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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee held an administrative meeting in Birbhum district with top bureaucrats from various departments of the state government and district administration on Monday.(ANI PHOTO.)

CM Mamata pulls up bureaucrats for delay in govt projects in poll-bound Bengal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 08:13 PM IST
The chief minister directed the officers to send daily updates on some of the government schemes and services to the chief minister’s office (CMO) at the state secretariat and asked the chief secretary of the state to monitor the developments.
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Amit Shah was served lunch on earthen dishes and bowls and water in an earthen glass in the courtyard of the house. Neighbours chipped in to help the eight-member family to prepare the lunch since morning amidst tight security.(ANI PHOTO.)
Amit Shah was served lunch on earthen dishes and bowls and water in an earthen glass in the courtyard of the house. Neighbours chipped in to help the eight-member family to prepare the lunch since morning amidst tight security.(ANI PHOTO.)

Bengal village plays host to Amit Shah with live baul performance, local cuisine

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 03:09 PM IST
A live performance was also organized by the family. Bauls are the mystic minstrels who live in rural Bangladesh and West Bengal. Before having lunch, Shah offered puja in a temple inside the house.
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On Friday morning, irate villagers clashed with the police and blocked National Highway 114(ANI File Photo)
On Friday morning, irate villagers clashed with the police and blocked National Highway 114(ANI File Photo)

Bengal custodial death sparks row

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2020 01:33 AM IST
The victim’s parents and villagers alleged that the boy was picked up at least three days ago and was never produced in the court.
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The house in which the accused had gathered and were arrested from, is located less than three kilometres from Visva Bharati.(representative Photo/Getty Images)
The house in which the accused had gathered and were arrested from, is located less than three kilometres from Visva Bharati.(representative Photo/Getty Images)

4 Bangladeshi contract killers arrested from Santiniketan in south Bengal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 11:59 AM IST
Police said that the four Bangladeshis were contract killers who were hired to assassinate a politician in Birbhum district
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A devout Hindu, Pranab Mukherjee never missed his priest’s role except only in 2015, when his wife, Suvra, passed away just a few days before the annual festival.(HT PHOTO.)
A devout Hindu, Pranab Mukherjee never missed his priest’s role except only in 2015, when his wife, Suvra, passed away just a few days before the annual festival.(HT PHOTO.)

Darkness descends on Miriti, Pranab Mukherjee’s village in Bengal

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 10:44 PM IST
To the villagers, who gathered in mourning on Monday evening, Mukherjee was always Poltu, the nickname his parents gave him. His elder sister Annapurna Devi, the only member of the family who lived in the house, died in January this year.
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In Kolkata, BJP’s youth wing workers led by state president and Lok Sabha member Saumitra Khan staged a demonstration and courted arrest.(ANI PHOTO.)
In Kolkata, BJP’s youth wing workers led by state president and Lok Sabha member Saumitra Khan staged a demonstration and courted arrest.(ANI PHOTO.)

Visva Bharati officials skip state meet, Padma Shri awardee doctor’s bust vandalized in Birbhum

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 12:11 AM IST
Famous for treating patients for a fee of just one rupee, an act that earned him the name ‘Ek takar daktar’ (one rupee doctor), Bandopadhyay was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Centre earlier this year. The bust was placed near his home in Santiniketan by local people.
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Mamata Banerjee Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a government job for kin of each of the two soldiers from the state who died during clashes with the Chinese army. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Mamata Banerjee Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a government job for kin of each of the two soldiers from the state who died during clashes with the Chinese army. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Mamata Banerjee announces compensation for families of 2 soldiers from WB killed in Galwan clash

By Press Trust of India | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Rajesh Orang of Birbhum district and Bipul Roy of Alipurduar were among the 20 Indian Army personnel killed in the fierce clash on Monday night.
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Homeless people stand in a queue. (Representative Image)(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Homeless people stand in a queue. (Representative Image)(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Bringing food, dignity to a Bengal village

