Mou Chakraborty

Mou Chakraborty

Mou Chakraborty is a special correspondent with Hindustan Times and comes with over a decade of experience in print and television journalism. She currently covers education and tourism. She loves writing news features and occasionally covers state admiration.

Articles by Mou Chakraborty
The Google CEO interacting with students at IIT Kharagpur campus on Thursday.(Samir Jana)
The Google CEO interacting with students at IIT Kharagpur campus on Thursday.(Samir Jana)

It’s back to college for Google’s Sundar Pichai

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kharagpur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2017 01:10 PM IST
The 44-year old CEO recalled how he had to work very hard to make up for poor grades in the first year of his four-year course at IIT-Kgp.
Students, teachers and employees of Gokhale Memorial Girls School, located bang opposite the SSKM Hospital where a fire broke out on Monday morning, came forward to provide shelter and guard the privacy of a group of mothers who panicked and ran across the street clutching their newborns.(HT Photo/Ashok Nath Dey)
Students, teachers and employees of Gokhale Memorial Girls School, located bang opposite the SSKM Hospital where a fire broke out on Monday morning, came forward to provide shelter and guard the privacy of a group of mothers who panicked and ran across the street clutching their newborns.(HT Photo/Ashok Nath Dey)

Hospital fire: Behind the smokescreen, students turn mother for newborns

Hindustan Times | By Ashok Nath Dey and Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2016 11:13 AM IST
Students, teachers and employees of Gokhale Memorial Girls School, located opposite the SSKM
Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival on Friday. Also present on the occasion were actors Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sunjay Dutt, and Parineeti Chopra.(Ashok Nath Dey/HT Photo)
Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival on Friday. Also present on the occasion were actors Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sunjay Dutt, and Parineeti Chopra.(Ashok Nath Dey/HT Photo)

Curtains up at KIFF 2016: ‘Women’s rights champ Big B’ mesmerises audience

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2016 09:54 PM IST
The Kolkata Film Festival gets a glittering start in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Parineeti Chopra.
Sex workers are among the hardest hit as the business depends only on cash and they can’t offer service on credit.(File Photo)
Sex workers are among the hardest hit as the business depends only on cash and they can’t offer service on credit.(File Photo)

As notes turn into trash, business vanishes from the red light area of Kolkata

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya and Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2016 10:41 AM IST
There is no question of credit and we don’t want online transfers as family members of customers may get to know about these transactions, a few sex workers told HT.
According to Hiuen Tsang’s texts, Nalanda University complex was spread over a stretch that was 16 km long. But only 1.8 km has been excavated so far.(HT Photo)
According to Hiuen Tsang’s texts, Nalanda University complex was spread over a stretch that was 16 km long. But only 1.8 km has been excavated so far.(HT Photo)

Hiuen Tsang’s trail to be explored by India, China

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2016 10:38 AM IST
The Chinese government, Bihar government, Nalanda University and K P Jayaswal Research Institute are coming together for the project.
Apart from traffic movement, one can find can find comparable fares for Ola and Uber within the city or find out various public transport options to your destination and the estimated time it may take.(HT Photo/Subhendu Ghosh)
Apart from traffic movement, one can find can find comparable fares for Ola and Uber within the city or find out various public transport options to your destination and the estimated time it may take.(HT Photo/Subhendu Ghosh)

Now Google Maps to guide you through Kolkata streets

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2016 10:51 AM IST
You can now use Google Maps to know alternate routes to your destination and estimated travel time based on traffic movement in Kolkata.
As the news of a fire at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar claiming 22 lives broke out, the AMRI fire victims’ families in Kolkata relived the horror of the blaze in Dhakuria.(AFP)
As the news of a fire at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar claiming 22 lives broke out, the AMRI fire victims’ families in Kolkata relived the horror of the blaze in Dhakuria.(AFP)

AMRI victims kin relive 2011 horror after Bhubaneswar hospital tragedy

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2016 10:30 AM IST
The AMRI fire on December 9, 2011, claimed 93 lives.
File photo of sisters in morning prayer on the occasion of Mother Teresa's 106th birth anniversary at MoC headquarters in Kolkata on August 26, 2016.(Subhankar Chakraborty)
File photo of sisters in morning prayer on the occasion of Mother Teresa's 106th birth anniversary at MoC headquarters in Kolkata on August 26, 2016.(Subhankar Chakraborty)

In festive Kolkata, nuns quietly observe foundation day of Missionaries of Charity

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2016 04:24 PM IST
What was set up with 12 nuns has grown into an organisation that is present in 139 countries.
Navy hired two speed boats on contract for patrolling. One of them caught fire. No Navy personnel was on board when the incident took place.(Wikipedia)
Navy hired two speed boats on contract for patrolling. One of them caught fire. No Navy personnel was on board when the incident took place.(Wikipedia)

Navy patrol boat catches fire in Kolkata

By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2016 10:08 AM IST
No Navy personnel was on board at the time of the incident.
Durga idol immersion processions offer the most colourful pageantry on Kolkata streets.(HT Photo)
Durga idol immersion processions offer the most colourful pageantry on Kolkata streets.(HT Photo)

Durga parade: Catch a glimpse of the best idols on Red Road

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2016 10:21 AM IST
The state tourism department wants to turn this stretch into a spectacle on immersion day every year.

