An afternoon of poetry, music and yummy food

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With festive fever gripping the City of Joy in full fervour, Sly Fox Gastro Club hosted a special event, Amader Chhuti Chhuti, on Saturday afternoon to mark the onset of Durga Puja. It was a trip down memory lane with the guests sharing stories of Puja vacations, cinema and their favourite festive songs. The event was a melange of poetry, music and soulful adda. Apart from that, a delectable spread was also on offer for the guests. Interdisciplinary artiste Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee and singer-musician Neepabithi Ghosh mesmerised the audience with…

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WB offers spl ration package during festivals

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KOLKATA: The West Bengal government is distributing a special ration package this festive season to bring “cheer to the lives of people” in the state, a senior official said. The subsidized package, containing edible oil, flour and sugar, is being doled out to the beneficiaries of Antyodaya and Special Priority (SPPH) programmes, under National Food Security Act (NFSA), the state Food and Supplies Department official told PTI. “The total number of beneficiaries for the initiative is expected to touch three crore. The package will be distributed in two phases –…

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West Bengal celebrates Mahanavami

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KOLKATA: Devotees from all walks of life, dressed in their best attire, headed towards the puja marquees on Thursday as the city celebrated Mahanavami — the fourth day of Durga Puja. “I have already visited many pandals (marquees) but will try to cover more before the festivities end,” a young girl said with enthusiasm. Following the almanac, Mahashtami formally came to an end on Wednesday afternoon, and Mahanavami (ninth lunar day) began with Sandhi Puja held at their confluence. Amidst beats of ‘dhak’ or drums, some Puja communities like Bagbazar…

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Fighting dengue theme of a Durga Puja committee

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KOLKATA: A North Kolkata Durga Puja committee has created a giant mosquito at the entrance of the pandal to create awareness about Dengue. Fighting Dengue is the theme of ‘Baghbazar Palli Pujo O Prodorshoni’s’ Durga Puja in Rajballabh para area of the city this year, the organisers said. The giant mosquito, made of thermocol, about 10-feet in size, has been mounted on a container which is partly filled with water and has been kept in the courtyard of the puja pandal that resembles a British-era building. Worn-out tyres, coconut shells…

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This Durga has promised life to 3

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KOLKATA: On Mahashashthi, when the entire city was celebrating the homecoming of goddess Durga and the victory of good over evil, another Durga, a homemaker, played saviour to three lives in death. Durga Sadhu (59), a Baguiati resident, was declared brain dead at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals after suffering heavy intracranial bleeding on Monday evening. With her family consenting to donate her organs, the city medical and administrative machinery swung into action to make it possible for two renal failure patients and one with a failing liver to receive new organs.…

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Bondhu app to trace lost pandal-hoppers in WB

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KOLKATA: The West Bengal government is using a citizen utility mobile phone app to help locate Durga puja revellers who get lost during pandal hopping and tackle the issue of human trafficking, West Bengal minister Shashi Panja has said. The city police had last year launched the ‘Bondhu’ app to help people lodge grievances and alert cops at Lalbazar control room in case of any danger by pressing the panic button. Several incidents have been reported in the past when people, visiting the city during Durga puja, were lost in…

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Youth gunned down near puja pandal in Bengal

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CHINSURAH: Tension prevailed in Chinsurah after a youth was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Hooghly district, police said Wednesday. The incident happened at Chawkbazar area under the jurisdiction of Chinsurah police station on Tuesday night near a ‘Durga Puja’ Pandal, the police said. Four miscreants on two motorbikes chased the youth and shot him in the head, a police officer said, adding, the victim died on the spot. Puja revellers near the area fled the scene after hearing gunshots, the officer said. Five persons have been arrested in connection…

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Man killed by plumber who tried to rob jewellery

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KOLKATA: A 56-year-old resident of Gagan Sarkar Road in Beliaghata was allegedly murdered after her attacker tried to loot her jewellery. Police, who are awaiting the post-mortem report, have registered a case of unnatural death. The accused, a plumber identified as Bapi, was handed over to the cops who started a case under multiple IPC sections. The victim, Ava Saha, worked in a lamp factory. “Normally, the main gate of her house is locked while the door is kept ajar,” said Sabita Basu, the victim’s next door neighbour. “Around 2.30am…

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Tweak in traffic norms unclogs road to airport

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KOLKATA: Serpentine snarls near Sree Bhumi Puja pandal, which had left several fliers stranded on VIP Road for hours, triggering late shows and near-miss situations at the airport over the past three days, have prompted Bidhannagar City Police to go back to the drawing board and make changes to traffic plans. Immediate implementation of the new set of dos and don’ts brought speed and smoothness back on VIP Road from Monday evening. Such was the situation from Chaturthi that airlines had started issuing advisories to fliers to report at least…

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