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Subhendu Maiti

Assistant Editor of Hindustan Times, Kolkata. I have spent more than 20 years covering different areas like health, environment, transport, state secretariat and police in Bengal

Articles by Subhendu Maiti

Bank officers detect fake Rs 2,000 note in Kolkata

The note will now be sent to RBI.

The note that Union Bank of India officers found to be fake.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2017 10:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata tops list of cities with young Indians suffering from lifestyle diseases, finds study

About 45% of those between 20-25 years are vulnerable to diseases, hypertension and depression.

A survey found young Indians desperately want to avoid diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and hypertension.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2016 10:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee fumes as PMO seeks civic body’s tax details

Acting under instructions from the prime minister’s office (PMO), income tax officials on Friday met the top brass of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and sought details of the revenue collected by the civic body through property tax post-demonetisation.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference in Kolkata on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2016 12:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByArpit Basu and Subhendu Maiti, Kolkata

Bengal hospitals step up vigil following baby sale racket

At least 50 babies sold off and three buried, says CID. Three nursing homes, two NGOs already found involved, 18 arrested so far. Yet this may not be the end of this racket.

The kingpin Tapan Kumar Biswas, who is a quack but posed as a doctor.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2016 11:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Cash crunch: Howrah wholesale fish market on the verge of closure.

Howrah fish market with a business turnover of more than Rs 10 crore a day, is on the verge of closure.

Howrah fish market, which is supposed to be the largest in the country with a business turnover of more than Rs 10 crore a day, is on the verge of closure.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2016 10:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Transport dept to lease out land at 3 CSTC bus depots

State govt is all set to lease out land lying unused at the Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) bus depots at Taratala, Thakurpukur and Garia to generate revenue.

The cash-strapped government has already leased out a huge area of unutilised land at the four tram depots at Kalighat, Tollygunge, Kidderpore and Galiff Street. The CSTC used to own the four depots.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2016 12:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Dine at 450 feet, majestic view of the Hooghly on menu

Will be the highest revolving restaurant in the country.

Artist’s impression of the structure on which the revolving restaurant will be built.
Published on Oct 26, 2016 10:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Niti Aayog recommends closure of five jute mills in Bengal

As many as 20,000 may lose their jobs in the state.

Both the cultivators and mill workers, the two main segments of the jute industry, are going through turbulent times.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2016 09:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

State government may replace health secretary

His failure to control the dengue menace and the tout raj in government hospitals seem to have irked the chief minister.

The secretary of another department held a series of meetings of the health at the state secretariat even when the health secretary was present in the city.(Subhendu Ghosh)
Published on Oct 04, 2016 06:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Govt to ply special buses to bring in revelers from the districts to Kolkata’s star Pujas

Passengers can book tickets in advance through

For the first time, West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) will ply around 20 AC and non AC buses run by Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) to ferry passengers from several points in Howrah station, Barasat, Habra, Sodepur, Madhyamgram and Tollygunj on Saptami, Astami and Nabami.(HT Photo/Samir Jana)
Published on Oct 03, 2016 11:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Coming soon: A mobile app that will end your countless visits to motor vehicles dept

May be a blow to the tout raj in the motor vehicles offices.

There is a bigger nightmare in the motor vehicles department offices.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 28, 2016 09:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Haldia teaching hospital hires private pathologists for MCI inspection

Authorities pay hefty amount to doctors to show them on the rolls of the institution.

Medical Council of India has itself been hauled up by the courts for corruption.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 26, 2016 11:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Patients suffer as drug for rare genetic disorder goes out of market

Wilson’s disease can be fatal is the drugs are not administered regularly, say doctors.

Kolkata resident Parthapratim Saha, 34, who is suffering from Wilson’s disease has run of out stock and is desperately looking for the drug.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 24, 2016 02:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

This Pujas, gorge on fish from Vietnam, Myanmar, Dubai

Lacha from Uruguay, chakori from Vietnam, Dubai and Oman, hilsa from Myanmar, basa from Indonesia — this festive season fish from foreign waters will tickle the palate of Bengalis

Traders told HT that lasha, chakori and basa don’t have much bones and lend themselves to a variety of cooking styles as they quickly absorb the flavours of different spices.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2016 10:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

State govt mulls phasing out trams from Kolkata streets

Over the past few months, high-level meetings have been held to work out how to bring the curtains down on the 143-year-old mode of city transport.

The tram service has been accused of occupying too much road space, carry too few passengers while slowing down the speed of other vehicles. However, it remains to be seen how the chief minister, who has a soft corner for everything traditional, reacts to the idea.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 18, 2016 02:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Bamboo pierced through chest, docs save man in 3-hour surgery

He was driving a bus that crashed into a truck carrying bamboos.

Lakshmikanta Ghosh was saved as the bamboo missed his heart and lungs.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 16, 2016 10:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Singur effect: WBIDC to face auditor test

Since land is being given back to farmers, the industry promotion body can’t show it as an asset any longer.

