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Music director Hamsalekha inaugurates historic Mysuru Dasara festival

Siddaramaiah said the Dasara festival is being organized by the state government in keeping with tradition but due to drought this year. The Karnataka CM said he has prayed to the goddess Chamundeshwari (the prime diety of Mysuru city) that they will receive rainfall during the monsoon. 

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Music director Hamsalekha inaugurates historic Mysuru Dasara festival

Music director Hamsalekha on Sunday inaugurated the historic Mysuru  Dasara festival. The festival is known for its regality. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah, deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar and other cabinet members were also present during the inauguration.

Speaking to the media Siddaramaiah said the Dasara festival is being organized by the state government in keeping with tradition but due to drought this year. The Karnataka CM said he has prayed to the goddess Chamundeshwari (the prime diety of Mysuru city) that they will receive rainfall during the monsoon. 

Siddaramaiah explained the importance of Mysuru Dasara which is celebrated as Nada Habba. He said people from all over the world come to see this. The Karnataka CM said through this festival the state of Karnataka conveys its development, language, and the culture achieved by the state. He stressed on the importance of mutual respect and harmony.

He said the state of Karnataka is rich in music, culture and art. He said the people of Karnataka are well cultured. Siddaramaiah said it is important that each Kannadiga whichever religion or caste they belong to should live with love and dignity. He said this is very essential for the state and the country.

He pointed towards the preamble of the constitution of India, Siddaramaiah said every person is equal in the eyes of the law and everybody should get equal opportunity. He said it is the responsibility of every government to achieve the objectives of the preamble. He further added rights and resouorces should be equally distributed among people. He said this is called social justice.

In this context he shared the five promises made by the government of Karnataka. He said the four guarantees have been implemented and the fifth guarantee Yuva Nidhee will come into effect from next year. According to Yuva Nidhi the government has promised an unemployment allowance Of Rs1500 to Diploma holders and Rs 3000 to graduates who passed in the year 2021-23 academic year and could not get a job.  

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Makar Sankranti: Amit Shah offers prayers at Shree Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad

During this festival devotees make offerings to the Hindu diety Surya on Makar Sankranti. This day marks the first day of the sun’s transit into the Makara, marking the end of the winter solstice and start of longer days.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday offered prayers at Shree Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. After offering prayers he also fed the temple elephants and later went for the kite flying festival at Vejalpur.

During this festival devotees make offerings to the Hindu diety Surya on Makar Sankranti. This day marks the first day of the sun’s transit into the Makara, marking the end of the winter solstice and start of longer days. The festival is celebrated on January 14 every year, known by various names in different parts of India such as Pongal, Bihu and Maghi. Devotees in several parts of India performed rituals at different ghats.

In Gujarat, the festival is celebrated as Uttarayan as it marks the first day of the sun’s transit into the Makara. Gujarat is well known for its international Kite Flying Festival. During this festival after finishing their morning prayers, people gather on their terraces with colourful kites.

People are often heard shouting Kai Po Che to the losing team. Other than that, people eat delicacies like Chikki, which is made of sesame seeds, peanuts, and Undhiyu, which is made of winter vegetables. The Festivals of Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bhogali Bihu, Uttarayan mark the harvesting season of crops as the winter season ends and ushers in the spring. People enjoy the fruits of a good harvest and celebrate these festivals. This also underlines the need to preserve the environment.

This festival is also known to strengthen the bond of friendship and is known for making khidhdi, kite flying, sesame sweets, and coconut laddoos. Makar Sankranti gives the message that winter season is now leaving. A large number of devotees take holy dips at different rivers in Uttar Pradesh and perform religious rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

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Merry Christmas: Best wishes, greetings to send to your friends and family

People attend Christmas Mass at midnight, visit the church, cook up decadent feasts for their loved ones, bake cookies and plum cakes, decorate their homes with mistletoes and twinkling lights, hang stockings set up Christmas trees adorned with ornaments, hang wreaths on their front doors, and exchange gifts.

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Christmas is just around the corner and one can literally smell the festive cheer in the air. Every year, Christmas falls on December 25. The day is celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ. People attend Christmas Mass at midnight, visit the church, cook up decadent feasts for their loved ones, bake cookies and plum cakes, decorate their homes with mistletoes and twinkling lights, hang stockings set up Christmas trees adorned with ornaments, hang wreaths on their front doors, and exchange gifts.

It is joyous day with many traditions. However if one is celebrating with his loved ones, one can make it special by sending them best wishes and messages.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a great year ahead!

May Christmas carols fill your heart with joy. Merry Christmas!

Hope this holiday season brings moments of joy and laughter. Merry Christmas!

May the magic of Christmas surround you with happiness. Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Christmas full of prosperity and abundance. Merry Christmas!

May the joy of Chritmas be with you forever. Merry Christmas!

May the day of Christmas bring peace and happiness. Merry Christmas!

May the day of Christmas bring peace and happiness. Merry Christmas!

May this Christmas bring love, light and success to you. Merry Christmas!

May this Christmas bring love, light and success to you. Merry Christmas!

Here’s to a magical Christmas filled with good luck and health. Merry Christmas!

May your life be filled with abundance, good luck and prosperity. Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes to your family. Merry Christmas!

Wishing you love, peace, and prosperity. Merry Christmas!

 From our family to yours, a very joyful Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May your days be merry and bright.

May the universe fulfill all your desires on Christmas. Merry Christmas!

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National Press Day: Election Commission shares archival photo of press conference from 1967 | Watch here

National Press Day is observed every year on November 16 to celebrate the importance of a free and responsible press in a democratic society.

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On the occasion of National Press Day, the Election Commission of India shared an archival photo of a press conference from 1967. The National Press Day is observed every year on November 16 to celebrate the importance of a free and responsible press in a democratic society. The day also commemorates the establishment of the Press Council of India, which acts as a regulatory body for the news media industry in the country. 

Sharing the archival photo on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, the Election Commission of India said that the picture is of a press conference from 1967, addressed by then Chief Election Commissioner KVK Sundaram. 

Meanwhile, several political leaders also extended their greetings to the journalists on the occasion of National Press Day. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur took to X and wrote that a free press forms the bedrock of democracy and is rightly regarded as its fourth pillar. He also saluted all the journalists who dedicatedly perform their duties in a responsible, unbiased and professional manner, bringing news and educating masses on a variety of issues.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also extended his best wishes to all journalist friends on the National Press Day. He said that journalists are vigilant sentinels of democracy. He also congratulated all the journalists for continuously serving democracy with impartiality and fearlessness.

Extending warm greetings on the occasion, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the free press is the cornerstone of democracy and gives voice to the people. He further asked masses to pledge to safeguard the independence of the fourth pillar of democracy and empower the people with unbiased information.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah also conveyed greetings to the journalists stating them to be the guardians of truth. He added that journalist’s words shape their reality, shedding light on the stories that matter. He also extended gratitude to the fraternity for their unwavering dedication to journalism.

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