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Ganga mission to now work on hilsa to improve its numbers, project to ranch and tag the fish

Under three-year Hilsa Improvement Programme, NMCG will monitor the migration pattern of hilsa through tagging & ranching among a slew of other initiatives.
An artist giving finishing touch on a clay idol of Goddess Durga at Kumartuli in Kolkata | ANI file

Durga to slay ‘Coronasura’ this year as Kolkata artisans theme their idols on pandemic

In face of Covid & dipping business, Kumartuli artisans are undeterred as they are working on several ideas based on the pandemic to make the idols look fresh and attractive.
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21-year-old Bengal woman was part of 70 jihadi social media groups, says NIA charge sheet

Tania Parvin, 21, was arrested in March for being a Lashkar operative and trying to ‘honey trap’ Indian armed forces personnel online.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Mamata transfers top IPS officers, including director of her own security

The BJP says these transfers were made keeping next year’s assembly elections in mind, but senior civil servants called it a ‘routine’ organisational rejig.
BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda addresses a press conference, at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on 10 Nov, 2019 | Photo: PTI

Mamata Banerjee’s govt driven by anti-Hindu mindset, alleges BJP chief Nadda

Nadda accused Banerjee of 'imposing a lockdown' on the day of Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan and asserted that it was withdrawn due to Bakrid.

Minor tribal sisters gang raped in West Bengal, both consume poison, one dies

The sisters, aged 16 and 14, had gone out with some youths on 4 September and went missing for two days, the family said. They also said the two consumed poison after coming back home.
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How much do Bengalis crave Bangladeshi hilsa? Enough to smuggle 2,800 kg during pandemic

BSF has seized 2,800 kg of hilsa since February, 8 years after Bangladesh banned it. It is considered a delicacy in Bengal, and the fish is selling for Rs 3,000/kg in Kolkata markets and online.
(L-R) Former adult film stars Sunny Leone and Mia Khalifa and Bollywood singer Neha Kakkar have found their names emerge on college admission lists in Bengal

How Sunny Leone and Mia Khalifa made it to Bengal college merit lists

At least 8 colleges across Bengal have suffered on account of an alleged cyber prank that saw their admission merit lists manipulated to reflect names of famous personalities.

BJP MP Arjun Singh falsely claims Kali temple idol was burned by ‘religious group’ in Bengal

In a statement, temple authorities in Murshidabad's Alampur Kali Maa Nimtala Kali Mandir said the fire was an accident and there was no communal angle to it.
Kolkata Police

Bengal gets nodal officer to coordinate between state, Kolkata police, new post creates flutter

Kalighat OC Santanu Sinha Biswas will have to coordinate between Bengal & Kolkata police on certain matters. CM Mamata Banerjee’s house comes under Biswas’s jurisdiction.

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.
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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.