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  • Nagaland BJP immerses Vajpayee's ashes secretly
    SourcesNagaland BJP immerses Vajpayee's ashes secretly

    After protests by the churches and different tribal bodies, the Nagaland unit of the BJP on Monday restricted the programme to immerse the ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to a secret one in the Christian-dominated state.

    2 years ago
  • Hajj season starts with nearly 2 mn pilgrims
    SourcesHajj season starts with nearly 2 mn pilgrims

    The Hajj season started on Sunday with the Day of Tarwiyah, the first ritual of the holy pilgrimage, in Mina, a neighbourhood of the Islamic city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, with 1,966,461 pilgrims. The General Authority for Statistics announced the figure on Saudi Press Agency, with the total number of pilgrims to be announced on the evening of Arafat Day -- the most important Hajj ritual -- on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported. To ensure the safety of pilgrims, a comprehensive security and safety plan has been set up to transport people between ritual sites. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced another plan to protect the well-being of pilgrims with the allocations of 25 hospitals and 155 health centres at all sites with a capacity of 5,000 beds, 180 ambulances and 100 vehicles which were converted into ICU mobile units.

    2 years ago
  • She wasn't Hindu after marrying a Muslim, says temple head who denied shradh ritual for dead woman
    SourcesShe wasn't Hindu after marrying a Muslim, says temple head who denied shradh ritual for dead woman

    A Muslim husband wants to perform a ritual for his dead Hindu wife and a temple society in a New Delhi Bengali-dominated neighbourhood has not allowed because they believe the woman was no longer a Hindu after her marriage even as she hadnt given up her faith.

    2 years ago