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Agra’s famous petha makers in big trouble


September 17th, 2012 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Sep 15 (IANS) Agra's traditional 'petha' (sweet ash gourd) industry is in trouble, a victim of the battle against pollution to save the Taj Mahal.For the past four days, ... Read more...

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Yamuna, Chambal rivers in spate


August 25th, 2012 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Aug 25 (IANS) The Yamuna and Chambal rivers in Uttar Pradesh are in spate following heavy discharge of water from several barrages and are threatening to flood low-lying areas, ... Read more...

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School children work on ‘designs for change’


July 30th, 2012 - 1:28 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, July 30 (IANS) One idea, one week, one billion lives to change: The annual Design For Change (DFC) challenge for schoolchildren has begun across India.This year, the DFC contest ... Read more...

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Online campaign in Agra against traffic chaos (Letter from Agra) (With Images)


July 15th, 2012 - 11:16 am ICT by IANS
Agra, July 15 (IANS) Several NGOs and social activists have launched an online campaign against traffic chaos in the Taj city.They are using Facebook and email to mobilise public ... Read more...

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Agra citizens demand firm action against encroachers


March 25th, 2012 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, March 25 (IANS) Agra citizens Sunday demanded firm and drastic action against encroachers who were blocking traffic movement and threatening the survival of historical buildings.In a resolution, concerned citizens ... Read more...

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Rescue the dying Yamuna to save the Taj, appeal activists


March 25th, 2012 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, March 25 (IANS) Hundreds of activists, students and senior citizens walked along the banks of the bone-dry river Yamuna in Agra Sunday in a symbolic rally to highlight the ... Read more...

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Hundreds of eco-activists clean up Yamuna


March 18th, 2012 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, March 18 (IANS) Hundreds of young and old eco-activists turned up at the Yamuna ghats in this Taj city Sunday morning to pick up trash, mostly polythene bags, ... Read more...

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Sunny morning in Agra lights up residents, tourists


February 21st, 2012 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Feb 21 (IANS) The residents of Agra city and tourists alike were delighted Tuesday morning when the sun shone brightly over the city for the first time in several ... Read more...

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Fish deaths in Yamuna shock pilgrims


January 15th, 2012 - 12:47 am ICT by IANS
Agra, Jan 14 (IANS) Scores of devotees who had gone to worship river Yamuna here early Saturday morning were shocked at the sight of thousands of dead fish near the ... Read more...

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Agra fest postponement upsets tourism industry


January 1st, 2012 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Jan 1 (IANS) The Agra district administration plans to postpone the annual 10-day Taj Mahotsava cultural extravaganza from February to a future date due to the Uttar Pradesh assembly ... Read more...

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Vajpayee’s ancestral home in shambles


December 25th, 2011 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS
Bateshwar (Uttar Pradesh), Dec 25 (IANS) The ancestral home of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Bateshwar, where the former prime minister spent much of his childhood, is in a poor state ... Read more...

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Bhopal like hazards growing in urban centres, warn activists


December 3rd, 2011 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Dec 3 (IANS) Indians have not learnt a lesson or two from the terrible, man-made Bhopal gas disaster 27 years ago, speakers at a seminar here asserted Saturday and ... Read more...

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Restore Yamuna’s health to protect Taj: Agra MP


November 27th, 2011 - 12:33 am ICT by IANS
Agra, Nov 26 (IANS) Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria, who was recently in the spotlight for warning the Taj Mahal would collapse in five years, Saturday announced he would stage ... Read more...

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Tourists feel cheated on Taj lighting event


November 13th, 2011 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Nov 13 (IANS) Scores of foreign tourists felt cheated when the Taj Mahal did not don a blue hue Sunday evening, as projected by managers of a diabetes awareness ... Read more...

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Bitter row over Agra’s trademark sweet


November 2nd, 2011 - 1:08 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Nov 2 (IANS) No trip to Agra is complete without two essentials -- a glimpse of the Taj Mahal and a sampling of the famous 'Agra ka petha'. But ... Read more...

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Thousands of siblings take holy dip in Yamuna


October 28th, 2011 - 3:43 pm ICT by IANS
Mathura/Agra, Oct 28 (IANS) Thousands of brothers and sisters took a holy dip in the Yamuna at Mathura Friday on the festival of Bhai Dooj as the bath is believed ... Read more...

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Taj on full moon night leaves visitors awestruck


October 13th, 2011 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Oct 13 (IANS) With a cool breeze blowing and the majestic Taj Mahal washed in the full moon light, it was a sight to behold for the 350-odd ... Read more...

