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  • Girl education

    Bengal shows the way

    West Bengal has good reason to preen its feathers. Kanyashree Prakalpa, Mamata Banerjee’s unique initiative to help the girl child lead a more humane existence, has been accorded global recognition with the award conferred at The Hague under the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development. For the state, this is quite the most encouraging “breaking news” after a decade of economic and political convulsions. Whether or not Narendra Modi’s ringing slogan, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, is based on Kanyashree Prakalpa, it is

    Opinion | June 28, 2017
  • GST

    Bengal to write to Centre seeking deferment of GST rollout

    The West Bengal government will write to the Centre seeking postponement of the July 1 start to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, as "small and medium traders are not yet prepared for the new tax system", a state minister said here on Tuesday. "The country's small and medium traders are still not ready for the GST rollout," Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who is also Chairman of the Empowered Committee on GST, told mediapersons. He said the

    Cities | June 27, 2017
  • C S Karnan

    Ex-Judge Karnan writes to Bengal governor for bail

    Former Calcutta High Court Justice C S Karnan has written to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi seeking bail or parole, his counsel Mathew J Nedumpara said on Monday. The 62-year-old judge was sentenced to six months in jail on May 9 for contempt by the Supreme Court. After remaining untraceable for a while, Karnan was arrested in Chennai and brought to Kolkata on Wednesday where he was lodged in the Presidency Jail. On Thursday, the former judge was admitted to

    India | June 26, 2017
  • Rath Yatra

    Bengal celebrates Rath Yatra with passion

    Amid chants of "Hare Krishna" and "Jai Jagannath", thousands of devotees revelled as the decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and their sister Subhadra threaded their way through in various places of West Bengal on Sunday during the annual Rath Yatra. People thronged on roads, went up to roof tops to have a glance of their beloved Lord Jagannath, as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) marked the 46th edition of the chariot festival in the state capital.

    Cities | June 25, 2017
  • West Bengal, UN, award

    West Bengal gets prestigious UN award

    The UN has awarded a scheme by the West Bengal government aimed at promoting girls' education with its highest Public Service Award. 'Kanyashree Prakalpa' scheme was chosen among 552 projects from 62 countries which were nominated for the award, the Indian embassy in The Hague said in a statement. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received a trophy and the certificate for the First Prize at the UN Public Service Forum here. Kanyashree Prakalpa is a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at

    Cities | June 24, 2017
  • Mamata Banerjee

    Bring software industries to Bengal: Mamata to Bengali diaspora

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday appealed to the Bengali community here to bring software industries. "Our young generation is in the software industry which is an important sector. We have IT parks and land is also available. We will provide facilities within our capabilities. We have lot of scope for the industry," she said, adding that state had no man-days lost. Banerjee, who is accompanied by a high powered official and business delegation, is in

    Cities | June 22, 2017
  • Anna Hazare

    Anna Hazare joins Yoga Day fest in Bengaluru

    Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday joined about 5,000 people -- young and old, boys and girls -- in celebrating the 3rd International Yoga Day at local Kanteerava Sports Stadium and performed 'yoga asanas' (exercises) and offered prayers. The large event in the city, organised by the Karnataka government, witnessed participation by many celebrities, sports persons, politicians, lawmakers and state ministers and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers H.N. Ananth Kumar, who hails from the city and represents the

    Cities | June 21, 2017
  • Darjeeling

    Demand for Gorkhaland, indefinite shutdown to continue in Bengal hills

    All the parties participating in the GJM-sponsored all party meeting in Darjeeling on Tuesday unanimously decided to continue the indefinite strike in the north West Bengal hills in demand of a separate Gorkhaland state and to protest the alleged police atrocities and high-handedness in the region. The representatives of 12 political including the Congress and BJP that participated in Tuesday's meeting also vowed to boycott the state government announced all party meeting on June 22 in Siliguri. "All

    Cities | June 20, 2017
  • Bengaluru metro

    Thousands take to new metro line in Bengaluru

    Thousands of commuters, including government employees and techies, on Monday boarded the new metro line between north and south of the city, saving time and avoiding the vehicular traffic-choked roads. "About 75,000 people used the 24km north-south route (green line) between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. to commute on the first working day of the week after the service was opened to the public on Sunday," Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) spokesman U.A. Vasanth Rao told reporters here.

    Cities | June 20, 2017
  • Shiv Sena, BJP, J-K, Bengal

    Shiv Sena attacks BJP over J-K, Bengal situation

    Barely a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP President Amit Shah met here, the Shiv Sena on Monday launched a fresh attack on its ally -- this time for the grim situation in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. "Amit Shah says if mid-term polls are held in Maharashtra, they will win hands down. They can also win the presidential election. But who will win the war in Jammu and Kashmir?" the Sena asked pointedly in an edit

    India | June 19, 2017