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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Ravik Bhattacharya


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

Chandan Mitra quits BJP, TMC waits
Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Chandan Mitra was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from August 2003 to 2009. In June 2010, BJP got him elected to the upper house from Madhya Pradesh. His term ended in 2016.

Tent collapse at Modi Midnapore rally: Decorator says police, BJP workers did not heed warning
Wed, Jul 18, 2018

While the BJP accused the state police of not inspecting the structures set up at the rally venue properly, the TMC said the organisers’ negligence led to the incident.

PM Modi attacks TMC: Syndicate raj in Bengal, be hopeful like Tripura
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Referring to the cut-outs of the Chief Minister near his meeting venue, Modi took a swipe at Banerjee: “I am grateful that she is folding her hands, it seems she is welcoming me.”

West Bengal: Tent collapses at PM Modi’s Midnapore rally, 90 injured
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

The incident led to a stampede among people trapped under the scaffolding while PM Modi, who was still speaking on stage, tried to calm down the situation. Modi later visited the hospital and met the victims.

Modi rally in Midnapore town: BJP, TMC race to one-up each other
Mon, Jul 16, 2018

The TMC is planning a counter-rally on the same grounds, a few days after Modi’s speech, and has already put up large cutouts and banners of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee all across the town.

Bengal govt issues transfer orders to two Hill teachers for ‘anti-govt’ activities
Mon, Jul 16, 2018

This comes after the district administration wrote to the state school education department, accusing the teachers of “trying to stir up unrest” in the Hills, and requested their transfer to Presidency, Midnapore or Burdwan divisions.

Bengal: Authorities turn fire hose on trees, destroy bird nests, eggs
Sat, Jul 14, 2018

Met with criticism, officials cite complaints of ‘noise’, ‘filth’

Following North Dinajpur DM’s footsteps, officials to forego govt vehicles once a week
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

In a “first-of-its-kind initiative”, the North Dinajpur district administration has decided to observe one day each week as “no vehicles day” as part of an austerity drive

Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls: BJP plans visits by top leaders, participation in festival rallies
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

On July 14 (Rath Yatra) and September 2 (Janmashtami), the state will see hundreds of rallies and programmes, courtesy of organisations such as the RSS and VHP.

Six held, Bengal govt posts police, changes rules to check college admissions racket
Mon, Jul 09, 2018

Police estimate this to be just the tip of the iceberg, saying student leaders, including those affiliated to political parties, have been charging Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh promising admissions.

Seven months on, widow pension, job still elude Afrazul’s family
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

On December 7 last year, Shambhulal Regar, 36, killed 51-year-old Afrazul, burnt his body, and circulated videos of the incident — purportedly recorded by his 14-year-old nephew — on social media.

Wooing youth with plays, tutorials & music: For CPM, its student wing is a silver lining
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

CPM politburo and Lok Sabha member Md Salim says, “Students have always been anti-establishment, anti-tyranny and anti-terror. Seniors have baggage and compulsions. Students have only ideology, enthusiasm and conviction."

Five-time Congress MLA Mainul Haque to join TMC on July 21
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

The legislator cites lack of development in his area, Congress says he surrendered to the terror tactics of Trinamool

Kolkata: To crack down on ponzi schemes, co-operative societies to be made bank branches
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

As per the latest data of the state finance department, of the total of 3,354 gram panchayats in the state, 716 (21%) are not covered under the banking system.

Amit Shah’s 2019 plan: BJP should win half of Bengal
Thu, Jun 28, 2018

According to senior party leaders, Amit Shah came down heavily on state leaders and urged them to have a result-oriented approach in Bengal.

Domestic helps take to streets in Kolkata: ‘We demand dignity’
Sat, Jun 23, 2018

Under the banner of ‘Paschim Banga Griha Paricharika Samity’, which was recently recognised as a trade union by the government, the workers gathered near Sealdah railway station and marched to Rani Rashmoni Road.

No word from Chinese govt, Mamata Banerjee cancels China visit at last minute
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to depart for Beijing at 11.50 PM on Friday. Besides Beijing, she would visit Sanghai and interact with the industrialists there with the hope of attracting investments.

After BJP workers’ death: Armed groups keep nightly vigil in Balarampur villages
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Those who participate in the “vigil” say they are from right-wing groups — some from the Bajrang Dal, some from the BJP. Despite the police claiming that at least one of the deaths was a suicide, these workers believe their colleagues were murdered.

Visva-Bharati executive council member challenges acting V-C’s term extension
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

In his letters to Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on May 7, Banerjee said the EC had passed a resolution saying the next senior most professor should become the officiating V-C and directed Sen to hand over the charge.

Tale of two Bengal deaths: TMC vs BJP, personal and political
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

On May 30, Trilochon’s body was found along with a message, written on his T-shirt as well as on a paper attached to it, saying he was killed for daring to join the BJP. He had gone missing the evening before.