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

Jul 15

Changing times in West Bengal

Source: jokatimes.com Writer: Mansha Tandon West Bengal is the cradle from which the traditions of activism, protest, and political action have risen. While this distinction ensures that the state has pride of place in the china cabinet of Indian history, it also places due responsibility on the youth of Bengal and the state’s political actors.

Jul 15

Can Mamata Banerjee remake West Bengal?

Source: The Economic Times, May 15 Here’s the first critical question that Mamata Banerjee, chief minister-elect of Bengal, faces: should her government’s swearing-in ceremony be held in the relative privacy of Kolkata’s sprawling Governor’s House or should she and her ministers take oath among lakhs of adoring supporters in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade grounds? The only

Jul 15

Mamata declares tribals in Junglemahal as BPL

Source: PTI/Business Line Sarenga: After giving a call to Maoists to lay down arms, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday turned her attention to the poorest of the poor in ‘junglemahal’ by announcing that all tribals in the three districts would be included in the BPL list. “I am declaring all tribals living in

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