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Two boys rowing in south Kolkata lake drown after storm: Police

Pushan Sadhukan and Souradeep Chatterjee, both aged 14, were students of a reputed school in Kolkata
A tree that collapsed after heavy rain and storm, in front of Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Saturday. (PTI)
A tree that collapsed after heavy rain and storm, in front of Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on May 22, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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2 school children killed while rowing after being hit by squall in Kolkata

The two victims have been identified as Pushan Sadhukan and Souradeep Chatterjee. They were both aged 14 years and were students of reputed schools in Kolkata.
Three other people were killed in separate incidents during the squall in the districts. While one was killed after being hit by lightning, two others were killed when trees got uprooted and fell on them. (PTI PHOTO.)
Three other people were killed in separate incidents during the squall in the districts. While one was killed after being hit by lightning, two others were killed when trees got uprooted and fell on them. (PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on May 22, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC

An inquiry ordered by the Calcutta high court found TMC candidate Alo Rani Sarkar to be a Bangladeshi national by virtue of birth.
Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC
Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC
Updated on May 21, 2022 09:10 AM IST
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HC dismisses Bengal minister's daughter from govt job, asks her to return salary

  • The ruling on a petition filed by Babita Sarkar, who told the court that she was deprived of the job despite scoring 77 marks in the state level selection exam held in 2016 as opposed to minister of state for education Paresh Chandra Adhikary's daughter Ankita, who got 61.
The Calcutta high court ordered on Friday, May 20, 2022 that the post of West Bengal minister's daughter Ankita Adhikary will remain vacant and shall be earmarked for the petitioner.(HT_PRINT)
The Calcutta high court ordered on Friday, May 20, 2022 that the post of West Bengal minister's daughter Ankita Adhikary will remain vacant and shall be earmarked for the petitioner.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 20, 2022 06:22 PM IST
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Calcutta HC orders Bengal admn to clear DA of govt employees within 3 months

According to estimates shared by state government employees associations, there are around one million government employees and pensioners who could benefit from the move.
The court said that dearness allowance is a legal right of the government employees. (File)
The court said that dearness allowance is a legal right of the government employees. (File)
Updated on May 20, 2022 01:18 PM IST
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Teachers recruitment scam: CBI quizzes Bengal minister for second time

The CBI on Thursday had lodged a first information report (FIR) against Adhikary, his daughter Ankita and other “unknown public servants” under sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides sections under Prevention of Corruption Act.
West Bengal minister of state for education Paresh Chandra Adhikary at the CBI office in Kolkata on Thursday. (PTI)
West Bengal minister of state for education Paresh Chandra Adhikary at the CBI office in Kolkata on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on May 20, 2022 11:43 AM IST
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CBI finally questions TMC leader in cattle smuggling case. He kept them waiting for 13 months

TMC leader Anubrata Mondal, the only district leader to be appointed to TMC national working committee, was grilled on Thursday for two hours. He left the CBI office early, saying that he had a doctor’s appointment
This was Anubrata Mondol’s first appearance before CBI officers in the cattle smuggling case in 13 months. (Twitter/AnubrataAITC)
This was Anubrata Mondol’s first appearance before CBI officers in the cattle smuggling case in 13 months. (Twitter/AnubrataAITC)
Published on May 19, 2022 08:36 PM IST
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TMC MLA questioned by CBI in connection with murder of BJP worker

BJP worker Abhijit Sarkar was allegedly killed by TMC workers in Kolkata on May 2 last year, hours after the West Bengal assembly election results were declared.
CBI sleuths questioned TMC legislator Paresh Paul for around three hours at the federal agency’s office in Kolkata. (Representational Image)
CBI sleuths questioned TMC legislator Paresh Paul for around three hours at the federal agency’s office in Kolkata. (Representational Image)
Published on May 18, 2022 06:26 PM IST
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Calcutta HC orders ex-WB education minister Partha Chatterjee to face CBI today

On April 12 this year, the single bench ordered Chatterjee to face the CBI on the same day, but the division bench put a stay on that order
Former West Bengal education minister and senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee. (PTI File Photo)
Former West Bengal education minister and senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee. (PTI File Photo)
Published on May 18, 2022 02:42 PM IST
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Question Bengal minister at 8pm, Calcutta HC orders CBI probe. He is a no-show

