Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, principal correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata, has been covering politics, socio-economic and cultural affairs for over 10 years. He takes special interest in monitoring developments related to Maoist insurgency and religious extremism.

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Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah addressing ‘West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally’ through video conferencing in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah addressing ‘West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally’ through video conferencing in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

Amit Shah targets Mamata Banerjee on CAA, Covid-19

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 06:21 AM IST
The TMC hit back and accused the BJP of focusing on politics instead of battling Covid-19.
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Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien said Union Home Minister Amit Shah raised the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act with an eye on Bengal’s Assembly elections next year.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien said Union Home Minister Amit Shah raised the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act with an eye on Bengal’s Assembly elections next year.(HT FILE PHOTO)

‘Hungry only for votes’: TMC attacks BJP after Amit Shah’s virtual rally

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 08:17 PM IST
The TMC accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah of presenting false data on funds spent by the Centre on various schemes and targeted him for reviving the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
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Home Minister Amit Shah addresses 'West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally’ via video-conferencing, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Home Minister Amit Shah addresses 'West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally’ via video-conferencing, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

Amit Shah takes on Mamata Banerjee on virtual turf, seeks change in West Bengal

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 03:35 PM IST
Shah accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government of indulging in violence, corruption, extortion, infiltration, terror and politics of appeasement.
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TMC has continually targeted the Centre over alleged lack of planning before announcing the lockdown.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times File Photo)
TMC has continually targeted the Centre over alleged lack of planning before announcing the lockdown.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times File Photo)

‘Take a minute’: Mamata Banerjee’s nephew jabs Shah ahead of Bengal address

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 01:57 PM IST
This is the first time that the Trinamool Congress brought forth the issue of the recent tensions along the international borders with China.
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A security guard thermal screening people at South City Mall in Kolkata after it opened to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)
A security guard thermal screening people at South City Mall in Kolkata after it opened to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

West Bengal’s Covid-19 deaths cross 400-mark but fatality rate improves

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 12:04 PM IST
Bengal’s death rate due to Covid-19 is still higher than the national average. India’s death rate stood at 2.8% as of Monday morning, with 7,200 deaths reported against 256,611 persons testing positive for the disease.
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Wet damp books lying on the street to dry in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan at College Street in Kolkata.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
Wet damp books lying on the street to dry in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan at College Street in Kolkata.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)

Bibliophiles help sellers at Kolkata’s iconic book market by buying damaged books

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 12:21 AM IST
The College Street area in north Kolkata, popularly known as Boi-para or the book locality, is home to some of the most prestigious educational institutes and happens to be a storehouse of books, with nearly 1,000 small to large publishers and booksellers operating in the locality.
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According to an officer of the Nadia district administration, more than 90% of the panchayats within Moitra’s constituency were run by her own party, the Trinamool Congress.(HT PHOTO.)
According to an officer of the Nadia district administration, more than 90% of the panchayats within Moitra’s constituency were run by her own party, the Trinamool Congress.(HT PHOTO.)

Unspent funds, incomplete work mark gram panchayats in rural Bengal: Mahua Moitra

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 11:38 PM IST
Moitra has said that the local self governing bodies in rural Bengal were not taking up necessary infrastructure work that needed funds over Rs 3.5 lakh in an attempt to avoid mandatory administrative scrutiny.
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All of the TMC’s opponents in Bengal – the BJP, the Left and the Congress – have targeted the Mamata Banerjee government and her party for corruption in providing government relief due to Covid-19 and Cyclone Amphan.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
All of the TMC’s opponents in Bengal – the BJP, the Left and the Congress – have targeted the Mamata Banerjee government and her party for corruption in providing government relief due to Covid-19 and Cyclone Amphan.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Ahead of state polls, Mamata warns TMC against corruption in relief work

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya| Edited by: Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee also instructed TMC leaders to intensify political campaign on social media highlighting her government’s successes in the past nine years.
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Reaching 3,667 cases took more than two months, with the state’s first case being reported on March 17.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Reaching 3,667 cases took more than two months, with the state’s first case being reported on March 17.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Bengal tally doubles in 12 days, crosses 7k-mark

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 11:58 PM IST
As on Friday, the state reported 7,303 cases, with 366 persons dead and 2,912 persons discharged from hospitals after recovery.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has asked TMC to get battle ready to counter BJP’s poll campaign.(PTI Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has asked TMC to get battle ready to counter BJP’s poll campaign.(PTI Photo)

