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India celebrates 71st Independence Day -- peacefully

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) India on Tuesday celebrated its 71st Independence Day peacefully, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that goli (bullet) and gaali (abuse) cannot resolve the Kashmir problem. Millions poured out of their homes to take part in events big and small all across the country. A shutdown called by separatists affected life in the Kashmir Valley and in some parts...

1 day ago
Modi hoists national flag at Red Fort

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday unfurled the national flag at the Red Fort to mark India's Independence Day. Modi, who reached the 17th century monument to give his customary Independence Day speech, was received by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra. Later, he received a...

7 days ago
Kathmandu valley marks Gaijatra festival

Kathmandu, Aug 8 (IANS) The cow festival known as Gaijatra is being celebrated across the Kathmandu valley amid fanfare and humour on Tuesday. The festival, on the first day of the waning moon in the month of Bhadra, is celebrated by the ethnic Newar community in three districts of the valley, Xinhua news agency reported. The festival is celebrated by people to commemorate the fa...

13 days ago
NGT orders demolition of restaurant near Taj Mahal

Agra, Aug 2 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday ordered the demolition of a restaurant on Shilpgram Road, close to the Taj Mahal. The court said no one can be allowed to play with the ecological safety of the 17th century monument of love that attracts millions of visitors annually. The restaurant, still under construction, was being built on a green belt withou...

19 days ago
Murder, sex and intrigue in medieval, 'magical' Prague

Title: Prague Nights; Author: Benjamin Black; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 331; Price: Rs 599 The past is a foreign country: They do things differently there, a British author once said -- he might have been talking about historical whodunnits abroad. And at times, the murders may cover a multitude of other sins and entail serious consequences. Say, in Holy Roman Empero...

26 days ago
Ajay Devgn to essay Taanaji Malusare in upcoming film

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actor Ajay Devgn is all set to play the role of Subedar Taanaji Malusare, a military leader in the army of Shivaji and also the founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India, in the upcoming period-action film titled Taanaji - The Unsung Warrior. Ajay on Wednesday shared the first poster of the upcoming film, which is directed by Om Raut. The look of the upco...

26 days ago
Extensive research into translations of Milton results in new book

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A new book, put together by scholars and translators of 17th century poet John Milton from across the globe explores the wide reaching impact of his literary works. This book also marks the 350th anniversary of his masterpiece Paradise Lost (1667). The book titled, Milton in Translation has been produced by Prof Angelica Duran, Professor of English and Comparati...

1 month ago
'Men only' Japanese island gets Unesco world heritage listing

Tokyo, July 10 (IANS) A sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a Unesco world heritage site, the media reported on Monday. Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for re...

1 month ago
Buddhist leader bestowed with Honorary Fellowship by Oxford

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Acclaimed Buddhist leader and head of the Drukpa Lineage, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, has been bestowed with an Honorary Fellowship by the Wolfson College of Oxford for preservation of culture in the Himalayas, his office said on Saturday. It has been a privilege to work with the college over the past five years as it has led the way in promoting all the diverse c...

1 month ago
Rembrandt works on display in Beijing

Beijing, June 17 (IANS) The National Museum of China (NMC) on Saturday opened an exhibition featuring the work of Dutch painter Rembrandt and other famous artists of the 17th century. The show, which includes more than 70 paintings, is the largest exhibit of the golden age of Dutch painting ever staged in China, Xinhua news agency reported. The items on display include 11 paintin...

2 months ago
Pakistan's tableau in China shows Red Fort in Lahore

Beijing, June 14 (IANS) The historic Red Fort in Delhi was shown as Lahore's Shalimar Garden at a banquet event of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Wednesday. A Pakistani official admitted that it was a goof-up. The 17th-century monument, from whose ramparts successive Indian Prime Ministers have delivered Independence Day speech, was on the tableau of Pakistan with the picture...

2 months ago
Agra air continues to choke the Taj Mahal

Agra, June 5 (IANS) Almost a quarter century after the historic Supreme Court judgement to shift or shut factories polluting the Taj Mahal, the environment in Agra continues to pollute the 17th century monument of love. Governments over the years have failed to maintain the Taj Mahal, which has developed a sickly yellow pallor and green patches, says environmentalists. After the ...

2 months ago
Trudeau in private Vatican audience with Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 29 (IANS/AKI) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, met Pope Francis on Monday in a private audience in the Vatican, the Holy See said in a statement. A communique from the Holy See Press Office said their discussions were cordial. The leaders focused on the themes of integration and reconciliation, as well as religious fr...

3 months ago
Thirsty snake triggers panic at Taj Mahal

Agra, May 16 (IANS) An unexpected visitor slithering through the shrubs in the gardens around the Taj Mahal, in search of a water and a cool place, led to panic among tourists at the 17th century monument on Tuesday, officials said. The snake was later captured by wildlife experts. As soon as tourists saw the six-foot-long reptile, there were shrieks and shouts for help. The snak...

3 months ago
Chasing a serial killer in colonial Shanghai

Title: Death in Shanghai; Author: M.J. Lee; Publisher: HQ/Harper Collins; Pages: 378; Price: Rs 399 Justice may be the aim of law and order but may not always happen in the real world, where many other considerations play a role. Take the colonial era, where maintaining prestige of the rulers was paramount over any other factor -- even when bodies of murder victims killed in horrible way...

3 months ago
Paul Verhoeven directing lesbian nun drama

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, who is active both in the US as well as Netherlands, is directing a lesbian nun drama based on the life of controversial Italian nun Benedetta Carlini. Blessed Virgin will chronicle Carlini's life in the 17th century, with Virginie Efira essaying the protagonist, reports hollywoodreporter.com. Production has now begun o...

3 months ago
No role in saffron scarf issue at Taj, says government

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The government on Sunday denied any involvement of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) or the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in restricting foreign models from entering Taj Mahal wearing saffron scarves inscribed with name of Lord Ram. A couple of international models, sporting such scarves, were reportedly asked to remove them when they were abo...

4 months ago
'Hyderabad's founder Quli Qutub Shah was secular ruler'

Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday said Hyderabad's founder Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah was a secular ruler. Delivering the first Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah lecture at Moulana Azad National Urdu University here, he said though Qutb-shahis were of Iranian origin, their approach to governance was pragmatic and secular. He quoted historian Haroon...

4 months ago
No political motive in Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit: Rijiju

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) In the face of China's protest over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday that no political motive should be attributed to the Tibetan spiritual leader's trip to the northeastern state. India has always been non-interfering in the neighbours' internal affairs in our approach, Rijiju told reporters he...

4 months ago
'Don't give additional colour to Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit'

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Even as China protested ahead of the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India on Tuesday said that the Tibetan spiritual leader has visited the state six times earlier and no additional colour should be given to his visit starting from April 5. The government has clearly stated on several occasions that HHDL (His Highness Dalai Lama) is a revered religious...

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