Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has been fined for not wearing a face mask. Authorities in 48 provinces have ordered a fine of up to 20,000 baht if a person does not wear a face mask. This includes the capital Bangkok. But for not having a face mask there on Monday, the prime minister was fined.Prime Minister Ocha presided over a meeting on Covid-19 vaccination. But as can be seen on his official account posted on Facebook, he does not have a face mask. That’s why he was the victim of terrible criticism online. The photo was later removed from Facebook. The coronavirus has also resurfaced in Thailand.
This has put a lot of pressure on the health system. In order to protect public health, those who do not wear face masks have been fined. Such directives have been implemented in 48 provinces. So far, the capital Bangkok has been hit the hardest by Corona. At least 30 businesses and services have been shut down. These include cinema halls, parks, zoos, bars, pools and massage parlors. Gatherings of more than 20 people have been banned. Shopping malls and department stores have been allowed to remain open for a short time.
Despite the rapid increase in infections, these restrictions, lockdowns, curfews or travel bans do not apply to the entire country. Some provinces have been allowed to impose restrictions on their own. For example, there has been talk of compulsory quarantine when moving from one province to another. There are 6 provinces in Thailand. Of these, 48 provinces have been fined for not wearing a face mask.
Bangkok Governor Ashwin Kanmuang says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has been fined 7,000 baht for not wearing a face mask. The town’s police chief and other officials went to collect the fine on Monday. Because, this is the first time he has done wrong against the law. It was not immediately clear if he had been fined.
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Kaushali Pranjal Acharya: When you hear the word ‘Kumbher Mela’, the image of a big pitcher comes to mind. Yes, according to the traditional religious mythology, the sea that is churned by the combined efforts of gods and demons, at one time a pot full of nectar came out. That is what I will say now. The Aquarius Fair is widely recognized as the largest religious gathering in the world. About 120 million people gathered at the confluence of the three rivers Ganga-Jamuna-Saraswati in Allahabad, India (known as Prayag) for a month-long Aquarius fair. People from all over the world, including Indian pilgrims, come here for bathing on the occasion of the fair and fifty lakh people can bathe together. On the occasion of the fair a town was built there completely temporarily. Where water, electricity, food, rest, toilets, police station, firefighting, communication, almost all types of services are provided. There are also sermons, sermons and prayer meetings of various traditional religious organizations.
Now let us know why this grand gathering is organized. According to the Puranas, the gods and demons churned the sea together to rescue nectar from the abyss of the sea at the behest of Lord Krishna. The Basuki snake was used as the churning river of the ocean and as a churning rope. The gods pray to Lord Krishna so that the huge depression does not sink into the sea. Then, under the direction of Lord Krishna, Vishnu took the form of Kurmavatar and held the mountain of Mandar on his back. The gods started churning the sea towards the tail of Basuki and the demons towards the front of Basuki. At one point, as a result of the friction between Basuki’s body and the mountain of recession, Basuki began to exhale venomously at high speed. It is surrounded by poisonous clouds and the trees are on fire. Pralayaka- appears all around. Later, by the grace of Lord Krishna, everything became normal for the protection of the living world. Then the churning started again. The first thing that comes up in the churning is a poison called Halahal. Then, considering the welfare of the world, Devadidev Mahadev contained that poison in his own voice. Then, as a result of the churning, the moon, the Airavat elephant, the high-sounding horse, the Parijat flower tree, the apsaras named Urvashi, Menka and Rambha, came up one by one. Then Dhanvantari came up with nectar. When Lakshmi finally ascends and meets Vishnu in the form of illuminating the heavens, Vishnu assumes the form of Mohini and continues to distribute nectar among the gods from the Aquarius that has risen in the churning. Then four drops of nectar fell in four places of the world. As a result, the places where nectar falls become Mahatirtha. The places of Amritpatan are the confluence of the three rivers Ganga-Jamuna-Saraswati at Nasik Valley, Haridwar, Ujjaini and Allahabad in Maharashtra – which has become a great pilgrimage site today.
According to astrology, based on the zodiac sign of Moon and Sun, it is determined where and when the fair will be held among the four Aquarius. The fair is held at the Trimbakeshwar Temple Ghat in Maharashtra in the year when Jupiter and the Sun are in Leo. Thus, when the Sun is in Aries, a fair is held at Haridwar that year. When the Sun is in Taurus, a fair is organized in Ujjain that year. In the year when Jupiter is in Taurus and the Sun is in Aquarius, the fair is held at the Triveni Sangam Prayag in Allahabad. Ardha Kumbha is held every six years, Purna Kumbha every twelve years and Maha Kumbha every one hundred and forty four years. The location of the Aquarius is determined by astronomical calculations from the East. This year it is being held as Ardha Kumbh. Bathing in this Most Holy Aquarius removes all the sins of human life immediately.
Author: Sub-Divisional Engineer, DPDC and Devotee, Mayapur Institute of Higher Studies, ISKCON, Dhaka.