Bengal

Bengal to impose lockdown in containment zone for a week

A new lockdown will come into force for containment zones in West Bengal from Thursday 5 pm onwards. The lockdown will be effective for a week and will be extended if needed, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. She also rejected the list of new containment zones for the South 24 Parganas district...

Kolkata family forced to keep 71-year-old man’s body in ice-cream freezer for 2 days

A family in Kolkata was forced to hire an ice-cream freezer to keep the body of a 71-year-old man who died at home on Monday, hours after being tested for coronavirus but much before results came in. The body was removed by civic authorities after 48 hours of horror and helplessness. The family’s two-day nightmare...

Amphan: Protests continue in Bengal for restoration of power, water supply

Sporadic protests over demands for restoration of power and water supply continued in several cyclone Amphan-hit parts of West Bengal for the fifth consecutive day on Monday while normalcy has returned in other affected areas of the state. Agitators in several areas in Kolkata blocked roads with branches of uprooted trees and placed barricades to...

Cyclone Amphan: Around 4.5 lakh people evacuated in Bengal, Odisha

Around 4.5 lakh people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas in West Bengal and Odisha ahead of the landfall of cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’, NDRF chief S N Pradhan said on Wednesday. ‘Amphan’, termed as an extremely severe cyclonic storm, is expected to make landfall on Wednesday evening at a coastal area between West Bengal and...

Consent of destination state not required to operate Shramik Special trains: Centre

The Ministry of Railway on Tuesday said the consent of the destination states is not required to operate Shramik Special trains. The move comes after railway minister Piyush Goyal said West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were being laggard in approving these trains. The decision follows the Ministry of Home Affairs’ revised standard operating procedure (SOP)...

PM Modi, Amit Shah must explain the need to send team to assess COVID-19 situation in Bengal: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah to explain why the Centre wants to send a team to Bengal to examine violations and dilutions of the coronavirus lockdown. Two inter-ministerial teams are to visit seven districts including state capital Kolkata to look into reports of...