It’s time to bid adieu to the winters. Basant Panchami, which marks the arrival of spring season, was celebrated with much fervour across the country today. Basant Panchami is also the day people worship the goddess of knowledge, Maa Saraswati. Preparations for Holi also begin on this auspicious day in parts of India.
Over a 1000 'Made in India' drones, dazzling in different colours, lit up the sky in Delhi during the Beating Retreat Ceremony, which marks the formal conclusion of Republic Day celebrations. The audience was left spellbound by the stunning drone and laser projection mapping show displayed to commemorate 75 years of India's independence.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.