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Mamata Banerjee was addressing the inauguration of the 26th edition of the KIFF.(PTI)

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee allows 100% occupancy in cinema halls

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:39 PM IST
This year, 81 full-length feature films and 50 short films and documentaries from around 45 countries would be screened in eight venues over the next one week.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)

Owaisi’s politics won’t work in Bengal: Muslim clerics react to AIMIM’s poll debut

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:59 PM IST
The BJP, which has been accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of appeasing the minority community for years, has said that AIMIM is an independent party and can contest anywhere
JP Nadda has been leading the election strategy in West Bengal after the party’s performance in Bihar, where it won 74 seats of the 110 it contested in the 243-member house and formed the government with JD(U), which contested on 115 seats and won 43.(PTI)
JP Nadda has been leading the election strategy in West Bengal after the party’s performance in Bihar, where it won 74 seats of the 110 it contested in the 243-member house and formed the government with JD(U), which contested on 115 seats and won 43.(PTI)

Nadda to launch new campaign on farm laws during Bengal visit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:19 AM IST
JP Nadda will also lead the party’s door-to-door canvassing ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections scheduled to take place before May this year.
On Tuesday, Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigned from both the post of a minister and the party’s district president. There were rumours that Shukla had resigned as he was disgruntled.(HT PHOTO.)
On Tuesday, Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigned from both the post of a minister and the party’s district president. There were rumours that Shukla had resigned as he was disgruntled.(HT PHOTO.)

After stint as TMC minister, Laxmi Ratan Shukla rules out joining any political party for now

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:14 PM IST
Shukla joined the Trinamool Congress in February 2016 and won the assembly elections the same year from Howrah. He was made the minister of state for sports and youth affairs. Later he was also made the president of the TMC’s Howrah district unit.
BJP national president JP Nadda, who won high praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the party’s performance in the Bihar assembly election, has been leading the West Bengal poll strategy as well.(PTI PHOTO.)
BJP national president JP Nadda, who won high praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the party’s performance in the Bihar assembly election, has been leading the West Bengal poll strategy as well.(PTI PHOTO.)

BJP national chief JP Nadda to visit poll-bound Bengal, launch new campaign

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:53 PM IST
Nadda will launch the campaign in Burdwan district of the election bound state and the process will be carried forward by party workers who will visit farming households across 48,000 villages to collect rice.
Representational image.(REUTERS)
Representational image.(REUTERS)

IIT Kharagpur researchers develop air-borne mobile telecom tower for emergencies

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:44 AM IST
In the case of network disruptions, the drones can intelligently avoid them by changing their locations and bypassing the jam
Abhishek Banerjee happens to be the nephew of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(HT PHOTO.)
Abhishek Banerjee happens to be the nephew of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(HT PHOTO.)

TMC’s Abhishek Banerjee sends legal notice to Babul Supriyo, demands an apology within 72 hours

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:53 AM IST
The minister has, however, hit back saying that he wants Abhishek Banerjee to tender an unconditional apology to the people of West Bengal for whatever Bhaipo (nephew) and Pishi (aunt) have done to the people of Bengal.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and his wife Sudesh Dhankhar at the Raj Bhawan on Wednesday.(https://twitter.com/jdhankhar1)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and his wife Sudesh Dhankhar at the Raj Bhawan on Wednesday.(https://twitter.com/jdhankhar1)

Mamata Banerjee’s evening meeting with Governor Dhankhar sparks speculation

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:22 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee’s visit made news in view of the increasing acrimony in the relationship between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Governor Dhankhar over a range of issues.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi approved the appointment of senior observers in poll bound states in 2021, according to a statement from the party.(PTI)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi approved the appointment of senior observers in poll bound states in 2021, according to a statement from the party.(PTI)

Congress appoints senior observers for poll-bound states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:37 PM IST
Elections are scheduled in four states and one Union territory namely Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry.
The project will cover the five most populous districts of southern West Bengal, including its urban agglomeration -- the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) where around 30 million people or one-third of West Bengal’s population live.(PTI | Representational image)
The project will cover the five most populous districts of southern West Bengal, including its urban agglomeration -- the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) where around 30 million people or one-third of West Bengal’s population live.(PTI | Representational image)

