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Taj Mahal re-opens after months. No couple poses, allowed

21 Sep 2020

Taj Mahal re-opens after months. No couple poses, allowed

Taj Mahal, the Mughal monument that has hosted renowned personalities, re-opened today, six months after coronavirus-linked curbs made it off-limits to visitors.

All monuments to reopen for public from July 6

02 Jul 2020

All monuments to reopen for public from July 6

In a major development, all monuments, including the famous Taj Mahal in Agra and New Delhi's Red Fort, will be reopened to the public starting Monday, July 6, the central government announced on Thursday.

Decoding Ayodhya verdict: Here's all that happened inside Supreme Court

09 Nov 2019

Decoding Ayodhya verdict: Here's all that happened inside Supreme Court

On Saturday, the Supreme Court ended the long-drawn legal battle of Ayodhya by handing over the disputed land to a Board of Trustees for the construction of Ram Mandir.

Has Sunni Waqf Board withdrawn claim to disputed Ayodhya land?

17 Oct 2019

Has Sunni Waqf Board withdrawn claim to disputed Ayodhya land?

Amid the century-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, it seemed the Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday had withdrawn its claim to the religious site on the last day of the hearings.

#AyodhyaDispute: Don't decide case on Hindus' belief, suggests Muslims' lawyer

03 Sep 2019

#AyodhyaDispute: Don't decide case on Hindus' belief, suggests Muslims' lawyer

The lawyer of Muslim parties in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute urged the Supreme Court on Monday to not give a verdict in the sensitive case based only on the beliefs of Hindus while "glossing over" facts.

#AyodhyaDispute: "Evidence shows Hindu structure existed before Babri"

20 Aug 2019

#AyodhyaDispute: "Evidence shows Hindu structure existed before Babri"

A temple existed at the disputed site in Ayodhya way before Babri Masjid was built at the spot, the lawyer for Ram Lalla Virajman told Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Last Mughal emperor's 'descendant' offers golden brick for Ram Mandir

19 Aug 2019

Last Mughal emperor's 'descendant' offers golden brick for Ram Mandir

A self-proclaimed descendant of the Mughal dynasty, Prince Habeebuddin Tucy, has reiterated his rightful claim to the controversial Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

Want to spend more than three-hours at Taj? Pay fine

12 Jun 2019

Want to spend more than three-hours at Taj? Pay fine

If you are planning to head to Taj Mahal in near future, here's something you should know.

'Dabangg 3' shoot: Salman gets notice for damaging antique statue

10 Apr 2019

'Dabangg 3' shoot: Salman gets notice for damaging antique statue

Salman Khan, who started shooting for Dabangg 3 last week, recently landed in a legal trouble after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) issued a notice to his team for a set construction inside the Jal Mahal in Mandu, MP, considered illegal.

ASI monuments to remain open till 9PM? Government plans so

25 Nov 2018

ASI monuments to remain open till 9PM? Government plans so

Almost 4,000 historical sites under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) may have to junk their "closed-after-the-sunset" dictum and remain open for visitors till 9 pm, if a blueprint being prepared by the Ministry of Culture sees the light of day.

Here's why Jagannath Temple's priest wants to die

01 Nov 2018

Here's why Jagannath Temple's priest wants to die

Almost four months after the Supreme Court opined hereditary rights of servitors of Jagannath Temple should be abolished and maintained that devotees shouldn't be forced to give donations, a priest of the Odisha temple has written to Chief Justice of India seeking his permission to end his life.

#StatueOfUnity: About Ram Sutar, sculptor of the world's largest statue

31 Oct 2018

#StatueOfUnity: About Ram Sutar, sculptor of the world's largest statue

On Wednesday, all eyes were on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he unveiled the world's tallest statue, the 522-ft tall 'Statue of Unity' of Sardar Patel, on an island on the Narmada near the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

SC extends deadline to submit document on Taj Mahal protection

25 Sep 2018

SC extends deadline to submit document on Taj Mahal protection

The Supreme Court has extended time, till November 15, for Uttar Pradesh Government to submit a vision document on protecting the Taj Mahal from pollution.

Scotland Yard returns stolen 12th-century statue to India on I-Day

15 Aug 2018

Scotland Yard returns stolen 12th-century statue to India on I-Day

A 12th century Buddha statue stolen from a museum at Nalanda in Bihar nearly 60 years ago was returned to India today by the UK's Metropolitan Police as part of India's Independence Day ceremony in London.

