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‘Palace renovation is a tribute to last maharaja’

Jaganmohan Palace will be reopened to the public during the Dasara. The art gallery has been closed for weeks as a major renovation project is under way. “This will be my tribute to my father-in-law and the last maharaja,” said Pramoda Devi Wadiyar. Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/palace-renovation-is-a-tribute-to-last-maharaja/article24964259.ece

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When the Nizam lost in a battle of cables

Seventy years ago, on September 17, 1948, at noon, Hyderabad ceased to exist as a princely state after a war that lasted all of 109 hours. It would have gone on for longer had India not been able to stymie the former kingdom’s attempts to procure weapons for a protracted …

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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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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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Hindu society on the rise: Bhagwat

Hindu society is now on an ascendant path, spreading its wisdom to the world, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has said. Mr. Bhagwat was addressing the second World Hindu Congress (WHC), coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the Parliament of World Religions in 1893 …

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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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Indelible ink

Located in a narrow lane in Rajahmundry of Andhra Pradesh, the tiny, traditional home of K.V. Ratnam & Sons is the keeper of a precious legacy. It is from here that many handmade, ebonite fountain pens made their way into the hands of freedom fighters to script stories of independence …

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Decoding Tagore through his letters

7,500 letters written by the Nobel Laureate have been published chronologically with synopses From being a transient spy with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to a diligent researcher of Rabindranath Tagore, it was a big leap of faith for Gaurchandra Saha in 1968. Fifty years later, Mr. Saha’s rigorous work has …

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