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Jor Bagh Metro station showcases Mughal era sites



New Delhi, Feb 10 : The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday inaugurated an exhibition showcasing a collection of unique photographs and information of the heritage sites around the Jor Bagh Metro Station.

Bagh-e-Jud is being organised in association with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) inside Jor Bagh Metro station and has a special focus on the Mughal era with an aim to draw an interest from the common people.

“It is a collection of unique photographs depicting the prolific and eventful history of the latter Mughal era,” a statement from the transporter said.

Apart from showing the rich heritage of the glorious era, the exhibition will emphasise on “the significance of the Lodhi Road area which was a part of the estate of the Nawabs of Awadh throughout the later Mughal era”.

The exhibition also displays the detailed information on the Nawabs of Awadh, the second of whom — Safdarjung — is laid to rest in a magnificent tomb at the junction of the Lodhi road.

This is the second exhibition curated by Intach for Delhi Metro, using Metro premises. The other exhibition is in the Green Park Metro Station.


Uttar Pradesh: Class I student stabbed by senior girl in Lucknow school, principal held



New Delhi, Jan 18: A senior girl student suspected of stabbing a Class 1 boy in a Lucknow school has been detained,while the school principal arrested on Thursday. 

Hrithik was found bleeding profusely and unconscious at Brightland school in Triveni Nagar on Tuesday.

The crime took place after the morning assembly and that the boy was rushed to the Trauma Centre at King George’s Medical University.

The boy told police that a ‘didi’ sporting a boy-cut hair style first took him to the bathroom, thrashed him, and then stabbed him with a knife. He told his parents and police that he could identify the girl, news agency IANS reported.

Officials asserted the bathroom on the second floor was sealed on Wednesday and police were looking for the accused.

A teacher said that though all closed-circuit televisions in the school were operational, there was no CCTV near the bathroom and hence it was becoming difficult to zero in on the accused girl.


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Padmaavat Row: Protesters vandalize cinema hall in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur



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Bihar, Jan 18: Despite the Supreme Court’s stay on the ban of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” by the Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments, the protesters on Thursday allegedly vandalised a cinema hall at Muzaffarpur in Bihar. 

The court order came on a plea by “Padmaavat” producers — Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures — challenging the ban on the screening of the film by the three states that didn’t want it to be screened over alleged distortion of historical facts.

Rajput outfit Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which is at the forefront of the protests against the movie, has chalked out its next strategy.

A leader of the group told IANS that they it reach out to cinema hall owners across the country asking them to not show the movie or face consequences.

Film fraternity members Shyam Benegal, Manish Mundra, Madhur Bhandarkar and Ashoke Pandit were among those who lauded the Supreme Court decision.

Benegal told IANS that it’s “quite clearly a victory of freedom of expression” while filmmaker Pandit said: “It’s a very big success for the film industry.”

“This judgement has broken the arrogance of the political parties who banned the film thinking they can do it,” Pandit told IANS.

Producer Mundra tweeted: “Banning the film ‘Padmaavat’ even after CBFC certification was a cowardly act by the states. Were trying to do vote bank politics and or shying away from their responsibilities of managing law and order.”

Trade expert Komal Nahta said the judgement was “a tight slap on the faces of the states which banned the film”. “Red letter day … the film industry and lovers of cinema all over.”

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana hailed it as the “best news of the day which restores faith in our democracy”. Filmmaker Bhandarkar welcomed the decision for the movie, which features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

Author Chetan Bhagat said it’s a “great decision” as “every story can’t be told how bullies want it”.

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty hoped the movie gets a “great release”.

“Padmaavat”, which was earlier scheduled to release as “Padmavati” on December 1, is hitting the screens after facing multiple hurdles.

Bhansali was first assaulted on the film’s set in Jaipur last year, after which the film’s set in Kolhapur was vandalised.

Rajput outfits and some groups backed by the BJP have been actively protesting its release, contending that it plays with Rajput pride – something that the makers have repeatedly denied.

Bhansali has said the film is inspired by 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem “Padmavat” and that it’s a film Indians will be proud of.


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Shortage of pharmacists, machines in Delhi hospital: Kejriwal



Delhi Chief Minister , Arvind Kejriwal (File Photo)

New Delhi, Jan 18: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said after a surprise visit that there was a shortage of pharmacists and ultrasound machines at the Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) Hospital here.

“There were patients who stood in line for the whole day and did not get medicines and have come back today. We have to solve this issue soon,” Kejriwal told reporters outside the hospital.

“Long queues at pharmacy. Need to increase number of counters and pharmacists,” Kejriwal later tweeted.

Kejriwal also spoke to patients admitted to the hospital and said people were most satisfied with the medical services.


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