Culture

  • Yale World Fellows: Nandita Das and Parmesh Shahani honoured with the Ivy league degree 08-04-2014 11:56 AM

    Washington: Award-winning Indian actress and director Nandita Das and head of Godrej India Culture Lab Parmesh Shahani have been named 2014 Yale World Fellows, taking the number of Indian fellows to 15. With the addition of Das and Shahani, India has more fellows in the global Yale World Fellows network...
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif invited to a cultural event in Lahore 30-03-2014 06:16 PM

    Karachi: Actor Amitabh Bachchan and actress Katrina Kaif have been invited for the annual Literary and Cultural Conference to be held in Lahore, organisers said. According to a report in Dawn newspaper, Bachchan, 71, and Kaif are among the many foreign dignitaries, who may attend the event organised by the...
  • 10-day annual cultural festival Taj Mahotsav kicks off in Agra 19-02-2014 06:59 PM

    The 10-day annual cultural festival of 'Taj Mahotsav' was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister at Shilpagram auditorium in Agra. "Around 350 artisans from all over the country are displaying their wares at stalls provided by the organizers," said Pradeep Srivastava, Commissioner of Agra Division and President...
  • Indian cultural and social realities

    Just Asking |  S K Srivastava
    India is a complex country. Within its geographical boundaries, there are many boundaries. Whereas there is cultural unity, there is diversity of seasons and vegetations,...

  • Union minister agrees to probe into resale of Taj Mahal's entry tickets 11-02-2014 09:36 PM

    Union minister for culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch on Tuesday agreed to investigate the allegations of resale of entrance tickets to the Taj Mahal. She admitted there could be resale of entrance tickets at the Taj Mahal after a delegation from Agra, led by MP Ram Shankar Katheria, met her on...
  • Arvind Kejriwal gets a Delhi address, UP to withdraw 'Z' security 01-02-2014 05:05 PM

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday shifted his base from Kaushambi to New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police is now likely to withdraw the 'Z' category protection provided to him. At present, 30 police personnel are deployed for round- the-clock protection of Kejriwal, who has refused to take security...
  • Politicians demand VIP treatment, government in damage control mode 29-01-2014 10:15 PM

    At a time when the 'aam admi' is the flavour of the season and even the Supreme Court has come out strongly against the 'lal batti' culture, politicians continue to demand special privileges. The government was on Wednesday forced to go into damage control, after a Directorate General of Civil...
  • Nation gets emotional, honours its bravehearts on 65th Republic Day 26-01-2014 07:41 AM

    New Delhi: India is celebrating its 65th Republic Day on Sunday. Ahead of the parade, the national capital has been turned into a fortress with over 50,000 security men including paramilitary forces, manning every nook and corner of the city. Over 35,000 armed men will be guarding the parade route...
  • Racism and rage: The new age Indian customs & manners

    |  Jayshree Misra Tripathi
    We will celebrate India's 65th Republic Day on Sunday, here in a foreign land. The flag-hoisting ceremony will be held in the morning, hopefully with...

  • Travelogue: Jodhpur's Ranbanka Palace is a perfect heritage classic weekend getaway 25-01-2014 02:28 PM

    Is a relaxing, solitary, but entertaining classic getaway on your wish list? Kaalbelia dances, delightful puppet shows, mouth watering 'laal maas' and the traditional paintings at the Ranbanka Palace Hotel in this historic Rajasthan town could provide the answer. A weekend trip to the "classic heritage property", a title awarded...
  • Even as CM Kejriwal hunts for a 'smaller' house, Sisodia opts for a 3-bedroom flat 06-01-2014 08:42 AM

    New Delhi: Drifting from the party's stand to end "VIP culture" in Delhi, Delhi Urban Development Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia chose a three-bedroom apartment in Mayur Vihar as his official residence. The AAP had earlier come under fire after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal decided to shift...
  • Arvind Kejriwal opts for a humble house, will other CMs follow suit? 05-01-2014 08:05 AM

    New Delhi: Facing criticism from opposition parties and keeping the 'aam aadmi' image in mind, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal refused the 5-bedroom duplex house that was allotted to him. In line with his promises of shunning the VIP culture in Delhi, the search is on for a smaller house...
  • Want to finish VIP culture in Delhi, says Manish Sisodia 27-12-2013 02:57 PM

    Aam Aadmi Party is determined to finish the "VIP culture" in Delhi and the decision by its MLAs to take the metro rail to Ramlila Maidan on Saturday for the swearing-in ceremony was in keeping with that goal, party leader Manish Sisodia said in Delhi on Friday. "We want to...
  • Rahul Gandhi must apologise to Muslims for ISI remark: Jairam Ramesh 16-11-2013 10:38 PM

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the Muslim community for his remarks that Muslim youth were in touch with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence. "His (Rahul Gandhi's) intention was not to malign any community. But it was blown out of proportion...
  • World should follow Indian multi-culturalism: Ansari 02-11-2013 07:19 PM

