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Teej Festival 2017: How This Auspicious Festival is Usually Celebrated

As the rains hit the summer-beaten earth, it sprouts life, spreading a green cover as far as the eyes can see. Haryali Teej, one of the central and most loved festivals of North India, is a celebration of nature’s bounty that springs forth during monsoons. Every year, Haryali Teej is celebrated on the third day of the first fortnight of Shravan or Sawan month, usually between July and August of the Gregorian calendar. This year, Hariyali Teej 2017 falls Wedneday, 26th July. According to Hindu legend, Teej celebrates Lord Shiva’s acceptance of Devi Parvati as his wife after her dedication…

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Chana Dal, Keema, Curry Leaf Among Indian Words to Enter The Oxford English Dictionary: Twitter Is More Than Happy

The ninth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary has over 900 news words and includes close to 240 words from Indian English. Interestingly, the cause of joy for India is the fact that a host of culinary terms and Hindi names of food items have also secured a place in the dictionary reflecting the popularity of Indian cuisine and a global understanding of indigenous cooking techniques and ingredients. Some of the words to have found a place in the mega-word bank includes items like Chana dal, curry leaf, keema…

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Top cop Jatin Narwal is the custodian of law and order of Delhi University he once topped

Delhi University (DU) boasts a number of Bollywood celebs, such as actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, as its alumni. However, the list of notable alumni of DU is not restricted to actors only, it also includes top cops. Jatin Narwal, IPS officer and DCP (North), who is often referred to as modest, humble and approachable by his subordinates and public alike, is one such IPS officer who is doing his university proud. As DCP (North), the Delhi Police top cop also takes care of the law and order of the…

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DU course profile: BA programme is a good bet to help prepare for IAS exams

Contemporary age is marked by multidisciplinarily for gaining knowledge in the universities across the globe. Liberal arts and humanities focusing on the interdependence of societal problems are gaining ascendency over classical normative and specialised courses. BA program in Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) that the University of Delhi offers is most meticulously designed curriculum that encourages students to study a combination of subjects of their own choice. It offers, therefore, a vast array of diversified disciplines aimed at holistic cognitive development. The scheme for the restructured BA program course enables…

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Aurangzeb is controversial because of India’s present, not because of its past: Audrey Truschke

This portrait of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb mounted on a horse, and ready for battle, was originally produced circa 1660. In 1700, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was arguably the richest, most powerful man in the world. He ruled for nearly 50 years, from 1658 until 1707, over a vast empire in South Asia that boasted a population exceeding the entirety of contemporary Europe. Today, he has been forgotten in the West. In modern-day India, however, Aurangzeb is alive in public debates, national politics, and people’s imaginations. From Mumbai to Delhi…

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SoftBank loses $1.4B investment in Snapdeal, Ola

SoftBank cannot possibly need more reasons to push Snapdeal off its portfolio. According to its consolidated financial report for FY 2017, the company has faced a combined loss of $1.4 billion in investments in the online marketplace as well as in cab hailing platform Ola. In February this year, SoftBank had written off $475 million from the same two players – its biggest investments in India. Image credit: Anisha Despite the backing from the likes of Kalaari Capital, Nexus Ventures, Alibaba, and Foxconn, Gurgaon-based Snapdeal has been unable to raise funding…

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