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Varuthini Ekadashi is observed each year on the Ekadashi (11) date of Krishna Paksha of Vaishaki month

Mar Chrysostom died at the age of 103. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ShashiTharoor)

Mar Chrysostom was the former head of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church

A man weeps at the funeral of Rabbi Eliezer Goldberg, who died during Lag BaOmer celebrations at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, in Jerusalem on Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • 45 were killed in a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site in Israel on Thursday
  • The youngest victim was 9 years old
  • At least 16 of the 45 killed were 19 or younger

Oral Roberts founded the Oral Roberts University at Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1963. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ @OralRobertsU)

  • Oral Roberts was an American televangelist
  • Roberts was ordained in Pentecostal Holiness and United Methodist churches
  • He is regarded as the godfather of Charismatic Christianity movement in the US

.Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Rights groups earlier in the week expressed alarm after Mahjoubi was hospitalised in a critical condition in Iran.(Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • Iran's prisons organisation said Behnam Mahjoubi was hospitalised in Tehran after he "was recently poisoned"
  • Mahjoubi, a member of the Sufi Gonabadi order, was imprisoned after taking part in a demonstration in February 2018
  • Emerging in the 19th century, the Gonabadi order is one of the most prominent Sufi branches in the Islamic republic

.Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Web series 'Tandav' with Saif Ali Khan is lead was released on Amazon Prime Video on last Friday, January 15, 2021. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@PrimeVideoIN)

  • The FIR has been registered for allegedly hurting religious sentiments
  • This comes a day after I&B ministry sought an explanation from Amazon Prime Video
  • 'Tandav' show has been in controversy for reportedly ridiculing Hindu deities

.Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
A vendor sells sugarcane ahead of the 'Pongal' festival in Thiruvananthapuram, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • On the occasion of Pongal, people clean their homes and make 'Kolams' or rangolis
  • Rangolis or Kolam are made as some people believe they bring luck to the house
  • From floral to classic, one can opt various designs of rangoli this Pongal

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
"These designations show that when religious freedom is attacked, we will act," Mike Pompeo tweeted. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@SecPompeo)

  • Mike Pompeo designated Nigeria as a "Country of Particular Concern" for religious freedom
  • The decision comes following growing concerns from Christian groups
  • The blacklist also includes nations like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China and Iran

.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Uddhav Thackeray said the wearing of masks will be mandatory. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Places of worship were shut since the COVID-19 lockdown
  • Uddhav Tackeray said that rules and protocols should be strictly followed
  • The Opposition has been repeatedly targeting him for keeping places of worship shut

.Thane, Maharashtra, India
CM Uddhav Thackeray was forced to appeal to people to not fan communal tensions after the incident (Photo courtesy: Twitter/ CMO Maharashtra)

  • The four accused were released on a bail of Rs 15,000 each
  • Over 100 people were arrested after the incident in April 
  • Several right-wing figures had demanded high-level probe of the incident