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A resident (L) of the Domenico Sartor nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice, hugs her visiting daughter through a plastic screen in a so-called “Hug Room” amid the new coronavirus pandemic.(AFP)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By R Sukumar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 02:18 AM IST
In every country in the world, events and gatherings— from parties to a large motorcycle rally to even a biotech conference — have all been super-spreader events. Yet, over the past two months, India has bucked the trend.
Musclemen of the village slapped a boycott edict on 14 families that didn’t pay as much donation as demanded by them.(HT Photo/Representative)
Musclemen of the village slapped a boycott edict on 14 families that didn’t pay as much donation as demanded by them.(HT Photo/Representative)

14 tribal families ostracised for donating Rs 50 less for Durga Puja in MP

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 09:25 AM IST
The matter came to light after a month when the residents of Mote village lodged a complaint with Balaghat additional superintendent of police.
The victim died a day after he was picked up after he got into an argument with a neighbour on October 24.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The victim died a day after he was picked up after he got into an argument with a neighbour on October 24.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Three cops held over custodial death allegations in Bihar

Hindustan Times | By Avinash Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 02:05 PM IST
Software engineer Asutosh Pathak, 30, died in custody after he was picked up when he was visiting home for Durga Puja holidays
Devotees at a ghat during Chhath Puja in 2019.(HT Archive)
Devotees at a ghat during Chhath Puja in 2019.(HT Archive)

Kolkata: PIL to be filed to restrict gathering during Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, Chhath Puja

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 11:46 AM IST
West Bengal has witnessed a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases during the festive season with people coming out in large numbers for puja shopping, eating out and pandal-hopping without wearing masks and without maintaining physical distance
People throng a market for shopping ahead of Durga Puja festival, in Kolkata, earlier in October.(File photo)
People throng a market for shopping ahead of Durga Puja festival, in Kolkata, earlier in October.(File photo)

Kolkata: Over 3,200 people booked for not wearing masks during Durga Puja

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 11:34 AM IST
Kolkata Police had booked at least 2,631 people between October 16 and 20. In the preceding six days, another 787 violators were booked
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

Kolkata: Puja pandal gutted by fire in Salt Lake before immersion

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 08:43 AM IST
The blaze was brought under control by four fire tenders. West Bengal minister for fire and emergency services Sujit Bose visited the spot
The state government has ordered a phase-wise immersion of idols to be completed within three days, starting Monday.(Representational photo/AFP)
The state government has ordered a phase-wise immersion of idols to be completed within three days, starting Monday.(Representational photo/AFP)

Tripura government withdraws permission to host Durga Puja from a club for violating Covid-19 guidelines

Hindustan Times, Agartala | By Priyanka Deb Barman
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 06:43 PM IST
Bharat Ratna Sangha members have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005
A Durga idol being immersed in an artificial pond in Kolkata to reduce water pollution.(HT PHOTO)
A Durga idol being immersed in an artificial pond in Kolkata to reduce water pollution.(HT PHOTO)

Bengal tries out greener measures for idol immersion post Durga puja

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2020 12:07 PM IST
New measure have been introduced this time for immersion of Durga idols to keep the Hooghly river and other water bodies in Kolkata clean.
A priest performs ‘aarti’ of Goddess Durga in Kolkata on October 25.(AFP)
A priest performs ‘aarti’ of Goddess Durga in Kolkata on October 25.(AFP)

5 killed in boat capsize during Durga idol immersion in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Berhampore | By Sreyasi Pal
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 09:40 AM IST
Police said that the revellers didn’t take any permission from the police to hold the immersion procession; also, too many people had boarded the two boats, in violation of the social distancing norms in place because of Covid-19
A local puja committee is only the one that will keep up with the tradition in the river, which forms a natural boundary between the two countries.(Representational Photo/AFP)
A local puja committee is only the one that will keep up with the tradition in the river, which forms a natural boundary between the two countries.(Representational Photo/AFP)

West Bengal: Idol immersion in River Ichamati to be a low-key affair this year

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2020 12:20 PM IST
The North 24 Parganas district, where the annual event is organised, has recorded around 71,000 Covid-19 cases to date
Happy Dussehra and Vijayadashmi 2020!
Happy Dussehra and Vijayadashmi 2020!

