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  • Kolkata: FIFA U-17 World Cup themed at Durga Puja marquees

    Kolkata: A revolving football graces the entrance of a community Puja canopy, every city crossing showcases its logo, and the marquees themed on the tournament are major crowd-pullers — the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup is getting a huge build-up in the ongoing Durga Puja festival in Bengal.

  • GST has no impact on foodies in run-up to Pujas says Hoteliers

    Kolkata: The GST did not have any major impact on Kolkatans, who eat out more in the run-up to the Durga Puja days, officials of prominent fine dining restaurants and hotels in the city said. “To be very honest, there has been no effect as such due to GST and it reflects in the numbers. Prior to GST, diners used to be charged 18.5 percent tax but now it has come down

  • Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy quits party

    Kolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy, once the right-hand man of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday announced his decision to quit the party.

  • Durga Puja

    Mumbai’s oldest Durga puja goes all green this festive season

    Mumbai: Mumbai’s oldest Durga samiti, the Bombay Durga Bari Samiti, which has been organising Durga puja for the past 88 years, for the first time has kept an eco-friendly idol of goddess Durga. Although this is not the first time that the samiti tried to go green, this time they have made a concerted effort to make every material for the idol eco-friendly.

  • Durga Puja 2017: All you need to know about Durga Puja’s 5-day events; what they mean

    Mumbai: Durga Puja is considered as auspicious day as it is celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is believed that on this day Maa Durga has killed the demon Mahishasura. Durga Puja 2017 will start from September 26 and end on September 30 and, be it Bengal, Assam or Maharashtra, the festival will be celebrated with great fervour with slight differences here and there. Every city will have brightly decorated

  • Durga Puja 2017: Rituals, its significance, and all you need to know about Maa Durga

    Mumbai: Durga Puja pandals are gearing up to celebrate the festival by making replicas of different structures. Juhu-based famous mandal North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, which is celebrating 70 years, is one of the oldest and biggest Durga Puja mandals, founded by Padmashri Sasadhar Mukerji and Shrimati. Durga Puja is celebrated from Shasti to Bijoya Dashimi.

  • Durga Puja 2017: A guide to pandal-hopping in Mumbai

    Durga Puja is around the corner. It is the most awaited festival of Bengalis. It is the time when Maa Durga comes to visit her devotees. The five-day festival is celebrated with great pomp and fervour. The real charm of the festival can only be witnessed in West Bengal, especially in Kolkata with innovative theme pandals, traditional rituals, food and fun. Though the festival in Kolkata is larger than life experience, the

  • ‘New demon’ GST pinches Durga Puja organisers, idol makers

    Kolkata: Blaming the timing of the Goods and Services tax (GST) rollout, Durga Puja organisers and idol makers here say they are feeling the pinch of the new indirect tax regime as advertising revenues are falling and margins are tepid. Following the increasing funds crunch, community Puja committees in Kolkata have started curtailing their budgets.

  • Theme-based pujas to recreate US,UK in 2017 Durga Puja pandals

    Kolkata: Thanks to globalisation, some leading theme-based puja committees are all set to showcase a slice of the US and UK in the Durga Puja pandals. Iconic landmarks of the US will be recreated in a unique collage at the ‘Badamtala Asar Sangha’ puja in south Kolkata where the goddess will be placed in a hall resembling a banquet hall, which will be surrounded with replicas made of steel and wood, puja

  • Maradona to visit Kolkata for a 2-day trip in September

    Kolkata : Argentine legend Diego Maradona is set to kick off the football carnival in India during his September 18-19 visit, about a month ahead of the City of Joy’s historic date with FIFA U-17 World Cup Final.

  • Wishing, learning and celebrating art & knowledge that drives life

    Indore: Celebrating the Bengali alternative of Basant Panchami, Bengali community gathered at club centres and prayed to goddess Saraswati for knowledge and blessings. While the community celebrates Durga Puja with grand frenzy pandals and traditional dhols, they might tone down the celebrations but ensure that all elements are used in prayers to Saraswati as well.

  • More Indian sought travel to domestic destinations in 2016

    New Delhi: The year 2016 saw a huge rise in Indians planning travel on the go to showing increased preference to travel domestically, says a study. As the year draws to a close, global travel search engine Skyscanner presents a roundup of travel trends prevalent among Indian travellers in 2016, according to IANS.