West Bengal

Our soft attitude hurt us: CSK coach

Stephen FlemingKolkata, May 21 - Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming Tuesday admitted his team played badly even as credited the Kolkata knight Riders for taking away the game during their Indian Premier League encounter at the Eden Gardens here.

Speaking at the post match press conference Fleming rued the twin drop chances of KKR batsman Robin Uthappa who went on to score a blistering 39 ball 67 to script an eight wicket win over CSK.

Modi's belief in Vivekananda's teachings enthuse Ramakrishna Mission monks

Narendra-ModiKolkata, May 17 : With Bharatiya Janata Party's Narendra Modi poised to become India's next prime minister, monks of Ramakrishna Mission feel the ardent devotee of Swami Vivekananda could bring his teachings of religious harmony to the masses and harness youth power to power growth.

According to sources at the Belur Math, the global headquarters of the Swami Vivekananda founded Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission (RKM) in West Bengal's Howrah district, Modi in his youth had approached the authorities at Belur, wanting to be inducted into the order.

Shocked over media's alarming role in Lok Sabha polls, says Mamta

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, May 12 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday expressed shock over the "alarming role" of a major section of the media.

"There's hardly any room for doubt that a few major cash-loaded political parties have taken up control of media houses and engaged them to serve their narrow political interests, trampling down the ethics of democracy and voice of people," she said on her official Facebook page.

Don't get angry, you'll fall ill: Modi to Mamata

narendra-modiKrishnanagar (West Bengal), May 7 : Taking a jibe at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her "continuous attacks" on him, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Wednesday urged her not to get "too angry" lest she falls ill.

"Don't get too angry didi (Banerjee)... why are you so upset if the people of Bengal love us? Control your anger, I am worried that you may fall ill," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said at a rally here.

Mamata giving ridiculous logic to protect scamsters: Anand Sharma

Anand-SharmaKolkata, April 28 : Senior Congress leader and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma Monday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to protect people involved in the Saradha scam.

Hitting at Banerjee, who has accused the Congress of using the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the scam to derive political advantage, Sharma said Banerjee's logic that the probe was being instituted because of political difference was "ridiculous".

Unlike BJP , Congress works for all sections of society , says Rahul Gandhi

Unlike BJP , Congress works for all sections of society , says Rahul GandhiMalda (West Bengal), Apr 19 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday said that this election was a fight between two ideologies and that unlike the BJP, Congress works for all sections of the society .

Your dream is our dream, Modi tells Gorkhas

narendra-modiSiliguri, April 10 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday shied away from mentioning "Gorkhaland", a separate state being demanded in northern West Bengal, but said his party shared the "dreams" of the Gorkhas and attacked the union government for not honouring the community.

"I tell my Gorkha brothers, your dream is our dream. Give us a chance to ensure development for you," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said at an election rally in support of three party candidates in north Bengal.

Put me in jail, will not remove any official: Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, April 7 : Lashing out at the Election Commission after it transferred eight West Bengal officials, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday refused to carry out the orders and said she was even prepared to go to jail.

Challenging the commission, Banerjee said: "Put me in jail. I will not remove a single officer as chief minister. You rule and remove."

A fuming Banerjee termed the commission's decision as a conspiracy hatched by the central government, the poll panel, the Congress, the BJP and the CPI-M as also a media group.

Countering Modi, Mamata propounds 'Bengal model of development'

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, April 5 : Countering the BJP's "Gujarat model of development", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday propounded the "Bengal model of development" asserting the western state lagged behind on several parameters.

Banerjee - also the Trinamool Congress supremo - expressed her displeasure over the comparison between Bengal and the Narendra Modi governed Gujarat.

She claimed her government has achieved a lot on the development front despite inheriting a debt burden of over Rs. two lakh crore from the erstwhile Left Front government.

CEC to oversee Bengal preparations April 5

CEC to oversee Bengal preparations April 5Kolkata, April 1 : Chief Election Commissioner V. S. Sampath will visit West Bengal April 5 to oversee the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls in the state, an official said Tuesday.

Sampath's visit comes within two weeks of Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi's assessment of the preparations.

According to Amit Roy Chaudhury, officer on special duty and ex-officio joint secretary, Sampath will hold an all-party meeting and discuss poll-related issues with district election officers, returning officers and police commissioners April 6.

