PVL: BanKo clinches semis spot, downs PacificTown-Army for 10th win

first_imgFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Wong’s hot shooting boosts Ateneo win over La Salle Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LATEST STORIEScenter_img BanKo Perlas assured itself of a semifinals seat after turning back PacificTown-Army, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9, Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at University of St. La Salle Gym in Bacolod City.Sue Roces scored two of the Perlas Spikers’ last three points, including a massive block on Army top gun Honey Royse Tubino, to lead her team to a 10-5 record.The Lady Troopers fell to 6-7 and still have a mathematical chance of making the Final Four.But they will have to win all three remaining games and pray PetroGazz and Motolite drop all their matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna FILE – BanKo Perlas Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ View commentslast_img read more

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Crowds bid farewell to fallen soldier

first_imgLisa Viscovich, 52, arrived in black with a big bouquet of flowers and cried as she spoke about her feelings. “This is a close-knit community. It’s so sad,” she said. Edward Carrillo, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and one of the Patriot Guard Riders, said he rode in from Rialto “to express my condolences to a brother in arms.” Carrillo said he has a son on a second tour of duty in Iraq and another son who served in Afghanistan. Anzack will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He was promoted from private first class to corporal after his death.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dozens of war veterans in a motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders participated in the procession that began at a funeral home. Some mourners said they didn’t know Anzack but felt compelled to attend. “I just want to pay my respects,” said Michaela Sears, 22, a South High graduate who came up from California State University, Long Beach, for the service. “This is an unbelievable event. I’ve seen so many people coming here to mourn him. He deserves it.” Joan Adams, 72, said she has lived in Torrance for 40 years and a daughter is a friend of Anzack’s father. “Everyone in town has been talking about his death this week. It feels right to come here to pay respects to him,” Adams said. TORRANCE – The body of an abducted U.S. soldier found dead in an Iraq river last week was taken by horse-drawn carriage Friday to the football field of his former high school for a memorial service that drew a hometown throng. Traffic stopped and residents clustered on sidewalks as a white horse pulled the carriage with the flag-draped casket bearing the remains of Army Cpl. Joe Anzack, 20, through town to the field where members of the South High football team lined the route wearing green jerseys and holding American flags. “Joe: Forever in our hearts,” read a sign in front of the school, where people placed flowers, candles and balloons. Anzack vanished with two other soldiers May 12 when their combat team was ambushed about 20 miles outside Baghdad. The attack, subsequently claimed by al-Qaida, killed four other Americans and an Iraqi. Two soldiers remain missing. last_img read more

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Police in Van Nuys seek info on attacker

first_imgPolice in Van Nuys are searching for a man suspected in four sexual assaults in the past three weeks. The latest attack occurred about 4 a.m. Thursday when a woman was awakened in her home near Sepulveda Boulevard and Vanowen Street, police said. The man entered the home through an unlocked sliding-glass patio door, burglarized the home and sexually assaulted the woman, police said. The attacker fled when the woman awoke and began to scream. The first assault in which the same man is suspected occurred June 10 in the 7000 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, and two women were assaulted within minutes of one another on June 20. Police describe the suspect as being possibly Hispanic or black, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, with a stocky build. Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Nancy Nelson or Jesse Alvarado in the Robbery-Homicide Division, Rape Special Section at (213) 485-2921. On weekends or during off hours, call (877) 529-3855. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LP People on the Move: September 2019

first_imgSeptember is back-to-school time for many students, and an opportunity for new growth for those heading off to experience the exciting adventures of college life for the first time. But it’s also a time for new challenges and discoveries for the many loss prevention partners and friends “On the Move” this month as they embark on the next chapter of their professional lives.All of us throughout the loss prevention community are proud of the accomplishments of those that have worked hard and earned a new place along the loss prevention career path. Whatever our professional goals and aspirations might be and whatever skills and experiences have helped forge our loss prevention careers, we have to find and seize the opportunities to learn, grow, and progress.Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent career moves and promotions.- Sponsor – September 2019September 19th – September 25thPaul Menzer, CFI was promoted to director, asset protection – supply chain at Advance Auto Parts.  Kim Gillespie was promoted to loss prevention project manager at American Golf (UK).  Hannah Barton was promoted to business analyst, loss prevention at Amazon.  Dmitri Luppov was promoted to central investigations manager-internal investigations at JCPenney.  Jim Pringle was promoted to central investigations manager at JCPenney.James O’Brien was promoted to national service and experience program manager at Nordstrom.  Nakhshab ‘Nash” Arshad, LPQ is now a security analyst II with ALDI.  Georges David was promoted to district manager global corporate security and asset protection at Ralph Lauren (France).  Christina White was promoted to manager of loss prevention operations at Ross Stores.  September 12th – September 18thBrian Friedman CFE, CFI was named director, assets protection – global supply chain and logistics at Target.  Michael Mazze, LPC is now a district loss prevention manager at Burlington Stores.  Brandy Parrish was promoted to district loss prevention manager at TJ Maxx.  Megan Simkus was promoted to senior risk manager VCS strategy at Amazon.  William Foust is now a district asset protection leader at CVS Health.  Frank Dara was promoted to global investigator at Nike.Kevin Turnbull, LPQ, CFE was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at The Exchange.  Michael Hagenbush, CFI, CFE was promoted to director of enterprise risk management and compliance at Sherwin-Williams.Jimmy Greene is now an organized retail crime investigator at Carters.  Temia Balogun was promoted to territory loss prevention director at Burlington Stores.  Don Wuchter, CFI was promoted to international director of loss prevention at Sherwin-Williams.Scott Barnfield was promoted to European security operations centre specialist at TJX Europe.  Jacob Soha, CFI is now a fraud prevention and detection analyst at SoFi.  Brandon Stuart is now a district loss prevention manager at NAPA Auto Parts.  Jenny Deyhle is now a district loss prevention manager at Sephora.Lewis Tillman is now a market auditor/investigator at Family Dollar.Nick Hanlon was promoted to associate loss prevention investigator at The TJX Companies.Brad Hayes is now a regional loss prevention manager at Sports Direct (UK).  September 5th – September 11thCente van der Wende, CFI was promoted to director, global corporate security and asset protection EMEA at Ralph Lauren.  Rob Banziger was promoted to regional manager, global corporate security and asset protection central Europe at Ralph Lauren.  Emily Kuhn has been named association manager with the International Association of Interviewers.  Jonathon Burris, LPC is now a regional asset protection and safety manager at Whole Foods Market.  Michael Fitzgerald was promoted to operations senior manager at the Sam’s Club Technology Center.  Deanna Bonachea is now a market asset protection leader at Big Lots Stores.  Juan C. Escruceria is now a regional asset protection manager at Dollar Tree Stores.  Joseph Womack III, CFI, LPC was promoted to loss prevention analyst, corporate at Bealls.  Stephen Kerr Dip.CSMP® AMBCI was promoted to operations, loss prevention and security manager at Topshop Topman (UK).Darryl Keister, CFI was promoted to zone loss prevention manager at Bealls.  Justin MacIntyre, CFI, LPC was promoted to senior zone loss prevention manager at Bealls.  William Savage was promoted to zone loss prevention manager at Bealls.  Zuhal Weber is now a regional loss prevention investigator at National Stores.  Howard Weisel is now a multi-district asset protection leader at CVS Health.  Daniel Cano was promoted to area loss prevention manager at H-E-B.  Tom Arigi has been named director of asset protection at the Kroger Company.  Ray Cloud was promoted to group senior vice president, loss prevention, organizational safety and security for Ross Stores.  Craig Jackson, CFI is now an area loss prevention manager at Ulta Beauty.  Jennifer Siebenaler was promoted to senior fraud risk specialist at Best Buy.Edward Young was promoted to loss prevention – retail project manager at Morrisons (UK).James Ishum is now corporate security manager at XPO Logistics.  Andy Luna is now distribution center loss prevention manager – 3PL’s at The TJX Companies.  Randy Hall is now a regional asset protection and safety manager at Whole Foods Market.  Perry Resnick is now an account executive at VOLO.  Christopher Sant was promoted to regional director of asset protection at Rite Aid.  Brian Peacock, CCIP was promoted to vice president of global innovation at Sennco Solutions.  August 29th – September 4thMichael St. Clair, CFI, LPC is now manager of field asset protection at Staples.  Chris Lodge was recently named director of loss prevention at Janie and Jack.Tim Dorcey is now data center site security manager at Facebook.  Gary Francis was promoted to regional operations manager at Heron Foods.Kevin Fitzgerald is now an asset protection investigator at Victoria’s Secret.  Bill Schuh was promoted to national operations manager at Sears Holdings.David Manasco was promoted to senior loss prevention analyst at AutoZone.Ben Mathis Jr. was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at Family Dollar.Andrew Castillo is now an investigations specialist with HS Brands Global.   To review the August “People on the Move” click hereMany of the loss prevention / asset protection career moves and promotions are reported to us by our career advisor partners. We are grateful for their collective efforts and diligence in delivering this information. If you would like to provide information pertaining to a recent promotion or career move that is not listed below, we welcome your submissions by emailing us at peopleonthemove at lpportal dot com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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PLM: Retail Adoption Slows

