Firstpost Editor's Picks: CPM's Muslim outreach, poll rhetoric on businesses, GoT's first episode; today's must-read stories
The CPM inducted the Indian National League (INL) in the Left Democratic Front (LDF) headed by it as part of the new strategy. Party strategists believe that the induction of INL will trigger a realignment in the Muslim politics as it has been emerging as an alternative to the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).
The CPM inducted the Indian National League (INL) in the Left Democratic Front (LDF) headed by it as part of the new strategy. Party strategists believe that the induction of INL will trigger a realignment in the Muslim politics as it has been emerging as an alternative to the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). A senior INL leader claimed lots of youngsters who flocked into the Social Democratic Party of India and Welfare Party of India in the absence of a credible alternative to the IUML started joining the INL, following its entry into the LDF. He is also expecting the disenchanted sections in the IUML to join the party in the coming days.
The startup sector is happy that it has been acknowledged by political parties when Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced a slew of proposals for the industry in an interview on Thursday. Poll rhetoric on caste and class division are now seen as just that when political parties indulge in it on the eve of polls. Seen from this perspective, it is refreshing, said some experts, for the industry as a sector and start-ups in particular being noted and recognised by political parties. That both the BJP and the Congress have spoken about the industry in their election speeches is welcome, experts said.
As we hurtle ever-closer to the end of Game of Thrones, there are questions aplenty in the minds of its many fans. Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Who will live? Who will die? Obviously, since the story does progress in a linear fashion, the events depicted in the earliest episodes would unravel over later ones. But Game of Thrones’ season 1, episode 1 — ‘Winter Is Coming’ — doesn’t just lay out the beginnings of the various characters’ arcs through the series, it hints at many of the developments to come. Farfetched? Maybe, but we examine some of the evidence.
Spanning more than 10,000 square kilometres, the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh and India is the biggest mangrove forest in the world and also the most critical area for Bengal tiger survival. A modelling study by Bangladesh and Australian researchers has predicted that by 2070, the entire population of Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans mangroves in Bangladesh is likely to be lost to climate change and sea level rise. The latest census, using camera traps, has pegged the number of tigers to be between 83 and 130 in the Bangladesh Sundarbans while in India side of the mangroves they are believed to be 86 (photographed).
Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is back with a bang this week after two weeks of international action. The highly-anticipated 15-fixture gameweek lies in waiting for FPL bosses who have been priming themselves for this potential bonanza week for a few weeks. Last week's truncated fixture list meant the average score was down to 26 and Gameweek 32 offers a chance to make amends. However, this week it has to be all about the players from teams that play twice. The more players you have from those ten teams, the greater your score is likely to be.
Highlights, Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 1st Test, Day 3 at Pallekele, Full cricket score: Hosts trail by 312 runs
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Queues for oxygen, beds and funerals, thanks to Modi govt, says Rahul Gandhi as COVID-19 engulfs India
The Congress leader accused Central Government of misreading and mishandling the COVID-19 situation in India and alleged that all early warning signs were ignored, including from scientists
The team, which departs for Dhaka on 16 May, will play an intra-squad practice game on 21 May after a short quarantine.