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THE HISTORY OF THE GREAT STUPA OF SANCHI

24 Mar 17

Sanchi in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India is world renowned for stupas, temples, monolith Asokan pillar, sculptural wealth, and monasteries. It also houses the “Great Stupa of Sanchi” which is the oldest stone structure of the country.

 

In the 3rd century BC, Emperor Asoka the Great laid its foundation as a religious centre. Originally, the stupa was a low brick structure. It was covered on the top with a stone umbrella and surrounded at the base with a wooden railing.

 

During the Sunga period, the Asokan stupa was expanded, set with stones, and beautified with staircases, balustrades and a harmika on the crown.

 

The Andhra-Satavahanas, during the first century BC, created the extensively carved stone gateways to the Stupa. These exquisite carvings elaborately portray the important miracles and episodes from the life and events of Lord Buddha.

 

From the fourteenth century, Sanchi remained uncared for and deserted. In 1818, General Taylor rediscovered it; and in 1919, an archaeological museum was established here by Sir John Marshall. Later on, it was transformed into today’s museum site. Currently, a UNESCO project is excavating, conserving and environmentally developing a site 10km south-east of Sanchi.

 

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Highest National Recognition for Outstanding Performance in Sports: Arjuna Award

17 Dec 17

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India give this prestigious Arjuna Awards to outstanding sports personalities to recognize their achievements and contributions in the National Sports. It was instituted in 1961 and the award carries a cash prize worth rupees five lakhs, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.

The scope of the award has been expanded over years. A large number of sports people who belonged the pre – Arjuna Award period were also included in the list. Moreover, the number of award disciplines was increased and it included indigenous games and the physically handicapped category. The guidelines have been revised for Arjuna Award. As per the revised instructions, a person is eligible for the award if the sportsperson not only have had good performance consistently for the past four years at the international level but should have displayed leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline too.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: en.wikipedia.org

 


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The Tulip Festival in Srinagar Will Catch All Your Attention

17 Dec 17

People of India are really fascinated by the festivals of flowers. Tulip Festival is one of the most popular festivals in India. The festival is magnificent and it is great way to capture the flowering tulips of Kashmir. It is also a fact that Srinagar has Asia’s largest tulip garden.

The spectacular festival displays a large variety of tulips. Just to catch the sight of these beautiful tulips, huge number of tourists comes to Srinagar every year. Apart from this, the festival also include a number of cultural programs, sale of local handicrafts, Kashmiri handicrafts, Kashmiri folk songs and other forms of art. If one visits this festival, then do not forget to taste the traditional cultural Kashmiri cuisine. The beautiful Tulip Festival is held in Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar, Kashmir. It is located in the foothills of Zabarwan range. One can have a view of Dal Lake from there as it offers a breathtaking sight.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.indianholiday.com

 


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Dragon Capsule: The Launch

16 Dec 17

The eve of the launch of the Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 saw NASA and SpaceX prepared and ready for the risk that was to be taken in the mission. The Falcon 9 was scheduled to lift off at 11:46am from the Space Launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was the first launch from that pad after it was repaired following the 2016 pad explosion.

SpaceX on December 11 announced that it was delaying the launch to provide additional time for the pre-launch ground system checks. The launch was then scheduled for 11:24 am at a projection of 80 degrees. The Dragon carried 2,205 kg of cargo that included the crew, supplies, hardware etc.

This is the 13th mission in the SpaceX’s commercial resupply services contract that it had made with NASA.

By: Srishti Anand

Content: http://spacenews.com/nasa-sees-equivalent-risk-of-flying-reused-spacex-booster/

 


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Who Inspired Kevin Durant?

16 Dec 17

Each of us has an inspiration and so does Kevin Durant. The eight time NBA All-Star said that there are certain people who inspire him. He said that everyone in the culture ranging from Clive Davis to P Diddy to Jay Z has been inspiring me. He also added that every black figure who has been doing for such a long time has given me the energy to work even harder.

Durant states that he has been listening to rap and R&B music all his life and was also quite fascinated by the HBO documentary-“The Defiant Ones “, that showed the detailed stories of Jovine and Dr. Dre about how they got together and helped in changing the culture.

Kevin Durant says that he tries to apply the same attitude to his practice and play. In short all he tries is to get just one per cent better every day.

By: Srishti Anand

Content: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/11/kevin-durant-reveals-whom-he-looks-up-to-for-inspiration/


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A Sight to First Round Table Conference

15 Dec 17

The first round table conference had its representation between November 1930 and January 1931. It was officially inaugurated by His Majesty George V on 12th November, 1930. The inauguration was conducted in the Royal Gallery House of Lords at London. It was chaired by the British Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald.

Sixteen delegates represented the three British political parties. The time witnessed a presence of fifty – eight political leaders from British India and sixteen delegates from the princely states. Thus, in total 74 Indian delegates attended the Conference. There were many who stayed away from this conference. Indian National Conference along with Indian business leaders kept away from this conference. It was known that many of them were present in jail for their participation in Civil Disobedience Movement.

The conference was started with six plenary meetings where delegates presented their issues. Nine sub committees formed to deal with different matters like federal structure, provincial constitution, province of Sindh and NWFP, etc.

By: Bhavna Sharma


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