Esha Roy

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Inner Manipur: CPI candidate emerges as main challenger

While Dr Nara has been a popular figure in Manipur politics, he was never earlier seen as a real contender for the parliamentary seat. This despite the fact that the CPI has won Inner Manipur twice in the past.

Tripura: Health minister surrenders security detail to protest attacks on doctors

Speaking to The Indian Express, the Health Minister said that while such incidents have been on the rise, there have been no arrests.

After blanks, Congress claims it is set to make Tripura three-pronged fight

While most state Congress leaders and workers had deserted the party for the BJP before the Assembly polls in February last year, party leaders said a resurgence is under way.

Lok Sabha polls: Fight between BJP and NPF on horizon, Congress not in picture

Reserved as a Scheduled Tribe seat, Outer Manipur spans 28 Assembly constituencies, of which only eight fall in the Meitei-dominated valley area.

37 members quit BJP in Nagaland

In a letter to the BJP state president, the members said they were resigning as they could not agree with the party’s principles, particularly its ‘Hindutva policy’.

In Nagaland, state’s largest party sits out to back Congress against a rising BJP ‘influence’

Ahead of D-day – Nagaland votes in the first phase, on April 11 – Hindutva, as championed by the BJP and its supporters, seems to be one of the key issues.

Rift in GJM over its Darjeeling man, BJP says ‘Don’t know if Gorkha… par Pahari hai’

Bista’s nomination came as a surprise to many. But BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya says it is Bista’s “extensive background in social work” that prompted the party to choose him.

Days after Gorkha National Liberation Front backs BJP, leader held

Noting that both arrests were over old cases, the GNLF accused the Trinamool government of vindictive politics.

Two Gorkha rival parties form alliance, to support BJP’s Darjeeling candidate

The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and Bimal Gurung’s faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) formed a hasty alliance after leaders of both parties met senior BJP leaders in New Delhi.

Looking for Pather Panchali

In his pitch for change in West Bengal recently, PM Modi harked back to that novel-film and its description of poverty through Nischindipur, while saying the state’s villages were among the worst. Riding the same development promise, CM Mamata cites her schemes. But, finds Esha Roy, there is no one Nischindipur but many, stuck in several time zones.

Explained: BJP vs Mamata — what makes Bengal so important in Lok Sabha polls

BJP challenges Mamata Banerjee on home turf; Trinamool Congress sees bigger role for her at Centre.

Kolkata: Researchers come up with technology for enhanced finger printing system

The paper, jointly written by the two institutes, has been published in Nanoscale. The institutes have developed a technology to enhance latent fingerprinting to increase the efficiency of forensic detection, among other things.

Kolkata: TB related to malnutrition, govt did not acknowledge this, says report

While the officials had declared Tuberculosis (TB) as the cause of the seven deaths, the Right to Food Campaign report, which was released in November, said that TB as a disease is intrinsically related to malnutrition.

Of tiger bones and rhino horns: The ban, how parts are used, points of distribution

China’s Wildlife Protection Law formalises a permit system through which wildlife can be traded commercially and consumed on the acquisition of “special permits”.

Of tiger bones & rhino horns

On October 29, the Chinese government lifted its ban on the use of parts of endangered animals in medicine. The Sunday Express speaks to government officials and activists to gauge how the development could affect West Bengal’s rhinoceros and tiger populations.

Rescued by Myanmar, Andaman fisherman returns

After almost a month at sea, and nearly two months in a fishing town in Myanmar, Biswanath Roy finally made it back to the country on Friday.

Rescued by Myanmar from sea, Andaman fisherman awaits his return at a Kali temple

Stranded at sea for more than 15 days after his boat broke down, he was rescued by Myanmarese authorities and is currently at a temple of the local Indian community, waiting for papers that will bring him back to India.

West Bengal: Unable to beg due to rains, 68-yr-old died of starvation

While the local administration has maintained that Bimla, a widow, died of dysentery, a fact-finding mission of the Right to Food and Work Campaign recently concluded in its report, that her death was caused by starvation.

Swachh Bharat: ‘I have been called a sweeper, it hurts… this is a temple, I am doing God’s work’

The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to city, town and village that marked milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring you stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, women and men, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where Mahatma Gandhi once walked.

Air pollution: NGT bans hot mix plants for road work in Kolkata, Howrah

The bans, however, do not feature as a recommendation by an expert committees that had been formed to look into the question of dealing with air pollution. Meanwhile, the green court reprimanded the state government for citing lack of funds for its non-compliance in these recommendations.