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Aniruddha Ghosal


Aniruddha Ghosal is a principal correspondent with the Indian Express. He writes on politics, environment and security. He is an alumnus of the University of Sussex.

Delhi govt pins clean air hopes on anti-pollution towers
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

The anti-pollution tower is fitted with exhaust fans that suck in polluted air. Within the tower, a machine is said to remove “nearly 90% of particulate matter”, said officials. Depending on the efficacy of the pilot project, similar machines could be installed elsewhere

Jaya Bachchan could be Mamata Banerjee’s Rajya Sabha nominee from West Bengal
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Jaya Bachchan’s third term in the Upper House comes to an end on April 3.

Congress hopes Lovely’s return will help bolster lineup for bypolls
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

According to sources, apart from Lovely, the party is likely to give a ticket to former minister A K Walia, who had alleged corruption in handing out tickets during last year’s MCD polls

Nine months after switching to BJP, Arvinder Singh Lovely makes Congress ‘ghar wapsi’
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

When he quit, Lovely had described former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as a “burden on the Congress”, and Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken as “lazy and too soaked in comfort”

CBSE-RKM tie-up for value education: ‘Social unrest little to do with religion’
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Last month, CBSE wrote to affiliated schools, stating that it had tied up with the Mission to impart value education to make students “awakened” citizens with values of “peace, harmony, humility and cooperation”.

Party veteran likely to campaign in bypolls: Shiela Dikshit by his side, Maken takes blame for rift in Congress Delhi unit
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Party leaders, however, said Dikshit and Maken putting aside their differences and presenting a “united front” is a combination of “chance” and “effort”.

Bawana fire: North body, govt department blame each other
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

The North Corporation report, however, states that DSIIDC and industries department of the Delhi government are the competent authorities to take punitive or legal action in case of violations of allotment of relocation plots, and also violations of conditions of lease allotments.

Three years of Aam Aadmi Party: Education and health surged, but some way to go
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

The Aam Aadmi Party government under CM Arvind Kejriwal completes three years in Delhi and elaborates plans have been made to make public aware about the achievements over the years.

Arvind Kejriwal’s TV ad stuck over phrase on ‘unseen forces’
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

“Kejriwal said the Supreme Court rules were being misused by the department to stall work. The SC order is to check facts and figures. But which department will sign off on proverbs?” said a source present at the meeting

300 meters away from Kasganj violence spot, one police station with 100 cops for one lakh people
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

Since the violence, the police have been in a process of sending a proposal to Lucknow to urgently create at least three new police stations in the city. The police estimate the present population to be closer to 2 lakh.

Delhi government, MoEF jointly launch ‘Clean Air Campaign’
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal emphasised that a study needs to be conducted round-the-year on various sources of pollution

Report by Delhi’s Urban Development Dept: Half the funds for Swachh Bharat mission unspent
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

Delhi government's Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) received Rs 1,886 lakh to construct community toilets. Of this, it has spent Rs 732.55 lakh, while the remaining Rs 1,153.85 lakhs (61%) remain unused.

Black-necked stork is surprise visitor at Surajpur wetlands
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

Classified as near-threatened since 2004 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the unusual sighting was recorded at the Surajpur Wetland in Greater Noida between December 2017 and January 2018.

Put sealing information online to check extortion, Delhi Assembly tells MCDs
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The committee, chaired by AAP MLA Bhavna Gaur, is probing the sealing of various markets in the capital.

Demand for electric buses hits roadblock: Manish Sisodia lashes out at Centre
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

The air action plan, which the Delhi government presented to L-G Anil Baijal, focused not just on procuring 2,000 buses but also incentivising electronic vehicles for public transport. The Delhi government had experimented with a pilot project for electric buses in 2016

Arms seized from home, Kasganj trader held for January 26 murder
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the Kasganj clashes has included three videos related to the incident in the investigation and sent them for forensic tests.

Behind Bareilly DM’s Facebook post, a tale similar to Kasganj
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

On July 21, 2017, Khailam village — with a population of 9,000 persons, of which 70 percent are Muslim — witnessed violence when 250 kaanwariyas allegedly clashed with Muslims residents.

