Religious places like the Thantania Kali temple and Lake Kali Bari also reopened, but the Kalighat temple remained closed. "A decision on reopening will be taken by the shrine committee," sources said.
The cyclone has already triggered heavy rains in coastal Odisha and West Bengal, uprooting trees and forcing evacuation of over four lakh people.
Drinking water and electricity was restored in most parts of Kolkata on Wednesday, a week after a cyclonic storm tore through the state, decimating houses, uprooting trees and snapping power cables.
The Indian Army has been mobilised to help with the clean-up after super cyclone Amphan hit Kolkata, as thousands protested over power and water shortages. Army and NDRF teams have been helping forest department and civic agencies to get cyclone-ravaged West Bengal back on its feet. On Friday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the situation as "more than a national calamity" and put the estimated loss at more than Rs 1 lakh crore.
Kolkata, May 17 (ANI): To curb the spread of COVID-19, Yellow Taxi Association is getting geared up by making special arrangements for the safety of passengers. They are using plastic shield covers to separate row of driver and passenger’s seats to mitigate the spread. Taxis are also being sanitized. Taxi services are yet to resume in the city. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Kolkata stands at 2461, which includes 225 deaths so farWatch: Yellow taxis of Kolkata gear up to resume service
It asked passengers to reach the airport three hours before departure time since COVID-19 prevention measures such as bag sanitisation and thermal screening will take longer than usual.
Indian Army on Sunday conducted restoration work at Purna Das Road in south Kolkata, following cyclone Amphan. On Saturday, the Central Government sent five columns of Indian Army to help the state restore infrastructure in Kolkata. The Centre took this decision after receiving a request from the West Bengal government."Based on the request from the Government of West Bengal, five columns were deployed today in the state to assist the civil administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan. West Bengal: Indian Army conducts restoration work in Kolkata after cyclone Amphan
Two central teams are in West Bengal to look into the state's preparedness for tackling the COVID-19 outbreak.
Addressing a press conference here, NDRF chief Pradhan said two teams each from Chennai and Pune are being airlifted to Kolkata in view of the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan and they will be at the disposal of the West Bengal government. He said the teams were scheduled to depart at 4.30 pm and arrive at Kolkata at around 8.30 pm.
Cyclone Amphan: Waterlogging at Kolkata airport. Tarmac in the airport has completely been submerged.Watch: Cyclone Amphan leaves Kolkata airport flooded
The situation related to Cyclone Amphan, which has started landfall, is fast transforming and a close watch is being kept, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General S N Pradhan said on Wednesday. IMD Director General Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, while briefing media on Cyclone Amphan, said Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly can witness extensive damage.Cyclone Amphan: Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly can witness extensive damage, says IMD
Deputy Director of India Meteorological Department in Kolkata, Sanjib Bandyopadhyay on May 20 said cyclone Amphan, which will hit coastal parts of West Bengal in the evening hours and then venture towards Bangaldesh, is likely to retain its intensity till the morning of May 21. “Cyclone Amphan lies 177 kms south southeast of Digha. After landfall, it is likely to move north northeast close to Kolkata. At the time of crossing coast, wind speed to be around 155-165 kmph. It is likely to retain intensity as cyclone till May 21 morning,” Bandyopadhyay told media in Kolkata. Cyclone Amphan likely to maintain intensity till May 21 morning: IMD Kolkata
"We are being sent on duty in high-risk areas. There are several policemen who have been infected with the virus. This cannot go on," a police officer of the Combat Force said.
Buses and taxis crashed against each other, small fishing boats turned turtle and grounded planes shook at the inundated Kolkata airport as winds of up to 190 kmph rampaged through West Bengal, already reeling under the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown caused by it.
Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) carried out inspection in COVID-19 hotspots in Kolkata on April 24. There is complete prohibition on the movement of the people from the 'Red Zones' to outside areas and vice versa. IMCT visited quarantine center at Dumurjala stadium to review COVID-19 preparations. Earlier, Inter-Ministerial Central Team was blocked by West Bengal government from carrying out their duty of assessing COVID-19 risk zone.Coronavirus outbreak: IMCT carries out inspection in red zones of Kolkata
The hackers demanded ransom to release the data which were encrypted from their computers, a senior officer of the Kolkata Police said.
Rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 conducted at Belgachia in Kolkata. Belgachia area is one of the most sensitive areas of West Bengal. 392 cases of coronavirus reported in West Bengal as of now. In wake of coronavirus, the nation is under lockdown currently. Coronavirus outbreak: Rapid antibody tests conducted in Kolkata’s Belgachia
The decision was taken based on the recommendations given by the vice-chancellors of the state universities, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced on Sunday.
The cyclone 'Amphan' is expected to make a landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh coast this afternoon or evening.
Mamata Banerjee said that the kin of each of those killed in the cyclone will get Rs 2.5 lakh each while those badly injured and others with minor injuries will get Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively. The CM also announced a fund of Rs 6,250 crore to assist the affected people to build houses, help farmers, and provide assistance for betel leaf plantations.
Kolkata police came under attack when they confronted the locals for flouting the lockdown norms on Friday night. The five officers were on lockdown duty. The incident happened in the Metiabruz area in Kolkata.Watch: Locals flouted lockdown norms, attacked police in Kolkata
High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das visited the Indian nationals going to Tripura through the Akhaura-Agartala Integrated Check Post and interacted with them.
On one hand, Cyclone Amphan has wreaked havoc in large parts of south Bengal and affected millions of people, while on the other, it has also opened up livelihood opportunities for electricians and daily wagers sitting idle for more than two months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
COVID-19 has taken away everything we had our freedom, our peace of mind and even our lives. Now, the time has come to take revenge on the coronavirus by digesting it, literally.
Kolkata, Apr 07 (ANI): Even as the country has not reached midway in its fight against coronavirus, a sweet shop owner in Kolkata has come up with ‘corona’ sweets which look like the coronavirus to “uplift the spirit” of the people in these testing times. Cakes, cupcakes and other desserts were designed in shape of coronavirus, and according to the shop owner, the idea behind it was to tell people to fight and digest the virus and not vice versa. “Thousands of people are dying due to the coronavirus. It's a message to uplift the spirit of people that we will fight and digest corona and not vice versa,” the shop owner said.‘Corona’ sweets pop up at Kolkata confectionery to ‘digest’ the virus
The inter-ministerial central teams visiting West Bengal to take stock of situation relating to COVID-19, toured several areas of Kolkata and Siliguri on Sunday to inspect if lockdown restriction were being followed.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged people to have patience as the administration was working tirelessly to restore normalcy.
The two countries have lost at least 102 people in the cyclone, the most powerful in over a decade, mostly because of house collapses and electrocution. More than 3 million people were evacuated before Amphan made landfall, preventing a large number of deaths.
The death toll due to Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal has risen to 85, as angry Kolkatans resorted to protest and road blockades in various parts of the city over the administration's failure to restore normalcy even after three days.
The prime minister undertook an aerial survey of the vast swamp that many districts have turned into, after the cyclone dumped copious rain on Wednesday and the accompanying winds flattened homes, bludgeoned massive trees to the ground like matchsticks, and plunged city after city into darkness.
In the view of cyclone Amphan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 1000 crore for the emergency fund but he didn’t clarify whether it will be advance or package. “Prime Minister announced Rs 1000 crore for the emergency fund but he didn't clarify whether it'll be advance or a package. He said he'll decide later on but he said it may be advance also. I said whatever you will give you decide, we'll give you details. We have to help people so we've started relief work. I told PM that we'll get Rs 53,000 Cr from central govt regarding food subsidy, social schemes and central schemes wherever our money is there. So I said you try to give some money to us so that we can work in this crisis,” said CM Banerjee.Cyclone Amphan: ‘Rs 1000 cr emergency fund announced by PM lacks clarity’, says CM Mamata
After conducting an aerial survey of some of the affected areas and attending a review meeting along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Basirhat, she said that there is a need to work together at this hour of crisis.
"So far as per the reports we have received, 72 people have died in the state due to Cyclone Amphan. Two districts - North and South 24 Parganas are completely devastated. We have to rebuild those districts from scratch. I would urge the Central government to extend all help to the state," Banerjee said after conducting a review meeting with officials.
All necessary precautions in terms of maintaining social distancing and sanitisation are being taken to ensure health safety of staff and customers at these facilities.
Restoration work by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel is underway at Airport Road in Kolkata after cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc the area. Fire brigade team is also working in the city to remove uprooted trees. In Odisha’s Kendrapara restoration work by NDRF also underway as high velocity winds and heavy rains left a trail of destruction. Local lives got affected due to it in both states. Several damages were caused by the cyclone in West Bengal and Odisha after making landfall on May 20. Cyclone Amphan: Restoration work by NDRF underway in West Bengal, Odisha
The IMD said under the influence of the storm, squalls with wind speed 30 to 40 kilometres per hour are very likely in Meghalaya and west Assam during the next 12 hours.
Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked shrimp farms vital to the local economy.
Apart from connecting people over phone, their executives also deliver essentials and facilitates teleconsultaion with doctors. In case of emergency, they also offer hospital transfer service.
The width of the wall cloud is around 120 kilometres and the diameter of the eye is about 40 kilometres. The rear side is about 120 kilometres and the entire process will be completed by 3-4 hours.
Kolkata Meteorological Department said the landfall process began at 2.30 pm in West Bengal and will continue for four more hours. The landfall process commenced since 2:30 PM, will continue for about 4 hours. The forward sector of the wall cloud region is entering into land in West Bengal. Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in West Bengal
The Centre on Monday said the coronavirus situation is "especially serious" in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other places in West Bengal, and violation of lockdown measures risk the spread of the novel coronavirus.
A day after the Centre announced the extension of coronavirus lockdown, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that the extension will be applied in the state as well till May 31. "The containment zones in urban and rural areas have been divided into three categories: A - affected zones; B - buffer zone and C - clean zone. While all shops will be closed in A zones, in B zones only some activities will be happening and the C zones will be completely open," Banerjee said at a video conference.Covid-19 crisis: West Bengal extends lockdown till May 31, relaxations announced
Containment zones will be divided into three zones-- affected zones, buffer zone and clean zone, Mamata Banerjee said.
They feel that it was lack of opportunities that drove them to work outside the state, now they have vowed to create opportunities locally.
Since a large number of residents from West Bengal are in Bangladesh, special efforts have been undertaken by the High Commission of India in Dhaka to identify those who with compelling reasons to return and accorded them due priority, according to informed sources. The Bengal government had earlier dragged its feet on the issue, ET was the first to report.
A cyclonic storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal lay 1,220 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal on Saturday morning, and is likely to bring heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal districts of the state from May 19, the Met office said.
Vistara's Chief Commercial Officer Vinod Kannan said, "We are seeing a reasonable demand on some of the routes and are happy to add more flights to fly people home and help them reunite with their loved ones. This also enabled us to deploy India's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Delhi-Kolkata route on 28 and 29 May 2020."
At present, the size of the domestic spices market is estimated at Rs 75,000-80,000 crore.
West Bengal Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay on Saturday briefed the 24 hours to report of COVID-19 in the state. He said 11 deaths and 108 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours. “Number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1243,” he added.Coronavirus in West Bengal: 11 deaths, 108 fresh cases reported in last 24 hours
Droves of mobile users in Kolkata and rest of West Bengal remained without connectivity for over 40 hours as power outages and fibre cuts continued to scupper early restoration of mobile and tower networks. Those who managed to get access to home broadband experienced dismal speeds.
The state's TMC government has been drawing consistent criticism from the Centre and opposition parties over the way it has tackled the pandemic, and has been accused of under- reporting data about the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
West Bengal State Beverages Corporation (WBSBCL) has started accepting online orders for liquor in state for home delivery. This initiative was taken amid coronavirus pandemic by the state government. It was done to ensure social distancing and minimizing footfall at retail outlets. WBSBCL has launched e-Retail for online booking and home delivery of liquor. There are total 1456 confirmed cases of coronavirus in West Bengal. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 active cases rose to 35, 902 with 1783 deaths in India.COVID-19 crisis: West Bengal starts online delivery of liquor amid lockdown 3.0
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said stricter enforcement of lockdown was necessary and the problems have arisen due to ostracism of healthcare professionals and lack of quarantine facilities in the state.
Referring to the Centre's decision to send health teams to places with high incidence of COVID-19, Derek O'Brien, another senior leader of the party, said the fact that only one team has been sent to Bengal proves that the situation here is far better than other states.
The Covid-19 infection may peak in late June nationally, a study by the Kolkata-based Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) showed. Going by the trend of the model’s curve and effective reproduction number (2.2), more than 1.5 lakh would be infected at the peak, which could occur in late-June.
As Amit Shah arrived in the city in the morning, hundreds of Left and Congress protesters, carrying black flags and anti-CAA posters, demonstrated outside the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport and raised 'go back' slogans.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a day-long visit to Kolkata where he is scheduled to address the rally at the Shaheed Minar Ground and also inaugurate a new building of the National Security Guards (NSG) at Rajarhat and hold closed-door meetings with state BJP leadership along with Nadda.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said experts and doctors are of the opinion that the restrictions imposed to check the spread of COVID-19 should continue in the state till the end of May.
