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4 days ago
'First map of Australia' arrives in Melbourne for conservation

Melbourne, May 16 (IANS) The first map of Australia, produced by Dutch explorers in the 17th century, arrived in Melbourne on Monday for expert analysis, as historians look to preserve the priceless document. The map of New Holland, the name given to the Australian mainland by famous seafarer Abel Tasman, is the first published record of the previously unexplored continent in the Dutch l...

5 days ago
Would be happy if my art dents mindsets: Sufi Kathak dancer Manjari

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) As a young Kathak student from Luknow, Manjari Chaturvedi learnt her first lessons in communal harmony during the Babri Masjid's demolition in 1992, which resulted in ugly incidents of sectarian violence in the country. In those days, Manjari and her friends, mostly Hindus, would reach the gharana as soon as the curfew was lifted and their Muslim musicians would...

21 days ago
Japan adds 19 cultural assets to heritage list

Tokyo, April 28 (IANS) Japanese has added 19 new cultural assets to a list it terms 'Japan Heritage'. The newly-created list is aimed at promoting tourism and boosting local economies, The Japan Times reported on Thursday. The designations, unveiled this week, boosted the total number of cultural assets to 37, after 18 were selected last year. Candidates need to show thei...

1 month ago
John Masters and his 'Savage' view of Indian history

What do we make of the Raj's storytellers? Should we simply view them through anti-colonialism's uncompromising prism and unceremoniously dismiss them as standard-bearers of discredited imperialism? Or should we be more judicious in giving them a hearing (or reading) for a historical perspective of the rulers' experiences and contact with the ruled? Like this writer and his unforgettable tales of...

1 month ago
British royals amazed at the idea of love Taj represents: Guide

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Visiting British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who spent around 45 minutes admiring the Taj Mahal, were amazed with the fact that a king so loved his wife that he built such a beautiful monument to cherish her memories, says their tour guide. They looked very happy while taking a tour of the Taj Mahal. They wanted to know more and more about it. Ho...

1 month ago
William, Kate visit Taj, sit on Diana seat

Agra, April 16 (IANS) British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on Saturday spent around 45 minutes admiring the Taj Mahal and also sat on the 'Diana seat' for a photo session - evoking the memory of the late Princess of Wales, who had sat on that marble bench alone 24 years ago, triggering rumours about the state of her marriage. In searing temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius, P...

1 month ago
British royals visit Taj

Agra, April 16 (IANS) British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on Saturday spent around 45 minutes admiring the Taj Mahal and also sat on the 'Diana seat' for a photo session. The hyped up visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the 17th century monument of love began at 3.35 p.m. on Saturday. The couple stayed till 4.22 p.m. The couple sat for a while on the Dian...

1 month ago
Stolen Dutch paintings recovered in Ukraine

Kiev, April 15 (IANS) The authorities in the Ukraine on Friday announced the recovery of four of the 24 paintings that were stolen from a gallery in the Netherlands more than a decade ago. The haul of 16th and 17th century paintings is worth $11 million when stolen from the Westfries Museum in the city of Hoorn in 2005, BBC reported. The four recovered works had been in the posse...

1 month ago
Security tightened ahead of royal couple's Taj Mahal visit

Agra, April 12 (IANS) Ahead of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 16, police have tightened security arrangements in the tourist complex area along Fatehabad Road leading to the Taj Mahal. The royal couple is scheduled to visit Agra on Saturday. Officials said they will spend nearly two hours at the Taj Mahal. Hoteliers said...

1 month ago
Hindu nationalists carrying forward colonial idea of demonising Mughals: Audrey Truschke

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Mughal rulers patronised Sanskrit literature in their courts, especially between AD 1560 to 1660, and also took up Persian translations of epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana as ambitious projects, says scholar Audrey Truschke in her book 'Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court'. Truschke, an assistant professor of South Asian History at Rut...

1 month ago
Pay more now to see Taj Mahal

Agra, April 1 (IANS) Entry tickets for the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in Agra will now cost more. A foreign visitor to the Taj will now pay Rs,1,000, up from Rs.750. Domestic tourists will shell out Rs.40 a ticket, instead of Rs.20 earlier. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced the new rates on Thursday, to be effective from April 1. Tourists wi...

1 month ago
Pay more now to see Taj Mahal

Agra, April 1 (IANS) Entry tickets for the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in Agra will now cost more. A foreign visitor to the Taj will now pay Rs,1,000, up from Rs.750. Domestic tourists will shell out Rs.40 a ticket, instead of Rs.20 earlier. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced the new rates on Thursday, to be effective from April 1. Tourists wi...

1 month ago
Pay more now to see Taj Mahal

Agra, April 1 (IANS) Entry tickets for the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in Agra will now cost more. A foreign visitor to the Taj will now pay Rs,1,000, up from Rs.750. Domestic tourists will shell out Rs.40 a ticket, instead of Rs.20 earlier. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced the new rates on Thursday, to be effective from April 1. Tourists wi...

1 month ago
Taj Mahal minaret's pinnacle falls?

Agra, March 28 (IANS) A pinnacle of one of the four minarets of the Taj Mahal fell off on Monday afternoon during repair work, witnesses said. But officials said it was taken out because of its weak condition. Superintending archaeologist Bhuvan Vikram of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) told IANS that the pinnacle did not fall but was taken out because of its weak condition.

2 months ago
Theft of ancient idol: Himachal trying to extradite suspect from Nepal

Shimla, March 15 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government is taking steps for the extradition from Nepal of a man suspected to have stolen a centuries-old idol of Lord Raghunath, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh told the assembly on Tuesday. Nar Prashad Jaisi, the 30-year-old suspect, was arrested on January 22 last year in Banke district of Nepal, 45 days after the theft of the idol of Lord...

2 months ago
Vietnam appreciates India's position on South China Sea

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) With China's increasing assertiveness on its claims over the South China Sea, Vietnam, the southeast Asian nation that is most vulnerable to this, on Wednesday appreciated India's position on th issue. We appreciate the position of India on resolving the South China Sea disputes peacefully, without threat or actual use of force, and early concluding of a code of ...

3 months ago
'Rise of African slaves as rulers, generals shows India's tradition of openness'

United Nations, Feb 18 (IANS) The history of Africans who came to India as slaves and rose to lofty heights as princes and generals shows the country's tradition of openness, India's UN Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said here Tuesday. Speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition, Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals, he said India may have shortcomings, but it has alway...

3 months ago
No prejudice against early Africans in India: UN exhibition

United Nations, Feb 15 (IANS) Africans came to India as early as the 13th century as soldiers and there was no prejudice against them at that time. They intermarried with local women, daughters of rulers and notables, and rose to become princes and generals in an era of slavery in America. Their unique global saga will be on display Wednesday at the UN General Assembly building in an exh...

3 months ago
Japan to withdraw World Heritage recommendation

Tokyo, Feb 9 (IANS) The Japanese cabinet on Tuesday approved withdrawing its bid for Unesco to add churches and other Christian sites in southwestern Japan to the World Heritage register. A UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) advisory panel asked Japan last month to review its nomination of the 14 locations in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures, citing failure to e...

3 months ago
Buddhist monks sow seeds of harmony between India and Myanmar

Yangon (Myanmar), Jan 29 (IANS) Indian Buddhist monks are sowing the seeds of peace and harmony between the two immediate neighbours that are linked by age-old ties of religion and culture. As Myanmar moves towards forming a new government, the monks of India and Myanmar have taken upon themselves the task for smooth transition of the powers to the democratically elected government - but...

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