This honour is the result of our determination, our perseverance. It is recognition of a unique festival like Durga Puja, which is unparalleled in the world, she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed UNESCO's decision to accord heritage status to Kolkata's Durga puja festival as a 'matter of great pride and joy for every Indian'.
The temple was decorated with garlands of colourful bangles in the sanctum sanctorum, the possession idol of the presiding deity on the sixth floor of Mallikarjuna Mahamandapam.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had also written to West Bengal expressing concern over the rise in Covid cases in Kolkata, following Durga Puja celebrations.
Bangladesh Durga Puja violence: Govt committed to hand out justice, assures Foreign Min AK Abdul Momen
While regretting the incidents of violence, the minister informed that the Sheikh Hasina government took immediate action against the perpetrators.
Blasphemy has been weaponised by fanatic Islamist organisations in Pakistan for quite some time and in Bangladesh, the Islamists have learnt fast to emulate this.
"We are trying to combat the rise and break the chain of transmission of the virus effectively," a senior official of Baruipur sub-division said.
Schools and colleges in the state have been closed since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March last year.
On October 16, 443 new Covid cases were recorded in past 24 hours but the number has gone up to 974 on Saturday, highest in past three months.
Condemning the attacks on the Hindu community, protests were held across the country for the sixth day on Tuesday, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported on Wednesday.Condemning the attacks on the Hindu
Initiate action against those who incited violence using religion, Bangladesh PM tells home minister
Attacks on Hindu temples have intensified in Bangladesh since last Wednesday after an alleged blasphemous post surfaced on social media during the Durga Puja celebrations.
The arson incident occurred amid rising communal tension over an alleged blasphemy incident at a Durga Puja venue in Cumilla which led to attacks on Hindu temples.
Bangladesh attacks: Bengal govt asks dist administrations to be on alert against attempt to foment trouble
A similar word of caution was also issued to senior police officers by Additional Director General (Intelligence Branch).
Hindu-owned temples and shops in Feni, about 157 kms from the country's capital, have been vandalised and robbed during fresh clashes on Saturday.
Prominent personalities appeal to Bangladesh PM to take action against those involved in Durga Puja violence
The signatories include educationist Pabitra Sarkar, CPI(M) Politburo member Md Salim, former Kolkata Mayor Bikash Bhattacharya, theatre personality Deb Shankar Halder and more.