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Political bickering mars Agra religious fest


September 28th, 2011 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Sep 28 (IANS) The annual three-day Janakpuri celebrations, an extension of the 100-year-old Ram Lila Baraat, have ended on a sour note here following differences among the organisers ... Read more...

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Gender barrier broken in Agra musical tradition


August 1st, 2011 - 5:41 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Aug 1 (IANS) In a social revolution of sorts, women have been inducted for the first time in Bhagat singing troupes, a 400-year-old musical tradition unique to Agra.A fortnight-long ... Read more...

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Shah Jahan urs: Conservationists oppose free entry to Taj


June 28th, 2011 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, June 28 (IANS) Conservationists are aghast at the decision to permit unrestricted access to the Taj Mahal for three days from Tuesday for the annual urs of Mughal emperor ... Read more...

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Agra’s war on plastic: One step forward, two steps back?


June 8th, 2011 - 12:18 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, June 8 (IANS) It was one of the most successful eco-campaigns in the Taj city, and even earned rare praise from the Uttar Pradesh government, but Agra's war on ... Read more...

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Taj city’s daily struggle for water


May 25th, 2011 - 10:55 am ICT by IANS
Agra, May 25 (IANS) The city of the Taj Mahal is becoming infamous for its dirty and scarce drinking water. Despite being situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, ... Read more...

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Agra prays for Yamuna floods to wash away garbage


May 24th, 2011 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, May 24 (IANS) "Flood again, Yamuna maiyya, (Mother Yamuna) and wash away all the garbage." That was the special prayer hundreds of men, women and children gathered at the ... Read more...

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Vrindavan cleaning drive rides on corporate support (With Images)


April 21st, 2011 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS
Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), April 21 (IANS) Support is being mobilised to clean up the holy town of Vrindavan, which is living in perpetual fear of being deluged with garbage and ... Read more...

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‘Recognise Yamuna as heritage entity’ (April 18 is World Heritage Day)


April 17th, 2011 - 3:48 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, April 17 (IANS) More than a month after ascetics embarked on a 1,000-km journey on foot to call for the restoration of the original glory of the Yamuna, ... Read more...

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Heavy fines for squatting on Agra’s heritage land


April 6th, 2011 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, April 6 (IANS) Encroachers in Agra and the surrounding area will no longer have it easy, with the state government setting up a panel and announcing heavy fines to ... Read more...

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Agra’s dilemma over the dead


April 4th, 2011 - 12:29 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, April 4 (IANS) It is a dilemma that can probably be resolved only if the dead could return and pick up one of the two options - the ... Read more...

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Agra sex workers: Lives that count


March 25th, 2011 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, March 25 (IANS) Perched on the high balconies of Agra's red light areas, they have been selling sex for years. And now the Taj city's sex workers are set ... Read more...

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Yamuna campaign: Marching ascetics reach Taj city


March 24th, 2011 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, March 24 (IANS) The movement for the restoration of the Yamuna river has picked up steam as the marching ascetics and activists campaigning for it have reached the Taj ... Read more...

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Projects to save Agra monuments back on track


March 22nd, 2011 - 11:34 am ICT by IANS
Agra, March 22 (IANS) The growing threat from pollution to India's prized monuments, including the Taj Mahal, has prompted the authorities to speed up action before it is too late.The ... Read more...

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Devotees gather for ‘Lath Mar’ holi in Barsana


March 14th, 2011 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), March 14 (IANS) Thousands of pilgrims have gathered here Monday for the traditional 'Lath Mar' Holi, which will see women revellers beating up men with sticks.At Barsana, ... Read more...

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Pilgrim city Dwarka awaits Modi’s blessings


March 10th, 2011 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS
Dwarka (Gujarat), March 10 (IANS) Though it lies in a state that is witnessing rapid infrastructural development, this ancient Gujarat city where Lord Krishna is believed to have lived ... Read more...

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Train to Khajuraho and more: Rail budget brings cheer to Agra


February 26th, 2011 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Feb 26 (IANS) At last tourists from Agra will now be able to take a train to Khajuraho, the historic heritage city in Madhya Pradesh. According to the new railway ... Read more...

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Traffic jams: Nightmare on Agra streets


February 15th, 2011 - 11:44 am ICT by IANS
By Brij Khandelwal Agra, Feb 15 (IANS) Seeing the Taj Mahal, the monument to eternal love, is a dream come true for tourists. However, a nightmare awaits them before they reach the destination ... Read more...

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Agra erupts with secular festivities on Basant Panchami


February 8th, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
By Brij Khandelwal Agra, Feb 8 (IANS) The city of Taj woke up to a sunny morning heralding the onset of spring with Basant Panchami festival Tuesday. But Agra had other reasons to ... Read more...

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