While addressing a press conference in Dehradun on September 18, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "Our government has completed 3.5 years today. We have been practising zero-tolerance towards corruption and have fulfilled 80-85% of the promises that we made to people."
Police launched a drive to search for skeletons of people who went missing in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag in 2013 Kedarnath disaster. Search operation is underway at Gaurikund-Kedarnath tracking route to find missing people of Kedarnath tragedy. Speaking to ANI, the Garhwal Range IG Abhinav Kumar said, "There is a discrepancy in the number of missing people and bodies recovered. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test of skeletons will be done." This drive is being conducted jointly by state police and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force). A total of 10 teams have been deployed at various track routes including the Gaurikund-Kedarnath by the state government for this search operation. It is worth noticing that the state government had conducted several search operations in this regard in the past six years also, in which more than 600 skeletons have been found. The search drive which started from September 16 will conclude on September 22.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic the courtyard of Patan Durbar Square, which has Krishna Temple wore a deserted-like look on Janmashtami. However, some devotees were seen offering prayers outside the gates of the temple. Krishna Janmashtami, a festival commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, draws thousands of devotees from Kathmandu valley. Krishna Temple, which once housed kings before the unification of Nepal in the middle 18th Century, is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple was opened after renovation in 2018 as it had sustained minor damages due to a devastating earthquake in 2015, which claimed thousands of lives and caused massive structural damage to the heritage sites of the Himalayan nation. Within three years of its opening, the temple was again closed for public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus, forcing devotees to pray outside the temple. The 21 gajur (pinnacle) Shikhara Style temple in Patan was built in 1667 during the reign of King Siddhi Narasimha Malla. It is one of the most revered Krishna temples in Nepal.
Nepal's Krishna Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, wore a deserted look on Krishna Janmashtami due to COVID-19 pandemic. Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square of Nepal's Lalitpur witnessed fewer devotees on this auspicious occasion. Few devotees came to temple and worshipped Lord Krishna from outside the pious place on August 11. The annual Krishna Janmashtami festival commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, who is considered the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Nepal government has advised people against public gatherings so as to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection.