Joydeep Thakur

Joydeep Thakur

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

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Political analysts said the TMC supremo’s makeover from didi (elder sister) to “nijer meye” (own daughter) was aimed to boost the women voter base. (Representative Image)(PTI Photo)
Political analysts said the TMC supremo’s makeover from didi (elder sister) to “nijer meye” (own daughter) was aimed to boost the women voter base. (Representative Image)(PTI Photo)

‘Bengal wants its daughter’: TMC launches new slogan

By Joydeep Thakur, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 03:24 AM IST
“The poll bugle has been sounded and this time we would reach out to the people with a slogan ‘Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay’,” said Subrata Bakshi, general secretary of TMC.
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Women empowerment has always been a core segment of the Mamata Banerjee government’s development issues since it assumed power. (PTI PHOTO).
Women empowerment has always been a core segment of the Mamata Banerjee government’s development issues since it assumed power. (PTI PHOTO).

CM Mamata gets a makeover in TMC's poll slogan, goes from Didi to daughter

PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 09:44 PM IST
  • Political analysts said that the makeover of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee from didi (elder sister) to Nijer Meye (own daughter) was aimed at strengthening the special bond which Banerjee shares with women voters.
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A solar power unit at CMERI in Durgapur. (HT FILE PHOTO)
A solar power unit at CMERI in Durgapur. (HT FILE PHOTO)

A living lab: A community hosts innovations at Bengal research institute

PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 11:40 AM IST
  • The CMERI is India’s apex research and development institute for mechanical engineering under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
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Representational image. (ANI)
Representational image. (ANI)

Protein deficiency, not age or weather, reason for spread of Covid in Europe, US

By Joydeep Thakur and Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 10:52 AM IST
The variant of the virus that spread rapidly across the world had acquired a mutation since it left Wuhan that allowed it to use another human protein called neutrophil elastase to also cleave the S1-S2 junction
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)

If you want to remove BJP...: Mamata Banerjee rushes to consolidate Muslim votes

By Joydeep Thakur | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:38 PM IST
  • According to surveys done by the TMC and the BJP, swing in Muslim votes can influence poll-results in as many as 120 assembly seats in Bengal.
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Two persons will be allowed in each car.(HT PHOTO)
Two persons will be allowed in each car.(HT PHOTO)

Heritage tour on vintage cars for Kolkata’s senior citizens this Valentine week

PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 12:09 PM IST
  • This is for the first time that a heritage tour on vintage cars has been organized in Kolkata for senior citizens.
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BJP National President JP Nadda addressing in a meeting, in Thrissur on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
BJP National President JP Nadda addressing in a meeting, in Thrissur on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

BJP plans to sign off Rath Yatras with Modi's rally in Kolkata in March

By Joydeep Thakur, Kolkata, West Bengal, Jp Nadda
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2021 01:28 PM IST
BJP leaders said the last part of the procession will begin on Sagar Island around February 12 and reach Kolkata in March. Union home minister Amit Shah is expected to flag it off.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public rally in Alipurduar on Wednesday(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public rally in Alipurduar on Wednesday(PTI)

Ahead of polls, TMC woos ST voters with demand for recognition of Sarna dharma

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 07:44 PM IST
  • At a public rally in Aipurduar, TMC chief Mamata Baneree said her government has written to the Centre to recognise Sarna dharma as a separate religion.
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Amit Shah with BJP president JP Nadda . (File photo)
Amit Shah with BJP president JP Nadda . (File photo)

Amit Shah, JP Nadda to launch Parivartan Rath Yatras in poll-bound Bengal

UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 09:36 AM IST
While Nadda is scheduled to flag off the first rath yatra from Nadabdwip town in south Bengal’s Nadia district on February 6, Shah is expected to launch one on February 11, from Cooch Behar
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Suvendu Adhikari recently joined the BJP in West Bengal. (HT Photo)
Suvendu Adhikari recently joined the BJP in West Bengal. (HT Photo)

