Ukraine uprising anniversary, Prophet’s relic displayed at Hazratbal, and other news in pictures

A man reacts in Kiev on November 21, 2018 as he takes part in a commemoration ceremony at a monument to the so-called “Heavenly Hundred”, the anti-government protesters killed during the Ukrainian mass demonstrations in 2014, to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the uprising.

A man reacts in Kiev on November 21, 2018 as he takes part in a commemoration ceremony at a monument to the so-called “Heavenly Hundred”, the anti-government protesters killed during the Ukrainian mass demonstrations in 2014, to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the uprising.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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Activists mark fifth anniversary of Euromaidan beginning

Euromaidan was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of November 21, 2013 with public protests at Independence Square in Kiev, demanding closer European integration. The scope of the protests expanded, with many calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government. The protests led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, which nearly 100 people or "Heavenly Hundred" were killed, most of them between February 18 and February 20, 2014.

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Milad-un-Nabi at Hazratbal

Hundreds of devotees gather at the Hazratbal shrine that houses a relic believed to be the hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammad, to offer special prayers on the occasion of the Prophet's birth anniversary.

Men react as a priest (not in picture) displays the relic of Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on November 21, 2018 on the occasion of Milad-u-Nabi, the prophet’s birthday.

Men react as a priest (not in picture) displays the relic of Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on November 21, 2018 on the occasion of Milad-u-Nabi, the prophet’s birthday.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

 

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President Kovind in Australia

President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Australia on November 21 on a three-day visit, becoming the first-ever Indian head of state to visit the country. Mr. Kovind, who landed in Sydney from Vietnam along with his wife Savita Kovind on their second leg of two-nation visit, will hold talks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and discuss bilateral issues. He received a warm welcome on his arrival at Sydney, Mr. Kovind’s official Twitter handle said. Mr. Kovind is the first-ever President of India to pay a state visit to Australia, it said in another tweet.

President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind and NSW Governor-General David Hurley at the Anzac War Memorial, Hyde Park in Sydney on November 21, 2018.

President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind and NSW Governor-General David Hurley at the Anzac War Memorial, Hyde Park in Sydney on November 21, 2018.   | Photo Credit: PTI

 

President Kovind paid his respects at the ANZAC War Memorial in Sydney. “This memorial was built as a tribute to Australian soldiers who did service in World War I. Brave Indian soldiers fought alongside their Australian comrades in WW I, including on the beaches of Gallipoli,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a tweet.  

During his three-day visit, he will attend the unveiling ceremony of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Sydney’s Parramatta suburb on November 22 to mark his 150th birth anniversary.

He also addressed the Indian diaspora and business community in Sydney.

In Melbourne on November 23, he will meet Victoria’s governor Linda Dessau and leader of the opposition Bill Shorten.

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Low pressure area to bring more rain to TN, Pondy

Workers take shelter under an earth mover as rain lashes Chennai's Pudupet on Wednesday.

Workers take shelter under an earth mover as rain lashes Chennai's Pudupet on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu

 

Several parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai and its neighbouring districts, experienced rainfall Wednesday owing to a well-marked low pressure area over the southwest Bay of Bengal.

Under the influence of the system, the Met office has forecast rains for Tamil Nadu during the next two days.

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Nurseries of Tripura

A worker plucks flowers in a nursery in the outskirts of Agartala on Wednesday.

A worker plucks flowers in a nursery in the outskirts of Agartala on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Abhishek Saha

Tripura is becoming a floriculture hub, which is not only giving good returns to farmers but is also generating employment for many people in the region.

Endowed with fertile soil, abundant moisture and sub-tropical climate, the State offers immense scope for production of a wide variety of flowers.

Farmers in Tripura are increasingly choosing floriculture over paddy and vegetable cultivation.

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DMK hands over relief cheque to CM

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam treasurer and deputy leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Duraimurugan on Wednesday handed over the cheque for ₹1 crore, towards financial assistance for the relief work in Cyclone Gaja-affected areas in eight districts of the State, to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.

DMK treasurer and handing over the handing over a cheque for Rs 1 crore lakhs towards 'Gaja's cyclone relief to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Wednesday.

DMK treasurer and handing over the handing over a cheque for Rs 1 crore lakhs towards 'Gaja's cyclone relief to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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A day after the suicide attack in Kabul

Afghan security forces investigate at the site of Tuesday's suicide bomb attack, in Kabul

Afghan security forces investigate at the site of Tuesday's suicide bomb attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Afghan authorities were struggling on Wednesday to identify the group behind a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 55 people attending a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul after the Taliban denied any responsibility.

The victims included religious delegates from various parts of the country, invited by the Afghan Ulema Council to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad on Tuesday.

Without knowing who was behind the attack, it was unclear whether the aim was simply to undermine President Ashraf Ghani's government, or whether it was part of a strategy to keep the pressure on his government and its Western allies while they pursued talks with the Taliban, to end the 17-year long war.

"As of now we don't know which militant outfit could be behind the attack. Investigations are at a preliminary stage," said a senior security official who was at the blast site on Wednesday morning to collect forensic evidence.

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Farmers reiterate demands

Thousands of farmers on Wednesday gathered at Thane to begin their 45 km-long march towards Mumbai pressing for their various demands.

Thousands of farmers on Wednesday gathered at Thane to begin their 45 km-long march towards Mumbai pressing for their various demands.   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

 

Nearly six months after a similar protest, thousands of farmers assembled in Thane to begin their march to Mumbai in support of their various demands, including loan waiver and drought compensation. The march will end as they reach Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Thursday.

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Milad-un-Nabi celebrated

Muslims react upon seeing a relic, that's believed to be hair from the beard of the prophet Mohammad in Srinagar.

Muslims react upon seeing a relic, that's believed to be hair from the beard of the prophet Mohammad, being displayed during the festival of Eid-e-Milad-ul-Nabi, the birth anniversary of the prophet, at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on Wednesday. November 21, 2018.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

 

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday greeted people on Milad-un-Nabi, saying Prophet Mohammad showed humanity the path of universal brotherhood. Prophet Mohammad showed humanity the righteous path of compassion and universal brotherhood, Naidu wrote on Twitter. The Prime Minister said on the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, people remember his noble teachings.

" ... pray that there is harmony, brotherhood and peace all around," he tweeted.

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Cambodia water festival

Participants row a long boat to warm up during the annual water festival on the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 21, 2018.

Participants row a long boat to warm up during the annual water festival on the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 21, 2018.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

 

Water Festival, also known as Bon Om Touk, is a highlight of all celebrations in Cambodia. The festival is celebrated to mark a unique natural phenomenon—the reversing flow between the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River. For most of the year, the Tonle Sap Lake empties into the Mekong River. But with the start of the rainy season Mekong rises, reversing the flow and it increases the size of the lake several times. When the rainy season ends in November, the Mekong drops, and the current reverses again, emptying the excess waters into the river. This phenomenon is marked by three days of magnificent festivities in Phnom Penh.

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Imran Khan in Malaysia

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, right, walks along with Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as he inspects an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, right, walks along with Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as he inspects an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday was provided with a red carpet welcome by the Malaysian government  as he arrived in Kuala Lumpur for a two-day official visit.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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