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22nd annual conference of CBI will deliberate on legislative and regulatory gaps that have led to widespread growth of ponzi schemes across the country

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New Delhi, November 18, 2016: The CBI is all set to forward a proposal to the government for establishing a National Anti-Corruption Citizen Support Centre which aims to provide single point-of-contact to people across India, CBI Director Anil Sinha said on Thursday.

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“Our first working session is devoted to deliberations on establishing the support centre to provide 24×7 single point-of-contact for citizens. Hopefully, the discussions will be fruitful and we can go to the government very shortly with a concrete proposal for this centre,” Sinha said at the inauguration of the 22nd annual conference of CBI, heads of state Anti-Corruption Bureaux and Economic Offences Wings.

He said the conference will also deliberate on legislative and regulatory gaps that have led to widespread growth of ponzi schemes across the country, in which crores of innocent citizens have been cheated.

Sinha said the CBI had been actively engaged with the government in bringing a new legislation to ban these illegal deposit taking activities as “weaknesses in existing laws and regulations” have been identified.

“The discussions with all states would go a long way in giving strength to the new legislation which may be introduced in Parliament shortly,” Sinha said.

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The CBI chief stressed the need for information sharing and coordination among law enforcement agencies at the Centre and states to fight corruption.

“One session in the conference will study increase in cooperation among state and central agencies by building protocols that take note of concerns of each body… there are gains for all stakeholders in the exercise,” he said.

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Sinha announced that the central agency had completed the groundwork for setting up three world-class institutions — International Centre for Excellence in Investigation, International Centre for Excellence in Forensic Science and a Centralised Technology Vertical — to enhance CBI’s investigative capacity in the field of human resource, forensics and technology. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC