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Government project work may have caused damage to Puri temple, says ASI
India

Government project work may have caused damage to Puri temple, says ASI

Asking the state government to file its reply on the ASI's affidavit, a division bench headed by Chief Justice S Muralidhar posted the matter to be heard again on 22 May

Open closed doors in Taj Mahal to ascertain presence of Hindu idols: Plea in HC
India

Open closed doors in Taj Mahal to ascertain presence of Hindu idols: Plea in HC

Citing an RTI filed to the ASI regarding the reason for the doors being locked in Taj Mahal, the plea stated in the reply the ASI had said they were locked due to security reasons

Explained: What are the ancient stone jars unearthed in Assam and their connection to Laos and Indonesia?
India

Explained: What are the ancient stone jars unearthed in Assam and their connection to Laos and Indonesia?

A group of researchers has found 65 mysterious giant sandstone jars across four new sites in Assam that may have been used for ancient human burial practices

Sunni Waqf Board to move Allahabad HC against verdict ordering ASI survey of Varanasi's Gyanwapi mosque
India

Sunni Waqf Board to move Allahabad HC against verdict ordering ASI survey of Varanasi's Gyanwapi mosque

Sunni Central Waqf Board chairperson Zufar Ahmad Farooqui said that the order was "questionable" because no evidence has been produced before the court that suggests that there was a prior existing temple at the site of the mosque

Varanasi court orders ASI survey of premises claimed by Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanwapi mosque
India

Varanasi court orders ASI survey of premises claimed by Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanwapi mosque

In the plea filed in 2019, the petitioner claimed that the Gyanwapi Mosque in Varanasi is a part of Vishveshwar Temple

The Friday List: From literature festivals to a walk through Kolkata's lanes, your weekly calendar of virtual events
Arts & Culture

The Friday List: From literature festivals to a walk through Kolkata's lanes, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

Ayodhya verdict: SC delivers a nuanced, pragmatic and balanced judgment that corrects historical wrong, restores sense of balance
India

Ayodhya verdict: SC delivers a nuanced, pragmatic and balanced judgment that corrects historical wrong, restores sense of balance

The Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case goes pretty close to addressing the subterranean sense of injustice that Hindus long suffered from.

Findings from Keeladi excavation site have a clear message for modern cities: Cherish your water, or perish
India

Findings from Keeladi excavation site have a clear message for modern cities: Cherish your water, or perish

Today, as the peripheries of our cities experience a seasonal ‘Day Zero’ and our water future looks to become decidedly more temperamental, the Keeladi site almost serves as a ‘Back to the Future’ moment for our cities

Ayodhya hearing: Hindu temple was destroyed to construct mosque, Ram Lalla's counsel tells Supreme Court
India

Ayodhya hearing: Hindu temple was destroyed to construct mosque, Ram Lalla's counsel tells Supreme Court

Appearing for the deity, senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan referred to a report by the Archaeological Survey of India to buttress claims that the disputed area in Ayodhya had a Hindu temple.

Bhopal Police claims to have arrested accused for allegedly raping 8-year-old girl, says 'he will get punishment in a month'
India

Bhopal Police claims to have arrested accused for allegedly raping 8-year-old girl, says 'he will get punishment in a month'

Police claimed to have arrested the accused who allegedly raped the 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a drain close to her house in Bhopal in wee hours on Sunday.

In Narendra Modi's constituency of Varanasi, demolition of 250-year-old buildings for religious corridor creates resentment
India

In Narendra Modi's constituency of Varanasi, demolition of 250-year-old buildings for religious corridor creates resentment

Many Varanasi residents are concerned about the way around 300 buildings in the heart of the city were demolished to construct the Sri Kashi Vishwanath Corridor.

Dabangg 3: Salman Khan, production team issued ASI notice for damaging antique figurine during shoot
Entertainment

Dabangg 3: Salman Khan, production team issued ASI notice for damaging antique figurine during shoot

The Archaeological Survey of India has served notice to a production firm of Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg3 ordering them to remove two film set pieces constructed inside Jal Mahal in Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

India’s art and history come together through four exhibitions at the Red Fort in Delhi
Life

India’s art and history come together through four exhibitions at the Red Fort in Delhi

After spending years restoring several barracks within the Red Fort, The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has opened the multistorey barracks to the public.

Monumental neglect: In dire need of reinvigoration, Red Fort's 'superficial' conservation lacks the right approach
India

Monumental neglect: In dire need of reinvigoration, Red Fort's 'superficial' conservation lacks the right approach

India’s celebrated monuments, including the Red Fort, are in dire need of reinvigoration.

Narendra Modi urges people to participate in preserving India's archaeological legacy, boost tourism
India

Narendra Modi urges people to participate in preserving India's archaeological legacy, boost tourism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched for people's participation in preserving India's archaeological legacy and questioned the rules which prohibit them from clicking photographs at certain monuments.

Tirumala chief priest sacked following his allegations against TTD: A case of shadow boxing between TDP and BJP?
Politics

Tirumala chief priest sacked following his allegations against TTD: A case of shadow boxing between TDP and BJP?

TDP sacked Tirumala temple chief priest AV Ramana Deekshitulu as it believed that he was playing politics - it smells a BJP hand behind his outburst.

Red Fort 'adopted' by Dalmia group: Corporate role in restoring heritage monuments needs greater scrutiny
India

Red Fort 'adopted' by Dalmia group: Corporate role in restoring heritage monuments needs greater scrutiny

The idea of outsourcing the maintenance of heritage monuments to private companies is not new, but it has to be executed with greater sophistication.

Goa government overcomes initial opposition after Red Fort row, says it will support Centre's 'Adopt a Heritage' scheme
India

Goa government overcomes initial opposition after Red Fort row, says it will support Centre's 'Adopt a Heritage' scheme

The Goa government decided not to oppose listing of the state's heritage monuments under a Central government project designed to rope in private and public firms for maintaining such structures

Red Fort row: MoU with Dalmia Bharat group attracts criticism but Centre's move has many global precedents
India

Red Fort row: MoU with Dalmia Bharat group attracts criticism but Centre's move has many global precedents

The Centre's MoU with the Dalmia Bharat group for maintaining the Red Fort has generated controversy. However, there are numerous global precedents.

Astronomy education in India is lacking and only a handful of universities are taking the initiative, says ASI president
News & Analysis

Astronomy education in India is lacking and only a handful of universities are taking the initiative, says ASI president

The number of UG-level colleges with courses in astronomy and astrophysics is tiny and at the school level, astronomy does not figure in the curriculum.