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 05:51 AM IST
Maji has been running a coaching centre in Bolpur since 2006; each year, his institute receives almost 250 higher secondary and undergraduate students, who receive tuitions on everything from Bengali language to history and political science.
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Residents of the Vardhaman Apartments containment zone have good delivered to the society gates, on day seventeen of the 21 day nationwide lockdown to limit the coronavirus in Mayur Vihar(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Residents of the Vardhaman Apartments containment zone have good delivered to the society gates, on day seventeen of the 21 day nationwide lockdown to limit the coronavirus in Mayur Vihar(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Bengal musicians go online to uplift spirits of people during Covid-19 lockdown

By Press Trust of India | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2020 03:08 PM IST
Ustad Rashid Khan and his son presented a medley of three bhajans ‘Dheere dheere re mana’, ‘Yeh andhiyara mit jayega’ and ‘Subah ho shaam ho tera naam japu’.
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A man was killed in a clash between two groups of villagers allegedly over setting up of a quarantine centre at a village school in Birbhum district on Saturday night.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A man was killed in a clash between two groups of villagers allegedly over setting up of a quarantine centre at a village school in Birbhum district on Saturday night.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Coronavirus update: Man killed in clash over setting up of quarantine centre in Bengal

By Press Trust of India | Suri (West Bengal)
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2020 09:45 AM IST
Local sources claimed that the administration has decided to set up a quarantine centre for suspected COVID-19 cases at a school in the village and it was not liked by a section of villagers while others were in favour of it.
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A 17-year-old examinee in Malda district got arrested on Wednesday for making a TikTok video of the English second language paper(Bloomberg (Representative Image))
A 17-year-old examinee in Malda district got arrested on Wednesday for making a TikTok video of the English second language paper(Bloomberg (Representative Image))

Bengal board examinee makes TikTok video of English question paper, arrested

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan times, Berhampore/Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2020 02:52 AM IST
The video has a Hindi movie song playing in the background. The lyrics talk of tough questions that a student cannot understand and even curses the person who set the questions.
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The man was intercepted by locals when the girl raised an alarm. He was thrashed and handed over to the police.(FILE PHOTO.)
The man was intercepted by locals when the girl raised an alarm. He was thrashed and handed over to the police.(FILE PHOTO.)

TMC leader’s brother held for molesting minor at Santiniketan in south Bengal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2020 10:40 PM IST
The accused, Imran Sheikh, happens to be the brother of Omar Sheikh, a local Trinamool Congress leader.
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On Friday the governor was seen exchanging pleasantries with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state legislative assembly.(PTI PHOTO.)
On Friday the governor was seen exchanging pleasantries with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state legislative assembly.(PTI PHOTO.)

Explosives being traded freely in state, says West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 10:47 PM IST
Civic polls in Bengal are scheduled to be held later this year, while assembly elections are due next year in 2021.
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Two persons were killed and another seriously injured when two cars collided head-on at Birbhum district in West Bengal(ANI/Twitter)
Two persons were killed and another seriously injured when two cars collided head-on at Birbhum district in West Bengal(ANI/Twitter)

Two dead, one injured in Bengal road accident

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2020 12:03 PM IST
Police said that while a Swift Dzire was heading towards Kolkata, a Scorpio was heading north. The two collided head-on as the driver of one one of the vehicles lost control. There was no fog when the accident happened.
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‘Internet Sathi’, has been halted in West Bengal due to panic among people over National Register of Citizens(PTI)
‘Internet Sathi’, has been halted in West Bengal due to panic among people over National Register of Citizens(PTI)

E-literacy programme halted in West Bengal due to panic over NRC

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 06:03 AM IST
Another NGO that ran the programme in four other districts faced similar problems. “Our programme in four districts was completed in December.
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Protests agaist the National Register of Citizens (NRC),Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR) have been raging in Bengal for over a month.(PTI)
Protests agaist the National Register of Citizens (NRC),Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR) have been raging in Bengal for over a month.(PTI)

Bengal villagers mistake digital literacy trainer as official for NRC, ransack her house

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 06:05 AM IST
People thought the woman was working for NRC after she took photos of some of the trainees and also asked for some documents as part of the digital literacy programme.
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The maulvi of the local mosque in West Bengal’s Birbhum district inaugurated a temple dedicated to goddess Kali, on a night when the state was observing Kali Puja.(AP Photo (Representative))
The maulvi of the local mosque in West Bengal’s Birbhum district inaugurated a temple dedicated to goddess Kali, on a night when the state was observing Kali Puja.(AP Photo (Representative))