Happy Dussehra 2020: SMS, GIFs, WhatsApp messages and Facebook statuses to share during Vijayadashmi

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 01:43 PM IST
Happy Dussehra 2020: Share these wishes, quotes, Facebook and WhatsApp messages with family and friends to join in the celebration of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana.
Covid-19: Effect of paracetamol and other precautions during winters(Twitter/LiamVernon/Aroguden)
Covid-19: Effect of paracetamol and other precautions during winters(Twitter/LiamVernon/Aroguden)

Covid-19: As winter chill hints at a second wave, here’s why young people are at more risk, how paracetamol helps and other precautions

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 09:01 AM IST
Since the vaccine for Covid-19 is likely to become widely available only by mid-2021, you should be educated about the correct dosage of medicines like paracetamol for self-medication as the onset of winter in India might take the coronavirus tally higher, especially among young people. Here are some precautions for the asymptomatic and those already cured of the disease
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)

‘Everyone should get success’: PM Modi wishes nation on Mahanavami

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 08:37 AM IST
“Heartiest greetings to the countrymen on Mahanavami. On this auspicious day of Navratri, the ninth power of Mother Durga is worshiped by Goddess Siddhidatri. With the blessings of Maa Siddhidatri, everyone should get success in their works,” said PM Modi on Twitter.
Nusrat Jahan was voted to the Lok Sabha in the 2019 General Elections as a member of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress party from West Bengal’s Basirhat constituency(PTI)
Nusrat Jahan was voted to the Lok Sabha in the 2019 General Elections as a member of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress party from West Bengal’s Basirhat constituency(PTI)

Watch: TMC MP Nusrat Jahan dances, plays ‘dhaak’ at Suruchi Sangha

Hindustan Times | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 06:04 PM IST
The 30-year-old was seen sporting a traditional red-and-white saree, performing a few dance moves as the ‘dhakis’ provided the music.
RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav addressing a crowd during an election meeting, ahead of Bihar Assembly elections, in Nalanda on Friday.(ANI)
RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav addressing a crowd during an election meeting, ahead of Bihar Assembly elections, in Nalanda on Friday.(ANI)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Low-key Durga Puja but packed rallies amid Covid-19 irk Bajrang Dal activists, puja organisers

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Avinash Kumar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 04:00 PM IST
While permission for puja on a large scale has not been granted, the full-blown electioneering wherein social distancing norms are not being followed has some Bajrang Dal activists threatening to boycott the upcoming election
In this theme-based pandal, goddess Durga is seen crowning the health-care worker.(ANI)
In this theme-based pandal, goddess Durga is seen crowning the health-care worker.(ANI)

Bengal pandal depicts Durga crowning a health care worker, swiftly goes viral

Murshidabad, West Bengal | By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 02:24 PM IST
In this unique representation, the goddess Durga has been depicted as paying tribute to a woman health worker with a crown in her hand, instead of her customary trident (Trishul).
As one leaves behind the Badamtala pandal area, certain scenes of Aparajito, the sequel in Apu trilogy, come alive in 66 Pally Puja, located next(Alamy Stock Photo)
As one leaves behind the Badamtala pandal area, certain scenes of Aparajito, the sequel in Apu trilogy, come alive in 66 Pally Puja, located next(Alamy Stock Photo)

Three Durga Puja committees theme celebrations on Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 05:10 PM IST
While Badamtala Asar Sangha, one of the popular pujas in the city, themed their celebrations on the Pather Panchali, two other neighbourhood clubs completed the cycle with the sequels - Aparajito and Apur Sansar.
Md Ali Park had always brought up contemporary issues through idol and models without deviating much from the ‘sabeki protima’(AFP)
Md Ali Park had always brought up contemporary issues through idol and models without deviating much from the ‘sabeki protima’(AFP)

Fight against coronavirus theme of Md Ali Park Durga Puja

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 12:12 PM IST
Two health workers clad in PPE are seen attending a Covid patient, in another scene frontline Covid warriors like policemen are seen persuading people on the road to wear masks.
Established in 1953, the Tarun Sangha Club located at Dhaleswar in Agartala took the initiative this year to express sympathy to the bereaved family members of three persons, including the club’s former secretary, who died of Covid-19 in the neighbourhood.(Sourced)
Established in 1953, the Tarun Sangha Club located at Dhaleswar in Agartala took the initiative this year to express sympathy to the bereaved family members of three persons, including the club’s former secretary, who died of Covid-19 in the neighbourhood.(Sourced)

Tripura club organises Durga Puja sans idol in remembrance of three local Covid-19 casualties

