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PM Modi greets nation on Chhath Puja

Updated: Nov 04, 2016 22:07 IST      
PM Modi greets nation on Chhath Puja

New Delhi [India], Nov. 4 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended his greeting to the nation on Chhath Puja.

Chhath is a pious festival celebrated mostly in Bihar and Nepal's Mithila region.

Devotees perform the puja to thank the sun god for supporting life on earth. This year, Chhath Puja will be celebrated on November 6.

In the Hindu religion, the sun is believed to be the healer of many severe health conditions and ensures longevity, prosperity, progress and well-being. The people celebrate the festival by following a rigorous routine that lasts four days.

The rituals include: fasting, including abstinence from drinking water; holy bathing, offering prayers to the rising and setting sun, and meditating by standing in water for long periods of time. (ANI)

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 23 (ANI): In the backdrop of numerous ceasefire violations and civilian casualties, Indian and Pakistan Army on Wednesday held a Battalion Commander Level Flag Meeting at Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Campaign for clean and healthy society launched

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 18:48 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug. 23 (ANI): Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Tanwar Chand Gehlot inaugurated a nine-day campaign on 'Clean Society-Healthy Society' in a public event organized by the Brahma Kumaris at Radison Blu Hotel, Paschim Vihar, here last evening.

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], August 23 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on being acquitted in Lavalin case, on Wednesday said that the case was politically motivated.

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AIADMK got together under Centre, BJP's pressure: CPM

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 17:21 IST     

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Supreme Court can't amend Article 35 A: Muzaffar Shah

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 14:49 IST     

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