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Six-day Sankat Mochan music festival from Apr 27

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 5:01 am

3 youths crushed to death

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:59 am

6.7cr assets of Mukhtars aide attached in Ghazipur

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:57 am

FM hails TN society for itsservices to Shiva temples

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:49 am

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NDTV 21 Apr 2024 8:00 pm

BJP targeting me, Abhishek Banerjee; we are not safe: Bengal CM Mamata

KUMARGANJ:West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday alleged that the BJP is targeting her and her nephew and TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and they do not feel safe. Her allegation came a day after the Leader of Opposition in the assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, said that there would be a ig explosionon Monday which would shake the TMC and its top brass. The BJP is targeting me and Abhishek, we are not safe, but we are also not afraid of the saffron party's conspiracy. We urge everyone to be on guard against a conspiracy against TMC leaders and the people of West Bengal, she said. The TMC supremo was addressing an election rally at Kumarganj in Balurghat Lok Sabha seat in favour of party candidate and state minister Biplab Mitra. Responding to Adhikari's remark, the TMC supremo said, There is a traitor who joined the BJP to protect his family and ill-gotten wealth. Let me tell him, his threat to trigger a chocolate bomb explosion is treated with contempt by us. Will not accept CAA, NRC, Uniform Civil Code: Mamata Banerjee Adhikari, a former TMC minister, defected to the BJP ahead of the 2021 assembly elections in the state. If you have courage, come up with truths, come up with facts. I guess it takes time for you to fully build up a false narrative, to fully hatch the conspiracy. But rest assured we are ready to counter,she said. We will counter him by bursting firecrackers. For us firecrackers are unravelling discrepancies in PM Care Fund and 'jumla' of crediting Rs 15 lakh in every citizen's bank account. He only peddles falsehood, she said. The TMC supremo alleged that the BJP is bringing in outsiders to the state to foment trouble. Banerjee accused the Narendra Modi government of painting independent institutions such as Doordarshan in saffron hues, and claimed that the BJP appropriating that colour is an insult to sacrifices made by monks and spiritual leaders of the country for ages. She wondered how the logo of Doordarshan could be painted in saffron during elections, alleging it was done to suit the BJP's eligion-based vote bank politics and agenda. 'Prasar Bharati is now Prachar Bharati': Doordarshan's logo change sparks controversy Why did the DD logo suddenly turn saffron? Why were official residences of army personnel painted in saffron? Why was the uniform of police in Kashi (Varanasi) changed to saffron?she questioned. The chief minister claimed that if the BJP returns to power, there will be no more elections in future and religious rights of several communities will be at stake. At another meeting in Balurghat, the Lok Sabha constituency of BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar, Banerjee said the Covid vaccination certificate only had the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He only believes in self-publicity. He believes in making tall claims and himself listening to his words, she said. PM Modi attacks Mamata Banerjee govt over Sandeshkhali, says country seething with anger Accusing Majumdar of keeping mum on non-payment of 100 days' work to the poor labourers of villages and non-release of Awas Yojana funds by the Modi government, she said Your (Majumdar) party leaders are asking bosses in Delhi to stop payment to the poor. Hinting at Adhikari, she said, there is a 'gaddar'(traitor) who is forecasting CBI, ED and NIA raids and arrests of opposition leaders. He himself had joined BJP to save his skin and now scaring people with the bogey of central agency raid, she claimed. Banerjee said the incarcerated former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren 's wife had told her that the ED in its chargesheet accused him of getting gifts of washing machine and TV sets. She wondered if those items can be described as gifts they are found in many households. Banerjee waived a piece of paper, claiming it was a copy of an FIR against a central armed paramilitary force for assaulting villagers. She alleged that two days back a team from the force raided a border village in Dakshin Dinajpur district and beat up villagers when they refused to pledge support for BJP. I am urging the EC to take note of the transgression of its role by BSF. Instead of guarding the frontiers and stopping smuggling, they are terrorizing villagers, she said. Democracy will end if 'Modi-Shah sarkar' returns to power: Kharge

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 6:35 pm

Job can be created with help of startups

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:15 am

Arguments conclude on plea to join Gyanvapi case

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:02 am

TN society to build 50cr dharamshala in Varanasi

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:34 am

Insights on Hyderabad's Wanderlust and India's Travel Landscape

Delving into the heartbeat of Hyderabad's travel scene and India's burgeoning wanderlust, Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head of Holidays, MICE, Visa at Thomas Cook (India) Limited, shares exclusive insights with Deccan Chronicle. From the surge in domestic and international travel preferences to the rise of 'Pilgrimage Plus' experiences, Kale unveils the dynamic shifts and emerging trends shaping the travel industry. He also gives a list of most instagrammable tourist spots in the world. How is Hyderabad as a market for travel? Could you give us some statistics on the travel scene in Telangana, especially Hyderabad? Hyderabad is a key source market for us and our data reflects uptick of 29% YoY from Telangana and Hyderabad. This increased demand is emerging from customers across segments of families, couples, Young Indias millennials and Gen Z. While Hyderabad is a key market, Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam are emerging strongly. What do Hyderabadis prefer domestic or international travel? Could you tell us about the most popular tourist hotspots they visit? Name the top most travelled destinations within India Customers from Hyderabad and Telengana are travelling like never before and demand for both domestic and international destinations are equally high. Domestic and short-haul destinations are preferred for weekends, mini-cations; Long Haul destinations are opted for summer vacations, festive season like Dusshera, Diwali and year-end. Our customers are displaying strong appetite for Europes Switzerland, France, Hungary, Spain; also Finland and the Scandics; Australia-New Zealand, and USA despite visa challenges. Short haul destinations witnessing high interest include Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia; Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan. What is noteworthy, is that we have relaunched our flagship European Extravaganza holidays that offers our customers with a range of exclusive experiences that are share-worthy on social media. To address this demand, we have introduced Telugu and south special departures from Hyderabad to cater to the growing demand. On the domestic front, in addition to the cooler climes of Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, North East, we have observed a demand for beach destinations including Kerala and Goa. Spiritual tourism has gained momentum in the recent past. What are the top pilgrim towns? We are witnessing increased preference for spiritual tours to Char Dham, Ayodhya-Prayagraj-Varanasi, Tamil Nadu, etc. from not only from Telenganas senior segment but also families, couples and millennials. What is noteworthy, is the trend of Pilgrimage Plus where customers are combining darshans while exploring the surrounding destination. What about instagrammable locations? Could you give us 5 most travelled spots? From Scandic countries like Finland with Iceland and inclusions of husky-safaris, stays in glass igloo/bubbles or traditional log cabins with spectacular views of the Northern Lights, to panoramic views of Tegallalang rice terraces in Bali, Japans Cherry Blossom/Sakura season, are some examples. What are the unexplored places in India that have the potential to become tourist hot spots Hyderabadis are displaying increased interest in offbeat destinations with high preference for hidden gems including hot sulphur springs of Panamik in Nubra valley Ladakh; Yusmarg and Doodhpathri in Kashmir - exquisite hill stations in Kashmir with a lush green landscape and snow-capped mountain ranges, Damro - longest enchanted hanging bridge in Arunachal Pradesh, and Vantawng falls - the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in Mizoram. Beach destinations like North Kerala's Kappad Beach, Andhra's Rushikonda Beach and Andaman's Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island have emerged as top beach favorite choices. What about Lakshadweep? Have the booking surged post PM's tweet? The Prime Minister Narendra Modis recent visit to Lakshadweep and encouragement to Indians to explore the islands within the country, we have witnessed an uptick in our searches for both domestic islands and beach destinations. Our search data for Lakshadweep indicates a significant jump of over 950% compared to December, followed by destinations like, Goa - a clear catalyst for Domestic Tourism. What trends have you noticed in the travel industry during long weekends and seasonal holidays like Navratri or Summer? Our consumer trends indicate that customers from Telangana state are utilizing their extended weekends and public holidays, taking multiple holidays in a year especially to no-visa and easy visa destinations; also drive-cations. The announcements of visa-free entry has been a game-changer for destinations like Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand, resulting in a significant uplift of approx. 35%. What is interesting, is that Indian consumers have shifted from being a Saver to a Spender, and this changed mindset has had a cascading impact on holidays; customers are willing to increase spends on their holidays by 20-30% compared to pre-pandemic levels and stay in premium properties while travelling for a longer duration from 7-10 days to over 15 days.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Apr 2024 1:22 am

DNA Exclusive | PM Modi is the most popular neta on social media, checkhisLSSscore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.

