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How the Kinnar community created history at Prayagraj during 2019 Kumbh Mela
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How the Kinnar community created history at Prayagraj during 2019 Kumbh Mela

After centuries of ostracism, the Kinnar community’s challenge to the Hindu establishment at the Kumbh Mela reached fruition when they became part of the Juna Akhara at Prayag. The Kinnars — trans and intersex people and hijras — performed the Aghori Puja and took holy dips

UP cabinet reshuffle 'on cards' says BJP; 3 ministers elected to Lok Sabha while an NDA ally was sacked for outburst against saffron party
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UP cabinet reshuffle 'on cards' says BJP; 3 ministers elected to Lok Sabha while an NDA ally was sacked for outburst against saffron party

A reshuffle in the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet headed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath is likely as three ministers won the Lok Sabha elections while one was sacked, BJP sources said. The three cabinet ministers who contested the Lok Sabha election and won are S P Singh Baghel from Agra, Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Allahabad and Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur. Disgruntled minister and SBSP leader O P Rajbhar was sacked by the chief minister for his outburst against his NDA partner.

IndiGo to start six additional daily flights from 25 May; to connect Delhi with Allahabad, Bhopal, Patna
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IndiGo to start six additional daily flights from 25 May; to connect Delhi with Allahabad, Bhopal, Patna

According to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for March this year, IndiGo's domestic passenger market share stands at 46.9 percent.

Change Sultanpur's name to Kushbhawanpur: Governor Ram Naik writes to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
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Change Sultanpur's name to Kushbhawanpur: Governor Ram Naik writes to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik has endorsed the changing the name of the city of Sultanpur in a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Priyanka Gandhi kicked-off campaign in style, but Congress' failure to forge alliances means crowd may not convert to votes
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Priyanka Gandhi kicked-off campaign in style, but Congress' failure to forge alliances means crowd may not convert to votes

Priyanka's forays in Uttar Pradesh, her attempts to get some smaller parties on board by extending the olive branch indicate a desperate bid to find a foothold in the state.

Priyanka Gandhi begins 3-day ‘Ganga Yatra’ from Prayagraj, kicks off Congress Lok Sabha poll campaign in UP
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Priyanka Gandhi begins 3-day ‘Ganga Yatra’ from Prayagraj, kicks off Congress Lok Sabha poll campaign in UP

This is Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's second visit to Uttar Pradesh after being appointed Congress general secretary. She held several meetings with party leaders in in Lucknow on Sunday.

Mocked for washing feet of sanitation workers, Narendra Modi says no political gimmick but 'sanskar'
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Mocked for washing feet of sanitation workers, Narendra Modi says no political gimmick but 'sanskar'

Narendra Modi was responding to a question by a BJP corporator from Pune in Maharashtra via video link from Delhi, during the party's 'Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot' programme

Experiencing the 'living heritage of humanity’ at the Kumbh Mela 2019: Separating fact from fiction
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Experiencing the 'living heritage of humanity’ at the Kumbh Mela 2019: Separating fact from fiction

The tribute UNESCO paid to the Kumbh as the living heritage of humanity is what I saw at Prayagraj.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid protests by SP members after Akhilesh Yadav was stopped at Lucknow airport
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Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid protests by SP members after Akhilesh Yadav was stopped at Lucknow airport

Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm following uproar by Samajwadi Party members after Akhilesh Yadav was allegedly stopped at Lucknow airport

Passengers can't 'opt out' meals on board Train 18; only those travelling from Allahabad to Varanasi will have option
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Passengers can't 'opt out' meals on board Train 18; only those travelling from Allahabad to Varanasi will have option

Meals on board the soon-to-be-launched Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 will not be optional for passengers unlike in premium trains such as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto express, where travellers can choose not to take catering services, officials said.

