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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was angry about the COVID-19 case in the state | File photo: ANI

Trinamool’s cut-money was CPM’s subscription — Bengal’s long history of political ‘extortion’

While the cut-money allegations have put Mamata govt on the backfoot, political experts say extortion has been an intricate part of Bengal’s politics for the past four decades.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress | Photo: ANI

Mamata govt now in trouble over Amphan relief ‘scam’, after cut-money and PDS corruption

CM Mamata Banerjee formed an all-party committee after 2,100 complaints of corruption in Amphan relief, mostly against Trinamool’s grass-root leaders.
Child's hands with mehendi

Over 500 cases of child marriages reported since mid-March in Bengal

According to officials the lockdown led to many marrying off their minor daughters due to financial distress and loss of savings.
Fuad Halim, a CPI(M) member and medical doctor in Kolkata | Photo: Commons

Kolkata ‘Communist doctor’ conducts dialysis at Rs 50 per procedure, even for Covid patients

Dr Fuad Halim’s team, not affiliated to the CPM, has conducted 2,190 dialysis procedures since the start of the lockdown. Patients hail him as a ‘saviour’.
The entry gate to Chinatown in Kolkata, built by the West Bengal government | Madhuparna Das | ThePrint

Indian born of Chinese origin — Kolkata’s Chinatown is stuck between Covid and Galwan

Members of the seven-decades-old Chinese community in Kolkata's Chinatown say they feel like their Indian nationality is being stripped away from them.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses an all-party meeting at the State Secretariat, in Kolkata, Wednesday. | PTI

CM Mamata Banerjee extends lockdown in West Bengal till 31 July

The decision to extend the lockdown with relaxations came after an all-party meeting to discuss the Covid situation in West Bengal as total cases climbed to 15,173 in the state.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Governor Jagdeep Dhankar at the assembly

The Rajasthan lawyer-politician who has become a headache for mighty Mamata

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar regularly fires salvos at CM Mamata and her govt, prompting even some BJP leaders to believe he is ‘occupying the opposition space’. 
Ganges river bank

Modi govt plans to boost Ganga economy with floating flower & fruit markets, ferry services

Shipping ministry is planning to launch Rs 1,367-crore Arth Ganga project in October to boost India's river economy.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation vehicle that brough bodies for cremation

Videos of bodies dragged for cremation emerge in Kolkata, police say not of Covid victims

NRS hospital in Kolkata said they handed over 14 bodies to the civic body for cremation as they were unclaimed. But residents question such ‘disgraceful’ handling of bodies.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a virtual rally Tuesday | Photo: ANI

Amit Shah picks Mamata’s ‘corona express’ remark on migrant trains and turns into poll issue

Addressing BJP workers in a virtual rally, Home Minister Amit Shah said Mamata Banerjee had insulted migrant labourers, who would ensure her exit.

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Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.