YK MYK ‘COURTROOMS TO SHRINK IN FUTURE THANKS TO TECHNOLOGY’ 3RD ODI: INDIA NEED EARLY WICKETS IN ODI SERIES DECIDER NATION SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 28 MARCH, 2021 PG-12, YEAR— 7, ISSUE—311 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the Community Reception at Orakandi on Saturday. NOTICE B'desh is strong example of communal harmony: PM Modi The office of Morning India will remain closed on March 28, 29 on account of Holi. There will be no edition of the newspaper on Monday and Tuesday, (March 29, 30). The next issue will hit the stands on Wednesday (March 31). We wish our readers, hawkers and staff members HAPPY HOLI WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 19 C ‘HOLY’ COUPLE Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE BJP PUMPING MONEY IN BENGAL TO CAPTURE POWER: GEHLOT JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday alleged that the BJP practices "politics without principles" and was pumping huge amount of money in West Bengal to capture power in the State. He also said that Bengal will never go with such "communal and corrupt" political ideology of the BJP. "BJP is pumping huge money in West Bengal to capture power by hook or by crook as part of politics without principles. People of West Bengal will give them befitting reply by keeping them away from power," Gehlot tweeted. West Bengal is voting in eight phases for 294 seats. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,19,21,526 TOTAL DEATH: 1,61,318 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 126,873,867 TOTAL DEATH: 2,782,303 Artists in a Krishna and Radha traditional dress celebrate Holi at the bank of river Narmada, in Jabalpur on Saturday. ANI Bengal records 79.79 per cent polling in Phase-I MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: West Bengal on Saturday recorded an estimated 79.79 per cent voter turnout in the first phase of Assembly elections till 6.30 pm, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI). The polling ended at 6.30 pm and among the five districts in the State, Purba Medinipur recorded the highest voter turnout with 82.42 per cent till end of voting time. Meanwhile, Purulia Voters line up to choose their candidates in the first phase of elections in Bengal on Saturday under the watchful eyes of Central Force personnel. recorded the lowest voter turnout with 77.13 per cent. Jhargram recorded 80.55 per cent, Paschim Medinipur 80.16 per cent and Bankura 80.03 per cent voter turnouts. Stray incidents of violence were reported from some areas that voted in the state. Polling for the first of the eight-phase Assembly polls in the State began at 7 am today with voters turning up to deciding the fate of 191 candidates in 30 constituencies. BJP explodes Mamata’s audio bomb MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: A huge controversy erupted on Saturday amid the polling for 30 assembly seats in West Bengal, with the BJP releasing an audio clip where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is purportedly heard cajoling a BJP leader from Nandigram to rejoin the TMC and help her win the seat. Banerjee is pitted against her former protege and now the BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, the spring board that propelled her to power in 2011, dislodging the Left Front from power after a 34-year unbroken rule. A BJP delegation, led by party general secretary and Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya, met the State's Chief Electoral Officer and handed over the tape, claiming Banerjee was using her official position to influence the outcome of the bitterly contested Assembly poll. The ruling TMC questioned the genuineness of the audio tape, but asserted that since Pralay Pal was a former TMC leader who switched over to the BJP, there was nothing wrong with Banerjee trying to woo him back. Pal, who pledged his allegiance to the Adhikari family, whose two members are still TMC Lok Sabha members, claimed Banerjee personally called him up and asked him to help her win the Nandigram seat. "You should help us win Nandigram. Look, I know you have some grievances, but that's due mostly to the Adhikaris who never allowed me to get into Nandigram or East Midnapore. I will take care of everything henceforth," Banerjee purportedly told Pal, a BJP official in East Midnapore, the district where the Adhikari family holds sway. Pal, however, was not game. "Didi, you called me and I am honoured. But I can't betray the Adhikaris as they have stood by me through thick and thin," he was heard saying in the audio clip. He later told TV news channels that Banerjee called him up and requested him to return to the TMC, a proposal he declined. "I am now working for the BJP and can't betray them," said Pal. Sharing the clip of the purported conversation, BJP's social media head Amit Malviya tweeted: "Massive! Mamata Banerjee calls Proloy Pal, BJP's district Vice President in Nandigram and pleads for help! Proloy tells her that he was humiliated in TMC, and he, along with this family, cannot betray the BJP. Pishi is definitely losing Nandigram and TMC Bengal." "Only a candidate who has accepted defeat can speak the way Mamata Banerjee has spoken," Vijayvargiya told journalists. When asked about whether the tape was authentic, the BJP leader retorted: "I am saying what I am saying with full responsibility (jawabdari)." "She's imploring (yachna) for help. It shows she has accepted defeat," he said. The TMC said the tape was not verified but found nothing wrong in Banerjee approaching a former partyman. "First of all, the clip is not verified. We don't know whether it is true or false. But we don't see anything wrong in a politician calling her former leaders or aides. This is quite natural in politics," TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said. The highprofile Nandigram seat will go to the polls on April 1 in the second phase. DHAKA: Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Bangladesh is a strong example of communal harmony, adding that New Delhi will deeply cooperate with Dhaka "all the time". He made the remarks while addressing members of the Matua community in Gopalganj district following his visit to the Orakandi temple. The temple is considered to be the holiest place for more than five crore people of the Matua community, founded by Harichand