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Villagers walking on a broken dyke in Bainara village in Hingalganj, North 24 Parganas. | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

Plastic tents on shaky dykes — Bengal’s Amphan-hit villages are waiting for help 60 days on

Amid corruption charges over the relief package in West Bengal after Cyclone Amphan, villagers in the Sundarbans area are still living without water and electricity.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress | Photo: ANI

Mamata govt now in trouble over Amphan relief ‘scam’, after cut-money and PDS corruption

CM Mamata Banerjee formed an all-party committee after 2,100 complaints of corruption in Amphan relief, mostly against Trinamool’s grass-root leaders.

All about cyclone Nisarga, set to hit Maharashtra and Gujarat on 3 June

After Amphan, another cyclonic storm Nisarga is forming over the Arabian Sea. But unlike Amphan, Nisarga is expected to be less intense.
A file photo of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. | Photo: ANI

CM Mamata is a nice person but her govt is ‘outsourced’ to private agency: Governor Dhankhar

In an interview to ThePrint, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar says Covid-19 exposed West Bengal’s inefficient health infrastructure and Amphan crisis showed it is ill-equipped.

Death toll due to cyclone Amphan rises to 98 in West Bengal, says CM Mamata Banerjee

The CM also announced a fund of Rs 6,250 crore to assist the affected people to build houses, help farmers, provide assistance for betel leaf plantations.

Cyclone Amphan timely lesson for states to upgrade infra in rural areas, says NDRF chief

NDRF chief SN Pradhan suggested that housing schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana should also incorporate cyclone-resistant designs.

Cyclone Amphan shows Bangladesh the cost of delaying a $38 billion delta management plan

If nothing is done by 2050, climate change could make another 14% of Bangladesh extremely vulnerable to floods and displace some 35 million people.
To prevent flooding due to cyclone Amphan, villagers had built bunds using sandbags | Madhuparna Das | ThePrint

Drive to Sundarbans sees paddy lands turned into fishing ponds by cyclone Amphan

The Sundarbans, a mangrove forest & UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers about 10,000 sq km & is home to hundreds of flora and fauna species.
Farmers plant paddy saplings as monsoon rains fill their fields, at a village in West Bengal | PTI

First lockdown, now Amphan — Paddy, betel farmers in West Bengal and Odisha are devastated

Cyclone Amphan has added to the woes of farmers in West Bengal and Odisha who were only just beginning to harvest and sell their crop following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Political distancing and media apathy: How India developed Amphan-sized blindspot

As a battered Bengal and Odisha pick up the pieces, we must ask, did India just deliberately look away from Amphan and its aftermath in the East?

On Camera

People stand in a queue at a food distribution point during the nationwide lockdown in Navi Mumbai on 24 April 2020 | PTI

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Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.