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Diwali celebrated in Silchar
STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Devotees offering prayer at a Kali Puja pandal in Silchar, on Wednesday. - Correspondent
 SILCHAR, Nov 8 - The people of Silchar celebrated the festival of lights Diwali with great enthusiasm.

While the streets wore festive look, residences, offices and commercial establishments were also decked up with electronic lights of latest fashion. However, in some places, gates made from banana trees and bamboos were seen as well.

Known for exhibiting various issues of environmental concerns over the years, The Apostles Club of Malugram set frogs at its theme for the 30th Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations this year.

The unique arrangement attracted crowd from all over the district. “Frogs help us in a great way by consuming insects and flies and are an integral species of the ecosystem. We wish to convey this message through our theme,” said Kisan Das, secretary of the club.

Meanwhile, the 48th Kali Puja celebration of Janiganj Kali Puja committee was inaugurated by former MP Kabindra Purakayastha in the presence of local MP Sushmita Dev, MLA Dilip Kumar Paul, Sonai MLA Aminul Islam Laskar, Cachar DC Dr S Laxmanan, AIUDF general secretary Karim Uddin Barbhuiya(Saju), Chairman of Silchar Municipal Board NN Tagore, Silchar DSA president Babul Hore and others from the club. The dignitaries witnessed 4D animation graphics inside a 60-foot tall Buddha temple of Thailand.

Conveying wishes on Kali Puja and Diwali greeetings to the people across the district and the State the guests observed a minute’s silence in memory of the five persons recently killed in Dhola under Tinsukia district and urged everyone to maintain peace and harmony.

Upcoming Table Tennis players Priyangshu Paul and Baijayanti Bhattacharjee were felicitated by the Puja committee for their performances.

On the other hand, Club Eleven Star of Sib Colony here pulled great crowd with its projection of the “Amritsar Train tragedy” during Dussera this year.

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