Jul 21

West Bengal to release 52 political prisoners

Source: The Hindu INDRANI DUTTA Kolkata The West Bengal Government will release 52 political prisoners, including some Naxals and leaders of the separatist Kamtapur movement. The Government is also willing to help them with socio-economic packages for rehabilitating them. The decision marks the completion of 60 days in office by the Government. Making this announcement

Jul 20

Day after pact, rumble in Hills

Source: Hindustan Times Pramod Giri and Amitava Banerjee Siliguri A day after signing the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement designed to give more autonomy to the hill region of West Bengal, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung said on Tuesday that it would be possible to form a separate state through the agreement.   “(Chief

Jul 19

IL&FS to Pick 10% Stake in Bengal Aerotropolis

Source: The Economic Times SUTANUKA GHOSAL Kolkata  Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) is likely to pick up a 10% stake in Bengal Aerotropolis Project Ltd (BAPL) which is setting up . 10,000-crore airport city in West Bengal. BAPL is in the process of expanding its present equity base of . 170.8 crore by another

Jul 18

Gorkhaland pact signed, Darjeeling hills get more power

Source: CNN-IBN NEW DELHI: A tripartite agreement was on Monday signed for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in Darjeeling. The accord was signed by West Bengal home secretary G D Gautama, GJM’s Roshan Giri and joint secretary, MHA, K K Pathak. The Centre and state government will fully back the GTA, said home minister P Chidambaram

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

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