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Durga Puja, Muharram peaceful, do not pay heed to rumours: Bengal Police

The Bengal Police asked people to be cautious against rumours doing the rounds on social networking sites

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Kolkata, October 16, 2016: The West Bengal and Kolkata Police on Saturday requested people to not pay heed to rumours, asserting the Durga Puja and Muharram passed off peacefully, mirroring the “exemplary” communal harmony in the state.

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“Puja and Muharram passed off peacefully with active participation of all the people maintaining Communal Harmony. We express deep gratitude to all.

“The largest festival of Bengal attracting millions of people was a grand reflection of exemplary communal harmony by the people of Bengal. Please do not pay any heed to rumor mongering by mischievous elements,” the Kolkata Police said in a series of tweets.

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Reiterating the same, the Bengal Police asked people to be cautious against rumours doing the rounds on social networking sites.

“Some elements with ill motive trying to do rumor mongering through different means including social networking sites. Request to be cautious against them,” the state police tweeted.

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The advice from the police comes in the wake of recent reports of alleged clashes between two communities in certain areas in the state, including Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts.(IANS)

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Mamta Banerjee Issues Order for Stopping Durga Idol Immersions For a period of 24 Hours Due to Muharram Processions

Banerjee stated that no Durga idol immersion can be carried after 6 pm on Dashami (Sept 30) till October 1 due to Muharram processions

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia
  • This year, Durga Puja and Muharram are falling on the same day
  • Banerjee stated that the immersions can be carried on October 2,3 and 4
  • BJP confirmed its arrival in the court against Banerjee’s order

West Bengal, August 24, 2017: Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal clarified that immersion of Durga idols, after the four-day festival of Durga Puja, can take place barring a period of 24 hours.

Banerjee had issued an order earlier during the day against it as this year, Durga Puja and Muharram, the day of mourning for Muslims, are falling on the same day. Her announcement led to malign reactions on social media immediately which accused her of trying to appease the minority community.

“No idol immersion after 6 pm on Dashami (Sept 30) till October 1 due to Muharram processions, immersion will resume from October 2,” Banerjee stated officially.

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal clarified that immersion of Durga idols can take place barring a period of 24 hours

In the words of Mamta Banerjee, “Some people will try to create trouble on Hindu-Muslim grounds. Every religion is ours. But if there is a problem while a procession is passing a puja pandal, we will all be affected.”

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Muharram falls on October 1 this year. Banerjee stated that the immersions can be carried on October 2,3 and 4. The Chief Minister’s order has chances of upsetting the Hindus even though a similar order had been issued by her in 2016. However, last year’s order was stayed by the High Court of Kolkata.

In the meantime, BJP stated its arrival in the court against Banerjee’s order.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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