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Due to the cyclone alert in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the IMD has predicted heavy rainfall in West Bengal till September 27. (File photo)

Army asked to remain on standby as West Bengal gears up for another spell of heavy rains

UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 09:42 PM IST
Officials from the IMD’s regional office in Kolkata said that as Cyclone Gulab is expected to hit somewhere between south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening.
Due to the cyclone alert in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the IMD has forecasted heavy rainfall in West Bengal till September 27. (File Photo)
Due to the cyclone alert in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the IMD has forecasted heavy rainfall in West Bengal till September 27. (File Photo)

Cyclone Gulab: West Bengal govt cancels leave of all state staff till October 5

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 07:21 PM IST
  • The decision has come as the IMD has stated that the deep depression in Bay of Bengal will intensify into Cyclone Gulab and hit the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Sunday evening.
Bhawanipore candidate Priyanka Tibrewal with Union minister Smriti Irani who campaigned for her in Kolkata on Friday. BJP complained to EC that DCP Akash Magharia molested Tibrewal during their protest near chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s house (PTI)
Bhawanipore candidate Priyanka Tibrewal with Union minister Smriti Irani who campaigned for her in Kolkata on Friday. BJP complained to EC that DCP Akash Magharia molested Tibrewal during their protest near chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s house (PTI)

BJP hits at Kolkata cop who stopped its protest, says he molested Tibrewal

By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 01:10 AM IST
The BJP complaint was made after Kolkata police booked BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar and other leaders including Priyanka Tibrewal for unlawful assembly, rioting and use of criminal force to stop public servants .
On the day of vaccination, Nayak hired a school bus and named it ‘Vaccine Rath’ for their commute. (HT photo)
On the day of vaccination, Nayak hired a school bus and named it ‘Vaccine Rath’ for their commute. (HT photo)

Bengal teacher arranges for ‘vaccine rath’, gets 500 tribal women vaccinated with 1st dose

UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 01:47 PM IST
Deep Narayan Nayak counselled the women, got them registered on the CoWin app and took the responsibility of their commute to and from the nearest vaccination centre.
Newly appointed Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar. (File Photo)
Newly appointed Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar. (File Photo)

BJP's Sukanta Majumdar, Priyanka Tibrewal booked over Kalighat protests

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 08:52 PM IST
The Kalighat area in Kolkata, which houses the chief minister's residence, saw a high-voltage drama on Thursday after BJP activists led by Sukanta Majumder engaged in a scuffle with the police after being stopped from holding a “peaceful demonstration” with the body of Manas Saha.
West Bengal has administered 5,35,59,220 doses till date. (Representational Image / Bloomberg)
West Bengal has administered 5,35,59,220 doses till date. (Representational Image / Bloomberg)

West Bengal to vaccinate college, university students before reopening educational institutions

UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 02:53 PM IST
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee earlier hinted at allowing schools and colleges to reopen after the Puja vacation in November.
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

Gang using portable jammers to block cellphone signals busted in West Bengal

UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 03:31 PM IST
Police arrested three members of the gang which had targeted a bank dealing with gold loan at Chandannagar on Tuesday. One member is still on the run.
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Bhabanipur (Twitter)
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Bhabanipur (Twitter)

Bhabanipur by-polls: Here's why Hardeep Puri thinks Mamata Banerjee is ‘nervous’

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 12:59 PM IST
The West Bengal CM needs to win the September 30 by-elections to retain her chair. The BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal against her.
Mainul Haque’s resignation comes days after former Union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo joined the TMC last Saturday.(AP file photo)
Mainul Haque’s resignation comes days after former Union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo joined the TMC last Saturday.(AP file photo)

Bengal leader Mainul Haque, who quit Congress, likely to join TMC today

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 06:16 AM IST
Speaking to news agency PTI, Haque had said after resigning that he had sent the interim letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “I want to fight the communal BJP in the state in a more apt manner and meet the aspirations of people whom I had represented in all these years,” he added.
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee at her first public meeting for the Bhowanipore assembly by-election at Ekbalpur in Kolkata on Wednesday. (SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee at her first public meeting for the Bhowanipore assembly by-election at Ekbalpur in Kolkata on Wednesday. (SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)

