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Himachal to turn temple gold into mementoes


July 8th, 2012 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, July 8 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh is set to allow gold-rich temple trusts to melt tonnes of the precious metal in their coffers to turn them into mementoes as ... Read more...

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Ancient cowries unearthed in Odisha


July 5th, 2012 - 5:42 am ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, July 4 (IANS) A group of workers unearthed several kilograms of cowries, probably used as currency in ancient times, as they dug up a field in Odisha's Kendrapada district, ... Read more...

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Row hits heritage plan for Dilip Kumar’s Pakistan house


July 3rd, 2012 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, July 3 (IANS) The government's plan to turn the ancestral home of Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar in Pakistan's Peshawar city into a heritage site has come a cropper ... Read more...

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Himachal artist gets Padma Shri


January 26th, 2012 - 12:53 am ICT by IANS
Shimla, Jan 25 (IANS) Vijay Sharma, a Himachal Pradesh artist known for his Kangra miniature paintings, was Wednesday named for the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian honour.Sharma of ... Read more...

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105 years after quake, Himachal temple rebuilt


January 6th, 2012 - 10:40 am ICT by IANS
Shimla, Jan 6 (IANS) A 400-year-old Hindu temple in Himachal Pradesh that was partially damaged over a century ago in a devastating earthquake has been reconstructed in its original ... Read more...

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Emperor Akbar’s spirt looks for recognition in Agra


October 16th, 2011 - 5:50 pm ICT by IANS
Agra Oct 16 (IANS) Heritage lovers Sunday celebrated Mughal emperor Akbar's birthday, recalling his seminal concepts of Din-e-Ilahi and Sulahkul that laid the foundation of modern-day secularism."Akbar's experiments in governance, ... Read more...

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An academy to revive Pakistani province’s culture


August 24th, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Aug 24 (IANS) An academy is being set up to promote the culture and traditions of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.The Gibran Adeel Cultural Academy will impart training in singing, ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Cultural festival of specially-abled children organized in Imphal


May 1st, 2011 - 9:07 pm ICT by ANI
Imphal, May 1(ANI): A cultural festival was organized at the Government Deaf and Mute School in Manipur's Imphal district on Sunday.The aim of the event was to nurture the talents of persons ... Read more...

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Teacher claims house where George Orwell was born


April 2nd, 2011 - 9:35 am ICT by IANS
Patna, April 2 (IANS) Legendary British author George Orwell was born in this nondescript house in Bihar's Motihari town. The state government four months ago declared it a protected site, ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

On death anniversary, Ghalib’s haveli languishes in squalor


February 15th, 2011 - 4:27 pm ICT by IANS
By Firoz Bakt Ahmad New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Mirza Ghalib, the best-known of the Urdu poets of Delhi during last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar's rule, wrote: "Hum ne mana ke taghaful ... Read more...

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Punjab to set up film city


February 12th, 2011 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Feb 12 (IANS) Giving a boost to the Punjabi film industry, the Punjab government has given its approval to set up a world-class film city in the neighbouring Mohali town. ... Read more...

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Hema Malini, daughters to perform at Khajuraho festival


January 31st, 2011 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS
Bhopal, Jan 31 (IANS) Bollywood diva Hema Malini, alongwith her daughters Esha and Ahana Deol, will present an Odissi dance recital on the inaugural day Tuesday of the famed Khajuraho festival of ... Read more...

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George Orwell’s birthplace in Bihar now a protected site


January 15th, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Jan 15 (IANS) After being neglected for decades, the birthplace of George Orwell, the legendary British author of cult classics like "Animal Farm" and "1984", is set for renovation as the ... Read more...

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As ‘dark’ Diwali dawns, Himachal awaits animal sacrifice


December 4th, 2010 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Shimla, Dec 4 (IANS) A month after the rest of India marked the festival of lights, Himachal Pradesh will celebrate its unique four-day 'dark' Diwali - slaughtering hundreds of cattle ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Himachal’s 17th century fair falls prey to modernism


November 14th, 2010 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
Rampur (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 14 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's decades-old Lavi Fair that concluded in this town of Shimla district Sunday seems to have lost its traditional charm.The fair, synonymous with trade in ... Read more...

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People’s poet Ayyappan gets a ‘royal’ funeral in Kerala


October 26th, 2010 - 8:09 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 (IANS) People's poet A. Ayyappan lived a bohemian life - he lived and died on the streets. But ironically, he was given a grand state funeral here Tuesday and ... Read more...

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Indigo plantation may resume in Pakistan after a century


October 26th, 2010 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Oct 26 (IANS) A project has been initiated by a local organisation in Pakistan's Sindh province for the revival of indigo cultivation that was abandoned in the region almost 100 years ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Himachal deities’ followers ignore compromise bid


October 17th, 2010 - 5:19 pm ICT by IANS
Kullu, Oct 17 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government has again failed to end a decades-old impasse between the followers of two deities over the superiority of their gods before the week-long Dussehra ... Read more...