Muslims in Bengal raise funds for temple demolished for road; a maulvi inaugurates it

By Koushik Dutta | Hindustan Times, Midnapore
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 07:43 AM IST
Members of the Muslim community in Basapura even raised money to rebuild the Kali temple that was demolished two years ago for widening a village road. They also purchased the land for relocating the temple.
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BJP supporters in Bengal’s West Birbhum district with the body of a party worker Swarup Gorai ahead of his cremation.(HT Correspondents)
BJP supporters in Bengal’s West Birbhum district with the body of a party worker Swarup Gorai ahead of his cremation.(HT Correspondents)

BJP worker’s body cremated in Bengal after three days of drama

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 08:18 PM IST
The BJP has warned that its workers will paralyse Birbhum district if all the accused in the murder case are not arrested by September 15.
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The Bengal unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party has said it will move the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday against the police who allegedly took away the body of one of its workers only to prevent them from taking it to the party’s state headquarters.(HT PHOTO)
The Bengal unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party has said it will move the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday against the police who allegedly took away the body of one of its workers only to prevent them from taking it to the party’s state headquarters.(HT PHOTO)

‘Police stole my husband’s body’: BJP worker’s widow accuses Bengal cops

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 06:52 PM IST
Swarup Gorai, who was allegedly shot by ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters in Birbhum district last Friday, died Sunday in a Kolkata hospital. His body was later taken to another hospital in the city for post mortem.
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A blast blew up part of a TMC leader’s house in Birbhum on Thursday morning. The cause of the blast is still unknown.(PTI / Representative Photo)
A blast blew up part of a TMC leader’s house in Birbhum on Thursday morning. The cause of the blast is still unknown.(PTI / Representative Photo)

Bengal police arrest TMC leader after blast in house; BJP leader suspects crude bombs were stockpiled

By Koushik Dutta | Hindustan Times, Midnapore
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 06:02 PM IST
A Trinamool Congress Party leader was arrested in Birbhum district of West Bengal after an early morning blast in his house on Thursday morning. Police say they are investigating the cause of the blast.
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(Samir Jana / Hindustan TimesAmong those arrested is Shambhunath Mandal, president of the scheduled caste cell of the BJP Birbhum unit.)
(Samir Jana / Hindustan TimesAmong those arrested is Shambhunath Mandal, president of the scheduled caste cell of the BJP Birbhum unit.)

Five Bengal BJP workers arrested in ‘cut money’ row

By Koushik Dutta | Hindustan times, Midnapore
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 04:54 PM IST
The BJP leadership has claimed that the charges are concocted and its supporters were framed for resisting sale of sand collected illegally from the bed of the Ajoy river.
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At least 35 people have been injured in continuing political clashes across West Bengal since Saturday night.(ANI)
At least 35 people have been injured in continuing political clashes across West Bengal since Saturday night.(ANI)

35 injured in Bengal as clashes continue

By HT Correspondents | Kolkata/Midnapore
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:28 PM IST
The violence was reported from Birbhum, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, West Midnapore, and South 24 Parganas districts.
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JP candidate from Jadavpur, Anupam Hazra met TMC’s Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal, on Monday in Birbhum’s Bolpur.(ANI)
JP candidate from Jadavpur, Anupam Hazra met TMC’s Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal, on Monday in Birbhum’s Bolpur.(ANI)

Bengal BJP candidate meets Trinamool leader, fuels speculations

By Press Trust of India | Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 10:48 AM IST
Anupam Hazra, the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate in Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency in the city where polling would be held on May 19, called on Anubrata Mondal, the TMC’s Birbhum district president, at the latter’s party office.
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In 2014, the BJP and its allies won 56 of these seats, leaving just two for the Congress. The fate of a large number of high-profile candidates such as Union ministers Giriraj Singh (Begusarai), Subhash Bhamre (Dhule), SS Ahluwalia (Burdwan-Durgapur) and Babul Supriyo (Asansol) was sealed
In 2014, the BJP and its allies won 56 of these seats, leaving just two for the Congress. The fate of a large number of high-profile candidates such as Union ministers Giriraj Singh (Begusarai), Subhash Bhamre (Dhule), SS Ahluwalia (Burdwan-Durgapur) and Babul Supriyo (Asansol) was sealed

