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The entry gate to Chinatown in Kolkata, built by the West Bengal government | Madhuparna Das | ThePrint

Indian born of Chinese origin — Kolkata’s Chinatown is stuck between Covid and Galwan

Members of the seven-decades-old Chinese community in Kolkata's Chinatown say they feel like their Indian nationality is being stripped away from them.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Wholesale vegetable prices soar as demand rises, retail rates to spike too if supply gap stays

Wholesale traders cite a nearly 20% increase in demand for vegetables as restaurants, dhabas, canteens and other eateries have opened since 1 June.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation vehicle that brough bodies for cremation

Videos of bodies dragged for cremation emerge in Kolkata, police say not of Covid victims

NRS hospital in Kolkata said they handed over 14 bodies to the civic body for cremation as they were unclaimed. But residents question such ‘disgraceful’ handling of bodies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began is 14 April address to the nation with his face covered | Photo: ANI

Kolkata can again be ‘leader of the East’, says Modi as he pitches for atma nirbhar Bengal

Addressing ICC’s annual plenary, PM Narendra Modi quotes Tagore, Vivekananda to inspire Bengal towards self-reliance, talks of reviving manufacturing sector.
(From left) Dr. Saswati Sinha, Dr. Soham Majumdar and Dr. Mahuya Bhattacharya who headed the team that treated the 24-year-old patient | By special arrangement.

In Kolkata, 24-yr-old beats Covid after 12 days on ‘artificial lungs’ support using ECMO

Kolkata's AMRI doctors say woman first patient in India to survive after ECMO support, an invasive procedure in which artificial lung is set up outside the body to pump oxygenated blood into it.
Passengers undergo thermal screening upon their arrival at Howrah station from New Delhi via special train. | PTI

West Bengal govt to install CCTV cameras in Kolkata’s containment zones

The state will install 500 CCTV cameras in over 480 containment zones in Kolkata to see if people are violating Covid-19 norms at these zones, an official said.
A man draws a Covid-19 awareness message on a road in Ahmedabad | Representational image | ANI

Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai account for nearly 50% of nationwide Covid-19 cases

These four have a similar share in the death toll, which is fast approaching the 7,000-mark. Total number of Covid-19 cases have risen to 2,36,657 in India.
Hundreds of electric posts were uprooted pushing the village to into darkness | Photo: Madhuparna Das | ThePrint

How villagers in Sundarbans are rebuilding lives after Amphan — the ‘scariest storm’ so far

In West Bengal's South 24 Parganas, which faced maximum brunt of Cyclone Amphan, electricity poles are uprooted. Sundarbans fishermen are affected. Those into farming have lost crops.
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.

Army deployed in Amphan-struck Kolkata, neighbouring districts for restoration work

The deployment of three columns of the Army was made following a request by the West Bengal government.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.

Defence

IAF jets

Defence ministry approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

The defence ministry cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore for the armed forces.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.