Coronavirus creeps up the Uttarakhand hills; villages in Chamoli and Rudraprayag sealed

Residents of several villages in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts of the state found COVID19 positive. Administration swings into action by sealing them. Villagers and experts blame Kumbh Mela, weddings and other festivities for the sudden spike in the cases.

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Lockdown 2021: Which states have imposed complete lockdown, curfews and restrictions? Details here

At least 10 states and UTs in the country — Haryana, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar, Mizoram and Delhi — are under a complete COVID19 lockdown whereas Punjab and West Bengal are observing partial lockdown/curfews.

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Karnataka surpasses Maharashtra in daily COVID19 cases; reports over 39,000 new cases, highest in India

With 39,305 new cases, Karnataka has registered the highest single-day COVID infections in the country. It has surpassed Maharashtra that reported 37,236 new cases in the past 24 hours. A 14-day complete lockdown has been enforced in Karnataka.

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There’s more to India’s COVID19 death toll than meets the eye

In the past two weeks, several villages in the country have reported loss of life due to COVID-19 like symptoms. With no testing, district administrations dismiss these as ‘natural deaths’, even though villagers say otherwise. Experts claim India is underreporting COVID deaths.

Divendra Singh

IMA lashes out at the health ministry over COVID death data, vaccine shortage and oxygen supply issues

Stressing over the increasing deaths in hospitals and full crematoriums, the Indian Medical Association has questioned the Union health ministry over the lack of transparency in the number of COVID deaths recorded. It has asked the health budget to be increased from 1% of GDP 8-10%.

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India's Secret Kitchens

When in Lucknow, let Malai Makkhan melt in your mouth

It’s white, soft, sweet & fluffy … it simply melts in your mouth! Malai Makkhan is a dessert that truly has a nawabi touch. It is believed that the Mughals used to polish this delicacy off in minutes. Head to Old Lucknow to have the best malai makkhan

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Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some lip-smacking Biryani

Meticulously measured ingredients and a practiced technique makes the perfect biryani. The evolution of biryani spans many centuries, many cultures, many ingredients and many cooking styles. Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some yummy biryani

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They are hot & spicy … fancy some yummy kachoris?

A hole in the wall shop in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been selling finger-licking kachoris for years now. Head to the shop — fondly known as Tandon jee kachori wala — for some yummy kachoris

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Songs of the battlefield and bravery are pride of Bundelkhand

The pride of Bundelkhand, these are songs of the battlefield, songs of bravery from a bygone era. Sung in Veer rasa, Aalha songs are sung by sword-wielding men and women in very powerful voices

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Close your eyes … sway to the tunes of Ravanahatta

If you are in Rajasthan, chances are that you will find many folk artists playing this instrument, commonly known as the Ravanhatha. There are not many artists who play the instrument now, but its melodious tune will attract you to the folk artists instantly

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This is how women in Bihar welcome their husbands home

Jhumar is a folk-dance form from Bihar. It is said women express their joy and happiness through Jhumar when their husbands, who have been away from them, return home after a long time

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