Art and Culture

Wednesday, April 24, 2019Historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar reopens after one-day closure

Srinagar, Apr 24: Historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar reopened for devotees after remaining closed as a precautionary measure to prevent any demonstration on Tuesday, when Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a general strike to protest against alleged ill-treatment to Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik and other separatist leaders, businessmen and


Sunday, April 21, 2019Shab-e-Baraat celebrated with religious fervour, gaiety in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 21: Shab-e-Baraat was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the Kashmir valley, where people joined night-long prayers in mosques, shrines, Jamia Masjids and other places.

Lakhs of people, including women and children, joined night-long prayers in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region, where Islamic scholars and Ulmas highlighted the importance of the night.

The main con


Sunday, April 21, 2019Sanasar Tulips in full bloom but pathetic road irks visitors

Nathatop (J&K), Apr 21:Tulip garden at Sanasar is in full bloom but unfortunately, the visitors are not much keen to visit to this scenic place to have a glimpse of high breed flowers, courtesy, pathetic road condition leading to the destination.
Surrounded by snow clad hills with Nathatop in its backdrop, Tulip Garden in Sanasar area of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir waiting for visitors


Sunday, April 21, 2019Easter celebrated in Pondy

Puducherry, Apr 21: Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was celebrated with religious fervour by Christians in the Union Territory on Sunday.

Midnight and early morning mass were conducted in all churches here to mark the occasion.


Monday, April 15, 2019Kerala Hindus celebrate traditional new year Vishu

Thiruvananthapuram, April 15: Hindus across Kerala on Monday celebrated 'Vishu' or the traditional new year, marking the arrival of good luck and fortune.

Ahead of the main festival, women in the Hindu households prepare the 'Vishukani darshan' the previous night which is a traditional arrangement of their favourite deity, to be viewed the first thing in the morning.

A special vessel calle


Friday, April 12, 2019Friday prayers offered at Jamia Masjid after a week

Srinagar, Apr 12 : Friday prayers were offered in the historic Jamia Masjid after being disallowed last week as a precautionary measure to avoid any law and order problem.A police official said there was no restriction in any part of the city on Friday.

Thousands of people joined the Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Oma


Friday, April 12, 2019Thousands joined night-long prayers on following Friday of Shab-e-Meraj

Srinagar, Apr 12: Despite chilly weather conditions due to rain, thousands of people joined night-long special prayers in shrines, mosques and other religious places on the occasion of following Friday of Shab-e-Meraj in the Kashmir valley.

Devotees, including woman and children, joined night-long special prayers in different religious places in the Kashmir valley. The main congregation was he


Sunday, April 7, 2019Berlin spreads Guru Nanak's message by planting saplings

Chandigarh, April 7: As the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, is being celebrated throughout the world this year, his message of love, peace, equality, and brotherhood is being brought to the wider world -- both by the Sikhs and by Indian missions abroad.
As a rare event in Berlin, Germany, the Sri Guru Singh Sabha and the cultural organization Punjabi Associatio


Saturday, April 6, 2019Bollywood celebs wish love, peace on Gudi Padwa

Mumbai, April 6: Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Asha Bhonsle wished a year full of happiness, peace and prosperity and more to their well-wishers on the festival of Gudi Padwa and the first day of the Navratras on Saturday.

The celebrities took to Twitter to extend their good wishes. Gudi Padwa marks the New Year of the Hindu luni-solar calendar among Maharashtria


Sunday, March 31, 2019Asia's largest tulip garden thrown open for visitors in Srinagar

Srinagar, Mar 31 : Asia's largest tulip garden, which has about 12 lakh tulips of 51 varieties in its lap on the banks of world famous Dal Lake in the summer capital, Srinagar, was thrown open for gawking visitors from Sunday, marking the beginning of new tourism season in the Valley.The Tulip garden in the backdrop of mighty Zabarwan range of mountains was thrown open for public, including touri


Sunday, March 17, 2019Holi celebrated in Chinese Embassy

New Delhi, Mar 17: China's Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on Sunday extended greetings to the people of the nations of India and China, on the festival of colours - 'Holi'.
Holi, which according to Hinduism marks the beginning of spring season, was celebrated at the Embassy of China in the National Capital, with pomp and fervour, for the second time.
The Ambassador said that the neighbouring c


