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Mamata proposes legal fight for postponement of JEE, NEET

Mamata Banerjee made the proposal in a crucial meeting of the chief ministers belonging to non-BJP ruled states. The meeting was called by Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi. Chief ministers of Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab & Puducherry participated in the meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged heads of...

PM Modi asks Gujarat, others to ramp up COVID-19 testing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said 10 states in India, including Gujarat, will have to defeat the coronavirus pandemic for India to win the battle against the deadly virus. PM Modi said this during a virtual meeting with chief ministers to review coronavirus situation in the country Notably, the 10 states pointed out by...

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...

MLA who tested positive for COVID-19 dies in Bengal

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Tamonash Ghosh, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in May, died at a hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday, party sources said. He was 60. The three-time MLA from the Falta assembly constituency in South 24 Parganas district was admitted to a hospital after he tested positive for the disease, they said....

Never called Shramik Special trains “Corona Express”: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday denied having called ‘Shramik Special’ trains, ferrying migrant labourers back home, “Corona Express” as alleged by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. She insisted the name to the crammed-to-capacity trains was given by people. Her comments came a day after Shah, addressing a virtual rally for West...

Mamata lashes out at BJP for engaging in politics amid corona & Amphan crisis

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit out at the opposition BJP for “engaging in politics” at a time when the state was dealing with the coronavirus crisis and the devastation caused by cyclone Amphan. “I really feel bad that when we are fighting against COVID-19 and Amphan and working to save lives,...

Mamata says railways spreading corona in Bengal, seeks PM’s intervention

Taking a cue from Kerala that has lashed out at the Railway Ministry for sending Shramik Special trains without informing the state government, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the railways of sending the special trains for migrants without any prior notice and disrupting the state’s measures to contain the spread of coronavirus....

Mamata requests Centre not to send migrants back to Bengal amid Amphan relief work

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the Ministry of Railways to not send any Shramik Special trains to the state till May 26 as officials are busy in relief work after the havoc wreaked by cyclone Amphan. “As the district administrations are involved in relief and rehabilitation works, it will not be possible...

Amphan: Death toll in Bengal rises to 85, widespread protests against waterlogging & power outage

The death toll due to cyclone Amphan in West Bengal has risen to 85, as angry Kolkatans resorted to protest and road blockades in various parts of the city over the administration’s failure to restore normalcy even after three days. With normal life thrown out of gear by the region’s worst weather disasters, the authorities...

Congress links PM Modi’s Bengal visit to elections next year

The Karnataka Congress on Friday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to cyclone Amphan ravaged West Bengal as “double standards” while pointing out that he did not visit Karnataka during the floods in 2019 and tried to draw a connection between the visit and Assembly elections there next year. “We stand in solidarity with cyclone-affected...

Sonia Gandhi criticises Centre, says Rs 20 lakh cr economic package a “cruel joke”

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday criticised the Union government for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent migrant crisis in the country. During the first online meeting of opposition parties to discuss the coronavirus crisis, the Congress chief said the government has abandoned any pretence of being democratic, has no compassion for...

At least 3 dead as cyclone Amphan leaves a trail of destruction in Bengal

An extremely severe cyclone, Amphan, packing winds of up to 190 kmph, battered through West Bengal Wednesday, causing heavy rain and leaving a trail of destruction that left at least two people dead, officials said. After making landfall at 2.30 p.m. between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Island in Bangladesh, cyclone Amphan cut a...