‘Lavish Lifestyle, Moral Degeneration’ Behind Ritabrata Banerjee’s Expulsion: CPI(M)

  File photo of Ritabrata Banerjee (Photo courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV) Kolkata: The CPI(M) on Sunday justified the expulsion of Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee, saying the decision was taken because of his “grave anti-party activities, including moral degeneration in relation to women”. Ritabrata was expelled from the party on Friday after being accused of leaking internal matters and discussions to the media and of leading a lavish lifestyle incompatible with that of a member of the party. The party said there were “serious inconsistencies between his income and expenditure.” Politburo…

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Tacos: The 2017 food trend we can all get behind

I can’t tell you how little I wanted to like Breddos. The new taqueria in Clerkenwell has the restaurant version of a punchable face. It is tiny, one step up from the shack in a car park that was its original incarnation. Most of the seats – sorry, stools, no chairs with backs in these parts – are around a large communal table or crammed against the edges of the room. The single loo opens more or less directly onto the eating area. When you arrive you are told there’s…

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Who Got Left Behind When “Body Positivity” Went Mainstream?

My first introduction to body positivity was online through a LiveJournal community called “Fatshionista.” There, we talked about fashion DIY, shared pictures of our favorite outfits, and gave the scoop on the actually trendy pieces popping up in plus-size departments (because lord knows they were hard to find). Beyond that, I was also introduced to radical body politics and intersectional feminism, and found solidarity with other fashion-minded people who existed beyond the “straight-size” world. As a college student who grew up in image-conscious Los Angeles, this was completely revolutionary for…

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Food prices steady, but is there a secret behind that?

Food More than two weeks after confiscatory demonetisation sucked cash out from the economy, the food market has remained by and large steady, rather deceptively so. This held true at small retailers and vegetable shops in the cities and towns that Express checked out. There are small differences, but all marginal. The perishable commodities – tomato was a common casualty – did witness a downturn, but mostly due to stock clearance sale in the evenings. But the figures may not tell the full story. This is not stability, insist traders,…

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Air pollution and lifestyle diseases are behind 33% strokes in India

As India continue to report 16 lakh cases of stroke every year, health experts have said that at least one third of these cases are caused by mere modifiable lifestyle factors and deteriorating air quality. A study concluded by the city-based Fortis Escorts Heart Institute reveals that lifestyle problems such as depression, chronic anxiety and job stress trigger the brain and heart strokes among people, including youth. It was found that among the challenges faced by the patients who survive stroke are short-term memory loss, difficulty in thinking and depression….

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The Sisters Behind Delikate Rayne Are Making Vegan Fashion Luxurious

Delikate Rayne’s online boutique is full of photos of silky tanks, lace-trimmed shorts, and faux leather mini skirts in colors like blue satin and deep emerald. But for Komie and Meg Vora, the sister duo behind the label, it wasn’t enough that their clothes were luxurious. They also had to be vegan. “All the vegan clothing we saw had less to do with style and was more based on the principle of veganism,” Meg Vora told NBC News. “The options were vanilla — granola, even. You wouldn’t look at the…

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The woman behind the lifestyle site that doesn’t suck

It’s 2016, and the publishing industry is in disarray. The homepage has been declared dead, while ad blockers and Facebook’s aggressive push with Instant Articles are eating into what little advertising revenue is left. Even natively digital media companies are struggling to make ends meet. But with 25 million unique visitors per month on their site, over 175 million users across its channels, and over 2 million email subscribers, Refinery29 prove that they’re not your typical company. Against all odds, the company’s Co-founder and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi and her team…

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Poorest countries hit hardest as world lags behind on global education goals

The international community has not only failed to meet the education targets set out in the millennium development goals, it is also highly unlikely to meet the 2030 deadline for education laid out in the sustainable development agenda, with the poorest countries the hardest hit, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Unesco’s global education monitoring report 2016 shows that just 64 countries of the 157 tracked by the report met MDG 2, which called for every child in the world to receive a full course of primary…

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Fashion book report: This season’s best reads cataloguing behind the scenes shoots and style inspiration

Fashion today is a source of light entertainment – you just have to look at its popularity on social media for confirmation. But if that’s too fleeting a medium to allow you to get up close and personal with the worlds of high profile designers, photographers and models, look instead to literature for a more permanent celebration. Grown-up colouring books remain on trend: Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book from the Federation Pierre Berge (£9.99, Arsenal Pulp Press) and Vintage Vogue by Iain R Webb (£7.99, Octopus Publishing) are two with…

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