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.

What’s fouling Delhi’s air: 4 studies, 4 conclusions
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Diwali aside, what really causes the choking air pollution in Delhi through the year? Major studies by government organisations disagree.

Centre wants to pull out forces from Darjeeling, CM Mamata Banerjee objects
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

After an upset Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called up Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked why the decision was taken, the Centre decided to pull out only seven CAPF companies, said sources.

Football mania in Kolkata, state asks FIFA to let students carry tiffin boxes
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

“I have communicated to officials at FIFA to allow students, who will be coming from across the state, to watch the matches with their tiffin. We want young students to watch the matches and draw inspiration,” Biswas said.

Aarushi-Hemraj murder: Allahabad HC demolishes CBI, says witness was tutored and evidence tampered
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Aarushi murder case: The bench found that Dohre’s testimony had “material improvements” based on “subjective findings which have no place in forensic science”.

Chief Secy ignored order on Metro fare hike, has BJP backing: CM office
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

In his note to Kutty, Kejriwal had asked him to issue directions to the Delhi Dialogue Commission to set up an inquiry into whether the “hike in Metro fares (is) justified” and “if it could have been avoided”.

From tutored witness to motive, Allahabad HC has many questions for CBI in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

In its 273-page order, the bench of Justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra described as “illegal” the conclusion reached by Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal in his November 2013 order that held the Talwars guilty of murder.

Aarushi murder case verdict: Will decide on next course of action once we read order, says CBI
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

But on Thursday, the Allahabad High Court maintained that the CBI had been unable to prove the Talwars’ guilt and that there was “no irresistible conclusion that the accused committed the murders”.

Simply put: How firecrackers work, impact your health
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

The only official document on the ‘known health impact’ of fireworks is a compilation of findings of surveys, put together by Central Pollution Control Board.

Loans, illegal hires by Delhi cooperative bank being probed
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Established in 1969, the Delhi Nagrik Sehkari Bank Ltd had over 1.5 lakh customers and over Rs 506-crore deposits in 2015.  The case is being probed by the Petitions Committee and the Questions and Reference Committee in the Delhi Assembly.

Delhi air pollution: Checking trucks to controlling stubble burning, little change on the ground
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Over the past week, images from NASA, available through its Fire Mapper, have revealed a considerable upsurge in the number of fires in not just Punjab, but also Haryana and western UP, between September 30 and October 6.

Delhi govt will pay 50% funds, let Centre give the rest: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

DMRC chief Mangu Singh and the CM had a “one-on-one meeting behind closed doors,” a government official said, while refusing to comment on what transpired in the meeting.

Go easy on Mamata, avoid personal attacks: Congress top rung to state unit
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

At the same time, the Congress party has made it clear that ‘opposition politics’ at the level of governance in the state ‘need not stop’

Bill on guest teachers: I am an elected CM, not a terrorist, says Kejriwal in Delhi Assembly
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

Opposition hits back: You (Arvind Kejriwal) are a very good leader but not a good administrator.

Fake loans to laddoos, Delhi cooperative bank under scanner of Assembly panels
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

A report in this regard is likely to be presented in the Assembly soon, sources said.

Beyond festivities, need sankalp for siddhi: PM Narendra Modi
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

Narendra Modi said, "Thousands of years have passed but the epics of Ram and Krishna keep inspiring humankind even today. Like Ram, Indians should resolve to take vows to create a nation as dreamt by our freedom fighters."

The survival game: At the Ghazipur landfill, children defy death and disease
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

In this world of garbage and diseases — cancer, asthma and stomach illnesses are common — the children know that the games they play are deadly.

No use of ‘teacher’ in draft, Delhi govt school policy in a limbo
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

According to the AAP government, the Delhi Cabinet was informed by chief secretary M M Kutty that while the schools would require the creation of a new policy, the Cabinet couldn’t use the word ‘teacher’ in their draft.

Police probe yet to begin in sewer death of three as ‘no complaint has been received’
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

“We are waiting for the inquiry to be completed. We will approach the police afterwards and action will be taken accordingly,” said Rakesh Kumar Mishra, ACEO, Noida Authority.

