Friday, 28 January, 2022
TopicWest Bengal

Topic: West Bengal

Calcutta HC lawyers write to CJI, call out TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee’s ‘misconduct’ as advocate

Letter comes while Kalyan Banerjee is facing anger from TMC workers for speaking out against CM’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. He hints it’s a result of that, says ‘Didi is watching’.

In Alipurduar, the bridal ‘palki’ is now an oxygen-equipped lifesaver for far-flung villages

Started a month ago by Alipurduar DM SK Meena, ‘ambulance service’ serves 11 villages located at a height of 4,600 ft in a core area of north Bengal’s Buxa Tiger Reserve.

Tumult in TMC as Abhishek Banerjee differs with aunt Mamata’s line on Covid in Bengal

Abhishek’s ‘personal opinion’ was that religious/political events should be postponed, going against Mamata govt’s stance. This sparked war of words in TMC, leaders now gagged.

Politics or procedure? What’s behind Bengal-Kerala-Modi govt Republic Day tableaux fracas

Expert committee of prominent person selects tableaux in multi-tiered process, say govt sources. Bengal & Kerala had alleged ‘political vendetta’ behind rejection of their ideas.

Masks & distancing don’t matter at Ganga Sagar mela, but ‘1 Covid case’ found in 3 lakh pilgrims

As lakhs took dips in Ganga during India’s second-largest pilgrimage, West Bengal officials claimed all Covid protocols were being followed amid a spurt in cases in the state.

4,000 girls go missing in Bengal each year. Floods, evictions, Ganga have their own role

In ‘Field Notes from a Waterborne Land’, Parimal Bhattacharya writes about impact of natural calamities on school dropouts in Bengal, especially girls.

Mamata sends ‘get well soon’ fruit baskets to Kolkata’s Covid patients, BJP leaders among them

Kolkata councillors and police personnel are delivering these baskets to Covid patients in person to lift their spirits. Move comes after West Bengal recorded its highest-yet daily tally.

In West Bengal, misuse of funds in the name of sports clubs must stop. Order probe

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Curious case of Bengal ‘sports clubs’ TMC govt backs with Rs 5L aid where little sport happens

In 2014, Mamata govt started a scheme that assured Rs 5 lakh in aid to sports clubs. Govt claims 25,000 clubs benefited, but most of the funds allegedly ended up elsewhere.

New book documents unforgettable lives of ‘other’ Bengalis in the 2000s, beyond the bhadralok

'Field Notes From a Waterborne Land' by Parimal Bhattacharya, published by HarperCollins India, will be released online on 12 January at 6 pm on ThePrint's SoftCover.

On Camera

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Apple needs to break out of its comfort zone with bold mega deals à la Microsoft

Historically, large M&A hasn’t been Apple’s style. However, with its resources, the company can certainly take the risk to transform its business and expand its capabilities.

Google to pour Rs 7,500 crore in Bharti Airtel to boost India push, will buy 1.28% stake

Alphabet, which owns the Google search engine, will pay Rs 5,250 crore for a stake in Airtel. Another Rs 2,000 crore will go toward multi-year plans that will include devices.

Defence

Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

India carrying out more warship patrols than ever to catch China in crowded global seas

Estimated 125 foreign naval vessels are in the Indian Ocean at any given time, roughly 3 times the number deployed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when the US invaded Afghanistan.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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