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Republic Day 2022 Parade celebration
India Celebrates 73rd Republic Day In Iconic Way

India's military might, cultural diversity and varied unique initiatives were on display in Delhi today as nation celebrated its 73rd Republic Day in an iconic way. The celebrations this year are special across the country as India is in the 75th year of Independence - being celebrated as 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'.

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Republic Day 2022
R-Day 2022: Glimpses From Republic Day Parade Rehearsals In Delhi

A multi-layer security cover with facial recognition systems has been installed in Delhi ahead of the big day – 2022 Republic Day. Defence Ministry has said that due to COVID19 restrictions, the number of visitors will be substantially curtailed this year. Last year, 25000 visitors had taken part while this year the Ministry is looking forward to host 5000-8000 guests but nothing has been finalised as yet. Meanwhile, rehearsal for the R-Day Parade is underway in full swing. Contingents are leaving no stone unturned to make the celebrations grand and hassle-free. Here are the glimpses.

Snowfall in Kashmir
Against All Odds: Children Attending Classes On A Hard Snow Day Has A Lesson In Itself

These children managing to overcome the challenges of snow in Jammu Kashmir to attend classes, is just so fantastic. Take a look at some of the pictures from snow-covered Barmulla as students defy all odds to continue with their offline classes during this pandemic.

Covid Vaccination of children in India
Teenagers COVAXINated: It’s ‘Victory’ Against Covid-19

Adding another feather in the cap of India’s vaccination drive, the much-awaited inoculation of teenagers in the 15-18 years age group kicked off across the country on Monday (January 3). About 42 lakh children in the age group were inoculated on the first day of Covid vaccination.

Christmas 2021: How India Celebrated
Merry Christmas: How India Celebrated X-Mas Amid Pandemic

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Christian community across the country celebrated Christmas with traditional fervour, pomp and enthusiasm. The festive spirit started with the midnight mass which was held in churches across states with senior bishops and priests delivering the Christmas message.

Bagha Nacha or Tiger Dance in Odisha
Bagha Nacha: Tigers Roar In Bhubaneswar

For hundreds of years, Odisha’s folk arts or folkdance have helped flourish the rich culture and heritage of the state. Traditional folk art is the identity, a gateway to the state, and has always been considered an inspiration for the future generations. Unfortunately, slowly and gradually, that identity had been fading away over the years. ‘Pratyabartan’ is a unique initiative aimed at restoring the glorious ancient traditions. A brainchild of Debadasi Dance Acedemy, the event in the last 10 years has given an opportunity to numerous folk artistes to resurrect and enliven the dying folk arts.

T-Setu: Odisha’s Longest Bridge Over Mahanadi Inaugurated By CM Naveen Patnaik
T-Setu: Odisha’s Longest Bridge Over Mahanadi

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated the longest bridge of Odisha on river Mahanadi. Built at a cost of Rs 111 crore, the 'T-Setu' of T’Bridge will enhance connectivity and immensely benefit people of Cuttack and Khordha districts.

Heavy fog conditions
Chilly Winter Mornings Scenes Across Odisha

With mercury continuing to plummet, several parts of Odisha are under the grip of an intense cold wave condition. The regional meteorological office in Bhubaneswar has forecast that the minimum temperature across the State is very likely to fall by 3 to 4°C over the next two to three days. The ‘Kashmir of Odisha', Daringbadi, in Kandhamal district emerged the coldest in the last 24 hours with the minimum temperature going down to 7.05 degrees Celsius while Phulbani recorded a minimum temperature of 9 degree Celsius. Here are some snaps of a chilly Friday morning from different parts of Odisha:

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu
Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu Returns To Homeland India, Receives Grand Welcome At Airport

Cheers of ‘India, India’ reverberated Mumbai airport to welcome Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu as she waved the tricolour upon her return to her home country. The 21-year-old actor-model has made the entire country proud by bringing home the coveted crown after 21 long years.

