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Museum with a difference: Tracing 4,500-year history of toilets (With Images)

New Delhi |Tuesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST

Full of strange facts and objects, our museums and history books carry some very interesting stories from bygone times. But one peculiar piece that doesn't find space anywhere is about a French monarc

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Mithila to see revival of 700-year-old way of matchmaking (Feature)

Madhubani (Bihar)/New Delhi |Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST

Marriages are made in heaven, they say. But there is at least one more place where marriages are made in large numbers -- in Saurath village of Madhubani district in north Bihar.

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Of simplicity and ethereal beauty: Memories of growing up in a different Darjeeling (First Person)

New Delhi |Sunday, 2017 12:45:05 PM IST

"'When the wind is right and the cloud is gone, you can see down this road as far as Darjeeling,' I told her. 'But it is a long and difficult road, full of perils, and if a traveller on foot were to l

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Top 50 ranking not difficult if we improve on perception: IIT-D Director (IANS Interview)

New Delhi |Sunday, 2017 1:45:15 PM IST

The Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi), which is now ranked among the top 200 universities in the latest QS World University Rankings, can well be among the top 50 if it improves on para

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Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh in temple restoration drive

Shimla |Friday, 2017 12:45:05 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh's octogenarian Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has taken it upon himself to restoring, and sometimes even reconstructing, the state's beautiful ancient temples to preserve as he says i

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India's military mules: No road too treacherous (Defence Feature) (With Images)

New Delhi |Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST

The Indian Army honoured its longest serving mule "Pedongi" by naming an Army mess after it, but there was a time when the Army had decided to mark the end of the road for the sturdy mule, that has wa

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On World Environment Day, activists want rivers declared as 'national asset'

Agra |Monday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST

Earlier this year, a court declared that Ganga and Yamuna rivers should be treated as "living entities". But is that enough to spread awareness about saving the rivers in the country? Eco-warriors don

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Agra air continues to choke the Taj Mahal

Agra |Monday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST

Almost a quarter century after the historic Supreme Court judgement to shift or shut factories polluting the Taj Mahal, the environment in Agra continues to pollute the 17th century monument of love.

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97-year-old appears for MA exam in Patna

Patna |Saturday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST

It was a sunny day and Raj Kumar Vaishya had trouble walking. But determined to get a postgraduate degree, the 97-year-old sat for a three-hour MA exam, along with students younger than his grandchild

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Amid the stink, Yamuna bank dwellers brace for floods with fortitude

New Delhi |Friday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST

A dense smell of excrement attacks one's nostrils just before the rugged downslope that leads to the banks of the Yamuna river near Shastri Park metro station in northeast Delhi. If you stay there lon

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India's 70,000+ public libraries and its untapped potential: A study in contrast

New Delhi |Wednesday, 2017 1:45:46 PM IST

A meagre total of 75 public libraries are serving the over 200 million population of Uttar Pradesh. Compare this to 4,028 public libraries in Tamil Nadu that serve its 67.8 million population and a st

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Upcoming summit to bring together 400 women delegates from across India

Mumbai |Wednesday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST

Aiming to bring innovative and inspiring women across the globe to discuss, debate, inspire and turn ideas that matter into action?, an audience of 400 women delegates from across India will gather in

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