It Happens: Book exhibition delights bibliophiles in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 23 (ANI): Enthusiasts belonging to varied age groups attended the unique book exhibition depicting the rich history of the Kashmir valley as a welcome step towards inculcating the passion of reading classics, especially among youth of Jammu and Kashmir. The exhibition showcased a blend of the modern with the ancient and included a wide range of books on history, geography, culture, tradition, ancient and contemporary literature, science and technology, Islam, Sufism and heritage of the state. Speaking to reporters, a student, Manzoor Ahmad voiced the thoughts of other visitors as he gushed about the relevance of the exhibition. The exhibition was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages in collaboration with the department of Archives and Archeology and aimed to spread awareness among the youth of the valley regarding the value of the rare books. A school student, Ritika Singh, said that such exhibitions will inculcate the habit of reading among the youngsters of the valley. May 23, 2014

It Happens: Colourful turban exhibition in Rajkot attracts visitors

Rajkot, May 23 (ANI): Visitors took a ride through history of turbans and also learnt how to tie it as they thronged a colourful exhibition in Rajkot city of Gujarat recently. Over 100 turbans of various shapes, colours and prints were put on display, which represented the rich culture of different Indian states. Kadambari Devi, member from Rajkot royal family, who also attended the exhibition, said she was happy with the way turbans from all over the country were displayed. Visitors scanned through various turbans during the exhibition and were also informed on how to tie them. May 23, 2014

Ukraine prepares for crunch presidential polls

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Dutch buck populist trend as Euro polls begin

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Corruption allegations blight Liberian police force

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ICC sentences Congolese warlord Katanga to 12 years

The International Criminal Court on Friday sentenced Congolese warlord Germain "Simba" Katanga to 12 years in jail for arming an ethnic militia that carried out a "particularly cruel" 2003 village massacre. Duration: 00:48 May 23, 2014

Egypt's revolutionary youth fear repression under Sisi

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It Happens: Rajasthan relives past glory at art exhibition on Anchor World Museum Day

Ajmer, May 23 (ANI): On the occasion of Anchor World Museum Day visitors, specially the youth, thronged to the ancient Ajmer Fort of Rajasthan to relive their ancient tradition and culture, in the two-day heritage exhibition. The heritage exhibition organized in the precincts of the ancient fort of Mughal Emperor Akbar in Naya Bazaar area of Ajmer was inaugurated by the south Ajmer legislator, Anita Bhadel. The curator, Himmat Singh Shekhawat, said that the two-day exhibition aims to promote the idea of restoring the past and understanding its importance in daily lives. Paintings by an eminent artist of Shivam Sharde Art Centre in Ajmer, Mamta Devada, were also displayed. Ancient Ajaipal temple, Dargah Sharif, Clock Tower, St. Anselm’s Church, the puicturesque places of Pushkar and the fort of Taragarh were portrayed through the artist’s 30 paintings. Devada said that the idea behind the exhibition was to make people aware of their rich culture and heritage. The crowds that thronged the ancient fort were proof that the venture was a grand success. May 23, 2014

MEA briefs about Afghanistan attack and invitation to SAARC leaders

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday briefed about the attack on Indian envoy in Afghanistan and strongly condemned it. He also said that the entire situation is being analyzed. He added that Afghanistan PM Hamid Karzai had spoken to Indian PM-designate Narendra Modi and assured him of all possible efforts to protect Indian missions there. Akbaruddin then, highlighting the invitation of SAARC nation leaders to Narendra Modi's oath ceremony, said that invitations were sent to 8 nations out of which Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Mauritius have confirmed and response is still awaited from Pakistan. He added that as far as the swearing-in ceremony of the Indian Prime Minister is concerned this will be the first occasion of SAARC leaders coming together. May 23, 2014

India expresses concern over military coup in Thailand

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): India expressed concern over military coup in Thailand on Friday and hoped for an urgent political resolution and restoration of normalcy based on the principles of democracy, will of the people and rule of the law.Thailand army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha set out his plans for the country on Friday, a day after seizing power in a coup, saying reforms were needed before an election can be held and enlisting the help of the civil service. India's foreign ministry spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, said that New Delhi was closely monitoring the evolving situation. India has also advised its troops to return home. May 23, 2014