Man declared ‘dead’ in Kasganj speaks up: ‘People were using me to incite violence’
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Kasganj violence: Police have detained 82 people and arrested 31 persons. No arrests have been made under the charges of murder yet, police said. Meanwhile, a reporter of a TV channel was allegedly shoved by relatives of Gupta on Monday.

Kasganj violence ‘blot on UP, shameful’, says Governor; SP shunted out
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

The Yogi Adityanath government, which stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh riding a saffron wave nearly a year ago, was recently advised by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to tone up law and order in the state.

UP tale of two fathers: One loses son to communal clash at Kasganj, other pines for newborn
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

The violence was triggered by a rally to mark Republic Day. The clashes led to firing from both communities.

AAP bets on ‘Delhi model’ for 2019 Haryana Assembly elections
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

AAP’s Haryana convener Naveen Jaihind said, “The issue for us is ‘Badlo Haryana’. There is not one woman in the state who is not afraid of stepping out of her home."

Kasganj tense, shops open under police vigil
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Kasganj violence: The sparring groups of Hindus and Muslims, who started with hurling stones at each other, later fired shots. The firing left Abhishek Gupta (22) dead.

Development ups tiger extinction risk by over 50 per cent in protected areas
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

The study has suggested the installation of mitigation structures — under- and over-passes for wildlife to pass — before roads are built or widened.

BJP red flags Tipu Sultan portrait in House, AAP says suggest freedom fighter from RSS
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Officials said each portrait is representative of one assembly constituency. But the inclusion of Tipu Sultan has been labelled “controversial” by Delhi BJP MLAs.

Najafgarh drains to be cleaned, but most ‘don’t have water’
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

The committee had earlier cited a CPCB report which had claimed the projects to be unnecessary. The issue came up again during a meeting with Union water minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Why Bawana came up: Burgeoning city industries needed a new hub
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

“With every industrial space, migrant workers end up coming. It is a simple question of demand and supply. In Bawana, it was more pronounced — it was a rural, agrarian village where industries had been suddenly planted,” Mahabal Mishra, Congress leader said.

Politics in matters of welfare is treason: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Kejriwal also alleged that the disqualification of the MLAs was a last effort by the BJP after it failed to prove corruption against the government and its leaders.

Bawana warehouse fire: I leapt, 3 relatives got left behind, says 24-year-old
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Bawana warehouse fire: Bawana MLA Ram Chandra (53) told The Sunday Express that the factory was “operating illegally” for the past fortnight

Sealing drive: Delhi BJP considers street campaign to revive its image
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Several markets on Friday had remained shut to protest the sealing drive by the BJP-ruled civic bodies, being carried out on the orders of a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

AAP MLAs disqualification row: Party set to approach President, braces for bypolls
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

AP leaders said the meeting was held to chalk out the party’s strategy. Sources said Kejriwal’s message to the MLAs was to “prepare for bypolls” and guard against “attempts at poaching”, including from within.

AAP MLAs disqualification row: Legislators to approach President, party braces for bypolls
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Under the law, President Ram Nath Kovind is bound by the EC’s view on matters of office of profit and, therefore, the disqualification of the MLAs seems inevitable.

Not part of any party, filed plea as layman: 31-year-old advocate behind AAP’s woes
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

As news broke that the EC had recommendation disqualifying of the MLAs, Patel spent most of Friday afternoon fielding questions from the media.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs: Bypolls, 2019 loom, but AAP worry today is crack in ranks
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Sources close to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “Right now, the party has not even received a notice from the EC, so we don’t think this will get resolved overnight. The BJP will stretch this and we need to prepare accordingly and take care of all possibilities.”

20 AAP MLAs disqualified by EC: Party has the numbers but faces this challenge 
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

AAP leaders have confirmed that they will now approach the Delhi High Court, pleading that the EC recommendation be struck down.

Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud Chirag-Dehlavi Dargah: At heart of Waqf Board spat lies a lonely, quiet 14th Century sufi shrine
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

The BJP alleged that by targeting an officer, AAP was attempting to deflect attention away from MLA Amanatullah Khan, former head of the Waqf Board, and the alleged cases of corruption against him.

Now being tested: Device that turns diesel pollution into ink
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

“It uses a solion-based method and is one of a kind. It doesn’t cause an adverse impact on the environment. The captured pollutant — essentially black carbon — is processed and converted into ink and paint,” Arpit Dhupar (25), chief technology officer, said