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Tag: Diwali

Alternatives To Keep You Entertained This Diwali After The Ban On Firecrackers

Change is a scary concept to us humans, but as they say change is the only constant. After a year that changed our lives upside down, people evolved and adjusted to the new normal. The same goes for Diwali as firecrackers have always been an integral part of the festival. After the government’s decision to […]

How To Look Like A Patakha Without Spending A Bomb This Diwali

This year’s festive season surely looks different than the usual and so is going to be Diwali. The festival of lights might be dimmed by the shadow of the pandemic, but fashion is here to your rescue. While there has been a ban on crackers, there’s no one stopping you to look like a firecracker […]

PUBG To Be Back In India With Indian Subsidiary
PUBG To Be Back In India With Indian Subsidiary

New Delhi: Bringing cheers to Indian mobile gamers ahead of Diwali, PUBG Corporation on Thursday said it is making a comeback to the India market with the creation of an Indian subsidiary and a new game. With its South Korean parent company Krafton, Inc., PUBG Corp also plans to make investments worth $100 million in […]

Diwali 2020: Celebs Say No To Crackers And Yes To Family, Food, Fun

New Delhi: Diwali is just round the corner, and music and telly stars plan to enjoy the festival of lights without increasing noise and air pollution by bursting crackers. They also look forward to celebrating the festival in a different way owing to the pandemic.   Singer Shilpa Rao is going to focus on making […]

Google Makes Diwali Virtual With AR Experience, Interactive Tools

New Delhi: In a bid to recreate some festival fervour in the social distancing times, Google has created a virtual Diwali experience that everyone can be a part of — via a new Augmented Reality (AR) experience. Google Arts & Culture has partnered with over 20 cultural heritage organisations to launch Diwali @Home. “Striking images […]

Commissionerate Police Tightens Security For Dhanteras, Diwali
Commissionerate Police Tightens Security For Dhanteras, Diwali

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police has beefed up security arrangements in the capital city to put a check on crimes and ensure that people strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines in place during Dhanteras and Diwali to be observed this Friday and Saturday, respectively. There is a possibility of rise in incidents of loot and snatching […]

Odisha To Experience Rainfall Ahead Of Diwali 2020

Bhubaneswar: Several parts of Odisha will experience light rain and thundershowers ahead of Diwali, predicted India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. As per the latest weather bulletin, several districts in Coastal Odisha will experience rainfall activity for the next two-three days. Here is the complete weather outlook till November 13: Day […]

Diwali 2020: Commissionerate Police's Special Measures For Kali Puja

Cuttack: Keeping in view the pandemic situation, the Commissionerate Police on Monday announced special measures for the smooth conduct of Kali Puja in Cuttack. City DCP Prateek Singh informed that all the COVID-19 restrictions which were in place for Durga Puja will remain in force also during Kali Puja. Addressing a presser, Singh said the […]

Complete Ban On Firecrackers In NCR From Nov 9-30: NGT

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Monday ordered imposition of a total ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the national capital region or any other city or town across the country where the average ambient air quality from November 9-10 to the midnight of November 30-December 1 falls under […]

Deepotsav At Ram Janmabhoomi Site To Add Sparkle To Diwali

Ayodhya: After more than 500 years, earthern lamps will be lit to illuminate the Ram Janmabhoomi site here on Diwali. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will light lamps during the ‘Deepotsav’ programme in the city on November 13. According to Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das: “It will be a real […]

Huge Amount Of Firecrackers Seized In Cuttack, 1 Held
Huge Quantity Of Firecrackers Seized In Cuttack, 1 Arrested

Cuttack: Continuing its crackdown on crackers ahead of Diwali, Police on Saturday seized huge quantity of firecrackers and arrested one person from Cuttack. Raid was conducted by the police on the firecracker manufacturing unit operating in Khannagar area of Cuttack town. The arrested accused was identified as Yudhistir Nayak. He was booked under Section 9(b) […]

Diwali 2020: Firecrackers Worth Rs 70 Lakh Seized In Odisha

Berhampur: A police team on Saturday seized firecrackers worth around Rs 70 lakh following a raid on an illegal manufacturing unit at Aska in Ganjam district. As per reports, three truckloads of crackers have been seized from the factory. Further investigation is underway into the seizure. It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha government […]

400 Poor Households In Puri Get Free Ration, Thanks To ‘Give With Dignity’

Puri: Ahead of the Diwali, ‘Give With Dignity’, an initiative of Puri-based organisations has provided essential commodities to 400 poor households in the pilgrim town for free. Many such private organisations join hands for the initiative every year to help poor families and the destitute. This year they have distributed essential ration like rice, pulses, […]

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Huge Quantity Of Firecrackers Seized From Angul

