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.
Seychelles had opened its borders for tourists around the world from March 25, 2021 in light of the success registered in the aggressive vaccination campaign that the country embarked on earlier in the year
Former and serving PIB officials, who worked with him, said Srivastava worked closely with Sharad Yadav when he was Union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. After that, he worked as a PIB officer with Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
Sources in the Ministry of Culture said that if the situation doesn’t improve, the shutdown may extend beyond May 15. Last year, too, the monuments remained closed for more than 100 days as part of the nationwide lockdown.
A Rs 19.36 crore package was announced by the Centre in 2019 as a part of commemorating the 100th year of the massacre. Restoration work and building of facilities (such as toilets, ticketing counters and drinking water) are being done under the Ministry of Culture currently.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman also served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 17 April 1971, until his assassination, on 15 August 1975, and is considered to be the driving force behind the independence of Bangladesh.
Anangpal II was instrumental in populating Indraprastha and giving it its present name, Delhi. The region was in ruins when he ascended the throne in the 11th century, it was he who built Lal Kot fort and Anangtal Baoli.
Seventy five years of Independence – on August 15, 2022 – will be celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. The celebrations are proposed to be launched 75 weeks prior to the date, that is, on March 12 this year.
During his address at the inaugural event, Gyalson said, “This is the second edition. When we conducted this event for the first time last year, just before the lockdown, we didn’t record very good sales.
“The deliberations are on with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Health Ministry in this regard, and we shall soon be able to arrive at a conscious decision regarding e-visa relaxations,” said Arvind Singh, Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism
The Red Fort was shut on January 18 due to the outbreak of Avian Flu detected there by the district administration and Delhi’s disaster management authority. The order was continued “till further notice” on February 1 citing the same reason.
Rupinder Brar, ADG, Ministry of Tourism, said Kevadia is an ideal example of how tourism can completely turn around the socio-economic situation of a region, generating employment opportunities for thousands of tribals in and around Kevadia.
Even as the ASI refused to reveal the extent of damage at Red Fort, sources said there has been substantial damage and littering inside the premises adding that even tableaux parked there after Republic Day were targeted.
Said an Archaeological Survey of India official, "Usually the monument shuts down every year by January 21. But this year, as a precautionary measure, we closed it two days earlier because of the bird flu."
Talking about the aim of the exploration, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, said, “The world should get to know about the Ram Setu through evidence based on scientific research.”