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(L-R) Former adult film stars Sunny Leone and Mia Khalifa and Bollywood singer Neha Kakkar have found their names emerge on college admission lists in Bengal

How Sunny Leone and Mia Khalifa made it to Bengal college merit lists

At least 8 colleges across Bengal have suffered on account of an alleged cyber prank that saw their admission merit lists manipulated to reflect names of famous personalities.
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.
The Missionaries of Charity distributed food on the birth anniversary of Mother Teresa | Photo: Ashok Nath Dey | ThePrint

On Mother Teresa’s 110th birth anniversary, Missionaries of Charity feeds poor in Kolkata

This is the first time that food was distributed from the Mother House, the order's headquarters, on her birthday due to the extraordinary times and difficulties faced by poor.
A police checkpoint at Howrah Bridge in Kolkata | Representational image | ANI

Kolkata Police has lost 8 personnel to Covid, over 1,500 infected but most are back at work

The 40,000 personnel of Kolkata Police have been at the forefront of Covid fight in the city, which is the largest Covid hotspot in the state.
Technicians conduct a Covid-19 test in Kolkata | Photo: Ashok Nath Dey | ThePrint

Covid-dengue ‘co-infections’ are Bengal’s new challenge as doctors say treatment very tricky

Bengal has started to see dengue infection in Covid patients. Doctors say they need to be very alert while handling co-infection cases. Mamata govt has issued guidelines.
Municipal health workers screen residents for Covid-19 at Dadar in Mumbai, on 25 July 2020 | Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI

Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai infection rates dip below 1, India’s overall R value now at 1.16

In major metros, the rate of Covid spread has slowed significantly. An epidemic is considered to have been arrested when the R value remains below 1 consistently.
Health workers from Kolkata's SSKM Hospital on their way to conduct Covid-19 testing | Photo: ANI

Mamata govt forms 250-member doctors’ team to guide hospitals as Covid toll rises

As of 2 August, 1,678 people died of Covid in West Bengal — up from 668 deaths in April, May and June. The state is now seventh in India in terms of death toll.
A crowd at the Kolkata flower market Thursday | Representational image | ANI

Short of Covid beds, Kolkata ‘forcing’ infected to sign ‘isolation bonds’ & quarantine at home

As Kolkata hospitals run out of beds, patients are being made to sign ‘isolation bonds’ stating they are doing so by choice.
A sweet shop employee places a sign in front of their 'Immunity Sandesh', in Kolkata in June | ANI

Mishti, immunity kick or gimmick? Kolkata doesn’t care as ‘anti-Corona’ sweets are the rage

Sweet makers claim Covid-themed sweets are selling like hot cakes. Customers say they eat sweets just as sweets and don’t expect them to work as medicine.
Covid-19 testing underway in Kolkata Thursday | Representational image | ANI

Covid symptoms, prescription not enough, Kolkata residents face week’s wait or more for test

Some of Kolkata’s biggest hospitals have been handing out dates as far as three weeks after the onset of symptoms. Govt helplines seem to be of no help either.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Our finding that Covid infections can block pain in humans opens up new and unexpected possibilities for pain relief research.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?