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Tag: Agra

Bribe For Vaccine?
Viral: Man ‘Caught Bribing’ For Vaccine Registration, Probe Launched

With Covid threat still looming large, a video of a man allegedly bribing officials for vaccine registration has now gone viral. This video is from a school (govt designated vaccine centre) in Agra of Uttar Pradesh. The Agra Chief Medical Officer took cognizance of the incident and initiated a probe into the matter.

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Taj Mahal Invisible!
Taj Mahal disappears under thick blanket of smog

Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh disappears under thick blanket of smog.

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Taj Mahal Reopens For Tourists After 188 Days Hiatus

Agra: After a long gap of closure for 188 days due to the pandemic, the 17th-century monument of love, the Taj Mahal, reopened to visitors on Monday, even as a spurt of 144 new Covid-19 cases raised the alarm level of the district administration. The ASI officials along with the CISF security personnel ensured strict […]

PM's constituency Varanasi among 20 best performing Smart Cities to guide 'laggard' ones

New Delhi: With some of the 100 selected Smart Cities lagging behind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi will guide Amritsar and Ahmedabad will help Chandigarh in implementing projects under the mission. The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has paired up 20 best performing cities with the 20 bottom cities and they will […]

Taj Mahal will now be in Agravan, instead of Agra?

Lucknow: After changing the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj and Mughalsarai to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to change the name of Agra to Agravan. The state government has asked the Ambedkar University in Agra to look into the historical aspect of the name. The history department […]

Taj Mahal will soon open every night for all

New Delhi: The glimmering Taj Mahal, said to be at its aesthetic best in moonlight, could now be thrown open after sunset for all tourists. So far, night access to the globally renowned monument was allowed at a premium only for five nights in a month. Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel told […]

Controversial Taj Heritage Corridor takes new green avataar

Agra: The controversial Taj Heritage Corridor, which brought down the Mayawati government in 2003, has now been resurrected in a new “green” avatar along the Yamuna river bank. A year ago, the then local MP and Chairman of the SC/ST Commission, Ram Shankar Katheria, laid the foundation stone of the new Taj View Garden, sandwiched […]

New ticket system for Taj Mahal to reduce human impact

Agra: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday enforced a new ticketing system for the Taj Mahal, aimed at reducing increasing human impact on the fragile 17th century white marble marvel. Vasant Kumar Swarnkaar, the ASI chief in Agra, said the new ticketing system came into effect from Monday morning. According to the ASI, […]

surgeons' convention expresses concern over high incidence of cancer

Agra: India reports two lakh new cancer patients every year, of which 40 per cent suffered from mouth and throat cancer, while women with breast cancer accounted for 25-30 per cent, said Dr. Manoj Pandey, President of the Association of Surgeons of India which is holding its Annual Convention in the Taj city. Pandey said […]

26 Agra schools to get sanitary pad vending machines

Agra: Twenty six schools in the Taj city will soon get sanitary pad vending machines installed, an Uttar Pradesh official said on Saturday. They have been gifted by social entrepreneur and founder of Niine, Amar Tulsiyan in a bid to raise awareness about menstruation and de-stigmatise the natural phenomenon. The machines have already reached the […]

Scientist arrested in Agra for sexually assaulting minor girls

Agra: A scientist was arrested here for sexually abusing two minor girls, police said on Wednesday. Taj Ganj police Station House Officer (SHO) Shailendra Kumar said a fellow scientist had filed a written complaint against the accused Vishnu Dutt Sharma, 62, saying that he lured a minor girl to his house and tried to sexually […]

Taj entry restricted to three hours from Sunday

Agra: Entry to the Taj Mahal will be restricted to only three hours starting from Sunday, according to a notice issued by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The decision was taken to reduce “human load” on the fragile, 17th century monument of love which has started showing signs of fatigue and ageing, the notice said. […]

International students asked to solve Taj Mahal's yellowing

Moscow/Agra: Finding a new and improved method of removing the yellow stains off the Taj Mahal may be devised in the coming days as university students from India and elsewhere have been posed this problem at an international science contest underway in the Taj city. The eighth International Natural Sciences Tournament (INST) of Russia is […]

SC orders demolition of parking lot near Taj Mahal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today ordered demolition of a parking lot, which is being built within a kilometre of the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. The apex court’s order came two days before the scheduled visit of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to the historic monument on October 26. Adityanath had recently said […]

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Scared, Blue Whale-possessed student expresses distress in answer sheet

Raigarh: Amid reports of children ending their life driven by infamous Blue Whale game, a young boy in Madhya Pradesh’s Raigarh district, who became frightened of the final task of committing suicide, revealed his distress in his answer-sheet. An alarmed teacher checking the answer-sheet brought the matter to the notice of the school and the […]

Blue Whale: Agra girls rescued in MP

Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh): Two Class 9 girls have been rescued from here after they ran away from their home in Uttar Pradesh to complete a task while playing the macabre online game the Blue Whale Challenge, a Government Railway Police officer said on Thursday. The girls, found at the Hoshangabad station late on Tuesday, revealed […]

Agra activists sail paper boats to remind Gadkari of ferry

Agra: Scores of ship models and boats made of thermocol, plywood, and iron, were set sail Sunday evening on the Yamuna here to remind Union Minister Nitin Gadkiri of his promise of starting a ferry service and steamers for tourists travelling to Agra. Members of the River Connect Campaign gathered in large numbers at the […]

Agra woman takes on SP leader

Agra: A young woman took on a Samajwadi party leader here when his motorcade brushed past her two-wheeler and one of the guards, she claimed, winked at her. The woman was on her way to see a doctor on Sunday when local Samajwadi party leader Abhinav Sharma’s car grazed past her vehicle, knocking her down. […]

Six suspected cases of swine flu in Agra

Agra: Six suspected cases of swine flu were detected in this Uttar Pradesh city Thursday, an official said Friday. More than 60 cases have come to light in the state during the past few winter months, while four people have died. In the latest, a junior doctor at the SN Medical College was admitted with […]

Middle-aged woman stabbed to death at her house

A middle-aged woman was allegedly stabbed to death at her house by unknown assailants, who also took away cash and valuables, police said on Friday