Mamata sharpens attack on BJP, asks party to prepare for the 2021 elections

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 10:21 PM IST
Mamata was upset with the BJP’s launch of 2021 election campaign titled ‘No more Mamata’
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Cyclone Amphan left a trail devastation across south Bengal last month.(HT PHOTO)
Cyclone Amphan left a trail devastation across south Bengal last month.(HT PHOTO)

Bengal rolls out red carpet for central team for cyclone damage assessment

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Koklkata
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2020 02:50 PM IST
The Bengal government’s attitude towards the inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) to assess the cyclone damage is in contrast to its stand when two such teams landed in April to take stock of the state’s Covid-19 management.
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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)

Mamata seeks Rs 10,000 cash transfer from Centre to each migrant worker

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 12:44 PM IST
Banerjee’s demand came a day after her government claimed to have transferred Rs 20,000 to the bank account of each of those whose homes got destroyed by the cyclone Amphan.
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Amit Shah will be the main speaker in the first such meeting, scheduled at 11 am on June 8. This event is slated to be aired live on social media.(PTI PHOTO.)
Amit Shah will be the main speaker in the first such meeting, scheduled at 11 am on June 8. This event is slated to be aired live on social media.(PTI PHOTO.)

Bengal BJP enters poll mode, Amit Shah to kick-start virtual meetings on June 8

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 10:22 PM IST
Monday’s announcements came barely four days after the party released a 9-point charge-sheet against Mamata Banerjee’s nine-year rule and called for toppling the state government in 2021.
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Bengal’s testing per million population has also risen to 2,264 as on May 31. The national average has been around 2,500 tests per million over the past week.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
Bengal’s testing per million population has also risen to 2,264 as on May 31. The national average has been around 2,500 tests per million over the past week.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)

Amid spike in Covid-19 cases, Bengal’s testing matches up to national level

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 11:50 PM IST
Bengal on May 31, reported 371 new Covid-19 cases, mostly from the different districts where migrant workers recently returned.
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The effect, an MLA said, is less on mangroves and more on the other trees, such as mango, banyan, jambul, neem, and jackfruit. Leaves of almost all trees on the land are turning yellow or red.(HT Photo)
The effect, an MLA said, is less on mangroves and more on the other trees, such as mango, banyan, jambul, neem, and jackfruit. Leaves of almost all trees on the land are turning yellow or red.(HT Photo)

In Amphan’s trail of destruction, Sunderbans turn red, yellow

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2020 10:13 PM IST
The lawmakers have never witnessed this unnatural phenomenon before, even after the cyclone Aila that devastated large parts in and around the Sunderbans in 2009.
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A small hospital in Kolkata is conducting dialysis for patients with kidney ailments at Rs 50 only amid the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.(HT PHOTO.)
A small hospital in Kolkata is conducting dialysis for patients with kidney ailments at Rs 50 only amid the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.(HT PHOTO.)

Amid lockdown, this Kolkata hospital is conducting dialysis at Rs 50 only

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 09:05 AM IST
The hospital in central Kolkata, named Kolkata Swasthya Sankalp, has been a low-cost dialysis centre essentially for the poor and used to charge Rs 350 per dialysis. This is nearly one third of the cost of dialysis at government-hospitals.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also criticised railways for not leaving middle berths in Shramik trains empty(PTI Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also criticised railways for not leaving middle berths in Shramik trains empty(PTI Photo)

Lockdown 5: Mamata allows pvt offices to work with 100% staff from June 8; says nothing on local train

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 10:28 PM IST
Mamata has allowed reopening of religious places from June 1 with some restrictions.
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A man stands next to a house damaged in Cyclone Amphan in Sunderbans region’s Sagar island.(by special arrangement)
A man stands next to a house damaged in Cyclone Amphan in Sunderbans region’s Sagar island.(by special arrangement)

Cyclone Amphan: A trail of death, misery and destruction

By Joydeep Thakur, Dhrubo Jyoti and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Sunderbans/Kolkata/New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 09:33 PM IST
The government had, two days before, sounded an alarm about an approaching super cyclone and evacuated roughly 360,000 people from the delta.
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The party on Wednesday released a 57-second video clip calling for the removal of the TMC regime and launched a Twitter hashtag named #AarNoiMamata.(TWITTER.)
The party on Wednesday released a 57-second video clip calling for the removal of the TMC regime and launched a Twitter hashtag named #AarNoiMamata.(TWITTER.)