first_imgPLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from an idea, through design, manufacture, maintenance, and finally, disposal.  PLM centrally manages and provides access to all product data and information.  PLM is data management software that evolved from a combination of capabilities originally pioneered by CAD, CAM and PDM technologies.  While refers PLM to a software implementation, the focus of PLM is to improve business execution and strategy.Benefits of PLM include: Reduced time to marketImproved product qualityReduced prototyping costsStreamlines Supply ChainEncourages re-use of original dataReduces waste Improve product developmentReduce product cycle times, costs and defectsMerge product development and product sourcing to shrink the time to go from product concept to product deliveryImprove coordination between merchants and suppliers Increasingly PLM is being applied to the world of retail.  PLM can integrate and optimize the activities of merchants, product designers, technical designers, sourcing and suppliers.  Retailers have more specific goals in mind for adopting PLM.  Benefits when PLM is specifically targeted on the retail industry include: IDC found that the use of retail PLM reduced new product cycle times by as much as 80 percent, decreased product costs by 2-5 percent, and improved product quality by as much as 40 percent by eliminating product defects.  Leslie Hand, IDC research director for Retail Insight, said that “Retail PLM/MLM applications deliver on both accounts — facilitating continual innovation, faster cycle times, shorter lead times and higher accountability for quality and compliance while reducing the costs to design, make, ship and sell products.”Just prior to the economic downturn, analysts were predicting a 30-40 percent annual growth rate of Retail PLM through 2014.  While that rapid rate of growth wasn’t realized, sales have been particularly strong across China, India and Asia Pacific where economies are averaging 7 percent annual growth rates.  A report by Just Style notes that “Fashion retail in the US and European markets is stagnant while China and India are experiencing significant growth.”  But despite a slower growth rate than predicted three years ago, retail PLM is growing quickly, closer now to a 20 percent annual growth rate through 2014.last_img read more

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Federal Scientists: Guarded Optimism on Oil Spill

first_imgThe overall mood at the White House yesterday was upbeat with the news that there’s seemingly less of a risk of ecological impacts of oil and that the well is about to be shut down for good. “There is a negligible amount of oil at the surface,” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco in a conference with reporters, adding that repeated scientific cruises have failed to find any on the floor of the ocean—or in the Florida Keys, as feared. “This is very good news. Many of the doomsday scenarios have not and will not come to fruition,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. While the daily press conference sometimes lasts 20 minutes or less, today’s ran for nearly 2 hours as the Obama Administration sought to get the word out on the conditional good news.Lubchenco smiled and nodded slowly when a reporter asked if the “oil clouds” were lifting within the Administration. But echoing concerns from federal and independent scientists about the fate of the oil in the water column, she said, “The oil that is in tiny droplets may be toxic. … We do remain concerned about the oil in the subsurface.” She added, “Effects of this spill will likely linger for decades,” although she said that it could take a long time to quantify those effects.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Thirty living treasures that binds India with its eternal past

