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Hasina to miss CU convocation

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed will not be attending the annual convocation ceremony of the Calcutta University (CU). Governor M.K. Narayanan, who is also the chancellor of the varsity, on Thursday said that the Bangladesh Prime Minister, who was to deliver the convocation speech as a chief guest, would be giving the programme a miss. “I do not think she is coming,” Mr Narayanan said in reply to a question on the sidelines of a programme organised by the Indian Museum.

Taslima faces Jaipur rerun in Kolkata

In a near rerun of Jaipur Literature Festival, the official launch of controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen’s new book Nirbasan (Exile) was unceremoniously cancelled at the Kolkata Book Fair by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild after protests by some Muslim organisations on Wednesday.

10 newborns die in Malda hospital

Barely a day after chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that her government has been able to reduce infant death rate in West Bengal by two per cent, 10 more infants died in the Malda Medical College and Hospital within 36 hours. While minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya informed that seven infants reportedly died on Wednesday, the hospital sources claimed eight deaths.

Tourists stranded in Andamans

The cyclonic storm “Thane” which lashed the Andaman and Nicobar Islands left hundreds of tourists stranded there, reviving memories of the December 2004 tsunami which ravaged the islands. Most of the tourists were from West Bengal.

‘Scared’ staff refuses to wear uniforms

Hundreds of staff from various departments of the AMRI Hospital refused to wear uniforms on duty at the main building of the Dhakuria unit, fearing public wrath, even after 48 hours of the incident.

Mamata: No intention of revenge

Taking strong exception to the Left parties repeated claim that the ruling party has been “resorting to revenge politics,” West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that her party Trin

Mamata names award after Uttam Kumar

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday announced that the state government will start an award in the name of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar from 2012.

27 trawlers traced in Bay of Bengal

A day after 33 trawlers with 550 fishermen went missing in Bay of Bengal following heavy rains, 27 trawlers were traced out after the weather improved on Saturday. The trawlers were traced through radio communication after they had drifted into the waters of Bangladesh, South 24 Parganas district magistrate N.S. Nigam said. Some of the

Bengal CPM MLA jumps to death

The CPI(M) MLA from Basirhat Uttar in North 24 Parganas, Mostafa Bin Kasem, committed suicide by jumping off the fourth floor of the MLA hostel in central Kolkata on Sunday evening.

Bengal star power comes up trumps

A script that eventually turned out to be a blockbuster for the Trinamul Congress as noted thespian Bratya Basu and National Award-winning actor Debashree Roy turned out to be the “giant killers”.

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