DNA India 20 Apr 2024 10:39 pm

DNA Exclusive | PM Modi is the most popular political leader on social media, checkhisLSSscore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.

DNA India 20 Apr 2024 10:39 pm

CCMB study finds genetic link between Sri Lankan tribe and ethnic Indians

HYDERABAD: CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) is part of a new study that has shed light on the initial people of Sri Lanka and the ancient genetic ties between the Vedda, an indigenous group of Sri Lanka, and other populations in Asia. Dr K Thangaraj, JC Bose fellow at CSIR-CCMB, Hyderabad, is one of the 10 researchers part of the study. He said, The language isolate Vedda, who are among the least studied indigenous populations in Sri Lanka, have long intrigued scientists and historians alike due to their unique linguistic and cultural characteristics. The research indicates that despite the lack of close linguistic similarities, the indigenous population shares a significant genetic link with ethnic populations in India. Our autosomal analyses suggest a close genetic connection between the Vedda and Indian ethnic populations speaking various tongues, pointing towards a deep-rooted history that predates linguistic diversifications, said Prof Gyaneshwer Chaubey, Molecular anthropologist at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi. Dr Ruwandi Ranasingh, the lead author from Colombo University, informed that the study proposes that the Vedda population has undergone genetic drift and a recent bottleneck, which has resulted in a unique genetic makeup with limited gene flow from neighbouring Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamil populations. The implications of this research offer novel perspectives on the demographic history of Sri Lanka and the broader South Asian region. The study reveals how the Vedda have preserved their genetic identity over millennia despite massive cultural and linguistic changes around them. CCMB director Dr Vinay Nandicoori expressed optimism that the insights will help towards a better understanding of the genetic diversity in South Asia and foster a deeper appreciation for the unique cultural and genetic heritage of the Vedda people.

The New Indian Express 20 Apr 2024 11:30 am

Embark on a Spiritual Journey Through India with Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train : PURI, GANGASAGAR AYODHYA DHAM YATRA

Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train is offering a unique opportunity to explore some of Indias most sacred pilgrimage sites in comfort and style. The PURI, GANGASAGAR AYODHYA DHAM YATRA package takes you on a 11-night/12-day journey that includes visits to Puri, Kolkata, Gangasagar, Jasidih, Gaya, Varanasi, and Ayodhya. Itinerary Highlights: Puri:Explore the renowned Jagannath Temple ... Read more

Udaipur Kiran 20 Apr 2024 9:47 am

8 Gyanvapi-related cases to be now heard on May 3

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 5:04 am

Edu dept initiatives help Kashi improve in NIPUN outcomes

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 4:59 am

After Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh becomes deepfake victim: Fake video of Padmaavat star dissing BJP goes viral

The footage originates from Singh's recent visit to Varanasi, during which he participated in a fashion show orchestrated by renowned designer Manish Malhotra. Originally, the 'Lootera' actor is depicted lauding the Narendra Modi government. However, in the manipulated deepfake rendition, he is portrayed criticizing the BJP over escalating unemployment figures.

The Economic Times 19 Apr 2024 10:41 pm

UP: BSP announces 11 more candidates

UP: BSP announces 11 more candidates Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has announced candidates for 11 more Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. The party has also changed candidates for the Firozabad and Varanasi seats. The new BSP candidate in Varanasi will be Syed Niyaz Ali while in Firozabad, the party has named [] The post UP: BSP announces 11 more candidates appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 19 Apr 2024 9:19 pm

Lok Sabha elections a battle between Modi, INDIA parivars, says Revanth

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Thursday described the coming Lok Sabha elections as a battle between two parivars Modi parivar and INDIA parivar. Revanth, who is currently campaigning for Rahul Gandhi in Keralas Wayanad constituency, was addressing a gathering of farmers. Modi parivar comprises ED, EVMs, CBI, Income Tax, Adani and Ambani. INDIA parivar includes Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Wayanad family. We are fighting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The battle is between Varanasi and Wayanad, he added. Expressing confidence in the Congress-led INDIA bloc forming the government at the Centre, the Telangana chief minister said that Rahul Gandhi will take oath as prime minister on June 9. He said that the TPCC had requested asked Rahul Gandhi to contest from Telangana but he chose Wayanad. Stating that the Gulf countries like Dubai (UAE) have developed due to the hard work of people of Kerala, he said but Kerala has not been developed. Alleging that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his family members are involved in corruption,he said that he was surprised to know the role of CMs family members in the gold smuggling case. The Enforcement Directorate and I-T department filed cases against Pinarayi Vijayan. But Modi is not taking action against him because they have a secret deal, he said. We have to fight with the Centre to get the benefits and funds that are due to the states. States like Telangana, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Delhi are fighting for funds but the Kerala chief minister is not showing any interest, he added. Revanth also described Vijayan as a communalist, he said: Pinarayi Vijayan is seen as a CPM chief minister and a communist leader. But he is not a communist. He is a communalist. Thats why Vijayan is supporting BJP candidate Surendran in Wayanad. Referring to Manipur, he said: When hundreds of Christians died at the hands of BJP goons in Manipur, Modi and Amit Shah did not visit the state. But Rahul Gandhi visited Manipur and met the victims.

The New Indian Express 19 Apr 2024 11:49 am

Silent undercurrent brewing across west UP against Modi govt's 'failures': Congress

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday claimed that a silent undercurrent is brewing across western Uttar Pradesh against the failures of the Modi government, as it flagged issues such as eglect of sugarcane farmers and examination paper leaks. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh attacked the BJP-led central government ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rally in Amroha. Today's questions for the PM as he heads to UP: Why has the BJP neglected UP's sugarcane farmers? Rs 20,000 crores later, why is the Ganga still India's most polluted river? Is the Modi Sarkar doing anything to prevent paper leaks? Elaborating on what he said were jumla details, Ramesh said Uttar Pradesh is India's largest sugarcane producer and yet, the BJP government has eglected farmers' calls to increase the price of sugarcane. Prices stand at just Rs.360/quintal in UP, much lower than Rs.386/quintal in Punjab and Rs.391/quintal in Haryana. Price hikes have also failed to keep pace with inflation and farmers are now struggling due to the rising cost of fertiliser and pesticides, he said Area under cultivation has come down by almost 4000 hectares in the last three years, he said. Amidst sugarcane shortages, mills are struggling to pay sugarcane farmers on time, and there are fears that some may shut down permanently, Ramesh said. This vicious cycle is threatening the livelihoods of sugarcane farmers and mill workers but the BJP government is nowhere to be seen. What is the double Anyay BJP government doing to support sugarcane farmers and mill workers in UP? he said in a post on X. Noting that in 2014, PM Modi had promised a cleaner Ganga through his government's flagship Namami Gange programme, Ramesh said the project sanctioned an outlay of Rs 20,000 crore between 2014 and 2019, and 815 new sewage treatment plants (STPs) had been built or proposed by 2021. Todays questions for the PM as he heads to UP: 1. Why has the BJP neglected UPs sugarcane farmers? 2. 20,000 crores later, why is the Ganga still Indias most polluted river? 3. Is the Modi Sarkar doing anything to prevent paper leaks? Jumla details below: 1. Uttar Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) April 19, 2024 The Ministry of Jal Shakti claims that there has been a marked improvement in the state of the river but, as is often the case with this government, that claim turned out to be a old-faced lie, Ramesh said. The Sankat Mochan Foundation found that rather than improving, water quality in the Ganga has actually been degrading - faecal coliform bacteria levels are a staggering one million times higher than the permissible limit of 500 per 100 millilitres, he said. Ramesh said the Central Pollution Control Board also found that water quality does not comply with their standards. While the Ministry of Jal Shakti claims that new STPs are working fine, a professor at IIT Varanasi said they were 'utterly useless' and that the government's plans were completely 'bogus'. Furthermore, as early as 2017, a CAG audit report of the project noted 'deficiencies in financial management, planning, implementation and monitoring', the Congress leader said. To make matters worse, contracts for STPs have been awarded to companies with well-established links to the BJP. In 2017, a 150+ crore STP contract was given to a company chaired by former BJP MP Subhash Chandra that had no record of working in sewage treatment, he alleged. Another plant is operated by the Adani group, and 'scientific' studies worth 5 crores have been awarded to the Patanjali Organic Research Institute, he said. Noting that last year, the Central Pollution Control Board declared the Ganga the most polluted river in India, Ramesh asked what have the Indian taxpayer's Rs 20,000 crores achieved. Under the Modi Sarkar's reign, more than 43 papers for government recruitment exams have been leaked, hurting at least 2 crore candidates. Most recently, 60 lakh applicants for the UP Police Exams had their futures clouded when exams were cancelled due to paper leaks, he said. These are not just numbers - it is the hopes and dreams of India's youth that are hanging in the balance, Ramesh asserted. Congress' Jairam Ramesh poses questions concerning TN to PM Modi ahead of his LS poll campaign Under its Yuva Nyay Guarantee, the Congress has committed to bringing robust legislation that will design institutions and best practices to prevent paper leaks from occurring in the first place. What is Mr.Modi's vision to address the harm done to our youth? he said. As the PM visits West Uttar Pradesh, it is important to remember that while he may have engineered the flight of the RLD from the INDIA bloc to the NDA, the real Lok Dal is still with INDIA and that the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in West Uttar Pradesh was welcomed with hoardings and banners of Choudhary Charan Singh and Indira Gandhi, Ramesh said. A silent undercurrent is brewing across this region, against the failures of this Government, he said and asked the PM to break his silence on these issues.