BJP’s course correction in Bengal: Doors shut against mass joining of turncoats

PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 11:41 AM IST
The BJP said it will be very particular about leaders’ antecedents and no leader associated with the mafia raj that the state’s ruling party is engaged in will be allowed
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It was widely expected that Amit Shah will make some announcement over the CAA in his Bengal rally. (HT Photo/File)
It was widely expected that Amit Shah will make some announcement over the CAA in his Bengal rally. (HT Photo/File)

Amit Shah to virtually address Bengal rally while BJP placates Matuas

By Joydeep Thakur, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 11:43 AM IST
  • Senior BJP leaders had been busy placating the Matuas, who were upset with the cancellation of Union minister Amit Shah's Bengal rally on Saturday.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (PTI)

More politicians likely to join BJP during Amit Shah’s 2-day visit to Bengal

PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 09:10 AM IST
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, in a rally earlier this week, had sent a strong message to rebels within the party and had said that some leaders who had amassed huge wealth are now rushing to join the BJP to hide their money
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West Bengal chief minister and TMC president Mamata Banerjee. (File photo)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC president Mamata Banerjee. (File photo)

Eye on polls, TMC forms separate cells for SC, ST and OBCs

UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 10:08 AM IST
The party had only such unit but that too remained virtually defunct till it thought of reviving it after the Lok Sabha elections; the BJP already has separate units for these communities
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Biren Kumar Basak(HT Photo )
Biren Kumar Basak(HT Photo )

Meet Biren Kumar Basak, from selling sarees to winning Padma Shri

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 04:59 PM IST
Some of his clients are chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Sourav Ganguly, noted classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, among others.
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Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

Cases drop, Bengal’s Covid Warrior Club faces uncertain future

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 10:32 AM IST
Nineteen-year-old Alamgir Sheikh, a Covid-19 survivor himself, was once a proud member of the West Bengal government’s Covid Warrior Club
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Joynagar Moa.
Joynagar Moa.

Kolkata: GI-tagged Joynagar Moa to be delivered at your doorstep

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 11:41 AM IST
Even though the markets of Bengal are flooded with the sweetmeat around this time of the year and almost every neighbourhood shop claims to sell the Joynagar Moa, the authenticity of the product is questionable
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Kanakchur Khoi (fried aromatic paddy), nolen gur (molasses), ghee, khoya kheer, cardamom, raisins, and cashew nuts, among others, are used to prepare the delicacy. (HT Photo)
Kanakchur Khoi (fried aromatic paddy), nolen gur (molasses), ghee, khoya kheer, cardamom, raisins, and cashew nuts, among others, are used to prepare the delicacy. (HT Photo)

West Bengal’s winter delicacy exported for the first time since 1904

UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:14 AM IST
Joynagar moa obtained the GI tag in 2014 and only around 25 manufacturers from Joynagar block in South 24 Parganas district, are authorised to prepare the product
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting. (PTI Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting. (PTI Photo)

Covid-19: Mamata administration questions Centre’s vaccination data

By Joydeep Thakur, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:15 PM IST
  • A senior official of the West Bengal government said on Saturday that that the state had set a target to vaccinate 20,700 health workers on the first day.
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When the vaccination drive took off at 204 centres across West Bengal, problems were encountered with the CoWIN app(Agencies)
When the vaccination drive took off at 204 centres across West Bengal, problems were encountered with the CoWIN app(Agencies)

Vaccination hits a hurdle in Bengal as Co-WIN app develops glitches on 1st day

By Joydeep Thakur | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:16 PM IST
  • The app was not opening. We had to log in and log out several times. It was also too slow, said an official.
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File photo: Union home minister Amit Shah.(PTI)
File photo: Union home minister Amit Shah.(PTI)

TMC’s to send crack team to secure Matua votes ahead of Shah’s Bengal visit

By Joydeep Thakur, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:43 PM IST
  • For the Matua community, permanent citizenship is a longstanding demand.
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A pilgrim seeks blessings from a priest after a holy dip in Ganga during Ganga Sagar Mela, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on January 13. (PTI)
A pilgrim seeks blessings from a priest after a holy dip in Ganga during Ganga Sagar Mela, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on January 13. (PTI)

