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Mamata Banerjee’s brother Ashim dies after battling Covid-19 for a month

The West Bengal chief minister's brother died at a hospital in Kolkata this morning, said family members. He had tested positive for Covid-19 nearly a month ago and was admitted since then.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during a press conference in Siliguri on 10 April 2021 | PTI Photo

PM-Kisan benefits reach Bengal farmers, Mamata says it was result of ‘continuous fight’ 

About 7.03 lakh farmers of West Bengal have received Rs 2,000 each under PM-Kisan scheme. However, CM Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre of dilly-dallying over the transfer of funds.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata, on 10 May 2021 | ANI Photo

Mamata Banerjee asks PM Modi to be fair & quick in allotting PSA plants to West Bengal

In a letter to PM Modi, Banerjee said that West Bengal was scheduled to get 70 PSA plants, but now it has been intimated that four such units would be set up in the first phase.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata, on 10 May 2021 | ANI Photo

34 FIRs, 21 arrests in 5 days as Mamata begins 3rd term with offensive against ‘hate posts’

According to police, at least 150 posts were blocked or taken down by Facebook, Twitter etc, and a request has been sent to MeitY to act against 50 posts 'highly inflammatory in nature'.
Mamata Banerjee

Bengal woke up and chose violence at birth. TMC is no exception to that norm

From Naxalbari, Nandigram to now, Bengal was never insulated from political violence. TMC rule has seen an escalation, but BJP's solution is no solution.
File photo of Finance Minister Nirmla Sitharaman | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

GST exemption on Covid vaccines, drugs would make them costlier –– Sitharaman tells Mamata

Domestic supplies and commercial imports of vaccines currently attract a 5 per cent Goods and Services Tax, while it is 12 per cent in case of Covid drugs and oxygen concentrators.
Kangana Ranaut | Wikimedia Commons

After Twitter, Kangana in trouble for Instagram story, named in FIR for ‘maligning’ Mamata

TMC spokesperson Riju Dutta files FIR against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut for allegedly distorting image of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, wants her to be charged for hate propaganda.

Mamata writes to PM Modi seeking increase in supply of medical oxygen for Covid treatment

Any allocation less than the requested amount will adversely affect the supply, and may result in loss of lives of patients in the state, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in Nadia, West Bengal, 11 April 2021| PTI

West Bengal is not Kerala. BJP was naive to expect peace after TMC win

The political violence after the election result shows a greater need for Mamata Banerjee to change her attitude towards the Centre and the latter towards West Bengal.

Mamata announces Rs 2 lakh compensation for kin of 16 post-poll Bengal violence victims

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also said a Criminal Investigation Department probe has been initiated into the incident of firing in Cooch Behar during a voting exercise on 10 April.

On Camera

The ‘no mask’ rules in US just follow science

Evidence that vaccines protect others is of a stronger and more direct kind than evidence that masks do. So, getting vaccinated is more likely to help than wearing a mask.

Cairn Energy sues Air India, seeks to seize India’s overseas assets to recover $1.7 billion

Sources in the govt said India will take all necessary steps to defend itself against any such 'illegal enforcement action'.

Defence

Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

What’s DGAFMS, Indian military’s medical wing leading the fight against Covid

The Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service reports to the Department of Defence and not to the Department of Military Affairs or the CDS.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.