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Rajasthan: 61-year-old man playing ‘Hanuman’ in Ramleela, slips from rope, dies during act

Rajasthan: 61-year-old man playing ‘Hanuman’ in Ramleela, slips from rope, dies during act

Updated: Oct 12, 2016 11:08 IST

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Bikaner: A 61-year-old man playing Hanumana in a ‘Ramleela’ died while climbing down a rope during the act at Lunkaransar, police said on Tuesday.

Dhanna Ram fell on the stage from a height of 10 feet and died on the spot last night, they said.

He was enacting the part from the Ramayana where Hanumana brings ‘Sanjeevani Booti’.

Ram was a known local artiste and had been playing Hanumana’s role for the last 40 years, police said.

Bikaner MP Arjun Ram Meghwal has expressed his condolences to his family.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot too expressed his condolences.

President Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi in attendance for Delhi’s Ramleela event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Giant effigies of 10-headed demon king Ravana was burnt on the Red Fort lawns in New Delhi on the occasion of Dussehra on Tuesday, marking the triumph of good over evil, as the theme to defeat terrorism and recent surgical strikes by the Indian Army across LoC dominated the celebrations.The Shri Dharmic Leela Committee’s Ramleela event was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar among others. This year Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not attend the event in New Delhi as he participated in Dussehra celebrations in Lucknow in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.Conveying his wishes, the President said that celebrations bind the communities and regions of India in a true sense of brotherhood and “should motivate us to make renewed efforts for the unity and progress of our country”. Mukherjee said he too returned from Birbhum, West Bengal after celebrating Durga Puja there.The dignitaries also performed ‘aarti’ before the artistes dressed as Ram and Lakshman, a yearly ritual. As a mark of peace, they also released white pigeons in the air. Several posters saluting the army’s valour after the surgical strikes were seen at the event.PTIDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, at a nearby Ramleela celebrations, wished people on the occasion of Dussehra.”If we can work together, we can definitely achieve our goals,” Kejriwal said, adding that “we will face the evils in society together”.Scores of people had gathered at the Red Fort to witness the ‘Ravana Dahan’. Today’s burning of Ravana’s effigies marks the end of Navratra and the beginning of 20-day-long wait for Diwali, festival of lights, to celebrate the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after killing the demon king.Dressed in their festive best, people attended Ramleelas across the city where artistes enacted the final battle episode of Ramayana where Lord Ram kills Ravana and brings back his wife Sita to Ayodhya on ‘Vijaydashmi’. The effigies were set ablaze amid chants in praise of Lord Ram, people witnessed spectacular fireworks which illuminated the sky leaving many in awe.Elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure that the festivities go without any untoward incident. Police kept a tight vigil in the city, a senior official said.

