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Save Ganga Campaigner ends fast

Save Ganga activist-environmentalist G.D. Agarwal alias Sant Gyan Swarupanand ended his fast on Friday. The 80-year-old was on a fast-unto-death since January 15 to save the Ganges. He agreed to end his fast, after the government reportedly assured him on his demands He said “I am not in a condition to wait for so long and I don’t have the ...

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Film fest on Bangladesh’s liberation war

Six films centred around different aspects and effects of Bangladesh’s 1971 “war of liberation” will be screened here as part of a special film festival starting here Friday. Bangladesh was born in 1971 out of then East Pakistan after a fierce liberation battle aided by India. It is to spread awareness about people’s struggle during the war, among the youth ...

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South Asian art to find new platform at first Dhaka summit

South Asian art will find yet another new platform to showcase contemporary trends at the inaugural edition of the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh April 12-15. The summit, being described as one of the biggest by the Bangladesh media and art writers in the country, is a public-private partnership between a non-profit group, the Samdani Art Foundation, and the Bangladesh ...

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ASI to excavates ruins near Vikramshila University

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) plans to take up conservation work of the ruins of Vikramshila University in Bihar and excavate nearby areas in April. ASI Patna circle’s Superintending Archaeologist Sanjay K. Manjul said that conservation work of the remains of the ancient university would begin next month. “ASI has decided to take up excavation over 116 acres of ...

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Collection of classical Indian, Asian art creates record

The Doris Wiener Collection, a collection of Indian classical and South East Asian art auctioned by Christie’s in New York, has raised nearly $12.8 million – one of the highest total price for a single collection by the auction house, Christie’s said Wednesday. A 13th century bronze figure of Padmapani from Nepal sold for $2,490,500. “The sale of the Doris ...

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Russian Court Dismiss Plea against Ban of Bhagwat Gita

Hindus in Russia Wednesday won a major legal battle when a court in Siberia dismissed a state prosecutors’ case seeking a ban a Russian translation of Bhagavad Gita. The higher court in Tomsk, where the state prosecutors had filed an appeal, upheld a lower court verdict delivered in December dismissing the case. “We have won the case. The court has ...

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Music, calligraphy, poetry in Vikram Seth’s new work

Music, calligraphy, conversations and poetry merge in Vikram Seth’s new anthology of poetry, “The Rivered Earth”, an eclectic journey into the heart of rhythmic lyricism that the writer of “The Golden Gate” – a novel in verse – is known for. The slim anthology, inspired by Seth’s tryst with 17th century celebrated poet George Herbert, was unveiled at Penguin India’s ...

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Spirituality, fiction and business on bookshelf

This weekend, the bookshelf explores some profound truths of life. Browse with news agency. 1. “Change Your Life, Change the World”; Written by Ryuho Okawa; Published by Jaico Books; Priced at Rs.225 Spiritual leader and bestselling author Ryuho Okawa advises people of all nations to remember their spiritual roots and accept that all of humanity, regardless of race, religion or ...

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Sir Jeffrey Archer’s book tops fiction

Rhonda Byrne’s “The Magic” occupies top spot in the non-fiction section of the bestseller list this week, while Sir Jeffrey Archer’s “The Sins of the Father” dominates fiction. Non-Fiction 1. “The Magic Author: Rhonda Byrne Publisher: Simon & Schuster Price: Rs.399 2. “Thinking Fast and Slow” Author: Daniel Kahneman Publisher: Allen Lane Price: Rs.499 3. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” Author: ...

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Ensure book’s soul not lost in moviemaking: Writers

To say a book is always better than a movie made out of it is a cliche but writers love this, author Amish Tripathi contended at the 13th edition of the three-day FICCI-FRAMES global convention. “Although a cliche, we as writers love it. At the same time when people ask me if a movie should be made exactly like a ...

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Flowers in Indian art: temple motifs to contemporary sensuality

                                  From early spiritual symbols on temple walls and murals to icons of eroticism, creativity and energy in contemporary and new media art, flowers as a motif have blossomed with the evolution of Indian art. Critics say flowers have been a major theme in ...

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Italian group seeks ban on Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’

Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” — an epic poem about travels through hell and heaven — was racist and against Islam and should be banned from schools in Italy, a research group has said. “The ‘Divine Comedy’ is the pillar of Italian literature and a cornerstone of Italian literature and the educational formation of the country’s students,” said Valentina Sereni, president ...

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Encyclopaedia Britannica no more in print

The iconic Encyclopaedia Britannica has announced the end of its 32-volume print edition in a bid to focus more on the online version. The move will put an end to more than 244 years of the print edition since it was first published in 1768 in Scotland, the Daily Express reported Wednesday. A company spokesman said it was ending the ...

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Global jazz festival in the capital from Friday

Top jazz bands from across the world will bring the best of fusion international jazz music March 16-18 at the Delhi Jazz Festival. Presented by the Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) and capital-based NGO Seher, the festival will open with Polish band Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, HFT and the Louiz Banks Matrixx at the Nehru Park, the ICCR said in ...

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