first_imgThe sacred and the secular, a city or a street, a forgotten tomb or a fabled train terminal, a docked battleship or a dappled beach, these are 30 eclectic examples, some everyday, some exotic, of the civilizational heritage that binds generations, enriches memories, and embroideries a thousand conversations India has,The sacred and the secular, a city or a street, a forgotten tomb or a fabled train terminal, a docked battleship or a dappled beach, these are 30 eclectic examples, some everyday, some exotic, of the civilizational heritage that binds generations, enriches memories, and embroideries a thousand conversations India has with its eternal past. HIMALAYAN RAILWAYRegal EngineOut of the dense white mists around Hill Cart Road, emanates a reluctant chugging sound every morning, and then, as you wait among the hills, slowly comes a train that looks like something “out of a little boy’s Christmas stocking”. Three tiny compartments, the middle with curtains and ornate ceilings-for first class travellers-and a tiny steam engine are what constitute Darjeeling’s toy train. Now, some of them have diesel-powered engines that have slightly diminished their charm. In spite of the dismissive name, it is one of the most important means of transport along the steep inclines of the Himalayan region and a marvel for the rest of the world.Books have been written on how Franklin Prestage, Agent of the Eastern Bengal Railway, decided the Hill Cart Road, the only link between Siliguri in the plains, and Darjeeling at 6,812 feet, was not enough to cope with increasing traffic (in 1881) and proposed a two-feet gauge railway as an alternative. Thus started a project that was to involve building a railway line to unprecedented heights-Ghum, at 7,407 feet, is the highest railway station in India and the second highest in the world. Building along the world’s tallest mountains isn’t easy, and the line has three loops and six Z reverses.advertisementOver 70 per cent of the stretch are curves, with the rail tracks and the road crisscrossing each other at 177 places. There is only one steam engine in service now, plying from Kurseong up the hills to Darjeeling, and the train is mostly populated by rosy-cheeked children who jump in and out of slow moving coaches (at the speed of 8 km an hour) for fun. The train itself, in its quaint splendour, with coal in its open case, a crown around its chute, polished stars on its head and a placard grandly proclaiming it the royalty of the Himalayas, goes full steam ahead.Provenance: West BengalStatus: World HeritageAntiquity: 1881Centrepiece: A 1917-Built Teakwood Saloon, Its Oldest Possessionby Swagata SenMARINE DRIVESunset BoulevardFrom its inception on reclaimed land in 1935, when consulting Town Planner W.R. Davidge’s 1921 plan envisaged incorporating wide, open spaces into residential and commercial land-use, to now, Marine Drive, or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, stands as Mumbai’s most recognisable 3km stretch that encompasses all that is the city of endless opportunities and glittering dreams. From its ubiquitous Victorias that clip-clop on its paved pathways and wait at traffic lights alongside gunning super-bikes, to the silently purring Mercedes Benzes that drive sedately to the luxury hotels lining the boulevard, it has stood witness to a city that may pause for breath but never sleeps.Architect Claude Batley had once called it “a rather badly fitting set of false teeth”, but today Mumbai’s Miami Mile is all set for a facelift in a proposed Rs 150-crore makeover. But some things can never change. The Art Deco apartments that line the drive hark back to when Mumbai’s wealthier classes began to build across the four blocks of Back Bay reclaimed land in 1929, allowing them an unrestricted view of the beloved sea. A breakaway from all things Victorian, the buildings asserted modern universal values. Along with the buildings, the city’s earliest concrete road was also laid, enduring till today, part of every Mumbaikar’s rain-drenched fantasies.Provenance: Mumbai, MaharashtraAntiquity: 1935 – 1940A.K.A.: Queen’s NecklaceNew Name: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Roadby Kimi DangorSOMNATH TEMPLESymbolic SurvivalFor The Last Ten Centuries, Its Name Has been linked with that of the invader Mahmud Ghaznavi. But few know that the iconoclast was only the first to vandalise Somnath. The fourth attack on Somnath in 1401 by Muzaffar, grandfather of the founder of Ahmedabad, Ahmadshah, was most memorable. A 16-year-old and newly married Rajput chieftain, Hamirji Gohil of Lathi, sacrificed his life defending Somnath-his cenotaph still stands at the entrance. Legend has it that Lord Som (moon) was cursed to wane by his father-in-law Dakshprajapati for being partial to one of his 27 daughters whom Som had married. As a result the moon started losing its shine.To shrug off the curse, Lord Brahma advised Som to do penance in the Prabhas region (the area where Somnath is located) and appease Lord Shiva. As Som realised his aim, he requested Lord Shiva to grace the Prabhas area with his permanent presence.advertisementThus the temple came to be known as Somnath or the temple to protect the Moon God. In its latest and seventh incarnation completed in 1995, the temple built in the Solanki era style, bears testimony to the power of creation always being greater than the power of destruction.Provenance: Somnat H Patan, GujaratRebuilt In: 1995Significance: One Of 12 Jyotirlings Mentioned In The Rigvedaby Uday MahurkarCHITTORGARH FORTRajput RampartsEven Its Walls Tell Tales. Of Rana Ratan Singh, Who Spent years looking for Padmini and then fighting to death to save her from Alaudin Khilji; of Padmini, leading a band of 13,000 women to their deaths; of Meerabai devoting herself to the love of Krishna; of Maharana Pratap Singh refusing a treaty with Akbar and the comforts of his Udaipur palace to wage a war to win back a ruined Chittorgarh. Ensconced within the 28 sq km of the city is a 37 metre tall tower built by Rana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Malwa’s Mahmud Khilji in 1440; Kirti Stambh dedicated to the first Jain tirthankar, Adinath; the Padmini palace; and even a deer sanctuary.The fort atop a 180 metre high hill, once a seat of power for Mewar, stands tall and proud. Ruins rarely reveal how encompassing the reality was but Chittorgarh Fort, which was steadfast while other Rajput states brokered peace, is more than a mere echo. Having witnessed the sieges of 1303 by Khilji, 1535 by Sultan Bahadur Shah, and 1567 by Akbar, it remains a hidden jewel in India’s tortuous medieval history. Akbar’s attack, a deadly aggression that saw the death of 30,000 people, saw Maharana Udai Singh moving the capital to Udaipur, never to return to the city his predecessors had once proudly inhabited.Provenance: Chittor, RajasthanAntiquity: 700 AdSignificance: It Was The Capital Of Mewar Rulers, In Cluding Sisodias, For 900 Yearsby Rohit PariharBHAKRA NANGALPowerhouse EffectAn idea triggered by the leap of a leopard. In November 1908, Lt Governor of Punjab Sir Louis Denn was traveling from Shimla to Ropar via Bilaspur when he saw a leopard leap across the river Sutlej that led him to build a dam at the spot. A year later, a committee surveyed the spot and drew up a plan to build a dam at the cost of Rs 3.72 crore. Though the project was shelved, the idea never died. In 1948, after Independence, the proposal was revived. For eight years after construction began in 1955, 13,000 workers, 300 engineers and 30 foreign experts worked round-the-clock to complete the dam named after the village Bhakra.As many as 151 men lost their lives working on the 222.55 ft high engineering marvel, the highest in Asia and the second highest in the world at the cost of Rs 283.90 crore. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who inaugurated the project in 1963 memorably called Bhakra “the new temple of resurgent India”and “something tremendous, something stupendous and something which shakes you up when you see it.” Roughly 50 to 60 per cent water in the dam comes from melting snow. With two power houses of an installed capacity of 990 mw and a massive irrigation potential, Bhakra has been a trend setter in power generation and contributed to the Green Revolution in Punjab. It is also a byword for independent India’s self-reliance.Provenance: PunjabAntiquity: 1963Significance: It Has Nurtured The Socio-Economic Growth Of North Indiaby Ramesh VinayakadvertisementAJMER SHARIFShrine Of SecularismSyed Mohammad Fakhar Jamali Chisti, 25, is a young khadim (attendant) at Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s tomb. He, like 1,500 others, is carrying on his ancestral tradition of taking devotees around for prayers and maintaining the dargah. Having grown up around the shrine’s medieval narrow lanes, he seems almost defensive about it. “One of my cousins is pursuing engineering and another- besides studying-is modelling in Mumbai,” he says. And the family also knows a farmhouse. Unlike him, the Dargah is suspended in time. Built by Humayun, it embodies the Sufi tradition founded in India by Chisti, who arrived in Ajmer at the age of 52 in 1190 AD when Prithviraj Chauhan’s power was at its peak.Two years later, the Afghan