Durga Puja diplomacy plays out in Bengal

Most Consulates are participating in the celebration and see it as an opportunity to enhance ‘cultural ties with eastern India’ The participation of foreign envoys in Durga Puja festivities in Kolkata saw a new upsurge on Thursday with the arrival of U.S. Ambassador to India Keneth I. Juster in Kolkata …

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No weapons, shoes inside Puri temple: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that no policemen should enter Puri’s Jagannath temple armed with weapons and wearing shoes. The direction comes on the heels of the October 3 violence near the temple. Source  :

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10-day Dasara extravaganza begins

Mysuru city has been decked up for the event and this has shored up festive spirit The 10-day Dasara festivities got off to a traditional start atop Chamundi Hills in Mysuru on Wednesday with prayers for the welfare of the State. It also signalled the continuation of a hoary tradition …

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It’s Yerushalayim, says inscription

Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old carving in Jerusalem Israel on Tuesday unveiled a stone pillar engraved with an ancient inscription showing that the spelling of Jerusalem in its present-day Hebrew form was already in common use some 2,000 years ago. During construction work in February in Jerusalem, archaeologists unearthed the pillar with …

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City ready for Navaratri festivities

Coastal economic hub Mangaluru is spruced up to celebrate Navaratri or Dasara with the main roads and important buildings illuminated with colourful lights even as Mangaladevi Temple and Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple are gearing up to celebrate the festival. The celebrations at Mangaladevi would commence with prayers to Lord Ganapati and …

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Flood-hit plantations look for rescue act

Crop loss is estimated at Rs. 5,543 crore, says UPASI The United Planters’ Association of Southern India (UPASI) has estimated the plantation crop loss in the recent floods, mainly in Kerala, parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, to be Rs. 5,543 crore with the highest loss in rubber at Rs. …

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Restoring Kerala’s cultural colours

International team to arrive tomorrow, will come up with plans for restoration after the deluge The International Centre for the study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), an intergovernmental organisation with headquarters in Rome, would be salvaging the cultural wealth affected by the recent floods in Kerala. …

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A book documents Kolkata’s timeless journey

Defying predictions, the eastern city lives on and continues to inspire generations past and future “Calcutta is a purely English city. The city belongs and has always belonged to the English and the native community in it is simply a foreign and parasitical community which would cease to exist if …

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Golden throne assembled

It is kept for public display only during Dasara festivities The golden throne, which will be the cynosure of all eyes during the private Dasara of the erstwhile royal family, was brought out from the strongroom and assembled at the durbar hall on Thursday. With a long history and a …

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