Sunday, March 10, 2019Poet Gulzar to visit Jammu University to attend 'Jashn-e-Gulzar' event

Jammu, Mar 10: The renowned film Director, Lyricist, Screen Writer, Producer, Poet and author Gulzar is visiting University of Jammu to attend 'Jashn-e-Gulzar' event being organised as part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations from March 12 to 14.
He has been invited by Department of Urdu in collaboration with Department of Students Welfare, University of Jammu.
Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Gove


Sunday, February 10, 2019Abu Dhabi adds Hindi as third language in courts

Abu Dhabi, Feb 10: The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has added Hindi as the third official language to be spoken in the city's courts, alongside Arabic and English.
According to the ADJD, this step was aimed at helping foreigners to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms a


Sunday, February 10, 2019Bengal celebrates Saraswati Puja

Kolkata, Feb 10: Saraswati Puja was celebrated in West Bengal on Sunday with traditional fervour.
Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of music, culture and learning, was worshipped across the state and people were seen carrying clay idols of the deity with a crescent moon on the brow, riding a swan or seated on a lotus.
Tiny tots and children decked up in traditional bright-yellow attires signifying '


Sunday, February 10, 2019Basant Panchami: Over 10 mln take dip in Sangam during Kumbh

Prayagraj, Feb 10 :Over 10 million pilgrims, took a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of sacred river Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on the occasion of the third and last auspicious bathing day of Basant Panchami on Sunday.
On Saturday around 5 million took the dip in Sangam.
The Mela commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, the first bathing day, and the Mahashivratri on March 4 wil


Sunday, February 3, 2019An international film festival in Jammu announced

The endeavour of Rakesh Roshan Bhat and Rohit Bhat to put Jammu on the world map of international film festivals

Jammu 2/Feb: A big announcement was made today by Rakesh Roshan Bhat and Rohit Bhat to put Jammu on the world map of international film festivals by organising an international film festival annually in Jammu, the winter capital of J&K state.

Talking to the media Rakesh Roshan Bh


Saturday, January 26, 2019Odisha CM congratulates state's award winners: Sister Gita rejects Padma Shri

New Delhi, Jan 26 : The US-based writer Gita Mehta, sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Saturday turned down the Padma Shri award - announcement for which was made on Friday evening.

"I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but

with great regret I feel I must decline as there is a general election looming and the timing of t


Friday, January 25, 2019Rain troubles Kumbh, pilgrims on 'slippery ground'

Prayagraj, Jan 25: Early morning rains brought trouble for thousands of pilgrims at the Kumbh Mela here on Friday even as the winter chill intensified in the city and neighbouring areas in Uttar Pradesh.

A western disturbance has been bringing scattered rains to the region for the past two days, and Friday's downpour added to the woes as most part of the 'Kumbh Nagar' turned slippery with mud


Thursday, January 24, 20193,000 Pravasi Bharatiya delegates arrive in Prayagraj for Kumbh Mela

Prayagraj, Jan 24: About 3,000 Pravasi Bharatiya delegates, drawn from across the globe, reached the city on Thursday morning to get a glimpse of the ongoing Kumbh festival.

The visit has been organised by the Ministry of External Affairs as part of this year's Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations. The main convention at Varanasi concluded on Wednesday.

Locals say the Kumbh at Sangam city


Sunday, January 20, 20192 Naga Sadhus Detained By Kumbh Police After They Thrash Pilgrim

Prayagraj, Jan 20: Two Naga sadhus were detained by Jhunsi police after they beat up a pilgrim inside their camp in the Kumbh Mela area.
Police said here on Sunday that they had detained two Naga sadhus on Saturday night when they beat up a pilgrim with ' Chimta', who has been admitted to the hospital with head injury.

The incident occurred in an ashram in sector 16 of the Kumbh Mela when the


Friday, January 18, 2019Cricketers to grace Kumbh next month

Prayagraj, Jan 18: Kumbh mela will also witness great Indian cricketers coming in the days to come.

Many well-known cricketers including Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, would be attending the Kumbh mela a day prior to the Basant Panchami snan to be held on February 10.