raider Mohammed Ghauri defeated him, the last Hindu king of India. Ajmer remained Akbar’s war capital to defeat the princely states of Rajasthan and legend has it that the emperor travelled on foot from Agra when his son Salim was born. For centuries, the dargah has played host to Mughal emperors (Jehangir is said to have offered a cauldron big enough to cook food for 2,500 people), an English empress (Queen Mary visited in 1911 and built a roof over the tank), and modern celebrities, big and small. Pilgrims are allowed right upto the mazhar and that is enough to achieve one’s heart’s desire.Provenance: Ajmer, RajasthanBuilt In: 1545Also Has: Anexquisite, Marble Mosque Built By ShahjahanBy Rohit PariharBOMBAY STOCK EXCHANGEMoney MattersIndia’s equity cult emerged rather restfully 131 years ago when 22 brokers got together to begin trading under the shade of a banyan tree in Horniman Circle, with a princely investment of Re 1 each, opposite the Town Hall of Bombay. In 1875, the alliance was formalised under the Native Share Brokers’ Association and Bombay Stock Exchange earned the proud distinction of becoming the first stock exchange in Asia. In January 1899, the association hired a trading hall in Dalal Street at Rs 100 a month but when it went broke, Sir Dinshaw Maneckji Petit bailed it out. In gratitude, the trading hall was named after him. The membership fee? Rs 15 then. Now? Rs 1 crore.The imposing Phiroze Jeejeebhoy Towers, the shorthand for India’s commercial capital was built only in 1980 and occupied a year later. A circular annexe known as the Rotunda was built in 1992, becoming the new home of the trading hall. Just a year later, the iconic structure was forever emblazoned on the nation’s psyche when terrorists targeted it on March 12, 1993. The judgement on the case is currently underway. The Jeejeebhoy Towers was only slightly damaged and trading resumed after the weekend break. The biggest bourse in terms of listed companies and market capitalisation is also, clearly, the bravest.Provenence: Mumbai, MaharashtraBuilt In: 1981Most Recent High: 12,611.71 Points On May 11, 2006by Malini BhuptaNATHULAGateway To ChinaMotilall Lakhotia, a hardy 80-year old marwari, who runs hotel Tashi Delek in Sikkim’s capital Gangtok, remembers the arduous mule treks via Nathula-the path of the listening ear-half a century ago. His hands froze till he couldn’t grasp the reins of his mule. “It was good business,” he reminisces. Trade was hugely profitable-merchants earned up to three times the production costs. Lakhotia hawked construction material, utensils, blankets, eatables and even jeeps and Ambassador cars, knocked down and shipped on mule-back, in Lhasa. Trade on the fabled Silk Route halted soon after the Red Army inflicted a crushing blow on the unprepared Indian army in 1962. It would lead to nearly four decades of hostility across the barbed wire. But a lot has changed in the four decades with the two Asian giants deciding to reopen the pass in a sign of thawing ties earlier this year.The narrow paths, which in Lakhotia’s day saw members of opposing mule caravans battling to death, have given way to tarred roads. Mao has been replaced by posters of Tibetan scenery. India has subtly taken down the signs pointing to “enemy territory”. Lakhotia’s clan is back in business. While the Chinese side brings yak tails and yak hair, goat cashmere, wool, goat skins, horses, borax, butter, salt and, yes, silk. Indian merchants cart watches, bicycles, shoes, farm implements, clothes, coffee, tea and spices. Anything else wouldn’t look fashionable on the Silk Route.Provenance: Sikkim-Tibet BorderClosed In: 1962Opened In: 2006Made Famous By: Colonel Sir Francis Younghusband Whose Incursion To Lhasa Opened The Door To The Roof Of The World In 1903By Sandeep UnnithanSABARMATI ASHRAMWhere Truth Lies”This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for truth and develop fearlessness. For on one side, are the iron bolts of the foreigners, and on the other, thunderbolts of Mother Nature.” This is how Mahatma Gandhi described the site of Sabarmati Ashram when he first visited it in 1917 to assess if it was suitable for his work. On one side of the ashram was the Ahmedabad jail and the other side was the Sabarmati river. The Sabarmati Ashram was home to Gandhi from 1917 to 1930. His many experiments, from ambar charkha to traditional agro-farming, started here. Various buildings inside the ashram-the Hridayakunj where Gandhi stayed, the Nandini guesthouse and the Udhyog mandir, home to many of the Mahatma’s experiments-are strong reminders of India’s freedom struggle.A new museum, designed by Charles Correa and housing a library with nearly 35,000 books and an archive with over 34,000 manuscripts and 6,000 photographs, was added to the ashram in 1963. Gandhi left the ashram in 1930 on his march to Dandi vowing to return only after India attained Independence, but as circumstances would have it, he couldn’t. Today, the ashram signifies the universal truth: while fighting external oppression, the struggle for internal cleansing must go on.Provenance: Ahmedabad, GujaratBuilt In: 1917Significance: Home To Mahatma Gandhi And His Many Experiments From 1917 To 1930by Uday MahurkarJEWELS OF NIZAMStudded With HistoryAs the 400-odd daily visitors shuffle their feet to peer through the gleaming showcases in the green chandeliered hall, the last proud owner-Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh and last Nizam of Hyderabad-looks down from a life-size portrait in the Salar Jung Museum. The exquisite collection of 173 pieces of rare value is estimated to cost about Rs 2,500 crore. The centrepiece is the amazing uncut Jacob Diamond, one of the seven biggest in the world. Twice the size of the legendary Kohinoor, the 184.75 carat diamond was mined in Africa in 1867, bought by the sixth Nizam, Mahboob Ali Khan, in 1891, and used as a paperweight by his son Osman Ali Khan.It gets its name from a Shimla trader who sold it to the Nizam’s family. Necklaces, turban ornaments, earrings, armbands, belts, cufflinks, buttons, rings, arm and feet ornaments worn by the royal family abound in a treasure trove for which the Indian Government paid Rs 217.81 crore to the Nizam’s family after the Supreme Court-following a 16-year legal battle with the family-decided to accord it national heritage status in 1995. On display at the National Museum, Delhi, in 2001, these were shifted to Hyderabad, appropriately enough for what was once the capital of the 224-year-old Asaf Jahi dynasty.Provenance: Hyderabd, Andhra PradeshAntiquity: Placed In Vaults Of Mumbai’s Mercantile Bank In 1948Current Resting Place: Salarjung Museum, HyderabadCentrepiece: Jacob Diamondby Amarnath K. MenonTAJMAHALIconic ImageWhen the bereaved fifth mughal emperor Shahjahan commissioned the spectacular marble mausoleum for his wife Arjumand Bano aka Mumtaz Mahal, he intended it to be unique-so inimitable, argues legend, that he lopped the hands of the craftsmen who built it. Now, it means everything from tea bags to Donald Trump’s garish monument to Mammon, the marbledomed Trump Taj Mahal casino resort. Is brand Taj doomed? Not in Agra. Emerging through the winding queues of raucous tourists, doorframe metal detectors and pat-down security checks, the Taj hits you like a diamondtipped bullet. Just as it does to over a million visitors each year who brave the heat, touts, beggars and an ugly host city to bask in its glow. Everything you’ve heard about the serene onion-domed octagonal marble structure, probably the world’s most beautiful building, is true.Embedded in a sprawling green Mughal Garden on the right bank of the Yamuna, the complex is a splash of colours. Thousands of artisans laboured for nearly two decades to fuse diverse styles-Persian, Indian and Turkish-in a testament to symmetry. Mosaic work with delicately inlaid precious stones and vining floral themes, Quranic inscriptions and four minarets, each 42 metres high, flanking the spectacular central dome. For a funeral shrine, the Taj Mahal is pretty celebratory. “The Taj must be seen,” Salman Rushdie says, “to remind us that the world is real, that the sound is truer than the echo, the original more forceful than its image in a mirror.”Provenance: Agra, Uttar PradeshAntiquity: 1545Trivia Trail: The Four Minarets Of The Taj Are Angled 88 Degrees Outwards To Prevent Collapse During An Earth QuakeBy Sandeep UnnithanPRITHVI THEATREStage LightsWhen Prithviraj Kapoor came to India from Peshawar as a 21-yearold, he started what would have a great influence on the development of theatre and cinema in the country: Prithvi Theatre. Set up in 1944 as a travelling theatre group of 150 actors, stagehands, cooks, writers and technicians, they performed plays like Deewar, Pathan, Ghaddar and Kisan for 16 years throughout the country. Prithviraj’s ultimate aim was to build a theatre which would provide amateur groups with professional facilities, but his dream remained unfulfilled in his lifetime.Six years after his death in 1972, though, his youngest son Shashi Kapoor and daughter-in-law Jennifer Kendall gave shape to “Papaji’s” dreams and launched Prithvi Theatre as a non-profit performance space to nurture talent. Jennifer’s last words were “the lights in Prithvi must keep