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A day after Shah Rukh Khan tweeted about the various relief measures that were being undertaken by his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan, Mamata Banerjee has thanked him for his contribution.

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  • Last Updated: May 30, 2020, 8:30 AM IST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has thanked Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his “thoughtful” and “meaningful” contribution in the wake of the damage and destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in the state.

The CM tweeted, “Thank you @iamsrk, @MeerFoundation & our very own @KKRiders for standing with the people of Bengal in this hour of crisis.This is a very thoughtful & meaningful contribution. Bengal is together & united against the devastation caused by #CycloneAmphan. Bengal is brave & will WIN!”

A day after the official Twitter handle for the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders announced their contributions towards Amphan relief, Shah Rukh posted about doing his bit for cyclone-hit West Bengal. His wife Gauri, too, joined him in the initiative.

Kolkata Knight Riders had posted that they would be planting five thousand trees and an undisclosed amount has been transferred to the relief fund set up by Mamata Banerjee in the state. They would also be distributing essential ration and hygiene items.

The relief work will be done in association with Meer Foundation. They would also be rebuilding homes of acid attack victims.

SRK tweeted, “Kolkata, with unity comes strength and resilience. Let’s get through this together and help out those affected by Amphan.”

Gauri Khan also shared, “The devastation caused by cyclone Amphan can be overcome if we stand united and help those in need. @MeerFoundation @KKRiders.”

The actor’s group of companies – Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX – have also announced several initiatives to support the efforts of the Government in its COVID-19 fight.

They provided 25,000 PPE kits to the frontline medical staff in Maharashtra fighting to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state. Shah Rukh and Gauri also offered their four-storey personal office space for treating COVID-19 patients.

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Shah Rukh Khan tweeted about the various relief measures being undertaken by his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 5:46 PM IST

A day after the official Twitter handle for the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders announced their contributions towards Amphan relief, their patron Shah Rukh Khan posted about doing his bit for cyclone-hit West Bengal. His wife Gauri, too, has joined him in the initiative.

Kolkata Knight Riders had posted that they would be planting five thousand trees and an undisclosed amount has been transferred to the relief fund set up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the state. They would also be distributing essential ration and hygiene items.

The relief work will be done in association with Meer Foundation. They would also be rebuilding homes of acid attack victims.

SRK tweeted, “Kolkata, with unity comes strength and resilience. Let’s get through this together and help out those affected by Amphan.”

Gauri Khan also shared, “The devastation caused by cyclone Amphan can be overcome if we stand united and help those in need. @MeerFoundation @KKRiders.”

The actor’s group of companies – Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX – have also announced several initiatives to support the efforts of the Government in its COVID-19 fight.

They provided 25,000 PPE kits to the frontline medical staff in Maharashtra fighting to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state. Shah Rukh and Gauri also offered their four-storey personal office space for treating COVID-19 patients.

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KOLKATA: Students of Presidency University as well as Calcutta University have come forward to help the book sellers on College Street which was ravaged by Cyclone Amphan last week leaving the books floating in water and blowing away the stalls.

The network of students who came together in March to help those affected by the lockdown economically will reach out to student community and the civil society and act as a pressure group and prevail over government and publishers for support to rehabilitate hundreds of booksellers who have lost both their stock and establishment in the cyclone last week.
Strong winds completely decimated many stalls and water gushed into the shops in the iconic book market in central Kolkata. The next day, books were floating on the waterlogged street.
Many book stalls on College Street that attract huge number of school and college going students have ceased to exist after strong winds blew away the structures while other owners have lost a big part of their stock to the accumulated water. Even bigger book shops have lost stocks worth lakhs after water seeped into their establishments. Many of them kept the books on the pavements and on the carriageway to dry.
A group of students from both the universities which are a landmark on College Street visited the shop owners to assess the quantum of loss and figure out the nature of support most of them would need to get back on their feet and restart their business.
The pictures of books floating in waterlogged streets and helpless booksellers ruing their losses, soon after the cyclone struck, went viral and send shockwaves across the city.
“We still do not know the exact quantum of the loss as many booksellers who stay far away from College Street have not been able to access their shops. But according to a preliminary survey done by the students of Calcutta and Presidency University each bookseller has incurred losses of up to Rs 1 lakh, including damage to their shops and their stock. Even the bigger publishers and booksellers have suffered but the extent is not very high,” said Ahan Karmakar, a student of Presidency University who is also a part of Quarantined Student Youth Network which has been operating multiple kitchens across the state to provide cooked meals to those affected by the lockdown economically.
The students have already shared bank details on various social media platforms requesting everybody to contribute. The proceeds will go towards rehabilitating the booksellers who have been impacted by Amphan.
College street, also known as boipara (book-mart), is hub of Kolkata’s student and literary crowd. It is the largest second-hand book market in the world and largest book market in India.



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KOLKATA: The Bengal government will not receive Shramik Specials till May 26, CM Mamata Banerjee announced at state secretariat Nabanna on Saturday. With Amphan leaving a trail of severe devastation across eight districts, the state would “need these days for relief work to take people back home from railway stations”, the CM said.
“We are not allowing Shramik Specials to the state till May 26. We require these two days to clear trees from village roads before we take them back home from railway stations. We will be taking trains from May 27,” she said, adding that the government won’t shift migrant workers coming from other states and those coming by flight to quarantine centres.
The government, instead, wants them to give an undertaking that they will stay in home quarantine for 14 days.
“I am hearing that domestic flights will be on from May 25. Those coming from other states may stay at home because that is the best quarantine centre. The government is not setting up quarantine centres for them because we don’t have the infrastructure following the devastations all around. Even school buildings are not safe. They have developed cracks. From now, home is your quarantine centre,” the CM said.
“Home quarantine is the best. We will ask you to give an undertaking stating that you will stay at home for the prescribed period. The state health department will keep a watch on them by tracking cell phone towers to ensure that they don’t step out of their homes,” she added.
The CM said Bengal migrants coming from other states won’t have to wait for hours for health screening before they can go home. “It takes at least five to 10 minutes to take swab samples. The process takes hours if thousands of migrants come at a time. People run out of patience. We have decided to let them go home after checking their body temperatures with thermal guns. Districts will do their health screening after they reach home,” she said.
The CM lauded the model adopted in some villages to keep people in quarantine. “In some villages, locals have identified a place for these people. They stay there while their families carry home-cooked food to them. Nothing can be better than this. Don’t mix with people, eat home-cooked food,” the CM added.



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