Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.
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The government's initiative to deliver holy water via the postal services has taken off with a splash
Banaras, or Varanasi, is probably one of the most interesting cities of India, especially for someone who has an eye for detail and the heart to take in the magnificence of the Ganga. Life here begins with the Ganga and dissolves in her.
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Harendra Khoya, a senior accountant residing in the New York City, noticed with increasing disquiet the helplessness of grieving families in the US when they were unable to immerse the ashes of their loved ones immediately after the cremation. Planning a trip to India for the Asthi Visarjan (the practice of immersing mortal remains in holy waters) involved coordinating many variables; at times, the waiting period involved was more than one year. This delay placed an enormous amount of guilt on NRIs who were still fresh from grief...
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NEW DELHI -- No environmental clearance has been granted to any project on river Ganga in the last two years, government told Rajya Sabha today. When members during Question Hour expre ed concern over...
NEW DELHI -- The National Green Tribunal today slammed the Centre and UP government over pollution in river Ganga in Varanasi and said their slogans are contrary to actions. "It is really very unfortu...
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HARIDWAR -- In a shot to arm the tourism industry in the state, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has begun "free" Internet wi-fi service for the visitors at 'Har Ki Pauri' on the banks of the Gange...
The mention of Haridwar brings to mind images filled with piety and picturesque pujas and the Ganga aarti by the fast-flowing river at Har ki Pauri, right? But, as we discovered on a recent, visit, there's much more that you can explore on the banks of the Ganges.
Kumbh Mela is generally acknowledged to be the most sacred of all the Hindu festivals. It is a Hindu pilgrimage of faith, in which millions of Hindus, including Nanga Sadhus, or naked Hindu holy men, gather to bathe in a sacred river to cleanse themselves of all sins.
With the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh due in 2017, the BJP and Modi must realise that the road to Lucknow is via Varanasi. So, how far has Modi come in his constituency? How much did the blazing rhetoric actually translate into work on the ground? Here is a look at what has happened in Varanasi over the past 10 months and what must be achieved to enable the BJP to win UP in 2017.
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VARANASI — Temsutula Imsong, a young social worker who was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for her dedicated efforts to clean the ghats in Varanasi, on Thursday said the appreciation would ins...
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The United Nations World Water Day (which was observed on the 22nd of this month) with its emphasis on sustainable development, is a reminder for us to reflect on our self-created paradox of poisoning rivers which are our life source. With ambitious projects like Namami Gange, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to sow the seeds of sustainable progress and to develop a world-class approach to water management.
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NEW DELHI — A question by a BJP MP in the Lok Sabha about the origins of Ganga and the "effects" of bathing in it left many members amused today as the minister quoted a legend to say that King Bhagir...
MATHURA — Spiritual leaders and activists who are taking part in the 'Yamuna Muktikaran Yatra' today rejected Union minister Uma Bharati's plea to them to suspend the march. "We have been deceived by...