first_imgThe Goa government on Thursday decided to donate ₹5 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister’s relief fund, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office. This apart, all employees of the state government, as well as autonomous bodies funded by the state exchequer, are expected to voluntarily contribute a day’s salary towards flood relief efforts, the CMO statement said. “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has sanctioned Rs.5 crore as Goa government’s contribution towards Kerala CM’s relief fund for Kerala flood relief operations,” the official statement released here said. “In addition to the above, all employees of Goa government and autonomous bodies are expected to voluntarily contribute their one day salary towards flood relief work in Kerala. Goa stands in solidarity with the people of Kerala,” the statement further added. The announcement comes a day after the return of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was in the U.S. for more than a week for treatment.last_img read more


first_imgThe curfew in Jammu continued for the second day and the Army’s presence was stepped up on Saturday, a day after violent protests rocked the city over a suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans in Kashmir. Nine more Army columns were deployed in the city, bringing the total to 18, and the force staged flag marches in sensitive localities. Officials said the University of Jammu postponed all examinations scheduled for the day and mobile Internet services remained suspended across Jammu region. Srinagar-bound vehicles stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway due to a landslide in Ramban were allowed to move forward amid tight security arrangements, they said.last_img read more


first_imgExpressing anguish over the flouting of the order of the National Green Tribunal by devotees during the Chhath Puja, who broke open the gates of a Kolkata waterbody and performed rituals, Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Tuesday said that the state cannot suppress expression of any religious belief by using force.“They were not taking the law into their own hands. How can we use batons or tear gas on such people?” Mr. Hakim said.On November 2, thousands of people broke open the locks of the Rabindra Sarovar and performed Chhath Puja in the waterbody. In an order in 2017, the NGT had “strictly prohibited” performance of any puja, community picnic or organisation of other social events in and around the Sarovar. Spread over 192 acres, Rabindra Sarovar boasts of a huge biodiversity. On November 3, a film of oil floated above the lake water and several animals were found dead. According to the Mayor, 14 ponds were specially constructed for the puja so that devotees spare this waterbody. “I am sorry that despite taking many initiatives, we could not stop the devotees from going to Rabindra Sarovar. We did all what we could do but the people who traditionally come to Rabindra Sarovar came in large numbers and we could not stop them,” he said. The Mayor also suggested that ‘environmentalists’ should have instead spread awareness on the issue.“If the Mayor had listened to what the environmentalists had to say, then they would not have approached the courts,” Naba Dutta, a well-known environmentalist, said. Mr. Dutta said the ban on performing puja at Rabindra Sarovar was a result of years of legal intervention and it did not happen in one day. Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had expressed his displeasure over the way devotees stormed into the lake.last_img read more