CM Yogi to visit again on 1st November. CM Yogi Adityanath is set to visit Vrindavan for the 4th time since he became Chief Minister of U.P. in March this year. The BJP’s anti-corruption campaign, which focuses on the moral and religious qualifications of candidates, is likely to be a boon for pilgrimage places like Vrindavan. Since coming to power, the CM has visited Gorakhpur 5 times, Varanasi and Ayodhya 4 times each and Vrindavan thrice. In Ayodhya, CM Yogi arranged for Sita-Ram to descend in a helicopter, causing people to feel as if they had been transported back to Treta Yug. CM Yogi’s last visit to Vrindavan did not have such a positive effect, because the CM got stuck in the middle of protests by Yamuna floodplain homeowners. On this next scheduled visit, the CM will be part of the inauguration ceremony of a new Radha Krishna temple and guest house in Keshav Dham, Burja road. Read more (Hindi)
Hanuman statue removed in land dispute. Thursday, Tentigaon: Four men have been charged with disturbing the peace after a Hanuman statue was secretly placed on a plot land in an attempt to claim possession of the land. On Wednesday night, village resident Mr. Murlidhar installed the Hanuman statue. On Thursday morning, a crowd gathered at the site, arguments ensued and police arrived. Murlidhar claims that, one year ago, he paid Rs. 3 Lakh in advance because Rajkumar Agarwal said that he was selling the land. Police charged Murlidhar, Rajkumar, Dilip and Ombabu with disturbing the peace and moved the Hanuman statue to a more peaceful place. Read more (Hindi)
Mathura’s elephant shelter is world class. Today, Hindustan is reporting that foreign visitors, Justin and Edmu from Brampton, Canada, spoke in praise of Mathura’s elephant shelter. The Canadian nationals said that Mathura’s Elephant Conservation and Care Centre is better than the zoos in their country. The centre rescues injured and abused elephants from across India. The park also gives visitors the chance to participate in serving the elephants by bathing, feeding and walking them.
Vegetables barred from Diwali parties. Umesh Chaudhary, fresh produce market inspector, said that the demand for vegetables was reduced by 25-30% this Diwali. Despite the crowds in Braj, demand for vegetables during festival times remains low, as people dine on sweets and pakwan (fried foods). Also, many households and ashrams order vegetables in advance. Fearing higher prices, people are disinclined to buy vegetables, and, during festivals, farmers send less produce to the market. Over the Diwali period, cabbage and potato prices remained steady, but the price of cauliflower increased. Read more (Hindi)