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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.

Seychelles to allow entry to vaccinated visitors from India
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

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

PIB dy director Sanjay Kumar Srivastava dies of Covid
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

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.

Kerala-based organisation to launch India’s first Heritage Olympiad
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

The Olympiad has been conceived with an aim to integrate heritage education in schools and make it more accessible to a younger audience

Government shuts monuments down till May 15
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

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.

With Covid restrictions on gatherings, inauguration of Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Punjab put off indefinitely
Mon, Apr 12, 2021

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.

Busy tourist season in Kashmir Valley, ‘good bookings after many years’
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Most hotels in Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg are fully booked till the end of June, as per a representative of the J&K Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Delhi to get its first Partition museum, set to open on August 15
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

It is only fitting that the capital is now set to get a museum to solemnly mark that moment in its history, which opens to the public on August 15 this year.

‘Hero to Indians as well’, Bangabandhu Mujib gets Gandhi Peace Prize
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

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.

Explained: The legacy of Tomar king Anangpal II and his connection with Delhi
Mon, Mar 22, 2021

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.

With statue and museum, Delhi to glorify legacy of Tomar king
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

Anangpal II, popularly known as Anangpal Tomar, belonged to the Tomar dynasty that ruled parts of present-day Delhi and Haryana between the 8th and 12th centuries.

Independence Day panel meets, PM Modi to kick off celebrations on March 12
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

Modi chaired the meeting that was attended by more than 150 of the committee’s 259 members, who gave inputs and suggestions to expand the scope of the celebrations.

Leaders from all walks in PM-led panel to mark 75 years of freedom
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

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.

Food deliveries and takeaways: Why packaging is the new plating
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

Eateries are trying to replicate the restaurant experience at home and opting for eco-friendly packaging to cater to more environment-friendly customers

At Dilli Haat, arts and crafts fair that celebrates Ladakh
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

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.

Govt looks at easing e-visa restrictions
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

“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

Shut On Jan 18 Due To Bird Flu Outbreak: Repairs on Red Fort nearly done, set to reopen soon
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

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.

Over 50 lakh people visited Statue of Unity: Tourism Ministry
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

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.

Red Fort shut to control bird flu spread: ASI
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

The Red Fort has been shut since January 19 after cases of bird flu were confirmed inside its premises.

Located in the heart of Delhi, The Connaught hotel reopens after seven years
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

The renovated hotel blends art deco and contemporary interiors

The Budget Connection: ‘We understand the difference, but are happy to get back semblance of regular life’
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

As many as 7.3 million jobs across India were on the line, as the restaurant industry was battered by a prolonged lockdown.

Culture Minister takes stock: Extent of Red Fort damage becomes clear, tableaux targeted too
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

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.

In town for Republic-Day, artists in middle of Red Fort chaos, taken to safety
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

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."

Centre gives green light to underwater study to determine Ram Setu origins
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

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.”

Delhi restaurants to move municipal body against halal meat order: ‘Timing of decision wrong’
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

According to the South MCD order, appropriate action will be taken against those found violating the rules.

Delhi: Recovering after Covid, eateries say no chicken order may deal death blow
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Eateries and delivery places said they are taking adequate precautions to boost consumer sentiment.