Elections 2016

Abantika Ghosh


5 Questions: This is BJP-Congress match-fixing, says Sukhendu Sekhar Roy
Tue, May 03, 2016

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy speaks to The Indian Express.

For NDA@2, e-books, real-life success stories
Mon, May 02, 2016

The publicity plan of the government hinges on increased virtual and real interfaces between the government and the people through campaigns which would take place over several days.

In 2013, UPA told Rajya Sabha: No blacklist of AgustaWestland
Mon, May 02, 2016

Then defence minister A K Antony replied in the negative in the Upper House to a question on whether AgustaWestland had been blacklisted. He said that the company’s reply to a showcause notice is “under process”.

Mithun Chakraborty has attended Parliament for 3 days in 2 years
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The chair can declare a seat vacated if a member remains absent from house sittings for 60 consecutive days without permission.

West Bengal: Days after MP Saugata Roy featured in Narada sting, Trinamool nominated him to House panel
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

In the video released on March 14, Roy was purportedly seen accepting a bundle of currency notes from the representatives of a fictitious company.

Back on collision course as Didi disowns, Mukul defends
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Roy said Tuesday that none of the party members featured in the video were accepting cash for personal gains.

Criminalising marital rape: Will Maneka Gandhi be heard?
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

There is no dearth of expert opinion supporting Maneka Gandhi on criminalising marital rape, but successive governments have chosen the path of least resistance by simply ignoring them.

Once Didi sworn in a 2nd time, Delhi just 2 hours away: Derek O’Brien
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

'After Mamatadi is sworn in for the second time as chief minister of Bengal, Delhi is only a two-hour plane ride away.'

SC order on common medical entrance test will raise hopes of many
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The sometimes insane social premium on entering a medical college has fueled demand to such impossible extent that its yawning gap with the supply of medical seats can probably never be fulfilled.

Too late to conduct common medical entrance test this year: Health Ministry
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The AMU conducted its MBBS entrance test on April 11.

Assam polls, Phase 2: Mahanta faces a challenge from former ULFA man, once his aide
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta — against whom the Congress has resurrected the “secret killings” charge citing findings of a report tabled almost a decade ago — is pitted against a former ULFA commander.

Assam Elections 2016: Rebel Congress leader fans wind of change
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

Himanta Biswa Sarmahas an unassailable hold over his own constituents is something his biggest critic would be reluctant to dispute.

Assam elections: In Sankardev’s town, a mela brings ‘minority’ discontent to the fore
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

Hindus may be outnumbered by Muslims in seats like Batadroba and Dhing, but BJP hopes for a consolidation of votes behind it

The politics around the two ends of Assam’s complex Muslim spectrum
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Bengali Muslims are at centre of electoral discourse, Assamese Muslims are too few to swing any seat.

Three decades on, Nellie’s old scars mark new BJP-Congress faultlines
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Hutments are still made of bamboo mats, the inflammable material that made them burn so easily that fateful day.

Assam assembly election 2016: In ‘migrant’ settlement, politics changes, life remains the same
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Sipajhar presents a new element in the already complex firmament of Assam politics, where the original winning recipe of “Ali-Coolie-Bangali” of Dev Kanta Barooah has gathered new layers and sublayers.

SC gets fresh Maggi test reports days after FSSAI relaxes MSG-related norms
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

On Tuesday, FSSAI’s appeal against the Bombay High Court order of lifting the ban on Maggi and Nestle’s appeal against the class action suit came up for hearing in the apex court.

Government health mission records dramatic surge in surgeries
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

In the five years after 2009, “major surgeries” jumped manifold: 979% in Maharashtra, 470% in Karnataka, 400% in Bihar and 258% in Jammu and Kashmir.

PMO sets 3-month deadline for cancer screening framework
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

MoS for AYUSH Shripad Naik recently said yoga can cure major diseases like cancer and the government could come out with scientific evidence within a year.

‘Conflict of interest’: NHM panel raises questions on Bill Gates Foundation
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

The BMGF is one of the partners of international vaccine alliance GAVI that has given material and financial grants for India’s vaccine programme and also lists the pharmaceutical industry among its partners.

Congress rebels hit back: Rahul Gandhi has time to meet Kanhaiya, not us
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Flown to Delhi by the BJP after their rebellion, the Congress rebels have been changing hotels and destinations as part of a gameplan until Harish Rawat goes to the Assembly to take a floor test.

Simply Put: Why you can no longer buy some popular medicines
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Health experts have pointed to their many side-effects — some of them fatal — and the lack of therapeutic justification for their sale.

Uttarakhand crisis: ‘Bahuguna is glue binding rebel MLAs’
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

That sudden act of political empowerment Bahuguna owed to his proximity to the Gandhi family and his provenance is now being used against the Congress to destabilise the Rawat government.

Revolt hits Uttarakhand govt: Now, horse-trading in Dehradun
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

The Congress has 36 MLAs in the House of 70 members — the 71st member is nominated — and enjoys the support of six MLAs of the Progressive Democratic Front, while the BJP has 28 MLAs.

Owaisi targets ‘Congress’s soft Hindutva’ and ‘BJP’s hard Hindutva’
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

How can that become the test of my loyalty to my country? I am perfectly happy to say Jai Hind. There are religious and historical reasons too. I do not object to others saying it, but I will not,” Owaisi said.

Narendra Modi at World Sufi forum: Terror fight not against any religion
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Narendra Modi says faiths in India like strings of sitar creating a melody

Ban on drugs like Vicks and Corex: Nothing sudden about it
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

While most of the banned FDCs are not approved in many western countries, they have been in use in India.

TMC cries ‘conspiracy’
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Drawing on its strategy during the Saradha scam, the TMC held a protest in Parliament against the Aadhaar Bill to corner the government.

Sting operation: TMC gives clean chit to leaders shown ‘taking Bribe’
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Party sticks to ‘conspiracy’ theory, divide emerges on how to deal with issue.

Didn’t tell my boss (Rajya Sabha Trinamool MP) that I was working on sting, says Mathew Samuel
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Speaking to The Indian Express today, Samuel, who quit Tehelka to launch Narada News in January 2016, claimed that Singh wasn’t aware that he was “working” on the sting.

5 Questions: ‘We have nothing against Punjab, this is about the Akalis’
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

Congress MP from Haryana Kumari Selja speaks to Abantika Ghosh on the sharing of water from the SYL canal between Punjab and Haryana. The issue came up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

World Culture Festival starts today; Stage unsafe CPWD to Delhi Police
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Among red flags: no preparation... for creating levelled firm ground for supporting structure.

World Culture Festival ‘destruction unseen in history’: Opposition in Rajya Sabha
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley questioned how the chair could allow a matter that was subjudice.

Now at work, five ATMs that dispense medicines
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Five healthcare ATMs have come up in four states — MP, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh .

Hate speeches won’t impact minority welfare: Heptulla
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

When asked specifically about Katheria’s comments, Heptulla said that nothing anyone said mattered to her except when it came from the PM.

In AIADMK din, a motion govt failed to scuttle
Wed, Mar 02, 2016

The opportunity for the government had come amid disruption of the Rajya Sabha by AIADMK members, who were demanding action against former UPA minister P Chidambaram over reports about his son Karti’s assets.