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Ajay Devgn to essay Taanaji Malusare in upcoming film

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actor Ajay Devgn is all set to play the role of Subedar Taanaji Malusare, a military leader in the army of Shivaji and also the founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India, in the upcoming period-action film titled Taanaji - The Unsung Warrior. Ajay on Wednesday shared the first poster of the upcoming film, which is directed by Om Raut. The look of the upco...

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Extensive research into translations of Milton results in new book

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A new book, put together by scholars and translators of 17th century poet John Milton from across the globe explores the wide reaching impact of his literary works. This book also marks the 350th anniversary of his masterpiece Paradise Lost (1667). The book titled, Milton in Translation has been produced by Prof Angelica Duran, Professor of English and Comparati...

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'Men only' Japanese island gets Unesco world heritage listing

Tokyo, July 10 (IANS) A sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a Unesco world heritage site, the media reported on Monday. Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for re...

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Buddhist leader bestowed with Honorary Fellowship by Oxford

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Acclaimed Buddhist leader and head of the Drukpa Lineage, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, has been bestowed with an Honorary Fellowship by the Wolfson College of Oxford for preservation of culture in the Himalayas, his office said on Saturday. It has been a privilege to work with the college over the past five years as it has led the way in promoting all the diverse c...

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Rembrandt works on display in Beijing

Beijing, June 17 (IANS) The National Museum of China (NMC) on Saturday opened an exhibition featuring the work of Dutch painter Rembrandt and other famous artists of the 17th century. The show, which includes more than 70 paintings, is the largest exhibit of the golden age of Dutch painting ever staged in China, Xinhua news agency reported. The items on display include 11 paintin...

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Pakistan's tableau in China shows Red Fort in Lahore

Beijing, June 14 (IANS) The historic Red Fort in Delhi was shown as Lahore's Shalimar Garden at a banquet event of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Wednesday. A Pakistani official admitted that it was a goof-up. The 17th-century monument, from whose ramparts successive Indian Prime Ministers have delivered Independence Day speech, was on the tableau of Pakistan with the picture...

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Agra air continues to choke the Taj Mahal

Agra, June 5 (IANS) Almost a quarter century after the historic Supreme Court judgement to shift or shut factories polluting the Taj Mahal, the environment in Agra continues to pollute the 17th century monument of love. Governments over the years have failed to maintain the Taj Mahal, which has developed a sickly yellow pallor and green patches, says environmentalists. After the ...

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Trudeau in private Vatican audience with Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 29 (IANS/AKI) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, met Pope Francis on Monday in a private audience in the Vatican, the Holy See said in a statement. A communique from the Holy See Press Office said their discussions were cordial. The leaders focused on the themes of integration and reconciliation, as well as religious fr...

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Thirsty snake triggers panic at Taj Mahal

Agra, May 16 (IANS) An unexpected visitor slithering through the shrubs in the gardens around the Taj Mahal, in search of a water and a cool place, led to panic among tourists at the 17th century monument on Tuesday, officials said. The snake was later captured by wildlife experts. As soon as tourists saw the six-foot-long reptile, there were shrieks and shouts for help. The snak...

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Chasing a serial killer in colonial Shanghai

Title: Death in Shanghai; Author: M.J. Lee; Publisher: HQ/Harper Collins; Pages: 378; Price: Rs 399 Justice may be the aim of law and order but may not always happen in the real world, where many other considerations play a role. Take the colonial era, where maintaining prestige of the rulers was paramount over any other factor -- even when bodies of murder victims killed in horrible way...

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Paul Verhoeven directing lesbian nun drama

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, who is active both in the US as well as Netherlands, is directing a lesbian nun drama based on the life of controversial Italian nun Benedetta Carlini. Blessed Virgin will chronicle Carlini's life in the 17th century, with Virginie Efira essaying the protagonist, reports hollywoodreporter.com. Production has now begun o...

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No role in saffron scarf issue at Taj, says government

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The government on Sunday denied any involvement of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) or the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in restricting foreign models from entering Taj Mahal wearing saffron scarves inscribed with name of Lord Ram. A couple of international models, sporting such scarves, were reportedly asked to remove them when they were abo...

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'Hyderabad's founder Quli Qutub Shah was secular ruler'

Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday said Hyderabad's founder Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah was a secular ruler. Delivering the first Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah lecture at Moulana Azad National Urdu University here, he said though Qutb-shahis were of Iranian origin, their approach to governance was pragmatic and secular. He quoted historian Haroon...

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No political motive in Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit: Rijiju

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) In the face of China's protest over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday that no political motive should be attributed to the Tibetan spiritual leader's trip to the northeastern state. India has always been non-interfering in the neighbours' internal affairs in our approach, Rijiju told reporters he...

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'Don't give additional colour to Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit'

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Even as China protested ahead of the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India on Tuesday said that the Tibetan spiritual leader has visited the state six times earlier and no additional colour should be given to his visit starting from April 5. The government has clearly stated on several occasions that HHDL (His Highness Dalai Lama) is a revered religious...

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China nominates Tai Chi for Unesco list

Beijing, March 27 (IANS) China has nominated Tai Chi, a form of ancient Chinese martial art, for inclusion in the Unesco List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, a media report said on Monday. The nomination, submitted by Wenxian county of Henan province, has been in the making since 2006, when the country drew up its first national intangible heritage list and included Tai Chi, said Zheng ...

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Dalai Lama now heading to Arunachal

Dharamsala, March 21 (IANS) A day after China expressed its discontent over Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's public event in India, his office on Tuesday confirmed the Nobel laureate's trip to Arunachal Pradesh, the region China claims has historically been part of Tibet. His Holiness will be in Arunachal Pradesh from April 5 to 12 where he will bless his followers and attend re...

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Taj security up after reported threat from IS

Agra, March 17 (IANS) Police on Friday patrolled the Yamuna river bank here and mounted extra vigil after a website threatened to target the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument of love. An official said the information was passed on to the police and the intelligence agencies on Thursday after which several teams combed the area and stepped up vigil. Archaeological Survey of In...

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Buddhist leader presents giant-sized painting to Vietnam

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Buddhist leader and head of the Drukpa Lineage, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, on Thursday presented to the people of Vietnam one of world's largest religious paintings that was unveiled at the opening of the second India Buddhism Culture Day there, a statement said. The painting, which is 12 metre wide and 16 metre long, is of Lord Avalokiteshvara, an official stat...

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Assam's Devadasi dance experiences a slow revival

Guwahati, March 16 (IANS) In a small town called Pathsala, about 60 km from this principal town of Assam, a mission has been underway for more than half a century. The task at hand is not easy -- revival of the Nati dance of India's outlawed Devadasi tradition. Even then, the man behind the mission, Dilip Kakati, is trudging along in his lonely journey to restore the lost glory of this a...

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