Ganga Sagar Mela begins on Makar Sankranti in West Bengal

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 12:18 PM IST
Officials said around 780,000 pilgrims had reached the island a day before Makar Sankranti on Wednesday; last year, 1.5 million pilgrims had reached by this time for the Mela
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The Calcutta high court. (File photo)
The Calcutta high court. (File photo)

Calcutta HC to decide today whether Ganga Sagar Mela can be held

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:52 AM IST
A division bench of Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee directed the state’s chief secretary on Friday to file an affidavit on Tuesday on the measures for the dip in view of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Former Indian cricketer and current BCCI (Board Of Control for Cricket in India) president Sourav Ganguly.(REUTERS)
Former Indian cricketer and current BCCI (Board Of Control for Cricket in India) president Sourav Ganguly.(REUTERS)

Sourav Ganguly fit enough to fly plane, run marathon, his heart is strong: Dr Devi Shetty

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 04:10 PM IST
Ganguly was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after he complained of chest pain while working out at a gym. He underwent angioplasty after three tiny blockages were detected in his coronary artery
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According to the villagers, wild animals including wild boars, jackals, rabbits and many birds have made the forest their home. Every year a herd of around a dozen elephants also come and stay in the forest for some months.(HT PHOTO.)
According to the villagers, wild animals including wild boars, jackals, rabbits and many birds have made the forest their home. Every year a herd of around a dozen elephants also come and stay in the forest for some months.(HT PHOTO.)

Villagers turn 3 barren hillocks into dense forest in Bengal’s Purulia, wild animals make it their home

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 01:22 AM IST
It was around 1998 that the villagers decided to restore the greenery of the area with the hope that it would put an end to the drudgery. They approached a NGO, Tagore Society for Rural Development (TSRD), which was already engaged in greening projects in the area and in Jharkhand.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee interacts with locals while addressing their issues during her visit to Shantiniketan in Birbhum.(ANI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee interacts with locals while addressing their issues during her visit to Shantiniketan in Birbhum.(ANI)

TMC suffers setback after more leaders switch sides

By Joydeep Thakur | Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 05:21 AM IST
Earlier this week, Suvendu Adhikari had hinted at a BJP rally that all his family members would be joining the saffron party soon. Three days later, his brother Soumendu joined the BJP at a rally addressed by Suvendu at Kanthi in East Midnapore. Earlier, Soumendu was removed as the civic board chief by the TMC.
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Representational image.(AP)
Representational image.(AP)

New Covid-19 strain detected in Kolkata man after return from the UK

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:57 PM IST
The Kolkata resident was among 222 passengers, who arrived on December 20 in the city on the last flight from London before the government suspended flights from the UK
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File photo: Passengers queue at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
File photo: Passengers queue at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

20 passengers from UK test positive for Covid-19, states begin contact tracing

By Joydeep Thakur and Divya Chandrababu | Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Chennai
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:59 PM IST
At least two people tested positive for Covid-19 in Kolkata after returning from UK. Seven passengers and a crew member who arrived from the UK in an Air India flight tested positive for Covid-19 in Punjab.
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There were at least 222 passengers on a flight that arrived in Kolkata from London early on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)
There were at least 222 passengers on a flight that arrived in Kolkata from London early on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)

2 test positive for Covid-19 in Kolkata after arriving from London

By Joydeep Thakur | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:41 PM IST
The official said that samples of the infected persons were being analysed by experts to ascertain whether it is the new Covid-19 strain that is believed to spread the infection faster.
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Bharatiya Janata Party MP Babul Supriyo(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Babul Supriyo(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)

BJP’s Babul Supriyo says entry shouldn’t be open to all

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:19 AM IST
“What my top bosses decide is a different thing but I will try my very best with all my might & honesty to ensure that NO #TMC leader who tormented, tortured (both physically & mentally) my grass root level BJP colleagues in Asansol, don’t get an entry in BJP,” union minister Babul Supriyo said in a social media post, without naming anyone.
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File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)
File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)

Switching sides: ‘History is repeating itself in West Bengal,’ says opposition

By Joydeep Thakur | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:27 PM IST
On Wednesday, Banerjee had alleged that the BJP was calling up veteran leaders of her party, including the TMC’s state president, in a bid to break the party. The BJP has refuted the charges.
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