The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination will be conducted at 25 exam centres in Siliguri today, amid strict precaution against COVID-19. Director of Siliguri Institute of Technology said, "1,500 students will appear in the examination at this centre.""We're abiding by all COVID-19 guidelines including thermal screening and sanitisation. If any student shows symptoms, they will be taken into isolation centre wherein invigilators will be wearing PPE kits," said Dr Pradosh Kumar Adhvaryyu.
In view of rising coronavirus cases, the West Bengal government has imposed a complete lockdown. Streets were deserted with very few vehicles moving on roads in WB's Siliguri on August 31. The state is observing complete lockdown for 2 days every week until end of August. On the other side, complete lockdown was also observed in East Medinipur district of West Bengal to contain the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown will continue till further orders. Shops were closed and complete lockdown was being observed in East Medinipur (Digha) in Bengal. West Bengal government extended the bi-weekly lockdown in the state till the middle of September. There are total 1,59,785 COVID19 cases in the state, as per the latest health bulletin.
BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on September 24 slammed Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee over latter's criticism against the farm bills. He said the West Bengal CM is opposing the agriculture bills because all 'cut money people' (middlemen) will vanish due to these farm reforms. "I want to assure the farmers of the state that this bill will prohibit the exploitation of farmers," he added.