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4 days ago
Sharia courts don't clash with Indian legal system: Muslim leaders

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) Sharia or Islamic courts don't constitute a parallel judicial system but in fact help Indian courts by tackling a huge number of disputes among Muslims, leading Muslim leaders say. Muslim scholars also told IANS across the country that contrary to the impression created by the media, the community was well aware that Islamic courts don't carry any legal sanction.

5 days ago
Daisy Lowe lands acting role

Los Angeles, July 7 (IANS) British model Daisy Lowe is embarking on a movie career. Daughter of Bush rocker Gavin Rossdale, who appeared in a number of music videos and commercials, has landed a role in a big-budget movie, reports contactmusic.com. She told Britain's Daily Mirror: It's really exciting. It's a British film with some really amazing people in it. It's my first part in a...

22 days ago
Saroj Khan teams up with Aditi Rao for song in Marathi movie

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Bollywood's ace choreographer Saroj Khan has roped in Aditi Rao Hydari to do a special song for Mrinal Kulkarni's Marathi period film Rama Madhav. Saroj Khan had earlier choreographed Aditi in one of her southern films and the latter felt that the actress is a perfect choice for the song keeping in mind her classic beauty and her training in classical dance, said a st...

1 month ago
Taj Mahal: A victim of man and nature

Agra, June 5 (IANS) India's tourism icon and a symbol of earthly love, the 17th century white marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, is a victim of both nature and man. If the monument looks sick and pale to visitors, the reason is the dry and heavily polluted Yamuna that once formed an integral part of the Taj Mahal complex. Standing tall in the scorching summer sun, the monument of love is enve...

1 month ago
In Jama Masjid, Sharif says he has come for peace

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the 17th century Jama Masjid here Tuesday and said he had come to India to build better ties. Sharif, who attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inauguration a day earlier, spent half hour at the sprawling sandstone mosque in the heart of Old Delhi, admiring it and its environs. Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam ...

1 month ago
Sharif visits Jama Masjid

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday visited 17th century Jama Masjid, prior to his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Amid heavy security, Sharif toured the mosque built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Sharif came to India Monday to attend Modi's swearing-in-ceremony. ...

2 months ago
13.22 carat blue diamond leads Christie's jewels auction

Geneva, May 13 - A 13.22 carat vivid blue diamond, estimated between $21 million and $25 million, is leading the front at the international auction house Christie's Magnificent Jewels sales May 14, organisers said. In the Ocean Dream category of the action, a 5.50 carat blue-green diamond estimated between $7.5 million and $9 million, a 76.51 carat light pink corner-square-cut diamond set a...

2 months ago
Abu Dhabi Ascent: Global opportunity to abolish climate-apartheid

The roads in Delhi are wet due to untimely rains followed by oven-hot temperatures. Undeterred by these climatic drama, a lady beggar with frail malnourished child in one of her arms, begs for money by spreading another arm in front of a car waiting for green signal, pleading please help, give something, at least for my child. We are likely to hear similar language-albeit with demanding ton...

2 months ago
Harshvardhan to go into two life spans in Mirza 'Sahibaan'

Mumbai, April 19 - The shooting of Anil Kapoor's son Harshvardhan's debut film Mirza Sahibaan begins Sep 1, and the young actor is busy setting new standards of method acting. He is said to have cut himself completely off from his Mumbai elitist lifestyle to immerse himself in his character. A source close to the project said: Harsh has been staying in Delhi to prepare for his debut and get...

3 months ago
Forget Google Glass, first wearable device was a Chinese ring!

London, March 20 - As the world gears up for the wearable computer devices, back in the 17th century, one Chinese designer did create a functioning abacus 'smart ring' that worked as a counting tool to help traders. Developed by a famous mathematician Cheng Dawei of the Ming Dynasty, the ring features a 1.2 cm long, 0.7 cm wide abacus that sits on the finger. The ring has seven rods ...

3 months ago
Forget Google Glass, first wearable device was a Chinese ring!

