Art and Culture

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


Saturday, December 29, 2018Indian-American teenager wins Cornell University hackathon

New York, Dec 29 :An Indian-American teenager has won the inaugural "Digital Transformation Hackathon" at Cornell University for designing a device to detect the actual pain level of a patient during a diagnosis.

The device designed by 17-year-old Mahum Siddiqi and her team uses neurological activity occurring in one's brain to help doctors more efficiently determine someone's pain levels.


Saturday, December 29, 2018Sikkim performed better than other states despite low funds flow from Centre: CM

Gangtok, Dec 29 : Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said his government has performed "far better" than most other states despite "low" funds flow from the Centre.

"Being a small state with a small population, we do not have a presence at the national level. The funds flow from the Central government is low as compared to the fund's flow to bigger states, though the needs of our state are o


Saturday, December 29, 2018Vice-President of India awards Champion of Change to Dr. Kuldip Maity, MD & CEO, Village Financial Services (VFS)

Kolkata, Dec 29: Dr Kuldip Maity, MD & CEO of VFS was adjudged as the “Champion of Change” by a high profile Selection Committee headed by former Chief Justice of India and Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India K G Balakrishnan for his exemplary work in the 150 most aspirational Districts of India.

The awardees across the country were selected by a distinguished commi


Tuesday, December 25, 2018Yuletide spirit, festivities spread across Karnataka on Christmas

Bengaluru, Dec 25: Thousands of devout Catholics and Anglo-Indians on Tuesday celebrated Christmas with prayers and carols in churches across Karnataka to mark the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.

Churches across the southern state were seen ringing in the festival with midnight masses and biblical hymns, and were lit up with Christmas trees, lanterns, stars and colourful lights.


Tuesday, December 25, 2018Kovind, Modi greet nation on Christmas

New Delhi, Dec 25: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed their greetings to the nation on the occasion of Christmas.

"Merry Christmas to all fellow citizens, especially our Christian brothers and sisters in India and abroad. This is a time to be with family and friends, a time for peace and piety. May Christmas bring hope and happiness to our country an


Tuesday, December 25, 2018Christmas celebrated with religious fervour, zeal in Baramulla

Baramulla, Dec 25 : Christmas Prayer was celebrated with religious fervour and zeal at St Joseph Higher Secondary Church Baramulla in north Kashmir on Tuesday

A special morning assembly was conducted besides Christmas carols were sung by the significance of Christmas and the spirit of festivity and good will.

Meanwhile a special prayer for the peace and harmony to the Kashmir was also hel


Monday, December 24, 2018Christmas celebrations sans snowfall in Kashmir; Srinagar records coldest Dec night in 11 yrs

Srinagar, Dec 24 : Christmas will be celebrated without snowfall this year, even as the chilly weather conditions further intensified, with the mercury plunging and settling several degrees below normal due to dry weather, across Kashmir valley.

Meanwhile, this summer capital of the state recorded the coldest December night in 11 years, after the mercury settled at minus 6.8 degree Celsius, re


Sunday, December 23, 2018DG Tourism, GoI, assures full support to promote J&K tourism

Srinagar, Dec 23: Director General, Union Ministry of Tourism, Satyajit Rajan has assured full support from the Centre to develop tourist-related infrastructure and promotion of tourism to increase the tourist footfall in Jammu and Kashmir.

The official on Sunday said advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, met the Director-General, Union Ministry of Tourism, Satyajit Rajan, in New Delh


Sunday, December 23, 2018Rs 4.57 cr being spent on development of handicraft clusters in Kashmir'

Srinagar, Dec 23: An amount of Rs 4.57 crore is being utilised to develop handicraft clusters for the growth of embroidery and paper mache crafts in Kashmir valley, officials said on Sunday.
According to the officials, consultancy support for the development of embroidery and paper mache crafts are being developed at Noor Bagh and Zadibal at a cost of Rs 2.39 crore and Rs 2.18 crore, respectivel


Wednesday, December 19, 2018Urs of Ghous-ul-Azam celebrated in Kashmir with religious fervour, gaiety

Srinagar, Dec 19: The annual urs of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, popularly known as Ghous-ul-Azam, Dastageer Sahib, a 11th century saint, was celebrated on Wednesday with religious fervor and gaiety in Kashmir valley.

Despite chilly weather conditions, thousands of people, including women and children, participated in the night-long special prayers at shrines associated with Dastageer sa


Wednesday, December 12, 2018Kaiga Set World Record For Non-Stop Production On December 10

KARWAR December 12 : The indigenously developed Kaiga Atomic Power Station (KAPS) set a new world record on December 10, with one of its units operating uninterrupted for more than 940 days. The reactor will set the record among all kinds of nuclear power-generating units, including advanced gas-based reactors (AGR) in the world.

The record was earlier held by Unit 2 of Heysham of the United


Monday, December 10, 2018Historic Jamia masjid closed to prevent demonstration on HR day

Srinagar, Dec 10: The historic Jamia Masjid in the down town, Srinagar, has been closed as a precautionary measure on Monday to prevent any demonstrations following strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against alleged Human Rights (HR) violation.

All gates of historic Jamia Masjid have been locked and nobody was being allowed to enter the historic Masjid, stronghold of moderate H