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.
COVID infections are continuously increasing as second wave of coronavirus grips India. Amid surge, people continue to flout COVID protocols in districts of Uttar Pradesh on the morning of April 12. Locals defied social distancing norms in Moradabad's vegetable market. People were seen without masks amid rising COVID scare. Kanpur's flower market witnessed similar scenes as people thronged the market in large numbers. People cited bizarre reasons for not following COVID guidelines.
Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases in UP's Morabadad, people were seen flouting COVID norms, they were neither wearing wearing masks nor following social distancing. District administration took an initiative to create awareness among people and tapped the services of Yamraj, the God of Death. A local artist, dressed as Yamraj, was seen creating awareness among people about COVID-19 pandemic, urging them to wear a mask and observe social distancing.He kept a piece of board along with lines, "Dharti wasio humara workload mat badhao, mask lagao aur distancing rakho", and kept saying "Mask lagao nahi to mai aa raha hun, Yum hai hum, hum hai Yum." Vicky, the artist said, "Corona is spreading rapidly so I request people of the city to wear masks and maintain social distancing wherever they go."
Amid surge in COVID-19 infections, people turn away eyes from COVID norms in Moradabad vegetable market. People in large numbers thronged the vegetable market on the morning of April 03. Announcements were made directing people to follow COVID guidelines but no one paid heed to it. Crowd flouted social distancing and did not wear masks either.
Locals attacked a sub-inspector with sticks in Moradabad after which he was seriously injured. The incident was captured on CCTV camera. Injured sub-inspector Pushpender said, "I was returning to home after finishing his duty at 1:30 in the night, during which, unknown 30 to 40 people attacked me with sticks in head, hands and eye." 4 people have been arrested while FIR has been lodged against others.
BJP MP Kaushal Kishore from Mohanlalganj Kaushal Kishore has appealed to Election Commission to postpone panchayat polls amid rise in COVID-19 cases. "COVID-19 cases in Lucknow is increasing rapidly, saving life of people is important conducting election is not," he said. The first phase of polling of Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Election will take place on April 15, second phase on April 19, third phase on April 26 and fourth on April 29.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Taking to Twitter, Adityanath said he is in self-isolation and doing tasks virtually. On Tuesday, the CM isolated himself after some staffers in his office tested positive. Development comes shortly after the UP CM wrapped up his campaign for Bengal polls. Adityanath took the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine on April 05 at a Civil Hospital in Lucknow. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has tested positive for coronavirus. Yadav had recently visited Haridwar where Kumbh Mela is underway & met religious leaders. Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Ashutosh Tandon has also tested positive. UP govt has already announced restrictions on gatherings of people in view of Covid. Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday reported highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 cases and 85 deaths. Adityanath govt has also imposed a night curfew in districts with over 500 active cases.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on April 14 tested positive for COVID-19. He is in a self-isolation since April 13 after few staff members tested COVID positive. The UP CM took the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine on April 05 at a Civil Hospital in Lucknow.
Ahead of panchayat polls, Ghaziabad police busted three illegal arms manufacturing factories on April 13. 47 country-made pistols, live cartridges have been seized from their possession. Police arrested 18 people in connection with the crime. Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls will start from April 15.
Religious festivals are a great way to celebrate a tradition or ritual and tie citizens in a common knot of love, peace and brotherhood. One among them is Ganga Mela, an annual cultural festival celebrated exclusively in the city of Kanpur. Recently, as it observed its 80th edition, people of different communities took to the streets to immerse in the festivities of 'Ganga Mela'. Citizens smeared in colours walked through the streets to mark the occasion. While some showered flowers and celebrated Holi, others exchanged sweets. It's been said that in the year 1942; the then British officer banned the use of colours during Holi to which a group of youngsters belonging to Kanpur's Hatia locality revolted under the leadership of Babu Gulab Chandra Seth and were jailed for the same. The action led to fury and the entire city as a mark of protest decided to play Holi until the arrested youngsters were set free. The British government ultimately bowed to their demand and released the youngsters. After their release, Holi was played again which then became a tradition.
A Kanpur engineering student has invented a machine which is capable of measuring human stress. Inspired from Aamir Khan's dialogue in 3 idiots, Asit Tiwari took around a year to complete his invention. The machine has LED lights installed which lighten up depending on the stress it measures. Asit is further working to bring the stress results in percentage form.
A thick layer of smoke canopied the Nepali capital Kathmandu and other cities on Friday as 54 districts throughout the nation reported wildfires. As per the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD), a total of 54 districts now is engulfed by a forest fire which is emitting smoke into the airspace of the Himalayan Nation that has resulted in a dip in the Air Quality Index (AQI). There are a total of 54 districts in Nepal which now is engulfed by wildfire amongst which Chitwan, Parsa, Bara, and Makwanpur are severely affected. Throughout Friday, Air Quality Index of Kathmandu remained hazardous with Pm 2.5 index standing at 303.89mg/m3. People of the Himalayan Nation were experiencing teary eyes, shortness of breath, and even a drop in visibility while driving. The flights--both domestic and international--were either kept on hold, diverted, and in some cases, were canceled as the International Airport in Kathmandu was forced to be closed for about four hours due to a drop in visibility. The Ministry has asked people to avoid outdoor exercises or training till a reduction in pollution levels which already has started threatening the health condition of people. It has also asked people to stop going out for a morning walk for the next few days.