Esha Roy

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Visva-Bharati University set to get twin museums to accommodate its artworks
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

The total cost of the project, however, is estimated to be Rs 21 crore. For the rest of the funding, the university had approached the HRD Ministry, which has also given its in-principle sanction to the project, said Dutta.

From brothels to massage parlours: Study shows shift in trafficking of minors from public to private networks in Kolkata
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

"All minors observed were 16 and 17 years old, in Sonagachi and Kapasberia, and originally from mostly West Bengal, with the others from Bangladesh and other Indian states,” says the study

Will the twain of North & South Korea ever meet? Unlikely
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

At each of these Unification Centres we are shown short films -- stark images of starving children, North Koreans crying and fanatically beating their chests at the demise of their Great Leaders, extreme poverty -- a generally unhappy people.

In battle of ideas, CPI(M) is unusually split down the middle
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Truth is, Yechury Vs Karat hides a much more fundamental manner in which the CPI(M) looks at national politics. Which is why the Hyderabad session will be a battleground not only of personalities between the two men on the top, but also of ideas.

Silent operator Mukul Roy helped build TMC, will damage Mamata
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Roy’s refusal to slam Mamata Banerjee is a decidedly smart move by a man considered to be not only one of the wiliest leaders of the Trinamool Congress, but of West Bengal. Since Banerjee remains extremely popular, to attack a popular chief minister would look both opportunistic and work against her former lieutenant’s future political prospects in the state.

Inhuman to deport kids: Child rights body to Supreme Court
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

WBCPCR officials said at present, while 24 Rohingya children are residing in shelter homes, 20 live in correctional facilities across the state, along with their mothers.

Mamata Banerjee forms GTA panel under GJM leader Binay Tamang
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Following the unrest in Darjeeling hills, all 45 elected members of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), including its Chief Executive Bimal Gurung, had resigned from the administrative body.

Darjeeling shutdown: Parties gear up for Sept 12 meet, wonder if strike must continue
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Anit Thapa, who has been expelled by the GJM, has been holding public meetings every day in Kurseong to discuss the “merits” of continuing the strike.

GJM called bandh as it was losing public support, says Harka Bahadur Chhetri
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The statement comes a day after GJM chief Bimal Gurung expelled party chief coordinator Binay Tamang and central committee member Anit Thapa for calling off the indefinite shutdown till September 12, following a meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Hill parties on August 29.

Gorkhaland agitation: ‘GJM called bandh as it was losing public support’, says Harka Bahadur Chhetri
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

The statement comes a day after GJM chief Bimal Gurung expelled party chief coordinator Binay Tamang and central committee member Anit Thapa for calling off the indefinite shutdown till September 12, following a meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Hill parties on August 29.

TMC MP targets Centre over ‘step-motherly attitude’ in appointing Calcutta HC judges
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

MP Abhishek Banerjee, in a recent Facebook post, accused the Centre of “stepmotherly treatment’’ towards the court by not appointing new judges.

TMC MP slams Centre for not appointing new Calcutta HC judges
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee claimed they “intend to incapacitate the already over burdened judiciary of West Bengal and consequently destroy the rule of law in the state and draw whatever political advantage possible out of it’’.

Near border standoff, a village opens its homes to a new future
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Till about 10 years ago, the residents of Zuluk earned their living mainly as construction workers for the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) or the Army, earning around Rs 300 for every day of work at the time.

Amid ‘NSCN(IM) threats’, Keishing buried in Imphal
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Though no government or family source revealed why his body was not taken to his native village, former CM and senior Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh told The Indian Express that it was “most unfortunate” that Rishang Keishing’s body was not allowed to be taken to his village.

How the municipal poll results in Bengal are worrying for democracy
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Out of the 148 wards which went to poll on Sunday, the two main opposition parties in the state – the CPM and the Congress – did not win a single ward.

Off with Gandhi statue by legendary sculptor, it’s distorted: Assam
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Sculpted by Ram Kinkar Baij and unveiled by then Assam chief minister Bishnu Ram Medhi (who later became Madras governor) on October 2, 1970, the Gandhi statue stands in the garden of the Gandhi Mandap atop the 200-metre Sarania Hill in the heart of Guwahati.

Day after Sushma underlines Doklam talks, Chinese Consul General says shared interests of India, China outweigh differences
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

While reiterating that Doklam is “Chinese territory”, Chinese Consul General said despite the “differences’’, there was need for India and China to focus on and continue economic cooperation.

Three months after rhino poaching at Gorumara: Wildlife official admit to lapses in protocol, probe ongoing
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Wildlife official admit to lapses in protocol, probe ongoing

Next to flashpoint, home tension bigger headache than China chill
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

For the people of Kupup (Sikkim), a 1.5 sq-km patch, the India-China tension is not of paramount importance, it’s the Gorkhaland agitation and the frequent landslides that’s disrupting their lives. As for China, they say, it’s business as usual.