Someone else will be CM if I don’t get every vote, says Mamata at campaign meet

PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 01:18 AM IST
Bhawanipore witnessed a flurry of activity on Wednesday as Banerjee, Adhikari, Union petroleum minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta and Bengal BJP’s new president Sukanta Majumdar campaigned in different parts of the constituency.
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri. (ANI file photo)
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri. (ANI file photo)

‘Clear support for BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal in Bhabanipur’: Union minister Puri

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 04:05 PM IST
Hardeep Singh Puri, who is on a visit to West Bengal, tweeted on Wednesday that he interacted with the residents of Mohan Dutta Road in the Ray Street area of Bhabanipur where they shared their issues and concerns.
West Bengal for the first time will count big herbivores such as deer and elephants while undertaking the tiger census.(HT file photo)
West Bengal for the first time will count big herbivores such as deer and elephants while undertaking the tiger census.(HT file photo)

For the first time, West Bengal to count big herbivores during tiger census

PTI | , Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 12:21 PM IST
Earlier, the tiger census was done solely focussing on the big cats but from this year, the population of big herbivores will be included in the count as stipulated by the All India Coordinated Tiger Census, Chief Wildlife Warden Debal Roy told PTI.
A health worker prepares a dose of vaccine against Covid-19 at a camp in Siliguri, West Bengal, earlier this month. (File photo)
A health worker prepares a dose of vaccine against Covid-19 at a camp in Siliguri, West Bengal, earlier this month. (File photo)

Bengal ramps up vaccine drive in rural areas ahead of festive season

PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 11:43 AM IST
“The focus has shifted over the last one month or so. At present 60%-70% of the daily doses are being given in peri-urban and rural areas, while only around 30%-40% are being given in urban areas,” said an official of the state health department
Commuters wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rains in Kolkata, on Tuesday, (PTI)
Commuters wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rains in Kolkata, on Tuesday, (PTI)

More rainfall in West Bengal ahead of Durga Puja? Here's what IMD says

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 08:31 AM IST
The MeT department predicted more rainfall till Wednesday morning, which may well extend into later in the day throughout south Bengal, including in Kolkata, where several low-lying localities and streets still lay waterlogged on account of the incessant showers over the past couple of days.
BJP’s Bengal president Sukanta Majumdar (L) with Dilip Ghosh during a felicitation at BJP Party office in Kolkata on Tuesday. (PTI)
BJP’s Bengal president Sukanta Majumdar (L) with Dilip Ghosh during a felicitation at BJP Party office in Kolkata on Tuesday. (PTI)

Mamata’s mosque visit insult to Islam, says Bengal BJP’s new boss; cleric rebuts

By Tanmay Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2021 12:41 AM IST
Sukanta Majumdar, the BJP’s surprise choice to replace Dilip Ghosh, said the Mamata Banerjee government” was imposing a Taliban-like regime in Bengal and vowed to evict the TMC from power at any cost in the assembly elections five years later.
The CBI has registered FIR under IPC section 302 (murder).
The CBI has registered FIR under IPC section 302 (murder).

CBI registers another FIR in death of BJP supporter during WB post-poll violence

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 02:05 PM IST
The complainant Purnima Dey, wife of the deceased alleged that her husband Narayan Dey who was a BJP supporter was killed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) goons in Nadia district.
Sukanta Majumdar (centre) is BJP's sitting MP from the Balurghat constituency in West Bengal. (File Photo)
Sukanta Majumdar (centre) is BJP's sitting MP from the Balurghat constituency in West Bengal. (File Photo)

Sukanta Majumdar, new Bengal BJP chief, promises to live up to expectations

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 11:59 AM IST
Sukanta Majumdar said that those who left the BJP joined it with a motive and they left because their motive was not fulfilled when asked about how the patty is coping with the workers resigning from the party.
Commuters make their way along a waterlogged street after heavy rainfall in Kolkata on September 20. (AFP)
Commuters make their way along a waterlogged street after heavy rainfall in Kolkata on September 20. (AFP)

Heavy rains continue in south Bengal; trains cancelled, flights delayed

UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 03:06 PM IST
While some trains had to be cancelled, several others had to be rescheduled or their origin stations changed. At least 16 flights got delayed at the Kolkata airport
Many areas in the Bengal capital such as Ballygunge, Golf Green, Palmer Bazar, Topsia, Ultadanga, Chetla etc received more than 100 millimeters (mm) of rainfall on Sunday leading to flooding.(PTI)
Many areas in the Bengal capital such as Ballygunge, Golf Green, Palmer Bazar, Topsia, Ultadanga, Chetla etc received more than 100 millimeters (mm) of rainfall on Sunday leading to flooding.(PTI)

