Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

Topic: Mecca

Covid-19: Social distancing lifted at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Scotland enforces vaccine passports

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic

Saudi Arabia allows Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca after 7-mth Covid shutdown, restrictions remain

Protective measures in place include disinfection & social distancing. Over 108,000 foreign and local pilgrims have received permission to take part in Umrah.

The hajj to Mecca isn’t the largest Muslim pilgrimage

Fear of Covid has restricted many pilgrimages in 2020, including the hajj. Only a limited number of Muslims already inside Saudi Arabia was allowed to attend.

Mecca to Vatican — COVID-19 proves when human beings are in peril, gods flee first

Everything is on hold in Mecca. The Pope isn't communicating with god. Brahmin priests in temples are putting masks on idols. Religion has deserted coronavirus-fearing people.

Everything in Mecca gets 5 stars — online reviews of most holy sites are wildly inflated

Whether for Mecca, Haridwar, Jerusalem, Lumbini, the super high ratings mostly reflect past visitors’ spiritual experiences – not real-world practicalities.

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Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
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‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.