West Bengal

Union U-turn on tea hike

Leaders of the Joint Forum - an umbrella body of non-Trinamul tea unions in north Bengal - did a U-turn on Saturday and said they would not oppose an interim hike in tea wages proposed by the state government earlier this week.
OUR CORRESPONDENT Aug 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Panchayat blame game

The blame game between the BJP and Trinamul that intensified in the run-up to the Bengal rural polls in May has returned after a lull as the dates for formation of panchayat boards draw close.
OUR BUREAU Aug 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Opposition united in SMC walkout

For the first time since Asok Bhattacharya became Siliguri mayor in May 2018, he witnessed a walkout of all Opposition councillors at the Siliguri Municipal Corporation on Saturday.
OUR CORRESPONDENT Aug 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Ex-serviceman, wife killed in Kalimpong

An ex-serviceman and his wife staying alone 25km from Kalimpong town have been found murdered, with their bodies shoved in the septic tank.
Vivek Chhetri Aug 19, 2018 00:00 IST

8-year-old found murdered in Raiganj

An eight-year-old boy who went missing from his house in Raiganj on Friday was found dead on Saturday and is suspected to have been strangulated .
KOUSIK SEN Aug 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Once upon a time, the Sahibs' Ball

They, the Baugs, were the first ones to make polo balls - not only in Bengal but in the whole of India - or so they claim. That would be in the late 19th century. We meet the Baug family in Deulpur village of Bengal's Howrah district. Says septuagenarian Subhas Chandra Baug, "The demand for the indigenous ball hit the bottom when polo balls made out of fibre [also known as Argentinean balls] were introduced in the market. It destroyed our market."
Moumita Chaudhuri  Aug 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Bagdogra land cash rider

The Mamata Banerjee government has informed the Airports Authority of India that it will not be able to hand over 70 acres for the expansion of the Bagdogra airport near Siliguri until the central agency pays for the land.
Pranesh Sarkar Aug 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Gorkha paper push for NRC

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi has written to Union home minister Rajnath Singh seeking recognition of British-era documents for inclusion in Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Vivek Chhetri Aug 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Unable to increase tea wages: Planters

Tea planters have expressed their inability to accept two back-to-back interim wage hikes proposed by the Bengal government on Thursday, citing losses and the additional expenditure.
AVIJIT SINHA Aug 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Bengal plans power boost

Bengal power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said on Friday that the government planned to augment the state's electricity generation by 2,000MW, including 1,300MW from renewable sources, over the next five years, state.
Our Special Correspondent Aug 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Handbook on Jalpaiguri

Researchers and administrative officials in Jalpaiguri will now have the opportunity to conduct research and make development plans.
OUR CORRESPONDENT Aug 18, 2018 00:00 IST


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