The New Indian Express 19 Apr 2024 11:13 am

FACTBOX-India's Lok Sabha election 2024: the main political parties and candidates

FACTBOX-India's Lok Sabha election 2024: the main political parties and candidates India, with nearly a billion eligible voters, set off on the world's largest electoral exercise on Friday. The country has more than 2,500 political parties but just 10 of them hold 86% of all seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament. A serious contest between a few parties will likely be dominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY (BJP) The BJP, the world's largest political outfit with nearly 180 million members, was born out of the Jan Sangh party, an offshoot of a men-only Hindu nationalist organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). After struggling on the political margins early after it was formed in 1980, the BJP delivered its first prime minister 16 years later in an unstable government that lasted 13 days. The party formed a government with a majority of its own for the first time in 2014 under Modi. It's been formidably in power since. Narendra Modi: Modi, 73, was born and raised in a small town in the western state of Gujarat. He joined the BJP's ideological parent, the RSS, in his 20s and the Jan Sangh nearly a decade and a half later. He's risen through the ranks over years and was Gujarat's chief minister for more than three terms before leading the BJP into a decisive victory in the 2014 general election. A decade in power, Modi remains enduringly popular as he seeks a record-equalling third straight term. Pollsters predict an easy win for him and the BJP, powered by consistent wooing of the Hindu majority, strong economic growth and handouts. Modi is seeking to be re-elected from Varanasi, a city of religious significance to Hindus in the populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Amit Shah: A close Modi aide, Shah is India's home affairs minister - a position critical to matters of national security. He became the president of the ruling BJP in 2014 after Modi stormed to power and took up a cabinet position in Modi's second term in 2019. Shah is credited with helping shepherd Modi's Hindu-first agenda such as stripping Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir of its special status as a state and implementing a contentious citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims. Shah is seeking to be re-elected from Gujarat's Gandhinagar, the capital of the state. INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS The Congress is India's oldest political party and governed India for more than two-thirds of the years since independence in 1947 but has struggled after Modi swept to power. Congress gave the its first and only woman prime minister, Indira Gandhi, and introduced comprehensive economic reforms in 1991 making way for the evolution of an open market economy. But it crashed out of power in 2014 against the Modi onslaught and a series of corruption allegations. Rahul Gandhi: Modi's fiercest opponent and Congress's star campaigner, Gandhi has never been a minister in a federal or state government, has not led his party to a general election victory, and quit as party chief after a miserable performance at the last parliamentary polls in 2019. Yet he remains at the centre of India's opposition politics and Modi's main target. His father, grandmother and great-grandfather were all prime ministers and led the country for more than 37 years. Gandhi, 53, is a four-time parliament member who has struggled to mobilise masses to support a wobbly 26-member opposition alliance he helped stitch together. He set off on two cross-country walks to invigorate his campaign and tap into disenchantment over lack of jobs, income inequality and rural distress. Gandhi is fighting this election from Wayanad in the southern state of Kerala. The matriarch of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Sonia Gandhi, has decided to not contest in this year's election. AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP) The Aam Aadmi or Common Person's Party emerged from a strong anti-corruption movement in 2011 that swelled amid protests led by Anna Hazare - a self-styled crusader backed by close aide Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal formed the AAP in 2012 and formed a local government in the national capital Delhi in 2015, staging an unexpected political upset for established parties like the BJP and Congress. Kejriwal, who has been Delhi's chief minister since, is a staunch Modi critic and a Congress ally in the upcoming elections. However, AAP's prospects are clouded by pre-election arrests of most of its high-profile leaders, including Kejriwal, in an alleged graft case. The party that also runs Punjab state dismisses the allegations as a desperate attempt to malign the image of Kejriwal. DRAVIDA MUNNETRA KAZHAGAM (DMK) A strong regional force in India's south, the DMK is India's third-largest party in terms of the number of seats it holds in the lower house of parliament. A Congress ally, DMK also runs Tamil Nadu state, where the poverty rate is 2%, one of the lowest in the nation, and boasts a high literacy rate. ALL INDIA TRINAMOOL CONGRESS (TMC) India's fourth-largest party by seats in parliament, the Trinamool Congress holds power in West Bengal in the east, another state the BJP has struggled to crack. The party came into being nearly 25 years ago after it splintered from the Congress. Founder of the party Mamata Banerjee has been the state head for nearly 13 years and is now a reluctant Congress ally in fighting the BJP in the 2024 polls. Her party has joined the 26-member opposition bloc but failed to clinch an agreement over who will fight from which seat in the state. One of the TMC candidates for the election is Mahua Moitra, a persistent critic of Modi. A former investment banker, Mitra was expelled from parliament last year over allegations of accepting bribes from a businessman in exchange for parliamentary questions. Mitra says the charges are trumped-up. (Writing by Shivangi Acharya; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 7:16 am

Sarnath fights for recognition as heritage bid gathers dust

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:45 am

Fraudsters gang engaging people in IPL betting busted

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:40 am

BHU profappointed director of IISER Mohali

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:37 am

Kriti Sanon surprises fans with pics from Manish Malhotras Namo Ghat show in Varanasi

Mumbai: Kriti Sanon Thursday shared some divine images along with Ranveer Singh from ace fashion designer Manish Malhotras recent fashion show at Namo Ghat in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The show, which was held April 14, saw the two actors celebrating Indian craftsmanship as they donned traditional wear. Offering a glimpse into the show, Kriti took []

orissapost 18 Apr 2024 4:25 pm

Ram idol replica to be enshrined in Netherlands Temple

Ram idol replica to be enshrined in Netherlands Temple Varanasi (UP): A Kashi-based sculptor has crafted a replica of the idol of Ram Lalla consecrated at the Ayodhya temple. This replicated idol will be enshrined in a Hanuman temple in the Netherlands. Before its overseas journey, the idol will be brought to Ayodhya for rituals. [] The post Ram idol replica to be enshrined in Netherlands Temple appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 18 Apr 2024 9:42 am

