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Visit Auckland for that missing thrill in life

Auckland, Dec 5 (IANS) From jumping off Sky Tower, flying fox ziplines, taking a free fall with a bungee or wine-tasting on Waiheke Island, Auckland provides a mesmerising mixture of serenity and adventure to those seeking to add some thrill to their lives. The city's vast harbour, quiet islands and vibrant landscapes offer an exciting and accessible mix of urban, water and wildlife acti...

10 days ago
British architect Norman Foster to renovate Prado extension

Madrid, Nov 25 (IANS) World famous architect Norman Foster has been selected to renovate part of the famous Prado art gallery here, the museum has confirmed. Foster will work with Spanish architect Carlos Rubio on the 30 million euro ($33 million) refurbishment of the 17th century Hall of Realms (Salon de Reinos in Spanish), Xinhua news agency reported. It is a wing of the Buen R...

15 days ago
Reducing tobacco consumption, and giving growers an alternative crop

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) India aims to reduce tobacco consumption by 30 per cent in the next three years, but it also needs to quickly promote the farming of alternate crops by tobacco growers, whose exports annually bring in Rs 10,000 crore ($1.5 billion) . The target India set at the just-concluded WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Convention of Parties (COP7) will be...

19 days ago
Israeli President visits Taj, water treatment plant

Agra, Nov 16 (IANS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday visited the 17th century Mughal monument to love, the Taj Mahal, and a water treatment plant in Sikandra that uses Israeli technology. Archeological Survey of India (ASI) official and caretaker of the Taj, Munnazzar Ali told IANS: The President spent over an hour here and evinced keen interest in the details, particularly c...

21 days ago
Climate change, water rights deeply interlinked globally: Buddhist leader

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Climate change and water rights are deeply inter-connected, globally. Seasons seem to be inverting in the Himalayas where you see snow in summer and entire villages that have existed for generations have had to relocate because of water-pattern changes. That is the wisdom on offer from Buddhist leader and active environmentalist -- the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa -- the...

26 days ago
Foreigners face tough time with Rs 500, 1,000 notes

Agra, Nov 9 (IANS) Foreign tourists visiting the Taj Mahal on Wednesday had a tough time when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) refused to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as entry fee. Tourist guide Ved Gautam said the authorities should have made some arrangements for the foreign and Indian tourists visiting the 17th century monument. They got punished for no fault of theirs.

1 month ago
Court questions Karnataka's move to celebrate Tipu Jayanti

Bengaluru, Nov 2 (IANS) Observing that erstwhile Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan was not a freedom fighter, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday questioned the state government's move to celebrate his birthday on November 10. What is the logic behind the state government's decision to celebrate Tipu's birth anniversary (Jayanti) as he was only a king and not a freedom fighter, asked Chief Just...

1 month ago
Tibet's Potala Palace gets annual whitewash

Lhasa, Oct 29 (IANS) The 1,300-year-old Potala Palace here is having its yearly facelift as workers and local volunteers whitewash the exterior of the landmark. It will take about a month to paint the palace, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in preparation for Lhabab Duchen, which falls on November 20 this year, Xinhua news agency reported. According to Tibetan tradition, Lhabab Duc...

1 month ago
Week-long festivities of unique Kullu Dussehra end

Kullu, Oct 17 (IANS) The week-long Kullu Dussehra festivities ended on Monday, with over 200 assembled deities starting their journey back to their temples in beautifully decorated palanquins amid much trumpeting and drum beats. Kullu Dussehra, unique to this Himachal Pradesh town, is a centuries-old festival and celebrations begin on 'Vijaya Dashami', the day when the festivities end in...

1 month ago
A massacre on a dusty Iraqi plain and its poetic remembrance

A small band of prominent people, including women and children, refusing allegiance to the ruler, were forcibly confined on a dusty plain for over a week, refused access to water, and eventually all the men were massacred. But it didn't end there, with the episode causing an irrevocable split in a new religion, unleashing further cycles of violence (which haven't abated even now) and still capabl...

