Aamir Khan shoots for TV show in Agra

Agra - Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was in the city to shoot for a live TV show.

Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani and Khan's wife Kiran Rao were also in the city for the shooting of 'Mumkin Hai', a special segment of popular TV programme 'Satyamev Jayate', at a luxury hotel here.

Sunday's episode of Satyamev Jayate was the final episode of season 3 and focussed on how our skewed notions of masculinity is mainly responsible for violence we encounter in our daily lives.

Khan interacted with locals and audiences from across India who tweeted, posted and called with comments, questions and suggestions. (PTI)

October 10 to be designated National Mental Health Day

National Mental Health DayAgra, Oct 7 : Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday announced the government's decision to frame the country's first ever official national policy on mental health and stated that henceforth, October 10 will be designated as National Mental Health Day.

Agra's free water service completes 30 years

Agra's free water service completes 30 years Agra, April 14 - An initiative run by volunteers to provide free and cold drinking water to all completes 30 years of service in the Taj city.

Each summer, a group of thirst quenchers who have banded themselves together in the Sri Nath ji Nishulk Jal Sewa, armed with buckets and trolleys set up water kiosks at most busy crossings here.

"It is neither a registered NGO nor a formal structured institution with a constitution. The members share a passion to ensure no one remains thirsty," Bankey Lal Maheshwari, who coordinates the group activities, told IANS Sunday.

Sri Devi campaigns for Amar Singh

Sri-Devi-Amar-SinghAgra, April 8 : Bollywood actress Sri Devi and her husband Bonney Kapoor Tuesday campaigned for Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Amar Singh in Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh.

Huge crowds turned up to see Sri Devi, causing traffic jams on the national highway, witnesses said. Amar Singh's RLD has an alliance with the Congress.

He is pitted against Samajwadi Party's Pakshlika Singh and BJP's Choudhary Babu Lal. The Aam Admi Party has fielded Laxmi Choudhary. (IANS)

Congress divided the nation: Modi

Narendra-ModiAgra, Nov 21 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday accused the Congress of playing divisive politics and said the party was responsible for India's partition.

"Congress has always played divisive politics. At the time of independence, it divided the country," Modi said at a rally here.

"They (Congress) are not interested in development. They are habituated to playing vote bank politics. Appease 25 percent of the population and ignore the rest 75 percent," he said.

Dengue leaves over 120 Agra prisoners ill

Dengue leaves over 120 Agra prisoners illAgra, Oct 28 - Over 120 prisoners and the deputy superintendent of the central jail here have been admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with dengue fever, authorities said.

The prisoners and the jail's Deputy Superintendent K. P. Singh were admitted to the district hospital and the SN Medical College hospital.

Officials said 100 patients were being treated in the SN Medical College hospital while 23 were in the district hospital.

Varun Gandhi slams UP government

Varun-GandhiAgra, Sep 28 : BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi Saturday accused the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government of pursuing the politics of appeasement and said its mistakes will lead to its collapse.

Gandhi was addressing a meeting at the Sur Sadan auditorium here with party workers who were denied permission to hold a rally two weeks ago in the Jat-dominated Akola, 30 km from the Agra.

"Mayawati's over-confidence and pride brought her down. Now Akhilesh is repeating her mistakes," he said.

Riot guilty will be punished, says Mulayam

Mulayam-Singh-YadavAgra, Sep 12 : Those found guilty of the riots in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh will be "firmly dealt with", Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said Thursday.

The statement came even as party colleagues for the first time voiced anger vis-a-vis senior leader Mohammed Azam Khan for skipping the national executive meet here, with one saying he could go if he wanted.

Mualayam Singh appeared uncomfortable and slightly teased off answering questions from journalists on the Muzaffarnagar violence which has left 38 people dead over three days since the weekend.

'Pawn Stars' begin first Asia tour with Taj Mahal

'Pawn Stars' begin first Asia tour with Taj MahalAgra, Aug 30 : All the way from Las Vegas, Rick Harrison and his son Corey - members of the celebrated cast of US reality series "Pawn Stars" were here Thursday for their debut Asia tour. They called the Taj Mahal "priceless".

The show, aired on History TV18, chronicles the daily activities of the Pawn Stars - patriarch Richard "Old Man", his son Rick, grandson Corey "Big Hoss" and also, Corey's childhood friend, Austin "Chumlee" Russell.

Jill Biden visits Taj -- and Agra slum

Jill-BidenAgra, July 23 : US Second Lady Jill Biden Tuesday visited the Taj Mahal and a nearby slum cluster on the bank of the Yamuna.

She spent nearly an hour at the Kachchpura slum opposite the Taj along with representatives of a NGO, members of anganwadis, children and office bearers of the Adarsh Mahila Arogya Samiti.

"She interacted with the kids and took keen interest in the work done by us," Manish Kumar of NGO CURE told IANS.

