Potters and sellers of decorative items in Jaipur are hoping for a good sale this Diwali which is coming under the shadow of COVID-19 pandemic. Recent festivals like Dussehra, Navratri and Eid were impacted by the virus and shopkeepers didn't get expected footfall of customers as compared to previous years. People are also boycotting Chinese products because of the recent standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley.
PM and Rahul to enter battleground Bihar today. Bharat Biotech's Covid vaccine cleared for Phase 3 trials. Eros Now apologises for 'vulgar' Navratri campaign. And Malaika's fitness mantra revealed as she turns 47. All the news and updates for you in this editorji playlist.
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Eros Now has stirred a massive controversy with raunchy social media posts around the Hindu festival of Navratri. The posts, which have now been taken down, have created a massive furore on social media with #BoycottErosNow becoming one of the top Twitter trends. Eros Now has now issued an apology and said that they did not intend to hurt anyone’s emotions. This comes close on the heels of Tanishq pulling down one of its advertisements after it faced anger on social media. In Focus today, Dilip Cherian, Prahlad Kakkar & Kaveree Bamzai speak on the issue of creative freedom and the line between witty & outright offensive.
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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha released Shri Mata Vaishno Devi gold and silver coins ahead of Diwali for millions of devotees worldwide. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has developed 2g, 5g and 10g gold and silver coins of guaranteed purity. The event was organised at Raj Bhavan in Jammu on November 09.
The nine-day long Navratri festival has begun. UP CM Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at Devi Patan temple on the first day of Navratri. In Kanpur, devotees offered their prayers at the city's Vaibhav Lakshmi and Durga temple. Priests performed 'aarti' donning masks at Jhandewalan Temple in Delhi. Devotees in Mumbai arrived at Mumba Devi Temple and offered prayers. In J&K, devotees queued up at Vaishno Devi temple in Katra for 'darshan'. Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa participated in inauguration ceremony of Dasara in Mysore. Celebrations of Sharad (autumn) Navratri involve worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine forms. The festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. Over the next nine days, devotees offer their prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts. Also known as Sharad Navratri, the festival marks Durga's victory over demon Mahishasura.
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World Children's Day was observed on November 20. To celebrate the day, a police station in Kanpur made girl students station in-charge for a day. The aim was to put confidence in them and to sensitise them for their rights and legal procedure.
One person dies and three others were injured after an over speeding bus ran over them in Kanpur's Babu Purwa area. The injured have been admitted in the hospital. It is said that the bus lost control after its brakes failed. One of the eyewitnesses said, "4 people were standing when a bus ran over them. The bus driver is saying that the brakes failed due to which it lost its control."
In the wake of surge in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh has decided to test people coming from national capital via flight, bus or train, informed state Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari on November 22. He said, "We are testing people coming from Delhi via flight, bus or train, in the wake of surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital. We are discussing on the number of people allowed to attend wedding or event."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Har Ghar Nal Yojna' in UP's Mirzapur, Sonbhadra via video conference. The Prime Minister said that this region was neglected for decades after independence. He added that in the past few years the work has been fast-tracked in this region. The event was also attended by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. The scheme worth Rs 5,555.38 crore is aimed at providing water to over 41 lakh villagers. Village Water and Sanitation Committees have been constituted in all these villages. These committees will shoulder the responsibility of operation and maintenance.
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The tour operators in Kashmir are gearing up to begin campaigning for winter tourism. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, tourism industry in JandK took a temporary hit. Hence the Tourism Department of JandK has taken the initiative to bring back the sector on track. Tour operators under JandK's Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum (PILTOF) in collaboration with department of tourism restarted the activities to attract visitors.
Tour and travel operators from Maharashtra have initiated an "Unlock Kashmir Tourism Campaign" with support from the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Around 70 members of travel operators, writers and journalists from Mumbai visited Kashmir. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, tourism industry in JandK took a temporary hit. Hence the Tourism Department of JandK supported the initiative to invite renowned tour operators and writers from Mumbai as an innovative method to promote the derailed tourism sector in the valley.
Drones are being used for security surveillance in Katra ahead of Navratri. "All security arrangements done to ensure devotees at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine have safe and secure visit; audio-visual systems also placed to make announcements for COVID related norms," said Amit Bhasin, SP, Katra.
Guru Jambheshwar University reopened in Haryana's Hisar on November 16 after several months of closure due to the lockdown imposed in a bid to control the COVID-19 pandemic. However, students as well as hostellers have to follow strict COVID-19 norms issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). "Only 1 student/room is allowed in hostels and hostellers have to undergo COVID test," said Guru Jambheshwar University Vice-Chancellor Prof Tankeshwar Kumar. Meanwhile, Haryana has 19,557 active cases of coronavirus till now.
Mumbai's iconic Siddhivinayak Temple reopened for devotees to offer prayers on November 16 after several months of closure due to the lockdown imposed in a bid to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Devotees were seen visiting the temple and offering prayers. Temples across the Maharashtra reopened from today onwards and have to follow COVID-19 norms issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Maharashtra has 86,470 active cases of coronavirus till now.
Morning 'aarti' was performed at Delhi's Jhandewalan Temple on the fifth day of Navratri Puja. This day is also called Panchami of Navratri. Devotees worship the fifth form of Goddess Parvati which is..