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  • ASI declares Chaukhandi Stupa as of national important monument

    11 June 2019
    Chaukhandi Stupa, an ancient Buddhist site located in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, has been declared as a Monument and protected area of national importance by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Chaukhandi Stupa: Chaukhandi Stupa is a lofty mound of brick whose square edifice is surrounded by an octagonal tower. It was built to mark the place where Lord Buddha met his first disciples as he traveled from Bodhgaya to Sarnath. The Chaukhandi Stupa is said to be originally a terraced temple during the Gupta period, that 4th to 6th Century. Govardhan,the son of Raja Todarmal gave the present shape to the Chaukhandi Stupa.He built an octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun,the great Mughal ruler. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI): ASI was formed on 1861, headquartered at New Delhi, India. ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage in India. It functions under the Ministry of Culture. ASI is responsible for the regulation of all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and Antiquities and Art Treasure Act,1972.

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    CM Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7 foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum

    8 June 2019
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7-foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum in Ayodhya on 7 June. Adityanath will also inaugurate the event to celebrate Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.  Ram Statue: The statue is made out of a single rosewood block statue which was from Karnataka for Rs.35 lakh from Karnataka. The statue will depict Kodamb Ram, one of the five avatars of Lord Ram. Kodamb Ram is worshipped in the south. The statue depicts the stage of Ram's life when Sita was kidnapped by Ravan, the demon king. The statue shows Ram alone, without Sita and Laxman. Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan: The Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan museum was established in 1986. The museum is a government-funded museum. It hosts works related to the Hindu epic Ramayana. The Dispute: Lord Ram is said to have been born in Ayodhya. Ayodhya is at the heart of a dispute which involves the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before it was razed in 1992 by Hindu activists. It is believed that it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram. After the mosque demolition, 2,000 people died across the country in the riot. In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh State government announced a project to build a Ram statue on the banks of the Sarayu river. It is expected to measure 221 metres topping even the famed freedom movement icon Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The central government is yet to announce a date for the construction of Ram temple.

    Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranked first on Hurun India Art List 2019 with estimated sales of Rs. 168.25 crore

    23 May 2019
    Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranked first on Hurun India Art List 2019 with estimated sales of Rs. 168.25 crore.  Hurun India Art List 2019 was released by Hurun Research Institute. The ranking of the top 50 Indian artists alive based on the sales of their works at public auctions from April 2018 to March 2019. The next positions were held by Akbar Padamsee whose 38 works were sold for Rs. 45.84 crore.  He was followed by Krishen Khanna with sales of 44 works of Rs. 9.48 crore.  The Fourth position was held by Jogen Chowdhury with the sales of Rs. 7.78 crore and New Delhi based sculptor Subodh Gupta in the fifth place with sales of Rs. 6.55 crore.  There were 605 lots sold in the year by the listers and it was topped by Anish Kapoor with  102 lots.



    PM inaugurated Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology

    12 March 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. He also unveiled the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus.  Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology is a state-of-the-art institution that comprises of an auditorium, an open-air theatre, and an Archaeological Museum. Institute of Archaeology is an academic wing of the Archeological Survey of India under the Ministry of Culture.  Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage in India. It functions under the under the Ministry of Culture. ASI regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and Antiquities and Art Treasure Act,1972.

    Naveen inaugurated statue of Guru Padmasambhava

    8 February 2019
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled a 19-foot-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, at Jirang in Gajapati district, Berhampur, Odisha. This 29 tonne stone statue is placed in the middle of ‘Padma Sarovar’, a large tank near Padmasambhava Mahavihara, the largest Buddhist monastery in eastern India. The Dalai Lama had inaugurated this monastery in 2010. Tibetan refugees settled in this region over six decades ago. Historians claim that Guru Padmasambhava, also known as second Buddha, was born and brought up in Odisha before he left for Tibet.

    South Korean grain silo enters Guinness World Records

    22 December 2018
    A dreary grain silo that was transformed into an enormous colourful artwork in South Korea has been named by Guinness World Records as the largest outdoor mural in the world. The painting depicts a young boy’s journey into adulthood covers the outside of giant storage containers in the port city of Incheon takes up 23,688 sq m. The mural was commissioned by the city’s government and port authority. It aims at improving the negative view of aged industrial facilities. Twenty-two artists used more than 850,000 litres of paint to tell the story which reflects the seasons and resembles 16 individual book covers, at a cost of 550 million won.

