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BJP MP Locket Chatterjee tests positive for Covid-19

In a tweet, the MP from Hooghly said she has a mild fever and was in self-isolation for the past one week.
File images of Union ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani

Amit Shah, Nirmala, Smriti Irani — BJP pulls out the big guns to take on Mamata in Bengal

BJP, which launched its poll campaign with an Amit Shah virtual rally on 9 June, has divided Bengal into 5 zones, with one cabinet minister addressing a rally for each zone.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was angry about the COVID-19 case in the state | File photo: ANI

Trinamool’s cut-money was CPM’s subscription — Bengal’s long history of political ‘extortion’

While the cut-money allegations have put Mamata govt on the backfoot, political experts say extortion has been an intricate part of Bengal’s politics for the past four decades.
BJP leader and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose | Photo: Commons

Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Bose dropped as Bengal BJP V-P for ‘speaking up against CAA’

Chandra Kumar Bose says Modi a tall leader but BJP has become a machine to win polls, topple govts. Bengal BJP says he was dropped with 2021 elections in mind.

Mamata is invoking Bengali pride again — her new ‘strategy’ to counter Covid flak

For 12 days, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee held no press conference. When she finally did Tuesday, after a heated discussion with PM Modi, she resorted to playing up 'Bangla' refrain.
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata |

Police issue order to play Mamata’s Covid song on Tagore birthday, BJP calls it ‘insulting’

The circular asked all district policemen to play Bengal CM’s awareness song on coronavirus in residential areas to mark Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday Friday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee briefing the media over Covid-19, in Kolkata on 29 April 2020

Bengal BJP goes to town over Mamata ‘fudging Covid numbers, PDS scandal’, starts survey

Launched last week, the survey also asks if people of certain areas are violating lockdown due to Mamata Banerjee’s ‘appeasement’ policy.
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Man behind viral Kolkata hospital video faces ‘boycott’ as Babul Supriyo tweets his identity

24-year-old student had shot a video that showed bodies lying unattended at a Covid-19 hospital in Kolkata, which BJP has used to target Mamata govt.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a protest rally against NRC and the central government in Kolkata. | ANI

Mamata becomes mellow ‘Bengal’s daughter’ as she rebrands herself for 2021 assembly polls

With poll strategist Prashant Kishor on board, Mamata’s election campaign will be devoid of political aggression and will focus on her as a brand.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his rally in Kolkata Sunday

‘Nobody will touch you’: Amit Shah defends CAA at Kolkata rally, but skips over Delhi riots

The thrust of Amit Shah’s Kolkata speech was the West Bengal assembly election, said BJP will form govt in state in 2021 with at least a 2/3rd majority.

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Artist concept of the solar system. | Photo: NASA

Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India should spend more to revive demand, not worry about deficit: Economy expert Martin Wolf

Speaking at ThePrint's OffTheCuff, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times Martin Wolf said India can afford to increase its debt-to-GDP ratio to 90%, but should avoid borrowing in foreign currency.


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

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.