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3 days ago
The Westerns and their first family, the Sacketts

It is a typically American genre unable to be transplanted anywhere outside its home but still immensely popular through the world with its regular depiction in books, films and comics. Set in a period spanning a few decades of the 19th century when the interior of the North American continent was explored, the wilderness tamed, made inhabitable and law-abiding, Westerns, or tales of the...

6 days ago
Goans seek to meet Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

Panaji, Oct 16 (IANS) The Goa Church will lobby with the Sri Lankan Catholic Church authorities to organise a meeting for 1,000 Goans with Pope Francis, who will visit the country in January next year for the canonisation of Blessed Father Joseph Vaz. Vaz, the country's first saint, was incidentally of the Goan origin. After the sainthood is conferred on Vaz, special prayer servi...

11 days ago
History lovers in for a treat at capital theatre festival

New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) The two-day theatre festival Bhilwara Natya Puraskar, which begins Saturday, aims to promote Indian theatre in the capital by staging two historical plays. The organisers of the fourth edition of the festival have chosen two plays - Samrat Ashoka and The Crowning of Dara to recreate the magical past and bring to life two legends of history. Daya Prakash S...

14 days ago
Sania could not see Taj Mahal

Agra, Oct 8 (IANS) Tennis star Sania Mirza was disappointed as she arrived late and could not see the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh's Agra city. While former cricketer Anil Kumble visited the Taj Mahal Tuesday evening, Sania Mirza arrived late and failed to get an entry to the 17th century monument. When she arrived, the gates were already closed for the day, said tourist guide Ved ...

16 days ago
Uddhav compares Team Modi campaign to Afzal Khan's army

Osmanabad (Maharashtra), Oct 6 (IANS) In the worst-ever attack yet on former ally BJP, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Monday likened the ongoing poll campaign in Maharashtra by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet to an assault by Bijapur general Afzal Khan's army on Shivaji's dominion in the 17th century. What are they up to? First Modi comes to campaign, then his entire cabinet tea...

26 days ago
Mulling direct flights to Sri Lanka: Goa CM

Panaji, Sep 26 (IANS) The Goa government is considering introduction of direct flights to and from Sri Lanka to facilitate travel for pilgrims from the island nation to the Exposition of Spanish saint Francis Xavier, a 40-day decennial event beginning Nov 22. A Catholic Church official from Goa, also said that direct flights between Sri Lanka and Goa would help tap an increasing synergy ...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

2 months 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 ...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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 ...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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 ...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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 ...

2 months 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...

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