• Furfura Sharif cleric launches party: ‘Want to be kingmaker’ 22 Jan 2021 07:32 Ahead of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui, the 34-year-old cleric of Furfura Sharif in Hooghly district, on Thursday launched a new political party — Indian Secular Front – and said that his party plans to contest all the 294 …
  • Three BJP workers held for ‘goli maro’ slogan in Hooghly 22 Jan 2021 07:30 The Hooghly BJP youth wing chief and two other party workers were arrested on Thursday for allegedly raising “Desh ke gaddaro ko goli maaro…” (shoot the traitors) slogans at a party rally in Chandannagar on Wednesday. “Three BJP activists, including …
  • AIMIM exposed after Bihar polls, would not be a factor in Bengal: Mamata 22 Jan 2021 05:30 By PTI KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM would not be a factor in the upcoming assembly polls in the state as its role as "B team of the BJP" has been …
  • Trinamool, BJP leaders meet EC officials in Kolkata 21 Jan 2021 21:00 Leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday met the full bench of the Election Commission of India (EC) in Kolkata and sparred over the role of the Central Armed Police Forces ahead of the Assembly polls in the …
  • Three BJP workers arrested for raising 'goli maro...' slogan in Bengal | WATCH 21 Jan 2021 15:01 Image Source : ANI 3 BJP activists arrested for raising 'goli maro...' slogan in West Bengal | WATCH Three BJP activists including its Hooghly district youth wing chief Suresh Sahu have been arrested for allegedly raising ''goli maro...…
  • Bengal polls: Muslim cleric floats 'Indian Secular Front', to enter fray 21 Jan 2021 14:58 Express News Service KOLKATA: Prominent Islamic cleric Abbas Siddiqui of Furfura Sharif in Hooghly district launched Indian Secular Front (ISF), a new political party, on Thursday. Abbas said the party will announce later on the number of seats it will …
  • WB: Fire breaks out at Hastings Jute Mill 21 Jan 2021 08:41 Representative imageKOLKATA: A fire broke out at the over 140-year-old Hastings Jute Mill in West Bengal's Hooghly district on Thursday morning, officials said. The blaze is likely to have caused severe damage to stock of raw jute in the godown, though …
  • Three BJP activists arrested for raising ‘goli maro...’ slogan in Bengal 21 Jan 2021 06:15 Three BJP activists, including its Hooghly district youth wing chief Suresh Sahu, have been arrested for allegedly raising ‘goli maro...’ (shoot the traitors) slogan at a roadshow of party leader Suvendu Adhikari in Chandannagar, police said on January 21. …
  • Muslim vote in the state seems to be consolidating behind Trinamool 21 Jan 2021 04:00 As Bengal heads for an assembly election, there is growing speculation about the Muslim voting pattern. The dominant political sense is that the combined weight of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and Abbas Siddiqui, the influential pirzada of Furfura Sharif …
  • In heated West Bengal battle, a new boiling point: shrine head will announce political front today 21 Jan 2021 00:08 A house located in Taltolla in Furfura Sharif (Hooghly district), with placards hanging on one side over a protest against the new farm laws, the Hathras gangrape and the recent attack on a convoy of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, has emerged as …
  • Bengal: 'Goli maaro...' slogan raised at BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's rally 20 Jan 2021 17:05 At a rally led by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in Chandannagar city, the provocative “goli maaro..” slogan was raised on Wednesday. The slogan — “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro…” (shoot the traitors) — was raised by a few BJP cadres, carrying the party …
  • Nandigram Diary: The bustling town has been mixing every conversation with poll-talk 20 Jan 2021 08:45 You couldn’t ignore the elderly bearded man with a brown scarf wrapped around his chin even if you wanted to. In his shrill, loud voice, he was ‘speaking’ into his mobile phone inside one of Nandigram’s many sweets shops. ‘Ah, so you’re Trinamooling (‘ …
  • Photos of the Week: Black Nazarene procession cancelled, Makar Sankranti kite flying 16 Jan 2021 19:12 (RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes kite-flying Makar Sankranti celebrations in India, the canceled Black Nazarene procession in the Philippines …
