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Rituals, revelry on second day of Durga Puja

Kolkata: People from all walks of life and age groups Sunday thronged colourful pandals (marquees) to soak in the festivities and celebrate Mahasaptami – the second day of Durga Puja in West Bengal. The day started with the ‘pran pratistha’ ritual, where the deity is symbolically endowed with life. The ‘kola bou’, a tender banana

Durga idols hit international markets online; target NRIs

Kolkata: With the internet expanding exponentially, can Kolkata’s traditional idol makers stay behind? Plans to launch a community website for Kumartuli, the colony of the city’s traditional idol makers, so that they could reach potential overseas buyers of Durga idols failed to take off two years ago. However, more and more artisans are now embracing

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef loses half of coral cover

Washington: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, has lost half of its coral cover in the past 27 years, a study revealed Monday. Three factors were particularly responsible for the loss. Intense tropical cyclones, coral-consuming crown-of-thorns starfish and coral bleaching events, Xinhua reported. The storms caused massive damage to the central

Remittances to India rose to $66.13 bn in 2011-12

New Delhi: Remittances to India surged to $66.13 billion in 2011-12 as compared to $55.62 billion in the previous year, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said Friday. Remittance flow has risen consistently in the last three years. In 2009-10, total remittance flow to India through private transfers was $53.63 billion, Ravi said in