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West Bengal cancels class 10, 12 board exams

Ending months of speculation and harassment for students, the West Bengal government on Monday finally announced the cancellation of state board exams for classes 10 and 12. Over 12 lakh students were supposed to appear for class 10 and 8.5 lakh for class 12 this year. The announcement in this regard was made by Chief...

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar refutes nepotism allegations

Under attack from the Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday refuted allegations of nepotism—a charge leveled against him by TMC MP Mahua Moitra. Dhankhar on Monday took to Twitter to refute the allegations. He said, “Assertion @MahuaMoitra in tweet & Media that six coterminous appointee OSDs in personal staff are relatives is...

After poor show in Hooghly, angry BJP workers demand removal of district chief

Stage protests at meeting by West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh; blame TMC turncoats for party’s poor performance in Hooghly Kolkata: Post-elections, the internal rift within BJP in West Bengal is coming out in the open. At a meeting on Friday, booth-level workers gheraoed state party president Dilip Ghosh demanding that Hooghly district committee be...

HC grants interim bail to Bengal leaders arrested by CBI in Narada case

The Calcutta High Court on Friday granted interim bail to all four Bengal politicians arrested by the CBI in the infamous Narada sting case. The four politicians include two ministers of the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet—Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, a sitting MLA of the Trinamool Congress Madan Mitra and former minister Sovan Chatterjee. A five-judge...

Unending Tussle: Mamata skips review meet with PM Modi on impact of cyclone Yaas

While the West Bengal elections are over, the clash between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues. Banerjee made PM Modi wait for 30 minutes for a review meeting on the impact of cyclone Yaas on the state. Banerjee, after arriving late for the meeting, handed over papers related to...

Non-BJP ruled states want GST exemption on COVID vaccines

Ahead of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) council meeting on Friday, non-BJP ruled states held a virtual meeting on the issue of taxation on COVID-19 vaccines. The states decided to ask the Centre for zero taxation on COVID vaccines. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, deputed urban development minister,...

PM Modi to visit Yaas-affected Odisha and Bengal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha and West Bengal on Friday to ascertain the damage caused by cyclone Yaas. He will be holding review meetings with the officials of the Odisha and Bengal government and do an aerial survey of the affected areas, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. PM Modi will...

Cyclone Yaas makes landfall, leaves a trail of destruction

Cyclone Yaas on Wednesday made landfall at around 9 am at the Bahanaga block around 50 km from Balasore in Odisha, leaving behind a trail of destruction in the state as well as in adjoining West Bengal. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the system entered the land from sea with wind speed ranging...

Cyclone Yaas to intensify further in next 12 hours before tomorrow’s landfall

Cyclone Yaas is likely to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ in the next 12 hours and is likely to make landfall between Paradip and Sagar Islands close to Dhamra Port tomorrow afternoon, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The cyclonic storm is currently moving towards India’s east coast at a speed of...

PM Modi reviews preparedness for cyclone Yaas

With cyclone Yaas all set to wreak havoc along India’s east coast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a review meeting to ascertain the preparedness of central and state agencies and departments that will carry out evacuation, rescue and relief operations. During the meeting, PM Modi directed senior officers to work in close coordination...

Suvendu Adhikari criticises Mamata Banerjee for “politicising meeting with PM Modi”

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday launched an attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that she is trying to politicise the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He alleged that Mamata did not attend any of the meetings held in the past by the prime minister for COVID control. Adhikari, who defeated...

CBI arrests Bengal ministers in Narada scam, TMC says procedure not followed

The clash between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Centre is all set to intensify with the arrest of two Bengal ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee by the CBI in connection with the Narada bribery case. Also, TMC MLA Madan Mitra has been also arrested by the CBI in the case. The arrests infuriated...