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Expressing concern over blue and green patches on the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for ‘failure’ to protect it from rising pollution and even wondered whether the body should be relieved of the task to manage the affairs of the world heritage site.
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said ASI was not properly discharged its duty in maintaining the beauty of Taj Mahal and asked the Centre to consider whether some other agencies be given the responsibility to protect and preserve the 17th-century world heritage site.
Advocate A D N Rao, appearing for ASI, told the bench that it was doing whatever is required to protect the monument. He said the patches on Taj were because of insect-breeding in the stagnated water on Yamuna river bed. The court, however, slammed ASI for not accepting the environmental threat to the Taj, saying it was not doing enough to save the monument.
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RAJKOT: The majestic sight of Mahabat Khan Makabra, the 19th century mausoleum right in the heart of town, leaves outsiders visiting Junagadh for the first time spellbound.
Standing tall on a sprawling ground, the 120-year-old mausoleum is one of the most prominent monuments of the Mughal era rulers of Junagadh who had initially acceded to Pakistan but later agreed to merge it into India post-Independence.
But walk closer to it and the mesmerising sight turns into sorrow within a few minutes. Several integral parts of this Indo-European architectural wonder with Islamic wonder lie in shambles. The intricately carved grills are shattered and some silver doors have actually been stolen or just silver taken away from some of them along with the gold canopy. There is no one to stop you from doing anything here.
In the night, chances are strong that one may find Bachhus gulping down country-made liquor or even gambling. Though the main door of the mausoleum is locked, there is free ent..
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SWEET HOME — Only some of the petroglyphs catch the eye right away.
So Tony Farqué held up a flashlight and clicked the button to trigger a strobe. Light flickered on the rock wall towering above him, revealing a hidden tapestry of carvings. Farqué said the strobe light mimics the glow of pitch torches used by Native Americans who carved the mysterious etchings in the rock thousands of years ago.
"This is the largest and most complete rock art site in Western Oregon by far," said Farqué, archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. "There is a lot here."
During the past 25 years, Farqué has led the hike to Cascadia Cave more than 450 times, introducing about 8,500 people to the special place. The site is about 60 miles northeast of Eugene off Highway 20.
Most of the 10 people who joined Farqué on Friday were part of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in Eugene. The festival is in its 15th year, and..
Evidence of the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice by members of the sprawling ancient Chimú Empire where up to 140 children and 200 young llamas were killed.
The children were between five to 14 years, according to reports.
While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in scientific excavations, this discovery in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is “unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world”.
MASS KILLING: The remains of three adults were also found in close proximity EPA
BRUTAL: More than 140 children of the Chimu Empire may have had there hearts ripped out “I, for one, never expected it”
John VeranoThe skeletal remains of both children and animals show evidence of cuts to ribs, suggesting the that the victims’ chests were cut open and pulled apart, “perhaps to facilitate the removal of the heart”, noted the publication.
The remains of three adults—a man and two women—were found in close proximi..
Since their spectacular RISE in the 19th century, railroads have been at the cutting edge of engineering and technology and that remains true, even today. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS, premiering Thursday, May 17 at 10pm ET/PT, shines a light on the world's most extraordinary rail systems, including New York's Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge, Japan's Bullet Train and California's Central Pacific Railroad.
IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS highlights the historic and modern breakthroughs of railroad production by telling the stories of bold PIONEERS and the Science behind their incredible engineering feats. High-tech graphic animation will detail each transportation marvel and will look at the engineering challenges that each railway faces.
IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS explores:
· Incredible mountain railways that conquer vertiginous heights and offer breathtaking views, including Britain's Snowdon Mountain Railway and Californ..
Discovery of Ancient Israelite City Supports Biblical Account of King David A new archaeological discovery is helping to confirm the biblical record that presents King David as an historical figure in ancient Israel.
Some archaeologists and experts have doubted the biblical account because they have not been able to find any evidence of civilization dating back to the time when David is supposed to have ruled, according to the Bible: “no fortifications, public works or signs of statehood.”
“Until 25 years ago no one doubted that King David was a historical figure,” adds Professor Avraham Faust, director of the archaeological dig. “In the last 25 years or so, however, David’s historicity, and especially the size of his kingdom, are hotly debated“.
That is no longer true, however, after this recent discovery.
“The new discovery at Tel ‘Eton, located in the Judean Shephelah to the east of the Hebron hills, seems to suggest that the highland kingdom controlled larger areas than so..
This is a Project of 8 photo expositions inspired by the Circle of Emotions, which includes the 8 basic feelings that determine the life and the course of the people.
How do Hara, Tribulation, Love, Anime, Fear, Anger, Surprise and Shame of the Modern Greek depict? How can these feelings be inspired by an artist living in Greece? What we are happy with, what makes us sad, what we love, what saddens us, what scares us, what makes us angry, what else can surprise us and what are we embarrassed in our country today?
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Arts events this weekend include the drama-with-music “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe” and the return of Shen Yun. Also, Center Theatre Group’s annual Block Party kicks off with a remount of “Bloodletting,” the wonders of the ancient world are on display in two exhibitions and Rubicon Theatre wraps its run of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.”
‘Bloodletting’ at the Kirk DouglasThere will be “Bloodletting.” Two Filipino American siblings go to the Philippines to scatter their father’s ashes in a remount of Playwrights’ Arena staging of Boni B. Alvarez’s drama. The play kicks off Center Theatre Group’s second annual Block Party showcase, a collaboration with smaller theater companies to spotlight notable homegrown productions. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 8 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday; ends April 8. $25-$70; series passes available. www.centertheatregroup.org
‘Shen Yun’ returns to SoCalThink of it as a journey to the Middle Kingdom without leaving Southern..
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