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Gogoi orders protection of Assam's historical monuments

Guwahati , July 29

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday ordered the formation of a committee for protection and preservation of the ancient and historical monuments in the state.

Is India truly a mad nation? asks author Karri in his book

New Delhi , July 29 'I was born in a mentally retarded country', he begins his book. Encompassing a broad history of the country from the Emergency era in India, Babri Masjid demolition, economic liberalisation to the Godhra riots, journalist-turned-corporate-brander, Sriram Karri, in his book constantly reads this question to his readers: 'Is India truly a mad nation?' and adds, "India is unpredictable".

BREAKING NEWS: Magsaysay awards for Anshu Gupta, Sanjiv Chaturvedi

New Delhi

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Chinese envoy to be special guest at Nehru Trophy boat race

Thiruvananthapuram , July 28

China's Ambassador to India Le Yucheng will be a special guest at the 63rd Nehru Trophy race at the expansive backwaters of Alappuzha on August 8.

The girl behind 'Who is Kalam'?

New Delhi , July 28 The book title "Who is Kalam?" may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it -- of a teenaged schoolgirl who asked the tough question to the former president and was in turn inspired by him and went on to become a scientist.

Indian author in Man Booker Prize longlist

London , July 29

Indian author Anuradha Roy is among the 13 people longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2015, it was announced on Wednesday.

Pottery, beads retrace close links between India and Bali

New Delhi , July 29 Remnants of ancient Indian pottery, beads and even Indian DNA found in human bones point to thriving trade and social contacts between India and Bali dating back to more than 2,000 years.

Human presence dating back 4,000 years found in Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro , July 28

Some 500 artefacts made from stone and shells that experts consider vestiges of a human presence in Brazil dating back about 4,000 years were found during excavation for an expansion of the Rio de Janeiro subway.

Coins worth $1 mn found in Spanish galleon off Florida

Miami , July 28

A family of treasure hunters from Florida have discovered at the bottom of the sea, with the aid of a metal detector, 52 gold coins valued at more than 900,000 euro ($1 million) from an 18th-century Spanish galleon.

Pattnaik pays tribute to Kalam with sand sculpture

Bhubaneswar , July 28

Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Tuesday created a sand sculpture at Puri beach to pay tribute to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died following cardiac arrest in Meghalaya on Monday while delivering a lecture.