AAP and Swaraj India join hands, cautiously, to protest Gauri Lankesh murder
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

“The impression that the two of us are forming an alliance is being aired by AAP. This was an event... in fact, AAP was one of the last ones to join. Since then, though, the party’s unofficial social media channels have been promoting this,” said Yogendra Yadav.

Why does Services dept need separate set of lawyers: Manish Sisodia
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Earlier, the L-G had, after an “elaborate process” of “advertisements, interviews and selections”, hired a set of advocates. However, Sisodia asked, “Why does Services Department need a separate set of advocates?”

He was planning to go at his own time, party forced his hand
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The estrangement between Roy and Mamata had reached a peak in July when the West Bengal CM learnt that a discussion by the Rajya Sabha ethics committee on the Narada sting — Mukul Roy is purportedly seen in the videos of alleged bribery — “had been put on the backburner”.

The importance of Mukul Roy’s ‘departure’ from TMC
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Sources close to Roy maintained that the Trinamool Congress founder is “more keen to join the BJP presently”, while adding, “ultimately, the decision will lie with the BJP”.

In Tripura, why the IPFT is crucial for the BJP?
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Since 2016, it has become apparent to political observers in the state that IPFT will be a factor in the future. Particularly after ethnic clashes between the tribals and the Bengalis saw at least 30 people injured and 15 vehicles, torched in Agartala onAugust 23.

BJP MP Maheish Girri asks PM to bring minority institutions under Right to Education
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

BJP sources said that Girri had wanted to introduce the Bill in July 2016 but didn’t. Article 15(5), the source added, needed to be amended with a constitutional amendment and needed the nod of both Houses.

House right to scrutinise work of officers: Delhi Assembly Speaker
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

The L-G’s letter, which also stated that this had been conveyed in a “message” to the Delhi Assembly, had underlined that the Delhi Assembly DRSCs had powers not enjoyed even by the DRSCs of Lok Sabha.

We are like-minded, will seek advice, says Kamal Haasan after meeting with Arvind Kejriwal
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Kejriwal was accompanied by senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Somnath Bharti and Ashutosh to Chennai and was received at the airport by Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara. This, however, was not the first meeting between the two, said Delhi government sources.

Kejriwal to meet Kamal Haasan over lunch in Chennai today, meeting to be ‘political’
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Sources close to Kamal Haasan said this month that the veteran actor is planning to launch his political outfit by the end of this month with an eye on local body elections expected in November.

Mahajati Sadan booking cancelled, Mohan Bhagwat to now speak at Science City on Oct 3
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The BJP and the RSS have accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “autocratic” and “undemocratic” rule. Netaji Indoor Stadium authorities, however, had cited that the venue was unavailable till Durga Puja.

What lies buried part III: Segregating trash, a tale of two colonies
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Pilot project an eyewash; at New Rajender Nagar, effort lasted a week, at Jhilmil colony, it never really took off

What lies buried part II: Okhla shut, no new options open
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Two solutions to the capital’s waste woes — alternate landfill sites and converting waste to energy — are not without their share of challenges

14 years, fourteen red flags on Delhi’s landfills ignored
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

From the moment three major landfills crossed the danger mark, several studies and reports warned authorities of the potential fallout — but no one listened

Trucks to traffic: Why shifting dumping site is no easy task
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

As authorities try to convince the residents, they are confronted with the problem of rerouting 2,500 tonnes of garbage to the opposite end of the city.

With three landfills shut, Delhi becomes overflowing trash can
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Amid protests, Police to accompany garbage trucks to alternate site today

Half-way in, CM Arvind Kejriwal may take up portfolio
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Explaining why the CM has changed his mind now, a source said, “Water and sewage are lifelines of the people of Delhi. If these two issues are looked after, a number of problems faced by people can be solved.”

Not everyone celebrating Ghazipur landfill closure: Garbage our livelihood, say ragpickers who live there
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

The game involves ignoring the stench, avoiding swooping crows and vultures, and keeping your balance on the landfill’s treacherous slopes while looking for something worthwhile.

Ghazipur, Bhalswa landfills are now off limits
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Day after two deaths in Ghazipur, L-G takes stock, meets CM, but little clarity over where waste will go now