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Widows of Vrindavan: take me home, country roads

INDIA

Widows of Vrindavan: take me home, country roads

After decades, grandchildren are seeking out and bringing home widowed old grandmothers languishing in the shelters of Vrindavan, living off alms and charity. This was triggered by the pandemic. Maybe there’s a kernel of good after all in that bad, bad virus — mankind.

For love, and for money: the con who ran his affairs from jail

INDIA

For love, and for money: the con who ran his affairs from jail

When alleged conman Chandrashekhar made video calls to his victims from Tihar, they thought he was calling from his swanky office as that’s what they saw in the background.

Lock Kiya Jaye: Jail is hard for those with soft hands

TRENDS

Lock Kiya Jaye: Jail is hard for those with soft hands

The rich and mighty throw precious tantrums demanding special perks. But they realise that life here is without any trappings. And they are trapped. Some turn to god. Some try to escape, by suicide.

How TMC strongman Anubrato Mondal landed in CBI dragnet for cow smuggling

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How TMC strongman Anubrato Mondal landed in CBI dragnet for cow smuggling

Mondal desperately tried to avoid custody by getting himself admitted to multiple hospitals. But the doctors refused, saying he did not need hospitalisation

Tiger attacks: Growing population, shrinking habitat are pushing Corbett's tigers into a corner

INDIA

Tiger attacks: Growing population, shrinking habitat are pushing Corbett's tigers into a corner

A tigress killed two people at Corbett this month. Experts say growing tiger and human population, proliferation of resorts and scant respect for tigers are among the key reasons for growing man-tiger conflicts.

SSC scam: How the law finally caught up with Partha Chatterjee

INDIA

SSC scam: How the law finally caught up with Partha Chatterjee

Chatterjee, an influential member of Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress, is in ED custody. His role in the cash-for-government jobs scam, among other alleged crimes, is being probed.

Missing link in the great Indian tea bazaar

BUSINESS

Missing link in the great Indian tea bazaar

Tea isn’t just a beverage in India; it's a state of mind. And yet, the world’s second–largest producer hasn’t quite taken the world’s teacup by storm. With a little savvy and some hardnosed business moves, we could change the script.

Elections in the hills: A young politician is out to brew change in Darjeeling

TRENDS

Elections in the hills: A young politician is out to brew change in Darjeeling

Ajoy Edwards' Hamro Party won 18 of the total 32 seats despite not even pitching for a separate Gorkhaland state and drubbed established political parties like the Trinamool-backed Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the BJP-backed Gorkha National Liberation Front

In Kolkata, slugfest over singer KK’s death continues

INDIA

In Kolkata, slugfest over singer KK’s death continues

The shocking death has snowballed into a huge controversy with the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party targeting the administration over poor arrangements at the venue and the ruling Trinamool Congress saying death should not be politicised

Inside Osho Land

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Inside Osho Land

The Mumbai Charity Commissioner has called both sides on June 6, 2022, for a crucial hearing. People close to the commune say this could set the tone for the future of the Koregaon Park centre.

In the belly of the beast - Part 2: When a tiger attacks

ENVIRONMENT

In the belly of the beast - Part 2: When a tiger attacks

India’s Corbett Tiger Reserve has more guards but India’s bigger challenge is to prevent animal-human conflict. This is the second article in a two-part series on India’s largest tiger habitat.

Exchange that sells ‘golden tea’ at Rs 13 crore a kilo to open shop in India

COMMODITIES

Exchange that sells ‘golden tea’ at Rs 13 crore a kilo to open shop in India

London Tea Exchange plans to open 200 stores across India. The tea store had made headlines by offering tea laced with molten gold. While it plans to offer beverages from as low as Rs 120, top executive says not averse to selling golden tea for the super rich.

Corbett Tiger Reserve: In the belly of the beast - Part 1

ENVIRONMENT

Corbett Tiger Reserve: In the belly of the beast - Part 1

How a young Jhunjhunwala is quietly building a payment services business

BUSINESS

How a young Jhunjhunwala is quietly building a payment services business

Kunal Jhunjhunwala's Airpay has silently grown from a three-member team in the past decade to over 360 people and processes millions of transactions for some of India’s biggest business houses.

Duncans Industries: Why India's oldest tea company is gasping for survival

BUSINESS

Duncans Industries: Why India's oldest tea company is gasping for survival

Duncans Industries, one of the world’s oldest tea companies, is battling insolvency proceedings in the National Company Law Tribunal. At stake are the dues it owes to workers of as many as nine tea gardens who have filed claims before the tribunal

Smuggled from India, polished in Bangladesh: why this cheap rice variety is causing a stir in Dhaka

COMMODITIES

Smuggled from India, polished in Bangladesh: why this cheap rice variety is causing a stir in Dhaka

Over-polished and nutrient-poor, Minikhet rice continues to command high prices across Bangladesh despite awareness efforts to highlight its origins and flaws.

Liton Ali: "We wanted to show the world how women power can transform lives in a simple village"

TRENDS

Liton Ali: "We wanted to show the world how women power can transform lives in a simple village"

The Bangladesh government saw how the channel was empowering women, and bureaucrats subtly began encouraging filmmakers to replicate the YouTube village model in other villages.

Review: 'Goal' is as bold and shockingly honest as Subhas Bhowmick was

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Review: 'Goal' is as bold and shockingly honest as Subhas Bhowmick was

East Bengal footballer Subhas Bhowmick narrated large chunks of the book to sports writer Supriyo Mukhopadhyay from his hospital bed, where he was undergoing dialysis.

EXCLUSIVE: Digital and sustainability are mega trends that will shape the post-pandemic future: ITC Chairman Sanjiv Puri 

BUSINESS

EXCLUSIVE: Digital and sustainability are mega trends that will shape the post-pandemic future: ITC Chairman Sanjiv Puri 

Market forces willing, Puri claimed, ITC is keen to invest Rs 10,000 crore over the next three years for acquisitions in the FMCG and IT business

Writers' Building in Kolkata stands at the intersection of architectural heritage, history, politics

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Writers' Building in Kolkata stands at the intersection of architectural heritage, history, politics

Writers' Building is in need of renovation and restoration. Over the years, restoration experts and architecture teams have weighed in. But the task is far from simple.

Added sugar is putting Bengalis off rosogollas

TRENDS

Added sugar is putting Bengalis off rosogollas

India is home to over 77 million diabetics. This is starting to change how we eat.

With six weeks to go for Durga Puja, the Kumartuli potters are hoping for a miracle

TRENDS

With six weeks to go for Durga Puja, the Kumartuli potters are hoping for a miracle

Just the creative industries that crop up around Durga Puja festivities are worth Rs 32,377 crore, according to a recent report.

Why we can never forget Mahatma Gandhi's last visit to Kolkata, when he stayed at Hyderi Manzil

TRENDS

Why we can never forget Mahatma Gandhi's last visit to Kolkata, when he stayed at Hyderi Manzil

When India became a free country on August 15, 1947, Mahatma Gandhi was at Hyderi Manzil in Kolkata. Here, he would fast for 73 hours before communal rioters lay down their weapons on September 4, 1947.

East Bengal owners and management at war as football club stares at uncertain future

BUSINESS

East Bengal owners and management at war as football club stares at uncertain future

Kolkata-based East Bengal, once a celebrated soccer club, is now a shadow of its former self. It is owned by Shree Cement, a cement maker and power producer. But the owners and old guard can't see eye to eye as the club’s performance on the field has floundered significantly.

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