West Bengal

Will never leave Bengal: Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, Feb 15 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said she will always remain in Bengal even as she vowed to take Trinamool Congress to the national arena.

"Do not worry, I will never leave Bengal, it is my motherland and I will work for Bengal till my last breath," said Banerjee while addressing party workers and its youth brigade in Burdwan district's Durgapur city.

Somdev in ATP Challenger Tennis quarters

Somdev-DevvarmanKolkata, Feb 12 : Somdev Devvarman romped into the quarter-finals but Yuki Bhambri’s campaign came to an end on a mixed day for Indian players at the $50,000 State Bank of India ATP Challenger Tour tennis tournament here Wednesday.

Devvarman carved out a straight set 6-3 6-3 victory over Russian A Kudryavtsev, while Bhambri lost to third seeded Russian Evgeny Donskoy 3-6 4-6 in pre-quarter final matches on the Bengal Tennis Association court.

Modi slams Congress for sidelining Pranab for PM

Narendra-ModiKolkata, Feb 5 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Wednesday accused the Congress and the Gandhi family of denying the coveted post of prime minister to Pranab Mukherjee twice - in 1984 and 2004 - despite his qualifications.

Modi said that in 1984, after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee should have been made prime minister as he was the senior most member of the cabinet.

Third Front will make India third grade: Modi

Narendra-ModiKolkata, Feb 5 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Wednesday slammed the idea of a Third Front and said it should be "rejected" as the concept would make India "third grade".

"Third Front will make India third grade and we need to reject them forever. Those talking about the Third Front in Delhi should come here and see which way the wind is blowing," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said at a mammoth rally at the Brigade Parade grounds here.

Mamata asks youth to join politics

Mamata-banerjeeKolkata, Jan 30 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday called for "determined" and "dedicated" participation of youth from the state to bring about a change and work for the country's progress.

She asked the youngsters participating alongwith hundreds of thousands of people in the Martyrs' Day rally at the Brigade Parade grounds here to join politics.

"I ask the youth... the college-goers... those who are part of the various student unions in the state... to come forward and work for Bengal, for India," she said as the crowd cheered her rousing address.

Central, Bengal officials discuss Bangladesh, law and order

Anil-GoswamiKolkata, Dec 31 : Home Secretary Anil Goswami Tuesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior government officials here over the situation in neighbouring Bangladesh and the law and order situation in the state.

"We discussed the law and order situation of the state besides other things," Goswami told media persons.

Goswami said the Banerjee government has sought central funds for some projects. "We have requested the state government to send proposals (for funds)," he added.

Modi to address rally in Kolkata next year

Narendra-ModiKolkata, Dec 27 : The BJP plans to hold 99 public meetings in West Bengal in January and a rally addressed by its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Kolkata in February, state unit president Rahul Sinha said here Friday.

Modi's rally would be held at the sprawling Brigade Parade ground Feb 5, Sinha said in a statement.

The Gujarat chief minister is expected to attend one more grand rally in north Bengal before the coming general elections.

Two new faces in Mamata government

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, Dec 26 : Two new ministers were inducted Thursday into the West Bengal government while a minister of state was elevated and given independent charge, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Thursday.

Binay Krishna Burman, a lawmaker from Mathabhanga in north Bengal's Cooch Behar district, is the new forest minister, replacing Hiten Burman who stepped down citing health issues and illness.

However, political circles feel Hiten Burman got the stick for "non-performance".

Played football in school, used to be goalkeeper: Akshay Kumar

Akshay-KumarKolkata, Dec 20 : Hailing the eastern metropolis as the "city of sports", Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar Friday revealed that he played soccer in school and was the goalkeeper.

The "Khiladi" star reminisced his three years spent in the city and fondly recalled his love for football.

"I used to be a goalkeeper in my school. I call myself, more than anything else, a sportsman," he said at a programme in East Bengal club.

Rs 15,000 crore spent on development this fiscal: Mamata

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, Dec 20 : The West Bengal government has spent Rs. 15,000 crore on development so far this fiscal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Friday.

Interacting with reporters after holding a review meeting of the work done by her ministers, Banerjee said West Bengal was the only state in India where such monitoring of development projects was done regularly.

"We have already spent Rs. 15,000 crore for development projects so far this year. Three months are still left. This is a record," she said.

Mandela, Sachin could be in Bengal school syllabus

Mandela-SachinKolkata, Dec 18 : The state school syllabus revamp committee is in talks with the West Bengal education department to include detailed chapters on anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in state-run schools' curriculum, officials said Wednesday.