Congress scuffle with police in Bhubaneswar
Congress Vs Cops - Bhubaneswar Turns Battleground

The Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar witnessed brutal aggression on Friday after a violent scuffle ensued between Chhatra Congress (NSUI) workers and police while the former was on way to gherao the Odisha Assembly. The activists had launched protest against state (Home) minister Dibya Shankar Mishra seeking his arrest and dismissal over alleged involvement in murder of lady teacher Mamita Meher.

BJP Protest In Bhubaneswar Over Mamita Murder Case
BJP-Police Scuffle In Bhubaneswar

BJP Yuva Morcha activists took out a massive rally in Bhubaneswar to gherao State Assembly demanding CBI probe and sacking of minister Dibya Shankar Mishra in connection with murder of lady teacher Mamita Meher. On the way, the activists scuffled with police after they were stopped from crossing the barricade. Such was the situation that police reportedly resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the agitators, but to no avail.

Sky near Puri Jagannath temple after Jawad cyclone
Lo & Behold! The Skies Turn Crimson Gold In Puri

Generous - remaining true to its name, 'Jawad' not just spared Odisha but also left behind a magnificent makeover of the skies over Puri, the holy land of Lord Jagannath. After the cyclonic system crossed Puri coast as a depression Sunday evening, the skies were lit up in gold and crimson.

Cyclone Jawad in Bhubaneswar
Rainy-Breezy Bhubaneswar During Jawad

The city of Bhubaneswar witnessed cloudy sky with a few intense spells of rain and strong gusty surface winds over some areas. Owing to the Jawad-induced rains, people in several low-lying areas were left to grapple with water-logging situation. Even though the system has already weakened into a depression, rainfall activity is likely to continue in the smart city, predicts MeT.

Konark Festival 2021
Konark Festival: Where Graceful Dancers Come Together To Dazzle All

Indian classical dance extravaganza, ‘Konark Festival’- 2021, kicked off at Konark on Wednesday following inauguration by CM Naveen Patnaik. The five-day programme is being organised by the state tourism department in association with Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi and OTDC. A few distance away, the pristine Chandrabhaga Beach in Konark also witnesses renowned sand artists from across the globe sculpting unique creations on the beach during these five days.

FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Cup
Junior Hockey Men’s World Cup: Big Show Begins In Odisha

Ultimate showcase of young Hockey talent – the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup – kicked off in Bhubaneswar Kalinga Stadium on November 24. The much-anticipated tournament which will see 16 top teams from across the globe vie for the title, was declared open by his Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal. In a shocking result, defending champions India were rendered clueless in their opening encounter as they went down 4-5 against a low-ranked France. Belgium, South Africa, Malaysia, Chile, Germany, Pakistan, Canada and Poland also started their campaign on the opening day of the tournament.

Flood in Tamil Nadu
Flash Floods Wreak Havoc In Andhra, Tamil Nadu

Several parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu continue to reel under floods caused by incessant rainfall over the last few days. While more than 20 persons have died in rain-related mishaps, over a hundred are still missing. Disaster response teams have been engaged in rescue and relief operations.

Diwali 2021
How India Celebrated Diwali Under Covid Shadow

Every Indian celebrates Diwali in his/her own way. No matter how dark the darkness is, light always finds its way to shine, a ray always emerges to adorn the world with a medley of zillion colours. A pandemic raging for over a year now could not dampen the festive spirit as people celebrated the popular festival with family, friends and kin much pomp and fervour.

Mamita Meher Murder case: BJP Hearse Parade
'Justice For Mamita' - BJP Takes Out Hearse Parade In Bhubaneswar

With mystery deepening over murder of lady teacher Mamita Meher, the Odisha BJP Mahila Morcha took out a hearse parade in the capital city demanding CBI probe into the matter. The saffron party leaders have sought immediate removal and arrest of minister of state for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged involvement in the case.

