nab him.
The standoff between the Mamata Banerjee administration and the State Election Commission (SEC) over the panchayat polls intensified on Monday, with the latter shooting off an 11-page letter to the government questioning its stand on all three counts — the number of phases, the distribution of districts between the two dates and the deployment of forces.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the recent Hyderabad blasts, has procured photographs of four terrorists of suspects from the Mumbai Police and has sent them over to the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police. The four, the NIA believes could be hiding in the city.