Coronavirus cases are on uphill across country as second wave of pandemic tightens its grip. In wake of the rising infections, after Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad have also imposed night curfew. Night restrictions also imposed in Lucknow and Prayagraj. "Night curfew has been imposed till further orders, all essential services have been exempted but in order to prove they must have proper permission and Id-card with them," said Ranvijay Singh ADCP Noida.
Nurses of Moti Lal Nehru Medical College halted services and protested on March 15 in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj. The protest came after one of nurses alleged that she was slapped by a junior doctor following a verbal altercation. "Nurse has complained. Action to be taken after we speak to the doctor," said a hospital staff.
Preparations are underway for Kumbh Mela 2021 which is to be held from April 1 to 30 in Haridwar. The Uttarakhand government has decided to limit the religious congregation this year to 30 days. Kumbh attendees will have to pre-register at a portal and have Covid-19 negative report. Hand sanitiser stalls have also been put up at several places across the Mela area, which spreads over Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal and Dehradun districts of Uttarakhand. “The first holy bath is on ‘Shivratri’, all preparations have been done for it. All in all, we have assigned duties to security personnel at the routes. Changing rooms and hand washing stations have been built in places. We would have volunteers who would keep sanitising the area,” Kumbh Mela officer Deepak Rawat said. Kumbh Mela religious pilgrimage witnesses one of the largest mass gatherings. It is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years and spans four locations namely Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.
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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has made another factually incorrect statement. Speaking at an event in Haridwar, Rawat said that Kumbh Mela is also held in Varanasi. He was defending the government’s move to hold Kumbh Mela despite the surge in Covid cases in the country. This comes months after the Chief Minister said that US enslaved India for 200 years. Rawat had also stirred up a controversy when he said that girls should not wear ripped jeans. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has once again sparked controversy when he said Maha Kumbh Mela is also organised in Banaras. Speaking on the ongoing Mahakumbh Mela in Haridwar, state Chief Minister Rawat said, "(Mahakumbh) comes once in 12 years and is not held every year. 'Mele' take places at different places and can happen anywhere but Kumbh is held only in Haridwar in 12 years.. held in Banaras (Varanasi), held in Ujjain."
BJP leader Amit Malviya released leaked audio clips of Prashant Kishor speaking to journalists. Malviya claimed that even TMC's internal surveys show BJP's win in Bengal assembly polls. Malviya took to Twitter and shared the audio clips of the public chat on Clubhouse app. In the chat, Kishor is purportedly heard saying that 'PM Modi is very popular in Bengal’. Malviya claimed that Kishor also spoke on 'anger against TMC' and ’55% Hindus are voting for BJP’. Clubhouse is an audio-only app where participants can host discussions in open rooms. Responding to Malviya's tweetstorm, Kishore challenged BJP to release the entire conversation.
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A Varanasi court has once again raised the dormant issue of the presence of a temple under the site of a mosque in India's ancient pilgrimage town for Hindus. The court ordered the Archeological survey of India to examine the site.
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The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, which usually draws thousands of pilgrims and sadhus on Maha Shivaratri festival is seeing a dip in the number of visitors this year due to the Covid pandemic, according to authorities. As per the Pashupati Area Development Trust, (PADT) the temple, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, celebrates the festival with fanfare and gaiety and attracts thousands of pilgrims from India. This year along with pilgrims, the number of ascetics mostly from India visiting the shrine has also taken a dip. One of the major festivals of Nepal, Maha Shivaratri literally means "Night of the Shiva". It is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the Magha month, as per the Hindu lunar calendar. It is believed that on this day, the stars in the Northern Hemisphere are at the most optimum positions to help raise a person's spiritual energy. It is also believed that the Shiva principle is most active on this day of the year. It is celebrated marking the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. The festival also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the "Tandav", the cosmic dance. Hundreds of thousands of devotees visit Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. Pashupatinath is considered the Guardian and Protector of the Kathmandu Valley and Nepal. The premises of the temple-- which typically filled with bustling crowds--bore a barren look on the eve of the festival on Wednesday.
A large number of foreign tourists are getting attracted towards Magh Mela. Magh Mela is an annual festival that is held in the month of 'Magha' according to the Hindu calendar, near river banks and Hindu temples. Foreign tourists are also performing Kalpvas on the bank of Sangam Ghat in UP's Prayagraj. Magh Mela kick-started on January 14 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and it will end on Maha Shivratri. During the entire month of Magh Mela, the pilgrims stay on the banks of Sangam in tents and take an early morning bath and participate in other religious duties.
The nation is celebrating 'Magh Purnima' on Feb 27. Devotees took holy dip on the auspicious occasion in Haridwar and also offered prayers at the ghat. Similarly, devotees took holy dip on occasion of..