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6 days ago
Traditional musical soirees back in Kolkata

Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) Indian classical and folk music is now being showcased in especially-curated musical soirees or baithaks here to revive the fading tradition. Christened Mehfil, a year-long initiative by tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose brings together renowned practitioners of different styles of classical, folk and contemporary music once a month. The highlight of a baithak is a...

2 months ago
Basit invites Mamata to Pakistan

Kolkata, March 18 (IANS) Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday invited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Pakistan and said she readily agreed to student exchange programmes between her state and Pakistan. On his maiden visit to the city, Basit along with his wife and other officials met Banerjee at the state secretariat where he discussed ways to develop econo...

2 months ago
'Pakistan resolved to extirpate terrorism once and for all'

Kolkata, March 18 (IANS) Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday asserted his country's firm resolve to extirpate terrorism once and for all and called for maintaining tranquillity on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. It's (terrorism) a huge problem. It will take some time and we are, this time around, resolved to extirpate this menace for once and for all. Because w...

2 months ago
Hoping for new beginning with Bengal: Pakistan envoy

Kolkata, March 17 (IANS) Batting for economic relations between Indian states and Pakistani provinces, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit hoped for strengthening ties with West Bengal during his Wednesday meet with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. I want to see more and more bilateral activities and activities not necessarily restricted to Delhi or Mumbai but I will like to s...

8 months ago
International seminar to mark Maulana Azad's 125th birth anniversary

Kolkata, Sep 2 (IANS) A host of national and international scholars would participate in a three-day seminar here to mark the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Organised by the Iran Society in association with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), the seminar, beginning Sep 12, will also witness the staging of a p...

1 year ago
Kolkata to Kunming: Forum to focus on seven areas

Kolkata, Sep 22 - The Kolkata to Kunming - Forum, that seeks to strengthen sub-regional economic cooperation between India and China, will deliberate on seven sectors for greater collaboration at its ninth session here Nov 21-22. A 20-member delegation from China, with an additional 25-30 business representatives from Yunnan province, of which Kunming is capital, are scheduled to participat...

1 year ago
Historian Barun De dies at 80

Kolkata, July 17 - Eminent historian and academician Barun De died at a private hospital here early Wednesday after a brief illness. De, 80, has left behind his wife, a son and a daughter. A renowned scholar, De's main area of research was modern India, and he specialised in the economic history of India in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Bengal Renaissance and British constitutional hi...

1 year ago
Historian Barun De dies at 80

Kolkata, July 17 - Eminent historian and academician Barun De died at a private hospital here early Wednesday after a brief illness. De, 80, has left behind his wife, a son and a daughter. A renowned scholar, De's main area of research was modern India, and he specialised in the economic history of India in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Bengal Renaissance and British constitutional histo...

3 years ago
'Fake barriers, bureaucracy posing hurdles in Indo-Bangla ties'

Agartala, April 27 - Man-made obstacles and bureaucratic hassles are major hurdles in fostering relations between India and Bangladesh leading to distrust, underdevelopment and non-execution of a range of bilateral issues, international experts said here Friday. The experts, including former diplomat Veena Sikri, international transport expert M. Rahmatullah, Dhaka University professor Mesh...

3 years ago
'If Bangladesh grows, northeast India would develop too'

Agartala, April 26 - India, Bangladesh and other countries in the region should strengthen existing rail, road and water linkages for their prosperity since if Bangladesh grows, northeast India would also develop, said Bangladesh's envoy and other experts here. Bangladesh High Commissioner Tariq Ahmad Karim stressed on development that would make them truly land-linked with even more prospe...

4 years ago
Afghanistan's neighbours must ensure its independence: India

New Delhi, Jan 6 - In a veiled reference to Pakistan, India Thursday said Afghanistan's neighbours should 'guarantee its independence rather than subvert it' and called for dismantling of the infrastructure of terrorism in the region. 'Afghanistan's neighbours should guarantee its independence and sovereignty rather than subvert it. We must make Afghan security sustainable,' Jayant Prasad, ...

5 years ago
Indian regional literature to find global audience

New Delhi, May 24 - Indian regional literature will soon find an audience abroad with the government preparing a corpus of translations drawn from the cream of vernacular writings for distribution and sale out of the country. The culture ministry in association with three national akademis -- Lalit Kala Akademi, Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi -- is working on a new project, 'Indi...

7 years ago
Sanskrit gaining popularity in US, Europe

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) What do the French Institute in Pondicherry, El Colegio de Mexico, Harvard University and Tel Aviv University have in common? All of them offer courses in Sanskrit in different parts of the world. According to a list of institutes offering Sanskrit made available at the University of Iowa in the US via its MyWeb network, many institutions in the US and Europe offer...

8 years ago
The unseen Indian hand in Manila's Moscow diplomacy

Manila, Aug 21 (IANS) A hitherto untold story recounted by a retired Filipino general reveals the role India played 36 years ago in helping Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos negotiate diplomatic relations with the then Soviet Union - courtesy a former journalist and Congress party official. The passage of time seemed to have allowed Gen. Jose Almonte - who for most part of his career wa...

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