Bengal minister wants Sourav Ganguly to head BCCI

Sourav-GangulyKolkata, March 27 : West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra Thursday batted for former India captain Sourav Ganguly to take over as the country's cricket board chief, hours after the Supreme Court proposed cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar as its interim president replacing incumbent N. Srinivasan.

“Who better that Sourav? Sourav means clean cricket, Sourav means youth and energy. If the SC wants to know about Sourav’s credentials for the post, the people of Bengal will vouch for that by hitting the streets,” Mitra told media persons.

Mamata warns 'shameless leaders' against talking big

mamata-banerjeeSiliguri (West Bengal), March 25 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday launched a veiled attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying leaders who never knew what poverty was should not talk big.

Rahul Gandhi Tuesday criticised the Trinamool Congress government in the state for not utilising central funds.

Hours after he said at a rally in Jalpaiguri that central funds reached Kolkata but were not utilised, Banerjee at another rally at neighbouring Darjeeling district accused the Congress of robbing the state of its due share of money.

Mamata ridicules AAP's fund raising dinner

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, March 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday took a jibe at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for organising a fund raising dinner.

Launching her Trinamool Congress' manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee mocked the AAP without naming it in an apparent reference to the recent fund-raising dinner organised in Bangalore during its leader Arvind Kejriwal's visit to the southern city.

Not used to throwing my hat anywhere: Sourav on coaching

Sourav-GangulyKolkata, March 15 : Ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly asserted Saturday that the expertise of former greats can be utilised for developing the current cricket team even as he refused to "throw in my hat for the job".

"When you have players like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble, their services can always be sought. But it depends upon how much time they can devote. It's an individual decision for every cricketer what he wants do in life. I think it should be left to them," Ganguly said while reacting to Sunil Gavaskar's call that Dravid should replace current India coach Duncan Fletcher.

Fresh faces to ensure representative look: Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, March 6 : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Thursday said several fresh faces were inducted in her party's candidates list for the Lok Sabha polls to give it a representative look.

In a post on social networking site Facebook, Banerjee referred to the candidates list announced by the Trinamool for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, besides six constituencies in Tripura, Jharkhand and Manipur.

"Several new faces have been inducted to give our candidate list a truly representative look," she said.

Mamata wants state funding of elections

Mamata wants state funding of electionsKolkata, March 5 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday contended the union cabinet's decision to increase the poll campaign expenditure limit for candidates will encourage corruption and called for state funding of elections.

"There is so much talk about black money and corruption, then why this move to increase the expenditure? I don't know if it's an attempt to legitimise black money, it's unfortunate," Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chairperson, told media persons here.

Mamata announces slew of projects

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, March 1 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday inaugurated a slew of projects, asserting that her government will continue ushering in the development of the state.

"The centre has stopped releasing funds due for the rural employment guarantee scheme. Not only that it takes almost all our revenue towards debt servicing, despite all these we have been and will continue to usher in development," Banerjee said.

Kolkata celebrates National Science Day

National-Science-DayKolkata, Feb 28 : Scientists from across the world participated in lecture sessions at various research institutes here to celebrate National Science Day Friday, to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect by Indian physicist C. V. Raman.

Raman made the path-breaking discovery related to scattering of light Feb 28, 1928. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1930. The day is designated as National Science Day in the country.

Indian youth must work to end inequality: Jesse Jackson

Jesse-JacksonKolkata, Feb 26 : Exhorting India's youth to "care" and rise to the challenge of eradicating inequality and poverty, American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson Wednesday highlighted the issue of brain drain from India.

"Some of the best minds today are from India... many Persian Gulf nations export oil... others export timber and some export cocoa, some export diamonds. There is a brain drain and India is exporting brains," he said while addressing students at the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) here.

New rules needed for women's safety, says Madhuri

Madhuri-DixitKolkata, Feb 21 : Actress Madhuri Dixit, who plays an empowered woman in her forthcoming "Gulaab Gang", believes that in order to ensure women's safety, the government should form policies that are in sync with time.

Responding to questions from the media here Friday while talking about her character Rajjo, a "crusader and empowered woman", Madhuri also batted for educating men.

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