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Japan adds 19 cultural assets to heritage list

Tokyo, April 28 (IANS) Japanese has added 19 new cultural assets to a list it terms 'Japan Heritage'. The newly-created list is aimed at promoting tourism and boosting local economies, The Japan Times reported on Thursday. The designations, unveiled this week, boosted the total number of cultural assets to 37, after 18 were selected last year. Candidates need to show thei...

12 days ago
John Masters and his 'Savage' view of Indian history

What do we make of the Raj's storytellers? Should we simply view them through anti-colonialism's uncompromising prism and unceremoniously dismiss them as standard-bearers of discredited imperialism? Or should we be more judicious in giving them a hearing (or reading) for a historical perspective of the rulers' experiences and contact with the ruled? Like this writer and his unforgettable tales of...

13 days ago
British royals amazed at the idea of love Taj represents: Guide

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Visiting British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who spent around 45 minutes admiring the Taj Mahal, were amazed with the fact that a king so loved his wife that he built such a beautiful monument to cherish her memories, says their tour guide. They looked very happy while taking a tour of the Taj Mahal. They wanted to know more and more about it. Ho...

13 days ago
William, Kate visit Taj, sit on Diana seat

Agra, April 16 (IANS) British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on Saturday spent around 45 minutes admiring the Taj Mahal and also sat on the 'Diana seat' for a photo session - evoking the memory of the late Princess of Wales, who had sat on that marble bench alone 24 years ago, triggering rumours about the state of her marriage. In searing temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius, P...

13 days ago
British royals visit Taj

Agra, April 16 (IANS) British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on Saturday spent around 45 minutes admiring the Taj Mahal and also sat on the 'Diana seat' for a photo session. The hyped up visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the 17th century monument of love began at 3.35 p.m. on Saturday. The couple stayed till 4.22 p.m. The couple sat for a while on the Dian...

14 days ago
Stolen Dutch paintings recovered in Ukraine

Kiev, April 15 (IANS) The authorities in the Ukraine on Friday announced the recovery of four of the 24 paintings that were stolen from a gallery in the Netherlands more than a decade ago. The haul of 16th and 17th century paintings is worth $11 million when stolen from the Westfries Museum in the city of Hoorn in 2005, BBC reported. The four recovered works had been in the posse...

18 days ago
Security tightened ahead of royal couple's Taj Mahal visit

Agra, April 12 (IANS) Ahead of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 16, police have tightened security arrangements in the tourist complex area along Fatehabad Road leading to the Taj Mahal. The royal couple is scheduled to visit Agra on Saturday. Officials said they will spend nearly two hours at the Taj Mahal. Hoteliers said...

23 days ago
Hindu nationalists carrying forward colonial idea of demonising Mughals: Audrey Truschke

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Mughal rulers patronised Sanskrit literature in their courts, especially between AD 1560 to 1660, and also took up Persian translations of epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana as ambitious projects, says scholar Audrey Truschke in her book 'Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court'. Truschke, an assistant professor of South Asian History at Rut...

28 days ago
Pay more now to see Taj Mahal

Agra, April 1 (IANS) Entry tickets for the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in Agra will now cost more. A foreign visitor to the Taj will now pay Rs,1,000, up from Rs.750. Domestic tourists will shell out Rs.40 a ticket, instead of Rs.20 earlier. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced the new rates on Thursday, to be effective from April 1. Tourists wi...

28 days ago
Pay more now to see Taj Mahal

Agra, April 1 (IANS) Entry tickets for the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in Agra will now cost more. A foreign visitor to the Taj will now pay Rs,1,000, up from Rs.750. Domestic tourists will shell out Rs.40 a ticket, instead of Rs.20 earlier. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced the new rates on Thursday, to be effective from April 1. Tourists wi...

28 days ago
Pay more now to see Taj Mahal

Agra, April 1 (IANS) Entry tickets for the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in Agra will now cost more. A foreign visitor to the Taj will now pay Rs,1,000, up from Rs.750. Domestic tourists will shell out Rs.40 a ticket, instead of Rs.20 earlier. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced the new rates on Thursday, to be effective from April 1. Tourists wi...

1 month ago
Taj Mahal minaret's pinnacle falls?

Agra, March 28 (IANS) A pinnacle of one of the four minarets of the Taj Mahal fell off on Monday afternoon during repair work, witnesses said. But officials said it was taken out because of its weak condition. Superintending archaeologist Bhuvan Vikram of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) told IANS that the pinnacle did not fall but was taken out because of its weak condition.

1 month ago
Theft of ancient idol: Himachal trying to extradite suspect from Nepal

Shimla, March 15 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government is taking steps for the extradition from Nepal of a man suspected to have stolen a centuries-old idol of Lord Raghunath, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh told the assembly on Tuesday. Nar Prashad Jaisi, the 30-year-old suspect, was arrested on January 22 last year in Banke district of Nepal, 45 days after the theft of the idol of Lord...

2 months ago
Vietnam appreciates India's position on South China Sea

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) With China's increasing assertiveness on its claims over the South China Sea, Vietnam, the southeast Asian nation that is most vulnerable to this, on Wednesday appreciated India's position on th issue. We appreciate the position of India on resolving the South China Sea disputes peacefully, without threat or actual use of force, and early concluding of a code of ...

2 months ago
'Rise of African slaves as rulers, generals shows India's tradition of openness'

United Nations, Feb 18 (IANS) The history of Africans who came to India as slaves and rose to lofty heights as princes and generals shows the country's tradition of openness, India's UN Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said here Tuesday. Speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition, Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals, he said India may have shortcomings, but it has alway...

2 months ago
No prejudice against early Africans in India: UN exhibition

United Nations, Feb 15 (IANS) Africans came to India as early as the 13th century as soldiers and there was no prejudice against them at that time. They intermarried with local women, daughters of rulers and notables, and rose to become princes and generals in an era of slavery in America. Their unique global saga will be on display Wednesday at the UN General Assembly building in an exh...

2 months ago
Japan to withdraw World Heritage recommendation

Tokyo, Feb 9 (IANS) The Japanese cabinet on Tuesday approved withdrawing its bid for Unesco to add churches and other Christian sites in southwestern Japan to the World Heritage register. A UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) advisory panel asked Japan last month to review its nomination of the 14 locations in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures, citing failure to e...

3 months ago
Buddhist monks sow seeds of harmony between India and Myanmar

Yangon (Myanmar), Jan 29 (IANS) Indian Buddhist monks are sowing the seeds of peace and harmony between the two immediate neighbours that are linked by age-old ties of religion and culture. As Myanmar moves towards forming a new government, the monks of India and Myanmar have taken upon themselves the task for smooth transition of the powers to the democratically elected government - but...

3 months ago
Delhi under impregnable cover of 50,000 securitymen on R-Day

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) A day ahead of Republic Day, all security apparatus were put in place to provide ground-to-air security cover to the capital, where 50,000 armed officers of Delhi Police, NSG and paramilitary forces will maintain hawk-eye vigil to ensure a safe visit of the chief guest, French President Francois Hollande. All entry points to in the city, which has already been pu...

3 months ago
Delhi turns into fortress for R-Day with 50,000 securitymen

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Keeping in mind the Pathankot airbase attack and the arrest of a dozen terror suspects, 1,000 snipers along with 49,000 paramilitary personnel under the close watch of 15,000 CCTV cameras will guard the capital on the Republic Day to ensure a safe visit of the chief guest, French President Francois Hollande. The National Security Guard snipers will maintain hawk-...

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