Will Dahi Handi be allowed? CM Uddhav Thackeray to take a decision today
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will on Monday hold a meeting with coordination committees that organise Dahi Handi programmes in Mumbai to take a call on allowing the celebrations during the upcoming Janmashtami festival amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to news agency ANI, Uddhav Thackeray will virtually hold the meeting after several Dahi Handi mandals requested the state government to allow them to hold the celebrations saying they will keep it small scale.
The chief minister is expected to appeal mandals to cooperate with the authorities by following restrictions. The state government may issue an SOP for the Dahi Handi mandals, including rules on restrictions on the height of human pyramids and the number of people to be allowed.
Earlier this month, members of Dahi Handi coordination committees met state minister Aaditya Thackeray and said they would form small pyramids and allow a limited number of participants, who are fully vaccinated. They also said that since Ganeshotsav has been allowed to be held on a small scale, the government can give permission for Dahi Handi as well.
Last year, many mandals cancelled the celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions.
“We will definitely celebrate the festival. However, the scale of the celebration will depend on the relaxations granted,” the Bharatiya Janata Party’s legislator, Ram Kadam, was quoted as saying by Mid Day.
The Maharashtra government has issued a number of guidelines, including capping the height of Lord Ganesha idols, during Ganeshotsav, which will begin from September 10. The government has said no crowding for ‘aarti’ will be allowed but has not given a nod for processions.
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Soon, students will be able to access all the old and present records of Allahabad University and its constituent colleges online. Now the authorities of AU have decided that educational records of all the students, be it former, present, or future would be uploaded online. For this, the university has registered itself with the National Academic Depository, officials said. This will also help the students in terms of the new national education policy-2020.
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study has estimated that India is home to over 30 million asthmatics, accounting for 13.09% of the global burden. When it comes to mortality, India accounts for over 42% of all global asthma deaths, said Dr Rahul Rathore, pulmonologist, Charak Hospital, in a press statement on Friday. “Population-based studies done globally, have estimated that 20% to 70% of patients with asthma remain undiagnosed and hence untreated,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh reported 147 new Covid cases while 137 patients recovered on Friday, according to the data from the state health department. One death was reported in Prayagraj. “In the past 24-hours 1,14,500 Covid samples were tested while a total of 11,33,39,576 Covid samples have been tested till now in Uttar Pradesh,” said Amit Mohan Prasad, additional chief secretary, medical health, in a press statement.
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