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Here are the top 10 Amazing Places to Celebrate New Year with your Family and Friends!

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New Year celebration in Pune. Wikimedia

December 31, 2016: Welcoming the new year as clock strikes 12, with the people we love the most, may look a old one to some, but it has always been an amazing way to start a year. And if you have an itchy feet, then you are certainly looking for amazing places to go to this New Year! Scroll down! We have come up with top 10 places where you can plan a getaway with your family and friends!

  1. Goa

Goa is definitely one of the most happening party destinations in India and at New Year it’s something special. Be it watching the sunrise at Club Cabana or partying at the beach of Morjim, Goa has everything that attracts the youngsters. There is cheap booze, casinos, clubs and exotic beaches to celebrate the New Year. The firecrackers, booze and the music make the young crowd go wild while dancing at the beaches in the night.

  1. Bengaluru

The Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru, offers open spaces, huge malls and party places for celebrating New Year. The moderate climate is just icing on the cake. The youth dancing to the tunes of the live DJs is the usual site at all the New Year bashes. If you want to welcome relaxing with your loved ones, you can visit High Ultra Lounge or the Humming Tree. For all the party animals there are a number of options like Holiday Inn’s New Year Bash or the DJ Parade at Sheraton.

  1. Mumbai

The city that never sleeps would not disappoint on New Year Eve. Dance all night is the mantra in Mumbai. One of the biggest New Year party is hosted by the hotel, The Lalit. If you are a foodie, Imagica is the place for you. Apart from these, one can always enjoy New Year’s Eve with their friends relaxing at the Marine Drive.

  1. Delhi

With some of the most expensive and elite parties, Delhi is the hub of part freaks at New Year’s Eve. Drinks, music and fireworks, everything you need is here. People dance to the tunes of the best DJs in the country. Hard Rock café has organized a masquerade with this year and is giving unlimited starters and booze. Other options are Faridkot live at CP or the Bollywood dance party at Smaash. Well, if you want to enjoy any of these bashes, you need to book in advance as they are jam packed this time.

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  1. Kolkata

Kolkata is one of the most elite cities in the country. But at New Year the city gets all raunchy. The night clubs are filled with people who can’t stop tapping their feet. This year, Sunny Leone is all set to perform at a gala event in the city. The event is named ‘Rush hour with Sunny’. You can enjoy the New Year’s Eve calmly watching the waves at Mandarmani or can enjoy the Belta Forest Safari.

  1. Pondicherry

The main attraction in Pondicherry is its beachside parties. Firecrackers and bonfire at the beach with friends is a perfect way to bid farewell to 2016. But there are also many private parties organized by Ashok Beach Resort, Ocean’s Spray, The Promenade, etc.  You can also visit Paradise beach.

  1. Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a winter wonderland during New Year. If you want to spend New Year close to nature, Gulmarg is the perfect place for you. It does not have loud and crazy parties, but this doesn’t mean there is any adventure. You can enjoy skiing in the Gulmarg ski resort. Also, Gulmarg has the world’s highest golf course. This place is heaven for people who enjoy the serene beauty of nature.

  1. Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj is a small town in Himachal Pradesh. The place is enthralling on New Year’s Eve. There are no wild crazy parties, but if you are looking for a place to spend your new year in a beautiful, calm place, Mcleodganj has plenty of romantic cafés where can you have great food while listening to music.

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  1. Kerala

God’s own country, Kerala, is an ideal destination for nature as well as party lovers. If you are looking for good food and music, you can attend the New Year Countdown at Le Meridien or Vivanta by Taj. But you have to book in advance to party in these lavish hotels. For all the nature lovers Kerala has places like Alappuzha, Munnar and much more.

10.  Manali

A family celebration at Manali would be a perfect way to welcome New Year. For all the party enthusiasts, there are parties organized by hotels. You can also enjoy adventure sports in Manali.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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