The aurora borealis could appear in New York, Chicago, and Portland on Wednesday, as solar storms crash into E – Business Insider India

  • Eruptions of plasma from the sun are careening toward Earth and will likely cause a geomagnetic storm.
  • That could bring the aurora borealis south to New York, Chicago, and Portland Wednesday night.

Eruptions of electrically charged plasma from the sun might push the aurora borealis all the way to New York, Chicago, and Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night.

The solar eruptions are called coronal mass ejections (CMEs). They’re named for their origins in the corona, the outer layer of the sun’s atmosphere, and a series of them are traveling toward Earth right now. They’re all expected to arrive at about 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, possibly triggering stunning, highly active auroras as far south as Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Oregon, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center, a branch of the National Weather Service.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) erupting from the sun on August 17, 2022. The sun is blocked out so its corona is visible.NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center

The aurora appears when Earth’s magnetic field channels electrically charged solar particles toward the poles, where the particles interact with gases in Earth’s atmosphere. That’s what creates ribbons of bright colors.

When CMEs send floods of those particles towards the Earth, that causes a geomagnetic storm, which can produce particularly stunning auroras.

Earth’s magnetic field channels charged particles from the sun towards the poles.NASA Goddard’s Conceptual Image Lab/K. Kim

Geomagnetic storms can wreak havoc on power grids and satellites

Solar storms don’t just bring pretty auroras. The inundation of solar particles can also interfere with power grids, GPS, and radio communications, and even affect satellites’ orbits around Earth. Wednesday’s storm isn’t expected to have much impact on technology, but past solar storms have caused problems.


The sun blows out a coronal mass ejection, February 24, 2015.NASA/GSFC

In 1989, an inundation of particles from the sun knocked out Quebec’s power for about nine hours. Two other solar storms cut off emergency radio communications for a total of 11 hours shortly after Hurricane Irma in 2017. A solar storm may have even cut off SOS broadcasts from the Titanic as it sank on April 14, 1912, but that’s not known for sure.

Bursts of solar activity can also endanger astronauts in Earth’s orbit by interfering with their spacecraft or knocking out communications to mission control.

Swirls of green and red appear in an aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon on the night of September 3, 2012 .Courtesy of David Cartier, Sr./NASA/Reuters

So studying the source of charged solar particles could help scientists figure out how to protect both astronauts and Earth’s electric grid from these unpredictable electrical storms. Two spacecraft currently orbiting the sun are doing just that.

In February 2020, NASA and the European Space Agency launched the Solar Orbiter to capture data about eruptions on the sun’s surface. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is also zooming around the sun. It’s designed to measure solar eruptions as they happen, tracing the flow of material from the sun to the Earth in real-time.

An artist’s impression of Solar Orbiter observing an eruption on the sun.ESA/AOES

The information these spacecraft are collecting could one day help scientists forecast more geomagnetic storms before they happen.


The Kashmir Files will be ’embarrassment to India’ if sent to Oscars: Filmmaker – Hindustan Times

Published on Aug 18, 2022 09:09 AM IST
  • Filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray has called The Kashmir Files ‘hatemongering garbage of no artistic merit’ as he responded to Vivek Agnihotri’s tweet criticising Anurag Kashyap’s remark against the film.
Dylan Mohan Gray has criticised The Kashmir Files and RRR.

Filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray has said that The Kashmir Files is a “hatemongering garbage of no artistic merit” and added that Anurag Kashyap was just trying to preserve what is left of India’s good name, when he expressed hopes that the film is not selected as the official entry to Oscars this year. Dylan has made the Netflix docu-series Bad Boy Billionaires India that released in 2020. (Also read: Anurag Kashyap comments on The Kashmir Files’ Oscars bid, Vivek Agnihotri reacts)

Responding to Vivek Agnihotri’s tweet on Anurag’s remark, Dylan tweeted, “Yeah, actually it’s (hatemongering, revisionist) garbage of no artistic merit and will be a further embarrassment to India if ‘selected’ by the ‘neutral’ board… Anurag Kashyap is just trying to preserve what’s left of the country’s good name.” He used the hashtags ‘you’re welcome’ and ‘The Kashmir Files’. Dylan added in a separate tweet, “Though RRR is also vile and sadistic, so not much of a step up.”

In his original tweet, Vivek Agnihotri had written that ‘Bollywood’s genocide-denier lobby’ had started a campaign against his film. He shared a screenshot of a news article quoting Anurag and tweeted Wednesday afternoon, “Important: The vicious, genocide-denier lobby of Bollywood has started their campaign against The Kashmir Files for Oscars, under the leadership of the maker of Dobaaraa (Anurag).”

