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File image of election strategist Prashant Kishor | Photo: PTI

BJP latches on to Kishor’s ‘admission’ of defeat in chat, he says release full conversation

The BJP has released purported audio clips of comments by Mamata Banerjee’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor to claim that he has admitted defeat in assembly polls.

Mamata Banerjee to skip meeting called by PM Modi to discuss Covid situation with CMs

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will be busy campaigning for the ongoing assembly elections in the state, sources in the state govt said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | PTI file

BJP activists forcibly occupying booths, attacking TMC members & candidates, alleges Mamata

Addressing a public meeting in West Bengal's Alipurduar district, the TMC chief said her party's nominee in Arambagh was chased & hit on head near a polling booth by BJP workers.

EC calls Mamata’s claim about outsiders at Nandigram polling booth ‘factually incorrect’

In a letter to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in response to a complaint filed by her on 1 April, the Election Commission said her claims were 'devoid of substance'.
Indian rupee

Bengal tops India’s small savings since 2000. No wonder govt reversed rate cut on voting day

As govt withdraws rate cut on small savings scheme, data with National Savings Institute shows that West Bengal has consistently led states in small savings collections.

Off The Cuff with Nitin Gadkari

In conversation with Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said India’s road infrastructure will be comparable to the best of the US and Europe by 2024. There will be access-controlled expressways, green highways, public transport running on electricity and many other improvements, he said, adding that road projects worth Rs 24,000 crore are already being developed under the Bharatmala project. The Delhi-Mumbai expressway will be ready by 2022, Gadkari said. The Union minister said the need of the hour is expeditious decision-making and positive approach, as he cited an example of delayed payments to road contractors that in turn delay many projects. Gadkari said the "total system is corrupt" but he is not afraid of anybody as he does not do "any work, which is illegal or unethical". The minister also termed the allegations of Swedish bus manufacturer Scania gifting him bus as “totally baseless”....
Women supporting the Trinamool Congress at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's election rally in Bankura, West Bengal | Representational image: PTI

386% in TN & 190% in Bengal — Covid surge in poll-bound states since campaign began

Assam & Kerala bucked the trend, with cases falling during poll campaign. Cabinet secretary to chair meeting with states Friday to discuss the worsening Covid situation. 
Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party flags on display in West Bengal (representational image) | Moushumi Das Gupta | ThePrint File Photo

Party worker’s mother succumbed to injuries from attack by TMC workers, alleges BJP

Dismissing the allegations, TMC MP Sougata Roy said, 'The incident has no relation with politics and the BJP is unnecessarily trying to cash on a death.'

NIA arrests Trinamool Congress leader Chhatradhar Mahato for 2009 train hijacking

Mahato, a popular tribal leader, was first arrested on 26 September 2009 by West Bengal CID for allegedly attempting to kill former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

On Camera

Representational image | A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs in a hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg

Vaccines won’t be enough. New Covid variants have changed the game

No one is truly safe from Covid until everyone is safe. We are in a race against time to get global transmission rates low enough to prevent the emergence of new variants.
Boeing 737 Max jet

Months after comeback, Boeing’s 737 Max has a new issue that will ground dozens of jets again

US carriers parked a combined 67 of the workhorse planes Friday, about a third of the Max jets currently in service around the world.

Defence

Chinese PLA troops march back from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh | Photo released by Indian Army

Corps Commander talks ends after 13 hours, India and China discuss further disengagement

Army sources said that the two countries discussed disengagement from remaining friction points, including Gogra heights, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains in the 11th round of talks.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.