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Sujata Khan was welcomed into the party by TMC Lok Sabha MP Saugata Roy and spokesperson Kunal Ghosh.(ANI PHOTO.)

Bengal BJP youth front chief’s wife joins TMC, husband wants divorce

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 04:25 PM IST
Saumitra Khan is a former TMC leader who joined the BJP in January 2019. He was the TMC’s Lok Sabha member from Bishnupur in Bankura district. He retained the seat by contesting for the BJP and was made president of the state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) about three months ago.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting in Bankura district on Wednesday.(PTI PHOTO.)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting in Bankura district on Wednesday.(PTI PHOTO.)

BJP’s victory run will stop in Bengal, says CM Mamata; promises more time for party

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Incidentally, while on a tour of Bankura on November 5, Union home minister Amit Shah had set the tone for the Bengal elections by asking BJP leaders to win more than 200 of the 294 seats.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Bibhishan Hansda outside the latter’s home in Bengal’s Bankura district.(https://twitter.com/AmitShah)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Bibhishan Hansda outside the latter’s home in Bengal’s Bankura district.(https://twitter.com/AmitShah)

TMC, BJP race to help Bengal tribal family that hosted Amit Shah for lunch

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2020 07:46 AM IST
Leaders from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as officers from the district administration have called on Bibhishan Hansda and offered to get the best treatment for his teenage daughter Rachana who is diabetic.
TMC leaders alleged that home minister Amit Amit Shah was so ignorant of Bengal’s culture that he garlanded the wrong statue. (Photo@BJP4Bengal)
TMC leaders alleged that home minister Amit Amit Shah was so ignorant of Bengal’s culture that he garlanded the wrong statue. (Photo@BJP4Bengal)

‘Expert on Gujarat Gymkhana, not Bengal’: TMC on Amit Shah’s statue flub

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:58 AM IST
Vivekananda Patra, president of the BJP’s Bankura district unit, admitted that an error was made while attempting to spot a statue of Birsa Munda not far from Bankura town where Amit Shah held a closed-door meeting with leaders from 13 districts.
Amit Shah, who is on a two-day tour to the state, arrived in Bankura this morning to take stock of the party’s organisation in the district. The assembly election is likely to be held in the state in April-May next year.(BJP4Bengal/Twitter)
Amit Shah, who is on a two-day tour to the state, arrived in Bankura this morning to take stock of the party’s organisation in the district. The assembly election is likely to be held in the state in April-May next year.(BJP4Bengal/Twitter)

Amit Shah has lunch at house of tribal BJP worker in Bengal

Bankura (West Bengal) | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 09:15 AM IST
Amit Shah was accompanied by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya, BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy and state party chief Dilip Ghosh.
Amit Shah said that the death knell of the Mamata Banerjee government has been sounded and the BJP will come to power with a two-third majority in the coming elections.(PTI)
Amit Shah said that the death knell of the Mamata Banerjee government has been sounded and the BJP will come to power with a two-third majority in the coming elections.(PTI)

‘Urge you to overthrow Trinamool, let BJP build sonar Bangla’: Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 05:12 PM IST
A district BJP leader who attended the closed-door meeting said Shah asked the district and state leaders to strengthen the organization right down to the polling booth level to ensure that the BJP wins more than 200 of the state’s 294 assembly seats.
On the eve of Independence Day last month, around a dozen posters were recovered from three villages in the Bhulabheda area of Jhargram district, another erstwhile hotbed of Maoist activity. (HT File photo)
On the eve of Independence Day last month, around a dozen posters were recovered from three villages in the Bhulabheda area of Jhargram district, another erstwhile hotbed of Maoist activity. (HT File photo)

Maoist posters resurface in Bengal, third incident since August

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 08:51 PM IST
Two of these posters were found inside a compound where an office of the state land and land reforms department is located.
Ali, the former head of the panchayat, was hacked to death after he suffered bomb injuries.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Ali, the former head of the panchayat, was hacked to death after he suffered bomb injuries.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

TMC leader killed in Bengal’s Bankura, many workers hurt in two other districts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 06:30 PM IST
Local TMC leaders accused Rahim Mondal, husband of the head of the local panchayat who switched over from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and said Left supporters had masterminded the violence.
Subrato Pati uses his smartphone to take online classes from his workspace on the tree.(ANI)
Subrato Pati uses his smartphone to take online classes from his workspace on the tree.(ANI)

West Bengal teacher conducts online classes on a tree to beat network glitches

Bankura, West Bengal | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 02:27 PM IST
After all the educational institutions were shut down due to the lockdown, Subrato Pati started taking online classes.
West Bengal has around 580 institutional quarantine centres, where more than 11,000 people are currently under observation. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
West Bengal has around 580 institutional quarantine centres, where more than 11,000 people are currently under observation. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Hotels, luxury resorts offer quarantine deals in West Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2020 07:49 PM IST
Star hotels and luxury resorts in Kolkata, other towns and tourist destinations in the state are offering their rooms as Covid-19 quarantine facilities to those reluctant to complete their government-mandated isolation in state-run centres.
There was no report of any casualty or damage to property, as per initial reports, officials said.(PTI/Image for reprsentation)
There was no report of any casualty or damage to property, as per initial reports, officials said.(PTI/Image for reprsentation)

Mild earthquake hits Bankura district

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2020 01:40 PM IST
People in Bankura district town, about 200 km from Kolkata, experienced shaking of the earth surface and came out of their houses and other buildings.
On Thursday, the festival of Ram Navami too was celebrated in certain pockets of Kolkata and the districts despite a nationwide lockdown.(ANI PHOTO.)
On Thursday, the festival of Ram Navami too was celebrated in certain pockets of Kolkata and the districts despite a nationwide lockdown.(ANI PHOTO.)