Anurag batted for RRR as India’s official Oscars entry this year and told Galatta Plus in an interview recently, “India might actually have a nomination in the final five if RRR is the film they pick. I don’t know what film anybody is going to pick. I hope not The Kashmir Files.”

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Kashmir Files featured Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumar in lead roles. The film opened to mixed reviews and emerged as one of the top grosser Hindi films this year. The film is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the late-1980s. While the film received critical acclaim for portrayal of a sensitive issue, many also criticised it for painting all Muslims as aggressors.


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Ahead of Market: 10 things that will decide D-St action on Thursday – Economic Times

Having rallied non-stop for the last seven days, the headline index Nifty50 is now less than four per cent away from lifetime high levels. Analysts said that the recent rally is boosted by softening inflation and strong FII buying. On Wednesday, the Nifty ended at 17,944 and Sensex at 60,260.

Here’s how analysts read the market pulse:

Osho Krishan, Sr Analyst – Technical & Derivative Research, Angel One, said the unilateral movement of the index has placed it towards the psychological mark of 18,000, which might hinder the ongoing up move, followed by the weekly swing high of 18,100-18,150 odd levels that might act as a sturdy wall for the bulls.

Mohit Nigam, Head – PMS, Hem Securities, Nifty50 may take support at 17,750 level and face resistance at 18,180 level. “For Bank Nifty, the immediate support and resistance levels are 39,000 and 40,000, respectively,” he added.

That said, here’s a look at what some key indicators are suggesting for Thursday’s action:

Wall Street falls as growth stocks slide
Wall Street’s main indexes fell on Wednesday with growth stocks under renewed pressure as bond yields climbed ahead of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s July meeting, while weak results from Target dragged the retail sector lower.

The S&P 500 retail sector declined 1.2%, after jumping 1.9% in the previous session on encouraging quarterly earnings from Walmart Inc and Home Depot Inc.

At 09:51 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 194.64 points, or 0.57%, at 33,957.37, the S&P 500 was down 34.07 points, or 0.79%, at 4,271.13, and the Nasdaq Composite was down 152.85 points, or 1.17%, at 12,949.70.

European stocks drop
European stock markets fell Wednesday as official data showed UK inflation surging to a new 40-year high. The pan-European Stoxx 600 slipped 1 % by late afternoon, having given up earlier gains.

Tech View: Small bullish candle
On the daily chart, the index formed a small bullish candle with a longer lower shadow. It has been forming higher highs from the last six sessions.

Stocks showing bullish bias
Momentum indicator Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) showed a bullish trade setup on the counters of

, , , SBI Cards, and Firstsource.

The MACD is known for signaling trend reversals in traded securities or indices. When the MACD crosses above the signal line, it gives a bullish signal, indicating that the price of the security may see an upward movement and vice versa.

Stocks signalling weakness ahead
The MACD showed bearish signs on the counters of NHPC,

, CRISIL, , and .

A bearish crossover on the MACD on these counters indicated that they have just begun their downward journey.

Most active stocks in value terms

(Rs 1,764 crore), (Rs 1,578 crore), HDFC Bank (Rs 931 crore), RIL (Rs 812 crore), (Rs 798 crore), and (Rs 780 crore) were among the most active stocks on NSE in value terms. Higher activity on a counter in value terms can help identify the counters with the highest trading turnovers in the day.

Most active stocks in volume terms
Tata Steel (Shares traded: 5.4 crore), NTPC (Shares traded: 2 crore), Tata Motors (Shares traded: 1.5 crore), ONGC (Shares traded: 1.6 crore), Hindalco (Shares traded: 1.2 crore) and SBI (Shares traded: 1.2 crore) were among the most traded stocks in the session on NSE.

Stocks showing buying interest
Shares of

, ICICI Bank, SBI Life and witnessed strong buying interest from market participants as they scaled their fresh 52-week highs, signalling bullish sentiment.

Stocks seeing selling pressure
Shares of

Limited were among those that witnessed strong selling pressure and hit their 52-week lows, signalling bearish sentiment on the counters.

Sentiment meter favours bulls
Overall, market breadth favoured winners as 1,960 stocks ended in the green, while 1,460 names settled with cuts.

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7 Indian, 1 Pak YouTube Channels Blocked Over “Fake, Anti-India Content” – NDTV

New Delhi:

The Indian government has got YouTube to block access to eight channels — seven Indian and one  run from Pakistan — over “fake, anti-India content”, taking the number to 102 since December last year. One Facebook account and two posts on the platform have also been blocked in the latest action, using emergency powers under IT Rules 2021, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said in a release today.

