Ravik Bhattacharya


The big shift: Where sex workers save, for homes and families
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Bank for sex workers, by sex workers, brings change to 30,000 lives in Bengal.

Darjeeling: Policeman killed during raids to nab Bimal Gurung
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

According to the police, raids were conducted at Patlaybas (residence of Gurung) and surrounding areas based on information from sources.

Binay Tamang faction eyes Bimal Gurung stronghold
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Sources said that during the meetings, Thapa urged GJM leaders and councillors to support Tamang and the GTA. Municipal polls were held in the Hills in May with the GJM sweeping Kalimpong with 19 seats. Trinamool Congress managed to win only two.

BJP delegation led by state president Dilip Ghosh chased and heckled in Darjeeling
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Dilip Ghosh said he got no protection or help from police

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reads out Sister Nivedita to speak about Bhartiyata and why he is opposed to Sachar Committee
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

The visit of Mohan Bhagwat has been mired with controversy, with state run Mahajati Sadan auditorium refusing to give permission for the programme. Later, organizers opted for Science City a larger venue.

My father took his call but I’m staying with party: Mukul Roy’s son
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

“My father took his decision. I have taken mine. I respect my father. But I have decided to stay on in Trinamool Congress under the aegis of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. I am a party MLA and will do whatever my party tells me,” Subhranshu, 34, told The Indian Express

Mukul Roy quits TMC post, party suspends him
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Announcing Roy’s suspension, Trinamool secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said he was colluding with the BJP. “For the last few years Roy has indulged in anti-party activities and tried to weaken the party,” Chatterjee said at a news conference.

The rise and fall of the man who built Trinamool
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Mukul Roy, Trinamool founder member, key poll strategist and party face in Delhi until he fell out of favour with Mamata, now looks to start afresh

Mukul Roy quits TMC’s working committee; says will resign from party, Rajya Sabha after Durga Puja
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Mukul Roy to resign from Trinamool Congress; Roy also said he will resign as member of Rajya Sabha after Durga Puja.

BSF identifies border’s ‘vulnerable’ spots, to ‘thwart’ influx of Rohingyas
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The BSF is now extending its local source base and working with different agencies, including customs, to identify and track Rohingyas.

Shaktiman is saving hundreds of children in Kolkata’s slums
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Initiative for kids, named after comic-book hero, stops child labour and early marriage, gets dropouts back to school

VHP says it will to go ahead with shastra pujan in Bengal
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

On September 4, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered the police to thwart any attempt for conducting such a ceremony on Bijoya Dashami.

Nivedita heritage building ransacked in Darjeeling
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

"The Thakur Ghar (shrine room) and the room where Sister Nivedita died were ransacked. Rare pictures were on the floor. The donation box was broken. We have informed police,” he added.

Darjeeling’s historic Roy Villa, where Sister Nivedita breathed her last, ransacked by miscreants
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Roy Villa, a four storied building with basement situated at Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal holds a special significance in India’s rich cultural tradition. In this heritage house, Sister Nivedita, the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda died on 13 October 1911.

Uphill task for BJP as Amit Shah eyes power in West Bengal
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Amit Shah made it clear that West Bengal was prime on his mind and the party will go all out in grabbing power in the state where communal clashes and political violence are on the rise

Kolkata: Themed around note ban, small community Durga Puja gets ‘good wishes’ from Mamata Banerjee
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Over 30,000 replicas of the banned Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes have been printed to serve as leaves of the “money tree”

‘Gorkhaland army’ posters say it was behind all IED blasts
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The posters — which carry the warning ‘Gorkhaland Birodhi Hoshiyar’ (Those opposing Gorkhaland, beware) — claimed responsibility for the IED blasts that recently shook the Hills, including one that took place near the gate of the PWD bungalow in Mirik sub-division on Thursday.

‘Gorkhaland army’ posters say it was behind all IED blasts
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Nearly half a dozen IED blasts have taken place in the Hills during the pro-Gorkhaland agitation. On August 20, a civic policeman had died in an IED explosion at a police outpost in Kalimpong.

Amid recurring IED blasts, posters of ‘Gorkha Liberation Army’ surface in the hills
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The posters with the heading ‘Gorkhaland Birodhi Hoshiyar’ served a warning to those who oppose the separate state of Gorkhaland. The group claimed responsibility for the recent blast in the Hills. On Thursday night, an IED blast took place near the gate of the PWD bungalow.

