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Pitra Paksh - The fortnight of Ancestors

(During Shradh Hindus, pray for their deceased ancestors and their peaceful state in the afterlife.)

New Delhi: In Indian Culture, the day starting from Purnima (full moon night) of Shukla Paksh of Bhadra Pad month till the Amavasya (No moon night) of the Krishna Paksh of Ashwin month is considered to be the period dedicated to our departed ancestors. This period of 16 days is known as "Pitra Paksh or the Shraadh Kaal". The period is said to be very auspicious and holds lot of significance as per Hindu beliefs for performing special rituals known as "Shraadh Karma" for appeasing our departed Ancestors and getting their blessings. These rituals of Shraadh Karma are supposed to be done by every person irrespective of caste, creed and culture as they are mandatory for everyone according to Ancient Vedic Texts.
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All about the Auspicious Attire Worn by Kerala’s Women during Onam Festival

New Delhi: There is so much to like and behold in coastal Kerala in Onam festival that even God would be happy to come down to visit ‘God’s own country’. There are exciting boat races, gorgeous looking flower decorations, huge and lavish feast called Onasadya and a virtual pomp show and revelry that are truly colourful and breathtaking in Kerala every year on the harvest festival of Onam.

Guess what makes Onam the popular regional festival of Kerala? It is the return of King Mahabali, the noble ruling demon King that is the prime reason of celebration. People of Kerala decorate their homes with fresh flower mats called ‘Pookalam’ in order to welcome the King Mahabali. The tradition of making Pookalam Designs on the floor along with wearing festive clothes and jewellery is as integral to the Onam celebration. 

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Modi Government’s Sad Tryst With Railways: Bullet Train Dream Stands Derailed

New Delhi:Train accidents remain a major concern, and given their increasing rate, despite technological advancements, the travellers are indeed undergoing a never before crisis of confidence. Shortly after taking office, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched a 'Zero Accident Mission', where he said,“New advances in command, control and communication systems can play a very vital role in evolving safe and secure operation environment on Indian Railways where there should be no scope for accidents even in case of human errors.”  
But, these have proved to be mere hollow words. Increasing number of train incidents have brought the focuses on flaws within the Indian Railways as reports reveal train derailment leading the cause of major train accidents in last decade in India.These incidents have brought the focus on safety issues which Indian Railways has been grappling with.
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The Uncertain Deaths of the Sports Personalities

New Delhi: The recent incident brought shock waves in the sport federation of the nation. A tragic incident took place in Ranchi when Vishal Kumar Verma, a wrestler of national repute, died after being electrocuted in Jharkhand State Wrestling Association office, situated at the Jaipal Singh Stadium, earlier this month.

Verma had represented Jharkhand state at various championships since 2005 and had stood at fourth position in senior national level competition this year.

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In Honor of Usain Bolt’s Retirement; Let’s Recall The Most Iconic Athletes In The World

New Delhi: Arguably the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen, Usain St Leo Bolt, on Monday said good-bye to athletics after a 14-year career in which he won numerous medals.

In honor of the champ, there’s a need to remember such inspiring athletes of all time like him. Sports stars are adored across the globe, and it's for this reason that everyone, for the most part, can call themselves a fan of one sport or another. And, in some respects certain sporting heroes are almost immortalized and worshipped as gods of their field.