» 02/11/2013, 00.00
Allahabad: 36 people die crushed by 150 thousand Maha Kumbh Mela pilgrims
The incident took place last night at the city's railway station. Police and staff took no action to stop the fleeing crowd, nor to help the wounded. The victims were mostly elderly and children.
The Maha Kumbh Mela, a spectacle of extremism and violence
This was stated by Lenin Raguvanshi, a lay activist in Varanasi. He denounces the participation of Naga sadhus, ascetic warriors who parade armed with swords and tridents, "militarizing" a religious moment as important as that of the Kumbh Mela. It is "urgent and necessary" to prohibit the participation of these individuals, and stand against the caste system, "to give dignity" to Dalits and tribals.
As Kumbh Mela starts, ten million Hindu pilgrims expected in two months
Maharashtra chief minister and Union Home Affairs minister inaugurated the celebrations. Security measures have been boosted to prevent crowd-related incidents. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) slams government’s double standards vis-à-vis Christian gatherings.
Mine blast kills 15, wounds 12
The survivors have been admitted to hospital in serious conditions. Despite Beijing's campaign to improve occupational safety, the slaughter of miners continues.
Lahore, train derails: 56 dead over 100 injured
According to a director of Pakistani railways, the accident was caused by ice on tracks at a junction. Pakistan’s railway system is obsolete, and trains transport up to three times their passenger capacity.
50 million Hindus expected in Allahabad as Kumbh Mela gets under way
One of the largest religious gatherings in the world, it is held every six years. The fulcrum of the pilgrimage is the ritual bathing of purification at the confluence India’s three most renowned sacred rivers.
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