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Sunday, April 05, 2020

Neha Banka


Neha Banka is a journalist based in Kolkata and writes about Asia, women’s rights, religion and culture.

As yeast becomes scarce and flour supply dwindles, half of Kolkata’s bread units shut down
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

“We do not know how long we can run the factories. Many workers are migrants who are afraid of contracting coronavirus and are worried about their families. They want to go home,” said Idris Ali of West Bengal Baker’s Association.

Bengal: Blood banks face supply shortage as pandemic hits donation camps
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

The situation is even more dire in cases of A positive, AB positive and negative blood groups, which are difficult to procure even under regular circumstances, sources said.

Coronavirus lockdown: Bread manufacturers in Kolkata face hard times
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

With fewer workers and a shortage of raw materials, several bakeries in Kolkata have been shut since the nationwide lockdown was announced.

Week after being stranded at Kolkata airport, Delhi woman reunited with family
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

West Bengal Radio Club, a local amateur hobby group that works in coordination with various state governmental organisations during natural and man-made disasters and calamities, to help people in distress, at no cost helped reunite the woman with a relative at Jamshedpur.

West Bengal: Shop owners want morning slot for business, not afternoon
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

The government on Monday had allowed the shops to run with minimum staff during the nationwide lockdown to stop coronavirus outbreak.

Kolkata: One more arrested for ‘spreading fake news’ about coronavirus pandemic
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

In a series of messages on a WhatsApp group, the New Alipore woman claimed that 15 people in her neighbourhood, and two near her home, had been found positive for COVID-19.

Lockdown in Kolkata: For city’s unseen residents, these are uncertain times
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The effect of the national shutdown is being felt across all socio-economic groups and professions. Security guards, lawyers, flower sellers and many more are finding it arduous to deal with the severity of the situation in this first of its kind lockdown.

Why Kolkatans Love Sipping History at Paramount
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The enduring charm of the 102-year-old sherbet maker in the City of Joy

Explained: How SAARC countries are fighting COVID-19
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

From India going into total lockdown to the Taliban saying they will cooperate with the Afghanistan government, here is how the SAARC countries are coping.

Coronavirus outbreak: Where the top 10 affected countries stand now
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Here is a status check of the countries with the highest rates of COVID-19 infections and how those governments have been handling the outbreak.

Coronavirus scare: In Kolkata’s ground zero, silence and caution now part of daily life
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

The locality where the 18-year-old, Bengal's first coronavirus patient, stays with his family has been almost empty since the news came out late on Tuesday. The student from the UK allegedly evaded screening at Kolkata airport and violated quarantine rules by visiting several public places around the city.

From across India, how coronavirus has hit small business owners, traders
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Last month, the Traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) had written to India’s trade minister Piyush Goyal, asking him to assess the impact of coronavirus, particularly on small traders and businesses in the country.

Explained: Amid coronavirus outbreak, a look at epidemics that have hit India since 1900
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

The World Health Organization defines epidemics as “the occurrence in a community or region of cases of an illness, specific health-related behaviour, or other health-related events clearly in excess of normal expectancy.

Explained: COVID-19 travel restrictions around the world
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Despite the enforcement of travel bans and screenings, there have been instances of undetected COVID-19 cases passing through borders, indicating that although these measures may temporarily delay the spread of the virus, it will not be effective in preventing its spread.

Streetwise Kolkata: Eden Gardens Road — where history, football and cricket meet
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Sometime in the 1960s, the Eden Garden Road was renamed Gostha Pal Sarani, after the legendary Indian footballer Gostha Pal. The earlier name recalls the nobleman who was once Governor-General of India, and his sisters who travelled and delighted in the land.

As COVID-19 cases go up, here’s how cities across India are coping
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

While 60 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in India, towns and cities across the country, even where no cases have been reported positive, have seen a surge in purchases of items, especially hand sanitisers and masks.

Labanya Prabha Ghosh: Jailed during freedom struggle, Emergency, Bhasha Andolan, now forgotten by govt, people
Mon, Mar 09, 2020

No commemorative statues or plaques mark the extraordinary life of Labanya Prabha Ghosh, a prominent woman revolutionary from Bengal.

Matangini Hazra: Flag in hand, the 73-year-old walked into a barrage of bullets
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

Women’s Day series: The woman from Tamluk was a staunch follower of Gandhi and went to jail many times.

Suhasini Ganguly: Arrested many times under British rule, she went to jail even after Independence
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

While she was in her mid-thirties, between 1942 to 1945, Ganguly once again found herself imprisoned for providing shelter to Hemant Tarafdar, a revolutionary who was active in the Quit India Movement of 1942.

Sarala Devi: From Tagore’s family, a leading light of the swadeshi movement
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

To identify her merely as Tagore’s niece would be dismissing her own accomplishments and diminishing the innumerable ways in which she fought not only for the independence from British rule, but for women’s rights as well.