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  • On the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, this morning, January 27, 2022, President of Chamber of Deputies Roberti Fico and President of Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati placed a wreath under the plaque commemorating round-up and deportation of Jews of Rome, which took place on October 16, 1943. Senator Liliana Segre, President of Jewish Community of Rome Ruth Dureghello and Chief Rabbi of Jewish Community of Rome Riccardo Di Segni also participated

  • Community of Sant'Egidio has organized this evening, January 26, 2022, responding to the invitation of Pope Francis, a prayer for peace in Ukraine, inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Prayer was presided over by Msgr. Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, and saw the participation of Andrea Riccardi, founder of Community of Sant'Egidio, and some representatives of Embassies of United States, Russia and Ukraine

  • A blood donation camp organized by the Indian Red Cross Society Tehatta Sub-Div Branch & West Bengal Voluntary Blood Donors Forum in the occasion of 'National Youth Day' at Tehatta, West Bengal, India on 12/01/2022.

  • Girdhar Vyas, who claims to sport the longest mustache in the world, poses with the national flag on the eve of 73rd Republic Day.

  • Indian army performs full dress rehearsal before the Republic Day 2022.

  • Hindu devotees gathered to take holy dip in 'Sangam' on auspicious day "Sakat Chauth". On this day,Hindu devotees take dip in holy river ganga and after worshiping Lord Ganesha in the evening, the fast story is heard or read. According to religious beliefs, the fast of Sakat Chauth is considered incomplete without a fast story.

  • The idols of Saraswati, Hindu goddess of knowledge being made at Kumortuli, the potter's place in Kolkata.

  • Kolkata Human rights activists make solidarity with Jindal Pratirodh Bheetamati Suraksha Samity to resist against the state and corporate intervention on their land. Activists demand immediate release six activists from police jail and withdraw the police from Dhimka Odisha India.

  • A government official uses a megaphone to urge the pilgrims to maintain social distance and to wear face masks, as pilgrims gather on the occasion of "Makar Sankranti" festival at Sagar Island

  • A group of nuns wearing mask in Saint Peter’s square while Pope Francis addresses faithful from the window of the apostolic palace during the weekly Angelus prayer in the Vatican.

  • NDRF personnel with their trained dog at Sagar island during Gangasagar Mela 2022.

  • All pilgrims and Sadhus are enjoyed for took Holy Bath on Makar Sankranti Punyatithi. Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti, also known in Bangladesh and West Bengal as Poush Sankranti, and in Nepal as Maghe Sankranti, sankranti here means ‘transfer’, this day is considered as the transition day of Sun into the Capricorn. Now the sun moves northwards in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya (sun), many native festivals are organised all over India. It is observed each year the day Sun enters the Capricorn zodiac which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar. A holy man, Kardam Muni, made a pact with Vishnu that he would undergo the rigours of marital life, on the condition that Vishnu…

  • The occasion of Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island, around 150kms south of Kolkata.

  • Hindu priest performed Sagar Arati (worship) during the Gangasagar Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island, around 150 kms south of Kolkata.

  • Makara Sankraanti and Pilgrims are ready for "Punnya Snan (Holy Bath)".

  • Devotees line up to visit the Kapil Muni Temple during the Gangasagar Mela at Sagar Island, some 150 kilometres south of Kolkata

  • The mortuary chapel of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament in Campidoglio of Rome.

  • Hindu devotees arrive during the Hindu religious festival of Gangasagar Mela on Sagar Island, some 150 kilometers south of Kolkata.

  • Pilgrims gather during the Hindu religious festival of Gangasagar Mela on Sagar Island, some 150 kilometers south of Kolkata.

  • Yesterday Gangasagar mela 2022 has been started with maintaining COVID protocol. Pilgrims, Sadhus and also Naga Sadhus are came for "Punnya Snaan" On 14th January as "Makar Sankranti" Tithi.

  • Today is the birth anniversary of the great preacher and philosopher, Swami Vivekananda. We must always remember the message of peace and brotherhood that Swami Ji stood for. It was celebrated in front of Swami Vivekananda"s house.People gathered at Swamiji"s residence to pay respect to him. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pays tribute to Swami Vivekananda on 159th birth anniversary.

