QKolkata: A Quieter Kali Puja; A Kali With A PAN Card & More

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Kolkata: A view of a Kali Puja pandal in Kolkata on 6 November 2018.
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1. City Celebrates Quieter Kali Puja But Pockets Throw Rules To Winds

It was the city’s first brush with a deadline of bursting firecrackers between 8pm and 10pm on Kali Puja and it seemed to clear the test though some pockets did defy the Supreme Court guidelines aimed at a green festival.

On the evening of 6 November, as the city readied to worship Goddess Kali, was quieter than any other Kali Puja evenings in the past decade, said experts. Long before the SC-mandated 8pm time slot started, Kolkatans heard the occasional crackers going off, evidence that the sound demons had not completely gone off the grid. But as the evening wore on, the scene seemed to change for the worse, albeit less than earlier years.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. This Kali Idol Has A PAN Card, Files Tax Returns Too

Paying income tax is a must, no matter if s/he is a divine entity or a lesser mortal. And the example has been set by Sri Kripamoyee Kalika Thakurani, the idol of Bamondas Mookerjee Kali Mandir of Cossipore. She has filed an income tax of Rs 7,100 in the assessment year 2017-18. She even has a PAN card — AAAJS0528B — where the date of birth mentioned is 29 September 1909. The two Shivalingas — Durgeswar and Kshetreswar — have also filed tax. And they too, have PAN cards.

“I am filing income tax in the name of the deities from 1966-67. The PAN cards were made in 2000-01 where the date of the formation of the trust was given as the date of birth of the deities,” said Ashim Kumar Mukherjee,the great grandson of Bamondas Mookerjee and the managing trustee of the temple since 1966-67.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. In Calcutta, Gold Offering To Station ‘Deity’

Every Kali Puja, unknown to less observant commuters, a portion of the Kalighat Metro station turns into an impromptu shrine where many people stop to pray and make offerings that over the years have included gold and silver jewellery.

This temporary place of worship does not have an idol — a wall painting of Goddess Kali against the backdrop of the Kalighat temple is where the faithful pay obeisance. It starts with a small puja organised by the station staff on the morning of Kali Puja and apparently continues till the last train of the night has passed by.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Firecracker Compliance Test For Calcutta And Police

The run-up to Kali Puja and Diwali has been quiet but the real test of compliance starts after dusk on Wednesday, 7 November.

Any type of fireworks, silent or noise emitters, can be lit only between 8pm and 10pm in accordance with restrictions clamped by the Supreme Court to prevent pollution, a police officer said on Tuesday, 6 November.

Whether Calcutta remains obedient or not will be known around the time when the cacophony of banned firecrackers on Diwali usually starts.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Calcutta Cop Lights Up Lives Beyond Diwali

A Calcutta police constable who as a child had made a promise to himself to help the poor now sets aside Rs 20,000 from his salary of Rs 37,000 each month to run a school for abandoned and underprivileged children.

When 43-year-old Arup Mukherjee is not managing traffic at a busy intersection, he is busy pursuing his mission to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned children and convince impoverished and unlettered parents to send their daughters and sons to school.

Some of these children were in New Alipore on Monday, 5 November, to inaugurate a Kali Puja, escorted by the Samaritan who works tirelessly to dispel the darkness in their lives.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Stage Set For Majerhat Bridge Contract

The Bengal government has cleared the decks for awarding the contract for reconstruction of the Majerhat bridge, which had collapsed on September 4, to a Delhi-based company, the sole firm that had participated in the bidding for the project.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that the bridge would have to be rebuilt by 15 September 2019.

“The finance department has cleared the proposal sent by the public works department (PWD) on Monday evening. The finance department’s clearance was required as the Delhi-based agency (SP Singla Constructions Private Limited) was the only bidder which had agreed to complete the project by 15 September 2019,” a senior PWD official said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Court Order Flout Notice To BJP Leader In Raiganj

The chief judicial magistrate of North Dinajpur issued a showcause notice to Shankar Chakraborty, the district BJP President, on Monday, 5 November, evening, seeking a reply on why the conditional bail granted to him in connection with the Daribhit school tragedy should not be withdrawn.

The leader had appeared in court seeking that the order restricting him from entering North Dinajpur be withdrawn in view of Diwali festivities.

Chakraborty had been arrested by Islampur police on 23 September for allegedly instigating an attack on the police from the dais of a public meeting at Daribhit. The meeting had been organised by the BJP after two youths, former students of Daribhit High School, died in a clash outside the institution.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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