It’s a chilly 4 degrees, but lakhs of pilgrims bathe in Kurukshetra during solar eclipse
Kurukshetra: About five lakh people on Thursday braved the winter chill to visit Kurkshetra, a majority of them bathing in the Brahma Sarovar during the solar eclipse, even though cloudy skies and fog obscured views of the celestial event.
Though the district administration had made elaborate arrangements for about 15 lakh people from across the country, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab, many stayed away because of the cold, with just five lakh making it to the city, officials said.
Over 5,000 police officials and hundreds of district administration officials monitored security arrangements.
Special ghats were set up for religious gurus and Naga sadhus. Local BJP leaders, including Kurukshetra MP Nayab Saini were also present in the city.
Even as special trains and buses were run for the occasion, traffic remained diverted on the Kaithal-Kurukshetra, Pehowa-Kurukshetra and Ladwa-Kurukshetra roads
Three labourers were killed and 11 injured when a truck ran over them on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway near Asoda toll plaza in Jhajjar's Bahadurgarh area early on Thursday, police said. Eleven of them were rushed to the civil hospital in Bahadurgarh from where 10 workers were referred to Rohtak's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, where their condition is stated to be critical. Four labourers escaped unhurt.
Several schools across Karnataka have declared holidays with the state lashed by heavy rains this week; capital Bengaluru is on 'yellow alert' for Thursday. Bengaluru reeled under heavy downpours on Tuesday and Wednesday, when more than 3,000 houses flooded and properties worth lakhs of rupees was damaged. Districts like Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Mandya and Mysuru have also announced holidays for their schools and sent those who attended back home.
In a move that will greatly boost Karnataka's Health and Medical Education sector, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya gave a green signal for establishing an All India Institute Of Medical Science in Karnataka. The assurance was given during a meeting between Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar and Union Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi on Wednesday.
For the first time in the history of Karnataka, the state has opened a mental health tele-helpline for students who are in distress as they await their Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) for Class 10 results on Wednesday. "Success and failure are a part of life and they are like two faces of the same coin. SSLC students expecting results must not lose hope at all costs," said Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar today.
The Karnataka High Court has stayed all further proceedings in relation to a tender issued by the state Department of Health and Family Welfare in favour of a firm that is an agent of a Chinese company. Philips India Limited had filed an intra-court appeal after its request for a stay on the tender issued to Foress Healthcare LLP was not considered by the court earlier.