Ravik Bhattacharya


Netaji Subhas Bose’ kin to go ahead with anniversary rally without Kolkata police nod
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Organisers which include family members and ‘Open Platform for Netaji’ say they will go ahead with the rally even without permission.

20 TMC leaders want to join us: BJP
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

According to sources, as the noose of investigating agencies tightens over the senior leaders, they are hopeful of a breach in the rank and file of the party.

Movie on Dhananjay: Family members say ‘betrayed’, director claims they were happy
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

“We did not have money to fight my brother’s case. We, like many, believe my brother was innocent and there was a conspiracy. It was only with circumstantial evidence that the court declared him guilty,” said Bikas Chatterjee.

Gorkhaland demand: Centre yet to respond, GJM to spread agitation in plains
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

In an official release on Thursday, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said that CM’s statement in the state Assembly was an eyewash since no formal communication has reached them and police and administration continued to commit atrocities in the Hills.

To take on TMC, party set up with eye on Mukul Roy being revived
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Outfit says will contest next year’s panchayat elections

Darjeeling shutdown enters 53rd day: Gorkhaland activists pin hopes on Centre for positive response
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

According to sources, the Centre has been using back channels to reach out to GJM leaders, with party chief Bimal Gurung having made it clear that they are not interested in anything other than talks for separate statehood.

Kolkata: Sonagachi sex workers to mark Raksha Bandhan
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

The organisation has also invited politicians and ministers to grace the occasion.  Sex workers and their children are also scheduled to perform at the event. A makeshift stage has been erected and stalwarts from various walks of life have been invited.

1200 Online Applicants in 7 days: VHP reaches out to youth, taps into ‘insecurity among Hindus’
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

At present the VHP has around 11,000 members, including its offshoots Bajrang Dal (youth outfit) and Durga Bahini (women’s outfit)

With Nitish Kumar’s U-turn, traders fear shortage of beef coupled with rising prices
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Cow vigilantism and crackdown in different BJP-ruled states, including Uttar Pradesh, have already hit the beef market in Bengal badly.

Ahead of Durga Puja: Kolkata’s Presidency Jail inmates create artwork for themed pandal
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Serving life sentences in Kolkata’s Presidency Central Jail, Rana and Alam are part of a 40-member team, most of them serving life terms for different crimes, creating artwork for themes of two pujas.

Bengal police to train youths to track offensive posts on social media
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

"We have just initiated this, and are awaiting the results. This will enable us to track and arrest offenders fast,” said Subrata Kumar Mitra, Police Commissioner (Barrackpore Police Commissionerate)

Behind Basirhat: West Bengal has seen a string of communal incidents since Mamata Banerjee began her second stint in power
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Mamata sees in Muslims a solid 27 pc vote bank that can keep her in power. BJP sees in Hindus an ‘ignored group’ that can be its springboard. As Basirhat joins a string of communal clashes in West Bengal, The Indian Express looks at the underlying politics.

Jnaneswari Express derailment: Kin of ‘missing’ struggle for death certificates
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

It’s been this way for the past seven years, ever since Juthika’s husband, Prasenjit Atta (42) went ‘missing’ in the Jnaneswari Express derailment — one of the country’s worst train accidents.

VHP to hold ‘sant sammelan’ in Kolkata
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Representatives of maths, temples, RSS, Arya Samaj, Hindu outfits, Sikhs, Jains apart from VHP functionaries have been invited for the meet, which is scheduled to be held at Mahajati Sadan.

Muslim religious leaders plan social media outreach
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The initiative is being led by Qari Fazlur Rehman, a senior Imam who leads the Eid prayers on the Red Road in Kolkata.

Basirhat violence: Night vigils keep smugglers off; tension hits tourism
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Besides smuggling of various items, including gold and cows, Basirhat and adjoining areas are known to act as conduits for cross-border trafficking and infiltration. Villagers stated that youths in the villages have formed night guard parties.

In riot-hit Basirhat, Muslims pool money to help Hindu neighbours
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Muslims in this patch of North 24-Parganas on Bangladesh border, where tensions erupted at beginning of the week after a teen’s objectionable post on social media, are pooling money to help Hindu neighbours rebuild their gutted shops and businesses.

In riot-hit Basirhat, Muslims pool money to help Hindu neighbours
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Muslims in this patch of North 24-Parganas on the Bangladesh border, where tensions erupted at the beginning of the week after a teen’s objectionable post on social media, are pooling money to help Hindu neighbours rebuild their gutted shops and businesses.