Mamata Banerjee began distributing land record documents to the farmers on Wednesday. It marked the asset of the industry promotion body moving out of its books.(Subhendu Ghosh)
Published on Sep 15, 2016 03:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata hospital ready with introductory offer of a new heart for Rs 6 lakh

Waiting for government approvals for the procedure.

File photo of a medical team rushing to Thiruvananthapuram airport with the heart to be transplanted to another patient in Kochi.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 13, 2016 11:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Singur verdict may be a setback for ongoing industries in Bengal, fear industrialists and bureaucrats

After she became the chief minister, Mamata Banerjee has faced a dilemma on the land question -while her uncompromising anti-acquisition stand has earned her rich political dividends, the same stand has proved to be counterproductive in attracting investments.

A file photo of the agitation in Singur.(Ashok Nath Dey/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 31, 2016 08:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySubhendu Maiti and Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri, Kolkata

Post fire, MCI may withhold MBBS course at Murshidabad hospital

MCI might withhold approval to MBBS course at the state-run hospital if it fails to address loopholes in its preparedness for fire hazards.

Fire snuffed out three lives, including that of a 3-year-old baby, at the Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Published on Aug 29, 2016 11:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Left blundered by tying up with Congress: Mamata

‘When ideology is lost everything is lost,’ says the victorious chief minister.

Mamata Banerjee waves towards her supporters outside her residence after the initial poll results of the West Bengal elections, in Kolkata.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 20, 2016 12:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kamduni’s voices for justice to contest polls against Mamata

The two most visible faces of the Kamduni people’s movement for justice after the brutal gang rape and murder of a college student and fellow villager in 2013 could take the plunge into West Bengal’s electoral politics.

Members of Women organisation AIPWA (All India Progressive Women Association) demonstrating against the Kamduni Rape & Murder case accused at City Session Court in Kolkata(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 01, 2016 06:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata: Moms protest delay in surgeries, reach CM home

Livid with doctors of SSKM Hospital for delaying planned paediatric surgeries, five mothers took their children out of the hospital and marched straight to chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s Kalighat home on Saturday to demand immediate action.

Hospital sources said the operations got delayed for more than a month because of non-availability of surgical items, such as uro-bags, catheters, bandages and gauge.(Shutterstock/Representative photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2016 06:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Super specialist hospitals: Bengal govt to recruit 4,000 docs, 5,000 nurses

As the countdown for the assembly elections scheduled in April-May in 2016 in Bengal begins, the Mamata Banerjee government is all set to showcase its much-publicised 40 super specialist hospitals that are coming up in the districts, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, Jalpaiguri, South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas, during poll campaigns.

Keeping eyes on the elections, the health department has decided to recruit 4,000 doctors, 5,000 nurses and 1,000 technicians by the end of February for these super specialist hospitals.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 13, 2015 06:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata: Governor will seek report on violence from election panel

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will seek a report from the state election commission on the large-scale violence and rigging reported during the civic polls in Salt Lake, Bally, Asansol and other civic bodies on Saturday.

BJP state president Rahul Sinha talks to media outside Raj Bhawan in Kolkata on Monday after meeting Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi regarding the violence.(PTI photo)
Published on Oct 05, 2015 05:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

3 hospitals to start stem cell therapy without MCI approval

Health dept is already facing a PIL for operating a similar unit at School of Tropical Medicine since 2013. Though the state health department has given clearnace, it is yet to procure permission from MCI, ICMR and drug controller of India.

Updated on Jul 27, 2015 12:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Cops to launch drive against illegal drug rehab centres in city

A large number of de-addiction psychiatric rehabilitation centres, that is, centres that rehabilitate and detoxify drug/ alcohol abusers, are mushrooming in the city and the districts without valid permission from the health department, thereby virtually endangering the lives of patients.

Updated on Jun 06, 2015 11:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Docs ask govt to change sex-determination law

Radiologists and cardiologists in the city have urged the state government to review the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques (PCPNDT) Act — the law that deals with sexdetermination of still-to-be-born children — to save many cardiac patients who suffer from acute pulmonary thrombo embolism or pericardial effusion problems.

Updated on Apr 15, 2015 11:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Now, WB govt sets up a panel to junk stockpiles of expired drugs

India is a land of committees and, despite being one of the most widely ridiculed concepts in bureaucracy, various governments are simply in love with committees that they employ for virtually all purposes under the sun — to probe irregularities and mishaps, advise on strategy, construct a building or bridge, dig tanks, pull down structures — and even coursecorrection on earlier decisions.

Updated on Apr 02, 2015 12:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Pvt hospitals to face govt heat for fleecing swine flu patients

Sources in the health department said a minister had recently sent his relative, a swine flu suspect, to a private hospital in South Kolkata on Tuesday. The hospital demanded Rs. 1 lakh for admission.

HT Image
Updated on Mar 12, 2015 01:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata
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