20 dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts
Sunday, 10 November 2019 KHULNA (BANGLADESH): Twenty people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday. The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour when it hit late Saturday, forcing the closure of ports and airports in both countries. Ten people were killed in India's West Bengal state, the Press Trust of India reported, including two after uprooted trees fell on their homes and another after being struck by falling branches in Kolkata....
Anti-China protests were held in Canada’s Toronto on August 01. It was organized by Canada Hong Kong Link & Bangladesh Minority Rights Alliance. Indian, Tibetan, Vietnamese & Taiwanese diaspora joined the protest. Amid the protests, demonstrators praised India and chanted slogans of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A woman representing the Hong Kong Canadian community said that it is of utmost importance for the people of the world to be united against China. She said, “I’m representing the Hong Kong Canadian community in joining force with our brothers and sisters from different ethnic communities to oppose to the brutal suppression of the Chinese authoritarian regime. We would like to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters that are under suppression in Tibet, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan and other parts of the world. It is of utmost importance for all people over the world to be united in saying no to this suppressive regime. We also need to urge the Canadian government to come up with a strong foreign policy.” Watch the full video for more details.
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A protest was carried out in downtown Toronto against Chinese oppression on August 01. Protestors urged the international community to take measures to tackle Chinese oppression. The protest was organised by Canada Hong Kong Link, Bangladesh Minority Rights Alliance, Indian, Tibetans, Vietnamese and Taiwanese Diaspora on August 1. Protestors chanted 'Modi, Modi, Modi,' and praised India's democrac
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday spoke with Nobel laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, and discussed ideas that could re-shape the post pandemic world. The duo delved into limitations of adopting a western economic model. Yunus called for making a new beginning towards a system that will create space for the informal and rural economy and all sections of society. "We follow western way of doing things in economic system. We don't see the vibrant capacity of people in India, Bangladesh. Their creativity has to be admired, but government has chosen to stay away. Rural economy has become an appendix to urban economy. Rural economy is the supplier of the labour," Yunus said. The dialogue was part of a series launched by Gandhi ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has earlier talked to several experts, both in the economy and epidemiology, besides nurses and industrialists. Gandhi's last conversation was with four Indian nurses working in New Zealand, Australia, UK and India. He has also spoken to to Raghuram Rajan, Abhijit Banerjee, Nicholas Burns among others.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, idol makers in West Bengal are facing hardships. An idol maker from West Bengal's Mohanpur has been making idols from past 26 years to earn their livelihood. There has been a huge dip in orders after the virus outbreak.
West Bengal Congress President Somen Mitra passed away at a Kolkata hospital. He had been admitted to the hospital around 17 days back due to heart and kidney related ailments. Hospital sources told new agencies that Mitra died following a cardiac arrest around 1:30 am on Thursday. Mitra's political career began during the 1960s as a student leader and spanned over five decades. Mitra became an MLA from Sealdah Assembly in 1972 constituency and represented it seven times. Known to be a master strategist, Mitra rose quickly in the ranks of the Congress to become one of the most popular party leader in the state. Mitra, who went on to become three-time president of the Congress' West Bengal unit from 1992-1996, 1996-1998 and then again from September 2018, was instrumental in clocking the best tally of 82 seats against the Left Front in the 1996 assembly polls.Tributes poured in for the Congress leader from leaders across the political spectrum. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi were among the top leaders who paid their respects to Mitra. Watch the full video for all the details.
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A giant fish weighing about 800 kg was caught by fishermen off the coast of Digha in West Bengal. The fish was about 8 feet long and 5 feet wide and resembled the ear of an elephant. Fishermen in the coastal town said that this is the biggest fish they have caught in their life. The fish is believed to be a giant Manta Ray from the Ray family of fishes given the location where it was caught. A massive crowd had gathered to get a glimpse of the fish as soon as news spread in the area. The video of the fish has also gone viral on social media now. The fish was later sold off to a fish trading firm for Rs 50,000. In March another large Manta Ray, weighing around 300 kg was caught by fishermen off the Digha coast while in January, a 200 kg fish was caught in waters off Balaramgadi beach in Odisha. Visuals showed the fish being dragged and placed on a pulling cart by some locals. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a man with currency notes in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli. The seized notes are of Indian foreign currencies and worth Rs 92,34,724 lakh. The accused person was carrying the currency from Gorakhpur to Kolkata.
From India stating that herd immunity is not a strategic option yet, to Kolkata extending flight ban, here are the top updates on coronavirus. Health Ministry on Thursday said herd immunity is not a strategic choice for India considering the size of its population. Health ministry also announced that India’s fatality rate globally is lower and stands at 2.23%. The number of recovered people in India is nearing the 10 lakh-mark. The recovery rate in India has also improved to 64.51%, the ministry statement said. Health Ministry also said that India is working on developing two indigenous vaccine candidates which are in phase 1 & 2 clinical trials. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu and Bihar extended lockdown till August 31 and August 16 respectively. Earlier, Maharashtra had also extended lockdown in the state till August 31. Watch the video for more details.
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