burning”, a poignant moment noted in Prithviwallahs, a book penned by Shashi Kapoor and filmwriter Deepa Gahlot. In its 28 years, Prithvi has played a major role in promoting Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati drama in Mumbai. The 200-seat theatre holds over 400 performances a year, by over 50 groups and hosts an annual Prithvi Festival-an event, started in 1983, that theatre-goers across the country look forward to.Antiquity: 1944Provenance: MumbaiSignificance: It Offers A Non- Profit Space To Nurture TalentBy Kimi DangorINS VIKRANTAll AboardOn the night of November 14, 1971, Commander Zafar Mohammed Khan of the Pakistan Naval Submarine Ghazi sailed out of Karachi for Vizag. Ghazi had to cripple the pride of the Indian Navy, believed to be anchored there, before she could launch her aircraft against erstwhile East Pakistan in the imminent war. It lay in wait of Vikrant off Vizag for several days. But on December 3, a massive explosion tore the submarine apart killing all her crew. No one is certain how it happened, but it was likely she tripped on her own mine or torpedo. The Vikrant, meanwhile, steamed out of her secret lair in the Andamans and cut off a possible seaward retreat of the 90,000-strong Pakistan army.Moored in the dockyard of South Mumbai, Vikrant, as big as a 56-storey building, today sports the prefix Indian Museum Ship since her retirement in January 1997. On days when the Vikrant is opened to visitors-she has hosted over a million over the past five years-visitors stop by an interesting relic: a round heavy hatch which the naval drivers blew out of the Ghazi to enter the submarine- the closest the two erstwhile foes would get to each other.Built In: 1961Origins: Started Life As Hercules In The Royal Navy, But Could Not Be CompletedWeighs: 18,000 TonneBy Sandeep UnnithanCOLLEGE STREETBooked For LifeWhat everyone knows of college Street is precisely the outer wall of Kolkata’s Presidency College, housing rows of old book shops, which every Kolkatan worth his Camus and Derrida claims to spend hours browsing through. In a peculiar case of inverse snobbery, it is College Street’s tiny second-hand book shops that overshadow the big bookstores opposite, and form the elitest part of the street. This is where Saha da or Dhar da will fish out one of Jane Austen’s collector’s editions or a rare print of a Shakespeare play and sell it to you for as little as Rs 30 if you are a regular, or can, if you are the smarty-pants unused to its ways and ask for the latest John Grisham or Frederick Forsyth title, haughtily remark, “Neyi”. Even the statues are peculiar.There, at the junction, stands Krishnadas Pal, journalist, hidden by a row of bag sellers. Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, responsible for the first bookshop on the street, stays hidden behind Sir David Hare, who stays buried on college street. Coffee House, originally known as Albert Hall, just off the street can safely be marked as the place that has given birth to the freedom movement and the 70s’ Naxalite student agitation might have started over a cup of black coffee. For books and coffee can do wonders. enough to give College Street a place of pride in the country’s collective intellectual consciousness.Provenance: Kolkata, West BengalAntiquity: 1899A.K.A.: Vidyasagar Udyan Or Goldighiby Swagata SenHAZRATBALMosque Holy HostAs dusk falls, the still, dark waters of the Dal Lake come alive with shimmering images. The Hazratbal shrine dates back to when Shahjahan’s subedar Sadiq Khan built Ishrat Mahal in 1623 but the emperor ordered it to be converted into a prayer house. In 1699, when the holy relic of Mo-i-Muqaddas (Prophet Mohammad’s hair) arrived in Srinagar, it was first kept in the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqshbandi. However, because of the huge rush of pilgrims that caused several deaths in a stampede, the then Mughal governor Fazil Khan decided to shift the relic to Bagh-i-Sadiq Khan (later known as Hazratbal). Also known as Assar-e-Sharif, Madinat-us-Sani (second Medina) and Dargah Sharif, it has for long been a spiritual centre for Kashmiri Muslims.The structure was rebuilt in 1979 by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, founder of the National Conference (NC). Abdullah used the shrine to project his popularity as a mass leader. Militants wrested Hazratbal from NC in 1990. Separatist groups, especially JKLF, found expression in this shrine. This led to rivalry between many groups. In 1993, army and paramilitary soldiers laid a month-long siege to weed out militants holed up inside. And in 1996 over two dozen militants were killed in a gun battle with security forces. Today, it stands for everything that is wrong, and right, in the beautiful but death-ravaged state of Kashmir.Provenance: Srinagar, KashmirAntiquity: 1623Rebuilt In: 1979Significance: Spiritual And Religious Centre For Kashmiri MuslimsA.K.A: Assar-E-Sharif, Second Medina And Dargah Sharifby Aijaz HussainGOLDEN TEMPLESacred FlameValmiki wrote the ramayana near here. The first of the 10 gurus and founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, and Buddha, the enlightened one, 2,000 years before him, meditated here. “I have seen all places; there is not another like thee?”, the fifth Guru Arjan Dev once said of the Hari Mandir. A personification of Sikh beliefs, the shrine is open on all four sides to allow people of all faiths and castes. The three-storied, gold-gilded Hari Mandir is in the centre of the Amrit Sarovar (pool of nectar) symbolising the coexistence of sargun and nirgun. Pilgrims immerse themselves in it to cleanse their souls rather than their bodies.Built at a lower level to emphasise faith as a source of inner strength rather than any external manifestation, inside, on the Darbar Sahib, beneath velvet canopies richly brocaded in silver and gold, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib is placed on a Manji Sahib. Hymns from it are rendered all day long, accompanied by drums and stringed instruments. Originally a mud house built by the third Guru Amar Das after he found a magical cure for his master’s skin ailment here, it was given a permanent structure by fourth Guru Ramdas. The Hari Mandir was built in 1588 by Guru Arjan Dev. Afghan invaders destroyed it thrice, in 1757, 1762 and 1764, before the Hari Mandir got its present structure in 1808 after Maharaja Ranjit Singh granted Rs 5 lakh and invited Muslim architects, masons and wood-carvers from Chaniot, now in Pakistan, to build it. It was damaged again during Operation Blue Star in 1984. But like its grandeur, the faith it represents has been enhanced with each reconstruction.Provenance: Amritsar, PunjabAntiquity: 1588Significance: Is Symbolic Of The Egalitarian Sikh Faithby Puja MehraSABARIMALALord’s AbodeOne of the most revered deities in South India, Lord Ayyappa rests in the famed Sabarimala shrine at 4,500 ft in the Western Ghats of Kerala and 115 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Despite the mandatory two-month long vow of 18 strict observances-no meat, liquor or sex, only black clothes and a mala-before one undertakes the 5 km trek to the sannidhanam (sanctum sanctorum), over 40 million pilgrims visited the temple last year. And the revenue went up from Rs 25 crore 10 years ago, to Rs 70 crore last year. Together, with the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), the temple sustains 1,200 other shrines in the state and employs 4,500 people. There is no entry bar on caste or religion. Just beneath the sannidhanam is a temple devoted to Vavar, a Muslim said to be Ayyappa’s closest friend.Though highly secular, the shrine is not exactly gender-neutral. Women in the 10-50 age group are forbidden entry. Just a few yards away from the Lord’s sanctum is Malikappurathamma’s abode, who had come with a marriage proposal to Ayyappa. After turning her down, Ayyappa allowed her to live beside him as his sister, and owing to his strict adherence to bachelorhood the temple keeps young women out even today. The shrine, inside the highly protected Periyar tiger reserve, was recently in another controversy, in which the temple’s high priest himself was said to be involved. For the devotees who flock here, nothing matters but their faith.Provenance: Sabarimala, KeralaAntiquity: 800 Years AgoSignificance: Has A Temple Devoted To Vavar, Ayyappa’s Muslim Friendby M.G. RadhakrishnanTIRUMALA TEMPLEGod Of Big ThingsIt is the world’s most active religious destination with more visitors than the Mecca and St. Peter’s Basilica. On any given day, the Sri Venkateswara Temple, atop Tirumala in the arid Chittoor, draws more than 40,000 worshippers, standing and sitting in a series of steel cages, to get a fleeting glance of and pay obeisance to the fascinating life-size idol of Lord Vishnu, a.k.a Venkateswara/Srinivasa/Balaji. About 15,000 have their heads shorn to fulfill a vow or pledge. Every year more than nine million devotees offer money and gold to make it the richest Hindu shrine. The belief is that the offerings go back to pay the dues to Kubera, the Hindu God of wealth, who gave a loan to Balaji when he was marrying Goddess Padmavati. Thirty thousand people are offered free meals and 1,50,000 are given laddoos everyday-the much sought after