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    Dussehra And Diwali Offers In Hyderabad

  • Dussehra celebrated in Karachi

    KARACHI: Dussehra, the Hindu festival celebrated every year by setting the devil or Ravan’s effigy ablaze here at the Shri Swami Narayan Mandir on M...

    So we didn’t even work on building the effigy for Dussehra this year,” said Subhash, a resident of the area around Shri Swami Narayan Mandir...

  • Diwali — a festival of lights and colours

    In a corner of Saddar Bazaar, the old Krishna Temple building was illuminated, and saw Hindus from the twin cities gathered to celebrate their religious festival of Diwali – the festival of lights...

    Although the Diwali festival began on November 11, the main event was arranged at the temple on Friday...

  • Lights, fireworks, flowers and smiles encountered at Diwali festival

    KARACHI: It was like finding one’s way through a battlefield with mines laid out just about everywhere at the Shri Swami Narayan Mandir here on the occasion of the festival of Diwali on Sunday...

    Naughty boys and girls lighting firecrackers just behind you made you jump and run for dear life in the opposite direction only to be confronted with another giggling group with more fireworks (read ammunition)...

  • India's top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

    India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog...

    The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali ? the Hindu festival of lights ? when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night...

  • Festival of lights Diwali celebrated with joy in city

    KARACHI: Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated by Hindu and Sikh communities, involves plenty of excitement which includes offering pooja, preparing sweetmeats, exchanging gifts, decorating homes, donning new clothes, drawing rangoli and letting off fireworks...

    The celebration has a religious significance as it is a way of spreading joy on Hindu god Rama’s victorious return to his people after defeating Ravana and completing his...

  • New Delhi shuts coal-fired power plant ahead of Diwali smog

    India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant and banned the use of diesel generators in New Delhi as air quality plummeted in the world's most polluted capital on Wednesday, the start of the Diwali festival...

    New Delhi experiences suffocating smog every year around Diwali, when farmers in north India burn the stubble left behind after the harvest and revellers let off smoke-spewing firecrackers...

  • Diwali celebrated with simplicity in Karachi

    KARACHI: The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir this Diwali was missing the usual enthusiasm and fervour...

    There was no big fireworks display in the skies and on the ground there were just two or three people around a rangoli either lighting the oil lamps or playing with sparklers...

  • Rangers offer Diwali sweets to Indian BSF

    LAHORE: The Pakistani border force, Punjab Rangers, on Wednesday offered sweets and exchanged greetings with their Indian counterparts at Wagah borders to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali in resumption of the customary exchange of good wishes suspended for the last many months due to tensions between the two neighbouring states...

    Punjab Rangers had refused to accept sweets from Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Eidul Fitr this...

  • PM’s Diwali message

    That is what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif managed to achieve on his visit to Karachi on Wednesday when he spoke at a ceremony to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali...

    He stated the importance of unity among all religious communities living in Pakistan, and declared it was his duty to protect the minorities...

  • Speakers at Diwali function call for religious tolerance

    PESHAWAR: Speakers at Diwali function here on Saturday stressed the need for religious tolerance, interfaith harmony and joint efforts for maintenance of peace and freedom of beliefs so people from different communities could freely take part in religious rituals...

    The special event was organised for the first time where men, women and children belonging to the Hindu community, a number of foreigners and members of civil society...

  • Krishna Mandir lights up on Diwali

    RAWALPINDI: The Krishna Mandir in Saddar Bazaar was buzzing with activity on Tuesday, as Hindus from the twin cities thronged to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights...

    The temple was illuminated to mark Diwali, and bhajans, religious songs, could be heard outside the temple...

  • This week 50 years ago: Diwali festivities

    AH, the pluralism that Pakistan in general and Karachi in particular once took pride in! The shared laughter, the communal harmony, the common interests… all seems to have taken a back seat now...

    Things can be turned around if we let love and peace conquer all, which, by the way, was the case in the 1960s when both Diwali and Christmas festivities (in the same order) used to be eagerly awaited by all communities...

  • Mayors, deputy mayors of Hyderabad, Larkana and Sukkur set to assume office

    HYDERABAD: Syed Tayyab Hussain and Syed Sohail Mehmood aka Sohail Mashhadi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday took the oath as the mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, of the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC)...

    District returning officer Aijaz Anwar Chohan and Deputy Commissioner Motasim Abbasi, besides leaders and elected representatives belonging to the MQM, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and other parties,...

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