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Dipankar Ghose


Opposition unity outreach: Will come every 2 months, says Mamata Banerjee as Delhi visit ends
Sat, Jul 31, 2021

Banerjee said that she now intends to come to Delhi once every two months and meet more Opposition leaders. During her visit this time, Banerjee also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari.

Mamata asks PM for more vaccines in first post-win meet, then ups Pegasus heat
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

Banerjee indicated that many political leaders and non-politicians had sought time to meet her over the next few days, signalling that she is keen to play a national role.

Mamata reaches Delhi, may meet PM today
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

The visit comes at a time when Parliament is in session, and there have been talks about Opposition unity ahead of the 2024 general election.

Amnesty International rebuts claim by BJP, says it ‘stands by’ Pegasus reports
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

The global human rights organisation issued a statement debunking the “false rumours” and “inaccurate media stories”, and stressing that it “categorically stands by” the findings of the investigation.

‘Those who died in second wave left behind living document of our failure’: RJD MP Professor Manoj Jha
Thu, Jul 22, 2021

Jha began his address with an apology to those who died in the second wave, but whose deaths were not even being acknowledged.

Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, whose images riveted the world, killed on assignment in Afghanistan
Sat, Jul 17, 2021

Reuters said Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist earlier this week with Afghan Special Forces based out of Kandahar and “had been reporting on fighting between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters”.

Tejashwi Yadav: Opposition must come together, otherwise history won’t forgive them
Sat, Jul 10, 2021

There is no shortage of issues for the opposition to raise, and their strategy should be based around “real issues”, the RJD leader said at the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express.

After exit, silence of the night outside their houses
Thu, Jul 08, 2021

On the streets of Lutyens' Delhi on Wednesday night, there was almost a foolproof way to tell who was in, and who wasn’t. Outside the homes of the new entrants were rows of cars — of well-wishers, bouquets in hand, waiting to register their presence.

Country has been pushed back, economy, harmony wrecked: Lalu speaks after 3 yrs
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

Lalu Yadav, who is being treated at AIIMS in New Delhi after being released on bail, said he would return to Patna soon, and “register his presence” in every district of Bihar.

Why A K Sharma is not just another Gujarat bureaucrat in the PM’s circle, or just another vice-president in Uttar Pradesh BJP
Sun, Jun 27, 2021

Nearly 20 years after A K Sharma emerged as one of Modi’s most trusted men, and six months after he took voluntary retirement from the IAS, and became a BJP MLC, Arvind Kumar Sharma, 58, is now a vice-president of the party in Uttar Pradesh.

Chirag prepares to launch Bihar yatra, Tejashwi asks him to join hands, points to 2010 RS seat
Thu, Jun 24, 2021

The RJD leader’s offer has come while Chirag is preparing to regain lost political ground by launching his Bihar yatra from Hajipur

Chirag Paswan defends Bihar election decision, says BJP was kept in loop
Wed, Jun 23, 2021

Chirag Paswan also said that while he still has belief in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the LJP would be “forced to look at alternatives” if that belief was “one-sided”.

Chirag Paswan says uncle’s revolt is against LJP constitution
Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Five of the six MPs of the LJP have revolted against Paswan, son of the late Ram Vilas Paswan, and elected his uncle and leader of the rebellion, Hajipur MP Pashupati Kumar Paras, the party's leader in Lok Sabha.

With ‘expulsions’ on both sides, LJP is split wide open
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

On Monday, Paras, himself an MP, had claimed support of four of the five remaining MPs of the LJP barring Chirag, and removed Chirag as the parliamentary party leader. Paras claimed he was "not breaking the party", but "saving it".

Uncle dumps Chirag Paswan, takes all LJP MPs, says wrong to have left NDA
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The five MPs — Pashupati Kumar Paras (Hajipur), Choudhary Mehboob Ali Qaisar (Khagaria), Chandan Kumar (Nawada), Veena Devi (Vaishali) and Prince Raj (Samastipur) —met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday evening and again on Monday, saying that they have elected Paras as LJP parliamentary party leader and Kaiser as deputy leader.

Explained: Mukul Roy’s stint in BJP, and why he has returned to Mamata Banerjee
Fri, Jun 18, 2021

Beginning his political career with the Youth Congress, Mukul Roy co-founded the Trinamool Congress with Mamata Banerjee in 1998, became her lieutenant, worked towards a stunning TMC win in 2011 against the Left, and retained power in the next term as well.

Four PHCs in rural UP, 2 causes of vaccine dip: hesitancy, wastage fear
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

Apart from the shortage of vaccine, these are some of the other key factors that are hamstringing the vaccination drive across Maharajganj district in rural Uttar Pradesh.

For two families, death trail leads to UP panchayat polls
Thu, May 20, 2021

On May 11, the Allahabad High Court asked the UP government to consider giving Rs 1 crore to families of those who died of Covid after poll duty.

PMO watching, Covid command centre tracks easing in Varanasi
Tue, May 18, 2021

What really makes the Prime Minister's constituency stand apart from other districts in Uttar Pradesh is the one-of-its-kind Covid Integrated Command and Control Centre, just 3 km from the ghats.

Fallout of Kumbh surge, Ayodhya locks down with cops, CCTVs watching
Mon, May 17, 2021

At the Kumbh in Haridwar last month, several measures were in place to curb the spread, including mandatory negative tests for entry. But none of them were strictly implemented even as the crowd swelled to over 30 lakh on days of the shahi snan (royal bath).

Behind bodies found on river banks, a Covid shadow
Sat, May 15, 2021

Interviews with next of kin, officials, eyewitnesses and local residents in Unnao and Ghazipur reveal that behind the bodies lie long-held traditions, deep economic distress and the sudden rush to lay the dead to rest.

Rae Bareli: 17 deaths in a month in a single village tell the story of a state
Thu, May 13, 2021

Rae Bareli is among the predominantly rural districts in India's most populous state that have been buffeted by the second Covid wave.

UP: From market to labour chowk, fear of Covid — and lockdown
Wed, May 12, 2021

Aligarh is among the several smaller cities in UP that are reeling under the second Covid wave. It is also under a “partial lockdown” till May 17, with essential items such as fruits, milk and vegetables allowed to be sold from 7 am to 11 am and 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

District Kasganj, UP: ‘Politicians should be among us, but never descend from photographs’
Mon, May 10, 2021

Ten days ago, on April 29, Kasganj had 271 new cases, an active caseload of 706 and 16 deaths. On May 8, it had 149 new cases, an active caseload of 723 and recorded 33 deaths.

Active caseload thrice last year’s peak, a lone doctor struggles to cope with flood of patients in Saharanpur
Sat, May 08, 2021

Primary Health Centre is shut, CHC not declared Covid centre yet, both wait for stocks of vaccines.