The festival season is here as the country celebrates the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi starting today.
Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganpati Utsav, which starts on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, is celebrated with much fanfare in Maharashtra and other parts of western and southern India, with lakhs of devotees converging into mandals to seek blessing from Lord Ganesha. The festival is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi or Vinayak Chavithi. When it comes to Ganesh Chaturthi, Lalbaugcha Raja needs special mention. This year, in collaboration with Jio Mart and Paytm, they will try to deliver the prasad to the doorsteps of the devotees online should you wish for it.
The Prasad on JioMart is in the form of two laddus and will only take orders for Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and the Thane region.
The prasad will be available in the form of 250 gms of dry fruits and will be available to devotees all over India and outside India too, the official website of Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Lalbaug, Mumbai showed.
Here is the link to order your prasad: https://lalbaugcharaja.com/en/online-prasad/
The history of the Lalbaugcha Raja has been quite famous since ancient times as it is the popular Ganesh Idol of Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, located at Putlabai Chawl, a worship place which was founded in 1934. For online darshan, devotees can visit Lalbaugcha Raja’s official Youtube channel.
On Monday evening, the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajink Ganesh Mohatsav Mandal unveiled the first look of Lord Ganesha’s iconic 14-foot idol for public viewing.
With 2022 bringing back the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities following a 2-year long Covid-induced hiatus, excitement among people has been much higher this time as people are already out of their homes to offer prayers at various temples, including the Shri Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai. Besides, people bring Lord Ganesh idols to their homes, observe fasts, prepare mouth-watering delicacies during this festival.
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Experts in India say there is no connection between heart disease and COVID booster shots
Health professionals have stated that there is no proven connection between heart problems and the precaution dosages of the COVID shots, clearing up any confusion over the effects of a booster dose of the vaccines. The scientists spoke out in support of the immunizations as queries about the consequences of booster dose on the human heart swamped social media.
There have been a few cases of heart-related problems in patients following vaccination, according to Dr. Vivek Chaturvedi, Professor & HOD, Cardiology, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, but there isn’t concrete proof to support this.
“Given that heart attacks do occur, this is a really difficult question. Not simply attacks, fluid surrounding the heart, and occasionally cardiac arrhythmias following vaccination. However, given that these events also occurred in the past, it is quite challenging to confirm this “he added.
However, according to Dr. Vivek, COVID can affect the heart and those who contract it may experience a flare-up of a heart condition.
“Covid can affect the heart in many ways. The most common problem which has been found is that the people who have already had heart disease, their heart disease can get flared and aggravated, and they can have heart attacks, heart failure, and also arrhythmia. Secondly, people who have not previously had heart disease but have diabetes, and blood pressure can have a heart attack, and many such cases have come which are precipitated by COVID.”
The expert advised the people undergoing recovery not to engage in moderate to strenuous exercises or gym initially for nearly six weeks.
“Go slow, and do not resume moderate to strenuous exercises or gym initially for 4 to 6 weeks post-COVID diagnosis. Patients returning to high-level sports or physically demanding occupations following confirmed heart involvement require a 3-6 months or longer period of complete rest. If you continue to experience symptoms after a few weeks, consult your doctor to rule out long covid syndrome,” he said.
Bhagat Singh Chair to be set up at GNDU, announces Punjab CM
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday announced the setting up of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chair at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar.
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Awards, which had been put on hold for a while, were declared to be coming back by the chief minister. The airport in Chandigarh, which was on Wednesday given the martyr’s name, will get a 5-D statue of the freedom fighter, he claimed, thanks to the Punjab government.
When speaking at a state-level event commemorating Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s 115th birthday in his hometown of Khatkar Kalan, Mann stated, “The goal of creating the Chair is that students will perform research on the life of martyrs so that society will not forget their sacrifices and values.”
He said that Khatkar Kalan is a holy place from which everyone gets inspiration.
Deputy speaker Jai Kishan Singh Rori, cabinet minister Brahm Shankar Jimpa, Minister Anmol Gagan Mann and other leaders were present on the occasion.
Mann paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter at the museum and honoured his kin besides those of martyr Sukhdev.
PFI ban appreciated by Ajmer Dargah Dewan
The Ajmer Dargah dewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan on Wednesday welcomed the decision to declare the Popular Front of India (PFI) as an unlawful organisation under the (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) for its alleged terror activities.
