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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. As Sanskriti Prabha Dutt Fellow for Excellence in Journalism, she is researching on the lives of the children of sex workers in India. Follow her on Twitter at @divs13

Ayodhya temple sanctum sanctorum will be complete by Dec 2023: Nripendra Misra
Wed, May 18, 2022

The plinth made with granite stone, work on which started in February this year, is expected to be complete by August. About 17,000 stones will be used to build the plinth, which is being procured from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, said a member of the committee.

ASI had released photos of Taj Mahal’s underground cells ahead of court order
Tue, May 17, 2022

After the court order, ASI officials had maintained that there is no secret in those rooms, they are just part of the structure, and are not unique to the Taj Mahal.

With Buddhist centre, India looks to bolster cultural ties to Nepal
Mon, May 16, 2022

Sources said PM Modi’s brief visit to Lumbini — he is expected to be here between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm — is focused on bringing soft power to the centrestage of India-Nepal relations while also marking India’s formal presence at the holy site that’s barely 10 km away from the border.

PM Modi to visit Lumbini on Monday; India to build on shared heritage with Nepal
Mon, May 16, 2022

Officials in India's Ministry of Culture said that the PM, besides offering prayers at the Mayadevi temple in Lumbini, will also deliver an address at a Buddha Jayanti event organised by the Lumbini Development Trust.

Explained: The 22 locked ‘rooms’ at the Taj Mahal, and a mystery that isn’t
Sat, May 14, 2022

The Allahabad HC has dismissed a petition seeking a "facts finding committee to study and publish the real History of Taj Mahal" and a " open the sealed doors inside the Taj Mahal to rest to the controversy".

Court order on Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque site in Varanasi: history and context
Fri, May 13, 2022

A Varanasi court has ordered that the video survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque located next to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple be resumed and a report submitted by May 17. A look at the mosque, the temple, and the claims

Explained: When are prayers allowed, not allowed at protected archaeological sites?
Thu, May 12, 2022

A look at the ASI rules that disallow worship at some monuments under its purview, and why religious rituals are allowed at some other sites.

Day after LG Manoj Sinha prays at protected J&K temple, ASI expresses concern
Tue, May 10, 2022

The ASI, which is the custodian of the protected monument, “deemed the incident as a violation of its rules” in its communication to the administration but has not lodged a formal complaint, the sources said.

Explained: What new finds at Harappan site could mean
Tue, May 10, 2022

The latest round of excavations at the 5,000-year-old Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Haryana's Hisar has revealed the structure of some houses, lanes and a drainage system. A look at these finds and what they mean for our knowledge of the site.

ASI’s excavation at Harappan site of Rakhigarhi reveals drainage system, copper and gold jewellery
Mon, May 09, 2022

The digging, which has been going on at three of the seven mounds, has also revealed pieces of copper and gold jewellery, terracotta toys, besides thousands of earthen pots and seals.

National monument tag for 1,000-year-old lake in Delhi’s Mehrauli
Sun, May 01, 2022

As per the website of the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA), a government agency, Anang Tal is situated “to the north of Jog Maya temple and approximately 500 metres to the northwest of Qutub Complex”, and dates back to 1,060 AD.

Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniyan celebrates India’s women change-makers
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

Netflix and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting have come together to honour extraordinary individuals through a series of inspiring short videos titled Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniyan.

Guru Tegh Bahadur anniversary: Recalling Aurangzeb, PM says fanaticism couldn’t deter India
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Underlining that the country is following the ideals of the Sikh Gurus, he said India has never posed a threat to any country or society and it thinks for the welfare of the entire world even today amid global conflicts.

Guru Tegh Bahadur sacrificed life for Hindu dharma, says Amit Shah
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

Amit Shah said India is free today and is celebrating Amrit Mahotsav of 75 years of its independence due to the supreme sacrifice made by Sikh Gurus.

PM’s Red Fort address to mark birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

In 2018, Modi had unfurled the national flag and made an address from Red Fort to mark the 75th anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose's Azad Hind Fauj.

What’s in the new museum to Prime Ministers: concept, content, technology
Sat, Apr 16, 2022

The idea of a museum dedicated to India’s Prime Ministers was mooted in 2016. The Congress opposed the idea, since Teen Murti Estate was Nehru’s residence, which was later turned into a memorial to the first Prime Minister.

Every govt, every PM has helped take India to current heights: Narendra Modi
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Inaugurating the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya at Teen Murti Estate in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said the museum is a living reflection of the shared heritage of each government. He recalled how most Prime Ministers came from ordinary families.

It’s curtains up for Prime Ministers’ museum in Delhi on Thursday
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

Starting with India’s freedom struggle, the museum tells the story of how each of our 14 prime ministers navigated the nation through various challenges during their respective tenures.

Govt body wants Ganesha idols out of Qutub complex
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

In a written communication sent to ASI late last month, the NMA is learnt to have conveyed that the idols should be given a “respectable” place at the National Museum, where there is a provision for such antiquities to be displayed. Both NMA and ASI operate under the Union Ministry of Culture.

Pandemic taught me we should keep the local guests in mind when running a restaurant: Chef Manav Tuli
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

Beginning his career in Kerala, Tuli discovered food alchemy in the kitchens of luxury hotels across India and Mauritius

Premier theatre to a run-down establishment – Looking back at Delhi’s once-famous Regal Cinema
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

Once considered a landmark, the legendary building in Delhi’s Connaught Place has not been able to sustain itself post the closing down of the eponymous theatre – literally as well as metaphorically.

PMs’ museum likely to open on April 14
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

“It will showcase the contribution of 14 Prime Ministers, while the collections and works on Jawaharlal Nehru will stay in the current Nehru Memorial Museum, which was also his residence,” said the source, adding that the two spaces have been integrated.

Hope Bengal brings Birbhum violence culprits to justice: PM Modi
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Addressing a virtual event to inaugurate a gallery dedicated to freedom fighters at Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata, Modi said the Central government will provide all support in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Ahead of Modi-Morrison summit, Australia returns 29 antiquities to India
Tue, Mar 22, 2022

On Monday morning, PM Modi inspected the antiquities and thanked his Australian counterpart for taking the initiative to return the antiquities.

Green, digital tourism to be govt’s focus areas
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

As per the document, five key areas would be given significant focus in next 10 years — green tourism, digital tourism, destination management, skilling the hospitality sector and supporting tourism-related MSMEs.