World Bank commits USD 105 million to improve West Bengal waterways

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:54 AM IST
The USD 105 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a maturity of 17 years, including a grace period of seven years.
Rape cases across India are on the rise with even erstwhile safe metros such as Bangalore and Kolkata reporting violent crimes against women.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Rape cases across India are on the rise with even erstwhile safe metros such as Bangalore and Kolkata reporting violent crimes against women.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Suspended TMC leader held after raping minor for 3 days in Darjeeling

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:05 AM IST
The alleged crime took place about two weeks ago but the victim’s mother lodged a complaint at Kharibari police station on Sunday night.
An EIMPA official said around 120 of the 250 single screen theatres are currently operational, the rest have closed shop, and some permanently.(HT File Photo)
An EIMPA official said around 120 of the 250 single screen theatres are currently operational, the rest have closed shop, and some permanently.(HT File Photo)

Single-screen theatre owners urge Bengal govt to allow 100% occupancy in halls

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:58 PM IST
“We think removing the 50 per cent-occupancy cap will certainly help us recover the cost of running theatres to an extent. It will further boost confidence of the producers,” Saha, the director of a local multiplex chain, stated.
Former Indian cricketer and current BCCI (Board Of Control for Cricket in India) president Sourav Ganguly.(REUTERS)
Former Indian cricketer and current BCCI (Board Of Control for Cricket in India) president Sourav Ganguly.(REUTERS)

Sourav Ganguly fit enough to fly plane, run marathon, his heart is strong: Dr Devi Shetty

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 04:10 PM IST
Ganguly was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after he complained of chest pain while working out at a gym. He underwent angioplasty after three tiny blockages were detected in his coronary artery
(@OfficialLaxmiRatanShukla/Facebook Photo)
(@OfficialLaxmiRatanShukla/Facebook Photo)

West Bengal minister Laxmi Ratan Shukla resigns: Report

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:33 PM IST
The former cricketer’s resignation came almost a fortnight after state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari had left the party and joined BJP.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(File photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(File photo)

Bengal to launch project today; free eye-care for all over next five years

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:24 AM IST
In the first phase starting Tuesday, camps would be held in around 1,200 villages and around 120 primary health centres in cities and towns in the state.

The year that will be: The political battles of 2021

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:10 AM IST
This year’s electoral fights will give a glimpse into the nature of identity-based politics and their message will last till 2024.
File photo: TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee.(ANI)
File photo: TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee.(ANI)

Abhishek Banerjee on 5-day tour of north Bengal where BJP gained most in 2019

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:39 PM IST
This is the first time Banerjee is visiting the region alone for so many days only to look into organizational issues plaguing the TMC.
Cishermen work at a beach in the backdrop of a rough sea due to Cyclone Amphan, at Mamallapuram in Chengalpattu district.(PTI)
Cishermen work at a beach in the backdrop of a rough sea due to Cyclone Amphan, at Mamallapuram in Chengalpattu district.(PTI)

115 people, over 17000 livestock killed in cyclones in 2020: IMD

New Delhi, Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:33 PM IST
Five cyclones formed over the north Indian Ocean -- Amphan (super cyclonic storm), Nivar and Gati (very severe cyclonic storms), Nisarga (severe cyclonic storm), and Burevi (cyclonic storm) -- in 2020.
File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)
File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)

TMC to bring resolution against farm bills in West Bengal assembly

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:11 PM IST
Banerjee had earlier lent her support to the farmers and had even sent a team of MPs to meet the protesting farmers at Singhu border.
File photo: Pilgrims gather on the banks of holy river Ganga at Gangasaga, some 155 kms south of Kolkata, West Bengal.(Reuters)
File photo: Pilgrims gather on the banks of holy river Ganga at Gangasaga, some 155 kms south of Kolkata, West Bengal.(Reuters)