Kolkata rain: Several areas under water, highest September rainfall since 2007

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 10:08 AM IST
  • Videos on social media showed severe waterlogging in Kolkata international airport but flight timings remained unaffected. 
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

Bangladesh to send 2,000 tonnes of Hilsa fish ahead of Durga Puja

UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 10:00 AM IST
“This year, we would get 2,080 tonnes of Hilsa fish from Bangladesh. We are expecting the first consignment to arrive at the Petrapole border in a day or two. The consignments would continue to come till October 10,” said SA Maqsood, secretary of the Fish Importers’ Association in West Bengal
Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday. (PTI)
Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday. (PTI)

‘Didi will decide’: Babul Supriyo on his new role after meeting Mamata Banerjee

UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 08:19 PM IST
Former Union minister of state Babul Supriyo met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna, the state secretariat, on Monday, and said after the talks that he is thankful to her and her nephew and Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee for welcoming him to their party
Trinamool Congress leader Manas Bhunia was asked to appear before the CBI in person on Monday morning. (File photo)
Trinamool Congress leader Manas Bhunia was asked to appear before the CBI in person on Monday morning. (File photo)

CBI knocks at TMC leader Manas Bhunia's Kolkata office in chit fund scam probe

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 07:34 PM IST
The visit comes hours after TMC minister Manas Bhunia didn't turn up at CBI office for questioning in the ICore chit fund scam case.
Heavy waterlogging has been reported from several areas in Kolkata following incessant rain since Sunday evening. (PTI Photo/File/Representative use)
Heavy waterlogging has been reported from several areas in Kolkata following incessant rain since Sunday evening. (PTI Photo/File/Representative use)

Heaviest September rain in Kolkata in 14 years, large parts of city submerged

UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 03:48 PM IST
The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) regional office in Kolkata said a cyclonic circulation that had developed over the sea moved towards the West Bengal coast, triggering the heavy rain
Vehicles navigating a waterlogged road in Kolkata on Monday.(HT Photo)
Vehicles navigating a waterlogged road in Kolkata on Monday.(HT Photo)

Trains delayed, roads submerged as heavy rain pounds Kolkata; commuters stuck

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 01:28 PM IST
Kolkata rain: More than 100 mm rain was recorded at different places in Kolkata from 1am to 7am, submerging many important thoroughfares and low-lying areas under knee-deep water, according to India Meteorological Department. The IMD has forecast more downpour for at least another day.
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)

Kolkata woman allegedly raped in Patna, says she is getting threats

UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 12:23 AM IST
A woman from south Kolkata has filed a police complaint alleging that she was raped by two men at a luxury hotel in Patna on the night of July 2, officials said
Babul Supriyo (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Babul Supriyo (Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Don’t want to campaign for the Bhabanipur bypoll: Babul Supriyo

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 12:15 AM IST
Banerjee has to win the Bhabanipur bypoll to retain her chief minister’s post after having lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram in the assembly elections held in April-May this year.
Supriyo maintained that he would not say anything offensive against the BJP leaders who have targeted him since Saturday. (PTI)
Supriyo maintained that he would not say anything offensive against the BJP leaders who have targeted him since Saturday. (PTI)

Babul Supriyo doesn’t want to campaign for Mamata Banerjee in bypoll

UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 12:04 AM IST
Banerjee is facing the polls as she lost to her protege-turned-adversary, BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, at Nandigram in East Midnapore district.
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar called the alleged violation collapse of constitutional mechanism. (File photo)
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar called the alleged violation collapse of constitutional mechanism. (File photo)

4th finance panel in Bengal flouted Constitution norms, alleges guv Dhankhar

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2021 06:50 PM IST
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also claimed that state finance commission in West Bengal did not make recommendations to the governor since 2014. 
Park Street, the popular Kolkata destination which houses all three restaurants, has been widely portrayed in films and televisions. (HT Photo)
Park Street, the popular Kolkata destination which houses all three restaurants, has been widely portrayed in films and televisions. (HT Photo)

Three iconic Kolkata restaurants get heritage tags

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Avik Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 02:36 PM IST
  • Kolkata's first three restaurants to receive the honour have been in operation for over 60 years, and their menus have remained more or less unchanged, with a few additions over the years
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