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Ravik Bhattacharya

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

After Nano, farming hopes dry up in Singur, a plan for fish ponds
Tue, May 24, 2022

Four such proposed water bodies have already come up in the former Nano project area, on one to three acres of land. On other plots, off the Durgapur Expressway (National Highway No. 2), work is on, with earth-moving machines removing mounds of soil and concrete, overgrown with bushes and grass.

Bengal ‘SSC scam’: Inquiry report shows how 5 officials booked by CBI ‘committed fraud’
Mon, May 23, 2022

Sarkar and Sinha allegedly “collected vacancies” in an unauthorised manner — gathered information about vacancies that opened up after the recruitment exams were held — and recommended unsuccessful candidates for those posts.

Probe: RTI used as weapon to fudge answer sheets in Bengal SSC scam
Sat, May 21, 2022

A Division Bench of Justices Harish Tandon and Rabindranath Samanta set up the Committee on February 22 to look into the alleged irregularities in the recruitment process.

In Bengal’s lone CPM-led civic body, lessons in practical politics
Tue, May 03, 2022

In the civic body elections held in February, the ruling TMC had registered a landslide victory, winning 106 of 108 municipalities across the state. The CPI(M) won just one —Taherpur — while the fledgling Humro Party won Darjeeling.

No farmers, dealers at Mamata govt’s flagship mandis, dept rents out space
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

The Krishak Bazars or farm mandis announced across the state were meant to burnish the Trinamool Congress government’s pro-farmer credentials.

Compensation, jobs, CBI probe: How TMC response differed in Birbhum violence case
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

Opposition claims it is because those killed in the factional feud were ruling party supporters

In Birbhum, protest against Deucha Pachami coal project smoulders: ‘Won’t give up land or way of life’
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

A sit-in against plans to mine the world’s second-largest coal block began on February 23 following incidents of alleged violence and intimidation by the police and the TMC

To rebuild lives & homes, kin of Birbhum victims plan their return
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

The surviving family members of the eight victims who were charred to death following a TMC leader’s murder at Bogtui village in Birbhum district last week are planning to return to their village to rebuild their lives and houses.

Birbhum killings: CBI takes over probe after Calcutta HC order, visits Bogtui village
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

The officials, including the DIG and forensic experts, visited Bogtui village on Saturday, carried out 3D scanning of the area, and collected samples from the charred houses.

Charred bodies: 21 held in Birbhum, most TMC supporters or workers
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

Police also arrested one person in connection with the murder of TMC Deputy Pradhan Bhadu Sheikh whose death set off the retaliatory killing in which eight were killed.

Behind charred bodies in Bengal, rags to riches, nexus of crime and TMC politics
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

At its centre is Bhadu Sheikh, the 38-year-old TMC deputy pradhan of Barsal Gram Panchayat, a resident of Bagtui village, whose murder set off the retaliatory killing in which eight persons, including six women and a child, were charred to death, all relatives of one of his associates he had fallen out with.

Birbhum: ‘Women, kids huddled in a room, but were still set on fire’
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

The killings were triggered by the murder of Bhadu Sheikh, the deputy pradhan, in Rampurhat on Monday evening, leading to at least eight houses in the area being attacked and set on fire.

Opposition leaders visit violence-hit village, BJP reiterates central probe demand
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

The murder of Bhadu Sheikh, the deputy pradhan, in Rampurhat on Monday evening sparked off a chain of events that led to at least eight houses in the area being attacked and set on fire, leading to the death of eight people, including women and children.

Eight charred bodies found in Bengal’s Birbhum hours after TMC deputy gram pradhan’s death
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

The state government has formed a Special Investigation Team headed by the additional director general of police (CID), Gyanwant Singh, to probe the incident

Hamro Party: Running iconic eatery to civic body, a force emerges
Fri, Mar 04, 2022

The party counts “like-minded people” from all walks of life — be it social workers, bakery owners, architects and businessmen — among its ranks.

Ajoy Edwards: ‘Separate Gorkhaland state is our long-term vision. It has to be achieved as per constitutional norms…’
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

In an interview with The Indian Express, Ajoy Edwards throws light on his party's formation and its stunning electoral debut.

Explained: How Hamro Party, formed 3 months ago, won Darjeeling civic polls
Fri, Mar 04, 2022

The Hamro Party, launched 3 months ago by Ajoy Edwards, a former Gorkha National Liberation Front leader, has won the Darjeeling Municipality polls. A look at the formation of Hamro Party and the rise of Edwards.

Student leader death: Bengal sets up SIT, family firm on CBI probe demand
Tue, Feb 22, 2022

According to the family, Anis was killed on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday after being allegedly thrown off the second floor of his residence by four unidentified persons in Howrah district’s Sarada Dakshin Khan Para village.

Neither hair nor there: Export curbs a blow to Bengal’s cottage industry
Thu, Feb 17, 2022

Bengal accounts for almost half of India’s hair exports, sustained by workshops run out of homes. Centre’s recent export curbs have come as a further blow to this cottage industry, struggling since lockdown.

Strongman Pawan Chamling’s return to state sets Sikkim politics on edge
Fri, Jan 14, 2022

With his five terms in power, between December 1994 and May 2019, making him the longest-serving CM of the country, Pawan Chamling was once the undisputed leader of Sikkim.

Bengal BJP faces Matua leaders’ ire as they seek representation in party panels
Thu, Jan 06, 2022

Union Minister Santanu Thakur and several BJP MLAs from the politically-influential Matua community have left various WhatsApp groups of West Bengal BJP in protest against non-inclusion of Matua leaders in newly-constituted state and district party committees.

Covid surge in Kolkata: KMC picks 11 micro containment zones, to open safe homes again
Sun, Jan 02, 2022

While the cases stood at 382 on December 28, the number shot up to 540 on December 29, doubled to 1,090 on December 30 before touching 1,954 on New Year’s Eve.

Beaten, awaiting surgery, HC only hope: Opposition candidates attacked in Kolkata polls
Thu, Dec 23, 2021

The violence that trailed Sunday’s Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, where the ruling TMC flexed its muscles to ensure a comprehensive win, has left several Opposition candidates and polling agents scarred — in mind and body.

Kolkata civic election: Amid violence, Opposition alleges rigging, seeks repoll
Mon, Dec 20, 2021

A total of 40,48,357 voters were eligible to vote and elect 144 councillors out of 950 candidates in the fray. The counting of votes will take place on December 21.

As Bengal moves on mega coal block, chorus on the ground: ‘Come to our villages, talk to us’
Mon, Dec 06, 2021

🔴 The Indian Express crisscrossed the region to track the first key steps in the land acquisition process for the Deocha Pachami project that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has estimated will supply coal for the next 100 years.

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