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History & Heritage

Artist's impression of the proposed Bnei Menashe heritage center
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Bnei Menashe Indian Jews

The Bnei Menashe consider themselves the descendants of the Biblical Menashe, son of Joseph, who they call Manmasi or Manmasia. In Manipur they are identified as Kukis and as Mizos in Mizoram. After more than fifty years of asserting Jewish claims, the Bnei Menashe, “the children of Menasseh,” were recognised by the Chief Rabbi of Israel (2005) which made them eligible to make “Aliyah” (emigration) to Israel.

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Africa Day 2022
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Africa Day 2022: An Odyssey of a Continent

Every year on May 25, the world celebrates Africa Day. On May 25 1963, 30 independent African leaders signed the founding charter of the OAU (Organization of African Unity). In 2002, to give more impetus to the organisation, many new areas were added, and it was transformed into the African Union (AU).

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gunpowder artillery firearms
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Advent of Gunpowder Technology in Bengal

Generally it can be stated that gunpowder and firearms reached North-West India by land from Middle East and Iran, to South India it came by sea from China and Europe, to Bengal from South China by sea and to Assam from China by land-route.

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Nehru at ISI Calcutta
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The Man Who Built India’s First Analogue Computer

Samarendra Kumar Mitra started the Electronic Computer Laboratory at the ISI in 1950, with the help of a part-time technician. With time he was assisted with several other scientists like Debdas Chaudhuri, Soumyendra Mohon Bose, Ashis Sen and others

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