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Barricades outside a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

No crowds, no pandal-hopping, no adda — Kolkata gets ready for unusual Durga Puja

The Calcutta High Court Monday directed the state government to declare all pandals 'no-entry zones', calling for the erection of barricades around them.
Shoppers walk through the New Market area in Kolkata, India, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a re-election bid in national elections | Photo by Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Traders pin hope on festive season sales, focus on cars, home appliances, low-value gold

Production and inventory levels are up. However, traders expect this season to see change in purchase patterns amid the pandemic and missing Chinese goods.
Crowd on the streets of Hyderabad, Telangana, during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations | Photo: ANI

Festive season warning — 4 states saw massive Covid surge after Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam

SBI research report says Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Kerala reported 50-60% of all their Covid cases after these festivals in August.
File photo | A devotee wearing a PPE kit offers prayers at a community puja pandal on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, in Kolkata | PTI

With Pujo looming, Kolkata’s housing complexes are Covid time bombs

Covid management is near collapse in most residential societies. With Mamata Banerjee govt washing its hands off, things can only get worse in the festive season.

On Camera

File image of BSE building at Dalal Street, Mumbai | Commons

How PSU’s market cap fell by 36% in 6 years under Modi govt, while stock market doubled theirs

In episode 605 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta parses numbers to highlight how public sector firms and banks lost Rs 6.9 lakh crore in value in 6 years.
Gold jewellery (Representational image) | Bloomberg

Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.