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Mr. Veerappa Moily selected for Saraswati Samman 2014

Senior Congress leader and Former Union Minister Mr. M. Veerappa Moily will receive the Saraswati Samman 2014 for his Kannada poem ‘Ramayana Mahanveshanam’.

The award would make Mr. M. Veerappa Moily the second Kannada author to receive the honour after S. L. Bhyrappa (2010).

‘Ramayana Mahanveshanam’ was first published in 2007 in Kannada and later was translated into English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. The poem explores the ‘Ramarajya’ or the true principle of the ‘ideal State’ from a secular and modern point of view.

About Saraswati Samman (सरस्वती सम्मान)

  • Established: 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation.
  • Award carries: cash price of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
  • It is annual award, awarded to persons for their outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any Indian language listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.
  • Eminent Hindi author Harivansh Rai Bachchan was the first recipient of this award for his autobiography in four volumes

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IS militants demolish ancient Hatra site in Iraq

Islamic State (IS) militants have destroyed the ruins at the ancient city of Hatra located in south-west of Mosul in Northern Iraq.

City of Hatra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded 2,000 years ago, in the days of the Parthian Empire.

It is home to numerous temples and sculptures dedicated to gods including Apollo and Poseidon. It is also famous for its striking pillared temple which blends Graeco-Roman and eastern architecture.

Earlier, IS militants had bulldozed the ancient city of Nimrud, an Assyrian city founded in the 13th Century BC.

It should be noted that, the destruction of ancient cities comes in the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city which is in control of IS since June 2014 including nearby areas. This region has nearly 1,800 of the Iraq’s 12,000 registered archaeological sites.

IS militants are destroying these heritage Islamic Arab cities as part of its extremists propaganda.

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