The sit-in demonstration on the lines of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi began at Park Circus Maidan on January 7 with 60 women protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. "We were requested by the government to stop the gathering of protesters as a sit-in on a rotational basis. This has been allowed by the government," said Asmat Jamil, one of the organisers of Park Circus sit-in.
The GRSEL is a strategically important warship building facility on the banks of the Hooghly river that caters to the combat requirements of the Navy and the Coast Guard.
An estimated 1.6 million buses and one million cars of about 20,000 small, medium and large passenger transport operators in the country are out of business, and they don’t expect to be back on the road until at least the very end of the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, which may take months.
The decision was to shift subsidiary desk offices along with respective marketing and sales offices of subsidiaries, Eastern Coalfields, Bharat Coking Coal, Central Coalfields, South Eastern Coalfields and Mahanadi Coalfields from Kolkata to their respective subsidiary headquarters.
A clash broke out between the prisoners and officials of Dum Dum Central Jail in West Bengal on March 21 allegedly due to restriction in wake of coronavirus. Agitated prisoners set the Kolkata: Clash breaks out between inmates, officials at Dum Dum Jail over corona restrictions
The Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) on Saturday wrote to West Bengal Chief Secretary (CS) Rajiva Sinha, sharing its observations from spot visits in Howrah and raised issues with regard to quarantine centres and surveillance zones. In the letter to Sinha, IMCT head Apurva Chandra, Additional Secretary with the Central government, also enquired about personal protective equipment (PPE) stock and contact tracing and quarantine of individuals, who returned from Delhi's Markaz event.COVID-19 crisis: IMCT writes 4th letter to West Bengal Chief Secy highlighting lapses at hospitals
The singer-turned-politician was booked under non-bailable sections of the IPC.
In a letter to Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, the central team in north Bengal, led by senior bureaucrat Vineet Joshi, said more field officers are required to monitor and provide feedback about the effectiveness of various measures undertaken by the government.
The RPF personnel were part of a 28-member RPF contingent from the Kharagpur division of South Eastern Railway, which had returned on April 14 from Delhi with a consignment of arms and ammunition aboard a parcel express train, SER spokesman Sanjay Ghosh said.
Urging the TMC supremo "to shun politics and confrontational approach", Dhankhar said her conduct is only compounding the miseries of the people of the state. "Your communication is part of the alibi strategy that emanates from a script that seeks to cover up monumental failures in these challenging times by a series of blunders," the governor said in his second letter to Banerjee.
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that for now, it is very difficult to tell when peak state of COVID-19 pandemic in the country will arrive. "It is very difficult to tell that peak will arrive by May 3rd or when it will come. But it is very stable. Positivity rate has been 4.5% throughout; one can say we have been able to flatten the curve. However, difficult to predict it (peak)," said Director General of ICMR, Dr Balram Bhargava. Why should they come here & expect co-operation: WB Chief Secy on ICMT’s visit to access Covid-19 situation
In a strongly worded seven-page letter to the governor, Banerjee said Dhankhar has forgotten that she is the "elected chief minister of a proud Indian state" whereas he is nominated.
"Adhering to all precautions and laid-down protocols to prevent any further spread of COVID-19, cargo was handled at Ports. No shore passes or daily passes were issued to these 56,727 crew and passengers on board 1,769 vessels reaching Indian Ports till April 21," the official told PTI.
Later in the day, head of the teams, additional secretary Apurva Chandra, sought to know if the testing facilities in the state were being used in full.
According to an official in the health department, members of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and other municipalities have been instructed to exercise necessary precautions while carrying out the survey.
The SBI official said the employee was not attending office for the last 8-10 days and was later found to have contracted the deadly virus.
Appealing to people stay at home and cooperate in the fight against coronavirus, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on April 21 said, “We will first kill coronavirus, and then we will save the country.” She made the appeal on a loudspeaker inside a car in the Rajabazar area in Kolkata. We’ll first kill coronavirus and then save the country: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
The central government has constituted six Inter- Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) to make an on-spot assessment of the COVID-19 situation in these places and issue necessary directions to the four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal -- for redress.
The Centre had recently flagged the "gradual dilution" of the lockdown norms in West Bengal.
