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Boycott China – Zomato employees protest Chinese fraud in Ladakh, quit job and burn company’s T-shirt

Some employees of Jomato, an app-based company that delivers food to people’s homes, tore and burned the company’s T-shirts in Kolkata, protesting against China, after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes with Chinese soldiers in the Galvan Valley.

During the demonstration in Behala, some of the people involved claimed that he had quit Jomato’s job because of China’s investment in it. Also, he requested people not to order food through Zomato.

Significantly, Ant Financial, which is associated with Chinese company Alibaba, bought $ 14 million in Jomato in 2018 and bought 14.7 percent of its shares (shares). Zomato recently raised $ 150 million from Ant Financial.

A person involved in the demonstration said, “Chinese companies are making profits from here and are attacking our soldiers. They want to grab our land. Can not let this happen. ‘

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Significantly, in May, Jomato laid off 13 percent of its employees, 520 people, citing the Kovid-19 epidemic. There is no immediate response from Zomato in this regard. And no information has been received about whether the protesters are employees fired.

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India coronavirus: The man who survived 36 days on a ventilator

He might not make it tonight. Things are suddenly looking very bad,” Dr Saswati Sinha told a patient’s wife on the phone as she drove back to her hospital through the deserted streets of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

It was the night of 11 April. India was in the throes of a harsh lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The patient, Nitaidas Mukherjee, had been battling Covid-19 for nearly two weeks at the city’s AMRI Hospital, where Dr Sinha worked as a critical care consultant.

Ravaged by the virus, the 52-year-old social worker, who ran a non-profit rescuing the homeless and destitute, was hooked to a ventilator and battling for his life in critical care.

On the evening of 30 March, he had arrived at the hospital, running a high fever and gasping for breath.

His X-rays looked “terrible” – bone white lungs swamped by inflamed cells. The air sacs were filled with fluid, impeding the flow of oxygen to the organs. (Fluid looks white on x-rays.)

That night, doctors used a high-flow mask to boost his oxygen levels, gave him his diabetes medicine, and took a throat swab for a Covid-19 test.

By next evening, Mr Mukherjee had reported positive.

Now, he was so short of breath that going off oxygen for even a sip of water had become difficult. Normal oxygen saturation for most people is between 94% and 100%, but his had dipped to 83%. Ten to 20 breaths per minute is normal, but Mr Mukherjee was breathing more than 50 times a minute.

That was when he was sedated and put on a ventilator. It would be more than three weeks before he woke next, and even longer before he would finally be unhooked from the machine saving his life.

Mukherjee with his wife
Image captionMr Mukherjee and his wife, Aparajita, who’s a human resources manager

Not many critically ill Covid-19 patients have been as fortunate as Mr Mukherjee. About a quarter of patients who needed ventilators to help them breathe in New York died within the first few weeks of treatment, a study showed, aBritish study found two-thirds of Covid-19 patients put on ventilators ended up dying.

There have also been reports of ventilators not working very well on Covid-19 patients.

“In some cases they have found terrible results with mechanical ventilation. There may be lung damage if the ventilation is suboptimal – especially when people were thinking that respiratory failure is always linked to ARDS or acute respiratory distressed syndrome,Jean-Louis Vincent, professor of intensive care medicine at Belgium’s Erasme Univ Hospital, told me.

While Mr Mukherjee was on the ventilator, he was also on muscle relaxants – drugs that paralyse the muscles so that the patient doesn’t try to breathe on his own.

On a sticky April night, things had taken a turn for the worse.

His fever spiked, heart rate dipped and blood pressure plummeted. All this pointed to a nasty, new infection.

There was no time to lose: on the way back to the hospital, Dr Sinha barked out instructions on the phone to her team in critical care.

When she arrived, the battle to save Mr Mukherjee again was already on.

