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Hindus in West Bengal hamlet prohibited from celebrating Durga Puja

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Nalhati, West Bengal: In what appears to be a clear case of curtailment of religious freedom, Hindu members of Nalhati village of Birbhum district have been prevented from celebrating Durga Puja for the past four years.

The Hindus have been prohibited by the village administration from observing the festival since 2012 after facing pressure from the Muslim community of the hamlet, according to a report published in NewsX.

The administration had earlier denied permission for the slaughter of cows to the members of the Muslim community. Following this, the Muslim community had pressurized the administration to deny permission and hence prevent Hindus from observing Durga Puja.

The administration unofficially admitted that giving permission to Durga Puja may lead to communal clashes.

So far the issue has been met with stoic silence by local and state-level political leaders. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is otherwise vocal about her opposition to growing intolerance in the society, is yet to speak out on the issue.

The mainstream media, which are otherwise very active in covering issues related to communalism and religious intolerance, have turned a blind eye. Except a few news channels and dailies like Navbharat Times, NewsX and Zee News, none of the news channels, papers, or online portals have covered the issue.

This adds to the growing list of instances wherein media bias and selective coverage stands exposed. The Hindu community which is in the majority in West Bengal continuous to face religious discrimination and intolerance across the state, but finds no one who is willing to address their grievances.

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West Bengal Government to Use High-Tech Drones for Connecting Critical Patients with Hospitals

Everything is under the thought process and depends on the feasibility study

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A feasibility study will be taken up to see if aerial robotics can be used to improve the healthcare facility in remote villages. Pixabay

In order to improve healthcare services in the remote areas of the state, the West Bengal government is thinking of using high-tech drones for connecting critical patients with hospitals and to facilitate immediate availability of supplies like blood reports from the labs and so on.

“A feasibility study will be taken up to see if aerial robotics can be used to improve the healthcare facility in remote villages. Everything is under the thought process and depends on the feasibility study. Healthcare is one of the key areas of the Mamata Banerjee government,” said the head of Chief Minister’s monitoring cell, Colonel (retd) Diptanshu Chaudhary.

He said once the idea seems feasible and the pilot project is successful, the government hospitals in areas like Darjeeling, Sunderbans and other remote villages would be equipped with these latest technologies which will add a new chapter to India’s medical history.

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In order to improve healthcare services in the remote areas of the state, the West Bengal government is thinking of using high-tech drones for connecting critical patients with hospitals, Pixabay

“The idea is to help a critical patient during the first four hours and save his life. For instance, if an immediate blood report is needed, drones can be used to get it from the nearest lab in such places,” he said.

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The Chief Minister’s monitoring cell ensures that the marginalised people get the best support as far as the beneficiary schemes are concerned. The body also tries to keep a check on corruption. (IANS)