prasadam of Tirumala that travels around the world.Made at the cost of Rs 13, it is sold for Rs 5 only. Funds are never a source for worry. The bounty of faith is, well, bountiful. This year, the temple earnings are estimated to cross Rs 730 crore-last year, they were Rs 675 crore. An electric mix of modern management and traditional fervour keeps Tirumala ticking. White wristbands have a bar code with a time imprint to manage queues while e-hundis enable devotees to donate at the click of a button wherever they are in the world. Total collections from hundi offerings alone are Rs 300 crore while Rs 170 crore accrues annually from bank deposits. In God, truly, Tirumala’s managers trust.Provenance: Tirumala, Andhra PradeshAntiquity: 9th CenturyMost Recent Offering: 108 Golden Flowers By Hyderabad’s Syeed Meera, Used In The Daily Archanaby Amarnath K. MenonVICTORIA TERMINUSRhapsody In StoneEvery day over three million commuters-the entire population of Turkey’s capital Ankara- busily file past the giant arches of a massive Indo-Gothic sandstone building in the heart of south Mumbai. Most are unaware of its heritage and vaguely familiar with its new politically correct avatar- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). The erstwhile Victoria Terminus occupies 74,550 sq ft in three levels and nearly 1 sq km of urban Mumbai. Even as conservationists debate the nuances, its sheer utilitarian value has helped preserve it. The most heavily-used structure in UNESCO’s list of over 800 properties had already weathered Mumbai’s brutal monsoons, saline air and sheer passenger overuse before it made it to the hall of fame two years ago.The brief to architect Frederick W. Stevens was to create spectacular headquarters for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway, a euphemism for a massive rail empire, which radiated inward from Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai. Stevens conceived a crossover delight which blended Victorian Gothic revival architecture with the classic Indian palace form.It was crowned by a unique high central ribbed octagonal dome topped with a statue of Progress-a lady holding a wheel and torch. The materials-14 types of stone including Porbandar sandstone for the bulk of the structure and coloured Italian marble for key decorative elements. Work on the structure began in 1878 and was completed a decade later, though it was formally opened in the silver jubilee of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887 to become what one admirer called a rhapsody in stone.Provenance: Mumbai, MaharashtraBuilt In: 1888Significance: Headquarters Of The Indian Central Railwaysby Sandeep UnnithanPONDICHERRYFrench AccentThe beauty of pondicherry lies in the eye of each beholder. It’s an exotic getaway with a French connection; a spiritual sanctuary for Sri Aurobindo’s followers; a tiny cosmopolitan city speaking over 60 languages. Yet for others, it is simply a “new settlement” or Puducherry, as recently rechristened. But its history puts it on the map.Though the French set up a trading centre in 1673, it soon became a battleground for hegemony with the wars in Europe spilling over. The Dutch and British periodically captured it over 10 times. Finally the French got control in 1814, and remained rulers even after Independence. Recognised as a Union territory in 1963, Pondicherry played a significant role during the freedom movement in hiding nationalists evading arrest from the British. Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Bal Gangadhar Tilak regrouped here. But its unique architecture, originally conceived in 1756, combining French and traditional Tamil styles, defines it.Many streets still bear French names and are dotted by clean whitewashed buildings with lush gardens surrounded by high walls. It is also home to several religious architectural marvels. But the growing population and the economic boom are taking their toll with many traditional houses already replaced by an ugly concrete jungle. It’s a place that awaits a saviour.Provenance: Former French Colony Near Coromandel CoastAntiquity: 1673Size: 492 Sq Km Over Four Unconnected DistrictsBy S.S. JeevanKALAKSHETRATemple Of ArtOne of india’s premier schools for traditional dance and music, Kalakshetra (temple of art) was founded by a woman who, ironically, broke away from the traditions of her time. Born in a Brahmin family in 1904, Rukmini Devi Arundale took to Bharatnatyam, which was then considered a cheap and vulgar form of dance. Facing social ostracism at 16 for marrying George Arundale, a follower of the Theosophical Movement, she triggered a cultural movement and a social consciousness during India’s Independence struggle. Spread over 100 acre, Kalakshetra was established on Chennai’s sea shore.A humble beginning in a thatched cottage in the gardens of the Theosophical Society, among its contributions are over 25 dance drama compositions conceived by its founder, all based on Indian classical literature. Enriched by the experiences of great scholars and musicians like Tiger Varadachariar, Veenai Sambasiva Iyer, Mysore Vasudevachariar and Papanasam Sivan, it has a fine arts college, a senior secondary school and a craft education and research centre. Born at a time when orthodoxy and prejudices had almost drowned India’s rich heritage, today it stands out as a shining example of artistic revival.Provenance: Chennai, Tamil NaduBuilt In: 1936Significance: A Cultural Landmarkby S. S. JeevanBAGH-E-BEDILOasis In ChaosThis tiny gem of a garden is perched not only on the edge of one of Delhi’s busiest highways, but also, more precariously perhaps, on the fraying edges of our cultural memory. It is dedicated to the memory of Mirza Abdul-Qader Bedil (1677-1720) who is buried here.Bedil was a Sufi poet- not much remembered in India where he lived and died- celebrated as a cult figure in Tajikistan and Afghanistan where people still gather at weekly Bedil meets to sing, study and interpret his complex-yetpopular poetry. So pervasive was the influence of Bedil’s Persian verse in the late-Mughal era and such was his impact on later Urdu poets that even Ghalib admitted: “Tarz-e-bedil mein rekhta kehna, asadullah khan qayamat hai” (“To compose on the lines of Bedil in Urdu, Ghalib, is an impossible task”). Bedil had rather tolerant views on life and the world. He preferred free thought to the established beliefs of the clergy, who he often saw as corrupt.Today, however, but for itinerant Tajik dignitaries, Afghan refugees and stray lovers, few visit this verdant spot that houses his tomb. Not that Bedil would have minded. For he wrote:”Bedil az kulfat-eshikasht mun’aal /Bazm-e-hasti dukaan-e-shishagar ast (Bedil weep not for your losses/ This party that is life, is after all held in a glassmaker’s shop).”Provenance: DelhiAntiquity: 1720Significance: The Poet Bedil Has A Cult Status In Central Asiaby S. KalidasJALLIANWALA BAGHBirth Of FreedomOn April 13, 1919, Brigadier General Reginald Dyer marched into Jallianwala Bagh, an open ground near the Golden Temple, and unleashed an indelible scar on the face of the British empire.The Bagh, bounded by high brick walls, had only one narrow three-and-a-half-foot wide passage. It was Baisakhi day. The Bagh was agog with a political rally of around 20,000 people protesting the Rowlatt Act and the arrests of Punjab Congress leaders Saifuddin Kitchlew and Satyapal. Dyer, with two armoured cars and 90 soldiers, without even the slightest warning, ordered his men to open fire on the unarmed men, women and children. After 1,650 rounds, 379 died and more than 200 were injured. A plaque at a well, now a national monument, into which people jumped to escape the bullets but died due to suffocation, says 120 bodies were removed. “I fired and continued to fire until the crowd dispersed,” Dyer later told the official committee probing the incident. His report said he was “confronted by a revolutionary army and was obliged to teach a moral lesson to the Punjab”.The House of Lords commended Dyer, but the House of Commons censured him-so did the Hunter Committee report in 1920, leading to his resignation. Winston Churchill called the incident “a monstrous event, that stands in singular, and sinister in isolation”. Twenty eight years later, the massacre cost the British the jewel in their empire.Provenance: Amritsar, PunjabMemorial: Built In 1961Significance: 20,000 Protesters Against British Rule Were Fired Upon Hereby Ramesh VinayakMADURAIThe Fish-Eyed GoddessLocated on the south bank of the Vaigai River, Tamil Nadu’s oldest city, Madurai, was built over 2,000 years ago around the twin temples of Meenakshi Sundareswarar. Subsequently rebuilt many times, “it stands testimony to Dravidian architecture,” says M.P. Vasimalai, head, DHAN Foundation, working to regenerate temple tanks in South India. As legend has it, a three-yearold girl walked out on a yagna performed by a childless Pandya king. Meenakshi, or the fish-eyed one, was an incarnation of Parvati, and Lord Shiva came to Madurai as Sundareswarar to marry her.The Chitrai festival, that attracts lakhs of people everyday, celebrates their wedding around April-May. Spread over 65,000 sq m, the city is an exquisite mix of structures built by the Nayaks in the 17th century. The roads that