Joyeeta Biswas

Joyeeta Biswas was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. She no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Joyeeta Biswas

Finding freedom amid thin-crust pizzas at Delhi’s first LGBTQ cafe

Cafe Chez Jerome aims to provide a safe space for members of the queer community. The abnormal is normal here, and judgement is meant to be left at the door.
A large rainbow flag at the cafe proclaims its support for the community.(Facebook/ Chez Jerome - Q Café)
A large rainbow flag at the cafe proclaims its support for the community.(Facebook/ Chez Jerome - Q Café)
Updated on May 28, 2017 04:07 PM IST
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For first time, bin Laden’s wife Amal tells the story of the night he was killed

The al Qaeda chief’s fourth and youngest wife and her son Hussein were the only ones in the same room as him in their safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, when US Navy Seals stormed the compound and shot him.
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden told his gathered family to go downstairs: “They want me, not you.”(Reuters)
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden told his gathered family to go downstairs: “They want me, not you.”(Reuters)
Updated on May 26, 2017 12:19 AM IST
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Trump’s pic with glowing orb enchants the internet: 18 of the funniest tweets

People across social media drew comparisons between Donald Trump and Lord of the Rings villain Saruman, as well as with supervillains in the DC Comics and Marvel Universe.
US President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman (centre), and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (left) launch the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh.(Twitter)
US President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman (centre), and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (left) launch the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh.(Twitter)
Updated on May 22, 2017 11:05 PM IST
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Melania Trump refuses to wear headscarf in Saudi Arabia, causes stir on Twitter

The US first lady wore a black pantsuit with a golden belt, but did not cover her hair. Many on Twitter pointed out that US President Donald Trump had in 2015 criticised then first lady Michelle Obama for making the same choice during her visit to the country.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.(Reuters)
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.(Reuters)
Updated on May 20, 2017 08:52 PM IST
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Trump to speak on Islam: Social media can’t stop laughing

Social media has either been unable to stop laughing or is bracing for the start of an all-out, global war.
Trump’s speeches and policies, both as a presidential candidate and as the winner of the US elections, have arguably been very divisive.(Reuters File)
Trump’s speeches and policies, both as a presidential candidate and as the winner of the US elections, have arguably been very divisive.(Reuters File)
Updated on May 17, 2017 04:53 PM IST
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Justin Trudeau brings his 3-year-old to work: Watch and feel your heart melt

The Canadian PM won hearts across the internet when he took his youngest child, three-year-old Hadrien, to work.
Hadrien was seen fielding questions from journalists with his dad.(Facebook/ Justin Trudeau)
Hadrien was seen fielding questions from journalists with his dad.(Facebook/ Justin Trudeau)
Updated on May 13, 2017 11:19 PM IST
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World’s spookiest campus? 7,000 bodies may be buried under US university

The bodies are the legacies of an era in which a mental asylum stood where UMMC now is. The “Insane Asylum” was the state’s first and operated until 1935.
In 2013, 66 coffins were found during the construction of a road in the campus. The next year, more renovation activities unearthed a thousand more of the spooky finds.(Twitter)
In 2013, 66 coffins were found during the construction of a road in the campus. The next year, more renovation activities unearthed a thousand more of the spooky finds.(Twitter)
Published on May 08, 2017 10:55 PM IST
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President Trump completes 100 days. So did he keep his promises?

The US president has signed order after order, but most of his plans seem to have been ill-thought-out and poorly prepared, with legal and legislative roadblocks forcing his administration to go right back to square one.
US President Donald Trump on Day 6, signing an executive order for immigration actions to build his border wall.(AP)
US President Donald Trump on Day 6, signing an executive order for immigration actions to build his border wall.(AP)
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 07:00 PM IST
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Fancy a drink? This edible blob of water may be for you

The new spherical form of packaging, called Ooho and described by its makers as “water you can eat”, is biodegradeable, hygenic and cheaper than plastic.
A woman consumes an 'Ooho' plastic-less water container in London.(Reuters)
A woman consumes an 'Ooho' plastic-less water container in London.(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 17, 2017 08:05 PM IST
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Flight crew, passengers team up to help deliver baby in the skies

Nafi Diaby, who was 28 weeks pregnant and travelling on a flight from Conakry to Istanbul, gave birth to baby Kadiju at 42,000 feet.
Cabin crew of the Turkish Airlines flight with baby Kadiju(Turkish Airlines)
Cabin crew of the Turkish Airlines flight with baby Kadiju(Turkish Airlines)
Updated on Apr 09, 2017 09:31 PM IST
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Sartaj Aziz on Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest: ‘If we do more, he will be acquitted’

In an interview with German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz defended the government’s decision to avoid stern action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder
LeT founder Hafiz Saeed is accused by India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.(HT photo)
LeT founder Hafiz Saeed is accused by India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.(HT photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2017 10:13 PM IST
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UK-Indian humiliated by gym staff teaches himself law, beats firm in court

