MELA

  • Centre will bail out Punjab from financial stringency: Parkash Badal September 9, 2014

    Chhapaar: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday exuded confidence that the Centre will bail the state out of "financial stringency" in the near future. Badal, who was here for annual Chhapaar mela, while reacting to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's recent letter to Punjab government purportedly refusing any...
  • Jitan Ram Manji inaugurates 'Shravani Mela' in Sultanganj July 13, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on July 13 inaugurated the famous Shravani Mela (fair) of Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district. Lakhs of 'kanwariyas' or devotes of Lord Shiva collect the holy water of the Ganga from here during the Hindu calendar month of 'Sawan' and trek 96 kilometres through three districts...
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan calls on Modi to discuss state issues June 6, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and apprised him on a number of issues in the state. Chouhan met Modi yesterday and greeted him with shawl, coconut and bouquet. An official release said that after the meeting, Chouhan said that he...
  • Odisha plans Navakalebara village during Jagannath festival May 20, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Expecting a huge turnout during the ensuing Navakalebara festival of Lord Jagannath in 2015, the Odisha government has decided to set up Nabakalebara village in Puri on the line of accomodation given to visitors at Kumbha Mela. The government took up the model Navakalebara village at a high level meeting...
  • Magh Mela: No leather cleaning in tanneries three days before holy dip January 8, 2014

    Tanneries in Kanpur have been asked by the authorities to stop leather cleaning three days before people take the holy dip in the Ganga during the Magh Mela to keep the river clean for the pilgrims. A meeting was held with the tannery association and tannery owners and it was decided...
  • World famous monthlong 'Sonepur mela' begins on Saturday November 16, 2013

    The globally renowned, monthlong 'Sonepur mela' at which elephants, horses and cattle are sold and purchased began on Saturday on the bank of the river Ganga in Bihar's Saran district. With traditional sports like horse racing and dog show part of the fair, this year paragliding is an added attraction, the...
  • Dilip Kumar likely to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday September 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who was undergoing treatment at Lilavati Hospital after a heart attack, will be discharged Thursday, said Murshid Khan. Murshid Khan is manager of Dilip Kumar's wife and actress Saira Banu. "Dilip Kumar is absolutely fine and he will be discharged tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon," Murshid Khan told IANS. The...
  • Dilip Kumar stable, to be discharged soon September 21, 2013

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is stable and is likely to be discharged from Lilavati Hospital here soon. "He is fine now and he will be shifted from the ICU (intensive care unit) to the general ward soon. Most probably he will be discharged in the next three to four days,"...
  • UPA’s governance is far sighted: Chidambaram September 14, 2013

    Sivaganga: Mounting an apparent veiled attack on the governance plank of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said while the UPA was implementing far sighted projects others were sowing hatred and dividing the people. “There are two types of governance. While we are peacefully implementing...
  • MP govt seeks Rs 2,812 crore from Centre for Ujjain Kumbh mela September 14, 2013

    Madhya Pradesh government has sought Rs 2,812 crore from the Centre for preparations towards the Kumbh mela to be held in Ujjain in 2016. In a letter to Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia yesterday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said four to five crore devotees are expected to participate...
  • Pilgrim killed, four injured in road accident in Dudu August 26, 2013

    A pilgrim was killed and four others were injured after they were hit by a parcel van at Dudu, near Jaipur, the police said on Monday. The pilgrim, identified as Rajmal Mali of Lalsot, was on his way to Ramdevra-Mela in Jaisalmer district when the incident occurred on Sunday evening, they...
  • Army recruitment applicants create rampage in Gorakhpur August 24, 2013

    Thousands of unsuccessful applicants went on a rampage during an army recruitment campaign in Gorakhpur pelting stones at buses and stopping trains. On Friday, which was also the last day of the 'Sena Bharti Mela' at the RPSF camp in Gorakhpur, candidates from Mau district were tested. A total of 362...
  • News briefs: Lucknow University increases arts, commerce seats for UG courses August 9, 2013

    The Lucknow University has increased the undergraduate seats in arts and commerce streams in degree colleges from 60 to 80 per classroom. However, no seats have been increased in the BSc seats. Another decision was taken by LU to discontinue some of its self finance PG courses if there are...
  • 9 'Kanwariyas' killed in 2 separate road accidents August 6, 2013

    Nine Hindu pilgrims (Kanwariyas) were killed and nearly a dozen injured in two separate road accidents on Tuesday in Bihar's Jamui and Saran districts, police said. In Jamui, five pilgrims belonging to a family, were killed when a speeding truck hit their vehicle near Sikandra. "Five pilgrims were killed on the spot....
  • Man dies after drinking water from public container in Shravani Mela August 3, 2013

    A man on Saturday died after drinking contaminated water from a public water container here in Deoghar where a monthlong 'Sawani Mela' is underway, police said. A rickshawpuller, identified as Manoj Mandal, was rushed to hospital as he fell sick after drinking water from one of the twelve containers placed in...
  • Azam Khan detention: UP minister writes to Obama May 1, 2013

