A four-day festival showcasing art, culture, cuisine, handicrafts and handlooms of the northeastern region will be held for the first time in Varanasi.Union minister Jitendra Singh said the 'Destination North East' festival, which will begin in the temple town of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, will exhibit the striking similarities between the Ganga and Brahmaputra basins in terms of ancient culture, diverse handlooms and silk products, spiritual heritage and vibrant tourist hubs."The idea of organising such an event is to bring the rest of India closer to the Northeast and to have experience of rich culture of the region," Singh told reporters in New Delhi.Close The Union minister for development of the northeastern region (DoNER) said all-round progress of the Northeast was the priority of the central government ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge five years ago. related news Sharad Pawar outwitted Chanakya of politics: NCP takes a jibe at BJP Congress protests … [Read more...] about 4-day Northeast festival in Varanasi from November 23
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The United States said that Dalai Lama succession issue should be taken up in international bodies, including the United Nations, rejecting Chinese claim on deciding the on this issue."There are many people who follow the Dalai Lama and don't live in China. He is a well-known spiritual leader throughout the world and deserves respect and deserves the succession process picked by his faith community...," US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback told reporters at a news conference here.Rejecting the Chinese claim, he reiterated that it was an issue that should be taken up in international bodies.Close The United States is going to keep pushing on that, said Brownback who was recently in Dharamshala and addressed the Tibetan community. related news China's Xi Jinping says wants to work out 'phase one' trade deal with US Tesla unveils first-ever electric pickup truck "He used to travel so much, was such a great spokesperson. I met him … [Read more...] about US says United Nations and other international bodies should take up the Dalai Lama succession issue
The Indian rupee erased its morning gains and trading near day's low at 71.85 per dollar, with domestic equity market trading lower.It opened flat at 71.75 per dollar on Friday versus Thursday's close 71.76.The Sensex was down 160.87 points or 0.40% at 40414.30, and the Nifty was down 46 points or 0.38% at 11922.40.Close The rupee pared initial losses and settled 5 paise up at 71.76 against the US currency on November 21 amid softening crude oil prices and weakening of the greenback vis-a-vis other currencies overseas. related news Rupee pares initial losses, settles 5 paise up at 71.76 against USD Rupee trades marginally higher at 71.78 per dollar Rupee drops 10 paise to 71.81 per dollar as US-China tensions weigh Oil prices were toppled from their highest in nearly two months on Friday by doubts over future demand for crude as uncertainty continues to shroud a potential US-China trade deal, and along with it the health of the global economy.The dollar held … [Read more...] about Rupee at day’s low at 71.85 per dollar
G Babu JayakumarOn November 9, 19-year-old Fathima Lateef, a first-year student pursuing a five-year integrated MA programme at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-Madras), committed suicide inside the college campus. When Sabitha, Fathima’s mother, said that she let her daughter choose IIT-M because she thought of Tamil Nadu as a safe place without discrimination, the common retort (especially across social media) has been: ‘Who said IIT-M is part of Tamil Nadu?’Nestled in a 620-acre urban rainforest in the heart of bustling Chennai, the IIT-M is geographically and administratively very much a part of the state. The land, which was part of the Guindy National Park, was allotted by the then Chief Minister K Kamaraj who was particular that one of the five national engineering institutes of importance should come to Tamil Nadu.Close So, how did the institute, once considered a pride of the state, turn into a blight in the eyes of the public? Home to some … [Read more...] about Society | Why IIT-Madras is no longer Tamil Nadu’s pride
Today is Akshaya Tritiya - that time of the year for many of us to buy gold. It’s believed to be an auspicious day to start new ventures as well. And because Akshaya Tritiya comes in the middle of the wedding season that is upon us already, most of us have our trips planned to local jewelers.But buying gold costs money and its prices go up and down, just like any other asset. Typically, we always suggest to be a bit cautious in buying gold to ensure you don’t go overboard (we Indians love our gold, do we not?). The good news is, this Akshasya Tritiya might just be a good occasion to buy gold. Moneycontrol has been saying for some time already.Gold prospectsClose Gold prices may move upwards in the next couple of years as the macro- economic picture changes globally. If you have been tracking US President Donald Trump’s tweets for the last couple of years, you would have noticed by now that the world trade and international relations are changing. The tariff wars … [Read more...] about Country celebrates Akshaya Tritiya today; is it time to invest in gold?