The Calcutta high court order on the recruitment of junior school education minister Paresh Chandra Adhikary’s daughter as a teacher in 2018 comes as a huge embarrassment for West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)
West Bengal’s TMC Kunal Ghosh said he will not comment on the court ruling but the judge shouldn’t overstep the court’s jurisdiction and comment on who can remain a minister and who should be removed from the post. (HT File Photo)
West Bengal’s TMC Kunal Ghosh said he will not comment on the court ruling but the judge shouldn’t overstep the court’s jurisdiction and comment on who can remain a minister and who should be removed from the post. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:41 PM IST
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TMC MLA Paresh Paul summoned by CBI in probe into Bengal BJP worker’s murder

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) responded angrily to CBI notice to lawmaker Paresh Paul, pointing out that the legislator is a 74-year-old. “No one will believe that he is behind this crime. Is this a joke?” asked TMC minister Firhad Hakim said.
The West Bengal BJP held a march in Kolkata earlier this month to mark the first anniversary of post-poll violence against BJP workers such as Abhijit Sarkar (Twitter/swapan55)
The West Bengal BJP held a march in Kolkata earlier this month to mark the first anniversary of post-poll violence against BJP workers such as Abhijit Sarkar (Twitter/swapan55)
Published on May 16, 2022 10:47 PM IST
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Cracks in homes above metro tunnel in Kolkata; panicked residents shifted to hotels

Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd said they have shifted 87 residents to hotels as a precautionary measure
Residents carry their belonging as they leave their houses after their houses developed cracks amid the ongoing metro-rail construction at Durga Pithuri lane, Bowbazar, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI)
Residents carry their belonging as they leave their houses after their houses developed cracks amid the ongoing metro-rail construction at Durga Pithuri lane, Bowbazar, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on May 13, 2022 01:51 AM IST
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‘Centre not releasing…’: In letter to PM, Mamata claims delay in funds to Bengal

The chief minister claimed that the wage payment for MGNREGA in Bengal is pending for more than four months as the Centre is yet to release funds to the state to the tune of 6,500 crore, i.e 3,000 crore against the wage liabilities and 3,500 crore against non-wage liabilities.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Published on May 12, 2022 06:37 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee announces new incentives for Bengal civil services

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced new incentives for the state civil service officers including creation of more districts to accommodate more officers.
The BJP alleged that Mamata Banerjee is busy forming a bureaucratic system to serve her political goals. (PTI)
The BJP alleged that Mamata Banerjee is busy forming a bureaucratic system to serve her political goals. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2022 06:33 PM IST
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NIA arrests local TMC leader’s son Namit Singh in bomb recovery case: Police

The bombs were recovered from a spot near BJP MP Arun Singh’s residence on March 12. He alleged that there was TMC conspiracy to attack him and members of his family.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a TMC leader’s son Namit Singh in the case connected to the recovery of 45 crude bombs found outside BJP MP Arjun Singh’s house. (ANI File Photo/Representative Image)
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a TMC leader’s son Namit Singh in the case connected to the recovery of 45 crude bombs found outside BJP MP Arjun Singh’s house. (ANI File Photo/Representative Image)
Published on May 12, 2022 06:09 PM IST
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'Not just Hindus or Muslims…': Abhishek Banerjee attacks BJP in Assam

The TMC national general secretary urged the people of northeastern states to form their own "unity in diversity" that can defeat the BJP. Abhishek Banerjee stated that his goal is to see the TMC growing as an active political participant across ten states.
Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. (Utpal Sarkar)
Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. (Utpal Sarkar)
Published on May 11, 2022 10:52 PM IST
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Babul Supriyo to take oath as TMC MLA today as impasse clears

Dhankhar recently entrusted deputy speaker Asish Banerjee to administer the oath of office to Supriyo. Banerjee, however, refused to carry out the responsibility, saying it is inappropriate for him to perform the duty when the speaker is in office.
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo, who won the April 12 by-election from Kolkata’s Ballygunge assembly seat, will take oath as a Trinamool Congress MLA on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO.)
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo, who won the April 12 by-election from Kolkata’s Ballygunge assembly seat, will take oath as a Trinamool Congress MLA on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 11, 2022 05:13 AM IST
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Calcutta HC informed that autopsy report of Bengal BJP worker rules out murder

Union home minister Amit Shah, who was in Bengal when the death was reported, met Arjun Chaurasia’s family and blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the “political murder”
The Calcutta high court. (PTI)
The Calcutta high court. (PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2022 04:34 AM IST
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Kolkata Police forms SIT to probe BJP worker Arjun Chowrasia’s death

