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This Diwali, light lamp for Jawans, shop local : PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to remember our soldiers while celebrating festivals and also reiterated that people should prefer local while buying festival products from local artisans and stores. In his 70th edition of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began by greeting people on the occasion of Vijayadashami and asked citizens to...

UK’s famous Leicester Diwali celebrations go virtual amid lockdown


They are referred to as the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India but this year the city of Leicester in the UK will be marking the festival of lights virtually, in keeping with the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Leicester City Council said that with strict measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, crowds will...

Delhi mall showcases replica of Ayodhya’s Ram temple


In an attempt to spread joy and happiness during the festive season, the Pacific Mall in Delhi's Tagore Garden area on Saturday put up a replica of the Ayodhya's Ram Temple ahead of Diwali. According to Lalit Rathod, the manager of the mall, the replica took about 40 to 45 days to make and about...

Over 100 M view Ayodhya’s Ramlila via various platforms


The organizers of star-studded virtual Ramlila in Ayodhya have claimed that the numbers of viewers watching it on different media platforms have crossed the 100 million mark. The Ramlila held at the Laxman Qila, a grand temple situated on the banks of river Saryu, saw some stellar performances by Bollywood stars and actors-turned-politicians, including actor Shahbaz...

Who is responsible for sexual violence in India?


Intro: We should have the courage to ask what is wrong with us before asking what is wrong with our country By Mathew Joys “Gods are extremely happy where women are respected, where they are not, all good works will be fruitless”. (Yatra nāryastu pūjyante ramante tatra devatāḥ/yatraitāstu na pūjyante sarvāstatrāphalāḥ kriyāḥ - Manusmriti). “Manusmṛiti’ is an influential...

Bihar: A referendum on Nitish Kumar


By Shaibal Gupta The 2020 assembly election in Bihar has taken an interesting turn. The competition between top national and regional parties, the rift within existing alliances, the discourse around jobs, and most importantly, the focus on Nitish Kumar’s record have made the polls complex. Indeed, it is difficult to predict which key electoral issue...

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper meets Rajnath Singh


US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, who arrived in India along with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to participate in the third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, was accorded the Guard of Honor at the South Block on Monday. Ahead of Tuesday's 2+ 2 ministerial dialogue Rajnath Singh held talks with Mark Esper. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat,...

Kapil Dev undergoes emergency coronary angioplasty, stable now


Legendary Indian cricketer and captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning side Kapil Dev suffered a heart scare and has undergone angioplasty at a hospital in New Delhi. Kapil, 61, had been pretty active in the social circuit and on the golf course before the pandemic struck. However, there was no news of him suffering from...

IndiGo celebrates Durga Puja at six Indian airports


IndiGo on Thursday said it is celebrating Durga Puja through Dhunuchi dance, Alpona design and Sindoor Khela at six airports from October 21 to 27. These six stations are Kolkata, Silchar, Guwahati, Bagdogra, Agartala and Jorhat, IndiGo said in a press release. “In addition, special Bengali food menu has been introduced as part of 6E tiffin, which will be available exclusively...