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Suvendu Adhikari, Mamata Banerjee's Challenger From Nandigram

Suvendu Adhikari, Mamata Banerjee's Challenger From Nandigram

Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Wednesday March 17, 2021, Kolkata

Suvendu Adhikari -- friend-turned-bitter foe of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee -- rarely made national headlines when he was with the Trinamool Congress. But his exit from the party, induction in the BJP and now the face-off with Ms Banerjee from Nandigram, have suddenly made him a household name, especially with the buzz over in the coming elections in the state.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP's Northeast Strategist, May Be Set For A Meatier Role

Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP's Northeast Strategist, May Be Set For A Meatier Role

Edited by Sumana Nandy | Tuesday March 16, 2021

Himanta Biswa Sarma is the BJP's first big catch in its mission to win elections in states where it started with little or no presence. What the ruling party is hoping to achieve with Suvendu Adhikari in Bengal, was a script first used with spectacular results in Assam in 2016.

EPS, Quiet Loyalist Who Emerged From Shadows, Steadied AIADMK

EPS, Quiet Loyalist Who Emerged From Shadows, Steadied AIADMK

Written by Sam Daniel | Monday March 15, 2021, Chennai

Edapaddi Palaniswami had the challenge of leading the AIADMK government after the party lost the charismatic and powerful J Jayalalithaa in 2016. Jayalalithaa -- "Amma" to the AIADMK ranks - enjoyed rare devotion of her party men, who even genuflected to her photos.

Mamata Banerjee, No Longer Looking Invincible In Bengal, Fights Her Toughest Election

Mamata Banerjee, No Longer Looking Invincible In Bengal, Fights Her Toughest Election

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie,Saurabh Gupta, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Monday March 15, 2021, Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee, streetfighter extraordinaire, faces the toughest fight of her five-decade political career as Bengal votes for a new government.

George Floyd: "Gentle Giant" Who Became Symbol Of Fight Against Racism

George Floyd: "Gentle Giant" Who Became Symbol Of Fight Against Racism

Agence France-Presse | Sunday March 07, 2021, Minneapolis

His name is chanted by demonstrators around the globe. His face is displayed on murals all over the United States. Since his brutal death George Floyd has embodied, more than any other, the Black victims of police violence and racism in the United States.

From Manoj Tiwary To June Maliah, A Look At Trinamool's Star Candidates

From Manoj Tiwary To June Maliah, A Look At Trinamool's Star Candidates

Reported by Saurabh Gupta | Friday March 05, 2021, Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday released the list of Trinamool Congress candidates for the upcoming assembly polls for 291 seats, with emphasis on youths, minority, women, backward communities, and several movie and sports stars. "This time we have stressed on more youths and women candidates. Around 23-24 sitting MLAs have been dropped and there are names of about 50 women, 42 Muslims, 79 Schedule Caste and 17 Scheduled candidates in the list," Ms Banerjee said.

Mission Head Swati Mohan Said "Touchdown Confirmed" As Mars Rover Landed

Mission Head Swati Mohan Said "Touchdown Confirmed" As Mars Rover Landed

ANI | Friday February 19, 2021, Washington

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Perseverance rover on Thursday (local time) successfully touched down on the surface of Mars after surviving a blazing seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere.

Indian-Origin Arora Akanksha, 34, Announces Her Candidacy To Be UN Chief

Indian-Origin Arora Akanksha, 34, Announces Her Candidacy To Be UN Chief

Press Trust of India | Saturday February 13, 2021, United Nations

An Indian-origin employee at the UN has announced her candidacy to be its next Secretary-General, the first person to throw her hat in the ring against incumbent Antonio Guterres, who is seeking a second five-year term beginning January 2022 as chief of the world organisation.

Padma Shri Manjamma Jogati: Transgender Folk Artiste Married To A Goddess

Padma Shri Manjamma Jogati: Transgender Folk Artiste Married To A Goddess

Reported by Maya Sharma, Edited by Harish Pullanoor | Tuesday January 26, 2021, Bengaluru

The list of Padma awards recipients this year includes a transgender from Karnataka who has over the past many decades practised and single-handedly popularised rural folk arts. For Manjamma Jogathi, the Padma Shri comes after decades of social and financial struggle. Overcoming personal odds, Manjavva Jogati, as she would be called in Karnataka, held aloft the cause of these art forms, especially the Jogati Nritya and Janapada songs, practiced in rural Karnataka, Maharashtra, and parts of Andhra Pradesh.

Satya Paul, Who Changed The Traditional Sari. Masaba Gupta's Tribute

Satya Paul, Who Changed The Traditional Sari. Masaba Gupta's Tribute

Agence France-Presse | Friday January 08, 2021, Mumbai

Fashion designer Satya Paul, whose eponymous brand breathed life into the traditional sari, modernising the garment with funky prints, has died at 78, his family said.

Elon Musk, Brash Billionaire And Silicon Valley Disruptor, Now Richest

Elon Musk, Brash Billionaire And Silicon Valley Disruptor, Now Richest

Agence France-Presse | Friday January 08, 2021, New York/United States

Whether the topic is transforming the automobile or conquering the next frontier of space, Elon Musk has shown a knack for captivating an audience beyond investors and science geeks.

Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla Named As 1 Of 6 "Asians Of The Year": Report

Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla Named As 1 Of 6 "Asians Of The Year": Report

Press Trust of India | Saturday December 05, 2020, Singapore

Adar Poonawalla, the chief executive of the world's largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India, is among six people named "Asians of the Year" by Singapore's leading daily, The Straits Times for their work in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

'<i>Thalaiva</i>' Rajinikanth's Big Debut With "Secular, Spiritual Politics"

'Thalaiva' Rajinikanth's Big Debut With "Secular, Spiritual Politics"

Reported by Uma Sudhir, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Thursday December 03, 2020, Chennai

It's now or never, Rajinikanth said dramatically as he announced finally today, after years of suspense, that he would join politics. "I am ready to sacrifice my life for the Tamil people," he declared passionately, not sounding unlike the larger-than-life action heroes he has played in his movies.

Former US Ambassador To India Richard Verma Joins Mastercard As Executive Vice President

Former US Ambassador To India Richard Verma Joins Mastercard As Executive Vice President

Press Trust of India | Thursday December 03, 2020, Washington

Former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma has joined leading financial services company Mastercard as its executive vice-president for global public policy and regulatory affairs.

Ahmed Patel, Congress Troubleshooter, Sonia Gandhi's Top Lieutenant

Ahmed Patel, Congress Troubleshooter, Sonia Gandhi's Top Lieutenant

NDTV Newsdesk | Wednesday November 25, 2020, New Delhi

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, one of Sonia Gandhi's closest political advisers and a top party trouble-shooter, has died at 71. He had been in hospital since his health worsened after a Covid infection.