Taj Mahal's Journey as a World Monument

New Delhi: The 364-year-old TajMahal — the jewel among Indian monuments and one of the most visited world heritage sites — has yet again come under a cloud.  

 India’s iconic monument to eternal love, has taken a beating in recent years. Its attendance figures are down, and air pollution is slowly turning its ethereal white marble yellow.

Now, to make matters worse, the country’s biggest tourism draw was not allotted any cultural heritage funds in the state budget for the coming year. And the monument was omitted from the state’s official booklet listing all the important projects of the tourism department last week.


Life of Abdul Karim Telgi: From A Fruit Seller To A Master Counterfeiter

New Delhi: Born near Belgaum, Karnataka in 1961, Abdul Karim 'Lala' Telgi, the son of a class 4 Railway employee, was the middle child out of three siblings. He studied in Belgaum and was forced to pay for his own education at Sarvodaya Vidyalaya Khanapur, an English medium school, by selling fruit and vegetables on trains. 

After finishing his B.Com at Belgaum, he moved to Saudi Arabia for undisclosed reasons. Seven years later, he returned to India, and settled down in Mumbai. He apparently began as a furniture sales executive with a salary of Rs 3,800.


Fight Against Breast Cancer Continues

New Delhi: To increase awareness about the disease, October, every year, is referred to as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.On an average, every two minutes at least one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer all over the world.   

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women world over. Yet, when the topic comes up in drawing room discussions or family gatherings, it's delicately brushed under the carpet.  

But the good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Therefore, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October,helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.


Chhath Puja – How It Began In Bihar

New Delhi: During the Vedic period, lived an ‘asur’ called 'Gayasur' in 'Keekat Pradesh', a vast area spanning most of central India. Gayasur was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Gayasur was huge in size. It is said that when he lay on the ground, his head would fall in northern India and his legs in the Andhra region. What is important is that his heart ("hriday sthal") would fall in what is today’s Gaya.

The ‘devtas’ were very scared of Gayasur as he would trouble them for no reason. They wanted to get rid of him and so they approached Lord Brahma for relief. But Lord Brahma told them that He was helpless because Gayasur was among the greatest devotees of Lord Vishnu and nothing could be done to the supposedly atrocious asur.


#MeToo: Shame That It Takes An Online Trend To Know The Magnitude Of Women Harassment

New Delhi: Facebook timelines have been filled since Sunday night with women posting the status “Me too,” in an attempt to prove how widespread sexual harassment and assault are in our culture.
The series of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has prompted the social media campaign where thousands of women have boldly stepped forward and shared their stories of harassment, rape and assault at the hands of men in various levels of power. On Twitter and facebook, the #MeToo hashtag tells story after story of dehumanizing actions by men.
The campaign went viral on Sunday, after the actress Alyssa Milano tweeted that victims of sexual harassment and assault should use the phrase to come forward with their stories.