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Taj city gets a facelift

Agra, Aug 3 (IANS) With a thousand odd illegal structures demolished in a fortnight, the city of the Taj Mahal is truly getting a facelift. A new bridge over the Yamuna awaits a formal opening. Work on the 305-km Agra-Lucknow Expressway has picked up momentum. Work is set to finish before the deadline next year. Work on an inner city Ring Road that will link the Yamuna Expresswa...

3 days ago
Tibet adopts statute to protect Potala Palace

Lhasa, July 31 (IANS) A regulation for protecting the 1,300-year-old Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was adopted by the legislature of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The statute has clear articles on the planning, administration, research and protection of the structure to preserve its integrity and surroundings, Xinhua news agency reported. It was passed...

10 days ago
Varun Gandhi calls for involvement in societal affairs

Noida, July 23 (IANS) An elected representative may or may not be capable enough to take care of all the people in a constituency, so people should come forward and get involved in societal affairs, BJP's Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi said on Thursday. India is straddling between two times zones -- 17th century and 21st century. And there is no socio-economic bridge between the two, whic...

11 days ago
Odisha's tiger dance to wow Kolkata on International Tiger Day

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The vibrant choreography of Odisha's traditional tiger dance and insights shared by noted woman elephant trainer Parbati Barua from Assam will headline International Tiger Day events here on July 29 at the Indian Museum. Wildlife enthusiasts will be in for a treat with three key events themed on the magnificent animal -- an exhibition from Indian Museum's prestigi...

15 days ago
Boost to heritage under Modi: French envoy

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) After Narendra Modi became the prime minister, there has been a lot of emphasis on celebration of heritage by the government, Francois Richier, the ambassador of France to India, said on Friday. It is important that both India and France, identify and preserve their common cultures. Sculptures, paintings and lifestyle have cross-inspirations between Punjab and F...

16 days ago
Hope relations will improve: Pakistan envoy

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Against the backdrop of growing tension over border skirmishes and diplomatic visa rows, Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit on Saturday stressed his country's commitment to improve bilateral ties with India to ensure development and better health for people of both countries. We hope relations between the two countries will improve and if both sides have the will, then...

16 days ago
Delhi markets abuzz with shoppers ahead of Eid

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) The decked-up markets around the 17th century Jama Masjid were bustling with revellers on Friday as many thronged the shops in the narrow bylanes of the Walled City for last-minute shopping ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday. Marking the end of the dawn-to-dusk period of fasting during the month of Ramadan when not a morsel of food or a drop of liquid passes the l...

20 days ago
Lhasa - between heaven and earth

Lhasa, July 14 (IANS) If there is anything between heaven and earth, it's Qinghai - the Tibet Plateau in southwestern China. Surrounded by chuckling mountains, abounding with virgin biodiversity at an elevation of over 4,000 metres, it's also known as the Roof of the World or Third Pole of the Earth. The plateau is no longer an enigma. For, China has opened the Tibet Autonomous R...

21 days ago
Modi presents Tajikistan president miniature painting

Dushanbe (Tajikistan), July 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presented Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon a specially commissioned miniature painting of the tomb of 17th century Indian poet Abdul Qadir Bedil. Bedil is regarded, especially in Tajikistan, as one the greatest masters of Persian poetry. Born in 1644 in Patna, Bedil was influenced by Sufism and wrote ...

1 month ago
Bringing Ottoman Istanbul to life - courtesy Kolkata and Dan Brown

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Inspired by great writers' depiction of grand cities, British historian Jason Goodwin sought to immortalise the Ottoman Empire's imposing capital, which not only straddles continents but also cultures and eras, in fiction and found recreating the ambiance of 19th century Istanbul owed as much to a stint in Calcutta of the 1980s as contemporary accounts. Impressed...

1 month ago
17th century fort could be new backdrop for Goa casinos: Minister

Panaji, June 26 (IANS) A former prison and a 17th century fort could be the new picturesque backdrop for Goa's offshore casinos, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Friday, adding that the fort itself could be used as hub for casino infrastructure. We are in the process of relocating the casinos by the end of the year to the Aguada bay. They have to move out of the Mandovi river. Th...

1 month ago
Moscow's St. Vasily testifies to Russia's composite culture

Moscow, June 25 (IANS) The layout of the famous Red Square here, with the 16th century cathedral of St. Vasily's on one corner, evokes different epochs of Russia's history, bringing alive images in the mind of an Indian visitor the way different eras coexist back home. The red walls of the Kremlin Palace that close off one side of the massive stone-paved square loom over Lenin's mausoleu...

1 month ago
Now, click and upload pics from Taj Mahal

Agra June 16 (IANS) Tourists visiting Taj Mahal will now be able to upload selfies or photographs clicked with their loved ones directly from the 17th century monument of love. This became possible on Tuesday afternoon as union Minister for Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad launched half-an-hour free Wi-Fi Interet facility in the Taj Mahal complex. Anyone wishing to remain logge...

2 months ago
Punjab's do-gooders: Quenching people's thirst with sweetened water

Chandigarh, June 3 (IANS) Year after year in the peak of summer, a charitable activity provides a soothing relief all over Punjab. Hundreds of 'chhabeels' dot highways where people are offered sweetened water to quench their thirst in the scorching heat. 'Chhabeels' are counters put up along roads where water and milk are mixed with essence and sweetener and offered to thirsty people, mo...

2 months ago
Cannabis use curbs intestinal infections in hunter gatherers

Washington, June 1 (IANS) Exploring cannabis use among the Aka foragers, a pygmy people of the Congo basin, US researchers have found that the more the hunter-gatherers smoke cannabis, the less they are infected by intestinal worms. While the Aka deliberately consume a tea of a local plant, motunga, to fight parasitic infections, they do not think of cannabis or tobacco as medicine, said...

2 months ago
Kochi Biennale 2016 curator to be chosen on Saturday

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) After successfully finishing the second chapter of the Kochi Biennale 2014 under artist-curator Jitish Kallt, the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), along with eminent artists, will meet here on Saturday to choose a curator for its third edition in 2016. The deliberations on Saturday will be attended by KBF president Bose Krishnamachari, secretary Riyas Komu and tr...

2 months ago
Alexander McQueen to feature on 20 pound notes?

London, May 22 (IANS) The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen might be immortalised on the new 20 pound notes in Britain. The Bank of England is asking the British public to nominate people of historic significance from the world of visual arts to be immortalised on the new 20 pound note, with the late fashion designer one of the favourites to be mentioned, reports femalefirst.co.uk....

2 months ago
Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield back together?

Los Angeles, May 21 (IANS) Actors Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have sparked rumours that they have rekindled their relationship after having split last month. Stone, who split from the British actor last month after three years of dating, was reportedly spotted holding hands with him in Malibu, California, earlier this week. The couple seemed to be having a great time as they e...

2 months ago
Hundreds march against move to shift Agra crematorium

Agra, May 14 (IANS) Hundreds of people joined a march on Thursday to protest the shifting of a centuries-old crematorium from the proximity of the iconic Taj Mahal here. Representatives from NGOs, trade chambers, market committees, religious bodies and political parties took part in the march and pledged that they would not let the government shift the Taj Ganj Shamshan Ghat (crematorium...

2 months ago
India, France to go undersea to uncover maritime heritage, treasure

Panaji, May 14 (IANS) Precious gems, hippo's teeth and European currency scattered in the depths of the Arabian sea as well as uncovering priceless historic data about maritime trade between Asia and Europe dating to over 500 years is what's on the menu as Indian marine archaeologists and French divers collectively aim to salvage shipwrecks off India's western coast. A recent visit by Fr...

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