  • A health worker wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) performs a Covid-19 coronavirus screening of pilgrims at the near Kapil Muni Asram during the Gangasagar Mela at Sagar Island, around 150kms south of Kolkata

  • Continuous rain interrupt Magh Mela preparation in "Tent city" Prayagraj. Magh Mela will be held over an area of over 661 acre land and due to rain, whole area covered with slippery mud at the Prayag or Triveni Sangam which represents the confluence of three rivers two of which, the Ganges and the Yamuna, have objective existence, and one, the Sarasvati is mythical. The festival is marked by a ritual dip in the waters, but it is also a celebration of community commerce with numerous fairs, education, religious discourses by saints, mass feedings of monks or the poor, and entertainment spectacle.

  • Pilgrims and sadhus are in queue to get their Covid-19 test before entering the Gangasagar transit camp in Kolkata on January 10,2022.

  • A Hindu woman Sanyasin or sadhu puffs marijuana at a transit camp on the way to Gangasagar, in Kolkata

  • Sadhu blesses a devotee at a transit camp on the way to Gangasagar in Kolkata. Deployment of doctors at Gangasagar Mela has become a major challenge for the South 24-Parganas district administration barely a day ahead of commencement of the grand fair with around 100 doctors of Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital having tested positive for Covid-19.With many of the remaining doctors having been assigned duties at the Mela, the hospital authorities have appealed to the district administration for exemption of their duties, else, it would become difficult to render regular patient services at the hospital.

  • Pakistani women devotees bringing water for ablution of the graves at the shrine of the mausoleum of Ruqayyah Bint Ali known as Bibi Pak Daman in Lahore. Women devotees participate rituals during 995th three days annual religious ritual washing ceremony on the eve of Urs celebrations. Bibi Pak Daman is the mausoleum of Ruqayyah bint Ali located in Lahore. Legend has it that it holds the graves of six ladies from Muhammad's household (Ahl Al-Bayt). \

  • The Calcutta High Court on Friday allowed the Ganga Sagar Mela to be held in West Bengal.The court also directed the Home Secretary to “issue advertisements in the daily newspapers having wide circulation in the State of West Bengal and also through the electronic media making the public aware of the risk of visiting Gangasagar Island between 08th and 16th January, 2022 in large gathering and will make an appeal to them to stay safe and desist from visiting the Gangasagar Island during this period". Meanwhile, pilgrims for Ganga Sagar Mela have started trickling into the State and camps have been set up in the Kolkata Maidan.

  • Pilgrims after covid-19 test wafting for repot at a transit camp ahead of the upcoming annual Gangasagar Mela or annual religious fair at the Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

  • Ganga Sagar transits camp amid the spread of Covid-19 in Kolkata, India.

  • The historical statue of god "Padmapani Lokeshwar", which went missing 44 years ago from a Buddhist monastery in Naxal, Kathmandu has been restored according to culture and tradition to its original monastery.

  • Devotees of Black Nazarene visits Quiapo Church in Manila, Philippines on it's feast day, January 9, 2022. Because of sudden surge of COVID-19 cases with Omicron Variant threat in the Philippines that leads the government to reimposed alert level 3 in National Capital Region, Quiapo Church in Manila cancels the yearly tradition called Traslacion of devotees of Black Nazarene to avoid mass gathering and spread of coronavirus. Despite of the said guidelines, devoted catholics are still trying to reach the barricaded church to offer their personal prayers.

  • Pilgrims wait for transportation at a transit camp ahead of the upcoming annual Gangasagar Mela or annual religious fair at the Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

  • The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (Italian: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, sometimes abbreviated to MANN) is an important Italian archaeological museum, particularly for ancient Roman remains. Its collection includes works from Greek, Roman and Renaissance times, and especially Roman artifacts from the nearby Pompeii, Stabia and Herculaneum sites. From 1816 to 1861 it was known as Real Museo Borbonico ("the Royal Bourbon Museum").

