Coimbatore based miniature artist designed Ganesha idol on COVID warrior theme ahead of Ganesha Chaturthi celebration. These Ganesh idols are made by artist Raja. Every year, he uses to design miniature of Lord Ganesha with a social theme. Artist portrayed how to take precautionary measures to mitigate coronavirus. Country will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on 22 August.
In a daring rescue operation, a policeman and two others jumped into a well to rescue an elderly woman who had accidentally fallen into it. Locals alerted the police as soon as they saw the woman fall. Udupi town police sub-inspector Sadashiva Govroji, fire and rescue staff Vinayaka and a local Auto-driver Rajesh Nayak got into the well and brought the woman out safely. They then tied a harness around the woman and slowly pulled her out of the well. Many locals had gathered at the spot and witnessed the brave rescue act by the three men. Locals were all praise for the three people. The incident happened in Udupi town of Karnataka on 6th of August, 2020.
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Ganesh Idol makers are prepping up for Ganesh Chaturthi, however, they continue to incur losses. Tamil Nadu is among the worst states hit by coronavirus pandemic, with 1,99,749 confirmed cases. Situation has affected businesses in the southern state. Each year, Ganeshotsav is celebrated in a lavish manner. Lakhs of devotees gather to worship and seek blessings from Lord Ganesha. Ganeshotsav, also called Ganesh Chaturthi, is a festival that starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada. It will fall in August. However, the celebrations this time are likely to be subdued due to COVID-19.
President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day said that celebrations of Independence Day this year will be rather restrained. He said, "Celebrations of Independence Day this year will be rather restrained. The world confronts a deadly virus which has disrupted all activities and taken a huge toll. It has altered the world we lived in before pandemic." President Kovind said that August 15 fills us with excitement of unfurling the tricolour, taking part in celebrations and listening to patriotic songs. "Youth of India should feel special pride of being citizens of free nation." For COVID warriors, President said, "The nation is indebted to doctors, nurses and other health workers who have been continuously on the forefront of our fight against this virus. Unfortunately, many of them have lost their lives battling the pandemic. They are our national heroes." He further said, "We have learnt some tough lessons in the year 2020. The invisible virus has demolished the illusion that human being is the master of nature. I believe, it is still not too late for humanity to correct its course and live in harmony with nature."
Preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi festival are underway across nation. A lady in Maharashtra's Pune is using unique idea to impart idol making skills to children. Every year, Asmita Andre used to hold Ganesh idol making workshop for kids ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi. This year amid COVID-19 pandemic situation, Asmita decided to supply the idol making material through home delivery. Workshop items are getting delivered with a pamphlet and video link to make it easier for kids at home. The package includes terracotta clay, seeds, pamphlet etc.
Coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted small-scale businesses across the country. As 'Ganesh Chaturthi' approaches, sculptors in Bhopal are staring at losses due to low demand due to COVID-19. A sculptor said, "We have mortgaged money markets, relatives and jewelry. Where will we bring the money we have spent. If these idols are not sold, we will commit suicide."
Following Bengaluru violence, personnel of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and local police conducted flag-march in JC Nagar area on August 14. Section 144 has been imposed in the area until 6am on August 15. Violence broke out in some parts of the city over a derogatory social media post on Aug 11. At least three people died in the violence and several got injured.
A man in Meerut had announced a bounty of Rs 51 lakh on Akhanda Srinivas Murthy's nephew in connection with the Bengaluru violence. "A case has been registered against him for allegedly trying to disturb communal harmony and a stern action will be taken," Avinash Pandey, Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural), Meerut informed.Violence broke out in Bengaluru on August 11 late night over an alleged inciting social media post. Many lost their lives and several others were arrested.