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Taj Mahal turning yellow: SC pulls up Centre, UP governments

The Supreme Court said it was “surprising” that the Archaeological Survey of India, which is responsible for the protection Taj Mahal, was not consulted.
Garbage is seen on the polluted banks of the river Yamuna near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra.(Reuters File Photo)
Garbage is seen on the polluted banks of the river Yamuna near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 10:35 PM IST
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Resign if you can’t take care of Taj Mahal: Kejriwal to Adityanath

Arvind Kejriwal’s criticism came after the UP government in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court suggested that the monument could be brought under the “Adopt a Heritage Scheme” of the Centre.
The UP government affidavit said the entire precinct of Taj Mahal should be declared a no-plastic zone and use of bottled water be also prohibited.(AP File Photo)
The UP government affidavit said the entire precinct of Taj Mahal should be declared a no-plastic zone and use of bottled water be also prohibited.(AP File Photo)
Published on Jul 25, 2018 10:23 PM IST
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To save Taj Mahal, UP govt’s vision document wants polluting units shut, area declared no-plastic zone

The entire Taj Mahal precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone and all polluting industries in the region closed, the Uttar Pradesh government suggested in its first draft report
FILE - In this March 22, 2018 file photo, tourists visit famed monument of love, the Taj Mahal, in Agra.(AP)
FILE - In this March 22, 2018 file photo, tourists visit famed monument of love, the Taj Mahal, in Agra.(AP)
Updated on Jul 24, 2018 11:14 PM IST
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Following PM Modi’s question, ASI lifts ban on photography at protected monuments

PM Modi had questioned why the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) prohibits people from taking photographs at certain monuments when technology allowed satellites to take pictures from far away.
Photography will be allowed in all of the monuments and archaeological sites administered by the ASI, except the mausoleum at Taj Mahal, the Ajanta Caves and the Leh Palace.(PTI file photo)
Photography will be allowed in all of the monuments and archaeological sites administered by the ASI, except the mausoleum at Taj Mahal, the Ajanta Caves and the Leh Palace.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 11:29 PM IST
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Taj Mahal must be protected or demolished: Supreme Court blasts government

The court ordered the formation of a special committee to find the source of pollution in and around Taj Mahal in Agra and suggest measures to prevent it
The Supreme Court also expressed anguish over the Uttar Pradesh government failure to come out with a vision document to preserve and protect the Taj Mahal.(File Photo)
The Supreme Court also expressed anguish over the Uttar Pradesh government failure to come out with a vision document to preserve and protect the Taj Mahal.(File Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 11:00 PM IST
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Supreme Court bans outsiders from offering Friday prayers at mosque in Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court said it doesn’t want ‘seven wonders of the world to decimate’.
The petitioner said people visit Agra throughout the year and the Agra ADM’s January 24 order banning non-residents from offering Friday prayers was ‘illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional’.(PTI File Photo)
The petitioner said people visit Agra throughout the year and the Agra ADM’s January 24 order banning non-residents from offering Friday prayers was ‘illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional’.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2018 10:32 PM IST
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Tourism in India is booming, here’s why we should be worried

Indians love travelling, especially in their own country. And India is slated to become the fourth-largest travel and tourism economy behind China, the US, and Germany. But travel experts are worried that , unchecked growth can threaten fragile places and cause a wastage disposal problem.
In less than 10 years, the World Travel & Tourism Council expects India to become the fourth-largest travel and tourism economy behind China, the US, and Germany.(Shutterstock)
In less than 10 years, the World Travel & Tourism Council expects India to become the fourth-largest travel and tourism economy behind China, the US, and Germany.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 09, 2018 11:22 AM IST
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7 things you didn’t know about Colombian cuisine

Colombian coffee is not one thing and people in Colombia love a good family meal. Read on to find out more.
Masterchef Alejandro Gutierrez and Chef Juan Manuel talk about Colombian cuisine, what makes a Colombian meal complete and specialty coffees.(Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Masterchef Alejandro Gutierrez and Chef Juan Manuel talk about Colombian cuisine, what makes a Colombian meal complete and specialty coffees.(Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Updated on Jun 29, 2018 03:37 PM IST
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Maska Maarke: Gravy, roasts, pies and the way we used to be

Where did all those ‘Continental’ specialties come from, and why did we fall so in love with them? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane
Updated on Jun 16, 2018 12:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKunal Vijayakar, Mumbai

VHP activists protest at Taj Mahal, seek removal of turnstile gate blocking temple path

