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File photo | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee inaugurates a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata, 18 Oct |PTI

Bengal’s Durga Puja 2020 is a petri dish of politics and pandemic, a perfect storm for BJP

Durga Puja is West Bengal’s biggest festival — it has also become Mamata Banerjee’s biggest problem now.
File photo of clashes in Kolkata between the West Bengal Police and BJP workers at the Nabanna Chalo agitation | Photo: ANI

BJP to compile list of IAS & IPS officers ‘close to Mamata govt’, claims bias in Bengal

BJP also plans to come up with a list of ‘goons in every block and district that will be handed over to home ministry’, says action necessary for free and fair elections next year.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal dilemma — allow Puja for Hindus or contain Covid. Smug BJP looks on

The threat of coronavirus is real. But so is the fact that Mamata Banerjee is caught in a lose-lose situation in West Bengal, which goes to polls next year.

People maligning Bengal police, administration for political gains, CM Mamata says

Inaugurating several Durga Puja pandals, Mamata Banerjee said people forget the work done by the police during crisis situations while raising allegations.
File photo of Dilip Ghosh

BJP’s Dilip Ghosh tests positive for coronavirus a month after calling West Bengal Covid-free

The BJP's West Bengal unit president had earlier courted controversy for claiming that drinking cow urine can protect one from the virus.
Governor Dhankhar with a delegation led by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee | By special arrangement

Governor takes on Mamata govt over Sikh man’s turban row, calls it ‘blatant rights violation’

Balwinder Singh was dragged away from a BJP rally in Kolkata when his turban came off. Police claim that he was carrying a weapon and have booked him under the Arms Act.

Covid-19 is air-borne, instances suggest community transmission in state, warns Mamata Banerjee

Speaking after the cabinet meeting, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee urged everybody to follow the Covid safety protocols during the coming festive season.
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya | Photo: @Tejasvi_Surya/Twitter

Tejasvi Surya leads BJP charge in Bengal, calls Mamata govt ‘fascist’ at Kolkata rally

Trinamool Congress hits back at BJP, says it's a violent party that organises rallies led by goons, hooligans with firearms and bricks.
Police in Kolkata use water cannons to disperse a BJP protest Thursday against the alleged killings of party members in Bengal | PTI

Clashes in Kolkata as police block BJP march to Nabanna against ‘killings of workers’

Bengal BJP vice-president Raju Banerjee and MP Jyotirmoy were reportedly injured in the clashes. Police claim clashes erupted when protesters tried to break through barricades.
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata |

BJP, Congress, Trinamool, Left, Governor — in Bengal, everyone’s ‘being snooped on’

Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is the latest to allege that he is being snooped on. Similar allegations have also been lobbed by and at Mamata, as well as Modi govt.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.