After Ketan Aggarwal, who has autism, was called “stupid”, he spent years studying law books from the library to successfully represent himself in court against Virgin Active, a firm launched by Richard Branson.
Ketan Aggarwal, a resident of Southall, London, was attending a spin class at his gym in May 2015 when he was called “stupid” by gym staff.(Twitter)
Ketan Aggarwal, a resident of Southall, London, was attending a spin class at his gym in May 2015 when he was called “stupid” by gym staff.(Twitter)
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 09:33 PM IST
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3-year-old girl steals Pope Francis’ cap and sends world into tizzy

As Pope Francis leans in to kiss Estella Westrick, the enterprising young girl takes the opportunity to reach up and pluck the pontiff’s skull cap, known as a “zucchetto”, off his head.
A still from a video posted by Estella Westrick’s grandfather, a tour guide.(Twitter)
A still from a video posted by Estella Westrick’s grandfather, a tour guide.(Twitter)
Updated on Mar 22, 2017 09:47 PM IST
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Why experts smell something fishy in Trump’s electronics ban

Technology and security experts have spoken out about why these new restrictions make no sense to anyone with a basic understanding of computer science or cybersecurity or just plain common sense.
While some say the Donald Trump administration’s restrictions could be an excuse to go through and extract sensitive information being carried in the electronic devices of passengers, others believe the true motive is to weaken competition to US airlines.(AP)
While some say the Donald Trump administration’s restrictions could be an excuse to go through and extract sensitive information being carried in the electronic devices of passengers, others believe the true motive is to weaken competition to US airlines.(AP)
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 09:56 AM IST
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Stabbing oranges, deporting cows: 4 bizarre ways the Turkish are fighting the Dutch

As its current diplomatic spat with the Netherlands escalates, Turkey’s government and its people have found new, innovative ways to express their anger.
Supporters of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were seen this weekend wielding knives and stabbing and squeezing out fresh oranges at a demonstration against the Netherlands.(Twitter)
Supporters of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were seen this weekend wielding knives and stabbing and squeezing out fresh oranges at a demonstration against the Netherlands.(Twitter)
Updated on Mar 24, 2017 09:38 AM IST
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Try not to cringe: Donald Trump’s history of awkward handshakes, recapped

The US president just can’t seem to be able to greet his foreign guests without leaving them baffled, uncomfortable, wrong-footed or in pain.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on February 10.(AFP)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on February 10.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 18, 2017 05:21 PM IST
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Buy a stamp, solve an Agatha Christie mystery

Britain’s Royal Mail has issued six stamps to mark the centenary year of Agatha Christie’s first detective novel that contain hidden clues to help unlock the answer to some of her best-loved mysteries.
The Royal Mail stamp for Agatha Christie’s “Murder On The Orient Express”.(Royal Mail)
The Royal Mail stamp for Agatha Christie’s “Murder On The Orient Express”.(Royal Mail)
Updated on Sep 15, 2016 07:39 PM IST
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The ugly truth behind our obsession with Kate Middleton’s skirt

We like our women celebrities caught off-balance, stripped off their dignity, objectified whether they like it or not
New Delhi: Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge arrive to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi during a visit to ''Gandhi Smriti'' in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
New Delhi: Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge arrive to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi during a visit to ''Gandhi Smriti'' in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2016 10:50 PM IST
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Why a Trump presidency may be good for India

Cartoonish though his views may seem, a Trump government in the US might be on better footing with the current Indian one than you might think
Trump as US president would do what no US government has done before — go tough on Pakistan’s hand in terror, and unequivocally take India’s side.(AFP)
Trump as US president would do what no US government has done before — go tough on Pakistan’s hand in terror, and unequivocally take India’s side.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 02, 2016 08:07 PM IST
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6 passive-aggressive ways rival Koreas wage their proxy-war

Welcome to the bizarre world of North and South Korea, two countries technically at war for 65 years, fighting in ways you'd never expect.
South Korean soldiers stand before a checkpoint on the Unification Bridge that leads to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea in Paju on Saturday. (AFP Photo)
South Korean soldiers stand before a checkpoint on the Unification Bridge that leads to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea in Paju on Saturday. (AFP Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2015 06:23 PM IST
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A sermon on morality by the shy tiger of Kolkata zoo

Vishal declares sex before marriage is against Indian tradition, wins admiration from moral authorities.
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Updated on Aug 14, 2015 07:44 PM IST
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Odd man is in: Donald Trump's race for White House

Real estate tycoon has been called a lot of things but no one's contesting that there's shrewd thinking behind his actions.
Donald-Trump-in-announcing-on-June-16-that-he-was-seeking-the-Republican-Party-nomination-for-the-November-2016-presidential-election-described-migrants-from-Mexico-to-the-United-States-as-drug-runners-and-rapists-Reuters-Photo
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Updated on Aug 02, 2015 01:37 AM IST
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