Thakur, living in Bangladesh and Indian state of West Bengal. "I'm blessed to come to this holy land of Orakandi. It is because of the blessings of Orakandi Thakur. When I first visited Bangladesh in 2015, I hoped that someday I will be able to come here. My wish has been fulfilled today. "We are moving forward through the way directed by Harichand Thakur and his son GuruChand Thakur," the Prime Minister said. "Joy Bangla, Joy Hind, Bharat-Bangladesh moitry chirojibi hok." Modi also met members of the Thakur family. Before visiting Orakandi, he paid homage at paid to Bangladesh's Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by visiting his mausoleum in Tungipara, also in Gopalganj. BJP, TMC clash in Nandigram, three injured NANDIGRAM: A clash broke out on Saturday between activists of the BJP and the TMC in Purba Medinipur's Nandigram constituency -- which is set to go to polls on April 1 - leaving at least three persons seriously injured, a senior police officer here said. Sheikh Sufiyan, the election agent of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, however, claimed that goons hired by the BJP carried out an attack on the workers of the ruling party, a charge denied by the saffron camp."All three, who sustained injuries during the attack, are activists of the TMC. They were rushed to SSKM Hospital in Kolkata. The condition of one of them has been stated to be serious," Sufiyan said. BJP goons have "let loose a reign of terror" in Nandigram over the past 15 days, he alleged. "These goons have been visiting homes of TMC activists to attack them, twisting their hands and even snatching gold chains. The police, however, are not doing anything about it," he said. Mamata accuses PM of wooing voters during Bangladesh visit, asks why his visa should not be cancelled MI NEWS SERVICE KHARAGPUR: Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused him of seeking votes of a section of people in Bengal during his visit to Bangladesh, and asked why his visa should not ''be cancelled''. Addressing a public meeting in Kharagpur, the Chief Minister said: "In 2019 Lok Sabha polls when a Bangladeshi actor attended our rally, BJP spoke to Bangladesh Government and cancelled his visa...When polls are underway here, you (PM) go to Bangladesh to seek votes from one section of people. Why should not your visa be cancelled? We will complain to the Election Commission." Mamata alleged that PM Modi's Bangladesh visit is in total violation of the code of conduct of the election. "Elections are underway here and he (PM) goes to Bangladesh and lectures on Bengal. It is a total violation of the code of conduct of the election. If he needs votes in Kharagpur, why did he go to Bangladesh? He has gone to Bangladesh for his marketing. Who is truthful and who is a liar, an answer to this is required," she remarked. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to mark the 50 years of the country's independence. It is his first tour to a foreign country since the COVID-19 outbreak last year. WELLNESS BENEFITS OF CELEBRATING HOLI FESTIVAL A festival celebrated joyously all over India Holi is a day of colours, where people of all ages and ethnicities have fun dousing each other in dyes and coloured water. Holi festival is based on one of the famous legends of killing evil demoness Holika. Another one of the famous legends is the one Lord Krishna complaining to mother Yashodha about Radha being fairer as compared to him. Mother Yashodha suggests that Krishna should colour Radha, in the colour of his choice. The mischievous Krishna is said to have coloured his beloved in a hue of colours thereafter. A tradition that is thereby we have been following. Associated with the colour white, Holi symbolizes the end of one phase and the beginning of a new tomorrow. As Holi nears us, we celebrate the return of colours on the trees, in the sunsets, the arrival of spring, the end of winter. Holi stresses the need to get rid of the impassive winters, long nights and dry skin and lackluster hair. Interestingly, traditional Holi ritual and customs step in as the perfect body-rejuvenation therapy. Colours and the mind Colours, as we all know, are vital for a healthy body. While immersed in the vibrant colours of Holi, our mind and body experience myriads of benefits. Bright colours like red tend to stimulate the heartbeat & breathing. Colours like Yellow and Blue don't just bring in a calming effect on our senses but also surround us with a sense of joy and happiness. Holi, like many other festivals, falls on the cusp of winters and spring. This season also exposes us to a number of bacteria and pollution in the air around us. The mutation period of winter and spring induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body Hence, the burning of Holika, the day before Holi, where many lights a bonfire that symbolizes the burning of evil, follows the tradition of walking around the fire deodorizing our environment and cleansing the body from the bacteria. were created with naturally helpful ingredients like hibiscus flowers, henna leaves, Kesar, sandalwood and more. These natural colours are not just good for your skin, hair and eyes but even cleanse and clear the dead skin. Ingredients such as these are used in Ayurveda for rejuvenating the body and giving it a healthy glow. Red colour is energizing and stimulate heart functions and breathing. Yellow has a soothing effect on organs especially the intestines and blue has a calming and tranquilizing effect on our body and senses. Cool, energizing drinks Natural and organic colours Advantages of Holika Dhahan Traditionally the Holi colours Wake up from our chilling winter slumber, our body needs more than just a cold shower. Renowned Holi drinks like Thandai and Kaanji act as great coolants and are an excellent source of anti-oxidants. Thandai, comprising of delicious milk flavour, has the goodness of almonds, watermelon seeds, fennel seeds and rose petals. While Kaanji, a traditional North Indian drink is fermented and packed with rich nutrients and fibre. The festival of Holi also promotes good health in the southern regions of India. The morning after the burning of Holika, people put ash (Vibhuti) on their forehead. Along with that, they also mix Chandan (sandalwood paste) with the leaves and flowers from the Mango tree and MORE ON PG 10 consume it.