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Thirsty snake triggers panic at Taj Mahal

Agra, May 16 (IANS) An unexpected visitor slithering through the shrubs in the gardens around the Taj Mahal, in search of a water and a cool place, led to panic among tourists at the 17th century monument on Tuesday, officials said. The snake was later captured by wildlife experts. As soon as tourists saw the six-foot-long reptile, there were shrieks and shouts for help. The snak...

14 days ago
Chasing a serial killer in colonial Shanghai

Title: Death in Shanghai; Author: M.J. Lee; Publisher: HQ/Harper Collins; Pages: 378; Price: Rs 399 Justice may be the aim of law and order but may not always happen in the real world, where many other considerations play a role. Take the colonial era, where maintaining prestige of the rulers was paramount over any other factor -- even when bodies of murder victims killed in horrible way...

20 days ago
Paul Verhoeven directing lesbian nun drama

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, who is active both in the US as well as Netherlands, is directing a lesbian nun drama based on the life of controversial Italian nun Benedetta Carlini. Blessed Virgin will chronicle Carlini's life in the 17th century, with Virginie Efira essaying the protagonist, reports hollywoodreporter.com. Production has now begun o...

24 days ago
No role in saffron scarf issue at Taj, says government

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The government on Sunday denied any involvement of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) or the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in restricting foreign models from entering Taj Mahal wearing saffron scarves inscribed with name of Lord Ram. A couple of international models, sporting such scarves, were reportedly asked to remove them when they were abo...

1 month ago
'Hyderabad's founder Quli Qutub Shah was secular ruler'

Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday said Hyderabad's founder Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah was a secular ruler. Delivering the first Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah lecture at Moulana Azad National Urdu University here, he said though Qutb-shahis were of Iranian origin, their approach to governance was pragmatic and secular. He quoted historian Haroon...

1 month ago
No political motive in Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit: Rijiju

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) In the face of China's protest over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday that no political motive should be attributed to the Tibetan spiritual leader's trip to the northeastern state. India has always been non-interfering in the neighbours' internal affairs in our approach, Rijiju told reporters he...

1 month ago
'Don't give additional colour to Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit'

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Even as China protested ahead of the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India on Tuesday said that the Tibetan spiritual leader has visited the state six times earlier and no additional colour should be given to his visit starting from April 5. The government has clearly stated on several occasions that HHDL (His Highness Dalai Lama) is a revered religious...

1 month ago
China nominates Tai Chi for Unesco list

Beijing, March 27 (IANS) China has nominated Tai Chi, a form of ancient Chinese martial art, for inclusion in the Unesco List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, a media report said on Monday. The nomination, submitted by Wenxian county of Henan province, has been in the making since 2006, when the country drew up its first national intangible heritage list and included Tai Chi, said Zheng ...

1 month ago
Dalai Lama now heading to Arunachal

Dharamsala, March 21 (IANS) A day after China expressed its discontent over Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's public event in India, his office on Tuesday confirmed the Nobel laureate's trip to Arunachal Pradesh, the region China claims has historically been part of Tibet. His Holiness will be in Arunachal Pradesh from April 5 to 12 where he will bless his followers and attend re...

2 months ago
Taj security up after reported threat from IS

Agra, March 17 (IANS) Police on Friday patrolled the Yamuna river bank here and mounted extra vigil after a website threatened to target the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument of love. An official said the information was passed on to the police and the intelligence agencies on Thursday after which several teams combed the area and stepped up vigil. Archaeological Survey of In...

2 months ago
Buddhist leader presents giant-sized painting to Vietnam

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Buddhist leader and head of the Drukpa Lineage, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, on Thursday presented to the people of Vietnam one of world's largest religious paintings that was unveiled at the opening of the second India Buddhism Culture Day there, a statement said. The painting, which is 12 metre wide and 16 metre long, is of Lord Avalokiteshvara, an official stat...

2 months ago
Assam's Devadasi dance experiences a slow revival

Guwahati, March 16 (IANS) In a small town called Pathsala, about 60 km from this principal town of Assam, a mission has been underway for more than half a century. The task at hand is not easy -- revival of the Nati dance of India's outlawed Devadasi tradition. Even then, the man behind the mission, Dilip Kakati, is trudging along in his lonely journey to restore the lost glory of this a...

2 months ago
Once all-male, now women Kuchipudi dancers outnumber men

Amaravati, March 7 (IANS) It was only in the early 1900s that women were allowed to perform Kuchipudi, the medieval classical dance form that originated in the eponymous village in Andhra Pradesh. Now, women outnumber men both in teaching and learning, and have taken up the task of infusing a new lease of life into the art -- including through digital means. About an hour-and-a-half's dr...

2 months ago
US Congress lauds Buddhist leader for empowering women

Kathmandu, March 6 (IANS) Buddhist leader and environmentalist, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa - the spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa Order - was felicitated in a US Congressional resolution for empowering women in the Himalayas and supporting green initiatives, his private office here said on Monday. The Gyalwang Drukpa was presented with a US Congressional resolution from Carolyn ...

2 months ago
US congress recognises Buddhist leader for empowering women

Kathmandu, March 6 (IANS) Buddhist leader and active environmentalist the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa -- the spiritual head of the 800-year-old Drukpa Order -- was bestowed with a US Congressional resolution for empowering women in the Himalayas and supporting green initiatives, his private office in Nepal said on Monday. The Gyalwang Drukpa was presented with a US Congressional resolution from...

2 months ago
Rambles in the Red Square, a living panorama of Russian history

There is no shortage of sights to see in Moscow but one never to be missed is this iconic central plaza which is not only the heart of the city but of the country too. For here, abiding -- and varied -- symbols of Russias past, present and future stand close to each other without any sense of incongruity at all. If you are an early riser and prepared to bear the February chill (frequentl...

2 months ago
INS Viraat to be decommissioned next Monday

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) A glorious era of the flagship of the Indian Navy, the INS Viraat, will end next Monday with her decommissioning after 57 years of service, including 27 with the Royal Navy, a top official said here. Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba - who was once the executive officer of the ship in 1998 - will be present for the momentous occasion, along with some officer...

3 months ago
India displays military might, cultural diversity

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) India's military might, its cultural diversity and achievements in various areas were showcased at a grand parade here on Thursday as the nation celebrated its 68th Republic Day with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the Chief Guest. The country's main celebration took place at Rajpath here where India's Who's Who assembled to w...

3 months ago
The spicy secret of New York's birth

Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) The birth of what is now the world's most cosmopolitan city is the outcome of a spicy conflict over four centuries ago where one man's bravery in defending a small island growing a precious commodity against daunting odds so galvanised his countrymen that they tried to retake it, and when this proved unfeasible, exchanged it for another island on the other side of the world ...

3 months ago
Gujarati in Pakistan faces imminent death: Daily

Gujrat City (Pakistan), Jan 20 (IANS) The Gujarati language is facing an uncertain future in Pakistan, to put it mildly. At least its written form is in danger of a slow death. Although a living and vibrant language in India, Gujarati is suffering from an apparent indifference from those very people who speak it as their mother tongue in Pakistan, a Dawn News reported. A recent d...

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