Five Kumbh pilgrims killed in mishap in UP

Five pilgrims returning from the Kumbh Mela were killed and eight others injured when a jeep collided with a truck in Jalalpur area, police said on Saturday.

Akhilesh rejects Azam Khan`s resignation as Kumbh in-charge

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Thursday rejected the resignation of Cabinet Minister Mohammad Azam Khan as the chief of Kumbh Mela Organising Committee.

Low-flying chopper pilot, French photographer held at Kumbh

Cases were slapped on a helicopter pilot, flying a French photo-journalist, who had hovered dangerously low over the pilgrims at the Kumbh Mela, police officials said.

After crowds, mosquitoes worry Kumbh officials

It is not just the millions trickling into the sprawling 58 sq km campus of the Kumbh Mela that officials worry about. There is also an `army` of mosquitoes to tackle.

Ensure proper shelter for poor during Kumbh: HC

The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday directed Municipal authorities to ensure proper shelter for the poor visiting the city.

Akhilesh asks Centre for subsidised essentials for

Terming Centre`s decision to provide foodgrains, kerosene and LPG at market rates during Mahakumbh Mela at Allahabad as unfortunate, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has sought supply of these essential commodities at subsidised rates.

Kumbh deserves a Nobel: Nishank

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh
Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday said the Mahakumbh mela deserves a
Nobel prize for being the world`s largest religious gathering.

50 lakh pilgrims take holy dip in Ganga on `Baisakhi`

Bathing ghats in Rishikesh and
the city along the Ganga were teeming with devotees on the
occasion of `Baisakhi` as about 50 lakh pilgrims, including
foreigners, took holy dip today.

Foreign Kumbh tourists camp in forest

A group of foreigners, who reached
the state to attend the Kumbh Mela, are allegedly camping in
reserve forest inhabited by elephants and tigers, official
sources said today.

Extreme Zone

The crack of dawn over the vernal Ganges at Haridwar brings alive the collective consciousness of a madding crowd.

Uttarakhand CM bans shooting of pictures of bathing women at Kumbh

Shooting photographs of women
taking bath at the Maha Kumbh mela in Haridwar will not be
allowed and criminal cases will be filed against those
violating the directives, Uttarakhand Chief Minister R P
Nishank has said.

Big Maha Kumbh bathing day draws thousands

The banks of the Ganga here reverberated with chants of "Har Har Gange", "Jai Jai Gange" as a sea of pilgrims took a holy dip on Magh Purnima Saturday during the ongoing Maha Kumbh Mela.

Figures at Kumbh a matter of guess for officials, media

The numbers of the devout thronging the Maha Kumbh Mela that began here today appear to be a matter of guess for mela administrators as well as hordes of journalists, who are here to cover the largest religious congregation.

Journalist `slapped` by cop at Kumbh, fuels protests

Tempers ran high at the Maha Kumbh here today when a TV journalist was allegedly slapped by a Uttarakhand Police official at the main bathing ghat `Har Ki Pauri`.

Health Min concerned over swine flu during Kumbh

With "Mahakumbh Mela" in Haridwar
round-the-corner, the Union Health Ministry is spending
sleepless nights over fear of spread of swine flu during the
massive congregation of devotees at the event.

Maha Kumbh : The giant spiritual fete

On January 9, 2001, the largest human conglomeration gathered at the Maha Kumbh mela, the first major spiritual gathering of the millennium. The humungous assemblage, which occurs every 12 years, was a festival of superlatives in many ways.