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(Representational image) West Bengal still has three more phases of elections | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

Drugs & hilsa in Bengal, liquor in Assam, cash in TN — What parties used to influence voters

According to an EC report, drugs worth Rs 118.83 cr was seized in Bengal, illegal cash totalling Rs 236 cr was seized in Tamil Nadu & liquor worth Rs 41.97 cr was intercepted in Assam.
Protesters gathered around the body of a farmer who died during the tractor rally that turned violent on Republic Day in New Delhi on 26 January 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RLD to build memorial for farmers who died during protests against Centre’s new farm laws

In a bid to resonate with the farming community ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal Vice-President Jayant Chaudhary announced the 'Kisan Balidan Smarak'.
Workers in the 408 tea gardens in the 3 districts of Darjeeling, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri and their workforce, are key to 16 assembly seats in this part of North Bengal | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

How tea gardens in North Bengal, key to poll fortunes of BJP & TMC, have kept both guessing

There are 408 tea gardens in North Bengal — 84 on Darjeeling hills & 324 in Terai & Dooars. The labour force is key to elections in 16 assembly seats in region, 13 of which vote today.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | PTI file

Mamata Banerjee’s purported audio clip with TMC leader on Cooch Behar firing stirs row

BJP's IT Cell chief Amit Malviya claimed that the 'chief minister is trying to instigate riots by asking her party leaders to take out rallies with bodies'.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during a press conference in Siliguri on 10 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Will ask EC to stop inflow of outsiders from Gujarat behind Covid surge in Bengal: Mamata

Banerjee, during a public meeting, said the BJP brought people from 'worst-hit' states like Gujarat for erecting marquees for PM Modi's poll rallies.
An NCP rally at Pandharpur ahead of the bypoll | Twitter/@Jayant_R_Patil

Uddhav govt, battling Covid & minister resignations, faces another test: Its first bypoll

Voting for the Pandharpur-Mangalwedha bypoll is Saturday, and is the first assembly seat election after the 2019 state polls, which propelled the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to power.
GJM (Bimal) chief Bimal Gurung addressing a rally in Darjeeling’s super market area | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

How Gorkha factions, new Mamata ally & BJP have kept cry for Gorkhaland out of the hills

Elections to 3 assembly seats in the Darjeeling hills — Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong — are to be held on 17 April.

FIR against Mamata Banerjee in Cooch Behar for ‘instigating’ voters to attack central forces

Siddique Ali Mia, BJP's Cooch Behar minority cell zilla chief, claimed Mamata’s speech provoked voters to attack CISF men, leading to forces opening fire and the deaths of four people.

Covid-positive Congress candidate Rezaul Haque dies in Kolkata days before Murshidabad poll

Haque, the party's nominee from Samsherganj constituency in Murshidabad district, was initially admitted to a private hospital in Jangipur and later transferred.
Representational image of BJP flags | ANI

BJP cancels UP panchayat poll plan amid Covid surge, won’t hold ward-level public meetings

Four-phase panchayat polls in UP begin Thursday. India is currently experiencing a Covid wave that has seen mounting case tallies, and situation is grim in UP as well. 

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Rajya Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament on 9 February, 2021| PTI

Reforms in tribunals necessary but Modi govt isn’t helping judiciary by scrapping them

The ordinance scraping intellectual property and film certification tribunals is yet another case of the Modi government using a sledgehammer to crack open a difficult nut.
File photo of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani | Photo: ANI

Mukesh Ambani buys UK’s iconic Stoke Park, setting for 2 Bond films, for over Rs 591 crore

A unit of Reliance Industries will buy Stoke Park, which owns and manages a hotel, sports and leisure facilities in Buckinghamshire, adding to its consumer and hospitality assets.

Defence

Medics from armed forces at the Base Hospital in Delhi gets the Covid vaccination | Source: Army

Fighting Covid? Learn from the armed forces as nearly 100% personnel vaccinated already

At a time when the rest of the country is struggling on the Covid vaccination front, over 97% defence personnel have received the first dose and nearly 76% have got both the shots.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.