West Bengal

India: Reliance Jio adds 1.85 lakh Kolkata subscribers in August

Kolkata, Oct 20 (PTI) Telecom operator Reliance Jio has added 1.85 lakh subscribers in August in the city, a company statement said.

The gain in subscribers' base has been fuelled by "fast expansion of its all 4G network coverage and popular Jiophone", it said.

As per TRAI report, the subscriber base stands at 95.84 lakhs as of August, the company said in a statement.

India: Mamata assures Farooq Abdullah of standing by him in 'difficult times'

Kolkata, Oct 21 (PTI) Assuring former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah of standing by him during "difficult times", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday extended birthday wishes to the National Conference patron.

She urged Abdullah to stay positive and prayed for his good health.

India: Filmmaker held on rape charge

Kolkata, Oct 18 (PTI) A renowned filmmaker and theatre personality was arrested here on Friday for allegedly raping an actor-student of his theatre group on multiple occasions since December last year, police said.

The matter surfaced on Wednesday night after the victim took to a social networking website to post her complaint about the alleged crime.

Indian economy on a shaky ground: Nobel awardee Banerjee

Kolkata, Oct 14 (PTI) Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, who on Monday won the 2019 Nobel for Economics, said Indian economy is on a shaky ground.

The data currently available do not hold any assurance for the country's economic revival anytime soon, he stated.

"The condition of Indian economy is on a shaky ground.

After witnessing the present (growth) data, just can't be sure about it (revival of economy in near future).

India: Euphoric Bengal proud of Banerjee's Nobel win

Kolkata/New Delhi, Oct 14 (PTI) West Bengal on Monday received with pride the news of Bengali origin Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee winning the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Banerjee, his wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer jointly won the Nobel "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."

From his economist mother to politicians and academia-- all hailed Banerjee's achievement.

India: Slump in economy and sponsorship of Durga puja, loses its shine

Kolkata, Oct 4 (PTI) The economic slowdown has dimmed the lights of Bengal's biggest festival this time, forcing Durga puja organizers to scale down celebrations due to shrinking sponsorship.

Not just small-budget pujas, big-ticket ones have also curtailed their budget by nearly 15% to 30%, mostly compromising on marquee decoration, according to organisers.

On an average, setting up a theme-based marquee for the five-day fiesta, replete with safety arrangements and basic amenities, costs anything between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 30 crore in Bengal.

India: NRC must for national security; will be implemented: Shah

Kolkata, Oct 1 (PTI) The NRC is "a must" for national security and will be implemented, Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared on Tuesday but made it clear that Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees will be accorded Indian citizenship beforehand with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Addressing a BJP seminar on the National Register of Citizens, which has hitherto remained confined to Assam, the party president accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party TMC of misleading the people on the issue.

India: Calcutta HC grants anticipatory bail to Rajeev Kumar

Kolkata, Oct 1 (PTI) In a relief to former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the Calcutta High Court granted anticipatory bail to the senior IPS officer in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam on Tuesday, saying it was not an appropriate case for custodial interrogation.

A bench comprising justices S Munshi and S Dasgupta said if Kumar was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the case, he would have to be released immediately on bail by an appropriate court on two sureties of Rs 50,000 each.

India: Narada case: BJP leader Mukul Roy appears before CBI

Kolkata, Sep 28 (PTI) BJP leader Mukul Roy on Saturday appeared before the CBI probe team to face questioning in connection with Narada tapes scandal, agency sources said.

Roy had been asked to appear in the probe agency's office on Friday. But he did not go there citing "preoccupations" and sought more time.

India: VHP hits out at Mamata over her opposition to NRC

Kolkata, Sep 25 (PTI) VHP hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday for creating panic over NRC and said her comment that FIRs would be filed in case of loss of requisite documents is indulgence to infiltrators.

Banerjee's comment is detrimental to national security, Vishwa Hindu Parishad international secretary general Milind Parande said.

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