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Qutub Minar to be lit up to encourage night tourism



The Qutub Minar is all set to join a number of monuments in the capital that are being illuminated to allow night-time tourism. The project will be inaugurated on August 31.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and NBCC India began the work of illuminating the 13th century minaret at Mehrauli in March.

The 13th century minaret at Mehrauli, Qutub Minar is all set to shine in the dark, with its illumination being completed. The lighting project costing approximately four crore, will be inaugurated by culture minister, Prahlad Patel on August 31.

“All lights used are warm LEDs which highlight the architectural features of the monument. They will not harm the monument in any way, nor attract mosquitoes and other insects,” said an official from NBCC. “Apart from the minaret, all the pathways and the smaller structures around the Qutub Minar have also been lit.”

A total of 358 lights will be on from 7 PM to 11 PM everyday, and is expected to cost approximately ?16,000 per month for electricity consumption.

The ASI has been carrying out illumination on a number of monuments across the city as means to promote night tourism. In the recent past, the central government body, along with the NBCC has completed the inauguration of the Purana Qila, the Red Fort, and the Safdurjung Tomb.

As part of the effort to increase tourism in the evening, timings for public entry at Red Fort, Safdurjung Tomb, and Humayun’s Tomb have been extended to 9 PM. Earlier they were open for public till 6 PM.

Qutub Minar, however, is one among eight monuments in Delhi which is already open till 10 PM, as per the notifications in the ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains rules, 1959.

“Parts of Qutub Minar was already illuminated. But we have increased the lighting now,” an official from ASI said. “We are expecting that with further illumination, footfall in the monument will increase. However, we cannot guarantee if it will actually increase. Earlier this month we opened up Humayun’s tomb and Safdurjung tomb for public till late evening, but there was hardly any footfall. We are expecting it to increase in the next two or three months,” he added.



Justice Served: UP Gangster Atiq Ahmed and 2 Others, Sentenced to Life Term for Kidnapping



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In a recent development, a court in Prayagraj has sentenced Atiq Ahmed, a well-known gangster turned politician, along with two others, to rigorous life imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced after they were found guilty of the 2007 kidnapping case of Umesh Pal. Pal was an eyewitness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal. The court has also acquitted seven others, including Atiq’s brother Ashraf.

The sentencing of Atiq Ahmed and his accomplices comes after a long-drawn legal battle. They were found guilty of abducting Umesh Pal, who was a crucial witness in the murder case of Raju Pal. The court’s decision to award rigorous life imprisonment to the three accused has been welcomed by many, who see it as a step towards justice for the victim and his family.

In another development, earlier today, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Ahmed’s plea seeking protection in connection with the case. The apex court directed Ahmed’s lawyer to approach the High Court with his grievances instead. This decision has come as a setback for Ahmed, who was seeking protection from possible harm in jail.

The verdict in the case is being seen as a significant victory for the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, who have been working tirelessly to bring the accused to justice. It sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with heinous crimes like kidnapping and murder. The case has also highlighted the need to protect witnesses in such cases, who play a crucial role in ensuring justice is served.

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Covid cases increasing in Delhi, more than 150 cases in 24 hours, infection rate also increased.



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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delhi has been on the rise again in recent days. The capital has seen a continuous surge in the number of cases, with 152 new infections reported in the last 24 hours alone. The infection rate has also risen to 6.66%. This represents a significant increase from the 117 cases reported on Thursday, indicating that the situation is worsening rapidly.

Experts have suggested that the rise in COVID-19 cases may be linked to the increasing number of cases of H3N2 flu in the city. As more people have been getting tested for H3N2, some have been found to be positive for COVID-19 as well. The trend is reflected in the figures from the past few days, with 84 cases reported on Wednesday and 83 on Tuesday, before the sudden spike on Friday.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has issued several recommendations to hospitals in the city to help tackle the situation. Hospitals have been advised to screen patients with fever and maintain an adequate supply of essential medicines. They have also been instructed to ensure that ventilators and other equipment are in good working order.

The Corporation has urged hospitals to promote the booster vaccine dose to their employees and patients and to follow all government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A nodal officer has been appointed to ensure that hospitals maintain cleanliness, prevent the spread of infection, and manage biomedical waste effectively.

The situation is not limited to Delhi, as cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in other parts of India as well. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka are all areas of concern, and the central government has held a meeting to discuss the matter. The focus remains on testing, tracing, and treatment, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

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Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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