Ghaziabad (India): The central environment and forests ministry has refused Uttar Pradesh permission to build the 148-km-long Upper Ganga Canal Expressway, contending that the project would result in massive deforestation and threaten many rare wildlife species.
Agra (India): A delegation of tourism industry leaders, activists, business chambers, led by local MP Ram Shankar Katheria, which met prime minister Man Mohan Singh, has urged him to promptly resolve the issue of the controversial Taj Heritage Corridor, which in 2003 brought down a state government.
Aligarh (India): The establishment of five special Centres of AMU at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Katihar (Bihar), Murshidabad (West Bengal), Malappuram (Kerala) and Pune (Maharashtra) was approved by the University Court, the Executive Council and the Academic Council at their meetings held on 02.12.2007, 17.01.2008 and 05 & 12.01.2009 respectively.
Aligarh (India): Regarding the suspension of Md. Adil Hossain, a student of Mass Communication at the Aligarh Muslim University, it is to clarify that he was suspended earlier also from the rolls of University on November 4 last year along with five other students for forcing the University to close on the issue of the murder of Shahnawaz Alam that took place at an infamous restaurant near Railway Station outside the campus.
Agra (India): There has been major recovery in the deficit of the rain fall which was -16% at the end of June is now only -5% deficits. Since last ten days, the monsoon has been active and vigorous over most parts of the country except northeast India and extreme south Peninsula. This activity has brought in sea change in over all situation of the monsoon in the country.
Mathura (India): "It is an amazingly shocking aspect of conservation that India's top architectural attraction and revenue earner like the Taj Mahal has not received the care and ambience worthy of its status and health. The rear of the mausoleum is totally exposed to the elements. If in the coming years the tilt of the minarets increases or the mausoleum itself shows signs of sinking and distress, it should not come as a surprise as the original physical settings of the whole area have been tampered with and the ecological balance disturbed beyond redemption," warns Mughal historian R Nath.
Agra (India): After bringing down a state government in 2003, the ill-conceived Taj Heritage Corridor is a forgotten matter in the corridors of power in Lucknow and New Delhi, but it is causing a lot of concern among conservationists and environmentalists in Agra who want some fresh initiative to either dismantle it completely or green the barren patch to bring down the SPM level in the eco-sensitive area.