Trickle of visitors as monuments reopen after more than 100 days
Tuesday, 7 July 2020 Even as popular monuments like the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri remained off limits after the local administration in Agra decided against opening them to public, Delhi’s Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb and Rajasthan’s ancient sites at Bhangarh and the Kumbhalgarh fort were among those that saw some subdued interest. The number of visitors on Monday, however, remained low.
: In the view of current COVID-19 situation in Agra, historical monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Akbar tomb and others to remain closed until further orders as they fall in 'buffer zone' areas. Over 55 new COVID infections were reported in past four days, according to District Magistrate of Agra. Earlier, Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel announced that all monuments can be reopened with complete precautions from July 6 onwards, amid relaxations in the COVID-19 lockdown.
Agra District Prison is now equipped with panic alarm system for emergencies. A wireless panic alarm system was inaugurated at the District Jail in UP's Agra on July 01. The alarm system was inaugurated by DIG of Jail Administration in Agra Lav Kumar. Every barrack will have a switch of panic alarm system. While speaking to media, the DIG (Jail Administration) of Agra Love Kumar said, "The inmates get into their barracks at night, if some ailing inmate is in need of any help then this wireless panic alarm system will help him." "Every barrack will have a switch. When pressed, it will activate its respective alarm at the main gate of the jail," he added. "The guard at the main gate will inform the guard on duty at the barrack, through wireless. It will reduce our response time in case of medical emergencies," DIG (Jail Administration) further stated.
Drones were being used to spray insecticides on locusts' swarms as they reached Agra on June 30. Administration is on alert and warning has been given in the residential areas. People have been asked to follow guidelines issued by the government on locust attack. Agricultural Department, Assistant Director SN Singh, said, "Since 4 am the work is in progress and around 60% locusts have been killed. 4 drones were also used and now the swarm will move towards Bharatpur and Mathura."
Former Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Republic Of Korea, Skand Ranjan Tayal accused the Chinese ambassador in Delhi of spreading lies. He said, "The Chinese ambassador in New Delhi is spreading lies in India. He is misusing Indian hospitality and speaking in different forums and spreading lies. Only those privileges given to our ambassador in Beijing should be reciprocated."
The India Meteorological Department has predicted that Delhi is likely to receive light rainfall on August 15."The monsoon in North-western India is still quite active. It will likely drizzle with light rain in Delhi tomorrow. The exact real-time weather conditions will be updated in our 'Nowcast' weather prediction," said RK Jenamani, Senior Scientist of IMD.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated a voluntary blood donation campaign at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Friday. Harsh Vardhan appealed to people to come forward and donate blood. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, other senior faculty and voluntary blood donors were also present at the event. "We should keep serving humanity in all possible ways. This is the best way to celebrate Independence day," Harsh Vardhan said. The blood donation camp organised by AIIMS on the eve of 74th Independence Day is dedicated to both soldiers as well as Covid warriors who lost their lives while safeguarding the country and its citizens. Two families were invited as guests of honour including the family of a killed soldier and the family of a fallen Covid warrior of AIIMS.
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on winning the confidence motion in State Assembly on August 14 said that there is a wave of happiness. Ashok Gehlot said, "In the entire state, there is a wave of happiness. The BJP's conspiracy has failed in Rajasthan. I consider it a win for the people of Rajasthan. Now we have to work together to fight COVID-19. The way BJP had conspired in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, they applied the same technique in Rajasthan, but they have been exposed."
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in special session of State Assembly on August 14 questioned the 'misuse' of ED, CBI and Income Tax department. Ashok Gehlot said, "Are agencies like ED, CBI and Income Tax department not being misused in the country? When you hold conversation on telephone, don't you say the other person to join you on FaceTime and WhatsApp. Is this good thing in a democracy?"