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23Mar2019

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat is the only place where one would find the Asiatic Lions. On the IUCN Red List, the Asiatic Lion is listed under its former scientific name, Panthera Leo Persica as endangered because of its small size and area of occupancy. The Asiatic Lion is one of the five pantherine cats inhabiting in India, along with the Bengal Tiger, Indian leopard, snow leopard and clouded leopard. They are also popularly known as ‘Indian Lion’. […]

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22Mar2019

All India Radio, popularly referred as AIR, is the National Public Radio broadcaster of India. It was officially known since 1956 as Akash Vani (voice from the sky). The All India Radio (AIR) was established in 1930. It is the sister service of Prasar Bharti’s Doordarshan, an Indian Television broadcaster. Headquartered in the Akashvani Bhavan building in New Delhi, it houses the drama section, the FM Section, the National Service and is also home to the Indian Television station Doordarshan Kendra. […]

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21Mar2019

The Koh-I-Noor or Kohinoor as it is popularly called, is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world. Weighing in at an astonishing 195.6 carats, the Kohinoor diamond is variously described as colourless or finest white. Believed to have been mined in India’s Kollur Mone or in one of the mines of Golkonda, sometime during the 1300’s, this amazing diamond was an incredible 793 carats before its first cutting. While in the hands of the Kakatiya Dynasty, the diamond weighed in at 186 carats. England’s Consort Prince Albert had it cut down to its present size in order to increase its brilliance. Kohinoor is Persian for ‘mountain light’. […]

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20Mar2019

Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmantage, better known as Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur. Also, popularly called as ‘Magnificent Mary’, she is the only woman to become World Amateur Champion for a record six times, and also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships. […]

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19Mar2019

On 8 November, 2016, the Indian government made the announcement that INR 500- and INR 1000 banknotes would be invalid and that new INR 500 and INR 2000 banknotes would be issued. The move was initiated in order to crack down on counterfeit cash that was being used to fund illegal activities. It was also seen as a way to encourage digital transactions in more areas than before. This policy was known as ‘demonetisation’. […]

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18Mar2019

The Karni Mata Temple, located in Deshnoke (near Bikaner, Rajasthan), is dedicated to a goddess of the same name. However, its popularity is derived from the several thousand rats that live – and are worshipped – in the temple premises. […]

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18Mar2019

‘Mummy, I don’t want salad. I wish you had ordered pizzas for dinner,’ complained Shruthi. Her brother, Samay, was staring at his salad with a disdainful look, then his expression changed as he noticed some baby potatoes in them. He nudged Shruthi and they both picked up a forkful of the salad and warily put it in their mouths. […]

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15Mar2019

Dhokla, a food item from the state of Gujarat, is made from a fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas. Pieces of green chilli, ginger and chopped coriander, and baking soda are added to the mixture and it is poured into a flat dish and steamed. Once the dish is ready, it is cut into pieces, tempered with mustard seeds cooked in hot oil and served. Some people also sprinkle sugar water over the dhokla to soften it. […]

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4Mar2019

Pachisi (also known as Ludo), is a game that originated in medieval India. Played on a board shaped like a symmetrical cross, the rules involve moving the players’ pieces move around the board, based upon a throw of six or seven cowrie shells. The number of shells resting with their aperture turned upwards indicate the number of spaces to move. […]

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1Mar2019

Jallikattu is a bull-taming festival celebrated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, on the third day of Pongal or harvest festival, which is marked as a day to worship bulls and cows for their contribution to agriculture. At the event, a bull is let loose in a fenced enclosure. Participants (usually young men) wait inside the enclosure, and when the bull is let loose, try to control it holding onto its hump or horns for as long as they can. The name of the sport is derived from the Tamil words ‘salli’ (meaning coins) and ‘kattu’ (meaning package) – a reference to a bag of coins that was tied to the bull’s horns, which the winner would take after taming the bull. […]

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