Angul: The Angul district administration has seized huge quantities of firecrackers during a raid in Ward No-13 under Talcher Municipality area here on Tuesday night. The move came hours after the Odisha Government prohibited the sale and bursting of firecrackers between November 10 and 30 in view of the Covid 19 pandemic. Acting on a […]

Odisha Bans Sale & Bursting Firecrackers Till November 30

Bhubaneswar: Considering the potentially harmful effects of the fumes emanating from firecrackers on people with respiratory problems and co-morbidities– especially during the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the onset of winter– the Odisha Government on Tuesday prohibited the sale and bursting of firecrackers between November 10 and 30. A notification to this effect was issued by […]

Licences For Sale Of Firecrackers Shops Not Given So Far: Cuttack DCP

Cuttack: No licence has been issued so far for the sale of firecrackers in the city, informed Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh on Tuesday. Though Commissionerate Police has received a number of applications, but no permission has been given yet, he added. The clarification came a day after Cuttack DCP had informed that temporary licences will […]

Odisha: Ganjam Admin Issues SOP For Covid Appropriate Behaviour To Prevent Spike; Check Details
Observe Green & COVID-Free Diwali: Ganjam Collector Urges Traders Not To Open Firecracker Shops

Berhampur: Amidst the ongoing speculation over the fate of firecracker shops this Diwali, the Ganjam district Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange on Tuesday urged traders not to set up temporary stalls this year. While speaking to OTV, Kulange appealed people of the district to observe ‘Green and COVID-Free Diwali’ this year. Though a detail guideline is […]

Diwali 2020: Police Gives Nod For Firecrackers Shops In Cuttack

Cuttack: Licences will be issued by the Commissionerate Police for setting up temporary firecracker shops for the upcoming Diwali, the festival of lights, in Cuttack. Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh told reporters on Monday that the Commissionerate Police will soon identify places where the temporary shops selling firecrackers would come up in different parts of the […]

Good News For Non-Central Government Employees Ahead Of Diwali

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department on Thursday extended the I-T exemption available under the LTC cash voucher scheme to employees of state governments, state-owned enterprises and private sector. The Central Board of Direct Taxes in a statement said that the payment of cash allowance, subject to maximum of Rs 36,000 per person as deemed […]

Consumers May Get Relief On Petrol, Diesel Prices Ahead Of Diwali

New Delhi: Consumers can cheer as oil marketing companies (OMC) may actually bring down the retail prices of petrol and diesel in the coming week ahead of Diwali. Oil sector experts said that with global oil prices under pressure from slowing demand in the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic sweeping several western countries, crude price […]

No IPL Matches During Diwali Weekend? BCCI Cites Low BARC Rating

New Delhi: With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) almost finalising the September 26 to November 8 window for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), reports have come in that the host broadcasters aren’t too happy to give the Diwali (November 14) weekend a miss. But BCCI is willing […]

Odisha villagers say no to crackers for a noble cause

Paradip: While most of us were busy bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets to celebrate Diwali, some villagers on the outskirts of Paradip chose to bring smile on the face of a cancer survivor Sangram Sethi and his family members. In a bid to boost morale and extend financial support to Sethi’s family members, residents of […]

1 Killed, 4 Injured In Diwali Mishaps In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: One person was killed while four others were injured in different mishaps across the State during Diwali celebrations today. A youth sustained electric shock while decorating his house with lights for Diwali celebrations in Basudevpur area of Bhadrak district. Identified as Prakash Chandra Ojha, the youth was immediately rushed to the district headquarters hospital […]

Diwali Celebrations Begin In Odisha With Many Offering ‘Paya Shraddha’ To Ancestors

Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of Diwali also known as festival of lights, festive fervour gripped residents of Odisha as they thronged firecracker markets, sweetmeat shops and also conducted special rituals like ‘Paya Shraddha’. In Puri, lakhs of devotees thronged Srimandir and lit ‘Kaunria Kathi’ (jute sticks) in front of Singhadwara while chanting ‘Badabadua Ho Andharare […]

Raids Continue On Illegal Cracker Units In Cuttack, 3 Detained

Cuttack: In a bid to curb illegal manufacture and sale of the firecrackers ahead of Diwali, police conducted raids on several illegal firecrackers manufacturing units at Padmapur, Trilochanpur and Kazi Bazaar in Jagatpur area of Cuttack and seized huge cache of explosives and crackers from the godowns. Acting on a tip-off, a team comprising SP […]

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Emirates Celebrates Diwali With Indian Treats For Fliers

Bengaluru: Emirates is celebrating Diwali by serving Indian sweets and savouries to its passengers on board its flights departing and travelling to India till October 31, the airline said on Friday. “Passengers flying in our aircraft in all classes are treated with Indian sweets and savouries for a week (October 25-31) to celebrate Diwali, the […]

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7th Pay Commission Update: Pay Hike Likely After Diwali For Central Govt Employees

7th Pay Commission: While much has been said so far about the minimum pay hike of the Central government employees, it seems some good news is in the offing for the lakhs of employees. After the Dussehra and Diwali disappointment, now reports are there that the Narendra Modi government is seriously considering the long-standing demand […]

Snapchat, Oneplus To Let You Create AR Experiences This Diwali

Bengaluru: In a bid to gain ground among the Indian millennials, Snapchat on Thursday teamed up with OnePlus to launch a unique Diwali campaign. The brands have created special Lenses that brings to life landmarks like Taj Mahal, Gateway of India, Tower Bridge in London and the Eiffel Tower to commemorate the festival of lights. […]

80 Cracker Shops Sealed In Odisha For Flouting Safety Norms

Berhampur: In a major crackdown on illegal sale of cracker ahead of Diwali, local administration officials sealed as many as 80 shops at Balunkeswar cracker market in Berhampur. As per reports, the stringent action was taken by the administration on charges of flouting of rules laid out by the Supreme Court of India. The Fire […]

Samantha Akkineni's Promise On Diwali For Furry Friends

Diwali is just a few days away and not only commoners but also celebrities are counting the days for the special occasion. In the meantime, South Indian film actress Samantha Akkineni has shared a message with a message for her fans. Fans of Sam must be aware of her cute pet- Hash. In her recent […]

Delhi terror threat: 400 sensitive buildings, markets on watch

New Delhi: An alert has been sounded and security has been beefed up in Delhi with Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) planning to target more than 400 sensitive buildings and markets in the national capital ahead of Diwali. A Delhi Police official told IANS, “Rohini, North-East, North-West, North, East, Central, New Delhi and Dwarka — […]

7th Pay Commission: 14 Lakh Govt Employees Gifted With Diwali Bonus & DA Hike

Making a big announcement for its government employees receiving salaries under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Uttar Pradesh administration has come up with a mega Diwali bonus for them ahead of the festival celebrations. If the latest reports are anything to go by, Yogi Adityanath-led government is likely to bestow 30-days Diwali bonus on […]

Railway New Update, Trains On Special Fares This Diwali

The Indian Railways has decided to run Suvidha Special trains as well as Special Train on Special fare between Pune – Jaipur (via Vasai Road) and Pune – Hazrat Nizamuddin, for the convenience of passengers and to clear the extra rush during the festive season of Diwali. According to a press release issued by Ravinder Bhakar, […]

Sad Diwali For Pixel Lovers As New Google Phones Ditch India

New Delhi: Google which registered less than 0.1 per cent market share in the Indian premium smartphone segment in the second quarter this year, ditched the country on Tuesday, announcing that the newly-launched Pixel 4 and XL will not be available in India. In a statement, the company said it has decided not to make […]

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Diwali more polluted this year than last: CPCB

New Delhi: This year’s Diwali was more polluted than last year’s due to heavy fireworks and unfavourable weather conditions like low temperature and wind speed, triggering a spike in particle pollutants, a report said on Friday. The report said that this year’s Diwali, which was on November 7, was as polluted as Diwali in 2016. […]

BSF exchanges sweets with Pakistan Rangers on Diwali

Chandigarh: Border Security Force (BSF) troopers exchanged sweets with their Pakistan Rangers counterparts at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost and celebrated Diwali on Wednesday along the border outposts of Punjab’s international border with Pakistan. BSF officers and troopers offered sweets to their Pakistani counterparts at the border gates between both countries at the Attari-Wagah joint check […]

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Youth sets off Diwali firecracker in 3-year-old girl's mouth

Lucknow: A three-year-old girl was critically wounded in Meerut when a mischievous youth put a fire cracker in her mouth and lit it on Diwali eve, police said on Wednesday. The girl was rushed to a nearby medical facility where her condition is described as serious. The incident happened at the Milak village on the […]

Diwali a special opportunity to reflect on India-US friendship: Trump

Washington: Greeting people on the occasion of Diwali, US President Donald Trump said the festival of lights is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between India and the United States. Trump said First Lady Melania joins him in sending their best wishes for a very happy and memorable Diwali. He also recognised […]

Youth stabbed for refusing to share crackers in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: A youth sustained critical injuries after another youth stabbed him with a knife for not sharing firecrackers at Mahisakhal under BJB Nagar area in Bhubaneswar on Diwali yesterday. The injured youth Ashok Behura received fatal injuries on his neck, left shoulder and hand and was admitted to the Capital Hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the […]

SC ban on crackers on Diwali in Delhi-NCR not very effective

New Delhi: Despite the Supreme Courts directives, people in Delhi-NCR on Wednesday continued to burst crackers on Diwali well past the 10 p.m. deadline though the air quality index (AQI) showed a slight improvement over last year. The Supreme Court had limited the time for bursting crackers between 8-10 p.m. on Diwali, but people started bursting […]