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  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 18 drown during immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra

    Mumbai: As many as 18 people drowned Sunday in various parts of Maharashtra during the immersion of idols on the last day of the Ganesh festival, officials said Monday. Three deaths each were reported in Raigad, Jalna and Pune (Rural) districts, two each in Satara and Bhandara, and one each in Pimpri-Chinchwad (on Pune’s outskirts), Buldhana, Nanded and Ahmednagar, a Maharashtra Police control room official said.

  • Mumbai: Beware of stingrays

    Mumbai: The staff of BMC C-ward on Thursday spotted stingrays swarming the Girgaum Chowpatty seashore. It has accordingly issued an advisory for citizens visiting the seashore, asking them not to venture inside the sea with bare feet and bare-bodied while immersing Ganesha idols.

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    Mumbai: Ban on DJ music, Dolby for Ganpati visarjan, Navratri

    Mumbai: This year devotees will not be able to dance to the tunes of their favourite songs on DJ or Dolby sound systems during any festival. The Bombay High Court on Friday has put a total ban on the use of DJ and Dolby sound systems for Ganeshutsav and Navratri festivals.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 50,000 cops, 5,000 CCTVs, drones to be used as security measure during immersion on Sunday

    Mumbai: Mumbai police will use drones as well as a large network of over 5,000 CCTV cameras to maintain vigil during the immersion of Ganesh idols Sunday on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi, a senior official said. Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Manjunath Singe said Friday that 50,000 police personnel, including those from specialised units like Force One, Quick Response Teams (QRT), Anti-Terrorism Cells (ATC) would be deployed. Singe informed that additional manpower in the

  • Bhopal: ‘Paryushan Parva’: It’s all about self-purification, control and discipline

    A ten-day ‘Paryushan Parva’ of Jain community is celebrated annually for self-purification, introspection and enlightenment which ultimately lead to salvation. The members of Jain community participate in the festival by fasting and performing pujas and other religious rituals. The festival starts from the second day of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Free Press spoke to some of the community members in the city to know significance of the festival in their lives,

  • Indore: Here, Ganesha welcomes you with new theme everyday

    Presenting new theme, Shri Siddh Vijay Ganesha Mandir at Mari Mata Square attracts thousands of devotees. The Ganesha idol acquires a new form everyday to give a message. One of the most popular themes that highlights the celebration was ‘Go Green’. In this theme, the metal idol was covered by mud and cow dung mix. Moreover, the entire setting was transformed using green lights for the day. Continue Reading ...-->

  • Maharashtra: 13-year-old girl raped outside Ganesh pandal in Dahanu

    Palghar (Maha): A teen-aged girl was allegedly raped by a 24-year-old man when she went to offer prayers at a pandal during the ongoing Ganesh festival here in Maharashtra, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Monday night when the 13-year- old girl along with other children had gone to the Ganesh pandal set up at Agar village in Dahanu area, Palghar police spokesperson Hemant Kumar Katkar said.

  • Central Railway to run special midnight suburban train for 5 days during Ganesh Utsav

    Mumbai: In order to clear the extra rush of passengers during Ganesh utsav for next five days, the Central Railway (CR) will run special midnight suburban train from September 18/19 to September 22/23. Kalyan-bound train will depart at 1. 30 hours from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) will arrive at 03.00 hours and it will stop at all stations. Passengers are requested to kindly note and avail the facility.

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    Ganpati Visarjan: Highest noise levels recorded at Worli Naka

    Mumbai: The noise levels observed on the fifth day of Ganpati Visarjan on Monday were beyond the permissible noise levels, with the highest noise level observed at Worli Naka at 112.6 decibels (db). Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundation, which recorded the noise level readings on Monday said, “There were no DJs. In fact the ‘traditional instruments’ such as drums and banjos amplified with loudspeakers created the highest noise levels.” Meanwhile, the

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    Mumbai: Acid attack victims invoke Ganesha to spread awareness on skin donation

    Mumbai: There is heightened awareness about organ donation — organs like the eyes, heart, kidneys, liver — but the largest organ in the human body — the skin — is overlooked when it comes to donation. In order to spread awareness on the importance of skin donation, two acid attack victims, Sneha and Sia, have come forward to use Ganeshotsav as the means to create awareness.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Modaks from unique ATM in Pune

    Pune: With the endeavour to bring technology and culture together, a unique ATM — Any Time Modak Ganesha — has been installed in Pune’s Sahakar Nagar in Maharashtra on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Since everyone is trying to come up with a creative idea on the occasion, a person based in Pune has installed Lord Ganesha idol inside an ATM Machine.

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Devotees warned of mobile phone perils

    Mumbai: The Girgaum Chandanwadi Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal has a social message for its devotees this year. It has made a short film on the dangers of the excessive use of mobile phones in daily life. A three-minute video clip shows how members of a family are driven apart from each other because of mobile phones, how personal conversations have reduced and people tend to rely on their phones for information.

  • Thane: Two booked for beating cops during Ganesh idol immersion in Dombivili

    Thane (Maha): Two men allegedly beat up some police personnel and a tempo driver during the Ganesh idol immersion ritual at Dombivili town here in Maharashtra, police said Tuesday. The Dombivili police received a complaint Monday night that the accused were thrashing some people at the idol immersion site Chola Talao during the ongoing Ganesh festival, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.

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    Mumbai: Now, special traffic police team to monitor festivals

    Mumbai: In a first, the Mumbai traffic police will be setting up a separate team of traffic officials to monitor the traffic management and road diversions in the wake of chain of festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Visarjan, Navratri, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The police will be adding extra manpower by cancelling the granted leaves of traffic police officials in order to have all hands on the deck.