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Saptarshi Banerjee

I am reporter with HT Kolkata and my current designation is Principal Correspondent Multimedia. I cover civil aviation. File stories on activities, developments at Kolkata airport, and all agencies there. Cover incidents, Salt Lake, IT Sector and New Town. Do special stories on tourism, zoo, environment, people and human interest.

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Chocolates, tea and water : from youth groups to political parties all extend a helping hand at cash crunch queue

Sunday saw groups of youths and political party workers set up camps near banks to help out people fill up forms.

Volunteers of youth groups were seen distributing chocolates, tea and water to the people on Sunday. Some even lent a helping hand at filling up forms for withdrawal and exchange of money.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2016 10:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Notes withdrawal lands puja organisers in Bengal in trouble

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that she had to borrow money to buy sweets to offer to the

Jagadhatri is worshipped for four days like Durga. The dates this year November 7 to 10 clashed with the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.(Saptarshi Banerjee)
Published on Nov 11, 2016 09:48 AM IST
BySaptarshi Banerjee and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Kolkata

Students show how robots can be used to recycle waste, play football

As many as 735 students from various schools across the country took part in the national championship of the World Robot Olympiad 2016 on Sunday.

On Sunday (October 23, 2016) Netaji Indoor Stadium became alive with young students from all over the country animatedly discussing and demonstrating the skills of the robots they built.(Subhankar Chakraborty)
Published on Oct 24, 2016 10:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata Zoo on avian flu alert after death of migratory birds in Delhi

The Delhi zoo has been temporarily shut after the death of nine birds.

The Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI) has put zoos in Alipore, Kolkata, and Darjeeling on avian flu alert after the death of some migratory birds in Delhi.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2016 10:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByJoydeep Thakur and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata

Love is in the air, as Alipore Zoo authorities pray for tiger couple to bond

Rishi and Payel, a tiger couple raise hope for captive breeding after a decade.

Hope for Alipore Zoo authorities of captive breeding of tigers which eluded them for a decade. 12-year-old tiger, Rishi, and a seven-year-old tigress, Payel were brought from Nandankanan Zoo in February this year, are showing signs of liking each other.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2016 10:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Don’t miss these Pujas in Kolkata

Which are the pandals you shouldn’t miss this year. HT gives you a shortlist along with directions.

Kolkata turns into the world’s largest open air gallery for artworks during Durga Puja every year.(Subhendu Ghosh)
Published on Oct 07, 2016 03:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBibhas Bhattacharyya and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata

Durga Pujas in Kolkata bowl over US envoy

Donahue visited five Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata, tried his hands at Dhaak and Dhamsa madol .

David Donahue,(right) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs and and US Consul General in Kolkata Craig L Hall playing Dhak at Mudiali Club Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandal on Thursday evening.(HT Photo/Ramkrishna Samanta)
Published on Oct 07, 2016 01:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Puja bells toll a full week before schedule as pandal hopping starts

Pujas this time have got off to an unprecedentedly early start

Going by the calendar Durga Puja is to begin on October 8 but a quick reality check by HT revealed that the Pujas this time have got off to an unprecedentedly early start, with none less than chief minister Mamata Banerjee leading the charge.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 02, 2016 01:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Wish we’d spoken to them on phone last week, say fathers of fallen Uri soldiers

Both from West Bengal, Gangadhar Dolui and Biswajit Ghorai were killed when Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists struck at the army installation in Uri sector of Kashmir.

Biswajit Ghorai (Left) and Gangadhar Dolui were two jawans from West Bengal who were killed in the Uri terror attack on Sunday morning.(HT Photos)
Updated on Sep 19, 2016 06:57 PM IST
Hinduistan Times | ByBibhas Bhattacharyya, Saptarshi Banerjee, Sukumar Debnath, Kolkata

When faithful came to witness history

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Published on Sep 05, 2016 07:04 AM IST
BySaptarshi Banerjee saptarshi.

Mother Teresa canonisation: When faithfuls came to witness history

The day began earlier than usual for the nuns at Mother House on Sunday. And soon after attending the morning mass at around 6, they were joined by some hundreds of followers.

Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity watch the live telecast of the canonisation of Mother Teresa at the Mother House in Kolkata.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2016 01:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

When faithful from around the world converged at Mother House

There were candles and flowers all around the place where Mother lies in eternal rest, and the mood was one of sombre contemplation. Celebrations were, indeed, low-key, as Mother herself would have preferred, at the institution she founded.

Hundreds of followers offered flowers to Saint Teresa outside Mother House in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 04, 2016 10:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Acid attack again, this time on mother and her two children

Attacks just don’t seem to stop despite a 2013 SC verdict restricting sale of acid.

Published on Aug 27, 2016 05:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Explore ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ at Eco Park near Kolkata

From Taj Mahal to Sphinx Pyramid replicas will be on display. Mamata Banerjee’s pet project will be unveiled by year end.

Replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World at Eco Park in Kolkata.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2016 11:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

President’s daughter Sharmistha names and shames ‘pervert’ on Facebook

Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee on Saturday named and shamed a man for sending her obscene messages on Facebook and vowed to fight against such perverts.

