Anirban Roy

Anirban Roy

Anirban Roy is the Deputy Resident Editor of HT’s Bhopal and Indore editions. A journalist for last 22 years, he has reported from India’s north-east and closely covered the Maoists’ Peoples’ War in Nepal.

Articles by Anirban Roy
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Freedom eludes Charles Sobhraj

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2009 12:47 AM IST
Bikini-killer Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj’s “dream” to be a free-man was shattered as Nepal’s Supreme Court set aside his plea for release and forwarded a forged passport case to a lower court, reports Anirban Roy.
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'New constitution for Nepal soon'

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2009 05:54 PM IST
As people of Nepal are worried with the dilly-dally in constitution writing process, newly-elected chairman of the Constitutional Committee Madhav Kumar Nepal promised to draft the new constitution within the stipulated time.
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Journalist’s murder sparks tension

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2009 04:45 PM IST
Even as gender-equality and women’s rights are top agenda of the Maoist-led government in “new” Nepal, gruesome murder of a woman journalist has created tension in the holy city of Janakpur and protests across the country.
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20 hrs of load-shedding likely in Nepal

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2009 12:00 AM IST
The irony of Nepal’s crippling electricity deficit is that after Brazil, its water resources are the second largest in the world, worth an identified capacity of nearly 1,00,000 MW of hydro-power, Anirban Roy explores.
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MJF not to pull-out of Govt

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2009 04:31 PM IST
In a desperate face-saving exercise, Madheshi Janadhikar Forum’s chairman Upendra Yadav on Thursday said that the party has no plans to pull out of the government. Anirban Roy reports.
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Madhesi party struggling to resolve differences

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2009 05:30 PM IST
Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, Ma partner in the Maoist-led government in Nepal, is in a serious crisis, as its members have demanded to immediately call back its ministers.
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Protest over temple priests continue

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2009 12:07 AM IST
Even after the ban on protests and rallies around Pashupatinath temple, people on Tuesday continued with demonstrations close to the holiest Hindu shrine of Nepal, reports Anirban Roy.
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Shabana Azmi for a stronger political will to check human trafficking

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2009 05:47 PM IST
Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi on Tuesday emphasized on the need for a stronger political will to check human trafficking along the porous borders in South Asia, reports Anirban Roy.
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Protest continue over Pashupatinath priests appointments

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2009 03:59 PM IST
Even after the ban on protests and rallies around Pashupatinath temple, people on Tuesday continued with demonstrations close to the holiest Hindu shrine of Nepal. Anirban Roy reports.
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Mulayam Singh tells Prachanda to resolve Pashupatinath crisis

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2009 08:08 PM IST
The Samajvadi Party also on Monday termed the problem as a bad omen and requested the Nepal government to resolve it immediately.
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Defence minister trains gun at Army chief

AFP | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2009 05:54 PM IST
While the Maoist-led government in Nepal is under tremendous pressure over the removal of Indian priests from Pashupatinath temple, the Defence minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has started training guns at the Nepal Army, reports Anirban Roy.
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PM plays down sacking of priests

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy and PTI, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2009 01:21 AM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' says appointment of Nepalese priests in place of Indians was a "mere coincidence" and not intended to oust the Indians.
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Maoists announce yatra to defuse Pashupatinath row

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2009 07:24 PM IST
Nepal's Maoist government on Sunday resorted to a desperate damage-control exercise and decided to start a yatra for religious concord.
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Breaking gender barriers

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2008 11:59 PM IST
Be it at home or outside, the Nepalese society never treated women at par with men. But, they are now showing the world that cricket is no more a “gentlemen’s game” in Nepal, writes Anirban Roy.
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In search of a capital

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2008 10:43 PM IST
After Nepal’s political transformation as a democratic republic, people in the Himalayan nation are now keen to have a new capital and dream of a bright future, reports Anirban Roy.
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Newars tempt tourists’ palates

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2008 11:59 PM IST
Food is very closely connected to the ritual and religious life of the Newars (indigenous group of Kathmandu) of Nepal. Be it a marriage, birthday, death anniversary, meat-eating is the central aspect of the occasion, writes Anirban Roy.
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Kathmandu’s vanishing hippies

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2008 12:41 AM IST
When legendary Bollywood actor Dev Anand visited Kathmandu in May this year, he said the city has transformed, and did not appear pulsating as before. He is right — the Hippy Trail has really gone cold now. Read on...
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Boucher cancels visit to Nepal

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2008 05:03 PM IST
As China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi completed his three-day visit to Nepal, the US government announced the suspension of the visit of Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.
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China to extend financial support

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2008 05:03 PM IST
As Nepal government is getting ready for the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, the Chinese government claimed to offer a special financial package to the impoverished Himalayan nation.
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Parallel constitution: Ex PM

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2008 05:49 PM IST
Angry with the delay in the progress of constitution writing, Nepal’s former PM Girija Prasad Koirala today threatened that his party may be forced to put in writing its own the new constitution of the Himalayan nation.
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Strikes, strikes and more strikes

None | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2008 12:25 AM IST
Though Nepal government is now desperate to bring about a major economic growth, protests, strikes and bandhs have become the order of the day across the impoverished Himalayan nation, reports Anirban Roy.
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Chinese FM plans visit to Nepal

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2008 06:10 PM IST
Within hours of Indian external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee’s successful visit to Nepal, China on Thursday announced its Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s visit to the Himalayan nation, reports Anirban Roy.
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India, Nepal to sign new extradition treaty

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2008 04:19 PM IST
At the end of his three-day visit to Nepal, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday that officials of both the countries are now trying to expedite the process of signing of the new agreement.
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India to help restore peace in Nepal

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2008 12:22 AM IST
External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee promised Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda to extend all possible help for peace and development of the Himalayan nation, reports Anirban Roy.
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GP Koirala seeks India's help

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2008 09:15 PM IST
Nepal’s octogenarian leader and former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Tuesday sought New Delhi’s immediate help to “preserve” the democratic characters of the Himalayan nation. Anirban Roy reports.
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Indian teachers demand equal rights, pay

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2008 12:13 AM IST
Nepal’s new Maoist government always talks about social equality. But, its egalitarian policy is not right for more than 500 teachers from India, who are still fighting for equal rights in the recently democratised Himalayan nation, reports Anirban Roy.
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5 killed, 17 injured in Nepal accident

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2008 08:09 PM IST
Five persons, including a woman, were killed and 17 others were seriously injured when a passenger bus plunged into a river at Tanahu district in Central Nepal.
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Indian diplomat attacked in Nepal

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2008 08:11 PM IST
Head of Chancery of Embassy of India in Kathmandu, SK Joshi had a miraculous escape as 4 bricks landed on the windscreen of his vehicle. Anirban Roy reports.
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Govt initiate talks with Terai insurgents

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2008 07:05 PM IST
Nepal’s Maoist-led government on Wednesday decided to immediately kick-start peace-talks with the separatist armed groups operating in Terai.
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Nepal to remove kings’ statues

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Roy, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2008 12:47 AM IST
After the abolition of the 240-year-old monarchy in Nepal, the Maoist-led government is set to remove all statues of the former kings in the Himalayan nation, reports Anirban Roy.
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