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13 hours ago
Courtyard by Marriott, Agra: Where leisure meets luxury

Agra, Feb 26 (IANS) Eat like a king and get treated like one at Courtyard by Marriott in the cosmopolitan legacy of Taj city and former Mughal capital Agra. With the 17th century monument of love within walking distance, the hotel, which opened its doors to public in January, is not very far from popular attractions and shopping districts including the Agra Fort, Jama Masjid and Kinari B...

6 days ago
Himachal to form trust for Raghunath temple

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 20 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will form a trust for the Lord Raghunath temple to ensure the safety of its idols and valuables, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Friday. We are contemplating to form a trust for the temple to ensure its safety, proper upkeep and management, the chief minister told reporters here. Virbhadra Singh was here ...

9 days ago
Save Braj Bhasha from extinction, demand scholars, artistes

Mathura, Feb 17 (IANS) Under a combined onslaught of Hindi and English, the popular local dialect Braj Bhasha, identified with Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha, is facing extinction. Lovers of Braj Bhasha and literature during a seminar Tuesday made a passionate appeal to the Uttar Pradesh and central governments for protecting and promoting the regional dialect. They demanded...

17 days ago
V&A to hold Indian-themed exhibition in Oct

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) An enormous tent used by Tipu Sultan, a vast wall hanging from rural Gujarat discovered abandoned on a New York streeet in the 1990s, an embroidered 17th century Mughal dress and a costume worn by Madhuri Dixit in Devdas are some of the objects that will be displayed at the London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) as part of its India festival in starting October 10. ...

18 days ago
Hubble captures rare triple-moon conjunction

Washington, Feb 8 (IANS) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter's largest moons - Europa, Callisto and Io - racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet. These so-called Galilean moons, named after the 17th century scientist Galileo Galilei who discovered them with a telescope, complete orbits around Jupiter with durations ranging from...

20 days ago
AAP rejects Bukhari's pro-AAP appeal

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Friday rejected the appeal of Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, to Muslims to vote for the AAP in Saturday's assembly polls in Delhi. The AAP seems to be in a position to form the government, and we must give them strength, Bukhari of the 17th century Jama Masjid in Old Delhi said earlier in the day. The AAP quick...

20 days ago
AAP rejects Bukhari's pro-AAP appeal

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) The Aad Aadmi Party (AAP) Friday rejected the appeal of Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, to Muslims to vote for the AAP in Saturday's assembly polls in Delhi. The AAP seems to be in a position to form the government, and we must give them strength, Bukhari of the 17th century Jama Masjid in Old Delhi said earlier in the day. The AAP quick...

20 days ago
Fewer Muslim candidates in Delhi, AAP Muslims' favourite

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) The number of Muslims contesting the assembly polls in Delhi has fallen significantly in comparison to 2013. And Muslim leaders and pundits feel most Muslims are likely to vote for the AAP. Of the 673 candidates in the fray for Saturday's battle for the 70-member assembly, 68 are Muslims - down from 108 two years ago when the total number of contestants was 810. I...

28 days ago
17th century cannon found in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 29 (IANS) A cannon dating to the 17th century and believed to have been used by the forces of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb during the attack on Golconda Fort here has been recovered here, police said. The six-feet-long cannon was found by a person during digging work at Nayapul near Musi River in the old city of Hyderabad. Acting on a tip-off, police recovered the antique from...

28 days ago
Technology helps crack Himachal idol theft

Shimla, Jan 29 (IANS) Latest technology and satellite imagery have helped the Himachal Pradesh Police recover the priceless and centuries-old idol of Lord Raghunath, the chief deity of the Kullu Valley. A Special Investigating Team, with the help of Google Earth, last week managed to track down the exact locations where the three idols were buried and another was disposed of. The case vi...

29 days ago
Jaipur Litfest: Going from strength to strength

Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Why does society have a biased view about writers dealing with sex or about sexual dualities, what would end if we stop believing in our past and why freedom of expression comes at a cost were among the questions that were thrown open for debate and introspection at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015. The annual literary fest, which has attained the stature of a li...

29 days ago
Is Mumtaz Mahal's body mummified in Taj Mahal?

Agra, Jan 28 (IANS) The mystery surrounding Mumtaz Mahal's burial at the Taj Mahal has deepened with a book claiming that her body was mummified. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the 17th century Taj Mahal here in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz who died while giving birth to their 14th child in Burhanpur, a town in what is now Maharashtra. The real truth about Taj Mahal was sup...

1 month ago
Himachal seeks extradition of Nepalese for temple heist

Shimla, Jan 24 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has sought the extradition of the Nepalese prime suspect in the theft of an antique idol from a historic temple in Kullu town, police said Saturday. Accused Nar Prashad Jaisi broke into the Lord Raghunath temple in Sultanpur Dec 9 last year and took away the idols including that of Lord Raghunath, dedicated to Lord Rama. Jaisi has been detai...

1 month ago
Kullu Holi begins, recovered Lord Raghunath idol installed

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 24 (IANS) The stolen idol of Lord Raghunath, a highly revered idol dedicated to Lord Rama, was recovered and reinstalled at Raghunath Temple here Saturday amid much fervour. In a major breakthrough, police Friday recovered the idol of Lord Raghunath and other idols stolen from the temple Dec 9 last year. The robbers entered the temple from the roof a...

1 month ago
Antique idols stolen from Himachal temple recovered

Shimla, Jan 23 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, Himachal Pradesh Police Friday recovered antique idols stolen from a historic temple in Kullu town last month. Additional Director General Sanjay Kundu told reporters the idol of Lord Raghunath and other idols were recovered. He said all the idols and ornaments were recovered from the outskirts of the town, about 200 km from here. Ro...

1 month ago
Obama may finally see Taj Mahal this time

Agra, Jan 20 (IANS) US President Barack Obama, who could not visit the Taj Mahal during his 2010 India visit due to paucity of time, may not like to miss the 17th century monument of love at least this time when he arrives in the country for the 66th Republic Day. Sources indicated Tuesday that a Plan B is being drawn up should the sky not be clear and the inclement weather makes a fligh...

1 month ago
Law and order deteriorating in Himachal: BJP MP

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) BJP MP Anurag Thakur has written to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh about the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, a statement said Monday. In the letter, Thakur apprised the chief minister about incidents of theft of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited cables and telephony equipment. In his Hamirpur parliamentary constituency alone...

1 month ago
Bollywood in 2015: Watch out for epic costume dramas

Mumbai, Jan 3 (IANS) From Bajirao Mastani to Mohenjo Daro -- it looks like 2015 will be an epic year for Bollywood. Several filmmakers have lined up big budget spectacles that go back in time. Here's looking at the big budget epics of 2015: * Bajirao Mastani: Set in the 17th century, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's quasi-historical featuring the Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela trio of Ran...

2 months ago
Ground-breaking for Shivaji sea memorial Feb 19

Nagpur/Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) The ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai will be performed Feb 19, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Monday told the Maharashtra assembly. He made the announcement in the assembly's ongoing session at Nagpur, signalling the start of the ambitious memorial which has been under planning for several ...

2 months ago
Online ticket booking for Taj Mahal entry from Christmas

Agra, Dec 13 (IANS) The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is ready to launch its online entrance ticket booking to the Taj Mahal from Christmas day. Tourism personnel in Agra have welcomed the long pending initiative which hoteliers think will curb unauthorised entry, fake ticket selling and other dubious means to gain entry to the world heritage monument. The long queues at ...

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