Monday, 24 January, 2022

Topic: Pilgrimage

Masks & distancing don’t matter at Ganga Sagar mela, but ‘1 Covid case’ found in 3 lakh pilgrims

As lakhs took dips in Ganga during India’s second-largest pilgrimage, West Bengal officials claimed all Covid protocols were being followed amid a spurt in cases in the state.

Arvind Kejriwal promises free pilgrimage scheme in Uttarakhand if AAP comes to power

Under the scheme, Hindus will be taken to Ayodhya, Muslims to Ajmer Sharif and Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib, Delhi CM Kejriwal Sunday announced at a press conference in Haridwar.

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.

YouTube kirtans, Facebook puja, helicopters — Maharashtra pilgrimage gets Covid twist

With a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra has decided to call off the state’s biggest pilgrimage this year, but some rituals will be observed. 

In 31 months, Modi govt has completed just 1.1 km of work on Char Dham highway project

The Char Dham road project, involving expansion of the 889-km highway into a two-lane stretch, is set to miss its second deadline of March 2020.

For kanwariyas, this is a time for free train rides — the ‘ticket’ is their saffron clothes

Kanwariyas say no one dares question them, and even TTEs don’t ask for tickets. But passengers complain of harassment, want separate coaches for kanwariyas.

Haryana makes a poll move — will fund Dalit trips to Kabir, Ravidas & Valmiki shrines

Come July, Haryana Dalits will get free trips to the birthplaces of Kabir & Ravidas in Varanasi, and to Amritsar, where Valmiki is believed to have written the Ramayana.

Sabarimala row: Bandh in Kerala after the arrest of senior Sangh Parivar leader

The temple had opened Friday amid a tense standoff involving social activist Trupti Desai in Kochi and a move by its administrator to seek time from the Supreme Court to implement its verdict.

In a 3-year high, more than 2 lakh pilgrims join Amarnath Yatra in 33 days

The pilgrimage has seen more than 2.6 lakh devotees participate this year. In 2014, more than 3.7 lakh pilgrims participated. Jammu: The number of pilgrims paying...

Year before polls, Maharashtra’s mega Hindu pilgrimage to also offer ‘welfare darshan’

Maharashtra draws up a budget of Rs 3.18 crore for publicity along the route of the annual Ashadi Wari pilgrimage.

On Camera


Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


Chinese army has found missing 17-year-old boy from Arunachal, Defence Ministry PRO says

Indian Army had sought assistance from China's People Liberation Army to locate and return Miram Taron, who had gone missing on 18 January and was reportedly captured by PLA.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.