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Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh), April 28, 2017: The trial run of the first electric taxi in the country will start from May 24 in Nagpur, Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari said on Friday.

The Minister — here to review the ongoing construction of Eastern Peripheral Expressway – said the Nagpur Municipal Corporation will undertake the project.

“The project will be launched on May 24. We wanted to start it early but there were some problems in setting up charging stations,” said Gadkari.

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Along with Gadkari, the Chairperson of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Yudhvir Singh Malik, and Baghpat Lok Sabha member Satyapal Singh were present.

According to Gadkari, e-taxis will be part of the government’s plan to reduce pollution. Nagpur is represented by Gadkari in the Lok Sabha.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway is expected to be thrown open by August 2017 and the two roads will divert around two lakh vehicles passing through the national capital to reduce Delhi’s traffic congestion by 50 per cent beside checking its pollution.

The 135-km project, built at a cost of Rs 7,558 crore by five major construction firms on divided stretches, was started after a Supreme Court directive in 2006 to construct a ring road to by-pass Delhi for vehicles moving between Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and further to other states.

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Initially the project was to take 2.5 years. But following the Prime Minister’s directive, the project is being constructed within 400 days.

According to Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, of the total cost, Rs 1,795.20 crore will be used for land acquisition, settlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities in parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh that it passes through.

The widening work will be carried out under Engineering Procurement and Construction model of development.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway will become India’s first green road to be lit entirely by solar panels and have an advanced traffic system.

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The project, which commenced in May 2016, will use a million tones flyash from National Thermal Power Corp’s plants to utilise waste and minimise pollution.

The Expressway passes through Sonipat, Baghpat, Gaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The proposed alignment crosses the Yamuna at Khurrampur/Khata in Uttar Pradesh and Faizpur Khadar in Haryana and crosses the river Hindon. (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