Saswati Sinha
Image captionDr Saswati Sinha says the battle to save Mr Mukherjee was a gruelling experience

Dr Sinha and her team infused potent “last resort” antibiotics to kill the infection directly into his blood vessels, along with additional muscle relaxants and medicines to stabilise the blood pressure.

It took three hours for the storm to pass.

“This was the most draining experience of my life,” Dr Sinha, who has spent 16 of her 21 years as a physician as an intensive care consultant, told me.

“We needed to work fast and put the lines in. That takes a lot of precision. We were sweating profusely in our protective gear [zipped gowns, double gloves, foot protection, goggles, face shield] and our vision was clouding over. Four of us worked nonstop for three hours that night,” she said.

“We were looking at the monitors every minute and checking whether he was making progress. I was telling myself, we want this man to survive. He’s not terminally ill. He was the only Covid-19 patient in intensive care then.”

When Mr Mukherjee stabilised, it was 02:00 local time. Dr Sinha checked her phone.

There were 15 missed calls from Mr Mukherjee’s wife and sister-in-law, a respiratory diseases researcher who lived in New Jersey.

“It was the most terrifying night of my life. I thought I had lost my husband,” Aparajita Mukherjee, a human resources manager, told me.

She was at home, locked down and quarantined, along with her bed-ridden mother-in-law, 80. and a partially disabled aunt, none of whom tested positive for Covid-19.

A potentially cataclysmic crash had been averted, but Mr Mukherjee’s condition remained unstable and serious.

Nurse station during treatment
Image captionMs Sinha’s phone is full of pictures of her exhausted staff who treated Mr Mukherjee
Nurse treating Covid 19 patient

Mr Mukherjee is heavy, and heavier patients are more difficult and tricky to turn, or prone, in order to relieve their breathing.doctors gave him hydroxycloroquine drug normally used to treat malaria, along with vitamins, antibiotics and sedatives. The fever remained high and stubborn.

There would be alarms going off in the ICU every other night at Mr Mukherjee’s bed. Sometimes the oxygen saturation would dip. X-rays on a portable machine showed the “whiteout” in the lungs remained.

“There was very little progress and whenever there was some, it was slow,” says Dr Sinha.

Finally, a month after his admission, Dr Mukherjee showed signs of beating the infection.

He was woken up from his medically induced coma. It was a Sunday. When his wife and his sister-in-law made video calls to him, he just gazed at the glowing phone screen.

“I had no idea what was going on. It was a blur. I saw a woman in a blue apron standing in front of me, whom I later found out was my doctor,” Mr Mukherjee told me.

“You know, I was fast asleep for more than three weeks. I had no idea why I lying in a hospital. It was a memory wipe out.

“But I remember something. I think I hallucinated when I was in the coma. I was confined to a place, tied by ropes, and people were telling me I was not well, and they were taking money from my family, and I was not being let free. And I was desperately trying to contact people to help me.”

Mukherjee in ICU
Image captionMr Mukherjee’s condition stayed critical for nearly a month

In late April, doctors took him off the ventilator for half-an-hour and Mr Mukherjee breathed on his own for the first time in nearly a month. Weaning him was tricky: doctors say Mr Mukherjee would often have “panic attacks” and press the emergency bedside bell, thinking he would not be able to breathe without the machine.

By 3 May, they switched off the ventilator, and five days later, sent him home.

“It was a really long haul. He had severe ARDS. He had four weeks of high fever. He couldn’t breathe on his own. The virus was wreaking havoc,” says Dr Sinha.

Now at home, Mr Mukherjee is beginning a new life.

He is starting to walk again without help. Even some of his memories are returning.

He had been coughing for a few days before being taken to hospital, and had visited a doctor who had diagnosed it as a throat infection. He was still going to work, wearing a face mask, taking the poor and destitute off the streets. He had been visiting hospitals, police stations and shelter homes on work. He was skipping his diabetes medicines, which explained his steep blood glucose levels at the time of admission. He was taking antibiotics and inhaling nebulisers, as he would do when he had bouts of coughing every year when the seasons changed.

