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Heritage status Castle Naggar in Himachal Pradesh

August 24, 2012

Union Tourism Ministry has granted heritage status to the Castle Naggar (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation’s prime hotel in the Kullu valley). Naggar was the capital of the former Kullu state for about 1460 years. The castle was established by Raja Sidhi Singh in the 16th century. It bears traditional...

Tirupati laddu is patent and Geographical indicator of Tirupati

August 6, 2012

India’s richest temple, the Venkateshwara (Tirupati) temple will continue to have the patent of its famous ‘laddu’. It is the decision by Geographical Indications Registry which also granted the laddu the status of Geographical Indicator of the Tirupati region. What is a geographical indicator? A Geographical Indication (GI) is...

Paleo-river found near Narmada: Research

August 6, 2012

As per a group of researchers traces of Paleo- river has been found in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. What is a Paleo-river? It is an inactive river or water stream buried under sediment. As per Mangal Panchayatam Parishad, the group doing research, the 65 million year-old river got...

300 crore compensation package to the victims of violence hit Assam : PM

July 31, 2012

A 300 crore compensation package for the violence hit people of Assam has been announced by the Prime Minister. The package includes Rs 100 crore for relief and rehabilitation in the worst affected districts. What happened in Kokrajhar? There occurred clash b/w the local Bodo community and the Muslims....

Modi inclined to develop “Dholera SIR” by emulating Kobe

July 31, 2012

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, on visit to Japan, has expressed his wish to develop Dholera SIR (Special Investment Region) as a model port city just like Kobe city in Japan. Dholera– Dholera is a town in Gujarat. It is an ancient port-city in Gulf of Khambhat (Cambay), 30...

A rift of the size of Grand Canyon discovered under Antarctic ice sheet

July 29, 2012

A rift of the size of the Grand Canyon has been discovered under the Antarctic ice sheet. According to the scientists the rift is contributing to ice melt and a consequent rise in the sea level. The rift is around 1.5 kms deep, 10 kms wide and 100 kms...

Aleppo: Syrian focus of Revolt against the Government

July 27, 2012

Aleppo, the city in Syria which was considered relatively safe government bastion, has now become the latest centre of the revolt against President Bashar Al-Assad. It is the largest city in Syria. The capital of Aleppo Governorate is the most populous Syrian governorate.

Congress is using Raisina Hills for dumping unsuccessful finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee: P.A. Sangma

July 14, 2012

Presidential candidate P.A. Sangma alleged that Congress is using Raisina Hills for dumping unsuccessful finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee by nominating and supporting him in the presidential poll. What is Raisina Hill ? Raisina Hill is a region of Lutyens’ Delhi, New Delhi, that houses India’s most important government buildings,...

Pulinaharani Village in Assam: 2nd in India to have full life insurance coverage

July 8, 2012

Place in NEWS: Pulinaharani Village Pulinaharani under Narayanpur Revenue Circle in Lakhimpur district, Assam became the 2nd village in India to have full life insurance coverage. The village achieved this accomplishment under the Ministry of Finance’s Financial Inclusion plan which is being carried out by various Banks in affiliation...

World’s longest cable-stayed bridge unveiled by Russia

July 3, 2012

Russia has brought out the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge (1,104 m) linking Vladivostok to Russky Island. Russia is spending 20 billion US dollars in pursuit of its Soviet-era dream of turning the port into a Russian version of San Francisco to pull massive investment. This troubled multi-billion investment is...