Engaged with authorities abroad to bring back Kohinoor: Govt

18 Jul 2018

Engaged with authorities abroad to bring back Kohinoor: Govt

The government is engaged with relevant authorities abroad to explore ways to bring back the Kohinoor diamond and other Indian antiquities, Union Minister VK Singh said today.

Hours after Modi's remarks, ASI lifts photography ban in monuments

13 Jul 2018

Hours after Modi's remarks, ASI lifts photography ban in monuments

In a major relief to photographers and historians, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has lifted a ban on photography inside centrally protected monuments.

Lucknow: BJP councilors want Lakshman-statue near iconic mosque, controversy erupts

01 Jul 2018

Lucknow: BJP councilors want Lakshman-statue near iconic mosque, controversy erupts

Two Bharatiya Janta Party councillors- Ram Krishna Yadav and Rajneesh Gupta- wrote to Lucknow Mayor Sanyukta Bhatia regarding construction of Lakshman statue near the iconic Teele Waali Masjid, a move opposed by Muslim clerics.

ASI finds first-ever evidence of Bronze Age chariots in India

07 Jun 2018

ASI finds first-ever evidence of Bronze Age chariots in India

For the first time ever, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), among other things, has stumbled upon the remains of three chariots dating back to the Bronze Age (2000BC-1800BC) at the Sinauli village in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat district.

Get over it, 'Adopt a heritage' scheme actually makes sense

04 May 2018

Get over it, 'Adopt a heritage' scheme actually makes sense

Government's 'Adopt a Heritage' (AaH) project stirred the Internet after Dalmia group signed an MoU to adopt the Red Fort.

Wakf-Board claims Taj Mahal. Show Shah Jahan's signature, says SC

11 Apr 2018

Wakf-Board claims Taj Mahal. Show Shah Jahan's signature, says SC

The Wakf Board, which is embroiled in a battle over the disputed Ayodhya land, is also in the middle of an ownership fight for another object of interest: the Taj Mahal.

Government rejects roll-out of Google's Street View service

29 Mar 2018

Government rejects roll-out of Google's Street View service

The government of India has rejected a proposal from Google to introduce its Street View service in the country, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha.

From April 1, Taj Mahal's ticket will have 3-hours validity

28 Mar 2018

From April 1, Taj Mahal's ticket will have 3-hours validity

In order to manage the number of visitors to the iconic Taj Mahal, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has decided to put a cap on the time tourists can spend there.

The man who spent decades digitally restoring the Ajanta Caves

26 Mar 2018

The man who spent decades digitally restoring the Ajanta Caves

With increasing anthropogenic and natural pressures on the iconic Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, there's a growing fear that this piece of ancient Indian culture might soon be lost for eternity.

FIR lodged against Raveena Tandon for shooting inside a temple

07 Mar 2018

FIR lodged against Raveena Tandon for shooting inside a temple

An FIR has been lodged against Raveena Tandon for allegedly filming an advertisement inside the premises of a temple in Bhubaneswar.

Delhi: Centre asks PSUs, corporate sector to adopt monuments

07 Sep 2017

Delhi: Centre asks PSUs, corporate sector to adopt monuments

World Heritage Sites in India, including Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, could soon get a major revamp with world-class facilities.

In major rejig, 35 IAS officers get new profiles

22 Jul 2017

In major rejig, 35 IAS officers get new profiles

In a major bureaucratic rejig, 35 IAS officers have been appointed as secretaries and additional secretaries in various government departments.

The Nirbhaya impact: What has changed after December 2012?

05 May 2017

The Nirbhaya impact: What has changed after December 2012?

In December 2012, the brutal rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern who was tortured and left to die on the roadside, shook India and the world.

Mud therapy being used on Taj Mahal

06 Apr 2017

Mud therapy being used on Taj Mahal

As the white marble monument changes its colour, a kind of mud therapy is being undertaken to revive the Taj Mahal's colour.

Delhi, the city that keeps churning

09 Dec 2016

Delhi, the city that keeps churning

International offers are rolling-in for IIT-Delhi students.

What's Delhi upto on Saturday?

03 Dec 2016

What's Delhi upto on Saturday?

New bars and restaurants are running dry in Delhi as liquor licences haven't been given since August.

Ancient camping site discovered in Ladakh

19 Aug 2016

Ancient camping site discovered in Ladakh

ASI, the Archaeological Survey of India discovered an ancient camping site as old as 9th Millennium BC, in Ladakh.