These eight YouTube channels — with nearly 86 lakh subscribers and over 114 crore views — “spread hatred among religious communities in India… [with] false claims,” said the ministry.

“Examples include fake news such as the Government of India to have ordered demolition of religious structures… to have banned celebration of religious festivals, declaration of religious war in India,” the release added.

The government says it is “committed towards ensuring an authentic, trustworthy, and safe online news media environment”. The action against some social media channels is to “thwart any attempts at undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity, national security, foreign relations, and public order”.

Shehnaaz Gill breaks silence on her dating rumours with Raghav Juyal, says ‘hum kisi ke saath…’ – DNA India

Actress Shehnaaz Gill, who became a household name after her stint in controversial reality show Bigg Boss, has been making headlines after reports that she’s dating  dancer, choreographer, actor and television presenter Raghav Juyal surfaced online. Rumours mills have been abuzz with the news that the two are quite close to each other. Shehnaaz and Raghav will reportedly be seen sharing screen space in Salman Khan starrer Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Soon after reports that Shehnaaz and Raghav are dating spread on social media, the two stars started trending with fans awaiting an official announcement from the duo.

On Wednesday, when Shehnaaz Gill made an appearance in Mumbai at her brother Shehbaz Badesha’s song launch even, Shehnaaz was askes to comment on the link-up reports.

At the event, Shehnaaz was seen slaying it in a black crop top teamed with black shorts and red blazer.

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While speaking to the media at her brother’s song launch event, Shehnaaz said that if someone is spotted with a person or steps out for a casual outing, it doesn’t mean they are in a relationship.  “Media jhoot kyun bolti hai? Media har bar jhoot bolti hai and kuch bi bolti hai. Hum kisi ke saath khade ho jayein ya kisi ke saath ghum lein toh relation mein hai? Nahin na…toh bas, media fizool bolti hai. Ab main hyper ho jaungi,” Shehnaaz was heard telling the media in a viral video from the event.

Shehnaaz then stopped the media from asking her personal questions and promised that when she makes an appearance for her own project next, she wuld answer all questions by the media.

Earlier this month, Shehnaaz had reacted to reports of her exit from Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Taking to her Instagram Stories, Shehnaaz dismissed all rumours of her exit from the Salman Khan starrer film. “Lol, these rumours are my daily dose of entertainment since last few weeks. I can’t wait for people to watch the film and of course me too in the film,” she wrote.


Karthikeya 2 Hindi success gets Nikhil Siddhartha in Prabhas, Jr NTR, and others’ league as pan-India star – Bollywood Life

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Nikhil Siddhartha (Karthikeya 2)

Karthikeya 2 has been doing very well at the box office. Even the Hindi version of the movie has received a good response, and it is showing a very good jump in the numbers. Well, with the success of Karthikeya 2 Hindi, Nikhil Siddhartha has become a pan-India star and he joins other South stars like Prabhas, Jr NTR, Allu Arjun, and others.

‘Shaken Faith in Justice, I’m Numb’: Bilkis Bano On Release of Convicts, Appeals to Govt to ‘Undo Harm’ – News18

Bilkis Bano, a survivor of the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, on Wednesday said the premature release of all the 11 convicts serving a life sentence in a case related to her and seven family members, has shaken her faith in justice and ‘left her numb’.

On August 15, all the 11 convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 case of Bilkis Bano’s gang rape and murder of her seven family members during the riots walked out of the Godhra sub-jail after the BJP government in Gujarat allowed their release under its remission policy.

Criticizing the move, she said nobody enquired about her safety and well-being before taking “such a big and unjust decision,” and appealed to the Gujarat government to “undo this harm” and give back her right to “live without fear and in peace.”

“Two days ago, on August 15, 2022, the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again when I heard that the 11 convicted men who devastated my family and my life, and took from me my three-year-old daughter, had walked free,” Bilkis Bano said in a statement released by her lawyer Sobha on her behalf.

She said the government’s decision has left her numb.

“I was bereft of words. I am still numb,” said the survivor of the gang rape and murder of her family members in one of the worst riots triggered by the Godhra train burning incident.

She said all she can say today is “how can justice for any woman end like this?” “I trusted the highest courts in our land. I trusted the system, and I was learning slowly to live with my trauma. The release of these convicts has taken from me my peace and shaken my faith in justice,” Bilkis Bano said.

“My sorrow and my wavering faith is not for myself alone but for every woman who is struggling for justice in courts,” she said.The survivor asked the state government to ensure her safety and that of her family members post the release of the convicts.

“I appeal to the Gujarat Government, please undo this harm. Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace. Please ensure that my family and I are kept safe,” she added.The Gujarat government had released all the 11 convicts after the Supreme Court directed it to consider their plea for relief under the 1992 remission policy.

