VHP wants Akbar's fort in Allahabad to be replaced with night shelter

Kicking up a controversy, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Saturday said the fort built by Mughal emperor Akbar on the banks of the river Yamuna here is a "symbol of subjugation of Hindus" and wanted the imposing structure to be replaced with a night shelter for poor pilgrims visiting to have a dip in the holy Sangam.

Kumbh mela preparations reviewed in Nashik

Maharashtra's town planning department has asked the Nashik district administration to ensure all necessary facilities during the Kumbh mela here in July, in view of the expected heavy rush of devotees.

CAG report blames Railways for 2013 Kumbh Mela stampede

The lack of proper coordination and disaster management plan on the part of railways resulted in the stampede at Allahabad station during last year's Maha Kumbh Mela in which 37 persons were killed, the CAG has said.

Sulabh built poor quality toilet during Kumbh for Rs 9.5L: Congress

The state Congress on Monday alleged that Sulabh International organisation constructed a "poor quality" toilet on the banks of Ganga during Kumbh Mela at the cost of Rs 9.5 lakh.

HC refuses 3 months time to Centre over Kumbh Mela funds

The Bombay High Court has refused to grant three months time to the Union Government to decide on the fund allocation for the Kumbh Mela slated to be held in Nashik in 2015.

The Himalayan Mahakumbh: A recount of a once-in-12-year experience
The Himalayan Mahakumbh: A recount of a once-in-12-year experience

Siddhartha Sen shares his experience of the Nanda Devi Raj Jat, one of the most arduous pilgrimages in the world.

MMRDA's 'simulation model' to control traffic during Kumbh Mela

The Simulation model of Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) will be used to manage traffic during the Kumbh mela to be held here and at Trimbakeshwar next year, Divisional Revenue Commissioner Eknath Davale said.

BJP demands CBI probe into Kumbh `mismanagement`

BJP on Thursday demanded a CBI inquiry into mismanagement exposed by Comptroller Auditor General of India in its report on Maha Kumbh organised at Allahabad last year.

Workshop on disaster management for Kumbh Mela 2015 kicks off

Police officers are getting lessons on disaster and crowd management at a workshop being organised here with view of `Kumbh Mela` (religious congregation), which is scheduled next year.

Makarsankranti dip at Gangasagar in evening hours after 65 years

After a gap of 65 years, the pious Makarsankranti dip at Gangasagar, the second largest after Kumbh Mela, will again take place during the evening hours on Monday.

10 million to gather for 2015 Nashik Kumbh Mela

The Maharashtra government is gearing up to receive over 10 million pilgrims for the 2015 Kumbh Mela, scheduled after 12 years in the small temple towns of Nashik-Trimbakeshwar, around 175 km north of Mumbai.

Narendra Modi inaugurates Garba festival in Gujarat

Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said that festivals in the country should be encouraged because they showcase Indian`s culture to the world.

India transiting through unprecedented demographic change: President

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said it was important to focus on youth and noted that the Bharat Scouts and Guides movement can provide the necessary leadership to them.

CCTVs for Nashik Kumbh Mela to be installed soon: Patil

As part of the security measures for the 2015 Kumbh Mela in Nashik, CCTV cameras would be installed at the site for the event, RR Patil said.

UP begins work on online policy

Uttar Pradesh has begun drafting an online policy aimed at catering to news websites, portals and news wires, an official said on Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan insulted at Boston Airport

Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has alleged that he was insulted at a US airport.

Kumbh Mela study to be presented at Harvard

A study about the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage in India will be presented at an annual symposium on South Asia hosted by the Harvard University.

Akhilesh heads for Harvard to share Kumbh success mantra

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav left for the US to deliver a lecture at the Harvard Business School on organising the Maha Kumbh Mela.

None should defend a person convicted by SC: Togadia on Sanjay Dutt

Flaying those rallying behind film actor Sanjay Dutt, VHP`s Praveen Togadia said such people are doing injustice to Supreme Court and its verdict in 1993 Mumbai blast case.

Tarun Gogoi`s bag goes missing from taxi, driver arrested

A bag belonging to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was here for a holy dip in the Sangam, has gone missing from a taxi, following which its driver was arrested.