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Darjeeling (West Bengal) [India], February 8 (ANI): Siliguri Horticulture Society (SHS) in association with the Government of West Bengal organised a flower show in Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri, West Bengal on Friday.
The five days long flower show named the ‘North Bengal flower festival’ will end on 9 February.
Prasanta Sen General Secretary, SHS said that the flower show which is biggest in the region and has been hosted by SHS for the 37th time.
“We weren’t going to organise it this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the demands from flower nursery sellers struggling in the pandemic induced financial crisis made us reconsider. There are 67 stalls here showing flowers from over the country. This is the 37th festival hosted by us,” said Sen.
“The main motto behind the show is to generate employment following COVID-19 pandemic and increase environmental awareness. There have been as many as 500 participants from North Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and 4,300 potted plants in 80 species displayed in this show. People from different regions of North Bengal have crowded the show,” he added.
He noted that a special kind of Orchids from Sikkim and Cactus from the Kalimpong is being the centre of attraction in the show.
Abhishek Ghosh, a flower lover from Siliguri said, “We were stuck at our homes for a year, The flower show was a relief to us. The show not only introduces us to a variety of flowers but also encourage us to grow plants in our home.” (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): Special Cell of Delhi Police on Wednesday filed another supplementary chargesheet before Karkardooma court in connection with north-east Delhi violence which was occurred in February 2020.
The chargesheet presented before the court reveals the findings of the CCTV footage which allegedly say that the violence that carried out in the national capital was well planned.
Former students union leaders Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam and sacked AAP councillor Tahir Hussain are among key conspirators named in the case being probed by the Special Cell.
A Delhi Court on February 16 further extended till March 1, the judicial custody of Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam and others arrested in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act case in connection with the violence.
Delhi Police Chief SN Srivastava on February 19 said that three teams of the Special Investigative Team (SIT) have been constituted to probe north-east Delhi violence 2020.
More than 750 cases were registered in the north-east Delhi violence, in which at least 53 people were killed and several others injured. So far, over 250 chargesheets have been filed in the violence-related cases in which 1,153 accused have been charge-sheeted. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): As many as 16,738 new COVID-19 cases and 138 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Thursday.
With the new cases, the Coronavirus tally in the country has reached 1,10,46,914 including 1,51,708 active cases and 1,07,38,501 discharges.
The death toll has mounted to 1,56,705 with the loss of 138 lives.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,23,66,633 vaccine doses have been given through 2,63,224 sessions till Wednesday evening.
“This includes 65,24,726 health care workers who have taken the first dose 14,81,754 health care workers who have taken the second dose, along with 43,60,153 frontline workers who were administered the first dose,” it said.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021. The vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.
The total number of samples tested up to Wednesday was 21,38,29,658, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. The ICMR also said that 7,93,383 samples were tested on February 24. (ANI)

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 25 (ANI): A 21-year-old labourer from West Bengal died after the pit he was digging collapsed on him in the Kengeri area of Bengaluru on Wednesday evening, said Karnataka Police on Thursday.
According to the police’s statement, deceased Chanchal Burman (21) was digging a pit to construct a wall against the Vrushabhavati canal when the pit caved in killing him.
“A person Chanchal Burman (21) belonging from west Bengal has died yesterday evening in Kengeri police station limits. He was working as a labourer with Vastu properties. He was digging a pit to construct a wall against Vrushabhavati canal. He died when the mud collapsed on him,” said the statement. (ANI)

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Two jawans killed, one injured in Naxal incidents in Chhattisgarh

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Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 25 (ANI): In three separate Naxal related incidents, two jawans lost their lives while one was injured on Wednesday.
According to IG Bastar P Sundarraj, on the morning of February 24 around 10 am, there was an encounter between security forces and Naxals in the forest hill of village Kukur under the police station Sonpur area of Narayanpur district. DRG jawan Kaner Usendi lost his life in the incident.
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Puducherry [India], February 25 (ANI): A 22-member COVID Intensive Vaccination Committee led by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been constituted in Puducherry to monitor and upscale the inoculation activities in the Union Territory.
In a letter, Lt Governor asked the committee to meet once a week to discuss the progress and to plan future actions.
The committee shall access the gaps in implementation, she ordered. It shall adopt methodologies in upscaling the COVID vaccine and also review the awareness and outreach of the programme.
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Earthquake of magnitude 3.3 hits Manipur

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Ukhrul (Manipur) [India], February 25 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 3.3 on the Richter scale hit Manipur’s Shirui on Thursday, informed the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
According to the NCS, the quake occurred at 9.19 am today.
“Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.3, Occurred on 25-02-2021, 09:19:01 IST, Lat: 25.21 & Long: 94.37, Depth: 48 Km, Location: 10km NNW of Shirui, Manipur,” tweeted NCB.
Earlier today, an earthquake of magnitude 2.4 on the Richter scale hit Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba at 3.55 am. (ANI)

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