Monday November 18, 2019

Char Dham Yatra: 6,000 people visit Gangotri and Yamunotri on first day

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After the devastation caused by the flash floods in 2013, the Char Dham Yatra finally showed an uptrend as more than 6,000 people visited the different shrines on the first day of the pilgrimage.

Char Dham Yatra – an annual Hindu pilgrimage in the hill state of Uttarakhand – covers four holy shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.

About 6,000 pilgrims visited the holy shrine of Gangotri and Yamunotri after the temple gates of these shrines were opened, officials said.

To keep a check on any untowardly incident, the Uttrakhand government, this time is registering and keeping a tab on the number of people visiting the shrines.

The gates of Kedarnath and Badrinath will open on April 24 and April 26 respectively, officials said.

You can read more about the pilgrimage here: Why Chaar Dham Yatra is a true test of every Hindu’s quest towards spiritual enlightenment

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Social Video app TikTok Reaches 1.5 Billion Downloads Worldwide

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

Social video app TikTok has reached 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store as well as Google Play and India leads the chart with 466.8 million or about 31 per cent of all unique installs.

In 2019, the app accumulated 614 million downloads — six per cent more than it had last year, reported mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

India has been a fast adoptor in 2019, driving up 277.6 million downloads so far this year, or roughly 45 per cent of all global installs.

China generated the second largest amount of downloads with 45.5 million, or 7.4 percent, while the US is No 3 with 37.6 million installs, or about 6 per cent, this year.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The figure does not include installs from third-party Android stores in the country, said Sensor Tower.

TikTok with 614 million downloads currently is the third-most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, behind WhatsApp at the top with 707.4 million installs and Facebook Messenger at second spot with 636.2 million.

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Facebook is fourth with 587 million downloads and Instagram at fifth spot with 376.2 million.

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs. (IANS)