    Indian Film Period. End of Sentence Made It To Oscars Shortlist

    19 December 2018
    ‘Period. End of Sentence’ made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.  This is a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. A total of 104 films had originally qualified in the category.

    S.Ramakrishnan won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 for Sancharam

    6 December 2018
    S.Ramakrishnan, a Tamil writer, traveller, essayist, and scriptwriter, has won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 for his novel Sancharam. It poignantly captures the lives of nagaswaram players in karisal bhoomi, the arid land, of Tamil Nadu. The novel places their music and struggle for a livelihood in the context of the decline of agriculture. Mr. Ramakrishnan has dropped his doctoral thesis on William Faulkner to become a full-time writer. He said that the prize comes as recognition for a person who opted for a career in writing, it also sheds light on the lives of the nagaswaram players. Sancharam talks about the shattered dreams of nagaswaram player Pakkiri, who wants to scale the heights of music after learning about great musicians and their music from his father.

    UP government cleared the proposal to build Ram statue

    26 November 2018
    The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared a proposal to build a 221-meter-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. The government did not furnish the details of the funding, the construction agency and the location of the statue. The size of the statue will outdo the 182-meter-tall statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat. The Yogi Adityanath government had last year announced that it would construct a Ram statue in Ayodhya as part of the “Navya Ayodhya” scheme of the UP Tourism Department to develop the town as a tourist hub. This is not the only Ram statue the BJP government is planning in UP. The government also plans to build a statue of Lord Ram at Shringverpur, a site near Allahabad revered by Nishads.


    PM to unveil the worlds largest statue

    30 October 2018
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil Sardar Patel’s statue, the world’s largest, on Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31 in Gujarat. The statue is a Rs.3,000 crore project. It is funded for the most part by the Gujarat government, with minor contributions from the Centre and Central PSUs. The statue is made up of 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding, 70,000 metric tonnes of cement and 24,500 metric tonnes of steel. Two high-speed elevators inside can take tourists up to the statue’s chest from where around 200 visitors can view the Narmada river and the Sardar Sarovar dam over it.

    Europa Nostra urged the Bulgarian authorities to rescue Buzludzha

    18 October 2018
    Experts from cultural heritage organisation Europa Nostra have urged the Bulgarian authorities to rescue Buzludzha, a vast flying saucer-like monument, on a central Bulgarian mountainside. The monument is a brutalist concrete monument that was built to glorify communism nearly 40 years ago.  The 230-foot-high structure, made of 70,000 tonnes of concrete, 3,000 tonnes of reinforced steel and 40 tonnes of glass, looks like it is hovering at around 1,400 metres above sea level. It has a 40-metre-wide ceremonial hall and was covered from floor to ceiling in mosaics depicting the history of Bulgaria’s communist party. Europa Nostra listed it as one of the most endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2018.

    Khairatabad Masjid under conservative works

    12 October 2018
    The Khairatabad Masjid, one of the iconic buildings of the Qutb Shahi era in Hyderabad, is undergoing conservation. There where water stagnation and seepage from the roof of the masjid. The Department of Archaeology and Museums took charge and started the conservative works. The Khairatabad Masjid named after Khairatunnisa Begum, the daughter of 6th Qutb Shahi king Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah, is the apogee of architecture from that period. Khairatabad Masjid: ♦ Built in: 1626 AD ♦ Built by: Khairunisa Begum ♦ Khairatabad Mosque was designed and constructed by Hussain Shah Wali ( son-in-law of Khairatunnisa Begum) ♦ The mosque has a three-arch opening in front ♦ The architecture of the mosque presents perfect harmony from bottom to top ♦ India had declared it as a heritage site

    Nepal-India Literature Festival 2018 commenced at Birgunj

    13 August 2018
    The festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Province 2 Mohammad Lal Babu Raut.  The main aim of the festival is to strengthen Indo-Nepal ties.  Around 250 participants from India and Nepal attending the two-day festival.

    Red Fort at MMC is to be remodeled into Museum

    1 August 2018
    Red Fort, which is at the east of Madras Medical College (MMC) Chennai, is planned to be remodelled into a museum. The building was constructed in 1897, the red brick structure has been classified as a Grade I heritage building by the Justice E. Padmanabhan Committee on heritage structures. The building is of Indo-Saracenic style.  The State government has sanctioned Rs.1.97 crore for the restoration process of the building. On completion, the building is planned to be remodelled into a museum.

    A special Division Bench of Justices to hear the theft of ancient idols

    22 July 2018
    The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Indira Banerjee, has constituted a special Division Bench of Justices R. Mahadevan and P.D. Audikesavalu to hear cases related to the theft of ancient idols. The Bench will begin its process with a case related to the alleged theft of artefacts from the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tiruchi.

    Fossil museum in Ariyalur is set to be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu CM

    13 July 2018
    The fossil museum at Varanavasi near Ariyalur town is in the state of completion and it will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in a few days. The 100-acre museum will showcase the natural formation of rocks that provide evidence of the existence of dinosaurs and other associated reptilians in the Ariyalur region. A building with provisions to exhibit fossils, rocks and minerals from the Precambrian, Jurassic and Cretaceous period has been constructed. Besides fossils, the museum will have on display rocks of marine origin dating back several million years. It will also exhibit small and big mounds, signifying layers of land-formation over millions of years. Some layers of the mounds will help study the geology of the entire area. It is expected that it would stand out as a model for showcasing the history of life on Earth.

    NGMA takes over AI artworks

    10 July 2018
    The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) under the Ministry of Culture has decided to take over Air India’s artworks. Ashwani Lohani, former Air India’s chairman and managing director, had proposed to set up a museum of all the artifacts and paintings collected by the airline over a period of six decades at its Nariman Point building in Mumbai.  It is estimated that Air India has nearly 8,000 artistic treasures. These include nearly 4,000 paintings and the rest are sculptures dating back to the 9th century, woodwork, a collection of exquisite clocks as well as memorabilia in the form of paintings reproduced on menu cards, greeting cards.

    Kendrick Lamar Receives Pulitzer Prize In Music

    2 June 2018
    Kendrick Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize in music for his album “Damn.”   Lamar is the first rapper in history to be given the award. Previous recipients included Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Duke Ellington. Lamar had received this award at Columbia University.

    Gujarati Poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra Chosen For Saraswati Samman 2017

    30 April 2018
    Gujarati poet, playwright and academic Sitanshu Yashaschandra were selected for 2017 Saraswati Samman for his collection of verses (poetry) titled “Vakhar” published in 2009. I t was 27 edition of the award. Sitanshu Yashaschandra was born in 1941 in Gujarat’s Bhuj district. He has three poetry collections Odysseusnu Halesu, Jatayu, and Vakhar to his credit. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Award.

    Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

    23 April 2018
    The TIME Magazine released the 100 Most Influential People List of 2018 designating individuals whose time is now. The 2018 list features the names of four self-made Indians- Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. The list also features the US President Donald Trump. The list of 100 Most Influential People of 2018 includes the names of actress Nicole Kidman, 'Wonder Women' starring Gal Gadot, Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle and singers Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

