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Diwali: Indian festival of lights
Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". The festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, with many other regional traditions connecting the holiday to Sita and Rama, Vishnu, Krishna, Yama, Yami, Durga, Kali, Hanuman, Ganesha, Kubera, Dhanvantari, or Vishvakarman. Furthermore, it is, in some regions, a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after defeating Ravana in Lanka and serving 14 years of exile.

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Luxembourg PM welcomes India for agreements in space and finance [Video]

Luxembourg PM welcomes India for agreements in space and finance

During the India- Luxembourg virtual summit, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel welcomed the agreements in the areas of space and finance. He also extended Diwali wishes to PM Modi.

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PM Modi speaks to US President-elect Joe Biden, congratulates him for his win [Video]

PM Modi speaks to US President-elect Joe Biden, congratulates him for his win

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 17 spoke to the United States President-elect Joe Biden on the phone to congratulate him for his victory. PM modi also extended warm wishes for Vice..

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Discussed Naxal issue in detail with Amit Shah: Chhattisgarh CM on Delhi visit [Video]

Discussed Naxal issue in detail with Amit Shah: Chhattisgarh CM on Delhi visit

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at latter's residence in Delhi on November 17. CM Baghel conveyed Deepavali greetings to Union Home Minister and..

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Nepal celebrates Bhai tika amid coronavirus pandemic [Video]

Nepal celebrates Bhai tika amid coronavirus pandemic

Nepal on Monday celebrated the sibling festival of Bhai Tika with less fanfare and gaiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is increasing the toll in the Himalayan Nation. On the occasion of Bhai..

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Watch: Thick layer of toxic foam covers surface of Yamuna river in Delhi [Video]

Watch: Thick layer of toxic foam covers surface of Yamuna river in Delhi

A thick layer of toxic foam was seen floating on the surface of river Yamuna in the national capital. The foam is formed due to the high phosphate content of the water resulting from the excessive..

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Illuminated bicycles on round in Nagpur to promote good health [Video]

Illuminated bicycles on round in Nagpur to promote good health

A bicycling group named 'Hawk Riders' organised a rally featuring illuminated bicycles, in Nagpur. The group's objective was to promote cycling for good health amid pandemic. "Our aim is to spread the..

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Shopkeepers facing losses as COVID-19 hits Diwali [Video]

Shopkeepers facing losses as COVID-19 hits Diwali

Amid COVID-19 impact, the shopkeepers selling Diwali decorative and earthen lamps faced loss in Bengaluru. People didn't come out for shopping amid COVID-19 which resulted in huge loss for the..

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MP CM Shivraj performs Govardhan Puja at his residence [Video]

MP CM Shivraj performs Govardhan Puja at his residence

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed Govardhan Puja at his residence in Bhopal. He performed the puja with wife and family members. CM Chouhan took the blessings of cow after..

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Cultural Minister, ambassadors join Diwali celebrations with Indian community in Madagascar [Video]

Cultural Minister, ambassadors join Diwali celebrations with Indian community in Madagascar

Minister of Culture of Madagascar, prominent members of Indian community, ambassadors of several countries including United States, Russia, Japan, European Union, South Africa, Iran among others, UN..

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Bhupesh Baghel performs Govardhan Puja at his residence in Raipur [Video]

Bhupesh Baghel performs Govardhan Puja at his residence in Raipur

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel performed Govardhan Puja at his residence in Raipur on November 15. Govardhan Puja is celebrated every year after Diwali. As part of the tradition during..

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UP cities witness smoggy morning post Diwali, firecracker ban defied [Video]

UP cities witness smoggy morning post Diwali, firecracker ban defied

Even after ban, residents of Kanpur and Moradabad burst firecrackers. Air quality of the city took a toll. Waste of firecrackers was seen on the roads of the cities. Air Quality Index indicates..

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Celebs glam at Diwali bash [Video]

Celebs glam at Diwali bash

Bollywood actors graced talent company executive Bunty Sachdeva's house for the Diwali bash. Sonakshi Sinha, Ananya Panday, Chunky Panday post for paparazzi outside Sachdeva's house. Karan Johar and..

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206 fire calls received in Delhi on Diwali [Video]

206 fire calls received in Delhi on Diwali

A day after Diwali celebration, Director of Delhi fire services, Atul Garg on November 15 informed that this year the number of calls was less as compared to the last year, 206 fire calls were received..

