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Nabanna

November to December; during the Hindu month of Agrahayana (Margasirsa)
The harvest festival of Nabanna (sometimes spelled Navanna ) is a very popular ceremony among the Hindu rice growers of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. It typically honors the Goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes wealth and fertility, and takes place during Agrahayana, a Bangla month that falls between November and December.
According to folk custom, a community cannot enjoy the new rice crop until Lakshmi is first offered nabanna ("new food" or "new rice" in Bangla). Farmers will cut and husk a special variety of rice and typically offer it prepared as rice porridge. In some cases, ancestral spirits and local deities are also the intended recipients of the offering. Other customs during the festival include greeting the moon with lamps, giving children gifts and sweetened milk, and offering rice and other types of food to crows. According to folklore, the flight patterns of the birds that pick up the food can foretell a community's fortunes.
The celebration in the capital, Dhaka, differs from those in agricultural regions, as residents employ the holiday to make a political statement and reassert Bangladesh's cultural independence from Pakistan.
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Summary: Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], June 17 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed Kolkata Police commissioner Anuj Sharma to deploy a nodal police officer in every hospital, during the meeting with representatives of doctors at Nabanna.
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I have telephoned him and conveyed my congratulations,"Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, told reporters at the state secretariat Nabanna, a day after the declaration of the poll results, which saw BJP retaining the state narrowly.
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It is confirmed," Ganguly said during a surprise visit to the new state secretariat building, Nabanna, on Thursday evening.
Summary: Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Jun 17 (ANI): As doctors' strike enteres the seventh day in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet two representatives from each medical college of the state in Nabanna later on Monday.
Apart from Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal and Mirzoram's Lal Thanhawla, along with officials from Meghalaya and Tripura, attended the meeting at the West Bengal state secretariat Nabanna. Singh said they discussed at length the issues of infiltration of criminals and illegal migrants across the international border.
THE Mamata Banerjee- led West Bengal government on Wednesday clamped down on the movement of mediapersons at the state secretariat of Nabanna.
Summary: Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], June 17 (ANI): Protesting doctors on Monday called off their strike after they had a meeeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna earlier in the day.
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