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The jewel in the crown. The curse of Koh-i-Noor

Its 750-year history is peppered with tales of murder and treachery. Now, secret papers released yesterday have added another twist to the 186-carat gem's colourful history. Some 155 years ago, a nine-year-old boy carrying a silk cushion was brought before Queen Victoria. His job was simple: to present Britain with the t glittering and symbolic [...]

Original layers of Maharaja Ranjit Singh era found

Conservation architects have found original layers of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s time at Ram Bagh here, housing the summer palace of the Sikh ruler. They have also found an earthen sanitation system during the intensive digging operation, prevalent in those days. Though the earthen pipes are broken at many places, those has given an overview of [...]

Illegal constructions on rise around Quila Mubarak

In a blatant violation of norms, people residing around the historic Quila Mubarak here are erecting concrete structures right under the nose of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) authorities. Some persons constructed a shop's roof, adjacent to the boundary wall of the fort on its left side last night. Sources said the ASI staff had [...]

Exhibition features Sher Garh’s Naqashi

LAHORE: An exclusive exhibition of paintings based on historical decorative motifs of Sher Garh – a town near Okara – is on display at Naqsh School of Arts at Bazar-e-Hakeeman in the Walled City. Students from the college visited Sher Garh and Bhumman Shah in December 2005 and studied the frescoes. After returning to Lahore, [...]

Amritsar, a heritage under threat

Amritsar, my city and the city of our Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, stands vandalised. It is crying for attention as its very character of a holy city, of glorious past and heritage is being destroyed by insensitive administration and unconcerned citizens. Everyday, thousands of devotees visit the holy city to pay obeisance at Harmandir [...]