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Amit Shah takes stock of COVID-19 situation in Delhi
Amit Shah takes stock of COVID-19 situation in Delhi

The sudden spike in coronavirus cases comes amid the festive season and rising pollution levels. While Durga Puja celebrations ended on October 25, Diwali was on Saturday and Chhath later this week.

Firecrackers banned during Diwali, Kali and Chhath Puja in Bengal: Court
Firecrackers banned during Diwali, Kali and Chhath Puja in Bengal: Court

While hardly any crackers are used during Durga Puja the biggest festival in West Bengal - huge amount of crackers are used during the Kali Puja and Diwali every year leading to severe air pollution.

HC prohibits use and sale of firecrackers during Kali Puja
HC prohibits use and sale of firecrackers during Kali Puja

At the hearing of two PILs, the Division Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee said that the guidelines that were in place during Durga Puja to curb crowding will also be in effect during Kali Puja.

Covid: Despite muted Durga Puja celebrations, cases in Kolkata rising
Covid: Despite muted Durga Puja celebrations, cases in Kolkata rising

Moreover, West Bengal on Thursday had a positivity of 8.8% higher than the 7.9% that it recorded on October 5.

Bihar Congress Meets Governor, Seeks Removal Of Nitish Kumar's Government
Bihar Congress Meets Governor, Seeks Removal Of Nitish Kumar's Government

Bihar Congress leaders met Governor Phagu Chauhan today and demanded dismissal of the Nitish Kumar-led government amid the ongoing state assembly polls, holding it responsible for the firing in Munger during a Durga Puja event in which one person was killed.

Kolkata: Over 3,200 people booked for not wearing masks during Durga Puja
Kolkata: Over 3,200 people booked for not wearing masks during Durga Puja

Kolkata Police had booked at least 2,631 people between October 16 and 20. In the preceding six days, another 787 violators were booked

Lalu likely to sacrifice goats to please Goddess Durga
Lalu likely to sacrifice goats to please Goddess Durga

Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD president Lalu Prasad jailed at the sprawling Kelly bungalow is understood to have decided to sacrifice goats on Navmi, the ninth day of Durga puja apparently to please goddess Durga for electoral and political success of his party and his sons in the Bihar

Improving recovery rate nullifies high daily Covid-19 caseloads during Puja
Improving recovery rate nullifies high daily Covid-19 caseloads during Puja

West Bengal recorded 20,496 Covid-19 cases since October 22 - the first day of the five-day Durga Puja festival - but the rising recovery rate blunted the increase in cases. In the same period, the recovery rate improved from 87.44 per cent to 87.76 per cent.

Five drown as boat capsizes in Murshidabad
Five drown as boat capsizes in Murshidabad

The incident occured during Durga Puja idol immersion on Monday evening. The moment the people joined hands to immerse the idol in the local river, the entire weight of the boat shifted to one side and it capsized.

Bengal tries out greener measures for idol immersion post Durga puja
Bengal tries out greener measures for idol immersion post Durga puja

New measure have been introduced this time for immersion of Durga idols to keep the Hooghly river and other water bodies in Kolkata clean.

Low-key Bijoya Dashami celebrations in Bengal
Low-key Bijoya Dashami celebrations in Bengal

This year, the Durga Puja carnival at Red Road, where big ticket committees showcase their idols before participating in the immersion procession, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fight against coronavirus theme of Md Ali Park Durga Puja
Fight against coronavirus theme of Md Ali Park Durga Puja

Two health workers clad in PPE are seen attending a Covid patient, in another scene frontline Covid warriors like policemen are seen persuading people on the road to wear masks.