PM a no-show at Divali Nagar

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will not be attending the final night of Divali Nagar celebrations.

PRO of the NCIC Surijdeo Mangaroo said the NCIC received a call early this afternoon from the Office of the Prime Minister staying that Dr Rowley was unable to attend.

There were calls on social media for a boycott of the Nagar should the PM attend as a form of protest against the government.

Mangaroo said the NCIC was disappointed that the PM was not able to attend.

According to him, many provisions were put in place to accommodate him.

President: We can all be carriers of light, love and hope

The following is President Anthony Carmona's Divali address:

"Namaste fellow citizens,

The ancient festival of Divali has survived, intact and sacred through the ages, because of its core message- good over evil; light over darkness. Hindus worldwide are motivated to keep this holy tradition of prayers, lights, cuisine, song and dance alive, because, the ultimate goal is a timeless manifestation of doing good and bringing light to even the darkest corners of our world.

Opposition Leader: Our nation requires action as inspired by story of Mother Lakshmi

The following is Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's Divali address:

"I am delighted to send best wishes to my fellow citizens on the joyous occasion of Diwali.

As people across our beloved nation gather to illuminate their homes, their communities and their hearts, I wish Mother Lakshmi’s blessings on each and every one of you and your loved ones.

PM: Let's continue to embrace the light even after Divali festivities are done

The following is Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's Divali address.

"On this Divali day, on behalf of the people and Government of Trinidad and Tobago, I offer warm greetings to our Hindu community.

Today we join you as you celebrate one of the most significant religious observances on the Hindu calendar.

I am always heartened to note that Divali is enjoyed by both Hindus and non-Hindus across the country, as persons journey to family and friends to share a meal and witness the remarkable displays of lighted deyas.

Archbishop calls on Catholic boards to make school spaces available for Dominicans

Roman Catholic Archnishop Joseph Harris, is encourging citizens to open their hearts to Dominicans coming to T&T for relief and has asked Catholic school boards to open their doors to students.

The Archbishop of Port-of-Spain said he was pleasantly surprised when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced relaxed immigration restrictions and is encouraging families who can help, to host those who are in need.

The Archbishop issued the following statement:

"My dear sisters and brothers and all people of good will,