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Infosys Foundation on Thursday introduced work on an ambitious project to restore Panchakalyani, the largest of 108 ancient temple tanks with a history of 1000 plus years at Melukote in Mandya district. The task will take 2-3 years for completion and is expected to cost about Rs 10 crore. Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty, Tourism Minister …

In a hate crime, a Hindu temple has been vandalized in the US state of Kentucky by miscreants who sprayed black paint on the deity and wrote repugnant remarks on the walls. The incident happened between Sunday night and Tuesday morning at the Swaminarayan Temple in the Louisville city, authorities said. There are no suspects but …

Known writer-filmmaker Gita Mehta who is also the sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has declined the Padma Shri award citing the timing of the awards, which comes just ahead of the general elections in India, might be misconstrued. Mehta, 76, was chosen for the coveted honor in the category of Literature and Education. …

The government will be auctioning about 1,900 gifts got by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the funds raised will be used for the project to clean river Ganga, according to a statement. The items that would be auctioned covering paintings, sculptures, shawls, pagris, jackets and traditional musical instruments from across the country. “The physical auction …

Having been elbowed out by the more utilitarian plastic and paper cups over the years at railway stations, ‘kulhads’ which were launched by former railway minister Lalu Prasad 15 years ago are all set to make a comeback at catering units. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has instructed caterers at Varanasi and Rae Bareli stations to …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the left government in Kerala on the Sabarimala issue, saying Communists do not respect India’s culture and spirituality. Hitting out at the CPI-M-led LDF and the opposition spearheaded by the UDF in the state, he said both the fronts were two sides of the same …

India will not participate in SAARC unless Pakistan ends terror, says Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in New Delhi on Tuesday. The two leaders discussed ways of expanding bilateral ties. “Good exchange of views on expanding ties across all sectors,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. “Immense opportunity to cooperate in blue economy, shipping, fisheries and aquaculture, and …

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of not answering to his peace overtures and said that any war between two nuclear-armed nations would be “suicidal” for both nations. In an interview with Turkish news agency TRT World, as per his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, Mr. Khan again expressed his desire for talks with …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a conversation with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on a host of issues with an aim to expand the multi-faceted bilateral partnership. Ms. Solberg, who arrived on Monday, was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan same morning. Later, PM Modi and Ms. Solberg held delegation-level talks and …

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Friday called Congress president Rahul Gandhi to take a dip in the Ganga during the upcoming Kumbh Mela to wash away the sins he had accumulated by “lying” on the Rafale issue. “Mother Ganga will pardon Gandhi for all his sins and I extend him an invitation …

Air India on Friday announced the launch of new flights to Allahabad from Delhi, Ahmedabad and Kolkata to support the movement of passengers during the Kumbh Mela. The new flights will work from January 13 to March 30, an official statement said. Air India said the new flight on Delhi-Allahabad route will operate on five …

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha will not help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, party president Binay Tamang said on Friday. “After the declaration of the election schedule, the party will clear its strategy,” he said to media in Darjeeling. The party has, time and again, raised the demand for the …