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Gorkha Janamukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung addresses a press conference in Kolkata on 21 October 2020 | Ashok Bhaumik | PTI

Trinamool welcomes GJM’s Bimal Gurung, but says no question of separate Gorkhaland

Mamata Banerjee govt has been clear on not supporting demand for a separate Gorkhaland state, the very basis on which GJM claims to have split from BJP-led NDA.
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.
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.
BJP leaders and victim Manish Shukla's family members meet Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan Monday evening | By special arrangement

BJP brings Kolkata suburb to a halt over leader’s murder, clashes break out in Barrackpore

In Kolkata, national BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya and MPs Locket Chatterjee and Soumitra Khan marched towards Raj Bhavan with Manish Shukla’s body Monday evening.
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien and other party colleagues organised a sit-in at Hathras Friday | ANI

In Trinamool march to Hathras & Mamata’s Kolkata rally, Bengal opposition sees 2021 poll ploy

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee targets BJP-led UP govt, will lead a rally in Kolkata Saturday to protest against the alleged Hathras gangrape.
File photo of BJP leader Anupam Hazra | Twitter/@DipakDaCob

BJP leader, who taught at Santiniketan and said he’d hug Mamata if he got Covid, tests positive

Anupam Hazra was a Trinamool Congress MP from Bolpur, but was expelled in 2019. He was recently named BJP’s national secretary.
Opposition MPs march from Gandhi statue to Ambedkar statue in protest against the recent farm and labour bills, during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi | Kamal Kishore | PTI

Opposition parties conduct silent protest march in Parliament premises over farm Bills

The protesting MPs carried placards with messages such as ‘Save Farmers, Save Workers, Save Democracy’ during their march from Mahatma Gandhi statue to Ambedkar statue.
The farmland that was acquired by the then CPI(M) government for the Tata Nano factory in Singur | Moushumi Das Gupta/ThePrint

Singur farmers had just begun to move on from Nano plant blow, then Covid lockdown struck

Many Singur farmers left for cities as their land was left infertile by construction linked to the Tata Nano plant. But now Covid has created new problems for them.
File photo of Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan | ANI

MP Nusrat Jahan says dating app used photo without consent — ‘ready to take this up legally’

Video dating app FancyU used actor-MP Nusrat Jahan’s photo in its ad poster. Nusran Jahan tweets to say it's ‘totally unacceptable’, urging Kolkata Police to look into the matter.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at state secretariat Nabanna Monday | Photo: ANI

Mamata gives big push to Hindi & Hindu, BJP calls CM ‘scared’, Trinamool says it’s ‘unity’

Mamata Banerjee re-forms Trinamool’s Hindi cell, announces cash for Hindu priests. Also re-introduces Hindi academy, to preserve language, literature & culture of Bengal's Hindi-speaking people.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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.