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Kolkata: Showing solidarity and deepest condolences towards those killed in last week’s Paris terror attack, two of the city’s iconic monuments – the Victoria Memorial and the Shaheed Minar – have been illuminated in the French national colors.

Victoria Memorial’s curator Jayanta Sengupta said on Friday that the monument dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria will remain illuminated in the French tricolor for a week.

It’s our humble attempt to show solidarity with all those who lost their lives in the attack and express concern on the growing magnitude of terrorism across the globe,

The Shaheed Minar was erected in 1828, in memory of Major General Sir David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company. It was re-dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Indian freedom movement in August 1969.

The coordinated Mumbai-style bombings and shootings in the French capital on November 13 killed 129 people and injured some 350 others.

While people from all walks of life took out candlelight vigil post the attack, a minute’s silence was observed during the inauguration of the 21st edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival on Saturday to pay respects to the terror attack victims.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Filmmaker-actor-singer Farhan Akhtar pointed out a “glaring error” made in a West Bengal school book and urged the West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to rectify it.

Farhan, who played the title role in the Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh’s biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, pointed out that a Bengali school textbook carried his image instead of the athlete.

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“To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singhji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book? Sincerely,” Farhan tweeted on Sunday.

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On the work front, he will be next seen in director Shonali Bose’s “The Sky Is Pink”, alongside Priyanka Chopra and Zaira Wasim. (IANS)