China to court Durga this festive season

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2016 10:20 AM IST
Will send two members of top 10 pujas to all expenses paid trip to China to boost tourism.

Cadet power to steer puja traffic in Kolkata

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2016 09:58 AM IST
More than 4,300 young NCC cadets to help state police to ensure smooth flow of vehicles and revellers.
In these tense days for our soldiers, the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has approached IIT- Kharagpur to put smiles back on the faces of Indian jawans.(HT Photo)
In these tense days for our soldiers, the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has approached IIT- Kharagpur to put smiles back on the faces of Indian jawans.(HT Photo)

Tech that: Our jawans will have the last laugh

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2016 01:49 PM IST
DRDO will tie up with IIT-Kgp to work out methods that will increase the happiness quotient of Indian soldiers.
In January 2013, the revamped Kolkata airport was thrown open to airlines. Since then, a significant amount of traffic has increased with new airlines such as Etihad Airways, Bhutan Airways (Tashi), Mihin Lanka and Vistara launching operations from the city.(Wikipedia)
In January 2013, the revamped Kolkata airport was thrown open to airlines. Since then, a significant amount of traffic has increased with new airlines such as Etihad Airways, Bhutan Airways (Tashi), Mihin Lanka and Vistara launching operations from the city.(Wikipedia)

Coming soon: Oman Air to touch down at Kolkata airport

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2016 01:25 PM IST
Oman Air will start operations from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport from January 2017.
Thousands of tourists from this state who had made elaborate plans to visit Kashmir during this Puja vacation are now in a mad rush to cancel their bookings.(HT Photo)
Thousands of tourists from this state who had made elaborate plans to visit Kashmir during this Puja vacation are now in a mad rush to cancel their bookings.(HT Photo)

Tourists from Bengal overfly troubled Kashmir

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2016 09:47 AM IST
Kashmir’s loss seems to be Himachal and, closer home, Dooars’ gain. Most tourists cancelling their Srinagar and Pahelgam bookings are opting for destinations like Kulu-Manali.
A cape made from Madagascar golden orb spider silk. Due to its high tensile strength and elasticity, spider silk has potential applications as a biomaterial. Since it is biocompatible and biodegradable, it is also useful in medical and pharmaceutical industries.(HT Photo)
A cape made from Madagascar golden orb spider silk. Due to its high tensile strength and elasticity, spider silk has potential applications as a biomaterial. Since it is biocompatible and biodegradable, it is also useful in medical and pharmaceutical industries.(HT Photo)

Students of IIT-KGP weave spider silk

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2016 10:12 AM IST
A group of 15 students from IIT-KGP has earned the rare distinction to showcase their unique genetic engineering skills at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) — at Boston in the United States. The event is hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday that 1,23,000 candidates qualified in the state board’s primary Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) exam.(Bijay/HT file Photo)
West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday that 1,23,000 candidates qualified in the state board’s primary Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) exam.(Bijay/HT file Photo)

WBBPE primary TET results: 1.23 lakh qualify, counselling to follow

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Mou Chakraborty
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2016 06:32 PM IST
West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday that 1,23,000 candidates qualified in the state board’s primary Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) exam
On Wednesday morning, a judgment by Calcutta High Court directed the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE) to publish the results immediately.(Deepak Gupta /HT file photo)
On Wednesday morning, a judgment by Calcutta High Court directed the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE) to publish the results immediately.(Deepak Gupta /HT file photo)

West Bengal Primary TET results: Trained teachers to get jobs first

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Mou Chakraborty
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2016 04:18 PM IST
The long wait for the primary Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) results is finally over! Following a judgment by Calcutta High Court, the state has declared the results, recruiting 60,000 primary schoolteachers, the biggest intake in the recent past.
An electrical glitch in an air conditioning machine is suspected to have caused the fire at Presidency University in Kolkata on Friday.(HT File Photo)
An electrical glitch in an air conditioning machine is suspected to have caused the fire at Presidency University in Kolkata on Friday.(HT File Photo)

Fire breaks out in Kolkata’s Presidency University, no casualties

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2016 03:55 PM IST
A fire broke out at the Presidency University library on Friday afternoon, police said.
The house in Creek Lane in south Kolkata where Mother Teresa lived before moving to Mother House in Entally.(Samir Jana)
The house in Creek Lane in south Kolkata where Mother Teresa lived before moving to Mother House in Entally.(Samir Jana)

West Bengal govt to use Mother Teresa’s canonisation to boost tourism

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2016 07:34 PM IST
A tourism circuit consisting of the spots and buildings where Mother Teresa lived and worked has been planned.
Built on 12 cottah of land, this church has just two office rooms, a priest’s residence and a prayer hall.(Prateek Chowdhury/(HT))
Built on 12 cottah of land, this church has just two office rooms, a priest’s residence and a prayer hall.(Prateek Chowdhury/(HT))

City to get country’s first church named after Saint Teresa

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2016 09:03 AM IST
Located in Dum Dum Cantonment, it is struggling to buy 300 chairs.
The number of MBBS seats has gone up in West Bengal over the past few years.(HT Photo)
The number of MBBS seats has gone up in West Bengal over the past few years.(HT Photo)

WBJEE medical entrance results announced, merit list of 12,183 published

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2016 06:36 PM IST
2,550 seats in 17 medical colleges up for grabs
Most of the college principals feel the plan cannot be implemented owing to space crunch and the fear among students of being identified.(Representative image)
Most of the college principals feel the plan cannot be implemented owing to space crunch and the fear among students of being identified.(Representative image)

Separate toilets for third gender in Bengal colleges, universities

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2016 03:14 PM IST
Soon, colleges across Bengal will have separate toilets for transgender students.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, which conducts the ISC exams, will completely overhaul its syllabus and align it with that of the CBSE.(Bharat Bhushan/ HT file photo)
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, which conducts the ISC exams, will completely overhaul its syllabus and align it with that of the CBSE.(Bharat Bhushan/ HT file photo)

ISC to mirror CBSE syllabus to retain students after Class 10

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Mou Chakraborty
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2016 08:54 PM IST
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, which conducts the ISC exams, will completely overhaul its syllabus and align it with that of the CBSE.
CBSE Class 12 students celebrating success after the results on Saturday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)
CBSE Class 12 students celebrating success after the results on Saturday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

CBSE Class 12 results: English plays spoilsport in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Mou Chakraborty
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2016 08:09 PM IST
Sushila Birla Girl’s School’s Devika Maheshwari, who secured 96.4% and has become the probable city topper in humanities, is not happy with her marks in English.
Students of South Point High School in Kolkata celebrate after the publication of the Higher Secondary examination results on Monday.(SUBHENDU GHOSH/HT)
Students of South Point High School in Kolkata celebrate after the publication of the Higher Secondary examination results on Monday.(SUBHENDU GHOSH/HT)

West Bengal board 2016 higher secondary exam results analysis

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Mou Chakraborty
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2016 12:32 PM IST
Results for West Bengal’s higher secondary state examination indicate that students will struggle to get on merit lists across colleges this year given the low numbers of top scorers.
Kritish Mukherjee, Ritabhash Bagchi and Rahul Roy (left to right), students of Methodist School, Dankuni at HT Office in Kolkata, a day before the declaration of ICSE and ISC results.(Samir Jana/ HT photo)
Kritish Mukherjee, Ritabhash Bagchi and Rahul Roy (left to right), students of Methodist School, Dankuni at HT Office in Kolkata, a day before the declaration of ICSE and ISC results.(Samir Jana/ HT photo)

ICSE, ISC 2016 results today; students fret, experts call for calm

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Lucknow/Ranchi | By Mou Chakraborty/Rajeev Mullick/Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2016 11:25 AM IST
The ICSE and ISC results, to be declared at 3pm, are being announced two weeks ahead of the schedule as the Council introduced a new technique Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR).
Will the gems on Roopa Ganguly’s fingers steer her in the right political direction?(Photo: Shubham Jyoti)
Will the gems on Roopa Ganguly’s fingers steer her in the right political direction?(Photo: Shubham Jyoti)

I’m here to make a change and will stay on in Howrah: Roopa Ganguly

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Howrah
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2016 03:34 PM IST
Beaming with energy, draped in a traditional white cotton sari with red and orange borders, khol in her eyes, a red bindi on the forehead, and a slight hint of grey in her hair, the BJP candidate from Howrah North, Roopa Ganguly, walks out of her room.
Bohurupis have become an integral part of TMC’s campaign, performing skits to attract crowds during the party’s rallies.(HT photo)
Bohurupis have become an integral part of TMC’s campaign, performing skits to attract crowds during the party’s rallies.(HT photo)

TMC banks on Bohurupis, folk artistes to woo voters in rural belts

Hindustan Times | By Mou Chakraborty, Labhpur (birbhum)
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2016 11:14 AM IST
Welcome to the shrinking world of Bohurupi, the traditional folk artistes of Bengal. In the lead up to the upcoming state polls, Bohurupis have become an integral part of TMC’s campaign, performing skits to attract crowds during the party’s rallies.
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