Road accident sparks violence in Agra

Road accident sparks violence in AgraAgra, Apr 15 : Angered by the death of a man by a state roadways bus, residents took to the streets in Agra.

They blocked the national highway and pelted stones on the bus and even burnt objects.

The police have taken the bus and the conductor in their custody but are still on the lookout for the driver, who is absconding.

Sandalwood trees found axed near Taj Mahal

Sandalwood trees found axed near Taj Mahal  Agra, Apr 11 : Fifteen sandalwood trees in the Shah Jahan garden near the Taj Mahal have been found axed here. Two employees of the garden have been accused of the act.

As per the Supreme Court orders the area near the Taj Mahal is declared as a `Green Belt' and gardens have been developed there.

Enquiries are being conducted into the matter.

SAARC writers debate terrorism in Agra literary festival

SAARC writers debate terrorism in Agra literary festivalAgra, Mar 14 : The SAARC festival of Literature has commenced in Agra with terrorism forming the central theme.

Activists and academicians from the region including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka seemed determined to make sincere efforts to develop a peaceful atmosphere and promote culture and creativity in the entire SAARC region.

Raj Babbar to contest in a Congress ticket from Fatehpur Sikri

Raj Babbar to contest in a Congress ticket from Fatehpur SikriAgra, Mar 5 : The Congress released its first list of 24 candidates from Uttar Pradesh for general elections, which include film actor and the former SP leader Raj Babbar from Fatehpur Sikri.

The list also includes the Congress president Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli), Rahul Gandhi (Amethi), Sanjay Singh (Sultanpur), Ratna Singh (Pratapgarh), Begum Noor Bano
(Rampur), Jatin Prasad (Dhaurahra), Sriprakash Jaiswal (Kanpur), Jagdambika Pal (Dumriaganj) and Salman Khurshid (Farrukhabad).

Conservation work underway at Taj Mahal

Taj MahalAgra, Feb 22 : The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has embarked on a conservation plan to restore the beauty of Taj Mahal.

Cracks had become visible on the walls of the monument raising concerns over the structural safety.

Experts said that due to the low water level in the Yamuna river the water-borne foundation of the Taj was drying up. They also said that lack of Yamuna water is leading to cracks in the stones and the pollution level in Agra affected the monument the most.

Singer Kailash Kher enthrals ‘Taj Mahotsav 2009’

Kailash KherAgra, Feb 20 : The 10-day annual festival, "Taj Mahotsav", dedicated to promotion of art and crafts and celebration of local heritage and culture, commenced at the Shilpgram, near Agra on Thursday.

On Friday, the second day, Popular Sufi singer Kailash Kher enchanted the audience during the on-going `Taj Mahotsava 2009' here.

Organised by Uttar Pradesh Tourism, the Taj Mahotsav 2009, started on February 18 and will last till February 27.

Taj Mahotsav is an annual fest is held at Shilpgram, a village dedicated to arts and crafts.