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2 days ago
17th century cannon found in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 29 (IANS) A cannon dating to the 17th century and believed to have been used by the forces of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb during the attack on Golconda Fort here has been recovered here, police said. The six-feet-long cannon was found by a person during digging work at Nayapul near Musi River in the old city of Hyderabad. Acting on a tip-off, police recovered the antique from...

3 days ago
Technology helps crack Himachal idol theft

Shimla, Jan 29 (IANS) Latest technology and satellite imagery have helped the Himachal Pradesh Police recover the priceless and centuries-old idol of Lord Raghunath, the chief deity of the Kullu Valley. A Special Investigating Team, with the help of Google Earth, last week managed to track down the exact locations where the three idols were buried and another was disposed of. The case vi...

4 days ago
Jaipur Litfest: Going from strength to strength

Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Why does society have a biased view about writers dealing with sex or about sexual dualities, what would end if we stop believing in our past and why freedom of expression comes at a cost were among the questions that were thrown open for debate and introspection at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015. The annual literary fest, which has attained the stature of a li...

4 days ago
Is Mumtaz Mahal's body mummified in Taj Mahal?

Agra, Jan 28 (IANS) The mystery surrounding Mumtaz Mahal's burial at the Taj Mahal has deepened with a book claiming that her body was mummified. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the 17th century Taj Mahal here in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz who died while giving birth to their 14th child in Burhanpur, a town in what is now Maharashtra. The real truth about Taj Mahal was sup...

7 days ago
Himachal seeks extradition of Nepalese for temple heist

Shimla, Jan 24 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has sought the extradition of the Nepalese prime suspect in the theft of an antique idol from a historic temple in Kullu town, police said Saturday. Accused Nar Prashad Jaisi broke into the Lord Raghunath temple in Sultanpur Dec 9 last year and took away the idols including that of Lord Raghunath, dedicated to Lord Rama. Jaisi has been detai...

8 days ago
Kullu Holi begins, recovered Lord Raghunath idol installed

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 24 (IANS) The stolen idol of Lord Raghunath, a highly revered idol dedicated to Lord Rama, was recovered and reinstalled at Raghunath Temple here Saturday amid much fervour. In a major breakthrough, police Friday recovered the idol of Lord Raghunath and other idols stolen from the temple Dec 9 last year. The robbers entered the temple from the roof a...

8 days ago
Antique idols stolen from Himachal temple recovered

Shimla, Jan 23 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, Himachal Pradesh Police Friday recovered antique idols stolen from a historic temple in Kullu town last month. Additional Director General Sanjay Kundu told reporters the idol of Lord Raghunath and other idols were recovered. He said all the idols and ornaments were recovered from the outskirts of the town, about 200 km from here. Ro...

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Obama may finally see Taj Mahal this time

Agra, Jan 20 (IANS) US President Barack Obama, who could not visit the Taj Mahal during his 2010 India visit due to paucity of time, may not like to miss the 17th century monument of love at least this time when he arrives in the country for the 66th Republic Day. Sources indicated Tuesday that a Plan B is being drawn up should the sky not be clear and the inclement weather makes a fligh...

26 days ago
Law and order deteriorating in Himachal: BJP MP

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) BJP MP Anurag Thakur has written to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh about the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, a statement said Monday. In the letter, Thakur apprised the chief minister about incidents of theft of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited cables and telephony equipment. In his Hamirpur parliamentary constituency alone...

28 days ago
Bollywood in 2015: Watch out for epic costume dramas

Mumbai, Jan 3 (IANS) From Bajirao Mastani to Mohenjo Daro -- it looks like 2015 will be an epic year for Bollywood. Several filmmakers have lined up big budget spectacles that go back in time. Here's looking at the big budget epics of 2015: * Bajirao Mastani: Set in the 17th century, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's quasi-historical featuring the Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela trio of Ran...

1 month ago
Ground-breaking for Shivaji sea memorial Feb 19

Nagpur/Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) The ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai will be performed Feb 19, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Monday told the Maharashtra assembly. He made the announcement in the assembly's ongoing session at Nagpur, signalling the start of the ambitious memorial which has been under planning for several ...

1 month ago
Online ticket booking for Taj Mahal entry from Christmas

Agra, Dec 13 (IANS) The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is ready to launch its online entrance ticket booking to the Taj Mahal from Christmas day. Tourism personnel in Agra have welcomed the long pending initiative which hoteliers think will curb unauthorised entry, fake ticket selling and other dubious means to gain entry to the world heritage monument. The long queues at ...

1 month ago
Gang behind antique idol theft in Himachal identified

Shimla, Dec 12 (IANS) Three days after theft of an antique idol of Lord Raghunath from Himachal Pradesh's Kullu town, police Friday claimed to have identified a gang of thieves. Raids have been conducted to apprehend them, Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu said in a statement. CCTV footage showed the suspicious movement of three men aged around 25 years after the...

1 month ago
Kochi Biennale: A journey between time and space

Kochi, Dec 12 (IANS) If Hollyoowd wizard Christopher Nolan's Interstellar explored the idea of finding life on another planet in space, artist Jitish Kallat is redirecting many journeys between time and space through artistic impressions that would take the audience on a whirlpool of explorations during the 108-day-long Kochi-Muziris Biennale from Friday. Spread over eight venues across ...

1 month ago
Interpol on alert after idol theft in Himachal

Shimla, Dec 10 (IANS) Interpol has been put on high alert after the theft of an antique idol of Lord Raghunath from Himachal Pradesh's Kullu town, police said Wednesday. A reward of Rs.10 lakh has been announced for providing clues about the robbers. The Interpol and (Indian) immigration authorities have been alerted to prevent the robbers from fleeing the country, a senior polic...

1 month ago
Revered antique idol stolen from Himachal temple

Shimla, Dec 9 (IANS) An antique idol of Lord Raghunath, a highly revered idol dedicated to Lord Rama, was stolen from Himachal Pradesh's Kullu town early Tuesday, police said. The main idol was found missing from the Lord Raghunath temple in Sultanpur in Kullu, about 200 km from here. The idol was antique, Kullu legislator Maheshwar Singh, who is also the chief representative of ...

2 months ago
17th century Polish 'vampire' graves found

London, Nov 28 (IANS) Potential vampires in 17th-18th century Poland were buried with rocks and sickles across their bodies to ward off evil, scientists have discovered. Such vampires, buried in northwestern Poland, were likely local and not immigrants to the region, Lesley Gregoricka from University of South Alabama has found. In northwestern Poland, apotropaic funerary rites - ...

2 months ago
Pope Francis set for Turkey visit

London, Nov 28 (IANS) Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Turkey to help inter-faith dialogue in the country. At the start of the three-day tour he is set to meet newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, BBC reported Friday. He also plans to visit Istanbul for a meeting with the head of the Orthodox Christian church. It will be only the fourth time in hi...

2 months ago
Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's son anointed Naib Imam

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Shaban Bukhari, the 19-year-old son of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, was Saturday formally anointed the Naib Imam (deputy Imam) of the 17th century mosque at a ceremony here. The anointment, which was attended by religious leaders from India and abroad, comes in the face of objection by the Indian government and the Wakf Board, which termed the cerem...

2 months ago
Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's son anointed Naib Imam

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Shaban Bukhari, the son of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, was Saturday formally anointed the Naib Imam (deputy Imam) of the 17th century mosque at a ceremony here. I announce Shaban Bukhari as the Naib Imam of Jama Masjid. I hope that he will live up to the expectations, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said during the ceremony. The 19-year-old Shaban, who ...

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