800 volunteers to help Ganga Sagar pilgrims maintain Covid-19 norms in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 07:44 PM IST
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee also directed officials to ensure that all pilgrims undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before they could reach the mela ground.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addressing a press conference on Monday.(ANI Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addressing a press conference on Monday.(ANI Photo)

‘Will make arrangement to convene Assembly session to pass resolution against farm laws’: Mamata Banerjee

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 08:28 PM IST
Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are other states which have passed similar resolutions. Kerala too passed the resolution against farm laws last week.
The image shows the rescued leopard in Darjeeling.(ANI)
The image shows the rescued leopard in Darjeeling.(ANI)

Leopard entangled in tea garden wire mesh rescued in Darjeeling, taken away for further treatment

Darjeeling, West Bengal | By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:56 PM IST
The leopard got entangled in a wire in Naya Gaon, Margaret’s Hope Tea Garden.
A complaint has been received from Mukherjee and CCTV footages in the area are being scrutinised, an officer at Hirapur police station said.(ANI (Representative Image))
A complaint has been received from Mukherjee and CCTV footages in the area are being scrutinised, an officer at Hirapur police station said.(ANI (Representative Image))

BJP leader’s car allegedly shot at in West Bengal’s Asansol

Asansol | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:52 AM IST
Dismissing the charges, TMC’s Asansol Dakshin MLA Tapas Banerjee alleged that Mukherjee is accused in several extortion, smuggling and even murder cases and was absconding for a long time and the incident might be a fallout of his old rivalries.
Ganguly was hospitalised after he complained of chest pain, in Kolkata.(PTI)
Ganguly was hospitalised after he complained of chest pain, in Kolkata.(PTI)

Echocardiography to be done to check Ganguly’s heart function: Hospital

Kolkata | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:08 AM IST
The bulletin also said that the doctors are keeping “constant vigil” on his health situation and appropriate measures are being taken from time to time.
Representational image.(HT Photo)
Representational image.(HT Photo)

Daily Covid-19 cases drop below 1K-mark in West Bengal after six months

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:27 AM IST
On Sunday, West Bengal registered 896 new Covid-19 cases. It was the second consecutive day that the state reported less than 1,000 new cases. On Saturday, 863 fresh cases were reported
“Five booth level workers will be appointed who will be responsible for translating the party’s larger narrative for women empowerment at the ground level,” Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev told Hindustan Times.(Image via Twitter)
“Five booth level workers will be appointed who will be responsible for translating the party’s larger narrative for women empowerment at the ground level,” Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev told Hindustan Times.(Image via Twitter)

Congress plans massive push to win back women voters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:15 AM IST
The push comes two days after the Mahila Congress’s national executive met to discuss and brainstorm ideas to win the support of women voters.
File photo: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)
File photo: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)

Eyes on Bengal polls, Owaisi seeks help from anti-TMC leader Abbas Siddiqui

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:06 AM IST
After a two-hour meeting, Owaisi said Siddiqui will decide how the AIMIM will contest the Bengal polls while he will stay behind the young leader.
Photo of BCCI President and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly(Twitter)
Photo of BCCI President and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly(Twitter)

Ganguly’s further treatment plan to be discussed on Monday: Hospital

Kolkata | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:45 PM IST
Former India captain was hospitalised at 1 pm on Saturday with “chest discomfort, the heaviness of head, vomiting and a spell of dizziness” while performing physical exercise in the home gymnasium at around 11 am.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was admitted to the hospital after experiencing discomfort in chest and vomiting while working out at the gym at his house.(PTI)
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was admitted to the hospital after experiencing discomfort in chest and vomiting while working out at the gym at his house.(PTI)

Sourav Ganguly stable, had dinner hours after coronary angioplasty

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 11:12 AM IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, a number of cabinet ministers rushed to the hospital to visit Ganguly in the evening
Image for representation.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Image for representation.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Senior TMC legislator allegedly blackmailed with morphed pornographic video clip

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Pramod Giri
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 11:22 PM IST
The caller demanded a hefty sum and threatened to make the video viral if Guha refused to cough up the amount.
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