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FORGOTTEN NEWSMAKERS! Rizwan: The Educated, Middle Class Muslim Youngster Who Dared To Marry A Rich Man's Daughter

FORGOTTEN NEWSMAKERS! Rizwan: The Educated, Middle Class Muslim Youngster Who Dared To Marry A Rich Man's Daughter

Jul 17, 2019

On September 21, 2007, Calcutta was jolted by the fate of 29-year-old Rizwan, who had fallen in love with Priyanka Todi, 23, the daughter of a rich hosiery businessman.

West Bengal: Seven Kanchapara Councillors Return To TMC; 8 Others Say 'Mamata In Our Hearts'

West Bengal: Seven Kanchapara Councillors Return To TMC; 8 Others Say 'Mamata In Our Hearts'

Jul 11, 2019

This comes just a day after eight other TMC councillors of the Halisahar municipality rejoined the Mamata Banerjee-led party, saying they had been forced to join hands with the BJP.

Ticket to Kunming! It's China Calling For The Intrepid Bengali Traveller

Ticket to Kunming! It's China Calling For The Intrepid Bengali Traveller

Jun 26, 2019

Travellers from Calcutta are taking the hop to Kunming and thence to the Chinese showpieces of Xi’an, Shanghai and Beijing

Topkeydara In Darjeeling: A Lifeline For Endangered Red Pandas

Topkeydara In Darjeeling: A Lifeline For Endangered Red Pandas

Jun 20, 2019

In Topkeybara, Red Pandas, only about 2,500 adults left in the wild, are finding a safe habitat to remain alive and furring

Red Alert In Areas Of North Sikkim, Bengal After Cloudburst Inundates Teesta River

Red Alert In Areas Of North Sikkim, Bengal After Cloudburst Inundates Teesta River

Jun 18, 2019

The Teesta river is flowing above the danger mark after the cloudburst, officials in Sikkim capital Gangtok said.

Over 100 Doctors in Bengal Quit As Protests Escalate, 'Don't Make It A Prestige Issue,' Centre Tells Mamata

Over 100 Doctors in Bengal Quit As Protests Escalate, 'Don't Make It A Prestige Issue,' Centre Tells Mamata

Jun 14, 2019

Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since Tuesday demanding better security at workplace after two of their colleagues were attacked at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

'We Are Fighting For Rights Of Families Who Have Children With Rare Genetic Diseases'

'We Are Fighting For Rights Of Families Who Have Children With Rare Genetic Diseases'

Jun 13, 2019

Eight-year-old Debosmita Ghosh has spinal muscular atrophy —a rare gene­tic, life-threatening neuromuscular disease.

Bengal On Tenterhooks: Doctors' Protest Enters 3rd Day, Guv Calls Meeting To Discuss Law & Order

Bengal On Tenterhooks: Doctors' Protest Enters 3rd Day, Guv Calls Meeting To Discuss Law & Order

Jun 13, 2019

The assault left an intern severely injured, resulting in a strike that has spread to almost all state-run medical colleges and hospitals.

The Pawan Chamling Backlash! Prem Singh Tamang Faces Legal Questions Over Elevation As Sikkim CM

The Pawan Chamling Backlash! Prem Singh Tamang Faces Legal Questions Over Elevation As Sikkim CM

Jun 12, 2019

Prem Singh Tamang went to jail in 2017 for embezzlement of funds and since then, he took Pawan Chamling head on. Tamang's party Sikkim Krantikari Morcha beat Chamling's Sikkim Democratic Front narrowly in the Assembly elections

Junior Doctors' Protest In Calcutta Leads To Virtual Shutdown Of Healthcare Services In Bengal

Junior Doctors' Protest In Calcutta Leads To Virtual Shutdown Of Healthcare Services In Bengal

Jun 12, 2019

Even as political parties are busy extracting political mileage out of the virtual shutdown, thousands of patients and their family members who have travelled from remote parts of rural Bengal, are facing a harrowing time.

Mukul Roy's 'BJP Against Division Of Bengal' Remark Likely To Revive Gorkhaland Agitation

Mukul Roy's 'BJP Against Division Of Bengal' Remark Likely To Revive Gorkhaland Agitation

Jun 11, 2019

Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy’s recent statement has kicked up a storm in the Darjeeling region in north Bengal.

West Bengal: Will BJP Do To Mamata Banerjee What She Did To The Left?

West Bengal: Will BJP Do To Mamata Banerjee What She Did To The Left?

Jun 10, 2019

Having replaced the Left and Congress as the main challengers to Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, the BJP is gearing up for the next Assembly polls in the state which are scheduled for 2021.