He said this action has been taken to comply with the law and prevent terrorism, and it should be welcomed by all.
“If the country is safe then we are safe, the country is a bigger than any institution or idea and if someone talks about breaking this country, breaking the unity and sovereignty here, talks about spoiling the peace of the country, then he has no right to live in this country,” he said.
He said that for the past several days, there have been continuous reports of anti-national activities of PFI and the ban is in the interest of the country.
“I myself had first demanded the government to ban PFI two years ago today,” he said.
A ban on PFI has been imposed by the central govt in a sight of terror links. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday night made the announcement through a notification declaring “the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts s an unlawful association with immediate effect.
The NIA had arrested over 106 members of the PFI during its largest-ever raids spread across 15 states on September 22.
Why only PFI? A Congress MP calls for a ban on RSS Published
A Congress MP, Kodikunnil Suresh, from Kerala on Wednesday compared the Popular Front of India with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). This statement came after a ban on PFI by the central govt. He demanded a similar ban on RSS for perpetuating “Hindu communalism.”
Lok Sabha MP’s remark came in the wake the in the wake of the ban by the central government issued through a notification late on Tuesday on Popular Front of India and its affiliates for having ‘terror links.”
The MP further said that the ban on PFI is not a remedy and demanded a ban on RSS as well for spreading Hindu Communalism throughout the country.
“So both the RSS and PFI are equal. The government should ban both. Why only PFI? RSS is also doing the majority communalism,” he said.
“Wherever majority communalism is there, then minority communalism is also coming up. So ultimately both (majority and minority) communalism is dangerous. It is dangerous for the country. So the government should ban both. Otherwise no result,” the Congress Lok Sabha chief whip added.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday night made the announcement through a notification declaring “the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts as an unlawful association with immediate effect”.
Don’t visit Indian parts that border Pakistan, warns Canada, due to “landmine threats”
Canada has issued a bizarre travel advisory to its citizen regarding travelling to India. It advises not travelling to parts of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan which share a border with Pakistan due to the “presence of landmines” and “unpredictable security situation.”
The advisory states, “Avoid all travel to areas within 10 km of the border with Pakistan in the following states due to the unpredictable security situation and presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance: Gujarat, Punjab Rajasthan,” The travel advisory put out by the Canadian Govt also asks its citizens to be extra cautious while travelling in India due to “threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country.”
It also urges people to avoid non-essential travel to Assam and Manipur “due to the risk of terrorism and insurgency.”
Incidentally, India had on September 23 issued an advisory for Indian nationals and students in Canada to remain vigilant amid increasing incidents of crimes and anti-India activities in the country.
“There has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada. The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission/Consulates General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take appropriate action,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
“In view of the increasing incidences of crimes as described above, Indian nationals and students from India in Canada and those proceeding to Canada for travel/education are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant,” the statement added.
The advisory also said Indian nationals and students from India in Canada may also register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in.
Congress MP took a dig at BJP, shared Nehru’s Tribute to Bhagat Singh
On the 115th birth anniversary of Indian Revolutionary Bhagat Singh, several politicians and political parties paid tribute to the legend. A senior Congress MP, Jairam Ramesh shared Nehru’s tribute to Bhagat Singh.
In an attempt to mock BJP, Ramesh said that parties whose ideology he would have “bitterly opposed are trying to appropriate his legacy.”
In an article published in The Bombay Chronicle, Jawaharlal Nehru revealed the reason behind his “absolute silence” during Bhagat Singh’s last days.
The MP said that the pillar of Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is what the revolutionary fought for.
“Today is the 21st day of #BharatJodoYatra & 115th birth anniversary of great revolutionary Bhagat Singh. Parties whose ideology he’d have bitterly opposed are trying to appropriate his legacy, whereas pillars of @bharatjodo are what he fought for. Sharing Nehru’s 1931 tribute to him,” Ramesh, Congress general secretary in charge of communication, posted on Twitter.
Nehru wrote in his tribute letter, published in The Bombay Chronicle, “I have remained silent during their last days lest a word of mine may injure the prospect of commutation. I have remained silent though I felt like bursting, and now all is over. Not all of us could save him who was so dear to us and whose magnificent courage and sacrifice have been an inspiration to the youth of India. India today cannot even save her dearly loved children from the gallows.”
Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev were executed on March 23, 1931, in Lahore for their involvement in the Lahore Conspiracy Case.
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