INTERVIEW | Im no outsider, born & brought up in Chandigarh

Anybody who wants to leave the Congress is obviously not committed to the founding ideology of this country, said Manish Tewari , senior Congress leader and former Union minister. In an interview with Harpreet Bajwa , the Anandpur Sahib MP who this time is contesting from Chandigarh talked about a range of issues.. Excerpts: BJP has called you an outsider to Chandigarh. What have you to say? BJP has been spreading the word that I am an outsider and not from Chandigarh. I was born and brought up in the city and thus have better claim over the city. You should ask them if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is from Varanasi. These are parliamentary elections, not municipality polls. Many Congress leaders have left the party and joined BJP. Your take? Anybody who wants to go is obviously either not committed to the founding ideology of this country or the idea of India. What is your take on electoral bonds controversy? The Supreme Court has struck down the electoral bonds; apex court has said the electoral bonds system was opaque, therefore it needs to go. It is now becoming public that there is a quid pro quo between sanction of work orders by BJP government and electoral bonds. What are the issues you would be taking up? The fundamental issue which is germane to the people of Chandigarh and confronts the nation is the challenge to the very essence of democracy. In Chandigarh mayoral polls you saw the murder of democracy and Supreme Court had to exercise its unique power under article 142 of Constitution to save democracy. People of Chandigarh have seen a brazen attempt to subvert a popular mandate. In the circumstances, a Lok Sabha election is defined by larger national issues saving democracy and the Constitution given to us by our founding fathers led by Baba Sahib Bhim Rao Ambedkar, and saving the idea of India on which this country stands. What are the local issues your are raising in Chandigarh? Of course we are taking inputs, and we will come out with a manifesto at appropriate time which will clearly indicate our preferences. Dumping ground of the city is a major issue and it has not been shifted... I am aware of this issue. The dumping ground falls on the border of my current constituency and Chandigarh, so we will try and find a solution which is holistic and reasonable and which enhances environment in and around the dumping ground. Are you advocating metro in Chandigarh as your predecessor Kiron Kherr opposed it? Way back in 2019, I was the first to write to Union minister of roads and highways Nitin Gatkari to get a detailed project report done for a metro for the tri-city so that the synergy of the tri-city could be leveraged and full potential of the area, especially providing employment for youngsters, could be worked out. You are contesting these polls in alliance with AAP and AAP has promised free water and electricity. Do you stand by the promises? AAP and Congress are part of INDIA bloc. Whatever commitments have been made by AAP in Chandigarh obviously must have been done after studying their financial feasibility. Since the financial feasibility has been gone into, we will stand by our alliance partner. What does Chandigarh lack and what is need of the hour? Essentially the governance model of Chandigarh goes back to 1966 when Punjab was re-organised. That governance model has not been updated in a holistic manner. Division of powers between Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation, which came into existence in 1996, is an issue which needs to be gone. You cannot look into things in a segmented manner. We need to be holistic. That is why I am saying that entire governance model of Chandigarh needs to be relooked.

The New Indian Express 18 Apr 2024 7:57 am

Shri Ram Parivar Bhakti Movement launched

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 5:08 am

Muslim women in city perform aarti of Lord Ram, sing sohar

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 5:07 am

KVD devotees witness Ram Lallas suryatilak

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 5:05 am

Kashi artisan creates replica of Ram idol for Netherlands

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:33 am

NDTV Election Carnival: NDA or INDIA in Patna? Whom Will The Voters Support?

Preparations are going on across the country for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024. To know the mood of the country in the election season, NDTV Election Carnival is reaching many cities. After Delhi, Haridwar, Meerut, Bharatpur, Lucknow, Mainpuri Ayodhya and Varanasi, it has now entered Bihar.

NDTV 17 Apr 2024 11:54 pm

2 crore passengers opt for the modern Vande Bharat Trains

Vande Bharat Express trains, Indias first semi-high-speed rail service, have successfully carried over 20 million passengers as of March 31 this year. The service was initially launched by Indian Railways between Delhi and Varanasi on February 15, 2019. In April, Indian Railways celebrates its 171st anniversary, marking the historic first train journey in 1853... The post 2 crore passengers opt for the modern Vande Bharat Trains first appeared on India's Top Travel News Source: TravelBiz Monitor .

travelbizmonitor 17 Apr 2024 3:30 pm

Kriti Sanon shares glimpses from Varanasis Ganga Ghats with Ranveer Singh

MUMBAI: Actors Ranveer Singh and Kriti Sanon recently visited Varanasi to participate in a fashion show for designer Manish Malhotra. Amidst their busy work schedule, the two took time out for a darshan. Kriti on Tuesday took to her Instagram stories to share beautiful pictures from Varanasis Ganga Ghats.One of the pictures shows her posing []

indiapost 17 Apr 2024 11:58 am

In shadows of death, dance of hope for Nagar Vadhus

In Varanasi, souls find solace in cremation ghats, liberated from rebirth. Nagar Vadhus dance at Manikarnika ghat to prevent reincarnation as sex workers, seeking an end to earthly sufferings from Mahashamshan Nath.

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 8:51 am

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The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:27 am

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The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:25 am

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The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:06 am

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The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:49 am

Nagar Vadhus dance amidst burning pyres, pray for salvation

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:30 am

Meet Athar Jamal Lari, the BSP candidate challenging PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi

BSP unveils 11 candidates for UP Lok Sabha elections, with Athar Jamal Lari challenging PM Modi in Varanasi. The diverse list includes candidates like Mazid Ali, Shreepal Singh, Dara Singh Prajapati, Muslim Khan, Chhotelal Gangwar, and Udraj Verma.

The Economic Times 16 Apr 2024 1:58 pm

Recovering a masterpiece: The Ramcharitmanas is luminous in new light

The illustrated version of Tulsidass epic from Varanasi shows what modern technology can do for our art and heritage

Livemint 16 Apr 2024 10:39 am

BSP releases another list of 11 candidates in UP

Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has released another list of 11 candidates for Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. The BSP has changed its candidate in Mainpuri and has fielded Shiv Pratap Yadav in place of Gulshan Shakya. In Varanasi, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modis constituency, the BSP candidate is Athar Jamal Lari. Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 16 Apr 2024 10:34 am

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BSP Announces Names Of 11 More Candidates, Fields Athar Jamal Lari Against PM Modi In Varanasi

BSP's diverse candidate list may cuts votes in the traditional bases of the INDIA bloc's Congress and Samajwadi Party.

