Monday, Aug 10 2020 | Time 10:58 Hrs(IST)
image
  • Rupee improves by 2 paise against USD
  • Sensex up over 300 pts
  • 38 more test positive in Arunachal, total count 2155
  • Telangana reports 1,256 COVID-19 positive cases, 10 deaths till Sunday night
  • Report on Belarus Presidential vote results to be given by election watchdog on Monday
  • United states should give China companies level playing field
  • SSI accused in Sathankulam custodial deaths case, dies of COVID-19
  • Shah Faesal removes 'JKPM president' designation from his Twitter bio
  • Trump Denies idea offering to add his face to mount rushmore
  • Mah: Aurangabad's COVID-19 tally mounts to 16,827
  • Marathwada regions reports more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19
  • Pro-democracy tycoon in Hong Kong arrested
  • Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein's incarceration extended
  • Approval letter of Rs 100 cr
States » West


Maha Govt to ensure safe Pandharpur pilgrimage: home minister

Maha Govt to ensure safe Pandharpur pilgrimage: home minister

Solapur/ Pune, Jun 28 (UNI) The Maharashtra government wants annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur on occasion of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi' to be safe in view of ongoing corona crisis and hence nine palanquins, which arrive every year, will be allowed to come for the pilgrimage, announced Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

"In light of the pandemic we will have to ensure safety while organising this traditional pilgrimage, therefore, only nine palanquins, which arrive every year, will be allowed to come for the pilgrimage," he told the media after taking stock of the preparedness for the pilgrimage on Saturday evening.

"We are still working on the logistics on whether these will be brought by road or by chopper," he said.

While talking about how some collectorates were issuing passes for the pilgrimage without taking either the Home Minister or the local collectorate into confidence, Mr Deshmukh warned that, "I want to convey to people that such passes will not be acceptable."

He requested people to co-operate to ensure that the pilgrimage is conducted in a safe and peaceful manner.

"I think Lord Vithoba will also be happy if we do so," he said.

The Home Minister also highlighted how police personnel were risking their lives in the line of duty.

"The state wants to ensure families of deceased personnel do not suffer. We have decided to let them continue in their officially allotted residences till the retirement date of the deceased. The state government is also paying each family Rs 65 lakh as ex-gratia," he said and pointed out how police personnel aged above 55 years were being assigned duties in a way where their exposure to the risk of infection is minimised.



Before talking to media, Mr Deshmukh and Health Minister Rajesh Tope jointly met Solapur collector Milind Shambharkar, the civic commissioner and police administration officials and took stock of the preparedness for the pilgrimage.

'Ashadhi Ekadashi' is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu across many states in India, with some observing fast to seek prosperity and attain 'moksha' later in life.

UNI SP SS JW1922

More News
Marathwada regions reports more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19

Marathwada regions reports more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19

10 Aug 2020 | 8:12 AM

Aurangabad, Aug 10 (UNI) At least 1,121 fresh COVID-19 cases of corona virus have been reported across the eight districts of Marathwada region in last 24 hours, sources said on Monday.

see more..

Covid-19 cases near 20K in Nashik

10 Aug 2020 | 2:25 AM

Nashik, Aug 9 (UNI) With the detection of 424 new corona positive patients here in a single day on Sunday, the district's tally jumped to 19,974.

see more..

Covid-19 cases in Thane cross 98K

10 Aug 2020 | 2:02 AM

Thane, Aug 9 (UNI) With addition of 1,207 new corona positive cases here in a single day on Sunday, the district's tally surged to 98,167, an official of the district collectorate said here.

see more..

Conduct JEE Main, NEET as scheduled in Sep: JEE & NEET aspirants

10 Aug 2020 | 1:43 AM

Mumbai, Aug 9 (UNI) Serious JEE and NEET aspirants on Sunday demanded to conduct JEE Main and NEET as scheduled in September, with no further postponement as their future look bleak.

see more..

Covid-19 cases cross 10K in Kolhapur

10 Aug 2020 | 12:17 AM

Kolhapur, Aug 9 (UNI) Altogether 448 fresh corona positive patients and 21 deaths were reported here in a single day on Sunday, taking the district's tally and the death toll of such cases to 10,439 and 282, respectively.

see more..
image