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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Ravik Bhattacharya


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

In paan belt, Amphan relief leaves bitter taste: ‘Not got a single paisa’
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

These field visits were a part of The Indian Express investigation into alleged irregularities in the manner in which several of these lists were prepared after Cyclone Amphan tore through Howrah, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and Sundarbans on May 20.

All of them cleared to get Amphan relief, all unrelated, all have same father — on paper
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

An investigation by The Indian Express revealed that Kalipodo Das exists only on paper and these beneficiaries are all unrelated. And all the three own concrete houses that withstood the cyclone.

Guess which of these houses got cleared for Cyclone Amphan relief?
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

The one on left, of a Panchayat member. In rural Bengal, the politically connected — mainly TMC, some from Opposition — are jumping line for relief even if there’s little damage to show.

Amphan relief funds: Parties begin crackdown, ask errant members to return money
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised punitive action for filing false claims, the TMC sent show-cause notices to nearly 200 party members and Panchayat functionaries in Nandigram and East Midnapore, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas.

Those who crafted gold ornaments are digging ditches today
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Lakhs of skilled migrants who returned to West Bengal during the lockdown and Unlock 1 are desperate to go back to the lives and livelihoods they had to leave behind virtually overnight.

In locked down Bengal, fears rise of trafficking of girls
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

Between March 23 and April 23, the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) received 136 complaints — more than four every day on average — about underage girls being forced into marriage.

Covid, cyclone, lockdown: All lines blur in Sundarbans
Sun, May 31, 2020

Rattled by the Covid outbreak, and struggling to cope with the return of migrant workers in the middle of a lockdown, the Sundarbans woke up to Cyclone Amphan 10 days ago.

As Cyclone Amphan flattens rare trees in Kolkata, experts blame poor urban planning
Sun, May 24, 2020

According to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), as Cyclone Amphan hit the city with wind speeds of 130 kmph and more, over 5,000 trees were uprooted. While several fell on houses, the others lay across roads, blocking traffic and snapping electricity, telephone and broadband cables.

PM Modi announces aid for cyclone-battered West Bengal, Odisha
Sat, May 23, 2020

In West Bengal, PM Modi did an aerial survey of areas affected by cyclone Amphan in North and South 24 Parganas with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

West Bengal: Cyclone toll 72, Mamata Banerjee seeks Central relief
Fri, May 22, 2020

Roads and electricity remained cut off in large parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata on Thursday. According to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, about 5,000 trees have fallen across the city while hundreds of electricity poles have been damaged.

In Bengal paddy bowl, yield of late harvesting: wages up
Tue, May 12, 2020

The rabi crop, known as Boro Dhan in Bengal, is sown in November and usually harvested by April. But this year, the lockdown has delayed the harvest by over a month, and now, farmers are racing against time to finish before the rains at the end of June.

Code Red: The uphill struggle in Gujarat and Bengal with country’s highest Covid-19 case mortality
Sun, May 10, 2020

Separated by the breadth of the country, Gujarat and West Bengal have emerged as areas of concern as the Centre tries to find its way around easing a lockdown that has stretched to more than 45 days.

Trucks stuck at Petrapole, MHA reminds Bengal govt to reopen land port
Thu, May 07, 2020

The MHA also said the state was violating the Centre's guidelines that movement of goods trucks could not be stopped.

Protests force Petrapole, India’s biggest land port, to close again
Tue, May 05, 2020

Though only two trucks were unloaded that day, 18 more could offload their cargo before the movement of goods trucks from the Indian side was again halted on Monday.

After nudge, how Bengal tightened the lockdown, finetuned its fightback
Tue, May 05, 2020

From April 21, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit the streets of Kolkata, speaking directly to the people, urging them to stay indoors.

Sacks they make are key to country’s crops, Bengal jute mill hub despairs
Mon, May 04, 2020

A jute mill worker, Prajapati has been without work since March 22 and the lockdown extension has added to his worries. He says the PDS ration is not enough and he is counting on a “little advance” from the mill owner because he has run out of money.

India’s biggest land port reopens, but only two trucks unloaded as pandemic fear reigns
Fri, May 01, 2020

Though almost 2,100 trucks have been stranded at Petrapole in the Bongaon area of North 24 Parganas district since March 22, only two trucks carrying jute and maize seeds from India were unloaded at the gate at zero point because of fears about the pandemic.

Journalist booked for tweeting on ‘quarantine over call with patients’
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Explaining the arrest, DGP, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dependra Pathak told The Indian Express over the phone, “The person concerned started tweeting that the administration is doing (things) wrong".

Mamata hits the streets, speaks directly to locked-down Kolkata
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Every day for the past several days, Mamata has been out in the city — travelling its length and breadth, visiting neighbourhoods, especially those near the coronavirus hotspots that have been sealed.

‘It is not appropriate for the CM to have an iron curtain with Raj Bhavan’
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

COVID-19 is to be faced unitedly, fully supporting our health warriors. Coronavirus is secular, non-discriminatory and adversely impacts all, irrespective of ideology or status. In the country, the fight against this menace to civilisation is being spearheaded by the prime minister with vision and imagination, Jagdeep Dhankar said.

Governor says no takers for Bengal Covid toll, Mamata targets Centre
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

“Canards are being spread that Bengal is not conducting enough tests,” the chief minister said. However, against the 14,000 test kits sought by the state, the Centre had sent only 2,500, Mamata Banerjee said.

Central teams say Bengal not helping; Maharashtra wants trains for migrants
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Citing frequent lockdown violations in certain states, the Home Ministry had on Sunday said teams would be sent to the Opposition-ruled states of West Bengal, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, besides Madhya Pradesh.

Conduct more tests, give us more PPEs: West Bengal doctors, nurses write to CM
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

The letters come close on the heels of several doctors, nurses and health workers being infected of coronavirus and over six state-run hospitals partially sealed.

Lockdown relief reveals Purulia secret: PDS cards as loan collateral
Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Officials said 24 such families had approached them in Surjamata alone, a village of 150 families. Most people here work as daily wagers, owning no land and barely any possessions.

Three weeks and counting: Stranded and hungry at Petrapole, India’s largest land port
Mon, Apr 13, 2020

Covid-19: An estimated 2100 trucks, their drivers and helpers are stuck at Petrapole in West Bengal on the India-Bangladesh border owing to the lockdown.