In a bid to ward off hunger woes, various individuals and organisations across the country have been distributing food and grocery items to the needy since the Prime Minster has imposed nationwide lockdown. One among them is Aligarh based Manav Upkaar kitchen who has eliminated all social and cultural woes and proved that humanity is above all castes and religions. The kitchen is distributing food to people regardless of their caste, community, religion or social background. Started in the year 2000, the organisation was founded the people from all religious backgrounds with a motive to feed the hungry and serve the cause. The term Manav Upkaar translates to "benefit of the humankind" and therefore this organisation tries to help as many citizens as possible regardless of their socio-cultural backgrounds in various ways. They even perform the last rites of unclaimed bodies as the religion of the deceased to pass on the message that 'Service to Humanity is Service to God'. Currently, the organisation has 900 members who are working day and night to help the needy amid the nationwide lockdown and provide them with two square meals. They even distribute Sevai during Eid and Halwa during Hanuman Jayanti in order to honour the beliefs of every religious community.Their act is not just a wonderful example of humanity but also showcases the harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country.
Nakhoda Masjid will reopen in Kolkata on June 8 for devotees. Gathering was not witnessed even during Eid in the mosque due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. Nakhoda Masjid will reopen according to MHA's guidelines.
The streets of Vattayal locality in Kerala's Alappuzha district were lying almost barren this Eid-ul-Fitr due to coronavirus lockdown. As Muslims in the area didn't go for any grand celebrations this year adhering to lockdown norms, they chose to pass on the hat for the noble cause which was also joined by their Hindu and Christian neighbours and fully supported by Valiyakulam Juma Masjid. These people, belonging to different faiths got united to collect money for the surgery of a 36-year-old man, Mohammed Rafi, whose both kidneys have failed, thereby spreading a message of communal harmony along with generosity on Eid. On the festive day, this group of samaritans visited every household in order to seek donation for Rafi for whose surgery around 25 lakhs are required.Rising above religious lines, the locals too gave them a warm welcome and donated whole heartedly. There were many who even cancelled their plans to buy costly dresses and have lavish meals on Eid to contribute for this noble cause. Eid that has always been a grand affair for the Muslims, was observed in a very sombre way this year, amid Coronavirus outbreak. But the way few people turned it into a noble affair like those in Alappuzha, made it even more meaningful.
Epitomising communal harmony, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was working overnight to provide sehri and Iftari to around 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra. Sehri is a small meal taken before the sunrise while iftari is taken after the fast ends at the sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. The shrine even did special arrangements for the Muslims on the occasion of Eid that celebrates the end of holy month of fasting with large meals and other festivities. The migrant labourers have come to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in special Shramik trains and buses to Udhampur town which is about 40 kms from Katra, where they are staying. The shrine board has spent around Rs 80 lakh on providing food to the needy since March 20 in various quarantine centres at Katra. It has also spent around Rs 1.5 crore in aiding the Covid-19 response. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and is also the second richest after Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in India. All facilities of the shrine board in Katra are well maintained and pilgrims from across the country prefer them over hotels for their cleanliness, hygienic food, comfortable bedding and hospitable staff.
A complaint has been filed against several people in Rajasthan's Ajmer on May 27. They were found offering namaz (prayers) inside a dargah on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on May 25. Ajmer Police registered compliant against them at Dargah Police Station. The large congregations were prohibited this year on Eid due to COVID-19 outbreak. 7536 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Rajasthan so far.
Kerala government has imposed 'Triple lockdown' in Thiruvananthapuram city. Starting from 6 am today, lockdown has been imposed for a week. Shops selling essential items are exempted. Major roads leading to the city, except for an entry and exit road, will also remain closed. The move has been taken after cases soar in the state. 5,429 confirmed cases exist in Kerala.
People queued up outside a shop in Kozhikode, as Kerala State Beverages Corporation resumed the commercial sale of liquor today, amid lockdown. Security has been deployed to maintain law and order. State govt has released a mobile app BevQ to avoid crowding. Only customers with the app's e-token are allowed to purchase liquor.
