In the year of Corona, a devastated year for the migrant workers in India. Migrant workers means those workers who migrated to other states for their livelihood. Due to sudden lockdown in March 2020 due to Corona (Covid19) many lost their jobs at their working places. Later Lockdown extended and finally all type of transports like train, bus were stopped plying. They tried to return to their homes by means of any available mode with spending their all savings. Those who could not afford, they started walking for days. In the process many lives were lost forever due to hunger, accidents while travelling before reaching their homes. These uncommon sad stories are known to us. Days are passing but Corona not gone till now. Durga Puja, great festival of India, mainly for Bengalis and Dussera for all over India arrived. Festivals are being organised at low scale with all precautions like musk, sanitiser and distancing.
In connection with Durga Puja, I will show you how an artist created a master piece with the theme of migrated workers. A migrated family with little children has been imagined who survived with her children and reached to their hut and looking back to the crowd. Artist Pallab Bhowmick of Krishnanagar has taken this as theme to make his “Durga” of this year. He idolised her as Devi Durga just by putting a symbolic third eye on her forehead as we see in Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga in her hutment with bagful of relief materials in her hands instead of weapons. Her children, on her lap is depicted as Kartick, on the left is Saraswati and Laxmi on the right and forth Ganesh has been shown below.
কৃষ্ণনগর ঘূর্ণির ভাস্কর পল্লব ভৌমিকের তৈরি একটি মূর্তি এ বছর খুব জনপ্রিয় হয়েছে। এখানে দেবী দুর্গাকে একজন পরিযায়ী শ্রমিক ও মায়ের ভূমিকায় দেখানো হয়েছে। তিনি শিশুসন্তানকে কোলে নিয়ে পিছনে ফিরে দর্শকের দিকে তাকিয়ে রয়েছেন এবং তাঁর কপালের তৃতীয় নেত্রই বলে দিচ্ছে তিনি আসলে দেবী দুর্গা।
Many people die everyday due to spread of Covid-19 in the city. But there are some deaths, which touches our heart, makes us sad. Such is the death of Mrs. Debdutta Ray, (দেবদত্তা রায়) Deputy Magistrate of Chandannagar, a small town near Kolkata, died of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) yesterday, Monday 13th. July 2020.
Debdutta Ray, who was in her mid-thirties, was a West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) officer and posted as Deputy Magistrate at Chandannagore in Hooghly district. She is survived by her husband and a 4 year-old son.
Ray was the first senior civil servant in the state to die of the coronavirus disease. She died at a hospital in Serampore where she was admitted on Sunday.
Though she tested positive last week at a hospital in Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district, where she lived, the bureaucrat opted to stay in quarantine at home, officials said. Her condition suddenly deteriorated on Sunday and she was rushed to the hospital.
Ray was known to be very active in the ongoing combat against the pandemic. She was overseeing the movement of migrant workers housed at a transit camp in Dankuni after they arrived in Shramik Special trains from different states. Needless to say that she might be infected by the migrant workers from different states who were later mostly tested positive.
People of West Bengal reacted sharply when they came to know about this sad demise as she could not manage admission to a good city Hospital. Now the infection curve is in the upward direction, Hospitals are full and getting a single bed is like winning a lottery. Day by day, situation becoming bad to worst.
May the departed soul rest in peace.
Amid India was observing 4th. Phase of extended Lockdown ( from 18 May to 31 May 2020) due to Corona Virus COVID-19, Amphan, a super Cyclone hit eastern Indian City Kolkata and six districts of the state of West Bengal on 20 May 20 afternoon.
The eastern Indian city of Kolkata was devastated by a powerful cyclone which has killed at least 86 people across districts and Kolkata city. The city experienced first ever such a ferocious storm in centuries.
Amphan made landfall on Wednesday, lashing coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. As per forecast, it entered in the city at about 2-30Pm with gales and rain. I was trying to see from the side balcony where wind pressure was less. There was too much wind pressure on the front balcony door and window on the main road. The heavy wind with so much sound & rain made us sit inside the room. Amid such a situation we heard breaking of window panes somewhere and then heard a big sound of something fallen. Came out in the side balcony and tried to see what it was. Found a PVC pipe was uprooted from our next building and came flying to our area and fallen on my car. Pipe was broken into pieces but car was not damaged except some scratches.. Then I saw a big branch of our 50 years old tree lost the wrestling with the mighty cyclone and broke down to the ground with a sound. The wind velocity reached to its pick at about 7.00 pm. Which was recorded as 133 km per hour. At about 7-30pm cyclone passed away from the city towards North East and Bangladesh.
