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Diplomats caution against PM visit to UAE in poll season

Diplomats caution against PM visit to UAE in poll season

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Modi likely to participate in shilanyas ceremony of temple in Abu Dhabi A high-level political visit to Abu Dhabi in the middle of the general elections would be detrimental to the long-term India-UAE relationship, veteran diplomats and commentators have said. The comments came after local reports from Abu Dhabi indicated that there is a likelihood of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a shilanyas event at an under-construction Hindu temple. “The United Arab Emirates is the most liberal of the Gulf monarchies and our relationship with them is also very old. However, a visit by the Prime Minister to participate in a shilanyas in election season will throw up visuals that will be used in the elections,” said Ambassador Rajiv Dogra cautioning ag
What to expect on an ultra-long-haul flight

What to expect on an ultra-long-haul flight

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Updates from : the Print : Such technological advances are opening up new possibilities. What can you do in 20 hours? Watch all of the films in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies? Run an ultra-marathon? Learn a new skill, using business author Josh Kaufman’s guide? Soon you’ll also be able to fly non-stop from London to Sydney or New York to Singapore, as global airlines race to offer 20-hour flights. Qantas says it’s aiming to unlock what it calls “the final aviation frontier” with direct flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York by 2022. Singapore Airlines wants to connect Singapore and New York by the end of the year, covering 9,521 miles (15,323 km) in 19 hours. So how do these ultra-long-haul flights work? And what do they mean for
Kathak is all about virtuosity: Prerna Shrimali

Kathak is all about virtuosity: Prerna Shrimali

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Updates from : The Hindu : Seasoned exponent Prerna Shrimali on why Kathak is essentially a solo dance form and how she approaches group choreographies Passion to pursue a classical art form is one thing; realising that passion even before one can take a few steps steadily is another. Dancer-guru Prerana Shrimali is at loss to recall when she took to Kathak. All she remembers is by the age of five, she was dancing! And ever since, “all that I wanted to do in life was to dance,” she says with conviction. Here she is, standing tall among the eminent performers of Kathak today. As a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi award nearly a decade ago, she is also one of the leading gurus. “I am and an out and out performer. Teaching came by the way, I never sought to become one. But as I adv
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