Family dubs her a ‘liar’, neighbours angry, Ishrat Jehan says more alone than ever after SC triple talaq verdict
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

“I have not violated the Sharia. I have only protested against talaq by messages and phone calls or instant talaq,” Ishrat says. Now she plans to file a maintenance suit against her husband and to get his passport revoked.

One of its founding leaders, main trouble-shooter: Why exit of Binay Tamang is big loss for GJM
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

In 1986, when the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) led by Subhas Ghising launched the movement for a Gorkhaland state, Tamang joined it, along with Gurung. He came to be popularly known as Binay daju (elder brother).

Bengal Police team shot GJM worker: Sikkim Police FIR
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Dawa Tshering Bhutia, 34, a resident of Pedong, in Kalimpong district of West Bengal, was reportedly shot during these raids.

Message in a sandesh
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Ahead of Durga Puja, trying to find their way around GST, mithai shop owners wonder if the government even ‘understands Bengali sweets.’

Six GJM leaders held in Sikkim, not allowed to be taken to Bengal
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Sources said the victim has been identified as Dawa Tshering Bhutia, the driver of Dawa Lepcha — a former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration member from Pedong.

Darjeeling unrest: Rift in GJM over ending shutdown, Bimal Gurung removes party leader Binay Tamang
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

This comes 80 days after the GJM called an indefinite strike in the Hills over its demand of Gorkhaland and two days after the Hill parties, including a GJM delegation led by Tamang, met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.

Breach in GJM? Binay Tamang calls off strike for 12 days, Roshan Giri says bandh won’t be lifted
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Interestingly, minutes after the meeting ended in Kolkata on Tuesday, GJM chief, who has gone into hiding, released an audio clip criticising the fallout of the meeting.

Triple talaq petitioner Ishrat Jehan claims her children have gone missing, lodges complaint, gets back her children
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

“My two children have gone missing. I have lodged a complaint with the police. I want my children back,” said Ishrat Jehan, speaking to the Indian Express over phone. She lodged the complaint with Golabari police station this afternoon.

Morcha rally today on result of talks with CM Mamata Banerjee 
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The five-member delegation led by Morcha chief co-ordinator Binay Tamang, which sat for talks with Mamata, is scheduled to reach the Hills on Thursday.

Suspected to be cow thieves, two youths lynched in Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

The incident comes close to heels of an incident in June, where three Muslim youths were lynched by villagers at Durgapur under Chopra police station in North Dinajpur on suspicion of cattle theft.

Triple Talaq verdict: First step in upholding rights of Muslim women, say ‘reformists’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

“Do you know Muslim women cannot be the guardian of her child even if her husband has passed away? The verdict will open flood gates for reforms,” said Syed Tanveer Nasreen, professor of gender studies in Burdwan University .

Triple talaq verdict: ‘I hope no one will now go through what I did’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

“I was waiting for the news,” said Ishrat, 30. “Now Muslim women will be able to live with their heads high. After the verdict, I feel Muslim women will get their rights and their equality back. I went to court to get justice, now I think that I will get justice

Triple talaq verdict: Reformists set sights on other issues, clerics say 90 per cent will reject it
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

However, senior clerics and AIMPLB members say 90 per cent of the Muslim women will still follow Sharia law and reject any other legislation.

Triple talaq verdict: ‘It was hell… hope nobody goes through what I did,’ says petitioner Ishrat Jehan
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

In April 2015, Murtaza, Jehan's husband who used to work in Dubai, called her up and gave her talaq. Since then, life has been traumatic for this mother of three daughters and a son. Later, her children were also taken away to Bihar where her husband's family live.

RSS to hold school football meet to woo Bengal youth
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The best players in the tournament would receive tickets to the Under-17 Fifa World Cup, which will be hosted by India from October 6

Eye on youths, RSS to host football tournament in Kolkata
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

The move is also meant to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s iconic Chicago speech. Kreeda Bharati will be organising the tournament with Ekalavya, a sports foundation

Bengal civic polls: Independent candidate commits suicide consuming sleeping pills after she loses with 30 votes
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The victim Supriya Dey, independent candidate from ward number 1, walked home after the results were announced. She then had over 40 sleeping pills and locked the door of her room from inside.