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Clashes in Bengal again as 80mn vote in phase 4

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Kolkata/New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 12:09 AM IST
The poll watchdog deployed additional forces to cover around 98% of all booths in the battleground eastern state but violence broke out as soon as polls opened at 7am on Monday with the ruling TMC and the opposition BJP and Congress trading charges of voter intimidation.
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Clashes broke out in places such as Nalhati (Birbhum), Nanoor (Bolpur), Barabani (Asansol) and Suri (Birbhum). In Kandihi, a security personnel fired in the air inside the polling booth, triggering tensions. ( ANI Photo)
Clashes broke out in places such as Nalhati (Birbhum), Nanoor (Bolpur), Barabani (Asansol) and Suri (Birbhum). In Kandihi, a security personnel fired in the air inside the polling booth, triggering tensions. ( ANI Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Opposition attacks TMC after clashes, firing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 07:22 AM IST
The opposition, such as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, complained of violence by the ruling Trinamool Congress, who they said tried to prevent voters from going to the polling stations to exercise their franchise.
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The district’s two Lok Sabha constituencies, Bolpur and Birbhum, will go to polls on Monday. The district is known for political killings and violence and Mondal has been accused of instigating these on several occasions.(HT PHOTO)
The district’s two Lok Sabha constituencies, Bolpur and Birbhum, will go to polls on Monday. The district is known for political killings and violence and Mondal has been accused of instigating these on several occasions.(HT PHOTO)

EC puts controversial TMC leader Anubrata Mondal under surveillance

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 07:50 AM IST
No political leader in post-Independence Bengal has been kept under such surveillance in not one but two successive elections, EC officials said.
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Two days before the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders alleged on Saturday that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers vandalised a party office and beat up their supporters .(Burhaan Kinu/HT File PHOTO)
Two days before the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders alleged on Saturday that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers vandalised a party office and beat up their supporters .(Burhaan Kinu/HT File PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP alleges attack by TMC in Bengal; Left candidate assaulted, Congress office vandalised

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Midnapore/Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 12:10 AM IST
Birbhum district has two seats, both of which were won by the TMC in 2014. From Bolpur constituency, TMC candidate Anupam Hazra (who joined the BJP this year) won by 2,36,114 votes. In Birbhum seat, the ruling party won by 67,263 votes.
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Often in the line of opposition fire over his foreign trips, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India’s might was being acknowledged globally because of his numerous visits abroad.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Often in the line of opposition fire over his foreign trips, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India’s might was being acknowledged globally because of his numerous visits abroad.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Modi’s ‘ghungroo’ barb at opposition over PM candidate

By Press Trust of India | Kamarpara (West Bengal)
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 08:42 PM IST
Taking a dig at the opposition, he said, anybody whose party is contesting even 20-25 seats, wants to become the prime minister.
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The poll panel has also made it clear that Anuj Sharma should not be involved by the state government in “any election related duties.”(Kolkata Police/Twitter)
The poll panel has also made it clear that Anuj Sharma should not be involved by the state government in “any election related duties.”(Kolkata Police/Twitter)

Election Commission replaces Kolkata Police commissioner Anuj Sharma

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 11:53 PM IST
Rajesh Kumar replaced Anuj Sharma as the commissioner of Kolkata Police.
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The Birbhum seat was won by Shatabdi Roy for the second time in 2014 Lok Sabha election.(HT file photo)
The Birbhum seat was won by Shatabdi Roy for the second time in 2014 Lok Sabha election.(HT file photo)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Trinamool’s Satabdi Roy will look to retain West Bengal’s Birbhum

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2019 12:26 PM IST
The Lok Sabha seat, located in Birbhum district known for Baul folk singers and numerous cultural fairs, was reserved for Scheduled Caste members from 1962 to 2004 but was declared a free seat from 2009.
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