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Monday, 22-October-2018

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IMPARTING VALUES IN THE US THROUGH ANCIENT TEXTS

a week ago
On a Sunday afternoon in Naperville, a Chicago suburb, 30 Indian American students pay close attention while the teacher explains the battle on the tenth day of the Kurukshetra war - in the ancient epic tale of the Mahabharata – in which Bhismapitamaha is grievously wounded by Arjuna’s arrows. The children, aged four and half years to 14, listen as the teacher, Ajay Jain, narrates the story, illustrating it with slides. Then he asks the students what qualities of Bhismapitama they admire. One tiny hand after another goes up. “Loyalty to the motherland, a warrior who kept his promise no matter what the co...
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“SUFAL BANGLA” TO SHOWCASE ORGANIC PRODUCE

a week ago
“Sufal Bangla”, an initiative of the West Bengal government, that has been launched to ensure delivery of fresh vegetables at reasonable prices at the door step of the customers, plans to accord stress on organic farming and organic products. The state agriculture department has decided to build a mall at Rajarhat which will be exclusively showcasing a variety of organic products that are being produced in various parts of the state. “The proposed mall to be dedicated to showcase products produced through organic farming is a unique idea that will not only inspire the farmers to increasingly adopt organi...
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A PIECE OF CHINA FOR DURGA PUJA VISITORS

7 weeks ago
In a bid to boost cultural exchanges with eastern India, the Chinese consulate has joined hands with a Kolkata-based Durga Puja committee to recreate a slice of authentic China in the marquee premises and would fly-in a team of 25 artisans from Yunnan province during the festival this year, a senior envoy said.  The visitors to the popular Puja at BJ Block in east Kolkata’s Salt Lake township will be able to witness a host of Chinese cultural activities, rituals, artistic performances and also get a chance to indulge in lip-smacking Chinese cuisine at the Puja complex during the five-day festivity from October ...
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INDIA’S FIRST SHARIA COURT FOR MUSLIM WOMEN

8 weeks ago
Even as All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) decision to open Sharia Courts across country to solve their religious matters stoked a major controversy, Muslim women in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh dared the male-dominated Muslim world by setting up India’s first Muslim Women Darul Qaza, known as ‘Darul Qaza Khawateen Court’, to provide relief to victims of instant triple talaq and Nikah-Halala. The initiative to set-up country’s first all Muslim women court was taken by the India’s first Sunni sect Shahar Quazi Hina Zaheer and Shia Shahar Qazi Maria Fazal. Their appointment was ve...
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INDIA’S FIRST GOVERNMENT – UNITY IN DIVERSITY

10 weeks ago
As India became independent at the stroke of midnight of August 15, 1947 to the ringing words of the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru about “India waking to freedom as the world sleeps” and the “tryst with destiny” in the special session of parliament, there was also the unique characteristic that the country’s first Union cabinet was an all-party affair. The Indian National Congress was the party which led the freedom struggle and it was the dominant party in the government, but it was not a Congress cabinet. It was a national cabinet where members who did not belong to the Con...
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SPECIAL FACILITY FOR DIVYANGS

13 weeks ago
On the initiative of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, physically challenged devotees of Lord Shiva will now have a hassle-free ‘drashan’ at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had received several suggestions/complaints from divyangs, a new name was given to physically challenged persons by the PM, about they find it difficult to climb up the steep temple staircase. They also complained about non-availability of wheelchairs, helpers or other facilities for them to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva at the famous temple. When the issue...
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BIRDS OF VIBRANT FEATHERS

15 weeks ago
Till about seven years ago, birds for photographer Prerna Jain came in various shades of black and grey and generally created a lot of noise and a mess. It all changed when she started viewing the avian world through her camera lens and discovered a vast spectrum of colours. “I have spent all my adult life in New Delhi but it was not until about seven years ago that I started to observe how many beautiful birds shared my immediate environment as their home. “Up until then, I had only noticed pigeons, crows and mynas and I judged them for being noisy and messy in public areas. However, when I started to see the...
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HAVE A HASSLE-FREE DARSHAN

16 weeks ago
Crowd management is one of the major challenges faced by famous temples in India. There are incidents in which many devotees died due to stampede. The challenge becomes much bigger when the famous temple, thronged by hundreds of thousand devotees daily, is located in a narrow lane where not even two-three people can walk side by side. World-famous Kashi Vishwanath temple is one among them. Visited by about 3 to 4 million devotees every day from 2 am, the management of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has now decided to introduce Queue Management System to control the crowd in the narrow temple lane for the darshan of Baba Vish...
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221 ‘SANYASINS’, 5 ‘MAHAMANDALESHWAR’ – ALL DALIT WOMEN

17 weeks ago
The 2019 Ardh Kumbh Mela of Allahabad is set to script history in its own special way. Juna Akhara, considered by many to be the largest and oldest order of sadhus out of the country’s 13 akharas, will ordain 221 Dalit women as ‘sanyasins’ (ascetics) during the 2019 Ardh Kumbh. As per reports, of these 221 women, five will be made ‘mahamandaleshwar’ (considered to be a high position in akhara tradition) before Mauni Amavasya. This will be the first time when in such huge number Dalit women will be ordained as saints. Apart from these 221 women, 300 Dalit men will also ordained a...
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DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

19 weeks ago
What began as a gift from a friend 40 years ago has now snowballed into an extensive collection of over 5,000 pankhas (handheld fans) for eminent Indian artist Jatin Das. A carefully-curated part of this staggering collection, along with numerous prints, photographs, documentaries and paintings is currently open for public viewing at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here. Titled “Pankha: A collection of hand fans from the Indian subcontinent and beyond,” the exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of noted personalities such as writer and former broadcaster Mark Tully, Niti Aayog CEO Amita...
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BISHOP’S COLLEGE AT SHIBPUR TO BECOME A HERITAGE ZONE

20 weeks ago
Tucked away in an unattended corner of the now-famous Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIST), Shibpur, on the other side of the river Ganga, a page from history is awaiting human footfall in silence. A leaf from the colonial past is poised to start shining again. At a neglected nook in the sprawling 64 bighas that presently house IIST, formerly Bengal Engineering College stands a near-derelict Bishop’s College, soaked in history. The IIST authorities who have planned its thorough revamp, particularly the magnificent chapel and adjacent building, have now decided to build a dedicated heritage zone in ...
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RIDER OF THE BLUE HORSE

21 weeks ago
The strong, the brave and the formidable make history. It is absolutely true about Maharana Pratap Singh of Udaipur. His life is an eternal tale of bravery, determination and uprightness in the Rajput history of Rajasthan. He was a diehard patriot, high-minded leader, staunch warrior, caring king and worshiper of freedom. He was the only Rajput ruler to have fought with Akbar and defied his massive army. Like a dutiful son, he protected his kingdom Mewar and the subjects with all his might from the Mughal forces. There were many warrior Kings in the history of India, who in respect of personal valour, capacity for governm...