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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 day 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...

10 days 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...

23 days 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...

25 days 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...

29 days 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...

1 month 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....

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month ago
Hindutva groups angry over move to shift Agra crematorium

Agra, May 11 (IANS) Agra Divisional Commissioner Pradip Bhatnagar has ordered shifting of a centuries-old crematorium from the proximity of the iconic Taj Mahal here, outraging Hindutva organisations which threatened a mass movement. Environmentalists claimed that the timeless beauty of the the 17th century monument of love is being threatened by smoke and soot from the cremation ground....

1 month ago
Stone slab falls at Taj Mahal

Agra, May 7 (IANS) A 40 kg block of red sandstone fell off Saheli Burj at the Taj Mahal, close to the entrance. No one was hurt, officials said. Bhuvan Vikram, superintending archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), blamed the Wednesday mishap on monkeys. He said a plan was being drawn up to contain the simian nuisance. The 17th century Taj is India's biggest to...

1 month ago
In 1911, archaeologist said Jama Masjid not protected monument, HC told

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) A renowned archaeologist of the British era who was entrusted with surveying of all ancient monuments of Delhi, inspectged the 17th century Jama Masjid in 1911 and decided against declaring it a protected monument, the Delhi High Court was informed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Wednesday. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S...

1 month ago
All artefacts at Patan Durbar Square 'rescued, safe'

Kathmandu, May 6 (IANS) Rubble greets you on entering the now-cordoned off premises of the Patan Durbar Square here which was badly destroyed in the earthquake that jolted this Himalayan nation on April 25. However, all the intricately carved wood panels and other artefacts at this Unesco World Heritage Site are rescued and safe. While some are broken and some have developed cracks, the ...

1 month ago
Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' to wrap in Taiwan

Taipei, May 6 (IANS) Filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who is in the final few days of shooting Silence -- historical drama about faith and religion, will finish the film's production here. Some 14 weeks of photography will be completed by May 15 here. Scorsese spoke about the long journey of making the film, based on Shusaku Endo's novel Silence about god's silence in the face of human sufferi...

1 month ago
After farmer's suicide in Delhi, trees on police watch list

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The suicide by a Rajasthan-based farmer at an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally against the Narendra Modi government's land acquisition bill not only shook the nation but has now forced the Delhi Police to keep a special watch on trees, especially at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, during protest demonstrations to prevent a repeat of such an attempt. The instruction was especial...

2 months 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 months 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 months 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...

2 months 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...

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