Kumbh Mela’s Bhule Bhatke camp has been returning lost loved ones to families since 1946, reunited 20,000 pilgrims since 15 Jan
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Kumbh Mela’s Bhule Bhatke camp has been returning lost loved ones to families since 1946, reunited 20,000 pilgrims since 15 Jan

Hundreds of people mill around the ‘Bhule Bhatke Camp', lost in the teeming crowds of the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, hoping desperately to be ‘found'

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi claims a place for trans people at Kumbh Mela, pushes for recognition of her Kinnar akhara
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Laxmi Narayan Tripathi claims a place for trans people at Kumbh Mela, pushes for recognition of her Kinnar akhara

Unlike other akharas at the Kumbh Mela, which are only open to Hindu men, the Kinnar akhara is open to all genders and religions. On the Kumbh's first bathing day, Tripathi led a train of 21 tractor chariots from their tent camp to the bathing ghats.

Yogi Adityanath govt approves Rs 36,000-cr Ganga Expressway; world’s longest expressway will connect Allahabad and Meerut
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Yogi Adityanath govt approves Rs 36,000-cr Ganga Expressway; world’s longest expressway will connect Allahabad and Meerut

In a historic Cabinet meeting during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath approved the construction of the Ganga Expressway

Kumbh Mela 2019 more a grand platform for politics than religion; parties pitch camps to spread ideology among pilgrims, tourists
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Kumbh Mela 2019 more a grand platform for politics than religion; parties pitch camps to spread ideology among pilgrims, tourists

Apart from being the largest spiritual gathering in the world, the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, given the footfall and media attention it attracts from across the world, is also a grand platform for political discourse. While outfits promoting Hindutva politics have had a regular presence at the Kumbh Mela, other parties, like the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, have also pitched their camps at the site to spread their politics among the pilgrim crowds.

Ram Naam Bank at Kumbh Mela: 'Release difficult emotions' or 'resolve past issues' at family-run bank where Lord Ram is sole currency
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Ram Naam Bank at Kumbh Mela: 'Release difficult emotions' or 'resolve past issues' at family-run bank where Lord Ram is sole currency

Ashutosh Varshney said people are not bound to worship Lord Ram to be members of the bank. They are free to worship Gods of their religions, he added

Thousands of devotees throng Sangam in Prayagraj to take holy dip in Ganga on 'Paush Purnima'
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Thousands of devotees throng Sangam in Prayagraj to take holy dip in Ganga on 'Paush Purnima'

Thousands of devotees throng Sangam in Prayagraj to take holy dip in Ganga on 'Paush Purnima'

In Duronto rerun, armed men rob train passengers of Tata Jat Express returning from Kumbh near New Delhi
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In Duronto rerun, armed men rob train passengers of Tata Jat Express returning from Kumbh near New Delhi

Passengers returning from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on board the Tata Jat Express were robbed on Thursday by armed men near Delhi. This is the second such incident to have taken place on board a train on Thursday while nearing the national capital. Earlier, passengers of the Jammu-Delhi Duronto were robbed.

Kumbh: It's Not Just a Mela — In Episode 2, exploring the security arrangements in the holy city
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Kumbh: It's Not Just a Mela — In Episode 2, exploring the security arrangements in the holy city

Security agencies are confident about thwarting terror attacks in Kumbh because of limited access points in the tent city and constant surveillance via 1400 cameras

Kumbh: It's Not Just a Mela — In Episode 1, a look at the makeshift city being constructed at Prayagraj
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Kumbh: It's Not Just a Mela — In Episode 1, a look at the makeshift city being constructed at Prayagraj

The Kumbh promises world-class infrastructure, as a city, meant for more than five-and-a-half times the population of Australia, is being meticulously created

At Rs 4,236-cr, 2019 Kumbh mela in Prayagraj is Uttar Pradesh's costliest ever: Figure is 80% of UP's total health budget, claim activists
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At Rs 4,236-cr, 2019 Kumbh mela in Prayagraj is Uttar Pradesh's costliest ever: Figure is 80% of UP's total health budget, claim activists

The 2019 Kumbh is also the costliest so far. The Maha Kumbh of 2013, when the state was ruled by Samajwadi Party and led by Akhilesh Yadav, cost Rs 1,300 crore while the 2001 Purna Kumbh Mela had a budget of just Rs 165 crore.