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‘Mamata’s trusted officers don’t retire’ — chief secretary joins list as industry body head

Rajiva Sinha, who has been made West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation chair, is latest civil servant to earn important post-retirement posting under Mamata govt. 
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.
Passengers undergo thermal screening upon their arrival at Howrah station from New Delhi via special train. | PTI

West Bengal govt to install CCTV cameras in Kolkata’s containment zones

The state will install 500 CCTV cameras in over 480 containment zones in Kolkata to see if people are violating Covid-19 norms at these zones, an official said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Why an angry Mamata Banerjee was forced to do a U-turn on Bengal’s Covid strategy

Minister Partha Chatterjee says West Bengal govt made mistakes in handling the crisis, but assures public that things are being sorted out.

Is Centre interfering in Covid fight or do states like West Bengal, Kerala need hand-holding?

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has called the Narendra Modi gov’s decision to send teams to assess Covid-19 situation in four states as a "unilateral" and "undesirable" action.
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West Bengal govt alleges Covid-19 kits supplied by ICMR-NICED are defective

The ICMR-NICED authorities said it could be possibly because the kits have not been standardized and is considering the matter very seriously.
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West Bengal govt asks schools to sensitise students on reducing risk of coronavirus

The state's education department issued a circular that followed a directive from Centre to build awareness among students about the virus and preventive measures.
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. | PTI

West Bengal governor hits out at Mamata for ‘humiliating’ him, not briefing regularly

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said the chief minister is obliged to brief him according to the Constitution, but Mamata Banerjee hasn’t done so ‘even once’.
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar | ANI

Post of constitutional head is seriously compromised in Bengal: Governor hits out at TMC govt

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who has been at loggerheads with the TMC government in the state, added that the situation is "unprecedented and challenging".

New CBI chief Rishi Shukla likely to take charge today

The arrival of Rishi Kumar Shukla is expected to bring some order in the CBI as it moves to challenge the action of the West Bengal govt in ponzi scam cases.

On Camera

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Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
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Why MPC meeting postponement looks like Modi is undermining RBI yet again

RBI is on its third governor in four years and investors are left wondering whether India has become something of a halfway house

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.