Strict restrictions will be implemented in Maharashtra from April 14 8pm due to surge in COVID-19 cases. State DGP, Sanjay Pandey in a press conference, informed that if anyone has any emergency, they will be allowed movement. "Shops selling essential items and public transport will remain operational. There is no provision of movement passes this time. We have given instruction to all our units that if anyone has an emergency they should be allowed movement," said Maharashtra DGP.
Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals. Appreciating the efforts of police, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that as it was a peak day therefore, it was hard to make people follow it. DGP Ashok Kumar said, "Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. It was a challenging day for us. The crowd is a little less due to COVID. We have tried our best that the behaviour is right and COVID protocols are followed. Today is a peak day so it is not possible to make them follow protocols. The footfall is 50% less than what we were expecting this year due to COVID pandemic." Uttarakhand has over 7,000 active cases in the state.
Tariq Ahmed Patloo operates Srinagar's first floating ambulance service. Tariq's boat has been built into an ambulance. It floats on the Dal Lake of Jammu and Kashmir.
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Muslim worshippers in Istanbul pray inside and outside the Hagia Sophia Mosque for the Eid holiday which marks the end of Ramadan. Many of them express solidarity with Palestinians as hostilities with Israel continue.
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Amid the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, traditional drummers, known as 'Sehar Khans' in Srinagar, have been carrying on with the ritual of waking up people by beating drums for Sehri, the pre-dawn meal before the fasting day. In the era of technology, when many people rely on alarm features on various gadgets, these traditional drum beaters make it a point to continue the legacy. A traditional drum beater in Srinagar, Nazir Ahmad spoke to ANI and said, "These days people rely on alarm features on their mobile phones, but this is our old custom. I wake up at 2.30 am to go around the city beating drums." Usually, Nazir steps out alone when the sky is still dark but is sometimes accompanied by his younger brother. "My father did this drum-beating ritual during Ramadan for over 35 years. After he died, I continued the ritual. It has been 20 years since," he added. Umar Rashid, a local resident in the area said, "Sehar Khan is very important to us. This has continued for 400-500 years. Even in this age of modernisation when people have mobile phones to set alarms and mosques have speakers, the drum beaters have continued the ritual. This is the main point of attraction in the month of Ramadan." With modernisation and constantly changing lifestyles, Rashid has lost hope that this custom will be witnessed by coming generations. "I hope the tradition continues. But looking at the current circumstances and lifestyle, it is difficult to imagine that the tradition will continue," he concluded.
A food delivery startup called Tiffin Aaw in Srinagar has started the campaign 'Food for Kashmir' on social media. They have taken it upon themselves to deliver free meals for Covid positive families, Covid warriors and people in need. The concept was started when the owner Rayees Ahmad got a lot of distress calls from people outside Kashmir, wanting food to be delivered to their Covid-hit parents.
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