Opponents of military rule in Myanmar canceled traditional new year festivities on Tuesday and instead showed their anger with the generals who seized power through low-key displays of defiance and small protests across the country. Emily Wither reports.
Tens of thousands of devotees gathered in Bhaktapur city in Nepal on Sunday to celebrate the arrival of New Year with chariot festival despite the coronavirus pandemic. Devotees flocked to the Taumadhi Square to take part in the "Biska Jatra" fair , where idol of Lord Bhairab was carried to the chariot and devotees were indulged in a tug of war. Devotees were seen flouting social distancing norms at the festival. The three-storey chariot made of wood in the pagoda style is pushed and pulled around the settlements with the statues of Bhairavnath and Betal as a part of this festival. This festival which has cultural and historical importance is celebrated for nine days and eight nights. Biska Jatra - one of the popular festivals of Kathmandu Valley is celebrated at the start of the new year on the Bikram Sambat calendar. It starts with the ascension of Lord Bhairab onto a chariot built in front of Nyatapola Temple, the tallest temple in Nepal.
As Covid cases continue to surge in the country, Madhya Pradesh minister Prem Singh Patel has made a controversial statement. Responding to a question on the rising number of Covid related deaths in the state, the minister said that nobody can stop these deaths. ‘You said that many people are dying every day. People get old and they have to die,’ the minister said. Prem Singh Patel also sought people’s cooperation in keeping the Covid pandemic under check. Madhya Pradesh has 43,539 active COVID-19 cases in the state, while the death toll due to infection in the state has mounted to 4,261. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Four COVID-19 patients died in Dongargaon block of Rajnandgaon district on April 14 allegedly due to non-availability of oxygen. Three of them died at a COVID Care Centre while the 4th died at a Community Health Centre. They were taken for cremation allegedly in a garbage vehicle. Garbage vehicle were allegedly used to ferry the bodies of patients who died of COVID-19 in Rajnandgaon. Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO), Dr Mithilesh Chaudhary said, "We've arranged 10-15 oxygen beds at every COVID care centre in district. Three of them had died last night, they were given oxygen support while being treated, yet to gather info on the fourth. As far as vehicle is concerned, it's up to Nagar Panchayat to make such arrangements."
Al Jazeera gain rare access to a region in Iraq, used by ISIL for its recent attacks and we speak to military officers, who say they have sacrificed their lives to fight for peace the threat of violence in their country.
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As the country welcomes New Year 2021, people in Kochi and Agartala came out to celebrate with their friends and family. With low-key celebrations due to the pandemic, locals in Agartala visited food..