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Singh Yadav's letter to US President Barack Obama on cabinet colleague Azam Khan being detained at Boston airport has triggered a controversy with opposition parties and civil society activists terming it objectionable. In a petition sent to Governor BL Joshi, activist Urvashi Sharma termed the letter...
  • Harvard invites UP CM to share Mahakumbh experience March 24, 2013

    Lucknow: After Uttar Pradesh played host to the world's largest religious congregation during Mahakumbh in Allahabad, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan have been invited by the Harvard University to share the story of organising the 55day event. Azam Khan, who was in charge of the...
  • Allahabad station stampede: Railways gave less trains, says Azam March 6, 2013

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government had demanded 50 trains to clear the massive rush during the Maha Kumbh but got only 12 before the stampede on the Allahabad junction, in which 36 persons lost their lives, state minister Azam Khan said on Wednesday. Giving a reply on the debate on the...
  • Photography at bathing ghats banned at Kumbh February 24, 2013

    Allahabad: The Kumbh Mela administration on Saturday banned photography at all bathing ghats at the religious congregation, officials said. Vide a letter ST/SSP/C-14/2013 dated February 21, the senior superintendent of police (Kumbh) has directed all policemen and other security personnel on duty in the mela premises to ensure that no one...
  • Allahabad: Rains disrupt Maha Kumbh Mela February 17, 2013

    Allahabad: Heavy rains that lashed Allahabad on Saturday created a crisis at the Maha Kumbh Mela premises, sending pilgrims, seers and journalists scurrying for cover as tents collapsed under the deluge. With heavy rains since Friday night, the entire mela area was turned into a mess and water collected at...
  • Uttar Pradesh: Fire breaks out at Kumbh, 2 injured February 16, 2013

    Allahabad: Yet another fire broke out at the Kumbh Mela area in Allahabad on Saturday afternoon, injuring two sadhus, an official said. The fire broke out in Sector 9 of the Kumbh Mela area, injuring two sadhus who were cooking food, though it was brought under control quickly, Sector Magistrate...
  • Allahabad: Fire at Maha Kumbh Mela leaves 1 dead, 5 injured February 15, 2013

    Allahabad: A fire at the Maha Kumbh Mela left one dead and injured five others, hours before pilgrims gathered for the last Shahi Snan on Basant Panchami on Friday, just five days after the Allahabad railway station stampede. The holy city of Allahabad is gearing up for another major Shahi...
  • Akhilesh rejects Azam Khan's resignation as Kumbh incharge February 14, 2013

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday rejected the resignation of Cabinet Minister Mohammad Azam Khan as the chief of Kumbh Mela Organising Committee. "The CM, while praising the minister, has turned down his resignation as the chief of the committee and he will continue on the post,"...
  • BSP MLAs protest in UP assembly over Kumbh tragedy February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday protested in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly over the stampede in Allahabad during the Maha Kumbh Mela. BSP members stormed in the well of the Assembly and raised slogans against the Akhilesh Yadav government. Armed with posters and banners, the BSP MLAs...
  • FTN: Could the Kumbh stampede have been avoided? February 12, 2013

    In a major tragedy on the most auspicious day of the Maha Kumbh on Sunday, 36 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at the Allahabad railway station. ...
  • Azam Khan's resignation after Allahabad stampede symbolic: Shreya Dhoundial February 12, 2013

    CNNIBN's senior special correspondent Shreya Dhoundial joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the Allahabad stampede. Q. What is your take on honorable minister Mr Mohammad Azam Khan, who has blamed news channels for creating panic in the aftermath of the stampede? Asked by: deepak krishnamurthy ...
  • Stampedes tend to happen when huge crowds gather: UP Guv February 12, 2013

    Allahabad: Even as the blame game continues between the UP government and the Railways over responsibility for the stampede at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi has stoked controversy. He has commented that stampedes do tend to happen when crowds gather. "When crores of people gather such mistakes can happen. We...
  • Allahabad railway station stampede: Akhilesh Yadav meets injured February 12, 2013

    Allahabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reached Swaruprani Bakshi hospital in Allahabad on Tuesday to meet the people injured in Sunday's stampede at the railway station and said that such tragedies are very painful and his administration would try its best to prevent such incidents. Akhilesh said that the...
  • Allahabad stampede: Azam Khan blames news channels for panic February 12, 2013

    Sambhal: Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan, who resigned as inchargeKumbh mela, has blamed the news channels for creating panic in the aftermath of the stampede. "The death of two persons after falling in drain was run as breaking news by channels saying that deaths took place due to stampede...
  • Snapshot: Preity, Emraan, Huma spotted at Kumbh February 12, 2013

    Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, producerdirector Ekta Kapoor, actors Emraan Hashmi and Huma Quraishi with Swami Chidanand Saraswati praying in the Ganges during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. ...