Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi to meet the family members of deceased BJP MLA Dal Bahadur Kori, who died of COVID-19. She hugged his wife and consoled her, at the latter's residence. She is on a visit to her Amethi constituency to assess the ground situation of COVID management.
Former Attorney General & Constitutional law expert Soli Sorabjee died on Friday. The 91-year-old veteran lawyer passed away after getting infected with Covid-19. Sorabjee had served as the Attorney General for India from 1989-90 & then from 1998-2004. The Former Attorney General was admitted to a private hospital in South Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and condoled Sorabjee's demise. VP Venkaiah Naidu, union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, RS Prasad and Smriti Irani also paid their tribute to the former Attorney General. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also tweeted and expressed their condolences. Born in 1930, Soli Sorabjee had been honoured with Padma Vibhushan in 2002.
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Union minister Smriti Irani hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the latter's comments regarding personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force. The Trinamool Congress chief reportedly said that she respects 'real soldiers', but not those who 'create nuisance, and harass people at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party'. Irani said that Bengal residents have decided to end Mamata's roguishness. Watch the full video for more.
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Tariq Ahmed Patloo operates Srinagar's first floating ambulance service. Tariq's boat has been built into an ambulance. It floats on the Dal Lake of Jammu and Kashmir.
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Amid the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, traditional drummers, known as 'Sehar Khans' in Srinagar, have been carrying on with the ritual of waking up people by beating drums for Sehri, the pre-dawn meal before the fasting day. In the era of technology, when many people rely on alarm features on various gadgets, these traditional drum beaters make it a point to continue the legacy. A traditional drum beater in Srinagar, Nazir Ahmad spoke to ANI and said, "These days people rely on alarm features on their mobile phones, but this is our old custom. I wake up at 2.30 am to go around the city beating drums." Usually, Nazir steps out alone when the sky is still dark but is sometimes accompanied by his younger brother. "My father did this drum-beating ritual during Ramadan for over 35 years. After he died, I continued the ritual. It has been 20 years since," he added. Umar Rashid, a local resident in the area said, "Sehar Khan is very important to us. This has continued for 400-500 years. Even in this age of modernisation when people have mobile phones to set alarms and mosques have speakers, the drum beaters have continued the ritual. This is the main point of attraction in the month of Ramadan." With modernisation and constantly changing lifestyles, Rashid has lost hope that this custom will be witnessed by coming generations. "I hope the tradition continues. But looking at the current circumstances and lifestyle, it is difficult to imagine that the tradition will continue," he concluded.
34-hour weekend curfew from Saturday to stop the spread of the coronavirus has been announced by Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday. On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 1,937 fresh Covid-19 positive cases as 19 patients succumbed to the virus – the highest toll in a single day since the onset of pandemic last year. Two days earlier, the Union territory registered 2,204 new cases, its highest-ever daily spike.
Union Minister of State for Sports Kiren Rijiju along with Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha inaugurated Khelo India State Centre of Excellence for rowing in Srinagar. Built at renowned Dal Lake, the centre will provide an opportunity to water sports enthusiasts in the region. Local residents and authorities believe that this centre will also play a key role in boosting adventure tourism. This is the second such centre with one in the fencing discipline already operating for a significant time now.
With an aim to fortify the bond of love and communal harmony among the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a religious conference was organized at the Sher-e-Kashmiri Convention Centre in Srinagar city. Inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, the conference urged religious leaders to spread the message of peace and brotherhood among the citizens of the union territory. The Lieutenant Governor highlighted that Jammu and Kashmir is an ocean of spirituality and that multicultural harmony has always been one of the key features of the territory. The daylong conference witnessed the participation of around 550 religious leaders including Moulvis and Muftis with around 200 youngsters and 200 women. Representatives also discussed the role of religion in the betterment of society and how it can build strong connection among people of different faiths. Events like these not only spread a message of religious coexistence but also paves a way for building a peaceful and harmonious society.
Motor rally organised under "Chalo Chamba" campaign concluded in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba on April 11. "Rally of Chamba" attracted enthusiasts from across the country. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju attended the closing ceremony of the rally and felicitated the winners at Police Ground Chamba.