Ravi Dubey, a senior office-bearer of the VHP, said the Archaeological Survey of India officials did not pay heed to their requests.
VHP activists protest outside the western gate of the Taj Mahal on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)
VHP activists protest outside the western gate of the Taj Mahal on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 11, 2018 11:42 AM IST
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Agra students develop solar car to protect Taj Mahal from pollution

The car has been built using recycled and scrap materials by the students of ACE College of Engineering and Management, Agra. It is priced at 50,000.
The Taj Mahal pictured from across the Yamuna river in Agra on May 20.(REUTERS)
The Taj Mahal pictured from across the Yamuna river in Agra on May 20.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 09, 2018 02:05 PM IST
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Taj Mahal tourism suffers as Agra sizzles at 46 degrees

Many tourists have complained of lack of free drinking water facilities at the monuments, particularly at the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
The long walks in the sweltering heat is not a welcome sign for tourists.(Shutterstock)
The long walks in the sweltering heat is not a welcome sign for tourists.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 28, 2018 10:09 AM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByIndo Asian News Service, Agra

Foreign tourist injured in monkey attack at Taj Mahal

A French tourist was injured in an attack by monkeys when she was crossing the floor below Chameli Burj on Taj Mahal premises on Tuesday morning. She was provided a wheel chair and given first aid by the staff of Archaeological Survey of India.
Injured tourist being attended to at the Taz.(HT Photo)
Injured tourist being attended to at the Taz.(HT Photo)
Published on May 23, 2018 01:06 PM IST
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Pollution, insect excrement turning Taj Mahal yellow and green

The change in colour has not come out of the blue. Environmentalists and historians have long warned about the risk of soot and fumes from factories and tanneries dulling the ivory monument.
Labourers clean the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal premises in Agra, India, May 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
Labourers clean the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal premises in Agra, India, May 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
Published on May 22, 2018 12:47 PM IST
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The troubled Taj: Whose monument is it, anyway?

The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Archaeological Survey of India are locked in a legal battle for rights over the Taj Mahal. But what is a waqf, and should the heritage mausoleum be one?
A view of the Taj Mahal. The heritage site is currently the subject of a legal battle between the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Archaeological Survey of India.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT File Photo)
A view of the Taj Mahal. The heritage site is currently the subject of a legal battle between the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Archaeological Survey of India.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 07:55 PM IST
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AB de Villiers reveals story behind proposal to wife Danielle at Taj Mahal

AB de Villiers tied the knot with his wife Danielle de Villiers in 2013 and the pair have two kids together
AB de Villiers (R) and wife Danielle de Villiers have now been married for five years.(Twitter/AB de Villiers)
AB de Villiers (R) and wife Danielle de Villiers have now been married for five years.(Twitter/AB de Villiers)
Updated on May 18, 2018 04:45 PM IST
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Everybody’s Taj, no one’s monument

It has been at the centre of politics, various outfits have staked claim to it, but the neglect that the mausoleum has suffered over the years tells a different story.
Everyone has an opinion on the Taj Mahal and its history and no one shies away from expressing it.(HT File Photo)
Everyone has an opinion on the Taj Mahal and its history and no one shies away from expressing it.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2018 08:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Agra | ByPankaj Jaiswal and Hemendra Chaturvedi

Why the Supreme Court is angry with the ASI

Over the years, several steps have been taken to clean up the Taj Mahal. But nothing seems to be working. Is it time to call foreign experts?
While it is easy to fault the ASI, a big part of the blame must go to the ministry of culture, which oversees it. Along with the ASI,it must also answer for failing in its duty to maintain the heritage sites better.(PTI)
While it is easy to fault the ASI, a big part of the blame must go to the ministry of culture, which oversees it. Along with the ASI,it must also answer for failing in its duty to maintain the heritage sites better.(PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2018 12:18 PM IST
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‘Can algae fly’: Supreme Court pulls up ASI for failing to protect Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court expressed concern over Taj Mahal being infested by insects and asked the authorities, including Archaeological Survey of India, as to what steps they have taken to prevent this.
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world, and attracts over six million tourists a year.(HT File Photo)
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world, and attracts over six million tourists a year.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2018 11:53 PM IST
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From Kathua rape case to Aadhaar hearing, Supreme Court to have a busy week

On Monday, the top court will hear a transfer petition filed by the father of the eight-year-old girl, who was sexually assaulted and murdered in Kathua, to shift the trial out of Jammu.
Hearing on petitions challenging the Aadhaar law is likely to conclude this week with the petitioners now rebutting the government defence in the case.(HT File Photo)
Hearing on petitions challenging the Aadhaar law is likely to conclude this week with the petitioners now rebutting the government defence in the case.(HT File Photo)
Published on May 06, 2018 10:58 PM IST
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Storms damage Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri for second time in a month

