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23 hours ago
Nepal quake takes heavy toll of Hindu temples

Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) The devastating earthquake in Nepal has destroyed or badly damaged many Hindu temples both in the Kathmandu Valley and elsewhere. Saturday's 7.9 magnitude quake and aftershocks throughout the day destroyed around 80 percent of the temples in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, the Kantipur News reported on Sunday. These include the Kasthamandap temp...

2 days ago
Kolkata Armenians mark 100th anniversary of genocide

Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) At least 100 members of the Armenian community in Kolkata participated in a special prayer on Friday in observance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The genocide refers to the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks, starting in 1915. At the nearly 300-year-old Holy Church of Nazareth, located in Burrabazar in cent...

2 days ago
Stories of women's empowerment, a werewolf

A book analyses the drivers of change and the repercussions of present-day gender revolutions, a man in today's Kolkata meets a man who claims to be a werewolf. Some light and some heavy dosage, the IANS bookshelf this weekend has reality meeting fantasy. Take a look. 1. Book: Half A Billion Rising; Author: Anirudha Dutta; Publisher: Rainlight; Pages: 247; Price: Rs.395 This boo...

3 days ago
Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield part ways for good

Los Angeles, April 23 (IANS) Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were earlier this month reported to have taken a break from their three-year relationship but insiders say the actress has called time on their romance for good. (Emma) ended things and moved back to LA. It's finished. It's not just a break, a source told usmagazine.com. One reason for the couple's split is said to be th...

10 days ago
Rare 15th century books donated to Australian library

Melbourne, April 16 (IANS) A collection of rare books dating back to the 15th century was donated to the State Library of Victoria, Australia. The books were donated to the library by the family of Melbourne barrister John Emmerson on Thursday, ABC reported. Valued at about 8 million Australian dollars (about $6 million), the collection also contains early editions of noted Briti...

21 days ago
Taj Mahal gets record holiday crowd

Agra, April 5 (IANS) The extended weekend saw a record crowd at the Taj Mahal on Saturday. Sources in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which maintains the 17th century monument, said 45,408 tickets were sold on Saturday. The figure does not include children below the age of 15, entry for whom is free. All three gates leading to the Taj saw long queues of visito...

23 days ago
A park that threatens Taj Mahal's safety?

Agra, April 3 (IANS) Most photographs of the Taj Mahal taken before 2003 show the Yamuna river flowing close to the rear foundation of the edifice, its water in fact lapping the rear wall. But now a park developed by the Archaeological Survey of India, no doubt to beautify the area around it, has distanced the Yamuna by a good 100 hundred yards from the world-famous marble maosoleum. Thi...

25 days ago
Qutb Shahi tombs to regain lost grandeur

Hyderabad, April 2 (IANS) If Charminar is the symbol of Hyderabad, the Qutb Shahi Tombs along with Golconda Fort are an integral part of the city's rich history and culture. A unique royal necropolis, Qutb Shahi Tombs are a must on the itinerary of visitors to the city. The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, as the entire complex is called, has 72 monuments including mausoleums of rulers of the Q...

25 days ago
Armenian school in Kolkata turns 194

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) The historic Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy (ACPA) on Wednesday celebrated the legacy of Indian and Armenian educational cooperation on its 194th foundation day. ACPA was founded in 1821 in then Calcutta by Astvatsatur Muradghanian and Mnatsakan Vardanian, prominent members of the Armenian community in the city. It was the only educational cent...

29 days ago
Bihar IPS officer in trouble for 'Jehangir bell'

Patna, March 28 (IANS) A senior police officer in Bihar is in trouble for installing a Jehangiri ghanta or Jehangir's bell at his official residence in Darbhanga district when he was posted there last year. Arvind Pandey, a Bihar cadre IPS officer of the 1988 batch, had installed the electronic push-button bell at his official residence in Darbhanga, about 200 km from here, in January 2...

1 month ago
Is being cooped up in school cause of Myopia 'epidemic'?

London, March 25 (IANS) Myopia, or short-sightedness, has assumed 'epidemic' proportions in the last 30 years, with some countries reporting prevalence of 80-90 percent - and the reason could simply be lack of adequate light in classrooms. Richard Hobday, an authority on sunlight and health, has in a new study compared myopia to bone disease rickets, caused by the lack of Vitamin D that...

1 month ago
A festival to explore various facets of Dara Shikoh

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The life and times of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's eldest son will come alive through music, theatre and story telling sessions during a festival that will begin here from March 27. A seven-day long Dar-e-Shikoh: Dara Shikoh Festival of Delhia is the first of its kind to throw light on the lesser known aspects of his life through visual commentary. It will be he...

1 month ago
More petha units shut down in Agra

Agra, March 20 (IANS) With the sealing of seven more units, the number of centres manufacturing Agra's famous petha sweet that have been shut down for using coal has risen to 30. The Wednesday night operation was a joint effort of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, the Agra Municipal Corporation and the district administration. It followed reports that the units making petha, a s...

1 month ago
Remains of 'Don Quixote' author Cervantes found in Madrid

Madrid, March 17 (IANS) Researchers confirmed beyond doubt on Tuesday that the remains of Miguel de Cervantes -- the famous Spanish writer and creator of Don Quixote -- was among the fragments found in the crypt of the Church of the Trinitarians in Madrid, according to Spanish news agency Efe. Efe announced in a report on March 11, 2015 the discovery of the remains of Cervantes and his w...

1 month ago
India's first municipal archive comes up in Kolkata

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) In a bid to preserve and narrate the over four centuries old history and evolution of Kolkata, the city's civic authorities have launched a comprehensive archive, complete with rare photographs, texts and digital records, an official said here on Wednesday. Said to be India's first municipal archive, the 'Amal Home Digital Archive' has been developed and curated b...

2 months ago
Courtyard by Marriott, Agra: Where leisure meets luxury

Agra, Feb 26 (IANS) Eat like a king and get treated like one at Courtyard by Marriott in the cosmopolitan legacy of Taj city and former Mughal capital Agra. With the 17th century monument of love within walking distance, the hotel, which opened its doors to public in January, is not very far from popular attractions and shopping districts including the Agra Fort, Jama Masjid and Kinari B...

2 months ago
Himachal to form trust for Raghunath temple

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 20 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will form a trust for the Lord Raghunath temple to ensure the safety of its idols and valuables, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Friday. We are contemplating to form a trust for the temple to ensure its safety, proper upkeep and management, the chief minister told reporters here. Virbhadra Singh was here ...

2 months ago
Save Braj Bhasha from extinction, demand scholars, artistes

Mathura, Feb 17 (IANS) Under a combined onslaught of Hindi and English, the popular local dialect Braj Bhasha, identified with Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha, is facing extinction. Lovers of Braj Bhasha and literature during a seminar Tuesday made a passionate appeal to the Uttar Pradesh and central governments for protecting and promoting the regional dialect. They demanded...

2 months ago
V&A to hold Indian-themed exhibition in Oct

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) An enormous tent used by Tipu Sultan, a vast wall hanging from rural Gujarat discovered abandoned on a New York streeet in the 1990s, an embroidered 17th century Mughal dress and a costume worn by Madhuri Dixit in Devdas are some of the objects that will be displayed at the London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) as part of its India festival in starting October 10. ...

2 months ago
Hubble captures rare triple-moon conjunction

Washington, Feb 8 (IANS) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter's largest moons - Europa, Callisto and Io - racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet. These so-called Galilean moons, named after the 17th century scientist Galileo Galilei who discovered them with a telescope, complete orbits around Jupiter with durations ranging from...

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