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Ravik Bhattacharya works in the Indian Express bureau in Kolkata. He tweets @raviklive

After successful trial in Kolkata: Mamata government to roll out Rs 21 fish meal scheme across state
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

The Tamil Nadu government had in 2013 launched a similar scheme called ‘Amma Unavagam’ (amma canteens), under which select outlets across the state served a piece of idli for Re 1, a plate of sambar rice for Rs 5 and a plate of curd rice for Rs 3.

Visva-Bharati VC: University Council to approach President, PM
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

After Vice-Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta was dismissed from the central university in February 2016, Professor Swapan Kumar Dutta had become the acting V-C. Professor Sabujkali Sen had assumed charge on February 3 after his retirement

‘Scared… but looking forward to promised jobs, new names’
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Ali, who claimed to be a resident of Silchar in Assam, said it was a conscious decision to convert and relocate after facing ostracism for marrying a Hindu.

No need to telecast PM Modi’s speech today: Bengal govt to schools, colleges
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Minister cites ongoing state Board exams as reason behind not airing speech

Bengal: Hindu outfit calls for ‘ghar wapsi’, shows ‘reconverted’ Muslim family
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Four members held for beating up journalists who tried to question family

Frontier Gandhi’s granddaughter urges Centre to grant citizenship to Pathans
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

The Pathans in India at present do no have citizenship but only have a government-approved card. They mostly work as traders and money lenders.

Couple in viral ‘love jihad’ list gets death threats in Kolkata, files complaint
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

The couple began receiving death threats and were harassed on social media after the list went viral. “A complaint has been received. We are looking into the matter,” said a senior police officer. 

Event on border issues: BSF DG KK Sharma attends RSS-affiliate meet
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

KK Sharma was present on the last day of the two-day conference that saw 300 delegates from Assam, Tripura and West Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee blames Sikkim for Darjeeling unrest, says state gets benefited during trouble
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

Apart from Sikim, Mamata blamed foreign forces which 'fuel unrest' in the region. "There are so many forces, foreign countries who want unrest in Darjeeling. These people do not want Darjeeling to remain peaceful."

Kolkata crematorium offers ‘environment-friendly, holy’ cow dung cake alternative
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

“Cow dung cakes are more environment-friendly. Secondly, there is a religious angle. Some people consider it holy to cremate in cow dung cakes. We have given them an option. They can use electric furnace or wood or cow dung,” Atin Ghosh, member, KMC Mayor-in-Council (Health) said.

West Bengal bye-elections: Sizeable chunk of Left’s vote share may have gone to BJP, say experts
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

According to political analysts, the results have set the stage for the upcoming panchayat polls and Lok Sabha elections next year.

West Bengal bypolls: TMC sweeps bypolls in West Bengal, BJP second on both seats
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

In Uluberia, Trinamool retained its seat by receiving 4.74 lakh votes — doubling its 2014 Lok Sabha polls winning margin. In Noapara, it defeated Congress by 63,018 votes

The ghost and the darkness: A night in the life of Begunkodar railway station, Purulia
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

A rationalist group recently debunked the theory of this West Bengal railway station being ‘haunted’, and villagers tired of the paranormal connection can’t be more happy. What they want, they say, are more trains

In gamble to retain influence, Sitaram Yechury moves to impeach CJI
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

If the CPM General Secretary is able to get the Congress on board, he will be thumbing his nose at his erstwhile General Secretary Prakash Karat.

Bengal CM to youth: ‘Come and work in Bengal after studies’
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

“We have showcased Bengal as an investment destination. We are looking forward to huge investments here. Some investments had already poured in. There are job opportunities and more are being created. In the past six years, we have created 81 lakh jobs in the state,” she said at Netaji Indoor Stadium here.

Former IITian now sells handmade paintings for a living on streets of Washington: Family say will approach govt
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Jayshri Gill lost her passport and documents while travelling in US one and half years back.

In blow for Sitaram Yechury, CPM backs Prakash Karat line on no understanding with Congress
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

With Yechury’s draft rejected, the alternative document presented in the central committee by his predecessor Prakash Karat and S Ramachandran Pillai would now go to the party’s once-in-three-year national conclave scheduled to be held in Hyderabad this April.

In Purulia, Kolkata constable runs residential school for tribal children
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

For the Sabars, the school is a respite from the ostracisation and “hounding” from local police.

