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Won't stake claim to Taj Mahal: Wakf Board to SC

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it won't stake claim to the ownership of the Taj Mahal. Asking senior counsel A.D.N. Rao appearing for the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to take instructions, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that once the Board pressed...

2 days ago
All 5 accused in Mecca Masjid blast acquitted, judge quits

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) A decade after a bomb blast killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca Masjid here, a NIA court on Monday acquitted all five Hindu activists accused. Within hours, the judge who ordered the acquittals resigned, citing personal reasons. While Congress and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) criticised the acquittals, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the verdi...

2 days ago
All 5 accused in Mecca Masjid blast acquitted, judge quits

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) A decade after a bomb blast killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca Masjid here, a NIA court on Monday acquitted all five Hindu activists accused. Within hours, the judge who ordered the acquittals resigned, citing personal reasons. The National Investigation Agency court held that none of the charges framed against the accused, including Swamy Aseemanand...

2 days ago
All 5 accused in Mecca Masjid blast case acquitted

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Nearly 11 years after a bomb blast killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca Masjid here, a special NIA court on Monday acquitted all five Hindu activist accused, inviting strong criticism from Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The National Investigation Agency court held that none of the charges framed against the accused, including Swamy Aseemanand, had been...

15 days ago
Ajay Devgn celebrates birthday in Paris

Paris, April 3 (IANS) Actor Ajay Devgn celebrated his birthday here with his family and close friends. Ajay turned 49 on Monday and posted a photograph of himself along with his actress-wife Kajol and children Nysa and Yug, his Taarzan: The Wonder Car co-actor Vatsal Sheth and his wife Ishita Dutta. Fêtes d'anniversaire à Paris. (Birthday parties in Paris), Ajay captioned the i...

16 days ago
Why are Muslim achievements and liberal traditions not celebrated?

It does not surprise me that the continuing debate on the Op-Ed page of the Indian Express on the Muslim predicament skirts fundamental issues. The debate has been triggered by Ramachandra Guha disagreeing with Harsh Mander on the Muslim question. Mander's column, headlined Sonia, Sadly, expresses his hurt at Sonia Gandhi's public expression of fear that the Congress was being perceived ...

18 days ago
Unveiling the multifarious, magical world of 'daal'

Book: Pull of Pulses Full of Beans; Author: Salma Husain and Vijay Thukral; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 204 pages; Price: Rs 750 Looks are deceptive, as the saying goes, and author Salma Husain, armed with her new book, Pull of Pulses Full of Beans, is all set to prove the saying true as she chose lentils as the protagonist. Lentils or pulses, known as daal in Hindi, isn't so...

20 days ago
Taj entry restricted to three hours from Sunday

Agra, March 29 (IANS) Entry to the Taj Mahal will be restricted to only three hours starting from Sunday, according to a notice issued by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The decision was taken to reduce human load on the fragile, 17th century monument of love which has started showing signs of fatigue and ageing, the notice said. ASI sources said the modalities were bei...

24 days ago
Activists march to protect Taj from pollution

Agra, March 25 (IANS) To highlight the pollution threat to the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument of love, environmental activists on Sunday marched along the Yamuna river with posters and banners. Activist Devashish Bhattacharya said the Taj was being continuously sand-blasted in this hot weather as the riverbed had gone dry. Though the Yogi government has announced a barrage ...

25 days ago
Do things I like, says Ajay Devgn

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Actor-producer Ajay Devgn says he associates himself with projects he likes. Ajay ventured into Marathi cinema with Aapla Manus, which released in February. Asked if he would like to venture more into Marathi scripts, Ajay told IANS here: When I hear good scripts, I want to make them and when I heard this script ('Aapla Manus') which is a fabulous scri...

1 month ago
Anju Modi, Nida Mahmood support fluid fashion

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Six designers like Anju Modi and Nida Mahmood picked fluid fabric for their autumn-winter collections which they showcased here. Following a live performance, which was an ode to the six designers, models hit the ramp at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2018 on Friday in Anju Modi's creations that were flexible and fluid. Her brand has been p...

1 month ago
French President visits Taj Mahal

Agra, March 11 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday visited the Taj Mahal here, officials said. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials said Macron spent over an hour, evincing keen interest in the exquisite inlay work of the 17th century monument. Guide Lalit Chawla told IANS the President also watched the sunset from the Taj. --IANS bk/pgh/mr...

1 month ago
In LA museum, see how Mughals inspired iconic 17th Century Dutch painter

Los Angeles, March 2 (IANS) A museum here is launching an exhibition Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India that reveals how the 17th Century Dutch painter was inspired by artists from a dramatically different culture in a country thousands of kilometres away. The March 13-June 24 exhibition of paintings by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn at the J. Paul Getty Museum will include 23 of his...

1 month ago
Rahul flags off green marathon, runs in north Karnataka

Vijayapura (Karnataka), Feb 25 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday flagged off a marathon to promote environment and ran with a few participants at the historic Gol Gumbaz monument in north Karnataka's Vijayapura district. Clad in yellow T-shirt and blue jeans, Gandhi joined party's state unit leaders and cadres who assembled at the 17th century tomb of king Mohammed Adil Sh...

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Discovering India's little known African tribe

Junagadh (Gujarat), Feb 25 (IANS) It was a much-awaited trip to the Gir National Park, abode of the majestic Asiatic Lions. At the end of the two-day visit, not only did I come back enthralled at having spotted a pride of lions feasting on their kill in the wild but also fascinated at learning more about India's little known African-origin tribe, the Siddis, living right outside its periphery.

2 months ago
Iranian President calls for unity among Muslims

Hyderabad, Feb 16 (IANS) With a call for unity among Muslims across the world and the announcement of his readiness to simplify visa procedure for Indians, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday wound up the first leg of his India visit. In a rare gesture, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is a senior Shia cleric too, visited the historic Makkah Masjid, a Sunni mosque, to offer F...

2 months ago
Iranian President calls for unity among Muslims

Hyderabad, Feb 16 (IANS) In a rare gesture, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is a senior Shia cleric too, on Friday visited the historic Makkah Masjid, a Sunni mosque, to offer prayers and called for unity among Muslims across the world. Addressing the congregation after Friday prayers, he said unity among Shias, Sunnis and other Islamic denominations was only solution to the proble...

2 months ago
Rouhani prays for Shia-Sunni unity at Makkah Masjid

Hyderabad, Feb 16 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday visited the historic Makkah Masjid here and offered prayers for Shia-Sunni unity and peace across the Muslim world. On the second day of his three-day visit to India, Rouhani joined commoners in offering prayers at the 17th century mosque whose foundation was laid in late 1616 by Qutub Shahi ruler Sultan Mohammad and was...

2 months ago
Iranian President arrives in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Feb 15 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived here on Thursday on a three-day visit to India. Union Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir received him at Begumpet Airport in the city. Telangana Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali and other officials also welcomed him and other members of Iranian delegation. The visiting dignitary ...

2 months ago
Iranian President to arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday

Hyderabad, Feb 14 (IANS) Tight security arrangements will be in place for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is arriving here on Thursday on his three-day visit to India, officials said. Officials of Iranian and Indian security agencies were busy giving final touches to the security during his stay in Hyderabad for two days. The agencies in coordination with the Hyderabad poli...

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