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Scenes from the Ashadi Wari. as usually held | YouTube screengrab | Sagarika Bhakti Channel

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. 
PM Modi at Kedarnath

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.
Annual Kanwar Yatra

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.
Manohar Lal Khattar

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 temple in Kerala | Shankar/The India Today Group/Getty Images

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.
Sadhus wait in a queue to get themselves registered for Amarnath Yatra, at a base camp in Jammu | PTI

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 obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas crossed the 2 lakh mark in 33 days this year, the highest since the last 3 years, officials said. As many as 2.60 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at Amarnath despite interruptions due to torrential rains. "On the 33rd day of the ongoing Amarnathji Yatra yesterday, 3,827 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave and cumulatively since the beginning of the pilgrimage on 28 June, 2,62,314 pilgrims paid darshan at the holy cave," an official spokesperson said. "Last year, the total number of pilgrims who visited the shrine was 2,60,003 in 40 days, whereas this year the pilgrimage has crossed this number in 33 days," he said. As many as 2,20,490 pilgrims visited the cave shrine in 2016,...
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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.

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Delhi University | Photo by Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi University has one obsession and it’s making a mess of it. Exams

After months of back-and-forth over the much-criticised online Open Book Examinations, Delhi University has postponed its exams once again.
File image of Principal Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal | Photo: ANI

India has fiscal and monetary space to boost demand: Principal Economic Advisor Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal said at India Global Week that the government has been careful not to spray money and take a step-by-step approach to economic revival.


The armed forces veterans' statement has been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre), CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat (left) and Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane (right), among others (representational image) | Photo: ANI

144 armed forces veterans sign statement on China, highlight need to revamp intelligence

Statement also underlines ‘communication gap’ on India-China stand-off from the govt and the military, urges national policy and strategy on neighbours.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.