'All about coming together': US vice president Harris extends wishes on Holi
- "Holi is all about positivity, setting aside our differences, and coming together. A message that’s been embodied by communities across the world during these tough times,” Harris tweeted.
US vice president Kamala Harris on Sunday greeted people ahead of Holi, saying the festival of colours is all about positivity and coming together. “Happy Holi! Holi is best known for vibrant colors that are tossed at friends and loved ones. Full of joy, Holi is all about positivity, setting aside our differences, and coming together. A message that’s been embodied by communities across the world during these tough times,” Harris, the first women vice-president of the United States and the first Indian-American to hold the prestigious office, tweeted.
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was also among the dignitaries who wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Hindus ahead of Holi on Sunday. "Wishing our Hindu Australian community, my good friend @narendramodi and all the people who are celebrating it, a happy and colourful Holi!" Morrison posted on Twitter. The Australian leader tweeted his wishes along with a video message and also wrote ‘Holi ki Shubhkamnayein’ in Hindi.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau also extended his greetings to the Hindu community on the occasion of Holi. “Holi Hai! To all Hindus across the country and around the world who are celebrating today, Sophie and I are wishing you a joyous and colourful festival,” Trudeau tweeted on Sunday.
Holi will be celebrated across India on Sunday amid a recent spike in Covid-19 cases across the country. Several states have imposed restrictions on people asking them to celebrate the festival inside their houses and avoid crowds. India added 62,714 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which pushed the nationwide tally to 11,971,624, the Union health ministry’s bulletin showed on Sunday morning. The country recorded 312 fresh Covid-19 related fatalities between Saturday and Sunday morning and the death toll stands at 161,552, the health ministry data also showed.
Salman Rushdie suffered multiple stab wounds, including one to the right side of his neck, and was lying in a pool of blood under his body after he was attacked at an event here on Friday, according to a doctor who helped the Mumbai-born controversial author following the brutal assault. Rushdie was attacked and stabbed in the neck on Friday while onstage in Chautauqua in Western New York, New York Police said.
Twelve people including a gunman were killed in a mass shooting in Montenegro on Friday, according to local media reports, while another six were injured. Police at the scene in the western Montenegrin city of Cetinje declined to comment on the incident. The media reports said a man from Cetinje had opened fire at random in his neighbourhood after a family dispute, killing 11 people and injuring six others.
Moments after the 75-year-old Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie was attacked on a stage in New York, several celebrated authors took to Twitter to express their concern. Stephen King, the author of several horror books, including 'It' and 'The Shining', took to Twitter and wrote 'I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.' The US senator of New York Chuck Schumer called the incident a 'shocking and appalling attack on freedom of speech and thought.'
British author Salman Rushdie, who was attacked and stabbed in the neck at a literary event on Friday in western New York state, is alive and has been airlifted to safety, said New York's governor Kathy Hochul. Rushdie, whose writings made him the target of Iranian death threats, was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. Social media footage showed people rushing to Rushdie's aid and administrating emergency medical care.
Mumbai-born author Salman Rushdie was attacked on a stage on Friday, minutes before he was set to give a lecture during an event in New York, United States. According to the latest information being shared by multiple news agencies, a man stormed the stage as the Mumbai-born author was being introduced by the anchor of the event. He then allegedly "punched and stabbed" Rushdie. His identity has not yet been released.