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Elections in 107 municipalities and Howrah Municipal Corporation will be held by the end of February.

A Day after the Calcutta High Court asked the West Bengal Election Commission (SEC) to consider postponing of elections in four Municipal Corporations scheduled on January 22, the state government has written to the state poll body that they don't have any objection if the SEC decides to postpone the election for another 4 to 6 weeks considering the Covid situation in the state.

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A photo (c. 1909) by Ada Lee. It shows Hindu pilgrims gathering at Magha Mela at Ganga Sagar, West Bengal.

Even as the land for the Magh Mela township has shrunk due to the Ganga changing its course, there are more than 3,000 religious, social and spiritual organisations who have sought land to set up their respective camps at the 47-day long event. Officials said that the problem of soil erosion was still persisting forcing the Magh Mela authorities to make alternate arrangements. District Magistrate (Magh Mela) Shesh Mani Pandey said that the work of land allotment was underway in all five sectors.

"After facing the problem of soil erosion due to strong current of river water, mela authorities have made the alternate arrangements and camps of different organisations are being shifted to safer places," said Pandey.

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recurring cyclonic storms like 'Yaas' or 'Amphan'

In an effort to create a natural defence mechanism against the recurring cyclonic storms like 'Yaas' or 'Amphan', the West Bengal government plans to construct a robust and ecologically sustainable 'bio-shield' along the state's coastline and the Sundarbans islands. The natural barrier artificially engineered will be the first of its kind in the country.

Prodded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state government formed a 24-member committee of experts, headed by state pollution control board chairman Kalyan Rudra, a river expert. In September this year. The committee came up with a detailed report to control the devastating cyclone that is not only destroying the embankments and vegetation but also posing a serious threat to human lives.

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shallow focus photo of girl holding newspaper

West Bengal is the only major state in the country where girl students have outnumbered boys. A recent survey released by the Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) shows that only three other states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya have enrolled more girl students than boys. State-wise data released by the UDISE+ shows that of the 18,74,87,792 students enrolled from pre-primary to class XII in the academic session of 2019-20, there are 2,32,012 more girls students than boys. When the number of girl students is 94,89,902, the number of boy students is 92,57,890.

"For the last five years, it has been the continuous effort of the state government to promote and empower girls. The Kanyashree project has been massively successful. Most states in the country including the Central government have similar projects to educate and empower girls but West Bengal's success lies in the implementing mechanism. When the other states tried to reach the grassroots level through Panchayats, West Bengal is the only state where Kanyashree has been implemented through the administrative mechanism," a senior official from the state Women and Child Welfare Department said.

Student This social and administrative compulsion has allowed the girl students better access to schools and education Photo by Nikhita S on Unsplash

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