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27 antiques retrieved from abroad in 3 years

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) In the last three years, 27 antiques have been retrieved from foreign countries out of which 11 belong to Tamil Nadu, Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma told the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Whenever any illegally exported objects and antiques of Indian origin surface in a foreign country, efforts are made through Indian missions abroad for their retrieval, he said.

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24-hour power supply at 100 prominent temples during 'Navratri'

Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all the 'shakti peeths' and 100 other prominent temples in the state during 'Navratri' beginning Sunday, an official said on Saturday. 'Navratri' is a nine-day festival of the Hindus and 'shakti peeths' are seats of Goddess Durga. ...

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My father thought I'd be back from Mumbai in three months: Neha Dhupia

Shillong, March 17 (IANS) When she left Delhi to pursue a career in the city of dreams, Mumbai -- Bombay back then -- some 17 years ago, Neha Dhupia's father thought she would be back in no time. However, she feels grateful about having a long career, but she wants to do more. Neha made her screen debut in 1994 Malyalam film Minnaram. She won the Miss India pageant in 2002, and a year la...

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Ancient sculpture of Hindu goddess on sale at Christie's

New York, March 17 (IANS) An around 1000-year-old blackstone sculpture of Hindu warrior goddess Durga will be on sale at Christie's in New York next week. In the 131 cm black schist sculpture, Durga or Devi or Shakti -- an omnipotent, fearsome deity who combats evil forces -- is seen in the precise moment of spearing Mahishasura. It's quite a dramatic image that captures the dec...

6 days ago
Indian rappers are getting respect, says Raftaar

Shillong, March 16 (IANS) Popular for rapping numbers like All black, Swag mera desi, Toh Dishoom and Dhaakad, Raftaar says Indian rappers are getting the admiration they deserve in the country. Rap music has got a whole new expression in Hindi cinema today. Asked if rap artistes are gradually getting respect in the industry, Raftaar told IANS: Yes, because rapping has been in India for ...

8 days ago
Delhi Metro's Pink Line opens for public

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) A part of the 58-km-long Pink Line of Delhi Metro was inaugurated here on Wednesday by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. The 21.56-km-long Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus corridor of the Pink Line constitutes over a third of the entire 58-km stretc...

9 days ago
In Shillong, 'Roadies' gang leaders choose contestants

Shillong, March 13 (IANS) Shillong, known as the Scotland of India, on Tuesday served as the perfect battleground for the gang leaders of reality TV show Roadies Extreme. With the temperature dipping to 13 degrees Celsius and heavy fog covering the task area, the gang leaders -- rapper Raftaar, actress Neha Dhupia, TV actor Prince Narula and popular DJ/VJ Nikhil Chinapa -- performed some...

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Phase I of Kolkata's East-West Metro to open in October: Babul

Kolkata, March 12 (IANS) Services of the first phase of East-West Metro from Salt Lake Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium in the city are expected to commence before Durga Puja in October 2018, Union Minister Babul Supriyo said here on Monday. Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, visited the country's first under-river (Hooghly) tunnel of East-West Met...

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Always wanted to work on my terms, conditions: Actor Ajay Devgn

New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) He has kept the audience on the edge of their seats with his action roles, made them laugh out loud in his comical avatar and even cry with his emotional characters. Actor Ajay Devgn looks back at his Bollywood career with contentment -- having worked on his own terms and conditions. Over the years, he diversified from being just an actor to also going behind t...

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Part of Delhi Metro's 'Pink Line' to open on March 14

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) Part of Delhi Metro's Pink Line -- envisaged to connect Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar -- will open for the public from March 14 onwards, the transporter announced on Friday. Metro service on the 21.56-km Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus corridor would be formally flagged off by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chie...

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Part of Delhi Metro's Pink Line to open next week

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) A segment of Delhi Metro's Pink Line -- connecting Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar -- has got the Safety Commissioner's approval and is ready to come into operation from next week, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced on Thursday. The transporter had the 20.6-km Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh stretch of the line under trial since last month. The D...

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Bollywood writer-editor Apurva Asrani suffers from Bell's Palsy

Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) Writer Apurva Asrani, who penned the critically acclaimed drama Aligarh, has revealed he woke up with Bell's Palsy -- a condition that leaves the face partially paralysed -- two months ago. He, however, says his condition is gradually improving. Asrani, who also had an infamous fallout with filmmaker Hansal Mehta over the writing credits for Simran, shared a Facebo...

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Making it on your own in Bollywood is challenging: Yami

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) In an industry where a slew of star children are gearing up for their launch into Hindi filmdom, actress Yami Gautam says making it in Bollywood all by herself has been challenging. Born in a Himachali family, Yami ventured into Bollywood in 2012 with Vicky Donor and has since featured in hits like Badlapur and Kaabil. She also did movies like Total Siyappa and ...

20 days ago
'Pari' will send chills up your spine

Film: Pari; Director: Prosit Roy; Cast: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Rajat Kapoor; Rating: **** ½ There is a heartstopping moment of elemental candour in this chilling portrayal of love amidst satanism, where Anushka Sharma, in what easily ranks as her best performance to date, is seen scavenging food from a dustbin. The irony of the situation, suffused as it is in a surfei...

24 days ago
Versatility is very important for me: Aditi Rao Hydari

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Having done films as different as chalk and cheese like London, Paris, New York, Bhoomi and Padmaavat, actress Aditi Rao Hydari says versatility is very important for her. Asked why she's majorly done multi-starrer projects, Aditi told IANS in a recorded response: I have done a mix of different kinds of cinema. I have done films like 'London, Paris, New York' or ...

25 days ago
DRDO successfully test-flies Rustom-2 drone

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday successfully carried out a test flight of indigenous drone Rustom-2 at its Aeronautical Test Range in Karnataka's Chitradurga district, an official statement said. A medium altitude, long endurance unmanned air vehicle being developed by DRDO for the three defence services, the Rustom-2, with capa...

26 days ago
Cinema has been a catalyst for Indian fashion: Nivedita Saboo

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Ace fashion designer Nivedita Saboo feels that Indian cinema acts as a catalyst for the Indian fashion industry. She believes that since celebrities have a huge fan base, their favouring a designer's brand helps in getting it recognised. Asked if she thinks that Indian cinema helps in creating fashion trends, Saboo told IANS over an e-mail interaction: Yes, in a ...

27 days ago
Working in south Indian films will help me grow: Sunny Leone

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Former adult film actress Sunny Leone made a swift move into the Hindi film industry in 2012. And now the Indo-Canadian actress is all set to make her debut in a Tamil film. She says south Indian films would help her grow as a person and an actress. Sunny, whose real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra, will be launched in the Tamil film industry with the upcoming film V...

29 days ago
'S Durga' cleared by CBFC Revising Committee

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is happy that his controversial Malayalam film S Durga has been passed by the CBFC Revising Committee. He is looking for a pan-India release in March or April. Happy to share this. Revising Committee of CBFC has cleared the censor certificate for 'S Durga'. Hope that the film will be released in India soon, Sasidharan tweeted on We...

29 days ago
I still feel like a struggler: Taapsee Pannu

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) She has received appreciations from critics and audiences alike for films like Pink, Naam Shabana and Judwaa 2, but actress Taapsee Pannu, who has been described as the most powerful woman of the year by a magazine, says she is yet to touch stardom and still feels like a struggler. Considering her achievements, does she feel she has gained stardom? Not at...

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