  • Furfura’s medieval shrine is the epicentre of Muslim politics in Bengal 16 Jan 2021 13:32 AIMIM chief Owaisi’s first stop on his visit to Bengal in early January has generated a lot of attention in political circles. Teeming with thousands of people who travel here in hundreds of vehicles, Furfura, a village in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, …
  • On Makar Sankranti, communities pray for an end to a bitter harvest 15 Jan 2021 13:46 Kolkata: As the sun began its Uttarayan journey on Thursday, city homes woke up to celebrate Makar Sankranti with the traditional fervour, hoping for new beginnings and relief from the pandemic. Newly harvested paddy grains, jaggery, sesame seeds and …
  • Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Bengal, first shot to be given at SSKM on Jan 16 13 Jan 2021 05:46 The first consignment of 10 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine “Covishield” arrived in Kolkata on Wednesday afternoon. It is the local version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and has been manufactured by the Serum Institute of India in Pune. Sources said …
  • Goldsmith booked for fleeing away with gold 13 Jan 2021 00:15 Rajkot: A goldsmith from West Bengal was booked on Monday in Junagadh for stealing gold worth Rs 8.2 lakh from his employee. The jeweller Sunil Rajpara, who owns a shop at Chhaya Bazaar in Junagadh, told police that the accused Rajesh Ali Sheikh fled with …
  • Vote responsibly: Clerics in Bengal 11 Jan 2021 08:37 Kolkata: Senior clerics, civil society groups and youth forums have started an outreach cautioning people that radical minority political formations have no place in West Bengal. Last week, senior clerics met under the leadership of Qari Fazlur Rahman, who …
  • Denied their dues, each farmer in state will get Rs 18,000 in arrears if we win: BJP 09 Jan 2021 12:30 BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Friday promised arrears for farmers of West Bengal who were “prevented by the TMC government in the state from receiving the benefits of the Centre’s PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.” Addressing party …
  • BJP set to launch mega farmers' outreach in Bengal 08 Jan 2021 09:56 Kolkata: The BJP plans to launch a two-week programme in West Bengal to reach out to farmers, even as the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress continues to attack it on the way it handles farmer issues. The outreach programme will be launched during BJP …
  • India’s Losses from Internet Shutdowns Highest in World 08 Jan 2021 09:32 New Delhi, India — With a $2.8 billion loss, India was the “most economically impacted nation” due to internet curbs in 2020, a report from a UK firm states. Major internet shutdowns in 21 countries cost the world economy $4.01 billion, with India’s losses …
  • Zero hearings in 4 years but Rs 40 crore spent: TMC govt’s grievance redressal panel comes a cropper 08 Jan 2021 05:55 A commission set up by the Mamata Banerjee government to address grievances related to public services did not conduct a single hearing between 2015, when it was set up, and 2019, a Right to Information (RTI) activist has found. Two years after coming to …
  • Metro scenario will change Kolkata in the next two years: Railways official 07 Jan 2021 11:10 Eastern Railway General Manager Manoj Joshi on Thursday said the Metro scenario would change the city in next two years. The Noapara-Dakshineswar route in the North-South corridor was receiving final touches, he added. “In the next two weeks, all works …
  • Probe ordered after girl ‘tortured’ at Howrah govt shelter home 07 Jan 2021 11:10 A Class VIII student girl was allegedly tortured by her inmates of a government-run shelter home in Liluah, Howrah. According to sources, the girl had left her home in Hooghly district on December 15 after she had an argument with her parents and reached …
  • Imams' body to oppose AIMIM's entry into the West Bengal poll arena 06 Jan 2021 17:18 By Express News Service KOLKATA: The West Bengal Imams' Association said on Wednesday that they will hit the streets and gather support against the AIMIM's decision to participate in the upcoming Assembly elections by fielding candidates in an …