A special CBI court in Mumbai had on January 21, 2008, sentenced to life imprisonment all the 11 accused in the case for murder and gang rape. Their conviction was later upheld by Bombay High Court. These convicts served more than 15 years in prison, after which one of them approached the Supreme Court with a plea for his premature release. The apex court had directed the Gujarat government to look into the issue of remission of his sentence as per its 1992 policy on the basis of the date of his conviction. Thereafter, the government formed a committee and issued an order allowing premature release of all the convicts from jail.

On March 3, 2002, Bilkis Bano’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village in Limkheda taluka of Dahod district. Bilkis Bano, who was five months pregnant at the time, was gang raped and seven members of her family were killed by rioters.

With inputs from PTI

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Monkeypox outbreak: Over 35,000 cases and 12 deaths globally, `almost` all infections among men who have se… – Zee News

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday (August 17, 2022) said that more than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 92 countries and territories, with 12 deaths. At a media briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that almost 7,500 monkeypox infections were reported last week, a “20% increase” over the previous week. He stated that “almost all cases” are being reported from Europe and the Americas, and almost all cases continue to be reported among men who have sex with men.

“The primary focus for all countries must be to ensure they are ready for monkeypox, and to stop transmission using effective public health tools, including enhanced disease surveillance, careful contact tracing, tailored risk communication and community engagement, and risk reduction measures,” Tedros said.

The chief of the global health body said that monkeypox vaccines may also play an important part in controlling the outbreak, and in many countries there is high demand for vaccines from the affected communities. 

“However, for the moment, supplies of vaccines, and data about their effectiveness, are limited, although we are starting to receive data from some countries,” he said.

Tedros also said that WHO “remains concerned” that the inequitable access to vaccines we saw during the COVID-19 pandemic will be repeated, and that the poorest will continue to be left behind.

WHO renames two known clades of monkeypox virus

A meeting of experts convened by WHO has agreed to rename the two known clades of monkeypox virus using Roman numerals, Tedros informed.

While the clade formerly known as the Congo Basin or Central African clade will now be referred to as clade I, while the West African clade will be called clade II. 

“Work on renaming the disease and the virus is ongoing,” Tedros said.

What is monkeypox virus?

It is an illness caused by the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic infection that can spread from animals to humans. It can also spread from person to person. The disease is called monkeypox because it was first identified in colonies of monkeys kept for research in 1958. It was later detected in humans in 1970. 

What are symptoms of monkeypox disease?

The monkeypox disease can cause a range of signs and symptoms. While some people have mild symptoms, others may develop more serious symptoms and need care in a health facility. The most common symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes. This is followed or accompanied by the development of a rash which can last for two to three weeks. 

The rash can be found on the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyes, mouth, throat, groin, and genital and/or anal regions of the body. The number of lesions can range from one to several thousand. Lesions begin flat, then fill with liquid before they crust over, dry up and fall off, with a fresh layer of skin forming underneath.

Symptoms typically last two to three weeks and usually go away on their own or with supportive care, such as medication for pain or fever. People remain infectious until all of the lesions have crusted over, the scabs fallen off and a new layer of skin has formed underneath.

Those at higher risk for severe disease or complications include people who are pregnant, children and persons that are immunocompromised.

How does monkeypox spread?

The monkeypox spreads from person to person through close contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash, including through face-to-face, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-skin contact, including sexual contact. When an infectious person touches clothing, bedding, towels, objects, electronics and surfaces, someone else who touches these items can then become infected. It is also possible to become infected from breathing in skin flakes or virus from clothing, bedding or towels. 

The virus can also spread through direct contact with the mouth, respiratory droplets and possibly through short-range aerosols. 

Monkeypox can also spread from someone who is pregnant to the fetus, after birth through skin-to-skin contact, or from a parent with monkeypox to an infant or child during close contact.  

How to protect yourself against monkeypox?

Reduce your risk of catching monkeypox by limiting close contact with people who have suspected or confirmed monkeypox, or with animals who could be infected. 

Clean and disinfect environments that could have been contaminated with the monkeypox virus from someone who is infected regularly. 

Is there a treatment for monkeypox virus?

People with the monkeypox virus should follow the advice of their health care provider. Symptoms normally resolve on their own without the need for treatment, but if needed, medication for pain (analgesics) and fever (antipyretics) can be used to relieve some symptoms, according to WHO. 

It is important for anyone with monkeypox to stay hydrated, eat well, and get enough sleep. 

