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  • Agra : The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has asked hotels in the city of the Taj to circulate a list of things that tourists are allowed to carry to the Mughal era monument so that their guests are not inconvenienced, an official said Monday.
    Only five items - water in transparent bottles, small video camera, still camera, switched off mobile phone and small ladies purse - are allowed inside the Taj Mahal.However, since there are no advance instructions most tourists turn up with things like books, newspapers, match boxes, bags, eatables and liquor bottles.
    "When they are searched they are told to deposit these items in the cloak room which is too small. A lot of time is wasted and tourists feels irritated and angry," CISF commandant R.K. Singh told IANS.
    He said hotels in the city were Sunday sent a request to circulate a list of dos and don'ts for tourists and to advise them to take to the monument only the things that are permitted. "If the tourists are told beforehand what they should be carrying with them, it would be helpful both for them and the security personnel at the gates who have to be extra cautious while frisking and searching," Singh said
    On July 7th, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal a new set of Wonders of the World will be declared, as voted on by participants worldwide.
    Most people have learned about the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World at one point or another. The Pyramids of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Colossus of Rhodes, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum of Maussollos, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria have long been regarded as what people mean when they reference “The 7 Wonders of the World.” Since only one of them (the Pyramids of Giza) is truly left standing, all of that is about to change. 

    Started by Bernard Weber, the New7Wonders foundation is running a worldwide campaign to select an official set of wonders for our modern world. There are many lists of modern wonders developed by many groups, but as this is a worldwide vote, it will likely be regarded as “official.” The statistics for the website of the New7Wonders campaign, where you may cast your vote, show that the campaign is going exceedingly strong. It has exceeded many of the world’s most prominent brands and organizations in online traffic, including the websites for the UN, Fifa, the Olympics, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Levis, and BMW. 

    There is a list of 21 choices, including the only honorary inductee into the new set of wonders, the Pyramids of Giza. Many of the choices are familiar to many, and some are not. The New7Wonders foundation has compiled links and information for each of the possibilities so that voters can learn more. The list of possible new wonders is as follows:

    The Acropolis in Athens, Greece 
    Alhambra in Granada, Spain 
    Angkor in Cambodia 
    The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá in Mexico 
    Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
    The Colosseum in Rome, Italy 
    The Easter Island Statues in Chile 
    The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France 
    The Great Wall of China 
    Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey 
    The Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, Japan 
    The Kremlin / St. Basil in Moscow, Russia 
    Machu Picchu in Peru 
    Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Switzerland 
    Petra in Jordan
    The Statue of Liberty in New York, USA 
    Stonehenge in the UK 
    The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia 
    The Taj Mahal in Agra, India 
    Timbuktu in Mali 

    An impressive list of structures and places worldwide, the voting is going strong. With little more than a month left until the day the new list is declared, the votes are still pouring in. The New7Wonders founder Bernard Weber says it best: “People from every country in the world have voted and continue to post photos and videos, submit slogans and spread the word. New7Wonders is a passionate movement that is making waves worldwide.” 

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  • China's Hu savours world "treasure" of Taj Mahal
    22 Nov 2006
    AGRA, India, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao put aside his official duties on Wednesday to soak up the beauty of the Taj Mahal, the centuries-old Indian monument to love that has dazzled world leaders and celebrities alike.

    Hu, accompanied by his wife, Liu Yongqing, strolled around the white marble monument built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century as a symbol of his enduring love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

    "The wonder of the world and a treasure for human beings," Hu wrote in the visitor's book after a 45-minute tour of the monument, accompanied by dozens of Chinese and Indian officials and watched over by scores of police in the complex.

    As he entered the monument complex through its east gate, Hu stopped for a moment and took a step back as he looked at the onion-shaped marble dome, as if struck by its beauty, and then smiled.

    The Chinese leader, dressed in a black coat and trousers with a white shirt, was taken to the tomb which houses the marble cenotaphs of Mumtaz and Shahjahan, below which lie their graves, side by side.

    Before entering the revered tomb, Hu and his wife had red shoe covers put on their feet.

    The Chinese leader listened attentively as officials explained the history of the Taj Mahal, or "crown palace' in Urdu, which was completed in the middle of the 17th century after 22 years of building involving more than 20,000 workers.

    Hu and his wife then sat on a marble bench with the Taj as a backdrop and got themselves clicked, a ritual millions of ordinary tourists and world leaders have followed.

    Hu arrived in Agra, a crowded and polluted town 200 km (125 miles) south of New Delhi, earlier on Wednesday, with hundreds of policemen sealing off his route as well as the Taj Mahal.

    But two young Tibetan activists, opposed to Chinese rule in Tibet, tried to rush into the hotel where he had lunch, less than an hour before he arrived.

    Police, who collared off the slogan-shouting protesters, had earlier removed posters -- which read "China lies, people die" with Hu's face printed on them -- put up along the route from Agra airport to his hotel.

    'Qaida threat' to blow up Taj sends security into tizzy
    19 Aug, 2006 
    LUCKNOW: A shadow of terror once again looms over the Taj Mahal. A fresh threat, supposedly from al-Qaida, to blow up the monument of love has reached Agra senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dipesh Juneja. This is the third such threat to have landed with the authorities in Agra this year. 

    Though the seriousness of these threats is yet to be ascertained, unprecedented security measures have been taken. 

    "The letter is written in Hindi. The writing resembles either that of a junior class student or may have been written with the left hand," Juneja told TOI on Friday evening. 

    "As the writing is similar to that of the two previous letters, it can be safely said that it has been sent by the same person. We have picked up matching fingerprints from the three letters," he said. 

    "Though Thursday's letter bears a local postal stamp, the earlier ones had no such identification and may have been delivered by hand," said another senior police officer, adding, "in place of the sender's name, the letters carry the term 'MM009'." 

    Principal home secretary Satish Kumar Agarwal told TOI that the UP government was taking no chances and the issue was being investigated. 

    Lucknow sent 100-odd security personnel to help the local police in Agra. The CISF contingent deployed there has also been strengthened
    We have also launched an extensive drive to photograph every individual who has access within 500m radius of the monument," said Juneja. 

    Senior home department officials in Lucknow confirmed the security update was part of the drill that began over a fortnight ago after the Central intelligence agencies alerted about a possible terror attack. 

    "Earlier, we had a bunker each at the three entrances of the Taj. Now, we have got a few more on the road leading to these entrances," said a senior home department official.


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