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(both: ŭ`rə), city (1991 pop. 157,082), Bihar state, NE India, on the Son Canal. A major road and rail junction, it is the administrative center for a district that produces grain, sugarcane, and oilseed. There are limestone deposits on the outskirts. Ara was the scene of fighting during the Indian MutinyIndian Mutiny,
1857–58, revolt that began with Indian soldiers in the Bengal army of the British East India Company but developed into a widespread uprising against British rule in India. It is also known as the Sepoy Rebellion, sepoys being the native soldiers.
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 (1857), when the British were attacked by Kunwar Singh.
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(ah -ră) (Altar) A small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Scorpius, lying in the Milky Way, the brightest stars being of 3rd magnitude. It contains the bright globular cluster NGC 6397, visible through powerful binoculars. This is possibly the nearest such cluster to the Solar System. Abbrev.: Ara; genitive form: Arae; approx. position: RA 17h, dec –55°; area: 237 sq deg.
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Ara, asteroid 849 (the 849th asteroid to be discovered, on February 9, 1912), is approximately 152 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 5.6 years. Ara was named after the American Relief Administration (ARA) and represents the giving of aid. In a natal chart, its sign and house position indicates where and how one is most likely to give aid or to be aided by others. When afflicted by inharmonious aspects, Ara may indicate lack of aid or giving aid for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or as a manipulation.


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A constellation with a right ascension of 17 hours and declination of 55°S. Also known as Altar.
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Any Classical structure elevated above the general ground level which is used to make offerings to the gods.
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Ara said she didn't hesitate to accept the role despite its taboo theme.
With the feedback she received from her customers, Ara, together with her business partners, saw an opportunity to establish a concept store that would house established and emerging homegrown online brands with hopes that one day, these brands would grow and eventually have their own physical store.
In an affidavit filed in court, ARA says the money was deposited in the four accounts at Equity Bank in one day.The agency's lawyer Mohammed Adow said more than 300 accounts are being investigated and the progress is slow.
Expectation of getting first hand information from the king in Ara was dashed as the community had been without a king for nine years but the Ekeerin (fourth In-Command) of Ara community, Chief Moses Adeoye said, 'we heard the story from our forefathers that rearing of dogs are forbidden in Ara and we have taken it as taboo, which we have been observing for centuries.
Sultan al Ghaithi, CEO, ARA Petroleum said, 'We are immensely pleased to be associated with the Zubair SEC.
While the future of the ARA and AMAA is uncertain, the goals of both organizations have not disappeared.
"Bulwark is excited to announce its distribution partnership with ARA Networks.
The Ara group scheduled a pilot test of the device in Puerto Rico last year, but ultimately shelved the plan in an attempt to bring down the device's cost and solve technical hurdles.
Project Ara was initially announced by Motorola almost three years ago and was then developed by the Advanced Technology and Projects Group within the company.
"It has truly been a privilege to serve ARA's general and associate membership in my CEO position, and work with such capable volunteer leaders and staff members throughout the association and the industry.
Describe the mission of ARA and specifically the role of its ARA Scholars and Fellows programs.