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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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Congress opposes Jallianwala Bagh Bill

A denial of country’s heritage: Tharoor The Congress opposed the introduction of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday. It seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust that runs the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial. The Bill was moved …

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Week begins on a rainy note

City receives 122mm rainfall on Monday; 12 hurt in two incidents of wall collapse Mumbai received 122mm rainfall on Monday, inconveniencing officer-goers and commuters on the first day of the week. Heavy waterlogging was reported at Andheri subway, Sion areas. The weatherman has forecast a similar weather on Tuesday and …

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Famed warrior’s memorial unearthed in Sinhagad fort

But they also realised that the stone structure that they had discovered was only the base of the original 7.5 feet high memorial rock. Where was the superstructure? It so happened that the concrete canopy, in addition to the bronze bust of Malusare, also sheltered a virgal or a hero …

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A warrior’s memorial comes to light

Restoration workers at Sinhagad Fort, 35 km from Pune, have stumbled upon the original commemorative memorial of Tanaji Malusare, the brave Maratha warrior after whom Shivaji is said to have named Sinhagad Fort (Lion’s fort). Malusare died in 1670 after being seriously wounded in the Sinhagad battle. The stone structure, …

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