.During 5 hours of presence of Amphan, Kolkata was devastated with thousands of trees were uprooted in the gales, electricity and telephone lines brought down and houses flattened. Many of Kolkata’s roads were flooded and its 14 million people left without power. The storm is the first super cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal since 1999. Though its winds had weakened by the time it struck, it was still classified as a very severe cyclone.
Corona virus restrictions have been hindering emergency and relief works. Covid-19 and social-distancing measures made mass evacuations more difficult, with shelters unable to be used to full capacity. Most people were at home when the Cyclone struck. Kolkata and the rest of India is in lockdown due to corona virus pandemic.
My hurried Facebook post while the cyclone was on outside (in Bengali) was as follows :-
“মনে হচ্ছে মহা প্রলয় নেমে এসেছে পৃথিবীতে। ঝড়ের গতিবেগ এত তিব্র যে মনে হচ্ছে জানালা দরজা ভেঙ্গে যাবে। দরজা জানালাগুলো সমানে ঝাকিয়ে যাচ্ছে। এক সময় সামনের বিশাল রাধাছুড়া গাছটা হার মানলো, রাস্তায় লুটিয়ে পড়লো। রাস্তা বন্দ হয়ে গেল। পাশের বাড়ীর পিভিসি পাইপু উড়ে আমার গাড়িতে পড়ে খান খান । এই ঝড়ের ভয়ঙ্কর রুপ লিখে বোঝানো যাবে না। জীবনে আগে কখনো দেখিনি।“
Internet service was disrupted after the above facebook post for more than one week and thank God, restored yesterday. So we suffered double Lockdown.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown for another two weeks from May 4 to May 17th. However, the Lockdown 3.0 comes with a fresh set of relaxations that are different for different zones.
The entire country has been colour-coded into Red, Orange and Green Zones. The rules are the strictest in the Red Zone districts and get progressively easier in the Orange and Green Zones.
If you are in a Red Zone, the following will be allowed:
– Private cars with two persons at most.
– Two-wheelers without pillion rider.
Shops in urban areas, for non-essential goods, are not allowed in malls, markets and market complexes.
However, all standalone (single) shops, neighbourhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas, without any distinction of essential and non-essential.
‘Containment Zones’ are areas where strictest enforcement of lockdown rules are in place, given the high incidence of Covid-19 positive cases. All private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons such as electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, car mechanics and carpenters, except for barbers, will be allowed in all areas, except for those classified as ‘Containment Zones’.
House help will be allowed in all zones except containment zones. But since no public transport is available, they will have to reach the residence of their employer on their own. And society rules in the zones will apply. No domestic help will be allowed in containment zones.
(Some of the relaxations are compiled here from different sources as examples. For full information please refer the original order)
The largest hole in the Ozone layer above the Arctic caused due to the unusual atmospheric conditions has closed, as per reports. The hole was first identified by scientists in March this year.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) confirmed the development.
The Ozone layer is a region in the Earth’s stratosphere that absorbs the sun’s ultraviolet rays, shielding the planet from the harmful radiation which can cause skin cancer. In the 1970s, scientists discovered that the ozone layer was being depleted due to man-made activities, thereby leading to a threat to life on Earth.
In March, scientists had noticed signs of a hole forming in the Ozone layer above the north pole and thought it was the result of low temperatures. It is believed to be the largest hole in the Ozone layer, and would have led to a bigger threat had it moved toward the south.
However, scientists have confirmed that the 1 million square kilometre-wide hole in the ozone layer has healed. They added that the closing of the hole was not due to the reduced levels of pollution during the coronavirus lockdown. It is believed that the polar vortex, the high-altitude currents that are responsible for bringing cold air to the polar regions, is responsible for the healing of the layer. (Source theweek.in)
During lockdown I just took out the paint & brushes to brush up my old hobby. using mixed media just painted a landscape portraying Switzerland’s star village “Gstaad” which is famous for winter sports and celebrities vacation homes. This village has got various types of accommodations including a 5 star hotel.
One of the snow capped peak of the Glacier 3000 is seen at far. This is the one of the tourist destinations of switzerland. There is a ropeway service from ground level to the peak.
On 24 March, Prime Minister ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, limiting movement of the entire 1.30 billion population of India as a preventive measure against the 2020 corona virus Pandemic in India. The lockdown was ordered when the number of confirmed positive cases of corona Virus in India was approximately 500.
Observers state that the lockdown has slowed the growth rate of the pandemic by 6 April to a rate of doubling every six days, from a rate of doubling every three days earlier.
