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Government and Private Schools in Ghaziabad Closed 4 Days for Kanwarias

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Ghaziabad, July 16, 2017: All the private and government schools in Ghaziabad will remain closed from July 18 to July 21 in view of the heavy influx of kanwarias, it was announced on Sunday.

District Magistrate Ministhy S. Nair has ordered the closure as students would face problems in going or coming from schools due to traffic diversions on major roads while National Highway 58 has been closed to vehicles as the kanwarias (Shiva devotees) returning from Haridwar with Ganga water to pour over the Shivling at Dudheswar Nath temple, said District Information Officer R.B. Singh. (IANS)


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Kanwar Yatra 2017: Here’s Why it is so Popular with Devotees of Lord Shiva!

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New Delhi, July 10, 2017: 

Kānvar Yātrā is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Lord Siva, also called by the name of Kānvarias, who travel to different Hindu pilgrimage places in Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar with the aim of fetching holy waters of Ganges River.

Why is it Celebrated?

This year it falls on July 10 and millions of devotees participate to collect the sacred water from the Ganga and carry it miles across to distribute it as offerings in their local shrines, or any specific temple such as Kashi Vishwanath, Baidyanath, and Deoghar in Jharkhand or Augharnath temple in Meerut.

Kanwar refers to a type of religious performances where devotees who participate in the yatra ritually carry water from a holy source in containers suspended on either side of a pole.

Where is it Celebrated?

The word ‘Kanwar’ has been mentioned as an organized festival in canonical texts with nothing much written about it. But the phenomenon for sure existed in the early nineteenth century when English travelers report seeing these pilgrims at many points during their journeys in the plains of north India. Back then the pilgrimage used to be a small affair managed by a few devotees until the late 1980s when it started gaining popularity.


Today, the Kanwar Yatra to Haridwar, in particular, is said to be India’s largest annual religious gathering, with an estimated 12 million participants in the 2010 and 2011 events.

The Kanwars come from the surrounding states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, and some from Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The government undertakes heavy security measures and the traffic on Delhi-Haridwar national highway (National Highway 58) is diverted for the time being.

Effective Measures by UP Government-

As the Kanwar Yatra begins from today, the Uttar Pradesh and the Delhi police officials have set up a plan to avoid traffic congestion which generally passes through the Western up. According to official sources, raids will be carried out on drug mafias that are operating in Ghaziabad and Trans-Yamuna areas.

The UP government, in order to prevent any terror threats, has asked the  ‘kanwariyas’ to carry valid ID cards – aadhar card,  voter cards or driving license to ascertain their identity during the routine checking.

A traffic plan has been prepared by both the state police with route diversions for the annual month-long Kanwar Yatra 2017. According to traffic department, in the case of heavy vehicles routes will stay diverted from 8 pm from every Friday till Monday 9pm. While on the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri i.e. on July 21 the heavy vehicles will be diverted on July 19 from 8 pm till 9 pm of July 21.

Heavy vehicles coming from Lucknow will move via Kanth, Jalalabad, Kolaghat, Mirzapur, Kalan, Usawa, Miao, Badaun, Sahaswan and Gunnaur-Naraua-Bulandshahar to reach Delhi and vehicles coming from Shahjahanpur will be diverted towards Jalalabad.

Vehicles coming from Bareilly will pass via Bara-Bypass if they are moving towards Rampur and Moradabad. Also, heavy vehicles from Nainital and Pilibhit that are going towards Shahjahanpur/Lucknow will move via Bara-Bypass, Invertis-trisection and Faridpur Bypass.
During the Yatra, only kanwars will be permitted access to NH-58 while the commuters and residents of Ghaziabad will have to use a different route.

Furthermore, the Delhi Government said that it has decided to hold 129 Kanwar Camps from July 13 to July 25 for the upcoming Kanwar Yatra. Principal Secretary (Revenue), Mr. Dharam Pal who is responsible for directing all agencies to ensure proper arrangements said to The Hindu, “The Delhi Police have been asked to deploy adequate police personnel around the camps for securing law and order as well as managing the traffic.”

The Health Department and the municipal corporations will be dealing with health and first-aid related issues.

– by Shabnam Mangla of NewsGram

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Citizens of Ghaziabad to get pre-paid electric meter


Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) has launched the pre-paid electric meter system in Ghaziabad.

In view of power theft and irregular payment, UPPCL has introduced this system,” said UPPCL chief engineer Arvind Rajbedi.

Most professionals (living in Ghaziabad) are frequent travellers, and so their payments become irregular. It will be beneficial for them. They can top up their amounts online. Through this system, they would be able to save unnecessary charges during their long absence from their houses,


For single-phase connection, the meter cost would be Rs.6,251, and for a three-phase connection, the meter cost would be Rs.11,685.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Rape-in-India: Eight-year-old raped, private parts burned


By NewsGram Staff Writer

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her landlord’s son in Ghaziabad on Wednesday, bringing to light the burgeoning cases of sexual violations in the country.

Further highlighting the difficulty in reportage of such shameful incidents is the fact that the girl’s parents came to know about the assault only a day later when doctors told them about injury marks on her private parts.

The accused was nabbed by the police after two days on Friday.

As per the police account, the victim was residing with her parents in a rented accommodation in Maharajpur locality in Ghaziabad.


On September 9, when the girl’s parents were away at their respective jobs, the landlord’s son, Basant, barged into the rented portion of the house. He dragged the girl inside the room and raped her.

Facing resistance, the accused then burnt her private parts with a lit cigarette, police said.

After the girl complained of pain on Thursday, the parents took her to Hedgewar Hospital in east Delhi’s Karkardooma area, where the doctor noticed the injury marks on and around her private parts.

A criminal case has been registered against the accused.

“We have registered a criminal case against the accused under section 376 and protection of child from sexual offence Act. The culprit has been arrested,” said Ajay Pal Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad City.

(With inputs from IANS)