Zee News 16 Apr 2024 10:25 am

Sankalp Patra eyes for a big leap towards developed India

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 4:59 am

BSP pits Jamal Lari against Modi in Kashi

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 4:49 am

If you go to Banaras then definitely visit these places

Banaras, also known as Varanasi, is a city with a rich tapestry of spirituality, history, and culture. Situated on the banks of the sacred river Ganges in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Banaras holds the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its narrow winding lanes, bustling ghats, and ancient temples draw millions of visitors each year, seeking solace, enlightenment, and a glimpse into India's rich cultural heritage. If you're planning a journey to this mystical city, here are some places you absolutely must include in your itinerary. 1. Assi Ghat: Where Serenity Meets Spirituality Assi Ghat, located at the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Assi, is one of the most peaceful and picturesque ghats in Banaras. It is believed to be the spot where the legendary sage Agastya meditated. At Assi Ghat, visitors can witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti, a ritual of offering prayers to the river Ganges, performed every evening against the backdrop of flickering oil lamps and rhythmic chants. 2. Dashashwamedh Ghat: A Spectacle of Rituals Dashashwamedh Ghat is perhaps the most famous and bustling ghat in Banaras. Legend has it that Lord Brahma performed the Dasa Ashwamedha sacrifice here, hence the name. Every evening, the Dashashwamedh Ghat comes alive with the vibrant Ganga Aarti ceremony, a spectacle not to be missed. Devotees and tourists gather to witness priests offering prayers to the river Ganges, accompanied by the rhythmic beating of drums and the chanting of hymns. 3. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The Heart of Banaras Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the holiest temples in India. It is believed that a visit to this temple washes away all sins and grants moksha, liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The temple's towering spire, adorned with intricate carvings, dominates the Banaras skyline. Inside the temple complex, visitors can witness the sacred Jyotirlinga, the symbol of Lord Shiva's cosmic energy. 4. Sarnath: A Pilgrimage to Enlightenment Sarnath, located just a few kilometers away from Banaras, is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It is here that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, known as the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, after attaining enlightenment. The Dhamek Stupa, erected by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE, marks the spot where the sermon was delivered. Visitors to Sarnath can explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and the Archaeological Museum, which houses a rich collection of Buddhist artifacts. 5. Manikarnika Ghat: Witnessing the Cycle of Life and Death Manikarnika Ghat, often referred to as the burning ghat, is one of the oldest and most sacred cremation grounds in Banaras. According to Hindu belief, cremation at Manikarnika Ghat ensures liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Visitors to the ghat can witness funeral pyres burning continuously, accompanied by the chanting of sacred mantras. Despite its somber atmosphere, Manikarnika Ghat offers a profound insight into the Hindu philosophy of life and death. 6. Ramnagar Fort: A Glimpse into Royal Legacy Ramnagar Fort, situated on the eastern bank of the Ganges, is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture. Built in the 18th century by the Maharaja of Banaras, the fort served as the residence of the royal family. Today, it houses a museum that showcases a vast collection of vintage cars, royal artifacts, and weaponry. The fort's scenic location offers panoramic views of the river Ganges and the Banaras skyline. 7. Banaras Hindu University (BHU): A Hub of Education and Culture Banaras Hindu University (BHU), founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916, is one of the premier educational institutions in India. Spread across a sprawling campus, BHU is a melting pot of academic excellence, cultural diversity, and artistic heritage. The university's iconic clock tower, majestic buildings, and lush green lawns attract students and scholars from all over the world. BHU's Sankat Mochan Temple and Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum are also popular attractions among visitors. 8. Tulsi Manas Temple: Where Poetry and Devotion Converge Tulsi Manas Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Rama and is located near the famous Durga Temple in Banaras. Built-in the 20th century, the temple is renowned for its exquisite marble carvings depicting scenes from the Hindu epic Ramayana. The walls of the temple are adorned with verses from the Ramcharitmanas, the epic poem composed by the saint-poet Goswami Tulsidas. Visitors to Tulsi Manas Temple can immerse themselves in the divine atmosphere and seek blessings for prosperity and happiness. 9. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum: Unraveling the City's Artistic Heritage Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, located within the premises of Banaras Hindu University, is a treasure trove of art, culture, and history. The museum houses a vast collection of sculptures, paintings, textiles, and archaeological artifacts dating back to ancient times. Highlights of the museum include the iconic Bharat Mata statue, depicting Mother India, and the exquisite collection of miniature paintings from the Mughal and Rajput schools. A visit to Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum offers a fascinating journey through the artistic heritage of Banaras and India. 10. Durga Temple (Durga Kund Mandir): A Symbol of Divine Feminine Power Durga Temple, also known as Durga Kund Mandir, is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and is located near the famous Tulsi Manas Temple. The temple's striking red-colored facade and intricate architecture attract devotees and tourists alike. Inside the temple complex, visitors can admire the idol of Goddess Durga, adorned with traditional ornaments and embellishments. The temple is particularly crowded during the Navaratri festival, a nine-night celebration dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. 11. Chunar Fort: Reliving the Glorious Past Chunar Fort, located near the town of Chunar in Uttar Pradesh, is a historic fortification that dates back to the 11th century. Built by Maharaja Vikramaditya of the Gupta Empire, the fort has witnessed centuries of battles and conquests. It is said that the Mughal emperor Babur captured the fort in 1526, laying the foundation for the Mughal rule in India. Today, Chunar Fort stands as a silent sentinel overlooking the river Ganges, offering visitors a glimpse into India's glorious past. 12. Alamgir Mosque: An Architectural Marvel Alamgir Mosque, also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, is a magnificent mosque located near the Panchganga Ghat in Banaras. Built by Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, the mosque is an exquisite example of Mughal architecture. Its imposing domes, intricate carvings, and ornate minarets reflect the grandeur of the Mughal era. The mosque's strategic location offers panoramic views of the river Ganges and the Banaras skyline, making it a popular spot for photographers and history enthusiasts. 13. Banaras Silk Saree Emporiums: Indulge in Exquisite Weaves Banaras is renowned for its exquisite silk sarees, known as Banarasi sarees, which are adorned with intricate zari work and fine craftsmanship. Visitors to the city can explore a plethora of silk saree emporiums and handloom workshops, where skilled artisans weave magic into yards of silk. From traditional designs to contemporary patterns, Banaras offers a wide range of options for saree connoisseurs. Shopping for Banarasi sarees is not just a retail experience; it's a journey into the rich textile heritage of India. 14. Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple): A Marvel of Nepalese Architecture Nepali Temple, also known as Kathwala Temple, is a hidden gem tucked away in the lanes of Banaras. Built-in the 19th century by the King of Nepal, the temple is a fine example of Nepalese architecture. Its intricately carved wooden facade, adorned with mythical creatures and deities, reflects the cultural influence of Nepal in Banaras. Visitors to the Nepali Temple can marvel at its exquisite craftsmanship and serene ambience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 15. Banaras Ghats: A Melange of Colors and Rituals The ghats of Banaras are perhaps its most iconic feature, offering a glimpse into the daily life, rituals, and traditions of the city. From the crack of dawn to late at night, the ghats buzz with activity as devotees perform rituals, pilgrims take holy dips in the river Ganges, and boatmen ferry passengers across the sacred waters. Each ghat has its own unique charm and significance, whether it's the serene tranquility of Assi Ghat or the vibrant energy of Dashashwamedh Ghat. Exploring the ghats of Banaras is an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. 16. Annapurna Temple: Feeding the Devotees, Nourishing the Soul Annapurna Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Annapurna, the goddess of food and nourishment. Located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the temple is known for its free food distribution (prasadam) to devotees and pilgrims. Every day, thousands of devotees gather at the temple to partake in the divine feast, which is served with utmost devotion and hospitality. The Annapurna Temple exemplifies the spirit of seva (selfless service) and community bonding that is ingrained in the culture of Banaras. 17. Banaras Hindu University Botanical Garden: Nature's Retreat Banaras Hindu University Botanical Garden is a tranquil oasis nestled within the bustling campus of BHU. Spread across acres of lush greenery, the botanical garden is home to a diverse collection of plant species, including rare medicinal herbs, aromatic plants, and exotic flowers. Visitors can take leisurely strolls along the winding pathways, admire the vibrant blooms, and reconnect with nature amidst the urban chaos. The botanical garden also serves as a research hub for botanists and environmentalists, contributing to the conservation of biodiversity in the region. 18. Tibetan Temple (Dhamek Stupa): Tranquility Amidst Chaos The Tibetan Temple, also known as the Dhamek Stupa, is a serene sanctuary located in Sarnath, near Banaras. Built-in the 5th century BCE by Emperor Ashoka, the stupa is a symbol of peace and enlightenment in the Buddhist tradition. Its massive dome, adorned with intricate carvings and inscriptions, houses relics of Lord Buddha and his disciples. The Tibetan Temple complex also includes monasteries, meditation halls, and prayer wheels, creating a tranquil atmosphere conducive to introspection and meditation. 19. Triveni Sangam: Confluence of Rivers and Faiths Triveni Sangam, located in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad), is a sacred confluence where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati meet. It is believed that bathing at the Triveni Sangam during auspicious occasions like Kumbh Mela cleanses one's sins and bestows blessings. The sangam is dotted with temporary pontoon bridges and colorful tents during the Kumbh Mela, attracting millions of pilgrims and tourists from across the globe. A visit to Triveni Sangam is a spiritual journey that transcends religious boundaries and celebrates the unity of humanity. 20. Bharat Mata Mandir: Saluting the Spirit of Mother India Bharat Mata Mandir, located in the heart of Banaras, is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. Unlike traditional temples dedicated to deities, Bharat Mata Mandir pays homage to the spirit of patriotism and national unity. The temple houses a giant relief map of India carved out of marble, depicting the country's diverse landscapes, historical landmarks, and cultural heritage. Visitors to Bharat Mata Mandir can offer their respects to the motherland and reflect on the unity in diversity that defines India. Exploring Banaras: A Journey of Discovery Banaras is not just a city; it's an experience that transcends time and space. Each of its ghats, temples, and alleyways tells a story, weaving together the threads of spirituality, history, and tradition. Whether you're seeking enlightenment, cultural immersion, or simply the joy of exploration, Banaras has something to offer to every traveler. So pack your bags, embark on a journey of discovery, and immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Banaras. Electric version of this popular SUV is coming, will run 500km on full charge! Who bought the first car in India? MG Hector 'Blackstorm' edition started reaching dealerships, got many major changes

News Track 16 Apr 2024 1:56 am

Lok Sabha Election 2024: PM Modi Seat Voters ? | NDTV Election Carnival

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NDTV 16 Apr 2024 12:22 am

NDTV Election Carnival In Varanasi: The Big Congress vs BJP Face-Off

NDTV Election Carnival is now in Varanasi. Congress vs BJP face-off over issues concerning this VIP constituency on this election special show.

