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The plinth made with granite stone, work on which started in February this year, is expected to be complete by August. About 17,000 stones will be used to build the plinth, which is being procured from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, said a member of the committee.
Sources said PM Modi’s brief visit to Lumbini — he is expected to be here between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm — is focused on bringing soft power to the centrestage of India-Nepal relations while also marking India’s formal presence at the holy site that’s barely 10 km away from the border.
Officials in India's Ministry of Culture said that the PM, besides offering prayers at the Mayadevi temple in Lumbini, will also deliver an address at a Buddha Jayanti event organised by the Lumbini Development Trust.
The Allahabad HC has dismissed a petition seeking a "facts finding committee to study and publish the real History of Taj Mahal" and a "direction...to open the sealed doors inside the Taj Mahal to rest to the controversy".
A Varanasi court has ordered that the video survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque located next to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple be resumed and a report submitted by May 17. A look at the mosque, the temple, and the claims
The ASI, which is the custodian of the protected monument, “deemed the incident as a violation of its rules” in its communication to the administration but has not lodged a formal complaint, the sources said.
The latest round of excavations at the 5,000-year-old Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Haryana's Hisar has revealed the structure of some houses, lanes and a drainage system. A look at these finds and what they mean for our knowledge of the site.
As per the website of the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA), a government agency, Anang Tal is situated “to the north of Jog Maya temple and approximately 500 metres to the northwest of Qutub Complex”, and dates back to 1,060 AD.
Underlining that the country is following the ideals of the Sikh Gurus, he said India has never posed a threat to any country or society and it thinks for the welfare of the entire world even today amid global conflicts.
The idea of a museum dedicated to India’s Prime Ministers was mooted in 2016. The Congress opposed the idea, since Teen Murti Estate was Nehru’s residence, which was later turned into a memorial to the first Prime Minister.
Inaugurating the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya at Teen Murti Estate in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said the museum is a living reflection of the shared heritage of each government. He recalled how most Prime Ministers came from ordinary families.
In a written communication sent to ASI late last month, the NMA is learnt to have conveyed that the idols should be given a “respectable” place at the National Museum, where there is a provision for such antiquities to be displayed. Both NMA and ASI operate under the Union Ministry of Culture.
“It will showcase the contribution of 14 Prime Ministers, while the collections and works on Jawaharlal Nehru will stay in the current Nehru Memorial Museum, which was also his residence,” said the source, adding that the two spaces have been integrated.
Addressing a virtual event to inaugurate a gallery dedicated to freedom fighters at Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata, Modi said the Central government will provide all support in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
As per the document, five key areas would be given significant focus in next 10 years — green tourism, digital tourism, destination management, skilling the hospitality sector and supporting tourism-related MSMEs.