  • Not just MIM, my talks are on with CPM, Congress too: Abbas Siddiqui 05 Jan 2021 20:32 Furfure Sharif, Hooghly: Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui of the influential Furfura Darbar Sharif has said that he is in talks with the CPI(M), Congress, and many Dalit, ST and Matua organisations in Bengal, apart from the AIMIM, to create a strong anti-TMC, anti- …
  • World Bank commits USD 105 mn loan to improve waterways in West Bengal 05 Jan 2021 17:00 The World Bank has committed a USD 105 million loan for a project to improve the inland water transport infrastructure in West Bengal, the finance ministry said. The Centre, West Bengal government and the World Bank signed an agreement to this effect on …
  • West Bengal: Bombs hurled at BJP leader's house in Hooghly 05 Jan 2021 15:09 Image Source : VIDEO GRAB West Bengal: Bombs hurled at BJP leader's house in Hooghly  At least three bombs were hurdled at a local BJP leader's house in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Monday night. The leader has been identified as Ajay Kumar …
  • For Bengal polls, Owaisi chooses Mamata's rival 04 Jan 2021 05:01 Owaisi dared the CM to explain the exodus of her party leaders to the BJP and the saffron party's rise in the state in absence of his party Kolkata: Marking his entry into the election fray in West Bengal on a two-day visit, AIMIM chief Asaduddin …
  • BJP may not hold on to ’19 LS vote share: TMC survey 04 Jan 2021 01:27 Kolkata: BJP’s inability to hold on to its 2019 Lok Sabha vote share in five subsequent state polls is likely to be repeated in Bengal, a survey by Trinamool Congress shared with senior party leaders shows. The slide — which was eight per cent in …
  • 2021 Assembly Polls Asaduddin Owaisi meets Furfura Sharif cleric, trains guns on TMC 04 Jan 2021 00:01 AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday met Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui, an influential Muslim cleric of Furfura Sharif located in Jangipara area of Hooghly district, fuelling speculation of a new political understanding ahead of the Assembly elections in West …
  • West Bengal Flu Outbreak is very Serious, warns WHO 03 Jan 2021 23:07 On January 17 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned India that the bird flu outbreak in West Bengal is “serious” and could affect the global community. However, the WHO also said that it was satisfied with the precautionary measures at the …
  • Peeved cleric joins hands with MIM, spells trouble for Mamata Banerjee 03 Jan 2021 21:31 Kolkata: In a development that could spell trouble for the Trinamool Congress, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen said the party would contest the West Bengal elections with Abbas Siddiqui, a religious leader from the popular Muslim pilgrimage site …
  • Higher acreage, better yield to lift potato production in Bengal, UP 03 Jan 2021 17:19 Potato production across the key growing States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal is likely to be higher this year on the back of an increase in the area under cultivation and a better yield. According to Arvind Agarwal, President of UP Cold Storage …
  • TMC should reflect on its setback, BJP's rise in state, says Owaisi 03 Jan 2021 12:43 On his first visit to West Bengal following his announcement to contest the upcoming Assembly elections, AIMIM supremo Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, instead of pointing fingers at his outfit, should introspect how BJP …
  • Twist In Bengal: Owaisi Meets Anti-Mamata Muslim Cleric 03 Jan 2021 12:06 In what is being seen as a major political development ahead of the 2021 Assembly elections in West Bengal, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi met influential Bengal Muslim cleric, Abbas Siddiqui, at his residence in Hooghly district on Sunday.  Siddiqui belongs …
  • Owaisi visits Bengal, holds meeting with religious leader 03 Jan 2021 07:40 Futura Sharif: AIMIM supremo Assaduddin Owaisi on Sunday arrived at Futura Sharif in Bengal's Hooghly district and held discussions on the state's political scenario and upcoming assembly polls with prominent Muslim leader Abbas Siddiqui, sources …
  • Bengal reports less than 1,000 new Covid cases in a day for the first time in months 03 Jan 2021 03:27 AFTER several months, West Bengal on Saturday reported a daily Covid caseload of less than 1,000. In the past 24 hours, only 863 persons tested positive for Covid-19 and 28 persons died in the state. As many as 1,443 persons were cured of the infection. …