Amid lockdown, villagers attack cops, crowds flock to markets on Ram Navami in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2020 12:56 AM IST
People thronged vegetable markets in Kolkata and the districts, with very few keeping distance from the next person. Village fairs were organised in Purulia, Bankura and Cooch Behar districts. In Kurseong, however, the traditional Ram Navami fair was not held.
The footage of the fishing cat, the state animal of West Bengal, was captured by a close circuit television camera installed in a house at Kanaigram in Konnagar. (Image used for representation).(SHUTTERSTOCK.)
The footage of the fishing cat, the state animal of West Bengal, was captured by a close circuit television camera installed in a house at Kanaigram in Konnagar. (Image used for representation).(SHUTTERSTOCK.)

Endangered fishing cat triggers panic in Bengal’s suburban town

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2020 07:09 AM IST
Fishing cats are listed as vulnerable species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. The Dankuni wetlands, located less than 10 km away from the spot where the cat was spotted, is a fishing cat habitat.
“From gram panchayat to legislators, TMC leaders from all levels are keeping in touch with me,” retorted BJP Jhargram district president Sukhamay Satpati.(HT Photo)
“From gram panchayat to legislators, TMC leaders from all levels are keeping in touch with me,” retorted BJP Jhargram district president Sukhamay Satpati.(HT Photo)

Identify those in touch with the BJP, says Mamata

Kolkata/Midnapore | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 12:09 AM IST
Addressing the TMC leaders in the two districts of Bankura and Jhargram in a closed-door meeting, Banerjee urged them to go back to the people to re-establish contacts with the common man.
BJP protest march in West against the alleged killing of its workers.(Bengal BJP/Twitter)
BJP protest march in West against the alleged killing of its workers.(Bengal BJP/Twitter)

‘Is this Pakistan?’ Bengal BJP alleges teen shot for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Kolkata | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 03:07 PM IST
Expressing concern over the injury of the teenager, BJP state President Dilip Ghosh said it is unfortunate that people are being shot for shouting a slogan.
Along with Jhargram, the other constituencies where polling is being held in this phase are Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Medinipur, Bankura, Bishnupur and Purulia.(AP)
Along with Jhargram, the other constituencies where polling is being held in this phase are Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Medinipur, Bankura, Bishnupur and Purulia.(AP)

Lok Sabha election 2019: Villagers boycott polling in West Bengal’s Jhargram constituency over drinking water, road

Hindustan Times, Midnapore | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 03:32 PM IST
This is the first time that voters of a booth have boycotted polls in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha election 2019. Ramchandrapur village, about 170km to the west of state capital Kolkata, has one booth that has 740 voters.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an election meeting at kotsila in Purulia district on Wednesday.(ANI photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an election meeting at kotsila in Purulia district on Wednesday.(ANI photo)

‘Prove the charge or do 100 sit-ups holding ears’: Mamata on PM Modi’s coal mafia remark

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 07:12 PM IST
The latest round came after the two exchanged barbs earlier this week, with Banerjee saying on Tuesday that when PM Modi comes to Bengal and alleges tolabazi (extortion), she feels like giving him “a slap of democracy,” raising her right hand in a motion of slapping.
Mamata Banerjee had during a campaign rally at Raghunathpur in the district on Tuesday said that Modi should get a “tight slap of democracy”.(PTI)
Mamata Banerjee had during a campaign rally at Raghunathpur in the district on Tuesday said that Modi should get a “tight slap of democracy”.(PTI)

‘Why should I slap PM’: Mamata Banerjee explains ‘slap of democracy’ remark

Simulia (West Bengal) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 10:48 AM IST
Modi had told a rally at Bankura earlier in the day that Banerjee had said she would slap him, which would actually be a blessing for him.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said wherever regional parties are strong they should not lose their votes from their area.(ANI Photo)
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said wherever regional parties are strong they should not lose their votes from their area.(ANI Photo)

I can contest from anywhere but don’t want division of votes: Mamata Banerjee

Siliguri (West Bengal) | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 06:58 PM IST
Ram Navami rallies were taken out in West Midnapore, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura, Howrah, Kolkata and in North and South 24 Parganas districts among others, officials said.
West Bengal’s Bankura Lok Sabha constituency was held by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) continuously since 1980 till 2014.(HT file photo)
West Bengal’s Bankura Lok Sabha constituency was held by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) continuously since 1980 till 2014.(HT file photo)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Will Trinamool keep Bankura?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2019 02:17 PM IST
The ruling party has now fielded Subrata Mukherjee from Bankura for the Lok Sabha election 2019. Sen will fight from Asansol, which is held by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Babul Supriyo
Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal goes to polls on May 12(PTI file phot)
Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal goes to polls on May 12(PTI file phot)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Once a Left bastion, West Bengal’s Bishnupur is held by Trinamool