    The success of Indian multi-culturalism is an example for the whole world to establish a peaceful and harmonious society, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari said here. Ansari was addressing a gathering at the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre at Said Business School in Oxford, England on 'Identity and Citizenship: An Indian...
  • UP treasure hunt: ASI downplays prophecy 19-10-2013 11:50 PM

    Lucknow: As the hunt for the 1000 tonne gold treasure in the sleepy Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh continues, the ASI's which had come under fire for chasing a 'sadhu's dream clarified that it's carrying out excavations not because of the seer's dream, but based on a report by Geological...
  • UP gold rush: GSI report indicated metal underneath Unnao fort 19-10-2013 02:55 PM

    New Delhi: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) on October 3 and 4 conducted a preliminary investigation in Daundia Kheda village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh and found traces of metal under the soil. According to the investigation, GSI found identical magnetic waves being formed in most parts of...
  • UP gold hunt: Government says working on evidence not on a dream 19-10-2013 10:25 AM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Culture on Saturday clarified its stand on the ongoing excavation of gold in Unnao by the Archaeological Survey of India and said that the excavation is being carrying after ascertaining facts. A statement issued by the Ministry said that the excavation is being done after...
  • King of Belgium invokes power of Durga in search for 'unity of purpose' 05-10-2013 12:34 PM

    Brussels: Even as India prepared to celebrate Durga Puja next week, the monarch in faraway Belgium, King Philippe, invoked the power of Durga to seek help in nations' search for "unity of purpose" and in taking up challenges of the times. A great lover of India, who has led four...
  • Fashion needs gay culture: Naomi Campbell 14-09-2013 04:47 PM

    London: Supermodel and actress Naomi Campbell thinks gay community has made fashion industry more vibrant. The 43-year-old model feels that industry grew because of the contributions made by renewed gay designers like Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen, reported Contactmusic. "The gay community has made an incredibly profound impact on the...
  • Syria's cultural heritage being looted, destroyed: UNESCO 30-08-2013 04:49 AM

    As the world argues over how to prevent more civilian deaths in Syria, UNESCO warned on Thursday that a rich cultural heritage was being devastated by the conflict now in its third year. Clashes have damaged historical sites and buildings throughout the country, from Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque to the Crac...
  • India is a State-Nation, Not a Nation-State: Yogendra Yadav 27-08-2013 02:09 PM

    Yogendra Yadav Profile: Yogendra Yadav is a senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. His interests include democratic theory, election studies, survey research. In 2009, the International Political Science Association awarded him the first Global South Solidarity Award. The arrival of Narendra Modi at...
  • Nanda plans on creating huge new park in Delhi 26-08-2013 12:45 PM

    New Delhi: In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India's capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world's most populous cities. An intricate Mughal Garden is being created. Crumbling sandstone tombs nearly lost to history are being rebuilt....
  • Divisive, dramatic case of Bo Xilai comes to trial in China 22-08-2013 02:07 AM

    Jinan: The long-awaited trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai opens on Thursday, beginning the final, dramatic chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades. Bo, 64, will appear in public for the first time in 17 months in a court in the eastern city...
  • My book is for anyone interested in innovation: Dr Rekha Shetty 13-08-2013 03:52 PM

    Indian CEOs have their own brand of innovation. A people oriented, low cost innovation on the run. This kind of innovation is born out of thrift and a desire to squeeze the last ounce of value from limited resources. It is jugaad in spirit and respectful of all forms of...
  • Eggs to order

    Kolkata Colloquies |  Priyanka Gupta
    It's 2 am, yet it feels like an evening still to come. The slow hum of traffic grates on the asphalt as engines roar and...

  • News briefs: Welfare dept organises “breast feeding week” in Indore 02-08-2013 11:43 PM

    A programme was organised to celebrate the Breast feeding Week by the woman and child welfare department under the supervision of district programme officer. The women were educated on the benefits of breastfeeding. The programme also had a session with gynecologist who interacted on woman health issues and benefits of...
  • Moily urged to arrange finance to restore Kedarnath temple 28-07-2013 05:43 PM

    Konark: Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch on Sunday urged Petroleum Minister M Veerapa Moily to arrange finance for restoring the badly damaged Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand. "The Kedarnath temple is in danger and in a very bad shape. Take this up as a major project and arrange finance for...
  • Rajnath clarifies remark on English, says he has nothing against it 20-07-2013 10:50 PM

    New Delhi: A day after raising a storm by claiming that English had caused great damage to Sanskrit and Indian culture, BJP president Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that he had nothing against learning English and expressions in that language. The BJP president, writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, urged people...
  • Rajnath Singh says English hurting India, stirs controversy 20-07-2013 09:20 AM

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh has sparked a controversy by saying that English language has hurt the Indian culture. Rajnath Singh had on Thursday said that English has caused a great loss to the country by eroding its cultural values and restricting the growth of Sanskrit in...