NDTV 15 Apr 2024 11:27 pm

Over 2 crore people travelled by Vande Bharat trains since launch in 2019: Railways

Over 2 crore people travelled by Vande Bharat trains since launch in 2019: Railways Vande Bharat trains, India's maiden semi-high speed rail service, have carried more than two crore passengers till March 31 this year since the first set of two trains was flagged off between Delhi and Varanasi on February 15, 2019, officials said Monday. The railways on Monday celebrated 171 years of existence as the first train ran on this day in 1853 between Mumbai and Thane. The officials said the railways' journey over the years has been stupendous as it successfully expanded its network to cover almost every nook and corner of the country and, today, Vande Bharat has become a new identity of a modernizing network. Starting from two trains on one route five years ago, today 102 Vande Bharat trains are offering their services on 100 routes covering 284 districts in 24 states and Union Territories, according to data shared by the railways. ''The distance that the Vande Bharat trains covered in the financial year in 2023-24 is equivalent to taking 310 rounds of our planet Earth. Vande Bharat, which offers several world-class passenger amenities, is a new-age train based on distributed-power technology which helps quick acceleration and deceleration along with smooth journey,'' a railway official said. According to Railway officials, the national transporter's make-in-India initiative was fulfilled with this indigenous semi-high speed train which has gained a significant popularity among passengers, especially youngsters. ''The passenger data speaks for its popularity. Since its launch on February 15, 2019, more than two crore passengers have travelled in it because it offers facilities parallel to airplanes,'' the official said. He added, ''I think passengers enjoy its speed, comfortable seats, sound-proof coaches, wifi services, GPS-based passenger information system, pantry facilities in each coach and transparent big size window glasses that allow them to enjoy the countryside's natural beauty among others.'' The railways is in the process of launching more Vande Bharat trains as well as its sleeper version. ''Very soon, the Vande Bharat sleeper version will hit the track giving a new travel experience to the long-distance passengers. Recently, the Railway Minister visited a Bengaluru-based rail unit and inaugurated the body structure of Sleeper version,'' an official said.

devdiscourse 15 Apr 2024 8:30 pm

Congress's Manish Tewari plays PM Modi gambit to hit back at BJP's 'outsider' tag

CHANDIGARH: With Manish Tewari being fielded by the Congress from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat against the BJP's Sanjay Tandon, a debate has kicked off over which of them has the better claim to be a local. The BJP had charged that Tewari had no experience of working in the city and termed him as 'Ticket Badlo'. Chandigarh BJP president Jatinder Pal Malhotra told The New Indian Express that the Congress has given the ticket to a candidate who first fought from Ludhiana and then from Anandpur Sahib. In response, Tewari told TNIE, BJP cadres have been spreading that I am a outsider and not from Chandigarh. I was born and brought up in the city and thus have better claim over the city. You should ask them if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is from Varanasi. These are parliamentary elections and not local municipality polls. Asked about Tewari's comment on PM Modi, the BJP's Malhotra said, PM Modi has twice contested from Varanasi and won. He never changed his seat. LS polls: Vikramaditya vs Kangana in Mandi, Congress MP Manish Tewari gets Chandigarh Tewari was born in the city and did his schooling from St Johns High School in Sector 26 and his BA (Economic) from DAV College in Sector 10. His mother Amrit Tewari was former dean of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and research (PGIMER) and was also nominated councillor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. His father VN Tewari was a professor in Panjab University. Supporters of Tewari pointed out that the BJP candidate Tandon was born in Amritsar. Tandon is the son of former Punjab cabinet minister and Chhattisgarh governor Balramji Das Tandon, who died in 2018. He was president of the Chandigarh BJP for many years. He has authored a series of inspirational stories called Sunrays, along with his wife Priya, the daughter of M.M. Punchhi who retired as the Chief Justice of India. After the Congress declared Tiwari as its candidate from Chandigarh, a few party leaders who are close to former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal resigned from their posts. These include vice-president of the local unit of the party Hafiz Anwar Ul Haq, Chandigarh INTUC president Naseeb Jakhar, women wing president Deepa Dubey and Ravi Thakur.

The New Indian Express 15 Apr 2024 5:59 pm

Ranveer Singh, Kriti Sanon Walk The Ramp For Manish Malhotra: Decoding The Benarasi Saree Collection

Manish Malhotra on Sunday evening revived Benarasi style at his fashion show in Varanasi where Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Kriti Sanon turned showstoppers. The theme of the show was 'Benarasi Saree- A tapestry of Indian Culture & Craftsmen', and the pictures and videos from the event have already gone viral. Watch the video to know EVERYTHING about the ace designer's regal collection.

News18 15 Apr 2024 4:51 pm

Kriti Sanon Dazzles the Ramp in Manish Malhotra Designed Banarasi Saree at Vanarasi Ghat

In a dazzling display of tradition and contemporary flair, Kriti Sanon recently graced Varanasi along with Ranveer Singh for a fashion show celebrating the timeless beauty of Banarasi sarees and honouring the talented weaver community. Stepping onto the ramp, the National Award winner epitomised elegance in a stunning red Banarasi lehenga designed by the style [] The post Kriti Sanon Dazzles the Ramp in Manish Malhotra Designed Banarasi Saree at Vanarasi Ghat appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 15 Apr 2024 4:43 pm

Kriti Sanon And Ranveer Singh Aced Benarasi Elegance As Manish Malhotra's Showstoppers In Varanasi

Kriti Sanon and Ranveer Singh were muses for Manish Malhotra in elegant Benarasi outfits at his fashion show held in Varanasi

NDTV 15 Apr 2024 3:24 pm

BSP Not To Give Walk Over To Gandhi Family in Amethi And Raebareli Seats

In latest developments in UP politics, Mayawati led BSP seems to be in no mood to give a walk over to Gandhi family in its bastions - Raebareli and Amethi Lok Sabha seats. On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti on 14th April, BSP leader Ghanshyam Kharwar made an announcement that party has finalised strong candidates for both the seats and their names will be announced soon. He further added that even if Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi themselves contest from these seats, BSP will field strong candidates with winning capability against them from these seats. There is speculation that since Sonia Gandhi has become a Rajya Sabha member and is not going to contest from Raebareli, Congress will field Priyanka Gandhi from this seat. While for Amethi seat, no candidate has been announced so far, there is speculation that Congress will field Rahul Gandhi from this seat. Since BSP is yet to announced candidates on these seats, it was presumed that BSP could be planning to give a walk over to Gandhi family by not fielding candidates against them. But Ghanshyam Kharwar, BSP in-charge for Ayodhya, Devipatan, Azamgarh and Varanasi sector dismissed these speculations and mentioned that we have seen both Congress and BJP led governments and both these parties have exploited 'bahujan samaj.' Hence, BSP will stay away from both NDA and INDIA alliances and field strong candidates on all the 80 parliamentary seats from UP and win a large number of seats on its own.

Deccan Chronicle 15 Apr 2024 2:40 pm

Entertainment: Kriti Sanon and Ranveer Singh Video!

Kriti Sanon and Ranveer Singh Video: Bollywood's most energetic actors Ranveer Singh and Kriti Sanon reached Varanasi on 14 April 2024. After reaching Varanasi, Ranveer and Kriti had darshan of Baba Vishwanath. Many pictures and videos of Kriti-Ranveer after Vishwanath darshan are going viral on social media. Amidst all this, a new video of Kriti (Kriti Sanon) and Ranveer has surfaced from Varanasi, in which both the actors are seen walking the ramp in a special fashion event. On the evening of 14th April, a special fashion event was organized at Namo Ghat in Varanasi, where Kriti Sanon and Ranveer Singh walked the ramp in traditional outfits. Ranveer-Kriti's magic in special event News agency ANI has posted the video of Kriti Sanon and Ranveer Singh from the Varanasi special fashion event on its social media. In the video, Kriti Sanon is seen wearing a red silk lehenga. With tilak on her forehead and pallu on her head, Kriti Sanon is looking no less than a queen. Ranveer Singh (Ranveer Singh Video) is also looking very dashing in silk style sherwani. Kriti Sanon and Ranveer Singh are seen posing on the stage as well as walking on the ramp. In the video, Ranveer Singh is also seen posing with some models. Kriti-Ranveer's work front Talking about the work front of Kriti Sanon (Kriti Sanon Movies), the actress has given two back-to-back hit films so far in the year 2024. Kriti Sanon was seen sharing the screen with Shahid Kapoor in the first 'Teri Baton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya'. So in the second film 'Crew', Kriti shared the screen with Tabu and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Talking about Ranveer Singh's work front, the actor was last seen on the silver screen with Alia Bhatt in the film 'Rocky Aur Ronnie Ki Prem Kahani'. Now the actor will soon be seen in 'Singham 3' and 'Don 3'.