    Sixty Five National Film Awards- Complete List Of Winners

    14 April 2018
    The 65th National Film Awards were announced in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. The chairpersons of the three juries (Feature, Non-feature, and Writing) for the National Film Awards have announced the awards for the different categories. This year, the jury is being headed by director Shekhar Kapur. The jury panel has 10 members. National Film Awards will be given by the President Ram Nath Kovind in May 2018. Best Anthropological film    Name Place Animal Thing, Slave Genesis 2.    Best Critic on Cinema    Giridhar Jha (Swarn Kamal) 3.    Special Mention    Mhorkya (Marathi), Hello Arasi (Oriya), Take Off (Malayalam), Newton (Hindi) 4.    Best Ladakhi Film    Walking With The Wind 5.    Best Jasari Film    Sinjar 6.    Best Tulu Film    Paddy 7.    Best Odiya Film    Hello Arsi 8.    Best Kannada Film    Hebbet Ramakka 9.    Best Hindi Film    Newton 10.    Best Bengali Film    Mayurakshi 11.    Marathi Film    Kachcha Limbu 12.    Best Malayalam Film    Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum 13.    Best Telugu Film    Ghazi 14.    Assamese Film    Ishu 15.    Best Tamil Film    To Let 16.    Best Gujarati Film    Dhh 17.    Best Action Direction    Abbas Ali Moghu for Baahubali 2 18.    Choreography    Ganesh Acharya for 'Gori Tu Latth Maar' for Toilet - Ek Premkatha 19.    Best Special Effects    Baahubali 2 20.    Best Music Director    Kaatru Veliyidai 21.    Best Background Score    Mom 22.    Special Jury Award    Nagarkirtan 23.    Best Lyrics    JM Prahalad for Muthuratna song 24.    Best Make-Up Artist    Ram Rajjak (Nagarkirtan) 25.    Best Production Design    Santhosh Raman (Malayalam movie Take Off) 26.    Best Screenplay (Original)    Sajeev Pazhoor (Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum) 27.    Screenplay Writer (Adapted)    JAYARAJ (Bhayanakam) 28.    Best Dialogues    Sambit Mohanty (Hello Arsi) 29.    Best Cinematography    Bhayanakam 30.    Best Cameraman    Nikhil S Praveen 31.    Best Playback Singer    Shashaa Tirupati for Kaatru Veliyidai.

    Eight Theatre Olympics concludes in Mumbai

    10 April 2018
    The eight edition of Theatre Olympics concluded in Mumbai, Maharashtra after a glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India and showcasing the rich heritage and culture across length and breadth of the country. It was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in February 2018 at the majestic Red Fort.

    Rachel Morrison 1st Oscar nominated female cinematographer

    24 January 2018
    Rachel Morrison has become the first female cinematographer to receive an Oscar nomination in the 89-year-old history of the Awards. She has been nominated for her work in the film 'Mudbound'. "The job of the cinematographer is to visualise emotion - things we as women are inherently good at," said Rachel while speaking about her nomination.

    Shah Rukh Khan Honoured with Crystal Award at World Economic Forum

    24 January 2018
    Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan honored with the 24th Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. According to the WEF, Shah Rukh Khan received Award for "his leadership in championing children's and women's rights in India". He received the award alongside Elton John and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett.

    FICCI appoints Dilip Chenoy as Director General

    23 January 2018
    Industry Chamber Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General. Prior to this, he was Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology and Member, Board of Advisors, IILM. He was awarded the Game Changer Award in 2015 and the Rashtriya Media Ratan Award in 2013.

    Bengali Poet Joy Goswami to Get 31st Moortidevi Award

    19 December 2017
    Eminent Bengali poet Joy Goswami will be given the 31st Moortidevi Award for the year 2017. The committee, headed by poet and scholar Satya Vrat Shastri, unanimously decided to confer the award upon Goswami for his poetry collection titled Du Dondo Phowara Matro. It is the first time the award will be given to a Bengali poet. Du Dondo Phowara Matro is an autobiographical account of the poet's life featuring his close ones including a pet cat. The award consists of a Saraswati Statue, a Citation Plaque and cash award of Rupees 4 lakh.

    Star Screen Awards 2017 Held in Mumbai

    8 December 2017
    Star Screen Awards, the annual film awards recognises the best of talent in Hindi films. Vidya Balan bagged the award for Best Actress (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu, Irrfan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Hindi Medium. Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor Award (Critics) for Newton & Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Bareilly Ki Barfi as well. The complete list of winners are as follows: Best Film (Critics): Newton Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal) Best Actress (Critics): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu) Best Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha) Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton) Best Actor: Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium) Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Supporting Actor (Female): Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu) Best Dialogues: Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Dangal) Best Music Debut DirecDirector: Pritam (Dangal) Best Debut Director: Suresh Triveni (Tumhari Sulu) Best Playback Singer: Arijit Singh (Raees - Zaalima and Jagga Jasoos) Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Kanha - Shubh Mangal Savdhaan).

