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Uttar Pradesh govt calls off Kanwar Yatra this year over Covid-19 risks

The Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the Kanwar Yatra citing a decision by groups representing the pilgrims on Saturday.

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The Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the Kanwar Yatra citing a decision by groups representing the pilgrims on Saturday.

The announcement came a day after the Supreme Court gave the Yogi Adityanath government time till next week to reconsider its decision to go ahead with the religious event amid the Covid-19 risks.

The Apex Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the state’s move to go ahead with the annual pilgrimage over Covid-19 risks. The court had said that it was giving one more opportunity to reconsider or else it would pass orders.

Amid fears of a third wave of the pandemic, the court had said it could not allow the Uttar Pradesh government to hold 100% physical Kanwar yatra. It stressed that sentiments, including religious ones, are subservient to the right to life.

Earlier, the State government was going ahead with a pared-down symbolic version of the Kanwar Yatra, however, now on appeal of the authority, the Kanwar Sanghs have called off the pilgrimage, said Navneet Sehgal, UP additional chief secretary information. Months after the deadly second wave, the looming threat of a Covid third wave has led the organisers to reconsider their decision to hold the religious event.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had even convened a meeting for the preparation and security arrangements for the yatra. He had even directed officials to make all preparations in time, ensuring that the Covid protocol was fully followed in these yatras, which was scheduled to start on July 25.

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Every year, around 30 million Kanwariyas from northern states walk or drive down in groups to collect water from the Ganga in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar and take it to offer at temples of Lord Shiva back home. Owing to the pandemic, last year too, the yatra was cancelled.

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Delhi Metro: Rajiv Chowk’s gate number 4 to remain shut from tomorrow, check alternative gate numbers here

Passengers can use gate number 3 for entry/exit.

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Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has shared an important update for daily metro travellers. As per a tweet shared by DMRC, Rajiv Chowk metro station’s gate number 4 will remain shut from tomorrow.

In a tweet, DMRC said entry/exit gate number 4 at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station will remain closed from January 29, 2023, for civil renovation work and passengers can use gate number 3 for entry/exit.

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Other gate numbers and metro facilities will function normally and no other metro lines will be affected due to the civial renovation work as of now.

The DMRC recently achieved a milestone in the Patna Metro project on Republic Day. As per the tweet by DMRC, the Patna Metro project got its first ever U-Grider between two piers near Bhoothnath Station on the priority corridor.

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PM Modi releases special commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination at NCC rally

Reports said around 196 officers and cadets from 19 foreign countries have been invited to participate in the event in the true spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

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PM Modi at NCC rally in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the annual NCC PM rally at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi and released a commemorative specially minted Rs 75 coin denomination.

The Rs 75 crore has been released to mark the 75th successful year of the National Cadet Corps. PM Modi also released a special Day Cover at the event.

The NCC rally will also include a cultural programme on the theme Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. Reports said around 196 officers and cadets from 19 foreign countries have been invited to participate in the event in the true spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Earlier, PM Modi released a commemorative coin of Rs 75 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organisation. The coin was released as an ode to the relations between India and the United Nations agency.

For those unversed, the commemorative coins cannot be issued in general circulation, however, citizens can get them if they want. These coins are released to celebrate special occasions in India and can be issued as a mark of respect for prominent individuals and monuments.

India’s first modern commemorative coin was issued in 1964 that depicted the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to mark his birth anniversary. Indian mints including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Noida have released commemorative coins and these can be issued for general circulation in specially marketed packages.

The lower denomination coins are for general circulation and their metal composition is in line with the regular coins. While the higher denominations are composed of silver and are used for collection purposes only.

To get commemorative coins, people can visit the website of IG Mint Mumbai, IG Mint Hyderabad, and IG Mint Kolkata and place an order. The payment for these coins can be done either by Demand Draft in favour of INDIA GOVERNMENT MINT (UNIT OF SPMCIL) COLLECTION A/C or by Debit/Credit Card (VISA and MasterCard).

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Video of teacher beating up student over formula enrages Twitter users | Watch

Other students in the class can also be seen complacently watching the whole situation unfold as no one bats an eye. Some students can also be smirking at the child as the teacher assaults the student.

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A spine-chilling video has surfaced on the internet where a student is getting brutally beaten and choked, elbowed by his teacher as a way to teach the student about formulas. The video so far has been watched over 36,000 times.

In the video, a teacher can be seen choking out a student of the class in a bid to make him learn about a formula. The video also shows the teacher brutally beating the child with his elbow while repeating the formula of proton.

The video also shows the teacher asking the student to repeat the formula after him while the student is getting choked out. Other students in the class can also be seen complacently watching the whole situation unfold as no one bats an eye. Some students can also be smirking at the child as the teacher assaults the student.

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Twitter reactions

After the video went viral, many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user wrote and said that it seems like the teacher’s head is not in the right place for him to turn to such measures. The user also said that after the video goes viral, he will lose his mind fully.

One user wrote and said that this is not the way to teach anyone and further said that parents love their children and if they witness such a thing happening they will be shocked. The user also accused the teacher of taking out his frustration on a student.

One user also said and highlighted that other students were just complacently watching and if they wanted, they could have all stood up against the teacher and stopped him from assaulting the student.

One user also shared his account of how he was beaten up like this in his time as well. The user also said that during their time, such practices by the teachers was considered the norm. He further stated that the teacher who used to beat him is now the principal of his ex-school.

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