Parsis celebrate New Year, six killed in Kabul explosions, and other news in pictures

People from Parsi community pray at Kapawala Agiary, Tardeo in Mumbai on the occasion of Navroze on Thursday.

People from Parsi community pray at Kapawala Agiary, Tardeo in Mumbai on the occasion of Navroze on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini.

4:00 pm

Navroz

The Parsi community in Mumbai celebrated Jamshed-e-Navroze, the Parsi New Year, with the usual geity.

Also known as Navroz, it marks the beginning of spring season. Navroz is celebrated across Iran, the Balkans, and most of Central and West Asia.

2:30 pm

Explosions kill six as Kabul marks Persian new year

An Afghan family walks near the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 21, 2019.

An Afghan family walks near the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 21, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Multiple explosions in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday killed six people and wounded 23 in an attack during celebrations to mark the Persian new year, government spokesmen said.

The attacks came on Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival to mark the start of spring that is widely celebrated in many parts of Afghanistan but has also faced opposition from some hardline Islamists, who say it is un-Islamic.

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1:30 pm

PAF conducts National Day rehearsals

Pakistan Air Force fighter jets perform an aerobatic stunt during a rehearsal for the upcoming Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan on March 21, 2019.

Pakistan Air Force fighter jets perform an aerobatic stunt during a rehearsal for the upcoming Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan on March 21, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Pakistan will celebrate their National Day with a military parade, scheduled on March 23, in the capital, Islamabad. The parade will showcase short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware.

12:45 pm

Christchurch shootings: As more are buried, emotional prayer service planned in New Zealand

A hearse arrives with the body of a victim of the March 15 mosque shootings for a burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019.

A hearse arrives with the body of a victim of the March 15 mosque shootings for a burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

Thousands of people were expected to come together for an emotional Friday prayer service led by the imam of one of the two New Zealand mosques where 50 worshippers were killed in a white supremacist attack.

A woman walks past posters after last Friday's mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019.

A woman walks past posters after last Friday's mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Six funerals took place on March 21, including for a teenager, a youth soccer coach and a Muslim convert who loved connecting with other women at the mosque.

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11.15 am

AMMK leader V.P. Kalairajan joins DMK

V.P. Kalairajan, South Chennai Secretary of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam joined the DMK in the presence of its president M.K. Stalin in Tiruchi on March 21, 2019.

V.P. Kalairajan, South Chennai Secretary of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam joined the DMK in the presence of its president M.K. Stalin in Tiruchi on March 21, 2019.   | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

 

V.P. Kalairajan, South Chennai Secretary of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam joined the DMK in the presence of its president M.K. Stalin in Tiruchi on Thursday.

"There is no difference of opinion between me and AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran," Mr. Kalairajan said. "Many followers will join DMK," he added.

9.30 am

Festival of colours

People celebrating Holi at Begumbazar in Hyderabad on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

People celebrating Holi at Begumbazar in Hyderabad on Thursday, March 21, 2019.   | Photo Credit: KVS Giri

 

Holi, also known as the festival of colours is being celebrated on Thursday with traditional zeal and zest as people smeared ‘gulal’, splashed colour baloons on each other and exchanged sweets.

The festival, the harvest festival which heralds the advent of spring, is celebrated to commemorate the Hindu mythological tale of Prahlada emerging unscathed from the flames despite being drawn into the fire by demoness Holika.

Bonfires are put up on the eve of Holi as part of a festive ritual to symbolically burn 'Holika' or perform 'Holika-dahan' by setting afire wood, dried leaves, twigs and other inflammable articles.

8.30 am

Airmarine Cup kicks off in Kuala Lumpur

Muhammd Yasir of Singapore competes for the ball with Mohd Nor Azam of Malaysia during the Airmarine Cup match between Malaysia and Singapore at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on March 20, 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Muhammd Yasir of Singapore competes for the ball with Mohd Nor Azam of Malaysia during the Airmarine Cup match between Malaysia and Singapore at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on March 20, 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

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