Herath celebrated with religious fervour in J&K

Maha Shivratri, locally known as ‘Herath’, was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across Jammu and Kashmir Pandits paid obeisance at temples and offered Puja on the occasion. The biggest gathering on the festival was held at Shankaracharya Temple overlooking the Dal Lake in Srinagar. The special prayers were also held at Ganpatyar and Hanuman Temple at Amira Kadal in…

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Rajasthan govt announces ‘Camel Protection and Development Policy’

Rajasthan, the state government has announced a ‘Camel Protection and Development Policy’ in its budget 2022-23. According to the government figures, less than two lakh camels are left in Rajasthan and in the entire country, the number of camels has reduced by 1.5 lakh since 2012. There were about 2.5 lakh camels left when counted last in 2019. Camel is…

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Assam govt declares entire state as “Disturbed Area” for up to 6 months

The Assam government has declared the entire state as “Disturbed Area” for up to six months. A press release issued in Guwahati said that the order came into effect on 28th of February and will stay in effect unless otherwise withdrawn by the state government. The declaration has been made as per powers conferred under Section 3 of the Armed…

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Ujjain enters Guinness Book for lighting more than 11 lakh diyas on Mahashivratri

In Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain entered Guinness Book of World Records for lighting more than 11 lakh earthen lamps simultaneously on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It broke the record of 9 lakh 41 thousand lamps lit in Ayodhya last November. The event was performed in zero waste format. The clay from the lamps will be used to prepare idols, while the…

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Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin unveils ambitious skill development scheme for students

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin launched an ambitious skill development scheme for students in the state, with the initiative aimed at honing the educational skills, knowledge, talent and efficiency of 10 lakh youth annually. Titled ‘Naan Muthalvan’ (I am first), this was his dream scheme, Stalin said, even as its launch coincided with his birthday. ‘Muthalvan’ also roughly…

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Bank of Maharashtra launches “Project Banksakhi” in Odisha

Bank of Maharashtra has tied up with Mahagram to roll out the ‘Bank Sakhi’ project in Odisha. The fintech would provide financial technology and infrastructure support to augment rural financial inclusion. “As part of the tie-up, the company has onboarded more than 11,000 bank sakhis (women) on the BharatATM platform to help the rural citizens avail basic banking services at…

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