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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,...

SC plans to give 15 days to Centre, states for transporting stranded migrants

The states will get 15 more days to transport migrants home from the cities amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Supreme Court said on Friday, adding it will pass an order on the issue of stranded migrants on Tuesday. Friday’s hearing came days after the Supreme Court took up the issue on its own and passed...

Places of worship to open from June 1 in Bengal: CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that all places of worship in the state will open from June 1. The announcement comes two days before the lockdown 4 is due to end. Not more than 10 people will be allowed when religious places reopen, she declared, adding that congregations or functions would...

IndiGo to help migrant labour who sold goat to fund flight ticket

IndiGo Airlines has agreed to help a migrant labour and two of his friends who had sold their livestock back home to find the cash for his ticket to fly home, Bloomberg said in a report. Unfortunately, the flight was cancelled. The workers from West Bengal had been unemployed since the lockdown began in March....

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....

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...

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...

Cyclone Amphan: PM Modi visits Bengal, offers Rs 1,000 cr immediate assistance

The Union government stands with West Bengal in these testing times and will provide immediate advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday during a visit to West Bengal and Odisha that had been battered by cyclone Amphan this week. This is PM Modi’s first outstation visit in nearly three...

PM to visit Bengal & Odisha, to carry out aerial survey of damage post cyclone Amphan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal and Odisha and also carry out an aerial survey of the damage due to cyclone Amphan in the two states. Earlier West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the PM to visit the state and inspect the damage. She had pegged the losses due to the...

Amphan kills 72 in Bengal, Mamata asks PM to visit state

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said 72 people have lost their life due to cyclone Amphan in the state. The CM’s statement came a day after the powerful cyclone destroyed thousands of homes, uprooting trees, electric poles and flooding low lying areas, leaving authorities struggling to mount relief efforts amid the coronavirus...

PM assures support to Bengal to combat devastation caused by Amphan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the entire nation stands with Bengal and “no stone will be left unturned” to help those affected by the devastating cyclone Amphan. The cyclone had pounded state capital Kolkata for more than four hours on Wednesday, uprooting trees, knocking down electricity poles, damaging buildings and killing at least 12 people....