Durga puja celebration ends amidst pandemic with idol immersion; know what was different this year

Kolkata: The much-awaited festival of West Bengal – Durga puja ended on Monday as the state celebrated Vijaya Dashami amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Several ghats in the state were buzzing with activity as most durga puja committees immersed the Durga idols marking an end to the week-long festivities.  According to Kolkata Police, as many as … Read more Durga puja celebration ends amidst pandemic with idol immersion; know what was different this year

Coronavirus | Include disabilities in comorbidity survey, activists urge Kolkata Municipality Corporation

“We are dismayed that although the KMC survey includes columns on religion, caste etc, there is no column on disability in the survey form,” activists write in letter to KMC   In the last week of September, Bahni Bhattacharyya Mondal and her 24-year-old daughter with autism tested positive for COVID-19. When no help came from … Read more Coronavirus | Include disabilities in comorbidity survey, activists urge Kolkata Municipality Corporation

‘Friend’ Bimal Gurung’s Exit from NDA Will Impact Next Year’s Bengal Election Results, Says BJP MP John Barla

Days after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung broke his ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and extended his support to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming 2021 West Bengal Assembly Polls, several BJP leaders from the state along with national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya reached New Delhi and held a meeting … Read more ‘Friend’ Bimal Gurung’s Exit from NDA Will Impact Next Year’s Bengal Election Results, Says BJP MP John Barla

In Pictures | Low-key but topical, Durga Puja amid the COVID-19 pandemic

A devotee puts a mask on the face of goddess Durga at a community puja pandal in Prayagraj. Photo: PTI West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurates a community Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata. Photo: PTI Visitors taking photos from outside a puja pandal as they weren’t allowed inside, as per the Calcutta High Court … Read more In Pictures | Low-key but topical, Durga Puja amid the COVID-19 pandemic

As PM Modi Extends Durga Puja Greetings in Bangla, Oppn Parties Slam BJP’s ‘Dirty Politics’ Ahead of Bengal Polls

Dressed in traditional Bengali attire, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday became the premier since Independence to deliver a part of his virtual speech in ‘Bangla’ addressing the people of West Bengal on the occasion of Durga Puja. This is also the first time – under the banner of ‘Bengal BJP Parivar’ – that workers, … Read more As PM Modi Extends Durga Puja Greetings in Bangla, Oppn Parties Slam BJP’s ‘Dirty Politics’ Ahead of Bengal Polls

Gurung’s Return to TMC Fold Evens Out Mamata’s Attempt to Climb Steep Contours of Darjeeling Hill Politics

Kolkata: The sudden re-emergence of fugitive Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung at the gates of Gorkha Bhavan in Salt Lake, Kolkata on the afternoon of Durga Puja Panchami made the rumour mills run overtime about his possible truce with Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. Sure enough, some drama before the … Read more Gurung’s Return to TMC Fold Evens Out Mamata’s Attempt to Climb Steep Contours of Darjeeling Hill Politics

PM Modi to participate in Durga Puja event in West Bengal today with eye on 2021 state polls

New Delhi: As West Bengal gears up for the five-day Durga Puja celebrations amid novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the people of the state virtually on Thursday (October 22).  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit in Bengal has made arrangements for the live streaming of PM’s address in all the 294 Assembly constituencies … Read more PM Modi to participate in Durga Puja event in West Bengal today with eye on 2021 state polls

Sonu Sood honoured with life-size statue at Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata | Hindi Movie News – Bollywood – Times of India

A Durga puja committee has chosen the hardships faced by migrant labourers during COVID-induced lockdown as the theme for its puja pandal in Kolkata. The committee also installed an idol of actor Sonu Sood to honour his service to the labourers during lockdown. “We have installed a statue of actor Sonu Sood so that people … Read more Sonu Sood honoured with life-size statue at Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata | Hindi Movie News – Bollywood – Times of India

Govt vigilant towards each inch of India’s land; no one can take it away: Amit Shah on Ladakh row | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amidst the continuing standoff with China in Ladakh, Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the Modi government is fully alert towards securing each inch of the country’s land and no one can take it away. Shah also said the government is taking all possible military and diplomatic steps to resolve the … Read more Govt vigilant towards each inch of India’s land; no one can take it away: Amit Shah on Ladakh row | India News – Times of India

Turban case: DGP meets family members; Governor demands immediate release of Balwinder Singh

The family members of Balwinder Singh, who has been arrested by West Bengal police for carrying a firearm at a rally organised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), met senior police officials late on Friday evening. After the meeting, family members including Mr. Singh’s wife, Karamjit Kaur, said they have been assured that cases against her … Read more Turban case: DGP meets family members; Governor demands immediate release of Balwinder Singh