On Dussehra, PM Modi calls for united efforts to eliminate terrorism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Breaking from tradition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the historic Ramleela celebrations in Lucknow where he launched a veiled attack on Pakistan, saying those who help and provide shelter to terrorists cannot be spared, but made no reference to the surgical strikes.Making terrorism the centerpoint of his over 20-minute speech, he said terror was the worst enemy of humanity and called upon the world community to speak in one voice against the menace to put an end to it.PTI”Terrorism does not have any boundaries. It is bound to destroy all…a need has arisen to root out those who spread terrorism. Those who help terrorists and provide shelter to them can no longer be spared,” he said in an obvious reference to Pakistan without taking its name.”Terrorism is against humanity. The entire world is being destroyed…if you think that we are insulated against terrorism, then we are wrong. It is a virus affecting our societies. All forces across the world have to talk in one voice and end it. It will not be possible to save humanity without eradicating terrorism,” the Prime Minister said.”The forces of humanism should unite globally to end the menace,” he said.Modi became the first Prime Minister to attend a Ramleela event outside Delhi and his participation at the Aishbagh celebrations assumes significance in the context of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh early next year. The theme of this year’s Dussehra in Lucknow was ‘destruction of terrorism’. In the run up to the event on Tuesday, there have been many references to the surgical strikes by characters enacting Ramleela.In significant gestures, Modi was presented a Sudarshan Chakra, bow and arrow and a mace at the event, symbolising valour. (PTI)PTIAt the Delhi event at Ramleela Maidan, as usual, President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi were present. “No one should have this misunderstanding that they are safe from terrorism as terrorism has no boundary, no morality, it can go anywhere and it is bent upon crushing humanity…it is essential for all to come together against terrorism,” Modi said.”The entire world is being harmed. For the last two days we are seeing the picture of a little girl of Syria….and so today, when we are buring Ravana, all human forces as one will have to resolve to fight terrorism as humanity cannot be saved without bringing an end to it,” he said.Modi recalled his meeting with a top US official who had then not recognised terrorism as a problem and had instead termed it as a law and order issue. He said the world’s perspective towards terrorism changed after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He also urged the people to remain vigilant against terrorists, saying their attempts to carry out attacks can be thwarted by alert citizens.While celebrating Dussehra, which signifies victory of good over evil, the Prime Minister said Lord Ram represented humanity and its rich values and traditions. He said the first person to fight terror was neither a soldier nor a politician, but the mythological bird Jatayu who fought against Ravana to protect a helpless Sita, whom he was trying to kidnap.Noting that war at times becomes inevitable due to prevailing circumstances, he said India is a country which follows the principles of peace as taught by Lord Buddha. “We balance between the Mohan of the Sudarshan Chakra, and the Mohan of the Charkha (Mahatma Gandhi)…we are the people who have seen yudhh (war) and Buddha. We can go from yudh to Buddha. Buddha’s path (of peace) should be our final path,” he said.PM Modi also condemned female infanticide prevailing in the countryTerming castiesm, communalism and nepotism as the forms of social evils present inside people, he said and there is a need to get rid of these ‘Ravanas’. Modi said on side the country was celebrating Vijay Dashmi and on the other the world was observing the day of the girl child today and called upon people to end the menace of female infanticide and foeticide.”We have pledged to burn Ravana’s effigy every year for abducting Sita. But we continue to discriminate between the male and female child. It should end. Who will end the Ravana inside us that kills many Sitas inside a mother’s womb. We should stop killing Sitas in this 21st century,” he said. He said women athletes brought laurels to the country in the recently-held Rio Olympics and they are a fine example of what girls can achieve.Modi also used his speech to drive home the importance of sanitation and called for a fight against the social evil of manual scavenging which continues to eixist despite efforts. Using the occasion, Modi said just as we burn Ravan every year, people should draw lessons from the tradition by taking a pledge to end all evils from our lives.Highlighting the significance of Uttar Pradesh, which goes to polls early next year, Modi said this land has given us Ram and Krishna. Modi began and concluded his speech with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram; Jai, Jai Shri Ram’ the slogan often heard at the height of Ram temple movement. BJP has in recent elections, however, desisted from making the Ram temple issue an electoral plank.Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who also represents the Lucknow constituency in Lok Sabha, thanked the Prime Minister for being successful in eradicating corruption and for enhancing the country’s image across the world.”Wholesale corruption was at its peak earlier. I thank the PM for being successful in eradicating corruption,” he said, apparently targeting the previous Congress-led government. He said Modi has also helped improve India’s global standing by showing to the world its strength.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung directs Delhi police to deploy more personnel at crowded places

New Delhi: Ahead of the festive season, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday held a meeting with top Delhi Police officers and directed the force to keep a close tab on the city’s crowded places by deploying sufficient security personnel and ensuring that CCTV cameras installed at these places are functional.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. PTI

In the wake of the Uri attack and intelligence inputs of a terror threat to the capital, Delhi Police has ramped up security at places that see high footfall. The meeting was attended by Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma, Special Commissioners (Law & Order) and Joint Commissioners of Police (all ranges). The Lt Governor issued instructions to Delhi Police for strict compliance with these directions.

Jung asked the police personnel to be particularly vigilant and keep a close watch on major markets in the national capital with increased footfall during festive season. He also asked all police officers that ahead of the festive season, all CCTVs cameras installed in markets, malls and crowded places should be made fully functional. These CCTVs cameras will help the police keep an eye and help prevent any untoward incident.

In the meeting, Jung expressed concern at inadequate training of security personnel of private agencies manning malls, cinema, halls, etc. He directed Delhi Police to be extra careful in all such places.

The Lt Governor instructed that sufficient numbers of police personnel should be deployed for the safety of the citizens during Ramleela, Navratra and Muharram and other festivals and wherever there is large congregation of people. He also instructed that police personnel to ensure safety and security of sensitive installations in the capital.

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