Hindustan Times, Agartala | By Priyanka Deb Barman
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 11:48 AM IST
Adhering to the prescribed guidelines for Durga Puja, the club reduced the scope of devotees gathering by organising ghot puja (puja of a kalash instead of an idol)
Friday was Saptami of Durga Puja.(Representational Photo/HT)
Friday was Saptami of Durga Puja.(Representational Photo/HT)

West Bengal’s Miriti village misses former president Pranab Mukherjee on Durga Puja

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 09:37 AM IST
No matter where he was, he used to make it a point to come to the village during Durga Puja and hold the puja in his ancestral house, said a resident of Miriti
The image shows the Durga idol.(ANI)
The image shows the Durga idol.(ANI)

31-foot Durga idol slaying the virus set up at puja pandal in Hyderabad

Hyderabad | By Asian News International| Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 09:11 AM IST
Gulab Srinivas, the organiser of the Durga Puja pandal, claimed that the idol, made of clay and grass, was eco-friendly.
Tinaa Dattaa has been missing pandal hopping.
Tinaa Dattaa has been missing pandal hopping.

Celebs enjoy festivities at home; say pandemic can’t dampen the festive spirit

Mumbai | By Kavita Awaasthi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 03:12 PM IST
Tinaa Dattaa, Debina Bonnerjee, Shrenu Parikh and Sharbani Mukherjee talk about how they celebrated Durga Puja and Navratri despite Covid-19
Women in Kolkata performing the 'Dhunachi' dance on the arrival procession of the Goddess Durga idol at their community puja pandal ahead of Durga Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic.(PTI)
Women in Kolkata performing the 'Dhunachi' dance on the arrival procession of the Goddess Durga idol at their community puja pandal ahead of Durga Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic.(PTI)

Excerpt from Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia edited by Caleb Simmons, Moumita Sen and Hillary Rodrigues

Hindustan Times | By Hillary Rodrigues
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 01:57 PM IST
This extract from an essay by Hillary Rodrigues looks at the procedures and symbolism of the Bengali Durga Puja
A puja pandal on the theme of The Jungle Book in Kolkata.(ANI)
A puja pandal on the theme of The Jungle Book in Kolkata.(ANI)

Pandemic, ban on visitors, and rain ensure Kolkata’s Durga Puja remains muted one

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 10:11 AM IST
Puja organisers said while the number of visitors is low this year because of the threat of the pandemic, the crowd seemed to have dropped even further after the high court’s order banning the entry of visitors inside pandals
The few organisers who have got permission for Durga Puja this year are following the rituals with smaller idols of the deities or by installing ‘holy urns’ (kalash sthapana) in their premises.(HT photo)
The few organisers who have got permission for Durga Puja this year are following the rituals with smaller idols of the deities or by installing ‘holy urns’ (kalash sthapana) in their premises.(HT photo)

Play, pause, repeat: Durga Puja moves from pandals to phones

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Dey
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 02:17 AM IST
This year the popular pushpanjali ritual went online with the Durga Puja celebrations going low-key in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic and only around 50 organisers in the city getting the district administration’s approval for minimum arrangements (even though gatherings are prohibited).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he inaugurates a Durga Puja pandal, via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Thursday, October 22, 2020.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he inaugurates a Durga Puja pandal, via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Thursday, October 22, 2020.(PTI)

Centre working for fast development of West Bengal: PM Modi

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the people of West Bengal today on the commencement of Durga Puja virtually and said this festival reflects the unity and strength of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata virtually via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata virtually via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI Photo)

PM Modi’s Bengal poll pitch hinges on delivery of development, promise of change

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 03:20 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reeled off data on the number of beneficiaries in West Bengal of Central government welfare programmes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the people of West Bengal on the occasion of Durga Puja, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the people of West Bengal on the occasion of Durga Puja, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

PM Modi invokes Durga to reaffirm commitment to women’s empowerment

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 01:42 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remark came in the backdrop of a string of incidents of rape and murder of women, including the Hathras incident that shocked the nation and triggered outrage against the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
PM Modi addressing Durga Puja event (ANI)
PM Modi addressing Durga Puja event (ANI)

PM Modi inaugurates Durga Puja event in Bengal, renews pitch for Covid-19 protocols

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 01:31 PM IST
PM Modi’s Durga Puja address: Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi also talked about various schemes implemented by his govt for people of West Bengal. He also said the state will play a major role in ‘Purvodaya.’
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