West Bengal School Syllabus Revamp Committee chairman Aveek Majumdar said there was an informal discussion between him and Education Minister Bratya Basu on incorporating the luminaries in the syllabus.

Aamir to pay tribute to Maulana Azad at Kolkata fest

Aamir-KhanKolkata, Dec 17 : Actor Aamir Khan, great grand nephew of Muslim scholar and nationalist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, will pay homage to the leader during the inaugural session of the fifth chapter of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2014, its organisers said Tuesday.

AKLF, running from Jan 8 to 13 next year, will celebrate the secular views of Azad to coincide with his 125th birth anniversary.

The festival will begin with Khan's lecture titled "Maulana Azad: His belief in Secularism and his Foresight" at the Victoria Memorial Hall here.

We don't need alms, Mamata on central funds

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, Dec 17 : Continuing her tirade against the central government over the debt issue, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said the meagre central funds the state was receiving were hampering development.

Addressing a government programme in Plassey in Nadia district, Banerjee also attacked the erstwhile Left Front government in the state for neglecting development and burdening the state with debts.

Mandela's struggle will inspire generations: Mamata

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, Dec 6 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday condoled the death of South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, said his lifelong struggle and sacrifice will be the source of inspiration for generations.

"His passing away is a huge loss to humanity, to whom he was more than a fatherly figure. His lifelong struggle and sacrifice will be the source of inspiration for generations, now and forever. India had always co-operated with him in the Non Aligned Movement," said Banerjee.

Don't disrupt development, Mamata warns opposition

Mamata-BanerjeeKolkata, Dec 3 : In an apparent warning to the Left Front, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday cautioned the opposition not to hatch "conspiracies" for disrupting the developmental work of her government.

"Dhorte parle dhoro (if you can catch me, then catch), lorte parle loro (if you can fight, then fight), korte parle koro (if you can do, then do)... else allow us to do it," Banerjee said.

Mamata regime withdraws bill naming township after Jyoti Basu

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, Nov 26 : West Bengal's Trinamool Congress government Tuesday withdrew a bill which had included a clause naming a sprawling modern township on the city's eastern fringes after late communist patriarch and former chief minister Jyoti Basu.

Disregarding strong protests from opposition Left Front members, the government withdrew in the assembly the New Town, Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2011 passed by the erstwhile Left Front regime that had included a proposal to name the area as Jyoti Basu Nagar.

Won't adapt Orhan Pamuk's books to screen: Turkish filmmaker

Reha-ErdemKolkata, Nov 16 : In the city for the screening of his films at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), Turkish film director Reha Erdem Saturday said a firm no to adapting stories by Orhan Pamuk, the award-winning novelist from Erdem's homeland, to screen.

Pamuk is the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature and is one of Turkey's bestselling authors noted for works like "The Black Book", "Snow" and "The Museum of Innocence".

Sachin leaves behind mark of excellence: Mamata

Mamta-BanerjeeKolkata, Nov 16 : Hailing Sachin Tendulkar as an icon of world cricket, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said the cricketing genius leaves behind an unmistakable mark of excellence.

She also said Tendulkar, who bid adieu to the game, richly deserves the Bharat Ratna which the government announced soon after Tendulkar walked into the sunset after playing his 200th Test match in Mumbai.

"Sachin Tendulkar is an icon of the Indian and world cricket. Legends are forever. They only move from one field to another, leaving behind their unmistakable mark of excellence.

UPA has done well with focus on inclusiveness: Pitroda

Sam-PitrodaKolkata, Nov 15  : The United Progressive Alliance government performed well with a focus on inclusiveness, the prime minister's advisor Sam Pitroda said here Friday, running down its detractors for seeing things from a narrow perspective.

"This government has done a hell of a lot more than what the people realise. Right To Information was the biggest step forward in Indian history. Right to Education, the job guarantee scheme, food security - these are major initiatives that focus predominantly on inclusion," the prime minister's advisor on Public Infrastructure, Innovation and Information said in the West Bengal capital.

No cap on number of students who can study in Britain: Cameron

David-CameronKolkata, Nov 14 : British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday assured students that there was no upper limit to the number of candidates interested in studying in Britain.

At an interactive session at the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta here, Cameron sought to address concerns of Indian students whose number in British educational institutions has fallen steeply.

"There is no cap on the number of students that can study in Britain. If you get a graduate paid job, you can work in Britain after your studies," Cameron said.

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