BJP launches 2021 assembly poll campaign in Bengal, calls it ‘Aar Noi Mamata’

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 05:02 PM IST
The Mamata Banerjee government is facing a three-fold challenge – combating the outbreak of Covid-19, dealing with the huge influx of migrant workers returning to the state and restoring normal life and infrastructure in the cyclone-hit areas.
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The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has spread to Bengal’s rural areas with nearly 200 migrant workers who recently returned from other states testing positive for the infection, and the numbers likely to rise as more arrive.(Pramod Thakur/ Hindustan Times)
The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has spread to Bengal’s rural areas with nearly 200 migrant workers who recently returned from other states testing positive for the infection, and the numbers likely to rise as more arrive.(Pramod Thakur/ Hindustan Times)

Returning migrants cause surge of Covid-19 cases in rural Bengal

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 02:51 AM IST
According to a senior official of the West Bengal health department, 76 people tested positive for Covid-19 in rural areas of Howrah district; 67 in the rural areas of Malda; 46 in Hooghly district and 30 in Uttar Dinajpur over the past three days.
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In advice to the chief minister, the governor wrote, “Share real loss @PMOIndia: Inflating figures is counter-productive.”(HT file photo)
In advice to the chief minister, the governor wrote, “Share real loss @PMOIndia: Inflating figures is counter-productive.”(HT file photo)

Bengal Guv tells Mamata not to inflate figures on losses due to cyclone Amphan

UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 08:11 AM IST
Dhankhar’s tweets came after CM Banerjee said that the estimated loss due to the cyclone was Rs 1 lakh crore. She has said that 1 crore people have been rendered homeless due to the cyclone.
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Kolkata, North 24-Parganas and Howrah that account for 2,934 of the total 3,667 cases in the state have also been badly hit by the cyclone. These districts have most of the containment zones in the state.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
Kolkata, North 24-Parganas and Howrah that account for 2,934 of the total 3,667 cases in the state have also been badly hit by the cyclone. These districts have most of the containment zones in the state.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)

Bengal records biggest single-day spike of 208 new Covid-19 cases, state tally at 3,667

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 11:08 PM IST
The spike comes as a major concern for the state, as the cyclone-hit districts are also the ones most-affected by Covid-19.
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A visit to the cyclone-hit areas of the Sunderbans region in the districts of North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas revealed that area after area was inundated, with crops on the field ruined and fishes in the ponds dead.(PTI PHOTO.)
A visit to the cyclone-hit areas of the Sunderbans region in the districts of North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas revealed that area after area was inundated, with crops on the field ruined and fishes in the ponds dead.(PTI PHOTO.)

Decade after Cyclone Aila, saline water will continue to haunt farms in Sunderbans

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya and Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Sunderbans
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 12:27 AM IST
Of the 102 islands in Sunderbans, 52 are inhabited by 4.5 million people and the rest are tiger territories.
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Sunderbans left unfit for farming

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya and Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2020 11:44 PM IST
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Bengal’s low testing rate – one of the poorest among the major states in testing per million population – had triggered a massive controversy in April but the state, from the first week of May, started improving the number of tests. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Bengal’s low testing rate – one of the poorest among the major states in testing per million population – had triggered a massive controversy in April but the state, from the first week of May, started improving the number of tests. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Cyclone-ravaged Bengal records highest Covid-19 tests at 9,009 on Saturday

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2020 10:18 PM IST
After testing about 8,500 tests for a few days, Bengal’s testing took a hit due to the cyclone Amphan. On March 19 and 20, it tested 8,712 and 8,722 samples, respectively
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Ravaged areas dread more damage with turn of tide

By Joydeep Thakur and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2020 11:23 PM IST
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More than 5,000 migrant workers had returned to the Kakdwip and Canning sub-divisions of South 24-Parganas district just before Cyclone Amphan hit Bengal. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)
More than 5,000 migrant workers had returned to the Kakdwip and Canning sub-divisions of South 24-Parganas district just before Cyclone Amphan hit Bengal. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)

For Bengal’s migrant workers back from other states, Cyclone Amphan is a nightmare

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya and Joydeep Thakur | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 01:44 PM IST
At Karanjali area in South 24-Parganas, dozens of migrant workers returned from Maharashtra on Friday morning, only to know that their home and their ponds had been devastated.
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The river waters gushed into villages through breached embankments destroying farms, houses and fishing ponds.(PTI Photo/Representative use)
The river waters gushed into villages through breached embankments destroying farms, houses and fishing ponds.(PTI Photo/Representative use)

Cyclone Amphan: Ravaged Bengal districts await further damage

By Joydeep Thakur and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, North and South 24-Parganas
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 10:40 PM IST
After the cyclone, the coastal villages in the two Bengal districts are bracing for the impact of spring tide as river embankments lay breached.
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