After having a holy dip in the Sangam on Basant Panchami, these players will stay in tents for two to three days here.



Tuesday, January 15, 2019Assam celebrates Magh Bihu

Guwahati, Jan 15: Assam on Tuesday celebrated Magh Bihu, the annual harvest festival, with traditional fervour.

While Wednesday marks the first day of the Assamese calendar month of 'Magh', Bihu celebrations started from Monday night that marked 'Uruka', the last day of the Assamese month of 'Puh'.

Following the 'Uruka' night feasting, people on Tuesday morning lit the traditional bonfire c


Monday, January 14, 2019New Gurudwara to come up in Fishers

Fishers, United States, Jan 14 :On the auspicious occasion of 253rd birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Sikh Community in Fishers, Indiana launched a $ 3 million Gurudwara project (Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar) on the existing property in Fishers to replace the current building with a new Gurudwara.

Speaking on the occasion, Sikhs Political Action Committee founde


Sunday, January 13, 2019Jammu celebrates Lohri with fervour

Jammu, Jan 13: The festival of Lohri was celebrated with traditional fervour across the state on Sunday.
Various social, religious and political organisations celebrated Lohri, which marks the end of the harsh winter season in north India.
In the evening, residents of different localities will lit bonfires and offer prayers for prosperity.
People offer puffed rice, popcorns, 'rewards', sesame


Sunday, January 13, 2019Sixth tiger reserve proposed for Karnataka: M M Hills wildlife sanctuary the latest abode of wild tigers

Chamarajanagar, Karnataka, Jan 13: The Karnataka State Wildlife Board has proposed to the Centre to notify Male Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (MM Hills) as a Tiger Reserve, and it will be the sixth in the state which has the highest population of tigers in the wild.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, had said that it was heartening that the confluence of the Western and Eastern Ghats that h


Sunday, January 13, 2019Young girl makes cycle-cum-wheelchair for her differently-abled brother

Pune, Jan 13:A 16-year-old girl from Baramati in Maharashtra -- similar as shown in the 'Three Idiots' movie who wanted to do something to make sure that her brother never missed school due to his disability -- Mayuri Yadav, 10th class student at Anand Vidyalaya Hol, Baramati, Pune, has built an improvised cycle-cum-wheelchair to drop her brother to school.

Of course, she has built this cycle-


Monday, January 7, 2019Bollywood singers to perform in Gorakhpur Mahotsav

Gorakhpur, Jan 7: The three-day 'Gorakhpur Mahotsav', slated to start from January 11 will see famous Bollywood singers delivering mellifluous renditions of songs in the fair.
On the first day, well-known singer Sukhwinder Singh will enthral the audiences in the Bollywood night, while the last day (Jan 13) will see Mohit Chauhan performing for the audiences.
The Chairman of the Mahotsav Organis


Saturday, January 5, 2019Foreign tourists evince interest to attend Kumbh fair in Prayagraj

Prayagraj, Jan 5 : Tourists from the UK, the US and Australia have expressed desire to visit Prayagraj for Kumbh mela, commencing from January 15, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) claimed here on Saturday.

IATO chairman, Lucknow chapter, Prateek Hira said that they had approached the state government to carry out extensive publicity for Kumbh fair internationally which has attracted


Thursday, January 3, 2019Mumbai ISKCON's 'Rath Yatra' festival starts from Saturday

Mumbai, Jan 3: Devotees of Lord Krishna will celebrate the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 chariot festival at Shivaji Park here on Saturday, organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Chowpatty, an official said on Thursday.

The 10th in the series, the Mumbai 'Rath Yatra' is considered the biggest outside Puri (Odisha) in size and scale with devotees from the US,


Wednesday, January 2, 2019Kumbh 2019: Religious processions mark the run-up to grand fair

Prayagraj, Jan 2: Before the formal initiation of Kumbh, a grand 'Peshwaai' of the Shri Panchayati Niranjani Akhara of the Shaiv Sanyasi group started on a grand note on Wednesday here.

'Peshwaai' is a religious journey which entails a big group of seers, sages and 'Nagas' moving towards the 'chhavni' or camp situated near the Ganga.

The presence of elephants, horses, camels and beautiful