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13 days ago
A massacre on a dusty Iraqi plain and its poetic remembrance

A small band of prominent people, including women and children, refusing allegiance to the ruler, were forcibly confined on a dusty plain for over a week, refused access to water, and eventually all the men were massacred. But it didn't end there, with the episode causing an irrevocable split in a new religion, unleashing further cycles of violence (which haven't abated even now) and still capabl...

16 days ago
Actress Michelle Yeoh for improved road safety in India

Leh (Ladakh), Oct 6 (IANS) She zoomed through the streets of Bangkok on a superbike with Pierce Brosnan in the James Bond flick Tomorrow Never Dies, but Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh mostly doesn't feel the need for speed. Road safety is a key element in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and India has a key role in their delivery, says the UNDP Goodwill Ambassdor for SDGs. ...

23 days ago
Ladakh, where Buddhist spirituality, culture reign supreme

Ladakh -- once the hub of the ancient Silk Route -- is aptly described as a place where Buddhist spirituality and its ancient culture reign supreme amidst virgin nature. It's a cold desert in northern India, dotted by tiny hamlets spread over the Himalayan peaks adjoining Tibet, where one can simultaneously have a close brush with sunburn and frostbite in summer. Leh, the headqua...

26 days ago
'Kumbh of Himalayas' sees over 5 million visitors

Leh, Sep 26 (IANS) Over five million people visited the week-long celebrations of the Naropa festival to mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of great Indian saint Naropa in the 17th century Hemis Monastery in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, organisers said on Monday. The festival concluded last week after which, Gyalwang Drukpa, the current spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa ...

26 days ago
Australian researchers use modern methods to solve ancient murder mystery

Sydney, Sep 26 (IANS) Using state-of-the-art equipment, Australian researchers have managed to solve an 800-year-old murder case pertaining to the death of an Aboriginal man. A team of scientists led by researcher Michael Westaway, a senior fellow at the Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University, in South East Queensland, has discovered evidence suggesting that a skeleto...

1 month ago
Militants should get fair share of hearing: Buddhist monk

Leh, Sep 21 (IANS) Buddhist spiritual leader and active globetrotting environmentalist the Gyalwang Drukpa wants militants to get a fair share of hearing to present their side of the picture. Even as terrorism has attained alarming proportions globally, the Gyalwang Drukpa told IANS on the International Day of Peace (Sep 21): We are not giving a fair opportunity to listen to and understa...

1 month ago
This 'rockstar monk' is crooning songs of gender equality

Leh, Sep 20 (IANS) There is a rockstar monk crooning the song of gender equality and harmony, of saving the Himalayas for the future -- cycling down the treacherous mountains and preaching another religion. Well, perhaps not crooning literally, but his interests, enthusiasm and activism are far removed from any religious personality that adorns the robe. This Buddhist leader and ...

1 month ago
60-foot-tall silk brocade displayed at Naropa festival

Leh, Sep 19 (IANS) A 60-foot-tall silk embroidery brocade of Buddha Amitabha was unfurled on Monday at once-in-12-years carnival of spirituality, culture and tradition near the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage, the largest such in the Himalayas. The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa Order based in the Himalayas, unfurled the brocade amids...

1 month ago
SRK poses with Rembrandt painting at Rijksmuseum

Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is currently in Amsterdam shooting for Imtiaz Alis film, gave his fans a glimpse of his date with the world famous Rijksmuseum. The actor, who was particularly drawn to a painting The Night Watch by Dutch artist Rembrandt, tweeted: Surrounded by Masters keeping a Nightwatch. Rembrandt and others at the awesome Rijks Museum. Am...

1 month ago
Leh gears up for Buddhist 'Kumbh of Himalayas'

Leh, Sep 14 (IANS) A once-in-12-years carnival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition -- and a grand congregation of Drukpa masters -- is set to begin this week at the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage, the largest such in the Himalayas. Organisers say the fourth edition of the Naropa festival, a celebration of the 1,000th birth anniversary of the great Indian saint...

1 month ago
Modi visits Ambassadors' Pagoda in Vietnam

Hanoi, Sep 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the Quan Su Pagoda, also known as the Ambassadors' Pagoda here. At the heart of the Vietnamese Buddhism, a precious treasure of Hanoi. PM @narendramodi visits Quan Su Pagoda, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. The historic monument is also known as the Ambassadors' Pagoda as there was a...

1 month ago
Myanmar President visits Taj Mahal

Agra, Aug 28 (IANS) Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw on Sunday visited the Taj Mahal on the second leg of his four-day trip to India. The President stayed at the Taj for around an hour, according to Munnazar Ali, caretaker of the 17th century site. Kyaw on Saturday arrived at Bodh Gaya in Bihar and offered prayers at the revered Mahabodhi temple. He is accompanied by his wif...

2 months ago
PM pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi here on the occasion of 70th Independence Day. Modi paid a floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial here in Rajghat. on the occasion of nation's 70th Independence Day, Modi is scheduled to address the nation from the 17th century Mughal monument Red Fort wh...

2 months ago
Security up in Delhi ahead of Independence Day

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Security forces were on high alert in the Indian capital ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Monday, with some 45,000 personnel deployed across the city, officials said on Sunday. Besides securing the Red Fort and its environs, security has also been stepped up all across the capital, in particular shopping areas, malls and places where people gather in lar...

2 months ago
Red Fort comes under security blanket for August 15

New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) A multi-tier ground-to-air security ring has been thrown in and around the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation for a third time on Independence Day. Nearly 10 security agencies took over the 17th century Mughal monument, located in Old Delhi, on August 8. They will hand over the complex to the Special Protection Group (SPG) an...

2 months ago
Himachal HC stays takeover of historic Kullu temple

Shimla, Aug 1 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday stayed till August 11 the process to transfer the 17th century temple of Lord Raghunath, the chief deity of the Kullu Valley, to the government. Hearing a petition filed by temple chief caretaker Maheshwar Singh, who challenged the decision on the plea that the temple is his private property, a division bench of Justice Tarlo...

2 months ago
Great Red Spot the source of heat on Jupiter: Scientists

Washington, July 28 (IANS) Jupiter's Great Red Spot with its swirl of reddish hues may be the mysterious heat source behind the planet's surprisingly high upper atmospheric temperatures, new NASA-funded research suggests. The Great Red Spot (GRS) has delighted and mystified since its discovery in the 17th Century. It is two-three times as wide as Earth and is seen by many as a pe...

3 months ago
Football fever is over, but Euro 2016 hangover persists

It's been almost a week since the Euro 2016 final, but the hangover continues -- rather strange because this didn't happen after the IPL, which was a less taxing tournament to watch. Taxing? All the important matches started only half-past midnight and if they went into extra time, they would stretch for upwards of two hours. Waking up early the same morning for work was not easy...

3 months ago
Monks, 'kung fu' nuns on cyclethon for environmental conservation

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Around 500 monks and 'kung fu' nuns of the Drukpa Buddhist order, who commenced a 2,500 km arduous cyclethon from Kathmandu in Nepal and will culminate in the famed Hemis Monastery in Leh, entered the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Thursday. They are creating awareness about environmental conservation. Recently the Himalayas faced several environmental d...

3 months ago
Hemis monastery decked up for famed mask dance

Leh, July 8 (IANS) Ahead of a grand congregation of Buddhists next month, the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage, the largest such in Ladakh, has been decked up for a two-day annual festival that sees monks wearing traditional masks representing deities and evil spirits, the organisers said. The famed Hemis Festival, which will be inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minist...

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