run parallel to its four sides are named after seasons. The Hall of Thousand Pillars has every pillar displaying high, ornate, bold sculptures that appear to be in a straight line from whichever angle you view it. The outer corridors showcase the legendary musical pillars, each producing a different note when tapped. The gopurams at the entrance to the temple stand out for their sheer size, some measuring more than 55 m. It is often compared to Athens. And rightly so.Provenance: Madurai Tamil NaduRebuilt: 17th CenturySignificance: Hosts Historic Meenakshi Sundareswarar Templesby S.S. JeevanSCANDAL POINTBorn Of A LegendLike the Swirling Tales Of British-Era ghost houses in Shimla, its myth has survived for decades in the Queen of Hills. Officially, the junction of the Ridge and the Mall is known as the Lala Lajpat Rai Chowk. But, in common parlance it’s Scandal Point, a name that is part of the nation’s oral heritage. Though historians believe that the place got its name from gossip-loving Britons gathering here for conversations, there is a salacious story attached to it. Legend has it that sometime in the 1920s when Shimla was the summer capital of British India, Maharaja Bhupendra Singh, king of Patiala, tried to abduct the pretty young daughter of the then commander-in-chief of the British army while she was sauntering on Mall Road.The Maharaja was subsequently banished by the incensed British and built his summer retreat at Chail, 40 km from Shimla. Scandal Point is also literarily immortalised by Rudyard Kipling in his short story The Education of Otis Yeere. Kipling uses the name of the place metaphorically to suggest the local grapevine. Years later, a life-size statue of Lala Lajpat Rai was brought from Lahore and erected at this point on August 15, 1948. It remains the social hub of Shimla though it no longer transmits the “savoury and unsavoury secrets” of British society with the “speed of wireless”, as Shimla chronicler F. Beresford Harrop once wrote.Provenance: Shimla, Himachal PradeshAlso Known As: Lala Lajpat Rai ChowkSignificance: Part Of The Raj Oral Historyby Ramesh VinayakWAGAH BORDERThe Peace ParadeFrom the thousands who lost their lives while crossing over to their new homes during the Partition to the exchange of hundreds of prisoners over the years to the first Delhi-Lahore bus in 1999, the border separating India and Pakistan at Wagah has been a silent sentinel in the history of Indo-Pakistan relations. And if the sunset show of the soldiers of both countries goose-stepping up and down the margins of the border amid roars of ultra-nationalistic platitudes at the post is anything to go by, it has also represented the hostile feelings the two nations have had for each other. Every time the relationship between the two nations has swung between its two favoured extremes, it has shown at this historic post either through the tense marchpast or the exchange of Diwali and Eid greetings.Now a point of institutionalised exchange, Wagah, just after Partition, was an impromptu site for informal trade and a meeting ground for lost relatives and friends. Today, as much as a showcase of national pride, it is regarded as a gateway to peace. For a daring few, it is the threshold to a memorable journey to our eternal other, while for others in India and Pakistan, it is both, what divides and unites us.Provenance: Halfway Between Lahore In Pakistan And Amritsar In IndiaAntiquity: 1947Significance: Divides And Unites India And Pakistanby Deeptiman TiwaryMARINA BEACHSunlit StripWhen mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff returned to Madras as Governor a few years after his first visit in the 1870s, he developed a 13-km sandy stretch into what is today the second longest beach in the world. What many call one of the world’s most beautiful marine promenades draws thousands everyday. From the Chepauk Palace to the University of Madras’ buildings, it is dotted with architectural landmarks. The Chepauk Palace, now housing government offices, displays the grandeur of the Nawabs and their Byzantine inspiration while the University buildings reflect a fine blend of the Indo-Saracenic architecture of the 1930s.The Ice House a.k.a Vivekananda House (Swami Vivekananda stayed here after his return from America in 1897) was used to store ice shipped from Boston in 1842. The stretch houses two premier educational institutions- Presidency College, built in 1840; and Queen Mary’s College in 1914. It is also a resting place for many Tamil politicians. Disasters too have marked the Marina while plastic and human waste have made it highly polluted. The Olive Ridley turtles which once nested here, are nearly extinct. Yet the beach, once a lifeline, now in danger of turning into a wasteland, lovingly embraces the city it is synonymous with.Provenance: Chennai, Tamil NaduAntiquity: 1870sSignificance: World’s Second Longest Beachby S.S. JeevanFTII ARCHIVESForever FilmsAn old banyan tree, the film and Television Institute of India’s Wisdom Tree, has heard discussions on Satyajit Ray, Bernardo Bertolucci and Akira Kurosawa and witnessed the careers of veterans from Adoor Gopalakrishnan to Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The over-eight-hectare of land where V. Shantaram’s Prabhat Studio once stood was bought by the Government to establish the country’s first film institute in 1960. Today, the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), stands on this very campus. Started in 1964 when film reels were stored in the vaults of small sheds, the NFAI is responsible for preserving the foundations of Indian cinema with the largest film collection in Asia.The NFAI’s collection spans the silent era in the 1920s and includes popular box office hits and art-house movies in nearly every regional and international language. Despite the blazing fire that in January 2003 destroyed over 3,000 nitrate based original reels (pre-1950), today the archives store over 10,000 films, close to 15,000 film books and over 55,000 photographs and other memorabilia. Nostalgic stories abound-from Tom Alter’s early morning cricket games with Jalal Agha to Jaya Bhaduri’s Rs 75 pocket money.Provenance: Pune, MaharashtraBuilt In: 1964Significance: Largest Film Collection In Asiaby Kimi DangorKURUKSHETRAEpic BattlefieldSteeped in mythology, the city is imbued with war and religion. The land of the epic battle of the Mahabharat even today has 360 places of pilgrimage. Now a thriving holy town, a dip in one of its sarovars during the solar eclipse is most auspicious. Sanskrit literature sees it as the cradle of Indian civilisation and culture dating back to even before the Mahabharat. The 18-day battle between the Kauravas and Pandavas to uphold the cause of dharma is embedded in the Indian ethos as the triumph of good over evil with the Pandavas emerging victorious. Its embodiment-the Bhagwad Gita, in which Lord Krishna played a central role and persuaded a wavering Arjuna to carry out the war as his duty.The Gita epitomises the noblest way of life in Hindu philosophy. Legend has it that Kurukshetra, the name given to land spread over 48 kos (a traditional unit of measurement), was born out of the amalgamation of the land belonging to King Kuru and the Great Bharatas, described in the Rig Veda as kindling sacrificial fires on the banks of the sacred Sarasvati, now lost, and the Drishadvati. With so much history, the place is also aptly known as ‘Dharamkshetra’.Provenance: Haryana, 160 Km Away From DelhiSignificance: Battle Between Kauravas And Pandavas Fought Hereby Ramesh VinayakKHIR BHAWANISpring In The AirEvery year, at least once, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits throng the famous temple of goddess Khir Bhawani, the most revered deity of local Brahmins. Here they pray that the deity makes it possible for them to return to their beloved homeland. The deity, according to Hindu mythology, came here from Sri Lanka and established her seat in Tullamulla village near Ganderbal, about 28 km north-east of Srinagar. The annual fair is a a rare scene of communal amity in a state where syncreticism was once a quotidian reality. Muslims living around the shrine offer milk to Hindu devotees who come.Amid welcomes, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits from across the country pay obeisance here. After performing the puja, the devotees watch the changing colours of its spring. In the centre of the spring is a small marble temple and the visitors converge on the spot on the eighth day of the full moon in the month of May when legend has it, the goddess changes the colour of the waters to reflect their future. Clear and lucid water brings tidings of peace and prosperity.A turgid, murky colour is the harbinger of disaster. Last year, the colour of the spring turned dark, adding to the woes of a community displaced by the politics of vengeance. The prediction of the local priest that a disaster was in the offing came true in the earthquake of October 2005. At this year’s fair, the spring waters were relatively clear indicating less turbulent times. For many, it’s a prediction whose fulfilment is long overdue.Provenance: Tullamulla, KashmirBuilt In: 1912Significance: The Water In Its Spring Indicates Good Or Bad Tidingsby Aijaz Hussainlast_img read more

