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Ram Guha’s tweet about ‘culturally backward’ Gujarat unites BJP and Congress

Historian Ramchandra Guha put out a tweet Thursday, quoting British writer Philip Spratt from 1939, that compared state of economy and culture between Bengal and Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began is 14 April address to the nation with his face covered | Photo: ANI

Kolkata can again be ‘leader of the East’, says Modi as he pitches for atma nirbhar Bengal

Addressing ICC’s annual plenary, PM Narendra Modi quotes Tagore, Vivekananda to inspire Bengal towards self-reliance, talks of reviving manufacturing sector.
South 24 Paraganas: Damaged boats are seen partially submerged, in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, near Sunderbans area in South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal, Friday, May 22, 2020. (PTI Photo)

West Bengal’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 193, testing drops by half due to Cyclone Amphan

Technicians in the state couldn't reach labs, making their way through trees and electric poles that lay scattered due to the impact of Cyclone Amphan.
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Rabindranath Tagore was also Bhanusingha, inspired by a ‘Vaishnav saint’ and a British poet

‘Bhanusingher Padabali’, verses in Brajabuli that Rabindranath Tagore started to write as a teen, went on to become a complete genre of songs.
Homeless people and migrant workers sit in rows at the Yamuna bank in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Bihar, Bengal Covid migrants aren’t as lucky as those from UP or MP

While Kejriwal and Uddhav Thackeray are keen to send the migrants out, Nitish Kumar has constantly pushed back, saying that it would violate the lockdown.
'Views of the Calcutta Port' by Charles D'Oyly, 1848| Wikimedia Commons

How Subedar of Bengal, Bihar & Odisha enlisted East India Company’s help to keep out Germans

As far as the Germans were concerned, they were simply not welcome in Bengal. The EIC did everything to discourage their attempts to trade.
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Uttam Kumar — the ‘mahanayak’ who defined Bengali cinema for three decades

Doyen of Bengali cinema Uttam Kumar has over 200 films to his credit. He was an extremely charming and intelligent man, who lived life on his own terms.
A doctor treats a child showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur | Photo: PTI

Indian TV reporters who were supporting doctors in Bengal are now harassing them in Bihar

Every reporter worth the microphone s/he carried like a visiting card, wandered through the Muzaffarpur hospital, as if on a stroll in a park.
Abanindranath Tagore | Commons

Abanindranath Tagore, harbinger of Bengal’s renaissance who remained Swadeshi by brush

Founder of the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Abanindranath brought nationalism to Indian art in 20th century Bengal.
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Plugged-In: Yeddyurappa sworn in as CM, and Valley ceasefire under fire

Front Page And the next chief minister of Karnataka is… B.S. Yeddyurappa. After three days of suspense, the BJP state chief finally took oath as the 29th chief minister of Karnataka Thursday, Hindustan Times and all the major dailies report front-page. Within 24 hours of assuming office, Yeddyurappa held a 'one-man cabinet meeting' with senior bureaucrats to “fulfil his pre-poll promise of waiving farm loans of up to Rs 1 lakh from all banks on day one", The Indian Express reports. The Congress and the JD(S) continue to be up in arms over the governor's invitation to BSY to form the government, an act they have labelled the "defeat of democracy", The Hindu reports. The BJP has 15 days to prove their majority. In ThePrint, Rohini Swamy lists the three scenarios likely to take place over the fortnight. Also read this time-line for a shortcut to understanding the twists and turns in the political battle for Karnataka. Meanwhile,...

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Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
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India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.