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2019 02:22 PM IST
Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal goes to polls on May 12
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee might spring a few surprises while announcing her list of candidates for the Lok Sabha election 2019 on Tuesday.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee might spring a few surprises while announcing her list of candidates for the Lok Sabha election 2019 on Tuesday.(PTI)

New faces, more women likely in Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool candidate list for Lok Sabha elections

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 11:22 AM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee might spring a few surprises while announcing her list of candidates for the Lok Sabha election 2019 on Tuesday.
Former Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda was welcomed by people at Kating on his way back from Bandwan after permission was denied to his meeting at Bishnupur in Bankura district, India, on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Former Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda was welcomed by people at Kating on his way back from Bandwan after permission was denied to his meeting at Bishnupur in Bankura district, India, on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Mamata government denies rally nod of Jharkhand ex-CM Munda in Bankura

Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur | By Debashish Sarkar, Jamshedpur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2019 09:14 AM IST
Munda returned midway from the Jharkhand-West Bengal border near Bandwan in West Bengal’s Purulia district, after he was told that the West Bengal administration had not given permission for his meeting in Bishnupur.
Rescuers work at the site of a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in Meghalaya.(REUTERS/FILE PHOTO)
Rescuers work at the site of a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in Meghalaya.(REUTERS/FILE PHOTO)

Another coal mine disaster: 3 dead, one missing in state-owned mine in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Midnapore | By Koushik Dutta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2019 11:12 PM IST
At least three villagers died on Thursday when a portion of a coal mine collapsed in Barjora area of West Bengal’s Bankura district, about 178 km from Kolkata.
People walk along a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbour as Cyclone Phethai approaches Chennai on Sunday.(AFP Photo)
People walk along a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbour as Cyclone Phethai approaches Chennai on Sunday.(AFP Photo)

Cyclone Phethai to make landfall in Andhra Pradesh today, alert sounded

Hindustan Times, Vijayawada | By Gali Nagaraja
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2018 10:12 AM IST
This is the third cyclone to hit the state this year after Cyclone Daye and Cyclone Titli, but weather officials say it is likely to weaken before making landfall on Monday afternoon
Local people told police that Haidar and Rasul had a quarrel soon after they started playing against each other.(Representative Image)
Local people told police that Haidar and Rasul had a quarrel soon after they started playing against each other.(Representative Image)

14-yr-old Bengal boy killed by teenager during fight over carrom in gambling den

Hindustan Times | By Koushik Dutta, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2018 05:55 PM IST
Local police told police that bets were placed on the games and Haidar and Rasul were both regulars.
Dipan Chatterjee, who recently completed a course on engineering and sold a firearm to the key accused, a class 12 student, was sent to jail custody. The three school students were sent to a welfare home.(Hindustan Times)
Dipan Chatterjee, who recently completed a course on engineering and sold a firearm to the key accused, a class 12 student, was sent to jail custody. The three school students were sent to a welfare home.(Hindustan Times)

Bengal school students threaten private tutor, demand Rs 50K as revenge

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Koushik Dutta, Midnapore
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 01:44 PM IST
A class 12 student, the key accused, had bought a pistol from an engineering student for Rs 30,000.
State education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Monday night that the “condition was worrisome”.(ANI/Twitter)
State education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Monday night that the “condition was worrisome”.(ANI/Twitter)

Govt orders schools to shut as south Bengal reels under heat wave; 1 dead in Bankura

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 08:32 PM IST
The temperature in many districts hovered above 40 degree Celcius and officials of the meteorological department officials warned the heat wave could continue for at least a couple of days.
Lightning strikes over residential apartments during a thunderstorm on the outskirts of New Delhi.(AFP File Photo)
Lightning strikes over residential apartments during a thunderstorm on the outskirts of New Delhi.(AFP File Photo)

Lightning kills three people in West Bengal’s Bankura

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Koushik Dutta
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 07:11 PM IST
Forty-five tea garden workers, most of them women, were injured by lightning on Monday when they were working in Palasbari tea garden in Jalpaiguri district, about 650 km from Kolkata.
Kolkata and its suburbs were hit by a storm late Tuesday. At least 15 people were killed in West Bengal, where mobile and internet services were also affected.(Samir Jana /HT Photo)
Kolkata and its suburbs were hit by a storm late Tuesday. At least 15 people were killed in West Bengal, where mobile and internet services were also affected.(Samir Jana /HT Photo)

Twin storms kill 15 in West Bengal as winds top 98 kmph, disrupt life in Kolkata

HT Correspondent, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 02:52 PM IST
According to the met department, a northwestern -- seasonal storm common in this part of the world -- with gale speed of 84 km per hour hit Kolkata and other South Bengal districts in the evening.
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