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2 days ago
Belgian King, Queen visit Taj Mahal

Agra, Nov 6 (IANS) Belgium's King Phillipe and Queen Mathilda on Monday visited the Taj Mahal. They spent around two hours evincing keen interest in the architectural details of the Mughal white marble marvel, that looks sparkling white after the recent mud pack beauty treatment. Entry to tourists was suspended for over two hours. While many stood in the long queues, some left wi...

5 days ago
Anoushka Shankar found scoring music for 'Shiraz' challenging

Kolkata, Nov 3 (IANS) When sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar was tasked to score music for the restored late 1920s silent film Shiraz: A Romance of India, she was up against at least three challenges. On one hand, she needed to strike a balance between music that would appeal to the modern audience and music contemporary to the period - 17th century - in which the film was set. <...

9 days ago
Restored Indian silent film gets live score by Anoushka Shankar

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Restored Indian silent film Shiraz: A Romance of India, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala earlier this month, has been given a live score performed by British Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar. The film will travel to four Indian cities as part of the UK/India 2017 Year of Culture, read a joint statement from The British...

10 days ago
Over 50 arrested after attack on Swiss couple

Agra, Oct 29 (IANS) Acting firmly after a Swiss couple was assaulted by five youngsters in Fatehpur Sikri near here, the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the rounding up of anti-social elements around the historical monuments in and near Agra. In the last 24 hours, more than 50 'lapkas' or touts who target foreign visitors at Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Taj Mahal have been rounded ...

12 days ago
SC stays order on demolition near Taj Mahal

New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday put a stay on its earlier order directing demolition of an under-construction multi-level parking lot near the Taj Mahal in Agra. A division bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta directed the authorities to maintain status quo at the site and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a comprehensive policy on conser...

13 days ago
UP CM visits Taj, vows to conserve Agra's 'rich history'

Agra, Oct 26 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday wielded a broom to clean an area outside the Taj Mahal and then visited the imposing monument which some of his party colleagues had dubbed a blot on Indian culture. Like any other tourist but accompanied by security personnel, he walked to the main mausoleum to look at the tombs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and...

13 days ago
Taj an architectural marvel, says UP CM

Agra, Oct 26 (IANS) The Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, is an architectural marvel and it doesn't matter who constructed it, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Thursday. It is an architectural marvel built by the blood and sweat of the local people, the Chief Minister told a public meeting here, once again distancing his government from BJP leaders who had d...

13 days ago
Manuscript of 17th century England witchcraft trial for sale

London, Oct 26 (IANS) A rare copy of a manuscript detailing a 17th century witchcraft trial in England's North Yorkshire county is up for sale after it was discovered by an antiquarian bookseller, the media reported on Thursday. The manuscript, A Discourse of Witchcraft As It Was Acted in the Family of Mr Edward Fairfax of Fuistone, was written by Fairfax himself, following the death of ...

13 days ago
UP CM visits Taj, vows to conserve Agra's 'rich history'

Agra, Oct 26 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday wielded a broom to clean an area outside the Taj Mahal and then visited the imposing monument which some of his party colleagues had dubbed a blot on Indian culture. Like any other tourist but accompanied by security personnel, he walked to the main mausoleum to look at the tombs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and...

13 days ago
UP CM launches cleanliness drive from Taj Mahal gate

Agra, Oct 26 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday visited the Taj Mahal and wielded a broom to launch the 'swacchta abhiyaan' (cleanliness drive) at the western gate of the monument. He spent about 30 minutes there. As he arrived amid tight security, BJP activists shouted slogans hailing him as well as 'Jai Shri Ram'. Adityanath is set to unveil a Rs 1...

14 days ago
Adityanath arrives in Agra

Agra, Oct 26 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrived here on Thursday, a visit seen as a damage control exercise. He will first visit the Nagla Pema area where a rubber check dam is likely to be constructed. Locals are hoping that the Chief Minister will unfold a package for infrastructural development of Agra and soothe frayed tempers ignited by a series of c...

14 days ago
UP seeks recall of SC order on demolition near Taj Mahal

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court to seek recall of its order for the demolition of an under-construction multi-level parking lot near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra. Lawyer Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the state government, mentioned before a bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar the plea for the restoration of the state govern...

15 days ago
SC order demolition of construction near Taj Mahal

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the demolition of structures built near the Taj Mahal as part of an upcoming multi-level car parking. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta ordered the demolition, dismissing the Uttar Pradesh government's application for axing of 11 trees to facilitate the project's completion. The multi-level par...

17 days ago
1817 rebellion to be mentioned as First War of Independence: Javadekar

Bhubaneswar, Oct 22 (IANS) Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said that the 1817 'Paika Bidroha' or rebellion would find a place in history books as the First War of Indian Independence. Odisha's Paika rebellion will find a place as the First War of Independence in the 2018 history books and include details of the rebellion against the then Britis...

18 days ago
Madhuri Dixit visits Taj Mahal with family

Agra, Oct 21 (IANS) Madhuri Dixit-Nene visited Taj Mahal with her family. The actress says her love affair with India goes on. Madhuri took to Twitter on Saturday to share a photograph in which the couple along with their two sons Arin and Rayaan, and other members of the family can be seen posing in front of the 17th century marble mausoleum. The actress, who earlier this week c...

19 days ago
Haryana Minister calls Taj Mahal a 'beautiful kabristan'

Chandigarh, Oct 20 (IANS) Joining the league of those making controversial statements on the Taj Mahal, senior Haryana Minister Anil Vij on Friday termed the marble monument as a beautiful cemetery. Taj Mahal ek khoobsurat kabristan hai, Vij tweeted on Friday. Vij, who is the cabinet Minister for Health and Sports in the BJP government in Haryana, is known for making controversia...

19 days ago
CM Adityanath's Taj visit will help in damage control, say tourism players

Agra, Oct 20 (IANS) Tourism industry leaders in Agra have welcomed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's decision to visit the Taj Mahal, which is seen as a damage control exercise after a series of controversial statements by politicians on the 17th century marble wonder. Adityanath's visit to Agra on October 26 will help soothe frayed tempers in the city, said tourism industry...

21 days ago
Attack on Taj aimed at re-writing history: CPI-M

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Accusing the BJP rulers of Uttar Pradesh of having a medieval communal mindset, the CPI-M has said that the vilification of the Taj Mahal by BJP leaders was part of a project aimed at re-writing history. Nothing exemplifies this attitude more than their attempt to denigrate the Taj Mahal which is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, CPI...

26 days ago
Reliance Foundation to support Indian art exhibitions at The Met

New York, Oct 13 (IANS) The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that the Reliance Foundation, the Indian philanthropic organisation founded by Nita and Mukesh Ambani, has promised a generous gift to support exhibitions that explore and celebrate the arts of India. This is an outstanding commitment that will have a direct impact on The Met and the exhibitions it presents to its milli...

2 months ago
India celebrates 71st Independence Day -- peacefully

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) India on Tuesday celebrated its 71st Independence Day peacefully, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that goli (bullet) and gaali (abuse) cannot resolve the Kashmir problem. Millions poured out of their homes to take part in events big and small all across the country. A shutdown called by separatists affected life in the Kashmir Valley and in some parts...

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