India is well known across the world for its unity in diversity and this variety is implicit to Indian festivals as well. In Kanpur, an extra hue got added to the festivity of Raksha Bandhan, when people of two different faiths observed the occasion together. With this act, they not only celebrated the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters but also fostered the long-practiced communal harmony in the country.
Air India Express employees paid tribute to fallen co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar in Delhi. Akhilesh lost his life with 17 others in Kozhikode plane crash. The body of the deceased was brought to Delhi from Kochi. Around 200 AI Express employees paid tribute to the fallen co-pilot. "Our last conversation with him was on Rakshabandhan. We connected over a video call. We were supposed to meet on around August 15-16," said Akhilesh Kumar's Brother-in-law, Vijay. Akhilesh's mortal remains were taken to his native place in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura. "Wife and mother of the pilot are unwell. We set up a medical team and got checkups done," said Dr Bhudev, District Hospital, Mathura. An AI Express plane overshot the runway on August 7. The aircraft fell into a valley where it split into two pieces. At least 18 people, including the pilots, were killed. There were 190 people onboard the Vande Bharat flight. The flight was bringing back Indians stranded in Dubai due to Covid-19 pandemic.
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People across country celebrated Raksha Bandhan on August 3 in their own unique ways. Women in Ayodhya tied Rakhi to idols of Lord Rama on the auspicious occasion. 'Festivals have no religion,' this was quiet evident when Muslim women in Kanpur tied Rakhi to Hindu brothers. In view of COVID-19 pandemic, people in Amritsar preferred to tie 'mauli' instead of Rakhi and made sweets at home instead of buying it from shops. They also tied masks on each other's face. In the national capital, people maintained social distancing norms while purchasing rakhi and sweets.
The prayers were being offered to Lord Shiva by devotees across nation on August 03. Devotees offered prayers at Gauri Shankar Temple in Delhi's Chandni Chowk on the last Monday of 'sawan' month and Raksha Bandhan. Temperature of devotees was also being checked with thermal gun, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus. On the other side, devotees offered prayers to Lord Shiva from outside the Augarnath Temple in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut. The doors of temple are closed for devotees since the beginning of COVID-19 lockdown. Devotees also offered prayers at Baidyanath Temple to Lord Shiva in Jharkhand's Deoghar. The Baidyanath Temple is one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' in the country and attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level virtual meeting with Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of seven COVID-19 high burden (States/UT Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab) to review response and management. While addressing in the meeting, PM Modi said, "There are more than 700 districts in the country but only 60 districts in 7 states are a cause of worry." "I suggest CMs to hold virtual conference with people at district/block level for 7 days. We have to learn from the best practices from across the states," PM Modi added.
The closure of a bridge in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad led to unique scenes at the crossing. The bridge was closed for repair work as per government officials. Subsequently, motorists resorted to hiring bullock carts and tractors to help them cross the river. Two-wheelers were loaded onto the carts and tractors to be carried across the water body. When a government official was asked about the same, he said that the dangerous river crossing was closed after the authorities were alerted about it. Watch the full video for more.
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In Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad, parents staged protest over school fees amid COVID-19. They beat utensils and raised placards. Parents demanded the school associations to not ask for full fees given the current pandemic situation.
Two persons have been arrested by a team of forest department with around 80 parrots in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut on September 08. Parrots were kept in a cage and being smuggled in a bus coming from Moradabad to Meerut. Conductor and driver of the bus have been arrested in this regard. Parrots will be released in Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary.
Artisans in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad are hopeful of their business turning around amid coronavirus pandemic. They are hopeful as government is discussing ways to boost manufacturing of Indian toys. Demand for wooden toys has increased amid conflict with China. People are looking for alternatives and supporting local products these days. Speaking to ANI, an artisan, Basheer Ahmed, said, "Demand for these toys has increased amid conflict with China. People are looking for alternatives and supporting local products."
India celebrated Raksha Bandhan on August 3 this year. Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandmayi extended their greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion...
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Uttar Pradesh government has allowed opening of sweet shops and those selling rakhis on August 02. UP is observing weekend lockdowns due to rising cases of COVID-19. The decision has been taken in view..