CPM draft resolution rules out any alliance or electoral front with Congress: Sitaram Yechury 
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

While Yechuri faction in its draft wanted secular forces (Congress) to join in the fight against BJP through a front, Karat faction wanted the party to achieve its primary objective of defeating BJP without entering into electoral alliance or front with ruling class parties like Congress

Bengal worker found dead in Jaipur, family calls it murder
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Sakir Ali, 38, from Swarupnagar village, under Chanchol police station of Malda, was found dead in his room in Jaipur’s Painter Colony on Tuesday.

Malda labourer dies mysteriously in Rajasthan: Family members allege murder, want CBI probe
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Sakir’s body was brought to the village on Friday evening and his last rites performed. After hearing the news Abida Bibi, Sakir’s mother is in shock and fell sick.

Eight Rohingya families, grateful for being settled in West Bengal
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

With eight families, 29 adults and 11 children aged 75 days to six years, this colony for Rohingya refugees has come up over the last few weeks in this village under the Baruipur police station area in South 24-Parganas.

Bangla Academy chairperson Shaoli Mitra writes to Mamata Banerjee, expresses desire to step down
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Shaoli Mitra said that her decision to step down from the prestigious chair was prompted by difficulties in performing her duties due to lack of infrastructure.

Documentary on Amartya Sen gets CBFC nod
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

The hour-long documentary had ran into trouble when CBFC Kolkata had asked director Suman Ghosh to beep out the words ‘Hindu India’, ‘Hindutva view on India’, ‘cow’ and ‘Gujarat’.

RSS affiliate invites Centre to its Bengal conclave on terror, illegals
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

The “mega conference” is being organised by the Seemanta Chetana Mancha, an RSS affiliate, on February 10 and 11.

Ishrat Jehan ready to campaign, contest for BJP, but has pressing problems — no job, money for son’s school 
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Expected to be the much-needed Muslim face of the party not only in Bengal, but also in other parts of the country, and even contest polls, Jehan’s immediate worries, however, are a much-needed job and her son’s education. 

IIM-Lucknow student found hanging in Nov: Kin write to PM Modi, allege ‘foul play’
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Soham’s mother rued that while the investigation was on, his room has been cleared on December 7.

In Afrazul’s wake: Shaken by killing of Muslim labourer in Rajasthan, some returned, but not for long
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

The 47-year-old’s killing in distant Rajasthan has seen panic-stricken villagers from Saiyadpur and villages such as Mozampur and Baluachara, all in a 3-km radius, returning to Malda.

Rajasthan hacking: Afrazul left home at the age of 14 to work, saved all he could so family could study
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

On December 6, Afrazul was hacked and then burnt alive allegedly by Shambhulal Regar, who roped in his 14-year-old nephew to film the killing and ranted against 'love jihad' and Islam.

Labourer hacked to death: Victim’s kin want case shifted out of Rajasthan
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Various Muslim organisations on Sunday took out rallies in Saiyadpur. Congress leaders too visited the family members of Afrazul.

Rajasthan hacking: ‘My youngest daughter wakes up screaming. Nobody kills even an animal in that manner’
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Grief and fear grip Afrazul’s village, migrant workers head back home

Rajasthan hacking: Leaders meet Afrazul kin, TMC to raise issue in Parliament
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

TMC leaders handed over Rs 2 lakh to Gul Bahar along with papers of her widow pension. They told her that besides a job to one of her three daughters, the state government will also take care of the education of her youngest daughter.

Rajasthan hacking: Murder of humanity; Mamata backs victim’s family
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Mamata announced ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh for the family of Mohammad Afrazul (48) as well as a job for one of his family members

Mohammad Afrazul buried, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announces ex-gratia
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

A resident of Saiyadpur under Kaliachak Police Station in Malda district, 48-year-old Mohammad Afrazul was attacked with a axe-like weapon and later burnt alive by a person named Shambhulal Regar in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.

We want justice, says grieving family members of labourer hacked, burnt alive in Rajasthan
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Working in Rajasthan, Afrazul was to return home later this month to arrange for his daughter’s wedding. The video of his murder has been widely circulated on social media.

Kolkata: Muslims, Dalits & tribals to unite, thwart BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The two groups spearheading the movement are the All Bengal Minorities Youth Federation and All India Sunnat Al Jamayat.