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Now pay more to see Taj Mahal: Rs 200 extra to see main mausoleum

Tourists will have to pay more from April 1 to see the Taj Mahal after the central government decided to raise the entry fee as part of its plans to preserve the 17th-century Mughal-era mausoleum and manage the swirling crowd that come in thousands every day to marvel at the monument.

Officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said the hike will be applicable to domestic tourists and will not affect foreigners, who already pay higher charges for entry.

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Walk in Mumbai to legalise Marijuana

MUMBAI: What began with five people in Mumbai talking about the medical uses of cannabis, or marijuana, three years ago, is now a 100-member group that is part of a worldwide movement working for its legalisation.

On December 17, members of the group walked 5km from Gateway of India to Chowpatty beach to get support for their cause. Another walk is scheduled on January 7. Two weeks ago, the Delhi-based founder of The Great Legalisation movement (GLM), Viki Vaurora, wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to legalise hemp — leaves that are the source of cannabis — for medicinal, industrial and recreational purposes.

Dhaval Panchal, an event manager from Mumbai, who is a member of the group, said he found out about the use of cannabis oil as a cancer medicine when his father had the disease. When his father was given a dose of the oil, he experienced less pain and could sleep better. “By the time I found out about it, it was too late because my father had already undergone 12 chemotherapy sessions…” said Panchal.

Akshay Shetty, another member, said the hardest task for them is to change the mindset. “There are doctors, too, who understand that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes, but won’t let us speak about it in hospitals …” said Shetty.

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Child porn racket busted – Telegram app helped

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The cyber crime wing of the Kerala police has busted a child porn racket with the arrest an MCA graduate from Malappuram and seized hundreds of photos and videos involving minors.

Police said K Sharaf Ali, 24, collected pornographic material from social media and other sources and traded them under various names on Telegram, an instant messaging system that he considered comparatively safer for his operations. He had been broadcasting offensive clips to more than a lakh subscribers every day, police said.

“We have been tracking him for the past six months. Some of the videos were really disturbing involving two- to five-year-old children. We have identified some of the sources from where he procured these videos,” said a senior police officer, adding that more arrest will take place in coming days.

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Mumbai wakes up to smog, air quality worst since Diwali

MUMBAI: The city woke up to a thick blanket of haze on Saturday as pollution levels rose and visibility dropped, delaying local trains, flights and slowing down traffic on highways.

According to the weather bureau, the haze during early hours of the morning was fog and later, with the increase in pollutants getting suspended into the air, it intensified and turned into smog.

The pollution levels, measured by the air quality index (AQI), rose sharply, making Saturday the most polluted day in the city since Diwali this year. The city had witnessed a thick cover of smog on Friday too. Continue reading

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Implement the odd-even formula to reduce air pollution in the national capital.

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the Delhi government on Wednesday to tell it within 24 hours if it would enforce the odd-even car rationing system with or without exemptions should the city’s air quality dip to severe again.

The tribunal’s order follows the government’s assurance to implement the odd-even formula to reduce air pollution in the national capital.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed files petition in UN to remove terrorist tag

NEWDELHI: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed has moved the United Nations asking that he be removed from the list of designated terrorists, senior Indian government officials said.

Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, was put in the list on December 10, 2008 by the United Nations Security Council. The three-day long terror strike at multiple targets in the city between November 26 and 28, 2008 claimed 166 lives. Continue reading

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46 stuck in Rohtang pass, Snow clearing operations are going on

SHIMLA: With a continuous spell of sub-zero temperatures at the 13,500-ft high Rohtang Pass, the Border Road Organisation’s (BRO) snow clearance operations to rescue more than 40 people stranded on the other side of the pass were hit yet again on Wednesday.

BRO officials have, however, said snow has been cleared in the area and the route will be opened for vehicular traffic on Thursday. “Braving extreme cold and snow, BRO has opened the Rohtang Pass. Keeping in view the safety of commuters only, oneway traffic will be allowed from Kellong to Manali on November 23. From November 24, one-way traffic will be allowed from Manali to Keylong,” 38 Border Road Task Force commander AK Awasthi told media persons.  Continue reading

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OddEven 3 is on hold, NGT denied exemption to women

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government temporarily shelved  its plan on Saturday to introduce a five-day road rationing arrangement after the National Green Tribunal denied exemption to two-wheeler riders and women. The drive would have mandated that vehicles with odd and even registration numbers ply on alternate days.

“We respect the NGT’s order, but the existing public transport system won’t be able to take the load of three million additional passengers who otherwise use two-wheelers,” Kailash Gahlot, state transport minister, said on Saturday. “Also, keeping women’s security in mind, the government has decided to call off the scheme for now.”

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Odd­ Even 3 in Delhi from next Monday to Friday

NEW DELHI : The Arvind Kejriwal’s government on Thursday announced the return of the odd even plan from November 13 to 17 as air quality in the Capital worsened for the third straight day.

This is the third time that Delhi will try the radical road-rationing scheme during which private cars with even- and odd-numbered plates ply on alternate days. Continue reading

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Flood risk is on Punjab, as Beas and Sutlej River’s water level rise

TARNTARAN:  In the Mand area of the district, 10,000 acre crop has been submerged with the rise in the water level of the Beas and Sutlej rivers.

With heavy rain predicted in the coming days, high flood risk looms large over another 20,000 acres of agricultural land and houses in 62 villages in the area.

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