Keyword : West Bengal

Why Mithun Chakraborty is good news for India

In times of crisis of confidence in public figures, politicans and VIPs, film actor and member of parliament Mithun Chakraborty comes as a breath of fresh air. On Tuesday, the Rajya

Bengal goof up: Boy gets test admit card with dog’s picture

Nobody knows for now who played this mischief but it is a serious issue that could have affected the future of a boy. A candidate from Midnapore in West Bengal appearing for the entrance test of th

Beware! Delhi has six fake universities

The national capital Delhi and neigbouring state of Uttar Pradesh play host to maximum number of fake universities. The University Grants Commission has published a list of fake universities in the

Bengal polls phase 1: Every fifth candidate has criminal record

Some 20 percent of the candidates in the fray for the phases 1(a) and 1(b) of West Bengal assembly elections have declared their criminal record, an analysis by West Bengal Election Watch and Assoc

Assembly polls: Phase 1(A) of West Bengal elections begins

The phase 1-A of the West Bengal elections has begun. Here is a quick fact sheet:            Of the total 294 constituencies,

Poriborton: once a promise, now a threat

She still remembers that warm day in May in 2011, when the unimaginable happened and the bastion of the left rule came crashing down. One woman almost single-handedly achieved this feat. Sharbani,

“My methods may be unconventional, but my intentions are good!”

A girl studying in the prestigious Presidency University was thrashed in south Kolkata by a group of people owing allegiance to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on April 15,

West Bengal’s sunset industry

The clock has just struck 6 pm. The blazing sun has already disappeared behind the mango groves and thick clouds envelop the sky. The call for azaan from a nearby mosque shatters the silence of the

Background check: every third new MLA faces criminal cases

As many as 36 percent Thursday’s winners – that is, 294 fresh MLAs across five states from the 812 whose affidavits were analyses – have self-declared criminal cases pending again

Political parties collected Rs 2,355 crores in LS polls in 2004, ’09, ‘14

National and regional parties collected a staggering Rs 5323.41 cr during the election period of 1,535 days between 2004 and 2015, shows an analysis of funds collected and expenditure incurred by p

Poorest states make headway towards food security

Eastern India, “the world capital of malnutrition”, has reached a make-or-break point in the battle against hunger. For the first time, the National Food Security Act (NFSA) makes it po

Why Jagmati Sangwan resigned from CPI (M)

Jagmati Sangwan who resigned from Communist Party of India (Marxist) in protest against party’s refusal to accept that its alliance with Congress in West Bengal was key factor behind party&rs

From West Bengal to Bongo

What’s in a name? Well it can make you speak last in a meeting if one goes in the alphabetical order. This has irked West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee too. Tired of speaking

Home is where the highway is

We are a family of 21 people and we have been residing on this bund for two years now. There is no electricity, no proper roof and no safety. I am worried for my grandchildren. I want to see a roof

All benches should appreciate SC ruling on Singur: Medha Patkar

Now that the SC has given the judgment for returning the land of the farmers in Singu

Operationalisation issues hit coal block

The Deocha-Pachami coal block was earlier decided to be jointly allocated to entities of six states – West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. This was under rule

Bihar wants Anna Hazare to bat for Ganga

 The Bihar government wants activist Anna Hazare to lead a mass movement on Ganga for them.  Last year, Bihar was one of the major victims of floods in the Gangetic plains. Alm

Bihar wants Anna Hazare to bat for Ganga

 The Bihar government wants activist Anna Hazare to lead a mass movement on Ganga for them.  Last year, Bihar was one of the major victims of floods in the Gangetic plains. Almo

Les miserables

It’s five in the morning in Kolkata. The morning calm hasn’t yet been  broken. The tea stalls have a steady stream of visitors enjoying their hot cuppa. The chirping of the birds a

Why Gorkhaland is an idea whose time has come

Darjeeling and the neighbouring areas are burning once again after the fire of the demand for Gorkhaland state was ignited by the West Bengal government’s provocative action in trying to impo

National parties spend a lot more on candidates than regional parties

The national parties gave to its candidates more than double the amount that the regional parties handed over to their candidates, showed a detailed analysis carried out on the funds collected and

Food security: Aadhaar eliminating corruption a myth

In April this year, activists dealing with food security wanted to know from people in Katar village in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district whether the information uploaded on a website where PDS h

Mukul Roy quits TMC, jolt to Mamata

 Mukul Roy, once considered the right hand man of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday resigned from the Trinamool Congress, paving the way for his joining the Bharatiya Janat

BHEL to build two 765 kV substations in WB

 Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured a major order for setting up two 765 kV substations on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis in West Bengal. Valu

Due to shortage of staff, many information commissions are defunct and overburdened

A series of RTI queries by a couple of civil society organisations have found that several state information commissions (SIC) have not appointed officials for the post of information commissioners

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