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6 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: They said Pulisic was crying…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: They said Pulisic was crying…by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is confident Christian Pulisic is fine after a tough international week.He was substituted in Wednesday’s defeat by Canada and was seen to be upset.”People say he was crying but I know he had a few problems with illness in the week and he came off in the game and I know he cares deeply about playing for his country,” points out Lampard, “so I don’t think we should jump to conclusions on that.”Emotion is not the worst thing to see, whichever way it comes out, and I am completely with him. He needs, as every player in the squad does, to work hard in training, keep improving daily in training and see the direction we are going in and be a part it. “Players need to show what they can give on a match day, it is the same for all the players, and Christian is no different from anybody else.” last_img read more

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Year of the Woman Wynonna Earp

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement After being disappointed by supernatural and action television for so long, Wynonna Earp has filled a hole in my heart that I didn’t even know I had.  Gone are the days of queerbaiting and plots that circle around themselves like dogs chasing their own tails. Amongst a proliferation of good television to choose from, Wynonna Earp should definitely be on your radar.  The show revolves around the character of Wynonna Earp, the descendent of infamous gunslinger and western sheriff, Wyatt Earp. But it turns out that Wyatt was no ordinary sheriff. His hometown of Purgatory lies within the Ghost River Triangle; a cursed area of land which is haunted by all of the outlaws that Wyatt killed. Resurrected as revenants, the outlaws want nothing more than to break out of the Ghost River Triangle and wreak utter destruction wherever they go. Wynonna has intertied the job of sending each of these revenants back to hell with an aesthetic revolver named Peacemaker. If she fails and is killed before she can send them all back, then each revenant she put down will be resurrected. From the premise of this show alone, the stakes are high. And although Wynonna Earp is not currently a show with a big budget, it certainly doesn’t shy away from fight scenes between Wynonna and the revenants, which are always satisfying and perfectly choreographed.    Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Mahindanandas son arrested for drunk driving

Last week Ramith Rambukwella, son of former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, was also arrested over a road accident.The police said that Rambukwella was arrested over an accident which took place at Independence Avenue in Colombo and that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the arrest. Rambukwella was released on police bail. (Colombo Gazette) The son of former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was arrested today for drunk driving.The police said he was later released on police bail.

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