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Wary Maharashtra puts strict curbs on travel from Delhi, Raj, Guj, Goa

Worried by the prospect of a post-Diwali surge in Covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra government on Monday imposed stringent restrictions on people travelling to the state from New Delhi, Rajasthan,..
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3rd wave on wane? Delhi reports drop in weekly cases

Delhi recorded 44,458 cases during the week (November 15-22), still the highest in the country for the third week running, but down from 46,876 in the previous week. While the dip brings some cheer to..
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At 46,328, fresh Covid cases in India at nine-day high

The trend of rising cases continued for the fifth day running. The day's death toll was 563, staying above 550 for the third day although the number had reduced from Thursday's high of 589. Across..
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Delhi's air quality worsens from 'moderate' to 'poor' in some parts

This comes after a slight improvement in the AQI owing to light showers in parts of the capital after the firecrackers were used in Diwali, causing pollution levels to reach hazardous levels.
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India shows jump of 30% in new Covid cases since Diwali


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Delhi's air quality oscillates between 'poor' and 'moderate'

This comes days after the city witnessed light showers, giving respite from the hazardous levels of air pollution that came about due to the bursting of firecrackers in Diwali.
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BJP MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi's granddaughter succumbs to burn injuries sustained during Diwali

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi's eight-year-old granddaughter succumbed to injuries sustained during the bursting of firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali.
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Relief for Delhiites as air quality improves, AQI 'moderate' in some parts

This is a significant improvement from the air pollution levels of the last few days, which soared due to the use of firecrackers in Diwali.
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New Covid cases below 30,000; tally at a 129-day low

Two days after Diwali, India recorded the lowest number of fresh Covid-19 cases in 129 days, with the daily tally falling below 30,000 on Monday for the first time since July 13. The steep decline in..
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Pollution levels in Delhi higher this Diwali as compared to 2019: CPCB

The CPCB said Pitampura recorded an increase in PM (particulate matter) and SO2 indicating the impact of firecracker bursting on Diwali.
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Delhi sets off self-destruct bomb, worst Diwali in 4 years

The firecracker ban in Delhi-NCR went up in smoke on Saturday with people flouting it with impunity. While the sound of crackers could be heard during the day, its intensity rose after 6pm and..
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Modi hints at bold Pangong action that got India the edge

In an acknowledgement of Indian troops claiming the heights on the south bank of Pangong lake in late August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated the action gained the country crucial bargaining..
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With 2.9L fresh Covid cases, India sees lowest weekly tally since July

India recorded a little over 30,000 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the lowest single-day addition in 155 days, mainly due to a combination of low testing and Diwali festivities. The day’s death toll from..
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Traders record Diwali sales of Rs 72,000 crore despite boycott calls for Chinese goods by CAIT

According to the traders' body, the business was carried on during this year's Diwali with no Chinese goods on sale amid CAIT's call to boycott Chinese goods.
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Air quality in Delhi-NCR turns 'severe' post Diwali

A layer of haze was seen over Delhi-NCR on Diwali night as people defied ban and bursted firecrackers with calm winds allowing accumulation of pollutants.
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Go ‘local for Diwali’, VP Naidu tells people


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US President-elect Biden, his deputy Harris, incumbent President Trump greet people on Diwali


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US President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in White House, lights lamp

Trump posted a picture of himself in the White House lighting a lamp.
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US President Donald Trump extends Diwali wishes, shares picture of him lighting lamp in White House

Trump posted a picture of himself in the White House lighting a lamp.
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PM Modi celebrates Diwali at Longewala


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Foreign embassies celebrate quiet Diwali

Though there were no grand celebrations or any kind of events organised this Diwali in the foreign embassies in Delhi owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the foreign delegates and ambassadors of..
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Delhi's AQI worsens amid Diwali celebrations, turns into 'severe' category

According to experts, the severe category affects the health of people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases. People who are suffering from asthma or other respiratory ailments should..
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Beijing-based diplomats take part in Diwali celebration in China


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Dumb luck: Pune woman dumps old purse containing jewellery worth Rs 3 crore in garbage during Diwali, later retrieves it

During her ritualistic Diwali cleaning, Rekha Sulekar gave an old handbag lying in her house to a ghanta-gadi, the garbage collecting van.
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Hope gloom of pandemic, economic distress end this Diwali: Sonia Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday wished fellow citizens on the occasion of Diwali and hoped that the festival of lights would end the gloom of pandemic, darkness of economic recession and..
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India is working rapidly to increase its defence capability, make it Atmanirbhar: PM Modi

