Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: Kolkata

New book documents unforgettable lives of ‘other’ Bengalis in the 2000s, beyond the bhadralok

'Field Notes From a Waterborne Land' by Parimal Bhattacharya, published by HarperCollins India, will be released online on 12 January at 6 pm on ThePrint's SoftCover.

Bob Biswas was an 8-9 min brilliant character in ‘Kahaani’. He should’ve remained there

A spin-off of Kahaani, ‘Bob Biswas’ focusses on the assassin originally played by Saswata Chatterjee, but an unnecessary recast has proven to be the film’s downfall.

Durga Puja pushes Bengal Covid positivity rate to 2.5, but govt says disease is less severe

State’s health department claims the situation is under control as most cases are infections of AY variant of Delta strain, which is ‘less virulent and has less severity’.

What explains Kolkata’s falling fertility rate? Aspiration, financial strain, contraceptive coverage

The West Bengal Health Department says Kolkata’s TFR is around 1, making it the metro with the lowest fertility rate in the country.

Kolkata sees Covid spurt after Durga Puja rush, health ministry flags it to Bengal govt

Union health secretary asks state govt to ensure strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour and focus on second-dose coverage amid uptick in case numbers in Kolkata.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
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Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


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‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.