Owaisi meets religious leader in Kolkata

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 12:46:52 IST - kolkata

AIMIM supremo Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday arrived at Futura Sharif in Bengal's Hooghly district and held discussions on the state's political scenario and upcoming assembly polls with prominent Muslim leader Abbas Siddiqui, sources in his party said.

Kolkata Metro likely to do away with e-passes

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:00:00 IST - kolkata

Metro Railway is likely to do away with e-passes from mid-January, when the contract with the developer of the technology behind the e-pass ends. The colour-coded e-passes, generated from a URL and booked in advance to access the north-south line, were key to controlling crowd when Metro resumed services after a 176-day Covid-induced lockdown on September 14.

Kolkata: Hostels, PGs across run out of biz

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:55:00 IST - kolkata

Hostels and paying guest accommodations across Kolkata, which thrived on thousands of students from the districts and neighbouring states enrolling in city colleges and coaching institutes before the pandemic, are witnessing huge losses and many are even contemplating shutting business.

26th Kolkata Film Fest to open with ‘Apur Sansar’

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:58:00 IST - kolkata

This year, the inauguration of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will move from Netaji Indoor Stadium to Nabanna Sabhaghar. On January 8, chief minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the festival in the presence of all the committee members in charge of organizing the 26th edition of KIFF. Though attempts are being made to get outstation celebrities to join the inauguration virtually, there hasn’t been any confirmation so far.

Covid strain: KMC unable to trace 27 UK flyers

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:41:00 IST - kolkata

One more flyer who returned to Bengal recently from overseas has tested positive for Covid-19. This takes the number of Covid patients under the scanner for possibly carrying the UK strain to three. Till now, the strain of the novel coronavirus has been found in only one returnee, who travelled from the UK. But there is concern over KMC’s inability to trace 20 people who arrived by the same flight as the one with the new, more infectious strain. Also, seven others have left their addresses in Kolkata and gone somewhere else.

Active Covid cases at 6-month low in Kolkata

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:00:00 IST - kolkata

A higher discharge rate and fewer Covid deaths in the second half of 2020 have raised the city’s hopes. Kolkata’s active cases, now nearly at a six-month low, is at 2.1% of the 1.2 lakh cases the city has reported since March 17. The discharge rate has also scaled the 95% mark, but Covid fatalities remain at 2.3%.

WB schools may be asked to reopen at short notice

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:38:00 IST - kolkata

The state education department has asked schools to be prepared to open at short notice, at least for senior school students, particularly those appearing for Class-X and Class-XII board examinations. Though a final decision will be taken only at the state secretariat, the department has asked schools to prepare for such an eventuality.

Mentally unstable man pushes dad to death in Kol

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:42:00 IST - kolkata

A 69-year-old retired government employee, Subhomoy Banerjee, died after allegedly being pushed by his 31-year-old son, who is reportedly mentally unstable, on the concrete passage of their Jadavpur home in January 1.

Kolkata: Thief caught as he pulls down mask

Posted on Sun, 03 Jan 2021 04:45:00 IST - kolkata

The act of pulling his mask down to scratch his face landed a thief in police net.

Bengal adds 863 new Covid cases, 28 deaths

Posted on Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:24:22 IST - kolkata

West Bengal's Covid-19 tally mounted to 5,54,079 on Saturday as 863 more people tested positive for the infection, while 28 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 9,766, a health bulletin said.

Man killed for refusing to pay extortion money

Posted on Sat, 02 Jan 2021 19:41:57 IST - kolkata

A man was killed allegedly for refusing to pay extortion money to miscreants in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district, police said on Saturday.

New Town to get Netaji park on January 23

Posted on Sat, 02 Jan 2021 04:28:00 IST - kolkata

New Town will get a Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose theme park that is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 23 to commemorate Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary.