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  • Taj Mahotsava begins on Wednesday in Agra February 17, 2015

    Agra: The 10-day long annual Taj Mahotsava, a cultural extravaganza, will kick off in Agra on Wednesday. Divisional Commissioner Pradip Bhatnagar, the chairman of the Taj Mahotsava organising committee, told that state Cabinet Minister Aridaman Singh will inaugurate the Mahotsava. The theme of the Mahotsava would be "Sanskriti ka...
  • Akhilesh Yadav regrets missing opportunity to welcome Obama in Agra January 26, 2015

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday regretted missing opportunity to welcome US President Barack Obama, who was scheduled to visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. "Attended the President's dinner. Missed the opportunity to welcome President @BarackObama at the Taj Mahal," Yadav wrote on Twitter. "Great to be a...
  • Cartoon of the day: Obama cancels Agra visit January 24, 2015

    The White House on Saturday confirmed the cancellation of US President Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27. As per the initial plan Obama was to visit Taj Mahal along with the US first lady Michelle Obama on January 27. ...
  • White House confirms cancellation of Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27 January 24, 2015

    New Delhi: The White House on Saturday confirmed the cancellation of US President Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27. As per the initial plan Obama was to visit Taj Mahal along with the US first lady Michelle Obama on January 27. Obama will leave India after...
  • Barack Obama cuts short his three-day India trip, cancels visit to Taj Mahal on January 27 January 24, 2015

    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day India trip as he has cancelled his visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27. As per the initial plan Obama was to visit Taj Mahal along with the US first lady Michelle Obama on January 27. Obama will...
  • Security measures at Agra hiked ahead of Obama's visit on the 27th of January January 21, 2015

    The Indian government has also increased security at key locations in Agra ahead of Barack Obama's visit. We bring you details of the security arrangements at the Taj Mahal which the Obama's will visit on the 27th of January. ...
  • Obama visit: UP police to hire chopper January 20, 2015

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh police is all set to hire a helicopter to secure the air in view of the likely visit of US president Barack Obama to Agra in January. "The state government has authorised the police to hire Pawan Hans helicopter for the next 11 days to assist in the...
  • A private dinner with PM, President's banquet, CEO's summit among Obama's India itinerary January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: CNN-IBN has accessed complete itinerary of US President Barack Obama's visit to India. He is likely to reach Delhi on January 25 at 4:45 am and will reach Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10:10 am, according to the tentative schedule which is subject to change. Obama will be at Rajghat at...
  • Obama visit: Taj Mahal to be shut for general public on January 27 January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Taj Mahal will be shut for public on January 27 in view of US President Barack Obama's visit to Agra. Heavy security forces have been deployed in the city. Extra CCTVs have been installed, a special control room has been set up and more CISF personnel will be deployed...
  • Barack Obama will not be allowed in Agra if demands not met: Lawyers January 17, 2015

    Mathura: Lawyers of western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday said they will not allow US President Barack Obama to enter Agra on January 27 unless the Central government assures them of establishing a separate bench of Allahabad High Court in the region. "If Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives assurance that by January...
  • US team seeks closure of Central Delhi, Delhi-Agra Highway during President Obama's visit January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The advance team of US secret service has sought the closure of Central Delhi and Delhi-Agra Highway for three days during President Barack Obama's visit to India. The President will be in India from January 25-27. The demand was made by advance team of US secret service which met...
  • Burning of cow dung cakes banned near Taj Mahal January 13, 2015

    Lucknow: India's white marvel, the Taj Mahal, acquiring yellowish hues has prompted authorities in Agra to ban burning of cow dung cakes for cooking near the 17th century monument. The Agra district administration is also planning to ban use of coal by small industrial units making bangles and famous local...
  • Shocking defeat of BJP in Cantonment Board polls, loses all seats in Varanasi, Lucknow January 12, 2015

    Lucknow: In a major jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, none of the candidates supported by it could ensure victory in the Cantonment Board polls in Varanasi and Lucknow, and managed to win just one seat in Agra. In Varanasi, the Lok Sabha seat of Prime Minister Narendra...
  • Actress Taapsee Pannu to visit Uttar Pradesh to research for her upcoming film 'Agra Ka Daabra' December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Actress Taapsee Pannu is planning to travel to Agra to do research work for her role in the upcoming movie "Agra Ka Daabra". She will be seen playing a young Muslim girl in the film, which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana. "I was recently chatting up with a friend to...
  • Mirza Ghalib's Agra forgets him on 218th birthday December 27, 2014

    Agra: Mirza Ghalib, whose contribution to Urdu literature was perhaps as significant as that of Shakespeare to English, was born here on this day over 200 years ago. The Taj city on Saturday not only forgot to celebrate his birthday but also does not have a decent memorial to the...
  • Tourists can now book tickets online for visiting Taj Mahal December 27, 2014

    Agra: The tourists visiting Taj Mahal from Saturday onwards will not have to stand in a queue for entry tickets. Online booking of tickets to the Taj Mahal have begun from Saturday. The tourism department has launched an online ticketing website for this purpose. Arrangements for barcode screening and broadband connection...
  • Watch: The Week That Wasn't with Cyrus Broacha December 21, 2014

    On this episode of The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha takes on the big fat Indian weddings and the conversion row in Agra. He also takes a dig at the Mumbai roads. ...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha on the Agra conversion row December 21, 2014

    Cyrus Broacha mocks politicians on the way they have dealth with the conversion row in Agra which left hundreds in fear. ...
  • RSS asks Dharm Jagran to call off conversion drive in Aligarh on December 25: Sources December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The proposed mass conversion scheduled to be held on December 25 in Aligarh by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) offshoot Dharam Jagran Samiti (DJS) has been called off, sources said on Tuesday. The exact reasons behind the calling off of conversion are not known but the sources said the...
  • Agra conversion accused surrenders December 16, 2014

    Agra: Nand Kishore, accused of forcibly converting over a 100 people into Hinduism in an Agra village, surrendered before police on Tuesday. "Agra conversion accused Nand Kishore has surrendered," Agra DIG Lakshmi Singh said. Kishore was the most wanted accused named in FIR in the case and carried an award of Rs...
  • Book passes for Taj Mahal online from Christmas December 13, 2014

    Agra: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is ready to launch its online entrance ticket booking to the Taj Mahal from Christmas day. Tourism personnel in Agra have welcomed the long pending initiative which hoteliers think will curb unauthorised entry, fake ticket selling and other dubious means to gain entry to...
  • Try and convert me if you can: Akhilesh Yadav to BJP December 12, 2014

    Kanpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday alleged that the BJP was "misguiding" people in the name of religious conversions and challenged the saffron party to "try and convert" him. "People gave BJP most seats in the recent Lok Sabha polls. But the party is fooling the same people...
  • Agra chaupal: People feel misled after conversion row December 12, 2014

    In the center of political uproar are the families who were allegedly forcibly converted and their fate is yet to be decided. ...
  • News 360: CBI arrests West Bengal Minister Madan Mitra December 12, 2014

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday suffered a major setback with the arrest by CBI of her Cabinet colleague Madan Mitra in the multi-crore Saradha scam. An enraged Mamata defended Mitra and lashed out at the Centre calling the arrest as "unconstitutional, illegal and vendetta politics". ...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob December 12, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Zakka Jacob on India @ 9. ...
  • Agra conversion row: People cry foul play, Opposition uproar in Parliament December 12, 2014

    Agra: Barely three kilometers away from Taj Mahal the Ved Nagar slum is trying to reassert it's identity. The slum is home to 200 rag-pickers like Ramzan and is now the center of a raging controversy. Ramzan said that he had no idea the havan ceremony performed four days ago...
  • UP: Police announces reward for main accused in Agra conversion row December 12, 2014

    Lucknow: Local police has announced a cash reward for the arrest of Kishori Lal Balmiki, main accused in the "forced conversion" of about 100 people mostly Muslim slum dwellers in Agra to Hinduism, a top official said on Friday. "The Agra police has declared a cash reward of Rs 5000 on...
  • Agra conversion row: Need to form a law against it, says BJP's Vijay Bahadur Pathak December 12, 2014

    In an interview with CNN-IBN, BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that they were not responsible to stop the conversions going on in Agra. "I am against such conversions, need to form a law against it," said Vijay Bahadur. ...
  • Agra conversion row: Police hunt for accused Nand Kishore Balmiki December 12, 2014

    Agra: The Agra police on Friday carried out several operations to nab Nand Kishore Balmiki, who is named in the FIR lodged in connection with the alleged forced re-conversion of over 100 people to Hinduism. Led by Superintendent of Police Sameer Saurabh and ADM Rajesh Srivastava, police teams carried out...
  • Cartoon of the day: Agra tense over conversion row December 12, 2014

    Indian Muslim families have fled their homes in Agra after 57 families were reportedly converted to Hinduism against their will by Hindu nationalist groups. They accused them of 'forced conversion' and demanded action against them. On the other hand, Hindu groups have denied the allegation and say the conversions were...