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The Calcutta Leather Complex at Bantala in South 24 Parganas district | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

Shutdowns, debts, layoffs: Bengal tanners pushed to the edge say 3rd Covid wave will finish us

Bengal tanners say industry has incurred massive losses, and they have been left to grapple with ‘cancelled orders’, disruption in the supply chain and growing debt as they struggle to stay afloat.
CM Mamata Banerjee addresses the last election campaign of bypolls | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Large rallies, Hindi songs, Tagore’s poems — Mamata’s high-voltage campaign to win Bhabanipur

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has addressed close to a dozen rallies and public meetings as Trinamool Congress carries out an intense campaign for 30 September bypoll in Bhabanipur.
'A River In Heaven' is one of its upcoming titles | By special arrangement

OTT channel Flixbug promises new era of entertainment and stories from Kolkata

It offers a wide variety of domestic and international films, original web series, and reality shows. It will showcase Ebar Shalyajit, the last work of legendary actors, the late Soumitro Chattopadhyay, and Madhabi Mukherjee.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Delhi Tuesday | ANI

Calcutta University professor booked for allegedly threatening to kill Mamata Banerjee

The case was registered against Arindam Bhattacharya, a professor of the Zoology dept over his social media post on the basis of a complaint filed by a PhD scholar of the university.
A tea stall in India | Maxpixel

How British used Indian Railways, free cups, and targeted women to make Indians tea drinkers

In ‘Taste of Time’, Mohona Kanjilal writes that tea wasn’t widely drunk in India before the British came. Then the Opium Wars with China happened.
The Park Hotel Kolkata (file image) | theparkhotels.com

37 people partying at top Kolkata hotel arrested for violating Covid rules

Two high-end cars and 38 mobile phones were among several items seized in the raid at the Park Hotel on Park Street in the heart of the city, Kolkata Police said.
Debanjan Deb was arrested last Wednesday | Twitter | @DebanjanDeb07

Fake IAS officer behind Kolkata Covid vaccine ‘scam’ under lens for fake raids, tenders too

Accused Debanjan Deb is believed to have once harboured IAS ambitions, driven by his father who retired as a deputy director of the excise department.
Representational image of a health worker preparing to administer a vaccine | Photo: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Fake vaccines, fake camp, fake IAS officer — Kolkata ‘scam’ that didn’t spare even Trinamool MP

Matter came to light after actor-MP Mimi Chakraborty flagged issue as she did not get SMS after taking her shot. Man who organised the camps arrested on impersonation, other charges.

CBI moves SC against high court’s house arrest order of 4 TMC leaders in Narada case

The Calcutta High Court on 21 May ordered the shifting of two West Bengal ministers, an MLA and a former Kolkata mayor to house arrest from jail.
Covid-19 patients wait for admission at a Kolkata hospital on 13 May 2021 | ANI

Bengal ‘yet to touch Covid peak’ but Kolkata is already running out of hospital beds

State database shows nearly 500 vacant beds, but a check with a few hospitals shows these numbers aren't entirely reliable. This at a time experts warn the Covid wave is yet to peak in Bengal.

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Why Colin Powell’s death from Covid complications argues for vaccines, not against it

Powell, who was fighting multiple myeloma, needed as many people around him as possible to be vaccinated to diminish his chances of encountering the virus.
A pile of coins representing Bitcoin cryptocurrency | Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg file photo

Bitcoin pushes toward record high before futures exchange-traded fund debut

The ProShares bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund will trade on the NYSE. The move is the latest sign of how cryptocurrency-related investments are becoming more mainstream.

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Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande. | Photo: Nirmal Poddar | ThePrint

China has ramped up troops deployment, infra along LAC but so have we — Eastern Army commander

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande says there has been a 'marginal increase' in patrolling activities in some areas along the LAC.
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Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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