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3 days ago
Goa Church crosses fingers over first Goan origin saint

Panaji, Sep 13 (IANS) The Goa Church has its fingers crossed over reports in the international media which suggest that Blessed Joseph Vaz, a 17th century Catholic priest of Goan origin, could be canonised as Sri Lanka's first saint and Goa's first too. A news report from Colombo suggests that Pope Francis, during a papal visit to the island nation, was likely to announce Vaz's elevation...

5 days ago
Myths of dying Adi Ganga to resonate this Durga Puja

Kolkata, Sep 10 (IANS) A community Durga Puja here promises to bring back myths and legends surrounding the ancient and now-dying Adi Ganga (original Ganga), a branch of the Hooghly, singing its swan song, courtesy urbanisation and pollution. Talked about in medieval Bengali literature, the once-navigable Adi Ganga - passing southwards in the state through what is now South 24-Parganas d...

26 days ago
Hampi most searched heritage site in Karnataka

Bangalore, Aug 20 (IANS) The world-famous Hampi heritage site in Karnataka is the most searched historical place in the state, search engine Google said Wednesday. There has been a growing interest on Hampi among tourists after it emerged as the top searched historical site in Karnataka, Google India said in a statement here. Listed by Unesco in 1986 as a World Heritage Site for ...

27 days ago
Growing human load seen as threat to the Taj

Agra, Aug 19 (IANS) More than 200,000 people visited the Taj Mahal in two days over the weekend, causing alarm among conservationists who feel the ever-increasing human load on the fragile white marble wonder on the banks of the Yamuna could prove detrimental to the health of the monument to love. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan wanted it to be a place of peace and tranquillity, but the 17th c...

1 month ago
In stirring speech, Modi unveils his India vision

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday unveiled his vision for a new, clean and prosperous India in his maiden and stirring Independence Day address from the Red Fort which won him accolades across the country. Delivering an unusually different Aug 15 speech, Modi, who took office only May 26, spoke from the heart in Hindi for around 75 minutes on a range of subject...

1 month ago
Modi electrifies crowd at Red Fort with his speech

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Enthusiastic people cheered, applauded and whistled as Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his over an hour-long maiden Independence Day speech here Friday. As soon as Modi's cavalcade reached Red Fort, the atmosphere turned electric. When he got down and waved to the cheering crowd, many of them stood on their chair to get a glimpse of the leader. On ...

1 month ago
Let's build a new India, Modi says in I-Day address

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) In his maiden Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to work for a new and clean India by shedding the poison of communalism and making the country the world's manufacturing hub. Addressing tens of thousands of cheering people gathered at the Red Fort complex on a bright morning, Modi spoke for over an hour, focussing mainly on nation...

1 month ago
Shops in Delhi's walled city stop selling US, western products

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Gaza is impacting the national capital in more ways than one. Revlon, Loreal, Garnier and other products with US and western brand names, which till a month ago had quite good sales, are off the shelves of Mohammad Iqbal's store in Delhi's old quarters. Iqbal says he can't afford to incur losses, but his conscience does not allow him to make profits from the sale...

1 month ago
Shops in Delhi's walled city stop selling US-linked products

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Gaza is impacting the national capital in more ways than one. Revlon, Loreal, Garnier and other products with US brand names, which till a month ago had quite good sales, are off the shelves of Mohammad Iqbal's store in Delhi's old quarters. Iqbal says he can't afford to incur losses, but his conscience does not allow him to make profits from the sale of product...

1 month ago
4,000 Tricolours to flutter in Delhi on I-Day

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) Four thousand national flags will flutter across the capital and 16,000 balloons will be put at all major crossroads in the city on India's 68th Independence Day, the Delhi government said Monday. The city will wear a dapper look as the Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to launch a special drive in the run-up to the Aug 15 celebrations. The drive ...

1 month ago
Euthanasia: Debate rekindled on right to die for the terminally ill

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled against 'active euthanasia', administering a lethal injection to end lives of patients with terminal illness, but said that 'passive euthanasia', withdrawing life-support systems and stopping medication to a terminally ill person, could be permitted on a case-by-case basis. An apex court query has again rekindled debate on the sensi...

1 month ago
London show flaunts shawl popularised by Frida Kahlo

London, Aug 3 (IANS/EFE) The traditional Mexican 'rebozo' or shawl, that late Mexican painter Frida Kahlo used to wear, is the focus of the Made in Mexico exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. The exhibit explores the role that fashion has played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide from the 17th century to the present and highlights the rebozo as a symbol of Mexican ide...

1 month ago
With joy and prayers, Muslims celebrate Eid in India

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Millions of Muslims Tuesday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr across India with joy and devotion, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi praying for unity and brotherhood in our nation. In innumerable urban and rural centres, Muslims poured into mosques and large open grounds and offered Eid prayers to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Eid prayers were ...

1 month ago
Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated in Delhi

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated in the national capital Tuesday as Muslims marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands of Muslims thronged mosques in the morning and offered prayers. They also hugged one another wishing everyone Eid Mubarak. People prayed for peace and progress in the country and in their personal lives, Maulana Mufti Mukar...

1 month ago
Genital mutilation against Islam sanctity: Muslim clerics

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The reported order passed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants for girls and women in and around Mosul in Iraq was Friday condemned by Indian Muslim clerics who said that such an order is completely against Islam and has brought shame to the religion. The order passed by the ISIL has denigrated Islam and is completely against the sanctity of...

2 months ago
Sharia courts don't clash with Indian legal system: Muslim leaders

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) Sharia or Islamic courts don't constitute a parallel judicial system but in fact help Indian courts by tackling a huge number of disputes among Muslims, leading Muslim leaders say. Muslim scholars also told IANS across the country that contrary to the impression created by the media, the community was well aware that Islamic courts don't carry any legal sanction.

2 months ago
Daisy Lowe lands acting role

Los Angeles, July 7 (IANS) British model Daisy Lowe is embarking on a movie career. Daughter of Bush rocker Gavin Rossdale, who appeared in a number of music videos and commercials, has landed a role in a big-budget movie, reports contactmusic.com. She told Britain's Daily Mirror: It's really exciting. It's a British film with some really amazing people in it. It's my first part in a...

2 months ago
Saroj Khan teams up with Aditi Rao for song in Marathi movie

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Bollywood's ace choreographer Saroj Khan has roped in Aditi Rao Hydari to do a special song for Mrinal Kulkarni's Marathi period film Rama Madhav. Saroj Khan had earlier choreographed Aditi in one of her southern films and the latter felt that the actress is a perfect choice for the song keeping in mind her classic beauty and her training in classical dance, said a st...

3 months ago
Taj Mahal: A victim of man and nature

Agra, June 5 (IANS) India's tourism icon and a symbol of earthly love, the 17th century white marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, is a victim of both nature and man. If the monument looks sick and pale to visitors, the reason is the dry and heavily polluted Yamuna that once formed an integral part of the Taj Mahal complex. Standing tall in the scorching summer sun, the monument of love is enve...

3 months ago
In Jama Masjid, Sharif says he has come for peace

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the 17th century Jama Masjid here Tuesday and said he had come to India to build better ties. Sharif, who attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inauguration a day earlier, spent half hour at the sprawling sandstone mosque in the heart of Old Delhi, admiring it and its environs. Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam ...

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