    Amitabh Bachchan Launches Book on Indian Cinema

    5 December 2017
    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched a book based on Indian cinema in showbiz capital Mumbai. The book, titled 'Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!', is a coffee table book, which provides historical insights, lesser-known facts and behind-the-scenes exclusives of the most iconic movies made in the history of the Indian film industry. The book is co-authored by S.M.M. Ausaja, Karan Bali, Rajesh Devraj and Tanul Thakur, the book on India's tinsel town is published by British multinational publishing company Dorling Kindersley (DK).

    South Africa Contestant wins Miss Universe crown

    27 November 2017
    Current Affairs Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree crowned during the event at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett. Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year's edition had the most contestants ever, including the first-ever representatives of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.

    IFFI Nominates Nine Movies for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

    24 November 2017
    The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Out of nine films, five are from India.  The Indian films competing for the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal are Kshitij - A Horizon, Manusangada, Poorna, Railway Children and Take-Off. The foreign films in the fray are Amok from Poland, Khibula - a co-production of Germany, France and Georgia, The Last Painting from Taiwan and Women of The Weeping River - a joint production of the US and UK. 

    Kendall Jenner becomes world's highest paid model in 2017

    22 November 2017
    American model Kendall Jenner beat Gisele Bündchen to become the world's highest-earning model in 2017, as per Forbes Report. The 22-year-old model's earnings have been estimated to be $22 million (142crores). Gisele, who has been the highest-paid model since 2002, was ranked second in the list this year, with earnings of $17.5 million (113 crores).

    IFFI 2017 Indian Panorama inaugurated at Panaji by noted actress Sridevi

    21 November 2017
    The Indian Panorama, the most sought-after section of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI, was inaugurated at Panaji in Goa by noted actress Sridevi. Around 6 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the non-feature film category.  They included Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Rawail, Ruchi Narain, Nishikant Kamat, Nikhil Advani and KG Suresh. Filmmakers whose movies are being screened in the prestigious Indian Panorama section were also felicitated.

    Beyonce Named 2017's Highest-Paid Woman in Music according to Forbes

    21 November 2017
    American singer Beyonce has been named the highest-paid woman in music in 2017 by the Forbes. Her earnings, mainly from album 'Lemonade' and Formation World Tour, have been estimated to be $105 million (Rs682 crore). Adele, with earnings of $69 million came second while Taylor Swift, with earnings of $44 million, was ranked third on the list. The Top 5 highest-paid woman in music in 2017 are Beyonce ($105 million) Adele ($69 million) Taylor Swift ($44 million) Celine Dion ($42 million) Jennifer Lopez ($38 million).

    Nabaneeta Dev Sen honoured with Big Little Book Award

    21 November 2017
    Popular Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen declared as winner in ‘Author in the Bengali language’ category at the second edition of Big Little Book Award. The Big Little Book Award honors authors and illustrators who have contributed to children’s literature that are global in appeal and contextual in nature. The award has been instituted under Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to promote children’s literature. The chief of Parag Initiative is Swaha Sahoo. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award and the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award. She has been writing for children as well as general readers for the past three decades.

    Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 title

    20 November 2017
    India’s Manushi Chhillar (20) was crowned coveted Miss World crown for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home. The winner of 2016 title, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar at a grand event held in Sanya in China. She is sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was first Indian woman to claim title back in 1966, followed by Aishwariya Rai.

    India earns Rs. 14,354 crore by foreign tourist arrivals in October 2017

    19 November 2017
    Tourism sector of India continues to flourish immensely. Notably, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of October 2017 was Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015. The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) have registered whopping growth of 18.1% in October 2017 in the country. The FEEs during the month of October 2017 were Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015.

    Famous Child Care activist Gopinath R. selected for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Youth Award 2017

    18 November 2017
    The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is the largest student organization has selected Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017. Gopinath R. is a known child care activist from Bengaluru and has been taking care of at least 400 deprived children. He is selected a known child care activist from Bengaluru Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017 amongst the various nominations received this year from all over the country. The selection committee of Yuva Puraskar 2017 has selected nomination of Gopinath R. in appreciation of his work for “Childcare, protection, and development”.

    Nicaraguas Sergio Ramirez wins Spains Cervantes Prize

    18 November 2017
    Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. He has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, esta Linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998. The award consists of 125,000-euro ($148,000). The prizes are presented each April 23 on the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.