2 months ago
Actress Michelle Yeoh for improved road safety in India

Leh (Ladakh), Oct 6 (IANS) She zoomed through the streets of Bangkok on a superbike with Pierce Brosnan in the James Bond flick Tomorrow Never Dies, but Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh mostly doesn't feel the need for speed. Road safety is a key element in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and India has a key role in their delivery, says the UNDP Goodwill Ambassdor for SDGs. ...

2 months ago
Ladakh, where Buddhist spirituality, culture reign supreme

Ladakh -- once the hub of the ancient Silk Route -- is aptly described as a place where Buddhist spirituality and its ancient culture reign supreme amidst virgin nature. It's a cold desert in northern India, dotted by tiny hamlets spread over the Himalayan peaks adjoining Tibet, where one can simultaneously have a close brush with sunburn and frostbite in summer. Leh, the headqua...

2 months ago
'Kumbh of Himalayas' sees over 5 million visitors

Leh, Sep 26 (IANS) Over five million people visited the week-long celebrations of the Naropa festival to mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of great Indian saint Naropa in the 17th century Hemis Monastery in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, organisers said on Monday. The festival concluded last week after which, Gyalwang Drukpa, the current spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa ...

2 months ago
Australian researchers use modern methods to solve ancient murder mystery

Sydney, Sep 26 (IANS) Using state-of-the-art equipment, Australian researchers have managed to solve an 800-year-old murder case pertaining to the death of an Aboriginal man. A team of scientists led by researcher Michael Westaway, a senior fellow at the Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University, in South East Queensland, has discovered evidence suggesting that a skeleto...

2 months ago
Militants should get fair share of hearing: Buddhist monk

Leh, Sep 21 (IANS) Buddhist spiritual leader and active globetrotting environmentalist the Gyalwang Drukpa wants militants to get a fair share of hearing to present their side of the picture. Even as terrorism has attained alarming proportions globally, the Gyalwang Drukpa told IANS on the International Day of Peace (Sep 21): We are not giving a fair opportunity to listen to and understa...

2 months ago
This 'rockstar monk' is crooning songs of gender equality

Leh, Sep 20 (IANS) There is a rockstar monk crooning the song of gender equality and harmony, of saving the Himalayas for the future -- cycling down the treacherous mountains and preaching another religion. Well, perhaps not crooning literally, but his interests, enthusiasm and activism are far removed from any religious personality that adorns the robe. This Buddhist leader and ...

2 months ago
60-foot-tall silk brocade displayed at Naropa festival

Leh, Sep 19 (IANS) A 60-foot-tall silk embroidery brocade of Buddha Amitabha was unfurled on Monday at once-in-12-years carnival of spirituality, culture and tradition near the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage, the largest such in the Himalayas. The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa Order based in the Himalayas, unfurled the brocade amids...

2 months ago
SRK poses with Rembrandt painting at Rijksmuseum

Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is currently in Amsterdam shooting for Imtiaz Alis film, gave his fans a glimpse of his date with the world famous Rijksmuseum. The actor, who was particularly drawn to a painting The Night Watch by Dutch artist Rembrandt, tweeted: Surrounded by Masters keeping a Nightwatch. Rembrandt and others at the awesome Rijks Museum. Am...

2 months ago
Leh gears up for Buddhist 'Kumbh of Himalayas'

Leh, Sep 14 (IANS) A once-in-12-years carnival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition -- and a grand congregation of Drukpa masters -- is set to begin this week at the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage, the largest such in the Himalayas. Organisers say the fourth edition of the Naropa festival, a celebration of the 1,000th birth anniversary of the great Indian saint...

3 months ago
Modi visits Ambassadors' Pagoda in Vietnam

Hanoi, Sep 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the Quan Su Pagoda, also known as the Ambassadors' Pagoda here. At the heart of the Vietnamese Buddhism, a precious treasure of Hanoi. PM @narendramodi visits Quan Su Pagoda, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. The historic monument is also known as the Ambassadors' Pagoda as there was a...

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