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Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Saturday said that his ministry has decided to take up preservation of Kashmir's rich manuscript wealth under the national preservation mission.

 
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Humayun Ahmed was an outsider who took the literary world of post-independence Bangladesh by storm. Outsider, because he was conspicuous not by his presence in the literary movements of the 1960s that acted as the intellectual wellspring for the new crop of poets, novelists, short story writers and playwrights of the post-independence genre.

 

A recent UNESCO meeting has warned the country that the sites within the Kathmandu Valley designated by the world body as “World Heritage” sites would be removed from the list unless something was done to prevent the virtual obliteration of the city’s—and the Kathmandu Valley’s—history.

 

Historical artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age (3500 to 1200 BC) that were stolen from Afghanistan and smuggled to Britain have been returned by the British armed forces, it was announced Thursday.

 

Lahore-born artiste Shyama now lives a reclusive life in Mumbai, but in her heyday, she was a much sought after artiste. She played the lead role in many films, notably Aar Paar (1954), but her forte was as a supportive actress in which she excelled in many great films.

 

First-time director Noman Robin accidentally walked into a shockingly violent scene that propelled him into the movie making spotlight in his native Bangladesh — and around the world. Robin was at a mall as a hijra or transgender female was thrown first out of the men’s room and then the ladies’ room. As customers began screaming, security guards dragged her to the street and began beating her.

 

Although Pakistan is a Muslim country, it shares a cultural and historical heritage with predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka. For years, Colombo-native Ariyawathi knew of Pakistan only as a Muslim state of little significance to Buddhists. But that was before she visited the new international Buddhist museum at Sri Dalada Maligawa, a sacred temple in Kandy.

 

If we part this time, we may come across each other in dreams like dried-up flower petals falling out of books. Some of the best and oft-quoted ghazals that Mehdi Hasan sang were written by the late Ahmad Faraz

 

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced the jury for its 2013 edition. The five-member panel includes Eleanor O'Keeffe, K Satchidanandan, Muneeza Shamsie, Rick Simonson and Suvani Singh.

 

Heritage? Who cares! That was the sarcastic comment of a Pakistani daily after a massive hoard of ancient statues and coins were found in a container. "As if it were not bad enough that the Taliban and other religious extremists keep attempting to destroy all trace of pre-Islamic culture and statuary, the robbers are making a determined effort as well," said an editorial in the News International.

 


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