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Kolkata losing pride, trams rumbling into history

Kolkata tram
Once upon a time, trams enhanced the beauty of Kolkata, however, sooner they are going to be rumbled into history books due to growing transportation needs of the fastest growing population.

Tapas Pal case: Mamata govt against probe order

Tapas Pal

A day after the Calcutta high court ordered a court-monitored probe into Lok Sabha MP Tapas Pal’s hate speeches, the law minister of Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, Chandrima Bhattacharya, said the government would appeal to a division bench against the order.

Bengal govt appeals against HC order on Tapas Pal

Tapas Pal
West Bengal government on Wednesday moved an appeal before a division bench of Calcutta HC challenging a single bench order that directed registration of an FIR against TMC MP Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and a CID probe into it.

Encephalitis toll rises to 102 in Bengal, 43 in Assam

fumigation
Encephalitis toll in seven north Bengal districts rose to 102 on Tuesday since January with five more deaths reported since last Sunday. In the last two days, 42 people have lost their lives in the disease in the seven north Bengal districts.

First smarten our cities, then build smart ones

An ambassador
India’s cities are a shameful mess: the big, older ones, the small ones and even the fledgling new ones. Far from being anywhere near smart, our cities are rather dumb. The future could be bleaker, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.

4 oppn MLAs join TMC as it celebrates Shahid Diwas

AMRI
Three Congress MLAs and one CPI(M) MLA joined Trinamool Congress on Monday, marking the onward march of Bengal's ruling party in weaning over leaders of the opposition parties.

Football team of 18 tribal girls from Jharkhand heading for US tournament

AMRI
At a time when the entire world is glued to television sets to watch the World Cup, 18 tribal girls from Jharkhand's hinterland are busy sweating it out in the fields to hone their own dribbling and passing skills for the biggest tournament of their lives.

Murdered Bengal student's family seeks CBI probe

CBI
The family of the college student, who was killed and chopped into pieces for allegedly protesting anti-social activities in West Bengal's North 24-Parganas district, Sunday demanded a CBI probe into his death, as one person was arrested but the prime suspect remained untraced.

Bengal man goes down fighting for his best friends — street dogs

B Shau
Shau, who worked in a jute mill, was bludgeoned to death on Wednesday night by his neighbour, Sambhunath Bag, who accused him of 'pampering' street dogs to a point where, he said, they became a 'menace' in the locality.

Six arrested in West Bengal jute mill CEO lynching

KM Jha, G Debnath
Six people have been arrested for lynching the CEO of a jute mill in West Bengal's Hooghly district, police said on Monday, an incident that has brought back memories of militant trade unionism under the state's communist rulers that scared away industry.

Taxes waived for those who use Mamata's hues

West Bengal
The Trinamool Congress-run KMC has come up with a proposal to waive the property tax for 2014-15 if a residential building or house is painted in the party’s favourite colour combination — white and sky blue.

Calcutta HC admits Tapas Pal's plea against FIR

Tapas Pal

A two-judge appeal bench of the Calcutta high court on Wednesday admitted the petition of Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal against the single-judge's order that had directed the police to register a criminal case within 72 hours against him for making offensive comments against the women during a Lok Sabha election campaign in Krishnanagar, Nadia.

Sonakshi Sinha joins Bollywood actors' club who own professional sports team

ek villain success party
What's common between Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Nagarjuna, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Akshay Kumar? All these actors are owners of different franchises for different sports. We give you a list of our Bollywood A-listers who have invested in different teams in different professional sports tournament.

Subsidy not enough, Delhi must rethink its appetite for power

High voltage electricity
Delhi’s struggle for power, it is hard to find the key differentiators. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began spadework for the next elections with the announcement of a `260-crore subsidy for the low and mid-segment power consumers in the Delhi Budget presented in Lok Sabha last week.

Five more infants die in WB hospital, toll touches 12

A woman
Five more infants died on Sunday in Malda district of West Bengal due to asphyxia and malnutrition taking the death toll to 12.

9 people die in lightning strike on Howrah temple

Mount Shinmoedake
Nine persons were killed and  five others injured on Thursday when lightning struck a temple where they were taking shelter during rain at Shyampur in Howrah district, police said.

Somnath Chatterjee suffers mild cerebral stroke

Somnath Chatterjee

Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has been admitted to a private hospital here after suffering a mild cerebral stroke.

West Bengal governor M K Narayanan resigns

MK Narayanan

West Bengal governor M K Narayanan resigned on Monday capping speculation for the past few days on whether he would step down following the centre's hint in the second week of June that the new dispensation wants several governors to step down.

Now, a new app to save males from harassment

SIF One
Men who are at the receiving end of domestic violence or charged with false rape cases need not feel left out any more. Help has come via a mobile app.

Bengal: Left to protest alleged poll malpractices

A CPI(M) party worker hold a hot-air balloon
Four Left parties would on Wednesday organise nationwide protests against the "assault on democracy" in West Bengal, accusing ruling Trinamool Congress of violence and poll malpractices and the Election Commission of being ineffective in checking them.

Election sweeteners: NaMo, RaGa, Didi sandesh in Bengal

Election polls mishti
The surcharged political atmosphere in West Bengal is getting a sweet edge in a hotly contested election. Sweet makers here are cashing in on the election frenzy by creating sweet delicacies named after party symbols and leaders.
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