“But I felt something was amiss when he complained of dehydration and and began sleeping for hours at stretch. He was abnormally tired. And then he began to experience breathing difficulties and we put him in a wheel chair and took him to the hospital,” says Mrs Mukherjee.

Last week, Dr Sinha took a day off after 82 days in the intensive care, where the beds now are full of Covid-19 patients.

Mukherjee ready for discharge
Image captionMr Mukherjee went home on 8 May after more than a month in intensive care

More than 100 mobile phone pictures taken by her staff remind her and her team of their battle to save Mr Mukherjee: exhausted nurses in their claustrophobic protective gear slumped over the nursing station; the constant vigil near Mr Mukherjee’s bed; the jubilation and relief on the day when the patient, smiling weakly, was taken off the ventilator and a picture of him leaving the hospital. “We, as a team, were all doing our jobs, in the end,” she says.

Mr Mukherjee is just grateful he’s breathing on his own again.

“I know I fought the disease, but the doctors and nurses who fought the disease saved my life. Survivors need to tell their stories. The virulent virus can be defeated.”

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Howrah : The 270-year-old Great Banyan tree, spread over 5 acres, uprooted by Hurricane Amfan

World’s largest banyan tree falls in Amfan

Kolkata. Super Cyclone Amfan caused havoc in many parts of West Bengal. The pride of Kolkata and the world’s largest banyan tree has also fallen into its grip. Many of its roots have been uprooted in a dangerous storm. This banyan tree planted in Howrah’s Acharya Jagdishchandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden is 270 years old. People used to come to see this tree spread over 4.67 acres.

Due to uprooting of the tree, the northwest part is seen empty. Talking to the English newspaper Telegraph, Senior Scientist Basant Kumar said that the identity of this banyan tree has almost disappeared. He also said that the exact damage will be detected after a couple of days. In recent times, it was not damaged by storms like Aila, Phani and Bulbul. But this old banyan tree has suffered a lot from Amfan. Earlier in the late 19th century the storm had damaged many of its branches.

The main trunk of this banyan tree with a circumference of 1.08 km, which was 15 meters in circumference, was removed in 1925. This entire tree now comes out of the branches and rests on its roots that hold the earth. Now Amfan has reduced its density significantly. The inner part of this tree seems quite empty in the pictures. This tree has been made its symbol by the Botanical Survey of India.

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According to Dr. Shiv Kumar, scientist at Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden from October 2006 to February 2012, there are 14,000 trees of 1200-1400 variety in this Botanical Garden. He said, there are many indigenous and exotic trees which were planted by the British here to fulfill their needs and especially, their purpose behind bringing mahogany here was to use its wood to build water ships. Dr. Kumar, who has served in this garden for six years, said that one of the major reasons for the damage caused to this garden due to the storms yesterday was being surrounded by concrete construction on three sides of this garden.

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12 Dead As Cyclone Amphan Batters Bengal, Buildings Damaged In Kolkata

National Disaster Response Force chief SN Pradhan said the storm is “a double challenge” for the country amid fight against coronavirus.

New Delhi: Cyclone Amphan, one of the worst storms over the Bay of Bengal in years, pounded Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday, destroying thousands of houses, damaging buildings, uprooting trees, electricity poles and killing at 10 to 12 people in Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the impact of Amphan was worse than the coronavirus pandemic and claimed damages due to the cyclone could be in the region of Rs 1 lakh crore. The cyclone, whose eye was about 30 kilometre in diameter, made landfall with gusting winds of up to 185 kmph and waves about 15 feet tall. Over five lakh people had been taken to shelters in West Bengal and over one lakh in Odisha.

Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:

  1. Ms Banerjee, addressing a press conference in Kolkata, said three people have died in the state, but that the number may rise to about 12. She said North and South 24 Parganas districts were the worst hit and that Bengal “will have to rebuild everything”.
  2. A man and a woman died in 24 North Parganas after trees fell on them due to the strong winds. In nearby Howrah district, a 13-year-old girl also died when a tree fell on her.
  3. Around 5,500 houses were damaged in 24 North Parganas. “Five thousand and five hundred houses damaged, two persons dead and two severely injured in North 24 Parganas,” said a 7 pm report by Bibek Vasme, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Basirhat, news agency ANI reported. Power supply had been cut in both North and South 24 Parganas.
  4. In Kolkata, howling winds – easily above 100 kmph – could be heard throughout Wednesday evening and many buildings were damaged. Parts of the city plunged into darkness with no electricity for most of the evening. The streets were waterlogged and trees uprooted.

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  1. Videos on social media showed how parked cars bumped into each other at a south Kolkata highrise, trees ripped out of the ground, and a blast in an electrical transformer.
  2. Amphan crossed the Bengal-Bangladesh coasts on Wednesday evening with the speed of 155-160 kmph gusting to 185 kmph across the Sunderbans, the Met department said.
  3. Amphan had weakened from a super cyclone to an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” on Tuesday, causing strong winds and heavy rain in parts of Odisha and Bengal as it advanced towards the Indian coast.  
  4. National Disaster Response Force chief SN Pradhan said the storm is “a double challenge” for the country amid fight against coronavirus. “Forty-one teams of NDRF are on duty. Evacuating people is a double challenge. We have to ensure social distancing during these operations,” Mr Pradhan told NDTV.
  5. In Kolkata, the airport has been shut till 5 am Thursday after the city, close to the coast, was put on alert. Visuals showed strong winds and winds battering coastal parts including Paradip in Odisha and South 24 Paraganas in Bengal. Seven districts in Bengal faced the direct impact of the cyclone.
  6. “Amphan”, pronounced as “Um-pun”, means sky. The name was given by Thailand in 2004, years ago. The storm is being constantly tracked by Doppler Weather Radar at Vishakhapatnam.
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Renowned theater artist Usha Ganguly passed away

Mumbai. Bengal veteran theater artist Usha Ganguly died on Thursday at her home in South Kolkata. She was 75 years old. According to her family, at her flat located in the city’s Lake Gardens area, she found the woman working at her house unconscious at seven o’clock on Thursday. After which he informed the neighbors, because Usha Ganguly used to live alone in her flat. No family member lived with him.

After this, the doctor was called, who said that he died of a heart attack some time ago. Please tell Usha Ganguly also has a son, but she lived alone in the flat. Her husband Kamlendu died a few years ago. Ganguly’s brother also passed away three days ago.

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He founded the Rangkarmi group in 1976, which is known for plays such as Mahabhoja, Rudali, Court Martial and Antartyatra. Usha Ganguly is credited with bringing a new form of alternative Hindi theater to Bengal. She used to say that theater is my life and color worker is my family.

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Kolkata Police responds to Babul Supriyo’s allegations – Minister gave false information on Twitter

Responding to Supriyo from the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Police, it has been written, ‘This tweet by Babul Supriyo is completely false and false information. Kolkata Police has not registered a case against Somnath Das.


Kolkata Police has accused Union Minister Babul Supriyo of spreading lies. Responding to Supriyo from the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Police, it has been written, ‘This tweet by Babul Supriyo is completely false and false information. Kolkata Police has not registered a case against Somnath Das. In fact, the Union Minister had tweeted that the Kolkata Police has registered a case against the video showing the condition of MR Bangur Hospital, which was posted by Somnath Das. He was a suspected patient of Corona. His investigation report was negative. He was discharged from the hospital, after which the police took him into custody.

Babul Supriyo posted the same video of the hospital on Twitter. NDTV does not confirm the authenticity of the video. The video was allegedly taken by a Kovid-19 patient inside an isolation ward of MR Bangur, one of the nodal hospitals in Kolkata. The most shocking part of the video are two bodies lying in the ward, which are waiting to be removed. Even other patients are seen moving around and waiting for the treatment.