TMC offices shut, leaders wait for peace
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Trinamool offices in Basirhat and surrounding areas, which witnessed communal violence over a Facebook post, were shut after local residents attacked party MLA Dipendu Biswas’s residence and vandalised some party offices on Thursday.

West Bengal communal clashes: Pressing issues ignored as Mamata-Tripathi squabble in public
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

West Bengal Communal clashes: Mamata Banerjee claimed to be deeply hurt and labelled the Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi as someone who is speaking as ‘BJP Block president’. The Governor in a press release retorted that he had said nothing which was humiliating.

VHP, RSS plan national stir over ‘plight of Hindus’
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Bashirhat, Baduria and many other parts of North-24 Parganas bordering Bangladesh have been tense following a social media post by a 17-year-old boy that sparked clashes.

Narada sting operation: TMC MP, brother fail to support ‘donation’ claims with paper trail
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

According to highly placed CBI sources, Sultan had admitted to receiving Rs 7 Lakh from Narada news CEO Mathew Samuel, who had shot the sting video, for election expenses. But, he could not provide any evidence to prove his claim

GST hits nation’s largest red-light area, Sonagachi
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

A cooperative bank run by sex workers, Usha Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd — the largest of its kind in India — provides sanitary napkins and condoms to thousands of sex workers at a subsidy. The bank has 30,222 members from Sonagachi and other red-light areas of Bengal.

As Gorkhaland stir continues, anger grows in the plains
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Meanwhile, reports are coming in of harassment of people from the hills and Sikkim in towns such as Siliguri, which has an overwhelming population of Bengali-speaking people, and of people even leaving.

As Gorkhaland stir continues, anger grows in the plains
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

While a state minister has issued a statement promising safety of people from the hills in the plains, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that is spearheading the demand for Gorkhaland has accused the government of inciting “communal hatred” and “division” between the two regions.

Bengal lynching: ‘If cattle thieves come again, we will catch them and beat them’
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Showing copies of nearly two dozen police complaints of cow thefts, residents of Durgapur claimed that the police asked them to take care of such “petty matters” themselves.

Darjeeling hospital runs short of food, blood, critical medicines
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Left with just seven days of food, 40 units of blood nearing expiry and a meagre stock of critical care medicines, Sadar Hospital, one of Darjeeling’s most preferred emergency medical centres, has taken a hit despite being kept out of the purview of the indefinite strike in the hills, now in its eleventh day. Over […]

Three killed in north Dinajpur: Lynched as cattle smugglers, family say they were construction workers
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Heavy police force has been deployed in local markets and streets of Chopra post the lynching of Delhi construction workers alleged to be cattle smugglers by violent and unruly mob at Durgapur village of North Dinajpur district.

Cars, buses from Siliguri stop plying to Sikkim
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

While two cars with registration numbers of Sikkim were damaged, the services of Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) from Siliguri was stopped.

Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhland: Bimal Gurung
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Gurung urged everyone to hit the streets in protest and also warned them that some leaders from other parties may try to betray the Gorkhaland agitation.

Bengal sends ham operators to listen in on GJM chatter
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

After a six-member team was called in to detect radio signals and communication between GJM cadres, police claimed chatter from other states and even a foreign country had been detected.

Students leave hostels, GJM checks ID cards, maintains register
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Not only Indians, students from Nepal, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Bangladesh have been stranded amid GJM’s call for an indefinite shutdown over its demand for Gorkhaland.

Gurung, other GJM members quit GTA; want CBI to probe cadre deaths
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Gurung who held a press conference at Patlaybas, said: “I am not Kishenji . I am not a Maoist. We have all resigned from GTA, and now it is only Gorkhaland for us. We are protesting democratically.”

Thousands of students stream out of the Hills, GJM checks identity card, maintains register
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

“Our boarders have left school, they have been handed over to their parents in Siliguri. Our school is scheduled to reopen on July 3. We are in touch with the parents. We will dothe needful according to the prevailing situation,” said Father Shajumon.

Students, teachers form ‘pressure groups’ to ensure parties don’t deviate from Gorkhaland demand
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The Darjeeling hills had seen a violent movement for Gorkhaland in the mid 1980s under Gorkha National Liberation Front leader Subhash Ghisingh. However, the movement ended in 1988.

Gorkhaland: Bimal Gurung, his wife booked for violence
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Condemning the move, GJM’s assistant general secretary Binay Tamang said: “The police and the chief minister are responsible for the deaths of our cadres." Three people were killed in police firing in West Bengal.