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Changes in ASI Act opposed

Historians have vociferously opposed changes to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, which proposes to allow the construction of Centre-approved public infrastructure within a 100 metre radius of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected monuments at a Parliamentary panel’s meeting held on Monday. Historians Nayanjot Lahiri, Narayani …

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In repaint job, Virgin Mary gets turquoise hair

The work on the statues looks more like a vengeance than a restoration, says a Spanish Minister St. Anne, the patron saint of the village of Rañadorio in northwestern Spain, has fuchsia lips, black eyeliner and a bright dress. The Virgin Mary has turquoise hair. Baby Jesus resembles a Playmobil …

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UN postal agency to issue special Diwali stamp next month

UN postal agency to issue Deepavali stamps The United Nations Postal Administration will issue special stamps here on October 19 to commemorate Deepavali. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin welcomed the announcement with a tweet: Nice Diwali gift from @unstamps coming next month.PTI Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/un-postal-agency-to-issue-special-diwali-stamp-next-month/article24906046.ece

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A new score for Vaishnava Jana To

As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is working on a new version ofVaishnava Jana To , the favourite bhajan of the father of the nation. Multiple singers will sing the bhajan at the Taj Mahal and other iconic …

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Infrastructure crumbling in Bengal

Two days after a chunk of the Majerhat bridge, a key connector between south and southwestern Kolkata, collapsed, killing three persons and leaving more than 20 injured, the West Bengal government made a startling revelation. After a meeting with officials of different Departments, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 20 bridges …

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Gandhi to the rescue in 1924 floods

Nearly a century ago when floods ravaged Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi had termed the misery of the people as “unimaginable” and stepped in to raise over Rs. 6,000 to help them, records show. If the present rain fury has claimed over 290 lives and displaced over 10 lakh people, the massive …

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In memory of a 200-year-old massacre

On August 16, 1819, tens of thousands of people gathered at St. Peter’s Field in the northern English city of Manchester to demand parliamentary reform, and the extension of the vote to working men. “Despite the seriousness of the cause, there was a party atmosphere as groups of men, women …

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Major cases and the collegium: a study

Justice Pattanaik was CJI only for just a little over a month, during which 24 judgments with benches of three or more judges were delivered. At the other end of the spectrum, former CJIs H.L. Dattu (68%), R.M. Lodha (67.5%), K.G. Balakrishnan (55.1%) and A.S. Anand (63.5%) used other collegium …

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In Kaziranga, a wait for floods

Every year, the Brahmaputra takes away chunks of land from Kaziranga National Park that on paper is 1,030 sq km in area. The park now measures 884 sq km and is shrinking. But the river gives more to the address of the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos than it …

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