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World In photos: Maha Shivratri festival celebrations in Indian Subcontinent

23:35  21 february  2020
23:35  21 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of Lord Shiva, and in particular, marks the night of the heavenly marriage and consummation between Shiva and Parvati.

Maha Shivratri Puja Vidhi. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great devotion as the most important day to attain purification of the soul and salvation from bondage of human birth and achieve union with Lord Shiva. 1. Devotees wake up early morning and take bath with water mixed with sesame seeds.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said Friday that he's willing to release at least three women from nondisclosure agreements that prevented them from speaking publicly about sexual harassment or discrimination suits filed against him over the last three decades.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg waves after speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg waves after speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against his company over the years. Bloomberg said his company has identified “3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made.”

He wrote: “If any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company and they’ll be given a release.”

Bloomberg was attacked repeatedly this week in his debut debate for declining to release women from the nondisclosure agreements.

He wrote: “I’ve done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days and I’ve decided that for as long as I’m running the company, we won’t offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward.”

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A troop of special Chinese ducks is waiting to be deployed to neighboring Pakistan to fight a swarm of crop-eating pests that threaten regional food security. © Stringer/Xinhua via Getty Images OKARA, Feb. 15, 2020 -- Photo taken with mobile phone on Feb. 15, 2020 shows a farmer riding a cart as locusts swarming in Okara district in eastern Pakistan's Punjab province. Locust attack on crops incurred heavy financial losses to farmers in some areas of the country.

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