Wednesday’s storm struck at a time when the authorities were still trying to repair damage to the monuments caused by a similar weather phenomenon on April 11.
Wednesday’s thunderstorm displaced a wooden door in the Taj Mahal’s northwest minaret.(HT Photo)
Wednesday’s thunderstorm displaced a wooden door in the Taj Mahal’s northwest minaret.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2018 09:19 PM IST
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Relief workers pick up the pieces after dust storm leaves a deadly trail

Officials said restoring power and water supplies may take three to four days.
A man in Agra stands in his house that collapsed in the Wednesday’s powerful storm. Agra district bore the brunt of the storm that killed more than 100 people in north and west India.(PTI)
A man in Agra stands in his house that collapsed in the Wednesday’s powerful storm. Agra district bore the brunt of the storm that killed more than 100 people in north and west India.(PTI)
Updated on May 04, 2018 10:27 PM IST
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Agra put on 72-hour weather alert till Monday

This comes after a 132-kmph dust storm hit Agra on the intervening night of Wednesday-Thursday bringing heavy showers and hailstorm that killed 44 people and destroyed properties worth in crores
Residents look at a wall damaged by high winds during a major dust storm in Agra district.(AFP)
Residents look at a wall damaged by high winds during a major dust storm in Agra district.(AFP)
Updated on May 04, 2018 01:21 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, Agra | ByIndo Asian News Service

Supreme Court shows concern over Taj Mahal changing colour

Supreme Court tells Centre and UP to consider hiring experts to restore Taj Mahal
A man clicks a picture of Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.(PTI)
A man clicks a picture of Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.(PTI)
Updated on May 01, 2018 11:38 PM IST
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UP Sunni Wakf Board defends claim to Taj Mahal in apex court

The Board, which was asked earlier by the court to produce documentary evidence to show it owned the Taj Mahal, however, could not provide the same.
In its earlier hearing on April 11, the apex court had asked the Wakf Board to produce an original title document bearing signatures of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim over Taj Mahal.(AFP/File Photo)
In its earlier hearing on April 11, the apex court had asked the Wakf Board to produce an original title document bearing signatures of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim over Taj Mahal.(AFP/File Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2018 11:29 PM IST
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Taj Mahal’s gates damaged in overnight thunderstorm

Winds blowing at 130 km/h brought down pillars of the royal and southern gates of the Taj, a Mughal-era monument.
A broken pillar and other damaged parts of the royal gate of Taj Mahal lies strewn beside it on Thursday.(Raju Tomar/HT Photo)
A broken pillar and other damaged parts of the royal gate of Taj Mahal lies strewn beside it on Thursday.(Raju Tomar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 01:13 PM IST
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Sunni board says Shah Jahan gave it Taj ownership, SC asks for papers

The board has a week to produce the signatures of the emperor who died in 1666, almost 18 years after the monument he built in the memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, was completed.
File photo of the Taj Mahal in Agra.(AFP photo)
File photo of the Taj Mahal in Agra.(AFP photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2018 04:19 PM IST
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Security fears dog many foreign tourists

Long list of dont’s: Foreign women visiting the Taj city say they follow an advisory , like not venturing out alone, not wearing short skirts or revealing clothes and always sticking to a group. Most of them say they would not come here alone
“When coming to India, we were advised to remain in a group and to be careful about dressing.”(Raju Tomar/HT Photo)
“When coming to India, we were advised to remain in a group and to be careful about dressing.”(Raju Tomar/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 09, 2018 02:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By, Agra

Three-hour time cap enforced at Taj Mahal

The initiative by the Archaelogical Survey of India is aimed at having a proper head count of tourists coming to the Taj Mahal.
The restriction would discourage online booking as tourists would be allocated three hour time slot in advance and would be required to reach the Taj in time.(HT Photo)
The restriction would discourage online booking as tourists would be allocated three hour time slot in advance and would be required to reach the Taj in time.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 02, 2018 11:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | By, Agra

Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan spotted at Taj Mahal with friends. See pics

The pictures, that surfaced online late Thursday, show Suhana Khan and her friends enjoying themselves at the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Suhana Khan, who will soon start shooting for a magazine, is currently enjoying with her friends.(IANS)
Suhana Khan, who will soon start shooting for a magazine, is currently enjoying with her friends.(IANS)
Updated on Mar 30, 2018 05:20 PM IST
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