Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2R) holds a bow and arrow at an event as President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind look on, ahead of the burning of an effigy of Ravana at an event marking the end of the festival of Dussehra at Luv-Kush Ramleela Committee in Lal Qila Maidan.
A 24-hour shutdown, called by the Sabarimala Samrakshna Samiti, began on Thursday morning even as pilgrims continued to make their way to the Lord Ayyappa shrine. Shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed due to the bandh. Pilgrims are stranded at many locations since government vehicles have also kept off roads.
Protestors block the road at Nilakkal base camp in Kerala. On Wednesday, at least three women journalists were attacked by an angry mob on their way to report the protests over the Supreme Court’s verdict to allow women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Also, a woman who was on her way to pray at the temple wearing jeans was stopped, reported IANS.
Bill MacDonald, program coordinator of the new Commercial Cannabis Production Program at Niagara College, instructs his students inside the marijuana lab. As Canadians usher in the legalization of recreational cannabis this week, 24 students are becoming the first in the country to get formal credentials in growing pot.
According to news agency ANI, talks between the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), the tantri (supreme priest of Sabarimala temple) and the erstwhile royal family of Pandalam to resolve the row over the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple have failed. The Board said that they can discuss the review petition on October 19.
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The ‘illegal immigrants’ said they used to work as labourers in Bengaluru and wanted to go to their home country via Tripura. The group included 10 men, 8 women and 13 children, railway police said. read more