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Ladakh stole, iconic pen

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gifted German Chancellor Angela Merkel an exquisite handloom woollen khadi stole from Ladakh and a Ratnam pen. The stole, known as “Call of Ladakh”, has an intricate traditional Ladakhi border pattern and four corner motifs, in dark wool. The yarn is hand-spun using the finest …

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Rain continues in southern districts

Ramanathapuram district recorded the highest average rainfall of 320 mm during October, as rains lashed southern districts on Thursday. After heavy rainfall was witnessed from Tuesday night, the district administration of Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Kanniyakumari declared holiday for all government and private schools on Wednesday. The Dindigul Collector announced holiday …

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Assamese Bhaona to make an English debut in Abu Dhabi

Almost 500 years after saint-reformer Srimanta Sankardeva experimented with the literary language of Brajavali, Assam’s Bhaona has now reached foreign shores in an English avatar. Entertainment played a major role in the neo-Vaishnavite movement that Sankardeva started in Assam. He wrote his prose in Sanskrit but used Assamese and Brajavali …

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Supercyclone ‘Kyarr’ moves away from Indian coast

IMD has also warned of a fresh low pressure system that had formed over the equatorial Indian Ocean to the south of Sri Lanka on Monday morning Supercyclone ‘Kyarr’ in the Arabian Sea has moved westwards and away from India’s coast, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). ‘Kyarr’ lay …

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Ahimsa, the highest dharma

All faiths and sastras in one voice hail ahimsa as the sole pride of humanitarian society and hence advice people to uphold it in their individual and social contexts, pointed out Swami Omkarananda in a discourse. It fosters all good virtues in people and inspires them towards righteous living. The …

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The Mahatma’s home in Kolkata opened to public

Govt. converts house into Gandhi Bhawan Museum Hyderi Manzil, a single storied house in north Kolkata where Mahatma Gandhi spent August 15, 1947 and a site that has emerged as a symbol of his fight against communalism was on Wednesday thrown open to the public as a full-fledged museum, depicting …

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Excess rain washes out IMD’s methods

New dynamical model failed to forecast August-September deluge While India this year may have recorded its highest monsoon rain in 25 years, an analysis suggests that new monsoon models, called the Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecast Model (CFS), deployed by the IMD over the last decade don’t do better than the …

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Keeladi findings traceable to 6th century BCE: report

“This finding suggests that the society in Keeladi had used animals predominantly for agricultural purposes,” Mr. Udhayachandran said. Tamil-Brahmi potsherds Fifty-six Tamil-Brahmi inscribed potsherds were recovered from the site of excavation conducted by the TNAD alone, the report stated. Pottery specimens from Keeladi sent to the Earth Science Department of …

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Freedom fighter’s flag to flutter after 72 years

Khadi flag was specially made in 1947 after it was clear that the British were leaving Nurul Hussain intended to display his father’s most prized possession — a khadi Tricolour of 1947 vintage — to mark India’s 75th Independence Day. But friends and neighbours in Sivasagar district’s Demow town, about …

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