UNESCO also commended the concerned organisations in Kolkata for their initiatives to involve marginalised groups and individuals as well as women in their participation in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage.
Dozens of people have been arrested over the attacks and the spread of communal hatred on social media,
The President is currently in Ladakh and would be spending Dussehra with Army jawans in Drass.
Like elsewhere, Durga Puja is a low key affair in Cuttack this year as well. Here is a slideshow of the pandals from the millennium city.
B-town is celebrating Durga Puja in style. Catch celebrities offering worship at Durga Puja Pandal in Mumbai.
"Goddess Durga is a symbol of power and is also a divine form of 'nari shakti'. Durga Puja is the celebration of the victory of good over evil.' Kovind said, as he extended his greetings and best wishes to his fellow citizens living both in India and abroad.
Jagatsinghpur district administration issued the prohibitory orders in and around the temple keeping in view the huge rush of devotees during Dussehra
In view of prevailing pandemic and anticipated rush during observance of Durga Puja special precautions are being taken at temples and places of worship. The Puri Srimandir will remain closed for the devotees on the occasion of Durga Puja on October 15.
Security has been heightened in the millennium city ahead of Dussehra festivities. As many as 32 platoons of police forces have been deployed in Cuttack to ensure strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines during Durga Puja celebrations.
A detailed security plan has been finalised and 100 officers along with 150 home guards from other districts have been mobilised. Around 20 aid posts will be set up and focus will be given on sector-wise patrolling and security at vulnerable and communally sensitive locations in the city.
The festive season has kicked off. And for the administration and health department in Odisha, combating Covid-19 will be the biggest challenge.
Gift is a device to create an unethical bonding; it creates an obliging clientele. Therefore, terming the payment of Dearness Allowance (DA) by Odisha government as puja gift is likely to dent objectivity of the government employees.
Keeping in mind the chances of large scale public gathering and congregation, the Odisha government had announced extended night curfew in the twin cities Bhubaneswar & Cuttack.
It is not that people didn't opt for online shopping before the COVID situation, but the dependence of people over different e-commerce portals has grown massively amid COVID fear. Meanwhile, online shopping brands are throwing exciting offers amid the festivity to allure the 'new age' shoppers. The shoppers are also leaning towards the online shopping way with attractive discount coupons and more.
Around 15-20 artisans of Alamchand Bazar said that the profit they earn by making jari medha for Dusshera and other pujas like Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja and Kartik Puja during four months of the festive season is enough to feed their families the entire year.