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A year later, victims’ kin & survivors still in shock

It seems that Tillottama Kolkata, as fondly called by its citizens, is still struggling to come to terms with one of its worst fire tragedies ever even though an year has passed. Exactly an year ago (on December 9, 2011), at a time when the city was already trying to overcome the grief of the devastating fire at Stephen Court in March 2010 where at least 43 people were charred to death, Kolkata was struck by another catastrophe: AMRI Hospital in Dhakuria caught fire choking 93 patients to death.

Mamata criticises ‘saviours of govt’ on FDI

Trying to put up a brave front after the fiasco of Trinamul Congress’ no-confidence motion on the FDI in Lok Sabha, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee launched a sc

BJP says new 2G auction was ‘manipulated’

The BJP-led NDA on Sunday accused the Congress-led UPA-2 government of “deliberately manipulating” the recent auction of 2G spectrum and demanded a probe into the matter. Speaking at a press conference in Kolkata Sunday, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that the recent auction of 2G spectrum barely yielded one-third of the amount that was expected.

Bengal violates transfer policy

The state government once again came under heavy criticism after the principal of Jhargram Raj College, Kishore Kumar Rarhi was suddenly transferred to A.B.N. Seal College in Cooch Behar.

34.3% rise in market dept revenues

With the implementation of stringent measures by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)’s market department, the department has witness an increase of 34.3 per cent in its revenues. While the civic market department collected `5.71 crore in 2011, earnings have already crossed `8 crore till September, 2012.

Mamata launches attack on media

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday once again launched a scathing attack against the media: this time for blaming her government for the suspension of screening of Bengali movie Teen Kanya at St

Bengali film stopped over kolkata rape

A new Bengali movie, Teen Kanya, was removed from state-owned Star Theatre only a day after its release because it allegedly contained a sequence which bore a resemblance to the Park Street rape case and therefore the movie was deemed “anti-government”. The film’s director, Agnidev Chattopa-dhyay, said: “I was told by Star Theatre authorities that the film was anti-government and so it would not be screened there.”

Fascist tendency, says Kabir Suman

Mayor-in-council Atin Ghosh said although Star Theatre was owned by the KMC, it was not involved in the day-to-day affairs of the theatre.


Chief minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the Congress-led UPA-2 government by terming it “irresponsible and intolerable” after prices of LPG cylinders (non-subsidised) was increased by `26.50 on Thursd

Testing of water samples every week

In an attempt to ensure supply of water free from arsenic contamination, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to conduct tests of the water on a war footing. To fight the arsenic problem, the civic body’s tube well department has now decided to conduct arsenic tests of at least 525 samples drawn from tube wells located across the city on a weekly basis.

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