Monthly Archives: February 2019

‘I have lost my wallet and brother’: reuniting at Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest festival

As an estimated 15m Hindus gather at convergence of holy rivers in India, the huge lost-and-found centres go digital Day and night, through crackling loudspeakers, the announcements ring out. “It is Babu speaking,” says a shrill voice. “I have lost my wallet and brother. Please come here the moment you hear this.” “Lal Ram is […]

Fact check: Modi is not first Indian head of state to visit Kumbh, as claimed by BJP IT cell chief

President Rajendra Prasad visited the mela in 1953. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru did so too. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj | PTI Photo Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dip in the Ganga as part of the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, on February […]

Coming home: on release of Indian pilot Wg. Cdr. Abhinandan

With Pakistan’s decision to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, tensions between India and Pakistan may finally wind down. The gesture, which Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called an offer of peace and goodwill, must be appreciated, although there is evidence to suggest that there was pressure from other countries on Islamabad to make such an […]

Rescue Official Who Saved Drowning Man In Kumbh Mela Dies In Hospital

Constable Rajender Gautam, 36, a resident of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, died around 5.30 am at the Safdarjung Hospital, NDRF Inspector General L Ravi Joseph told PTI. New Delhi:  A constable of the National Disaster Response Force who sustained a severe spinal injury while saving a pilgrim from drowning in the Kumbh Mela died in […]

Baba Ramdev to sadhus at Kumbh Mela: Ram, Krishna did not smoke, why should we?

“We sadhus have left everything including our home, mother and father for a greater cause, then why we cannot leave smoking,” Yoga guru Ramdev said. HIGHLIGHTS Ramdev has urged saints and seers at the Kumbh Mela to quit smoking He collected chillam from several sadhus and made them take a pledge to quit tobacco I […]

Kumbh Mela 2019: Here’s how Prayagraj is gearing up for one of the largest gatherings in the world

From using artificial intelligence to building the largest temporary city in the world, here’s how Prayagraj is gearing up for Kumbh Mela 2019  One of the largest religious gatherings in the world – the Kumbh Mela – will be this time spread over an area of 45 km from the earlier 20 km radius. Pilgrims […]

PM Narendra Modi in UP today: Holy dip at Kumbh, launch PM-KISAN in Gorakhpur

The Prime Minister will take a bath at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj and will launch the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN), the scheme announced in the interim budget 2019-20, during his visit to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. HIGHLIGHTS PM Modi will present awards to sanitation workers in Kumbh He will transfer first installment […]

Fire breaks out at Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon’s tent in Kumbh Mela

Tandon was moved to the circuit house after the mishap. His spectacles, mobile phone and other valuables were charred due to the fire. HIGHLIGHTS The tent caught fire at 2.30 am while Tandon was asleep No casualties were reported at the time of filing this report The fire is likely to have been caused due […]

Have Never Seen a Cleaner Ganga, Says PM Modi at Kumbh After Washing Feet of Sanitation Workers

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath received the Prime Minister upon his arrival in Prayagraj. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday performed Ganga Arti and washed the feet of sanitation workers during his visit to Prayagraj to attend the Kumbh Mela. The Prime Minister, who took a dip in the Ganga, was taking part […]

Have Never Seen a Cleaner Ganga, Says PM Modi at Kumbh After Washing Feet of Sanitation Workers

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath received the Prime Minister upon his arrival in Prayagraj. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday performed Ganga Arti and washed the feet of sanitation workers during his visit to Prayagraj to attend the Kumbh Mela. The Prime Minister, who took a dip in the Ganga, was taking part […]

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