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Hidden in Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Lucknow's Victoria Memorial resounds with colonial history!

Set up in 1905, this is one of three edifices that were erected in memory of the British Empress, Queen Victoria after her demise.

Long after Indian Independence, symbols of colonial legacy still continue to exist in different parts of the nation creating a blend of history and contemporary times. Far from the eye of the tourists, one such spot is Lucknow's Victoria Memorial housed in Begum Hazrat Mahal Park. Established in 1905, this is one of three edifices that were erected in memory of the British Empress, Queen Victoria after her demise.

A reflection of Mughal & Rajasthani architecture!

After Queen Victoria's death in 1901, multiple structures were constructed to commemorate her reign and victories. While the largest building was set up in Kolkata, Lucknow and Allahabad also got similar memorials. As per claims, the monument in Lucknow was established in a period of 8 months between September 1904 and April 1905. Built at a cost of ₹1,50,000 in the 1900s, the chronicled memorial occupies a small space in Begum Hazrat Mahal Park.

Designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, it is a calm and peaceful spot in the heart of Uttar Pradesh. The main structure is built over a platform of red sandstone and the rest of the monument is crafted in white marble. The four arches are said to be inspired by the Atal Darwaza of the Qutb Complex in Delhi. Interestingly, the layout concocts a reflection of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Additionally, it has a lotus-shaped bird turret giving a glimpse of its Islamic features.

Adding to its charm, 4 'chhatris' are arranged on the top of the monument and 4 surround the central enlarged dome. Echoing with the semblances of Lucknow's oldest monument-Nadan Mahal, Victoria Memorial contains a monogram of a flower, which is found at the base of the central dome.

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Over the course of time, the statue of Queen Victoria was relocated to the Lucknow Museum. The park was renamed after Begum Hazrat Mahal and the legacy of Queen Victoria's memorial stands forgotten now. If you are a history buff, do not miss out on checking this spot on your next stroll through the park.

All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

While 100% of services are being resumed, public access to the suburban local trains is still restricted.

In a bid to streamline and regulate the increased passenger load in local trains, the Central and Western Railways have decided to resume 100% suburban services in the Mumbai division, starting October 28. Notably, the Railways have clarified that though all services are being restored, the existing travel restrictions for the general public will continue. Only those recognised and allowed by the government and Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in the local trains, in accordance with the established standard operating procedures (SOP).

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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Diwali is around the corner and one cannot talk of the festivities without thinking about the sweet delights that come along. Be it a gifting option or one to indulge in, we're always looking for those delish treats, wrapped in new flavours to add sweetness to our happy celebrations! And when you've got Lucknow's most iconic dessert connoisseurs curating it all, with a heavy garnish of love and warmth, you sure are in for a lit festival this year.

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The 16th National Aerobics, Fitness and Hip Hop Championships are all set to take place in Lucknow from 14-16th of January. The championships will be hosted at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. To promote the sport in the state, a new executive committee for the Uttar Pradesh Aerobics Association has also been formed. The UP Aerobics Association has been given the permission to host the event after receiving recognition from the UP Olympic Association.

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7 new COVID-19 cases of Delta sublineage AY.4 plague Indore

COVID cases have surged by 46% in Indore

Amid the overall pandemic dip, a new subvariant of the COVID-19 Delta mutation threatens to spill new infections and troubles, especially for the people of Indore. As per a genome sequencing report of the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC), around 7 cases of AY.4 - a sublineage of the Delta variant- have been detected in the district. Notably, the new mutation is presently a 'variant of interest' and not much is known about its transmissibility, virulence and overall severity.

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New war rooms to be set up in Lucknow, Kanpur & other major cities in UP to combat air pollution

The use of all 10-year-old diesel and 15-years-old petrol vehicles has been strictly prohibited.

Gearing up for the fight against air pollution, the govt of Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up war rooms in Lucknow, Kanpur and other major cities. The new infrastructure will be set up under the authority of the Road Dust Management and will keep a check on various sources of pollution. As per reports, similar war rooms will also be set up in NCR districts to improve the overall air quality in UP.

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Kanpur Metro covers 3,900 metres in its maiden trial run!

The three-coach train covered a distance of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track.

The Kanpur Metro conducted its first trial run along the depot test track on Monday, ahead of the RDSO trials slated next month. Reportedly, the brand new three-coach train of the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation fleet covered a total of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track. As per the project timeline, the Kanpur metro division is expected to commission public services by the end of this year or early January, next year.

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