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2 days 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 ...

5 days 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 ...

5 days ago
Gang behind antique idol theft in Himachal identified

Shimla, Dec 12 (IANS) Three days after theft of an antique idol of Lord Raghunath from Himachal Pradesh's Kullu town, police Friday claimed to have identified a gang of thieves. Raids have been conducted to apprehend them, Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu said in a statement. CCTV footage showed the suspicious movement of three men aged around 25 years after the...

5 days ago
Kochi Biennale: A journey between time and space

Kochi, Dec 12 (IANS) If Hollyoowd wizard Christopher Nolan's Interstellar explored the idea of finding life on another planet in space, artist Jitish Kallat is redirecting many journeys between time and space through artistic impressions that would take the audience on a whirlpool of explorations during the 108-day-long Kochi-Muziris Biennale from Friday. Spread over eight venues across ...

7 days ago
Interpol on alert after idol theft in Himachal

Shimla, Dec 10 (IANS) Interpol has been put on high alert after the theft of an antique idol of Lord Raghunath from Himachal Pradesh's Kullu town, police said Wednesday. A reward of Rs.10 lakh has been announced for providing clues about the robbers. The Interpol and (Indian) immigration authorities have been alerted to prevent the robbers from fleeing the country, a senior polic...

8 days ago
Revered antique idol stolen from Himachal temple

Shimla, Dec 9 (IANS) An antique idol of Lord Raghunath, a highly revered idol dedicated to Lord Rama, was stolen from Himachal Pradesh's Kullu town early Tuesday, police said. The main idol was found missing from the Lord Raghunath temple in Sultanpur in Kullu, about 200 km from here. The idol was antique, Kullu legislator Maheshwar Singh, who is also the chief representative of ...

19 days ago
17th century Polish 'vampire' graves found

London, Nov 28 (IANS) Potential vampires in 17th-18th century Poland were buried with rocks and sickles across their bodies to ward off evil, scientists have discovered. Such vampires, buried in northwestern Poland, were likely local and not immigrants to the region, Lesley Gregoricka from University of South Alabama has found. In northwestern Poland, apotropaic funerary rites - ...

19 days ago
Pope Francis set for Turkey visit

London, Nov 28 (IANS) Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Turkey to help inter-faith dialogue in the country. At the start of the three-day tour he is set to meet newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, BBC reported Friday. He also plans to visit Istanbul for a meeting with the head of the Orthodox Christian church. It will be only the fourth time in hi...

25 days ago
Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's son anointed Naib Imam

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Shaban Bukhari, the 19-year-old son of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, was Saturday formally anointed the Naib Imam (deputy Imam) of the 17th century mosque at a ceremony here. The anointment, which was attended by religious leaders from India and abroad, comes in the face of objection by the Indian government and the Wakf Board, which termed the cerem...

25 days ago
Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's son anointed Naib Imam

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Shaban Bukhari, the son of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, was Saturday formally anointed the Naib Imam (deputy Imam) of the 17th century mosque at a ceremony here. I announce Shaban Bukhari as the Naib Imam of Jama Masjid. I hope that he will live up to the expectations, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said during the ceremony. The 19-year-old Shaban, who ...

25 days ago
Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's son anointed Naib Imam

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Shaban Bukhari, the son of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, was Saturday formally anointed the Naib Imam (deputy Imam) of the 17th century mosque at a ceremony here. I announce Shaban Bukhari as the Naib Imam of Jama Masjid. I hope that he will live up to the expectations, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said during the ceremony. The 19-year-old Shaban Bukha...

26 days ago
100 religious leaders to attend Jama Masjid ceremony

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Over 100 religious leaders from India and abroad will Saturday attend a ceremony at the Jama Masjid here when the son of Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari will be anointed the Naib Imam of the 17th century mosque. Ahmed Bukhari refused to comment on criticism against the event, telling IANS: I would respond to all the criticism in court. He, however, welcomed...

26 days ago
100 religious leaders to attend Jama Masjid ceremony

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Over 100 religious leaders from India and abroad will Saturday attend a ceremony at the Jama Masjid here when the son of Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari will be anointed the Naib Imam of the 17th century mosque. Ahmed Bukhari refused to comment on criticism against the event, telling IANS that he would respond to all the criticism in the court. The two-and-...

26 days ago
Azam Khan's comment on Taj Mahal draws flak

Agra, Nov 21 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Minister Mohammed Azam Khan's comment that Taj Mahal should be declared Wakf property has invited flak from heritage lovers and Hindu groups. Khan had said Thursday that Taj Mahal should be handed over to the Waqf board. Another Muslim leader has asked the Samajwadi Party to allow Muslims to offer prayers five times a day at the Taj Mahal. The r...

29 days ago
HC moved over Shahi Imam anointing son as deputy

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) A plea against the move by the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid to anoint his son the Naib Imam Nov 22 was filed in the Delhi High Court Tuesday. The PIL (public interest litigation) filed by one Suhail Ahmed Khan said that Jama Masjid is a property of the Delhi Wakf Board and Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari (Shahi Imam) as its employee can't appoint his son as Naib ...

1 month ago
Himachal governor opens 17th century fair

Rampur (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 11 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh Tuesday declared open the four-day-long, centuries-old International Lavi fair here. Speaking on the occasion, she said the fair was a unique example of the glorious, social, cultural, economic and historical legacy of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the oldest fairs, famous for promoting trade and oth...

1 month ago
India cruise to easy series win against Sri Lanka

Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IANS) A superb all-round performance helped India cruise to a six-wicket win in the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka and clinch the five-match series 3-0 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Sunday. Set a target of 243 runs, India coasted to victory in 44.1 overs, winning with 35 balls to spare. Opener Shikhar Dhawan played a stellar knock (...

1 month ago
Jayawardene takes Sri Lanka to 242

Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka rode on the back of a brilliant century from veteran Mahela Jayawardene to put up 242 against India in the third One-Day International (ODI) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Sunday. Jayawardene, who struck his 17th century, was well supported by Tillakaratne Dilshan (53) at the start but, after the latter got out, no other batsman gave much...

1 month ago
Aligarh Muslims flay Bukhari for Sharif invite

Aligarh, Oct 31 (IANS) A Muslim forum here Friday accused the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid of insulting Indian Muslims by inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but not his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to the 17th century mosque to mark his son's appointment as the Naib Imam. The Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis (FMSA) also asked the Indian government to end by an ac...

1 month ago
11 held for digging women's graves for 'ghost marriages'

Beijing, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) Chinese police have arrested 11 people for allegedly digging up dead women's bodies from their graves to sell them for rituals known as ghost marriages, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper reported Thursday. The suspects were detained after they exhumed the body of a woman in Shandong province and sold it to the family of a deceased middle-aged man, ...

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