The person shooting the video can be heard saying that the bodies have been lying in the ward for two to three hours. One of the dead bodies appears to be covered with plastic wrap. At the same time, the other one is covered with clothes. The patients are seen sitting on both sides of the body. The West Bengal government has prohibited carrying mobile phones inside hospitals since the past day. The government said that this is a risk and that coronavirus infection can go all around. State Chief Secretary Rajiv Sinha said that the use of cell phones inside hospitals has been banned for doctors, health workers and patients. He said that landlines and intercoms will be installed in the isolation ward for the use of patients. BJP has linked this decision of the state government to the viral video.

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Babul Supriyo tweeted the video and asked the Mamta Banerjee government to confirm its truth. Babul Supriyo tweeted that even after this video went viral on all platforms, the state government has not yet claimed that the video is fake or it is not Bangur Hospital. This leads to the belief that this video is indeed correct. Quoting West Bengal senior minister and Trinamool Congress general secretary Partha Chatterjee, the news agency PTI said that the veracity of the video needs to be ascertained and if it is found correct, the administration will take appropriate steps. Chatterjee said, “We have to check first whether the video is true or fake, as we all know that BJP is adept at spreading fake videos.”

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shopkeeper in Kolkata created virus-like sweet ‘Corona Sandesh’, people said, take lessons from other state testing kits

Calcutta. After Corona Helmet, pictures of Corona Sweet are now going viral. A sweet shop in Kolkata prepares sweets that look like the corona virus. Its name is Corona Sandesh. Corona Cup Cakes are also available in the dessert shop. In Kolkata, the Mamta Banerjee government had given permission to keep the sweet shops open due to the craze for the sweets of the people, after which these pictures are going viral. People are questioning the lockdown in Kolkata after the pictures went viral.

According to news agency ANI, created for the awareness of Corona Sandesh not for sale, a sweet shop in Kolkata has a sweet dish named Corona Sandesh. The picture of this dessert is similar to Corona virus, due to which it is becoming increasingly viral in social media.

According to a statement issued by Hindustan Sweet, Corona Sandesh is not for sale. To spread awareness about Corona, we are distributing it to our customers for free.

The shopkeeper said, this dessert is a message for people

The shop owner told ANI, Corona Sweets is like a gift for customers. Thousands of people are dying of coronavirus. This dessert is like a message to the people that they are excited that we will fight the corona and also defeat the corona. Of course through this dessert, the shopkeeper has tried to convey a message to the people, but users are giving more negative feedback on social media.

Social media user said, need to learn from Mumbai, Pune and Surat

Commenting on the photos, the social media user wrote, “Startups in Mumbai are building face shields to protect medical staff.” The country’s first testing kit is being prepared in Pune. The software company is making ventilators in Surat and Corona Sweet with sweets in Kolkata. Have some Shame.

Another user wrote – Is the lockdown not implemented in West Bengal.

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West Bengal / Photo of dog printed on voter card, victim will file a defamation case on Election Commission

Kolkata. In West Bengal, a person’s voter ID card was replaced with a dog’s photo instead of his photo. The person has decided to file a defamation suit against the Election Commission of India.

64-year-old Sunil Karmakar, a resident of Ramnagar village in Murshidabad district, said, “My identity card had come in a few days ago. But there were some mistakes in that, which I applied for improvement. When a new card arrived on Tuesday, a picture of the dog was found instead of my photo in it.

I was insulted

Sunil alleged that the mistake had been made intentionally on the new ID card, so as to humiliate me. Because, people who saw ID cards made fun of me. That is why I have decided to drag the Election Commission to the court.