Rail Roko protest
Farmers’ Nationwide Rail Roko Disrupts Train Services

Train services across the country were severely disrupted on Monday owing to a nationwide 'Rail Roko' protest by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM). Several trains had to be cancelled while many others were partially cancelled due to the protest. The Kisan Morcha backed by several farmer organisations observed a six-hour-long rail roko from 10AM to 4PM demanding removal of Union MoS for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra from his post over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, in which his son Ashish is an accused.

MS Dhoni with Team India for T20 World Cup
T20 World Cup: Mentor MS Dhoni Joins Team India

Former skipper of the Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined India's camp a week ahead of their T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE. Dhoni had recently led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth IPL title. The Captain Cool is back with Team India as a mentor.

Durga Puja Balu Bazar Cuttack
Pandal Hopping: Cuttack Glitters With Maa Durga’s Blessings

Cuttack usually is jam-packed during this time of the year for the pious Durga puja fest, but alike 2020, in 2021 too the city witnessed low-key celebrations on Sasthi Puja, Saptami, Maha Astami, Nabami and similar empty-streets scene is expected on Dussehra as well, courtesy the never-ending pandemic. The millennium city is quite famous for the huge silver backdrops and the magnitude of ornaments used to decorate Goddess Durga. Alas, the idol height this year has been capped at 4-ft, which consequently has reduced the decorative items. Take a look at some of the pandals that are a must-visit.

Durga Puja in Kolkata
Durga Puja, Navratri Festivities Begin

The festive season is here. Durga Puja and Navratri will be celebrated with much pomp and splendour in different parts of the country. Devotees will be worshipping different forms of Goddess Durga in these next few days. Preparations and celebrations have already begun, albeit with caution and fear of the pandemic.

Heavy rains lashed Cuttack leading to water-logging in low-lying areas.
Heavy Rain Leaves Several Areas Waterlogged In Odisha, 100-YO British Era Building Collapses

Heavy rainfall continue to lash several part of Odisha under the influence of the low-pressure area over Northwest and adjoining West central Bay of Bengal which intensified into a deep depression on Monday morning. Heavy rain and thundershowers with one or two very intense spells of rain affected normal life in different parts of the State, including the Twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar since today morning. Puri received the maximum 341 mm rainfall followed by Paradip (210 mm), Bhubaneswar (195 mm), Gopalpur (64 mm), Chandabali (46 mm) and Balasore (24 mm) so far, informed the Met Centre. Here’s a glimpse of the rain battered Odisha:

Pramod Bhagat
2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze: Indian Shuttlers Create Magic At Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Badminton was for the first time included as an official sport at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and Indian para-shuttlers put on a stunning show with some aggressive and tactical strategy of play, right from the word go. India had sent five shuttlers to Paralympics and all five reached at least the semis. Four players - Pramod Bhagat, Krishna Nagar, Suhas Yathiraj and Manoj Sarkar produced historic and magical performances in the para-badminton games to etch their names in record books.

Avani Lekhara
19-YO Avani Lekhara First Indian Woman To Win 2 Paralympics Medals

History was created at Tokyo when para shooter Avani Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in the Paralympic Games. The 19-year-old girl from Rajasthan bagged gold in women's 10m Air Rifle SH1 with a world record score of 249.6 in the final. Her campaign did not end there. Avani clinched her second medal of the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday (Sept 3), a bronze in women's 50m rifle 3P SH1 event. With this, she has also become the first Indian woman to bag two medals in Paralympics.

Afghan Taliban Crisis
Afghan Crisis: World Witnesses Heartbreaking, Infuriating Scenes

Shops, schools and markets have been shut. Some heart-breaking scenes unfolded in Kabul as the Taliban overran the Afghan capital leading to widespread chaos across the city. The Taliban forces have also taken control of the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday night. Nation witnessed the desperation of Afghans at Kabul airport when several people clung to the side of moving limitary planes and at least two persons apparently fell to their deaths from the undercarriage soon after flight took off. The insurgents are now in control of all the districts of Kabul while a night curfew has been imposed in Kabul reportedly to prevent further violence. A Taliban spokesperson has said the war in Afghanistan is over, and a new power structure will soon be clear.

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