Fearing action in Bengal, Darjeeling injured choose Sikkim for treatment
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Hospitals say several from Darjeeling came with bullet injuries, number unclear

Darjeeling unrest: GJM supporters vandalise govt buildings in Mirik
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

GJM supporters vandalised and torched the old municipal building in Mirik and torched. Other buildings too were vandalised. In response, the police used teargas and fired in the air.

Gorkhaland supporters gherao DM’s office, demand its closure
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The DM office has issued a number of orders, such as the indefinite ban on Internet services, which has made the office particularly unpopular in Darjeeling and its neighbouring districts

Schools approach Gorkhaland committee to resume classes
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

‘’The schools collectively decided to approach the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee and ask it to allow us to resume classes for at least the senior school children — that is Classes IX, X, XI and XII," said a School Principal

Hundreds of artistes march, sing in Nepali for Gorkhaland
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Decked in traditional Nepali clothes, the artistes walked across Darjeeling town, singing songs in Nepali on Sunday to carry out what has been the most colourful rally in the agitation-hit town so far.

Darjeeling shutdown, Day 31: Schools approach Gorkhaland committee over resuming classes for senior students
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

At present, there are at least 10,000 boarders in Darjeeling’s popular boarding schools and many of them are from neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Bangladesh as well as from northeast states and cities like Kolkata.

A month on, businesses hit: ‘Tourists won’t start pouring in… will take years to recover’
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

“Every time there is a strike like this in Darjeeling, it takes us two to three years to recover economically. Since the strike we have already incurred losses to the tune of Rs 50 lakh. We lose Rs 55,000 a day,” said Ajoy Edwards, whose family has owned Glenary.

Unrest in hills hits tea industry
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The 87 tea estates in the Darjeeling hills employ nearly 55,000 people, a large number of whom are local residents. Owing to the agitation, these workers have been losing the daily minimum wage of Rs 132, but most of them continue to support the movement for a separate state.

A month on, businesses hit: ‘Tourists won’t start pouring in… will take years to recover’
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The owner of another landmark establishment in Darjeeling — Keventer’s — is suffering similar losses. Rahul Jha is the third-generation in his family that owns and runs the 106-year-old establishment, which has been with his family for 50 years.

Darjeeling unrest: Offices, station set on fire
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

The bandh in Darjeeling was temporarily relaxed on account of Bhanu Jayanti, but shops remained shut. Amid the celebrations, three Nepali writers and artistes — Krishna Singmoktan, Prabhat Pradhan and Karma Yonzon — returned their awards to the West Bengal government.

Gorkhaland Movement Leaders of Hill outfits to begin fast-unto-death from July 15
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The boards — set up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for different communities — have been a bone of contention between the state government and the GJM, with the latter accusing Mamata of trying to divide Gorkhas on lines of caste and community.

Darjeeling unrest: After 36-year-old man dies, leaders say; Mamata Banerjee’s bullets against our khukris
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Ashok had suffered injuries in police firing during an agitation on Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning at Manipal hospital in the neighbouring Sikkim.

Darjeeling unrest: All Gorkha parties to meet today, will decide future course of action
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

A precise agenda for the hurriedly rescheduled of meeting has not been kept. The leaders are likely decide to continue the indefinite strike- a demand of the people, to not hold any dialogues with the state government but only deal with the central government and to emphasize the one point agenda of a separate Gorkhaland stat.

Darjeeling Violence: ‘Tashi was out to get medicines, had nothing to do with vandalism’
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The downed shutters, the stones and chunks of brick scattered on the deserted streets serve as reminders of the violence that erupted last Friday-Saturday, in which 29-year-old Tashi Bhutia allegedly fell victim to retaliatory police firing.

Basirhat violence: Series of meetings held in violence-hit West Bengal town to soothe tempers
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Additional SP Abhijeet Bandopadhyay said that he had never seen communal tension in the area. “This is the first time I have ever had to hold any peace meeting, and to talk about communal harmony.’’

Sikkim to sue West Bengal over Gorkhaland agitation loss
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Government representatives claimed that ever since the protests began, the West Bengal government and its police have deliberately prevented supply of goods to Sikkim because of the support Sikkim has shown for a separate Gorkhaland.

West Bengal violence: Rage, fear on either side of Basirhat divide
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

It’s a divide that has opened up since Sunday evening, after a Facebook post showing “objectionable images’’ which was widely circulated, following which a mob vandalised shops and homes, and set fire to vehicles, triggering retaliatory violence.