Did not know how the photo was improved

Rajarshi Chakraborty, an officer involved in correcting voter ID card errors, said – the photo was noticed while correcting the mistake, which was later corrected as well. Then there is no information on how the photo of the dog appeared. However, they will be given a new voter card in the coming days.

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Tapas Pal died due to Centre’s political vendetta, harassment by CBI, Mamata Banerjee blames BJP

Tapas Pal, 61, died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai yesterday. He faced investigations over his alleged links to the chit fund scam in which several leaders of Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress have been accused

Mamata Banerjee attacked the centre over actor-politician Tapas Pal’s deathKolkata: 

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in an outburst today while paying tribute to actor and Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Pal, blamed his death on the central government. She alleged that she had seen “three deaths” because of the centre’s “vendetta politics”.

Tapas Pal, 61, died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai yesterday. He faced investigations over his alleged links to the chit fund scam in which several leaders of Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress have been accused.

“The vendetta politics of the central government is condemnable. No one is spared. I have seen three deaths before my eyes because of it,” said the Chief Minister.

“The law must take its own course but this humiliation day after day, whisper campaigns…these are finishing off people,” she remarked, expressing grief at the actor-politician’s death. “I can’t even bear to look at Tapas…”

Ms Banerjee listed three deaths that she alleged were “untimely” and driven by harassment by central agencies. Besides Tapas Pal, she named Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed and another leader, Prasun Banerjee’s wife.

Sultan Ahmed, a former union minister investigated in the Narada sting scandal involving bribe-taking caught on camera, died of a cardiac arrest in 2017

“Today I am forced to say certain things, even if I am told this is politics. Tapas Pal’s death has proved how agencies can destroy a person mentally. He was devastated. He was tortured. He probably never realized his crime. He was a number one film star and he was jailed for a year,” she said.

Several leaders of the Trinamool Congress, including ministers and MPs, have been investigated or jailed in what are known as “Saradha and Narada”.

The Saradha scam was a major financial fraud in which lakhs of small investors were cheated into depositing money with the promise of abnormally high returns. In 2014, Matthew Samuel, the CEO of Narada News, posed as a businessman and filmed Trinamool leaders and officials allegedly taking money.

The BJP targeted Mamata Banerjee over the corruption allegations against her party men.

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IIM Calcutta average annual package at ₹28 lakh this placement season

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta) on Wednesday said it has completed this year’s placement process and all students in the outgoing batch have been recruited in jobs with an average salary of ₹28 lakh per annum, a 10% growth from 2019.

IIM Calcutta said 136 firms offered 492 jobs to its 439 outgoing students making them eligible to accept the best offers. The premier B-School said while the average annual package of the entire batch was ₹28 lakh, the salary of top 10% and best quartile of the outgoing batch averaged at an all-time high of ₹54.5 lakh and ₹41.8 lakh, respectively.

“The institute offered “Dream” and “Wait and Hold” options to allow its students to realise their full potential at a top institute. Recruiters could also select from a larger pool and make offers to the most suitable candidates as per their choice. 439 students gathered 492 offers from 136 firms participating in the placements process,” the B-School said.

Consulting firms were the largest recruiters with 31% of the total offers. The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co, Bain & Co, Kearney, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture were the top recruiters.

Finance and private equity–venture capital firms gave 83 offers (17% of total) and among them Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Gaja Capital, JP Morgan Chase made the best offers.

“General management, and sales and marketing roles added up to 30% of the total offers. Major firms recruiting for such roles included Tata Administrative Service (TAS), Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance Industries, Vedanta, TrueNorth, Hindustan Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, ITC, Mondelez, and test prep firm FIITJEE,” IIM Calcutta said.

Placement at IIM Ahmedabad is underway, and so far, the response from consulting and finance firms has been good. Placement at IIM Bangalore will start later this week. Some other top B-Schools including IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, Great Lakes Institutes of Management, Fore School of Management, Indian School of Business, have already completed their placement processes with 5% to 15% hike in average annual salaries