India nominates 12 forts of Marathas for UNESCO World Heritage List India has formally nominated the “Maratha Military Landscapes” for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List for 2024-25. This proposal includes a network of twelve forts in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu that demonstrate the Maratha rulers’ strategic military prowess. …

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said the northeast monsoon is likely to withdraw from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday. Nippy weather may set in, especially over the interior parts of the State, where the minimum temperature is likely to drop by two or three degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, …

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Ancient Mayans produced salt: study

Evidence shows that the civilisation also stored and traded the commodity Salt may have been a valuable commodity for the Mayans, say scientists who found that the ancient civilisation produced, stored and traded the mineral over 1,000 years ago. Stone tools found at a site called the Paynes Creek Salt …

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‘Jewel of Roman Empire’ faces danger

UNESCO declared Sabratha to be at risk in 2016, mainly due to damage caused by armed groups Perched on the edge of Libya’s Mediterranean coast, the ancient city of Sabratha remains an awe-inspiring spectacle, the pink columns of its amphitheatre towering above turquoise waters. But the world heritage site is …

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Archaeologists discover ancient sphinx in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered a statue of a lion’s body and a human head in the southern city of Aswan, Egypt. Antiquities Ministry said the sphinx made of sandstone was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo. It dates back to the Ptolemaic Dynasty, which ruled Egypt for some 300 years …

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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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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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