The government of West Bengal would buy two of the closed Saradha television channels, the state's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday.
The two television channels to be acquired by the state government are: Tara News and Tara Muzik, which were a part of Sudipta Sen-promoted Saradha Group that recently went bust, throwing hundreds of employees out of work.
Announcing the decision, Banerjee said, "We have decided to acquire Tara Muzik and Tara News on humanitarian grounds."
Kolkata, May 9 : West Bengal will soon unveil its new industrial policy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured industrialists here after a meeting with them at the state secretariat here.
Banerjee recently took charge of the core committee on industries and ushered changes in the policy. She held a meeting with industrialists as well as representatives of various industry lobbies and associations Wednesday.
The new policy would be put up on the government websites within 15 days, Banerjee told the meeting and called for suggestions.
Kolkata, May 8 : Amid clamour for a CBI probe into the raging Saradha Group chit fund scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday sought public opinion on the Supreme Court describing the agency as "a caged parrot speaking in its master's voice".
"Please see what the Hon'ble Supreme Court has said. CBI has become caged parrot speaking in its master's voice. What do you think? Opinion please," Banerjee said on a social networking site.
Kolkata, May 1 : With legendary singer Manna Dey turning 95 Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted him on the occasion.
"Happy birthday, Manna da," Banerjee said in a Facebook post.
"The golden voice of the legendary artist still abounds in youthful lustre in our hearts. His melodious renditions fill our minds and moods with unparalleled joy and tranquillity. Manna da is evergreen!" she said.
Banerjee had met the music genius last month at the latter's daughter's residence in Bangalore and presented him the Vishesh Maha-Sangeet Sammaan award.
Kolkata, April 27 : With the influential Saradha Group chit fund going bust, the Trinamool Congress government in the state is faced with the biggest threat it has faced in two years of being in office. Allegations fly thick and fast of Trinamool ministers and MPs being involved in the scam that resulted in tens of thousands of poor investors losing their lifetime savings.
With sagging morale in Trinamool ranks, party MPs at a meeting in Delhi asked for exemplary punishment for leaders and parliamentarians who had any links with the dubious firm.
Kolkata, April 26 : In the wake of the multi-crore Saradha Group chit fund scam, the Congress Friday accused the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government of trying to dilute the issue to save its "own people".
"I think the (Bengal) government is trying to save their own people and trying to dilute the issue. I am shocked that the government has not filed any FIR (against the group) yet," state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said.
Kolkata, April 25 : The Left Front Thursday sought rom the West Bengal government details about the flight that brought an ailing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from New Delhi back to the city earlier this month.
"I have sent a letter to the state chief secretary and home secretary seeking details about the flight that was used to bring back Banerjee to the city. Who were the people who accompanied her, who managed and paid for the flight," Leader of Opposition in the assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra said here.
Kolkata, April 22 : Launching a blistering attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's government in West Bengal, the CPI-M Monday charged it with trying to save the culprits involved in the chit fund mess by setting up a commission.
The government set up a high-powered commission, headed by a former Calcutta High Court judge, and a special investigation team to unravel the chit fund mess in the wake of the Saradha Group going bust, affecting lakhs of depositors and agents.
New Delhi, April 22 : Five activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) were arrested Monday for heckling West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Finance Minister Amit Mitra in the national capital, a Delhi Police officer said.
The SFI is the students' wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
"Five SFI activists, including two women, were arrested in connection with the case. They will be presented in a local court later in the day," the officer said.
More than 3,000 agents of Saradha Group on Friday laid siege to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's residence as part of their protest against the lockdown of the chit fund-based media group.
Seize was laid after a 33-year-old agent of Saradha Group committed suicide, citing inability to repay his depositors' money.
Saradha Group that flourished at a surprising rate using chit funds over the past few years recently went bust, leaving thousands of its agents and investors in the lurch.
Kolkata, April 19 : Livid at the central government for approving a special package of Rs. 12,000 crore for Bihar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday accused the Congress-led UPA of "political discrimination" and "depriving" her cash-strapped state.
Aizawl, April 19 : The Trinamool Congress (TMC), led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is expanding its base in the northeastern region. The party set up a unit Friday in the Congress-ruled Mizoram.
The TMC has already set up its state units in Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, and fought various elections in these states.
"Names of the leaders of a full fledged Mizoram state committee would be announced soon by our party supremo Mamata Banerjee," TMC's Manipur unit president Kim Gangte told reporters here Friday.
Kolkata, April 13 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is undergoing treatment at a private nursing home in the city, is in some pain, though other body parameters were normal, a doctor attending on her said Saturday.
Banerjee was taken to the Belle Vue Clinic shortly after she landed in the city from Delhi Wednesday, with complaints of breathing problems, palpitation and body pain.
The doctor, part of the medical team formed for Banerjee's treatment, said: "She is normal... pulse is normal, though slight pain persists".
New Delhi, April 10 : Delhi was unsafe and she was going back to Kolkata as she was unwell, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday, a day after she faced protests from SFI activists.
"I am going back. I was on oxygen whole night. Doctors suggested hospitalisation but I don't want to go to hospital," Banerjee told reporters.
"I will come again. Delhi is not safe," she said.
Banerjee said she had cancelled her meeting with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and had apologised to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as she could not meet him Tuesday.
Kolkata, April 9 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi refused to be drawn into comparisons between him and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee during a meeting with industrialists here Tuesday.
Refusing to compare his state with West Bengal, the BJP leader said: "The media only wants Modi to talk about one aspect. I have not come here for this. I do that only during elections."
Modi, widely touted as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, tried to woo Trinamool Congress chief Banerjee. He said he was sure that Banerjee would meet the aspirations of the people of West Bengal.
Kolkata, April 8 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said she had never sought a special package for her state and asserted that her two-day visit to Delhi starting Monday had no political agenda.
"I am not begging, neither am I demanding a special package (for West Bengal). But I want to know why Bengal is continuously being deprived. Despite all the problems that we are facing, Bengal is number one in performance in the country," Banerjee said.
Kolkata, March 25 : Showing solidarity with actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been sentenced to five years in jail in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said he has "already suffered a lot" for his "blunder" and wished him a "calm and peaceful life".
Kolkata, March 9 : Following the devastating fire at a city market which claimed 21 lives, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday warned traders to arrange fire safety measures within 15 days.
"Closing a market is not a solution. Along with doing business you have to take fire safety measures in markets. We give you 15 days time to arrange fire safety measures or else you will have to face consequences," Banerjee said here.
Kolkata, March 9 : Defending the West Bengal's government's decision to introduce a law penalising government employees for their failure to render timely services, Chef Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said the move was aimed at weeding out unscrupulous elements.
"There are many government employees who are CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) cadres and with a view to malign the government, indulge in corrupt practices. This law is aimed at targeting those unscrupulous elements," Banerjee said while addressing a gathering of government employees.
Kolkata, March 8 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday claimed that the next general elections would be held in the next two to three months, instead of 2014 as scheduled.
Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief, also claimed that her party would regain the railway portfolio after the elections.
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