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Bihar IPS officer in trouble for 'Jehangir bell'

Patna, March 28 (IANS) A senior police officer in Bihar is in trouble for installing a Jehangiri ghanta or Jehangir's bell at his official residence in Darbhanga district when he was posted there last year. Arvind Pandey, a Bihar cadre IPS officer of the 1988 batch, had installed the electronic push-button bell at his official residence in Darbhanga, about 200 km from here, in January 2...

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Is being cooped up in school cause of Myopia 'epidemic'?

London, March 25 (IANS) Myopia, or short-sightedness, has assumed 'epidemic' proportions in the last 30 years, with some countries reporting prevalence of 80-90 percent - and the reason could simply be lack of adequate light in classrooms. Richard Hobday, an authority on sunlight and health, has in a new study compared myopia to bone disease rickets, caused by the lack of Vitamin D that...

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A festival to explore various facets of Dara Shikoh

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The life and times of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's eldest son will come alive through music, theatre and story telling sessions during a festival that will begin here from March 27. A seven-day long Dar-e-Shikoh: Dara Shikoh Festival of Delhia is the first of its kind to throw light on the lesser known aspects of his life through visual commentary. It will be he...

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More petha units shut down in Agra

Agra, March 20 (IANS) With the sealing of seven more units, the number of centres manufacturing Agra's famous petha sweet that have been shut down for using coal has risen to 30. The Wednesday night operation was a joint effort of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, the Agra Municipal Corporation and the district administration. It followed reports that the units making petha, a s...

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Remains of 'Don Quixote' author Cervantes found in Madrid

Madrid, March 17 (IANS) Researchers confirmed beyond doubt on Tuesday that the remains of Miguel de Cervantes -- the famous Spanish writer and creator of Don Quixote -- was among the fragments found in the crypt of the Church of the Trinitarians in Madrid, according to Spanish news agency Efe. Efe announced in a report on March 11, 2015 the discovery of the remains of Cervantes and his w...

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India's first municipal archive comes up in Kolkata

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) In a bid to preserve and narrate the over four centuries old history and evolution of Kolkata, the city's civic authorities have launched a comprehensive archive, complete with rare photographs, texts and digital records, an official said here on Wednesday. Said to be India's first municipal archive, the 'Amal Home Digital Archive' has been developed and curated b...

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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...

1 month 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 ...

1 month 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...

1 month 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. ...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

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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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

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