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on January 7 restored the FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity (MoC), the Catholic religious congregation set up by Nobel laureate Mother Teresa. The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration is mandatory to receive foreign donations. The move comes just days after the Ministry issued a statement that the FCRA registration of the MoC was not renewed as “some adverse inputs were noticed”. The registration was renewed, making MoC eligible to receive and utilize foreign funds in its bank accounts even as the U.K Parliament debated the issue, seeking to know if the British government had raised the issue of blocking of overseas funds of the MoC and other NGOs with India.

  • A health worker wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) performs a Covid-19 coronavirus screening of pilgrims at a transit camp ahead of the upcoming annual Gangasagar Mela or annual religious fair at the Sagar Island.

  • Every year many Sadhus from all over India reach Babughat on their way to Gangasagar (Sagar) to take a holy dip. Gangasagar is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers in the Kapil Muni Temple. The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee urged the pilgrims to follow Covid safety protocol due to the number of Covid and Omicron cases increasing rapidly. That's Why thermal screening, social distancing and covid testing was done here.

  • A health worker takes sadhu from Gangasagar transit camp to a hospital after they detects coronavirus positive amid coronavirus emergency in Kolkata.

  • From yesterday, the KMC is organizing Covid Test for the benefactors of Gangasagar from other State in Babughat. There 119 people were tested and 6 people were found to be infected.

  • The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee urged the pilgrims to follow Covid safety protocol, distance had to be maintained and masks worn for everyone’s. Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have facilities for COVID-19 testing and vaccination center and also an isolation unit at the transit camp for Gangasagar Mela pilgrims set up at Babughat. Covid test program is in process for the Sadhus and pilgrims inside Ganga Sagar Transit Camp.

  • Every year many Sadhus from all over India reach Babughat on their way to reach Gangasagar (Sagar) to to take a holy dip. Gangasagar is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers in the Kapil Muni Temple.

  • Naga Sadhu (Hindu holy man) at a transit camp for the upcoming auspicious Hindu religious festival Gangasagar Mela in Kolkata.

  • The life of villagers is beside the India-Bangladesh border side in the afternoon at Nabin Nagar, West Bengal; India on 04/01/2022. The coronavirus has spread its tentacles in villages across India, unfolding one of India's most feared problems of tackling the pandemic with a frail health infrastructure and lack of information in rural parts of the country.

  • Preparation of the Gangasagar Mela transit camp having started and in progress by the State Govt. of West Bengal. Sadhus have been started coming amid the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, at the Gangasagar Mela transit camp on their way to the annual Hindu festival at the Gangasagar to take a dip at the confluence at the Sagar island of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, on the forthcoming occasion of the Makar Sankranti on the Wednesday, 14 January, 2022.

  • About 150km from Kolkata, in South 24 Parganas district, the island of Sagar is considered auspicious by the Hindus, who gather here at this time of the year to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal and believe that all their sins will be washed off. As Kolkata acts as a transit point, Sadhus of all ages and backgrounds make a pit stop here and then avail the government buses to go to Ganga Sagar mela and come back too. The days they wait here at Babughat area on their way and back to Sagar Island becomes Gangasagar Transit Camp.

  • The prevalence of new cases of omicron (COVID-19) in West Bengal is increasing day by day, The West Bengal government is imposing restrictions on the residents of the state to prevent the third wave of coronavirus and everyone has been requested to Gathering forbidden and use the mask-sanitizer must. This photo was taken at a yearly rural winter fair at Tehatta, where in most cases the rules are not being followed.

  • Muslim are praying the Friday Jummah prayer on the street of Dhaka.

  • People watch Nativity Scene in Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome in Rome

  • The Missionaries of Charity on Monday said the Union home ministry has not ordered a freeze on any of its bank accounts after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged the same. The charity, founded by Mother Teresa, issued a clarification saying the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration has been “neither suspended nor canceled.” “We would like to clarify that the FCRA registration of the Missionaries of Charity has been neither suspended nor canceled. Further there is no freeze ordered by the Ministry of Home Affairs on any of our bank accounts,” the statement read. The clarification followed a statement by the Union home ministry in which it said the application for the renewal of FCRA registration was refused on December…

  • Christmas celebration in covid pandemic. Amid rising COVID cases and the Omicron threat, a massive crowd of visitors was seen at the Christmas Festival. Most of the people didn't wear masks. They enjoyed themselves a lot on this day. This gathering may increase covid cases.