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Tanmay Chatterjee has spent more than three decades covering regional and national politics, internal security, intelligence, defence and corruption. He also plans and edits special features on subjects ranging from elections to festivals.

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‘Loud shrieks, blood…': Eyewitnesses recount horror of Odisha train tragedy

Visuals of the accident site showed 15 coaches of the Coromandel Express lying on their side, and passengers crying for help.

Balasore, Odisha, June 02 (ANI): Locals gather after the Coromandel Express derails after hitting a goods train near Bahanaga station in Balasore on Friday. (ANI Photo)
(Sarangadara Bishnoi)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 08:11 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty,

Bengal governor appoints 10 V-Cs, TMC govt terms decision ‘illegal’

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose appointed 10 senior professors as vice-chancellors of state-run universities, leading to a standoff with the TMC government, which called the move "illegal". The education minister has urged the professors to refuse the appointments and is seeking legal opinion. The Calcutta high court recently overturned the state government's extension of the tenure of 29 V-Cs, citing University Grants Commission regulations that require appointment on the recommendation of a search committee comprising UGC, the governor and the state.

West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, Kolkata:

Shah meets Kuki, Meitei groups amid Manipur violence

Union home minister Amit Shah met politicians, bureaucrats and civil society groups from both warring Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur on Tuesday, in an attempt to quell the violence that has singed the northeastern state for close to a month now and killed at least 80 people.

Union home minister Amit Shah in Churachandpur on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:01 AM IST

Amit Shah, in Manipur, to hold talks with all stakeholders in ethnic clashes

Shah arrived at Bir Tikendrajit Imphal International Airport for a four-day visit at 9.30 pm on Monday, a day after fresh clashes rocked the state.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is being welcomed by Manipur Chief Minister N.Biren Singh as he arrives to hold a series of meetings with various stakeholders of the state, in Imphal on Monday.(N Biren Singh Twitter)
Updated on May 30, 2023 04:35 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/kolkata

‘If I press button, 4 MPs will join’: Abhishek Banerjee’s jab at Bengal Congress

TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee said the “so-called rainbow alliance of the Left and Congress” only helped the BJP in Bengal because the TMC is the main political force in the state

Congress MLA from Sagardighi assembly seat Bayron Biswas joined the TMC at an event chaired by Abhishek Banerjee in West Midnapore district’s Ghatal area (Twitter/aitcRajabar)
Updated on May 29, 2023 07:08 PM IST

Fresh violence in Manipur kills 5, including cop, injures 12

The development came on a day when the Manipur government said that at least 40 Kuki armed militants have been killed by security forces in the last four days.

Indian Army jawans repaired the Wainem Bridge after unidentified miscreants damaged and dislocated its three panels. (ANI)
Updated on May 29, 2023 04:40 AM IST

Amit Shah to visit violence-hit Manipur today; 40 Kuki militants killed so far

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is due to visit Manipur on Monday to hold talks with stakeholders to restore calm.

Smoke billows from a fire that broke out amid clashes between armed groups and security forces in Manipur on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on May 29, 2023 07:44 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/ Kolkata

‘The Diary of West Bengal’: Kolkata police book and summon movie director

The filmmaker dismissed the allegations as “baseless” and said the police case against him was an “attempt to silence the truth”.

HT Image
Updated on May 27, 2023 01:13 AM IST
By, Kolkata

TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee’s convoy attacked in Bengal amid Kurmi agitation

Abhishek Banerjee had visited the Salboni area of Bengal’s Jhargram district as part of his two-month-long Nabo Jowar (new tide) Yatra.

 A damaged vehicle (L) after Kurmi coomunity members allegedly attacked TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's convoy at Gar Salboni in Jhagram, Friday,
Updated on May 27, 2023 04:33 AM IST

A ground report from Manipur

For many in Imphal, the key question is whether the clash between members of the Kuki tribe and the Meitei community was waiting to happen

 Manipur, a small state of 3.6 million people in India’s North-East is struggling to recover from sporadic violence that persists(AFP File Photo)
Published on May 24, 2023 04:50 PM IST

Meiteis, Kukis keep moving to safer areas as tensions persist in Manipur

Since May 3 violence, 7,472 Meiteis have migrated from hill districts to the Imphal valley, while 5,200 Kukis have left Imphal and surrounding areas.

Army personnel and Assam Rifles check a vehicle on NH-37 in violence-hit Manipur. (Indian Army)
Updated on May 23, 2023 05:01 AM IST
By, Kolkata

After the violence: A Myanmar twist as Manipur searches for its own

Manipur saw violent clashes that began a week ago in Churachandpur but spread quickly across the state.

A girl evacuated by the Indian army during the ethnic riots in Manipur state embraces with her mother (2R) after reuniting at a temporary shelter at the Leimakhong Army Cantonment.(AFP)
Updated on May 11, 2023 03:16 PM IST
By, , Moreh/new Delhi

Manipur violence: Imphal opens gingerly, traders stare at long road to recovery

Close to a week after Manipur was swept by ethnic violence between two communities across multiple districts, the state capital began stepping towards normalcy.