People infected with monkeypox should also avoid scratching their skin and take care of their rash by cleaning their hands before and after touching lesions and keeping skin dry and uncovered (unless they are unavoidably in a room with someone else, in which case they should cover it with clothing or a bandage until they are able to isolate again). 

The rash can be kept clean with sterilised water or antiseptic. Saltwater rinses can be used for lesions in the mouth, and warm baths with baking soda and Epsom salts can help with lesions on the body. Lidocaine can be applied to oral and perianal lesions to relieve pain.

An antiviral that was developed to treat smallpox (tecovirimat) was approved in January 2022 by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of monkeypox. 

Can kids catch monkeypox virus?

Children can also get monkeypox if they have close contact with someone who has symptoms. There, however, have been a small number of kids with monkeypox in the current outbreak.

NASA Artemis 1 Mission Orion spacecraft now on launchpad! Moon launch on August 29 – HT Tech

NASA Artemis 1 Mission’s spacecraft has been rolled out on launchpad ahead of August 29 launch.

NASA has finally rolled out the rocket and the Orion spacecraft for its Artemis 1 Mission after changing the schedule last week. NASA has rolled out the spacecraft and rocket days earlier than what the agency had originally planned. The agency had been planning to roll out the Artemis 1 Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to the Kennedy Space Center on August 18 but has already rolled it out on the evening of August 16. The Artemis 1 launch is scheduled for August 29.

NASA wrote in a tweet on August 16, “@NASA is targeting as soon as 9 pm EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 16 for rollout of @NASA_SLS ahead of a targeted Aug. 29 #Artemis I launch.”

Although the Artemis SLS rocket and the Crawler only had to travel 4 miles, the journey took nearly 10 hours. The roll out began at 9pm EDT as planned and was finally completed around 7am EDT.

The Artemis Programme is NASA’s first attempt to send a manned mission to the Moon since the Apollo missions in 1972. Earlier this month, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, “To all of us that gaze up at the Moon, dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface, folks, we’re here. We are going back.”

The launch is scheduled for August 29 at 9:33am from the Kennedy Space Center. NASA has also scheduled September 2 and September 5 as backup launch dates in-case of failure to launch on August 29 due to bad weather or any other condition.

What is Artemis 1 Mission?

According to NASA, Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. When NASA launches the Artemis 1 mission using the Space Launcher System on August 29, the Orion spacecraft, although unmanned, will carry 3 manikins called Zohar, Helga and Campos to space as human stand-ins for various tests and studies. They will be retrofitted with a vast number of sensors to conduct tests regarding the spaceflight.

Janmashtami 2022: Date, Puja Timings, History, Significance and Importance – The Indian Express

The festival is celebrated with a lot of fervor across the country, since Krishna — often referred to as the ‘Blue God’ — was one of the most popular and loved avatars of the God of Preservation, who is said to have walked on this planet some 5,000 years ago.

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According to Drik Panchang, 2022 marks the 5,249th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. It will be celebrated on August 18 and 19 this year, since Krishna is said to have taken birth at midnight. As such, the nishita puja time is between 12.03 am and 12.47 am on August 19.

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Dahi Handi, which is an important and fun tradition followed by devotees in many parts of the country and around the world, will take place on Friday, August 19, 2022.

It is a competitive event that involves hanging a clay pot filled with dahi, butter, or any other such milk-based product at a reachable height. Much like how young Krishna and his friends used to do it, people form a human pyramid and attempt to reach the pot and break it, before the opposite team does it.

Puja timings

The Drik Panchang states that the ashtami tithi begins at 09.20 pm on August 18 and ends at 10.59 pm on August 19. The rohini nakshatra begins at 01.53 am on August 20 and ends at 04:40 am on August 21.


Devotees, who will observe a fast on the day of Janmashtami, should have their meal a day before Janmashtami and on the day of fasting, they must observe a full-day fast and break it only on the next day when both rohini nakshatra and ashtami tithi are over.

It should be noted that no grains must be consumed during Janmashtami fasting until the fast is broken. The rules of Ekadashi fasting ought to be followed during Janmashtami, too.


Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shraavana of Bhadrapad (which overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar). It is particularly observed in Mathura and Vrindavan.


Celebrations include dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna, devotional songs, fasting and so on. It is also celebrated in other parts of India like West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala, among others.


According to Hindu scriptures, Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva was born in Mathura at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month. But, there was a threat to his life by his maternal uncle King Kansa. Following his birth, Vasudeva — who was imprisoned in a dungeon — carried the infant in a basket across the Yamuna river all the way to Gokul, where he was raised by foster parents Nanda and Yashoda. This legend is celebrated in pictures and on the day of Janmashtami, little idols are washed and clothed, and placed in a cradle.

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