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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Ravik Bhattacharya


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

Kolkata: Hungry and desperate, ragpickers fear starvation more than the virus
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

The ragpickers’ livelihood has dried up since Sunday because of the lockdown, and without any cash on hand they are struggling to get food.

Walking home: Who they are, why they are leaving
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

“There is a lockdown, So, there is no more work. Suddenly the trains also stopped. So, I have to somehow reach my home in Bihar.”

After five days of tree quarantine, Bengal youths moved to ICDS centre
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The seven youths, who work in Chennai and returned to Bhangdi village on March 24, had been living on the branches of the tree after doctors asked them to stay in home quarantine.

Work non-stop or stay at home? For the 18 members of this Kolkata lab, the answer was tough but clear
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

At the Beleghata office, the team’s workspace includes a small room next to the lab with a round table at the centre surrounded by computers, tabulation sheets, and piles of papers and reports.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute offers free vacation for staying home in lockdown
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

HMI, one of the premier mountaineering institutes in the world, located in Darjeeling has come up with an initiative called “HMI, 21 Days Big Boss Indoor Challenge- Fight Against COVID-19” to motivate all to stay indoors.

Coronavirus outbreak: Back from Chennai, 7 youths quarantined on tree outside Bengal village
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

These seven youths, all of them migrant workers, have been living on the tree ever since they returned from Chennai at a time when COVID-19 infections in the country are on the rise.

Coronavirus lockdown: Running out of food, no money left, say stranded migrants from Bengal
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The Indian Express reached out to several workers in these two states who—caught unprepared by the announcement of a 21-day lockdown for “fighting some disease”—are looking for a way out, and finding none.

Radio Quarantine an antidote for anxieties in time of isolation
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

A group of friends including professors, PhD scholars and filmmakers  have set up the web-based community radio station to help people fight lockdown anxieties. The aim is to bring people together who are stuck at home.

After applause, docs, nurses face corona stigma in neighbourhood
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

In Kolkata, a 30-year old woman, who is part of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) team which tests samples for coronavirus, was told by her landlord in South Kolkata to leave the place.

Nearly 100 J&K students at Bangla border, High Commission tells them to stay back
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The students said that their medical colleges had shut down due to the coronavirus scare and that they were told to leave the hostels and return home.

Migrant workers’ rush chokes transit points in the East: Where do we go, what do we do now?
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

An official in Ranchi said about 3,000-4,000 people reached the city on an average every day over the past week on the Alappuzha-Dhanbad Express.

Kolkata coronavirus patient was asked to visit hospital, delayed for 2 days: Officials
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Health department authorities are now tracking and putting in quarantine all the people he met in the two days that he moved about Kolkata.

On Kolkata streets, students from Darjeeling face racial slurs linked to coronavirus
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

A 21-year-old undergraduate student from Darjeeling allegedly faced social discrimination when people did not sit near him on a crowded bus last Saturday.

Coronavirus outbreak: Isolated on luxury liner for 3 weeks, 122 Indian crew members return today
Thu, Feb 27, 2020

According to one crew member, a resident of West Bengal, they will be flown to Delhi by a special flight by 5 am Thursday and quarantined for 14 more days.

5 rhinos dead in 4 days: Bengal forest dept starts anthrax vaccination in Jalpaiguri
Sun, Feb 23, 2020

Drones are being used and forest guards mounted on trained elephants have been patrolling the jungle to check for sick or dead animals.

In Kolkata, 85-year-old, his 6 children await ‘foreigner’ son’s release from detention
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Asgar, who worked as a carpenter in Guwahati since the 1980s, was deemed a foreigner by the state's Foreigners' Tribunal and sent to Goalpara detention camp under the NRC on July 14, 2017.

Ship quarantined over coronavirus cases: In touch with embassy officials, says Indian crew member
Sun, Feb 09, 2020

The 30-year-old, who hails from Hatipa village in West Bengal’s Uttar Dinajpur district, is among 200 Indian crew members on board the ship, Diamond Princess, which has 61 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus.

61 coronavirus cases on ship, Indian crew in quarantine: ‘We are in fear…we want to leave’
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

Coronavirus scare: The Japanese government said Friday that 61 people on board the ship, with more than 3,700 passengers, had tested positive, and an additional 41 were found to have contracted the virus.

NRC-NPR panic: Google halts Net education outreach in Bengal
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

The programme aims to empower women in rural India by teaching them how to use Internet in their daily lives. Google claims it has benefited over 30 million women across 20 states so far.

Communal clash in Bengal town: ‘We are shattered, he was the lone earning member…his killers must be punished’
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

According to police, the club had organised a fair in Duttapukur where Islam had put up a stall. He was allegedly beaten up by members of the club after he had a fight with a woman buyer Tuesday. The woman had alleged that Islam assaulted her.