Culture

  • Poland cancels cultural project with Russia Yesterday

    Warsaw: The Poland government on Thursday announced that it had cancelled plans for celebrating Poland year in Russia and Russia year in Poland, a cultural project planned for 2015. "The decision was taken by the government but both Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and Culture Minister Malgorzata Omilanowska agreed that in the...
  • Excess of pub culture is not good: BJP's Goa Mahila Morcha July 15, 2014

    Panaji: BJP's Goa Mahila Morcha has said "excess of pub culture is not good," days after state Cabinet minister Sudin Dhavalikar spoke against the pub culture. "Anything that is in excess is not good. Even pub culture should not be in excess," Vaidehi Naik, the party's Goa Mahila Morcha member told...
  • Goa's pub culure: Minister shouldn't make such comments, says NCW July 13, 2014

    National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma hit out at Union Minister of State for Tourism Shripad Naik for his remarks on pub culture. Sharma said, "The Tourism Minister shouldn't be making such narrow-minded comments. Goa attracts so many foreign tourists and it doesn't make sense to end pub culture...
  • After Dhavalikar, Union Tourism Minister criticises Goa's pub culture July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: After Goa Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, it is Union Minister of State for Tourism, Shripad Naik who has given a thumbs down to the pub culture in Goa. Naik, a BJP leader, said that the central government could intervene if there was any kind of 'violation of Indian culture'. "We...
  • While ministers indulge in moral policing, locals want them to accept both sides of Goa July 12, 2014

    Panaji: Goa may be one India's popular tourist haven, but of late, the state has been more in the news for attempts at moral policing by its ministers who have spoken out against the pub culture in the state. CNN-IBN spoke to some locals to get a sense of what...
  • Wear loin cloth if against Westernism: Designer to Goa Minister July 4, 2014

    Panaji: The controversy over a Goa Cabinet Minister's demand to ban mini-skirts and bikinis in order to "protect Goan culture" refuses to die down, with ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks asking him to to wear a loin cloth to work, skip chillies, tomatoes, potatoes, and stop using a table and...
  • Minister's moral policing: Should alcohol & bikinis be banned in Goa? July 2, 2014

    Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who had triggered a debate on Monday by saying that women visiting pubs in short dresses was against the Indian culture, now wants bikini banned on the beaches of Goa. CNN-IBN takes calls of people from across the country and takes their views on Goa...
  • Goa CM defends PWD minister, says bikinis fine on beach, not in temples July 2, 2014

    Panaji, Goa: In a defence of Goa PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar's comment made on Tuesday that there should be a ban on women going to pubs in short dresses, the Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar took a stance in favour of Dhavalikar, saying that the media is deliberately twisting Dhavalikar's...
  • Goa Minister who objected to girls visiting pubs now wants bikinis banned on beaches July 1, 2014

    Panaji: Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who had triggered a debate on Monday by saying that women visiting pubs in short dresses was against the Indian culture, now wants bikini banned on the beaches of Goa. Dhavalikar met Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and said that he stood by his comments. He...
  • Girls visiting pubs in short dresses against culture: Goa minister June 30, 2014

    Panaji: A senior minister in the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa has echoed controversial Sriram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik saying that the practice of young girls visiting pubs in short dresses is against local culture and should be stopped. "The (practice of) young girls going to pubs in short dresses...
  • Chhattisgarh to work for making Sirpur a world heritage site June 17, 2014

    Chhattisgarh's Culture and Tourism department has asked its officials to prepare a special action plan for making Sirpur, known for its archaeological importance, a 'world heritage site'. While reviewing the work of Culture and Archaeological Department in Raipur on Monday, state culture and tourism minster Ajay Chandrakar asked to collect articles...
  • Canada's Surrey plans South Asian cultural hub June 5, 2014

    Toronto: Canadian city Surrey is set to boast of a "South Asian cultural shopping district" with the authorities seeking to legalise and re-zone the present commercial encroachment of the Newton industrial land into a new commercial zone, a report said. The request for re-designating the site will be considered by Metro...
  • Modi will not discriminate against anyone, says head of Muslim institution May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The head of a prominent Muslim institution has welcomed Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India and feels that the BJP leader will provide better administration and government and "take everybody with him". Sirajuddin Qureshi, president of the India Islamic Cutural Centre, also feels that Modi after...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival to go to London for a day April 24, 2014

    For the first time, a day long event of the popular Jaipur Literature Festival will be organised in London as part of an annual festival of South Asian culture in the United Kingdom. The organisers of JLF have partnered with renowned South Bank Centre for their festival of South Asian cultur'Alchemy'...
  • Yale World Fellows: Nandita Das and Parmesh Shahani honoured with the Ivy league degree April 8, 2014

    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 than...
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif invited to a cultural event in Lahore March 30, 2014

    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 Lahore Arts...
  • 10-day annual cultural festival Taj Mahotsav kicks off in Agra February 19, 2014

    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 of...
  • Union minister agrees to probe into resale of Taj Mahal's entry tickets February 11, 2014

    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 Tuesday...
  • Arvind Kejriwal gets a Delhi address, UP to withdraw 'Z' security February 1, 2014

    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 as...
  • Politicians demand VIP treatment, government in damage control mode January 29, 2014

    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 January 26, 2014

    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...
  • Travelogue: Jodhpur's Ranbanka Palace is a perfect heritage classic weekend getaway January 25, 2014

    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 by...
  • Even as CM Kejriwal hunts for a 'smaller' house, Sisodia opts for a 3-bedroom flat January 6, 2014

    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...
  • Arvind Kejriwal opts for a humble house, will other CMs follow suit? January 6, 2014

    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 December 27, 2013

    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 finish...
  • Rahul Gandhi must apologise to Muslims for ISI remark: Jairam Ramesh November 16, 2013

    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 November 2, 2013

    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 Perspective',...
  • UP treasure hunt: ASI downplays prophecy October 20, 2013

    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 October 19, 2013

    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...
  • UP gold hunt: Government says working on evidence not on a dream October 19, 2013

    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...