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U.K. to return looted Iraqi, Afghan artefacts

Looted ancient artefacts from Iraq and Afghanistan seized in Britain will be returned to their country of origin after appraisal by the British Museum, the institution said on Monday. Among the artefacts to be sent back to Afghanistan are Gandharan sculptures illegally exported to Britain in 2002. Another important haul …

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‘Ancient Philistine town located in Israel’

Researchers claim to have found Ziklag, where ‘David took refuge from king Saul’ Researchers in Israel said on Monday they have pinpointed the site of an ancient Philistine town mentioned in the biblical tale of David seeking refuge from the Israelite king Saul. Ziklag was then under the rule of …

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India’s indigenous cinema is going places

Four films on Indian communities are showing at the ongoing International Indigenous Film Festival of Kuching, Malaysia Niranjan Kujur’s Dibi Durga is a unique short film about a day in the life of an indigenous woman. In its duration of a mere six minutes, it manages to encapsulate the sheer …

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Museum starts ‘live’ restoration of Rembrandt masterpiece

‘Operation Night Watch’ aims at preserving the painting for future generations Amsterdam’s famed Rijksmuseum will on Monday begin the biggest ever restoration of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch , erecting a huge glass cage around the painting so the public can see the work carried out live. The multi-million-euro overhaul of …

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A confluence of religion and politics at the Kumbh

In an unprecedented move, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to hold its Cabinet meeting on the ghats of the Sangam during the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. The city was renamed Prayagraj last year. While an official announcement has not yet been made, a senior …

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Dandiya moves

Folk artists from Gujarat performing Maniyaro, a version of dandiya, at a cultural event on the sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 in Ahmedabad.Vijay Soneji Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/dandiya-moves/article26046012.ece

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God’s Own Country sprucing up for tourist season

Putting memories of deluge behind, Kerala planning special campaign A new campaign, focus on niche products such as adventure and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition) tourism, and an IPL-modelled Champions Boat League in August figure in the initiatives chalked out by Kerala Tourism for the comeback phase after last …

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Chetak on the trot

At the Sarangkheda horse fair in Maharashtra, local breeds attract buyers from as far as Saudi Arabia You can smell horses in the air. As Sarangkheda on the banks of the Tapi river in Nandurbar of northern Maharashtra hosted its annual horse-trading fair from December 12 to January 8, the …

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