The USAID supports NGO activities relating to urban health, and mother and child care. She gifted a box of books.

Discover Agra beyond the Taj - in electric rickshaws

Electric-rickshawsAgra, April 30 : The city of the Taj is now aiming to show visitors that there is much more to it than the monument to love. Discovering Oriental Agra, a new tourist circuit, will showcase not just heritage monuments but also the city's culture, cuisine and industry - in electric rickshaws.

Described as a "journey through the heart of the Taj city", the daily hour-long tour that was formally launched Sunday has been organised by members of Agra Beat, a group seeking to promote alternative tourism. While a number of rehearsals have been conducted, regular tours will begin in the first week of May.

Agra's heritage buildings threatened by steady march of encroachers

Archaeological-Survey-of-IndiaAgra March 9 : While experts deliberate on policy frameworks to sustain and promote the visual integrity of world heritage monuments at the ongoing Unesco meet in this Taj city, questions are being raised about the integrity of Agra's heritage structures.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has failed abjectly in controlling the spread of encroachments, which threaten even historical monuments.

South Asian nations must learn from NAFTA, ASEAN: Anand Sharma

Anand-SharmaAgra Jan 29 : South Asian countries need to learn from the best practices of other regional blocs such as NAFTA and ASEAN that have taken intra-regional trade to greater heights, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said here Tuesday.

NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement and ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

He said regional cooperation was a reality in all parts of the world and efforts should be made to remove all bottlenecks.

Emerging economies will be engine of global growth: Anand Sharma

Anand-Sharma1Agra, Jan 28 : Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Monday said that "sustaining a high growth for a country like India is not an optional choice for us but a social imperative as only through sustained economic growth will we be able to lift millions out of poverty net."

Addressing a session on "The Large Emerging Economies: New Growth Hubs of World" in ''The Partnership Summit 2013'' here, Sharma said that despite the economic challenges being faced by nations world over, the emerging market economies have registered significant gains based on liberal economic reforms pursued over the last two decades.

Anand Sharma launches eBiz portal

Anand-SharmaAgra, Jan 28 : Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma launched an eBiz portal at the CII Partnership Summit in Agra today.

The portal is India''s Government-to-Business (G2B) portal developed by Infosys in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model.

"This mission mode project will mark a paradigm shift in the Government''s approach to providing Government-to-Business (G2B) services for India''s investor and business communities," said Sharma while launching the portal.

''Key challenge is to provide enough jobs in manufacturing and services sector'': Anand Sharma

''Key challenge is to provide enough jobs in manufacturing and services sector'': Anand Sharma Agra, Jan 28 : Taking the theme of employment generation forward, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said that there is a serious challenge for policy makers to provide enough jobs in the manufacturing and services industry to absorb these people and to impart adequate skill sets to make them employable.

A cleaner Agra on Republic Day

/Taj-MahalAgra, Jan 26 : Ahead of a CII global partnership summit beginning Sunday, the Taj city looked thoroughly spruced up on the occasion of India's Republic Day Saturday.

The main crossings on Mahatma Gandhi Road and the Yamuna Kinara Road were decked up with the national tricolour fluttering while loud-hailers blared patriotic filmi numbers.

Schools and colleges reported heavy turnout of students to mark the occasion.

Archbishop Albert d'Souza presided over the main function at St Peter's College where several Catholic institutions collectively celebrated Republic Day.

Transport lobbies oppose steep hike in toll on Delhi-Agra highway

Transport lobbies oppose steep hike in toll on Delhi-Agra highwayThe sudden, steep increase in toll charges on the Delhi-Agra highway by concessionaire Reliance Infrastructure (R-Infra) has attracted tough objections from transport lobbies.

R-Infra will soon widen the 165-kilometer Delhi-Agra stretch from four lanes to six, at an estimated cost of around Rs 2,945 crore, which includes renovation of 2 over passes, 14 vehicular underpasses, and 16 flyovers.

Arnie can't see the Taj

Arnie can't see the TajAgra, Feb 4 - Visiting the Taj Mahal always tops the must-do list of any international celebrity arriving in India, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was no exception either. But the simple wish proved to be a mission impossible for actor as the monument to love was closed for the day.

The Hollywood star paid a brief visit to the Taj Mahal Friday afternoon but had to enjoy the beauty of 17th century marble marvel from the external periphery as the Taj is closed on Fridays.

Thousands rally for Anna in Taj city

Thousands rally for Anna in Taj cityAgra, Aug 25 : Thousands took to the streets in this Taj Mahal city Thursday in solidarity with the fasting Anna Hazare and his call for a strong anti-corruption legislation.

Market associations called for a shutdown while thousands marched on Mahatma Gandhi Road, the city's lifeline.

Demonstrations were also held at road crossings. Some people observed fast at parks.

Since morning, people began assembling at the Agra College playground. Within hours, thousands were shouting slogans hailing Anna.

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