Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal's Malda on March 2. One of the main themes of his speech was the claim that the Hindu religion is under threat in the state. He claimed that Durga Puja is being restricted, while forced cow slaughter is carried out during Eid in Bengal. The state will vote in 8 phases between March 27 and April 29, with results being declared on May 2. Watch the full video for more.
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'Jai Shree Ram' slogans echoed during Union Home Minister Amit Shah's address in South 24 Parganas. He accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of stopping 'Saraswati pujan' in schools. Amit Shah said, "Shouldn't Durga Puja take place in WB? Court permission needs to be obtained for it. Shouldn't Saraswati Puja take place? She had stopped it, only after BJP's pressure she was seen worshipping Goddess Saraswati. Didi, Bengal knows that you stopped 'Saraswati pujan' in schools."
The Winter Olympics in Beijing are under growing calls for a boycott because of China’s policy on the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang, policy that the US government has deemed “genocide.” Beijing has vehemently denied such accusations and lashed out at what it calls the politicization of sports. Now one of America’s most prominent Olympians, skier Mikaela Shiffrin, tells CNN she should not have to choose between her morals and her job.
Chinese Community staged a car rally against Communist Party of China in city of Burlington, Ontario, Canada on Feb. 21. The Car rally went all across Malls and Shopping Plaza to aware Canadians about the danger of Communist Party of China. The banners on all cars were waving with Slogans "China Lied, People Died". On the following day, Canada's parliament passed a non-binding motion on Monday saying China's treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region constitutes genocide, putting pressure on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to follow suit.
Cafe Karvaan lies in the middle of a Muslim ghetto in Delhi's Jamia Nagar. The aesthetically done up space is just one month old and fast becoming a hub for culture, conversation and some cofee or chai, whichever is your preference. The founders of the quaintlittle terrace space want to change the perception of a Muslim ghetto and make it place for people from all walks of life to meet.
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The UK’s Vaccination Program is moving at breakneck speed, but a lack of reach to communities in need of vaccine and virus information have impacted case numbers and infection rates – particularly among ethnic minorities who have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Now, one London community is taking action by setting up a vaccination center inside the largest Hindu temple in all of Europe. CNN’s Salma Abdelaziz reports.
The restoration work of Seto Macchindranath Temple, one of the 28 heritage sites which will be reconstructed with the help of India's assistance, has begun on Sunday in Kathmandu. Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyawali and Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya jointly carried out 'Bhoomi Pooja' for the restoration of Seto Machindranath temple. The conservation work of Seto Machindranath temple is the first of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken by the Indian government. New Delhi has committed a sum of 580 crores for cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by Nepal Government and both India and Nepal signed Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) in August 2017. The Seto Machindranath Temple will be conserved as per Nepal's Ancient Monument Preservation Act, and the Department of Archaeology's Basic Guidelines and Manual for conservation and reconstruction of heritage affected by the 2015 earthquake using material close to the original building material at the time of its construction as per the traditional ethos, local traditions, and values that sustain and enriches such living heritage sites in Nepal. The temple located in the heart of Kathmandu city is visited by Hindus and Buddhist devotees to worship Seto Machindranath are considered to be one of the Protectors of the Kathmandu Valley.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Centre over the National Education Policy 2020. Rahul said that the Centre introduced NEP 2020 without consulting teachers and students. He added that NEP is used as a weapon to communalise and push a particular ideology. The Congress leader also spoke on how to remove religion from political discourse among youth. He was interacting with professors at St Xavier's College in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli. “An education system is for our students and it is run by our teachers. Any education policy has to come from a conversation with students and professors. There is too much power being centralised in one institution (in the NEP). This centralisation of power is going to damage the education system. The positive side is that it is reasonably flexible on many counts. But is a weapon to communalise, to push a particular ideology into Indian society,” he said. Rahul added, “You don't want to necessarily remove religion from the political discourse. As long as ideas are competing without hatred and anger, there is no problem. Problem is when you say that you can't speak because you're from a certain religion. Govt says they represent Hinduism but ideas they espouse have nothing to do with it.”
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Siliguri on February 28 witnessed a cricket tournament wherein visually-impaired players portrayed their talent and love for the sport. Organised by Uttarer Dishari NGO, match was played at Siliguri's Dabgram Maidan. 4 cricket teams from North Bengal took part in this 1-day knock out tournament. Tournament was held to encourage visually-impaired players to take part in sport events and boost their morale. Players were extremely happy and requested for more such tournaments. Match witnessed spectators in large numbers who gathered to encourage these players.
First 4-day long Mahananda Bird festival kicked off at Sukna under Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary on February 20. Festival aimed to spread awareness about different species of birds in region. More than 250 avian species are found in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Seven stalls including the animal resources development department, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Bombay Natural History Society, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, World Wildlife Fund, Sukna Squad have been set up in the festival. Birds like Red-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, different type of Yuhina, Long-tailed Broadbill, Green Magpie, Chestnut Winged Cuckoo, Crested Kingfisher, Black-napped Monarch, Greater Racket tailed Drongo, are found in the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.
Around 2,000 sanitation workers demonstrated in West Bengal's Siliguri against the state government, demanding their jobs to be made permanent. Workers agitated under the banner of Uttarbanga Safai Karmachari Samity in Siliguri on February 17. Group leader said that they called for an indefinite strike until state government accepts their demands.
To promote and popularize bamboo for industrial and domestic application, a workshop was organized at Pragna Bhavan in Agartala on March 1. The workshop was organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Advanced Materials and Process Research Institute CSIR-AMPRI, Bhopal, and Tripura State Council for Science and Technology organized the workshop. Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura Jishnu Dev Varma inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp in presence of other dignitaries. During the workshop, scientists and researchers interacted with bamboo growers and producers beside various entrepreneurs. Demonstrations were given on sustainable utilization of bamboo through the integration of the environment, society, and economy. Tripura is one of the major growers of bamboo that has tremendous untapped potential for transforming the rural economy. The state under the Tripura Bamboo Mission (TBM) has been working on propagation, cultivation, processing, value addition, and product development from bamboo.
Under Agartala Smart City Limited (ASCL) project, Tripura has begun its first plastic road construction by using non-recyclable plastic waste. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the road by unveiling the plaque along with a few other projects of the ASCL during a program held at Agartala on Feb 22. Deb said this project is an initiative to make the state plastic-free through sustainable use of plastic waste. Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav, District Magistrate of West Tripura district, who also is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASCL said that on a trial basis, a stretch of 680-meter road at BK road has been constructed by mixing waste plastic with bitumen at a cost of around Rs70 lakh. He added further that in the coming days, more such plastic roads will be constructed to reuse the plastic waste generated. Under Agartala Smart City projects, 40 smart bus stops with CCTV cameras have also been constructed at various places in Agartala.
Students and teachers from various schools, colleges and educational institutions held a march in Tripura's Agartala. They held a long march to mark the International Mother Language Day on February 21. International Mother Language Day recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion and the sustainable development goals' focus on leaving no one behind. International Mother Language Day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.