At least six people, including a 12-year-old girl, were killed and two others injured after being struck by lightning in different places in Odisha on Tuesday, police said.
A Rajya Sabha member right from the start of his political career, Pranab Mukherjee’s rise to prominence in Indian politics and his proximity to Indira Gandhi had drawn the ire of many, who would criticize him for lacking a mass base. They would say he had chosen the easy way out to get into Parliament through votes of MLAs rather than of people directly. It was Jangipur that helped him shed the tag of a “rootless wanderer” that he carried for three decades.
Pranab Mukherjee negotiated the thin line between family tradition and his responsibility as the constitutional head of the country as effortlessly as he navigated his way through Indian politics for over five decades.
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter scale occurred at 55 km east of Ukhrul in Manipur in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
For some, he was a phenomenal politician, for others he was an astute academic. Pranab Mukherjee had always been an awe-inspiring character in Indian politics who could deliberate on tax reforms, skiff across election results and recite ‘Meghaduta’ in Sanskrit in the same breath.
The Bengal government said on Monday that it would stick to its pre-announced state-wide “complete lockdown” plan in September: on the 7th, 11th and the 12th.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee deeply mourned former President Pranab Mukherjee, saying he was a father figure to her for decades. “From my first win as MP to being my senior cabinet colleague to his becoming President, to when I became CM... so many memories,” she said.
Bengal’s case fatality rate (CFR) has slid below the 2% mark for the first time since the state reported its first Covid death in late March. The CFR dropped below 2% for the first time on August 28 and has since been hovering around the 1.9% mark, which is marginally higher than the national average of 1.7%. On Monday, too, the state’s CFR stood unchanged at 1.9%.
More than a month after Chandernagore deputy magistrate Debadutta Roy succumbed to Covid, the disease has claimed the life of another WBCS officer and block development officer (BDO) of Murshidabad’s Nowda. Krishna Chandra Das, 51, passed away on Sunday night.
The four-storey house in Dhakuria, near the Buddha Mandir, fell silent. Even the few cars on the road slowed down a little to take a better look at the two second-floor flats of Pranab Mukherjee.
All state government offices in West Bengal will remain closed on Tuesday as a mark of respect to former President Pranab Mukherjee who died in New Delhi, the state Home Department said here. If his funeral does not take place on Tuesday, the offices will also remain closed on the day when it will happen, the department said on Monday.