London, March 20 - As the world gears up for the wearable computer devices, back in the 17th century, one Chinese designer did create a functioning abacus 'smart ring' that worked as a counting tool to help traders. Developed by a famous mathematician Cheng Dawei of the Ming Dynasty, the ring features a 1.2 cm long, 0.7 cm wide abacus that sits on the finger. The ring has seven r...

6 months ago
'47 Ronin' - an impressive drama

Film: 47 Ronin; Cast: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Min Tanaka and Jin Akanishi; Director: Carl Rinsch; Rating: *** What starts off as an action-packed Samurai adventure thriller, slowly fizzles into a tragic Japanese period drama sprinkled with ounces of fantasy in the guise of witchcraft and sorcery. The film pays homage to the legenda...

6 months ago
President salutes Chhatrapati Shivaji

Thane -, Dec 28 - President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday paid homage to Marathi warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, describing him as a great military genius, a brilliant strategist and a great ruler. Inaugurating a 2,200-kg bronze statue of Shivaji at a public junciton in Kalwa suburb of Thane, near Mumbai, the president said that though Shivaji's resources were limited, he confidently faced th...

6 months ago
Fishy tales from 'God's own country'

Pallikera -, Dec 22 - If the fish on the menu of your hotel is not what you were looking for, what do you do? Complain to the chef? Change your hotel? If it is Chef Ashok Pillai, of Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, the newest of the Taj properties in northern Kerala, he will simply drive you down to the nearby Kappil Fishing Village, buy the fresh fish that you like straight off the boats as it were ...

8 months ago
Taj shut on full moon night

Agra, Oct 19 - Much to the disappointment of visitors, the Taj Mahal was closed for visitors despite Friday's full moon night as it overlapped with the day the monument is closed each week. The full moon night heralding the start of the winter season is also the most awaited evening to visit the 17th century marble monument because the moon is at its brightest best. The Taj, India's ...

9 months ago
Mysore's Wodeyar scion worships royal armoury on Dasara

Mysore, Oct 13 - Srikantadatta Narasimharaja, scion of the Wodeyar dynasty, worshipped the royal armoury of his dynasty Sunday on the auspicious ninth day - of the Dasara festival at Ambi Vilas Palace in the city centre. Dressed in royal robes and sporting the king's headgear, the 60-year-old prince performed the ritual 'Ayudha pooja' in the durbar of the century-old palace amid chanting of...

9 months ago
Miss Universe in trouble over Taj photo shoot

Agra, Oct 9 - Miss Universe Olivia Frances Culpo, on her maiden visit to India, and others accompanying her who did a shoot for a footwear brand at the Taj Mahal have apparently landed themselves in trouble. A case has been registered against them on an Archaeological Survey of India complaint. Munazzar Ali, the Taj Mahal's caretaker told IANS: We have this evening officially lodged a compl...

9 months ago
Exquisite pieces from Imperial India on sale at Sotheby's

London, Oct 2 - A sword of Tipu Sultan, a bejewelled gold tray from the Mughal era, a miniature painting of Lord Rama and Sita are among the precious objects that will go under the hammer at Sotheby's first-ever auction of Imperial India collection here Oct 9. Over 90 Art of Imperial India pieces are on display, and include objects related to Tipu Sultan, then ruler of the Mysore who was al...

9 months ago
Yamuna's plight highlighted on World Rivers Day

Agra, Sep 29 - Green activists Sunday walked along the Yamuna to the Taj Corridor to highlight the plight of the river burdened by human waste and industrial pollutants. The 'Walk for Yamuna' was undertaken on World Rivers Day, to draw attention to rivers facing severe and increasing threats associated with climate change, pollution and industrial development. The Yamuna in Agra is...

9 months ago
Rahul destabilises government, but rescues Congress

Beware the fury of a patient man, wrote the English poet, John Dryden, in the 17th century. Rahul Gandhi hasn't been a patient man so much as a quiet one, who has occasionally broken longish periods of silence and absence from India to indulge in philosophical musings, such as that poverty is a state of the mind. However, his vehement outburst against the ordinance about convicted legislato...

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