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Golden turmeric spray on all during
Khandoba festival in Maharashtra
Devotees of Lord Khandoba celebrated the
Bhandara festival with much fervour and
enthusiasm on Monday in Jejuri, about
50km south-east of Pune in Maharashtra.
It is a unique festival which involves
golden turmeric powder and dedicated to
the local deity, who is worshipped in
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra
The festival takes place on Somvati
Amavasya – new-moon day.
Devotees throw turmeric on each other
and people around.
Immersed in turmeric, they sing and
dance invoking the deity in their prayers.
The procession sees thousands of
devotees waiting to touch the palanquin,
which carries the deity for a bath from the
temple on a hill to the Karha River.
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Hindu right-winger arrested for
re-enacting Gandhi assassination
A leader of a fringe Hindu right-wing
group has been arrested in Tappal,
Uttar Pradesh, after a video of her
shooting an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi
The Hindu Mahasabha had
organised an event to celebrate the 71st
anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination.
In the video, taken on Jan 30, Pooja
Pandey is seen shooting the effigy with
an air pistol after garlanding a picture
of Nathuram Godse, who shot the
The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested
Pooja and her husband Ashok Pandey
and produced them before a local court
on Wednesday. According to the BBC,
nine people have been arrested in
connection with the video.
First rapist to be hanged under
child rape law
A district court in Madhya Pradesh has
issued a death sentence against a school
teacher who was convicted of raping
his four-year-old student.
Mahendra Singh Gond will be
hanged in Jabalpur jail on March 2.
This will be the first execution under
the new law which hands out the death
penalty for child rapists.
Gond kidnapped and raped the girl
on June 30 last year. He dumped her in
a jungle assuming that she was dead.
But her family found her and rushed
her to a hospital, where she spent
months in recovery.
Sabarimala temple board reverses
opposition to women worshippers
The board of the ancient Sabarimala
temple in Kerala said on Wednesday
that it now favoured allowing female
worshippers of menstruating age to
enter, reversing its previous support for
a centuries-old ban.
The board overseeing the Hindu
temple also said it would withdraw
from efforts to challenge the Indian
Supreme Court’s ruling that the ban on
entry for women and girls aged 10-50
must be ended to uphold rights to
equality of worship.
Pro-ban activists called the temple
board’s decision a betrayal.
The temple has been the site of
tension since the ruling in late
September. Thousands of devotees
have blocked attempts by women to
High-speed train to ply
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai
Ram Thakur on Wednesday flagged off
a new high-speed train on the
narrow rail gauge line.
It will reduce travel time between
Baijnath and Pathankot towns by
nearly two hours. Earlier it took seven
hours and 15 minutes to cover the
The high-speed train is expected to
boost tourism in the state as many
tourists ride trains on the line to enjoy
the scenic beauty of the Himalayas.
Shops to be allowed to remain
open 24 hours in Gujarat
Shops in Gujarat will be able to open
round the clock, the state government
announced on Wednesday. This will
come into effect after a legislation in
the assembly session this month.
“This will not only boost the income
of the traders but will also generate
new employment and benefit the
customers who can buy at their
convenience,” said Deputy Chief
Minister Nitin Patel.
Leopard cub seized from
passenger at Chennai airport
A passenger who smuggled a
month-old leopard cub in his hand
luggage on a flight from Bangkok to
Chennai has been arrested.
The cub, weighing just over 1kg, was
found in a plastic grocery basket
hidden inside a bag after the passenger
arrived on a Thai Airways flight.
Officials said they grew suspicious
after hearing sounds coming from the
Modi to flag off Train 18
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag
off India’s first engine-less train Vande
Bharat Express on Feb 15 from the
New Delhi Railway station.
Train 18, as it was originally called,
became India’s fastest train by hitting
speeds of over 180kmh during a trial
run. It will eventually replace the
30-year-old Shatabdi Express and run
between Delhi and Varanasi.
February 8, 2019
From silent black-and-white films to colourful block-
busters bursting with song and dance, the evolution of
Indian cinema is traced by a new museum in the home
Costing Rs1.4 billion ($19.6 million), India’s first na-
tional film museum is spread across a stylish 19th-cen-
tury bungalow and a modern five-storey glass struc-
ture in south Mumbai.
“It showcases to the world outside what Indian cin-
ema has achieved in its entirety over more than 100
years,” said Mr Amrit Gangar, a consulting curator on
Movie-mad India produces around 1,500 films a
year, dwarfing even Hollywood’s output.
The government-funded National Museum of In-
dian Cinema (NMIC) boasts stacks of memorabilia,
recordings and film-making tools as well as interactive
touch screens where visitors can watch clips from mem-
Movie buffs can learn about India’s first full-length
feature film, the 1913 Dadasaheb Phalke-directed
Raja Harishchandra, and listen to recordings of K.L.
Saigal, considered the first superstar of Hindi-language
They are also able to view hand-painted movie
posters, including those for internationally acclaimed
director Satyajit Ray’s 1955 hit Pather Panchali, and
click selfies beside a statue of Bollywood icon Raj
The museum takes visitors through “the journey of
Indian cinema, from silent films to ‘talkies’ to the stu-
dio era to the new wave,” said Mr Prashant Pathrabe, di-
rector-general of the Indian government’s film depart-
Bollywood is a nickname for the Hindi-language
film industry that is based in Mumbai, formerly known
The museum celebrates not just Bollywood, but
also the movies made in the various regions and lan-
guages across India. “Films are made in about 25 differ-
ent regional languages and all are included here so that
the entire country, irrespective of which part you come
from, can enjoy this museum,” said Mr Pathrabe.
The museum also hosts replicas of the Mutoscope,
the camera used by the Lumiere Brothers, and the Prax-
inoscope – a spinning cylindrical animation device in-
vented in France in the 1870s.
The idea for the museum was mooted in 2006 and it
was due to open in 2014 when the exhibition rooms
housed in the 6,000 sq ft heritage building were de-
However, the opening was delayed after the govern-
ment decided to build the new wing, which includes a
section exploring the impact independence hero Ma-
hatma Gandhi had on cinema around the world, includ-
ing on Charlie Chaplin.
“This is the first time I have seen such a huge mu-
seum about cinema,” said Ms Maria Jones, who had
travelled from her home in the southern Indian state of
Kerala, to visit the museum.
“I’m really happy and excited to see the history of In-
dian cinema. The different cameras have been fascinat-
ing for me. The first cameras were really huge.”
The museum contains some gaps, though, as many
of India’s early films were never preserved while other
artefacts have been damaged over the years.
For example, the last remaining print of India’s first
“talkie”, the 1931 Alam Ara (The Light of the World),
was destroyed in a fire in 2003.
Still, officials expect the museum to be a hit with
fans. “It’s an education in cinema,” said Mr Pathrabe.
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