Somya Lakhani

Articles By Somya Lakhani

At Humayun’s Tomb complex, 17th Century baoli is given life

The AKTC has received funding for the project from the German government. The baoli is expected to be restored by early 2020.

Out for a walk, Solicitor General’s wife targeted by snatchers on bike in Delhi

The incident took place outside the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) auditorium around 8 pm.

Chandni Chowk 2.0

No cars, pathways lined with trees, and red sandstone benches — by March 2020, a 1.3-km stretch in Chandni Chowk will sport a new look. The Indian Express explores how a redevelopment project is updating one of Delhi’s busiest and oldest markets.

Part of 19th century jail wall dug up at hospital in Delhi

The portion of the underground wall, with arches, is now surrounded by red bricks, muddy water and tarp.

Death by manjha: No closure for families as police say most such cases remain unsolved

On Independence Day, at least nine people were arrested from Outer Delhi for allegedly selling banned Chinese manjha.

Engineer dies after kite string slits throat in Delhi

Police said the victim, Manav Sharma, was heading to his maternal aunt’s house in Hari Nagar with his sister Monika (21) to celebrate Rakhi when the incident took place.

Delhi: Man gives wife triple talaq via speed post, 4 new cases filed

On Monday, a 38-year-old woman got an FIR registered against her 38-year-old husband at South West Delhi’s Kishangarh police station, for allegedly serving her triple talaq via speed post.

At farewell to Haryana ki Beti, 12 from Delhi leprosy homes

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi his predecessor Manmohan Singh, politicians across party lines gathered at Swaraj’s Jantar Mantar home in the morning.

Spate of robberies by two men shakes Vasant Kunj

DCP (South West) Devender Arya said, “One house was burgled and in the footage we can see two men. A case under sections 457 (lurking, house-trespass or house-breaking by night) and 380 (theft) of the IPC has been registered.”

Oral History Project sees fresh push from Delhi govt: 100 interviews in two years

The launch was accompanied by a panel discussion with historian S Irfan Habib, author and journalist R V Smith, Professor Denys P Leighton from AUD, and former All India Radio programmer Usha Purie.

With 145 scooters across 15 districts, women patrol teams hit Delhi streets

In 2018, four scooters were sent to North district for patrolling in Delhi University and are stationed at bus stops near Miranda House and Patel Chest, Vishwavidyalaya Metro station and Daulat Ram College.

In Kashmir Valley, tourism dept sends out buses to bring tourists back

At Pahalgam, assistant director of tourism, Pahalgam, Zahida Parveen said, “There were around 1,000 tourists here. Most of have them have left now. We are asking them to leave for Jammu instead of going to Srinagar.”

Street Wise: How intersection of faiths gave Majnu Ka Tilla its name

The urban legend about Majnu ka Tilla being named after star-crossed lovers Laila-Majnu, historians say, is not true.

Coffee Break

At the time, stricken by young love and rejection, little did we realise the impact that VG Siddhartha — CCD’s founder and owner — would have on the young.

Delhi: WHO building from 1962 razed to make way for new design, M F Husain mural inside saved

The WHO headquarters was built by Padma Bhushan recipient architect Habib Rahman, who was a senior architect with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) at the time.

Delhi: Wife’s family claims she was abused, had written to police

On Friday night, Das, his mother and Sunita allegedly committed suicide at their third-floor house inside the IIT-Delhi campus. A day later, Sunita’s mother Krishna Devi (68) — who made the PCR call after her daughter didn’t take her calls — recorded a statement with the SDM.

Delhi: IIT staffer, wife and mother found hanging at campus residence

On Saturday afternoon, Sunita’s mother sat outside the Safdarjung Hospital mortuary, while Das’s relatives were outside the couple’s IIT Campus house which was being inspected by police.

From Maurya ruler to the British, Delhi name’s long history

The name was picked from a list of alternatives such as Imperial Delhi, Raisina and Delhi South, writes historian Swapna Liddle in her 2018 book Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi.

Kanwar Yatra: Haridwar to Delhi — The 4-crore march

Faced with the tall task, Delhi and UP are leaving no stone unturned — drones for aerial surveillance, petal showers from choppers, extra police deployment, water tankers, mobile toilets and registration of kanwars.

From guns to drones : Made in India defence tech steals show at 2-day police expo

The product, made in UP's Kanpur, was among several innovations showcased at the 5th International Police Expo last week.