Millennium Post (Kolkata)

All ASI monuments closed till May 15

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NEW DELHI: All centrally protected monuments, museums and sites under the Archaeolog­ical Survey of India (ASI) have been closed with immediate effect till May 15 due to the surge in coronaviru­s cases in the country, the Union culture ministry said on Thursday. An order to this effect was issued by the ASI and it was tweeted by Culture Minister Prahlad Patel this evening.

"Due to the prevailing COVID situation, it has been decided to close all centrally protected monuments, sites and museums under the ASI with immediate effect and till May 15 or until further orders," the ASI said. These include 3,693 monuments and 50 museums.

In live monuments like Puri Jagannath Temple and Somnath Temple, daily 'puja' will be conducted but no public gathering will be allowed, said Nitin Tripathi, the ministry's media advisor.

SHILLONG: The Opposition Congress has won 12 seats while the ruling National People's Party (NPP) won 11 seats in the 29-member Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), an official said on Thursday.

The election to the GHADC was held on April 12. The counting of votes was held on Thursday, the official of the District Council Affairs Department said.

The BJP which is the junior alliance partner of NPP in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government has won two seats, the GNC one and Independen­ts

won three seats in the GHADC, the official said.

BJP's Bernard Marak won the prestigiou­s Tura constituen­cy which is under the South Tura Assembly segment represente­d by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.

Marak is a former member of the Achik National Volunteer Council, armed militant group which signed a tripartite agreement with the state and the Central government.

An NPP leader said the BJP is likely to support the NPP in the GHADC and the party is also in talks with the Independen­ts.

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