    Legendary Hindi Poet Kunwar Narayan Passes Away

    17 November 2017
    Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kunwar Narayan passed away in New Delhi. He was 90. He was Born on 9 September 1927 in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad, Kunwar Narayan was known for his poetry, stories, and critiques. His first poetry collection was "Chakravyuh".

    Sujoy Ghosh Resigns as Jury Head of 48th International Film Festival of India

    14 November 2017
    Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as Head of the jury of the Indian Panorama of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IIFI). His resignation came following the elimination of the two films "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" from the final list of films. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalized as the opening film of the festival. The jury includes 13-member jury which was led by Sujoy Ghosh.

    India's First Cartoon Network Theme Park to Come up in Gujarat

    13 November 2017
    India will soon have the first Cartoon Network-branded theme park in Gujarat. Turner International India, which owns the Cartoon Network brand, has entered into a brand partnership with Gujarat based real estate, entertainment, and hospitality group Rajgreen for the launch of a 61,000 square meter property Amaazia, in Surat. To be launched in the first quarter of 2019 on a budget of Rs 450 crore, the amusement park will be located at Surat, in Gujarat. Amaazia will be Cartoon Network's first brand association for an amusement park in India

    Baahubali The Conclusion film to be screened at International Film Festival Goa

    10 November 2017
    Baahubali: The Conclusion, the magnum opus of director SS Rajamauli has been nominated in the Indian Panorama - Feature Films Category. The second part of the flick will be screened at International Film festival in Goa. The 48th edition of the mega film festival will begin from Goa from November 20 to 28.  

    Indian Short Film The School Bag Wins Award in Montreal

    8 November 2017
    Indian short film ‘The School Bag’ won the 'Best Short Film Award' at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM). It tells a story based in Pakistan. The movie is directed by Dheeraj Jindal. Actress Rasika Dugal plays the mother in the short film.

    Chennai Included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network For Contribution in Music

    8 November 2017
    Among 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Jaipur and Varanasi. After this, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries. Few famous cities included in the list are Auckland (New Zealand), Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Istanbul (Turkey), Yamagata City (Japan).

    K Satchidanandan selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram

    2 November 2017
    Noted Malayalam Poet and literary critic, K Satchidanandan selected for 2017 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram award, Kerala government’s highest literary honor. This award is instituted in the name of Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language. This award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation. His important works are Kurukshetram and Anchusooryan. He has edited several magazines like ‘Jwala’, ‘Uttaram’ and ‘Pachakkutira’. He was a former editor of Indian Literary Journal and former secretary of Sahitiya Akademi.

    Delhi to host 9th global green film festival

    2 November 2017
    The 9th edition of ‘CMS Vatavaran’, a global film festival on environment and wildlife, will begin on November 2, 2017 in New Delhi. The Theme of CMS Vatavaran is  “Conservation 4 Water”. The event is supported and partnered by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, National Geographic, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

    Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan to Get Lata Mangeshkar Award

    23 October 2017
    The playback singers Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan and music composers Usha Khanna, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik selected for the Madhya Pradesh government's prestigious National Lata Mangeshkar Award.  They will be honored for their contribution in the field of music composition and singing. Each award winner will get a cash prize of Rs.two lakh, shawl, shreephal (coconut) and a citation.

    US Author George Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

    18 October 2017
    US author George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. He became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.  The 2016 Man Booker Prize went to 'The Sellout' by Paul Beatty.

    Singer T M Krishna wins Indira Gandhi National Integration

    16 October 2017
    Singer T M Krishna won 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2015 and 2016. He is a pre-eminent vocalist in the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music and has been an activist who has worked to break down caste-barriers in the society. The award is conferred for promoting national integration and strengthening nation’s sense of solidarity. It carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.

    First ASEAN India Music Festival to be held at Purana Qila,New Delhi

    6 October 2017
    The first-ever The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) India Music Festival will be held at Purana Quila in New Delhi. The 3 day festival is being organized by External Affairs Ministry in collaboration with Culture Ministry to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations.  The main aim is to boost cultural influences among the peoples of the ASEAN member states and India. Famous Indian bands like the Raghu Dixit Project, Avial, Papon LIVE, Bipul Chettri and the Travelling Band, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will also participate in the festival. 

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