Author Archives: Zeeshan

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kumbh Mela 2019 recognised as ‘Swachh Kumbh’, says PM Modi at Prayagraj

The prime minister took a bath at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj and also interacted with sanitation employees. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj on Sunday at Kumbh. He took a holy dip and performed a special puja at Triveni Sangam. He also participated in the Swachh Kumbh Swachh Aabhaar event, […]

Bathe for 41 seconds: UP Police’s new funda to avoid Kumbh stampede

DGP OP Singh said that the police have worked on how to make the Kumbh a secured pilgrimage this year. Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh on Sunday said that to avoid stampede during the Kumbh Mela 2019, the police department deployed at the Sangam (confluence) may not allow the pilgrims to bathe for […]

Reclusive Naga Sadhus A Huge Draw At Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela is one of the only opportunities to see the reclusive Naga sadhus, some of whom live in caves after taking a vow of celibacy and renouncing worldly possessions. PRAYAGRAJ:  Ash-smeared and dreadlocked Naga sadhus, naked except for rosary beads and garlands and smoking wooden pipes, are a huge draw at the world’s […]

Lost at Kumbh? UP police and volunteers at ‘Bhoole Bhatke Shivir’ camp will get you home

Special teams of the Uttar Pradesh police and volunteers with the ‘Bhoole Bhatke Shivir’ camps at Prayagraj are working relentlessly to reunite lost pilgrims with their families. Prayagraj: With the plots of several Hindi movies in the 1970’s revolving around people getting lost at the Kumbh Mela, the phenomenon has managed to turn itself into […]

Ahead Of Kumbh Mela, Centre Approves Renaming Of Allahabad As Prayagraj

For changing the name of a village or town or a city, an executive order is needed. The renaming of a state requires amendment of the Constitution with a simple majority in Parliament. NEW DELHI: A fortnight ahead of the ‘Kumbh Mela’, the Centre has approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj as sought by […]

Airtel to deploy pre-5G mobile network tech for Kumbh this week

Besides new mobile site, Airtel smartphone customers will be able to stream the Kumbh proceedings including important Snans (religious bath) and Aartis on the Airtel TV app. New Delhi: Bharti Airtel plans to deploy pre-5G network technology for its customers at the world’s largest congregation Kumbh Mela – to be held between January 15 and […]

From pariah to demigod: Transgender Laxmi becomes a star at Kumbh Mela with her Kinnar Akhara

Long recognised as one of the most influential figures in the LGBT community in India, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi become famous when she appeared on reality TV show “Bigg Boss” in 2011. In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland […]