2006

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Ramgarhia and Ahluwalia gates to get a new lease of life

Meeting the long-pending demand of Sikh masses, the foundation stones of two historical gates — Darwaja Ramgarhia and Darwaja Ahluwalia — named after two great Sikh warriors, Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia and Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, would now be laid on November 12 and November 19, respectively. The foundation stone of Darwaja Ramgarhia would be [...]

Shiva temple given facelift

Punjab’s border villages like Ajnala, Attari, Kasel, Bhakna Kalan , Serai Imanat Khan and Khalra are dotted with crumbling monuments of pre –Partition styles. Enveloped in mythology, the Shiva temple, believed to be visited by Mata Kaushalya, mother of Lord Rama, in Kasel village, near Pakistan border, is in ruins. The local Mahants claim that [...]

Punjab age-old monuments cry out for care

Punjab's rich cultural heritage is its architecture, its palaces, forts, ancient religious monuments and old private Havelis. Therefore, it seems unfortunate that the historical and emotional value of many of these architectural masterpieces has gone unnoticed, and there is a crying need for some one to care and preserve this heritage. Gifts to posterity of [...]

The Grand Trunk Road, From Delhi to the Khyber Pass

New Photography Exhibition at the People’s History Museum  The People’s History Museum, which tells the story of ordinary people and how they changed the world, will be hosting a free exhibition by well-known photographer Tim Smith and oral historian Irna Qureshi, titled The Grand Trunk Road. It opens to the public on Saturday 11 November [...]

Over 170-yr-old Kotwali in a shambles

The over 170-year-old building of the city Kotwali, also known as the Division No. 1 police station, is in a dilapidated condition. Declared unsafe in 1994 , the police station can come down anytime and cause some major mishap. The police station building is in a shambles even though it technically qualifies for being preserved [...]