Kalam Times 15 Apr 2024 2:38 pm

Ranveer Singh & Kriti Sanon offers prayers at Varanasi, walk the ramp at Namo Ghat

At the Dashashwamedh Ghat, both stars were seen wearing elegant traditional traditional attire. The actress from 'Crew' dazzled in a golden kurta and pajama ensemble, radiating glory, while the 'Bajirao Mastani' star exuded sophistication in a pristine white khadi kurta, looking absolutely stunning. Singh and Sanon also walked the ramp for Malhotra on the banks of the river Ganga. Titled Banarasi Saree: A Tapestry Of Indian Culture & Craftsmen, the fashion show took place at the Namo Ghat in Varanasi.

The Economic Times 15 Apr 2024 2:33 pm

Ranveer Singh, Kriti Walk The Ramp At Varanasi Ghat For Manish Malhotra Show

Manish took inspiration from Varanasi's handloom for his show, which took place against the backdrop of Namo Ghat

The Quint 15 Apr 2024 12:51 pm

Video: Ranveer Singh, Kriti Sanon offer prayers in Varanasi

Video Ranveer Singh Kriti Sanon offer prayers in Varanasi

India Today 15 Apr 2024 10:19 am

Ranveer Singh walks the ramp at Varanasi ghat: 'Better than 5-star banquet'

Ranveer Singh walks the ramp at Varanasi ghat Better than star banquet

India Today 15 Apr 2024 8:55 am

Akhilesh condemns move to dress police in priests attire at temple

Varanasi police said the initiative was launched after it received complaints from devotees that the cops, deployed inside the templeoften used force to control the crowd

The Hindu 15 Apr 2024 6:29 am

Gang posing as scribes to extort money busted in Kashi

The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 5:05 am

Two held in Kashi for abusing Modi, Akhilesh

The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:57 am

Actors Ranveer, Kriti visit KV temple

The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:51 am

Ambedkars name exploited by many for political gains

The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:21 am

Nisha Bangre's Political Disillusionment: Former Deputy Collector's Exit from Congress Amid Ticket Denial

Bhopal: The challenges facing the Madhya Pradesh Congress seem to be persisting without abatement. Nisha Bangre, who transitioned from a government job to politics during the assembly elections, has grown disenchanted with the political landscape. However, it remains uncertain whether she is exiting politics altogether or considering joining another party. Speculation abounds that she might return to her former job. Nisha Bangre tendered her resignation from all Congress posts on Sunday, just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. On the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, she penned a two-page letter to State President Jitu Patwari, expressing her release from all party responsibilities. Is there something amiss? Not long ago, Nisha was appointed as the party's chief spokesperson. Yet, within a span of six months, she has grown disenchanted with politics. In her resignation missive to Jitu Patwari, Nisha levied several serious accusations against the Congress, alleging breach of promise. She claims she was assured of a ticket in the assembly elections, prompting her to resign from the post of Deputy Collector. Nonetheless, three months ago, Nisha applied to reclaim her job, signaling her intent to pursue this option. In her resignation letter, Nisha lamented, There is no regard for women's dignity within the Congress. The lack of proper representation of women in Madhya Pradesh's parliamentary seats during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections serves as the latest example of this issue within the Congress Party. She further stated, I aspired to engage in extensive political work within the Congress, but the party rendered my qualifications a disqualification for this purpose. Now, desiring to be relieved of all responsibilities within the Congress Party, Nisha declared her commitment to dedicating her life to propagating the ideals of Baba Saheb. Fatal Car Accident Claims Four Lives in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar District Rahul Gandhi promised to end the Agnipath scheme and conduct a caste census if voted to power International Diplomats attends Varanasi's Spectacular Ganga Aarti Ceremony

News Track 14 Apr 2024 2:11 pm

International Diplomats attends Varanasi's Spectacular Ganga Aarti Ceremony

New Delhi: Envoys and diplomats attended the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti at Varanasi's Dashashwamedh Ghat on Saturday as part of the grand event 'Prayas: Dharohar Kashi Ki,' organized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event showcased Varanasi's cultural significance and timeless allure to a global audience. Present among the dignitaries were Kanokporn Kunnawattana (Counsellor, Royal Thai Embassy), Said Hijri (Counsellor, Embassy of Kingdom, Morocco), Haymandoyal Dillum (High Commissioner of Mauritius), and Omar Lisandro Castaneda Solares (Ambassador of Guatemala). Their attendance lent an international dimension to the event, highlighting the importance of cultural diplomacy. In her remarks, Kanokporn Kunnawattana (Marcie), Minister Counsellor of the Royal Thai Embassy, expressed the meaningfulness of her visit to Varanasi and lauded PM Modi's leadership, expressing confidence in India's progress under his stewardship. She remarked, I could experience it like my first Aarti puja ceremony. I have never been to Varanasi before. This is my first time so it is very meaningful for me to be here and to be able to attend the Aarti ceremony. I think India is a very big country, and it's a country where we can preserve all kinds of cultures together. And, for example, in this ceremony in Thailand, we also worship the goddess of Ganga in November. PM Modi is a very good leader of India, and I am sure India will keep progressing in every aspect under his leadership, she added. Said Hijri, Counsellor of the Morocco Embassy, expressed his admiration for Varanasi and pledged to visit India again. He remarked, This is my first time in Varanasi. I always read and learn about the Ganga River, but today I was really impressed. This is a very impressive place. And this is a convulsion of cultural heritage in India. As you know, India is a land of diversity, peace, and tolerance, I was really impressed with the event. I will come again here. Varanasi has changed over the years in terms of economic and cultural development, added Hijri. High Commissioner of Mauritius, Haymandoyal Dillum, shared his pleasure in visiting Varanasi, which he described as the spiritual capital of India. He said, It's always a pleasure to come to Banaras. Banaras is considered to be the spiritual capital of India, and you come across around 2000 temples in Varanasi. So it's always a pleasure when you come here, which is like a sort of spiritual enlightenment for all of us. And when you go back from here, you get the spiritual inspiration from here. Ambassador of Guatemala, Omar Castaneda, expressed his honor and delight in attending the Ganga Aarti, praising PM Modi's leadership in promoting India's cultural heritage. He remarked, Today, I feel so honored and delighted to be here. The experience of Ganga Aarti is amazing and unforgettable. From my perspective, Prime Minister Modi is a great leader. We appreciate and admire him, and we believe that he's doing a great job. The country will continue promoting the beautiful and amazing culture of India worldwide under his leadership, he added. Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Criticizes BJP's Manifesto, Calls Promises Mere Words Kharge Criticizes BJP's Manifesto: Alleges Lack of Accomplishments Sudden Weather Shift in New Delhi: Heavy Rainfall Hits Various Parts of the City

News Track 14 Apr 2024 1:11 pm

Rahul Gandhi promised to end the Agnipath scheme and conduct a caste census if voted to power

Mumbai: Addressing a rally in Sakoli, Maharashtra's Bhandara district, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reiterated his party's commitment to waive off loans for farmers if it comes to power at the Centre. He highlighted unemployment and inflation as major issues affecting the country, criticizing the media for overlooking them in favor of coverage on the Prime Minister's programs and celebrity news. Gandhi assured the crowd that his party would prioritize farmer welfare, promising loan waivers and legal guarantees for Minimum Support Price (MSP). He emphasized the importance of conducting a caste census to address the underrepresentation of Dalits, tribals, and OBCs in various sectors. The Congress leader pledged to continue the party's legacy of driving revolutions in agriculture, technology, and banking. He announced plans for women's empowerment, proposing a scheme to provide Rs 1 lakh annually to women living below the poverty line. Critiquing the Centre's Agnipath program, Gandhi promised to scrap it, citing concerns about its alignment with the interests of the army. He challenged Prime Minister Modi to account for his actions in supporting the OBC segment during his tenure. Accusing the Union government of favoring industrialists over the common people, Gandhi highlighted staggering wealth inequality in the country. He pledged to redirect resources to benefit the poor and criticized Modi for prioritizing religious and divisive rhetoric over addressing economic disparities. Gandhi singled out Gautam Adani's business interests, alleging preferential treatment during Modi's rule. He criticized Modi's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, contrasting it with the public's urgent need for medical assistance. Promising to scrap the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and implement a single tax bracket, Gandhi outlined plans for government job creation and youth apprenticeship programs. He reassured the audience of the Congress's commitment to fulfilling its promises and serving the people's interests. Sakoli, part of the Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha seat, will see Dr. Prashant Padole representing the Congress in the upcoming elections. International Diplomats attends Varanasi's Spectacular Ganga Aarti Ceremony Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Criticizes BJP's Manifesto, Calls Promises Mere Words Kharge Criticizes BJP's Manifesto: Alleges Lack of Accomplishments

