Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Topic: ASI

Babri, Saraswati, Aryans – There are rival Indian histories now and campuses are the warzone

What used to be ‘basement history’ is now mainstream in Lutyens’ Delhi. The ‘ivory tower' of the Left on academics is being contested by an ‘imaginative’ Right.

‘No damage to tomb, it’s weed growth’ — ASI denies claims about harm to Safdarjung Tomb

Historian S Irfan Habib had posted a photo of the dome of the Safdarjung Tomb on social media saying it had suffered damage following incessant and unseasonal rainfall in the past few days.

ASI to remove plaques that state Maharana Pratap retreated from Haldi Ghati battle

MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal said orders have been issued to remove existing plaques and new ones will be put up with certified information.

Sunni Waqf Board moves Allahabad HC against Varanasi court order in Kashi-Gyanvapi case

A Varanasi trial court On 8 April allowed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to study the Gyanvapi Mosque adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

The Class of Taxila — how Mortimer Wheeler set up the first Indian archaeology school

In ‘Archeology and the public purpose’, Nayanjot Lahiri writes on the gap between govt departments & universities bridged by The Taxila School of Archaeology.

Man dies in police custody, Delhi Police ASI suspended

A 45-year-old auto-rickshaw driver, whose vehicle was rented out for a car theft in Delhi's Lodhi Colony, was being probed by the Delhi Police.

Delhi’s deserted monuments a delight for photographers now, but spell losses for vendors

All monuments under ASI have opened for visitors after almost 100 days. While 1,000-1500 people are allowed at most monuments, not more than 200 people are showing up.

Assistant sub-inspector arrested for allegedly molesting 23-year-old woman in Alwar

According to officials, chowki in-charge Surendra Singh took the woman in his vehicle to Japanese industrial zone in Neemrana and allegedly molested her there.

CBSE, ASI get new chiefs and UPSC gets new secretary in big-ticket IAS reshuffle

Special Secretary in Health Ministry Sanjeeva Kumar was transferred. He has now been appointed as the secretary, Department of Border Management in MHA.

This is Modi govt’s plan for India’s first National Maritime Museum in Gujarat’s Lothal

The culture ministry is working on finalising details of the museum, to be situated in Lothal, that will showcase India's maritime heritage through the ages.

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BBC is Britain’s only imperial legacy with purpose, UK must value it to remain in soft-power war

It’s deeply worrying that the Johnson govt, filled with defenders of the country’s imperial past, seems intent on rendering this last great British asset valueless.

Mahindra expects strong recovery in auto sales as supply chain constraints ease

According to Mahindra, the auto industry is poised for a very strong rebound because it has been buffeted by a number of factors over the last 2-3 years.


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Won’t be silent if rules-based order challenged, envoy Lindner says as German warship visits

In an exclusive interview, the German ambassador to India said port call of the German warship Bayern in Mumbai shows the significance of the Indo-Pacific region.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.