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Haldibari rhino recovering; Himanta urges people to ‘go slow’ in wildlife corridors

A recent video on the internet showing a truck ramming into a rhino in the Haldibari corridor shocked netizens all across India.

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A recent video on the internet showing a truck ramming into a rhino in the Haldibari corridor shocked netizens all across India. The Haldibari corridor is one of the several links that connects Kaziranga to Karbi Anglong hillsand and is used frequently by animals.

While this incident sparked off a debate on man encroaching on animal space, speed limits in national parks and the like, what was heartening to see was that the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took note of this incident instantly on Oct 9 and said that Rhinos are “special friends and that no infringement will be allowed in their space.” He also announced the making of a special 32-km elevated corridor to save animals at Kaziranga.

Sharing an update on the incident in a tweet posted by him today, Sarma says, “Our Rhino friend, who met with an accident in Haldibari recently, is found to be doing good. I am sharing a drone video taken this morning.  Urge all to be kind to our animals. Go slow while passing through corridors, where you know some animals might cross.”

 

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Crackers and Deepawali – the Indic connection

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Here’s a little sneak peek into the Hindu tradition that – yes – actually does mention the ritual of bursting firecrackers during Deepawali.

Here’s a little sneak peek into the Hindu tradition that – yes – actually does mention the ritual of bursting firecrackers during Deepawali.

Deepawali is a festival of light and not sound, so why burst crackers is often a topic of debate. With some states banning sale of crackers or limiting the time to burst crackers, here’s a little sneak peek into the Hindu tradition that – yes – actually does mention the ritual of bursting firecrackers during Deepawali.

(In Marathi Deep – light and awli – row – so a row of lights is Deepawali). While there can be debate on air quality, restricted timings for crackers and the like, many of our ancient texts point to the fact that crackers were indeed part of the Deepawali ritual and what we do on certain days of this festival is proof of that.

While in this festival people look to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes, many say the overarching reason is that crackers are lit to show her the path to our homes. It is also the day Rama returned to Ayodhya along with Sita and Lakshman after his 14-year long exile by killing Ravana and the delighted subjects of Ayodhya decorated the city by lighting lamps. This has been alluded to in the Ananda Ramayana which mentions crackers that burst and shine in the sky – described as gaganantarvirajitan. However, just as Hindu texts are many, so are the many reasons to light lamps and burst crackers. Another such mention of sparklers finds mention in the Vaiṣṇava-khaṇḍa of Skanda Purāṇa.

The story that has come down as oral knowledge from generations is that just before Diwali, we worship our ancestors (pitr) in the Shraadh period. Once the Shraadh month is over, it is now time for them to go back to their abode. So, we the living beings on earth show them the way as we light up the sky with crackers like (Ulka Danam – which finds a mention in the scripture Kartika Mahatyma)and use Akash Deepams/Divas (Sky Lanterns) in this entire period.

Another story on the same lines is that on Dhana Trayodashi or Dhanteras, our ancestors are worshipped in order to help them reach the Goddess of wealth and they come down to Earth for this purpose. It is for this reason that on this day, a lamp is lit in the southern direction, since they are departed souls, and a lantern is lit in the southern part of the house to show the way to the Goddess.

While there have been several mentions of how we developed fireworks and gunpowder in various old texts, a poem RUKMINI-SWAYAMVARA by Marathi Poet Ekanatha, which was completed in 1570A.D. gives a detailed display of fireworks in marriage procession of Rukmini and Krishna. Deepawali is upon us and the perfect time to get up close with our rituals too. Happy Deepawali!

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Nagpur entrepreneur Shraddha Dadhe launches kids clothing line ‘Label Kiaa’

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Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Bhavesh Mahalle | Nagpur

Entrepreneur Shraddha Dadhe launched her premium clothing brand for newborns and children – Label Kiaa – at Gondwana Gallery in Nagpur. The start-up brand, caters to children up to 10 years. Interestingly, Kiaa is a completely homegrown brand, which resonates with the ‘Vocal for Local’ ethos. 

The collection ranges from tops, tees, shirts, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, bottoms and much more. More over, each collection features unique and signature prints. 

Speaking about the brand, founder Shraddha said, ‘The clothes are soft, light weight, comfortable and most importantly, breathable. I’m glad I have been receiving overwhelming response for my creations. I invested a lot of time curating the right pieces as I wanted no kid to feel uncomfortable or cranky.”

She added, “My mother-in-law, who is the co-founder of Label Kiaa, is an intrinsic part of this label. While I take care of the designing part, my mother-in-law helps me manage the production.”

“Right from manufacturing to designing – everything is in-house. As of now, I’m keeping only one piece of each design ready so that people can place an order for the relevant sizes. We’ll customise it accordingly for them. Our products can be shipped across India,” signed off Shraddha.

For more details, visit Instagram page of Label Kiaa:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Proud moment for India as Vande Bharat beats Japan’s bullet train by 3 seconds

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India's Vande Bharat Express has achieved a phenomenal feat by attaining a speed of 100 km/hr in 52 seconds, surpassing Japan’s bullet train.

India’s Vande Bharat Express has achieved a phenomenal feat by attaining a speed of 100 km/hr in 52 seconds, surpassing Japan’s bullet train which covers 100 km/hr in 55 seconds. 

The Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high speed, intercity, EMU (electric multiple unit) train completely manufactured in India. It is also known as Train 18.       

A video shared by Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology in Government of India, shows the Vande Bharat Express train number two running at a speed of 180 kilometres per hour.

 

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