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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Divya A


Divya A reports on travel, tourism, culture and social issues – not necessarily in that order – for The Indian Express. She’s been a journalist for over a decade now, working with Khaleej Times and The Times of India, before settling down at Express. Besides writing/ editing news reports, she indulges her pen to write short stories. As Sanskriti Prabha Dutt Fellow for Excellence in Journalism, she is researching on the lives of the children of sex workers in India.

What does the dissolution of the All India Handloom Board mean for the industry?
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

A recent order from the Ministry of Textiles has thrown up questions of its validity and the road ahead for handloom weavers

It’s not about adding one more temple, but Hindu renaissance: VHP
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Saying he was proud of being at the helm of the VHP at a moment like this, Alok Kumar said they hoped to nurture it into a drive for Hindu renaissance, including all castes and classes.

Uttarakhand’s border with China: For second line of defence, Centre looks to boost tourism in border villages
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Uttarakhand shares a 350-km border with China. Most of the border villages see outward migration owing to a lack of livelihood opportunities.

Taj Mahal unlikely to reopen before August 15
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

On July 6, as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) opened more than 2,000 centrally protected monuments across the country, the Taj Mahal and other monuments in Agra remained shut, with the district administration expressing concern over the spread of the virus.

Expensive but exclusive: Private charters take off amid Covid-19 fears
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Even as flying has resumed, it’s still quite restricted and stressful.

UV lights are becoming the weapon of choice to kill the virus
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

UV sterilisers are gaining popularity amidst the coronavirus crisis, with the launch of several new products in the category.

Work-from-home just shifted to the hills
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

With Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh opening their borders for visitors, many from the plains are planning on a working summer in the hills.

ASI heritage sites: Week after govt announcement, many monuments remain shut
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday reopened more than 2,000 heritage sites, but the Taj Mahal and other monuments in Agra remained out of bounds.

ASI-protected monuments set to reopen from Monday, with curbs
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

After a shutdown of more than 100 days, the Taj Mahal and all other heritage monuments across the country are set to reopen from Monday.

Covid corollary: Hotels take guest services to the doorstep
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

From food delivery to laundry services and DIY meal kits with measured and prepped ingredients, luxury hotel chains are taking their services to people’s homes

Hospitality sector gears up for a new post-lockdown normal
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

From hotel chains like Trident and Hyatt, to luxury cottages and hillside resorts, everyone is rolling out a slew of confidence-building measures for visitors.

A webinar discusses ways to boost immunity through food
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

The latest webinar under Ministry of Tourism’s 'Dekho Apna Desh' series brought back India's ancient food science to the fore.

Hurdle in way to eateries opening: Rent negotiation
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

While those in Khan Market, Hauz Khas Village and Connaught Place are dealing with individual landlords, those in malls and shopping arcades are awaiting a collective deal from the respective leasing companies.

Madhya Pradesh reopens tourism sector for domestic travellers
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Madhya Pradesh is surrounded by five states, and has a good road network connecting major tourist destinations.

Another restaurant chain exits ‘unviable’ Khan Market, others too say difficult to stay afloat
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Riyaaz Amlani, CEO and MD of Impresario Handmade Restaurants, which also owns other brands like Social, Mocha and Ishaara, said with Unlock 1.0 coming in the middle of the pandemic, "restaurateurs are in a Catch-22 situation".

821 ASI monuments to reopen for prayers today
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said visitors will be allowed to pray at these centrally protected monuments that were shut in March as part of the Covid-19 lockdown measures.

‘There are laws for protection of rivers but we lack in implementation’
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

The webinar organised by the IGNCA, New Delhi, dwelled on the significance ofrivers for all forms of life .

Government works on SOPs for reopening protected monuments
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

As Agra saw a spike in Covid-19 cases, even the maintenance staff found it hard to reach the premises.

Fear of extended lockdown casts shadow on Himachal’s already crumbling tourism sector
Sat, May 30, 2020

Various tourism bodies have sent representations to the state and Centre, seeking bailout packages and respite, but none has come so far.

Amritsar to Amethi: Registered, medically fit, brimming with hope — still left behind
Fri, May 29, 2020

Even as the daily Shramik trains from Punjab stop today, not all who received the call from the administration could board. We tell you why some could not make the journey back home

Travelling the world, one click at a time
Fri, May 29, 2020

With actual journeys becoming a distant dream for the time being, here are a few options for armchair travel.

As US begins deporting arrested illegal migrants, 165 land at Amritsar
Wed, May 20, 2020

A top source at the airport said another flight carrying around 150 deported Indians is expected to arrive in Amritsar later this week.

‘Happy the SC took notice of archaeological findings in Ramjanambhoomi verdict’: Archaeologist BB Lal
Tue, May 19, 2020

In his centenary year, archaeologist BB Lal exclusively talks about assessing the historicity of the Mahabharata and the need to define clear objectives during excavation.

No more pumping iron: Burdened by lockdown, fitness industry seeks a way out
Tue, May 12, 2020

Of the nearly 24,000 gyms and studios in the country, many are providing online training sessions over WhatsApp, Skype, and FaceTime to prevent business from running completely dry.

Can Kashmir’s crafts survive the lockdown?
Wed, May 06, 2020

More than 35,000 papier mache artisans in Kashmir are scalding under a prolonged, double lockdown.