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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, 14 April 2021 | PTI

‘Highly infectious’ double mutant strain was circulating in Uttarakhand even before Kumbh began

The National Centre for Disease Control has detected a total of six cases of various strains in Uttarakhand. Three of them belong to the double mutant strain.
A seer returning from the Kumbh Mela is tested for Covid-19 at the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

22 people on a train back from Kumbh found Covid positive at railway station in Ahmedabad

These 22 people, including seers, were among around 200 passengers of the Haridwar-Ahmedabad Yoga Express, the only train running between the two cities.
A screenshot of the message doing the rounds on social media

Viral post on UP journalist ‘killed for Kumbh criticism’ is fake, images are from Delhi murder

The journalist, Pragya Mishra, tweeted a clarification Sunday, saying the reports of her death are just rumours. She said she is currently at home because of Covid protocol.
Devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri Ghat to offer prayers during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on 11 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Returning from Kumbh Mela? Delhi govt makes 14-day home quarantine mandatory

Those visiting the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar between 18 and 30 April will have to fill in their details on a government website before leaving Delhi.
The deserted Unjha APMC. Traders at the Unjha APMC, Asia's biggest spice market, have closed shop till 21 April, to check the spread of Covid. Praveen Jain | ThePrint

How not to ‘Kumbh’ amid Covid spike — this Gujarat town shows the way during Navratri

The town of Unjha is on a mission to break the Covid transmission chain. To that end, it has voluntarily closed an important temple & its spice market, the biggest in Asia.
Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third Shahi Snan of the Kumbh Mela 2021, at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar on 14 April | PTI

Kumbh Mela to be suspended? Akharas in talks as Covid tally rises, top seer dies, BJP ‘nudges’

Niranjani Akhara, an influential sect of Hindu saints part of Kumbh mela, has decided to conclude their activities, could see other sects follow suit, but consensus unlikely.
Hindu seers perform the shahi snaan at the Kumbh Mela Wednesday | Simrin Sirur | ThePrint

‘Covid won’t affect sadhus’: At Kumbh, many shun masks & distancing, say faith will save them

Between 10 and 14 April, 1,701 attendees of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, which started 1 April and ends 30 April, tested positive for Covid-19.
Devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri Ghat to offer prayers during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on 11 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Over 1,700 test positive for Covid in Haridwar Kumbh Mela over 5-day period

The numbers, which are expected to cross 2,000, include both RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test reports from 10 to 14 April.
Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, 14 April 2021 | PTI

‘Corona jihad’ to ‘holy dip’ – India’s TV channels shocked at Kumbh but it’s no ‘human bomb’

News channels’ coverage of Haridwar continued to dip in and out of Kumbh Mela. But no channel called this a ‘human bomb’ or ‘corona warfare'.
Devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri Ghat to offer prayers during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on 11 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Comparing Kumbh with Markaz is likening ‘Gangajal to dirty drain water’, says VHP

The VHP backing for the event comes a day after Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat made it clear that the Kumbh Mela will continue. 

On Camera

An ICICI Bank (Representational image) | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

ICICI is hiring more investment bankers, in its biggest push in the sector since 2017

According to Ajay Saraf, head of investment banking and institutional equities at ICICI Securities Ltd, the new roles will be concentrated in sectors such as technology and health care.

Defence

Chinese PLA troops march back from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh | Photo released by Indian Army

China deploys long-range rocket launchers in western theatre command as ‘deterrent to India’

A report in PLA Daily says the brigade is located 5,200m above sea level in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, but does not specify the type or firing range of the weapon.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.