The CBI conducted searches at 12 locations, including at the residences of Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim and fellow party MLA Madan Mitra. Raids on October 8, were in connection with an investigation regarding irregularities in the recruitment made by municipalities in the states. Hakim and Mitra were officially questioned about the scam that came to the fore during the investigation in West… read-more
Courtesy: Indian Express
After violent clashes and deaths, the Election Commission of India dismissed polling for Panchayat elections in five districts. On July 10, Purulia, Birbhum, Jalpaiguri, Nadia and South 24 Parganas are conducting re-elections. A total of 697 booths have been set up for the polling in West Bengal. The re-polling started around 7 am, and will continue till 6 pm. The decision was taken after 10 people died in election violence.
The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order to the West Bengal Government regarding the ban of "The Kerala Story". Notably, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) banned the screening of the Sudipto Sen directed movie citing "maintenance of peace" in the State. Heavy police force were deployed outside theaters across the State to stop people from visiting halls. However, the SC questioned and opposed the ban of the movie.… read-more
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
After the Calcutta High Court handed over the Hanshkali Gang-Rape case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI,) the team visited the region, in Nadia district for the probe. As per ANI, the CFSL team collected samples of the accused from her residence. Notably, a 14-year-old was allegedly gang-raped by a TMC leader earlier in April. However, Mamata Banerjee called it love affair and demanded evidence, to prove the crime.
In West Bengal, app based cab services would follow regulations issued by Mamata Banerjee led TMC Government. Issued on March 3, the regulations include no cancellation by drivers, no cancellation charges for riders, provision on fines, cancellation of license of aggregators and others. Furthermore, the cabs will follow base fair, imposed by the transport department, allowing aggregators to charge 50% lower than base fare and 50% in case of… read-more
Courtesy: Press Trust Of India
The West Bengal Government's open-air shikshalaya initiative was a hit, as more than 31 lakh students attended the classes. Started from February 7, the initiative was to conduct classes abiding by COVID-19 guidelines, helping pre primary students to attend physical classes without any safety issues. The open air classes were set up in 75,000 venues across the state, making it thrilling for students to be back for physical classes.
Courtesy: The Indian Express
Amid the COVID-19 situation, the West Bengal Government came up with a unique physical classes idea. To avoid violation of COVID-19 protocols, the TMC announced to conduct "Open Air Programme Paray Shikshalaya" in parks and clubs, for class I to VII. Starting from February 7, these classes will ensure mandatory presence of students. Although it is challenging as many classes continues simultaneously, it will bring mainstream education back… read-more
Courtesy: India Today
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, on February 6, announced half day holiday, to mourn the demise of Lata Mangeshkar's demise. Addressing a local media, Banerjee said, West Bengal Government will witness half day holiday on February 7. Notably, Ms Mangeshkar died due to multiple organ failure and post COVID-19 complications, on February 6. Her last rites were held in Shivaji Park, where many celebrities, politicians and PM Modi paid tributes. … read-more
Courtesy: One India
To prevent rising traffic violation, the West Bengal Government increased penalty under Motor Vehicles Act. In effect immediately, the violators need to pay 10 times more than the previous fine. Notably, now for offences like over speed, drunken driving, traffic signals and others in between Rs 500 to Rs 5,000. The Mamata Banerjee led TMC Government took stern decision to curb the rising accidents in the state.
Courtesy: The Free Press Journal
West Bengal Government, on January 31, announced to ease the COVID-19 restrictions, amid decline in cases. Mamata Banerjee, announced to reopen schools and educational institutions in the State from February 3, for physical classes. In addition, during the press conference, the CM said, they also allowed cinema halls, restaurants and bars to operate with 75% occupancy. TMC Government also allowed regular flight services to Mumbai and Delhi,… read-more
Courtesy: Free Press Journal