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Militants set afire Timbuktu manuscripts

Mali’s cultural heritage got a shock when militants set ablaze a building that housed priceless ancient manuscripts in country’s fabled desert city of Timbuktu, where the French-led troops are making a speedy advance towards north.

What are Timbuktu Manuscripts?

Timbuktu Manuscripts is a collective term for thousands of manuscripts imagebeen preserved by private households in Timbuktu, Mali. A majority of these manuscripts are written in Arabic and deal with subjects like art, medicine, science, and calligraphy of the late Abbasid Caliphate, and even multiple priceless old copies of the Quran. These manuscripts date b/w the late 13th and the early 20th centuries (i.e. from the Islamisation of the Mali Empire until the decline of traditional education in French Sudan).

Timbuktu : It is situated on the edge of Sahara desert and it was a key centre of Islamic learning and has become a byword for exotic remoteness in the Western imagination. Here the ancient manuscripts were preserved at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Documentation and Research, which housed between 60,000 and 100,000 manuscripts.

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‘Green Kumbh Mela’

A new campaign called ‘Green Kumbh’ is going hand in hand with the onging Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. The green initiative which is being lead by Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh who is also the force behind the Clean Ganga campaign, is being volunteered by hundreds of participants from around 45 countries.

Objective: The initiative is designed to beautify the grounds of Kumbh and its environs, while protecting the health and well-being of festival attendees.  Besides, this program will spread awareness and education about the importance of being “green”, thus informing and motivating festivals-goers from all over the world to become stewards of the environment around them. Under this campaign various programs like tree plantation, providing free eco friendly toilets, and solid waste management are being organized at Kumbh Mela and its surroundings.

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