As the end of the lockdown period approached, state governments and other advisory committees recommended extending the lockdown.
On 14 April, Prime minister Mr. Modi extended the nationwide lockdown till 3 May, with a conditional relaxation after 20 April for the regions where the spread has been contained.
As on 20 April 2020, death toll due to Covid 19 rose to over 500 and number of cases crossed 17,000 in the country (source : Times of India).
Prime Minister of India, Mr. Modi urged, Indian Citizens to observe self-imposed Curfew (Janata Curfew) on 22nd. March 2020, Sunday from 07am to 09pm in order to slowdown spreading of Corona Virus (Covid19) among citizens. The curfew was for 14 hours only and therefore viruses will remain active even after 14 hours. Therefore, this step was not adequate to combat the spreading but, I think, it was an initiative to read the pulse of the people and take harder steps. In fact, people wanted complete lockdown India for 3 days at least. Anyway, Janata Carfew on 22nd March was successful all over India and gave a clear indication for the Lockdown. School Colleges already closed, exams stopped midway. On the evening of 22nd. March CM of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee announced complete Lockdown of Kolkata and all District towns in the state from 23rd. 5pm to 27th Mid night with some exceptions like Grocery, medicine shop etc. All offices in the state will remain closed and transports, long distance trains, inter-state bus services, domestic and international flights stopped for this period so that people should forcefully stay home.
This state was free from Corona virus till a student of Oxford returned home and being a son of a bureaucrat mother and Doctor father he did not bother to get himself admitted in the state run ID Hospital. He stayed at home and even visited a mall and mom’s Office (Secretariat called “Nabanna”). His mom is holding a high ranking post – Special Secretary to the State Home Deptt. She must have chaired several meetings on the Corona Virus too. Being such a responsible post how she could be so much ignorant and take her son to “Nabanna” the state Secretariat, CM’s Office. it is reported that she attended a meeting that day with her Boss, Home Secy. She knew that her son’s girl friend got infected in UK through an email from Oxford. College emailed two days back stating that his friend tested positive and advised to keep him isolated and get tested. But reluctantly they visited an hospital after two days and that hospital too advised them to go to ID Hospital Beleghata (Infectious diseases Hospital). But they avoided that day too. She attended a meeting in her office and her boy was accompanied by her in the same car. Next day they visited ID hospital and got tested positive. Mean time, in these 2/3 days, his father, a Doctor attended his office as well as his Chambers. Being a Child specialist, he treated many children during this period. After the boy tested positive, both parents along with their maids, drivers are in a Isolation Centre. This is an example of irresponsibility, negligence of a highly educated family.
Second case also is UK returned student who stayed in his home with his family till he came to know that two of his friends tested positive. Then he visited a doctor and finally landed at ID Hospital. His entire family members are kept in a isolation Centre.
The third case too came from abroad. A girl student from scotland came to city and she went strait to ID Hospital where she tested positive. She did not spread much except her father who went to receive her at airport and the driver only. they are in isolation for 14 days.
While writing this post, a sad news came that the 4th. case, one of our co-citizen aged about 57 years a Railway employee expired today. He attended a marriage in Bilaspur travelled back by train to Kolkata in February. Then he attended his office for 5 days. His wife so long was suspecting this train journey. His son studying in Philadelphia USA and visited India in Feb last. Doctors doubted that they are hiding some thing. Then his wife was thoroughly counselled by the treating Doctor and finally she revealed that his son and his Italian girl friend visited them (Came from Italy) in the month of February last. So this case has a strong Italy connection. But it is not clear about his son’s and his girl friend’s health. That is still to be known and may be published later. At present all of his family members and office collegues are in hospitals. Very sad that today, 23rd. Mar 2020 he expired while in Ventilation. This is the First Corona death in the city as well as in the state of west Bengal. Total death in India goes to 8 till now. What will be tomorrow’s figure we don’t know because people are not serious and irresponsible.
From the above it is clear that all the cases came from UK and Italy. Except one case, they roamed freely in the city, relatives, friends, office and we do not know how many have been infected by them. It takes about 4-5 days, to show the symptoms. And during this time, infected people thinking themselves as healthy, they lead normal life, in turn infecting numerous people. If this goes on this way, then India will enter to third stage soon which no sensible citizens, no Govt. want. This necessitated Lockdown the states. CM announced the Lockdown of Kolkata and all District towns in the state from today, 23rd. 5pm to 27th Mid night . Many states already declared or will follow and hopefully India going to be completely Lockdown soon.
Be a responsible citizen, Break the chain of spreading deadly virus. Stay Home, stay safe.