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Delhi gets song, logo ahead of Games


August 25th, 2010 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) The Commonwealth Games host city Wednesday got its own song and logo which according to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit marks the countdown for the mega event ... Read more...

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Shimla theatre artists promote peace, harmony through plays


August 23rd, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
By Hemant ChauhanShimla, Aug 23 (ANI): A four-day theatre festival organized here is spreading a message of peace and harmony, while also serving as a platform for artists to showcase their talent. ... Read more...

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Ganapathi seeks tourists from Pashupati’s domain


August 19th, 2010 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
By Sudeshna Sarkar Kathmandu, Aug 19 (IANS) Enthused by the average Nepali's love for visiting temples, India's Tamil Nadu state - the land of the fabled Vathapi Ganapathi, Meenakshi and over 30,000 other ... Read more...

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Half of toddlers food far too sweet, finds study


June 29th, 2010 - 6:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 29 (ANI): More than half the food products targeted at babies and toddlers have a high sugar content and are excessively sweet, according to a new Canadian study.Researchers at the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Land gifted to Rajendra Prasad usurped by Congress?


June 24th, 2010 - 10:45 am ICT by IANS
By Nityanand Shukla Ranchi, June 24 (IANS) India's first president Rajendra Prasad would never have imagined that land gifted to him in 1940 for starting an educational institution would allegedly be grabbed by ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Century-old heritage theatre at Shimla a major tourist draw


May 18th, 2010 - 12:33 am ICT by ANI
By Hemant ChauhanShimla, May 17 (ANI): A larger number if domestic and foreign tourists are thronging the Over a century-old Gaiety Theatre at Shimla that has been thrown open recently.Built ... Read more...

Posted in Feature |

Tourists, step into history at Shimla’s Gaiety Theatre (With Image)


April 19th, 2010 - 10:51 am ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Shimla, April 19 (IANS) The next time you go to Shimla, don't miss this 123-year-old landmark. Gaiety Theatre, which could earlier be visited only to watch plays, has been ... Read more...

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CIC upset at Delhi government’s inaction on graft


April 14th, 2010 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) The Central Information Commission (CIC) has expressed its "distress at the extraordinary slow methods" of the Delhi government in acting on a probe into a decades-old embezzlement ... Read more...

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Two new legislators sworn in as Bengal ministers


April 6th, 2010 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) Two new ministers, one from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the other from its ally the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), were sworn in as ministers of ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Agra gears up for biggest Dalit empowerment show


April 3rd, 2010 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, April 3 (IANS) Agra is gearing up for the annual three-day Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations starting April 14 that are seen as a demonstration of Dalit empowerment over the past decades. Each ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Shimla hosts month-long painting exhibition to mark International Women’s Day


February 8th, 2010 - 8:20 pm ICT by ANI
By Hemant ChauhanShimla, Feb.8 (ANI): A painting exhibition, showcasing the works of famous women artistes, is underway in Himachal's Shimla district to mark International Women's Day.The exhibition, which started on Sunday (Feb.7), ... Read more...

Posted in Feature |

Shimla hosts Mahatma Gandhi photo exhibition


January 31st, 2010 - 12:49 pm ICT by ANI
Shimla, Jan 31 (ANI): A state-run museum Shimla has mounted an exhibition of rare photographs of Mahatma Gandhi to pay homage to the country's iconic freedom fighter on his 62nd death anniversary ... Read more...

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German agency to help Bihar build ‘green’ buildings


January 24th, 2010 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Jan 24 (IANS) A German government agency is going to help Bihar build 'green' buildings and win carbon credits in the process, which it can sell in developed countries. A team from ... Read more...

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Tribal dance groups spreads peace, harmony in Manipur


December 11th, 2009 - 8:01 pm ICT by ANI
Imphal, (ANI): A two day musical extravaganza was held in Manipur recently where different tribal communities from all over India showcased their folk dances and spread the message of peace and harmony.A ... Read more...

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Cultural heritage of Manipur showcased in Sikkim


November 21st, 2009 - 9:05 pm ICT by ANI
Gangtok, Nov 21(ANI): An exhibition on cultural heritage of Manipur was recently held at Sikkim State Archives in Gangtok.The exhibition, which commenced on November 16 and concluded on November 20, was ... Read more...

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Zoo pachyderm release should be closely monitored: Experts


November 19th, 2009 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 19 (IANS) The release of zoo elephants into wildlife parks should be closely monitored as they could end up creating difficulties for their peers in the wild, say experts in ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Madhubani paintings attract attention from Mauritius


November 2nd, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Nov 2 (IANS) Mauritius has invited two experts of the famous Madhubani paintings of Bihar to train its artists and art teachers at a workshop beginning Nov 4, an official ... Read more...

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