Saptarshi Banerjee

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.

Articles by Saptarshi Banerjee
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)
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2016 10:40 AM IST
Sunday saw groups of youths and political party workers set up camps near banks to help out people fill up forms.
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)
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)

Notes withdrawal lands puja organisers in Bengal in trouble

By Saptarshi Banerjee and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2016 09:48 AM IST
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that she had to borrow money to buy sweets to offer to the
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)
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2016 10:03 AM IST
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.
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)
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Joydeep Thakur and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2016 10:38 AM IST
The Delhi zoo has been temporarily shut after the death of nine birds.
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)
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2016 10:48 AM IST
Rishi and Payel, a tiger couple raise hope for captive breeding after a decade.
Kolkata turns into the world’s largest open air gallery for artworks during Durga Puja every year.(Subhendu Ghosh)
Kolkata turns into the world’s largest open air gallery for artworks during Durga Puja every year.(Subhendu Ghosh)

Don’t miss these Pujas in Kolkata

Hindustan Times | By Bibhas Bhattacharyya and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2016 03:43 PM IST
Which are the pandals you shouldn’t miss this year. HT gives you a shortlist along with directions.
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)
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)

Durga Pujas in Kolkata bowl over US envoy

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2016 01:00 PM IST
Donahue visited five Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata, tried his hands at Dhaak and Dhamsa madol .
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)
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2016 01:42 PM IST
Pujas this time have got off to an unprecedentedly early start
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)
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)

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

Hinduistan Times | By Bibhas Bhattacharyya, Saptarshi Banerjee, Sukumar Debnath, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2016 06:57 PM IST
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.
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When faithful came to witness history

By Saptarshi Banerjee saptarshi.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2016 07:04 AM IST
Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity watch the live telecast of the canonisation of Mother Teresa at the Mother House in Kolkata.(AFP Photo)
Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity watch the live telecast of the canonisation of Mother Teresa at the Mother House in Kolkata.(AFP Photo)

Mother Teresa canonisation: When faithfuls came to witness history

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2016 01:02 AM IST
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.
Hundreds of followers offered flowers to Saint Teresa outside Mother House in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Hundreds of followers offered flowers to Saint Teresa outside Mother House in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

When faithful from around the world converged at Mother House

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2016 10:29 PM IST
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2016 05:16 PM IST
Attacks just don’t seem to stop despite a 2013 SC verdict restricting sale of acid.
Replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World at Eco Park in Kolkata.(HT Photo)
Replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World at Eco Park in Kolkata.(HT Photo)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2016 11:28 AM IST
From Taj Mahal to Sphinx Pyramid replicas will be on display. Mamata Banerjee’s pet project will be unveiled by year end.
The Congress leader said she will lodge a complaint against the ‘harasser’ with the Delhi Police Cyber Cell.(HT File Photo)
The Congress leader said she will lodge a complaint against the ‘harasser’ with the Delhi Police Cyber Cell.(HT File Photo)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2016 11:42 PM IST
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.

Merchant navy engineer returns home after two years in Ghana prison

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2016 07:26 AM IST
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.
Visitors to Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town will be able to see a statue of pop icon Michael Jackson.(EPA/Representative Photo)
Visitors to Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town will be able to see a statue of pop icon Michael Jackson.(EPA/Representative Photo)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2016 02:40 PM IST
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.
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)
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2016 03:06 PM IST
Air India’s Kolkata – Delhi Sunday evening flight reached the capital on Monday morning after more than 12-hour delay.
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)
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)

Bengal government to set up crematorium for pets

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2016 05:36 PM IST
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 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)
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)

Ukrainian woman arrested with 1.2 kg cocaine at Kolkata airport

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2015 01:32 PM IST
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.
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)
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)

Kolkata pays tribute to Paris victims with its own Eiffel Tower

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2015 01:09 PM IST
Next time you want to visit Eiffel Tower, you won’t have to go to Paris. Just catch a bus to Rajarhat instead.
Alapan Bandyopadhyay arrives in Kolkata from Thimphu on Wednesday to take charge of state poll panel.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)
Alapan Bandyopadhyay arrives in Kolkata from Thimphu on Wednesday to take charge of state poll panel.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)

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

Hindustan Times | By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2015 05:08 PM IST
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.
Siddhartha Das, who says he is the biological father of Sheena Bora, interacts with media in Kolkata on Tuesday. PTI Photo
Siddhartha Das, who says he is the biological father of Sheena Bora, interacts with media in Kolkata on Tuesday. PTI Photo

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

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2015 10:06 PM IST
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.
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West Bengal JEE results 2015 announced, check it here

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2015 09:25 PM IST
The results of the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) were announced in Kolkata on Friday.
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Exclusive window for Tagore songs & poems

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2015 03:20 PM IST
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.

After Singur flight, Tata takes return flight to Bengal

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2015 12:48 PM IST
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.

Gangetic Dolphins to get counted at last

Hindustan Times | By Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2014 03:58 PM IST
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.
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Kolkata woman abducted, gangraped for 3 weeks

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2014 05:09 PM IST
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya and Saptarshi Banerjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2014 09:02 AM IST
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.
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