Jai Shri Ram vs Joy Bangla: Desperate Mamata Banerjee Feels Saffron Heat

Jai Shri Ram vs Joy Bangla: Desperate Mamata Banerjee Feels Saffron Heat

Jun 05, 2019

Mamata Banerjee's desperate rejection of the Hindutva slogan 'Jai Shri Ram' could be used by the BJP-RSS to deepen communal divide in West Bengal

Once A Decorated Striker, Bhaichung Bhutia Yet To Dribble Past Political Opponents And Score

Once A Decorated Striker, Bhaichung Bhutia Yet To Dribble Past Political Opponents And Score

May 25, 2019

Bhutia, who as India’s legendary footballer, took more than two decades to chart his meteoritic rise to stardom, was on May 23 felled by the voters of Sikkim.

Himalayan Hijack

Himalayan Hijack

May 25, 2019

Pawan Chamling’s run as India’s longest-serving chief minister has ended, his dreams of a record sixth term dissipating by the thinnest of margins.

The Rise And Fall Of Pawan Chamling, India’s Longest Serving Chief Minister

The Rise And Fall Of Pawan Chamling, India’s Longest Serving Chief Minister

May 24, 2019

Chamling’s “invincibility” was put to test on April 11, 2019 when the Himalayan state went for simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

BJP Makes Major Inroads in Mamata's Bengal

BJP Makes Major Inroads in Mamata's Bengal

May 23, 2019

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has steamrolled the Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress bastion as trends of counting of votes indicate.

TMC Office Wears Deserted Look After Exit Polls Paint Bengal Saffron

TMC Office Wears Deserted Look After Exit Polls Paint Bengal Saffron

May 20, 2019

Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee might have put up a brave front and scoffed at the exit polls—which indicate a strong BJP performance in Bengal—but the picture on the ground tells a different tale.

Vandalism Of Vidyasagar's Bust Has Given Mamata Banerjee A Handle To Play The Bengali Card

Vandalism Of Vidyasagar's Bust Has Given Mamata Banerjee A Handle To Play The Bengali Card

May 16, 2019

Both the Trinamool Congress and BJP have angrily blamed each other for the violence that erupted as workers of both sides fought pitched battles on the streets of the central Calcutta neighbourhood during Shah’s roadshow on Tuesday evening.

Bharati Ghosh, Cop-Turned-BJP Candidate, Sheds Shades And Past To Take On “Mother” Mamata In Bengal’s Maoist Badlands

Bharati Ghosh, Cop-Turned-BJP Candidate, Sheds Shades And Past To Take On “Mother” Mamata In Bengal’s Maoist Badlands

May 11, 2019

Ghosh, a former management student of Harvard, once called Banerjee “Ma Jangalmahal er Ma” ( mother, mother of jangal mahal) and “mother” Banerjee very often would tell others, including her party’s then second-in-command-Mukul Roy, now with the BJP—“what a good girl Bharati was”.

Once Known For Free Thinking, Bengal Under Didi Has Little Space For Humour

Once Known For Free Thinking, Bengal Under Didi Has Little Space For Humour

May 11, 2019

Whether her kneejerk reactions to the mildest of criticism arise out the insecurities of a woman politician out to claim her space in a world full of uncertainties and dominated by male politicians, or a deliberate attempt at nipping the slightest of dissent in the bud, is something the chief minister needs to ask herself

Pawan Chamling And The Sikkimese Art Of Forever And Ever

Pawan Chamling And The Sikkimese Art Of Forever And Ever

May 01, 2019

Often called the greenest chief minister of India, Pawan Chamling is to Sikkim politics what Bhaichung Bhutia is to Indian football. Chamling's Sikkim Democratic Front has ruled the roost in the picturesque North-Eastern State and doesn't look like stopping.

Red Alert: Marx, Mao, Lenin And Stalin Set To Die A Second Death In SUCI Homes

Red Alert: Marx, Mao, Lenin And Stalin Set To Die A Second Death In SUCI Homes

Apr 24, 2019

Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) thrived when the Left Front government ruled West Bengal. They not only shielded underground comrades, the art of simple living, high thinking in a community was honed in SUCI centres.

Hammer And Sickle: How Communists Lost Relevance In Bengal

Hammer And Sickle: How Communists Lost Relevance In Bengal

Apr 23, 2019

The Left’s failure to adapt to new socio-political dynamics, an utter lack of any introspection, misplaced priorities and inability to either retain old base or capture a new one has contributed to the Left being relegated to the periphery of Bengal politics.

Mafuja Khatun: BJP’s Muslim Face In West Bengal Eyeing Pranab Mukherjee’s Turf

Mafuja Khatun: BJP’s Muslim Face In West Bengal Eyeing Pranab Mukherjee’s Turf

Apr 22, 2019

Mafuja Khatun is a former two-time CPI(M) legislator from Kumarganj. She switched to the BJP in 2017 and will take on the Congress in its home turf of Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal

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