News Track 14 Apr 2024 1:11 pm

Fatal Car Accident Claims Four Lives in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar District

Dehradun: Tragedy struck Uttarakhand on Sunday morning, claiming the lives of four individuals in a devastating accident. The incident unfolded in the picturesque district of Bageshwar, where a car tragically plummeted approximately 250 meters from the roadside, sending shockwaves through the local community. Among the victims were two brothers, adding a poignant layer of sorrow to the already heart-wrenching event. The accident occurred around 4 am on the Reema-Gharamghar motor road near Chidag, according to Bageshwar Kotwali Station House Officer (SHO) Kailash Negi. The car, veering off course, tumbled down into the river below, leaving its occupants gravely injured and in dire need of assistance. Responding swiftly to the distress call, both the police and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) sprang into action, rallying support from nearby residents to aid in the rescue operation. Despite the valiant efforts of all involved, the injuries sustained proved fatal, with the victims succumbing to their fate upon arrival at the hospital. The loss reverberated through the community as the identities of the deceasedKamal Prasad, Neeraj Kumar, Deepak Arya, and Kailash Ramcame to light. Particularly poignant was the revelation that Neeraj and Deepak were siblings, underscoring the devastating toll of the accident on familial bonds. In the wake of the tragedy, the families of the victims, hailing from the village of Dofad, were plunged into grief as they grappled with the sudden and profound loss of their loved ones. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment with those we hold dear. Rahul Gandhi promised to end the Agnipath scheme and conduct a caste census if voted to power International Diplomats attends Varanasi's Spectacular Ganga Aarti Ceremony Tragic Lightning Strike Claims Lives of Two Children in Madhya Pradesh

News Track 14 Apr 2024 1:11 pm

'Unresponsive': Six-year-old located after 40-hour rescue effort in MP borewell mishap

REWA: A six-year-old boy who fell into an open borewell in Madhya Pradesh's Rewa district was located on Sunday after 40 hours of rescue operation but he was unresponsive and efforts were on to bring him out, an official said. Rescue teams were supplying oxygen into the 70-feet-deep borewell and parallel pits were dug as part of efforts to reach him. The child fell into the open borewell at Manika village, located close to the Uttar Pradesh border, at around 3 pm on Friday when was playing near it. He was stuck at a depth of around 40 feet, officials earlier said. The boy has been located and efforts are on to pull him out from the borewell. He is not responding, Rewa Collector Pratibha Pal told PTI over phone on Sunday. #WATCH | Rescue operations underway in Madhya Pradesh's Rewa where a 6-year-old boy fell in an open borewell under the Janeh Police Station area. pic.twitter.com/FwrUtB6kLG ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) April 13, 2024 Teams of the State Disaster Emergency Response Force (SDERF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local administration were at the site and making all efforts to bring the boy out of the borewell. MP Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Saturday said he was monitoring the situation and is in constant touch with the local authorities. Pits about 35 feet wide were dug on both sides of the borewell through which the rescue teams were trying to bring the boy out, an official earlier said. Oxygen was being supplied to the boy through a pipe, Additional Superintendent of Police Anil Sonkar had earlier said. A team of the NDRF was called in from Varanasi in UP, he said, adding that unseasonal rains had affected the rescue operation. Borewell accident: Efforts to rescue 6-year-old boy continue for more than 20 hours in MP

The New Indian Express 14 Apr 2024 12:29 pm

MP: 6-yr-old boy 'unresponsive' on being located in borewell after 40-hr rescue operation

MP: 6-yr-old boy 'unresponsive' on being located in borewell after 40-hr rescue operation A six-year-old boy who fell into an open borewell in Madhya Pradesh's Rewa district was located on Sunday after 40 hours of rescue operation but he was ''unresponsive'' and efforts were on to bring him out, an official said. Rescue teams were supplying oxygen into the 70-feet-deep borewell and parallel pits were dug as part of efforts to reach him. The child fell into the open borewell at Manika village, located close to the Uttar Pradesh border, at around 3 pm on Friday when was playing near it. He was stuck at a depth of around 40 feet, officials earlier said. ''The boy has been located and efforts are on to pull him out from the borewell. He is not responding,'' Rewa Collector Pratibha Pal told PTI over phone on Sunday. Teams of the State Disaster Emergency Response Force (SDERF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local administration were at the site and making all efforts to bring the boy out of the borewell. MP Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Saturday said he was monitoring the situation and is in constant touch with the local authorities. Pits about 35 feet wide were dug on both sides of the borewell through which the rescue teams were trying to bring the boy out, an official earlier said. Oxygen was being supplied to the boy through a pipe, Additional Superintendent of Police Anil Sonkar had earlier said. A team of the NDRF was called in from Varanasi in UP, he said, adding that unseasonal rains had affected the rescue operation.

devdiscourse 14 Apr 2024 12:18 pm

Gang of fake journalists held for extortion in UP

Varanasi, April 14:The Lanka police in Uttar Pradeshs Varanasi has arrested nine people of a gang of fake journalists, a police officer said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Kashi zone, Pramod Kumar, said that an Innova car, camera, electronic equipment, mobile, SIM card and six hundred rupees have been recovered from them. According to the [] The post Gang of fake journalists held for extortion in UP appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 14 Apr 2024 12:15 pm

Sudden Weather Shift in New Delhi: Heavy Rainfall Hits Various Parts of the City

New Delhi: New Delhi witnessed a sudden shift in weather on Saturday evening as heavy rainfall began to drench various parts of the city. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms in numerous areas of Delhi NCR on Saturday. As per the latest IMD update, many locations in the national capital, including Bahadurgarh, Noida, Greater Noida, Gurugram, and Manesar, are expected to experience moderate to heavy rainfall in the next two hours. This rainfall has brought relief from the heat as the national capital witnessed a sudden change in weather on Saturday. Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain with heavy intensity rain over isolated places and gusty winds with speed of 30-50 Km/h would occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi, NCR ( Bahadurgarh, Noida, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Manesar) Meham, IMD wrote in a post on X. In addition to Delhi, adjacent cities of Haryana, including Sonipat, Rohtak, Kharkhoda, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Mattanhail, Jhajjar, Farukhnagar, Kosali, Mahendargarh, Rewari, and Rajasthans Bhiwari, also received rainfall on Saturday. As many as 22 flights, according to an official statement, were affected. Among these diversions, 9 flights were redirected to Jaipur, 8 to Lucknow, 2 to Chandigarh, and 1 each to Varanasi, Amritsar, and Ahmedabad. The affected flights included 9 from IndiGo, 8 from Air India, and 3 from Vistara, as confirmed by the official. These diversions occurred between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm local time, the official further specified. Delhis Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) typically manages approximately 1,300 flight movements on a daily basis. Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, predicts a normal monsoon for India from June to September, with rainfall expected to be 102% of the long-period average. Above-normal rains are anticipated in central and western regions, while northern and southern parts will see normal rainfall. However, the northeastern and eastern parts may face below-normal rains. The report emphasizes favorable rainfall in the South, West, and Northwest, while states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal may experience deficits. Kerala, Konka, Karnataka, and Goa are expected to receive above-normal rains. Tragic Lightning Strike Claims Lives of Two Children in Madhya Pradesh Iran Launches 300 Drone Missiles on Israel, Escalating Regional Tensions Gunfire Outside Salman Khan's Residence: Security Concerns Heightened

News Track 14 Apr 2024 12:11 pm

BJP plans youth outreach ahead of Lok Sabha poll campaign in Varanasi

Sunil Bansal leads BJP's Varanasi campaign to connect with 5 lakh young voters, focusing on first-time voters. The goal is to support PM Modi in forming an NDA government with over 400 seats.

The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 8:18 am

BJP plans youth outreach ahead of campaign in Kashi

The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 5:08 am

Two hawkers among 4 dead in separate road accidents

The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 4:53 am