Jul 18

Five Bengali bands unite for a film

Source: PTI/The Hindu Although representing different musical styles and ideologies, vocalists of five leading Bengali bands have come together to croon for a film. Rupam Islam of Fossils, Subhajit Mukherjee of Lakkhichhara, Surojit Chatterjee of Bhoomi, Siddhartha Sankar Ray aka Sidhu of Cactus and Anindya Chatterjee of Chandrabindoo exercised their vocal chords for the Bengali

Jul 18

Pact on Gorkhaland administration today

Source: The Hindu When the sun rises over the Kanchenjunga on Monday, it will usher in a new chapter in the political history of the Darjeeling hills with the signing of a tripartite agreement for the setting up of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) at Pintail village near here. It will be inked by the

Jul 18

Shoe-baron abduction accused sent to police custody

Source: The Hindu A key accused of the abduction of shoe-baron Partha Pratim Roy Barman in 2001 was produced at a court here on Sunday after he was brought to the city from Mumbai where he was arrested a few days ago. Noor-e-Alam alias Shahbaz was successful in eluding the police net even as key

Jul 18

Didi’s army in junglemahal

Source: The Indian Express A proposed armed force of 10,000 young tribal men and women, which many in West Bengal have equated with Chhattisgarh’s Salwa Judum, is Mamata Banerjee’s backup plan while pursuing a peace initiative with Maoists in Junglemahal. Since last week, when Mamata made the announcement at a rally in Junglemahal, the move

Jul 18

CAB’s roadmap for peace:22 yards of tribal talent hunt in junglemahal

Source: The Indian Express Amid Mamata Banerjee’s high-decibel campaign to bring peace in Maoist-affected Junglemahal through a slew of sops and development projects, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has prepared a roadmap to popularise cricket and hunt for talents in the three districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura, which have been hogging the

Jul 18

Hills get ready for history

Source: The Hindustan Times A tripartite pact between the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), the West Bengal government and New Delhi will be signed on Monday, resolving the long-standing impasse in the Darjeeling Hills with the formation of a new autonomous elected hill council, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). According to the agreement, to be signed

Jul 18

CPM panel blames Buddha for debacle

Source: The Indian Express The two-day CPM state committee meet ended on Sunday with the party blaming the previous government — and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee — for the poll debacle and committing to reorganise itself in its rural bases. In the meet held at the party headquarters, the state committee took stock of

Jul 17

Mamata appoints Sam Pitroda advisor to ‘Resurgent Bengal’

Source: The Indian Express New Delhi: Sam Pitroda, the advisor to the Prime Minister, was on Saturday appointed ‘advisor’ to the ‘Resurgent Bengal’ initiative formulated by the West Bengal Government. After Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her wish to involve a key figure like Pitroda towards building a ‘better Bengal’, the current Chairman of the

Jul 16

Darjeeling tripartite accord to be signed on Monday

Source: The Hindu MARCUS DAM Kolkata The memorandum of agreement to pave the way for establishment of a new elected administrative body for the Darjeeling hills will be signed at a tripartite meeting involving the Centre, the State government and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) at Sukna in Darjeeling district on July 18. Announcing this

Jul 15

Mamata aims to make West Bengal next IT hub

Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee’s new mantra is to get the best to improve the worst. After missing the IT bus to Bangalore, Bengal will soon have two star-studded expert committees to give it the much needed lift. Source: CNN-IBN Writer: Priyanka Gupta The state government is trying to rope in Narayan Murthy as the chief mentor and

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