Passengers of flights coming to Kolkata from Kunming and Guangzhou in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok were being screened since January 17. At present, passengers arriving from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok are being screened as no flights are operating to and from China.
Mumbai, followed by Delhi, was among the most populated metros with a population of 18,394,912 and 16,349,831 respectively. Kolkata had 14,035,959, as per the 2011 Census. According to the NCRB study, the common causes of trafficking were forced marriages, child labour, domestic help and sexual exploitation, among others.
A scuffle broke out between anti-CAA protesters and BJP supporters on Saturday, after a senior saffron party leader visited a stall at the Kolkata book fair here.
The Students Federation of India (SFI) and the Chhatra Parishad, students' wings of the Left party and the Congress respectively, washed the base of the Shahid Minar (Martyrs' Tower) with water and vowed not to allow communal forces disturb the harmony of the state.
In a communication to the Chief Secretary and the DGP of West Bengal, the Union Home Ministry also said there is no regulation in vegetable, fish and mutton markets and social-distancing norms are being violated at these places in the state.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Kolkata: Give Modi government five years and we will make the state 'Sonar Bangal'. Join the 'Aar Noi Anyai' campaign which we have launched today, and make this state, an atrocity free state.Give Modi govt five years and we will make the state 'Sonar Bangal': Amit Shah in Kolkata
Apart from the high court and its circuit benches at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Jalpaiguri, regular work will also remain suspended at the subordinate courts, the notification said. Offices under the high court will be no exception.
Bharat Coking Coal, Central Coalfields, South Eastern Coalfields and Mahanadi Coalfields from Kolkata to their subsidiary headquarters was passed at a recent board meeting.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India has asked hotels of all categories in Kolkata to keep isolation rooms for guests irrespective of whether they are coming from abroad or within the country.
"Suspension of MPLAD fund is a gross injustice towards the representatives of people as well as the voters, as the MPs enjoy the autonomy of spending the fund for development..., according to demands of the common voters," Chowdhury said in a statement.
A Spicejet aircraft with 183 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Kolkata airport on Wednesday morning after the pilot suspected a leakage in the fuel tank, airport sources said.
So far, around 400 COVID-19 positive cases and about 12 deaths across the country were found to have links with the last month's event in the national capital.
The historic campus of SER headquarters at Garden Reach was left badly damaged by Cyclone Amphan which ravaged Kolkata and its suburbs on May 20, 2020.
The actor has taken the help of his companies -- Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX -- to provide support to the governments.
Congress leader P Chidambaram joined protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). The protest was organised at Park Circus Maidan. A number of protestors participated in the protest rally. Nation-wide protests have been intensified after implementation of CAA. P Chidambaram joins anti-CAA, NRC protest in Kolkata
The government has also issued a travel advisory asking citizens travelling to and from China to follow certain precautionary measures. It stated that as on January 11, as many as 41 confirmed cases of the infection by a novel coronavirus have been reported in China, and one person has died.
IDC has now projected the smartphone market in India could hit as low as 130 million handsets as compared to earlier estimate of 140 million. Counterpoint has just revised its outlook pegging the industry at 137 million from earlier outlook of 142 million.
Today power & non conventional energy sources Mr Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay joined EEPC India chairman, Mr Ravi Sehgal to distribute hand sanitizers, masks, hand gloves, temperature measure devices to the Hazra Boys Association at Hazra Market.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the fore that all is not well with the country’s medical staff. A dozen doctors in five states have contacted the highly contagious virus — mainly due to lack of masks, gloves and personal protection equipment (PPE) — and there are many resident doctors and interns who feel they are “sitting ducks”.
Day-long protests by several groups and parties against PM Narendra Modi’s visit turned into a volatile confrontation between them and Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad activists at Esplanade
The majority of the claims are from severely-affected West Bengal and nominal from Odisha, she said, adding, a bulk of those have been received from business enterprises, shops and factories.
The government arranged special trains to ferry migrated labourers to their home state after thousands of them were seen walking one state to another along with their family and kids despite the lockdown as they stopped earning with the economic activity coming to a standstill during lockdown. Thakur has requested the industry to get in touch with their workers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Kolkata on Saturday on a two-day visit, during which he will attend sesquicentenary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust and hold a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Several opposition parties, including the CPI(M) and the Congress, and some student organisations are scheduled to hold protests across the city against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed countrywide National Register of Citizens.PM Modi's Kolkata visit: Students plan protest march to Raj Bhavan
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