"India is working rapidly to increase its defence capability and make its defence sector Atmanirbhar. We have decided to focus on the indigenous arms factory. This one decision of the defence sector..
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No power in world can stop our brave soldiers from guarding country's borders: PM Modi

"I would like to extend my Diwali greetings. I am here to convey every Indias greetings to you today. I would like to wish all our security forces on the occasion of Diwali. No power in the world can..
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If tested, India will give befitting reply: PM Modi in Diwali address to soldiers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reached Rajasthan's Jaisalmer border to celebrate Diwali with the Armed Forces, in continuation of his set tradition since he took over as the Prime Minister of..
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In Diwali address, PM lauds valor of jawans, targets Pakistan and China


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Diwali weather: Delhi's air quality continues to be 'very poor', likely to become 'severe' by night

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the national capital is expected to go in the 'severe' category on Diwali.
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PM Modi to celebrate Diwali with jawans in Jaisalmer

PM Narendra Modi will travel to Rajasthan's Jaisalmer on Saturday to keep his annual Diwali date with the armed forces. The first stop in his Diwali schedule will be the Jaisalmer IAF station for an..
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people on Diwali


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SC allows use of green crackers for 2 hours

The Supreme Court on Friday endorsed the NGT order allowing bursting of green crackers for two hours for Diwali, Chhath Puja, Gurupurab, Christmas and New Year celebrations and modified a Telangana..
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BJP chief JP Nadda announces new team of state in-charges; Jay Panda, CT Ravi & Amit Malviya promoted

Months after appointing his core team and a day ahead of Diwali, BJP President JP Nadda on Friday appointed in-charges and co-incharges for states and Union Territories. There were four major..
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Important news for people commuting by Delhi Metro: No Metro services after 10 pm from terminal stations on Diwali

Usually, the last metro trains from terminal stations depart at 11 pm. The DMRC tweeted, "On account of Diwali, the last Metro train service on 14th November will start at 10 PM from terminal stations..
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Taiwan Foreign Minister, Indian representatives share stage at Taipei Diwali bash

Foreign Minister Wu lauded the role of 2 people Jeffery Wu, a Taiwanese national who has contributed to promoting Indian culture and Priya Lalwani Purswaney who was the first Indian woman to start her..
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PM Modi urges citizens to light diyas for soldiers on Diwali

While addressing the countrymen via a video message, featuring soldiers, police officials, health workers fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19, on Twitter, the Prime Minister also expressed his..
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate Diwali with soldiers on Jaisalmer border

Prime Minister can visit the Jaisalmer border of Rajasthan this time to celebrate Diwali. Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Army Chief MM Narvane, may also accompany the Prime Minister during this..
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Delhi's air quality expected to go in 'severe' category on Diwali: IMD

With the festive weekend ahead, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital was in the `very poor` category, as per the data released by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And..
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Grand Deepotsav celebrations start in Ayodhya

Deepotsav celebrations began on Friday in the holy city of Ayodhya in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath, a Diwali event which will also see the..
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Ahead of Diwali, Corbett cancels leaves to check poaching of owls


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Ayodhya Deepotsav 2020: Schedule for grand Diwali celebrations in temple town

Several people on Thursday decorated the venue with diyas, paintings and rangolis for 'Deepotsav. This year 5.51 lakh earthen lamps would be lit at Ram ki Paidi ghats.
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Ahead of Diwali, Covid cases rising in states close to Delhi


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Bombay HC allows opening of these two temples of Mumbai for Diwali; rejects appeal for 100 others

While hearing the petition, the bench allowed two temples of Dadar and Byculla to open 5 days during Diwali.
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No hike in electricity rates in UP, Yogi Adityanath govt gives Diwali gift to residents

The State Electricity Regulatory Commission's decision to keep the electricity tariff unchanged will provide great relief to the people of Uttar Pradesh.
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No Arnab talk with guv, only Diwali wishes, says Maha home minister


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BJP wins 41 out of 59 bypoll seats, 31 at Cong's expense

In a tidal sweep of byelections in seven out of 11 states, the BJP or an ally on Tuesday won 41 of the 59 seats at stake –– as many as 31 of them at Congress’s expense. Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat..
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Uttar Pradesh bans sale, use of firecrackers in 13 pollution-hit districts; check list

Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday imposed a blanket ban on the sale and use of all types of firecrackers this Diwali, starting from today (November 10) midnight to November 30-December 1 midnight.
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Tanishq now faces backlash over Diwali ad


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PM’s 614-crore gift to Varanasi ahead of Diwali


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