Mamata criticises Maoists, cautions intellectuals

On her first visit to this former Naxal hotbed as chief minister, Mamata Banerjee today decried the Maoists’ cult of violence and killing but did not offer talks with them. Addressing a rally here, she also criticised a section of intellectuals in Kolkata for indulging Maoists.

Scientists write to PM for intervention

Perturbed over the arrest of an eminent scientist who opposed eviction of slum dwellers in Kolkata, a group of scientists has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decrying West Bengal government’s action and sought his immediate intervention. A number of scientists from across the country and some parts of the world have written More >

Bharti Airtel launches 4G services in Kolkata

Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecom service provider, started fourth-generation (4G) high-speed Internet services for the first time in the country using the TD-LTE standard on Tuesday. The service was launched in Kolkata, which is also where India’s first mobile phone call was made in 1995. “We will launch in Bangalore in the next 30 More >

Kolkata auto drivers protest LPG price hike

Autorickshaw operators held office-goers to ransom in different parts of Kolkata on Tuesday, putting up roadblocks at important intersections demanding a rollback of auto LPG gas price hike.

Kingfisher stops ops from Kolkata, Hyd

Ailing Kingfisher Airlines today said it has temporarily suspended operations from several major cities, including Kolkata and Hyderabad, and has asked nearly half of its 7,000-odd employees to stay at home till it managed to infuse fresh funds. The airline, burdened by a debt of over Rs 7,000 crore, also did not rule out laying More >

Kolkata police discuss security with IPL

Top officials of the Kolkata Police held a meeting on Tuesday with various stakeholders of the Indian Premier League (IPL) regarding security during the matches to be played at Eden Garden. “The first meeting of the IPL-V, was held today (Tuesday) between the representatives of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Cricket Associations of Bengal (CAB) and More >

Kahaani brings Kolkata back into the limelight

Stepping out of Mumbai and Delhi’s streets and lanes which have been shown in films over and over again, Bollywood is now romancing Kolkata and its Victorian aura still intact in some places. After the just-released Kahaani where Vidya Balan traversed through the length and breadth of the city searching for her missing husband, two More >

Kolkata Metro authorities objection to Kahaani

Sujoy Ghosh’s film Kahaani starring Vidya Balan has been the talking subject for the past few weeks. Though the film has garnered great publicity over last few days, we have learnt that the film has apparently run into trouble with the Kolkata Metro board recently. The story so far is that the film has a More >

Kolkata streets deserted as strike begins

The morning crowds were missing at the important spots and thoroughfares of Kolkata as the city showed signs of participating in the general strike called by 11 Left trade unions on Tuesday. Important crossings in the city such as Tollygunge, Taratolla, Ultadanga, Gariahat, Sealdah, Park Circus seven point crossing looked deserted. The government, however, made More >

Kolkata rape case: Why has Didi gone mum?

Mamata Banerjee has become uncharacteristically silent. At a time when she should be trumpeting the speed with which her Kolkata police seems to have cracked the case of the rape of the 37-year-old woman in a moving car, Didi has gone mum.