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Strict arrangements for Chhath Puja in Lucknow, devotees to follow Covid19 guidelines.

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The Uttar Pradesh government has issued an advisory for Chhath Puja in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, advising people to perform rituals at their homes or nearby, as much as possible.

However, the government said that arrangements will be made by the local administration at the traditional spots near rivers/ponds for the puja. People must follow Covid-19 protocols like wearing masks and abide by social distancing, stated the government.

Chhath is dedicated to the Sun God and is one of the most popular festivals for the people of Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh or Purvanchal. Devotees gather and take a holy dip in rivers, ponds, and other water bodies during the four-day festivities from November 19 to 20.

Chhath puja is mainly observed by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand, and bordering areas in Uttar Pradesh, and it will be celebrated on November 20. This year, the main celebration is on November 20 when devotees will offer ‘argha’ to Sun God.

Meanwhile, preparations have begun for Chhath Puja in Lucknow’s Hasanganj area and on the banks of the river Ganga in Varanasi.

“Only a few devotees have come for preparations of Chhath Puja amid Covid-19. Unlike this year, the place is usually filled with devotees,” a devotee said. (ANI)

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87 oxygen plants made functional by the Yogi government, state will now become self-reliant for oxygen

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Uttar Pradesh was the first state to have crossed the milestone of conducting five crore Covid tests out of which nearly 2.60 crore samples were taken from the rural areas. Emerging as a leader in conducting maximum COVID Tests, Uttar Pradesh has tested as many as 5,33,45,463 samples for the novel coronavirus infection so far.

More than that twenty-five oxygen plants were already functional in the state before the government took the step of constructing more on a war-footing to ensure the availability of sufficient amounts of medical oxygen in view of any possible future requirement.

Becoming self-reliant in terms of producing the life-saving fluid, as many as 87 of the 427 oxygen plants have already been established and are functional while work on the rest is going on in Uttar Pradesh.

Real-time monitoring of the installation work has been planned, with the district administrations being asked to continuously monitor the progress of installation work of these plants and ensure availability of raw material so that it can be completed on time.

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