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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses an all-party meeting at the State Secretariat, in Kolkata, Wednesday. | PTI

Unemployment rate in West Bengal down by 40%, says CM Mamata Banerjee

Banerjee added that one lakh unemployed youths in the state will be given soft loans and subsidies to become self reliant under Bengal govt's Karma Sathi Prakapla programme.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath | ANI

Yogi Adityanath is the ‘best chief minister in India,’ only not in Uttar Pradesh

India Today’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey overplays Yogi Adityanath’s ratings in an all-India survey, and downplays the lacklustre ratings he gets within Uttar Pradesh.
The Petrapole border between India and Bangladesh | Photo: Madhuparna Das | ThePrint

MEA seeks Bengal’s permission to bring back 2,680 ‘distressed’ migrants stuck in Bangladesh

Centre has repeatedly asked for Mamata Banerjee govt’s nod, but Bengal official says there’s hesitation because Bangladesh is a Covid hotspot.
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Bengal under lockdown, so BJP is celebrating Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan at home — ‘in protest’

There has been politicking over the date as CM Mamata Banerjee, who changed the lockdown dates for August four times in 6 days, didn't exclude 5 August.
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.
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Lockdown on Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan day but not Eid — BJP says Mamata govt ‘punishing’ Hindus

West Bengal BJP leaders say dates announced by Mamata govt have no set pattern, complete lockdown is without any scientific reasoning.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference in Kolkata on 16 July 2020 | ANI

How it took Mamata govt 2 press meets and 1 tweet in 6 hrs to announce 7 lockdown dates

At the first press meet, the govt announced 10 lockdown dates, which were later revised to nine, and then finally to 7 after the tweet by the home department.
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.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference in Kolkata on 16 July 2020 | ANI

BJP trying to topple my govt, says Mamata, asks partymen not to answer ‘luring’ calls 

Addressing a rally on TMC’s Martyrs’ Day, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says Bengal will be ruled only by Bengalis and not by outsiders.

On Camera

An Indian Army truck on a Kashmir highway leading to Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Close combat is so last century. China will use drones, PGMs, high-end tech against India

The three new areas of warfare, which constitute cyber, electronic and space domains, have been adopted well by the Chinese PLA.
RBI has given the Kamath committee no deadline to submit its suggestions on loan restructuring plan, while two of its five members are yet to join.

Delays feared in RBI’s debt recast plan as Kamath panel seeks clarity on members, deadline

RBI has given the Kamath committee no deadline to submit its suggestions on loan restructuring plan, while two of its five members are yet to join.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.