West Bengal

Angry villagers riot over land grab

A massive riot that broke out in Lufeng city, Guangdong province, on Wednesday morning persisted yesterday, with villagers raiding their local Communist Party headquarters and a police station apparently over a land dispute.

Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am


A potpourri of religions and cultures, this Indian city will flood your senses with its chaotic streets, teeming humanity and remnants of the British Raj.

1. The Maidan

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

After 30 years, India's Marxists face 'cathartic introspection'

The governments of China and Cuba may have been in power longer, but when it comes to winning elections, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s stranglehold over West Bengal stands apart.

5 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Communists risk power in land grab

Farmers in West Bengal revolt against forced acquisitions for industrial use

Anger and anxiety are etched on the face of farmer Rashid Ali Mondal as he surveys his paddy field - the economic lifeline he refuses to barter away for cash.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Crackdown on mines may collapse in the face of bribery

Pressure from powerful political figures, the media and opposition parties in the wake of an accident which killed around 140 miners in an illegal coal mine has forced the Indian government to mount a crackdown on illegal mining in the country's eastern coal belt.

18 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


1 Flower power

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Calcutta's Marxists put British back on their pedestals

A bust of George V was erected with great fanfare in the heart of Calcutta in 1939. It survived India's independence in 1947. But in 1967, within months of a communist-led coalition capturing power in West Bengal, the royal bust was unceremoniously taken down along with statues of many other prominent British colonial figures and dumped in a store.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Fugitive defends his grisly trade

Indian police have launched a massive hunt to capture a man charged with selling human skeletons to medical students.

Mukti Biswas, 55, is one of West Bengal's most wanted men for running what is being described as a 'skeleton factory' at Purbasthali on the banks of the River Bhagirathi, 200km from Calcutta.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The Dying Daily

THAT FUNG FAT-YUNG'S son is totally absorbed in the English-language Economic Times says much about the plight of India's only Chinese-language newspaper. Unlike his parents, Lee Yeng-won studied English at Calcutta's St George School, made a small fortune from sauce, and spends much time away.

6 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Perfect 10

1 Chandni Chowk

13 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Newborn hostage rescued

The government in the Indian state of West Bengal has rescued a newborn baby held hostage for 42 days by a private clinic in Calcutta because its parents failed to settle the bill for emergency medical care.

22 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Red-versus-red battle rages in Bengal

An increasingly violent new ultra-left rebel group responsible for gunning down at least 20 members of rival organisations is posing the most dangerous challenge to the Marxist government of West Bengal.

22 Jul 2002 - 12:00am