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Independence Day 2018: Raising good citizens is better than just abusing another nation, says Gautam Gambhir

On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, cricketer Gautam Gambhir along with his wife Natasha and daughters, Aazeen and Anaiza, pose for an exclusive photoshoot for HT City and talk to us about what freedom means to him.
Cricketer Gautam Gambhir with wife Natasha, and daughters(Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Cricketer Gautam Gambhir with wife Natasha, and daughters(Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2018 03:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Delhiwale: A shrine with a cemetery

A dargah resonates with tranquility, and its patron saint is linked to the city’s past through his forefathers.
A sufi shrine, dedicated to 18th century saint Sheikh Kaleemullah Jahanabadi stands just across the busy road from the Red Fort.(HT Photo)
A sufi shrine, dedicated to 18th century saint Sheikh Kaleemullah Jahanabadi stands just across the busy road from the Red Fort.(HT Photo)
Published on Aug 07, 2018 02:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Red Fort to be cleared of decades of ‘unwanted’ additions by year end

This is the third major clean-up drive of Red Fort over the last 160 years. The first conservation drive was carried out in the 1900s following British viceroy Lord Curzon’s intervention. The second drive began in 2003 when former Delhi lieutenant governor Jagmohan was the Union tourism and culture minister.
A view of one of the structures inside the Red Fort that is set to be demolished.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A view of one of the structures inside the Red Fort that is set to be demolished.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 06, 2018 01:36 PM IST
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Parvez Sultan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

PM Narendra Modi asks people to give ideas for his Independence Day speech

People have already started suggesting some issues they want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address in his Independence Day speech at Red Fort this August.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi waves before addressing a crowd on Independence Day, at Red fort in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi waves before addressing a crowd on Independence Day, at Red fort in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2018 11:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Hidden ammunition storage room discovered in Red Fort

The chamber in Red fort may have been originally used to store ammunition although when it was discovered it, the crypt was full of mud and no explosives or firearms were found.
During the cleaning of rampart at Lahore Darwaza of Delhi’s Red Fort, a spot from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation every Independence Day, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has stumbled upon a hidden underground chamber.(HT Photo)
During the cleaning of rampart at Lahore Darwaza of Delhi’s Red Fort, a spot from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation every Independence Day, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has stumbled upon a hidden underground chamber.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 05:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByParvez Sultan

Overhaul for Town Hall — proposal draws mixed reactions from Delhiites

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed a plan to lease out Town Hall to a private hotel chain to help maintain it. We speak to historians and locals to understand how this move would affect them and the place.
Plans to turn the Town Hall into a heritage hotel have been proposed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation.(Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Plans to turn the Town Hall into a heritage hotel have been proposed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation.(Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 06:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByEtti Bali, New Delhi

Statehood for Delhi a complicated matter, easier said than done: Experts

Since it is not possible for the central government to come under a state government’s administrative jurisdiction, it automatically means Delhi has to be bifurcated if one part of it is to receive full statehood.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Satyendra Kumar Jain and Gopal Rai during a sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence, in New Delhi on Monday, June 11, 2018. Kejriwal said AAP will campaign for BJP if Delhi gets statehood.(PTI)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Satyendra Kumar Jain and Gopal Rai during a sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence, in New Delhi on Monday, June 11, 2018. Kejriwal said AAP will campaign for BJP if Delhi gets statehood.(PTI)
Published on Jun 12, 2018 10:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySoumya Pillai

ASI removes over 2 million kg of dirt from Red Fort ramparts, prevents collapse

The dust and other air pollutants had accumulated on the Mughal-era monument over an estimated period of over 100 years and had formed a layer that was almost two meters thick.
A view of the Red Fort in New Delhi .(HT File Photo)
A view of the Red Fort in New Delhi .(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2018 02:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

After Red Fort row, Punjab govt wants Jallianwala Bagh in ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme

In a letter dated February 20, 2018, Captain Amarinder Singh’s government asked for seven monuments to be included in the Central government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.
Visitors walk at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar.(PTI File Photo)
Visitors walk at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2018 10:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

Squatters return to settlements as Delhi anti-encroachment drive lacks teeth

Six days after a special task force launched an anti-encroachment drive across Delhi following Supreme Court directions, HT revisited five spots and found squatters were back in business.
Delhi civic officials carry out an anti-encroachment drive near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi on May 3, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Delhi civic officials carry out an anti-encroachment drive near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi on May 3, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2018 07:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondents

Protests in Assam against Centre’s proposal to hand over Kaziranga, 3 monuments to private entities

The state government said they will write to the Centre for Kaziranga’s exclusion.
Tourists watch a one-horned rhino with her calf as they cool off, during an elephant safari in Kaziranga national park.(PTI File Photo)
Tourists watch a one-horned rhino with her calf as they cool off, during an elephant safari in Kaziranga national park.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2018 06:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Red Fort upkeep sparks battle between right wing and Marxist historians

Historians with right wing ideologies say Marxist historians are simply spreading rumours about the hand over of the Red Fort to a corporate for maintaining tourist amenities.
The government decision to hand over the Red Fort to the Dalmia Bharat Group to maintain tourist amenities has triggered a war of words between historians of opposing ideologies.(HT PHOTO)
The government decision to hand over the Red Fort to the Dalmia Bharat Group to maintain tourist amenities has triggered a war of words between historians of opposing ideologies.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2018 10:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

