Somya Lakhani

Articles By Somya Lakhani

Crisp shirt and trousers: How man got into Delhi’s 5-star hotel, IHC to commit thefts

Shrinivasulu lives with his wife and two children in Hyderabad. Police said he had been unemployed for a while and would often travel to other cities, commit thefts and return home.

‘Main isse sambhaal lunga’: Delhi man jumps into lion enclosure for ‘chat’, rescued

A minute-long video of Thursday’s incident shot by a zoo visitor shows the man standing inches away from the lion, called Sundaram, and sitting on a rock as he tries to talk to it.

Delhi: Shots fired as quarrel over parking spot escalates in Rohini

Two cross-FIRs by the two neighbours were filed at South Rohini police station.

History and fashion to walk together at Delhi govt’s Shahpur Jat Autumn Festival

This comes two months after the Delhi government’s three-day-long Mehrauli Monsoon Festival, which too hosted heritage walks and exhibitions. On the roster are a heritage walk to Tohfe Wala Gumbad, a part of the Siri Fort built in 1303 during the reign of Alauddin Khalji, as well as a Diwali Bazaar. 

Fearing dad would scold her, DU student who bunked class fakes own kidnapping

Late Sunday night, she sent her father a purported video of her hands and legs tied up on WhatsApp, said police. When her father reached Adarsh Nagar police station with the video of the 18-year-old saying “mujhe chhor do,” a case was registered, said police.

In the silence of Shahjahanpur, lies a story

It’s one-and-a-half months since a 23-year-old LLM fellow student of this college accused former BJP minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape and sexual harassment . In a town where the 73-year-old’s writ runs large, they only talk about ‘her’ in whispers.

Delhi zoo’s oldest member, Rita, dies

On July 27, Rita stopped consuming solid food and only drank juices extracted from fresh fruits, water with supplements, and milk mixed with ground walnuts.

The Bhawans will go… they are in such poor state: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on the Prime Minister’s dream project, utilising space and maintaining symmetry in the Central Vista, and a possible museum of colonial history. Excerpts from an interview:

A capital plan: The history, and future, of Lutyens’ Delhi

Over the next five years, a mega project to reimagine and redevelop the heart of Delhi will take shape. The Indian Express reports on the history, and future, of Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi: Running from thieves, man mistaken for child lifter, killed

DCP (North west) Vijayanta Arya said, “The incident took place on September 3 at Jailerwala Bagh, and an attempt to murder case was registered against three men at Ashok Vihar police station. The men were arrested on September 4.”

Royal Bengal tiger, unwell for two months, dies at Delhi zoo

Rama was born in the Mysore zoo in 2011 and “gifted” to the Delhi zoo in 2014. It was one of the three yellow Royal Bengal tigers here, and stayed at beat number 5.

Behind Lutyens’ Delhi, ‘blend of East, West elements’

In 1931, New Delhi was ready. Over the years, buildings around it — such as Krishi Bhavan, Nirman Bhavan and Rail Bhavan, among others — would emerge.

Ahead of Saturday ‘mulaqaat’, inmates throng Tihar beauty parlour

The inmate from Manipur, an undertrial prisoner in Tihar, manages the parlour from 9 am to 5 pm every day, along with two other undertrial women.

Delhi: Accountant dead as godown full of oil goes up in flames

The charred body of Romit Kumar, an accountant at the godown, was found inside his cabin on the first floor at 8 pm.

Two studies on ancient DNA released: ‘No central Asian Steppe ancestry among Harappans’

The two studies — which appeared in journals Cell and Science — show that there was no central Asian Steppe ancestry among the Harappans, indicating that the Steppe pastoralists migrated to India after the decline of the Harappan civilisation.

Delhi: Worker dead, 13 injured after lift snaps, falls 3 floors at DDA site

DCP (Outer North) Gaurav Sharma said, “A PCR call regarding the incident was received at 9 am. Preliminary investigation shows that a wire in the lift, meant for taking construction material from the ground floor to the upper floors, snapped and the lift broke.”

The legacy of Firoz Shah, 14th-century ruler who built Kotla in Delhi

Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, which is set to be renamed Arun Jaitley Stadium after the former Finance Minister, takes its name from a 14th-century fortress. What is the legacy of Firoz Shah, who built the fortress?

‘We hear about Kabir, not Ravidas. Why?’

How an empowered, globally networked community is leading the Ravidassia assertion.

FIR against Delhi lawyer after wife alleges triple talaq

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which makes the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence, had received the approval of the Rajya Sabha on July 30.

Larger SC Bench will hear pleas against J&K move; Yechury visit has rider

CJI bench overrules Centre’s plea that it will have ‘cross-border repercussions’