Local curbs, fear of lockdown spur another exodus of migrant workers
Thursday, 8 April 2021 () The second wave of Covid infections is sparking another reverse migration of workers returning to their home states from places reporting sharp increases in cases. This threatens to reverse the gains from around Diwali last year when workers who had left in the first exodus had started to return to the states where they had worked.
COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the country. The migrant workers began to return to their native places from Surat due to surge in COVID cases. A migrant worker said, "People are going home because they fear lockdown could be imposed once again. And they want to avoid the pain they endured during...
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The Congress leader took to Twitter and said he is experiencing mild symptoms. Rahul asked those who came in his contact recently to follow safety protocols. The Congress leader had earlier cancelled his poll rallies in West Bengal due to rising Covid-19 cases. Earlier on Monday, former Indian Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Dr Manmohan Singh tested positive for Covid. Singh was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi. Watch the full video for more details.
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Commerce Secretary of Government of India, Anup Wadhawan said that efforts are underway on a war footing to make oxygen supplies available amid increase in demand due to COVID-19. "DPIT (Dept for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) is coordinating it. The efforts are underway on a war footing to make oxygen supplies available. It's being coordinated on a 24x7 basis. Supplies position will improve tremendously in my understanding," said Anup Wadhawan.
For the last many years, a locality in the Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh has been giving a new meaning to the Hindu festival of Bhai Dooj. Every year on this occasion, both Hindu and Muslim people living here, gather at one place and celebrate the occasion. While Hindu sisters apply vermillion on the forehead of Muslim brothers and give sweets, the same is repeated by Muslim sisters as well and today this tradition has become a medium to strengthen the bond between two communities. In India, Bhai Dooj is observed for ages and have many tales associated with it. According to a popular legend in Hindu Mythology, after slaying the evil demon, Narkasur, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra, who gave him a warm welcome with sweets and flowers and also applied a ceremonial tilak, a vermillion mark on his forehead and hence the festival of Bhai Dooj was born. Even though it is a small Hindu tradition but the way it is revered by the people of the Muslim community in Kanpur, has just increased its significance. Moreover, this brotherhood is not just limited to Bhai Dooj but other festivals, be it of Hindus or Muslims are also observed with the same enthusiasm. Bhai Dooj is made up of two words namely Bhai meaning brother and Dooj meaning the second day after the new moon which is a day of its celebration. Holding a special significance in the lives of a brother and sister, the occasion is celebrated two days a year. While the more famous one comes on the second day after Diwali, the other less popular one that comes a day after Holi is celebrated only a particular community.
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