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Joydeep Thakur is a Special Correspondent based in Kolkata. He focuses on science, environment, wildlife, agriculture and other related issues.

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Lalgarh falls, but where have all the Maoists gone?

The triumphant security forces walked in, unchallenged, unopposed. There was no enemy to be fought or taken. The Maoists had melted away into the adjoining wilderness, perhaps to strike back at a time of their choosing, report Debdutta Ghosh and Joydeep Thakur.

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Updated on Jun 29, 2009 11:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByDebdutta Ghosh and Joydeep Thakur, Katapahari

Tidal waves, disease stalk Sunderbans

Tidal waves continued to lash Aila-hit islands in the Sunderbans through Saturday night and Sunday. Villagers claimed the water level had increased since Saturday and could go up to five metres in low-lying areas by Monday, report Joydeep Thakur and Debdutta Ghosh.

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Updated on Jun 08, 2009 12:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByJoydeep Thakur and Debdutta Ghosh, Gosaba/lahiripur

After cyclone comes tidal wave

Sunderbans’ battle against nature has started again. At 9.30 am on Saturday, tidal waves lashed Chunakhali and Kumirmari islands, already swamped by Cyclone Aila that struck on May 25, reports Joydeep Thakur.

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Updated on Jun 07, 2009 12:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chunakhali/kumirmari

Survived Aila, but may not survive Govt-supplied water

The state government, in a desperate urge to send relief to more than one lakh affected people, had urged the department to deploy four fire tenders to supply “safe drinking water”, reports Joydeep Thakur.

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Updated on Jun 01, 2009 12:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Mob fury hits Buddha, official escapes lynching

Marooned by Cyclone Aila a week ago and left fuming by a government that has failed to provide food, water and shelter, hundreds of villagers tried to lynch Block Development Officer Amiya Bhusan Chakraborty barely a few meters from the CM’s security ring, reports Joydeep Thakur.

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Updated on Jun 01, 2009 12:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gosaba

Global warming the only issue Ghoramara Island

Global warming is the only issue that dominates the pre-poll scenario in this tiny 4.5-sq-km island. Or rather, what is left of the island that was twice this size in 1969. Joydeep Thakur reports.

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Updated on Mar 28, 2009 11:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ghoramara Island

Day after Oscars, ticket sales soar

Across the country, halls and multiplexes showing Slumdog have seen an average 15-20 rise in ticket sales. In Delhi, the decision to exempt the film from taxes provided an added fillip to the demand for tickets.

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Updated on Feb 25, 2009 12:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTanya Ashreena, Serena Menon, M.R. Venkatesh & Joydeep Thakur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai & Kolkata

Now, an alcoholic sandesh, hic

Isn’t that, kind of, radical? Prasanta Nandy, one of the three partners at the shop said: “The idea evolved from cakes, pastries, chocolates and several other dishes that require wine for their preparation.”

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Updated on Dec 07, 2008 05:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Buddha, Paswan escape mine blast, by whisker

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Ram Vilas Paswan had a close shave when suspected Maoists triggered a mine blast, minutes after their convoy had passed by, report Joydeep Thakur and Mangala Prasad Roy.

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Updated on Nov 02, 2008 11:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByJoydeep Thakur and Mangala Prasad Roy, Kolkata

Alipore, Kolkata

Gurusaday Road, Ballygunge Circular Road, Salt Lake and the EM Bypass may have the buzz. But they don’t stand a chance in front of Alipore, which has retained its charm amidst the unbridled vertical growth of the city. writes Joydeep Thakur.

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Updated on Aug 10, 2008 11:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Thief on the run opens fire near CM house

A simple case of mobile snatching turned into a blood chase on the streets like any Bollywood blockbuster movie at a stone's throw from the chief minister's residence in south Kolkata on Sunday morning.

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Updated on Feb 25, 2008 01:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Can Kolkata ever become the City of Joy?

Magician PC Sorcar (junior) promises to deliver the goods for the well being of the city — but for a mere 12 minutes, reports Joydeep Thakur.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2008 01:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Blasts fuel Burrabazar fire

Explosions rock the Nandaram Market building in Burrabazar where firefighting has failed to douse a raging blaze even after 48 hours.

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Updated on Jan 14, 2008 02:00 AM IST
None | ByJoydeep Thakur/PTI, Kolkata
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