The Calcutta high court on Friday ordered that Chowrasia’s autopsy be conducted at the army’s Eastern Command Hospital in the presence of the chief judicial magistrate of South 24-Parganas
Family members mourn the death of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Arjun Chowrasia, who was found hanging, in Kashipur on Friday. (ANI)
Family members mourn the death of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Arjun Chowrasia, who was found hanging, in Kashipur on Friday. (ANI)
Published on May 09, 2022 01:29 AM IST
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Leaves of all Kolkata corporation staff to be cancelled amid cyclone Asani alert

  • Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim said that the city administration is using lessons learnt from the effects of cyclone Amphan in May 2020 to take measures in wake of cyclone Asani, including keeping electric saws, earthmovers, cranes on standby to clear blockades caused by uprooted trees and other debris.
Cyclone Asani is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm later on Sunday, May 8, 2022, according to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) forecast.(PTI)
Cyclone Asani is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm later on Sunday, May 8, 2022, according to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) forecast.(PTI)
Published on May 08, 2022 04:21 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Sunderban records highest number of tiger straying incidents in recent years

Experts say the increase in the number of tiger straying incidents could hit conservation efforts. The authorities of the Sunderban Biosphere Reserve (SBR) have started a probe to find out the reasons behind the sharp increase in such cases.
The number of tiger straying cases shot up to seven in the Sunderbans in 2021-22. (HT File Photo)
The number of tiger straying cases shot up to seven in the Sunderbans in 2021-22. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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Post-mortem exam of BJP worker held in West Bengal

The 26-year-old Arjun Chowrasia was found hanging in an abandoned building close to his house in north Kolkata’s Cossipore area on Friday morning, hours before Union home minister Amit Shah landed in the city.
Union home minister Amit Shah demanded a CBI probe after visiting the victim’s family while he also sought a report from the state government.
Union home minister Amit Shah demanded a CBI probe after visiting the victim’s family while he also sought a report from the state government.
Updated on May 08, 2022 05:14 AM IST
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Kolkata: Autopsy of deceased BJP youth wing worker to be conducted today

The deceased BJP youth wing worker’s body was shifted to the Command Hospital in Kolkata amidst tight security on Saturday morning.
The BJP has alleged that the youth wing worker’s death was a political murder and blamed the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal. (File Photo)
The BJP has alleged that the youth wing worker’s death was a political murder and blamed the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal. (File Photo)
Published on May 07, 2022 09:53 AM IST
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Amit Shah demands CBI probe into party BJP worker’s death in Kolkata

Shah, who visited the deceased youth wing leader Arjun Chowrasia’s family, said the Union home ministry took serious note of the incident and sought a report from the state government,
Union home minister Amit Shah meets with family members of deceased youth wing leader Arjun Chowrasia, in Kashipur on May 6, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah meets with family members of deceased youth wing leader Arjun Chowrasia, in Kashipur on May 6, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 07, 2022 06:44 AM IST
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Shah hits out at TMC, blames it for BJP youth leader’s alleged murder

BJP leaders said Arjun Chowrasia was supposed to lead a motorcycle rally to welcome Shah in Kolkata and was busy preparing for it till last evening
Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Published on May 06, 2022 05:31 PM IST
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1 year of Bengal govt: Mamata hints at changes in TMC grassroots panels

The TMC returned to power for the third consecutive time in May last year, after sweeping the assembly elections winning 213 seats in the 294-member assembly.
West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. (Samir Jana/HT photo)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. (Samir Jana/HT photo)
Updated on May 06, 2022 07:05 AM IST
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BJP will not rest till it uproots Mamata Banerjee’s TMC from Bengal, says Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah was unsparing in his criticism of the Trinamool Congress government and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over infiltration, fuel prices in Bengal , corruption and nepotism.
Union home minister Amit Shah said (Twitter/BJP4India)
Union home minister Amit Shah said (Twitter/BJP4India)
Published on May 05, 2022 07:51 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee slams Amit Shah for remarks on Bengal’s law and order situation

Union home minister Amit Shah arrived in West Bengal on Thursday morning and will be camping in the state for two days.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said West Bengal is better than any other state. (PTI)
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said West Bengal is better than any other state. (PTI)
Published on May 05, 2022 06:55 PM IST
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In Bengal, Shah takes veiled jibe at Mamata over 'infiltration', 'smuggling'

Union home minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Border Security Force (BSF) border out posts at Hingalganj in Sunderbans area of North 24 Parganas district. He also flagged off a boat ambulance and inaugurated a Maitri museum.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to inaugurate floating border outposts at Hingalganj, in North 24 Parganas district.(PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to inaugurate floating border outposts at Hingalganj, in North 24 Parganas district.(PTI)
Published on May 05, 2022 02:22 PM IST
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