KOLKATA, 31 AUG: Outgoing chairman of Tata Sons Mr Ratan Tata today said there was still a possibility of locating a Tata Motors factory somewhere in West Bengal, but it could can be done only when

Sticking to her stand of not acquiring land forcibly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would prefer death than agree to it.

"I am against acquisition of land forcibly. We will not acquire land by pointing guns at farmers. I will prefer death than acquire land forcibly from farmers," Banerjee said here in North Dinajpur district on the second day of her tour of five districts. "I went on a 26-day fast and was about to die, but did not compromise," she said referring to her 26-day hunger-strike in December 2006 to demand return of 400 acre to farmers who unwillingly parted with their land for the Tata Motors small car project at Singur.

Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee is no mood to risk her new found rural base ahead of the panchayat elections in West Bengal.

The Supreme Court today sought response of Tata Motors on a special leave petition filed by the West Bengal government challenging the quashing of the Singur Land Acquisition Act by the state high

Four years after Tata Motors relocated its Nano plant from Singur to Sanand, the “sweet deal” it was reportedly offered by the Gujarat government is turning out to be sour, with the first instalmen

KOLKATA, 14 AUG: Many farmers whose land was taken away for the Tata Nano project are either working as daily wage earners or searching for jobs.

The Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, that has been struck down by the Calcutta High Court as “unconstitutional and void” was described by Governor M. K. Narayanan here on Monday as one of the “most progressive items of legislations” passed by the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.

Mr Narayanan was speaking at an event to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Assembly where he referred to the Singur Act as well as the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Act, 2011 moved by the Trinamool Congress-led government and passed in the House as the most important legislations.

The West Bengal Government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the June 22 order of the Calcutta High Court striking down the law intended to reclaim Singur land leased out to the Tatas and to give a part of it back to farmers who were yet to receive compensation for it.

The State in its appeal said “despite possession being handed over to the Tatas and its approved vendors, the small car project could not be set up by them”. It pointed out that on October 31, 2008, the company wrote to the Government saying that it did not intend to use the land for the project.

The West Bengal Government has filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of the Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court which declared the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, “unconstitutional”.

“We have filed an SLP in the Supreme Court challenging the verdict given by the Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court. We will come to know the date of the hearing later,” said Kalyan Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress MP and one of the legal counsel for the State Government in this case, on Friday.

Calcutta, Aug.