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India becomes the fastest nation to administer 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

People wait to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at Poddar Hospital, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, April 6. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

In a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19, India has administered over 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines across the country, the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday. With this, India has become the fastest in the world to administer that many vaccines in 85 days. As per the health ministry, it took the United States 85 days to administer 92.09 million doses, while China’s vaccination coverage was 61.42 million.As of 7:30 pm on Saturday, the 85th day of the nationwide COVID19 vaccination, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 10,12,84,282. “A series of pro-active, collaborative and coordinated steps taken by the Centre and the State governments along with the efficient clinical management has ensured that India has the lowest fatality rate in the world (1.28 per cent),” a statement said.The 10.12 crore …

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US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard slams oppression of Hindus in Bangladesh

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Tulsi Gabbard, who represents the state of Hawaii, drew attention to the oppression of Bengali Hindus today and in the past. This was on the 50th anniversary of the horrific genocide by the Pakistani army as they tried to control East Pakistan. Issues like this are constantly downplayed in the interests of not evoking group disharmony in the world’s largest democracy. Indications are that this only distorts history and encourages violent groups to double their efforts. The ran for Presidential office in 2020 on the Democratic ticket but dropped out in March of that year. She and has been deployed in the US Army to Iraq during her military career, She put out a video message on social media (below): “March 25th, 1971 was the beginning of a systematic targeting of Hindus in Bangladesh by the Pakistani military. It began …

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Prince Philip dies, aged 99 – 9th April, 99th day of the year..🧐

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Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband passed away on Friday. He was 99. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the Buckingham Palace tweeted. Buckingham Palace said that further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join people around the world in mourning his loss, the Palace said.Earlier, the Palace had said that Prince was being treated for a pre-existing heart condition. Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 99. On this sorrowful occasion, let us look back at #PrincePhilip's life and his connection with a much sought-after Indian fruit, Alphonso mangoes.— Deccan Herald (@DeccanHerald) April 9, 2021 Prime …

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Kumbh Mela 2021 – largest religious gathering in full swing

Devotees during ganga aarti Uttarakhand, April 04 (ANI): Devotees during Ganga Aarti ahead of the Second Shahi Snan in Kumbh Mela, at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

The British used to fear the spiritual gathering as a source of pride, meaning and potential sedition against their rule and strategies of division. Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the religious Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India. Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images Tulasi Srinivas, Emerson College Massive crowds are expected to gather at India’s northern city of Haridwar throughout April 2021 for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, despite the country’s grappling with a COVID-19 surge. The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage held every 12 years at sacred tirthas, or river-ford sites, along the Ganges River in India. This year the government expects over a million pilgrims a day to bathe in the sacred river. Over 5 million people are expected per day on the most auspicious days – April 12, …

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Indian origin OCI cardholders no longer need to carry old passports for India travel


New Delhi [India], March 30 (ANI): People of Indian origin and Indian diaspora having overseas citizens of India card (OCI) are now not required to carry their old, expired passports for travel to India, as required earlier, the Embassy of India in Paris said on Tuesday. According to the Embassy of India in Paris, the Overseas Citizens of India (India OCI) card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years. “OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age,” the Embassy said. “The requirement of carrying old and new passports along with the OCI card has been done away with. Henceforth, an OCI cardholder travelling on the strength of the existing OCI Card bearing old passport …

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How to celebrate Nowruz, the Parsi New Year

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Nowruz is the Iranian and Persian New Year, which begins on the spring equinox, marking the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. It is celebrated worldwide by various ethno-linguistic groups, and falls on or around March 21 of the Gregorian calendar. Nowruz falls on March 20 in 2021. Nowruz (also Navroz, Persian: نوروز‎, [nowˈɾuːz]; lit. ‘new day’) has Zoroastrian origins; however, it has been celebrated by diverse communities for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, the Balkans, and South Asia. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians, Baháʼís, and some Muslim communities. As the spring equinox, Nowruz marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The moment the …

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Kumbh Mela 2021 goes ahead, but with helicopters, flowers and some covid restrictions

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Wednesday asked senior officials to take steps so that pilgrims, who will come for the first holy dip on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on Thursday, are showered with flowers through helicopters. About the Kumbh Mela The Kumbh Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra).[ The festival is marked by a ritual dip in the waters, but it is also a celebration of community commerce with numerous fairs, education, religious discourses by saints, mass feedings of monks or the poor, and entertainment spectacle.[ The seekers believe that bathing in these rivers is a means to prāyaścitta (atonement, penance) for past mistakes. Approximately 50 …

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To raise the spirit of Tamil people, temples should be in the hands of devotees – Sadhguru


During his Maha Shivaratri address on 11 March, 2021, Sadhguru pointed out that temples in Tamil Nadu state were declining at a rapid rate. It would be better if they were placed under the care of ardent devotees rather than the government. Sadhguru observed that it was shameful that temples captured for greed by the East India Company 300 years ago, continue to languish in dilapidated states of utter neglect even 74 years after freedom from colonial rule. “If the same situation persists, all but 10 important temples will not exist in the next 100 years,” said Sadhguru ominously. The Free Tamil Temple movement is active in India, especially Tamil Nadu state. Further watching/reading for Free Tamil Temples Free Tamil Temples – Free Tamil Temples – PM Narendra Modi perceived bias

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Google Doodle does India’s Satellite Man – Udupi Ramachandra Rao

Google Doodle honours 'India's Satellite Man' Udupi Ramachandra Rao

Google on Wednesday celebrated the 89th birthday of renowned Indian professor and scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao, remembered by many as “India’s Satellite Man.” Rao, an Indian space scientist and chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), supervised the 1975 launch of India’s first satellite — “Aryabhata.” The doodle features a sketch of Professor Rao with a background of the Earth and shooting stars. “Your stellar technological advancements continue to be felt across the galaxy,” Google wrote. “Born in a remote village of Karnataka on this day in 1932, Prof Rao began his career as a cosmic-ray physicist and protege of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, a scientist widely regarded as the father of India’s space program. After completing his doctorate, Prof Rao brought his talents to the US, where he worked as a professor and conducted experiments on NASA’s Pioneer and …

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