The Congress leader said she will lodge a complaint against the ‘harasser’ with the Delhi Police Cyber Cell.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2016 11:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Merchant navy engineer returns home after two years in Ghana prison

Jogesh Chandra Das, a chief engineer of the merchant navy and a resident of Picnic Garden, Kolkata, was languishing as an undertrial in a Nigerian jail since October 2014 before he was released.

Updated on Jul 04, 2016 07:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Bengal: Now, a wax statue of Michael Jackson in Rajarhat

After seeing statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Maradona, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Mother Teresa, Amitabh Bachchan and many others, visitors to Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town will be able to see a statue of pop icon Michael Jackson.

Visitors to Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town will be able to see a statue of pop icon Michael Jackson.(EPA/Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2016 02:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Air India flight to Delhi lands in capital after 12-hour delay

Air India’s Kolkata – Delhi Sunday evening flight reached the capital on Monday morning after more than 12-hour delay.

Air India’s Kolkata – Delhi Sunday evening flight reached the capital on Monday morning after more than a 12-hour delay.(Pramod Thakur/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 21, 2016 03:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Bengal government to set up crematorium for pets

Pet lovers in Kolkata will soon be able to give their loved animals a dignified farewell at a leafy crematorium on the outskirts of the city for a much lower cost than a burial.

The West Bengal government decided to set up a pet crematorium, complete with incinerators and a garden, because of the lack of space for a cemetery.(Shutterstock/Photo for representation)
Published on Feb 08, 2016 05:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Ukrainian woman arrested with 1.2 kg cocaine at Kolkata airport

A woman passenger from Ukraine was arrested at Kolkata airport on Tuesday night for possessing 1.2 kg cocaine. She took off from Sao Paolo and landed in Kolkata on an Etihad flight after a stopover in Abu Dhabi.

The narcotic was found in a box of chocolates inside the registered baggage of the passenger. Officials said the consignment must will be worth Rs 15 crore (approximately) in the international market.(Shutterstock/Representative photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2015 01:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata pays tribute to Paris victims with its own Eiffel Tower

Next time you want to visit Eiffel Tower, you won’t have to go to Paris. Just catch a bus to Rajarhat instead.

HIDCO has decided to build a 55-metre replica of the tower to commemorate the 129 victims of the November 13 terror attack in the French capital. The structure will come up at Eco Park, a favourite of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(AFP photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2015 01:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata: Alapan doesn’t take poll position, vague on repoll

Interim state election commissioner (SEC) Alapan Bandyopadhyay took charge of the poll machinery on Wednesday and in his first few comments to the media remained largely noncommittal on the issue of repolling in Salt Lake and Asansol municipalities and completing the half-finished election process.

Alapan Bandyopadhyay arrives in Kolkata from Thimphu on Wednesday to take charge of state poll panel.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 08, 2015 05:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySumanta Ray Chaudhuri and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata

Spoke to media to quell rumours, won't do it again: Siddhartha Das

A day after Siddhartha Das, Indrani Mukerjea’s former live-in partner, found himself thrust into the media glare after he was traced to his home in Kolkata, he spoke to HT about why he decided – reluctantly – to tell his side of the story. “After the news surfaced, I knew that sooner or later I would have to tell my story. The pressure on me was mounting,” he said.

Siddhartha Das, who says he is the biological father of Sheena Bora, interacts with media in Kolkata on Tuesday. PTI Photo
Updated on Sep 03, 2015 10:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

West Bengal JEE results 2015 announced, check it here

The results of the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) were announced in Kolkata on Friday.

Updated on Jun 05, 2015 09:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Exclusive window for Tagore songs & poems

The ongoing Kolkata Book Fair will see the launch of a weblink showcasing a comprehensive timeline of Tagore’s creations in black and white, all through his eighty-year life, archived in a decade-wise format. The launch is slated for February 7.

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Updated on Feb 02, 2015 03:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

After Singur flight, Tata takes return flight to Bengal

The Tatas — who exited from the Nano car project in Singur in October 2008 after grappling with a sustained anti-land acquisition movement for almost two years — are set to return to the state by the end of March. This time, however, they will touch base at Bagdogra airport.

Updated on Jan 30, 2015 12:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Gangetic Dolphins to get counted at last

The forest department has come up with a comprehensive plan to conduct a dolphin census in the state and the plan has been forwarded to Delhi by the urban development (UD) department, the nodal agency at the state level for the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) initiative.

Updated on Dec 29, 2014 03:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata woman abducted, gangraped for 3 weeks

Woman tells police three men, whom she knew, also filmed their crime and tried to force her into prostitution. She managed to escape from her captors' clutches on December 1.

Updated on Dec 16, 2014 05:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRavik Bhattacharya and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata

20-year-old gang-raped by three barmen for three weeks at gunpoint

A 20-year-old married girl was abducted, confined in a room and gang-raped for three weeks at gunpoint before she managed to escape and lodge a police complaint. The incident took place at Baguiati between November 9 and December 1.

Updated on Dec 16, 2014 09:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRavik Bhattacharya and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
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