Rajasthan government to hand over upkeep of Amer, Nahargarh forts to private companies

The plan is to develop both the forts on public-private partnership model.
Apart from the two forts, the state’s BJP government has also shortlisted 10 other historical monuments under the “Adopt a Heritage” scheme.(HT File Photo)
Apart from the two forts, the state’s BJP government has also shortlisted 10 other historical monuments under the “Adopt a Heritage” scheme.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2018 09:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByHT Correspondent

More monuments such as Red Fort to come under ‘adopt a heritage’ project, says tourism minister

Tourism minister KJ Alphons said that under the new ‘adopt a heritage’ scheme, corporates have to spend money in the upkeep of monuments, and the government will not give any funds.
Restoration work underway at Red Fort in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Restoration work underway at Red Fort in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 02, 2018 10:43 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

TMC wants Centre to scrap ‘adoption’ of Red Fort, says Derek O’Brien

TMC MP Derek O’Brien refuted reports that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tourism, that he heads, approved the tourism ministry’s proposal to go ahead with a “corporate adoption” of the Red Fort.
File photo of the Red Fort in New Delhi.
File photo of the Red Fort in New Delhi.
Published on May 02, 2018 04:41 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Months before Dalmia deal, govt had rejected Red Fort’s upkeep by another corporate

Opposition parties are protesting against the MoU the government has signed with Dalmia Bharat, a private company, to maintain the historic monument for five years.
Dalmia Bharat recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ministry of culture for the upkeep of Red Fort .(Virendra Singh Gosain /HT Archive)
Dalmia Bharat recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ministry of culture for the upkeep of Red Fort .(Virendra Singh Gosain /HT Archive)
Updated on May 02, 2018 09:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaubhadra Chatterji

Why the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme is not a sell-out | The Factivist by Shekhar Gupta

The Congress has been attacking this policy as a sell-out. If angry Congressmen had only bothered to make a phone call, not to NDA’s tourism ministers, but to one from their own times, Ambika Soni, they wouldn’t be looking so silly.
A file picture of the Red Fort, New Delhi(Hindustan Times)
A file picture of the Red Fort, New Delhi(Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 02, 2018 08:24 PM IST
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ByShekhar Gupta, ThePrint

Minister Alphons defends handing over Red Fort to private company, says it will help tourism

Tourism minister KJ Alphons said ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme will help fulfill his dream to get 100 million tourists in the country in a few years.
The Union tourism ministry handed over the iconic Red Fort to a leading corporate group, Dalmia Bharat, under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.(HT Archive)
The Union tourism ministry handed over the iconic Red Fort to a leading corporate group, Dalmia Bharat, under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.(HT Archive)
Updated on May 03, 2018 11:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

Allowing private firm to maintain Red Fort has global parallels, say experts

The ministry has clarified that its project does not involve a financial bid and is only for the development and maintenance of tourism amenities.
The tourism ministry has clarified that its project does not involve a financial bid and is only for the development and maintenance of tourism amenities.(Virendra Singh Gosain / HT Archive)
The tourism ministry has clarified that its project does not involve a financial bid and is only for the development and maintenance of tourism amenities.(Virendra Singh Gosain / HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 30, 2018 06:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondents

Congress and Centre lock horns over upkeep of Red Fort by a private firm

The Congress party said Modi government is “bartering away the symbol of freedom movement” with its decision to hand over Red Fort to a leading corporate group for its upkeep.
The Dalmia Bharat Group will maintain the Red Fort and build basic infrastructure around it. It has committed a sum of Rs 25 crore for the purpose over a period spanning five years.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
The Dalmia Bharat Group will maintain the Red Fort and build basic infrastructure around it. It has committed a sum of Rs 25 crore for the purpose over a period spanning five years.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2018 06:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

Oppn parties question govt’s move to allow a private firm to maintain Red Fort

Congress, CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress slammed the government for virtually handing over the symbol of India’s Independence to a corporate.
The Dalmia Bharat Group has signed an agreement with the tourism ministry under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project to maintain Red Fort, the 17th century monument, and build basic infrastructure around it.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
The Dalmia Bharat Group has signed an agreement with the tourism ministry under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project to maintain Red Fort, the 17th century monument, and build basic infrastructure around it.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2018 10:32 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Jumbo threat to VIPs: No elephants in Red Fort play for audience safety

Titled, Raja Shiv Chatrapati, the play, originally in Marathi, has been staged several hundred times since it was first staged in 1985, and its appeal includes the use of elaborate sets and props including live camels, horses, even an elephant.
Workers dismantle elephant sculptures placed outside Red fort after BJP's Rashtriya Raksha Yagna event to secure victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Workers dismantle elephant sculptures placed outside Red fort after BJP's Rashtriya Raksha Yagna event to secure victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 07:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

Promoting culture: Paintings by Chinese artists on Indian themes opens in Shanghai

The paintings on Indian themes drawn by leading Chinese artists from Shanghai Artists Union were put on display at the Xuhui Art Gallery on March 24.
The Red Fort is one of the Indian themes drawn by the Chinese artists.(Shutterstock)
The Red Fort is one of the Indian themes drawn by the Chinese artists.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 27, 2018 11:22 AM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India, Beijing
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