Tuesday’s morning at the women’s market in Imphal district (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 12:17 AM IST

‘No grudges’: Meiteis, Kukis fleeing clashes in Manipur share camp

Pallel is unique, in that it is the only camp where families belonging to both Meitei and Kuki communities have been accommodated.

Several Kukis arrive at the Assam Rifles headquarters at Pallel, in Kakching town of Manipur, on Monday.
Updated on May 09, 2023 03:49 AM IST
By, Pallel (kakching)

Fleeing violence, thousands in Manipur face uncertain future

The Imphal airport resembled a refugee camp in a war zone, with roughly a thousand members of Kuki tribe waiting for planes to take them to neighbouring states.

People from violence-hit areas of Manipur being shifted to a relief camp set up by the Assam government, in Cachar district, on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on May 08, 2023 05:43 AM IST
By, Imphal

Thousands rescued as Manipur remains tense

The army said on Sunday no major flare-ups were reported overnight and that a curfew was lifted between 7-10 am in one of the main flashpoint areas.

Security personnel during a rescue operation in Manipur on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on May 08, 2023 12:09 AM IST
By, , Imphal/new Delhi

Will never allow NRC in West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee

On May 1, the BJP released its election manifesto in the southern state saying it will implement the uniform civil code (UCC) and NRC if it retains power. The UCC treats all religious groups and communities equally in terms of the law

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2023 01:02 PM IST

Calcutta HC orders West Bengal CID to probe deaths of 4 inmates in custody

The victims, identified as Abdul Rezzak Dewan, Jiaul Laskar, Saidul Munshi and Akbar Khan, died between July 31 and August 2 last year

The Calcutta high court. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2023 03:50 PM IST

Ostracised over witchcraft claims, a Santhal family’s quest for home

A Santhal family in Bengal's Birbhum has been wandering from village to village for three years after being accused of witchcraft and thrown out of their home.

The Hansda family at the Bolpur community hall. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2023 04:59 PM IST
By, Bolpur

Row over Sen’s home keeps sleepy Bengal varsity town on edge

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is facing eviction from his ancestral home in Santiniketan, West Bengal, over allegations of illegal occupation of public land.

Visva-Bharati has accused Sen of illegally occupying 13 decimals of the 1.38 acres covered by his house ‘Pratichi’. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2023 01:36 PM IST
By, Kolkata

BJP focused on strengthening party organisations ahead of Bengal panchayat polls

Leaders in the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit hope to strengthen party organisations, exercises essential to winning the upcoming elections

Workers campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state. (BJP Bengal | Twitter)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 05:30 PM IST

Visva-Bharati to take possession of land from Amartya Sen on May 6

Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty has claimed Sen’s father rented only 1.25-acre land on a 99-year lease in 1943 and .13 decimal land should be returned

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 04:22 PM IST

Visva-Bharati’s claim on ancestral land has no standing, says Amartya Sen

In an email to the central university’s estate officer, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, 89, said the magistrate of the area has noted that the existing arrangement should be recognised and that no interference or breach of peace should be allowed

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen speaks with the media at his ancestral home ‘Pratichi’ at Santiniketan in Birbhum district (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 06:47 PM IST

File weekly reports, follow do’s and dont’s: Bengal governor's letter to VCs

On June 13 last year, the state assembly passed the West Bengal University Laws (Amendment) Bill 2022 which sought to make the CM the chancellor of all universities in place of the governor

West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose (Twitter/@BengalGovernor)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 08:28 PM IST

March 30 to April 4: A tense six days in West Bengal

The violence between two communities during a Ram Navami procession has caused a political war of words

West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose visited the area where clashes broke out between two groups during a Ram Navami procession in Hooghly district. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 06, 2023 01:14 PM IST

Civic volunteers can’t be deployed for law enforcement: West Bengal Police

A March 24 order said civic volunteers will assist police deployed to manage traffic, tackle illegal parking, manage crowds during festivals, and ensure public safety

There are over 70,000 such volunteers. (Twitter)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 09:15 AM IST

TMC govt move to implement National Education Policy in Bengal creates a stir

The West Bengal government conveyed its decision to implement the four-year undergraduate programme under National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 from the forthcoming academic session to universities on March 17

West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose interacts with chief minister Mamata Banerjee and John Felix Raj, Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata during the 4th Convocation Ceremony of St. Xavier's University. (ANI FIle Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 08:59 PM IST

Kin observe 1st anniversary of Bogtui massacre at BJP event

Ten people were killed in March last year at Bogtui in West Bengal’s Birbhum in retaliation to the murder of a local functionary of the ruling Trinamool Congress

The massacre scene. (PTI)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 02:03 PM IST

BJP will be finished like Congress for misusing probe agencies: Akhilesh

Pressing for a nationwide caste census, which, he said was the biggest issue at the moment, Akhilesh Yadav claimed the BJP is trying to avoid it

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference on the concluding day of the party’s two-day National Executive Meeting, in Kolkata on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 12:50 AM IST

Akhilesh Yadav demands caste census, action against SBI, LIC top brass

Akhilesh Yadav, who is in Kolkata for the SP’s national executive meet, said that after Bengal, it is UP where political workers face maximum probe by federal agencies

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav in Kolkata on Sunday. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 08:33 PM IST
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