The impact of coronavirus lockdown has adversely affected businesses of various shopkeepers in Kerala's Kozhikode. They are bearing losses in their business ahead of Eid festival. People in less numbers were seen making purchases at SM street market in Kozhikode. Shopkeepers are complaining of getting very fewer customers due to COVID-19 lockdown. While speaking to ANI, one of the shop owners, Syed said, "We have lost almost 90% of our business due to coronavirus lockdown. There are fewer footfalls now. Even though Eid festival is around the corner, there are only 10% sales due to COVID." There are 732 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kerala. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total COVID-19 active cases are 69,597 and 3720 deaths in India.
Coronavirus lockdown in the country has badly affected lives of elephant keepers and mahouts in Kozhikode. Expressing unhappiness over ongoing lockdown, owners said lack of resources has made it difficult to look after elephants. With existing lockdown, their main source of earnings through temple festivals has also come to halt. Due to lack of work, they are finding it difficult to feed the elephants.
The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Kerala Legislative Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over 'misuse of diplomatic immunity of UAE Consulate, Thiruvananthapuram by international gold smuggling cartels with the collusion of officials working for Kerala Government.' While speaking to ANI in Thiruvananthapuram on July 07, Ramesh Chennithala said, "I have written to PM, asking for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry in the gold smuggling case. By misusing diplomatic channel, Chief Minister's Office (CMO) helped culprits. Merely removing Secretary won't solve issue." "Chief Minister also can't be spared as without his knowledge this could not have happened," he added.
A Village in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram is on its way to promote Sanskrit language. The Karamana people are moving towards one of the oldest languages again. To promote Sanskrit language, a tea seller is giving discount of Rs 1 on every tea ordered in Sanskrit. The menu of the tea stall is also in Sanskrit. The village also has boards on its every street with Sanskrit quotes.
Malls in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram are all set to re-open from June 08 expect in containment zones. The management at malls in Kerala have been gearing up to ensure all safety precautions. Centre had issued set of guidelines for reopening of shopping malls, hotels and religious places. Malls closed in March after imposition of COVID-induced lockdown.
Bus service has resumed in Kerala's Kottayam as state government suspended complete lockdown on June 28. The state will continue to observe night curfew from 9pm to 5am. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Kerala has reached 3876, including 22 deaths so far.
As monsoon arrived in Kerala, heavy rainfall led to water-logging in parts of Thiruvananthapuram on June 02. India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued yellow alert in 9 districts of Kerala including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuram and Kannur on June 01.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for nine districts of Kerala on June 01. It came after rainfall lashed parts of the state today. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuram and Kannur districts are in yellow alert. According to IMD, temperature is expected to go down to 25 degrees Celsius during the day in the state. Yellow alert indicates severely bad weather for many days.
India reported a spike of 22,752 new cases of COVID-19 and 482 deaths in the last 24 hours. The number of positive cases stand at 7,42,417 including 2,64,944 active cases, 4,56,831 cured/discharged/migrated across the country. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 20,642 people lost their lives due to the deadly virus in the nation so far. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, 2.62 lakh samples were tested on July 07.
With a spike of 22,252 cases, India's COVID-19 case count crossed seven lakh on Tuesday while 467 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Health Ministry, the total count of cases reached 7,19,665 on Tuesday and the death toll has gone up to 20,160. Of the total count of cases, 2,59,557 are active cases and 4,39,948 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated. The total count has increased from six to seven lakh in five days. The Health Ministry said that the number of recovered patients reached 4,39,947 today and the number was 1,80,390 more than the active cases. India's recovery rate has gone up to 61.13 per cent. Maharashtra continued to remain the worst-affected state, 5134 new positive cases and 224 deaths were reported on July 07. Tamil Nadu, being second in the tally, reported 3616 fresh COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths today. 2008 new COVID-19 positive cases and 50 deaths were reported in Delhi. The Union Health Ministry said that COVID-19 tests in India crossed 1 crore mark as a result of continuously expanding network of testing labs in the country. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 2,41,430 samples were tested for COVID-19 on July 6 which has taken the total number of samples tested till Monday to 1,02,11,092.
Devotees in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut offered prayers to lord Shiva from outside the Augarnath Temple on the on first Monday of Sawan month. According to the priest of the temple, the doors of temple are..